1888 DIARY OF CHARLES LUKE KEITH, JR.
Jan 1 – Very Blustrous a regular Dacota Blizzard. H. A. Brown, Ethan, Hannah, Claud & Bess, went up to Tip Towns.
Jan 2 – Took Nancy and girls down to Mrs Browns. I went up to Mrs Fords got Mates wrap.
Jan 3 – Went down to Mrs Browns after Nancy and girls took them over to Burg. They went home. Took the Hams down to Mrs Brown in afternoon.
Jan 4 – Took Hannah down to Mr Mitchels in afternoon. Jim and Arthur Arms cut and drawed wood.
Jan 5 – Took Ina home in morning. Worked on cross head in afternoon. Theodore came down and Babited one side. Fred Franklin got his axhelve.
Jan 6 – Worked in shop on cross head. Theodore and Ethan Babited the other side.
Jan 7 – Went down to Katharines in morning. Ethan and Theodore finished the cross Head. Snowed like fun when we came home.
Jan 8 – About one inch and half snow this morning. Sun came out bright in morning. Will Brown hunting for Hog.
Jan 9 – Cold. Not much done. Drawed one load wood. Took some cobs down to Mrs Brown in morning.
Jan 10 – Very cold and blustrous. Nothing done but chores.
Jan 11 – Went over to burg in morning got calendar. Brot Mr Hawks Bass viol over for repairs. Took the Belly of in afternoon. George Blake and wife called here.
Jan 12 – Cold blustrous day. Worked on bull fiddle. A. Armes called here for Jim. Rained in night.
Jan 13 – 5 abz cold blustring day. Worked on Big fiddle. Young Ogden came after Hannah. Put top on Jims violin. Mr David Freer Died to day.
Jan 14 – Worked on Big fiddle. Cold day. Went over to burg in afternoon got bag bran for cow 30¢. Snowed in night.
Jan 15 – At home all day. Mr Freer Buried to day. Dell, Lois and Ina here in Evening.
Jan 16 – 9 Mercury 9 Below zero this morning. Judson Howlet came after Hannah. Worked on Double Bass viol.
Jan 17 – Worked in shop some on Big Fiddle. Cold day.
Jan 18 – Worked in shop some on Bass viol. Went over got clamps to put Bass viol to gether with.
Jan 19 – Good sleighing. Worked in shop on viol.
Jan 20 – Cold day. Went over took Mr Buralls clamps home. Glued upper End of top on Bass fiddle.
Jan 21 – Mercury 15 below zero this morning. Hannah and I went to Kalamazoo. Bot suit clothes $12.00. Very much cold day.
Jan 22 – At home. Clara and George came up here. Very nice pleasant day.
Jan 23 – Worked in Kitchen took of plaster and lath leveled up the joists.
Jan 24 – Mercury 9 below. Put back the floor in Kitchen. Cold day. Jim went to Kalamazoo.
Jan 25 – Worked in shop some on Big fiddle. Put top on Bass Viol in part.
Jan 26 – Finished putting the top on Bass viol. Went over to Burg in afternoon. Sarah went down to Mrs Browns. Old Mrs Russell Buried to day.
Jan 27 – Mercury at zero. Worked on Bass Viol. Very nice day. First rate sleighing. Jim worked for Vansickler and Stilson.
Jan 28 – Went over to Burg Bot flooring and ceiling for Kitchen $5.00. Took Bass Viol over Mr Hawks paid $4.00. Ethan went to Kalamazoo. Nice day good sleighing. Charley Town brot lumber over.
Jan 29 – Went over to George Blakes to a Spiritual meeting. Had a good time.
Jan 30 – Mercury 28 Abz in morning. Ethan got home at noon. Commenced putting down floor.
Jan 31 – Laying floor in Kitchen put down about half. Fine winter weather first rate sleighing.
Feb 1 – Went over to burg got ceiling of John Allen 160 feet $1.40. Laid floor in afternoon. Ella Chadwick married to night. Very nice day.
Feb 2 – Ethan and Lizzy Brown went to Kalamazoo. I finished laying the floor in Kitchen.
Feb 3 – Hung Kitchen door. Not very well. Ethan putting on ceiling. Henry Webster got the cutter to go to the Dance.
Feb 4 – Worked in Kitchen some not much. Not very well.
Feb 5 – Not very well. At home. Sarah went went over to Forbush Blakes.
Feb 6 – Not much work to day. Ethan putting on ceiling. I put the last tutch on floor. Not well any way.
Feb 7 – Lois came over helped Hannah. Cold bluster, snowed and blowed like fun at night.
Feb 8 – Cold blustring day. Took 4 bushels wheat to mill. Bot paint and oil. Jim and Charley Griffith chopping for H. D. Streator.
Feb 9 – 15, cold blustring. Went over to burg bot paper. Went down to Katharines took her dress down. Cold, mercury 15 below zero 9 oclock in Evening.
Feb 10 – 3 below. Went over after Lois in morning. Bot oil cloth.
Feb 11 – 6 below. Went over to Burg in morning after Lois. Bot tamper for stove in middle room. Changed the stove[?]. Put the carpets down. Ethan finished painting.
Feb 12 – 4 below. At home. Not very well. Sarah went over to Blake. Jesse Earl came down here made a short visit. Nice day. Woods folks no come down.
Feb 13 – At home. Not very well. Chored round some.
Feb 14 – Went over to burg. Got letter from Nell Gillett.
Feb 15 – D. and Lou came home to day. Not very cold.
Feb 16 – D and Lou went to Wm Ralphs. D and Lou here. Jim went up to Augusta after oats. I bot 5 bushels $1.90¢. I mended chair and small table for Mrs Brown. Filed saw for C. Town.
Feb 17 – Lou and D. here. Not much work to day. Cleared out shop.
Feb 18 – Ethan and Jim went to Kalamazoo to sign papers for nut lock. Ethan stayed Jim came home. D and Lou went over to Burg.
Feb 19 – Rained some. D. and Lou here all day. Em and Cora came down. Rained quite hard.
Feb 20 – D. and Lou went home on 11.55 run. Some what blustrous.
Feb 21 – Went over to Burg at noon. No mail from Walter and Nell. They came on Nine Oclock Accommodation Evening. Theodore and Allice here in afternoon and Evening.
Feb 22 – Went over to Burg. No mail from Walter and Nell. They came on 9 oclock train in Evening.
Feb 23 – Ethan Jim went after Katharine. She came stayed all night. Nice day.
Feb 24 – Lee came up after Katharine in afternoon. Ethan went over got Lois and Ina. They stayed all night. Rainy night.
Feb 25 – Ethan took Lois and Ina home in morning. Rained and snowed and Blowed, some Blustrous day. Ethan, Jim, Hannah, Walter and Nell went over to Lois. Stayed all day.
Feb 26 – At home. Walter and Nell here. Cold blustring day.
Feb 27 – Ethan, Hannah, Jim, Walter and Nell went to Kalamazoo. Cold blustring day. They had Cap Rowlands team.
