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Its Substantial Progress
Last Year
Public Spirit Has Led to Active De
velopment—The Equipments of
a Modern City
By glancing at a map of I.os Angeles
county, one may notice, after a brief
study of the San Gabriel mission region,
which a few years ago was about all to
be considered in the county east of Los
Angeles city, that there is a vast area
of country stretching eastward for many
miles, and from the foot of the Sierra
Madre mountains on the north a long
way toward the ocean to the south and
west. From almost any elevated point
along the western limit a panorama is
shown which delights the eye and aston
ishes the beholder. In this great am
phitheater, surrounded, practically,
north and east by a mountain range and
peaks which carry a snow mantle for
several months in the winter season, is
an expanse greater than the area of a
half-dozen counties in Ohio or Illinois.
Right in the midst of this lovely region,
surrounded by groves of olives, oranges,
lemons and every manner of deciduous
growth, nestles Pomona, in a shade of
perpetual green foliage—Pomona, god
dess of fruit—and right royally she
maintains her privilege to bear the
Pomona is S3 miles distant from Los
Angeles, a full hour's ride by rail, and
1000 feet above sea level. The city con
tains within its boundary limits about
fifteen square miles, not altogether reg
ular In exterior lines, but conforming
somewhat to the old boundaries of the
San Jose rancho, a part of which was
taken for the original town site. Other
additions have been made from time to
time, as occasion required or more town
lots were wanted, until the city assumed
its present size. The whole city is reg
ular in surface, no hills or gulches to
cause difficulty in Btreet making, so they
are uniformly broad and Intersect at
right angles. The trend is to the south,
affording excellent sewer drainage and
no irrigation difficulties.
The point of the San Jose hills in the
southwestern part of the city lias been
secured, at the cost of a good many'thou
sand dollars, and reserved as a public
park of some 42 acres. Driveways have
been constructed around through the
canyons and the brow of the hills, and
plans have been devised for future or
nnment and attraction. The future pos
sibilities of tbis park are such as to give
the citizens an ambitious hope that
something akin to Smiley Heights, Red
lands, will be theirs, where with con
scious pride visitors can be taken. The
view from the highest elevation, taking
in, as it does, the great sweep of the Po
mona valley and the valleys adjacent,
forming a very considerable portion of
San Bernardino and Riverside counties,
the grand old mountain peaks, towering
thousands of feet over all, keeping watch
and ward over the plains below, is grand
and exhilarating.
The numerous little settlements dot
ted here and there, and the hundreds of
acres of orange, lemon, olive and walnut
groves, Interspersed throughout with
deciduous orchards, give evidence that
the owners of these lovely homes have
bullded up places in which to pass the
remaining years given them, while the
banks of roses of ever conceivable hue
and variety, and shrubbery of beautiful
form and linish, show that the means of
giving pleasure and securing home com
fort are not omitted. The view on the
hilltop is somewhat marred by the
destruction of the rugged beauty of
some of the canyons by the digging out
of gravel to put on streets, leaving un
sightly blemishes, a perpetual regret.
Pomona enjoys to a liberal degree
immunity from fogs, and so is a well
known retreat for those who suffer from
bronchial or pulmonary trouble.
The drinking water, mentioned further
on, is certainly the purest to be found
The rapid growth and unequaled pros
perity of the city in the past few yean
fully attest the truth that what is adver
tised is substantiated by the facts
abounding on every hand and appre
ciated by the sojourner for a season or
as a permanent resident.
The death rate In Pomona is much be
low the average for a town of its popu
lation; but, as in other Southern Cali
fornia places, the deaths are largely
among those who come too late for cli
matic benefits.
The improvements in the way of build
ings for the year were principally
dwellings, some seventy or more, many
being quite pretentious, a number ele
gant and costly.
Holt avenue was the favorite in this
race, accepted as the boulevard of the
No business blocks were erected dur
ing th- year. The present needs in that
line are apparently well served with
the structures already completed and
Sec,nd street, in reality the main street
or the city, is well and durably paved
through the business portion, giving
everything a cheerful appearance.
The city i? well supplied with hotels,
the Palomares, the big house, a hold
over from the boom period, having re
cently been reopened.
The population of Pomona at this time,
estimated by till rules governing in such
cases, is upward of GfiOO, und außment-
Ing with a steady current. In the mat
ter of increase in population, no city In
the state can show a more rapid gain
that has this one, beginning in 18S4 with
about 200, and ending at this writing
with a number as above noted. Some
thing has brought this about not in the
ordinary line. It is the unequaled lo
cation and fertility of soil. Her popula
tion has been gathered from all portions
of the country.
The city was incorporated in ISSS, the
first board of trustees being Charles
French, Franklin Cogswell, C. K. White,
James Harvey and T. W. Johnston. Of
these Charles French was elected presi
dent of the board and became ex officio
the first mayor of the city.
The present board of trustees Is C. P.
