26 April 1868, Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This letter was written by John J. Frautschi from New Albion, Butler County, Iowa, to his brother Christian, living in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Only digital formats of the original letter and envelope, as well as the transcription and translation, are in the collection of the Max Kade Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Images courtesy of Janet Spaeth West and Rick Frautschi

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Johann writes to Christian of his experiences beginning to farm with a Swiss partner. He finds it amusing that their father is quoting Bible verses to Christian about marriage. Johann thinks his situation in America is better than that of his brothers still at home.

Text of letter:

German: 1, 2 | English: 1, 2

Transliteration and translation: Robert S. Spaeth and Roger P. Minert, Ph.D.

Commercial use prohibited. Copyright 2003, by the The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System


Created: 13 May 2003

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