“Died. — At his home on Thirteenth and High Streets, of peritonitis*, Geo. E. Evans, aged 43 years. The gentleman recently came here from Nebraska, and has been an invalid for some time. His case has been a peculiar one and has been watched with considerable interest by the medical fraternity. The disease given is inflammation of the peritoneum, or the thin, serous membrane investing the whole internal surface of the abdomen and more or less completely all the viscera contained in it. This advanced until this membrane become paralyzed and he was unable to retain any food. For thirteen days he has not taken nourishment of any kind. The funeral service will be conducted under the auspices of the A.O.U.W. and the A.F.& A.M. lodges at 1 p.m. tomorrow, the interment taking place to the Masonic cemetery.”
Daily Eugene (OR) Guard, Feb. 7, 1895, pg. 4, col. 3.
The Eugene Masonic Cemetery lists the following Evans on the burial list: Evans, George E. 1852-1895, Evans, George W. 1829-1853 and Evans, Ernest S. 1869-1920. Unfortunately the online data base for the cemetery does not give their burial plots so further investigation is needed to determine if George E. Evans is related to the other two. GT
*Famous people who have also died of this same condition include: Magician and escape artist Harry Houdini, Private William Christman – first military man buried at Arlington and the legendary actor Rudolph Valentino!