Special Picture # 326 – Trumbull House – Side Porch – Then and Now – 1922 – 2018

Recently I spent a night in the Trumbull House visiting with Paulette – Aunt Chiche to family and friends – and took quite a few pictures. For the next few Saturdays I will be posting pictures taken during this stay as well as older pictures of similar places taken over the years, when I have them. I hope you enjoy.


View of the Trumbull House from the barn, the section to the right is the original house, built in 1756, twenty years before we were an independent nation.

A similar view of the Trumbull House, year unknown.

A view of the Side Porch and the stonework done by Axel Larsen, who did odd jobs around the house while his wife, Astrid, was the Housekeeper during Arla’s prolonged illness. He lived in the Little House with his wife and daughter, Florence .

Here is a similar view, taken in 1945, The is a friend of Lad’s (with Smokey), who was at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds with Lad and came home with him on several occasions. Notice the stone railings and flower boxes.

This is Marian with one of the flower boxes taken in 1945, while she was living in Trumbull with Jean (Dick’s wife), Grandpa and Aunt Betty. Lad was in France at the time and she wanted to be as close as possible when he came home.

The Side Porch in 2018. The railings and flower boxes are gone.


This is a picture of “The Gang” on the Side Porch. Some names to remember: 5th female from the left – Jane (Claude-Mantle) Hall, married to Charlie Hall; boy in doorway behind her left shoulder – Arnold Gibson (Gibby), Lad’s best friend, who married Alta Pratt, and kept in touch their entire lives; female in the back row with only her eyes and hair showing – Barbara (Plumb) Linsley, Dan’s girlfriend for a few years but who married Pete Linsley; behind her left shoulder – Lad; to his left – Ethel Bushey, Elizabeth’s (Bissie good friend, who married Carl Wayne, who ran the Red Horse Gas Station in Trumbull Center; in front of Ethel, squatting on railing – Dave; to Dave’s left and behind – Pete Linsley; to his left sitting on the railing – Dan.


Same picture, cropped.

The steps leading to the Summer Porch, which is the front end of the Side Porch, showing the same stonework as the Front Steps and one of the Pillars.



14 thoughts on “Special Picture # 326 – Trumbull House – Side Porch – Then and Now – 1922 – 2018

  1. oldpoet56 says:

    This is great to have this history in pictures.

  2. It’s a continuing privilege to be invited to keep you company along the journey back in time with your family.

    • jaggh53163 says:

      Maureen – It is my privilege and honor to share my families stories and this “Slice of Life” from our history. I am extremely grateful to two men, my Grandfather, Alfred Duryee Guion, and my Father, Alfred Peabody Guion, for keeping and protecting this material for over 60 years before it came to me.

  3. Val says:

    I love seeing what sort of building a family lived in. To my eyes, as a Brit, these old American houses look strangely modern compared to ours that were built in the same period. It could almost be something built recently.

    • jaggh53163 says:

      Val – Very interesting comment. Perhaps it had something to do with the building materials present. Most of our early (1700 – 1800) were built of wood because that was quite plentiful. Perhaps, in England, most land was used for farming and pasture, so there weren’t a lot of woods but plenty of stone. I really don’t know.

  4. Mrs. P says:

    Great images! Did the house get painted. I don’t remember it being yellow? I hope you had a very nice visit with Paulette, I enjoyed meeting her and seeing the house.

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