Der Ohio Adler

From Ohio History Central

Der Ohio Adler was a German-American newspaper published in Lancaster, Ohio.

People of German heritage were among the earliest white settlers of Ohio. Many migrated from Pennsylvania during the late 1700s and the early 1800s along Zane's Trace. Lancaster developed on Zane's Trace, and many German migrants established homes and businesses in this community. Signs in this community were printed in both English and German.

One business that German residents established was Der Ohio Adler, one of the first newspapers in Lancaster. The Der Ohio Adler originally was published weekly. Some confusion exists on when the paper was first published, with historians debating 1807 and 1809 as the two most likely years for the paper's founding. The paper's first editor was Jacob D. Detrich. By 1809, Detrich also began publishing an English version of Der Ohio Adler. The English version was known as The Lancaster Eagle. Circa 1816, publication of Der Ohio Adler ceased, exhibiting the incorporation of these German migrants into American life. Like many other Americans during the late 1700s and the early 1800s, the German immigrants viewed Ohio as a land of opportunity, but they also sought, as evidenced with Der Ohio Adler, to maintain many aspects of their traditional culture.

See Also


  1. Cazden, Robert E. "The German Book Trade In Ohio Before 1848." Ohio History: The Scholarly Journal of the Ohio History Connection 84: 57-77.