Evans Cantrall>UIS Collection C-G>UIS Collection C-G, Segment 1


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Moved to Springfield from Cantrall at age six. Siefert boys gave him pigeons to take with him. Had pony, hunting dog, gun at age ten. Father made him choose between dog and football. Shamed him about smoking as a waste of money in hard times. Sister, Harriet, art supervisor in public schools; other sister musical but not healthy. Harriet supported him in writing. Father was in grain business for Uhlrick & Son. Went to Nebraska for a grain deal. Family went with him, Evans wrote letters home at age four. Went to school one year, then back to Springfield to Edwards School for four grades. Father returned home but business fell through and health failed as he tried to sell insurance. Sister went to Pratt Institute of Art in New York.