MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
here we are, ready to reunite for our 101st year. We held a special celebration last September and had the pleasure to
meet so many Philhower descendants from all over the United States. Our family is certainly well-traveled.
This year we will be moving
the reunion to a new location just down the road from our previous one. We will be at Church of the Holy Spirit,
3 Haytown Road, Lebanon, NJ, 08833. Our new location is handicap-accessible. We will be offering a luncheon and this year’s
program will be a musical review.
We will have albums on display with photos of the 100th reunion celebration. Take
a moment to find your picture and write your name in the album. We still have a very small quantity of crocks available for
sale. The price is $29, and it makes a great gift for you or a family member who might not have been able to attend last year. Also,
as a remembrance of the event our photographer took a photo of us on the Homestead’s porch. We will have
a small quantity of photos available for sale (slightly larger than 8”x10”, priced to cover print cost).
This year we will continue
with “Show & Tell” since it was so well received last year. I encourage you to bring any of your
Philhower family artifact(s) to display. Please prepare a brief history or information about your artifact for everyone to
read. Don’t forget to bring any family-related newspaper clippings, birth/death and marriage notices to post
on our bulletin board for the family to read.
I hope you will be able to attend the 101st reunion, but even if
you can’t attend you can stay informed. When you join, or continue your membership, you remain on our mailing
list for the annual newsletter and reunion invitation. Forward your annual dues to President Jane S. Eick at: 140
Mt. Airy Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. Dues are $10 single person, $15 couple and $20 family. Please
let us know if there are any changes to your name, address or e-mail so our records stay current.
2017 REUNION HIGHLIGHTS
Last year’s reunion, our 100th, was held on Saturday, September 9 with 150 family members present. On a beautiful,
sunny day with temperatures in the low 70s, we enjoyed a BBQ feast of beef and pork with delicious side dishes.
President Jane Eick welcomed all and
thanked the officers for all their help to make the 100th reunion possible,
and to Donald and Marie Freibergs and their family for hosting the event at the Homestead.
Congressman Leonard Lance, who also shares
our Philhower ancestry, gave a brief speech and presented the family with a Proclamation from the United States Congress commemorating
the milestone. New Jersey Senator Michael Doherty was also present to extend kind words for the Philhower family
reaching its 100th reunion
and presented a Proclamation from the New Jersey Senate.
A moment of silence was held for family members
who had passed away since our last reunion.
Gifts were presented
to the following:
Oldest Lady: Vi Hockenbury, 89 years young
Oldest Gentleman: William Hockenbury,
92 years young
Youngest: Eleanor Lalama, 4 months old
Traveled Furthest from:
East: Sue and Elwood Philhower, Massachusetts
West: Margaret Stewart, Sandra Selbicky, Barbara Curtis,
Paula Fry, California
North: Thomas Philhower, Sr., Wisconsin
South: Lillian Philhower,
Traveled Shortest: Donald & Marie of Tewksbury Twp. who reside at the Philhower Homestead
Couple Married the Longest: Earl & Ruth Philhower, 70 years
Officers for the year 2017-2018:
President– Jane S. Eick
Vice President– Mary Robertson
Historian– Phyllis Williams
Web Coordinator- Marie Freibergs
Trustees– Jon Philhower, Donald Freibergs
We mark the passing of the following family members recorded at the 2017 reunion:
Walter Lance, 91
Margaret Sadie Woods, 90
Blanche Ellen Burd, 88
Apgar Conover, 90
Philhower Family Association
Group on Facebook
you haven't already become a member of the Philhower Family Association group page, why not join?
We have a closed
group where family members can interact, share their ancestry, stories, events, post questions, etc.
NOTE: For those unfamiliar with closed groups, this format will ensure better security because
information shared is only viewable by the members approved by Administrator. Any questions can be directed
to Marie Freibergs, Web Coordinator at: email@example.com
Philhower Country Store
Available for purchase at the Reunion or can be mailed (additional fee for shipping):
· 100th Reunion commemorative crock - $29
A re-creation of the 1917 newspaper article submitted by Donald Freibergs
PHILHOWERS 100th REUNION
Affair Such A Success That It Will Be Made an Annual Event.
Farm in Tewksbury Township, NJ, the scene of the 100th Philhower Family Reunion.
150 descendants of George Philip Wulhower attended the event to keep the tradition going
and to establish new genealogical links. Mrs. Vi Hockenbury was the oldest living Philhower in attendance.
Mrs. Genevieve DeMott was recognized as the last member of the family to be born in the Homestead.
Congressman Leonard Lance, also a Philhower descendant, and Senator Michael Doherty,
spoke of the
Philhower family serving our country and holding
various occupations such as farmer, physician, merchant,
To keep the nostalgia of the first reunion, ice-cold lemonade
was served from a stone crock, games provided for the
a vintage Victrola played in the background, and antique touring cars were on display.
Members came from all corners of the continental United States!