Memories of Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion (3) – New Furniture and Their First Child – 1892 – 1933


Alfred and Arla Guion have moved into an apartment in the Bronx after their honeymoon in Bermuda. Alfred purchased furniture from Gimbel Brothers and James McCreery and Company, as well as a musical instrument known as a Technola Player Piano from the Aeolian Company to furnish the apartment.


Gimbel Brothers - 1913

                                   Gimbel Brothers – 1913

1          4/6 Brass Bed               $24.00

                                                                                 1          4/6 W W Spring               6.00

1          4/6 Mattress                   18.50

1         Walnut  Chiff                    35.00

1              ”       Dresser                40.00

1              ”       Chair                       4.75

1              ”       Rocker                     5.75

1        ?.O.     Bookcase                  23.50

1           ”       Chair                         20.00

1           ”        Rocker                     20.00





James McCreery and Company - 1913

                      James McCreery and Company – 1913 

SOLD TO: Mrs. A. D. Guion                                                    796 East 175th  Street

1            #816                 Buffet

                                                                                       1            #820                China Closet

               1            #682                Extension Table

      1           #310-1/2         Arm Chair

     1          #306-1/2           side chair



The Aeolian Company Player Piano - 1913

The Aeolian Company Player Piano – 1913

TECHNOLA Player Piano, Style 500 T, Mahogany, (Disc Style) and bench for $325.00


About one year later, Alfred Peabody (my Dad) joined the family. The following letters were received after this happy occasion.

I would like to believe that this picture was taken after Arla had informed Alfred of the child she was carrying. His face shows how much he loves and cherishes her. Their hands are clasped where a new life is developing.


Congratulations on the arrival of a son - 1914 J M Carr

The Park Hotel

Williamsport, Pennsylvania    4/1/1914

Dear Al,

I hope that everything is going along all right with you, and I have been waiting every day to hear that you have had your addition, and that your

wife is getting along in good shape. Things have not been any too good on the road but we are out after what we can get and I suppose I should notkick, as I am away ahead of last year, but then I have to be. I have had very little time home, in fact only a day now and then, for it keeps me on the go all the time trying to make good on what I have undertaken to do this year to earn my salary. This of all years, but I am sure of doing it, if in fact, not doing more, which will mean a little more for me. If it is possible I will do it. Hope you are making good headway with your people and I wish that you would call me up some day and take lunch with me. I will be home, I expect, on Monday and Tuesday and then I start away on a 4 to 5 weeks trip and expect to finish. Well, it here’s hoping that everything is all right and hope both will be well.

Your sincere friend,

J.M. Carr

Congratulations on the birth of a son - 1914 Josiah J. Hazem


John O. Powers Company

11 West 25th Street

New York


April 21, 1914

Dear Guion,

Hurrah ! Hooray!!

I sincerely hope the “family” is getting on nicely.

It’s great to be a daddy.

Yours sincerely,

Josiah J. Hazen


Congratulations on the birth of a son - 1914 Aunt Anna

49 W. 94th

                                                                                 My Dear Nephew and Niece,                                                                                                                                                                                                    

My sincere congratulations for the birth of a son.

Hoping he will be a blessing to you both.


Aunt Anna

April 16, 1914

Tomorrow, I’ll be posting one more letter of congratulations from Alex Smith. It’s quite a long letter from a father to a “new” father, filled with thoughts and words of wisdom.

Next week I’ll begin posting letters from 1944. 

Judy Guion

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