THE BATAVIA HISTORIAN

Volume Fifty-Four

No. 1

January, 2013

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East Batavia Branch Library

George H. Scheetz Director, Batavia Public Library

 

2013-January-NL-2.jpgMiss Cassindany W. Stephens (1868-1952)—better known as Cassie—became Batavia Public Library’s third Librarian in January 1911 and ran the Library until 1 January 1939. Among her innovations was the establishment ofabranchlibraryon the east sidein1931.


Hearkening to an era in which Batavians tended to stay on their own side of the Fox River, the East Batavia Branch Library operated in four different locations from 1931 through February 1948, when it wasdiscontinued.
Miss Clara C. Stephens (left)— Cassie’s older sister and the school librarian at Mooseh- eart—was the branch librarian from 1931 through ca. 1938. In its original location, the branch library was located in the lower level (basement) of the house at 114 North Washington Avenue, then owned by Clarence R. Bell. The library had its own outside entrance in what was then (and still is) a private home.

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 Fred W. Simpson (and dog) standing in the front yard of his house at 238 East Wilson Street. The “Branch Public Library” (note the sign) was located here, ca. 1936-1938. Given the location of the sign, the East Batavia Branch Library probably was located on the west side of the house, facing Wilson Street.


By 1936, the branch library was located in a house owned by Fred W. Simpson at 238 East Wilson Street, at the southwest corner of the intersection with Van Buren Street, where it shared space with Simpson’s grocery and the Walker Laundry Agency.


On 1 October 1938, for $20.00 per month, the branch library was relocated to 7‘A East Wilson Street, above the Kroger Grocery & Baking Co., in a building owned by Emma J. (Mrs. William B.) Beem.

 

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Date: ca. 1940-1943 (based on business names on signs)

 

This second-floor space previously was the residence of Frank E. Marley, publisher of the Batavia Herald. The building is now (in 2013) the location of Foltos’ Tonsorial Parlor.
By 1938, Harriet C. Chamberlain was the branch librarian.
On 1 February 1943, the branch library was moved to the first floor at 110 East Wilson Street (no longer stand- ing),nexttoPinoke’sMen’s Wear.
The East Batavia Branch Library closed for good on 1 March 1948, apparently for two reasons: (1) automobiles made it increasingly easier to travel across the river, and (2) the Library found it increasingly difficult to support the cost of a second location.

 

Did you ever visit the branch library? Is it true that the branch library once had a linoleum floor inscribed with a map of the United States? Do you have photographs or other artifacts related to the East Batavia Branch Library? If so, then we want to visit with you. 

 


Hubbard’s

 

For 101-plus years, Hubbard’s Home Furnishings was a Batavia landmark. The store, at 16 N. Batavia Avenue, began when Charles Johnson and Gustav Edward “Ed” Hubbard formed a partnership as a type of “general” store.


It continued through several transformations becoming an upscale furniture showcase for more than 100 years until Dec. 15, 2011, when third-generation owner Robert Hubbard regretfully closed it.


Robert, son of Paul Hubbard, began with the store in 1977 after Army service and five years with Ethan Allen’s corporate offices in Danbury, CT His cousin Ronald, son of Jim Hubbard, had joined the firm in 1972 after completing college. The two bought the business in 1984.
Ron retired in 2004. “It was a difficult decision,” Robert Hubbard says about closing the store. “It takes a lot of capital to operate a furniture store and a lot of time and energy. I knew that it was not salable as an ongoing business because of our location and what Ethan Allen requires. The sluggish economy of the last few years made it the appropriate time.”

 
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The building dates to 1840 making it one of the oldest in Batavia. The original property deed was 1862; it was built by the Congregational Church and when the church moved to its permanent home at 21 S. Batavia Avenue, its “old” building was occupied first by The Baptist Church and then by the Catholic Church. The Baptist Church moved to its new brick building at the corner of Wilson Street and North Washington Avenue in 1889. The Catholic Church was in the building until its impressive limestone sanctuary was completed in 1897.


The property deed shows the first non-church use began with the Catholic Church sold the building to John Benson and John Carlson. John Benson was the father of Arnold P. Benson who became a banker, owner of the Batavia Herald weekly newspaper and printing company and an Illinois State Senator. Later he was Illinois’ Secretary of Agriculture.” At some point, John Carlson purchased his partner’s interest and later took in a Mr. Elfstrom “believed to be the brother of Phil Elfstrom’s grandfather” as a partner.


