Never Stop Learning!

“Education is essential to everything we do. Never stop learning.”

Meet Dr. Mary Stauffer; medical pioneer, philanthropist, centenarian and (not so surprise) millionaire.  Dr. Stauffer marked her 100th birthday last year doing what she does best, giving back to her community. This is one inspiring lady!

 

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 Secret Gift From a Secret Fortune

“Few realized the reclusive old man had quietly amassed a fortune.”

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Don Slaughter was a man with a secret.  Known as a quiet man who kept to himself, Mr. Slaughter lived outside of his Oregon community in a 100 year old farmhouse built by his parents.  An able and capable woodsman, Don loved the simple life spending much of his time in the forest and lands surrounding his property.  However, what no one knew is that Don owned all of that said land and much much more.  You might actually call Mr. Slaughter a land baron of sorts.  And what he did with this secret wealth is truly heart-warming.

The Jet Set Millionaire

No, don’t let the title fool you.  The millionaire in question was not some corporate titan or Hollywood celebrity flying the friendly skies in first class.  Oh no, this millionaire was the flight attendant who served them!

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Read more about her legacy at the York County Community Foundation (YCCF).