George Taylor Evans, the efficient and popular superintendent of the Mahoning Valley Water Company, which provides the industrial water supply to his native city of Youngstown, was one of the gallant young men who represented Mahoning County in the nations service in the World war, he having been a member of the United States Navy and having had broad and varied experience in connection with the hazardous operations of the navy's submarine chasers.

Mr. Evans was born at Youngstown, on the 9th of February, 1897, and is a son of Frederick G. and Clara (Taylor) Evans, the former of whom likewise was born at Youngstown, where he has been for many years successfully engaged in the insurance business. Frederick G. Evans is a son of Mason and Lucy G. (Gering) Evans, the former of whom was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the latter at Youngstown, Ohio. Mason Evans became one of the prominent and influential citizens and business men of Youngstown, where he was president of the Commercial Bank and also of the Mahoning Valley Water Company at the time of his death, in December, 1921, his widow being still a resident of this city. Edward and Louisa (Holly) Taylor, maternal grandparents of the subject of this review, now maintain their home at LaPorte, Indiana, where Mr. Taylor is the owner of the business conducted under the title of the Niles & Scott Manufacturing Company.

In the public schools of Youngstown George Taylor Evans continued his studies until his graduation from the Rayen High School, as a member of the class of 1915. He then took a position in the office of the Mahoning Valley Water Company, but soon subordinated interests to the call of patriotism. In April, 1917, the month that marked America's entrance into the World war, Mr. Evans enlisted for service in the United States Navy, in which, five months later, he was advanced to the rank of ensign and assigned command of the submarine chaser. With this vessel he worked out of the port of Queenstown, Ireland, until December, 1918, when his vessel became part of the mine-sweeping detachment operating in the North Sea. A few months later he accompanied his command to Plymouth, England, and thence went to France and Portugal. He made the return voyage to the United States by the way of the Azores and the Island of Bermuda, and he arrived at his home in Youngstown on the 19th of June, 1919. He still continued membership in the Naval Reserve until May, 1921, when he was honorably discharged, with the rank of ensign. He has since continued his effective administration as superintendent of the Mahoning Valley Water Company, and is a popular figure in both business and social circles in his native city.

Mr. Evans is found loyally aligned in the ranks of the republican party, is an active member of the Youngstown, Chamber of Commerce and the local Rotary club, and besides being affiliated with the American Legion he has membership in the Submarine Chaser Club of New York City. He and his wife are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown.

In February, 1920, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Evans and Miss Mary Louise Snyder, daughter of George B. and Nettie W. (Walters) Snyder, of Youngstown, and the one child of this union is a fine little son, George T., Jr.


History of Ohio, The American Historical Society Inc., 1925, Volume IV