24 December 1888, Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This letter was written by John J. Frautschi in St. Paul, Minnesota, and sent 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 to sum up events of the last few months: a daughter was born in October; his wife was ill after the birth and, while still weak, has survived; business has been slow due to the dry weather during autumn; there is no snow this winter, but rather rain, preventing progress on construction of the Ice Palace; and the boom on real estate seems to be at an end for now. Johann is considering selling some of his properties to make payments on others, but will wait for a while. He says he has written to their brother G. Gottlieb back in January, but has not heard from either Gottlieb nor Johannes for the entire year. He has had news that their brother J. Peter is feeling somewhat better, although the crops were poor this year.

Text of letter:

German | English

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

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Created: 10 July 2003

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