Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Carringers in the News -- Carringers in the San Diego Newspapers in 1899

  It's time for another edition of "Carringers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Carringer (my mother's maiden surname) that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the San Diego [Calif.] Union newspaper dated 23 February 1899:

The transcription of this article is:  

"D.J. Carringer & Sons, also from Colorado, have and are fitting up pleasant homes on Thirtieth and Watkins.  Mr. Carrington gives a gloomy picture of the fruit industry in Colorado.  He was one of the Directors of the Longmont Horticultural society and Boulder Fruit association.  He says blight and wooly aphis are fast destroying the apple industry in that state, and having had twenty years' experience there he knows some things not known here.  That's right, D.J., when a rancher finds out he can make mistakes he is in a fair way to keep out of the house of correction.  Not only ranchers, but Uncle Sam, who has been playing Ophelia to the Philippine Topsy (who truly, in this instance, just 'growed' onto us), and in finding out there are things we wish we hadn't had to touch.  Wooly aphis and wooly barbarians are a hard lot to deal with.  In Colorado they cut up the trees to get rid of the aphis.  Let us hope a better fate is in store for Uncle Sam's Topsy-turvy people, who have had to receive unexpected chastisement, and must feel somewhat cut up.

"H.A. Carringer has alfalfa cut for his cow, has made nine crops, and in July it was thirty inches, August ditto, and this, remember, is on red mesa soil.  Maples grew eight feet in a year, cherimoyers are doing well, and white Meshanack potatoes yielded prolifically, from a small patch, had enough for his family and a few sacks to sell.  Secret, the land is well fed, hence it returns the compliment."

This is part of a larger article titled "Points for Growers, Helpful Hints by Horticultural Commissioner Hall." on the page.  It's interesting that the political situation in 1899 (the Spanish-American War, with U.S. Forces in the Philppines) was woven into the story about aphis infestations.  

The source citation is:

"Points for Growers," San Diego [Calif.] Union newspaper, Thursday, 23 February 1899, page 7, column 3, D. J. Carringer and H.A. Carringer article;   GenealogyBank, Newspaper Archives   (https://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 13 December 2021).

David Jackson (D.J.) Carringer (1828-1902) was born 4 November 1818 in Greenville, Pennsylvania, the son of Henry and Sarah (Feather) Carringer, who died 20 January 1902 in San Diego, California.  He married Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901) on 16 October 1851 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (King) Spangler of Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  They moved to Louisa County, Iowa in about 1857, to Boulder, Colorado in 1873, and to San Diego before 1899.  They had three children.

*  Harvey Edgar (H.E.) Carringer (1852-1946).
*  Henry Austin "H.A." Carringer (1853-1946).
*  Effie Eva Carringer (1858-1874).

Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946) was born 28 November 1853 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, and died 30 November 1946 in San Diego.  He married Abbie Ardelle "Della" Smith (1862-1944) on 11 September 1887 in Wano, Kansas.  She was the daughter of Devier J. and Abbie A. (Vaux) Smith.  Della died 1 January 1944 in San Diego.  They came to San Diego after their marriage in 1887, and Austin was a carpenter and millman.  They had two children:

*  Devier David Carringer (1889-1890).
*  Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), married 1918 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) in San Diego.

David Jackson and Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer are my 2nd great-grandparents, Henry Austin and Della A. (Smith) Carringer are my great-grandparents, and Lyle and Emily (Auble) Carringer are my maternal grandparents.  They all were able to cultivate, grow and harvest trees, flowers, fruit, berries potatoes, and more on small plots of land.

There are hundreds of Carringer "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them. Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a newspaper article tells us of  life experiences of an ancestor.  I am glad that I can honor my Carringer ancestors today.

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


Disclosure: I have a paid subscription to GenealogyBank.com and have used it extensively to find articles about my ancestral and one-name families.

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