Melvin and Kathryn Johnson grew up during a time when educational opportunities were hard to come by; especially when you were trying to make a living and put food on the table. That is why their recent gifts to the Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch as well as their local school districts made such a lasting impression. It is people (and Surprise Millionaires) like these folks that make me hopeful for the future!
Edward Daken amassed quite a fortune through hard work, frugal living and wise investing. However, unlike other surprise millionaires, Mr. Daken amassed his wealth for the express purpose of leaving it to worthwhile causes. It seems that years ago Mr. Daken read a story about another gentleman who amassed wealth through frugality leaving his wealth to a local school district. Mr. Daken must have thought, “if he can do it, so can I”. And then … he DID!
The citizens of northwest Oklahoma can be proud to count Vera Mae Eversole as one of their own. A former school teacher, animal lover, choir member and caretaker for her mother and brother, Vera displayed the kind of attributes that make the people of Oklahoma one of a kind. This Surprise Millionaire didn’t even let her attorney in on the secret of her net worth. She let her last will and testament do the talking for her!
An enterprising math teacher thought of an inventive way to teach his students exactly what a “million” meant. This is just one of the many ways this dedicated teacher, train engineer and business owner found to help his students, both past and present, as well as the community of Winona Minnesota at large. Is it any “surprise” that this unassuming man would turn out to be a very wealthy man? If you are a regular reader of this blog I think you know the answer to that!