Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum

Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum We are open for guided tours of the historic houses Fri.-Sun., from 12-4 p.m. Tours of the Workman H

For today's 182nd anniversary of the arrival of the Rowland and Workman Expedition to this region from New Mexico, the n...
11/06/2023

For today's 182nd anniversary of the arrival of the Rowland and Workman Expedition to this region from New Mexico, the newest post on The Homestead Blog features a summary of the life of one of its members, doctor and Episcopalian clergy member James Donaldson Mead (1807-1882). Read on for more about his missionary work in Boonville, Missouri, home of David Workman and family, before joining the expedition to recover his health: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/11/05/the-reverend-james-donaldson-mead-m-d-of-the-rowland-and-workman-expedition-of-1841/

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by Paul R. Spitzzeri William Workman, at an unknown date, commissioned a glass plaque that was mounted on a door to his adobe house on the Rancho La Puente and which specifically identified his arr…

A "Take It To The Bank" post on The Homestead Blog highlights, from the Museum collection, a 4 November 1875 check from ...
11/04/2023

A "Take It To The Bank" post on The Homestead Blog highlights, from the Museum collection, a 4 November 1875 check from the Temple and Workman bank made out by General Edward Bouton, a Union Army Civil War officer and longtime resident of greater Los Angeles. Read on for more about Bouton's life and his ties to the bank's president, F.P.F. Temple along with the mutual investment in the Rancho San Jacinto Viejo in today's Hemet and San Jacinto area of Riverside County: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/11/04/take-it-to-the-bank-with-a-check-from-temple-and-workman-bankers-from-general-edward-bouton-los-angeles-4-november-1875/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the aftermath of the Civil War, a major rush of settlers came to California including greater Los Angeles, which shortly experienced its first boom, developing from 1868 to …

The newest "Read All About It" post, featuring historic newspapers from the Museum's collection, on The Homestead Blog f...
11/04/2023

The newest "Read All About It" post, featuring historic newspapers from the Museum's collection, on The Homestead Blog focuses on the 3 November 1874 edition of the Los Angeles Herald with notable content on local politics, bickering among the city's newspapers, child labor, taxation, All Souls' Day and more: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/11/03/read-all-about-it-in-the-los-angeles-herald-3-november-1874/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Poring through the pages of Los Angeles newspapers is one of the best ways for us to understand what was transpiring in the Angel City during its first significant and sustaine…

The newest post on The Homestead Blog highlights, through a trust indenture from the Museum's collection, the Grauman's ...
11/03/2023

The newest post on The Homestead Blog highlights, through a trust indenture from the Museum's collection, the Grauman's Metropolitan Theatre Building, completed in January 1923 after over three years of planning and construction. Read on for more about this palatial movie house, the largest in the country at the time, and its financing, building and grand opening: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/11/02/thats-a-wrap-with-a-stronger-bond-through-a-trust-indenture-for-the-graumans-metropolitan-theatre-building-los-angeles-2-november-1923/ 'sMetropolitanTheatre

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As a couple of previous posts here have observed, the issuing of bonds for commercial real estate in 1920s Los Angeles was commonplace, with an early post concerning a 1925 iss…

The latest post on The Homestead Blog features, from the Museum's collection, a November 1926 photo of a house destroyed...
11/02/2023

The latest post on The Homestead Blog features, from the Museum's collection, a November 1926 photo of a house destroyed by damage from a moonshiner's still in the Harbor City/Lomita area of the South Bay area. These incidences were common during Prohibition and this one has a remarkable twist: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/11/01/blast-from-the-past-with-a-photo-of-a-moonshiners-still-explosion-harbor-city-los-angeles-november-1926/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the failed experiment from 1920 to 1933 that was Prohibition, the attempt through the 18th Amendment to the Constitution to ban the manufacture, sale, distribution and posse…

What was Halloween like in Los Angeles at the end of the 19th century?  Find out in the latest post on The Homestead Blo...
10/31/2023

What was Halloween like in Los Angeles at the end of the 19th century? Find out in the latest post on The Homestead Blog, which explores how Angelenos (and their counterparts in Pomona) celebrated with parties and pranks. Featured is the "Goblins at Home" gathering of William H. and Maria Boyle Workman at their Boyle Heights residence: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/31/there-will-be-something-doing-among-the-young-folks-of-the-land-tonight-halloween-celebrations-in-los-angeles-in-1900/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In my Chino Hills neighborhood of Sleepy Hollow, which was founded a century ago this month and which was named for the New York town which spawned the inspiration for Washingt…

