Hazel Kathryn Quint
November 4, 1898 - August 11, 1995
Story by Hazel K. Quint Parsons written May
27, 1970Note from REP: My mother told me she changed her middle name in high school from Catherine to Kathryn.
Photo of Hazel, Sept. 1924
-----THROUGH THE YEARS by Hazel K. Quint Parsons
I was born on a farm near Beloit, Mitchell County, Kansas
November 4, 1898. My parents, Louis Franklin and Isabell Flora
Quint, and the family moved to Graham County in Western Kansas,
in the spring of 1902. This move was made in a covered wagon
covering the distance of approximately 100 miles in a week's
time. I grew up on this farm 2 mile east and 1 mile south of
Hill City. I attended the Highland school in the country, 1 mile
south and 1 mile east of the farm, sometimes walking the
distance, part of the time driving a horse and buggy. After
graduating from there, I drove the three miles to Hill City where
I attended the Hill City High School. I graduated in the spring
of 1918 , valedictorian in a class of 32 students.
I was the youngest in a family of 11 children, 8 of whom
grew to manhood and womanhood. My brother, Elmer, was just three
years older than I and we were almost inseparable, working and
Photo of Quint Family, 1906 BACK: Clara, Florence, Clarence, Grace, Jennie, Mabel I was pretty much of a "tom-boy" playing all
games the boys played, working in the fields, doing chores and as
Elmer and I became teenagers we always went to parties together.
When Elmer went hunting or setting traps, I tagged along with
instructions from the folks to "always follow behind" so there
would be no hunting accident.
FRONT: Hazel, Louis, Isabell, Elmer
My sister, Clara, was fond of telling stories of mischief
Elmer and I would ge into. In those days all little girls, as
well as big ones, wore stiffly starched bonnets out-of-doors to
keep off the sun. One day she had just washed and ironed my
bonnet and put it on for me to go play. Soon she heard Elmer and
me laughing and having so much fun, she thought it time to
investigate. There she found me holding my bonnet under the
pump, while Elmer pumped water into it. To her,"Hazel, what are
you doing?". I replied, " Elmer pumped water in his hat, so I
pumped water in my bonnet." She wasn't too happy about that.
Another story they tell which happened about the same time.
One day Mother heard me call to "come and look". There I was
perched on the back of one of the mule colts which was lying down
by the well. Horrified, they coaxed me to get off before the
mule jumped up!
Living in the country, we had no playmates except when we
were in school. So Elmer and I built a little wagon, made
harnesses for the calves and used to hitch up the calves to the
wagon. Then, too, we always had horses to ride and used to ride
bareback out in the pasture as fast as we could go. Our work
consisted of pumping water for the animals, feeding the pigs and
numerous chores that had to be done on the farm.
Photo of Quint farmhouse in 1962 before replaced. Winter evenings
we would pass away the time playing with paper horses and animals
mother would cut free-hand out of paper. As we grew older we
played dominoes and a few other games. Mother always took "The
Youth Companion". a paper we loved to read.
The addition on the South (left) was added in 1913 to provide
room for Grandma Jackson when she came here.
The high-light of the summer was a picnic at Nicodemus, a
negro settlement about 9 miles from our place. This was on
August 1st which was celebrating "Emancipation Proclamation Day".
Father always hitched up the team to the farm wagon early on that
day and we all went to the picnic. The children and the young
folks rode the ferris wheel, the merry-go-round, etc. and the
older folks spent the day visiting with friends they would hardly
see other times. We returned home late in the evening in time to
Mother made and sold butter to customers in Hill City and it
was my job when I was old enough to deliver this butter. In this
way, she paid for my music lessons on the organ. This organ had
to be pumped with your feet while playing. When I was ready for
High School, we sold the organ and bought a piano. I passed away
lots of hours playing for my own enjoyment and for all the
gatherings of the young people who come to our house for Sunday
"sing fest"/ After I was married this piano was moved to
Wallace, Kansas where I gave some lessons to neighborhood
children. Florence, Grace, Elmer, and I enjoyed gathering around
the piano of evenings after the work was done and singing a few
After graduating from high school, I taught one year in a
country school, then attend In the spring of 1919, I accepted a
job in the County Treasurer's office in Hill City. Here I worked
part of the time in the office of County Clerk preparing the tax
rolls, in the fall returning to the County Treasurer's office to
collect taxes. Grace was Register of Deeds at this time. She
and I had many good times together and shared many personal
experiences. Later I worked for Elen F. Howland in the Abstract
office, and from this position went to work for the F. W. Kidder
Abstract office at Norton, Kansas at a good increase in
Photo of Marie Wheeler, Hazel 1923
In the fall of 1920 two new helpers were sent to the
railroad station in Hill City. My girl friend, Marie Wheeler and
I became quite well acquainted with these young men, and later
she married Forest J. Logan and on the 21st of September 1924, I
married Philip G. Parsons.
Photo of Philip G. Parsons, Forest J. Logan, 1922 We began housekeeping in the old
section house at Hazeltine, Colorado, moving to Wallace, Kansas
in the spring of 1925. During the three years at Wallace we made
many friends in the community and often visited Marie and Forest
Logan who were living at Monument, Kansas. Here at Wallace I
worked part time in the Wallace County State Bank.
