Tombstone Tuesday: The Scripps Family of San Diego

I normally do not take pictures of other’s family tombstones and post, but I had business at Greenwood Cemetery in San Diego last week.   When I was finished, I drove around a little and noticed a large monument with  the last name Scripps, and I thought?  The famous Scripps of San Diego, where more than half of the hospitals and other buildings are named after?  So I jumped out the car and started snapping anyone with the last name Scripps in the area I was in.  When I got home I looked up the names on find-a-grave to see if anyone posted the tombstones already.  Only one had been posted and I had the Scripps family I wanted….So…Here I am posting and at a later date will be posting on Find-a-grave.  I will also update this post with pictures of the individuals and their bio…as all of them were fascinating.  Need to get approval from the family estate to use….so keep an eye out for the update…

Scripps: San Diego Pioneers (copied a portion from this link)

“Edward Willis ( E. W.) Scripps – The founding father
Born: June 18, 1854
Died: March 12, 1926
E. W. Scripps was born to James and Julia Scripps in Rushville, Ill., and spent his early years there.
At 18 he went to Detroit with $80 in his pocket and a determination to make his way in the world. After working briefly as a drugstore clerk, he founded The Detroit News with his older brother, James E. Scripps. Associated with Ed and James in this venture were another brother, George, and a sister, Ellen Browning Scripps. E. W. was put to work in the circulation department, but soon gravitated to the editorial department. The newspaper remains in operation under this name today, but is not affiliated with The E. W. Scripps Company.
By the time he was ready in 1878 to launch his first paper, he must have formed some clear and fixed concepts as to the kind of paper it would be. That newspaper, The Penny Press in Cleveland – later to become The Cleveland Press – was a clearly written newspaper targeted toward blue-collar readers and designed to reach the greatest possible number of people. It was inexpensive and popular in appeal. It was a medium of popular education.
E. W. Scripps lived to be 71, and had six children. To the very end he left no doubt who was in charge. On March 12, 1926, his yacht, Ohio, was anchored in Monrovia Bay, Liberia. His health was poor; he had a hunch this might be his last voyage. “If I die,” he had told his secretary, “bury me at sea.” After dinner Scripps complained of feeling ill, and in 20 minutes was dead.
As he wished, the crew slid his body into the Atlantic Ocean. They wouldn’t have dared not to.
At his death, he left 25 newspapers; United Press, an international news service he founded to compete with The Associated Press; Newspaper Enterprise Association, a newspaper syndication service and forerunner of United Media; and numerous public buildings and projects that had been funded by Scripps’s charitable giving.”

 Here are some pictures of the tombstones I took of the family’s plot…

Wife of E.W. Scripps

© Yvette Porter Moore-All Rights Reserved

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