SAN ANTONIO FREIE PRESSE FUR TEXAS
SAN ANTONIO FREIE PRESSE FÜR TEXAS. Die Freie Presse für Texas, a German newspaper published by the Texas Free Press Company in San Antonio, was founded on July 15, 1865, by August Siemering and Company a few months before the same company started the San Antonio Express-News. In 1867 W. B. Moore and James P. Newcomb, both newspaper men of experience, joined with Siemering and H. Pollmar, a former owner of the Daily Herald, in the work of editing the two papers. The German paper, with Siemering as editor, was a five-column, four-page publication issued bi-weekly, tri-weekly, and, at times, daily. About half the space was taken up by advertisements of San Antonio firms. The front page had two columns of advertisements, and the remainder was filled with fiction. The second and third pages contained national and world news. The editorials showed that the editor was a Republican in politics. He continued a staunch Unionist despite his participation in the Confederate cause. The volume for 1868 carried endorsements of Ulysses S. Grant for president. Prominent news items included national finances, Reconstruction laws, accounts of Indians and Indian raids, ranger activities, information about immigration, and advice to immigrants. The territory covered made the publication one of the prominent papers of the day. Its agents were located in many South Texas cities, especially those with large German populations. In 1877 the company sold the English paper, the Express, but continued to do the mechanical work until the Express bought its own presses some years later. G. F. Neuhause edited the Freie Presse as an eight-page, six-column weekly until the paper was discontinued on October 28, 1945.
Rudolph L. Biesele, The History of the German Settlements in Texas, 1831–1861 (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1930; rpt. 1964).
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Frances Donecker, "San Antonio Freie Presse Fur Texas," accessed May 29, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eeswm.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on April 18, 2016. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history every day,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles