William Lafayette Quick

Left to right: Rob Maulsby, along with a United Airlines Pilot, and Lorraine Quick Wicks, grandaughter of inventor Will Quick, shown with the Quick Monoplane and a Boeing 727 Airliner. Rob Maulsby found the Quick plane in June of 1964 on the Quick family farm near New Market, Alabama.
This photo shows a link between the Quick Family and the Boeing Aircraft Company. Terah Maroney was a brother-in-law to Will Quick, he helped Quick build his flying machine. A couple of years later, Maroney moved out to California where he was taught to fly by air pioneer Glenn Curtiss. Circa 1914, Maroney had moved up the west coast to the Seattle, Washington area. While there, he took paying passengers for airplane rides. One such person was William Boeing who was in the lumber business there. After his airplane ride he stated that he could build a better plane than Maroney flew--and the rest is history! Boeing eventually received a contract from the U.S. Navy to build open cockpit two seat biplane aircraft on floats.
Photo by, Huntsville Times

William Lafayette Quick

William Lafayette Quick
June 10, 1975
My Dear Chet,
     What a delightful surprise it was to receive the picture of my father's monoplane. I'm so very thankful to you for having acquired it and for geing so thoughtful as to send one to me. I just can't tell you how grateful I am. This is the best picture I now have of the plane and the only one of it hanging in the museum in Huntsville.
     Kelly, (Alice Jane Quick, sister-in-law, Phoenix), and I were in Huntsville and went to the museum last October, and we tried taking some pictures, but they weren't very good. I'm going to frame this one.
     Just every once in a while one of our Kans. OX5'ers will tell me they have been to Huntsville and saw my father's monoplane at the museum, and we, the family, are very pleased to have it there. Just to think that had it not been for you EAA boys, it would still be ina shed at Quick's Mill and still rotting away.
     We see Glenn Messer every year at the OX5 reunions. He was not at all reluctant for Birmingham to release it to come back to Huntsville, however much they would like to have kept it, they realized that in the Common of Interest of everybody concerned, that the Space & Rocket Museum was a much better plae for it. It's unique too. That it is the only antique in the place and very prominently displayed. We will be forever indebted to the Huntsville EAA Chapter for the marvelous restoration.
     Joe is still at the old home place, quite feeble and not at all well. His 86th birthday coming up in Aug.
     I usually get a short note from Guenther Schmidt at Xmas time. He was still in Seattle the last I knew. Quite a character! We did hear from Chas. Crawford for a long time and he came to see us when they visited his wife's folks in Nebraska. Don't know hwere he is now.
     Last year's OX5 reunion was in Charleston, S.C. Kelly and I drofve from Phoenix and took 6 weeks on the road dong research on both our family trees in Okla., Miss., Ala., Tenn. and Mo. and visiting relative in Okla. & Ala.
     We go to San Antonio this year.
     Indeed I do recall that you sent the issue of Sport Aviation, June, 65 - and I have it stored very safely along with other familyh treasures.
     If you ever get to Wichita, we would loved to have you come to see us. my brother Tom and I. He lives aat 1616 Park Place and in about a month I'll be moving into an apt., Greenway Namor at Greenway Blvd. and 2nd St.
With best wishes, I am
Cady Franklin

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