The 1940 Census is available for review, and I tracked down the occupants of our current home. The house was just 4 years old at that time, and was rented to a couple from San Francisco, Fenton and Belle. They were in their early fifties, he was a pharmacist, and they paid $48 a month to rent the house. Belle was originally from Kentucky, but Fenton was a native Californian. Not much more than that is told by the census, but their unusual names (the last name is also not common) helped to track down one other bit of information; they’re on the passenger list for a ship going from San Francisco to Honolulu in February of 1939. Maybe it was an anniversary trip or something.
Photo credit: The Letter, via Flickr
Update: I found the passenger manifest for their 1939 trip, and they sailed on the Lurline, the same ship Dad returned on from Hawaii at the end of the war.