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Alfred Duryee Guion – The Beginning (5) – Childhood Memories January 23, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 6:19 pm

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

This is a continuation of the Reminiscences of my Grandpa, Alfred Duryee Guion, as he was growing up in Mount Vernon, New York during the 1880s and 1890s.

ADG - Lincoln Ave, House

Going back to my boyhood days in the Lincoln Avenue house there are a few vivid recollections that have lasted through the years. One is seeing a Sunday newspaper with a glaring front page in color (not common in those days) showing an ironclad battleship being blown to bits, pieces of steel and bodies exploding in all directions, picturing the destruction of a Russian battleship at Port Arthur by the Japanese. The defeat of the sprawling Russian nation by little Japan established the latter as a world power. The newspaper, I recall, was The American, a Hearst newspaper, which with the evening Journal, was abhorred by the better class of Americans as reeking with “yellow journalism”. My father, who felt intensely on…

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2 Responses to “Alfred Duryee Guion – The Beginning (5) – Childhood Memories”

  1. jaggh53163 Says:

    Janet, Thank you for the re-blog. Grandpa had a unique life experience and I’m happy to share it with your readers. A real peek into life in New York during the 1890s. Enjoy the rest of his story.

  2. Janet Says:

    My own father was born in 1891 in Ohio. Early on though I think he would have been familiar with New York City. He worked in Schenectady and then in New York City and Boston. So I relate vicariously to Grandpa Guion.


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