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James F. Evans 1825-1910


Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 1/5/2024 at 21:37:40

James Franklin Evans
(October 1825 – April 20, 1910)

J. F. Evans Died in Los Angeles on April 20
J. F. Evans, for many years a leading business man of Council Bluffs, died on April 20 at his home in Los Angeles, Cal., and was buried in that city. He was about 84 years old and death resulted from the infirmities of age. Mrs. Evans died several years ago and Mr. Evans is survived only by three sons, Horace and George in Los Angeles, and F. H. Evans, who is engaged in the cattle business in Garden City, Kansas, and by two brothers, William and Thomas J. Evans, who live in Los Angeles.
Mr. Evans came to Council Bluffs in an early day and engaged in the elevator and lumber business. Later he dealt extensively in cattle, and for a number of years owned and conducted the Crystal Flouring Mills on South Main Street. He was for many years president of the First National Bank. He left here about fifteen years ago and settled in Los Angeles, where he lived until his death. In Los Angeles Mr. Evans became interested in the development of oil priorities and was successful in the enterprise. Mr. Evans took an active part in public affairs during his residence in Council Bluffs. In 1886 he was elected mayor, vice, John Chapman, deceased [Mayor John Chapman died June 19, 1886], but resigned before the close of the term and was succeeded by William Groneweg, there being during the year three incumbents in the mayor’s office. T. J. Evans was recently critically ill and his wife was despaired of, but is now reported to be sufficiently convalescent to be about again. [Source – Evening Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Wednesday, April 27, 1910, p.7]


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