The newest post in the "Through the Viewfinder" series on The Homestead Blog highlighting historic photos in the Museum'...
10/31/2023

The newest post in the "Through the Viewfinder" series on The Homestead Blog highlighting historic photos in the Museum's collection, features a 30 October 1923 aerial from Spence Airplane Photos of a portion of West Hollywood. Read about some of the history of this city including the adjoining town of Sherman, some of the early notable figures and events and more: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/30/through-the-viewfinder-with-an-aerial-photograph-of-west-hollywood-30-october-1923/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In a recent LAist article, Caitlin Hernández observes that “West Hollywood as a nucleus for LGBTQ+ culture in Southern California is practically set in stone” and t…

Immersed in history at the Homestead Museum with Jennifer Koshatka Seman, exploring the extraordinary life of Teresa Urr...
10/30/2023

Immersed in history at the Homestead Museum with Jennifer Koshatka Seman, exploring the extraordinary life of Teresa Urrea in ‘Borderlands Curanderos.’ From spiritual healer to revolutionary, Teresa’s journey in California came alive in Jennifer’s captivating talk. ✨ Grateful for the engaging discussions and personalized book signings. Don’t miss your chance to grab a copy of this inspiring tale at the museum store! 📚

The newest entry in the "That's a Wrap" series of posts, concerning the film industry before 1930, on The Homestead Blog...
10/30/2023

The newest entry in the "That's a Wrap" series of posts, concerning the film industry before 1930, on The Homestead Blog features, from the Museum's holdings, the 29 October 1928 issue of NOW, an employee magazine issued by West Coast Theatres by its parent company, the William Fox Organization. In addition to great content about the theater chain, there is also emphasis on the opening of the $10 million Fox Movietone City, now the Fox Studio Lot, in the Fox Hills section of Westwood: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/29/thats-a-wrap-with-now-magazine-west-coast-theatres-william-fox-organization-29-october-1928/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri One of the most prominent features of the Roaring Twenties was the phenomenal growth of the motion picture industry and one of its many subsidiaries, the movie theater. The inc…

Happy  ! Here's Thomas and Tonchy the cat.
10/30/2023

Happy ! Here's Thomas and Tonchy the cat.

Visit us today at the Archives Bazaar! We'll be there with this photo from the 1910s of a stockroom whose location would...
10/28/2023

Visit us today at the Archives Bazaar! We'll be there with this photo from the 1910s of a stockroom whose location would later become part of USC's campus.

The newest entry in the "Games People Play" series of posts on The Homestead Blog about sports history highlights, from ...
10/28/2023

The newest entry in the "Games People Play" series of posts on The Homestead Blog about sports history highlights, from the Museum's holdings, the 28 October 1915 issue of Leslie's Illustrated Weekly Newspaper. The focus is on an article contrasting the recently held Major League Baseball World Series between the victorious Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies with an 1865 "championship" contest held in Brooklyn: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/28/games-people-play-the-major-league-baseball-world-series-in-leslies-illustrated-weekly-newspaper-28-october-1915/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The 119th Major League Baseball World Series got underway last night with the matchup between the American League champion Texas Rangers and their counterparts from the Nationa…

The latest post in the "Read All About It" series of historic newspapers in the Homestead's collection highlights the 27...
10/28/2023

The latest post in the "Read All About It" series of historic newspapers in the Homestead's collection highlights the 27 October 1853 edition of the New York Tribune, including news from California and Los Angeles. Among the items covered were gold shipments, transcontinental railroad surveys, reports on Indian tribes and the "popular tribunal" of Isidro Alvitre for his attack on Antonia Margarita Workman de Temple: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/27/read-all-about-it-with-news-from-los-angeles-in-the-new-york-tribune-27-october-1853/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri While Los Angeles was a small town of a few thousand persons in the early 1850s and a far cry from the prominent metropolis that, decades later, it would become, with a major s…

The latest post in the "Games People Play" series on local sports for The Homestead Blog highlights, from the Museum's c...
10/27/2023

