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Nord stern. [volume] : (La Crosse, Wis.) 1856-1921
Alternative Titles:
  • La Crosse nord stern
  • Nordstern
Place of publication:
La Crosse, Wis.
Geographic coverage:
  • La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
C. Halbwachs
Dates of publication:
  • -Jahrg. 64, Nr. 50 (23 Sept. 1921).
  • English
  • German
  • La Crosse (Wis.)--Newspapers.
  • Wisconsin--La Crosse.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01207161
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Available on microfilm from The State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
  • Description based on: Jahrg. 1, no. 2 (6 Dec. 1856).
  • In German with some columns in English.
  • Supplements accompany some issues.
sn 86086186
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Nord Stern, Morgen Stern, Nordstern Blätter, Nord Stern Blätter and Wisconsin Wochenblatt

The Nord Stern was the first German-language newspaper published in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The weekly was first published by C. Halbwachs in 1856. Swiss-born John Ulrich and German-born John Fischer took over as editors in the spring of the following year. Fischer stayed on board until 1860, while Ulrich continued to publish the newspaper until 1883.

Catering to a large German immigrant readership, the publication emphasized news from the German provinces, Austria, and Switzerland and included local and national news as well.

Adolph Candrian, who had previously worked as a correspondent from Chicago for the Nord Stern, became the publisher in 1883 and ran the newspaper until it was consolidated with the Wisconsin Wochenblatt from Winona, Minnesota. Candrian added a variety of new publications to the publishing company: the Nord Stern Blätter, 1891-1906, followed by the Nordstern Blätter, 1906-1914, and the Morgen Stern, 1914-1921, all published in La Crosse.

A characteristic feature found in later issues of the Nord Stern were small illustrations, which oftentimes accompanied the first letter of some articles.

World War I led to some changes in the publication. In September 1917, following the United States' entry into the war, a note in English was added to the masthead: "This is an American Newspaper printed in the German Language." Later the phrase "The Pioneer Newspaper of La Crosse, devoted to American Aims and Ideals" was placed at the top of the masthead to stress the publishing company's and readership's loyalty and American patriotism.

Provided by: Wisconsin Historical Society