Monday, January 22, 2007

Della's Journal - Week 4 (January 22-28, 1929)

This is Installment 4 of the Journal of Della (Smith) Carringer, my great-grandmother, who resided at 2115 30th Street in San Diego in 1929. The "players" and "setting" are described here. Last week's Journal entry is here.


Tuesday, January 22, pleasant but cool: Mr. Nolan Pd. rent. I worked in yd pulling weeds. Ma washed. I called on Mrs. Sorrenson & Mrs. Jones in PM. Miss Setchel wrote she had to pay $45 per week. Thompsons fire place caught fire. Letter from Aunt L[ibbie] card from Gene Williams he got work on relatives place Mr. Miller.

Wednesday, January 23, cool: I went to town Pd water bills, Gas. A's razor blades 18 sharpened for 55 c[ents]. Sent my lodge dues 4.77 for Jan Feb & Mar.

Thursday, January 24: Letter from Mary. I embroidered a towel for Emily [that] Betty & I expected to get done before she was sick.

Friday, January 25, cool & sunny: We washed curtains in the kitchen. I ironed them put up two pair will wash wall before putting one up by stove. Betty promoted to 5A. She made her a pocket book to put in the larger one she had made to carry her school work in. We washed rugs in bathroom. Ruth and Louie her one hour were on way home.

Saturday, January 26, cool and sunny: Ed over. A[ustin] home all day had 1/2 day finishes extra he worked on ? marks refueler. He cut up last of trees. Went to town & got chair bottom. Ed washed & sandpapered four chairs ready for painting. Rose & Louise came to spend part of day. She brought pears, beets, radishes and a grape pie. Geo. came after her at 4 P.M. Barret's (wife) got hurt in a st[reet] car accident so that she had to have her foot taken off. She had her baby in its buggy with her but it did not get hurt.

Sunday, January 27, cloudy & cool: Lyle's went to country. We stayed in all day. Mrs. Jones went to Paradise Val[ley] to see her sister. I embroidered an apron.

Monday, January 28, warmer, cloudy: Ma washed a few things. I worked out trimmed asparagriu fern. Changed mail box. Ma helped me in afternoon. Mrs. A.[uble] took wood into garage to be sawed up. Letter from Ella Stanton they expect to go back to Boulder in Feb 7. Eva will go with them take a vacation of three weeks come back on Santa Fe R.R. did not say a word about Earl. Mr. Stanton had to be back in Colorado he is Inspector of fruits. Betty has two new dresses one green & one with white. Josephine Hughes got hurt in auto accid[ent].

There was some excitement in the neighborhood - the street car, that ran right up the middle of 30th Street, nipped Mrs. Barrett who lost a foot but saved her baby. Amazing -- I wonder if it made the newspaper? I wonder if my mother would have remembered it?

I have a letter from an Ella from 1889 about the loss of Austin and Della's first son, Devier. I wonder if this is the same Ella? I wonder who Ella Stanton is? I think Eva is Della's niece - the daughter of her brother, David Devier Smith (who died in 1920). Betty is my mother, daughter of Lyle and Emily, aged 10 in 1929, and in 5th grade (she got promoted at mid-year!). Lyle's family lived at 2130 Fern Street on the same block as Austin and Della.

There are so many cryptic thoughts in this journal! I'm going to collect some of the renters names and check them against the city directories.

I'll try to find a picture of these people and post it sometime soon. I posted a picture in April of the original house taken about 1900. I'll have to post a picture of the remodelled two-story house sometime soon.

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