The entries from January 1 through January 18 were first written in the back of his 1884 diary and are basically identical to what he then wrote in his 1885 diary. Anything from 1884 that clarifies the 1885 entries is noted in brackets.
Jan 1 – Mercury 2 Abz Blustring. D & Lou [and children] came on noon train. Nancy [and children came over. Hank no come], Will Brown and Lizzy, Charley, Lois & Clara & Mrs Youngs, Ella Allen.
Jan 2 – 2 Abz. Went got Lous trunk. [Got Charleys pork barrel.] Ethan, D., Hannah & Jim went down to Mrs Browns in Evening.
Jan 3 – 12 Abz. D. & Lou here. Old Mrs Williams buried to day. Dell got ax in Evening. Em & Wm Ralph here.
Jan 4 – Mercury 23 Abz. At home all day. [Mrs Youngs, Clara and Charley came down.] D. & Lou went up to Wm Ralphs. [Charley and Mrs Youngs went round the squair.]
Jan 5 – Mercury 34 Abz. Cut up Peter. Went over to Burg got oil. [Lou and Jay and Vern.] D. went home. Dell paid for ax $1.00.
Jan 6 – Mercury 38 Abz. Took Hannah down to top of [Browns] Hill. Met Caywood he took her down to his House. Made two pulleys for Theodore. [He sayed to supper. Theodore, Ethan and Jim went over to the Rink to see Burroughs, Austin, Wilson and Durkee skate.]
Jan 7 – Mercury 32 Abz. Sarah and Lou went down to Mrs Browns. Got out stuf for Skinners Pie tongs. [Made one. No storm some to day.]
Jan 8 – Mercury 34 Abz. Worked on tongs. Sarah and Lou went up to Claras. Lois came over after sausage cutter.
Jan 9 – Mercury 34 Abz. Worked on pie tongs. Cool wind no snow on ground.
Jan 10 – Mer 28 Abz. Went over to burg. Took Lou to Mr Ralphs. Got my glasses mended. Mr Randal paid 15¢.
Jan 11 – Mercury 37 Abz in mor. Took Hannah over to over to Lois in morning. Jim and Clark went down to Marts. Rainy day.
Jan 12 – Mer 27 Abz [snows some. Mercury 40 in afternoon.] Went up to mill after oil [no got some]. Shelled some corn. Lou came home in Evening.
Jan 13 – Mercury 8 Abz. Snows some. Jim went up to Frank Bronsons after Hanks Horses. Cold day.
Jan 14 – Mercury 8 Abz. Jim went to Howlands mills. [No snow. Mrs Youngs, Clara, Lois and Charley here in afternoon.] Charley Town drew some straw. Mrs Hitchcock Died [in night.]
Jan 15 – Mer 20 Abz. Snowed in night [snow about 4 inches. Went over to burg in morning to help Lou of.] Lou went Home. Hank went to Kalamazoo with her. [Got calendar. Ethan turned Herbs Stand top.]
Jan 16 – Mercury 16 Abz. [Ethan went over to burg in morning to see about moulding his patterns.] Herb came down with his canvasing Book. Cold Blustring Eight inches snow.
Jan 17 – Mercury 10 Abz. Snows and blows snow about 12 inches on level. Cold rough day.
Jan 18 – Mercury 10 below zero. Very cold Blustring day. Mrs Hichcock Buried to day. [Bad day for man or beast to be out, say nodings aboud de vimmins.]
Jan 19 – Mercury 10 below zero. Took Hannah over to Lois in morning. Cold. Will Clark called here at noon.
Jan 20 – Mercury 15 below zero. At home all day. Theodore and Ethan went to Burg in afternoon. Very cold day.
Jan 21 – Mercury 3 below. No clouds, pleasant, sun came out clear. Went over to Burg in afternoon. Cold and snows. Quite a blustring day.
Jan 22 – Mercury 10 below zero. Took up pork out of Barrel. Put some in crock. Made two Pie raisers. Very much winter.
Jan 23 – Mercury 8 Abz. At home most of the day. Went over to burg in afternoon. Uncle Pat Smith Died to night.
Jan 24 – Mercury 26 Abz. Went over after Nancy in morning. C. I. Clark went to Jackson.
Jan 25 – Mercury 16 Abz. Went down to Katharines. Not very cold, good sleighing. Mrs Bee buried to day.
Jan 26 – Mercury 2 below. Very cold & blustring. Mr Wm Simonds buried to day. Rough day to be out. No work to day a regular Perry day.
Jan 27 – Mercury 3 below. Chored round some. Went over to burg.
Jan 28 – Mercury 11 below 7 P.M. Worked in shop on Herbs Book Box. Will Brown here making tent.
Jan 29 – Mercury 10 Abz in morning. Worked in shop some on Herbs Book box. Sarah went up to Jesse Earls.
Jan 30 – Mercury 24 Abz. Worked on Box. Herb here. Cut out stuff for Box.
Jan 31 – Mercury 4 Abz. Turned pulley for Theodore. Worked on Box. Dick Lamkin came over got rags.
Feb 1 – Mercury 4 Abz. At home. Dell came over. Bess here came over with Hannah last Evening. Pleasant.
Feb 2 – Worked some on Herbs Box.
Feb 3 – Ethan went down to Coes. Not very cold. Worked in shop on Box. Sarah went over to Mr Forbush.
Feb 4 – Mercury 32 Abz. Worked on Box put Box together. Shelled corn.
Feb 5 – Mercury 1 below at 7 PM. Put the Buttens in Herbs Box and smoothed it up. Sarah went over to Lois.
Feb 6 – Mercury 2 below zero. Cleaned out shop and moved the bench. Herb brot clasp for Box.
Feb 7 – Mercury 22 Abz. Jim went to mill. Snowed hard. Chored round. Fastened down Bench. Mr John Milham Died.
Feb 8 – Mercury 7 Abz. Clara and Edna came down. George and Clara Milham came up. Very nice day any way.
Feb 9 – Mercury 4 Abz. Very blustring lots snow. No work but chores. Bad day to be out.
Feb 10 – Mercury at zero. Snows and blows very rough day. Mr John Milham buried to day.
Feb 11 – Mercury 24 below zero. Gefired cold day. No work to day. Snow from one to five feet deep round the house and Barn.
Feb 12 – Mercury. Very cold. At home. No got out some no how.
Feb 13 – Mercury 24 Abz. At home. Shoveled snow dug a road to Mrs Jones. Very cold day. Mr Merryman stayed all night.
Feb 14 – Mercury 22 below. Went up to mill got tongs to fix pump. Went over to burg. Ed Rumery Buried to day.
Feb 15 – Mercury 24 Abz. Went Down to Katharines. Snowed all day. Came home at night.
Feb 16 – Mercury 14 below zero. Theodore came down in morning. Verry bad day, snows, blows. No teams out to day.
Feb 17 – Mercury 18 below in morning. Very blustrous, cold wind. Edwin Flanders Brot glass for schoolhouse.
Feb 18 – Mercury 13 below zero. Shoveled path to Barn. Very much bluster, big snow.
Feb 19 – Mercury 5 below zero. Took Hannah down to Katharines. Very cold, south west wind.
Feb 20 – Mercury 12 below. No work not much. Filed cross cut saw for Jim.
Feb 21 – Mercury 14 below. Took Sarah over to burg. Set glass in school House in morning. Went over after her in evening. Mercury 17 below in Evening.
Feb 22 – Mercury 9 below. Pleasant day. Hanks folks went over to Mrs Browns. Ida Lewis Died about ten oclock PM.
Feb 23 – Mercury 18 below. Spliced Bob pole for Will Brown. Took Hams down to Mrs Browns to smoke.
Feb 24 – Mercury 10 below. Made boulsters for Theodore. I went over to burg. Ida Lewis buried.
Feb 25 – Mercury at zero in morning. Took Sarah over to Hoags in morning. Repaired cutter.
Feb 26 – Mercury 26 Abz. Snowed some in forenoon. Thawing some.
Feb 27 – Mercury 15 Abz. Went up to mill. Theodores Brace and some bolts to Repair cutter beams[?]. Very nice day.
Feb 28 – Worked round. Done chores. Went over to burg. Took Sarah over to Mr Austins.
Mar 1 – Mercury 34 Abz. Went down to Katharines. Quite Blustrous. Dick Lamkins here in Evening.
Mar 2 – Mercury 26 Abz. Put trimmings on Herbs Box. Fixed Hallocks violin Box & and Bow.
Mar 3 – Mercury 15 Abz. Worked on violin and Bow some on Herbs Box.
Mar 4 – Mercury 33 Abz. Worked on Box oiled and varnished.
Mar 5 – Mercury 23 Abz. Varnished Herbs Box and smoothed it. Herb got his Box. Took Sarah up to Claras.
Mar 6 – Mercury 36 Abz. Mended chair some. Snowed. Went up to Claras in afternoon. Pulled Ethans tooth.
Mar 7 – Mercury 17 Abz. Went up to Hat & Libs. Extracted tooth for Libby. Hannah came home. Hallock got his violin 50 cts.
Mar 8 – Mercury at zero. Very pleasant. Mrs Youngs and Clara came down.
Mar 9 – Mercury 24 Abz. Mr Chipman came down after Hannah. Will Clark sold his house to Jane Galligan.
Mar 10 – Mercury 17 Abz. Went over to Burg after Bob pole. Chored round. Dug ditch to Mrs Jones 4½ feet.
Mar 11 – Mercury 5 Abz. Took Hannahs trunk over to burg. She went up to Lous. Dell went up to Ceresco.
Mar 12 – Mercury 15 Abz. Went down to Mrs Browns in morning. Took the Butter. Edna and Madge came here.
Mar 13 – Mercury 21. At home. No work not much. Edna here.
Mar 14 – Mercury 22. Took Sarah and Edna over to Nancys. Edna went home on noon train.
Mar 15 – Mercury 21 Abz. Pleasant day. At home all day, no one here. Verien Youngs and wife at Charleys.
Mar 16 – Mercury 7 Abz. Made whiffletree for Austin Potts 25¢. Ethan went over to Burg got his patterns. Charley Towns man called here.
Mar 17 – Mercury 6 below zero. Made large pulley for Theodore. Cleaned up some wheat to send to mill. Ethan went to Comstock.
Mar 18 – Mercury 16 Abz. Took wheat down to Browns. Jim gone to mill. Charley went to Jackson.
Mar 19 – Mercury. At home, chores. Lois here coloring. Sarah went up to Rogers. Lois went to Charleys.
Mar 20 – Mercury 10 below. John Schroder came over after Lois. Nancy sick. Took Sary over afternoon. Cold day. Lots snow.
Mar 21 – Mercury 13 below. Chores mostly to day. Cold raw weather very windy.
Mar 22 – Mercury. At home. Clara and Maud Addams here.
Mar 23 – Mercury At zero. Drew three loads Hay from Charleys. Went over to burg. Nancy was better. Ethan go castings.
Mar 24 – Mercury 29 Above. Snows and blows regular Blizzard. Mrs Philo Buried to day, Sam Carsons Daughter.
Mar 25 – Mercury 10 Above. Ethan took castings over to Burg.
Mar 26 – Mercury 29 Above. Worked on violin some. Dell came over stayed all night.
Mar 27 – Mercury 38 Above. Worked on violin some. Ethan went to Comstock after castings. Clara and Mrs Youngs came stayed. Mrs Con Youngs Buried.
Mar 28 – Mercury 33 Abz. Chored round cut some wood. Mrs Youngs and Clara here.
Mar 29 – Mercury 35 Abz. At home. Pleasant day.
Mar 30 – At home. Worked on violin some.
Mar 31 – Mercury 34 Abz. Choring round. Mrs Youngs and Clara here. Pleasant day.
Apr 1 – Mercury 31 Abz. Worked in shop some. Mrs Youngs and Clara here getting ready. Took goods over to Burg.
