Among the most prominent of the pioneer mining men of Utah and one who has won success and distinction as a citizen,
lawyer, public official and mine operator, is David Evans, whose name stands for all that is square and upright
in business circles and as a man.
David Evans is a native Utahan, born at Lehi, on January 28th, 1852. His parents were David Evans, a prosperous
merchant and farmer of Utah, and Barbara Ann Evans.
Mr. Evans's early education was obtained in the public schools at Lehi and the Brigham Young Academy at Provo;
he subsequently having an inclination toward the legal profession, took the law course at the University at Ann
Arbor, Michigan, and after graduating therefrom he returned to Utah and practiced his profession with much success.
His first work was as City Attorney at Lehi. Later he was Assistant United States Attorney for Utah, and was elected
a member of the upper house of the Utah Territorial Legislature and of the Constitutional Convention. Mr. Evans
was brought up on a farm, and practiced law in the Utah courts for twenty years, then retired to engage actively
in mining, at which he has achieved wonderful success. Mr. Evans is interested in the King David Mining Company,
Crown Point Mining Company, Iron King Consolidated Mining Company, and many other mining properties, too numerous
to mention. Mr. Evans is a large owner of and manager of nearly all of the mining companies mentioned and also
owner of considerable real estate in and around Los Angeles, Cal., and especially around Venice and Ocean Park.
Mr. Evans is now a resident of Venice, Cal., and he has done much towards the improvement and building up of that
place which is one of the real beauty spots of California, and a noted resort which is daily visited by thousands
of tourists and much appreciated by the residents of that section of California Venice is located directly on the
shores of the Pacific and built after the fashion of Venice, Italy, from which famous city it derives its name.
Picturesque canals run through the town and all kinds of amusements are afforded the visitor, including band concerts,
which are given daily. Ocean bathing is also an attraction, and the climate is perfect the whole year around. Venice
is in every respect an ideal spot and contains many beautiful residences of some of the wealthiest people of the
Mr. Evans was married to Leah Naegle, of Lehi, Utah, December 1st, 1882, at Salt Lake City, and to them were born
three children; Lucile, aged fourteen; Irma Louise, aged ten, and Leah (deceased). He is a member of the Jonathan
Club, the leading club of Los Angeles, a Mason and Shriner and a life member of the American Mining Congress. While
Mr. Evans is a resident of Venice, California, he makes Salt Lake City the headquarters for all of his mining operations
and divides his time pretty equally between Utah and California.
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909
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