Photos and negatives of State Printing Plant, correspondence, requisitions, sick leave
forms, invasion currency printed by State Printing Plant, books.
Born March 7, 1898 in Sacramento, California. About 1906, economics forced him to drop
out of grammar school and he became a bicycle messenger boy at the State Printing Plant.
He then became an apprentice in the composing room, beginning a 6-year apprenticeship.
World War I intervened and he enlisted. On his return, his job was waiting. He completed
his apprenticeship for journeyman printer and took the printer test and passed. He became
a printer in the composing room. A high school diploma was mandatory in order to qualify
for a promotion to foreman of the composing room. Strong began attending night school and
attained his high school diploma. He took the composing room foreman test, passed and got
that job. Strong was a qualified linotype machinist and repairman and continued in this
capacity until his retirement in 1958 after fifty years of state service.