Byron Evans

Byron M. Evans, landowner and retired farmer of Plymouth, has achieved leisure and prosperous circumstances by the practice of industry and the wise direction of his energies. He was born October 21, 1855, in Plymouth township, and this community has witnessed many of the events which mark chapters in his life's history. In other parts of the state he has made his home for certain periods and he has experienced both urban and country life, and after a thorough acquaintance with both has expressed his preference for the latter. At the customary age he entered the public school in the neighborhood of his home and there pursued his education through the successive grades until he had completed the course of instruction. Meanwhile he had engaged in the work on his father's place and acquired a degree of facility in the planting and harvesting of crops, the care and use of domestic animals and the various departments of farm work in which a man must needs be skilled if he would prove a successful agriculturist.

At the age of twenty-one years he accepted a position of responsibility at the state penitentiary at Waupun under H. N. Smith, warden of the institution, remaining here until the death of his father in 1878 necessitated his presence at the family home. The following year he returned to Waupun, this time performing his duties under the direction of Colonel George W. Carter. In 1882 he left the institution at Waupun to assume the duties of assistant superintendent of the asylum then newly built at Sheboygan. This was a position entailing large responsibilities as Mr. Evans and those associated with him in authority were charged with the care and well-being of those persons confided to their care.

For a period of three or four years he filled this onerous situation when he removed to Milwaukee, where he engaged in speculating. About 1904 he purchased the homestead of his father in Plymouth, and in addition thereto the adjoining place, known as the Koebel farm, the entire property comprising one hundred and forty acres. Upon his place he has erected a fine residence and here he has led a retired life since 1900.

On November 3, 1905, occurred the marriage of Mr. Evans and Regina Burghart, a daughter of Girard and Emma (Goshin) Burghart, residents of Chicago, the father a native of Cologne, Germany, and the mother of St. Johns, Newfoundland. Girard Burghart was born in 1841 and at the completion of his college course in 1861 came to the United States. He made his home at La Crosse, Wisconsin, and entered the employ of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad, continuing in the service of that corporation for thirty-eight years. His death occurred in Chicago on the 9th of May, 1907. Mrs. Burghart came to the United States with her father while still in her infancy and the family home was established in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Mr. Evans affiliates with the Masonic order and gives his support and the influence of his endorsement to all measures inaugurated for mutual benefit and the common good of all.


Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL