“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 →

The Budding Genealogist and Historian: Journal Notes of Thomas W. Temple II, 8-9 January 1930

by Paul R. Spitzzeri From the time that revenues began to accrue from the royalties derived at the Temple family's oil wells at Montebello in June 1917 and from other sources for the next thirteen years, Walter P. Temple invested significantly in the education of his four surviving children: Thomas, Agnes, Walter, Jr, and Edgar.... Continue Reading →

“Dearest Dadup”: A Letter from Thomas W. Temple II to Walter P. Temple, 11 December 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The sudden and startling surge to wealth experienced by the Temple family in the late 1910s resulting from the accidental discovery of oil on their Montebello-area ranch transformed their lives in so many ways.  For the four surviving children (Thomas, Agnes, Walter, Jr., and Edgar), one of the most direct was... Continue Reading →

Through the Viewfinder: Photographs Showing Transformations in Greater Los Angeles, 1870-1930

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This afternoon was the last of three presentations in the "Through the Viewfinder" series lectures on regional photography and focused on photos from the Homestead's collection that reflect transformations in many areas of life in greater Los Angeles from 1870 to 1930.  The images included views of Los Angeles, suburban areas,... Continue Reading →

Homestead Book Club Discussion on “Whitewashed Adobe” and Ethnicity and Race in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Los Angeles

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The Homestead Book Club wraps up its 2018 calendar this fall with a trio of books related to Los Angeles history.  Today's discussion concerned William Deverell's remarkable Whitewashed Adobe, which examined several ways in which ethnic groups and the past were manipulated by the dominant power blocs in the city and region.... Continue Reading →

Ticket to the Twenties 2018 Recap

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The weather was really pretty outstanding; a little blustery on Saturday, but with temperatures in the mid-70s, the weekend was very comfortable and conductive to an outstanding background to this year's Ticket to the Twenties festival.  We had a good turnout, a diverse range of program offerings, entertaining and informative presenters,... Continue Reading →

No Place Like Home: A Letter from La Casa Nueva Architect Roy Seldon Price, 14 September 1924

by Paul R. Spitzzeri When construction on La Casa Nueva started in 1922 after the Temple family returned inspired after a vacation in Mexico that summer, the concept for the house came from ideas generated by Walter and Laura Temple and put on butcher paper by Sylvester Cook, the contractor hired to do the construction... Continue Reading →

Getting Schooled with a Student Memory Book, Puente Union High School, 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri At last Wednesday's early morning live broadcast of ABC7's "In the Neighborhood" segment highlighting La Puente, I was interviewed by general assignment reporter Sid Garcia, who grew up in the area.  I brought with me three artifacts from the Homestead's collection to share, thinking that one from each of our focus... Continue Reading →

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