August 9, 1900

A new vigilante group was formed in Shelby County. The Anti-Chicken Thief Society threatened offenders with a coat of tar and feathers, the whipping post, or even hanging.

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 or buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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