Submitted by EBriggs on Wed, 2012-04-11 02:27
Named in honor of Tomáš Baťa (1876-1932), world-renowned Czech businessman.
His son, Tomáš Jan Baťa, moved to Canada in 1939 to develop the Bata Shoe Company of Canada, including a shoe factory and engineering plant, centered in a town that still bears his name, Batawa, Ontario. This object was dedicated for the elder Baťa six months after the Communist government fell in Czechoslovakia, when Tomáš J. Baťa made a triumphant return to his hometown in December 1989 at the invitation of president-elect Václav Havel.
Reference: MPC 16444