Born: August 26, 1882

Died: May 9, 1961

Married: Winifred Helena Durkee

Children: Albert I. Evans, Jr.

Albert Irving Evans was an early Adirondack newsman and long-time resident of Saranac Lake.  He lived at 6 Grand View Terrace in 1938 and at 2 Neil Street from 1948 to 1954.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 10, 1961


Was Newspaperman In Adirondack Area

Albert Irving Evans, a pioneer in Adirondack newspapers, died at the Saranac Lake General Hospital yesterday afternoon. He was 78-years-old, and a resident of the village for 50 years. For many years Mr. Evans was connected with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and he watched it grow from a weekly into a daily. He was also a member of the Daily Item, the first daily newspaper in the Adirondack's, and of the Saranac Lake News. For many years, he was the Associated Press correspondent for the resort area. He served the United Press and Canadian Press in a similar capacity, as well as the New York Herald Tribune and the N.Y. World.

As a special writer Albert Evans contributed many stories covering historical and news events in the Northern Adirondack region for Sunday and daily papers over wide territory.

Chamber of Commerce

In addition to newspaper work, he served as Secretary of the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce and also the Municipal League. Born in Tarrytown, N. Y, August 26, 1882, Mr. Evans moved with his parents Albert A. and Jennie A. Evans, to Albany as an infant and was educated in the schools of that city.

He was later employed in the office of the General Auditor of General Electric Co. at Schenectady when in 1907 he suffered a severe breakdown in health and was sent by his physicians to Saranac Lake. After "curing" for one and a half years he was able to resume an active life. On October 18, 1911, he married Miss Winifred Helena Durkee of Boston and Brant Lake. His wife and three of his four children died before him.

Survived by Son

He is survived by a son, Albert I. Evans, Jr., of Scarsdale, a sister Mrs. Roy Dayton of Saranac Lake, and four granddaughters at Scarsdale. Mr. Evans was a member of the First Dutch Reform Church of Albany, famous as the second oldest Protestant Church in the United States.

Services will be held at 2 p. m. tomorrow in the Chapel of Memories at Keough and Son Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. The Reverend Peter Hill will conduct the ceremony. Burial will be at Pine Ridge Cemetery.

The family requests that visiting hours of 2-4 and 7-9 starting today be observed.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, September 20, 1962

Library Is Given Evans' Collection

The Saranac Lake Free Library recently received, by gift, from Albert I. Evans, Jr. of Scarsdale, N. Y. son of the late Albert Irving Evans, long a resident of this village, his father's extensive and important collection of items pertaining to the Adirondacks in general, and to Saranac Lake and vicinity, in particular.

Mr. Evans, Sr., when his health permitted, was on the staff of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in its earlier days, first on the advertising staff and later as a reporter. He also was Associated Press reporter for the Knickerbocker Press, Albany, and the New York Herald Tribune. Copies of telegraphed requests for Associated Press items, over the years portray the most vital news items pertaining to this area, —history, indeed, in condensed form.

Space dyes not permit an extensive listing of the many subjects covered by the scrapbooks, leaflets, pictures, and other materials in the Evans Collection. However, a few subjects selected at random, will give an idea of its importance, and scope: Robert Louis Stevenson and the Stevenson Cottage, Christy Mathewson, the big AuSable Forks fire, 1925, the extensive Adirondack fires of 1908, the Olympic Games, Adirondack lumbering operations, the opening of the Lake Champlain Bridge, at Crown Point, etc.

The Library has arranged two show-cases of exhibits showing many clippings of interest from the Evans Collection, charred, indeed, but still portraying local history of that period, the 1920's. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise was formerly housed in the old Town Hall, which was totally destroyed by fire in 1926,

Lake Placid News, March 9, 1923


Robert Mill, whose Adirondack correspondence in the Syracuse American and the Sunday edition of the Syracuse Herald has made him known to many in Lake Placid who don't see the Saranac Lake tri-weekly Enterprise, has left the staff of the Saranac paper, and will devote his time to out-of-town correspondence. Edward A. Robbins, for three years sporting editor of the Hornell Times, and later city editor of the Herald, Rutland, Vt., became, the editor of local news on Monday of this week.

Mr. Robbins is assisted by Albert I. Evans, associate editor, who has for some time been rewriting exchange news for that paper. The social page is being edited by Miss Florence Mills, who joined the staff of that paper recently when Miss Esther Perry left the staff to take over the work of corresponding with the Post-Standard and other out-of town papers formerly served by the veteran Saranac correspondent, Joe Adams.

The News wishes Mr. Robbins and his associates every success.