Margaret Krebs shares 100 years of history in this episode of Discover Montcalm.  Born in Trufant Michigan, Margaret's grandparents sailed from Denmark in 1883, settling in the Gowen, near Trufant.  From a young age she loved to teach.  Teaching her younger siblings how to read when she was five or six.  She graduated valedictorian at 16, received a Reader's Digest Scholarship which allowed her to attend Central State Teachers College, now called Central Michigan University. 

“It is not often you can chat with someone almost a century old,” producer and host of Discover Montcalm Duane Weed says.  “Library Director Cheryl Smith for the Reynolds Township Library joined me to interview Margaret.  I would have loved to have done this interview with my grandparents.  This was fun.”

When asked what technology she best enjoyed over her lifetime, Margaret responded with, “Having my mom see a refrigerator or washing machine, that would have been nice.” 

According to a Daily News article, “Margaret’s faith has always been strong. In 1970, she was called upon by a Grand Rapids priest to start what would become Christ the King Catholic Church in Howard City. In 1976, St. Francis de Sales in Morley joined Christ the King and Margaret’s husband, LaMoyne, then in the real estate business, found the property at M-46 and Reed Road, where it is located presently. 

The Daily News article went on to say that In 2018, for the 150-year celebration of Howard City, she was honored to be the annual Harvest Festival grand marshal. Her granddaughters, Haley and Mary, and son, Alan, rode with her. Gov. Rick Snyder gave her a certificate of special tribute.

In part, the governor’s written remarks sum up her life: “Margaret Nielsen Krebs, a long-time resident of Howard City, has been an active community member. As an educator, she has shaped the minds of our state’s children. As a faithful disciple, she helped found the first and only Catholic parish in Howard City. Thank you for your tireless work, and many contributions to Howard City and the State of Michigan.”

One thing this interview taught me is that you are never too old to do something new.  Margaret became an author when she was 97, ‘100 Years of change’ was written with the help of her oldest daughter Karen Cornell, wife of Rob Cornell The book was written after Margaret’s blessed survival of a serious hospitalization in 2021.

The book is a perfect gift for anyone interested in life during the early 1900's, Margaret Mary (Nielsen) Krebs at age 98 has written a beautiful story about her life growing up in Trufant, Michigan. Raised by hard-working, loving parents on the family farm with her eight siblings and grandpa White.  Although her family was losing their farm due to the depression, she worked her way through college and went on to teach for more than 37 years. She even managed to start a catholic church. Her infectious smile and laugh can be felt in the words of this beautiful story about family, change, determination and love.  
100 Years of Change: The Life of Margaret Mary (Nielsen) Krebs Paperback – March 31, 2022
by Margaret Mary Krebs (Author), Karen Cornell (Author)

You may find her book in the libraries of Howard City, Cedar Springs and Lakeview. It may also be ordered via Amazon.

Margaret Krebs shares 100 years of history in this episode of Discover Montcalm. Born in Trufant Michigan, Margaret's grandparents sailed from Denmark in 1883, settling in the Gowen, near Trufant. From a young age she loved to teach. Teaching her younger siblings how to read when she was five or six. She graduated valedictorian at 16, received a Reader's Digest Scholarship which allowed her to attend Central State Teachers College, now called Central Michigan University.

“It is not often you can chat with someone almost a century old,” producer and host of Discover Montcalm Duane Weed says. “Library Director Cheryl Smith for the Reynolds Township Library joined me to interview Margaret. I would have loved to have done this interview with my grandparents. This was fun.”

When asked what technology she best enjoyed over her lifetime, Margaret responded with, “Having my mom see a refrigerator or washing machine, that would have been nice.”

According to a Daily News article, “Margaret’s faith has always been strong. In 1970, she was called upon by a Grand Rapids priest to start what would become Christ the King Catholic Church in Howard City. In 1976, St. Francis de Sales in Morley joined Christ the King and Margaret’s husband, LaMoyne, then in the real estate business, found the property at M-46 and Reed Road, where it is located presently.

The Daily News article went on to say that In 2018, for the 150-year celebration of Howard City, she was honored to be the annual Harvest Festival grand marshal. Her granddaughters, Haley and Mary, and son, Alan, rode with her. Gov. Rick Snyder gave her a certificate of special tribute.

In part, the governor’s written remarks sum up her life: “Margaret Nielsen Krebs, a long-time resident of Howard City, has been an active community member. As an educator, she has shaped the minds of our state’s children. As a faithful disciple, she helped found the first and only Catholic parish in Howard City. Thank you for your tireless work, and many contributions to Howard City and the State of Michigan.”

