Robert Garland Deering

Investigator at Dun & Bradstreet

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Last Updated 3/4/2011

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Employment History

Glider Pilot  - Army Air Corps

Texas A&M University

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The Indelible Ink of Burleson's First Newspapers

Robert Garland Knox Deering lost his job as an investigator with Dun & Bradstreet in Fort Worth early in the Depression.
When the opportunity to purchase The Burleson News arose, Deering approached his Uncle John Searcy about a partnership. In the harsh winter of 1931, Deering and his family piled into their old car and moved to Burleson (On Balance). Deering's eldest son Robert, then a teenager, helped clean out the building, which he described as a "very smelly" feed store (Deering). After school, Deering's son Robert swept the shop (On Balance). Deering offered to buy his uncle's share and go it alone. Deering made significant modifications to the building, removing a freight dock and cutting a large hole at the back of the structure to accommodate his equipment. Partitions were erected to form offices and a storeroom. The attractive double-doors letting visitors into the building were replaced with a single door and several windows were covered over with brick or significantly reduced in size. Above the entrance, Deering painted "Burleson News" (Beard). Life came to abrupt halt for R.G.K. Deering when his wife Elizabeth died of cancer in 1940. Elizabeth assisted at the newspaper, was a member of the Eumathian Club, and was described as possessing a beautiful singing voice. Deering took solace in their children, Robert (Bob), Winifred, and William (Bill). In the years ahead, Deering's son Robert left for Texas A & M University. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving as a glider pilot in Europe. The newspaper building finally belonged to Deering in 1946. In 1948, he married Hazel Moore of Fort Worth. Before long, daughters Sharian and Alicia arrived. Like Elizabeth, Hazel became an assistant editor and helped in the shop (Deering). As Burleson reinvented itself following World War II, Deering modernized the News with the purchase of a Miehle 00 Book Press and a Model 14 Mergenthaler Linotype. Since its modest beginning, the News had been set by hand in a tedious process which had changed little in four-hundred years. The press and Linotype allowed Deering to efficiently publish a cleaner, larger paper and diversify his printing business. Deering also began publishing a short column of news from the nearby town of Crowley.

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