Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 2 – 8, 1865

2nd Thursday A fine cool day was frozen in morning but thawed during day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed tiard lonely & nearly sick with cold.

3rd Friday rather fine cool weather for March freezes & thaws. 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 with a cold [in margin] Soldiers had an oyster supper at H D Fowlers tonight those that have enlisted.

4th Saturday rather fine weather but some cold, thaws in the sun but not in the shade I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ or 10 tiard lonesome & nearly sick with a cold Black Jerry Roberts or Robins, baby died about 2 week old next Monday.

5th Sunday rather a fine cool day, thawed in the sun dureing the day but froze in the shade I did my choars eat breckfust went to the office came back choared round the house some went to the office about one came home cleaned out the howel red & wrote some did my choars went to office & made up the mail came home & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & nearly sick a lonesome day G O Potter & wife went to Griffeths about noon got back about 8 [in margin] we had some oysters for breckfust G O Potter went with his wife to the Griffeths.

6th Monday rather a fine day but muddy 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 a cold, lonely [in margin] Boys went to Joliet to be examine for the army F Brown Beardsley & others.

7th Tuesday A beautiful warm pleasant spring morning with a light shower about 3 in morning grew cooler about noon was quite a cool night snowed toward tomorrow morning I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonely tiard & nearly sick with a cold, G O Potter & wife went to Chicago & was going to Kankakee, G. E. P left overcoat at home.

8th Wednesday Rather a cool snowey morning & day a cold night snow fell 3 or 4 inches, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ lonely & sick [in margin] Mrs. Stone mooved to Col Red house.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 23 – March 1, 1865

23rd Thursday rather fine weather but muddy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

24th Friday rather a cloudy disagreeable day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

25th Saturday A cold cloudy morning & a cold rainey day & evening from the North East & froze to the trees a hard storm & the river high I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick G O Potter went to Naperville in the rain & got home a little after 5 pretty muddy & some tiard.

26th Sunday A cloudy damp muddy disagreeable day I did my choars was at the house all day after going to the office about 10 choared round till about 6. Went to office & made up the mail came home about 7 wrote some & went to bed about 9, nearly sick.

27th Monday rather fine weather for Feb 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 nearly sick with a cold, lonely.

28th Tuesday rather fine weather but muddy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick with a cold.

March 1st Wednesday rather fine weather for March but cool & muddy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold, lonely [in margin] boys went to enlist to Wheaton T Drulard C Wilson Gus Manning & many others.”

From the Collection Friday: Warrenville Woman’s Club

In 1902 a group of community women formed the Warrenville Woman’s Club with Mrs. Edwin Galusha as the first president. Providing help to community projects over the years, in 1927 the Woman’s Club helped establish a Warrenville public library.

These documents are from the Warrenville Historical Society’s Collection and show some of the activities undertaken by the group in the early 1900s.

W. Womens Club Yearbook 84.01.124.c.1. Sec 2 W. Womens Club Program 1904 84.01.124.b Warrenville Womans Club Yearbook 1930-1931 84.01.124.c.3. Sec 2 Warrenville Womans Club Yearbook 1930-1931 84.01.124.c.3. Sec 4 Warrenville Womans Club Yearbook 1930-1931 84.01.124.c.3. Sec 6

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 16 – 22, 1865

16th Thursday rather fine weather for Feb 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.

17th Friday rather fine with a light snow on ground 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 George Pelham paid Phineas Graves thirty dollars as interest on a six hundred dollar note given Jesse Grave.

18th Saturday rather a fine day & muddy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 nearly sick with a cold [in margin] Caroline came back from her fathers Black Jerrys wife sent out & was sick.

19th Sunday A most beautiful day & evening moved fast & was muddy I did my choars was at the house the most of the day went to the office in morning & back & went to office at evening made up the mail came back about 7 & went to bed about 9 nearly sick Sol Williams & Geo Sidwell were here in the middle of the day.

20th Monday rather fine muddy I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick Blk Jerrys wife had a daughter [in margin] Blk Mary had a daughter.

21st Tuesday rather a fine muddy day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with cold.

22nd Wednesday rather muddy roads I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed a 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 9 – 15, 1865

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

10th Friday A fine cool day thawed a little I dd my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick Mrs. L Kenyon stayed all night.

11th Saturday A fine day with a cold air I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold, Louisa Kenyon went home with Pelham.

12th Sunday A most beautiful day with a cold air I did my choars was at home all day went to the office in evening & made up the mail came home at 7 or before & went to bed about 9 nearly sick with a cold had wrote some & choared round Mrs. Potter & Charley went to meeting [in margin] Mrs Potter & Charles went to meeting twice Caroline Wray went home to her fathers.

13th Monday rather fine weather for winter but some muddy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold.

14th Tuesday rather fine winter weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & found G O Potter got home from the hospital at Memphis with his discharge & his eyes not much better he left Memphis last Saturday.

15th Wednesday rather fine weather, snowed some 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 with a cold.”

Fashion Friday featuring the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville

It’s Fashion Friday at the Historical Society! Enjoy these Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville from local artist Mildred Baldwin’s popular column from the Warrenville Digests from February 1969.  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 also stop into the museum during our open Sunday hours from 1-4pm to see the full collection of the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville and other work by Mildred.

