The Szabadsag Liberty

SZABADSAG (Liberty) is the name of the oldest American Hungarian daily newspaper, published at Cleveland by the Szabadsag Printing & Publishing Company at 700-701 Huron Road. The first issue appeared on November 12, 1891. The late Tihamcr Kohanyi, the founder of the paper, acted also as the editor in chief.

This has been one example of the foreign language press which throughout has been edited in a thoroughly American spirit. In its political platform it is independent republican. It grew rapidly in popularity, andits influence was extended all over the country wherever Hungarians live. The twentieth anniversary of its foundation was a celebration of country wide interest, former President Taft attending the jubilee banquet.

Shortly after this occasion Mr. Kohanyi died, and for some time the management was in the hands of his widow. Later on Dr. Andrew Cherna became head of the enterprise. The general manager of the Szabadsag is Mr. Herbert Kobrak, and the managing editor is Mr. A. Fonyo.

Doctor Cherna as editor in chief of the Szabadsag and publisher and president of the corporation, has had two aims to accomplish, one being the foundation of a 100 per cent American concern, and the other the development of a great English printing establishment and the securing of better news service and a more complete editorial policy.

The Szabadsag Printing & Publishing Company now has one of the largest printing shops in Cleveland, with modern machinery equipment and facilities that make it available for printing and manufacturing a number of periodicals, weekly newspapers and other publications in English.

The thirtieth anniversary of the Szabadsag was celebrated in 1922. On this occasion the governor of Ohio, Harry L. Davis, in appreciation of Doctor Cherna's services rendered during the late war, also during the Liberty Loan campaign, appointed Doctor Cherna a colonel in the Ohio National Guard. Doctor Cherna is a member of the Republican County Executive Committee and the Republican State Executive Committee.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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