The Budding Genealogist and Historian: Journal Notes of Thomas W. Temple II, 8-9 January 1930

by Paul R. Spitzzeri From the time that revenues began to accrue from the royalties derived at the Temple family's oil wells at Montebello in June 1917 and from other sources for the next thirteen years, Walter P. Temple invested significantly in the education of his four surviving children: Thomas, Agnes, Walter, Jr, and Edgar.... Continue Reading →

All Over The Map: An 1853 Transcontinental Railroad Survey through the San Gabriel Valley

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the early 1850s, a determined effort was made through the Department of War (later the Department of Defense) and its cabinet secretary, Jefferson Davis, to identify and survey potential railroad routes from the Midwest to the Pacific Coast.  Several lines from the extreme south to San Diego on up to the far... Continue Reading →

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