Volume Fifteen

No. 4



September 9, 1974



Sunday, September 22, 1974

Bartholomew Civic Center


Coffee Hour - 6:40 to 7:00 P.M., courtesy Sally Adams, Jane Elwood, Ruth Northrup. (We have requested that they keep this very simple).


Program - "How Well Do You See Architectural Details?”  William Wood. 7:00 P.M.       


This illustrated talk concerning Batavia architecture promises to be a real treat. Mr. Wood will first show a series of details on Batavia buildings taken with a telescopic lens for us to identify if we can.  He will then show a second view using a wide angle lens portraying the details set in buildings familiar to all of us. Old timers will find this as exciting as newcomers. Bring your neighbor.


Pictorial Display


Outstanding views of Batavia taken by Mrs. Pauline Campbell and presented by her to the Batavia Historical Society.  Her local pictures have won prizes in Chicago area competition.


Business Meeting – Important but concise




For contributions to an Alma Conde Memorial Fund: 

The Larry Favorights, the Gerald Conde family, and neighbors and friends of Mrs. Conde. For the recording and editing of the Society's programs by Larry Favoright. These will become a part of oral history recordings in the museum.




As a second sheet you are receiving a copy of a flyer to be given to newcomers and to any veteran Batavians who would like one. Credit goes to Howard Matteson, the Batavia Bank (who paid for them), printer Bob Scott, and to me. I am responsible for a grave error . . . I said “neutron” instead of "proton.”  (Lucile Gustafson speaking!)





Thursday, September 6, the Society had 3000 freshly printed linoleum block pieces of stationery.  The scenes were local, designed by John Gustafson.  


Today, September 9, including bulk sales, 1100 have already been sold, which practically pays the bill due the Herald. They were on sale at the Art Fair and will be available at the next meeting of the Society .. . and the next, and the next.


A committee composed of Madeleine Gresens, Norma Carlson and Melba Pierson did the processing.



Batavians seem to have a growing appreciation of their rich architectural heritage.  As a bicentennial project an excellent committee will discover which buildings are eligible for centennial placques and make proper recognition available:  Research as to antiquity (Eunice Shumway, Alma Carlisle, Linda Hinds, Jo Frydendall, Ruth Burnham and Ray Patzer, who will specialize on commercial buildings), acquisition of placques (Eldon Frydendall) analysis of architectural types (Ruth Northrup and Jane Elwood).


GOODBYE . . .  SEE YOU SEPTEMBER 22 at 6:40 P.M.!    

Support of the Museum


There are two ways the Museum needs our continuing support.  One is the volunteers.  Unlike some museums, we have been blessed with people with many talents offering their services.  Now with the activities of the museum accelerating, we need more help.  


To volunteer, call:

As a guide . . . Barbara Sawitoski . . . 879-1193

As a book cataloguer . . . . . Miriam Johnson, 879-3389

As a typist . . . . Jean Conde, 879-3646

As a pamphlet organizer . . . . Ann Alexander, 879-1800 (Tues-Wed-Thur)

As a cookie hostess . . . Mary Matteson, 879-1334 or Ione Blair, 879- 5986

As a general helper . . . . Ann Alexander, 879-1800 (Tues-Wed-Thur)

As a scrapbook keeper . . . . Lucile Gustafson, 879-1212


NOTE:  There will be a special offer for all volunteers, past present and future, Tuesday, September 30 at 9:30 A.M. 

Please all of you come!  Some of you have had no chance to met Mrs. Alexander or each other.

And, we enlist your monies. The tax dollars administered by the Park Board meet the maintenance and curator salary ($4500). All other expenses are met by the Batavia Historical Society and its friends. This year expenses are high, several thousands.  So far the biggest cost has been the installation of the security system -- over $1300.  But the moving and reconstruction of the Coffin Bank will be even more costly.  We shall have to install protective window shades, and we need more steel shelving, more picture framing, more garment cleaning and whatnot.  We are parsimonious and we are beggars, but we need more dues coming in. Are your dues in arrears?  Call Jean Conde to find out. Then pay up!


Are you one of the newcomers who note Batavia's friendliness, its unifying spirit, its consciousness of its traditions, and respect for its history? (Oh, sure, we know we aren’t perfect!) Do you know of the attention given to inculcating in our children love, respect and knowledge of our town so that they can have a feeling of belonging?  


For sixteen years the Batavia Historical Society has been a factor in the development of appreciation and understanding of our history and our people.  

You may wish to share the responsibility, especially if you have children, by joining the society.  

Note fee structure:


Single adult . . . . $3.00 per year        

Two adults, one address $5.00 yr.

Junior . . . . . . . . . $1.00  per year       

Classroom . . . . $5.00 yr.

Life . . . . $50.00

(By the way, if you would be willing to help with a rumage sale sometime in early October, please let Georgene Kauth know - 879-5290).


With Sympathy


The Batavia Historical Society has lost another long-time member in the person of Mr. Ralph Finley. Mr. Finley died August 25 in Santa Barbara, California after quite a long illness.  His ashes were flown to Batavia for interment in the West Side Cemetery. Mr. Finley was the son of William Finley, one-time president of the Northwestern Railway, who lived one block west of the Museum in a house later moved to 231 North Jackson.  Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Finley moved to what is known as the McKee house on North Batavia Avenue, presently occupied by Mr. and Mrs. William Hall. Ralph Finley was one of the Old Timers who contributed to the initial fund to move and reconstruct the Museum.  His interest and support have been continuous.  

More especially, he was a great good soul.


See you September 21 . . . . .


Lucile Gustafson.