Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 28 – June 3, 1868

28th Thursday  a fine day & growing time  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.

29th Friday  fine growing weather & warm  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard sick & nearly worne out with Sister.

30th Saturday  A fine growing 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 trouble with Sister.

31st Sunday  A fine warme cloudy growing day looks like showers  I did my choars was at the house a choaring round the most of the time, Mooved the milk ______ down celler etc was at the office 3 times came back & went to bed at 9  Rol Willson & Motta Gould were here to supper & Rolen paid me 40 dollars on note.

June 1st Monday  rather fine weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.

2nd Tuesday  rather fine but cloudy  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & tiard  Mrs Bliss & Mrs Fowler went to Aurora to the Baptist Assosiation.

3rd Wednesday  Some showerey  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] Perry came home with the navy owed.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 21 – 27, 1868

21st Thursday  fine weather & looks like rain  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.

22nd Friday  a fine warm day & looks like rain 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.

23rd Saturday  A fine warm 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  I received a letter from Wm McNellys wife & Caroline today [in margin] A letter from Caroline & Ann.

24th Sunday  A fine hot day  I did my choars & went to the store came back & took my colt to Nick Collings, then choared round the house & fixed the fence & was at the store in evening came home & went to bed at 9, Mrs Stone went over the river, Mrs Gould came up with Adda.

25th Monday  A fine day & growing time  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 & Sister.

26th Tuesday  fine growing weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick & worne out with Sister.

27th Wednesday  fine growing weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick.”

A Tea Fit for the (Warrenville) Royals

Royal fever has hit an all time high with the royal wedding of Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle in just two days! Warrenville has long had a taste for royal traditions though. For the past 13 years, the Historical Society has thrown a summer tea with all the trimmings, even if we haven’t always stuck to all the formal traditions.

On Sunday, May 6th, our museum director, Sara Phalen, presented at the Warrenville Library all about the history of tea and the proper British etiquette of having tea. Attendees even got to try their hand at formal table setting and creative napkin folding.

As we all watch the weekend excitement across the pond, plan to join the Historical Society at this year’s tea on Saturday, July 28th at noon at the Warrenville VFW. Tea attendees will enjoy a wonderful tea luncheon and entertainment by Paddy and Jon Lynn presenting Edgar Lee Masters’ classic portrait of life and death in early Illinois. With traditional music by folk singer Patti Ecker, this fresh interpretation of small town Illinois life reveals the joys, sorrows, and secrets of Spoon River’s unforgettable characters in story and song.

The tea also features beautiful and creative table settings that adds to the afternoon of formal fun!

Contact the Museum at (630) 393-4215 or info@warrenvillehistorical.org to purchase a ticket, $20 each, or to host a table and try your hand at creating a table fit for Warrenville royalty.

The Summer Tea is supported by a Warrenville Hotel Motel Tax Fund Grant.

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 14 – 20, 1868

14th Thursday  cloudy & damp weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick Gould here.

15th Friday  rather more pleasant  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.

16th Saturday  rather a fine warm day  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  Mrs Stone went to C Owens in evening.

17th Sunday  A fine warm pleasant day  cool towards night  I did my choars, was at home the most of the day went to the office twice & in the evening came back & went to bed about 9 sick & tiard  Mrs. Stone was at Owens & Raynolds.

18th Monday  rather fine weather but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & nearly worne out with trouble.

19th Tuesday  rather fine but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worn out with Sister.

20th Wednesday  A fine cool 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 trouble.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 7 – 13, 1868

7th Thursday  A cloudy 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 with trouble.

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

9th Saturday  a fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home 8 ¾ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & worne out with trouble of Sister.

10th Sunday  A fine cool morning & pleasant  I did my choars was round home the most of the day a choaring round sowing grass seed & fixing fence & was at office some & in evening came home & went to bed at 9 sick & worne out  Mrs Stone was at A Bostwicks & Owens.

11th Monday  Rather fine 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 trouble etc had a letter from Caroline.

12th Tuesday  rather a cloudy lowerey day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick etc, sent a letter Caroline.

13th Wednesday  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick etc  rather a lowerey day etc.”