Corinthian Clippings for February 24, 1984 written by Yvonne
GLADYS HODGES: PART OF A FAMILY
The printing shop on Filmore
Street, sitting between the Bank of Mississippi and Century 21, has
the business name of Rankin. But when a customer moves inside,
they’re just as likely to be greeted by a member of the Hodges
The Hodges along with Don
Hutchens, Mrs. Hodges brother, bought the shop in 1971. Don is
married to Helen, who also helps out in the shop. They have two
children, Connie and Duke.
“It’s really a family affair
around here,” Mrs. Hodges said.
“Although it’s a family affair,
we’ll never change the name,” she added.
The Hodges are the parents of
Jeff and Tim Hodges, Jeff and his wife, Landy, work at the shop.
“Everybody helps out around
here,” Mrs. Hodges said.
When Mrs. Hodges came to Corinth
12 years ago she worked from a small amount of room as her office
space. Today her office has expanded with more room in which to
“The hardest part when I first
started,” Mrs. Hodges said, “was learning how to buy what people
needed as far as office supplies were concerned,” she said.
Mrs. Hodges, who worked in
Booneville at American Seating, handles the office supply end of the
business. She also handles the accounts payable, a small percentage
of the bookkeeping and various other jobs.
“It’s very challenging,” Mrs.
Hodges said. “There’s never a dull moment,” she said about working
around the office.
Mrs. Hodges says she enjoys
dealing with the public, meeting new people and personalities.
“For the most part the people in
Corinth are very friendly,” Mrs. Hodges said. “We’ve met a lot of
people here and made a lot of friends,” she added.
Rankin Printing supplies a large
percentage of the businesses in Corinth with printing and office
“We do more printing than office
supply,” Mrs. Hodges said, giving examples such as news letters,
stationary and envelopes.
“We get a lot of walk-in
business,” Mrs. Hodges said, “from high school students and citizens
in Corinth for various reasons.”
Since buying the shop 12 years
ago, the Hodges have expanded in several areas.
“We’ve opened the upstairs layout
room, darkroom,” Mrs. Hodges said.
They’ve added a typesetting
computer, three offset presses, a new paper cutter, folding machine
and padding machine.
“It cuts down on the work load,”
Mrs. Hodges said of the new machines.
Mrs. Hodges worked for the Daily
Corinthian for three years as a typesetter.
“I can’t run the presses, but I
can set type on a lineotype and use a hand feeding press,” Mrs.
Hodges said about the obsolete machines.
When Mrs. Hodges finds time away
from her busy schedule, she relaxes by spending time with her
husband at a friend’s cabin.
“Ride three-wheelers, and sit
around and enjoy pleasant conversation,” is how she describes a day
“Someday I hope we’ll be able to
relax more and travel,” she said.
Mrs. Hodges gave as her ultimate
goal to tour the United States.
“Instead of going to a foreign
country,” Mrs. Hodges said, “I would love to tour the United States
more than anything else.”
“There’s so much here that I’ve
never seen,” Mrs. Hodges said.
Mrs. Hodges says she would like
to tour the East Coast, particularly the New England states.”
The name Rankin Printing has
continued since 1906 to hang over the shop on Filmore Street and
Gladys Hodges will continue to be one of the happy faces of the
family clan who greet customers as they enter the shop.