Evans is identified with both financial and agricultural interests in
Delaware county and is the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of well improved
land on section 17, Coffins Grove township. He is a native of that township,
born April 19, 1869. His parents, John and Elizabeth (Jones) Evans, were natives
of Wales and emigrated to America in the early '60s. Making their way into the
interior of the country, they chose Delaware county, Iowa, as the place of their
residence, locating on a farm, where they spent many years, but they are now
living retired in Manchester. In their family were ten children.
Jenkin Evans acquired his education in the common
schools, and when not thus engaged his time was spent in the development and
cultivation of the homestead farm. He was early trained in the work incident to
a rural existence and as his years and strength increased larger
responsibilities and cares were placed upon him, so that when he reached man's
estate and started out in life for himself he was well equipped for the duties
that necessarily devolved upon him. He first rented land for one year and at the
end of that time purchased his present property, embracing one hundred and sixty
acres on section 17, Coffins Grove township. He makes a specialty of raising and
feeding stock and also gives much time to raising the cereals best adapted to
the soil and climate of this section of the state. He owns one hundred and sixty
acres of land in Minnesota and stock in the Farmers Savings Bank at Masonville
and also in the creamery at that place, serving as a director of both concerns.
Mr. Evans chose as a companion and helpmate for
the journey of life, Miss Margaret Smith, who is likewise a native of Coffins
Grove township and a daughter of John E. and Margaret (Stoddard) Smith. They
were born in Germany but emigrated to America in early life and both died here.
Mr. and Mrs. Evans have one son, Burdette, born April 22, 1905. The family
occupy one of the attractive farm homes of that section of the county, the
hospitality of which is enjoyed by a host of warm friends.
Mr. Evans gives his political support to the
democratic party. At the present time he is serving as trustee of his township,
while for ten years he served as township assessor and has been a member of the
school board. In these various relations he discharged his duties with the same
fidelity that he manifests in the care of his private interests. He is prominent
in the Odd Fellows society as a member of Ebenezer Lodge, No. 587. He is a
self-made man of whom it may truly be said that conscientious application and
unremitting diligence have constituted the basis of his success.