Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 7 – 13, 1867

7th Wednesday  fine weather & hot  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick & worne out.

8th Thursday  A fine pleasant hot day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 nearly sick & worne out with trouble  Resseguie stack the first part of my oats, Charles R Leonard got here from New Lebanon at noon.

9th Friday  a fine forenoon but several showers in the afternoon  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick.

10th Saturday  A pretty fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick  Charles went to Naperville in forenoon & to Carpenters in the afternoon with Mrs Bliss & got back in the evening [in margin] R B Pollard got home tonight.

11th Sunday  A fine cool pleasant day with some clouds  I did my choars went to office with Charles & back choared round the house some & laid down in the middle of day & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick  Dr Charles Estes & wife & daughter were here after supper & stayed a short time with Mrs Bliss, they with Carpenters folks were at Bliss to tea  Charles went & stayed to Carpenters over night.

12th Monday  rather a fine day with a shower in afternoon or several showers  I was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 nearly sick, Charles Leonard went to Aurora with Mrs Bliss & got home after dark  they went to P. Carpenters & took supper.

13th Tuesday  A cloudy muddy morning but more pleasant in afternoon I did my choars was at the office in the morning & got ready & started for Batavia with my sister about 10 oclock  got there at noon & got back at 3 P.M. was at the store the rest of the day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 nearly sick & worne out with trouble [in margin] I took Sister to the Insane hospital at Batavia.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 10 – 16, 1866

10th Wednesday  rather a fine hot day but cloudy in morning  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick  Sam Wright & Emma Graves were married this evening at Aurora by Elder Button.

11th Thursday  last day of the fair  A cloudy morning & 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.

12th Friday  cloud in morning 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 lonely & nearly sick with a cold.

13th Saturday  T Westcott got a Jerrys  A cloudy morning & 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 G Sidwell came to Winfield & stayed.

14th Sunday  A fine pleasant day & evening  I did my choars churned choared round the house  picked some apples etc went to the store towards night did my choars & went to bed at 9 nearly sick with a cold G Sidwell came while I was a eating breckfust, he was sick He came from Mrs Holmes yesterday & stayed at Winfield R Willson & Caroline went to H Goulds  R B Pollard 4th child & second daughter was born this morning.

15th Monday  rather a fine day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

16th Tuesday  rather fine 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 9 – 15, 1864

“9th Thursday fine cold dry weather for June, I did my choars was at the office the most of the day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick lonesome & lonely. Capt Ed Munk took the 3d degree in Masonry tonight.

“10th Friday rather a cold & a very cold night for June almost freezing. I did my choars was at the office till near 10 then went to Naperville with James Hoyt & H. D. Fowler to prove up the will, came home about 2 & stayed at the office all the rest of the day came here about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely Capt Ed Munk started Chattanooga today & sent 50 dollars to get William Wrays body by Ed Munk. We heered that Dr S H Potter was shot & his boddy on its way home [in margin] mair to horse cold Ed Munk started for Army.

“11th Saturday A very cold morning & day for June a little frost but the wind kep it off. I did my choars was at the office the most of the day, went with Pollard & T. Jones to Hoyts & appraised his personal property in forenoon came home at 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard sick lonely etc, a lonesome day & night, Rollen Willson George Potter, Caroline & Elizabeth went to Aurora, got back at 5 oclock.

“12th Sunday A cold morning & a little frost very cold dry weather for June, I got up at 6 did my choars was at office, eat breckfust about 9 ½ choared round was at Hoyts, took my mair to Pollards paster on the Col Warrens came home from office 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely a little frost this morning.

“13th Monday rather fine cold weather dry weather for the season. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick & lonely.

“14th Tuesday fine cool dry weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & lonesome. Dr. H S Potters funeral at Danby, Wm. Potter & his mother came here.

“15th Wednesday A fine cool dry day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & as lonely as death etc.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 20 – 26, 1864

20th Wednesday A fine day for winter. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed about 9 ½ sick.

21st Thursday  A fine cool pleasant 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. Archa Wellman came at noon with the Doct his brothers remains, he eat dinner at my house & stayed at Mr Derrys house overnight.

22nd Friday  A fine warm day & thawed conciderable. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ Conner dug the grave & Dr Wellman was buried. Franks brother went to Naperville with Col Warren started before 12 & got back 3 ½ & then went up home with James Brown & stayed all night.

23rd Saturday  A fine warm day, thawed fast & spoilt the sleighing. I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10. A Wellman went to Aurora with J Brown in afternoon.

24th Sunday  a fine pleasant day & thawed fast. I did my choars was round home except going to office & Hoyts at noon went to bed about 9.

25th Monday  rather a fine day but muddy weather. I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½. A Wellman came from Browns & stayed all night with me & slep with me. I paid him $500.00.

26th Tuesday  rather warm thawey disagreeable weather sleighing spoilt. I did my choars was at office all day came home at 8 ½ went to bed at near 10. Arba Wellman started back to Michigan.

 

Hiram E. Loneard Diary, December 23 – 29, 1863

23rd Wednesday  A fine pleasant day & a getting warm. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

24th Thursday  A fine pleasant day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick.

