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Johannes Koning, Galesburg (Iowa)

Sjouke Johannes Hoogland, St. Annaparochie

Engelse vertaling
Naamloos document

Frisian emigrants 16.
Johannes Koning to the Hoogland family [I think].

Galesburg [Illinois] Aug[ust] 2nd 1903.
Dear uncle and aunt,

Last week I received your letter and portraits [photo’s], now it is time to answer your letter and thank you kindly for your portraits.
The portraits speak, most of it uncle’s, nevertheless aunt’s could have speak more; the portrait itself is nice.
We are very busy here these days.
1/3 part of the hay is in the barn, the other part is still waiting.
It will be there for some time because we also have 4 acres of oats and 10 acres wheat on sheaves at the moment; first thing we have to do is to put it on stacks.
Those stacks have to be spaced so that the threshing-machine can stand between them, so that we can throw the sheaves from the stacks into the machine.
Most people already have the wheat on stacks and some already have it  threshed.
But it is Terpstra’s custom mostly to come last.
Then we also have 100 acres of corn.
This looks good and even it promises to become a very nice crop, however 90 acres of it were sown too late and if there is an early frost it may be made into silage.*
At the moment we have 30 one year old steers which have to be fattened next Winter.
About 90 cows, from which we milk 5, the others nurse about 95 calves.
I don’t know the  exact numbers because I don’t think no-one ever counted them not even a member of the Terpstra family.
At the moment there are about 200 piglets who are doing excellent, they all are red one’s.
Then there are about 50 black sows, they are fattened now.
The market for pigs is getting down and the corn is rather expensive.
Terpstra bought 400 bushels for 57 cents a bushel.
During the first 3 years I was here, corn always cost between 25 and 35 cents, now already 60 cents, so T[erpstra] bought it cheap.
Pigs always 3 or 4 cents [a pound] now 5 or 6 [cents], the other day Terpstra sold for 6½ [cents] a pound.
Then he also sold 20 steers for 4.75 cents a pound, I believe they weight almost 1200 pound [each].
When you went to the kermis in ‘O and R Zijl’, the day before I went to the 4th of July.
Namely this is the day on which the ancestors of the Americans united to fight for their freedom against England. [This is also called Independence Day.]
At this date the whole of America stand still.
Everyone is going to feast in his own way.
I went to a nearby little town where a lot of people were and had no pleasure, the Frieschen/Frisians better can do that than the Americans.
In the evening, I believe, they let off fireworks for 200 dollars in the town where I was.
I don’t have a girl-friend aunt, because I am always a little scared in company of lady’s, just like I was in earlier days.
Greet my relatives from me and be hearty greeted yourselves from your nephew
Johannes Koning.


Postscript. I don’t visit A. and Jitsche any longer of course, so I cannot greet them from your because we also don’t correspond.
Thanks again for the portraits.

* All of the corn stalk is chopped into very small pieces and put into a silo where it ferments.