Sunday, August 21, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 21

August 21, 1911 - The Tribune’s Swat the Fly Contest started today. 1

The great battle for health is on and nearly every child in Minneapolis is taking part in it. Thousands of the disease carriers will be killed before noon today. Dr. Hall estimates that at least 6,000,000 flies will die before the contest ends. Sub-stations in each ward named below, will be open between 10 and 11 o’clock this morning to give the cardboard boxes in which the flies must be sent to the health department offices where they will be counted. Address blanks on the cover of the box must be filled out when the boxes are turned back to the sub-stations filled with flies. All flies must be taken to the sub-station before 1 o’clock in the afternoon. The stations will also be open between 3 and 4 o’clock in the afternoon but only to distribute boxes and buttons.

First Prize…………………….$50.00
Second Prize………………….25.00
Third Prize……………………..15.00
Fourth Prize……………………10.00
100 Prizes of $1 each…..100.00

Total in Prizes………………$200.000

Contest will open Monday, August 21, and close at 11 o’clock Saturday, September 2.

Entrants must be children under 16 years of age.

Flies caught in any manner except by the use of sticky fly paper will be taken in the contest. Flies may be swatted, caught in traps, poisoned, exterminated by drowning, the use of Sulphur fumes or other means.

Boxes, made especially for The Tribune Campaign contest and given free by the Standard Paper Box Company of 501 Third Street South, in which all flies are to be sent to the health department to be counted, will be given to entrants.

The name and address of the contestant must appear on the box. All flies delivered for the contest must have been killed by the persons to whom they are credited.

Employees of The Tribune and members of their families are not eligible to contest for the prizes.

Flies after being killed must be delivered to Swat The Fly Headquarters for the ward in which the contestant lives. Headquarters in each ward have been established where boxes and supplies will be given all children who apply.

Results of the contest and winners of the prizes will be announced in the Sunday Tribune, Sept. 3.1

At the end of the contest, 3,028,575 of the germ-carrying flies had been killed. Following were the contest winners:

George Knaeble, with 266,340 dead flies, led the list of contestants 
in the Swat-the-Fly campaign.2

Theodore Bedor won the second prize. He killed 264,660 flies.2

Henrietta Beck, third prize winner, swatted 189,480 flies.2

1The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Campaign Against Flies Starts Today; Children Ready to Slay Germ Carries. Pest-Killing Contest Starts This Morning When Sub-Stations Distribute Supplies to Avengers.”; August 21, 1911; p. 1.

2The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “More Than three Million Flies Crusade’s Victims; Boys and Girls Compete for The Tribune’s Prizes”; Sept. 3, 1911; p. 14.

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