Category Archives: 1900 Letters

September 30, 1904 letter to James Keith from Ray Keith

September 30, 1904 To: James Keith, Shelbyville, MI From: Ray Keith, Ithaca, NY Ray is attending school at Cornell and was able to find very good accommodations and also a job waiting tables earning $3.50 per week, working less than … Continue reading

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June 26, 1904 letter to Louese Harris from Henry Keith

June 26, 1904 To: Louese Harris, Shelbyville, MI From: Henry Keith, Berkeley, CA Is replying to Louese’s letter regarding signing over any interest he has in their parents’ home to Ethan and Hannah. He feels that they deserve it for … Continue reading

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May 10, 1904 letter to Oscar and Mary Ann Keith from Glenn Keith

May 10, 1904 To: Oscar & Mary Ann Keith From: Glenn Keith, Greenville, MS A letter to his parents setting down the financial state of his business. Scan of 1904-05-10 Glenn Keith to Oscar & Mary Ann Keith Office ofG. … Continue reading

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April 25, 1904 letter to James Keith from Katherine Crawford

April 25, 1904 To: James Keith, Shelbyville, MI From: Katherine Crawford, Chicago, IL Kate is repaying Jim the dollar that they borrowed from him. Charley is failing rapidly. He “has a cavity in his lung and is generally falling to pieces.” … Continue reading

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October 16, 1903 letter to Hannah Towne from Nancy Brown

October 16, 1903 To: Hannah Towne, Galesburg, MI From: Nancy Brown, Chicago, IL The day before was their father’s 90th birthday and she wishes she could have been at home to be with him as she realizes that even though … Continue reading

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April 24, 1903 letter to Nancy Brown from Ethan Keith

April 24, 1903 To: Nancy Brown From: Ethan Keith, Galesburg, MI Ethan has received word of his Uncle Robert’s death from his Uncle Henry and is expressing sadness that “our folks are all leaving us.” He and his sister Hannah … Continue reading

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December 26, 1902 letter to Nancy Brown from Robert Crawford

December 26, 1902 To: Nancy Brown From: Robert Crawford, Shell Rock, IA Robert is writing about his last visit with his sister in October and about Ethan and Hannah’s devotion to their parents. He is staying with his daughter Lizzie … Continue reading

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December 24, 1902 letter to Nancy Brown from Ethan Keith

December 24, 1902 To: Nancy Brown From: Ethan Keith, Galesburg, MI Ethan is writing his sister about their Christmas, which has been empty without their mother. Pa seems to have her on his mind much of the time and wishes … Continue reading

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November 17, 1902 letter to Sarah Keith from Edna Allen

November 17, 1902 To: Sarah Keith, Galesburg, MI From: Edna Allen, Kalamazoo, MI Edna is writing her Aunt, who unfortunately died on the 18th, before the letter arrived. Edna is updating Sarah on her family. She was in Wisconsin, but … Continue reading

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November 14, 1902 letter to Nancy Brown from Ethan Keith

November 14, 1902 To: Nancy Brown From: Ethan Keith, Galesburg, MI Ethan is writing his sister describing the poor condition of their mother. He is having much difficulty caring for her as her condition fails. This letter was originally posted … Continue reading

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