March 20, 1899
DEATH OF S. P. EVANS.
It was Due to a Complication of Diseases, Brought About by Grip.
Austin, Tex., March 19 - Representative S. P. Evans of Grayson county
died here to-day after an illness of about two weeks. He was first stricken
with an attack of la grippe and his death was due to a complication of
diseases brought about by that sickness. He was aged 39. His remains were
shipped to Van Alstyne, Tex., to-night for interment, accompanied by a
Van Alstyne, Tex., March 19. - Representative S. P. Evans, who died
at Austin this morning, will be buried by the I. O. O. F. here to-morrow
at 3 o'clock. Visiting lodges from Sherman, McKinney, Denison and Bells
will be here.
Wednesday, March 23, 1966
History From the Files of the Sherman Daily Register, March 20, 1899
All that is mortal of Hon. Simpson P. Evans, representative from
Grayson County and editor of the Van Alstyne News, rests under a new made
mound in the pretty little burying ground in Van Alstyne.
An unspeakable gloom has rested like a pall over the little city
today. The funeral obsequies and burial were attended with full legislative
marks of respect and a guard of honor from among the fellow craftsmen of
the deceased have been in attendance.
The body was accompanied from Austin by the following committee:
House - Cecil H. Smith, Tom Wells, E.W.H. Shelburne, F.L. Staples,
W.S. Connely and J.L. Crawford.
The two first mentioned are colleagues of the deceased representing
Senate - B.H. Johnson and C.V. Terrell.
Mesdames Harris and Franklin of Austin came home with the grief
The Houston and Texas Central railway by special orders waited at
Dallas for the funeral train on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railway
and the party arrived at Van Alstyne nearly an hour earlier than expected.
At every turn the utmost consideration and courtesy was received
from the railroads, their agents and employes.
Since daylight every village and municipality through which the
train passed have shown marks of respect.
At every stop of any length county and municipal authorities have
tendered their immediate services, if need to perform any little office
of kindness to the funeral party.
Yet nowhere was there an evidence of worship of those in high places
simply the promptings of the great appreciative heart of Texas in respect
to the memory of a good and faithful public servant.
Was Representative Evans murdered? This startling question was asked
even among his intimate friends before his body was brought back to Van
A quiet investigation was soon begun and has since proceeded but
under the strictest pledge of secrecy among the officers. But so
far no light has been turned on satisfying them one way or the other.
There were bruises on his face and throat and a contusion on the back of
his head. A considerable sum of money known to have been in his possession
has not been accounted for.
There are persistent rumors that he was the victim of an assault
between the capitol building and his hotel the night before the day his
illness was announced.
During lucid intervals in his illness he made no reference to anything
confirming these rumors, and in fact talked but little of the case, but
while unconscious continuously placed his hand upon the bruise on the back
part of his head.