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Sjouke Hoogland, Lake Forest (Illinois)

Sjouke Johannes Hoogland, St. Annaparochie

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Naamloos document

Frisian emigrants 50.
S. Hoogland to the Hoogland family.

Lake Forest [Illinois] Sept[ember] 1st, [19]24.
Dear uncle and aunt.

Thus far it was the custom to write for your birthday and I don't  want to neglect this now, however it will come a week too late.
I wish you Uncle [crossed out]. I heartily congratulate you on your birthday and also aunt and hope that you may celebrate this day in health.
Today it is fairly cold with [a] north wind, after an exceptionally nice week.
This Summer it was seldom nice weather.
We had far to much rain this Summer, which lowered the temperatures this Summer with 3 to 10 degrees.
Therefor the corn got behind but the condition is tolerable well in the area.
I also visited a show here.
It was not much, too small.
The town in which it was held had only 4500 inhabitants, but the community was organizing it.
There were fire-works, races and also a lot of stands.
On the show there was some machinery and a small number of cows, among them also Frisians.
Generally they were lighter than in Frisia.
The exterior was not very bad but in Friesland it is better.
Here there are people who milk the cows 4 times a day.
A farmer, who also showed live-stock, asked me to come over but I don't know yet if I'll do so.
It is quite a distance from here.
He had cows who gave about 400 kilograms butter and 9000 kilograms milk.
This is 4,4% fat.
That is 4,4% in the whole year, isn't that a bit high?
He had almost 100 heads live-stock on a 103 acres farm.
He grows his own green feed.
What about the pigs, they were excellent, but a very small number.
Let me end with again hearty congratulations, your nephew Sjouke.