Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 23 – 29, 1866

23rd Wednesday  rather fine weather but dry & backward  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, Wallace Jones bought the goods in Negles store & invoised them today all, A Frost [in margin] W W Jones bought Negles good in the store A Frost this morning.

24th Thursday  cold dry backward 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  W. W. Jones & Negle went to Chicago, Jones went after goods  A frost pretty hard.

25th Friday  cool dry backward 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 [in margin] Willson carrying off his oats.

26th Saturday  rather a cool cloudy damp day, showered a little & thundered grew cool towards night & rained a little fine drops was a wet night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening, came home about 9 & went to bed between 9 & 10 tiard lonely & nearly sick  H Brown died this morning between 7 & 8  Frank and Hoyt Brown went to Chicago after clothes & met Sarah Brown at station  She came in the stage about 11  John Goland shot himself at Williams but did not kill him, the ball did not enter his skull but entered the flesh in the back of his neck he was crazy & Williams carried him up to Dyres it took 3 men his wife was at work at Williamses.

27th Sunday  A cool damp day & rained conciderable in & some in evening I did my choars went to the office was round home the rest of the day choared a little took a nap wrote some etc did my choars at night & went to bed about 9 nearly a sick & lonely  Hilliard Brown’s funeral was attended at the Methodist Church about 2 oclock servises by the Methodist Minister a Mr Brown [in margin] Hilliard Brown was buried this afternoon.

28th Monday rather fine weather but cool backward weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonely & tiard.

29th Tuesday  rather cold frosty weather a frost this morning  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 16 – 22, 1866

16th Wednesday  A cold morning with water frozen conciderable a fine cold day  I did my choars was at the office all day evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick.

17th Thursday  A cool day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½.

18th Friday  A fine pleasant warm day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 went to bed at 9 ½ sick [in margin] Wheelock came to Willsons.

19th Saturday  A fine warm day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 8 ½ [in margin] Wheelock left Willsons.

20th Sunday  A fine pleasant windy day & cool evening  I did my choars went to office in morning came home & went to McNelly with Gould, got back at about 5 did my choars went to office & back & went to bed at 9 sick.

21st Monday  I put my colt in to Col Warrens paster  rather a fine cool 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 & lonely  H Brown is not expected to live from day to day.

22nd Tuesday  fine cold backward dry 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 & lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 9 – 15, 1866

9th Wednesday  pretty fine but cool weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.

10th Thursday  fine weather for May but cool & 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] Rol and Caroline went to her fathers.

11th Friday  fine weather but cool & dry  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick with a cold.

12th Saturday  rather a fine day with some showers  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home a little before 9 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick [in margin] Rol & Cal cleaned house at the Pelham house.

13th Sunday  A fine pleasant day with a cool air and grew cold towards night  I did my choars was round home the most of the day a choaring round, & planted some corn & potatoes was at the office in the morning, at noon & in the evening came back & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & about sick, Carpenter & Charles Estes called here about 2 oclock Charles & his wife were on their way back to see his father in Massachusetts Caroline & Rol were a cleaning house today.

14th Monday rather a fine cool day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  David McNelly went back to.

15th Tuesday  rather a cool day & night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick [in margin] R Willson & Caroline mooved into Pelhams house.”

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week: Honoring Warrenville’s First Teacher Seraph Warren Holmes

Seraph Warren was born to her parents Peter and Anna Warren in New York State in 1813. As a young woman in those days, she was grateful that my parents allowed her to get an education.  She was given a good elementary education and trained as a teacher in New York. Her passion for education grew as she taught students on the east coast and when her aunt, uncle and cousins headed west (the Daniel and Nancy Warren family including Colonel Warren and his seven sisters), her family followed them to a settlement along the DuPage River.

Seraph Warren Holmes

Seraph Warren Holmes

Their family made a new home in the new community of Warrenville which was named after her cousin Julius. As soon as Julius’s first boarding house for lodgers was built in 1835, he arranged for Seraph to take charge of the upstairs room as a schoolroom and she began teaching the children who were arriving to the growing town.

Seraph felt that all children, especially the children in the growing area of DuPage County, needed a good education to ensure that they learned how to make the community great. Seraph had a high standard of education and taught any child who wanted to learn.

Although she loved her life as an educator, on January 3, 1849, she married Albert Holmes and they began what they hoped would be a long and happy life filled with love. In those days, women were not allowed to work once they were married, so we know how much she must have loved Albert to leave her other love of teaching for him. Sadly, only five months after their wedding, Albert died tragically and suddenly of cholera while the couple was visiting Galena, Illinois. Seraph returned to Warrenville as a widow to continue her work as a teacher.

3S432 Fourth Street, once home to the Warrenville Seminary, now a private residence

3S432 Fourth Street, once home to the Warrenville Seminary, now a private residence

On September 14, 1851, she helped open and then ran the Warrenville Seminary. The boarding school drew students from the local area, but also from as far away as Chicago and Rockford. Two of our graduates, General Frederick Starring and Dr. John Maynard Woodworth of Chicago, the first surgeon general of the United States, are just two examples of the results of the fine education the school provided students in Warrenville.  The Seminary turned Fourth Street into the school’s campus. Seraph’s father’s house, north on Fourth Street, was the boardinghouse for the boy students, while the girls slept on the second floor of the school house, which still stands at 3S432 Fourth Street and is now a private home.

Peter Warren home as seen in the 1876 DuPage Atlas

Peter Warren home as seen in the 1876 DuPage Atlas, once located on north Fourth Street

After the seminary closed following the Civil War, Seraph and her mother moved to Rockford. There she opened “Mrs. Holmes School for Young Ladies,” to help train new teachers. Her Rockford school would later be incorporated into Rockford College, still known for its good teaching program. After her death in 1905, her body was brought back to be buried in Warrenville. Nine years later, our great community paid her the most ultimate honor when they named the new elementary school after Seraph. The Seraph Warren Holmes School welcomed Warrenville students until 1991 when it closed.

Holmes School which was located at , where the current Police Station is located

Holmes School, where the current Police Station is located on Warren Avenue

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 2 – 8, 1866

2nd Wednesday  A cold pleasant day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.

3rd Thursday  rather a fine day but cold & all but froze  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] McNelly came.

4th Friday  A cool pleasant day & evening all most cold enough at night to freeze, I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & lonely.

5th Saturday  A cold day & grew cold at night about cold enough to freeze  I did my choars was at the office all day and came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & tiard.

6th Sunday  A cold morning almost froz last night  A cold pleasant day & evening   I did my choars was at the house all day & evening went to the office about sunset came back & went to bed about 9 planted buternuts & Norway Spruce seed etc.

7th Monday rather 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 & about sick & lonely.

8th Tuesday  rather fine but cool 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 tiard lonely & about sick.”

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.”

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