Special Picture # 366 Alfred Duryee and Elsie May Guion – circa 1895

Alfred Duryee and Elsie May Guion about 1895

                       Alfred Duryee Guion and Elsie May Guion about 1895

I believe this picture was taken in the mid-1890’s in front of the Lincoln Avenue House in Mount Vernon, NY. Grandpa had not lost his father yet and they hadn’t moved to the much smaller house on Dell Avenue. Notice the hats Grandpa and his sister, Elsie, are wearing. I believe they were wealthy at this time since his father worked on Wall Street as a Broker and the house was designed with various beautiful woods in each room.

Tomorrow I will begin posting a week of letters written near the end of 1945. The holidays are getting closer and the Trumbull House residents are looking forward to sharing them with family members.

Judy Guion

Special Picture # 365 – Grandpa’s Immediate Ancestors – 1809 – 1884

 Special Pictures are photos that do not pertain directly to the letters I’m posting but are unique and interesting so I want to share them. Enjoy.

The following are pictures of Grandpa’s Grandparents, his Parents and a picture of him at about one year old. These ancestors have very interesting lives.

Clara Maria de los Dolores Marina (de Beck) Guion (Grandpa’s Grandmother) 1819- 1896

The Reverend Elijah Guion (Grandpa’s Grandfather) 1809-1879

Ella (Duryee) Guion (Grandpa’s Mother) 

Alfred Beck Guion (Grandpa’s Father) 1853-1899

Alfred Duryee Guion (at about 1 year old) 1884-1964

Tomorrow, another Special Picture.

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

Special Picture # 363 – Alfred Peabody Guion – 1916 – 1920

Alfred Peabody Guion, my Dad, also known as Lad, passed away on December 28, 2003. He was 89 years old. This time of year always brings up many memories, especially because Marian (Irwin) Guion, my Mom,  passed away not quite a year later, on December 16, 2004. I will be posting early childhood pictures of her tomorrow.

This picture is not dated but Grandpa wrote on the back: “Alfred”. He looks about two years old, so this picture was probably taken somewhere in Mount Vernon, NY.

This picture is of Lad and Dan probably when they were about six and four.

Tomorrow, I will post early childhood pictures of Marian (Irwin) Guion, my Mom.

Judy Guion

Alfred Duryee Guion’s Christmas Card – 1964

I believe this 1964 Christmas Card was the most ambitious card that Grandpa ever designed, and unfortunately, he passed away in September, two days after his 80th birthday, before it was finished. The family worked to complete it and included a message that Grandpa had composed, probably years before, to be appended to his final Christmas card. When completed, it was a 21-page booklet, covering  many personal touches of Grandpa’s children, their spouses and 20 of his 21 grandchildren. (His 21st grandchild was born two years later) Consider this Grandpa’s Christmas Legacy.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - inside cover

Founded March 17, 1913 at Mount Vernon, New York

March 17, 1913 was the day Alfred Duryee Guion married Arla Mary Peabody.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 1 - Message


B.C.S., New York University

Founder and Chancellor

1884 to 1964


Once more I am faced with the recurring problem of selecting a suitable

idea on which to base a Christmas Message to all my cherished friends.

This year the impact here has been so strongly on graduations and educational

achievements that my thoughts were colored in this direction and are reflected

in the idea of this “1964 Year Book”.

It will have failed in its purpose, however, if above all else, it does not

proclaim my deep and abiding thankfulness in that you have filled so

large a place in making my many years happy ones.

My annual Christmas wish at this sacred season therefore, comes with

renewed hope that “peace on earth and good-will toward men” may

truly be yours.


Alfred D. Guion



First portion of main building completed in 1756.

(This is the Trumbull House, where Grandpa lived in the small apartment out of frame on the right, Lad, Marian and their four children, Doug, Judy, Greg and Lynn lived in the main section to the right in this picture and Dave, Ellie and their two children, David and Robin, lived in the original portion of the house to the left in this picture. Dan, Paulette and their six children, Arla, Cedric, Michele, Wendy, Bruce and Jeffrey,  lived in the Little House, further to the left and at the bottom of the hill out of view.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 3 - Lad, Dan and Dave

A dedicated group of experienced and qualified instructors – all parents themselves – devoting their every effort to inspiring a new generation with the highest ideals of character training and citizenship traditional with the  family name.


ALFRED P. GUION – Professor of Technology and Mechanical Engineering. Also conducts classes in Boating and Water Safety.

