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Grimm, Maxine Tate, 1914-2017

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1914 - 2017

Biography

Maxine Tate Shields Grimm (1914-2017) is a prominent American figure who played a role in reintroducing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Philippines after World War 2 and restoring the Benson Grist Mill as a historical site in Tooele, Utah; she served on several advisory boards and committees.

Maxine Tate Shields Grimm was born on May 18, 1914, in Tooele, Utah, to parents Joseph Earl and Bertha Shields Tate. She graduated from high school in Tooele, Utah in 1934 as valedictorian; from the University of Utah in 1937 with a Bachelor’s degree in retailing and business; and earned a Master’s degree from New York University in retailing. In 1939, she married childhood sweetheart, Veldon Shields, who died a year later from natural causes. She then went to New York, where she helped her boss, the president of the Retail Association of New York, to aid European refugees into New York. After the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, she quit the business world of New York City and joined the Red Cross, which sent her to training at Ft. Bragg, NC, then to a New Guinea hospital, then a refugee camp in the Philippines. As the war ended, Grimm took over Tokyo Rose’s studio and broadcast, and used it to do public relations work for the Red Cross, mentioning her Latter-day Saint heritage, and broadcast Tabernacle Choir music. While in the Philippines, Grimm met and married Edward Miller “Pete” Grimm in 1947 in Manila, and together they had 2 children.

After World War 2 was ended, Maxine and husband, Pete, contacted the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, requesting them to send missionaries to the area. They helped set up branches, and helped members who were stationed in the Philippines with the US military. After Pete died in 1977, Maxine moved to Tooele in 1988, and devoted her time to community affairs. She served as a member of the BYU Roundtable, chaired the Tooele County Museum, sat on the Salt Lake Opera board, and was asked to chair the Utah State Centennial Commission. She was involved in the effort to save the Benson Grist Mill in Tooele, and saw that funds were dedicated to its restoration. She helped to write a script for the Benson Gristmill Pageant, which tells how the Tooele Valley was settled. She chaired the county’s Safe at Home committee in 2005, and in 2007 was named Citizen of the Year by the Tooele City Police Department. At age 96, she was active in the Tooele community’s battle against the proposed Rocky Mountain Power Line route across the east bench of Tooele, citing her ancestors' work that she hoped to continue – to make Tooele a beautiful and peaceful place. Grimm died on February 10, 2017 at the age of 102 and was buried in Tooele Cemetery.

Citation:
Wikipedia.com, Maxine Grimm, via WWW, accessed July 30, 2014 (Maxine Tate Shields Grimm was born on May 18, 1914, in Tooele, Utah, to parents Joseph Earl and Bertha Shields Tate; graduated from high school in Tooele, Utah in 1934 as valedictorian; University of Utah in 1937 with a Bachelor's degree in retailing and business; and a Master's degree from New York University in retailing; in 1939, she married Veldon Shields, who died a year later; went to New York, where she helped her boss, the president of the Retail Association of New York, to aid European refugees into New York; in 1941, she quit the business world of New York City and joined the Red Cross, which sent her to training at Ft. Bragg, NC, then to a New Guinea hospital, then a refugee camp in the Philippines; took over Tokyo Rose's studio and broadcast, and used it to do public relations work for the Red Cross, mentioning her Latter-day Saint heritage, and broadcast Tabernacle Choir music; met and married Edward Miller Grimm in 1947 in Manila, and together they had 2 children; contacted the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, requesting them to send missionaries to the area; helped set up branches, and helped members who were stationed in the Philippines with the US military; moved to Tooele in 1988, and devoted her time to community affairs; served as a member of the BYU Roundtable, chaired the Tooele County Museum, sat on the Salt Lake Opera board, and was asked to chair the Utah State Centennial Commission; was involved in the effort to save the Benson Grist Mill in Tooele, and saw that funds were dedicated to its restoration; helped to write a script for the Benson Gristmill Pageant, which tells how the Tooele Valley was settled; chaired the county's Safe at Home committee in 2005, and in 2007 was named Citizen of the Year by the Tooele City Police Department; Grimm lives in Tooele, Utah).

