FF Bondy 25 July 1950 Lost: A Friend
- Lost: A Friend Robeson county has lost a friend in the last week of F. F. Bondy of Florence, S. C., who was widely known among farmers as "the boll weevil man." Mr. Bondy gave new hope to Robeson farmers early this season when their cotton crops faced destruction by the greatest infestation infestation of boll weevils in recent years. On invitation invitation of 0. P. Owens, Robeson county farm he spoke to business and agricultural leaders here and outlined insect control methods which had been carried out effectively in South Carolina. Carolina. He spoke with authority, as a research entomologist working with the Pee Dee experiment experiment station, but his Â· persuasiveness was his own. Men from all sections of the county were sold on the benefits of dusting and spraying cotton after hearing Mr. Bondy speak, and set in motion a poisoning program that has been carried on in hundreds of Robeson county fields. When Robeson farmers cash in on their cotton cotton crops this fall, many of them will receive extra dividends from their insect poisoning operations. operations. They can remember with gratitude the message of hope that Mr. Bondy brought to this area, and they can make boll weevil control a lasting tribute to his memory, by carrying carrying on the work not only this .season but in years to come, so long as cotton grows and weevils threaten damage in Robeson fields.