Biography of Herbert C. Evans
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HERBERT C. EVANS.
Herbert C. Evans is among the foremost business men of Tulare and has by his enterprise and progressive methods contributed in a material way to the industrial and commercial advancement of the city and county. He was born in Accomac county, Virginia, on the 9th day of June, 1873, a son of J. Stuart and Susan (Bundick) Evans, both of whom were members of old Southern families. The father was a wheelwright, blacksmith and carriage trimmer by trade and was a first class workman, as well as a man of high character.

Herbert C. Evans attended the public schools of his native locality and was employed at farm work until he was twenty one years of age. He then clerked in a store and the postoffice for a time, but later learned the trade of carpenter, at which vocation he was employed in New Jersey and New York city. He went to work for the Hoover Mercantile Company of Brooklyn, and later was transferred by that company to a subsidiary company in Fresno, California, known as the California Products Company, a fruit by-product establishment. Some time later Mr. Evans went to work in a planing mill in Fresno, where he remained three years, at the end of which period he came to Tulare and in company with Herbert Newby, bought the planing mill of Mrs. T. E. Everett. This is one of the best equipped mills in this section of the country, having the best improved machinery for all forms of work, and they turn out a high grade of inside finishing material, bank fixtures and all kinds of mill work. The main mill building is fifty by one hundred feet in size, with an ell forty by sixty feet. Fifteen men are constantly employed, all of whom are specialists in their individual lines. It is a notable fact that at no time during the business depression of the last few years has there been any notable decrease in this company's business, owing mainly to the steady demand for high class work such as is turned out by them.

Mr. Evans was married to Miss Sarah A. Northam, who was a schoolmate of his childhood days in Virginia, and they are the parents of two daughters: A. Frankie, teacher in the grammar school at Tulare; and Virginia Susan, a pupil in the grade schools. The Tulare Planing Mill Company is one of the important commercial and industrial establishments of Tulare and Mr. Evans has been indefatigable in his efforts not only to promote the success of his own concern, but also has been consistently faithful in his support of every movement or enterprise for the betterment of the community in any way. Because of his earnest life and public spirit, he enjoys the confidence and respect of the entire community.

Mr. Evans is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, while he and his wife are affiliated with the Fraternal Aid. Mr. Evans served for eight years on the high and grammar school boards of Tulare. He has been active in the Y. M. C. A. work and is its local treasurer. He also has belonged to the Scout Council of Boy Scouts for some time.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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