of the 101st Philhower Family Reunion
Saturday, September 8, 2018
On Saturday, September 8, 2018, at
the Church of the Holy Spirit in Clinton Township New Jersey, 34 members of the Philhower Family gathered for their 101stFamily
Reunion. It was a cool, overcast day with temperatures in the low 70s.
President Jane Eick welcomed all and
called to order the business meeting. She asked if there were any Family members at the reunion for the
first time; three Family members indicated that it was their first reunion:
- Allison Acquaviva, Ocean Township, New Jersey
- Fred Lindabury, Ohio
- Lois Stieve, Tinton Falls, New Jersey
The minutes of the 2017 reunion were read and approved.
Jane began the memorial
service by asking Donna Landon to read the names of five Family members who had passed since our last reunion:
- Keith Philhower, September 16, 2017, 64
- Daniel Hoffman, February 18, 2018, 84
- Louise Mazzarella, March 18, 2018, 75
- Nathan Lindabury, March 21, 2018, 99
- Genevieve DeMott, July 26, 2018, 90
A moment of silence was held
in their memory.
member George Apgar asked if there were any committee reports. The Family Historian, Phyllis Williams,
indicated that George could give the Historian report. George began by stating that the Family
should be proud that they had been getting together for 100 years. He indicated that a cousin brought
a picture to this reunion from a Philhower family reunion that took place in 1905. He spoke
on the topic of immigration and noted that the Family should be proud of both their Revolutionary and immigration roots.
Jane asked if there was
any old business, she asked for a show of hands of Family members who attended the 100threunion last year. There
was no old business brought up.
Jane asked if there was any new business. George Apgar suggested that
for future reunions the Board consider moving the location of the reunion to the Fairmount Presbyterian Church, which the
Family helped establish, and is across the street from the Fairmount cemetery where many Family members are buried. Jane
indicated that the Board would look into the feasibility of utilizing that location.
Jane thanked the officers for
all their help in making the Reunion possible.
Jane, Donna and Donald Freibergs presented the prizes to:
· Vi Hockenbury, 90 years, oldest lady present
· William Hockenbury, 93 years, oldest gentleman
· Maggie Freibergs 22 years, youngest Family member.
· Pamela Watts, Mesa, Arizona, who traveled the furthest
· Jesse and Donna Landon of Cokesbury, who traveled the shortest
longest: Lois Stieve, 64 years
· Guessing Jar: Winning guess of 80 made by Judy Bushnell (actual count was
84 pieces of candy)
The nominating committee
presented the following slate of officers for the 2018-2019 which was moved, seconded and approved:
· Vice President: Jesse
· Website Coordinator:
· Nominating Committee:
meeting was adjourned. Jesse Landon introduced Mr. Brian Eick of Clinton Township, NJ. A
lifelong resident of Hunterdon County, Mr. Eick played his 12-string guitar and banjo and sang a variety of patriotic
and folk songs.
the conclusion of the program Jane addressed the Family stating, “Thank you all for attending the reunion and for supporting
me as President for the past 13 years and many years as Vice President under Jon Philhower.” Then
all members present enjoyed a buffet lunch of ham and turkey sandwiches, potato and broccoli salads, and homemade pies.