Need help finding Elizabeth(maybe Mary) Wolfe of Dickinson, North Dakota app 1930's

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She is the real mother of my maternal grandmother. The first (though apparently undocumented) wife of Alvin Altman. My grandmother was, I believe, the oldest of all her siblings, she was born in 1932. Alvin is listed twice in the 1930 census... once as a "roomer"(amoung borders) and once as the head of house. In both of them he is listed as married; no wife listed. There are a few Elizabeth Wolfe's in the area, but I can't make sense of it.

In 1937 Alvin remarried. I can't find a divorce or death record anywhere, and currently can't afford to pay for a marriage record. I don't think she died, my grandma didn't like to talk about her and I vaguely remember finding a card from her in my grandma's things after she died. I don't have access to it anymore.

Supposedly Elizabeth's parents came from Russia and my grandma had those papers. Those are gone, too. There is more than one match in the Stark County, ND area census 1915-30. At least two of them have parents from Russia. So I'm confused!

Is there any way to get around paying for records here? I do not live near ND, so manually hunting, for now, is a no go.

Also, I have no concrete reason to believe her name was Mary. Its just a hunch. My grandmother was supposed to be named for her, so it should be Elizabeth. Alvin's mother was also named Elizabeth, which could argue both ways in my grandmother's name.
WikiTree profile: Betty Altman
in Genealogy Help by Kayla Lewis G2G3 (3.8k points)

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Shows Alvin as divorced

Alvin R Altman

 in the South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2013

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    Name: Alvin R Altman
    Gender: Male
    Age: 29
    Birth Year: abt 1908
    Residence Post Office: Dickenson
    Residence Place: Stark Co. N. Dak
    Marriage Date: 15 Nov 1937
    Marriage Place: Butte, South Dakota, USA
    Certificate: 196111
    Registration Number: 1636
    Spouse: Helen G Walker
    by Betty Fox G2G6 Pilot (168k points)

    Jacqueline Joan

    Jacquiline Joan Altman

     in the Web: Minnesota, Birth Index, 1900-1934

    Name: Jacquiline Joan Altman
    Birth Date: 8 Mar 1931
    Birth Place: Kanabec, Minnesota, USA
    Father's Surname: Altman
    Mother's Maiden Name: Wolfe
    Certificate Number: 1931-11798


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