The old German newspaper "Ostfriesische Nachrichten" was published by Pastor
L. Hündling [Huendling} in 1882 in Iowa as a connecting paper between the people in the
new American settlements and the old homeland with news and events in Ostfriesland and the
"New World". Later you could find this newspaper all over the U.S. and
For the period between 1882 and 1915 the issues were microfilmed around 20 - 30 years
ago. According to a descendant of Pastor Huendling about 10 years ago, most of the issues
between 1916 and 1971 got lost on the way to a processing center to be microfilmed.
Besides Rev. Kenneth DeWall and others, who published in the past some indexes of (only)
obituaries, we started in 1997 reading each newspaper for 1882 - 1915 and 1916 - 1971
(single issues) from the front to the back and taking all of the personal data in
obituaries and local news into computer files. We added also interesting stories about the
events in the New World - especially for the German readers -.
So far we have listed 10,300 names of deceased between 1882 and 1915 plus 12,300 names
of relatives, and until 1971 only 2,000 deceased / 5,000 relatives.
Now we are looking for issues of this newspaper between 1916 and 1971. The undersigned
would appreciate your answer if you have access to those issues.
We have the microfilms from Crest Information Technologies and Heritage Crest, both in
Cedar Rapids, IA.
Most of the single issues after 1916 are scattered all over the U.S. and Germany. We
guess, maybe finding them in the attics, etc. of old East Frisian settlements in the
Thank you very much in advance for your help in preserving the data.
Ostfriesland-Society of Iowa, Inc.