Clipped From Arizona Republic
60 years in graphic arts Woman in printing company here looks back By A. V. GULLETTE Associate Business and Financial Editor Mary C. O'Neil, who will be 80 in October, has .spanned the graphic arts era from mimeograph to electronic reproduction. reproduction. At her desk in O'Neil Printing, Inc., where she still works daily, Mrs. O'Neil looks back this way: I "The time has all gone so fast. I just can't believe it's been almost 60 years." i ' As Mary Schroder, she drove a horse .and buggy 16 miles a day from a ranch jwest of Phoenix to attend Phoenix Union High School. . . ' "'After her graduation in business "'courses, she went to work as an apprentice apprentice at the O'Neil Letter Shop, then at 38 N. First Ave. She cut wet stencils for mimeographing mimeographing such things as Arizona Country Club -bulletins -bulletins and rode the street car on 'Fifth Avenue to and from work. "We used brass rollers in L.C. Smiths to make multiple copies of contracts, lists and other things," she recalled. : ' "All the work was done by hand . folding,, stapling and stamping and sealing sealing of letters." After seven years as an employe of the letter shop, she was married to the owner, W. D. . O'Neil. With him she carried on the business until his death in 1966. In 1942, the firm was joined by another another typist Doris Koerner, who now handles composition and layout. The firm was located at First Street and Pierce in the summer of 1950 when it figured in the first live TV coverage here of a fire. Cameramen shot pictures of the blaze from the Westward Ho Hotel tower, she recalled. After several moves, O'Neil Letter Shop located in its present home at 368 N. Second Ave. . From mimeograph and multigraph the company progressed into conventional conventional printing, offset and full service graphics. Along the way, the company installed its first electric typewriter in 1952, its first offset press in 1960, and in the last few years went on to complete electronic electronic composition and mechanization. ' From the six employes which the firm had when Mary joined it in 1918, the Rapubllc phots by Mlk SmMl Mary C. O'Neil, 79, at her bookkeeping desk in O'Neil Printing, Inc. force has grown to 18 and the name of the company has been changed to conform conform with customer usage to O'Neil Printing, Inc. . The firm was incorporated in 1963. Active management was assumed by Harry Findor, . who is president of the corporation. "