1886 Letters · Harvey Keith's Murder

January 3, 1886 letter to James Keith from John Geeslin

January 3, 1886 To: James Leon Keith, Bloomingdale, MI From: John Geeslin, Wyattville, MN Apologizes for not answering James’ letter sooner. He will need a man to help in the spring, and for about 8 or 9 months, and if he and James can come to an agreement on wages, he will hire him on.… Continue reading January 3, 1886 letter to James Keith from John Geeslin

1885 Letters · Harvey Keith's Murder

December 31, 1885 letter to Oscar Keith from John Geeslin

December 31, 1885 To: Oscar & Mary Ann Keith From: John Geeslin Apologizes for not writing sooner. They had heard of Harvey’s death, but didn’t believe it. He was a good, trusty young man and while he was working for them they knew they could be away from home over night and everything would be… Continue reading December 31, 1885 letter to Oscar Keith from John Geeslin

1885 Letters · Harvey Keith's Murder

December 23, 1885 letter to Oscar & Mary Ann Keith from Louese Harris

December 23, 1885  To: Oscar & Mary Ann Keith From: Louese Harris, Shelbyville, MI Relates a visit she had with Mrs. Andrews regarding events leading up to Harvey Keith’s murder. Shelbyville Dec 23/85 Dear Cousins I was not very well last week so could not go to see Mrs Andrews[1] should have gone Sunday any… Continue reading December 23, 1885 letter to Oscar & Mary Ann Keith from Louese Harris

1885 Letters · Harvey Keith's Murder

December 14, 1885 letter to Oscar Keith from Louese Harris

December 14, 1885  To: Oscar Keith From: Louese Harris, Shelbyville, MI Letter of sympathy regarding Harvey’s death. She has seen Mrs. Cramer but not Mrs. Andrews whom she expects to come into the store in a day or two when she will ask her what she has to say about the case. She will then… Continue reading December 14, 1885 letter to Oscar Keith from Louese Harris

1885 Letters · Harvey Keith's Murder

November 8, 1885 letter to Oscar & Mary Ann Keith from Sarah Keith

November 8, 1885 To: Oscar & Mary Ann Keith From: Sarah Keith, Galesburg, MI Letter sympathizing on the ordeal of the trial of Harvey Keith’s murder. Galesburg Nov 8th 1885 Dear Oscar and Mary[1] I hope you do not think because I have not written you we have not thought of you or the _____… Continue reading November 8, 1885 letter to Oscar & Mary Ann Keith from Sarah Keith

Harvey Keith's Murder

A Foul Murder – Part 2

This is a continuation of the newspaper accounts of the July 28, 1885 murder of Harvey Keith. The following articles bring out more details of the murder, Marsh and William Barker’s confessions, and the role that the famous Pinkerton’s Detective Agency played in securing those confessions, which defense counsel claimed were fraudulently obtained. To read… Continue reading A Foul Murder – Part 2

1885 Letters · Harvey Keith's Murder

August 17, 1885 letter to James & Mary Ann Keith from Emily Geeslin

August 17, 1885 To: Oscar & Mary Ann Keith From: Emily Geeslin, Wyattville, MN Another letter of sympathy regarding the murder of their son. Wyattville Wenona Co Minnesota August the 17 1885 Mr Keith and friends Esteemed Friends it with a sadness that I answer your letter that we received last saturday. We had sene… Continue reading August 17, 1885 letter to James & Mary Ann Keith from Emily Geeslin

1885 Letters · Harvey Keith's Murder

August 7, 1885 letter to Oscar & Mary Ann Keith from Orendo & Susan Sikes

August 7, 1885 To: Oscar & Mary Ann Keith From: Orendo & Susan Sikes, Keeler, MI A letter of sympathy in regard to the murder of their son. Keelersville[1] Aug 7th/85 Dear Bro & Sister Keith[2] We are so sorry for you & hasten to express our sympathy. You are indeed passing under the _____.… Continue reading August 7, 1885 letter to Oscar & Mary Ann Keith from Orendo & Susan Sikes