Tuesday, December 12, 2006

My great-grandparents: Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer

My posts yesterday about Della (Smith) Carringer and her 1929 Journal entries reminded me that I had written about her family before - at http://randysmusings.blogspot.com/2006/04/they-came-to-san-diego-in-1887.html . This post collects what I know about them in one article and illustrates what a treasure trove family papers can be.

The house they built in San Diego is in the picture at http://randysmusings.blogspot.com/2006/04/carringer-house-in-san-diego.html . I grew up in the second floor of this house (what? you don't see a second floor?) - they moved the house in about 1927 and added a second floor apartment, using the widow's walk as a central core, but taking out the central staircase and adding one on the north side of the building. Then they stuccoed the house into a box (essentially) - totally destroying the Victorian gingerbread architecture of the original house.

Some of the family papers I have from this family include a county history book into which someone (Della, her son Lyle?) pasted pictures and newspaper articles; Della's scrapbook, with many playbills and other ephemera; Della's autograph book, with many names I don't recognize; pages from the Smith family Bible.

Della had an interesting father - Devier James (D.J.) Smith was many things, not least of which was a snake oil salesman, as posted at http://randysmusings.blogspot.com/2006/05/my-favorite-snake-oil-salesman.html .

One of the neat things about blogging is that all of your posts are saved in the Archives. One problem is that there is no real index on Blogger. However, you can Google your names or key words and they pop up immediatedly. At least I don't have to type it all again.

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