“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 →

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 →

Getting Schooled with “The Firebrand” Yearbook of Dominican College, 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Our local schools, from elementary through college, have largely completed their academic year and many have either promoted or graduated to the next level of their education or stage in life, while others move to the next grade in their educational career. A common keepsake of our schools is the yearbook,... Continue Reading →

A Letter from Walter P. Temple, Sr. to Thomas W. Temple II, 1 May 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri For roughly a decade after the Temple family's oil lease at the Montebello field yielded its first royalties in 1917, Walter P. Temple, Sr. utilized telegrams as his preferred method of communicating with his four surviving children, Thomas, Agnes, Walter, Jr. and Edgar, when the quartet were attending a variety of... Continue Reading →

“A School for Scandal”: A Letter from Agnes Temple to Thomas W. Temple II, January 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Two years ago, the Homestead received a donation of Temple family letters, mostly from the 1920s, by descendant Ruth Ann Michaelis, whose father Edgar, was the youngest of the four surviving children of Walter P. Temple and Laura Gonzalez, owners of the Homestead at the time. These letters are fascinating to... Continue Reading →

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