Kerrville Mountain Sun
By B. Don Zesch
I worked at the Mountain Sun
for Mrs. W. A. Salter and Forrest Salter while I was going to Tivy High school.
I graduated from Tivy in 1948. I worked after school and on Saturday. They paid
me 50 cents per hour. I ran the big old Cranston cylinder press that
printed the paper.
to stand on a little cast iron platform about two feet off the floor to feed
each sheet into the press. When I was learning, many times I had to pick torn
paper out of the ink rollers and clean them with gasoline. Finally I got the
rhythm. You also had to be careful that the gas flame, that dried the ink, did
not catch the paper on fire. I then had to turn the paper over and print the
other four pages on the other side. As I recall, we printed about 2,500 copies.
Then they had to be run through a folder-cutting machine & mailing labels were
applied by hand. The labels were printed from little metal plates for each
subscriber, on a special machine.
also ran the small job flat bed printing press. We printed a lot of invitations
to coke parties, teas, showers and personal stationary. I cleaned up around the
casting machine, where the mats were pored for the advertising ads and around
the table saw where they were trimmed was a big mess. Gene Lock, Mr. Kimble (he
ran the linotype machine) were there. Also there was a Hispanic man from Comfort
that worked there.
Salter taught me that your job comes first. She would not let me off one
Saturday when I wanted to go somewhere. Forrest and Gene did take me to a
football game in Austin one time. We went in Mrs. Salter's big black Buick. I
can still see Mrs. Salter pounding away on her typewriter.
helped to open the new Peterson Hospital in the summer of 1948 and worked there
the two years I went to Schreiner Institute. It was a boy’s military prep school
and Junior college. It is no longer a boy’s military school but a coed
university. For an 18 year old driving a new Chevy pickup (from Peterson Auto
Company, of course) from the old hospital to the new Peterson Hospital was a big
thrill. The Peterson Offices were in the hospital, including the Kerrville Bus
Company. I learned much about hospital routines and vocabulary that later helped
me when I went to Physical Therapy school.
lead, lead dust, gasoline, flames, paper, lack of ventilation, poor lighting-I
thought nothing of it. I wonder what EPA and OSHA would think of it. I am
still healthy at age 74 - celebrated yesterday.
February 28, 2004
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