1 July 1912, Letter from Johann Jacob Frautschi to Elizabeth (Reuteler) Frautschi

About the Original Manuscript:

This letter was written by John J. Frautschi in St. Paul, Minnesota, and sent to his sister-in-law Elizabeth (Reuteler) Frautschi, believed to the wife of his brother Johann Gottlieb Frautschi. Only digital formats of the original letter, 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 Jacob writes that he and his family has spent three months in California this past winter, where the climate was beneficial to his wife. Unfortunately, she fell ill upon the return trip and still has not fully recovered. He mentions receiving a sympathy card on the unexpected passing of his brother Christian, and reflects that his own death cannot be too far away. He mentions that his daughter Zilla was able to attend the funeral in Madison, Wisconsin, and reports that Christian's two youngest sons will run the business for their mother. He seems to take comfort in knowing that his relations are enjoying their life as dairy farmers in Switzerland, and sends congratulations to Luise on having her first baby boy.

Text of letter:

German | English

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

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Created: 13 February 2004

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