Feb 28 – Ethan stayed all night. Hannah went down to Mr Randals. Cull Towns Boy Born this morning.
Feb 29 – Took Hannah over to Burg. Bot half Bushel Potatoes 55 cts. Rained in night.
Mar 1 – Ethan went to Kalamazoo. I turned D. Ball club. Very muddy, snow most gone.
Mar 2 – At home. Not very well. Charley Town and Fanny here in Evening. Had a circle.
Mar 3 – Went to mill took two bushels wheat. Bot 30 lbs Bran 30 cts. Herb and wife and boy, Theodore and wife here in Evening and a Mr Far. Nancy and girls came up on 6 oclock run.
Mar 4 – Nancy & girls went down to Mrs Browns.
Mar 5 – Nancy and girls went home on 11.55 train. I not very mooch well some not mooch.
Mar 6 – Jim and Charley Grifeth drawed wood. Cold windy day.
Mar 7 – I put top on Calvin Streators violin. Pleasant day. Sarah went up to Hat and Lib Taylors. Jim chopping for Fred Franklin. Mr Russel Died to night Ae. 93 years.
Mar 8 – Not much work to day. Worked in shop some. Done the chores. Charley and Fanny Town here in Evening.
Mar 9 – Chored round. Put finger Board on violin. Henry Winters stayed here all night. Rainy night. Mr Russel buried to day.
Mar 10 – Rainy day. Jim worked for H. D. Streator. I Bot 4 bushels corn of C. Town 55¢ pr Bushel $2.20 cts.
Mar 11 – At home all day. Sate came over and sewed for Hannah.
Mar 12 – Ethan took Sate home. I am not very well. Choring some. Hannah went up to Tip Towns this Evening.
Mar 13 – Worked in shop some. Sawed out finger board for my violin.
Mar 14 – Put finger board on to the violin. Cold windy day.
Mar 15 – Not very well. Took Fan up to Flanders to get Jersey calf. Nice day. Eunice Town brot Hannah home afternoon.
Mar 16 – Worked round in shop some. Nice day. T. B. Lord died to day Ae. 74 years & 5 months and one day.
Mar 17 – Went over to burg in morning got some things, new bacin. Went up to Herbs got some cucumber pickles.
Mar 18 – Went over to Geo Blakes had a first rate time. Lois, Hannah and Sate went. Mr T. B. Lord buried to day.
Mar 19 – Mended the girls clothes bars. Jim & Hannah went to Kalamazoo. Some rainy in afternoon.
Mar 20 – Hannah went down to Mrs Streators. Very much rainy day.
Mar 21 – Made wash Bench for Hat & Lib Taylor. Cold wind.
Mar 22 – 6 Abz in morning, cold blustring day, snow flies Lively. Filed saw for Taylor girls. Lee got the wash Bench.
Mar 23 – Mercury 3 below zero. Went over to burg. Took Ethans Binder castings over to Foundry. They are fitting them up. Bot half Bushell potatoes of Turney 55 cts.
Mar 24 – Cold blustring day very cold. Wing got the Alphadelphia Association Books from Taylors. The girls moved over to the Burg to day. Mr Brower moved to day into the girls House.
Mar 25 – 16 Abz cold wind all day, fine snow some rain. Mrs Josh Wheaton Died to day.
Mar 26 – Hannah went up to Wm Ralphs to work. Ethan over to Foundry.
Mar 27 – Mended frame to Hat and Libbies hanghing[?] Lamp. Some cool day.
Mar 28 – Went over to foundry after Ethans castings. Took the girls Lamp frame over. They let Lockhart have the Horse & carriage to day. Mrs Wheaton Buried.
Mar 29 – Made some whiffletrees for Charley Town.
Mar 30 – Made small pan for Will Brown. Clara Millham came up to day.
Mar 31 – Hannah went to Kalamazoo to work in shop for Mrs William. Jim went to Shelbyville to work for D Harris. I went over to burg 3 times.
Apr 1 – At home all day. No one here.
Apr 2 – Nice day for town meeting. Went over in afternoon. Evva Blake here a while in afternoon. Set Wiandot Hen on 13 Eggs this afternoon. Mrs Julia Johnson found dead to day.
Apr 3 – Chored round not much work. Had a chase after Fan and Jim. They went up to Culls wheat.
Apr 4 – Went down to Katharines. Nice day. Got some warm shugar. Mrs Johnson buried to day.
Apr 5 – At home doing chores and helping Sally what I can.
Apr 6 – Tinkering in shop some. Filed saw for Mr Caywood one for Dod Sumner. Lois came over stayed all night.
Apr 7 – Ethan and Lois went down to Katharines. I went up to Jesse Earls to see Herbs Buggy wheels. De boxes am brake.
Apr 8 – Went down to Mrs Browns held the meeting there. Woods, Chichesters, Wilsons, Keiths, Streators, Blakes, Cyrus Streator. M. O. Streator, Ambrose Brown, T. Ford & Susan Giddings all there and talked some.
Apr 9 – Went down to Mr Streators to see if I could get some hay. Rainy afternoon. Got two galons cyrup of Will Brown.
Apr 10 – Went over to Burg after medicine and boxes for Herbs wheels no got some. Cold windy day rain some not much.
Apr 11 – Lizzie and Ray here all day. She paid ten Dollars. I went up to E O Umphrys farm bot Hay. Nice day some wind.
Apr 12 – Mr Laurence Brot one tun Hay $10.00. Went up to Laurences fore noon Bot ½ tun Hay. Laurence brot it down in afternoon pd $15.79 cts.
Apr 13 – Worked in shop cut out stuff for Hannahs square.
Apr 14 – Went to burg took over two bushels wheat and 9½ Doz Eggs bot Bran 35 cts. Hannah came home worked on squair marked it of.
Apr 15 – Went over to Harry Wilsons to a Spiritual meeting.
Apr 16 – Took Hannah over to burg. She went to Kalamazoo on the 11.15 train.
Apr 17 – Charley Tousley got the Jack varnished W. H. Knaps pattern. Harry Crawford here all day. He left on the nine oclock train for Chicago. Cullen Town commenced cultivating the south lot for oats.
Apr 18 – Went over to burg bot one bushel and 3 pecks clover seed $7.81 cts paid $2.00. Cul Town cultivating the ground for oats.
Apr 19 – Went over got Lois. Took over 3.¾ lbs Butter 20 cts per lb. Snowed some. Cull commenced sowing oats. Bot clover seed one Bushel and 3 pecks 4.50 pr B. 7.88 cts paid $2.00.
Apr 20 – Went over to burg after Lois. Cullen Town commenced sowing oats. Snowed some.
Apr 21 – Cull finished sowing oats. Nice day. He sowed fourteen acres.
Apr 22 – At home. No one here. Turned Bill out in East lot.
Apr 23 – Set Boxes in Herbs wheels. Fine day. The Potatoes came to night to the Burg. Fire in Burg this morning Gus Osgoods store Burned out the inside left the shell standing.
