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

 

 

Rodney H. Brandon

Mooseheart’s first Executive Director

 

1881-1968
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-
Aaron Fogleman

Guggenheim Fellow (2018); history professor

 

 
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-

 

Avery F. Johnson Painter 1906-1990
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

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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

  Samira Ahmed   Love, Hate & Other Filters     2018

[Martha] Louise Andrus [Rogers]

Though Time Be Fleet

1937

Robert F. Barnes

Christopher Payne: American Pioneer, 1786-1871

1999

  Robert F. Barnes

  One Man's Story (Before Someone Else Gets it Wrong): From the Horse

  and Buggy to the Threshold of Space

  2003

Katherine Brankin

The Family Girl: A Novel

2014

  Ruth Berman

  Fishing Bears

  1998
  Roger Breisch

  Questions That Matter

  2017
  Lillian Budd

  Footsteps on the Tall Grass Prairie: A History of Lombard, Illinois

  1977
  Philip Burnham      How the Other Half Lived: A People’s Guide to American Historical Sites   1995
  Philip Burnham      So Far from Dixie: Confederates in Yankee Prisons      2003
  Philip Burnham      Song of Dewey Beard: Last Survivor of the Little Bighorn      2014
  Marjorie J. Burr

  The Trials and the Victories: Memoirs of a Victorious Life

  2005

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

  Yvonne James Furth

  From the Yoga Mat to the Corner Office: A Mindful Approach to Business 

  Success

  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

  Walter Havighurst

  Voices on the River: The Story of the Mississippi Waterways

  1964

Steve Heronemus

Shells: Sustained by Grace Within the Tempest

2015

  David Hirsch

  The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address

  2017
  Donald J. Hunt

  Jupiter Justice

  2015

Kevin Jakubowski

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

2013

  Ruth Diephouse 

  Johnson

  Missions Possible

  2012