27 December 1881, Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This letter was written by John J. Frautschi and sent from Norwood, Carver 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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John J. Frautschi greets his brother Christian at the end of 1881. He tells him that they are all healthy and doing well. John also tells Christian about their business. Note the stamp on the front of the envelope, which shows that Johann is a cobbler in Norwood, Minnesota. Johann says that Norwood is no longer as good an environment as it used to be because the railroad has been built about half a mile away, causing a loss of business. He also tells his brother about the weather and illness. Note that Johann now refers to himself as John.

Text of letter:

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

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Created: 4 June 2003

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