Lyle Carringer

Lyle Carringer

Biography of Lyle Lawrence Carringer

  • San Diego, California, USA

Lyle Lawrence Carringer was born on 16th Street in San Diego, California, and lived his entire life in San Diego.  He attended kindergarten at Logan School, 3rd through 8th grade at Sherman Elementary School and attended San Diego High School from September 1909 to June 1914.  He also attended Kelsey-Jenney Commercial College night school.  While still in high school, he started work as a cash boy at Marston's Department Store.  By 1917, he had worked as a cashier, mail order clerk, post office clerk and floorwalker.  He worked as a clerk and as an accountant at Marston's for many years, and retired in 1960.   He was a member of the Marston Old-timers and the East End Gang.

Lyle enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 7 May 1917 as a Private Class 4, to serve four years.  His enlistment record says he was a floorwalker, citizen of the US,  67-3/4 inches tall, weighed 121 pounds, with hazel eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, a chest expansion from 30 inches to to 34-1/2 inches.  On 1 August 1917, he qualified as a marksman at North Island, noting "lucky, as have never handled rifle before."  His service record says he trained in San Diego and Washington state, was posted to the Barracks Detachment at the Marine Barracks in Balboa Park, but did not see action in World War I.   He was a clerk in the Post Exchange at the base on 6 August 1917, until the war ended.   On 29 March 1919, he was transferred to inactive status, and was honorably discharged on 6 May 1921.

Lyle and Emily were married at the Central Christian Church in San Diego by the Rev. W.E. Crabtree, with only the immediate families present.  After their marriage, they lived at 2052 Harrison Street in San Diego, where their daughter Betty was born.

In the 1920 U.S. census, this family resided at 2054 Harrison Avenue in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  The family included head Lyle L. Carringer (male, white, age 28, married, born CA, father born PA, mother born KS, rents home, an auditor in a dry goods store), wife Emily K. Carringer (female, white, age 20, married, born IL, father born NJ, mother born Canada), daughter Betty Carringer (female, white, age 5 months, born CA, father born CA, mother born IL) and mother-in-law Georgia K. Auble (female, white, age 50, a widow, born in Canada, parents born Canada, immigrated in 1889, naturalized in 1898)   (National Archives Microfilm Series T625, Roll 132, Page 179, ED 341, Sheet 3B, Line 63, taken 5 January 1920).

In 1920, the family moved into the house at 2130 Fern Street in San Diego.  Lyle borrowed money from his parents to build the house, and Betty remembers the mortgage was $21.10 per month.  Lyle inherited all of the family property when his father died in 1946.  The gardens on the property had plants, vegetables, berry bushes and fruit trees.  There was a greenhouse on the 2130 Fern Street property.

Lyle sold the property at 2123 and 2127 30th Street (identified as the westerly 29 feet of lots 5, 6 and 7 in block 61 of Seaman & Choate's Addition on Map 631) to his wife, Emily, as her separate property, on 22 January 1938 (Grant Deed recorded in Book 741, Page 214).  She subsequently granted it to the both of them as joint tenants on 5 September 1950 (Grant Deed recorded in Book 3767, Page 200).

They sold the 2130 Fern Street property (lots 5, 6 and 7 in block 61 of Seaman & Choate's Addition on Map 631, except the westerly 29 feet thereof) on 25 September 1950 to John M. and Leona E. Smith for $8,850.  They subsequently sold the property to William Phillips.  Lyle and Emily also sold the south lot (the south 20 feet of Lot 10 and all of Lots 11 and 12) for $9,000 to Glenn Glasford on 16 November 1950.  He built apartment houses on the property.

The remaining parcels (the two-story apartment at 2114/2116 Fern Street, the two-story apartment at 2115/2119 30th Street, and the two cottages at 2123 and 2127 30th Street) passed to their daughter Betty after Lyle died in 1976 and Emily died in 1977.   Betty sold them soon after to Steve and Gilda Sandoval.

On 24 August 1950, Lyle and Emily purchased a triangular lot on Point Loma at the intersection of Armada Terrace and Harbor View Place (identified as Lots 14 and 15 in Block 4 of Ironton according to Map 689, the address was 825 Harbor View Place) from Edmund and Eleanor Pieper for $3,750 (Grant Deed recorded in Book 3759, Page 119).  They built a unique and beautiful two bedroom wood home overlooking San Diego Bay with a fantastic view of the City, San Diego Bay, North Island and points south, and the mountains to the east.  They planted fruit trees and many colorful shrubs on the terraced land below the house.  Their grandchildren have fond memories of many Christmas Eves spent bedded down in the spare bedroom, singing Christmas carols, and falling asleep before Santa Claus came.

Lyle Carringer collected postage stamps and corresponded with other stamp collectors from all over the world.  Over the years, friends from Pitcairn Island and Australia came to visit them.  Family, friends and coworkers sent postcards from their travels all over the world.  He was also an excellent photographer, and the family albums have many pictures of family groups, San Diego scenes, and of his daughter.  He was a hardy and enterprising man who liked to garden, do handyman work on the properties, and go for automobile rides in the countryside.   He was a kind and gentle man, yet firm, who loved his family very much.

Lyle's obituary (San Diego Union newspaper, 11 November 1976) reads:

"Lyle L. Carringer

"Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today in the Chapel of Prayer at Cypress View Mortuary for Lyle L. Carringer, 85, of 825 Harbor View Place, a liefelong county resident who died Friday in a hospital.  Inurnment will be in the mortuary mausoleum.

"Mr. Carringer, a native San Diegan who attended Sherman Elementary School and was graduated from the old Russ High School, was an accountant at the old Marston Department Store for 46 years before retiring in 1960.  He served in the Marine Corps during World War I and was a member of the Marston Oldtimers and the East End gang.

"Survivors include his wife, Emily K.; a daughter, Mrs. Betty Seaver of San Diego; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren."

Lyle died in a convalescent hospital from complications of colon cancer.  Emily died following a stroke at home.  He is inurned at Cypress View Mausoleum (Bronze Corridor, Niche 60) in San Diego, CA.