May 23, 1898 To: Nancy Brown, Kalamazoo, MI From: Henry Brown, Chicago, IL More updates on the photography business. Chicago Ill May 23 1898 Mrs H A BrownKalamazoo Mich1005 AM Dear ones at home I have made 5 sittings this am – and just went down to Station 9 and got a money order for… Continue reading May 23, 1898 letter to Nancy Brown from Henry Brown
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
July 26, 1881 To: Sarah Keith From: Louese Keith, Chicago, IL Louese is writing her mother to tell her that her Uncle Prosper Crawford was fired after fighting with a street car engineer and that her Aunt Kate had gone to visit Aunt Belle, Prosper’s wife, and that she was in miserable health. Louese is… Continue reading July 26, 1881 letter to Sarah Keith from Louese Keith
March 2, 1881 To: Sarah Keith From: Hiram Crawford, Jr., Chicago, IL Hiram is sending a brief note along with $9.00. They are all well although Prosper and Belle are “complaining some.” They have just hired a new girl after the previous one departed following a disagreement with his wife, Kate. He is hoping that… Continue reading March 2, 1881 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.
July 23, 1876 To: Frank Tomlinson From: Ethan Keith, Galesburg, MI Hasn’t written because he’s been busy working on his binder. They hope to try it out on a patch of Dell’s oats. A new cousin, Mary Milham, was born June 24. Also more updates on family members. Scan of 1876-07-23 Ethan Keith to Frank… Continue reading July 23, 1876 letter to Frank Tomlinson from Ethan Keith
November 28, 1875 To: Keith and Brown Families, Galesburg, MI From: Nancy Brown, Lawton, MI They got a lamp burner. Now they can see to read or sew in any part of the room by turning the reflector. The lamp cost $1.40. Just after they had gone to bed they were awakened and told their… Continue reading November 28, 1875 letter to Matilda Brown from Nancy Brown
Crawford, Hall & Hamilton Families When Jay Crawford and I first started transcribing the letters, we always tried to link relationships to the people mentioned in the letters. The letter of March 13, 1873 from Nancy Crawford-Betts to her daughter Sarah Keith presents two mysteries we have been trying to sort out. The first one… Continue reading March 13, 1873 letter to Sarah Keith from Nancy Betts together with research concerning the relationship between the Crawford, Hall and Hamilton Families