Special Picture # 320 – Kemper Foster Peabody – Arla (Peabody) Guion’s Father – 1886

Kemper Foster Peabody (my great-grandfather) was born at Plymouth, Wisconsin, August 2, 1861. He attended Shattuck Military School in Faribault, Minnesota. He was a Civil Engineer and about five years after this picture was taken, was a member of the Second  Legislative Assembly of North Dakota. On  June 26, 1889, he married Anna Charlotta Westlin, born at Ostersund, Jemptland, Sweden, May 13, 1865.They had 7 children: Burton Westlin, Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion, Kemper Francis, Helen Perry (Peabody) Human, Anne Westlin (Peabody) Stanley, Laurence Kane and Dorothy Westlin Peabody. 



Special Picture # 264 – Early Photo of Alfred and Arla’s First Five Children – @ 1924


Dick, Dan, Ced, Lad and Biss with Mack @ 1924

Tomorrow, I’ll begin posting a week of letters written in 1942. Ced is in Anchorage, Alaska, working for Woodley Aircraft Company and Dan has been drafted. He is at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia (near Washington), going through Basic Training. Lad and Dick are working in Bridgeport but both are concerned about their draft status. Lad has already been classified.

Judy Guion


Special Picture # 258 – Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion and second son, Daniel – @ 1917




Special Picture # 250 – Alfred Peabody Guion and Marian Dunlap Irwin as Babies



Arla Mary Peabody Guion holding Alfred Peabody Guion

Summer, 1914


Marian Ryder Irwin holding Marian Dunlap Irwin

Spring, 1916 










Special Picture # 240 – Grandma Arla and Her Three Sisters – Early 1900’s

For the next few weekends, I’ll be posting Special Pictures. These are photos that do not pertain directly to the letters I’m posting but unique and interesting so I want to share them. Enjoy.

Anne Peabody Stanley, Arla Mary Peabody Guion, Helen Peabody Human, Dorothy Peabody




Arla Mary Peabody Guion and children - Dan, Lad, Ced, Dick, and Biss at the Trumbull house

Arla Mary Peabody Guion and children – Dan, Lad, Ced, Dick, and Biss at the Trumbull house

I believe this is the first group picture taken in Trumbull. Dick, the baby on Arla’s lap, was born August 20, 1920 and the family moved into the Trumbull house in Dec, 1922. That would make Dick 16 months old at that time. In this picture he looks slightly older than that and Lad, the oldest, looks about 8 or 9, which would appear to confirm the approximate date of the picture. (I have since ascertained that it was taken in 1922.)

This picture was taken by a family friend and, unbeknownst to the family, submitted it to a photo contest for Life Buoy soap. It was not the top winner but was mentioned in the Bridgeport paper as a winner for Connecticut. It was actually used in an advertisement for Life Buoy soap, with a “direct” quote from Mrs. A.D. Guion. That’s how the family found out about it and asked the company not to use it. I’ve actually seen the spread in the local paper on Newspapers.com but because of copy write laws, I can’t show it to you. Our own “15 minutes of Fame”.

This weekend I’ll resume posting from “What I saw at the CHICAGO WORLD’S FAIR, 1934.

On Monday, I’ll get back to my regular schedule and the letters will be from 1941.

Judy Guion