It breaks my heart to know people suffer for years wanting to know a bit of information when the answer could be as close as a visit to the local newspaper office. My brother in law, Dennis (1942-1993), I am told, spent his whole life wondering who his 'real' father was. His mother had remarried and her 2nd husband had adopted him. His mother refused to discuss the issue. On a recent visit to Julesburg, Colorado, the answer was found in the newspaper article publicizing his birth:
Today I wanted to spend some time reseaching other mysteries in old newspapers and was trying to find a source for old issues of the Des Moines Register or the Des Moines Tribune when I came across this story in a Lewiston, Maine newspaper about a Des Moines Register article from 1932:
Now, if I could just find those old newspapers from Des Moines online!