A century-old tractor will bring rewards to the Munden community for years to come after an online auction brought in $135,000 that will be donated to the community. The tractor, built by the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company around 1914, had been owned by local farmer Henry Strnad, who bought it with his brothers in 1957. Only about half a dozen of this model of tractor are known to still exist.
Strnad passed away in February, and the tractor was to be sold with the proceeds split between the Zion Evangelical Church and the new Munden Community Hall. Online bidding on the tractor through Illinois-based Aumann Auctions started April 28, and bids quickly rose to just less than $100,000.
According to Tim Gottschalk, chairman of the Republic County Community Foundation; money from the sale will go into endowments, with the church and community hall getting investment earnings each year.
Estimates show the endowments would generate about $3,000 a year for both the church and the community hall, with that increasing over time as the principal grows. In addition, the donation qualifies for a matching grant of about $30,000 from the Kansas Health Foundation. The grant can be used for administration and health programs in Republic County.