Luke wrote his entries for 1886 in three different diaries: it appears that he first wrote the January 1-30 entries in the back of his 1885 diary, then January 31 to March 31 in the back of his 1881 diary. On March 4th he bought an 1886 diary and started to copy all those entries, but only copied January 1-9, left the following pages blank and then started entering daily on April 1 through the end of the year. As the January 1-9 entries in his 1886 diary are shortened versions, I have used the 1885 version.
Jan 1 – Mercury 36. Very nice day no snow. Went over to Lois to a New Years dinner me self and Sarah, Hannah, Lou, Mrs Brown, Jim, Ethan, Will Clark.
Jan 2 – Mercury 41. Filed saw for Jim. Cut and drew two loads wood and one load corn. Rainy day.
Jan 3 – Mercury 43 no snow, rainy morning. At home all day.
Jan 4 – Mercury 38. No work but chores. Ethan went over to Foundry to work.
Jan 5 – Mercury 30 snowey. Ethan went to Kalamazoo. D. came home with him.
Jan 6 – Mercury 11 Abz. Lou and D. went home. Mr Lanfor Burdick Died Six Oclock this morning. Went down to Mr Randals got Butter. Cold wind. Fanny Town called in.
Jan 7 – Mercury __4. Took Hannah over to the burg in morning. Choring around. Took saw up to Theodores to be gumed[?]. Filed saw for Skinner 25 cts.
Jan 8 – Mercury 16. Not much done. Very windy day. Mr Burdick buried to day.
Jan 9 – Mercury 18. Snowey and Blustring day. Drew two loads wood one corn. Theodore came down here.
Jan 10 – Mercury 14 in morning. At home. Cold snowey day about 4 inches snow. Husked some corn. Mercury 4 four below in Evening.
Jan 11 – Mercury 3 below in morning cold and blustring. Jim and Will Clark posting bills for H. A. Brown.
Jan 12 – Mercury 6 Abz. At home doing chores.
Jan 13 – Choring, no work to amount to much. Cutting some wood. Went down to Randalls.
Jan 14 – Mercury 10 Abz. Cut and drawed three loads wood.
Jan 15 – Rainy. Drawed two loads corn.
Jan 16 – Mercury. Went over to burg in morning got glass for schoolhouse. Went and set them. 4 lights 40 cts. Got 3½ lbs Butter of Fanny Town.
Jan 17 – At home all day. No one here till just at night George and Evva Blake called here.
Jan 18 – Mercury 32. Went up to mill. Ground my ax. Herb Earl and wife stayed in their new House for the first time.
Jan 19 – Mercury 14 Abz. Husked some corn cut some wood. Went over to burg got some nails.
Jan 20 – 9 Abz. Went down to Katharines and M. O. Streators. Very stormy day snow all day.
Jan 21 – Made door to Egg cupboard.
Jan 22 – Mercury 1 below. Stormy. Painted cupboard.
Jan 23 – Mercury 15 below. Took Sarah down to Marts. She went to Kalamazoo to see Ed Allen. Very cold. Plenty snow but not very good sleighing.
Jan 24 – At home all day.
Jan 25 – Mercury 29. Went to Kalamazoo after Sarah. Stoped to Marts saw the mill run. Charley and Clara stayed here.
Jan 26 – Mercury 26 Abz. Jim drawed 3 loads wood one corn. Hank, Lelah and Bes came over they came to Lois.
Jan 27 – 30 Abz. Went over to burg. Took Clara up to Hats. Charley went home. I shelled some corn. Filed saw for N L Randall. Hank to work in galery at the Burg.
Jan 28 – Mercury 22 Abz. Went down to Marts to mill. Got six bushels corn and oats ground. Louese came home.
Jan 29 – Mercury 23 Abz. Took Lou over to burg to get pictures taken. Lou, Clara, Lelah and Bessey here stayed all night.
Jan 30 – At home all day. Lou here she went over and got negatives of the children. D came at night. Cold day.
Jan 31 – Lou went over to burg. Got pictures of the children. D came at night. Cold day.
Feb 1 – Cold good sleighing. No work but chores. Mr Albert Carletons House burned to day.
Feb 2 – Cold day. Took Hannah over to Mrs Sumners. D went up to Scotts. Cold.
Feb 3 – Mercury 32 below zero in morning. Hank went to Kalamazoo. Theodore & Dick Barber came down here. D. & Lou, Ethan and Hannah went down to Mrs Browns.
Feb 4 – Mercury 17 below. D. & Lou went home. Clear and cold. No work but chores.
Feb 5 – Cold day at home. Choring. Old Mr Bennet killd at the burg by the cars.
Feb 6 – At home, cold, bad getting around. Hank left for Galesburg Ill. on Evening Express.
Feb 7 – Mercury. At home. Will Aldrich here. Ethan and Hannah went down to Katharines. Mrs Joh Schrader called here.
Feb 8 – Mercury 40 Abz. Went over to Mr Towns got 2¾ lbs butter paid $1.20 cts. Went over to burg in Evening after Hannah.
Feb 9 – Mercury 54. Drawed two loads corn. Jim drawed one Load wood. Hank and Nancy came on noon Train.
Feb 10 – Mercury 44. Took sarah over to Mrs Watts Funeral. Husked in fore noon. Went over in Evening got Nancys trunks.
Feb 11 – Mercury 45. Took Nancy down to Mrs Browns in morning. Took Sarah up to Mr Rogers in afternoon. I drew two loads corn in afternoon. Sprinkled some just at night.
Feb 12 – Mercury 35. Husked corn some. Worked round house and shop.
Feb 13 – Mercury 33. Choring, not much work. Hannah came home from Austin Peases place. Hank came home in Evening.
Feb 14 – Mercury 35. Hank, Nancy an children here. Hank and Nancy went down to Mrs Browns.
Feb 15 – Mercury 27. Hank and Nancy went to Kalamazoo. Snows some. Edna Allen came to day.
Feb 16 – Mercury 5 Abz. At home. Took Nancy over to burg she went to Kalamazoo. Georde [sic] Tomlinson came on noon train. Went down to Katharines.
Feb 17 – Mercury 23 Abz. Went over to Burg. George left for home on noon train.
Feb 18 – Mercury 38. At home. Worke in barn fixed stall for fan. Ed and Madge here.
Feb 19 – Mercury 23. Cut and drawed some wood. Cold wind.
Feb 20 – Mercury 12 Abz. Cut some wood. Hannah came home from Caywoods.
Feb 21 – At home. Ed and Mage here. Lelah and Bes here.
Feb 22 – Mercury 23. Took Hannah and girls over to cars. Lelah and Bes went home. Hannah went to Lous. I cut some wood.
Feb 23 – Mercury 21. O. M. Allen came up to see Ed. Fan had a calf to day it droped 12 noon.
Feb 24 – Drawed load wood. Made pen for calf.
Feb 25 – Mercury 15 Abz. Cleaned up some wheat. Cold and snowey, high wind, very blustring.
Feb 26 – At work round Barn. Sawed some wood. Went over to burg went to mill.
Feb 27 – Drawed some wood. Not much snow. Very rough roads.
Feb 28 – At home. No one here Except the Allen family. O. M. came up in afternoon.
Mar 1 – Choring round as usual. Went over to Burg at noon. Got some medicin for Edna. Got Harness oil of Semour Miner.
Aug 11 – Mercury 96. Mr Joseph Whitford buried. Henry Crawford came here this morning. He went home on the Eleven Oclock train.
Aug 12 – Ethan and Jim went to Kalamazoo after Lou. Robert Crawford came to day. George Turner Buried to day.
Aug 13 – Robert here. Went over to Burg after Lous trunk. Robert and I went around the squair. Rained in Evening.
Aug 14 – Cloudy some mist. At home. Robert here. Very warm.
Aug 15 – At home. Hot day. Robert and Sarah went over to cemetry. Mary Ellen Allerton and Carrie Plank called here in Evening.
Aug 16 – Took Robert over to the train. Rainy morning. Robert left for Canada.
Aug 17 – Sarah and Lou went down to Mrs Browns. I helped Jim repair the grainry.
Aug 18 – Cut and drawed some wood. Ethan and Jim went to Kalamazoo to see the Sham Battle. Cord Beach got hurt.
Aug 19 – Took Sarah and Lou up to Em Ralphs. I Repaired chair for Em.
Aug 20 – At home. Went down to Mr Browns in morning.
Aug 21 – Harry Crawford came on 7 Oclock train. Carrie Plank and Mary Allerton here in afternoon. Lois came over. D came. Went over to burg in Evening. Ha[d] a heavy shower rained in night.
Aug 22 – Cloudy looks like rain. Harry Crawford here. All well.
Aug 23 – Not much work to day. Jim commenced plowing East lot. George Hubbards baby died this morning. Carry Plank here.
Aug 24 – Hannah and Carey went down to Mr Allertons. Lou and children went over to Lois. Oat Hills mother Died to day.
Aug 25 – Took Lou over to Mr Ralph. Robert came back from Canada. Glen Keith came on noon train. Mrs Hill buried.
Aug 26 – Ethan went to Kalamazoo. Harry went with him. Robert went up to Nelt Blass.
Aug 27 – Mercury 102. Took Robert over to burg he went to Chicago. Carrie Plank came here stayed all night.
Aug 28 – Mercury 99. Carrie went up to Gull Lake to attend the Grange Picknic. Jim plowing. Lou here.
Aug 29 – Had a heavy shower. Went down to Katharines.
Aug 30 – Let Jim have six bags full of corn. Mr Hampton here to dinner tin pedler. Hannah took Carrie Plank to Kalamazoo.
Aug 31 – Lou and children here. Jim plowing. Very warm.
Sep 1 – Jim plowing. Nice day. Lou here. I not very well. I commenced my last years work for H Cruttenden 40 years ago to day.
Sep 2 – Took Lou to Kalamazoo. She stayed to Nancys all night. Very nice day.
Sep 3 – Jim plowing. Warm. Working round as usual. Some hot weather.
Sep 4 – Jim plowing. I cut load wood drew it down. Just at night had a heavy thunder storm. Lightning struck Cole Durkees hors Barn burnt it and straw stac.
Sep 5 – Mercury 80. At home. No one here but our own folks. Hannah came home this morning from Streators. She is making Mary Fishers wedding dress.
Sep 6 – Mercury 93. Cut some corn. Jim floted wheat ground. Very hot day.
Sep 7 – Mercury 90. Cutting corn. Jim working for M. Caywood cutting corn spec so.
Sep 8 – Mercury 86. Cleaned wheat. Took 4 bushels to mill. Hot day. Rained in night.
Sep 9 – Mercury 69 some rainy this morning. Went down to Mrs Browns. Jim went to Kalamazoo. Cate Crawford came home with him.
Sep 10 – Chored around house and shop. Not much done. Warm day.
Sep 11 – Worked in shop some. Went over to burg in afternoon. Cate went over with me. Rained in night.
Sep 12 – Nice morning. At home all day. Kate here.
Sep 13 – Work in shop some. Kate here. Ethan working on Knapps canal power. Got the sewing machine 60 cts Freight.
Sep 14 – Choring around. Cut some corn. Hannah & Nancy went to Jackson. Lelah & Bes came here.
Sep 15 – Took Ethan over to Burg. He went to Jackson to State Fair. Jim took Kate to Kalamazoo. Sarah went over to Mr Ralphs.
Sep 16 – Cut corn some. Fine day some wind. Blowed uncle Isaac Clarks Barn down.
Sep 17 – Cut corn. Choring round.
Sep 18 – Finished cutting corn. Ethan came home.
Sep 19 – At home all day. Nancy came home to day.
Sep 20 – Fine morning. Jim dragging. I cut some wood and d[r]ew it down.
Sep 21 – Mercury 56 some lidle rany. At home. Jim dont be dragging to day some. Mr Franklin brot machine home.
Sep 22 – Mercury 67. Jim draging with spring tooth.
Sep 23 – Went over to Burg in morning. Bot ½ bushel Timothy seed 1.13¢. Rainy lots Lightning & thunder.
Sep 24 – At home. Hannah came home sick from Mr Ogdens.
Sep 25 – Choring around. Put Beens in Barn and done various things. Mr Levy Woods folks came over. Stayed to Mrs Browns all night.
Sep 26 – All hands went up to Mrs Streators. Had a good time. Hannah some better. Rainy night.
Sep 27 – Rainy morning. Helped Jim. I went down to Katharines in afternoon.
Sep 28 – Helped Jim clean up wheat. Mr D. L. Tuttle buried at Galesburg to day.
Sep 29 – Mrs Skinner Died. Mrs Forbush and Eva Blake here in afternoon. Mrs Browns Jersey cow Died.
Sep 30 – Went down to Mrs Browns. Helped bury the cow.
Oct 1 – Cut some wood dug some potatoes. Lumis Robinson came here. He went home on nine oclock run.
Oct 2 – Went to Kalamazoo stayed all night. Went to the Accadamy of music** in Evening. Hank and Nancy went with us.
Oct 3 – Nice weather. At Browns. I went up to the Asylum in forenoon and then Hank and I went over to the water works. We came home at night. Old Mrs Daniels Died to day.
Oct 4 – Mercury 76 in shade. Fine day. Drawing rails for fence south of Barn next to the wheat.
Oct 5 – Laid bottom rails for fence. Fixed two saws for Allan Simmons. Jim and Charley Ford moved Rial French.
Oct 6 – Finished filing Simmons saws and turned driver for Bench Screw. Very nice day. Mercury up in the 70 & 80.
Oct 7 – Went over to burg in morning and down to C. Fords. Ethan picking apples down to Mrs Browns. Very nice weather.
Oct 8 – Mercury 80. Went up in woods cut some steaks. Went over to burg got band for sewing machine. Bot box Buggy greace. Lois came home. Nice weather.
Oct 9 – Mercury 84. Took Sarah over to Lois. I chored a round house and barn.
Oct 10 – At home all day. Lois and Ina came over. George Yeomans and Burt Burrell here.
Oct 11 – Jim came home from Shelby Ville. Jay came home with him. Ethan went to Kalamazoo.
Oct 12 – Husked some corn. Very nice day very dry. Lum Robinson and wife here in afternoon.
Oct 13 – Built fence south of barn. Very nice day. Mrs Gilfus died to day. Jay here all right.
Oct 14 – Rainy day. No work. Rained and blowed hard all day. Blowed my corn most all down.
Oct 15 – Nice day. Finished my fence. No frost yet of any account. Dell and Sate got home. 73 years old to day.
Oct 16 – Went over to burg. Bess and Jay went over to Lois. Nice day. Not much done. Rather lame. Old Pionere here to dinner.
Oct 17 – Mercury 69 pleasant some wind. Ethan, Hannah, Bes and Jay gone to Kalamazoo. George Yeomans and Burt Burrell here to day.
Oct 18 – Mercury 54 very nice day warm and dry. Husked corn. Jay here. Mr Knap here. Work on propeller.
Oct 19 – Mercury 57 very pleasant and dry. Husked corn. Mr Knap here to day working on propeller.
Oct 20 – Kalamazoo House Burned to day. Drew in my cornfodder in the morning. Went down to Mrs Browns got apples. Rainy. Went over to burg in afternoon. Not cold.
Oct 21 – Warm day. Choped some wood. Aunt Hannah Wilmarth here to dinner stayed the afternoon.
Oct 22 – Nice day. Put apples in cellar. Drawed some wood in afternoon. W. H. Knap & Agent came over in afternoon.
Oct 23 – Fine day. Went to Kalamazoo with Jay. He went home. Claud went with him.
Oct 24 – Picked up Hickory nuts. Nice warm day. Jim went down to Hanks after Hannah. Lois went with him.
Oct 25 – Took the W. H. Knap Propeller up to Butterfield to try the Boats. Husked corn in afternoon. Cold day.
Oct 26 – Cool wind. Husked corn. Ethan dug potatoes. Hannah work for Fanny Town. Jim went to Kalamazoo with wheat.
Oct 27 – Husked corn. Cool day. Put potatoes in cellar. Jim went to Kalamazoo with wheat.
Oct 28 – Went to Mr Isaac Clarks funeral to day. Cool wind.
Oct 29 – Went up to Levy Woods. Mrs Streator and Mrs Green and Cyrus went.
Oct 30 – Husked some. Chored round. Put lights in windows to school House.
Oct 31 – At home. Picked up some Hickory nuts and cut some sage.
Nov 1 – Mercury 54. Finished husking to day. Sate worked for Hannah. Charley Smith came over after Sate.
Nov 2 – Mercury 55 nice warm day. Went over to Election. Levy Wood and wife here, Fanny Town and Mrs Pease.
Nov 3 – Drawed my cornfodder. Very nice day. Went over to burg at noon. Mr Knap an Ethan tried the Boat.
Nov 4 – Ethan and Jim Conky went to Kalamazoo. I dug some roots for Sarah. Cyrus and Mrs Streator. called. Tip Town called.
Nov 5 – Worked round. Lelah and Bes here. Nancy came up. Sarah went down to Mrs Browns.
Nov 6 – Went over to burg. Took Nells dress over. Went to Lois. Saw Mary Hall. Nancy and girls went down to Mrs Browns. Snowed in night the first of the season.
Nov 7 – About ½ inch snow on the ground this morning. Jim Konky came got his camery. Hank came up here.
Nov 8 – Cut some wood. Nancy and girls went down to Mrs Browns.
Nov 9 – Drawed one load wood. Rained then snowed like fun. Made stall for Peter. Not very cold. Will Brown moved to day.
Nov 10 – Doing chores. Made ladder or apart of one. Cold.
Nov 11 – Took Sarah over to Lois. Cut out rounds for ladder. Cleaned up some wheat.
Nov 12 – Went over to mill. Made cloths stick for Nancy.
Nov 13 – Nancy went home. Lou came home. She came up with Jim. I went over to Comstock. Sarah went down to Katharines.
Nov 14 – Pleasant day cool wind. Herb Earls Boy born this morning.
Nov 15 – Put plank down at the west door at barn.
Nov 16 – Took Lou over to Lois and Mr Ralphs. Mr Knap and Ethan tried the Boat. Cold wind.
Nov 17 – Rainy day. Got pig of Jim. Went over to burg at night. Got oil. Lou went up to Jim Milhams.
Nov 18 – Mercury 25 cold and blustrous, snowey, cold. I worked in barn some.
Nov 19 – Lou and children here. Cold wind. Ethan cut some wood. I drew two loads.
Nov 20 – Ethan choped some wood. I jointed boards for East side of barn. Doc Martin and wife called in Evening to see Hannah.
Nov 21 – At home all day. Pleasant. Lou went to Kalamazoo. Levy Wood and wife and Mrs Streator here.
Nov 22 – Boarded up East side barn. Nice day.
Nov 23 – Mercury 58. Repaired pump and well in barn.
Nov 24 – Mercury. Went over to burg got shugar and oder dings, cinnamon and Raisins, oil &c.
Nov 25 – Went over after Lois. Snows. Del came over got Horse and wagon. Took load stone over. Hannah came home.
Nov 26 – Ethan took Hannah down to Mrs Howlets. I got thirty Dozen Eggs of Fanny Town to send to Chicago. Cold day.
Nov 27 – Sent Eggs and Butter to Chicago to Hiram Crawford.
Nov 28 – At home. Hannah went up to Herb Gilsons.
Nov 29 – Mercury 2 Abz. Not much done. Ed Schram called here. I hired him to cut some wood.
Nov 30 – Ethan went over got Lois in morning. She came over to wash. I went over to burg in Evening to get stove for Hanks folks.
Dec 1 – Mercury 8 Abz. Went to Kalamazoo took Hanks stove down to them. Mrs Brown went. Very Blustring. Jim and Bell Starr came up with me. Lum Robinson started for home. Saw Dob Zinsky[?].
Dec 2 – Cut some wood. Put ladder together in Evening. Cold and blustring he snow very hard some.
Dec 3 – Drawed two loads of wood on sleigh. Jim called here said he had sold his team to Will Brown. Ed chopping. Dr Babcock buried to day.
Dec 4 – Ed chopping. Cold day. I drawed wood.
Dec 5 – Mercury 16 Below zero. Went over to burg in morning. Jim shingling for Dell. Ed Schram chopping.
Dec 6 – Mercury 2 blow zero. Went over to burg in morn. Jim shingling for Dell. Ed chopping.
Dec 7 – Drawed wood in forenoon. Went down to Marts in afternoon. Nice day.
Dec 8 – Fine day. Drawed wood. Ed no chop some. Fanny Town came over in afternoon.
Dec 9 – Drawing wood. Not much snow. Very nice weather.
Dec 10 – Drawed wood in forenoon. Got all down that was cut. Snow about gone. Leon here stayed all night.
Dec 11 – Leon went up to Batey. Glen came down with willow[?] in morning. Leon came back stayed all night. Dell put some shingles on Barn.
Dec 12 – Leon and Glen lef for home. Rained some.
Dec 13 – Not much done but chores.
Dec 14 – Snowed and blowed hard. Very rough day. Went down to Caywoods and Mr Flanders. Paid Ed $— for butter. Mate Ford came here.
Dec 15 – Cold snow about — inches deep. Hannah went to Dr Ma– to sew. Took Sarah down to Mrs Browns. Filed saw for Jim. Hung ax for Herb Earl.
Dec 16 – Cold day. Worked in shop some. Smoothed up axhelves. Ethan went to burg in Evening.
Dec 17 – Finished up axhelves and chored round. Sarah went up to Ha–. I went up took tea with them. Snowed and blowed.
Dec 18 – Worked in shop some. Finished up my helves. Ed Schram called here.
Dec 19 – At home. Went over brot Lois over. Some stormy.
Dec 20 – Mercury at zero. Took Hannah over to train she went to Kalamazoo.
Dec 21 – Mercury 34 Abz. Went over to burg in Evening after Hannah and Lelah. Shelled corn for feed.
Dec 22 – Mercury 5 Abz. Went down to Mrs Browns. Took letter down to Lizzy with sample in. Hannah went up to Wm Ralphs.
Dec 23 – Went over to burg in morning paid my tax $6.78 cts. Went over at noon got money order cashed. Went over to Lois in Evening.
Dec 24 – Went down to Marts to mill. Took 7½ bushels corn and oats ground. Sent books to Claude, Lelah & Bes, Jay and Verne and Marts children.
Dec 25 – Worked on toboggin for Claude. No good he break some. Not very cold.
Dec 26 – At home. No one here. Cold winter weather. Good sleighing.
Dec 27 – Mercury 13 Abz. Went up to Theodores got board for toboggin. Oscar, Mary Ann and Glen here to day. They left for home.
Dec 28 – Mercury 3 below. Went over to burg. Got shoes for Sarah. Cold day.
Dec 29 – Mercury 3 Abz. Went over to burg in morning got calender. Mrs Beley Wright Died this morning 7 oclock. Went over to burg in Evening.
Dec 30 – Mercury 15 below very much cold day. Sarah & I went to Kalamazoo she stayed to Nancys. Bot articks $1.25. Very cold. D. and Jim came.
Dec 31 – Mercury 13 below. Went over to burg in afternoon. Ina went home. Mrs Bela Wright buried to day. Very cold day. I done nodings not much to day ver mooch goot sleigh plendy snow some. Lou sent me money, pay some money. D went home on noon train.
 The Michigan death record lists his date of death as January 21 (although it’s possible that the 1 in 21 is actually a 4) and there is a notation “Names added to list by Henry Laffitt [Labbitt] Undertaker Galesburg Michigan.” FindAGrave.com agrees with Luke’s entry of death on January 6, 1886, and shows he is buried in Lawler Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. The January 9, 1886 edition of the Kalamazoo Daily Telegraph, p.3, noted: The funeral services of the late Langford [sic] Burdick of Galesburg were held in the Baptist church at that place yesterday, Rev. J. S. Boyden officiating, and were largely attended. The remains were interred in the cemetery in Charleston Township.
 Theodore Earl, neighbor and “shirttail relative”
 His son-in-law, Lois’ husband, Adelbert Skinner
 His son-in-law, Nancy’s husband, Henry Brown, who was a photographer. It appears Jim and Will were posting advertisements around town. The February 9, 1886 edition of the Kalamazoo Daily Telegraph, on page 6, reported the following: Henry A. Brown, photographer, recently of Galesburg, Ill., who has been taking all the pretty prizes in town (if each is left to be sole judge) for the past two weeks, will locate in Kalamazoo in the bank building, on the northwest corner of Main and Burdick streets.
 George & Mary Evelyn “Eva” (Forbush) Blake lived in Charleston, Michigan, which is about five miles east of where Luke lived
 His neighbor and “shirttail relative,” Herbert Earl, and his wife, Luella (Farr) Earl. Herb and Theodore (see footnote to January 7th entry) were brothers
 Michigan death records reveal that Harriet Watts died February 8, 1886 in Otsego, Allegan County, Michigan, and FindAGrave.com shows she is buried in Lawler Cemetery, Augusta, Allegan County, Michigan
 From an ad in the October 23, 1880 Galesburgh Express: Wm. L. McBeth, M.D., PHYSICIAN & SURGEON. Office at Burdick’s drug store. Residence on Battle Creek street, two doors east of Bennett House. Calls attended to promptly at all hours. Galesburgh, Mich.
