Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 23 – 29, 1868

23rd Thursday  A cold cloudy raw disagreeable day & rather damp  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & about worne out with trouble & Sister.

24th Friday  A cool raw day & damp  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  James Hoyt got here about 12 or 1 [in margin] Waner moved into Doc Watermans house at night.

25th Saturday  More pleasant & cleared off in the afternoon  I did my choars was at the office all day James Hoyt came up with me about 10 & about 11 he went to Naperville  I came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ about sick  James Hoyt went to Williams at night.

26th Sunday  A fine pleasant warm day  I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring round etc & went to the office about noon & again in the evening came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick  Mrs Stone came from hines in forenoon & went to Bostwicks in the afternoon came back before supper.

27th Monday  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 tiard & nearly sick, Lawson Bliss & wife went to Aurora & brought Dr Fry home with them, & he stayed Bliss over night.

28th Tuesday  A fine forenoon but rained in the afternoon & evening  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  Lawson carried to Naperville Dr Fry, to go Aurora.

29th Wednesday  A cloudy damp misty day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with trouble.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 9 – 15, 1867

9th Wednesday  fine weather for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day etc came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold.

10th Thursday  cloudy but not verry cold poor sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ about sick with cold.

11th Friday  fine winter weather poor sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold.

12th Saturday  A cool cloudy day & snowed in afternoon & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold  Sargent near Naperville died.

13th Sunday  A cloudy damp day but not cold  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day went to the office a little before noon & Fowler came back with me looked over Mr Hoyts bedding & partly packed it to send to Albert Grant,  I choared round went to the office in evening came home wrote some choared some & went to bed about 9 sick with a cold.

14th Monday  rather fine 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 tiard lonely & nearly sick with a cold.

15th Tuesday  fine weather & quite good sleighing  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 [Mrs Stone washed].”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 29 – October 5, 1864

“29th Thursday rather fine cool weather for Sept. I did my choars was at the store all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

“30th Friday 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 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.

“October 1st Saturday A cool cloudy damp 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.

“2nd Sunday rather a fine day & evening but some cloudy. I did my choars was round home all day went to office twice came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick. A Wellman was here, I turned my cows into Hoyts lot & brought Hoyts bedclothes home with me.

“3rd Monday rather fine cold weather for Oct. I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

“4th Tuesday rather fine weather & pretty dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ¼ went to bed 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

“5th Wednesday 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 lonely & nearly sick with trouble. Bostwick shelled my corn over one hundred bushels.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 25 – 31, 1864

“25th Thursday A fine day for Aug 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.

“26th Friday fine weather for the season, I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick [in margin] Caroline came home tonight from Gould.

“27th Saturday A fine pleasant day & most beautiful 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 as well as lonely, homesick and disconsolate.

“28th Sunday A beautiful day & evening. I did my choars & got my cows back into my pasture from Hoyts field, was round home almost all day & evening called at the office about noon came back & fixed my paster fence went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & downspirited.

“29th Monday rather a fine day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & lonely.

“30th Tuesday fine weather for the season but dry. 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.

“31st Wednesday A fine day for August but dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 4 – 10, 1864

“4th Thursday A fine day 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 tiard, nearly sick & lonely.

“5th Friday rather fine weather but some cloudy. 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. Mrs Griffeth the 2 Mrs Williams Mrs Fehely & Mrs Eddy came here a visiting in afternoon Sol brought & carried them.

“6th Saturday A pretty fine warm day 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 tiard & lonely & nearly sick Mair taken out of Pollards pasture.

“7th Sunday A fine pleasant smuckey day & evening I did my choars was round home the most of the day a choaring round put my cows into Hoyts lot about 9 oclock Henry Gould called about 11. Caroline & Rollen came about 10, George & his wife & Cal went to hear McLaffety preach his fairwell sermon Roll went to Chandlers & came back about one & took Caroline home & went up after my mair about 5 ½.

“8th Monday rather fine weather for Aug. 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 lonely & nearly sick [in margin] W. Jones wife sick —-.

“9th Tuesday 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 lonely & nearly sick [in margin] mair taken out of the paster of Pollard.

“10th Wednesday fine weather & hot, 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 lonely & nearly sick [in margin] Mair put into Hoyts orchard.”

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, June 2 – 8, 1864

“2nd Thursday A fine day but cool I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 ½ & went to bed tiard & nearly sick & lonely as can be [in margin] Dr H S. Potter was killed by a bounding shell a strikeing him in the head.

“3rd Friday A fine day for June 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 loanly & nearly sick [in margin] Bolway brought pigs.

