The Scribes was a club founded in 1897 by the newspapermen Dr. Harry E. Brook, George A. Dobinson, and R.H. Chapman. The club met every other Tuesday evening, and meetings generally consisted of a speaker followed by a discussion on the presentation of the speaker. The club's membership was strictly limited to 27 active members at any time. While the club's composition was initially comprised of newspapermen, it grew to include a number of other professionals, including lawyers, doctors and university professors. Many of the members held positions of prominence in the Los Angeles area, including: Gaylord Wilshire; John C. Austin, architect of a number of buildings at UCLA; Ford A. Carpenter, manager of the Department of Meteorology and Aeronautics at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; Edward Dickson, President of Western Federal Savings; John Randolph Haynes, president of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Vierling Kersey, superintendent of the Los Angeles City schools; and Dr. George H. Kress, Dean of the Los Angeles Department of the College of Medicine of the University of California.