May 17, 1874
To: Frank Tomlinson
From: Ethan Keith, Galesburg, MI
Updates on various family members and their illnesses. Pa “went to a lawsuit” and Louese received a letter from Libbie Keith saying they arrived in Kansas all right. Henry thinks he might go into telegraphing but Ethan thinks that is too confining for him.
Scan of 1874-05-17 Ethan Keith to Frank Tomlinson
Galesburg May 17th 1874
I received your kind letter in due time & ought to have answered it before but have been rather busy & have neglected writeing.
It has been very dry here all the spring. Friday we had a nice shower & another last night so the ground has got a pretty good soaking. Cherry & Peach trees are as full of blossems as they can be.
Most of the farmers have got through planting. Pa has let about ten acres of Corn ground. Nancy is out makeing us a visit she is haveing a real time with the toothache seems as though she would go crazy part of the time. They were all well at Aunt Katies the last we heard from there.
I will try & finish this letter this afternoon. Our folks have left me to my own destruction. Pa has gone to Kal– to a Lawsuit. Ma is down to Uncle Charley Lees takeing care of Aunt Julia. She is very sick with inflamation of the bowels. Sis & Jim are to school & I have not got much to do this afternoon but a few chores.
I was down to Kalamazoo Monday called at Aunt Katies they were well. Aunt Katie was out to Joe Yorks. Louesa received a letter from Libbie Keith last week said they arrived in Kansas all right. Did not say how they liked it there.
Henry has been to Chicago but did not meet with any success. I dont know what he will do now, it seems to me the best thing he could do would be to go to Telegraphing if he could get a situation. He thinks he could Telegraph with a very little practice. There is no labor connected with that business, but it is too confining for him I guess.
I expect to go to work for the G.R.&I.R.R. Co next week running a tank engine. I dont know positively at what place but I expect it will be at Clam Lake, that is about 145 miles north of Kalamazoo.
Hannah is in Battle Creek yet.
Respects to all. Write soon.
E. B. Keith
 His sister, Nancy (Keith) Brown
 Catherine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 Charles Luke Keith Jr.
 Kalamazoo, Michigan
 From the March 5, 1873 Kalamazoo Daily Telegraph: Ambrose Brown vs. John T. Allerton. Yesterday afternoon and to-day were devoted by court, jury and counsel, and a score of witnesses, in investigating the alleged trespass of an unruly hog belonging to the defendant. Luke Keith and Nancy & Hank Brown all wrote in their 1873 diaries of the Brown and Allerton lawsuit. There was a judgment entered on March 6, 1873 awarding Ambrose Brown $22.00 plus costs. The May 25, 1874 Kalamazoo Daily Telegraph noted the following: Ambrose Brown, appellee, vs. John T. Allerton, appellant. Verdict for plaintiff, $26.00.
 Sarah (Crawford) Keith
 His paternal first cousin 1x removed
 Charley’s wife, Juliana (Davis) Lee
 His younger sister and brother, Louese and James Keith
 Joseph York was married to Helen (Bradley) York, Aunt Kate’s daughter by her first husband, Ethan Bradley
 His younger sister Louese
 Hannah “Libbie” Keith, the daughter of John Wesley Keith, who was the adopted brother of Ethan’s father, Charles Luke Keith Jr.
 From Nancy (Keith) Brown’s diary: 5-4-1874: I went down to Aunt Celinas and stayed this afternoon to visit with Wesleys folks. They start to night for Kansas.
 His half-brother, Henry Keith
 Grand Rapids & Indiana Railway Company
 His sister, Hannah Keith