Diary Of

William A. Quantz ©

1854 - 1945



Source and Copy Reference Information


The original handwritten diary of William A Quantz was contained in two large 8.5 X 14 ledger books. It was duplicated in the early 1970s by his son John O. Quantz into five volumes with the addition of a few pictures.


The following pdf series is divided into 10 volumes of 10 years or less for ease of reference and binding and was resized to 8.5 X 11 format for copying by Lloyd Quantz, Great-grandson of William, in 1987 for the children and grandchildren of William A’s oldest son Clayton Quantz.


There is also available a digital, typewritten version prepared by John Quanz of Markham, Ontario in 2015. He has been a faithful friend and co-laborer on the project assisted by associates interested in the rich local documentary of the area where William A. lived. Genealogical records may someday complete the linkage of relationship with the various branches and spellings of the ‘Quantz tribe’ but in the spirit of friendship we co-labor together on this project. It is a precious treasury of personal insights, poems, musings and lessons of an early Canadian pioneer. May you be blessed as you read.


While copyright and ownership remains with the descendants of William A. Quantz, the family welcomes inquiries from readers about additional usage consistent with the spirit and purpose as stated by the author. Contact us at:




Note: Throughout the diary Tiny refers to Tiny Township west of Barrie. Flos refers to Flos Township south and east of Georgian Bay. Flos and Vespra were combined to form Springwater Township in Simcoe County.