Warrenville Road Bridge Construction Starts

Construction has officially started on the Warrenville Road Bridge and within a few months this area and our Leone Schmidt Historic Park will be transformed.

Warrenville Road Bridge

Warrenville Road Bridge

The Museum plans to stay open during construction and can be easily accessed off of Winfield Road, as seen in this detour map below. Please do check our website and Facebook page for any updates; if closures are needed, full details will be posted there.

Warrenville Road Bridge Detour Map

Warrenville Road Bridge Detour Map

We hope to see you during our summer hours of Wednesdays – Sundays from 1:00-4:00p.m. June through August. Our business members Al’s Pizza and Towne Tap will also be open throughout the construction, so please support them!

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 18 – 24, 1865

18th Thursday fine May weather & a growing time I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

19th Friday fine warm weather & a growing time I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

20th Saturday A fine warm day but some cloudy I did my choars was at the office the most of the day, after the mail left I went up to where Balis was a planting corn on mine, he finished planting, I came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

21st Sunday A fine warm pleasant day with conciderable wind I did my choars was at home the most of the day a planting my garden & choaring round went to the office & made up the male at night planted my peas etc came home & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick, Sister went to Methodist meeting in afternoon & old Mrs Jones, Mrs Lane & Mrs Scenet were here in afternoon a while.

22nd Monday rather fine weather for May but dry & cold 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 & sick & homesick.

23rd Tuesday rather fine cool 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 lonely tiard & nearly sick.

24th Wednesday rather fine weather but cool & dry 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 lonely homesick & nearly sick D McNelly eat dinner here [in margin] Malissa Billings finished work here.”

Biking Along the Old Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Train Line

As Warrenville and area residents take part in the Warrenville Bike Rodeo this Saturday, the Warrenville Historical Society remembers the electric trains that used to run along the Prairie Path; please enjoy reading a little bit about the line that ran through Warrenville in this post originally published in 2011.

After a decades-long struggle to acquire access to the ever-expanding train lines out of  Chicago, Warrenville got its railroad in 1902.  The Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Railroad (CA&E) made its way through Warrenville and brought with it visitors from the Chicago region and the ease of rail travel to Warrenville residents.  Warrenville’s public high school students used the CA&E train to get to school in Wheaton, using a monthly ride ticket given to them by the School Board.  The train made four stops for Warrenville students-Williams Road, the downtown depot, Winfield Road, and Wiesbrock Road.

CA&E Railroad station

As travel by car increased and the East-West Tollway construction expanded, the CA&E passenger service declined after World War II.  Warrenville residents protested the CA&E proposed closing, but after years of threatening service stoppage, on July 3, 1957, at noon, the train no longer made its way through Warrenville.  Commuters who had ridden the train to work that day were left without a ride home.  The rails continued to be used for freight until 1959.  In 1962 the rails were removed making way for the Illinois Prairie Path that marks the trails of the long forgotten CA&E.  

After service ended, the CA&E depot was used by Robert and Dorothy Kelly, first as Dot’s Bargain Shop and then as the Dunk-It Coffee Shop.  After the City government was established in 1967, the old train depot was converted into the Warrenville City Hall until a new City Hall was constructed across the street and the old building was taken down.

To learn more about the CA&E in Warrenville  stop by the Warrenville Historical Museum & Art Gallery during our open gallery hours Sundays from 1:00-4:00p.m.  We are located at 3S530 Second Street.  For more information see our website http://www.warrenvillehistorical.org.  As your city museum, we are here to serve you.  Please contact us with any questions, suggestions or comments at (630) 393-4215 or email us at info@warrenvillehistorical.org.  To keep up to date with all the exciting things we have going on you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 11 – 17, 1865

11th Thursday A cold dry day & night with a heavey frost & water frozen this morning I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.

12th Friday A cold day & night with a frost this morning I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ lonely & sick.

13th Saturday A cold cloudy day began to rain in afternoon about 5 was quite a frost in morning & rained during the night quite hard I did my choars was at office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick Henry Wyman or Pollard got home tonight from Nashville had been there to work. Seneca Bliss came home from Chicago to this place.

14th Sunday A cloudy misty morning had rained last night cleared off towards noon & was quite pleasant in afternoon I did my choars was at the house almost all day a choaring round went to post office near night made up the mail & came home about 8 & went to bed nearly sick tiard & lonely.

15th 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 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

16th Tuesday rather fine weather for May a growing warm 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.

17th Wednesday fine weather for season I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonesome & nearly sick.”

Fashion Friday featuring the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville, Mother’s Day 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 1967.  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/.

We hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! The Museum will be closed for the holiday, but we will reopen for our regular Sunday hours on Sunday, May 17th from 1-4pm.

