Margaret Einck: 100 and counting
By Jo Danielsen

Margaret Einck, long-time rural Denver resident, will turn 100 years old on March 20, 2023.

Margaret served as Denver Community School secretary from 1956-1979. The quilt given to her by the Denver staff upon retirement is proudly displayed on her bed. The names on that quilt bring memories to this writer. But, let’s start at the very beginning.

Margaret was born at home in Baxter, Iowa, just north of Des Moines. After graduation, she headed to the Iowa capitol to attend business education schooling. It was there that she developed a love for typing (word processing). She could take dictation at 120 words per minute in shorthand. She then transposed the shorthand to typed word at 70 words per minute.
Her first job was at Rath Packing Company for eight years. Denver School was beckoning and, in 1956, she started with the school district she grew to love beyond measure. One of her favorite experiences was working in the “new” school. The excitement was overwhelming! Margaret also was so pleased that Lutheran Denver would welcome this Catholic girl into the fold. She felt like a foreigner.

Superintendents of the Denver Schools were Robert Wells, Raymond Green, Clyde Newel and Al Bremer. They were all “great guys,” but everyone loved Principal Ron Knudson. He did it all, including refereeing. School events were a benefit and a highlight of being employed by Denver Schools — girls’ and boys’ basketball games, prom, plays and graduation — just to name a few.

A vivid incident that came to mind dealt with the Board of Education — the literal board of education. When the board was used, it was required to have two adults in the room. Margaret made quick haste to avoid being that other adult.

Read the rest of this story in the March 15 issue of the Denver Forum!
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