Apr 2 – Mercury 34 Abz. Took Mrs Youngs and Clara over to burg. They went to Jackson. Rained in Evening. Took the Beadstead up to the girls.
Apr 3 – Mercury 28 Abz. Took Sarah over to Burg in morning.
Apr 4 – Mercury 34. Went over to burg in morning. Got one Barrel salt $1.25. Saw D. Harris.
Apr 5 – Mercury __3. Pleasant day. At home. No one here. Strung new violin.
Apr 6 – Mercury 40. Went to town meeting. No work to day but cut one load wood.
Apr 7 – Mercury 35. Went up in the woods drawed one load wood two loads rails.
Apr 8 – Mercury 32 Abz. Took Sarah over to Nancys in morning. Cold North ____wind.
Apr 9 – Mercury 3__. Ethan went to Kalamazoo to get key seats cut. Charley Town drawed straw.
Apr 10 – Mercury 35. Went over to burg in morning. Took castings over. Got Charleys buggy down.
Apr 11 – Mercury 40. Cool damp wind. Charley Town commenced plowing south lot for oats.
Apr 12 – Mercury 34 cold north wind. Went over to Hanks, all there. Hank starts for Galesburg Ill on the 12.20 train Evening.
Apr 13 – Mercury 28. Went over to burg at noon after ___ stuf. Drawed some cornfodder. Charleys man plowing.
Apr 14 – Mercury 31. Cleaned out stable. Put cutter up over stable. Took one load out stable one out of the bay. Snowed like fun.
Apr 15 – Mercury 49 snow about 2 inches deep this morning, all gone before night. Ethan got castings over for the binder.
Apr 16 – Not very well. No work, choring.
Apr 17 – Mercury 32. Went over to burg at noon after the stuff. Drawed some corn fodder. Charleys team plowing. Mr Wm Carey died to day. Not very well. Work round barn.
Apr 18 – Mercury 31. Cleaned out stable. Put cutter up over stable. Drawed one load stuf from out the Bay to a ___. Went over to burg in morning. Went over after Nancy. Nancy and children came.
Apr 19 – Mercury 50. At home all day. Made Hammer Handle for Mrs Brown. Nice warm spring day.
Apr 20 – Mercury 81. Went over to burg. Took Binder castings over to foundry. They put Cell Straits Engine in to Foundry.
Apr 21 – Mercury 66. At home. Worked round barn and garden. Florence and Ray came to Kalamazoo.
Apr 22 – Mercury 75. Worked in shop some in yard and garden. Put some straw in Barn.
Apr 23 – Went over to burg bot ½ Bushel clover seed __3 oz. Charley sowed oats. Hannah and Lou came. Rained some in Evening.
Apr 24 – Charley Clark here to day. I made hoop for Verns Jumping Jack.
Apr 25 – Worked on Herbs Boxes all day.
Apr 26 – At home all day. No one here.
Apr 27 – Worked on Herbs Boxes. Fine day.
Apr 28 – Worked on Herbs Box. Very fine day. Florence and Ray came to day.
Apr 29 – Finished Herbs Boxes this morning. Took Lou over to Mr Ralphs in morning.
Apr 30 – At home. Worked round done chores &c.
May 1 – At home. Went over to burg. Not very well. Sowed clover seed on south lot.
May 2 – At work as usual around. Drawed some old rails of the hill. Put Fan in pasture to day.
May 3 – D. came over after Lou. Mrs John Luce buried to day.
May 4 – D went home left Lou. Florence went home. D. took her down to Kalamazoo.
May 5 – Took Lous trunk over to burg. Rained hard. I went to Kalamazoo with Lou. She went home.
May 6 – Took Hannah over to Mr Ralphs. Bot cloths line 65 cts.
May 7 – Mercury 40 Abz. At home no work. Took finger board of the old violin raised it some higher. Sarah went down to Mrs Browns. Very high wind.
May 8 – Cut walnut tree on hill on road. Hannah and Lois came home. Snowed and blowed. High wind, cold. A Potter died.
May 9 – Cold wind, snows some. Worked round shop and house.
May 10 – Lois and Ina here. Cold wind. Not very nice day.
May 11 – Went over to burg with Nancy. She went over to pay Interest on Mortgage.
May 12 – Went down to Caywoods got strawberry plants. Went down to M. O. Streators got potatoes.
May 13 – At home working round house and garden.
May 14 – Working in garden some choring. Went over to burg.
May 15 – Went over to burg. Working as usual all around the yard and garden.
May 16 – Went down to Charley Fords got six hundred lbs Hay 40 cts pr Hundred ___ 40 cts. Fan went to Bull.
May 17 – Fine day. Went down to Katharines.
May 18 – Went and got Theodore to come down and repair Pumps.
May 19 – Theodore put down Wm Ralphs well. Took Nancys couch over to Burg in morning. Took chairs over at noon. Hat, Lib, Mrs Rogers and Mrs Bradshaw here. Charley Town planted corn.
May 20 – Went over to burg got some things from Hanks.
May 21 – Went over to burg in morning got loads of traps[?] from Hanks, some cider. Jim got stove. Got bark for Bill.
May 22 – Some ledle rainy. Not much work.
May 23 – At home working in garden some not much.
May 24 – Ethan and Hannah went down to Marts. Hailed & rained some, high wind.
May 25 – Mercury __8. Jim and Dell drew rails built fence across East lot at foot of big Hill.
May 26 – Skinner helped me draw rails and lay up fence around the south lot on hill. Jim and Hannah, Nancy and Mrs Brown went to Kalamazoo.
May 27 – Pleasant. Nancy came up here.
May 28 – Cleaned up 5 bushels wheat to take to mill. Went over to burg.
May 29 – Rainy day no go to mill. Went over to burg got screws for Lois doors. Got Ethans patterns.
May 30 – Rainy morning. Went up to Cooks to mill.
May 31 – At home all day. Two tramps stayed here all night. Some rainy day.
Jun 1 – Hot day. Took carpet yarn over to Mrs Atkins. Went round by Staffords. Went over after Sarah in Evening.
Jun 2 – At home. Worked in garden and shop some.
Jun 3 – Made some Lamberqua[?] shelves. Made soap down to Mrs Browns in afternoon.
Jun 4 – Painted chairs and two Boxes. Rained some in afternoon and Evening.
Jun 5 – Not much work. Went over to burg. Took Nancy over. Got lumber for Rack 3.24.
Jun 6 – Worked in garden some. Hot day.
Jun 7 – Hot day. Went up to Levy Woods had a good time. Mr Streator, Syrus and Mrs Streator and Mrs Brown went.
Jun 8 – Cut Dock in East lot and planted sunflower seeds. Went over to burg at noon.
Jun 9 – Worked in garden and round barn.
Jun 10 – Worked in garden and chored round.
Jun 11 – Hoed some. Painted screen doors for Lois. Went down to M. O. Streators to see Rack.
Jun 12 – Choring round. Went down to Mrs Browns got cultivator. Mrs Potts here. Fanny Town called.
Jun 13 – Went on up to mill. Got plank for sawhorses. Went to burg. Hung Lois screen doors.
Jun 14 – Mercury 96. At home all day. No one here. Very hot day.
Jun 15 – Katharine and Mrs Gaffing came up. Jim and Florence came home from Shelby.
Jun 16 – Worked on road in afternoon on hill up by Schrams.
Jun 17 – Worked in garden some. Nancy and children left for Galesburg Ill. Ethan went down brot Hellen up. Florence went Home.
Jun 18 – Went over to Mrs Atkins to see about carpet.
Jun 19 – Warm nice weather. Worked in shop and garden. Went over to burg. Made sawhorses.
Jun 20 – Worked on Ed Rowlands violin. Sarah & Hellen went down to Mrs Browns. Mrs Sylvester Mills Buried to day.
Jun 21 – Nice morning. Had a big rain at noon. Mr Osborns came in storm. Blowed hard.
Jun 22 – Worked on Rack. Went over to burg. Hellen here.
Jun 23 – Went over got bolts and straps. Put rack to gether. Nice day. Lois and Ina came over.
Jun 24 – Went over to burg got bolts. Finished Rack. Lois and Ina went down to Browns.
Jun 25 – Put Paris green on potatoes. Hoed some in garden.
Jun 26 – Went down to Mr Streators to invite them _____ here sunday. Levi Woods and wife are coming down.
Jun 27 – Cut some grass in orchard. Chored round. Went over to burg to see Blake and Forbush. Mrs Burgess Buried to day.
Jun 28 – Mr Levy Wood and wife, Mr Pease and Miss Swift, Mr Streator & wife and Mrs Brown, Mrs Barber all here.
Jun 29 – Jim commenced cutting hay. Will Barber worked. Will mowed on hill. Mr G. F. Warren Buried to day. Lydia Milham died.
Jun 30 – Jim mowed west lot commenced East lot. Ground Mr. Randals knife and turned some pins and filed saw 160¢.
Jul 1 – Went down to Katharines with Hellen. Jim Drawing hay. Lydia Milham Buried to day.
Jul 2 – Went over to burg at noon. Mrs Forbush and Eva Blake came here.
Jul 3 – Mrs Brown went to Reed city. George King Died this morning. Marion Rice died this morning.
Jul 4 – Went over to Burg. D. and Lou came. I bot Hat $1.75.
Jul 5 – George King Buried to day. Marion Rice Buried to day.
Jul 6 – Went over to Burg in morning. Got Jays hair cut. D. went home. Rained hard at noon.
Jul 7 – Jim finished mowing drawed in some. John Williams Brot Bed spring 3.75 cts.
Jul 8 – Took Lou to Kalamazoo she went home. Jim finished Drawing in Hay.
Jul 9 – Chored round done most nodings some vend over mit Burg.
Jul 10 – Charley Town cut some wheat to day. Some warm day. Made churn cover and dash for Katharine. Ethan and Hannah went to Burg.
Jul 11 – Cut some grass in hill lot, hoed some. Hat and Libby, Nell Steel and boy called here.
Jul 12 – Went down to Katharines. Fine day.
Jul 13 – Drawed in some hay from hill.
Jul 14 – Cut weeds round the wire fence. Lois came over.
Jul 15 – Worked round. Lois here. Got some stuf for [didn’t finish entry].
Jul 16 – Made mortar bed. Very hot day. Hannah came home in Evening. Jim left Bill here.
Jul 17 – Sick some not much no work but chores.
Jul 18 – Drawed two loads sand.
Jul 19 – At home all day. Some little shower. Charles Whitcome came over to let me know that Martin Turner was dead.
Jul 20 – Mercury 102 in shade at 2 oclock P.M. Went over to Burg got lime and sieve. Went down to Katharines after Hellen. Martin Turner Buried.
Jul 21 – Mercury 96 in shade. Made mortar.
Jul 22 – Mercury 99. Hoed in garden some. Jeneral U. S. Grant Died Eight forty oclock this morning.
Jul 23 – 96 Abz. Jeneral U S Grant Died 8.40. Worked in garden some.
Jul 24 – Mercury 104 in shade. Not much work to hot. Hoed some. Ground Reaper Knife for N. L. Randal.
Jul 25 – Mercury 94. Took Sarah over to burg in forenoon. Got tyre set on one of the carriage wheels. Had a fine shower just at night. Cow went over the River.
Jul 26 – Mercury 90. Lee Milham came up here. Hellen over to Lois.
Jul 27 – 94. Took plastering of the front room. Jim helped some.
Jul 28 – Mercury 100. Finished cleaning out mortar. Jim and Hannah went to Kalamazoo. Harvey Keith Killed.
Jul 29 – Mercury 102. Wm Ralph thrashed to day. Set some bean poles. Alvin Lee, Julia and Rhoda and her boys here.
Jul 30 – Mercury 97. Set bean poles, hoed some. Went over to burg in Evening to Jim McLary. Very dry.
Jul 31 – Mercury 103 hot and dry. Hoed in garden some. Charley Town cut the oats.
Aug 1 – Worked over the mortar. Had a nice shower between ten & Eleven AM.
Aug 2 – At home all day. Very much rainy day.
Aug 3 – Jim came over put on first coat mortar. Rainy forenoon. Went over to burg at night to mill. Got Lime & stuco.
Aug 4 – Prepaired my Lime for my hard finish.
Aug 5 – No work except chores. Rainy. Charley Town drew the oats.
Aug 6 – Rained some. Not very well.
Aug 7 – Went over to burg in morning. Got paper. Took Sarah to Kalamazoo. She went to Shelby. Went to Katharines took dinner.
Aug 8 – Not very well. No work in particular. Had a heavy thunder shower in night. U. S. Grant Buried.
Aug 9 – Mercury 87. Ethan, Dell and Jim went to Gull Lake. Will Clark, Bill went up to W. W. R___.
Aug 10 – Jim came over put on the finishing coat of mortar. Paid him two Dollars.
Aug 11 – Mercury 100 at noon. Took Went over got Lois at noon. Took Hellen down to Marts in afternoon. Ethan putting on paper.
Aug 12 – Mercury 93. Ethan and Hannah papering front Room. Went over to burg at noon. Clara, Edna & Sam came.
Aug 13 – Mercury 98. Went over to Burg took sive[?] home. B. A. Wing left for Hudson. Bina Earl came down here in afternoon.
Aug 14 – Hellen and I went to to Shelby ville got there ½ past one P.M. Cool day.
Aug 15 – At Shelby. Not very well.
Aug 16 – At Harris House. Myron Rawson preaced there. We went up threw the Indian setlement.
Aug 17 – Went to Wayland to see the Rawson family. Saw Dr Wightman.
Aug 18 – At Harris House. Went over to the mill. Saw them saw. Mr Dunning Died.
Aug 19 – At Harris House as usual. They finished sawing cut all their Logs.
Aug 20 – At Harris House some. Not very well. Rather dull not mutch trade.
Aug 21 – At Harris House. Set some glass. Went up to Mr Woods in afternoon. Had a first rate visit.
Aug 22 – Left Shelby for home. Got home about ½ past three. Fine day rained in night.
Aug 23 – At home. Rainy day. Clara and Edna here.
Aug 24 – Rainy morning. No work. Harry Crawford came here.
Aug 25 – Nice morning. Went over to burg with Clara. Harry left for home on two oclock run.
Aug 26 – At home. Not much work. Not very well.
Aug 27 – At home some nice weather.
Aug 28 – Choring round some work not much. Repairing Eds violin.
Aug 29 – Work on violin put strings on.
Aug 30 – Fine day. Went down to Katharines. All well. Will Brown and Lizzie at home.
Aug 31 – Nice day. Jim commenced plowing west lot. Hannah went to Mrs Browns.
Sep 1 – Very pleasant morning. No work. Not well.
Sep 2 – Sick. No work but chores. Lois and Ina came over.
Sep 3 – Lois and Ina here. Not much work. Lois and Ina went home.
Sep 4 – Not much done. Jim took load hay over to Cap Rowland.
Sep 5 – No work. At home. Mrs Skinner and Sate came to Lois on Evening train. Em got Bedstead.
Sep 6 – At home all day. Ethan and Hannah went over to Lois. Sate and Lois went to church.
Sep 7 – Mercury 76 in shade. Hannah went to Mate Fords. Ethan and I repaired wire fence in forenoon. Mrs Barlow Died to day.
Sep 8 – Rainy morning cool wind. At home.
Sep 9 – Rainy day. Took Sarah over to Lois. Eleven telegraph men came here stayed all night.
Sep 10 – Jim drew one load wood. Eleven men here to Breakfast. Went over to burg in morning. Dell came back with me. Made Pie lifter.
Sep 11 – Went over to burg in morning after satchel. The boys are digging telegraph holes.
Sep 12 – Hannah went up to Earls. Went down to Schoolhouse got Blackboard cut it off. Mr Fullerton and Mr Nye plastering the House. Telegraph poles set to day _____.
Sep 13 – Mercury 76. Ethan and Hannah went down to Katharines. Rained in Evening.
Sep 14 – Went to Mr Flanders in afternoon. Fine day.
Sep 15 – Mrs Streator came down in afternoon. Mr Streator went to burg.
Sep 16 – Nice day. Went up in woods got poles for fence steaks. Ina here. Ethan went over in Evening after Lois.
Sep 17 – Fine day. Ethan, Lois & Hannah went down to Kalamazoo to State Fair.
Sep 18 – Drawed some old rails from south fence laid some bottom rails. Went over to burg in Evening took some eggs 10 Doz & 9 ___ pr Dozen.
Sep 19 – Fine morning. Went to Kalamazoo after florence. She gone up on cars.
Sep 20 – Mercury 84. Florence here. Katharine, Adelpha and George came up. Alvin and Julia called in.
Sep 21 – Mercury 84. Laid up some fence. Nice day. Went to burg after Hannah. She came from Lois.
Sep 22 – Mercury 84. Made some fence. Went over to Burg after Lou. Laid up some fence. Took Hannah up to Mr Flanders.
Sep 23 – Mercury 36. Hannah left for Galesburg Ill. Fine day. First frost. Florence came over.
Sep 24 – I took Florence to Kalamazoo. Nice day. Took dinner at Mr Ketchums.
Sep 25 – Mercury 81. Very warm day. Not much work.
Sep 26 – At home choring. Lou and children here.
Sep 27 – Mercury 84. At home all day. Jim McGrady cut corn to day for me.
Sep 28 – Mercury 84. Picked up scatering corn. Jim finished sowing wheat. Lou went home.
Sep 29 – Mercury 89. Very dry. Sowed some grass seed. Toped some corn. Warm day.
Sep 30 – Mercury 85. Very warm & dry. Bound some corn and toped some. Finished in afternoon.
Oct 1 – Finished binding cornfodder. Rained some ledle mide.
Oct 2 – Took Sarah over to Hoags. Went up to mill no see bub. Rained in night.
Oct 3 – Rainy morning. Went up to mill got some barposts. Went to the woods got some posts.
Oct 4 – At home. Some rainy. Jim had Hannahs carriage went up to Scots.
Oct 5 – Cleaned up wheat. Went to mill.
Oct 6 – Made some bars to East lot. Cool day. Paid Charley Ford $2.40 cts for hay.
Oct 7 – Drew two loads pumpkins. Mary Austin and Mrs Gilbert called in afternoon. Rainy.
Oct 8 – At home. No work done Except chores.
Oct 9 – Nice day. Went to Kalamazoo to see Florence and Carry they left on 2.15 train for home. Telegraph line cut. Heavy frost some ice.
Oct 10 – Pleasant. Picked one load corn.
Oct 11 – Warm pleasant day. Dod Sumners Baby buried to day. Telegraph wire repaired to day.
Oct 12 – Worked round barn some. Will and Lizzy went home to Reed City.
Oct 13 – Went down to Mrs Browns to get apples. To wet no got some. Jim drew two loads wood. Sarah went to Lois. Rainy day.
Oct 14 – Cleared out corn House. Husked load corn. Nice day.
Oct 15 – Not much work chored round. My Birth day 72 years old ___.
Oct 16 – Work round most Evry thing. Put apples in cellar. Went over to the Rink in Evening first time. Lou sent Neck tie. Sylvester sisters.
Oct 17 – Mercury 70. Wm Ralph picke the apples. Took them to cider mill. Very nice day. Mr Raneys team run a way.
Oct 18 – Very nice day. At home all day. No one here. Lots folks went to church.
Oct 19 – Rainy day. Worked in barn cleared out stable for new floor.
Oct 20 – Some rainy. No work out side. Took 10.85 lbs hay over to A. Hoag ½ ct pound $5.42½ cts.
Oct 21 – Went over to Burg in morning after Lois she no come over. Went over to burg in Evening got pay for hay. Paid Williams $3.75. Hoag paid $5.00.
Oct 22 – Went over after Lois she came over. Mrs Skinner and Sate came here. Drew two loads corn. Barkers went to Jackson to day.
Oct 23 – Took Mrs Skinner, Lois and Sate over to burg. Husked some corn picked one load and drew it in. Very fine day.
Oct 24 – Finished picking corn drew it into the Barn. Very nice day.
Oct 25 – Very nice day. Sarah and I went down to Katharines in afternoon.
Oct 26 – Dug some potatoes. Husked ten Baskets corn put into cornhouse. Very nice day.
Oct 27 – Husked Eight Bushels corn put in cornhouse. Went up to Mr Flanders got load apples. Nice day.
Oct 28 – Took Sarah over to Lois. Sold 5 doz Eggs 15 cts pr Doz. Bot 1 bunch shingles 37½ cts put some on cornhouse. Went up to Flanders took Hannah home. Howell died to day.
Oct 29 – Mr Howell taken to Battle Creek. Dell came over. I put some shingles on cornhouse. Worked some on inside.
Oct 30 – Worked on cornhouse in forenoon. Finished husking the corn in barn. Put some shingles on in afternoon.
Oct 31 – Worked on cornhouse in afternoon put on battens on inside. Nice day. Mr Woods folks came down to Mrs Browns.
Nov 1 – First snow 2 inches this morning. Went down to Mrs Browns had a seance. Quin Streator there. Mr Wood & wife there.
Nov 2 – Mercury 36. Dug out west end of stable. This is Fathers 104th Birth day. We have had sunshine, snow & rain a number of times to day.
Nov 3 – Mercury 47. Put down stable floor. Dell over here to day. Made some pye lifters.
Nov 4 – Mercury 56. Worked in barn in forenoon. Drew one load pumpkins two loads cornfodder. Rained some.
Nov 5 – Mercury 45. Put up cornfodder and pulled turnips. Rainy day. Put Hors and cow in sable.
Nov 6 – Mercury 46 rainy day. Pulled some turnips. Dell over here.
Nov 7 – Mercury 54. Chored round. Went down to Mrs Browns. Jim brot log jack here. Dell dug potatoes.
Nov 8 – Mercury 43. At home all day. Cool cloudy misty day. Sally, my self and Ethan alone to day no one here.
Nov 9 – Mercury 44. Went down to river after prickley ash no find him. Churned most of the day.
Nov 10 – Mercury 48. Went over to burg in morning after pattern timber. Sawed out stuff for Jims log jack.
Nov 11 – Mercury 61. Chored round in forenoon. Went down to M. O. Streators in afternoon. Got some apples.
Nov 12 – Went down to Marts in afternoon came home in Evening dark and rainy. Run into Franklins potato patch. D. A. Frink died at six AM.
Nov 13 – Mercury 34 cold wind. Churned for four hours. Pedler here to dinner. Got two spools linnen cotton thread. Jim brot wood.
Nov 14 – Mercury 32. Chored round. Went over to burg in afternoon. Snow 2½ inches. Jim brot load wood.
Nov 15 – Mercury 32. Sloppy some snow.
Nov 16 – Worked for Skinner in forenoon. Worked on Jims log jack in afternoon.
Nov 17 – Mercury 35. Went to Kalamazoo for Mrs Brown, sent some Apples to Will.
Nov 18 – Mercury 55. Went over to burg in morn. Rainy day. Took my boots over got them tapt 70 cts. Very sloppy bad day.
Nov 19 – Mer 38. Worked in shop making axhelves for Mr Flanders. Mary Flanders called here got some plants.
Nov 20 – Went up to Hat & Libs. Jesse Earl came home with me. Extracted two teeth for him. I went up to Herbs house.
Nov 21 – Mercury 38. Went over & got Lois in morning. I cut out some helves for Mr J Flanders. Will Clark here.
Nov 22 – Mercury 36 pleasant & clear in morning. Went down to Mrs Browns all hands. Cold wind.
Nov 23 – Mercury 35. Cleaned up wheat. Cool and cloudy. Jim took load hay over to Mr Smith Thomas.
Nov 24 – Took 5 bushels wheat to mill. Lois came over. Got corn of Wm Rogers. Changed corn with him.
