Museum Starts at the Main House

A trip to the Templeton Museum is a trip down memory lane. The museum’s Horstman house can be accessed either by ramp or up a few steps, after pausing to enjoy the beautifully landscaped front yard. A wooden bench, donated in memory of Nicholas Marquart, Sr., graces the front porch. As you enter the 1920s house, docents will greet you, ask you to sign the guest book and tell you about the museum. The front room contains a typical dining room table, a large aerial map of Templeton, a tabletop display of early Templeton photographs and other local memorabilia. Artifacts, on display in two other small rooms, which originally served as bedrooms, include vintage clothing, Templeton High School yearbooks, a beautiful piano, a portable organ and more.

Springtime at the Templeton Historical Museum

History of the Horstman House

Albert R. Horstman, a pioneer Templeton resident, born October 4, 1879 in Reinbeck, Iowa.  Moved to Templeton as a small boy, attended school and later engaged in dairy, butchering and farming business.  Married Rose Herman from Cayucos in 1900. They lived at 6th and Main Street.  Albert was a member of the West Coast Land Co. Board of Trade in 1902 and served the Community as Fire Chief.  The Horstman’s owned Lots 1, 2, and 8 in Block 19 at 6th and Main.  Lot 7 had been donated by the West Coast Land Co. for a church to a Presbyterian Pastor, Francis H. Robinson, who had been holding services in the Community since November 1886.  The 1st Presbyterian Church was organized February 1887.

Dorothy Horstman Pridgen, an only child, inherited the property.  On December 29, 1964 deeded Lots 1, 2 and 8 of Block 19 to the church for expansion.  The house on Lot 8 needed to be moved (1994) and was donated to the Templeton Historical Museum by the 1st Presbyterian Church to be moved from 6th and Main to 3rd and Main onto land which had previously been donated by Alfred and Carla Willhoit for a Historical Museum.  The building has been restored and now open to the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Templeton Historical Societies 1921 "Signature Quilt". 160 signatures stitched by Ladies Aid Society from the Templeton Bethel Lutheran Church

A signature quilt hangs on one wall, which was made in the 1920s by the Ladies Aid Society of the Bethel Lutheran Church for a special fund-raising drawing. The quilt was won by Mathilda Peterson, grandmother of Evelyn Little, one of the museum’s first board members.

Display cases house artifacts from the estate of Mel Frederickson, Templeton school bus driver, who left part of his estate to the museum; as well as items from the estate of long-time residents Claude and Richard “Dick” Booker.

The kitchen, which had been remodeled over the years, has been returned to its original look of the 1920s. Bob and Janet Tullock donated an early electric refrigerator and a Wedgewood Hybrid cook stove, which used either gas or wood. Both items graced the kitchen of Margaret Tullock, Bob’s mother, during the 1925 to 1935 era.

A recent 40ish-year-old visitor repeatedly exclaimed, as she looked at the various items in the kitchen hutch from spice cans to flour sifter to orange juicer to egg beater, “I remember that! My grandmother had one of those!”

A beautiful tabletop coffee grinder is on the table. The table was used by the Tullock Family. Can you pick out the cherry pitter, bottle capper and meat grinder in the photo?

There is an old-fashioned wringer-washing machine on the porch. All it needs is some soap and hot water, and it will be ready to wash the clothes. The clothes needed to be manually fed through the wringer to squeeze out the excess water, and care had to be taken that fingers weren’t caught in the wringer.



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