Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

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1948: DDT enlisted to battle flies in Hartley

• April 29, 1948

A statewide move to stamp out the menace of flies in Iowa was being translated into action in Hartley. Getting rid of flies called for a double-edged attack that included a sanitation program followed by spraying with DDT.

The building committee of the Hartley Methodist Church decided to go ahead with construction of a new parsonage on the site of the existing pastor’s home. The old parsonage was to be sold and then moved as soon as possible.

A visitation day for seventh and eighth graders was sponsored by the Hartley Public School. All pupils from the surrounding area interes...