Volume Sixteen

No. 4


September, 1975        

Box 15, Batavia, Illinois


Regular Open

MeetingTime:   Sunday, September 21, 1975, 3:00 P.M.

Place:   Council Chambers, Batavia City Building




Symposium . . .



When the Wind Furnished Power     

Mrs. Mary Snow Turning Vanes Today Walter Kauth Wind Power as Future Energy Source           

Dave Sawitoski Hostesses:  Eldora Hoover, Shirley Hoover, Mary Jane Miller. Parking: Adequate. A flag will mark entrance you may use.


Comments on Program


In the present mood of general nostalgia, it is certainly understandable why we should recall Batavia’s history as a windmill producer.  We sentimentally use it on our city seal, as a park district symbol, to head a Herald editorial column, and elsewhere.  It is good that we have a focal symbol for our interest, appreciation, and love for our town.  Some local citizens worked in one of the three major windmill companies, the U.S., the Challenge, and the Appleton.  They have knowledge and memories to share.  Others had relatives employed in the production of windmills.  


Many more have not the foggiest notion what the whole deal is about.  We are intrigued by the probable return of wind as an energy source.

There are several unusual attractions about this meeting:

1). Your City Council has declared September 21 Windmill City Day. Hurrah!

2). The meeting will be held in the council chambers with the Honorable Robert Brown welcoming us.  Batavians will be pleased to see the room and to learn present plans to restore the windows and walls to what they were in old Appleton days.

3). There will be an actual U.S. windmill in the chambers.  No, not the whole thing, just the head.  This is an artifact that we can actually touch, which is more than we can do when it is mounted on its tower and erected on the museum grounds near the pond.

4). Numerous pictures of windmill factory groups will be on display. (HEW would close down these factories as unsafe as fast as a cyclone could turn a vane.)

5). There will be two beautiful model windmills, one Challenge and one Halladay-U.S.

6). There will be two new acquisitions on display, one a picture of Thomas Snow (Challenge) and the other Daniel Halladay (U.S.).  The latter was given us by Max Finley whose wife was Katherine Sperry, daughter of B. E. Sperry (432 Main Street) where Mr. Halladay lived. . Descendents and relatives of employees of the three major companies may register and receive a “collectible.”

8). There will be newcomers and strangers in our midst.  Visitors will be here from Lombard -- they learned about us from the first-day covers.  We expect a number of scientifically and mechanically inclined men.  And farmers.  We are hoping for Junior High School boys.  And we are hereby sending a special invitation to the loyal Batavians in the 14th Colony.

9). Those who have not met our beautiful and capable curator, Mrs. Ann Alexander, will be able to do so.

10). Lastly, and best (?) of all, windmill cookies will be served during the coffee hour.

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 coffee 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 meet 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 rummage sale sometime in early October, please let Georgine 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.