Patterson, president, G. H. Waters,
Frank Raynes, S. N. Landon and E.
Hinman. City officers: Treasurer, F.
H. Thatcher; marshal, A. B. Caldwell;
assessor, Joseph Mullen; recorder, J. A.
Gallup; attorney, E. J. Fleming; city
engineer, W. H. Sanders; street super
intendent, W. T. Martin; city clerk,
Clarence H. Lee.
One of the institutions the citizens
here take pride In is the public library.
It is in an excellent location, airy, well
lighted, tastily arranged and made at
tractive day und evening. That it is
fulfilling the purpose for which it is de
sinned is attested by the fact of its be
ing well patronized by citizens, who
gladly avail themselves of its advant
ages, and the temporary sojourner who
wishes to enjoy its privileges. At this
time the catalogue contains 4800 volumes
of a carefully selected grade, excluding
bound magazines and public, documents.
The library is maintained by the city,
its expenses being paid from funds pro
vided in the tax levy. A considerable
number of good newspapers is kept on
the files. The rooms are free to all vis
itors, but an annual charge of $1 is col
lected from those who wish to with
draw books to read at home. Mrs. E. P.
Bartlett is librarian, a lady well quali
fied for the post. Of the managers, Rev.
C. F. Loup is president and C. I. Lorbeer
secretary. The city is looking forward
to the time when its library will be
housed in a building of its own, modern,
convenient and attractive; and the day
may not be so far away when this hope
will be realized. Nothing stamps a char
acter of a community stronger than a
well-patronized, good library.
Th" commercial necessities of the city
are well provided for in the three banks
which have established reputations, arc
solid institutions, well managed and re
liable. They are; First National Bank
of Pomona; paid-up capital, $100,000; C.
Seaver, president; Thomas Coates, vice
president; Stoddard Jess, cashier. Peo
ple's Hank of Pomona; subscribed cap
ital, $100,000; paid-up capital, $50,000;
William B. Dole, president; C. E. White,
vie- president; John H. Dole, cashier;
('buries M. Stone, assistant cashier.
The National Hank of Pomona; paid-up
capital, $.",0,000; J. T. Brady, president;
M. 11. Campbell, vice president; G. A.
Lathrop, cashier; T. W. Johnston, as
sistant cashier.
Pomona is an important place, com
mercially speaking, surrounded, north,
east, south and west, by many highly
cultivated ranches and orchards, also
by settlements with a good population.
The merchants here are fully alive to
this feature and carry stocks of goods
suitable for the trade, merchandise of
every character, together with agricul
tural implements to supply any demand.
It is no longer necessary to go to the
"city" merely to do "shopping."
Of churches this city has ten organiza
lions which own edifices dedicated to
Christian worship, representing as many
denominations. They are mostly very
fine, if not pretentious, structures, kept
in excellent condition, well attended on
Sunday and on occasions when other
services are arranged. This is notably
a peace-loving and church-going com
In addition to this, there are quite as
many denominations having no church
building, but that assemble in halls for
the purpose of worship. It ls truly the
"City of Churches." All the working
social societies connected with churches
are on active duty here.
In schools Pomona is up to date in all
respects and does not by any manner of
means propose to allow that important
adjunct of a progressive town to re
main stationary or move backward. The
city now has seven school buildings—a
high school and six primary and inter-
mediate—and rent two one-room build
ings for the coming year, making allow
ance for the naturul increase of pupils.
In addition, a good kindergarten Is
maintained. About 1200 scholars are en
rolled. It requires twenty-eight rooms
to accommodate them. Additional
school room Is becoming a necessity, and
Is being quietly considered, preparatory
to meeting the requirements of an In
creasing population. Pomona will not
be second in the race in producing sturdy
girls and boys to honor their city and
country, If educational facilities count
in the make-up.
Twenty-eight teachers are employed
in guiding these hundreds of young ideas
alight and forming characters for the
year to mmc. The annual pay roll aggre
gates $27,000 per annum. Prof. J. A.
Guttery is the principal.
All the leading secret fraternal and
beneficent societies have organizations
here and they are all in a sound and
nourishing condition. Their relief work
is always quietly done, but is ever effect
ive and as freely :is liberally bestowed.
The military spirit is not permitted
to slumber, but is superbly maintained
by Company D, N. O. C, Seventh regi
ment, a company which won a beautiful
$150 silk Hag at Santa Monica in ISM
for being the best drilled in tlie regi
ment. It is housed in a fine armory
built and arranged especially for it.
Following are the officers: Warner S.
Winters, captain; C. J. Rolph. first lieu
tenant; C. S. Gilbert, second lieutenant.
Pomona, which, of course, includes the
Santa Fe station of North Pomona, did
her share to supply the demand for
oranges for the holiday trade in the
east. The quality selected for this pur
pose was fully up to the standard sup
plied from any portion of Southern Cal
ifornia. The shipments by the Santa
Fe from North Pomona were fifteen
cars; from Pomona, by the Southern
Pacific, thirty-three cars. This was or
ttnges alone; lemons und olives, a num
ber of carloads, were not especially hol
iday shipments.
