Ethel Bushey and Carl Wayne were two of the regulars at the Guion house for many years. Carl became Owner of the gas station next to Kurtz’s store where Lad worked before going to Venezuela (See Trumbull – The Red Horse Service Station – Carl Wayne – March 14, 1939, published 1.27.2013) https://greatestgenerationlessons.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=914&action=edit. Ethel was a good friend of Bissie’s (See Random Memories of Elizabeth Westlin Guion (4 of 5, published 4.18.2013) https://greatestgenerationlessons.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=849&action=edit. This is a letter to Lad from Ethel giving him the latest happenings in Trumbull. She was one of several friends that made sure he was kept in the loop.
October 21, 1940
Dear Lad –
Have you heard of the wonderful news about Carl and I? (P.S. – We are engaged). The most scrumptious ring you ever did see is on my important finger. By the time you arrive back in the U.S.A. A. I’ll probably be Mrs. C. Wayne (I hope)
Enough bragging for now. Oh, by the way, your Dad was the first person to see my ring. I was glad
because you know how much I have always thought of your Dad. He seemed to be as happy as Carl and I about it.
Did you know that I am your nephew’s godmother and a very proud one too? I love him, he’s the most wonderful child alive. Yesterday was his first birthday.
Arnold and Alta are keeping the home fires burning in their trailer.
Edna and Frank are living in Bridgeport at Sage Street, just below Bridgeport hospital.
October 12th I was a bridesmaid for a friend of mine at a very large wedding. It was beautiful. My gown was maroon velvet top and maroon taffeta skirt. Next letter I’ll send you a picture. Having some made up of my gown.
A few of the girls started my hope chest for me. Officially I really haven’t one, I hate the clumsy things. Here are the starters:
1 – can opener – Mrs. Chris Smith
1 – dishcloth – Helen Slawson
measuring spoons – Barbara Plumb
potholders and salad fork and spoon from mother
You can easily guess where I’m going to be doing most of my work. Here is a snapshot Bissie took this spring.
Bissie is here now talking while I’m trying to concentrate on this letter. Flora and Bissie are now commenting on the picture that I’m in closing. You can probably guess what the commentations are about.
This week, we’ll continue with letters from the fall of 1940, when Dan and Ced are working in Alaska and Lad is still in Venezuela.