This site is dedicated to sharing information and memories about the family of Henry and Maria Smarcz Merzke and their collateral relatives. Henry, Maria and their parents were all born in Stolp in the Pomeranian region of what was then Prussia. They were married, settled in Rochester, New York and eventually had sixteen children. This is the story of those people, their ancestors, descendants and the families of the people they married.
Henry & Maria Merzke Family Circa 1925 - (front) Maria, Henry, Marjorie & Floyd. (rear) Lillian, Rose, Erwin, William, Marian, Charles, Albert, Walter, Henry, Jr., & Ella
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Marjorie & Floyd - Twins
Floyd & Marge about age 6
Marge & Floyd about age 3
Marjorie and Floyd were Maria and Henry Merzke’s second set of twins and their last babies. Marjorie was born first. Floyd always said that he let her go first because he was a gentleman and believed in the saying, ladies first. Floyd was the smaller and weaker of the two. He was so weak when he was born that they were not sure he would live. Maria and Henry had the minister in to baptize the babies on the day they were born - just in case.
Marjorie and Floyd were always good friends. He said that sometimes she would get after him, but no one else better try it. She always watched out for him and protected him. They went to #22 School together where Floyd was in a special class that was called a Fresh Air Class. He had to work hard to gain weight and would receive a certificate every time he gained five pounds. His class took naps on cots on the roof of the school so they could take advantage of the fresh air. After grade school, they went to East High School. They quit early to go to work in the tailoring industry, not unlike their brothers and sisters had done.
Each was in the others wedding party when they married. They visited each other frequently and exchanged birthday and Christmas gifts each year. They shared a deep love of God and family and took pride in their Merzke heritage. The last Merzke Family Reunion was held in August 1987. It was marked by the celebration of Marge and Floyd’s 75th birthday.