|1892 advertisement for Evans family land|
In 1900 the federal census showed Samuel living in the house at (then) 415 North Orange Street, with his wife Mary, his parents Samuel C. Sr.(1823-1902) and Minerva, and Samuel and Mary's son Errol (b. 1893).
|415 North Orange Street in 1910|
Samuel was noted in the 1900 census as a "farmer", while his father was listed as "retired", both significant understatements for the day.
|S.C. Evans, Jr. in 1910|
In 1912 Samuel ran for Congress. Running as a Progressive Republican, his fortunes were scuttled by San Diego Chamber of Commerce members. The heavily Republican CofC wanted Evans' rival to win the Republican nomination, so they could lobby for naval facilities in the San Diego area. When that candidate lost to Evans, they swung their support to a conservative Democrat, who promised just that. And history was made.
Samuel rebounded politically by running and winning as State Senator for Riverside/Imperial counties for 1917-1921. He followed this with two more terms as mayor beginning in 1922 and finishing in 1926.
The Evans' left the Orange Street house prior to 1920, settling at 1191 W. 7th Street. The 1930 census finds Samuel, Mary and a housekeeper at the same location, although the address has now changed to 4191 W. 7th. From this home in 1932 Samuel once again ran for, and was elected mayor of Riverside, but died prior to taking office at age 66. He was buried in the Evans family plot at Olivewood Cemetery.
The house on Orange Street was also renumbered by 1930, becoming today's 3415 Orange Street. In 1936 it is being occupied by John & Pauline Davenport.
Today the site for the old house is part of the Riverside Convention Center. It once stood on the southwest corner of Orange and 4th Streets. Interestingly, nearby houses still stand, including the house that is kittycorner across the intersection.
A photo of the Evans family in Yosemite, 1920's
An article about S.C. Evans' passion for cogged stones(from pcas.org)
Short bio from Notables of the West (1913)
More on Samuel Evans, Sr.