DANIEL B. GUION – Professor of Civil Engineering and Modern Building Technique. Also teaches Indian Lore and Youth Fitness. Licensed by State in Surveying, University of Connecticut

DAVID P. GUION – Director of Business Administration,. Courses in Modern Duplicating Equipment and Management.


ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 4 - Marian, Chiche and Ellie

MARIAN I. GUION – Heads Educational Program Activities, Kindergarten specialization

PAULETTE V. GUION – Language Department Head, specializing in Advanced French. Classes also in Interior Decoration and Color Harmony.

ELEANOR K. GUION – Dir., Vocational Guidance Staff. Classes in Home Furnishing and Antiques.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 6 - Zabel's house


Situated in the Town of Shelton, Connecticut. Ideally located with view of Long Island Sound, within 15 minutes ride of Main Campus. Dormitory accommodations. Spacious grounds. Raises own vegetables. (Elizabeth (Biss Guion, Grandpa’s only daughter) and her husband, Raymond (Zeke) Zabel lived here with their three children, Butch, Marty and Arla).


ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 5 - Zeke and Biss

RAYMOND ZABEL – Heading School of Applied Science, Advanced Screw Machine Techniques. Courses also in Woodcraft, Hunting and Fishing.

ELIZABETH G. Guion) ZABEL – Dir., Domestic Science Dept., Household Budget Methods. classes in “How to make friends and influence people.”

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 8 - Ced's house


In the storied Monadnock Mountain region near Keene, New Hampshire, offers students a bracing climate and ample facilities for hiking, picnicking and mountain climbing. (This is the home of Ced, his wife, Fannie and their four children, Arthur, Neil, Gary and Andrea)

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 7 - Ced and Fannie


CEDRIC D. GUION – Professor in Retail Marketing and Business Management. Classes also in Aeronautics and helicopter engineering.

FANNIE P. GUION – Professor of Applied Science. Wells graduate. Teachers Archaeology. Health Director.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 10 - Dick's house


Situated in the famous “Lakes Region” near Meredith, New Hampshire. Large acreage affords many opportunities for summer boating and winter skiing sports. Combines gracious living in a rural atmosphere. (This is the home of Dick, his wife Jean and their two daughters, Suzanne and Marilyn

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 9 - Dick and Jean


RICHARD P. GUION – Dir. of Manual Training Department. Conducts class also in woodworking and child training.

JEAN M. GUION – Dir. of Home Economics Department, Heads Advanced Cooking Courses. Classes in Budget Management.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 11 - Spring Island


Spring Island

An island camp in Moultonborough Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee. Established many years ago as a recreation retreat for faculty members, students and friends of the University where summer water sports, boating, fishing and blueberrying can be enjoyed in a private preserve. Owned by the Corporation in perpetuity.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 12 - Grandpa and grandchildren


Through the courtesy of the Raymond Zabel’s, a family picnic was held for the second year here for the faculty, students and friends over the Labor Day holiday. The above picture shows the Chancellor surrounded by ALL of his grandchildren. (Actually, another grandchild, Andrea, his twenty-first grandchild, was born two years after this)

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 13 - Butch and Marty


RAYMOND ZABEL, JR – Graduated from University of Pennsylvania, June, 1963. Now married to Elaine Ventresca of Philadelphia and the proud father of Suzanne, born April 3, 1964. Employed as Junior salesman by Congoleum-Nairn. living in Youngstown, Ohio.


MARTIN ZABEL – Graduated June 1964 from the University of Connecticut. Now working to save money for post-graduate work in economics.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 15 - Arla, Doug and Judy


ARLA D. GUION – Graduated Trumbull High School in June, 1964. Enrolled University of Bridgeport, Junior College, for two-year course for Medical Secretary, Associate in Arts Degree, Commuting from Trumbull.

DOUGLAS A. GUION – Graduated Trumbull High School, June, 1964. Working at E. Kurtz & Sons, Trumbull. May be leaving soon to enter one of the Services.

JUDITH A. GUION – graduated from Trumbull High School in June, 1964. Enrolled in freshman class at Central Connecticut State College, New Britain, Connecticut, 4-year course in Elementary Education specializing in Kindergarten and leading to B.A. Degree. Living on campus during week, home week-ends.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 15 - Greg, Cedric, Arla Z., Lynn and Michele


GREGORY A. GUION – Entering Senior Class in Trumbull High School, College Course.. Interested in sports, especially baseball.

CEDRIC V. GUION – Entering Senior Class in Trumbull High School. Works summer in construction.

MARIAN LYNN GUION – Entering Junior Class in Trumbull High School, College Course. No definite plans.

