Noah’s Flood in an ARkStorm on the San Gabriel River/Rio Hondo in Whittier Narrows

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This summer marks the 250th anniversary of the Portolá Expedition, the first European land-based travel through California, and, as some posts here last month noted, the fifty-plus members of that group came over la abra ("an opening" or La Habra in a corruption of that phrase) in the Puente Hills and descended into... 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 →

Portrait Gallery: Lucinda and Charles Temple with Manuel Zuñiga and Julia Davis, ca. 1890s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Antonia Margarita Workman (1830-1892) and F.P.F. Temple (1822-1880) had eleven children, eight of which lived to adulthood.  There were nearly twenty-six years between the birth of the eldest, Thomas, in 1846 and the youngest, Charles, in 1872.  Not surprisingly, there were widely varied life stories for each of them with major... 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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