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JFK visits Batavia

In honor of Presidents’ Day, I thought I would let everyone in on a little known fact. On  October 25, 1960, John F. Kennedy visited the small town of Batavia, Illinois. A relative of my Senior Secretary/Office Manager Susan was there and one of her friends got to shake his hand.

His motorcade went right down Illinois Route 31 (Batavia Ave.) and passed by the old Shumway House (now Covey Law Firm) located at 232 S. Batavia Ave. JFK made a speech in front of the old Batavia High School (now the location of the Batavia Public Library) and across the street from the then Johnson’s Funeral Home (now the Moss Funeral Home).

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Video courtesy of the Batavia History (A collaboration of the Batavia Historic Society and the Batavia Public Library)

JFK Visits Batavia, IL 1960

JFK Visits Batavia, IL 1960






She was standing with friends possibly one of you in front of Johnson’s Funeral Home.  The car stopped and because I was short and in front so I could see I was pushed up over the front bumper.  I got a good look at JFK–tanned and handsome.   Later I learned that my mother was stopped in Aurora from turning north on Rt 61 and got out of the car and was also in the front row.

JFK at Batavia H.S.

John F. Kennedy in front of Batavia H.S. in 1960


Happy Presidents’ Day everyone!


















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About Bradley Covey

Bradley Covey is an Illinois bankruptcy attorney helping individuals and businesses file Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Kane County, DuPage County, Kendall County and Will County, Illinois. Brad attended SIU undergrad and NIU College of Law. Brad served in the military at Ft. Stewart, Georgia and Ft. Sill, Ok as a Field Artillery Officer. Brad later served in the Illinois National Guard as a Major.

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