“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 →

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 →

Sorrowful Soiree Preview: An Elegy to the Memory of Doña Maria Ignacia Alvarado de Pico, 7 August 1855

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In spring 1921, Walter P. Temple and his wife Laura Gonzalez held a dedication ceremony for a mausoleum, strangely named the "Walter P. Temple Memorial Mausoleum" in the newly renovated El Campo Santo Cemetery at the Homestead.  The burying ground, established by Temple's grandparents William and Nicolasa Workman in the 1850s... Continue Reading →

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