October 29, 1902
To: Nancy Brown
From: Ethan Keith, Galesburg, MI
Is writing after returning from a visit and thanks them for everything. He went to Kalamazoo on Monday to sign the patent papers which will be sent to Washington right away.
Oct– 29, 1902.
I intended to have begun a letter you earlier but did not find a stopping place in my work before. Have been gathering apples. I arrived at Galesburg Sunday night at 12.20. We were one hour going to Hammond. Will Holmes came on to the train soon after I got there, rode out to Pullman. There was a very thin crowd on the train there must a good many staid in Chicago. I did not sleep any coming home. Bert Kingsley and the Comings boys kept me company from Michigan City. Felt pretty old Monday but would go again. I enjoyed the trip. I saw you all, and know where you live, and how you look. Am very much obliged to you and the girls for what you done for me. Went to Kal– Monday and signed the patent papers and paid them the last of the $45.00. Said they would send the papers to Washington right away. Finished digging potatoes yesterday have got 24½ bushels in the cellar and there are not more than two bushels that are too small to eat. They are real nice and we feel pretty good over them. Hannah says she wont write to Jim about the drum. I told her she had better let it go and not have any trouble so I will send it to him unless you had rather I would not. Ma keeps about the same is just as thirsty as she has been.
Will have to close and do chores.
Love to all
 The husband of their half-niece, Ina (Skinner) Holmes
 Nancy’s daughters, Lela and Bess Brown
 Kalamazoo, Michigan
 He was an inventor and had several patents
 Their sister, Hannah (Keith) Towne
 Their brother, James Keith
 Their mother, Sarah (Crawford) Keith