Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 16 – 22, 1867

16th Wednesday  Snowed some & grew cold in afternoon & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold.

17th Thursday  A verry cold morning 10 degrees or more colder than we have had this winter before, the murcory stood at 20 degrees below zero at 8 oclock in morning & conciderable below ______some 12 or 15 degrees  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold on my lungs.

18th Friday  A pretty cold winter day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a bad cold.

19th Saturday  More moderate & looks like snow  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8-3/4 & went to bed about 10 nearly sick with a  cold.

20th Sunday  A snow squalley blustering day, the wind blew pretty hard from the north east all day & snowed the most of the time  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day went to the office about 10 & back choared round killed 4 chickens or George & I did etc went office in the evening came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick with a cold [in margin] George H German was married?

21st Monday  rather fine winter weather  I did my chaors was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold & trouble [in margin] sleighing.

22nd Tuesday  cool but fine for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold etc.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 9 – 15, 1867

9th Wednesday  fine weather for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day etc came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold.

10th Thursday  cloudy but not verry cold poor sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ about sick with cold.

11th Friday  fine winter weather poor sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold.

12th Saturday  A cool cloudy day & snowed in afternoon & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold  Sargent near Naperville died.

13th Sunday  A cloudy damp day but not cold  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day went to the office a little before noon & Fowler came back with me looked over Mr Hoyts bedding & partly packed it to send to Albert Grant,  I choared round went to the office in evening came home wrote some choared some & went to bed about 9 sick with a cold.

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

15th Tuesday  fine weather & quite good sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold & lonely [Mrs Stone washed].”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 2 – 8, 1867

2nd Wednesday  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 nearly sick with a cold.

3rd Thursday  rather fine cool weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold.

4th Friday  rather a fine cloudy day, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ about sick with a cold.

5th Saturday  A cloudy snowey morning with 2 or 3 inches of snow on the ground, cleared off & grew cold towards night & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold.

6th Sunday  rather a cool cloudy morning but cleared off some in middle of day & was quite pleasant  I did my choars was at home the most of the day a fixing the howel & went to the office twice wrote some in the evening called at Willsons they went to Shermans about 4 came home went to bed about 9 quite sick with a cold.

7th Monday  rather a fine winter day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & about sick with a cold.

8th Tuesday  A fine cloudy day not verry cold  I did my choars was at the office all day etc came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & about sick with cold [in margin] Mr Storm was here ________.”

Fashion Friday featuring the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville, Holiday Edition

It’s Fashion Friday again at the Historical Society! Enjoy these Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville from local artist Mildred Baldwin’s popular column from the Warrenville Digests.

These women were featured around the holiday season in their finest fashions. They surely enjoyed their New Years and we hope you all have a wonderful New Year as well!

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/.

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 26, 1866 – January 1, 1867

26th Wednesday 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 about sick.

27th Thursday  fine weather for the season  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick  George left & went to Willsons today or tomorrow.

28th Friday  rather a fine cool day  I did my chaors was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick  George left & went to Willsons & stayed tonight & Mrs Stone Storm was here.

29th Saturday   pretty 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 lonely & about sick  J K Pollard came out last night went back.

30th Sunday  rather a cold day the coldest morning we have yet had Mercury 8 degrees below zero a verry cloudy evening but more mild  I did my choars was at the house all day & evening called at the office at noon & night sold 3 cans of oysters, choared round the howel & fixed it some went to bed at about 9, tiard & sick [in margin] Jesse Wheaton & Sarah M. Brown were married.

31st Monday  rather a fine cloudy day  I did my chaors was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold.

1st Tuesday, January 1867  rather a fine pleasant day & evening but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick with a cold  Mrs Stone made a New Years, & had the Willsons & Perrys people & Cowens to dinner they had a fine time.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 19 – 25, 1866

19th Wednesday  cloudy & a little snowey  I did my choars went to the office & started to Naperville with Henry B. Fowler about 10 ½ & was appointed gardion for Wm W Wray eat dinner at Hiram Fowlers & got home about 3 to store came home 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold.

