Special Picture – Alfred Peabody Guion’s (Lad’s) Christening – July 26, 1914

APG - Lad at his Christening - July, 1914

Alfred Peabody Guion,  July 26, 1914, probably after he was Christened.  He would have been 3 months old.

ADG - Grandpa and Lad (seated)  - July 26, 1914

Alfred Duryee Guion (Grandpa) holding his son, Alfred Peabody Guion

ADG and Arla with baby Lad and family - 1914This picture was also taken on the same day as the Christening. I believe Grandpa and Grandma Arla are surrounded by the Duryees,  his mother, Ella Duryee (Mrs. Alfred Beck Guion) holding baby Alfred, and her four sisters, Mary (Duryee) Goldsmith and her husband, Florence Duryee, Lillian Duryee  and Lizzie Duryee, know to the Guion family as Aunt Betty. 

Tomorrow I will begin posting letters written in 1944. At this point, all of Grandpa’s sons are in the service of Uncle Sam.

Judy Guion


Guion Family Reunion – 1992

The following pictures were taken at our Guion Family Reunion in 1992, at the Trumbull House. There are pictures of each family unit and also of each generation. I hope you enjoy them.

Alfred Peabody Guion, Marian (Irwin) Guion, their children and grandchildren. Lad and Marian are on the left in the second row from the bottom. I am in the back row, third from the left.

Daniel Beck Guion, Paulette (Chiche) (Van Laere) Guion and their children and grandchildren. Paulette (Chiche) and Dan are in the second row from the bottom,  second and third from the left.

Cedric Duryee Guion, Fannie (Pike) Guion, their children and grandchildren. Ced and Fannie are in the front row, second and fourth from the left.

Elizabeth Westlin (Guion) Zabel and Raymond (Zeke) Zabel with their children and grandchildren. Elizabeth is in the front row, second from the left and Raymond is in the second row, second from the left.

Richard Peabody Guion, Jean (Mortensen) Guion, their children and grandchildren. Dick is all the way to the right and Jean is second from the left, holding their youngest grandchild in her lap.

David Peabody Guion, Eleanor (Kintop) Guion, their children and grandchildren. Dave and Eleanor are  in the back row, third and fourth from the left.

Alfred Duryee Guion and Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion’s children. Left to right: Alfred Peabody Guion, Daniel Beck Guion, Cedric Duryee Guion, Elizabeth (Guion) Zabel, Richard Peabody Guion and David Peabody Guion. 

Alfred Duryee Guion and Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion’s twenty-one grandchildren. I am in the back row, third from the right.

Alfred Duryee Guion and Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion’s great-grandchildren, twenty-nine at this date. There are 36 great-grandchildren now., 63 great-great-grandchildren and  two great-great-great-grandchild.  Our family continues to grow.

Beginning tomorrow and for the rest of the week, I will be posting letters written in 1943. This will be a momentous year for Lad.

Judy Guion

Special Pictures – Great-Grandpa and Great-Grandma Peabody

Continuing with pictures of my ancestors, these two are the parents of Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion, who married Alfred Peabody Guion, my Grandpa.


Peabody - Kemper Foster Peabody, circa 1928

Kemper Peabody, Grandma Arla’s Father

Grandma Peabody at her home  - cropped

Anna Charlotta (Westlin) Peabody, Grandma Arla’s Mother


Arla Mary Peabody and her father, Kemper Peabody c. 1911

Arla Mary Peabody and her father, Kemper Peabody, in 1911, just 2 years before she married Alfred Duryee Guion (Grandpa)

ADG - Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion and Alfred Duryee Guion on their honeymoon in Bermuda, 1913

Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion and Alfred Duryee Guion, on their honeymoon in Bermuda in 1913

Tomorrow, more Special Pictures.

Judy Guion

Special Pictures – My Grandfather, Grandmother and my Father – 1914

Here are some Special Pictures of my Father, Alfred Peabody Guion, and his relatives, during his first year of life.

Alfred Peabody Guion at about 6 months old, in 1914.

