This is the beginning of a series of posts concerning Lad’s Voyage to Venezuela, taking a similar route as John Jackson Lewis during the first portion of his journey, about 88 years later. Lad and Dan had been hired by their Uncle Ted Human (husband of Helen (Peabody) Human, Aunt Helen), sister of Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion, Grandpa’s wife who had passed away in 1933 after a long illness.
The following are documents my Dad had to obtain and/or deliver before he even set foot on the ship that would carry him to Venezuela. Dan had gone through this same process in September and October of 1938.
I really don’t know the specifics of how it came about that both Lad and Dan went to work for INTERAMERICA, Inc. in Venezuela. My guess is that Grandpa’s brother-in-law, Ted Human (married to Arla (Peabody) Guion’s sister Helen) a Civil Engineer, was hired and then probably spoke to Grandpa about bringing Lad, the mechanic, and Dan, the surveyor, down to Venezuela ass employees of the company.
Ted Human and Dan traveled by boat to Caracas, Venezuela, at some point in October, 1938. Lad was given authorization to purchase all the necessary tools he would need and then transport them and himself to Venezuela.
As with any trip to a foreign country, there was quite a bit of paperwork to be completed before Lad set sail in December, 1938. For the next few weeks I will be posting copies of the necessary documents.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION:
Wolverine Motor Works, Inc. by Albert M. Hagan, Chief Engineer, October 24, 1938
TRUMBULL COACH LINES, INC. by Daniel M. Wells, owner, December 12, 1938
Trumbull Chief of Police by Alfred D. Guion (also First Selectman), December 14, 1938
Tomorrow, I an scheduled to begin a series of Posts about Marian (Dunlap) Irwin’s Ancestors. At this point, I do not have much information so I will postpone this post for a week with the hope of gathering more information.
On Monday, I plan on doing a post to honor Grandpa’s five sons who all served in the Army during World War II.