 Hard to decipher the order of his words as some were squeezed in between lines, so this may not be a true reading
 An old neighbor from when Luke lived in Covington, Genesee County, New York. The New York Death Index shows that Nicholas Chilson died in Batavia, Genesee County, New York and FindAGrave.com shows he is buried in the Pavilion Cemetery, Pavilion, New York, although it shows his age as 77
 Michigan death records mistakenly show that Erastus Stewart died October 3, 1886 in Comstock, Michigan with the notation “Names added to list by Henry Laffitt [Labbitt] Undertaker Galesburg Michigan.” Langford Burdick (see footnote to January 6th entry), likewise added by Henry Labbitt, was also incorrectly entered. The Kalamazoo Daily Telegraph newspaper editions of July 1 and July 6 (both on p. 2) agree with Luke’s entry showing that Erastus Stewart died on June 30, 1886
 Maria (nee Thayer), who was the widow of James Flanders (the son on Joseph Flanders, see footnote to May 4th entry), married Victor Gardner. She is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan alongside her first husband, James Flanders
 FindAGrave.com reveals that Horatio N. Tubbs died July 2, 1886 and is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery, Wayland, Michigan
 Michigan death records show that he died in Comstock, Michigan on July 8, 1886 and FindAGrave.com shows he is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan. Luke Keith’s diary entry of 10-18-1894 reads: Went down to Mrs Streators with Will Clark they took up Mr M. O. Streators remains and put them in the new cemetry at Galesburg
 Believe them to be the brother and son of Marius Streator
 Cullen Towne, the son of Albert Towne (see footnote to February 8th entry)
 Willis & Elizabeth (Ogden) Brown; Willis was the son of Matilda Brown (see footnote to January 1st entry)
 Michigan death records show that Adeline Hodges died July 27, 1886 in Galesburg, Michigan and FindAGrave.com shows she is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Michigan death records show that George Turner died in Kalamazoo from a fall from a scaffold on August 10, 1886 and FindAGrave.com shows he is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo, Michigan
 Most likely the Galesburg Old Cemetery where their mother, Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts, was buried
 The daughter of neighbors John & Caroline (Rapelje) Allerton
 Carrie Plank was the daughter of William & Harriett (Groat) Plank who had been neighbors of the Keiths in Comstock until they moved to Grand Rapids in 1873
 The son of Hiram & Kate (Atcheson) Crawford; Hiram was Sarah’s brother
 Michigan death records reveal that Floyd Hubbard, the six-month-old son of George & Alice Hubbard, died in Galesburg, Michigan on August 23, 1886
 Michigan death records reveal that Sarah (Watters) Hill died August 23, 1886 in Galesburg, Michigan
 His grand-nephew, the son of James “Oscar” & Mary Ann (Batey) Keith
 On July 25, 1847 Luke married his second wife, Jerusha Crittenden (she died September 23, 1848). Jerusha had a brother Henry; perhaps this is who he is referring to
 Mary Fisher married Marenus Caywood in September. Sadly, on March 4, 1887 Marenus was killed when his horses “run with him” according to Luke Keith’s 1887 diary
 Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford, the wife of Hiram Crawford, Jr., Sarah’s brother
 No relation is known at this time; however, often the parents of a husband or wife of a family member, or the parent of a neighbor, were referred to as Aunt or Uncle
 An outdated piece of farm equipment which used many flexible iron teeth mounted in rows to loosen the soil before planting
 FindAGrave.com shows that David Tuttle died in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 25, 1886 and he is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Galesburg, Michigan
 Sarah (Knight) Skinner, the mother of Del Skinner (see footnote to January 7th entry). FindAGrave.com shows she died September 29, 1886 in Ceresco, Michigan and that she is buried in the Quaker Cemetery in Waterloo, New York
Jan 1x – Pleasant. Hannah was over to our house to day and spent the afternoon. Father Browns folks went up to Mr Woods to spend the day. They stoped for Hank and I on their way home. We went home with them. Hannah received a letter from Will to day.
Jan 2x – Rainy. Hank & Henry started for Benton Harbor this morning. Father took them down. Miss Yawger went with them. We quilted on my quilt (the churn dasher to day. Father went to the Burg after he got home from Kalamazoo. Mr and Mrs Caywood, Mr and Mrs Armstrong, Mr and Mrs Streetor were here and spent the evening. I am at Fathers staying while Hank is gone. It is splended sleighing.
Jan 3 – Very Windy. Ma and Hannah came down here to quilt. They came in the morning. Pa came down and spent the evening. Mrs Simmons had a party. Mr and Mrs Allerton, Mr and Mrs Sherwood and Mr and Mrs Plank were there. (Sick a gain this morning.)
Jan 4x – Pleasant. Quilted all day got it half off. Father drew corn stalks from the other place this fore noon. Went to the Burg this afternoon. Will was sick to day. Lois is a visiting at Pa,s this afternoon. She and Dell got back from Lima Indianna yesterday. They went last Tuesday. Hank came home with Father to night, got home at eight o.clock and twenty minutes last night. I mended Hanks pants to night. Mrs Vanvleete died two weeks ago to day.
Jan 5 – Pleasant. Will brought Hank and I up to Pa,s this forenoon. Sate Skinner is here. She came down yesterday and stayed all night. Ethan took her home to night. Hannah went with them. When he came back he took Hank and I home.
Jan 6x – Pleasant. I have been sick all day, have not set up but a little. Fred Hawver and Pheobe Armstrong was married yesterday. Hank took a negative for Willis Oatman to day.
Jan 7 – Pleasant. Ethan came after me this morning to go over to Father Browns. I was sick and could not go. Ma and Mrs Plank and Lois, Sate and Mrs Skinner were going to be there to help quilt. Hank went to Kalamazoo to day to see the doctor and get some M for me. Ida Allen called here this afternoon. Hank took a negative of Mr Lays Baby to day. Hannah got a letter from Eberle Underwood this evening.
Jan 8x – Blustering. I have been sick most all day. Ethan and Henry called here to day and also Father Brown. Hank has printed to day and is making candy this evening. Ethan got a letter from Eugene to day. I have been stringing beads this evening. Flora Swaddle died to day aged 17 years.
Jan 9 – Cold and Blustering. Old Mr Joy died this morning. Flora was buried to day, the funeral was at the house. Hank took a negative for a young fellow from Augusta. Henry and Ethan have been here to day. Father Brown brought us a cord and a half of wood. Hank bought me six yards of calico for a polonaise this morning. He has printed again to day. Cora Allen called in here to night.
Jan 10x – Blustering. Isac Odells son died this morning. Mr Vanburen lectures this evening in the Baptist church. Subject Labor.
Jan 11x – Pleasant. Mr Joy,s funeral was to day. It was at the house. He was eighty years old. Ma was over here to day. Pa came over to supper. Father and Will have been here to day. Ethan is down to Aunt Kates. Mart is sick. Hank took a negative of Ma this afternoon.
Jan 12x – Pleasant, but looks like rain. We were a lone all day. Hank went down to the depo to see a couple of engines that was in.
Jan 13x – Rainy, most all of the snow is gone. The Bell tolled again this morning for Mr Evans wifes sister. Uncle Ed Armes has been here to day. Hank got a looking glass and a show mat to day. He is silvering paper this evening. I have been sewing velvet on my brown dress. Hank got me some ventilating garters to night price 40 cts.
Jan 14 – Pleasant but cloudy. Pa called here this morning. He was on the way to Howlandsburg to Mill. Hank has printed to day. We went down to Mr Barbers to night. Mr Bailey and wife, Pa and Ma, Father and Mother and Mr and Mrs Streetor were there. Mr Bailey is a spiritual speaker.
Jan 15 – Rainy and warm. Hannah came over this forenoon and stayed till night. Ida Barber came and spent the afternoon. Pa and Louesa came after them to night. Hank took a negative of a little boy to day. Mr Dillenbee has a lawsuit to night. Father came after Mr Bailey and wife this afternoon.
Jan 16x – Rainey all night, snowed hard all day to day. Ida Allen has been here a visiting to day. I showed her how to make wall baskets out of hoops. I have been sick all day. Mr Baily Lectures to night in School District No 7, Subject Spiritualism. Mr Nick Gault died to day.
Jan 17x – Pleasant & good sleighing. Pa went to Howlands Burg after the grist. Ma went up to Mr Swaddles. Father and Mr Baily called here to day. Baily did not lecture last night on account of its being stormy. He lectures to night. There is also a lecture to night in the Baptist Church. Hank & I intend to go. Professor Fraizer of Kalamazoo lectured. Hank and I went.
Jan 18 – Pleasant but cold. Pa came after me this morning. Hank came over at night and we staid all night. Pa & Hannah went down to Aunt Kates, Hannah stayed all night. Will Plank came home to night. Jimmy went down to Fathers and stayed all night with Will. Fathers folks went up to Mr Powers to take Mr Bailey and wife. Mr Gaults funeral was to day. It was at the house.
Jan 19x – Pleasant to day, snows this evening. It is splended sleighing. We are at Pas. Ethan & Henry came home and spent the day. Hannah came home with Ethan. We all ate supper at Mr Planks to day. Fred Allerton also took supper there. Will went home with him.
Jan 20x – Pleasant. Hank went home this morning. I stayed untill noon then Pa carried me home. Hannah, Mary, Carrie and Will went with me. Will, Mary & Carrie had their pictures taken togather. Will started for Grand Rapids on the two oclock train. The girls spent the afternoon here. Cora Allen called here to see if Hank and I could go over to Pa,s to spend the eve. We did not go. Father was here this evening. They were all at Pa,s a visiting.
Jan 21 – Snows a little to day. Hank has taken a negative of Charley Haywood. I had my picture taken with Hanks clothes on this morning. Hank bought a bushel & a half of Potatoes to night for nine 9. Shillings. They were the Peerless. Pa and Ma and all of Fathers folks were up to Mr Ralphs to day.
Jan 22 – Very Pleasant and warm. Ida Allen called here to night to see if we could go over to Pa,s. Hank went down to Mr Barbers to see if we could get their horse & cutter and to ask Ida to go to. They said we might take it. We expect them with it any minute. Ida, Hank & I went. We went with Mr Barbers team. Byron, Cora, Ida & Libbie also went. Ma and Mrs Plank and Becca were up to Mr Taylors a visiting this after noon.
Jan 23x – Blustering and cold. Hank has taken his first lesson in inking this morning he is takeing of Mary Warren. We ate breakfast by lamp light this morning for the first time sinse we were married.
Jan 24x – Pleasant. Lois, Henry and Sate were here a visiting. Dell went to Battle Creek on the eleven oclock train. Father, Mother and Aunt Jule spent the evening here. Will took Louesa and Mary to the lecture at the Congergational Church. Dr J. A. B. Stone Lectured, subject Rome. Edith called here this afternoon for the first time.
Jan 25 – Snows. Henry went to Howlands Burg to Mill. Will came as far as here and stayed while he was gone. We expected him after us to go up to Mr Flanders but he did not come. Jimmy was here to day. Mr Phillip Potts died to day, aged sixty four 64 54. Hank done my hair up this morning. Ida Allen was 18 years old to day.
Jan 26x – Very Pleasant x. We have stayed at home all day. Nothing of importance transpired. Hank made molasses candy to day. Father, Mother & Will were here this evening. They were going up to Mr Drlinbecks. Sarah Rickey was married to day. She married a man by the name of Stratton.
Jan 27 – Pleasant. Hank took another lesson in inking to day. He took a negative of Mr McClary. Marion Bristol called here to night. Pa was here this morning.
Jan 28 – Pleasant but a cold west wind. Mr Potts was buried to day, service at 11 oclock in the Methodist Church. He was born April 10th 1819. 5 difrent Ministers addressed the congregation. I went with Ida. There was a collision this morning by Mr Whitfords crossing. The Eclipse run into the Lanset. The (E) was a passenger train, the (L) a frieght train. No one hurt. Hank took a neg of Allie Wightman to day he is printing.
Jan 29 – Cold. Have been sick all day. Hank received a box of goods to day. He has taken a neg of Mr Burgeses little boy. I expected Pa after me to day but he did not come. Hank is fixing the stove in the other room. He is moveing the drum in to the operating room.
Jan 30 – Cold. Pa called here to day. He come over with Alvin and Jess Lee. The reason he did not come after me was he broke the sleigh thill Tuesday when they were coming from Uncle C. They were intending to go down to Aunt Katies to day after Ethan but did not go. Henry and Sate have gone to the Creek to see the doctor.
Jan 31 – Pleasant, thaws a little. Father and Will have been here this evening. They are going to the lecture. Mr Austin George lectures to night. Ida B– and Ella Swaddle were here a little while this afternoon. Mrs Barber has gone to Battle Creek a visiting.
Feb 1x – Snowed a little. Pa, Ma & Jimmie came over to our house this morning. I went home with them. Lois also went with us and stayed till afternoon. Will went after Hank to night and we went home with him. Mrs White was there. I have cut carpet rags all day. Ida Allen, Mary and Carrie went down to Mr Randalls a visiting this afternoon.
Feb 2x – Very cold west wind. Will, Hank and I went down to Pa,s this morning after Hannah. I was sick all day. Ma, Pa & Jimmie came down to Fathers in the evening to see how I was. We had a goose for dinner. Mrs White and Clarance were here. Mrs White stayed all night the night before. Helen Carlton and Charley Vanhousen were married to night. Mr Ford married them. Dora Mack and Mrs Lane were also married.
Feb 3 – Rained this afternoon. Hank went to Kalamazoo this forenoon to see the Doctor. He got back about twelve. He went with Fathers team. He & Father shelled corn and drew wood this afternoon
Feb 4 – Very Windy. Mother and Aunt Jule washed. Father went to Howlands Burg to mill. Hank came home with him. Ethan came home to day sick with a hard cold. Mart brought him home. Ma came down to Fathers and stayed till evening. Pa came after her. Helen Fields and Truman Johnson was married to day.
Feb 5 – Warm and pleasant. Father brought me home this fore noon. Hannah came home with me. She stayed with Tamer last night. Pa came over with us. Hank printed to day.
Feb 6 – Warm and pleasant. Hank printed to day. Pa was here to day. Hannah is here yet. Ethan is sick. Hannah had her picture taken with Hanks clothes on.
Feb 7 – Warm. Ma, Pa and Jim were here this evening. I have been sick all day. Will Brown called here after the lecture was through. Hank bought him a pair of boots at the Auction store to night, price four Dollars. He also got me a pair of slippers.
Feb 8 – Snowes. Father and Mother were here to day. Hank got me a pair of shoes to night.
Feb 9x – Pleasant. Pa came after Hannah to night. Mary, Louesa and Jim came with him. They are going to the concert. Sis is going to stay with me a day or two.
Feb 10 – Rained a little this afternoon. Sis is here yet. She went down to Idas and got her sticks for me to do my hair upon. Hank bought me some corsets to night at the auction store.
Feb 11 – Pleasant. Thaws some, not much sleighing though. People go with them yet. Dell came after his new wagon to day. Louesa is not very well, she has got a cold. I got her in a sweat to night and gave her aconite for her fever. Think she will be better by morning. Hank printed to day.
Feb 12 – Pleasant. Hank took a negative of Guss H— to day. There is to be a donation at the Methodist Church for Elder Ingle to night. Hank has taken a picture of the Methodist church to day. Mrs Will Lockhart left her husband last night. They had been married about four weeks. He had been keeping up a corespondance with May Galigan since his marriage and she heard of it and left.
Feb 13x – Snowes a little to day. Cora and Emma Allen called here to night. Have not done any thing of any account to day.
Feb 14 – Pleasant. Ethan was here most all day. Mrs Randall, Miss Biers, Miss Yawger, Ella & Minnie called here this evening. They were going to the lecture. Hank has gone. I was not well enough to go. Clara Spires and Stella Millham called after Sis. She did not go. Hank has printed to day. Father and Will called here this eve., also Carrie and Mary Plank and Ida Clark. They have all gone to the lecture.
Feb 15 – Pleasant. Clarence Wing died this morning Aged 6 years. Sis is here yet. Mary and Carrie Plank visited at Mrs Potts this afternoon. They called here this eve. Pa and Ma came over. Sis went home with them. Father came after us to go over there but we did not go. There is a party up to Mr Clapps to night. Henry & Hannah intend to go.
Feb 16 – Pleasant. Clarence was burried to day. Funeral was at three at the house. Father and Mother was here a little while this evening. Mother brought me some carpet rags to sew. I am reading Edna Browning one of Mrs Holmes writtings.
Feb 17 – Thaws, slighing a bout gone. Hank has taken 3 negatives, one of W– Scott and one of Alice Cary and her husband. Will came over here this evening to see if we could go up to Mr Fords Wednesday eve. to a party. Oscar called here this morning.
Feb 18 – Thaws very fast. Lois called to our house to day. I went home with her. We are going to a party up to Mr Flanders. It is Henrys farewell party. He starts east Thuresday if nothing happens. Byron Allen came up here this afternoon to see if we would go down to Ida Barbers to spend the evening. Of course we did not go.
Feb 19 – Cold. We went to the party. Hank and I stayed all night. Henry brought us home this morning. We came with the buggy. Mr Flanders had thrashers to day. Katie Keith and Louesa came over here to day to have their pictures taken. Edith also called here. Mary Warren was here painting to day. Hank has taken one small negative and one large one to day.
Feb 20 – Snows. Arthur and his Father was here to day. Hank and I printed to day. Mary Keith started for home to day, did not go any farther than Aunt Katies. Tamer and Charley Ford had a party to night. We did not go. Henry starts for Havanna to night at 7 oclock expects to stop at Buffalo and Perry a few days.
Feb 21x – Pleasant but cold, some sleighing. Kate, Mertie and Lois and Pa was here this forenoon. Mertie had her picture taken. Mary is here painting a gain to day. She is painting her mothers portrait. Ebb is down to Mr Osgoods, sick. Hank has got the sick head ache this evening. Mrs Walter Coe died this morning.
Feb 22 – Cold and Blustering. Hank is not much better though he has tryed to print some to day. Ella Swaddle called here to day. She has been to Kalamazoo a visiting. I have put a pocket in my water proof cloak to day. Oscar called here this morning on his way back from East Saganaw. He went there as a delagate for the Odd Fellows.
Feb 23x – Very cold and Blustering. Father came over here this evening. Hank has been reading and I have been pairing apples for sauce. I went to sleep on Hanks lap to day. Mrs Coe was burried to day.
Feb 24 – Pleasant but cold. Sewed carpet rags all day. Hank took a large negative of Bell Galigan to day, also two gems. Ethan went to Kalamazoo to day to take a lesson. He is taking of Professor Van de Sim a German teacher. He pays $1.00 per lesson. Edwin York died to day. He is to be buirried Thuresday.
Feb 25 – Warm and Pleasant. Expected Ma here to day but did not come. Will Brown, Clarra Spires, Ed Scram, Stella Milham, Elis Keith and Louesa spent this evening here. It was their first turnout. Ethan and Dell called here this evening. Father and Mother spent the evening at Pa,s. Ida Barber called here this afternoon.
Feb 26x – Pleasant this forenoon, snowed this afternoon. Ma spent the day here. Ethan went up to Dells to do his chores. Dell and Lois were going up to Brady. Hank bought some Sardines to day.
Feb 27x – Cold and Blustering. Mother and Father came over here this afternoon. We had oysters. It was the first time Father had ate with us.
Feb 28 – Snowed a little. Snow is about 8 inches deep. Pa called here this morning before we had been to breakfast. He was going to Howlands Burg to Mills. Will called here to night. Hank cut his hair. I bought some light calico and sugar to day. Hannah and Jimmie are not very well.
Mar 1 – Cloudy. Pa went to Howlandsburg after the grist. Jimmie came over here and stayd. I went home with them. Hank came over at night. We went down to Fathers to stay all night. Tamer Ford was a visiting at Mr Planks this afternoon. Hannah is not very well.
Mar 2x – Thawed this forenoon, snowed this afternoon. Father took us home to night. We stoped at Pa,s. Hannah is quite sick, has not set up any to day. Ethan was up to Dells. He went to see how Lois was. She has been sick up to Mrs Burges. Dell was going after her to day. Old Mr Amus Chipman was burried to day.
Mar 3 – Cold but Pleasant. Father and Will came over here to night after us. Fathers Law Suit comes off tomorrow. Hank has got to go as witness. Mr Plank was over here to day. He said Hannah was better. We stayed to Fathers to night.
Mar 4 – Thermometer 10 degrees below zero. Hank went down after Pa this morning to go to the lawsuit. I went with him. Ma and Ethan brought me back to Fathers in the evening. Pa did not come any further than Aunt Kates. Hank and Father got home about nine oclock in the eve. Hannah was not as well to night. Carrie Plank came home sick.
Mar 5 – Thawed a little bit, still good sleighing. Courting again to day. The men folks had to be in town at nine in the morning. Got through with the witnesess to day. Will not know whitch beats untill to morrow. Ethan was sick to day.
Mar 6 – Thawed, snow going off pretty fast. Hank went home this morning. Father went to Kalamazoo to see about the law suite. He beat Mr Allerton and I have gained the Pea nuts. Sarah Clark was married to day. Father brought me home to night. We came with the buggy. We called at Pa,s. Ethan is sick.
Mar 7x – Rainy and muddy. Will Plank called here this morning but did not get the Pea nuts. Cora & Ida Allen were here to night. Did not stay but a little while. Harry Streator was her to day.
Mar 8 – Pleasant, snow all gone. Hank has taken 10 neg to day. Father and Will called here this morning. Father went to mill. Will stayed here. Pa called here this afternoon. Ethan is better. Eb Underwood was also here. Mrs Fox, Marion, Nellie and Jack Bristol spent the evening here.
Mar 9x – Snowed all night and most all day. Hank had to retouch negatives to day. Will was here to night. He was going to Union meeting.
Mar 10 – Thawes very fast. Pa was here to day. He said Henry had got back. Mrs Alferd bought Hanks negatives this morning. She paid him 20 dollars. Mrs Lewis Barber and Fannie called here this evening to see if I could learn to make wax wreaths of Mrs Austin. She asks three dollars to learn. Do not know wheather I shall learn or not.
Mar 11 – Rainy toward night. Hank printed to day. He printed over seventy 70 small prints. Took in seven dollars and a half. Father called here this morning he was going to mill. Tip Town was here a little while. Ras had a tooth pulled.
Mar 12 – Pleasant. Hannah came over here to night to stay a day or two. Stellie Millham called here a little while to day. She went up to Mr Allens to stay to night.
Mar 13 – Pleasant and warm. Hannah is here. There is going to be Bell ringers here to night. They played on the street this morning on their horns. There was three girls that played. Ida Barber came up here and stayed while they were playing, also Cora A–. Hank and I went to hear the bell ringers this evening. They were splendid. Hannah went down to Ida,s this afternoon & stayed all night. Lois was here to day. Sold to Mrs Alferd to day.
Mar 14x – Rained a little this noon, pleasant this afternoon. Hannah came back this afternoon. Ida came with her and spent the afternoon. Henry, Ethan, Hannah, Ida and Mary Plank were here to supper. Mary went up to Mr Allens and stayed all night. It has froze every night since the 14 of November till to night.
Mar 15x – Rainy. Eberle and Harry were here to day, also Ethan and Jimmie. Jimmie stayed till night. Pa came after him. Ma is down to Aunt Kates. Lucy is sick a bed. Aunt Kate is almost. Mrs Daniels called here this evening. Eli Wightman has been here to day. He got back Thuresday night. Rained real hard this morning, Thundered a lightened some.
Mar 16 – Pleasant, then wind blew dreadful hard all night, rained some. Hank had to print to day. He has printed about 90 ninety pictures. He has been mounting them this evening. Will has been here to day. He went to church. I heard the robbins sing for the first time this spring to day.
Mar 17 – Cloudy. Ethan was here to day. Hank finished his pictures that he printed to day. Ethan bought some annise for Edna Crawford to day.
Mar 18 – Rained most all day. Hank has been real sick all day. Jimmie came over to have a negative taken to day. Hank was to sick to take it. Ma and Becca were here all day. Mrs Plank was here two or three hours then went to Mrs Potts a visiting. Ma stayed to Mr Hoags to night. Pa and Father were also here.
Mar 19 – Pleasanter than yesterday. Father and Mother came over to day. Ma came back here to day and stayed all night. Hank is worse to day. We had Dr Buroughs for him. Ethan started to come after Ma. Bill run away with him smashed thing up pretty bad.
Mar 20 – Cloudy and some stormy. Ma went home this morning before breakfast. Lois came over to bring Henry and Dell to the cars. They were going to Plainwell. Ma went home with her. Hank is better. I am some sick to day. Ethan and Father came over here to help pack but Hank could not do any thing. Father went home and got Hannah & Mother Mrs (?).
Mar 21 – Cloudy. Mrs Barber called here this morning. Hank is better, I am not as well. Ethan came over to day. Will was here this morning. Mrs Alferd commenced moveing to day. Ida Barber has been here to day. She stayed all the afternoon. Mrs Phillip Goodrich hung her self last night.
Mar 22 – Pleasant. We are both better. Hannah is here yet. Mrs Alferd took her first picture in this room to day. Hank is packing some things to day. Father and Will were here to day. Cora & Ida Allen and Sate Beckwith called here this morning.
Mar 23 – Pleasant. Hank, Hannah and I have been packing to day. Jimmie and Mary Plank, Father, Mother and Aunt Jule were here to night also Arthur Armes.
Mar 24 – Cloudy. We mooved to day. Took most of our things to Pa,s the rest we took to Fathers. Arthur Armes has been here to day. Hannah and I went with him. Hank rode with Father. I do not feel very well to night. Mr Taylor, Mr Lottie, Ida, Hattie and Libbie spent the evening at Pa,s.
Mar 25 – Cloudy. I am sick abed. Ethan and Hank has gone to the Burg. Hank is going to take a negative of Ethan this morning also one of Lillie Wightman.
Mar 26 – Snowed real hard all day. Hank went over after the Doctor this morning for me. Hank has been to the Burg to day to finish printing. Mrs Plank tied a comforter to day.
Mar 27 – Plasant. I dont feel much better. Lois and Dell has been here this forenoon. Father and Mother went to Kalamazoo to day. They came up here this evening. Louesa went home with them. It is quite good sleighing.
Mar 28 – Pleasant this forenoon rainy this afternoon. Hank went to Battle Creek to day. He does not feel very well. I am better. My Pallet broke this morning think I shall get a long now.
Mar 29 – Cloudy and some rainy. Hank and I layed a bed most all day. Sis came home to day. Mr and Mrs Allerton & Mr and Mrs Simmons were a visiting to Mr Planks to day.
Mar 30 – Rainy and cloudy. We are feeling some better. Mr and Mrs Plank, Rebecca, Mary and Carrie took supper with our folks this afternoon for the last time before they move.
Mar 31 – Some Pleasanter. Hank has gone to VicksBurg. Ethan went as far as Kalamazoo with him to take a lesson. Mr Planks folks commenced packing their good to day. Mary and Carrie stayed with Ida Clark to night. Lind Mathews arrived at Galesburg to day. Emmett Crawford came to our house to day. Aunt Katie fell in to a kettle of hot sugar to day burnt her real bad.
April 1 – Rainy. Mr Allerton and Mr Simmons took Mr Planks goods to Kalamazoo to day. Mary and Hannah went up to Mr Spires a visiting this afternoon. Hank went to Augusta. Mr Planks folks stayed to Mr Allertons to night. Becca is haveing fits. Hank and I came home with Father & Mother tonight.
April 2 – Rainy. Hank cracked some walnuts this forenoon. He and father went to the Burg after the rest of our pictures this afternoon.
