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[*] posted on 2-8-2017 at 08:50 AM
Peter Fritsche

Peter Fritsche, the father of Johann Fritsche, and the great grandfather of Carl and Emil Miertschin, lived about a mile from what is now known as Northrup. He was a farmer by trade, but also a masseur and bone specialist. Many folks who suffered broken bones would go to Peter Fritsche instead of going to a doctor. Of course, the only anesthetic he gave for pain was a big swig of whiskey.

People came from miles around to receive his massage treatment and adjustments and would remain as guests in his home because after one finished treatments, Peter Fritsche, would give a good rub down of goose grease, turpentine, and ammonia or sometimes this was called Spirits of Hartshorn. After such a rub down, one could be sure that mosquitos would certainly not bother you.

Peter Fritsche was also a good brick mason. He helped in the construction of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Also on his old homesite, there is a well which is bricked out in native brown sandstone and this well always had good water.

Source: Annie Tschatschula

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