Book of Batavia history celebrates 200th anniversary

Dennis Nichols
The Village of Batavia has published Batavia: August 2014, a history of the village’s first 200 years. The book is available at the Batavia Town Hall for $15.

The title draws on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s August 1914, the beginning of World War I, which occurred as Batavia was celebrating its centennial anniversary.

Published in cooperation with The Clermont Sun, the small book is an anthology of selected stories of the town’s past.

The core of the book is the late Rosanna Hoberg’s History of Batavia, Ohio, published in 1964 in celebration of Batavia’s sesquicentennial anniversary. Mrs. Hoberg was a writer and reporter for the Sun, and the book comprised a series of weekly columns that she wrote for the newspaper in the months leading up to the celebration.

The 2014 volume includes new contributions by several authors, all concerning the village and its past.

It also features photographs from the past, some that are familiar and others that have not been published widely.

Village Administrator Dennis Nichols edited the new book.

Copies of the book will be available at the Batavia Bicentennial Celebration.