Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Three Ladies Picking Flowers in San Diego in About 1920 -- Post 815 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

 I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! This is one of my favorite and most priceless family  photographs: 

This picture shows three women standing in front of the Henry Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer home at 2105 30th Street in San Diego.  Two of them are holding flower baskets with flowers probably picked from the abundant crop on the bushes/trees shown above.  I wonder if those are roses?  

The three women are, from left to right:

*  Hattie (Vaux) Loucks (1849-1924), widow of Matthias "Tice" Loucks (1846-1918), and a first cousin of Abbie (Vaux) Smith (their grandparents were James and Mary (Palmer) Vaux).  Hattie was a frequent visitor to the Carringer home in San Diego.

*  Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944), wife of Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), daughter of Devier J. and Abbie (Vaux) Smith, and mother of my grandfather, Lyle L. Carringer.  Della is my great-grandmother.

*  Abbie (Vaux) Smith (1844-1931), widow of Devier J. Smith (1839-1894), and mother of Della (Smith) Carringer.  Abbie is my 2nd great-grandmother.

I believe that this picture was taken in about 1920, probably by my grandfather, Lyle Carringer.  There are a number of photos in the collection from this time period, including many of my mother as a baby.  

The walkway from the house to the bottom center of the photograph leads to the northeast corner of the intersection of 30th Street (running north-south) and Hawthorn Street (running east-west) in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of San Diego.  

I played a lot of sandlot baseball on this very spot when I was a child.  After the house was moved north on 30th Street to the middle of the block, ,the empty field to the south of the house became the "Field of Dreams" for my brother and I and our friends.  Home plate was about where the ladies are standing in the photo above.  

This photograph is a part of my family history.  I enhanced and colorized the photo using the MyHeritage photo tools.  


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1 comment:

Nancy said...

What a great photograph to have with your g-grandmothers in it, Randy! And the roses are amazing!
Based on the clothes these ladies are wearing, I think this photograph might have been taken up to 20 earlier than 1920. On the other hand, the women could have been holding on to older styles of dress....