Monday, September 24, 2007

Della's Journal - Week 39 (September 24-30, 1929)

This is Installment 39 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. Pictures of some of the players are here. Last week's Journal entry is here.

Here is Week 39:


Tuesday, September 24: I picked figs 20 lbs sold 15 to Mrs. Witts 75c. A man came to look at Ma's house. I rode out with them. They looked at the place, went to see others, came back & took it @ $18. We pay water. I painted wall & cleaned carpet. He brought me home & A[ustin]'s tools. Pd for 1 mo[nth] his name is Hariss, Sep 24 to Oct 24, his wife will be down Thurs. We took down cucumber vines. Letter from Blanch.

Wednesday, September 25: I went to town, paid A[ustin]'s dues. Water (our) $2.80, got lamp $8.45 for 2119 30th & 2 rugs $2.50, curtains $0.45, Spoons $1.35, Ma's Brets (?) 0.25, rings 0.10, rod 0.05, towel road 0.10, chopping bowl 30c.

Thursday, September 26: We washed. Sold 13 lb figs.

Friday, September 27: A[ustin] commences vacation. I picked 14 lb figs, sold 10 lbs. We Ironed.

Saturday, September 28: In afternoon I rode out with Lyle's. He had never been to Murray Dam so they went there. He got some Plumbs & Doughnuts on the way home. Lyle's last Sat[urday] off. A[ustin] put Fertilizer on E[ast] lawn.

Sunday, September 29: We did not go any place. Lyle's put in New Lawn in where they took roses out. Betty practiced on water color painting on Poinsettia leaves. Miss Thoren's Sister came from L.A. to visit her a few days.

Monday, September 30: Picked Figs 21 lbs, sold most of them.


This was pretty much a fig-picking week. As I recall, it was a large tree in the yard between Austin and Della's two story house at 2115 30th Street and the garage of Lyle and Emily's house at 2130 Fern Street. When the 2130 Fern Street house was sold in 1951, the fig tree was fenced off by the new owner, Mr. Phillips. As a boy of 7, I was upset that I couldn't go pick figs any more off the tree, or go explore, find bugs and reptiles, and play in the lath house and green house that was part of the property.

I'm surprised that my grandfather, Lyle Carringer, had not been to Murray Dam. He loved to drive places just to see them and take pictures of them. I'm sure that he had been all over most of the San Diego County roads west of the desert. Perhaps the dam was new in 1929? Murray Dam is just north of Mission Valley and just west of 70th Street. The dam collects watered drained from Cowles Mountain, a landmark 1,500 foot mountain, about three miles north of the lake, that can be seen from all over San Diego.

Plums and doughnuts? That's an interesting food combination, but I can see that it could work for my grandfather. Is that where my sweet tooth came from?

Other than this, there was really not much news for this week.

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