Answer to Q #5

Q #5: What was the name of the youth organization ETS established in 1902?

A: The Woodcraft Indians (also known as Seton Indians).  This was an EASY question!  The program for the first BSA handbook was based on this organization’s development.

Answer to Q #4

Q #4: Name the valley that was terrorized by wolves and became the backdrop for the story of Lobo.

Currumpaw or Corrumpa. According to New Mexico Place Names, A Geographical Dictionary (1965), the word is an Indian term meaning “wild or isolated”. Corrompa is another alternate spelling meaning “corrupt” in Latin.

A personal thought: I image that when Seton was giving a title to his most famous story, he capitalized on the “paw” in Currumpaw, emphasizing the association with animals, particularly canines –wolves and coyotes.

Answer to Q #3

Q #3: What was the name of Seton’s nature paradise in Connecticut?

Wyndygoul. ETS began buying up small farms in Cos Cob, CT in 1900 and transforming the land into a wilderness paradise where he and wife Grace hosted many outdoor events for the Woodcraft Indians, the Camp Fire Club, the Boy Scouts and other groups.  The Seton’s sold the property in 1913 to Maurice Wertheim and moved to Lake Avenue in Greenwich, CT.

Answer to Question #2

What was ETS’s father’s name?

Joseph Logan Thompson was ETS’s father’s name.  When Joseph was a young man, he wanted to become a railroad engineer because it was an exciting new field.  His father rejected the idea, saying that the railroad was just a passing fad and that horse and buggy would make a great comeback.  He insisted that Joseph follow him and his father in the family business as a ship broker.