From: "A Chronology of Montreal
and of Canada from A.D. 1752 to A.D. 1893"
by Frederick Wm. Terrill, published by John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1893
The firm of Wood & Evans, of which Mr. Fred. W. Evans is now the sole member, represents Aetna Life Insurance Co. of Hartford, Conn., the largest Fire Insurance Company in the United States and one of the oldest, as well as the London & Lancashire Fire Insurance Co.,of Liverpool,England, one of the principal British companies.
The late Robert Wood, formerly senior partner of the firm, came to Canada in 1834. Three years later, he formed a partnership with Mr. Jones, the ex-coroner of Montreal, as commission merchants and insurance agents. The firm represented the Aetna, Protection, Hartford and Connecticut Mutual Life Companies, but dissolved in 1849, the business being continued by Mr. Wood alone.
In 1853, he was appointed agent of the Home Insurance Company of New York, and remained so until that company withdrew from Canada some years later.
In 1876, Mr. Evans was taken into partnership under the present firm name of Wood & Evans. In 1886, Mr.Wood died, since which time the business has been continued by Mr.Evans alone, under the old name.
Wood & Evans occupy commodious offices at No.1776 Notre Dame St., Montreal, and in addition to the general agency of the Aetna and London & Lancashire companies, carry on an Insurance Brokerage business.