Early Ontario (Images of America)
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George and William Chaffey, immigrants from Canada, founded a model colony in Southern California in 1882. They named their settlement Ontario, from an Iroquois term meaning beautiful water, not only to pay homage to their home province but to also draw other Canadians to their colony. Utilizing forward-thinking irrigation practices, the brothers laid out plots of land ready for colonists who wanted to farm or raise citrus groves. After just four years, the brothers left for Australia to develop more settlements and passed their model colony on to Charles Frankish and his partners of the Ontario Land and Improvement Company. From its earliest days, the colony became known for its citrus groves, Armstrong roses, Graber olives, Guasti grapes, and the Hotpoint iron. This book, which includes nearly 200 images, focuses on the colonys early development.
speed is necessary in order to discourage bacterial infestation. Modern crushers, as opposed to traditional foot crushing, get the job done much faster, allowing the juice to reach the fermentation vats more efficiently. 77 Because Guasti was developed as the Italian Vineyard Company’s “company town,” nearly every aspect of winemaking was done on-site. This included the manufacture, maintenance, and repair of wooden wine barrels, vats, and tanks managed by the Italian Vineyard Company’s
developing San Antonio Heights, the South Side Tract, and the famous Ontario gravity mule car line. Robert Ely Blackburn created Blackburn’s Addition in the 1890s from land that was formerly part of the Rancho Santa Ana del Chino, adding another 1,100 acres to the town. Ontario incorporated in 1891, much to the dismay of Charles Frankish, but, despite losing his foothold in the community, he continued to deal in real estate as well as other local enterprises, and remained an influential figure in
Richardson developed an iron using nickel chromium alloy for the heating element, which provided even heating extending into the iron’s point. The Hotpoint iron was born. 90 The business continued to grow, and in 1907, the Booth brothers hired a full time salesman and opened a branch office and small factory in Chicago. That same year, the Ontario factory added a printing plant to produce product brochures and advertisements. From his early work experience in retail merchandising, Richardson
from California to be killed in action during World War I. His body was brought home to his parents in Ontario on June 24, 1921, and he was given a military funeral at Bellevue Cemetery. 123 Dr. Elswood Chaffey, one of George Chaffey’s three younger brothers, brought his family to Ontario in July 1883, ranching citrus and serving as Ontario’s first doctor. He built this handsome ranch home at Euclid Avenue and Fifth Street for $4,000. It no longer stands. Dr. Chaffey was a restless sort, and
building, seen here, was constructed of local fieldstone and nicknamed the “Stone Castle.” E.H. Richardson, who later invented the Hotpoint iron, was hired to run and maintain the power plant. In 1902, the power company built this substation on Euclid Avenue near the Santa Fe Railroad tracks in what is now Upland, and Richardson and his family moved into an adjoining apartment. In 1904, Richardson left the power company to start his own electrical appliance business, the Pacific Electric Heating