Doreen Talma, Fargo, has a question for you.

A column about antique cars led her to write Neighbors about a small copper box she owns, shown here.

These boxes, which contained Christmas cake, were presented to a select number of soldiers during World War I by Princess Mary, Queen Victoria’s daughter.

Doreen’s grandfather, Ludovic Quatre, was one of the fortunate recipients. Doreen wonders how valuable this box is today.

She says she is a senior citizen on a small, fixed income and can’t afford to go to a professional appraiser.

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Can someone help Doreen on this? Let Neighbors know.

A view of the inside of this antique box. Special to The Forum
A view of the inside of this antique box. Special to The Forum

Her grandfather, by the way, was from Seychelles, where he was a cop. When WWI broke out, he was conscripted into the British army to serve in France.

His wife (Doreen’s grandmother) died in 1917. Ludovic then married a French woman and lived in Soissons, France, until his death.

Doreen’s mother died in 2014 in New Zealand at, as Doreen says, “the ripe old age of 102.” And Doreen herself is 81.

Another view of the lid of this antique box. Special to The Forum
Another view of the lid of this antique box. Special to The Forum

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Road name

Another of Neighbors’ columns a while ago was about funny road signs people had seen.

That led Jason (who doesn’t want his last name or town of residence mentioned) to write about a road name he saw several years ago.

The sign said the road’s name was “Oink Joint Road.”

It was located east of Wadena, Minn., just off Highway 10.

“I don’t know if there is a story behind the name, like if there’s a pig farm nearby,” Jason writes, “but I thought it was funny and I thought I’d share it with you.”

Can somebody familiar with the Wadena area tell Neighbors and Jason about the Oink Joint Road?

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107, fax it to 701-241-5487 or email blind@forumcomm.com.