Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Three Ladies Picking Poseys" In A 1920 View of the Carringer House on 30th Street -- Post 302 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

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

Here is a photograph of an ancestral home from the Seaver/Carringer family collection handed down by my mother in the 1988 to 2002 time period:

This picture shows three women standing in front of the Henry Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer home at 2105 30th Street in San Diego.  Two of them are holding flower baskets with flowers probably picked from the abundant crop on the bushes/trees shown above.  The three women are, from left to right:

*  Hattie (Vaux) Loucks (1849-1924), widow of Matthias "Tice" Loucks (1846-1918), and a first cousin of Abbie (Vaux) Smith (their grandparents were James and Mary (Palmer) Vaux).  Hattie was a frequent visitor to the Carringer home in San Diego.

*  Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944), wife of Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), daughter of Devier J. and Abbie (Vaux) Smith, and mother of my grandfather, Lyle L. Carringer.  Della is my great-grandmother.

*  Abbie (Vaux) Smith (1844-1931), widow of Devier J. Smith (1839-1894), and mother of Della (Smith) Carringer.  Abbie is my 2nd great-grandmother.

I believe that this picture was taken in about 1920, probably by my grandfather, Lyle Carringer.  There are a number of photos in the collection from this time period, including many of my mother as a baby.  

The walkway from the house to the bottom center of the photograph leads to the northeast corner of the intersection of 30th Street (running north-south) and Hawthorn Street (running east-west) in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of San Diego.  

I played a lot of sandlot baseball on this very spot when I was a child.  After the house was moved north on 30th Street to the middle of the block, ,the empty field to the south of the house became the "Field of Dreams" for my brother and I and our friends.  Home plate was about where the ladies are standing in the photo above.  

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

I'm surprised you think the photo was taken in about 1920: to me, the clothes are "wrong" for that date - more like late 1890s with the long skirts and "leg of mutton" sleeves. No doubt you have very good reasons for dating it as you do!