April 3 – Cloudy but pleasant. Hank went down to Pa,s this morning to see if Ethan would go up to Mr Flanders with him to get some sugar. They went. Hank brought some home with him and Mother sugared it off. Henry went to Elkhart to day. Aunt Mary Crawford came to our house to day. Father went to Mr Lappins auction. He bought a plow.
April 4 – Rainy. Hank cracked some walnuts and butternuts this fore noon. He and Father went to the Burg after the rest of our pictures this afternoon.
April 5 – Dreadfull warm. The wood sawyers are here yet. Will not get through to day. Henry called here to day. He had been down to Pa,s. They were killing a pig. Will had to stop working this noon and go to bed, he is sick. Pa and Ma went down to Aunt Kates. Ben Jackson has been here to day. Father got a dispatch to night that his brother Williams wife was dead.
April 6 – Pleasant this forenoon rainy this aftenoon. Hannah, Hank & I went down to Aunt Kates to eat warm sugar. She is awful bad off. Lucy is sick. Hellen is there doing the work. They have made about 500 weight of sugar in the past week. Sap still a running.
April 7 – Rainy. Hank finished moveing to day. Joe Boardman came here this noon to finish sawing wood. He went from here to Mr Fords.
April 8 – Rained all night and all day to day. Hank has gone to the Burg. He has got to stop at Pas to do some work. Mother and Aunt Jule washed to day. Mr Streetor was here this forenoon. Hank did not get back till most night. He got twelve yards of black calico and 12 yds of orange calico for a dark room also calico for me a dress. He paid 11½ cents a yard and 16 cents over.
April 9 – Cold west wind. Hank and I sewed on the tent this forenoon then he stoped and got some wood and carried it down to Pa,s. He has just gone after load. Ethan is with him. I kept to work at the tent till three then helped fix the carpet. We expect to moove down to Pa,s to morrow.
April 10 – Pleasant this forenoon rained this evening. We went down to Pa,s this morning. We commenced keeping house to day. Hannah went down to Mr Fords a visiting to day, has not got back yet. Jimmie has gone up to Wesleys to stay to night. Hank has made a bureau to day for his cemicals. James Flanders died one year a go to night.
April 11 – Pleasant. Hannah came home this morning. Charley and Tamer brought her home. They all went to the Burg. Hannah and Tamer stoped to Mr Barbers. We got things arraingd this afternoon. Louesa has gone up to Wesleys. Hattie and Libbie Taylor and Lind Mathews called here to night. Sis and Jim has got home. Father commenced draging to day.
April 12x – Cloudy x. Ma and Hannah washed. Hank went down to Fathers this morning. When he got back he and pa went to the burg. I finished the dark room to day. Dell and Henry stoped here to day. They went to the Burg. Ethan and Hank went with them.
April 13x – Warm and Pleasant. Pa took Hannah and Ethan down to Aunt Katies. Father and Mother went up to Uncle Woods to day. Mr Rogers called here to night. Hank and Jimmie went after gum up in Mr Schrams wood. Hank wrote a letter to Loyd this morning. Ma is writting one to Grandma this eve.
April 14 – Warm and pleasant. Hank took his first picture to day and used his dark room. It was not dark enough. He went to the Burg and got some more black calico to fix it with. Mart came up to night to go to the meeting. Ethan came home with him and went to the Burg. He and Hank did not stay to the meeting.
April 15x – Cold and Rainy. Hank and I worked on the dark room to day. He has taken a picture. It works all right. Jimmie went to the Burg to day, was gone all the forenoon.
April 16 – Cloudy, some warmer than yesterday. Hank made me some sticks to curl my hair on to day. He and Ethan and Pa went to the Burg this afternoon. When they got back they mooved the Privy. Georgie Barber visited Jimmie this forenoon and Stellie Millham visited Louesa this afternoon. Ethan received a letter from Loyd to day also one from George Turner. Florence Plank died one year ago to day aged twenty years. Hansell.
April 17x – Rainy. Ma washed to day. Will Plank came here to day. Pa went to the Burg to night. Hank and Ethan pounded out the clothes for Ma this forenoon. They and Will payed Croquet this afternoon.
April 18 – Rainy this forenoon, pleasant this afternoon. Will and Ethan went up to Mr Fords this afternoon. Hank went to the Burg he bought a Cod fish paid 10 cents a pound. It weighed two pounds and a half. Will stayed to Mr Allertons to day night.
April 19 – Pleasant but cold. Ma and Pa went down to Aunt Kates to day. Lucy is no better. Aunt Kate is on the gain. Nell Whitmore is to work there. Hannah is also there. Ethan went to town with Dell to day. Will went home. Jimmie is down to Dells. He staid all night last night. Louesa, Hank and I are here alone. I played Croquet for the first time to day since I was married.
April 20 – Cloudy. Mart brought Hannah home to day. Clara came with them. Henry and Will are here to day. Hank and Ethan went as far as Fathers when they went home. Father and Mother went up to Mr Armes to day.
April 21 – Pleasant. Hank and I went down to Fathers to day noon. Hank took a negative of Fathers house this afternoon. It snows a very little this afternoon. I have made a Chemise for Clara this afternoon.
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April 23 – Pleasant. Hank printed this afternoon and plowed for Father this afternoon. Ma and Pa went down to Aunt Kates this afternoon. Lucy sent Hannah and I about three pounds of maple sugar. We sugared off this evening (had snow to wax it on). Libbie Keith stayed here all night to night. Ethan went to the Burg this afternoon. He rode with H Streetor.
April 24 – Snow six (6) inches deep and still a snowing. Father brought us home this morning. Ethan and Hank went to the Burg. Pleasant. Ma and Hannah washed to day. Hank went to the Burg this afternoon. Henry Keith came here from Elkhart. He got here about 11 oclock in the night.
April 25x – Snowed for about three quarters of an hour as has at any time this winter. Henry stayed till about two this afternoon. Jimmie has gone down to Aunt Kates to stay to night. He went to carry some clothes we have been making for Clarie.
April 26 – Pleasant but cold. Hank and Ethan went to Kalamazoo this afternoon. Hannah Ironed this forenoon. Hank had his tooth pulled to day. Dr Sullings pulled it. They stoped to Aunt Kates and got supper.
April 27x – Real pleasant. Hank and Ethan went a gumming to day. They got some cow slips, the first greens we have had this spring. Mr and Mrs Barber and Ida were here a little while to day. Ethan and Hannah went up in the woods. Ethan got some wild flowers to day, the first I have seen this spring.
April 28 – Cloudy, sprinkled a little. Hank got up about five this morning, went down to Fathers after Bill and the buggy. Got back about light. Started off to take pictures about ten got back about four. Give up the buisness. Went and took the team home. Promised to work for Father to morrow. Hannah walked to the Burg to night. She is going to stay with Ida tomorrow. They are going to visit Cora.
April 29 – Pleasant. Hank commenced working for Father to day. I wrote a letter to Alice Crawford. Ma wrote one to Uncle Henry. Hannah came home to night. Ida came with her. Will Barber brought them over. They visited Cora Allen this afternoon. She is expecting to go to York State to be gone a year.
April 30 – Pleasant. Hank plowed for Father to day. He also plowed Pa,s east garden. Father, Mother and Will went to Kalamazoo to day. Ethan and Ella Randall went with them. Will stayed all night with Charley Fletcher. Father got us eight pounds of sugar & a pessle. Ida Barber stayed untill to night. Will came after her this evening.
May 1 – Cold this forenoon, rained this afternoon. Hank and Mr Halley had to quit work on account of its raining. Mr Halley finished plowing this morning and commenced dragging. Ethan has not got home yet.
May 2 – Thunder shower last night, some rainy to day. Ma and Hannah washed. Hank helped Father clean up wheat. Pa and Ma went down to Aunt Kates this afternoon. Mother and Aunt Jule were here a little while this afternoon. Jimmie and Will went a fishing this afternoon. Hank has gone over to the Burg to night. Ethan came home to night.
May 3 – Rainy in the forenoon stoped about nine oclock. Hank and Ethan worked in the garden this forenoon. Hank plowed for Father this afternoon. Henry and Will stayed here to night also Hank Harvey. Eliza Galfus Delano died this afternoon.
May 4x – Pleasant. Ethan, Henry and Hannah went down to Aunt Kates to day. Ethan and Henry went to K– after medicine for Lucy. She is getting worse all the time. The Doctor lanced one of the swellings (the one on her temple. There was nothing but blood come. She seffers everything. Hank wrote to Dr. P. T. Johnson of Ypsilanti to day sent him 1.00 to pay for an examination. Eliza Delano was burried to day.
May 5 – Pleasant. Hank plowed for Father all day. Ma and Hannah washed. School commenced to day. Nettie Quay teaches. Pa, Hannah and Jimmie went to to the Burg to night. Mrs Barber told her I must write to Dr Johnson or he would not make a correct examination.
May 6 – Pleasant. Hank worked for Father to day. Ethan went to town got twelve dollars and a half on patten right. Bought him a pair of pants & a necktie. Henry went to the Burg stoped here and had supper with Hank and I. I wrote to Johnson this morning. Have worked on my dress all day.
May 7x – Rainy. Lois came down this morning stayed all day. Hannah went home with her. Hank plowed untill four in the afternoon. Hank received a letter from Dr Johnson. Eliza Riddle stayed here to night. Jimmie went home with Harvey.
May 8 – Rained all day. Hank and Ethan went to the Burg this morning. They made a Brackett saw to day. Jack Bristol was married to day. He married the widow Burge. I finished my light wrapper to day.
May 9 – Rainy. Hank plowed this forenoon. He and Ethan fixed their Bracket saw this afternoon. Hannah came home to night. I & Hank went down to Fathers and stayed to night. Susan Giddins has got a little girl baby.
May 10 – Some Rainy. Hank burned brush for Father this forenoon. He plowed part of the afternoon and draged the rest. I came home this noon. Libbie Keith was here, she stayed here last night. Guss Giddins came over to see if he could get Hannah to go up there and stay two or three days. She went.
May 11 – Cloudy. Ethan wrote to ________ Grand Rapids to day. Ma wrote to Miss Wiseman. Hank and Ethan went up to Mr Earls mill to night. I wore my light wrapper to day, Sis her dress Edna sent her, Ethan his new pants, all for the first time.
May 12 – Cloudy. Ma washed to day. Pa has been trimming the orchard. Pa sold the heifer for 14 dollars to day. Mr Brockway bought her. Hank has been to work for Father to day. Hannah received a letter from Mary, Louesa one from Carrie, and Ma one from Mrs Plank to day.
May 13 – Pleasant but windy. Hank planted corn for Father to day. Ethan and Pa planted for Mr Halley. Ethan and Hank went to the Burg this evening. Jimmie stayed with Will Brown to night. Mr Ruben Coe died yesterday. The boys heard of it to night.
May 14 – Pleasant but cold. Ma ironed this forenoon. Hank worked for Father to day. Mother, Aunt Jule, Mrs Barber and Ida spent the afternoon here. Father and Will came up to supper. Aunt Jule gave me a Lasup[?] mat. It snowed a very little this morning. Ma has had a bad time with her stomach to day.
May 15 – Cold and cloudy. Hank planted corn for Father, finished to night. They have put in about ten acres. Ma got so she could not lie down about twelve last night. Pa got up & built a fire and steeped hops and vinegar & put on her. I got up and made a bag and put hot brand in in it and put that on her. She got better, does not feel very sick. Mrs Nate Potts died this morning aged twenty four 24.
May 16 – Warm & Pleasant. Hank commenced to work for Father this morning. Stoped about ten on account of the Ague. Ethan worked for Mr Town to day. Mrs Potts was buried to day. Ma colored anoline[?] to day for her carpet. Ed Porssel and Fan Whitting Struble were married yesterday also George Yumans and Nell Russell. I have made a shirt to day.
May 17x – Pleasant. Pa & Hank drove the heifer to the Burg this morning. Ma & Pa have gone down to Aunt Kates this afternoon. Ethan is helping the Town boys again to day. Sis and Libbie have gone over to Mr Allens to day. Jimmie and Will have been a fishing this afternoon. I had another weak spell to day. Hank sent four dollars to Johnson for medicine to day.
May 18 – Pleasant. Hank has had the Ague real hard to day. Father and Mother came up here to night. We went home with them. Ethan went down to Dell to day.
May 19 – Some rainy. Hank and Ethan went to Kalamazoo to day. I went as far as Aunt Kates with them. Hank got some medicine for him self to day of Dr Sill. Lucys head is getting worse.
May 20 – Rainy this forenoon, pleasant this afternoon. Hank had the Ague all night last night and most all day to day. Pa went to the Burg this forenoon. He got my medicine of from Dr Johnson. Ida Barber went to Ypsilanti yesterday.
May 21 – Pleasant. Hank went greening to day down to the bottom land. Ethan plowed the west garden. He plowed up some horse radish. Hank grated it this afternoon. Ma got some greens around the yard. We had a good mess.
May 22 – Rained last night, pleasant this morning. Hank has not had the Ague to day, does not feel very well. He and Ethan went fishing this afternoon. Got a good many fish.
May 23 – Pleasant but windy. Hank worked some to day. Ethan planted corn for Towns people. They had to plant over. Mart, Lucy and Clarie were here this afternoon.
May 24 – Pleasant. I made two lemon pies to day, Ma made some Pumpkins Pies, Hannah baked some cookies. Hannah and Ethan went down to Aunt Kates this afternoon after Nell Whitmore. Louesa went with them, she did not come back.
May 25 – Pleasant. I have not been very well to day. Henry was here a little while to night, also Henry Rogers and girl. Ethan & Hannah took Nell home to night. Louesa came back with them.
May 26 – Very warm. I feel some better to day. Ethan went to Kalamazoo to day. Hank worked for Father.
May 30 – Our Little Boys Born May 30. 1873
Died May 30. 1873
May 31 – (no entries until June 22)
Jun 22 – Very warm. Sprinkled a little about noon. This is the first I have tried to write since my little Babys was born. They were born May 30th, one about nine and the other about ten oclock in the evening. One was dead when born, the [other] lived a bout two hours. Hank has gone to Lyons, went yesterday, will not be home till tomorrow. I am lonesom to day with out him. If my babys had lived it would not be so bad but that was not to be.
Jun 23 – Rained this afternoon. Hank got home to night about ten in the evening. I do not feel very well. Pa went to Kalamazoo. Henry went back up to Reed City to day.
Jun 24 – Rained this afternoon. Hank does not feel very well. Father is cutting grass for Mr Streator. Ma and Ethan came down here a little while to day. Hank and Father went to the Burg. Hank got some cloth for shirts. Lois brought me home to night. I have been down to Fathers four weeks tomorrow. Hank and I went out to see our Babys grave to night. It was the first time I had seen it.
Jun 25 – Pleasant. Hank is better, I am about sick. Aunt Mary Crawford and Edna came here about twelve oclock last night. They went home to night on the eight oclock freight. Hank commenced packing to day. He went to the Burg to night. He sent ten dollars to Mr J Olmstead. Uncle Joe came after Hannah to go and help Aunt Kate. She went.
Jun 26 – Very warm. Rained real hard last night in the night. I feel pretty well to day. Mrs Seamer is here weaving ma a carpet. Hank went down to Fathers this morning to get the Chromos to pack. Ethan went down to Aunt Kates this afternoon to get some cabbage plants.
Jun 27 – Rained quite hard this noon. Hank worked for Father to day. Ethan worked for Dell. Bill Mathews buried his little boy to day. He was drowned in the cistern yesterday. School was out to day. Mert Quay was teacher. Frank Towsley got his leg broke in jumping from the cars yesterday. Hank is most sick to night. Jimmie stayes with Will B– to night.
Jun 28 – Pleasant. Hank worked for Father. Father and Will went to Kalamazoo this afternoon. Pa and E– have gone to the Burg. Mrs Seamer went with them. Hank went to the Burg to night and got a letter for Ma from Uncle David. They have got a little girl. It was born the 20th of May her name is Ida Susie Louise Crawford.
Jun 29 – Warm and rainy. I do not feel very well. Father called here a little while this morning. Willie Clark has been here all day. Jimmie went home with him to stay all night. Lois, Mrs Skinner and Sate called here just at night. Hannah came home to night. She rode with Wesley and Libbie.
Jun 30 – Pleasant and cool. Hank worked for Father. Louesa has gone to the Burg to stay to night. Hannah is to work on her buff dress. I finished Hanks shirt to day and cut out my apron. Ma is to work on carpet rags.
Jul 1 – (no entry)
Jul 2 – (Wednesday) Hot sun, cool wind & showery. Hank worked for Father. Father went to mill to day. He carried a grist for Pa. Jimmie went to the Burg three times to day. Hank is twenty three years old to day. Hank got two letters from Muir of Mr Jay Olmstead.
Jul 3 – (Thursday) Rainy. Hank took the things to the Burg to send to Muir. Ethan went with him. Arthur Armes was to the Burg. The boys came back with him. I have just finished my light calico apron, the one like my wrapper. Hank and Ethan have gone to the Burg to hear the Band play. Lucy and Mart were here to day.
Jul 4 – (Friday) Uncle Hank, Aunt J–, John and Georgie came to day. 5 They went away to day.
Jul 6 – Pleasant. Pa and Ma went down to Aunt Kates this morning, came home to night. Mrs Seamer came back to night. Ethan went to Dells to day. Father and Mother went to Uncle Eds to day.
Jul 7 – Pleasant untill six to night. Commenced raining then and rained real hard. The boys did not get home till eight. Hank and Ethan worked for Father. Jimmie worked for Mr Randall. Vina Allen is here. She has been up to Mr Sherwoods. Mrs Seamer has been sick to day. Hannah finished her buff dress.
Jul 8 – Cool and cloudy. Ethan has been sick to day. He got some pos____ to night. Hank worked for Father. Ma and Pa went to the Burg to night. Pa got the worp for my carpet. It is the Clarence worp. Sate Skinner stayes here to night.
Jul 9 – Rained this noon. I am 21 years old to day. Hannah went home with Mrs Barber to night. She has been picking berries on Mr Streators to day. Hank worked for Father. He came home to night when Dell came back from the Burg. We went down to F– to stay two or three days. Sate went home to night.
Jul 10 – Rained this noon I Pleasant, cloudy and cool. Hank and Ethan worked for Father. Mother, Aunt Jule & I picked Raspberries this afternoon. It rained some last night in the night. I went out to the Babys grave and stayed a spell. I pulled the weeds all up that was on it and threw them away.
Jul 11 – Very Pleasant and cool. Hank & Ethan worked for Father to day in the harvest fields. I picked 4 quarts of cherries, Aunt Jule picked 2. Mother caned them. Hank and I went out to the Babys little grave to night.
Jul 12 – Warm, lookes like rain to night. Hank and Ethan worked for Father. They finished cutting wheat this forenoon and drew in eight loads. Arthur Armes came down to night. He is going to stay all night. Jimmie went to Aunt K to stay to night. Mother picked eight geese to day. She got two pounds of wool feathers. I went out to our little Babys grave to night and stayed a little while. Aunt Jule is fixing her silk polonaise.
Jul 13 – Pleasant but warm. Father, Hank, Mr Streator, Eberle and Harry drew wheat all day to day. Arthur helped also. Father brought us home to night. Mother and Aunt Jule came with us. Pa took Hannah down to Aunt Kates to day. She expects to stay there this summer.
Jul 14 – Very warm. Hank commenced packing the chest. Went to the Burg this morning. Hank and I went down to Fathers to night. We went with Bill. Father went to the Burg to night. Ethan is working for Dell, does not come home to night.
Jul 15 – Very warm. Hank went away to day. He left the Burg twenty minutes of twelve. Ethan is to work for Dell. I was sick this forenoon. Jimmie took some cans down to Mother. He said she was making Jellie.
Jul 16 – Very warm. Had a very hard rain north of here this forenoon. Mrs Seamer finished Mrs Schroders carpet to day. Mrs Schroder came after it to night. Ma spooled the warp for my carpet this afternoon. Ethan got a letter from Loyd yesterday. He sent his Photograph. He gave Hank and Ethan a blowing up for not answering his last letter.
Jul 17 – Hot sun, cool wind. Ma washed. Louesa helped her for the first time. Mrs Seamer got my carpet in and wove two yards. Jimmie went to the Burg, got two papers for Father, one for Pa. Ethan has not got back yet. He is working for Dell.
Jul 18 – Cool wind. I received a letter from Hank. Father and Mother were here a little while. Father went to the Burg. Louesa went down to Aunt Kates this morning. She went a foot. Do not expect her home till Sunday. Ma received a letter from Grandma. Ethan came home this forenoon. He has got through harvesting.
Jul 19 – Cool. Ma went over to Mr Towns to help Fannie and Nellie make a dress. Mrs Seamer cut out two widths of my carpet and I hemed them and got them partly sewed to gather. Ethan got a letter from Will P– also one from Proffesor Vandesen. Mrs Seamer went to the Burg to stay till monday night. Lois and Dell has gone to the Creek. Pa got me some braids to weave on my hair. He got Ma a pair of shoes. Jimmie got him a new Black straw hat. I commenced writing to Hank.
Jul 20 – Cool this morning, warmer this evening. Ethan has gone down to Aunt K after Hannah and Sis. Elis and Harry was down here a little while. They and Jimmie went in baithing. I finished my letter to Hank. I have not felt very well to day. Father called here this morning. He had been burning stumps down on the bottom lands. Lois and Dell called here to night. Hannah, Ethan and Louesa came home to night. Carrie Chapin Brown died last night.
Jul 21 – Warm. Father, Mother, Aunt Jule, Hannah, Jim, Ethan and I went to Adam Forepaughs show. We We Fathers folks and I went to Jack Bristols and took dinner. Ma went to Mr Towns and finished the girls dresses. Pa and Sis stayed to home alone. Minnie Potts gave birth to a little boy last night. It weighed 8½ pounds.
Jul 22 – Pleasant. Do not feel very well. Lois has been here to day a visiting. Uncle Joe came up here and stayed all day. Hannah is most sick.
Jul 23 – Pleasant. Ethan took Hannah down to Aunt Kates this afternoon. I came as far as Fathers. Aunt Jule and I picked currents to night. Father and Mother went to the Burg. They had to go by the upper bridge. They got a paper for me from Hank.
Jul 24 – Pleasant. Aunt Jule and I picked currents this forenoon. Dell got a letter for me from Hank. He sent his pictures. He sent seven pictures to Ethan.
Jul 25 – Pleasant. Ma, Mrs Seamer and Lucy was down here a visiting this afternoon. I went out to our little Babys grave to night. Pa came down here this morning after Salt Petre for the cow.
Jul 26 – Pleasant and warm. I came home to day with Father and Will when they came to work. I commenced fixing my drab Polenaise. Henry and Dell were here. H– got home Friday night. Edith and the Haines girls were here. Ethan got a letter from Hank. Mrs Seamer finished my carpet to day. I paid her 3.45. She wove 34 yards and a rug.
Jul 27 – Pleasant. I wrote to Hank. Father cut around his oats. He was here about 2 hours to day.
Jul 28 – Pleasant. Ma cleaned the chamber. Mother and Aunt Jule came up here. Mother made my carpet. Rained a little this afternoon. Ethan has gone to Dells to help get in the oats.
Jul 29 – Cool in the morning, very hot and dusty in the afternoon. I went to Kalamazoo with Fathers folks. Got some lace to trim my silk dress also some lining for it and some cloth for pillow shams. Cam back to Aunt Katies and stoped. Uncle Joe went up to Pas. He got a letter and paper for me from Hank. He sent me one dollar.
Jul 30 – Pleasant. Fannie Cook came here this morning and stayed till after dinner. I wove some hair for Lucy. Mart went to town. Hannah and I went down to Uncle Joes to nigh.
Jul 31 – Rained most all day. Hannah Ironed all this forenoon. Lucy commenced a shirt for Mart.
Aug 1 – Pleasant and muggy. Aunt Kate washed some this forenoon. Mart, Lucy, the children, Hannah and I came up to Dells this afternoon. I stayed and the rest went home. Henry went down to Pa,s to stay to night and get Ethan to do some work for him.
Aug 2 – Pleasant, rained real hard in the night last night. I got a letter from Hank and also one from Loyd for Hank. Jimmie is here a visiting Willie. Dell went to town this afternoon. Mr Henry Clinton died last night. Henry came back to Dells to night.
Aug 3 – Pleasant but cold. I wrote to Hank. Ma and Pa went to Aunt Katies. Lois and Dell brought me home this morning. We went up to Aunt Harriets and then over to the Bridg.
Aug 4 – Pleasant and some warmer. Ma washed. Mother came up here and worked on my carpet. She and Father were here to supper. She gave me calico for a skirt. Ethan hlped Father in his oats to day.
Aug 5 – Pleasant. Ethan worked for Father. Aunt Katie, Mart, Clarie and Georgie visited here. We had boiled cabbage for the first time this year. Eugene came here this afternoon. He is keeping books for in Kalamazoo for the Novelity-Iron works. Stellie Milham stayed here to night.
Aug 6 – Pleasant, some warmer. Ma fixed Hannahs lawn polonaise. I worked on my silk dress. Jimmie went to the Burg this morning and got Ma a darning needle. He forgot to go to the Post office. Sate, Lois and Willie called here to night. They had been up to Brady. Henry had a runaway yesterday, smashed up Edwins new buggy.
Aug 7 – Pleasant. Ethan worked for Dell. Ma and I went down to Fathers. He and Ethan went to the Burg. They got me a letter and paper from Hank. He sent me two pictures of the Galery. Rained some this afternoon. We had ripe tomatoes this morning.
Aug 8 – Warm. Father, Mother and Ethan went to Kalamazoo. Ethan got him a valice, paid $5.00. I commenced a letter to Hank.
Aug 9 – Warm. Ma washed some. Mother and Aunt Jule were here this afternoon. I finished my silk dress. Mother finished my big carpet. We commenced Ethans shirt.
Aug 10 – Pleasant, very worm. I wrote to Hank. Ethan wrote to Mary and Frank Tomlinson.
Aug 11 – Very warm. Pleasant. Ethan worked for Dell. Henry came home with him. Pa went to the Burg this morn. Libbie Allen was here this afternoon. Ida Allen went to Edith. Libbie went up to Mr Jacsons to stay too night. Sis stayes with Libbie Keith to night.
