Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 30 – October 6, 1863

30th Wednesday  rather a fine day & warmer. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½. Thrash 330 bushels oats [in margin] Jessie thrash oats.

October 1st Thursday  rather a cloudy damp day towards night. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

2nd Friday  rather a cloudy day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day and evening came home by Hoyts about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick. Adolf Fredenhagen was married tonight to Mary Tilden at Naperville.

3rd Saturday  rather a cloudy damp misty day & night. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home by Hoyts at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick.

4th Sunday  A cloudy damp morning & misty day & night and cold. I did my choars went to office & Hoyts came home & picked 12 bushel of winter apples. Called at Hoyts came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard & nearly sick.

5th Monday  rather a fine day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

6th Tuesday  rather fine cool weather with frosts. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 23 – 29, 1863

23rd Wednesday  rather fine cool dry weather for the season. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick. W. G. Smith S. French went to Wheaton & took 2nd degree in Masonry. Dewit Brown went & took the first degree.

24th Thursday  rather fine cool weather, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

25th Friday  rather fine weather & cool & dry, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick, a wholesale peddler came along & stayed at Mannings.

26th Saturday  A fine day & more warm but dry, I did my choars was at the store all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick, I traded with peddler over $50.

27th Sunday  A fine warm pleasant day & evening. I did my choars was at store & Hoyts after breckfust came home titoned up 2 bedsteds picked peaches fixed apple bins & picked up some winter apples & called at Hoyts in evening came home at 8 went to bed at 9.

28th Monday  rather fine cool weather for the season. 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.

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

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 16-22, 1863

16th Wednesday  rather fine cloudy weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 1/2 & went to bed about 9 ½.

17th Thursday  rather fine cloudy day & rained some during night. 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.

18th Friday  rather a cloudy damp morning & cool cloudy day & cold evening froze during 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 with a cold, a very cold night for Sept.

19th Saturday  A cold & some cloudy morning with a heavey frost and water froze in a pool thicker than window glass last night. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½.

20th Sunday  A cold cloudy morning, I think there was no frost. I got up about 7, did my choars went to the office & Hoyts came home at 10, choared round the house, the most of the day, H. Gould & family came along about 11 & went to Cals. Elizabeth went to Griffeths about 11 ½, Guy Lewins, wife & Charly came 12 ¼ & went to Griffeths, came back & stayed a while & went home, I called at Hoyts in evening came home at 8, & went to bed about 9, Gould came back & stayed till nearly 4 Caroline came with them, Hat & Eliza McNelly came about 12 ½ & stayed till after supper, Hot Eliza & Caroline were off together.

21st Monday  rather a fine day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at about 9 ½.

22nd Tuesday  rather fine weather for the season. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at about 9 ½.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 9 – 15, 1863

9th Wednesday  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.

10th Thursday  rather a fine day & evening, 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 & nearly sick [in margin] Col. Warren went to Chicago.

11th Friday  rather a fine cloudy day with showers during the night. I did my choars was at the office al day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

12th Saturday  rather cloudy damp morning & forenoon more pleasant in afternoon & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick —.

13th Sunday  rather a cloudy foggy morning with a heavey dew but a fine pleasant day & evening, grew cool toward night. I did my choars was at home the most of the day a choaring round, called at office & Hoyts about 10 oclock a short time & came home went to bed about 9.

14th Monday  rather fine weather for the season, a getting dry, 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.

15th Tuesday  rather a fine day & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sicks with a cold.”

“Rediscovering Camp McDowell” Monday Night Preview

We hope to see you all this coming Monday, September 9th at 7:00p.m. at the Museum, 3S530 Second Street for our Annual Meeting and Program “Rediscovering Camp McDowell.” Chris Gingrich, Education Outreach Specialist for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, will present the interesting history of the McDowell Grove. His presentation will include photographs, maps, documents,  and stories compiled from many sources, including:  local newspapers, unpublished memoirs, CCC camp newspapers, the National Archives, Forest Preserve records and others. Please enjoy a few images of Camp McDowell from the Historical Society’s collection and we hope to see you Monday. You can also see the event on our facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/events/453493018091380/.  Be sure to like our page when you get there to keep up to date on all the great events we have going on.

Camp McDowell February 1936

Camp McDowell February 1936

Camp McDowell May 1936
Camp McDowell May 1936

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, Septmeber 2 – 8, 1863

2nd Wednesday  rather a fine day & evening, ground getting dry. 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.

3rd Thursday  fine weather for the season, 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] got a letter from A. Wellman.

4th Friday  rather fine weather with thunder showers during the night. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

5th Saturday  A fine warm 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 tiard & nearly sick. Alvaro Drulards corps arrived at Wheaton about 10 oclock in forenoon from Murfreesboro & they got him home in afternoon, Drulard did not come.

6th Sunday  A fine cool pleasant day & evening. I did my choars was at home the most of the day, called at Hoyts & the store 2 times, choared round home wrote some etc. Caroline came here in the afternoon a short time, I went to bed about 9.

7th Monday  rather a fine cool day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] Alvaro Drulard buried.

8th Tuesday  rather a fine day for fall. 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 [in margin] Jont Pollard to Chicago.”