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Minutes of the 100th Philhower Family Reunion

Saturday, September 9, 2017

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, at the Philhower family homestead in Tewksbury, New Jersey, 150 members of the Philhower family gathered for their 100th Family Reunion.  It was a beautiful, sunny day with temperatures in the low 70s. Autumn in New Jersey was on its way.

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, was in attendance and 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 100threunion and presented a Proclamation from the New Jersey Senate.    

The names of those family members who have passed since our last reunion were read and a moment of silence was held in their memory: 

·     Walter Lance, 91

·     Margaret Sadie Woods, 90

·     Blanche Ellen Burd, 88

·     Doris Apgar Conover, 90

Vice President, Mary Robertson, presented the prizes to:

·     Vi Hockenbury, 89 years, oldest lady

·     William Hockenbury, 92 years, oldest gentleman

·     Eleanor Lalama, 4 months, youngest family member

·     Sue and Elwood Philhower of Massachusetts, furthest East

·     Margaret Stewart, Sandra Selbicky, Barbara Curtis, Paula Fry of California, furthest West

·     Lillian Philhower of Florida, furthest South

·     Thomas Philhower, Sr. of Wisconsin, furthest North

·     Donald and Marie Freibergs, Tewksbury Township, NJ, closest distance to reunion (residents)

·     Couple married the longest: Earl and Ruth Philhower, 70 years

In lieu of a formal program, the Freibergs family, owners of the Philhower Homestead, offered tours of the first floor throughout the day. Donald Philhower Freibergs gave a brief history of the house to all who toured.  

A tree planting ceremony was conducted, with President Jane Eick commemorating the Philhower Family by planting an oak tree on the property for future generations of Philhowers to enjoy.  This was followed by cake to celebrate 100 years of family reunions.

Respectfully Submitted,


Marie Freibergs for Donna Landon, Secretary