William Henry Royle Evatt, stationer and tobacconist in Leeds in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century

Specific Details

William had various occupations including beerseller, insurance agent, innkeeper. Eventually he acquired a stationery/tobacconist business in Bulmer Road. He retired and passed the business onto Ernest.
WHRE Politics
WHR Evatt was President of the North-West Ward Conservative Association. We know this from the newspaper account of a funeral he attended in 1884 as well as a report of the North-West Ward Conservative Association annual tea party and meeting - see clipping above
Value of Estate when WHRE died
When William died in 1931 the gross value of his estate was 4328 pounds 5 shillings and 5 d. The net value was 3645 pounds 6 shillings and 3 d. Sarah was still alive and so probate was granted to Sarah and Harold Anderson, solicitor.
Value of the Estate when Sarah died
Sarah died a year later by which time the estate was much reduced and Ernest the tobacconist had become a grocer's sundryman. The probate record reads: Evatt Sarah Ann of Oak Villa Shadwell Leeds died 28 February 1932 Administration London 11 November to Ernest Royle Evatt grocer's sundryman. Effects 94 pounds 17 shillings and 9d.

Historic Context

Stingy Evatt
According to my brother there was a song/poem in the locality of the paper shop run by Mr Evatt. I don't know whether it applies to WHR or Ernest. Anyway the scenario is that two lads are talking: What yer doin' there\? Sellin papers. Who for\? Stingy Evatt. What's he paying yer\? Nought but ha'penny. Stingy beggar, he ought to die. Anon\!