The Island – Pictures and Stories – September, 2020

JAGGH - Spring Island in the evening - June, 201

The Island at dusk

While I was on the island last month I gave you a tour with a map and pictures.  My plan with this series was to add pictures of  other places that have not been featured very often on any of my island posts. Before I lost my Internet, due to a frozen Modem, I was able to send some of the pictures I took while I was there to my computer via email.  Now, when I send pictures from my phone as an email, they do not arrive in my inbox.

I have decided to put this project on hold until I can add the new pictures and new places that I want to share with you.

On Saturday and Sunday, I will continue with Dave’s World War II Army Adventures.  On Monday I will begin a week of letters written in 1939.  Lad is working for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company in Venezuela.  Dan has written of his intentions to leave Venezuela at the end of May, hopefully after receiving the back pay that is owed.  Maybe we will have the answers next week.

Judy Guion

The Island – Pictures and Stories (2) – Pointed Rock – September, 2020

Spring Island - Path to Dock - 9.2020

Path down to the dock

Spring Island - Pointed Rock from the Dock - 9.2020

Pointed Rock from the dock

Spring Island - Pointed Rock (close-up) - 9.2020

Close-up of Pointed Rock

        We always called this “Pointed Rock”. You can tell the high water mark by the green algae on top. You may also notice that the bottom of the lake looks quite light in color. That is because the water – in this picture – is only about three feet deep and the bottom is covered with soft sand.
        When we were young (eight to about ten), this was an ideal place to go swimming. It also had the added bonus of fresh-water mussels which we used for fishing bait. I learned how to do a hand stand in the water here.
For the rest of the week I will  share Pictures and Stories of The Island.

Judy Guion

The Island – Pictures and Stories (1) – Slave Ring – September, 2020

I am back home now – actually had an extra day – and I had so many memories while I was there. I thought I would share them for this week. I hope you enjoy them.


These pictures are of a ring firmly attached to a rock on our family Island. I do not know the actual history of the ring but the story that I heard was that slaves or convicts were working not that far away and at night they were brought to the Island and chained to this rock. I was a pretty secure place for them to be at night because non of them knew how to swim. 

I need to do some research to see if I can find out the truth about this ring, but it is an interesting story.


Slave Ring, September, 2020


Slave Ring (close-up), September, 2020

I will be posting more pictures and stories when I have more time later today.

Judy Guion

The Island – A Special Tour (5) – September, 2020

My plan is to be up in New Hampshire on our Family Island this week. I have decided to share it with you  with a map and pictures. I hope you enjoy it as much as I will.


This picture was taken from the opposite side as yesterday’s picture. The Point is the cluster of rocks on the right and Bathtub Rock is on the left.



10 – The Sleeping Cabin

Prior to 1955, four families stayed in a 20 x 20 Army Tent, with each family occupying a corner. After the children ate lunch, we had “quiet time” while the adults were able to relax and eat their meal in peace. The Hurricane of 1955 passed by us and a strong wind raised a corner of the tent. About a dozen children ran screaming, out the front flap and ran to the Cook Cabin. The following winter, Lad and his friends met and drew up plans for a Sleeping Cabin. 

It would be 20 x 24 feet, comprising of four 10 x 10 bedrooms and a 4 foot dog trot down the middle with doors at each end. By designing the building with a 12/12 pitch roof, they were able to divide the upstairs, with a wall running above the dog trot, providing 2 sleeping areas for the girls. They also built a 10 x 12 platform where they erected a tent for the boys. 


Replacing the two window screens that were 64 years old with a window in October, 2019.


The finished project.


View of the window from Sunset Rock.


11 – Fire Pit

If you see this message, you will know that I was unable to find or transfer the pictures I wanted. I really had hoped to get this done but I need to get up to the Island before it is dark.


Tomorrow I will be continuing with more of Dave’s World War II Army Adventure.

Judy Guion








The Island – A Special Tour (4) – September, 2020

My plan is to be up in New Hampshire on our Family Island this week. I have decided to share it with you  with a map and pictures. I hope you enjoy it as much as I will.


This is a view of the side of the Island at the opposite end from Bathtub Rock and the view we see approaching the Island from States Landing and the town beach. 


8 – The Cook Cabin


The Cook Cabin was a garage that my Dad, Lad, purchased, probably near the Island, and he and his friends took it apart and brought it to the Island before re-constructing it. The tarp hd an 8-foot picnic table under it and that is where all our meals were eaten. Leaning against the wall are our water skis.



