Lillian Barnard Gilkes and Louise “Lulu” Davidson


Gilkes, Lillian Barnard, (1903-1977), was a nationally recognized scholar, author and critic whose notoriety here was chiefly civic and political. She wrote Cora Crane: A Biography of Mrs. Stephen Crane, as well as short stories and book reviews. Lived at 93 Olmstead Lane with stepsister, Louise Davidson, and was active in the community, including Democratic party. Moved to Tryon, N.C., 1962.

Louise “Lulu” Davidson, (1887-1976), an artist and writer, lived at 93 Olmstead Lane with her stepsister, Lillian Gilkes. After spending the 1930s writing and painting in Paris, she operated a book shop here during World War II and then an antiques shop.

Jack Sanders, Who Was Who in Ridgefield.

Jack Sanders

By Jack Sanders

A Fairfield County native and graduate of Holy Cross, Jack Sanders retired in 2014 after 45 years as an editor of The Ridgefield Press. He’s written nine books on history and natural history, including Wicked Ridgefield, Ridgefield Chronicles, Hidden History of Ridgefield published by The History Press, The Secrets of Wildflowers (Lyons Press), Hedgemaids and Fairy Candles (McGraw-Hill), and Five Village Walks (Ridgefield Historical Society). He also created and administers the 10-year-old Old Ridgefield group on Facebook, which has more than 6,000 followers. He and his wife, Sally, a retired newspaper editor who is on the board of the Ridgefield Historical Society, live in a 250-year old farmhouse in Ridgefield.