Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Is this why they came to San Diego?

Once there were roads, and railroads west, my Carringer, Smith and Auble ancestors moved westward with alacrity.

My Carringer line went from Pennsylvania (1795) to Iowa (1859) to Colorado (1873) to San Diego (1887). My Smith line went from New York (1790s) to Wisconsin (1843) to Iowa (1867) to Missouri (1873) to Kansas (1875) to Nebraska (1885) to San Diego (1895). My Auble line came from New Jersey (1750s) to Indiana (1865) to Illinois (1890s) to San Diego (1911).

My Seaver line came from Massachusetts (1600s) to San Diego (1940). My father drove across the country in three days. He always claimed he was tired of shoveling snow for his sisters.

Why? Land? Opportunity? Jobs? Weather?

Perhaps the weather? Winter in all of those places without indoor plumbing must have been chilling. Of course, there were always chamber pots, but someone had to dump them. And where could the man who wanted to have a few minutes of peace and quiet away from the family to read the paper go?


Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Looks more like New Hampshire than Massachusetts! LOL!!!

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

LOL! My mother grew up in Michigan and didn't have indoor plumbing until she was 12. Winter was not her favorite season.