The following memories are quotes from “Reminiscences of Alfred D. Guion”, written in 1960 while he was on a four-months “around the world” freighter trip.
At this point I will begin adding the memories of the children as they were growing up.
A.D. – In Trumbull, we became interested in local activities. A local volunteer fire company was started in which I was a charter member. To raise money to buy firefighting equipment we ran annual carnivals which were successful for many years, and in which the old Waverley Electric car played a part.
CED – We still have a series of pictures of the old Waverley in the backyard. Rusty and some of his friends, my mother and my Aunts, all dressed up in these beautiful costumes from the 1900’s that were in good condition in the attic. They all dressed up in these clothes and we took pictures of them in the Waverley. Rusty pretended to be the groom and Aunt Dorothy was the bride. Rusty had this stovepipe hat on and all the ladies were all dressed up. Of course, the Waverley didn’t have any tires on it, but it looked nice.
We had an old Waverley Electric car in the barn. Dick, poor Dick, got all excited about the war effort. He thought, “Well, gee, here’s this old junk car and it’s pretty well shot.” The fire department was looking for scrap metal. Dick was very patriotic and he thought he’d give them the Waverley, and at the same time, help the war effort.
A.D. – I became Justice of the Peace, and Judge of the local traffic court. Later, for two terms, I served as the town’s First Selectman, during which time we celebrated the 300th anniversary of the town and also saw an old mine property converted into a public park. Arla became President of the Women’s Community Club, and was active in the Parent Teachers and other civic affairs, especially where common sense and sympathetic help was needed.
LAD – I don’t have many memories of my mother. I remember that she was involved in the Women’s Club, and was very, very well-liked by everybody. We always had a lot of visitors. She was very outgoing and friendly and quite pretty. She was very active in the community. Other than the fact that Mom was involved in the community a great deal, she was a good mother. We all liked her very much, got along with her.
CED – I don’t believe my mother had a single enemy in Trumbull. She was President of the Women’s Community Club, and she was very, very good to the family. She had practically all of our Aunts and some of our Uncles living with us in Trumbull at various times. We had a big house and most of them lived in New York City. When they had vacations and when we had holidays, they’d all come up on the train from New York. Sometimes they would drive – it would take them about four hours on the Post Road. I remember those trips too. Traffic was all over the place, stop and go, stop and go.
I always said that I knew one person in town that my mother didn’t like. This woman had two sons, one of them was my age and he was my best friend. I always liked Dick. His older brother was about your father’s (Lad’s) age and he got us in trouble a couple of times. I don’t believe that the woman ever knew that my mother didn’t like her because she was … I can’t gossip … She was very critical of other people and that bothered my mother.
LAD – My mother was very active in town, she was very public-spirited. She helped plant flowers on the green, that sort of thing.
Our house was the center for the local population. All the kids our age congregated at our house because of everything, and my mother, of course. She was very pro-social, in her own life and in ours. She was a wonderful woman.
We were really one big happy family and we really had fun growing up. Arnold Gibson was part of that group; he was more a part of the family group. He was very fond of our family, and spent a lot of time with us. Arnold was devoted to my mother, too. Everybody knew that he loved her.
For the rest of the week, I’ll continue posting more memories of growing up in Trumbull.