In the last few years, multiple sections of Perseus and Ceres townships were opened for settlement. Unfortunately, farmers were encouraged to buy silos to store surplus grain against the next bad harvest, in which case they could sell it at a premium. Nobody wanted to be the one farmer with nothing to sell during that bad year.
The bumper crops of 1911 and 1912 overwhelmed even these silos. The year 1913 showed every sign of bringing more bumper crops and the prospect of the disgorgement of silos across the state. By May, the growth of industry made the silos' metal worth more than the grain inside. The silos were torn down and their land sold to developers.
The county paved the old trail from Minerva to Conrad while the new railway connecting Sarum and Culleten routed itself through Minerva, Liverpool and Aix. Together with the Magiana Line, all towns now are connected by rail, if indirectly.
In other news, the state has demanded that Pershingham County, at long last, declare its seat, that is, where the county courthouse will be located. The people of Aix thought that it would be named county seat by virtue of spending a quarter century as the only settlement in the county. The people of Minerva believe, with the state, that it should go to the largest town. The state is constrained from naming Minerva since even at its size, it is too small to maintain a courthouse properly.