Special Picture # 335 – Trumbull House – Then and Now – 1945 – 2018

Recently I spent a night in the Trumbull House visiting with Paulette – Aunt Chiche to family and friends – and took quite a few pictures. For the next few Saturdays I will be posting pictures taken during this stay as well as older pictures of similar places taken over the years, when I have them. I hope you enjoy.

One of my bedroom windows in the attic

Similar view, maybe in the 1970’s

Martin and Flor Williams, Lad’s friends from Venezuela, 1945

Lad and Smokey, 1945

Tomorrow, in My Ancestors, I’ll be highlighting Alfred Beck Guion, Grandpa’s Father.

Next week, we’ll return to 1943, when Lad and Marian’s story begins.

Judy Guion

 

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Special Picture # 334 – Trumbull House – Then and Now – Living Room Door – 1947 – 2018

Recently I spent a night in the Trumbull House visiting with Paulette – Aunt Chiche to family and friends – and took quite a few pictures. For the next few Saturdays I will be posting pictures taken during this stay as well as older pictures of similar places taken over the years, when I have them. I hope you enjoy.


Living Room Door – 2018

 

Marian feeding Douglas near door in original Dining Room – Christmas, 1947

Tomorrow, My Ancestors – Anna Charlotta (Westlin) Pebody, wife of Kemper Foster Pebody.

Next week I’ll begin posting letters written in 1946. Both Lad and Dick are at home in Trumbull with their wives, Ced is still in Alaska, Dan and Paulette await the arrival of their bundle of joy and Dave expects to start his homeward journey soon. Grandpa can’t wait.

Judy Guion

 

 

Ancestors (1) – Kemper Foster Peabody – 1861-1933

I recently read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intriqued. I decided to take up the challenge. I’m starting with my Great-Grandfather, Kemper Foster Peabody. Next Sunday, I’ll compose a post about his wife, Anna Charlotta (Westlin) Peabody. I hope you enjoy reading about my ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them.

Kemper Foster Peabody, about 1886

Kemper Peabody was born at Plymouth, Wisconsin, August 2, 1861, one of 12 children. He attended Shattuck Military School, Faribault, Minn. He married Anna Charlotta Westlin, (born at Ostersund, Jemptland, Sweden, on May 13, 1865), at Wagon Landing, Wisconsin, on June 26, 1889. Their first son, Burton Westlin, was born in Dunbar Township, North Dakota.

He was a civil engineer and a member of the second Legislative Assembly of North Dakota from 1891-2. He was commissioned under the General Land Office to appraise the Fort Rice Military Reservation from 1892-3. He then was the Bank Examiner of the State of North Dakota, from 1894-5. Their first daughter, my Grandmother, Arla  Mary, was born in Sandoun, North Dakota, February 9, 1892.

He surveyed for the construction of the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad from Tower to Ely, Minnesota, while employed by the Chicago Great Western Railroad in construction work from 1897 to 1901. Four more children, Kemper Francis and Helen Perry, were born in North Dakota, and Anne Westlin and Laurence Kane were born in Iowa, during this time.

In 1901 he came to New York for the New York Central Railroad as Building Inspector in the Engineering Department; he was General Foreman, Maintenance of Way Department, from 1902 – 9. Their youngest daughter, Dorothy Westlin, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He became Assistant Supervisor of Bridges and Buildings from 1909 – 17.

During this time, he and his family attended the Church of the Ascension in Mount Vernon, New York. My Grandfather, Alfred Duryee Guion, and his family also went to that church. One memorable Christmas, the church held a Pageant and Arla was chosen to play the part of the Virgin Mary. My grandfather wrote in his Reminiscences:

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

“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. I didn’t dare speak to her: she was too far above me. All I could think of on my way home was how I could be worthy of even speaking to her.”

Alfred and Arla were married on March 27, 1913. As the family increased in size with the births of Alfred (Lad), Daniel and Cedric, they decided it was time to have a house of their own. Grandpa continues in his Reminiscences:

“We finally decided on the lot in Larchmont Gardens, and with the money I had saved, I bought one of the first “redi-cut” homes on the market and with the help of my father-in-law, who was Construction Superintendent on the N.Y. Central, aided by one of his workmen on his free days, the house was erected.”

By this time, Kemper Peabody held the position of Supervisor of Piers and Buildings from 1917 – 25. He was General Supervisor of Buildings on the New York Central Lines east of Buffalo from 1925 until his death on Sept. 26, 1933.

