Clarence A. Evans


Clarence A. Evans, one of the industrious and substantial farmers of Jefferson township, owns and operates a fine property of one hundred and eighty acres on sections 9 and 10 and is also farming a large tract of land adjoining. One hundred and sixty acres constitutes the homestead upon which he was born March 31, 1871. He is a son of Charles Evans, who was born in Ireland in 1832 and who remained in his native country until he was six years of age. He then crossed the Atlantic to America and in 1853 settled in Allamakee county, Iowa. For some time thereafter he followed teaming and by the exercise of thrift and economy managed to save enough money to purchase an eighty acres tract of land in Paint Creek township. He made some improvements upon it and farmed there for several years, later disposing of his holdings and entering a government claim of forty acres. This property formed the nucleus of an extensive farm, for he added to it from time to time and eventually became the proprietor of one hundred and sixty acres. This he cleared, fenced and improved, making it a valuable and productive farm and becoming one of the well known and prosperous agriculturists of this township. He still resides upon his holdings. He married Mrs. William Bordwell, nee Martha Beeman, a daughter of Cyrus Beeman, who was numbered among the first settlers in this part of Iowa.

Clarence A. Evans is one of a family of two children by his father's second marriage, the other being a daughter, Elvida, the wife of Rev. A. Allison, a minister of the Presbyterian church and now pastor at Oregon, Wisconsin. Clarence A. Evans was reared upon his father's homestead and acquired his education in the public schools of Jefferson township. From his childhood he assisted with the farm duties and after he had attained his majority assumed charge of the property, upon which he still resides and which under his careful supervision is daily increasing in value. He owns one hundred and eighty acres of land, successfully engaging in general farming and stock-raising. He is especially interested in the conduct of his dairy and raises fine cattle and a number of hogs and horses every year.

Mr. Evans married, on the 21st of November, 1900, Miss Edith Durant, who was born and reared in Winnebago county and previous to her marriage taught in the public schools. Mr. and Mrs. Evans have two sons, Horace and Leslie. Mr. Evans is widely and favorably known in the township where his entire life has been spent and where his industry, honesty and success have gained him place with the representative and substantial agriculturists and the progressive and public-spirited citizens.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913; pg 271-272
-transcribed by Cathy Joynt-Labath

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