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Die Bloomfield Germania. [volume] : (Bloomfield, Nebraska) 1???-1914
Place of publication:
Bloomfield, Nebraska
Geographic coverage:
  • Bloomfield, Knox, Nebraska  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Dates of publication:
  • Ceased with Jahrg. 19, Nr. 32, Mai 28, 1914.
  • German
  • German American newspapers.
  • German American newspapers.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00941297
  • Germans--Nebraska--Newspapers.
  • Germans.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00942100
  • Nebraska.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01208998
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Jahrg. 12, Nr. 30 (9. Apr. 1908).
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Die Bloomfield Germania

The Bloomfield Germania was published in Knox County, Nebraska, from 1896-1914. During its heyday, it maintained close connections with newspapers in other German American communities and in Europe. For a while, subscriptions to the Bloomfield Germania were only available with a subscription to Die Acker und Gartenbau Zeitung or "the Agricultural and Horticultural Newspaper" of Milwaukee. Domestic subscriptions were $1.50 per year, with higher rates for mailings to Europe. As with many small town newspapers in Nebraska, there were several editors and publishers, among them Henry Lohmann, Friederich Wiedemann, John Reins and Theodore Jensen.

The issues often sported national news gleaned from other German language newspapers while bulletins of "international" news were only news of German-speaking Europe arranged by German state. These bulletins were titled "Postnachrichten aus der alten Heimath" or "postal news from the old homeland." Additionally, there was serialized fiction, ranging from trivial romances to more significant works by notable German authors such as Paul Scheerbart. One of the more interesting pieces of content was a column written in Anglo-German vernacular by "Lizzie Hanfstengel" offering "anecdotes of a German-American housewife." This column was popular enough to be syndicated.

Local content included market reports with prices of different crops, as well as ads almost exclusively for local businesses and printed in German. Examples of articles include a report about a funeral written from the perspective of the family whose grandfather had passed away, details about a barn burning down and occasionally longer reports about Knox County and Nebraskan news, plus notices of meetings. For example, there was a brief note about a meeting of the "Deutscher Staatsverband Nebraska" or "German Federation of Nebraska" in Lincoln. WWI led to such anti-German feeling that such organizations quickly folded.

In 1914, the Bloomfield Germania was absorbed into the Wöchentliche Omaha Tribüne.

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