Aug 12 – Pleasant. Pa went down to Aunt Katies. I went as far as Fathers and stayed till he came back. Aunt Jule gave me fringe for a stand cloth and I sewed it on while there. Father hired a man yesterdy for fifteen a month his name is Albert Weazner.
Aug 13 – Rained a little last night. There is a picknic up east of Mr Earls to day. Ma, Pa, Jimmie and I went down to Fathers to eat rost pig. Ma & Mother tied a comforter for me. I finished Mothers pillow cases for her. I got a letter from Hank, he sent me $5.00.
Aug 14 – Pleasant. Henry is here, has been here two or three days. Jimmie stays with Harry to night.
Aug 15 – Pleasant. The marsh up south is on fire. People have to fight it to save their houses. Ma washed. Sis went home with Stellie. Henry got me a letter from Hank. He sent me an order for $16.00.
Aug 16 – Pleasant. Mother was here this afternoon. Aunt Fleda came to day. Dr Alfred died to day. He was sixty three. I wrote to Hank. Lois is 33 years to day.
Aug 17 – Pleasant. Mart brought Hannah a Delpha up here to day. Father, Mother and I went to the Dr funeral. It was a grand affair. The Masons came from Allegan, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek & Jackson. Elder Jingle preached the sermon.
Aug 18 – Pleasant. Will Plank and Carrie came here to day. Will is 21 to day. Henry is as here to day.
Aug 19 – Pleasant. Father and Mother came her this morning. Mother stayed here all day. She helped me pack. Pa and Father carried our good over to the cars. There was 970 weight. I went over to Idas with Pa to stay all night. I got me a postminie[?] and some lace and muslin, also two pie plates. I got a letter from Hank. I got the money Hank sent me to day.
Aug 20 – Very warm. Ida and I went down to the post office. I wrote a letter to Hank and sent him the bill of goods. I ordered a bonnet made to Mrs Morton. Henry and Lois came after me. Lois stayes here to night. Hannah and Carrie stays with Tamer, Sis and Delpha with Stellie.
Aug 21 – Hard rain and hail storm. Lois, Hannah, Ethan and I went up to Ediths this afternoon. Sis and Delpha was there.
Aug 22 – Pleasant. Hannah & I went home with Father this noon. They had rost pig for dinner. Ma washed to day. I got a letter from Hank. Mrs Streaters visited here this afternoon. Uncle Ed and Mrs Sherman stayed here to night. Carrie Plank was here.
Aug 23 – Pleasant, warm. I wrote to Hank. We went home this afternoon with F– when he went to work. Mrs Streator and Nell visited here this afternoon. Ethan got my bonnet.
Aug 24 – Pleasant. Ida Barber came over and stayed last night. Edith and Dell and Lois was here to day, also Fathers folks this evening.
Aug 25 – Looked like rain when I left home. Father brought me her to Kalamazoo this morning. Ethan and Hannah came with us. I got to Mr Planks half past three.
Aug 26 – Pleasant. I left GR at ten this forenoon, got to Muir half past 12. Hank and I took dinner at the Olmstead house. Our goods came about three this afternoon. We got the bedroom carpet down and the bed put up so we slept at home, also ate supper at home.
Aug 27 – Pleasant. Put down the big carpet to day and got partly settled. We wrote to our folks to day.
Aug 28 – Pleasant. We washed the wood work to day. I went down to the galery this afternoon.
Aug 29 – Pleasant. There was a smash up on this rail road this morning about six oclock. The freight engine Ontario run in to the passenger train, killed three. An other died in the after noon. Three or four more not expected to live. I helped at the hotel. Hank and I went and looked at the crops this evening.
Aug 30 – Pleasant. Mr Dickens came down after us to night. We went home with him. Mr Holbrook rod home with us.
Aug 31 – Rained last night and till about ten this morning. We all went over to Marys to day. Uncle George and Aunt Lizebeth brought us home to night. We went over to the Iron bridge to night.
Sep 1 – Pleasant, very cold last night. I made my black dress skirt to day. Hank has got the blues. He got som beats tonight, paid five cents for a peck.
Sep 2 – Pleasant. I have baked bread and cake. Hank feels pretty bad this morning. I wrote to Mary Plank to day. Hank got me some baking powder. Lucy gave birth to a little girl.
Sep 3 – Pleasant this forenoon, rainy this afternoon. We got a letter from Ma & Ethan this morning. Hank and I took a walk up on the hill last night. It is the first I had been up there.
Sep 4 – Pleasant. Hank took in $4.50 to day. He got a peck of Onions and a pound of crackers. He commenced a letter to F– folks.
Sep 5 – Pleasant this forenoon, looks like rain this afternoon. We finished writing to our folks. Hank feels pretty bad. I feel sorry for him. Jimmie Sylvester was killed while playing with the flat cares to night, aged nine years. Hank got two clocks to night, one for the galery and one for the house.
Sep 6 – Pleasant. I baked pies and cake this forenoon. Went down to the galery this afternoon. Stayed till about 4, came to the house and Ironed some.
Sep 7 – Rained a very little. I do not feel very well. Took a sit bath last night. Jimmie Sylvester was burried this forenoon. We did not attend the funeral. I was not well enough. Hank and I went over to Mr Abbys lumber yard this evening. I wrote to Pas folks to day.
Sep 8 – Pleasant. Have been to the galery most all day. Hank sent our letter to Pa and a paper to Father, also a letter to Dr Foot. Mr Long has had two gems taken this afternoon. I burnt three of my fingers this morning by steam.
Sep 9 – Pleasant. Baked pie to day. Went back to the galery with Hank at noon. We got a letter from Father and Mother also one from Loyd. He is going to be married this month. Lucy has got a little girl born last tuesday.
Sep 10 – Pleasant. Stayed to the galery most all day. Hank took in five dollars and took a 4 x 4 negative of Mrs Probascus little girl which will be three dollars more.
Sep 11 – Pleasant. Baked bread, jelee cake & tarts this forenoon. Went to the gallery this afternoon and wrote to Ida Barber. Hank bought me 8 pairs of fine white stockins at a bankrupt sale for $1.00.
Sep 12 – Pleasant this forenoon, rainy this afternoon. Hank printed. Had 125 prints to make but could not make only about 100 of them. Hank got two pairs of shears for twenty five cents at the auction.
Sep 13 – Pleasant and cooler. Baked this forenoon. Hank got a book from Dr Foot. I got a letter from Mary Plank.
Sep 14 – Pleasant but awful cold. We went to church for the first time since we I came to Muir. We wrote to Fathers folks. Hank had a chill and fever all night.
Sep 15 – Cold and some rainy. We mooved the stove into the front room. Hank had to buy $4.35 worth of stove pipe. Mary Holbrock took dinner with us. Hank was sick all night, was light headed part of the time. Tom Thumb was married the 31st of May to Miss Vinton of Bridgeport Ct.
Sep 16 – Cool but warmer than yesterday and day before. The express train run off at Lowel last night in the night. Two killed & seven wounded, three very bad. Hank is getting ready to take a picture of Mr Ely. He wants Photographs. Mr Burt caught a fish to day that weighed 24 lb and 14 oz. Hank & I went fishing to night and lost the line. We bought a fish for 30 cents. We got a letter from Ma & Sis. Ethan & Hannah went to the Rapids to day.
Sep 17 – Rainy. I made a pie and fixed my waterproof cloak this forenoon. Went to the galery this afternoon. Hank soaked his feet and had three mustard plasters on his lungs last night.
Sep 18 – Pleasant and warm. Stayed to the house this forenoon. Went to the galery this afternoon.
Sep 19 – Pleasant. We printed this forenoon. Had fifty four prints card size and two 4/4. Hank mounted them this evening.
Sep 20 – Pleasant. Mr Dickerson brought us some butter, green tomatoes, a few aples and som butter milk this morning. I made some pickles this forenoon, also baked pies and bread. Hank has just taken a picture of a Negro man. We looked for Ethan but he did not come.
Sep 21 – Pleasant. Ethan came about two oclock this morning. He and Hank has been up to the Wreck. Ethan does not feel very well, has gone and laid down. Hank has gone to the post office. Ethan brought me a silver thimble, Henry sent it to me.
Sep 22 – Rainy. Ethan went on the freight. Left Muir half past eleven this forenoon. Hank has got an awful bad cold in his head. Ethan, Hannah and Fred Allerton expect to go home to night. Will get there about eleven (11) to night if they have good luck.
Sep 23 – Cloudy. J. E. Warner has a show here to day. I have got an awful cold sore throt. Hank and I went to the show. It was the best we ever attended.
Sep 24 – Cloudy. We wrote to Fathers folks to day. There is a horse tamer in town. He drove all around the streets without any lines. Hank & I have got real hard colds. Sprinkled a little to night.
Sep 25 – Cold & cloudy. I have baked some this afternoon. Hank has had his whiskers shaved off from the side of his face. I do not feel very well.
Sep 26 – Rained a little this morning. Pleasant but windy the rest of the day. Hank has taken a negative of Mr & Mrs Burt also one of Mrs Bements. We have printed some to day.
Sep 27 – Pleasant but very warm. Hank took in eight dollar and a half today. I put up five gems. I made two custard pies. Hank bought some sugar and cheese.
Sep 28 – Rainy. I was sick all night. Hank got up at two oclock and built a fire and laid hot cloths across me that made me feel some better. We are printing some to day. Hank got a letter from Uncle Hite to night.
Sep 29 – Rainy. I worked on my black calico dress and went to the galery and staid this afternoon.
Sep 30 – Pleasanter. We got a letter from Ethan this morning. He and Hannah did not get home from G Rapids till the next week Wednesday. I finished my dress to night.
Oct 1 – Pleasant. I wrote to Ethan. We got a letter from Mother. Hank commenced packing this morning.
Oct 2 – Pleasant. Hank finished packing at the galery to day and commenced packing a little at the house. Hank went to Ionia.
Oct 3 – Rainy this afternoon. We packed in good earnest to day, got most packed. Expect to start for home to morrow night.
Oct 4 – Rainy. Finished packing. Mr Philp took the goods to the depot. We left Muir five minutes after five, got to Lyons. The cars was behind time, waited seven hours. Got to Lansing about three left there about five.
Oct 5 – Pleasant. We got to Jackson about six this morning. Went to the American house got breakfast and I went to bed & Hank went to the depo. We went to a resturant this afternoon and got supper. Started for home at five this evening.
Oct 6 – Pleasant. We got to Pas at nine last evening all safe. We went down to Fathers this morning. Ma went over to Mrs Hoags to sit up with her.
Oct 7 – Pleasant. Our trunk came to day. Arthur Lilly stayed here last night. Hannah is here to day. She has got a fellon. We came back to Pas to night.
Oct 8 – Pleasant. Hank & I washed the first time since I was married. We went to keeping house to the burg one year ago to day. It is a year this morning since Will Plank lost his hand.
Oct 9 – Pleasant. Hank and I took Aunt A– down to Aunt Kates. We stayed till three, stoped to Loises a little while. I stoped to Fathers. Hank took Bill home and then came come back to Fathers.
Oct 10 – Pleasant. I am fixing Hanks shirts. Went down to Pas a little while. Lois was there. Ma had gone down to Aunt Kates with Mr and Mrs Harris. Ambrose Field and Carrie Holmes was married this evening.
Oct 11 – Pleasant. Aunt Jule washed. Hank, Father and Will and Fred went to the Burg. I went down to Pa,s and stayed till they came back. Ethan went with them. Pa lanced Hannahs fellon this evening. Mrs Earl, Hattie & Libbie visited here to day.
Oct 12 – Pleasant. I finished Hanks shirts. Tip and Rass went up to Mr Chases. Ida and Mrs Barber called here to day.
Oct 13 – Pleasant. Hank and I went to the Burg this forenoon. I got Hannah a brown calico dress. Hank went to Chicago to night. Father, Mother and Will came up to Pas to night.
Oct 14 – Pleasant. I dont feel very well. I done my ironing to day. Hannahs fellon is a little better.
Oct 15 – Pleasant. Ma & I washed. I expected to get a letter from Hank but did not.
Oct 16 – Some rainy. I went down to Fathers to night (Pa took me, did not get any from Hank. Ma wrote to Uncle Hite.
Oct 17 – Rainy. Put my quilt on this morning. We quilted some to day. I got a letter from Hank. He has got a job for 1.75 or two dollars per day.
Oct 18 – Pleasant. We quilted till four then I came up to Pas. Ed Willcott was here. Ethan went to the Burg, got me some sugar to make jelly.
Oct 19 – Pleasant. I wrote to Hank. Mr Hawleys folks went up to their fathers. Ethan, Hannah and Louesa went down to Aunt Kates.
Oct 20 – Pleasant. Ethan got me some grapes. Ma & I made jellie. I got jellie a letter from Hank.
Oct 21 – Snowed a little last night and this forenoon. Thawed most as fast as it fell. Ma, Hannah & I went down to Fathers to quilt on my Album quilt. I stayed.
Oct 22 – Cold and rainy. We finished my quilt this evening. Charley Clark stoped here this morning. He came last night.
Oct 23 – Pleasant and cold. Jimmie brought me down some sewing this morning. I got a letter from Hank. Eva Bronson and Mr More were married to night.
Oct 24 – Pleasant. I bought finished my drawers this forenoon and commenced my chemise. Mother and I sent a letter to Hank.
Oct 25 – Warm & Pleasant. Father and Mother went to Kalamazoo. Mother got me eight yards of cotton. Ma & Pa went down to Aunt Katies. Aunt Jule & I went a beach nutting. Father, Mother, Will & I went to the Phrenalogical lecture. I came home to night. I finished my chemise. I went out to our little Babys grave tonight.
Oct 26 – Rainy. Charley came down here to day. Lois and Dell went up to Brady after Will last night. Mr & Mrs Hawley have gone away to day. I wrote to Alice Crawford. Pa & Ma got home to night.
Oct 27 – Rainy. Ma and Hannah have been to work on her brown calico dress. Jimmie went to the Burg. Ma got a letter from Grandma. She answered it this evening. I am not very well.
Oct 28 – Snow three inches deep this morning, the first we have had to amount to any thing. Charley is here to day. Willie did not come home. Jimmie went to the Burg. Mr Hawley started for Hastings this morn. He went with the horse and wagon. I got a letter from Hank and answered it this evening.
Oct 29 – Some rain and snow. Pa & Louesa went down to Aunt Kates. Pa got a pig of Mart. Sis did not come home. Mr Hawley got home to night.
Oct 30 – Snowed. Charley came down here. He and Jimmie went to the Burg. I sent Hank a Muir paper.
Oct 31 – Cold and blustering. I commenced ____ a chemise this evening.
Nov 1 – Snowed some. Ethan and Charley went to the Burg. Ethan got Charley a pair of Boots. I finished my chemise.
Nov 2 – Rainy. Lousesa came home to night. Ma went back with Mart. The Baby is not expected to live. Grandpa Keith would 91 years old to day if he had lived.
Nov 3 – Warm and pleasant. Hannah and I finished Wolfe Dark to day. Sis worked on her black calico dress. Ethan went to the Burg and got a lamp chimney. He and Pa picked up the apels for cider.
Nov 4 – Pleasant. Pa & Ethan drew corn in to the barn. I got a letter from Hank. Hannah tried to sew on her brown dress but had to give it up. Sis went to the Burg to take some patterns to Mary Mason.
Nov 5 – Pleasant. Pa & Ethan husked corn. Uncle Joe Lee brought Ma & Aunt Alfleda home this afternoon. Lucy Baby died to day at 10 AM. She was one hour younger than Johney. Her name was Catharine Cemantha but they called her Kittie. Hannah & Uncle Joe Lois went home with Uncle J. I wrote to Hank. I washed to day. Hannah is sick.
Nov 6 – Pleasant. Ma & I made Jimmie an over coat & a pair of pants. We did not go to bed till most midnight. Pa & Ethan husked corn.
Nov 7 – Cold. Lucys baby was burried to day funeral at one oclock. Ma, Hannah & I stayed at the house, the rest all went to the grave. Lucy fells pretty bad. We did not come home till after supper. It rained most all the way home. It is thirty two (32) years to day since Father and Mother were married.
Nov 8 – Cloudy. Ma washed. Mrs Gaffney came down here to day. Ida Clark called here to night. Father got a letter from Hank.
Nov 9 – Stormy this afternoon. Jimmie & I walked to the Burg. I stayed all night with Ida. Jimmie came home. Mrs Barber made Ida a hat to day. Miss Mary C Scramblin and Mr John Farmer of Battle Creek were married to day.
Nov 10 – Cloudy & cold. Ida went to the Creek on the five oclock train this morning. Mr Barber went up to Mr Streator to work. I rode home with him. I commenced a letter to Hank. Pa went to the Burg & got a barrel of salt paid $2.25. He got a box of goods for Aunt A. Father got a letter for me from Hank.
Nov 11 – Snowed some. I wrote to Hank to day. Ethan wrote to Henry Keith. Willie C– was here to day.
Nov 12 – Some snow. Ethan brought me down to Fathers. Louesa went up to Jim Milhams to stay with Stellie.
Nov 13 – Snowed hard all day. I am at Fathers. Mother is making her calico dress. I have red Margeret Oakley to day. Hobert Jackson called here this morning to wait for Will to go to school. Father went to the Burg this evening.
Nov 14 – Pleasant but a good deal of snow. Father went to Kal. Mother finished her calico dress. Father took Aunt Jules teeth with him to get them fixed but could not. I commenced Mas tida this morning, got it little more than half done. Will got a magazine for Hank to night, there was twenty five cents postage due on it.
Nov 15 – Thawed. Snow most gone. Father went to the burg this afternoon. I went down to Pa,s with him. Louesa went to the Burg & came back with him. He got a letter from Hank. He sent an order for twenty five dollars, eleven going to Mother for butter for Uncle Hite. Pa killed his pig this forenoon. Lois went up to Brady with Charley. He is going to stay a week. I learned Aunt Jule to make barley corn to night.
Nov 16 – Pleasant. Lucy, Hannah & Georgie went up to Pa,s. Ethan came down after me. When they went home I came back to Fathers. Dell was here and took dinner. Mr Streetor came down toward night and got ten dollars of Aunt Jule.
Nov 17 – Rained a little. Father and Ethan went after our goods. The freight on them was $10.84 from Muir to Kalamazoo. Harry Streetor and Nellie Stanford started for Ohio to night. Harry is going to Canton and Nellie to Randolph.
Nov 18 – Snow and rain. We opened to safe & fruit box. Things were all right. I commenced writting to Hank this morning. Got a letter from Hank and one from Ida Barber.
Nov 19 – Cold. I finished Hanks letter. Father went to the Burg. I went as far as Pa,s. Took my Bureau and bed down there. I came back with him. I forgot to take Hanks letter. I got a letter from Nellie Tomlinson.
Nov 20 – Cold. I wrote a little more to Hank this morn. Will took the letter to the Burg. I finished Hanks shirt and Mas tidy and fixed my gloves. Ethan came down after the quilting frames. He brought my quilt. I cut out some blocks and pieced some. Father killed two sheep. He had a chill to night
Nov 21 – Warm and pleasant. I quilted, fixed Aunt Jules Bonnet. Hank came hom Father and I went to the Burg. I got some calacoe for my quilt. I called at Pas.
Nov 22 – Cold and some stormy. I fixed Aunt Jules bonnet. Hank came home to night sick with a hard cold. Aunt Jule gave me a pair of glove warmers. Will went to the Burg to get Frank shod. He got a letter for Hank from Loyd.
Nov 23 – Snow. Hank is sick to day. Will has gone down to Pa,s after the Balsam for Hank. We are going to sleep in Mothers room to night.
Nov 24 – Snow. Hank was real sick last night. He is all broken out with the Measles. He is pretty sick to day. Father went after his trunk. I went down to Pas after some things. Ma has got the star quilt on. She has got a real lame back. Father killed eight geese and the old gobler to day.
Nov 25 – Pleasant. Hank is a little better. Father has gone to Kalamazoo. He took the fowls and some wheat. Mother has washed. Ida Allerton is twenty one (21).
Nov 26 – Pleasant. Hank is better. We went up stairs to sleep to night. Uncle Ed Armes and Mrs Sherman came here to day, are going to stay all night. Mother cooked the goose.
Nov 27 – Snow this morning, it is good sleighing. Hank and I went down to Pa,s with Will. It is Thanksgiving. Fathers folks are going to have oysters. Pas folks had chickens. Will had a tooth pulled.
Nov 28 – Cold & blustering. We stayed to Pas last night. Henry came down to day. Ma & I washed. Ethan took us down to Fathers this evening.
Nov 29 – Pleasant. Father, Mother and Will went to Kalamazoo to get Will a suit of cloths. They cost twenty four dols. Mother got me some calicos & Zephyr. Ida Barber is 21.
Nov 30 – Pleasant. Will is not feeling well. Uncle Edmund & Aunt Hannah came here this afternoon.
Dec 1 – A little rainy. Hank & I went to Augusta, got lost coming home. Will Plank and Ethan road from the Burg with us. Will came out Saturday. Will and Ethan came down this evening. It rained when they went home.
Dec 2 – Rained all this afternoon. Father killed seven (7) hogs for Mr Caywood. Hank wrote to the Post Master at Lawton to night. Snow is all gone.
Dec 3 – Real warm, seems like spring, commenced raining toward night. Hank went to the Burg. Father and I went up to Pas. Pa cut around my tooth and got the turnkee on it but it sliped off so I would not let him try again. I had the tooth ache real hard all night last night. Will has commenced breaking out with the measles. Hank got a letter from Lawton.
Dec 4 – Dreadful windy all night all at and all day to day. Freezing hard all the time. Hank went to Lawton on the mail. Will is broken all out with the measles. Father is most sick.
Dec 5 – Wind went down about midnight. Pleasant and warm to day. The wind done a good deal of damage, blew down homes and took the iron roof off of the Detroit Depo. Will is pretty sick. Will P– and Ethan went down to Aunt Kates to stay all night
Dec 6 – Pleasant. Will is better. Hank got home about 10 last evening. Dell told me Lucy was sick with the Rheumatism.
Dec 7 – Rainy this forenoon. Hank and I went down to Aunt Kates this afternoon. Lucy is no better. Aunt Kate got home from Joes yesterday.
Dec 8 – Pleasant. Mother and Aunt Jule washed. Hank and father killed six pigs to day. Will commenced to go to school to day.
Dec 9 – Pleasant. Hank brought me home this morning Mr Hank and Father Butchered six pigs to day.
Dec 10 – Pleasant. Hank took me down to Pas this morning. Mrs Hawley was sick, had been sick all night and all day yesterday. I am going to fix my black alpaca dress.
Dec 11 – (no entry)
Dec 12 – (no entry)
Dec 13 – Snow. Hank and Ethan got wood this forenoon. Father went to the Burg this afternoon, stoped for us when he went home. We went home with him
Dec 14 – Snow. I wrote to Ida Barber. Will went to the concert to night. Old Mr Watts died this morning. He fell down seller last night and killed himself.
Dec 15 – Pleasant. Hank brought me home from Fathers this morning. Jimmie did not go to school to day.
Dec 16 – Pleasant. Ethan went to Comstalk to Mill. Lucy and Mart were here to supper. Aunt Fleda went to the Burg.
Dec 17 – Warm. Hank went down to Fathers to help kill geese. Ma went to Mr Watts funeral. It was at one oclock. Mother sent Ma a goose.
Dec 18 – Pleasant. Hank went down to Fathers to go to Kalamazoo. It is half past seven and he has not got home yet. Am afraid he is not coming to night.
Dec 19 – Snowed this afternoon. Hank did not get home last night. Ma & I went down to Fathers this afternoon. I did not go back. Hank and Father helped Dell kill a beef.
Dec 20 – Pleasant. I finished my black alpaca dress. Ma, Pa and I went up to Dells this morning. Hank came this evening. He and I stayed all night.
Dec 21 – Pleasant. We are to Dells. Pa took Mrs Gaffney down to Aunt K. Hannah came home with him, is not going back. Frank Tomlinson, Henry Keith and Eugene Crawford came to Pas last night. They also had the Harris, Keith and B– families there to spend the evening. Henry and Frank called to Dells this eve.
Dec 22 – Pleasant. Hank, Father and I went to the Burg this forenoon. I went to Mrs Barbers, did not get home till four this afternoon. Frank was there. Eugene went back on the two oclock train. Skinners visited Pas this eve.
Dec 23 – Warm and Pleasant, seems like spring. Father, Mother, Aunt Jule and Ma went to Kalamazoo. Ma got Hannah a cloak. Aunt J– got her one. I went back with Father when they he brought Ma home. Hank and Hannah, Frank, E– & I visited Flanders this evening. Skinners were there. Hank was sick with a pain in his bowle bowels. Father and mother went up to Mr Fords to see Mary & Tom this eve. Arthur is here.
Dec 24 – Warm, Pleasant. Hank is worse. We are at Fathers. Hannah stayed with Lois last night.
Dec 25 – Pleasant. Christmas. Mother got me a wrapper for a Christmas preasant. Hank is a little better. Father, Mother & Aunt Jule have gone up to Mr Armes to day. Henry K called here this morn, also Jimmie.
Dec 26 – Cold and some snow. Hank was sick all night, better this morning. Ethan called here this afternoon. He had been down to Aunt Kates.
Dec 27 – Snow. Father made cider. Hank and Will made went to the Burg. Will had a tooth pulled.
Dec 28 – Cold. Will took Hank and I down to Pas to night.
Dec 29 – Blustering. We commenced Hannahs underclothes. Uncle David came to our house to day. Had not seen him in 19 years. He brought Ma a set of silver forks and gave her five dollars. Aunt Kate sent her a pair of undersleeves and three collars and a tie.
Dec 30 – Pleasant. Uncle Dave went away to day. Lois, Lucy, Mart and Uncle Joe were here to day. Mr Hawley killed one Pig and Pa two. Fathers folks were here this evening.
Dec 31 – Cold. Ethan went up to Dells. Mrs Skinner and Dell have gone to Lima. Jimmie stays with Willie.
