BOUNTIFUL — The Carr family, which owns and operates Carr Printing, was inducted into the Utah Printer’s Hall of Fame Wednesday, Feb. 13 at ceremonies in Salt Lake City.
It was started in 1890 in the corner of Lamoni Call’s Bountiful home.
The Carr family got involved in 1905 when Willard Carr married Annie Call, Lamoni Call’s daughter.
Since that time, sons and grandsons have grown up working in the business, said Lloyd Carr. He is part of the fourth generation of the Carr family in the business, and serves as its president. Lowell Carr is chairman and is also part of that fourth generation.
The firm is perhaps best known for its Davis County Phone Directory.
Printing continues as a mainstay. For example, the firm operates three digital presses, all customizable to particular types of jobs.
Customers can order high-quality printing for photos, for example. The company has served customers such as Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
They also do one-copy jobs.
The 55-employee firm also is involved in other pursuits:
• A computer record backup system, which they maintain. This can protect family photos and history information, business financial data and more for an indefinite period, Lloyd Carr said.
• Posters and displays, which can be created for use at trade shows to advertise a business or organization.
• Yearbooks, which continue to be popular and are created for schools from throughout Utah and beyond.
• Family history/genealogy books, which are gaining in popularity.
• CD cases, calendars, postcards, sales sheets and more.
• Election materials for many cities and counties across the state.
Carr Printing has specialized in providing election forms for many years. Its late Vernon Carr, Lloyd Carr’s father, was considered Utah’s “Mr. Election,” for his expertise in all things related to elections.
The Davis Clipper and Carr Printing were both started by Lamoni Call, who started the Little Clipper.
John Stahle, grandfather of current Clipper publisher R. Gail Stahle, provided writing expertise to the publication before assuming ownership of the newspaper.
The Stahle family was among 2012 Utah Printer’s Hall of Fame award recipients.