Volume Fifteen

No. 1


February, 1974

Published by the Batavia Historical Society


"I think for any American, who has had the great and priceless privilege of being raised in a small town, there remains always with him nostalgic memories. And the older he grows the more he senses what he owed to the simple honesty, the neighborliness, the integrity he saw around him."

- Dwight Eisenhauer




Sunday, February 3, 1974 at 3 P.M.

Bartholemew Civic Center


Batavia Architecture - films by William J. Wood

Promises to be interesting and much fun!

Refreshment Committee:  

Mrs. Earl Judd,

Mrs. Walter Wood and

Mrs. T. L. Favoright. 


A large group of friends enjoyed the music by the Junior High at the December meeting.


The society was sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Florence Graham, a long time member of the Society.


Report of the Nominating Committee:

President - Dr. Lucille Gustafson

Vice Pres. - Phillip Talbot

Secretary - Mrs. Walter Evert

Treasurer - Neal Conde, Jr.

Trustee (2 years) - Joel Sawitoski

Trustee (1 year) - Howard Matteson


Thanks go to the outgoing officers for their sincere interest and concern for the society.

We are grateful to Phil Elfstrom of Bader Publishing Co. for the printing of our quarterly bulletins.


The Daniel Halladay Windmill

Daniel Halladay - from Coventry, Conn. to Batavia, Ill.  


While listening to the album "The Old Post Road" by Holbrook, I came across the following item of particular interest to the people of Batavia. The Talking Book describes the three routes from Boston to New York City. The upper road, the middle, and the lower road. These were the first roads to carry mail on horseback between the two towns in the early 1600s. The author, describing the middle route, its towns, industries and people from Springfield, Mass., along the Connecticut River, came to Coventry.


Here he wanted to see the evidence of one man, Daniel Halladay, who invented the Halladay Self Regulating Windmill. This was the first windmill to regulate the amount of surface exposed to the wind which depended on wind velocity. In 1857 Daniel Halladay moved to Batavia, Ill. to form the U. S. Wind Engine and Pump Co. The author said he had never been to Batavia, but would like to some time. He had a colored lithograph produced by the U. S. Wind Engine and Pump Co., showing the Halladay Self Regulating Windmill, the U. S. Solid Wheel (wooden) and the Gem Steel Wind Engine.


Mr. Holbrook said there were three things that helped settle the West: the Colt Revolver, the Glidden Barbed Wire, and the Halladay Windmill. (J.A.G.)

Report of the Depot Museum


$16,265 (Community donations)

$13,000 (matched by Furnas Electric)

$ 5,000 (In memory of Gilbert Hansen of Furnas Electric)

$19,648.15 (total spent)

$14,617.02 (balance on hand)


A "hearty thank you” to all citizens, Park Board Blue Ribbon Committee and others for the nearly complete cooperation in this community project. See Neal Conde about dues for 1974! Or mail to Box 15, P.O. Batavia, Ill. 60510