Another disaster hit Lincoln County a century ago. Armies of squirrels came in from every direction. It was like a nightmare. Some farmers even dug trenches around their fields to try and stop those destructive, evil-minded little fellows. A post office guy that felt sorry for the farmers, went out on a weekend and slaughtered 1,100 squirrels. A farmer near Wilbur took the lives of 16,000 squirrels during the summer. Bounties and free poison ran the county in debt to the tune of $40,000. That was a lot of dough in those days.
The Spokesman-Review Feb 1896