St. Paul, Minn., 15 Dec. 1906
Dear Brother C.
Another year has glided swiftly
past and at its conclusion I am reminded of the need to write you a few
This year will go on record as being
a good one for me and my family. We were spared major illness and accident
and were quite successful in the store.
It was also our pleasure to enjoy many spiritual
blessings and if we suggested that anything was lacking in that respect
it would be our own fault. I am quite happy and rejoice with the 103rd
My wife and I visited our brother
J. Peter in July. He walks bent and hunched over, and of course his sons
continue to help him with many tasks. His Katharina is still spry and
healthy, his son Albert has 400 acres of land, while Hermann has 275 acres.
Albert still has debts, but Hermann
is in the clear, and is well established, having between 15 and 20 cows
and making cheese in the summer. We had a very pleasant time with them.
It seems our relations in Saanen still
have not decided whether they will visit us or not. If I were to travel
again to Saanen, I would also visit Ablenschen again, as I think that
no where else does the milk taste as sweet as there. Pastor Gasser must
also have found it agreeable there, as he has married the Brosching girl.
I remember telling Mrs. Brosching that the only thing he lacked was a
good wife and you thought it possible for him to win their daughter.
It is so sad that the pastor in Siebenthal
lost his wife. I imagine that you are also taken back in thought to our
visit to our homeland.
It rained here on Wednesday and Thursday,
yesterday and today it has been quite cold but we still do not have enough
snow for sledding.
We wish you all a merry Christmas and a
happy new year. Greetings from all of us