Flake's Bulletin

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Flake's Bulletin

Started by German newspaper editor Ferdinand Flake, Flake's Bulletin in its many title incarnations served the Galveston area from 1865 until 1872. Ferdinand Flake left Germany for America at the age of eighteen, where he earned his living by selling cigars, owning and running a mercantile business, and then purchasing and running Die Union, Texas' first German-language newspaper. Ferdinand Flake represented a small, elite minority of educated liberals; he published his antislavery, pro-Union opinions in multiple Texas newspapers. After 1861, he discontinued the German-language paper to publish Flake's Bulletin, which continued to be printed on a variety of paper types and colors due to war shortages, and he printed all news he received by pony express from Shreveport. Die Union and Flake's Daily Bulletin both ceased publication shortly after Ferdinand Flake's death in 1872.