1927-28 E.A. Carlock Paducah Post



Edmond Albert "Ed" Carlock, who was serving as Texas Press Association's vice president in 1927, became the 50th president, succeeding George Neu, who died in office.

Carlock was born at Eureka Spring, Ark., Oct. 17, 1883, and moved to Texas in 1887.

At 17 he entered the newspaper business at Paradise, learning to set type and perform other duties in the print shop. Soon after finishing school at Denton he returned to Paradise and purchased the Echo, his capital being $250. At the end of 10 months his capital and office were both gone — he was dead broke.

From Paradise, Carlock went to Lubbock and for 18 months was an employee of the Lubbock Avalanche, dividing his time between the front and back shops. In 1908 he went to Paducah to teach music, but soon decided to rejoin newspapers and within six months purchased a half interest in the Paducah Post. Two years later he became sole owner.

In a letter to the editor of The American Printer, posted at Paducah on June 24, 1913, Carlock inquired: "From time to time I have heard people argue, pro and con, that a linotype machine was a regular 'incubator' of consumption. Will you kindly inform me if such is the case and would a person be in any dangerif he were to run a machine as much as three days each week?" Printed below Carlock's question is this note:

"The assertion that a linotype is a regular 'incubator' for consumption appears to us to be exaggerated. While, no doubt, the fumes from the metal pot, if inhaled in sufficiently large quantities, would affect one's breathing apparatus, yet a single machine hardly produces sufficient fumes to be noticeable. It is of course better to have these fumes carried off by ventilating devices such are now in use in some of the larger printing plants. These devices are in the shape of hoods placed over the the crucibles and carry off the fumes by means of tubes. Machine composing-rooms, as well as other work rooms in a printing office, should be ventilated and constantly receive a fresh circulation of fresh air. The operators at the beginning and end of the work day should also secure as much fresh air as possible. These health rules are applicable to all persons working indoors. The old-time printing office with its dust and dirt, often stirred up by the use of the bellows, was no doubt a breeder of sickness. The modern printing office, in which composition is done either by hand or by machine, should be a healthy place to work in if common rules of sanitation are observed. — Editor."

Carlock joined Texas Press Association in 1915. He was president of Panhandle Press Association in 1922-23. He died at Lubbock on Sept. 11, 1958.