1874 Letters

July 14, 1874 letter to Frank Tomlinson from Henry Keith

July 14, 1874

To: Frank Tomlinson

From: Henry Keith, Galesburg, MI

His sister, Lois, had a baby girl. Writes about the wheat harvest. He does the cutting with a machine and two men ride and do the binding.

Scan of 1874-07-14 Henry Keith to Frank Tomlinson

Galesburg July 14th 74

Cousin Frank

Am in receipt of your letter. Have seen Mr Ford he having an evaporator. I thought it probable that he might wish to sell it but he says no; but he tells me that his son living in Barry Co has one and it is not impossible but that he would sell his. Mr Ford paid for his $150 his sons cost $100 no as large. I suppose I shall ascertain as soon as possible if he wishes to dispose of his and at what price. Will also see another party that has one and report as soon as possible to you about them. I wrote to your mother[1] some time ago. As you did not mention it am in doubt as to the certainty of her receiving it. Lois[2] has a Skinner daughter[3] quite a fine looking miss they say. I think all 4 weeks chaps look about alike. We are in our wheat harvest. I do the cutting we use a machine that two men ride and do the binding. It is a capitol machine runs easy and does the work nice. I am not feeling very well today.


H. L. Keith


[1] Marion (Sprague) Tomlinson

[2] His sister, Lois (Keith) Clark Skinner

[3] Ina Mary Skinner was born June 13, 1874

*Thanks to Leigh Terrass, great-granddaughter of John Frank Tomlinson, for sharing this letter with me and allowing me to post it. In order to keep the letters chronological in the https://lettersfromthe1860s.wordpress.com/ blog post, it was given a posting date of 07-28-2018 even though it wasn’t until September of 2021 that I received the letters from Leigh

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