August 25, 1890: John P. Nolen of Jefferson County killed a rattlesnake five feet, seven inches long and three inches in diameter, and had seventeen rattles and a button.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.