One thing this interview taught me is that you are never too old to do something new. Margaret became an author when she was 97, ‘100 Years of change’ was written with the help of her oldest daughter Karen Cornell, wife of Rob Cornell The book was written after Margaret’s blessed survival of a serious hospitalization in 2021.

The book is a perfect gift for anyone interested in life during the early 1900's, Margaret Mary (Nielsen) Krebs at age 98 has written a beautiful story about her life growing up in Trufant, Michigan. Raised by hard-working, loving parents on the family farm with her eight siblings and grandpa White. Although her family was losing their farm due to the depression, she worked her way through college and went on to teach for more than 37 years. She even managed to start a catholic church. Her infectious smile and laugh can be felt in the words of this beautiful story about family, change, determination and love.
100 Years of Change: The Life of Margaret Mary (Nielsen) Krebs Paperback – March 31, 2022
by Margaret Mary Krebs (Author), Karen Cornell (Author)

You may find her book in the libraries of Howard City, Cedar Springs and Lakeview. It may also be ordered via Amazon.

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Steve Foster, From Tool and Die to Education and Hunting Videos. Steve is currently the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District Board of Education President , a Retired Human Resources Director at Greenville Tool & Die, past President and current trustee of the Education Foundation of Greenville and Owner, Foster Outdoor Productions (freelance videography and post production).

Growing up in Montcalm County and surrounding areas Steve been there, done that life has provided him many experiences. However, ask him now and he will properly tell you hunting or videotaping a hunt is his happy place.

In this Discover Montcalm episode Duane asks Steve about his work career beginning in sales and sales management, and then for more than 32 years, in purchasing, human resources, and industrial safety training at Greenville Tool and Die.

Always having a passion for the out-of-doors, hunting, and hunting videography keeps him busy today. From buying his first video camera in 1994  to trying to keep up with technology in both cameras and video editing as we have gone from tape to digital, to 4K and beyond.

His travels have taken him from the Midwest to Mexico, the Rocky Mountains, Africa, Manitoba, New Brunswick.

Since he retired in 2014 from the normal work a day world, Steve has been able to pursue his long time passion of videography for the hunting industry and chase deer, elk, bear, turkeys, and other game all around the world.

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GREENVILLE TOOL & DIE - source GTD Website

The Greenville Tool & Die Company was formed as a partnership between Charles J. Randall and Vandel Nielsen and opened for business on August 15, 1946. In mid 1950's, GTD began shifting emphasis from small appliance and aircraft tooling to larger automotive tooling and dies.

Today, GTD has 92,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space and 12,000 sq. ft. of office and engineering space. Two shifts include more than 125 employees. In May of 1997, late owner and CEO Stan Ash received his first patent, "Liquid Impact Tool Forming Mold," a process similar to "hydroforming" which allows the customer to use their existing production presses.

The development of Greenville Tool & Die Company has been a team effort, and the company is especially proud of its corps of skilled and loyal employees through the years who engineer, design, and build the metal stamping dies, tools, and fixtures. Their adaptability to and enthusiasm for change have allowed GTD to grow, prosper, and become a leader in its field. On February 17, 2005, the employees of Greenville Tool & Die Company purchased the company from the trust of its late CEO and Owner, Stan Ash, and his wife Blanche. Today, Greenville Tool & Die is "A 100% Employee Owned Company."

MONTCALM AREA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD

source MAISD Website

1. Expand educational opportunities for all students, staff, and community.
2. Provide ongoing, forward-thinking leadership.
3. Create connectedness in MAISD, in districts, and between districts.
4. Maintain financial integrity of MAISD and local districts.
5. Establish a unified legislative voice.

WHAT IS THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF GREENVILLE?

source EFG website
The Education Foundation of Greenville (EFG), a not for profit 501c 3 organization, was founded in 1991 to generate and distribute financial resources for the Greenville Public Schools to enhance, or supplement, educational opportunities for students. It operates independently from the Greenville Public Schools, but trustees work closely in partnership with the Board of Education and administration to pursue its purpose of supporting excellence in the school districts programs.

FOSTER OUTDOOR PRODUCTIONS

source FOP Facebook Page
Foster Outdoor Productions is owned and operated by free lance videographer/producer, Steve Foster. Focus is primarily toward filming hunting for TV shows, social media etc. Special projects like company promos, etc., considered.

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