Ninth Annual Cemetery Walk

The Warrenville Historical Society is happy to announce “Dead Men Talking – And Some Women – IX,” which will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2016.  The outdoor 45 minute tours will start every 15 minutes beginning at 6:00p.m. with the last tour at 7:30p.m.  Tours are given on a first come first serve basis.  For those not wishing to walk through the cemetery, a presentation by the interpreters will be given at 5:00p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church.

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During this year’s event, presentations will be made about those who left a literal mark on our community through street and park names. The rich life stories of the Staffords, the Rogers, Leone Schmidt, the Ferrys, the Mannings, the Macks, and the Galusha will be told by our interpreters.

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Cemetery tours begin at the Warrenville Cemetery, located on the north side of Warrenville road between Curtis and Warren, Warrenville, Illinois.  Luminaries will light the way to lantern-lit gravesites where histories that shaped our community will be told.  Tour admission is free but donations will be accepted and are appreciated.  All donations benefit the Warrenville Historical Society.  Parking is available at Trinity Lutheran Church located at the N/W corner of Curtis and Warrenville Rds. Refreshments will be served at Trinity Lutheran Church after the tours.

 

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 26 – October 2, 1866

26th Wednesday  A fine warm 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  Mrs Knox went to Big Woods to McDonalds  [in margin] Mrs Knox went to the woods was taken sick.

27th Thursday  rather a fine 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  Mrs Knox died tonight at about 10.40/at McDonalds at Big Woods was taken unwell Thursday morning.

28th Friday  A fine warm day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ sick with a cold they moved Mrs Knox home to Hudsons.

29th Saturday  A fine warm or hot day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 9 & went to bed at 10 nearly sick with a cold.

30th Sunday  A fine hot day  I did my choars went to the office & back choared round the most of the day & helped draw some corn went to bed at 9  George Sidwell went to Naperville, Mrs Knox was buried today [in margin] Mrs Knox was buried today in forenoon.

October 1st Monday  A fine pleasant day & 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.

2nd Tuesday  A fine day some smokey  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

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

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

20th Thursday  A cold 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 with a cold  George Sidwell came back from Rockford chilled through & nearly sick  Fredenhagan was in stage with him.

21st Friday  more pleasant with quite a frost & froze water thurmometer down to 30 degrees above 0  I did my choars was at office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick, Mr James Knox died this morning about 2 oclock.

22nd Saturday  rather a fine morning with a heavy frost & froze, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick Knox was buried at one.

23rd Sunday  rather a fine day but some cloudy  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day a choaring round & a making soap etc George was here I went to office 3 times and went to bed at 9 sick  Martha & husband was at Blisses [in margin] Martha & Waters were at M Blisses.

24th 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 tiard & nearly sick with a cold.

25th Tuesday  A fine day but cloudy some  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 12 – 18, 1866

12th Wednesday  rather a fine 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.

13th Thursday  a cloudy broaken 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] York here.

14th Friday  A cloudy damp day & night  I did my choars was at the office all day & nigh came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ about sick  York was at store & his wife in the village.

15th Saturday  A cloudy rainey day & night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening washed out a part of my store in evening came home about 11 at night & soon went to bed tiard & sick had worked hard all the evening.

16th Sunday  A rainey disagreeable day & evening the ground quite muddy  I did my choars choared round till afternoon, then went to the office for Willa Carpenter  stayed & washed floore near 2 hours came home & fixed pig pen & choared round till night & went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

17th Monday rather fine weather but 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 with a cold [in margin] George Sidwell went to Rockford.

18th Tuesday  A cool cloudy damp 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.”

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

5th Wednesday  rather more fine but cloudy & damp  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

6th Thursday  rather a fine day but some showerery  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  George Sidwell commence to white washing store.

7th Friday  rather a fine 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 with a cold, John German died tonight.

8th Saturday  rather a fine  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 had plastering & washing in store, George Sidwell watched at Germans with his corpse.

9th Sunday  A cloudy disagreeable day & sprinkled several times  I did my choars went to the office twice & was at home the most of the day choaring round went to bed about 9 nearly sick with a cold, George German was buried today at Naperville.

10th Monday  cloudy damp weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold.

11th Tuesday  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 & about sick [in margin] York here.”

 

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 29 – September 4, 1866

29th Wednesday  rather a cloudy day with light showers  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.