In 1910, Gustav “Ed” Hubbard and his brother-in-law, Charles Johnson bought the property. Ed Hubbard was originally from Batavia but had lived in Kansas for several years. Among his brothers were Oscar, who was a physician, and Levi, a music professor at Northern Illinois University.


A few years after the partners purchased the building, a fire destroyed much of the back portion. The fire had started in a barn to the north and spread to Hubbard’s. Horses in the barn escaped and were running free.


After the fire, Messers Hubbard and Johnson bought a gymnasium next door to the south for $450 and moved it to the back of their store. The Methodist Church had owned the gym and used it for various programs.

 

A family operation


In addition to home furnishings, the store carried a full line of paints, wallpaper, window shades and window glass. It also repaired wire screens, replaced rubber tires on wagons, tricycles and baby buggies, and framed pictures for $1.25 each. Partner Charlie Johnson made thousands of window shades in the store’s lower level, cutting and sewing them by hand and stapling them to the rollers.
Ed Hubbard’s three sons, Paul, Jim and Warren, worked in the store during their growing-up years. At the time, the store rented chairs and card tables. In 1999, Paul Hubbard recalled that he helped deliver the chairs for various events, and then picked them up the next day. He believed the rental was 3 cents per chair and 5 cents per card table.


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This photo captured Jim, Warren and Paul Hubbard in 1982. Photo courtesy of Mayor Jeff Schielke

The paint and wall paper department was always busy. Painters and contractors were major customers along with home-owners. Most contractors did not own trucks so Hubbard & Johnsons delivered ladders, scaffolding and other equipment to the job site. Exterior house paint included Dutch Boy, Eagle and Anaconda white led in the days before lead paint was banned. The paint came in 100-pound kegs which the painters mixed with five gallons of linseed oil. Jim and Paul Hubbard would carry those kegs up the stairs.


The company also sold refrigerators, stoves and washing machines. In a 1999 interview, Jim and Paul recalled a time when they could not get a refrigerator through a door. So they got ladders and rope and lifted the fridge to a second-story window and fitted it through.


Twins Paul and Jim were seniors in high school when their father, Ed Hubbard, died in 1937. After graduation, Paul went to work full-time at the furniture store, now owned by his mother and Mr. Johnson. Jim went to work for Arnold P. Benson in the Batavia Herald printing shop. Both served in World War II, Paul in the Marines and Jim in the Army Air Corps. After the war, Paul returned to the store and Jim continued to work for the Batavia Herald. In 1949, he told Arnold Benson that he was leaving to work in the family’s store. Benson told Jim he would pay him his full salary if he would continue to work half-time for the Herald and half-time at the store. So he did that until leaving in 1953.
Jim’s and Paul’s younger brother, Warren, graduated from Batavia High in 1939 and went to work for the Northern Trust Bank in Chicago. During World War II, he served in the Army and returned to the bank after the war. Later, he worked for First National Bank in Batavia until 1949 when he left the bank to join his brothers in the store. Two years earlier, the three brothers had purchased Charlie Johnson’s interest and changed the name to Hubbard’s Home Furnishings.


The three brothers did everything: cleaning, ordering, delivering and keeping the books. Since two worked elsewhere, the three brothers would return to the store in the evenings to keep things going. For a time, they had no transportation but then shared a Plymouth which they bought from Larry Favoright who had a garage in town.


Later they bought a truck and would come to the store at night to load the deliveries for the next day. They returned at 6 a.m. and made the deliveries. Jim Hubbard said they might drive to Oak Park with a delivery and arrive back in Batavia in time to open the store at 9 a.m. In those days, the store was open six days a week with no vacations, but the three brothers kept Sunday free, refusing to work on that day.

 

Selecting furniture


Before World War II, the store sold furniture made by a Chicago manufacturer. In a 1999 interview, Paul recalled that they might buy a sofa for $52 wholesale, and perhaps a lounge chair and matching rocker. After Paul returned from World War II, he attended the Armstrong Flooring School in Lancaster, PA to learn to lay floors. He said the store would lay floors for “almost nothing” just to sell the flooring materials. Later they hired Jiggs Anderson who did much of that work.


After the three brothers became the sole owners, they gradually narrowed selections to furniture, carpeting and window treatments from several different manufacturers. Over the years, shopping patterns changed. “Christmas used to bring in husbands who would buy their wife a chair for Christmas,” Hubbard recalls. “That didn’t happen the last few decades.”


