Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 3 – 9, 1865

3rd Thursday rather fine weather but some cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick etc rained at night.

4th Friday A damp showery disagreeable day & night, 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.

5th Saturday A cloudy damp showerey day & night rained hard, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed 9 tiard lonely & sick [in margin] 2 soldiers with 10 horses stayed at John Waddles all night.

6th Sunday A cloudy damp disagreeable day & evening I did my choars went to office about 9 came back & choared round the house cleaned out the celler etc was round the house the most of the day went to bed about 9 sick Rollen Willson went to Wm McNellys & brought Caroline Wray to Sherman Willsons & stayed all night.

7th Monday rather a fine day & they hayed it some I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 about sick Caroline came back from Willsons.

8th Tuesday rather a fine day but cloudy & 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 nearly sick [in margin] Col Warren went & notified the Supervisors.

9th Wednesday A cloudy rainey day, by showers it came down in torrents, one shower between 12 at noon & in afternoon it rained tremendious hard for about 2 hours it came down in torrents washed Connels potatoes & cabbage down dam to me burst my store celler windows in & filled my store celler ¾ full or more while I was up to dinner everything was fludded the river set up to N. Derry shop, it was the hardest shower I ever saw & the most rain fell in one shower, we had but little wind here, but it blew building down in many places an awful shower 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 [in margin] a tremendis heavey shower all round the country.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 27 – August 2, 1865

27th Thursday bad damp day a rainey day bad hay 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.

28th Friday rather a cloudy damp and more pleasant I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick.

29th Saturday a pretty fine day for haying the best we have had in 2 weeks I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick Rollen Willson came & got Caroline & Walla & took them up to Shermans to stay overnight, & go tomorrow to Willsons.

30th Sunday A fine pleasant cool day I did my choars was round the house the most of the day choaring & went to the office 3 times, I fixed my well roller & choared round, went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & sick Rollen carried Caroline to Wm McNelleys to stay a week.

31st Monday rather fine weather for haying etc 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.

August 1st Tuesday fine weather for haying & harvist I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick etc.

2nd Wednesday rather fine pleasant 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 20 – 26, 1865

20th Thursday rather a fine day some cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick.

21st Friday rather a cloudy disagreeable day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed about 9 ½ sick.

22nd Saturday rather a cloudy damp day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8-3/4 & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick Caroline went to Naperville with R Willson & then went up to Sherman Willson & stayed all night.

23rd Sunday rather a cloudy damp disagreeable day & evening & sprinkled some I did my choars was at the office in morning came back & fixed my pen choared round & was at house all day & went to bed about 9 nearly sick Wm McNelly & wife came about noon & left about 4.

24th Monday cloudy bad hay weather 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 & sick.

25th Tuesday rather cloudy damp weather bad for haying I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely and about sick.

26th Wednesday rather bad hay weather 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.”

Fashion Friday featuring the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville, Summer Heat Wave Edition

It’s Fashion Friday again at the Historical Society! Enjoy these Well-Dressed Mothers of Warrenville from local artist Mildred Baldwin’s popular column from the Warrenville Digests. These appeared in the summer of 1968, perfect for the heat we are expecting in the next few days.  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 stop into the Museum during our summer open hours of Wednesdays and Sundays from 1-4pm and see all the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville! We are easily accessible off of Winfield Road during construction on Warrenville Road.

WDWW8-2 Susie McGinn WDWW8-4 Barbara Gruca Amour WDWW8-5 Pat O'Donnell

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 13-19, 1865

13th Thursday rather 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 & nearly sick [in margin] James Woods got home.

14th Friday rather a fine day but some cloudy 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 & tiard.

15th Saturday a cloudy damp day & rained some conciderable I did my chaors was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick.

16th Sunday rather a fine day but windey & muddy I did my choars was at the office ________________ went to W Joneses & got a horse & buggy & went to McNellys & carried Caroline & went down to Wm McNelly came home got here at ½ past 7 went to bed at 9 Cal stopped at Willsons. [in margin] I carried Caroline Wray to fathers today & back to Willsons.

17th 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 sick Caroline stayed at Russeguies.

18th Tuesday rather a fine day & evening I did my choars 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 Caroline Wray came to my house to stay.

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

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

6th Thursday fine hot weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely.

7th Friday A fine hot day some cloudy & a shower about 5 PM & more showeres in afternoon & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick, lonely & downspirited, Mrs Willson & Caroline Wray were at Russeguies a visitating  Cal came to the store & paid me some money & said some things unexpected & wrong [in margin] Cal Wray was at Russeg. H Balis wife had a son weighing only 200/66 pound.