ARLA ZABEL – Entering Freshman year in Shelton High School, College Course. No definite plans for the future.

MICHELE D. GUION – Entering Freshman year in Trumbull High School, no definite plans for future.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 16 - Wendy, Suzanne, Bruce, Marilyn, David and Art


SUZANNE GUION – Age 11 Attending Junior High School in New Hampshire.

WENDY S. GUION – Entering Eighth Grade in Middlebrook Junior High School. Age 13


MARILYN R. GUION – Age 9, Attending Grammar School in New Hampshire.

BRUCE R. GUION – Age  10, Entering Fifth Grade in Daniels Farm School.

ARTHUR C. GUION – Age 7, Attending Grammar School in Keene, New Hampshire.

DAVID P. GUION, JR. – Age 6, Entering First Grade in Daniels Farm School.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 19 - Gary, Robin, Jeffand Neil






ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 20 - Travelinquents


1954  –  Arla Guion to Calais, France, visiting her French grandparents.

1960  –  Arla, Judy and Douglas on bus tour to Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon, Virginia.

1961  –  Gregory and Cedric on bus tour to Amish country – Lancaster and Hershey, Pennsylvania.

1962  –  Martin to Yucatán (Chichen Itzo) Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rico, Grand Cayman and Miami.

1962  –  Cedric, Michelle and Wendy to Québec, Montréal, St. Lawrence Seaway Canal and Fort Ticonderoga.

1963  –  Douglas by plane to Copenhagen, Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, England and Scotland.

1964  –  Arla Zabel and Lynn Guion on New England bus tour, to Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Provincetown, Plymouth, Salem, Boston.

1964  –  Sue and Marilyn to Maritime provinces of Canada, including New Brunswick, Fundy National Park, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Publishers note: The “Chancellor” went along on most of the trips and bore all the expenses of every one of them.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 21 - Business Staff

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - back cover - Final message

On September 13, 1964, just two days after his 80th birthday, Dad passed peacefully onto the great unknown. As he was already working on this “Year Book” Christmas message to you, and because we knew he would have wanted us to, we have decided to publish it.

Also, among his effects, we found this additional message which he intended to be his final message. We send them both along to you.

                                                                                                                                                                          The Guions


When you receive this card I shall have faded into the mysterious silence of eternity.

In my annual Christmas greetings for the last several years I have striven each year to create something a bit out of the ordinary and in this, my final message, I want to adhere to the same tradition.

It is difficult to tell another what the heart feels. Man is inarticulate in the presence of deep emotions and profound truths. He can feel the verities but cannot express them. Yet at the imminence of approaching departure one can sense part of the meaning behind the experience we label “life”.

Everyone in his earthly journey has passed through periods of storm and sunshine, gloomy nights and gladsome days. Among the latter were gratefully numbered those little human contacts, pleasant words and kindly deeds that have made me want to remember you and tell you so at that recurring season of open hearts and good-will, known as Christmastide.

I have felt that as I approach the inevitable day and realize I cannot wait around indefinitely to see the fruition of all the wonderful achievements of science, medicine, atomic power, outer space, etc., or the blossoming into flower of all my promising grandchildren, that the kindly Father of us all grasps my hand and with a friendly smile says: “Come, little man, you had a busy day. It’s bedtime now. Put away all your toys til the morrow, and then when you awake to a bright new day there will be awaiting you delights and wonders far beyond your fondest dream. All your playmates will be there too, so say “good night, and happy dreams.” In a recent book there is told the story of an Indian isolated in the California Hills, the last of his race, who, driven by starvation, wandered into the world of the hated white man who fed and cared for him and learned the ancient unwritten philosophy of life and death of his people, as expressed in the following lines:

When I am dead cry for me a little. Think of me sometimes, but not too much.

It is not good for you or your wife or your husband or your children

to allow your thoughts to dwell too long on the dead.

Think of me now and again as I was in life at some moment which is pleasant to recall.

But not for long. Leave me in peace as I shall leave you, too, in peace.

While you live let your thoughts be with the living.

It’s been a good long day in my case and I’m happier for having known you.

                                                                                                             Alfred D. Guion

I hope you have enjoyed wandering down Memory Lane with me. It has been a pleasure sharing my life through Christmas Cards with you.

Tomorrow and Sunday, more Special Pictures.

Judy Guion

Special Picture # 362 – Thanksgiving at the Trumbull House – 1963

Obviously these pictures were over-exposed but I wanted to share them anyway. I believe they were taken at a Thanksgiving Dinner at the Trumbull House, probably in 1963. It appears that the Daniel and Paulette Guion family as well as the Elizabeth and Raymond Zabel family joined my family and Grandpa at the Big House for dinner. My Mom did the cooking.

