Biography of Abram S. Quick
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Among the earliest and most active pioneers in Maple Grove township, Abram S. Quick was especially prominent. and now, after a residence of upwards of forty years upon the place of his first settlement in Barry County, enjoys lellearned comfort and case. His father, John Quick, was born in New Jersey and lived thereafter in Pennsylvania, Canada, and New York, and in 1842 took up his residence with his son Abram in Maple Grove, where he died, in 1851. He served through an active campaign in the war of the Revolution, and had, at his death, reached the advanced age of ninety-one. Abram S. Quick was born in Pennsylvania, March 9, 1808, the sixth child in a family oT eight, and, until he reached his majority, lived at home with his parents, working chiefly as a farm hand. This occupation he continued here and there uutil 1838, when he set out for the far West, and at Adrian, Mich., obtained employment with the Michigan Southern Railroad Company as boss" of a party of laborers at work on the line. In the fall of 1838, with Abel and Daniel Baldwin, he penetrated into Maple Grove township, Barry Co., and erected a saw-mill in section 26, upon land owned by John Mott, a Quaker, living then ia Jackson County, with whom the mill was to be worked on shares. From Mott the property was known as the Quaker Mill, and that name it retains to this day. This, the pioneer saw-mill of Maple Grove, was carried on by Quick and the Baldwins in company until the spring of 1840, when Mr. Quick (having, in 1839, bought a place on section 34) turned his attention to clearing and cultivating his land, and upon that place he has ever since resided. When he settled in Maple Grove there were but five other settlers in the town. He built upon his present place, in 1840, the first framed residence in Maple Grove, the building being destroyed by fire in 1868, and put out one of the first two orchards in the town. By exchanging labor with his neighbors and attending logging-bees, he managed to clear and fence forty acres of his land before he owned a yoke of oxen, and has, during his life in Michigan, chopped and logged upwards of two hundred apd fifty acres. During the hard winter of 1842-43 he cut out three miles of the road to Hastings, and worked otherwise early and late to save his home, which was mortgaged to Qoaker Mott, and by him threatened with foreclosure. In 1842 his wife made a halfbarrel of sugar, carrying the sap, and boiling it in small vessels, while he chopped the wood. The home was, however, by the most heroic exertions, saved from foreclosure, and when Quick finally got it clear and set out to build a house, he nsed to tramp eleven miles to Bellevue with forty pounds of sugar on his back, and with the proceeds, two dollars and forty cents, buy nails to usc in the construction of his dwelling.

Mr. Quick has, during his life in Maple Grove, been prominently identified with the interests of the township, and has often been called upon to render services in local offices of public trust. He has been county superintendent of the poor two terms, treasurer seven terms, justice of the peace two years, and for a number of years conspicuously concerned with grange affairs. Rachel It., his wife, was born in the town of Collins, Erie Co., N. Y., July 20, 1823, being fourth in a family of eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lapham. Her parents wore natives of Vermont, her father having been born in 1788, and her mother in 1800. Eli Lapham moved, with his family, from Erie Co., N. Y., to Wayne Co., Mich., in 1830, and in 1837 pushed on to Maple Grove township, in Barry County, where, upon section 35, with a son and daughter and his son-in-law, Abel Hallock, he made the pioneer settlement in the township. He was a Quaker minister, preached the first sermon in the town, and every Sabbath during his pioneer experience held public religious services, and preached to his family, to noighbors, and Indians, as they gathered at his house or the houses of others in response to his invitation. After au extended stay in Maple Grove he removed to Battle Creek, and died in Calhoun County in 1864, having up to the time of his death continued with more or less regularity his work as a minister in Maple Grove and other localities. His widow died in Maple Grove in 1877, at the residence of Mr. Quick, after having been an invalid eight years. Mrs. Qniok has herself participated in hardy pioneer work in Michigan. She was married to Mr. Quick, in Maple Grove; and, from the time she became a pioneer's wife, took her full share of a pioneer's burdens. As an instance it may be noted that, during the hard winter of 1842-43, while her husband was at work cutting out roads, she cut her own firewood and drew it from the woods, and that spring boiled a considerable quantity of sugar. She has all her life been a member of the Quaker Church, and, during her father's time, enjoyed the privilege of frequent worship according to that faith. Mr. and Mrs. Qnick have four living children, viz. : George, born in 1842, and now living in Battle Creek; Ircna Sophronia, born in 1845, and now Mrs. Elbridge Potter, of Maple Grove; Frank M., born in 1850, and now a farmer in Calhoun County; Frederick J., born in 1853, likewise a farmer, and in Maple Grove.

History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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