As reported in the
Granville Center News
August 5, 1933
Malaria In Low Places; Hills Settled
We have found why the first settlers took to this hill country instead of farming the rich lands in the valleys, abundant enough even in this part of the world. It seems that in the old days malaria (the “malignant fever”), now regarded as an exclusively tropic disease, was quite current in New England, particularly in low ground where the disease-bearing mosquitoes, which bred in swamps, were commoner.
Due to the persistent use of quinine along with improved medical knowledge, malaria has been abolished from New England. The mosquitoes are still here, but there is no disease left for them to carry, so they are now harmless.