Biography of Austin C. Evans
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





AUSTIN C. EVANS, inventor and manufacturer, Springfield. Among the many inventors of this the "Champion manufacturing city" of the West, there are none more worthy of mention than the subject of this sketch, Austin C. Evans. He was born Feb. 1, 1851, in Piqua, Miami Co., Ohio; is a son of Jonathan M. and Anna (Mater) Evans. Jonathan M. manufactured threshingmachines steam engines, etc., for twenty five years in Piqua, Ohio. Austin spent his boyhood days in school, and, since 20 years old, has spent his time inventing and manufacturing different farming implements. Among his inven tions that are superior to all others of the same class, are the corn drill, corn planter and triple harrow; he is at present engaged in the manufacture of the "Evans' two horse corn planter," "harrows," etc., under the firm name of "The Evans & Foos Manufacturing Company," West Main street. The business was established in 1876 by Mr. E., and carried on by him until September, 1880, when it assumed its present name. They will make this year about one thousand double planters and one thousand five hundred harrows. They have in their employ forty men. Mr. Evans was married, June 7, 1873, to Miss Kate S. Dibert, daughter of George and Elizabeth Divert Mr. Dibert was one of the early settlers of Springfield. He at one time owned the land on which the greater portion of the southwestern part now stands, and by him laid off in lots Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Evans are the parents of one child, Pearl C. Mrs. Evans was born in Springfield.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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