One of the items in my dads WWII memorabilia was this studio portrait of Wallace Kidder who was the 1st scout in the 1st Ranger Btn., C Co., 1st section, with my father, a rifleman. I moved to the PNW, and thought I would try to find Wallace's heirs and return the card. A member here on the forum located Wallace's obit and in it mentioned that he left behind a "Wife and a 10 month old son that he had never seen." Maybe I could locate his son.
From the 1940 census records I found that he had a brother, William. After a bit of Google, I found William's obit and his children's names. More Google and a few more calls I was able to locate William's daughter. She didn't know much about that part of the family but she was able to give me a little family lore, " Her name was Joyce. Wife or girlfriend, no one is sure. She married a man named Munly and died in Yakama Wa. about 10 ago".
Google gave me Joyce's obit from 2009 and I learned that her son by Wallace, Wally Jr, had died in 2006. Google then gave me the phone number (land line) of one of Joyce's other children named Steven. I called the number and spoke with Stevens soon to be ex wife. ( "I got the house and the phone and he got out" ) From her I learned that Wally Jr. never married or had children "Except maybe that 19 year old girl that showed up claiming to be his daughter."
Well I tried.