Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 26 – December 2, 1868

26th Thursday  A fine pleasant day & night  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 thanksgiven day we had a chicken for dinner & oysters for supper  Kenyon had John Billings & Sim Billings & their ladies to supper & 3 cans of oysters.

27th 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.

28th Saturday A fine pleasant day & night  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ or got ready when R B Pollard came to have me go to the office for a letter & he stayed till 11, when I came home & went bed & they to _________.

29th Sunday  A fine day with a cool south wind  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day, went to the store & sold 2 suits clothes choared round the house wrote some & went to the office again in the evening came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick, Caroline & Eliza went to the concert at Baptist house.

30th Monday  fine weather for Nov  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 [in margin] Mrs Stone left Kenyons.

December 1st Tuesday  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 [in margin] Mrs Stone came at night.

2nd 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.”

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, August 6 – 12, 1868

6th Thursday  fine weather with a shower  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.

7th Friday  rather damp hay weather a shower last night  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.

8th Saturday  verry windy & cool  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  R B Pollard got home from Chicago.

9th Sunday  A cool cloudy morning but more pleasant during the day  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day a choaring round & fixing fence etc went to the office in forenoon & in afternoon & went to bed about 9 nearly sick [in margin] Ben Horth carried Elizabeth to Holmes.

10th Monday  rather fine weather but rained a little  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 my cows got through Garys fence into his field & he set the dogs & boys ahorseback & run them so that it nearly killed my old cow, and dryed them up so that the old cow gave but a pint at a milking for three or four days & gave not more than a tea cup full at one milking  [in margin] J P Garys dogs & boys run my cows so that it nearly dryed them up.

11th Tuesday  rather a fine day but some cloudy  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.

12th Wednesday  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 with trouble.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 7 – 13, 1867

7th Wednesday  fine weather & hot  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick & worne out.

8th Thursday  A fine pleasant hot 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  Resseguie stack the first part of my oats, Charles R Leonard got here from New Lebanon at noon.

9th Friday  a fine forenoon but several showers in the afternoon  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick.

10th Saturday  A pretty fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick  Charles went to Naperville in forenoon & to Carpenters in the afternoon with Mrs Bliss & got back in the evening [in margin] R B Pollard got home tonight.

11th Sunday  A fine cool pleasant day with some clouds  I did my choars went to office with Charles & back choared round the house some & laid down in the middle of day & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick  Dr Charles Estes & wife & daughter were here after supper & stayed a short time with Mrs Bliss, they with Carpenters folks were at Bliss to tea  Charles went & stayed to Carpenters over night.

12th Monday  rather a fine day with a shower in afternoon or several showers  I was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 nearly sick, Charles Leonard went to Aurora with Mrs Bliss & got home after dark  they went to P. Carpenters & took supper.

13th Tuesday  A cloudy muddy morning but more pleasant in afternoon I did my choars was at the office in the morning & got ready & started for Batavia with my sister about 10 oclock  got there at noon & got back at 3 P.M. was at the store the rest of the day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 nearly sick & worne out with trouble [in margin] I took Sister to the Insane hospital at Batavia.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 24- 30, 1867

24th Wednesday  A fine hot day with a fine breeze  I did my choars was at the store till 9 when I got ready to go to Naperville with Sister, started in forenoon & come back & went in afternoon again got home about 6 went to store in evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10, the juror brought sister in as insane  Sam Wrights wife had a daughter today or tonight thurmometer stood at 100, Brooks Austin said to of died this week.

25th Thursday  A fine hot day some cloudy & a sprinkle or too  I did my choars was at the office all day came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick, Recd & put a belt on Sister carried off a load of oats 58 cts.

26th Friday  A fine hay day but airey  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 sick  T W Watson carried off my last load of oats today got 58cts a bushel Ed Brown came here.

27th Saturday  A fine hay day & hot  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick.

28th Sunday  A fine pleasant day but verry windy  I did my choars was at the office after breckfust came back choared round the house & went to the office again & back went to bed about 9, nearly sick R B Pollard got home this morning or in the night  Mrs Stone went to Carolines about 10 [in margin] R B Pollerd got home from Nebraska.

29th Monday  rather fine weather for haying  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick with trouble etc.

30th Tuesday  A fine hay day, I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 tiard & sick with trouble, Mrs Stone went up to help Caroline.”