Army Life – Dear Family -Marian Writes to the Folks at Home – November 19, 1945

Army Life - Marian Writes to family - November 19, 1945

Monday

Dear Family —

Our status is no clearer now than it was last week, altho’ there have been a number of changes.  Lad is now in a new company – a perfectly foul one that treats their men worse than the basics.  He has no definite job to do, because he has over 50 points, but he can’t get out so they are just holding him there.  He has to report on the post at 5.45 every morning – can get a pass every night except Friday night (Don’t ask us why – even they don’t know.  It’s just a company policy.)  You have to be in the company four months (Heaven forbid!)  Before you can get a three-day pass, so we probably won’t be home very often.  Because he’s in a holding company he can’t apply for rations off the post – can’t have his laundry done on the post – can’t buy things at the commissary – can’t _______ Oh, the list is endless.  Now that I’ve presented the worst side, here are a few encouraging items.

One – He hasn’t been sent to Classification as yet, so that might make a difference, we hope.

Two – Because he’s a T/3 he won’t draw any company duties except C.2 – and that shouldn’t come up too often.

Three – they are off duty by 11 o’clock Saturday morning, so we do have a fairly long weekend.  And they usually get off at 4 o’clock on Wednesdays. otherwise it is 5:30 before he can leave.

So —–  if Lad doesn’t pull C.2 on Thursday (or Wednesday night) we will drive up Wednesday night and be home for Thanksgiving dinner anyway.  Bob is in the same company but is hoping to be moved today or tomorrow, so he might not be coming with us.  I guess one place more or less won’t make too much difference, will it?

Dad, will you please call Jean and ask her to get an extra pound of butter for us?  Butter is a very scarce item down here, so I’d like to bring some back with us.  Also tell her that we will bring olives, pickles, nuts, candy (if we can find it) and anything else along that line that I might think of.  They won’t be perishable, and we should be able to get them down here.

We have found an apartment such as it is — which isn’t too bad (We’ve been in a lot worse).  It has a fairly large living and bedroom and a fairly nice kitchen – Good gas stove – icebox – and dishes and silver furnished.  We share the bath with a couple in the other half of the duplex.  Ice and milk are delivered four times a week and we are only five blocks from town.  It really isn’t bad at all and it’s ever so much better than eating out all the time.  We just hope we won’t be here very long.

Went to see the Chandlers The Chandlers lived in Trumbull and Doug Chandler held some position in our church. He also started the Chandler Chorus, which the Lad, Dan and Ced were all involved with. The Chandler Chorus went to area towns to perform at various functions and even were heard on the local radio. Ced met his wife there.) yesterday.  Took us forever to find the place but we finally made it.  Only the two boys were home, however.  Mike is 6 ft. tall – Dave is 6’3″ !! Lad could hardly believe it.  Mrs. Chandler’s stepmother had died, so she was in Kentucky – was expected home tonight.  Mr. Chandler was speaking to a Young People’s Group in a town about 12 miles away (on our way home) so we stopped there and said “Hello”.  Didn’t have time for much more.  We hope to get back there again.

Hope  we see you late Wed.  night or early Thursday morning.

Love —

Marian and Lad

Tomorrow, another letter from Grandpa which includes some business talk to Dave and a wrap-up of Thanksgiving.

Judy Guion

Special Picture #364 – Marian (Irwin) Guion – 1917 – 1919

Marian (Irwin) Guion, my Mom, passed away on December 16, 2004, less than a year after her husband, and my Dad, Alfred Peabody Guion, passed away on December 28, 2003. I was living with her in California to take over from where Dad left off, caring for Mom. Christmas always takes me back to that year in my life when I lost both parents.

MIG - Marian Dunlap Irwin in 1917.

Marian Irwin – 1917

MIG - Marian and Scrub Irwin - 1919

Homer Irwin and Marian Irwin, probably taken in about 1919.

Tomorrw, I will begin a week of letters written at the beginning of 1940. Lad is still in Venezuela, Dan has come home from there and is a student at the University of Connecticut, Ced, Dick and Dave are all living with Grandpa at the Trumbull House.

Judy Guion

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1964

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

 

APG - 1964 Christmas Card

Left to right: Greg, Lynn, Judy and Doug

Signed by Marian – “The Lad Guions”. I don’t seem to have any other pictures of this session. 

