20 September 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, and was addressed to his brother Christian in Baraboo, Sauk County, 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 reports on a recent heat wave, and on his misfortune of having fallen off and been run over by his wagon. Although his new farm venture is not doing quite as well as he had hoped, he is content. He warns his brother that Germans who have been in this country for awhile begin to develop "American work habits, namely running around a lot and getting little done." Johann asks why Christian in once again in Baraboo.

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: 16 May 2003

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