Judge J. T. Evans Chaves County, New Mexico

Judge J. T. Evans, probate judge of Chaves County, and a resident of Roswell, has made his home in the Territory since the fall of 1892. He was born in Alabama and pursued his education at Meridian, Mississippi. For four years he engaged in teaching school in Texas and was county surveyor of Coleman County, Texas, for four years. Preparing for the practice of law, he was admitted to the bar in Coleman county about 1886, and while residing there was elected and served for four years as county judge, bringing to the bench excellent qualifications for the discharge of the responsible duties of an office to which the general public must look for the protection of its rights and liberties. In the fall of 1892 he removed from Texas to New Mexico and has since resided in Roswell, where, opening an office, he entered upon the active practice of law, displaying an ability that soon made his clientage a distinctly representative one. In 1901 he was chosen to the office of probate judge, which position he is now filling for the third term, proving most capable in the discharge of his duties as is indicated by the fact that he has been twice re-elected. His political support is given to the Democracy and he has loyally adhered to the party in times of defeat as well as in times of victory because of his firm belief in its principles and policy.

In his social relations Judge Evans is an Odd Fellow, belonging to Samaritan Lodge No. 12, at Roswell, in which he has taken all of the degrees and filled all of the chairs. He likewise belongs to the Masonic lodge and the Royal Arch chapter and is a worthy exemplar of the teachings and tenets of the fraternity.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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