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.
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
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
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.
The Park Hotel
Williamsport, Pennsylvania 4/1/1914
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,
John O. Powers Company
11 West 25th Street
April 21, 1914
Hurrah ! Hooray!!
I sincerely hope the “family” is getting on nicely.
It’s great to be a daddy.
Josiah J. Hazen
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.
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.