Real Marge Simpson was from Iron Range

Margaret Groening is seen here with her son, Matt Groening, in this Nov. 13, 1996, photo. (Photo courtesy of the Oregonian)

The mother of “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening died April 22 in Oregon, and her obituary in the Oregonian became a popular read on the Internet this week because of the familiar names that appear in it.

Margaret, of course, is the formal name for Marge. She married a man named Homer. She had children named Lisa and Maggie. And her maiden name was Wiggum, the last name of the cartoon’s police chief.

But something else you might not know is that while Margaret Ruth (Wiggum) Groening went to school in Everett, Wash., she was born March 23, 1919, in Chisholm, Minn., forever tying Springfield to the Iron Range.