From the Guidebook:
Pomona College, incorporated
October 14, 1887, held its first class in this small frame
cottage on September 12, 1888. Those in attendance consisted
of a mere handful of eager students, five faculty members,
and the president, Professor Edwin C. Norton. Five months
later, in January 1889, the college moved to an unfinished
boom hotel on a plot of land in the town of Claremont.