Doug and I graduated from high school the previous June. Doug went into the Army and I was away at college, so this was the last family picture Christmas Card that Lad and Marian sent to their friends and family. During Christmas in 1965, Doug was in the Army. In the summer of 1966 Lad and Marian moved to California with Lynn. Greg helped them move out there and then returned to Connecticut to enter the Army also. I remained in Connecticut to finish college. We had all begun our separate lives.

Tomorrow, one last Christmas Card. This is the final Christmas card that was sent out by the family after Grandpa passed away in September of 1964. He had been working on the design for several months and the family decided to finish it and send it out with Grandpa’s final words to family and friends.

Judy Guion

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1963

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

 

APG - 1963 Christmas Card picture

Back row:, Doug, Judy and Greg. Lynn is in front.

This is not the picture that was chosen for this year’s edition of our Christmas Greeting. The boys changed places in the one that was chosen. Check out those flat tops !!

APG - 1963 Christmas Card

Back row: Greg, Judy, Doug, Lynn is in front.

Signed by Marian – “The Lad Guions”

Tomorrow I will post the final Picture Christmas Card sent out by Lad and Marian from Trumbull.

Judy Guion

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1962

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

 

APG - 1962 Christmas Card

Left to Right: Greg, Doug, Marian, Lynn Lad and Judy (me)

I remember my dress was Royal Blue. I only have the actual Christmas card, no other pictures. My guess is that this photo shoot took a little longer with Lad having to set the timer, get into the picture and having us all looking at the camera and smiling at the same time.

The message reads, “From our house to your house, The Lad Guions”.This card was sent to Harold and Peggy Neville and returned to me by one of their sons.

Tomorrow, more holiday greetings form Lad and Marian Guion.

Judy Guion

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1961

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

 

APG - 1961 Christmas Card picture

Left to Right: Greg, Judy, Lynn and Doug

From this point on, the old sheets were only used as a blank backdrop and we posed in our holiday best in front of the fireplace.

APG - 1961 Christmas Card

As we got older, I don’t remember these as being so long and tiresome. We probably could settle down rather quickly and get it done.

Tomorrow, another family photo from Lad and Marian at Christmas.

Judy Guion

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1960

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

 

APG - 1960 B & W photo not chosen

This is a black and white photo not chosen for the Christmas card. 

Back row: Doug and Greg; Front row: Judy and Lynn

APG - 1960 Christmas card photo - Color

This is the photo that was chosen for this year’s Christmas card.

APG - 1960 Christmas card - Individual shot of Judy

Lad also took individual shots of each of us. This is one of mine. I still remember that blouse. The design was rows of gold hearts with gold buttons. I wore it during the holidays for a few years.

APG - 1960 Christmas Card

This is the actual Christmas Card that was sent out in 1960.

Tomorrow, the 1961 design of Lad and Marian’s Christmas Card.

Judy Guion

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1959

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

 

APG - 1959 Christmas card photo not chosen

This picture wasn’t chosen, probably because we were all looking at something to our left. I find it interesting that the one chosen was just as off-center as this one… and the printer didn’t correct it !!

APG - 1959 Christmas card

 

On the back of this one was a note to Harold and Peg  Neville stating: “Here’s your official invitation – Do hope we’ll see you here on New Year’s Eve.  M.”

Tomorrow, 1960’s version of Lad and Marian’s Christmas greeting.

Wishing you and your family a glorious holiday.

Judy Guion

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1958

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

APG - 1958 Christmas Card

I only found this one card. Mom was into her creative style again and created these candles from an old sheet. Over the years, she must have gone through quite a few old sheets! I was the tallest but I don’t think I was that much taller than Doug and Greg.

Usually, these types of cards had a nice family picture or pictures of the children taken at some point during that year. My Mom seemed to go all out in creating her unique vision for our cards.

Tomorrow, another Christmas Card from Lad and Marian.

Judy Guion

 

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1957

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

 

APG - 1957 Christmas card picture

This is not the actual picture they chose for the card that year. I was not smiling. This is why it was such a major project. Trying to get all of us smiling, looking at the camera and having us centered took quite a bit of time. Again, we were in front of the fireplace and I am sure my Dad made the frame for all the greens Mom added.

 

APG - 1957 Christmas card photo-individual shot of Judy

Dad took individual pictures of each of us every year, but this is the only one I have from 1957.

APG - 1957 Christmas Card

The actual 1957 Christmas Card from Lad and Marian. Notice that I am smiling in this one.

Tomorrow, the Christmas Card from 1958.

Judy Guion