Ontario Through the Years

The City that Charms



The City that Charms, coined by Charles Frankish, was one of Ontario’s first slogans.  The 1920s are defined as years of rapid growth, increased wealth and leisure, technological advancements for consumer based products, and popularity of movies, jazz music, and radio broadcast.   In Ontario, progress and prosperity could be seen through the construction of commercial buildings along Euclid Avenue which created a business center downtown, Ontario’s first airfield, schools, churches, and housing.  After men returned home from World War I, the demand for housing increased.  Many homes were constructed in Period Revival architectural styles resembling European towns visited by American troops during the war of the time.  Some women helping with the war effort returned to their domestic duties while others kept their jobs at citrus packing houses, manufacturing plants, and retail stores.  Ontario’s Hotpoint Plant, which became part of the General Electric Company in 1918, benefited from the nation’s increased wealth, desire for more leisure time, and demand for time saving appliances such as vacuums, washing machines, toasters, stoves, and the Hotpoint iron.

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