Notable Batavians

 

Name

Reason for notability Birth-death dates
Ken Anderson Quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals 1949-
Arnold P. Benson Illinois State Senator; Publisher of the Batavia Herald 1896-1974
Michael Boehm Inventor of the George Foreman Grill  
Charlie Briggs Second baseman with the Chicago Browns 1860-1920
Bernard J. Cigrand Father of Flag Day 1866-1932
Lyle M. “Dutch” Clarno Big Ten referee 1896-1987
Daniel F. “Dan” Davey Big Ten referee 1931-2003
Jackie DeShannon 1960s singer-songwriter 1941-
Dan Issel Forward with the Kentucky Colonels and Denver Nuggets; Coach of the Denver Nuggets; In the Basketball Hall of Fame 1948-
Kevin Jakubowski Screenwriter

1979-

 

Carl A. “Pinoke” Johnson Big Ten official; In the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame 1905-1997
Leon M. Lederman Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics; Former director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; Founder of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy 1922-
Meredith Mallory Former U.S. Congressman

1781-1855

 

David Marconi Screenwriter and director

.

 

John W. "Johnny" Mauer Basketball coach at the University of Kentucky, Miami University, the University of Tennessee, the U. S. Military Academy, and the University of Florida 1901-1978
Marion Moon Mother of astronaut Buzz Aldrin

1903-1968

 

Megan Reed Chicago radio personality at WLIT and WILV 1964-2016

Craig Sager

Sportscaster for TNT and TBS

1951-2016

 

William Van Nortwick Employed Solomon Northrup, as a freeman, to work on the Champlain Canal in New York (12 Years a Slave) 1779-1854
William B. Van Nortwick Served with the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section during WWII (The Monuments Men) 1911-1988
George F. Veenker Football coach and athletic director at Iowa State University, and basketball coach at the University of Michigan 1894-1959
Bruce Von Hoff Baseball player with the San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, and St. Louis Cardinals 1943-2012
Corey Williams Founder of the Tucson Summer Pro League  
Isaac Wilson Former U.S. Congressman 1780-1848
Robert R. Wilson Founding director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 1914-2000

 

 

 

 Notable Visitors  

 

Name

Reason for notability Birth-death dates Date of visit Reason for visit
Susan B. Anthony
Suffragist 1820-1906 1869-1870 Delivered a lecture, sponsored by the Laconian Literary Society
Anna Elizabeth Dickinson
Orator 1842-1932 1869-1870 Delivered a lecture, sponsored by the Laconian Literary Society
Frederick Douglass
Social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer
1818-1895 March 5, 1869
Dwight D. Eisenhower U.S. President (1953-1961) 1890-1969 July 21, 1919 Member of an Army convoy that traveled from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco, CA
Julie Nixon Eisenhower
Daughter of U.S. President Richard M. Nixon
1948- 1972 Visited McWayne school
John F. Kennedy U. S. President (1961-1963) 1917-1963 October 25, 1960 Campaign stop at intersection of Batavia Avenue and Wilson St.
Mary Todd Lincoln First Lady (1861-1865) 1818-1882 May 20 – September 11, 1875 Patient at Bellevue Place, a private sanitarium
Charles A. Lindbergh American aviator; Made first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 1902-1974 August 15, 1927 Flew over Batavia during his 3-month Guggenheim Tour; Near the intersection of Wilson Street and River Street, he dropped a cloth bag containing a signed message
John Wesley Powell
Geologist, explorer of the American West
1834-1902 1869-1870 Delivered a lecture, sponsored by the Laconian Literary Society
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Suffragist 1815-1902 1869-1870 Delivered a lecture, sponsored by the Laconian Literary Society

Mark Twain

(Samuel L. Clemens)

Author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and many other literary works 1835-1910 January 26, 1869 Delivered a lecture, sponsored by the Batavia Lecture Association, in a downtown hall
Edwin Percy Whipple Essayist 1819-1886 1869-1870 Delivered a lecture, sponsored by the Batavia Lecture Association

 

 

 

 

Books by Batavians

 

