Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 1 – 7, 1864

“September 1st Thursday rather a fine day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick. Robert Millard Jr got to his fathers here about 5 oclock this morning & his father died about 8-3/4 this forenoon.

“2nd Friday Rather fine weather for Sept but dry I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick etc Robert Millards funeral was today at 2 oclock at Baptist house Elder Ofield preached.

“3rd Saturday A pretty fine day but some cloudy. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 10 oclock & soon went to bed tiard & sick.

“4th Sunday rather a fine morning but cloudy I did my choars was at the house the most of the day a choaring round was at the office twice & fixed straw stack etc went to bed about 9, nearly sick & lonely, it rained a little between one & two.

“5th Monday rather fine weather for the season. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & sick.

“6th Tuesday fine weather for Sept but rather dry I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick [in margin] George went to Chicago got his eyes doctered.

“7th Wednesday fine weather for the season I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick, lonely as can be.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 25 – 31, 1864

“25th Thursday A fine day for Aug I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.

“26th Friday fine weather for the season, I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick [in margin] Caroline came home tonight from Gould.

“27th Saturday A fine pleasant day & most beautiful evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick as well as lonely, homesick and disconsolate.

“28th Sunday A beautiful day & evening. I did my choars & got my cows back into my pasture from Hoyts field, was round home almost all day & evening called at the office about noon came back & fixed my paster fence went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & downspirited.

“29th Monday rather a fine day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & lonely.

“30th Tuesday fine weather for the season but dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

“31st Wednesday A fine day for August but dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 18 – 24, 1864

“18th Thursday fine weather for August but dry I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick & downhearted.

“19th Friday fine weather for the season I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiad lonely & nearly sick.

“20th Saturday A fine pleasant day but dry & cool nights. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick. Sister acts like the very devile.

“21st Sunday A fine pleasant warm smuckey day & evening cool nights & morning. I did my choars was at home all day almost a choaring round, went to the office about 9 with Rollen Willson came back choared round wrote & red some was at the office towards night again came home did my choars and went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & nearly sick George & Elizabeth went to Baptist meeting, A man from Chicago preached.

“22nd Monday rather a fine pleasant day & evening. I did my choars was at the office al day & in the evening, came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiard, lonely & nearly sick.

“23rd Tuesday fine weather for the season, I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick [in margin] Caroline went to Naperville & Goulds.

“24th Wednesday fine weather for the season, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.”

Fashion Friday featuring the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville

It’s Fashion Friday at the Historical Society! Enjoy these Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville from local artist Mildred Baldwin’s popular column from the Warrenville Digests.  If you’d like to learn more about Mildred, see our earlier blog post here http://warrenvillehistorical.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/womens-history-month-mildred-baldwin/.  You can also stop into the museum during our open hours to see the full collection of the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville and other work by Mildred.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 11 – 17, 1864

“11th Thursday A fine day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & lonely & nearly sick & worn out with trouble. Wallace Joneses wife died today at about 6 p.m. She was confined a Monday & inflammation set in and she died.

“12th Friday rather fine but rather a heavey shower in the evening rained some in afternoon. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick German mowed the last pease of grass & it got wet.

“13th Saturday A cloudy morning but rather fine day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about ½ past 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick as well as very lonely, Wallace Jones wife was buried, the funeral was at the Methodist house & the house was more than full many could not get in to the house, a tremendious large number were there [in margin] Hanna preached.

“14th Sunday Some cloudy in morning but a fine hot day & evening. I did my choars was at the house & a choaring round the most of the day called at the office toward night was at home in the evening & went to bed about 9, tiard and nearly sick as well as lonely & homesick [in margin] Caroline went home with her father.

“15th Monday rather fine weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiard, lonely & nearly sick & discouraged.

“16th Tuesday fine warm dry weather, but some cool nights, I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening, came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick & heart sick.

“17th Wednesday fine weather for the season but a getting dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick lonely & down spirited.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 4 – 10, 1864

“4th Thursday A fine day but some cloudy. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard, nearly sick & lonely.

“5th Friday rather fine weather but some cloudy. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick. Mrs Griffeth the 2 Mrs Williams Mrs Fehely & Mrs Eddy came here a visiting in afternoon Sol brought & carried them.

“6th Saturday A pretty fine warm day but some cloudy. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & lonely & nearly sick Mair taken out of Pollards pasture.

