Evan John David

Evan John David

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Death 10 Jun 1961 (aged 84)
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Castine, Hancock County, Maine, USA
Plot Sec I, Lot 401
Memorial ID 99396220 · View Source
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From the Back Jacket of As Runs the Glass, A Romantic Novel of the early days of the American Republic by Evan David

"The son of Welsh parents who migrated from the coal fields of South Wales to the mines of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Evan David never saw more than a few months of grammar school. His parents spoke Welsh at home and the boy went to a Welsh church two nights a week and three time on Sundays, learning "yards of the Bible in Welsh so that the only place I got English was in the streets."

At the age of ten he was paid forty-eight cents for a ten-hour day as a coal breaker and by the time he was twelve he was a full-fledged miner with a magnificent raise of twenty cents a day. He taught himself to read English from the library books smuggled in to the mines and smudged with coal-dust.

Evan David's literary career started when he won two prizes for essays on Alexander Hamilton and the Battle of Monmouth, written under different names. As a result he got a job as cub reporter on the local newspaper. He went to high school for a few hours a day and then, escaping from the mines with his savings, of $55, tried to get into Harvard. A benefactor sent him to Exeter through which he worked his way in three years. He then entered Harvard at last as a Freshman. He received his A.B. in 1907. Since then he has taught school and became head of the English Department at New Hampshire State College. He worked on a cattle boat going to England and spent four months bumming through Europe. He took his M.A. at Harvard and has worked as special correspondent on the Boston Herald and the New York Herald Tribune. He became the first Aviation Editor on the latter paper. He has written for magazines and dabbled in politics and publicity, and has published two non-fictional book."


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[head] DAVID [foot] EVAN JOHN / APR. 12, 1877 / JUNE 10, 1961


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  • Created by: Jeryl
  • Added: 22 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99396220
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Evan John David (12 Apr 1877–10 Jun 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99396220, citing Castine Cemetery, Castine, Hancock County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by Jeryl (contributor 47613004) .