Through the Viewfinder: The Temple Block, Los Angeles, ca. 1872

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Tonight's highlighted artifact from the museum's collection is an excellent stereoscopic image by Henry T. Payne, one of the early photographers of Los Angeles, of the Temple Block, taken about 1872.  The view captures the four-building complex as it anchored the central business section of the growing city and region then... Continue Reading →

“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 →

“Makers of Men”: The Golden State and Raenford Military Academies at the Homestead, 1930-1935

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As the Roaring Twenties came to a dramatic close with the crash of the stock market and the onset of the Great Depression, Walter P. Temple, whose failing fortunes were unrelated to Wall Street, was in a desperate and dire predicament.  He sold almost all of his once-substantial landholdings, following years... 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 →

Honoring Our Veterans: Sergeant Willliam Workman Temple, 4th Artillery Regiment, U.S. Army, 1880-1884

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As we remember our veterans on this day, which was initially Armistice Day marking the end of the First World War, we recognize the service of another member of the Temple family, William Workman Temple (1851-1917).  He was the subject of a "Portrait Gallery" post here back in July 2017, which... Continue Reading →

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