Marian Elizabeth Kreie was born on March 9th, 1917, in Antigo, Langlade Co., Wisconsin. She was the fourth child and third daughter of William Charles Kreie ( 1977- 1955) and Elida Christina Hollander (1879-1938). Edward George (1906-1933), Ruth Elida (1910-1986), and Blanche (1912-1913) were older, though Blanche did not survive infancy. Mildred Elvena ( 1919- ) was the last and youngest of the Kreie children. See comments about Clarence Kreie in the 1920 census notes.
Reflecting their heritage, both mother and father spoke German but would not speak German to their children, and the children grew up speaking little German.
The name "Antigo" comes from the Chippewa Indian name for the river that flows through the area, "Nequi-Antigo-sebi" meaning "spring river" or "evergreen". The city was founded in 1876 by Francis A. Deleglise, accompanied by George Eckart. The log cabin in which Deleglise lived is preserved and on display at the Langlade County Museum. A street in Antigo also bears his name. The city gained its charter in 1883. In the
early part of the 1900s, Antigo was best known for its sawmills. At the tum of the millennium, the city's economy had a balance of industry and agriculture. High on the list are potatoes, dairy products, fur, shoes, fertilizer, steel and aluminum products, along with the lumber and wood product industries established in the earlier years.