Yesterday, in my senior computer class, one of the members related an interesting story about his family. We all live in northern New York which
had a group of settlers with a strong connection to France. They even
built a residence dubbed "the cup and saucer house" that was to be, hopefully, a residence for Napoleon. Ron's story related to the fact that in
the 1940s Pine Camp (now Fort Drum) was greatly expanded to train army
troops for World War II. His family's farm, like many, were obtained by the eminent domain actions of the government. His father received $2000
for the farm and as he came out of the legal office he was offered $5000
for the deed with Napoleon's signature. He had to buy a replacement farm out of the $2000 and accepted the $5000. How Ron wishes it was still in the family's possession. How would you equate the value of real estate to a name on a piece of paper?