Published by the Batavia Township Historical Society
Time 3:00 P.M. February 11, 1979
Place Bartholomew Civic Center
Walter and Georgene Kauth, Pres. Minutes Treasurer's Report Nominating Committee Report: Elliott Lundberg, Bob and Marilyn Phelps
Notable names in Batavia's history Presentation of Kane County History bulletin Listing of Batavia streets with historic names . . . . . William Wood Presentation of proposal of more historic street names.. . . . . Jeff Schielke Introduction of "Notables" of the first to sixth generation
This meeting can truly be a rich and unique experience, especially for those newly come to Batavia. Learning bits of the historic past and meeting persons of the historic present may indeed help construct, for them, a cultural home in Batavia to add to the intrinsic value of the physical home.
The role of the veteran Batavians is to act as recaller of the past, to help to identify relatively local fathers, visiting firemen, police officers, etc., who have won our respect. Jeff will present each of us with a long list of over 150 names; we are to make corrections, additions, other comments and to meet those honored if they are present. Members of long established families have been invited more specifically to relate the story of their ancestors.
Will each old timer please bring two newcomers? Do you know which street is named after a girl, who, woman grown, was the first Batavian married?
Do you know Melba and what city job she held? Do you know the member of the historical society who is descended from both the VanNortwick and Burton families? Do you know who the two Civil War Stewarts were?
Do you know who was left in charge of defenses at Vicksburg after the Union forces moved toward Savannah?
No mention of the 1979 blizzard! If you need info on that, read the newspapers. Eventually comes the thaw, if not in January, then in February, or March, or April. The thaw can be important, too.
After the bad winter of 1831, the flooding was so great that a long, lanky railsplitter left Salem on a loaded raft on the Sangamon, the Illinois, and the Mississippi, all so swollen that he could guide his unwieldy raft over the dam(s) to New Orleans.
There, he was confronted with the institution of slavery, which so shocked him that his life, that of our nation and all mankind were affected.