Fashion Friday featuring the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville, the Holiday Edition

It’s a special holiday edition of 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 in all their holiday spirit from December 1967.  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 when we reopen for the new year on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 1-4pm 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 and a wonderful holiday season!

susan finn december 21 1967

 

Mrs John Beck December 14 1967

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 15 – 21, 1864

15th Thursday fine weather & more mild I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½.

16th Friday rather fine weather & the snow a melting conciderable, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ Mrs Bliss got home and Charles Estes came with her & stayed with me over night.

17th Saturday rather warm & thawey & mist a little I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed about 9 tiard & about sick I had Rusegiue & Jerry Pollard kill my 4 pigs in forenoon & I carried them in at night alone I weighed 200# 1, 220 & 2, about 140 or 50, each Mrs Bli

18th Sunday A warm cloudy damp day, foggy & misty & rained in the evening I did my choars was at the home all day & evening I cut up my hogs and salted them choared round went to the office in the evening came back & wrote some & went to bed a little after 9 tiard & nearly sick have worked hard Mrs Bliss came over here and brought some thurmometers sent by Hiram [in margin] Charles Estes was at Carpenters last night & today.

19th 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 ½ tiard & sick.

20th Tuesday 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 nearly sick.

21st Wednesday rather fine for December but cool I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at about 9 nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 8 – 14, 1864

8th Thursday rather a winter day with snow I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed a little after 9, nearly sick.

9th Friday A pretty fine day but cool 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.

10th Saturday A fine pleasant day & warm in the middle A cloudy night & snowed before 9, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½.

11th Sunday A cloudy windy snow squally disagreeable day the snow flew all day & evening I & pretty cold I did my choars was round home all day a choaring & takeing care of my cattle went to the office in the evening & made up the mail came home & went to bed between 8 and 9.

12th Monday rather a cold winter day with the ground covered with snow & quite passable sleighing I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 sick.

13th Tuesday rather fine winter weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick.

14th Wednesday rather fine winter weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ about sick.”

Warrenville Then & Now: 28W180 Warrenville Road

Formerly 28W180 Warrenville Road, the South West corner of Leone Schmidt Heritage Park

Once owned by Hiram Leonard, an early pioneer and entrepreneur in Warrenville who kept a detailed diary of his life, this building was built around 1842. Although no documentation has been found, it has been reiterated by oldtimers that this was a wing of Hiram’s original house that was moved from Winfield Road to this site. For many years it served as a store, Hiram’s office and post office. These two images show the home in 1947 and again in 1993, after much decay and work was done to the home. It was torn down to make way for the park that is currently on this site. In 2015 this area will be changed again as the DuPage River channel is expanded.90.1.5 (2)

 

Read more here about this property and Hiram Leonard’s life, taken from Warrenville City Historian Leone Schmidt’s book “In and Around Warrenville.”

“Hiram Leonard’s career shifted into high gear during the ‘60s, when his ambition of 25 years was finally realized.

“Expanding the apothecary business he had been carrying on the past five years, in 1860 he formed a partnership with Jerome B. Pollard to also market dry goods, groceries, and hardware on the main business thoroughfare [Big Woods Road, later renamed Aurora Road, and today known as Warrenville Road], on a quarter-acre parcel he had purchased from Colonel Warren the year before. Then on March 1, 1861 he applied for the Warrenville postmaster position.

“The office of postmaster was strictly a patronage plum, dispensed chiefly by congressmen. Although financially unrewarding, a franking privilege did go with the appointment, along with oodles of prestige, which made for intense competition.

“The big news, almost as exciting as the [southern states] Secession, broke June 1. Julius Warren, Warrenville’s first and only postmaster, was ‘removed from his job’ and the newly converted Whig was installed. During this crucial period in the country’s history, Leonard would have his finger on the pulse of the town.

“As the partnership with Pollard did not last very long, Leonard was soon in full control of the mercantile operations as well as the mail. For the rest of his life he could bask in the center of customers, loafers and postal patrons.

“Upon Leonard’s death in 1878, the post office was shifted to Bowen’s store on the corner, with the Colonel once again in charge. (He had forsaken the Democratic party in the latter war years). Joe Hawbecker bought Leonard’s stock and started his own business just across the river, and Leonard’s store was for rent.

“As the years passed, the old store became a carriage-trimming shop, then a poolroom and cigar store, or a sweet-cider stand. When Mr. Werdebaugh rented it in 1886, some local wags claimed that the sign hawking tobacco, cigars, ginger beer, and candy was only camouflage to disguise a saloon. As Warrenville was becoming a depressed area, the store was frequently vacant.

From 1892 on, when Will Wray [Hiram’s step-son] rented out the farm on Winfield Road (his mother’s name by that time had changed from Leonard to Foote) and moved himself and belongings into the store building, it was used as a residence. Wray later rented it to a retiree, John Stevens, and after Stevens died in 1923 the tenant was Merwin Brown.

“Wray sold the building to Maria and George Fuller in 1924. In 1940 Elton and Anna May Jeffries bought it and became busy landlords. The upstairs apartment they rented out for 20 years was the first home in Warrenville for a host of families.”

