Biography of Howard E. Henderson
Howard County, IN Biographies





HOWARD EUGENE HENDERSON, the junior editor of the Kokomo Dispatch, has long been recognized as the financial man of the firm. To Howard E. Henderson, more than to any and all other persons, is due the credit of making the paper what it is in a financial point of view. He became a half owner of the paper, then the Kokomo Democrat, in 1874. The paper has since been owned by J. O. & H. E. Henderson, who are its editors and publishers. Howard found a small paper, poorly equipped facilities, few subscribers, and loaded down with debts. As soon as he became an owner of the paper, he became its local editor and financial manager. Order was soon evolved out of chaos. It was the determination of its financial manager that the paper should be made to pay. The subscription list was low, advertising rates low, and job work not plentiful. At once subscriptions were solicited, new type was added to the facilities, and all was changed. As early as 1876, the Dispatch became known as a wide awake, sprightly Democratic paper. Soon the debt was paid off, the paper was enlarged, and a new Baxter engine was added, so that the old hand presses were thrown aside, and the paper has since been run by steam. Since the campaign of 1876, the Dispatch has taken an active part each year. Howard E. Henderson was born in the town of New London, Howard Co., Ind., on the 22d day of December, 1849. Here he spent the first twelve years of his life, moving to Kokomo with his parents in 1861. Here he attended the city schools until 1869, when he entered Asbury University, remaining two years, but did not graduate. He was foreman of his father's lumber yard for six years. In 1873, he was married to Miss Belle Williams, of Alto, Ind., daughter of Rev. Thomas Williams. He is the father of two children - the elder, Frank, and the younger, Eva. He has been for some time the manager of the Kokomo Opera House, and has shown himself, here as elsewhere, a competent business man. He has elevated the standard of our amusements until Kokomo is recognized abroad as a town where people know what good acting is. During the last year we have had some of the best companies ever before the footlights.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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