The Island in the winter. The light end was the original garage door, which was raised and held up with tent poles. The men built screen walls with a door and a stone patio under it. Pete Linsley was one of the workers – the barge was built in his garage one winter. He and his family were one of te families that joined us every summer.


The addition took many years to build. This was the first incarnation.


The Cook Cabin is on the right. For years there were no screens in the windows but this is the completed addition. The Sleeping Cabin in to the left.


Damage to the addition after a thunderstorm passed through.


Some of Lad and Marian Guion’s descendants playing cards at the picnic table in the screen porch addition.


Tomorrow, the final segment of the Special Tour of our Family Island, the Sleeping Cabin and the Fireplace.

Judy Guion





The Island – A Special Tour (3)- September, 2020

My plan is to be up in New Hampshire on our Family Island this week. I have decided to share it with you  with a map and pictures. I hope you enjoy it as much as I will.


This picture of the Island was included in the 1964 Christmas Card Grandpa sent to about 200 friends and family. It was designed as a tribute to the Graduating Class of 1964, Guion University of Trumbull, Connecticut. “Devoted to the development of family unity” and founded March 27, 1913 at Mount Vernon, New York, the date and place of his marriage to Arla Mary Peabody. Grandpa passed away on September 13, 1964, two days after his 80th birthday. Since he had already been working on this project and the family knew he would have wanted it, the family decided to publish it.



6 – Sandy Beach

The beach


Sunset at Sandy Beach


Extremely low water at Sandy Beach showing the usual water line on the rock


7 – Toothpaste Landing and Fishing Rock

Looking at Toothpaste Landing from Fishing Rock – This spot got it’s name from the fact that there are at least a dozen medium-sized roks right next to the shore.  During the 1950’s my family would invite 3 or 4 other families to join us on the Island. This meant as many as 16 children. We would step out on the rocks and brush our teeth before going to bed. There was even two wooden toothbrush holder nailed to a tree. 

This is the view of the same area from the dock.


This is a good view of Fishing Rock, the coast line where Toothpaste Landing was and the dock in the background. The boat at the dock is a 30-foot SeaRay Cabin Cruiser that my 2nd husband and I took up and down the east coast. I towed the boat while he towed a 40-foot horse trailer for our business.


Tomorrow I will continue the tour with the first building on the Island.

Judy Guion

The Island – A Special Tour (2) – September, 2020

My plan is to be up in New Hampshire on our Family Island this week. I have decided to share it with you  with a map and pictures. I hope you enjoy it as much as I will.


This picture of the Island was taken in the fall during a year when the water was especially low.



3 – Bathtub Rock


The area between the two humps of rock is actually shaped like a bathtub without the faucet end. A great place to relax and let your body be buffeted by the waves of passing boats.


This shows waves coming into the bathtub and swirling out again.


Here you can see the bathtub shape to the left with very little water in it.


Here is another view with the bathtub left of center, filled with water.



4 – Big, Flat Rock

In this picture you can only see about half of the rock. Bathtub Rock is behind the rock to the left, which is also a perfect spot for sitting to watch children or the boat traffic in our small bay. 


5 – Sunset Rock


Some of Lad Guion’s descendants sitting at Sunset Rock. The Rock is behind them.




Some of Lad and Marian Guion’s descendants patiently waiting for the following sunset at Sunset Rock.




For the rest of the week, I will continue to share pictures of our Family Island in New Hampshire.

Judy Guion







Special Picture # 339 – Tribute to Paulette Jeane (Van Laere) Guion – 1924 – 2020

Paulette Jeane (Van Laere) Guionmarried my Uncle Daniel Beck Guion in Calais, France,  on July 17th, 1945. After being discharged from the Army, Uncle Dan worked as a civilian employee of the Army, surveying American Cemeteries in Europe. After the birth of their first child, a daughter, she left her family, her country and her culture to sail across the Atlantic to live in Trumbull, Connecticut with her husband’s family and raise six children. I loved her as the Mother of my Heart, my second Mom, and pay tribute to her in very special pictures.


Paulette Jeane (Van Laere) Guion, probably taken shortly before she met Uncle Dan


A portrait


Dan and Paulette, July 17, 1945


Expectant Paulette and Dan in Calais, France


Paulette holding their second child, a son, Christmas, 1947


Paulette (in the middle) – a page from 

Grandpa’s Christmas card, 1964


Dan and Paulette Guion




Judy Guion and Paulette Guion


Paulette Jeane (Van Laere) Guion as I want to remember her, a beautiful smile and laughing eyes


Tomorrow and Sunday, I will be posting  two more letters from Dave to his father from Camp Crowder, Missouri, at the beginning of his Basic Training.

