December 18, 1874
To: Frank Tomlinson
From: Ethan Keith, Galesburg, MI
Uncle Joe Lee had a shock paralysis and could only say yes or no, but is getting better and can put words together. The mill is installing a 50-horsepower engine which costs $8,000.00 as the race freezes in the winter and they are unable to grind hardly anything.
Galesburg Dec 18th 1874
I received yours letter of Nov 6th in due time, glad to hear that you was getting better. Henry told me a short time ago that you that you or Nellie wrote him you was troubled to get enough to eat. So I should think by that you was still on the gain.
We are haveing nice weather for Dec. roads are dusty. We had a few days sleighing the last of Nov. It is trying to rain to day but dont make out much yet.
Pa & I have gone down to Aunt Katies to day. Uncle Joe Lee is there now confined to his bed most of the time. He had a shock of Paralysis the 2nd of Nov & part of the time he has been so he could not say only yes or no. He is considerable better now can connect his words very well. Uncle Charlie thinks there will not be much money left now, he has not been there to see Uncle Joe since he has been sick & has been past there to Kalamazoo too.
Pa has just got home, says Uncle Joe is considerable better so he walked out into the kitchen this morning.
They have been putting in an engine in the grist mill at the Burg it is fifty horse power cost $8000. Their race freezes in the winter so they have cannot grind but a very little. John Bloke & his brother are stocking the mill they give $25 per hundred barrels for flouring. Most people think that the engine will not be a very paying thing.
Tell your father I guess he had better make that machine for takeing pegs out of boots[?]. I cant think of any way to make one better than they have got.
I believe he said he was agoing to get up one if some one dident.
Folks are all well as usual.
Respects to all. Write soon.
E. B. Keith
 His half-brother, Henry Keith
 Frank’s sister, Nellie Tomlinson
 Charles Luke Keith Jr.
 Catherine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 Joseph Lee was the uncle of Aunt Katie’s husband, George Lee
 A loss of sensation accompanied by motor paralysis with initial loss but gradual recovery of reflexes
 Charles Lee, Joseph’s brother
 The channel carrying the swift current of water that drives a mill wheel
 Sarah (Crawford) Keith
 His sister, Nancy (Keith) Brown
 George Tomlinson