Florence Emma Quint
August 23, 1888 - March 8, 1989
Story by Florence (Quint) Morris, written
February 18, 1968
Photo of Florence, 1926
I, Florence Emma Quint, was born o a farm near Beloit in
Mitchell County, Kansas on August 23, 1888. My folks lived there
until 1902, when my father decided to move near Hill City,
Kansas. So, on May 5 we arrived in Graham County where I have
lived ever since. We came out in a covered wagon, me driving the
team of horses with mother, Clara, Grace, Elmer and Hazel. It
took us five days, camping each night. My father brought quite a
herd of cattle so we would have to corral them each night.
Clarence helped drive the cattle, Jennie and Mabel stayed on the
farm in Mitchell County until after harvest.
Mabel and I stayed in Hill City that fall and attended
school. At seventeen I began teaching - finished out a two
months term i the sprig of 1905 at Pleasant Home before getting
my teaching certificate. I got my teaching certificate that
summer then taught the following winter at the same place.
I taught ten terms then on August 31, 1916, I married Arthur
Morris and settled on the farm seven miles southeast of Hill
City. Then in 1944 Arthur suffered a paralytic stroke. We
stayed on the farm until 1948 when we moved into Hill City.
We enjoyed our farm life greatly. Raised two girls, Vera
and Avis and were a happy family at that time. We worked hard,
but had time for pleasures.
Photo, 1954, Vera (Morris) Fink holding Vera Ellen, Leonore & Kathleen Fink in front
Avis (Morris) Chapman, Charles (behind holding Paula), Arthur and Florence Morris
Leon Fink behind Arthur. At Elmer Quint's farm.
Some of my nieces and nephews spent several summers with us.
We had a croquet ground which we enjoyed the game of croquet of
evenings after our day's work was done.
Since living in Hill City (506 W. Elm), I busy myself in
doing things for my grandchildren which is a great pleasure.
4 Generation Photo,(1948), Vera Morris Fink, standing, Isabell and Florence, holding Leonore Faye Fink
Note added by Hazel Quint Parsons (May 30, 1970):
I think it would be well to add a little to what Florence
has written, for I think she is a little too modest. Florence,
Arthur and girls were always jolly and ready for a good time.
Her house was always open for parties and company whenever anyone
wished to visit. The nieces and nephews looked forward to
spending their summer vacation with them out on the farm; being
'city kids' this was quite a treat for them. Our sons enjoyed
their trips to the farm, and one time when Robert was playing
cowboy, he lassoed one of Florence's turkeys which surprised him
as much as it did Florence.
Photo of Mildred Stevenson, Herland Loyd, Lavon Loyd Needless to say, she had to rescue
the turkey! At one time, when Vera was about four years old,
Florence kept Uncle Jim, who had almost lost his eyesight, for a
couple of weeks while Mother and Father went to Illinois after
the death of her sister. Vera would help Uncle Jim find his way
around. She would also call the turkeys when feeding time came
and Uncle Jim enjoyed being around her. He remarked to Florence
one day, "That's the smartest child I ever saw. She doesn't need
to go to school."
Iris Stevenson, Vera Morris, and Edward Gilliland
Quint Cousins in 1925
Our sister, Clara, always had a 'green thumb', but I think
Florence always had a 'helping hand'. She was always willing to
do for others and for years would always make at least one visit
a week to our parents home, helping with the work whenever Mother
Photo of Quint ladies, 1937 Clockwise from Grandma Isabell Quint When her granddaughters needed help, she would
drive the seven miles from Hill City to the farm nearly every day
doing things that needed to be done. Mother used to say,
"Florence always worries for fear she will run out of something
to do." That has never happened!
Avis Morris, Vera Morris, Leora, Jennie Dunwoody
Viva, Florence Morris, and 2 nieces, Jean Wilkins, and Lela Ferguson.
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