Volume Forty-Two

No. 2


April 2001



Six terms as Mayor: Six Generations in Batavia

Reminiscences on Family by Mayor Jeffery D. Schielke




vol42Num_6.jpgThe April 3 election of Jeffery D. Schielke to a sixth consecutive term as mayor marks a unique moment in Batavia's history. With six terms to his credit, Jeff doubles the record of mayoral longevity, a three-term run (1949-1961) by the late J. Edward Anderson. It gives us a chance to reflect on Mayor Shielke's deep roots in Batavia and the effect that thatmust have on his approach to_his job. This isn't just a genealogy story, although the family tree provides the framework for it and is interesting in itself.


Our purpose is to show how a family, over generations, merges into a town, becomes a part of the fabric that makes the town truly a community. One recognizes such a community when, upon hearing a name mentioned, someone is sure to speak up and say, "Yes, don't you remember -- his father worked with your grandfather down at the Challenge." And then someone else chimes in, "Sure, I remember him -- his cousin Anna married my uncle." That is how Batavia was through the 1950s -- and to a great extent, still is. Initially settled primarily by people from upstate New York, our town became home to a number

of immigrants, primarily Swedish, beginning in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The make-up of the town remained virtually unchanged through the first half of the twentieth century. The explosive growth of the last fifty years, during which Batavia's population has quadrupled, together with the mobility of today's society,

may have stretched that fabric, but it still exists at the heart of our community.


That is why our mayor, Jeff Schielke, loves Batavia, having an innate sense of its quirks and undercurrents. We hope that Batavia, whoever its mayor may be in the years to come, retains the same "connectedness," the vital ties with its past.

It starts with my great-great-greatgrandfather, Cornelius Bogardus (C. B.) Conde, born In Glenville, New York, on December 27, 1814 -- the height of the War of 1812. The other great-great-great-grandfather in that branch of my ancestry was a twin, born in Cortland, New York, while his father was fighting with the militia on Lake Ontario during the same war. C.B. married Hannah M. Quant in Rotterdam, New York, on March 17, 1837. Sometime after the birth of Margaret, their first child, they came (0 Batavia, Illinois, when the town was only about five years old. Their second child was Sarah Truex Conde, my great-great-grandmother, who was followed in short order by a boy and four more girls.


The six girls appear in the accompanying picture; unfortunately, I don't know which one is Sarah. C.B. set up the first blacksmith shop in Batavia on North River Street. Their farm was just south of the East Side Cemetery, and the house they built at what is now 210 North Washington Avenue is still in the Conde family. According to family lore, C.B. heard about the California Gold Rush and decided to head out there. On the way, he got involved in a skirmish with Indians. He didn't have much luck finding gold, so he came back to Batavia and had more kids. Sarah married Francis Forbes Loveland on October 10, 1860. and they had six children -- five girls and one boy. The oldest, Ida May Loveland, my great-grandmother, was born August 29, 1861. Sarah died March 8, 1917, in the house at 203 North Washington that her daughter, Ida May, and son-in-law had built. One of Sarah's sisters, Katherine Elizabeth, married Winfield Scott White. They had a daughter named Louise Conde White, the well known teacher after whom one of Batavia's schools is named.



C.B. Conde






Vera Jeffery Schielke

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 Don Schielke




 Ida Mae Loveland Jeffery

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Six daughters of C. B Conde


Sarah's daughter, Ida May, married John Jeffery of Syracuse, New York. In 1893, they built the house on North Washington that remained in the family until after the death of my father, Don Schielke, in 1998. I have a picture of John Jeffery with his nine brothers and sisters, so I must have a lot of cousins out there. A lot of them were in the Syracuse, New York, area. My great-grandfather had a brother who moved over near Niles, Michigan. The wood that was used to build the house on North Washington came from the lumber yard owned by John Jeffery's brother in Michigan. Itwas shipped by boat to Chicago and then by train to Batavia -- to the old depot that is where Amsted's is today.2 John and Ida May had three daughters. Vera Jeffery, my grandmother, was born April 12, 1886. The other daughters were Erma Hazel Jeffery and Norma Jeffery Burke. I have to credit a lot bf-mypuolic-i hvc5l'ile=ment interest to my great-aunt Erma. She was highly sought after for after-dinner speeches from Rockford to the Quad Cities, to Kankakee and Chicago.


