20 December 1908, 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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At the end of another year Johann writes to make contact with Christian, even though their daughters write regularly and share the news of the two households. Johann mentions that on a recent trip his wife had broken her wrist earlier, and though she has healed, the wrist remains weak. On another trip she caught a bad cold, and now her rheumatism and other old difficulties trouble her. Still, he is thankful when he compares his own situation with those who are less fortunate. He expresses sadness for their nephew Christian, who had severely broken a leg, and hopes that the nephew will recover. He ends the letter, saying that the act of writing has become arduous for him, and expresses wishes for Christmas and the new year. Such wishes are repeated in English on the back of the envelope.

Text of letter:

German | English

Transliteration and translation: Robert S. Spaeth and Roger P. Minert, Ph.D.

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Created: 12 February 2004

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