I should add that 1875 was the year of the worst locust plague to hit the West. Little did residents know that this represented the peak and locusts swarms would diminish to nothing over the next few decades. Melvin watched the news and knew when the swarm was predicted to hit his area of Kansas. He instructed his daughter Allie to wrap their morning glory vines with a sheet. When the locusts had passed through, this was the only greenery left.
That fall they moved to Michigan.
I got the 1899 date from Melvin's obituary--it is when Melvin moved off his MI farm.
A book is now available (for $75--yipes!) by Dana Abbott Batchelder, "The Descendants of John Fall of Berwick Maine."