Alvy “E” Evans

July 15, 2010 at 11:11 pm (Evans Roots) (, , , )

Alvy “E” Evans
June 30, 1938 – February 18, 1991

My Dad was born in Hood River, Oregon. He was the 4th child of Alvy and Mary Evans. When he was still very young, his Dad, Alvy Evans Sr., walked out on his family and chose not to be a part of their lives… On December 14, 1944 (when Dad was 6 years old), my Grandma married Louis “Bud” Zade, and they were a family again.

I don’t know much about his life when he was a child… I wish I had written down his stories when they were still fresh in my mind, so that I would have them now…

I know he spent a lot of time on his bike, and like to ride “dangerously”… I seem to remember a story he told once, about riding down a hill on his handlebars, and crashing… I believe he ended up with stitches that time.

I also have a vague recollection of part of his testimony that he gave at church once… From the little I remember (because this was the only time I heard this story), he almost drowned in a creek or something, and his dog pulled him out and saved his life. I think this was before he came to Christ.

I wish I knew how he came to Christ, though I am pretty sure he was a teen when he did.

Dad grew up in Parkdale, Oregon. Grandma and Grandpa Zade had a tiny house on a pear and peach orchard… That house was SMALL… There was a covered (cluttered) front porch, that also held the washer and dryer. When you went in the front door the living room and dining room were one room. Off to the right were two small rooms, to the left was the kitchen and bathroom… And that was it. Grandma and Grandpa raised 5 kids in that house! The boys had one room, the girls had the other, and Grandma and Grandpa slept on the hide-a-bed in the living room.

Dad, Uncle Bill, and Grandpa Zade

There are some things I will never forget about that house… Like the deer head on the wall. (They were avid hunters)… Or the bullet hole in the glass of the gun cabinet, and the bullet hole in one of the dressers in what was the boys’ room… I believe that Dad did one of them, and Uncle Danny did the other… Hope they learned their lesson about gun safety!!!

I also remember this little cushiony foot rest thing, that I liked to sit on. It had that old vinyl covering, like old cars used to have. There was also a little hole, so when you sat on the seat, the air would come out and make a funny noise… I would get on and off that thing all the time, just to hear the noise. *lol*

But enough about the house.

After high school, Dad joined the National Guard for 2 years. After that he enlisted with the Navy, in the Naval/Air division, for four years. He was stationed in Fallen, Nevada, then in Jacksonville, Florida, then on Treasure Island in San Franciso, California, and then finally in Ewa, Hawaii for 18 months… He was never on either a ship or a plane. He did clerical work for the Navy, ordering supplies and such. He would go into the town of Ewa to go to church.

I do remember him telling me about a severe sun burn he got while in the service, which I believe he said could have gotten him a court martial, for damaging Navy “property”. *shrugs*

He met my Mom when he was stationed on Treasure Island… On January 3, 1959 he was one of the hosts at some gathering at Port O’ Call, which was a Christian Serviceman’s Center in Oakland, California. My Mom, Jessica, was also a host there that night (and it happened to be her 19th birthday). That is the night they met. 🙂 My Mom was feeling down about something, and Dad did a lot to cheer her up.

They started writing letters back and forth, and their romance blossomed… They were married on September 9, 1961. Dad took Mom back to his hometown of Parkdale to live, and they bought their first (itty, bitty) house for $2000.

While they lived in Parkdale, my oldest brother, Rudy, was born in ’63. He was born in Hood River, just like Dad, and the exact same nurse helped the doctor at both Dad and Rudy’s births.

They eventually moved back to California. Mom’s parents were living in San Luis Obispo, and Mom and Dad first bought a place in Atascadero. This is where they lived when Sabina was born in ’67… The only thing I know about this time in their lives, is that Mom thought that house was haunted. She said they would hear footsteps in the attic. (Yikes!)

They then moved to San Luis Obispo, and had a little house on Johnson Ave… Dad was working for Chevron at the time… I don’t know when he started working for Chevron though… Both my brother, Phillip, and I were born while they lived in San Luis Obispo… When I was 4, my parents bought their first ever, brand new home. I remember going through it while it was being built. It had 3 bedrooms, and a garage. It was in Los Osos…

When I was 5 my Dad was transferred to Roseburg, Oregon where he was the assistant manager at a Chevron station there… He was on salary there, and he worked a LOT… But, because he was on salary, things were always tight, money wise.

