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Dorchester Illustration no. 2166

Postcard sent from the front in World War I, postmarked Aug. 7, 1918 to Miss Laurette Moulton, 1683 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA.

How are all you at home. Suppose by the time you get this card, you will be thinking of starting back to school again; and be sure you study French so you can be a nurse in the next war and know how to take to the people over here. Maybe this war will last long enough. Some of us are at [unreadable] on detached service for a while about 25 miles from the[readable]. Many Mass. wounded boys here. Just heard last night that Soissons had been taken again by the allies. Best wishes you all. Private Harold Jenks, Mobile Operating Unit no. 1, section 2. Amer. Exp. Forces

Additional info from Bob Rugo:

The people on the postcard:

At the time he sent the postcard to Laurette, Harold was 33 years old and she was 18; they had been lifelong neighbors on Dorchester Avenue.

Harold Persson Jenks was born 14 November 1885 at 1709 Dorchester Avenue.

In 1900 he was living with his parents, two sisters and two servants, still at 1709 Dorchester Avenue; his father was a stock broker.

Laurette Howe Moulton was born in 1900 at 1683 Dorchester Avenue; her family had only one servant.

He graduated from Dorchester High School in 1903.

In 1915 Harold worked for the Puritan Trust Company.

In 1918, apparently shortly after sending the postcard from France, he was working for the Massachusetts Banking Commissioner.

He was living in Dorchester in 1920, unmarried, with his father, a sister and a housekeeper.

Laurette was also unmarried and living with her parents in 1920. She may have graduated from MIT that year.

In December, 1924 in Boston, Laurette married Dr. Irving Sydnor Barksdale, born in 1898, the son of a doctor from Richmond, Virginia.

In November 1925 their child died at age 6 months in Greenville, South Carolina.

Harold was still living in Dorchester in 1930, but had married a woman named Florence. They had one daughter around 1925.

By 1940 Harold and Florence had moved to 56 Chapin Road in Newton and he was still working for the Massachusetts Division of Banks.

In 1940 Laurette and Irving were still in Greenville and had two children. He died there in 1948 at age 50. She was a music teacher there in 1968.

Bob Rugo


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Readers Comments:
 Additional info from Bob Rugo:

The people on the postcard:

At the time he sent the postcard to Laurette, Harold was 33 years old and she was 18; they had been lifelong neighbors on Dorchester Avenue.

Harold Persson Jenks was born 14 November 1885 at 1709 Dorchester Avenue.

In 1900 he was living with his parents, two sisters and two servants, still at 1709 Dorchester Avenue; his father was a stock broker.

Laurette Howe Moulton was born in 1900 at 1683 Dorchester Avenue; her family had only one servant.

He graduated from Dorchester High School in 1903.

In 1915 Harold worked for the Puritan Trust Company.

In 1918, apparently shortly after sending the postcard from France, he was working for the Massachusetts Banking Commissioner.

He was living in Dorchester in 1920, unmarried, with his father, a sister and a housekeeper.

Laurette was also unmarried and living with her parents in 1920. She may have graduated from MIT that year.

In December, 1924 in Boston, Laurette married Dr. Irving Sydnor Barksdale, born in 1898, the son of a doctor from Richmond, Virginia.

In November 1925 their child died at age 6 months in Greenville, South Carolina.

Harold was still living in Dorchester in 1930, but had married a woman named Florence. They had one daughter around 1925.

By 1940 Harold and Florence had moved to 56 Chapin Road in Newton and he was still working for the Massachusetts Division of Banks.

In 1940 Laurette and Irving were still in Greenville and had two children. He died there in 1948 at age 50. She was a music teacher there in 1968.

Bob Rugo


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