29 February 1892, 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 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.

larger image
144 KB

larger image
166 KB

Included as an enclosure with this letter is one written by J. Peter Frautschi, dated 30 January 1892.


jpeg file
41 KB
jpeg file
31 KB


Johann thanks Christian for the unexpected gift of a rocking chair which arrived the day before Christmas. He has sent shoes for Christian's twins and slippers for his wife in appreciation. He reports that business is slow and that real estate prices are low, but that the rent he receives on his properties is helpful. His wife continues to ail in health.

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

Image of the Wisconsin Dells


Created: 6 August 2003

Comments to: kkurdylo@wisc.edu