Trumbull, Conn, April 19, 1942.
Dear Private and Public:
I had an interesting experience yesterday. I took a suit of Dave’s into the Goodwork Cleaners opposite my old office at the corner of Fairfield and Broad, and while the girl was getting out the slip, two other young fellows came in and stood at the counter next to me. The girl said, “name please”. I spelled it out, as I usually do, “A.D. G-u-i-o-n”, and the man next to me turned around and said “Guion?”, fished a booklet out of his pocket and handed it to me. It was a N.Y. driver’s license of another Guion. He said he came from New Rochelle, was a nephew of Dr. Guion there, and by the same token we must be distantly related.
Well, I suppose you saw in the paper that “Old Iron Pants”, Hugh S. Johnson, has ended his colorful career. From the newspaper account, my cousin, his wife, was not at his bedside when he passed away, so presumably, she is still in a sanitarium. The Blue Eagle has soared into his everlasting eerie.
Lad this week received a card from the local draft board reclassifying him again as A-1, but from what he has learned, he will probably not be called until next month and when this happens, the Producto will request further temporary deferment on the basis of an emergency, if at that time the man Lad is training for his job has not yet developed suitable proficiency in his duties to take over. If he has, Lad will then seek to enlist in the Naval Reserves.
Elizabeth today is a “fish widow”, Zeke celebrating the opening day of the fishing season by angling for finny denizens of nearby trout streams.
All yesterday afternoon and up until 12:30 today, Dave has been wrestling with the production 33,500 multigraphing and folding of letters for Ashcroft. Almost all (save some 5000) have been multigrafted and about half folded, so we’re fairly well on with the job, which originally was supposed to be delivered tomorrow, but as the first of the letterheads were only given to us yesterday instead of several days previously, we will still be able to make a “reasonable” delivery.
Aunt Betty last week went to the dentist to have a loose tooth removed and is having a new plate made which takes her to Bridgeport twice a week until the job is finished. She has been complaining of lack of pep lately and is now taking vitamin B tablets. This together with removal of the decayed tooth plus moderate exercise outdoors, now that the weather is getting suitable for her to get out, we hope will make her feel quite frisky. She has already planted some seeds in the flower boxes and has acquired a new watering can to nurse them through their babyhood.
According to a postal Barbara received from Dan, he is now at his new camp at Roanoke Rapids, No. Car., but had not yet learned what sort of activity his new work would entail. I am looking forward to a letter telling more in detail as soon as he gets settled.
I will be posting the conclusion of this letter tomorrow.
On Friday one more letter from grandpa to his boys away from home.
On Saturday and Sunday, more special pictures.