The Culver Cousins Reunion

Our annual gathering of the descendants of Phineas Culver (1786-1865) is one of the oldest reunions in the Midwest. Our first official reunion in 1909 was an outgrowth of a family celebration of a shared birthday (19 July) of Richard H. and P. Lucinda Culver Millage (who were married in Saline 16 September 1865 after Richardís second tour of duty in the Civil War). The family has met continuously except for two years during World War II and one year in the 1990s.Traditionally, the reunions are filled with activities for the youngsters, a lot of sharing reminiscences by the oldsters, often songs, jokes and skits, and then good food and a "business" meeting, where we collect news about family events, record births and deaths, elect so-called officers, and plan the next reunion.

Here is a photo and a short newspaper account of the first reunion in 1909, then called the Culver-Cone-Throop Reunion

Here are photos and information from many of our past reunions:

Year Host and Location

Attendance

Information
1909 Mr. and Mrs. John D. Throop, Ann Arbor, Michigan 76

minutes, photo above

1910 Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Underwood, Ypsilanti, Michigan    
1911 Mr. and Mrs. Erastus Cone, Bloomingdale, Michigan  

article

1912 Mr. and Mrs. Walter Culver, Clyde, Michigan    

1913

Henry Alchin, Durand, Michigan

 

photo

1914

Mr. and Mrs. Charley Millage, Milan, Michigan

130

photo

1915 Mr. and Mrs. Claude Warboy, Ypsilanti,Michigan    
1916 Mr. and Mrs. William McAllister, Milan, Michigan    
1917 Mr. and Mrs. William Mills    
1918 Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Irons, Bloomingdale, Michigan 62

photo

1919 Mr. and Mrs. Glen Pepper, Ypsilanti, Michigan    
1920 Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Culver, Milan, Michigan    
1921 Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Alchin, Durand, Michigan 95

photo, minutes

1922 Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Ferman, Tecumseh, Michigan 95

minutes

1923

Johnny Throop, South Lyon, Michigan

93

photo, minutes

1924 Mr. and Mrs. Vern Underwood, Ypsilanti, Michigan 82 minutes
1925 Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Greenfield, Milan, Michigan 82 photo, minutes
1926 Glen Pepper and Alice Springer, Prospect Park, Ypsilanti, Michigan 77 minutes
1927 Mr. and Mrs. John D. Throop, South Lyon, Michigan 103 minutes
1928 Mr. and Mrs. Everett Alchin, Fenton, Michigan 91 minutes
1929 Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sanford, Ann Arbor, Michigan 133 minutes
1930 Mr. and Mrs. Willis Culver, Milan, Michigan 121 minutes
1931 Mr. and Mrs. Roy Smith, Ypsilanti, Michigan 112 minutes
1932 Mr. an Mrs. Thayer Pepper, Prospect Park, Ypsilanti, Michigan   minutes
1933 Herbert and Alice VanderBosch, Ella Sharp Park, Jackson, Michigan   minutes
1934 Walter and Ruth Sanford, Island Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan 133 minutes
1935 Lee and Thelma Sanford, Island Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan 116 minutes
1936 Clarence and Mollie Culver, Island Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan 138 minutes
1937 Vern and Cora Underwood, Prospect Park, Ypsilanti, Michigan   minutes
1938 Mel and Alice Pepper, Prospect Park, Ypsilanti, Michigan 108

minutes

1939 Ronald and Emogene Lentz, Prospect Park, Ypsilanti, Michigan  

minutes

1940 Glen and Carrie Pepper, Prospect Park, Ypsilanti, Michigan 93

minutes

1941 Kenneth and mother Emma Sanford, Milan, Michigan 81

minutes

1946 Olive and Ivan Peck, Charlotte, Michigan 45

minutes

1947

Clyde and Genevee Shoemaker, Lake Odessa, Michigan

 

photos, minutes

1948

Tom and Myrt Cochran, Hanover, Michigan

100

photos, minutes

1949 Mr. and Mrs. Howard Preston, Chandler Park, Detroit, Michigan 90

minutes

1950 Alice VanderBosch, Ella Sharp Park, Jackson, Michigan 90

minutes

1952 Ben and Elva Butler, Bennett Park, Charlotte, Michigan 50  
1953 Dora and Vernon Wilson, St. Johns, Michigan    
1954 Glen and Carrie Pepper, Addison, Michigan 68

