The Caterpillar Plague of 1898




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal10 Jun 1898, FriPage 2

For two weeks  in June two government inspectors drove through the fields west of Ottawa- especially here in Lanark County. Mr. J. P. Lanthier and Mr. J. R. Hill reported that the reports they had received about the plague of caterpillars infesting local fields were not over exaggerated.

Near Stittsville they saw a section of track nearly a mile in length so thickly covered that the ties of the track could scarcely be seen. Two freight trains were forced to stop for a short time being unable to proceed due to the slippery conditions of the rails caused by the mangling of the bodies of the caterpillars. Fruit was especially hurt by the caterpillars.

Mr. Butler, who was the Richmond postmaster got so fed up with the Ottawa Journal stating that some of caterpillar reports were ridiculous that he sent the newspaper a large box of them



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal02 Jun 1898, ThuPage 5


Photo- Jennifer Fenwick Irwin- near the Almonte Lagoon 2018



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal31 May 1898, TuePage 1



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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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