Harold A. Green, and Dixon Telegraph

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Centennial Edition # & "A* ft g ft ft 1851-DIXON EVENING TELEGRAPH— 1951 frfrfrfrftfrfrfr Pagel9-Sec. 0, Part Two Congratulations to Telegraph, Our Parent Organization WILBUR HOBBS, accountant, has been with the organization since 1947 when the Dixon Publishing Company moved to this city from Chicago. Hobbs is in complete charge of the bookkeeping division and office routine, maintaining production records for clients ' \Ju-oughout the Midwest. Wilbur saw service in World War n. HAROLD A. GREEN', assistant to the manager, Is a graduate of - the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and came to Dixon from a Shaw affiliate, the Colorprint Corporation of Chicago. Previously he had been a member of the advertising department of the Daily Oklahoman at Oklahoma City. DOUGLAS SHAW, general manager of the Dixon Publishing com-panp, directed this corporation when it operated in Chicago under the name of Shaw-Chicago Company. He came to Dixon with' the plant in 1917 and maintains relations with customers in many metropolitan cities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri. WILLIAM KREAMER, seated, ' linotype operator, together with JOE BURGE, left, composing room foreman; ERNEST UNHOLZ, operator; PRISCILLA HYDE, operator, and SETH GEMMELLI, set all of the type matter on the machines and have had many years experience In the field. They have worked at a number of printing plants in other cities. Dixon Publishing Company Had Its Beginning in Chicago, Moved to Dixon in March, '47 Color books hold the attraction of the kiddies on the floor. Dad sits in his favorite evening chair, engrossed by a pulp magazine. Mother glances through an advertising circular looking for shopping hints and budget savers. This scene Is repeated hundreds of thousands of times each week in Midwest homes and in all probability they contain color books, magazines and circulars which are produced by the Dixon Publishing Co., a subsidiary of the corporation which publishes The Dixon Evening Telegraph. It is only natural that this, one of Dixon's newer industries, is proud of its affiliation with The Telegraph. For it can be said that this commercial printing enterprise is a direct descendent of the first hand-operated printing press which pounded out posters in 1851 when The . Dixon Evening Telegraph published its first edition. Moved From Chicago The Dixon Publishing Co. came to Dixon in July of 1946 after 10 years of operation in Chicago under the name of Shaw-Chicago Printing Co., located at 3250 West Lake street. The Shaw organization launched this Chicago industry in May, 1936, with all new Intertypes and other typesetting equipment, together with the latest 16-page, high-speVd, multi-color Duplex unit tubular press. This press contains many unusual features not to be found on the average production press. It is equipped with removaoie in* fountains so that colors can be switched rapidly. As many as five different shades can appear simultaneously in a publication. Dual folders permit the printing of two separate jobs or booklets in one operation. During the fall of 1945 the leased building in which the Shaw-Chicago corporation was located was sold and no other satisfactory location could be found in Chicago. It was then decided to purchase five lots in the 1000 block on South College avenue in Dixon and the erection of one of Northern Illinois' most efficient publishing houses was commenced. Loner before this building was completed, it became necessary to remove au or the heavy printing and typesetting equipment from the Chicago address. It was brought to Dixon on dozens of trucks and stored in an open lot and covered with a tarpaulin ana sprayed paraffin. First Order Move* In March of 1947 the Dixon Publishing Co. came to life and the first printing order was forwarded from a Dixon address. During the past four years this organization has continued to expand. At tne present umc n. employs nearly 50 full-time and part-time skilled workers with an annual payroll of more than $150,000. , Most readers of The Dixon Evening Telegraph are unaware of the nroducts of this plant even though there is a chance that at one time or another they have been delivered to their homes. Hopple Books, Too Crayon books, Including the Hopalong Cassidy variety. Western ana mystery pulp magazines, circulars and dodgers are a few of the products which are pro duced by this organization. Ninety-five per cent of the orders for this firm are placed' by merchants and industries from metropolitan areas inclusive of Chicago, Milwaukee, Kenosha and St. Louis. In some cases smaller newspapers in the suburban areas of the larger citica do not maintain their own printing presses and have contracted with the Dixon Publishing Co. to produce their weekly and semi-weekly publications. Copy Forwarded Advertising^ departments and writers working for the clients of the Dixon Publishing Co. prepare their own copy and forward it to Dixon. The local organization does not maintain a staff of writers or artists. And in many cases representatives of the clients come to Dixon on publication days for a final check before the press siaru? roiling. In many cases quantities up wards of one million copies are produced at regular intervals for various concerns. And it is not