Ced’s Amazing Adventure (16) – Chicago to Star Prairie, Wisconsin (1) – August, 1934

Ced - 1938

Cedric Duryee Guion 

Thursday

(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 there. That evening I saw the Chrysler track where Barry Oldfield and his “hell drivers” put on a demonstration with Plymouths. They took two Plymouths and ran them through some sandpits 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 almost 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  Wabeno, Wisconsin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabeno,_Wisconsin) for his hay fever but a cousin of theirs was at Harold’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 Prairie 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),  (https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/mirrorlake/recreation/camping    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).

Next Saturday I will finish this long letter to Grandpa telling of Ced’s walk/ride from Chicago to Star Prairie, Wisconsin.

Tomorrow I will begin posting letters written in 1945. Both Lad and Dick have returned to civilian life and it is December 23rd, but Grandpa is very worried about Ced, son # 3, who left the Monroe (Connecticut) Airport in his newly acquired airplane on December 10th, planning to fly back to Anchorage, Alaska.

Judy Guion

Ced’s Amazing Adventure (15) – Letter Written From the Chicago YMCA – 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.

CHICAGO

Guest Correspondence

Dear Dad,                                                                               Sunday night

I am writing since I came in from the fair after my final visit. Went in at about 8:30 – 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,

Ced

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 Noon. There are also 4 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:

CEDRIC D GUION

             YMCA HOTEL   826 SOUTH WABASH AVE   CHGO=

WE SHALL BE VERY GLAD TO HAVE YOU COME=

             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

    Wis

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 Star Prairie, that is only 4 miles from us, any way, whether you come to New Richmond or Star Prairie, call up your Uncle Douglas by phone 126 when you get there. He will let us know where you are and Uncle Kenneth and Allen and Joyce, your cousins, will meet 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

Tomorrow, more of Ced’s “Letter Diary” of his trip.

Judy Guion

Ced’s Amazing Adventure (14) – What I Saw at the Chicago Worlds Fair (7) – July, 1934

 

 

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (The Railroad that Grew Up With Chicago) (2) 2nd page

Our record, through the century, has been one of consistent Progress. North Western was the first Western Railway to operate trains by telegraph, and to operate sleeping cars.

North Western built the first railway postal car, in 1864, and operated the first dining-car service between Chicago and San Francisco. Ours was the first double track railway between Chicago and the Missouri River.

North Western was the first railway in the United States to organize a Safety First Department, and to make extensive use of Automatic Train Control, expending more than $3 million for this purpose.

MODEL “H” LOCOMOTIVE

Mighty Mobile of the Rails. See this new modern locomotive in contrast to the puffing little Pioneer, when you visit North Western Park immediately south of the Travel and Transport building at A Century of Progress. It’s a graphic example of transportation progress.

A FLEET OF FINE, FAST TRAINS

SAN FRANCISCO OVERLAND LIMITED

LOS ANGELES LIMITED

THE PORTLAND ROSE

PACIFIC LIMITED

MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD        THE COLUMBINE

NORTH WESTERN LIMITED

THE VICTORY

CORN KING LIMITED

DULUTH-SUPERIOR LIMITED

THE VIKING

SOO-DOMINION

ROCHESTER-MINNESOTA SPECIAL

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (The Direct Route to All Points in the West and Northwest) (2)

THE DIRECT ROUTE TO ALL POINTS

IN THE WEST AND NORTHWEST

Glance at the map above. Trace the course of the North Western Line. See how completely it dominates a great area. But it takes more than rails to make a powerful railway dominion.

We have invested multiplied millions in equipment to ably aid the people of this region, who have come to look upon the familiar North Western insignia as a symbol of progressive and dependable service.

For travel information apply to any ticket agent or address

R. THOMSON

Passenger Traffic Manager

400 W. Madison St., Chicago, Ill.

CHICAGO & NORTH WESTERN LINE

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Chicago and North Western Line) (2)

 

Ced described seeing Buckingham Fountain and I just read a reference to it in a recent book, so I went searching. Here’s a link to Wikipedia to find out more about it. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckingham_Fountain

The Adler Planetarium still exists and here is a link in Wikipedia to find out more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adler_Planetarium

If you enjoyed this information about the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair, why not share it with a friend?

Tomorrow I will begin posting a week of letters written in early 1042. The nation is gearing up for war and that included drafting young men and women for the cause. Dan is the first of Grandpa’s sons to join the Army and Lad’s situation in tenuous.

Judy Guion

Ced’s Amazing Adventure (13) – What I Saw at the Chicago World’s Fair (6) – July, 1934

My Uncle Ced, Lad’s younger brother, was traveling to North Dakota and Wisconsin to find his late Mother’s family, and stopped at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair. He kept documents, letters and memorabilia from the Fair. This is another portion from the booklet, “What I saw at the Chicago World’s Fair – 1934” and it includes comments written by Ced on every page. 

