Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 14 – 20, 1869

14th Thursday  A fine day for Jan  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.

15th Friday  A fine pleasant 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.

16th Saturday  A most beautiful 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 etc.

17th Sunday  a cloudy day with a raw wind but not cold, I did my choars was at the house the most of the called at the office about one choared round the house the rest of the day was at the office in evening came home and went to bed about 9 nearly sick & worne out, Benjamin Hoath came & brought Eliza home about one.

18th Monday  rather a fine day for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

19th Tuesday  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 etc  Moses Bliss died this morning about 3 oclock after being sick a few weeks.

20th Wednesday  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.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 7 – 13, 1869

7th Thursday  A most beautiful day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick & worne out with trouble  Ben Hoath came last night & stayed & carried Caroline & Eliza to Barruses & back today & stayed all night again it commenced raining some time in the night.

8th Friday  a rainey day  I did my choars was at office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with Sister.

9th Saturday  More pleasant & froz  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.

10th Sunday  A fine pleasant day  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day went to the office in forenoon & evening, choared round the most of the day went to bed about 9 nearly sick  J B Clark called & paid 15 dols that I let Willson have on the lodges acpt.

11th Monday  rather fine winter weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & worne out with trouble.

12th Tuesday  a fine pleasant 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 with trouble  Chancy Baly caught James Laird in his bedroom with his wife about 9 oclock this evening & shot him as he was a coming out of the bedroom he got out of the outer door a rod or so & fell ded on a snow drift, Baly went & told Wm Laird & Thomas Finly of it.

13th Wednesday fine weather for Jan & pretty good waggoning  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & worne out with trouble [in margin] got Elizas express package from Warren & paid $2.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 22 – 28, 1868

22nd Thursday  rather fine for Oct  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 Friday  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 & worne out [in margin] John Billings came to Sims.

24th Saturday  fine weather for Oct  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  John Billings & lady left Sim Billings this forenoon for Aurora, they came yesterday.

25th Sunday  A most beautiful warm pleasant day  I did my choars was at the office in morning at noon & night, was round the house the most of the day a choaring etc went to bed about 9 nearly sick  Mrs Stone & Eliza McNelly went to Wheaton with Emma  Stone for her to go to Indiana  Benjamin Hoath came.

26th Monday  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.

27th Tuesday  fine cold 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.

28th 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 etc.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 1 – 7, 1868

October 1st Thursday  some cloudy & cool  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly worne out with trouble.

2nd Friday  rather fine weather & cool  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.

3rd Saturday  rather fine 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.

4th Sunday  rather a fine day & warme  I did my choars was at the office several times but at home the most of the time a choaring round & went to bed at about 9 nearly worne out with trouble Ben Hoath & Miss Filer called here about 3 P M  They went home about dusk & Eliza went home with Miss Filer.

5th Monday  rather fine weather for Oct  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick, Rolen got home sick.

6th 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.

7th Wednesday  rather a cloudy damp day  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 17 – 23, 1868

17th Thursday  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 Sister  Ben & Eliza came back at sunset.

18th Friday  A fine cold morning with a heavey frost  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.

19th Saturday  rather rainey damp 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 & Sister  Grant & Herick had a squabble today at my store & Grant hurt Herricks nose & made it bleed [in margin] Rol Willson got back.

20th Sunday  rather a cloudy damp day  I did my choars was at the office came back & choared round the house & wrote some was at the office in the evening came home & went to bed at 9, about sick, Car & Eliza went beyond Finlys to get Peneroial came back about one & Mrs Stone had just come, R B Pollard was here in morning for a girle.

21st Monday  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  Court set at Naperville.

22nd Tuesday  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 & worne out, lots went as Jurors  Salsbery poisoned at Wheaton.

23rd Wednesday  Some cloudy  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went at 9 ½ sick & worne out, with trouble Daniel Salsbery was poisoned at Platts at Wheaton last night.”

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

10th Thursday  rather fine some cloudy  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 [in margin] Eliza went home with Barrus.

11th Friday  rather a rainey day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly worne out with trouble.

12th Saturday  rather fine 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.

