Volume Twenty-Five

No. 4


THIS IS YOUR REMINDER TO HOLD THE FOLLOWING DATE FOR

THE CHRISTMAS MEETING OF THE BATAVIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

 

DATE:               

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1984

 

TIME:                

4:45 PM - PROMPTLY

 

PLACE:             

BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH

8 S. LINCOLN ST.

BATAVIA

 

USE THE LINCOLN ST. ENTRANCE TO THE FELLOWSHIP HALL. 

BRING A DISH TO PASS, AND YOUR OWN TABLE SERVICE. 

MEAT AND COFFEE WILL BE PROVIDED (WE’LL PASS THE HAT FOR DONATIONS TO COVER THIS COST.

 

PROGRAM:       

A MUSICAL PROGRAM WILL BE CONDUCTED AT 6:30. 

FOLLOWING THE PROGRAM A SHORT BUSINESS MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE (INCLUDING ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR THE YEAR 1985) AFTER WHICH WE WILL HAVE A CHRISTMAS CAROL SING


BOARD MEETING

 

At the Board of Directors’ meeting held at the museum on October 18, the Board nominated the following officers for election to serve in 1985:            

 

Charles and Bernice Kline  – Co-President            

Ray and Helen Anderson   – Co-Vice-President

May Lundberg  - Secretary

Elliott Lundberg  - Treasurer

 

The following trustees for two-year terms:

 

Jean Conde

William Wood

Ed LaMorte to continue as Plaquing Chairman.

Georgene Kauth as Corresponding Secretary.

Lucile Gustafson and Jeff Schielke as Historians.

Robert Cox and Ray Patzer were elected as Trustees for two-year terms at the March 4, 1984 election.

 

At the December 2 meeting, nominations will also be taken from the floor for the slate to be voted on.


On September 13 a successful Open House was held at the Batavia Depot Museum for Batavia Bank employees and Board Members and their families. This was done between the hours of 4:00 and 7:00 PM to allow a private viewing and explanation of the museum. In appreciation for this special open house, a donation of $250.00 was made to the museum by the bank president, Robert Riley.  Anyone knowing of a business or organization that would like this same privilege can contact any member of the museum board to set up a date.

 


RECENT MUSEUM VISITORS

 

Recent visitors to our museum included a large group from the Chicago Chapter of Women in Railroading; Hong Kong, Australia, Wyoming, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, and Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Werneke's third grade students from the J B Nelson School.  Also of note, Frank and Lois Payne of Dundee, Illinois.  Frank is the great, great grandson of Christopher Payne.

 


RECENT CONTRI-BUTIONS TO MUSEUM

 

Old metal name plates attached to Challenge Company products were presented to William Wood by Austin Runde, in memory of Phil Becker.

Framed photographs of Mrs. Bert Johnson, Sr., were given by her son, Bert. The dress being worn in the photographs has been previously presented to the museum.Miscellaneous memorabilia such as old patriotic buttons, 1933 World's Fair literature, photo albums, a prescription box from M. M. Kinney, Druggist, etc, were presented by Vie and Florence Rudolf.Keith Wendlund gave to the museum four old photographs.


 

VIET NAM WAR MEMORIAL

 

Batavia was well represented at the dedication Wednesday, September 26, of the handsome new Viet Nam Memorial, which is located between two flags at the Government Center.  Veterans from the surrounding area attended, as well as representatives from Batavia VFW and American Legion posts, and the Fox Valley chapter of Viet-Now provided the color guard.  Speakers included Alderman Ken Ramsey, a Viet Nam veteran; Rev Truman Hazelwood, Mayor Schielke, State Senator John Grotberg.  The Junior High School Band opened the program with a stirring rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. The dedication ceremony was impressive and touching - and we are proud to belong to a community that has (although belatedly) honored the Viet Nam veterans in this manner.


CHRISTOPHER PAYNE STONE

 

The Christopher Payne Stone and Plaque were relocated from next to the city well on East Wilson Street to its new (and hopefully permanent) location on the city property between the new and old government centers. This ceremony took place on Monday, October 1. Eight hundred grade school children attended this historic dedication.  A time capsule was buried in front of the stone, containing the grade school children’s signatures and other memorabilia. Several articles were contributed by the Batavia Historical Society relating to the history of the museum and society. A letter was sent out by Mayor Schielke to the Society (as well as to other organizations) asking for contributions to help defray the expense of moving the stone. The Board responded, in the name of the Society, by sending a contribution of $250.00.

 


FROM CARLA HILL

 

Arrangements for the field trip for Museum volunteers are being completed. We will go to the Museum of Science and Industry for the Christmas Around the World exhibits - on Monday, December 3.

 

The bus will leave at 9:00 AM from the Civic Center, with coffee and donuts served at the Center starting at 8:30. On the return trip we will stop for lunch. Letters will be sent to the volunteers soon with complete information about this trip.

 

On-the-job training for volunteers is still continuing and will also cover week-end volunteers.

 

ANNIVERSARY

 

January 17, 1985 will mark the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Batavia Historical Society.  

 

Special recognition of this occasion will be made at the first meeting in 1985.

 


THANK YOU

 

to all Museum Volunteers, Carla Hill our Curator, and the Batavia Park District.  

 

We are grateful for your many hours contributed to the successful operation of our museum.


 

REMINDER

 

Did you pay your 1984 dues?

 

Check with Elliott Lundberg if you are not sure.

 

Rates

 

Singles: $3
Tandem: $5
Sustaining: $10
Life: $50