4 September 1870, Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This letter was written by John J. Frautschi and sent from Pomme de Terre, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, 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 not many people in his area are interested in religion. He himself must combat boredom, and tries to see it as a call towards more spiritual pursuits. He reports that they had a hot summer with sufficient rain, resulting in a good harvest. He has heard from a cousin, Jakob Frautschi in Wisconsin, who wishes to go west and is asking if Johann would like to purchase some land. Johann concludes by saying that he is surprised to hear of Napoleon's death.

Text of letter:

German | English

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

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Created: 4 June 2003

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