Ohio Orphan's Friend

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<p>In 1874The ''Ohio'' was established in Pomeroy, Ohio, in 1873 by Reverend John Joseph Jessing began publishing a newspaper called <em>The Ohio</em>. He eventually renamed the publication <em>Ohio Waisenfreund</em>, which meant <em>Ohio Orphan's Friend</em>. Jessing was the a Roman Catholic priest at and German immigrant associated with the Sacred Heart Church in Pomeroy, Ohio. Proceeds from the newspaper were intended to support St. Joseph’s Orphanage which Jessing started after seeing the hardships experienced by the orphaned boys of his community. In 18881874, Jessing relocated changed the paper name of the weekly newspaper to Columbus, ''OhioWaisenfreund'' (“Ohio Orphan’s Friend”), emphasizing its mission. He hoped that moved the paper to Columbus, the capital of Ohio, in 1877, hoping to build circulation by publishing in a larger city and with access to more railroad lines would help build circulation.</p> <p>Jessing established Subscriptions increased from around 5,000 in the newspaper 1870s to raise funds for 40,000 by the Saint Joseph Orphan Asylumend of the 1880s. The Asylum provided care to many orphaned boys in Pomeroy ''Waisenfreund'' was distributed across the United States and was considered a strong and important voice of the surrounding areaGerman-American Catholic community in Ohio and beyond. The Brothers of Saint Francis assisted Father  In 1888, Jessing established a seminary, the Collegium Josephinum, in response to interest by some older orphans attending his worktrade school to join the priesthood. The college was transferred to the Holy See and granted pontifical status in 1892. From 1874 until 1953that point, the newspaper ''Waisenfreund'' was published weekly. All under the auspices of the stories were printed Pontifical College Josephinum, which would become the leading educational center for German-American priests in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and today is the only pontifical college in Germanthe Western Hemisphere. The paper continued Initially focused on preparing its students to be published from 1953 minister to 1955 German-speaking Americans, today Josephinum’s students mostly serve those in both English rural and missionary dioceses, remaining true to Jessing’s original mission of educating and supporting those in financial need.  Subscribers to the ''Waisenfreund'' not only supported the education of German on a bi-weekly basis. Over American Catholic priests, but were provided religious instruction and reports from the years tens Holy See in Rome. The “family sheet for truth and law, to instruction and entertainment” also printed political reports; local, national and international news; and serialized literary and historical works. Two regular sections were Auskunft (“Information Desk”), covering a variety of thousands of people subscribed topics from weather to household tips, and Familienkreis (“Family Circle”), which included poems and other reading matter for families. The ''Waisenfreund'' also reported on happenings at the paperJosephinum, donations to the college, and deaths in the community. <em>Ohio During World War II, it published advertisements in support of the United States Armed Forces and the purchase of Liberty Bonds.  The ''Waisenfreund</em> provided advice'' is predominantly German language, information and religious instruction to unlike many German immigrants -American newspapers, it survived the anti-German sentiment during World War I. It began to include more English-language content and their communities its circulation remained high until the 1940s, at times sustaining over 30,000 subscribers. In 1907, the ''Waisenfreund'' absorbed the ''Cincinnati Wahrheits-Freund'' (“Friend of Truth”), the oldest German Catholic newspaper in the United States; and in 1943, it absorbed the ''Buffalo Aurora und Christliche Woche'' (“Aurora and Christian Week”). </p>For the last decade of publication, the ''Waisenfreund'' was printed both in Columbus, Ohio, and by the Wanderer Printing Company in St, Paul, Minnesota (as the “Ausgabe des “‘Wanderer’” or “Wanderer Edition”). The ''Waisenfreund'' ceased publication in 1953 by which point its circulation had diminished to less than 5,000. 
==See Also==
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*[[German Ohioans]]
*[[Columbus, Ohio]]
*[[Pomeroy, Ohio]]
*[[Columbus, Ohio]]
*[[Ohio Waisenfreund]]
*[[John J. Jessing]]
*[[Roman Catholic Church]]
*[[Pontifical College Josephinum]]
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