Nov 25 – Mercury 25. Took corn and wheat over to mill. Got meal & and graham. Lois went home. Nice day.
Nov 26 – Put in thill for Jim. Not feeling very well. Nice day.
Nov 27 – Worked on thill and whiffletree. Painted thill. Solomon Kingsley called here a few moments.
Nov 28 – Made lever to Jims lifting jack. Very fine day. Will Clark helped Jim draw cornfodder.
Nov 29 – Turned handle for Lous pie lifter. Hellen and Clara came here.
Nov 30 – Mercury 50. At home choring around as usual. Very pleasant day. Theodore came down.
Dec 1 – Took Sarah over to Lois. Oscar and Mary came here. Hannah came home. Cool damp day.
Dec 2 – Mercury 34. Oscars folks went up to Mrs Bateys. Lois came over. No snow.
Dec 3 – Mercury 30. Sawed out door stops for Mrs Browns doors. Oscar called here. Mrs Brown came up.
Dec 4 – Mercury 34. Hannah & Lois went down to Mrs Browns. I put sawdust in well. Mrs Bradshaw came down. Snowed just at night. Hannah went to M. O. Streators.
Dec 5 – Made table for Mr Caywood and chored round. Snowed and blowed like fun all night.
Dec 6 – Mercury 5 Abz at 5. At home. Very blustring. Snowed and blowed all day.
Dec 7 – Mercury 9 Below zero. At home. Snowed and blowed some not much. Hannah went to Kaywood.
Dec 8 – Mercury 13 Abz. Snowed very little. Will Clark came over. Rainy afternoon and Evening. Wm Vanderbilt died.
Dec 9 – Mercury 43 in morning. Cold windy day. Went down to Mrs Browns. Put on door stops. Filed saw for Gallusha[?]. Cold night. Jim drew 5/8 cord wood.
Dec 10 – Mercury 18 Abz. Turned Plunger for Charley Towns cistern pump. Dell came over made some pie lifters.
Dec 11 – Mercury 10 Abz. Worked on pie lifters some. Cut out axhelve for Walter Thomson.
Dec 12 – Mercury 12 Abz. Cold day. Skinner came over in morning got his lifters. Two wagons broke down on hill in afternoon.
Dec 13 – Mercury 17. At home. Hannah sick. Cold some sleighing.
Dec 14 – Mercury 2__ Abz. Worked in shop. Made axhelve for Walt Thompson.
Dec 15 – Mercury 23. Made axhelve for mesilf _____ finished Jims log jack.
Dec 16 – Mercury 24. Finished Walts Axhelve. Went down to Marts afternoon. Not very cold.
Dec 17 – Mercury 29 in morning. ____ set saw. Sawed some wood. Went over to burg forenoon. Mercury 35 at night. Put front pannel in cutter.
Dec 18 – Mercury 35. Finished Streators cutter. Walter Thompson choped in afternoon. Nice day.
Dec 19 – Mercury 30. Fine day. Put in glass at schoolhouse in fore noon. Flanders paid one Dollar. Went over to see about tax 7.35.
Dec 20 – Mercury 3. At home. Nice day. Hannah went down to Caywood at night. Mr Hopkins buried to day, a colored man. Elder Hamlin Died.
Dec 21 – Mercury 36 in morning. Very pleasant. Drawed one load wood. Not much sleigh.
Dec 22 – Mercury 39. Drawed one load corn from the field.
Dec 23 – Mercury 49 in morn. Took Hannah over to Lois. Fixed well at the Barn. Very nice day. Elder Hamlin Buried. Snow all gone.
Dec 24 – Mercury 23. Worked on well in afternoon. Took Sarah over to Hoags. Old Mrs Brigham died to day.
Dec 25 – Mercury 20. Worked on well. Cold day. Finished well room. No snow on ground.
Dec 26 – Mercury 9 Abz. Went to Mrs Brighams funeral in forenoon. Went over to Burg in afternoon.
Dec 27 – Mercury 38. At home all day. Ethan and Hannah went down to Katharines. Nice day no snow.
Dec 28 – Mercury 34. Went to Kalamazoo after Lou. Saw Lum Robinson. Lost whip. Very foggy.
Dec 29 – Mercury 37. Went over to burg after Lous trunk. Drawed one load wood some corn. Some rainy.
Dec 30 – Mercury 36. Went over to burg. Chored round. Nice day.
Dec 31 – Mercury 36. Went took Sarah & Lou down to Mrs Browns. Went over to Burd after. Paid my tax 7.35 cts.
 While the Michigan death records indicate that Sarah (Ridler) Hitchcock died in Pavilion, Michigan on January 23, 1885, FindAGrave.com shows her date of death as January 14, 1885, which agrees with Luke’s entry
 His neighbor and “shirttail relative,” Herbert Earl, who was the brother of Theodore Earl (see footnote to January 6th entry)
 While no death record has been found, FindAGrave.com shows that Patrick Smith died January 24, 1885 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan. Luke often referred to the parents of a husband or wife of a family member, or the parent of a neighbor, as Aunt or Uncle
 Charles Ira Clark (see footnote to January 1st entry)
 While no death record has been found, FindAGrave.com and cemetery records show that Ida M. Lewis, the 21-year-old daughter of F(ranklin) R. & A(deliza Hubbard) M. Lewis, died February 22, 1885 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Sisters, Harriet and Flora Elizabeth “Libbie” (Taylor) Schram. Libby had been married to Isaac Schram, however by 1880 they were divorced and Hattie and Libby were living together
 Oak Grove Cemetery (Galesburg, Michigan) records show that Martha Rebecca (Carson) Philow died March 21, 1885; she was the wife of Joseph Philow
 While no death record was found, FindAGrave.com revealed that Jennie M. Young, wife of Converse T. Young, died March 25, 1885 and is buried in Augusta Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan. Census records for Converse Young, living in Comstock, Michigan, list his wife as Jane in 1870 and Mary J. in 1880
 Luke uses this phrase quite often. The Oxford Dictionary gives its meaning as “vigorously or quickly”
 Michigan death records confirm that William C. Caray died in Charleston, Michigan on April 17, 1885
 No death record was found, but FindAGrave.com shows that she died May 1, 1885 and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Comstock, Michigan. A marriage record shows that Mary Pilot married John Luce on April 2, 1879 in Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan
 According to a November 8, 1885 letter from Sarah Keith to Oscar & Mary Ann Keith: Henry Brown went to Galesburg Ill. Nancy and children followed in June. Henry lived out in a gallery for twenty five $25 per week for one year.
 Michigan death records show that Louisa (Terry) Mills died June 18, 1885 in Benton, Michigan and FindAGrave.com shows she is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 A poisonous emerald-green powder used as a pigment, insecticide, and wood preservative
 FindAGrave.com reveals that Julius F. Warren (believe Luke mistakenly wrote a G instead of J), who had been a neighbor of Luke’s, died June 27, 1885 in Petoskey, Michigan and is buried in Galesburg City Cemetery in Galesburg, Michigan
 While the Michigan death record shows that Lydia (Turner) Milham died June 1, 1885 in Pavilion, Michigan, information at FindAGrave.com, along with the headstone, confirms that she died on June 29, 1885 and is buried in Indian Fields Cemetery, Portage, Michigan. Portrait and Biographical Record of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren Counties, Michigan, (Chicago, Chapman Brothers 1892, Page 235 & 236) states the following: Mr. [Ambrose] Milham was married May 18, 1854, to Miss Lydia Turner, who was a true and tender wife to him and devoted mother to their children, and their neighbors found in her a kind and sympathizing friend. She was born near Rochester, N.Y., December 29, 1829, and came to Michigan with her parents in 1843. She died June 29, 1885, after a happy married life of thirty-one years.
 Reed City, Michigan, about 125 miles north of Galesburg
 Michigan death records confirm that George T. King died July 3, 1885 in Galesburg, Michigan, and FindAGrave.com reveals he is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, also in Galesburg
 Michigan death records confirm that Marion (Wolcott) Rice died July 3, 1885 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and FindAGrave.com reveals she is buried in Riverside Cemetery, also in Kalamazoo. Marion was Luke’s maternal first cousin
 While Michigan death records show his death as June 19, 1885, Riverside Cemetery records confirm that he died on July 19, 1885. Clipped newspaper obituaries show that he died on a Sunday — June 19, 1885 was a Friday; July 19, 1885 was a Sunday
 Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States
 Levi Dunning. No death record has been found. While the online entry for FindAGrave.com shows he died August 18, 1886, the picture of his marker clearly shows the year as 1885. He is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery in Galesburg, Michigan
 The son of Hiram & Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford; Hiram was the brother of Luke’s wife Sarah
 Adelbert Skinner’s (see footnote to January 3rd entry) mother and sister, Sarah (Knight) Skinner and Sarah “Sate” Skinner
 Believed to be Helen (Lindsay) Barlow. While no death record was found, FindAGrave.com shows Helen Barlow died in 1885 and is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Jackson, Michigan. 1880 census records show Sidney & Helen Barlow living in Comstock, Michigan
 After Luke’s first wife, Minerva (Payson) Keith died, Joseph and Amanda (Hobbs) Flanders cared for his son, Henry, for a period of time. The Flanders raised Henry even after Luke married his third wife, Sarah (Crawford) Keith. They wanted to adopt Henry but Luke said no; however, it looks like Henry lived with them throughout his youth. This seems to be corroborated by the 1860 census showing “Henry L Flanders,” age 16, (who it is actually believed to be Henry L. Keith), living with Joseph & Amanda
 His sister Catherine’s granddaughter, Marion Adelphia York
 Justus Ketchum, the stepfather of his daughter-in-law, Florence (Stall) Keith
 Scotts, Michigan, which was about 8 miles south of Galesburg
 Believe this is referring to Florence’s sister, Carrie Stall
 October 22, 1885 Kalamazoo Daily Telegraph coverage of the murder of Harvey Keith relate that Marshall Barker was sentenced to “hard labor at Jackson for the rest of his natural life,” and his brother, William Barker, was sentenced to 25 years in the state prison
 Presumed to be Lavander S. Howell. FindAGrave.com shows that Lavander S. Howell died on October 29, 1885 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek, Michigan
 Both the Brown and Keith families, as well as several of their neighbors, were believers in Spiritualism and participated in seances
 Neighbor, John Quincy Streator, the son of Marius & Laura (Rawson) Streator
 Northern prickly ash bark and berries were used to make medicine to treat blood circulation problems, joint pain, cramps, low blood pressure, fever, swelling, toothache, sores, ulcers, and cancer, also for sweating out a fever
 FindAGrave.com shows that Daniel A. Frink died in Kansas City, Missouri on November 11, 1885; no death record has been found to date. According to the 1860 census, Daniel Frink had been Luke’s neighbor in Comstock, but by 1870 was living in Kansas City
 Neighbor, Mary (Smith) Flanders, wife of Edwin Flanders
 The long shafts between which an animal is fastened when pulling a wagon
 His nephew and his wife, James “Oscar” & Mary Ann (Batey) Keith
 Mary Ann’s mother, Eliza “Betsey” (Olds) Batey
 The American railroad magnate and philanthropist who nearly doubled the Vanderbilt family fortune
 Michigan death records show that E. H. Hamlin, a Baptist minister, died in Comstock, Michigan on December 20, 1885; no burial record has been found
 FindAGrave.com reveals that Marinda (Cole) Brigham, died December 25, 1885 at the age of 89 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Galesburg, Michigan
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.
April 22 – (no entry)
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.
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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
 From Wikipedia: Mary Jane Holmes (April 5, 1825 – October 6, 1907) was a bestselling and prolific American author who published 39 popular novels, as well as short stories. Her first novel sold 250,000 copies; and she had total sales of 2 million books in her lifetime, second only to Harriet Beecher Stowe. Portraying domestic life in small-town and rural settings, she examined gender relationships, as well as those of class and race. She also dealt with slavery and the American Civil War with a strong sense of moral justice. Since the late 20th century she has received fresh recognition and reappraisal, although her popular work was excluded from most 19th-century literary histories.
