THE BATAVIA HISTORIAN

Volume Twenty-Six

No. 4

                                                               

Fall 1985


 

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE BATAVIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL BE THE CHRISTMAS POTLUCK DINNER.

 

DATE:            SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1985

 

TIME:            5:00 PM

 

PLACE:          BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH FELLOWSHIP HALL

 

DINNER:        BRING DISH TO PASS AND YOUR OWN TABLE SERVICE.  COFFEE, MEAT, ROLLS AND DESSERT WILL BE

                    FURNISHED.  DONATIONS WILL BE TAKEN TO DEFRAY THE EXPENSE.


 

PICNIC MEETING

 

At the September 15 picnic meeting held at Fabyan's Preserve Warming House a fine program on the life of Christopher Payne and his family beginning in Pennsylvania and ending in Wisconsin was presented by Ray Patzer.  He is one of our charter members and has kept an extensive record of the history of Batavia, and the Batavia Historical Society since its beginning. At the end of the meeting Ray conducted a few members to the site of the Christopher Payne cabin located north and west of the Batavia Apartments, near the Burlington Railroad.

BOARD MEETING

 

On November 4 the Board met at the Depot Museum.  Georgene Kauth (our Corresponding Secretary) reported that she had sent a letter to the Kane County Chairman asking about a marker on the highway near the Christopher Payne homesite but had received no reply.

 

Ed LaMorte, Plaquing Chairman, said he has received four applications for plaquing houses.

 

It was suggested that some interested member volunteer to keep the articles we have for sale at the museum up to date and perhaps recommend items to add to our supplies.  Any good organizer willing to volunteer?


NEW AQUISITIONS

 

Box of ledger books, table cover, ceremonial collars and swords from the Ladies of the Vikings - donated by the estate of Theresa Nelson. Five fire maps of Batavia, dated 1885, donated by the Gustafson family.

 

Oil painting (scene) given to Bert Johnson's grandmother by Don Carlos Newton, donated by Bert Johnson.

 

Old tape recording of a Christmas meeting of the Batavia Historical Society, and book of minutes from the Auxiliary Society of the W.B.M.I. (organized in 1876), donated by Jean Conde.

 

Small, unusual adding machine in lined case, given by Ruth Foland Johnson - which was owned by her father.


 

SYMPATHY

 

We greatly mourn the passing of Jean Conde who was a long time member of the Batavia Historical Society and volunteer at the museum. She was active in many categories in our organization and her contributions will long be remembered. The great spirit and courage she displayed in enduring her illness was indeed inspiring. Our sympathy to her family.

FROM CARLA OUR CURATOR

 

 

On Friday, September 6, a fire extinguisher demonstration was held at the maintenance barn for the benefit of the volunteers at the museum. The demonstration was well done by Randy Zees of the Batavia Fire Department and received many favorable comments from everyone who participated.

 

On September 24 WLS-TV was in the Fox Valley taping a special on the Fox River Trail bike path. The Museum was filmed inside and out and was a part of the special which was broadcast on Sunday, October 13, at 4:30 PM.

 

The Museum's first brochure was completed and delivered to the museum during the week of October 7.

 

On October 19 the Museum was one of four CB&Q West Suburban Historical sites toured by the CB&Q State Convention which was hosted in Aurora this year.

 

Laura Schrader, Betsy Dobbs and Carla Hill met to discuss a survey that will be used to help formulate the Museum's 5 year plan. They hope to have the survey distributed and the results tabulated by the end of November.

 

Remember the encapsulation service available at the Museum. This process is a preservation technique much like lamination, but the artifact can be removed if desired. Those interested should contact Carla.


THANKS

 

 To all our volunteers who donate their time - and to the Park District for their maintenance of the Museum.