Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 17 – 23, 1868

17th Thursday  a fine winter day good sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.

18th Friday  A fine day for winter good sleighing but thawed conciderable  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick  Resseguies & Rogers drew wood for me 4 loads each Jerry Dady chopped.

19th Saturday  A fine warm day & thawed fast spoild the sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out  Mrs Stone came here from Pelhams & stayed overnight  windy night.

20th Sunday  A windy raw day wind blew hard  I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring round the house, went to the store in the evening came back after calling at Kenyons & went to bed at 9 sick Mrs Stone & Tom Pelham eat supper here & then went home, Reseguie brought the trunk home after he took the buck boar tonight or tomorrow morning at 5 or 6 oclock  [in margin]  William Lamb took the buck  The Wheaton folks got the Recorders about 150 went down after them.

21st Monday  rather a fine cool day grew cold all day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble, Rolen Willson went to Wheaton with L V Resseguie to start in the evening for Shirms Willsons in Iowa, at 10 tonight [in margin] Rollen Willson started for Iowa to Sherm Willsons the Wheaton folks got the recorders books this morning.

22nd Tuesday  A cold pleasant day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble.

23rd Wednesday  fine cold weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 10 – 16, 1868

10th Thursday  fine cold winter weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.

11th Friday  A fine cold winter day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick [in margin] Rolen went to Kenyon.

12th Saturday  A fine winter day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & worne out  Jerry & Resseguie killed a heffer for me & McGee came and stayed at Perry over Sunday.

13th Sunday  A fine winter day & spit snow the most of the day  I did my choars was at the house a choaring round went to the office about noon & called at Kenyons was at office in evening came home & went to bed at 9.

14th Monday  fine winter weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.

15th Tuesday a fine winter day & good sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  Resseguies & Rogers cut & drew wood for me & Jerry Dady chopped for me in woods.

16th Wednesday  fine sleighing & winter weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  Resseguies & Rogers drew wood for me all day from wood 4 loads each.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 3 – 9, 1868

3rd Thursday  A fine day with a cool air  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble  Rolen Caroline & Eliza went to Aurora, Resseguie carried them.

4th Friday  A snowey morning & snowed the most of the day  snow to the depth of 6 or 8 inches  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out  Mrs Stone went up to Owens.

5th Saturday  rather a fine day & pretty good sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½.

6th Sunday  A fine day but cloudy  I did my choars was at the house a choaring round the most of the day went to the office about 1 for Jerry Pollard fixed my howell some, went to office in evening came home 7 went to bed at 9 nearly sick & worne out with trouble & Sister  Caroline, Eliza & Wallace went to hear a man speak.

7th Monday  A fine winter day I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.

8th Tuesday  fine cold winter weather with 10 inches of snow on the ground  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with Sister.

9th Wednesday  cold winter weather, I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 26 – December 2, 1868

26th Thursday  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 ½ nearly sick & worne out thanksgiven day we had a chicken for dinner & oysters for supper  Kenyon had John Billings & Sim Billings & their ladies to supper & 3 cans of oysters.

27th Friday  A fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble.

28th Saturday 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 ½ or got ready when R B Pollard came to have me go to the office for a letter & he stayed till 11, when I came home & went bed & they to _________.

29th Sunday  A fine day with a cool south wind  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day, went to the store & sold 2 suits clothes choared round the house wrote some & went to the office again in the evening came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick, Caroline & Eliza went to the concert at Baptist house.

30th Monday  fine weather for Nov  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out [in margin] Mrs Stone left Kenyons.

December 1st Tuesday  fine weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out [in margin] Mrs Stone came at night.

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

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 19 – 25, 1868

19th Thursday  fine weather with a light snow  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

20th Friday  fine weather for Nov  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.

21st Saturday  rather fine day & muddy  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  James Holenbeck & Emiline Owen were married at Aurora today.

22nd Sunday  A fine day but som cloudy but a fine evening  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day fixing chimy etc went to office at 5 night went to bed at night.

23rd Monday  rather fine weather for Nov  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.

24th Tuesday  rather fine weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble  Sam McKellips drawed manure.”

25th Wednesday  A cloudy rainey day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.”

2018 Warrenville Historic Landmark Ornament Has Arrived!

The 2018 Warrenville Historic Landmark Ornament has arrived! This year’s featured landmark is the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin (CA&E) Railroad downtown Warrenville Station.

After a decades-long struggle to acquire access to the ever-expanding train lines out of Chicago, Warrenville got a passenger rail line in 1902.  The Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Railroad made its way through Warrenville and brought with it visitors from the Chicago region and the ease of rail travel to Warrenville residents.  Warrenville’s public high school students used the CA&E train to get to school in Wheaton, using a monthly ride ticket given to them by the School Board.  The train made four stops for Warrenville students-Williams Road, the downtown depot, Winfield Road, and Wiesbrock Road.

As travel by car increased and the East-West Tollway construction expanded, the CA&E passenger service declined after World War II.  Warrenville residents protested the CA&E proposed closing, but after years of threatening service stoppage, on July 3, 1957, at noon, the train no longer made its way through Warrenville.  Commuters who had ridden the train to work that day were left without a ride home.  The rails continued to be used for freight until 1959.  In 1962 the rails were removed making way for the Illinois Prairie Path that marks the trails of the long forgotten CA&E.  

