Mayor, City of Batavia
in Batavia, IL
Mayor Jeffery D. Schielke is a 6th generation resident of Batavia, Illinois, and is currently serving his 36th consecutive year as Mayor of Batavia. Mayor Schielke has been elected to nine consecutive terms. He worked for a number of years as a local journalist covering state and local government and has co-authored over a half dozen published books on topics ranging from local history to the international fire service and is currently a licensed realtor in the state of Illinois. In 2005 Mayor Schielke was named “Citizen of the Year” by the community, the first time the award has been given to a person while holding public office.
Bill Wood, Eldora Hoover, and Their Famous Friend
BY JEFFERY SCHIELKE
@ VOL 6
ON FEB 16, 2017
Jeffery Schielke, longtime mayor and local historian of Batavia, Illinois, shared his reflections on Batavia’s well-known educators, Eldora Hoover and Bill Wood, their collection of crosses, and their interest in Japanese customs and traditions. In their search for supplies for the Japanese tea ceremony, Eldora and Bill discovered a store in Chicago owned by Jun Toguri and his daughter, Iva. As their friendship grew, Iva revealed the story of an American citizen trapped in Japan during World War II—her story. Once called Tokyo Rose, she was imprisoned in the United States for treason. Ultimately, President Gerald R. Ford granted a full and unconditional pardon to Iva Toguri, which restored her U.S. citizenship.