ADG - Grandpa and Lad (seated)  - July 26, 1914

Alfred Duryee Guion and his first son, Alfred Peabody Guion, 1914

ADG and Arla with baby Lad and family - 1914

A family portrait, probably after the Christening of baby Alfred. His mother, Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion and father, Alfred Duryee Guion, are in the center, back row. My guess is that the other people in the picture are on the Duryee side of the family. I believe Grandpa’s Aunt Mary K (Duryee) is in the back row next to her husband, C. Preston Goldsmith. In the back row, on the right, is probably Aunt Lizzie, known to our family as Aunt Betty Duryee. In the front, Grandpa’s mother is probably the one holding baby Alfred. On either side of her are Ella and Lizzie’s other sisters, Florence and Lillian.

Tomorrow, more special pictures of my Father and Mother and their first born children.

Judy Guion

Special Pictures – My Grandfather and Grandmother on Their Honeymoon in Bermuda – 1913

My Grandfather, Alfred Duryee Guion and Arla Mary Peabody were married on March 27, 1913. They traveled to Bermuda for their Honeymoon.sol-alfred-duryee-guion-at-time-of-wedding

Alfred Duryee Guion at about the time of his marriage. He had known the Peabody clan for years from Church but it wasn’t until he saw her portray the Virgin Mary in a church production that he truly SAW her. It was love at first site.

Arla Peabody as the Virgun Mary

Arla Mary Peabody posing at home in costume before the play at church.

SOL-Arla Mary Peabody - wedding picture

Arla Mary Peabody at about the time of her marriage

ADG - Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion and Alfred Duryee Guion on their honeymoon in Bermuda, 1913

Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion and Alfred Duryee Guion in Bermuda

ADG - Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion and Alfred Beck Guion on their honeymoon at the beach in Bermuda, 1913

Grandma Arla and Grandpa Alfred enjoying the waters of Bermuda

ADG - Arla and Alfred Guion - @ 1913

I do not know for sure, but I believe this is a picture taken shortly after Grandma and Grandpa realized that Arla was going to have their first child, my Father, Alfred Peabody Guion. Her face is glowing and Grandpa’s body language shows a very protective father cherishing this moment.

Tomorrow, I will begin posting letters written in 1940. Lad remains in Venezuela working for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company. Dan and Ced habe just driven from Trumbull, Connecticut to Anchorage, Alaska, looking for the job of their dreams and better pay for their efforts.

Judy Guion

Special Pictures – My Great Grandfather, Great Grandmother and My Grandfather – mid – 1880’s

Pictures of immediate ancestors.

ADG - Alfred Beck Guion @ 1885Alfred Beck Guion –  circa 1882

Alfred Beck Guion was born on September 24, 1853, probable near New Orleans, Louisiana. He moved to New York City and became a Stock Broker on Wall Street. He died of a heart attack at the age of 45, on March 2, 1899.

ADG - Ella Duryee Guion @ 1885

Ella Duryee – circa 1882

Ella Duryee was born in New York City. Her Father and Uncles ran a Lumber business, importing rare and costly lumber from around the world. 

ADG - Alfred Duryee Guion at about 1 yr old in 1885

Alfred Duryee Guion (Grandpa) circa 1886

Alfred Duryee Guion (Grandpa) was born on September 11, 1884.

Tomorrow, some more Special Pictures of Alfred Duryee Guion (Grandpa) and Arla Mary Peabody (Grandma) on their honeymoon in Bermuda. They were married on March 27, 1913 in Mount Vernon, New York.

Judy Guion

Trumbull – Dear Reader – The End Of An Era (2) – July 19, 2021

For several weekends – perhaps more – I will be posting pictures and memories of the Trumbull House and what it has meant to my Family.

Quotes from The Reminiscences of Alfred Duryee Guion,: “…. written in the spring of 1960 while on a four months “around the world freighter trip.”

“We moved in one late December day.  There was a furnace of sorts heating a potentially good hot water heating system.  Water was pumped from a nearby broke to a large storage tank in the cellar. No lights, as a storage battery system in the barn had frozen, so we celebrated our first Christmas with candlelight under rather primitive conditions.  Early the following year the local power company installed electric lights that heating and water supply still furnished problems.  There were six fireplaces to supplement the furnace and firewood was plentiful.  With foot valve troubles at the broke and of the water supply, water pipes freezing, frequent pump failures, it became necessary at times to draw water from the three Wells on the property until some years later, when city water mains furnished adequate supplies.

