Special Picture # 294 – Lad and Marian’s Trip to New Hampshire – 1945


After my Father returned from France but before he was released from the Army, he had a furlough and he and my Mom, took a tour of New Hampshire, with one stop at the Island. I don’t know where two of the pictures were taken but I believe one was on Lake Winnipesaukee and the other was at the top of Mt. Washington.

Lad and Marian next to the train engine at the top of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire.

Marian and Lad relaxing at their campsite.

Lad taking a quick nap at their campsite.

A friend, Marian and Lad boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.


Army Life – Letter From Marian to the Guion Clan – Lad Sent to Texarkana – December, 1943

Marian (Irwin) Guion


December 21, 1943

Dear Dad, Aunt Betty, Jean, Dave and anyone else of the Guion clan who is present —

Last Wednesday Uncle Sam gave us a Christmas present that we find rather hard to take. Lad has been transferred from Camp Santa Anita to Texarkana, and he left this morning to drive there in the Buick. It isn’t an embarkation depot (Thank God) but as far as we know now, he is in a cadre that are being organized and trained for overseas duty. This shouldn’t happen right away, however, ‘cause it’s supposed to take from 6 to 8 months to get the company ready for overseas work. He is going to wire you his new address (the one I have may not be right) and will probably be able to explain a little more in detail just exactly what the setup really is. For the present, until he sees what the post is like and what housing conditions are, I am going to stay here. As soon as he can find a room, a tent or a packing box, I’m going to join him! We should be used to this business of being anywhere we can- after all, we’d only been in the apartment 12 days, so we shouldn’t be too much in a rut, and too used to domestic life. Somehow, we haven’t quite been able to see the funny side of the situation as yet, altho’ we should be able to very soon. Everything has been so perfect and so wonderful so far, that we are sure everything will be all right in the very near future.

In the meantime, we try not to think about the time we are separated, and are looking forward to the day when I can meet him in Texarkana.

Somehow, we hated to take time out to finish our Christmas cards (we are making them this year), but I’ll get them out to everyone even if they don’t arrive until the 4th of July! Our Christmas box to you also, was delayed a little, so we’re not too sure it will arrive in time for Christmas. However, we know you’ll understand, and we want you to know that the lateness of arrival in no way dims our Christmas wishes for you.

I find that I’m not as good a soldier’s wife as I thought I was so I’m trying to get a reservation home. I’ll know tomorrow morning whether it’s possible or not, but I rather think I will get there.

Lad and I had a wonderful Christmas celebration last night. We had our tree and gifts then, and although it wasn’t quite the way we had planned, at least we celebrated our first Christmas together, in spite of the fact that it was a little earlier than is customary.

I seem to have rambled on quite a bit. I hope you won’t feel that I am too blue or depressed. You do know of course, how disappointed we both are, but we have known all along that it might happen this way and that we would just have to take it and no questions asked. It’s particularly hard for Lad, though. They did the same thing to him last year and moved him just at Christmas time. I guess, however, that Uncle Sam can’t afford to be sentimental, and as his nieces and nephews, we all have to take things as they come and be cheerful about it. It can’t last forever!

I sincerely promise that my next letter to you will be much more cheerful. With love to all of you–


P.S. We both enjoyed your Christmas box, Dad. You do things just the way I like – (specifically- the little Christmas tree, candy and raisins enclosed with the gifts), Lad took them with him to eat along the way. (The food, I mean – the gifts will be used in appropriate places)


We also got a chance to play your Christmas record, Dad. Enjoyed it very much —

Tomorrow and Sunday, more Special Pictures.

Next week I’ll be posting letters written in December of 1945. Some of the boys are home now but Grandpa waits anxiously for news of those far from home.

Judy Guion

Trumbull – Dear Lad, Marian, Dan and Dick (2) – Mail Delivery and a Letter From Marian – December, 1943

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As to mail time, I am interested to know if my letters arrive regularly at weekly intervals and if so, what the average time of transmittal is. In August and September you used V-mail, which took from 6 to 11 days en route. The average was 8 1/2 days. Airmail, which you have been using lately, however, takes an average of 18 days and one letter you sent by soldier mail was 26 days coming. I am glad to know the shoes reached you safely. They were sent in September and you say were received early in November, but you failed to mention whether the kodascope film, which I had considerable difficulty in obtaining, and the chewing gum, etc., which I had packed inside the shoes also reached you, or whether in repacking in New York (if they do that) these were omitted. Incidentally, since then I have sent two packages containing Kleenex, etc., which I hope also reaches you together with a few Christmas tokens jointly from Aunt Betty, Aunt Elsie and myself. I wrote to Sylvia in Canada the other day giving her your address and mentioning the fact she might have some friends in London on whom you might like to call. It also occurs to me that if by any quirk of fortune you should be in the vicinity of Aberdeen, Scotland, you might like to look up Scotty’s folks (WOOLLARD) at 1 Bankhead Rd., Bucksburn, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Another nice long letter from Marian mentions the fact that for the present they have established the Guion California address at 141 Stratford Ave., South Pasadena (the Stratford part makes it seem close to home anyway). While Marian has not seen it yet, is supposed to be a completely furnished apartment, four years old, consisting of living room, bedroom and kitchen, with bath. The fact that it is over a garage perhaps made an appeal to Lad. Unfortunately the package containing Lad’s photo was not insured and there is very little chance of tracing it if it is not returned. I am not even sure whether I mailed it in Trumbull or in Bridgeport, nor am I certain where I addressed it, but I think it was to you at the Camp Fire Girls office. Thanks for your helpful hints as to what gifts would fit in best with what you have, but I’m rather hesitant to suggest glassware or anything breakable to go so far on account of the breakage danger.

