September 30, 1860
To: Sarah Keith
From: Chloe C. Austin
Chloe is giving Sarah an update on all the neighbors while Sarah and her family are visiting family in Niles, Michigan, and Omro and DePere, Wisconsin (see Luke’s diary entries).
Sep 30th 1860
I received your letter after looking a long time I was glad to heer you was feeling better. I hope this will find you well and enjoying yourself. I could if I had a mother to visit. Now for the news of the day James Deos trial is past over again he has got bail. Little Eugene Lint had his foot run over by the cars so the physition took his leg off below his knee. Their was a man run over yesterday by the mail train between here and Comstock. Their was a bottle of whisky found in his pocket. Your yard is all rite. I saw Mother Pond give it a call one morning quite erly. Her _______ has broke out. I have had Mrs Johnson and her son here ever sence you went away. He has had his leg broken _______. Mrs Earl is here yet she is not very well. Rogers folks arived a weeke ago. Sarah was hard sick and is yet. They brought her home on a bed. Mother Austin is with me now.
Remember me kindly to your husband and Children
I remain your true friend
C. C. Austin
To Sarah Keth
 The 1860 census lists the following families all on the same page: Peter & Julia Johnson, David & Eliza Rogers (together with Eliza’s sister, Sarah Beadle), Almon & Nancy Pond, Almon & Chloe Austin, Charles & Sarah Keith and Stephen & Ann Earl.
 James Deyoe, who was on trial for burning the Congregational Church at Galesburg (see following newspaper articles)
 The 1860 census shows Eugene Lent, age 5, living in Comstock, Michigan, the son of Harvey and Sarah Lent
 Sarah Beadle, sister of Eliza (Beadle) Rogers
 Her mother-in-law, Hannah (McClellan) Austin
 Charles Luke Keith, Jr.
 Chloe C. (Wilbur) Austin