Regarding Dan Krieger’s June 28 article about Templeton’s name (“Sleepy Templeton was known by a name less favorable”):
When the Templeton Historical Museum Society was founded in 1989, there were various stories about how the name changed from Crocker to Templeton. My sister, Carilyn Anderson, did a lot of research and learned that the name Crocker was intended to honor Charles Frederick Crocker, who was a vice president of Southern Pacific Railroad and son of Charles Crocker. He didn’t want the town named after him, “declined the honor,” and so the town was given the middle name of his 2-year-old son, Charles Templeton Crocker. It’s easy to understand why a prominent person wouldn’t want his family name given to a tiny town along the railroad tracks. Where’s the prestige in that!
Later, I read that the railroad magnates didn’t want towns named after them to avoid those towns trying to shame the men into contributing to the support of the towns. The Templeton Board of Trade in the early 1900s did write to Charles Templeton Crocker asking him for money for a town project, and he made a contribution.
The Templeton museum has a DVD for sale containing images of some old Templeton newspapers for anyone interested in Templeton history.
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