Volume Two
No.1  

Batavia, Illinois  
February, 1961
Published by THE BATAVIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY



Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us.The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. Abraham Lincoln



We are issuing this newsletter before rather than immediately after our meeting. By doing this, you will know the subject of our February meeting as well as our nominees for officers for this year.


NEXT MEETING
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1961 AT 3:00 P.M.

NEW SCHOOL BUILDING IN THE REAR OF THE HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH
Corner E. Wilson and N. Van Buren Sts.

PROGRAM
ELECTION OF OFFICERS

HISTORY OF THE HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH
By Monsignor Wm. J. Donovan

AMONG MY TREASURES
Old-time irreplacable treasures will be shown and explained by a group of our members. If you have not been asked but have some interesting antique, bring it along, we would like to see it.  Mrs. Walter Wood will be in charge of this part of the program.


NOMINEES FOR OFFICES IN THE BHS FOR 1961

 

President

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

Trustee for Two Years

Trustee for Two Years  

 

Miss Eunice Shumway

Mrs. Pauline Campbell

Mrs. Victor E. Anderson

Mrs. Walter Hood

Neal J. Conde

Robert H. Larson  

 


NOTES
Our first plaque on a century-old Batavia home is up. This is the home of Mr. and Mrs. Quentin H. Blewett, 239 E. Wilson St., right across the street from the Catholic Church. Notice it when you come to our February meeting. Mr. Blewett wrote up a splendid history of this 109 year old house. Our exhibit at THE FRME in April will stress objects owned by Batavians that have to do with the Civil War.
If you have anything of such nature that you will show, please get in touch with the Civil War Centennial Observance Committee:

Mrs. Quentin Blewett, chm.,
Ralph Finley,
Miss Lydia Stafney,
Arvid H. Peterson,
J. Harold Blair, and Mrs. Frances Moran.


 
LIST NO. 6. FINAL LIST OF CHARTER MEMBERS OF THE B. H. S.

Alexander, Mr. Mac

Alexander, Mrs. Mac

Anderson, Mrs. D. P.

Carr, Mr. Francis J.

Derus, Mr. Wilbur

Gardner, Mr. Gilbert

Hendrickson, Mr. Paul

Hendrickson, Mrs. Paul

Johnson, Mr. Clarence

Johnson, Miss Florence

Johnson, Mrs. Grace

Kane, Miss Joanne

Kautz, Mr. Lloyd

Kautz, Mrs. Lloyd

McLain, Mr. Jacob S.

McLain, Mrs. Jacob S.

Pearce, Dr. John E.

Pearce, Mrs. John E.

Phelps, Mrs. Robert L.

Swanson, Mr. Elmer

 

713 Morton St.

713·Morton-St.

322 Illinois Ave.

1705 Laurel Road, Belleair Estates;

Clearwater, Florida

221 Main St.

221 Main St.

9 S. Van Buren St.

9 S. Van Buren St.

260 S. Water St.

260 S. Water St.

607 S. Batavia Ave.

453 Cleveland Ave.

309 Union Ave.

309 Union Ave.

515 N. Washington Ave. or Munich, Germany

408 N. Prairie St.

408 N. Prairie St.

249 N. Harrison St.

336 Delia-St


This makes a grand total of 240 charter members, including three life members:
Miss Eunice Shumway, Mr. August Mier and John Gustafson (honorary).

Our portfolios of notepaper of Batavia views are going fast.  The entire quantity is now paid for and all money received for them from now on goes into our own treasury. We received a nice write-up about these portfolios in the January issue of "Dispatch," the Illinois State Historical Society paper.

The Civil War Centennial Observance Committee has been quietly at work recording Civil War memorabilia owned by local people, lining up a program for one of our society meetings, getting data about all Civil War monuments in Kane County, etc. Mrs. Helen Jeffries is arranging a display of Civil War books at the Batavia Public Library for April. They also have a uniform, sword and bayonet from this war, and a complete 53 volume set of "The War of the Rebellion.  

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies." These were presented to the library by the late Major H. K. Wolcott. The countryside will be replete with programs commemorating the Civil War Centennial for the next five years, 1961 to 1965. Newspapers and magazines will be featuring articles about the war.

Arrange your vacation so as to view at least one observance and read at least one good book about the Civil War.  The accent of the whole commemoration will be on National unity.