Special Picture # 308 – Low Water at Spring Island – August, 1999


Loaded Blueberry bushes.


Old Dock Ramp


Old docking area. The water came up to the visible land.


Stage I of the Screened-in Porch.


Our SeaRay Cruiser, “Our Waterbed”,  at the Dock.


Tomorrow I’ll begin a week of letters written at the beginning of 1946. Grandpa has two sons home with their wives and is anxiously awaiting Dave’s return in a few months. Because of the baby on the way for Dan and Paulette, he will have to wait until both Mother and Baby can travel before meeting his French daughter-in-law and his third grandchild.

Judy Guion


Special Picture # 307 – Low Water at Spring Island – August, 1999

View from Fishing Rock towards the Dock


Closer view with duck on rock


Fishing Rock with usual water line quite evident


View of the same rocks looking toward Moultonborough Town Beach, where we launch small boats and pick up guests, in upper right corner.


Shoreline and Toothpaste Landing, where we brushed our teeth.


Tomorrow, the last of the Island Pictures during August, 1999.

On Monday, letters from 1946. Lad and Dick are home. Dan and Paulette are still in France, awaiting the arrival of their first child. Ced is still working in Anchorage at the Militry Airbase and Dave hopes to be home in a few months.

Judy Guion




Special Picture # 273 – 2005 Guion Family Reunion at Geneva Point Conference Center, Moultonborough, New Hampshire – Guion Olympics

The Guion Family Reunions are held every five years for an entire weekend, at the Geneva Point Conference Center in Moultonborough, New Hampshire, quite close to our summer camp on our Island, also on Lake Winnipesaukee. On Sautuday afternoon, we have some sort of  physical challenge. In 2005 it was a Summer Olympics. We have also done “A Minute to Win it”  challenges. It’s always lots of fun and the contestants run from 5 to 70 – there is never a limit. We just want to have lots of laughs.



Tomorrow I’ll begin a week of letters written in 1942.Both Dan and Lad have been inducted into the Army. Lad has just begun his journey but Dan has been in the Army for about five months.

Judy Guion


Special Picture # 259 – Lad and Marian Guion on a Road Trip – 1945

In the fall of 1945, Lad came home from France and reported to Aberdeen, Maryland. They didn’t quite know what to do with him, so he was given several furloughs. During one of them, he and Marian took a road trip to upstate New York and New Hampshire. These pictures were taken on that trip.






An Island Picture – Storm Cloud – 2016

We had one day on the Island when it stormed a few times – just quick showers – but this is what they looked like before they got to us.


Spring Island - Storm Cloud - 2016

Tomorrow, and Sunday, two more installments of a Tribute to Arla. Enjoy learning more about this very wise young woman. 

Next week I’ll begin posting letters from 1942. The first is from Lad, with a change of plans. During the rest of the week, I’ll be posting 3 more letters from Grandpa to his sons, both near and far from home.

Judy Guion 


An Island Picture – Sunset – 2016

Thought I’d share a picture of where I’ve been these last few days. It was unexpected that I would get extra days, but I jumped at the chance.

Spring Island - Sunset - 2016

I’ll have another interesting picture tomorrow. On Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be posting two episodes of a Tribute to Arla, my Grandmother , who passed away much too soon.

Judy Guion


Early Memories of Trumbull (16) – Spring Island

The Island

The Island

Our Island, on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire,  is a special place for our family  and holds many memories. Here, my father and some of his siblings recall memories of the first years they spent there.

LAD – When I was 12, Rusty Heurlin took Dan Ced and I to the Island on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, which they owned. We went to Lee’s Mill and rowed from there. It was late in the evening when we got there and Rusty wasn’t sure he was going to the right place, but we got there. Among other things, Rusty told us of his boyhood experiences at the lake. This particular summer that we went, there was a lot of logging going on and one particular day a tug boat was going down from Lee’s Mill to the Broads, pulling a long line of barges, maybe half a mile long. Rusty told us to get into the rowboat and he rowed toward the barges. Just before we reached them, he wowed awfully hard and fast and the rowboat went up over the logs and into the water on the other side. That’s what I remember about it. After all the barges went by, we went back to the island.

I remember our family went up to the Island a few times, and I remember Rusty went with us the first time. We were supposed to meet his sister, Anna, and then she was going to lead us to the island. Apparently she began to worry about the fact that we had not gotten there yet. It was getting late in the afternoon, so she and her brother-in-law, and her husband, decided to go looking for us. There was only one road so we had to be on it. They passed a car coming  the other way where someone had his feet out the window and she said “That’s my brother.”  So they turned around and everything went fine from there. We had a nice time at the Island and Dad really enjoyed it very much. I think maybe the next year or so, we did the same thing again, although we knew where we were going this time. We didn’t have to meet Anna, Ingrid or Britta and Rusty may or may not have been with us.

CED – When we first went to the Island, probably about 1924 or 1925, there was nothing on it at all. We’d take a tent. My Dad would load up the big old touring car. To begin with, we used a canoe and a rowboat to get out to the Island.

The Island belonged to the Heurlin’s and they let us use it. We used it long before we bought it. Through Rusty, we met his family. His mother and father came over from Sweden, his father spoke with a strong accent. He was a Customs Agent in Boston. They were a nice couple and lived in Wakefield, Massachusetts in a nice house.

BISS -my first recollection of the Island was when I was about 12 or 13, somewhere along there. At that time Rusty or is family owned the Island. He took us kids up there and of course, there was nothing on the island. I picked a rock to sleep on. It was probably the big, flat rock near Bathtub Rock. That was my bed.

One night, Rusty and two guys from around the lake, named Eustace and Sully (we kid’s called them “Useless” and “Silly”) went to a house on the mainland where some Irish policemen were on vacation. They were going to help them celebrate. Rusty came back three sheets to the wind, oh, he was really out of it. He staggered up from the Point.

DAVE – Rusty had a couple of friends on the lake, Eustace (Rusty called him “Useless”. The other guy’s name was Sully and Rusty called him “Silly”. Rusty is the last person to call someone silly. I remember one time he decided to make himself a meal. So he took a piece of bread and he proceeded to put anything and everything that was edible on top of that piece of bread and he ate the whole thing. Then he went out and stood on a rock and  belched loud enough so people on the other side of the lake could hear him, I’m sure. He was a character, a funny guy.

The first time I went to the island, it was a two-day trip to get up there – we used to leave Trumbull, drive up to Rusty’s parent’s house, stay overnight then drive up the rest of the way. Rusty had a couple of friends who were at the island one time I was there. We had spaghetti for supper that night. Around 2 or 3 o’clock I no longer had that spaghetti. I don’t know what they had in it, but something made me sick.

Bissie wrote a letter to her father:


Dear Dad,

Everything is going along fine up here. David, for the first time, lost his dinner. He lost it in the middle of the night. He had a pretty tough night. He has been sleeping with me since you left.

Today is the day Anna (Ingrid) and Lars are supposed to come up and we are hoping that they come. There was a party of policemen from  Wister (Worcester)  on a camping trip here and we get half our food from them. They are nice, kind-hearted men. We are going on a picnic with Mr. (Climmens) (I guess that’s the way you spell it) and one or two  friends of his tomorrow. Rusty is over visiting them now. The police gave us a real Italian spaghetti dinner last night.



Dave had shared his story of the spaghetti dinner with me during our recording session. It was almost two years later that I found the letter from Bissie to her father. I found it fascinating that their memories of the incident were so similar after over 70 years.

Does your family have a special place or traditions linked to a particular place? Leave a comment and let me know about it,

Judy Guion