May 9, 1876
To: Frank Tomlinson
From: Ethan Keith, Galesburg, MI
Dell has traded his farm for one five miles northwest of Marshall which is about 100 acres. Henry and George Ives have got the patterns done of the plow. They are also going to make Ethan’s binder. Grandma Betts came last Saturday and is going to move in with them.
Scan of 1876-05-09 Ethan Keith to Frank Tomlinson
Galesburg May 9, 1876
I did begin to wonder why you did not write thought perhaps you had forgot that you was to write first. By the time Henry & I had got across the track the express had got by the post so we missed seeing the mail caught. I went back to Dells with Henry & stayed stayed two nights. Dell has traded his farm for one five miles northwest of Marshall. I believe there is a hundred acres in the farm a new house & timber for a barn ready to put togather. He does not have this place until January has what he raises this year. He will be two thousand dollars in debt, that better than seven if he does not have quite as a large place.
Henry is brim full of business attending to the Foundry & Sate. Geo Ives has got the patterns done of plow done. Guess they will cast one this week.
They are agoing to make my binder. I have been to work over a week on a draft of it, have finished it & commenced makeing patterns. Am afraid we wont get it done for harvest. The last we heard from Aunt Katies they were well, that was about two weeks ago. Ansell Lee started for home a few days after you went away. He wanted to get Uncle Joe out of the old log house before he went away but he did not succeed in doing it. Pa went to Lawton & made the girls a visit last week found them well. Grandma Betts came here last Saturday she is agoing to live here. Pa thinks if we had Uncle Joe now we could have lots of music. Last Sunday was the first warm day we have had this Spring, it has been quite cold most of the time so farmers have not got ready to plant.
We are all well as usual. Respects to all. Write soon.
E. B. Keith
 His half-brother, Henry Keith
 Adelbert Skinner, their sister Lois’ husband
 Sarah Skinner, Adelbert’s sister
 Henry’s partner; they were working together on patenting George’s “drill-tooth” invention
 Ethan was working on inventing a “platform grain binder” which was later patented on August 16, 1881
 Catherine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 His first paternal cousin once removed
 Joseph and Ansell were brothers
 Charles Luke Keith Jr.
 Lawton, Michigan
 His sisters, Nancy (Keith) Brown and Hannah Keith. Hannah was visiting Nancy
 Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts