25 September and 9 October 1889, Letters from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Christian Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

These two letters were written by John J. Frautschi in St. Paul, Minnesota, and sent to his brother Christian in Madison, Wisconsin in one envelope. Only digital formats of the original letters and envelope, as well as the transcriptions and translations, are in the collection of the Max Kade Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Images courtesy of Janet Spaeth West and Rick Frautschi.

25 September 1889

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9 October 1889

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Johann's first letter reports that Christian's son Emil may be able to get a job at a furniture store in St. Paul. The second letter is written after Emil has come to live in St. Paul, and details the difficulties they have encountered trying to secure employment for Emil. The position at the furniture store was not available, and Emil is currently working for low wages at a hardware store.

Text of letter:

German: 1, 2 | English: 1, 2

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: 5 August 2003

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