Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 31, 1868 – January 6, 1869

31st Thursday  fine winter 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.

January 1st Friday 1869  A fine day but some cloudy & storny in evening  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 of Sister, nothing new for New Years all still as usual.

2nd Saturday  snowed pretty fast in morning & forenoon more pleasant in afternoon  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.

3rd Sunday  rather a cloudy day but thawed conciderable about 10 inches of snow on the ground  I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring round & sawing wood went to the office in the evening came home and went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

4th Monday  A fine winter 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.

5th Tuesday  fine weather for 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 with trouble.

6th Wednesday  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 Sister  Ben Hoath came & stayed all night.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 24 – 30, 1868

24th Thursday  A cold fine day for winter  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] Christmas tree at night.

25th Friday  A pretty fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  Mrs Stone stayed last night.

26th Saturday  A fine winter day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ about sick, Mrs Stone stayed at Rogers.

27th Sunday  rather a fine forenoon but a snowey afternoon & pleasant moonshine evening  I did my choars was at home the most of the day went to office about 10 & in the evening came home wrote some & went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

28th Monday  fine winter 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.

29th Tuesday  fine weather for Dec, 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.

30th Wednesday  fine weather & not cold  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, December 17 – 23, 1868

17th Thursday  a fine winter day good sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.

18th Friday  A fine day for winter good sleighing but thawed conciderable  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick  Resseguies & Rogers drew wood for me 4 loads each Jerry Dady chopped.

19th Saturday  A fine warm day & thawed fast spoild the sleighing  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  Mrs Stone came here from Pelhams & stayed overnight  windy night.

20th Sunday  A windy raw day wind blew hard  I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring round the house, went to the store in the evening came back after calling at Kenyons & went to bed at 9 sick Mrs Stone & Tom Pelham eat supper here & then went home, Reseguie brought the trunk home after he took the buck boar tonight or tomorrow morning at 5 or 6 oclock  [in margin]  William Lamb took the buck  The Wheaton folks got the Recorders about 150 went down after them.

21st Monday  rather a fine cool day grew cold all 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, Rolen Willson went to Wheaton with L V Resseguie to start in the evening for Shirms Willsons in Iowa, at 10 tonight [in margin] Rollen Willson started for Iowa to Sherm Willsons the Wheaton folks got the recorders books this morning.

22nd Tuesday  A cold 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 & worne out with trouble.

23rd Wednesday  fine cold 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 with trouble.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 10 – 16, 1868

10th Thursday  fine cold winter 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.

11th Friday  A fine cold winter day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick [in margin] Rolen went to Kenyon.

12th Saturday  A fine winter 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  Jerry & Resseguie killed a heffer for me & McGee came and stayed at Perry over Sunday.

13th Sunday  A fine winter day & spit snow the most of the day  I did my choars was at the house a choaring round went to the office about noon & called at Kenyons was at office in evening came home & went to bed at 9.

14th Monday  fine winter 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.

15th Tuesday a fine winter day & good sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  Resseguies & Rogers cut & drew wood for me & Jerry Dady chopped for me in woods.

16th Wednesday  fine sleighing & winter weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  Resseguies & Rogers drew wood for me all day from wood 4 loads each.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 3 – 9, 1868

3rd Thursday  A fine day with a cool air  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  Rolen Caroline & Eliza went to Aurora, Resseguie carried them.

4th Friday  A snowey morning & snowed the most of the day  snow to the depth of 6 or 8 inches  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out  Mrs Stone went up to Owens.

5th Saturday  rather a fine day & pretty good sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½.

6th Sunday  A fine day but cloudy  I did my choars was at the house a choaring round the most of the day went to the office about 1 for Jerry Pollard fixed my howell some, went to office in evening came home 7 went to bed at 9 nearly sick & worne out with trouble & Sister  Caroline, Eliza & Wallace went to hear a man speak.

7th Monday  A fine winter day I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.

8th Tuesday  fine cold winter weather with 10 inches of snow on the ground  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.

9th Wednesday  cold winter 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.”