Huge Snake Killed on Sycamore in 1897


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 8/24/1897.

Charley Scott came in from Sycamore last Friday with the biggest snake story we have heard.  It seems that J.F. McDonald and a crowd of workmen were mowing and came upon a snake about ten inches in diameter and anywhere from 4 to 10 feet in length, just owing to how bad a man was scared when he saw it.  Several hours of time were employed in making snares and an effort made to capture it alive, but on account of his tremendous size it became necessary to secure an army gun and shoot him.  Under the rock another, but not so large, was found, and by skillful management he was taken alive and kept for some time, but he soon began to show signs of discontent and madness, and at a council of war it was decided to kill him also.