Luke wrote his entries for 1886 in three different diaries: it appears that he first wrote the January 1-30 entries in the back of his 1885 diary, then January 31 to March 31 in the back of his 1881 diary. On March 4th he bought an 1886 diary and started to copy all those entries, but only copied January 1-9, left the following pages blank and then started entering daily on April 1 through the end of the year. As the January 1-9 entries in his 1886 diary are shortened versions, I have used the 1885 version.
Jan 1 – Mercury 36. Very nice day no snow. Went over to Lois to a New Years dinner me self and Sarah, Hannah, Lou, Mrs Brown, Jim, Ethan, Will Clark.
Jan 2 – Mercury 41. Filed saw for Jim. Cut and drew two loads wood and one load corn. Rainy day.
Jan 3 – Mercury 43 no snow, rainy morning. At home all day.
Jan 4 – Mercury 38. No work but chores. Ethan went over to Foundry to work.
Jan 5 – Mercury 30 snowey. Ethan went to Kalamazoo. D. came home with him.
Jan 6 – Mercury 11 Abz. Lou and D. went home. Mr Lanfor Burdick Died Six Oclock this morning. Went down to Mr Randals got Butter. Cold wind. Fanny Town called in.
Jan 7 – Mercury __4. Took Hannah over to the burg in morning. Choring around. Took saw up to Theodores to be gumed[?]. Filed saw for Skinner 25 cts.
Jan 8 – Mercury 16. Not much done. Very windy day. Mr Burdick buried to day.
Jan 9 – Mercury 18. Snowey and Blustring day. Drew two loads wood one corn. Theodore came down here.
Jan 10 – Mercury 14 in morning. At home. Cold snowey day about 4 inches snow. Husked some corn. Mercury 4 four below in Evening.
Jan 11 – Mercury 3 below in morning cold and blustring. Jim and Will Clark posting bills for H. A. Brown.
Jan 12 – Mercury 6 Abz. At home doing chores.
Jan 13 – Choring, no work to amount to much. Cutting some wood. Went down to Randalls.
Jan 14 – Mercury 10 Abz. Cut and drawed three loads wood.
Jan 15 – Rainy. Drawed two loads corn.
Jan 16 – Mercury. Went over to burg in morning got glass for schoolhouse. Went and set them. 4 lights 40 cts. Got 3½ lbs Butter of Fanny Town.
Jan 17 – At home all day. No one here till just at night George and Evva Blake called here.
Jan 18 – Mercury 32. Went up to mill. Ground my ax. Herb Earl and wife stayed in their new House for the first time.
Jan 19 – Mercury 14 Abz. Husked some corn cut some wood. Went over to burg got some nails.
Jan 20 – 9 Abz. Went down to Katharines and M. O. Streators. Very stormy day snow all day.
Jan 21 – Made door to Egg cupboard.
Jan 22 – Mercury 1 below. Stormy. Painted cupboard.
Jan 23 – Mercury 15 below. Took Sarah down to Marts. She went to Kalamazoo to see Ed Allen. Very cold. Plenty snow but not very good sleighing.
Jan 24 – At home all day.
Jan 25 – Mercury 29. Went to Kalamazoo after Sarah. Stoped to Marts saw the mill run. Charley and Clara stayed here.
Jan 26 – Mercury 26 Abz. Jim drawed 3 loads wood one corn. Hank, Lelah and Bes came over they came to Lois.
Jan 27 – 30 Abz. Went over to burg. Took Clara up to Hats. Charley went home. I shelled some corn. Filed saw for N L Randall. Hank to work in galery at the Burg.
Jan 28 – Mercury 22 Abz. Went down to Marts to mill. Got six bushels corn and oats ground. Louese came home.
Jan 29 – Mercury 23 Abz. Took Lou over to burg to get pictures taken. Lou, Clara, Lelah and Bessey here stayed all night.
Jan 30 – At home all day. Lou here she went over and got negatives of the children. D came at night. Cold day.
Jan 31 – Lou went over to burg. Got pictures of the children. D came at night. Cold day.
Feb 1 – Cold good sleighing. No work but chores. Mr Albert Carletons House burned to day.
Feb 2 – Cold day. Took Hannah over to Mrs Sumners. D went up to Scotts. Cold.
Feb 3 – Mercury 32 below zero in morning. Hank went to Kalamazoo. Theodore & Dick Barber came down here. D. & Lou, Ethan and Hannah went down to Mrs Browns.
Feb 4 – Mercury 17 below. D. & Lou went home. Clear and cold. No work but chores.
Feb 5 – Cold day at home. Choring. Old Mr Bennet killd at the burg by the cars.
Feb 6 – At home, cold, bad getting around. Hank left for Galesburg Ill. on Evening Express.
Feb 7 – Mercury. At home. Will Aldrich here. Ethan and Hannah went down to Katharines. Mrs Joh Schrader called here.
Feb 8 – Mercury 40 Abz. Went over to Mr Towns got 2¾ lbs butter paid $1.20 cts. Went over to burg in Evening after Hannah.
Feb 9 – Mercury 54. Drawed two loads corn. Jim drawed one Load wood. Hank and Nancy came on noon Train.
Feb 10 – Mercury 44. Took sarah over to Mrs Watts Funeral. Husked in fore noon. Went over in Evening got Nancys trunks.
Feb 11 – Mercury 45. Took Nancy down to Mrs Browns in morning. Took Sarah up to Mr Rogers in afternoon. I drew two loads corn in afternoon. Sprinkled some just at night.
Feb 12 – Mercury 35. Husked corn some. Worked round house and shop.
Feb 13 – Mercury 33. Choring, not much work. Hannah came home from Austin Peases place. Hank came home in Evening.
Feb 14 – Mercury 35. Hank, Nancy an children here. Hank and Nancy went down to Mrs Browns.
Feb 15 – Mercury 27. Hank and Nancy went to Kalamazoo. Snows some. Edna Allen came to day.
Feb 16 – Mercury 5 Abz. At home. Took Nancy over to burg she went to Kalamazoo. Georde [sic] Tomlinson came on noon train. Went down to Katharines.
Feb 17 – Mercury 23 Abz. Went over to Burg. George left for home on noon train.
Feb 18 – Mercury 38. At home. Worke in barn fixed stall for fan. Ed and Madge here.
Feb 19 – Mercury 23. Cut and drawed some wood. Cold wind.
Feb 20 – Mercury 12 Abz. Cut some wood. Hannah came home from Caywoods.
Feb 21 – At home. Ed and Mage here. Lelah and Bes here.
Feb 22 – Mercury 23. Took Hannah and girls over to cars. Lelah and Bes went home. Hannah went to Lous. I cut some wood.
Feb 23 – Mercury 21. O. M. Allen came up to see Ed. Fan had a calf to day it droped 12 noon.
Feb 24 – Drawed load wood. Made pen for calf.
Feb 25 – Mercury 15 Abz. Cleaned up some wheat. Cold and snowey, high wind, very blustring.
Feb 26 – At work round Barn. Sawed some wood. Went over to burg went to mill.
Feb 27 – Drawed some wood. Not much snow. Very rough roads.
Feb 28 – At home. No one here Except the Allen family. O. M. came up in afternoon.
Mar 1 – Choring round as usual. Went over to Burg at noon. Got some medicin for Edna. Got Harness oil of Semour Miner.
Aug 11 – Mercury 96. Mr Joseph Whitford buried. Henry Crawford came here this morning. He went home on the Eleven Oclock train.
Aug 12 – Ethan and Jim went to Kalamazoo after Lou. Robert Crawford came to day. George Turner Buried to day.
Aug 13 – Robert here. Went over to Burg after Lous trunk. Robert and I went around the squair. Rained in Evening.
Aug 14 – Cloudy some mist. At home. Robert here. Very warm.
Aug 15 – At home. Hot day. Robert and Sarah went over to cemetry. Mary Ellen Allerton and Carrie Plank called here in Evening.
Aug 16 – Took Robert over to the train. Rainy morning. Robert left for Canada.
Aug 17 – Sarah and Lou went down to Mrs Browns. I helped Jim repair the grainry.
Aug 18 – Cut and drawed some wood. Ethan and Jim went to Kalamazoo to see the Sham Battle. Cord Beach got hurt.
Aug 19 – Took Sarah and Lou up to Em Ralphs. I Repaired chair for Em.
Aug 20 – At home. Went down to Mr Browns in morning.
Aug 21 – Harry Crawford came on 7 Oclock train. Carrie Plank and Mary Allerton here in afternoon. Lois came over. D came. Went over to burg in Evening. Ha[d] a heavy shower rained in night.
Aug 22 – Cloudy looks like rain. Harry Crawford here. All well.
Aug 23 – Not much work to day. Jim commenced plowing East lot. George Hubbards baby died this morning. Carry Plank here.
Aug 24 – Hannah and Carey went down to Mr Allertons. Lou and children went over to Lois. Oat Hills mother Died to day.
Aug 25 – Took Lou over to Mr Ralph. Robert came back from Canada. Glen Keith came on noon train. Mrs Hill buried.
Aug 26 – Ethan went to Kalamazoo. Harry went with him. Robert went up to Nelt Blass.
Aug 27 – Mercury 102. Took Robert over to burg he went to Chicago. Carrie Plank came here stayed all night.
Aug 28 – Mercury 99. Carrie went up to Gull Lake to attend the Grange Picknic. Jim plowing. Lou here.
Aug 29 – Had a heavy shower. Went down to Katharines.
Aug 30 – Let Jim have six bags full of corn. Mr Hampton here to dinner tin pedler. Hannah took Carrie Plank to Kalamazoo.
Aug 31 – Lou and children here. Jim plowing. Very warm.
Sep 1 – Jim plowing. Nice day. Lou here. I not very well. I commenced my last years work for H Cruttenden 40 years ago to day.
Sep 2 – Took Lou to Kalamazoo. She stayed to Nancys all night. Very nice day.
Sep 3 – Jim plowing. Warm. Working round as usual. Some hot weather.
Sep 4 – Jim plowing. I cut load wood drew it down. Just at night had a heavy thunder storm. Lightning struck Cole Durkees hors Barn burnt it and straw stac.
Sep 5 – Mercury 80. At home. No one here but our own folks. Hannah came home this morning from Streators. She is making Mary Fishers wedding dress.
Sep 6 – Mercury 93. Cut some corn. Jim floted wheat ground. Very hot day.
Sep 7 – Mercury 90. Cutting corn. Jim working for M. Caywood cutting corn spec so.
Sep 8 – Mercury 86. Cleaned wheat. Took 4 bushels to mill. Hot day. Rained in night.
Sep 9 – Mercury 69 some rainy this morning. Went down to Mrs Browns. Jim went to Kalamazoo. Cate Crawford came home with him.
Sep 10 – Chored around house and shop. Not much done. Warm day.
Sep 11 – Worked in shop some. Went over to burg in afternoon. Cate went over with me. Rained in night.
Sep 12 – Nice morning. At home all day. Kate here.
Sep 13 – Work in shop some. Kate here. Ethan working on Knapps canal power. Got the sewing machine 60 cts Freight.
Sep 14 – Choring around. Cut some corn. Hannah & Nancy went to Jackson. Lelah & Bes came here.
Sep 15 – Took Ethan over to Burg. He went to Jackson to State Fair. Jim took Kate to Kalamazoo. Sarah went over to Mr Ralphs.
Sep 16 – Cut corn some. Fine day some wind. Blowed uncle Isaac Clarks Barn down.
Sep 17 – Cut corn. Choring round.
Sep 18 – Finished cutting corn. Ethan came home.
Sep 19 – At home all day. Nancy came home to day.
Sep 20 – Fine morning. Jim dragging. I cut some wood and d[r]ew it down.
Sep 21 – Mercury 56 some lidle rany. At home. Jim dont be dragging to day some. Mr Franklin brot machine home.
Sep 22 – Mercury 67. Jim draging with spring tooth.
Sep 23 – Went over to Burg in morning. Bot ½ bushel Timothy seed 1.13¢. Rainy lots Lightning & thunder.
Sep 24 – At home. Hannah came home sick from Mr Ogdens.
Sep 25 – Choring around. Put Beens in Barn and done various things. Mr Levy Woods folks came over. Stayed to Mrs Browns all night.
Sep 26 – All hands went up to Mrs Streators. Had a good time. Hannah some better. Rainy night.
Sep 27 – Rainy morning. Helped Jim. I went down to Katharines in afternoon.
Sep 28 – Helped Jim clean up wheat. Mr D. L. Tuttle buried at Galesburg to day.
Sep 29 – Mrs Skinner Died. Mrs Forbush and Eva Blake here in afternoon. Mrs Browns Jersey cow Died.
Sep 30 – Went down to Mrs Browns. Helped bury the cow.
Oct 1 – Cut some wood dug some potatoes. Lumis Robinson came here. He went home on nine oclock run.
Oct 2 – Went to Kalamazoo stayed all night. Went to the Accadamy of music** in Evening. Hank and Nancy went with us.
Oct 3 – Nice weather. At Browns. I went up to the Asylum in forenoon and then Hank and I went over to the water works. We came home at night. Old Mrs Daniels Died to day.
Oct 4 – Mercury 76 in shade. Fine day. Drawing rails for fence south of Barn next to the wheat.
Oct 5 – Laid bottom rails for fence. Fixed two saws for Allan Simmons. Jim and Charley Ford moved Rial French.
Oct 6 – Finished filing Simmons saws and turned driver for Bench Screw. Very nice day. Mercury up in the 70 & 80.
Oct 7 – Went over to burg in morning and down to C. Fords. Ethan picking apples down to Mrs Browns. Very nice weather.
Oct 8 – Mercury 80. Went up in woods cut some steaks. Went over to burg got band for sewing machine. Bot box Buggy greace. Lois came home. Nice weather.
Oct 9 – Mercury 84. Took Sarah over to Lois. I chored a round house and barn.
Oct 10 – At home all day. Lois and Ina came over. George Yeomans and Burt Burrell here.
Oct 11 – Jim came home from Shelby Ville. Jay came home with him. Ethan went to Kalamazoo.
Oct 12 – Husked some corn. Very nice day very dry. Lum Robinson and wife here in afternoon.
Oct 13 – Built fence south of barn. Very nice day. Mrs Gilfus died to day. Jay here all right.
Oct 14 – Rainy day. No work. Rained and blowed hard all day. Blowed my corn most all down.
Oct 15 – Nice day. Finished my fence. No frost yet of any account. Dell and Sate got home. 73 years old to day.
Oct 16 – Went over to burg. Bess and Jay went over to Lois. Nice day. Not much done. Rather lame. Old Pionere here to dinner.
Oct 17 – Mercury 69 pleasant some wind. Ethan, Hannah, Bes and Jay gone to Kalamazoo. George Yeomans and Burt Burrell here to day.
Oct 18 – Mercury 54 very nice day warm and dry. Husked corn. Jay here. Mr Knap here. Work on propeller.
Oct 19 – Mercury 57 very pleasant and dry. Husked corn. Mr Knap here to day working on propeller.
Oct 20 – Kalamazoo House Burned to day. Drew in my cornfodder in the morning. Went down to Mrs Browns got apples. Rainy. Went over to burg in afternoon. Not cold.
Oct 21 – Warm day. Choped some wood. Aunt Hannah Wilmarth here to dinner stayed the afternoon.
Oct 22 – Nice day. Put apples in cellar. Drawed some wood in afternoon. W. H. Knap & Agent came over in afternoon.
Oct 23 – Fine day. Went to Kalamazoo with Jay. He went home. Claud went with him.
Oct 24 – Picked up Hickory nuts. Nice warm day. Jim went down to Hanks after Hannah. Lois went with him.
Oct 25 – Took the W. H. Knap Propeller up to Butterfield to try the Boats. Husked corn in afternoon. Cold day.
Oct 26 – Cool wind. Husked corn. Ethan dug potatoes. Hannah work for Fanny Town. Jim went to Kalamazoo with wheat.
Oct 27 – Husked corn. Cool day. Put potatoes in cellar. Jim went to Kalamazoo with wheat.
Oct 28 – Went to Mr Isaac Clarks funeral to day. Cool wind.
Oct 29 – Went up to Levy Woods. Mrs Streator and Mrs Green and Cyrus went.
Oct 30 – Husked some. Chored round. Put lights in windows to school House.
Oct 31 – At home. Picked up some Hickory nuts and cut some sage.
Nov 1 – Mercury 54. Finished husking to day. Sate worked for Hannah. Charley Smith came over after Sate.
Nov 2 – Mercury 55 nice warm day. Went over to Election. Levy Wood and wife here, Fanny Town and Mrs Pease.
Nov 3 – Drawed my cornfodder. Very nice day. Went over to burg at noon. Mr Knap an Ethan tried the Boat.
Nov 4 – Ethan and Jim Conky went to Kalamazoo. I dug some roots for Sarah. Cyrus and Mrs Streator. called. Tip Town called.
Nov 5 – Worked round. Lelah and Bes here. Nancy came up. Sarah went down to Mrs Browns.
Nov 6 – Went over to burg. Took Nells dress over. Went to Lois. Saw Mary Hall. Nancy and girls went down to Mrs Browns. Snowed in night the first of the season.
Nov 7 – About ½ inch snow on the ground this morning. Jim Konky came got his camery. Hank came up here.
Nov 8 – Cut some wood. Nancy and girls went down to Mrs Browns.
Nov 9 – Drawed one load wood. Rained then snowed like fun. Made stall for Peter. Not very cold. Will Brown moved to day.
Nov 10 – Doing chores. Made ladder or apart of one. Cold.
Nov 11 – Took Sarah over to Lois. Cut out rounds for ladder. Cleaned up some wheat.
Nov 12 – Went over to mill. Made cloths stick for Nancy.
Nov 13 – Nancy went home. Lou came home. She came up with Jim. I went over to Comstock. Sarah went down to Katharines.
