Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Sydney Octavius Chase (May 1, 1920)

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Title

Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Sydney Octavius Chase (May 1, 1920)

Alternative Title

Chase Correspondence (May 1, 1920)

Subject

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

Description

An original letter of correspondence between brothers and business partners Joshua Coffin Chase and Sydney Octavius Chase. Topics discussed in the letter include issues delaying the shipment of the balance of Valencia oranges from Isleworth Grove, Joshua's optimism in regards to the crop, the higher quality of Florida oranges compared to California oranges, and the friction between Mr. Sagendorf and Mr. Morrison.

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, May 1, 1920: 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

1920-05-20

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Sydney Octavius Chase, May 1, 1920.

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

image/jpg

Extent

194 KB

Medium

1-page typewritten letter on Chase & Company letterhead

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

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

Source Repository

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

CHASE & CO.
CARLOT DISTRIBUTORS
CITRUS FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

May 1 1920

Mr. S. O. Chase,
Sanford, Florida.

Dear Syd:

ISLEWORTH OPERATIONS: We note your two letters of the 30th regarding the troubles, real and imaginary, that are holding up and delaying shipment of the balance of the Valencia crop. We are prepared to let Nature take its course, and we are beginning to feel that the good luck that has attended the marketing of this crop up to the present time will continue to the finish. There are not enough Valencia Oranges moving out of the State to supply the demand in the principal consuming markets of the country.

FLorida Oranges have a big advantage over oranges from California and elsewhere owing to the fact that the Florida Oranges are juicy, very sweet, and can be eaten without sugar.

There appears to be friction instead of cooperation between Sagendorf and Morrison, but we believe that when the crop is shipped and Sagendorf away, Morrison will be easier to handle and will take good care of the grove work.

Yours very truly,
J.C.C.


If you are making good collections from your [?] sales [?] surplus here to offset your [?] requires to pay of [?] [?]. Don't forget that [?] 500 victim notes for [?].

[?] balance on [?] books today us $164.158.32. If Sanford debit [?] date is 54. $110.158.32 Estimate [?] credit. We are [?] to draw against this any amount you wish advise amount you wish placed [?] [?].

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1-page typewritten letter on Chase & Company letterhead

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