Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 29, 1864 – January 4, 1865

29th Thursday fine cold 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.

30th Friday fine winter weather not very cold but did not thaw I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed about 9 ½ sick [A Fowler mooved to the boarding house – in margin].

31st Saturday A fine cool winter day rather poor sleighing I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 nearly sick.

1865 January 1st Sunday rather a fine winter day for New Years not verry cold but did not thaw, I did my choars was at the office the most of the day, went to the office for Roll Willson about 10, came home & choared round the most of the day, went to the office in evening came home & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick The Williams came down about one & get E A Potter to go up to New Years to eat a turkey, She came back about 9 ½ from Willsons. [Mrs E A Potter went to Willsons to new years in afternoon – in margin].

2nd Monday rather fine weather for the first of January I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick.

3rd Tuesday fine winter weather but no sleighing but does not thaw, I did my choars was at the office mostly all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick. [Elder Morstor went into the Fowler house – in margin].

Jan 4th Wednesday A fine winter 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 with cold. [George Sidney came here from Rockford stayed one night – in margin].”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 22 – 28, 1864

22nd Thursday cool fine weather with quite good sleighing I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard & sick.

23rd Friday fine winter weather for December I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

24th Saturday A fine pleasant day for winter 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] Caroline went to her fathers.

25th Sunday A cloudy damp day mist some & snow a little I did my choars went to the office before breckfust, after breckfust, I cleaned out my howels & choared round till noon, then went to Sherman Willsons & Rollen harnessed up & carried me into my timber, we got back at 3 & eat supper & I came home did my choars went to the office about 6 & made up the mail came back wrote some washed my feet & went to bed between 8 & 9 tiard & about sick [in margin] Caroline was at home I went to Sherman Willsons  Anna Jones was married to a Mr. Ugene Mann, of Batavia, Married in Chicago.

26th Monday rather fine weather, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

27th Tuesday rather fine weather for winter, 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.

28th Wednesday 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 tiard lonely & sick.”

Fashion Friday featuring the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville, the Holiday Edition

It’s a special holiday edition of 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 in all their holiday spirit from December 1967.  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/.  You can also stop into the museum when we reopen for the new year on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 1-4pm to see the full collection of the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville and other work by Mildred.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a wonderful holiday season!

susan finn december 21 1967

 

Mrs John Beck December 14 1967

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 15 – 21, 1864

15th Thursday fine weather & more mild I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½.

16th Friday rather fine weather & the snow a melting conciderable, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ Mrs Bliss got home and Charles Estes came with her & stayed with me over night.

17th Saturday rather warm & thawey & mist a little I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed about 9 tiard & about sick I had Rusegiue & Jerry Pollard kill my 4 pigs in forenoon & I carried them in at night alone I weighed 200# 1, 220 & 2, about 140 or 50, each Mrs Bli

18th Sunday A warm cloudy damp day, foggy & misty & rained in the evening I did my choars was at the home all day & evening I cut up my hogs and salted them choared round went to the office in the evening came back & wrote some & went to bed a little after 9 tiard & nearly sick have worked hard Mrs Bliss came over here and brought some thurmometers sent by Hiram [in margin] Charles Estes was at Carpenters last night & today.

19th Monday rather fine weather for the season 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 & sick.

20th Tuesday rather fine 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.

21st Wednesday rather fine for December but cool I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at about 9 nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 8 – 14, 1864

8th Thursday rather a winter day with snow I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed a little after 9, nearly sick.

9th Friday A pretty fine day but cool 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.

10th Saturday A fine pleasant day & warm in the middle A cloudy night & snowed before 9, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½.

11th Sunday A cloudy windy snow squally disagreeable day the snow flew all day & evening I & pretty cold I did my choars was round home all day a choaring & takeing care of my cattle went to the office in the evening & made up the mail came home & went to bed between 8 and 9.

12th Monday rather a cold winter day with the ground covered with snow & quite passable sleighing I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 sick.

13th Tuesday rather fine winter weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick.

14th Wednesday rather fine winter weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ about sick.”

