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.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 14 – 20, 1868

14th Thursday  cloudy & damp weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick Gould here.

15th Friday  rather more pleasant  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.

16th Saturday  rather 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 sick & worne out with trouble  Mrs Stone went to C Owens in evening.

17th Sunday  A fine warm pleasant day  cool towards night  I did my choars, was at home the most of the day went to the office twice & in the evening came back & went to bed about 9 sick & tiard  Mrs. Stone was at Owens & Raynolds.

18th Monday  rather fine weather but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & nearly worne out with trouble.

19th Tuesday  rather fine but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worn out with Sister.

20th Wednesday  A fine cool 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 7 – 13, 1868

7th Thursday  A cloudy disagreeable 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.

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

9th Saturday  a fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home 8 ¾ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & worne out with trouble of Sister.

10th Sunday  A fine cool morning & pleasant  I did my choars was round home the most of the day a choaring round sowing grass seed & fixing fence & was at office some & in evening came home & went to bed at 9 sick & worne out  Mrs Stone was at A Bostwicks & Owens.

11th Monday  Rather fine 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 trouble etc had a letter from Caroline.

12th Tuesday  rather a cloudy lowerey 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, sent a letter Caroline.

13th Wednesday  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick etc  rather a lowerey day etc.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 30 – May 6, 1868

30th 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 tiard & nearly sick & worne out with Sister.

May 1st Friday  rained some was disagreeable  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.

2nd Saturday  rather fine with some showers, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble.

3rd Sunday  rather a fine day with showers  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day called at the office about 10 & in evening came home & went to bed at 9 sick.

4th Monday  rather 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 & worne out with trouble.

5th Tuesday  rather cloudy disagreeable 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.

6th Wednesday  A rainey disagreeable 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 trouble.”

Throwback Thursday: National Poetry Month

As we look to the end of the month of April, we are featuring a Throwback Thursday to celebrate National Poetry Month highlighting some aspiring poets from Holmes School. This selection of poems come from three different volumes of Holmes School’s Prose & Poetry which was produced by the PTA from 1976-1979. These volumes were recently donated to the Museum’s collection. We hope you enjoy these selections and may they inspire you to pick up the pen and compose your own poem!

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, April 16 – 22, 1868

16th Thursday  more pleasant  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  Frank Connel died tonight with the scarlet fever  Hines baby born & Miss Green married  Hines wife had a daughter.

17th Friday  A cool cloudy day with snow squalls  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick  Recd a letter from Caroline today & wrote a letter back to go tomorrow.

18th Saturday  A cold morning & frozen  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  Frank Connel was buried today  I sent a letter to Caroline this morning.

19th Sunday  A cloudy disagreeable morning but more pleasant during the day & very warm but some cloudy  I did my choars was at the house a choaring round all day was at the office in day & evening came home & went to bed at about 9 sick.

20th Monday  rather cold raw weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worn out with Sister.

21st Tuesday  A cold raw 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.

22nd Wednesday  A cool stormey day  I did my chaors was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & discouraged.”

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

9th Thursday  rough 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.

10th Friday  A cool disagreeable 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.

11th Saturday  began to snow about 3 oclock in the morning & snowed all day & fell about 4 or 5 inches & was like winter  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ sick & worne out.

12th Sunday  A cold windy day with the snow aflying  the snow about 4 inches deep  I did my choars went Garys after my colts & went round to Herricks & found them & got them home was about tuckered out went to the office  in the evening came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick & worne out with Sister.

13th Monday  rather a raw day & ground covered with snow  I did my choars was at the office all day came home & 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½.

14th Tuesday  rather a cold raw day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

15th Wednesday  rather better 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 2nd – 8th, 1868

2nd Thursday  fine cool 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  Sim Billings got whipped at the tavern [in margin] A Ball at Perry & Sim Billings got whipped.

3rd 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 nearly sick & worne out with trouble  William Jorden was buried this afternoon he bled to death at the lungs.

4th Saturday  A snowey morning & forenoon it began to snow about 4 oclock in the morning snowed pretty fast the most of the forenoon fell three or four inches a pretty cold night  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 tiard & nearly sick & worne out with trouble, Daniel Kenyon deeded his farm to S.B. Hill today.

5th Sunday  A fine cool morning & day with the ground covered with snow  The thurmometer at about 12 degrees above zero pretty cool  I did my choars went to the office came home & choared round the house the most of the day, went to the office made up the mail came home & went to bed at about 9 nearly sick  Mrs Stone went to C Owens about 10.

6th Monday  A cool disagreeable day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at about 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.

7th Tuesday  rather cold rough weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly and worne out with trouble & Sisters actions.

8th Wednesday  cold backward 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 26 – April 1, 1868

26th Thursday  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 worne out with Sister [in margin] James Paxton & Miss Olmsted were married.

27th Friday  A fine day for March  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  Connel sawing wood  Mrs Jorden came to see Sister.

28th Saturday  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 worne out with Sister  Connel finished sawing my wood  Mrs Jorden came to see Sister.

29th Sunday  A fine warm pleasant day  I did my choars was at home the most of the day went to the office at noon choared round the most of the day went to bed at about 9 nearly sick  Sherman Willson came & paid me 308 dollars  R B Pollard called & see me & stayed some time  Mrs Stone went to Hines & Willson  Dr A Watermans fourth child & second son was born this morning.

30th Monday  rather a fine 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 & worne out with Sister & trouble etc.

31st Tuesday  rather fine weather for March  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 & Sister.

April 1st Wednesday  rather a fine day but cool  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 with Sister [in margin] Wm Jorden died tonight at about 10 oclock  Wm Boyd was married about this time.”