Nov 14 – Pleasant day cool wind. Herb Earls Boy born this morning.
Nov 15 – Put plank down at the west door at barn.
Nov 16 – Took Lou over to Lois and Mr Ralphs. Mr Knap and Ethan tried the Boat. Cold wind.
Nov 17 – Rainy day. Got pig of Jim. Went over to burg at night. Got oil. Lou went up to Jim Milhams.
Nov 18 – Mercury 25 cold and blustrous, snowey, cold. I worked in barn some.
Nov 19 – Lou and children here. Cold wind. Ethan cut some wood. I drew two loads.
Nov 20 – Ethan choped some wood. I jointed boards for East side of barn. Doc Martin and wife called in Evening to see Hannah.
Nov 21 – At home all day. Pleasant. Lou went to Kalamazoo. Levy Wood and wife and Mrs Streator here.
Nov 22 – Boarded up East side barn. Nice day.
Nov 23 – Mercury 58. Repaired pump and well in barn.
Nov 24 – Mercury. Went over to burg got shugar and oder dings, cinnamon and Raisins, oil &c.
Nov 25 – Went over after Lois. Snows. Del came over got Horse and wagon. Took load stone over. Hannah came home.
Nov 26 – Ethan took Hannah down to Mrs Howlets. I got thirty Dozen Eggs of Fanny Town to send to Chicago. Cold day.
Nov 27 – Sent Eggs and Butter to Chicago to Hiram Crawford.
Nov 28 – At home. Hannah went up to Herb Gilsons.
Nov 29 – Mercury 2 Abz. Not much done. Ed Schram called here. I hired him to cut some wood.
Nov 30 – Ethan went over got Lois in morning. She came over to wash. I went over to burg in Evening to get stove for Hanks folks.
Dec 1 – Mercury 8 Abz. Went to Kalamazoo took Hanks stove down to them. Mrs Brown went. Very Blustring. Jim and Bell Starr came up with me. Lum Robinson started for home. Saw Dob Zinsky[?].
Dec 2 – Cut some wood. Put ladder together in Evening. Cold and blustring he snow very hard some.
Dec 3 – Drawed two loads of wood on sleigh. Jim called here said he had sold his team to Will Brown. Ed chopping. Dr Babcock buried to day.
Dec 4 – Ed chopping. Cold day. I drawed wood.
Dec 5 – Mercury 16 Below zero. Went over to burg in morning. Jim shingling for Dell. Ed Schram chopping.
Dec 6 – Mercury 2 blow zero. Went over to burg in morn. Jim shingling for Dell. Ed chopping.
Dec 7 – Drawed wood in forenoon. Went down to Marts in afternoon. Nice day.
Dec 8 – Fine day. Drawed wood. Ed no chop some. Fanny Town came over in afternoon.
Dec 9 – Drawing wood. Not much snow. Very nice weather.
Dec 10 – Drawed wood in forenoon. Got all down that was cut. Snow about gone. Leon here stayed all night.
Dec 11 – Leon went up to Batey. Glen came down with willow[?] in morning. Leon came back stayed all night. Dell put some shingles on Barn.
Dec 12 – Leon and Glen lef for home. Rained some.
Dec 13 – Not much done but chores.
Dec 14 – Snowed and blowed hard. Very rough day. Went down to Caywoods and Mr Flanders. Paid Ed $— for butter. Mate Ford came here.
Dec 15 – Cold snow about — inches deep. Hannah went to Dr Ma– to sew. Took Sarah down to Mrs Browns. Filed saw for Jim. Hung ax for Herb Earl.
Dec 16 – Cold day. Worked in shop some. Smoothed up axhelves. Ethan went to burg in Evening.
Dec 17 – Finished up axhelves and chored round. Sarah went up to Ha–. I went up took tea with them. Snowed and blowed.
Dec 18 – Worked in shop some. Finished up my helves. Ed Schram called here.
Dec 19 – At home. Went over brot Lois over. Some stormy.
Dec 20 – Mercury at zero. Took Hannah over to train she went to Kalamazoo.
Dec 21 – Mercury 34 Abz. Went over to burg in Evening after Hannah and Lelah. Shelled corn for feed.
Dec 22 – Mercury 5 Abz. Went down to Mrs Browns. Took letter down to Lizzy with sample in. Hannah went up to Wm Ralphs.
Dec 23 – Went over to burg in morning paid my tax $6.78 cts. Went over at noon got money order cashed. Went over to Lois in Evening.
Dec 24 – Went down to Marts to mill. Took 7½ bushels corn and oats ground. Sent books to Claude, Lelah & Bes, Jay and Verne and Marts children.
Dec 25 – Worked on toboggin for Claude. No good he break some. Not very cold.
Dec 26 – At home. No one here. Cold winter weather. Good sleighing.
Dec 27 – Mercury 13 Abz. Went up to Theodores got board for toboggin. Oscar, Mary Ann and Glen here to day. They left for home.
Dec 28 – Mercury 3 below. Went over to burg. Got shoes for Sarah. Cold day.
Dec 29 – Mercury 3 Abz. Went over to burg in morning got calender. Mrs Beley Wright Died this morning 7 oclock. Went over to burg in Evening.
Dec 30 – Mercury 15 below very much cold day. Sarah & I went to Kalamazoo she stayed to Nancys. Bot articks $1.25. Very cold. D. and Jim came.
Dec 31 – Mercury 13 below. Went over to burg in afternoon. Ina went home. Mrs Bela Wright buried to day. Very cold day. I done nodings not much to day ver mooch goot sleigh plendy snow some. Lou sent me money, pay some money. D went home on noon train.
 The Michigan death record lists his date of death as January 21 (although it’s possible that the 1 in 21 is actually a 4) and there is a notation “Names added to list by Henry Laffitt [Labbitt] Undertaker Galesburg Michigan.” FindAGrave.com agrees with Luke’s entry of death on January 6, 1886, and shows he is buried in Lawler Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. The January 9, 1886 edition of the Kalamazoo Daily Telegraph, p.3, noted: The funeral services of the late Langford [sic] Burdick of Galesburg were held in the Baptist church at that place yesterday, Rev. J. S. Boyden officiating, and were largely attended. The remains were interred in the cemetery in Charleston Township.
 Theodore Earl, neighbor and “shirttail relative”
 His son-in-law, Lois’ husband, Adelbert Skinner
 His son-in-law, Nancy’s husband, Henry Brown, who was a photographer. It appears Jim and Will were posting advertisements around town. The February 9, 1886 edition of the Kalamazoo Daily Telegraph, on page 6, reported the following: Henry A. Brown, photographer, recently of Galesburg, Ill., who has been taking all the pretty prizes in town (if each is left to be sole judge) for the past two weeks, will locate in Kalamazoo in the bank building, on the northwest corner of Main and Burdick streets.
 George & Mary Evelyn “Eva” (Forbush) Blake lived in Charleston, Michigan, which is about five miles east of where Luke lived
 His neighbor and “shirttail relative,” Herbert Earl, and his wife, Luella (Farr) Earl. Herb and Theodore (see footnote to January 7th entry) were brothers
 Michigan death records reveal that Harriet Watts died February 8, 1886 in Otsego, Allegan County, Michigan, and FindAGrave.com shows she is buried in Lawler Cemetery, Augusta, Allegan County, Michigan
 From an ad in the October 23, 1880 Galesburgh Express: Wm. L. McBeth, M.D., PHYSICIAN & SURGEON. Office at Burdick’s drug store. Residence on Battle Creek street, two doors east of Bennett House. Calls attended to promptly at all hours. Galesburgh, Mich.
 Hard to decipher the order of his words as some were squeezed in between lines, so this may not be a true reading
 An old neighbor from when Luke lived in Covington, Genesee County, New York. The New York Death Index shows that Nicholas Chilson died in Batavia, Genesee County, New York and FindAGrave.com shows he is buried in the Pavilion Cemetery, Pavilion, New York, although it shows his age as 77
 Michigan death records mistakenly show that Erastus Stewart died October 3, 1886 in Comstock, Michigan with the notation “Names added to list by Henry Laffitt [Labbitt] Undertaker Galesburg Michigan.” Langford Burdick (see footnote to January 6th entry), likewise added by Henry Labbitt, was also incorrectly entered. The Kalamazoo Daily Telegraph newspaper editions of July 1 and July 6 (both on p. 2) agree with Luke’s entry showing that Erastus Stewart died on June 30, 1886
 Maria (nee Thayer), who was the widow of James Flanders (the son on Joseph Flanders, see footnote to May 4th entry), married Victor Gardner. She is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan alongside her first husband, James Flanders
 FindAGrave.com reveals that Horatio N. Tubbs died July 2, 1886 and is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery, Wayland, Michigan
 Michigan death records show that he died in Comstock, Michigan on July 8, 1886 and FindAGrave.com shows he is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan. Luke Keith’s diary entry of 10-18-1894 reads: Went down to Mrs Streators with Will Clark they took up Mr M. O. Streators remains and put them in the new cemetry at Galesburg
 Believe them to be the brother and son of Marius Streator
 Cullen Towne, the son of Albert Towne (see footnote to February 8th entry)
 Willis & Elizabeth (Ogden) Brown; Willis was the son of Matilda Brown (see footnote to January 1st entry)
 Michigan death records show that Adeline Hodges died July 27, 1886 in Galesburg, Michigan and FindAGrave.com shows she is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Michigan death records show that George Turner died in Kalamazoo from a fall from a scaffold on August 10, 1886 and FindAGrave.com shows he is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo, Michigan
 Most likely the Galesburg Old Cemetery where their mother, Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts, was buried
 The daughter of neighbors John & Caroline (Rapelje) Allerton
 Carrie Plank was the daughter of William & Harriett (Groat) Plank who had been neighbors of the Keiths in Comstock until they moved to Grand Rapids in 1873
 The son of Hiram & Kate (Atcheson) Crawford; Hiram was Sarah’s brother
 Michigan death records reveal that Floyd Hubbard, the six-month-old son of George & Alice Hubbard, died in Galesburg, Michigan on August 23, 1886
 Michigan death records reveal that Sarah (Watters) Hill died August 23, 1886 in Galesburg, Michigan
 His grand-nephew, the son of James “Oscar” & Mary Ann (Batey) Keith
 On July 25, 1847 Luke married his second wife, Jerusha Crittenden (she died September 23, 1848). Jerusha had a brother Henry; perhaps this is who he is referring to
 Mary Fisher married Marenus Caywood in September. Sadly, on March 4, 1887 Marenus was killed when his horses “run with him” according to Luke Keith’s 1887 diary
 Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford, the wife of Hiram Crawford, Jr., Sarah’s brother
 No relation is known at this time; however, often the parents of a husband or wife of a family member, or the parent of a neighbor, were referred to as Aunt or Uncle
 An outdated piece of farm equipment which used many flexible iron teeth mounted in rows to loosen the soil before planting
 FindAGrave.com shows that David Tuttle died in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 25, 1886 and he is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Galesburg, Michigan
 Sarah (Knight) Skinner, the mother of Del Skinner (see footnote to January 7th entry). FindAGrave.com shows she died September 29, 1886 in Ceresco, Michigan and that she is buried in the Quaker Cemetery in Waterloo, New York
Jan 1 – Aron Vandusen called here. We all went over to Hanks.
Jan 2 – Shelled corn and carried it to mill.
Jan 3 – Choped and drawed wood. About two inches snow. Jim & Will Brown went to Kalamazoo. Bot this Diary 35 cts.
Jan 4 – Pleasant day Mercury 5 Abz in morning. Jim commenced choping for Hank. Went over to burg got potatoes $1.00. Sarah found five Dollars. Cold windy day.
Jan 5 – Husked corn. Cold day. Jim chopping. No sleighing but very little snow on ground.
Jan 6 – Went down to Mrs Browns got three bushels wheat carried it to mill paid $2.50. Not much work to day. Herb Earl brot down a piece of Elm for hoop to his billiard board.
Jan 7 – Went over to burg after grist. Hanks folks came over stayed all night. Rainy night. Solomon Youngs Died to day.
Jan 8 – Rainy day. Hank & Nancy went up to Scots to see Mrs Powers. I carried Hannah down to Katharines. Very windy day.
Jan 9 – Chored round. Husked some cut some wood.
Jan 10 – Worked on Herbs biliard table worked 4¼ Hours. Jim went down and got his Books. Snowed like fun in afternoon. Jim went over to the Lyceum in Evening.
Jan 11 – Cut and drawed three Loads wood. Worked in shop some. The slides came for Earls Table.
Jan 12 – Worked in shop on Billiards Table. Turned some for Theodore. Turned two boxes split one. Jim and Charley Camp chopping down to Browns. Some sleighing. About 3 inches snow on ground.
Jan 13 – Went up to sawmill got huing block. Went over to burg to carry Nancys dress. Worked 6½ hours on Herbs Biliard Board. Rained some.
Jan 14 – Husked some chored round worked some on Earls board 1 Hour. Harry and Nell here in Evening.
Jan 15 – Not very cold mercury 40 Abz in morning. Ethan and Hannah went down to Katharines.
Jan 16 – Painted Herbs Board. Chored round. Not work much. Jim chopping with Rial French up to Win Fords. Clarrissa Turner Died this Evening.
Jan 17 – Cold day. Painted Board over again finished turning the cues. Fanny Town came over this afternoon a while.
Jan 18 – Worked in shop. Took table to pieces. Jesse Earl came down a while. Boardman Chipman called here with one of Cate Isherwoods girls. James Ralph Died to night.
Jan 19 – Went to Kalamazoo to Attend Clarrissa Turners Funeral. Fine day. Saw Jane Robinson, Silva Johnson and her two children. Charles and Rheoba got cutter (shoe $1.14 cts.
Jan 20 – Worked in shop. Made machine for striking an Elipsis. Very nice day not much snow on ground. Theodore brot Blackwalnut rail to repair table with.
Jan 21 – Made Axhelves for Jim. Not very cold. Ethan and Jim got down some wood.
Jan 22 – At home all day. Very cold and blustring considerable like winter.
Jan 23 – Went over to burg in morning. Mrs Betts went over. Painted Herbs board over. Went over to Burg in Evening. Took cutter over to get shoes put on.
Jan 24 – Worked on table 6½ Hours. Went over to burg in Evening got Bottle ink. Sent papers to George Tomlinson. Mercury 2 Abz in morning. Sent papers to George.
Jan 25 – Worked in shop on Table 7½ Hours. Rained most all day. Hannah went up to Mr Earls to sewing.
Jan 26 – Worked in shop on table. Rainy day Mercury 53 Abz no snow. Mr Holmes Buried to day. Austin Odell Buried to day. Very muddy High wind this Evening.
Jan 27 – Went over to burg in morning bot oil and cake soap. Very nice day. Worked two Hours on Table. Herb came down. Mr Knapp came over here. Ethan went over to burg in afternoon. Harry called here.
Jan 28 – Worked on Table. Painted Herbs Board. Went down to Katharines. Cold wind. I got hurt. Wind blowed Barn Door against me hurt me good deal some.
Jan 29 – Came home at night. Broke Buggy spring. Cold west wind. Lucy came up after Hannah.
Jan 30 – No work to day. Very lame. Pleasant day no snow on ground. Jim chopping for Hank. Jim joined the Templers this Evening.
Jan 31 – Pleasant day this morning. Worked on Board 1½. Herb brot some Turnips and carrots. No snow.
Feb 1 – Mercury 40 Abz. No work to day. Nice sunny day no snow nice october weather. Jim helping Harry Hall clover to day. Fine day for February first.
Feb 2 – No work to day lame as ever. Fine pleasant day no signs of snow nice fall weather. Ethan and Jim gone over to burg this Evening to Strait and Barber about patenting his machine.
Feb 3 – Very Pleasant day. Worked on Table 6½ Hours. Jim went to mill got 1½ of wire Brown one bushel and half. Ethan went over to burg carried 2½ bushels wheat to mill.
Feb 4 – Worked some on Table. Very fine day. I am quite lame yet.
Feb 5 – At home all day. Pleasant as June.
Feb 6 – Went to Kalamazoo to get moddle. Roads nice and dusty. Very warm for February.
Feb 7 – Mrs Betts went to Chicago. Nice day. Sarah went over to Nancys stayed all day. Ethan went over after her in Evening show to Winslow Opera House. Hank went to Three Rivers. Worked on Table 5½ Hours.
Feb 8 – Worked in shop on Table. Mr Taylor got our Sausage Grinder.
Feb 9 – Worked on Sub Treasury Box. Finished the cues to the Trivoli Board. Sarah went down to M. O. Streators in the afternoon. Very pleasant nice day.
Feb 10 – Put pictures on board for Herb. Sarah went over to Fanny Towns. Very fine day good October weather. Jim chopping to Taylors. Harry here in Evening.
Feb 11 – Not much work to day. Went over to burg in morning got some violin Timber. Saw Mr Signor, Mate Ford and Mary ___ter here in afternoon. Nice day Mercury 56 Abz.
Feb 12 – Warm Mercury 53 Abz. Went up to Mr Hardy. Very fine day. Had a Thunder shower in night.
Feb 13 – Worked on Table 5 Hours. Nice day. Herb got his Trivoli Board.
Feb 14 – Worked on Herbs Box. Very fine day. Sarah went over to burg stayed all night.
Feb 15 – Worked on Herbs Box. Mercury 57 Abz. Worked in shop with door open very comfortable. Ida Barber Married to day to C Ugene How Editor of Galesburg Express.
Feb 16 – Worked some on Box. Very fine day Mercury 52. Sarah came home this Evening. Smoky some like Indian Summer. El Cary Died to day.
Feb 17 – Turned two table legs. A little cooler no snow. Last Club Dance in the night. Mrs Dr Upjohn Died to day.
Feb 18 – Finished Herbs Box. Some colder cold East wind. Nancy came over. Mr George Sumner Died this Evening.
