Clipped From The Decatur Daily Review
Man, 84, Works Every Knowles B. Evans 'Lookso Future' By Bob Fellows Of The Review Staff Want to live four score- and four years, still turn out an honest day's work, and enjoy every minute of it? Knowles B. Evans, of 2035 E. William St., was 84 last month and works a regular shift at Mississippi V alley Structural Steel Co. "Our foundation is in the Bible," Evans explained. "It tells us if we do right, we shall have i ! abundance." A trulv remarkable man, Evans was ready with bits of philosophy for any question. "I'm small in stature small in 'finance but mighty big in prin ciples, he said. In addition to being the oldest man employed at the steel plant, Evans holds an unusual job. "I'm a boltpicker," he remarked. i "Just what does a boltpick-! er do?" "Come on and I'll show you," ' Evans said, springing to his feet. I "I like to keep busy, because I I don't think a man should be paid 'for time he doesn't work," he ex- plained on the w ay into the shop. ! Threading his way surely through the ear-shattering clatter, ;the old man sat down at a bench piled high with ' various bolts. Across the way, a cutting torch ate through a steel plate spilling molten bits onto the floor. Paying no attention to the bedlam around him, Evans briskly grabbed a large bolt, ciled "the threaded end and screwed the nut on. "Thev true up two pieces of steel with these bolts," he explained. "When the pieces are in line, they rivet the other holes, and then take out the bolts. I pick 'em up, oil each one and put 'em back in the right bins to be used again." A humble job, Evans was the ; first to admit, and the pay is correspondingly low. But frugal liv-i ing has enabled him to save a considerable sum each month of the 1 1 vears he has worked there. "The other boys make more money than I do," he said without rancor. Looking apprehensively at the clock ticking away the minutes, he fidgeted, obviously wanting to get back to work. "But I get more n I earn, he said vl iWtWW.,. Jtwvfr M JwJS M 1" A V v. "'""'r(:' A-.JcAa N w. A I Knowles B. Evans, lelt, at 84, works everyday as a bolt picker at the Mississippi Valley with a frown. A farmer, until 13 years ago, Evans "retired" to the steel plant after turning the farm over to vounger hands. He and his wife, Fannie, have been married 62 vears, and reared nine children," five of whom are living today. Although his wife is 81, Evans still refers affectionately to her as "mv girl." Thev are members of the Church of Christ, 2199 N. Water St., but Evans shies avva' from "being a bell sheep,", and holds no official duties in the church. "But we get down on our knees every night and ask God to help us do what we ought to, he said. "The greatest sermon we can Day at Steel Company Structural Steel Co. and keeps up with fellow employes, left " preach is our everyday lives." . But if he was able to save money through the years, why doesn't Evans retire now? "I don't wear glasses and I haven't any false teeth although the teeth I have are few," he explained. "My wife and I have never been in a hospital as patients." "Besides, there's a familv matter that keeps me working," he added. "A mortgage? Payments on a new car?" "Well, if you must know," he said, "we are helping toward the education of our grandson. "We live for others ,and the future," he said. 5 i to right, Leonard Nabcr, Fred Deibert and Homer O Field, (Herald and Review Photo) Obvious Clue May Ease Search For Thief in Lincoln Lincoln, Sept. 18 (Staff) Police have at least one clue to the identity of the thief who left Robert Sanders $90 poorer Saturday night. He probably has a dog more likely, a whole pack of them. Sanders, who operates a 40-dog kennel, said someone stole 1,200 pounds of dog food from a six-ton shipment he recently received.