Gene Leroy Quint
June 29, 1925 - December 17, 1976
"To Whome It May Concern" by Gene Leroy
Quint, written February 15, 1969
I was born June 28, 1926. My folks named me Gene Leroy
Quint. My Dad's name is Louis Elmer Quint. My mother's maiden
name was Geniveva Marie Morris.
Photo of Gene and JoAnn, 1949 She signs her name Veva M. Quint
now. I was born on a farm four miles south and 2 1/2 miles west
of Hill City, Kansas. I was delivered (I'm told) by Dr. J. A.
I started to school in a country school called
It was located 2 1/2 miles from my home. I remember it was a
long walk. In stormy weather the folks would take me back and
forth but on nice days I would walk. I went to this school
through the third grade.
About 1933 the 'dust bowl' days started. In the spring
1934 Dad went to Gooding, Idaho to find work. The crops were all
dusted out in Kansas. Later in the spring, Mom and I got on the
train at Wakeeney and joined him. I had gotten the measles the
day before Mom and I boarded the train. We left in a duststorm.
We arrived early the morning. The sun was shinning and the air
was so clean after all the dust. The Northwest is big, beautiful
and still has much fresh air. We came back from Idaho that fall.
We lived in Hill City that winter so I started to school there
and continued on through High School there.
In about 1939 Dad bought his first farm tractor, a 1930
Wallis. I'm not sure of this date, but in 1942 he traded the
first tractor for a new Minneapolis Moline. I was old enough to
be able to have had the experience of working the fields with
horses. I still enjoy riding and watching the big, good draft
horses work, but am thankful that I don't have to use them on the
farm these days.
On December 6, 1944 I left Hill City on a bus to go to
Denver to be inducted into the Army. I remember that trip very
well. It was very cold and I rode that cold bus all night. I
was a pretty lonely boy that night! The next day, December 7th,
I was sworn in. By January the first I was in California taking
Infantry Training. They told us we walked one hundred miles a
week, and I don't believe that was exaggerated. The last hike in
basic training wa twenty five miles, carrying a full pack which
with rifle and helmet weighed forty pounds.
I came home for ten days then reported at Camp Howie,
I boarded the train at a camp in Maryland, was issued new
equipment and was ready to ship out to Europe.
Congress passed a law that 18 and 19 year-olds were to
receive six weeks advance training before going into combat, and
also the war had ended in Europe, so I was called back, went to
Howie, Texas for more training then went to Fort Ord, California.
By this time the war was officially over in Japan. I went over
anyway, joined my outfit, the 24th Infantry Division on Mindenowa
in the Philippines. I wound up in the occupation army in
Southern Japan. I also was a truck driver rather than a foot
I was sent to haul supplies for a missionary in
This work lasted probably two weeks. During that time I saw the
destruction of the Atomic Bomb. The destruction was very
I came home in the fall of 1946 and was mustered out in
November. I came back to Kansas and to farm on my own with help
from my folks and my Uncle Perry Loyd. Uncle Perry had 320 acres
of very good land that he rented to me. Prices high and the
weather was kind, and I began to ge a good start farming. I
decided I could make more money the quickest on the farm with
sheep. So I got into the sheep business. I farmed wheat and did
some custom trucking during the years.
In August 1949 I married JoAnn Blackman. We moved onto
Grand-dad Staggers farm in the spring of 1950. It is located
about 2 miles west of where I was born. JoAnn was born in Hill
On July 11, 1950 Charlotte was born at Hays, Kansas.
trip over there was pretty long for me. It was at night,
naturally, also very foggy.
In 1952, I think, we moved down to my home place where
ran sheep. It got dry in the '50's, I got discouraged and sold
out in 1956.
In March of 1955, Carl was born, then in July 1956 Vera
born. In January 1957 we headed back to Idaho, I had purchased a
farm at Caldwell. It was irrigation; I raised grain, alfalfa and
Photo of Veva, JoAnn, Gene (with Charlotte), Elmer, 1954 I milked a few cows and ran some sheep there. During that
time I think I worked the hardest that I have before or
I sold this farm (120 acres) in the fall or late summer
1960. We came back to Hill City. In October, Earl was born. We
rented the Staggers farm again.
While in Idaho I had the privilege of hunting deer and
and in fishing in the wilderness of the area. I visited a sheep
spread out in the desert (Owyhee) and traveled into central Idaho
also Oregon and Washington.
The Willamette Valley really took my eye. This valley
Oregon. In fact, I tried to buy a ranch at Eugene, Oregon, but I
couldn't get enough money fast enough so this ranch sold to
someone else. We have made trips back to the northwest to visit
- it is a great country.
Since I have come back to Kansas I have bought some
have rented more and now I operate about 2,000 acres. Most of
this is grass. I have built my cow herd up to 180 to 200 head
and will plant about 300 acres of wheat this fall (1969).
I hope to keep farming, get my kids as good an education
they want, then maybe not starve in my old age.
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