GEORGE C. EVERTS.
The gentleman whose name heads this sketch may well be proud of the position he has established for himself, both financially and as one of the substantial men of his township. His straightforward dealings and good management have won for him the admiration and respect of all who know him, and in these qualities he has set a splendid example for his neighbors. He sprang from a sturdy stock of honest, hard-working people, and has done credit to the principles of his ancestors. Mr. Everts has always impressed upon his children, of whom he may be justly proud, the thought that in hard work, there is no disgrace.|
George C. Everts, general farmer and stockman, of Lincoln township, Audubon county, was born on May 5, 1858, in Illinois. He is a son of G. C. and Susanna (Smith) Everts. His early education was acquired in the country schools, which he attended until sixteen years of age, when he quit school and went to work on his father's farm, remaining with him until he was twenty-six years old, when he was married and moved on a farm in Melville township, Audubon county, where he rented and lived for seven years. He then moved to Audubon, where he remained two years, during which time he was in the employ of E. N. Taggart, in the nursery business. From this place he went to Lincoln township, where he purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, in section 36, and about four and one-half years later bought eighty acres adjoining his farm, for which he paid twenty-seven dollars and fifty cents an acre. In 1908, Mr. Everts bought another farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Faulk county, Dakota, and in 1913 bought eighty acres in Douglas township, Audubon county, Iowa, on which one of his sons now lives. He has invested about ten thousand dollars in improvements on his home place, where he raises a few cattle, and makes a specialty of Duroc-Jersey hogs, which he offers at a public annual sale. In addition to cattle and hogs, Mr. Everts handles a few pure-bred Percheron horses, and feeds all the grain raised on the place to his stock. He is a member of the Methodist church at Ross, of which he serves as trustee. Mr. Everts is a member of the following lodges: The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Modern Woodmen of America and Yeomen. In politics he is a Republican.
The father of our subject was a blacksmith by trade, which vocation he followed in Illinois for nine years after he was married, going from there to West Dayton, Webster county, Iowa, where he had a blacksmith shop for five years. He was born in Richland county, Ohio. He was married in 1856, to Susanna Smith, a native of the state of Maine. She died at Yorktown, Illinois. Four years later he married Susan Adams, and moved on a farm in Guthrie county, Iowa, where he lived one year, then came to Audubon county, retiring from business two years later. By his second wife he had three children--one boy and two girls--George C., Margaret and Stella.
George C. Everts was united in marriage, at the age of twenty-six, to Martha Bowman, daughter of Henry and Jane (Livingston) Bowman, born February 23, 1862. Her parents lived in Crawford county, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Everts are the parents of the following children: Maud, married Clayton Wickham and lives near her father; Ernest, married Alice Ballou and lives in Douglas township; Alma, married H. E. Williams and lives in Lincoln township; Lois, lives at home and is teaching school No. 7, in Lincoln township; and one who died in infancy.
Transcribed from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 649-650.