Happy New Year! Thank you for a great 2015!

Thank you to all of our supporters, collaborators and volunteers for a great 2015!

It was a wonderful year full of continuing popular programs and introducing new ones to bring Warrenville history to life!12363107_10207514230121602_51946599644360564_o

This summer, we were happy to welcome our first Albright-inspired Artist-in-Residency, Chris Hodge, who recently completed this amazing version of Ivan Albright’s picture Among Those Left, which used Warrenville’s blacksmith Hugo Kleinwachter as a model. Chris’ original pieces based on Ivan Albright’s work will be on display at the Historical Museum & Art Gallery when we reopen in the spring. Thank you to the City of Warrenville’s Hotel Motel Tax Fund for funding this exciting project.

2015 was an exciting year at the Historical Society! We hope you all have a Happy New Year and we look forward to continuing our mission of preserving and presenting our great community’s rich history in 2016!

 

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 28, 1865 – January 3, 1866

28th Thursday A fine winter day not verry cold, 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 with a cold etc Caroline & Rolen here Rol went up & husked corn to Shermans.

29th Friday   A fine winter day, not cold I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick with a cold Caroline & Rolen were here Rol picked corn.

30th Saturday A fine winter day, cloudy but not cold I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick cold Caroline went home on the cars started on the stage about 8 ½ & Rolen started with the waggon about 7 ½ for home [in margin] Caroline & Rolen went home to Coral.

31st Sunday A fine pleasant day & not cold I did my choars went to office twice was at home the rest of the day a choaring & packed some apples in oats & did other choars went to bed at 9 tiard & sick & lonely, Eunice Millard was married to Standish Sunday night in meeting.

January 1st Monday rather a fine cool day but some cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & verry lonely Wm Wright & Leora Gary were married at her fathers about 2 oclock PM & John Pomeroy & a girl working to Doct Hess were married to at Hess.

2nd Tuesday rather a fine day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

3rd Wednesday rather fine winter weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ tiard & went to bed at 9 lonely & nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 21 – 27, 1865

21st Thursday A cold winter day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely as death & nearly sick

22nd Friday A cold winter day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard & nearly sick & verry lonely & dishartened and downspirited.

23rd Saturday A cool day but more pleasant than it has been, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & about sick & lonely as death & dishartened.

24th Sunday A fine pleasant day & evening & thawed I did my choars went to office came back choared round & fixed the stable for mair went to office in evening came back killed some chickings & dressed them wrote some & went to bed at 9 tiard & lonely as death & dishartened Caroline & Rollen came at 3 & stayed all night & got supper it made me lonely.

25th Monday rather a fine day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & lonely sick with a cold, Caroline & Rollen Willson were here all day & night.

26th Tuesday A fine winter day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & about sick Caroline & Rollen were here all day & night he stuck tight to her.

27th Wednesday A fine winter day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & sick Caroline & Rolen were here all day & evening.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 14 – 20, 1865

14th Thursday a pretty cold day, the thermometer at 10 degrees below zero in morning I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ lonely & sick.

15th Friday A pretty cold day & night I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely as death & about sick.

16th Saturday A cold day but a little 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 tiard lonely as death & about sick.

17th Sunday A fine cool morning & more mild & pleasant during the day I did my choars went to the office twice was at home the rest of the day a choaring round & fixing howel & hen house etc went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & sick I went to Sherman Wilson in evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed Caroline & Rol went to Goulds in afternoon & stayed all night.

18th Monday fine winter weather but cold I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & sick Caroline & Rollen stayed at Goulds all day & night.

19th Tuesday A cold winter day & grew cold & windy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 tiard & nearly sick & lonely as death Caroline & Rollen came home from Goulds.

20th Wednesday A cold winter day with snow I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely as death & nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 7 – 13, 1865

7th Thursday Thanksgiving day rather fine weather for winter I did my choars was at the store all day & evening came home at 8 and went to bed at 9 tiard lonely as death & nearly sick Rolen Willson & Caroline came here about noon & stayed all night, but it was as lonely as ever, did not seem like home as usual [in margin] R Willson & Caroline came down to Thanksgiving.

8th Friday rather a fine day but cool & some cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely as death & sick of life R Willson & Caroline stayed here all night.

9th Saturday it snowed some in forenoon cleared off & was quite pleasant in afternoon & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely homesick as death & sick Rolen came in evening & took Caroline up to Shermans & stayed, it was as lonely.

10th Sunday a fine pleasant day, not cold but cloudy towards night & in evening I did my choars went to the office twice, was at home the rest of the day a choaring & banking up my house etc, went to bed between 8 & 9 tiard & sick it has been a lonely day & night, lonely is no name for it, Rolen & Caroline went to George Barrases to get her money & then went to Henry Goulds & stayed all night.

11th Monday rather a fine day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick felt like death Rolen Willson was down to the store in evening & one of the Mitten men went home with Hadly.

12th Tuesday A cold windy day & a cold night grew cold all day & evening came home about 8 tiard, lonely as death & nearly sick.

13th Wednesday a verry cold day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonely.”