Source: The Ancestry of Franklin Merriam Peabody, Collected and made into this book as a mark of affection by his grandfather, Franklin Asbury Merriam, 1929.

Tomorrow, I’ll begin a week of letters written in 1944, when all five boys are serving Uncle Sam.

Judy Guion

Special Picture # 333 – Trumbull House – Then and Now – Living Room Fireplace – 1947 – 2018

Recently I spent a night in the Trumbull House visiting with Paulette – Aunt Chiche to family and friends – and took quite a few pictures. For the next few Saturdays I will be posting pictures taken during this stay as well as older pictures of similar places taken over the years, when I have them. I hope you enjoy.

 

Living Room fireplace taken in 2018.

 

Picture of me while Lad was taking pictures for Lad and Marian’s 1957 Christmas Card

 

Christmas, 1947

L FR – Dan, behind him, L to R – Ced, Zeke (married to Biss), Aunt Anne (Peabody) Stanley, Marian (Irwin) Guion, Mrs. Lad), Grandpa.

Tomorrow, I will begin posting 52 weeks (I hope) of ancestors. The first will be Kemper Foster Peabody, 1861 – 

Next week, I’ll be posting letters written in 1944, when all the boys are away from home serving Uncle Sam. Dan is in London, Lad is in California, Ced is still in Fairbanks, Alaska, Dick is in Brazil and Dave is still in training.

Judy Guion

Special Picture # 331 – Trumbull House – Then and Now – Grandma Arla’s Secretary

This is a picture of the Secretary belonging to my Grandmother, Arla, wife of Grandpa. My guess is that it was purchased shortly after the family moved to the Trumbull house, making it about 95 years old. Grandma Arla passed away in 1933 after a long illness, leaving 6 children, ranging in age from 17 to 7.

 

 

 

Tomorrow, the final Guest Post from GPCox, pacificparatrooper , about the role women played during the war. I think you will enjoy it.

Next week, we go back in time to 1943 as Lad arrives in California at the Santa Anita Base outside South Pasadena. The location had been used as a holding facility for Japanese-Americans and was in the process of being converted to a military base. Construction was not complete.

Judy Guion

 

Special Picture # 326 – Trumbull House – Side Porch – Then and Now – 1922 – 2018

Recently I spent a night in the Trumbull House visiting with Paulette – Aunt Chiche to family and friends – and took quite a few pictures. For the next few Saturdays I will be posting pictures taken during this stay as well as older pictures of similar places taken over the years, when I have them. I hope you enjoy.

 

View of the Trumbull House from the barn, the section to the right is the original house, built in 1756, twenty years before we were an independent nation.

A similar view of the Trumbull House, year unknown.

A view of the Side Porch and the stonework done by Axel Larsen, who did odd jobs around the house while his wife, Astrid, was the Housekeeper during Arla’s prolonged illness. He lived in the Little House with his wife and daughter, Florence .

Here is a similar view, taken in 1945, The is a friend of Lad’s (with Smokey), who was at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds with Lad and came home with him on several occasions. Notice the stone railings and flower boxes.

This is Marian with one of the flower boxes taken in 1945, while she was living in Trumbull with Jean (Dick’s wife), Grandpa and Aunt Betty. Lad was in France at the time and she wanted to be as close as possible when he came home.

The Side Porch in 2018. The railings and flower boxes are gone.

 

This is a picture of “The Gang” on the Side Porch. Some names to remember: 5th female from the left – Jane (Claude-Mantle) Hall, married to Charlie Hall; boy in doorway behind her left shoulder – Arnold Gibson (Gibby), Lad’s best friend, who married Alta Pratt, and kept in touch their entire lives; female in the back row with only her eyes and hair showing – Barbara (Plumb) Linsley, Dan’s girlfriend for a few years but who married Pete Linsley; behind her left shoulder – Lad; to his left – Ethel Bushey, Elizabeth’s (Bissie good friend, who married Carl Wayne, who ran the Red Horse Gas Station in Trumbull Center; in front of Ethel, squatting on railing – Dave; to Dave’s left and behind – Pete Linsley; to his left sitting on the railing – Dan.

 

Same picture, cropped.

The steps leading to the Summer Porch, which is the front end of the Side Porch, showing the same stonework as the Front Steps and one of the Pillars.