Ethan's 1899 Diary

Ethan Keith’s diary entries for January 1899

No entries Jan 1 – 20

Jan 21 – Worked at patterns. Went to the Burg[1] just at night. Called at Lois’es.[2] Rec’d a letter from M. F. Lee.[3] Lois gave me this diary from from herself, Nancy, Lou and Lela.[4] My 48th birthday[5] present.

Jan 22 – Nothing special to day. Dell[6] and Lois was over this P.M. Quite a nice day. Wrote to H. M. York.[7]

Jan 23 – Worked at patterns. Went to the Burg this evening after Hannah[8] she came on the “Bobtail.” Claude K. Browns[9] 24th birthday. He sent me a facsimile reprint of the “The Bounding Billow” a paper written and printed by the crew on board the flag ship Olympia in Manila Bay after the battle.[10]

Jan 24 – Worked at patterns. Aunt Patty’s[11] birthday.

Jan 25 – Worked at patterns this P.M. Put up a grist and did odd jobs this A.M. Pa[12] had a poor spell this P.M. Gertrude goes to a Methodist social this evening.

Jan 26 – Worked at patterns. Cold and blustering. Quite rough this P.M.

Jan 27 – 5°. Worked at patterns. Real cold to day.

Jan 28 – 2°. Worked at patterns. Went to the Burg this evening. Has been a very cold day.

Jan 29 – 2° below. Clear and cold. Strong wind. Coldest day yet this winter. Mary, Gertie and Winnie were here to day.

Jan 30 – 2°. Very cold to day colder then yesterday. Mercury has not been higher than 6º above zero. Wrote to Claude K. Brown.

Jan 31 – 16º below. Very cold this morning. Took Hannah over to the Burg this P.M. went after her this evening. Went up to Geo Blakes after some butter. Had an introduction.

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[1] Galesburg, Michigan

[2] His half-sister, Lois (Keith) Clark Skinner

[3] Marquis de Lafayette Lee, who went by the name of Mark. Mark was the son of Ezekial and Elizabeth (Strong) Lee and was Ethan’s paternal second cousin

[4] His sisters, Nancy (Keith) Brown & Louese (Keith) Harris, and Nancy’s daughter, Lela Brown

[5] He was born January 20, 1851

[6] His brother-in-law, and Lois’ husband, Adelbert Skinner

[7] His paternal first cousin, Helen (Bradley) York

[8] His sister, Hannah (Keith) Towne

[9] His nephew, and Nancy’s son

[10] During the Spanish-American War

[11] His father’s sister, Martha “Patty” (Keith) Sprague. She died February 4, 1892 at the age of 87

[12] Charles Luke Keith Jr.

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