In ’83 he quit his job at Chevron, and went to Portland to find a job… We stayed in Roseburg, while we tried to sell the house… But times were tough in Roseburg in those days, and the market dead. The house didn’t sell. (While he was working in Portland, he stayed with my Uncle Bill and Aunt Linda at their home in Sandy.)

After school got out in ’83, we all moved to Portland, even though the house hadn’t sold. They decided to rent it out, and we rented a house in Portland. It was nice, but it was small. Both of my brothers had to room out in the garage, with all the boxes as “walls”, seperating their spaces, and area rugs for their carpets.

Things didn’t go to well for Dad… He was always in and out of work, and money was always very tight… The renters in the Roseburg house didn’t last long (and they thrashed the place in the mean time), and since they couldn’t keep up with the mortgage in Roseburg, and the rent in Portland, they lost the house… That house was the last one Dad would own.

Dad (mostly) kept his chin up though. He was a big one for jokes, and was always teasing. He was known at church for his bad jokes, and for being a nut! … He was always helping too. He was an usher, and was always at the church even before the pastor got there. (Dad liked to be early!)

I remember one real embarrasing thing. 😆 … We got a new pastor at Sunnyside Community, where we were going at the time, and Mom and Dad invited him and his family over for dinner… And they came early… When they got there, Mom and Rudy had run to the store to pick something up for dinner, and Dad was in the bath. So Sabina and I were in the living room with them, keeping them company, while we waited for Mom to get home, etc… I remember I was feeling shy, because I thought their son, Scott (who was my age), was cute… ANYWAY, Dad came out of the bathroom with his pants and his undershirt on. (He ALWAYS wore a white t-shirt under his snap down, plaid shirts)… The thing was, he hadn’t zipped or buttoned his pants yet, and he stood there talking to them, holding his dirty clothes in his hands, with his pants open. Sabina and I ABOUT DIED. *rofl*

I remember when my niece, Justina, was born… My, did Dad like being a Grandpa. He doted on Justina, which is the only grandchild he got to meet… And she doted on him too. 🙂

In January 1991 Dad started feeling sick. He thought he had a stomach flu, so he just dealt with it for a couple weeks. When it didn’t get better, he finally took himself to a doctor in the beginning of February. The doctor thought he had hepititis at first, but when the tests for those came back fine, they started some new tests…

On Thursday, February 14th, Dad was diagnosed with cancer. The doctors told him that it was so far gone, that there was nothing they could do for him. It had done too much damage already…

I called in sick to work that night, so that I could go see Dad (I had just turned 20). He was cheerful, and even made jokes about it (typical)… I remember him telling me that I wouldn’t have to wait any longer for the coin collection he had promised me, and when he said it his brother (my Uncle Bill) got after him for joking about it…

That was the last time I saw Dad.

On Monday, February 18th (4 days after being diagnosed), I was working at Payless. I had been working all weekend, and was planning on seeing Dad the next day, when I had a day off… By this time he was at Mt. Hood Medical center in Gresham…

Anyway, I was working Information, when Deanna came up with her till and told me she was taking over. I was more than a little confused, especially when they wouldn’t let me take the till to count it out, and told me to leave it. I thought I was in trouble for something, though I couldn’t figure out what for… I left Info, and started following our manager, when I saw Pastor Steve… And I knew… He didn’t have to tell me that Dad was gone. Just his presense at the store told me that.

4 days is not a lot of time to prepare youself for something like that… It happened so fast, it almost didn’t seem real… But I have always been glad that he didn’t suffer for a long time. Glad that God took him quickly, though it was hard on us…

Everyone says that he must have been sick for a very long time, but he really wasn’t, not until January. He seemed perfectly healthy at Christmas…

You know what I find interesting. That last Christmas, 2 months before he died, he gave us portraits of himself for Christmas… There was a photograher at the church, and he had him take his pictures… This is something that he had never done before, but I am so glad he did… Now we have those last pictures to remember him by… The one at the bottom of this post is one of those shots.


