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Webber, W. Temple Jr.

Webber, W. Temple Jr.

Webber, W. Temple Jr.

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Interview 221a : In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, W. Temple Webber Jr. reminisces about growing up as a member of the Temple family and talks about the family businesses. A banker in Houston, Mr. Webber grew up in Texarkana, AR and Texarkana, TX near his aunts and uncles and cousins in various branches of the Temple family, including T.L.L. Temple, T.L.L. Temple, Jr., his grandmother Gertrude Temple, and her sisters Georgie Temple Munz and Marguerite, Arthur Temple, cousins Arthur Temple, Sr., Bill Temple, and Sally Temple Bond, among others. He reminisces about his father, W. Temple Webber, Sr. and his relationship with T.L.L. Temple and Arthur Temple, Sr. He also discusses moving company operations from Texarkana to Diboll, Arthur Temple, Jr.'s tenure as the company's head and the changes he made, as well as the various family members and their feelings about the changes. He also talks about the T.L.L. Temple foundation and the changes within its structures through the years as it began to give more donations to the communities it served.