Names of those that attended Henry’s farewell Party
Dell Clapp } Ida Clark
Mavis ” } Mart Milham
Thadd ” } Lucy Milham
Mary ” } Quin Streator
Dell Skinner }
Lois ” } Addie Raymond
Sate ” } Jennie Hitchcock
Mr Taylor } Cullen Town
Hattie ” } Edwin Flanders
Libbie ” } Myron Latty
Mr Earl } Henry Keith
Elva ” } Henry Brown
Mary Plank } Nancy Brown
Carrie ” } Mr Flanders
Charley Ford } Mrs Flanders
Tamer ” }
Ethan Keith }
Hannah ” }
Fred Allerton }
Ida ” }
It has been so cold part of this month (April) that good many have frozen to death in Kansas and other western states
 Her in-laws, Ambrose & Matilda (Allen) Brown; Nancy refers to her parents, Sarah (Crawford) & Charles Luke Keith Jr., as Ma and Pa, and to Hank’s parents, Matilda (Allen) & Ambrose Brown, as Mother and Father
 Believe she is referring to Simeon Woods, the husband of Reliance (Brown) Woods. Reliance was Ambrose Brown’s sister
 Her husband, Henry Brown. They were married October 5, 1872
 Her half-brother, Henry Keith. He is the son of Charles Luke Keith Jr. by his first wife Minerva (Payson) Keith
 Neighbors, Byron, Cora, Ida, Libbie and Emma Allen are mentioned throughout the diary. They are the children of John S. & Amanda Louise (Worden) Allen. Any possible relationship between them and Matilda (Allen) Brown is unknown at this time
 Hannah’s boyfriend. From an entry in Luke’s diary on 12-13-1872 he mentioned that Hannah got a ring from Eberly Underwood
 Most likely referring to her maternal first cousin, Eugene Crawford
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Flora Swaddle, age 16, the daughter of William G. Swaddle, died January 8, 1873, and is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery in Galesburg, Michigan
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Ira Joy died January 9, 1873, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Galesburg, Michigan
 An 18th-century dress with the skirt divided in front and worn looped back over an elaborate underskirt
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Azor Odell, age 19, (the 1860 census lists him as Ezra Odell) died January 8, 1873 and is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery in Galesburg, Michigan
 Catharine (Keith) Bradley Lee, her father’s sister
 Martin Milham, husband of Aunt Kate’s daughter (by her second husband), Lucy (Lee) Milham
 Believe this is William E. Arms, the husband of Cynthia (Brown) Arms. Cynthia was Ambrose Brown’s sister. Hank’s diary for this date mentions that he “opened Arthurs box and took out a frame and mat and Looking glass and hung them up.” Arthur was William & Cynthia’s son
 Neighbor, the daughter of Samuel & Hannah (Patton) Spier
 Neighbor, daughter of James & Ellen (Adams) Milham; James and Martin Milham (see footnote for January 11th entry) were half-brothers
 The daughter of Loren & Amanda (Taylor) Clark; Loren was the brother of Byron Clark, Lois Keith (Clark) Skinner’s first husband
 A search of the Michigan Death Records at Ancestry.com shows that Clarence G. Wing, age 6, the son of B. A. & Louise Wing, died February 14, 1873; FindAGrave.com reveals that he is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Her cousin, James “Oscar” Keith, son of Harvey & Alfleda (Starr) Keith
 Catherine E. Keith, the daughter of James “Oscar” & Mary Ann (Batey) Keith
 Arthur and William E. Arms (see footnote for January 13th entry)
 Believe she means Kate Chaffee; see entries in Luke’s diary
 Mertie LaVern Chaffee, the daughter of Thomas & Frances Catherine “Kate” (Keith) Chaffee
 A search of FindAGrave.com reveals that Charlotte Ann (Goodrich) Coe died February 21, 1873 and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Comstock, Michigan
 Small tintype photographs. Tintypes were printed on iron, but called tintype because the metal resembled tin
 Neighbor, Edwin R. York, was the brother of Joseph York who was married to Nancy’s cousin, Helen (Bradley) York
 Her cousin, Ellis Keith, who was the son of Wesley & Harriet (Blakeslee) Keith
 A search of FindAGrave.com reveals that Amos Chipman died February 27, 1873 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and is buried in Cook Cemetery, Pavilion, Michigan
 Luke, Nancy and Hank all wrote in their diaries of the Brown and Allerton lawsuit. Luke wrote the following in his diary on November 18, 1872: Mr Allerton drawed some wood for Mr Plank. He asked me about the hogs, did Mr Brown say any thing about the hogs before the trial commenced. I think not. He says we stood by the gate talking, heard the hogs and I started to go to home and Mr Brown followed an we saw the hogs in my lot. This is what he says to day
 Neighbor, Henry “Harry” D. Streator, the son of Marius O. Streator
 Nancy had two cousins who were both named Edna: Edna Irene Crawford, the daughter of Robert & Louisa (Hall) Crawford; and Edna Alice Crawford, the daughter of Edwin & Mary (Hamilton) Crawford. Since Emmett Crawford visited on March 31st and Aunt Mary Crawford visited on April 3rd, it is assumed that here she is referring to Edna Alice Crawford
 Neighbor, Byron Hawley; Luke Keith’s diary mentions him frequently
 Michigan Death Records at Ancestry.com show that Eliza (Gilfus) Delano, age 19, died May 3, 1873
 One of Ethan’s inventions, a “car starter” (see May 14, 1873 letter)
 Michigan Marriage Records at Ancestry.com show that Jackson Bristol married Alta Burge on May 8, 1873 in Galesburg, Michigan
 Michigan Birth & Christening Records at Ancestry.com show that Adelia Giddings was born May 10, 1873 to Augustus & Susan Giddings
 Caroline (Williams) Wiseman, a neighbor who had moved to Missouri (see December 28, 1871 letter)
 A search at FindAGrave.com shows that Reuben L. Coe died in 1873 and is buried in the Prairie Home Cemetery, in Climax, Michigan
 A search of Michigan Death Records at Ancestry and at FindAGrave.com reveals that Sarah (Odell) Potts, age 24, died of consumption May 15, 1873 and is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan. Her brother, Azor (Ezra) Odell, age 19, died earlier in the year on January 10, also of consumption. They were the children of Isaac and Polly “Mary” (Shoemaker) Odell. Searching further, three of their other children also died of consumption: Angeline/Adeline (Odell) Youngs, age 29, on June 3, 1874; Jane Ann (Odell) Olin, age 30, on February 13, 1877; and Ellen Odell, age 25, also on February 13, 1877
 Frances and Helen Towne, the daughters of Albert & Pamelia (Hosley) Towne
 Jackson Bristol was the widower of Julia Wood, the daughter of Simeon & Reliance (Brown) Wood. Their children were Marion (see January 27th and March 8th entries), Louis, Helen (see March 8th entry) and Lulu. He then married Alla Birge (see May 8th entry)
 Michigan Death Records show that Warren D. Potts was born July 20, 1873 in Galesburg, Michigan, to Austin & Marian (Wilcox) Potts
 Frank Tomlinson, the son of George and Marion (Sprague) Tomlinson. Marion was Nancy’s first cousin. It is unclear who Mary was
 Alfleda (Starr) Keith, widow of Harvey Keith (Charles Luke Keith Jr.’s brother)
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Dr. Melancthon W. Alfred, age 63, died August 16, 1873 in Galesburg, Michigan, and is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery
 Marion Adelpha York, daughter of Joseph York and Helen Bradley (Catharine (Keith) Bradley Lee’s daughter)
 Laura Ann (Rawson) Streator, wife of Marius O. Streator
 1870 census shows Nellie Stanford (age 27) living in the Marius O. Streator household and again in 1880 (age 37) where she is listed as “niece.” In the 1900 and 1920 census records, she is living with her cousin, Henry Streator. Her headstone shows she was the niece of Laura Rawson Streator
 Investigation continues as to their identity
 Catherine Samantha “Kitty” Milham, born to Martin & Lucy (Lee) Milham
 Michigan Death Records at Ancestry.com show that James B. Sylvester, age 9, was killed in a railroad accident. He was the son of Henry S. and Mary Sylvester
 According to http://www.historytoday.com, Tom Thumb (Charles Sherwood Stratton) married Lavinia Warren on February 10, 1873. Both worked with the Barnum & Bailey Circus as part of the ‘freak show’
 Tidy – a light detachable covering, as for a chair back. (See also entry for Nov. 20)
 1870 census shows Nellie Stanford (age 27) living in the Marius O. Streator household and again in 1880 (age 37) where she is listed as “niece.” In the 1900 and 1920 census records, she is living with her cousin, Henry “Harry” Streator. Her headstone shows she was the niece of Laura (Rawson) Streator
 Nancy’s cousin, the daughter of George & Marion (Sprague) Tomlinson
 Neighbor, the daughter of John & Caroline (Rapelje) Allerton
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The entries from January 1 through January 10 were first written in the back of his 1872 diary and are basically identical to what he then wrote in his 1873 diary. Anything from 1872 that clarifies the 1873 entries is noted in brackets.
Jan 1 – Worked in shop some on cutter boddy. Went over to burg with Ed Flanders. Louesa went over to burg.
Jan 2 – Worked on cutter boddy. Ida Allen here. Mercury 35 Abz, rainy. Henry [Keith] and H. A. Brown went to Benton Harbor.
Jan 3 – [Lots ice.] Henry and Hank came home. Went down to A Browns in Evening. Very windy day. Worked on cutter box.
Jan 4 – Worked on cutter box, cut some wood. Sate Skinner came here, stayed all night.
Jan 5 – Hank and Nancy came up here. Snows like fun. Snow fell 4 inches.
Jan 6 – Went to Kalamazoo. Got two bushels wheat of Mart. Could not get it ground.
Jan 7 – Pleasant [morning]. Ethan went over after Nancy. She was sick could not come over.
Jan 8 – Put cutter box frame together. Cold and blustring. Henry came down. Very cold [darn cold day]. Flora Swaddle died to day.
Jan 9 – 6 Below zero, very cold. Put chain on well. Henry came down agan. Very [cold and] Blustring. Flora Swaddle buried. Mr Joy died to day. He was 80 years old. Cullen Bryant Town here in Evening.
Jan 10 – Cold, mercury 6 below zero. Henry went home. [Louesa down to Lois.] Jo Lee came up after Ethan. Paid I. D. L. Schram $42.00 Dollars to get School wood.
Jan 11 – Went over to Nancys. Bot this Diary .50¢. Paid Amos Rogers 1.50. for Detroit Tribune for one year.
Jan 12 – Went down to Marts. Nice sleighing. Found them some better.
Jan 13 – Rainy, snow most gone, lots of ice, very slipery.
Jan 14 – Went up to Howlands to Mill. Very Icy. Went over to barbers in Evening. Mr Baley and wife there. Rained some.
Jan 15 – Rainy morning, mercury 34 Abz this morning. Cut tree out East boot of the hill. Went up to Wesleys and Schrams to see if they folks could have the Schoolhouse to have a lecture.
Jan 16 – Snowey day. Snow fell 8½ inches. Shelled some corn, put up some Buckwheat to carry to mill, put Eight bushels in box. Snowed all day. Charley Town borowed two inch auger.
Jan 17 – Went up to Howlands mill. Sarah went up to Swadles. We took dinner there.
Jan 18 – Went over to burg after Nancy then went down to Catharines. Carried some meal and Buckwheat flour. Hank came over. Nick Gault Buried to day.
Jan 19 – Ethan came up, brot Hannah. Henry came with him. Jim down to A. Browns.
Jan 20 – Snow 4 inches. Went over to burg. Cut two dry trees on South road. A. Browns folks here in Evening.
Jan 21 – Snows 3 inches. Carried girls to school. Carried Sarah and Mrs Brown up to Mr Ralphs. I went up in Evening.
Jan 22 – Sarah and Mrs Plank went up to Mr Taylors. Henry came down and tinkered the old clock. We went over to burg. Hank and Nancy, Byron Allen, Cory, Ida and Libby came over in Evening.
Jan 23 – Snows and blows some. Got State map of Mr Plank this morning 1.25 one Dollar and twentyfive cents. Very Blustring night.
Jan 24 – Went up in woods, got load wood. Not much done to day. Snow fell 4 inches.
Jan 25 – Snows this morning, snow fell about 1 inch. Elder Philip Potts Died to day. Cold ay.
Jan 26 – Fine pleasant morning. Ethan, Catharine and Jo Lee came up here.
Jan 27 – Cut down one tree. Drawed two loads wood. Hung ax for Mart. Henry, Lois and Sate called here. Cold, mercury 4 Abbz. Went over to burg after Nancys cloths to wash.
Jan 28 – Cold 4 Abz in morning, snow about 20 inches in woods. Went down to Charles Lees. Broke sleigh thill on Huds hill. Elder Philip Pots buried to day.
Jan 29 – Cold morning, mercury 20 blow zero at six A.M. Shaved out axhelve for Wesley.
Jan 30 – Went over to burg with Jesse and Alvin Lee. Cold and windy. Sick, no work to day.
Jan 31 – Nice day. Went down to Catharines. Mr Plank went with us. I went over to Comstock got money on order 2649 $5.17 cts Libray money.
Feb 1 – Not very cold, snows some, ten Abz. Went over to burg after Nancy. Paid Amos Rogers 26 Dollars and 49 cents for Book and globe for school. Lois came home with us. Henry and Sate came home from the creek.
Feb 2 – Pleasant and cold, 11 below. At home all day.
Feb 3 – Drawed one load wood. Rained some. Went up to Wesleys. Put side boards on my cutter box in Evening.
Feb 4 – Put end boards on cutter box. Not very cold. Mart brought Ethan home. Jo came up with them. Sarah went down to A Browns. Ethan sick.
Feb 5 – Went over to burg with A Brown, bot some screws. Put plugs in cutter box. Fine day. Mo Streator brot buggy pole. Went down to A. R. Skinners in Evening. Lois sick.
Feb 6 – Fine day. Cut and drawed two loads wood. Mart and Toot came up in Evening. Clara Spire stayed here all night.
Feb 7 – Sawed wood. Went over to burg in Evening. Henry came down here. Mrs Polly Earl visiting Mrs Plank. Thaws some, very sloppy.
Feb 8 – Snows and blows, mercury __2 Abz. Charles Lees folks came up to day. Bent cutter dash in Evening. Edwin Flanders called and got my clamps. Fixed violin, set sound post and cut down the bridge for Monroe Hamiltons boy. Snow fell 1 inch.
Feb 9 – Pleasant morning. At home all day. Went over to burg in Evening after Hannah. Sis went over and stayed.
Feb 10 – Put dash on cutter box. Worked in shop some.
Feb 11 – Worked on box some, smothed dash.
Feb 12 – Cut and drawed three loads wood. Old Mrs Ralph here to day. Very icy.
Feb 13 – At home, not very well. Henry came home, stayed all night. Henry and Hannah went up to Wesleys in afternoon.
Feb 14 – Carried Henry and Hannah down to Catharines. Mart thrashed his clover seed out, had six bushels. I changed bells with Mart.
Feb 15 – Cut and drawed one load wood. Went over to burg in Evening after Louesa. Clarence Wing died this morning.
Feb 16 – Not very cold, smoky, very good sleighing, not much snow, very icy. Oscar and Mary An came here.
Feb 17 – Fine day. Oscar left for Saginaw. Mary went up to Mr Bateys. Ethan finished his cupling. Thawing some.
Feb 18 – Worked on Streators cutter pole. Very warm, snow went of some. Ethan and Hannah, Mary and Carry Plank went up to Mr Flanders in Evening. Del got his new sleigh.
Feb 19 – Pleasant. Henry carried Hank and Nancy home. Cate Keith came down from Mr Bateys. She an Louesa went over to burg. Henry carried Streators pole down.
Feb 20 – Jo Lee brot Cate Chafy up here. Cold day. Ethan and girls went down to T. Fords to an Evening party. Henry Started for Havannah York State.
Feb 21 – Cate here. Lois came up. Went over to burg. Got Murties picture. Carried Lois home. Snow 2 inches, mercury 6 Abz.
Feb 22 – Cold 2 Abz in morning. Meredith and Melvill Blod_____ came up after Cate. Hannah went down with them. Oscar came back he went down to Catharines. Very cold. Mr Hall called here in Evening. A little light he got.[?] Very cold.
Feb 23 – 4 below zero in morning, cold, blows some. At home all day. Mrs Walter Coe buried to day.
Feb 24 – Cold 2 Abz in morning. Sun came out in the morning. Ethan went to Kalamazoo. Ed York died to day.
Feb 25 – Drawed two loads wood. Ethan went down to Catharines after Hannah.
Feb 26 – Went over to burg, got Jims boots tapt 50¢. Sarah went over to Nancys. Ethan went down to Dels to do his chores. Snowed and blowed some. Del and Lois went over to Deal Birges.
Feb 27 – Snows and blows very rough, 13 Abz. Sarah washing. Snow fell 3 inches. Edwin York buried to day.
Feb 28 – Went up to Howlands to Mill. Carried four bushels Buckwheat, three of corn. Did not get it. Went down to Catharines in afternoon. Mart sawing wood.
Mar 1 – Went up to Howlands after my grist in morning, got it all right. Nancy came home with me. Not very cold.
Mar 2 – At home all day. Mrs Gafing and Edith and Chub here. Amos ChipmanBuriedto day.
Mar 3 – Cut and drawed some wood. Cold. Ethan went to Kalamazoo.
Mar 4 – Went to Kalamazoo on the Brown and Allerton Suit. Came up to Catharines, stayed all night. Mr Darling and Mitchel folks there. Very cold but pleasant.
Mar 5 – Went back to Kalamazoo. Came home at night. Ethan sick. Cold and pleasant.
Mar 6 – At home. The Brown and Allerton Case decided. Judgment tendered in favor of Brown 22 Dollars and costs.
Mar 7 – Not very cold. Drawed two loads wood, one load cornfodder. Lois called a few minutes.
Mar 8 – Snow about gone, very windy. Ethan sick.
Mar 9 – Snows like fun, not very cold. Snow fell 7½ 6½ inches. At home all day. Henry and Sate came down here.
Mar 10 – Hued out one axhelve. Went over to burg in morning. Went down to Skinners in Evening. Mr and Mrs Plank went a burg.
Mar 11 – Cleaned out barn some. Chore round barn.
Mar 12 – Went down to Catharines. Catharine not very well. Called to Loises when I came back. Will some better. Henry came home with me. Carried Hannah over to burg in Evening. Henry went up to Mr Taylors to see about Amandas childrens Pension. Mr Plank started out to find him a place.
Mar 13 – Cool and cloudy, snow about gone.
Mar 14 – Went down to Catharines. Sarah went down and stayed. Charles, Alvin, Jesse and Jule was there. Some muddy. Lucy some better. Will Clark better. Lois not very well yet.
Mar 15 – Rainy and windy. Went over to burg in Evening after Jim. Hued out ax helve.
Mar 16 – Went down to Catharines after Sarah. We stoped to Skinners. Sarah got Rocking Chair of Jo Lee.
Mar 17 – Ethan went to Kalamazoo. I cut up trees in cornfield up south. Put up some fence.
Mar 18 – Drawed four loads wood. Went over to burg. Rainy. Sarah went. Mrs Plank and Rebecca went along. Muddy, snow about gone.
Mar 19 – Cut lots grubs in woods. Rained in afternoon, got wet. Mr Plank got home. Ethan Started after his mother. Bill run away with him, broke wagon Ex and came back.
Mar 20 – Went over and got wagon home. Sarah came home with Lois. She carried Dell and henry over to burg. They went to Plainwell. Hank and Nancy sick. Snowed in night. Mrs Philip Goodrichhungherselfinnight.
Mar 21 – Snows Blustering. Lois, Mrs Skinner and Sate came down to Planks. Snow one inch.
Mar 22 – Ethan and I went to the woods sawed some, cut of ten blocks. Mrs Jackson called here. I went up in woods in afternoon, cut some grubs. Ethan went over to burg in Evening.
Mar 23 – Pleasant morning. Mrs Philip Goodrich buried to day.
Mar 24 – Ethan went to Kalamazoo. Hank and Nancy moved over. H. A. Taylor, Myron Latta and Hat, Lib and Ida Clark here in Evening. Snowed some about ½ inch. Very cold and windy.
Mar 25 – Not very well. Ethan went over to burg twice. Nancy sick. Cold and windy, snowed in night.
Mar 26 – Cold. Nancy no better. Snows, cold. Hank rode Bill over to burg after Doc Alfred. He came over. Snow 8 inches this morning. A Brown came up here. Mr Plank went to Grand Rappids to see about getting a house.
Mar 27 – Mercury at zero in morning. Dell and Lois came here. He brot his drag.
Mar 28 – At home, not very well, no work.
Mar 29 – Went to Kalamazoo with Schram. Got order for money on City Bank one Hundred and Seventy Dollars 170.00. Allertons and Simmons folks here to Planks.
Mar 30 – Fine morning, sun came out.
Mar 31 – Mr Plank packing his goods. I went over to burg after Emmet Crawford. Helped Mr Plank in afternoon.
Apr 1 – Cloudy morning. Jim and Emmet went down to Catharines. Snowed like fun. Mr Allerton and Mr Simmons took two loads goods for Mr Plank to Kalamazoo. Snow fell ¾ inch. Mr Allertons folks had the Plank family to stay all night. Sarah sick. Jim
Apr 2 – Snows this morning, disagreeable day. Planks folks went down to Allertons, stayed all night.
Apr 3 – Drawed three loads cornfodder. Went down to Dels, got his democrat wagon. Went over to burg, got Mary Chaffee. Mr Planks folks left for Grand Rapids. Went down and got Hank and Nancy. J T Allertons old white mare lying in the lot almost dead. Paid Schroder and Lay five Dollars $5.00.
Apr 4 – Put some slats in A. Browns drag. Paid Myron Latta one Hundred and seventy Dollars for teachers wages.
Apr 5 – Wesley came down and helped me kill hog in forenoon. Went down to Catharines in afternoon. Catharine and Lucy sick. Cate got her arm burnt. Jo and Hellen there. Ethan went up to Mr Flanders, stayed all night. Mercury 85 Abz.
Apr 6 – At home all day.
Apr 7 – Mr Clark called here from Plainwell to see my place. I went to Comstock to Town meeting. Went with Mr Ridler. Cold, windy.
Apr 8 – Rainy day. Repaired Skinners Drag. Hank and Ethan went to burg.
Apr 9 – Carried my wagon wheel over to burg to get Tire set. Very muddy, cold, raw day.
Apr 10 – Went over to burg in morning. Got wheel and skeins. Hannah went down to Fords. Stayed all night.
Apr 11 – Worked in shop on Ex. Not very well. Rainy morning. Lind Matthews called here just at night. Hannah came home in morning. Put poke on cow the first time.
Apr 12 – Snow one inch 1 inch. Carried two bushels corn to burg. Cut _____ for Jo Lee, put on his cane. Henry and Dell called here.
Apr 13 – Carried Ethan and Hannah down to Catharines. Pleasant day. Mr Henry Rogers called here in afternoon. Saw Jesse and Jule Lee. They are going to Salt Lake.
Apr 14 – Pleasant morning. Worked in shop on Ex. Mart brot Ethan home just at night.
Apr 15 – Worke in shop. Set skeins on Ex. Rained in afternoon. Jim carried some Eggs over got some shugar. Hank took picture of tent.
Apr 16 – Worked in shop on Ex. Went over to burg twice. Got shoulder bands set. Went over and got two bolts. Rained some. Lois called here. Mr Clark from Plainwell came up to se Dell.
Apr 17 – Worked on thills. Went over to burg, bot bolt and whiffletree iron. Rainy day. Will Plank came here to day.
Apr 18 – Finished my wagon Ex. Took Skinners buggy home. Will came home with me. Will Plank went down to Allertons, stayed all night.
Apr 19 – Went down to Catharines. Dell, Lois and Ethan there to dinner. Jule Lee there. Jo Lee let me have a cask with some vinegar and a jug. Fine day.
Apr 20 – Pleasant. Henry and Will came down. Mart brot Hannah home.
Apr 21 – Got out manure, put on garden. Pleasant. Hank went down home to take Photograph of A. Browns house. Some snow in the air during the day. Snowed some in Evening.
Apr 22 – Snows like fun, snow six inches in morning. Drawed three loads wood on sleigh. Cool, damp wind.
Apr 23 – Pleasant morning. Went down to Cates, found them some better. Stoped to Lois, took supper when we came back, had oysters.
Apr 24 – Cool, some snow in the air. Mr Hawley commenced plowing west lot, had Bill. Moved fence. Mr Hawley helped move it. Took about two Hours. Henry came in night. He came from Elkhart.
Apr 25 – Hawley plowed, had Bill. Snowed like fun some of the time. I burnt brush and the old stuf from the fence. Jim went down to Catharines in afternoon.
Apr 26 – Hawley finished sod ground in forenoon, burnt fodder on hill.
Apr 27 – Pleasant. Henry Clinton and wife called here. Dick Barber and wife and Ida came over.
Apr 28 – Put up leach. Wheeled out some ashes on garden. Hannah went over to Barbers. Hank Brown went out photog. Henry and Edwin flanders called here. Cloudy day.
Apr 29 – Wheeled some dirt. Put around maple trees west side house. Cleaned out cornhouse. Hawley plowed to day. Hannah came home. Ida Barber came with her.
Apr 30 – Cleaned out cellar. Smoked hams. Hank Brown plowed East garden. Ethan went to Kalamazoo, his car starter. Ida went home in Evening. Hawley plowed all day.
May 1 – Finished cleaning out cornhouse. Filed saw for Ned Thomas 15¢. Hawley finished plowing corn ground, commenced draging. Rained before noon, rainy afternoon. Hawley went home. He worked half day.
May 2 – Cleared out the hog yard in forenoon. Went down to Catharines in afternoon. Ethan came home. Mrs Brown and Jule came up here. Cloudy and cool.
May 3 – Some rainy in morning. Went over to burg bot Jims pants. Cold. Cleared of in afternoon. Took fence away round hog yard. Henry and Will Clark and Harvey came down. Stayed all night.
May 4 – Pleasant morning. Ethan, hannah and Henry went down to Catharines. Eliza Galfus buried. Fine day. Heard the first whipporwill this Evening.
May 5 – Warm day. Hawley draged cornground. I carried two bushels corn to mill. Ethan and I measured corn ground.
May 6 – Put cover on Lois chest. Hawley Draged corn ground. Ethan went to Kalamazoo to see Geo Turner about car starter. He paid him $12½ Dollars.
May 7 – Hawley finished draging half past nine AM. He took drag home. He worked ¼ of a day. I made a corn marker. Finished Lois chest. Lois came home. Rainy afternoon and night.
