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About Pokrok západu. (Omaha, Neb.) 1871-1920
Omaha, Neb. (1871-1920)
- Pokrok západu. : (Omaha, Neb.) 1871-1920
- Alternative Titles:
- Pokrok západu a Amerikán <1872>-1873
- Progress of the West
- Place of publication:
- Omaha, Neb.
- Geographic coverage:
- Pokrok Publishing Company
- Dates of publication:
- -roč. 50, čís. 24 (29. pros. 1920).
- Began with Aug. 1, 1871 issue.
- Weekly Aug. 15, 1900-1920
- Czech American newspapers.
- Czech Americans--Newspapers.
- Czech Americans.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00886333
- Czech-American newspapers.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00886452
- Czechs--United States--Newspapers.
- Omaha (Neb.)--Newspapers.
- United States.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01204155
- Description based on: Roč. 1, čís. 4 (15. záři 1871).
- In Czech.
- Issues for 1871-1877 published by: Edward Rosewater; 1877-srpen 1900 by Jan Rosický; srpen 1900- Pokrok Publishing Company.
- Other eds. available: Creteský pokrok, 1905- ; Salinský pokrok, -1920; Pokrok (Clarkson, Neb.); Kansaský pokrok; Iowský pokrok, 1906- ; Minnesotské noviny, 1904- ; Minnésotský pokrok, -1920; Dakotský pokrok ; Pokrok západu (Semiweekly), <1892>-
- sn 83045348
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Beginning on August 1, 1871, Pokrok ZaÌ�padu, or "Progress of the West" was published as a weekly Czech-language newspaper in Omaha, Nebraska, by the well-known publisher and editor of the Omaha Daily Bee, Edward Rosewater (1841-1906). Born in Bohemia, Rosewater immigrated to the United States in 1854. Known for his feisty temper, Rosewater aggressively espoused in his papers Republican Party views on issues such as slavery and immigration. The success of Pokrok ZaÌ�padu was immediate, in part because one in five immigrants of Czech descent lived in Omaha and other Nebraska communities. Sold at $1.00 per week, the paper often included works of fiction and poetry, articles on farming, reminiscences of the Old Country, as well as news of the day. Pokrok ZÃ¡padu was a large format paper at 15" x 22" and had a circulation of 20,000 by 1880.
In March 1876, Jan RosickÃ½ (1845-1910), also originally from Bohemia, became the editor of the paper, purchasing it from Rosewater in 1877. Previously, RosickÃ¡ had edited the HospodÃ¡Å™ ("Farmer"), an important agricultural magazine that encouraged Czechs to immigrate to the United States. Under his leadership, the Pokrok Publishing Company was formed, and gradually Pokrok ZÃ¡padu became an important regional newspaper for Czech communities in Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and the Dakotas. In the years that followed, the Pokrok Publishing Company produced various local editions of the newspaper. They included: CreteskÃ½ Pokrok (Omaha & Crete, Nebraska), or "Progress of Crete," 1905-19??; Pokrok (Clarkson, Schuyler & Omaha, Nebraska), or "Progress," 1903-20; KansaskÃ½ Pokrok (Wilson, Kansas), or "Progress of Kansas," ;19??- 20; IowskÃ½ Pokrok (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), or "Progress of Iowa," 1906-19??; MinnesotskÃ½ Pokrok (Minneapolis, St. Paul & Omaha), or "Progress of Minnesota," 1908-20 (formerly St. Paul's MinnesotskÃ½ Noviny, or "Minnesota Newspaper," 1904-19??); and, finally, DakotskÃ½ Pokrok (Tindall, South Dakota), or "Progress of the Dakotas," 19??-19??
Following Jan RosickÃ½'s death in 1910, the publishing enterprise continued under the direction of his daughter, Rose RosickÃ½ (1875-1954). Pokrok ZÃ¡padu and its extant local editions were finally absorbed into Chicago's Hlasatel, or "Newsreader," in 1920. Rose RosickÃ½ later published A History of Czechs in Nebraska in which she praised her father as a pioneer and leading newspaperman of his day.