Celebrating Volunteers and Scholarship Winners

Volunteers are vital to the Historical Society fulfilling its mission of preserving and presenting Warrenville history. The work of docents, cemetery walk volunteers and the Museum Guild is invaluable and each year we take time to say THANK YOU during Volunteer Appreciation Month. This year’s Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast also welcomed two graduating seniors from Wheaton Warrenville South who were recently awarded Historical Society’s Scholarships. A big THANK YOU also goes out to the VFW and Men’s Auxiliary who provided a nice space for the gathering and a delicious breakfast. It was a wonderful morning to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our great community.

Museum Guild Members

Museum Guild Members

Scholarship Award Presentation

Scholarship Award Presentation

Scholarship Winner Laura Seiberlich, Board Treasurer Martha Rogers, Scholarship Winner Jennifer Wu, Board Member Lucy Bernard

Scholarship Winner Laura Seiberlich, Board Treasurer Martha Rogers, Scholarship Winner Jennifer Wu, Board Member Lucy Bernard

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 25 – May 1, 1866

25th Wednesday  A cold day with frost in morning  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & about sick.

26th Thursday  rather fine for April but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonely & sick.

27th Friday  A fine hot day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.

28th Saturday  A fine day but cool, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at about 10 about sick  Rolen & Caroline went to Winfield near night and got back about 8 ½, A Moorer had a sheep & lamb killed in the road by a span of horses that ran away, I skinned them in evening.

29th Sunday  A fine pleasant day & quite warm in the middle of the day but cool at night  I did my choars went to office & back eat breckfust and choared round the house all day, fixed fence etc was at office in evening came back and went to bed about 10 tiard lonely & about sick, Rol Caroline & boy went to Shermans.

30th Monday  fine cold weather & pretty dry  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 & nearly sick.

“May 1st Tuesday  A cold morning with the ground & water frozen  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 18 – 24, 1866

18th Wednesday  A fine warm pleasant day some cloudy towards night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ¼ tiard lonely & nearly sick, R Willson & Caroline & boy came about 9 ¾ with a load of goods, moved down here  Abe Ketchum & Emma Beardsly were married at Beardsly the Methodist minister at Naperville, Smith & went to the Junction.

19th Thursday  A rainey disagreeable day rained conciderable  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick [in margin] cow calved today.

20th Friday  cleared off in morning & was quite a pleasant day & night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] windy.

21st Saturday  A fine windy day good putting in grain  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 9 ½ & went to bed at 10 tiard & nearly sick.

22nd Sunday  Some cloudy but rather a fine day  I did my choars was at the house all day except going up to Garys to get my colt & got back at about noon choared round the house the rest of the day planted some butanuts etc went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

23rd Monday  rather fine cool weather for April  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick etc.

24th Tuesday  rather fine weather but cold, I did my choars was at the office the most of the day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ about sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 11 – 17, 1866

11th Wednesday  A fine day & cool night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

12th Thursday  rather fine weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & about sick.

13th Friday  A cloudy morning & fine afternoon  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

14th Saturday  rather a fine day but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

15th Sunday  rather a fine day with a cool wind and clouded up in afternoon & a cloudy evening  I did my choars went to office about 9, came back & choared round some, set out some willow plants some butternuts took away some of the banking to the house did my choars went to the office in evening came back wrot some & went to bed at 9 nearly sick.

16th Monday  rather a fine cool day & a getting dry  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ taird & nearly sick & lonely.

17th Tuesday  A fine pleasant day but cool  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 [in margin] set a hen.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 4 – 10, 1866

4th Wednesday a rainey 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 & nearly sick.

5th Thursday rather a cloudy disagreeable day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ [in margin] Mathers funeral.

6th Friday rather fine weather but cool & muddy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½.

7th Saturday rather a fine day but some cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

8th Sunday A fine pleasant day with a cool air I did my choars choared round the house planted ½ bushel butternuts in the Grove & some willows by the house went to the office in the evening came back & went to bed about 9 after writing some Potters children stayed here all night & Potter & wife to Scovels I verry sick.

