“Almost a Flyless Town” from the August 6, 1914, issue of the High Point Review. The battle against flies was a battle against the diseases carried by flies, including typhoid, cholera, and dysentery in North Carolina in 1914.
Greensboro—Now that E.P. Wharton is just finishing a successful campaign against the fly, Dr. J.T.J. Battle, another voluntary assistant health officer without pay, will commence the annual fight on the mosquito. Dr. Battle has issued a statement in which he calls upon people of the city to assist him by cleaning up back lots and all places where mosquitoes might breed.
People of the city believe that when Dr. W.S. Rankin of the state board of health comes here to investigate Greensboro as a “flyless town” that he will find it as nearly flyless as could possibly be expected. A great deal of hard work has been done in the matter of preventing the breeding flies and killing those that have been bred.