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1887 DIARY OF CHARLES LUKE KEITH JR.
Jan 3 – Mercury 5 Abz. Went over to burg. Went to Mr Ralphs. Bot violin strings 50¢. Hannah went up to cals[?].
Jan 4 – Mercury 5 below. Made wood box. Charley Rowland here in afternoon.
Jan 7 – Mercury 15 below. Jim and Henry Webster went to scotts to sell his Buggy. He no see Webster not much.
Jan 8 – Jim went to Kalamazoo took stove down to H A Browns. Cold day. Bessy here. Mr Clapp Died to night.
Jan 9 – Jim and Henry Webster went up to Scots. Stor[m]ing day snowed all day. Some folks out to church.
Jan 10 – Mercury 8 Abz. No work to day. Cold day. Ethan went to Kalamazoo.
Jan 11 – Mercury 10 below cold and blustrous quite a blizzard. Theodore called in in fore noon. Cold blustring day. Mr E. M. Clapp buried to day. Ethan came home.
Jan 12 – Mercury 26 Abz in morning. Jim went up to scotts to take Harness to Webster.
Jan 13 – Mercury 33 Abz. Went over to burg in forenoon got Ethans shoes mended. Not so very cold some rain this Evening.
Jan 14 – At home. Not much work. Liz Crawford came.
Jan 15 – Went over to burg got my boots tapt 60¢. Henry Crawford came from Jackson.
Jan 16 – Henry and Lizzie here. Hannah at home. George Blake and wife here in Evening.
Jan 17 – Mercury 26 Abz stormy been mooch wind, snow flies, very much bluster. Henry went back to Jackson.
Jan 18 – Mercury 10 below. Cleaned up wheat. Very cold blustring day. Lizzie here. Lots snow hard sleighing. Gallusha braking road.
Jan 20 – Went over to burg in morning after grist. Ethan went over in afternoon. Bill got down in snow drift broke harness.
Jan 21 – Went over in afternoon got harness mended. Old Mr Schroder buried to day. Jim and Lizzie went over to a dance.
Jan 22 – At home. No work to day. Not very well. Snow melting very fast.
Jan 23 – Mercury 53 Abz. Rainy day, very sloppy, snow running very fast.
Jan 24 – Hannah and Lizzy went to Kalamazoo.
Jan 25 – Went over to burg bot medicine 1.00. Not very well.
Jan 26 – Ethan went over to Burg. Paid Beckwith 1.00 one dollar for medicine Jo Smith chopping to day.
Jan 27 – Went over to burg in morning bot some lard and pork. Jo chopping. Lizzie came back to day.
Jan 28 – Jo chopping. Not very cold.
Jan 29 – Wright & Jim drew wood in afternoon. Nice day. Mr Flanders got ax helves. Mrs Brown and Lizzie here.
Jan 30 – Mercury 19 Abz snows and blows like the mischief. No one here but Lizzie.
Jan 31 – No work. Not very well.
 Charles Luke Keith Jr., known better, and referred to, as Luke
 Above zero
 His son, James Clinton Keith
 His wife, Sarah (Crawford) Keith
 His son and daughter, Ethan Bradley Keith and Hannah Jerusha Keith
 His late niece Lucy (Lee) Milham’s husband, Martin Milham. Lucy was the daughter of his sister, Catherine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 Galesburg, Michigan
 His daughter, Lois (Keith) Clark Skinner
 Believe he is referring to Melissa Crawford, his wife Sarah’s niece. Melissa was referred to as Lizzie and was the daughter of Robert and Louisa (McCann) Crawford
 His son-in-law, Henry Ambrose Brown
 Neighbor, Laura Ann (Rawson) Streator
 His granddaughter, Bess Brown
 Henry Brown’s mother, Matilda (Allen) Brown
 Scotts, Michigan
 FindAGrave.com shows that Edwin M. Clapp died January 8, 1887 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan
 Theodore Earl, neighbor and “shirttail relative”
 His brother-in-law, Henry Clay Crawford
 Believe he is referring to George & Mary (Forbush) Blake
 Michigan death records reveal that William Schroder died in Comstock on January 19, 1887 and Oak Grove Cemetery records show his name as Wilhalm Schroder
 Oak Grove Cemetery records show that Jerusha Rowland died in 1887 and is buried in Lot 164; also buried in Lot 164 are Ezra C. (2-21-1824 – 11-25-1908) and Daniel T. (1825-1885). Since her brother Daniel was listed as “insane” in the 1880 census, it is assumed that her brother Ezra is the one referred to as Cap
 His horse
 His neighbor, Joseph Flanders