Judy Guion





Special Picture # 342 – A Short Pictorial History of the Island – 1945 – 2019

Over the years I have posted many pictures of the various views from the Island, but I thought, as this season draws to a close, to show you a little of the history of our “Special Place”, or as my younger brother calls it, “Liquid Heaven”. I hope you enjoy this little history lesson.

This is the oldest picture of the Island that I have, even though the family had been using the Island for about 20 years before Grandpa bought it. It was probably taken during the summer of 1945, perhaps right after Grandpa had purchased it. The family was going up to the Island for a vacation and stopped at the home of Rusty Huerlin’s parents, who lived in Massachusetts, on there way up. They may have even spent the night there. Lad remembers it this way: 

Sometime around 1945, we (I don’t know who “we” are, maybe just Grandpa and three of his sons.) were going to the Island and we stopped at the Heurlin’s house.  During the conversation they mentioned that they would like to get rid of the Island.  It was just costing them money and they weren’t using it.  Dad was interested in it and found out that they owed about three hundred dollars in back taxes.  Dad paid that and they gave him the deed to the Island.

This picture was probably taken in the 1950’s. You can see the Cook Cabin in the background, painted a dull brown. The canvas fly was used to cover the picnic table where my family and the four or five families that came up with us had their meals.


This picture and the ones following show the boats that were used during the 1960’s.  On the left is the Barge (made by hand by my Dad and his friends) and on the right, Grandpa’s original row boat, which he allowed my twin brother to convert to a sailboat.


This was called the Speedboat (because it went faster than the Barge) . I’m sitting in the bow.


This is my brother sailing his boat. To the extreme left is the back of the “real” speed boat. That one we could use for  water skiing.


This is the back side of the Sleeping Cabin which was built by my Dad and his friends in 1956. Before that, we had a 20′ x 20′ Army Tent and four families slept in there, each having a corner. When the 1955 Hurricane struck, it lifted up one corner of the tent and it took 3 days to get all the clothes and bedding dry. The entrance to the tent had been on the opposite side, with a short path leading to the Cook Cabin. Looking out through this door you have a beautiful view of the lake and the location of Bathtub Rock.

Here is a picture of the other side of the Sleeping Cabin. I was cleaning the moss off of the Cook Cabin roof and took this shot. The steps lead up the the Sleeping Loft. the Cabin was 20′ x 24′, with a dog trot from this entrance under the stair landing to the door in the previous picture. There are four 10′ x 10′ bedrooms on the first floor and a 12/12 pitched roof, allowing for a Sleeping Loft upstairs.


This Dock is the second one my Dad (Lad) and his friends made. This was the year that we were replacing it with a floating composite dock and I snapped this before it was replaced.


Here are the workmen installing our “new” dock. As you can see by the dates, both pictures were taken (by me) on the same day. I went up to “supervise” the installation.

Tomorrow, I will continue the story of the Guion family after the two oldest boys went to Venezuela to work for their Uncle Ted Human and send funds home to help Grandpa raise the other four children.

Judy Guion





Special Pictures # 340 – Spot and His Antics

From Reminiscences of Alfred Duryee Guion comes the following quote:

One day I acquired from our washerwoman a little half breed Fox terrier pup which I named Spot.  He was a bright little fellow and I taught him many tricks,, play dead, chase his tail, not touch the most tempting morsel held in front of him until I gave permission, beg, shake hands, speak, come to heel, stay put until I called, etc. He was quite a show off and one day I dressed him up in a little jacket and pants like a monkey, with a little hat, got out an old hand organ of my father’s that played music rolls, and with myself dressed as an organ grinder, called on several neighbors who did not recognize us at first and seemed to derive much amusement from the performance until Spots pants fell down and we were recognized.



Elsie May Duryee, Grandpa’s sister, with Spot.


Spot standing on hind legs


Spot with Elsie May Guion


Elsie and a friend with Spot


I believe Spot may have been a great companion for Grandpa after his father passed away. It seems that he always had a dog.

This coming week I will be posting letters written in late 1943. Ced is coming home for a visit which has everyone excited, especially Grandpa. He has not seen family members since June of 1940. Lad and Marian have been married for only about a month and the Army still has a surprise for them.

Judy Guion