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William Elbert Zade

July 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm (Chandler Roots) (, )

Only child of Louis and Mary Zade

William Elbert Zade
     b. April 9, 1951 in Hood River, Oregon

Married on October 1, 1971 in Odell, Oregon to

Linda Sara Yvonne McEwen
     b. February 10, 1953 in Longview, Washington


1) William Daniel Louis Zade
     b. December 15, 1981 in Portland, Oregon

2) Amy Elizabeth Zade
     b. June 10, 1983 in Portland, Oregon

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Chandler Line :: Fourth Generation

July 15, 2010 at 10:10 am (Chandler Roots) (, , )

Mary Elizabeth Chandler (9th child of Perry and Nancy Chandler)
     b. October 30, 1915 in Missouri, Arkansas
     d. January 18, 1989 in Sandy, Oregon

Married on May 19, 1933 in The Dalles, Oregon to

Alvy Eleanor Evans
     b. June 11, 1911 in Mosier, Oregon
     d. May 27, 1983 in McMinnville, Oregon


1) Elva Lee Evans
     b. November 21, 1933 in Hood River, Oregon

2) Daniel Ray Evans
     b. March 11, 1936 in Hood River, Oregon
     d. August 16, 1966 in Hood River, Oregon

3) Anita Louise Evans
     b. May 25, 1937 in Hood River, Oregon

4) Alvy “E” Evans (Fifth Generation … My Dad…)
     b. June 30, 1938 in Hood River, Oregon
     d. February 18, 1991 in Gresham, Oregon

Alvy Sr. abandoned Mary and their children sometime in the early 40s. He just walked out and never looked back. My Grandma (Mary) then remarried…

Louis and Mary Zade

Married on December 14, 1944 in Vancouver, Washington to

Louis “Bud” Earl Zade
     b. November 9, 1913 in Oxford, Nebraska
     d. April 1, 1983 in Hood River, Oregon


William Elbert Zade
     b. April 9, 1951 in Hood River, Oregon

I wish I had heard more stories about my grandparents before they, and my Dad died. *sigh* … I did visit them often as a child, and loved to visit them. They loved us well!… My Grandpa Zade used to call me “Mighty Might”. *lol*

They owned and ran an orchard in Parkdale, Oregon. It was mainly pears, but they had a few peach trees as well. I remember my Grandma picking peaches right off the trees and giving them to me. 🙂 They had a HUGE front yard, with a view of Mt. Hood. We used to have family get-togethers in the front yard during the summer.

My Grandma was quite the artist. OMWord, she was so talented! My parents (Alvy and Jessica Evans) had a painting of a chipmunk that she painted, and it was so good that it looked like a portrait! She passed on that talent as well. My Uncle Danny was very talented, and even my Dad and I got some of that artistic ability as well (though not as good as hers).

I don’t know much else about Grandma… Other than she smoked like a chimney and that is what eventually killed her… Lung cancer and emphysema… I do remember her sitting, hunched over the table, doing crossword puzzles.

As for Grandpa Zade, he was a rock hound. He collected all sorts of different kinds of cool rocks. He had a huge shop, which was full of the rocks and his machinery. He would cut and polish the rocks, and made jewelry out of some of the gem-like rocks. He was very talented.

Grandma spent her last couple years living with my Uncle Bill (William Zade) and his family in Sandy, Oregon… The orchard and property in Parkdale was sold, and we’ve never been back. 😦

Louis and Mary Zade

I never met my biological Grandpa, Alvy Evans Sr… Since he had walked out on the family, they pretty much didn’t want anything to do with him. I have never so much as seen a picture of him. My Dad did go visit him once, when he was dying of cancer… But I never heard how the visit went.

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The Evans Tree

July 3, 2010 at 12:46 am (Evans Roots) (, , , , , , , , )

We don’t know much about the Evans side of the family… The pictures of my Dad and his siblings are the oldest photos we have. I don’t even have a picture of my father’s bio-dad, and I never met him, even though I was 12 when he died. All I have is the names and dates that I have been able to scrounge out from

First Generation

William Evans
b. September 1, 1775 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
d. November 8, 1868 in Bloomington, Illinois

Married to Effie Winebriner
     b. 1774
d. February 13, 1839 in Bloomington, Illinois


1) Jane Evans
     b. August 27, 1804 in Ohio
d. December 28, 1881 in Vermilion County, Illinois

