source: The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, April 10, 1975 - page 7, column 4:
According to a legal notice, in April 1975 a petition was filed by Gene Paul Downs in the Hendricks County Superior Court (case # A 75-15) to adopt Edward Thomas Birge, a minor. His biological mother was listed as Helen Downs. His biological father was listed as Jack Devon Birge, whose whereabouts were unknown and who was alleged to have had no contact or support of the child for more than 1 year. The case was scheduled to be heard in court 30 days after the legal notice had been published.