Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 26 – February 1, 1865

26th Thursday Snug cold winter weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard & about sick with a cold.

27th Friday fine cold winter weather I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick.

28th Saturday fine winter weather but not quite as cold I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] H Wilcox wife & Caroline Wray were here to supper.

29th Sunday A fine pleasant winter day I did my choars was at home all day a choaring round, cleaned out the garrett some etc went to McKellips & store in evening & made up the mail came home at 7 wrote some & went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

30th Monday rather fine weather for Feb with a little snow I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 nearly sick cold.

31st Tuesday fine weather for winter but no sleighing I did my choars was at the Post office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick [in margin] L Ruseguie got home from Nashville.

February 1st Wednesday 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 tiard & sick with a cold.”

Warrenville and the American Civil War: Hudson Family

The American Civil War deeply affected every community across the North and the South. In Warrenville, 50 brave men volunteered to fight for the Union cause and 17 paid the ultimate price. As the war came to an end in 1865, 150 years ago, Warrenville tried to return to some normalcy, however the sadness left by war time loss would last for many years.

The Joseph and Mary Hudson family was a local Warrenville family that lost a loved one in the war. The family came to Warrenville from Elyria, Ohio, after first visiting Mrs. Hudson’s father, Abel Culver, in the growing community in 1844. With the promise of farm land, the family settled in the Warrenville area in 1845 after shipping their furniture over Lake Erie to Chicago. The Hudsons first stayed in Big Woods, but when Mr. Hudson’s farming plans did not materialize, he found temporary employment as a tavern-keeper in Warrenville and moved the family into town. A year later, in 1848, the family bought the former Little Red Schoolhouse building, formerly located at 3S463 Batavia Road. This building had served as the first public building in town and the home of the community’s school from 1836 through 1848 when the Hudsons moved in, enlarging and remodeling the structure to become a private residence.

Lil Red Schoolhouse

During his active years Mr. Hudson dabbled in local politics, holding the offices of justice of the peace, constable, township collector, and three times he was elected tax assessor (1852, 1853, and 1866). The last office may or may not have brought him popularity. At any rate, there was much coming and going at the Hudson home, especially while he was justice of the peace. Mr. Hudson also served in the affairs of the cemetery association as a director, trustee, secretary, and treasurer at various times.

The Hudsons had three children: Bowman, William and the oldest, Josephine. Josephine was a school teacher who never married and continued to live in the family home after her parents’ death. William, the middle child, joined the 8th Illinois Cavalry in December of 1863, and sadly died in a Richmond, Virginia, prison on March 4, 1865, just weeks before Confederate General Lee surrendered to Union General Grant.

Please join us this coming Sunday, January 25th at 2:00p.m. at the Warrenville Public Library to learn more about the last year of the Civil War in our program “1865 in 48 Minutes” which is part of our five year series Warrenville & the American Civil War. Reservations to attend the free program can be made through the library at through their website www.warrenville.com or at (630) 393-1171. You can also learn more about Warrenville during the Civil War years by stopping into the Museum during 2015 to view our Warrenville & the American Civil War exhibit.

Information included above taken in part from Leone Schmidt’s “In and Around Historic Warrenville.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 19 – 25, 1865

19th Thursday a fine day for Jan I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick.

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

21st Saturday A fine day but cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 and went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick & lonely.

22nd Sunday A warm cloudy snowey morning the ground covered with about from 2 to 4 inches on the level stopped snowing about 10, I did my choars eat breckfust & went to office about 9 ½ got back about 10 choared round cleaned out my howel etc choared down celler & George Cidwell came about 11 I went to the office in evening & made up the mail got home 6 ½ wrote some & went to bed about 9 tiard & about sick Mrs Potter went to Mrs Stones in evening got home between 8 & 9 [in margin] Mrs Ira Woodman died tonight.

23rd Monday rather fine cold winter weather but poor sleighing I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

24th Tuesday fine winter 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 & about sick [in margin] Mrs Ira Woodman was buried.

25th Wednesday rather fine weather for winter but pretty cold I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ sick with a cold [in margin] H. Wilcox at store.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 12 – 18, 1865

12th Thursday rather fine for winter I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ tiard.

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

14th Saturday fine cool weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home between 9 & 10 & went to bed about 10 nearly sick Mr Boyd came in evening & got Mrs Potter & started a little before 8 for Louisa Kenyons.

15th Sunday rather a fine morning but grew cold in afternoon I did my choars was at home all day to work a fixing up my backhouse which Sherman Willson tore down I went to office in evening & put up the mail came home & washed the dishes & T Boyd came & brought Mrs Potter home a little before 8 I wrote some & went to bed about 9 or so.

16th Monday 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.

17th Tuesday fine weather for Jan I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ sick.

18th Wednesday fine weather for winter & good wagoning I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 went to bed 9.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 5 – 11, 1865

5th Thursday fine weather but did not thaw I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 12 & went to bed, there Col Warren & 8 or 10 more stayed & kep me there late eating oysters etc [in margin] eat oysters at store.

6th Friday fine weather for January 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.

7th Saturday fine winter weather without snow I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick with a cold etc but—rested very well during the night.

8th Sunday rather a fine day for Jan & thawed but little in the sun & none out of the sun, I did my choars was at the house the most of the day choaring round, H Gould came & went to Carolines & came back about 12 with his wife & Cal & stayed he carried Caroline home & then went home his wife over to Noones while he went up to Cals [in margin] H Gould wife & Caroline Wray were here.

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

10th Tuesday fine cool weather for Jan I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 tiard.

11th Wednesday A fine winter day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ [in margin] Sherm Willson tore down my back house.”

Happy New Year: 2015 and 1865

Happy New Year!

As we ring in the New Year of 2015, we also wrap-up our five year program “Warrenville & The American Civil War.”

On Sunday, January 25th at 2:00 p.m., at the Warrenville Public Library, the  Historical Society will host “1865 in 48  Minutes,” detailing the final year of the Civil War, highlighting local and national events month-by-month.   Aided by a visual presentation, presenters will detail life in Warrenville and the events facing our country during the War and immediately after its end.

DuPage Volunteers, known as Plow Boys

DuPage Volunteers, known as Plow Boys

As our nation ends its remembrance of 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. An exhibit detailing the entire war period in Warrenville will be on display starting February 1st and running through the end of 2015.

The January 25th 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.