9th Monday rather fine weather but cool & some muddy I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

10th Tuesday rather fine weather but cool & a drying up I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Warrenville Women’s History Wednesday: Sarah “Sally” Louise Warren

The Historical Society began 2016 telling the story of Colonel Warren’s seven sisters. Julius Warren, our town’s founder, was the only son in his family and had the important job of helping his parents, Nancy and Daniel Warren, find seven suitable husbands for his seven sisters. The Warren sisters were successfully married to seven well-established men who helped to shape northern Illinois. Please enjoy reading a little bit about one of the seven sisters featured in our January program The Seven Sisters of Colonel Warren. You can also learn more about the sisters in our museum exhibit that will be on display at the Historical Museum & Art Gallery through 2016.

Sarah Warren

Sarah Warren

 

Sarah Louise Warren, often referred to as Sally, was born in 1813, the third Warren daughter. Although it was uncommon for women to have much of a career in those days, Sarah tried her hardest. She originally left the family’s New York home in 1827 to go to work as a teacher at a school that was 10 miles away. She lived and taught at the school for the entire school year before the school’s administration realized she was only 13 years old-clearly mature and responsible for her age, but young for the profession. Some of her students were even older than she was! Despite her young age, she returned to the school the next fall and taught for 6 more months before receiving training at the Fredonia Academy where her brother, Julius, was also enrolled. At the end of her studies she taught in neighboring communities until the family headed west.

It was during her teaching however that she was attracted to the Christian religion, an institution that would form the basis for much of her life’s work. A group of Methodists held a meeting in her school house and following their stirring words, she decided to be baptized a Christian. We know that her mother Nancy, and oldest sister, Philinda, attended church prior to Sarah’s baptism, but religion was not a strong focus of the Warren family while the children were growing up. Religion remained important to Sarah and saw her through some dark days later in her life.

When the family first got to Illinois, Sarah wanted to continue her teaching, so she chose to teach as an assistant teacher from 1834 until 1836 in one of the first schools opened in Chicago. Sarah quit teaching when she married Abel Carpenter, as married women were not allowed to be teachers. Abel was however not Sarah’s first love in her new Illinois home. Shortly after she began teaching, she became engaged to be married to a Dr. Vanderbogart, the principal of the school where she was teaching. Dr. Vanderbogart however was taken ill with typhoid fever. Once he felt himself recovered, he headed to the Warren home in McDowell Grove, but the journey proved too much for his fragile health. He was taken ill again and died at the Warren home, a terrible tragedy for any bride to be. Sarah’s heart would heal well enough though for her to marry into a prominent northern Illinois family, the Carpenters.

Philo Carpenter

Philo Carpenter

The Carpenters were originally from the Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts. They were widely known for their unswerving dedication to their religious and moral convictions. After moving west in the early 1830s, they exerted tremendous influence in Chicago and Warrenville. Philo, Abel’s older brother, was the first to come to Chicago. He arrived to the still developing city right at the time of the Black Hawk War of 1832. A druggist by trade, he was in immediate demand to aid the cholera victims suffering from the raging epidemic. Philo quickly established a successful business and became involved with the establishment of the First Presbyterian Church. Philo also purchased large land tracts, including a tract of land that extended from downtown Chicago to the Fox River. In 1833, Abel followed his brother to Chicago and helped him work his business and manage his landholdings. Religion was also close to Abel’s mind as he settled in the new community and began work to form the First Baptist Church of Chicago. In order to raise money for the new church, he undertook a brave solo journey back to Massachusetts on horseback to solicit funds for the erection of a meetinghouse with only a bible in his pocket to protect him. After Abel’s religious tasks in Chicago were complete, he headed west onto his brother’s land and settled in an area just east of Colonel Warren’s mill. Realizing the community was in need of a general store, he opened the first one in 1835, just east of First Street on Big Woods Road, todays Winfield and Warrenville Roads. We aren’t sure if Sarah Warren and Abel Carpenter met in Chicago or Warrenville, but there is no doubt that within the relatively small communities the two quickly became acquainted. The couple was married on June 26, 1836, in the sitting room of the Warren family home. The newlyweds settled on Abel’s 160 acres of land on the southeast side of town with three Carpenter sisters and their husbands.

Abel was very involved in the growth and early prominence of the Warrenville community. He served on the Big Woods Claim Protection Society, the first organization of its kind in the area, which sought to limit land pirating and settle land disputes. Abel was one of five appointed to a court of law to help negotiate quarrels over land stakes. Abel also served on the first Cemetery board starting in 1845, and was a leader in the temperance and abolitionist movements, both very important to the local community.

