Biography of Dr. Evan S. Evans
Poweshiek County, IA Biographies





Dr. Evan S. Evans, a successful medical practitioner of Grinnell, has built up and is now enjoying an extensive and lucratice practice as a physician and surgeon. His birth occurred in Hampton, Iowa, on the 20th of October, 1880, his parents being William D. and Julia (Stark) Evans. The Evans family has long been a prominent one in this state, the grandfather of our subject, Evan J. Evans, being one of the early Welsh Congregational ministers of Iowa county. Both he and his wife, who bore the maiden name of Ann Davis, were natives of Wales. They were married just before or just after their emigration to the new world, their first home being near Racine, Wisconsin, in the Welsh colony of that section. About 1857 they came west to Iowa, locating in Iowa county, where Evan J. Evans preached the gospel for a great many years, becoming one of the most widely known early divines of the state. His demise occurred in Iowa county sometime in the early '80s but his widow still survives, making her home with a daughter in Williamsburg.

William D. Evans, the father of Dr. Evans, was born in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1852 and was admitted to the bar after receiving his law degree from the State University of Iowa. He was actively engaged in the practice of his profession at Hampton, Iowa, until about 1901, when he was elected judge of the district court, thus serving until 1908. In that year he was appointed to fill a vacancy as judge of the supreme court and on the expiration of the term was regularly elected to the office, while in 1910 he was reelected. His wife is the daughter of Benjamin Stark, who was a great nephew of General John Stark of Revolutionary fame. One of their sons, William Donald Evans, Jr., is a prominent attorney of Des Moines, while David W. Evans, an uncle of Dr. Evans of this review, is a leading lawyer of Hampton, Iowa.

Evans S. Evans was reared under the parental roof and was graduated from the Hampton high school with the class of 1897. He then entered Iowa College and was graduated from that institution with the class of 1902, winning the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy. In the fall of 1903 he took up the study of medicine in Rush Medical College and, being given one year's credit because of his degree, graduated from that institution in 1906. Subsequently he spent six months as interne in the Chicago Emergency Hospital, while during the next eighteen months he served an interneship in the Cook County Hospital. Locating for practice at Brooklyn, Iowa, he there remained for a little less than a year and then came to Grinnell, which town has since been the scene of his professional labors. His practice has steadily grown in volume and importance as he has demonstrated his ability to cope with the intricate problems which continually confront the physician in his efforts to restore health and prolong life. He is a member of both the Poweshiek County Medical Society and the Iowa State Medical Society, thus keeping in touch with the advancement made by the profession.

In 1908 Dr. Evans was joined in wedlock to Miss Marabelle Baldwin, of Whitewater, Wisconsin. He gives his political allegiance to the republican party, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Congregational church, to which his wife also belongs. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons, belonging to Herman Lodge, No. 273. He is also a member of the Modern Brotherhood of America and belongs to two Greek letter fraternities, the Phi Beta Phi and the Alpha Omega Alpha. He is conscientious and faithful in the discharge of his professional duties and in his practice conforms closely to a high standard of professional ethics.

From:
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1911


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