Monday, November 12, 2007

Della's Journal - Week 46 (November 12-18, 1929)

This is Installment 46 of the Journal of Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944), 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 46 -


Tuesday, November 12 (windy): A[ustin]'s mouth is so sore he has to leave teeth out. I fixed one of my hats and Ma mended. Lyle's went down to the school this evening, from there to a dance & cards given to the Marston's employes.

Wednesday, November 13 (windy): We washed. Ma sewed a little. Mrs. Wilson came to sew velvet dress on machine. Mate Dinmock called, took supper with us. Brush fire N & E of City.

Thursday, November 14: Did not work much. Washed kitchen windows & front ones. Miss Thoren pd rent. Ma worked outside watered & burnt trash.

Friday, November 15: We worked outside & in. A[ustin] got pay.

Saturday, November 16 (warm): Ed over but lawns did not need cutting so he worked on parking. Cut off Chrysanthemums. Lyle's went to back country. I went to town. Pd on Paving (Dep $110) Pd out $110, Ed $58.76, $52.06, Bridg (?) lamp $2.90, cup 14c Listerine.

Sunday, November 17 (warm): I went out to Ma's, gave Mrs. Schmidt $1.00 for Water. Ma took sponge bath, I cut A[ustin] hair.

Monday, November 18 (foggy on bay): Helped Ma make spout to carry water from cistern to fig tree. Mrs. Wilson moved part of her things put our refridgerator back in place.


I'm terribly confused by the financial transactions on 16 November. She put a $110 deposit down for paving, and then the two numbers following may be what it cost to do the paving at Ed's (in Pacific Beach) and perhaps on 30th Street.

In 2007, we forget or don't understand that the roads needed to be paved, that rain water was collected in cisterns (it's free that way), that they went shopping almost daily for fresh meat and vegetables, thet they grew fruit and vegetables in home gardens, that they burned trash rather than having a collector come or take it to a dump themselves.

I'm not sure what the "parking" is. I've always thought that it was the three foot wide strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street curb - that's what it was when I was a boy. My picture from 1929 shows a paved street and sidewalk with a strip between them, perhaps it's not grass but ground cover or just dirt with weeds - see this post.

Mate Dinmock is a new name for me - probably a friend or neighbor.

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