Nancy’s handwriting is extremely hard to read, especially names.
Apr 1 – (no entry)
Apr 2 – Went down town. Bessie got a new jacket priced 5.50, gloves 1.00. Ordered a hat 2.75. Mr Denyens moved on Rose Place.
Apr 3 – I went to Claudes.
Apr 4 – Got a letter from Hannah. Lou not much better.
Apr 5 – I went to Burg on noon train. Mrs McKee came on evening train. She, Laverne, Mildred & I came home this evening.
Apr 6 – Laverne at gallery. Lou stood the trip well. Mrs McKee here this noon.
Apr 7 – Laverne & Leone went home on noon train. Leone been here 5 weeks.
Apr 8 – Got 51 yds muslin for sheets paid .5 a yd. Cut out sheets to day. Lou lots better. Sit up a good deal.
Apr 9 – Floyd came this a.m. bought a wheel (Cupid) paid 22.000. Claude surprised us by coming home, brought his wheel.
Apr 10 – Orchestra played. Easter Sunday. Claude and I went to church.
Apr 11 – Lela & Bess bought a wheel paid 33.000 name of wheel Volant.
Apr 12 – Floyd went home. Lois & Ethan here. Mildred went home with them. America Bunt here. Geo Crawford had his leg amputated last week. Lou & Ds 16th wedding anniversary.
Apr 13 – Claude painted our gasoline stove. Bessie got her bicycle shoes. Lela got a new dress .75 a yard.
Apr 14 – Bess home to day. We fixed her bicycle suite & worked on Lelas dress. Charley Zinn drowned this p.m. in race at the mill. Age 5 years.
Apr 15 – (no entry)
Apr 16 – Hannah came this p.m. brought Mildred. She & I went down town this eve got her a hat paid $4.00. Charley Z– buried this p.m.
Apr 17 – H- cut Lelas jacket. Thunderstorm this eve.
Apr 18 – Colder. Pa came on 10-47 a.m. train. I paid Dr McK– 5.00 for Lou, 2.00 for Ma. I went to Dr Fletchers. Saw Marena Caywood.
Apr 19 – Cold & rainy. Dr Fletcher brought my glasses. Pa went home on 6-55 p.m. train. D. sent 9 doz eggs & some butter.
Apr 20 – Cold & rainy. I began Lelas grey jacket to go with her suite. Whistles began blowing 10-40 a.m. to announce war declared between U.S. & Spain.
Apr 21 – Plesant. Scavengers cleaned our closet yesterday, cost $4.90. Bessie went to drawing class.
Apr 22 – Finished Lelas jacket. Got a letter from Ma. Claude to Will Pendletons this eve. He made pictures of McKinley. Lee and Uncle Sam to church.
Apr 23 – Mrs McKee here to see Lou.
Apr 24 – Claude went back to Chicago.
Apr 25 – Lois here to dinner. Dell in Chicago. H.A. finished up with Packard. Will Smith and Monica Coe married.
Apr 26 – Light guards left for Island Park at 10 a.m. Sad day for Kalamazoo. Mrs W– & I had negatives taken. H.A. & I spent eve at Mr Wagners.
Apr 27 – Hank went to Chicago. D. came on his wheel, stayed all night. Lela to church cooking class supper.
Apr 28 – D. went home on 5 a.m. train. Bessie went to drawing class.
Apr 29 – Floyd Harris 12 years old.
Apr 30 – Bessie went to Burg on wheel left here about 7 a.m.
 Her nephew, the son of her sister, Louese (Keith) Harris
 Believe this refers to a bicycle
 Her half-sister, Lois (Keith) Clark Skinner
 Michigan death records and FindAGrave.com show that Charles Elwood Zinn died on April 14, 1898 in Galesburg, Michigan and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, also in Galesburg
 Adelbert Skinner who was married to Nancy’s half-sister, Lois
 Michigan marriage records show that William Smith and Naomi Coe were married in Kalamazoo, Michigan on April 25, 1898. Perhaps Monica was a nickname or Nancy didn’t know her and was mistaken about her name
 Believe she is referring to the men who left to fight in the Spanish-American War