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Diboll in Angelina County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Thomas Lewis Latane Temple

(1859-1935)

 
 
Thomas Lewis Latane Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, May 2, 2010
1. Thomas Lewis Latane Temple Marker
Inscription.  Virginia native Thomas Lewis Latane Temple, son of Henry W.L. and Susan (Jones) Temple, moved to Texarkana, Texas, in 1877. He married Georgie D. Fowlkes in 1880. In 1893 Temple organized the Southern Pine Lumber Company in Texarkana and began timber operations on lands he purchased here in Angelina County. Temple founded the town of Diboll in 1894 at the site of the company’s main sawmill. His legacy of conservation and reforestation practices, and philanthropy towards the Diboll community and his employees was recognized by the Texas State Senate upon his death in 1935.
 
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8726.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1877.
 
Location. 31° 11.28′ N, 94° 46.938′ W. Marker is in Diboll, Texas, in Angelina County. Marker is on Park Street south of Weber / Farrington Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is in front of T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Park St, Diboll TX 75941, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Diboll (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Diboll Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Methodist Church of Diboll (approx. 0.6 miles away); Emporia (approx. 1.1 miles away); Ryan Chapel (approx. 2 miles away); Burke Methodist Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); Burke School (approx. 3.2 miles away); Prairie Grove (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Diboll.
 
Also see . . .  Biography of Thomas Lewis Latane Temple. “Another year, 1877, saw young Temple in Texarkana, where he laid the foundation of his successes. He sought employment as bookkeeper, and his ability to adapt himself to almost any sort of work enabled him to secure a situation. For four years he kept books, watched for an opportunity to better himself and maintained his name above reproach.” (Submitted on May 8, 2010.) 
 
Thomas Lewis Latane Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, May 2, 2010
2. Thomas Lewis Latane Temple Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,593 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 5, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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