Trumbull – A Double-Header Birthday Celebration (2) – Aug., 1940

I’m home from Rehab and will be posting letters again. This week, the letters are written in August of 1940, Grandpa’s letter is a real long one so I’ll be posting it over four days and them I’ll be posting a letter from Biss to her older brother Ced in Alaska.

R-89

August 15th, 1940

Dear Ced:

Thank you, very much, old son, for your long interesting letter of August 5 which arrived on the 13th and told me lots of interesting details about your job, the city and your doings in general. I had written a card to Rusty about you boys and in the same mail in which your letter arrived was a note from Rusty enclosing your letter to him and announcing his intention or hope of seeing me soon and learning more of the details of your adventures as related in your various letters home.

The Island

The Island

Dave left at 6 AM this morning for his Boy Scout trip to the camp on our island in Lake Winnipesaukee. He was very undecided up to the last minute as to whether he wanted to go or stay home for the birthday party, the meeting Tuesday of the newly formed dramatic club which he was instrumental in starting, etc.

I saw Charlie’s new car yesterday and it is a very nice looking boat. It is a ’36 Ford sedan, tan, which he bought at the Automotive Twins from Tomek. He sold the old car for $25.

Speaking of Willkie’s speech and incidentally of the Gilbert and Sullivan broadcast I am listening to right now, I have wondered what you do without a radio, or maybe you have one available to which you can listen. Don’t you miss it a lot? What station can you get in Alaska besides the Pacific coast stations ?

I am delighted to know you have the sort of job you like and the remuneration is not bad either. Don’t tell anyone but you’re doing better than your dad was a pure age and better than he is right now. More power to all of you.

 

Dear Dan:

Dan in white jacket in AlaskaYour very amusing letter about the Duke arrived the day after I read your letter to Barbara, which she promptly showed to me at your request. I returned the compliment via Helen and have not yet gotten it back which is too bad as I know the New Rochelle folks who came up yesterday would have enjoyed it.

Friday there was a letter from Fred Chion (enclosed) addressed to you from Venezuela. And now you may fire when you are ready, Gridley, because I opened and read it, for two reasons: first I was not sure it could be forwarded to another address with the Venezuelan stamp on it, but more important, in any event, it would take much longer to reach you than if I enclosed it in one of my airmail letters. I also took the liberty of showing it to Helen while she was here. She asked if she might take it down and show it to Ted, but here I was quite firm in my refusal.

Ashcroft has at last paid us for the stencil cutting job you did and in consequence there is deposited to your credit $14 which cleans up the indebtedness. I got to thinking the other day about your stock and what would happen if for some reason you wanted to sell it and use the cash or I wanted to transfer it to some other stock. I found that if you signed and returned to me the blank form attached, it would be possible for me to sell the stock in your name without the necessity of sending the certificate itself to you in Alaska for signature. So if you will sign your name exactly as indicated opposite the ax returned to me everything will be Jake very bumped into Miss Sherwood of Bridgeport Life the other day who asked about you and wanted to be remembered to you when I wrote. It would be nice if you dropped her a postal card.

Do you boys hear anything said about the threat of a Jap invasion of Alaskan territory? Some of the excitable’s at Washington seem to think such a move is imminent, hence the feverish efforts on defense plans for Alaska.

DAD

Tomorrow, I’ll begin a two-page letter from Grandpa to Lad in Venezuela. I’ll finish it on Thursday and then on Friday, I’ll be posting a letter from Biss to her older brother Ced in Alaska.

Judy Guion

Trumbull – A Double-Header Birthday Celebration (1) – Aug., 1940

I’m home from Rehab and will be posting letters again. This week, the letters are written in August of 1940, Grandpa’s letter is a real long one so I’ll be posting it over four days and them I’ll be posting a letter from Biss to her older brother Ced in Alaska.

R-89

August 18, 1940

Dear Awayoffers:

Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Aunt Helen telling me she and Ted had moved to Washington Square, New York, and that Ted had obtained a job in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and she wanted to get the trunks she had left up here. So early in the afternoon, Larry drove up with Helen, Dorothy, and Grandma. They had an interesting time reading your letters, hearing all about your progress and looking at the photos you had sent from time to time. We learned, much to our surprise, that Anne, who had been out of the hospital for a few weeks, was back in again, this time because of a broken ankle, which would prevent her driving the car for a couple of weeks yet. This accounted for the fact that she and Gwen had not put in an appearance here as anticipated. Don was naturally quite concerned that his mother had not written him as he had been expecting her daily. Helen said Ted would have accompanied them to Trumbull were it not for the fact that he had a dentist appointment for the afternoon. She says he is much improved in health but has not yet been able to obtain a real job. Helen wanted very much to take down with her for Ted to read Ced’s last two letters but I refused because Elsie was to be here today and would also want to read them but I compromised on the promise to send them to her by mail. Needless to say there are many who are interested in your doings and the letters you sent home have a large reader circulation, to speak in advertising terms. During the latter part of their visit we all listened to Willkie’s acceptance speech which was very good and won unanimous approval from all the group here. Apparently all in the Peabody family with the exception of Burton are strong Willkie adherents, thereby showing their good judgment on this score at least.

