The simplest of inventions often have such fascinating roots. Around 1900, Robert R. Montgomery, from Illinois, filed for a patent for a fly-killer. The Midwest was under a heavy public health burden from the flying pest. He and his sons made about a half-million of them before he sold the patent to John L. Bennett, whose company was the U.S. Wire Mat Company. Many patents have been issued for the tool, now known as the fly swatter. Now, most are made of plastic and will be found in most homes and businesses. The one in the kitchen is an oval shaped wire swatter with a fabric edging, stiff wire shaft and a wooden handle.
Millions of fly swatters are manufactured every year the world over. You never know what will happen when a man gets tired of using a rolled up newspaper to swat the annoying and disease carrying, lowly fly.
The Museum Schedules
The May-Stringer tours on Tuesday – Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm – 352-799-0129
The 1885 Depot tours on Friday – Saturday from noon – 3 pm – 352-799-4766
The Countryman One Room Schoolhouse is open on Saturdays from noon – 3 pm – 352-515-3054