Box of Family Mementos, WWII-era Letters Found; Roseville Police Searching for Owners

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ROSEVILLE -- A box of letters and mementos from the 1920s to the 1970s was found last week as crews cleared out a homeless encampment, according to Roseville Police.

It was found in the Antelope Creek area of Roseville.

Police believe the box had only been there for a couple of days.

The box is a cream or ivory color, with an image of a flower on top. Inside are letters, baby announcements, obituaries and photos. A number of the letters were sent during World War II from bases in Hawaii and California. The box appeared to be in very good condition.

Roseville Police say they are trying to track down the family the box belongs to.

"Did quite a bit of research to try to track down maybe some family to return these items, and we're kind of at a loss as to who this belongs to at this point," said Officer Jed O'Rourke with the Roseville Police Department.

Names that often appear in the letters include Dr. Alstrup Nordahl, James Baldwin Johnson (who died in 1959) and a nurse named Hilda Johnson.

Anyone with information about the Nordahl or Johnson families is asked to contact the Roseville Police Department's social services unit via email here.

"It's cool to be a part of it and it would be even greater if we could give this back to the family," said Roseville Officer Derek Anganes.

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