My Grandpa’s gifts with words, printing and advertising all came together this particular Sunday and we are the recipients of those gifts. This is the “letter” he sent out to his sons scattered around the world. Lad, the oldest, is in Camp Santa Anita in California, training auto, truck and diesel mechanics for the Army; Dan, next in line, is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, awaiting transfer to London with the rest of his Civil Engineering Unit; Ced, son number three, is in Alaska working at Woodley’s Airfield, which has been taken over by the military, working as an airplane mechanic and bush pilot; and Dick, son number four, is in Indianapolis, awaiting transfer to who-knows-where.
I’ll give you a little background information on each of the stories.
COOKS VACATION ENDS
Guion Resumes K.P. Duties
Due to the fact that Mrs. Peabody has been feeling slightly under the weather, and it seemed wiser for her to assume as little ordinary work as possible, the former chef smilingly don’s his erstwhile apron and tackles the meal getting chores. Lamb and proven with on today’s menu are prepared in usual form and proclaimed as up to the best former standards. Miss Dorothy Peabody, who visited Trumbull again this week and reports having rented as of August 1, a larger apartment and as soon after that date as can be arranged, she expects to have her mother living with her again in New York.
Mrs. Peabody is the Grandma referred to in many of the letters. She is Grandpa’s (Alfred Duryee Guion’s) mother-in-law, the mother of Arla, his wife, who passed away in 1933 after a long battle with cancer. That event was the lynch-pin that set all of the events in the letters in motion.
D. Guion has just reported another near miss in securing furlough. We’ll keep on trying, he stated recently.
June and July issues of Alaska Sportsman arrived this week – – gift of C. Guion. Thanks, Ced.
Mrs. R. Guion reports still building Army morale, particularly among the M.P.’s in Indianapolis.
No postage stamps were on sale at the Anchorage or Arcadia post offices recently. Is Rationing Board added again?
It is rumored that Sgt. Guion is trying to arrange matters so that he can spend his vacation furlough with friends in Trumbull. Reception Committee tents.
Miss Anna Rakowski recently died of a heart attack.
Poppa is well, Aunt Betty is well, Dave is well. All send greetings and await mail. The Box is No. 7
D. Guion refers to Dan, in Pennsylvania, who is trying his hardest to get a furlough to travel the 250 miles home for one last visit before he heads overseas.
C. Guion has subscribed to the Alaska Sportsman for his father, possibly to give him a better idea of what life is like in the northern territory.
Mrs. R. Guion is Jean, Dick’s wife, who has followed her MP husband from Miami to Indianapolis and will follow him until he is sent overseas, when she will return to Trumbull to stay in the family homestead.
Sgt. Guion refers to Lad, in California, who is trying to plan a furlough to travel across the country to visit family and friends.But, as it always is with the military, you don’t know anything until it actually happens, particularly during a war.
I have no idea who Miss Anna Rakowski was.
At this point in time, Papa (Grandpa), his Aunt Betty and youngest son Dave are the regular residents in the Trumbull house, since Grandma is supposed to leave in a couple of weeks.
B. PLUMB BECOMES WAC-Y
Local Organist successfully
Passing both physical and mental test with flying colors, local Trumbull girl will soon leave for training, having resigned her business position in Bridgeport. Miss Evelyn Hughes will replace Miss Plumb as organist of the local Church. The latter started to duties today and performed her duties well.
Barbara Plumb is Dan’s girlfriend and has been for a while. The brief article tells the rest.
CAROL ELIZABETH WAYNE
Moves to Trumbull
Likes her New Home
After a short sojourn in the Bridgeport Hospital, the young lady, with little persuasion from her father and mother, decided to permanently locate on Daniels Farm Road. Her father spent the day sailing together with Paul Wardenand Walter Mantle, to Port Jefferson. Father Carl, anticipating an early call to the colors has enlisted in the Merchant Marine, and leaves for his new duties, Wednesday. No information has yet been announced as to what will become of the gas station which Mr. Wayne has been conducting. His father recently has been aiding in the work. However with the stringent gas rationing, is becoming increasingly difficult to find gas station personnel.
Her father, a close friend of the older boys, is running the gas station that Lad worked at when he was in his teens and early twenties. You might remember his letter to Lad in the post titled “Trumbull – The Red Horse Service Station – Carl Wayne”. He couldn’t wait to tell my father all the news in town, especially the fact that his sister (Elizabeth, Bissie to family and friends) had eloped.
SHOE SHORTAGE HITS INDIANAPOLIS
Local girl finds following Army from camp to camp hard on feet. Buys new pair of shoes.
This is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that Jean must be wearing out her shoes following her husband from Trumbull to Miami to Indianapolis.
I hope you found this particular post as interesting as I did. My Grandfather continues to surprise me.
Tomorrow, extracts from Grandpa’s Diary, Wednesday, a letter from Biss to Ced, Thursday, another letter from Grandpa bringing everyone up to date on family and friends and on Friday, a letter from Lad, which Marian made him promise to write.