Liberal’s W. A. Martin writes to “The Inland Printer”, 1898

From “The Inland Printer”, Volume XII, October 1898, edited by A. H. McQuilkin, published out of 212-214 Monroe Street in Chicago, USA.

W. A. Martin, of Liberal, Missouri, contributed to the “Notes on Job Composition” column,

“The card and notehead of the Ozark Hotel are very good for work of this class. The composition on your blotter could have been improved. The words ‘Printers and Stationers’ should have had more prominence. The paragraph at the bottom of the blotter should have been set in a trifle smaller type. The presswork on your samples is faulty, but we believe you can overcome this.”

“The Inland Printer”, Volume XXII, November 1898, again shows a contribution of W. A. Martin to the “Notes on Job Composition” column,

“There is considerable improvement in your September blotter over the one you issued for August. It is always a good plan to employ type orthe reading portion of your display work which will enable you to use good, bold display lines. Makes few display lines, but have them forceful. Now, we do not mean by this to take up all the white space with display lines, but use good judgment.”

The 33 year old William A. Martin, born in Missouri, his parents born in Missouri, was listed in the 1900 Ozark, Barton County, Missouri census as a publisher.

J. P. Moore wrote of W. A. Martin, in “The Strange Town of Liberal, Missouri”, that with Walser’s suspension, in 1899, of his paper, “The Liberal”, K. G. Comfort and W. A. Martin began “The Independent” in September of 1890. Mr. Comfort was an attorney at Liberal while Mr. Martin, a printer, had moved to Liberal from Moundville. After a year the association between Comfort and Martin was dissolved, Comfort retaining “The Independent” while Martin began “The Liberal Enterprise” in November of 1891. He sold his paper in 1913.

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