(1) Alfred Peabody Guion; (2) Judith Anne Guion.
Lad and Marian
Excerpt from a letter Lad wrote to Grandpa, dated September 22, 1943:
“Arrived in L.A. at 4:10 A.M. and, so help me, Marion was there to meet me.”
Excerpt from letter Lad wrote to Grandpa at the end of September, 1943:
“Since I arrived things have progressed rapidly –. I have had a complete reversal of more or less personal ideas, and Marian has consented to be my wife. I never thought I was capable of such strong emotions, but they are certainly present. When I have had a chance to calm down and think more clearly, I’ll right again and give you more in detail. Lots of love, Lad
P.S. I personally think that she can top Jean without a great deal of trouble.”
Excerpt from letter dated October 6, 1943, from Lad to Grandpa:
“Some time having elapsed since I last wrote you, I think I can say that, although I’m still way up in the clouds, I at last can think logically.
During my time on furlough I realized that I missed Marian quite a good deal, as I think I told you, but the feeling got stronger and stronger as I came closer to L.A., and not a thing could have pleased me more than having Marian, as she did, meet me. I realized then that I really loved her, and I also, as I think I told you, realized that she not only liked me very well, but very definitely loved me. We spent quite a good deal of time discussing all angles of marriage, realizing that this was a rather poor time to undertake anything so serious, and permanent, and although she wanted me to ask her, she didn’t press her point at all. We had both agreed, many months before, in an argument with another couple, that it was pretty foolish to marry during the present war, but here I am sticking my neck out, or rather jeopardizing her life (possibly) by asking her to marry me. Arrangements have been made, as far as is possible for a soldier, to be married at her home near San Francisco on November 14th…….
There are 2 things I regret, however, about the proceedings. (1) You have never met Marian, and don’t know her, so you’ll have to rely on my judgment to bring you a good daughter-in-law, and (2) her parents have never met me so therefore they will have to rely on her to pick out a worthwhile husband and son-in-law. I think I’m getting the better bargain, and she thinks she is, so we’re completely happy. Oh! Dad – she really is wonderful. I wish you could know her now, instead of having to wait….”
Excerpt from a letter Lad wrote to Grandpa on October 25, 1943:
“Now to answer a few questions —
It will be an afternoon wedding in “The Little Chapel of the Flowers” in Berkeley and I definitely will wear my uniform. Uncle Sam is still around…..
Marian is 5’5” in her bare tootsies and is far from slim. In fact, on the plump side, and (just a moment while I asked her) she hasn’t voted for Roosevelt all her life, and she says she very definitely likes fathers-in-law with hay fever….
If you want to know more right away you’d better ask some more questions. One thing, however, she doesn’t like turnips, and neither do I.”
“P.S. Hello Dad – things are so very clear to us that we just assume that everyone else knows all the details too – Perhaps, by the next three or four letters all your questions will be answered. Will write again soon. Love, Marian”
My Mom had the habit when writing letters, to write the day of the week rather than the date. On Friday she wrote her first letter to Grandpa, five pages.
On Monday, Nov. 1, 1943 she wrote another four pager to Grandpa. Lad added four more pages which included this quote from the last page:
“I am (we’re) sorry you will not be present, but Dan Cupid didn’t take you into consideration I guess, when he took aim and drove his arrows so deeply through our hearts.”
A table at the Reception in Marian’s parent’s home
On Nov. 18, Lad writes the following to Grandpa:
“This won’t be much of a letter because I’m not in much of a letter-writing mood — but I’ll try to give you a little something about which you are most anxious to hear. “
He follows with a chronological description starting the Friday before about everything that happened before, during and after the wedding. He ends with these words:
“Marian wore a dark green suit that I think was the most perfect creation I have ever seen on any woman. She really looked wonderful. I’m really awfully sorry you weren’t here, but I’m glad I didn’t decide to wait until after the war. M. is going to write in a couple of days….”
At this point Marian takes up the weekly responsibility of writing letters to Grandpa, letting him and the “Home Guard” know everything that is going on in their lives.
Next Sunday’s post will be about Lad’s and Marian’s various locations up until the end of the war. Tomorrow and for the next week, I’ll be posting letters written in September of 1943. These letters will include more details of Lad and Marian’s plans for their lives together and the wedding, along with comments from Grandpa about their plans Judy Guion.