Dwinelle Letters

In the
first part of 1884 William Chaffey sent letters to C. H. Dwinelle about what it
would take to set up a farm in Ontario, California. In the first letter I came
across, Chaffey describes the different kinds of fruit tree available along
with the prices of each type of tree. Chaffey also explains that the trees for
Ontario farms come from Los Angeles nurseries which in turn get their trees
from the north. The next letter, dated a couple days later was about which
lots in Ontario Dwinelle was interested in buying. Apparently Dwinelle was
interested in purchasing three plots of land, but the ones he was most interested
had already been purchased. In the latest letter I found,  William Chaffey describes the kind of work his
workers can do to set up and care for Dwinelle’s land. Chaffey lists the
approximate price for the materials and the labor. I found this series of
letters interesting because I was able to see a little bit of the progression
for someone interested in purchasing land from the Chaffey brothers during
this time period.