Family – Christmas Greetings to Ced in Alaska – December, 1945

Two Christmas cards to Ced from members of the family – one from his brother and sister-in-law, Lad and Marian, and another from his Aunt Dorothy Peabody.

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

(Lad has just been discharged from the Army.)

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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 of Ced’s Amazing Adventure.

Judy Guion

Peabodys and Duryees – Christmas Greetings From Kemper and Ethel – December, 1945

This is a Christmas Card to Ced from Kemper (one of Grandma Arla’s brothers) and Ethel Peabody from Vermont.

Peabodys and Duryees - Christmas Greetings From Kemper and Ethel - December, 1945

Peabodys and Duryees - Christmas Greetings From Kemper and Ethel (message) - December, 1945

(Under the picture) Ethel and Kemper

Carolyn and Franklin

Terry! Remember us?

(Message from Ethel) Hear you have been flying around these parts. Why don’t you light here sometime. If there’s one thing we have it’s space enough to harbor a guy like you. Just don’t land on a cow!

Ethel

Tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday, a letter from Grandpa to his “Chillun”, and on Friday, two other Christmas cards to Ced.

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

ALFRED DURYEE GUION

B.C.S., New York University

Founder and Chancellor

1884 to 1964

A MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR

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.

Sincerely,

Alfred D. Guion

trumbull-house-the-main-campus

THE MAIN CAMPUS IN TRUMBULL

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.

THE FACULTY

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.

MAIN CAMPUS

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

HUNTINGTON CAMPUS

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).

FACULTY – HUNTINGTON CAMPUS

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

SWANZEY HALL

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

FACULTY – KEENE CAMPUS

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

HOLDERNESS CAMPUS

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

FACULTY – HOLDERNESS CAMPUS

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

LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE SUMMER CAMP

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

SECOND ANNUAL PICNIC at HUNTINGTON CAMPUS

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

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

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.

POST GRADUATE SCHOOL

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

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES – 1964

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

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS – 1964

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

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL – 1964

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

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

GRAMMAR SCHOOL – 1964

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

PRE-SCHOOLERS

NEIL P. GUION – AGE 5

ROBIN J. GUION – Age 4

JEFFREY L. GUION – Age 3

GARY P. GUION – Age 3

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 20 - Travelinquents

JUVENILE 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

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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

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 – 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