Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Rat-Killing Contest. Citizens of an Illinois Town Waging a War of Extermination.Date: August 26 1908
Newspaper published in: Columbia, KY
Pie-eating, quail-eating, fishing and rabbit killing contests are not uncommon, but the people of Obed, near Mattoon, are now in the throes of a new kind of contest that is engrossing the attention of the inhabitants of the little town. The contest has for its object the extermination of rats, and every man, boy and woman is busy with gun, poison or trap.
"The rats at Obed became so numerous recently," says a citizen of that place, "that they threatened to drive the people from their homes. It was therefore decided to choose up and hold a rat-killing contest. Ed COLE was named captain of one team and John STUMP watched after the interests of the other faction. To make the fight interesting, it was decided that the side killing the least number of rats should treat the winning team with an ice cream supper and a band concert. The race will end in a few days. Honors are now about even and the finish is expected to be exciting."