Biography of Isaiah D. Evans
Adams County, NE Biographies





Isaiah D. Evans, of henesaw, who was formerly connected with journalism and banking, has since 1896 given his attention to agricultural interests and has proved very successful as a farmer. He has given a great deal of time and thought to public affairs and has been called to a number of offices, which he has filled with distinction. He was born in Tioga county, Pennsylvania, December 25, 1844, of the marriage of Evan and Margaret (Williams) Evans, who emigrated from Wales to America in 1843. They resided in Pennsylvania until their son, Isaiah D., was four years of age, when removal was made to Wisconsin. The father was one of the representative citizens of his community and his demise, which occurred in 1863, was deeply regretted.

Isaiah D. Evans was reared at home and at the usual age entered the public schools, where he secured his early education. Subsequently he was a student in an academy at Spring Green, Wisconsin, and he took a commercial course in Eastman's Business College. At the time of the Civil war he enlisted in Company E, Forty ninth Wisconsin Infantry, of which he became first sergeant, and remained with that command until after the close of hostilities, being mustered out at Benton Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri, in November, 1865, when not quite twenty one years of age. He decided to try his fortune in the far west and in 1866 drove four mules across the plains from Nebraska City to Salt Lake City and thence to Virginia City, Montana. He remained in that territory for about four years, during which time he engaged in prospecting to a considerable extent, and for two winters taught school. In 1871 he returned to Nebraska and located at Lowell, where he published the Lowell Register. Subsequently he established the Sutton Register and still later he was made cashier of the internal revenue office at Omaha. After his term of service expired he founded the town of Stockhani in Hamilton county, Nebraska, in accordance with the terms of a contract with the Northwestern Railroad for establishing a station at that point. He saw to the platting of the town site and gave his personal attention to the sale of the town lots. During this time he also organized the Bank of Stockhani, of which he was cashier for seven years. In 1896 he removed to Iienesaw and has since engaged in farming in this locality. He is a frequent contributor to the agricultural press of the state and active in promoting better farming along modern lines. Mr. Evans was married on the 25th of April, 1878, at Kenesaw, to Miss Emma Williams, a daughter of Professor A. D. Williams, a minister of the Baptist church, an educator of note and an able writer. Before her marriage Mrs. Evans was a very successful teacher and for about three years, while Mr. Evans was in the government service at Omaha, she conducted the Sutton Register, having charge of all the work of publishing the paper with the exception that Mr. Evans furnished some of the editorial copy. To this union have been born three children, as follows: Grace Alice, whose birth occurred in 1881, is a graduate of the State University of Nebraska and is now the wife of F. J. Schaufelberger, of Los Angeles, California. Fred AV. lives near the Evans homestead and is farming in partnership with his father. He married Miss Hazel Armitage and they have a son, Cedric, two years of age. Esther Evilian is living at home and has largely relieved her mother of the cares of the house and is proving herself an expert housekeeper.

Mr. Evans is a man of influence in political circles of the state and has been a frequent contributor to the press on public questions. He is a progressive republican, being a strong believer in the rule of the people and in the strict regulation of big business. He recognizes that adjustment must be made in the political field as well as in others to the changed conditions of modern life and supports all movements calculated to bring about a more exact social justice. Among other progressive measures he favors the abolition of the liquor traffic as he is convinced that it is responsible for many of the evils With which society has to contend. He has served in a number of offices and has always proved capable and conscientious in the discharge of his duties. He was for some time clerk in the internal revenue office at Omaha and was later promoted to cashier of that office. In 1899 and again in 1911 he was elected representative from Adams county to the state legislature and during both sessions he stood firmly for all measures whose adoption he believed would make for the public good. In 1911 he was the republican candidate for speaker and was recognized as one of the leaders of the house. He was very influential in legislative affairs, was the author of the presidential primary law, of the law creating a board of pardons, and was active in support of the initiative and referendum amendment to the constitution. In 1912 he was a candidate for the republican nomination for state auditor. He is at the present time a candidate for the state senate for the district comprising Adams and Clay counties. He is widely known throughout the state because of his activity in political lines and all who come in contact with him acknowledge his ability and his public spirit. His interest in the larger affairs of government has not prevented him from being active in local matters and for fifteen years he was a member of the Kenesaw school board. He is connected with the Masonic order and the Odd Fellows and is also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, thus keeping in touch with his comrades in blue. The record of his varied activities is in itself proof that he is a prominent citizen of Kenesaw and of Adams county.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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