Family Tree of

William Henry Quicksall & 
Amanda Josephine McAnally

William Henry Quicksall
1872 - 1966

Amanda Josephine McAnally
1874 - 1955

Together they had 5 children as listed below.

  1. Joel Minor Quicksall (1897 - 1984)

  2. Mary Isabelle Quicksall (1900 - 1963)

  3. Hazel Mildred Quicksall (1910 - 2000)

  4. Grace Lucille Quicksall (1912 - )

  5. Beulah Mae Quicksall (1918 - )

Henry & Josie are seated, Joel and Mary are standing in the back,  Hazel & Grace are on the left, and Beulah is the infant.  Photo taken in 1918 just before Joel was to go into the army for WWI, which ended approximately two weeks prior to his enlistment.

Personal History of

William Henry Quicksall & 
Amanda Josephine (McAnally) Quicksall

William Henry Quicksall (1872-1966)

By Edward William Quicksall
(William Henry Quicksall always went by the name of Henry)

Henry was born in Big Spring Township in Shelby County, Illinois on April 19, 1872, the third child and second son of Minor and Jane (Turner) Quicksall. He spent his early years helping to develop the farming land in the Little Wabash River bottom, as the timber had to be cut and some of the stumps dug out by hand. They would then have log rollings when the neighbors would all come over and help pile the logs up to burn. Henry would describe these log rollings almost like a party. After the land was cleared they would begin digging ditches and putting in tile to get the fields ready for farming. Henry went to school at the Wabash School located on the corner of what was then the farm of Marion Quicksall. At present that farm belongs to Edward William Quicksall.

On November 28, 1895, Henry married Amanda Josephine McAnally. They lived with his parents for a while, including the birth of their first child, Joel Minor Quicksall. Then they moved to what I know as the Ferguson farm and then the Marion Quicksall farm. Finally, in 1904, Henry purchased the Houchen farm, where he and his wife raised five children: Joel Minor, Mary Isabelle, Hazel Mildred, Grace Lucille, and Beulah Mae.

Henry made several improvements to the homestead. Those that I remember include the bedroom on the east side of the house, the summer kitchen with a cellar under it, a big screen porch that extended from the house to the summer kitchen and then on the east side of the summer kitchen to the small bedroom. The house also had a cement floor and a cistern under the roof. Henry had a gasoline engine belted up to a line shaft to pump water, and I think he also used it to run the washing machine. In the winter he used the engine to saw wood. For the farm operation, Henry built a large horse barn, a shed on the side of the cow barn to raise hogs, a chicken house, and two brooder houses for raising small chickens. Sometimes they would raise over 500 chickens.

During those years all the farming was done with horses. However, Henry was the first farming in the area to buy a tractor. I believe that it was around 1919 when he purchased a Fordson tractor, plow and disk. Sometime in the 1930s he bought a 1020 International Tractor from Ed Pardieck.

Henry also built a shed west of the horse barn. He had room to store his Model T Ford and Fordson tractor on the south side of the shed, and a workshop on the north side. In his workshop he had a bench, vice, cheese box, and other wooden boxes with bolts, nuts, and odds-and-ends in them. On the east end he had a forge and anvel. North of the forge was a pie safe where he kept his Borax to clean the iron when he was welding in the forge. I don't remember what else he had in the shed, but I always enjoyed cranking the blower when Grandpa and Dad were working there.

I believe that his first automobile was a 1919 Model T Ford. The next one was a 1928 Model A Ford. The road past the house was always dirt until the late 1940s and early 1950s when it was oiled. In the winter the road was muddy and full of ruts, so it was hard to get in and out. Their mail box was by the Wabash School, so they had a long way to go after their mail (approximately 1/2 mile).

As Henry got older he shelled and ground corn for the chickens, gathered the eggs, hoed in the garden and mowed the yard. On wash day he would build a fire under the copper kettle to heat all the wash water, then he helped Grandma wash clothes with a hand washing machine.