8th Saturday rather a damp lowerey day more pleasant in evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & about sick felt rather bad all day.

9th Sunday A damp lowerey with a pretty heavey shower about 11 dull afternoon I did my choars was at the house the most of the day went to the office about 9 & back choared round & went to bed at 9 nearly sick & down hearted [in margin] cow went to bull.

10th Monday rather fine growing weather but wet I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed soon after tiard & nearly sick.

11th Tuesday rather fine growing 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 & nearly sick.

12th Wednesday fine growing 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 & nearly sick.”

Flashback Friday: Happy Fourth of July

 

As we are just hours away from the start of the 2015 Warrenville 4th of July Parade, we thought we’d share some pictures from the 1979 parade. We hope you all have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

We will see you on Wednesday, July 8th when we reopen from 1-4pm! Stop in and meet our Albright Inspired visiting artist Chris Hodge!

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 29 – July 5

29th Thursday fine weather but some showerey I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick [in margin] Donation for Hanna Mair put to horse.

30th Friday fine weather but some showers a heavey shower dureing the night I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ Methodist had a donation from Hanna.

July 1st Saturday A fine day but cool I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 went to bed about 10 nearly sick, Sim Billings mooved into Dan Aherns house [in margin] S Billings mooved in to D Aherns A Bostwick L Waterman were married.

2nd Sunday A fine cool pleasant day some cloudy in morning I did my choars was at the office came home & choared round the most of the day howing in gardin etc went to bed about 9 nearly sick, Elder Marston preached to the Soldiers today.

3rd Monday 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 & lonely.

4th Tuesday a fine still hot day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10 tiard & nearly sick a lonely day for me & verry still in town, William McNelly & wife & Caroline Wray were at Goulds & Naperville at the fourth, S. Willson & wife & Rollen were at Naperville.

5th Wednesday rather fine weather for the summer 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 22 – 28, 1865

22nd Thursday fine growing weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ about sick—.

23rd Friday 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 about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick etc —-.

24th Saturday a fine growing day some cloudy with several showers from 5 ½ to 7 ½ rain poured down in torrents & rained some during the night I did my choars was at the office all day came home after 7 did my choars & went to bed at 9 nearly sick.

25th Sunday A cloudy damp misty morning & forenoon, more pleasant in afternoon I did my choars went to office about 8, R Pollard cut my hair I came back & was round the house the most of the day a choaring did my choars at night & went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

26th Monday rather fine weather but wet 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.

27th Tuesday fine growing weather with showers about every day or night I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9.

28th Wednesday fine growing weather I did my choars was at office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Albright Inspired Artist-in-Residence: Chris Hodge

The Historical Society has launched a new Albright inspired Artist-in-Residency Program. The Albright artists used the current home of the Museum, the 1858 Methodist Church, as an art studio and gallery from 1924-1957. Each year artists who are inspired by one of the three Albright artists, Adam Emory, Ivan or Malvin Albright, will be invited to create original artwork inspired by the Albrights and their work in Warrenville.

Our 2015 artist is Chris Hodge, an accomplished artist and art teacher whose work has been shown throughout Chicagoland and beyond. Chris was part of the Historical Society’s 2012 “Warrenville Inspired” art show and created his own version of Ivan Albright’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” which can be seen at the Warrenville Historical Museum & Art Gallery alongside a digital reproduction of Ivan’s original painting. Some of Chris’ other work is also on display through the summer.

Chris Hodge's 2012 piece in progress

Chris Hodge’s 2012 piece in progress

Visitors to the Museum can also watch Chris draw on these selected days in June, July, and August from 1:00-4:00p.m.: Wednesday, June 17th; Wednesday, June 24th; Wednesday, July 8th; Wednesday, July 15th; Sunday, July 26th; Sunday, August 2nd; Wednesday, August 5th; and Wednesday, August 12th.

Chris and Museum Director Sara Phalen will also be present at the Wednesday, June 24th Warrenville Concert, from 6:30-8:30p.m., in the Albright Park Gazebo area between City Hall and the Warrenville Public Library. Come out and hear more about the program, Chris’ work and the Albrights in Warrenville.

Chris will also give an artist statement at the Historical Society’s Monday, September 14th Annual Meeting at 7:00p.m., prior to our Director, Sara, giving a presentation about the Albrights and their time in our community.

For more information on Chris’ work, visit his website www.chodgeart.com, and for more information about the Historical Society and the Albrights visit our website at http://www.warrenvillehistorical.org. This program is made possible by a City of Warrenville Hotel Motel Tax Fund Grant.

 

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