9 June 1885, Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This letter was written by John J. Frautschi and sent from West St. Paul, 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 he and his family have lived in St. Paul, Minnesota, for more than two months now, and they like it. They appreciate having the school and parish of the Lutheran church nearby. Johann has contracted to have a store built of stone and brick for $6,318. He writes that he is in a good location, as West St. Paul is growing quickly and two new bridges are being built over the Mississippi. Johann discusses other financial considerations, and mentions that he has also bought four other lots in West St. Paul. Note that on the business address stamp on the envelope, Johann now refers to himself as John.

Text of letter:

German | English

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

Commercial use prohibited. Copyright 2003, by the The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

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Created: 12 June 2003

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