Student Amy Johns Ryan recalled that in the college’s Sumner days, “Most of us that went to Whitworth had to pay our tuition with all sorts of things. We took pounds of butter and dozens of eggs and bales of hay and paid our way, and the boy and girl who came down from Carbonado paid their way with coal that came from the coal mines at Carbonado. Dr. Whitworth had an interest in those coal mines.”
Later, during the Great Depression, some students paid their tuition with offerings of applesauce, potatoes and peanut butter. And heaven help Beatrice Henderson, who picked and canned 742 quarts of fruit one summer to pay for her first year of college.