We had a real cold snap yesterday so I started the furnace. The house is quite comfortable today.

Dave has received his induction notice and is quite delighted. He goes to New Haven for his final December 23rd and believes he will be definitely on his way, January 11th.

To some of you, this letter will probably not be received in time to convey Yuletide greetings, furthermore it will not seem very Christmasy probably to either you or me. It doesn’t seem as though the day were so close. I suppose with all of you so scattered and so far away and with war shadows hanging over things it is hard to get into the right spirit. But you can be sure, when the day comes, that we all at home will be thinking of you and wishing for the dawn of that tomorrow which will see us all gathered together again in a real spirit of peace and goodwill to men.


Tomorrow, another letter from Marian.

On Saturday and Sunday, more Special Pictures.

Judy Guion

Army Life – Marian Writes to Grandpa – The Lost Has Been Found – December, 1943

Alfred (Lad) Peabody Guion

Alfred (Lad) Peabody Guion



Dear Dad –

The lost has been found! Lad’s picture finally caught up with us at – of all places – the Hospitality Center. It had evidently been there for quite a while, but no one knew about it, ’cause it was put away in a drawer. And we haven’t been up there as much as we used to be either, so that probably accounts for the fact that I didn’t get it.

I’m so glad it finally got to me and I’m just as pleased and thrilled with it as I can be. It’s an awfully good picture of him, I think, and 100% better than the only one I have of him that was taken out here in his uniform. Thanks so much, Dad, for your thoughtfulness in sending it to me. His baby picture is darling, and he had light hair, too, didn’t he? I commented on that fact to Lad and he said, “Yes, I’ve been lightheaded all my life, too!” See whats happened to him? But he’s mighty nice to have around, nevertheless.

Lad and Marian Guion's wedding - Nov. 14, 1943 - close-up with hat and coursage

Lad and Marian Guion's wedding, Nov. 14, 1943 (both standing)

Lad and Marian Guion's wedding, with her parents - Nov. 14, 1943

Received a letter from my sister yesterday saying that the pictures of the wedding have come back and that they’re very good. We are very anxious to see them, of course, and  are planning on having some of the Kodachrome slides developed into regular pictures. Will send them to you as soon as we get them developed. Wish you could see the movie films. Peg says they are very good too.

Peg Irwin, Maid-of-Honor and Marian Guion, Nov. 14, 1943 - with hats and coursages

We’re hoping to get up to Orinda for Christmas but won’t be sure until the last minute whether or not we can make it. At any rate, Lad and I will enjoy our first Christmas together, and will be looking forward to the time when we can all be “Home for Christmas.”

This office stationery isn’t too good, but I knew you’d want to hear about the picture right away.

Love to everyone –


The next three days will have letters from Grandpa and I’ll finish out the week with another from Marian to The Guion Clan.

Judy Guion

Special Picture # 284 – Thanksgiving in Trumbull – 1945

On Thanksgiving, 1945, my Dad, Lad, was still in the Army officially but would be out very soon. He and Marian were on furlough in Trumbull. Dick was in South Carolina waiting to be discharged and Jean was in Trumbull waiting for him. Ced was visiting from Alaska and would be picking up his new plane, being built in Alliance, Ohio, to fly back. I also believe Aunt Elsie Duryee, Grandpa’s sister, was there. Biss (Elizabeth), her husband Zeke and their two boys, Butch and Marty came for dinner. Aunt Betty was also there. 

l to rt – the back of Zeke’s head, Ced, Grandpa, Aunt Elsie, Lad.

l to r – Aunt Betty, Lad, Marian, Grandpa, and Jean. Notice the china.

A dinner plate.

This is a close-up of the china. I am blessed with several pieces.

Friends – Christmas Cards to Ced – 1945




Hi Ced – The best of holiday greetings to you from two very happy civilians. 


Aunt Dorothy Peabody is Arla’s youngest sister. She is only 13 years older than Ced.





Dear Ced – I’m afraid it’s a whole year since I last wrote ! Dad has understandably kept you more or less informed as to my whereabouts- and I imagine on your last trip home you were really brought up to date. I’d hoped you might stop off at the San Francisco Airport on your way back to Alaska. It’s been so long since I last saw you ! Ever so much love and all happiness for the new year ! Aunt Dorothy 950 Pine St., San Francisco, Calif.


Tomorrow, more Special Pictures.

Next week I’ll be posting letters written in 1942, when the two oldest boys are just joining Uncle Sam’s outfit. Ced is in Alaska and both Dick and Dave are keeping the home fires going for Grandpa.

Judy Guion