WDWW11-3 WDWW11-4 WDWW11-5

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 2 – 8, 1865

2nd Thursday A cloudy damp misty day & rainey night I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ sick with a cold.

3rd Friday A damp muddy disagreeable day & froz a little at night I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 & went to bed at 9 sick with a cold.

4th Saturday A cool but some muddy day, a cold night & froze hard I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ sick with a cold.

5th Sunday A beautiful day & clear with a cold air, the ground was frozen hard in morning but thawed during the day, a cold night again I got up at 7 ½ did my choars was at the house the most of the day a choaring round I went to office at 10 in morning 2 & 6 in afternoon came home 6 ½ wrote some & went to bed at 9 about sick with a cold, Mrs Potter & Charles went to Baptist meeting & to Mrs Stones in evening.

6th Monday rather fine weather for winter ground bair and rough I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & about sick.

7th Tuesday 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 & sick with a cold.

8th Wednesday rather a fine cool day for winter I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 sick with a cold.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 26 – February 1, 1865

26th Thursday Snug cold winter 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 with a cold.

27th Friday fine cold winter weather I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick.

28th Saturday fine winter weather but not quite as cold I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] H Wilcox wife & Caroline Wray were here to supper.

29th Sunday A fine pleasant winter day I did my choars was at home all day a choaring round, cleaned out the garrett some etc went to McKellips & store in evening & made up the mail came home at 7 wrote some & went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

30th Monday rather fine weather for Feb with a little snow I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 nearly sick cold.

31st Tuesday fine weather for winter but no sleighing I did my choars was at the Post office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick [in margin] L Ruseguie got home from Nashville.

February 1st Wednesday rather fine 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 with a cold.”

Warrenville and the American Civil War: Hudson Family

The American Civil War deeply affected every community across the North and the South. In Warrenville, 50 brave men volunteered to fight for the Union cause and 17 paid the ultimate price. As the war came to an end in 1865, 150 years ago, Warrenville tried to return to some normalcy, however the sadness left by war time loss would last for many years.

The Joseph and Mary Hudson family was a local Warrenville family that lost a loved one in the war. The family came to Warrenville from Elyria, Ohio, after first visiting Mrs. Hudson’s father, Abel Culver, in the growing community in 1844. With the promise of farm land, the family settled in the Warrenville area in 1845 after shipping their furniture over Lake Erie to Chicago. The Hudsons first stayed in Big Woods, but when Mr. Hudson’s farming plans did not materialize, he found temporary employment as a tavern-keeper in Warrenville and moved the family into town. A year later, in 1848, the family bought the former Little Red Schoolhouse building, formerly located at 3S463 Batavia Road. This building had served as the first public building in town and the home of the community’s school from 1836 through 1848 when the Hudsons moved in, enlarging and remodeling the structure to become a private residence.

Lil Red Schoolhouse

During his active years Mr. Hudson dabbled in local politics, holding the offices of justice of the peace, constable, township collector, and three times he was elected tax assessor (1852, 1853, and 1866). The last office may or may not have brought him popularity. At any rate, there was much coming and going at the Hudson home, especially while he was justice of the peace. Mr. Hudson also served in the affairs of the cemetery association as a director, trustee, secretary, and treasurer at various times.

The Hudsons had three children: Bowman, William and the oldest, Josephine. Josephine was a school teacher who never married and continued to live in the family home after her parents’ death. William, the middle child, joined the 8th Illinois Cavalry in December of 1863, and sadly died in a Richmond, Virginia, prison on March 4, 1865, just weeks before Confederate General Lee surrendered to Union General Grant.

Please join us this coming Sunday, January 25th at 2:00p.m. at the Warrenville Public Library to learn more about the last year of the Civil War in our program “1865 in 48 Minutes” which is part of our five year series Warrenville & the American Civil War. Reservations to attend the free program can be made through the library at through their website www.warrenville.com or at (630) 393-1171. You can also learn more about Warrenville during the Civil War years by stopping into the Museum during 2015 to view our Warrenville & the American Civil War exhibit.

Information included above taken in part from Leone Schmidt’s “In and Around Historic Warrenville.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 19 – 25, 1865

19th Thursday a fine day for Jan I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick.

20th Friday fine weather for winter & good waggoning I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ tiard & about sick.

21st Saturday A fine day but cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 and went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick & lonely.

22nd Sunday A warm cloudy snowey morning the ground covered with about from 2 to 4 inches on the level stopped snowing about 10, I did my choars eat breckfust & went to office about 9 ½ got back about 10 choared round cleaned out my howel etc choared down celler & George Cidwell came about 11 I went to the office in evening & made up the mail got home 6 ½ wrote some & went to bed about 9 tiard & about sick Mrs Potter went to Mrs Stones in evening got home between 8 & 9 [in margin] Mrs Ira Woodman died tonight.

23rd Monday rather fine cold winter weather but poor sleighing 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.

24th Tuesday fine winter 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 & about sick [in margin] Mrs Ira Woodman was buried.

25th Wednesday rather fine weather for winter but pretty cold I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ sick with a cold [in margin] H. Wilcox at store.”

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