Luke Keith’s diary entries from August 25 – October 3, 1856

To read the entire diary and/or to see the scans of the diary click here.

Aug 25 – Pleasant and warm helped Hiram clean up wheat Bob and I went over to mill in the afternoon went to the office no letter getting rather home sick want to be moving

Aug 26 – Very foggy in the morning pleasant day made a saw buck for bob had a rost turky for dinner

Aug 27 – Cloudy with some rain in the fore part of the day bob & Hite[16] are a loging Killed 2 squirrels rainy afternoon bob has gone to Waukau after his rifle he is going a bear hunting

Aug 28 – Pleasant and warm Went to Osh Kosh saw the Big Steam saw mill saw some fine country good farms saw James Sprague[17] he is in a crockery store at Osh Kosh

Aug 29 – Warm and pleasant stayed at home all day Robert went over to town and got my letter

Aug 30 – Pleasant stayed at home in the fore noon went over in town in the after noon with bob saw Mose & Armstrong got a cane

Aug 31 – Went out and caught a fish a sheep head stayed at home the remainder of the day warm and pleasant nothing on hand worth making a fus a bout to day

Sep 1 – Very warm and dry went over to Winnaconne with the hunters see them all safe on the steamer Eureka and started up the river the steamer W. A. Knapp is now pasing 1/2 past 2

Sep 2 – Very warm and dry went over to see S. Eliots farm has a fountain on it good land but rather low heavy timber redish clay soil eighty acres asked $1500 Dollars had chicken stew for dinner it went first rate

Sep 3 – Very warm went in north of Roberts to look of the widdow browns forty like it very much very level and heavy timber deep soil went to Mc Lains on the hill saw Pierce rather unwell head ache some fence [fierce?]

Sep 4 – Very hot Hite and pros commenced cutting up corn Bob gone a hunting been up the river into the wild rice Had a shower in the evening

Sep 5 – Left Omro 20 minutes past eight pleasant part one sail boat the payton pased us met the Eureka and the Knapp in the Lake above osh kosh Left Osh Kosh 11. AM got to Green Bay at seven in the evening

Sep 6 – Left Green Bay went back to depere Found King four miles East of Depere got there about one P.M. found them all well had a fine shower

Sep 7 – Rainy this morning and warm cleared of pleasant. James and John Leroy[18] went after the cows gone at night

Sep 8 – Pleasant and a cool breze from the Bay went out East with James to look of some land saw a fox saw the falls and some first rate land beach maple baswood oak and some pine

Sep 9 – Cloudy looks like rain cleared of pleasant Mr Leroy raised his house he married Edith King[19] Luther Bernol married Sarah King[20] Their[21] youngest Daughter They both live clost by five miles from the Bay

Sep 10 – An uncommon hot night had a shower this morning nothing new to day all well as usual had some melons

Sep 11 – Pleasant but rather cool Aunt Lilly[22] mended my pants had mush & milk for dinner

Sep 12 – Warm and pleasant all at home work going on as usual went over to Charles Vintons after shingles for Leroy Helped Leroy shingle in the after noon had a shower in the evening

Sep 13 – Pleasant this morning helped finish shingling Leroys House got through about sundown very hot all well no one hurt

Sep 14 – Warm and pleasant stayed at home Expected to have had preaching at Kings but no one came

Sep 15 – Very warm and smoky hot and dry went over to Cridens[23] to a raising they raised a log house a very good country beach maple baswood oak pine and ash plenty running water there

Sep 16 – Pleasant and cool stayed at Kings had mush and milk for supper cloudy and cool Had the headache

Sep 17 – Had a fine shower cleared of pleasant started for G B got there about noon Michigan in port went over to fort Howard ¼ before one standing by one of Uncle Sams canons saw 4 mounted on wheels rained at 5 PM James & Leroy left about 4 AM bot spy glass 15 Dollars

Sep 18 – Left Green Bay at 6 AM very heavy wind some rain had a very heavy gale run into Big Sturgeon Bay stayed all night come very near geting shipwreck

Sep 19 – Pleasant and a very high wind Left Sturgeon Bay 25 minutes past nine evening Got into Eagle harbor at 12 Evening all right

Sep 20 – Pleasant run into Washington harbor about Eight AM pased out of the bay at 9.15 AM passed fox island at 2 AM pleasant got to Bever island at 6 PM got to Mackinaw half past 12 Evening all right left Mackinaw quarter past one AM

Sep 21 – On Lake Huron rainy Saw two propellers of Michigan Shore at four PM half way through Saginaw Bay at five out sight of land saw a bright rainbow

Sep 22 – Pleasant & cool left Lake Huron about 5 AM Got to Detroit half past 2 Got home ¼ past one

Sep 23 – Got home this morning Patty[24] and Sam Star came about seven oclock found the folks comfortable Patty went home with J York[25]

Sep 24 – Pleasant and rather cool some frost went down to Catharines after Patty Father[26] went down withe me

Sep 25 – Pleasant this morning staved at Home

Sep 26 – At Home all well commenced the pump had a pleasant day some of the folks went to the fair at Kalamazoo

Sep 27 – Rainy in the morning cleared of finished the pump two cousins came here John & Baxter Sheldon[27] Aunt Nabby[28] grand children

Sep 28 – Rainy rather cool Nathan Hill here Wesley[29] came down Patty here all day Satted the cattle and Horses

Sep 29 – Rainy our cousins left for Paw Paw at noon Father and Wes went to the burg I repaired the hous pump

Sep 30 – Rather cool stayed at Home the women all went down to Alfled[30] father went down in the afternoon

Oct 1 – Cold and some snow made a wagon tongue

Oct 2 – Put the wagon tongue in to the wagon Patty and Catharine went up to Wesleys dug potatoes

Oct 3 – Dug potatoes. The girls came back and Harriet[31] came with them. Catharine went Home. Patty went with her. Mrs Crawford[32] here she went over to the burg. Caty here

 

[16] Hite is a nickname for Hiram Crawford

[17] Husband of his sister, Martha “Patty” (Keith) Sprague

[18] Sons of Jonas and Edith Ann (King) LeRoy. Edith was Luke’s cousin

[19] Jonas LeRoy and Edith Ann King were married September 10, 1840

[20] Luther Burnell and Sarah King were married May 29, 1851

[21] Luke’s aunt and uncle, Lilly (Willcutt) and James King

[22] Lilly (Willcutt) King

[23] Charles R. Cridland

[24] Believe he is referring to his sister, Martha “Patty” (Keith) Sprague

[25] Joseph York was married to Helen Bradley, daughter of Luke’s sister, Catherine (Keith) Bradley Lee, by her first husband, Ethan Bradley

[26] Charles Luke Keith Sr.

[27] Sons of Justus and Lucinda (Bates) Sheldon. Lucinda was the daughter of Abigail (Willcutt) and Solomon Bates

[28] His aunt, Abigail (Willcutt) Bates

[29] Presume he is referring to John Wesley Keith who, according to the Keith Family Bible, was his adopted brother

[30] Alfleda (Starr) Keith, wife of his brother Harvey Keith

[31] Harriet (Blakslee) Keith, wife of his brother, John Wesley Keith

[32] Nancy (Comfort) Crawford, his wife Sarah’s mother

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