The Homestead Blog

Creating advocates for history through the stories of greater Los Angeles.

Time Capsule Tuesday: “Grow, Grow, Grow With and In the City of Industry,” ca. 1964, Part 1

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The incorporation of the City of Industry in June 1957, which is the subject of a 60th anniversary celebration by the City, came during a time … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Games People Play: Edgar Temple and Walter P. Temple, Jr. on the Football Team of Governor Dummer Academy, 1927

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This Friday night, high school football teams across greater Los Angeles will launch into the 2017 season and previews of individuals and teams can be found … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thomas W. Temple II (1905-1972), Early Greater Los Angeles Area Genealogist

by Paul R. Spitzzeri I spent most of my day today in Ontario at the national conference of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, staffing a table on behalf of … Continue reading

August 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

At Our Leisure at the Selig/Luna Park Zoo, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, 1920s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Small collections of animals available for public viewing can be found in Los Angeles back to the late nineteenth century, including the 35-acre Washington Gardens, between … Continue reading

August 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Working the Land: Latina Women and Children Picking and Shelling Walnuts by Hand, El Monte, ca. 1920s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri While the greater Los Angeles agricultural economy was most famously known through the dominance of the orange industry, another major element was the raising of walnuts. … Continue reading

August 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Workman and Temple Families and Civil War Politics in Greater Los Angeles

by Paul R. Spitzzeri On Sunday the 6th, an editorial appeared in the opinion section of the┬áLos Angeles Times┬átitled “In L.A., love and support for the rebel South” by Kevin … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Wo/Men at Work: Firefighters Battling a Blaze, Los Angeles, March 1917

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The Los Angeles Fire Department can trace its origins back to volunteer fire companies on the last day of September 1871, when common (city) council member, … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · Leave a comment