Biographical Information:

Dates: 1896-1938Dates in Ridgefield: 1924–1933

journalism, newspaper executive
journalist, editor
When he died mysteriously at the age of 42, Robert Paine Scripps was one of the most powerful men in American journalism. The Scripps-Howard Company, of which he was president, owned more than 30 daily newspapers in all the leading cities: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Dallas, and Denver. Most were started from scratch by his father, Edward Willis Scripps. Robert Scripps joined the company when he was 16 and by 1917, was editorial director of the chain and in 1920s became the president and chief stockholder. In 1924, he bought the South Salem Road estate of Reginald Lewis, a son of Frederick E. Lewis, and lived there fairly regularly until around 1933 when he moved back to his native California. His family continued to use the Ridgefield place as a vacation home until the late 1930s. In March 1938, Mr. Scripps died unexpectedly in California.
Title:Verses of an Idle Hour, 1917
--Sources: Notable Ridgefielders–Jack Sanders; Wikipedia; Amazon.com