When I was growing up, she used to practice her speeches on me; as a result, I picked up a lot of public speaking tips from a professional. Because she was hindered by bad eyesight, Erma always gave her speeches from memory --never reading or writing them down. Her motto used to be: "If you don't know what it is that you are going to say, you should not be standingup there before a group to begin with." On several occasions, Erma used to team up with Sammi Maier King when Sammi was a youngster, and the two of them would perform at the same event. I remember once when Sammi and her mother, Laverne, came over to pick up Erma to go out for one of those speeches; as they pulled away from the house, my father remarked, "There goes a powerful combination of woman power." Vera married Herman Schielke; they were the parents of my father, Donald Schielke. Herman's father and Don Schielke my great-grandfather, John Schielke, came from the Lemont and Lockport area. My great-grandmother Schielke was born in Germany. They had a whole bunch of kids. One was Hannah, who was Harold Holbrook's mother. Another daughter named Elizabeth was married several times,( ~ the first time to a Zuehl and then to a Miller; from that marriage came Donna. Dallesasse's mother. Yet anotherdaughter, Alma, had four kids; she was Bob Becker's grandmother. And there were Carrie, who married a Schwager,and John II, whose son and his kids are carrying on the Schielke name in Aurora.


My father, Donald Schielke, was born January 10, 1919. One of the great honors of the family was my father's service as an army medic in the European Theater during World War II. He had first-hand memories of the Normandy invasion and spent 278 straight days in front-line combat across Europe for which he was awarded the Bronze Star.

After the war, my father married my mother, Catherine Odee. She had been married once before, right before the war, to Henry Magnuson. I think it was kind of an adversarial thing because my grandparents didn't like the situation. They got married in Tennessee and came back to town for a while; then they went off to a military base in California. It didn't work

out so she came back. Although there was a law at that time that a wife couldn't divorce a serviceman, she did get a divorce, probably with the help of Ernest Oswalt and Emil Benson. My mother was half Norwegian and half Swedish. Her father, Ole Odee, was the caretaker of the Oswalt estate on North Batavia Avenue (now the Holy Heart of Mary Novitiate); he did all the landscaping and the planting, as well as a lot of the work in the house. When Ernest Oswalt built the Campana building, my grandfather was put in charge of doing all the landscaping and a lot of the internal work. My grandmother worked thirty years for the Oswalts. Gunnar Anderson, who was the Assistant Fire Chief and worked at Lindgren's Foundry for many years, and my grandfather went into the same naturalization class. They had to go up to the courthouse and swear off of their native ties and swear allegiance to the United States. Ernest Oswalt had probably gotten Attorney Emil Benson to go with them to the courthouse.


Emil could work magic in the county; he could get things done. So they came in together and the judge was told they had these two guys, one a Swede and the other Norwegian. The judge got a little huffed because he would have to send the bailiff out to get another flag. Emil stepped forward and whispered something in the judge's ear; then the the judge said OK. So they got the Swedish and Norwegian flags together, and the judge said that this was not common practice but they could each swear off their native country. Then they got together in front of the American flag and swore their allegiance to the United States. My mother's mother, Tioliva Bloomquist, came from a large Swedish family. So, my mother had a bunch of cousins who came into Chicago to the Andersonville area. The daughter of my grandmother Odee's brother, Karin Cory, now lives on Pine Street with her husband Fred; so does their son Tom and his family. My mother had another bunch of relatives up in Rockford. One of that family has just moved down here and is working for the Kane County Cougars. I was born December 16, 1948, and married my wife, Linda Anderson, on July 12, 1986.


My mother died in 1984 and my father in 1998, leaving me as the end of a long line of Batavians that began with C.B. and Hannah Quant Conde about 1840. There must be a number of Batavians with ties to the early days here and to many interrelated families. We would welcome their stories. Based on a recent interview with Bill Wood, Elliott Lundberg and Bill Hall. Susan Stark and Vince Gatto, who bought the house, are doing a phenomenal job restoring it. In the walls, Vince found a rolledup paper -- the original plans for the house, in mint condition. The plans were drawn up by a Jeffery in Syracuse, New York, so one of the Jefferys must have been an architect.