Feb 19 – At home all day. Ethan and Hannah went down to Katharines.
Feb 20 – Chored round not much done. Rained some not very cold. Mrs Youngs called here.
Feb 21 – Worked on Table 6½ Hours just on the legs. Very blustrous snowed most all day very wintery. Mr Summer Buried to day. Mrs Youngs came here Stayed all night.
Feb 22 – Rough stormy day. Hank, Nancy, Jim and Lou went up to Scotts [Michigan] to a dance stayed all night.
Feb 23 – Young ones came home this morning. Not very cold snowed some. Nancy went down to Mrs Browns. Went over to Mill in afternoon.
Feb 24 – Went over to burg in morning got cutter fixed. Pleasant day not much sleighing. Carried Sarah, Mrs Brown and Nancy up to Mate Fords.
Feb 25 – Theodore came down in forenoon. Cleaned out shop in afternoon. Will Brown brot ash log for wiffletrees. No sleighing snow most all gone.
Feb 26 – Not very cold no snow plenty wind. Lucy and Hellen came up here.
Feb 27 – Worked on table some. Not very well some lame. Made rack for table leaves. Frank Tomlinsons Boy Born to day no live long.
Feb 28 – Finished Table. Rainy day. Mrs Willard Mills Died at 12 Oclock to day.
Mar 1 – Pleasant day mercury 60 Abz. Herb got Table. Sarah went down to Mrs Browns in afternoon. Mr Flanders got croper tools.
Mar 2 – Jesse Earl paid me $9.00. Went to Kalamazoo to get Spring Mended. Jesse Earl went with me. Mrs Betts came home went over to Burg after Mrs Betts. Rial and Jim Chopping. Mrs Mills Buried.
Mar 3 – Chored round. Rial French choped with Jim.
Mar 4 – Theodore came down. Cut some washers for buggy. Rainy day.
Mar 5 – At home all day. Jim and Nancy went down to Marts. Not very cold.
Mar 6 – Worked in shop made wiffletrees for Will Brown. Cool wind. Jim worked for Will Brown.
Mar 7 – Some cooler this morning no Snow.
Mar 8 – Worked in shop some glued dumb Bell together. Went over to burg bot pants 1.25. Ethan Turned heads for Charley Towns Filter.
Mar 9 – Turned Dum bells. Rainy day rather cool. Dr Spinney Lecturing in Burg.
Mar 10 – Went down to Marts after Hannah. Took her over to burg. Mrs Betts went over with Mrs Brown.
Mar 11 – Went over to burg in afternoon girls all went to Lecture. Carried Jay Harris pattern over. He paid 75 cts. Snowed in night.
Mar 12 – About two inches snow this morning. Went over to burg just at night. Took Hannah over brot Mrs Betts home. Very much muddy some.
Mar 13 – At home chored round worked in shop some. Sarah went over to Spinneys Lecture. Made stain.
Mar 14 – Made some stain to stain violin with. No good.
Mar 15 – About two inches snow. Went over to burg got some cochineal. Tried my luck a gain no get it right some no how. Jim went to work for Ed Flanders.
Mar 16 – About two inches snow this morning Worked on violin some. Turned roller for Theodore $_____.
Mar 17 – Carried Sarah down to Mrs Browns to quilting. Nancy, Mrs Betts, Hannah and Lou went. Theodore and Jim Bartlett came down. Turned Brass pipe.
Mar 18 – Carried Sarah down to Mrs Browns to get quilt of. Mrs Siniska Tuttle Warren calld here.
Mar 19 – Ethan carried Hannah down to Katharines.
Mar 20 – Rainy day some. Swap Eggs with Patty[?] Earl. Saw Ciniska there.
Mar 21 – Hen commenced Sittin on the Earl Eggs. Snows and Blows quite hard.
Mar 22 – Around home choring some not much done. Went over to burg some.
Mar 23 – Worked round house and shop some. Not very well.
Mar 24 – Grubed out west garden along the road fence. Went over to burg in Evening to hear the Hurtt children sing.
Mar 25 – Went over to burg after Hannah Comfort. Cold and snowey.
Mar 26 – At home all day. Hank and Nancy here. Rainy day. They stayed all night.
Mar 27 – Carried Nancy and children home in morning went over twice. Went down to Mrs Browns. No work some not much.
Mar 28 – Carried Katharine home in afternoon. Pleasant day. Smith Carleton and John Darling making shugar sap run like fun.
Mar 29 – Carried Hannah over to Burg in morning. Chored round. Not very well hard cold.
Mar 30 – Rial French helped me draw wood. Cold wind.
Mar 31 – Made mallet for Allan Simmons.
Apr 1 – Chored round in forenoon. Grubed out Sassafras along the road West of garden. Ayres Raymond paid me 1.25 cts.
Apr 2 – Very warm day mercury 76 in shade at one o clock P.M.
Apr 3 – Went to Kalamazoo on Biz Niz. Fine Day. Jesse James the Train and Bank Robber Killed to day by Robert and Charles Ford at St Joseph Missouri.
Apr 4 – Went over to burg to see D. Lamkin. Hen commenced setting on the Taylor Eggs. Will Brown commenced plowing for Oats. Rained all the afternoon and night.
Apr 5 – Rainy morning. Hannah Comfort went over to Nancys stayed all night. Dee Harris came to day.
Apr 6 – Hannah Comfort started for home this morning.
Apr 7 – Worked on box some. Ethan went over to burg. Charles P. Galligan Brot up to Galesburg and Buried.
Apr 8 – Worked on Box put some Irons on side boards. Rainy.
Apr 9 – Jim went over brot Emma Allen over. I went down to Mrs Browns. Mrs Albert Chase buried to day.
Apr 10 – Worked in west garden raked up weeds and leaves burnt up the weeds and leaves.
Apr 11 – Worked in garden cleaned out sage roots.
Apr 12 – Worked in shop some on Box. Louese Married to day. Fine day. Mr Van Blake came over in Evening. Carried Sarah over to Law Suit.
Apr 13 – Went over to Burg in morning. Worked in shop on Box. Will Brown plowing south lot for Oats.
Apr 14 – Worked on wagon Box some. Very nice day.
Apr 15 – Finished Box. Will Sowed the Oats. Lois and Ina came on the noon train.
Apr 16 – Lois came over this morning. Fine day.
Apr 17 – Went down to Caywoods with Lois. Went up to Mr Flanders got some potatoes. Jim came home in Evening to see Lou and D.D.
Apr 18 – Went over to burg in morning with Trunk. D.D. and Lou started for Phoenix Northern Michigan in the copper mines.
Apr 19 – Worked round some in shop in garden. Rainy and very windy.
Apr 20 – Some cold rainy and very windy some not much. Painted wagon box.
Apr 21 – Finished Wills Box. Fine pleasant day. Will plowed some. Lois went over to Nancys. Found calf in Barn this morning.
Apr 22 – Went over to Burg in morning carried Mrs Betts over. Will plowing. Very windy. Will got his Box. Cold bad day to be out. Lois went home to day.
Apr 23 – At home all day. Went over to burg at night after Mrs Betts. Got 4 four bushels clover Seed of Mr Flanders.
Apr 24 – Dick Lamkins came over. Got out manure. Went over at noon with Hannah. She went to Vicksburg. Mrs Mary Crawford Died to day. Dick had one bag corn.
Apr 25 – Dick and Boy drawing manure. Let Dick have one bag corn and fifty cents cash.
Apr 26 – Went down to M O Streators got some Turnips. Went over to burg in afternoon. Rained some.
Apr 27 – Sowed Clover seed on wheat lot south west. Mary Crawford Buried to day. Pleasant day. H. M. Shafter Died This Evening.
Apr 28 – Finished Sowing clover Seed. Cold wind.
Apr 29 – Not much work to day. H. M. Shafter Buried to day. Cold wind in afternoon.
Apr 30 – At home all day. Nancy came over. Dick got bag corn.
May 1 – Worked round. Cold wind. Made some stove Boat[?]. Got some Rasberry roots of H. A. Taylor.
May 2 – Worked on Oats violin 2 Hours. Carried 1½ Bu corn to Mill.
May 3 – Pleasant day. Worked on violin. Let Dick have one Bag Corn. Went over to burg with Ed Flanders. See _____. Oscars Katey Died this Morning. Rainy night.
May 4 – Rainy day. Went down to Mrs Browns in morning. Went over to burg in afternoon. Rainy got some wet. Planted potatoes in East garden.
May 5 – Nancy and Matilda Brown here. Cold wind. Planted some corn in west garden. Charley Town commenced planting to day.
May 6 – Went up to Scots after Hannah. Rained and hailed some.
May 7 – Went down to Katharines. All well. No rain.
May 8 – Went up to Mr Jo Flanders got 2½ bushels potatoes. Harry and Jo Darling plated and Harrowed corn ground. Charley Atkins Rolled East lot. Had a heavy rain.
May 9 – Went up to Mr Flanders got ½ bushel climax potatoes. Harry Draged and marked corn ground.
May 10 – Chored round. Some rainy day.
May 11 – Not much done. Cold rainy day. Wind North East.
May 12 – No work. Cold rainy day. Wind North East. Went over to burg in afternoon.
May 13 – Went over to Burg in morning to carry Hannahs cloak and Rubbers[?] over. Cold and rainy. North wind. Charley Camp Planting corn.
May 14 – At home all day. Ethan and Hannah went down to Katharines. Cold north East wind.
May 15 – Planted corn in west Lot. Harry, Oscar Darling, Ethan and meselfe soing Be Jabbers. Will Brown sold Caty here in my yard for $90 Dollars. Swap Eggs with Fanny Town. Set hen.
May 16 – Put in back _____ Handle for Theodore. Got 12 bolts of Theodore. Pleasant day. Ethan and Hannah papering. Planted some potatoes. Thysa Youngs stayed here all night.
May 17 – Finished planting potatoes. Warm nice day.
May 18 – Hoed some in garden. Chored round generally.
May 19 – Worked round garden some. Went over to burg. Sarah went over to burg stayed all night.
May 20 – Went over to burg in morning after Sarah. Went over at noon to help Hank. He had got floor laid.
May 21 – Carried Mrs Betts over to Burg in morning to church to hear the gospel preached.
May 22 – Went over to burg in forenoon. Put in shelves in pantry. Hanks folks moving. Patty came to day on noon train.
May 23 – Went over to burg got Pattys Trunk. Cold wind. No corn up yet not much.
May 24 – Frost this morning and some ice. Went over to burg. Mrs Browns Horses gone. Will had Bill to find them. Carried Patty down to Katharines. Cold west wind. Had Jesse Earls ______ seat.
May 25 – Pleasant morning. Worked on violin some.
May 26 – Went over to burg in forenoon. Put up shelf for Nancy. Finished Oats violin. Rainy night.
May 27 – Rainy day. No work to day out side.
May 28 – Went down to Katharines to see Patty and all the rest. Fine day.
May 29 – Warm day. Put the cow into Theodores Pasture. Planted cranberry Beans in west garden. Hoed some corn in East garden.
May 30 – Hoed potatoes. Fine day. Edwin Flanders brot some lumber for his rack. Sarah went down to Mrs Browns. Mrs Betts went over to Burg.
May 31 – Rained some in forenoon. Went down to Katharines in forenoon to carry letter and paper to Patty. Went over to Hanks fixed Screen doors. Mr Josiah Loveland Buried to day.
Jun 1 – Went over to burg. Finished Hanks doors in forenoon. Harry cultivated corn. I hoed some in garden.
Jun 2 – Rainy day some. Cut out some stuf for Eds Rack 3 Hours. Rained all night.
Jun 3 – Rainy day. Not much work to day. Ethan carried Mrs Betts over to Burg to conveniest meeting.
Jun 4 – Rainy and cold wind.
Jun 5 – Cut out stuf for Eds Rack. Hoed some.
Jun 6 – 45 Years to day Started for Michigan. Bot gold ring of __. Clark Batai___ worked on road north of corners. Fine day.
Jun 7 – Worked on road. Warm day west wind all day. Ethan went down to Katharines to carry Pattys mail.
Jun 8 – Worked on road in forenoon. Cut weeds. Hoed some in garden.
Jun 9 – Worked round garden some. Nells Baby Died to day noon[?].
Jun 10 – Hoed garden and chored round.
Jun 11 – At home. Alvin and his Mother came up. Patty and Katharine came up here.
Jun 12 – Went over to burg in morning. Hoed garden and chored round.
Jun 13 – Went over to burg in morning after Nancy. Went back got mail.
Jun 14 – Worked on Rack and Box some. Old cow out. Went to Burg.
Jun 15 – Went up to Mr Ralphs to see rack. Carried Patty over to burg. Went over to burg in Evening. Sold lot Iron to Dick Lamkin. I came to Comstock Forty Five Years to day.
Jun 16 – Went over to burg in morning after Patty. Hatty and Frank came to day. Katharine came up with them.
Jun 17 – Frank and Hat left for home. Not much _____ work to day.
Jun 18 – Patty and I went down to Katharines. Sarah Sick. Mr Hoover Died in night.
Jun 19 – Carried Pattys Trunk over to Burg in morning. Went over at noon with Patty. She left for home on 12.30 train.
Jun 20 – Worked in shop some. Hoed some.
Jun 21 – Hoed East garden. Worked in shop some not much. Mr Hoover buried. Hot day.
Jun 22 – Went up to Mr Flanders in morning put cleats on box. Went over to burg in afternoon got some bolts and screws. Drayton Smith called here in afternoon. Very Hot 96 Abz.
Jun 23 – Cloudy and warm after the rain. Worked in shop on Rack.
Jun 24 – Worked in shop on Eds Stock Rack. Some rain in afternoon had a thunder shower in night.
Jun 25 – At home all day. Jim carried Mrs Betts over to Burg in morning. Jim and Charley Camp went up to York ville to see Gull Lake.
Jun 26 – Went over to Burg in morning after Box irons no get him. Went over at noon got some. Bot violin string of Wilson 25¢. Worked on box some.
Jun 27 – Warm morning. Went over to Burg Sarah went over. Ethan carried Mrs Betts down to Mrs Browns. Ida Barber How moved to Lansing.
Jun 28 – Worked in shop on Rack. Hot day.
Jun 29 – Will Brown commenced cutting clover in East Lot. Ethan and Mrs Betts Crawford Comfort went down to Katharines. Rained in night.
Jun 30 – Guiteaus a____ Rainy morning. Put Rack together. Mr Fisher Brot Hannah home. Big Necktye[?] Social at Washington.
Jul 1 – Worked in shop on Rack. Ethan took Mrs Betts over to Burg.
Jul 2 – At home all day. No one here.
Jul 3 – Worked on Rack. Mr Flanders came down. Had a shower in afternoon. Commenced painting Rack.
Jul 4 – Finished Rack put it on wagon. A. Hoag, Mary Mason and Mrs Hale called here. Ethan went to Kalamazoo. Frank Austins Boy died to day.
Jul 5 – Worked round shop and garden. Mr Flanders got the Rack.
Jul 6 – Went over to Burg in morning Brot Nancy over. Marion and Nell Bristol came over here. Fred Austin Buried to day. Will Drawed in hay. Old cow out found her at ______ Barn.
Jul 7 – Will cutting and drawing hay. Had a shower in afternoon. Will Wightman Buried to day.
Jul 8 – Rainy Day. Went up to Marshall to see Lois and the rest of the folks found them all well. Dell and I went to Ceresco in afternoon. Saw Mr Cole.
Jul 9 – At Skinners. Went over to Mrs Halls. Very Hot. Jimmy Goodrich Buried to day.
Jul 10 – Went and saw Mr Coles folks in forenoon. Started for home ¼ past one P.M. go home about seven P.M. all right.
Jul 11 – Ethan took Hannah up to Em Ralphs. He went to the burg. Will finished drawing hay in forenoon.
Jul 12 – Some rainy. Got 110 plants of Herb Earl. Turned 8 pins for Ayres Raymond 15 for Harry Streator.
Jul 13 – Chored round. Hoed some in garden &c. Show in burg in Evening.
Jul 14 – Show went up the Hill[?]. Chored round. Hoed some in garden.
Jul 15 – Turned 35 pins for Jim Milham, Orrin Knapp and John Culver. Cut wheat on hill south of corn.
Jul 16 – Mrs Abraham Lincoln Died to day. Carried Mrs Betts over to burg to hear and see the gospel preached. Went after her at noon. Charly Town commenced cutting wheat cross the road. Turned Fan and Bill in East Lot.
Jul 17 – Made soap in forenoon. Made fence East side of the Barn. Charly finished cutting this afternoon. Nice harvest weather dry not very hot.
Jul 18 – Hoed strawberries in the forenoon. Jim Milham got his pins. Put in cradle hinges[?] for Mr Flanders. Got Boards for door step.
Jul 19 – Hoed in garden some. Chored round. Mrs Abraham Lincoln Buried to day.
Jul 20 – Worked on door step some in afternoon. Will Brown drawed in the wheat.
Jul 21 – Finished Door step. Not very hot. Ethan went over to burg. Lelah came home with him.
Jul 22 – Worked on Door frame some.
Jul 23 – At home all day. Ethan carried Hannah down to Katharines.
Jul 24 – Work on Door frame. Barber came over.
Jul 25 – Finished door frame put wire on. Went over to burg in Evening. Marion Bristol started for Massachusetts on one oclock train. Pet Beckwith married to night.
Jul 26 – Very hot and dry. N. L. Randel thrashing.
Jul 27 – Cut grass in orchard. Put paper on Mrs Betts room over head. Had a nice shower rained most of the night Thunder and Lightning.
Jul 28 – Put up Screen Door this morning. Chored round. Cow got out. Finished papering Mrs Betts room. Old cow went to Bull about 4 oclock P.M. sharp.
