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

“15th Thursday A fine pleasant morning 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 & nearly sick & lonesome as can be. George Potter started in the stage to go to Chicago to go back to his Regt at Little Rock Arcanses, his wife felt bad.

“16th Friday 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 tiard lonely & nearly sick [in margin] Go. Potter left Chicago tonight.

“17th Saturday rather a fine day but some cloudy & windy. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & soon went to bed tiard lonely & sick Mrs Potter walked up to Mrs L Kenyons started about 4 oclock in afternoon.

“18th Sunday rather a cloudy morning with a light sprinkle rather a fine day but some cloudy I did my choars was at home all the forenoon a writing & choaring round I went about 2 oclock to Kenyons after Mrs Potter, got back towards night went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

“19th Monday rather fine weather for the season but 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 lonely & nearly sick.

“20th Tuesday rather fine weather for the season I did my choars was at the office the most of the day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick [in margin] Geo Potter started from Kankakee to go to Regt A T Jones was married about this time.

“21st Wednesday fine dry weather for Sept, 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 etc.”

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

“8th Thursday fine weather but dry 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.

“9th Friday rather fine 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 & sick.

“10th Saturday fine weather but dry I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick [in margin] George P. got home from Chicago.

“11th Sunday A fine day for Sept I did my choars was at the house all day & in the evening choaring round went to office twice came home and went to bed at 9 nearly sick H Goulds wife went up to Cals, George & Elizabeth went up to 3.

“12th Monday A fine day 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 tiard & lonely, George Potter is a getting ready to go back next Thursday to his Regt.

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

“14th Wednesday fine weather 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 & nearly sick [in margin] George & wife to Griffeths.”

Annual Meeting featuring lecture on the history of St. James Farm, Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7PM

On Monday, September 8 at 7PM at the Historical Museum, 3S530 Second Street, the Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting and invites the public to attend a quick business meeting to hear about the programs of the Society followed by a presentation on the history of St. James Farm by Kevin Davis.

What is known today as St. James farm was an area that played an important role in the early settlement of DuPage County. Please enjoy this except from Leone Schmidt’s The Life and Times of Warrenville about the first settlers in DuPage County and the troubles they faced in their first years in the area.

“Spring 1832 saw the west branch of the DuPage Rive dotted with settlements extending north as far as what we know now as Winfield Township of DuPage County.

“The first settler in present-day DuPage County, Bailey Hobson, came from Indiana on horseback in May 1830..the next settlement on the DuPage was ‘Napiersville.’ After having made an exploratory trip in February, Joseph Napier captained his ship the Telegraph from Ashtabula, Ohio on May 31, 1831, landing in Chicago July 15. With him was his brother John, and Lyman Butterfield, Harry Wilson, John Murray, and their families. They went at once to the site previously selected, on the DuPage River about four miles north of Bailey Hobson…

“The honor of ‘first’ within the boundaries later established for Winfield Township goes to Erastus Gary-grandson of Josiah Gary and son of William Gary, both ex-Revolutionary soldiers. William, a school teacher and farmer, had died at the age of 51 when Erastus, the third of seven children, was only eleven. After a few years of eking out a meager existence from the 13 acres of rocky soil that had been his allotment from the family estate, at the age of 25 he sold his share to his elder brother Charles and left Connecticut in 1831. He traveled by horse or carriage as far as St. Joseph, Michigan and then crossed the lake in a canoe to Chicago and continued 28 miles further west (probably on foot) where he staked out 640 acres-the present location of McCormick’s St. James Farm. Too late in the season for breaking sod, he returned to St. Joseph to teach school during the winter. In the spring he paddled back in a homemade dug-out with three fellow travelers.

early warrenville map copy

“Hardly had Erastus turned over an acre of new rich soil when the Sauk’s war whoop pierced the air. Black Hawk was openly repudiating the treaty that had been signed by Keokuk and other chiefs of the Sacs and Foxes agreeing to vacate their Illinois lands lying between the Rock River and the Mississippi. On April 6 he crossed the Mississippi into Illinois and led a march northeast along the Rock River…”

Many of the settlers fled to Fort Dearborn, in Chicago, for protection from the fighting. Women and children spent the entire summer confined in the Fort, while the men protected their recent claims and attempted to plant and care for their fields.

“The war was short-lived, and after the surrender of Black Hawk at Bad Axe, Wisconsin August 3, Captain Naper’s company was mustered out on August 15 and the settlers went back to their claims to start over again.”

Five years later the Garys established a settlement in present day West Chicago near Route 59 and Roosevelt Road. Erastus Gary became an influential man in DuPage County and worked with the Wheaton brothers to shape the town of Wheaton’s development and growth. Erastus’s son, Elbert Gary, became a leading steel man, creating the town of Gary, Indiana, for the sole purpose of making steel.

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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