Readers' Corner


We are opening this Readers' Corner to include comments sent in by readers that we think would be of interest to

others. Sometimes these comments will address mistakes in our stories; other times they will be reactions to stories that appeared in a recent issue. We will assume that persons who write us are willing to have their comments referred to or quoted in the Historian unless they indicate otherwise in their letters. Scouting information. In the last issue, we asked for information generally about the history of boy scouting in Batavia and specifically about the location of a cabin for the east side Troop 12. Several persons have told us that the cabin, surprisingly, was on the west side of the river, south of the old City Hall and across from the Shumway foundry. As a result of the letter, Sandy Chalupa, whose father, Harry Pierce, was scoutmaster of Troop 12 for many years, gave the museum a collection of photographs and films of scouting activities. Chris Winter has asked us to repeat the request for scouting material. She writes, "Maybe we could include any scouting group (boys or girls) because the museum has very little about scouting in our collection."

Location of Johnson grocery store.


In "Reminiscences of Eleanor Johnson" in the January 2001 issue, we stated that the store she and her

husband, Albert Johnson, bought was located on Lincoln Street at Houston Avenue. Bob Peterson has written that

"the store, owned by Charles ("Charlie") Nelson was at the address which is now 521 Houston Street, almost across the street from where Eleanor and Albert lived -- and where she still lives. After the store closed, the building housed the Rubo Sheet Metal Shop and is presently a tri-plex or 4-plex apartment."


Old Northwestern station. Under the picture of the old Chicago and Northwestern station that appeared on the cover of the last issue, we said that the station was destroyed in 1964 by a fire that started in the old livery stable next door. Mayor Schielke has pointed out that the fire damaged but did not destroy the station. By the way, no one has come forth to claim credit for leaving the picture that appeared in the last issue on the mayor's desk.


Girls' basketball picture. Ardene Pinner has written that the picture was of her mother's basketball team in the last issue. Her mother, Marian (Miller) Larson Powers gave Ardene the picture; along with several others; it was restored by Ardene's son, Dave Pinner, and copies were given to the museum. 



Fun at the Old Swimming Hole


The following reminiscences of Florence Liedberg will kindle memories of many readers. In addition, they will remind us of how blatantethnicand racial discrimination was and how far we have come in eliminating it.


I started swimming when I was five years old at the Frederick Beach Park. That was back in 1925. My brother, Arnold Peterson, was a lifeguard at the quarry and would bring my sister and me along with him when he went to work. We stayed until he went home for supper, so we had a long afternoon to splash around. It was no wonder that we learned to swim at an early age. A season ticket cost 50 cents back then; by the time I was in high school, the price had doubled. There was a wooden check-in building where swimmers got baskets to put their clothes-in-while they swam.


To begin with there was a tag on a stretch band to wear around the neck. Later it was changed to an ankle band, which was easier to wear. On the tag was the basket number for reclaiming one's clothes. It also gave the lifeguards a way to check for swimmers who hadn't paid to swim. I remember a sign on the checkroom that said, "Gentiles only." I asked my mother if I was a gentile because I didn't want to be told I couldn't go in the pool. There was a wood refreshment stand at the southeast end of the pool. At the south end was a steep hill with stone steps going up to picnic tables on the top. There were no fences around the pool. The entrance for driving into the park was the same as now, but the exit went south from the parking area, wound around up by the cemetery and came north to Water Street. For walkers there were steps down from Water Street coming in at the north end of the pool. Originally, the steps were wood, starting with boards with tracks. Swimmers had to be aware of the danger of getting hit by these toboggans. On the same side was a regular slide on which I wore out the seat of many swimsuits. The diving tower was a wooden structure-much the same height and

shape as the one there now. In the water were two rafts. They were boards with two metal barrels at each end. Unlike the stationary rafts of today, these rafts could be tipped overa sport enjoyed by the bigger boys to tease the girls. The north end of the beach was wild compared to the sandy area today. The fish would spawn among the green water grasses; and if you walked there, they would nip at your ankles. We avoided the far north end because of the water snakes. They weren't poisonous, but scary when you found one swimming in front of you.


The Green Pheasants started a local swimming meet in 1928. I swam0 for the first time in 1931. After 1933, the pool sponsored the meet, which consisted of girls' and boys' dashes (25 and 50 yards), starting from a platform built at the north end of the pool. Joe Morton and my sister Helen were two of the better swimmers. The girls diving was won by Janet Anderson Knauer and Jim Ryan won the men's division. Jim was known for his daredevil stunts and was one of the few people to dive from the top tower at the North Aurora Fairground pool. Joe Morton, Jim Ryan, Jack O'Connor, and Harold Swanson were the lifeguards I remember from my high school days. I swam mostly with Joan Mason, Helen Martin and Mary Lou Larson. Janet Anderson, Mary Nystrom and Midge Coleman were friends who worked in the checkroom. There were many different managers over the years. I'm sure there are people with a better memory for names than I have who can recall who they were.


