Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Carringers in the News -- 1944 Obituary of Della A. Carringer in San Diego, California

 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 4 January 1944:
The transcription of the article is:

"Della A. Carringer
"After living 46 years at the same address - 2115 Thirtieth st., Mrs. Della A. Carringer, 81, died in her home Saturday.  She and her husband, Henry A., celebrated their golden wedding in 1937.  Funeral services will be conducted in the Benbough Funeral parlors at 2 tomorrow afternoon under auspices of the Neighbors of Woodcraft.  Cremation will follow.

"Mrs. Carringer. a native of Wapan, Wis., had resided here 55 years.  Besides her widower, she leaves a son, Lyle L., of San Diego; a granddaughter Mrs. F.W. Seaver jr., and a great-grandson, Randall Jeffery Seaver, both of Chula Vista."

The source citation is:

"Della A. Carringer," San Diego [Calif.] Union newspaper, Tuesday, 4 January 1944, page 6B, column 1, Della A. Carringer obituary;   GenealogyBank, Obituaries (https://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 24 January 2022).

I made the newspaper again.  My maternal grandfather's mother, Della A. (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944) died less than three months after my birth.  I am sure that she held me and talked to me.  I wish she had lived longer so I had some memories of her.  I do have some ephemera and artifacts from her life.  She was a very accomplished and philosophical woman, and I wish they had given many more details of her life.

This obituary indicates that they lived in their home - the first floor of the house I grew up in - since 1897 or 1898  46 years.  They built the two-story house, moved the house about 60 feet north and added a second residence on the second floor in about 1928, furnished it (Henry was a master carpenter), had a horse, gardens and berry patches, and much more.  She handled all of the real estate transactions, paid the bills, ran the household, was a musician, and first voted in the 1908 election.  She kept in touch with her friends, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins, and I have an 1880's scrapbook and a 1929 diary of hers, plus several letters.

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 provides more detail about your very close family.  I am glad that I can honor my great-grandmother, Della A. (Smith) Carringer, 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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