Quimby S. Backus, son of Gurdon and Wealthy Ann
Backus, was born July 23, 1838 at Bridgewater, Vermont. His
preliminary education was obtained in the public schools of his
native town, and this was supplemented by attendance at the
public schools of Brandon and the Brandon Seminary, from which
institution he was graduated at the age of sixteen years.
He then removed to Woodstock, Vermont, where he
learned the trade of machinist, which he followed with success
for many years, being employed by the Howe Scale Company and
having the distinction of making the first scales made in
Brandon for the company.
In 1861 he was engaged as a tool-maker
in a gun shop in Windsor, the firm having a contract for
supplying guns to the United States government; later he was
employed in the railroad shops at Rutland. Vermont, and
subsequently engaged in the manufacture of all kinds of
machinery at Winchendon, Massachusetts.