Hiram E. Leonard

Hiram E. Leonard

Abel Carpenter should also hold a special place in all of our hearts, because it was at his urging that our beloved Hiram Leonard came to Warrenville and made his home here. We know Hiram best through his detailed diaries of his 35 years of life here in town. Even though they often track more about his loneliness, sickness and life troubles, the vital information contained in Hiram’s diaries have allowed much local history to be saved.

Sarah Warren Carpenter gave birth to six children, but sadly two died in infancy. These were just two of the tragedies she would face in her motherhood and there is no doubt that her fervent ties to religion that she established as a teen teaching in New York helped her through the hard times.

Sarah and Abel were charter members of the Warrenville Baptist Church in 1836 and remained immovable pillars for 40 years. They counseled fallen-away brethren and sisters, led prayer meetings, resolved disputes, negotiated for resident preachers-even providing living quarters in their home, and collected funds. Abel represented Warrenville at the annual Baptist Association meetings throughout the area. Their children also served unselfishly and untiringly whenever called upon.

Warrenville's original Baptist Church.

Warrenville’s original Baptist Church

In the late 1850s, the Carpenters left their farm on the east part of town and moved to the western part of Winfield Township. They weren’t far from town though and visited Warrenville often for personal and church matters. Today their farm is home to the Fermilab buffalos.

During the 1850s the Carpenters activities around their abolitionist beliefs increased. As the country moved towards Civil War, abolitionists held meetings throughout northern Illinois, with some important gatherings happening right here in Warrenville. Philo, Abel’s brother, also turned his west-side Chicago home into an asylum for fugitive slaves, and worked with their brother-in-law Thomas Bridges to help escaped slaves across state lines in the underground railroad.

Ashley Carpenter, Warrenville’s first Civil War casualty

Ashley Carpenter, Warrenville’s first Civil War casualty

Sarah faced one of her biggest life challenges when war did finally break out. In 1862, a year after fighting had begun, their son Ashley answered the call and volunteered to fight for the Union Army with other Warrenville boys. Sadly, after just three months in harsh conditions, Ashley succumbed to the hard marching and exposure as many other soldiers did. Abel traveled to Kentucky and brought their son’s body back along with his personal effects, which included an eloquent journal detailing his short service on behalf of his beliefs in the Union cause. Sarah, however, never recovered from the loss of Ashley and wore his likeness around her neck for the rest of her life. Her only solace was in watching her three remaining children marry and prosper. After Abel died following a stroke in 1882, Sarah lived out her last 15 years with her daughter and her family on the Walker homestead in Aurora.

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 28 – April 3, 1866

28th Wednesday rather a cold raw disagreeable day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & lonely sunset cloudy.

29th Thursday A fine pleasant day with a cool air I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & about sick & lonely as death [in margin] sunset clear.

30th Friday A cold raw cloudy disagreeable day & night I did my chaors was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick B C Williams & wife came from Chicago & stoped at F Pollard Wm Wright & wife were at Watermans, Wright came the first I saw him since they were married [in margin] Sunset in a cloud.

31st Saturday A fine pleasant day cloudy at night the snow run finely I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ about sick & homesick froze but little tonight.

April 1st Sunday A fine pleasant warm day & evening sun shone warm but rather a cool air I did my choars was round the house all day except going to the office toward night I was about sick I had the rheumatism or crick through my hips & back so that I could hardly do my choars & had to sit in the house a most all day fixed the mail at office in evening came back & went to bed at about 9 nearly sick & home sick had the rheumatism [in margin] Mrs Lela Potter stayed all night.

2nd Monday Mathers ded tonight rather a fine day but cool & verry muddy 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 & sick.

3rd Tuesday rather a fine day but some cloudy & verry muddy bad going 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 Town meeting today A C Graves elected Supervisor Jonathan Pollard who was beaten Germane & a Mr Ketshum justices of the Peace.”

Warrenville Women’s History Wednesday: Louisa Goddard Warren Bird Warren

The Historical Society began 2016 telling the story of Colonel Warren’s seven sisters. Julius Warren, our town’s founder, was the only son in his family and had the important job of helping his parents, Nancy and Daniel Warren, find seven suitable husbands for his seven sisters. The Warren sisters were successfully married to seven well-established men who helped to shape northern Illinois. Please enjoy reading a little bit about one of the seven sisters featured in our January program The Seven Sisters of Colonel Warren. You can also learn more about the sisters in our museum exhibit that will be on display at the Historical Museum & Art Gallery through 2016.

