Most townsfolk in tiny Lowell, Mich., probably had no idea Harold J. Englehardt was very wealthy. This week they found out.

Mr. Englehardt, a former banker, died April 1 at the age of 96. City officials revealed Tuesday that he had left the town $12 million, most of his estate, to be used for charitable purposes there and in surrounding towns. The money will be distributed by a committee of five local leaders.

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