Volume Four

No. 1

 

January 1963
Published by the Batavia Historical Society


"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past." - Speech of Patrick Henry before the house of Burgesses, 1775


NEXT MEETING
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20th, 1963 at 3:00 P. M.BATAVIA CIVIC CENTER

PROGRAM
ILLUSTRATED TALK BY PRINCIPAL WILLIAM J. WOOD
Some of the Historic Places of the U.S. - Washington, D. C; Williamsburg, Va., Charleston, S. C.


NOTES

THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE is composed of:
Malcolm Derby, Chm.,
Ralph Benson,
Mrs. Clare J. Kruger,
Miss Alice Storer
and Philip Carlson.



WE ARE GRATEFUL

to the Bethany Lutheran Church for asking us to share the celebration of their 90th Anniversary with them. They have set such a high standard in type of program and in interesting display of photographs and mementos that it is going to be difficult for any other organization to excel them.

WE ALSO WANT TO THANK ALL

who have served as officers this past year, all who have taken part in any of the programs and all who have served on the various committees. We appreciate all who pay their dues promptly but this is not enough - active participation of all members is needed to make an active society and to get things done. Won’t you volunteer to help this year if you haven’t done so before?

WE HAVE ONLY 20 COPIES of the book “Historic Batavia” left. You have cooperated beautifully in buying and selling these books. Many have gone to former Batavians now living in distance parts of the U. S., Mrs. Harry Hunter, LeRoy Loker, Francis Carr, Miss Elsie Hunt and Ted Daniels to mention a few.

Our membership, as of Dec. 31, 1962, is about 268, of whom 27 were new members.

Dues for 1963 are now due.




1963 IS GOING TO BE A BIG YEAR FOR ANNIVERSARIES

It was in 1833, 130 years ago, that Christopher Payne came to these parts and settled on land along the eastern edge of our town.

 

In 1863, 100 years ago, Daniel Halladay brought his windmill factory here from Ellington, Conn.  
At a meeting of men interested in the office of John Van Nortwick of the CB&Q RR, the Halladay Windmill Co. became the U. S. Wind Engine & Pump Co.

The Batavia Public Library was established as a free library in April 1873, 90 years ago.

On March 18, 1888, 75 years ago the present First Methodist Church building was dedicated, and two days later, March 20th, the Bethany Lutheran Church building was dedicated.  

On September 28th, of this same year, the cornerstone of the First Baptist Church building was laid.

It was in 1913, 50 years ago, that five Batavia boys visited the Rev. T. M. Higginbotham of the Congregational Church and organized the first Boy Scout Troop here. About the same time a troop was organized in the Calvary Episcopal Church by the Rev. Frank Victor Hoag.  

This same year saw the beginning of Mooseheart.



OUR COLUMN “THE BATAVIA HISTORIAN”


in the Herald has been temporarily discontinued due to the change-over to offset printing.  Let the Herald Staff know that you miss this column as well as other columns once so popular.

ON OCTOBER 30th we had a most enjoyable visit from John Warne now living in St. Charles. He has a brilliant mind even at 80 and remembers so many things of early Batavians and the Eola-Big Woods area.  It was an inspiration to talk with him.  


After he left we jotted down as many things as we remembered that he told us.


OUR THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE


for mementos given to the Society since our last recording:

Harry Strain, Miss Lillian B. Sweet, Allie Johnson,
Philip Carlson, Mrs. Lloyd Kautz and the Earl Newton Estate.

About the last donor, Mrs. A. W. Nelson asked Miss Alice Gustafson and William B. Benson to select the items in the Newton home which they thought the Society would like.  

This was done and the mementos have all been catalogued.  Most of these were old newspapers and photographs.



PROJECTS IN THE OFFING

Dedication of the Louise White School Bell. This has been placed on a concrete pedestal by the City after the bell had been cleaned and repaired by the C. W. Shumway & Sons foundry. Neal Conde was the guiding light. Tabulating the information on the old headstones in both of our cemeteries.
This should be done at once as many of the inscriptions are being obliterated by the weather. Possibly placing a marker on the north side of East Wilson Street opposite the site of the Christopher Payne cabin.
This was located some time ago by Augie Mier. This would be a very simple marker compared with the elaborate one on the Batavia Centennial boulder.
WE WERE GLAD TO HELP a man from Bloomington, Illinois who wanted information about Horatio Bent and his wife, Mrs. Lucinda Grimes Bent.



NOTE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT, Wm. B. Benson: I am grateful for the large attendance at meetings during my year as president, also that “Historic Batavia” was published and sold out and that also a fund has been set aside towards the purchase of a permanent museum for which gifts and contributions will be appreciated. It has been a most interesting year.