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ROWLAND N. EVANS, City Clerk of Bloomington, has been a resident here since 1856. He was born on a farm in Cambria County, Pa., in June, 1834, being the son of David R. and Ann (Jervis) Evans, both natives of Wales, who emigrated to the United States early in life and located in Pennsylvania. There the father died in 1847; the mother is still living.

The parental household included four children, of whom our subject was the eldest. He remained under the home roof until fifteen years of age, assisting his mother in the duties around the farm, and then served an apprenticeship to the carpenter's trade.

Upon completing this he went to Ohio, where he staid [sic] one year, and in the fall of 1856 pushed on further westward to the Prairie State. He worked at his trade in Bloomington until the outbreak of the late war, and then enlisted as a Union soldier in Co. C, 20th Ill. Vol. Inf. [ed., 20th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment], serving four and one-half years in the Western army.

He was engaged with his comrades at the battles of Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, the siege and capture of Vicksburg [ed., Battle for Vicksburg], and marched with Sherman from Atlanta to the sea. He served as a private one year, and was then promoted First Lieutenant, being afterward given a Captain's commission. Afterward he became Major of the regiment, with which rank he was mustered out at Louisville, Ky., in July, 1865.

At the close of his military career Maj. Evans returned to Bloomington, and engaged as bookkeeper for the Bloomington Stove Works, and J. W. Evans & Son, with whom he remained until May 1, 1886, when he was elected to his present office. He served as Alderman from the Sixth Ward two years, and in other respects has been prominently identified with the affairs of the city.

Mr. Evans was married in May, 1870, to Miss Mary L. Parke, who was born in 1842, and the daughter of Samuel S. Parke, an old resident of Bloomington. Mr. and Mrs. E. have one child, a daughter, Ida Lucretia. They occupy a pleasant home on Douglas street and enjoy the society of many warm friends. Mr. Evans is connected with the G. A. R.

[SOURCE: Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887). Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.]


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