Ten years before Donald “Rink” Benson was born, his father, Harvey Benson, along with six other area farmers, Mike and John Madden, Leo Bell, Henry Kendrick, Howard Tuley, and Mike Long all pooled together their hard earned harvest earnings and together built an 8,000 bushel wooden elevator near the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Ralls County and named it Hassard Elevator Company. The year was 1918. Wheat was the main cash crop in the area. Hassard Elevator got its start buying and storing wheat from local farmers within approximately a three mile radius. Farmers would bring wheat to Hassard by way of horse pulling a 60 bushels wagon. In 1926, Harvey Benson bought out his colleagues and blazed a trail for four generations to come.
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