Pages 192-193, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




SAMUEL H. EVANS, a traveling salesman residing in Pleasanton, is numbered among the native sons of Kansas. He was born April 12, 1861, the second son of the late honored pioneer, John M. Evans, of Allen county. Reared in Geneva and Iola, he secured a common school education and then began work at herding cattle on the prairies near Geneva. After the family removed from that place to Iola he secured a clerkship, which was his first experience as a salesman and gave him the foundation knowledge and training which now fits him for his present business duties. When the Missouri Pacific railroad was being builded through Allen county he worked with its surveyor on construction work, and later he was for a time with the firm of O. P. Northrup & Company, of Iola. Subsequently he secured a situation as manager of a store in Bronson, Kansas, and afterward filled similar positions in Blue Mound, Kansas. Eventually in 1888 he accepted his present position as traveling salesman with the Ridenour Baker Grocery Company, of Kansas City, Missouri, and is now upon the road, being one of the trusted and capable representatives of that house.

In March, 1884, Mr. Evans was married, the lady of his choice being


Miss Carrie Ellis, of Iola, a daughter of Seaman T. Ellis, who now resides in Oklahoma. Unto our subject and his wife have been born the following children: Brett M., Bruce E., Harry D., Margaret and Melvin, twins, and Robley D. They also lost twin daughters, Ruth and Rena, who died in infancy. Mr. Evans, whom everyone knows as "Harry," has become popular with many of the patrons of the house which he represents and also has many friends in the city of his residence. His manner is genial, courteous and kindly,—qualities which always win regard.

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