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1875 DIARY OF CHARLES LUKE KEITH JR.
The entries from January 1 through June 28 were written in the back of his 1874 diary. There were no entries for June 29 until July 22 when he bought his 1875 diary.
Jan 2 – Worked in shop. Not very cold but blustrous.
Jan 3 – At home. Catharine and Jim Payne came up here.
Jan 4 – Cut some wood. Ethan drawed three loads. Cold, snowed some.
Jan 5 – Cold, mercury 7 below zero. Worked on box.
Jan 6 – Put cleets on box. Cold day.
Jan 7 – Cold. Not very well. Hard cold.
Jan 8 – Worked some in shop on chest.
Jan 9 – Worked on chest some. Mercury 10 Abz below in morning.
Jan 10 – Mercury 13 below zero, very cold. Found Jimme dead in the coop this morning. No sleighing, very little snow.
Jan 11 – Worked on chest. Very cold. Cut some wood.
Jan 13 – Snowy. Put chest together. Went over to burg in Evening, got oil 20¢
Jan 14 – Mercury at zero in morning. Worked on chest. Cold day.
Jan 15 – Made base and upper band for chest.
Jan 16 – Worked on chest some. Henry came down. Filed saw. Went up in woods, sawed wood, drawed two loads.
Jan 17 – Mercury 13 Abz. Very good sleighing.
Jan 18 – Worked in shop. Put base and band on chest. Henry and Ethan sawed wood. I drawed two loads.
Jan 19 – Worked in shop.
Jan 20 – Went over to burg. Got rabbit plane of Robinson. Made panels for chest lid. Staring paid 4 Dollars.
Jan 21 – Put lid together. Put Rave on bob for A. Caywood.
Jan 22 – Mercury 15 Abz. Went over to burg. Paid my Tax $12.46¢. Theodore Earl paid $5.00.
Jan 24 – Mercury 29 Abz. Snowing some in morning. Ethan and Louesa went down to Catharines.
Jan 25 – Worked in shop some on chest. Ethan went to Lawton on Evening Express.
Jan 27 – Snows like fun. Ethan came home in Evening.
Jan 28 – Snows this morning. Went down to A. Browns, carried hams down. Went over to burg, got meal. Went up to J. Flanders, got 5 five bushels wheat. Good sleighing.
Jan 29 – Cold, 3 below zero. Went to Comstock to mill.
Jan 30 – Went over to burg. Got band bent for chest lid. Sarah came home from Lawton.
Jan 31 – Cold, 10 Abz.
Feb 1 – Finished Eds Chest.
Feb 2 – Went down to Katharines, hung door. Rained when we came home.
Feb 3 – Not much done. Very windy day, very blustering night, snow blowed Everywhere.
Feb 4 – Cold, 10 below zero, very blustring. Mr. Seaman Bristol died to day in Marys Ville Kansas.
Feb 5 – Took out butry and put up lathe. Traded my cutter to Henry for his watch and chair.
Feb 6 – Cleaned turning lathe, turned some.
Feb 8 – Shoveled snow to get to woods. Spli____ sleigh neap to Flanders sleigh. Filed saw for Erve Hall.
Feb 9 – 31 below zero in morning. Drawed some wood. Not very well. David Simonds buried to day.
Feb 10 – Henry brot seat down. Snows some, 2 below zero.
Feb 11 – Finished seat. Henry went over to burg with it. Ed got his chest. Very blustring. Mrs Ralph and Em here.
 Known better, and referred to, as Luke
 His son, Ethan Keith, and daughter, Hannah Keith
 His sister, Catharine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 Lois (Keith) Clark Skinner, his daughter by his first wife, Minerva (Payson) Keith
 His son-in-law, Adelbert Skinner, who was married to his daughter Lois
 Galesburg, Michigan
 Neighbor, Marius O. Streator
 Ambrose Brown, his neighbor and father-in-law of his daughter Nancy
 Henry Keith, his son by his first wife, Minerva (Payson) Keith
 Above zero
 His grandson, Claude Keith Brown, the son of Nancy & Hank Brown. There is a birth announcement for “Pomeroy” Brown, however, that is the only time the name of Pomeroy is used
 His wife, Sarah (Crawford) Keith
 Lawton, Michigan, where Nancy & Henry Brown lived
 His youngest daughter, Louese Keith
 His cousin, Ida Mae Lee, the daughter of Joseph Warren Lee and Nancy E. Taylor
 Martin Milham, husband of Lucy (Lee) Milham. Lucy was the daughter of his sister Catharine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 Alfleda (Starr) Keith, the widow of his brother Harvey Keith
 Luke uses this phrase quite often. The Oxford Dictionary gives its meaning as “vigorously or quickly”
 Neighbor. After Luke’s first wife, Minerva (Payson) Keith died, Joseph and Amanda (Hobbs) Flanders cared for his son, Henry, for a period of time. The Flanders raised Henry even after Luke married his third wife, Sarah (Crawford) Keith. They wanted to adopt Henry but Luke said no; however, it looks like Henry lived with them throughout his youth. This seems to be corroborated by the 1860 census showing “Henry L Flanders,” age 16, (who it is actually believed to be Henry L. Keith), living with Joseph & Amanda
 In all his previous diaries, Luke has spelled his sister’s name as Catharine. It now appears that he is sometimes spelling it starting with a K, or it is possible he is referring to somebody else
 Seaman S. Bristol Sr. and his wife, Abigail “Nabby” Harris, were the uncle and aunt of Daniel D. Harris who would marry Luke’s daughter, Louese, in 1882
 Nickname for his daughter Louese
 Believe he is referring to neighbors, Stella Milham who was the daughter of James & Ellen (Adams) Milham
 Neighbor. A search at FindAGrave.com confirms that he died February 7, 1875 and is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Comstock, Michigan
 His neighbor, Irwin Hall
 Presumably neighbors, Hetta (Burgess) Ralph and her daughter-in-law, Emeline (Stone) Ralph