Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 29 – February 4, 1868

29th 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  Mrs Jorden came to see sister.

30th Thursday  fine weather & good sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day came home  8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

31st Friday  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  Mrs Jorden came.

February 1st Saturday  A fine day & good sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day came home 8 ½ 8 went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & discouraged  L V Resseguie drew wood for me from my woods & Connel chopped sled length.

2nd Sunday  A fine day & some cloudy  I did my choars went to office came back choared round the house etc went to bed about 9 sick Mrs Stone went to Bostwicks & Kenyons & Pollards Mrs Jorden came to see Sister.

3rd Monday  A fine cool winter 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 out with trouble  Mrs Mary Manning wife of Theodore Manning died this morning at fifteen minutes past 8, 8 ½ with inflemation on the powels  William Jorden father of Pat Jorden an Irishman died today about 10 or 11 in forenoon.

4th 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  Mrs Jorden was here to see sister.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 22 – 28, 1868

22nd Wednesday  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 sick & worne out with trouble  Mr R Mannings house took fire about 3 ½ & burned all down in short time they saved the furnature.

23rd Thursday  A fine day but snowed some  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] Mrs Stone sick.

24th Friday  fine winter weather with some snow  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] Pollard and Waterman got home from Michigan.

25th Saturday  rather fine & some snowey  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  Mrs Stone sick.

26th Sunday  rather a fine day but cloudy & snowed some & blowed some  I did my choars went to the office & back  choared round the house went to office 2 times in afternoon & called at Kenyons in morning came home and went to bed at about 9 nearly sick.

27th Monday  A fine winter 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 & tiard.

28th Tuesday  fine weather for winter  I did my chaors was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 9 ½ sick, Sister sick & Mrs Jorden came.”

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, September 4- 10, 1867

4th Wednesday  rather fine for Sept. I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

5th Thursday  rather a fine day for the season  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

6th Friday  some cloudy with a light shower  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.

7th Saturday  A fine day for Sept  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & about sick.

8th Sunday  A fine pleasant day  I did my choars got Bliss horse & Pollards carriage & went to Batavia & got my sister & brought her home got home between 3 & 4 choared round & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with trouble etc.

9th 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 nearly sick & worne out [in margin] thrashed oats Owen machine.

10th Tuesday  fine weather  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 with trouble.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 22 – 28, 1867

22nd Wednesday  cold backward weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick & tuckered out with sister.

23rd Thursday  cold backward weather for May  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick.

24th Friday cold backward weather rained & hailed a little  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick.

25th Saturday  A cloudy damp morning & cold  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly worn out.

26th Sunday A cold pleasant day I did my choars turned my colt into the paster & fixed my fence & choared round, got Jont Pollards horse & buggy & carried sister out a riding west as far as Finleys came back & choared round & went to bed at 9.

27th Monday  rather fine cold weather for the season  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at  8 ½ & went to bed about 10 tiard & nearly sick with a cold & trouble.

28th Tuesday rather fine but cold for the season  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick with a cold & very kep awake by Sister.”

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

6th Wednesday  good sleighing over a foot & half of snow  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

7th Thursday  fine winter weather thawed some  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick with a cold.

8th Friday  fine winter weather & thawed some grew cold at night   I did my choars was at the office all day etc  I come home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ about sick with a cold etc.

9th Saturday  A cold morning the murcury stood at 8 degrees below zero in morning a cold day & night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick with a  cold, thurmometer below zero at sunset.

10th Sunday  A cold pleasant morning & cold day, clouded up about noon & looked like snow  The mercury stood in the thurmometer at _____ degrees below zero in the morning  I did my choars was at the office about 10 & 1 ½, choared round the house the most of the day & round hog pen & howel  I was at office in evening came home & went to bed about 9 about sick  Protracted meeting yet  R B Pollard got home from Vermont.

11th Monday  rather fine weather for winter  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.

12th Tuesday  rather fine & a growing more warm  I did my choars was at the I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 14 – 20, 1866

14th Wednesday  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 with a cold.

15th 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 about sick.

16th Friday  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.

17th Saturday  A fine cool & some cloudy day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick  R B Pollard came home from Iowa  wher Ed Brown was.

18th Sunday  rather a fine morning but cloudy in middle & after part of day & sprinkled at about 2 or 3  I did my choars was round home the most of the day went to the office twice, the last time with Goulds & Whitny  his wife called at Willsons a short time & they went back as it began to sprinkle  Willson & Caroline eat supper here I was at Willsons in evening came home went to bed between 8 & 9 tiard & about sick with a cold Matta Gould stayed overnight.

19th Monday  rather a fine day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

20th Tuesday  rather fine weather for Nov  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 31 – November 6, 1866

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

November 1st Thursday  rather fine but cool & some cloudy  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick, Schovell & wife Fredenhagen & wife, Sim Billings & wife & Caroline Willson went down to Naperville in the stage to a Ball & Caroline came back home with R Pollard.

2nd Friday  rather a fine day but some cloudy  I did my choars was at the office all day came home 8 ½ to bed 9 ½ tiard & sick.

3rd Saturday  rather 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 sick  Henry Rogers was married to Roset Beardsly this afternoon at Turner by Methodist minister.

4th Sunday  A cold cloudy raw day & cleared off in evening  I did my choars & went to Goulds with Bliss horse Wallace went with me got home at sunset went to Salors & got my photograph taken went to store in evening went to bed at 8 ½ sick Roll Cal went to Sher Willsons.

5th Monday  rather fine weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & lonely.

6th Tuesday  a fine day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 17 – 23, 1866

17th  Wednesday  fine weather 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 nearly sick [in margin] J F Pollard drew stone.

18th Thursday  fine weather for Oct. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ lonely & nearly sick.

19th Friday  A cloudy damp day & rained som  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

20th Saturday  A cloudy damp rainey day & evening & hailed a little about 10 A M was a nasty day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick with a cold.

21st Sunday  A cloudy damp disagreeable day with several showers  I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring round the house, cleaned out the hog pen etc was at the office once & went to bed at 9 nearly sick.

22nd Monday  rather cloudy & cool  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.

23rd Tuesday  rather fine weather but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 10 – 16, 1866

10th Wednesday  rather a fine hot day but cloudy in morning  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick  Sam Wright & Emma Graves were married this evening at Aurora by Elder Button.

11th Thursday  last day of the fair  A cloudy morning & 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.

12th Friday  cloud in morning 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 lonely & nearly sick with a cold.

13th Saturday  T Westcott got a Jerrys  A cloudy morning & fine day I did my choars was at the office all day evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick G Sidwell came to Winfield & stayed.

14th Sunday  A fine pleasant day & evening  I did my choars churned choared round the house  picked some apples etc went to the store towards night did my choars & went to bed at 9 nearly sick with a cold G Sidwell came while I was a eating breckfust, he was sick He came from Mrs Holmes yesterday & stayed at Winfield R Willson & Caroline went to H Goulds  R B Pollard 4th child & second daughter was born this morning.

15th Monday  rather a fine day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

16th Tuesday  rather fine 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.”