“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 →

“Soon We Shall All Be Reunited Again”: A Letter from Thomas W. Temple II to Walter P. Temple, Sr., 20 March 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri One of the more notable aspects of the Homestead's history during the ownership of the ranch by Walter P. Temple from 1917 to 1932 is that he and his wife, Laura Gonzalez, having amassed a small fortune through the stunning discovery of oil on their Montebello-area ranch, decided to send their... 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 →

“For Your Own Family Pride”: A Letter from J. Perry Worden to Walter P. Temple, 5 December 1922

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As has been noted in a couple of previous posts in this blog, James Perry Worden (1866-1945) was hired by Walter P. Temple to write a history of the Workman and Temple families, but the project dragged on for years and went unfinished.  Worden's papers were acquired after his death from... Continue Reading →

On This Day: A Letter from Thomas W. Temple II to Walter P. Temple, 8 November 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Just after the royalty checks started arriving from the first oil well on the Temple lease at the Montebello field in summer 1917, Walter and Laura Temple began sending their four surviving children (a daughter died in infancy) to local private schools.  Within a couple of years, eldest child, Thomas W.... Continue Reading →

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