The prime essential in any community
is water; climate goes for naught with
out it. This element is supplied to Po
mona in all its sparkling purity for do
mestic and irrigating purposes in quan
tity hitherto fully up to the demand.
The Consolidated Water company has
a system, one of the best In the world,
supplies water for domestic use and
lawns which does not see the light of day
until drawn from the pipes.
The company obtains its water, 150
inches flow, from tunnels north of Clare
mont, conveyed thence in cement con
duits to city limits and is then distrib
uted In pressure pipes.
Water for extinguishing fires is also
supplied under pressure, rendering en
gines unnecessary, only hose and hose
wagons being required. The force car
ried will deliver a good stream of water
on the roof of any building in the city.
The officers of the company are: A. B.
Morehead, president; Peter Fleming,
superintendent; James Beckett, secre
tary and treasurer.
Other companies and district organi
zations supply water for irrigation in
and around the city, as the Pomona irri
gation district, the Del Monte Irrigation
district and the Palomares district. The
two latter derive their water supply
from artesian wells; another is the Old
Settlement Water company. There Is
considerably in excess of 100 miles of
pipe to convey Irrigating water to the
The Pomona Land and Water com
pany Is a solid concern and an important
factor in the prosperity of the commu
nity; has large tracts of land In orchard
and for grain growing. The president is
Dr. S. B. Nichols; manager and super
intendent, H. J. Nichols.
The Doup & Meserve tract, In the
northeastern portion of the city, has 314
inches of water from San Antonio can
yon for irrigation purposes, a perpet
ual right.
The city is lighted by electric lights
furnished by the San Antonio Light and
Power company. The plant of this com
pany is some distance up that noted
canyon, fourteen miles from the city.
The power is generated by turbine water
wheels actuating the most reliable mod
pm electrical machinery obtainable, and
the electricity is transmitted to the city
on heavy copper wires. One thing to be
remembered in this connection Is the
undisputed celebrity of this being the
pioneer plant for long distance trans
mission of power in the United States.
This plant antedates all others by about
twelve months.
Under this title may be grouped all
that pertains to fruits and nuts. The
chief reliance of Pomona and vicinity
Is the growing of citrus and deciduoua
fruits and olives.
Oranges and lemons grow to perfec
tion and there are many orchards of de
ciduous fruits ln variety, and the bounti
ful product of the valley is known; but
what Pomona takes particular pleasure
in realizing is that here is the largest
olive growing locality in the state, and
that means the United States, and the
area of olive culture is constantly en
larging. It is the most reliable invest
ment of anything yet undertaken. The
reputation of the olive oil made here is
established and the delicious pickled
olives from Pomona find a market be
yond the ability of growers to supply.
The largest olive mill and press, both
of approved modern construction, is
owned by D. H. McEwen, and Is ope
rated at North Pomona, where he has an
olive orchard of thirty acres, the trees
in full bearing. On Mr. McEwen's ranch
is also situated the olive pickling worka
of James Hill & Son, whose product
this season will be 400 barrels of fifty
gallons each.
Rev. C. F. Loup, who settled ln tha
valley in 1874, was a pioneer in that in
stance, and also enjoys the distinction
of being the pjoneer olive grower in the
valley. Mr. Loup traveled all over the
world and visited olive growing loca
tions ln many parts of Europe, securing
the best varieties known with which to
start his orchard. The result is now
part of our history.
The largest nurseries in the world for
olive stock are here and the annual ship
ments of the trees to all parts of the
state and to Arizona are upwards of
500,000 annually.
It is Impossible within the limits of
an article of this character to give even
an approach to description or mention
of the long list of orchards or ranches
brought under observation by a birds
eye view from the city park elevation.
A drive around the city and its environs
shows that they are all carefully culti
vated and cared for with extreme atten
tion, there being but little ground not
cultivated for some purpose where a rev
enue is to be derived. And all this pro
duces a revenue which sustains one of
the prettiest and most attractive little
cities In California. R. H. HEWITT.
The great Russian canal to connect
the Baltic and Black seas will be begun
in the spring. The minimum waterway
is to have a depth of 28 feet 4 inches, a
width at the bottom of 116 feet 8 inches,
and a width at the top of 216 feet 8 inches.'
Its total length is some 1000 miles, but
only 125 miles will be an artificial chan
nel. The route is from Kiga along the
Duna as far as Dunaburg. Prom that
point to Lepel, on the Beresina, an ex
pensive cut must be made. From the
Lepel the course of the Beresina will be
utilized as far as its Junction with the
Dneiper, and then the line will follow the
latter stream to Cherson on the Black
Straws in the hand of the small boy
show which way. the cider barrel la—Chi.
cago News.

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