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Zike Brings “Deutschland” to Porter Ridge

Recently Porter Ridge teacher, Mrs. Davida Zike, invited her husband, Noel to visit and read a fairy tale to her class in German. This visit was a part of the global studies for Zike's class as they are learning about Germany all year.

Isaac Watts, a student in Zike’s class, enjoyed having Mr. Zike come and read to them. “I liked that he read to us in German because it was another language,” said Isaac.

Even beyond reading the fairy tale, Mr. Zike had even more to share about Germany. Zike grew up believing he was of Scottish descent. However, while stationed in Germany in the U.S. Army, Zike received a phone call that changed all that he thought he knew about his history. The caller was a German who identified himself as a Zike. He wanted to know if Noel was related to him. Unfortunately, Zike was never able to make the connection to the caller, but his questions led him to find the truth about his ancestors.

Zike discovered that his earliest known ancestor was Jacob Zike and he was German, not Scottish. His assignment in Katterbach placed him just over 100 miles from Jacob’s home in Hessia. The family history indicates that Jacob came to America when he was only 17 years of age. He was a Hessian soldier who came to fight in the Revolutionary War for the British. Whether he had a change of heart after entering the country, or only came with the British to gain passage to America may never be known. What is known is that he defected shortly after his arrival. He lived out his life in the Midwest, and started the Zike line.

Mrs. Zike enjoyed having Mr. Zike visit her class. It provided an opportunity to share a little bit of the experience that she had living in Germany and she was glad to share with the children that students in Germany read fairy tales, too.

“Mr. Zike read us a story about a white fox that jumped over a rainbow,” said Isaac. “I really liked the story.”

Written by: Davida Zike
Posted: Nov 06, 2014 by Cheryl Lawrence

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