I used to work for The Morehead News in 1934; my salary was four dollars a week and a free pass to the picture show. Talking picture shows were new in Morehead, and the piano was still sitting down by the stage for silent pictures. The newspaper was owned by the Fords, a brother and sister team. I was 13 and Grace Ford was like a mother to me. We had five part time employees: a linotype operator, the Fords, a typesetter and me. As I remember they were wonderful people but real old, probably 35 or forty.
My job was to turn on the linotype machines at six o’clock in the morning, and make pigs for the linotype machines. Pigs were a metal that the machines used to make letters of metal for the newsprint. From there they were placed on a table, placed in a vice to hold them together, and ink was spread on them with a roller (like a paint roller). Next we placed the paper on the print and a huge roller was run across the paper, and bingo, we had a newspaper.
On Saturdays I was a “gopher” or any other dirty job that needed to be done. Folding papers and getting them ready for distribution was always a big job. At the time the paper was located on Bishop Avenue behind what was later the Dixie Grill. I believe that where the Dixie Grill was later, was then a shoe shop for the C.C.C. camps, and the picture show cost ten cents.
I will always fondly remember the Fords as good American citizens and pioneers for The Morehead News.