After service ended, the CA&E depot was used by Robert and Dorothy Kelly, first as Dot’s Bargain Shop and then as the Dunk-It Coffee Shop.  After the City government was established in 1967, the old train station was converted into the Warrenville City Hall until a new City Hall was constructed across the street and the old building was taken down.

This ornament was produced thanks to a generous donation from the late Robert “Bob” Sleep. Bob was a lifelong Warrenville resident who, along with the entire Sleep family, contributed greatly to the community. Ornaments can be purchased for $10 at the City Museum during open Sunday hours of 1-4pm. You can also reserve an ornament or request it to be shipped with a $3 shipping and handling fee by contacting the Museum at info@warrenvillehistorical.org or (630)393-4215. Ornaments will also be available for purchase at the Towne Tap starting December 1st.  Other ornaments in the Historic Landmark Series are Holmes School, the Warrenville Store, the Roundhouse and the Albright Building. Own a piece of Warrenville history while supporting the Historical Museum!

 

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 12 – 18, 1868

12th Thursday  A fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.

13th Friday  fine warm weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.

14th Saturday  A fine warm day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

15th Sunday  A fine warm day but some cloudy  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day a choaring round & went to the office three times came home & went to bed at about 9 nearly sick  Mrs. Stone & Nelson were here to supper and Ben Hoath came at supper time & stayed in evening till  I sold 11 turkeys to Warner 113-3/4 # at 10 cts.

16th Monday  rather fine weather  I did my choars was the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

17th Tuesday  fine weather for Nov  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

18th Wednesday  fine weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 5 – 11, 1868

5th Thursday  a fine day for Nov.  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out  Grant & others went to Wheaton to see the poll book but they would not let them see the book nor give the vote.

6th Friday  A fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick, Waterman came to Naperville & demanded the poll book & took them to Wheaton & counted up & made the Wheaton ticket beat by fraudulent votes Henry Dasenbrouck died this evening about 10 oclock.

7th Saturday  A cloudy damp day & rained in afternoon & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  Henry Dasenbrook died last night.

8th Sunday  A cloudy damp misty morning & day  I did my choars was at the house a choaring the most of the day went to office came home & went to bed at 9 about sick  Dasenbrooks funeral was today [in margin] Mr Dasenbrook was buried Dunlap preached at the Baptist meeting house.

9th Monday  a fine day for Nov  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] Thomas Homer jumped into the well.

10th Tuesday  fine weather for the season  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

11th Wednesday  fine weather for Nov I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 29 – November 4, 1868

29th Thursday  pretty fine for Oct  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick etc [in margin] Crist from Warren came here.

30th Friday  A pretty fine day but began to rain about 4 was a rainey night with some lightning  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick Crist was here from Warren.

31st Saturday  Some cloudy & rainey in morning  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne to with trouble.

November 1st Sunday  rather cloudy in morning but cleared off pleasant & a beautiful afternoon & evening  I did my choars was at office 3 times, choared round the house & went to bed at 9 nearly sick & worne out  Eliza & Crist went to Naperville to H Goulds came back at about dark & went to meeting with Cal in evening.

2nd Monday  rather a fine day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at about 9 ½ nearly sick etc there was a festival at the Methodist Church and a meeting by Naperville folks  Dunlap etc  they took in about 80 dollars & got about 50 dols of it for the bell to the church  Warner had his mule stolen last night a Sunday night or about one oclock this morning & he has been up in my back field about 8 oclock  he was followed to Salt Creek & they went to _________.

3rd Tuesday  a fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day except going to election in afternoon came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ Crist started back to Warren this morning we honestly elected the Naperville ticket but the Wheaton polls were kep open till Friday before they would give their number of votes they put in a lot of fraudulent _________ & elected their men, Childs for Legislation Rinehart for Sherrif, Hull for Recorder, Hill for county clerk & Hagaman for Coroner & cheated Robins out of the legislature, Grant from Sherrif, Gloss from Recorder, Lewis C. Stover from Clerk & Price from Coriner [in margin] Election at Wheaton was a fraud for they changed voats & added voates by the poll back.

4th Wednesday  A fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble.”

34th Annual Christmas Fest

The Warrenville Museum Guild will be hosting the 34th Annual Christmas Fest Craft & Bake Sale on Saturday, November 3rd from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Warrenville Community Baptist Church, located at 28W444 Main Street, Warrenville. 

Attendees can get their holiday shopping started while supporting the Historical Society.  Gift baskets, seasonal decorations, gift items, handmade tree ornaments and baked goods will be available for sale. Complimentary tea, coffee, cookies and holiday music will set a festive theme.

Raffle tickets will also be sold for the event and can be purchased prior to the Fest at the Museum during normal open hours or at the Baptist Church on the day of the Fest.  Purchase a chance to win a beautifully handmade quilt, a hand-knitted afghan or a holiday decoration. Proceeds benefit the Warrenville Historical Society.

Historical Society historic ornaments will also be available for purchase and local history books.