Trumbull – Grandpa Overcome by a Letter From Dick (2) – July, 1941

This is the second half of a letter from Grandpa to his three sons in Alaska.

Rusty - Rusty at his painting cabin - 1979 (2)

Rusty Heurlin in front of his studio

I was interested in the fact that Rusty had moved. Would like to know more details of this old pal of mine, how is he getting along with his painting, what prospects are for his following through on the job he expected he might line up, and other matters of a personal nature. When you see him, please ask him to drop me a line and tell me all the news.

Dick Christie stopped in today. He was home for the weekend. He is now working for G. E. at Schenectady, in the engineering department, making ignitions for airplane engines.

Last Thursday I drove down to New York with Lad. We took Aunt Betty as far as Mount Vernon and called for her on the return trip as she had left some things at The Knolls that you wanted to pick up. Lad’s interview with the big man at Socony was not satisfactory as they had nothing to offer him outside of his job back at Pariaguan which he does not want to go back to, if you can help it. He has about decided, in fact, to write them that he will not come back and try to find some other job here in the United States. To that end he is writing to Pratt and Whitney, Hartford, today. There is still the possibility that a job in Columbia will develop through the Wolverine or that Ted will stir up something for him. Meantime up to August 1 he will receive his regular salary from Socony.

Elizabeth and her two offspring were here to dinner today, Zeke having gone off on the fishing trip.

Lad spent the morning working on splicing his movie films with an outfit he bought yesterday for the purpose.

A letter from Grandma this week probably contains about the same news she wrote Ced – – Helen working in the Greenwich Library, Anne still in Virginia as far as she knows, hopes Donald has got a summer job, etc.

I really do appreciate your letter, Dick, old boy, more than you know and hope you will repeat the novelty soon.

There seems nothing of much import to write. I do wish you could think of something for your birthday that I could send knowing it would be welcome. Do they have a shower bath in the house and if not would one of those portable attachable hose showers be welcome? This surprise birthday party is not a bit overdone, so I guess I had better not try to put this one over on you. Your two fiendish brothers will probably arrange some horrible celebration without any hint from me. And by the way, remember me to Minsk and Pinsk and tell them I’ll welcome another letter from both or either, particularly the latter.

Love and kisses from


Tomorrow I’ll be posting the first half of a long letter to Lad from Martin and Flor Williams, friends who Lad knew and worked with in Venezuela. I’ll post the second half on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday,  letters written in the fall of 1934 while Biss is staying in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her Aunt Anne and cousins Don and Gwen.

Judy Guion



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