Trumbull – Dear Members of the Guion Clan (3) – Random Thoughts on our Future Camp (2) – October 7, 1945

The Island

e – Electricity.

COMMENTS: Would it be possible to obtain, at a reasonable cost, electricity from the main road (central power station supply) vs. our own diesel electric plant for light, pump, water heater, electric refrigerator, radio, washing machine and other “Modern inconveniences”. (Gas, of course, would not be available for cooking and coal would present quite a transportation problem by rowboat from the mainland, so we would have our choice of wood, kerosene or electricity, for cooking, heating, hot water and lights.

f – Heat.

COMMENTS: Shall we have an open fireplace? Wood, of course, would be available on the island. Of what material should fireplace be built? Are there enough stones on the island? Or would you prefer brick, concrete or what?

g – Sewage disposal. Cesspool or chemical toilet? We should find out state sanitary laws on this matter.

h – Boats. Which kind first and how about storage facilities when no one is occupying cottage? How about ice boat in winter?

i – Interior Arrangements. Anyone collected plans of a summer cottage? What arrangement of living room, kitchen, bath, how many bedrooms. Built-in bunks and furniture? Storage places for clothes, bedding and foodstuffs. This would seem to be a problem, especially for the girls to consider.

j – Miscellaneous

1 – Would expense of telephone be justified?

2 – Where could we garage cars on mainland?

3 – How about daily milk supply?

4 – Fire extinguishers

5 – Garbage disposal

6 – Mail arrangements

k – Job assignments.

Sports – Hunting and fishing – Zeke

Winter sports, skiing, etc. – Ced

Mechanical installations and upkeep – Lad and Ced

Clearing of grounds, maintenance of landscaping,

fruit tree planting, garden? etc. Dan and Dick

Supervision of building erection – Dick

Schedule of occupancy, assignment of boats, troubleshooter,

Smoother-over, etc. – Dave

Tomorrow, Grandpa’s final thoughts on our Future Camp.

Judy Guion

2 thoughts on “Trumbull – Dear Members of the Guion Clan (3) – Random Thoughts on our Future Camp (2) – October 7, 1945

  1. Janet McKee says:

    Our family used to go to a cabin in the woods on Hills Pond in southern New Hampshire. It was built by Uncle Don in the 1920’s. uncle Don and aunt Gladys and family lived in Wolfboro I think. The cabin was pretty basic. There was an outhouse and we had chamber pots. There was a brook. There was a little store Frenchies up on the road where we left our car. Frenchies had a telephone

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