Meet Mart Grams

By: 

Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent


Photo by Carol Wagner Mart Grams takes care of the flower gardens at the Shawano County Historical Society. He is standing in one of the gardens where the plants are from the Wild Ones.

Mart Grams volunteers at the Shawano County Historical Society.

After graduating from Grant High School, Grams joined the Army serving from 1976 to 1980 in military intelligence. When Grams returned he attended University of Wisconsin-Marshfield, UW-Stevens Point, and the University of Guadalajara, earning degrees in political science, history, economics, and Latin American studies.

Grams taught economics, government, history and Spanish in Gresham for 20 years and then social studies, economics, and government in Shawano for 12 years. He retired in 2016.

Grams and his wife, Linda, were married for 32 years before her death last year. They have two sons and two grandchildren. Grams lives in Shawano with his three cats.

He has written three books and two textbooks. They are available on Amazon, and he will have a book signing Aug. 18 at the Shawano County Library for his latest book, a children’s book with drawings by his granddaughter, Alli German.

How did you get started with the Shawano County Historical Society?

“The president asked me to be president. I started as the vice president and then became president. Then I was treasurer for four years and then on the board. When I retired, I got more interested in helping like with the church re-building. I was the first to preach in the church.”

What do you do now?

“No one was taking care of the grounds. I said I would do it. I am a member of the Wolf River Master Gardeners. There are 13 flower gardens. Twenty-four maple trees were planted. Someday, we want to make maple syrup. The Wild Ones help along the shoreline. Two Boy Scouts, Bryce and Brady Stomberg, help on the channel taking out the dead stuff and garbage for their Eagle Scout project. We would like to be able to see the channel from the office. Every day, I work on four or five gardens and water every other day.”

Where else do you volunteer?

“The American Legion Post 117. I am the head of the education committee and scholarship fund. I help at the brat fries and am on the honor guard for funerals. I am a member of the Shawano Masonic Lodge and Mason Woods. I was the Mason Worshipful Master a couple times.”

Why do you volunteer?

“I always knew and even when I was a kid that the community that takes care of you, you should take care of. Especially men should volunteer for the military so they can see the world. If everyone did volunteer, then think how great this town would be.”