Das Himmelsmanna was a 4-page, 15 inch wide (later increased to 8 pages) monthly Sunday school paper published by John G. Stauffer from January 1876 to December 1906, at Milford Square, Pennsylvania (1876-1880), and Quakertown, Pennsylvania (1881-1906), with a circulation of 5,000. It also appeared in English with a circulation of 8,000 in 1879-1908 under the title The Manna, last issue April 1909. Stauffer (1837-1911) was at first a staunch Mennonite, an associate of John H. Oberholtzer 1856-1867 in the Mennonitischer Druckverein, but about 1889 lost his interest in denominational Mennonitism and apparently finally his connection also. Neither the Himmelsmanna nor The Manna was in any sense a denominational paper. In 1906 Himmelsmanna was purchased by M. S. Steiner, then president of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (MC), "adopted by the Mission Board" to serve as a missions paper (Gospel Witness, Scottdale, July 18, 1906, p. 241) and published by it for two years1906-1908, when it was sold to the newly organized Mennonite Publication Board and apparently discontinued. During these two years it was printed by the Gospel Witness Publishing Co. at Scottdale, with publication at Bluffton, Ohio, under the following administration: M. S. Steiner, Columbus Grove, Ohio, editor; D. S. Gerig, Goshen, Indiana, assistant editor; Aaron Loucks, Scottdale, Pennsylvania, business manager. The English Manna remained in Stauffer's hands.
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