Through the Viewfinder: The Los Angeles County Court House, ca. 1872

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Among the Homestead's collection of rare 1870s stereoscopic photographs of greater Los Angeles, the most represented of the early photographers at work in the city is Henry T. Payne. Part of this is because Payne purchased the Sunbeam Gallery of William M. Godfrey and then reissued Godfrey's views under his own... Continue Reading →

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 →

On This Day: The Chinese Massacre of 1871 and the Workman and Temple Families

by Paul R. Spitzzeri On the evening of 24 October 1871, an ongoing series of disputes among rival tongs, or companies, in the small, but growing community of Chinese residents of Los Angeles, led to violence as shots rang out in Calle de los Negros (called by some Americans and Europeans Nigger Alley, though the name was... 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 →

On This Day: The Birthday of Jonathan Temple (1796-1866), Part Two

by Paul R. Spitzzeri By the end of the Mexican-American War and the seizure of California by the United States, Jonathan Temple had been a resident of Los Angeles for twenty years, building a successful store, acquiring valuable property in the town and outside it, and establishing himself as a prominent citizen. This trajectory continued... Continue Reading →

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