Obit: Evans, George (1863 - 1922)

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Surnames: Evans, Hildebrandt, Handtke, Longenecker

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 10/19/1922

Evans, George (15 July 1863 - 9 Oct. 1922)

George Evans died of heart failure on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9, at his home in Pine Valley a mile south of Neillsville. He had two alight attacks of heart failure in the morning but was able to be up and about the house. In the afternoon he went out and was unable to get back. Neighbors were called in, but Mr. Evans passed away in the yard before he could get back to the house. The news of his death was a great shock to this entire community. George Evans was born in Canada July 15, 1863. He came to Wisconsin with his parents when he was about five years of age. They settled in Green Lake County near Markesan, where he grew to manhood. He was married April 12, 1888 to Miss Ida Hildebrandt, at Fairwater, Wis. They lived for a time at Brandon, then moved to Oshkosh, at which places Mr. Evans worked at the blacksmith trade. Later he brought a shop at Picketts, which he cared on for 7 or 8 years. He sold this in 1901 and moved to Clark county, purchasing a farm in the town of Levis. For a time he was employed by A. S. Leason & Son in the pump and windmill business. He then opened a blacksmith and machine shop in Neillsville. Nine years ago he sold this and bought the Rose Eddy farm south of the city which was his home until he died.

Mr. Evans was one of nature’s noblemen. He was strong physically, calm and unruffled in his manner, even in temper and always seemed to known how to meet the problems of life as they arouse. No man was ever a better neighbor. He always stood ready to be of assistance. Generous and whole-hearted in his helpfulness, no one ever called on him for help or accommodation, who did not meet with a ready response. As one of those who shared in his kindness as a near neighbor, the writer would acknowledge many an instance of his generosity and eagerness to help. As a husband, father and citizen he was a man above reproach.

He leaves to mourn this death his wife, two sons, Arthur, who works in Racine, Leonard of Chicago, and two daughters, Mrs. Louis Handtke of Neillsville, and Miss Rudy Evans, a school teacher who lives at home. He leaves also his aged mother, who was a member of his family, and two brothers, Charles in Illinois and John in South Dakota and a sister, Miss Emily Evans in South Dakota. The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the home, Rev. Longenecker officiating; the Modern Woodmen of America, of which deceased was a member attending in a body, and using their burial service.



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