May 8 – Rainy day. Made mallet for Mart. Ethan and Hank made saw mill.
May 9 – Rainy day. Went up to Wesleys got four bushels Bagas for myself and Catharine. Wes plowing. Got brass ferrel of Geout[?].
May 10 – Bot four bushels wheat of M. O. Streator. Went to Comstock to mill. Catherine and Toot better. Got the Foundry building fraim up to Comstock, working on dam putting on dirt. Hannah went down to Gus Giddings to work a few days. She rode down with T. Ford.
May 11 – Pleasant Morning at home. Put head on Jo Lees cane.
May 12 – Cut some lims on apple trees, drawed brush in afternoon and burnt them. Sold Heifer to Mr Brockway, Received ten Dollars. Hawley marked corn ground. Rube Coe Died to day.
May 13 – Commenced planting corn. Ethan and I planted one day for Hawley.
May 14 – Finished planting about ten AM. Took up and set out onions. Mrs Brown and Jule, Mrs Barber and Ida here. All hands here to tea.
May 15 – Worked round house, chored round. Turned legs for stool.
May 16 – Got oak bark to color with. Worked on stool. Ethan planted corn for Cull Town. Mrs Nathanial Potts buried. Mercury 44 Abz in morning.
May 17 – Drove Heifer over to burg. Received four Dollars of John Levens for Brockway on Heifer. Worked in shop on stool some. Went down to Catharines in afternoon. Paid Lucy ten Dollars.
May 18 – Went up to Jesse Earls lot to find some soft stone.
May 19 – Ethan, Hank and Nancy gone to Kalamazoo I Expect. Commenced raining about ten A.M.
May 20 – Put stool together. Fine day, cool. Went over to burg. Bot two Bushels Potatoes 1.80. Bill got down broke thill.
May 21 – Had Bill Brown Ethan plowed garden. Hot day, rained in night. Will Clark stayed here all night.
May 22 – Nice warm morning. Every thing looks fresh and nice.
May 23 – Went down to Skinners and Fords. Went after Mrs Fords Brass Kettle. No get him.
May 24 – Draged my gardens. Brown drawed Straw. Ethan went down to Catharines after Net Whitmore. Made bars. Del got bolts for stool. Mr Hawley and fife came down to see the corn. Town finished planting. Second time.
May 25 – Pleasant morning. Ethan went and took Net back to Catharines.
May 26 – Planted potatoes in South garden. Marked both gardens. Rained in night. Ethan went to Kalamazoo to take lesson.
May 27 – Planted potatoes in west garden. Ethan planted beans. Commenced raining about two oclock. Sowed corn in morning. Went down to M. O. Streators got bushel Potatoes and Mrs Fords Brass Kettle.
May 28 – Pleasant morning. Finished Skinners Stool. Sarah and Nancy, Hannah went down to Browns. Finished planting potatoes. Agent for the Home Sewing Machine Company left machine here. Warm day.
May 29 – Warm morning. Went up to Hawleys, stopt to Hargers, went up to Benj Hartwells in afternoon. Went to Burg, bot overall cloth.
May 30 – Went over to burg in morning. Bot grind stone 1.62 hung stone. Sterreoscope pedler here to dinner 50¢. Went over to burg in Evening after Sis Shoes 50¢. Sarah went down to A. Browns. Nancy sick, had twins, both dead.
May 31 – Pleasant morning, but cool, no frost here. Ethan and I helped Hawley plant over the corn. I worked all day. Ethan commenced about ten oclock. Sowing machine pedler came and took the Home Shuttle Machine and left the Home. Sarah down to Browns.
Jun 1 – At home all day. Put the cow in A. Browns lot.
Jun 2 – Henry went to Albion. Hugh Shafter came over to see about gate. Not very well. Hawley cultivated corn. Hot day.
Jun 3 – Went over to burg, bot boards. Made gate. Will Plank came here. Hawley cultivated corn. Very warm day. Henry and Sate called here.
Jun 4 – Warm morning. Carried gate over to Hugh Shafters. Ebberley Underwood called here. He was sick. Ethan carried him home.
Jun 5 – Worked on road. Warm day. Bot Sewing Machine $60. Paid twenty, gave note for forty payable in Eight Months.
Jun 6 – Worked on road in forenoon, finished my tax. Warm and dry. Mr Ralph washed his sheep.
Jun 7 – Worked round. Made drawer to sewing machine. Conklin Smith called here. Ethan went to Kalamazoo.
Jun 8 – At home all day. Mart and Lucy came up with Ethan.
Jun 9 – Moved some stuff out of shop. Exchanged Horses with Dell for a few days. Henry came down and stayed all night. Rained a little in night.
Jun 10 – Henry left in forenoon. No work to day. Not very well. Mr Havens called here, the Baptist Minister.
Jun 11 – Took sulky over to burg to get it repaired. Warm and dry. Went up to Mr Swaddles to see if we could get Mrs Semer to come down and show Sarah how to weave carpet.
Jun 12 – Went down to A. Browns in morning to see Nancy. Hank got the ague. Hot and dry.
Jun 13 – Went up to Mr Flanders to see about getting the loom. Stopt to Dells got Bill. Went over to burg in Evening. Auction there in Evening.
Jun 14 – Went up to Jo Flanders to see about the loom. Sarah stayed to A. Browns all night. Carried two bushels corn to mill. Hot and dry.
Jun 15 – Very hot morning. No Signs of rain. Granny Hen Died about five P.M. A. A.Eged[?] about Eighteen years. James S. King Died about six P.M. Ae 64 years 3 months and 19 days.
Jun 16 – Worked on wheelbarrow some. Went over to burg in Evening after meal. Jo Lee came up here to day. Sarah went home with Jo.
Jun 17 – Went down to Catharines in morning. Came home. Went up to Mr Flanders after loom. Mr Flanders brot loom down and helped set it up. Hawley cultivated corn.
Jun 18 – Not much work to day. Very hot, 96 in shade. Hoed some potatoes. Barbers folks here in afternoon. Mr Flanders washed sheep. Ethan helping Dell draw hay.
Jun 19 – Turned five pins for A. Brown. Went up to Mr Swaddles after Mrs Semer. Went up to Flanders after _____. Bot Eight yards of muslet netting 75¢. Hawley paid me one Dollar. Hawley cultivating.
Jun 20 – Put up warping bars. Ethan and Hank gone to Vicks burg. Hoed some potatoes. Very hot and dry. Mrs Semer put in the peace and wove some. I went in Swimming the first time this season. Water very warm.
Jun 21 – Turned tredles around on loom. Carried Hannah down to Skinners. Carried Mrs Semer over to burg in Evening. Got Sulky. Made pitman[?] box for Jesse Earl. He paid 50¢. Henry came down. Turned Six pins for Dell and six for Mr Earl. Hank Brown went to Lyons to get a place.
Jun 22 – Very warm and dry. Rained a very little.
Jun 23 – Went to Kalamazoo with Edwin Flanders. Got Hubs, spokes and Felloes for set wheels for their buggy _____. Henry went home. Hawley paid one Dollar. Had a fine shower. Hawley cultivated corn. Put some screws in Streators buggy.
Jun 24 – Hot morning, mercury 91 in shade. Went over to burg in Evening. Carried Flanders hubbs over to Bristols to be banded. Had a heavy shower. Nancy came home. Lois brot her up. Mary and Edna came in about Eleven in Evening. Sarah bot Hannahs dress.
Jun 25 – Worked on wheelbarrow some. Mary and Edna went on the Eight oclock _____ Evening.
Jun 26 – Cut out felloes for my wheelbarrow. Mrs Semer came back. Mr and Mrs Flanders called here. Ethan went down to Marts after cabbage plants. Hank packed his things. Painted Sulky some. Bill Matthews child drownded in cisterntoday.
Jun 27 – Ethan gone to help Dell get in hay. Worked on wheel some. Hawley cultivated. Matthews child buried to day.
Jun 28 – Finished my wheelbarrow wheel. Went over to burg in Evening. Dressed out sills for cutter boddy. Hawley cultivating. Mrs Hawley came down. They went down to see Murpheys place.
Jun 29 – At home. Not very well. Had a shower. Mrs Semer here.
Jun 30 – Sick, no work to day much. Put name on Jo Lees cane. Went down to Skinners, got 4½ bushels of wheat of Dell. Hawley cultivated corn.
Jul 1 – Started to go to mill, went down as far as Browns. He took my grist. Hawley cultivated corn in forenoon, finished. Rainy afternoon.
Jul 2 – Worked in shop some. Mart and toot called here. Dol had collick. Had a shower. Bot this ink 5 cts, Bot comb 10¢.
Jul 3 – Hawley commenced plowing Buckwheat ground. A. Brown commenced cutting wheat. Had a heavy shower in afternoon. Mrs Semer got carpet out. Not very well.
Jul 4 – Had a shower in the morning. Put hoops on pounding Barrel. Hank, Jenny and John Crawford came to day. Hawley finished plowing. Mrs Semer went over to burg.
Jul 5 – Hank went home on the Mail one thirty five. Hawley went to Kalamazoo. Sowed Buckwheat. Hawley dragged it in. Ethan and Jim worked for Brown in afternoon.
Jul 6 – Went down to Catharines and Charleses. They wer cutting wheat. Hall and Parker cradled. Mrs Semer came back.
Jul 7 – Ethan and Hank work for A. Brown in wheat. Jim worked for Randall.
Jul 8 – Made Reel for Town. Bot medicine of Warren Brown 50¢. Sate came here, stayed all night. Cool.
Jul 9 – Cooll morning. Jo Lee and Catharine came up here.
Jul 10 – Put spokes in to Jo Flanders hubbs. Fine day. Had good luck with this. Carried Mrs Semer over to burg.
Jul 11 – Went up to Battlecreek with Jo Flanders after Horse. Frank Hogges Saw Enos smith and Howell. Fine day. Folks all Harvesting, lots wheat cut. Mrs Semer came back.
Jul 12 – Plowed out all the potatoes and beans. Hoed the beans. Fine day, not very hot. A. Brown finished cutting wheat. Henry Semer came here.
Jul 13 – Carried Hannah down to Catharines. All well.
Jul 14 – Worked on wheels, put rims on two and half. Hot day. Ethan went down to Skinners to work. Hot night.
Jul 15 – Worked on wheels some. Hank Started for Muir. I carried his chest over. Went and saw Mrs Hoges buggy. Very hot day.
Jul 16 – Very hot. Work on wheels. Worked on wheels. Fitted rims.
Jul 17 – Put rims on wheels. Rounded up some felloes on fore wheels.
Jul 18 – Finished Flanders wheels. Cool and windy. Skinner finished his harvest. Ethan came home.
Jul 19 – Went over to burg. Bot shoes for Sarah 2.00. Jim bot Hat. Sarah over to Mr Towns sowing.
Jul 20 – At home all day. Ethan went down to Catharines after Hannah and Sis. Fine day.
Jul 21 – Worked on cutter sills some. 4 Paw Show in the burg to day.
Jul 22 – Worked on cutter sills some. Jo Lee here. Lois came home. Henry Semer came over here. Hawley cultivated corn. We setled up for horse work and my work. He paid me 3 Dollars. Warm day.
Jul 23 – Worked in shop on cutter boddy sills. Hot and dry.
Jul 24 – Worked in shop some. Very dry, no rain.
Jul 25 – Worked in shop. Went up in woods, got load wood in Cart. Sarah and Mrs Semer went down to A. Browns. Old cow sick.
Jul 26 – Not much work in shop. Mr Flanders brot paint to paint wheels. Mrs Semer finished weaving. I carried her home. Henry and Dell called here, left team and went over to burg.
Jul 27 – At home. Hot and dry. A. Brown cradled round his oats.
Jul 28 – Worked in shop, painted Flanders wheels.
Jul 29 – Worked on wheelbarrow. Painted wheels over. Hawley cultivating corn. Jo Lee up here all day. Went down to bridge saw them drive spiles.
Jul 30 – Finished wheelbarrow frame. Smothed of cutter box. Went down to Charles Lees with Hawley to see about taking his farm.
Jul 31 – Had a fine shower this morning. Worked in shop.
Aug 1 – Put mouldings on cutter box. Went over to burg. Bot paper, brads, one paper, carpet tacks. Henry Clinton Died in night. Pulled a tooth for Ollive Schram.
Aug 2 – Henry here. Ethan helped him on his moddle. I painted cutter box. Worked on hub some. Mr Flanders came along, told of Mr Clintons Death.
Aug 3 – Henry Clinton buried to day. Went down to Catharines. Nice cool day.
Aug 4 – Worked on Hubbs. Fine day. Ethan worked for Brown. Mrs Brown here. Ezra came and got saw to to saw spiles.
Aug 5 – Worked on hubbs. Mart and Catharine here. I went over to burg with Mart. Eugene Crawford Came along. I rode home with him. They finished driving spiles for Bridge. Extracted tooth for Mart.
Aug 6 – Finished my Hubbs. Worked on wagon pole for M. O. Streators wagon.
Aug 7 – Finished Streators pole 1.50. Sarah went down to A. Browns. Nancy went. Had a nice shower.
Aug 8 – Worked on gearing. Ethan went to Kalamazoo with A. Brown. Ed Flanders came along, left his team here.
Aug 9 – Not very well. Made Spile driver for Jim. Will Clark here. Mrs Brown and Jule here in afternoon. Henry called here just at night. Went over to burg.
Aug 10 – At home all day. Not very well.
Aug 11 – Worked on Jims Driver some. Worked on gearing some. Went over to burg in forenoon.
Aug 12 – Went down to Marts. Got some Baswood boards. Ethan henry went to Kalamazoo.
Aug 13 – Went over to burg with Edwin Flanders. Picknick up in Jesse Earls woods.
Aug 14 – Cut my cornfodder. Henry here to work on Hotell starter.
Aug 15 – Henry and Ethan at work at Hotel Starter. I finished Jims Driver.
Aug 16 – Henry here at work to day. Doctor Alfred Died this morning. Alfleda came here to day.
Aug 17 – Hannah and Adelpha came up. Mr Alfred buried to day.
Aug 18 – Went to Comstock to mill. Got 4 bushels and 14 pounds of wheat of Mart Milham. Will and Cary Plank came here.
Aug 19 – Packed up Nancys things and carried them over to burg. I went up to Hawleys to tell him about Murphys farm.
Aug 20 – Made Door frame for butry door. Lois came up, stayed all night. First team[tram?] crossed new Bridge to night about dark. Very hot, 98 in shade.
Aug 21 – Put netting on Door frame. Ethan, Lois, Hannah and Nancy went up to Wesleys in afternoon. Rained some, hot forenoon, 93 in shade.
Aug 22 – Hot, 98 in shade. Worked in shop some. Edwin Flanders got Buggy wheels. Got the paint.
Aug 23 – Ethan and I dressed out spokes for lumber wagon. Mrs Streator and Nell here. Ida barber came over stayed all night. Cool, 78 in shade. Ground Mr Flanders plane Irons.
Aug 24 – At home all day. Ida Barber here. Dell and Lois came up at night. Henry called here. Carry Plank came in Evening, stayed all night. Wes here. Mr and Mrs Brown came up. Charles Lee and Alvin came up after colts. Hot, 96 in shade.
Aug 25 – Hot and dry. Nancy left for Muir ten minutes past Eight. Alfleda came Back this morning. Hannah went Kalamazoo with Nancy, lost her Parasol. Carry Plank went down to Mr Allertons. Rained North and south of us, no rain here.
Aug 26 – Cloudy and cool morning. Worked on spokes. Went over to burg in morning. Got order on Treasurer for 82 and 60.100 Dollars. Wesly went to Kalamazoo got the money. Got two pigs of A. Brown. Edwin Flanders got their new Roller. Paid Wesley one Dollar and sixty cents out of school money.
Aug 27 – Mended Parasol for Mr David Bronson and one for Louesa. M. O. Streator called here to see Alfleda.
Aug 28 – Ethan gone Down to Catharines with Henry. I am repairing old table. Not very well, sick all night. Picknic over to Pickerel Lake. The Galesburg Band went.
Aug 29 – Warm morning. Ethan worked sum on bobs.
Aug 30 – Ethan got out beams for bobs. Jim pulled beans. I repaired barnyard fence. Jo Lee brot Hellen and Vinny up in afternoon. Rainy night. Jo Lee went over to burg carried over lot Eggs. Got shugar 7 doz.
Aug 31 – Rainy morning at home. Hellen and Vinny here.
Sep 1 – Went over to burg in morning. Bot Sis shoes 2.00. carried Sis down to Mr Carletons to pick hops. Went to schoolmeting in Evening. I. D. L. Schram Elected Director. Hellen here. Bot Brass Kettle of Jo Lee.
Sep 2 – Alfleda went to Battlecreek. Went up to Wesleys in afternoon. Hellen stayed. Only four of us here to night. Toots Gal Born to night about Eleven P.M.
Sep 3 – Rain day some. Ethan morticed bob runners. Wes called here. I tenonded bob knees. Only four to day.
Sep 4 – Hellen and Vinny came back from Wesleys. Put up Notices for School meting. Went over to burg in morning. Mr Town paid one Dollar for Repairing reaper.
Sep 5 – Hellen came back. Hawley commenced cutting corn. Put the carpet down. Went down to Skinners in afternoon. Left Hellen.
Sep 6 – Ethan and I cut of corn. Eugene Came up here. Henry called here a while.
Sep 7 – Rained some. Eugene and Ethan gone up to Mr Flanders. Went down to Catharines.
Sep 8 – Cut corn. Warm day. Sold Hawley the sleigh. Henry came down.
Sep 9 – Finished cutting corn. Hawley worked in forenoon. Sold my Sleigh to Hawley for 12 Dollars. Paid Nettie Quay 80 Dollars.
Sep 10 – Round home. Worked in shop some. Henry here. Went to Comstock. Went to Schoolmeeting. Elected Coly Durgy Director.
Sep 11 – Worked on case some. Went down to Catharines after Hannah.
Sep 12 – Worked on case. Henry and Ethan worked on machine. Henry went to Comstock.
Sep 13 – Working on case for their machine. Henry and Ethan gone to Kalamazoo. Paid I. D. L. Schram one Dollar on Order.
Sep 14 – Mode hook for case to telegraph. First ice of the Season.
Sep 15 – Finished case. Mr and Mrs Hawley came down here to take farm. Henry and Ethan went down to Mr Fords in Evening to be Swared[?] on their machine.
Sep 16 – Carried Ethan and Hannah Sarah over to burg. Sarah went to Janes. Ethan and Hannah went to Grand Rappids State Fair. Henry Leroy came here stayed until Evening. Went over to burg with Mr Hawley came down cultivated in forenoon, went home. Gave up sowing my wheat.
Sep 17 – Rainy Morning. Not much done to day. Dilinbecks Bull in my garden this morning.
Sep 18 – Went down to Catharines to see about working her land. Pleasant day. Mart making cider. Spence Thomas cow in my garden this morning, in all night.
Sep 19 – Cut tree up in south lot for wood. Cut one Hickory tree. Spencer Thomas cow in my lot. Cut popcorn what was left after Thomas cow had been in and got her part.
Sep 20 – Chored round house and barn. Put cornfodder in barn. Jim husked corn for A. Brown. Hawley came down to see about moveing. Fine day.
Sep 21 – Pleasant morning. At home all day.
Sep 22 – Worked in shop some. Worked at Theodores stuff for car. Hawley brot down some things.
Sep 23 – Hawley moved to day. Came down, hogs, cow and all. Fine day. Eugene came here. He was posting bills.
Sep 24 – Fine morning this. Ethan and Hannah got home. Lois and Mrs Skinner here.
Sep 25 – Built fence down to corner of orchard. Sarah went over to burg. Stayed with Jane Hoag all night. Cow got out. Smith Shapsteen buried to day.
Sep 26 – Ethan went over to burg after Sarah. Went down to Catharines in afternoon. Hawley and Ethan picked up load apples. Filed saw for A. Brown 25.
Sep 27 – Hawley and Ethan went up to cider mill. Made 70 galons. Made handles for Maple Grange. Sarah went over to Jane Hoag. Eugene came in Evening. Put hogs in pen.
Sep 28 – Hawley put bell on his cow. Put cows in woods. Rainy day.
Sep 29 – Worked on Skinners wheel. Hawley drawed manure. Ethan boiled cider. Eugene went to Kalamazoo. Ethan went over after Sarah. Spencer Thomas cow got in here in Evening.
Sep 30 – Finished Dels wheel and Marts Grange tools. Hawley moing for Mr Taylor. Spence Thomas cow got in here, eat up pumpkins. Caried Hannah and Ethan down to Catharines. Mart paid one Dollar. Jo Flanders paid Eight Dollars for making wheels.
Oct 1 – Sawed out stuf for Theodores car. Made some blocks for saw. Old Maid Clark buried to day. Hawley helped Taylor draw hay. Jo Lee and Catharine came up here. I went over to burg with Catharine.
Oct 3 – Went to Kalamazoo to County Fair. Rainy day. Stayed to Catharines all night. Alfleda came back.
Oct 4 – Got home about noon. No work to day.
Oct 5 – At home all day. Hank and Nancy came in night.
Oct 6 – Went up to Mr Ridlers to rasing in afternoon. Sarah went over to Janes stayed all night. Carrie Knap Died.
Oct 7 – Went over to burg to see about getting rollers to move Hog pen. Ethan to work for the band boys. Carried two Ex sticks over to Mr Burrel. Went down to Dels and Streators. Got 4 four bushels wheat of M. O. Streator $1.35.
Oct 8 – Husked some corn. Henry and Lois here in Evening.
Oct 9 – Husked some corn. Ethan went down to Charles Lees. Hank and Nancy went down to Catharines. Schyler Harris and wife came here. Stayed all night.
Oct 10 – Went to Comstock to Mill. Harris and Sarah went down to Catharines. Pleasant day, warm.
Oct 11 – Drawed in buckwheat, thrashed some, drawed one load corn. Ethan came home in forenoon. Mrs Polly Earl, Hat and Libby Taylor here in afternoon. Pleasant day. Opened Hannahs fellon in Evening.
Oct 12 – Pleasant, cold East wind.
Oct 13 – Thrashed buckwheat. Hawley put corn in barn. Hank left for Chicago.
Oct 14 – Finished thrashing buckwheat. Went over to burg got rollers and pries to move hogpen. Cleaned up buckwheat, had 12½ bushels. Fine day.
Oct 15 – Harriet and Edith here. Made whiffletree for Wes buggy. Sawed out stuf for Catharines rack. Drawed cornfodder. Went over to burg.
Oct 16 – Drawed cornfodder. Went over to burg. Got plank of Burrall. Rained some. Town thrashed wheat. Nancy went down to Browns.
Oct 17 – Some misty. Barber came over helped move Hog pen.
Oct 18 – Leveled up hogpen. Hawley helped. Ed Wilcut came here in afternoon stayed to tea.
Oct 19 – Not well. Ethan, Hannah and Louesa went down to Catharines. Pleasant day. I gathered some Hickory nuts.
Oct 20 – Worked round hogpen, made henroost larger. Jim went up to Wes after Beech nuts. Went back stayed all night. Libby stayed all night. Wes called here in Evening.
Oct 21 – First Snow this morning. Worked on car some. Rainy day. No work.
Oct 22 – Ethan dug potatoes. Put car together. Pleasant day and cool.
Oct 23 – Put wheels on car. Sarah went over to burg to see Jane, stayed all night.
Oct 24 – Went to burg. Took Roolers home. Worked on apple rack. Ethan dug potatoes.
Oct 25 – Carried Mr Knapps pries home. Finished apple Rack. Pleasant day. Hawley finished husking. Went down to Catharines stayed all night. Alfleda went to Kalamazoo with Mr Carlton to see Orson Stars folks. Wm Wheeler got his violin. He paid 75 cts.
Oct 26 – Rainy day. Got some beechnut. Came home in Evening.
Oct 27 – Made bin for corn in cornhouse. Cool wind. Snowed in night.
Oct 28 – Snow 3 inches deep. Hawley started for Hastings. Worked on whiffletrees. Made two for Theodore Earl.
Oct 29 – Went down to Marts. Got hog. Hawley got home.
Oct 30 – Went up in woods cut two trees for sleepers for stable. Snowed like fun, melted fast as it came. Had it sayed on then would have ben 2 inches.
Oct 31 – Drawed two sleepers, some wood. Snowed all day.
Nov 1 – Got one load plank from mill, one load wood. Hewed sleepers. Rained in night. A. Brown get Knife handles made three.
Nov 2 – Ran and snow, bad day to be out. Hawley carried Lou over to Rowlands. Mart came up after Sarah in Evening. Rainy.
Nov 3 – Picked up Apples in orchard. Fine day. Hawley dug potatoes for John Blake.
Nov 4 – Drawed in corn and husked in afternoon. Pleasant day. Hawley helped A. Brown butcher Hogs and sheep. Hawleys Brother had Jack to carry their Boat up to the lake.
Nov 5 – Lucys Baby died about ten AM. Sarah came home. Alfleda came. Pleasant day. Husked corn all day. Hawley dug potatoes for J. C. Blake.
Nov 6 – Pleasant morning. Drawed corn some.
Nov 7 – Drawed one load corn. Went down to Catharines to funeral. Lucys Baby buried to day. Came home in Evening. Rained.
Nov 8 – Drawed sleepers out to barn and some straw.
Nov 9 – At home. Nancy and Jim went over to Barbers. I gathered some Hickory nuts. Snowed and rained some.
Nov 10 – Nancy came home this morning. Received of Town Treasurer twenty five Dollars. Paid James McLarry Eleven and fifteen 100 Dollars. Alfledas Box came 75 cts Express Charge.
Nov 11 – Went up to sawmill got 256 feet baswood boards ½ inch. Snowed like fun. Snow fell 2 inches. Husked 15 bushels corn. Hawley helped one hour and a half.
Nov 12 – Snowey. Husked out what corn there was in the barn.
Nov 13 – Put in floor in stable. Put horses in.
Nov 14 – Put manger in stable. Hawley went to mill. Sent three bushels Buckwheat, one of corn.
Nov 15 – Killed hog, the one I got of Mart. Worked in stable some. Fine day. Wes got plank.
Nov 16 – Lucy and Hannah came up.
Nov 17 – Sawed out Worked in stable on stalls. Ethan and A. Brown went to Kalamazoo after Hanks things.
Nov 18 – Sawed out out thills for wagon, one for sleigh. Stormy day.
