|Maty, Uncle Tom, and Mom (Bobbie)|
Tom lived all his life in Gresham, Oregon, leaving only for a stint in the United States Navy during World War II. Like many native Oregonians, Tom was humble and pragmatic. His Metzger heritage made him affable, self-effacing, and quick with a joke. Metzgers are both modest and proud, and Tom was a Metzger.
|Frank and Josie Metzger (seated on the right), circa 1900, presumably in or near Gresham, Oregon|
In 1901, Frank Metzger married Josie Hoagland. Josie's folk were farmers from Nebraska and Josie was a young child when they came to Oregon. They married young. Frank was 18 and Josie 19. Their marriage was a long one: fifty-five years that produced 11 children, starting with Thelma in 1902 and ending with Tom in 1925.
The full roster:
- Thelma Irene Metzger b. April 18, 1902, Gresham, Oregon, d. November 12, 1978, Seattle, Washington
- Elsie MAUDE Metzger b. July 20, 1903, Gresham, Oregon, d. June 29, 1999, Portland, Oregon
- Mildred Millicent Metzger b. January 12, 1906, Gresham, Oregon, d. October 15, 1966, Everett, Washington
- Henry Franklin Metzger Junior b. May 28, 1909 near Damascas, Oregon, d. November 22, 1923, Gresham, Oregon
- Richard Dorson "Dick" Metzger* b. February 9, 1913, near Dasmascas, Oregon, d. June 11, 1973, Portland, Oregon
- Eldon Clinton "Ed" Metzger b. July 12, 1914, Gresham, Oregon, d. August 10, 1984, Framingham, Massachusetts
- William Robert "Bob" Metzger** b. May 22, 1916, Gresham, Oregon, d. December 31, 1999, Salem, Oregon
- James Hoagland "Jim" Metzger b. January 14, 1918, Gresham, Oregon, d. March 19, 1984, Gresham, Oregon
- Franklin WAYNE Metzger b. April 25, 1919, Gresham, Oregon, d. September 7, 1941, Maplewood, Oregon
- Herbert Max "Herb" Metzger b. August 22, 1922, Gresham, Oregon, d. January 6, 2002, Boring, Oregon
- Thomas Allen "Tom" Metzger b. August 11, 1925, Gresham, Oregon, d. September 30, 2012, Gresham, Oregon
Metzger progeny still dwell in Oregon. There are lots of us. But now we're professionals and office workers rather than farmers.
Tom's passing is the last wink of a candle flame. The second generation of Oregon-born Metzgers has come to an end. Tom's burden was to see all his family pass before him. I imagine it was his solace, too.
So long, Tom. Give my regards to all your brothers and sisters.
|Metzger family reunion in August 2008; Tom is standing on the right|
**Bob Metzger was my grandfather.