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From: Dan Treadway <>
Subject: Re: OUT OF HITLER'S REACH
Date: Sun, 08 Mar 1998 21:49:46 -0600
Scattergood Friends School was opened in 1890 by the Friends of Hickory Grove.
They had been raising money for its establishment for more than a decade. One of
the main fundraisers was Henry Scattergood of Philadelphia, who, after visiting
Wilburite Friends in eastern Iowa, canvassed his associates in Philadelphia and
New Jersey. When I was a student at Scattergood in the 1970s, Robert Scattergood,
a distant relative of Henry Scattergood, was an English teacher and my advisor.
Scattergood operated as a boarding high school for Quaker children from 1890 to
1931, when hard times in farm country made it financially impossible to continue.
The school remained closed during the Depression, but the facilities were
maintained in the hope that they migh be used again. The stream of European
refugees during World War II created a need that Scattergood could help fill, so
the facilities were opened as a place where they could recover from their traumas,
learn English and American ways, and from where they could launch their first job
search in the United States.
The young Friends of Iowa, with their pacifist upbringing, had a hard time in the
public schools during the war. When the flow of refugees from Europe stopped,
they pursuaded their parents to open Scattergood as a boarding school once again.
Today it is thriving as a place where bright young people of all faiths can
prepare for college and for live as thoughtful and contributing citizens of the
Scattergood's web page is at http://www.scattergood.org/ . I believe the
centennial history, _Scattergood Friends School 1890-1990_, by Robert Berquist,
David Rhodes, and Carolyn Smith Treadway, is still available from the school.
(The last named author is my mother.) The school mailing address is Scattergood
Friends School, 1951 Delta Avenue, West Branch IA 52358.
> In a message dated 3/5/98 8:28:03 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> << I mentioned OUT OF HITLER'S REACH by Michael Luick-Thrams in a previous
> This book is about the Scattergood Hostel for European refugees. The
> Scattergood Hostel was in West Branch, Iowa and was administered by the
> Friends there. >>
> Dear Wordsters
> The above came into me from the Quaker List and I was intrigued by the
> word, Scattergood. I remember an ongoing story that was published in the
> Saturday Evening Post when iI was a child and one of the characters was named
> Scattergood Baines. I had forgotten about it until yesterday when I read
> abeecee's post. Now I am wondering about the the thought process behind such a
> name. Does it mean in Quakerese, the bountiful, munificent spreading of
> philanthropy? I had never thought that it meant anything in particular before
> and now I must try to look up those Scattergood Baines stories and try to get
> a clue as to what the writer, way back in the late twenties, had in mind when
> he gave that name to his main character. I would hazard a guess that the
> character of Scattergood Baines would have been shaped by this name and he
> would probably been a lovable, gentle person with a wry sense of humor and a
> very giving nature. I was only seven years old and I didn't read them
> carefully enough to remember.
> If I have struck a chord please let me hear. Who knows where interest in this
> type of minutia can lead on a list of this nature? Could it be that the
> Scattergood Hostel was named after the story of Scattergood Baines?
> Warren Tyndale Faulkner
> Laid back Oregon Ridgerunner
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