Saturday, April 4, 2009

On this day in Iowa

April 4, 1922

Over 1.2 million rats are killed during the state-wide rat-killing contest. The Des Moines Register claims, "Thousands of folks have been making Iowa 'better in health and greater in wealth' by killing these pests during the three weeks' crusade..."

From Deep Roots: Iowa Heritage Calendar 1976 by Beth Ann Conklin.

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