200 People

This week I continued to work on metadata for the Chaffey brothers’ letters. Recently, a lot of the letters have been about advertising in various periodicals, inviting people to move to Ontario, California. As I learned last week, the Ontario colony was only a year old in 1883 so it is not surprising that the Chaffey brothers were interested in spreading the world. One letter I read today stated that in December 1883 the population in Ontario was around 200 people. 200 people isn’t very many people when you consider that the current Ontario, California population is over 170,000 people.