In 1969 the brothers made the commitment to exclusively carry Ethan Allen furniture based in Danbury, CT. The initial order arrived in several carloads at the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy siding near the Depot on Batavia’s east side. (This Depot is now Batavia’s Historical Society Museum on the west side). The furniture had to be moved to the Batavia Avenue store.

 

At least a decade earlier the brothers had hired Ellie Dunlop, an interior decorator. By the 1980s, the store had six interior decorators to assist customers with their selections. Ethan Allen Galleries believed in a strong presentation.


Beginning in the 1970s and 1980s, there were 45 room designs in the store to tempt buyers and show decorating options for homes.
Hubbard’s also had enlarged its customer base. In the beginning, customers were primarily from Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles. Later, Jim Hubbard began keeping track of ZIP codes where deliveries were made; he had more than 60 when the store had just one truck and a van. In 1999, the store had a separate business interiors division which delivered across state lines. One of its projects was offices for Aldi’s operations all across the country.


Adding space


The store had five additions since the two partners purchased it in 1910. Contractor Ernest Gabrielson put on the first-about 4,000 square feet-to the south side of the building fronting Batavia Avenue. Two (two-story additions were made to the rear of the store. Later, a house in the rear was purchased and razed to give access to Water Street. Then the brothers purchased a building at the rear, owned by Batavia Dairy, which Hubbard’s used as a warehouse. This eventually became the site of the popular Lemon Shop where some furniture was sold at reduced prices, especially on Batavia’s mid-summer Boo- Boo Day sales. After that it was home to Hubbard’s Business Interiors.


The building faqade also has seen many changes. Today’s look is modern and inviting. “When we became an Ethan Allen gallery, we were one of the first dedicated Eithan Allen stores,” Robert Hubbard explains. The furniture manufacturer wanted assurance that the independent store would reflect Ethan Allen quality and performance.


A sad decision
“When I decided to sell, Ethan Allen looked at the store to see if they wanted to take it over,” Hubbard says, “but decided the limitations of site and size of our trading area did not have the advantages they were looking for. So it seemed like the best thing to do was close the business. I tried to do it in a manner in keeping with values we were always based on.” He was amazed at how many customers and former customers stopped by just to tell how much the store had meant to them.


One of the stories he heard was from a man who explained that he’d purchased furniture decades before and then lost his job shortly after the purchase. “At that time, the man came to the store and said he couldn’t make the payments. My dad and uncles told him: ‘We know you’re a good person. Just pay us when you’re able.’ He did. A lot of business was done that way years ago. It couldn’t happen that way today. We always tried to be fair and honest and accommodating.”


Though he’s no longer running the store, Robert Hubbard stays busy. He began a dedicated public service commitment when he became a board member and treasurer of Tri-city Family Services in Geneva in 1990, a post he held for 10 years. When he left that board, he was asked to join the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley (formerly the Aurora Foundation). He served on its board for 10 years and was its chairman for two years. Hubbard’s Home Furnishings ended its service to Batavia and the Fox Valley a year ago. But its namesake continues his service to worthy organization.


This story was originally written by former Historian editor Bill Hall and the late Elliot Lundberg in 1999. It was updated by Marj Holbrook.

 
Basketball in the Hubbard’s Building
 
Faint lines on an “upstairs” floor at Hubbard’s Home Furnishings building trace the outline of a basketball court. They’re a bit of history for a century-old Batavia team.

The 1908 West Batavia Basketball team played its games in a gymnasium at the First Methodist Church. The gym was later purchased by Hubbard & Johnson’s and moved to the back of the store on North Batavia Avenue.
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Jim Hanson, former Batavia alderman and later Kane County Superintendent of Schools, recalls that his father, Claude Hanson, played on the team and told of playing “upstairs” in the Hubbard store.

 

At the time, West Batavia High School was on the third floor of the West Batavia School in the middle of the block between Bethany Lutheran Church on the west and the Congregational Church on the east.

 

At that time, Batavia had two school districts, East Batavia and West Batavia. They merged in 1910 and a new high school was completed in 1915 on the site that is now the Batavia District Library. The West Side School (later renamed for Miss Grace McWayne) was razed in 1950 when a new Grace McWayne School was built facing Wilson Street.

 

That building is now Bethany Lutheran’s Ministry Center and houses the Elderday Center, a day program for older adults. The Grace McWayne name continues on a new school on the far west side of Batavia.


