Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 27 – February 2, 1864

27th Wednesday  Cloudy disagreeable weather & muddy. I did my choars was at the office all day. I came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½.”

28th Thursday  A cloudy damp disagreeable day. I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½.”

29th Friday  a damp disagreeable day & muddy. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ the Protracted Meeting is a progressing.”

30th Saturday  A misty damp day & muddy terable bad getting round. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 & went to bed 9 ½, Series of Meetings continus.”

31st Sunday  A cloudy damp disagreeable day & rained conciderable in afternoon and snowed some, very bad getting round. I did my choars was at the home all day & evening choared round wrote & red some & went to bed about 9 nearly sick. Sol Williams called about 2 ½ & stayed to supper & went home about dark.”

Monday, February 1st rather fine weather for the season but muddy, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ by Hoyts & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold.”

2nd Tuesday  Some cloudy & damp but good weather for the winter. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold—-.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 20 – 26, 1864

20th Wednesday A fine day for winter. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed about 9 ½ sick.

21st Thursday  A fine cool pleasant 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. Archa Wellman came at noon with the Doct his brothers remains, he eat dinner at my house & stayed at Mr Derrys house overnight.

22nd Friday  A fine warm day & thawed conciderable. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ Conner dug the grave & Dr Wellman was buried. Franks brother went to Naperville with Col Warren started before 12 & got back 3 ½ & then went up home with James Brown & stayed all night.

23rd Saturday  A fine warm day, thawed fast & spoilt the sleighing. I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10. A Wellman went to Aurora with J Brown in afternoon.

24th Sunday  a fine pleasant day & thawed fast. I did my choars was round home except going to office & Hoyts at noon went to bed about 9.

25th Monday  rather a fine day but muddy weather. I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½. A Wellman came from Browns & stayed all night with me & slep with me. I paid him $500.00.

26th Tuesday  rather warm thawey disagreeable weather sleighing spoilt. I did my choars was at office all day came home at 8 ½ went to bed at near 10. Arba Wellman started back to Michigan.

 

Fashion Friday featuring the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville

It’s Fashion Friday at the Historical Society! Enjoy these Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville from local artist Mildred Baldwin’s popular column from the Warrenville Digests.  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/. 

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 13 – 19, 1864

13th Wednesday  fine winter weather & good sleighing. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

14th Thursday  A fine winter day & good sleighing for this country. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½.

15th Friday  fine winter weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

16th Saturday  A fine winter day, I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

17th Sunday  A fine day for winter but cool & cloudy. I did my choars was at the house all day & came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

18th Monday  rather fine winter weather for the season & good sleighing. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½.

19th Tuesday  A fine winter 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 [in margin] protracted meeting.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 6 – 12, 1864

6th Wednesday  A cold winter day snow drifted pretty but they are agetting the roads broaken out. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went & went to bed at 9 ½.

7th Thursday  A cold winter day, the thermometer has stood at from 20 to 25 degrees below zero for near a week every morning, 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.

8th Friday  A little more pleasant but about as cold as ever, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed about 9 ½.

9th Saturday  a little more pleasant but winterlike & cold, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½. I bought a mair of J Bollwy for 86 dollars.

10th Sunday  rather a pleasant day but cold, weather snug winter, I did my choars was at home all day except going to store twice & Hoyts, I choared round the cellar & fixed my stable a little wrote some & went to bed between 8 & 9 tiard & nearly sick.

11th Monday  rather fine weather for winter & pretty steddy. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick, cold.

12th Tuesday  Steddy fine winter weather, thawed but little in the sun, I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold.”

Warrenville and the American Civil War: 1864 in 48 Minutes

On Sunday, January 26th, at 2:00 p.m., at the Warrenville Public Library, the  Historical Society will host “1864 in 48  Minutes,” a program detailing the historic fourth year of the Civil War, month-by-month, highlighting local and national events.  Aided by a visual presentation, presenters will detail life in Warrenville and the events facing our country during the War.

As our nation continues to honor the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, this multi-media talk is part of the Historical Society’s five year program “Warrenville & The American Civil War” which features the Warrenville men who volunteered to fight for the Union.

Stephen Bronson Jr. served as a captain in the 12th Cavalry from February 1862 through March 1864.  He re-enlisted in June of 1864 as a colonel of the 141st Cavalry.  His family had moved from New York to Warrenville in 1840 and were active members of the Warrenville Baptist Church.

Stephen Bronson Jr. served as a captain in the 12th Cavalry from February 1862 through March 1864. He re-enlisted in June of 1864 as a colonel of the 141st Infantry. His family had moved from New York to Warrenville in 1840 and were active members of the Warrenville Baptist Church.

The program is free to the public and light  refreshments will be served.  To register for the program, contact the Warrenville Library through their website http://www.warrenville.com or at (630) 393-1171.  Please contact the  Historical Society with any questions.