Great story. I don’t know about going without running water or electricity, but it definitely more about how you manage what you earn than how much you earn – at least for those who don’t get $10M bonuses each year.
I happened across this article and thought you might enjoy!
Frugal family leaves nearly $1 million to Hampton groups
JESSICA MILLER, Courier Staff Writer Mar 11, 2003
HAMPTON – Two private women in life have become public benefactors in death.
Beulah and Lulah Alert left $885,000 to local organizations, $285,000 each to the Hampton Public Library Foundation, the Franklin County Historical Society and the Franklin General Hospital Foundation.
“What a wonderful gift they have given the community,” library director Judy Harper said.
Residents knew little about the Alert family. The women and their parents lived frugally choosing to go without running water or electricity.
Sometimes their isolation brought on personal attacks. And few outside the family apparently knew of the sister’s considerable investments until after Beulah’s death in November 2001. Lulah died in 1994.
“I think everyone was surprised at the amount,” Harper said.
The surprise just reinforces the…
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