Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (8) – Chicago to Star Prairie, Wisc. – July, 1934

Ced - 1938Thursday

(August 2, 1934)

Dear Dad,

I am staying with Uncle Kenneth, Aunt Nora, and their three children; Allan, Joyce and seven weeks old Muriel, at Star Prairie, Wisconsin. I arrived in New Richmond Tuesday night and Uncle Douglas met me there.

I believe I left off on the “letter diary” at my arrival in Cleveland, therefore I will begin there. The first day at the Fair I started at the 12th St. Gate and then went through the park parallel with the islands, very thoroughly during the day, and also through the island. I looked at everything and went inside everything that looked interesting. There were many interesting things but nothing outstanding.

The second day I went into old England where I met a friend of the Draz’s which they had told me about their. That evening I saw the Chrysler track where Barry Oldfield and his “held drivers” put on a demonstration with Plymouths. They took two Plymouths and ran them through some pits where they certainly did some wonderful tricks. I saw the Ford building that afternoon and in it were some wonderful old carriages and autos, some of the most interesting I put on the inside cover of the diary from the railway booklet which I sent you with the other junk.

CDG - Of interest in the Fird Exhibit

Of  Interest at the Ford exhibit

I took another big section that day and the next day finished up with the trip through the Fairgrounds. I saw the Drama of Transportation which was quite a lot like the Fair of the Iron Horse, which we saw in Baltimore. I was supposed to start Monday morning of this week but I dropped Alfred’s watch on the tile floor in the shower and broke the balance wheel staff, and had to wait to have this fixed. I got started about noon and walked about out of Chicago before getting a ride. This man carried me about 2 miles and then I walked a mile or so and was carried another 2 miles. I walked about half a mile and was carried about a mile, than I walked another half-mile and road a mile and then got a ride for two blocks, then I got a 5 mile ride and walked about a mile on a wrong road, but I got a ride to the right one very quickly. Next I walked 2 miles rode two, walked one, rode two, walked one, rode one, walked one and got a ride in a Ford V-8 truck for almost 100 miles, about that time it got dark and I walked along a little traveled road for about 5 miles when a model T picked me up and took me into Madison, Wisconsin where I was going to look up Rudolph, but at a drugstore they told me that he was not in the same house and they called Harold’s home and found that Rudolf was in Chicago studying for a higher position and Harold was in  ___, Wisconsin for his hay fever but a cousin of theirs was at Herald’s place, and they invited me out for the night. Fred Shaken (the cousin) was there with two classmates and they are all going to the University of Wisconsin. I left early the next morning with Star Prarie as my goal. I walked about 2 miles and discovered I had left my bathing suit but decided not to go back as the house would probably be locked anyway and then the first crack off the bat a 1934 Chevrolet came along and picked me up, the driver decided not to be  the driver and so I took his place. We stopped and he got a glass of beer and gave me a bottle of root beer, then we arrived at the Dells, Wisconsin (a state scenic place in case you don’t know), he had me drive in and he showed me all one could see from a car and then we went on to his destination. Then I walked about a quarter of a mile and was picked up and carried about 6 miles. I walked another mile and a 1934 Studebaker picked me up. I walked through a small town and was carried about a quarter of a mile and then walked another quarter of a mile when a Packard picked me up and carried me about 3 miles. That I walked about 2 miles and a Ford picked me up. I was going all the way but suddenly the fan pulley broke off, the generator stopped working and the broken piece broke one of the fan blades and caused a big hole in the radiator  (the motor had only been driven 1200 miles since repairs and there was no cooling system ) so we limped into a garage with a very hot motor and I went on alone again.

I got a ride in another 1934 Buick and for the first time in my life, much to my sorrow and discomfort, we came upon a very horrible accident, a boy on a bike had been struck and apparently very badly hurt. The one hitting him had apparently evacuated and left the boy to die. The new Buick I was in went on to the next town for a doctor and we did 85 and 90 all the way  (about 4 miles).

