6 May 1889, 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. The original has been torn along the edge. 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 expresses sadness over the death of J. Peter's daughter, Elise. J. Peter's rheumatism is quite bad, and he is forced to walk with crutches. Johann discusses the Lutheran church in Minnesota, remarks that times are too hard for him to think about his renovations, and asks Christian to write their brother and request J. Peter write to him again, as he has not heard back from him.

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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