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A photocopy of Bill Rush and Leroy Kirkpatrick. Both worked at the Watauga Democrat from its early days to the mid- 1960s. Photo by Watauga Democrat.
Transcription: Old-Timers. And they knew their business, from the hot-metal press era of the early Watauga Democrat right up through the mid-60s, when R.C. Rivers, Jr., Armfield Coffey and Rachel Rivers-Coffey signed the note that brought to town only the second offset Goss press in North Carolina. This photo was made in 1988, when the paper opened its newspaper publishing plant in the Watauga County Industrial Park. Bill Rush was a printer and production man all his adult life, and the Rev. Leroy Kirkpatrick, who recently died, also was in production. The death of each man - essential to our ooperation - was announced at the summer convention of the North Carolina Press Association during the reading of the memorial resolution for newspaper people who have died in the previous year. The Rev. Kirkpatrick gave the feature sermon at the Boone United Methodist Church service for R.C. Rivers, Jr., who died in 1975.

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