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Glen Evans

Glen Leon Evans was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on September 25, 1894, the son of Anna and Fred Evans, a city auditor. In 1917 Glen married Ruth Miller in Caldwell, Idaho; Ruth had been born on May 13, 1896 in Bradshaw, Nebraska. Both had moved to Idaho with their families when they were young, and they spent the rest of their lives in Caldwell. The Evanses ran their own farm and were fishing enthusiasts. In the early 1920s, fish flys were not always available, so they began to tie their own. Thus began the Evans Fish Fly Company, which prospered and diversified into a very successful business known world-wide.

Their success in the fishing tackle business allowed them the means to pursue their second passion, gems and minerals, and they traveled the world acquiring pieces for their collection, which eventually numbered about 5,000. Their collecting activities spanned over 40 years, and eventually branched out into many interests, including petrified wood from worldwide localities, Lake Superior and Brazilian agates, and lapidary items such as spheres and polished stones, and a small but important mineral collection totaling some 1,000 specimens. Ruth had a keen interest in minerals and crystals, and as such the collection reflects her eye for minerals. During the period the mineral collection was being built, many classic localities such as Bisbee, Butte, Leadville, the Keweenaw, and several now-defunct Idaho mines were still in production, and the Evanses acquired numerous samples from these localities.

All of the lapidary items in the Evans' collection were produced by Glen and Ruth, and much of the equipment Glen used in his fly tying business and lapidary pursuits he personally designed and built. He sold some of his inventions to other gem cutters, including at least one company based in Idar-Oberstein.

In 1970, the Evanses donated their entire collection to the College of Idaho, a liberal arts college founded in 1891 and located in Caldwell, Idaho. The collection is housed today in the William Judson Boone Science Hall. While the space for the collection was provided by the college, Glen built all of the display cases and typed the labels for every piece in the collection. The museum was opened to the public in March, 1972. Ruth Evans died in July of that year, and Glen died in October 1976.

Idaho Press-Tribune, 4/10/1983.
Social Security Death Index.
Idaho Marriages, 1892-1946.
World War I Civilian Draft Registrations.
U.S. Federal Census, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930.
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