Trumbull – Guion Christmas Card – 1954 – PASSPORT

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

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Emerging from Europe’s Dark Ages, Charlemagne’s death marked the emergence of the French and German nations. Here, at first, petty principalities for self-defense against marauding Norsemen, Huns, Tartars and other barbarous hordes, were headed by Duke, count, Bishop or Baron.

One such was an ancestor, Jean Guyon, created Baron in 1289, who from his big stone castle erected on top of Roche-Guyon, still overlooks the surrounding country through which the stately Seine winds its way northwest of Paris to the sea.

From this vantage point these early overlords kept a watchful eye over their subjects, protecting them from armed robber bands and acting as chief of police, judge, patron of church and monastery, and generally maintaining peace and order throughout their small domain.


As the centuries rolled by there gradually developed in Western Europe and ever growing battle between Church and State with the “common people” in between, exploited by both.

In France, a bitter…

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Special Picture # 296 – Christmas Dinner at the Trumbull House – All Together at Last – December, 1947

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

Finally, everyone is home from the war. Dan, Paulette and baby Arla arrived in late December, 1946. These are the pictures I have from the first Christmas Dinner when all the family is together. Arla is now a year and a half and has been joined by a little brother, Cedric. My twin brother Douglas and I are 6 weeks younger than Arla and have been joined by a baby brother also. His name is Gregory. Dave has married Eleanor Kintop. Other family members present include Aunt Helen (Peabody) Human, Aunt Anne (Peabody) Stanley and Aunt Dorothy Peabody.

Clockwise from center bottom: Baby Cedric, Paulette (Senechal) Guion, Aunt Helen (Peabody) Human, Elizabeth (Biss) (Guion) Zabel, Aunt Dorothy Peabody,Dave Guion, Eleanor (Kintop) Guion,) Raymond (Butch) Zabel, Jr., Marty Zabel, Cedric Duryee Guion.

Clockwise from left: Daniel Beck Guion, Cedric Duryee Guion, Raymond (Zeke) Zabel, Aunt Anne (Peabody) Stanley, empty chair…

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Tribute To Daniel Beck Guion – 10.27.1915 – 2.15.1997

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

Daniel Beck Guion, 2nd son of Alfred Duryee and Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion, was born in Mount Vernon, New York on October 27, 1915. The following is the story of his life  in pictures.

DBG - Daniel and Arla Mary Peabody Guion - 1915

Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion with Dan, 1916

ADG - holding Dan, Arla Peabody Guion with Lad in her lap - 1917

Alfred Duryee Guion holding Dan, Arla (Peabody) Guion with Lad

APG - Lad and Dan - Larchmont, NY - June, 1918

Lad and Dan in Larchmont Gardens, New York

Arla Mary Peabody Guion and children - Dan, Lad, Ced, Dick, and Biss at the Trumbull houseArla Mary (Peabody) Guion and children – Dan, Lad, Ced, Dick, and Biss at the Trumbull house, 1922


Dan (upper left) with siblings in Trumbull

Slice of Life Photo #6

Dan (far left) with siblings on porch in Trumbull

Dan Guion, 1934Dan Guion, 1934

DBG - Dan's Self Portrait - 1939 - Cropped again (2)

Dan, self-portrait

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DBG - Dan in Venezuela with peaked cap - alone - 1940

Dan in Venezuela, 1939

Biss - with Butch and family - 1940

Dan, 1940

Dan in white jacket in Alaska

Dan in Alaska, winter of 1940-41

Dan-uniform (2)

Dan, in France, 1945

Daniel & Paulette's wedding - 1945

Dan and Paulette’s wedding, Calais, France, 1945

Daniel Guion on the job in Venezuela - 1939

Dan in France, 1944-1946

Dan and Chiche - June, 1980

Dan and Paulette Guion, 1980

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