Nov 19 – Hawley Killed his black pig. Brown brot up some of hanks things. Paid Mrs Chipman $5.00 five Dollars for cleaning school house. Worked on thills some.
Nov 20 – Worked in barn some on stall. Got stick up to corner. Bradley and Theodore after some ___ails.
Nov 21 – Dick barber brot cross cut saw to be filed. Pedler Layton called here. Sawed out raves for bobs. Drawed in lot corn. Filled barn floor. Fine day.
Nov 22 – Finished hawleys sleigh thill, painted thill. Mr Flanders got his handles. Brot paint down. Hank came home from Chicago.
Nov 23 – Sick all day. Snowey.
Nov 24 – Snow 2½ inches this morning. Hawley gone over to help his father kill beef. Theron went to Battlecreek. Old cow kicked me. Uncle Sam Curtis Died to day Ae 87 yr.
Nov 25 – Worked on bobs some. Snow 3 inches. Husked corn some. Hawley helped J. C. Blake thrash.
Nov 26 – Snows some. Hawley gone up to Blakes. Aunt Mima Curtis Died to day Ae 84 yrs.
Nov 27 – Cleared out shop. Hank and Nancy here. Snow 1¾ inches. Hawley up to Blakes.
Nov 28 – Snow ¾ inches. Jim went down to Catharines.
Nov 29 – Cut out some battings for shop. Will Plank came. Ethan down to Catharines.
Nov 30 – At home all day. Hawleys folks went over with boys just at night with sleigh.
Dec 1 – Sawed some battens, put them on. Ethan drawed load wood. Rained just at night. Hawley at Blakes.
Dec 2 – Rainy day. Worked on bobs all day. Very warm, rain.
Dec 3 – Snow all gone. Worked in shop some.
Dec 4 – Worked on ax helves some. Set glass for shop window. Ethan and Will Plank went over to burg. Very high wind. Hawley Paid three Dollars on sleigh.
Dec 5 – Drawed two loads wood in morning. Ethan went down to Catharines. I drawed lot corn, filled barn floor, put window in shop. Hung ax for O. D. Schram.
Dec 6 – Worked in shop. Put in some battens.
Dec 7 – Rained in forenoon. At home. Ethan down to Catharines.
Dec 8 – Rainy. Husked some corn. Not much done to day. Turned handle for Mr Flanders. He called here, got his handle. Mrs Hawley sick. I went over to burg after Wightman in night. Very muddy.
Dec 9 – Went down to M. O. Streators after some straw. Filled Alfledas bed. Hawleys girl born about one AM this morning.
Dec 10 – Not very well, lame back. Lois here.
Dec 11 – No work, lame back. Cant get around much.
Dec 12 – Rainy day. Ethan went to Comstock to mill. Sarah went down to Catharines. Edith stayed here all night.
Dec 13 – Snows like fun, snow fell ¾ inch. Old Mr Watts fell down cellar and killed himself.
Dec 14 – Lame, no work. At home.
Dec 15 – At home, no work. Repairing violin.
Dec 16 – No work Except on violin. Mart and Toot called here.
Dec 17 – Repairing violin for Climax boy. Back lame as Ever. Mr Watts buried to day. Sarah went. Fine day. Alfleda over to burg.
Dec 18 – Cloudy morning.
Dec 19 – At home. No work, lame back. Paid L. Mead one Dollar pr order.
Dec 20 – Rowe boy got his violin. He paid $1.50. Went down to A. R. Ses[?]. Ethan went over got Gaffing. A. Bartholomew and Haynes boys here in Evening. Brot their instruments. Eugene came. Henry and Frank Tomlinson came here about nine in Evening.
Dec 21 – Snowed some. Went down to Catharines. Mrs Gaffing went. Hannah went home with me.
Dec 22 – Fine day, pleasant and cold. Frank came back. Henry, Dell, Lois and Sate here in Evening.
Dec 23 – Ethan and Hank went up to Wesleys in forenoon. Sarah went to Kalamazoo with browns folks. Got cloak cloth for Hannah. Fine day. Ethan and Hank went up to Flanders in Evening.
Dec 24 – Cloudy 32 Abz in morning. Put hams smoking. Went up to Mrs Semers after money, git none. Received fifty dollars of Town Treasurer. Fine day.
Dec 25 – 39 Abz in forenoon. Paid E. S. Davis $10 ten Dollars. Snowed some in night.
Dec 26 – Snows. Ethan came home. Patty sent me three Dollars.
Dec 27 – Snow 3½. At home, no work.
Dec 28 – At home all day.
Dec 29 – At home. Fixed for butching. D. C. Crawford came here in afternoon.
Dec 30 – Butchered my hogs. Wes helped me. Hawley killed his hog. His Father helped him. Cool. D. C. Left for South Bend Indiana.
 His son-in-law, Adelbert Skinner, who was married to his daughter Lois
 Nickname for Lucy (Lee) Milham, daughter of his sister, Catharine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 Nickname for his daughter Louese, also called Louesa
 Believe he is referring to his neighbor, Hetta (Burgess) Ralph
 A search of the Michigan Death Records at Ancestry.com shows that Clarence G. Wing, age 6, the son of B. A. & Louise Wing, died February 14, 1873; FindAGrave.com reveals that he is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 His nephew, James “Oscar” Keith, son of Harvey & Alfleda (Starr) Keith, and Oscar’s wife, Mary Ann (Batey) Keith
 Mertie LaVern Chaffee, the daughter of Thomas & Frances Catherine “Kate” (Keith) Chaffee
 A search of FindAGrave.com reveals that Charlotte Ann (Goodrich) Coe died February 21, 1873 and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Comstock, Michigan
 Edwin R. York was the brother of Joseph York who was married to Luke’s niece, Helen (Bradley) York
 A search of FindAGrave.com reveals that Amos Chipman died February 27, 1873 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and is buried in Cook Cemetery, Pavilion, Michigan
 Luke, Nancy and Hank all wrote in their diaries of the Brown and Allerton lawsuit. Luke wrote the following in his diary on November 18, 1872: Mr Allerton drawed some wood for Mr Plank. He asked me about the hogs, did Mr Brown say any thing about the hogs before the trial commenced. I think not. He says we stood by the gate talking, heard the hogs and I started to go to home and Mr Brown followed an we saw the hogs in my lot. This is what he says to day
 His grandson, William Byron Clark, son of Lois (Keith) and her first husband, Byron Clark
 Charles Lee, his two sons, Alvan and Jesse, and Jesse’s wife, Julia (Toupence) Lee
 Rebecca Plank, William & Harriet (Groat) Plank’s oldest daughter
 The Michigan Death Records at Ancestry.com show that Nancy (Meade) Goodrich committed suicide on March 21, 1873 and is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Comstock, Michigan
 Del and Sate Skinner’s mother, Sarah (Knight) Skinner
 Libbie and Ida Clark were the daughters of Loren and Amanda (Taylor) Clark
 Neighbors, John & Caroline (Rapelje) Allerton
 The son of Sarah’s brother, Edwin, and his second wife, Mary (Hamilton) Crawford
 Hank Brown made the following entry in his diary: John T. Allerton licked and drove his gray mare all the forenoon in a shamefull manner
 Joseph and Helen (Bradley) York. Helen was the daughter of Catherine (Keith) Bradley Lee by her first husband, Ethan Bradley
 A wooden collar put around a cow’s neck to prevent the cow from getting under or through a fence
 Many members of the Lee family were Mormons. Several of them had previously moved to Salt Lake City
 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
 One of Ethan’s inventions (see May 14, 1873 letter)
 Julia Allen, Matilda (Allen) Brown’s sister, who lived with Matilda and Ambrose
 Michigan Death Records at Ancestry.com show that Eliza (Gilfus) Delano, age 19, died May 3, 1873
 A ferrule is a ring or cap usually of metal put around a slender shaft (such as a cane or a tool handle) to strengthen it or prevent splitting
 A search at FindAGrave.com shows that Reuben L. Coe died in 1873 and is buried in the Prairie Home Cemetery, in Climax, Michigan
 Cullen Albert Towne, brother of Charles Towne (see footnote for January 16th entry)
 A search of Michigan Death Records at Ancestry and at FindAGrave.com reveals that Sarah (Odell) Potts, age 24, died of consumption May 15, 1873 and is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan. Her brother, Azor (Ezra) Potts, age 19, died earlier in the year on January 10, also of consumption. They were the children of Isaac and Polly “Mary” (Shoemaker) Odell. Searching further, three of their other children also died of consumption: Angeline/Adeline (Odell) Youngs, age 29, on June 3, 1874; Jane Ann (Odell) Olin, age 30, on February 13, 1877; and Ellen Odell, age 25, also on February 13, 1877
 Albert H. Towne (Charles’ and Cullen’s father)
 According to a document from the Commissioners of Highways of the Township of Comstock, Luke, as Overseer of Highways in Road District No. 26, was “… hereby commanded and required to take charge of men named in the annexed assessment, and cause them faithfully to work the number of days therein specified …” The men were required to work a certain number of days based on how many acres they owned. While this particular document is for the year 1877, it can be assumed that this is what Luke is referring to for 1873. In 1877, the men Luke was to take charge of, and the days they were required to work, was: Ambrose Brown, 45 acres, ¾ day; __. C. Durkee, 120 acres, 5¾ days; Jesse Earl, 120 acres, 5¼ days; Theodore Earl, 20 acres plus saw mill, 1¼ days; James Ridler, 40 acres, 1½ days; O. D. Schram, 80 acres, 2¾ days; Luke Keith, 35 acres, 1¼ days; Albert Towne, 116 acres, 5 days; H. A. Taylor, 55 acres, 2½ days; Bela[?] Wright, 51 acres, 1¼ days; and John Schroder, 42 acres, ¾ day
 A form of malaria characterized by stages of chills, fever, and sweating
Jan 1 – 29 Abz. Went down to Catharines with Wesleys folks.
Jan 2 – Cold, snowed and blowed in forenoon. Worked in shop on sleigh.
Jan 3 – Blustring forenoon. Worked on sleigh.
Jan 4 – 10 Abz. Worked on sleigh. Mart and Lucy went to burg. Got Claras picture taken. Drawed some wood.
Jan 5 – Went over to burg. Some warmer, south west wind. Bot this Book 40 cents. Rode over with Jo Boardman. Snow 1 inch. Went over to burg in Evening. Got galen oil. Sent letter to Suky Brown. Received paper of David.
Jan 6 – About one inch snow, 20 Abz. Sis and Will had a fight on snow bank East side house. Went over to burg. Got thills mended 50. Sold boiler. Got Elbow and cornpopper. Snowed ½ inch.
Jan 7 – Worked on Marts whiffletree and put bottom on sleigh. Mr and Mrs Chapin here to get the Bristol House. 12 Abz in morning. Snowed all night.
Jan 8 – Snows like fun this morning. Snowed 5 inches.
Jan 9 – Put sleigh box together. Went over to burg. School in the new schoolhouse at the burg to day for the first. Snow fell about ½ inch.
Jan 10 – Carried Lois up to John Ralphs. Good sleighing. 40 Abz. Mrs Hawkins here.
Jan 11 – Went over to mill and to see Mr Chapins about selling the Bristol place. Snow going of fast. Chapin moved to day. Went down to A. Browns in Evening to see Zeak & Wm Davison, Streator, Ford & Jackson ___.
Jan 12 – Snow about gone, 53 Abz. Sent letter to S Bristol and a $2.00 Greenback and two stamps. Noon mercury 60 Abz, sun shine, warm. Sarah went down to Cates with Mart.
Jan 13 – Pleasant morning 50 Abz. Went down to Catharines. Made 60 galens cider. Rainy day, bad time to get home. Sarah down to Catharines. Snowed and rained all night. Got Cates & Zeaks pictures.
Jan 14 – Some colder 26 Abz, sleet and snow &c in morning. Hank Brown here. Snow and rain all day. Made shead for sheep. Snow fell 3 inches.
Jan 15 – Snow and sleat, 28 Abz in morning. Snowed all day. Snow fell 4 inches.
Jan 16 – Not very cold 18 Abz, quite pleasant, sun shown most of the day.
Jan 17 – 20 Abz. Cut some wood. Went down to Jo Lees after Sarah. Had a big run after bill.
Jan 18 – 16 Abz. Worked round house. Carried some cider over to Planks.
Jan 19 – Mart came up and killed a pig. Good sleighing.
Jan 20 – Cut and drawed wood. 28 Abz morning, thawed some.
Jan 21 – Went over to burg. Saw those men about Bristols accounts. Sent letter to S. S. Bristol. Battlecreek Band came down to day. Ida and Libby Allen here to day.
Jan 22 – Ethan, Lois and Hannah went down to Catharines. Snowed some. Made feed box for Bill. Snowed all day.
Jan 23 – 10 Abz, snow 4 inches. Went Kalamazoo to get mortgage recorded 75 cts. Sarah stayed with Lois Lee all night.
Jan 24 – Went down to Joes after Sarah. Went and got Catharine to stay with Lois while Jo went after Finch. Ethan went down to see the Doctor. He no come. Sarah Skinner stayed all night.
Jan 25 – Ethan went down to Jo Lees to see Finch, he saw him. Lois and Sate went home with him. Cold and good sleighing. Bot broom 25 cts of pedler.
Jan 26 – 10 Abz in morning. Went over to burg. Carried corn 3 bushels. Snow fell 1½, 20 Abz at 2 oclock.
Jan 27 – Work round house and shop. Went down to Jo Lees in Evening. Some cold. Lois some better.
Jan 28 – Cold. Good sleighing. Put shelves in butry.
Jan 29 – Went down to Catharines. Osgood and wife there. Good sleighing.
Jan 30 – Finished up butry. Moved into the middle room. Thawed some, rainy night.
Jan 31 – Rainy morning. Worked in shop some. Carried Sarah over to burg. Some blustering.
Feb 1 – Worked in shop on cutter. Snow ½ inch. Went over to burg after Sarah in morning. Tamer Ford here.
Feb 2 – Worked in shop some on cutter bottom. Snow fell ½ inch.
Feb 3 – Drawed some wood. Worked in shop some.
Feb 4 – Made stool for Jule Lees girl. Went over to burg. Mrs Skinner and Sate here. _____ _____ up here to tea. Mr Burrels Boy hurt on cars. Went down to Catharines in Evening. Burrels Boy Died in the night. Went down to Jo Lees in Evening.
Feb 5 – At home all day. Cold and windy, mercury at 12 Abz. Depo at Galesburg Burnt this Evening.
Feb 6 – Pleasant day. Filed cross cut saw for A. Brown and Repaired violin for Wm Wheeler of Climax.
Feb 7 – Wheeler sent for his violin paid 50¢. Carried Sarah over to Oyster supper. Galesburg Band Boys gave _____ supper.
Feb 8 – Not very cold. Worked in shop some. Cleaned out stable. Mrs Hawkins here. Sarah _____ _____ dress. Nancy went down to A. Browns. Neck tye party at Mr Hu___ this Evening.
Feb 9 – New snow this morning, three inches 3 in. Went over to Mr Planks in Evening. Browns and Skinners there.
Feb 10 – Went over to Burg after Sarah and George, they no come. Got rods for old stove. New schoolhouse dedication at Galesburg. Cold and blustring.
Feb 11 – 13 Abz, good sleighing. Moved old stove to the middle room. Ethan went to Kalamazoo to get some medicin of Dr Finch. Snowed some in night.
Feb 12 – Snowing. Snow fell 3 inches 19 Abz. Mrs Plank came over here this morning full of trouble.
Feb 13 – Went down to Catharines. Catharine and Lucy sick. Sarah stayed there. Good sleighing.
Feb 14 – Went up to Kirbys and Chapins. Cut some wood.
Feb 15 – Went down to Kalamazoo after Sarah an Georgie. Thawed some. Brown and Skinners folks here in Evening. George came over. Catharine and Lucy sick.
Feb 16 – Not very cold 28 Abz. Went over to burg in morning. Cut some wood. X Mr and Mrs Schram X here in Evening. George came over and stayed all night. Edith came down and stayed all night.
Feb 17 – Stormy, snow and rain, not very cold, 36 Abz. Worked in shop some. Mr Plank and wife here in Evening.
Feb 18 – Worked in shop some on cutter bottom. Snow fell 2½ inches. Turner came over stayed all night.
Feb 19 – Pleasant morning, sun came out. Went down to Catharines, some better. Had oysters for supper. George Turner brot them over.
Feb 20 – Went up in woods, cut down _____.
Feb 21 – 18 Abz. Went to Kalamazoo with Sarah and George. Pleasant day. Snow fell 1¼.
Feb 22 – 12 Abz, pleasant morning. Went over to burg. Got table to P. Schrams. Willie Hoges Died to night. Went up to Schrams in Evening.
Feb 23 – Cut some wood. Went down to school house to put on lock. Went up to McCains Corners with Mart. Hoges Boy buried to day. Lyda Barber came over here.
Feb 24 – Worked on cutter some. Bent the raves back. Party at Skinners in Evening. Snow about gone.
Feb 25 – Pleasant morning. _____ put lock on school house. Prepared table for P. Johnson. Snow all gone in road.
Feb 26 – Snows like fun. Snow fell 6½ inches. Blackburns child buried.
Feb 27 – Cut maple tree out drawed down. Jesse Lee called here after Hannah. Snowed very little. Lois came home.
Feb 28 – Went down to Catharines and Jo Lees. Lois and Will went. Snow all went of. June Hoag here. Barber finished drawing Planks corn. Heavy wind all night.
Mar 1 – Windy and pleasant, 33 Abz. Went up in woods. Got pole to hang Cate on. James Crom called here.
Mar 2 – Thunder shower this morning. Calculated to Kill Cate. Killed Cate. Had a big rain and heavy thunder.
Mar 3 – Cut and salted Cate. She weighed 475 lbs. Pleasant day. Party to A. Browns in Evening.
Mar 4 – Pleasant morning. Went down to Catherines. Drawed sap buckets into bush set kettle on. Pleasant. Saw bright sun day.
Mar 5 – Pleasant morning. No snow on ground.
Mar 6 – Moved bench out into old shop.
Mar 7 – Went down to Catharines. Worked on spouts burned out 240.
Mar 8 – Trimed spouts cut of End of stone trough. Mart went to town. I came home. Rained.
Mar 9 – Rainy morning. Went over to mill. Cold.
Mar 10 – Went down and tapt bush. Sap run some. Rained and snowed in the night. Party at Keiths.
Mar 11 – Ella Taylor Died to day. Gathered sap. Commenced boiling. Came home. Mrs Chapin Died. Snow fell one inch.
Mar 12 – Pleasant morning. Went down to Catharines. Gathered sap, had 7 barrels. Sarah went down to Jo Lees. Snowed when we came home.
Mar 13 – Snow 2½ inches. Went down to Marts. Worked in bush. Ella Adams buried. Mrs Chapin Buried.
Mar 14 – Shugered of for the first time. Rainy night. Boiled sap in Evening. Syruped down.
Mar 15 – Shugared of to day. Went over to Comstock. Saw Mr Burlingham. Got $100 Dollars and check on first National Bank for $50.00.
Mar 16 – Rainy morning. Went down to shuger bush. Gathered Eleven barrels sap. Boiled in Evening. Some rain. Paid N. L. Randal $30.00. Ike and Libby busted to night.
Mar 17 – Cool, some fine snow this morning. Syrupt down. I came home. Axach Howard at Catharines.
Mar 18 – Not very well. At home all day. Sarah went up to Mr Taylors in afternoon. Pleasant day. Repaired violin for Mr Grover. Let Mary Plank lot popcorn.
Mar 19 – At home all day. Cold. Not very well.
Mar 20 – Went down to Catharines. Gathered sap and boiled in Evening. Syruped down.
Mar 21 – Shugered of this morning. Ed Yorks boys there. Had two pans full. Came home. Dell, Sate, Nell and Eberle here in Evening. Hank Brown also.
Mar 22 – Cold wind. Choped some. Went over to Mr Chapins in afternoon. Winter term of school closed. Paid A. R. Lovel $55.00.
Mar 23 – Went down to Marts. Gathered and boiled sap. Boiled in Evening.
Mar 24 – Boiled sap all day. Gathered the bush twice. X Band boys came down in Evening. Shugered off for them.
Mar 25 – Boiled sap, shugered off this morning.
Mar 26 – Repaired arch. Boiled sap, syruped down and shugered off. I came home. No snow on ground.
Mar 27 – Went down to woods. Boiled sap, syruped down, shugered off just at night. Pleasant day, cold.
Mar 28 – Fine day. No sap on hand. Cut down elm stub in morning. Gound axes. Mart went to town. I came home. Mr Hawkins moved. Galesburg Band had a shugar party in Evening.
Mar 29 – Went down to bush. Sarah went down to Catharines. Boiled sap.
Mar 30 – Father Labell died this morning. Shugered off. Jo and Lois Lee was there. I came home. Gathered some sap.
Mar 31 – Pleasant morning. Went down to bush. Had some moleses. Came home. Brot 2 cakes shugar and some lases.
Apr 1 – Pleasant day. Sowed clover seed. Mr Hawkins got four bushels corn. Extracted two teeth for Old Mr Hawkins.
Apr 2 – Not very well. At home most of the day. Went down to Catharines. Got 6 lbs cloverseed. Saw Ambrose and Lydia Milham. Young Spires died this morning.
Apr 3 – Rainy. Finished sowing clover seed this morning. Went to town meeting. Mr Stevenson Died this morning. Paid James Jackson one dollar of my money.
Apr 4 – Went to Kalamazoo. Went to Martin Turners. Took Dinner. Went back to bush, gathered sap, boiled in sap. Mr Phelps Died to day.
Apr 5 – Gathered buckets and made molasses. Mart went to Mr Kings Auction. Scalded out buckets. Had a shower in Evening. Old Mrs McLary died to day.
Apr 6 – Came home. Mart came after Hannah. Brot home shugar. Warm day. Raked of garden. Made 550 lbs shugar.
Apr 7 – Warm morning. Worked round house and garden. Trimed some appletrees.
Apr 8 – Trimed some trees. Cows got on Allens wheat. Dry weather. Amos Rogers wife died to night.
Apr 9 – Pleasant and dry. Went down to Catharines after sis.
Apr 10 – Rainy morning, cool, rained all day. No work. School commenced.
Apr 11 – Cold and windy. Put poke on fan. Snowed some, cold night.
Apr 12 – Pleasant morning. Snow ¼ inch. Trimed some trees. Eberly and Nellie left for Iowa.
Apr 13 – Cloudy and cool. Drawed brush out of orchard. Trimed currant bushes. Mrs A. Brown here. Mart here to dinner and supper.
Apr 14 – Sick, not much done. Tool old wagon to pieces. Extracted tooth for Harvey. Sarah, Ethan and Nancy went over to Wisemans. Stranger bot bushel corn of Will Plank. Pleasant and cool. Drawed chip manure.
Apr 15 – Drawed chip manure. Ethan went to Kalamazoo. Carried Nancy and Ida up to Allens. Lois and Hannah came home. Young sleeper[?] called here to see Mr Plank.
Apr 16 – Turned out set mallets and balls for Ethan and Will Plank. At home all day. Wm and Alvin Lee here.
Apr 17 – Turned Balls and mallets. Gerome Chadwick Died in night.
Apr 18 – Chored round. Hat Taylor and Maud Adams here. Mart and Lucy called here.
Apr 19 – Went to Kalamazoo with Lois. She went to Ohio. Had a heavy shower. Wind blowed John Mills Barn roof of. Mr Chadwick Buried to day.
Apr 20 – Not much work to day round home. Cows bothered some.
Apr 21 – Finished turning balls. The boys painted them. Rainy.
Apr 22 – Went over to burg after tacks and screws for shades. Put up 3 shades in schoolhouse. Cold wind. Sate Skinner stayed here all night. R. Blackburn packed up to day.
Apr 23 – Pleasant morning, some frost. Went down to Charles Lees to pay Wm paid $31.84. Sate went home with us. Went to Jo Lees.
Apr 24 – Fine day. Sowed plaster on clover south and west of house. Drawed out some manure. Went over to Blackburns in Evening.
Apr 25 – Got out manure. Ethan drawed some wood and chips. Cloudy and warm. Heard the first Whipporwill this Evening.
Apr 26 – Cloudy morning, looks like rain. Gotout some manure.
Apr 27 – Rainy. Took manger and sleepers out of stable. Ethan painted Balls and Mallets.
Apr 28 – Ethan went over to mill. _____ called here. Mary Plank went down to Jo Lees to see Hannah.
Apr 29 – Worked in stable. Made manger for Bill. Ethan went to Kalamazoo. Hannah came home with him. Mary Plank came with them. Mrs Henry Clinton came home.
Apr 30 – Pleasant morning. Ethan went down to Charles Lees. R. Blackburn came over.
May 1 – Went up to Ed Corys and Mr Rights. Saw S Bristol. He paid 2.00. Went over to burg. Got shoes for Hannah. Went down to Jo Lees in Evening.
May 2 – Got out manure. Cory Allen and Ida Barber here. Perkins had a Horse stolen.
May 3 – Rainy day. Sick, no work. Traded cows with A. Brown.
May 4 – Some rain. Wm Plank plowed garden and commenced plowing corn ground. I got out some manure. Burnt brush in East lot and old Hubs. Stella Millham here this week.
May 5 – Cloudy and some rain in morning. Not very well. Will Plank plowing.
May 6 – Not well, lame, cant work. Pleasant day. Mr Taylor planting his corner lot.
May 7 – Fine day. At home all day. Ethan, Nancy and Ida Barber went down to Jo Lees to see Hannah.
May 8 – Went over to Burg after Oil Hemlock for Hannah. Went to Doc Wightmans. Got my Early potatoes. Pleasant day, cold East wind. Frostthis morning.
May 9 – Cold East wind, some frost. Went down to Cataharines. Carried Bedstead and corn to Mart. Mart carried Bedstead down to Kalamazoo. Hardfrost.
May 10 – Planted corn for Plank. Warm day. Jim droped for me. Tin pedler from Wakeshma called here Layton by name. Pedler from Leonidas stayed all night.
May 11 – Planted corn for Plank. Warm day. Finished west lot. No frost.
May 12 – No frost this morning. Repaired sulky spring. Mrs Wiseman, Carry and Ella here. Hot day.
May 13 – Planted corn for Plank. Will plowed in afternoon. Warm and dry. Mrs P. T. Lane died to day.
