Monday, November 26, 2007

Della's Journal - Week 48 (November 26-December 2, 1929)

This is Installment 48 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 48 -


Tuesday, November 26: Austin's birthday. 76 years old. Lyle's gave him a pair [of] pliers & a card. We will get a oil stove so that will have to be his present from all of us. Emily worked. Letter from Aunt L[ibbie].

Wednesday, November 27 (warm): I painted the porch floors in front porch upstairs of 2116 Fern St & back porch then our back porch. Rose phoned & invited us to go out to the Park to hear the Thanksgiving program, then to Pepper Grove to eat Turkey & chicken dinner, cranberry jelly pie, mashed potato & gravy, sweet potatoes, pickles, olives, turkey dressing. We took apples, cake, cheese, mints & candy.

Thursday, November 28 (pleasant): Geo[rge] Kimball came for us at 10-30 A.M. had a lovely time. Austin stove well (??). Lyle's cut down Fig tree, then took ride in afternoon. Ma sat in auto, the rest went down to the organ and listened to the program. Not a very big crowd at organ.

Friday, November 29: We washed. Teachers went to Los Angeles. I ironed.

Saturday, November 30: Ed over, gave Ed $10. We took wire off front porch at 2114 Fern. Girls came home 11 P.M. Got coal oil stove $11.50, oil 5 gal.

Sunday, December 1: Mr. Paden moved part of their things in. I baked some war cake. Austin not feeling extra well, stomach bothers.

Monday, December 2: I worked outside, gave Ma her bath in morning.


November 28th was the last date that was written on the pages of the Journal. The rest of the Journal pages contain Della's "account book" for 1929, plus Christmas gifts and cards given and received. Della used loose pages to continue the Journal to the end of the year.

Poor Austin got a pair of pliers and a new oil stove for his 76th birthday. Very practical! I don't understand the "Austin stove well" comment. The word "stove" is difficult to decipher. At first I thought that it was "drove" but it looks like George Kimball drove.

I've wondered who Rose was - looking at the account pages and the 1930 census, it looks like she is Rosella Kimball (age 62, born IA), wife of George Kimball (age 62, born ME).

It looks like they had Thanksgiving dinner on the night before at Pepper Grove. I think that Pepper Grove is in Chula Vista just east of Hilltop Drive and G Street (current street names) - perhaps that is where George and Rose Kimball lived? No - it appears that in 1930 they lived on "6th St." near National Avenue in the area just south and west of Chula Vista. 6th St. was probably what is now H Street in Chula Vista. I need to check the city directories for the exact location.

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