Apr 24 – Went over to burg got 2 bbls Potatoes. They came from Perry N.Y. Frank and Walter sent them. Went down to Katharines in afternoon. Sarah went down to Mrs Streator.
Apr 25 – Herb got his wheels this morning. R. E. Strait here this morning. I cleaned yard some. Nice day quite warm in afternoon.
Apr 26 – Cleaned out yard chored round wheeled out some dirt.
Apr 27 – Will Brown plowed potato ground and garden. Ethan and Charley Town went to Kalamazoo. Set Major at night on 15 Eggs.
Apr 28 – 94 Mercury 94 four Abz. I sick to day. Will dragged the tatoe ground and garden. Drew two loads polls. Very hot and dry.
Apr 29 – At home. Nice day. No one here. I not much well some.
Apr 30 – Very cold wet rain all day. Not much work out, to wet.
May 1 – Sent Mrs Streator some potatoes. Charley Town got ashes. I plowed garden and potatoe ground planted my Dacota taters. Ethan planted potatoes, corn, onions, peas, parsnips and varius things.
May 2 – Fine day not very warm. Planted potatoes south of Barn. Dexa and Bell at the Burg on their way to York State to west Oneonta.
May 3 – Went over to burg in morning. Bot shoes for Sarah $1.00. Cleaned yard some. Ethan took the old Binder to peaces to get the bolts for the new one.
May 4 – Worked round house and yard. Hannah and Vern came home.
May 5 – Went over to Burg. Nancy and Lelah and Bes came up on noon train. I went over got Bes.
May 6 – Very nice warm day. Mr James Powers and wife, George Blake and wife, Mrs. Brown and Charley Town here. Had a good time. Mr James Lawler Buried to day.
May 7 – Rainy. I took Hannah down to Mrs Streators. Hannah, Nancy and the girls went home on noon train. Charley Town commenced plowing the East lot.
May 8 – Went over to Burg got boards for the Binder apron. Filed two saws for G. P. Oatman. Had a heavy shower some thunder. Went up to Herbs after cabbage plants no got him.
May 9 – Nice warm morning looks rainy. Not very well. Chored round as usual.
May 10 – Mrs Frank Hodgman Died this morning. Mrs Will Johnson Died. Went over to burg got cabbage plants.
May 11 – Dug some Sassafras grubs in forenoon. Ethan and Charley making corn planter. Had big rain all night.
May 12 – Cool strong wind in forenoon. Mrs Flora Hodgman Buried to day. Mrs Will Johnson Buried to day. Grant Oatman got his saws he paid 40 cts.
May 13 – Cool and windy all day. Mr McLewis and Lady called to see Hannah.
May 14 – Mercury 39 cool, snowed some in morning.
May 15 – Grubbed out the Blackberry bushes in west garden. Mrs Leonard Evvins Buried to day. Ethan and Charley working on corn planter.
May 16 – Sarah went over to Lois. Mrs Brockway there. Hannah there making a Dress for Mrs B.
May 17 – Worked in garden. Went over to burg bot cabbage and tomato plants.
May 18 – Worked some in garden. Not very well.
May 19 – Charley finished planting East lot.
May 20 – At home all day. Ethan and Hannah went to Kalamazoo.
May 21 – Plowed out strawberries and cabbage, peas and onions and oder dings. Charley Clark came here stayed all night.
May 22 – Warm morning. Charley left for home on seven twenty seven run A M.
May 23 – Went to mill took 2 bushels wheat. Bot 2 bushels corn of Schroder and Olin 65 cts pr bushel. Took the girls a few potatoes. Bot violin string of Dick Lamkin 10 cts. Bot one Bottle medicine of W. A. Burdick.
May 24 – Nice warm day. Hoed some in garden. Dick called here. Charley and Ethan working on planter.
May 25 – Choring not much work. Hoed some in garden. Went over to burg.
May 26 – Went over to burg after Mary and Claud they came up with Will Brown. Mary Ozlumm.
May 27 – Some rainy in morning. Ethan, Hannah and Mary went down to Mrs Browns after Dinner. Hannah went up to Cull Towns. Rained in night.
May 28 – Took Mary over to the 9 oclock train. Rainy day. Claud went on noon train.
May 29 – Went over to Mr Ralphs in forenoon got some tomato plants and some cabbage plants.
May 30 – Went to Kalamazoo. Lou and children came down to Nancys. Got home just at dark. Rainy night. Mr Elwood planting in corn and lots of others.
May 31 – Cool cloudy in forenoon. Schram planting corn where the water washed it out.
Jun 1 – Went over to burg in morning after Sate. Went up to Herbs got some cabbage plants. Cora Harris here all day.
Jun 2 – Not very well. Not much work to day. Went over to burg in afternoon. Got wire screen for south door. Took over some Butter to Mrs Barber 5 lbs. Sate here.
Jun 3 – Very nice morning. Went over to Geo Blake to meeting. Had a very good time.
Jun 4 – Fine day. Took Hannah over to the train she went to Kalamazoo. I hoed some potatoes. Went up to Herbs got some cabbage plants, sweet corn and Beet seed.
Jun 5 – Put up Screen doors. Warm day. Kate, Jesse and Blanch came on the Bobtail train.
Jun 6 – Not very well. Not much work to day. Went over to burg in the morning after Kates trunk. Bill run and broke the wagon. I started for Mich 51 years to day.
Jun 7 – I started Plowed out the East part of the garden in afternoon. Cool wind. Jesse went back to school.
Jun 8 – Not very well. No work. Kate and Blanch here.
Jun 9 – Kate and Hannah sewing for Jesse all the times.
Jun 10 – At home. No one here Excep Kate and Blanch.
Jun 11 – Worked some, hoed potatoes part of the day. Some warm day.
Jun 12 – Finished hoing potatoes and garden. Mr John Sager buried to day. Went over to burg after Jesse.
Jun 13 – Rainy morning some thunder rained hard. George Newton stopt through the shower. Went over to burg.
Jun 14 – Took Jesse over to the train in morning. Not very well. Very warm.
Jun 15 – 98 in shade. Not much work to day. Took package over to send to Jesse. 51 years to night I landed here on this place.
Jun 16 – 98 in shade very hot, no work. Sent package to Jesse.
Jun 17 – 94 hot day. At home. Ethan and Hannah went down to Caywoods.
Jun 18 – 90 and upwards very hot. Went over to Express office no package. Henry Crawford came stayed all night.
Jun 19 – 98 in shade. Took Kate over to train she went to Kalamazoo. The package came. I went to Blakes while she was gone to town. Took Henry over to train. Hank Brown called here.
Jun 20 – 100 in shade 2 PM. Kate and Blanch started for home. Went to Kalamazoo to stay there until Saturday then take the afternoon train for Chicago.
Jun 21 – Hannah went to Caywoods. Took Sarah over to Lois. Kate and Jesse went home.
Jun 22 – Not very well. Hoed some cut some grass. Very hot. Sate and Hannah sewing.
Jun 23 – Cut some grass chored round. Went over to burg. Sate here.
Jun 24 – At home. The girls sewing some. Tip was coming down but no came. Sate went home.