The first Warren sister marriage took place while the family was still living out east, when Louisa Goddard Warren, the second Warren daughter, found a suitable partner in Frederick Bird. Frederick was the son of Captain and Reverend Nathaniel Bird, who was one of Chautauqua County, New York’s most enterprising early settlers. Captain Bird had fought in the Revolutionary War when he was only 16. Frederick’s oldest brother, Captain Amos Bird, served in the War of 1812. The family held important portions of land in Chautauqua County and controlled toll bridges that were important to postal service.

Louisa Warren

Louisa Warren Bird

Louisa and Frederick were wed on December 8, 1824, in Westfield, New York. Louisa was eighteen years old. Within seven years, the couple had welcomed their first three children, Byron, Edwin, and Ellen. When the family headed west to DuPage County in 1833, Frederick traveled with Warren father Daniel as the first family members to arrive in the area and began to build the family’s first home in what is now McDowell Grove.

In 1835, the Bird family relocated from the original Warren land claim to just north of Geneva and started a small family farm. Westward movement however was still in their blood and the family moved again, this time to the edge of the Rock River. The family would eventually have seven children. Sadly, Frederick died on a return visit to New York in 1842. Louisa was left a widow at the age of 36.

3S457 Jackson

3S457 Jackson Street

Louisa returned to Warrenville following Frederick’s death and built a home on a large estate at Fourth and Jackson Streets. After living as a widower for 18 years, Louisa remarried a cousin, Silas Warren, and moved back to her native New York. A portion of the land she left was sold to the Warrenville Baptists who built a parsonage there in 1877 at 3S457 Jackson.

In less than 18 years of living with her husband, Silas, in New York, she was once again widowed and returned to Illinois where she lived with her daughter, Mrs. Julia Talbot, in Chicago until her death on May 10, 1883. Louisa was laid to rest at the Warrenville Cemetery. She was remembered as the great pioneer of all the family.

Published in: on March 23, 2016 at 2:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 21 – 27, 1866

21st Wednesday rather more fine but cold for March & the ground frozen I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 12 tiard & about sick Gould brought Caroline up about noon her boy was sick & she set up with him a most all night & I set up till 12.

22nd Thursday A cool morning but quite a fine day & sprinkled about sunset or before & rained some during the 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 & about sick Caroline Willson went up in the stage to go to Coral her boy was quite sick.

23rd Friday A disagreeable day & some squalley winter like 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 Hill took my colts home with him.

24th Saturday A cold cloudy morning & day & snowed more or less all day 2 or 3 inches of snow fell & brouk away towards night & was clear & cold during the evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 started & went back went to bed about 10 tiard & about sick & lonely.

25th Sunday A cold morning with 2 or 3 inches of snow on the ground the murcury in the thurmometer was about down to zero A cool pleasant day & evening thawed but little & none out of the sun I did my choars went to office & back about 7 then choared round the house & howen was about sick, went to office about 2 with Carpenter & came back wrote some eat supper & did my choars went to office in evening came back & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & about sick.

26th Monday rather a fine day but cool for last of March 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 & homesick.

27th Tuesday rather a cold disagreeable day & snowed some I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard sick & lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 14 – 20, 1866

14th Wednesday rather fine for March but cool I did my choars was at the office all day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 tiard & nearly sick, Caroline went to her fathers today & stayed all night.

15th Thursday rather a cool day for March I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came down at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick, Caroline came back from her fathers & stayed all night.

16th Friday A cold squalley day & evening & a verry cold 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 & sick.”

17th Saturday A cold disagreeable day & night the thurmometer stood at zero in the morning I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 ½ tiard lonely & sick, Wallace was quite sick Horntiletin came here & eat dinner.”

18th Sunday A cool but rather fine day, snow qualled in the evening I did my choars & started for H Goulds about 10 to carry Caroline down stayed till about 4 & came home got here at sunset, Caroline stayed I did my choars went to office in evening came back & went to bed about 8 ½ & had R Pollards buggy Byrn Johnson & wife were there.”

19th Monday A cold cloudy snow squalley morning & cloudy day & rather disagreeable rained some during the night 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 & sick, H Gould & wife & Caroline Willson went to a Dutch dance & stayed all night and the women stayed till next forenoon, C.W. had an interview with Whelock at the tavern.”

20th Tuesday A rainey squalley disagreeable day & froz up at night 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 & sick Caroline stayed at Goulds all night.”

Published in: on March 14, 2016 at 8:04 am  Leave a Comment  
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