Monday, June 17th, 2024

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Monday, June 17th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Meet Guy Groenewold — Illinois Outdoor News’ 2024 Person of the Year

Guy Groenewold receives the Illinois Outdoor News “Person of the Year” Award from writer Kent Weil. (Contributed photos)

Guy Groenewold’s grandfather emigrated from Germany in the early 1920s as the political climate became more and more untenable. The family began a chick and egg business in Forreston, Ill., and started buying local fur from trappers as well. A fairly lucrative endeavor at the time, the Groenewold family quickly transitioned to buying fur on a more serious basis. The business prospered.
By WWII, GFW was a major fur buyer in Illinois. Groenewold recounts how his dad, Grant, was skinning muskrats while listening to the radio describing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1945.

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