Volume Four

No. 4


December, 1963

Not all that is change is progress.  We live in a world of physical comfort which was undreamed of by our ancestors a century or two ago, yet from their way of life they drew values which have been lost to us, and which we seem unable to recapture. -
Clarence B. Randall, Retired Chm. Inland Steel Co. 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1963 at 3:00 P.M.


"The Friendly Bank with an Interest in Your Future.”  They have a great story to tell and Earle Horton is a master hand to tell it.  Come out and hear him.

Harold Blair is chairman of the Nominating Committee to select our officers for 1964.  If one of them asks you to be an officer or director, please don't refuse them.  We need the help and cooperation of everyone of our members. By the time you receive this newsletter, the third of our winter programs will have come and gone.  Our own Mrs. James D. Hall will give the fourth and last program on Saturday, January 11th, 1964 at 7:30 at the Civic Center.  Her subject is "Reading Pleasures Shared."  Price is only $1.00.  This should be the biggest and best of all.  Get your friends to come. The booklet "Then and Now" is progressing, but rather slowly, due to the illness of two of the committee members lately. 
These members are now well and the booklet will be in the hands of the printer soon.  

The Society owns, and has received besides, many photographs from interested people to be used in this brochure.  We can as sure you that it has been difficult for the committee to select the best and most interesting photos for this project. We thank all who have loaned us pictures.
The Society is saddened by the loss of three of our members recently.  Our deepest sympathy goes to the families of Mr. Quentin Blewitt, Mr. Harold Sweet and Mrs. Irma Wood.
At our Board meetings we have been discussing the possibility of acquiring the brick C &NW Ry. depot or the frame CB&Q RR depot as a museum or a storage place for our increasing number of mementos rather than a museum, but a museum is a goal that we should aim for.  

Do you have any suggestions?
Talking about memorabilia, we have received gifts from the following donors since our last report: Glen S. Crane, Mrs. Lisle Hawks, Miss Nora Corning, Mrs. Lorne A. Griffin, Mrs. Harry Duffy, Miss Grace Markuson, Mrs. Albert A. Gordon of Glen Ellyn, Mrs. Jennie Prince and Harry Bunker of LaFox.  We have thanked all of these people for their gifts. We wish the Geneva Historical Society success in their drive for funds to build a museum in Wheeler Park.  They are planning a beautiful structure designed by Mr. Howard Raftery. Our second printing of the book "Historic Batavia" is selling well.  One quarter of the paperbacks have already been sold.  Many more will be sold as Christmas presents.  For anyone living in Batavia at present, or who has lived here, it makes a thoughtful gift.  Price for the paperbound is $2. 00, clothbound, $4. 00. Have you paid your dues to date to be a member in good standing?  If not, see or call Mrs. Quentin Blewitt, our Treasurer.  

You might pay your dues of $1. 00 for the coming year, 1964, at the same time. Both Miss Eunice Shumway and Mrs. Pauline Campbell have been on the sick list, but we are happy to report are well again now. The gift that we received from Mr. D. Harold Bunker was a most valuable book of 39 sectional photographic reproductions of a Kane County map of 1860, now 103 years old.  One map shows Batavia Township with the names of the land owners of that ancient day.  The names are all legible.  Another map shows the town of Batavia.  Times have changed.  Here are a few of the changes: We had three Washington Streets in those days.  There were two Jefferson Streets, one on each side of the River, and two Jackson Streets, although the one on the east side was called Jason Street.  The map shows a park one block square, bounded by Hay, Van Buren, Latham and William (present Park) Streets.  

What happened to that park?
The industries shown are McKee and Moss' Batavia Mills; Corwin Ward & Co. Sugar Factory about where B. D. Price’s building is now; Newton's Carriage Shop; Smith's Lime Kiln about where that old stone house is on N. Water Street; car works on First Street; several buildings where the Paper Mill was; a flour and sawmill about where the old raceway is on First Street and a steam sawmill about where the Pure Oil Station is on E. Wilson Street.  Four stone quarries are shown; two on the east side, Clark's and Morgan’s; and two on the west side, McKee’s and Whipple's.  The Catholic Church is about where Hubbard's Furnishings are today.  The west side school is on the present site of Bethany Lutheran Church.  Bellevue Place is a three story building without wings and with a tall tower. The area on E. Wilson Street along the CB&Q RR tracks was laid out to be a business district.  There are ten narrow lots in half a block on the north side of Wilson, west of Prairie Street and seven even narrower lots on the south side of Wilson Street.  Howell's Hotel is shown on S. Van Buren Street where Walt's Shopping Center is today.  The book is a fine addition to our growing library of old books and we thank Harold Bunker for it.