Man Who Promised Graduation Gift 12 Years Ago Pays  

June 18, 2012

Twelve years ago, a group of Johnson County kindergartners got a visit from a man named Barney Oldfield, who promised each of them $1,000 when they graduated from high school. The Lincoln Journal-Star says the year was 2000, and Oldfield, a retired Air Force colonel, stressed the importance of education to the 67 kindergartners, who had come from Johnson County's three schools to meet him.

Those kindergartners are graduating from high school and a foundation established by Oldfield is making good on his promise. He died in 2003. Jordan Stall, son of Deanna and Leon Stall of Gibbon, is a recipient of the $1000 gift and will receive an additional $1000 for enrolling in a Nebraska college. Jordan was a kindergartener in Tecumseh when he met Oldfield.

Jordan said "I thought it was really nice of Mr. Oldfield to do this for us. This will help with the tuition at Central Community College in Columbus." Jordan's mother, Deanna Stall is a Technology Integration Specialist at ESU 10, and his father, Leon Stall is a Social Science teacher and coach at Gibbon High School. Read the entire story from Lincoln-Journal Starr.