Jul 29 – Repaired cow poke. Old cow got out. Had a Divle of a time to get her. Found her up by Davis Staffords in Evening. Grange Meeting at Bert Staffords. Jesse Crawford came.
Jul 30 – At home all day. Kept Fan in Barn all day. Ethan went down to Marts after Hannah.
Jul 31 – Cut hole into west Leanto attic. Rainy some rained some in night. Hannah went Down to Streators in Evening to make Dress for Mrs Streator.
Aug 1 – Put frame into the Partition. Rainy afternoon warm. Ban Jacobs hors in pasture.
Aug 2 – Worked round shop and house. Sawed out violin tops. Rained in night.
Aug 3 – Put violin top together. Rainy day some. Not feeling very well.
Aug 4 – Cloudy some sprinkle not much. Cats came back this morning.
Aug 5 – Worked on violin top some. Nancy and children came over. Nel Bristol came over with them.
Aug 6 – Ed Flanders paid me $5.00. Rainy afternoon. Jim carried Mrs Betts over to Burg. Jim went up to Jo Smiths in afternoon.
Aug 7 – Worked in shop some. Chored round. Some rainy.
Aug 8 – Went down to Mrs Browns got Horse and wagon. Went over to Burg got lumber to seel the west bedroom over head. Mr Kent commenced cutting the oats. Charley Town cutting Oats.
Aug 9 – Went over to Burg in morning got paint and paper for Bedroom. Mr Kent cutting oats. Some rain.
Aug 10 – Put on seeling. Kent finished cutting oats. Old Mr Patterson Died. Cool wind cloudy.
Aug 11 – Repaired Bills Poke in morning.
Aug 12 – Finished putting on seeling. Worked in shop some. Florence and Boy called here in Evening.
Aug 13 – At home all day. Hank here to Breakfast. Carried Mrs Betts over to Burg. Ethan and Hannah went down to Mrs Browns.
Aug 14 – Went over to burg in morning after mortar no got some. Whittled some on violin neck. Charley Town thrashed his wheat. Austin Potts was de man.
Aug 15 – Went over to burg after mortar got him. Very hot. Got Barbers trowel.
Aug 16 – Put on mortar. Mary Flanders and Florance came here. Mr Flanders here to tea.
Aug 17 – Painted some in west bedroom &c.
Aug 18 – Went over got oil. Painted seeling in west bedroom &c. Thysa Youngs and Daughter Elsie called here.
Aug 19 – Painted sash &c. Rained in afternoon. Went down to Katharines stayed all night.
Aug 20 – Went over to Mr Elwoods in fore noon with Mart came home at night.
Aug 21 – Painted seeling in west Bedroom. Whittled some on violin. Theodore and Orrin Schram drawed away the stone pile out by the Buggy House.
Aug 22 – Went over to burg got my new trowziz [trousers?]. Nell Bristol came over and helped paper the west Bedroom. Rained in the Evening warm rain.
Aug 23 – Cloudy 73 Abz in morning. Chored round. Worked in shop some. Florence came down just at night.
Aug 24 – Florence here. Ethan went to Kalamazoo to see Dr. Spinney. Florence went over to Nancys just at night. Bessy sick.
Aug 25 – Worked in shop some. Chored around some.
Aug 26 – Went over to burg in morning. No work to day. Hiram and family came to day. Hite sick.
Aug 27 – Hite some sick. Ethan gone after Nancy. Bessy sick she no come. Jim and Florence went up to Gull Lake. Edwin and Mary and children went also.
Aug 28 – Hites folks started for home left here about ten A.M.
Aug 29 – At home. Chored round. Went down to Katharines in afternoon with Hannah. She went down to fit Clarras dress.
Aug 30 – Choring around. Paint some.
Aug 31 – Went up to Mr Flanders carried some cucumber. Got some apples. Ed & Mary and Mabel went to Vicksburg to Pioneer Picknic. Nell Stanford here.
Sep 1 – Carried Mrs Betts over to burg she went up to Augusta. Carried Sarah over in Evening she stayed all night. Paint some. Mrs Jones killed two Cats.
Sep 2 – Cut corn in garden. Painted seat to Mrs Jones.
Sep 3 – At home all day. Rained in afternoon.
Sep 4 – Hannah went to Mr Franklins. Mrs Betts came home from Augusta. I went over to burg after her.
Sep 5 – Chored around. Worked on Blackboard some. Fine weather. Edwin Flanders called here in Evening.
Sep 6 – Worked round shop some. Went over to burg. Worked on Green board some.
Sep 7 – Put cleats on Green board. Turned out box for Town pump at Galesburg.
Sep 8 – Ethan, Mrs Brown, Nancy, Hannah and Nell Bristol went over to Schoolcraft to Spiritualist Meeting.
Sep 9 – Foggy. Worked round house. Painted Kitchen and some oder dings.
Sep 10 – Foggy morning. At home all day. Ethan took Mrs Betts over to burg to hear the Gospel talked about.
Sep 11 – Commenced Topping corn. Fine warm day.
Sep 12 – Topping corn some. Fine day.
Sep 13 – Topping corn and choring round. Florence and her mother came here stayed all night. Edwin and Mary came down.
Sep 14 – Topping corn. Florence and mother went home over to burg in afternoon.
Sep 15 – Toped corn. Warm day very dry.
Sep 16 – Toped corn. Hot and dry. Sarah went down to Mrs Browns. Mrs Betts went over to Burg with Mr Bronson.
Sep 17 – Hank and Ethan went up to Edmon Chase after crab Apples. They went with Bill. Very hot and dry.
Sep 18 – Worked in corn some. Fine day.
Sep 19 – Went over to burg. Got Hook made for stone boat. Mr Taylor sick.
Sep 20 – Topt some corn. Chored round.
Sep 21 – Topt corn put in stack[?]. A. R. and Lois came stayed all night. Will Brown thrashed wheat and oats had 48 Bushels wheat 60 bushels oats.
Sep 22 – A. R. went to _____. Ethan went down and got Nancy and Hannah. Took up the Milham Note $26.32 cent. Got the money of Hank Brown.
Sep 23 – Ethan and Hannah went to Kalamazoo to see Florence. Cut some corn. Nell came over. Nancy went home. Mrs Ira Clark Died this Morning.
Sep 24 – At home all day. Edwin and Mary Flanders called here just at night.
Sep 26 – Finished my corn. Cut up sweet corn. Quite warm.
Sep 27 – Made cross Head for Theodore. Dick Lamkins brot his organ over had it cleaned and new knees well made. He and his wife here to dinner. They went after Elder berries.
Sep 28 – Pickd beans. Went down to Katharines in afternoon. Florence left for California. Louese and D. came on Evening freight.
Sep 29 – Went over to Burg in morning to mill. Got slating for Black board. Went over to burg after Louese. Not much rain.
Sep 30 – Some cloudy. Went over to burg in morning got glass and putty. Set glass in windows at School House. Lois and Ina came in Evening.
Oct 1 – At home all day. Lois and Ina here, D. and Lou, Hank and Nancy.
Oct 2 – At home. Put slating on Black Board. Cow got out went after her at night.
Oct 3 – Lou and I went to find cow went up to Nelt Blasses in forenoon up to Oatmans in afternoon no find her.
Oct 4 – I went up East in forenoon found her at Marhops. Dug some potatoes in afternoon.
Oct 5 – Dug some potatoes. Very warm and dry. Erve Stilwell thrashed his Buckwheat on Wrights place had 126 Bushels. Jim came home sick some. No work.
Oct 6 – Dug potatoes. Warm and dry very much. Lou up to Mr Ralphs. Mr Wm Blass Died to day been out of health some time some _____. Not much done.
Oct 7 – Dug some potatoes husked some corn. Ethan and Nell went to Kalamazoo. Mrs Betts went over to burg Stayed all night to Hanks.
Oct 8 – Hank and Nancy, D. and Lou, Hannah and Jim went up to Scotts. Nell and Lelah & Bessy stayed here. Mr Wm Blass Buried to day.
Oct 9 – Made Box for stone Boat. Ethan dug potatoes in afternoon.
Oct 10 – Finished Box. Mr Knapp came over. Drawed down the potatoes. Ethan dug some in forenoon. Barber here to dinner. Had a good rain in afternoon.
Oct 11 – Dug potatoes drawed some down put them in cellar.
Oct 12 – Drawed down some potatoes. Dug in afternoon. Ethan took Sarah over to burg. Lelah came back with him. Cora Harris came stayed all night. Mr John Allen Died.
Oct 13 – Dug potatoes and drawed down some. Had a heavy shower. Dug some in afternoon.
Oct 14 – Finished digging potatoes got them in the cellar. Ethan went over after Sally in Evening. Mr John Allen buried to day.
Oct 15 – Went over to burg in morning after Hoops for Mary Fisher. D.D.[?] came home this morning. I got a nice present This morning from the children a nice Nicle plated clock as a Birth day Present. I am 69 years old this fifteenth day of October 1882.
Oct 16 – Worked round barn and house. Shelled sunflower seeds.
Oct 17 – Ethan went to Chicago. Put some batten on corn house. Went over to burg in morning.
Oct 18 – Went over to burg in morning. Worked on corn house put on battens patched roof some. Smith Carleton came up after Sarah in night for Lucy.
Oct 19 – Went over to burg. Took Hannah over to Erve Blakes. Toots girl Born This morning. Husked some corn.
Oct 20 – Husked corn. Fine day. Went down after Sarah.
Oct 21 – Husked corn part of the day. Went to mill. Took Lou over to burg in Evening and Hannah down to Mrs Browns. Ethan got home from Chicago.
Oct 22 – At home all day. Newton McLarry buried to day.
Oct 23 – Husking corn. Warm and dry.
Oct 24 – Husking corn. Warm.
Oct 25 – Sick no Husk to day. Warm nice day.
Oct 26 – Husking corn. Edna Allen came here to day. Nice pleasant weather.
Oct 27 – Husked corn. Fine day.
Oct 28 – Husking corn. Edna here.
Oct 29 – At home all day. Edna here.
Oct 30 – Husked corn picked some. Rainy night.
Oct 31 – Warm mercury 66. Finished picking corn. Took Lous things over to burg. Lou moved to Shelbyville to day.
Nov 1 – Husked corn some & cut some wood.
Nov 2 – Drawed some wood. Fine day. Ethan carried Mrs Betts down to Mrs Browns to see Lois.
Nov 3 – Finished Husking corn. Very pleasant weather. Plained out step for Nancys plant stand in Evening.
Nov 4 – Chored round. Not much work done. Went over to burg.
Nov 5 – Went down to Katharines. Some cold. Went over to Burg after I got home after Mrs Betts.
Nov 6 – Worked in shop made mallet for Mr Chester[?]. Cold rainy day some.
Nov 7 – No work to day. Went over to Election. Broke Buggy thill. Ethan went over in Evening carried Tools over to do some work for Hank.
Nov 8 – Shelled some corn. Picked out some spokes for my wheels. Mr Jacob Fancher buried to day in Galesburg cemetry. He died in dacota.
Nov 9 – Drawed some lidle wood. Got my hickory stick out East side of East lot. Theodore went out with me. Turned some for Theodore. Mr Flanders brot ____ rack. Sarah went down to Mrs Browns to see Lois.
Nov 10 – Went over to burg in morning. Got thill for buggy. Sick all day and all night. Mr Streator (illegible). Jim husked corn. Warm day.
Nov 11 – Harry got home they all came down. Husked in forenoon. Harry finished in afternoon. Not very well. Went and put stops in windows at schoolhouse. Ethan and Sarah went over to burg in afternoon.
Nov 12 – Jim took Mrs Betts over to church in morning. He went up to Scotts.
Nov 13 – Not very well no work to day only chores.
Nov 14 – Went over to burg to mill carried wheat and corn. Mrs Brown got home.
Nov 15 – Stephen Withey[?] Died to day. Choring. Hannah came home from Gibsons. Ethan took her down to Caywoods. Not cold. David Powlison Died This morning.
Nov 16 – Went over to burg after meal. Broke thill iron again. Mr Flanders brot wagon down. Rainy night.
Nov 17 – Carried Sarah over to burg got flour. Not much work to day. David Powlison buried to day.
Nov 18 – Mr Flanders brot Lois and Ina down. Chored round.
Nov 19 – Lois, Jim and Will here today. Pleasant day no snow no frost in ground.
Nov 20 – Worked in shop some. Put thill in buggy.
Nov 21 – Worked in shop some. Chored round. Ethan made some castings.
Nov 22 – Carried Lois over to burg in morning. Turned out some pump stops for Theodore.
Nov 23 – Some rainy. Ethan, Sarah, Lois and Hannah gone to Kalamazoo. I filed buck saw.
Nov 24 – Worked in shop some (illegible). Broke _____ on auger. Elva Crossfields here. Herb came down in Evening.
Nov 25 – Drawed some wood in sleigh. Abrose Milham and wife, Zeak and Kate Davison called here awhile.
Nov 26 – At home all day. Lois and Ina here. About 4 inches snow.
Nov 27 – Lois and Ina went home. Hank & Nancy Home. Ethan, ____, ____ and Jim went to Kalamazoo to theater in Evening. Bessie stayed here all night Lelah went to Shelbyville. James Nobles died to day.
Nov 28 – Ethan took Hannah down to Mate Fords. Took ____ over to Burg in forenoon.
Nov 29 – Not very well not much work but chores. James Nobles buried to day.
Nov 30 – Worked round barn cleared out so as to put fodder in.
Dec 1 – Jim and Will got in corn fodder. Warm day. Mr Charles Dibble Buried to day.
Dec 2 – Went over to burg in morning got auger mended. No sleighing. Jim sawing wood for Bill Ralph. Will to work for Harry Streator cleaning wheat.
Dec 3 – At home all day. Clarra, George and Lee came up here to day. Not very cold no snow of any account.
Dec 4 – Shelled some corn carried it to mill. Jim and Will went hunting.
Dec 5 – Went over to mill in fore noon. Took the old wagon wheels to pieces. Mrs Clinton here in afternoon. Bot Diary for 1883 45 cts.
Dec 6 – At Home. Some cold. Carried some potatoes over to Hanks. Snowed in night.
Dec 7 – Mercury 6 Abz. Finished boring standards for rack. Snows about 4 inches deep.
Dec 8 – Mercury 5 below zero in morning.
Dec 9 – Worked in shop some chored round.
Dec 10 – At home all day no one here. Mrs Betts went to Burg to church.
Dec 11 – Worked in shop some ledle unto. Cold some sleighing. Mended Clauds skate.
Dec 12 – Went over to burg in morning with cutter. Sarah went over stayed to Nancys. Went over after her in Evening.
Dec 13 – Cold and blustrous. Carried Hannah down to M. O. Streators in afternoon. Hat Allen left for Niles.
Dec 14 – Went over to Burg after Nancy. Chored round worked in shop some.
Dec 15 – Carried Hannah down to Katharines. Cold snowed some. Jim and Will chopping. Very good sleighing.
Dec 16 – Shelled corn in forenoon carried corn and oats to mill. Repaired violin for Young Fay. Paid my Tax $5.82.
Dec 17 – At home all day. Jim went over to Burg. Took Nancy and Bessey out riding.
Dec 18 – Mercury 9 Below zero. Jim and Will drawed wood. Ethan casting.
Dec 19 – Mercury 20 Above zero. Went over to Burg after grist. Bot Mittens 50 cts. Rained some in Evening.
Dec 20 – Mercury 30 Ab zero. Jim and Will chopping. Rainy day some.
Dec 21 – Not much work but chores. Snow all gone.
Dec 22 – Not very well. Worked some in shop not much.
Dec 23 – Went over to Burg carried over my Receipt for High way work. Lou & Cory came on the noon Train. Ethan went to Kalamazoo.
Dec 24 – Carried Mrs Betts over to Burg to Bap Church. Brot Lelah and Bessy over took them Back at night. Jim took Charley Camp up to Scotts.
Dec 25 – Went over to Hanks to dinner. Very much wet snow. Had a Lottery sold two Bibles. Oat Hill got the Large one $.12 Burt Warren the other.
Dec 26 – Good sleighing this morning. Went over to burg in morning got Bessey. Bot Boots paid 4.00.
Dec 27 – Went over to burg took Bessey home. Old Mrs Ralph came here. Dell & Mr Smith here to Dinner. Mr Ralph took dinner. Sarah & I went up to Mr Flanders in Evening.
Dec 28 – Worked in shop some on Jims Violin Trunk. Hannah sewing to Mr Towns.
Dec 29 – Worked on Trunk all day. Not very cold. Hannah came home to night.
Dec 30 – Worked round some in shop some on corn shelter[?]. Not very good sleighing. Took Lou up to Mr Ralphs in Evening.
Dec 31 – At home all day. D. came this morning. He went after Lou in Evening. Stella Milham and Emma Allen called here to see Lou in afternoon.