“7th Sunday A fine pleasant smuckey day & evening I did my choars was round home the most of the day a choaring round put my cows into Hoyts lot about 9 oclock Henry Gould called about 11. Caroline & Rollen came about 10, George & his wife & Cal went to hear McLaffety preach his fairwell sermon Roll went to Chandlers & came back about one & took Caroline home & went up after my mair about 5 ½.

“8th Monday rather fine weather for Aug. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick [in margin] W. Jones wife sick —-.

“9th Tuesday rather fine weather for the season. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonely & nearly sick [in margin] mair taken out of the paster of Pollard.

“10th Wednesday fine weather & hot, I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick [in margin] Mair put into Hoyts orchard.”

Warrenville and the American Civil War: August 1864

Although the Nation was at war, industry was continuing to grow and was even fueled in part because of the need for supplies. In Chicago and the area communities connected by rail, new businesses were forming and growing. In Turner Junction, present day West Chicago, the Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad was expanding its shops, building a roundhouse that would employ many locals. Just a bit further north in Elgin, the Elgin Watch Company opened. For nearly 100 years the company’s manufacturing complex there was the largest site dedicated to watchmaking in the world.

As neighboring communities economies grew, Warrenville remained to be a tightknit community, evidenced in no small part by the support seen through the hMinerva Buck Jones gravestoneard days of 1864. On August 11th, another such day proved to show the strength of the community when Wallace Jones’ wife, Minerva Buck Jones died at the age of 35 after a three day illness, likely as a result of childbirth. The Methodist Church was overflowing with those who came to give their condolences for the young mother. Her infant son died 12 days later and is buried next to her in the Warrenville Cemetery.

Taken from the Warrenville Historical Society’s program “1864 in 48 Minutes” that was held on January 26, 2014.

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 28 – August 3, 1864

“28th Thursday fine pleasant hot weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & lonely.

“29th Friday A fine hot day & night. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & lonely.

“30th Saturday A fine hot day till about five or past when we had quite a shower & thunder & lightning, a cloudy night, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely and nearly sick as well as down spirited. Kennard was here.

“31st Sunday A cloudy damp morning & forenoon more pleasant in the middle of the day looks like shower hot & muggy. I did my choars was at home the most of the day wrote some & choared round the house went to the office & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & nearly sick & down spirited Henry Gould & family came here & took supper & went home 3 or 4 oclock several showers during the day.

“August 1st Monday rather a fine day but some cloudy. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard nearly sick and lonely.

“2nd Tuesday rather fine weather but some cloudy. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonely tiard & nearly sick.

“3rd Wednesday A fine day but some cloudy. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard nearly sick & very lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 21 – 27, 1864

“21st Thursday rather fine weather more cool. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

“22nd Friday rather fine weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

“23rd Saturday rather fine weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick or nearly. Charles Ward died of a wound in his ancle by a rebel near Washington he died at or near Washington.

“24th Sunday rather a fine day & evening. I did my choars hunted for my mair about 2 hours found her & George Roll & me started for _______ about 9. Cal & Eliza went in Rols buggy we came ______ before sundown George & wife took Caroline home. I did choars went to bed about 9 tiard & about sick & lonely.

“25th Monday rather fine weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ near sick lonely & tiard.

“26th Tuesday fine hot weather I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick, lonely as death [in margin] Kennard was here.

“27th Wednesday rather fine hot weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 14 – 20, 1864

“14th Thursday fine dry weather ground suffering for rain. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely, homesick & sick.

“15th Friday A fine had ____ day but very dry, everything a drying up, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ tiard sick & lonely & homesick ______   ______ family came out.

“16th Saturday A very hot still muggy day & evening Showered a good deal during the night. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ or near 10, tiard lonely & about sick. There was a circus or caravan at Naperville.

“17th Sunday A warm showery morning some very heavey thunder & one very heavey shower rained till about 10 & brouk away some, I did my choars went to office a little after 10, came back & choared round. Elder Hanna preached Wm J Wrays funeral at 2 oclock P.M. at Methodist House, Carolines folks did not come over, it showered more or less all day.

“18th Monday A cloudy rainey morning with a tremendious heavey shower about 7 or between 7 & 8 in morning, my east celler half full of water in a few minutes or less than an hour. I did my choars went to office & got wet through we had an other shower in afternoon & filled my celler about as full. The river was very high it covered the island conciderable deep a tremendous rain, everything was flooded. I was at the store all day came home at 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ lonely & sick.

“19th Tuesday A _____ cloudy morning the ground very wet more pleasant during day. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

“20th Wednesday rather fine weather but very wet. I did my choars, was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick lonely & tiard.”

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