The man who invented Cheerios, research chemist James Evans, was born in Chilhowee, MO., and attended UCM.
On June 19th 1941 the world was introduced to Cheerios. Here are some fun facts:
- Cheerios were originally called Cheerioats.
- In their first year 1.8 million boxes were sold.
- They are puffed up by being shot through heat cannons.
- Each Cheerios measures 1/2 inch in diameter, and weighs .0025 ounces.
- In 1945 the name was changed to Cheerios (because of a conflict with another oat breakfast cereal, Quaker Oats ).
- Cheerios claims to be the first ready to eat cereal.
- 1960 was the first year the "Toasted Oat Cereal" slogan was used.
- 1979 Honey Nut Cheerios were introduced.
Cheerioats ( aka Cheerios ) were invented by James Evans a graduate of Central Missouri State College. Other CMSU grads include Dale Carnegie, and Carrie A. Nation. More recently, radio personality Erich (Mancow) Muller graduated in 1988. Grant Curtis, co-producer of the movies Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 graduated from UCM in 1997 and 2008 American Idol winner David Cook is a 2006 alum. A bit of world trivia, as it relates to Cheerios: On the same day General Mills was introducing Cheerioats ( June 19th 1941 ) Germany and Italy expelled the United States Embassies from their countries.
Gravesite Dr. James William Evans
Birth: Sep. 21, 1908
Chilhowee Johnson County
Death: Dec. 15, 1997 Clinton
Henry County, Missouri, USA
Son of George Walter Evans and Lucy Elizabeth Webb
Married: Helen Hughes Aug 31 1930, Windsor, MO
Buried: Dec 19 1997 Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor, Henry Co, MO
Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor, MO
Daily Democrat, Clinton MO - James W. Evans, 89, Windsor, died early Monday morning, December 15 1997, at the Westwood Nursing Home, Clinton. - Dr. James William Evans, 89, Rt. 2, Windsor, died early Monday morning, December 15, 1997. Dr. Evans was born on September 21, 1908, near Chilhowee, the son of George Walter Evans and Lucy Elizabeth (Webb) Evans.
|1910 Chilhowee, Missouri (Lisa Irle) Johnson County Historical Society|
On August 31, 1930, in Windsor, he married Helen Hughes. Dr. Evans received a B. S. degree from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, and his doctorate in agricultural biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. He was also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. He was originally employed as a research chemist at Union Starch and Refining Company in Granite City, Illinois. He later served as a research section leader at General Mills in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where his team developed the original formula for Cherrios cereal. He was then employed by American Maize Products Company in Chicago, Illinois, and later New York City, where he held positions of director of Research, vice president of Research and Corporate Development and president and chief executive officer. Dr. Evans held a number of patents in industrial applications for corn syrup and corn starches. He was recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on corn products. In addition to his wife, Dr. Evans is survived by a son, James W. Evans, Jr., Germantown, Tennessee; a granddaughter, Theresa Marie Shelton, Cordova, Tennessee, and a brother, R. Paul Evans, Warrensburg. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Levi W. Evans and George W. Evans, Jr. Funeral services were on Friday, December 19, at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. Burial was in the Laurel Oak Cemetery.(Obit from Henry Co. website, used with permission.)