Since this blogsite was designed to cover the years 1860 through 1899, I will now be posting letters and diary entries starting with 1900 at the following blog site: https://lettersfromthe1920s.wordpress.com/ Don’t let the link confuse you — I had originally intended that site to contain only the 1920 decade, but have changed it to now… Continue reading Changes to this blogsite
June 19, 1890 To: Henry Brown, Galesburg, MI From: Willis Brown, Leed City, MI Postcard advising Henry of the birth of his son. Scan of 1890-06-19 Willis Brown to Henry Brown Galesburg Leed City Mich 6-19 7.40 P.M. Dear Brother: A Nephew of yours came here about an hour ago whose weight is variously estimated… Continue reading June 19, 1890 postcard to Henry Brown from Willis Brown
To read the entire diary and/or to see the scans of the diary, previous footnotes, tags of people mentioned, click here. 1890 DIARY OF CHARLES LUKE KEITH JR. Jan 1 – Mercury 46 morn. Not very well. Cool wind rainy day 53 at noon 54 at Evening. Jan 2 – Mercury 42 morning 31 Evening.… Continue reading Luke Keith’s diary entries of January 1-9, 1890
A FOUL MURDER – PART 4 This is the fourth installment of the newspaper accounts of the July 28, 1885 murder of Harvey Keith. The following articles cover The People Rest, The Defense Closes, Sentenced for Life, Mrs. Barker’s Case and End of the Barker Case. To read the previous installments click on the following… Continue reading A Foul Murder – Part 4
September 17, 1882 To: Hannah Keith, Galesburg, MI From: Mary Plank, Grand Rapids, MI Did not write sooner as she and her sister had had the measles and then after they recovered they went to Anoka, Minnesota, to visit family members. Carrie is teaching and she works at the Shirt Factory. Wants Hannah and Ethan… Continue reading September 17, 1882 letter to Hannah Keith from Mary Plank
November 13, 1878 To: Nancy Brown From: Edna Crawford, Omro, WI Edna is home cooking and caring for her mother, whose health is very poor. Louisa is suffering from sores on her foot and has not walked for five weeks. This letter was originally posted to the Crawford/Comfort Family Letters and can be viewed here.
1872 Township of Comstock, Michigan Election Results Among all the other papers that my ancestors saved were the below-pictured Republican and Democrat Tickets for the 1872 election for Comstock political positions. According to the History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers, Philadelphia: Everts & Abbott, 1880,… Continue reading 1872 Comstock, Michigan Election Results
May 19, 1864 To: Charles Luke Keith Jr., Galesburg, MI From: Hiram Crawford Jr., Spotsylvania, VA Hiram has received four letters, three from Galesburg and one from Cousin Carrie Crawford. General war news about Grant’s assault on the rebel positions in Virginia. Captured 600-1,000 Rebel prisoners. Today is the 15th day of fighting and so… Continue reading May 19, 1864 letter to Luke Keith from Hiram Crawford Jr.
June 7, 1863 To: Sarah Keith From: Hiram Crawford Jr., Belle Plaines, VA Was surprised to hear Mother had gone to Canada for a visit. Jennie wrote that Ed had given up farming and that Pros was running the farm. “Mary always thought more of him [Pros] than the rest of the family.” The fight… Continue reading June 7, 1863 letter to Sarah Keith from Hiram Crawford Jr.