A recent issue of the Mt. Ayr News contains the following account of a 'rat hunt' in Ringgold County. In Rice and Middle Fork Townships a week's competitive hunt resulted in the death of over 2,000 rodents that had been waxing fat in the corn cribs and destroying much farm property. Two sides were made up from the two townships, 16 men to the side, the north siders being captained by N.V. Tyrrel and the south siders by Elmer Defenbaugh. The south siders had an easy victory, bringing forward 1,260 rat tails to show the number of rats they had killed. The north siders killed something less than 1,000 and did not bring all the tails to the count, knowing they were beaten, but contented themselves with registering a count of 476.
All partookof an oyster supper at the losers' expense at A.J. Kaster's Friday evening, and all rejoiced in the headway that had been made in exterminating the vermin. A similar hunt was recently held near Redding with gratifying results in the slaughter of rats.
Posted in Decatur County Journal-IowaJanuary 4, 1905