Jun 25 – Worked some in orchard. Put up some hay. Sprinkled some bugs.
Jun 26 – Went over to burg in morning. Sprinkled Bugs most all day. Ina came over.
Jun 27 – Drew in some hay. Rany day some and cool. Not much work.
Jun 28 – Not very well. Hoed some in garden. Lou and children came home.
Jun 29 – Not much work to day. Turned 4 pins for Harry. Charley brot the trucks over.
Jun 30 – Made reach and hounds for trucks. Hot day.
Jul 1 – At home all day. Lou and children here. Nice day.
Jul 2 – Ground knife and turned six pins for N. L. Randal, went over to Burg after Lois at noon. George Youmans came over in afternoon.
Jul 3 – 94 in morning, hot morning.
Jul 4 – Took 3 bushels wheat to mill. Lou and children went over to Lois.
Jul 5 – Went over to Foundry. Got some work done for Binder. Jim came home to day. Cory Meridith came with him.
Jul 6 – Hoed some in garden. Not very well. Very hot.
Jul 7 – Hoed in garden. Very hot. D came on B T train. Nancy and girls come home. Lou and Stell and Mary went up to Em Schuylers.
Jul 8 – Put Binder in Barn. Jesse Earl came down. Eliza Ridler started for Rochester to day.
Jul 9 – D. Went home on 8.48 train. Claude went on same train. Hannah went to Caywoods. Some sprinklum.
Jul 10 – Worked in garden some. Cut some grass.
Jul 11 – Not much done. Charley Town came over and tried the Binder.
Jul 12 – Raked up grass in orchard hoed some sprinkled potatoes.
Jul 13 – Worked in garden some. Went over to Burg.
Jul 14 – Took Hannah over to Lois in morning. Hoed some. Went down to Mrs Browns after Nancy and girls. Effie Frazer came with them.
Jul 15 – I went down to Marts. Nancy and girls went home. Will took them.
Jul 16 – 88 in shade ½ past 3 PM. Cut grass around the cornfield. Charley Town drawing wheat.
Jul 17 – Worked in garden and chored round as usual. Hannah at Caywoods.
Jul 18 – Hannah at home. I cut some grass hoed some set around some. Hannah went up to Mr Fishers in Evening. Had a shower just at dark.
Jul 19 – Nice day cloudy not very hot. Choring round.
Jul 20 – Hoed garden and chored around. Ethan working on Binder.
Jul 21 – Took Fan up to Mr Flanders to get Jersey calf. Took Sarah over to Lois in afternoon.
Jul 22 – At home. Some cloudy rain some very ledle mite not much. Andrew Krom Died to day.
Jul 23 – Worked in garden some. Some cooler very dry.
Jul 24 – Not much work to day. Very hot and dry. Charleys sow and pigs in garden in night.
Jul 25 – 97 in shade. Ayers Raymond Died this morning. Got up between two and three oclock AM drove sow an pigs out of garden. They tore down lot of corn. Took Sarah up to Theodores in forenoon. 41 years to day I attended a wedding.
Jul 26 – Chored around hoed some cut weeds in west garden and road. Hot day. Hannah came home from _____.
Jul 27 – Took Hannah up to Gates. Ayres Raymond buried to day. Very warm day getting very dry. Went over to Burg in Evening to hear the Whitney Band.
Jul 28 – Went over to Burg. Got some irons made for Binder. Got cold chisel sharpened.
Jul 29 – At home all day. Ethan and Hannah went down to Katharines. Hot day. Mary Flanders and Ed Harmon called in Evening. I repaired cradle in Evening for J. Vandercook 25¢.
Jul 30 – 104 in shade. Took Hannah over to Lois in morning. Very dry. Cullin cutting the oats.
Jul 31 – Had a thunder shower in morning. Cul cutting oats some. Had a big rain and thunder storm just at night.
Aug 1 – 94 in shade. Took Jim up to Mr Flanders in morning to get Jersey calf. Left her up there. Went over to burg took Eight Doz eggs 13¢ pr doz.
Aug 2 – Thunder shower in morning. Not much work to day. Chored round hoed some in garden.
Aug 3 – Ethan working on Binder. I saw some wood do some chores.
Aug 4 – Went down to Mrs Browns got some apples. Went over to Foundry got wheel bored for Binder. Took stranger down to Caywoods. Mrs John Powers here all day from Scotts. Lizzie Brown here in Evening.
Aug 5 – At home all day.
Aug 6 – Hannah went to Mate Fords to day.
Aug 7 – Hannah went to Mary Flanders to day. Lois went up to Shelbyville. Lou sick. Made Tail Piece for D. Lamkins violin.
Aug 8 – Hannah went to Neal Commings this morning. I went over to post office at noon. Dick got violin Bow.
Aug 9 – At home. Tried the Binder this morning. Ed Galusha called to see the Binder work. He not work first rate.
Aug 10 – Worked in garden and shop some. Warm for this time of the year. Went to Kalamazoo to Nancys. Mrs Gaffing sick.
Aug 11 – At home. Worked in garden and shop some. Nice day had a nice shower in Evening. I went over to post office in the rain.
Aug 12 – At home all day. No one here but Bess.
Aug 13 – Looked over the wire fence found some staples gone put in new ones. Alvin and Charley Lee and wife and wives sister here to day.
Aug 14 – At home. Worked in shop. Ethan went to Kalamazoo. Finished Dicks tail piece.
Aug 15 – Working round some in garden. Hannah came home from Wm Blakes. She went to Gull Corners to sew for Mrs Read.
Aug 16 – Went over to Burg in morning after mail. Went to mill in afternoon. Went and saw Celia Cooley roof she had just got painted.
Aug 17 – Ethan went over and got Lois, Sate and Ina. The men came over and painted the west lean to roof in afternoon. Paid 2$ two Dollars. Cyrus and Mrs Streator called here.
Aug 18 – At home. Choring around as usual. Warm and very dry. Hannah came home from Gull.
Aug 19 – Ethan and Hannah went down to Alvin Lees. Mercury runs high.
Aug 20 – Hannah went over to Commings. Hoed some in garden and in shop some. Very dry. Mercury run high 93.
Aug 21 – Went over to Burg in morning. Got some apples to Lois. Warm. Hannah at S. Kinsleys. Mrs. S. J. Gallegan Died to day.
Aug 22 – Went over to Burg in morning after mail. Neal Commings brot Hannah home about noon. I went down to Katharines in afternoon. Ethan took Hannah over to Lois in Evening. Brot Bes Back.
Aug 23 – At home getting ready to go up to Shelbyville. Old Mrs Powlison Died to day Ae. 99 years and 23 days. Catharine Van Arsdale was Born in Pluckemin Somerset Co New Jersey July 26th 1789.
Aug 24 – West up to Shelby to D. Harris. Found them all well. Very hot and dry.
Aug 25 – At Lous. William and Em Ralph came in afternoon.
Aug 26 – At Lous.
Aug 27 – At Lous.
Aug 28 – At Lous.
