Alcatraz Island and the Workman and Temple Families, Part Five

by Paul R. Spitzzeri After a brief flurry of activity in 1874 concerning the possible advancement of a claim by John C. Frémont and John G. Downey for Alcatraz Island, the matter went silent for another four years.  In their correspondence, Frémont and Downey suggested that "bringing forward Mr. Workman" would strengthen their case, because... Continue Reading →

A Love Letter for this Valentine’s Day: Walter P. Temple to Laura Gonzalez, 5 July 1887

by Paul R. Spitzzeri For last year's "Flirting With History" program, which incorporates readings in the Workman House and La Casa Nueva for Homestead visitors of Temple family letters from the 1840s through the 1920s dealing with romantic and familial love, one of the more interesting missives was an April 1887 letter from Walter P.... Continue Reading →

On This Day: A Letter from Hiram A. Unruh to Walter P. Temple, 20 December 1909

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Elias J. "Lucky" Baldwin, the controversial and colorful capitalist whose eight years were filled with remarkable events, evidently earned his nickname when he left San Francisco during a rapidly rising bubble in Virginia City, Nevada silver mine stock.  The story goes that he'd left instructions to sell the stock when it... Continue Reading →

Homestead Book Club Discussion on “Whitewashed Adobe” and Ethnicity and Race in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Los Angeles

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The Homestead Book Club wraps up its 2018 calendar this fall with a trio of books related to Los Angeles history.  Today's discussion concerned William Deverell's remarkable Whitewashed Adobe, which examined several ways in which ethnic groups and the past were manipulated by the dominant power blocs in the city and region.... Continue Reading →

On This Day: The Wedding of F.P.F. Temple and Antonia Margarita Workman, 30 September 1845

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In late June 1841, Pliny Fisk Temple, who'd turned 19 while at sea en route from Boston, arrived at Los Angeles for what apparently was to be a one-year visit in the frontier Mexican pueblo.  When he came to the City of Angels, Pliny made the acquaintance of his half-brother Jonathan... Continue Reading →

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