Ink gets in the blood, Part 2


                                                                                                    The Licking News Archives, May 1956
“Brownies Visit News Office. Here are the Brownies and leaders at the News Office by the Linotype. Back Row; Margorie Kelly, and Norma Jean Ray, leaders; middle row: Linda Johnson, Judy Kirkman, Connie Bonitatibus, Marilyn Miller; front row: Linda Fischer, Debra Ray, Jonna Doing, Jackie Kelly and Velma Brown, seated at the typesetting machine, where she sets the larger part of the news that goes into the paper.” 
The linotype typesetter in this photo was a brand name Intertype.

By Christy Porter
Managing Editor

A 1950s – 1990s synopsis of a week at The Licking News.
Monday the news and ads were collected. Typesetters and other workers started planning the layouts of the weekly edition. Licking people were always helpful to let the newspaper know things of interest that could be printed. The Derricksons found that covering family-oriented activities sold more papers, and the George O. White State Nursery was a good standby source to get news.
Tuesday was also collecting the news and ads and usually going to the County Beat (Houston) to get county news. Offset printing was started and the first run was printed. This was usually six to eight pages. Special editions sometimes required more pages.
                    Photo by Christy Porter
Gene Derrickson explains type lice, 
the metal slugs used for printing.
Wednesday was “press day” for The Licking News. Everything and everybody stopped whatever they might be doing and turned all their efforts to getting the paper printed, folded and addressed with the latest subscription names and into the post office by their closing time. If you missed post office closing time, you got up before dawn on Thursday morning to get the papers on the mail truck.
Thursday morning the paper came out. “We did not release it until Thursday morning,” says Glenna. “Before offset printing, everything was set up in lead printing. The lead was melted down, and we started over.”
Thursday and Friday were spent tearing up your prior week’s hard work and starting over for the upcoming edition. This included new stories. Commercial printing, such as small books, letterhead, envelopes, business cards and sale bills were done, bank and hospital forms being the hardest to complete. Billing was also done on these two days.
Photos by Christy Porter
Engravings were also used in the commercial printing business.
                                  
Says Glenna, “Sometimes you got home for an evening meal on Thursday or Friday. Typically, lunches were usually a sandwich or snack you brought from home and ate on the run. Rarely was there a sit-down meal at lunchtime.”
Connie Keeney worked for Gilbert and Gene setting type and doing ads when Eric was young. She remembers Thursday and Friday were spent working on the magazine and paper, and 

Wednesday was focused on getting the paper out.
      Photo by Christy Porter
A larger font size changed 
advertising in the paper.
“Any kind of new machinery that made the job easier, we were happy to get it,” she says, specifically remembering when the capability of changing font size became available and how that affected changes in advertising. 

127 Year History of Editors
1893 – 1909    Dr. B.F. Craven – Founding Editor
                        Harry Denman
                        Gilbert Lay
                        George M. King
                        Edward Bridwell
1909 – 1922    J.A. Prigmore
1922 – 1926    C.H. Hatch
1926 – 1926    Wm. Bryan Wahlquist
1926 – 1932    Wallace N. Jenkins and Mabel Jenkins
1932 – 1934    Wallace N. Jenkins and B.E. Bartley
1934 – 1938    B.E. Bartley and Mr. and Mrs. Alva Douglas
1938 – 1947    Mr. and Mrs. Alva Douglas
1947 – 1951    Virgil and Georgia Sweany
1951 – 1971    Gilbert and Esther Derrickson
1971 – 1999    G. Eugene (Gene) and Glenna Derrickson
1999 – 2004    Eric and Beverly Derrickson
2004 – 2016    Donald Dodd
2016 – 2018    Marie Lasater
2018 –             Shari Harris and Scott Hamilton

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