History

Home News Enterprises is a family owned business and traces its origin to the inception of The Columbus Republican in Columbus, Indiana, founded in 1872 by Isaac T. Brown. On November 12, 1877, The Columbus Republican went from a weekly paper to the Daily Evening Republican. Isaac T. Brown was eventually joined by his father, Isaac M. Brown, who became the editor of the paper. Isaac T. Brown was the sole owner until he was joined by his son, Raymond, in 1916. Upon the death of Isaac T. Brown in 1917, Raymond Brown assumed full ownership of the business.

Raymond Brown formed a partnership with his wife Anna, in 1942, and operated in this form until 1963, when a family partnership was formed consisting of Raymond and Anna Brown and their adult children, Robert N. Brown, Elizabeth B. Marshall, and Dr. Richard Brown. In May 1994 the Company changed to a limited liability company thus carrying the designation L.L.C. in the official company name.

Prior to Raymond Brown’s death, the interests of Raymond and Anna Brown had been passed to Robert N. Brown, who in 1946, became the fourth generation active in the management and who was appointed Managing Partner and Publisher in 1964 upon the death of his father. In 1984, Robert N. Brown was appointed Chairman and Ned J. Bradley was appointed President. In 1998, Jeffrey N. Brown was appointed President upon the retirement of Ned Bradley. Jeffrey Brown became the fifth generation active in the management of Home News. Robert N. Brown continued as Chairman until his death in 2004.