The Mennonite Weekly Review, published at Newton, Kansas, by the Herald Publishing Co., appeared in its first introductory issue of 9 August 1923 as a supplement of Der Herold. Its purpose was set forth in an editorial by H. P. Krehbiel, president of the Herald Publishing Co.: "When the Herald Publishing Co. was organized in 1920 the principal purpose was to create an institution through which literature in the German language would continue to be prepared, published, and circulated in behalf of our Mennonite people. But it was also recognized that in the central West the English language was rapidly coming into prominence among the incoming generation. . . . A year ago . . . it was decided to proceed to the establishment of an English Mennonite periodical suitable particularly to the needs of the Middle West."
Regular and independent publication as a 4-page, 6-column paper was begun 18 September 1923. Gradually it became a 6- and 8-page paper, with space devoted to family, church and community events, articles on current issues, school reports, and a summary of news around the world. After mostly local circulation for ten years, the Mennonite Weekly Review later assumed the character of "A Mennonite Family Paper—Published in the Interest of Mennonites Everywhere," with readership extending into most branches of Mennonites throughout North America.
Special columnists and contributors serving over a period of years included Peter Brown, J. Winfield Fretz, Melvin Gingerich, Cornelius Krahn, John P. Suderman, Andrew R. Shelly, and Ida M. Yoder. The 12-page tabloid format was adopted in 1951. Editors to 1956 included A. J. Krehbiel 1923-1925, H. P. Krehbiel 1926-1935, Menno Schrag 1935- . Assistant editors to 1956 included Abe Epp 1925-26, Menno Schrag 1927-1928 and 1931-1935, Ferdinand Wiens 1928-1930, J. Richard Blosser, associate editor, 1946- .
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Schrag, Menno. "Mennonite Weekly Review (Periodical)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 23 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mennonite_Weekly_Review_(Periodical)&oldid=123014.
Schrag, Menno. (1957). Mennonite Weekly Review (Periodical). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mennonite_Weekly_Review_(Periodical)&oldid=123014.
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