The Early History of Quinter
by Frank W. Blackmar (1912)
Quinter, an incorporated city of the third class in Gove county, is located in Baker township on the Union Pacific R. R. 17 miles northeast of Gove, the county seat. It is the largest town in the county, has a bank, a hotel, a number of mercantile establishments, good public school, churches, a weekly newspaper (the Gove County Advocate), telegraph and express offices, and a money order postoffice with two rural routes.
The population in 1910 was 450. The town was platted in 1885 under the name of Familton, by the Familton Town company, which built a hotel. The first house was built by R. W. Cook, the first store was opened by John K. Wickizer, and the first hotel was kept by J. H. Baker. The first newspaper (the Settler's Guide), was established in 1886.
Quinter is located at 39°3'57N, 100°14'13W (39.065706, -100.236828). I-70 passes just outside of the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 km² (1.0 mi²), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 961 people, 393 households, and 257 families residing in the city. The population density was 378.6/km² (978.0/mi²). There were 463 housing units at an average density of 182.4/km² (471.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.40% White, 0.10% African American, 0.31% Asian, 0.94% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.
There were 393 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 3.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 19.0% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 31.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 81.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,098, and the median income for a family was $41,111. Males had a median income of $25,313 versus $17,292 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,588. About 5.4% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.