This home was built by John L. and Ruby Hodges in 1941. John L. was the son of John Hicks Hodges and had grown up in the house at 903 Evergreen. In May 1924, John L. Hodges succeeded his father as owner and editor of The Houston Home Journal, and his wife, Ruby C. Hodges, became associate editor. In 1931, John L. Hodges was elected judge of the Court of Ordinary of Houston County and was succeeded as editor of The Houston Home Journal by his wife while he continued as publisher. Together they brought the newspaper through the Great Depression of the 1930s and the war period of the 1940s before retiring in March of 1946.