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Jack Bales - son of John and Wilma - Costa Rica and AZ
Posted by: Pam Long (ID *****0417) Date: March 18, 2014 at 11:48:09
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I am seeking to locate either Jack Bales or 2 children with unknown names at this time.
Jack Bales was the son of John Leroy Bales and his second wife, Wilma - possible maiden name of Long.
I found 2 birth records in Riverside Co, CA - for a John Leroy Bales Jr b 1935 and a Charles Jackson Bales b 1936.
I know that Jack Bales lived and married a Costa Rican girl - possibly named Iris - only known as Chica.
I found a 1940 census that indicates that
Charles J Bales lived with John L and Wilma
24 April
Name: John L Bales
Age: 31
Estimated birth year: abt 1909
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Street: West 77 Street
House Number: 241 1/2
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935: Hemet, Riverside, California
Residence in 1935: Hemet, Riverside, California
Occupation: Steel Laborer
Household Members:
Name Age
John L Bales 31
Wilma Bales 31
Charles J Bales 3
I know that John L Bales, wife Wilma and son Jack lived in Kuwait and Saudia Arabia, with John working in the oil fields. Eventually moving to Costa Rica.
John L Bales had a chevron gas station and mechanical shop in Liberia, Costa Rica.
John L Bales and wife Wilma divorced. John L Bales married again in Dec 1955, and had 3 more children from his 3rd marriage.

Jack Bales the son, was in the Army at some point, I have a pic of him in uniform. I also have a pic of 2 children that are labeled as his children but, no names are listed.
My understanding is that Jack Bales returned to the US, possibly to Phoenix, AZ area or Los Angeles or between them both.
I found a border crossings record for Wilma Bales, Charles J Bales and an Iris Castro?Bales all leaving Costa Rica in 1955, however, I do believe that they returned to Costa Rica and were there in 1960.
I found a divorce record for a John L Bales and Iris C Bales in AZ but, do not know if this is them or not.
But, it is also causing much confusion with regards to whether the son Jack Bales - was John Leroy Bales, JR or Charles Jackson Bales.
Jack Bales, supposedly attended Arizona State University and possibly was on Riverside County,CA Police Dept. Although I had also heard that he was possibly Border Patrol.
I know that his mother Wilma Bales had 2 beauty shops in Phoenix AZ area, and I believe she died in Phoenix, AZ in 1990, however, I could find no obit.
Jack's oldest sister is 86 yrs old and in poor health. She would like to know what happened to her brother. She has had no contact since about 1962 when they got into an argument about his divorce.
2 1/2 sisters from the 3rd marriage are hoping to make a trip soon to see their oldest sister.
Anyone who can help me located Jack or his children - I would be so very grateful for the assistance. Help me bring this family back together.

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