The latest post in the "Games People Play" series on local sports for The Homestead Blog highlights, from the Museum's collection, the 26 October 1929 issue of "The Knockout" magazine, with, as its title notes, largely concerned boxing matches in greater Los Angeles and elsewhere on the Pacific Coast. Bouts at Wrigley Field and the Olympic Auditorium among Latino, Jewish, and Black pugilists are among the contents: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/26/games-people-play-in-the-boxing-ring-with-the-knockout-magazine-26-october-1929/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Known to aficionados as “The Manly Art,” boxing as a sport has ancient origins, though how far back is anyone’s guess. Visual representations from the Sumeria…

The newest post in the "La La Landscapes" series on The Homestead Blog concerning gardening and landscapes in greater Lo...
10/26/2023

The newest post in the "La La Landscapes" series on The Homestead Blog concerning gardening and landscapes in greater Los Angeles highlights, from the Museum's holdings, an October 1891 photo of the interior of the pavilion for the 3rd Annual Chrysanthemum Fair, held at Simpson Auditorium in Los Angeles. In addition to the great image, read on for press coverage of this interesting event: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/25/la-la-landscapes-a-photo-of-the-3rd-annual-chrysanthemum-fair-los-angeles-october-1891/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri With the great Boom of the Eighties peaking in Los Angeles during the administration of Mayor William H. Workman, nephew of Homestead founders William Workman and Nicolasa Urio…

The latest "Reading Between the Lines" post on The Homestead Blog is literally concerning Reading, Massachusetts and fea...
10/25/2023

The latest "Reading Between the Lines" post on The Homestead Blog is literally concerning Reading, Massachusetts and features a partial transcription and an original list of articles, dated 24 October 1845, from Abraham Temple of that town near Boston to his younger brother F.P.F. Temple at the "Pueblo de los Angeles." Read on for commentary on the impending Mexican-American War, goods purchased with gold mined near Los Angeles, and more: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/24/reading-between-the-lines-in-a-portion-of-a-letter-and-a-list-of-articles-from-abraham-temple-to-f-p-f-temple-24-october-1845/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As has been stated here on many occasions, the Homestead is fortunate enough to have, thanks to donations by descendants, Workman and Temple family papers to help us better und…

The newest post on The Homestead Blog highlights, from the Museum's holdings, a 23 October 1924 press photo of federal j...
10/24/2023

The newest post on The Homestead Blog highlights, from the Museum's holdings, a 23 October 1924 press photo of federal judge Paul J. McCormick, who had a notable half-century legal career in Los Angeles including the famous Mendez v. Westminster school desegregation case in the 1940s and the Teapot Dome scandal proceeding involving Edward L. Doheny, which began when the photo was taken: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/23/make-a-federal-case-while-drilling-for-black-gold-with-a-press-photo-of-judge-paul-j-mccormick-23-october-1924/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As a couple of previous posts relating to former Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall and Los Angeles oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny here detailed, one of the major controversies…

Following this weekend's Old Spanish Trail Association national conference at Riverside, the latest post on The Homestea...
10/23/2023

Following this weekend's Old Spanish Trail Association national conference at Riverside, the latest post on The Homestead Blog summarizes a presentation, called "One Trail, Many Paths" of the dispersal throughout California of members of the Rowland and Workman Expedition of 1841, including New Mexican families, Americans, and Europeans, including the first Jew to live in Los Angeles. Also covered are some interesting accounts involving Daniel Sexton and John Rowland and their roles in the expedition: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/22/sharing-some-history-of-the-rowland-and-workman-expedition-of-1841-at-the-old-spanish-trail-association-national-conference-riverside/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri It was an honor and pleasure to participate in the national conference of the Old Spanish Trail Association, held this weekend at Riverside, and to share some history of the Ro…

The latest "Drilling for Black Gold" post on The Homestead Blog features, from the Museum's collection, the October 1922...
10/21/2023

The latest "Drilling for Black Gold" post on The Homestead Blog features, from the Museum's collection, the October 1922 issue of the Union Oil Bulletin, published by Union Oil Company of California. Contents include material on oil engines for railroads, oil production in the Golden State, Union director Alexander P. Johnson, and much more: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/21/drilling-for-black-gold-with-the-union-oil-bulletin-october-1922/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As noted here before, the Union Oil Company was formed in Santa Paula in Ventura County in 1890 through the merger of a few firms including one established by Wallace Hardison …

The newest "Take It To The Bank" post on The Homestead Blog features, from the Museum's collection, a check, dated 20 Oc...
10/21/2023