Photo of Wallace depot
We moved to Colby, Kansas in 1930 where we bought our first
home. We enjoyed our stay at Colby in spite of the "dust bowl"
years and the depression.
Photo Hazel & Phil, 1923 We had many good friends and all were
struggling to "make ends meet" just as we were. I learned to
sew, making over clothes for our two boys and doing anything
which would help family finances a little. In 1943 we moved to
Ft. Collins, Colorado for by this time most of Phil's work for
the Union Pacific Railroad was in Colorado.
These were busy years for all of us. Phil was working many
different jobs on the railroad and doing much driving which meant
he had to be away from home many evenings. I kept house, worked
in the PTA for the schools the children were attending, helped
with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Community work, etc.
The first summer in Ft. Collins found the boys eager to earn
money. Our neighbor, Professor Young, had a large cherry orchard
north of town. He asked the boys if they would like to pick
cherries. They were elated to be offered a job and when the
season was over, he paid them in silver dollars. These were the
first silver dollars they had ever seen, and to be paid their
wages in this kind of money was something marvelous to them.
They counted these dollars over and over; Mr. Young told me
afterwards how he and Mrs. Young sat on their front porch
listening to the clink of the silver dollars at our house.
Photo of Ray, Bob, Neta and cousin Mary Alice Becker, 1942
That fall both of the boys became paper boys delivering The
Coloradoan each evening, except Saturday, and early on Sunday
mornings. This gave them their spending money and bought many
things they had always wanted, besides teaching them the value of
money. Since then we have had many of their former customers
tell us "they were the best paper boys they ever had". In 1945
Bob began working for the Dairy Gold Creamery delivering ice,
later delivering milk on Saturdays and Sundays after school
started. He continued with the job until entering Colorado State
College at Greeley in the fall of 1948. During the summers of
1949 through 1951 he worked as butter maker for Dairy Gold. In
this way he earned a lot of his expenses in College.
Photo of Hazel and brothers and sisters 1959, Hazel Parsons in front After
graduating he spent four years in the Air Force, serving part of
the time in Tripoli, North Africa and on the Island of Crete.
After completing his tour of duty he entered Colorado University
at Boulder then obtained a school in California and has been a
successful teacher there.
from left, Florence Morris, Clarence, Grace Gilliland, Jennie Dunwoody, Elmer
Ray delivered a large route for the Coloradoan until he was
a junior in Colorado A&M here in Ft. Collins, working one summer
in clearing a right-of-way for the Power Company. He received
the Peiterson scholarship when a sophomore and junior, teaching
in Chemistry lab during his senior year. After graduating from
Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University), he was granted a
Fellowship at Oregon State College at Corvallis, teaching part
time in the Chemistry field and working on his Masters degree.
He finished his Masters in 1955.
Photo of Clara and Hazel, 1953 Later he became Research
Chemist for DuPont at Wilmington, Delaware. All of this helped
with his College education.
When Neta became old enough to want to earn money, she began
taking baby sitting jobs. While attending CSU she worked at the
College Library during summer vacations and during the College
terms worked part time.
Photo of Neta, 1954 She graduated from CSU in 1959 with a
double major in Occupational Therapy and Home Economics, choosing
the field of Occupational Therapy for her work. Her first job
was with the Ranchos Los Amigos Hospital at Downey,
In 1952, I went to work as Billing Clerk on the UPRR to help
Phil during the coal billing season at St. Vrains, Colorado.
When the job closed in March, I worked during the Income Tax
season for Harold Greager's Accounting Office in Fort Collins,
then accepted a job with the Utility Department of the City of
Photo of Hazel, 1968 This I held until my retirement, December 31,
1965. Two of my prized possessions are the piece of luggage
given me by the employees with whom I worked, and a "rocking
chair" made of pipe cleaners by Bruce Fitz, husband of Muriel
Fitz with whom I worked!
Photo taken summer of 1964 at 608 South Meldrum, Ft. Collins. Pictured are left to right:
BACK ROW: Bob Parsons,
Donald Parsons, Marion (Parsons) Ross, Mary Louise Parsons, Erdeena Parsons,
Polly Parsons, Neta (Parsons) Sharp, Hazel Parsons, Phil Parsons.
FRONT ROW (standing): David Parsons, Tom Parsons, Patty Parsons,
Linda Parsons, Larry Parsons, Mark Sharp. Squatting in front: Barbara Parsons.
Since retirement, Phil and I have become interested in
family history and genealogy and have spent many pleasant hours
searching for information. We have visited the Genealogical
Library in Salt Lake City, Utah on various trips; made trips
into Kansas, Iowa and Illinois, and hoe to visit points of
interest in Maine and Massachusetts.
Photo of Hazel in California, 1974 next to Bob's Orange tree We have met many nice
people on these trips and became acquainted with distant
relatives we had never known.
We are typical parents and grandparents, being quite proud
of all of our children an their mates, and of our nine
Photo, 1981 BACK (from left): David, Phil, Bob, Patty (holding Amanda), Mark, Neta
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MID ROW: Mary, Patty (holding Tony), Larry, Hazel (holding Jennifer), Erdeena
FRONT: Kathie, Kelly, Becky, Ray, Tom
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