July 23, 1876
To: Frank Tomlinson
From: Ethan Keith, Galesburg, MI
Hasn’t written because he’s been busy working on his binder. They hope to try it out on a patch of Dell’s oats. A new cousin, Mary Milham, was born June 24. Also more updates on family members.
Galesburg July 23, 1876
I will try and answer your letter after so long a time. Ought to have answered it before but I have been quite busy & have kept putting it off. I have been to work at the binder most all of the time since the 20th of April expect to get it ready so as to try it this week. Dell is agoing to leave up a piece of oats for us to try it in.
They have had a good many jobs of lathe work to do so it has kept the binder back. Wheat is a good deal better around here than it was last year. The boys have bought a new cider mill. The agent said he was acquainted with your father, said he sold him the press. They are agoing to keep in one of their old presses.
How did you like your trip to Philadelphia. We had a very good celebration at the Burg the fourth, some was afraid that it would hurt Philadelphia but I dont think it did.
We have got another cousin born the 24th of June her name is Mary Milham.
Hannah and & I was down to Aunt Katies two weeks ago to day they were all well as could be expected. Adelphia York was there helping Aunt Katie. Henry & Nancy was down there last Sunday. They said Mart had a rush of blood to the head & he was afraid he would not be able to do anything for a week or so. We have not heard how he was getting along. We some expect Louese home to on a visit during her vacation.
Mr Rufus Clapp an old acquaintance of Pa’s has just called to see him. He was a delegate from Nevada to the Cincinnatti Convention. He has a brother & sister liveing near here that he is a visiting.
I read a letter when I was down to Aunt Katis that Nellie wrote to her. Thought by what she said that there was some show for Mrs Gaffeny. Dont you hope she will get married & settle near you.
Respects to all. Write soon.
 Ethan was working on inventing a “platform grain binder” which was later patented on August 16, 1881
 His brother-in-law, Adelbert Skinner
 George Tomlinson
 Mary was the daughter of Ethan’s paternal first cousin, Lucy (Lee) Milham
 His sister, Hannah Keith
 Catherine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 Marion Adelphia York, Aunt Katie’s granddaughter
 His brother-in-law and sister, Henry & Nancy (Keith) Brown
 Martin Milham, his cousin Lucy’s husband
 His sister, Louese Keith
 Louese was living in Chicago, Illinois with her Uncle Hiram & Aunt Kate Crawford while attending school
 Believe these to be Edwin Clapp and Mary “Polly” (Clapp) Earl
 Frank’s sister, Nellie Tomlinson