DoDDS Reunion XXVII
Oak Brook, Illinois
16-19 July 2015
We are excited and getting ready for another fantastic DoDDS Reunion. Our next one will be held at the Marriott in Oak Brook, Illinois! Currently we are checking into several options of activities in the Oak Brook/Chicago area. Meanwhile, please check out the hotel and amenities at www.marriottoakbrook.com.
THANK YOU: I would like to thank all the Committee members and the numerous volunteers who assisted and whose help was invaluable in making our Reunion a success in Richmond!! A special note of thanks to my Colorado Springs DoDDS group for their support and encouragement.
REGISTRATION FEES (PER PERSON)
Registration until Dec. 31, 2014: $85.00 per person
From Jan. 1, 2015 until March 31, 2015: $90.00 per person
From April 1, 2015 until June 30, 2015: $95.00 per person
Registration after July 1, 2015, will be “at the door”: $100 per person
Cancellation policy. (Reunion Cancellation Policy: Registrants cancelling before July 1,
2015 will receive the registration fee(s) paid less a $25 handling charge per registrant. There
will be no refunds after June 30, 2015 as exact minimum commitment to the hotel will be made
then, for which we will be charged fully. PLEASE UNDERSTAND. For hotel cancellations, contact
the hotel directly.) We hope you understand this legality, and financial commitment, as we've signed that agreement and it can't be changed.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Please call the Marriott at 1-800-228-9290 to make your hotel reservations. Make sure to ask for the DoDDS Rate which is $112/single or double room and is available from 14-21 July 2015.
Photos below by Bill Hobbs and Mindy Potter
Oak Brook History
Etta Susan Chapek
The 5,302 acres which now constitute the Village of Oak Brook were in prehistoric times part of the hunting domain of Indians. Artifacts associated with their campsites are identified as dating as long as 8,000 years ago.
Among the pioneer families to come to the Oak Brook area after Elisha Fish, who is thought to have been the first settler, were the Atwaters, Fullers, Knapps, Litchfields, Phillips, Plummers, Talmadges, Torodes and Townsends.
The Fullers' story is unusual in that Benjamin Fuller, the oldest of the twelve children of Jacob and Candace Fuller, was the instigator of his father's move from a Broome County, New York farm to what is now known as Ginger Creek and Spring Road. According to George E. Ruchty, Jr., a great-great-grandson of Jacob Fuller, the Fuller family set out for their new home in the spring of 1835. After an arduous journey on horseback and in covered wagon, lasting several weeks, they immediately set about clearing land and cutting logs to build their 25' X 15' cabin, with a fireplace and flagstone floor. The cabin ceiling was of rough logs and the sleeping quarters of the children were above it, reached by a ladder through an opening in the ceiling. Theroof was of bark and leaked in a heavy rain or snow.
In 1840 Ben Fuller built a Greek Revival house on York Road for his family. This structure has lately been moved onto Fullersburg Forest Preserve land, and is currently being restored by the Ben Fuller Museum Association. The old Fullersburg Settlement that had been platted and recorded in 1851, but never incorporated, has been absorbed and its history shared by the villages of Hinsdale and Oak Brook.