Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 29 – June 4, 1867

“29th Wednesday  rather cool cloudy damp weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 tiard & about worn out with sister, Ned Murry spoke at the Junction [in margin] Caroline was taken sick.

30th Thursday  A cold cloudy day  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 tiard & worn out with Sister.

31st Friday  rather a fine pleasant day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 sick with a cold & worn out with sister, the Wheaton people had a county seat meeting at the Meth church Col Sweet, Vallett & others spoke.

June 1st Saturday  A cloudy damp day with several showers  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick & worne out  H H Cody spoke at the Methodist Church this evening & had quite an audiance & spoke well.

2nd Sunday A cloudy windy day & a growing cold  I did my choars was at the office after breckfust came back choared round fixed calf paster etc, went down at 2 with Willa Carpenter to office was at home the most of the day went to bed at 9  Mrs Stone went over the river, George went to Willsons.

3rd Monday  A fine cool day  I did my chaors was at home till after 3, when I went to Garys Mill to an election to remoove the county seat to Wheaton, came back & went to bed about 10 nearly sick with a cold there was a 117 vote to remoove to Wheaton.

4th Tuesday  A fine warm day & evening  I did my chaors was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick with a cold.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 21 – 27, 1866

21st Wednesday  rather a cold cloudy raw day  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 William Hollister & Eva Carpenter were married by E. L. Hunt at Carpenters today & went to Chicago in afternoon & to St. Louis tomorrow  William Carpenter & Netta Fowler & S Heys & Sarah Jane Carpenter stood up with the bride & groom they had quite a wedding.

22nd Thursday  a cloudy cold disagreeable day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & about sick.

23rd Friday rather a cool cloudy day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

24th Saturday  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 nearly sick.

25th Sunday rather a fine pleasant day & evening but cool  I did my choars was at the office three times was at home the most of the day a choaring round was at Carolines some in evening came home at ____ wrote & went to bed at 9 nearly sick  Wm Whitny came & brought Gould wife & child up & Willson went & wife & carried them back as Whitny was selubrious  Gould got kick with a colt last night.

26th Monday  rather a fine cloudy day  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 a cold & lonely as can be.

27th Tuesday  rather a fine cool cloudy 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 with a cold, lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 14 – 20, 1866

14th Wednesday  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 with a cold.

15th Thursday  fine cool weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ about sick.

16th Friday  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.

17th Saturday  A fine cool & some cloudy day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick  R B Pollard came home from Iowa  wher Ed Brown was.

18th Sunday  rather a fine morning but cloudy in middle & after part of day & sprinkled at about 2 or 3  I did my choars was round home the most of the day went to the office twice, the last time with Goulds & Whitny  his wife called at Willsons a short time & they went back as it began to sprinkle  Willson & Caroline eat supper here I was at Willsons in evening came home went to bed between 8 & 9 tiard & about sick with a cold Matta Gould stayed overnight.

19th 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 & nearly sick.

20th Tuesday  rather fine weather for Nov  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 22 – 28, 1866

22nd Wednesday  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 & verry lonely [in margin] George Sidwell com work for me.

23rd Thursday  A fine pleasant day but cold  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick [in margin] George White was here.

24th Friday  fine cool weather all most a frost every night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

25th Saturday  A fine cool day most a frost  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 [in margin] Rol & Caroline went to Naperville.

26th Sunday  A fine pleasant cool day  I did my choars was round the house all day a choaring fixing fence etc did my choars went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

27th Monday  rather a fine day but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick with a cold.

28th Tuesday  rather a cloudy damp disagreeable day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 25 – 31, 1866

25th Wednesday  fine growing weather but poor hay weather  I did my choars was at the office all day, came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

26th Thursday  rather dull hay 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 & lonely.

27th Friday  rather a cloudy day but cleared off at evening or towards night & was a beautiful evening  I did my choars was at the office all day and evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

28th Saturday  rather cloudy in morning but 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.

29th Sunday  A fine day some clouds  I did my choars was round home the most of the day went to the office about 10 ½ marked in cord & choared round did my choars & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & about sick, Mrs Gould was at Carolines, came about 11 & went home about 5 a hot day [in margin] Mrs Gould & youngest girl came to Carolines & called here.

30th Monday  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 tiard lonely & nearly sick.