Here I got out and started on very nervous and feeling rather terrible. However, this was apparently a very eventful day, for almost every ride brought a new experience as you have probably already seen. The next ride was in an old Chevrolet with a razor blade salesman who stopped at every gas station to trade razor blades for gas so as to get to St. Paul. At one gas station we learned that the hurt boy had gone on ahead of us to the hospital at Eau Claire so apparently there was still life in him. I don’t believe I will ever know if he lived or not and certainly will try to find out very hard. Well, to go on, the traveling salesman slowed me up so much stopping for sales  – gas  – that I was glad when he finally decided to stop and I gladly left him. Soon I got a ride for about 8 miles and then another about three with little walking in between. Then right away another ride right to the road which runs about 10 miles, into New Richmond, which is about 8 miles from Uncle Kenneth’s place. This ride was very fast as the man was trying to get to Indianapolis at a certain time, he had already averaged 45 for the last 300 miles and he had a Ford model A about a 1931. Well, when he let me out, I walked along the New Richmond Road about a mile when a young fellow about my age picked me up in a model T that carried me to New Richmond. He said he and two other boys are going to take this Ford roadster to the coast in a few weeks. (I wished him good luck but I did not believe it possible). At New Richmond I called Uncle Douglas and he came and got me.  (Uncle Kenneth has no phone). Ever since I have stayed with the Kenneth Peabody’s family, but I have met Uncle Douglas his wife and two of his children, Stanley and Francis. Friday, Uncle Kenneth dropped me off in Uncle Rex’s yard but Rex was not home, however I met his wife, and his two children, Russell and Marshall.

Arla Mary Peabody

Arla Mary Peabody

(This maybe the picture Uncle Burton is talking about.)

On this farm (the old Peabody farm) there is, as you know, a cottage built by Aunt Helen and Aunt Dorothy. Uncle Burton, now 87 years old, lives there and he is a mighty fine old fellow if you ask me. He said that he has a marvelous picture of mother just before she married you and he is going to send you and each of the children separate copies of it. He also gave me three photographs which he said are imperfects. I will explain them all when I get home if you do not know the places and faces. I guess Uncle Burton is the only one that sees much of Rex but I have a feeling that this family is probably coming together again because Uncle Kenneth drove into Rex’s yard today (he told me it was the first time) and he talked with both Russell and Rex’s wife. The Rex Peabodys have invited Uncle Burton for dinner Sunday night. Uncle Frank’s daughter Barbara is here with Uncle Kenneth until the 12th, so of course I have met her. As I said at the beginning , there is a new baby here and they are crazy about her of course. They are having very hard times this year and Uncle Kenneth and I were talking together and he said they had gotten no hay at all this year, of course the well for running water is dry but they have got a hand pumped well which holds up pretty well. They all wanted me to send their love to you.

I like them all very much although I have not seen much of any but the Kenneth Peabody’s. I have seen the cows milked. Today I went with Uncle Kenneth and watched him run the binder. I am having a wonderful time and hope you all are.

Lots of love to you all,


My present address is in care of Mr. Kenneth Peabody, Star Prarie, Wisc. Route 1.

Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (7) – YMCA letter – July, 1934

Seventeen-year-old Ced has spent four days at the Chicago World’s Fair and is now ready to continue his search for Peabody family members, relatives of his Mother. He is traveling west to North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Y M C A   H O T E L

A Department of the Young Men’s Christian Association

826 South Wabash Ave.


Guest Correspondence

Dear Dad,                                                                               Sunday night

I am writing since I came in from the fair after my final visit. Went in at about 830 – it is now five of 12. Therefore I want to get to bed as I am leaving tomorrow morning (I sent a letter to Kenneth Peabody and he sent a telegram saying “we shall be very glad to have you come”) and so will not write anymore diary. The things I’m sending are marked as to what should be done. Some are to be kept but can be looked at also.

Lots of love,


P.S. here are three chances on a Chevrolet. If I win (which of course I will) they would send to Trumbull, therefore you should have them. The drawing is tomorrow new. There are also for extra cards for anyone who is interested.

