“Malcolm G. Quinn, assessor of Boone county, was born on Foster’s prairie, Randolph county, Missouri, November 23, 1844. He is the son of Thomas and Zarelda (Tomlinson) Quinn. He attended the common schools of Howard and Randolph, completing his studies at Mt. Pleasant College, Huntsville, Missouri, from which institution he graduated. In 1860 he assisted as one of the corps of engineers on the North Missouri railroad. In the spring of 1861 he enlisted as a private in the Confederate army. Thos. G. Lowry, of Randolph county, was his captain. In the regular organization Mr. Quinn was made a sergeant of Company K, 3d Missouri Infantry, 1st Missouri Brigade. He served through the whole of the war. At the battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi, he was shot through the right leg, and was afterwards wounded in the left leg. He participated in the following battles: Elkhorn, Corinth, Vicksburg, Nashville, Franklin and Mobile, surrendering at the last-named place in 1865, his commander being Col. Elijah P. Gates. After the war Mr. Quinn returned to Howard county, Missouri, and went into business at Fray’s mill with James Robinson, keeping a store of general merchandise, under the firm name of Quinn & Robinson. He remained in this business about six months, then sold his interest and accepted a position under Maj. George C. Pratt in locating the Columbia and Jefferson City rock road, acting as leveler and division engineer. In 1869 he took charge of the various gravel roads in Boone county. He was afterwards appointed county surveyor serving in that capacity for two years. He was then elected for four years. Afterwards served as deputy collector under J.C. Gillaspy. In 1878 he was elected assessor, and has held the office ever since. Mr. Quinn is a member of the K. of P., and a director of the Boone County Fair. He was first married November 23, 1872, to Miss Caroline, daughter of Abram and Nancy (O’Neal) Turner. They had one son and one daughter. The first wife having died July 4, 1876, he was again married May 3, 1879 to Miss Katie Turner, sister of his deceased wife. Mr. Quinn owns a nice farm of 220 acres, five miles east of Columbia, on the western border of the Two-mile prairie. Seventy acres of his land is in timber. He is quite pleasantly situated. In public and private life Mr. Quinn is highly esteemed by the people of his adopted county.”