This hometown hero and Surprise Millionaire astounded his small Iowa community 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!
The shoe salesman lived a quiet, unassuming life and upon his death left a lasting legacy to his community. But, was he the true Surprise Millionaire in this story or could it be someone else? To get the answer to that, you will have to read the story.
Someone once said that through the love of reading you can travel the world and be anyone you want to be without ever having to leave the comfort of your armchair. And if you are the frugal sort like Alice Jumper, it is a whole lot less expensive as well! In fact, through her love of reading, Alice was able to accumulate a $1 million portfolio that will be benefiting Central Michigan University and its Library well into the future.
Chester Tamm spent his entire life in and around the small Wisconsin town of Brillion. One could say that he was almost a fixture in that rural farming community. Born in 1927, Chester operated his family’s farm outside of Brillion until it was sold in 1965. He then took an evening shift position at a local lawn equipment manufacturer until his retirement in 1988. Chester went about his work and his life in a slow steady pace striving for excellence in all that he did.
He was a man who sought to help others in need. He was very active in his church and would not hesitate to help his neighbors whether asked to or not. He was the type of gentleman that anyone would want for a friend, neighbor or family member. However, even with all of these attributes, there was no one in Brillion who would describe Chester Tamm as a wealthy man. That has changed.
After Chester’s passing in 2010 the people of Brillion were shocked to learn that this quiet and modest man had accumulated a “small fortune” over his lifetime and once more had left said fortune to many deserving institutions in and around the town of Brillion Wisconsin. Local churches, community centers and libraries are a little more fiscally sound thanks to Chester Tamm’s most generous gift. Chester was another Surprise Millionaire who made a difference to the people of his community.
So you suspect one of your neighbors might be a Surprise Millionaire but are not for sure. How would you be able to tell? Well, most likely you wouldn’t. Thankfully, Len Penzo has broken the code and will give us the scoop on the traits that set the Surprise Millionaire apart from the rest of us.