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 Luke uses this phrase quite often. The Oxford Dictionary gives its meaning as “vigorously or quickly”
 Lyceums flourished in the U.S. before and after the Civil War. During this period hundreds of informal associations were established for the purpose of improving the social, intellectual, and moral fabric of society. The lyceum movement featured lectures, dramatic performances, class instructions, and debates, by noted lecturers, entertainers and readers. They would travel the “lyceum circuit,” going from town to town or state to state to entertain, speak, or debate in a variety of locations, never staying in one place for too long. Their appearances were open to the public, which caused them to contribute significantly to the education of the adult American in the 19th century
 His neighbor and “shirttail relative,” Theodore Earl, and brother of Herb Earl (see entry of January 6th)
 Neighbors, Harry Streator (son of Marius & Laura [Rawson] Streator), and his first cousin, Nellie (Underwood) Stanford
 No death record was found for Clarissa (Whitcomb) Turner, however FindAGrave.com shows she is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Michigan
 Neighbor, Frances Towne, the sister of Charles Towne who would become Hannah Keith’s husband
 Neighbor and “shirttail” relative; father of Herbert and Theodore Earl mentioned earlier
 Michigan death records list James Ralph’s date of death as January 9, 1882 (not January 18) in Pavilion, Michigan and FindAGrave.com shows he is buried in the Cook Cemetery, Pavilion, Michigan, showing his date of death as “Jun” 9, 1882
 Possibly Louisa (Stewart) Chase, the widow of Albert Chase; research continues
 His daughter, Louese, married Daniel D. Harris Jr. (see footnote to April 5th entry)
 His granddaughter (Lois’ daughter), Ina Skinner
 D.D.’s family had a general store in Phoenix and he and Louese were moving there to work the store
 Ceresco, Michigan which was about 25 miles from Comstock/Galesburg
 Mary was the widow of Edwin Crawford who was the brother of Luke’s wife Sarah. FindAGrave.com shows she is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Dowagiac, Michigan
 Michigan death records confirm that Hugh M. Shafter died on April 27, 1882 and FindAGrave.com shows he is buried in the Shafter Cemetery in Galesburg, Michigan
 Catherine (Keith) Randall, the daughter of Luke’s nephew, James “Oscar” & Mary Ann (Batey) Keith. Michigan death records reveal that she died at the age of 20 of consumption on May 3, 1882 in Bloomingdale, Michigan, and FindAGrave.com shows that she is buried in Covert Cemetery, Covert, Michigan
 Bejabbers is a euphemistic alteration of bejesus (or by Jesus), and was used as a mild oath expressing astonishment, dismay, disbelief, or the like
 Oak Grove Cemetery records show that John J. Hoover died June 18, 1882
 Michigan death records reveal that Fred Austin, age 17, the son of Franklin & Gertrude (Quick) Austin, died on July 4, 1882 and FindAGrave.com shows that he is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Sisters, Marian and Helen “Nellie” Bristol, were cousins of Henry Brown
 Michigan death records reveal that William Wightman died July 6, 1883, however FindAGrave.com gives his year of death as 1882, which agrees with Luke’s diary entry, and shows he is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Michigan death records show that James Goodrich, age 33, died in the asylum in Kalamazoo County, Michigan on July 8, 1883; however, FindAGrave.com gives his year of death as 1882, which agrees with Luke’s diary entry, and shows he is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Comstock, Michigan
 Angeline Clark, the mother of Luke’s daughter Lois’s first husband, Byron Clark. Unable to confirm date or place of death
 Michigan death records confirm that William Blass died in Comstock on October 6, 1882. His cause of death was listed as softening of the brain. FindAGrave.com shows he is buried in Lawler Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan
 The long shaft between which an animal is fastened when pulling a wagon
 Michigan death records confirm that David Powlison died in Comstock, Michigan on November 15, 1882 and FindAGrave.com shows he is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Ambrose & Lydia (Turner) Milham. Ambrose and James Milham (see footnote to July 15th entry) were brothers and they were half-brothers to Martin Milham
 FindAGrave.com shows that James Nobles died in Pavilion, Genesee County, New York on November 27, 1882 and is buried in Maplewood Cemetery, also in Pavilion. James was a cousin of Luke’s wife Sarah
Jan 1 – At Tomlinson House. Very blustring. Frank and I took a ride out East in afternoon. Mercury 14 Abz.
Jan 2 – Snows some. George gone over to Mount Morris after Nell. Bot this Diary in Perry. Nell came home about two oclock. Went over to Nobles in Evening, saw fountain.
Jan 3 – Snows and blows, snow piled up, Mercury 14 Abz. Mr Braughton and Lady here. Marion and I went to see the Waubinoes performe.
Jan 4 – Cold morning. Left Perry one oclock P.M., went over to Gainesville, took the cars for Buffalo, arrived about six P.M., left Buffalo half past one for Detroit.
Jan 5 – Got to Detroit about 12 noon, left Detroit half past six, got to Galesburg about twelve night, got home about one.
Jan 6 – At home all day. Not very well. Found the folks all well. Mercury 45 Abz.
Jan 7 – Went down to Katharines. All well. Not very cold.
Jan 8 – Went up to Skinners. Del over to burg to attend a lawsuit. All well. Sent letter to Patty.
Jan 9 – Cold, mercury 4 below zero. At home, no one here. Filed three saws for Ernest 60 cts. Browns folks here in Evening. Mrs Calkins here with them.
Jan 10 – Went over to burg, carried Jims Boots over, paid 60 cts. Mrs Ralph here.
Jan 11 – Not very well. Went over to burg, got Jims Boots. Snowed like fun.
Jan 12 – Cold, 2 below zero. Filed my Bucksaw. Major killed to day. Hog hunt here.
Jan 13 – Cold day, Mercury 8 Abz above zero. Went up in woods, cut down one tree, drawed two loads wood. Snow very deep in woods.
Jan 14 – Ed Childs and wife here. Went down to Katharines in Evening. Henry here stayed all night.
Jan 15 – Went up to Mr Flanders with Henry. Snowed and blowed like the mischief.
Jan 16 – Very pleasant day. Shelled 3 bushels corn.
Jan 17 – Earnest killed my hogs. Went over to burg after grist, no get him. Mercury 30 Abz. Went down to Browns in Evening. Mr Morrison and wife there.
Jan 18 – Mercury 30 Abz, ledle some rain in morning.
Jan 19 – Mr Ives and George called here. Sarah and Mrs Betts went to burg. Went to Barbers in Evening. Put hair in one End of bow.
Jan 20 – Cold and blustrous Mercury 16 Abz morning. At home. Mrs Emeline Bradley died to day.
Jan 21 – At home all day. Ethan and Henry went up to Foundry. Cold day Mercury 2 below.
Jan 22 – Mercury 18 Abz in morning.
Jan 23 – Went over to burg with Henry. Mart, Ansil and Lucy here. I went down to M. O. Streators to see if I could get some straw.
Jan 24 – Pleasant cold day. Made saw Buck for Earnest Whiting.
Jan 25 – At home all day. Not much done.
Jan 26 – Went down to Katharines. Mrs Betts and Sarah went down to Browns.
Jan 27 – Drawed Straw from M. O. Streators, two loads for Brown, one for my self. Went up to Nathan Lamkins in Evening with Browns folks. Mrs Betts went over to Burg.
Jan 28 – Fine pleasant day Mercury 34 Abz.
Jan 29 – Drawed some wood. Went over to burg in Evening after Mrs Betts. No find him.
Jan 30 – Drawed two loads Straw from Streators. Went over to burg in Evening after Mrs Betts. Got him this time. Mr and Mrs Streator called here no stop long. Rained in night. Sleighing thin.
Jan 31 – Not very cold snow melting. Drawed two loads wood. Went over to burg. Received of Township Treasurer one hundred and four dollars. Lois came down.
Feb 1 – Went to Foundry. Boys making Cider. Got mawl.
Feb 2 – Carried Hannah up to Mr Ralphs. Went up to Foundry. Boys making cider. Filed saw for A Brown by golly. Hall sent timber for two ax helves.
Feb 3 – Went up to Foundry. Got three bushels wheat of H. A. Taylor 1.35¢ pr bus, paid him 3.05¢. Carried it over to burg. Sarah and Mrs Betts went over to burg. Carried Lois down to Browns.
Feb 4 – At home. Mrs Benjamin came down after Lois. Hannah went down with her. Not very cold. Went over to burg after Sarah and Mrs Betts.
Feb 5 – At home. Worked in shop some.
Feb 6 – Worked in shop on violin some.
Feb 7 – Worked in shop on violin. Charley called here to see about his violin. Fine day.
Feb 8 – Pleasant morning. Put Charley Gillis violin together. Ethan and Hannah went down to Mr Randal. Ethan fixed their melodian.
Feb 9 – Cut wood, cut one tree. Ethan and Hannah went up to T. C. Fords in Evening.
Feb 10 – Worked in woods cutting wood. Charley Gillis got his violin. He paid me two Dollars.
Feb 11 – At home all day. Put new finger board on my violin. Mrs Betts went to burg with Jacksons folks.
Feb 12 – Worked in woods cutting grubbs &c. Fine day.
Feb 13 – Worked in woods. Ansil Lee called here. I cut his hair. Pleasant day. Two of Isaac Odels girlsdied to
Feb 14 – Pleasant day. Went up to woods, got one load wood. Filed saw for A. Brown. Ella and Minnie Randall, they stayed in Evening. Two of Isaac Odels girls Died to day.
Feb 15 – Worked in woods some sawed some wood. Cut some grubbs. Odells girls buried to day. Pleasant day. Jim lost cold chisel. Ethan up to shop.
Feb 16 – Fine day no snow. Cut some grubs in after noon. Ethan up to shop.
Feb 17 – Ethan drawed wood. I shelled some corn and acarried corn and oats to mill. Carried Mrs Betts and Sarah over to burg. Fine day.
Feb 18 – Pleasant day mercury 27 Abz in morning. At home.
Feb 19 – Worked round shop some. At home.
Feb 20 – Worked in shop. Made cross head for Theodore Earl. Fine day.
Feb 21 – Went up to Swaddles. Mrs Betts stayed up there. Warm day. Roads nice, dusty.
Feb 22 – Very smoky. Choped wood. Warm day. Cut some trees in in grove on hill South East of barn. Ebenezar Flanders died this morning. Mercury 53 Abz.
Feb 23 – Went down to Catharines to Auction sale. Bot ax and Iron mortar[?] of Ansil Lee. Went over to Henry Rogers in Evening. Had a big time, lots there.
Feb 24 – Cloudy morning. Ethan drawing wood. Jule Allen came up with Browns folks stayed the Evening. Ebenezer Flanders buried to day.
Feb 25 – At home all day. Jim went down to Katharines. Nice day. Rass folks and Mrs Totty to Browns to day. Henry came here stayed all night.
Feb 26 – Fine pleasant morning Mercury 30 Abz in morning. Henry and Ethan gone up to shop.
Feb 27 – Worked in shop some. Went over to burg. Got pole for Streators wagon. Fine day. Went down to Browns in Evening Whitcom Blake Forbush &c.
Feb 28 – Put in pole for Streator. He paid me one Dollar $1.00. Very nice day. A. R. Shere to dinner. Sent Lois ham bone, sent Ina sum nuts.
Mar 1 – Pleasant morning mercury 23 Abz in morning. Worked in shop some on violins. Rained in night. ____ Rowland buried to day. Hannah went up to Lois to sewing.
Mar 2 – Worked on violins. Rainy day, snowed some, not very cold.
Mar 3 – Cold morning mercury 27 Abz. Put tops on two violins Talsimers[?] and Keans. Snowed all day snow fell 8 inches.
Mar 4 – Pleasant morning mercury 18 Abz in morning, lots snow.
Mar 5 – Carried two bushels corn to mill. Lost my tie strap. Mart called here. Carried hams down to Browns. Browns folks came up here in Evening.
Mar 6 – Mercury 14 Abz, cold, some sleighing. Made Herbert Earls Oars. Worked some on violins.
Mar 7 – Worked in shop on patterns for binder. Rained in night. Made Ina a wash board. Mrs Betts got mad because Sarah let her hand go but she felt better after it. Rested[?] first rate.
Mar 8 – Worked on patterns. Snowed and blowed all day Mercury 17 Abz. Verry good sleighing. Hannah up to Lois to work.
Mar 9 – Cold snowy blustrous day. Making patterns. Mercury 15 Abz. Filed _____ saw for Ernest _____ Whiting brot it down. Jim went to burg with him.
Mar 10 – Mercury 6 Abz in morning. Rather a fine day. Worked on patterns in fore noon. Went over to burg in afternoon. Sarah and Mrs Betts went over. They went to uncle peats. They stayed all night in burg. Bot Box in post office 25 for one year Box 86[?].
Mar 11 – Fine day. Ansel and Katharine came up here. Went over to burg after Mrs Betts and Sarah. Henry here.
Mar 12 – Warm morning Mercury 31 Abz. One foot snow on ground. Worked on patterns. Snows and blows very blustrous day. Henry and davis Stafford called here. They had been to cut tree for shaft ____ water wheel.
Mar 13 – Very pleasant morning Mercury 5 Abz, not very cold. Went up to Lois in Evening. 13 inches snow. Carried Ina her washboard. Snowed in night.
Mar 14 – Snows some, blustrous morning, 14 inches snow. Worked in shop some. Drawed some wood. Will Planks Girl born to day.
Mar 15 – Fine day. Went up to Marshall with Dell Skinner to see his farm. Stayed all night. Found them well.
Mar 16 – Sarah and Mrs Betts went down to Browns[?]. Snows like fun. Dell went and saw Mr Stage abut taking the Hull farm. Left for home not far from 12 noon. Snowed hard. Called at Luke Smith took dinner. Got to Skinners about seven Evening. Ethan came up after me. Got home about Eight oclock.
Mar 17 – Fine morning mercury 7 Abz in morning. Worked in shop on patterns.
Mar 18 – Snowed in morning like fun. Not very well hard cold. Mrs Oakly buried to day. Lots snow on ground.
Mar 19 – Snowing Mercury18 Abz at ten oclock A.M.
Mar 20 – Worked on patterns some. Filed saw for Win. Mart called here. Snowed hard. Dell and Lois drove in here. Drawed two loads wood. Snow very deep. Thundered and lightened in afternoon.
Mar 21 – Pleasant, sun came out, lots snow on ground, nearly 2 feet. Worked in shop on patterns. Henry here to dinner. Dell and Lois called here. Not very cold. Extracted two teeth for Mrs Wolcots hired man Emmet Emmons. He paid 50¢.
Mar 22 – Worked on patterns. Thawed all day. Win got saw. Sarah and Browns folks went over to tabernacle in Evening. Mr Sherwood Died this morning.
Mar 23 – Worked in shop on patterns. Henry came down stayed all night.
Mar 24 – Worked in shop. Drawed two loads wood. Lots snow in woods. Stormy day. Mr Sherwood buried to day. Carried Mrs Betts and Sarah over to burg. Sarah rode home with Brown. Sylvester Mead died 7 AM to day.
Mar 25 – At home. Snowey day. Went down to Katharines in afternoon stayed all night.
Mar 26 – At Marts. Mart scalded sap bucketts. Jo York came after Adelpha. Got home about two Pm. Dave Barton brot load hay, wheelbarrow &c. Sylvester Mead buried to day.
Mar 27 – Worked in shop some on wagon neap. Turned some acorns for I. D. L. Schram. Fine day. Hannah came home with him. Ina came with her.
Mar 28 – Worked in shop some. Drawed two loads wood. Went up to H. A. Taylors. Got one bushel potatoes paid one Dollar. Bot 4 bushels wheat paid 4 Dollars. Jo Kean paid me one Dollar.
Mar 29 – Worked in shop made neap for A. R. Skinners wagon. George ives called and got Taloimers violin. He paid 2.25. Ina here.
Mar 30 – Went over to burg in morning. Hannah went bot table spread. Sent letter for seeds. Sawed out stuf for wheelbarrow. Rained all night.
Mar 31 – Worked on wheelbarrow some. Filed saw for E Whiting. Rained in morning. Will Clark came with two horses. Dell and Lois called got Ina. They went down to Browns stayed all night. Ida Barber came over stayed all night. Mrs Betts went to Burg.
Apr 1 – Rained some in morning. At home all day. Dell and Lois came up just at night.
Apr 2 – Went over to Town meeting. Dell and I went up to Blanchards. Got load stalks, straw and hay. Went after Sarah and Mrs Betts at night.
Apr 3 – Worked in shop some. Put rockers on Hat Taylors chair. Dell went to Kalamazoo. Ethan, Lois and Hannah went down to Katharines.
Apr 4 – Went up to Blanchards with Lois. They left for Marshall. Ethan went with them. Rained in Evening. Paid Hat Taylor 1.60 one Dollar and sixty cents.
Apr 5 – Ethan and Will came back from Marshall. Made pick handle for Herb Earl. Fixed Browns handle.
Apr 6 – Fine morning. Jim and Will left for Marshall. Went down to Katharines. Sarah and Mrs Betts went to eat new shugar, got some.
Apr 7 – Worked in shop on patterns. Mrs Betts went over to burg to hear the gospel preached. Ethan and Bill went down to Katherines. Henry went a long. Fine day.
Apr 8 – Warm looks some like rain, considerable wind. Mrs Betts came home.
Apr 9 – Ethan went up to Foundry. Sarah went over to burg stayed all day. Old Mr King Died this morning. I worked on Skinners wheel barrow. Fine day high wind.
Apr 10 – Ethan gone up to shop after chain wheel pattern. Repaired Skinners wheel barrow.
Apr 11 – Will Brown commenced plowing. Worked round house. Fixed my stove boat. Old Mr King buried to day. Elder Gage called on Mrs Betts. Went over to burg in Evening. Sarah went to Hoags. I waited bout a our and half in the road.
Apr 12 – Made soap. Painted Dells wheelbarrow, Jims slead. Uncle Daniels lost wagon tyre. Cleaned out cellar. Looked over apples &c. Mrs Betts put her ward robe in her room. Mr Brown plowing to day.
Apr 13 – Worked round house and yard. Dell came down to Harts.
Apr 14 – Worked in yard trimmed some trees. Went down to Katharines in Evening. Browns folks went. Mrs Betts went over to burg. Henry stayed all night. Bill sick. Skinner called here got his wheelbarrow.
Apr 15 – At home all day. Henry went up to Flanders. Fine day very dry.
Apr 16 – Worked in shop on patterns. Sarah went over to Janes Stayed all night.
Apr 17 – Went over to burg after Sarah. Went over after Alfleda. Mrs Calkins came home with her. Had a rainy night. Mrs Hennika Died to day.
Apr 18 – Carried Mrs Calkins over to burg. Rained. Carried Hannah down to Browns. Rained hard. Filed saw for Erve Hall 20¢. Man called here canvasing for Diary.