Aug 29 – At Lous.
Aug 30 – Came home from Shelby Ville. D and Lou went to Gun Lake to a Masonic picknick. Brot $200 Dollars to Schroder & Olin for D D Harris.
Aug 31 – At home. Ethan took Nancy and children home.
Sep 1 – At home. Not doing some ding not much. Very hot and dry. Randal Rumry carried of Ethans rule.
Sep 2 – Very hot. No one here to day only tramp called in for a drink of water. Theodore and Allice called here in Evening.
Sep 3 – I went over to burg in morning. Paid Schroder and Olin five Dollars and Eighty Eight cents for clover seed bot 19lb of April.
Sep 4 – Took up platform to well put down sill. Ethan throwed out the sawdust. Hannah went up to Mr Flanders in Evening.
Sep 5 – Drew oats from Cull 44 bushels. Worked some on platform.
Sep 6 – Worked some in shop some on platform. Chored around generaly. Very warm and dry. Went down to Katharines. Very dusty.
Sep 7 – Went over to mill carried 4½ bushels wheat. Turned leggs for Verns table. Mrs Blake and Mrs Harry Wilson came over. Rained in night.
Sep 8 – Finished platform. Hannah at home all day. Lizzie Allerton called here in afternoon.
Sep 9 – Mercury 85 in shade very dry. Ethan and Hannah went to Kalamazoo.
Sep 10 – Ethan and Hannah came home. Eugene Crawford and family came this Evening. H. A. Brown came up with them.
Sep 11 – Very warm and dry. Went down to Mrs Browns. Hank took a view of the place one of Tom. I drew Eight Thousand Shingles from Schroder and Olins paid Eighteen Dollars $18.00 for them. I went to Burg 4 times to day.
Sep 12 – Ethan & Jim went to Jackson to state fair. Eugene and family left for home on the twelve 35 train. I went over to Burg three times today.
Sep 13 – Recd 5 Dollars of Levy Wilson. Took Hannah over to Mr Olmsteads in morning. Dressed out four slats for Charls Towns machine. Made table for Laverne. So much dry some ding dont grow some.
Sep 14 – Went over to Burg in morning Bot tickets for Perry $16.70 cts. Went up to Mr Flanders in afternoon to see about Jim took Hannah down to Mrs Streators. Ethan worked on corn cutter for C. A. Town.
Sep 15 – Jim gone to Kalamazoo after Cora she no come. Stell came with him. Rained all night heavies rain since June.
Sep 16 – Rainy all the forenoon rained hard.
Sep 17 – Started for Perry N Y. Went to Richland took cars for Perry 1 oclock. Rained hard when we started rained in afternoon. Arrived Toledo about P.M.
Sep 18 – I arrived in Perry at four P.M. all right. Found the folks all well.
Sep 19 – At Tomlinson House and around town all day. Called on Charles Nobles.
Sep 20 – Frank and I went to Rochester. Went up to Mt Hope and over the city. Went through the Powers Art Gallary, water works, New York Central Depo and down to the falls.
Sep 21 – Went into the Royes Reaper shops and up to the Salt Block and Ice House. Saw Mr Need Ham at the Ice House.
Sep 22 – Frank and I went out in the country after Butter got some to Mr Hathaways. Nice day looked very much like rain but he no come some.
Sep 23 – At Tomlinson House. Went to church in Morning. Went down the outlet in the afternoon to the Devils Den a very wild looking place.
Sep 24 – Sick with headache. Nice warm day. Lots teams to the mill to day.
Sep 25 – At Tomlinson House. Nothing done of any account.
Sep 26 – Went to Fowlerville, Moscow, Greggs ville and Pifford. Saw the salt shaft a big institute[?] One 900 Horse Power Engine. Some letle rain. The shaft is 16×20 feet 1000 feet deep. They take out Eight hundred tons pr day.
Sep 27 – The Town Fair commences to day, a cold cloudy day some rain.
Sep 28 – Pleasant day. Lots out to the Fair to day. Saw Mr Henry Olmsted and Mr Morgan of Leroy.
Sep 29 – Pleasant day. Frank, Nell, Hannah, Grace, Carl and Ruth went to Pavilion to day. They got home just at night. Rained and snowed some rather cool wind. Recd letter from Nancy.
Sep 30 – Pleasant but cool. Went to church in morning. Rained all night.
Oct 1 – Rainy morning. Patty and I looked over Elder Berries in fore noon.
Oct 2 – Rainy morning. George and I went through the Knitting Mill. Cold lousy day. Took dinner with Walter and Nell. Snowed some. Bot rubbers 75 cts.
Oct 3 – The Engine came to day. Cool morning no rain. George and I went up to the Log cabbin drove around among the cotages and through the Tabernacle. Went into the ice House saw them load ice. George sold the calf $9.60 6 cts pr lb.
Oct 4 – Cool damp morning some sprinkle not much. Put the Engine in its place this AM.
Oct 5 – Marion and I went to Pavilion stayed to Mary and Fanny. Snows all night rained all night. Had a good visit.
Oct 6 – Rainy day. Went up to the vilage in morning. Called on Mrs Buckingham then on Mary Nobles, Mrs Cyntha Sprague, went over to S. Youngs took dinner then went and saw Clarissa and Almyra Starr, then went back to Perry in the rain, called on Chancy Pond.
Oct 7 – Pleasant morning. At home. Not go to church some. Frank and Hannah went up to the spring and got the Belt.
Oct 8 – George started the engine to day. George Sprague came up to day. Cold rainy afternoon.
Oct 9 – Cold day. Engine no work first rate, pump no go. Had to take it of and go to the machine shop got him fix so he run nice.
Oct 10 – Went down to Mr Gilletts and Gipsonville also to the mouth of the outlet and old paper mill. Crossed the stream five times. Walter, Nell, Hannah, Carl & Grace went to the salt shaft. Mrs Polly Earl Died this Evening.
Oct 11 – At Tomlinson House. Some rainy. Mrs Julia An Tomlinson came to day. Frank went to Fowlerville. Rained in night.
Oct 12 – Karl and Grace left on 6.55 A M train for home. Rainy day. Engine run all day. Frank bot some wheat paid One Dollar Ten.
Oct 13 – Rainy morning. Cut Georges Hair. Went up to the falls and bridge. Was on Bridge at four PM. Got home about 8 PM. Two trains went over one under on the valley road. Rained. Stayed with Nell.
Oct 14 – Went to church. Mr Randolph preachd of Bloomfield. Went to church in Evening.
Oct 15 – At Tomlinson House. Jo Tomlinson and daughter there. Started for home on four thirty PM train went Buffalo and cars for salamancacds[?] cars for Toledo. From Toledo to Augusta got home about six PM
Oct 16 – At home all day Got to Toledo about half past ten A.M. Ca__ded cars for Augusta. Got home about 7 PM. Trunk carried by.
Oct 17 – At home all day. Nice pleasant day. Harry Streator Brot 12 bushels Potatoes. Charley Lee called here in Evening. Nancy came home to day.