This is the telegram from Kenneth Peabody, younger brother of Arla’s Father, Kemper.

CDG - Telegram from Kenneth Peabody - July 28, 1934

It reads:


             YMCA HOTEL   826 SOUTH WABASH AVE   CHGO=


             UNCLE KENNETH

The following letter was also written on July 28, 1934 and addressed to Ced at the YMCA Hotel in Chicago, from Aunt Nora.

Star Prarie


Route 1

July 28th

Dear Cedric,

Your letter came yesterday and we sent you a night letter telling you that we shall be happy to have a visit from you at this time. We are still at the same place only our Post Office has changed. I thought you might wonder at seeing a different address. Uncle K asked me to write you as he is busy at this time. Now about coming, if you are coming up by bus I think you can come to sSar Prairie, that is only 4 miles from us, if any way whether you come to New Richmond or Star Prairie, call up your Uncle Douglas by phone 126 when you get there. H and they will let us know where you are and Uncle Kenneth and Allen and Joyce, your cousins, will rmeet you. The children are pleased that you were coming. Allen is nine and Joyce seven. You also have another cousin to meet, only seven weeks – Muriel – she is brand-new and we think very sweet. We shall be glad to know of all the folks back East. Until then,

Lovingly yours,

Aunt Nora

CDG - Aunt Nora Peabody's (Mrs. Kemmeth) envelope - July 30, 1934

Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (6-a) 1934 Chicago World’s Fair

My uncle Ced, Grandpa’s third child, took the death of his mother quite hard. He had just turned 16 and felt he needed to get to know more about her and where she grew up, as well as relatives he had never met. He left Trumbull, with his father’s blessing, about a year after her death to hitchhike to Chicago, Wisconsin and North Dakota – where she was born. He spent several days at the Chicago World’s Fair and took copious notes of all he saw. Three previous posts are of the post card Souvenir Booklet he sent to his family in Trumbull. The next few posts will be from a booklet titled “What I Saw At The Chicago World’s Fair”.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (cover)

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (of interest in the Ford exhibit) (2) - Ced's list

Of interest in the Ford Exhibit

1. am Austin auto built in 1863

2. Steven’s Duryee built in 1904 ($1,300)

3. an air-cooled Franklin built in 1905 (%1,400)

4. Model T Ford  built in 1927 (%380)

At the Chrysler Exhibit

A premium racer – air-cooled, Bore of cyl. 7″

Strokes of cyl. 5″ Last driven in 1916

at rate of 81 miles per hour

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (of interest in the Ford exhibit)

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (of interest in the Ford exhibit) (2) A Story of A Century of Progress (b)


no generation and the land or any us with his such amazing progress is have we Americans so breathless in the human pace and many others have all but forgotten what life was like in that not so distant past.

To mark the progress of the city, the nation and the world span of 100 years, as been the primary purpose of A Century of Progress Exposition. What a fascinating privilege it is walk within these active he is, while the highlight of the party era little before are eager I!

If that is only half the story. The exposition not only gives us yesterday and today, but there is also a breathtaking glimpse of tomorrow – a hint of the wonders of science and invention have yet to unfold for the enrichment of our daily lives.

In such an environment there is so much to see – so much to remember! Perhaps this little book a prove a timely a. Use it freely to record your impressions. These brief notes made on the memories of this greatexposition fresh in the will enable you in later years to recall with delight the joys of the glorious days spent the Chicago world’s fair in 1930.

With our very best wishes, we present you and fight the area a nice white space, already knew this and pencil!

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Travel and Transport Building) (2) (only)


Thoroughly explored this building and went through locomotives, air-conditioned trains, streamlined trains, old and new type coaches,sleepers and locomotives.