Jan 10 – At home all day. Lois went down to Catharines.
Jan 11 – Worked on partition in kitchen.
Jan 12 – Worked on partition. Mrs Hawver called here and Mary Lewis.
Jan 13 – Painted twelve blinds. Let Doc Wightman have two bushels potatoes. Pleasant day.
Jan 14 – Very fine day. Finished painting Blinds.
Jan 15 – Carried my hubs over to burg. Carried fifty files over to Burrels to be cut over.
Jan 16 – Carried Blinds down to Catharines. Fine day. Mr McNaughton called to see steers. Pleasant day. Ethan went down to see Charley.
Jan 17 – Fine day cloudy. Moved Bedstead into shop.
Jan 18 – Went down to J Lees to see Mark carried their dinner down in the woods _________ of Charles took dinner with them.
Jan 19 – Mark came up and butchered my hogs. Mr Birge picking over potatoes. Windy day.
Jan 20 – Birge picking over potatoes. I cut up my pork. Made cart wheels for Birges boy. Pleasant day.
Jan 21 – Fine morning. T Flanders came over. Not much work to day. Ed Childs called he took dinner.
Jan 22 – Made cart for Birges Boy. Pleasant day.
Jan 23 – No work to day. Ed and wife & Susie Brown[?] came down here. Fine day. Ida Barber & Carry & Ella Wiseman came over.
Jan 24 – Pleasant as April. Went down to Marks. Mark & Ann came up here.
Jan 25 – Sold my steers to S. C. Blake for 45 Dollars. Very pleasant day. Got Bu___ from A. Browns in evening. Helped York load [illegible].
Jan 26 – Pleasant 18 Abz. in morning. Cut down two trees south of barn. [illegible]. Doc Wightman got two bushels potatoes.
Jan 27 – Helped Jo York load one load of stalks. Went over to burg carried 3 bushels corn. Snowey day. Alfred Signor got his corn. Sick in night.
Jan 28 – Rather damp day. Sick no work to day. Jo York drawed two loads cornfodder. Finished the lot. Sold my calf to Jo for five Dollars.
Jan 29 – Rainy day. Lois came home. Paid My Tax 28.46. Turned the cows and horses in the south lot. Finished my buggy pole.
Jan 30 – Went down to Charles Lees and Jo and Marks. Cool and some wind.
Jan 31 – Came home. No snow but cold.
Feb 1 – Cut down one hickory tree and maple tree south of Barn. Charles Lee came up here.
Feb 2 – Traded violin with Charles J Lee for watch. Mrs Barber and George came over here. Snowey night. Ethan & Charles went to burg.
Feb 3 – Snow some 3 inches deep snows yet in morning. Charles went home. Sarah and Lois went to burg.
Feb 4 – Sarah and Lois went over to burg. Hellen and Catharine came up. Charley Lee stayed here.
Feb 5 – Hellen and Catharine came up. I went over and brot them home. Pleasant some snow cold & _____ in morning. Charley went down to burg.
Feb 6 – Went over to burg bot boots for me 5.00, one pair for Jim 2.00. Drawed some wood. Hellen went up to Wesleys. Charley Lee stayed all night.
Feb 7 – At home all day. Ethan went down to Charles Lees.
Feb 8 – Went to burg carried 3 bushels wheat to Mill. Left cuplers with Oatman. Mr and Mrs Schram here in Evening. (Shermans[?] in night.) Pulled tooth for John.
Feb 9 – Rainy morning. Went to Mill got grist. Worked some in shop.
Feb 10 – Tacked my Boots. Cut out some stuff for Lees nut box.
Feb 11 – Pleasant. Made Lees Nut Box. Painted my buggy pole. Ethan carried my watch to school.
Feb 12 – Mr & Mrs Swaddle here all day. Painted Lees Box. Ida Barber came over.
Feb 13 – Lee carried his Box over this morning. Went down to Catharines. Rainy afternoon.
Feb 14 – Came home. Rained like fun.
Feb 15 – Went over to burg. Got some irons made for well rope _____.
Feb 16 – Put Buckets on to rope. Put in one new bottom. Sawed out some strip for Lees bed.
Feb 17 – Made Lees bed sted. Went over to Mr Planks in evening took Tea. Mr & Mrs Brown there Mr Ford.
Feb 18 – Snows some this morning. Finished Lees bed carried it over to burg. Nancy went over. Got some lime. Edith came down stayed all night.
Feb 19 – Pleasant. Put up leach. Made door to kitchen and put up leach.
Feb 20 – Put on door handle. Went over to burg got my cuplers of Oatman.
Feb 21 – Snowey in morning. Snow some 4 inches deep.
Feb 22 – Went down to Mr Yorks stayed all night. Went with sleigh. Snowed some.
Feb 23 – Came home. Jo went out to Vicksburg with load goods.
Feb 24 – Cold and Blustering. Mark Lee came up got my _____. Wes called. Peddler called, bot soap 20¢.
Feb 25 – Cold 8 Abz cold. Filed saw. Worked in barn.
Feb 26 – Cold 18 Abz blustrous. Worked round house and barn.
Feb 27 – Carried 3 bushels corn to _____. Sarah went over to burg. Mr Hawkins choped some wood. Let him have 1 & ½ bushels potatoes. Pleasant day. Got link made to cupler 5¢. Harry Myers Died. Ethan & girls went down to Catharines.
Feb 28 – Cold. Sarah over to burg. York came after Lois she went over to Vicksburg. Good sleighing.
Mar 1 – Carried Hannah and Nancy up to Mr Swadles. Received letter from Stepen Wilcut. Put rave on Planks sleigh.
Mar 2 – Cold morning snows some. Went over to burg. Lasher came home with me.
Mar 3 – Went down to Streators Lasher went along. Drawed some wood. Went over to burg after Nancy & Hannah. Extracted two teeth for _____ Schram. Two Mrs Ralphs here. Got load straw from Streators.
Mar 4 – Cut some logs[?] south of barn drawed them down. Mr Streator left some wagon poles here to day. Very cold 8 Abz.
Mar 5 – Cold day. At home no work. Lasher came up.
Mar 6 – Went over to burg. Very blustering. Sold my California ___ ring to Efrim[?] Streator. Got silver chain one pair gloves and five Dollars. Mrs Havens died.
Mar 7 – 2 Abz. At home cold day.
Mar 8 – Pleasant. Went over to burg with Jo Lee. Mark and Jesse Lee called here. Doc Wightman got one bushel potatoes.
Mar 9 – Foggy morning. Drawed some wood.
Mar 10 – Started for Marshall left home about half past four AM. Train run the station. Snowed and blowed like fun. Went to Concord. Fare 1.35. Went to Johns stayed all night.
Mar 11 – Went over to Kirkwoods. Fare 75¢. Stayed all night. Cold day 2 below zero in morning.
Mar 12 – Pleasant morning. Irene and I went over to uncle Jasons found uncle quite smart.
Mar 13 – Went over to Jonesville with Steven. Good sleighing.
Mar 14 – Cold and blustering. Jesse sick. Went up to Stevens and over to Bissils in Evening. Snowed some.
Mar 15 – Pleasant in morning. Went down to Jess went over to Mr Underhills. Filed saw for Steven. Took tea at under Hills. Went over to Bissels stayed all night.
Mar 16 – Cold morning. Kirkwoods woods folks came over to Bissels. I went over to Stevens and Jess. Stayed with Jess all night.
Mar 17 – Cold morning. Made a fire for Uncle Jason. Left Uncle Jasons about noon. Went over to Concord got to Concord about four PM.
Mar 18 – Left Concord 9 AM for Concord station. Left for home about one got home about three P.M.
Mar 19 – Went down to Catharines. Snowed like fun. Found them all well.
Mar 20 – Came home. Jess Lee married this morning. Mr Greenleaf died to day about noon.
Mar 21 – At home all day. Cold. Mr Greenleaf buried.
Mar 22 – Went up to Wesleys. Very snowey day. Made Axhelve for Chub.
Mar 23 – Mended Birges chairs. Pleasant day. Mrs Brown and Julia, Mrs Plank here visiting. Brown and Plank here in Evening.
Mar 24 – Went over to burg. Sarah went over. Hank Wells called here to get rope, he broke down got very muddy.
Mar 25 – Went over to burg. Saw Bristol & L. T. Earl. Talked some of making a trade.
Mar 26 – At home not much done to day.
Mar 27 – Went over to burg in morning. Bot Broom 40 bot Jim some cloth for pants. Filed Wes saw. All the Planks over in Evening. Nancy & Hannah went up to Allens.
Mar 28 – Pleasant Mercury stands at 60. At home all day.
Mar 29 – Trimed apple trees some. Cleaned out back house. Went down to A Browns got hams. Went over to burg. Got Hannahs shoes tapt 65¢. Rainy night Pixly & Grannis at burg.
Mar 30 – Rainy morning. Went up to L. T. Earls. Cold and muddy.
Mar 31 – Finished trimming orchard. Ethan and girls went down to Catharines. Jo Lee came up. I filed his saw.
Apr 1 – Snows and blows like fun. Went up in woods got 3 pails sap.
Apr 2 – At home all forenoon. Went to burg in afternoon.
Apr 3 – Drawed rails in forenoon. Went to burg in afternoon. Saw L. T. Earl and Hellen Blake. Made trade for Bristols place.
Apr 4 – Went down to Catharines with Bill and sleigh. Sap run some.
Apr 5 – Pleasant morning. Round home all day Except when I was to town meeting.
Apr 6 – Went down to Catharines. Helped Mark shugar of. Lasher came back.
Apr 7 – At Catharines shugared of. Mrs Carleton & Jenny came over to eat shugar.
Apr 8 – Went to Kalamazoo got some clover and timothy seed ___ 75¢. Pleasant day. Got money for Mr Bristol 600. Dollars. He paid me 4.78.82.
Apr 9 – Drawed brush out of orchard.
Apr 10 – Pleasant. Picked up old fence bottom and stuff on side hill and moved some stone. Brot apples out cellar.
Apr 11 – Pleasant morning. Found one of my sheep dead. Pulled the wool of her.
Apr 12 – Pleasant morning. School commenced to day. Cleaned out cellar.
Apr 13 – Drawed some stone. Sarah and Sucy Brown went over to Planks. Birge burnt potatoetops in East lot.
Apr 14 – Finished moving stone. Laid up some fence. Sarah and Brown went up to Jesse Earls. Carried my pole and whiffletrees over to burg.
Apr 15 – Pleasant morning. Brown and Sarah went over to burg. Mrs Gaffing came here stayed all night.
Apr 16 – Went down to Catharines with Gaffing. Mary Brown Died this morning. Rained some.
Apr 17 – Sarah went over to burg. I drawed some manure.
Apr 18 – Rainy day. Charley Lee here to Breakfast. Harry Streator here. Mary Brown Buried to day. Rainy night some thunder.
Apr 19 – Paid Lucy 2.60. Dollars. Got some scions out of Catharines orchard.
Apr 20 – Worked round home. Rainy. Ole Bull at Kalamazoo this Evening.
Apr 21 – Moved some fence round barn yard. Mr Woodden Died this morning.
Apr 22 – Split out some fence posts. Went over to burg got ten lbs fence nails one lb ___. Mr Woodden buried to day.
Apr 23 – Got out manure. Paid M. O. Streator $133.00. one Hundred & thirty three Dollars for J. O. Keith. Had a shugar party.
Apr 24 – Fixed some fence. Split out some fence posts.
Apr 25 – Carried Sarah over to church. Mr Bristol called here in morning.
Apr 26 – Sowed my clover seed. Rained some afternoon.
Apr 27 – Worked round yard got out some manure &c.
Apr 28 – Went over and got Jane Hoag brot her here. Moved some fence round barn yard. Got out some manure.
Apr 29 – Got out some manure. Birge plowing the hill. Had Jim and Bill.
