The Hometown Hero

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This hometown hero and Surprise Millionaire astounded his small Iowa communityIowa Millionaire by leaving them his entire estate totaling $5.7 million!  The only stipulation the local clothier made was that the funds be used to improve and beautify the slowly fading town.   And what do you suppose they chose as the first project for their significant windfall?  How about building the world’s biggest popcorn ball!

 

Hip To Be Square!

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We have often spoke of the surprise many people have upon finding out that a quiet unassuming friend or neighbor has amassed a fortune.  But what a double shock it would be to find out that those same quiet unassuming people were not only millionaires but also well-known insiders in the hip and avant garde New York City art world!

That’s right, Art was the investment vehicle they used to make millions while also giving them an amazing social life along the way.  And this from a man who never earned more than $23,000 a year!

Take a tour of the Vogel Collection and learn about the amazing lives of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel. 

Giving To Others What They Never Had

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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!

A Surprise Millionaire Thought …

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Just a Dime

By Steve Goodier

Can one dime make a difference? Here is a woman who turned a dime into millions of dollars.

Her name was Martha Berry. This clever woman founded the Berry School in Rome, Georgia. She scraped together funds from every source possible. One day she approached Henry Ford, of Ford automobile fame, and asked for a contribution. Patronizingly, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a dime.

Rather than be insulted or discouraged by the “gift,” Miss Berry bought a package of seed peanuts with it. The seeds were planted and tended, and they eventually yielded a large crop, which she later sold.

Again she called on Mr. Ford. “Here’s the dime you gave me last year,” she said, handing him a coin. Then she told him of the return she had realized from his token investment.

Ford was so impressed that, in the years to come, he gave millions of dollars to the school.

Can one dime make a difference? Yes, if we invest it well.

How about one hour of your time? Can it make a difference? Or how about the life of one person? Can a life like yours or mine really make a difference? The answer to each of these questions is the same: Yes, if we invest it well.

Now…how are your investments doing?

By Steve Goodier – http://www.LifeSupportSystem.com

 

Sharp As A Tack And One Of A Kind

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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!