Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 13 – 19, 1868

13th Thursday  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 they stack hay.

14th Friday  fine cool weather  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 & nearly sick.

15th Saturday  A fine pleasant day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

16th Sunday  A fine pleasant with a cool air  I did my choars was round the house the most of the day & fixed a box for the gees to drink in was at the office twice & went to bed at about 9  one goslin had got out & left & we hunted for it & Jerry Pollard brought him [in margin] goslin got out & went to Jerry Pollards.

17th 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 tiard worne out with trouble  [in margin] Rol went off a selling rights.

18th Tuesday  fine weather 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  [in margin] Naperville & Wheaton folks met at Elgin to see about the County Seat & adjourned.

19th Wednesday  fine weather for Aug.  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick  Rol got back from selling rights.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 6 – 12, 1868

6th Thursday  fine weather with a shower  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.

7th Friday  rather damp hay weather a shower last night  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.

8th Saturday  verry windy & cool  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  R B Pollard got home from Chicago.

9th Sunday  A cool cloudy morning but more pleasant during the day  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day a choaring round & fixing fence etc went to the office in forenoon & in afternoon & went to bed about 9 nearly sick [in margin] Ben Horth carried Elizabeth to Holmes.

10th Monday  rather fine weather but rained a little  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 my cows got through Garys fence into his field & he set the dogs & boys ahorseback & run them so that it nearly killed my old cow, and dryed them up so that the old cow gave but a pint at a milking for three or four days & gave not more than a tea cup full at one milking  [in margin] J P Garys dogs & boys run my cows so that it nearly dryed them up.

11th Tuesday  rather a fine day but some cloudy  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.

12th Wednesday  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 with trouble.”

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, July 2 – 8, 1868

2nd Thursday  very hot 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, the old cow took the bull today.

3rd Friday  fine hot weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.

4th Saturday  A fine hot day  I did my choars was at the office all [day] came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at about 10 nearly sick & worned out, selebration at Wheaton & Aurora, Some one way & some the other way, Rol & Cal went to Wheaton.

5th Sunday  rather a fine hot day  some cloudy in afternoon & rained some about 4 I did my choars called at the office about 9 & in evening came home & went to bed at about 9 about sick  I picked some cherrys & choared round.

6th Monday  fine hot 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 with Sister.

7th Tuesday  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 nearly sick & worne out with Sister.

8th Wednesday  fine hot growing 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, 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 18 – 24, 1868

18th 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 trouble.

19th Friday  Some squalley & wet  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 & trouble.

20th Saturday  A cold cloudy disagreeable 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  Rol Willson came here & stayed all night  Cals goslins sliped away about sunset & we could not find them [in margin] goslins ran away.

21st Sunday  A cold cloudy damp day  I did my choars was at the house all day came home about 9 and went to bed about 10 sick  Rol Willson was here till noon Caroline went to Naperville with Rol in afternoon.

22nd Monday  rather fine weather for June  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.

23rd Tuesday  fine weather & a growing time  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick from trouble with Sister etc.

24th Wednesday  fine growing weather  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 & Sister  Masons met at Aurora.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 4 – 10, 1868

4th Thursday  rather rainey & muddy  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.

5th Friday  rained some in forenoon cleared off in afternoon more pleasant  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 sister, Mrs Bliss got home from Association [in margin] George pretty tite on cider.

6th Saturday  rather a 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.

7th Sunday  A fine warm pleasant day  I did my choars was round the house all day a choaring went to the office in the evening came home & went to bed at 9 nearly sick  Rol Willson & Matta Gould called here a while & went home [in margin] Jo Ferry & wife were at D Kenyons.

8th Monday  rather a fine day  I did my choars was at the store all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out [in margin] Mrs Miner preached.

9th Tuesday  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 & worne out with trouble  Caroline Willson & Eliza McNelly came from their father’s in Iowa last week & got here this morning  before 9, 10.

10th Wednesday  fine weather for June  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 with trouble.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 28 – June 3, 1868

28th Thursday  a fine day & growing time  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.

29th Friday  fine growing weather & warm  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard sick & nearly worne out with Sister.

30th Saturday  A fine growing 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 with Sister.

31st Sunday  A fine warme cloudy growing day looks like showers  I did my choars was at the house a choaring round the most of the time, Mooved the milk ______ down celler etc was at the office 3 times came back & went to bed at 9  Rol Willson & Motta Gould were here to supper & Rolen paid me 40 dollars on note.

June 1st Monday  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.

2nd Tuesday  rather fine but cloudy  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & tiard  Mrs Bliss & Mrs Fowler went to Aurora to the Baptist Assosiation.

3rd Wednesday  Some showerey  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] Perry came home with the navy owed.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 21 – 27, 1868

21st Thursday  fine weather & looks like rain  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.

22nd Friday  a fine warm day & looks like rain 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.

23rd Saturday  A fine warm 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  I received a letter from Wm McNellys wife & Caroline today [in margin] A letter from Caroline & Ann.

24th Sunday  A fine hot day  I did my choars & went to the store came back & took my colt to Nick Collings, then choared round the house & fixed the fence & was at the store in evening came home & went to bed at 9, Mrs Stone went over the river, Mrs Gould came up with Adda.

25th Monday  A fine day & growing time  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.

26th Tuesday  fine growing 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 Sister.

27th Wednesday  fine growing weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick.”