RETURNS FROM FRANCE WAS IN SIGNAL CORPS
Charles Joynt Was In Telegraph Construction Work Overseas
Charles Joynt who arrived home from overseas on
Thursday, will take his old position as operator in the Milwaukee
depot. He went across early last spring. He was in the signal
corps and spent the summer and fall months constructing telegraph
lines through France. The Americans found it necessary to build
lines of their own in order to haul their trains promptly. The
lines extend from Breit to Tours, Bordeaux, Marseilles and other
important places. They will now be taken over by the French
government. The French have good railway tracks but they are not
strong enough for the heavier American cars. Their locomotives
are large but their cars do not carry over ten tons while
American cars will bear several times this weight.
Mr. Joynt found the French people quite
hospitable but he soon became tired of trying to make them
understand English. He spent considerable of the winter 100 miles
south of Paris. In January he had a furlough and took a trip into
the Pyrenees mountains, which are close to Spain. American
soldiers were not allowed to cross the border into Spanish
territory. Mr. Joynt spent a day or two at the resort where Harry
Thaw attracted so much attention but he assures us that he did
not try to put on any of Thaw's
The winter south of Paris was very mild.
Farmers did not gather their vegetables and grass re-mained
green. There were one or two light falls of snow but the
beautiful remained only a day or two.
Mr. Joynt had more freedom than was allowed the ordinary soldier.
He was permitted to go about in the various places he visited and
he had good opportunities of studying the customs of the people.
He often attended services in the French churches. He liked their
music and found the interior of their edifices beautiful. French
priests, like Americans and those in other European countries
celebrate mass in Latin but their accent is different. They seem
to be earnest, eloquent preachers but of course he could not
Although he had no experience with cooties,
Mr. Joynt was required to take all that was coming to him in two
delousing machines in France and one in New York. He says this is
an experience that the American soldier really enjoys. Those
wishing to learn particulars should consult him. Of course he
is glad to be back. He feels well paid for his experience abroad.
~source: The Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo
Alto Co., Iowa, 9 April 1919