Jim Hanson says he doubts that the 1908 team was sponsored by the school district, but a photo shows them in matching uniforms, so he could be mistaken. He says his father said when the team played on the Hubbard’s floor, the team member who was not playing stood at the door and collected an admission charge there

 

A yellowing paper, framed under glass, hung in the Hubbard’s Home Furnishings store for many years. It’s now one of Robert Hubbard’s treasured family mementos.


The paper is an old sales ticket for wallpaper purchased by C.W. Shumway in 1912, just a year after Hubbard & Johnson’s opened its doors.
The ticket shows eight rolls of wallpaper purchased at 13 cents per roll, for a total of $1.04; seven rolls of ceiling paper at 8 cents per roll for a total of 56 cents and 19 yards of border at 2 cents per yard for a total of 38 cents: the purchase was $1.98.
Three rolls were returned for a credit of 39 cents, so the entire bill was $1.59.

 

Cost of Living in 1939
Do the prices above seem low? In 1939 the federal government began stating a minimum wage and began at 30 cents per hour. But you could purchase Libby canned baked beans for 7cents, Campbell tomato juice for 10cents, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes for 8 cents and coffee for 53cents.


A movie and popcorn was 25cents and you could heat a home all year with natural gas for $64. If you were lucky enough to purchase a Schwinn bicycle, the outlay was $27.50 and a Beautyrest mattress could be purchased for $30.50.
Men’s Arrow shirts could be had for $2.50, while women could purchase Bryn Mawr sheer lisle stockings for 79cents a pair and a new lipstick for 10 cents.

 


 

Memories of the Bowling Alley
By Sammi King
 The demolition of the old bowling alley was a sad day for some, who hadfond memories of the place where many Batavians learned how to throw a gutter ball or two and a chosen few learned how to throw a perfect 300 game. Known as the Batavia Recreation Center, the Batavia Bowl and or just the bowling alley, the quar- rystone structure may be gone, but the memories live on.
Ruth Hassler came to Batavia from Iowa and her family settled on a small property on Batavia’s southwest side, near the Green Pheasants Hunting and Fishing Lodge located on the Fox River just off of Woodland Avenue.
“Bussey and Earl Nelson used to tease me terribly,” said Ruth. “They told me,’Wait til Foley comes home. You two were made for each other.’”
“Well, when he came home from college he asked me out. Then I learned he was engaged. I immediately told him, ‘I’m certainly not going to sit around and wait for you to make up your mind.’”
 
Ruth Hassler married Harold “Foley” Foland and her life soon centered around the popular sport of bowling.
Harold’s father purchased the building and put in four lanes for bowling.
“I remember going to this musty old building and there were these old kilns in the back” said Ruth. “We couldn’t save the kilns, but we did save some of the bricks and put them in the walkway outside.”
In 1934, it cost 15 cents a game to bowl. All the pin setting was done by hand.
 “It was a hard job, but it was a good job, I could make three or four dollars a night, said Ralph “Gene” Burton. “ I was nine or ten when I started and Miss (Alice) Gustafson, the principal at Louise White School, came down and complained about all of the pin boys being out late at night.
Harold told her that all of the pin boys were helping out their families and helping to put food on the table and then she backed off.”
 
Gene Burton and Ron Baltzar worked as pinsetters. It was dangerous work. Sometime someone would throw the ball really hard or you would jam a finger trying to replace two pins at the same time.
The pin boys would have to stay at the side of the lane and send the ball back. They would reset the pins for the next bowler. The area behind the pins wasn’t easy to maneuver. There was a big hole that they could fall in and of course the rumor that a river ran under the bowling alley wasn’t a rumor at all. “There was a stream that ran through the basement,” said Ron. Ruth Foland Johnson confirmed it.
 
Years ago, when there were two bridges in town, the river came through to a marshy pond area. That area eventually became the strip mall that now houses Daddios, Panera and Walgreens. A tributary ran to the U.S. Wind Engine and Pump Company that was to the east of the bowling alley. Some of the early pinsetters remember wooden ducts that carried the pipes that eventually deteriorated. So, yes, a river ran under the bowling alley.

Pin setting was tough. Just staying out of the way of flying pins was tough enough. Sometimes bowlers would have too much to drink and take on the game of trying to hit the pinsetters. Years later the pinsetters were given more respect because they had the task of inserting a dollar bill in one of the holes of the bowling ball. It was quite a surprise for lucky bowlers.

The pinsetters got to bowl for free and many became great bowlers. Gene Burton bowled a perfect game later in life and Ron Baltzar bowled a 718 series when he was in high school. It was doubly exciting when the Aurora Beacon news came to Batavia High School and pulled him out of class for an interview.