Richard (Dick) Peabody Guion

Richard (Dick) Peabody Guion

Today was the time appointed for a joint celebration of Dick’s and Aunt Elsie’s birthday. I therefore splurged a little and prepared a dinner as follows:Aunt Elsie with Greg, Doug, Lynn and Judy (cropped) - 1953

tomato juice cocktail, wine (from Mr. Plumb), lettuce and tomato salad, roast Turkey with cranberry jelly, baked sweet potatoes, lima beans, ripe olives, sweet pickles, celery, fruit punch and cake. I also had watermelon on ice but no one could find a place for it so it is still in the refrigerator. Don spent about two hours putting some letters on the cake which read “Happy Birthday to Elsie and Dick”. Don tried a shortcut by spelling Elsie “Elcy” but I caught him in time. He also got tired toward the end and wanted to spell Dick’s name ending with a “c” but I pepped him up so that he finally came through with a “k”. I excused Dick from washing dishes on his birthday and found I was unable to do it myself as Zeke had taken a noonday bath and there was no hot water. So I have a dishwashing job facing me, as well as finishing this letter to you youngsters and taking Aunt Elsie down to her train.

As to presents, Elsie drew a bottle of wine, a box of licorice candy and a package of dusting powder, while Dick fell heir to a new camera, a roll of film, a roll of color film, a developing and printing outfit and a necktie clasp (from Elsie). The photo supplies were a joint gift from Lad and myself. Dave composed two original birthday greeting cards which added to the gaiety of the occasion.

Biss gave a shower yesterday afternoon for Edna Traphagan who is to be married soon. It was a regular, giggling, hen party. They had hamburger sandwiches and punch and seemed to enjoy it all.

Tomorrow I’ll post the second part of this letter, addressed to Ced, and on Wednesday and Thursday, a two-page letter to Lad. On Friday, I’ll post a letter from Biss to Ced. Next week,

I’ll be posting letters from 1941.

Judy Guion

 

Special Picture # 47 – Lad, Biss and Art Mantle with a truck in about 1933

I’m going to continue with another week of pictures. The plan is for me to go home on the 26th so I’ll have a week or two of letters before I go in for the second surgery. I’ll be posting Special Pictures unless I can really get ahead with the letters. I hope you are continuing to enjoy them.

Art Mantle, Biss Guion, Lad Guion c. 1933

Art Mantle, Biss Guion, Lad Guion c. 1933

Art Mantle was a neighborhood friend of Lad’s. I don’t know who’ s vehicle this is, or even what make and model it is. 

Special Picture # 46 – 1945 Christmas Card From Lad and Marian Guion

I’m going to continue with another week of pictures. The plan is for me to go home on the 26th so I’ll have a week or two of letters before I go in for the second surgery. I’ll be posting Special Pictures unless I can really get ahead with the letters. I hope you are continuing to enjoy them.

APG - Christmas card - 1945

This is the picture Marian and Lad used for their 1945 handmade Christmas Card

Special Picture # 45 – The Peabody’s – A Mid-west Farm Family – 1940

I’m going to continue with another week of pictures. The plan is for me to go home on the 26th so I’ll have a week or two of letters before I go in for the second surgery. I’ll be posting Special Pictures unless I can really get ahead with the letters. I hope you are continuing to enjoy them.

CDG - Uncle Kenneth Peabody, Aunt Nora, Allan, Joyce and Muriel c. 1942

Uncle Kenneth and Aunt Nora Peabody with their children. A picture of a typical farm family in the mid-west taken in about 1940 or 41. 

Special Picture # 44 – The Red Horse Service Station

I’m going to continue with another week of pictures. The plan is for me to go home on the 26th so I’ll have a week or two of letters before I go in for the second surgery. I’ll be posting Special Pictures unless I can really get ahead with the letters. I hope you are continuing to enjoy them.

 

"The Good Times" - 1939 Arnold Gibson (Gibby), Charlie Kurtz and Carl Wayne The Red Horse Station

“The Good Times” – 1939
Arnold Gibson (Gibby), Charlie Kurtz and Carl Wayne
The Red Horse Station

Kurtz’s, the local grocery store, had a service station on their property right next to the store. This was  one of the first places Lad worked as a teenager. Carl Wayne  leased the station from the Kurtz family, named it The Red Horse Station,  and ran it for a few years before the war interfered. 

Special Picture # 43 – Letter of Consent For Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure – 1934

I’m going to continue with another week of pictures. The plan is for me to go home on the 26th so I’ll have a week or two of letters before I go in for the second surgery. I’ll be posting Special Pictures unless I can really get ahead with the letters. I hope you are continuing to enjoy them.

 

CDG - Letter of Consent from Grandpa - 1934

My Uncle Cedric, Grandpa’s son # 3, was quite upset by the passing of his Mother, Arla Peabody Guion, when he was just 16 years old. She had been born and spent her childhood in North Dakota  and left many uncles, aunts and cousins in the mid-west when she moved to New York when her father, Kemper Peabody, was hired by the Grand Central to oversee construction. He decided to hitchhike to Wisconsin and North Dakota to discover these relatives. Grandpa wrote this letter for Ced to keep with him and to use if it was ever necessary. I love the final words, “I will stand by him without limit.” What a confidence-builder !!