Warrenville Then & Now: 28W180 Warrenville Road

Formerly 28W180 Warrenville Road, the South West corner of Leone Schmidt Heritage Park

Once owned by Hiram Leonard, an early pioneer and entrepreneur in Warrenville who kept a detailed diary of his life, this building was built around 1842. Although no documentation has been found, it has been reiterated by oldtimers that this was a wing of Hiram’s original house that was moved from Winfield Road to this site. For many years it served as a store, Hiram’s office and post office. These two images show the home in 1947 and again in 1993, after much decay and work was done to the home. It was torn down to make way for the park that is currently on this site. In 2015 this area will be changed again as the DuPage River channel is expanded.90.1.5 (2)

 

Read more here about this property and Hiram Leonard’s life, taken from Warrenville City Historian Leone Schmidt’s book “In and Around Warrenville.”

“Hiram Leonard’s career shifted into high gear during the ‘60s, when his ambition of 25 years was finally realized.

“Expanding the apothecary business he had been carrying on the past five years, in 1860 he formed a partnership with Jerome B. Pollard to also market dry goods, groceries, and hardware on the main business thoroughfare [Big Woods Road, later renamed Aurora Road, and today known as Warrenville Road], on a quarter-acre parcel he had purchased from Colonel Warren the year before. Then on March 1, 1861 he applied for the Warrenville postmaster position.

“The office of postmaster was strictly a patronage plum, dispensed chiefly by congressmen. Although financially unrewarding, a franking privilege did go with the appointment, along with oodles of prestige, which made for intense competition.

“The big news, almost as exciting as the [southern states] Secession, broke June 1. Julius Warren, Warrenville’s first and only postmaster, was ‘removed from his job’ and the newly converted Whig was installed. During this crucial period in the country’s history, Leonard would have his finger on the pulse of the town.

“As the partnership with Pollard did not last very long, Leonard was soon in full control of the mercantile operations as well as the mail. For the rest of his life he could bask in the center of customers, loafers and postal patrons.

“Upon Leonard’s death in 1878, the post office was shifted to Bowen’s store on the corner, with the Colonel once again in charge. (He had forsaken the Democratic party in the latter war years). Joe Hawbecker bought Leonard’s stock and started his own business just across the river, and Leonard’s store was for rent.

“As the years passed, the old store became a carriage-trimming shop, then a poolroom and cigar store, or a sweet-cider stand. When Mr. Werdebaugh rented it in 1886, some local wags claimed that the sign hawking tobacco, cigars, ginger beer, and candy was only camouflage to disguise a saloon. As Warrenville was becoming a depressed area, the store was frequently vacant.

From 1892 on, when Will Wray [Hiram’s step-son] rented out the farm on Winfield Road (his mother’s name by that time had changed from Leonard to Foote) and moved himself and belongings into the store building, it was used as a residence. Wray later rented it to a retiree, John Stevens, and after Stevens died in 1923 the tenant was Merwin Brown.

“Wray sold the building to Maria and George Fuller in 1924. In 1940 Elton and Anna May Jeffries bought it and became busy landlords. The upstairs apartment they rented out for 20 years was the first home in Warrenville for a host of families.”

Hiram Leonard House october 1993

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 1 – 7, 1864

December 1st Thursday rather cloudy 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 tiard & nearly sick.

2nd Friday rather more pleasant today I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick.

3rd Saturday cleared off cold & froz 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 Charley Noonen died Charles Noon died ½ before nine tonight.

4th Sunday A fine pleasant day but some cloudy I did my choars was at the home the most of the day went to office 4 times worked round the house & went to the office in evening & made up the mail came home & wrote some & went to bed between 8 & 9 nearly sick Mrs Potter & Charles went to meeting Roll Willson Albert Grant Hut McNelly, Sarah Brown & Griffeth were here today & evening & Hut stayed all night [in margin] Charles Noones was brought home ded today from Downers he died last night ¼ before 9 at _______.

5th Monday rather fine winter weather & snowed last night a little I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½.

6th Tuesday rather fine winter weather but rough wagoning I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 [in margin] C Noonen was buried funeral at Baptist Church Elder Marston.

7th Wednesday rather fine but cool & cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick.”