Apr 19 – Worked in shop on patterns. Charley Town called in.
Apr 20 – Worked on patterns. Carried Hannah over to Barbers. Bot midlings[?] over to mill[?] 50¢. Bot one Bushel potatoes, one Dollar to be paid in work. Manne Hennikas wife buried to day.
Apr 21 – Worked in shop on patterns. Mrs Betts went over to burg.
Apr 22 – At home all day. No one here.
Apr 23 – Worked in garden pulled grubbs. Hot day. Brown sowed oats. Carried Hannah over to aunt Peets. Sarah went over to Janes stayed all night.
Apr 24 – Went over to burg in morning after Sarah. Put fellow in one wheel. Split some wood in afternoon. McNaughten boy buried to day.
Apr 25 – Worked round. Got out manure. George Barber helped all day.
Apr 26 – Got out two loads manure. Chored round. Spread manure on East garden. Cyrus Streator and Laura called here just at night.
Apr 27 – Carried some corn over to mill 2½ bushels. Spread manure on west garden. Earnest Whiting plowed garden. Rained just at night. Henry came down. Jo Kean paid 50¢ cts.
Apr 28 – Rained in morning. Not much done. Went over to burg in Evening after hannah. Got my meal.
Apr 29 – At home all day. Rainy day. Henry came down stayed all night. Snowed in night. Hailed in afternoon.
Apr 30 – Ethan and Henry gone up to shop. Hannah went over to Mr Johnsons.
May 1 – Cool day snowed and blowed some. Split some wood. Will Ridler commenced plowing. Hannah came home. Got some lumber of Theodore.
May 2 – Commenced hen yard. Ethan went up to shop. Fine day froze ice.
May 3 – Cool, ice this morning. Put the cow in Browns lot to day. Ethan gone up to shop.
May 4 – Worked on hen yard. Fine day. Ridler plowing. Went up to Jim Spires to raise Barn, big Barn.
May 5 – Worked on hen yard. Very pleasant day. Will Ridler finished plowing. Mrs Betts went over to burg to hear the gospel preached in the Babtist Church.
May 6 – At home all day. No one here.
May 7 – Trimed trees south side road. Sarah went over to burg. Mrs Betts came home.
May 8 – Worked round hen yard and house. Frost this morning.
May 9 – Went up to Foundry. Got chissel made for Binder. Got my grubb ax repaired. Mr daniels lost tire of one wheel. Fine day, cool wind, frost this morning.
May 10 – Frost this morning. Worked on hen yard some.
May 11 – Worked round yard and in garden.
May 12 – Worked on got two bushels potatoes of H A Taylor. Got some lumber up to mill 5 boards 14 feet long. Not very good. Went up to foundry after Ethan. Jim came home. Mrs Betts went to burg.
May 13 – Went down to Katharines. Jo Darling maried to day. John Darling was there. Fine day.
May 14 – Worked on hen yard. Will Ridler planted corn in south west lot. Herbert Earl helped him. Mrs Betts came home.
May 15 – Worked on hen yard put the gate up. Ernest plowed in afternoon. Jim went back to Marshall. Brown planting. Considerable wind.
May 16 – Rained in morning. Brown planting. I trimed some trees. Warm day. Brown put Snap and buggy in Barn.
May 17 – Went up to shop in morning with Ethan. Mr Ford and M O Streator came down and made out release on Mortgage. I went up to Streators. Got seed corn some potatoes of Brown.
May 18 – Mercury 90 in shade. Went up to shop in morning. Ground gr____ Ax. Hot day. Draged some of my corn ground. Jesse Earl planting.
May 19 – Hot day. Carried Ethan up to shop. Finished draging corn ground. Jesse Earl planting. Ernest plowing his corn ground. Burnt brush East of Barn. Barber came over and started the plow.
May 20 – Very hot day Mercury 85 in shade. At home. No one here.
May 21 – Made corn Markers. Marked ground one way. Rained in afternoon. Paid Minnie Randall twenty Dollars.
May 22 – Rainy day. Barber came over. Plowed some moved old cornstalks. Went up to shop after Ethan at night.
May 23 – Carried Ethan up to shop. Barber plowing. Berban Jacobs and Brother called here a while in forenoon. Commenced planting corn East of house. Fine day cold East wind.
May 24 – Cold North East wind. Went up to Foundry. Mercury 50 Abz. Planted corn.
May 25 – Finished planting. Old Mrs Youngs buried to day. Henry Earl died this morning.
May 26 – Went up to shop in morning with Ethan. Worked on hen yard some. Hoed in garden. Went up after Ethan at night. Sarah and Mrs Betts went over to burg stayed all night.
May 27 – Fine morning. Sun came out nice.
May 28 – Worked round garden. Went over to burg. Went up to Ridlers to see him about road work.
May 29 – Went up to shop in morning. Hoed some in garden. Went up to shop in afternoon. Hannah and Ida Barber went. Elward Agent called on the boys to see Binder.
May 30 – Working on road. Hot day. Went up to Foundry.
May 31 – Worked round garden. Worked on road.
Jun 1 – Hoed in garden. Mrs Betts went over to Mr Wi___ans to strawberry festival. Barber put on plaster in front room. Conk Smith here stayed all night.
Jun 2 – Hoed corn, beans and potatoes. Cultivated cabbage ground. Went up to Foundry after Ethan. He had gone by the burg have rode with Ed Flanders.
Jun 3 – Some cloudy, no rain yet, very dry. Ethan and Hannah went down to Catharines. Hannah stayed. Little Dutch man stayed here all night.
Jun 4 – Went up to Foundry in morning. Marked out potatoe ground. Barber planted in some corn. Rained in night. Conk Smith stayed here all night.
Jun 5 – Cloudy some mist. Ethan set out some plants.
Jun 6 – Planted in corn. Mrs Betts went to Dowagiac. Sarah went over to burg. Theodore put in bridge. Ethans patent papers came or a part of them.
Jun 7 – Finished planting corn. Put handle on Mr Taylors hoe. Hoed in garden some. Water wheel busted. Mrs Brown and Jule here in afternoon.
Jun 8 – Ethan and Henry at work on patterns. Plowed out potatoes. Rained in afternoon. Barber brot over some more ashes for corn.
Jun 9 – Cloudy morning, rainy day. Not much done. Cow out. Filed saw for Whiting.
Jun 10 – Cool wind Mercury 53 in morning. Went down to Katharines. Mrs Gaffing there.
Jun 11 – Put ashes on corn. Rainy afternoon. Ridler came down to work in corn.
Jun 12 – Cool morning Mercury 62. Went down to Katharines. Expected to go to Kalamazoo but no go. Came home and finished ashing my corn. Ezekiel Lee Died to day.
Jun 13 – Hoed in garden some. Barber commenced plowing for Buckwheat. Ethan finished patterns. Cow out to night. Rainy night. Brown and I went to find Cattle no find him.
Jun 14 – Rainy morning. Found Cattle over by Rail Road. Had been in Whitbecks wheat. Worked in garden some. H. A. Taylor brot his buggy down to paint.
Jun 15 – Worked on Barbers cultivator. A. Browns folks came up in Evening. Mrs Semer came with them. Had a heavy shower rained all the Evening. They went home in the rain.
Jun 16 – Went up to Foundry. Henry went up to Battle Creek with patterns.
Jun 17 – At home all day. Mr Henry Rogers and wife and Mrs Wilson here. Ethan carried Hannah down to Katharines. Dell came stayed all night.
Jun 18 – Dell went to Kalamazoo, had Bill. Dell and Henry stayed all night. Finished Barbers Cultivator. George put ashes on corn. Painted cultivator. I painted Taylors buggy boddy.
Jun 19 – Painted Taylors buggy. Hoed in garden some.
Jun 20 – Rainy day. Not much done.
Jun 21 – Carried Ethan up to Foundry. Ansil, Catharine and Hellen came up here. Ansil and I went up after Ethan.
Jun 22 – Fine morning. Henry came down to have pattern alterd some.
Jun 23 – Carried Ethan up to shop. I cultivated turnip ground. Barber Cultivated corn one way. Brown plowed Buckwheat ground. Henry got Castings. Lois came home in Evening. Went down to Browns in Evening. Alfleda down to Browns.
Jun 24 – At home. Mr Daniels called here a while. He went down to Browns. Ethan went down to Katharines carried some things to Hannah. Lois went with him. Had a heavy shower.
Jun 25 – Went up to shop. Very hot. Hoed in garden some.
Jun 26 – Went over to burg. Got wire for hen yard. Bot one Barrel plaster paid one Dollar for it.
Jun 27 – Put wire round Hen yard. Hot day. Sarah went down to Browns. Carried Hannah up to Mr Flanders. Ina here.
Jun 28 – Barber sowed Buckwheat. Hoed some in garden. Dell and Lois went home took Ina.
Jun 29 – Went up to shop with Ethan. Brown sowed Buckwheat. Hot day. I hoed potatoes. Got ½ bushel potatoes of H. A. Taylor. Ridler plowed out corn in south west lot. Mrs Benagar Dean died.
Jun 30 – Carried Ethan up to shop. Sarah went to burg. I plowed potatoes and corn. Very high wind all day.
Jul 1 – Wind continues to blow. Mrs Dean buried to day also Mr Enoch Nap of Comstock. Mart and Lucy came up here. I had a chill.
Jul 2 – Not very well to day. Went over to burg. Got dress for Hannah. Put new bridge on new violin. Rained a little in afternoon.
Jul 3 – Worked some in shop and garden.
Jul 4 – At home all day. Sarah went over to burg. Ethan and Hannah went over in Evening to see fireworks.
Jul 5 – Varnished Taylors buggy and turned some pins for _____. Had a hard blow in afternoon, blowed down our Locust tree in front yard.
Jul 6 – Finished Taylors buggy. Turned 6 pins for Jim Millham. Hoed corn in afternoon some. Went over to burg after Sarah.
Jul 7 – Pleasant morning. Went up to shop. Took Mr Taylors buggy home. Hoed corn some. Hank and Nancy came home.
Jul 8 – Hank and Nancy* here. Ethan took Hannah down to Katharines. Hank and Nancy went down to Mr Browns.
Jul 9 – Worked in corn some.
Jul 10 – Plowed and hoed corn. Mrs Betts came home to day.
Jul 11 – Hoed corn. Brown cut wheat in west lot. Mr Barber commenced cutting wheat.
Jul 12 – Carried Ethan up to Foundry. Plowed and hoed corn.
Jul 13 – Finished hoing corn. Brown drawed one load wheat.
Jul 14 – Cleaned out Barn. Worked in potatoes some. Put paris green on them. Hot day Mercury 91 Abz.
Jul 15 – Very hot. Ethan took Mrs Betts over to burg. Ethan went after Mrs Betts at night.
Jul 16 – Went to Kalamazoo after Louese. Had Ernest buggy. Cows got in Whitbecks lot. Sold calf to Whitbecks for 4.00. Bot set Spokes $3.00 pr _____.
Jul 17 – Chored round house and garden. Run after cows and fixed fence.
Jul 18 – Made wheelbarrow for Claud K. Brown Esqr of Chicago.
Jul 19 – Went Kalamazoo with Hank. He went to Chicago. Bot coat and pants $3.00. Dell and Lois came here. Mart and Lucy called here. Hannah went to Caywoods. Sis went up to Milhams.
Jul 20 – Carried Ethan up to shop. Corked barn floor in forenoon.
Jul 21 – Hoed[?] corn some. Barton[?] thrashed some. Mrs Betts went over to burg.
Jul 22 – At home all day. Lois came back. Dell went home. Mr Clark called in a while.
Jul 23 – Barton thrashed some. I plowed corn. Very hot. Ridler plowed corn. Finished plowing.
Jul 24 – Hot day. Plowed corn. Emma Allen here. Twelve here to dinner.
Jul 25 – Rainy morning. Headache. Hoed some potatoes. Tamer Ford here. Barber plowed some corn. Lois went up to Jo Flanders.
Jul 26 – Some cooler this morning. Spect had rain somewhere. Finished plowing corn. Mr Flanders came down got all the whimmen took them up to their house. Had a heavy shower, rained and blowed hard. Mr Flanders had to drive in _____.
Jul 27 – Cloudy morning. Laid up fence in forenoon. Carried all the wimmin down to A. Browns in afternoon. Went over to burg. Received of Township Treasurer 36 Dollars. Rained hard in night. Adda Ralph here to day.
Jul 28 – Sun came out in morning, fine day, rained some in afternoon. Cow went to Bull. Mrs Betts went to burg.
Jul 29 – Hot day. Went down to Katharines. All well. Mrs Gaffing there.
Jul 30 – Made Ex for Skinners Democrat[?]. Jim came home. Sarah went over to burg. Mrs Betts came home. Mrs G____ preached at burg this Evening.
Jul 31 – At home. Worked worked in shop some.
Aug 1 – Worked on spokes some. Mrs Brown and Jule here in afternoon.
Aug 2 – Worked on spokes. Repaired Huntings guitar. Lois went home.
Aug 3 – Worked in corn some. Drove some spokes in afternoon.
Aug 4 – Drove some spokes in morning. Catharine and Mrs Gaffing came up. Mrs G. went up to Jim Milhams. Estella came down stayed all night. Hoed corn in afternoon.
Aug 5 – Katharine here. Hank and Nancy came up. Warm day.
Aug 6 – Hank moved his things over. Hoed corn. Sarah and Katharine went up to Jim Milhams. Hannah went down to A. Browns. Rained a very little towards night.
Aug 7 – Cloudy morning looks like rain. Finished hoing corn and potatoes. Katharine went home. Mrs Betts went to burg. Dr Upham came here stayed all night from Elkhart, Ia. Hot and dry.
Aug 8 – Cut weeds in yard hoed some. Sarah went to burg to meeting. Ethan came home in morning. Hot day. Babtist Association at Burg.
Aug 9 – Chored round. Belas calf got in corn lot. Went round woods put up some fence. Hoed some. Will Clark came. Ethan sick in night. Mrs Betts came home. A____ closed to day.
Aug 10 – Fine morning. Went up in woods. Plowed out the potatoes. Cut some grubbs in cornfield side road. Will Clark here.
Aug 11 – Hunt preaches in D K Rogers Saloon this morning. He paid five Dollars for the room. Drawed one load wood. Not feeling very well. Jim and Will went up to Henrys.
Aug 12 – Fine morning some cloudy. At home all day. Mrs Betts went burg on her own hook I guess some mad spose. Peer Whitcomb brot her home. Hank and Nancy came up stayed all night.
Aug 13 – Some cloudy. Will Clark went home. I cultivated my corn one way. Had a good shower in afternoon rained hard. Nancy and Claud here all day. A. Browns folks went to Kalamazoo to Seance at Wagners.
Aug 14 – Killed 3 fowls, one white Rooster, old Speckled hen, one yellow hen. Nice morning. Went down to Katharines got 25 lbs flour. Had a heavy shower, rainy afternoon, rained all night.
Aug 15 – Rainy morning. Picknic at South Haven. Jim gone.
Aug 16 – Put rims on wheels. Ethan worked up to shop. Charles Lees folks here came up with they new buggy. Mrs Betts, Nancy and Mrs Brown and Jule went up to Mr Ralphs.
Aug 17 – Work round, cut some wood, chored round. Mr Barber plowed corn. Sate Skinner went up to Flanders. Henry came down in Evening.
Aug 18 – Pleasant morning. Cut some wood. Sarah and Mrs Betts went over to Burg to stay all night.
Aug 19 – At home all day. Very hot Mercury 92 in shade. Alvin, Ida and Henrys _____ _____ _____ ____ and Louese went over to Burg after Sarah and Mrs Betts.
Aug 20 – Not very well. Drawed one load wood. Nancy and Claud went down to Ambrose and Matildas to attend to business &c.
Aug 21 – Worked round garden pulled weeds in Strawberry patch. Rained in night.
Aug 22 – Went up to sawmill in morning. Some rainy. Worked round house and shop. Rainy afternoon and night. Ethan & Louese calculated to went down to Katharines but no go, to much rain.
Aug 23 – Rainy. Jim went over to Barbers after umbrella. Carried Ethan up to shop. Got Whitings buggy. Wedged two axes for E Whiting and mended pruning shears. Rainy day and night.
Aug 24 – Rainy morning. Mrs Skinner and Sate came here stayed all night. Henry came down in Evening. Fixed Whitings buggy wheels.
Aug 25 – Went over to burg. Bot sack flour 90 cts. Bot oil, cheese, paper, Envelopes. Mrs Skinner and Sate went home. Henry here. Wm Gleason died this morning. Went down to Katharines stayed all night.
Aug 26 – Went to Kalamazoo, took the cars. Went to Schoolcraft. Attended a Spiritual meeting. Left my horse to Jesse Turners. Came back. Went up to Katharines stayed all night. Alfleda went down to Charles Lees. Mr Wm Gleason buried to day.
Aug 27 – Rained some. Came home at noon. Hank here to work. Not much done in the work line.
Aug 28 – Some misty. Not very well. Not much work don to day. Rained hard in night.
Aug 29 – Worked in shop some on cross head. Mart and Lucy, Delpha come up. Louese went home with them. I went over to burg in morning. Received of township treasurer $3.70 cts.
Aug 30 – Finished cross head. Went up to saw mill. Hannah went down to Browns. Mr Brown thrashed his wheat. Saw Mr Dilenbeck from Yorkstate. Martin Turner and wife called here just at night. Brown thrashed.
Aug 31 – Hot morning Mercury 83 Abz. Carried Hannah down to Katharines. Louese came back with me. Rained some. Stoped to Browns.
Sep 1 – Cool morning. Town[e] thrashing. Chored round, drawed two loads wood. Louese and Stella went up to Sherwoods in afternoon. Rained some in night. Cool days.
