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Catalog Number 2008.013.005
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Title Conversation with Mom, May 14, 2000:
Scope & Content 1928_caterpillars.doc


Conversation with Mom, May 14, 2000:

Mom was telling us about the great caterpillar invasion of 1928 in Redmond. Apparently it was a terrible infestation. These were tent caterpillars and they even built their tents on the house. Mom remembers that Grandma poured boiling water on them whenever she saw any on the house - to forestall another tent. Fruit trees were stripped bare. Alder tree leaves were also eaten. No pesticides to curb the spread of these nasty things. Caterpillar tents everywhere!

Naomi read this with interest and reminded me that Roy and Glenn Lampaert in their personal history mentioned the caterpillars. They said they were so thick on the railroad tracks that trains had to stop and clear the tracks.

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Accession number 2008.013.005