Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to S. M. Crowell (April 23, 1931)

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Title

Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to S. M. Crowell (April 23, 1931)

Alternative Title

Chase Correspondence (April 23, 1931)

Subject

Chase, Joshua Coffin, 1858-1948
Chase and Company (Sanford, Fla.)
Crime--Florida

Description

An original letter of correspondence between Joshua Coffin Chase and S. M. Crowell, a laborer at Isleworth Grove. Topics discussed in the letter include instructions to obtain padlocks to use on gates in case of breakage and a reward for the detection and conviction of any individual breaking in to 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 S. M. Crowell, April 23, 1931: 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

1931-04-23

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to S. M. Crowell, April 23, 1931.

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

152 KB

Medium

1-page typewritten letter

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Isleworth Grove, Windermere, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History 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

"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.

Transcript

April 23, 1931

Mr. S. M. Crowell,
Windermere, Florida.

Dear Sir:

For several weeks there has been no padlock on the middle gate at Isleworth which leads out onto Lake Butler. The writer understands that recently several of the locks have been broken by unknown parties, and the padlock from this gate is now in use at the main entrance. You had better arrange to have enough padlocks on hand to use in such cases of breakage.

the writer is willing to offer a reward for the detection and conviction of any one that breaks and enters the grove in this manner.

If you have not already done so, please arrange to have padlocks provided for all of the gates, and keep one or two extra on hand.

Yours truly,

JCC:GEM

J. C. CHASE

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1-page typewritten letter

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