This trivia question was part of American Education Week observance, here at USD 353…several trivia questions were asked about “events of the past” in our school district and one of the questions was:
“Wellington students and the citizens of Wellington raised money for a BIG purchase. What was that purchase and when?”
Some of you know this, and some may not…it’s awesome and amazing when you think about it…here’s the answer to the above trivia question, thanks to the 1945 WHS Yearbook and a postcard about it as well:
“Contributing over twenty-thousand dollars, the Wellington schools played a vital part in purchasing a Boeing B-29 Superfortress named the “City of Wellington, Kansas”. The residents of Wellington raised a total of $685,000.00 in their Sixth War Loan Campaign, and with that money purchased and presented to the Army Air Forces this Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The high school alone raised $14,000.00 in a week’s time while the rest of it was raised by the downtown people. Pictured with the bomber were the folks selected to attend the christening at the Boeing Plant.
Ellis Carr, Claude Kissick, Mrs. G.J. Roberts, Harley Hyten, Mr. Roberts, Martin Gravette.”
Amazing – the high school students raised $14,000.00 in a week. The purchasing power equivalent of that amount in today’s dollars would be $196,000.00!