25th Friday A fine warm pleasant day for Christmas & thawed fast, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½. Mrs Potter & Charles went to Pelhams to Christmas & went home with Kenyons folks at night to go to Aurora.

26th Saturday  A cloudy damp day & mist a little all day & evening thawed fast, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½.

27th Sunday A cloudy damp disagreeable day & mist all day & evening. I did my choars was at home all day & evening choared round the house & fixed my pork & vinegar churned in evening & wrote some, went to bed between 8 & 9 nearly sick. Mrs Potter came back from Kenyon about 2 oclock.

28th Monday  rather disagreeable weather for winter. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

29th Tuesday  rather winterlike weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 nearly sick with a cold.”

August Artifact of the Month

One of the many photographs in the Warrenville Historical Society’s collection, this historic image is of the Warrenville Grist Mill’s horses and driver, Ira Millet, taken around 1895.

August artifactAs Leone Schmidt noted in In and Around Historic Warrenville, in the early days of Warrenville “one’s livelihood depended on the turning of the gristmill’s wheel,” as early farmers relied on the power of the river to grind corn and grain.  Ira Millet, once employed by the mill, was later hired by another important company, the Aurora, Elgin & Chicago Railway, which brought train service through the town, providing residents a new form of transportation for the first half of the 20th century.

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 12 – 18, 1863

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

13th Thursday  a fine day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

14th Friday  fine hot weather thurmometer at 92, 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. Mrs Potter went to Aurora with Burgers.

15th Saturday  A fine hot day, thurmometer at 94, 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.

16th Sunday  A fine hot day thurmometer at 92, some cloudy, I did my choars was at the office after breckfust with I Kenyon came home choared round went to office 3 times at Hoyts came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick, John McNelly came over & brought Caroline got here about 1 PM, Mrs Potter went to Pelhams evening.

17th Monday  rather a fine day & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

18th Tuesday  rather a fine day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 5 – 11, 1863

5th Wednesday  A fine day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½.

6th Thursday  A fine day some cloudy evening & a shower. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½. Hat came & Caroline went home with him. Amanda Straus came stayed all night.

7th Friday  A cloudy damp morning & day, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home between 8 & 9 & soon went to bed, Frank Wellman & his father arrived from Michigan they were here at dinner & supper & stayed all night. Frank did not come in till near 12.

8th Saturday  A cloudy damp morning & hot day more pleasant. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & soon went to bed, Frank & his father went to Aurora & back did not find what they went after got back at dusk disappointed, A heavey thunder shower all night almost & lightning.

9th Sunday  A cloudy damp muggy morning more pleasant in afternoon but cloudy. I did my choars was at home most of the day, went to store about 9 with Frank came back fixed some fence wrote some choared round some etc called at Hoyts at night & went to bed about 9, Frank & Father stayed here, Frank & J M Warren went to Winfield about noon & got home about 8 ½, a heavey shower near night.

10th Monday  rather a cloudy morning but more pleasant during the day I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 ½ & soon went to bed tiard & nearly sick. Frank & his father left here this morning for Chicago & was a going home to York State.

11th Tuesday  rather fine weather but some cloudy, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 29 – May 5, 1863

29th Wednesday  fine spring weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick. Caroline got home from Goulds __________.

30th Thursday  fine warm Spring weather, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick Elizabeth went to Griffith all night.

May 1st Friday  fine warm weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick. Elizabeth went to Aurora with Griffeth & stayed all night at Griffeth.

2nd Saturday  a fine warm day & night. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ by Hoyts & got home a little before 9 went to bed 9 ½, Elib got here this forenoon.

3rd Sunday  A fine pleasant day but some cloudy. I did my choars was at the house today & evening called at Hoyts in evening came home about 9 & went to bed, I called at S. B. Austins in forenoon & Pat Menters, trimed some trees set out some sprouts etc.

4th Monday  rather fine weather for the season. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick.

5th Tuesday  rather a cloudy cool morning &snowed thick & fast in the middle & after part of the day, a cold evening & froze dureing the night, I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed tiard & sick about 10.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 1 – 7, 1863

April 1st Wednesday  rather a fine day but some windy. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed before 10 [in margin] Union meeting.

2nd Thursday  rather a raw windy day. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ [in margin] K Vallett got home.

3rd Friday  rather a fine day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick, Dr. Wellman went to Aurora & back, H. B. Fowler went to Naperville & made out the writing to sell his farm.

4th Saturday  A most beautiful summer like day. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 by Hoyts & went to bed about 10 nearly sick. David & Hot came out & stayed all night, they went out & did not get home till about 11.

5th Sunday  A beautiful morning & day but some cloudy in afternoon, I did my choars went to office 3 times in forenoon, went last time at 11 & stayed till 5 making quarterly returns & looking over with Col Warren came home about 5 wrote some & went to office ½ past 5 came back did my choars went to office again, came home & went to bed about 9, Caroline went home with David & Hot about 10, Elizabeth went up to Levensus with I Kenyon & wife about 9 to see her boy, they went to McFerrens & got back at about 5 [in margin] Caroline went home to stay awhile.

6th Monday  rather a fine day & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ –nearly sick Dr. Wellman started for Michigan.

7th Tuesday  rather fine weather for April but cool.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick, rested pretty well—.”