|Birth: ||1870, Wales|
He first appeared in amateur theatricals, then joined a Minstrels' group in Chicago in 1892. Evans was a composer of songs and monologues. He authored the immensely popular song "In the Good Old Summer Time." He was the outstanding black-face comedian of his day, touring until his death at 45, supposedly from complications of a ruptured spleen when hit by a baseball. (Some sources stated he died for cancer.) A memorial to Evans is at the Streator Elks Lodge, where he was a member.
-Riverview Cemetery: A self guided tour, 2nd ed. p 24.
"I'll Be True To My Honey Boy" 1894
"In The Good Old Summertime" 1902
"In The Merry Month of May" 1903
"Come Take a Trip In My Air-Ship" 1904
"Waltzing With The Girl You Love" 1905
"You'll Have to Wait Till My Ship comes In" 1906
Plot: Block 16 Row 5
GPS (lat/lon): 41.12433, -88.85114
Created by: Timothy M. Coplin
Record added: Nov 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31716900
Added: Jan. 4, 2009