Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 30 – December 6, 1865

30th Thursday A warm damp cloudy morning & rained & spit snow a little in forenoon, the snow went off fast & it partly cleared off near noon with wind & grew cold, a cold night & froze quite hard, I came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & sick.

December 1st Friday rather a fine day but cool I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed at 9 lonely & sick.

2nd Saturday rather a fine warm cloudy or smokey day & looked like rain I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & nearly sick, Sherman Willson came to the store & got some things & said that Rollen had been sick all the week, & sent a line by him to Caroline [in margin] I sent a line to Caroline by Sher Willson.

3rd Sunday A warm cloudy muckey damp day & rained some in afternoon & evening I did my choars went to office about 8 and came back choared round the house covered up my corn crib & fixed my hen house went to the office about 4 for R B Pollard, came back did my choars & went to bed between 8 & 9 tiard lonely & nearly sick [in margin] Griffith & wife went to Willson in afternoon.

4th Monday rather fine weather for Dec. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely sick.

5th Tuesday rather fine weather for winter I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ¼ went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & about sick.

6th Wednesday fine weather but cool, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & sick.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 23 – 29, 1865

23rd Thursday fine pleasant sunny weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & sick Caroline & Shermans wife came down to the office.

24th Friday A fine pleasant day looks like Indian Summer I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed at 9 lonely & nearly sick.

25th Saturday A fine pleasant day some cold & some cloudy towards night & looks a little like a storm I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & nearly sick, John McNelly & John Smily came here at noon went up to house & got a lunch, they were down to mill & went home at 3 ½.

26th Sunday A fine pleasant day & evening I did my choars was at the office after breckfust H Gould came along about 9 ½ & we went over to McNellys got there between 11 & 12, stayed till about 3 ½ & came home got here a little before sunset saw Caroline a going & coming, I did my choars & went to bed about 8 ½ or 9 tiard, lonely & death & about sick.

27th Monday A fine pleasant day but some cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed at 9 lonely & about sick.

28th Tuesday A stormey day snowed all day but was not cold, snow fell 3 or 4 inches stoped at night did not freeze much, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 lonely & about sick.

29th Wednesday A cloudy disagreeable day & night but did not freeze, the ground was covered with snow but went off conciderable I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9, tiard lonely as death & about sick [in margin] Nigly took the invoice of Mannings goods.”

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Local History

Thanksgiving is less than a week away! As we prepare to take part in family celebrations and holiday traditions, we would like to share with you a little local history and two recipes for pumpkin pie that are taken from our Warrenville Heritage Cookbook. We hope you enjoy!

John and Helen Mount were active in business and community life here for many years. John and his dad, Glen Mount worked with others for years to get the town incorporated, saw many defeats, but never gave up hope that Warrenville’s identity would not be swallowed up by another town. John and Glen sold many lots in town for $100–and on a time payment loan!

mount hardware

                    Mount Hardware Store

Helen taught 7th and 8th grade at Holmes School from 1937 to 1940. She directed plays and taught music for school programs and belonged to the Warrenville Mothers Club. The John Mounts had three children: Jay, Jodi and Jane.

Pumpkin Pie, submitted by Fay Mount

2 eggs, beaten slightly

½ cup sugar

1 cup pumpkin

1-1/2 cup milk

Mix above in order given. Mix the following with a little flour and add to above ingredients:

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. ginger

1 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. cloves

¼ tsp. allspice

Place mixed ingredients in a 9-inch pie shell. Fill to top. Carefully place in 400 degree oven and bake 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until custard is done.

Helen reminds us to always add spices to pumpkin before milk!

Bessie and Ted Klug came to Warrenville in 1939. As kindergarten was not included in the regular school curriculum in those days, the Mothers Club collected funds from parents to pay the teacher. Bessie was the third such teacher and taught in 1944-45 under Superintendent Locke. She taught kindergarten again under Superintendent Bower. She became teaching Principal at Woodland School, then Curriculum Coordinator between Wheaton and Warrenville Schools when Bower Jr. High was built. Altogether, Bessie taught ten years in Big Woods Rural Schools, over 20 years in Warrenville Schools and 4 years in Carol Stream.

Bessie and Ted had two children: Vicki and Corbin.

Impossible Pumpkin Pie

¾ cup sugar

½ cup Bisquick

2 tbsp. margarine

1 can (13 oz.) evaporated milk

2 eggs

1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin

2-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 10 x 1 ½ x 1 ¼ pie plate.

Beat all ingredients until smooth, 1 minute in blender on high speed or 2 minutes with hand beater. Pour into pie plate. Bake until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean. 50 to 55 minutes.

Refrigerate any remaining pie.

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 16 – 22, 1865

16th Thursday A fine pleasant day, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard & lonely Temperance Butlers funeral was at Baptist house & was buried in the burying ground.

17th Friday A fine pleasant day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & about sick.

18th Saturday A fine pleasant day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick & homesick.

19th Sunday A fine pleasant day & evening I did my choars eat breckfust & went to the office & back, then choared round fixed my corn some choared round wrot some in evening & went to bed 8 tiard lonely, Caroline came down to Sherman Willsons with Rollen today.

20th Monday A fine pleasant day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & nearly sick.

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

22nd Wednesday fine weather for November I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & about sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 9 – 15, 1865

9th Thursday A most beautiful day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & sick.

10th Friday A fine day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard & lonely.

