The 1884 photo of the John Tempero family and home was featured in a past edition of “Retrospect.” It identified 11 people in front of a second-generation frame house (post log cabin).
The last Tempero to own the photo was Madeline Margaret Tempero-Lembke. She was born March 15, 1912, and died in the replacement home Aug. 15, 2001, (built about 1900) where she lived all her life.
After she died, the remaining family members initially had 45 days to vacate the house, but that period was extended to December 2001, when Mooney LaSage allowed me to ransack the home for abandoned historical "stuff."
There was also some stuff that, at that time at a prior series of Lemke family rummage sales, got out to the public.
To say the least, there was one warm early week in December 2001 that I had the greatest experience of my life going through the debris and finding many treasures of old Lisbon — Lembke, Tempero, Weaver, Howard, McKerrow, Rankin and Howitt family memorabilia. Much of the historical memorabilia was saved and is today part of the collections at the Sussex Lisbon Area Historical Society (SLAHS) Museum, on the second floor of the new Sussex Village Hall.
On Dec. 27, the 11-person photo of the Templeton extended family get-together of Tempero family was donated to SLAHS, and I quickly wrote a “Retrospect” piece about the group of 11 people.
The town of Lisbon was comprised of mostly Scottish immigrants, with some English and Irish as well.
Lisbon was opened up for homesteaders in 1836, and the first pioneers came from New England and New York, but then the Weavers came in 1837, English people from Sussex (south Saxons), England. Then in groups, the Rankins (Irish/Scottish) arrived 1843, from Horsey, England, in 1844-45, and a crescendo of new families in 1849-50 of the Howitts, McKerrows and Temperos arrived, mostly Scottish but with English blood, also.
These people intermarried and established the Lisbon Presbyterian Church, the St. Alban's Episcopal and Sussex Methodist Church, all brought from their English and Scottish heritage. One can guess where many of the contacts for wives and husbands occurred. To this day, these six pioneer families remain in the community in some way.
Back the 11-person photo, likely taken in August or September 1884. From left to right, are the people pictured and their birth and death dates.
John Tempero is pictured with his horse on the left side. He was born Oct. 31, 1850, and died Oct. 13 1923, having lived for 72 years.
David Tempero, ahead of the pine tree, John’s son, was born March 17, 1858, and died Nov. 9, 1927, age 69.
Peaking from behind the pine tree is John’s wife, Jane Grey Davidson. She was born Feb. 1, 1847, and died Jan. 9, 1927. Jane and husband John had two children, Charles John and Margaret Ida (Marnie).
Now next to the porch of the house is a couple, John Rankin and Beatrix R. (Tempero ) Rankin. John Rankin was born March 13, 1847, and died March 24, 1902, age 55, while wife Beatrix was born Nov. 25, 1852, married Dec. 20, 1871, and died three years after the photo was taken, April 24, 1887.
Then there is the cluster around the sitting grandmother, holding a baby. She is Hellen Runchman Tempero (Mrs. Charles Tempero). She lived April 6, 1830, to Feb. 21, 1890, 59 years of life.
The baby is "Nelle” Howard who would have lived only 17 years, from Aug. 27, 1884, to June 11, 1901.
On the left of the grandmother is Charles John Tempero, age 10, born Jan. 25 1873, and died April 2, 1943, at age 70.
On the right of the wheelchair-bound grandmother is 5-year-old Margaret Ida Tempera, born Jan. 21, 1879. She lived the longest, dying Oct. 22, 1961, at 82.
The final couple is Agnes Tempero-Howard, the wife of William Franklin Howard. She lived Oct. 15, 1861, to Nov. 19, 1943, 72 years. Her husband William lived June 25, 1853, to May 28, 1897, dying at age 44.