Celery Collection

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Chase & Company Decorated Car
Celery in a Chase & Company car ca. 1920-1921. Pictured in the photograph are Thomas Jones and William A. Leffler. Chase & Company was established in 1884 by brothers Sydney Octavius Chase and Joshua Coffin Chase. The company sold insurance and later…

Celery Train at Sanford
A twelve-car train transporting Chase & Company celery in Sanford, Florida, in 1936. The origins of Sanford's connection to celery farming began on December 26, 1894, when a freeze damaged the area's citrus groves. They began to recover during a…

Chase & Company Fieldworkers in Slavia
Fieldworkers harvesting celery in Slavia, Florida, in 1929. Chase & Company was established in 1884 by brothers Sydney Octavius Chase and Joshua Coffin Chase. The company sold insurance and later invested in storage facilities and fertilizer…

Slavia Filling Station
Filling station in Slavia, Florida, in 1929. As of 2013, the building still remains at 1973 West State Road 426. Chase & Company was established in 1884 by brothers Sydney Octavius Chase and Joshua Coffin Chase. The company sold insurance and…

Ed Ward at Chase & Company Celery Field in Sanford
Ed Ward in a celery field in Sanford, Florida.The origins of Sanford's connection to celery farming began on December 26, 1894, when a freeze damaged the area's citrus groves. They began to recover during a warm and wet January which promoted new…

Chase & Company Celery Field, 1965
A Chase celery field, most likely in Sanford, Florida, in 1965. The origins of Sanford's connection to celery farming began on December 26, 1894, when a freeze damaged the area's citrus groves. They began to recover during a warm and wet January…

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Title

Celery Collection

Alternative Title

Celery Collection

Subject

Chase and Company (Sanford, Fla.)
Celery industry
Sanford (Fla.)
Slavia (Fla.)
Celery

Description

The origins of Sanford's connection to celery farming began on December 26, 1894, when a freeze damaged the area's citrus groves. They began to recover during a warm and wet January which promoted new shoots, but a second freeze hit on February 7, 1895, practically wiping them out. The 24 degree temperature was the coldest known in Florida to that point. The freeze was so intense that the sap froze inside the trunks, many of which split open, sounding like gunshots, and crashed to the ground. The population quickly dropped from 5000 to 2000 as the groves were abandoned. I. H. Terwilliger stayed after the freezes and is believed to have planted the first celery grown in Sanford in 1896. J. N. Whitner and B. F. Whitner Sr. planted 3/4 acre in 1897 with celery imported from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Chase & Company also converted to celery cultivation and by 1898, celery became the crop synonymous to Sanford.

Contributor

Is Part Of

Chase Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Language

eng

Type

Collection

Coverage

Sanford, Florida
Slavia, Florida

Provenance

Entire Chase Collection is comprised of four separate accessions from various donors, including Cecilia Johnson, the granddaughter of Joshua Coffin Chase and the children of Randall Chase.

Rights Holder

The displayed collection is housed at Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Rights to this item belong to the said institution, and therefore inquiries about the item should be directed there. RICHES of Central Florida has obtained permission from Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida to display this item for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Digital Collections (UFDC), University of Florida

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

University of Florida, Special and Area Studies Collections

External Reference

"Sydney Chase Sr. (1860-1941)." Florida Citrus Hall of Fame. Copyright 2012. http://floridacitrushalloffame.com/index.php/inductees/inductee-name/?ref_cID=89&bID=0&dd_asId=600.
The Seminole Herald. Sanford: Our First 125 Years. [Sanford, FL]: The Herald, 2002.
Sanford Historical Society (Fla.). Sanford. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2003.
"Sanford: A Brief History." City of Sanford. http://www.sanfordfl.gov/index.aspx?page=48.
Sanford: Central Florida's Waterfront Gateway. Sanford, Florida: City of Sanford, 2005.
Petrik, Robert. "Czechs and Slovaks in Florida." American Czech-Slovak Cultural Club. http://acscc.org/Papers/svu_062703b.html.
Robison, Jim. Around Oviedo. 2012.

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