Education: Lithopolis Strikes It Rich

Lithopolis, Ohio (pop. 300) hasn't changed much since stagecoaches to Columbus stopped there 75 years ago. The village has two restaurants, four churches and an undertaker—but no railroad station, bank or high school. Most Lithopolitans are in the farming or feed business. But Lithopolis has something most hamlets haven't. It has $2,565,788.

Dictionary Publisher Adam Wagnalls (born Wagenhals) of Funk & Wagnalls was born in' Lithopolis in 1843. When daughter Mabel Wagnalls Jones died two years ago, in Manhattan, she left most of her estate to the little town. Last week tax appraisers finally put a price tag on her unusual bequest....

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