After I married, I brought my two kids to the pool to swim and for lessons. I later taught adult swimming in the mornings. Many of these women had never learned to swim before and were excited about being able to join their children in the water on summer vacations. The Batavia Park District started what they called the "Country Club Swim." Cliff Avis was one of the regular men swimmers, and Edna Hailey would put us all to shame by plunging quickly into the cold water. She was 80 years old at that time. We ended the season with a picnic for the lifeguards who did extra duty so we could


One additional thing I'd like to mention happened during the time I was Day Camp Director for the Batavia girl scouts. The girls wanted to swim, so I arranged through the city park system for time in the mornings to use the pool. Problems started when I learned could not go in the pool. I talked toMayor Anderson who wasn't awarethat this problem existed. He quicklychanged the rules and it was the beginningfor all Batavia youngsters touse the pool. He was a very kind, understandingman-one of Batavia's great mayors. I know there are many people who shared my love of the old quarry pool I hope they'll add a postscript to what I remember.

Batavians WeHave Known: Emma Hazelwood Brigham


Emma Hazelwood Brigham has lived in Batavia for less than 50 years (sometimes regarded as the cutoff period for history), but she is part of an extended family, members of which have lived in the Fox River Valley for many years.



Perhaps the one best known to Batavians is Emma's brother, Truman Hazelwood, long-time pastor of the Logan Street Baptist church, now retired. The-DICiest of nine children, Emma was born to William Wheeler Hazelwood and Bessie Emma Catherine Williams Hazelwood in 1914 on a tobacco and dairy farm near Campbellsville, Kentucky. The

Hazelwoods owned two farms, one of 95 acres on which they lived and another of 75 acres several miles distant.


They were the only black farmers in their neighborhood. The home farm is still in the family, owned by  Emma's nephew, Ed Hazelwood, Jr. Emma's father died at age 45, and she has vivid memories of the days when she worked on the farm "like a man."The children went to segregated schools. Emma remembers having to walk four miles to school rather than going to the school in the nearest town just a half mile away. Some of the family moved to Batavia; others including Emma went to New York City. She lived in Harlem and commuted to the 7th Avenue garment district where she worked as a packer at the Ai Dress Company for fourteen years. It was while she lived in New York that Emma met Gilbert Brigham. He had been an MP in the army during World War II and subsequently got a job with the U.S. Postal Service, driving a semi in Chicago.


Emma and Gilbert were married in 1956 and moved to Batavia in 1959. They built their home on Lathem Street in 1964. Over the years, she did housework for several families in Batavia and Geneva including the Donald Clarks, the Sol Simons, the Shodeens and the LeRoy Linvilles. Gilbert died on March 5, 1992, and Emma retired the following December.


She continues to live in the home they built, decorated with paintings by local artists including Sylvia Simon and Ruth Ford. She is an active member of the Logan Street Baptist Church.


The Lincoln Highway: An Informative and Interesting General Meeting


The many members and visitors who attended the March 18 general meeting were privileged to enjoy an outstandingprogram, "The Lincoln Highway -- Illinois' Newest Scenic Highway." Studying the history of the Lincoln Highway is a passion of many today. There are state and national Lincoln Highway Associations. Ruth Frantz of Sugar Grove, Director of the Illinois Association, and Sue Jacobson of Aurora, Secretary for the National Association, presented an informative and entertaining program on the highway, complete with slides and many artifacts on display before and after

the meeting. Carole Dunn was ready with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting. As is usually the case, many members enjoyed a chance to stay and visit with the speakers and their friends after the meeting -- even until they had to be moved so that the chairs could be put away. It was a great day.Thanks to Dick Benson, vice president and program chairman, and his committee. We hope to tell more about the lincoln Highway, which came right down Batavia Avenue, in a future issue.

Our Website Is Up and Running

Marilyn Robinson


Our new website is proving very popular. Requests for information come from all corners of the world and are diverse. They've come from as near as Batavia and as far away as Canada, England, and Hawaii. They've been about windmills,

family history, Italian Balm, and a mermaid that is supposed to have been discovered by a Batavia sea captain.

