Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure – 1934 (6-a)

My uncle Ced, Grandpa’s third child, took the death of his mother quite hard. He had just turned 16 and felt he needed to get to know more about her and where she grew up,a s well as relatives he had never met. He left Trumbull, with his father’s blessing, about a year after her death to hitchhike to Chicago, Wisconsin and North Dakota – where she was born. He spent several days at the Chicago World’s Fair and took copious notes of all he saw. Three previous posts are of the post card Souvenir Booklet he sent to his family in Trumbull. The next few posts will be from a booklet titled “What I Saw At The Chicago World’s Fair”.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (cover)

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (of interest in the Ford exhibit) (2) - Ced's list

His notes read:

of interest in the Ford Exhibit

1. am Austin auto built in 1863

2. Steven’s Duryee built in 1904 ($1,300)

3. an air-cooled Franklin built in 1905 (%1,400)

4. Model T Ford built in 1927 built in 1927 (%380)

At the Chrysler Exhibit

A premium racer – air-cooled, Bore of cyl. 7″

Strokes of cyl. 5″ Last driven in 1916

at rate of 81 miles per hour

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (of interest in the Ford exhibit)

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (of interest in the Ford exhibit) (2) A Story of A Century of Progress (b)


no generation and the land or any us with his such amazing progress is have we Americans so breathless in the human pace and many others have all but forgotten what life was like in that not so distant past.

To mark the progress of the city, the nation and the world span of 100 years, as been the primary purpose of A Century of Progress Exposition. What a fascinating privilege it is walk within these active he is, while the highlight of the party era little before are eager I!

If that is only half the story. The exposition not only gives us yesterday and today, but there is also a breathtaking glimpse of tomorrow – a hint of the wonders of science and invention have yet to unfold for the enrichment of our daily lives.

In such an environment there is so much to see – so much to remember! Perhaps this little book a prove a timely a. Use it freely to record your impressions. These brief notes made on the memories of this greatexposition fresh in the will enable you in later years to recall with delight the joys of the glorious days spent the Chicago world’s fair in 1930.

With our very best wishes, we present you and fight the area a nice white space, already knew this and pencil!

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Travel and Transport  Building) (2) (only)

Travel and Transport Building

Ced’s notes read:

Thoroughly explored this building and went through locomotives, air-conditioned trains, streamlined trains, old and new type coaches,sleepers and locomotives.

Found the whole building and exhibit most interesting to me and spent about 1 1/3 hours there/Enjoyed it about as much as anything else. Several movies which I also enjoyed fairly well.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Electrical Building (only)(2)

Electrical Buiolding

Ced writes:

Got quite a little bit of enjoyment out of this building and it’s exhibits.Saw several excellent pictures if electrical interest. One of them was a puppet show and it dramatized the husbamd’s disgust at the electric bill and  showed what happened when the lights were finally turned off.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Soldier Field - only) (2)

Soldier’s Field

Did not even see this place

Next week I’ll continue with pictures from the Booklet and Ced’s comments about each one.

Tomorrow, I’ll move back in time when Lad was the only son away from home but he is preparing to return to Trumbull in Jume and things are heting up.

Judy Guion


8 thoughts on “Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure – 1934 (6-a)

  1. Very touching that he wanted to follow in his mothers footsteps.

    • jaggh53163 says:

      Carol – Ced’s wife told me how broken up he was by her death. I didn’t know until she gave me all his memorabilia. None of the six children ever said much about their Mother. I think the whole experience was too hard for them to comprehend at their age.

  2. gpcox says:

    He was a regular gad-about, wasn’t he?!

    • jaggh53163 says:

      GP – He had fun wherever he was, a very social person.

      • gpcox says:

        And – to think nowadays we discourage our kids being too outgoing. (stranger-danger)

        • jaggh53163 says:

          GP – The inability to feel safe anywhere and everywhere is a great loss to future generations. Think about how much we learned by exploring.

          • Mrs. P says:

            It makes me wonder how much we could actually take back if we decided not to let fear dictate our actions. After all, isn’t it strange that some of the people we admire the most are the very ones who decided not to let circumstance dictate their life but decided to let passion be their guide through the world…the very ones who heed not the warning of danger and moved closer to their own goals. I sometimes think that the world would be a much safer place if we simply decided it should be.

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