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When the family first arrived in Delphos, they lived in a hotel until the farm was vacated. Peter bought the farm from the daughter of James Hillyard and her husband, Pemrose Herring in 1876. Peter and Eva sold the farm to their son, John, in 1922 and then John sold the farm to his son, Carl, in 1979. The farm remains in the Metzger family and is the home of the Metzger Popcorn Company on Road U-20, near Delphos. Peter and Eva raised eight children. They had three children who died in infancy. Their six older children were born in their native Hungary. John and Catherine were born in Ohio.
John and his wife, Eugenia, made their home on the original farm. Eugenia was born in Vienna, Austria 28 January 1900. Her parents were: Josef Kinast (8 April 1875), son of Josef Kinast and Rosalie Tremmel; and Augusta Pompe (12 November 1870), daughter of Martin Pompe and Ursula Uresak.
Eugenia had a younger sister, Olga, who became a nun. Their mother died when they were quite young. Her father took Olga to a babysitter until he found his little girl tied to the bedpost with a bottle of flour water. That was the end of the babysitter… so he found a wife.
John and Eugenia “Jenny” were married 9 November 1921 in Delphos St. John’s Catholic Church. Their children were: Carl Metzger, 1923, who married Mildred Schneider, b 1924; Sylvia, 1926, who married Merlin Will, b 1925; Helen Marie, 1925, who married Robert Moening and Carol, 1935, who married Thomas O’Neill
Carl lived on the farm with his parents and siblings until WW II broke out and changed the lives of everyone in America and in a major part of the World.
When Carl was growing up his dad would put him on one of the work horses, as they worked the ground. He also rode the horse to the woods about a half-mile away to get the cows. His dog was always with him. Carl grew up without radio or TV. They got their first radio when he was about 16. He spent a lot of time reading and his mother would read to the children about the mountains and rivers of her homeland. Carl spent a lot of time at the Auglaize River, swimming and fishing. His route to the river, about 1 ½ miles east, was the A C & Y Railroad tracks. Carl said the dirty river wasn’t dirty in those days and you could see fish swim in it when you were under the water. It was clean to him. Sometimes there would be 50 to 100 kids and adults at the old swimming hole.
Carl graduated from Fort Jennings High School in 1941. He started high school in the old, old school. While the “new” school was being built in 1938, they went to the Memorial Hall to school. He finished his Junior and Senior years in what was the new school in the 1940’s.
Following high school graduation, Carl went to Ohio State University in Columbus for one year. WW II broke out and he signed up for the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy, which is one of the service Academies. He had some schooling in Merchant ships and navigation and then went to sea. Kelly wrote in her family history: “During WW II he crossed the Atlantic five times and the Pacific once. They carried supplies to the Armed Forces ... the ship was subjected to attack by subs any time it left the U. S. coast. His convoys were hit many times, but his ship was never hit by enemy fire. The only time he remembers being hit was in South Hampton, England and that was from our anti-aircraft barrage that expended from the sky.” After VE (Victory Europe) Day and before VJ (Victory Japan) Day, he married Mildred “Milly” Schneider on 12 June 1945.
After returning from service, he took up farming with his father. John and his nephew, Syl Osting were also in the popcorn business. Carl was the “tomato king” in 1951. He raised 22.3 tons per acre on 23.3 acres. Soon the popcorn business took over from the farm work.
A special mention should be made about Carl receiving a special award in 1993 from the Russian Government. He was awarded the Commemorative Medal “The 40th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic Was (WW II)”. The award was a token of recognition of outstanding courage and personal contribution to the Allied support ... which fought for freedom against Nazi Germany. It was awarded by Boris Yeltsin and presented by Vladimir P. Lukin.
Carl Metzger passed away in 2010. His wife Milly, lives in Fort Jennings. Most of their children live in Ohio.
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