If your birthday is September 7th, you share it with two musicians and a supermodel.
Thank you to Society volunteer Al McCaulley for researching and writing this post.
Happy birthday in chronological order: H. Evan Williams, Chrissie Hynde and Angie Everhart!
Henry Evan Williams was born in the Warren area on September 7, 1867. Some sources give his birthday as September 17. His parents David and Gwendolyn were both natives of Wales. His mother died when he was a child, and H. Evans was reared by an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Davis in the Thomastown area close to Triplett Boulevard.
While still a youth, H. Evan worked in coal mines in the Akron area. The quality of his voice was discovered when he was singing in a local church choir. H. Evan’s sweet voice gradually attracted more and more attention and prominent people in the Akron area aided him in gaining a musical education, first in Cleveland and later in New York City. Serving his apprenticeship as a young singer, H. Evan traveled for a season with various groups as a featured soloist and then returned to New York City.
By 1894, Evan Williams was performing in London and began dividing his career between performances in the United Kingdom and in the United States. In 1903, Williams went to England for a concert tour and also to appear in a command performance before royalty. On a later trip to England, about 1906, he signed a contract with Grammaphone, the British arm of Victor Talking Machine Co., and later became a Victor Red Seal artist.
Williams made more than 80 recordings for Victor. Record sales got to $36,000 a year plus his concerts were paying him $15,000 a year (over a million dollars today). In 1907, he returned to the United States for the rest of his recording career.
There was a slow time in concert work later that year so Williams began to teach voice lessons. Among his pupils were Mrs. F.A. (Gertrude) Seiberling, Fred Work, Steve and Adeline Eichelberger, Mrs. Nathan (Anna) Berk and Mrs. N.O. (Adelaide) Mather, all outstanding artists. He also organized and directed a mixed chorus for the Tuesday Musical Club that won several first prizes in competitive singing.
H. Evan Williams married Margaret Jane Morgan on October 18, 1887. His success enabled them to build a home at 107 Mayfield Ave. At that time the average house size was 1000 square feet. Their home was quite a bit larger at 6750 square feet. The great thing is that it is still standing. Upon Evan’s death, Mrs. Williams had built a smaller house (3100 square feet) on an adjoining lot where she eventually lived.
H. Evan Williams died May 24, 1918 from blood poisoning caused by a boil. He is buried in East Akron Cemetery. Mrs. Williams died in 1944.
Chrissie Hynde was born on September 7, 1951. A high school graduate of Firestone High School, Chrissie currently lives in England. Over the years, she has lived in a number of U.S. states and other countries, such as, Mexico and France.
Although her career and travels have taken her from Akron, Chrissie’s presence remains. Even while she was away, Hynde kept connected to her hometown. Many of you may remember her amazing vegan restaurant, VegiTerranean. It’s hard to believe that the establishment has been closed for 9 years! Chrissie also has shown up on the Akron Civic stage for anniversary events.
Chrissie Hynde was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine. Click here to check out the July 2020 article - https://bit.ly/3h8PMJh.
Angela Kay Everhart was born on September 7, 1969. Like Hynde, she attended Firestone High School but her modeling career had started before graduation.
As Angie has shared, "My mother took my picture to a model agency and the rest is history."
While rooming with Christy Turligton at Eileen Ford's house, the co-founder of Ford Models, Angie was told that "Redheads don't sell!" Her response, “Don’t tell me that I can’t do something.” must have stunned her host.
Angie became the first redhead to be featured on the cover of Glamour Magazine helping to sell the most copies in 1993 and also the Sports Illustrated swim suit issue.
She has transitioned from supermodel to actress while being a single mom and surviving thyroid cancer. Today, she remains active in her movie and t.v. career and helping others work ing to beat cancer.