Raise Chickens or Move!

Back in 1906, everyone in Montezuma, Iowa raised chickens. And anyone who didn't was politely encouraged to get out of town.

"A few have tried to live in Montezuma without engaging in the poultry industry either for pleasure or profit, but they have always found their dislike for chickens growing into a sort of barrier against friendly intercourse with their neighbors and they came to be almost social outcasts."

According to Montezuma's wikipedia page, the town hasn't grown much in the past 100 years. However, the page doesn't say anything about the chicken-raising requirement. Nor does Montezuma's own official website.

Custer County Republican - Dec 27, 1907

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     Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 05, 2016
     Category: Animals | 1900s

Definitely a strange story.

Something totally off topic but that I found amusing; my how the use of language has changed since 1907.

Today "friendly intercourse with their neighbors" would imply that the neighborhood is populated by swingers (if married), or by very promiscuous unmarried individuals.
Posted by Kyle Morgan on 06/06/16 at 12:13 PM
What a bunch of chicken shit and I wonder what the town did to remove it.
Posted by GFinKS on 06/07/16 at 09:21 AM
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