Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (11) – Arnold’s Going Away Party – July, 1934

CDG - Grandpa's envelope - Aug 8, 1934


CDG - Grandpa's letter - Aug 8, 1934August 8, 1934

Dear Ceddy-Long-Legs:

You have been so splendid in issuing your progress bulletins that I am rather ashamed of my failure to keep up with you, but durn it all, you don’t stay put long enough in one spot for the postman to catch up with you. Right now there is probably a letter awaiting you at the Chicago YMCA, but you may not get this note till after you reach home, so it’s sort of hopeless, but here goes.

Lad is home (from his work for the Civilian Conservation Corp, CCC) all this week having obtained permission to do so in the hope he would be needed at the office if George’s plan to visit the Fair materialized. It fell through, but Lad took advantage of the opportunity anyway.

Corinne Flaniken is visiting at Trumbull. She came Thursday and she and Elizabeth cooked up a plan to have Mrs. Gritman do the housework while she was here.

CDG - Grandpa's letter, Aug 8, 1934 - Carnival paper artucle - 1934

Two members of the Trumbull Fire Company who will assist at the annual affair which opens tonight are Stephen J. Kascak (left) and Alfred D. Guion. Kascak is vice-chairman of the committee while Guion, a director of the company, will help with the tickets.

The Carnival opened last night. I did not go down, but I learned there was a rather small attendance but a fair amount of money spent. Elizabeth and Peggy served in the Tea Room. Weather ideal.

Saturday night, the girls in the neighborhood gave a farewell party to Arnold and asked permission to hold it in our house. I reluctantly granted it having in mind our failure to do something similar for you. Enclosed clipping from last night’s paper will give details. The list of articles on the scavenger hunt is enclosed.


Scavenger Hunt list


1.Constables cap

2.Canary Cage

3.Road Sign

4.relegr am Blank (?)

5. False Teeth

6.Stamper from Library

7. Something with feathers eight

8.monogrammed handkerchief

9.Telephone Book from public place

10.Flannel nightshirt (man’s) 

11.Menu from anywhere

12 Ladies Dance set

13 Men’s Garters

14.Bulb from Street Light (unbroken)

15.Board from stand of Carnival

16.Lock of Red hair

17.Fish from fishbowl

18. Clock (electric)

19.Bird Bath

20. Animal from Beardsley Park

21.Ticket from show (whole)

22.Year of corn

23.Ice cream dish

24.Corn cob pipe

25.a black poodle dog

26.Bottle of oil from gas station 

27.screen off of window

28.something odoriferous

29.Button from Usher in show

330.Something ending in A

31.piece of green velvet 

32.get a flea

33.Sugar Cubes from diner

34.sign from $.10 store

35 Stove Pipe 

36 Pint of cream

37. Something from Merit Highway

38.Gaily painted ladder

39.Souvenir from couple in Beardsley Park

40.A train schedule

Grandma and Uncle Burton drove over from Ossining Sunday afternoon to see Corinne (Flaniken, I haven’t figured out how she knows the family, yet.)

Aunt Elsie is coming to Trumbull on the 26th to celebrate her birthday. Do you anticipate being home by that time? You do know from Uncle Francis today in which he expresses the hope you will stop out there again on your way home.

I am so glad you are meeting all of Mother’s folks. You are an ambassador without portfolio, charged with the mission of extending a goodwill message all with an earnest invitation to visit us when any of them come east.

Well, here’s hoping this reaches you in time. I think if you sent your letter to the office they would reach me sooner.

Good luck, bon voyage and lots of love.


Tomorrow, another update on Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure.


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