signatures of attendees

1955 Robert and Eileen Sanford, Milan, Michigan    
1956 Bernie and Pat Pepper, Addison, Michigan    
1957 Tom and Myrt Cochran, Hanover, Michigan    
1958 Jim and Maxine Parkhurst, Adrian, Michigan    
1959 Howard and Madeline Preston, Lakeside Park    
1960 George and Doreen Lynn, Milan, Michigan    
1961 Clyde and Genevee Shoemaker, Lake Odessa, Michigan    
1962 host unknown, Frances Park, Lansing, Michigan    
1963 Glen and Carrie Pepper, Addison, Michigan    
1964 Sherman and Zona Fielder, Brooklyn, Michigan    
1965 Bernie and Pat Pepper, Addison, Michigan    
1966 Hugh and Rose Shelton, Eaton Rapids, Michigan 51  
1967 Gary and Jackie Shelton, Hanover, Michigan 67  
1968 Glenn and Dora Frank, Vermontville, Michigan 70  
1969 Cliff and Frieda Root, Albion, Michigan 57  

1970

David and Glenda Peck, Potter Park, Lansing, Michigan

60

photos

1971 Tom and Myrt Cochran, Hanover, Michigan    
1972 Tom and Myrt Cochran, Hanover, Michigan 33  

1973

Bob and Charlene Alling, Baldwin Park, Onondaga, Michigan

32

photos

1974 Rose Shelton, Eaton Rapids,Michigan 32  

1975

Cliff and Frieda Root, Albion, Michigan

49

photos

1976

Don and Marjorie Shelton, Curtiss Park, Saline, Michigan

78

article, photos

1977

Carolyn and Ernie Brewer, Onondaga, Michigan

 

article, photos

1980

Larry and Pat Pepper, Chelsea, Michigan

 

photos

1981

Charley and Kay Ridenour, Manchester, Michigan

 

photos

1982 Carolyn and Ernie Brewer, Eaton Rapids, Michigan  

photos

1983 George and Bonnie Cochran, Kalamazoo, Michigan  

photos

1984 Don and Marjorie Shelton, Mill Pond Park, Saline, Michigan  

photos

1985 Jake and Sue Lynn, Wilson Park, Milan, Michigan 56

roster, photos

1988 Doreen Pepper Lynn, Milan, Michigan  

photos

1990 Don and Marjorie Shelton, Saline, Michigan  

photos

1991 Don and Marjorie Shelton, Saline, Michigan  

photos

1992 Bernie and Pat Pepper, Addison, Michigan  

photos

1994 Carolyn Brewer and Mary Little, Albion, Michigan  

photos

1998 Rosemary Dunayski, Ella Sharp Park, Jackson, Michigan  

invitation, photos

2000 Bernie Pepper, Addison, Michigan  

invitation, obituaries

2001 Ed and Marcia Culver, Lowell, Michigan  

invitation, photos

2002 Greg Shelton and Tracy Shelton Colson, Curtiss Park, Saline, Michigan  

invitation, photos

2003 George and Bonnie Cochran, Kalamazoo, Michigan  

invitation, photos

2004 Bernie Pepper, Addison, Michigan  

invitation, photos

2005 Don and Marjorie Shelton, Saline, Michigan  

invitation, photos

2006 Ed and Marcia Culver, Lowell, Michigan  

invitation, photos

2008 Don and Marjorie Shelton, Saline, Michigan  

invitation, obituary, photos

2009 Greg Shelton and Tracy Shelton Colson families, Saline, Michigan 94

minutes, photos

2010 Bernie Pepper and Judy Leonard, Addison, Michigan  

invitation, photos

2011 Ed and Marcia Culver, Lowell, Michigan  

invitation, photos

2012 Don & Marjorie Shelton, Jim & Lena Culver, Whitmore Lake, Michigan 110

photos minutes

2013 Bernie Pepper and Judy Leonard, Addison, Michigan 52

photos

2014 Dan and Pat Pepper, Addison, Michigan 48

photos

2015 Dan and Pat Pepper, Addison, Michigan 57 invitation, photos, minutes
2016 Dan and Pat Pepper, Addison, Michigan 101 invitation, photos
2017 The Saline Sheltons (Don, Marjorie, Tracy, Elizabeth, Greg, Kerry, Madison, Mackenzie, Makayla, Mason, and Max), Saline, Michigan 65 invitation, video, photos