Windmill questions are referred to Bob Popeck, the society's windmill expert. I have been able to answer many of the other questions with help from materials in the Gustafson Research Center or from other Batavians. Roberta Poole was able to give us the address of a man whose lost relative was trying to locate him. Bill Wood found the name of a young lady who left Batavia to swim professionally at Cypress Gardens.


The mermaid question is intriguing. A man in England is writing a story about a mermaid that was discovered by a Batavia sea captain. I explained to him about Captain Carr, but he doesn't seem to fit the time. Apparently the author was searching the internet for any Batavia he could find, and there we were. For our help, he's promised to send us a copy of his article when it is finished. We have posted two pictures on the website of people who need identification. Perhaps you can help us. Visit the site and see if you know anyone in the pictures. We also have a list of people who have made some recent donations to the society or the research center.

Do You Have a Red Dot?

Check the label on your Historian.

If it has a red dot, it means that, according to our records, you have

not paid your dues for 2001. If you think there is a mistake, please call our treasurer, Alma Karas, at 8793809. Dues must be paid before the next issue if you wish to continue receiving the Historian. We hope you will.

Membership Matters


Since the last issue, Larry M. and Janet Overstreet, Thomas and Rica Peterson, William J. Peterson, Inc., Kenneth and Jacqueline Upham, James and Marilyn Wenberg, and John and Marylou White (Elburn), some of whom were previously annual members, have become life members. Other new members (from Batavia unless otherwise noted) include Mr.

and Mrs. Erik Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Anderson (Ft. Michael, KY), Millard E. Benson (Oklahoma City, OK), Emma Brigham, Tim Draper, Charles F. and Judy A. Driscoll, Susan Foxx, Mrs. Rosella Gladd (Delray Beach, FL), Rick and Karen Grant, Joe Haugen, Lori Hoad, William and Delores Walters Holm, Immanuel Lutheran Church (% Louis Berndt), Inez "Lynne" Irving, Helen Johnson, Robert M. Johnson, Tom Johnson (Las Vegas, NV), Charles A. Karas, Don and Lois Kraft, Lois Moulding (St. Charles), Lyle B. Nelson, John and Mary Ellen O'Dwyer, Bruce Patzer (St. Charles), Mr. and Mrs. StevePatzer (St. Charles), Helen E. Peterson, Helen Penton, Alice Morfee Pitts (Ft. Wayne, IN), Mal Seagren, Mrs. Jane Seagren, Walter Stephano (West Chicago), Merwin and Sheila Tierney Stroup (Covington, LA), Terrence Taylor, Duane Treest, Bernice Wenberg, Red and Gail Wilkie (North Aurora) and Mary Yeager. We welcome these new members and look forward to their participation in the activities of the society. We have received monetary donations from the Batavia High School Class of 1955 ($280) for a television and VCR in memory of Dale Feece, Clif and Royce Clifford ($125), Robert J. and Susan E. Ducar, Alan M. and Nancy L. McCloud in memory of Russell Nelson. In addition, we have also received artifacts for the museum collection as described in the accompanying box.


Heritage Roundtables. Past and Future


Our Heritage Roundtable, "Sports in Batavia," held January 16, 2001, was a tremendous success, well attended and withenthusiastic participation. Now we have another Heritage Roundtable coming up and a new person in charge. Although we still hope to find Elliott Lundberg guiding the meeting, Bob Peterson has agreed to take over the planning and scheduling of the roundtables. On Wednesday, May 23, at 2 p.m., we'I' have something of a repeat perfor~ mance, "Our Schools, their Teachers and Administrators." Our first roundtable several years ago dealt with the same general subject; it was well received by those who participated, but attendance was rather sparse. Afterwards quite a few people expressed regret at not having been there, and some -- even among those who attended -- have asked to have it repeated So here's your chance. Mark your calendar for May 23.



Recipes, Please


In the last issue, we reported that Carole Dunn wanted recipes for dishes that were brought to the Annual Christmas Party last December. The response has been underwhelming, and she still wants the recipes. Even though the weather is getting better, we would hate to see Carole trudging the streets of Batavia to secure these recipes. Don't be bashful -- please call her at 879-3988.



Was Wheaton College Conceived in Batavia?


