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The paper began publication on October 3, 1904 as The Daily Republican. Brothers George (b. May 14, 1869, d. 1956) and Fred Naeter (b. Jan. 8, 1874, d. Sept. 18, 1965) of St. Louis purchased a defunct paper of that name after visiting the town in September 1904 and revived it. The paper changed its name to the Southeast Missourian in 1918.
When Fred Naeter died in 1965, the Naeters' nephew, Harry A. Naeter, Jr. (b. June 9, 1917, d. Feb. 16, 1994) (whose father had also worked with the Naeter brothers on the paper but died in 1918—it was Harry Sr. that championed the 1918 name change before his death), became publisher. In late 1976, the paper was sold to Thomson Newspapers. It was then purchased by Gary Rust in 1986, and continues to be owned by Rust Communications. With the Southeast Missourian as its flagship publication, as of 2009, family-owned Rust Communications had full or part ownership of 18 daily papers, 30 weekly papers, and 17 radio stations in eight states.
- Southeast Missourian, Mondotimes.com, Retrieved September 23, 2010
- Blackwell, Sam. A mission to lead and better the community, Southeast Missourian, October 3, 2004
- Douglas, Robert Sidney. History of Southeast Missouri Vol I, p. 531, 537 (1912) (says Daily Republican was founded in 1900, but that Naeters purchased it one year later, which appears to be incorrect)
- Sullivan, R. Joe. 100 Years and Countless Reasons to Celebrate, Southeast Missourian, October 3, 2004
- Blue, John. Former Missourian Publisher Dead at 76, Southeast Missourian, February 17, 1994
- Miller, Bob. A Passion for the Truth, Southeast Missourian, October 3, 2004
- Rust Names Regional Vice Presidents, Editor & Publisher, September 1, 2010
- Newspaper added to Daily Sentinel's parent company, Le Mars Daily Sentinel, March 12, 2009