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 Homesteading in Gove County


The Union Pacific Railroad established a sidetrack called Me-lo-te Switch in 1879. A land company from Nebraska purchased the land for a town site in 1885 and called it Familton after William Familton of Omaha. The land company known as the I. B. Chase Company sold land to a colony of Brethren as well as other homesteaders. The homesteaders and those who had bought lots in town discovered that they had no land when they returned the following spring. The I. B. Chase Company had swindled them out of their money. Eventually a new town company was formed and property ownership was finally settled.

The Post Office was established in 1886 and the town was then renamed Quinter after Elder James B. Quinter, a minister in the Church of the Brethren. One year later, the town was thriving. It had 13 stores, several restaurants, 2 blacksmith shops, a bank and a drugstore. The "Settler's Guide" was established in 1886 as the first newspaper. It later became "The Quinter Republican", and finally, in 1919, "The Gove County Advocate".

After the drought in the 1890's, the town grew and prospered with many businesses. The town claimed five churches: Church of the Brethren, started in 1886; Reformed Presbyterian, started in the 1870's; Big Creek German Baptist Church, started in 1891; Methodist Episcopal Church, started in 1898; and the Dunkard Brethren Church, started in 1926. All are still active today.

The Quinter School District was organized in 1886. A two story brick building was built in 1888. Quinter Rural High School was formed in 1916. The Quinter High School was the largest school in the county and still is today.

the Quinter Hospital and Sanatorium was stared in 1914 and was controlled by the Church of the Brethren. It became a county hospital in 1950. A long term care facility was added in 1963.

Quinter has the largest population of Gove County at this time.


Gove County Historical Museum
They used the following sources in writing this information.

"History and Heritage of Gove County". Gove County Historical Museum.

Harrington, W. P. "History of Gove County, Kansas".


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