1911-01-13 WHITAKER I W - ONTARIO - A BIT OF HISTORY OF MUCH INTEREST

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1911-01-13 WHITAKER I W - ONTARIO - A BIT OF HISTORY OF MUCH INTEREST - ONTARIO A BIT OF HISTORY OF Something of the...
ONTARIO A BIT OF HISTORY OF Something of the Development of Prosperous Centers. . Boosters Busy. ONTARIO, Jan. 12. (Staff correspondence correspondence of THE SUN). Just 8 year ago today, on January 12, 1883, the first residence residence was established in Ontario. It was put up by I. W. Whitaker, who now resides at No. 125 Wert D street. Mr. Whitaker had formerly been In San Francisco, but ag he was suffering from asthma, he was advised to come south for his health. He came to Los Angeles, where he passed about a month, looking around the country for a suitable location location for a home. He had visited Santa Ana and the country thereabouts and was planning to look over Redlands and Riverside, Riverside, when he one morning met John W. Calkins, who told him of Ontario. It was Calkins' nursery which furnished the trees which now grace beautiful Eucl'd avenue and the other streets of the city. Ontario had been much advertised at this time by the Chaffeys, but there was no one living here: Calkins advised Mr. Whitaker to see Ontario by all means before deciding to locate, and gave him directions how to reach the place, There was no railroad station "here at that time and visitors must take the train either at Pomona or Cucamonga. As the Chaffey brothers met the trains at Cucamonga with a carriage to take prospective prospective purchasers to either Ontario or Etlwanda, which they were developing at that time also, Mr. Whitaker was advised advised to take the train to Cucamonga, which he did. This was on December 27. 1882. Upon arriving at 'Cucamonga, he found 'hat the carriage already had a load for Etlwanda, Etlwanda, but was told that If he would wait they would return and take him to Ontario. j-I j-I j-I tlTRHf Mr. "Whitaker, however, ' decided to walk it, 'so he was driven to Hellman avenue and the direction polnCed out to him to the Chaffey office and camp on Fourteenth street, near Euclid avenue. This he reached in, safety and was Joined about noon by the Chaffeys, with whom to took lunch, after which he was driven over the colony' by William Chaf fey. This gentleman explained that while Mr. Whitaker might select any piece of land in the colony for the first year there would be but one pipe line running through the place and that it would be advisable to select a piece near this. He finally decided on a 10-acre 10-acre 10-acre piece on Fifth street and returned to Los Angeles to make preparations for moving. Here he purchased a team, tools and other necessities and accompanied by his wife started out from Los Angeles on January 11 and drove to Pomona, where they put up for the night The next morning they drove over through the sage brush . to Ontario. While the streets were staked out, the stakes could not be seen for the brush and Mr. Whitaker was up against' it when it came to finding his 10 acres. After trying for some time In vain to locate his place, he started out to find the Chaffeys and finally located William Chaffey. 'IVI1"J It was no easy matter for Chaffey to find the place, but after counting up the street and pacing off the lots he finally managed to locate the Whitaker property and it was here that the first lomiclle, in the shape of a tent, was erected In the now city of Ontario. In this tcyit, Mr. Whitaker lived with his wife for about a month, at the end of which time he was able to secure lumber and build a house. It was but a short time after this that the town began to settle up rapidly. Thus began the settlement of Ontario, Ontario, "the city ttmt charms." y a

Clipped from The San Bernardino County Sun13 Jan 1911, FriPage 7

The San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, California)13 Jan 1911, FriPage 7
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