WW1 GIs in Esnom au Val France

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Messages on a wall

My relatives recently cleaned up and painted the walls on the barn on the property. After removing old bales of hay, they discovered notes posted by 3 American soldiers in 1917 and 1918. This was a large property and the American army requisitioned the barn for sleeping quarters for enlisted men, and several bedrooms in the main residence for officers. In my great grandmother's diary, I find her notes about the "yanks" who stayed for weeks and months. She seemed very fond of several of them, cooked French meals for them, and her daughter Marguerite attempted to teach them French. Her comments regarding her "Yanks" are so humorous. For example: "While they incessantly chew that atrocious gum and put their feet on the table, my Yanks are such a joy. Always cheerful in spite of these horrible circumstances so far away from home, some look like little boys, still so young and they sure love my food." On another note she mentions that her daughter Marguerite, 19 yrs old at the time, "spends a lot of time in the orchard teaching French to the Yanks". Marguerite fell in love with an officer from California and married him after the war. When she followed him to America, it broke her mother's heart. I posted photos of the notes left by the GIs nearly 100 years ago, and have been able to find the families of two of them. Still looking for the 3rd. Their descendants were gratified to receive this note from their ancestors, and pictures of the home where they spent time while fighting the war in France. The three soldiers were: J.P. Barinque (Jean Phillip), 326 Infantry, Headquarters Co. Pounders, Nov. 17, 1918 Charles Fenstermacher, 315th Infantry Band 79 (Headquarters Co.) July 25 thru Sept 8, 1918 Edw. Clark, Hqrs Co. 114th US Infantry - Camp McClellan, Anniston, Alabama Was not able to find anything on Edw., Clark, no idea where he came from or where his descendants might be.

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Photos of the three notes left by the soldiers, and picture of the family estate in Esnom au Val (Burgundy, France)

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Jean Phillip Barinque
Person 2
Charles Fenstermacher
Origin date
1917 – November 17, 1918
Western Front
Francine Fuqua