Standing: Ethel Cynthia Brownson Merkle (Fred Merkle's wife), Ernst John Karl Merkle (Ralph C. Merkle's great grandfather), Ernst A. Merkle (son of EJK Merkle. Ernst married Oraneva Eddleman [not shown]), Pastor William Brenner (Martin Luther Church).
Sitting: Frederick Charles Merkle (son of EJK Merkle and great uncle of Ralph C. Merkle), Anna Maria Bergmann Thielmann (mother of Anna Merkle), Anna Amalia Thielmann Merkle (wife of EJK Merkle).
On laps: Margie Merkle and Jeannette Merkle (daughters of Fred and Ethel Merkle).
EJK Merkle was born on April 9th 1865 in Basel, Switzerland and died on June 20th 1927. He is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetary, Daytona Beach, Florida. His parents were married on April 9th 1863. EJK Merkle married Anna Thielmann on August 4th 1887 in Fowler, Illinois.
EJK Merkle's father was Johann Ulrich Merkle, born October 1, 1810, at Berlingen in Kanton Thurgau, Switzerland.