Life in Venezuela – Odds And Ends – May – 1940

Here are several short pieces of mail or documents that pertain to Lad which showed up in May, 1940. I decided to include all of them in one post.

Lad - bill of Sale for the Ford - May, 1940

I believe this is the Bill of Sale for the Ford Lad bought in Venezuela for $1200 Bolivars, dated in Pariaguan, May 4, 1940.

Lad - Mr. O'Connor letter re job - May, 1940

This is a letter from Mr. O’Connor, Material Department of Venezuela Petroleum, discussing the fact that while Lad (my father) is under contract with Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, he is unable to discuss possible employment in any official capacity because of a standing agreement between various oil companies in Venezuela. The transcription follows:

May 4, 1940

My dear Guion,

I received your letter this morning. In reply to it, I cannot treat the matter of your employment in an official manner, as you are probably aware of an understanding among the oil companies that their employees are not to be approached regarding employment while under contract.

I gathered, during my visit to the Guario Camp, that there was a possibility that your company would reduce it’s personnel in the near future, It was with this contingency in mind that I suggested you get in touch with me, as we are likely to need additional mechanics within a few months.

However, in the present circumstances, I shall be unable to give you any encouragement as to employment with us until you are definitely off Socony’s payroll.

With best personal regards, I am

Sincerely yours,

F.A. O’Connor

This is an invitation to the wedding of Marie Page, a friend of Lad’s from Trumbull, to Herb Hoey, with a personal note on the back.

Lad - wedding invitation to Marie Page's wedding - May, 1940

The following is a note written on the back of the invitation for Marie Page’s wedding. Marie has written Lad several letters while he has been in Venezuela and had hoped that he would be home for the wedding.

Lad - letter from Marie Page re wedding announcement - May, 1940

This is a transcription of the note:

5/7/1940

Dear Laddie,

I thought you might like to have one of the invitations. It’s too bad that you can’t be here. Herb is very anxious to meet you. You miust look us up as soon as you get back. Our address is 1522 Unionport Road, Apt. 5E, Bronx, NY

As soon as we are settled, I will write and tell you all about the wedding and the World’s Fair.

You will hear from me later on.

Hope things are all right down there. So for now,

As ever,

Marie

Tomorrow. in his autobiography, Grandpa tells us of the moment he realized that he was in love with Arla Peabody during a Nativity play one Christmas,  I believe in 1911.

On Sunday, we’ll begin to explore the Chicago World’s Fair in 1934 with Ced, as he stopped their on his way to North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Judy Guion

4 thoughts on “Life in Venezuela – Odds And Ends – May – 1940

  1. Mrs. P says:

    Well, now we know what became of the job offer with Mr O’Connor.

    • jaggh53163 says:

      Mrs. P. – We only know what we know at this time. There might very well be a job offer after Lad fulfills his contract with Socony-Vacuum but hasn’t signed a new contract yet. He gets to come home – expenses paid by Socony first. Let’s wait and see.

  2. gpcox says:

    Very nice of Marie to send an invite to her friend despite his not being able to attend; sort of souvenir.

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