APG - Thanksgiving - 1963 - Adults

Clockwise from the lower left: Marian (Irwin) Guion, Alfred Peabody Guion, Raymond (Zeke) Zabel, Elizabeth (Guion) Zabel and Alfred Duryee Guion, (Grandpa). Missing from this picture is Daniel Beck Guion (probably the photographer) and his wife, Paulette (Van Leare) Guion. This table was set in the dining area of the large kitchen.

APG - Thanksgiving - 1963 - Teens

Clockwise from lower left: My twin brother Doug, my younger brother Greg, me, cousin Marty Zabel, cousin Raymond Zabel Jr. (Butch), Dan’s oldest son, Cedric. Missing from this picture is Dan’s oldest daughter Arla. This table was set up in the enclosed screen porch next to the old dining room.

APG - Thanksgiving - 1963 - (kIDS)

Left to right: Dan’s middle son Bruce, Dan’s youngest daughter Wendy, cousin Arla Zabel, Dan’s middle daughter Michele, my sister Marian Lynn.  This table was set up in Grandpa’s living room.

Tomorrow I will begin a week of letters written at the beginning of 1940. Lad is working in Venezuela for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company as a mechanical troubleshooter for their vehicles and deisel-powered Oil Pumps. Dan, Ced, Dick and Dave are all living at the Trumbull House with Grandpa and Elizabeth (Biss) is busy with her house and the care of her new son, Raymond Zabel Jr.

Judy Guion

Special Picture # 361 – Marian’s Drive Across the Country – 1939

During the summer of 1939, Marian Irwin, my Mom, (on the right) and a friend drove across the country from Bakersfield, California to New York City to visit the World’s Fair.

MIG - Marian, a friend and car - NY World's Fair - 1939

I believe this was probably the first picture taken on that trip as they were packed and ready to head out.  I think that trip was probably quite adventurous for two women at that time. It makes me proud.


Tomorrow, another Special Picture.

Judy Guion

Special Photo # 353 – Picture of Lad at Christmas – 1937

As I was going through a box of assorted material I haven’t looked at in quite a few years. I came across this photo taken of Alfred Peabody Guion (Lad, my Dad) labeled in my Mom’s (Marian (Irwin) Guion) writing: Christmas, 1937. He looks so young. He is 23.This is two years before he went to Venezuela.

APG - Christmas Photo - 1937

Alfred Peabody Guion

Tomorrow I will post another Special Picture.

Judy Guion

The End of an Era (13) – Then and Now – The Side Yard – 1922 – 2021

Trumbull House - Grandpa and kids - 1928 (2) Little Driveway view - 1928

This is a very early view of the Trumbull House from this angle.  It may have been taken shortly after the Guions moved to Trumbull in 1922. Notice the screened porch, which was converted to year-round use about 1950. The window to the right of the porch was converted to a door at the same time. The small portion of the house all the way to the right was also converted into an apartment for Grandpa, and a door was added below the window on the second floor to give him direct access to the outside.. On the left, you can see that the Summer Porch extended all the way across the front of the house and had a roof.


Trumbull House in winter - (cropped) - 1940 

This is a winter shot of the house from the same angle and was taken in the late 1930’s.


Trumbull House - Dave, Jean and Dick in deep snow, Feb., 1940

The previous picture is cropped from this original picture. Dick, Jean and Dave are playing in the snow on the front hill after a large snowfall. You can see Mack next to the stone pillar on the right. By the way, the pillars were added by Grandpa as well as the other stone work, lining the driveway, in particular. The stonework was done by Axel Larsen, who took care of the outside work while his wife, Astrid, helped Grandma Arla in the house. They had a daughter, Florence, and they lived in the Little House.

ADG - Grandpa with Smokey in yard - near Thanksgiving, 1945

This picture of Grandpa and Mack was probably taken in the 1930’s or 1940’s, again, before the major changes.


Blog - Trumbull House - 1960's (2) - cropped

This picture was probably taken in the 1960’s, after the changes made in about 1950.

APG - Lad Guion in Choir Robe

This is a picture of Lad, Alfred Peabody Guion, taken in the early 1960’s, in his Choir Robe. You can clearly see the door to Grandpa’s apartment.


Trumbull House - June, 2020 - side view

This picture is one that I took in June, 2020 and the house does not look any different than it did before the sale.

Tomorrow, pictures of the back view of the Trumbull House.

Judy Guion