He wasn’t the only pinsetter to get some local press. “My dad was a pinsetter and he bowled a perfect game,” said Leslie Wicklund Kraft, daughter of the late Robert Wicklund. “I still have the article that was in the paper.”

The bowling alley wasn’t just a place for recreation, it was also a popular hangout, mainly because of Ruth Johnson. She was the one who welcomed everyone, from young kids to young adults. “We all spent a lot of time there,” said Jim Thryselius. “I thought of them all like they were my kids,” said Ruth. “It was like family down there.” After serving in the Vietnam War, Ron Baltzar stopped at the bowling alley before he headed home to see his family. When he and his girlfriend, Leslie Neely got married, they had their reception at her home and then headed to the bowling alley with friends. “Ruth was like a second mom to Ron,” said Leslie Baltzar. “She is a beautiful person, inside and out, full of fun and a true inspiration to both of us.”

The bowling alley was a second home for many, a place in the middle of town where people from both sides of the river could come together and make lasting friendships.
 
In addition to those mentioned in the above story, Donna ‘Johnson’ Burton and Judy ‘Johnson’ Thryselius also participated in the interview.
 

 

1939 Batavia High School Orchestra
David Peebles

 

The year was 1930 and Batavia High School Orchestra accomplished a feat that has not happened since. The orchestra received a Division 2 (second place) in Class B at the National School Music Competition in Indianapolis, IN. (The plaque commemorating this event is in the music room trophy case.)


peebs.jpgDirector Paul W. Peebles was fresh out of Northwestern University’s Vandercook School of Music and the orchestra was just starting to accomplish a winning tradition under its new director. Batavia, a small city with a small enrollment in the schools was fortunate to have an orchestra. Many of the larger school did not. The same can be said today.


The process to get to the National Contest was both musically and financially challenging. The first step was the District Contest at West Aurora High School. The orchestra received a Division 1 (first place) and was able to move on to the next level of competition. The State Contest was held at LaSalle Peru. The orchestra again received a Division 1 (first place) that enabled them to go to the National Contest in Indiana.


Raising money for the trip was another problem. Much like today, the school could not afford to send the orchestra. In a short time, businesses and private citizen in Batavia came through with the $416.25 needed to send the orchestra on its way.
The required piece that the orchestra played was Triumphal March by Grieg. They also performed Chanson Triste by Tchaikovsky, Phaon by Johnson and another piece chosen by judges for sight reading.


Through the years the Batavia High School orchestra has won many district and state contests. In 1960 the orchestra again was at the National Music Festival in Chicago under the direction of Paul W. Peebles. The last national appearance by the orchestra was in 2006 at the Music Educators National Conference under the direction of Michelle Freeland. Batavia has been fortunate to have a good music program with its directors in band, choir and orchestra. May it always continue!

 

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The Batavia Historian
 Glen Miner
 
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 “No pathological reason. A belated surrender to the inevitable.”

“Without a word or a murmur and nothing more than a fond and loving look towards his family gathered at his bedside, he left then all to pass into the land of joy.”

“As the subterranean upheavals of nature piles up the mountains, breaks the monotony of the long undulating prairie, bringing into prominence the magnitude and beauty of earth and gives us a view of the rocks that otherwise we could not have, so death of-times elevates and brings to prominence the characteristics of a man and gives a view and a conception of that man that otherwise could not be had.”

“His condition was not considered critical until the day before he died, when he became unconscious and remained in that state.”
“The silver cord of life whose strands had been gradually wearing away through months of suffering, were severed and he passed to that bourn from whence no traveler ever returns.”

“It is our painful duty to record the passing away of our old friend and esteemed fellow citizen, who has been taken from our midst, by the ruthless hand of death.”

“A life has closed of rare strength and beauty of character; known and fully appreciated perhaps by comparatively few, but by them loved deeply and for always.”

“He was drifting along the shady side of life and the shadows are lengthening as his sun began its setting.”

“In one half hour his spirit passed from earth to join those who had gone before. A beautiful way to enter into that never ending life.”

“He died after passing through a very serious operation which was deemed preferable to the suspense which he had been under for several years in expecting a sudden death which might occur at any time.”

“Like many veterans of the Rebellion, he gave the strength of his manhood to his country and never regained the health and strength of his youth.”

“The passing of another aged and respected citizen is a forcible reminder that the veterans of the Civil War are being “mustered out” faster each succeeding year.”