unusual to find a minimum of two seml-trucka leaving this community daily for distant distribution points. Mail Cars Sidetracked In some cases United States mail cars are sidetracked directly in front of the loading docks at the Dixon Publishing Co. And material Is dispatched directly into me mans, xnis industry brought much increased revenue to the local post office in mailing charges, while other post offices throughout the Midwest rec their portion of the postage which during some 30-day periods runs as high as 54,500. During an average week, the Dixon Publishing Co. produces about 2,000,000 copies of various forms. This amount requires 5,000,000 pounds of newsprint annually, or about 100 freight carloads. Warehouse facilities are maintained at the Dixon Publishing Co. which can handle about 12 cars of newsprint at one time. Newsprint Arrives Newsprint arrives at the plant' at. regular Intervals from mills in Northern Minnesota, Canada and Michigan. It Is unloaded and raisea by hoists m roils of ap proximately 900 pounds so that it can be stored three to four rolls high. The general routine of the mechanical department of a printing firm such as the Dixon Publishing Co. is basically the same as that employed in a daily newspaper. And on many occasions thi3 firm has assisted The Dixon Evening Telegraph In producing an unusually large newspaper or exceedingly long press runs. Centennial Aided It is anticipated that during the publication of this Centennial edi tion aslstance will be extended the newspaper in the press division. Of course, the newspaper con fines itself to the assembling and production of its own product and docs not get Into tho publication or comic boons, puip magazinci and allied forms of reading material. Each department of the Dixon Publishing Co. is distinctly divided and la directed by a foreman who has had many years of experience In the business. Harold Green is asistant general manager of the Dixon Publishing Co. Joe Burgo is in charge of the composing room. Carl Blaydcs Is the press room foreman, and Clyde Cooley heads the stereotype room. DONALD DAVIS, type compositor; CHARLES MOW, compositor; GLENN REHMSTEDT, in charge of illustrations, and WILLIAM RILEY, compositor, assemble all the various sizes of type Into one form prior to locking it into a double page chase. These men are skilled craftsmen in the art of typography and must follow intricate layouts which are furnished by customers. BILLY MEZO, paper handler; CLIFFORD GILMAN, paper handler; CHARLES GINTHER, paper handler, arc taking circulars from the folders, before jogging, counting and stacking printed material in preparation for ahlpment to distant points throughout the United States, uraers leave via. uuen BEULAH IJGHTNER, RUTH BROOKNER and ALICE COOLEY, bindery personnel, prepare direct mail literature which will ultimately be placed in mall boxes in various sections of the United States. On occasions the railway post office side-tracks a mall car directly in front of the loading dock. KENNETH NELSON, apprentice; S. THOMAS TUBES, compost' tor; MELVIN SWEENEY, compositor and asst. foreman compos. Ing room, and GERALD LIGHTNER, apprentice, gather round a large automatic proof press. Apprentices receive excellent training Ing for six years under the direction of experienced printers and they must pa&s 4a examination before being accredited. ^^^^ ^4^^^^ THOMAS VAILE, paper handler; CHARLES GOLLAKNER, paper handler, arc banding 'skids of children's coloring books before shipping to a bindery In Chicago where a cover will be attached and the booklet prepared for distribution. One of these skids will weigh up to 3500 pounds. JOHN HEATHERINGTON, press helper, and CARL BLAYDES, prcssropm foreman, are shown checking final press proofs before releasing tho machine to high speed. Blaydcs, before joining the Dixon Publishing company, operated high speed presses at the Telegraph and ether daily newspapers. MILDRED STEARNS, proofreader, an operation at tho publishing company which demands exacting efficiency In order that errors may be eliminated from printed matter which roll from the presses at this publishing house. It is rare that a mistake In spelling, grammar, or prices escapes her attention. THOY KERLEY,, stereotyping apprentice; ED MACK, stereotyping apprentice, and CLYDE COOLEY, stereotype foreman, are taking a tubular printing plate from the casting box. Theso men are responsible for receiving the type matter from the composing room and converting it into a tubular printing surface. HOWARD TALMADGE, press helper; BRUCE KLAUSEN, pressman, and ALBERT HALSTENBERG, assistant pressroom foreman, are loading the huge Duplex press with newsprint prior to a "run." This ia one of tho latest presses in the Midwest and is capable of speeding paper over the cylinders at the rate of 900 feet a minute. • I Ell THOMAS McKUNE, pressman, and night assistant foreman, FLOYD EGLER, Jr., pressman, and DOUGLAS SMITH, press helper, are plating one of the units on the press with a 45-pound lead stereotype printing plate. The press is equipped with four units of four pages each, and can produce a number of different colors simultaneously. NewsfaperRRCHIVE* XT.. _ oopuiyc

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  1. Dixon Evening Telegraph,
  2. 01 May 1951, Tue,
  3. Page 269

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