TooeleOnline.com, A Life Well Lived, via WWW, accessed July 30, 2014 (In 1939, she married childhood sweetheart, Veldon Shields, who died a year later from natural causes; As the war ended, Grimm took over Tokyo Rose's studio and broadcast, and used it to do public relations work for the Red Cross, mentioning her Latter-day Saint heritage, and broadcast Tabernacle Choir music; At age 96, she was active in the Tooele community's battle against the proposed Rocky Mountain Power Line route across the east bench of Tooele, citing her ancestors' work that she hoped to continue – to make Tooele a beautiful and peaceful place; now over 100 years old, continues to live and serve those around her in Tooele, Utah).

Legacy.com, via WWW, accessed June 20, 2017:ǂbobituary (Maxine Tate Shields Grimm; died February 10, 2017; buried in Tooele Cemetery)

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Edward Miller Grimm family and church histories, approximately 1945-2008

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6025 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Includes family history stories for Grimm's children, Edward Miller Grimm II and Linda Grimm, as well as the Grimm family ancestors: the Lee, Grimm, Clegg, Nelson, Tate, and Shields families. Also included is a "History of the Philippines Mission 1931-1970," "The Amazing Tale of Pete Grimm," a group photograph of Church members in the Philippines, and several films made by Maxine Grimm about the Philippines and other family history subjects. Materials are dated approximately 1945 to 2008.

Dates: approximately 1945-2008

Edward Miller Grimm general military records, business, and personal letters, 1942-1978

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6025 Series 1 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains papers that would normally be collected in the military, including transfer and temporary duty orders, correspondence, assignments, pay queries, resource charts, and retirement requests to the Veterans Administration. Dated 1942 to 1978.

Dates: Other: 1942-1978

Edward Miller Grimm military photographs, 1961

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6025 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains military photographs of Edward Miller Grimm. There is one photograph of Edward Miller Grimm and General MacArthur shaking hands, and a photograph of Dwight D. Eisenhower and 9 other men gathered around a table. Edward Miller Grimm is one of those men. Materials dated 1961.

Dates: 1961

Edward Miller Grimm military records, letters, and other material, 1918-1978

 Series
Identifier: MSS 6025 Series 1
Scope and Contents

The series contains Army, Navy, and Internment camp records of the Philippines from World War II. There are also business, personal, and military letters, newspapers, and other ephemera, such as blueprints, drawings for a ship, and census records of the internment camps. Materials dated 1918 to 1978.

Dates: Other: 1918-1978

Edward Miller Grimm military records, letters, and other material on Santo Tomas University Internment Camp and Cabantuan Prisoner of War Camp, 1942-1945

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6025 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Subseries contains military records that pertain to the Santo Tomas University Internment Camp and Cabantuan Prisoner of War Camp, including a census of internees, the plan for relief of civilian internees, organizational chart, casualty lists, day-to-day work, and a Manila newspaper with a story about the camp. Materials dated 1942 to 1945.

Dates: 1942-1945

Edward Miller Grimm military records on Navy and Army, 1918-1946

 Sub-Series — Box: 1, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6025 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Subseries contains military orders (i.e. records) that pertain to enlistment, commission, and rank advancement. Materials dated 1918 to 1946.

Dates: Other: 1918-1946

Edward Miller Grimm sketches, date of production not identified

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6025 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Consists of a few bound sketchbooks and a lot of loose papers with sketches. Some sketches are formal drawings, while others are practice works or variations of the same drawing. Date of production not identified.

Dates: date of production not identified

Edward Miller Grimm papers

 Collection — Folder: 2
Identifier: MSS 6025
Scope and Contents

The Edward Miller Grimm papers contain military records, letters, photographs, and ephemera from Edward Grimm's service in the Army and Navy during World War I and World War II. Also included are sketches (many signed by Grimm and others), several books of family histories, as well as the History of the Philippines Mission, 1961-1970, and a number of films made by Edward's wife, Maxine Tate Grimm, about their family and the Philippines. Materials dated 1918 to 2008.

Dates: 1918-2008

Maxine Tate Grimm films, approximately 1945-2008

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6025 Series 3 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains films of the Grimm family, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines, and other events. The original film reels are included, as well as digitized versions of the films on DVDs. Materials are dated approximately 1945-2008.

Dates: approximately 1945-2008

Additional filters:

Type
Archival Record 8
Collection 1
 
Subject
Military records 5
Mormons -- Philippines -- History 5
Military 4
Politics, Government, and Law 4
Santo Tomas Internment Camp (Manila, Philippines) -- History 3