Mr. Casey Cleem

by

Sherry Pede

 

"Printers ink runs through his veins" is oftensaid about a person who spends his life working on newspapers. This mightbe said of Casey Cleem. Mr. Cleem was one of the pioneer printers. Formany years he was the type setter for the Pembina New Era. Towards the endof his career, he was the only hand setter in the state and one of the fewin the United States.

This is tedious and slow work, but very important to anynewspaper. For everyone enjoys a well printed periodical.

Casey Cleem was born September 20, 1907 in St. Vincent,Minnesota. Casey has lived in St. Vincent all his life.

His parents were George and Adelia Cleem. His mother wasthe former Adelia Easter.

In 1934, Casey got married to Margaret Keeley, who passedaway in 1954. They have three children. Richard, who is deceased; Ronnylives in St. Vincent with his wife and two children; and his only daughter,Nancy Jo Simpson, who lives in Dominion City, Manitoba. She has three children.

Naturally, after he was married he had to work much harderfor a living.

Casey began his life's work in 1924 in the Creamery Business. During this time, he was also learning how to set type. Incidentally,this was also the year the Red River Bridge was finished. This made itmuch easier for the residents of Pembina and St. Vincent to cross back andforth for both pleasure and work.

In the summertime, he worked harvesting on the farm. Hestayed with this job pretty regular.

In 1929, the newspaper was moved to Pembina. Casey continuedto work with them in Pembina. In 1930, Casey went to Libby, Montana wherehe worked in a logging camp. He never really settled down there or to anyone place. Not until 1934, when he was married. That year he went backto the printing press, until 1969.

After this, Casey then worked at the Beet Plant Sugar Companyin Drayton.

Then when 1972 rolled around, Casey started to work forOperation Mainstream. He will be working for two years on this job. Underthis project, he also was the supervisor for the NYC students.

Type-setting is a special art. The setter needs to knowmany techniques.

First, he takes one letter at a time. There are capitalletters and small letters of steel which are in bins. These are taken outof the stick, and set it, until he gets four full pages of news.

All is proofread. It is very important and necessary tohave an accurate copy.

Next, the forms are locked, so they can be moved. Next,the paper has to be mounted on the press before the press can start rolling. It prints one sheet at a time.

When this is done, all the papers have to be folded. Later,they are addressed, bundles, wrapped and mailed.

When all the papers are mailed, then the forms are movedback unto the stone (place where the form and type is set when finishedusing it), where they are washed, unlocked, then all type is distributedinto their proper places.

When all this is completed, they are ready for the nextweek.

This job is very exciting, and who is a better person toask than Mr. Casey Cleem.

 

Bibliography

Interview. Mr. Casey Cleem on December 9, 1973 in St. Vincent,Minnesota>Interview. Mr. Casey Cleem on December 9, 1973 in St. Vincent,Minnesota