31st Tuesday  A fine day for harvest  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard sick & lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 27 – July 3, 1866

27th Wednesday  a fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick [in margin] McNelly started with his family & everything for Iowa, Cal came from her fathers a foot.

28th Thursday  fine cool weather for June  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

29th Friday  rather a fine cool 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 lonely & nearly sick.

30th Saturday  rather a fine day but some cloudy  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  Rol sheared sheep at Vandervolgen.

July 1st Sunday  A cloudy damp day & wet more or less all the forenoon was cloudy & damp in afternoon  I did my choars was at home all day a choaring round the garden & house went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & about sick  R Willson & Nelson Derry went to Coral, started in the rain [in margin] Rol Willson went to Coral after his things—Mrs Fredenhagen was taken down with small pox.

2nd Monday  fine weather for the season  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick [in margin] Mrs Fredenhagen has got the small pox.

3rd Tuesday  fine growing weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 20 – 26, 1866

20th Wednesday  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 & about sick.

21st Thursday  A cold morning all but a frost  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick [in margin] Pelham took John Goland to Jacksonville.

22nd Friday  rather fine cool dry weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick [in margin] Rol & Cal went to Naperville & Goulds.

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

24th Sunday A fine hot pleasant day with conciderable air verry dry I did my choars was at home a choaring round the most of the day went to store for Bet Billings at one oclock came back wrote some & took a nap, went to bed about 9 tiard & about sick.

25th Monday  rather fine weather for June  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 [in margin] Masons met at Elgin for to selabrate at Johns day.

26th Tuesday  fine weather for June  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 13 – 19, 1866

13th Wednesday  fine weather but cool but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick  Schovel went to Naperville to carry some down to debate  he got throwed out & the horses ran a short distance but hurt no one but Schovel  [in margin] Schovel got throwed out of the carriage coming from Naperville.

14th Thursday  fine weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick  [in margin] Shool closed today.

15th Friday  rather fine weather but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick  Caroline was quite sick last night & today.

16th Saturday  A pretty cool day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ or ten tiard lonely & sick  Sister was sick & I had to go to store after I came up the s_______ meeting commenced to Lahmans today this afternoon & tonight & tomorrow.

17th Sunday  rather a fine cool & some cloudy forenoon & some showerey in afternoon  I did my choars went office came back & was round home till night a hoeing & choaring round writing etc & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & sick  meeting at Lahmans.

18th Monday  rather fine weather but cool a cold night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick & homesick.

19th Tuesday  rather fine cool weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick [in margin] my cow went to bull.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 9 – 15, 1866

9th Wednesday  pretty fine but cool weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.

10th Thursday  fine weather for May but cool & dry  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 [in margin] Rol and Caroline went to her fathers.

11th Friday  fine weather but cool & dry  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick with a cold.

12th Saturday  rather a fine day with some showers  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home a little before 9 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick [in margin] Rol & Cal cleaned house at the Pelham house.

13th Sunday  A fine pleasant day with a cool air and grew cold towards night  I did my choars was round home the most of the day a choaring round, & planted some corn & potatoes was at the office in the morning, at noon & in the evening came back & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & about sick, Carpenter & Charles Estes called here about 2 oclock Charles & his wife were on their way back to see his father in Massachusetts Caroline & Rol were a cleaning house today.

14th Monday rather a fine cool day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  David McNelly went back to.

15th Tuesday  rather a cool day & night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick [in margin] R Willson & Caroline mooved into Pelhams house.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 25 – May 1, 1866

25th Wednesday  A cold day with frost in morning  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & about sick.

26th Thursday  rather fine for April but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonely & sick.

27th Friday  A fine hot day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.

28th Saturday  A fine day but cool, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at about 10 about sick  Rolen & Caroline went to Winfield near night and got back about 8 ½, A Moorer had a sheep & lamb killed in the road by a span of horses that ran away, I skinned them in evening.

29th Sunday  A fine pleasant day & quite warm in the middle of the day but cool at night  I did my choars went to office & back eat breckfust and choared round the house all day, fixed fence etc was at office in evening came back and went to bed about 10 tiard lonely & about sick, Rol Caroline & boy went to Shermans.

30th Monday  fine cold weather & pretty dry  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

“May 1st Tuesday  A cold morning with the ground & water frozen  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”