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It was in the year 1836 that John Fuller and his sister, Hannah, came to this place from Kennebec County, Maine. John Fuller's marriage to Sarah Ashby took place in 1840. To this union nine children were born (two dying at an early age), with four boys and three girls remaining. The Fullers were Methodists from the first. Their fourth child, a boy, was named George Ezra, and he is very well remembered for his devotion to music--as a participant, and director of fine vocal groups in this county and elsewhere. As a young man he enjisted in the ranks of the Civil War, serving in the 92nd Vol. Infantry, and as a bugler. He was a grocer by trade, and with his younger son, Bert, operated the Fuller Grocery Store at 516 Chicago Avenue, Savanna (presently), the building housing the Ferguson Print Shop).

George and his wife, Julia (Erby) Fuller, lived east of the store with their three children, Robert, Abigail, and Bertram.

Robert was a civic leader on Savanna's Main Street. He was the owner of Fuller Furniture Store, and was a funeral director. He and his wife (the former Jennie Hammer-Schmidt of Miles, Iowa) lived on Melrose court, and their daughter, Beth (Mrs. Richard Cox), resides in Wilmington, Delaware. "Abbie" was a school teacher. Married to Mr. Vivan Collins, she continued to teach in the Junior High Schools in Savanna (under Mr. C. H. LeVitt). Following the death of her husband, she taught in the Savanna High School, vocal music. Her second marriage was to Rev. Elmer Exelby. She had no children of her own, but her students confided in her, and appreciated her gentle, yet persuasive manner.

Bert was the "quiet man", and, as has been stated, he was in business with his father, and was a storekeeper for over 50 years. He was also a musician, with cornet being his instrument. He was very helpful in training some of the boys when the Savanna Boys Band was in the formative stage. Bert and his wife Marie (Antil) lived in the apartment above the grocery store. Marie was very active in directing home talent plays. They had one child, William Richard.

Source: A Goodly Heritage Supplement #1 Spring 1975