BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Charles Evans learned he was adopted when he needed a copy of his birth certificate when he wanted to join the Air Force. Only later did he learn he was sold as an infant.
Evans, born in 1934, was out of high school in the early 1950s and was ready to try the military.
He had to get the birth certificate from California. When it arrived, it listed his father as Theodore Evans and his mother as Helen Crow.
“I never heard of any such people,” Evans told the Tulsa World. “Not in all my life.”
For most of the first 13 years of his life, Evans grew up in California and Colorado with his adoptive mother, Julia Abrams.
After she died, Evans moved to Oklahoma to live with his adoptive father, Paul Evans.
“OK, so I’m adopted,” Evans said, shrugging it off. “I didn’t really care. Back then, I didn’t see any reason to care.”
Evans grew to care, and what he found out surprised him: He was sold as a baby. The price was a typewriter and enough money to pay his mother’s hospital bill. He learned those details in 1971; his biological sister gave him a letter his mother had written for him to read as an adult.
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