I was doing some research about the Tractorcade of 1979, and found something very interesting.
Back in the late 70's, when farmers were being foreclosed on, the local farming community would show up at the auctions and pay a penny for the foreclosed on items. Then they would turn around and give everything back to the foreclosed on farmer.
That is absolutely beautiful. What a hearwarming story. Wouldn't it be wonderful if people were like that today? I'm sure there still are some of them out there, but they are few and far between.
The same strategies were used during The Great Depression.
Yes, that is a heartwarming story... but, sadly, I don't know that this would work as well today. In the age of cell phones, blackberries and wireless internet, there are people who literally drive from auction to auction, just looking for bargains. If people heard that farms were selling at auction for a buck, you would get people crawling out of the woodwork to bid on the "dirt cheap!" farms. Or at least, that is what happens here in Virginia...
I thought the same thing. I am afraid that many people would see something like this as a benefit to themselves rather then helping a family that has farmed that land for several generations.
But it is nice to remember what kind of people we use to be.
It's a shame that profit drives so many folks today, instead of helping their neighbor!
Oh well, justice will win out in the long run, and you can bet that names are being taken!
Didn't happen at my place. :(
The hardest part was watching some of the cheap SOBs who knew how well my dad built stuff start talking it down to lower the price.
And yes, I'm a grudge holder.
Too bad that would rarely happen today.
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