Rod Ross, a former Batavian known to many of our readers, recently sent us an intriguing quotation

from a new book that he was reading, A River Running West: The life of John Wesley Powell by Donald Worster. A statement on page 55 reads: "A conference of Wesleyan Methodists meeting in Batavia, Illinois, in 1851, with Joseph [John Wesley Powell's father] in attendance, resolved to create a comprehensive school and college under church auspices -- an Oberlin for the prairie. Two brothers named Wheaton stepped forth. This appeared to be worth following up on, so we researched the Wheaton College website and found that "in 1859 Jonathan Blanchard ... Ieft his position as president of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, to lead the struggling Illinois Institute, founded in Wheaton, Illinois, by the Wesleyans in 1854.


This able administrator was known widely as a staunch abolitionist and crusader for social reform. When Warren L. Wheaton gave a Batavia at a meeting attended by a parcel of land to the Institute, member of the family that founded Blanchard proposed to have the Wheaton, Illinois. school renamed Wheaton College." Although we have not been able to verify the connection completely and are not aware of any connection today with the Methodist church, the evidence strongly suggests that Wheaton College was conceived in A note for those who may not remember: Dr. Rodney Ross, archivist at the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., spoke at the dedications of both the Deport Museum in 1975 and the Gustafson Research Center in 2000.



Thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers who helped us keep the Gustafson Research Center open all winter. Marilyn Robinson has dedicated a great amount of her personal time to the center; without her effort, the center would not have been ready to serve the public as quickly as it was. We are looking forward to a wonderful spring season at the museum, with many new exhibits and programs. We are always looking for new volunteers. If you would like to volunteer at the museum or the Gustafson Research Center, please contact Kathy Fairbairn at 406-9041.

What's New At The Museum?

by Carla Hill, Director


The museum opened for the 2001 Season on Monday, March 12. Chris Winter and I have had a very busy winter working on several projects that should be of interest to our members and others. Thanks to the $25,000 gift from the Hansen-Furnas Foundation announced in the last issue, the society has purchased a new computer and server, a printer which will produce photo-quality reproductions, a scanner and a digital camera. Lines for a network have been installed. All of

these items will be used to develop the museum's technical capabilities for research and computerized records storage. Putting the museum's records on the computer will begin this summer, probably with the assistance of temporary help. We are developing a display about Furnas Electric and the role that the company has played in Batavia's history. Dick Hansen, former president is a grandson of the founder, has brought in many artifacts and products from the company and is helping us develop the display.


If you worked for the company at one time or have a story or memory that you would like to include in the display, please contact Chris or me at the museum. A new brochure for the museum and the Riverwalk is at the printer, and we should have it at the museum by the end of April. The Batavia Rail History exhibit is well under way. This will be an exciting addition to the main floor of the museum. On March 6, Chris and I went to Springfield to take part in the Illinois Museum Day Annual Celebration that is held at the Capitol Building. Plans for the annual volunteer trip and another training session are underway. We are offering two new programs this spring. "Preserving Your Family Treasures" will be offered on April 4. Researching Your Home" will be offered on April 19. You can register for either of these classes at the Batavia Park District office.




Quarry photos from 1930s with a reminiscence of the swimming there,which appears in the issue.

Donor - Florence Leipold.1933 histories of Batavia businesses, organizations, and churches. Donor -Jean Runde


Photograph of Gustafson Family from 1920s

Donor-- Gary and Sammi King.


Illinois Census microfilm from 1855 and 1865

Donor-- Marilyn Robinson


Industrial Artifacts from Furnas Electric Company

Donor-- Richard Hansen


Furnas Electric Company memorabilia

Donor-- Jeanette Smardon, Napa, California


Appleton Manufacturing Shredder

A Challenge Company Shredder

Tools from the Batavia Body Company

Photographs of Batavia Body Company.

Donor--Denis and Nancy Bowron.


A first-day air mail cover with Charles A. Lindbergh stamp, letter on C. W.

Shumway letterhead, carried from Springfield to Chicago by Charles

Lindbergh in 1928.

Donor-- Rodney Ross of Washington, D. C.


1855 C.B.&Q. Railroad timetable, C.A.&E. Railroad color promotional

brochure, 1948 C.A.&E. Railroad employee timetable, C.A.& E. Exposition

Amusement Park Brochure, 2 C. A. & E. Brochures 1929, C.A. & E.

Brochure 1920s.

Donor--Jon Habegger


1933 histories of Batavia businesses, organizations, and churches.

Donor--Jean Runde