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.”

Fashion Friday featuring the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville

It’s Fashion Friday again at the Historical Society! Enjoy these July 1971 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 summer hours of Wednesdays and Sundays from 1-4pm to see the other Well-Dressed Women.

We hope you all have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 7 – 13, 1864

“7th Thursday A fine day for the season but dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick. Charles came from Lewenses & went to Goulds.

“8th Friday A fine dry day 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 rained during the night.

“9th Saturday A cloudy misty morning but rather fine after noon, 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, a cloudy evening & rained pretty hard the latter part of the night, & the Methodist bell toled about 12 oclock at night several times supposed by the wind, the best rain we have had this summer or since spring.

“10th Sunday A fine rainey morning & cloudy day the best rain we have had this summer, I got up about 7 did my choars went to the office, came back by Pollards & Mrs Bliss choared round some hoed in garden, went to the office about 12 came back & sowed some turnips wrote some etc did my choars & went to bed at 9 tiard & lonely & nearly sick.

“11th Monday rather fine dry 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 lonely & nearly sick.

“12th Tuesday rather fine but dry wather. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

“13th Wednesday fine weather for the season but to 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 & homesick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 30 – July 6, 1864

“30th 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 & nearly sick & lonely.

“July 1st Friday fine warm weather with a light shower, 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.

“2nd Saturday rather fine weather & cool. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick & lonely & homesick.

“3rd Sunday A fine cool pleasant day & evening a very cool morning. I did my choars was at home all day, went to the office and went up to salt my mair come home & went to bed about 9 lonely & nearly sick. George & Elizabeth & Charles wen to Lewinses started 7 ½ with Waddles horse & wagon & got home in evening. Charles stayed to work but stayed till middle of week.

“4th Monday 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 tiard lonely & nearly sick George & Elizabeth went to Pelhams to the fourth.

“5th Tuesday rather fine dry weather but 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 & sick.

“6th Wednesday rather fine dry weather & pretty hot. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonely & sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 23 – 29, 1864

“23rd Thursday fine growing weather & things grow fast, some clouds, 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 as lonesome & lonely as I can ______ ______.

“24th Friday fine hot growing weather. 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 & lonely.

“25th Saturday fine hot growing weather. 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 & lonely.

“26th Sunday A warm cloudy morning but a pretty pleasant day & evening with a very heavey breeze all day & some cloudy fine growing weather I did my choars went to the office & ________ & went down about noon & back I hoed in the garden planted some cucumbers & choared round some went up to Cal’s paster to salt my mair & went to the office at night and called at Blisses, came home & went to bed about 9 ½, lonely & unhappy.

“27th Monday rather fine weather for the season but pretty cool & dry generally, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely.

“28th Tuesday rather fine warm weather 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.

“29th Wednesday 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 nearly sick.”

Those Were the Days: The Warrenville Firehouse Part 2

As the Warrenville Fire Protection District celebrates its 75th anniversary the Historical Society is helping commemorate the organization’s milestone. In honor of the formation of this vital community institution, the following details the second of two fires in the mid-1930s which pushed the people of Warrenville to form the district. The first fire, that of the first Warrenville Baptist Church was detailed in our winter newsletter, a copy of which can be found on our website. For more information about the District’s anniversary visit their website http://www.warrenvillefire.com. The Museum will have a display of Fire Department’s Anniversary through the end of the year.

On Saturday, March 7 the Bertha MacDonald residence on Batavia Road went up in flames. This time there was action. It took only four days to get a group of aroused men together in St. Irene’s hall. When they left that memorable Wednesday evening, March 11, 1936, they had made plans for the formation of the Warrenville Fire District and the financing of firefighting apparatus, they had signed up a company of volunteer fire fighters, and they had obtained $500 in pledges to start off the drive.

In the ensuing weeks solicitation letters for funds went out and the traditional annual benefit dance was inaugurated in April. By June 13 the fire truck which had been   purchased was exhibited and demonstrated at an outdoor festival and dance.

The mettle of the new recruits was put to the acid test in six months, during the night of January 26, 1937. In frigid temperatures they were called to battle a blazing apartment house on Batavia Road and Fourth Street (the final remnant of the Seminary dormitory and later Colonel Warren   mansion). The occupants had been thawing out water pipes in the basement with homemade kerosene torches shortly before 6 o’clock when the building caught fire. Before the alarm could be sounded, flames shot up inside the walls, attacking both floors and the attic.

It was a long night for the firemen, according to the Chicago Daily News. “Volunteers on the scene a few minutes later removed furniture from the Charles Chester family apartment upstairs, and the Roy Stanton family quarters on the lower floor. With bucket brigades filling the booster tank of the single fire engine, water was played on the flames for more than two hours.

“Both floors crashed thru, however, and the interior was totally gutted before any headway could be made. The fire was extinguished at a late hour, volunteers and the apparatus retiring from the scene. At 7 o’clock this morning flames again rose out of the debris and attacked what was left of the building. Walls crumbled, and sparks and fire shooting in all direction threatened adjoining homes. The volunteers were recalled and saved surrounding property from damage.”

