Biography of Albert H. Evans
Iowa County, IA Biographies





Albert H. Evans, cashier of the Williamsburg Savings Bank, has the enviable distinction of being the youngest cashier in Iowa county and has fully demonstrated his right to rank with the able financiers of the county. The bank of which he is an officer is the largest and strongest in the county and his election as cashier is a high tribute to his ability. He was born in Williamsburg on the 26th of July, 1888, a son of William H. and Ida M. (Hughes) Evans. His paternal grandfather, William E. Evans, was one of the early settlers of the county and also one of the most prominent citizens. His maternal grandfather, John Hughes, was likewise a pioneer of Iowa county and was for many years postmaster of Williamsburg. Indeed, he held the office so long that he was familiarly known among the old settlers as "old Postmaster Hughes."

Albert H. Evans has spent his entire life in this county and acquired his education in the public schools, being graduated from the Williamsburg high school with the class of 1906 when a youth of eighteen. Following the completion of his studies he entered the employ of Hughes & Ogle, lumber dealers, and was with them in the capacity of bookkeeper until November, 1907. He was then offered and accepted a position in the Williamsburg Savings Bank, entering the service in a very humble capacity as general utility man. Among his duties was that of opening the bank in the morning, and he was also expected to sweep the rooms and arrange things in order for the day. He turned his hand to whatever he was called upon to do, no matter how menial it might seem, and performed every task to the best of his ability. He never missed an opportunity to learn something concerning the work of the institution, as he believed that if he showed himself capable and prepared for advancement he would win promotion. His superiors were favorably impressed with his energy and the intelligent interest which he took in the work of the bank and he was advanced through various positions until he was made cashier. As bookkeeper and assistant cashier he acquired a thorough knowledge of the routine of banking procedure and also gained much insight into the general principles underlying the management of the institution. On the 1st of July, 1914, when not quite twenty six years of age, he was made cashier of the institution and has since held that responsible position. He has a knowledge of banking that is unusual for one of his years and his judgment is remarkably mature. He seldom if ever makes a mistake in the extension of credit and keeps in close touch with all phases of the work of the bank. Under his management the high standing of the institution has been maintained and the amount of its deposits has continued to grow steadily. His first care is to safeguard the interests of depositors, realizing that the permanent prosperity of a bank is based upon the confidence of the general public in its stability, but he has also so managed its affairs that it has paid good dividends to its stockholders. The institution is the largest and best known in the county and its cashier is an important factor in the financial circles of the county.

Mr. Evans resides with his mother and both have many friends in the community. His religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church and fraternally he is connected with Williamsburg Lodge, No. 6, I. O. O. F. His political allegiance is given to the republican party, but he has no time to devote to political activity, as his business demands his undivided attention. He is heartily in sympathy with the work of the Williamsburg Boosters Club, which is doing much to promote the expansion of the city, and he has contributed to the successful carrying out of a number of its plans.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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