200 loyal farmers refuse to place bids at auction so a family could get their farm back
David, a young man from Nebraska, encountered a seemingly unsolvable problem a few years ago.
Due to some ownership complications, his family farm had been sold to the cousin of an ancestor and David’s family had to move out.
Somehow, in a twist of fate, the farm went up for sale at an auction.
David knew he had to buy it again, but he didn’t have enough money.
Luckily, hundreds of farmers from his neighborhood came up with a brilliant plan.
The story’s been circulating around the internet since 2018.
Nevertheless, the lack of detail keeps us from finding more information
Some even think that the story is not true and that it is just a rumor inspired by a similar practice during the Great Depression.
Back then, farmers would often buy back their repossessed land for pocked change, because no one else would bid at the auction.
Whenever a bank tried to sell a farm, an act of pure solidarity would keep them from taking the land from its owners.
Whether the story is real or blown out of proportion, we’ll all agree that such a pure act of kindness restores a little faith in humanity.
According to the story, David’s neighbors didn’t think of the profit. They only wanted to do the right thing.
The 80-acre farm was sold, then re-sold, until it finally wound up in the hands of David’s family who’d been working on that farm for generations.
The problem happened when the ancestor decided to sell the farm.
Although they’ve been farmers for decades, David and his family could do nothing about it.
They couldn’t maintain the ownership of the land, and the new owner wanted nothing to do with the farm, he just wanted to sell it.
Either way, David didn’t have enough money to purchase a property, and he was very worried.
He knew that other farmers in the county had saved a lot more money and that he cannot bid against them.
However, farmers assured David that they didn’t want to bid.
Two hundred of them appeared at the auction and stayed true to their word.
The auction was quite simple, not a single one out of 200 farmers wanted to be David’s competition.
They stayed silent the whole time, even though the auctioneer asked numerous times if there was anyone else who would want to place a bid.
After three breaks and a lot of stress, David was finally in possession of his land again
Auctioneers made three breaks during the process of selling that particular farm.
They couldn’t believe what they saw. 200 men standing shoulder by shoulder, supporting their young neighbor and not saying a single word.
Eventually, the gavel was slammed down and the winning bid was announced.
“I’ve had two profoundly humbling days in my life,” David said.
“The first was the day my son was born. The second was that unforgettable day at the auction house.”
Imagine how lucky David musta have felt. We’re happy for David and his family for getting the farm back.
The story serves as an inspiration to all of us. One helping hand means a lot, a helping community means the whole world.
During the 1930s, the situation escalated quickly, and farmers were desperate
After the prices went so low that many families went bankrupt and lost their farms, the situation was getting out of control.
Many farm families began burning corn instead of coal in their stoves.
The corn was cheaper, and it made the countryside smell like popcorn.
In Le Mars, Iowa, angry farmers entered the courtroom, pulled the judge from the bench, drove him out of the city, and threatened to hang him if he continued to take cases that would cost another farm family their farm.
Source : https://ronproject.com