30th Thursday  rather a cloudy showerery day & more warm  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick, Fry a thrashing at Lahmans.

31st Friday  A cloudy showerey day & 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 nearly sick, thrashing at Lahmans.

September 1st Saturday  A cloudy damp day with a heavey shower in the morning which spoiled thrashing for all 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 with a soar throat  Fry set his machine here to thrash but the shower stopped him.

2nd Sunday  A little cloudy in the morning & foggy but cleared off & was a fine pleasant warm day with a fine cool air  I did my choars eat breckfust & went to the office about 9 ½ come back & went down at 10 ½ again, was round the house the most of the day a choaring, went to bed about 9.

3rd Monday  rather a fine day but cloudy some  I did my choars was at the store the most of the day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 tiard  an nearly sick with a cold  etc Rol Willson had the oats thrashed by Fry & I helped carry mine up stairs in the store we had 470 bushels [in margin] Fry thrashed the oats for Willson.

4th Tuesday  A cloudy rainey day & nasty  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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 22 – 28, 1866

22nd Wednesday  fine cold 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 & verry lonely [in margin] George Sidwell com work for me.

23rd Thursday  A fine pleasant day but cold  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 [in margin] George White was here.

24th Friday  fine cool weather all most a frost every 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.

25th Saturday  A fine cool day most a frost  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick [in margin] Rol & Caroline went to Naperville.

26th Sunday  A fine pleasant cool day  I did my choars was round the house all day a choaring fixing fence etc did my choars went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

27th Monday  rather a fine day but cool  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 with a cold.

28th Tuesday  rather a cloudy damp disagreeable 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 & sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 15 – 21, 1866

15th Wednesday  rather a fine 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 & sick.

16th Thursday  A fine pleasant day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick  R Willson finish stacking grain.

17th Friday  A fine pleasant day & night  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & nearly sick.

18th Saturday  a fine day with a shower at night  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick lonely & disheartened.

19th Sunday A fine morning but some cloudy day & sprinkled a little  I did my choars was round the most of the day a choaring & was about sick went to the office about noon & back, George Sidwell was here, I went to bed about 9 tiard & sick.

20th Monday  rather fine weather but cool  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.

21st Tuesday fine cold weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick lone.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 8 – 14, 1866

8th Wednesday  A cloudy damp day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard and about sick— Geroge Sidwell came back from Rockford & went to the saloon & stayed overnight, German’s brother knocked George out of bed & knocked bothe of his eyes pretty bad so that they were black for over a week & pretty bad [in margin] George got pounded over to Germans tonight.

9th Thursday  Rather a fine day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick, George came to the store with both of his eyes blacked about 4 ½ & came up to the house with mrs Germans brother struck him [in margin] Wizard King performed at basement  rained in night.

10th Friday  A fine 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  Rol Willson stacked one stack of oats the rest lay on the ground, the Wizard King performed.

11th Saturday  A streddy rainey day & night, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home before 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & sick.

12th Sunday A cloudy damp morning & cloudy day but the sun shone some I did my choars went to the office & back about 3 or 4 times, choared round some fixed fence some etc went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & sick George was here with black eyes.

13th Monday  rather a fine day but some cloudy  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ about sick.

14th Tuesday rather cloudy & a light shower towards night, rained hard at John Warnes  I did my choars was at the office all day came home 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 1 – 7, 1866

August 1st Wednesday  rather fine weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard nearly sick & lonely.

2nd Thursday  fine weather with some clouds I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely.

3rd Friday  A fine day, some cloudy & sprinkled several times a heavey shower in evening with hail & thunder  I did my choars was at office all day & evening came home 8 ½ to bed at 9 ½ sick & lonely [in margin] Fredenhagen & wife went to biltors.

4th Saturday  Some damp in morning but a fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick Rol & wife went to Big Woods to get some  ______________  Fredenhagen sent his wifes mother home.

5th Sunday  A fine pleasant day some cloudy  I did my choars went to office came back was round home all day choaring etc did but little went to bed at 9 lonely & nearly sick.

6th Monday  rather fine weather for the season it 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 tiard lonely & sick  Fredenhagen let George have 10 dollars & he borrowed five of me & went to Rockford in afternoon got there in the night & stayed round the depot till morning the heifer went to the bull for the second time.

7th Tuesday  rather a rainey day & disagreeable  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 [in margin] George stayed at Mrs Thomses tonight.”