The newest "Take It To The Bank" post on The Homestead Blog features, from the Museum's collection, a check, dated 20 October 1876, from The Farmers' and Merchants' Bank of Los Angeles, headed by the brilliant financier Isaias W. Hellman. Read on for more about the institution in the year during which the Temple and Workman bank failed and Farmers' and Merchants' rose in stature: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/20/take-it-to-the-bank-with-a-farmers-and-merchants-bank-of-los-angeles-check-20-october-1876/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Isaias W. Hellman (1842-1920), a migrant to Los Angeles when in his mid-teens, was a figure of unparalleled power in the Angel City’s realm of finance for much of the las…

A new post under both the "Getting Schooled" and "From Point A to Point B" series on The Homestead Blog features, from t...
10/20/2023

A new post under both the "Getting Schooled" and "From Point A to Point B" series on The Homestead Blog features, from the Museum's collection, the October 1922 issue (the second edition of the new publication) of the "Safety Bulletin For Southern California Schools." Devised by the Public Safety Department of the Automobile Club of Southern California, the magazine is filled with plenty of admonitions and advice for young people on pedestrian and bicycle safety: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/19/getting-schooled-from-point-a-to-point-b-with-the-safety-bulletin-for-southern-california-schools-october-1922/


by Paul R. Spitzzeri In our increasingly crowded urban areas, with many drivers seeking shortcuts and faster routes, the prevalence of accidents involving cars and pedestrians, including children w…

The latest "Making a Statement" post on The Homestead Blog features, from the Museum's holdings, a "Report of Receipts &...
10/19/2023

The latest "Making a Statement" post on The Homestead Blog features, from the Museum's holdings, a "Report of Receipts & Expenditures" for Walter P. Temple covering the period of 18 September to 17 October 1921. His earnings and expenses are discussed and there is a tangent about William L. Cross, who took an aerial photo of the Homestead a few months prior: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/18/making-a-statement-a-report-of-receipts-and-expenditures-for-walter-p-temple-18-september-to-17-october-1921/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This latest “Making a Statement” post is a notable one for comparison and contrast to yesterday’s entry dealing with the worsening economic situation of Walte…

The newest "Reading Between the Lines" post, featuring letters from the Museum's collection, highlights a 17 October 193...
10/18/2023

The newest "Reading Between the Lines" post, featuring letters from the Museum's collection, highlights a 17 October 1930 missive to Walter P. Temple from the Temple Estate Company's Charles W. Tandy. The piece of correspondence includes reference on an oil project at San Pedro, the walnut crop at the Homestead, a hotel and casino in Ensenada in Baja California where Temple resided, and more: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/17/reading-between-the-lines-in-a-letter-from-charles-w-tandy-of-the-temple-estate-company-to-walter-p-temple-17-october-1930/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As has been noted in previous posts here, the economic story of Walter P. Temple through the Roaring Twenties mirrors much of what transpired broadly in greater Los Angeles. Wh…

The newest post on The Homestead Blog features, from the Museum's holdings, documents relating to Walter P. Temple's sev...
10/14/2023

The newest post on The Homestead Blog features, from the Museum's holdings, documents relating to Walter P. Temple's several months sojourn in México from June to December 1894. Included are Los Angeles Herald newspaper articles about his departure and a lengthy interview on his return recording Temple's descriptions of his trip: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/13/diaz-is-the-rock-on-which-the-republic-of-mexico-rests-walter-p-temples-travels-through-mexico-june-december-1894/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the Homestead’s collection, there are many historic artifacts that, on their own, seem tangential and fragmentary and two examples, being the featured objects for this…

The latest post in the "Striking a Chord" series dealing with pre-1930 music in greater Los Angeles features, from the M...
10/13/2023

The latest post in the "Striking a Chord" series dealing with pre-1930 music in greater Los Angeles features, from the Museum's collection, a 78rpm record released by Columbia. It was from Don Clark and His Biltmore Hotel Orchestra, based in the famous hostelry in Los Angeles, where the two songs were recorded on 12 and 15 October 1926. Read on for more about Clark's life and career, which looks to have peaked at that time: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/12/striking-a-chord-with-a-phonograph-recording-by-don-clark-and-his-biltmore-hotel-orchestra-los-angeles-october-1926/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri One of the many examples of how Los Angeles vaulted into the top ranks of American metropolises during the 1920s was the growing recognition of its music scene, whether this in…

The courtyard of La Casa Nueva has always been one of the most photogenic spots on our site. Check out this photo of the...
10/13/2023

The courtyard of La Casa Nueva has always been one of the most photogenic spots on our site. Check out this photo of the St. Joseph's Altar Society posed in our courtyard in 1928! Below is our courtyard today, where we've replanted many of the plants found in the photo above.

