Harry C. Temple is a country-bred Ohioan, educated in a red brick schoolhouse on an unimproved road. At seventeen he learned telegraphy, and advanced until he became an assistant dispatcher. Later he entered an art school, but returned occasionally to railroad work. Finally he landed with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, where he developed his distinctive Sketches from Life, which have been featured in that paper for several years past, and have been extensively syndicated throughout the country these past three years.
He is a fisherman by instinct, but most of his recreation is work. As his sketches indicate, his principal interest is in folks, every-day folks, of the kind you see wherever you go.
He signed his World War I draft card on September 18, 1918. The home address is illegible. His occupation was artist at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He has not been found in the 1920 census. In 1930 he lived in Manhattan, New York City at 3 East 27th Street. He was a commercial artist, and his wife was a jewelry craftswoman. On August 9, 1935 the Kingston Daily Freeman (New York) covered his watercolor exhibition.
Gregory Exhibiting Temple Water Colors
Harry C. Temple of Woodstock, has an exhibition and sale of water colors at Gregory & Company, Broadway, for the last three weeks in August.
There is a variety of subjects and each one is handled with sympathetic understanding. Mr. Temple shows a thorough knowledge of color which few artists seem to possess. His "In the Hemlocks" is strong and masterful, while "Nature's Lace" is delicate and beautiful in color in pattern; "Sky Shadows" is dreamy and skillfully handled; "Portland Harbor" brings back pleasant memories and is peaceful and charming.
Each subject has its special appeal and the exquisite harmony and beauty of color make any one of them invaluable as a center of interest in the well furnished room. Then too, they bring close at hand things we all love to see.
Mr. Temple is to be congratulated on his splendid contribution to art.
Temple passed away on November 2, 1962, in Woodstock, New York. His death was reported the following day in the Kingston Daily Freeman.
Harry C. Temple of 79 Yerry Hill Road, Woodstock, died Friday at his residence. He was born in Perry, Ohio and was one of the earlier Woodstock artists. He had been a resident of Woodstock for the past 43 years. Fraternally, he was a member of the Kingston Lodge 10, F&AM and the Woodstock Country Club. Surviving is his wife Mrs. Edith N. Temple. Funeral services will be held Monday 2 p.m. at Lasher Funeral Home Inc., Woodstock. The Rev. Donald Hicks, pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church, Woodstock, will officiate. Burial will be in Woodstock Cemetery.