Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 24 – 30, 1863

24th Wednesday  rather a find hot dry day, 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.

25th Thursday  A dry hot day & evening & looked a little like rain a getting verry dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½.

26th Friday  A hot dry day & evening verry hot the thurmometer at 98. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½  Wm McNelly & wife came here & went home about 4 & Caroline went home with them & Wallace to stay a few days.

27th Saturday a verry hot dry day, the thurmometer at 95, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & soon went to bed nearly sick.

28th Sunday  A hot day & verry dray the thurmometer at 95 degrees above zero, I got up ½ past 7 did my choars was at home the most of the day went to the office 3 times & Hoyts, choared round some & visited Gould and folks went to bed at 9, Gould left for home about 4.

29th Monday  A fine hot dry day. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening, came home about 9 & went to bed tiard & nearly sick. Car at her fathers.

30th Tuesday  rather a fine hot day & dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard.”

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The Great American Pastime: Warrenville Cyclones

In collaboration with the Warrenville Friends of the Fourth, the Historical Society is honoring the Warrenville Cyclones, our hometown team that played baseball from 1920 to the mid 1950s.

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Staring Sunday, June 23rd, Cyclone materials will be on display at the Warrenville Historical Museum & Art Gallery, located at 3S530 Second Street.  This exhibit will run through October and can be seen during our open hours of Wednesdays and Sundays from noon-4pm June-August, and Sundays from noon-4pm September-May.  We are your community museum and always free! Please enjoy these pieces of Cyclone history and we hope to see you at the Museum soon!

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 17 – 23, 1863

17th Wednesday  rather fine warm weather & pretty dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

18th Thursday  fine dry weather but more cool. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

19th Friday  A fine cool dry day & night. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening went to dental lecture came home about 11 & went to bed soon after nearly sick.

20th Saturday  rather a cool cloudy day, I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

21st Sunday  rather a cool cloudy showery or squally day & evening. I did my choars choared round till noon then went to Hoyts & the office came home & choared round hoed some and planted some cucumber seed called at Hoyts came home at 9 & went to bed nearly sick.

22nd Monday  fine warm dry weather a getting verry dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

23rd Tuesday  rather a fine day & evening but dry & hot, 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard, June 10 – 16, 1863

10th Wednesday  rather fine weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ Dr Wellman came from Michigan & eat supper here at my house & Frank came & stayed all night, Doct W. stayed at Fowlers.

11th Thursday  fine dry warm weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10. Dr Wellman went back Michigan. Frank went to Chicago.

12th Friday  A fine warm 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.

13th Saturday  A hot dry dusty day, thurmometer said to be at 95, I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed near 10 sick. The Union mass meeting was held at Wheaton Car went, Sarah Russequie came home & stayed all night Frank came between 11 & 12.

14th Sunday  rather a fine warm day & evening. I did my choars was at home all day a choaring round after I got my cows between Herricks & Galushas was at office & Hoyts lay down a little while, went to bed about 9. Caroline went to Willsons about 11.

15th 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.

16th Tuesday  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 nearly sick.”

Warrenville Digest: June 7, 1984

The Historical Society is happy to have an almost complete set of the Warrenville Digests in our collection. Visitors and researchers often enjoy looking through Warrenville’s past as told in the Digest. As a happy way to welcome you into your weekend, please enjoy these two pages from the Warrenville Digest’s June 7, 1984 issue, 29 years ago today.  Included is information about the Sesquicentennial quilt that hangs in the Museum. This quilt will be going into storage after June 19, so if you haven’t seen it yet, please stop by in the next two weeks and do so. Happy Friday!June 7, 1984 front page copyJune 7, 1984 page 8 copy

June Second Sunday at the Museum: Weddings

June is one of the most popular months for weddings and during our June Second Sunday, the Historical Society will have one of its wedding gowns out on display with pictures and announcements of weddings from our collection.  Do you have a wedding photo, announcement or other memento that you would like to include in the display or donate to the Museum’s collection? Stop by this coming Sunday, June 9th from 1-4pm and add your wedding memento to this collection.  The wedding materials will be on display for our visitors through July 10th, during our summer hours of Wednesdays and Sundays from 1-4pm.

Wedding Shoes from the Historical Society's Collection

Wedding Shoes from the Historical Society’s Collection

Second Sundays at the Museum Program: Stop in the Warrenville Historical Museum & Art Gallery on the Second Sunday of each month to see and contribute to a special historical display.  The public is invited to bring in their own items to be displayed alongside the Museum’s collection pieces; items will also be accepted for donations into the collection or copied to be preserved in Warrenville’s history with the owner’s permission.

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 3 – 9, 1863

3rd Wednesday  rather fine weather but cool. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

4th Thursday  rather fine weather but cool & rained a little 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.

5th Friday  rather a fine day but some cloudy & rained a little at night, I did my choars was at the office all day and evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 nearly sick.

6th Saturday  A cool cloudy day, with a cold North East wind. I did my choars went to McNellys & Caroline went, I then went to Cottage Hill & sold the horses waggon and harness to Mung for 110, Dors came back to McNellys & David started home with us about 4 we got home a little after six & found Israel Kenyons wife & Ezra Jones wife here Isreal came & took supper & Elizabeth went home with them.

7th Sunday A fine cool & some cloudy day & evening. I did my choars was round the house a choaring and doing went to the office towards night & to Hoyts in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 Elizabeth came back about dusk. David started back a little before noon.

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

9th Tuesday rather fine weather but dry & cool nights. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½. Frank quit at Winfield came down & stayed all night.”

Warrenville and the American Civil War: June 1863

On June 9, 1863 Rose Anne Pluess was born in Switzerland.  By the time she was 16 she was living in Warrenville, married to William Wyman who had returned home from fighting in the Civil War five months before she was born. The couple had five children, four of whom stayed in Warrenville and are buried alongside their parents in the Warrenville Cemetery.

Warrenville boys fighting in the 8th Cavalry were again in the thick of the conflict in 1863 as part of the charging column in the Battle of Upperville on June 21.  The skirmish resulted in a draw that left the Union without valuable intelligence about the Confederate position.  Following the encounter, the Warrenville cavalrymen headed towards Gettysburg.

By the end of the month the Warrenville boys with the 105th Illinois Infantry had moved positions and taken up camp at Lavergne, Tennessee.

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