 

Author

Title

Year of Publication

[Martha] Louise Andrus [Rogers]

Though Time Be Fleet

1937

Robert F. Barnes

Christopher Payne: American Pioneer, 1786-1871

1999

Katherine Brankin

The Family Girl: A Novel

2014

C. D. Bushroe

Summer Reign

2009

C. D. Bushroe

The Names of the Innocent

2005

Wanita Chevalier

Signs of Spring: A Spring Adventure in the Woods

2005

Bernard J. Cigrand

 

Story of the Great Seal of the United States: Or, History of American Emblems

1903

Christopher Cudworth

The Right Kind of Pride: A Chronicle of Character, Caregiving and Community

2014

John A. Gustafson

Historic Batavia, Illinois

1962

John A. Gustafson

Historic Batavia, Illinois

1980

John A. Gustafson

 

Historical Booklet Commemorating the Centennial of the Batavia Congregational Church, Batavia, Illinois

1935

John A. Gustafson

Batavia, Illinois, Past and Present

1965

John A. Gustafson

Index to Historic Batavia: By John A. Gustafson and Jeffery D. Schielke, Published by Batavia Historical Society, Batavia, Illinois, Copyright 1980

1982

Annie Hansen

Take the Donut

2016

Annie Hansen

Bean in Love

2014

Annie Hansen

Give Me Chocolate

2013

Steve Heronemus

Shells: Sustained by Grace Within the Tempest

2015

Kevin Jakubowski

8-Bit Christmas: An '80s Quest for NES

2013

Kimberly Loveday

Brooklyn's Battle: A Daughter's War with Anxiety and Depression

2013

Jennifer Malpass

Murder at the Rolls Club

2006

Marnie Mamminga

Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts

2012

W. Ward Neuman

Finding Justice

2013

W. Ward Neuman

Seeking Justice

2013

Julie Oleszek

The Fifth Floor: A Novel

2015

Julie Oleszek

Just Like Ziggy

2016

Marie Otte

Commanding Influences: Poems Based on Archetypes and Polarities

2006

Marie Otte

Poetic Music Makers

2007

Stephanie Rische

 

I Was Blind (Dating), But Now I See: My Misadventures in Dating, Waiting, and Stumbling into Love

2016

Marilyn Robinson

Women Along the Fox

2004

Marilyn Robinson

Windmill Tour of Homes

1990-1993

Marilyn Robinson

The Sidewalks of Elburn

2005

Marilyn Robinson

 

Little Town in a Big Woods: The Story of the Young Years of Batavia, Illinois

2006

Marilyn Robinson

Batavia, Illinois, Past and Present 2000

2002

Marilyn Robinson

 

Little Town in a Big Woods: The Story of the Young Years of Batavia, Illinois

1989

Marilyn Robinson

 

Little Town in a Big Woods: The Story of the Young Years of Batavia, Illinois for Children Ages 8 To 12

1995

Marilyn Robinson

Batavia Places and the People Who Called Them Home

1996

Marilyn Robinson

 

Life and Times of Honorable Samuel D. Lockwood: Biography by William Coffin

2008

Marilyn Robinson

 

Indexes of Kane County Probate and Circuit Court Records for Batavia Township, 1838-1963

19??

Marilyn Robinson

John Gustafson's Historic Batavia

1998

Jeffery D. Schielke

 

Index to Historic Batavia: By John A. Gustafson and Jeffery D. Schielke, Published by Batavia Historical Society, Batavia, Illinois, Copyright 1980

1982

Jeffery D. Schielke

John Gustafson's Historic Batavia

1998

Jeffery D. Schielke

Historic Batavia, Illinois

1980

Jeffery D. Schielke

Batavia's Current (Way of Life)

1976

Ann C. Sullivan

Permission to Doubt: One Woman's Journey into a Thinking Faith

2014

Dan Van Haften

Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and the Structure of Reason

2012

Dan Van Haften

Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason

2010

Janet Willis

A Dad's Delight

2006

Mary Conde Wilson

Fragments

1914

 

 

 

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