Sep 2 – Henry came down in morning. Rainy.
Sep 3 – Chored round. Went up to Mr Flanders. Bot one bushel corn 60. Claud went with me. Jim helping Streator thrash.
Sep 4 – Went to Comstock to mill, carried 4 bushels wheat, one corn. Mrs Betts and Mrs Keith went over to burg on a visit.
Sep 5 – Chored round. Split some wood. Cool day. Ethan carried patterns up to shop. Rained some in afternoon. Commenced (indecipherable). Extracted two teeth for Herbert Earl.
Sep 6 – Pleasant morning but hot. Pioneer Picknick at Augusta. Drawed one load wood. Mr Browns folks and Mr Wagner here in Evening had a Circle. The Old Preach came Che Che would not let him talk.
Sep 7 – Henry and Louese gone up to Marshall. Had Bill. Worked in shop some. Cut out sides for wheelbarrow. Ethan worked up to shop.
Sep 10 – _____ worked in shop on mold pattern. Mart and Lucy came up. Rainy. Mart went to burg with Sewing Machine.
Sep 11 – Finished mold pattern. Rained in afternoon. Barber came up and cut some corn. I went down to Browns to tea. Hank and Will topping corn.
Sep 12 – Worked in corn. Mrs Betts and Nancy came back. Homes girl died. Henry got home with Bill. Ridler cutting corn.
Sep 13 – Lottie Holmes buried to day. Ethan and Henry went up to shop. I toped corn all day. Ridler finished cutting. Barber cutting. Sarah, Mrs Betts and Nancy went up to Hanibals in afternoon. Boys made some cider.
Sep 14 – Pleasant morning. Finished cutting corn in fore noon. Set up cornfodder in afternoon. Hot day. Ancil got back from Salt Lakecity.
Sep 15 – Nice morning. Browns folks gone to Plainwell. Will came up to ___s after Louese. Ethan gone up to shop.
Sep 16 – At home all day. Ethan down to Browns. Mrs Betts went to burg. Louese came home from Marshall. Ancil and Lucy came up here in afternoon. Rainy night.
Sep 17 – Rainy morning. Sarah went over to burg in morning. Took old buggy to pieces. Went after Sarah and Mrs Betts. Mrs Betts (indecipherable) Eat to much Honey. Dell called here.
Sep 18 – Pleasant morning. Chored round. Made fire under Kettle[?]. Sarah colored lot cloth for Louese. Took the old buggy wheels to pieces. _____ up hubbs to get the _____ out. Ethan went up to shop. Sent my patterns _____.
Sep 19 – Made rack[?] for Cart to draw corn _____ on. Drawed some _____. Louese went up to _____ stayed all night. _____ stayed here with Jim.
Sep 20 – Sprinkled some. Took Ethan over to burg. He went to Jackson to State fair. Drawed two loads wood in forenoon. Went over Ethan in Evening.
Sep 21 – Hank and Will cut the Buckwheat. I made Claud a husking ____. Worked on wringer.
Sep 22 – Fine morning. Hank, Jim, Jule and Nancy gone to Skinners. Ethan gone up to shop. Mrs Betts gone to burg. Sarah and I went down to Katharines. Stayed all night.
Sep 23 – Went Came home in Evening all right.
Sep 24 – Worked round shop, cleaned out old shop. Barber husked little corn. Hank and all hands got home. Mrs Betts came home from burg.
Sep 25 – Ethan went shop. I husked some corn in forenoon. Sawed out felloes for Barbers wheel. Mr Orrin Case called here at noon to see about Sam Chichester stealing[?] hogs of Father.
Sep 26 – Finished Barbers wheel at noon. Ethan went up to shop. I worked round, picked apples up at the corner then went down to Jacksons. Stayed all night.
Sep 27 – Pleasant morning. Ethan went up to shop. I stript some corn leaves in forenoon. Mercury 88 at one oclock, very hot. Mrs Betts went over to burg Ethan took her over to hear the gospel preached once more in her life. Rained hard up to _____.
Sep 28 – Henry and Ethan went up to shop. Cloudy morning. Worked on wheel some. Asel left for home Titusville Pennsylvania.
Sep 29 – Worked on wheel finished one wheel. Husked some corn. Mr and Mrs Ira Clark here to Dinner. Fine day. Claud went up to Rass Towns with Mr Brown, got some peaches.
Sep 30 – At home. Hank and Nancy here, Henry here. I went down to Katharines just at night after tea and butter.
Oct 1 – Sarah went over to burg in morning with Ethan. I put bottom in three peck basket. Picked lot corn. Hot day. Mercury 94 at one PM in shade. Husked some corn.
Oct 2 – Picked sixteen rows corn. Earnest brot Hogs head down in morning. Sarah, Mrs Betts and all the girls went up to Jesse Earls. I set tire on Barbers wheel. Very hot and dry.
Oct 3 – Warm and dry, 89 in shade. Repaired rake wheel for Jesse Earl in morning. Cut popcorn in west garden in fore noon. Jim and George Barber gone down to Jacksons to gather butternuts. Went down to Jackson after walnuts. Rained in night.
Oct 4 – Some rainy and very high wind. Picked some corn and husked some. Barber finished cutting Buckwheat.
Oct 5 – Carried Ethan up to Henrys. They went to Marshall, had Whitings buggy. I picked and husked some corn, drawed one load wood.
Oct 6 – Jim and I husked corn. Sarah and Mrs Betts went down to A. Browns. Mrs Betts was so lame she could not stay at home. She had been housed up for for four days, had not been visiting in four days. She thought it would do her good.
Oct 7 – At home all day. Not much rain.
Oct 8 – Worked round done chores &c. Went over to burg at noon. Sarah went over to get pattern for Hannah. We went down to Katharines stayed all night. Rained most all night.
Oct 9 – Went to Kalamazoo. Sarah Expected to go to Chicago. There was no Excursion Train going so she no go. Came home in forenoon. Dell here to dinner. He went to Kalamazoo Sis went with him. Ethan came home.
Oct 10 – Rainy day. Husked some corn carried it in to corn house. Dell and Ethan went to burg in forenoon.
Oct 11 – Husked some corn. Ethan worked on patterns. Hank and Nancy moved over to burg. I carried over two loads.
Oct 12 – Hank cleaned out gallery. Worked round house and barn.
Oct 13 – Hank carried one load over to gallery. I finished husking my ____ corn. Ridler and Barber husking. Mrs Betts went over to burg. Ethan went up to Foundry.
Oct 14 – Hannah and I went around the Squair. Saw Bronsons, Burgess and Peet Milhams houses for the first time. Henry Rogers and wife and Mrs Wilson came over here.
Oct 15 – Cleared out corn house and sorted corn. Sarah went over to burg in morning. Barber husked some. I am Sixty four years old to day.
Oct 16 – Sorted corn some. Barber put in some. Nancy and Claud here to day. Ethan and girls went over to Nancys in Evening.
Oct 17 – Sorted corn. Ridler brot one load. Barber thrashed Buckwheat. Rained in afternoon. Brown Drawed his Buckwheat. Ridler finished drawing my corn.
Oct 18 – Sorted corn. Ridler took one load home the last. Minnie Randall here in Evening. Mrs Corkins came from Battle Creek. Rainy night.
Oct 19 – Rainy day. Sorted corn. Took Mrs Corkins over to burg at noon she went home on the 12.55 train. Mart and Jay Barton thrashed wheat.
Oct 20 – Worked in corn some sorted some corn.
Oct 21 – Went down to Katharines after some butter.
Oct 22 – Chored round house and barn.
Oct 23 – Fixed up bin in cornhouse. Sorted some corn. Went over to burg. Got potato hook mended.
Oct 24 – Mr Chapin Died to day. Took Hannah up to Jesse Earls and Ethan up to shop. Went down to M. O. Streators. Dug potatoes. Barber thrashed Buckwheat. I get three bushels B.wheat. To Browns to buy eleven bushels potatoes.
Oct 25 – Went down dug 3 bushels. Mr Streator raised his Hog pen and corn house. Floral[?] Hall burnt on the Galesburg Fair ground in Evening.
Oct 26 – Went over to burg in morning after Louese. Rained some. Barber came over and shelled some corn.
Oct 27 – Dug my potatoes up at the corner and put them in the cellar. Ethan, Hannah and Louese went down to Katharines stayed all night.
Oct 28 – Pleasant, nice day, some wind, Mercury 70 Abz at noon in shade.
Oct 29 – Husked corn some. Fine day. Husked about fifteen baskets and put it in corn house.
Oct 30 – Finished husking. Louese started for Chicago. Sorted corn.
Oct 31 – Worked round house and barn. ____ some all day. Went up to shop with Ethan.
Nov 1 – Went up to mill got load _____ for fence got some steaks for fence.
Nov 2 – Went up to shop with Ethan. Rainy day. Brot sewing machine home from Earls. Carried it over to burg. Sarah went over bot warp for Katharines carpet.
Nov 3 – Carried Sarah down to Katharines. Clarra came home with me. Carried Mrs Betts over to burg. Made fence around the Strawberries. Susan Giddings here to day. Whiting brot his cutter down.
Nov 4 – Carried Hannah and Clarra down to Katharines. Sarah came home. Rained quite hard when we came home.
Nov 5 – At home. Snowey day. Not much done but move stoves. Put stove in shop and in middle room. Cold night. Ethan and Jim went over to burg. Jim got boots. Mrs Betts came home.
Nov 6 – Not very well hard cold. Mercury 3 Abz in morning. No work to day.
Nov 7 – Mercury 10 Abz in morning. Husked popcorn &c. Rather disagreable day. Ethan went up to shop. Rained all night. Jim went up to Milhams stayed the night.
Nov 8 – Rainy. No work to day hard cold. Eugene Powlisons wife died. Elva Earl Married to day spec so maby some.
Nov 9 – Cut and drawed two loads wood. Hank and Nancy came over stayed all night. Walter Barton died to day.
Nov 10 – Nancy gone down to Mr Browns. Fine morning. Put handle and heads in my mawl. Mrs Powlison buried to day. Fine pleasant day. Not much done, hard cold.
Nov 11 – Nice day. At home all day, not very well. Walter Barton buried to day.
Nov 12 – Went down to Katharines after tea and Hannahs cloths. Mrs Gaffing started for Tennessee.
Nov 13 – Pried up well room in forenoon. Worked on road in afternoon. Picked stone on the hill. Fine day.
Nov 14 – Patched the roof some. Chored round. Banked house some. Mr Mitchel called here. Dell and Lois drove in did not get out of the carriage. Rained some in after noon. Mr R Ransom died this morning.
Nov 15 – Some rainy. Ethan went over got Nancy. I put up shelf on back roof to put iron ware on. Shelled some corn. Ethan made water spout.
Nov 16 – Went to Comstock to Mill got Buckwheat and corn ground.
Nov 17 – Went over to Burg. Sarah and Mrs Betts went over to burg. Sarah started for South bend.
Nov 18 – Went over to burg after Hank and Nancy. Henry came down. Herbert Clark and Jimmy Millham came down here. Very nice day. All well as usual.
Nov 19 – Fine day. Worked on Skinners buggy. Mr Barton and David thrashed. Lois and Hannah went down to Mr Browns. Ross Ingersoll died to day.
Nov 20 – Nice morning. Lois and Hannah went over to Nancys. Mrs Betts came home to get ready to go over to Galesburg. Finished Skinners buggy.
Nov 21 – Repaired my wagon wheel in forenoon. Carried Alfleda down to Katharines. Rainy afternoon, rained in night.
Nov 22 – Cloudy morning, Ross Ingersoll buried to day.
Nov 23 – Lois and Will went home. I went up to James Ralphs. Took up two bushels Buckwheat, got almost three bushels and a half potatoes. Henry came down. Ethan went up to shop in Evening. Bot stove pipe. Old Mrs __oo___ died.
Nov 24 – Warm morning. Went up in woods got load wood. Went over to burg after Nancy. Mrs Betts went over with me. Extracted tooth for Jenny Giddings. Had head ache in afternoon.
Nov 25 – Mercury 51 Abz nice warm morning. Mr Brown called in. Claud went home with him. Hank came over. Will and Jule came up here. Claud went down home with Jule stayed all night.
Nov 26 – Warm, mercury 49 Abz rainy morning. Cow gone, found her down on Randals. Dressed out cutter Knees. Rainy day. Claud went home this morning.
Nov 27 – Mercury 38 Abz in morning. Rained some in morning. Ethan went over to burg.
Nov 28 – Mercury 28 Abz in morning. Fixed up hatch way in forenoon. Snowey and blowey. Fixed up high chair in afternoon. Allen Simmons called here to get buggy boddy made. Cold day.
Nov 29 – Mercury 15 Abz in morning, cold and Blustrous, no snow. Filed buck saw for Whiting.
Nov 30 – Worked in shop on cross Head. Stormy.
Dec 1 – Finished cross Head in forenoon. Sawed out cutter Beams in afternoon. Mrs Betts went over to burg with A. Brown.
Dec 2 – Pleasant, Mercury 17 Abz. At home all day. Claud stayed here all night.
Dec 3 – Pleasant, sun out all day, warm. Carried Claud home. Mrs Betts came home. Drawed two logs down from the corner on sleigh.
Dec 4 – Rainy morning, not very cold, some snow. Worked in shop some on wheel barrow.
Dec 5 – Went up to mill in the morning. Worked on road some. Windy, not very cold. Jesse Earl and Burgess and Ed Schram worked. Drawed some dirt.
Dec 6 – Worked on road in forenoon. Snowey day. Went over after Sarah, she no come.
Dec 7 – Worked in woods in fore noon. Cut maple tree. Went over after Sarah, she come. Drawed some wood.
Dec 8 – Snowey. Jim and I cut some wood. Went over to burg in Evening after Hank and Nancy. Ethan carried Hannah down to Caywoods. She came home at night. Ambrose and Matilda here in Evening.
Dec 9 – At home. Hank and Nancy here. Fine day. Mart brot Alfleda home. Katharine came with them.
Dec 10 – Worked on bob patterns some. Barber came over shelled some corn.
Dec 11 – Took the carpet rags over to Mrs Semer. Katharine and Sarah went to Nancys. Mrs Betts went over to Mr Burdicks. Barber came over. I hung ax for him. He cut stub down for _____. I went over (indecipherable). Bot Horse Blankets.
Dec 12 – Fine day, mercury ____ Abz. Went up in woods cut some wood. Katharine, Sarah and Alfleda went up to Nichols. Byron Allen and wife, Cora, Ida and Emma here in Evening. Henry took Claud home.
Dec 13 – Drawed three loads wood in fore noon. Went down to Marts. Katharine and Hannah went home. No snow, cold wind.
Dec 14 – Pleasant morning. Worked in woods, cut wood.
Dec 15 – Cut wood in forenoon, drawed some. Went over to burg carried Mrs Betts over. Sarah went down to Kalamazoo with Nancy to get stove and furniture. Jim went over got his over coat.
Dec 16 – Pleasant day. At home all day.
Dec 17 – Repaired guitar for Harry Streator. Bot _____ of Whiting 8½ lbs 5 cts pr pound. Went over to burg after Mrs Betts. Warm day.
Dec 18 – Rainy morning. Worked in shop. Commenced Simmons buggy boddy. Browns folks and Sarah went over to Hanks in Evening. Rained in Evening.
Dec 19 – Cloudy, mercury 55 Abz in morning. Not much done to day. Worked in shop some.
Dec 20 – Sick, no work. Mercury 66 Abz.
Dec 21 – Fine day. Worked in shop in afternoon. Ernest brot shank. Plained board for Ernest.
Dec 22 – Not any work to day. Ethan carried Mrs Betts over to burg.
Dec 23 – At home. Not very well. Went down to Katharines. Took Hannahs things down, got tea. Lost Martingale ring. Warm day, rained in Evening.
Dec 24 – Worked some in shop on sills. Went over to burg with N. L. Randall. Received of Township Treasurer 40 forty Dollars. Paid Minnie Randall 40 forty Dollars.
Dec 25 – Rainy morning, not very cold, Mercury 46[?] Abz in morning. Went down to Browns in Evening. Ed Phelps got hurt, gun burst, blowed britch pin into his head.
Dec 26 – Worked in shop some. Carried Nancy home. Alfleda went over. Mrs Betts came home. Old cow out, found her at Blakes barn in galesburg. Filed saw for Erve Hall 15.
Dec 27 – Worked in shop some. Not very cold, 20.
Dec 28 – Filed saw for Erve Hall 20. Put in cross bar in Rand___ saw frame and filed saw 20. No frost, Mercury 50 Abz.
Dec 29 – Worked in shop some. Went over to burg in Evening. Mrs Betts went over with me. Hank and Nancy came over.
Dec 30 – Henry came down. Carried Hank and Nancy home in Evening. Mrs Betts came home.
Dec 31 – Worked in shop in forenoon. Mart came up with Hannah. Went over to burg, paid my tax 7.69 cts. Ed Phelps Died this morning. Hannah stayed over to Nancys.
