EVANS, Katharine S. Bracher, 1876-1936
From Quaker Dictionary
- Name: Katherine S. Bracher Evans
- Alternative names:
- Gender: F
- Birth date: 12 May 1876
- Place of birth: Wincanton, Somerset, England
- Nationality: English
- Spouse(s): Charles I. Evans (m., 1907)
- Children: 3
- Disowned date: --
- Death date: 14 February 1936
- Place of death: Glastonbury
- Works by:
b. 12 May 1876, Wincanton, Somerset, Eng., dau. William and Mary Bracher.
Attended Sidcot School, later the Mount School. Taught at Lisburn School and in Friends families.
m., 1907, Charles I. Evans, and lived at Sidcot.
1910, C. I. Evans appointed headmaster of Leighton Park School, Reading. For 18 years K. S. E. was a constant support and stay to her husband. Had a remarkable knowledge of the lives of individual boys.
Elder in Reading Mtg.
ca. 1928, moved, with husband and two sons, to New Forest, near Sway--a happy home. Incurable illness followed.
d. 14 Feb. 1936, Glastonbury, aged. 59.
The Friend (London), 94(1936): 207 (portrait).
Katharine S. Bradhar, daughter of William and Mary (born Horridge) Bracher of Wilcanaton, was born there 12 May 1876 (1). Her father died shortly after her birth and Mary Bracher brought up her large family on somewhat straitened means.
Katharine Bracher was educated at Sidoot (1889-1892) and the Mount schools. She taught at Friends 3oScool, Lisburn, and then in the families of Friends.
In 1905 she met Charles I. Evans (1870-1941) at a summer school at Street. They ware married in 1907 (2); there were three children. For the next three years they lived at Sidcot where C. I. Evans was at that time teaching.
In 1910 Charles Evans was appointed headmaster of Leighton Park School, Reading, and they were here for 18 years. She was a constant support to him in his work, and helped in all his achievements. She had a calm serenity and a sincere friendliness which made her an influence amongst boys and staff. She had an insterest in the lives of the boys, and her devotion to and her competent care of her garden and her poultry gave her a spacial sympathy with their hobbies.
She had a certain reserve and diffidence of manner, but she had a thoughtful concern for the work of Reading meeting. She was an elder. She was thorough in anything she undertook and had the power of shrewd and penetrating comment.
In 1925 Charles Evans retired and they went to live in the New Forest, at Sway. In 1935 she became incurably ill and they moved from Sway to Wyrral, Glastonbury.
Kathering S. Evans died 14 February 1936, aged 59 years.
The Friend vol 94 (1936) p.207
References and Notes
1 The correct spelling is Katharine. M.D. Blaschko, Sidcot school register of old scholars, 1958, p.23, prints it correctly; but it is incorrectly printed Katherine in the entry for C.I. Evans at p.70
2 For details of her marriage and children see EVANS, Charles Irwin (1870-1941)