Snowy day in Warrenville

On another snowy day in Warrenville, we hope you enjoy one more winter image of the land around Margaret Macklin Hall.  If you missed our previous post on the women who stayed at this historic location, please see it here https://warrenvillehistorical.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/winter-fun-in-warrenville/.

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 25 – March 3, 1863

25th Wednesday  rather warm muddy weather for Feb.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about9 nearly sick.

26th Thursday  rather fine muddy 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.

27th Friday  rather stormy a little 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 Saturday rather a cloudy day & evening & snowed some in the evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home by Hoyts & Fowlers about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½, Dr Wellman went to Naperville with Fowler & came back sick & went to Fowlers sick had _________.

March 1st Sunday  rather a cloudy stormy with some flakes of snow cloudy forenoon, more pleasant afternoon & evening, ground covered with snow in morning but all went off before night, I got up about 7 & went to store to get med for Dr Wellman came home by Fowlers choared round, went to Hoyts about 10 ½ & to office & looked once with Col Warren came home about 2 choared round, got a calf into the howel wrote some did my choars went to Hoyts, Fowlers, the office came home about 8 & went to bed about 9.

2nd Monday  rather fine for winter.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 nearly sick with a cold.

3rd 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.”

Winter Fun in Warrenville

As we wait for some winter snow to hit the area tonight, enjoy this picture of women from the Chicago Telephone Company’s Margaret Mackin Hall enjoying a snowy, winter retreat in Warrenville.

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The Chicago Telephone Company, the forerunner of Illinois Bell Telephone Company, constructed Margaret Mackin Hall, a two-story Colonial-style framed residence, to serve as a rest home for its convalescing telephone operators.  The Hall opened its doors in August of 1916; it was later taken over by the Cenacle Sisters in North America.  Although the Hall no longer stands, the winding road and steel-concrete arch bridge spanning the DuPage River are still visible from Batavia Road, just north of Butterfield Road.

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 18 – 24, 2013

18th Wednesday  rather fine winter weather but verry muddy for getting round I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home by Hoyts about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½.

19th Thursday  rather fine warm weather for winter but muddy round.  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.

20th Friday  rather fine weather for winter muddy & nasty.  Snowed some during night, 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.

21st Saturday  rather more cool with the ground covered with snow & snowed some I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 by Hoyts & went to bed about 9, nearly sick.

22nd Sunday  rather a cold blustering morning & snowed conciderable till noon or after, was more pleasant in afternoon, I did my choars went to Hoyts & carried his clothes, came back & choared round til nearly after one.  I went to Hoyts & the office & got a can oysters & crackers came home & choared round eat supper called at Hoyts in evening came about 8 & went to bed at 9.

23rd Monday  rather a fine day & evening.  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

24th Tuesday  rather fine weather for winter but muddy.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 nearly sick.”

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February Artifact of the Month

Happy Valentine’s Day

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, please enjoy this 1920s card from when it cost just 1¢ to send your sweetheart a message.

Valentine’s Day cards began gaining popularity in England at the end of the 18th century and the embossed paper lace greetings were in the United States within 50 years. Cards were the main item exchanged before the mid-20th century when gifts started being given.

 

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 11-17, 1863

11th Wednesday  rather fine weather for winter.  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ by Hoyts & went to bed tiard & nearly sick with a cold.

12th Thursday  Snowed a little last night & today, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ by Hoyts & went to bed about 10 tiard & nearly sick with a cold, Griffeth came from Chicago.

13th Friday  rather a fine day & beautiful evening, with snow on the ground.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & found Elizabeth Potter here she came about 5 & stayed all night, Caroline went to Sherman Willsons today & stayed all ngiht Elib came down to go to the festvall at the Bourding House for Elder Hanna, I went to bed after 10, about sick—there was about $100 Dols donated for Elder Hanna.

14th Saturday  rather a cloudy morning & began to rain about 8 & rained pretty hard all the forenoon cleared off in afternoon & blew hard all the evening was tedious, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home by Hoyts about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.  E Potter went to Griffeths about 2 ½ & Caroline got home about 5 at night.

15th Sunday  A fine pleasant day & thawed conciderable, I did my choars went to Hoyts & office fixed up some medicine for to send to Wm Wray by Church, was at home the rest of day choaring Sent package by H Pollard to Church E Potter came here a short time.  I was at Hoyts in evening came home & went to bed between 8 & 9, Frank was here.

16th Monday  rather a fine day & evening.  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.

17th Tuesday  rather fine weather for Feb & winter.  I did my chaors was at the office all day & in the evening, came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½.  Wm McNelly & wife came here & started back about 4 ½.”

Warrenville and the American Civil War: February 1863

The local toll of the Civil War continued to be felt in Warrenville and on February 4th, Freddie Cooper and Charles Bartholomew were buried in the Warrenville Cemetery.  As their brothers were laid to rest, the rest of the Warrenville boys serving in the 105th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers moved their base from South Tunnel to Gallatin, Tennessee.  Dr. Waterman, the local surgeon assigned to the Regiment, left Warrenville, where he had been taking a quick break from service, to join the boys as they moved camps in the harsh February weather.

Local townspeople were also doing their part to help the volunteers struggling through the cold February weather by gathering and preparing supplies to send south.  As Hiram Leonard states in his diary that provides much detail of the daily life in Warrenville during the Civil War, he was gathering boots and other needed items, including medicine to send to the soldiers.  Hiram’s housekeeper’s son, William Wray, whom he had helped raise, was among the men in the 105th Regiment that desperately needed the supplies from home and it is no doubt Hiram had him in mind as he gathered the goods.

Taken from the Warrenville Historical Society’s program “1863 in 48 Minutes” that was held on January 27, 2013.

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 4 – 10, 1863

4th Wednesday  rather a fine day for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick, Cooper & Charles Bartholomew were buryed.”

5th Thursday  rather fine weather for Feb.  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.”

6th Friday  rather a fine day for winter with a little snow on the ground I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed between 9 & 10.”

7th Saturday  rather a fine day for winter but cloudy with light snow on the ground.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed 9 ½.  Julia Jenkins who married a Knox some time ago stayed all night.”

8th Sunday  rather a fine cool day & snowed a little.  I did my choars was at the office till after 2 a packing boots etc for the soldiers in the 105 Regt came home about 3 & choared round at home, wrote etc, called at office in evening came home & wrote a letter to Wm Wray & went to bed about 9.”

9th Monday  rather a fine day & evening it rained half the day.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold, H B Fowler sent the box for the soldiers to Wheaton.”

10th Tuesday  rather fine day for winter.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening, came home about 8 by Hoyts & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick, Dr. Waterman started for Kentucky to 105 Reg Ill Vol.”