January 27, 1876
To: Frank Tomlinson
From: Ethan Keith, Galesburg, MI
General news regarding family.
Scan of 1876-01-27 Ethan Keith to Frank Tomlinson
Galesburg Jan 27, 76
I guess I have waited as long as you did before writeing. Should have written before but Hannah wrote to Nellie so I thought I had better wait awhile as she would write all the news. It is a real nice day mercury at 46º seems like spring in fact is has most all winter. New Years & the day before the mercury was at 70º.
There are a good many haveing colds the weather is so changeable. Pa & Jim have both got hard colds. Pa & Ma are down to Aunt Katies they went day before yesterday. I think they are staying pretty well. Pa was agoing to do some painting on work that he done there two or three weeks ago. Henry left here a little while ago for Skinners. He has been repairing the lock to their front door so he had got to go up & put it on the door. Dell talks of going to Indiana. If he does Henry is agoing to stay & do chores. Nancy was out & made us a visit during the holidays, when she went back Hannah went with her, she expects to stay with Nancy a while & work at her trade.
Our folks have got home said they were all well as usual at Aunt Katies. Ma & Aunt Katie went to Kalamazoo & made Uncle Jess Turners folks a visit. Aunt Sally has been haveing a real bad time with her stomach, they thought that if she had another such a spell she would not live through it. Orsin Starrs wife died last week with rheumatism of the heart.
I suppose Nellie is away to school now. Uncle Charleys folks was real sorry that Aunt Patty & Nellie did not come down there. I think it was too bad that Nellie did not see Busters.
E. B. Keith
I received a letter from Hannah last night saying they Nancy had got a letter from Edith Keith. She said she was an old married woman, was living at home & signed her name Mrs G. W. Kellum. That is all she said about it.
They are agoing to have a leap Year dance at Maple Grange Hall to night. They are expecting a grand time.
Mart does not hold any office in the Grange this Year.
E. B. Keith
 His sister, Hannah Keith
 Frank’s sister, Nellie Tomlinson
 Charles Luke Keith Jr.
 His younger brother, James Keith
 Sarah (Crawford) Keith
 Catherine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 His half-brother, Henry Keith
 Henry’s sister and husband, Lois (Keith) Clark & Adelbert Skinner
 Adelbert Skinner
 His sister, Nancy (Keith) Brown
 Hannah was a seamstress
 Jesse Turner, Ethan’s first cousin once removed, however since there was a large difference in age, he was referred to as “Uncle”
 Sarah “Sally” (Davis) Turner
 Orson Starr’s wife was Julia (Hatch) Starr but according to her death certificate she died November 30, 1899, so it is unclear who Ethan is referring to
 Martha “Patty” (Keith) Sprague, Frank’s grandmother
 Edith was the daughter of John Wesley Keith, who was the adopted brother of Ethan’s father
 George W. Kellum
 From Wikipedia: The Grange, officially named The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, is a social organization in the United States that encourages families to band together to promote the economic and political well-being of the community and agriculture. The Grange, founded after the Civil War in 1867, is the oldest American agricultural advocacy group with a national scope. The Grange actively lobbied state legislatures and Congress for political goals, such as the Granger Laws to lower rates charged by railroads, and rural free mail delivery by the Post Office. The word “grange” comes from a Latin word for grain, and is related to a “granary” or, generically, a farm. The organization was unusual at this time, because women and any teen old enough to draw a plow (aged 14 to 16) were encouraged to participate. The importance of women was reinforced by requiring that four of the elected positions could be held only by women.
 Martin Milham was married to Aunt Katie’s daughter, Lucy (Lee) Milham