7 February 1869, Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This letter was sent by John J. Frautschi from New Albion, Butler County, Iowa, and is addressed to his brother Christian in Wagomanie [Mazomanie], Wisconsin, with an apparent address correction to McGregor, Iowa. 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 of the difficult times he has been experiencing lately, and mentions that he is considering moving further west. Despite the hard times, he still prefers farming to being a cobbler.

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: 19 May 2003

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