Bion Reeves at back;
Dick Higgins, typographer, front
Bion Reeves and Margaret Reeves
On November 1, 2013, Reeves Printing Company was the recipient of the Texas Treasure Business Award. The award, presented by the Texas Historical Commission, recognizes Texas businesses that have been in continuous operation in Texas for at least 50 years.
Reeves Printing Company History
Reeves Printing was started in 1900 in Terrell Texas by the Reeves Brothers - John Hodges Reeves and W. C. Reeves.
In the early 1900's W. C. Reeves moved to Bonham and started Reeves Printing Company on the north side of the square. W. C. (William Charles Reeves) along with his 2 sons, Ottis Reeves and Bion Reeves, ran the printing company. Ottis Reeves' wife, Margaret, was the Bookkeeper and Bion's wife, Kathryn, worked in the Bindery Department of Reeves Printing. Among Reeves Printing long time employees were Finis Freeman who was a press operator and Dick Higgins who worked as a Typositor. Since he was 12 years old, Roger had been running the presses part time during the summers and after school. Roger Reeves, the son of Bion Reeves, joined the business full time in 1968.
From the 1900's through the 1960's letterpresses were used to print with linotype set forms. Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press. A worker composes and locks movable type into the bed of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type. The typesetter had to line up all the individual letters to make the story or copy.
In the late 1960's offset printing was brought in by Roger Reeves. Offset printing is a commonly used printing technique in which the inked image is transferred (or "offset") from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process, which is based on the repulsion of oil and water, the offset technique employs a flat (planographic) image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a water-based film (called "fountain solution"), keeping the non-printing areas ink-free. This offset printing was the main method of printing used until the 1990's when the Digital Age of printing arrives.
As of the year 2013 Roger uses all three types of printing. Some items are run on the old letterpresses, some items on the offset printer and the bulk of his orders are run on 3 digital printers. Roger Reeves runs his company today with honesty, excellence and his proud family heritage of printers.
Ottis Reeves Below