Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 31 – September 6, 1865

31st Thursday fine weather for haying but hot I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick [in margin] R here Rollen Wilson & Caroline went to Naperville.

September 1st Friday A fine day & evening but hot, 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.

2nd Saturday A fine day & evening but hot I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick, Rolen Willson went to Naperville & carried Caroline Wray, in morning & got home about 11.

3rd Sunday A fine hot day with some cloudy, I did my choars was at home the most of the day & evening, went to office after breckfust & back, I choared round the house & went to bed about 9, tiard lonely & about sick Rol Willson & Caroline Wray went a riding, Said they were going to the Junction to a Camp Meeting, they started about 2, & got home about ½ past 9 in evening found no camp meeting but went to Turner & round by Wheaton home.

4th Monday rather fine weather for the season but verry hot I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] State Fair in Chicago.

5th Tuesday rather a fine day but hot & some cloudy ground very wet I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

6th Wednesday cloudy damp weather & disagreeable for the State Fair I did my choars was at the office all day. Shut up & went to supper I came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick & lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 24 – 30, 1865

24th Thursday A fine pleasant day & evening 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.

25th Friday rather a fine warm day & evening 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 & about sick Caroline & Roxa went to McNellys & Caroline brought her things down & got here about 6 olcok at night they had Sam McNellys team to go with.

26th Saturday A fine pleasant day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about ½ past 9 nearly sick & lonely A Mr Carpenter & family came & held a consert here [in margin] R here Caroline went to Willsons & stayed at the Baptist meeting house this evening, he left me some tickets to sell & gave me 2 frees Mrs Emma Willson was here & I gave my 2 tickets to Caroline & Mrs Willson, they went to the consert Sherman went home & Rollen came down & went to the consert Caroline went home with them & stayed all night.

27th Sunday A fine hot forenoon & some cloudy & windy in the afternoon & looked like rain I did my choars was at home the most of the day a choaring & fixing my paster fence & to the office for Carpenter that had the consert, Rollen brought Caroline Wray home about 9 ½ or 10 oclock I was about sick as well as Caroline I went to bed about 9 tiard & sick It rained during the night.

28th Monday rather a damp cloudy more pleasant in afternoon 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 John McNelly & his cousin John Sinly came over & brought Caroline’s cow & calf got here before noon & went back in afternoon.

29th Tuesday rather fine hot weather pretty good hay weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & lonely.

30th Wednesday fine hot hay 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 & about sick.”

11th Annual Summer Tea: A Great Event for a Great Cause!

On Saturday, August 8th, the Historical Society held our 11th Annual Summer Tea at the Warrenville VFW. A great afternoon was had by all! Attendees enjoyed a four course tea luncheon and a wonderful presentation on Beatrix Potter by Paddy Lynn. DSC_0131

Tea sponsors were inspired by Potter and her famous Peter Rabbit and, as always, created some wonderfully decorated tables!           DSC_0025

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Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Historical Society and our scholarship program. A big thank you to Connie Weimer, Nancy Olfus, and the entire Museum Guild who do a great job planning this event! The tea is partially supported by the City of Warrenville’s Hotel Motel Tax Grant Fund.

We look forward to another great event next August!

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 17 – 23, 1865

17th Thursday fine hay 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 & about sick Caroline & Roxa went to Knox.

18th Friday rather fine hay 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, Ezra Batchellor came & stayed with Col Warren all night Roxa went to Sociable & stayed all night at Knoxes.

19th Saturday rather a fine day & evening but a light shower in afternoon and another at night I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick E Batchellor went home to Lyons and H Wyman came out from Chicago.

20th Sunday rather a fine hot day with a shower about 5 & a cloudy evening I did my choars was at home the most of the day went to the office 3 times did my choars & went to bed about 9 tiard & sick, Roxa LeRoy she that was Roxa Coon was here.

21st 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.

22nd Tuesday 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 & sick.

23rd Wednesday A fine day & evening 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 Wray & Roxa LeRoy went to Naperville & got some things got back about 3.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 10 – 16, 1865

10th Thursday rather a cloudy muddy day 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 rather more pleasant many set out their grain 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.

12th Saturday rather a fine day & many were a stacking grain I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick Caroline went home on the stage & cars, Mack stacked the most of my oats.

13th Sunday rather a pleasant day but some cloudy I did my choars went to office & back mowed some weeds & chaored round the house etc was about sick went to office near night came home & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick Mr McNelly came about 4 & brought Caroline Wray & Roxa Coor or Roxa Leroy & her husband, he went back with Mr McNelly & Roxa stayed.

