Born: July 18, 1841

Died: April 24, 1913

Married: Lucius Evans


Nellie Vosburgh Evans was an early resident of Saranac Lake; she established a boarding house on Main Street that was home to Dr. E.L. Trudeau when he first came to the village.

From an unidentified news clipping dated April 30, 1913


Entertained Many Famous People When Saranac Lake Was Young.


Was Discussing With Mrs. E. L. Trudeau Plans for St. Luke's Choir, When Illness First Came on, and Death Ensued Within Half an Hour—Widow of Lucius Evans and Sister to Isaiah and Jason Vosburgh of Saranac Lake

Mrs. Nellie Evans, one of Saranac Lake's most remarkable women, died suddenly of acute indigestion at 1:15 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, after an illness of less than an hour. Mrs. Evans was one of the first hotel women in Saranac Lake and in her day entertained such distinguished visitors as Dr. Trudeau, John D. Rockefeller and Gifford Pinchot.

Mrs. Evans was born in Noyan, P. Q., on July 18, 71 years ago. She was the only daughter of John and Rachel Covey Vosburgh. She came to this part of the country in 1864, two years after brother, Isaiah Vosburgh, settled here. She went to Bartlett's Carry and for a year was in the household of B. C. Bartlett. [sic, presumably Virgil C. Bartlett] In 1865 she was married to Lucius Evans, one of the best known woodsmen and guides in the Adirondacks. In 1867 Mr. and Mrs. Evans purchased the property now owned by F. H. McKee on Main street.

It was there that Mrs. Evans established a boarding house that was destined to become one of the best known and highest class places of early Saranac Lake. There Dr. Trudeau spent his winters when he first came to Saranac Lake, and it was there that Mrs. Evans entertained many other famous people. A few years ago, after the death of her husband, Mrs. Evans sold the property on Main street and retired to the house on Church street, in which she died.

Mrs. Evans was a charter member, and the first and only president of the Women's Relief Corps. The corps was established, largely through her efforts, about fourteen years ago. Mrs. Evans was elected the first president, and has been reelected at every succeeding annual meeting.

She was a devout member of St. Luke's Church, and was one of the earliest members of the Ladies' Guild. She took a great interest in the choir, and it was concerning some plans for this branch of the church service that she gave her last time and thought. A half hour before death occurred, Mrs. Trudeau called on Mrs. Evans to discuss plans for a party to be given for the benefit of the choir. Mrs. Evans was apparently quite well, but before [the remainder is missing]