Volume Ninteen

No. 2


Batavia, Illinois, P.O. Box 15

Regular Open Meeting

Sunday, April 9th, 1978


2:30 P.M. (Note change in time)


Bartholomew Civic Center



2:30 P.M. -      Waubonsee Madrigal Singers in springtime mood: Medley of Renaissance Songs . . . Modern Tunes in Madrigal Style . . . Sterling Hayden-Lucille Halfvarson, Conductor- 3: 00 P. M. - Report on Newberry Conference on Local History

3:15 - Business Meeting and Reports - The Walter Kauths presiding -

Social Hour:    All in attendance are invited to enjoy good company over a cup of coffee. 


Mrs. Lucille Halfvarson, instructor of vocal music at Waubonsee Community College, is well known and. respected for her musical ability and charm.  So are her madrigal singers.  We are most fortunate that Yvonne Autenreith, program chairman, could procure them for our entertainment.  

Singing for us this particular afternoon means that they will have to forego hearing a very special concert on campus.  


That situation accounts for the meeting starting at 2:30 P.M. in order that they may catch the last half of their campus concert.

Future Events


April 14, 1978 ....................... The Batavia Depot Museum will be three years old.

April 29, 1978........................ Loyalty Day.  Come and watch the parade.

May 29, 1978......................... Dr. Rodney Ross, loyal Batavian and member of the Batavia Historical Society, will act as speaker and consultant with certain social science classes at Batavia Senior High School.  (Dr. Ross wrote, offering to speak before the society concerning the contribution made by Batavians to the Civil War, stressing the role of the 124th.  

That program will come next year, but we are happy to support him and the city in memorial services). May 30, 1972 Memorial Day services under the sponsorship of the VFW.  Formal service in the Junior High School Auditorium. Speaker: Dr. Rodney Ross. Music: Choruses of the Batavia High School. Parade.


Museum News

As you know, far-sighted members of the past were diligent in saving valuable documents that help us understand their day and ours.  There is an especially fine
display of war materials being shown now.  It's worth seeing.  That's what 30 or 40 out-of-towners think every Saturday and Sunday as they visit your museum. Too much honor and credit cannot be given to the many volunteers who contribute their time regularly as hosts and hostesses, nor to the faithful few who prepare the news letters for mailing.  



We are sorry to have to report that Miss Loretta McKenna is still convalescing at the Aurora Manor.  Her home address is 347 Elm Street.  Cards would certainly be appreciated.  She has our best wishes and love.  She is one of the faithful few who have folded and addressed the news letter. Our sympathy is with the family of Mrs. Iras Elfstrom on the occasion of her recent death.  The Elfstroms have always been strong supporters of the community.  (Philip Elfstrom has frequently spoken before the Historical Society).  A memorial has been established in Mrs. Elfstrom's memory to be used as friends and family wish.



The Historical Society would appreciate receiving any copies of John Gustafson's “HISTORIC BATAVIA, BATAVIA, PAST AND PRESENT,” and copies of the special "cover" (special dedication envelope issued April 13, 1975, now not needed).  The school libraries and the public libraries are badly in need of the book.



The libraries of the University of Minnesota, and the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, are cooperating in the task of listing repositories of materials that relate to the history of women.  Our 1ibrary has quite a wealth of such material on hand but the Historical Society is enlisting your aid in the discovery of added materials. Such materials will not only be noted in the WOMEN"S HISTORY SOURCES SURVEY to be published next year but will establish a file for local research. We should like to know about or receive information about, organizations, patriotic, religious, social, cultural, helping, etc.  You may have original documents you might wish to donate (or duplicates thereof) or artifact.  If you do, please note on page 3. We would likewise appreciate information about informational women in Batavia history.  Some suggestions are given below, but you may have others to add.  Use page 3 and as many more sheets as you wish to relay the information.  This is valued activity.  Mail or bring to the next Historical Society Meeting April 9th at 2:30 P.M.


Shop OwnersMary BurtonThe Kline sisters Mrs. Brenner Ethel AlexanderMary AndersonReligious LeadersAmelia BrownIrma JeffreyS.S. Teachers School PeopleGrace McWayneLouise WhiteAlice Gustafson Naomi Abernathy Mrs. Clark LewisMiss BarrettEllen HamiltonAbigail Towne Librarians Margaret TwiningCassie StephensMiriam JohnsonFood, DomesticChristine Toff Alma HendricksonMrs. BirkenederSwedish maids at Bellevue Others Mary LincolnCornelia SnowDr. Annie Spencer Jeannette SmithElizabeth BrownMarge Rundle Musicians Artists Other


A cheerful, beautiful springtime for all of us!  See you April 9th at 2:30 p.m.Lucile Gustafson, Historian