Saturday, February 5, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Pick a Day in the Life of an Ancestor

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

It's Saturday Night again -
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

 Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I hope you do!) is to:

1)  Michael John Neill wrote "Pick a Day" on Thursday in his Genealogy Tip of the Day blog and I thought it would be a good SNGF topic.

2  Read Michael's post, and then write your own post.  Tell us your day, and your person, and then answer the ten questions.

3)  Post your responses on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post.  Be sure to comment and leave a link to your post on this post.

Here's mine:

My person of interest is my maternal grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), and the date is 2 January 1920:

*  He was living in San Diego at 2054 Harrison Avenue. He was renting this house. 

*  In his household were his wife of 18 months, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977), age 20; their daughter, Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), age 5 months; and Emily's widowed mother, mother, Georgianna (Kemp) Auble (1868-1952), age 51.

*  Lyle Carringer was listed as an auditor in a dry goods store, a worker, in the 1920 census.  He started working at Marston's Department Store in downtown San Diego in 1905 as a cash boy, and worked there for over 55 years.  Lyle either walked or took a street car to downtown San Diego from his home.

*  Lyle was age 28 on this date, he was white, married, born in San Diego, his father was born in Pennsylvania, and his mother in Wisconsin.

*  On 2 January 1920, the headlines in the San Diego Union newspaper (found on GenealogyBank) indicated that national events included Harvard beating Oregon 7-6 in the Rose Bowl game; 200 or more Industrial workers of the World were arrested in Chicago; an insane seaman terrorized a British ship going to New York; inventor George B. Sinclair and his wife were found dead in Los Angeles.  There is nothing about the 1920 census on the front page of the newspaper.

*  The local events on the front page included the 12 man crew of the ship Birmingham beat the crew of the ship Salem in a rowing race on San Diego Bay; the 50th annual edition of the newspaper won praises from readers; the street car fares were changed to a zone system and a reporter tested it out.

*  Lyle's parents were alive and living in San Diego.  Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946) and Della A. (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944), and Della's mother, Abbie A. (Vaux) Smith (1844-1931) resided at 2105 30th Street.

*  Lyle had no living siblings on this date.  His older brother, David Devier Carringer (1889-1890) died as a young child.

*  Lyle was not religious, but Emily was.  If they went to church on Sunday, 1 January, it would probably have been to the Central Christian Church in San Diego (the southeast corner of 9th and F streets in San Diego) where they were married on 19 June 1918 by Rev. W.E. Crabtree.

*  The neighbors of the Lyle Carringer family were probably Emil Duerrhammer at 2028 Harrison, George W. Seifert at 2034 Harrison, Walker Hettenbaugh at 2036 Harrison, August Gaedke at 2056 Harrison (he probably owned 2054 also), and Joseph Madrigal at 2070 Harrison.  Edward H. Meriom lived across the street at 2053 Harrison.

I found the Sanborn Maps for San Diego in 1921 on the Library of Congress website ( which had the Harrison Avenue houses on it, plus downtown San Diego.  Here is the view of tis area of the city:

2054 Harrison Street is in map area 89 (blue color) in the lower right hand corner of the map, between Dewey and Evans Streets, on the northeast side of Harrison in the middle of the block.  


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

That was fun. I had commented on Michael's post that it was a great writing prompt.

ByAPearl said...

Here is my contribution. I have both GenealogyBank and but neither had a Mobile, Alabama newspaper for my date!

Linda Stufflebean said...

This was a fun topic, Randy. We should do it again in the future since we can pcik different dates in history. Here's mine:

Liz said...

Since I missed last week's post (Feb 5th), and I am not a sports fan (the topic for Feb 12th), I decided to go ahead and do last's weeks' topic!

Here ya go:

This was an interesting and fun topic!