Cowboy Morgan Evans

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Cowboy Morgan Evans
Cowboy Morgan Evans at age 14.jpg
14 year old Charlie Morgan Evans
Born 19 February 1903
Archer County, Texas, U.S.A.
Died April 15, 1969 (age 66)
Bonham, Texas
Education Huff Community Elementary, and Wichita Falls, Texas
Occupation Rancher, Roughneck, Oilman, Rodeo Bull rider and 1928 World Champion Bulldogger
Known for 1928 world Bulldogging champ, Bull rider, Rancher, Oil production Roughneck and Drilling Foreman, Christian Baptist Freemason 33°
Spouse(s) Allie Odessa Jarvis
Children Mary Morine Evans-Penner
Sara Deane Evans
Parents Andrew Jackson Evans, Sr.
Grace Morgan

Charles "Cowboy" Morgan Evans (February 19, 1903 – April 15, 1969) was an American champion rodeo sports cowboy and oil field worker from Texas who worked as a rancher and oil drilling foreman the majority of his life.

Evans won the 1927 World Series Rodeo Buldogging Championship at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The World Series Rodeo is now known as the National Finals Rodeo (or "NFR"). Cowboy Evan's championship is recorded in the Rodeo Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Early life[edit]

Charlie Morgan Evans was born to rancher Andrew Jackson Evans, Sr., and his wife Grace Morgan in the community of Huff, Texas in Archer County. The family was of Scottish and Welsh descent. As an adult, in 1942, Evans legally changed his birth name from Charlie to Charles, but his rodeo name was the one that stuck in the minds of those who knew him. Some oldtimers in parts of Arkansas, where he had a cattle ranch, still remembered Cowboy Morgan Evans in the local American folklore of the late 20th century.[citation needed]

Second Annual 1928 World Series Rodeo Contestant ticket
Bulldogging photo of Cowboy Evans at Chicago Stadium (notice he has a Western riding boot on his right foot and a low quarter shoe on his left for quick competition dismount)

Career and family[edit]

Cowboy Evans was known for his unique rodeo steer wrestling competition style of wearing one Western riding boot and one low quarter standard shoe for ease of quick dismount from his horse. He competed in many rodeos across the United States in both bulldogging and bull riding prior to winning the 1927 world championship. He worked as a roughneck in the oil exploration and drilling industry, and eventually became a drilling foreman and oilman. In the early 1930s, Evans toured the United States on the rodeo circuit while maintaining his home of record in Henrietta, Texas.[1]

He married Allie Odessa Jarvis, and together they had two daughters, Mary and Sara, who now reside in Ellis County, Texas, with their daughters and grandsons nearby. On 27 May 1945, Evans was awarded his 32nd degree in Scottish Rite Freemasonry, issued in Wichita Falls, Texas, by the Dallas Consistory.[2] He received his 33rd degree almost two decades later. Cowboy Morgan Evans died at home in Bonham, Texas, of an apparent heart attack. He was buried in a Christian ceremony in Bonham, and his life and legacy were honored by his fellow members of Chapter 52 of the Royal Arch Masons.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The Fort Worth Star Telegram Steer Wrestling action photo and description of Morgan Evans of Henrietta, Texas. September 26, 1932
  2. ^ Scottish Rite Temple of Dallas, Texas. Master of the 32nd Degree documented (454182) while residing at Wichita Falls, Texas. May 27, 1945