13th Sunday  A fine cool pleasant day  I did my choars went to the office & back choared round the house went to office in the evening came home & went to bed at 9 nearly sick  Ben Hoath called to see Eliza & she was over to Filers.

14th Monday  rather fine weather for Sept. 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.

15th Tuesday  A fine day 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 & worne out with Sister [in margin] Wheaton fair commenced today.

16th Wednesday  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 Sister  Ben & Eliza went to the Fair & back & then to the Ball at Wheaton in evening & to his fathers to stay over night.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 27 – September 2, 1868

27th Thursday  A fine hot 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  Crosier thrashed on mine they had 576 bushels of oats & 13 ½ bush wheat.

28th Friday  A fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at about 10 tiard & nearly sick & worne out with trouble & sister  George McCauley from lotts creek came here at 11 & stayed all night, he wanted Eliza McNelly to go back with him Kenyon went to Aurora & got a revolver [in margin] Caroline sick.

29th Saturday  A fine day but sprinkled a little in the forenoon & was clouds  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly worne out with Sister, Mc Cauley started about 12 to go back to Iowa without Eliza but she wanted to go  Mooved to Aurora  [in margin] Caroline sick  McCuly started __________.

30th Sunday  A fine day but rather cloudy  I did my choars was round the house the most of the day went to store forenoon & evening came home & went to bed about 9, Rol Willson went to Naperville  Mrs Stone came here.

31st Monday  rather fine weather  I did my chaors was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & worne out with Sister.

September 1st Tuesday  rather a fine day for Sept  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & worne out with Sister  Daniel Kenyon set up all night & had 2 revolvers A wagon passed by & hitched at my store & three men came part way up the hill, one came up oposit Kenyons, the other two could not be seen, some one rattled the bedroom window Jose Helm sprang to the window & Kenyon with his revolver at the same time, soon after there was a quear smell which spread all over the house & came pretty near putting Kenyon to sleep he had to rais the window in the butry he looked bad, the house was clear of smell in 3 or 4 hours [in margin] Daniel Kenyon set up all night with a revolver in hand.

2nd Wednesday  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 Sister.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 16 – 22, 1868

16th Thursday  a verry hot day  some showers round 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.

17th Friday  a fine hot day  some showers round I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ worne out with trouble.

18th Saturday  A fine hot day with a fine shower  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 [in margin] Wm Griffith & Mary Williams were married today Col Warren got home from N Y & Washington.

19th Sunday  A fine warm day & hot in the middle cool towards night was some cloudy I did my choars was round the house all day fixed calf pen etc was at office twice & went to bed about 9 nearly sick Benjamin Hoath came about 5 & road out with Eliza.

20th Monday  A fine hot dry 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.

21st Tuesday  fine hot dry weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard sick & worne out with trouble of Sister.

22nd Wednesday  fine hot dry weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & worne out with Sister  heifer went to bull.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 9 – 15, 1868

9th Thursday  fine hot growing weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & worne out.

10th Friday  A fine hot day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & worne out with trouble with Sister [in margin] Rol got ________ from Wite.

11th Saturday  a fine hot day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 tiard & worne out with trouble & Sister.

12th Sunday  A fine hot growing day  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day went to the office at noon & in evening & went to bed at 9 nearly sick [in margin] Ben Hoath was here.

13th Monday  A fine hot day about 100 degrees above zero  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly worne out [in margin] thermometer ranged all this week at from 98 to 105 degrees above zero & many died with heat etc.

14th Tuesday  A verry hot 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 of Sister.

15th Wednesday  fine hot 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 [in margin] Ben Hoath brought Eliza home about 11 at night.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 25 – July 1, 1868

25th Thursday  A fine cool day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard, sick & worne out with Sister.

26th Friday  A fine warme day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard sick & worne out with Sister  My cattle all got out of the paster in afternoon & the red cow got with Lahmans bull & took the bull.

27th Saturday  A fine hot 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 Sunday  A fine & verry hot day  I did my choars was round the house all day a choaring etc was at the store in forenoon & evening came home and went to bed at 9 nearly sick  Rolen carried Eliza over to Filers & left her.

29th Monday  fine weather for June  I did my choars was at the office all day came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble.

30th 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.

July 1st Wednesday  fine hot weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick etc.”