20th Thursday  a fine cloudy day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] Taylor came from Iowa.

21st Friday  A thawey cloudy day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold.

22nd Saturday A warm thawey day & rained in the evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ bed at 9 ½ sick.

23rd Sunday  A warm damp cloud day the wind changed northerly at night & was more cool  I did my choars was at office about 9 came back choared round banked up my house etc went to Store in evening came home at 6 called at Willsons caught chickens for them wrote some & went to bed 9 sick.

24th Monday  rather a fine cool day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ about sick.

25th Tuesday  A beautiful day for Christmas but some cool  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  I eat dinner & supper at Willsons S Willsons Jackson Butterfield & their wives were there & Mrs Stone. They went home after dark we had beer [in margin]  I eat supper at Willsons & others Sidwell pushed the door open tonight.”

Hiram E. Leonard, December 12 – 18, 1866

12th Wednesday  A cold raw day with the roads verry rough bad waggoning  I did my choars was at the office all day and evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a  cold.

13th Thursday  A cool raw cloudy day  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] Willson halled salt from Winfield both of them.

14th Friday  A cool garden & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick R Willson halled 2 tun of coal.

15th Saturday  A cool raw cloudy day  & began to snow a little in the evening I did my choars was at the at the office all all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  S Willson drew me 1 day coal.

16th Sunday  the snow fell several inches last night & it snowed some amost all day, I did my choars was at home the most of the day  I went to the office 4 times & helped Willson cover the howels with straw wrote some & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick with a cold had been out in the cold the most of the day.

17th Monday  rather a fine day for December  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.

18th Tuesday  fine weather for the season  snow & showers  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 5 – 11, 1866

5th Wednesday  rather fine weather for Dec.  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & about sick [in margin] put up petition at store.

6th Thursday  rather fine weather for Dec  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

7th Friday  rather rather a cloudy rainey day, I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

8th Saturday  rather a cloudy morning but cleared of cold in afternoon & evening a cold night  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  John Graves here to by me or some one els out went home a little before night.

9th Sunday  A cold & some cloudy day with snow squally thurmometer at 10 degrees above zero  I did my choars was at home the most of the day a choaring round went to be the office twice called at Willsons in the evening came home at 9 & went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

10th Monday  A cold raw day & roads rough  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold.

11th Tuesday  A cold raw day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ Nearly sick with a cold.”

Holiday Open House: See history, art and shop for unique holiday gifts!

Join the Warrenville Historical Society for a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 9th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Warrenville Historical Museum & Art Gallery.

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See the museum while you enjoy live music. Tour the art gallery, including works of art by youth from Warrenville Youth and Family Service’s programs.

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Shop local history: Warrenville Historic Landmark Ornament Series including the Albright Building, the Roundhouse and the Warrenville Store, each $10, local history books and craft items made by our Museum Guild ladies are also available for purchase. ornaments-banner-ad

Watch our Albright Artist-in-Residence, Maggie Capettini, paint a museum scene live! Watch her artistic process in real time! The Albright Artist-in-Residency is sponsored by a City of Warrenville Hotel Motel Tax Grant.14611016_1517359938277940_3953804986205395557_n

Free and open to all!

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 28 – December 3, 1866

28th Wednesday  rather a fine day for the season  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick with a cold etc.

29th Thursday  fine weather but cloudy  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold etc [in margin] Thanksgiven day.

30th Friday  A fine day & warmer, the ground freezes a little at night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with a  cold etc.

December 1st Saturday  rather a fine cool day & beautiful night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10 nearly sick with a  cold etc.

2nd Sunday  A most beautiful day with the ground frozen a little in morning  I did my choars was at the office after breckfust came back & choared round the house fixed some fence, cleaned out my pig pen wrote some etc went to the office in evening came home & went to bed at 9 nearly sick.

3rd Monday  rather cold rainey weather for the season  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

4th Tuesday  cloudy but more fine than yesterday  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”