6 May 1872, Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This letter was written by John J. Frautschi and sent from Elisabeth Town, Pelican River, 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 instructions for his brother Johan Peter to journey by train from Madison to St. Paul, and then from St. Paul to Breckenridge. Breckenridge is about twenty-two miles from Elisabeth Town. Apparently Johan Peter will be bringing Elise Bluhm along with him. Johann Jacob writes about the first death to occur in Elisabeth Town.

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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