Whitney Benefits, the foundation that has loaned $25 million interest-free to students from Sheridan and Johnson counties has released two books that detail the history behind how the foundation is able to provide charitable support to the community.
President of the Board of Trustees for Whitney Benefits, Tom Kinnison, says that it is important to get the stories out of the people behind the foundation.
Both books, “The History of Whitney Benefits”, and “Solace in Numbers, A Biography of Edward A. Whitney”, were written by Sam Western of Sheridan.
Whitney benefits was founded in 1928, 11 years after Edward A. Whitney died in 1917, leaving $852,000 or the equivalent of $14 million in today's currency, to the foundation. Whitney Benefits is worth $100,000 million in assets today.
Highlights of the history book include details of Whitney's will and the story of the 22-year legal battle that resulted in a $63.5 million payment of compensation and damages from the government.
The biography, “Solace in Numbers, A Biography of Edward A. Whitney” stories Whitney's life in his travels, his time in the Civil War and eventual migration to Wyoming.
Sheridan Stationary and the Sheridan County Museum have copies of the books for sale, and the library has copies for checkout.