Feb 1 – At home [all day. No one here.] Fine weather [no snow]. Lots folks out to church. I expect they went that way I did not go to see where they went.
Feb 2 – Mended Hannahs rule [put zinc on the end]. Hannah at home all day.
Feb 3 – Doing chores as usual. Not very cold some blustrous about two inches snow.
Feb 4 – Pretty cold wind some snow very cold night.
Feb 5 – Mercury 34 in Evening. Worked in shop [some on ax helve]. Ethan finished the moddle. Charley took it up to Culls in Evening.
Feb 6 – Fixed the pounder. Ed Harmon brot two cords wood. Paid him $16 sixteen Dollars.
Feb 7 – Worked in shop some. Fine day [no snow]. Went over and got Lois.
Feb 8 – At home. All right. No one came to day.
Feb 9 – Went over to burg got half bushel potatoes 50 cts. Have got the poor House into town in front of Grove St.
Feb 10 – Worked in shop some [on ax helves]. Nice day. Charley Town went to Battle Creek with the moddle.
Feb 11 – Hannah went to Shelbyville. She sent her clock up by town [home].
Feb 12 – Fine day. Put a new valve in pump at the barn. Went up to the saw mill.
Feb 14 – Warm day. Cleaned out the shop. The Grand Trunk Rail Road was surveyed a cross my farm to day [from Battle Creek to Kalamazoo]. Steaks set for the line. General W. T. Sherman died to day.
Feb 15 – Not very cold rather nice day. Hannah up to Lous. Lou some better.
Feb 16 – Very foggy all day. Surveyors no work to day. Charley Town started this Evening for Toronto Canada.
Feb 17 – Moved the turning lathe to day. Very rainy day quite foggy in afternoon.
Feb 18 – Mercury 19 Abz. Worked in cornhouse sorted my corn and moved things around generally. Mr Randals auction to day. Cold north east wind. Schroder and Olin drawing lumber down to the stock farm the J. T. Allerton farm the Miller farm now.
Feb 19 – Went over to burg in afternoon. The Railroad surveyors out to day. Mr Randal and his new wife drove in to enquire something about the title to his farm he has sold out. Rained and snowed in night.
Feb 20 – Rainy morning very sloppy rained most of the day. Bad day to be out not much teaming. Schroders team drawing lumber for Mr Miller at the stock farm west of the Keith farm on the river road.
Feb 22 – Home to day not go to church. Hannah up to Shelbyville. Sick with the grip. Nice day.
Feb 23 – Went over to burg just at night. Got a letter from Nancy said she was some better. Mrs Thomas Durkees remains was brot to the burg to day for interment. Also Wesley Strubles. Fine day Mercury 50 at 2 P.M. The new barn was raised this afternoon on the Allerton farm. Filed saw for Mr Randal. Mr Frank Austin died to day.
Feb 24 – Mercury 57 Abz just at night. Shelled corn. Rainy day high wind very much like April weather. Ethan went over to the office no mail. No had the cutter out yet this winter.
Feb 25 – Took two bushels wheat to mill. Rather cold wind. Mr Dick Barber and Charley came over here. Mr Frank Austin was buried to day.
Feb 27 – Cold windy day. Took 5½ bushels corn and rye to mill. Hannah came home from Shelbyville. Nancy came home with her. Snowed in the night.
Feb 28 – About 5 inches snow this morning rather blustrous cold wind with sunshine. Not doing much to day.
 Cullen Towne, Charley Towne’s brother
 Shelbyville, Michigan, where his daughter Lou and her family lived
 In 1948 the Alphadelphia Association sold its property to Kalamazoo County and the county used the mansion for its poor house. Now it was apparently going to be used as a foundry and machine shop (see January 23rd entry)
 From Wikipedia.com: David Dixon Porter (June 8, 1813 – February 13, 1891) was a United States Navy admiral and a member of one of the most distinguished families in the history of the U.S. Navy. Porter began naval service as a midshipman at the age of 10 years under his father, Commodore David Porter, on the frigate USS John Adams. Promoted as the second U.S. Navy officer ever to attain the rank of admiral, after his adoptive brother David G. Farragut, Porter helped improve the Navy as the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy after significant service in the American Civil War
 From Wikipedia.com: William Tecumseh Sherman (February 8, 1820 – February 14, 1891) was an American soldier, businessman, educator, and author. He served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861–65), receiving recognition for his command of military strategy as well as criticism for the harshness of the scorched earth policies he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States
 His daughter, Louese (Keith) Harris
 Regarding Ethan’s grain carrier invention
 Neighbor, Nathan L. Randall
 Former neighbor, John T. Allerton
 Susan (Cross) Murcell. Nathan’s first wife, Jane, died September 16, 1890 and Nathan married Susan on December 24, 1890
 Johnnycake is like a pancake except it is made with cornmeal
 Luke quite often used silly language in his diaries
 FindAGrave.com shows that Polly (McAllister) Durkee died in Colon, St. Joseph County, Michigan on February 19, 1891 and she is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Galesburg, Michigan
 While the Michigan death record shows that he died February 3, 1891, FindAGrave.com and the Oak Grove Cemetery records confirm that he died February 23, 1891
 His daughter Louese’s husband, Daniel D. Harris, Jr., who went by the nicknames D. and D.D.
 Neighbor, and D. Harris’ uncle