Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Carringer House in San Diego in 1897 -- Post 296 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I'm posting family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they aren't Wordless Wednesday posts like others do - I am incapable of having a wordless post.

Here is a photograph of an ancestral home taken by a photographer in San Diego, California:

This house was built on the northeast corner of what is now 30th Street (running north-south) and Hawthorn Street (running east-west) in San Diego by by great-grandparents, Henry Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer.  The left-side of the house in the picture above faced west, and the right-side of the house face south.  The walkway from the porch towards the street goes to the corner of the block.

The photograph above was taken in about 1900, and includes the following people (from the left):

*  Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944, in white dress and hat) standing next to her son, Lyle.
*  Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976, wearing a hat) and standing next to his mother, Della.
*  David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902, in dark clothes and hat, with a white beard, looking toward the west)
*  Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946, standing on the center walkway)
*  Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer (1832-1901, standing on the south side of the house) next to her son, Harvey.
*  Harvey Edgar Carringer (1852-1946, standing on the south side of the house) next to his mother, Rebecca.
*  Abbie (Vaux) Smith (1844-1931, standing on the south side of the house) on the far right.

I don't know the name of the family horse on the far left side of the photograph.

This Victorian gingerbread house had two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a parlor on the first floor There was a staircase in the center of the house up to the second story. The second story had at least four rooms - including at least two bedrooms, topped by a widow's walk with a lightning rod. There was a large front porch on the west and south sides of the house.

Della (Smith) Carringer bought the lot on the southern part of this block for $450 in 1894.  The house was built (mostly by Austin) over several years, and they resided in it from 1897 until their deaths in 1944 and 1946.  

I grew up in this house, on the second story, but that's another story that I'll tell next week.

The photograph above was pasted onto a page in an Ohio county history book, probably by my grandfather, Lyle L. Carringer, when he was a child.  It was probably taken by a professional photographer in about the 1900 time frame.  I carefully removed the pasted page and scanned it.  The image above is cropped to remove borders on the original photograph.

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