The Childress Linotype
By Robert Griffith, Updated February 2009

During the week of May 19, 2008, Robert Griffith was invited to work at the Childress County Heritage Museum, learning how a successful small town museum is operated and participating in the establishment of an exhibit honoring that town's oldest newspaper, The Childress Index.

The owner of the Index, Christopher Blackburn, graciously loaned the newspaper's Model 14 Linotype to the Childress County Heritage Museum. On May 22nd, staff and volunteers with the museum cleared a path to the Linotype in the musty old composing room of the Index. With help from "Corky" of the Childress Farmers Co-Op and several volunteers, the historic Linotype was hoisted onto casters, wheeled to a loading dock, and transferred into the museum on a fork-lift. The exhibit, anchored by the Linotype, includes a Gammeter Multigraph, typewriter, desk, wood blocks, hand-set type, Linotype slugs, and numerous composing room necessities and ephemera. Though simple, the exhibit at the Childress County Heritage Museum is sure to be a marvel in the eyes of the thousands of visitors to pass through the museum each year.


The Childress Index

Shelia, JoAnn, and Brandon move equipment
to gain access to the Linotype.

Now on wheels, it is wenched up to the fork-
lift which will take it to the museum.

Out of the Index, it is moved
to a nearby trailer.

Shelia's husband Corky manuevers his
fork-lift up the ramp to the museum.

The Index Exhibit at the museum, complete
with Gammeter Multigraph and Model 14 Linotype.

Robert poses with some of the girls who work at the museum.