Monday, January 12, 2009

Jack H Quick's Baby Book

My Grandfather, Jack H Quick, was born on July 3, 1911 and we are fortunate enough to have his baby book. The "H" in his name did not stand for anything ~ his name was simply Jack H Quick.

Interestingly, one of the pages in the book is inscribed, "Jack Edwin Quick." I have often wondered if they originally intended to name him Jack Edwin as Edwin would have been his uncle - his father's brother. His father's name was John H Quick and I have yet to find anything that states if the "H" stood for anything.

My Grandpa used to tell a wonderful story about starting school and how his first teacher insisted that his real name had to be John since Jack was just a nickname. She called him John all throughout the first day. She also asked him multiple times what his middle name was as the H had to stand for something.

The next day his mother strode into the school and told the teacher in no uncertain terms that she had named her son Jack H Quick and this IS what he would be called. Whenever my Grandpa told that story, I always picture his mother wearing that big hat with the feather [picture here]- even though that picture was taken much earlier! She was not a woman to trifle with.

One of the entries in this book near the end is:

The saddest event of his babyhood was the loss of his papa by death on Oct 24th 1912.

I'm hoping the slide show thing works - it's an experiment!


  1. What a beautiful baby book. I know that is something that you treasure.

    Debbie McCoy

  2. This reminds me very much of my maternal grandmother's baby book, seen here.

  3. Hi Debbie ~ Yes, it is a treasure. I'm sending you an e-mail re the Quicks.

  4. Miriam ~
    Your grandmother's baby book is beautiful! I think it's great that we can put these online. Only one person can have the actual book, so this is a wonderful way to share it with everyone.


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