At one edge of the property a small cottage once served as an office for a long vanished paper mill.  This cottage was lent, rent-free, to various couples in return for the man’s help in his spare time in taking care of the grounds and the woman’s aid in helping Arla with the housework.  Over the years we had many and sundry types of individuals in the cottage, all of which would make an interesting story in itself.

Guion kids - Daniels Farm Road (dirt) - about 1925

Lad, Ced, Biss and Dick on the dirt road in front of the house, taken in 1924, probably. Biss, born January 6, 1919, was 5 years old when she broke her arm climbing on a fence to pick grapes.

We inherited some scraggly chickens with the place but these were soon abandoned.  A small pony cart and harness and an early vintage Waverley Electric auto were also found in the barn, which later led to the acquisition of a pony for the children, a gentle little goat named Geneva, and Airedale dog, Patsy, and later, when my sister came to live with us, she brought a high-spirited Bridle horse, Nador,, who one day broke loose, ran down the railroad tracks, broke her leg and had to be shot.

DICK – Aunt Elsie had a wild stallion named Nador. He threw Lad and Dan.

LAD – When we first arrived in Trumbull, the house had been unoccupied for a while; there was an awful lot of cleaning and fixing up to do.  We had cows, chickens, pigs, but we didn’t have any horses at that time.  We got the horses later.  In the cottage, there was a fellow named Parks, who was living there with his wife.  They helped Dad and Mom with the Big House.  His wife did the cleaning and he did the outside work.

A.D.G. – Meanwhile, I was having serious commuting troubles.  Each winter the trains were frequently late, which, together with the antagonistic attitude of my immediate boss at the office, made my frequent late arrivals it worked increasingly disagreeable incidents.  Also, the 7 mile auto ride to and from Trumbull in all kinds of weather, the 2 1/2 to 3 hour train ride to Grand Central followed by a crowded subway ride to the battery, and this twice a day, not only was physically exhausting but also necessitated my leaving home early and arriving home late.  There seemed only one sensible alternative – to seek employment in Bridgeport.  A letter campaign from New York to Bridgeport manufacturers proving unfruitful after months of vain effort, in desperation I resolved on desperate measures.  With five little ones to feed and clothe I simply had to get a job, so burning all bridges behind me, I quit my New York job cold to wage an all-out on-the-job search to find something in Bridgeport.  To make this step was one of the most difficult decisions of my life, but within two weeks I became Assistant Advertising Manager of the Bridgeport Brass Company, and a few months later, Advertising Manager, which job I held until I left to start an advertising agency of my own.

Tomorrow, we will revisit 1945. Lad has arrived home from France, Dan remains in France with his new wife, Paulette, Ced continues to work at the Woodley Airfield in Anchorage, Alaska, Dick and his wife Jean are in Santaliza, Brazil and Dave is in Manila, the Philippines.

Judy Guion


Special Picture # 347 – Early Pictures of Arla Mary Peabody (Grandma Arla)

These are the earliest pictures I have of my Grandmother, Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion.


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Anne Westlin Peabody, Arla Mary Peabody, Helen Perry Peabody, Dorothy Westlin Peabody

Arla Mary Peabody c. 1911

Arla Mary Peabody c. 1911 probably about 17 or 18.


Arla Peabody as the Virgun Mary

Arla Peabody dressed as The Virgin Mary for the Church Pageant where Grandpa really SAW her for the first time and fell in love.


SOL-Arla Mary Peabody - wedding picture

Arla Mary Peabody, probably taken for her wedding announcement in the paper in 1913.

Tomorrow, I will begin posting letters written in the fall of 1945. Lad has come home from France, Dan has married a French girl in Calais, France, Ced is still in Anchorage, Alaska, Jean has travelled to Santaliza, Brazil, to be with her husband, Dick and Dave is in Okinawa (for now).

Judy Guion

Special Pictures (340) – The Peabody Women – 1889 to 1956

This Post is a tribute to the Peabody women who played a large part in raising the generation that form the basis of this Blog. The Peabodys go back many, many generations but I will begin with Kemper Peabody, born in 1861 and his wife Anna Charlotta Westlin, born in 1865. they were married in June of 1889.  They had seven children: Burton Westlin, Arla Mary (my Grandmother), Kemper Francis, Helen Perry, Anne Westlin, Laurence Kane and Dorothy Westlin.


