Ralph Daniel Quint
December 7, 1919 - November 30, 1974
Story by Ralph D. Quint, written May 5,
I was born December 7, 1919 a Hill City, Kansas. I started
to school in 1926 and went to first grade in Hill City. The next
seven years of grade school I attended Highland, a rural school 2
miles from home. Incidently, I lived on a farm. In 1930 my
mother passed away, leaving Dad, Delmer (brother), Leora
(sister) and me to ourselves on the farm. I graduated from grade
school in 1934. Graduated from High School in 1938. I entered
Fort Hays State College in 1938, fall semester.
I attended Fort Hays three years and in 1941 when I
my 3rd year, I went to Los Angeles, California to work for the
summer, planning to return to school in the fall, but the Army
thought they needed my services, so I was called into the Army
November 3, 1942 and attended Technical Training school until May
10, 1942. Then I was sent to Roswell, New Mexico to training
personnel. There I met Mary Louise Everman and was married
November 14, 1942.
In March 1945, I was sent to Fort Lee, Virginia for
training, then in August, 1945, I went to the Philippine Islands
as a Platoon Leader with 50 men in my Platoon. In January, 1946
I was returned to the States and discharged from the Army January
I lived in Roswell, New Mexico and worked at
work, then moved to Kansas and purchased a farm. On December 15,
1946 Shirley Ann, the daughter was born at St. Anthony's Hospital
in Hays, Kansas. On August 14, 1949 Ronald, the son was born at
St. Mary's Hospital in Roswell, New Mexico.
In 1954 I was able to rent more land and increase my
operation. In 1963 we built a new house. In 1965 Shirley
graduated from High School and is attending For Hays College as a
Nursing student. Ronald graduated in 1967 and is now attending
Fort Hays enrolled in a Pre-Med course.
Photo of Ronald, Ralph, Mary and Shirley, 1967 Ronald just finished
serving a one-year term as a State officer in FFA which is a very
high honor. He has been giving speeches to FFA banquets over the
Western part of Kansas the past year, which has provided him with
very valuable experience, as well as being paid for his time and
At present I farm 1500 acres and have over 100 head of
cattle, so when Ronald finishes his first year of college this
spring he will be busy helping me. Ronald farms 160 acres and
has 25 head of cattle as well as some hogs.
This has been my life, or part of it. I hope this can
read as my handwriting is not of the best quality, as you have
Note by Phil & Hazel: The following was taken
"Hill City Times" (June 1963) regarding the house built by Mary and Ralph:
"Ralph and his wife and his brother-in-law, Ralph Billman did all
the work on the home to keep down expenses; and the total loan
ran to $10,000 to be repaid in monthly installments just like
rent over a 40 year period.
Photo of new home of Ralph & Mary Quint The home has 1250 sq. ft. of living
area, including three bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, a kitchen, living
room, and a full basement. It is of wood frame construction,
with masonite siding and dry wall interior. The basement was dug
the last of August and the concrete poured the 15th of September
for the foundation. Billman worked all the time, and Ralph and
his wife worked on the house during ever bit of their spare time.
A lot of night work went into the home, as Ralph had 300 acres of
wheat to drill and his feed to cut during the period of
construction. ....Ralph purchased the quarter the home is
located on in 1949 from his grandfather's estate. He farms it,
and then rents another 1000 acres from John Moore. He runs 50
head of cattle, 50 hogs and has 300 acres of wheat and 180 acres
of milo planted. 'This operation seems to have kept the whole
family busy,' Ralph said. ...In closing, the Quints said, 'it is
like being in seventh heaven to live in our new home, and we are
mighty thankful to live in a country where something like this is
Photo of L. F. Quint farmhouse, which was torn down.
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