A Surprise Millionaire From Yesteryear

Grelton Cemetary (2)Back in the 1960s, a frugal and quiet bachelor stunned his small  Ohio town with the bequest he left for the maintenace of the local rundown cemetery.  W.E. Nichols lived an interesting life. From running away from home at 15 to fight in the Spanish-American War to buying scores of Chevron stock certificates off of drunken oil field workers, Mr. Nichols’ young life could be thought of as anything but boring.  Of course most of these interesting tidbits, including the fact that he was a multi-millionaire, didn’t come to light until after his passing.  The residents of 1960s Grelton Ohio were just as shocked as we are today when learning about a Surprise Millionaire.  I guess some things never change!

Anyone Can Accumulate Wealth!

“He became a supporter and advocate for the children he served..”

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We are often fond of saying here at The Surprise Millionaires that, “anyone can accumulate wealth”.  I have observed this to be true time and time again even for people who live in the most humble of circumstances.  That is why this gentleman and his story really touched me. The very fact that he was able to accumulate so much based on his meager income is completely amazing. However, it is nothing compared to the amazingness of his giving heart. This just goes to show that if you have a goal worth pursuing and the frugalness to live well below your means that anyone can truly accumulate wealth!

Cattle Rancher Leaves Millions

“Crosetto led a simple and      conservative life”

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William “Bill” Crosetto of Othello Washington was a cattle rancher and all around good citizen.  A life-long bachelor, Bill lived a quiet life on his cattle ranch outside of town where his work ethic was well-known.  He lived the “early to bed/early to rise” conservative lifestyle of a rancher while still finding time to drive his weathered pickup truck to the local cafe to shoot the breeze with a handful of good friends.

This is why everyone in Othello was shocked to learn that this quiet, unpretentious man was actually a self-made millionaire!  It turns out that Bill had amassed his wealth in cattle ranching but super-sized it by living frugally.

Unknown to most, Bill had been working with a local foundation to set up a multimillion dollar legacy for his community.  After Bill’s passing this past January, his secret was revealed to all.

Where did Bill’s philanthropic streak come from, you might ask?  Many believe he was inspired by a well-known uncle or two.  This is a family with  philanthropy in their DNA.

Whether inspired by his family or all on his own, Bill Crosetto has made a lasting contribution to the community he loved.

A Millionaire Teacher At 46!

A short video about a frugal teacher who reached millionaire status. Very inspirational and interesting as he met a Surprise Millionaire early in life who inspired him to do the same. Wouldn’t it be something if all Surprise Millionaires taught or mentored others! This is just a short teaser. You can find a longer more indepth video here.