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Frank Tripp

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ElmiraTelegram    133

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Frank Elihu Tripp was born 21 Feb 1882 at Breesport, NY , the son Edward Clarence and Melissa Jane (Turk) Tripp; died 29 Apr 1964 at Elmira, NY. He married on 18 June 1904, Fanny Blanche Miller. She was born in 1882 and died in 1974. They are buried in Woodland Cemetery in Elmira. They had two daughters -- Mary Miller (Kenneth W. Marks) and Nancy Melissa (S. Roberts Rose). 

Frank was chairman of the board and retired general manager of the Gannett Newspapers. He began his newspaper career in 1901 as a reporter for the Elmira Advertiser and later the Elmira Gazette. The Gazette was the first of what later became the Gannett newspaper empire built by Frank Gannett. 

Frank had a long career in the newspaper business interviewing eight presidents and other notables including Mark Twain. He described himself as a “News Paper Man.” his draft application in 1917. During World War II he was responsible for newspaper publicity for the U.S. government’s War Bond Drive. He wrote a column, “The Growler, that appeared in the sports section of the Elmira Star for many hears. A compilation of his columns was published in 1951 as “The Growler.” He had a life-long interest in the theatre opera and founded the short-lived Royal Comic Opera Company in Elmira. Later, he was the press agent for Ed Mozart’s chain of theaters in NY and PA. In 1926 he won an award from the Advertising Clubs of the World for “Sav-U,” an innovative cooperative advertising program he developed for independent grocers in the Elmira area. In 1941 he served as the director of the advertising bureau of the American Newspaper Publishers Association. 

Tripp Family Genealogy Page 



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Chris    1,215

He wrote a really nice piece for Christmas one year. I'll have to find it and post it here. 

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