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        The Peabody girls – Anne Westlin, Arla Mary, Helen Perry, Dorothy Westlin 


Arla Mary Peabody c. 1911

                    Arla Mary Peabody c. 1911

Arla Peabody as the Virgun Mary

Arla Peabody as The Virgin Mary, in costume, as she appeared to Alfred Duryee Guion on that fateful night. 

Alfred Duryee Guion: “I was also actively interested in a dramatic society which every year for a number of seasons gave amateur plays in which I was frequently given the lead and in some of these plays an attractive young girl named Arla Peabody occasionally played parts.  She also sang in the choir and the more I saw of her, the better I liked her in a mild way.  She was modest and dignified but very popular with boys and girls alike.  She had big brown eyes, a sweet smile, full of life in a quiet way and kind to everybody.  I  suppose I was starting to fall in love but had no realization of it at the time


Then one Christmas season the church or Sunday school staged a religious play with a Nativity scene and Arla Peabody was chosen to play the part of the Virgin Mary.  She wore a soft white scarf over her head and carried a doll for the infant Christ.  That night as I watched her holding the child with tender contentment and a placid dreamy look in her soft brown eyes, something inside me suddenly exploded.  I had read about “love at first sight”, but this wasn’t first sight.  Here was a girl I had known and seen for several years, but apparently I had not seen her at all.  This couldn’t be the same girl!  Had I been blind?  Here was the most enchanting person anywhere in the world.  I didn’t know what had happened to me.  I was in a daze.  The room was crowded with people I knew but I didn’t see anyone else.  I didn’t speak to anyone else.  I didn’t dare speak to her: she was too far above me.  Somehow I found my hat and groped my way out the door and on my way home.  It may have been cold outside.  I didn’t know.  All I could think of on my way home was how I could be worthy of even speaking to her.  One moment I would be hugging myself with the thought that I knew her and perhaps she would notice me, the next moment I was in the depths of despair knowing that everyone who had ever seen her must have appreciated what I had been too blind to see and that I would stand a poor chance when such a wonderful girl had so many potential husbands to choose from.  I knew how St. Paul felt on the road to Damascus when a bright light transformed him.  In a word, quite suddenly, I was head over heels in love with Arla Peabody.

Arla Mary Peabody and Alfred Duryee Guion were married in March 1913.


ADG - Arla and Alfred Guion - @ 1913

I believe this  picture was taken shortly after Arla and Alfred learned that she was to have a child.



Four Generations - 1914

Four Generations – Anna Charlotta (Westlin) Peabody, ________ Westlin holding Alfred Peabody Guion, Arla Mary Peabody Guion, 1914.

ADG - holding Dan, Arla Peabody Guion with Lad in her lap - 1917

Alfred Duryee with young Daniel, Arla Mary with Lad


Blog - Arla Mary Peabody and children - 1922 (sepia)

Daniel Beck, Alfred  Peabody, Cedric Duryee, Richard Peabody in Grandma Arla’s lap, Elizabeth Westlin, 

I believe this picture was taken as a Christmas family photo in 1922 at the Trumbull house. Dave was not born until 1925.

Arla Mary Peabody Guion, portrait

Arla Mary Peabody Guion — portrait — painted after she passed away in 1933 at the early age of 43 from a long illness.

Grandma Peabody at her home  - cropped

Grandma Peabody (Anna Charlotta Westlin) Peabody) 

APG - 1947 Christmas - Aunts Helen, Anne and Dorothy

Helen (Peabody) Human – married to Ted Human, who hired Lad and Dan to work for him in Venezuela,

Anne Westlin (Peabody) Stanley, mother of Donald and Gwenewth, the only Peabody cousins

Dorothy Westlin Peabody

These women, along with her mother, Anna Chrlotta (Westlin) Peabody, were a tremendous help to Grandpa after his wife passed away.

Tomorrow I will be posting another special picture but I doubt it will be as extensive as this Post.  Judy Guion