They made this their home until Grandma's death on November 29, 1955. Henry stayed by himself for over a year after her death, then he stayed with all the children for several hears. Finally, he moved to Shelbyville and stayed in a private home with 4 or 5 elderly folks. He lived in Shelbyville until his death on July 10, 1966. His funeral was held on July 12, 1966, at 2:00 p.m. at the Christian Church in Stewardson, Pastor Harry G. Kaye officiating. Mrs. Perl Stevens was the organist, and Harold Brown sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "Good Night Here, Good Morning Up There." Pallbearers were his grandsons: Dale Quast, Edward W. Quicksall, Charles W. Kessler, Glen L. Kessler, Donald D. Kessler, and David Goddard. Burial was in the Stewardson Cemetery.

Amanda Josephine McAnally (1874-1955)

By Edward William Quicksall
(Amanda Josephine McAnally was commonly known as "Josie.")

Amanda Josephine McAnally was born on April 26, 1874, in Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana. She was the oldest of eleven children born to Joel and Mary Wendelena (Becker) McAnally. She moved with the family from Indiana to a farm northeast of Sigel in 1880. She lived there until she married William Henry Quicksall on November 28, 1895. She then lived in Big Spring Township, Shelby County, about five miles northeast of Stewardson. She raised their five children: Joel Minor, Mary Isabelle, Haxel Mildred, Grace Lucille, and Beulah Mae. Josie loved to milk the cows, work with the chickens, hoe in the garden and take care of the flowers.

She was a real good cook, as well. I can still see the bread dough raising behind the heating stove in the winter and smell the bread baking in the summer kitchen in her old wood cook stove. It seems she always had ginger bread or spice cake on hand, and in the summer she fried a lot of young chickens. When we farmed with horses and were there at noon, we stayed for dinner. I remember eating a lot of meals with Grandpa and Grandma. I think we all remembered Thanksgiving and Christmas best. Josie was a charter member of the Busy Bee Sewing Circle, a member of the Christian Church at Stewardson, and a hard worker with the Ladies Aid.

She passed away at her home near Stewardson, Illinois on November 26, 1955, at the age of 81 years and 7 months. Her funeral service was held on November 29, 1955, at 2:00 p.m. Reverend David Watts conducted the service, Mrs. Sam Elliott played the music, Mrs. James Parish was the soloist, pallbearers were her grandsons, and the granddaughters were in charge of flowers. Burial was in Stewardson Cemetery.

A Few Items Maybe of Interest

By Frieda (Pardieck) Quicksall (1900-1988)
(Frieda was the wife of Joel Minor Quicksall and was a great inspiration for genealogical research. She wrote this piece in 1987, the year before her death.)

For several years the McAnally family would come to the Henry and Josie Quicksall place around Thanksgiving time. This also was near to their wedding anniversary which was November 28. They would come with baskets of food and would eat on the big porch situated between the main house and the house built over the cellar. This was her kitchen and she loved that kitchen, even if they had to walk across the porch to get to it from the main house in zero cold weather. Grandpa would get up and have a good fire going in the cooking stove.

Her sisters and their families would come with baskets filled with food. Pet (a family member) would come with her usual black iron cooking pot full of chicken and dumplings. Maurine (a family member) brought baked apples for one thing. Aunt Della was famous for her persimmon puddings. Everybody brought something. Grandma liked to make chicken and noodles and dressing made from old hens which made it richer. I can't think now what I took, but I took several things, not always the same thing.

Grandpa had a long wooden shelf along the east side of the porch. The men would fill their plates and head for the shelf. They would stand up to eat their food never bothering to sit down. Of course the shelf was kind of high for that.

Whenever rabbit law was in, the Wilson boys and Uncle Don Stephens would usually come and kill a lot of rabbits, dress them and take them home and put them in their freezer. Those fellows are all gone now. For several years we didn't see any rabbits, but now in 1987 we saw quite a few around here. Of course in those years times were a little higher to buy meat, but some people just naturally like rabbits.


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