Family holds auction to help sons


CLINTON — Several hundred vehicles, mostly pick-up trucks, lined the roads around the Schmid family farm on Monday as an auction got under way to help the sons of the Jesse Schmid family.

The anticipated traffic was heavy enough that shuttle buses were used to transport auction-goers from their vehicles to the auction site, in some cases as far as a mile or more.

“I’ve been watching the auction online, and they’re moving right through stuff,” a shuttle passenger from out of town told the Journal.  “I had to park so far out, I was afraid it would be over before I got here.”

Buses were still transporting people in some 30 minutes after the auction began.  Farm equipment of all types was on the auction block, combines, tractors, sprayers, a variety of trucks and personal vehicles.

The Schmid family set up the auction with help from Martin Auction in hopes of helping their sons Brody and Royce, who were diagnosed about a year ago with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

Representatives of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) were at the auction on Monday to help educate folks about the organization and the disease, and the Schmids pledged the first $25,000 from auction proceeds to the MDA.

Farm Credit representatives were present grilling burgers and Clinton FFA members were also there helping.