By Madge Wylie
Well-known former Melbans, Floyd and Marjorie Merrill will be honored at a celebration for their 90th birthdays in Rupert this weekend, Sat. June 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Rupert 7th Ward building at 324 East 18th Street.
If you can’t attend you could send cards to them at 1424 H Street, Rupert, ID 83350.
Floyd came to Melba in 1949 as the Vo-Ag teacher at the high school and served the District for 20 years. Through the years he taught science and math and finally, in 1961, he got a Masters Degree from College of Idaho and became the district superintendent and high school principal in which he served nine years.
In 1969 he left Melba and helped organize the COSSA program (Canyon/Owyhee School Service Agency) where he became the first director. They lived in Caldwell until his retirement in 1975 and they moved to Rupert where they continue to make their home.
They are the parents of seven children, 32 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren with two on the way, as well as a great-great grandchild.
Floyd and Marge, both born in 1924 are native Idahoans, Floyd from Paul and Marge from Eden. They were married in 1946.
They have made numerous trips to Melba to attend class reunions at the old high school and more recently the Senior Center. Three of their kids, Arva, Paula and Mark graduated from Melba, Kim and Sheralee graduated from Caldwell and Kevin and Ann graduated from Minico.