The fire department has made tremendous advances since those early trials. The original Warrenville Fire District was incorporated as the Warrenville Fire Protection Company, August 11, 1937. Following a general election July 3, 1939 it became a taxing body, incorporated as the Warrenville Fire Protection District.

When it became clear that more and better equipment was needed, along with a base from which to operate, a second organization called the Warrenville Volunteer Firemen’s Association was formed. This group in 1946 purchased the Baptist Church lot, the Baptists having opted to build their new church on Warren Avenue.

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In their free time the firemen went to work with their own hands, managing to get the building enclosed by the onset of   winter. Completed and ready for use in 1947, the firehouse is a monument to the dedication, skill, and perseverance of “Warrenville’s Finest.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 16- 22, 1864

“16th Thursday rather cool & dry for June. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick & lonesome.

“17th Friday Fine weather but more warm & dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & homesick & lonely.

“18th Saturday A fine hot dry day some cloudy. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about tiard & nearly sick & lonely as death. George A Potter went to Wheaton & Danby came home in the stage about sunset tiard & sick eat no supper.

“19th Sunday A warm cloudy damp morning & we had a shower during the night or in the morning, cleared off hot was some cloudy all day & looked like showers, I did my choars was round home the most of the day hoed in garden & worked in celler went to office with H Gould about 4, he and family went up to Caroline Wrays about 11, I worked amost all day went to bed about 9 tiard lonesome & about sick. George was not up to eat breckfust till after & went out but soon got well after getting over being ashamed [in margin] Henry Gould went to Cal Wrays.

“20th Monday rather 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 & nearly sick & lonely.

“21st Tuesday rather a fine hot dry forenoon & rained a pretty hard shower between 1 and 2 it rained tremendous hard for a short time it was very dry until the shower came which helped us much. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ sick & lonesome [in margin] first shower for many week.

“22nd Wednesday fine growing day the most so that we have had for many weeks. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & lonely.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 9 – 15, 1864

“9th Thursday fine cold dry weather for June, I did my choars was at the office the most of the day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick lonesome & lonely. Capt Ed Munk took the 3d degree in Masonry tonight.

“10th Friday rather a cold & a very cold night for June almost freezing. I did my choars was at the office till near 10 then went to Naperville with James Hoyt & H. D. Fowler to prove up the will, came home about 2 & stayed at the office all the rest of the day came here about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely Capt Ed Munk started Chattanooga today & sent 50 dollars to get William Wrays body by Ed Munk. We heered that Dr S H Potter was shot & his boddy on its way home [in margin] mair to horse cold Ed Munk started for Army.

“11th Saturday A very cold morning & day for June a little frost but the wind kep it off. I did my choars was at the office the most of the day, went with Pollard & T. Jones to Hoyts & appraised his personal property in forenoon came home at 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard sick lonely etc, a lonesome day & night, Rollen Willson George Potter, Caroline & Elizabeth went to Aurora, got back at 5 oclock.

“12th Sunday A cold morning & a little frost very cold dry weather for June, I got up at 6 did my choars was at office, eat breckfust about 9 ½ choared round was at Hoyts, took my mair to Pollards paster on the Col Warrens came home from office 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely a little frost this morning.

“13th Monday rather fine cold weather dry 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 & lonely.

“14th Tuesday fine cool dry 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 & lonesome. Dr. H S Potters funeral at Danby, Wm. Potter & his mother came here.

“15th Wednesday A fine cool dry day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & as lonely as death etc.”

Celebrating 30 Years of Exhibiting Warrenville History

The Warrenville Historical Society was officially formed on June 9, 1980, but the organization did not have a proper home until 1984. During its early years, the organization met at various places throughout the community. After the insolvent Adam Emory Albright Memorial Foundation deeded the former Albright Studio to the City of Warrenville in 1981, the City began to renovate the building as a space for its new cable operator, Centel Communications, in March of 1982, and allocated a third of the building as the new home of the Warrenville Historical Society.

After two years of work, the Warrenville City Museum officially opened on June 3, 1984, at 2:00 p.m. in the historic Albright Building, 30 years ago today. This vision was realized in no small part due to the work of city leaders, through the sale of property conveyed by Ivan Albright (who died just months before the Museum was opened), through the sale of artwork donated by Josephine Medill Patterson Albright (Ivan’s widow), and through the generous donations of local individuals, organizations and businesses.SCAN7344

The grand opening was a beautiful June day, however Second Street was still under construction in the middle of a sewer project.

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The Warrenville Community Band played to celebrate the event, amongst the construction equipment.SCAN7345

Mayor Volkmer welcomed the visitors and press to the new museum. SCAN7343

The very first museum guests who entered the space that is now the Museum’s Art Gallery, were invited to view historic documents from Warrenville pioneer families on display and other treasures that told the story of the 151 year old community.

Since that monumental day in 1984, we are happy to say the City of Warrenville has allowed for the Museum to expand to fill the entire Albright Building with items from its almost 5,000 piece collection of Warrenville history. Stop in to the Museum this summer during our expanded gallery hours, Wednesdays and Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and join us during the Warrenville Public Library’s first summer concert, Wednesday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. (weather permitting) to enjoy a sweet treat in honor of our 30th Anniversary.

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