25 March 1868, Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This letter was written by John J. Frautschi while in New Albion, Butler County, Iowa, to his brother Christian, living in Baraboo, Wisconsin, at this time. 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 about his business, saying that he has done well selling clothing, but not so well with groceries, and complains about the "lazy Yankees" who sit around and smoke in his shop. He also mentions that he plans to try his hand at farming during the summer.

Text of letter:

German: 1, 2 | English: 1, 2

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

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Created: 6 May 2003

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