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Sjouke Hoogland, Morton Grove (Illinois)

Sjouke Johannes Hoogland, Leeuwarden

Engelse vertaling
Naamloos document

Frisian emigrants 57.
S. Hoogland to Mr. And Mrs. Hoogland.

Morton Grove, Ill. Dec[ember] 14, 1925.
Dear Uncle and Aunt,

This letter is a new Years wish, so with this I wish you heartily a happy New Year [ In the Netherlands we say a lot of hail and blessings in the New Year] and [I] hope that Sjoukom's recovery continue on and that you'll be happy in Leeuwarden.
I presume that it is a big change for you Sjoukom, because you lived your entire life at the Nieuwe Bildtdijk, may be it will end better than was expected.
I am also enjoying a good health and as you maybe will have heard I am working now in the greenhouses in Morton Grove, just North of Chicago.
These greenhouses occupy an area of 2 million square feet. This is about 4,5 'pondemaat'.
It belongs to the 2 brothers Poehlmann and German's by origin.
They came here as poor as Job and now they are very [crossed out] rich.
It [the greenhouses] are the largest of America and highly probable of the world.
The Poehlmann brothers are supported by share holders.
They do wholesale business.
They have a large shop in Chicago from which they sell to small flower shops.
From here it takes half an hour to go to Chicago but it takes me over 2 hours to go to Roseland.
When I go to Chicago, I pass a factory under construction, where they are going to make fertilizer from Chicago's waste/rubbish.
They also make a lot of fertilizer in the big slaughter's houses, like blood dust and bone dust.
They also dry the different kinds of manure, like [from] pigs and sheep, coming from the cattle trucks and put it on the market.
They don't have potassium here [whole sentence crossed out].
Northern Illinois supplies the daily milk for Chicago, but there must be a lot of cows having tuberculosis.
The health commissioner now tries to exterminate the tuberculosis by refusing the milk of tuberculous cows for the city of Chicago.
The State engaged veterinarians to visit farmers to check the cows.
However the farmers  refuse to get their cows checked because more than half of their live-stock/cattle breed is reacting on the 'tuberculine' and then they have to sell their cattle cheap and to buy expensive.
The city threatened to get the milk somewhere else.
But to harmonize, the city promised the farmers 1 cent a liter more, as some compensation for the damage of the farmers.
In the city you have to pay 14 cents a liter at the moment and I presume that the farmers don't get more than 6 cents.
If the farmers will accept that offer I don't know.
Now some miscellanies and then I stop:
The oldest living things on earth are the world famous thick trees in California. [They are called Sequoia trees and are found in Sequoia National Park.]
People estimate the age of these trees on 6000 years and they are 45 to 50 m[eters] high on the average, the highest tree is about 60 meters.
The market place in Chicago occupies 500 Acres or 500 'Pondemaat'  and 2 large bridges go over the market place.
Quite large isn't it and the market place in Leeuwarden is just small in comparison with it.
Well it is fairly late so I stop after wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year again, your affectionating nephew Sjouke.
P.S. Apologize my bad writing but it is too late to do it over.
I sent a portrait for you to my parents which you most likely will have received yet.