Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 5 – 11, 1868

5th Thursday  a fine day 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 & worne out  Grant & others went to Wheaton to see the poll book but they would not let them see the book nor give the vote.

6th Friday  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, Waterman came to Naperville & demanded the poll book & took them to Wheaton & counted up & made the Wheaton ticket beat by fraudulent votes Henry Dasenbrouck died this evening about 10 oclock.

7th Saturday  A cloudy damp day & rained 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  Henry Dasenbrook died last night.

8th Sunday  A cloudy damp misty morning & day  I did my choars was at the house a choaring the most of the day went to office came home & went to bed at 9 about sick  Dasenbrooks funeral was today [in margin] Mr Dasenbrook was buried Dunlap preached at the Baptist meeting house.

9th Monday  a fine day 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 [in margin] Thomas Homer jumped into the well.

10th 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.

11th Wednesday  fine 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.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 29 – November 4, 1868

29th Thursday  pretty 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 etc [in margin] Crist from Warren came here.

30th Friday  A pretty fine day but began to rain about 4 was a rainey night with some lightning  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick Crist was here from Warren.

31st Saturday  Some cloudy & rainey in morning  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne to with trouble.

November 1st Sunday  rather cloudy in morning but cleared off pleasant & a beautiful afternoon & evening  I did my choars was at office 3 times, choared round the house & went to bed at 9 nearly sick & worne out  Eliza & Crist went to Naperville to H Goulds came back at about dark & went to meeting with Cal in evening.

2nd Monday  rather a fine day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at about 9 ½ nearly sick etc there was a festival at the Methodist Church and a meeting by Naperville folks  Dunlap etc  they took in about 80 dollars & got about 50 dols of it for the bell to the church  Warner had his mule stolen last night a Sunday night or about one oclock this morning & he has been up in my back field about 8 oclock  he was followed to Salt Creek & they went to _________.

3rd Tuesday  a fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day except going to election in afternoon came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ Crist started back to Warren this morning we honestly elected the Naperville ticket but the Wheaton polls were kep open till Friday before they would give their number of votes they put in a lot of fraudulent _________ & elected their men, Childs for Legislation Rinehart for Sherrif, Hull for Recorder, Hill for county clerk & Hagaman for Coroner & cheated Robins out of the legislature, Grant from Sherrif, Gloss from Recorder, Lewis C. Stover from Clerk & Price from Coriner [in margin] Election at Wheaton was a fraud for they changed voats & added voates by the poll back.

4th 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 nearly sick & worne out with trouble.”

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 3 – 9, 1868

3rd 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 sick & worne out with trouble  Miller at Winfield brought down Barber & Hall came for company & was at the saloon, Barber & Hall went somewhere & Miller got tiard of wating & started to find them, old Mrs McFerren came today.

4th Friday  A fine day for Sept. 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 Kenyon & Jose Hellm went to Naperville & came round by B Bartholomews to see Mrs McFerrin.

5th Saturday  rather a cloudy day & rained about five oclock & dureing the night  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 of Sister  Kenyon discharged Miss Helm & she went to Naperville & stayed at J Pomeroys, J Billings was there & left & met Barber Barber went & stayed a while.

6th Sunday  A cloudy damp disagreeable morning and day  I did my choars went to office came back & choared round the house, Saw John Billings was at the office in the evening came home & went to bed about 9, J Billings went to Geneva.

7th Monday  rather fine weather  I did my chaors was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ nearly worne out with Sister Joseph Helm went to Chicago.

8th Tuesday  cloudy & rained a part of the 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 & Sister, Mrs Stone commenced to D Kenyons tonight.

9th Wednsday  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 & worne out.”

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, August 20 – 26, 1868

20th Thursday rained some but fine 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.

21st Friday 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  [in margin] Naperville & Wheaton folks met to see about County Seat again.

22nd Saturday  A fine day for Aug  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ & R B Pollard came & I got up & went to the store came back after ten & went to bed sick Judges Willcox & Murphy desided at that the County Seat was at Naperville as long as the Suits were untryed.

23rd Sunday  A fine pleasant day  I did my choars was at the office after breckfust & came back was round home all day a choaring etc went to office at night came back & went to bed at 9 nearly sick & worne out with trouble.

24th Monday  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 with trouble & sister.

25th Tuesday  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 tiard & nearly sick with trouble & sister.

26th Wednesday  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 with Sister etc.”

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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 30- August 5, 1868

30th Thursday  fine hay 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.

31st Friday  A fine day with some clouds & rained during the evening or night  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½.

August 1st Saturday  rained in the morning & cleared off in afternoon & was fine  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½  [in margin] ___________ served on the Wheaton folks & Supervisors.

2nd Sunday  A fine day but some cloudy & sprinkled toward night  I did my choars was at home the most of the [day] a choaring round was at the office in morning at noon & night I went to bed at 9 ½  H Gould was here & family today.

3rd 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 sick & worne out.

4th Tuesday  rather a fine day some cloudy  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.

5th Wednesday  rather fine weather some showerey  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick  [in margin] R B Pollard got home from _________ city.”

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

23rd Thursday  A fine hot dry day things a suffering, 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.

24th Friday fine warm & very 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 & worne out with Sister  Judge Daniels & Doct Sedgwick came down & got the county records & took them to Wheaton.

25th Saturday  A fine hot dry day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ¾ went back to the store at  9 ¼ & let Grants dog out came home & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & worne out with trouble  Rol Willson & Dasenbrook got back from _________ Pat Wright & Mrs Norris were married today.

26th Sunday  A fine hot day with conciderable air & is smuckey & haisey  I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring round & fixing fence was about sick went to store in morning & at evening came home & went to bed at 9 nearly sick [in margin] Isack Reynolds home.

27th Monday  fine warm hay 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.

28th Tuesday  fine weather for July  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.

29th Wednesday  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.”

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.”