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Volume XIII                               www.philhowerfamilyassociation.org                              Summer 2018


So 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.                




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:
Sue and Elwood Philhower, Massachusetts
West:  Margaret Stewart, Sandra Selbicky, Barbara Curtis, Paula Fry, California
North:  Thomas Philhower, Sr., Wisconsin
South:  Lillian Philhower, Florida

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

Secretary– Donna Landon

Historian– Phyllis Williams
Denise Philhower Ross

Web Coordinator- Marie Freibergs

Trustees– Jon Philhower, Donald Freibergs

Nominating Committee– Executive Board









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


Doris Apgar Conover, 90


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If 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 any
information shared is only viewable by the members approved by Administrator. Any questions can be directed
to Marie Freibergs, Web Coordinator at:  info@philhowerfamilyassociation.org


Philhower Country Store

Available for purchase at the Reunion or can be mailed (additional fee for shipping):

·         100th Reunion commemorative crock - $29 



Historian's Corner


A re-creation of the 1917 newspaper article submitted by Donald Freibergs


Affair Such A Success That It Will Be Made an Annual Event.

Philhower's Farm in Tewksbury Township, NJ, the scene of the 100th Philhower Family Reunion.  

About 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,

and minister.


To keep the nostalgia of the first reunion, ice-cold lemonade was served from a stone crock, games provided for the

younger generation, a vintage Victrola played in the background, and antique touring cars were on display.

Members came from all corners of the continental United States!