The Beginning – REMINISCENCES of Alfred D Guion (7) – Drunk Uncle Eddie – 1890’s

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

The following memories are quotes from “Reminiscences of Alfred D.  Guion, written in 1960 while he was on a four-months “around the world” freighter trip.

The story of my boyhood would not be complete if I failed to mention my sisters and my favorite cousins and playmates – the Duryees – Adele, Nan and Dudley.  Dud was my own age, the girls a few years older.  Adele, who was three or four years my senior, seemed, at my age, to be old.  Their father, whom I called Uncle Eddie, was my mother’s cousin, and although he had perfectly good and respectable parents he turned out to be the black sheep of the family.  Alcohol was the cause.  In these days we would have regarded his failing as a disease and taken medical means to correct it, but at that time no such charitable view was taken.  My mother, who always…

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