| CHARLES A. EVANS--The life of the extensive farmer
mentioned as the subject of this sketch almost began in Montgomery
county, Kansas. He is a native of the Empire State, but was only five
years of age when his parents cast their lot with the new country of
Kansas. He was born January 13, 1865, in Oneida county, New York, and
his father was the late George H. Evans, who pioneered to Montgomery
county in 1869, took a tract of land as a claim in section 21, township
31, range 16, returned east and brought out his family the following
spring and housed them in the rude cabin provided for them by his own
George H. Evans was born in Oneida county, New York, also, his birthday being January 22, 1830. His father, Thomas Evans, was born in Tenby, England, August 1, 1801, and his mother, Elizabeth Bailey, was originally a subject of an English king, and was born in Wichwich, Eng., October 15, 1812. The parents established the family in Petersboro, Madison county, New York, and in 1823, in Oneida county, New York, where their children, George H., Thomas C., Mrs. Elizabeth Shaw and Horatio J., were born. Thomas Evans was a prominent merchant and held the office of J. P. for twenty-four years, was a member of the Legislature in 1860, and died December 13, 1865. Thomas C. and Horatio J. are still residents of Florence, that county. The former visited Montgomery county, Kansas, in the latter sixties and entered a quarter of land in section 28, township 31, range 16, which tract now forms a part of the extensive landed dominions of the subject of this review.
After four years spent in the log cabin home the Evans' occupied their new and more modern dwelling, still the abiding place of the only surviving child. The family was devoted to industry, was successful in its accumulation of lands and now the estate of Charles A. embraces fourteen hundred acres of land, one princely in its proportions and in a fair measure compensatory for the effort which it cost. Its original owner was a leading citizen as well as a leading farmer and bore his share of the rough-and-ready service in the development of his county. He had dealings with the leading Osages--White Hair, Beaver and Chouteau--and paid them occasional tribute for the logs with which to make his rude improvements of the pioneer days. He died Aug. 1st, 1900, and his wife passed away July 23d, 1893. The latter was Sarah Ann Comstock, a New York lady, who bore him three sons, viz: George H., deceased; Charles A., of this notice, and Edwin B., also deceased. Mrs. Evans' parents were Abner and Mozella (Barney) Comstock, natives of Connecticut and Vermont respectively.
Charles A. Evans had the. advantages of a common school education, while growing up, and became an intelligent and successful farmer under the direction of his father. He heired the family estate upon the death of his parents and has maintained it intact and is probably now the largest young farmer in his county. His farm is well stocked with one-hundred and fifty head of cattle, with five hundred head of hogs and is one of the largest corn-producing tracts in Montgomery county.
April 18, 1893, Mr. Evans married Cecelia F. Grover, born in Champaign county, Illinois, October 27, 1872. Her parents were Arthur and Ann (Coyle) Grover, natives of London and Dublin, respectively, in the British Isles. Five children resulted from their marriage, viz. Edwin H., the eldest, died Feb. 10th, 1894, an infant of one month; Mozella G., Myrl Ann and George W., twins, and Arthur C.
Besides being a leading and influential farmer, Mr. Evans is occupied with whatever affects the welfare of his community or his county. He manifests a citizen's interest in politics, being a Republican, is a member of the school board of his district, is a Modern Woodman, a member of the A.H.T.A. and a Trustee of the Chouteau Methodist church.
Anonymous. History of Montgomery County, Kansas. unknown: L.W. Duncan, 1903, pp. 760-762.