2 July1869, Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This letter was sent by John J. Frautschi from St. Cloud, Stearns County, Minnesota, and is addressed to his brother Christian in Madison, 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 that he is not discouraged from farming, although he does not particularly like his current prairie farm in Minnesota. He plans to take a homestead with two other men, one from Switzerland, in Otter Creek. He is trying to sell his present land, but has not had any success so far; at present he is also out of work. He mentions a brother Johann in Switzerland, who is apparently older but has been able to get a wife.

Text of letter:

German: 1, 2 | English

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

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Created: 21 May 2003

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