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.

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

16th Thursday rather a cloudy disagreeable day & very muddy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ sick Jerry Pollard carried the mail, G O Potter came from Kankakee to Winfield & had to stay to Hixes all night.

17th Friday rather more pleasant & cool froz some came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 nearly sick G O Potter came down from Winfield with Jerry Pollard got here before noon [in margin] G O Potter & wife got at my house.

18th Saturday rather a fine day but cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10 nearly sick.

19th Sunday a most beautiful day for March I did my choars was at the office in morning came home about 9 choared round the most of the day went the office in the evening & made up the mail came back at 7, wrote some & went to bed at 9 sick.

20th Monday fine weather for the season I did my choars was at the office all day and evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at about 9 ½ tiard sick & lonely as death.

21st 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 about 9 ½ tiard & sick.

22nd Wednesday rather fine weather for the season some cold I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.”

Women’s History Month Feature: Fay Reavill Mount 1892-1986

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“My own personal, most memorable woman in Warrenville is my former next-door neighbor.

“The first day we moved into our home on Batavia Road, Fay Mount’s genuinely cordial welcome made my parents and me feel as if we already belonged. Within a day or two, she invited us over to get acquainted and gave us a tour of her house-every room. With the passage of time, in small, thoughtful ways she daily exemplified a true neighbor.

“She was a small-town girl from downstate Flat Rock until her marriage to schoolmate Glen Mount in 1912. After a few years’ residency in Chicago, a co-worker of Glen’s introduced them to Warrenville, and they moved to a house on Third Street on April 1, 1919.

“On Easter of the following year, Mount’s first local business venture opened-a confectionary store on Aurora Road with living quarters in the rear.

“While Glen continued to hold down his job in Chicago, Fay minded the store and cared for the children, John and Betty. She sold candy and ice cream, and from the first gas pumps in town (which Glen soon installed in front of the store), she dispensed fuel from the glass-domed pumps for the area’s earliest motorists. She was put on the social committee of the struggling Baptist Church, and became a key member of the newly organized Worth While Circle.

“Then for 50 years, Fay Mount happily filled her roles as devoted homemaker, active participant in church and women’s groups, staunch supporter of her husband’s varied enterprises and never-failing booster of her hometown’s progress. As long as she lived, she kept up her subscription of the Warrenville Digest, and from her home in Phoenix, Ariz., avidly followed the news from ‘back home.’”

Taken from Leone Schmidt’s Memorable Warrenville Women

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

9th Thursday A pretty cold morning with water frozen in the ketching a cold day & night I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ bed 9 ½.

10th Friday rather a cold morning & day some sleighing I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at night about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

11th Saturday A cool day but more pleasant quite sleighing I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick with a cold etc Mrs Lane mooved into red house.

12th Sunday rather a fine day but some cloudy & the snow thawed some I did my choars was at home the most of the day went to the office for R. Pollard about 11 choared round the house wrote some & red some went to office in evening & made up the mail & came home & went to bed about 9.

13th Monday rather rough weather snowed & rained some 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.

14th Tuesday A rainey tedious day the river a raising fast in the afternoon & night, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick the Dam Brats Barn & the Bridge went off towards morning.

15th Wednesday A muddy damp rainey morning & some squalley during the day the mill dam, E. B. McKinneys Barn & the Bridge went off about 4 this morning the water backed up into my celler door, Ice was left at or in the celler way, the road was full of ice all round the bridge I did my choars was at the store all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed about 9 nearly sick with cold the water swep away a great deal of fence ______ on the river for Warren & others, Pollard, Mrs Wood [in margin] mill dam McKiny barn & the bridge went off about 4 oclock in morning Jerry Pollard carried the mail.”

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.”

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