20 February 1886, Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This letter was written by John J. Frautschi, living on Concord Street in 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, now calling himself John, writes to discuss the health of this wife and children, Georg Johann, Ida Helle, Emma Katrina, Lille Louise, Zilla Allvina, Ruben Arohn, and Wille Friedrich. He mentions that their brother Peter is not in the best of health, and asks if Christian would like to visit St. Paul to see the Ice Palace. He refers to a preacher named Niess who is from Wisconsin and who claims to know Christian well. He also mentions August Hülster again.

Text of letter:

German: 1, 2 | 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: 30 June 2003

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