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

15th Tuesday rather fine hay weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed tiard lonely & nearly sick.

16th Wednesday rather fine hay 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 3 – 9, 1865

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

4th Friday A damp showery disagreeable day & 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.

5th Saturday A cloudy damp showerey day & night rained hard, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed 9 tiard lonely & sick [in margin] 2 soldiers with 10 horses stayed at John Waddles all night.

6th Sunday A cloudy damp disagreeable day & evening I did my choars went to office about 9 came back & choared round the house cleaned out the celler etc was round the house the most of the day went to bed about 9 sick Rollen Willson went to Wm McNellys & brought Caroline Wray to Sherman Willsons & stayed all night.

7th Monday rather a fine day & they hayed it some I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 about sick Caroline came back from Willsons.

8th Tuesday rather a fine day but cloudy & rained during the 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] Col Warren went & notified the Supervisors.

9th Wednesday A cloudy rainey day, by showers it came down in torrents, one shower between 12 at noon & in afternoon it rained tremendious hard for about 2 hours it came down in torrents washed Connels potatoes & cabbage down dam to me burst my store celler windows in & filled my store celler ¾ full or more while I was up to dinner everything was fludded the river set up to N. Derry shop, it was the hardest shower I ever saw & the most rain fell in one shower, we had but little wind here, but it blew building down in many places an awful 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 [in margin] a tremendis heavey shower all round the country.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 27 – August 2, 1865

27th Thursday bad damp day a rainey day bad hay weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick.

28th Friday rather a cloudy damp and more pleasant I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick.

29th Saturday a pretty fine day for haying the best we have had in 2 weeks I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick Rollen Willson came & got Caroline & Walla & took them up to Shermans to stay overnight, & go tomorrow to Willsons.

30th Sunday A fine pleasant cool day I did my choars was round the house the most of the day choaring & went to the office 3 times, I fixed my well roller & choared round, went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & sick Rollen carried Caroline to Wm McNelleys to stay a week.

31st Monday rather fine weather for haying etc 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.

August 1st Tuesday fine weather for haying & harvist I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick etc.

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

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 20 – 26, 1865

20th Thursday rather a fine day some cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick.

21st Friday rather a cloudy disagreeable day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed about 9 ½ sick.

22nd Saturday rather a cloudy damp day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8-3/4 & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick Caroline went to Naperville with R Willson & then went up to Sherman Willson & stayed all night.

23rd Sunday rather a cloudy damp disagreeable day & evening & sprinkled some I did my choars was at the office in morning came back & fixed my pen choared round & was at house all day & went to bed about 9 nearly sick Wm McNelly & wife came about noon & left about 4.

24th Monday cloudy bad hay 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 & sick.

25th Tuesday rather cloudy damp weather bad for haying 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 lonely and about sick.

26th Wednesday rather bad hay 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 & sick.”

Fashion Friday featuring the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville, Summer Heat Wave Edition

It’s Fashion Friday again at the Historical Society! Enjoy these Well-Dressed Mothers of Warrenville from local artist Mildred Baldwin’s popular column from the Warrenville Digests. These appeared in the summer of 1968, perfect for the heat we are expecting in the next few days.  If you’d like to learn more about Mildred, see our earlier blog post here https://warrenvillehistorical.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/womens-history-month-mildred-baldwin/.

You can stop into the Museum during our summer open hours of Wednesdays and Sundays from 1-4pm and see all the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville! We are easily accessible off of Winfield Road during construction on Warrenville Road.

WDWW8-2 Susie McGinn WDWW8-4 Barbara Gruca Amour WDWW8-5 Pat O'Donnell

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 13-19, 1865

13th Thursday rather cloudy damp 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 [in margin] James Woods got home.

14th Friday rather a fine day 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 & tiard.

15th Saturday a cloudy damp day & rained some conciderable I did my chaors was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick.

16th Sunday rather a fine day but windey & muddy I did my choars was at the office ________________ went to W Joneses & got a horse & buggy & went to McNellys & carried Caroline & went down to Wm McNelly came home got here at ½ past 7 went to bed at 9 Cal stopped at Willsons. [in margin] I carried Caroline Wray to fathers today & back to Willsons.

17th Monday rather a fine day but some cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ sick Caroline stayed at Russeguies.

18th Tuesday rather a fine day & evening I did my choars I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick Caroline Wray came to my house to stay.

19th Wednesday rather a cloudy rainey day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick.”

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