1874 DIARY OF CHARLES LUKE KEITH JR.
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The entries from January 1 through June 10 were first written in the back of his 1873 diary. He copied the entries of January 1 through February 5 into his 1874 diary and they are basically identical to what he originally wrote in his 1873 diary. Anything from 1874 that clarifies or adds to the 1873 entries is noted in brackets. He then had entries in his 1874 diary on August 30 and September 1 and finally daily entries from September 22 through December 31.
Jan 2 – Eds folks went home. No snow [but very] muddy.
Jan 3 – Quite warm 60 Abz. [Not much done but chores.]
Jan 4 – At home. 60 Abz in morning, cool at night 30 Abz. Hannah went to Battlecreek to learn Dress Makers trade. [All well.]
Jan 5 – Cool, no snow, 20 Abz in morning. [Choring round.]
Jan 6 – At home. Not much work [but chores].
Jan 8 – Pleasant morning, 30 Abz. Went over to burg. Bot Lock for schoolhouse 30 cts.
Jan 9 – Filed saw for [N. A.] Randal 10¢.
Jan 10 – At home. Mrs [Hat] Hawleys Father and Brother came [here in afternoon, stayed all night].
Jan 11 – At home. Cold, no snow. Henry Semer paid me Nine Dollars.
Jan 12 – Mr Abbot and son left. Went over to burg. Paid my tax 16.87 cts.
Jan 14 – Cold. Hannah came home. Snowed [some].
Jan 15 – Ethan and Hannah went down to Catharines. Cool and blustering, snow 2¼.
Jan 16 – Cold, 7 Abz in morning. At home [no work] not very well.
Jan 17 – At home. Worked in shop some.
Jan 18 – Not very cold. Ethan & Hannah [went down to Streators] went over to Barbers in Evening.
Jan 19 – At home. Went down to Streators in morning.
Jan 20 – Went down to Catharines, stayed all night. Thrashers came to [____] thrash clover [seed]. Mart and Lucy went to town. Rainy night.
Jan 21 – Rained in afternoon. Came home in Evening. Rainy. Lois here.
Jan 22 – Rainy morning. [No work but chores.]
Jan 23 – Worked on bob rods and neap. Paid D. S. Bronson fifteen Dollars. Ethan & Hannah went up to S[am] Whites to a Dance. [Hiram Lovelands wife Died to day.]
Jan 24 – Snows some. At home. All well.
Jan 25 – At home. Ethan & Hannah went up to Wesleys.
Jan 26 – Finished Bobs. Went down to A. Browns in Evening. Cold, no snow.
Jan 27 – Rainy morning. [Not much work.]
Jan 28 – At home. Worked in shop some.
Jan 29 – Went down to M O Streators, got five 5 bushels wheat. Mrs Semer paid one Dollar.
Jan 30 – 28 cold and snowy. No work. Very blustring.
Feb 1 – 11 Abz, pleasant morning. Traded harness for sleigh.
Feb 2 – At home. Not much work.
Feb 3 – Went to Comstock to mill. Fine day.
Feb 4 – Made saw frame for Mrs Semer.
 Known better, and referred to, as Luke
 His son, Ethan Keith
 His daughters, Nancy, Hannah and Louese
 Lois (Keith) Clark Skinner, his daughter by his first wife, Minerva (Payson) Keith
 His maternal first cousin and cousin’s wife, Edward G. & Sarah (Bliss) Wolcott
 Above zero
 His daughter, Hannah Keith
 His son-in-law and daughter, Henry & Nancy (Keith) Brown
 Lawton, Michigan
 Galesburg, Michigan
 Neighbor, Harriet (Abbott) Hawley
 Harriet Hawley’s father and brother
 His sister, Catharine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 His first cousin, Joseph Lee (son of Rhoda (Keith) and Charles Lee)
 Neighbors, Richard & Mary (Knowles) Barber
 Neighbors, Marius O. & Laura (Rawson) Streator
 His niece and her husband, Lucy (Lee) & Martin Milham
 FindAGrave.com confirms that Elizabeth Loveland died January 23, 1874; she was buried in the Mountain Home Cemetery in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Michigan Marriage Records show that her maiden name was Russell
 John Wesley Keith, his adopted brother
 Ambrose Brown, neighbor and father-in-law of his daughter, Nancy (Keith) Brown
 His youngest daughter, Louese Keith
 Alfleda (Starr) Keith, the widow of his brother Harvey Keith
 Comstock was the town he lived in