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Purchased in 1855 from F. Muhr by Ferdinand Flake, Die Union, under multiple titles, served the Galveston area until 1872 as Texasâ€™ first German-language newspaper. 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. As the name indicates, Die Union was a pro-Union, antislavery newspaper; Flake represented a small, elite minority of educated liberals. He published his liberal opinions in multiple Texas newspapers, including Die Union. Due to paper shortages of the Civil War, he temporarily discontinued the German-language paper in 1862 to publish Flakeâ€™s Bulletin only. Die Union and Flake's Bulletin both ceased publication shortly after Ferdinand Flakeâ€™s death in 1872.