Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) If you could go back into the time machine and re-attend one family event that you were present at as a child, and would love to return to interview your relatives, what event would that be?
2) Tell us about it in a comment on this blog post, in a blog post of your own, or in a Facebook post.
My thanks to Jacquie Schattner for providing this challenge via email.
One of my earliest memories is from when I was 2 or 3 years old, and was probably at Christmas time. I came into a room to say good night to everyone there, and the memory is of having to kiss a man with a bushy mustache. I think it was probably my great-grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946).
I don't know who else was in the room, but it was probably my grandparents, Lyle and Emily (Auble) Carringer, my great-grandmother, Georgianna (Kemp) Auble, and probably my mother. There may have been others - the family visited occasionally with Georgianna's Kemp brother that lived in the Los Angeles area, and his children - visiting L.A. and hosting them in San Diego.
My great-grandfather is the one I would love to interview because he lived 93 years, moved across the country - from Mercer County, Pennsylvania to Columbus City, Iowa to Boulder, Colorado, and finally to San Diego in 1887 on his honeymoon. He also saw technology improve from horse and buggy to railroads to automobiles to airplanes, and lived through four major wars (Civil War, Spanish-America, World War I, World War II). He came to San Diego in 1887 when the population was less than 10,000, and the city grew to over 300,000 by 1946.
I would ask him about his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, and spouse, and their personalities and life events, about his childhood and friends, about his marriage to Della Smith and why they came to San Diego, how they traveled, where they lived, where he worked, how they bought the land with the houses I grew up in, how they grew the crops they did, and his attitudes toward life, love, politics, family, work, play, etc. It might have been a long interview!