Oct 18 – Went down to Katharines in afternoon. Mart went to town. George and Lee digging potatoes. Guy Nichols was there. Took Hannah over to Lois in morning. Bot Boots of Trabert $3.45 cts.
Oct 19 – Took Hannah over to Lois in morning. Bot Boots of Trabert $3.45 cts. Some windy day. Ras and Tip called here to see Hannah.
Oct 20 – At home. Not very well. Went down to Hanks in afternoon stayed all night.
Oct 21 – At Hanks. Went to the Galery had a negative taken. Came home in Evening.
Oct 22 – Took Hannah over to Nells. Got some shoes for Sarah $2.00. Rained in afternoon. Mr Isaac Poulison Died to day in his sixty seventh year.
Oct 23 – Cloudy day not very cold. Done a short job for Will Caywood. Theodore and Mr Crossfield called in a while. Charley took Hannah up to Ras Towns in Evening. Dark as tar.
Oct 24 – At home. Choring around. Nice day some Indian summer. Put up stagen on west side house.
Oct 25 – Fine warm weather. Choring around the house and garden. Went over to burg.
Oct 26 – Went over to burg in At home. Dig some potatoes. Nice day warm.
Oct 27 – Went over to burg in morning. Jim went to Kalamazoo to Republican doings. Went over at noon with Ethan. He went to Kalamazoo. Paid Schroder $2.00 for shoes. Bot 15 lbs nails 60 cts.
Oct 28 – Ethan and Hannah went down to Katharines. Nice day.
Oct 29 – Commenced shingling the south part of the house. Theodore helped in afternoon. Fine weather. Filed saw for C. Town.
Oct 30 – Shingling. Theodore and Barber worked in afternoon. Warm nice day. Hannah went to C Fords in morning.
Oct 31 – Jim and I shingled alone. Fine day warm some Indian summer. Charles Lee called here. Albert Allen was killed to day by the cars on GR&J Road.
Nov 1 – Theodore came down in morning finished at noon. Charley Clark came stayed all night.
Nov 2 – Mercury 64 had a nice rain in morning. Charley went home.
Nov 3 – Not much done. Chored around.
Nov 4 – At home all day. Charley Lees folks not come up.
Nov 5 – Worked on roof some put on one roof board. Rained some in afternoon. Jim worked for Ford. Charley Lee called here a while in forenoon.
Nov 6 – Went over to Burg to Election. Alvin and Charley Lee called here. Alvins Horse pulled the Horse Block down, no damage done.
Nov 7 – Worked on Quins gun some. Filed one saw for Mr T. Hill two for Allen Simmons. Not very cold. Charley Lee started for Australia to day.
Nov 8 – Repaired Quins gun. Rainy day. Ethan working on Yeomans patterns.
Nov 9 – Finished Quins gun. He and Harry went hunting. He paid me one Dollar. Worked on Stells cane. Mr Hill got his saw. Jim went to Shelbyville.
Nov 10 – Worked on Finished Stells cane. Rainy day. Not much work to day. Hannah came home this Evening.
Nov 11 – At home all day. No one here.
Nov 12 – Took Sarah over to Lois in afternoon. Nice day. Publicans had a Blowout at Battle Creek.
Nov 13 – Fine day. Went down to Katharines in afternoon. Mart making Cider. Publicans had a Blowout to Kalamazoo.
Nov 14 – Very nice pleasant day. Went down to Mrs Browns in afternoon. Mr & Mrs Wood, Mrs Streator & Quin there. Had a good time. Publicans had a Blowout at the Burg.
Nov 15 – Filed Buck saw for C. Town. Shingled up around the shop chimney. Jim went up to scots. We went and got Jersey. Jim home in afternoon. Mr Flanders very sick.
Nov 16 – Worked round fixed well. Jim got load sawdust to put in well.
Nov 17 – Spect C. F. Lee and family sailed to day. Theodore came down helped shingle. We shingled west leanto. Sold Jersey Jim to Mr Aaron Car he paid $20 Dollars for her.
Nov 18 – Mercury 36. Ethan took Jim to Kalamazoo he started for Chicago. Snowed like fun.
Nov 19 – Mercury 33. Mr Car got Jersey Jim. George Yeoman came over.
Nov 20 – West to Kalamazoo to see Lou. She was at Nancys.
Nov 21 – Repaired two violins for D. Lamkins. Nice pleasant weather.
Nov 22 – Went down to Marts got some corn ground. Hannah came home from Scots.
Nov 23 – Put boards on roof under the frieze. Took Sarah up to Herbs. Hannah came home this Evening. Nice day.
Nov 24 – Went over to Burg after Nancy and girls. I not very well.
Nov 25 – Ida, Emma and Nina Allen here to day. Clara Milham came in afternoon. Cool wind shiny day all the same.
Nov 26 – Nancy and girls went home on noon train. Nice day.
Nov 27 – Mr Joseph Flanders Died this morning. I went down to Marts got six bushels apples 10 cts pr bushel.
Nov 28 – Took 4 bushels wheat to mill. Bot sieve 25¢. Claude came over with me. Put some shingles on cornhouse.
Nov 29 – Went up to Mr Flanders in morning. Mr Flanders Buried to day. Funral one oclock PM. Went down to Katharines in afternoon. Nice day. Not cold but cloudy.
Nov 30 – At home. Not very well. Picked up apples out west of house.
Dec 1 – Put up the Eave trough on wes leanto. Charley Town finished drawing the corn from East lot.
Dec 2 – Mercury 32 Abz in morn. Mabel brot Hannah down about dark. She went back to Mr Flanders.
Dec 3 – Went up to Theodores. Load sawdust put it in Both wells. Hannah came down from Mr Flanders.
Dec 4 – At home choring. Ollie Walt chopping. Nice day cool wind.
Dec 5 – Walt chopt a while in morning. Rained and snowed in forenoon. Walt went over to burg at noon. He no chop in afternoon.
Dec 6 – Went over to burg after Sate in morning. Saw Dick Lamkins. He came over and drew wood in afternoon he draw 4 loads. Pleasant day.
Dec 7 – Worked in shop hewed out and shaved two axhelves for A Caywood. Dr Homer O Hitchcock died to day.
Dec 8 – Worked on road. Went over to burg in morning after Lois and Ina. Mercury 45.
Dec 9 – 36 Mercury. Went down to Katharines. Fine day fair roads some mud. Hannah went to H. Gilsons.
Dec 10 – Went over to burg at noon took some mail over to the office. Went and saw Charley Davis about chopping.
Dec 11 – Davis and Tenbroke came over and cut wood. Paid them One Dollar Each. Very nice day not cold no snow.
Dec 12 – Went down to Alvin Lees. Nice day. One of Rhodas girls there. Julia very comfortable.
Dec 13 – Worked round house fixed up cellar window. Some cold wind.
Dec 14 – Mercury 14 Abz. Went over to Burg in morning carried some mail matter over one letter to Sanfrancisco Cal. Fan got out. I went all over the woods no find her. She came home. Bot Buck saw 40¢.
