Louis Franklin Quint (17-Jul 1852 - 19-Jan 1943) and

Isabell Flora Jackson (4-Mar 1854 - 30-Jun 1948)

Photo of Louis, 1876

Story by daughter, Hazel K.(Quint) Parsons written June 13, 1970



Louis Franklin Quint, son of Jotham Sewall and Mary Parker (Tufts) Quint, was born on a farm near Nauvoo, Illinois the 17th of July 1852. When he was four years old his mother died, and later his father re-married. He grew to manhood on the same farm on which he was born and received his common school training in the same neighborhood, attending the Gibraltar School in Sonaora Township. He attended the Ft. Madison Academy, taught school one year, then studied telegraphy a few months.

He was married to Isabell Flora Jackson, at her home in the same neighborhood on March 9, 1876. They started housekeeping on the farm where he was born, later moving to Iowa, then to Nebraska, Mitchell Co. Kansas and finally in 1902 to Graham County, Kansas on a farm they purchased two miles east and one mile south of Hill City. Here they spent the rest of their lives, raising a family of eight children, six girls and two boys. Father was known as a good neighbor and citizen wherever he lived. He was industrious, friendly, and always interested in the betterment of the community. In Graham County he served in various offices in Millbrook township, and was assessor for the township for several years.

Photo of Quint Family, 1906 BACK: Clara, Florence, Clarence, Grace, Jennie, Mabel
FRONT: Hazel, Louis, Isabell, Elmer
He was devoted to his family, always fair in every way, and was strictly honest in all his dealings. He was always a member of the school board in his community as long as he had children in school, and could be depended upon to work for the best teachers they could hire. He always had time to help his daughters acquire teaching certificates, and apply for schools for the coming term. His example and teaching regarding honesty, fairness and dependability are lessons that made a lasting impression on the minds of his children.

On March 9, 1926, the Quints celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary at their home in Hill City, having retired from the farm a few years previous. Their eight children came home to enjoy the reunion. Many friends called, including old classmates of theirs in Illinois, and friends from Michell County, Kansas. A fine dinner was prepared by the daughters and mother and the table was decorated with flowers sent by old friends in Hill City. Many gifts were received.
50th Wedding Aniversary Photo, 1926
On March 9, 1938, at the age of 84 and 86 they celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anniversary, also at their home in Hill City, having been residents of the state of Kansas for 54 years. Both were in good health at this time, well able to care for themselves, do their own housework and gardening; their minds were keen and they kept posted on all current events.

Father and Mother gave all of their children a good education in spite of hardships along the way, and all of their daughters followed the tradition of the family by teaching school. The sons became farmers. By thrift and industry, they accumulated sufficient means to retire in their declining years, and leave a good inheritance for their children.

Father passed away at the home in Hill City on January 19, 1943 at the age of 90 years. Mother passed away on June 30, 1948 at the home, aged 94 years.
Isabell Flora Jackson, daughter of Archibald and Catharine Jackson, was born on the Jackson farm near Nauvoo, Illinois, March 3, 1854. She grew up on this farm, received her common school education in the country school, and attended Fort Madison Academy. She taught school near Nauvoo.
Photo of Isabell, 1876
She united with the church in 1868 at Nauvoo, Illinois, and was baptized in the Mississippi River. She married Louis Franklin Quint, of the same neighborhood, in her home on March 9, 1876.

In spite of the many hardships of Kansas farmers during the years her family was growing up, she always managed to keep a happy home. She used to say, "Just because we are poor is no reason not to be clean." She was always active through the years, and helped in every way to bring in a "little extra" cash by raising chickens, turkeys, milking cows, and making and selling butter to Hill City customers. She had a regular customer from Hill City who used to always visit us once a week to take home a gallon of buttermilk. He always said there was no place where he could get as good butter or buttermilk as from "Mrs. Quint". She always enjoyed her family and was never too busy to stop and do things for them. She was a good seamstress and was skillful in making over clothes for her growing children until the older girls were able to sew.

Mother always believed in having some good reading material in the home and for years subscribed to "The Youths Companion" which all the children enjoyed. Later, after the children were all grown and away from home, she let her subscription expire. However, she missed it so much she re-subscribed and then sent it to one of her grandsons. In her later years, she enjoyed getting books from the library. She was a member of the Community Methodist Church in Hill City and attended the Philathea Sunday School Class.

On March 9, 1941, Mother and Father celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary at their home in Hill City. The Hill City Times had this to say: "It was not a festive day in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Quint, but one of quiet happiness on which friends and relatives called to offer congratulations, and stacks of cards and letters, which had been received during the previous week were looked over.

"The home of Mr. and Mrs. Quint presented a typical American scene when a Times reporter called there the first of the week. A large bouquet of flowers, which had been sent to them by one of their children, held a place of prominence in the room, and on a day bed, which neither Mr. or Mrs. Quint give signs of using during the day, lay a rag rug, partly finished, and the large family Bible in which the earliest date to be noted was 1848.
"Mr. & Mrs. Quint grew up together, having been raised on adjoining farms. They were married in Hancock Co., Illinois, at the home of Mrs. Quint's parents, four miles east of Nauvoo, by a Presbyterian minister. Details of their wedding hold a foremost place in their memories. Mrs. Quint's wedding dress was a grey poplin in which fifteen yards of material were used. The skirt was made with ruffles to the waist. Mr. Quint was resplendent in a black broadcloth suit with Prince Albert style coat. Music was furnished by a stringed orchestra. About fifty friends had been invited to the wedding and dinner which followed. The bride's table featured a wedding cake with a cupid for decoration. Mr. and Mrs. Quint entertained their friends with a wedding dance following the dinner."

I have been told Mother was known as "the belle of Nauvoo"; she was very nice looking. She and her sister, Philoma, made her wedding dress.

Mother celebrated her 90th birthday in 1944. A birthday cake baked by her daughter, Mrs. Perry A. Loyd of Salina, was decorated with 90 lighted candles, and the cake was served from a crystal cake stand which formerly belonged to her mother, Cathrin Jackson, 75 years ago. She received many cards and personal greetings from friends and family.

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