2) Elizabeth Evans
     b. July 26, 1806 in Ohio
d. April 11, 1858

3) Ellender Evans
b. May 18, 1809 in Ohio
d. January 5, 1884 in Padua, Illinois

(From Rob Day) According to the death certificate of Ellender’s  daughter, Effie, it is written that Ellender was born in Bloomington (McLean County), Illinois. Of course, too many  other sources list her being born in Ohio. She was living in 1835 in Vermilion County, Illinois.  She appeared on  the census in 1840 in McLean County, Illinois. This census listed the family living in Bloomington. There was one  white male under the age of 5 (Elijah) and one white male between the age of 5 and 9 (James). As for the  females, one was listed between the age of 5 and 9 (Mary), two between 10 and 14 years old (Elizabeth and  Effie), and one betwwen the age of 30 and 39 (Ellender). Ellender (spelled Eleanor one the census) was living  next door to her father. She appeared on the census in 1870 in McLean County, Illinois. Ellender was living with  her daughter, Effie, in the township of Padua (the writing is somehat difficult to read but the age of this person and  her birthplace points to Ellender). She was 62 years old and born in Ohio. She owned real estate property valued  at $2,000 and personal property valued at $820. She was buried in Lebo Cemetery, Holder, Illinois.

4) Temperence Evans
     b. 1810 in Ohio

5) Francis M. “Frank” Evans
b. May 29, 1812 in Ohio
d. November 15, 1865

(From Rob Day) He appeared on the census in 1860 in Padua (McLean County), Illinois. The census listed Francis as being 47 years old and born in Ohio. He was a farmer with real property valued at $6,500; his personal property worth $2,500. This was a substantial amount of wealth during their time. His wife, Mary, was 46 years old and born in North Carolina. The following children were listed with their respective ages: William (23), John B. (20), Francis Marion (18), Samuel W. (15), and Phebe A. (9). All of the children were born in Illinois. William was a farmer with personal property valued at $500.

6) William Evans
     b. June 3, 1815 in Huron County, Ohio
d. January  28, 1899 in McLean County, Illinois

(From Rob Day) He appeared on the  census in 1860 in Padua (McLean County), Illinois. According to the census, William was 45 year old and born in Ohio. He was a farmer with real property valued at $7,000 and personal property at $1,500; a substantial amount of wealth during his time. His wife, Mary, was 42 years old and born in Maryland. The following children were listed with their  respective ages: Oliver P. (20), William (19), James (17), Francis J. (13), David B. (10),  Morris L. (8), and John B. (4). All of the children were born in Illinois. He died on January  28, 1899 in McLean County, Illinois. William and his only son, Charles, were killed by  being struck by a passenger train. The accident occurred on the Buchanan Street crossing as the two men were heading home after being in Bloomington earlier that day to purchase  a buggy. William was instantly killed while his son later died from his wounds when he was taken to Brokaw (now Bromen) Hospital. A witness stated the rig and the two men was  standing on the west side of the track waiting for a freight train to back up off the crossing. When the freight train cleared the crossing, the buggy moved forward. The witness goes on  to say that he saw the brakeman motioning the two men back. Just then the northbound passenger train came up on the main track and strike the carriage. The two men were hurled 90 feet. William took great pleasure in catching wolves. During one winter, him and another brother trapped forty-five of these troublesome pests. William’s education was attended to as well as possible in the West. He had a private teacher, Billy Hodge, and  William would say from time to time that this gentleman was a very good teacher, although Mr. Hodge was a little severe with his scholars. William was described as a man who stood at 6′ high, had gray hair and whiskers, and clear gray eyes, with an honest expression in them. His voice was firm and clear, with a trustworthy ring to it. William was very accommodating. He was one of the most reliable of men, and loved humor, as the genuine old settlers did.

7) Samuel Evans (Second Generation)
     b. April 22, 1821 in Licking County, Ohio
d. November 22, 1895 in Mosier, Oregon

(From Rob Day) He appeared on the  census in 1850 in McLean County, Illinois. 33 Samuel and his family was living in the town  of Bloomington. He was 29 years old and born in Ohio. Samuelworked as a farmer with a  real property value of $200. Evaline (spelled “EVELINE” in the census) was 24 years old  and also born in Ohio. The following children were listed with their ages: Calista Ann (6),  William H. (4), Ira (3), and Leander (10/12). All of the children were born in Illinois. This  family was living near Evaline’s parents (dwelling no. 548) and her brother’s family (dwelling  no. 549).

