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

22nd Thursday  rather 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 & worne out with trouble.

23rd Friday  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 [in margin] John Billings came to Sims.

24th Saturday  fine weather 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 & worne out with trouble  John Billings & lady left Sim Billings this forenoon for Aurora, they came yesterday.

25th Sunday  A most beautiful warm pleasant day  I did my choars was at the office in morning at noon & night, was round the house the most of the day a choaring etc went to bed about 9 nearly sick  Mrs Stone & Eliza McNelly went to Wheaton with Emma  Stone for her to go to Indiana  Benjamin Hoath came.

26th 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 & worne out.

27th Tuesday  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 & worne out with trouble.

28th 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 etc.”

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

15th Thursday rather cloudy 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.

16th Friday  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 [in margin] John Billings married to Clarry Holly.

17th Saturday  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 sick & worne out.

18th Sunday  a fine day but some cloudy  I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring round went to the office 3 times came home & went to bed at 9 tiard & about sick, H Gould & family were here & Sabins highered man.

19th Monday  rather fine weather 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 & worne out.

20th Tuesday  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 worne out with trouble.

21st Wednesday  rather 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, October 8 – 14, 1868

8th Thursday  rather a cloudy damp day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

9th Friday  rather a 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 nearly sick & worne out with Sister.

10th Saturday  rather a fine day for Oct.  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 with trouble of Sister.

11th Sunday  A fine warm pleasant day  I did my choars went to the office came back & was round the house a choaring & cleaned out the stove pipe in the front room, picked some apples & choared round went to office at night came home & went to bed at 9.

12th Monday  rather fine weather 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 & worne out.

13th Tuesday  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  [in margin]  Elder Hunt wife had a daughter or son.

14th 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.”

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

October 1st Thursday  some cloudy & cool  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.

2nd Friday  rather 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.

3rd Saturday  rather 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.

4th Sunday  rather a fine day & warme  I did my choars was at the office several times but at home the most of the time a choaring round & went to bed at about 9 nearly worne out with trouble Ben Hoath & Miss Filer called here about 3 P M  They went home about dusk & Eliza went home with Miss Filer.

5th Monday  rather fine weather 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, Rolen got home sick.

6th Tuesday  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.

7th Wednesday  rather a cloudy damp day  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 24 – 30, 1868

24th Thursday  rather cloudy  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 with Sister.

25th Friday  rather 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.

26th Saturday  cloudy 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.

27th Sunday  cloudy damp weather & windy  I did my choars was at the office in forenoon 2 times, was at the house the most of the day a choaring round cleaned out the Back house was at office in evening came home & went to bed 9  Griffeth called here.

28th 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 & nearly worne out with trouble of Sister.

29th Tuesday  fine weather for Sept but cool  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 [in margin] Rolen went with Dasenbruch.

30th Wednesday  Some cloudy & damp had rained some  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, 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 10 – 16, 1868

10th Thursday  rather fine some cloudy  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] Eliza went home with Barrus.

11th Friday  rather a rainey 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.

12th Saturday  rather 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.

13th Sunday  A fine cool pleasant day  I did my choars went to the office & back choared round the house went to office in the evening came home & went to bed at 9 nearly sick  Ben Hoath called to see Eliza & she was over to Filers.

14th Monday  rather fine weather for Sept. 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.

15th Tuesday  A fine day 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 Sister [in margin] Wheaton fair commenced today.

16th Wednesday  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 went to the Fair & back & then to the Ball at Wheaton in evening & to his fathers to stay over 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.”