Apr 30 – Lois came home. Went over to Burg got my pump. Carried five bushels potatoes 35¢ pr bushels.
May 1 – Put up my laths and mended Browns cloths wringer and commenced some hubbs for velosiped. Rainy day.
May 2 – Carried Sarah over to church. Pleasant day cold south west wind.
May 3 – Plowed gardens. Jo & Lois Lee called here. Finished plowing the hill south of Barn.
May 4 – Moved old fence posts and boards round barn yard. Got out some manure. Will Clark helped some.
May 5 – Took down fence East of house. Carried 3 bushels wheat to mill. Birge plowing with Jim and Bill. Took Nance down to Catharines.
May 6 – Went to mill this morning. Worked round house and garden.
May 7 – Put out some onions and potatoes.
May 8 – Finished putting out onions. Planted some corn and potatoes cucumbers &c. Ethan draged in East lot.
May 9 – At home all day. Made me a ring. Had fan and Jim. Turned them out let them run all day. Jim and Bill over to Birges.
May 10 – Piled up and burnt stumps on hill. Ethan draging. Jo Lee called here. H. A. Taylor planting corn. Fine day.
May 11 – Got out manure put on gardens south of Barn.
May 12 – Got out manure put it around the Apple trees. Had a shower in afternoon. A. L. Keith called here. Rained when he left.
May 13 – Cloudy rain. Not much done.
May 14 – Went down to Catharines. Had H. A. Taylors wagon.
May 15 – Mr Wheeler brot C. J. Lees trunk over. Went to Kalamazoo had Birges wagon. Ethan, Henry Childs and Loyd Higgins went down to get some velosipeds felloes. No get um.
May 16 – At home all day. Lois and Jesse Lee came up.
May 17 – Birge and Ethan marked out ____ ground.
May 18 – Planted corn on hill finished planting. Mrs Hawver and Mary Lewis here.
May 19 – Planted potatoes East of barn.
May 20 – Got out manure and plowed some. Rained in night.
May 21 – Went down to Catharines with potatoes. Rainy.
May 22 – Finished plowing East of barn. Ethan sick. Put down carpet. Turned block for mawl. Cool wind. Circus in Kalamazoo to day.
May 23 – At home all day fine day. Jesse Lee and Alvin Lee came up brot Lois home. Paid Alvin Lee and took up my Note 28.72.
May 24 – Dragged my garden south of barn.
May 25 – Planted corn and potatoes south of barn. Very hot.
May 26 – Planted Beans and Birge planted potatoes and beans and corn. Sarah and Lois went down to A. Browns Mrs Plank. I went down and took Tea.
May 27 – Had a heavy shower this morning.
May 28 – Jesse Earl called. I signed a petition for the company to discharge Cogswell from the Central Depo. Lois went down to Marks. I went over to burg. Hannah went to Marks.
May 29 – I put frame on Harrys slate. Mended Catharines chair. Let hogs out. Cut some yokes for hogs.
May 30 – At home not very well.
May 31 – Sick. Ethan & Birge picked up load potatoes. Some rainy.
Jun 1 – Pleasant day. Sick. Ethan gone to school. Carry Wiseman came over. Killed the old cat.
Jun 2 – Had Birges Market wagon. Went down to Catharines left Hannah. Schram and Birge went to Kalamazoo with potatoes. Sold for 25 cts pr bushel.
Jun 3 – At home. Went up to Mr Schrams in morning to how they made it selling potatoes. Very hot day.
Jun 4 – Sick no work. Jesse Turner and wife came here stayed all night. Rained some. Birge came over and shelled some corn. I got 104 cabbage plants of H. A. Taylor. Set them out.
Jun 5 – Pleasant but cool. Jess went home this morning. I went down to Catharines took dinner with Charles Lee. Cool wind.
Jun 6 – At home all day not very well.
Jun 7 – Washed sheep. Picked up some potatoes. Cool. John Sherman broke his wagon wheel down oposite my house.
Jun 8 – Cool and cloudy. At home. Sarah went down to Mr Streator planted corn.
Jun 9 – Planted corn. Birge planted in forenoon.
Jun 10 – Planted corn. Horse fair commenced at burg.
Jun 11 – Finished planting corn. Warm day. Lucy came up. Mart went over to burg.
Jun 12 – Cultivated potatoes in East garden. Had a shower. Mr Harger called here. Catharine came up with Mart.
Jun 13 – Went down to Catharines after Hannah.
Jun 14 – Went to mill carried 4½ wheat one corn.
Jun 15 – Made fence East side of barn yard. Pleasant day.
Jun 16 – Sheared my sheep a Mr Hall done it. Went over to burg. Charley McCausey paid 25¢ paid 50¢ for shearing sheep. Turned out hub for Birge barrow.
Jun 17 – Mowed orchard. Killed a big black snake. Rained some.
Jun 18 – At home most of the day. Went over to burg got buckle put on harness 25¢. Went down and got A. Browns buggy.
Jun 19 – Went down to Uncle Warrens. Found him very sick. Some rainy had a heavy shower in Evening.
Jun 20 – Cloudy not much rain. At Carolines all day. Saw Alvin Holmes and wife.
Jun 21 – Came home. Left Uncle Warrens about noon. Left uncle sitting on the stoop. Got home about five P.M.
Jun 22 – Ethan cultivated corn. Had a shower. Sold my sheep pelt to Cadys pedler for one Dollar.
Jun 23 – Ethan cultivating corn. I raked up some hay in orchard.
Jun 24 – Plowed out potatoes in East garden. Went over to burg in afternoon. The Masons had a time.
Jun 25 – Worked in shop on wheel barrow wheel.
Jun 26 – Worked in shop some.
Jun 27 – At home all day. Rainy.
Jun 28 – Shaved and drove spoke in two wheel barrow hubs.
Jun 29 – Worked on road. Water very high.
Jun 30 – Helped Birge shingle his shanty. Warm day.
Jul 1 – Went over to burg. Took dinner at Wisemans. Carried school marm home. School closed.
Jul 2 – Some rainy. Stranger called here young man and woman. Had a shower. Commenced A. Browns Hay rack.
Jul 3 – Went to Kalamazoo to see Balloon go up. He no go up.
Jul 4 – Went down to Catharines to see Dr Finch.
Jul 5 – Mowed some. Birge took some home.
Jul 6 – Birge and I mowed all day up in south lot.
Jul 7 – I mowed some and _____ what Birge and I mowed.
Jul 8 – Worked for Brown on Hay rack. Went down to Cates. Marks Boy Born. Hogs killed lamb.
Jul 9 – Worked on Browns rack. Finished Hay Rack. Extracted tooth for Will Brown. Uncle Warren Died to day.
Jul 10 – Drawed in hay. Verry windy day. Ida Barber came over stayed all night.
Jul 11 – Pleasant morning. One sheep gone this morning. Uncle Warren buried to day.
Jul 14 – Went to Kalamazoo with potatoes 24½ bushels 30 cts pr bushel.
Jul 15 – Sorted potatoes. Alfled helped. David Tomkins helped. T. Flanders came over.
Jul 16 – Went to Kalamazoo with potatoes 21.¾ 35¢ pr bushel. Mr. Rosa buried to day. Very warm. Flanders left.
Jul 17 – Repaired Browns reel to reaper. Made churn dash and cover for Mrs Wiseman. Drawed in one load hay. Went over to burg in Evening. Bot dresses and other traps some 5.00.
Jul 18 – Pleasant and warm 77 Abz. Carried Hannah down to Catharines.
Jul 19 – Mowed grass. Killed a skunk. Ethan worked for Mr Randell binding wheat. Went over to burg in Evening.
Jul 20 – Made a hay trough. Went down to A. Browns got some peas. Rainy. Ethan to work for A Brown. A. B Sumner called here to renew inshurance.
Jul 21 – Sowed some Buckwheat. Raked up some hay.
Jul 22 – Went to Kalamazoo with load potatoes for Mr Birge. Sold Ed Wilcut two bushels 30¢ pr bushel. Sold 17 Bushels for 25¢ pr bushel.
Jul 23 – Worked round hoed some. Ethan to work for brown.
Jul 24 – Cradled wheat round my lot. Mark came up to cut wheat. Drove team for Brown some. Brot Reel shaft.
Jul 25 – Put in Reel shaft to A. Browns Reaper. Hot day. Suky Brown here. Went to church with Planks folks. We went down to Catharines. Rained. Stayed all night.
Jul 26 – Came home. Went up to Wes with Suky Brown. A. Brown finished cutting his wheat.
Jul 27 – A. Brown cut my wheat. Warm day rained in night. Suky went down to Allertons.
Jul 28 – Had a heavy thunder shower this morning. My wheat out.
Jul 29 – Went up to Mr Hugys[?] after Birge wagon. No get him. Got Schrams. Drawed in my wheat.
Jul 30 – Went over to Hugys got Birges wagon. Ethan gone to draw wheat for A. Brown.
Jul 31 – Ethan drawed wheat for A. Brown & Plank. I put hogs in wheat lot.
Aug 1 – Went up to Charleston with Bristol and Beckwith then went down to Catharines. Brown came home with us.
Aug 2 – Ethan carried Brown down to Streators. I wen over to Burg with Jo Lee. Bot soap & other traps. Uncle Peat Johnson starts to day for the East. Had a shower. Birge got Fan & Jim.
Aug 3 – Birges trial to day. Went over to burg took bill got my wagon. Ethan worked for A. Brown.
Aug 4 – Worked in shop some. Cut out stuf for Mr Planks wagon box. Carried Hannah down to Browns.
Aug 5 – Plowed out my potatoes and hoed some corn and vines.
Aug 6 – Worked in shop on Streators wheels. Ethan worked for Brown.
Aug 7 – Went over to Mr Guays got my two shovel plow. Mrs Simonds died. Carried Rocking chairs over to Mary E Claps of some.
Aug 8 – Pleasant day. At home all day. Mrs Simonds Buried to day. M. O. Streator called here.
Aug 9 – Thrashed some wheat. David Tomkins called here. Went up to Howlands burg with M. O. Streator to get felloes.
Aug 10 – Carried Sarah and Alfleda down to Streators. Got 4 bushels wheat of Streator carried it to mill. Ed Gillis Died.
Aug 11 – Cloudy. Put up two bushels new wheat this morning. Carried it to mill. Seaman S. Bristol paid me sixty Dollars. Very hot. Hoed corn some where the old mercury was on the corner.
Aug 12 – Hoing corn. Very hot 90 in shade at noon.
Aug 13 – Got Mr Schrams wagon went down to Catharines drawed her a load wood. Wm Wheeler sent violin here to be repaired.
Aug 14 – Went over to burg got grist new wheat. Birge came over here. Had a shower. Nancy went over to Barbers with Birge.
Aug 15 – At home all day. Not very hot.
Aug 16 – Went over to burg with Jo Lee. Helped Mr Plank thrash after supper.
Aug 17 – Mr. Plank finished thrashing in forenoon. Thrashed my wheat in afternoon. Had 45 bushels paid $.5. Dollars.
Aug 18 – Ethan plowed corn. I hoed some in garden. Put handle on knife in afternoon. Very hot.
Aug 19 – Helped Brown thrash in afternoon. Very hot.
Aug 20 – Worked down to Browns. Finished thrashing. Had 354 bushels wheat, 75. oats, 11. peas. Had a heavy shower.
Aug 21 – Rainy. Went over to burg. Mart came up. Bot traps for Jim &c. 2.33.
Aug 22 – Went down to Catharines got some vinegar.
Aug 23 – Worked on Streators wheels some. Ethan went down to Catharines got some Blackberies. Very hot.
Aug 24 – Worked in shop some. A. Brown got Bill to plow. Hot Hot 120 in at noon in sun 95 in shade.
Aug 25 – Catharine came up. Chored round not much done. Ethan helped Mr Brown clean up wheat. Mr Plank brot his wagon over.
Aug 26 – Work on Planks box.
Aug 27 – Work on planks Box some.
