Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 18 – 24, 1869

18th Thursday  fine weather but muddy  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  fine weather with light flury of snow  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 [in margin] R Willson died at Sherman Willsons near Taylorville Iowa at about 11 oclock at night.

20th Saturday  A cloudy raw day, ground covered with snow  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–.

21st Sunday  snow fell several inches last night & the ground was covered with snow several inches, winterey weather  I did my choars went to the office & back choared round the house wrote some & went to office in the evening came home & went to bed at 9 nearly sick [in margin] R Willson was buried.

22nd Monday  rather 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 Sister.

23rd Tuesday  fine weather for Feb  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ & was about sick & worne out with trouble.

24th Wednesday  fine weather for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 11-17, 1869

11th Thursday  fine warm weather & muddy  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 Stone came back at supper time.

12th Friday  A cloudy muddy warm 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.

13th Saturday  I did my choars it was a cloudy forenoon & a rainey afternoon & evening  I was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with trouble  Mrs Stone went to D Kenyons & stayed after night.

14th Sunday  A warm cloudy foggy morning & broake away some in middle & after part of the day  I did my choars went to the office came home & eat breckfust choared round the house wrote some & went to the office in the evening came home & went to bed at 9 nearly sick & worne out.

15th Monday  fine winter weather for Feb  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.

16th Tuesday  fine weather but muddy  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.

17th Wednesday  the weather is mild & roads muddy  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, February 4 – 10, 1869

4th Thursday  fine winter weather with a little snowfall  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick etc.

5th 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 & worne out [in margin] a mild winter.

6th Saturday  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 & worne out.

7th Sunday  A fine cloudy mild day  I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring & was at the office in evening came home & went to bed at about 9 nearly sick & worne out with Sister & other troubles.

8th Monday  fine winter weather like April  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 & sickness.

9th Tuesday  fine warm muddy weather for winter  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.

10th Wednesday  fine warm 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 28 – February 2, 1869

28th Thursday  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.

29th Friday  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 nearly sick Fredenhagens wife had a son.

30th Saturday  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.

31st Sunday  A fine day for winter & thawing so it was muddy  I did my choars was at the house all day cut up my pigs went to office at night came home & went to bed at about 9 nearly sick Daniel Kenyon & housekeeper came about 11 & stayed to supper & went home about 8 ½ & Ben Hoath came about that time & stayed till ____.

February 1st 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 ½ nearly sick & worne out with Sister.

2nd Tuesday  fine mild winter 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.

3rd Wednesday  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 nearly sick & worne out with trouble.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 21 – 27, 1869

21st 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 sick.

22nd Friday  A fine day for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick  Moses Bliss was buried Elder Button preached.

23rd 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 sick & worne out  Mrs Stone came & stayed all night.

24th Sunday  A fine day but cold cloudy night & stormed a little  I did my choars was at the house all day about sick with the cold & rheumatism went to the office in evening came back & called at Blisses & see Mrs Lewis came home wrote some & went to bed about 9 sick.

25th Monday  rather fine for winter  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

26th Tuesday  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 nearly sick etc.

27th 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 nearly sick [in margin] no snow on ground.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 7 – 13, 1869

7th Thursday  A most beautiful day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick & worne out with trouble  Ben Hoath came last night & stayed & carried Caroline & Eliza to Barruses & back today & stayed all night again it commenced raining some time in the night.

8th Friday  a rainey day  I did my choars was at office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out with Sister.

9th Saturday  More pleasant & froz  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 Sunday  A fine pleasant day  I did my choars was at the house the most of the day went to the office in forenoon & evening, choared round the most of the day went to bed about 9 nearly sick  J B Clark called & paid 15 dols that I let Willson have on the lodges acpt.

11th Monday  rather fine winter weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & worne out with trouble.

12th Tuesday  a fine pleasant day for winter  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  Chancy Baly caught James Laird in his bedroom with his wife about 9 oclock this evening & shot him as he was a coming out of the bedroom he got out of the outer door a rod or so & fell ded on a snow drift, Baly went & told Wm Laird & Thomas Finly of it.

13th Wednesday fine weather for Jan & pretty good waggoning  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 [in margin] got Elizas express package from Warren & paid $2.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 31, 1868 – January 6, 1869

31st Thursday  fine winter 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.

January 1st Friday 1869  A fine day but some cloudy & storny in evening  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, nothing new for New Years all still as usual.

2nd Saturday  snowed pretty fast in morning & forenoon more pleasant in afternoon  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.

3rd Sunday  rather a cloudy day but thawed conciderable about 10 inches of snow on the ground  I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring round & sawing wood went to the office in the evening came home and went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

4th Monday  A 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.

5th Tuesday  fine weather for winter  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.

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 nearly sick & worne out with Sister  Ben Hoath came & stayed all night.”

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

24th Thursday  A cold fine day for winter  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] Christmas tree at night.

25th Friday  A pretty 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  Mrs Stone stayed last night.

26th Saturday  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 about sick, Mrs Stone stayed at Rogers.

27th Sunday  rather a fine forenoon but a snowey afternoon & pleasant moonshine evening  I did my choars was at home the most of the day went to office about 10 & in the evening came home wrote some & went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

28th Monday  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.

29th Tuesday  fine weather for Dec, 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.

30th Wednesday  fine weather & not cold  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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 17 – 23, 1868

17th Thursday  a fine winter day good sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.

18th Friday  A fine day for winter good sleighing but thawed conciderable  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick  Resseguies & Rogers drew wood for me 4 loads each Jerry Dady chopped.

19th Saturday  A fine warm day & thawed fast spoild the sleighing  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 Stone came here from Pelhams & stayed overnight  windy night.

20th Sunday  A windy raw day wind blew hard  I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring round the house, went to the store in the evening came back after calling at Kenyons & went to bed at 9 sick Mrs Stone & Tom Pelham eat supper here & then went home, Reseguie brought the trunk home after he took the buck boar tonight or tomorrow morning at 5 or 6 oclock  [in margin]  William Lamb took the buck  The Wheaton folks got the Recorders about 150 went down after them.

21st Monday  rather a fine cool day grew cold all 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, Rolen Willson went to Wheaton with L V Resseguie to start in the evening for Shirms Willsons in Iowa, at 10 tonight [in margin] Rollen Willson started for Iowa to Sherm Willsons the Wheaton folks got the recorders books this morning.

22nd Tuesday  A cold 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 trouble.

23rd Wednesday  fine cold 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 with trouble.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 3 – 9, 1868

3rd Thursday  A fine day with a cool air  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  Rolen Caroline & Eliza went to Aurora, Resseguie carried them.

4th Friday  A snowey morning & snowed the most of the day  snow to the depth of 6 or 8 inches  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out  Mrs Stone went up to Owens.

5th Saturday  rather a fine day & pretty good sleighing  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½.

6th Sunday  A fine day but cloudy  I did my choars was at the house a choaring round the most of the day went to the office about 1 for Jerry Pollard fixed my howell some, went to office in evening came home 7 went to bed at 9 nearly sick & worne out with trouble & Sister  Caroline, Eliza & Wallace went to hear a man speak.

7th Monday  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 sick.

8th Tuesday  fine cold winter weather with 10 inches of snow on the ground  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.

9th Wednesday  cold winter 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.”