Chase & Company was established by brothers Sydney Octavius Chase and Joshua Coffin Chase in 1884. The company sold insurance and later invested in storage facilities and fertilizer sales. Chase & Company was known mainly for its agricultural interests and maintained a series of citrus groves throughout Central Florida. The company was based out of Sanford and became one of the city's largest employers into the early twentieth century. By 1886, the Chase brothers purchased several citrus groves to expand their business, including Isleworth Grove. Isleworth Grove covered a total of 1,300 acres along the Butler Chain of Lakes. Between 1894 and 1895, Central Florida was hit by several freezes and most of the citrus crop was destroyed. Chase & Company did not grow citrus crops again until 1904 when Joshua came back from an extended stay in California. Between 1894 and 1900, different types of pesticide equipment was created, including equipment driven by steam, machines, and horses.Randall Chase joined in the family business soon after his brother, Sydney Chase, Jr., did in 1922. Randall became the president of Chase & Company from 1948-1965. The Isleworth property stayed in the Chase family until 1984 when Franklin Chase, the son of Sydney Chase, sold the property to famed golfer Arnold Palmer.
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Isleworth wages, average for the years 1916 to 1922
1916 Grove. Pkg Hse. Picking. Packing. Scaling.
$ 1.25/1.50 $ 1.25/2.50 4½,5,8,10,12½. 4,5,8. 5,8,12½ cts
1918 1.50/1.60 1.50/2.75 6,8,12½, 17½. 5,5½,8. 5,8 1/3 cts
1919 1.50/1.75 1.50/2.75 7½,10,15,25. 5,6. 8 1/3, 10, 15
1920 2.00/3.00 2.50/3.50 5,8,10,15,25,30. 5,7. 5,10.
1921 2.00/3.00 2.50/3.75 5,7½,10,15,25,30. 5,6,7,8. 5,10.
To Dec 31 1.75/2.00 2.00/3.50 4,8,10,20. 5,7. 5,8 1/3 cts