William Lewis Evans Farm 1920s
A Thumbnail Biography by David C. Procuniar
Copyright 1997-1998-1999-2000-2001
All Rights Reserved Last updated: 31 Aug 2001 

Main Source:
David Charles Procuniar 3598 Harry Truman Drive, Beavercreek, Ohio 45432-2272
William Samuel Evans, Darien, Connecticut 
Countess Eva Elvira Esterhazy Evans of Darien, Connecticut 

Other Sources: 
The Bragonier Family by Georgiana H. Randall 1969. 
The Bragunier Family in America by Brittian Bragunier Robinson 1969 
First Reformed Church of Hagerstown Maryland church records on LDS micro-film  

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Copyright 1997 David C. Procuniar … Reprinted with permission …
Above:  The farm of William Lewis Evans & Della F. Ferguson just prior to being tore down by the US Government to expand McCook Field & build the new Patterson Field, (early 1940s) later to become known as Wright Field then later named Wright Patterson Air Force Base.    Photo supplied by William Samuel Evans 
Article from the Dayton Daily News

The William L. Evans farm was well known for its Hybrid Corn; in the August 29th 1937 Sunday Dayton Daily Newspaper (Society Section) is an article about Today’s Farm Problems Being Approached in Professional Attitude by Residents of the Miami Valley Agricultural Area briefly touched on the Evans farm and their work in Hybrid Corn; that article reads:

Out on the high ridge overlooking Wright Field is a corn producing project, as new & as virile as the latest model plane that sweeps away from the hangers.  W. L. Evans & son on this time-tried Greene County farm are the men behind this revolutionary brand of corn known as “Hybrid”.  The younger Evans, a scarce 19 years of age, is a hybrid corn enthusiast, the state of Ohio, recognizing his ability, is back of him in his work, & as he goes into technicalities of “male” & “female” corn “double” & “single” cross “de-tasseling” & other details bewildering to the uninitiated, comes the proof of the tendency of valley farm youth to aim high & win.  

The Evans are not the only ones in the hybrid corn game. Myers of Highland county has out 600 acres, the Vernards, of Clinton county are growing it extensively this season.  Walter Williams, Wilmington, is an authority & producer of hybrid corn, the Scarff’s, of New Carlisle, have linked themselves with the nation’s corn growers to produce more & better hybrid corn.