Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Carringers in the News -- Mrs. L.L. Carringer Wins a Flower Arrangement Prize in San Diego in 1951

 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 26 February 1951:

The transcription of the article is:

"Mrs. Carringer Wins Arrangement Prize

"The most attractive floral arrangement in the San Diego Camellia Society's fourth annual show, first-day visitors decided, was one entered by Mrs. L.L. Carringer, of 2115 Thirtieth St.

"Results of the visitors voting were announced yesterday near the close of the two-day show, and the floral arrangements the experts picked in judging nine classes of entries were the same ones the visitors preferred "90 percent of the time."

Mrs. Carringer's sweepstakes winner featured white Alba Plena camellias with camellia foliage, pussy willows, aspidastra leaves and a white Oriental figurine.  The winner entered the sweepstakes after finishing first in Class Two.  In the same class, second place went to Mrs. Charles D. Bustamente and third place to Ethel Hoyt."

The source citation is:

"Mrs. Carringer Wins Arrangement Prize," San Diego [Calif.] Union newspaper, Monday, 26 February 1951, page A8, column 1, Mrs. L.L. Carringer article;   GenealogyBank,   Obituaries   (https://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 31 January 2022).

Mrs. L.L. Carringer is my maternal grandmother, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977), wife of Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) and mother of my mother, Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002).  My grandmother always had a green thumb, and she had a magnificent garden at their home on Fern Street (until 1948), at their Thirtieth Street home (until late 1951), and then at their Point Loma home on Harbor View Place after 1951.  She created floral arrangements using her garden plants, and won prizes throughout the q1950s and 1960s in San Diego garden shows.  She became a flower show judge in the late 1950s.  Starting in the 1930s, she gave talks and demonstrations about gardening, greenhouses, and flower arranging.  This was her "life interest" after raising her daughter and loving her three grandchildren. 

The San Diego Union had a weekly Gardening page, and she was often listed (almost always as Mrs. L.L. Carringer) in the column all through the 1940s and 1950s.  In the 1950s, there are over 40 mentions of her in the newspaper.  Here is a white "alba plena" camellia:

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 grandmother, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer, today.

You never know when a descendant, relative or friend 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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