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S: The Wit and Wisdom of Earl E. (Pete) Evans

FC: The Wit and Wisdom of Earl E. (Pete) Evans

1: Earl Edward Evans July 20, 1903 – November 21, 1988

2: Pete was born Earl E. Evans in Greeley, Colorado in 1903. His parents John Gray Evans and Jane Hewwit immigrated to Colorado from Wales, British Isles, in the late 1800s. John worked as a carpenter in the silver mines of Central City, Colorado. The family moved to Greeley,where John farmed and worked construction. They raised six children-- 4 girls (Ethel (1), Ester (2) , Edith (3), Vivian “Pud” (6))and 2 boys (Dave(4) and Earl (5)). | Pete at age three or four

4: Pete worked his way through The State Teachers College of Colorado in Greeley and obtained a degree in Industrial Arts. While there, he lettered in three sports – baseball, football (captain), and basketball. He moonlighted as a wrestler--filling in when the coach didn't have enough grapplers. He earned his nickname in college. The football team's mascot was a stubborn goat... named Pete. | Aggies at Greeley "As usual Brown and Evans carried the brunt of the attack. Captain Evans kept the crowd on their feet with his open field running." | Wrestling "Moynahan and Evans, both developed this year, gave a good account of themselves." | Excerpts on this page from 1925 STC Yearbook "Cache La Poudre"

5: 1923

6: In 1926, at age 23, Pete took a trip out west to Yellowstone with his sister, Edith Mueller, her husband Jack, and their four sons (John, Fred, Marvin, and Dave). | On the Road Again! | On the road again!

7: Pete met Vera, his future wife, while she was a student in his jewelry-making class. She was a music and art major at Greeley. At the time, he was practically engaged to another woman, but, who could resist ...

8: "I cut this board three times and it's still too short." - Pete

9: Pete and Vera both became teachers in the Denver schools. Vera taught art and music and Pete taught industrial arts – woodworking, metallurgy, and mechanical drawing. The restroom pass for Pete's woodworking students, who he called "Woodpeckers", was a bowling ball welded to a chain. While teaching, Pete met the OTHER love of his live. Tootsie, a stray cocker spaniel wandered over to South High School one day. She stayed in his shop and he would feed her his lunch. After a few days of this he brought her home and she lived at 2511 Dexter for years. Tootsie would hear Pete's car three blocks away and be at the back door waiting for him each day after work. | Pete and Vera were married in 1929

10: "Anyone can be a father, it takes a special person to be a dad." | A year after Pete and Vera were married, Charlotte Elaine came along. Lois Jeannette was born in 1932. Lois was born with a congenital disorder that caused muscle and strength issues; Pete worked with her every night, massaging her legs and working with her feet. Char, the oldest and always on the go, served as a great inspiration to Lois, who never was given the message that there was anything Char could do that Lois could not. Patricia Diane was born in 1938 and, in 1943, John David completed the family. Pete gave all of the kids nicknames...Speedy Gonzalez (Char), Calamity Jane (Lois), Tizzy Liz (Patti) and Black Bart/Butch (John).

12: The Evans family lived at 2511 Dexter Street in Denver, Colorado. The home was filled with music and the sounds of kids playing. Projects were always in progress and a baseball diamond occupied the front yard. When Vera suggested using the yard for a lawn, Pete replied "We can always have a lawn, but we can't always have our kids here." The diamond stayed. Pete lived at 2511 for the rest of his life and the house was always a magnet for neighborhood kids and their families.

18: Pete loved fishing and spending time in the mountains at Butch's ranch. When he'd come visit his kids, he would sit still for about five minutes before he had a screwdriver in hand and went searching for a project.

20: 1983 - Pete's 80th Birthday Party

21: "God invented fathers (and grandfathers) because kids need piggy back rides." | Pete dearly loved his eight grandchildren and was the epitome of the perfect grandpa. His grandkids are Dawn. Jerry, Chuck, Scott, Sheri, Lori, Gwynn and Juliet.

22: A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again. A dad is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed, and has faith in you even when you fail. This book was created by Lois Hietala, with help from her sister Pat Walkup and brother Butch Evans in honor of their dad, Pete. It was compiled and edited by Gwynn and (great-granddaughter) Zoe Carver with submissions from Chuck Asbury and Dawn Ratliff. We hope that you enjoy it.

24: Pete’s favorite pastime was fishing for trout in the Laramie and McIntyre Rivers of northwest Colorado (near Mosier’s Ranch, where the family spent their summers). On fishing trips with his friends, he agreed to be the cook on the condition that no one complained about the food. Anyone complaining became the new cook. At breakfast one morning, fried eggs were on the menu. Mr. Graber said “these eggs are really hard,” and then, after catching a look from Pete, added “just the way I like it.” At a formal schoolmaster’s banquet, Pete (in tux) and Vera (in gown) were visiting with some teachers, when a pompous stuffed-shirt shook hands with Pete and said “Hello. I’m Dr. Smith and this is my wife, Mrs. Smith”. Pete replied “Hi, I’m Pete. And this is my wife, Pizza”. During the dinner—table conversation centered on husbands bragging about their wives latest extravagance (e.g., a new car, a diamond ring, a mink coat, etc.). Pete’s contribution was, after a slight pause “Well, you should see my wife’s gloxinia.” | A Dad is respected because he gives his children leadership. A Dad is appreciated because he gives his children care. A Dad is valued because he gives his children time. A Dad is loved because he gives his children the one thing they treasure most - himself. | Just the way I like it! Some Pete stories and sayings

25: Memorable Terms and Phrases “gredients”: Short for ingredients, but actually a reference to Chili Darn the flies Copacetic If you don’t expect too much from others, you won’t be as disappointed Experience is a good teacher You learn to do by doing The same old six and five Make your mistakes on paper A guy who doesn’t make any mistakes doesn’t accomplish much Locks are for honest people Measure twice, cut once I cut this board three times and it’s still too short Make haste slowly That’s what tempers your soul Get me the board stretcher Bring me a sky hook Nail it quick before it warps If two nails won’t hold it, six won’t either You’ve got a bent eyeball Left-handed monkey wrench Down in the dumps It shows up like a duck on Lake Michigan This church could hold a lot of hay Nobody will know the difference in a hundred years It won’t show from Chicago | Hobbies Making guitars Tying flies Reading (anthropology/nature) Furniture making Woodworking Gardening Music (instruments: guitar, harmonica, sax, banjo, drums--sometimes with the banjo, drum and harmonica at the same time)

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