Special Picture # 284 – Thanksgiving in Trumbull – 1945

On Thanksgiving, 1945, my Dad, Lad, was still in the Army officially but would be out very soon. He and Marian were on furlough in Trumbull. Dick was in South Carolina waiting to be discharged and Jean was in Trumbull waiting for him. Ced was visiting from Alaska and would be picking up his new plane, being built in Alliance, Ohio, to fly back. I also believe Aunt Elsie Duryee, Grandpa’s sister, was there. Biss (Elizabeth), her husband Zeke and their two boys, Butch and Marty came for dinner. Aunt Betty was also there. 

l to rt – the back of Zeke’s head, Ced, Grandpa, Aunt Elsie, Lad.

l to r – Aunt Betty, Lad, Marian, Grandpa, and Jean. Notice the china.

A dinner plate.

This is a close-up of the china. I am blessed with several pieces.


9 thoughts on “Special Picture # 284 – Thanksgiving in Trumbull – 1945

  1. Great family photos! The dining room reminds me of my grandparents’ house in Lexington, Mass. (built in 1929).

    • jaggh53163 says:

      Liz, this is what the dining room looked like before about 1950. About that time, the house was divided into two main sections and a small apartment for Grandpa. My family moved from the little house and there were major decorating changes, but very little structural changes. A wall was built to separate the oldest section from the newer section and another staircase was built for the oldest section. A wall was built on one side of the archway between the two sections and converted to a coat closet and telephone room !! I was four or five at the time but I still have some memories of this original layout.

      • Were the changes to accomodate your large family?

        • jaggh53163 says:

          Liz, Yes. The boys had come home from their stint with Uncle Sam and three of them had married. By December of 1945, Grandpa knew he had two (actually three, but no one knew my Mother, Marian, was carrying twins) grandchildren on the way. After the renovations, Grandpa moved into the small apartment, Lad, Marian and their four children moved into the larger section of the house, Dan and Paulette and their two children moved into the “Little House” and Dave and his wife moved into the oldest section of the house. There were eventually twelve children living on the property !!!

  2. Gosh, I love the photos, especially the one of the family around the Thanksgiving table while the turkey is being carved. Priceless! Happy Thanksgiving.

    • jaggh53163 says:

      Hi Kim, I’m glad that you enjoyed these pictures. My early memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas were of this room, exactly as it is in the picture, although I was at the “little kids” table. I call my site “A SLICE OF LIFE” because it really is from a different time and place. I haven’t read all the letters yet so I continue to learn about family history and stories as I post them.

  3. Janet says:

    Reblogged this on Janet's thread and commented:
    This family gathering in 1945 reminds me of our family around the Thanksgiving table so long ago.

  4. Gallivanta says:

    How lovely you still have some of the china. Wishing you all the best for this Thanksgiving. :)

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