Thursday, December 27, 2007

Della's Journal - Week 52 (December 24-31, 1929)

This is Installment 52 of the Journal of Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944), 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 52 -


Tuesday, December 24 (warm): Roberts called, has changed to 5th Ave[nue], gave him candy, & a box with fruit & cookies. Fixed poinsettias & gave to the neighbors & finished sending cards, gave boxes of candy to Sun & Union boys.

Xmas, Wednesday, December 25: We were all at Lyle's, had a lovely time. Went to see the tree picked in morning. Ed over. In afternoon, Lyle took Austin Ed & I to see Will Rodgers in (Had to See Paris), fine.

Thursday, December 26: Rested some, went out to Garlocks, they are not very well.

Friday, December 27: We worked, I went to town and paid Gas bills, Water & A[ustin]'s lodge.

Saturday, December 28: A[ustin] home in afternoon. Mr. Allen came, gave us another demonstration. Wrote Alta (?) Sat[urday] or Sun[day] to bring me some cords for me to sell, Mrs. Chapman bought one.

Sunday, December 29: I went riding with Lyle's, we drove over to Old Town to a flowerist to look for water lily. Came back by Mission Hills. Found lily at a Jap's place.

Monday, December 30: We washed. I potted ferns. Mr. Putman's brought me 5 cords & some wires, I bought two and will sell the others for him.

Tuesday, December 31: I went to town, went to Elta's & Forrest's took the children a book a piece for the boys & beads for Sherrie. I gave a Neverknot wire to Frank & Elta, and have a fern for her, she gave me a linnen lunch cloth & 4 napkins, also a doll clothes bag. I got a few New Years cards. Lyle & Emily went out to the church, Betty & Mrs. Auble will go in morning with Mr. Nolans. We have had warm dry weather not a sprinkle of rain this mo[nth]. Miss Thorn came home Sun[day] night 29th or Mon[day].


It appears that Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were not big celebrations. Gifts were exchanged, but there does not seem to be a big family dinner. This may be because of the agnostic views held by Austin and Della (harbored for over 40 years by now) that resulted from the death of their first child. Lyle took them to a film in the afternoon - it was a day off for working people, I guess.

I still don't know who Roberts is...I don't recall seeing Elta (or Etta?) or Forrest as given names before, and don't know their surnames.

I don't have a clue what a Neverknot wire was - I should Google it I guess. I think Della received some cords of wood on consignment and was trying to sell them.

This is the end of the Journal of Della (Smith) Carringer for 1929. There are several more pages in the Journal - there are several accounts of expenses, home repairs, medication, gifts given and received in 1928 and 1929, and Christmas cards given and received in 1928, 1929 and 1930. The Christmas Card list may be very helpful in identifying extended family ties by using the census records.

I will post these lists in the next few weeks - not because they are of general interest, but they are part of this Journal. Reviewing some of the names tonight, I see several extended family members that I don't know much about, and some clues to last names of family friends.


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