Dec 15 – Fixed up the cellar windows. Took Sarah over to Geo Blakes at noon. Rained had quite a shower. Will Brown brot some fish in Evening. Rainy night.
Dec 16 – Mercury 46. At home all day. Not very well. Rainy day. No one here to day. Rained some night.
Dec 17 – Mercury 34 in morning. Finished Caywoods axhelve. Carried shingles down cellar. Rain some ledle some fine snow.
Dec 18 – Chored around house. Cut appletree out near Barn cut it up piled the brush.
Dec 19 – Mercury 18 Abz. Picked up and burnt brush in orchard. Went down to Mrs Browns just at night. Some cold wind little snow in the air. Geo Yeoman came over in morning.
Dec 20 – Mercury 36 Abz cold wind but sunshine no snow. Very good wheeling. Hannah up to Ed Childs. Mr Amos D. Allen Died to day.
Dec 21 – Mercury 24 Abz. Fixed up well room. Chored round house and shop. Cold north west wind.
Dec 22 – Mercury 14 Abz pleasant stout south wind. Stranger chopping wood. Will Clark got home from Colorado.
Dec 23 – Very nice pleasant day. Went down to Katharines. Mart gone to attend Mr Amos D. Allens funral.
Dec 24 – Went over to Burg saw Will. Mr Caywood got axhelve he paid 50 cts. Sold Skinner 3 doz eggs 60 cts. Mr Daniels called to see Hannah about go to Gull. Hannah went to Shelby.
Dec 25 – Mercury 47. Christmas all over to day. Took top of Albert Chases violin. Went over to burg in afternoon got postal from G Tomlinson one from Clara Milham.
Dec 26 – Mercury 52 Abz. Worked on violin some. Nice day wen Rainy day cold wind.
Dec 27 – Mercury 37 cool wind north west. Worked in shop some. Chicken Died. Mercury 24 at night.
Dec 28 – Mercury. Went down to Marts to mill. Katharine some better. Shiny day cold west wind. Will Clark came over. Orny Schram called here. Will Brown drawed some wood.
Dec 29 – Nice day. At home. Worked in shop some. Will drawed some wood in afternoon. Lou and children came home.
Dec 30 – At home. Ethan and Lou went down to Katharines. Rained in night. Allice Williams Died to night.
Dec 31 – Mercury 34. Went over to Burg after Nancy she came up on the 10:30 train AM. Ethan went to Kalamazoo in afternoon. Not very cold.
 Charles Luke Keith Jr., known better, and referred to, as Luke
 His son-in-law, Henry “Hank” Brown
 His son and daughter, Ethan and Hannah Keith
 His grandchildren, Claude and Bess Brown
 Neighbor, Eunice (Wood) Towne
 His daughter, Nancy (Keith) Brown
 Matilda (Allen) Brown, his neighbor, and the mother of his son-in-law Henry Brown
 Believe he is referring to his neighbors, Adelia (Tompkins) Ford and her daughter-in-law, Mary Ann “Mate” (Thompson) Ford
 His son, James Clinton Keith
 Hank Brown’s paternal first cousin
 Theodore Earl, his neighbor and “shirttail relative”
 To add an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony (a brittle silvery-white metalloid) making a lining for bearings that reduces friction
 His sister, Catherine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 Luke uses this phrase quite often. The Oxford Dictionary gives its meaning as “vigorously or quickly”
 Hank Brown’s brother, Willis Brown
 Believe he is referring to his neighbors, George & Mary Evelyn “Eva” (Forbush) Blake
 Above zero
 Michigan death records show that David Freer, age 80, died at Pavilion, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, and FindAGrave.com shows he is buried in Cook Cemetery in Pavilion
 His son-in-law, daughter and granddaughter, Adelbert, Lois (Keith) Clark, and Ina Skinner
 Believe he is referring to Clara and George Milham, the two oldest children of his late niece, Lucy (Lee) & Martin Milham
 His wife, Sarah (Crawford) Keith
 Michigan death records reveal that Lorenda (Vanguilder) Lewis Russell died in Comstock, Michigan on January 24, 1888; however, no burial information has been found at this time
 Neighbor, Charles Towne
 Both the Brown and Keith families, as well as several of their neighbors, were believers in Spiritualism and participated in seances
 Michigan marriage records show that Ella Chadwick married Adrian Annes on February 1, 1888 in Galesburg, Michigan. Sadly, she passed away a little over a year later on March 15, 1889 at the age of 31
 Will Brown’s wife, Elizabeth (Ogden) Brown
 Neighbor, Henry “Harry” D. Streator
 Neighbor and “shirttail relative”
 Nellie (Tomlinson) Gillett. Nell was the granddaughter of Luke’s sister, Martha “Patty” (Keith) Sprague
 His son-in-law and daughter, Daniel “D” & Louese (Keith) Harris
 Neighbor and uncle of D Harris
 One of Ethan’s inventions
 Most likely Emaline (Stone) Ralph (D’s aunt; wife of William Ralph) and Cora Belle Harris (D’s sister)
 Neighbors and “shirttail relatives,” Theodore & Alice (Vandercook) Earl
 Walter Gillett, Nell’s husband (see footnote to February 14th entry)
 Ansel “Lee” Milham, the son of Martin & Lucy (Lee) Milham
 Harold Towne, the son of Cullen & Sarah Antoinette “Nettie” (Adams) Towne. Cullen was the brother of Charley and Fanny Towne
 Frances Towne, neighbor and Charley Towne’s sister
 A seance
 Herbert, Luella (Farr) and Royal Earl. Herbert and Theodore were brothers
 Nancy’s daughters, Lela and Bess Brown
 Calvin Streator was the son of Marius & Laura (Rawson) Streator, and the brother of Harry Streator; however, he died October 16, 1863 at the age of 25. Perhaps this violin had once belonged to Calvin
 Harriet Taylor and her sister, Flora Elizabeth “Libby” (Taylor) Schram. Libby had been married to Isaac Schram, however by 1880 they were divorced and Hattie and Libby were living together
 Michigan death records show that Almon Russell died in Galesburg, Michigan on March 8, 1888 and FindAGrave.com shows that he is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was the husband of Lorenda (Vanguilder) Lewis Russell who died January 24, 1888 (see footnote to January 26th entry)
 Sarah Skinner, the sister of Adelbert Skinner, Luke’s son-in-law
 His cow
 His neighbor, Joseph Flanders
 Michigan death records show that Bishop Lord died in Comstock in March of 1888. FindAGrave.com confirms that Thomas Bishop Lord died March 16, 1888 and is buried in the Comstock Cemetery
 Neighbor, Laura Ann (Rawson) Streator
 The Alphadelphia Association was an experiment in socialism which Luke, and many of his neighbors, participated in. More about the Alphadelphia Association can be seen at https://oldfamilyletters.wordpress.com/?s=alphadelphia and http://evermore.imagedjinn.com/blg/alphadelphia-association/
 Michigan death records confirm that Cordelia (Murray) Wheaton died on March 25, 1888 and FindAGrave.com reveals she is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 The pivoted horizontal crossbar to which the harness traces of a draft animal are attached and which is in turn attached to a vehicle or an implement
 Shelbyville, Michigan, where D Harris owned and ran the general store
 FindAGrave.com confirms that Julia (Chichester) Johnson died April 2, 1888 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Nickname for his wife Sarah
 Luke often uses silly words in his diaries; in this case, the boxes are broke
 These were the neighbors who attended the seance
 These were the departed souls who apparently were contacted
 Will Brown’s wife and son, Elizabeth (Ogden) Brown and Ray Brown
 The son of Hiram & Kate (Atcheson) Crawford; Hiram was Sarah’s brother
 His horse
 John Frank Tomlinson and Walter Gillett, the grandson and grandson-in-law of Luke’s sister, Martha “Patty” (Keith) Sprague
 Dexa (Strait) Harris and her daughter, Isabelle Harris, who were the wife and child of D Harris’ brother, Jay Harris
 His granddaughter, LaVerne Harris, the daughter of Louese & D Harris
 His granddaughters, Lela and Bess Brown, the daughters of Nancy & Hank Brown
 Michigan death records show that James Lawler died May 4, 1888 and FindAGrave.com, although it shows a date of death as May 1, 1888, shows that he is buried in the Lawler Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan
 FindAGrave.com reveals that Florence (Comings) Hodgman died May 10, 1888 in Comstock and she is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Ida Mae (Ralph) Johnson. Michigan death records confirm that she died on May 10, 1888 in Comstock and FindAGrave.com shows she is buried in Cook Cemetery, Pavilion, Michigan
 Athaline (Hunt) Evans. According to FindAGrave.com, she died May 12, 1888 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Other things
 His grandson, Charles Clark
 Apparently this was the name of Claude’s friend
 LaVerne and Floyd Harris
 D Harris’ sister
 Katherine (Atcheson), Jessie and Blanche Crawford, the wife and daughters of Sarah’s brother, Hiram Crawford Jr.