Aug 28 – Worked on Box. Took down old shed by hog pen.
Aug 29 – Went up to Mr Seamans took dinner. Mart and Lucy came up got Birds.
Aug 30 – Work on Box put on one coat paint. Mr Schram thrashed his wheat. Cool day.
Aug 31 – Painted Planks Box. Worked on wheels some.
Sep 1 – Finished Streators wheels. Picknick up on Jesse Earl place. Ethan cutting corn.
Sep 2 – Put rim on one of Wightmans wheels. Ethan cutting up corn.
Sep 3 – Worked on wheels. Streator got his wheels. Ethan went after Lois. Painted violin, Trunk and wash stand.
Sep 4 – Pleasant morning. Worked in shop some. Went over to burg after Hannah. Went over in Evening after Henry & Hiram.
Sep 5 – At home all day. Mart and Lucy came up. Extracted 2 two teeth for Mrs Plank.
Sep 6 – Went up to Yorkville. Had a livery team. Had a good time. School commenced. Suky Brown teaches.
Sep 7 – The boys left for home on the one 35 train. Fine day. Lois went up to Mrs Birges.
Sep 8 – Not much done to day. Not very well.
Sep 9 – Drawed in his my corn fodder. Begun to plow for wheat. Warm day.
Sep 10 – Cut grass East of currant bushes. Ethan Plowing. Mrs Schram called here. Mary and Emmet came up on the noon train.
Sep 11 – Went over to burg. Sent things to Henrys folks. Fine day. Mr Ford and Allerton have a law suit to day.
Sep 12 – At home most of the day. Carried T. Flanders up to D. Bronsons just at night.
Sep 13 – Warm day. Mary and Emmet went home on the 1.35 train. Pleasant day.
Sep 14 – Ethan helped A Brown clean up wheat. Plowed ground East of currant bushes. Had a shower in the night.
Sep 15 – Finished one of Wightmans wheels and cut some corn in garden.
Sep 16 – Sowed wheat in corn on the corner. Horse races commenced to day at Galesburg. Fine weather.
Sep 17 – Sowed wheat south of buckwheat 3 acres. Second day horse races at the burg. Fine weather.
Sep 18 – Sowed wheat East of currant bushes. Went over to burg in Evening. Carried Dick some melons.
Sep 19 – Extracted tooth for Polly Earl. Warm day. Went down to Catharines. Very hot day. Pros came in the night on the 11 oclock train.
Sep 20 – Paired some apples. Ethan went to school. Went over to burg.
Sep 21 – Went over to burg to mill. Pros and Streator had a set to.
Sep 22 – Went over to burg in morning. Ethan, Pros went down to Catharines. I made rack to dry apples on. Mr Schram made 84 galons cider.
Sep 23 – Pros and I went up to Durgys old farm to see about a cider mill screw and buggy. Carried cider over to Blackburn 40 galons.
Sep 24 – Pros left for Niles on the one 35 train. Ethan sick. Started to cary Alfleda down to Jo Lees broke down down by Skinners.
Sep 25 – Rainy morning not much work. Ethan sick. Got letter from James Higgins.
Sep 26 – At home all day.
Sep 27 – Went over to burg in morning. Got Schrams buggy. Ethan and I went to Kalamazoo.
Sep 28 – Went up to Mr Seamans got cradle. Cut some Buckwheat. Ethan cut some corn. Mrs Barber & Mrs Johnson came over here.
Sep 29 – Finished cutting Buckwheat and cut corn.
Sep 30 – Went over to Burg. Got Birges wagon. Went down to Catharines.
Oct 1 – Went down to Jeff Chaffees. Rain in the night.
Oct 2 – Rainy morning. Went to Schuyler Harrisses.
Oct 3 – Left Harrises went to Oscars found them well.
Oct 4 – At Oscars all day.
Oct 5 – Went down to Paul ville through the woods.
Oct 6 – Left Oscars for home. Went up to Harmon Smiths stayed all night. He lives in Almena township.
Oct 7 – Left Smiths for home got home about dark. Fine day.
Oct 8 – Went over to burg in morning. Birge and Ethan dug potatoes.
Oct 9 – Rainy day no work. Birge came over and shelled corn.
Oct 10 – At home all day sick headache. Wesley went down to Catharines got one of my cider barrels. Ethan and the girls went down.
Oct 11 – Pleasant but cool. Ethan and Birge digging potatoes.
Oct 12 – Went to mill. Birge digging potatoes.
Oct 13 – Made thill for wagon. Birge carried load potatoes home. Mrs Courtney called here took dinner.
Oct 14 – Rain. Put up stove in shop. No work to day.
Oct 15 – Finished digging potatoes. Went over to burg. Paid Blackburn for Lois trunk. Got my cider barrel.
Oct 16 – Worked in shop some. Marion Lynch died. A. Browns folks here in Evening.
Oct 17 – Sarah went to church. Mart & Lucy came up here.
Oct 18 – Ethan dug some potatoes. Drawed in Buckwheat thrashed Beans. Marion Lynch Buried to day. Lois & Will started for Ohio on the night express.
Oct 19 – Cloudy not very cold. Ethan dug potatoes south of barn. I finished Wightmans wheels.
Oct 20 – Ethan dug potatoes East of House had 23½ bushels. I cleaned out old shop.
Oct 21 – Went up to Wesleys and Mr Seamans. Mr Seaman helped me kill Hog. Went over to burg got new _____ for Mr Seaman.
Oct 22 – Cool and cloudy. Went over to Jo Yorks. Rainy afternoon. Got to Joes about 3 oclock. Snowed some.
Oct 23 – Snowey day. Went to an auction sale. Went over to Vicksburg saw Nash Robinson.
Oct 24 – Cold raw day. Went over to As___ Finley. Saw some nice country.
Oct 25 – Went over to ______ ______. Sold wool 28 lbs 40 cts pr pound. Got yarn and cloth. Went back to Joes started for home about 3. Oclock got home about half past six.
Oct 26 – Snowey day. Boiled some potatoes for hogs. Banked up house.
Oct 27 – Went over to burg sent money and (too faint to read)
Oct 28 – Some warmer. Thrashing Buckwheat some.
Oct 29 – Picked apples some cider apples and put some in cellar.
Oct 30 – Thrashed Buckwheat. Drawed one load wood. Suky Brown here sick. Took Birges wagon home washed it.
Oct 31 – Went up in Pavilion[?] looking for Nance no find her. Pleasant day.
Nov 1 – Finished thrashing Buckwheat. Warm day mercury 59 in shade at noon. Carried Stew Daken apples 75¢.
Nov 2 – Cleaned up B.wheat 12½ bushels. Worked round house and shop. At home all day. Carried some apples over to Thad Daken 2 bushels 38¢ 75¢ and Mrs. Stuart one 35¢.
Nov 3 – Cleaned up buckwheat had 12½ bushels. Went to mill. Carried Thad Daken 2 bushels apples 38 75¢ Mrs Stuart one bushel 38¢. Drawed some wood. Went down to Jo Lees got kettle.
Nov 4 – Went over to burg in morning. Got some tallow. Carried over 2 bushels Buck Wheat. Rainy day. Mr Schram thrashed his beans.
Nov 5 – Picked Apples. Cleaned of the trees. Went over to burg after Buckwheat. Nancy went over to Mr Barbers.
Nov 6 – Ground my ax. Put in new helve. Picked up some apples. Jo Lee called here. Had a snow storm rather a rough day. Ethan went down to Charles Lees with Jo Lee.
Nov 7 – Around home all day. Suky Brown here to Tea. Nancy came home from Mr Barbers. Cold raw day mercury ___ Abz in morning.
Nov 8 – Ira Smith came here. No work to day.
Nov 9 – Smith here. No work. He left about 3. PM for Battlecreek. Mrs Bostwick called here from Canada. Not very cold out cloudy. An old Lady Died at Ha___ _____ing today. Extracted tooth for Sutherland[?].
Nov 10 – Sarah went over to burg to Mr Jacobs to see Mrs Bostwick. I went over after her in Evening. Filed saw for Schroder Bill 30¢. Birge finished drawing corn.
Nov 11 – Cool and cloudy. Worked in shop on Wightmans Ex. Ira Smith came back. Snowey afternoon.
Nov 12 – Went down to Catharines with Smith. Saw Henry Lee of Salt Lake City. Nancy went down to Catys. Hannah came back with me.
Nov 13 – No work to day only chores. Went over to mill got Buckwheat flour. Voted for Justice of the peace. Snow on the ground.
Nov 14 – Went down to Jo Lees. Not very cold. Lois some better.
Nov 15 – Spliced buggy thill for Jesse Earl. Extracted tooth for George Sutherland, works for Del Skinner.
Nov 16 – Went Kalamazoo with Mr Schram. Snowed and Blowed like fun, very bad day. Ed Childs came here stayed all night. Got my straw cutter of John Ash.
Nov 17 – Ed and I went over and saw Suky Brown in the morning. Ed stayed until two oclock PM then started for home. Very much bad day. No work to day.
Nov 18 – Carried Catharine some apples. Nancy came home. Charley Lee stayed here all night. He went up to Dick Lamkins to take old Sal home. Snowed like fun. Hank Brown here in Evening.
Nov 19 – Drawed some corn. Snow some 10 inches deep. Charley Lee went to Kalamazoo. Mr Schram got his beens.
Nov 20 – Cut wood and boiled potatoes. Went over to burg.
Nov 21 – Went down to Catharines with Adelpha York. Pleasant day not very good sleighing.
Nov 22 – Drawed some wood. Snowey bad day to be out. Killed turky.
Nov 23 – Boiling potatoes. Birge got my slead. Mr Flanders brot my match planes home and Mr Clarks seat down. Went down to Jo Lees in Evening. Very cold. Had turky for dinner[?].
Nov 24 – Cold morning. Mercury 2 Abz. Snow about 18 inches deep.
Nov 25 – Worked round house. ______ plastered front room.
Nov 26 – Carried 2½ bushels buckwheat to mill. Drawed some corn one load wood. Fall term school closed.
Nov 27 – ½ past Eight mercury 30 Abz, some wind, growing cold. Henry Scramlin and wife and Jane Hoag here to day.
Nov 28 – At home all day. Ethan down to Catharines to Mormon meeting. Not very cold. We went over and took Tea with S. A. Brown had chicken pie.
Nov 29 – Work round house and barn &c.
Nov 30 – Mr Schram picked up load apples. Henry Lee came up here. I gathered some cabbage. Mr Thomas Durgy Died in night about Twelve O clock. S. A. Brown here in Evening.
Dec 1 – Drawed some corn. Went up to Wesleys he had gone to burg after coffin.
Dec 2 – Cold and snowey. Went to Comstock to Mr Durgys funeral. Elder Sherman Pie____ the sermon. Pall bearers M B Bostwick, John Allen, Ed Lane, Jesse Earl, H A Taylor, C L Keith.
Dec 3 – Schram made 80 galons cider. Not much work to day. I made fire board. Dr Wightman got his wheels.
Dec. 4 – Stormy morning. Went over to Burg. Carried Hannahs shoes got them tapt 80¢. Bot machine oil 15¢. Ida Barber came home with me.
Dec 5 – Cool and pleasant. At home all day.
Dec 6 – Went over to burg. Sarah & Suky went. Ed Childs came down after Brown. Louesa went home with them. Sent butter to Hiram 31 & ¼ lb. Doc Wightman got his old buggy.
Dec 7 – Snows some. Went down to Charles Lees with birge to sell his buggy. Put new cross head on saw. Up to Earls mill. Went down to A Browns in Evening.
Dec 8 – Cut down locus tree front of house. Ethan helped Mr Streator thrash.
Dec 9 – Ethan helping Mr Ford thrash. Cold and pleasant. Went down to Jo Lees. Sarah and Nancy went down to Catharines.
Dec 10 – Went down to schoolhouse with Wesley. Schram made 83 galons cider. I went down to Catharines stayed all night. Rainy night.
