HUMANS OF CHEROKEE COUNTY: Merwin Grimm
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of occasional articles based on the “Humans of New York” Facebook page, which draws attention to people and their life stories. Our goal is to share interesting stories about the lives of everyday Cherokee County residents.
Murphy – From a comfortable chair in Penland Senior Center, Merwin Grimm recounts his life story.
“I am 91 years old. I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Hinckley, Ill. I was one of five boys raised by great parents, who were both in World War I. My mother was a nurse, and my father fought in the war,” Grimm said.
“We had about 50 cows, and every night and morning we would have to milk the cows. I went to Hinckley High School and was on the basketball and football teams. I went to business college to begin my degree in accounting. I was married, and we had two children and a wonderful life.
“Then (World War II) came along, so I went into service. I was stationed overseas in Europe for three years. I took part in D-Day. I came home, and I had the chance to go to back to business college and finish my degree.
“I was in service all the time and got called back again. They sent me out to Utah to guard German prisoners for a year. There were eight of us, and they gave us a bus. We went to a fairground, where the prisoners stayed in a horse barn.
“After the war, I got the chance to go to Colorado and work at a gold mine as an accountant. I stayed there for about two years. I also worked for a company that made all farm machinery. I was an accountant there for 20 years. I liked that, and it was interesting because I worked with farm machinery all the time. Then I went to work for part of McDonald’s. We made all the ice cream machines for McDonald’s. I was there for 20 years. At one point, I also taught agriculture to high school students for a couple of years.
“I had a chance to travel. I went to Alaska, Mexico, South America, Africa, Egypt and back over to Europe for a couple of years in finance. I also went to Australia for a year and Great Britain for a year, then to Bethlehem for a year of travel. Later, I had a chance to go to Japan and China, traveling and teaching at the same time. I came back home to Illinois and took over the farm.
“Finally, I ended up in Murphy, since I was getting too old to farm. I’ve just been here four months. My parents have shaped me into who I am today. They were so wonderful.
“I want to be known for living a good, clean and religious life. I have lived a wonderful life, and I thank God every day,” he said.
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