Jo Daviess County

Rev. John E. Evans

Reverend John E. Evans, Postmaster and general merchant of the town of Woodbine, is intimately connected with its commercial, social and religious interests as one of its leading citizens. He has a well fitted up establishment and carries a full line of groceries, dry-goods, boots, shoes, hats, caps and other staple goods; besides hardware, notions, stationary, school book, etc; he being an agent for Harper Bros. the well known New York publishers. He carries a capital stock of $4,000 and his annual sales are steadily increasing. He has bought and sold about fifteen tons of butter in the last twelve months, and also takes in large quantities of eggs, poultry, hides and other produce, thus making trade lively and furnishing a good market for the farmers in the surroundind country.

The subject of this notice was born in the north of Wales in 1840, and passed the early years of his boyhood amid its pleasant scenes. His father, the late Edmund Evans, also a native of tht part of Wales, married Mary Evans, and he was for many years engaged in mining in his native country. In 1853 he emigrated to the US with his family, and turned his attention to farming, settling in Woodbine Twp. of which he remained an honored resident until his death in 1876. His wife died about heyear 1873.

John Evans, of whom we write, was a lad of 13 years when he accompanied his father to the US, and he sought and found employment in the lead mines of Galena; and was thus engaged when, in her tour of sorest need, he volunteered to assist in the defense of his adopted country, and in the three years that followed he did noble service in many a hard-fought battle. He was a member of Company I, 96th IL Inf. and was present with his regiment at the battles of Resaca, Kingston, Franklin, Buzzards's Roost, Nashville and other important engagements, in which he and his comrads did effective work. MR. Evans was wounded at Kingston and hadd nothing further to do with the Atlanta campaign until after the fall of that city.

After the close of the war our subject removed, in July 1865, to Iowa County, Wisc., and in May, 1866 he joined the Baptist Church there, and soon became one of its most earnest and active workers, and deciding to enter the ministry, he began preaching in 1867. He continued his ministerial duties in that State and county until the winter of 1870-71, when he returned to this township to take the pastorate of the Welsh Hollow Union Church, which is composed of members from various orthodox churches. He remained in charge of that church for several years, and did good work there. In 1880 he abandoned the ministry, and going to St. Elmo Colorado became the manager of a store owned by his brother, the late Griffith Evans. In March 1881, he returned to this township and devoted himself to farming the two succeeding years, and in 1883 established himself as a general merchant in Woodbine, and is building up a large and prosperous business.

The marriage of the Rev.John Evans to Miss Jane, daughter of David and Margaret Roberts, as solemnized in Oct. 1861. Mrs. Evans was born in WI. The wedded life of our subject and his wife has been blessed to them by the birth of eleven children, of whome the following nine are living; John, Dvid, Mary, Maggie, Lizzie, Griffith, Richard, Annie and Davia. David, a resident of Hand County Dakota married Annie Foley and they hae one child; Margaret married William Herman who is our subjects partner in business.

Mr. Evans has a fine record in every department of life that he has represented. In war-times he proved himself a faithful, patriotic soldier, ready and willing, to give up his life for his adopted country. In times of peace he has been an invaluable citizen; as a minister he not only pointed the way to a better life, but himself led his flock in that direction; as a business man he is prompt and trustworthy, and has met with the success that his enterprise so well deserves. Mr. Evans is identified with the G.A.R. as a member of David Hill Post No. 532, of Elizabeth. He has efficiently served the town as Postmaster for six years.
Portraits & Biographical 1889 Pg 467


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