Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 15 – 21, 1868

15th 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 & worne out with trouble [in margin] Mrs Stone went to the Big Woods Donation with the Raynolds.

16th Thursday  fine weather for winter  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 with trouble  James H. Fairbanks [died] this morning about 2 in the morning.

17th Friday  rather a fine winter day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick James H Fairbanks was buried today.

18th Saturday  fine weather for winter  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 & Sister etc.

19th Sunday  Pretty fine weather for winter  I did my choars was at home the most of the a choaring round & a taking care of sister etc went to the office 3 times came home & went to bed at about 9 sick  Mrs Bliss here over night had been here for 2 or 3 days  Mrs Stone at Raynolds & went to Big Woods to meeting.

20th Monday  fine weather for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 verry sick & worne out with trouble with sister etc.

21st Tuesday  fine winter weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed tiard lonely, sick & about worne out with trouble.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 8 – 14, 1868

8th Wednesday  fine weather & no snow  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 sick.

9th Thursday  fine cold weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 7 ½ & went to bed at 9 sick & wore out with trouble, there was a dance at Perrys & Mrs Stone went up to help them & stayed all night.

10th Friday  a fine cold day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & worne out with trouble.

11th Saturday  A fine cold day  I did my choars was at the office all day  came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

12th Sunday  A fine cold day  I did my choars was at the house all day & choared round the house was sick in afternoon & evening called at the store 3 times during the day went to bed about 9 ½ sick  Mrs Stone went to meeting in afternoon & to Bostwicks in evening  Mrs Grant in the _______ of evening.

13th Monday  fine winter weather without snow  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold etc.

14th Tuesday  A fine day for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble [in margin] Mrs Stone went up to Raynolds to __________ Elezer as was sick.”

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

January 1st Wednesday  fine weather for Jan. I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 7 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  Mrs Stone went to C Owens to New Years & got home about 12 at night.

2nd Thursday  A fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & discouraged.

3rd Friday  some stormey  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & discouraged.

4th Saturday  rather a fine day & thaws  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

5th Sunday  A fine pleasant warm day but clouded up at night & rained in the evening  I did my choars was round home the most of the day went to the office 3 times came home & went to bed at 9 Gould & wife came here & went home about 4 the came about noon  Rol Willson called with them & stayed about an hour & left.

6th Monday  fine weather for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.

7th Tuesday  fine 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 11 – 17, 1867

11th Wednesday  a cloudy misty morning & day & snowed some in afternoon & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  The Jerrys Pollard & Dady killed my hogs one weighed 357 the 360#.

12th Thursday  A fine day for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day came home before 8 cut up my hogs & went to bed about 11 or after nearly sick and worne out with trouble.

13th Friday  fine winter weather & cloudy  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & salted some pork & went to bed at 10 ½.

14th Saturday  A cloudy winter day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 & finished salting my pork & went to bed at about 10 tiard & nearly sick with trouble, Sister is verry worrysome [in margin] Fairbanks had his leg operated on.

15th Sunday  cloudy & snowed a little not verry cold  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day a choaring round went to the office 3 times, was at home in evening wrote some & went to bed about 9 nearly sick & worne out with trouble  Mrs Stone went to meeting at 10 ½ & in the evening H Gould & family were here at supper & Elizer Stone, Rol Willson called.

16th Monday  fine winter weather with a  little snow  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 & went to bed at  9 ½.

17th Tuesday  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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 4 – 10, 1876

4th Wednesday  fine cool 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 & dishartened.

5th Thursday  fine for winter & cool  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & discouraged.

6th Friday  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 of sister got a letter from Caroline.

7th Saturday  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.

8th Sunday  A fine pleasant day with a cool air  I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring round & went to bed at 9 nearly sick & worn out with trouble we had some oysters  Eliza was here [in margin] oysters for supper.

9th Monday  fine with a little snow  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

10th Tuesday  fine weather for Dec but dry  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 27 – December 3, 1867

27th Wednesday  rather fine but cloudy & cool  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 nearly sick.

28th Thursday  A cloudy day & grew cold at night  I did my choars was at the office all day home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 nearly sick it snowed during the night an inch or two.

29th Friday  A snow squalley morning & forenoon  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 sick.

30th Saturday  A cold cloudy morning, the thurmometer at 3 degrees below zero cold  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick with a cold.

December 1st Sunday  rather a fine day but some cloudy  I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring round  Gould came at 2 & then went & found the colts at Galushas came home eat supper did my choars & went to bed at 9 about sick  Ada Bostwick & wife came & L V Resseguie in evening.

2nd Monday  rather 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 & discouraged.

3rd Tuesday  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 with a cold etc.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 13 – 19, 1867

13th Wednesday  fine cool weather & dry  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold  Kenyon mooved.

14th Thursday  fine cool weather  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 Kenyon mooved.

15th Friday  fine weather but cool & dry  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ sick went to bed at 9 ½ sick & worne out with a cold  Caroline came down with Wallace & stayed all night  Rol did not come.

16th Saturday  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 nearly sick & worne out with trouble  H Potter left & went to Perrys to board  Caroline & Mrs Stone went to Naperville with their boys to get clothes & boots for them & Mrs Gould walked up here & met them.

17th Sunday  A fine pleasant cool day  I did my choars went to Bliss & the store  then got Jonathan Pollards buggy with Bliss horse & went to Wm Jordens to get Sister, but she would not come & was contarary as she could be, I came home choared round got my colt out of Garys lot got my cider down cellar etc Gould & wife came here & brught up their old Malta cat etc I went to bed at 9 sick.

18th Monday  fine dry weather for Nov  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 nearly sick & worne out.

19th Tuesday  fine dry weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 6 – 12, 1867

6th Wednesday  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 with trouble & a cold.

7th Thursday  fine cool dry 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.

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

9th Saturday  fine weather but verry windy  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 sick with a cold.

10th Sunday  A fine day but quite windy  I did my choars went to the office twice and choared round the most of the day wrote some in evening  Shaved me and went to bed at 9 nearly sick with a cold etc.

11th Monday  fine dry 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.

12th Tuesday  fine dry 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 30 – November 5, 1867

30th Wednesday  fine for the season  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½.

31st Thursday  fine cool weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.

November 1st Friday  a pretty fine day for Nov  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 nearly sick.

2nd Saturday  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 with trouble.

3rd Sunday  A cloudy & verry windy day with thunder & rain at Naperville, the wind all most blew the tops of my stacks off  I did my choars was at the home all day a choaring round the house, Roll Caroline & Mrs Stone went to H Goulds & got wet, they got home between 4 & 5  I went to bed at 9, the wind split my window blind at store & left them loos last night.

4th Monday  rather fine 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.

5th Tuesday  a fine day for election  I did my choars was at the office till one came home eat dinner & went to election to Garys Mill came back to the store, Daniel Gross was elected treasurer, I came home at 9 & went to bed at 10 sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 23 – 29, 1867

23rd Wednesday  fine for Oct  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½  tiard & sick with trouble.

24th Thursday  fine but dry & cool, 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.

25th Friday  A fine day but dry  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & worn out with trouble.

26th Saturday  fine day for Oct  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & worn out with  Horace Potter came here at noon & stayed all night & over Sunday rained drg the night.

27th Sunday  A cloudy misty damp day  I did my choars was at the office about 10 came home and went to picking apples & choared round Gould & wife came here, Cal & Rol came in the evening.

28th Monday  rather fine dry & cool  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 nearly sick & worne out with trouble, Sarah Ward went to Wheaton for a short time & some think school will learn.

29th Tuesday  A fine cool day & dry  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”