In 1914, 44 rats killed in one battle was the record of Edgar Powers and son Leslie, living near Ashville. The affair occurred one morning early in the week when Powers went to his silo to get out the morning feed for his dairy and found the place fairly alive with rodents. He had known from the tracks that rats frequented the place during the winter but had never seen nearly so many before. The explanation was found in the fact that the rats had been able to run up over the frozen ensilage inside the silo to an opening and so to go and come at their pleasure. Powers jumped in among them and started the work of extermination but they attacked him fiercely when cornered. He called for the assistance of his son and the two of them killed nearly every rat inside the silo. The rats had come from the barn into the silo as before but as the frozen silage had thawed they could not get up to the opening to escape.