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Night Scene) (2)

NIGHT SCENE

This is a typical night view and I think the grounds are far prettier at night than in the daytime.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Adler Planetarium) (2)

ADLER PLANETARIUM

This is an extremely interesting show and as one watches he is moved to Florida South America, North pole, and anywhere the operator takes a notion to take you. He can project you into the future or into the past at his will.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Agricultural Building) (2)

AGRICULTURAL BUILDING

I’m not sure if I went in here or not. (That speaks for itself.)

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (The Railroad that Grew Up With Chicago) (2) 1st page

THE RAILROAD THAT GREW UP

WITH CHICAGO

It is particularly fitting that the North Western Line should join with Chicago in celebrating A Century of Progress. We, too, have our traditions. Our original charter dates back nearly a century. This, you know, was the very first railway to venture beyond Chicago into the hazardous West.

We have seen Chicago grow from a river-bank settlement to a mighty metropolis. And we, too, have grown. From a small second-hand engine and a few miles of strap rails, the North Western has developed into a powerful system that, with its connections embraces all of the West and Northwest.

THE PIONEER

The first locomotive that ever ventured west of Chicago. It had but one pair of “driving wheels”, 4 1/2 inches in diameter. Now a treasured relic. Be sure to see it at the North Western exhibit in the Travel and Transport building.

Tomorrow, more of Ced’s Amazing Adventure with information about the trains that connected this country.

Judy Guion

Ced’s Amazing Adventure (12) – What I Saw at the Chicago World’s Fair (5)- July, 1934

While Ced was traveling to North Dakota and Wisconsin to find his late Mother’s family, he stopped at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair. He kept documents, letters and memorabilia from the Fair. This post is taken from the  booklet, “What I saw at the Chicago World’s Fair – 1934” and it includes comments written by Ced on every page.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (The Midway) (2)

THE MIDWAY

Went on a sort of wooden trough roller coaster in here and also road on the electric “bumper cars” several times and if I had not run out of money I would have stayed in there. There was one thing which is a metal framework with cars which circle around on the outside of it slowly to the ground. It is purely a scenic amusement and starts quite high off the ground.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (An Entrancing Vista) (2)

AN ENTRANCING VISTA

There are some lovely views but I think this is generally overestimated a little.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Art Institute) (2)

ART INSTITUTE

I don’t even know where this art exhibit was but I think it was in the Field Museum and an admission was charged.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Temple of Jehol) (2)

TEMPLE OF JEHOL

I did not go in here but it was nice looking from the outside.

Tomorrow, we will return to 1940 when Grandpa is acting as a Clearing House for all the family news, collecting and distributing it from the Home Front.

Judy Guion

Ced’s Amazing Adventure (11) – What I Saw at the Chicago World’s Fair (4) – July, 1934

While Ced was traveling to North Dakota and Wisconsin to find his late Mother’s family, he stopped at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair. He kept documents, letters and memorabilia from the Fair. This post is taken from the  booklet, “What I saw at the Chicago World’s Fair – 1934” and it includes comments written by Ced on every page. 

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Field Museum) (2)

FIELD MUSEUM

Admission charged and not enough time anyway.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Shedd Aquarium) (2)

SHEDD AQUARIUM

Admission charged and not enough time anyway.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Fireworks ) (2)

FIREWORKS

I sat and watched these fireworks one night and believe me words can’t describe their beauty. They were sent off from the sky-ride tower on the island and from barges on the lagoon, lights from the northern end of the lagoon put on the smoke from the fire works and different colors blended and made some of the most lovely shifting shades of beautiful colors which I have ever seen.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Buckingham Fountain) (2)

BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN

This fountain is also at the northern end of the lagoon in the spring goes quite high into the air and when the colored lights aren’t on fireworks and smoke they are on the spray which is also very beautiful but it can’t rival the smoke and beauty.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Belgian Village) (2)

BELGIAN VILLAGE

Did not go in here, but had time and money permitted, this is one of the very few things which I missed but should have liked to have seen.

Tomorrow, more highlights of the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair as seen through the eyes of 17 year old Ced. Judy Guion

Ced’s Amazing Adventure (10) – What I Saw at the Chicago World’s Fair (3) – July, 1934

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Administration Building) (2)

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

I could not go in here and so can’t say much about it, except that I don’t know a thing about it and furthermore, it is all a mystery to me.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (A Lincoln Group) (2)

A LINCOLN GROUP

As an admission was charged in here I did not go in feeling that it would not be worth the price asked.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Federal Building) (2)

FEDERAL BUILDING

This is on the island and certainly does have a wonderful court to look out on.

The Hall of States adjoined this building but neither Connecticut or New York were represented.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Horticultural Building) (2)

HORTICULTURAL BUILDING

I got in here on a concession ticket and was surprised at the great interest I was able to work up over the exhibits in the building and the lovely gardens outside and in the rear. I spent quite a bit of time in this building and the gardens.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 ( Maya Temple) (2)

MAYA TEMPLE

Walked into this building and stayed about five minutes and then turned around and walked out again. I could work up very little enthusiasm over it.

