The Martfeld Story

Bill and Merle, that is Wilfred Melvin Martfeld and Inez Merle Eyl, met in 1939 or 1940 while Bill, our father and hereinafter referred to as dad, was working on a highway construction project in north central Nebraska. Never hearing any romantic storys from either mom or dad, how exactly they met isn’t clear but dad, as he paved highway 20 across Nebraska, probably stayed at the hotel in Merriman with the world famous two story outhouse he used to talk about when we were kids. They married in April 1941 and their first child was born in November. They lived in a trailer following the construction team as the road work progressed.

Emmet, NE June 2018
Merriman, NE School House September 2006
Dad was born in the hay country of Emmet, Nebraska on June 9th, 1917 to John S. Martfeld and Josephine M Pruss. John S. sold hay to the US military during World War I.

Mom was born on November 6th, 1914 in Merriman, Nebraska, the daughter of Edward Fredrick Eyl and Evelyn (Eva) Mary Green who ran the drugstore in Merriman.

As a result of World War II, dad joined the Navy in 1942 and was assigned to the Naval Construction Battalion's (CB) 60th Seabees. He shipped out to the south pacific from Camp Rousseau, Port Hueneme, California on 25 March 1943 and arrived in Brisbain, Asutralia 25 April 1943. Dad was sent from Brisbain to Woodlark Island (Muyua Island) for duty supporting the war effort against the Japanese. Mom and John moved to Avoca, Arkansas to be near her parents who had retired from their drugstore and moved to a better climate.

Dad was discharged from the Navy in St. Louis, Missouri on 14 November 1945 and joined mom in Avoca. They lived the rest of their lives in and around Rogers, Arkansas raising a family that grew to 7 children.

Bill's WWII Service Memorial page
Bill's Individual Page
Merle's Individual Page
Mom passed away on January 11, 2000; dad joined her once again and finally on July 16, 2001.