Celebrating 50: 1967 Celebration of Washington’s Birthday at Holmes School

2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Warrenville. As the City of Warrenville and the Historical Society celebrate 50, we will be featuring events and happenings from 1967.

Today we feature a celebration of President Washington’s birthday at Holmes School!  scan0599scan0600-1 scan0601 scan0602

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 20 – 26, 1867

20th Wednesday  snowed some 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.

21st Thursday  A fine pleasant winter day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ about sick Dutch Saloon widow married [in margin] Quarterly meeting.

22nd Friday  A fine pleasant day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home & went to bed at 9 ½ about sick  Ball at Perrys Tavern [in margin] joined the Methodist class.

23rd Saturday  A fine thawey day grew cold at night  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold [in margin] sister ________ & ________.

24th Sunday  A fine pleasant cool day  I did my choars was at home till 11 when I went to L Kenyon to see Uncle Daniel, got there at 1 started home at a little before 5 got home about 6 did my choars went to office called at Willsons came home wrote some & went to bed about 10 tiard & about sick  Willson & family went to York Center to Barrus they got home about 8  Sister getting feeble again.

25th Monday  rather fine thawey 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 with a cold [in margin[ Sister in a ______ turn.

26th Tuesday  A thawey muddy day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ about sick Sister a getting in to an other nirney turn [in margin] dancing school at Perrys.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 13 – 19, 1867

13th Wednesday  a misty damp day & the water getting high the river verry high tonight so it sent up into my celler near 2 feet  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at near 9 ½ nearly sick.

14th Thursday  the river quite high but a falling a little fell near 2 feet during day  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a  cold.

15th Friday  a damp cloudy morning & began to rain at 8 or 9 sprinkled more or less all the forenoon & rained in afternoon & the river raised conciderable was pretty high  I did my choars was at the store all day came home 9 ½ & went to bed at 10 ½ sick with a cold Jerry Dady & Rol Willson killed my pigs in forenoon & I cut them up in evening came home early in evening.

16th Saturday  A cold windy blustering day  like March  I did my choars was at the office all day came home 8-3/4 & went to bed about 10 ½ nearly sick.

17th Sunday  A fine pleasant warm day  I did my choars salted my pork down went to the office a little before 12 came back & choared round the house  cleaned out my pig pen etc was at the office again in evening came home & went to bed about 9 tiard & about sick.

18th Monday  rather fine winter weather  I did my choars was at the store all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] meeting continues?

19th Tuesday  rather fine for winter  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, February 6 – 12, 1867

6th Wednesday  good sleighing over a foot & half of snow  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

7th Thursday  fine winter weather thawed some  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick with a cold.

8th Friday  fine winter weather & thawed some grew cold at night   I did my choars was at the office all day etc  I come home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ about sick with a cold etc.

9th Saturday  A cold morning the murcury stood at 8 degrees below zero in morning a cold day & night  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 with a  cold, thurmometer below zero at sunset.

10th Sunday  A cold pleasant morning & cold day, clouded up about noon & looked like snow  The mercury stood in the thurmometer at _____ degrees below zero in the morning  I did my choars was at the office about 10 & 1 ½, choared round the house the most of the day & round hog pen & howel  I was at office in evening came home & went to bed about 9 about sick  Protracted meeting yet  R B Pollard got home from Vermont.

11th Monday  rather fine weather for winter  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.

12th Tuesday  rather fine & a growing more warm  I did my choars was at the I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 30 – February 5, 1867

30th Wednesday  quite warm & pleasant for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.

31st Thursday  A warm foggy damp day thawed fast & bid fair to spoil our sleighing but grew cold towards morning & froze  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick [in margin] I went to Naperville to make pension papers.

February 1st Friday  More cool & pleasant  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] __________ meeting.

2nd Saturday  A cool cloudy day & snowed quite fast the after part of the day & blew a pretty tedious afternoon  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 cold.

3rd Sunday  A fine pleasant day with conciderable snow & good sleighing  I did my choars & started with Willsons folks for H Goulds ¼ beore 11 got thru about noon stayed till after 4 ½ & started for home got home before dark  I did my choars was at office came back & went to bed about 9 nearly sick  Felker & the man & his wife that works Felkers place were there Gould was abed all the time [in margin] Willson folks & I went to Goulds he was sick.