Next weekend, more of “What I Saw at the Chicago World’s Fair”. 

Tomorrow, I will begin a week of letters written in 1945. Lad is now out of the Army and Dick is scheduled to leave Uncle Sam’s employ by the end of the week. Ced is on his own, flying from the Monroe Airport in Connecticut back to Anchorage, Alaska, after spending about a month at home. We will also hear from Dan and Dave along with some Christmas greetings.

Judy Guion

Ced’s Amazing Adventure (9) – What I Saw at the Chicago World’s Fair (2) – July 1934

While Ced was traveling to North Dakota and Wisconsin to find his late Mother’s family, he stopped at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair. He kept documents, letters and memorabilia from the Fair. The following pages are taken from the Booklet, What I Saw at the Chicago World’s Fair.

CDG - Chicago Fasir - 1934 (Sky Ride (2)

SKY RIDE

Went up to the tower on the island side and saw the elevators operating, wonderful view from the tower at night and I wished that I had brought my camera along. I could see all the Fair Grounds, with Beautiful lights playing on them and also the city of Chicago with its millions of lights. The tower is the equivalent of 60 stories high and cost over 1 million to build.

I also road in one of the cars and felt a little uneasy on the way over.

CDG - Chicago Fasir - 1934 (Avenue of Flags) (2)

AVENUE OF THE FLAGS

I walked down this avenue on a day when the flags were green and the next time I saw them they were green again and when I got some postcards on which the flags were red, I felt quite angered that they should do this just to give the card higher color but later found out that there are several sets of flags. There is nothing extremely unusual about these flags.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Social Science Building ) (2)

SOCIAL SCIENCE BUILDING

Spent very little time in this building and did not get a great deal of joy from it.

There were several “figure pictures” which were rather interesting.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (General Exhibits Building) (2)

GENERAL EXHIBITS BUILDING

Went through this building and found quite a few things which were interesting. I bought one of the tubes of Ipana toothpaste which had just been made under public scrutiny. Of course most of the exhibits were commercial and therefore not all of them were interesting, however a few of them were quite good.

Tomorrow, more entries from “What I Saw at the Chicago World’s Fair”.

Judy Guion

Ced’s Amazing Adventure (8) – What I Saw at the Chicago World’s Fair (1) – July, 1934

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. an 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)

A STORY OF A CENTURY OF PROGRESS –

No generation in the land or any age has witnessed such amazing progress is have we Americans of today. So breathless has been the human pace that many of us have all but forgotten what life was like in that not so distant past.

To mark the progress of a city, a nation and a world over the span of a hundred years has been the primary purpose of A Century of Progress Exposition. What a fascinating privilege it is walk within these active acres, while the highlights of the parting era glow before our eager eyes!

Yet that is only half the story. The Exposition not only gives us Yesterday and Today, but there is also a breath-taking glimpse of Tomorrow – a hint of the wonders of Science and Invention that 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 will prove a timely aid. Use it freely to record your impressions. These brief notes made as the memories of this great Exposition are fresh in your mind will enable you in later years to recall with delight the joys of the glorious days spent the Chicago World’s Fair in 1934.

With our very best wishes, we present you with an inviting area of nice white space, all ready for your busy pen or pencil!

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

TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT BUILDING

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)

ELECTRICAL BUILDING

Got quite a little bit of enjoyment out of this building and it’s exhibits. Saw several excellent pictures of electrical interest. One of them was a puppet show and it dramatized the husband’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)

SOLDIER’S FIELD

Did not even see this place

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

Judy Guion

Ced’s Amazing Adventure (7) – Chicago World’s Fair Postcards – July, 1934

A dear friend  I met through this blog, known to bloggers as “Mrs. P.”, found a fantastic clip of The Chicago World’s Fair.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY8rZN3tyVA

This is the last bunch of a packet of 20 postcards Ced mailed to the family in a Souvenir booklet. The introduction states that it is the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair but the Fair actually ran for two years, 1933-34.

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard -Buckingham FountainBuckingham Fountain

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Czeechoslovakian Pavillion

The Czechoslovakian Pavilion

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Golden Temple of Jehol

The Golden Temple of Jehol

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - Food and Agricultural Building

Foods and Agricultural Building

“Went in here.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Enchanted Island

The Enchanted Island

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - A Maya Temple - The Nunnery at Uxmal

A Maya Temple – The Nunnery at Uxmal

“Went in here”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Horticultural Building

The Horticultural Building

“Went in here. Ordinarily 25 cents, I got in Free through “Y”.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Hall of Science at Night

The Hall of Science

“Saw this from the “Sky Ride”

Tomorrow another post from Ced’s Amazing Adventure at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair.

Judy Guion