Letter from Randall Chase to A. Q. Lancaster (August 9, 1919)


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Letter from Randall Chase to A. Q. Lancaster (August 9, 1919)

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Chase Correspondence (August 9, 1919)


Windermere (Fla.)
Orlando (Fla.)
Chase and Company (Sanford, Fla.)
Citrus fruit industry--Florida


An original letter of correspondence between Randall Chase and A. Q. Lancaster. Topics discussed in the letter include Mr. Watkins' request for his son's employment at Isleworth Grove, Chase's request for Lancaster to allow Watkins' son to board with him, and the employment of an Army veteran with experience as a packing house foreman and picking foreman.

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.


Chase, Randall


Original letter from Randall Chase to A. Q. Lancaster, August 9, 1919: box 49, folder 20.83, Chase Collection (MS 14), Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

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Digital reproduction of o from Randall Chase to A. Q. Lancaster, August 9, 1919.

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Chase Collection (MS 14), box 49, folder 20.83, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Isleworth Collection, Citrus Collection, Chase Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

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




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1-page typewritten letter on Chase & Company letterhead






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

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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.

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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.

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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.




United States Food Administration
License Number 04516

Aug. 19, 1919

Mr. A. Q. Lancaster,
Gotha, Fla.
Dear Sir;

Mr. Watkins, father of the boy who had a fight at the grove ten days ago, was in the office this morning. He said he was in trouble and did not know just what to do. He stated that the boy was ready to be removed form the hospital, but had no place to go, and wanted to know if we had work we could give him at some other point. This we have not got.
I suggested to him that he see Mr. Bogue, who is now in Orlando, and see if he could give him anything to do. In the event that he can not if you were willing, to see if the boy could not be brought to Windermere and boarded there, so that his father could work in the grove during the day. We are not sure whether this would be entirely satisfactory to you. If it is not, of course all you have to do is say so. This arrangement was only temporary, and I doubt if the boy would be able to move around much for three or four weeks, and I do not think if he was living in Windermere he would give you any trouble at first.
When my father returns he can probably make some better arrangement.
Have you any suggestions to make?

I understood from Mr. Watkins that Mr. Morrison said that Chase & Company would be responsible for the hospital bill. Is this so?

This morning I was in Orlando for a few minutes and tried to talk with you on the phone, but you were out on the grove somewhere. I left a message with Mrs. Lancaster. The man who wanted work seemed to unusually bright, and had a good face. He is just out of the army and wanted work of some kind, preferably in the fruit business. I told him we had nothing now except grove work for which we only paid about $1.50 per day. He said he would be willing to take that until the shipping season opened. I do not know whether you can use him at the grove or not, but told him I would find out, and to come back in a couple days and I would let him know. He said before he went into the army he had worked as a packing house foreman and a picking foreman. If he can do all that he says he can he is the kind of a fellow we are looking for.

Yours truly,


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1-page typewritten letter on Chase & Company letterhead


Chase, Randall, “Letter from Randall Chase to A. Q. Lancaster (August 9, 1919),” RICHES, accessed March 3, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/2764.