Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 31 – September 6, 1865

31st Thursday fine weather for haying but hot I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick [in margin] R here Rollen Wilson & Caroline went to Naperville.

September 1st Friday A fine day & evening but hot, 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.

2nd Saturday A fine day & evening but hot I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick, Rolen Willson went to Naperville & carried Caroline Wray, in morning & got home about 11.

3rd Sunday A fine hot day with some cloudy, I did my choars was at home the most of the day & evening, went to office after breckfust & back, I choared round the house & went to bed about 9, tiard lonely & about sick Rol Willson & Caroline Wray went a riding, Said they were going to the Junction to a Camp Meeting, they started about 2, & got home about ½ past 9 in evening found no camp meeting but went to Turner & round by Wheaton home.

4th Monday rather fine weather for the season but verry hot I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] State Fair in Chicago.

5th Tuesday rather a fine day but hot & some cloudy ground very wet I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

6th Wednesday cloudy damp weather & disagreeable for the State Fair I did my choars was at the office all day. Shut up & went to supper I came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick & lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 24 – 30, 1865

24th Thursday A fine pleasant 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 & nearly sick.

25th Friday rather a fine warm day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening I came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & about sick Caroline & Roxa went to McNellys & Caroline brought her things down & got here about 6 olcok at night they had Sam McNellys team to go with.

26th Saturday A fine pleasant day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about ½ past 9 nearly sick & lonely A Mr Carpenter & family came & held a consert here [in margin] R here Caroline went to Willsons & stayed at the Baptist meeting house this evening, he left me some tickets to sell & gave me 2 frees Mrs Emma Willson was here & I gave my 2 tickets to Caroline & Mrs Willson, they went to the consert Sherman went home & Rollen came down & went to the consert Caroline went home with them & stayed all night.

27th Sunday A fine hot forenoon & some cloudy & windy in the afternoon & looked like rain I did my choars was at home the most of the day a choaring & fixing my paster fence & to the office for Carpenter that had the consert, Rollen brought Caroline Wray home about 9 ½ or 10 oclock I was about sick as well as Caroline I went to bed about 9 tiard & sick It rained during the night.

28th Monday rather a damp cloudy more pleasant in afternoon I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & nearly sick John McNelly & his cousin John Sinly came over & brought Caroline’s cow & calf got here before noon & went back in afternoon.

29th Tuesday rather fine hot weather pretty good hay weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & lonely.

30th Wednesday fine hot hay 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 lonely & about sick.”

11th Annual Summer Tea: A Great Event for a Great Cause!

On Saturday, August 8th, the Historical Society held our 11th Annual Summer Tea at the Warrenville VFW. A great afternoon was had by all! Attendees enjoyed a four course tea luncheon and a wonderful presentation on Beatrix Potter by Paddy Lynn. DSC_0131

Tea sponsors were inspired by Potter and her famous Peter Rabbit and, as always, created some wonderfully decorated tables!           DSC_0025

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Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Historical Society and our scholarship program. A big thank you to Connie Weimer, Nancy Olfus, and the entire Museum Guild who do a great job planning this event! The tea is partially supported by the City of Warrenville’s Hotel Motel Tax Grant Fund.

We look forward to another great event next August!

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 17 – 23, 1865

17th Thursday fine hay 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 lonely & about sick Caroline & Roxa went to Knox.

18th Friday rather fine hay 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, Ezra Batchellor came & stayed with Col Warren all night Roxa went to Sociable & stayed all night at Knoxes.

19th Saturday rather a fine day & evening but a light shower in afternoon and another at 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 E Batchellor went home to Lyons and H Wyman came out from Chicago.

20th Sunday rather a fine hot day with a shower about 5 & a cloudy evening I did my choars was at home the most of the day went to the office 3 times did my choars & went to bed about 9 tiard & sick, Roxa LeRoy she that was Roxa Coon was here.

21st Monday rather fine 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 lonely & nearly sick.

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 about 9 ½ tiard & sick.

23rd Wednesday 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 & about sick, Caroline Wray & Roxa LeRoy went to Naperville & got some things got back about 3.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 10 – 16, 1865

10th Thursday rather a cloudy muddy day 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.

11th Friday rather more pleasant many set out their grain I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & about sick.

12th Saturday rather a fine day & many were a stacking grain I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick Caroline went home on the stage & cars, Mack stacked the most of my oats.

13th Sunday rather a pleasant day but some cloudy I did my choars went to office & back mowed some weeds & chaored round the house etc was about sick went to office near night came home & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick Mr McNelly came about 4 & brought Caroline Wray & Roxa Coor or Roxa Leroy & her husband, he went back with Mr McNelly & Roxa stayed.

14th Monday rather fine hay weather I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick tiard & lonely.

15th Tuesday rather fine hay weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed tiard lonely & nearly sick.

16th Wednesday rather fine hay 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 3 – 9, 1865

3rd Thursday rather fine weather but some cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick etc rained at night.

4th Friday A damp showery disagreeable day & night, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.

5th Saturday A cloudy damp showerey day & night rained hard, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed 9 tiard lonely & sick [in margin] 2 soldiers with 10 horses stayed at John Waddles all night.

6th Sunday A cloudy damp disagreeable day & evening I did my choars went to office about 9 came back & choared round the house cleaned out the celler etc was round the house the most of the day went to bed about 9 sick Rollen Willson went to Wm McNellys & brought Caroline Wray to Sherman Willsons & stayed all night.

7th Monday rather a fine day & they hayed it some I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 about sick Caroline came back from Willsons.

8th Tuesday rather a fine day but cloudy & rained during the 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 [in margin] Col Warren went & notified the Supervisors.

9th Wednesday A cloudy rainey day, by showers it came down in torrents, one shower between 12 at noon & in afternoon it rained tremendious hard for about 2 hours it came down in torrents washed Connels potatoes & cabbage down dam to me burst my store celler windows in & filled my store celler ¾ full or more while I was up to dinner everything was fludded the river set up to N. Derry shop, it was the hardest shower I ever saw & the most rain fell in one shower, we had but little wind here, but it blew building down in many places an awful shower 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] a tremendis heavey shower all round the country.”