6 February 1905, 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.

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Johann discusses plans to travel to Saanen, Switzerland. He mentions to Christian that neighbors who recently traveled to Germany inform him there is no advantage to signing contracts far ahead of time, and that Christian's agent may be rushing him in order to get the commission before someone else can. Johann has also made inquiries and found that rail and ship tickets prices would be about the same whether purchased in St. Paul or in Madison. Johann mentions winter rates for the Hamburg-America Line, with ships sailing from New York to Plymouth, England. He has also written to North German Lloyd offices in Hoboken, New Jersey for information and expects to have an answer in a week's time. He mentions that the Erie Railroad would take about 36 hours to get from Chicago to New York, with the possibility of a day's stopover to take a trolley to see Niagra Falls. Johann cautions Christian not to tell his agent that they are expecting information from the shipping line.

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


Created: 29 January 2004

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