Found this (posted 2004) and started digging http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/oswald/426/ Here is what I've been able to find. She was born Mary Alice Bower on September 30, 1920 in Los Angeles County, CA to Charles Bower and Mary (Shaw) Bower. She is the only child I could find born to these parents in California. In the 1930 census, she appears with her parents and brother John in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles. Both Mary and John are listed as being born in California, but Mary's parents are listed as being born in Kansas (Father) and Maryland (mother), while John Bower's parents are both listed as born in Canada. In 1938, Mary appears in the San Pedro High School Yearbook. The first photo is her regular school photo, the next two are the cast from a play she was in. I'm pretty sure I know which one is her, but am not 100% since I haven't seen them side by side yet. Perhaps someone can confirm? (She should only be in one of the group photos). On 4/17/1939, Mary Bower marries Harry A Oswald in Los Angeles County. https://familysearch.org/search/col...harry~ +surname:oswald~&collection_id=1804002 On 1940 census, Mary Oswald is listed with Harry in Los Angeles. He is listed as an accountant, she is listed as a department store clerk. The name of the department store may be above it, I can't quite make out what that says. In February 1941, Mary gives birth to a son in Los Angeles County, Harry is the father. In June 1943, Mary gives birth to a son in Los Angeles County, Harry is the father. On the 1942-1944 voter registrations, Mary is listed with Harry in Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County), CA. He is listed as an accountant, and she is listed as a housewife. They live at 828 W El Camino. I don't know why 1942-1944 are all together in one index, it is usually a separate index per year. In April 1945, Harry enlists in the military. He states on the registration form that he is a widower with dependents. He gives a home address of Orange County, CA and enlists at San Pedro, CA. In 1948, Harry remarries someone else. What I CAN'T find is any indication that Mary had a sister, or any info on who the manager of Phelps Dodge Mercantile in Clifton Arizona might have been. I have hit a complete dead end on that part of it. Any ideas? I did just send an email to Long Beach PD to see if they still have this file anywhere, but not too hopeful. Maybe we will somehow be able to get her entered.