“4th Saturday A fine pleasant warm day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ or started & met Malissa Billings saying that Mr Hoyt was a dyeing went up & he was ded died very sudden, Jonathan Pollard H D Fowler was there & Beardsley helped us lay him out the house was full we stayed till 11 ½ & locked him up & came home & went to bed he died between 8 & 9 evening.

“5th Sunday A fine day but some cloudy. I did my choars was at Mr Hoyts about 9, a while choared round some came home about noon went up to Caroline Wrays about 2 & stayed till about 4 or 5 George & Elizabeth went up in forenoon & Rollen brought us back I found my cow the other side of Lahmans & turned her into Lahmans yard with his bull came home did my choars went to the office & round home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 nearly sick lonesome & down spirited.

“6th Monday rather fine cold weather for June, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely. James Hoyt got here about one oclock at night & eat a bit & went to bed with Charles & me.

“7th Tuesday A fine but cool day for the season. 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 sick & lonely. Mr. Hoyts funeral was today at the Methodist Church.

“8th Wednesday rather fine cool dry weather. I did my choars was at the office all day or nearly, went to Hoyts & red the Will of Hoyts to the Heirs was at office in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard nearly sick lonesome & lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 26 – June 1, 1864

“26th Thursday A fine pleasant dry day a little more cool. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick lonely & unhappy, old Mrs. Billings got a letter from stating that Wm J Wray was shot through the jugular vain in the neck & died almost instantly. Crel Monk was shot through the lung, died in about 24 hours [in margin] I sent Suns letters up to Cal Wray & Willson did not let her read it they were ________.

“27th Friday A fine pleasant day & getting very dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ about & lonely, Wm Griffeth told Caroline that Wm was dead, shot, She came down here about 6 a short time & went back feeling bad.

“28th Saturday a fine pleasant day & more warm. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 tiard sick & lonely. Caroline was down & went to Naperville with Rollen Willson, William McNelly & wife came to Cals & he came here a short time went ______.

“29th Sunday rather fine weather but very windy & some cloudy, I did my choars was at home almost all day choaring & planting garden called at Hoyts in evening came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick & lonely. Rollen Willson carried Caroline & Hall up home to their fathers.

“30th Monday rather fine weather for the season. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ and went to bed nearly sick & lonely about 9 ½.

“31st Tuesday fine pleasant weather but cool. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

“June 1st Wednesday A fine warm day & evening. I did my chaors was at the office al day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard sick & lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 12 – 18, 1864

“12th Thursday rather fine weather for May but cool, I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed 9 ½ about sick & lonely—[in margin] George and wife went to Carolines.

“13th Friday fine cool weather but warm in the middle of the day. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonely & sick. Caroline went home with Hat to her fathers.

“14th 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 & nearly sick with a cold & lonesome. George & wife went to Pelhams & Chandlers, got home in evening.

“15th Sunday A fine pleasant day till afternoon when it was some cloudy & more cool. I did my choars was round the house all day after going to the office in morning. I choared round wrote some etc fixed the fence some round the paster & cleaned out the backhouse etc went to the office & made up the mail come home by Hoyts about 8 & went to bed about 9 nearly sick & lonesome & lonely as death [in margin] Wm J Wray shot at Resaca Georgia in the jugalor vain & died almost instantly in charging Rebel Fortification.

“16th Monday rather fine warm weather & a getting dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½, tiard, nearly sick, lonesome & unhappy.

“17th Tuesday A fine warm pleasant day & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick lonesome & Lonely—.

“18th Wednesday pretty hot dry weather for May. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home by Hoyts about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick, discontented & dreary.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 5 – 11, 1864

“5th Thursday rather fine weather for May but cool the most of the time. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

“6th Friday fine warm forenoon but cool afternoon & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ by Hoyts and went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & lonesome and downspiritied.

“7th Saturday A cool cloudy morning with a heavey shower about 8, warm in afternoon & evening & some sprinkling, more showers in evening & night.

“8th Sunday A warm cloudy rainey morning but brook away about 9, was some cloudy the most of the day the ground quite wet. I did my choars was around home the most of the day a choaring & fixing fence went to the office & Hoyts in afternoon came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick with cold.

“9th Monday rather a fine weather but cool 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 tiard, nearly sick, lonely & downspiritied.

“10th Tuesday fine cool weather & 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 with a cold & lonely as death & sick of home.

“11th Wednesday fine cool weather for May, 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 and as lonesome as death all the time.”