THE BATAVIA HISTORIAN

Volume Twenty-Six

No. 3

                      

August 1985


 

DON'T FORGET THE NEXT MEETING OF THE BATAVIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO BE HELD

 

DATE:      SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1985

TIME:      12:45 PM

PLACE:    WARMING HOUSE, FABYAN'S FOREST PRESERVE, NEAR WINDMILL

 

PROGRAM:

 

A FIRST! HERETOFORE UNRERVEALED FACTS ON THE LIFE OF CHRISTOPHER PAYNE

 

PLEASE BRING A SACK LUNCH - DESSERT AND COFFEE WILL BE FURNISHED BY THE BOARD


 

PLAQUED BUILDING MEETING

 

The June 23 meeting was devoted to the subject of plaqued houses and buildings in Batavia. Speakers included Elsie Cottrell, who spoke on the history and recent sesquicentennial of the Congregational Church; Jean Conde, who told about the Conde Home; Georgene Kauth - who substituted for Ruth Burnham - bringing many pictures of the Burnham home; Adelaide Nelson, who spoke on the Nelson home, and who brought pictures; Salle Kruger Stead sent pictures of the Kruger home; and Ed LaMorte, who told us about the requirements and procedures necessary to plaquing a home or building.

BOARD MEETING

 

At a recent meeting of the board, it was reported that work by the committee on moving the Coffin Bank is continuing, and in this regard a questionnaire will be sent to the members soon soliciting their opinions. Drafting of a slate of nominees for officers for next year is under way.  If contacted to become an officer, please be sure to respond by saying "Yes"!

WINDMILL FESTIVAL

 

Again this year the Batavia Historical Society had a table near McDonalds and recruited new members and sold copies of HISTORIC BATAVIA, and left-over sesquicentennial key chains and mugs. The inviting umbrella table and chairs presented a welcome spot to tired shoppers to sit down and rest and chat a while.

NEW AQUISITIONS

 

It is noted that a number of new artifacts have been presented to the museum. Proper acknowledgement of these will be made when the Wednesday morning crew returns to work and catalogs these articles and then they will be itemized in a future newsletter.

 

NEW MEMBERS

 

Welcome to the following new members:

 

Shirley Vest,

Salle Kruger Stead,

Patricia A. Will,

Judith P. Luken,

and Philip & Nancy A. Bridges (son-in-law and daughter of Dave Sawitoski).


FROM CARLA HILL

 

On June 20 the Park District received a $2,000.00 grant from the Department of Energy and Natural Resources. This grant is to be used for the general operational support of the museum. A special railroad exhibit began on July 19. The exhibit consisted of histories and artifacts from the C. A. & E. Railroad, the Burlington Railroad and the Chicago North-western Railroad.  

 

This exhibit ran through Windmill Days in conjunction with the Morse Code demonstration. The Chicago Chapter of the Morse Code Club put on an excellent demonstration during Windmill Days. The museum was open from 10:00 - 6:00 PM Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and the attendance figures were well over 200.  

 

We received great publicity and many favorable comments. For the first time this year Carla will be offering an encapsulation service to individuals, churches, businesses, etc. The encapsulation process is a preservation technique much like lamination, but the artifact can be removed, if desired.  She has already done an 1800 John Adams document and an 1812 James Madison and Monroe document for a Batavia resident.  

 

"There is a small fee for this service and should be able to show a small income for the museum. Glen Nelson was hired to again mortar the top row of stone of the museum stone walls, which had been vandalized. We, hope this will stop further damage to the wall and plantings.


NOTES OF INTEREST

 

From old files and through the courtesy of the Batavia Board of Education, records show that during the 100 year history of Batavia High School, the following numbers of students graduated from school (figures are at 25-year interva1s):

 

1885 - 8 (from the East Side - no record of West Side)

 

1810 - 15

 

1935 - 85

 

1960 - 112

 


REMINDER

 

1985 - 165 1985 dues are due.

 

Please contact Elliott Lundberg in this regard.