“We Are In Quarantine”: Letters from Agnes Temple to Her Brother Thomas and Father Walter, 6 May 1923

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As we are in our seventh week of stay-at-home orders in California to reduce the spread and "flatten the curve" of COVID-19 cases, we are all looking forward to what the near-future holds in terms of loosening restrictions and gradually being able to resume some of the "normal" functions of everyday... Continue Reading →

“Like the Flowers, Like the Dawn”: A Letter from Walter P. Temple to Laura Gonzalez, 15 March 1888

by Paul R. Spitzzeri While there are plenty of interesting narratives in the Homestead's history concerning the Workman and Temple families' migrations to Los Angeles in the Mexican era, their prominent involvement in regional politics and the economy, and other broad "big picture" elements, it is also notable to tell the personal stories that are... Continue Reading →

“All That is Required on Such a Small Farm”: A Letter from Francis W. Temple to Laura Gonzalez, 2 January 1888

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As has been noted on this blog elsewhere, Francis Workman Temple, the second child of Antonia Margarita Workman and F.P.F. Temple, supervised his grandfather William Workman's vineyards in the last several years of the Homestead owner's life during the first half or so of the 1870s. After the stunning collapse of... Continue Reading →

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 →

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