Ninth Annual Cemetery Walk

The Warrenville Historical Society is happy to announce “Dead Men Talking – And Some Women – IX,” which will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2016.  The outdoor 45 minute tours will start every 15 minutes beginning at 6:00p.m. with the last tour at 7:30p.m.  Tours are given on a first come first serve basis.  For those not wishing to walk through the cemetery, a presentation by the interpreters will be given at 5:00p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church.

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During this year’s event, presentations will be made about those who left a literal mark on our community through street and park names. The rich life stories of the Staffords, the Rogers, Leone Schmidt, the Ferrys, the Mannings, the Macks, and the Galusha will be told by our interpreters.

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Cemetery tours begin at the Warrenville Cemetery, located on the north side of Warrenville road between Curtis and Warren, Warrenville, Illinois.  Luminaries will light the way to lantern-lit gravesites where histories that shaped our community will be told.  Tour admission is free but donations will be accepted and are appreciated.  All donations benefit the Warrenville Historical Society.  Parking is available at Trinity Lutheran Church located at the N/W corner of Curtis and Warrenville Rds. Refreshments will be served at Trinity Lutheran Church after the tours.

 

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 26 – October 2, 1866

26th Wednesday  A fine warm day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold  Mrs Knox went to Big Woods to McDonalds  [in margin] Mrs Knox went to the woods was taken sick.

27th Thursday  rather a fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold  Mrs Knox died tonight at about 10.40/at McDonalds at Big Woods was taken unwell Thursday morning.

28th Friday  A fine warm day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ sick with a cold they moved Mrs Knox home to Hudsons.

29th Saturday  A fine warm or hot day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 9 & went to bed at 10 nearly sick with a cold.

30th Sunday  A fine hot day  I did my choars went to the office & back choared round the most of the day & helped draw some corn went to bed at 9  George Sidwell went to Naperville, Mrs Knox was buried today [in margin] Mrs Knox was buried today in forenoon.

October 1st Monday  A fine pleasant day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

2nd Tuesday  A fine day some smokey  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 19 – 25, 1866

19th Wednesday  rather a cloudy damp disagreeable day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick.

20th Thursday  A cold raw cloudy day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold  George Sidwell came back from Rockford chilled through & nearly sick  Fredenhagan was in stage with him.

21st Friday  more pleasant with quite a frost & froze water thurmometer down to 30 degrees above 0  I did my choars was at office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick, Mr James Knox died this morning about 2 oclock.

22nd Saturday  rather a fine morning with a heavy frost & froze, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick Knox was buried at one.

23rd Sunday  rather a fine day but some cloudy  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day a choaring round & a making soap etc George was here I went to office 3 times and went to bed at 9 sick  Martha & husband was at Blisses [in margin] Martha & Waters were at M Blisses.

24th Monday  rather a fine 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 with a cold.

25th Tuesday  A fine day but cloudy some  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 with a cold.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 12 – 18, 1866

12th Wednesday  rather a fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

13th Thursday  a cloudy broaken day, 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] York here.

14th Friday  A cloudy damp day & night  I did my choars was at the office all day & nigh came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ about sick  York was at store & his wife in the village.

15th Saturday  A cloudy rainey day & night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening washed out a part of my store in evening came home about 11 at night & soon went to bed tiard & sick had worked hard all the evening.

16th Sunday  A rainey disagreeable day & evening the ground quite muddy  I did my choars choared round till afternoon, then went to the office for Willa Carpenter  stayed & washed floore near 2 hours came home & fixed pig pen & choared round till night & went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

17th Monday rather fine weather but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold [in margin] George Sidwell went to Rockford.

18th Tuesday  A cool cloudy damp day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 5 – 11, 1866

5th Wednesday  rather more fine but cloudy & damp  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

6th Thursday  rather a fine day but some showerery  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  George Sidwell commence to white washing store.

7th Friday  rather a fine day  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 a cold, John German died tonight.

8th Saturday  rather a fine  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold had plastering & washing in store, George Sidwell watched at Germans with his corpse.

9th Sunday  A cloudy disagreeable day & sprinkled several times  I did my choars went to the office twice & was at home the most of the day choaring round went to bed about 9 nearly sick with a cold, George German was buried today at Naperville.

10th Monday  cloudy damp weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold.

11th Tuesday  cloudy damp weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & about sick [in margin] York here.”