Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Sydney Octavius Chase (February 8, 1927)

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Title

Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Sydney Octavius Chase (February 8, 1927)

Alternative Title

Chase Correspondence (February 8, 1927)

Subject

Windermere (Fla.)
Chase, Sydney Octavius, 1860-1941
Chase, Joshua Coffin, 1858-1948
Citrus fruit industry--Florida
Citrus--Florida
Chase and Company (Sanford, Fla.)

Description

An original letter of correspondence between brothers and business partners Joshua Coffin Chase and Sydney Octavius Chase. Topics discussed in the letter include a letter from Major Charles A. Browne and Joshua's reply, his meeting with Major Browne, and the possibility of running lines through Isleworth Grove.

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 in Windermere, Florida. 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.

Creator

Chase, Joshua Coffin

Source

Original letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Sydney Octavius Chase, February 8, 1927: box 49, folder 20.84, Chase Collection (MS 14), Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Date Created

1927-02-08

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Sydney Octavius Chase, February 8, 1927.

Is Part Of

Chase Collection (MS 14), box 49, folder 20.84, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Isleworth Collection, Citrus Collection, Chase Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Referenced By

Folder referenced in Chase Collection finding guide, http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/pkyonge/chase.htm.

Format

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Extent

199 KB

Medium

1-page typewritten letter

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Isleworth Grove, Windermere, Florida
Chase & Company Office, Sanford, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher

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 item 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

External Reference

Warner, S.C. "Development of Marketing Citrus Fruits in Florida." Florida State Horticultural Society vol. 36 (1923): 198-200.
Hopkins, James T. Fifty Years of Citrus, the Florida Citrus Exchange: 1909-1959. Gainesville, Florida: University of Florida Press: 1960.
"Joshua Coffin Chase (1858-1948)." Florida Citrus Hall of Fame. Copyright 2012. http://floridacitrushalloffame.com/index.php/inductees/inductee-name/?ref_cID=89&bID=0&dd_asId=960.
"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.

Transcript

Feb 8th 1927

Mr. S. O. Chase,
Sanford, Fla.

Dear Syd:

Attached find letter from Major Charles A. Browne and copy of my reply.

On Monday the writer made a date with Major Browne to meet him in his office at 9:30 this morning. The major was out of the office at that time but telephoned later to come around there, I did so, thinking that the Major might have some maps or plans to follow through Isleworth. He found the Major in conference with the County Commissioners, and was invited to appear before them, which he did.

The Major attempted to make it appear that we had agreed to let him run lines through Isleworth. This statement I corrected by refreshing his memory as to the talk we had in Mr. Payne's office, when you gave the Major an invitation which he accepted to go with you to Isleworth and take into consideration one or two lines that you thought would be the best ones for the County to follow.

The Major then admitted that this was the agreement, and the misunderstanding was on his part. However he is very anxious to have lines run in order to determine from his own figures the exact lines of the lakes and the character of the soil, together with its depth along the lake margin, and also if it would be possible to put a dredge in the lake to make the fills where they are needed.

This dredge feature may enable the County to make a roadway across some of the swampy land or across an arm of the lake and keep them out of some of the grove.

As the matter now stands, the Major has agreed to hold the matter open until your return and until we can all go out there together, and look over the entire proposition. I am telephoning you this effect.

Yours very truly,

JCC/fs

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