By Stephanie ChenThe Courier has long been the quintessential American symbol of a rural, hardworking family.
Its origins are murky.
Its most famous story is that of the Kentucky farmer and family man who would become a hero of the Civil War.
The Courier is also often credited with inspiring the invention of the typewriter, a tool that would make it possible for American newspapers to thrive for decades.
But its history is a complicated one.
It began as a newspaper in 1884, and was sold in 1917 to a New York businessman, Robert E. Cramer, for $1,500.
Its first edition was a collection of stories about farmers in Kentucky and Georgia, a period known as the Kentucky Courier.
In the 1920s, the newspaper was purchased by the family of William W. McCall, an author and poet who had lived in Kentucky for decades and was then living in Brooklyn.
After Cramer died in 1929, McCall’s son, William E. McCalmont, purchased the company for $2.5 million.
Its last owner, Harry Cramer Jr., sold the company to a group of investors, including the McCall family, in 1985.
In 2006, the Courier’s circulation surpassed 2 million, and it continues to be a popular source of local and national news.
In recent years, however, the family’s story has been the subject of a flurry of stories, including a 2013 book about the Courier and its changing owners by James F. McBride Jr., the author of The Big Bang Theory and the award-winning film version of the same title.
The film portrayed McCall as a self-absorbed, arrogant businessman who lost his touch with the rural roots of Kentucky and, in the process, made a fortune by monopolizing the news business.
The book, which was written with his brother, James McBride, was a smash, with an estimated sales price of more than $4 million, according to the online publisher Scribner.
The McBrides, who own the Courier, have denied any wrongdoing.
McBride told The Wall House, “We never saw anything untoward, and we never had any reason to doubt the accuracy of the facts we used to write it.
In fact, we were all very surprised by it.”
McBride and his brother were both Pulitzer Prize winners.
They did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The Courier story began in 1885 when William McCall bought the Louisville Courier for $100,000.
It became the paper of record in the region, and its name was engraved on the front of every copy.
Its name was a reference to William and Mary McCall.
In the 1920, McCalton was one of the first American farmers to become a newspaper owner.
His family owned a cattle and dairy business in the area, and McCalmon was a close friend of the farmers.
In 1928, he opened a grocery store on the side of his farm.
By 1935, he owned a grocery, a hardware store and a paper and publishing company.
In his mid-30s, McCalmont began to become infatuated with a young woman named Martha P. Dolan, a writer and socialite in New York.
Dyanas husband, John B. Dorman, was an insurance agent in the city.
McCalton met Dolan while he was still an insurance salesman.
They married in 1939, and by the time they divorced in 1951, they were married.
The relationship was complicated by a growing suspicion that Dolan was being used as a pawn in an insurance business, according, in part, to a book that was published in 1939 by an insurance broker named William L. Shull.
Dhanos husband, Dorman Sr., was a real estate broker, and the two were living together in the New York suburbs.
In 1943, after McCalont sold his insurance business to another company, the business began trading stocks in an attempt to cash in.
In 1946, he filed a federal securities lawsuit, claiming that his wife, Martha, had used his company as a front for the insurance industry.
The lawsuit was settled out of court, but the case made national headlines.
Dzanas husband died in 1948, and in 1969, the federal government sued him for fraud.
In 1982, the Securities and Exchange Commission settled the case, and Dolan paid $1.5 billion in a settlement with the government.
In 2003, the McBride family sold the newspaper to a company headed by Arthur Dolan Sr., who owned the Kentucky newspaper, the Louisville Ledger.
The Ledger later sold the Courier to the McBride family.
McClants brother James Dolan is now a leading investor in the startup incubator Y Combinator, where he serves as the company’s CTO.
In a letter to The Wall, he said he believes the Courier is