Sorrowful Soiree Preview: An Elegy to the Memory of Doña Maria Ignacia Alvarado de Pico, 7 August 1855

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In spring 1921, Walter P. Temple and his wife Laura Gonzalez held a dedication ceremony for a mausoleum, strangely named the "Walter P. Temple Memorial Mausoleum" in the newly renovated El Campo Santo Cemetery at the Homestead.  The burying ground, established by Temple's grandparents William and Nicolasa Workman in the 1850s... Continue Reading →

A Journal by Thomas W. Temple II from the Workman Homestead, July-August 1924, Part Two

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This second part of a post examining journal entries written at the "Workman Homestead Rancho" by Thomas W. Temple II during late July and early August 1924 while he enjoyed his summer vacation includes a second entry penned on 25 July.  The first entry, presumably written in the morning, was followed... Continue Reading →

A Journal by Thomas W. Temple II from the Workman Homestead, July-August 1924, Part One

by Paul R. Spitzzeri During almost all of the period in which the Temple family occupied the Homestead as their permanent full-time residence after the death of Laura Gonzalez Temple in late 1922, the four surviving of the five children were away most of the year attending various boarding schools.  There was a definite trade-off... 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 →

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