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Jenkin Evans

Stock Raising

Coffins Grove Twp.



     Jenkin 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.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 69-70.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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