4th Monday  fine winter 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 with a cold [in margin] meeting.

5th Tuesday  rather fine weather for winter  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 etc.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 23 – 29, 1867

23rd Wednesday  fine weather for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold.

24th Thursday  pretty fine winter weather & sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick Rol Willson drew wood for me  It snowed in evening & all night & hailed fell some 8 to 12 inches  Rol drew wood from Butterfield Woods.

25th Friday  A cloudy snowey morning & some forenoon had fell about from 8 to 12 inches pretty hard snow  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 & cough.

26th Saturday  A cold winter day & grew cold toward night  It was a pretty cold night  I did my choars was at the store all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold cough bad weather.

27th Sunday  A cold pleasant day  the sleighing pretty bad  I did my choars was at the office about 11 came back & colored Russeguies hair etc called at Willsons was at office in the evening came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick with a cold.

28th Monday  rather fine cool winter 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.

29th Tuesday  rather fine winter weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Debating Incorporation: Warrenville Celebrates 50 Years as a City

This is an exciting year for our community, as 2017 brings the 50th Anniversary of the City of Warrenville’s incorporation.  The debate around the incorporation was a hard fought one that occurred over several decades and multiple referendums. The first of seven votes held in 1927.  134 years after the founding of Warrenville by Colonel Julius Warren, residents voted for the formation of a governing body in May of 1967.

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You can learn more about the debate around Warrenville’s incorporation at the Historical Society’s program “Debating Incorporation,” an event held in collaboration with the Warrenville Public Library and the City of Warrenville, on Sunday, January 29th at 2:00 p.m. at the Warrenville City Hall at 3S258 Manning Avenue. The event is free, registration is required through the Library at www.warrrenville.org or (630)393-1171.

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 16 – 22, 1867

16th Wednesday  Snowed some & grew cold in afternoon & evening  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.

17th Thursday  A verry cold morning 10 degrees or more colder than we have had this winter before, the murcory stood at 20 degrees below zero at 8 oclock in morning & conciderable below ______some 12 or 15 degrees  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold on my lungs.

18th Friday  A pretty cold winter 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 bad cold.

19th Saturday  More moderate & looks like snow  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8-3/4 & went to bed about 10 nearly sick with a  cold.

20th Sunday  A snow squalley blustering day, the wind blew pretty hard from the north east all day & snowed the most of the time  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day went to the office about 10 & back choared round killed 4 chickens or George & I did etc went office in the evening came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick with a cold [in margin] George H German was married?

21st Monday  rather fine winter weather  I did my chaors was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold & trouble [in margin] sleighing.

22nd Tuesday  cool but fine for winter  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 etc.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 9 – 15, 1867

9th Wednesday  fine weather for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day etc came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold.

10th Thursday  cloudy but not verry cold poor sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ about sick with cold.

11th Friday  fine winter weather poor sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold.

12th Saturday  A cool cloudy day & snowed in afternoon & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold  Sargent near Naperville died.

13th Sunday  A cloudy damp day but not cold  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day went to the office a little before noon & Fowler came back with me looked over Mr Hoyts bedding & partly packed it to send to Albert Grant,  I choared round went to the office in evening came home wrote some choared some & went to bed about 9 sick with a cold.

14th Monday  rather fine winter weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard tiard lonely & nearly sick with a cold.

15th Tuesday  fine weather & quite good sleighing  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 [Mrs Stone washed].”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 2 – 8, 1867

2nd Wednesday  rather fine 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 with a cold.

3rd Thursday  rather fine cool weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold.

4th Friday  rather a fine cloudy day, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ about sick with a cold.

5th Saturday  A cloudy snowey morning with 2 or 3 inches of snow on the ground, cleared off & grew cold towards night & 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 with a cold.

6th Sunday  rather a cool cloudy morning but cleared off some in middle of day & was quite pleasant  I did my choars was at home the most of the day a fixing the howel & went to the office twice wrote some in the evening called at Willsons they went to Shermans about 4 came home went to bed about 9 quite sick with a cold.

7th Monday  rather a fine winter day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & about sick with a cold.

8th Tuesday  A fine cloudy day not verry cold  I did my choars was at the office all day etc came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & about sick with cold [in margin] Mr Storm was here ________.”