Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 26 – December 2, 1868

26th Thursday  A fine pleasant day & night  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 thanksgiven day we had a chicken for dinner & oysters for supper  Kenyon had John Billings & Sim Billings & their ladies to supper & 3 cans of oysters.

27th Friday  A fine 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.

28th Saturday A fine pleasant day & night  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ or got ready when R B Pollard came to have me go to the office for a letter & he stayed till 11, when I came home & went bed & they to _________.

29th Sunday  A fine day with a cool south wind  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day, went to the store & sold 2 suits clothes choared round the house wrote some & went to the office again in the evening came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick, Caroline & Eliza went to the concert at Baptist house.

30th Monday  fine weather for Nov  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 [in margin] Mrs Stone left Kenyons.

December 1st Tuesday  fine 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 [in margin] Mrs Stone came at night.

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

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 19 – 25, 1868

19th Thursday  fine weather with a light snow  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

20th Friday  fine weather for Nov  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.

21st Saturday  rather fine day & muddy  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  James Holenbeck & Emiline Owen were married at Aurora today.

22nd Sunday  A fine day but som cloudy but a fine evening  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day fixing chimy etc went to office at 5 night went to bed at night.

23rd Monday  rather fine weather for Nov  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.

24th Tuesday  rather fine 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  Sam McKellips drawed manure.”

25th Wednesday  A cloudy rainey 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.”

2018 Warrenville Historic Landmark Ornament Has Arrived!

The 2018 Warrenville Historic Landmark Ornament has arrived! This year’s featured landmark is the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin (CA&E) Railroad downtown Warrenville Station.

After a decades-long struggle to acquire access to the ever-expanding train lines out of Chicago, Warrenville got a passenger rail line in 1902.  The Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Railroad made its way through Warrenville and brought with it visitors from the Chicago region and the ease of rail travel to Warrenville residents.  Warrenville’s public high school students used the CA&E train to get to school in Wheaton, using a monthly ride ticket given to them by the School Board.  The train made four stops for Warrenville students-Williams Road, the downtown depot, Winfield Road, and Wiesbrock Road.

As travel by car increased and the East-West Tollway construction expanded, the CA&E passenger service declined after World War II.  Warrenville residents protested the CA&E proposed closing, but after years of threatening service stoppage, on July 3, 1957, at noon, the train no longer made its way through Warrenville.  Commuters who had ridden the train to work that day were left without a ride home.  The rails continued to be used for freight until 1959.  In 1962 the rails were removed making way for the Illinois Prairie Path that marks the trails of the long forgotten CA&E.  

After service ended, the CA&E depot was used by Robert and Dorothy Kelly, first as Dot’s Bargain Shop and then as the Dunk-It Coffee Shop.  After the City government was established in 1967, the old train station was converted into the Warrenville City Hall until a new City Hall was constructed across the street and the old building was taken down.

This ornament was produced thanks to a generous donation from the late Robert “Bob” Sleep. Bob was a lifelong Warrenville resident who, along with the entire Sleep family, contributed greatly to the community. Ornaments can be purchased for $10 at the City Museum during open Sunday hours of 1-4pm. You can also reserve an ornament or request it to be shipped with a $3 shipping and handling fee by contacting the Museum at info@warrenvillehistorical.org or (630)393-4215. Ornaments will also be available for purchase at the Towne Tap starting December 1st.  Other ornaments in the Historic Landmark Series are Holmes School, the Warrenville Store, the Roundhouse and the Albright Building. Own a piece of Warrenville history while supporting the Historical Museum!

 

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 12 – 18, 1868

12th Thursday  A fine 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.

13th Friday  fine warm 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.

14th 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.

15th Sunday  A fine warm day but some cloudy  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day a choaring round & went to the office three times came home & went to bed at about 9 nearly sick  Mrs. Stone & Nelson were here to supper and Ben Hoath came at supper time & stayed in evening till  I sold 11 turkeys to Warner 113-3/4 # at 10 cts.

16th Monday  rather fine weather  I did my choars was the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

17th Tuesday  fine weather for Nov  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

18th Wednesday  fine weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 5 – 11, 1868

5th Thursday  a fine day for Nov.  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  Grant & others went to Wheaton to see the poll book but they would not let them see the book nor give the vote.

6th Friday  A fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick, Waterman came to Naperville & demanded the poll book & took them to Wheaton & counted up & made the Wheaton ticket beat by fraudulent votes Henry Dasenbrouck died this evening about 10 oclock.

7th Saturday  A cloudy damp day & rained in afternoon & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  Henry Dasenbrook died last night.

8th Sunday  A cloudy damp misty morning & day  I did my choars was at the house a choaring the most of the day went to office came home & went to bed at 9 about sick  Dasenbrooks funeral was today [in margin] Mr Dasenbrook was buried Dunlap preached at the Baptist meeting house.

9th Monday  a fine day for Nov  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] Thomas Homer jumped into the well.

10th Tuesday  fine weather for the season  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

11th Wednesday  fine weather for Nov I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”