The year was 1977, and despite the extreme lack of moisture which is normally associated with the development of mosquitoes, conditions must have been ideal for the insects because an unusually large mosquito population was evident that spring.
Knox Mayor at the time, Robert Lynch, stated that the city was trying to combat the mosquito problem by spraying certain areas of the city that seemed heavily infested with the insects.
North Judson Town Board member Don Risner said that North Judson had been sprayed a number of times already.
Contacts with several retail establishments in the area show that the purchase of mosquito repellant was also on the increase that year. The manager of Hook’s Drugs in Knox said the store had sold almost as much repellant already in 1977 as it did for the whole season in ’96.