Carl Palenski of Bylas became editor in May, 1960, and was replaced by Alfred M. Uplegger of San Carlos in February, 1961. In 1961, the format changed to a single column, which it has remained. Under Palenski's and Uplegger's editorships, The Apache Lutheran contained more inspirational and religious matter, and except for photographs and an occasional obituary, biography, or report of graduations or other events, the emphasis was on the missionaries themselves. In January, 1961, one subscriber asked if the publication was for Indians or non-Indians, and Palenski simply reprinted Guenther's statement of purpose from the first issue.
In September, 1973, Uplegger was replaced as editor by Willis Hadler, principal of Our Savior's Lutheran School at Bylas, the present ( 1982) editor. In January, 1974, the assistant editor stated the purpose of The Apache Lutheran was to edify the Apaches with whom they worked as well as to "inform and edify the people of our other congregations" who had supported the mission for eighty years. While the emphasis in the content still remains on inspirational and religious matters, the Lutheran under Hadler's editorship has contained more Apache material than in the previous decade. In 1980 began a series from Alfred M. Uplegger's memoirs, which contain much interesting information about earlier generations of Apaches.
Throughout its history, The Apache Lutheran has changed little in format. In August, 1927, it began monthly publication and has remained a monthly since. From the beginning, it was well illustrated. While the quality of the photographs has declined in the last twenty years (mainly because of the printing process), the periodical is a good photographic and biographical source on the Lutheran segment of Apache society.
Index Sources: General index, Vols. 1-8, in Vol. 8, No. 12 ( February, 1931)
Location Sources: Danky and Hady; IULS; MnULS; OCLC 1777408
Title and Title Changes: The Apache Scout ( 1923- 1952); The Apache Lutheran ( 1952 + )