Stephen Howard Young (1878-1972)


Young, Stephen Howard, (1878-1972), was one of the world’s wealthiest art dealers; from late 1940s until death, owned estate on lower Branchville Road, opposite Old Branchville, that includes Candee’s Pond; a business partner was his nephew, Francis Taylor, father of actress Elizabeth Taylor, who visited Branchville estate; Young’s friend, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, then Columbia U. president, is said to have decided to run for president of U.S. while visiting there; Young left millions to build a medical center in northern Wisconsin, where he often vacationed.

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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.