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.”

Warrenville and the American Civil War: The Assassination of President Lincoln

On April 9th, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. The end of the long war had finally arrived and those in Warrenville rejoiced that the surviving brave local men who had volunteered to fight for the Union would soon be coming home. Just five days later, on the night of Good Friday, April 14, 1865, an unthinkable tragedy occurred when President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater.  President Lincoln died early the next morning, 150 years ago today.

President Lincoln on his deathbed,from Harper's Weekly, May 6, 1865

President Lincoln on his deathbed,from Harper’s Weekly, May 6, 1865

The news of President Lincoln’s assassination no doubt reached Warrenville with as much disbelief and horror as the news had been met with across the country. For the Warrenville volunteers with the Illinois 8th Cavalry, their final assignment was to help search for John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s assassin, who had escaped and was in hiding.

Warrenville's original Baptist Church.

Warrenville’s original Baptist Church.

In Warrenville’s Baptist Church, just two days after President Lincoln was shot, on Easter Sunday, Rev. S. W. Marston, expressed the grief of the Warrenville villagers in this poetic outpouring:

Our nation mourns the lose of one

A wise and honest Patriot Son

Our President-first in the land,

Has fallen by the assassin’s hand.

 

Great God! Why are we thus bereft?

Why in this time of conflict, left

To mourn the death of him, so dear:

Oh why: Thy judgments so severe?

We would not deign to counsel Thee;

A righteous Judge-but let us see,

The nation’s foes, like Judas sent,

To their own place of punishment.

 

Let Southern blood, for blood be paid,

And traitors in their graves be laid;

Till every rebel in the land

Shall bite the dust, or loyal stand.

 

And then, with slavery’s curse removed;

United, and of God approved;

Let this free land forever be

The home of Peace and LIBERTY.

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 13 – 19, 1865

13th Thursday rather fine weather for the season I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ lonely & sick.

14th Friday A fine pleasant day, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ lonely tiard & about sick, President Abraham Lincoln was shot at the theater in Washington about 9 evening by a play actor Booth Seward was stabed.

15th Saturday a fine day for the season I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 12 & went to bed nearly sick, Abraham Lincoln died with his wound this morning at 7 oclock.

16th Sunday A fine pleasant day and evening I did my choars was at the house a choaring round until 4 when I went with S Willson to office went to office about 7 & made up the mail came home & went to bed between 8 & 9 tiard lonely and about sick.

17th Monday rather fine cool weather 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.

18th Tuesday rather fine cool weather & some cloudy 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 [in margin] Malissa Billings came to work at my house.

19th Wednesday rather cloudy disagreeable weather I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] Frank Wellman went to Chicago.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 6 – 12, 1865

6th Thursday rather a cool windy day & grew more cold all day & frozen dureing the night pretty hard I was at the store all day & evening did my choars came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold & lonely as death & homesick George O. Potter, his wife Elizabeth, A & Charles their son started this morning for Decorah Iowa to live and make them a home, they left in the stage a little after 8 with Knox.

7th Friday A cold windy & some cloudy day a pretty cold wind with the water & ground frozen some I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard sick & lonely as death.

8th Saturday rather a cold windy day & froze quite hard 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 & homesick.

9th Sunday rather a cool cloudy disagreeable day the ground & water was frozen & we had a few flakes of snow in the morning, I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring round went to the office two times & in the evening made up the mail came home & went to bed at 9 lonely & about sick.

10th Monday rather fine weather for April, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening I did my choars was at the office came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 sick & tiard, Frank Wellman came here from home in Friendship.

11th Tuesday rather weather I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely.

12th Wednesday rather fine for April I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 30 – April 5, 1865

30th Thursday fine weather for the season 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 [in margin] George & wife went to Griffiths.

31st Friday fine weather & for March, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely George & wife went to Naperville to get their pictures taken.

April 1st Saturday fine day for April fool day, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ sick & lonely.

2nd Sunday A most beautiful morning & day but some cloudy towards night I did my choars was at home the most of the day went to office 2 times & in the evening to make the mail came home & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & about sick Guy Lewens & wife came here about 11 or 12, & went home about 5 Caroline Wray & Roll Willson came about supper time & stayed awhile.

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

4th Tuesday 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 nearly sick with a cold & lonely.

5th Wednesday A fine warm day but some cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & found T Boyd here, he left about 9 & I soon went to bed but slep but little was about sick & lonesome & Home sick, George O Potter finished packing his goods & he & wife went to Griffeths towards night & came back in the ____ they called for the last time before they left for Deorah Iowa Manning said, to have his store broaken open [in margin] R Manning said to have his store broaken open last night.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 23 – 29, 1865

23rd Thursday fine cool weather for March 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 as death.

24th Friday rather fine weather & a little more mild, 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, lonely.

25th Saturday A fine pleasant day with a cool air, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home called at John Pomeroys about 8 ½ & stayed till after 11 came home & went to bed about 12 sick & lonely as death.

26th Sunday A most beautiful day with some clouds I did my choars was at the office about 10 came back by Bliss & went to choaring round the house, Mr Pelham came, G Sidwell & H Gould came about 11 & went away one I went to the office about sunset & made up the mail came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 nearly sick & lonely as death Geo Potter & his wife went up to Caroline Wrays started about 12 at noon & got back about dark, they walked up.

27th Monday rather fine 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.

28th Tuesday rather fine 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 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick [in margin] commenced to repair the dam.

29th Wednesday fine for the season 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.”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Youghal

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Our Museum Director, Sara visited Warrenville’s Sister City Youghal, County Cork, Ireland, last September and took a piece of Warrenville with her!

Warrenville bear outside St. Mary's Collegiate Church

Warrenville 175th Annivesary bear outside St. Mary’s Collegiate Church

Read more about the recent archaeology finds in this church, St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, here: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/burial-vault-found-in-youghal-church-289334.html. Sara was able to see some of the digging going on first hand!

Warrenville bear inside the pop-up Youghal museum in St. Mary's Church.

Warrenville 175th Anniversary bear inside the pop-up Youghal museum in St. Mary’s Church.

Learn more about Youghal on their website http://www.youghal.ie/index.php and on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Youghal.ie.

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