EVAN THOMAS HEWES
††††††††††† Evan Thomas
Hews, a director of the Imperial Irrigation District and one of the progressive
ranchers of his beautiful and fertile valley, was born April 5, 1897, on the
home farm in Carroll County,
Maryland, where his father, Charles
Crebs Hewes, still resides.† His
ancestors were early settlers in Maryland
and served under General Washington in the Revolutionary war.† The mother, Mary (Brandenberg) Hewes, was
also born in Maryland
and is now deceased.
††††††††††† A member of
a family of five children, Evan Thomas Hewes spent his early life on his
fatherís farm and attended the public schools of Towson, Maryland.† Entering the service of the Western Maryland
Railway, he was in the employ of the company for twenty-tree months, and in
1912 came to the Imperial Valley of California.†
Here he worked for others for about three years and in 1916 began his
independent career as a farmer, purchasing land near the town of Imperial.† A firm believer in the value of system and
science, he has brought his ranch to a high state of development and is one of
the largest growers of alfalfa in this part of the county, finding the soil and
climatic conditions here particularly well adapted to the production of that
††††††††††† In 1916 Mr.
Hewes was married to Miss Josie Nellie Alexander, who graciously presides over
their attractive home.† Fraternally Mr.
Hewes is a Mason, identified with Imperial Lodge, No. 390, F. & A. M.† An agriculturist of high standing, he was
made a director of the Imperial Irrigation District in 1933, capably
discharging the important duties that devolve upon him in that connection, and
his office is in the Masonic building at El
Centro.† He is
also rendering valuable service as president of the Farm Bureau of the Imperial Valley and has clearly demonstrated his worth as
a man and a citizen.† From boyhood he has
been a tireless worker and well merits the prosperity which he now enjoys.
By: †Michele Y. Larsen on August 19, 2012.
Source: California of the South Vol. V,† by John Steven McGroarty,
Page 250, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles,†
© 2012 Michele
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