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March 5 in history

9:45 PM, Mar. 4, 2013  |  Comments
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March 5, 1959 - Warning issued on Dutch Elm disease: Cooperation of local residents will be needed during the next two years in a fight to preserve the city's elm trees.

That was the warning expressed by Park and Recreation Director Vernon Krieser, who is concerned about the advance of Dutch Elm disease through the southern part of Wisconsin.

He recently met with a commercial forester who worked in northern Illinois, where early in 1950 elm trees were killed by the thousands by the disease. Those cities learned that once the disease takes a strong hold there is nothing that can stop its advance.

A speaker at a Dutch Elm disease conference in Madison recently pointed out that cities "do not get a second chance to fight the disease."

"So far all reports have been negative," Krieser said.

However, possible sources of Dutch Elm disease have been noticed in trees near Military Avenue and Gross Avenue.

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