A recent donation from the Josette Temple Estate included the featured artifact for the latest post on The Homestead Blo...
10/12/2023

A recent donation from the Josette Temple Estate included the featured artifact for the latest post on The Homestead Blog, a note and receipt, dated 11-12 October 1861, from Henry D. Barrows to William Workman concerning a posse sent out to track down thieves who absconded with horses from Workman and other rancheros. Read on for more of this fascinating story: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/11/this-section-of-the-state-has-been-infested-with-hordes-of-horse-thieves-a-note-and-receipt-from-henry-d-barrows-to-william-workman-11-12-october-1861/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri A constant concern of the ranchers of greater Los Angeles during much of the 19th century was the continuing depredations of horse thieves, who took advantage of the vast open …

The newest post on The Homestead Blog highlights, from the Museum's holdings, a pair of aerial photos of the Los Angeles...
10/11/2023

The newest post on The Homestead Blog highlights, from the Museum's holdings, a pair of aerial photos of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (100 years old this year!) taken on 10 October 1925 during a gridiron battle between USC and the University of Utah. Read on for more about the game, including the Trojans' first Black player and the program's first All-American, Brice Taylor: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/10/games-people-play-through-the-viewfinder-with-a-pair-of-aerial-photos-of-the-los-angeles-memorial-coliseum-and-the-usc-utah-football-game-10-october-1925/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As has been often mentioned on this blog, another significant development boom burst forth in greater Los Angeles during the early years of the Roaring Twenties, culminating in…

The latest "Reading Between the Lines" post on The Homestead Blog highlights, from the Museum's collection, a 9 October ...
10/10/2023

The latest "Reading Between the Lines" post on The Homestead Blog highlights, from the Museum's collection, a 9 October 1927 letter to Walter P. Temple from his eldest child, Thomas W. II, a Harvard Law School student. Read on for contents of the letter and context of what is discusses regarding the Temple family, including Thomas' strong emotional attachment to the Workman House: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/09/reading-between-the-lines-in-a-letter-from-thomas-w-temple-ii-to-walter-p-temple-9-october-1927/

by Paul R. Spitzzeri We are fortunate at the Homestead to have in our collection of historic artifacts, a cache of objects connected to the Workman and Temple family that, along with material provi…

The newest "Drilling for Black Gold" post on The Homestead Blog looks at the search for oil in 1888 in the Puente Hills,...
10/09/2023

The newest "Drilling for Black Gold" post on The Homestead Blog looks at the search for oil in 1888 in the Puente Hills, specifically in Turnbull Canyon by the founders of the new town of Whittier and their superintendent William E. Youle. The post also looks at the visits of geologist Walton A. Goodyear through Los Angeles County in that year's state mineralogy report, including in what soon became Orange County and in other areas: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/08/youle-tide-drilling-for-black-gold-at-turnbull-canyon-in-the-puente-hills-1888/



by Paul R. Spitzzeri The prospect of poring through the daunting 948-page tome that is the California State Mining Bureau’s Eighth Annual Report of the State Mineralogist for the Year Ending …

The newest "That's A Wrap" post, concerning pre-1930 movie history, on The Homestead Blog is a contribution by filmmaker...
10/08/2023

The newest "That's A Wrap" post, concerning pre-1930 movie history, on The Homestead Blog is a contribution by filmmaker, writer and editor Darlene Eliopoulos on the significantly underappreciated actor/director/producer Mabel Normand, a comedian of immense talent and mentor of Charles Chaplin, but whose career was largely overshadowed by controversy. Thanks to Darlene for her excellent short history of this major woman motion picture figure: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2023/10/07/thats-a-wrap-with-a-short-history-of-the-underappreciated-life-of-actor-director-producer-mabel-normand/

by Darlene Eliopoulos Editor’s note: Darlene Eliopoulos is a creative and content writer, filmmaker and editor, who contacted us about mention of the actor Mabel Normand in a recent post on t…

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