Dec 11 – Rainy day. Mark and Mart went to Kalamazoo Mr Grant went with them. Henry stayed at home. We came home at night. Rained some.
Dec 12 – Not much rain but cloudy. At home all day.
Dec 13 – Went over to burg got set bed springs. Went up to Mr Ralphs put it in for them.
Dec 14 – Boiling cider to day. Milford Matthews called here to day. Cold and bad going, no snow.
Dec 15 – Worked some on Eds violin, some chores.
Dec 16 – Worked on Yorks violin. Went to mill. Carried 4 bushels Buck wheat.
Dec 17 – Went to Kalamazoo. Carried H. M Smiths cider. Harrison Sprague came here stayed all night.
Dec 18 – Sprague left for grand rappids. Mr Wiseman called here. Wesley, Mr Randal and myself moved seats in schoolhouse. Cold day.
Dec 19 – Cold and some snow. Went down to Jo Lees and Catharines. Lois no better.
Dec 20 – Went down to A Browns up to Wesleys over to mill. Got Buck wheat flour. Carried 2 bushels wheat to mill.
Dec 21 – Cold 12 Abz very little snow. At home most of the day. Went over to mill Brown went to.
Dec 22 – A Brown brot his bugy up here. Finished Earls whiffletrees.
Dec 23 – Chored round house. Raised finger board on my old violin. Hung ax for Jo Lee. Very good sleighing. Cold and blustering mercury from 10 to 16 Abz.
Dec 24 – Got up very Early. Mark, Ann & Lucy came up here. No work to day. Recd $200 from town treas. Paid Joseph Wiseman $10.00[?].
Dec 25 – Went down to Catharines. Mark & Mart gone to Kalamazoo. Lois some better. Pleasant day. S. A. Brown stayed here.
Dec 26 – Fine morning. Ida Barber here. Hank Brown called here.
Dec 27 – Went over to burg. Nancy went over to Wisemans. Carried one bushel potatoes to Mr Barbers. Paid C. L. Keith $20.00 paid my Tax 18.77.
Dec 28 – Choped and drawed four loads wood. Ethan went over to burg in Evening. Paid S. A. Brown $90.00 got one cow and Eleven sheep of A. Brown.
Dec 29 – Made 82 galons cider. Mark made some.
Dec 30 – Got ready to butcher. Put up pole to hang hogs on. Finished Mr Ridlers ax helve.
Dec 31 – Killed 3 hogs. Mart Milham helped butcher. Catharine came up with him.
 Mary Ann (Batey) Keith, the wife of his nephew James “Oscar” Keith
 “Mark” is referred to quite often in Luke’s diaries and it is believed that he is referring to his cousin, Marquis de Lafayette Lee, the oldest son of Dr. Ezekiel and Elizabeth (Strong) Lee. The Lees were Mormons and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, and eventually to the Salt Lake Valley in 1850. Mark stayed behind to run his father’s farm and was living with his aunt, Catherine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 His brother, John Wesley Keith, who, according to the family Bible, was adopted
 Perhaps he is referring to Stephen Hoxie Wolcott, his maternal first cousin. The Willcutt name has been spelled in various forms including Wolcott as evidenced by the fact that Stephen (and Luke also) was the grandson of Jesse & Katherine (Beal) Willcutt
 While “Lasher” is referenced repeatedly in Luke’s diaries and also in letters to Luke from Charles Cridland, the only evidence found regarding his first name, Joseph, was a receipt in the back of Luke’s 1858 diary dated December 6, 1858 for the payment of Comstock real estate taxes
 A search of the Michigan Death Records at Ancestry.com show that Mary (Kennedy) Havens, age 59, died of “congestive chills” on March 5, 1869
 Jesse Earl Lee, the son of Charles & Juliana (Davis) Lee, and brother of Charles Jedediah Lee (see January 16 footnote)
 Thomas Jefferson Chaffee Jr., the husband of Luke’s niece, Frances Catherine “Kate” (Keith) Chaffee
 First called Paulville, located in Van Buren County, Michigan, was renamed to Palisades Park around 1906 by Arthur C. Quick, a naturalist, who made it a wild flower sanctuary, and later a summer resort and then a private club
 The long shafts between which an animal is fastened when pulling a wagon
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Marion Lynch, age 20, died October 16, 1869, in Richland County, Wisconsin, and is buried in Prairie Home Cemetery, Richland, Michigan
 His daughter and grandson, Lois (Keith) Clark and William Byron Clark
 Believe he is referring to his cousin, William Henry Lee
 His future son-in-law, Adelbert Skinner, who married his daughter Lois in 1871
 A letter written in September 1869 to his wife, Sarah, by Hiram’s wife, Kate, asked if she would send them a crock of butter for winter use and said “It is so hard to get good butter. It would be a real treat.”
Jan 1 – Snows some about 3 in 24 Abz. Went over to Burg Bot Ethan suit cloths 23 Dollars. Paid taxes 31.65 stamps 10¢. Party at Jesse Earls.
Jan 2 – Put in wagon ex for Jesse Earl. Pleasant day
Jan 3 – Put in ____ for Jo Lee he paid ____ 50¢. _____________. Wes Boy Born.
Jan 4 – Lamkins called here. Made spoke _____. Wes got ____ foot boards whitewood inch.
Jan 5 – At home all day.
Jan 6 – Made spoke. Went to burg got braces for Dick Lamkins. Bot _____ and _____ 13¢. Went over in Evening Bot shoes for girls 4.50 oil 35. _____ came to board.
Jan 7 – Helped York butcher two pigs. Good day.
Jan 8 – Took Sis and Jim up to Yorks. Lamkins got his _____. Ethan and girls went to Simmons to a party.
Jan 9 – Worked in shop made seat for sleigh. Very cold and blustering 1 Abz.
Jan 10 – 4 Abz blustering. Went up to Yorks after Sis. Worked in shop some on small slead.
Jan 11 – Cut and drawed some wood. Ethan went down to Catharines. Let Ethan have 25¢ Nancy 5¢. Put slead together. Went up to Schrams after some potatoes got none. Mr Schrams sister started for home. _____ my sleigh. Ethan went down to Catharines.
Jan 12 – At home all day. Went over to burg just at night after girls.
Jan 13 – Cold 4 Abz. Good sleighing. Went over to burg got bar soap salearatas 40¢ candy 6¢. Got Ethans Boots tapt 1.00. Filed saw for Ridler.
Jan 14 – Cold. Finished Jims slead. Cold.
Jan 15 – At home. Tinkered run bot balls &c. Andrew Aldrich died.
Jan 16 – Shelled some corn and chored round. Went up to Yorks in morning.
Jan 17 – Went down to Catharines. Lucy sick. Andrew Aldrich buried.
Jan 18 – Cold Abz. Good sleighing. Went over to burg. Got tub at Blackburns.
Jan 19 – At home all day. Ethan and girls went down to Catharines. Wing got the last of his corn.
Jan 20 – Went to Comstock to mill 4 bushels wheat 4 corn. Got sack buckwheat flour. Went to the new mill Browns.
Jan 21 – Worked on tub for Stranger to burg
Jan 22 – Finished tub. Got seven bushels potatoes of Mr Schram. Dicks Taylor came over to see about his job. Went over to burg in Evening. He paid 30__.
Jan 23 – Round home all day.
Jan 24 – Cut and drawed some wood. Shaved out axhelve for Ridler.
Jan 25 – Shot pig. Shelled some corn. Mrs Courtney here. Ethan and girls go a sleighing to Kalamazoo.
Jan 26 – Went down to Catharines.
Jan 27 – 16 Blz. Cut down wood. Went over to burg. Sent 3 Dollars by Mrs Barber.
Jan 28 – Hung ax for O. D. Schram. Mr Courtny came over to see what I asked for my farm. Mended Jim Thorntons mittens.
Jan 29 – Cut one load wood. D. Lamkins got his violin. Very cold and blustrous.
Jan 30 – At home. Cut some wood. Very cold day.
Jan 31 – Carried Lois down to Catharines. Toot considerable better. Went up to Marks got a few turnips.
Feb 1 – 3 below zero. Drawed two loads wood. Went up to schrams went over to Burg.
Feb 2 – 24 Abz. At home all day.
Feb 3 – Cold 26 Below zero. Worked on car coupler.
Feb 4 – 20 Abz. Went up to Wes after pickles. Left Lousea. Went over to burg bot spool thread 10.
Feb 5 – Took Dicks violin apart and glued top. Mark & Lasher came up here with Alvans Colts.
Feb 6 – 20 Abz. Put Dicks violin together. Uncle Tommy came here. Wiseman brot sewing machine here.
Feb 7 – At home all day. Flanders here.
Feb 8 – Cut one tree drawed one load wood. Went over to burg. T Flanders left. Snowey afternoon.
Feb 9 – Lots snow not very cold 24 Abz.
Feb 10 – Cold 21 Below zero. Worked on machine for Blackburns man. Some on bob Tung.
Feb 11 – Finished Browns bob Tung. Dick got his violin George Rogers with him.
Feb 12 – Worked on machine for Blackburns man. Rade down to A Browns. Went over to Burg got albums and shawl of Mrs Barber.
Feb 13 – Hung ax for Ethan. Finished machine for Young. Went over to burg carried machine over bot vest 3.00. Got 4 for making machine.
Feb 14 – Went up to Wesleys to get him to go to burg. Sarah went up to Yorks.
Feb 15 – Went over to burg with Hogs sold six weighed 720 lbs 4 cts 28.80 cts. Carried Sarah over to D. K.s. Harry Streator stayed all night.
Feb 16 – Pleasant 20 Abz. Went over to burg after Sarah.
Feb 17 – Worked on machine for Dicks man. Went over after some brads & tacks[?].
Feb 18 – 4 Abz pleasant. Went to Kalamazoo bot copper plate 1.25. Sarah went down to Marks.
Feb 19 – Finished machine carried it over in Evening. Young paid 2.00. Bot pants cloth 6.00.
Feb 20 – Worked in shop on moddle some. Cleaned up wheat 4 bushels 1½ corn.
Feb 21 – Went to Comstock to mill carried 4 bushels wheat 1½ corn.
Feb 22 – Worked in shop. Hued some whiffletrees and sawed of spokes. Mr Williams here made bargain for farm. Cold.
Feb 23 – Cool 8 Abz snows some wind blows hard blustering day.
Feb 24 – 24 Abz. Went over to burg. Sarah went to Barbers. Mark got his glass. Went over in Evening after Sarah. Mr Schram here.
Feb 25 – Worked in shop on car cuplers made plates hued some spokes.
Feb 26 – Went up to B Hartwels. Snow. Went up to Wesleys. Mr Schram and Issac down here to file saw. Toot Lee SKrewd to night I guess so.
 “Mark” is referred to quite often in Luke’s diaries and it is believed that he is referring to his cousin, Marquis de Lafayette Lee, the oldest son of Dr. Ezekiel and Elizabeth (Strong) Lee. The Lees were Mormons and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, and eventually to the Salt Lake Valley in 1850. Mark stayed behind to run his father’s farm and was living with his aunt, Catherine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 The brother of Luke’s second wife, Jerusha (Crittenden) Keith. From an unknown newspaper: Mr. John Cruttenden, a prominent and much respected citizen of Concord, was instantly killed on Saturday last by a stroke of lightning. Mr. C. was in the harvest field at the time of the sad occurrence, and was standing about ten feet from his reaper when the bolt descended. One of his horses was killed, and the driver, sitting upon the reaper between Mr. C. and the team, was stricken insensible and did not recover for several hours. Mr. Cruttenden’s skull was broken and his left side, arm and leg badly mutilated. He was sixty-eight years old
 A poke consisted of a leather strap which went around the horse’s neck and was attached to a hinged wooden bar which hung down in front of the horse. The hinge allowed the horse to graze, but kept the horse from getting through a fence
 Thomas Jefferson Chaffee Jr., the husband of Luke’s niece, Frances Catherine “Kate” (Keith) Chaffee