11th Saturday A most beautiful day I did my choars was at the office a part of the day & at the house a part of the day a seeing to the thrashing, Willson & Wilcox came about 9 & kep me pretty busy, they got done about 4 ½ we had 313 bushels, I came home at 8 & went to bed tiard, sick & lonely as death [in margin] Willson & Wilcox thrashed oats.

12th Sunday A most beautiful day & evening & warm day cool evening I did my choars went to office & back each breckfust, Connel came & helped me to pout my straw stacks & fence my stacks etc He went home & I fixed my corn crib etc I went to office & Sim Billings in evening came back, wrot some & went to bed about 9 or a little before tiard sick & lonely as death & dishartened [in margin] I dremp of seeing Wm J Wray come into the store tonight & talked with him.

13th Monday A fine pleasant day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard & nearly sick & as lonely as death Temperance Butler died this morning about 4 oclock in the morning very sudden, was taken with the pleurasy last Tuesday.

14th Tuesday fine weather for the season I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard & lonely.

15th Wednesday A fine day I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening come home at 8 and went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & sick they brought Temperance Butlers boddy up here to have the funeral.”

Cemetery Walk Featured Script: William “Bill” Stafford

If you missed our 8th Annual Cemetery Walk on October 18, 2015, please enjoy reading this script that was presented during the evening event. Thank you to all of our volunteers who make this event possible each year and to this year’s sponsors: Al’s Pizza, Chase Upholstery, Courtyard Banquets, Minuteman Press, NorthStar Credit Union, The Towne Tap, and Voegtle’s  Auto Service.

My name is William “Bill” Stafford and I had the distinct honor of serving as Warrenville’s first mayor.

I was born in 1922 to Edward Stafford and Marie Dorrance, both members of local families who had been in the area for multiple generations. The Stafford family had come to Warrenville in the early 1850s when the patriarch Dorus Stafford brought the family here from Canada.

Dorus Stafford

                Dorus Stafford

I was the second of four children and the only son in the family. When I was young, I went by Billy. I attended Holmes School, just two blocks away from my Warren Avenue childhood home. In October of 1933, I got an opportunity that greatly impacted me-I was part of the school trip organized by teacher, Hartlan Hagman, to the Chicago World’s Fair and got to experience wonders I never dreamed of. I was always a hard worker, and during my high school years, I worked on the local farms of Ed Kuhn, Joe Patterman, and the Brummels. I much preferred working with my hands than sitting in the classroom.

After high school, I began working at Marshall Erb’s Excavating near Naperville. During World War II, I worked on a pipeline in Arkansas, and my travels to the south introduced me to a wonderful woman Lois Kelly. She was a Texan by birth, but after we were married on August 29, 1942, in Hot Spring County, Arkansas, she left her southern home for a new one with me up north in Warrenville.

In 1946, I opened my own business, W.T. Stafford Excavating Company, which was located on Ferry Road. Through this business I was able to work on many local construction projects through the years.

As I mentioned, I had the great honor of serving this community as the first mayor in 1967. Warrenville had fought incorporation for many years, wanting to stay a small, simple community, but after 134 years, the town finally voted to incorporate, mainly to ensure that they could preserve land that was slowly being taken over by neighboring suburbs. I served as mayor for 10 years and worked to help Warrenville keep its small town feeling, while also growing to benefit the community. During my time as Mayor, I fought to ensure that Warrenville would keep control over and maintain its own elementary schools. Warrenville had never had its own high school, as students attended high school in Wheaton, but the town was passionate that its students should attend local run elementary schools. I also oversaw the town’s residential areas greatly expand after incorporation and supported the important establishment of the Warrenville library.

Mayor Stafford being sworn in by City Clerk Lucy Bernard

Mayor Stafford being sworn in by City Clerk Lucy Bernard

In my last successful election, I pledged to “continue to carefully watch the growth of the city, to maintain its unique and countrylike atmosphere while at the same time working for programs that would carry it into a future of promise and pleasant living for all residents.” I won the election with 63% of the votes against five other candidates. In the next election however, the community voted for a change, and in 1977, John Hudetz was elected the new mayor. I did continue to serve my community as an alderman though until I died on December 2, 1982. During my time as alderman, I also served as president of the Adam Emory Albright Memorial Foundation, which made it possible for the renovation of the Albright Building and the establishment of the Warrenville Historical Museum. I sought to live a life of dedication to my beloved hometown.

 

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 2 – 8, 1865

2nd Thursday cool cloudy damp weather I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 & went to bed at 9 lonely [in margin] got letter from H Potter.

3rd Friday rather a fine cool day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & sick & dishartened received a letter from Caroline Albert Wright wife died this morning.

4th Saturday A cool cloudy day with snow squalls I did my choars was at the office all day came home & went to bed about 9 lonely & sick [in margin] I had a letter from Cal Willson.

5th Sunday A fine cold clear day, ground white with snow & frozen quite hard I did my choars went to office came back & choared round cleaned out my stable & choared round the most of the day wrot some in the evening & went to bed about 9 sick and verry lonely Albert Wrights wife was buried today ________ Methodist Church at 2 oclock a lonely day.

6th Monday A fine pleasant day for Nov I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely [in margin] T Bliss was taken sick at S Blisses a Tuesday.

7th Tuesday a fine day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & sick.

8th Wednesday fine weather for the season I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely and nearly sick, dishartened & sad, I received a letter from Caroline with some abuse in it.”