From A Biographical History of Central
Kansas, Vol. I, p. 198
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902
Perry A. Evans
Perry A Evans, who is clerk of the district court in Rice County, Kansas, and makes his home in the city of Lyons, was elected to the office in November, 1900. He is regarded as one of the popular and worthy residents of the community, in which he has made his home since 1877, coming here in his boyhood days. He was born in Wayne county, Ohio, near the city of Wooster, October 12, 1866, and traces his ancestry back to Revolutionary stock. His great-grandfather, James Evans, was a native of Wales, and in colonial days sought a home in the new world. When the attempt was made to throw off the yoke of British oppression he joined the American army and loyally served in the cause of independence under General George Washington and General Lafayette. James S Evans, the father of our subject, now resides in Sterling, Kansas. He was reared, however, in Ohio, and there made his home until 1877, when he came to Rice County. In the Buckeye state he wedded Lamenta Swan, a daughter of J S Swan and a native of Ohio. In their family were but two children, the brother of our subject being D G Evans, a resident of Sterling.
Perry A Evans was a lad of only eleven summers when brought by his parents to Kansas. He acquired a good education in his youth and for some years was engaged in the grocery business in Sterling, where he made many friends and gained success by his honorable dealing, his earnest desire to please his customers, his pleasant manner and his reliability. In 1900 he was elected to the office of clerk of the district court and his business and executive force well qualified him for the position. He is regarded as an active factor in Republican ranks, keeping well informed on the issues of the day and thus being able to support his position by intelligent argument. As a political worker he is faithful, zealous and capable and his labors in recent years have contributed to the success of the public in this portion of the county.
In Rice County, in 1887, Mr. Evans wedded Miss Bernice Williams, of Brooklyn, Iowa, and to them have been born three children, namely: Glenn, Lamenta and Lorena. Mr. Evans is a representative of the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America, and Ancient Order of United Workmen. He is an intelligent, well informed young man, who is found reliable in public and private life and whose many excellent characteristics, manifested from his boyhood days to the present time, have gained for him the esteem and confidence of all with whom he has been associated.