1888 DIARY OF CHARLES LUKE KEITH, JR.
Jan 1 – Very Blustrous a regular Dacota Blizzard. H. A. Brown, Ethan, Hannah, Claud & Bess, went up to Tip Towns.
Jan 2 – Took Nancy and girls down to Mrs Browns. I went up to Mrs Fords got Mates wrap.
Jan 3 – Went down to Mrs Browns after Nancy and girls took them over to Burg. They went home. Took the Hams down to Mrs Brown in afternoon.
Jan 4 – Took Hannah down to Mr Mitchels in afternoon. Jim and Arthur Arms cut and drawed wood.
Jan 5 – Took Ina home in morning. Worked on cross head in afternoon. Theodore came down and Babited one side. Fred Franklin got his axhelve.
Jan 6 – Worked in shop on cross head. Theodore and Ethan Babited the other side.
Jan 7 – Went down to Katharines in morning. Ethan and Theodore finished the cross Head. Snowed like fun when we came home.
Jan 8 – About one inch and half snow this morning. Sun came out bright in morning. Will Brown hunting for Hog.
Jan 9 – Cold. Not much done. Drawed one load wood. Took some cobs down to Mrs Brown in morning.
Jan 10 – Very cold and blustrous. Nothing done but chores.
Jan 11 – Went over to burg in morning got calendar. Brot Mr Hawks Bass viol over for repairs. Took the Belly of in afternoon. George Blake and wife called here.
Jan 12 – Cold blustrous day. Worked on bull fiddle. A. Armes called here for Jim. Rained in night.
Jan 13 – 5 abz cold blustring day. Worked on Big fiddle. Young Ogden came after Hannah. Put top on Jims violin. Mr David Freer Died to day.
Jan 14 – Worked on Big fiddle. Cold day. Went over to burg in afternoon got bag bran for cow 30¢. Snowed in night.
Jan 15 – At home all day. Mr Freer Buried to day. Dell, Lois and Ina here in Evening.
Jan 16 – 9 Mercury 9 Below zero this morning. Judson Howlet came after Hannah. Worked on Double Bass viol.
Jan 17 – Worked in shop some on Big Fiddle. Cold day.
Jan 18 – Worked in shop some on Bass viol. Went over got clamps to put Bass viol to gether with.
Jan 19 – Good sleighing. Worked in shop on viol.
Jan 20 – Cold day. Went over took Mr Buralls clamps home. Glued upper End of top on Bass fiddle.
Jan 21 – Mercury 15 below zero this morning. Hannah and I went to Kalamazoo. Bot suit clothes $12.00. Very much cold day.
Jan 22 – At home. Clara and George came up here. Very nice pleasant day.
Jan 23 – Worked in Kitchen took of plaster and lath leveled up the joists.
Jan 24 – Mercury 9 below. Put back the floor in Kitchen. Cold day. Jim went to Kalamazoo.
Jan 25 – Worked in shop some on Big fiddle. Put top on Bass Viol in part.
Jan 26 – Finished putting the top on Bass viol. Went over to Burg in afternoon. Sarah went down to Mrs Browns. Old Mrs Russell Buried to day.
Jan 27 – Mercury at zero. Worked on Bass Viol. Very nice day. First rate sleighing. Jim worked for Vansickler and Stilson.
Jan 28 – Went over to Burg Bot flooring and ceiling for Kitchen $5.00. Took Bass Viol over Mr Hawks paid $4.00. Ethan went to Kalamazoo. Nice day good sleighing. Charley Town brot lumber over.
Jan 29 – Went over to George Blakes to a Spiritual meeting. Had a good time.
Jan 30 – Mercury 28 Abz in morning. Ethan got home at noon. Commenced putting down floor.
Jan 31 – Laying floor in Kitchen put down about half. Fine winter weather first rate sleighing.
 Charles Luke Keith Jr., known better, and referred to, as Luke
 His son-in-law, Henry “Hank” Brown
 His son and daughter, Ethan and Hannah Keith
 His grandchildren, Claude and Bess Brown
 Neighbor, Eunice (Wood) Towne
 His daughter, Nancy (Keith) Brown
 Matilda (Allen) Brown, his neighbor, and the mother of his son-in-law Henry Brown
 Believe he is referring to his neighbors, Adelia (Tompkins) Ford and her daughter-in-law, Mary Ann “Mate” (Thompson) Ford
 His son, James Clinton Keith
 Hank Brown’s paternal first cousin
 Theodore Earl, his neighbor and “shirttail relative”
 To add an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony (a brittle silvery-white metalloid) making a lining for bearings that reduces friction
 His sister, Catherine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 Luke uses this phrase quite often. The Oxford Dictionary gives its meaning as “vigorously or quickly”
 Hank Brown’s brother, Willis Brown
 Believe he is referring to his neighbors, George & Mary Evelyn “Eva” (Forbush) Blake
 Above zero
 Michigan death records show that David Freer, age 80, died at Pavilion, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, and FindAGrave.com shows he is buried in Cook Cemetery in Pavilion
 His son-in-law, daughter and granddaughter, Adelbert, Lois (Keith) Clark, and Ina Skinner
 Believe he is referring to Clara and George Milham, the two oldest children of his late niece, Lucy (Lee) & Martin Milham
 His wife, Sarah (Crawford) Keith
 Michigan death records reveal that Lorenda (Vanguilder) Lewis Russell died in Comstock, Michigan on January 24, 1888; however, no burial information has been found at this time
 Neighbor, Charles Towne
 Both the Brown and Keith families, as well as several of their neighbors, were believers in Spiritualism and participated in seances