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

1885 Letters · Harvey Keith's Murder

August 6, 1885 letter to Oscar & Mary Ann Keith from Sarah Keith

August 6, 1885 To: Oscar & Mary Ann Keith From: Sarah Keith, Galesburg, MI A letter of sympathy in regard to the murder of their son. Galesburg Aug 6th 1885 Dear Oscar and Mary O how our hearts go out in sympathy to you this terrible affliction that has come upon you. I find myself… Continue reading August 6, 1885 letter to Oscar & Mary Ann Keith from Sarah Keith

1884 Letters

April 15, 1884 letter to Sarah Keith from Louese Harris

April 15, 1884 To: Sarah Keith From: Louese Harris, Shelbyville, MI Doesn’t think she will write much as she has an awful headache. She has started cleaning the house a little and has moved the crib into her bedroom where Jay slept in it for the first time last night. Since Ollie has moved in… Continue reading April 15, 1884 letter to Sarah Keith from Louese Harris

1879 Letters

January 1, 1879 letter to Margaret Stinehart from Julia Allen

January 1, 1879 To: Margaret Stinehart     From: Julia Allen, Comstock, MI Daily accounting of the family life. Comstock, 1879 Dear Sister Margaret[1] January 1st, We[2] went to Keiths[3] and held New Years, Hanks family[4] there too. Nancys Pa plays on a violin, & her Brother[5] on the Organ so we heard good music. Hank give… Continue reading January 1, 1879 letter to Margaret Stinehart from Julia Allen

Family Stories · Luke's 1878 Diary

Forays Into Spiritualism

Many stories recounting forays into the realms of Spiritualism involving members of both the families of Ambrose & Matilda Brown and Charles “Luke” & Sarah Keith Jr. have been passed down through the generations. Letters and diary entries of various family members also mention spiritualism or attending a “circle.” The following are just a few:… Continue reading Forays Into Spiritualism

1878 Letters

October 23, 1878 letter to Sarah Keith from Hiram Crawford Jr.

October 23, 1878 To: Sarah Keith, Galesburg, MI From: Hiram Crawford Jr., Chicago, IL Hiram is writing his sister, Sarah Keith, and trying to address some issues that have apparently been raised by her daughter, Louese, about her living arrangement within Hiram’s household. Hiram senses that Sarah is concerned about the level of work and… Continue reading October 23, 1878 letter to Sarah Keith from Hiram Crawford Jr.

1877 Letters

January 21, 1877 letter to Frank Tomlinson from Ethan Keith

January 21, 1877 To: Frank Tomlinson From: Ethan Keith, Galesburg, MI Didn’t write earlier as he figured that since his father was visiting Frank’s family and his mother was writing all the news, he didn’t need to write. His father returned about 1:00 Saturday morning and was pleased with his visit to the family. Scan… Continue reading January 21, 1877 letter to Frank Tomlinson from Ethan Keith

1876 Letters

December 2, 1876 letter to Luke Keith from Sarah Keith

December 2, 1876 To: Luke Keith From: Sarah Keith, Galesburg, MI Recounts happenings at home while Luke was away visiting relatives. Between ailments that Alfleda and Ethan had she hadn’t gotten much sleep the last two nights. Fills him in on the rest of the family. Galesburg Dec 2d/76 Luke I received your letter last… Continue reading December 2, 1876 letter to Luke Keith from Sarah Keith

1876 Letters

September 15, 1876 letter to Frank Tomlinson from Ethan Keith

September 15, 1876 To: Frank Tomlinson From: Ethan Keith, Galesburg, MI Has a job with the Kalamazoo Valley Agricultural Works making pulleys & patterns for castings. The iron works in Lawton which employed 300 men has closed for a while and that “just about kills the place.” Nancy and Hannah are coming home to spend… Continue reading September 15, 1876 letter to Frank Tomlinson from Ethan Keith