Thursday, October 21, 2010
Charles (Chul) August Merzke
Charles August Hinrich Merzke, the first child, was born at home at 14 Maria St. on August 24, 1889. He was baptized August 26, 1889. His sponsors were August Pioch, Henrietta Bohnke and H. Schutt. Charles, who was known as Chul, married Ellnora C. Parr on April 20, 1911 in Concordia Lutheran Church. They were attended by Charles Parr and Rose Merzke. Chul worked for some time in tailoring. Ellnora, who was known as Nora, was an accomplished musician and gave lessons from their home.
Chul and Nora’s first home was at 86 Weyl St. where they lived there with Nora’s parents, John and Louise Parr. They moved to 91 Weyl St., directly behind Henry and Maria’s home in 1913. Chul and Nora purchased farm land in Webster, New York and settled on Ridge Rd. in approximately 1924. There they raised crops such as asparagus and tomatoes.
Chul and Nora had five children. Eleanore Marie Louise was born October 11, 1911. Charles August Jr., known as Chick, was born July 30, 1914. Charlotte Luella Rita was born June 8, 1919. Alvin Charles Sr. was born November 3, 1924. Their fifth child, a daughter is still living. Chul died January 16, 1955. Nora died twelve years later to the day, January 16, 1967. They are buried in White Haven Memorial Cemetery just outside Rochester, NY.