Charles W. Evans (1867-1952)

Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley, West Virginia
by James Morton Callahan
Volume II, Pages 485-486

Photograph - Charles W. EvansCharles W., second son and fourth child of Isaac Evans, was born at the old town of Fetterman, Taylor county, West Virginia, December 18, 1867. He attended the public schools of this place where he received his first preparation as a teacher. He taught his first school, known as the Poe School, in Fetterman district in 1885-86. He later attended the Fairmont State Normal School, from which he graduated in 1887, and finished his education in the West Virginia University at Morgantown. He taught school for thirteen years, three years as principal of the Fetterman graded school, seven years as teacher of mathematics in the Fairmont State Normal School, and in the summer of 1897 was elected city superintendent of schools at Fairmont, West Virginia, which position he held for three years. During this period of school work, he was prominent in the educational affairs of West Virginia, and assisted in conducting Teachers' Institutes in several counties of the state. In the year 1900 he entered the field of fire and casualty insurance, in which business he continues at the present time. At the general election of 1910, ten years after retiring from teaching, he was nominated and elected to the position of county superintendent of public schools of Marion county, but owing to his large business interests he resigned this position, believing that it was a position which required the undivided attention of the man who attempted to fill it. In June, 1911, after a reorganization of the Fairmont Board of Trade under the name of Fairmont Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Evans was elected its secretary, which position he still holds. Mr. Evans has always been a public-spirited citizen. In addition to his being secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, he was one of the first directors of the Fairmont Business Men's Association, and a director in the Fairmont Young Men's Christian Association. Mr. Evans is a charter member of Mountain City Lodge, No. 48, Knights of Pythias; belongs to Fairmont Lodge, No. 9, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and is one of the officials of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Fairmont. He has always been identified with church and religious movements, and while yet in his teens was superintendent of his home Sunday school in the town of Fetterman for several years, and is now serving his eighteenth year as superintendent of the First Methodist Episcopal Sunday school in Fairmont. In the year 1908 he had the honor of being elected to represent the lay electoral conference of West Virginia as delegate to the general conference of the Methodist Episcopal church which convened in Baltimore, Maryland.

He married, August 15, 1894, Lillie, daughter of Isaac Newton and Sarah (Pritchard) Lough. Children: A son, born March 9, 1907, died in infancy, and Sarah Elizabeth, October 3, 1909. Lillie (Lough) Evans is of revolutionary ancestry being a lineal descendant of William Pritchard who served in that war, enlisting as private in 1776, for three years, in Captain Alexander Lawson Smith's company, General Daniel Morgan's regiment. The line of descent is as follows: William Pritchard married Amelia Knotts; their son, William Pritchard, married Hannah Meredith; their son, Davis Pritchard, married Millie Dawson; their daughter, Sallie E. Pritchard, born July 20, 1848, married Isaac Newton Lough, born July 7, 1849; their daughter, Lillie, married Charles W. Evans.


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