Kinderbote (Periodical)

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Kinderbote, a periodical (General Conference Mennonite) published at Rosthern, Saskatchewan, was founded in 1887. Carl van der Smissen was editor of the Kinderbote for many years. Since he was opposed to fairy tales and fiction the Kinderbote had a rather sober viewpoint. After World War I, since the German language was banned from the lower schools and the children began to speak English, the Kinderbote contained an English section, which grew larger and larger.

When the great immigration to Canada started in 1923, the General Conference at Saskatoon in 1938 agreed that there should be an English paper for the United States. Accordingly the Junior Messenger appeared, in addition to the Kinderbote. J. G. Rempel of Rosthern was the editor of the Kinderbote 1940-1956. He was followed by Cornelia Lehn.

In 1953 the Kinderbote had 2,400 subscribers, about 750 of them in South America, chiefly in Paraguay. The Kinderbote appeared on the first and 15th of the month, i.e., 24 issues per year, 4 pages, 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. In 1980-1981 the number of issues was reduced to 20 per year. The last issue was published 1 December 1981. It was published in Curitiba, Brazil from 1967-1981.

Author(s) John G Rempel
Date Published 1957

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