J.P. Bridges, 9th president, was founder, editor and publisher of the Luling Signal.
He was born March 17, 1854, in Harrison County, and was orphaned when his mother died in 1857 and his father in 1864. He attended school about three years and in 1868 began his career as printer's devil in the office of the Texas Plow Boy at Lockhart. From printer's devil he rose rapidly and steadily in the business to the position of foreman at the San Marcos Times, where he worked from 1871 to 1873.
He became editor of the Lockhart News-Editor in 1873 and served there until 1878. In January 1878, he established the Luling Signal. He died in 1893.