Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 10 – 16, 1867

10th Wednesday  fine weather but some cloudy  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick & worn out.

11th Thursday  fine growing weather with clouds  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick with a cold & down harted with trouble  Miss Lovina Root & a man at Batavia a painter were married, so said.

12th Friday  A fine cool day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 tiard & nearly sick with troubles, windy.

13th Saturday  a fine cool hay day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening cae home a 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 tiard lonely & nearly sick with trouble [in margin] S Willson & wife went to Coral.

14th Sunday  A fine pleasant cool airey day with some clouds  I did my choars was at the house all day except going to the office & back I mowed some round the house & choared round the house took a nap at noon & went to bed at about 9 nearly sick with troubles, Mrs Stone went to meeting in forenoon.

15th Monday  fine weather for haying  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick, Resseguie commenced mowing at house.”

16th Tuesday  fine hay weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick & worn out with trouble.”

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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, March 21 – 27, 1866

21st Wednesday rather more fine but cold for March & the ground frozen I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 12 tiard & about sick Gould brought Caroline up about noon her boy was sick & she set up with him a most all night & I set up till 12.

22nd Thursday A cool morning but quite a fine day & sprinkled about sunset or before & rained some during the night 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 Caroline Willson went up in the stage to go to Coral her boy was quite sick.

23rd Friday A disagreeable day & some squalley winter like I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick Hill took my colts home with him.

24th Saturday A cold cloudy morning & day & snowed more or less all day 2 or 3 inches of snow fell & brouk away towards night & was clear & cold during the evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 started & went back went to bed about 10 tiard & about sick & lonely.

25th Sunday A cold morning with 2 or 3 inches of snow on the ground the murcury in the thurmometer was about down to zero A cool pleasant day & evening thawed but little & none out of the sun I did my choars went to office & back about 7 then choared round the house & howen was about sick, went to office about 2 with Carpenter & came back wrote some eat supper & did my choars went to office in evening came back & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & about sick.

26th Monday rather a fine day but cool for last of March 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 & homesick.

27th Tuesday rather a cold disagreeable day & snowed some I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard sick & lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 15 – 21, 1866

15th Thursday A verry cold morning the murcury stood at 24 degrees below zero in the morning & 8 below at sunset the coldest day we have had, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed at about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick with a cold.

16th Friday A cold morning the murcury stood at 26 degrees in the thurmometer in the morning not quite as cold through the day as yesterday 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.

17th Saturday rather more pleasant & grew some more warm 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 [in margin] S Willsons wife came from Coral.

18th Sunday A fine warm pleasant day, thawed & looked like Spring I did my choars was round the hous the most of the day a choaring round went to the office twice in the day time & once in the evening came home & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick with a cold.

19th Monday rather fine winter 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 & nearly sick.

20th Tuesday winter 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.

21st 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 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 8 – 14, 1866

8th Thursday fine winter weather 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 & sick.

9th Friday fine weather 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 & about sick.

10th Saturday A fine cloudy day & snowed some in afternoon & evening & blowed 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 I got my mair shod at Watsons.

11th Sunday A cool cloudy morning but rather a pleasant day I did my choars was at the house the most of the day went to the office 3 times wrote some in evening & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & sick H Gould & wife were here & George got supper & we had some oysters they went home about 3 oclock.

12th Monday A fine but cloudy day 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 & nearly sick [in margin] Sherman Williams wife went to Coral.

13th Tuesday rather a mild day, cloudy & snowed some in afternoon & fell about 4 to 6 of inches of snow & lay still I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.

14th Wednesday A mild cloudy morning with from 4 to 6 inches of new snow fell last night, it began to blow about 9 & grew cold very fast & the snow was all piled up & the thurmometer stood 4 below zero at sunset A cold night verry cold I did my choars was at office all day came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 28, 1865 – January 3, 1866

28th Thursday A fine winter day not verry cold, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick with a cold etc Caroline & Rolen here Rol went up & husked corn to Shermans.

29th Friday   A fine winter day, not cold I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick with a cold Caroline & Rolen were here Rol picked corn.

30th Saturday A fine winter day, cloudy but not 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 cold Caroline went home on the cars started on the stage about 8 ½ & Rolen started with the waggon about 7 ½ for home [in margin] Caroline & Rolen went home to Coral.

31st Sunday A fine pleasant day & not cold I did my choars went to office twice was at home the rest of the day a choaring & packed some apples in oats & did other choars went to bed at 9 tiard & sick & lonely, Eunice Millard was married to Standish Sunday night in meeting.

January 1st Monday rather a fine cool 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 & nearly sick & verry lonely Wm Wright & Leora Gary were married at her fathers about 2 oclock PM & John Pomeroy & a girl working to Doct Hess were married to at Hess.

2nd 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 at 9 ½ nearly sick.

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

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 5 – 11, 1865

5th Thursday  rather a cool cloudy morning 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, dishartened and lonely as death, Rol Willson & Caroline came to Shermans this evening at 8 or 9 oclock.

