Contributed by Diane Peters
After more than 100 years, the descendents of John Fulrath (1802 – 1888) & Margaret Harr (1800 – 1872), who came from Darmstadt, Germany in 1850, eventually settling in Carroll County, IL, gathered at the Old Mill Park in Savanna, Illinois, Saturday, July 19, 2008. It was a wonderful opportunity for family to discover their past and connect for the future. Family came from as far away as New York and California to take part in the two-day event.
The 26 family members that arrived early gathered Friday evening at Hillside Stables Restaurant and Inn, in Sabula, IA, for a truly wonderful meal, introductions and the sharing of family history and pictures. For the majority, it was a first time meeting.
On Saturday, over 60 family members gathered at the Old Mill Park. Personalized nametags with family lineage facilitated family connections and allowed for more time to discover the diverse lives of individuals today. A number of copies of a 535-page Fulrath Family History & Genealogy was available for the family to peruse as well as purchase. The book was researched and written by mary Diane Fulrath Miller Peters of Fremont, MI. Each family received a folder containing a CD of the above-mentioned book, a Fulrath Family pen, an abbreviated version of the Fulrath Family Genealogy in print form, and every person received a Fulrath mug. The family enjoyed a marvelous catered meal provided by Donna Geerts of Northside Country Inn, in Morrison, IL. Family pictures were taken as well as video coverage, which will eventually be made available to family members.
The family decided to gather again in July 2010 and then will gather every 5 years thereafter. The reunion was a huge success and more importantly family re-connected.