1871 DIARY OF CHARLES LUKE KEITH JR.
Jan 2 – Cold, snowed and blowed in forenoon. Worked in shop on sleigh.
Jan 3 – Blustring forenoon. Worked on sleigh.
Jan 5 – Went over to burg. Some warmer, south west wind. Bot this Book 40 cents. Rode over with Jo Boardman. Snow 1 inch. Went over to burg in Evening. Got galen oil. Sent letter to Suky Brown. Received paper of David.
Jan 7 – Worked on Marts whiffletree and put bottom on sleigh. Mr and Mrs Chapin here to get the Bristol House. 12 Abz in morning. Snowed all night.
Jan 8 – Snows like fun this morning. Snowed 5 inches.
 Known better, and referred to, as Luke
 Above zero
 His sister, Catharine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 His brother, John Wesley Keith, who, according to the family Bible, was adopted
 His niece and her husband, Martin & Lucy Irene (Lee) Milham
 Galesburg, Michigan
 Mart & Lucy’s daughter, Clara Almyra Milham, who was two years old
 Susie A. Brown, sometimes referred to as Suky Brown and/or Decatur Susie Brown
 Believe he is referring to his brother-in-law, David “D.C.” Crawford, who lived in Golden, Colorado
 His youngest daughter, Louese Keith
 The long shafts between which an animal is fastened when pulling a wagon
 The pivoted horizontal crossbar to which the harness traces of a draft animal are attached and which is in turn attached to a vehicle or an implement
 Luke uses this phrase quite often. The Oxford Dictionary gives its meaning as “vigorously or quickly”