6th Friday  A cool & rather cloudy day & evening & looked like rain but did not, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening, came home 8 ½ went to bed about 9 tiard  and about sick dishartened & lonely as death, Rol Willson & Caroline & Walla came here from Shermans today, She stayed a short time in middle of day went back to Shermans about 4.

7th Saturday  A cloudy morning but rather a fine day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 ½ & went to bed about 10 tiard & nearly sick & as lonesome as death I shut up & stayed for T. Corlett to cut my hair [in margin] R Willson & Caroline & boy & ______ Austin went back to Coral.

8th Sunday  A cloudy disagreeable day more pleasant in middle of day & warm  I did my choars got my breakfast & eat it then went to office & back wrote some choared round in forenoon, went up to Sherman Willsons about one came back before night did my choars & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & nearly sick, so lonesome it seems as if I could not stay round the house dishartened & discouraged.

9th Monday  A fine cool day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick, dishartened & lonely as death.

10th Tuesday  rather fine cool weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.

11th Wednesday  fine weather for Oct  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, September 28 – October 4, 1865

28th Thursday  rather a warm cloudy day & evening showered a little, a cloudy evening & rained some during the night  I did my choars was at the office the most of the day & evening went to the house 3 times in the forenoon as Roll was a coming after Caroline he did not come till near 2 oclock  I had some talk with him but of no account, came to the store & went back & took Caroline Wray with him up to Sherman Willsons & then they went to Naperville & got married by Judge Cody about 5 or six oclock in afternoon & stayed to Sherman Willsons over night.

29th Friday  A cloudy damp showerey morning & cloudy disagreeable day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick & as lonely as death & Rolen Willson & Caroline went to McNellys & got her things & went to Wiliams & Barrases etc did not get back until evening to Shermans.

30th Saturday  A pretty 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 & sick & lonely  Rollen Willson & Caroline came to my house before daylight & got her things & went to Shermans & started about 7 for Coral.

October 1st Sunday  A fine cool pleasant morning & day & most beautiful evening  I did my choars & started for H Goulds about 9 with Bliss horse & buggy, found Wm McNelly & wife was there, we had a first rate time got a keg of beer, William started home at about 4 and I started a little before 5 & got home at about 6 did my choars & went to bed about 8 in evening lonely & dishartened & discourage  William McNelly bought a span of mairs of Adam Keller.

2nd Monday  rather a fine day & evening  I did my choars was at the store all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick, lonely & dishartened.

3rd Tuesday  rather fine weather for Oct  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick, lonesome as death.

4th Wednesday  rather fine weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonesome & sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 21 – 27, 1865

21st Thursday  rather a fine day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ tiard lonely & sick lonely as death.

22nd Friday  rather a fine hot day 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 sick & lonely as death.

23rd Saturday  A hot disagreeable day & 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 [in margin] Tom Pelham first child was born this Saturday night.

24th Sunday  A cloudy damp morning & showrey forenoon & hot, more pleasant & cool in afternoon  I did my choars went to the store & back, got Bliss horse & wagon & started with Caroline for her fathers about 9 but it rained before we got to S Willsons & we stoped & stayed till 11 & came back, I choared round wrote some etc did my choars & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick & lonely as death.

25th Monday  rather a fine warm 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 lonely & sick.

26th Tuesday  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 10 lonely as death & sick.

27th Wednesday  rather a fine cloudy hot day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 11 sick & lonely as death & all but dead, Roll Willson came from Coral had a letter sent from Wheaton about Caroline & me which caused hard feeling all round & Caroline packed up her things to leave tomorrow, Rol hurt Shermans mair [in margin] Rol Willson came from Coral & hirt Shermans mair Caroline left for good.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 14 – 20, 1865

14th Thursday A hot cloudy disagreeable day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed a little after 9 tiard lonely as death & nearly sick Nater Dalton came here & took supper for the first time since he came from the army, Caroline home Rol Willson to Sherm Willsons to stay & start for Coral in the morning [in margin] Caroline went home with Rolen Willson to Shermans & stayed all night.

15th Friday A cool cloudy foggy damp morning & forenoon & foggy more or less all day but rather cool, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick & lonely as death R. Willson & Caroline Wray started from S. Willsons at 6 ½ for Coral.

16th Saturday A cloudy damp morning cleared off about 9 & was a verry hot day & pretty fine I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8-3/4 & went to bed about 9 or so 9 ¼ tiard & nearly sick, lonely as death & downharted, Mcgee, C D Austins agents came along.

17th Sunday A rainy disagreeable morning & day, it began to rain in the night & rained steddy all the forenoon & wet some in the afternoon, I did my choars was at home a choaring round all day except going to the store at 11 ½ & back. I cleaned out my stove, pipe & chimney & fixed round the house called at Lanes etc fixed paster fence & fence by Schovels, went to bed about 9, nearly sick tiard and lonely as death—-.

18th Monday rather a fine day some cloudy in morning I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ lonely & sick Rolen & Caroline got back to Sherman Willsons.

19th Tuesday rather a fine day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick Rol Willson & Caroline Wray went to Baruses & McNellys & back & Caroline came down here in afternoon & stayed overnight & the week.

20th Wednesday rather fine weather for Sept. 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 Rolen went back to Coral.”