Hiram Leonard House october 1993

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

December 1st Thursday rather cloudy 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.

2nd Friday rather more pleasant today I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick.

3rd Saturday cleared off cold & froz I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick Charley Noonen died Charles Noon died ½ before nine tonight.

4th Sunday A fine pleasant day but some cloudy I did my choars was at the home the most of the day went to office 4 times worked round the house & went to the office in evening & made up the mail came home & wrote some & went to bed between 8 & 9 nearly sick Mrs Potter & Charles went to meeting Roll Willson Albert Grant Hut McNelly, Sarah Brown & Griffeth were here today & evening & Hut stayed all night [in margin] Charles Noones was brought home ded today from Downers he died last night ¼ before 9 at _______.

5th Monday rather fine winter weather & snowed last night a little I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½.

6th Tuesday rather fine winter weather but rough wagoning I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 [in margin] C Noonen was buried funeral at Baptist Church Elder Marston.

7th Wednesday rather fine but cool & cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 24 – 30, 1864

24th Thursday rather fine weather for the season 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.

25th Friday rather fine weather but 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.

26th Saturday A cloudy damp day but clear pleasant night. 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 & about sick Caroline went down.

27th Sunday A cloudy damp disagreeable day & night I did my choars was at the house all day, at work, cleaned out my howel, big pen, hen house & back house and many other choars, wrote some in the evening & went to bed between 8 & 9 tiard lonely & nearly sick & home sick.

28th Monday rather cloudy disagreeable 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 nearly sick.

29th Tuesday rather cloudy weather & mudy, 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.

30th Wednesday rather cloudy muddy weather I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 17 – 23, 1864

17th Thursday cold cloudy weather freezes every night. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard sick & lonely.

18th Friday rather cold but fine weather I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick [in margin] Caroline got back from her fathers.

19th Saturday rather a fine day, some cloudy & not as cold   I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 tiard sick & lonely Mrs. E. A. Potter got an express package from Aurora Sherman from Iowa with ten dollars in it for her to come out there.

20th Sunday rather a fine pleasant forenoon but cloudy afternoon & sprinkled a little about 8 & then cleared off & cold & grew cold fast was a cold night I did my choars was round home till about 11 when I went with C Noonen & H Gould to Cal Wrays to help about plastering her house but the morter was frozen & we came back between 12 & one & Cal came down with us & Goulds folks were here, they left at 3 ½ & about 4 I got Waddles wagon & carried Col home & Elizabeth Potter & Charley went up, we got back before dark I did my choars wrote some & went to bed about 8 ½ tiard sick & lonely & homesick, Elizabeth wrote to Aurora S. & George Potter.

21st Monday  rather fine weather for Nov I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening I came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

22nd Tuesday rather fine cloudy 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 Wednesday rather fine weather for Nov 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 10 – 16, 1864

“10th Thursday A cloudy damp morning & day grew cold in the afternoon & the wind blew very hard & blew hard all night a tremendious hard wind 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.

“11th Friday A cold rane day & night I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

“12th Saturday rather a fine cool day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick— [in margin] Elizabeth got a letter from George.

“13th Sunday A most beautiful day & evening the finest day we have had in many weeks, I did my choars was at the office in morning came back & fenced my stacks & choared round etc went to bed between 8 & 9 tiard & sick  Elizabeth & Charles went to both meeting.

“14th Monday rather fine cold weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick.

“15th Tuesday rather fine weather but cool for Nov I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

“16th Wednesday rather cold cloudy raw weather. 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 and lonely as death.”

Holiday items available at Museum

Are you looking for a unique holiday gift? Stop by the Museum during our Sunday open hours of 1-4pm and pick up a piece of local history from our bookstore or a handmade gift from the Museum Guild.holiday book sale

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 3 – 9, 1864

“3rd Thursday rather fine weather but some cloudy. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

“4th Friday rather a fine day & a cold night cloudy day & clear night, I did my choars was at the office all day 7 till 6 ½ in evening then went to Methodist church to hear Cody make a political speech went home about ½ past 9 & soon went to bed nearly sick.

“5th Saturday A fine pleasant beautiful day for Nov. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick [in margin] Mrs Stowels husband came home at night.

“6th Sunday rather a fine morning but a cloudy day with squalls of rain a most all day rather a hard day. I did my choars was at the house most of the day choaring round & fixing corn crib, went to office about noon came back wrote some in evening & went to bed about 9 tiard & lonely Charles went to Carolines to got to go to her father but did not go Tom Pelham was married to Mrs Ellin or Hellin York today by Elder Ofield at Downers Grove.

“7th Monday rather a cloudy damp day. 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 & sick & lonely [in margin] Caroline went to her fathers.

“8th Tuesday rather a cool cloudy damp & some misty day. I did my choars was at the office till about one oclock when I came up & went to election with Jerry Pollard came back between 3 & 4 went to the store came home eat supper & went back came home 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick it mist a little in evening & rained before morning, A Lincoln got 180 majority over McLellen, McLellen had 58 or 59 a pretty still election.

“9th Wednesday A rainey day & evening rained conciderable. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.”

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