Elizabeth’s Adventure in St. Petersburg, Florida (6) – My Birthday – January 16, 1935

It’s 1935 and on January 6th  Biss had her 16th birthday in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is living with her Aunt Anne (Peabody) Stanley and helping to care for her children, Don and Gwen. Christmas, 1934, has come and gone and Biss is back in school.

Elizabeth (Biss) Westlin Guion

Elizabeth (Biss) Westlin Guion

Wednesday afternoon

4:31 PM

January 16, 1935

Dear Dad:

I sent you a letter already saying I got the check and thanking you very much for it. It was a surprise to get it for I hadn’t expected an allowance for this month. I had a very nice birthday. I am sorry to say that Dan left two days ago (Monday) although I imagine you know that by now for I expect he has sent you a card.

I am glad Dick has improved in his school work. How about Dave? It is very nice that Paul (Warden, living in the apartment with his wife) has at last gotten a job.

We ate at the “Gypsy Inn” as a special treat on my birthday and after we got home they had a surprise ready for me by way of a special treat, ice cream and cake and plenty of presents. It was a double surprise, for I hadn’t expected a thing, seeing as how I had got one present last year and then to add to that by you coming down for this year. I didn’t see how I could get any.

Trip to St. Petersburg, Florida for Christmas, 1934

Back row: Ced, Dan, Lad, Dick, Grandpa, Front Row: Don Stanley, Gwen Stanley, Biss, Dave

I am glad (in a way) that they have been busy down at the office for that should certainly be a good sign if anything is. We took Dan about 5 miles beyond Brookesville. (Perhaps Dan (19 at the time) was hitchhiking but I am not sure where he was going. Maybe home to Trumbull?)

Well, I want to write a letter, I mean finish a letter I started Friday to Marie P. and send all three tonight, although they won’t go out until tomorrow, I don’t believe.

I will send a Coquina shell up in this letter to show you what they look like when fixed up.



P.S. Tell Alfred that I am hoping to hear from him,and also from Dick and Dave. I’m writing on the bed in leisurely fashion, that is why my writing isn’t very plain.


It sounds like Biss had a special surprise for the holidays.  I’m sure, with her birthday being January 6th, she probably got short-changed over the years.

Tomorrow, another letter from Biss to her Dad in Trumbull.

Judy Guion

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