Way Back When... 1862
Published 9:49 am, Monday, January 22, 2018
Edwin Milton Royle (1862-1942) was a prolific stage actor and playwright who lived on Brookside Road in Darien with his family from 1910 until the early 1920s.
He is the namesake for Royle Elementary School.
In 1921, Center School was renamed Royle School by the Board of Education.
Royle, a Princeton graduate, was born in Lexington, Mo., and died in New York City.
Over 30 of his plays were performed. His best-known play is “The Squaw Man” (1905), which became the first Hollywood film directed by Cecil B. DeMille in 1914.
He was married to Selena Fetter, and they bought their Darien home in 1910. Daughter Selena Royle (1904-83) was a successful stage and film actress.