8 ) Oliver Perry Evans
b. April 10, 1823
d. November 29, 1835 in Illinois

Second marriage to Martha Day
b. 1808 in North Carolina
d. October 7, 1873


9) John W. Evans
     b. December 31, 1841 in Illinois
d. April 13, 1870

10) Effie Evans
     b. November 13, 1843 in Illinois
d. August 5, 1898

11) Martha P. Evans
     b. 1845

Second Generation

Samuel Evans
     b. April 22, 1821 in Ohio
d. November 22, 1895 in Mosier, Oregon

Married to Evaline King
b. April 3, 1822 in Ohio
d. February 10, 1900 in Mosier, Oregon


1) Calista Ann
    b. About 1844

2) William Henry Evans
b. August 20, 1846 in Bloomington, Illinois
d. February 18, 1916 in California

3) Ira D Evans
     b. about 1847 in Illinois

4) Leander Evans (Third Generation)
b. November 7, 1849 in Bloomington, Illinois
d. February 17, 1931 in Mosier, Oregon

5) Mary E. Evans
     b. about 1856 in Illinois

6) Samuel E. Evans
     b. about 1859 in Illinois

7) Lousia Evans
b. about 1861 in Illinois

8) Geo D. Evans
b. about 1862 in Illinois

9) Foster Evans
     b. about 1864 in Illinois

10) Ethia Evans
     b. about 1869 in Illinois

Third Generation

Leander Evans
     b. November 7, 1849 in Bloomington, Illinois
d. February 17, 1931 in Mosier, Oregon

Married to Mary Elizabeth Swasey
b. February 28, 1855 in Missouri
d. September 21, 1910 in Mosier, Oregon


1) George Clark Evans (Fourth Generation)
     b. about 1876 in Kansas
d. August 2, 1948 in Mosier, Oregon

2) Frederick Earl Evans
b. July 12, 1881 in Alberville, Colorado
d. July 24, 1967 in Portland, Oregon

Fourth Generation

George Clark Evans
     b. about 1876 in Kansas
d. August 2, 1948 in Mosier, Oregon

Married to Elva Coyle
b. October 3, 1881 in Oregon
d. 1917 in Mosier, Oregon


1) Lloyd E Evans
     b. about 1901 in Oregon

2) Ora L. Evans
     b. about 1903 in Oregon

3) Florence M. Evans
     b. October 4, 1904 in Mosier, Oregon
d. January 19, 1980 in Oregon

4) Flora A. Evans
b. about 1907 in Oregon

5) Leonard L. Evans
     b. about 1908 in Oregon

6) Alvy Eleanor Evans (Fifth Generation)
b. June 11, 1911 in Mosier, Oregon
d. May 17, 1983 in McMinnville, Oregon

7) Alvin Eleanor Evans
b. June 11, 1911 in Mosier, Oregon
d. June 19, 1977 in Salem, Oregon

8 ) Mary Evans

9) Walter J. Evans

Fifth Generation

Alvy Eleanor Evans
     b. June 11, 1911 in Mosier, Oregon
d. May 17, 1983 in McMinnville, Oregon

Married on May 19, 1933 to
Mary Elizabeth Chandler
b. October 30, 1913 in Missouri
d. January 18, 1989 in Sandy, Oregon


1) Elva Lee Evans
b. November 21, 1933 in Hood River, Oregon
d. (still living at the time of this post)

2) Daniel Ray Evans
b. March 11, 1936 in Hood River, Oregon
d. August 16, 1966 in Hood River, Oregon

3) Anita Louise Evans
     b. May 25, 1937 in Hood River, Oregon
d. (still living at the time of this post)

4) Alvy “E” Evans (Sixth Generation)
     b. June 30, 1938 in Hood River, Oregon
d. February 18, 1991 in Gresham, Oregon

Second husband to Mary; Louis Earl Zade (this is the man I knew as Grandpa, even though he was a step-grandpa)
m. December 14, 1944
b. November 9, 1913 in Oxford, Nebraska
d. April 1, 1983 in Hood River, Oregon


5) William Elbert Zade
     b. April 9, 1951 in Hood River, Oregon
d. (still living at the time of this post)

Second Wife to Alvy; Lucy

Sixth Generation

Alvy “E” Evans
b. June 30, 1938 in Hood River, Oregon
d. February 18, 1991 in Gresham, Oregon

Married on September 9, 1961 to
Edith Jessica Bonneland Andersen
     b. January 3, 1940 in Conoor, India
d. (still alive at the time of this post)


1) Rudy Vaughn Evans
     b. October 12, 1963 in Hood River, Oregon

2) Sabina Kayleen Evans
b. December 29, 1967 in Atascadero, Califnornia

3) Phillip Andrew Evans
     b. Febuary 16, 1970 in San Luis Obispo, California

4) Julie Anna Evans (ME!)
     b. February 7, 1971 in San Luis Obispo, California

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