 Henry Lindsey Keith, his son by his first wife, Minerva (Payson) Keith
 Neighbor, Joseph Flanders. After his first wife, Minerva (Payson) Keith died, Joseph and Amanda (Hobbs) Flanders cared for his son, Henry, for a period of time. The Flanders raised Henry even after Luke married his third wife, Sarah (Crawford) Keith. They wanted to adopt Henry but Luke said no; however, it looks like Henry lived with them throughout his youth. This seems to be corroborated by the 1860 census showing “Henry L Flanders,” age 16, (who it is actually believed to be Henry L. Keith), living with Joseph & Amanda
 Michigan Death Records confirm that both Jane Ann (Odell) Olin, age 30, and her sister Ellen Odell, age 25, died of consumption on February 13, 1877, and FindAGrave.com shows they are both buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 FindAGrave.com confirms that Ebenezer Flanders died February 22, 1877 and is buried in Roof Cemetery, Climax, Michigan
 In all his previous diaries up until 1875, Luke has spelled his sister’s name as Catharine. Since then he sometimes spells it starting with a K, as can be seen in previous entries for January, and other times starting with a C
 His granddaughter, Ina Mary Skinner, the daughter of Lois & Del Skinner
 Michigan Death Records reveal that Harry M. Rowland, age 14, the son of Henry C. & Delilah Rowland, died February 27, 1877, and FindAGrave.com shows that he is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 The Plank family had been Luke Keith’s neighbors in Comstock, Michigan, but on April 3, 1873, Luke noted in his diary that they had left for Grand Rapids, Michigan
 A search of the Michigan, Births, 1867-1902 index and images on Family Search listed a Gertie Plank born in 1877 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to William Plank and Mary Plank. The 1880 Census does not show Gertie so it is assumed that she had died
 FindAGrave.com records show that Emma (Scofield) Oakley, wife of Walter E. Oakley, died March 16, 1877 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 FindAGrave.com reveals that Cyrus Gould Sherwood died March 22, 1877 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Michigan Death Records confirm that Sylvester Mead died March 24, 1877 and FindAGrave.com shows that he is buried in Schoolcraft Township Cemetery in Schoolcraft, Michigan
 Joseph and Marion Adelpha York, the husband and daughter of Luke’s niece, Helen (Bradley) York
 Neighbor, the son of Samuel & Catherine (Knecht) Barton
 The pole or tongue of a cart or wagon drawn by two animals side by side
 Alfleda (Starr) Keith, the widow of his brother Harvey Keith
 Michigan Death Records confirm that Elwilda Henika, age 21, died April 17, 1877 and FindAGrave.com shows that she is buried in Mountain Home Cemetery in Kalamazoo, Michigan
 Believe this to be his neighbor, Irwin I. Hall
 Neighbor, Charles Towne. In 1891 Charles married Luke’s daughter Hannah
 Manuel Henika, the husband of Elwilda (see April 17 entry)
 Felloe or felly – rim, or segment of the rim, of a spoked wheel
 Michigan Death Records show that Lafayette P. McNaughton, the 14-year-old son of Peter & Flora McNaughton, died on April 22, 1877 in Comstock, Michigan, and FindAGrave.com shows that he was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 The son of neighbors, Richard & Mary (Knowles) Barber
 His niece, and sister Catharine’s daughter, Helen (Bradley) York
 Michigan Death Records show that Angeline (Murray) Dean, the wife of Benajah Dean, died June 29, 1877 in Pavilion, Michigan with FindAGrave.com showing she is buried in Cook Cemetery, Pavilion, Michigan
 FindAGrave.com reveals that Enoch S. Knapp died June 29, 1877 and is buried in Mountain Home Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Michigan
 Neighbor; James was the half-brother of Martin Milham (see footnote for January 23 entry)
* His son-in-law and daughter, Henry & Nancy (Keith) Brown
 His 2-year-old grandson, Claude Keith Brown, Nancy & Hank Brown’s son
 His maternal first cousin (and Jesse Turner’s brother) and wife, Clarissa (Whitcomb) Turner
 Both the Brown and Keith families were believers in Spiritualism and participated in seances, or “circles.” Don’t know who the “Old Preach” was, but Chee Chee was Ambrose Brown’s Indian Spirit Guide
 Michigan Death Records reveal that Charlotte Holmes, the 16-year-old daughter of Hamlin & Jane (Abbott) Holmes, died September 11, 1877 from Typhoid Fever in Comstock, Michigan, and FindAGrave.com shows she is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Believe this to be Ira & Angeline Clark, the parents of Lois’ first husband, Byron Clark
 Sarah’s brother, Hiram Crawford Jr., and his family lived in Chicago so perhaps she was going to visit them
 Neighbor, the son of Samuel & Catherine (Knecht) Barton
 Michigan Death Records reveal that Henry Chapin died October 23, 1877 in Battle Creek, Michigan, and FindAGrave.com shows that he is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan
 Louese was attending school in Chicago and staying with her uncle and aunt, Hiram & Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford Jr.
 Neighbor, Susan (Ford) Giddings, the widow of Augustus Giddings
 Michigan Death Records show that Sarah (Wheeler) Powlison, age 27, died November 8, 1877 and FindAGrave.com shows she was buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Michigan Marriage Records shows that Elva Earl married Frank Crossfield on November 8, 1877 in Galesburg, Michigan. Elva was the daughter of Jesse & Mary (Clapp) Earl
 Neighbor, the son of Samuel & Catherine (Knecht) Barton. Michigan Death Records confirm that Walter died November 9, 1877 in Comstock, Michigan, at the age of 21
 Michigan Death Records reveal that Roswell Ransom died November 13, 1877 and FindAGrave.com shows that he is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Sarah’s brother, Henry Clay Crawford, and his family lived in South Bend, Indiana
 Believe this to be neighbor, James Edgar Milham, the son of James & Ellen (Adams) Milham
 Michigan Death Records confirm that Ross A. Ingersoll, age 29, died November 19, 1877 in Comstock, Michigan, and FindAGrave.com shows that he is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Comstock, Michigan
 Neighbor, the daughter of Augustus & Susan (Ford) Giddings
 Byron (& his wife, Ida Chittenden), Cora, Ida and Emma Allen, were the children of neighbors, John S. & Amanda Louise (Worden) Allen
 Neighbor, and the son of Marius O. & Laura (Rawson) Streator
 Michigan Death Records confirm that Edward Payson Phelps, age 19, died December 31, 1877 from explosion of gun (see December 25th entry) and FindAGrave.com shows he is buried in the Comstock City Cemetery, 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.
Dec 11 – (no entry)
Dec 12 – (no entry)
Dec 13 – Snow. Hank and Ethan got wood this forenoon. Father went to the Burg this afternoon, stoped for us when he went home. We went home with him
Dec 14 – Snow. I wrote to Ida Barber. Will went to the concert to night. Old Mr Watts died this morning. He fell down seller last night and killed himself.
Dec 15 – Pleasant. Hank brought me home from Fathers this morning. Jimmie did not go to school to day.
Dec 16 – Pleasant. Ethan went to Comstalk to Mill. Lucy and Mart were here to supper. Aunt Fleda went to the Burg.
Dec 17 – Warm. Hank went down to Fathers to help kill geese. Ma went to Mr Watts funeral. It was at one oclock. Mother sent Ma a goose.
Dec 18 – Pleasant. Hank went down to Fathers to go to Kalamazoo. It is half past seven and he has not got home yet. Am afraid he is not coming to night.
Dec 19 – Snowed this afternoon. Hank did not get home last night. Ma & I went down to Fathers this afternoon. I did not go back. Hank and Father helped Dell kill a beef.
Dec 20 – Pleasant. I finished my black alpaca dress. Ma, Pa and I went up to Dells this morning. Hank came this evening. He and I stayed all night.
Dec 21 – Pleasant. We are to Dells. Pa took Mrs Gaffney down to Aunt K. Hannah came home with him, is not going back. Frank Tomlinson, Henry Keith and Eugene Crawford came to Pas last night. They also had the Harris, Keith and B– families there to spend the evening. Henry and Frank called to Dells this eve.
Dec 22 – Pleasant. Hank, Father and I went to the Burg this forenoon. I went to Mrs Barbers, did not get home till four this afternoon. Frank was there. Eugene went back on the two oclock train. Skinners visited Pas this eve.
Dec 23 – Warm and Pleasant, seems like spring. Father, Mother, Aunt Jule and Ma went to Kalamazoo. Ma got Hannah a cloak. Aunt J– got her one. I went back with Father when they he brought Ma home. Hank and Hannah, Frank, E– & I visited Flanders this evening. Skinners were there. Hank was sick with a pain in his bowle bowels. Father and mother went up to Mr Fords to see Mary & Tom this eve. Arthur is here.
Dec 24 – Warm, Pleasant. Hank is worse. We are at Fathers. Hannah stayed with Lois last night.
Dec 25 – Pleasant. Christmas. Mother got me a wrapper for a Christmas preasant. Hank is a little better. Father, Mother & Aunt Jule have gone up to Mr Armes to day. Henry K called here this morn, also Jimmie.
Dec 26 – Cold and some snow. Hank was sick all night, better this morning. Ethan called here this afternoon. He had been down to Aunt Kates.
Dec 27 – Snow. Father made cider. Hank and Will made went to the Burg. Will had a tooth pulled.
Dec 28 – Cold. Will took Hank and I down to Pas to night.
Dec 29 – Blustering. We commenced Hannahs underclothes. Uncle David came to our house to day. Had not seen him in 19 years. He brought Ma a set of silver forks and gave her five dollars. Aunt Kate sent her a pair of undersleeves and three collars and a tie.
Dec 30 – Pleasant. Uncle Dave went away to day. Lois, Lucy, Mart and Uncle Joe were here to day. Mr Hawley killed one Pig and Pa two. Fathers folks were here this evening.
Dec 31 – Cold. Ethan went up to Dells. Mrs Skinner and Dell have gone to Lima. Jimmie stays with Willie.
Names of those that attended Henry’s farewell Party
Dell Clapp } Ida Clark
Mavis ” } Mart Milham
Thadd ” } Lucy Milham
Mary ” } Quin Streator
Dell Skinner }
Lois ” } Addie Raymond
Sate ” } Jennie Hitchcock
Mr Taylor } Cullen Town
Hattie ” } Edwin Flanders
Libbie ” } Myron Latty
Mr Earl } Henry Keith
Elva ” } Henry Brown
Mary Plank } Nancy Brown
Carrie ” } Mr Flanders
Charley Ford } Mrs Flanders
Tamer ” }
Ethan Keith }
Hannah ” }
Fred Allerton }
Ida ” }
It has been so cold part of this month (April) that good many have frozen to death in Kansas and other western states
 Her in-laws, Ambrose & Matilda (Allen) Brown; Nancy refers to her parents, Sarah (Crawford) & Charles Luke Keith Jr., as Ma and Pa, and to Hank’s parents, Matilda (Allen) & Ambrose Brown, as Mother and Father
 Believe she is referring to Simeon Woods, the husband of Reliance (Brown) Woods. Reliance was Ambrose Brown’s sister
 Her husband, Henry Brown. They were married October 5, 1872
 Her half-brother, Henry Keith. He is the son of Charles Luke Keith Jr. by his first wife Minerva (Payson) Keith
 Neighbors, Byron, Cora, Ida, Libbie and Emma Allen are mentioned throughout the diary. They are the children of John S. & Amanda Louise (Worden) Allen. Any possible relationship between them and Matilda (Allen) Brown is unknown at this time
 Hannah’s boyfriend. From an entry in Luke’s diary on 12-13-1872 he mentioned that Hannah got a ring from Eberly Underwood
 Most likely referring to her maternal first cousin, Eugene Crawford
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Flora Swaddle, age 16, the daughter of William G. Swaddle, died January 8, 1873, and is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery in Galesburg, Michigan
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Ira Joy died January 9, 1873, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Galesburg, Michigan
 An 18th-century dress with the skirt divided in front and worn looped back over an elaborate underskirt
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Azor Odell, age 19, (the 1860 census lists him as Ezra Odell) died January 8, 1873 and is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery in Galesburg, Michigan
 Catharine (Keith) Bradley Lee, her father’s sister
 Martin Milham, husband of Aunt Kate’s daughter (by her second husband), Lucy (Lee) Milham
 Believe this is William E. Arms, the husband of Cynthia (Brown) Arms. Cynthia was Ambrose Brown’s sister. Hank’s diary for this date mentions that he “opened Arthurs box and took out a frame and mat and Looking glass and hung them up.” Arthur was William & Cynthia’s son
 Neighbor, the daughter of Samuel & Hannah (Patton) Spier
 Neighbor, daughter of James & Ellen (Adams) Milham; James and Martin Milham (see footnote for January 11th entry) were half-brothers
 The daughter of Loren & Amanda (Taylor) Clark; Loren was the brother of Byron Clark, Lois Keith (Clark) Skinner’s first husband
 A search of the Michigan Death Records at Ancestry.com shows that Clarence G. Wing, age 6, the son of B. A. & Louise Wing, died February 14, 1873; FindAGrave.com reveals that he is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Her cousin, James “Oscar” Keith, son of Harvey & Alfleda (Starr) Keith
 Catherine E. Keith, the daughter of James “Oscar” & Mary Ann (Batey) Keith
 Arthur and William E. Arms (see footnote for January 13th entry)
 Believe she means Kate Chaffee; see entries in Luke’s diary
 Mertie LaVern Chaffee, the daughter of Thomas & Frances Catherine “Kate” (Keith) Chaffee
 A search of FindAGrave.com reveals that Charlotte Ann (Goodrich) Coe died February 21, 1873 and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Comstock, Michigan
 Small tintype photographs. Tintypes were printed on iron, but called tintype because the metal resembled tin
 Neighbor, Edwin R. York, was the brother of Joseph York who was married to Nancy’s cousin, Helen (Bradley) York
 Her cousin, Ellis Keith, who was the son of Wesley & Harriet (Blakeslee) Keith
 A search of FindAGrave.com reveals that Amos Chipman died February 27, 1873 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and is buried in Cook Cemetery, Pavilion, Michigan
 Luke, Nancy and Hank all wrote in their diaries of the Brown and Allerton lawsuit. Luke wrote the following in his diary on November 18, 1872: Mr Allerton drawed some wood for Mr Plank. He asked me about the hogs, did Mr Brown say any thing about the hogs before the trial commenced. I think not. He says we stood by the gate talking, heard the hogs and I started to go to home and Mr Brown followed an we saw the hogs in my lot. This is what he says to day
 Neighbor, Henry “Harry” D. Streator, the son of Marius O. Streator
 Nancy had two cousins who were both named Edna: Edna Irene Crawford, the daughter of Robert & Louisa (Hall) Crawford; and Edna Alice Crawford, the daughter of Edwin & Mary (Hamilton) Crawford. Since Emmett Crawford visited on March 31st and Aunt Mary Crawford visited on April 3rd, it is assumed that here she is referring to Edna Alice Crawford
 Neighbor, Byron Hawley; Luke Keith’s diary mentions him frequently
 Michigan Death Records at Ancestry.com show that Eliza (Gilfus) Delano, age 19, died May 3, 1873
 One of Ethan’s inventions, a “car starter” (see May 14, 1873 letter)
 Michigan Marriage Records at Ancestry.com show that Jackson Bristol married Alta Burge on May 8, 1873 in Galesburg, Michigan
 Michigan Birth & Christening Records at Ancestry.com show that Adelia Giddings was born May 10, 1873 to Augustus & Susan Giddings
 Caroline (Williams) Wiseman, a neighbor who had moved to Missouri (see December 28, 1871 letter)
 A search at FindAGrave.com shows that Reuben L. Coe died in 1873 and is buried in the Prairie Home Cemetery, in Climax, Michigan
 A search of Michigan Death Records at Ancestry and at FindAGrave.com reveals that Sarah (Odell) Potts, age 24, died of consumption May 15, 1873 and is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan. Her brother, Azor (Ezra) Odell, age 19, died earlier in the year on January 10, also of consumption. They were the children of Isaac and Polly “Mary” (Shoemaker) Odell. Searching further, three of their other children also died of consumption: Angeline/Adeline (Odell) Youngs, age 29, on June 3, 1874; Jane Ann (Odell) Olin, age 30, on February 13, 1877; and Ellen Odell, age 25, also on February 13, 1877
 Frances and Helen Towne, the daughters of Albert & Pamelia (Hosley) Towne
 Jackson Bristol was the widower of Julia Wood, the daughter of Simeon & Reliance (Brown) Wood. Their children were Marion (see January 27th and March 8th entries), Louis, Helen (see March 8th entry) and Lulu. He then married Alla Birge (see May 8th entry)
 Michigan Death Records show that Warren D. Potts was born July 20, 1873 in Galesburg, Michigan, to Austin & Marian (Wilcox) Potts
 Frank Tomlinson, the son of George and Marion (Sprague) Tomlinson. Marion was Nancy’s first cousin. It is unclear who Mary was
 Alfleda (Starr) Keith, widow of Harvey Keith (Charles Luke Keith Jr.’s brother)
 A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Dr. Melancthon W. Alfred, age 63, died August 16, 1873 in Galesburg, Michigan, and is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery
 Marion Adelpha York, daughter of Joseph York and Helen Bradley (Catharine (Keith) Bradley Lee’s daughter)
 Laura Ann (Rawson) Streator, wife of Marius O. Streator
 1870 census shows Nellie Stanford (age 27) living in the Marius O. Streator household and again in 1880 (age 37) where she is listed as “niece.” In the 1900 and 1920 census records, she is living with her cousin, Henry Streator. Her headstone shows she was the niece of Laura Rawson Streator
 Investigation continues as to their identity
 Catherine Samantha “Kitty” Milham, born to Martin & Lucy (Lee) Milham
 Michigan Death Records at Ancestry.com show that James B. Sylvester, age 9, was killed in a railroad accident. He was the son of Henry S. and Mary Sylvester
 According to http://www.historytoday.com, Tom Thumb (Charles Sherwood Stratton) married Lavinia Warren on February 10, 1873. Both worked with the Barnum & Bailey Circus as part of the ‘freak show’
 Tidy – a light detachable covering, as for a chair back. (See also entry for Nov. 20)
 1870 census shows Nellie Stanford (age 27) living in the Marius O. Streator household and again in 1880 (age 37) where she is listed as “niece.” In the 1900 and 1920 census records, she is living with her cousin, Henry “Harry” Streator. Her headstone shows she was the niece of Laura (Rawson) Streator
 Nancy’s cousin, the daughter of George & Marion (Sprague) Tomlinson
 Neighbor, the daughter of John & Caroline (Rapelje) Allerton
 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.