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John Baer, an early publisher of Mennonite writings, was born in Upper Leacock, Pennsylvania, 31 January 1797, a son of Andrew Baer (d. 1805) and great-grandson of John Henry Baer, the Swiss Mennonite pioneer settler (1727). He grew up in Lancaster. In 1821 he was sole owner of Der Volksfreund and in 1834 he also purchased the Lancaster Beobachter. These he merged as the Lancaster Volksfreund und Beobachter, the only German newspaper in the city. This was continued by his sons. In 1819 he published the first large folio Bible published in America. In 1828 he continued the Agricultural Almanac started by William Albright and in 1833 started also the German Pennsylvania Almanac, continuing both for years. Later it became Baer’s Almanac, (later Baer's Almanac & Gardener's Guide) the 189th issue (2009) of which was released by Gerald S. Lestz of the firm, John Bear's Sons.. For years he published many items for the Mennonites, succeeding Joseph Ehrenfried. Reuben A. and Christian R. Baer continued the firm as John Baer's Sons; grandsons John F. and Charles S. Baer continued the firm until the mid-20th century.

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Ellis, Franklin, and Samuel Evans. History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men. Philadelphia, PA: Everts & Peck, 1883: 500-501

Meginness, John Franklin. Biographical annals of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, containing biographical and genealogical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and of many of the early settlers ... [Chicago, ILL]: J.H. Beers & Co., 1903: 152-3.

Klein, Harry Martin John. Lancaster county, Pennsylvania ; a history. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1924: v. IV, 408.

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Website: John Baer's Sons


Author(s) Ira D Landis
Sam Steiner
Date Published 2009


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Landis, Ira D and Sam Steiner. "Baer, John (1797-1858)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 2009. Web. 23 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Baer,_John_(1797-1858)&oldid=75067.

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Landis, Ira D and Sam Steiner. (2009). Baer, John (1797-1858). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Baer,_John_(1797-1858)&oldid=75067.




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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 1061-1062. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.


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