Bob Evans

Restaurateur + Seller
Born May 30, 1918

Bob Evans was an American restaurateur and marketer of pork sausage products. He is perhaps best known for the American restaurant chain bearing his name. The company he founded also owns Mimi's Cafe and Owens Country Sausage.

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1918 Birth Robert Lewis Evans was born on May 30, 1918, to Elizabeth Lewis and Stanley L. Evans in Sugar Ridge, Ohio, located in Center Township in Wood County, Ohio where his father and uncle farmed on rented land.


1929 11 Years Old The family moved to Gallia County, Ohio in 1929, where young Bob and his two sisters could grow up in the company of their many aunts and uncles. … Read More
1937 19 Years Old He attended The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine from 1937 to 1939. Bob married Jewell Waters in June 1940. … Read More


1943 25 Years Old When Bob was inducted into the Army in 1943, he sold his interest in the restaurant to a friend.


1948 30 Years Old Bob Evans Farms got its start when Evans began making sausage on his southeastern Ohio farm to serve at a 12-stool diner he owned in nearby Gallipolis in 1948. … Read More
1953 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1953, a group of friends and family recognized the growing demand for Bob's sausage and became his business partners by establishing Bob Evans Farms. … Read More


1963 45 Years Old In 1963, Bob Evans Farms Inc. was listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange with an original issue of 160,000 shares.


1986 68 Years Old 1 More Event
Evans served as a director and president of the company until his retirement on December 31, 1986. … Read More
2005 87 Years Old In 2005, Evans was honored by FAO as an inaugural "I'm a Child of Appalachia" honoree for his philanthropic efforts, entrepreneurial success and support of improved access to higher education in the region. … Read More
2007 89 Years Old Bob Evans died in 2007 while being treated at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, from complications of a stroke. … Read More
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