WDWW1-3 WDWW1-5 WDWW1-8

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 4 – 10, 1865

4th Thursday A fine pleasant warm day & evening 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, Caroline Wray mooved home to her fathers They came after her with 3 teams, left Willsons place Russequie got home from ____________ & Billings.

5th Friday rather a cool cloudy damp day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick [in margin] old Mrs Billings went up to Hunty to see Bet Russequie & Billings got home from grafting.

6th Saturday A cloudy damp foggy morning but more pleasant in afternoon & beautiful in evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ called at B.C. Williams he had got home from Nashville went to bed about 10 ½ nearly sick Malissa Billings went to the good Templers Lodge & got home 11 ½ Sebe French got home from grafting [in margin] Betsy Billings came home with her mother to stay a while Wm Butler took hold of his wife in the street.

7th Sunday A fine pleasant day but windy I did my choars was at the house all day except going to office in morning & evening choared round some turned my cow out of this lot into the paster etc went to the office in evening made up the mail came back & went to bed about nearly sick, it is a lonesome homesick day Malissa Billings went home a visating.

8th Monday rather fine cool 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 [in margin] Wm Butler took hold of his wife on the sidewalk in Chicago & tryed to take her off.

9th Tuesday A cold day & the ground quite dry 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.

10th Wednesday rather a cold dry day I did my morning choars went into upper field & see my colt mair folded last night or this morning was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick cold night.”

2015 Historic Ornament Announced

The Historical Society is happy to announce that we will be continuing our historic ornament series. Our 2015 ornament of the Roundhouse will be available this fall and is sponsored by North Star Credit Union. The commemorative series will allow residents and Warrenville enthusiasts alike to own a piece of our community’s history and support the Historical Society’s mission of preserving and presenting Warrenville history.

If you would like to learn more about the Roundhouse, see our earlier blog entry here https://warrenvillehistorical.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/those-were-the-days-the-roundhouse-circa-1908/

You can pre-order your ornament by contacting the Museum at info@warrenvillehistorical.org, (630)393-4215, or stopping in during our open Sunday hours of noon-4:00p.m. An ornament of the Albright Building, now the home of the Museum, is also currently available for sale.

Roundhouse ornament flyer

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 27 – May 3, 1865

27th Thursday Some squalls of rain 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.

28th Friday rather cloudy & some misty I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick & homesick.

29th Saturday rather a fine but cool & mist a little in the evening I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10 tiard lonely and about sick felt low spirited I received a letter from George Potter requesting me to send him some Jerry Pollard potato [in margin] Jerry Roberts sawed wood.

30th Sunday A misty damp showery day & evening I did my choars went to the office twice & in evening to make up the mail was round the most of the day a choaring round grafted some etc came home from office at 8 & went to bed lonely & sick, H. Gould & family went to Cal Wrays and he called when he went back for me to go to store & get tobacco about 2 oclock.

May 1st Monday rather a fine day for may for cool 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 President Abraham Lincoln corpse arrived in Chicago & was seen this afternoon & tomorrow Col J. M. Warren & many others went in from here.

2nd Tuesday 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 tiard lonely & about sick President Lincolns boddy left Chicago for Springfield about 8 in evening Col Warren went down to Spring.

3rd Wednesday rather a cloudy cool day 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 lonely & sick Pelham killed my dog today.”

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.

Historical Society Volunteers Honored at Annual Volunteer Breakfast

Historical Society Volunteers Honored at Annual Volunteer Breakfast

Mayor Brummel, 2015 Scholarship Winners Marisa Zajac and Tom Hutchison, and Board Members Marty Rogers and Lucy Bernard

Mayor Brummel, 2015 Scholarship Winners Marisa Zajac and Tom Hutchison, and Board Members Marty Rogers and Lucy Bernard

Alderman Barry, 2015 Scholarship Winners Marisa Zajac and Tom Hutchison, and Mayor Brummel

Alderman Barry, 2015 Scholarship Winners Marisa Zajac and Tom Hutchison, and Mayor Brummel

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

20th Thursday cold cloudy rainey 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.

21st Friday A cloudy damp disagreeable day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick Bates came here [in margin] Bates came & F Pollards wife Mrs Culver died this morning.

22nd Saturday A cold windy cloudy day snowed several times dureing the day a pretty tedious 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 and about sick with a cold etc.

23rd Sunday rather a fine pleasant day but windy & cold I did my choars went to office before breckfust came back & choared round a part of the day & rested some, went to office in evening & made up the mail, came home & went to bed about 9 lonely & about sick old Mrs Culver was buried.

24th Monday rather fine weather but cool & cloudy 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 with cold.

25th Tuesday rather fine weather but cool 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 & about sick [in margin] Jerry Roberts sawed wood.

26th Wednesday rather fine weather for April but cool 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 [in margin] Jerry Roberts sawed wood.”

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 541 other followers