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Der Friedens=Bote und Lecha, Northampton, Bucks, Berks und Montgomery Caunties Anzeiger. : (Allentaun, Pa.) 1840-1847
Alternative Titles:
  • Friedensbote
Place of publication:
Allentaun, Pa.
Geographic coverage:
  • Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Publisher:
A. Blumer & Gebrüder
Dates of publication:
1840-1847
Description:
  • Jahrg. 28, Nr. 1 (8. Jan. 1840)-Jahrg. 35, Nr. 26 (29. Juni 1847).
Frequency:
Weekly
Language:
  • German
Subjects:
  • German Americans--Pennsylvania--Newspapers.
LCCN:
sn 89077900
OCLC:
18999212
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Der Friedens=Bote und Lecha

A weekly newspaper with Friedens-Bote (“Messenger of Peace�) in its title was published for more than a century in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and for most of its publication history was the leading German-language press in the Lehigh Valley.

It began in 1812 as Der Friedens-Bothe, und Lecha Caunty Anzeiger (“Messenger of Peace and Lehigh County Gazette�) under the editorship of Joseph Ehrenfried & Co.; then in 1814 it added the counties of “Northampton, Bucks and Montgomery� to its nameplate ; altered the title to wöchentlicher Anzeiger (“weekly gazette�) from 1816 to 1834; adopted the more modern spelling Bote and dropped the word wöchentlicher from 1834 to 1839; and then added “Berks� to its menu of counties from 1840 to 1847.  The paper later shortened the nameplate to Allentown Friedens-Bote for more than half a century. It then became simply the Friedens-Bote until going out of business in 1932.

Throughout its long history, the Friedens-Bote billed itself as an independent weekly. It went through a steady succession of ownership combinations, including some individuals who went back and forth with the rival Lecha Patriot newspaper.

The second owner of the Friedens-Bote, Henrich Ebner, also printed broadsides and Fraktur templates during his time at the helm. Members of the Blumer family had a hand in running the newspaper from 1831 through 1860. Circulation was more than 4,500 copies at the end of the Civil War and varied from a reported low of 1,500 (in 1910) to 11,316 (1931) on the eve of its demise.

As was typical for a “newspaper of record� in the 19th century, the Friedens-Bote published a wide range of news, everything from local political disagreements to reports of happenings from around the world. At a time (prior to about 1875) when many other newspapers were printing one-line obituaries, the Friedens-Bote published news about deceased people that gave an extra detail or two. It also attempted to live up to the extra counties listed on its nameplate for several decades; one way it did this was by publishing deaths from those counties.

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