Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 28 – May 4, 1864

“28th Thursday backward disagreeable weather for April. 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 & lonely.

“29th Friday rather a disagreeable day but some pleasant. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ by Hoyts & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & downhearted Col. Warren & Aurora Sherman went to McKee & back.

“30th Saturday A rainey morning & forenoon cleared off quite pleasant in afternoon & a fine evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home by Hoyts about 9 & went to bed about 10 nearly sick lonely homesick & downspirited.

“May 1st Sunday A fine pleasant still morning & pleasant day but more windy. I did my choars was at the house the most of the day went to the office & Hoyts after breckfust came back wrote some & went to Sherman Willsons to see about some pigs about 11 came back about two choared round went to the office in evening made up the mail called at Hoyts came home & went to bed about 9 lonely & nearly sick & downhearted, the women went to meeting, Elizabeth & Aurora.

“2nd Monday rather fine weather but cool for May. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick lonely.

“3rd Tuesday rather fine cool weather for May. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely etc. Aurora Sherman went to Kankakee City to her fathers to make a visit for the summer.

“4th Wednesday 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 about 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary: April 21 – 27, 1864

“21st Thursday rather fine weather for the season but cool & wet & backward about spring work, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely.

“22nd Friday cloudy damp rainey weather & disagreeable. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely & lonesome as can be & friendless.

“23rd Saturday A damp rainey disagreeable day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 nearly sick, lonely & downspirited as death. Griffeth came & carried Aurora Sherman & children & George & wife up to his to visit & brought Aurora back at about dusk & George & wife walked back lonely times for me rained the most of the night.

“24th Sunday A cold northeast rain storm a tedious cold storm the most of the day I did my choars was round the house the most of the day a choaring put in 3 lights of glass in ketching & her bedroom called at Mr. Hoyts came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick & lonesome & lonely as death & felt down harted.

“25th Monday rather bad disagreeable backward 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 nearly sick with a cold was down harted.

“26th Tuesday rather disagreeable weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonesome & homesick & sick.

“27th Wednesday backward cold wet weather for the season. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & lonesome.”

From the Collection: Easter Greetings

The Historical Museum & Art Gallery will be closed this Sunday for the Easter holiday. For those who celebrate this spring holiday, we hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend. We will reopen for our normal spring schedule hours on Sunday, April 27th from 1:00-4:00p.m.

Easter Greeting Card, 1900s, from the Collection of the Historical Society.

Easter Greetings Card, 1900s, from the Collection of the Historical Society.

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 14 – 20, 1864

“14th Thursday rather disagreeable 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.

“15th Friday rather damp disagreeable weather, 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 & lonely froze last night [in margin] Edwin Grant came from Lizie Henrys house.

“16th Saturday rather a disagreeable day & snowed quite fast several times, muddy, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went ot bed 9 ½ about sick etc. Mrs Williams the old lady died this morning between 3 & 4, froze last night conciderable.

“17th Sunday rather a fine day but some cloudy. I did my choars was at the house the most of the day to office twice & Hoyts come home & went to bed about 9 Mrs. Williams the old lady was buried. Elizabeth went to funeral, Mr Boyd was here & I went to office for him the ground was frozen & water froz Ice near an 8 of an inch thick this morning & a heavey frost.

“18th Monday rather a cold disagreeable day & evening & backward weather. 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.

“19th Tuesday rather a fine cool day & evening the roads a getting better etc. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 nearly sick, Mrs Aurora Sherman came about 3 or 4 oclock with 3 children from McGregers Iowa to see George & Elizabeth, George came home from over the river pretty tight or set up so he did not eat supper with us but wated.

“20th Wednesday rather a fine but cool & backward, verry 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 with a cold colt came [in margin] mair folded last night or this morning.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 7 – 13, 1864

“7th Thursday muddy backward weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonesome & nearly sick.

“8th Friday damp disagreeable weather & backward 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 & lonesome.

“9th Saturday damp disagreeable 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 & lonesome—George was expected but did not come.

“10th Sunday rather a fine day but some cloudy, I did my choars was round home the most of the day went to the office & Hoyts, came home & went to bed about 8 ½ tiard & nearly sick & lonesome, George Potter got home about sunrise or a little before stayed at Winfield, he went to bed & they did not get up till near noon, they were about sick Israel Kenyon died tonight about 10 oclock [in margin] I Kenyon died tonight at 10 G Potter got home from Chicago this morning.

“11th Monday A damp disagreeable day & rained several times. 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 & lonesome. George & Elizabeth went to Kenyons & stayed all night and tomorrow to funeral.

“12th Tuesday rather more pleasant but disagreeable day to get round I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & lonesome. Israel Kenyon was buryed at big wood today. George & wife came home, near night.

“13th Wednesday rather disagreeable weather for spring. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 nearly sick & lonely.”

Warrenville and the American Civil War: April 1864

When April 1864 began in Warrenville, the year must already have felt long with the community already having buried three of its members in as many months, however the month brought more death and pain to Warrenville residents. On the 10th of the month Israel Kenyon died, and was buried at Big Woods two days later, near his mother who had been laid there to rest just the month before.

On April 16th, Maria Williams, distraught from grief over the death of her son the month prior, passed away. She was buried with her husband and three children in the family’s Warrenville Cemetery plot. It is said that some people die of a broken heart and Mrs. Williams heart likely could not have taken any more tragedy after her son, Samuel’s death.

On April 19th, visitors from Iowa came to Warrenville. Mrs. Aurora Sherman along with four children came to visit the Potters, who were still living with Hiram Leonard. Their home town, McGregor, Iowa, was actually a booming metropolis compared to Warrenville at the time. Although today, McGregor doesn’t even boast a population of 1,000 people, the Civil War years saw the growth of the railroad industry through the Mississippi River town. It is likely that the stories they brought with them of all the happenings in the Iowa town were a happy distraction.

Taken from the Warrenville Historical Society’s program “1864 in 48 Minutes” that was held on January 26, 2014.