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George B. Evans

From the History of the Valley of the Hudson, River of Destiny, 1609-1930, Volume V, Biographical. Contributed by Jerry Sterrit and transcribed by Arlene Goodwin

In most instances the men of prominence in the business world of today started in humble capacities, advancing through proved ability and worth, and it was as an office boy that George B. Evans made his initial step in the drug trade. Through his own exertions he has pressed steadily onward and upward until he now controls important pharmaceutical interests as president and treasurer of the McKesson-Gibson-Snow-Company, Inc., a part of one of the largest organizations of the kind in the country. His office is at 645 Broadway in the city of Albany and he resides at 130 Manning boulevard.

Mr. Evans was born in Greenville, Greene county, New York, January 4, 1877, a son of James Evans, who was a native of the same place. The grandfather, David Evans, came to this country from Scotland, settling in the southeastern part of New York state, and was numbered among the prosperous agriculturists of Greene county. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary Ingals, was also a native of Scotland and both died in Greenville. Their sons, James and John Evans, were Union Soldiers and their son-in-law, Frank Cathcart, also served in the Civil war. While operating a stage route James Evans carried the mail and he also followed the occupation of farming. His religious views were in harmony with the doctrines of the Methodist Episcopal Church and in politics he maintained an independent course, refusing to follow the dictates of the party leaders. He married Elizabeth Purington, daughter of Joseph B. and Ann (Wright) Purington and a native of Scotland. Both Mr. and Mrs. James Evans passed away in Greenville, New York. The are survived by six children, four sons and two daughters, namely: George B; Arthur and Frank, of Greenville, New York; Louis, who lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania; Mrs. Gover Brown, a resident of South Westerlo, New York; and Mrs. Bert Griffin, whose home is in Greenville.

George B. Evans mastered the branches of learning taught in the public schools of his native town and in his youth drove his fatherís stage-coach, which carried passengers and the mail from Coxsackie to Medusa, New York. Leaving home at the age of twenty years, he came to Albany and after recovering from an operation secured a situation as office boy with the firm of Walker & Gibson, wholesale druggists. Industrious, conscientious and thoroughly dependable, he was rapidly promoted and in 1914, when this firm was consolidated with the house of C. W. Snow, of Syracuse, and the Gibson Drug Company of Rochester, under the name of Gibson-Snow-Company, Inc., he became vice president, treasurer and general sales manager of the new organization. In 1928 this concern was merged with sixty other drug houses in the United States under the corporate title of McKesson & Robbins, Inc., of Maryland, and of this corporation Mr. Evans has since been a vice president. In addition he is serving as president and treasurer of the McKeeson-Gibson-Snow Company, Inc., as treasurer and a director of the Stratton Motors Company of Albany and as treasurer and trustee of the Albany College of Pharmacy. He has an unusual capacity for detail and is a capable, farsighted and resourceful executive, dominated at all times by an accurate sense of business exigency. For thirty-four years he has concentrated his efforts upon the one line of activity and there is no phase of the drug trade with which he is not thoroughly conversant.

Mr. Evans was married July 12, 1921, in Boston Massachusetts, to Miss Katherine M. Jones, who was born in New York city but was reared in Albany, acquiring a high school education. During the World War period Mr. Evans was active in the various Liberty Loan campaigns and in the Red Cross drives. In times of peace he has manifested an equally helpful spirit and as one of the energetic members of the Chamber of Commerce he is pushing forward the wheels of progress in Albany. In the affairs of the Young Menís Christian Association he has long taken a prominent part and for fifteen years was treasurer of the local organization. Without party bias, he closely studies the political situation and votes as his judgment dictates. Fraternally he is an Elk, identified with Albany Lodge, No. 49, and both he and his wife are prominent socially. The latter belongs to the City Club and the Lotus Club, while Mr. Evans is a member of the rotary Club, the Albany Club, the Aurania Club, the Albany Country Club and the Empire State Drug Club. In trade circles throughout the country he is well known through his connection with the New York State Pharmaceutical Association, the Vermont State Pharmaceutical Association and the National Whole-sale Druggists Association. He is a trustee of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church and an earnest advocate of those measures which make for the uplift of the individual and for the benefit of the community at large.

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