This is the only picture I have of the four Peabody Girls – my Grandma Arla and her three sisters. There were also five boys in the family . Arla, the oldest girl, was born in 1892.
Arla Mary (Peabody Guion with Alfred Peabody Guion (my Dad) – 1914
Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion with Daniel Beck Guion – 1916
Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion and Richard Peabody Guion – 1922
Arla Mary (Peabody) and Alfred Duryee Guion
This picture makes me wonder. It was probably taken in 1913. Back then, pictures were not taken every day or every minute, for that matter. They usually were taken on special occasions. Looking at the gentle smile on Arla’s face and the way Grandpa is holding her like a cherished vessel, makes me wonder if this picture was taken when they learned that Arla was carrying their first child, my father, Lad (Alfred Peabody Guion).
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.
Certificate of Marriage – Alfred and Arla Guion
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.