Burleson Linotype Homecoming
By Robert Griffith, July 2013

The former Burleson Dispatcher building is once again alive with the history of Burleson newspapers. In August 2012, City of Burleson employees, with assistance from the Burleson Heritage Foundation, returned the Linotype to its home of nearly 50 years following several years of storage. There for the homecoming were Gary Haas, Mike Beard, and many other supporters of the project.

In recognition of the Linotype's role in local history, the City of Burleson held a homecoming ceremony during its annual Founders Day Festival October 13, 2012. Dale Dexheimer, President of the Burleson Heritage Foundation, Mayor Ken Shetter, Dr. Bill Deering, and Robert Griffith delivered remarks to a packed house that included the surviving children of newspaper owners Mr. and Mrs. R.G.K. Deering, as well as many local officials and press.

The Linotype is home!
August 2012
Photo Courtesy Gary Haas

Robert Griffith looks on as Burleson Heritage Foundation President Dale Dexheimer
speaks at the Linotype Homecoming Ceremony held during Founders Day 2012

Members of the Deering Family gather at their parents' former
newspaper building for the first time in more than 25 years

Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter delivers remarks at the Homecoming Ceremony
for the Linotype during Founders Day 2012. Shetter, whose grandfather
ran a Linotype, was a longtime supporter of the restoration project.

Appreciation goes to the City of Burleson for moving the Linotype home. Further recognition to the Burleson Heritage Foundation, in particular Dale Dexheimer for his leadership during the move, and to past board secretary Doris Jo Haas, a loyal friend and project supporter who chose the spot where the Linotype is displayed. Enormous gratitude to Dan Williams, Gary Haas, Tim Coursey, Walter Moten, the Deering Family, Mike Beard, Michelle Griffith, and all those who donated their time, talent, and patience to preserving an important part of Burleson's past.