 From Covington, New York
 His wife Sarah’s brother
 Neighbor, Nathan L. Randall
 Jim’s girlfriend. They married June 10, 1891
 Bobtail train? (see June 5th entry)
 Martin Milham, who was the husband of Luke’s late niece, Lucy (Lee) Milham
 In other words he took his cow to the bull
 Michigan death records confirm that Andrew Krom died June 22, 1888 in Kalamazoo, Michigan and FindAGrave.com shows that he is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 According to FindAGrave.com, Ayres B. Raymond died July 25, 1888 in Comstock, Michigan and is buried in Ford Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 July 25, 1847, Luke married Jerusha Crittenden. He had been engaged to her, but then Minerva Payson came to town and Luke broke his engagement to Jerusha and married Minerva. Minerva died just four years after they were married. He then married his first love, Jerusha, who died just a little over a year later. Luke then married Sarah Crawford. In the evenings Luke would go to the cemetery and play his violin at the graves of his first two wives
 Believe he is referring to his neighbor, Mary (Smith) Flanders, the wife of Edwin Flanders
 Margaret “Maggie” (Kirchbaum) Powers
 Alvin and Charles Jedediah Lee were the sons of Luke’s first cousin, Charles Lee & Juliana Davis. Charles Jedediah Lee (C. J. Lee) was married to Mary Webb and her sister was Ada Webb. Charles, Mary and Ada lived in Australia and were visiting family. There are many letters written by C. J. Lee to Ethan in 1889 regarding the binder
 FindAGrave.com shows that Sarah Jane Galligan, wife of Charles P. Galligan, died August 21, 1888 and is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Former neighbor, Catherine (Van Arsdale) Powlison, who by 1885 was living with her son Isaac Powlison’s family in Cass County, Dakota Territory. FindAGrave.com confirms that she died August 23, 1888 and is buried in Wheatland Cemetery, Wheatland, Cass County, North Dakota
 Neighbor, Elizabeth Caroline Allerton. She would marry Luke’s grandson, William Clark, on December 24, 1896
 His wife Sarah’s nephew Eugene & Minnie (Crooks) Crawford and their children, Eugene and Grace
 Cullen Albert Towne, Charles Towne’s brother
 His niece and her family, Marion (Sprague) & George Tomlinson
 John Frank Tomlinson, George & Marion’s son
 Nellie (Tomlinson) Gillett, George & Marion’s daughter
 Pavilion, New York
 His sister, Martha “Patty” (Keith) Sprague
 His niece, Marion (Sprague) Tomlinson
 Believe this to be Mary C. Nobles, a cousin of Luke’s second wife, Jerusha Crittenden
 Believe this to be Cynthia (Bishop) Sprague, the wife of William Sprague who was a cousin of Luke’s second wife, Jerusha Crittenden
 Cousin of Luke’s second wife, Jerusha Crittenden
 Karl & E. Grace (Tomlinson) Jewett; Grace was George Tomlinson’s niece
 Polly was a nickname for Mary (Clapp) Earl. Michigan death records show that she died in Comstock on October 20 (not the 10th), 1888, which could be a typo. FindAGrave shows that she is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 George and Ansel “Lee” Milham
 Neighbors, Erasmus & Eunice (Wood) Towne
 Former neighbor, Isaac Powlison, who by 1885 was living in Cass County, Dakota Territory. FindAGrave.com confirms that he died October 22, 1888 and is buried in Wheatland Cemetery, Wheatland, Cass County, North Dakota
 Believe this to be Frank Crossfield, the husband of Theodore Earl’s sister, Alva (Earl) Crossfield
 Grover Cleveland won a plurality of the popular vote, but Republican Benjamin Harrison won the election with a majority in the Electoral College, becoming the 23rd President of the United States. Harrison swept almost the entire North and Midwest
 Believe these to be neighbors, daughters of the late John & Amanda (Worden) Allen
 Michigan death records confirm that he died November 27, 1888 in Comstock, Michigan and FindAGrave.com shows that he is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan. After Luke’s first wife, Minerva (Payson) Keith died, Joseph and Amanda (Hobbs) Flanders cared for his son, Henry, for a period of time. The Flanders raised Henry even after Luke married his third wife, Sarah (Crawford) Keith. They wanted to adopt Henry but Luke said no; however, it looks like Henry lived with them throughout his youth. This seems to be corroborated by the 1860 census showing “Henry L Flanders,” age 16, (who it is actually believed to be Henry L. Keith), living with Joseph & Amanda
 Michigan death records confirm that Dr. Homer Hitchcock died December 7, 1888 and FindAGrave.com shows he is buried in Mountain Home Cemetery in Kalamazoo
 Michigan death records confirm that Amos Allen died in Kalamazoo on December 20, 1888 and FindAGrave.com shows that he is buried in Mountain Home Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Michigan
 His grandson, William Clark
 Shelbyville, Michigan
 Michigan death records confirm that Alice Williams, age 22, died in Pavilion, Michigan, and FindAGrave.com shows she is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan and an accompanying obituary states she died of Typhoid Fever