May 14 – Cloudy and cool this morning. At home all day. Ethan went down to Jo Lees.
May 15 – Sick, no work. Miss Lovel came here to board. Mrs P. T. Lane buried.
May 16 – Planted corn and sorgum for Plank. Dry and warm.
May 17 – Cool morning, North East wind. Sowed corn in East garden. Went down to A. Browns. Got some eggs to set hen. 1 day Will finished plowing to day and draged some.
May 18 – Set the Ginny Eggs. ½ Will draged corn ground in forenoon. I marked it one way in afternoon.
May 19 – Paid Miss Lovel twenty 25.00 five Dollars. Warm day, very dry. Planted some potatoes.
May 20 – Planted sorgum and some corn in East Lot. Hot day, 102 in sun. Hank Childs and Will Plank went up to Yorkville. Hannah and Cory Allen went. Jo & Lois Lee came up here.
May 21 – Pleasant morning. Carried Hannah down to Jo Lees. Rained some.
May 22 – Pleasant morning. Planted corn. Fine day. Jo Lee came up and helped me in afternoon. Finished before night.
May 23 – Some frost this morning. Planted potatoes &c, some squash seeds.
May 24 – Warm day. Went up in woods. Cut log for garden roller.
May 25 – Warm forenoon. Sarah went down to A. Browns. Jo Lee brot Hannah home. I dressed out pillows for Cutter Boddy. Had a thunder shower in afternoon, rained hard. Went down to Catharines. Rained hard in night.
May 26 – Pleasant day. Came home at night. Called to Jo Lees. Mart went to town to mill.
May 27 – Went down to A browns. Got bedstead. Put up curtains in schoolhouse in forenoon. Altered over bedstead in afternoon. Youngones had a picnic up in Fords woods in afternoon. Planted some cucumbers.
May 28 – At home all day. Wes folks went down to Catharines. Very hot.
May 29 – Went up to Wesleys. Got some bittersweet. Got my bed springs of Schram. Had a nice shower just at night. Rained in night.
May 30 – Not much work done. Not very well. Hot day.
May 31 – Sarah went over to burg. Made form, bent pillows for Cutter Box. Hot day. Wm Ralphs little girl died to day.
Jun 1 – Hot day, 108 in sun. Put knees in runners. Mart and Lucy came up to day. Carry Ralph Buried to day.
Jun 2 – Went over to burg. Bot 200 lbs plaster 70¢. Plastered some corn. Warm day.
Jun 3 – Hot day. Finished plastering corn. Horse fair at burg. Stella and Mary Milham here. Rained some. Frank Goodrich called here in rain.
Jun 4 – Warm morning. Carried Sarah and hannah down to Jo Lees. Went down to Catharines, got Nancy. Mr and Mrs Gates was Drownded in Gull Lake to day.
Jun 5 – Chored round some. Went down to Joes after Sarah. John Darling came along here. Sent some seed corn down to Mart. Planted Beans.
Jun 6 – Ethan cultivated corn. I hoed some in garden. Planted some corn over.
Jun 7 – Went up and saw John Sherman to get him to wash my sheep. Went down to river and repaired sheep yard.
Jun 8 – Fine day. Washed my sheep. Lois came home. Mr Plank bargained his place to Mr Town. Went down to Catharines. Got some beans. Old Mrs Haws buried died to day.
Jun 9 – Cold morning, no frost. Cultivated some corn and chored round. Planted specled beans.
Jun 10 – Put raves on Cutter, made sky brace for Cutter. Had a shower. Stranger called here from Yorkville. Mrs Haws buried to day. Wesley paid for buckwheat 3.50.
Jun 11 – Cold morning. At home all day.
Jun 12 – Worked on Cutter. Made sky brace. Mrs Lamkin called and got violin bow. Turned stick for Jim Milham. He paid 75 cents.
Jun 13 – Worked on road up by Earls bridge. Very windy. Freight House and Methodist Church burned down in Galesburg to day.
Jun 14 – Worked on road. Took Tea with Jesse Earl. Windy and dry. Mr Schram got runaway with while gone to Kalamazoo.
Jun 15 – Worked on road in forenoon. Finished road and hoed sorgum. Sarah went down to Skinners.
Jun 16 – Worked on cutter some. Willard mills cut some grass. Ethan went up to Fields for Mr Plank.
Jun 17 – Finished cutting grass. Rainy. Put up some hay for A Brown. Catharine and Lucy came up here. Turned some pins for Hank Brown.
Jun 18 – Went down to Jo Lees and Catharines. All well.
Jun 19 – Put up hay in west part of lot. Warm day.
Jun 20 – Had a shower in morning. Ethan went to mill. Worked on cutter some. Rebecca Plank stayed here all night, had a fit.
Jun 21 – Pleasant morning. Got in hay of west part of lot. Got very tired.
Jun 22 – Finished drawing hay. Warm day. Had a nice lot of hay.
Jun 23 – Rainy morning. Got sheep down to shear. Brown heifer had a white calf. Miner sheared my sheep. Had 62 lbs. Fine day.
Jun 24 – Sold my wool to Wm Blass for 52½ cents pr pound. Had 62½ lbs $32.81 cts. Mrs Flanders here. Lois came home. Del Skinner here to tea.
Jun 25 – Cloudy morning. At home all day.
Jun 26 – Put cutter together and chored round. Took up floor in old shop and put my staple down to hold wheels. George Clinton Lee Milham Born this morning 3½ minitz to seven zacly.
Jun 27 – Mr Plank finished plowing Buckwheat ground. A. Brown and Mr Plank helped me kill two hogs. Went over to burg in Evening.
Jun 28 – Cut up my Hogs this morning. Went over to burg. Bot one bbl salt 2.50 one Hat 25¢. Went down to Catharines.
Jun 29 – Cool morning. Worked round shop and garden.
Jun 30 – Worked on sulky wheels for Jim Milham. Went down to A. Browns. Got 3 pecks buckwheat. Mr Plank sowed Buckwheat. Cool and windy.
Jul 1 – Finished Milhams Wheels. Went up to Jo Flanders in afternoon. Got some berries. They finished haying.
Jul 2 – Went down to Catharines and Jo Lees after hannah. Went in swimming. Warm day.
Jul 3 – Warm day. Went over to burg. Bot Calf Boots 4.50, one piece cotton and six cans &c 6.61. Worked on cutter dash. Went over to see Miner in Evening. Had a shower, rained hard in night.
Jul 4 – Worked on cutter dash frame some. Not much done. Hannah went over and got pictures taken.
Jul 5 – Went over to burg to see show come in, nice show. Ethan helped Skinner get in wheat in afternoon.
Jul 6 – Had a nice shower in morning. Worked on cutter some.
Jul 7 – Commenced cutting wheat. Hot day. Nancy & Hannah went down to Fords & Skinners. Thysa Pond here to tea.
Jul 8 – Cut wheat on hill. Hot day.
Jul 9 – Sick. Hot day. Ethan and Sarah went down to Catharines.
Jul 10 – Cut wheat on hill. Warm day.
Jul 11 – Finished cutting wheat and drawed it in in afternoon. Will and Ida Barber here.
Jul 12 – Very hot day. Glued front dash to cutter. Mart Milham called here. One Hundred and twenty five in sun mercury 125 in sun.
Jul 13 – Hot day. Went down to A Browns. Got his rake. Made whiffletree. Mercury 100 in shade about noon. Mr Eastman Died. He was found dead in his bed.
Jul 14 – Ethan raked wheat stubble. Drawed in rakins. Mrs Dick Barber here. Mr Eastman buried.
Jul 15 – Repaired cradle for Jesse Earl. Turned some pins for Mr Allen.
Jul 16 – Carried Hannah down to Jo Lees. Went down to Catharines.
Jul 17 – Ethan plowed corn. I hoed in garden some. Went up to John Shermans to have my account allowed.
Jul 18 – Warm morning. Mr Plank and I went up to the Bristol place in afternoon. Saw Chapin.
Jul 19 – Put in boulster for John Sherman in forenoon. Had a fine rain. Thrashed some rakings in afternoon. Ethan cultivated corn.
Jul 20 – Thrashed some in morning. Went to mill. Hoed some.
Jul 21 – Worked round, hoed some. Fine day. Mr and Mrs Plank here to tea.
Jul 22 – Hoed some beans in forenoon. Jo and Hellen came here. Warm day. Went down to Jo Lees. Stayed all night.
Jul 23 – Went down to Catharines. Jim Milhams folks came down. Charley Bronson called there. Came home in Evening.
Jul 24 – Hoed Beans in forenoon. Quite warm. Cows got into Mr Schrams corn. Hoed some potatoes.
Jul 25 – Hoed Potatoes all day. Eugene and Edna came here to day. Warm day.
Jul 26 – Fine morning, some thunder in the distance. Finished hoing potatoes. Had a shower. Went over to burg in Evening.
Jul 27 – Fine morning. Hoed round cornfield. Catharine, Lucy and Mart came up. Nice day. Had green corn for dinner.
Jul 28 – Fine day. Ethan, Eugene, Nancy, Hannah and Edna went to Kalamazoo. I wheeled wood down to road in woods. Sarah washed.
Jul 29 – Dr John King of Chicago here to dinner. Mrs Wiseman, Carry and Ella here.
Jul 30 – At home all day. Warm day.
Jul 31 – Went down to Charles Lees. A Brown drawed some oats.
Aug 1 – Rainy forenoon. Brown drawed one load oats. Ethan, Eugene and the girls went down to A Browns in afternoon.
Aug 2 – Warm morning. Not much work to day. Brown got in all his oats. Had Ethan, Eugene and girls. Went down to Mr Randals. Very hot, mercury 112 in sun.
Aug 3 – Worked round ____ very hot. Ethan, Eugene, Hannah and Nancy, Edna went over to Mr Planks. S. A. Brown came here in Evening. Had a nice shower.
Aug 4 – No work to day. All well as usual. Mary and Carry Plank, Ella Randal here. Had a heavy shower.
Aug 5 – Warm day. Edna went home. Ethan and Eugene went to Kalamazoo.
Aug 6 – At home all day. Ed Childs called here. S. A. Brown here.
Aug 7 – Eugene and I went up to Chapins.
Aug 8 – At home all day. Mist[?] Went down to Mr Streators, took dinner. Went Skinners. Carried a letter to Lois.
Aug 9 – Warm morning. Went up to Hartwells. Ethan [and Eugene?] went to Kalamazoo. Sarah, Mrs Plank and Suky went down to Mr Randals. Put neck on Mr Wheelers violin.
Aug 10 – Eugene started for Grand Rapids. Worked on cutter some puting on dash. Sarah, Mrs Plank and Suky went down to Mr Randals. Wheeler got his violin.
Aug 11 – Put top of dash on cutter. Henry came home. Mr Flanders Brot his cultivator to be repaired.
Aug 12 – Mrs Betts came on the noon train. I went down to Catharines just at night. Suky Brown here. Mr Yates found to day, had been dround some ten weeks.
Aug 13 – Fine morning, warm. Mrs Yates found to day, had been drund some ten weeks.
Aug 14 – Worked on cutter some. Very warm day. Repaired Mr Flanders cultivator.
Aug 15 – Worked on cutter front some. Oscar came here. We went up to Chapins in afternoon. Henry came here, stayed all night.
Aug 16 – Went up to Mr Taylors. Got some timber to make balls and mallet. Oscar and I went up to Chapins. Oscar went down to Streators.
Aug 17 – Turned some balls and mallets for Mrs Randal. Oscar and I went up to see Mr Kirby. Oscar went up to Mr Balys.
Aug 18 – Mr Streator brot some elm boards. I turned some mallets. Ethan and Nancy went down to Catharines. Hannah and Lois came home with them. Oscar started for home.
Aug 19 – Turned some mallets. Lois, Henry and all at home. Bent some fenders. Mrs Betts went over to Mr L. Burdicks.
Aug 20 – Went up to Mr Flanders and down to Catharines and Jo Lees. Jo very lame.
Aug 21 – Went to Kalamazoo. Saw ____ge. Henry started for home.
Aug 22 – Went over to Jo Yorks and over to Finleys. Saw Oscar York. Champlin Harris Died in night.
Aug 23 – Went over to Ed Yorks. Heard Oscar and Ed play the violin. Left Joes about Eleven. Got home about four. Ed Childs came down after Suky Brown.
Aug 24 – Finished up dash on cutter. Tamer ford came here. Turned two balls for Mrs Randals Croka set. Warm day. Mr Harris Buried to day.
Aug 25 – Thrashed some wheat.
Aug 26 – Put fender on Cutter. Bent one. Mrs plank here. Brown came back from Ed Childs. Warm and dry.
Aug 27 – Warm morning. I went up to Schrams. Old Mr Sherwood Died to day. Mrs Betts went to church with Mr Planks folks.
Aug 28 – Eugene and Charley Hall came here. Old Mr Sherwood buried to day. Went over to Mr R_____. Had a nice shower.
Aug 29 – Went over to burg. Got my grist. Rainy day. Charley Hall went over to Hoags, stayed all night. Heifer wenttoBull.
Aug 30 – Round home most of the day. Tinkered in shop some. Nancy sick. Cut a little wood.
Aug 31 – Choped some wood. Not very well.
Sep 1 – Went down to Catharines. Carried ciderbarrel. Got some peaches and tomatoes to Jo Lees. Eugene went to Dowagiac. Mrs A. Brown, Miss S. A. Brown and Mrs Plank here.
Sep 2 – Got some peaches of Del Skinner. Went over to burg. Bot 2 galen jug. Got some water at Warrens well. Taken sick to night.
(No entries for September 3 through October 11)
Oct 11 – Mr Schram got old cow. Mr Wiseman and wife left.
Oct 12 – (no entry)
Oct 13 – Sold stove to Fidelya Brown. He paid four Dollars, he pays 10 for stove.
Oct 14 – Rainy morning. Frank came up to get money of carmen[?]. A very windy night, some rain.
Oct 15 – Ethan and Frank went down to Catharines.
Oct 16 – I went down to Catharines. Mrs Betts went with us.
Oct 17 – Rained some in forenoon. Came home at night. Called to Jo Lees.
Oct 18 – Ethan and Frank Husking Corn.
Oct 19 – Frank Tomlinson left. Went down to Catharines. Lois Lee died about ten AM. Patty sent $5.00 ___ five Dollars.
Oct 20 – Went over to burg. Bot pants six Dollars. Sarah and Mrs Betts went up to Mr Ralphs. Jim Perry Died this morning.
Oct 21 – Went to Lois Lees funeral. Went down to Catharines. Mrs Betts left for home. Buildings on the corner set on fire in night. _____ had two chickens 4½ lbs.
Oct 22 – Pleasant day, some wind. Jim Perry buried. Eat Breakfast alone this morning. Patty and Catharine started for home. Aunt Electa died about seven P.M.
Oct 23 – No one here. Not as well to day. Thieves around in the night, stole cider.
Oct 24 – Cool morning. Oscar and Alfleda came to day.
Oct 25 – Oscar and Sarah went up to Chapins.
Oct 26 – Oscar and Sarah went up to Gull to see Mr Right.
Oct 27 – Sarah and Alfleda went down to Jo Lees. Cold wind.
Oct 28 – Ethan husking corn
Oct 29 – Ethan went down to Marts. Sarah went, came home. Mrs Sherman died.
Oct 30 – Ethan cut some wood.
Oct 31 – Rainy day. Mrs Sherman buried to day.
Nov 1 – Pleasant day. Rebecca Plank came over here. Darias Austin stayed here all night. He was moving some things, had a cow.
Nov 2 – Austin left. Pleasant morning. Nancy & Hannah went down to Jo Lees. Ethan got Sorgum, had 14 Galens.
Nov 3 – Ethan husking corn. Fine day.
Nov 4 – Pleasant day, warm. I went over to burg to Mr Planks. Merideth came up here.
Nov 5 – Pleasant day. Old Mr & Mrs Ralph called here. Alvin Lee brot Alfleda here.
Nov 6 – Cool wind. Went down to Catharines with Meridith. Called to Jo Lees took dinner. Snowed in night ¼ inch.
Nov 7 – Fine day, plasant, had a little snow. Ethan and Meridith husking corn. Ida Lewis buried to day.
Nov 8 – Finished husking corn about ten AM. Cloudy, not very cold.
Nov 9 – Went down to Jo Lees. Rainy afternoon. Mr Howlet Died about Eight AM. Jo Lee went to Kalamazoo after Coffin.
Nov 10 – Came home. Got some walnuts.
Nov 11 – Mr Howlet buried to day. Very pleasant day.
Nov 12 – Fine day. George Turner came up here got his boring machine. Ethan went down to Jo Lees.
Nov 13 – Cloudy morning, rainy afternoon and night. Ethan working on moddle cupler. Mrs Keith here. Mr Boin Died. Lived near Mr Swaddles.
Nov 14 – Rainy.
Nov 15 – Pleasant, cool. Ethan making cupler.
Nov 16 – Pleasant day. Went over to burg. Got some wine. Hard frost.
Nov 17 – Pleasant, hard frost this morning. Nancy and Hannah came home.
Nov 18 – Ethan cut some wood and went over to burg. Eb, Harry and Nell here in Evening. Rained in night. Skinner & Clark maried to day.
Nov 19 – Nancy went down to Jo Lees. Louesa came home. Alfleda here.
Nov 22 – Snowy day, snow fell 2 inches, cold and windy.
Nov 23 – Ethan, Sarah and Alfleda went down to Catharines. Pleasant day. Mr Plank thrashing Buckwheat. Dick Lamkins here in Evening. Snowed like fun, snow fell 3 inches. Sarah Borrowed six Dollars of Alvin Lee.
Nov 24 – Mr Plank finished the Buckwheat, had 22 bushels.
Nov 25 – Ethan cut some wood. Mr Schram called, paid for cider $3.20¢.
Nov 26 – Some misty and foggy. Ethan went down after Hannah.
Nov 27 – Cold and windy. Ethan made reach for Theodore Earl. Hannah commenced going to school. Ethan put Buckwheat straw in barn.
Nov 28 – Snowed some about ½ in. Ethan and girls went down to Streators in Evening. Cold.
Nov 29 – Cold morning 3 Abz. Mince called here to sell some grave stones. Sarah and Nancy went over to Mr Planks. Hawkins got stove. Doctor Burner lectured at burg.
Nov 30 – Mince got Birges bobs. Snows some. Quin brot his cutter. Eb, Harry and Nell here in Evening.
Dec 1 – Paid Mr Sherwood $10.00 ten Dollars. Went down to Jesse Lees. Went down to Catharines, stayed all night.
Dec 2 – Went to Jo Lees, stayed all night.
Dec 3 – Came home. Snowed like fun. Saw Mrs Skinner.
Dec 4 – Snows and blows like fury, snowed 3½ inches. Harry Streator came here.
Dec 5 – Cold and blustering, good sleighing.
Dec 6 – Cold and blutering, 3 Abz. Quin got his cutter. Not so well, rather lame. Orrin Scranton Died this Evening.
Dec 7 – Thawing some this morning. Lame, cant hardly get around.
Dec 8 – Cold and blustring. Mrs Plank here. Alfleda came up from Jacksons. A. A. Dodge called here.
Dec 9 – Went over to burg. Drawed one Hundred Dollars $100. of Town Treasurer. Eb and Nell and Harry came here. Eb and Nell stayed all night. Mart, Cate and Meridith came up here. Lois, Sate & Mrs Skinner. Extracted tooth for Mrs Skinner. Orrin Scranton buried to day.
Dec 10 – Mart, Cate and Meridith came up here. Lois, Sate & Mrs Skinner called. Extracted tooth for Mrs Skinner.
Dec 11 – Criss chopping some wood. Ethan commenced going to school. Sis sick.
Dec 12 – Paid Isaac Schram six Dollars and twenty five cents. Sis sick. Cate and Meridith here. Catharine got home.
Dec 13 – Meridith went down to Catharines. Snow fell ½ inch.
Dec 14 – Catharine, Lucy and Mart came up to day. Mrs Jackson called here. Alfleda went down to Jacksons with Marts folks when they went home. Hank Brown working in shop this Evening.
Dec 15 – Pleasant day. Mr Brown and Hank drawed one load straw. Mr Brown got hurt. Hank and Nancy went over to burg. Nancy went down to Browns stayed all night.
Dec 16 – Ethan, Hank, Nancy and Hannah went over to Vicksburg to Yorks. I done the chores for the first time since last summer.
Dec 17 – Cloudy, not much snow on ground. Ethan and girls came home from Yorks. All well.
Dec 18 – Snows some. Brown drawed one load straw.
Dec 19 – Swept out corn house. Cold, snow 1½ one inch and half. Ethan Eye sore.
Dec 20 – Cold and windy, 2 below zero, in Evening Eigh oclock 15 below zero. Paid school teacher fifty Dollars 50.00
Dec 21 – Cold morning, 6 below zero this morning.
Dec 22 – Carried sleigh over to burg. Cold and snowey, snow fell one inch 1 inch, rained all night.
Dec 23 – Rainy. Let A. Brown have $30 thirty dollars. Heavy wind. Wesley got home this morning.
Dec 24 – Pleasant day. A. Brown called here. Carried Wills pants home.
Dec 25 – No one here to day. Ethan went down to M O Streators. George Sutherland Died to night.
Dec 26 – Went over to burg. Carried 50 lbs Buckwheat flour to Dr Merril. Nice wheeling, no snow on ground or not much. Bot bottle of medicine of Mr VanBuren $1.00. Ethan & girls went down to Skinners.
Dec 27 – Cold and snowey, blustring. Worked on sleigh shoe pattern. About one inch of snow. Will Plank stayed all night.
Dec 28 – Went over to burg. Carried over pattern for sleigh shoes. Mart and Meridith came up. Ethan repaired Ely Wightmans melodion.
Dec 29 – Went over to burg with Jo Lee. Bot Diary 45 cts. Pleasant day. Went down to Jo Lees, stayed all night.
Dec 30 – Went down to Catharines, stayed all night. Mart thrashed his clover. Had Elevn bushels.
Dec 31 – Came home. Alfleda came up from M. O. Streators. Hank Brown and Alice Byington came up here in Evening.
 The daughter of William & Harriet (Groat) Plank
 Edwin & Ruth Ann (Fletcher) York had four boys: Frank (b: about 1856), Arthur (b: 1858), Fred (b: 1862), and George (b: about 1871; Edwin was Joseph York’s brother
 According to the History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan (1880), the Galesburg Cornet Band was organized August 4, 1870. Charles Harris was the leader and he played the E-flat cornet. Ethan Keith played the 2d E-flat cornet
 The Michigan Death Records at Ancestry.com show that Anthony Labell, a priest, died in Kalamazoo at the age of 55
 Ambrose & Lydia (Taylor) Milham; it is believed that Ambrose was a half-brother of Martin Milham
 Oak Grove Cemetery records show that Frank C. Spier was born February 21, 1848 and died April 2, 1871
 Neighbors, Joseph & Caroline (Williams) Wiseman
 Believe he is referring to William H. Plank, the son of his neighbors, William & Harriet (Groat) Plank
 His paternal first cousins, William and Alvan Lee, the sons of Charles Lee (see April 23rd entry)
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Jerome C. Chadwick died April 17, 1871 and is buried in Indian Fields Cemetery, Portage, Michigan
 Lois had lived in Spring Hill (now Tedrow), Ohio, with her first husband, Byron Clark; however, after he died, she returned to Michigan. Apparently her in-laws convinced her to leave her son Charley with them (see the May 13, 1866 letter), so she was probably going back to visit
 His paternal first cousin. Charles Lee (1797-1878) was the son of Charles & Rhoda (Keith) Lee, the brother of Joseph W. Lee and the father of Charles Jedediah Lee
 Daughter of John Allen and sister of Ida and Libby Allen (see January 21st entry)
 Neighbor, daughter of Richard & Mary (Knowles) Barber
 Daughter of James Milham, Martin Milham’s half brother
 Carrie and Sarah Ella Wiseman, daughters of Joseph & Caroline (Williams) Wiseman (see April 14th entry)
 Believe he is referring to his grandson, Will Clark
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Caroline B. Ralph, age 3, the daughter of William and & Emaline (Stone) Ralph, died May 31, 1871, and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Daughter of James Milham, Martin Milham’s half brother
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Robert D. & Jane Eliza (Caldwell) Gates died in Gull Lake, Michigan, and are buried in Cressey Cemetery, Barry County, Michigan
 After Luke’s first wife, Minerva (Payson) Keith, died, Joseph & Amanda (Hobbs) Flanders took in their children, Henry and Lois Keith. From letters from that time, it would appear that Lois was then sent to Minerva’s parents while Henry lived with the Flanders family. 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 he lived with them throughout his youth. This seems to be corroborated by the 1860 census showing “Henry L Flanders” (believed to actually be Henry L. Keith), age 16, living with Joseph & Amanda
 A search at FindAGrave.com shows that Champlin Harris died August 23, 1871 and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 A search of Ancestry.com shows that Stephen B. Sherwood died August 28, 1871 in Comstock, Michigan, and Oak Grove Cemetery records show he is buried there
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that James Perry died October 20, 1871 and is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 His aunt, Electa (Damon) Wolcott, the widow of his Uncle Warren Wolcott
 His sister-in-law, Alfleda (Starr) Keith, the widow of his brother, Harvey Keith, and the mother of James “Oscar” Keith
 Ida May Lewis, the daughter of Maxon & Mary Lewis, died of croup at the age of 4, on November 4, 1871
 His cousin; the son of Jesse & Sally (Davis) Turner
 A search of the 1870 census shows L. & Lucinda Bowen listed immediately after S[amuel] Swaddle; FindAGrave.com shows Lucius Bowen, the husband of Lucinda Congdon, died in 1871 and is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 His daughter, Lois (Keith) Clark, married Adelbert Skinner
 His youngest daughter, Louese Keith, usually referred to as Sis
 A pole that connected the front axle and the rear axle of a wagon
 The son of Jesse & Mary (Clapp) Earl; see June 14th entry
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Orrin Scranton, died December 6, 1871 in Perry, New York, and is buried in Pearl Creek Cemetery, Pearl Creek, New York. The 1850 census shows Orrin living in Covington, New York, which is where Luke lived before coming to Michigan
 Neighbor, Marius O. Streator; the father of Harry Streator (see December 4th entry)
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that George Sutherland died December 25 and is buried in Newbre Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan