Monday, July 16, 2007

Della's Journal - Week 29 (July 16-22,1929)

This is Installment 29 of the Journal of Della (Smith) Carringer, my great-grandmother, who resided at 2115 30th Street in San Diego in 1929.

The "players" and "setting" are described here. Pictures of some of the players are here. Last week's Journal entry is here.

Here is Week 29:


Tuesday, July 16 (hot): Letter from Ed, is sick. Hot weather. We all voted for the water bonds. Lyle's & company went to the deliberation of the museum presented to the city by Mr. Marston, City 160 years old today. Governor Young here & some Spanish people. I went downtown, put $100.-- in Bank of Italy, $90 in SD Savings Bank, $10 in Bay City Bldg & $5 in Bay City Bldg. Drew out Bal[ance] in bank atE & 5[th], savings closed account, $4.96.

Wednesday, July 17 (warm): I scrubbed carpet on floor of bedroom 2116 Fern, A[ustin] took off knobs & got ready for the painter. Lyle's getting ready to go to L.A. tomorrow.

Thursday, July 18 (warm): Lyle's started a little after six. Vernon went on the boat at nine. Mr. McClure painted kitchen & bathroom one coat.

Friday, July 19 (warm): Ma worked outside. I wrote letter to West Shore Investment Co at Venice to see why they do not answer my letter, & if they sent tax money.

Saturday, July 20 (warm): Ed came over, water Lyle's things & cut our west side, watered tree at North corner. A[ustin] got toilet seat ready to varnish. Ed sandpapered chair.

Sunday, July 21: Cut A[ustin]'s hair. He varnished toilet top & Ice chest. Ma washed it & polished on furniture. I vacuumed carpets here. Angie called up, said Roland & family had been here a week from Florida.

Monday, July 22 (warm): Got cards from Lyle & Betty. They got up there all right, stopped several times on the way to see things & Myrtle Farley then to Uncle Jim's. Fri. they went to the Lion farm & sight seeing Sat. to Mt. Low. Sun. to Uncle Frank's then Mon. to Long Beach & home between 2 & 3 PM. Mrs. Jones called to bid my good Bye, is going up to two sons for two months in Portland. We washed. I painted rocking chair green.


This was not a very exciting week for Della - mostly work on the house, yard and rental apartments. Lyle, Emily, and Betty Carringer, and Emily's mother, Georgia (Kemp) Auble, drove up to the Los Angeles area and visited Aunt Libbie Crouch (Abby "Ma" Smith's sister) in Long Beach, Uncle Jim (Kemp, a brother of Georgia (Kemp) Auble), Myrtle Marley (Jim's daughter) and Uncle Frank (Kemp, a brother of Georgia) in Los Angeles.

A word to the wise on the weather reports here. In July, the sun burns off the low clouds in the morning, and it is warm in the afternoon. I think that "warm" in Della's Journal means 75 to 80 F, and "hot" means 80 to 85 F. The temperature in that part of the city is like it is where I live (funny how I picked the same climate belt!) - not as cool as the coast, but 10 degrees cooler than the inland valleys, and 30 degrees cooler than the desert. Today it has been up to 75 F here with some clouds from the east, and is down to 71 F at 3 PM. In late July, we get thunderheads over the mountains to the east (fantastic pictures sometimes, from the monsoons that come up the Gulf of California) and we get occasional thunder and lightning - mostly in the mountains, but occasionally in the city. It will be interesting to see how she describes the Santa Ana winds and high temps in the fall.

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