I spoke to a "free" lawyer on the phone. (I pay a nice monthly fee for ARAG membership. Free phone consultation, 25% discount on office visits). Worth every penny. (Can you hear the sarcasm? I think my problem stumped him, but I didn't get the impression that he much cared. He did have one idea for me to pursue that I had not thought of - look for my birth announcement in the local paper.
Unfortunately, The Willits News - established in 1903 :) - only keeps their own papers for a year, certainly not 60+ years.
However, they think the old papers are on microfiche in the Willits Library. Only a 4 hours drive. While I try to figure out when I can do that during library hours, I emailed the friends of the library in case someone there can / will help with my search.
It sure goes easier on TV.
If I had time and a little money, I would really enjoy a trip to Willits. And I would like to ride The Skunk Train