Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 30 – May 6, 1868

30th Thursday  rather fine weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & worne out with Sister.

May 1st Friday  rained some was disagreeable  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble.

2nd Saturday  rather fine with some showers, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble.

3rd Sunday  rather a fine day with showers  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day called at the office about 10 & in evening came home & went to bed at 9 sick.

4th Monday  rather fine cold weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble.

5th Tuesday  rather cloudy disagreeable weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard  worne out with trouble.

6th Wednesday  A rainey disagreeable weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & worne out with trouble.”

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Throwback Thursday: National Poetry Month

As we look to the end of the month of April, we are featuring a Throwback Thursday to celebrate National Poetry Month highlighting some aspiring poets from Holmes School. This selection of poems come from three different volumes of Holmes School’s Prose & Poetry which was produced by the PTA from 1976-1979. These volumes were recently donated to the Museum’s collection. We hope you enjoy these selections and may they inspire you to pick up the pen and compose your own poem!

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 23 – 29, 1868

23rd Thursday  A cold cloudy raw disagreeable day & rather damp  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & about worne out with trouble & Sister.

24th Friday  A cool raw day & damp  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  James Hoyt got here about 12 or 1 [in margin] Waner moved into Doc Watermans house at night.

25th Saturday  More pleasant & cleared off in the afternoon  I did my choars was at the office all day James Hoyt came up with me about 10 & about 11 he went to Naperville  I came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ about sick  James Hoyt went to Williams at night.

26th Sunday  A fine pleasant warm day  I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring round etc & went to the office about noon & again in the evening came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick  Mrs Stone came from hines in forenoon & went to Bostwicks in the afternoon came back before supper.

27th Monday  rather a fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick, Lawson Bliss & wife went to Aurora & brought Dr Fry home with them, & he stayed Bliss over night.

28th Tuesday  A fine forenoon but rained in the afternoon & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & worne out with trouble  Lawson carried to Naperville Dr Fry, to go Aurora.

29th Wednesday  A cloudy damp misty day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with trouble.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 16 – 22, 1868

16th Thursday  more pleasant  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with Sister  Frank Connel died tonight with the scarlet fever  Hines baby born & Miss Green married  Hines wife had a daughter.

17th Friday  A cool cloudy day with snow squalls  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick  Recd a letter from Caroline today & wrote a letter back to go tomorrow.

18th Saturday  A cold morning & frozen  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out  Frank Connel was buried today  I sent a letter to Caroline this morning.

19th Sunday  A cloudy disagreeable morning but more pleasant during the day & very warm but some cloudy  I did my choars was at the house a choaring round all day was at the office in day & evening came home & went to bed at about 9 sick.

20th Monday  rather cold raw weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worn out with Sister.

21st Tuesday  A cold raw day  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with Sister.

22nd Wednesday  A cool stormey day  I did my chaors was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & discouraged.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 9 – 15, 1868

9th Thursday  rough weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with Sister.

10th Friday  A cool disagreeable day  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.

11th Saturday  began to snow about 3 oclock in the morning & snowed all day & fell about 4 or 5 inches & was like winter  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ sick & worne out.

12th Sunday  A cold windy day with the snow aflying  the snow about 4 inches deep  I did my choars went Garys after my colts & went round to Herricks & found them & got them home was about tuckered out went to the office  in the evening came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick & worne out with Sister.

13th Monday  rather a raw day & ground covered with snow  I did my choars was at the office all day came home & 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½.

14th Tuesday  rather a cold raw day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

15th Wednesday  rather better weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 2nd – 8th, 1868

2nd Thursday  fine cool weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & worne out with trouble  Sim Billings got whipped at the tavern [in margin] A Ball at Perry & Sim Billings got whipped.

3rd Friday  fine cool weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble  William Jorden was buried this afternoon he bled to death at the lungs.

4th Saturday  A snowey morning & forenoon it began to snow about 4 oclock in the morning snowed pretty fast the most of the forenoon fell three or four inches a pretty cold night  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 tiard & nearly sick & worne out with trouble, Daniel Kenyon deeded his farm to S.B. Hill today.

5th Sunday  A fine cool morning & day with the ground covered with snow  The thurmometer at about 12 degrees above zero pretty cool  I did my choars went to the office came home & choared round the house the most of the day, went to the office made up the mail came home & went to bed at about 9 nearly sick  Mrs Stone went to C Owens about 10.

6th Monday  A cool disagreeable day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at about 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.

7th Tuesday  rather cold rough weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly and worne out with trouble & Sisters actions.

8th Wednesday  cold backward weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & worne out with Sister.”