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Memorable Manitobans: James Howell Evans (1884-1953)

Click to enlargeAnimal breeder, civil servant.

Born at St. Clears, Carmarthenshire, Wales, son of Thomas Evans and Bridget Howell, he was educated at Public Schools and the Whitland Intermediate University of Aberystwyth, Wales before coming to Canada in 1906 and farming at Kenton, Manitoba until 1914. He completed his education at the Agricultural College (BSA, 1909 to 1912) and the University of Manitoba. In 1916, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Immigration and held the position until his retirement in 1949. He is credited with having created the first tuberculosis-free cattle herds in the British Empire. He bred race-horses as a hobby.

On 17 June 1912, he married Clara Stuart Stitt. They had two sons and a daughter. He was Honorary President of the St. David’s Society, President of the Alumni Association of the University of Manitoba, Honorary President of the Manitoba Poultry Breeders Association, and Honorary President of the Manitoba Fish and Game Conservation League. He was a member of the AF & AM (Assiniboine Lodge). He was active in musical organizations.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 91 Borebank Street, on 11 May 1953.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“J. H. Evans, ex-govt. Deputy, dies” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 May 1953, page 1.

We thank Keith Jones for additional information used in this profile.

Page revised: 18 June 2010

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