A Life Pilgrimage on the Quaker Highway

Dr. Henry Edwin McGrew

Manuscript written in 1943


Henry Edwin McGrew was a child of David Davis McGrew and Alpha Pearson and a grandchild of John Abbott and Sarah "Sally" Jones. A "birthright" Quaker, he was twice president of William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. An excellent administrator, he was called back for a second term to save the college from bankruptcy, a task that he accomplished admirably. He later served as pastor of First Friends Church of Pasadena (Pasadena Monthly Meeting) and retired to Altadena. In this unpublished manuscript, supplied to me by his granddaughter Jamie (Atherton) Niecamp, Edwin (as he preferred to be called) recounts his personal experiences along the "Quaker highway," and in the process provides some fascinating glimpses of the lives and times of his Quaker family and friends, and others.

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