Thanks to Robin.
Farmers remain silent at auction so young man can buy his family farm back
Sophie Michael, News360, South Africa, April 26, 2019
David’s family’s 80 acres of land [in Nebraska, USA] was sold to a distant relative and the family’s property was gone. What they had spent decades building vanished in a split-second bank interaction.
Throughout his life, David dreamed of somehow getting back the family’s land and rebuilding their business.
Several years after losing the family land, it suddenly appeared on auction. David and his father decided they would do their best to collect whatever modest means they had to try to get it back, reports goodnewsnetwork.com.
They spent many days and sleepless nights trying to come up with every possible way to acquire the extraordinary assets to reclaim their land. When the day of the auction finally came, their hearts sank: nearly 200 farmers were gathered. David and his father felt their chances of repossessing their family land were slim to none.
But they gave it their best shot. When the auctioneer announced their land, they immediately placed their bid — and held their breath.
Theirs was the first bid and David and his father anxiously waited to see who would bid next. But suddenly, the room went silent.
David didn’t understand what was happening and even the auctioneer was stupefied. He made further attempts to solicit a new bid, but got only silence. Stunned, he called a break.
They reconvened — three times — and each time, not a single farmer placed a bid.
The auctioneer finally had no choice, and with the strike of the gavel, David and his family had their land back.
It felt like a miracle. A miracle of 200 farmers from Nebraska, USA — every single one of them knowing what the right thing to do was.
David could finally write a happy chapter in his family history book.
“I’ve had two profoundly humbling days in my life. The first was the day my son was born. The second was that unforgettable day at the Auction House,” he said.