Friday, December 17, 2010

Hilton U. Brown

Newspaper publisher Hilton U. Brown (1859-1958) dwelled in a mansion clad in stone on the southwest corner of East Washington Street and Emerson Avenue. Irvington children by the dozens flocked to the property on snowy days for sledding down "Brown's Hill." Besides his involvement with the Indianapolis News, the veteran journalist also served as a Butler University trustee for many years. The Browns tragically lost one of their sons during World War I and donated a plot of land in his memory across the street from the house. That small park is now called Brown's Corner. This photo shows Mr. Brown hard at work in 1925.

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