Hartwig, Theodore E. F. / Letters, 1846 and 1851 [Transcriptions]
Call Number, SC 167 ([unpublished])
Cedarburg, Washington County (Wis)/ November 21, 1851, pp. -7 PDF (2.4 MB)
7 great relief, what with bad roads and a wide spread, that is, afar distant practice. In the same year I began to build my house, a so-called frame house as they are customarily built here where there is no building stone. The entire house is constructed of boards. Beams three or four inches thick cut at the saw mill, form the skeleton. Over these, boards, one-quarter of an inch thick and six inches wide which are likewise cut in the saw mill, are nailed like roof tiles, one over-lapping another. The roof is covered with one-inch boards and over these are nailed shingles of leather or cedar wood. Flooring, windows and doors are here made by machine and are inexpensive.
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