“Again we are called upon to note the transfer of a companion from his field of labor and strife to the eternal bivouac of rest and peace. Our companion heard his last tattoo on this terrestrial sphere and has responded to his first reveille roll call in the sweet beyond.”

“He has been called by the Divine Commander to join the greater majority on the Eternal Camping Grounds.”

“This is one remainder that the boys of “1861” are fast being mustered out and in a few years, the last Reveille, the last roll call and the last sound of taps will have taken place.”

“There were long months of patient suffering, so the message was not unwelcomed to him nor unexpected to the anxious watchers. His father and sister doubtless have greeted him where partings are unknown.”

“His death had been hourly expected but his superb vitality prolonged his life several days. For two months he has steadily been failing and although every possible service was given to him, he finally yielded to the ravages of Brights disease (Kidney
failure)."
 
“On the day of her death, she ate a hearty dinner and was writing a letter when she fell back in her chair expiring instantly. How beautiful such a passing away—just a closing of the eyes to open them in another life upon a higher plane.”

“He had been ailing some time, and just started in business, and overworked, and when stricken with typhoid fever, did not have the strength to withstand the ravages of the disease. He was ill only twelve days.”

”His illness from the beginning was so severe that his friends feared for his life, knowing that he had not a robust constitution, and besides his wife and son who survive him, many friends watched with great anxiety every day for a ray of hope in his condition, which came not to the sorrowing hearts.”

“On that day the air was still laden with the breath of winter and he took a severe cold which resulted in his death after a few days of suffering. His companion, who had journeyed with him and the sharer of his joys and sorrows for many years, is left to complete her voyage of life with the consolation that she has been a true and faithful wife and mother.”

“He was a patient sufferer for many years and as life drew near its close he awaited the expected messenger with joy that he should be free from pain and at rest.”

“The last sad rites we pay to the dead are empty forms and hollow ceremonies so far as the dear one whose spirit has gone from among us is concerned, But they do serve as good examples to the living and should ever remind us of the uncertainty of all human pursuits, and of the immutable certainty of death.”

“If the world was a stage and we are but players, it is the part we play that causes criticism. The curtain has gone down, the player is at rest and though he may be forgotten, the song he sang and the story he told remains with us to remind us that we are here for a purpose and if our part is played as it was so intended, we shall reap when the harvest day is come. The character he played was void of two virtues, namely ambition and will power, the absence of the former is responsible for the loss of the latter. Dark clouds never crossed the bright sun of those happy days until ill health and an empty purse greeted him.”

RIP
 
 

From the President

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As we begin a new year with the Batavia Historical Society, I want to welcome the following members who joined after the last issue.


Mildred Miller

Jeanne McCallister

Marcia Swanson Capriotti

Ray & Ann Riley
Christopher Dourmery

Adelia M Ottinger

Showers Miller

 

 

 
News from the Museum
Carla Hill
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Spring is just around the corner and the museum will re-open on March 11 for the 2013 season. April and May will be busy months at the museum. Approximately 600 Batavia school children will visit the museum as part of the third grade Batavia history unit. We would like to give a special thanks to society member Barb Dickenson who helps with the third grade tours. We couldn’t do it without her help.

This year promises to be a very exciting one. The museum will host its Seventh Annual Batavia Quilt and Textile show on July 19, 20 and 21. The show promises to be even better than last year. More details will come out in the spring! We are also working a couple of special Civil War events that will take place this summer and fall.

The museum is always looking for new volunteers. Anyone who would be interested in volunteering at the museum or the research center can call Lois Benson at 879-1080 or Chris and Carla at the museum.
 
Mark your calendars for these events:

Sunday, February 24:
The Batavia Park District and the Museum will once again be hosting the Lincoln Dinner Theater at the Lincoln Inn featuring Max and Donna Daniels in; “An Evening with Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln”. Tickets are $37.

Monday, March 11:
The museum will re-open.

Sunday, March 17:
We will also be sponsoring a program for Women’s History Month. This program will feature Jenny Riddle in; “Famous First Ladies: Mary Todd Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt and Jackie Kennedy”. This program will be held at the Shannon Hall at the Eastside Community Center and tickets are $7.

Both programs promise to be very educational and interesting. Registration for the programs can be done through the Batavia Park District at 630-879-5235.
 
From the mailroom:
 
We heard from the grandson of Roger Beeles (see Vol 53, No 4 Class of 1955) correcting the spelling of his grandfather’s name and informing us that the mayor named Beels Court on the east side south of Wilson after his grandfather.
Ms. Charmaine Myers also sent the following note:
 
 
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