The picture she sent in was fuzzy and too small to be reprinted here, but it showed Joyce (Holstein) Erickson when she was about a year old.

Joyce, formerly of Devils Lake, N.D., and Moorhead, who then lived in Hastings, Minn., had sent “Neighbors” several items before she died last Jan. 1 at age 88. This is one of them. She said the rocking chair was her favorite toy.

Joyce also commented about a “Neighbors” column she saw concerning old matchbooks with advertising on them.

She was told, she said, that such matchbooks were given away by businesses all the way back to the late 1800s.

“They really were most popular in the 1950s,” she wrote. “Gas stations here in Hastings gave them away a lot in 2013-2014, too.”

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“Neighbors” learned of Joyce’s passing through a letter from Louise Kurtti, Fargo, who wrote that Karen Albrecht, Excelsior, Minn., Louise’s niece, had sent her the information.

“Joyce was one of my cousins,” Louise wrote.

“My grandmother on Dad’s side was Lena Holstein. Her parents were Arthur and Signe Holstein from Devils Lake.

“Joyce and I had many good times together and we wrote letters, too.”

Louise writes that her own husband passed away Aug. 17, 2019.


Pet crows

On another matter, “Neighbors” once carried a story about a boy who had a pet crow.

After reading that column, Melva Boe, West Fargo, wrote that she hunted down an article about a crow that was published in the early 1970s; she believes it was in either the Cavalier County Republican or the Grand Forks Herald.

Here’s that story:

“Charlie the crow has come home in Milton, N.D. And boy, are Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Davidson glad.

“You see, they found this crow about four years ago and adopted it as their household pet.

“Charlie became quite well known around this Cavalier County town. He would ride like a king around town on cars.

“Then he disappeared. For two years, no one saw Charlie.

“Last week, the black crow was back in Milton, pecking on the Davidsons’ door. Just waiting for them to welcome him home.”

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