Bilby $50,000 Land Deal, 1909

A small item reports a big land deal in the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), January 7, 1909, page 1:

$50,000 Land Deal.

John S. and J. Ed Bilby have purchased the Thomas Tootle Estate, section of land five miles west of Skidmore.  This farm was formerly known as the Wertz farm and has been occupied and farmed for the past 22 years by Wm. Blackney.  the price paid by the Nodaway county big land owners is a little less than $50,000.