Found the whole building and exhibit most interesting to me and spent about 1 1/3 hours there/Enjoyed it about as much as anything else. Several movies which I also enjoyed fairly well.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Electrical Building (only)(2)


Got quite a little bit of enjoyment out of this building and it’s exhibits.Saw several excellent pictures if electrical interest. One of them was a puppet show and it dramatized the husbamd’s disgust at the electric bill and  showed what happened when the lights were finally turned off.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Soldier Field - only) (2)


Did not even see this place

Next weekend I’ll continue with pictures from this Booklet and Ced’s comments about each one.

This coming weeek I’ll be posting more of Grandpa’s unique and very personal Christmas Cards. We’ll begin with 1956 and end with

Judy Guion

Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (5-b) – 1939 Chicago World’s Fair

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair -aerial overview and note about trip

“Hitch Hike trip from Trumbull to New York City – Ossining — Cleveland — Chicago — west to St. Paul

Left Sunday July 15th – returned Thursday Sept. 6 arrived back at Trumbull

This is the next section of postcards from the Chicago World’s Fair along with comments made by Ced on some of them.

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - Avenue of Flags

Avenue of Flags

“Walked along this aisle”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Lincoln Group

The Lincoln Group

no comment

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - General Motors Building

General Motors Building

“Saw Chev. assembly line”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Sky Ride

The Sky Ride

“I rode on this and also went up on the tower on the island

saw elevators work

65 cents and worth it

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Dairy Building

The Dairy Building

no comment

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - Federal and State Building at Night

Federal and States Building at Night

no comment

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - Fort Dearborn - The Parade Ground

Fort Dearborn – The Parade Ground

no comment

Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (5-a) – The 1934 Chicago World’s Fair

A dear friend,  I met through this blog, known to bloggers as “Mrs. P.”, found a fantastic clip of The Chicago World’s Fair. My original intent was to include Ced’s comments on things that are mentioned in the video but I have found so much information and memorabilia regarding these locations that I’m going to present them in chunks. I have no idea what he saw on what day but I think he was there for three days and probably saw them in random order, depending on what caught his eye.It will take a few weeks to get through the material but I think it might be an interesting contrast to more recent World Fairs. I went to the World’s Fair in New York when I was a teenager and the architecture alone is unique, Enjoy.

Here is the World’s Fair clip:


This is the cover of a packet of 20 postcards Ced mailed to the family. The introduction states that it is the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair but the Fair actually ran for two years, 1933-34. Changes were made but I have no idea what they were.

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard booklet Cover

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The 1933 World's Fair

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Federal Building and Hall of States

“Saw this – no Conn.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Hall of Religion

“Went in here but did not stay long.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Chrysler Motors Building“I saw this and rode aroun track in a Chrysler air-flow 8 – also in a Dodge 6 – saw them use death pit and 45 degree ramp. ________ car turned over on purpose here going 50, driver unhurt.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Great Court of the Hall of Science

“Saw this.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Ukrainian Pavillion

no comment

Tomorrow I’ll continue with more of the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair.

Judy Guion

Special Picture # 200 – 1934 Chicago World’s Fair

During the summer of 1934, a year after the death of his Mother Arla, at the age of 17, my Uncle Ced hitchhiked from Trumbull, Connecticut to Wisconsin and North Dakota  to see where his mother had grown up and to meet his relatives who remained in the area. Along the way, he spent 4 days at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair. Here are some of his souvenirs.

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Enchanted Island

Post Card – The Enchanted Island

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Enchanted Island) (2)

Ced writes: “Walked around the outside of this place but did not go in: mostly pleasure park amusement for small children.”

The caption in the lower right-hand corner reads: A child’s dream of Fairyland come true. Youngsters have the time of their lives in this enchanted spot.”

Special Picture # 72 – Chicago World’s Fair – 1934

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Enchanted Island

This is a postcard from the 1934 Chicago Worlds Fair. It shows the Enchanted Island. Ced spent four days at the Fair on his hitchhiking trip from Trumbull to North Dakota and Wisconsin to meet the Peabody relatives in the place where his Mother grew up. You can read about his Coming of Age Adventure by clicking on that category.