What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the name “Temple News Agency”? While some of you know exactly what it is and where it is located, others may be thinking “a News agency”? Newspapers…perhaps?...WRONG! Temple News Agency is a local business known for its coffee, ice cream and old age. While we do sell newspapers there, that is not what it is mainly known for.
Although popular, Temple back then was nothing compared to what it is now. There are differences between Temple then, Temple now and Temple in the future. Temple News Agency was established in its location, 816 Jefferson Ave., in 1918. It started off as Chicago News Agency where papers were dropped off and sold in town, a true news agency. According to Smith’s Directory of La Porte, Indiana, in 1923 the business switched names from “Chicago News Agency” to “La Porte Delivery System.” It wasn’t until 1931-1932 when the name changed again. Caron’s La Porte, Indiana City Directory establishes that between 1931-1932 the name changed from “La Porte News Agency” to “Temple News Agency.”
Temple is established in the Masonic temple, owned by the Masons; which is essentially a fraternity, an organization that works together to raise funds for worthy causes. According to the article “What are Masons” on eHow.com, this organization originated in the 14th century. They’re a “do-gooder” organization. George Washington, Ben Franklin, John Hancock and other founding fathers were a part of the Masons. Back to the Masonic Temple, it was finished in December 1913.
As the years have gone by, it went from newspapers to candy and newspapers, later on becoming a general store/convenient store. In the 80’s a soda fountain was added, along with ice cream. In the 90’s magazines were introduced to the space as well as coffee. On March 25th, 1998 a wall was knocked down and Temple was expanded. Then music was added and internet (Wi-Fi). In the year 2013 TV’s were added along with intelligentsia coffee, local products, and more food options.