Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Frank P. Lum (April 26, 1928)

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Title

Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Frank P. Lum (April 26, 1928)

Alternative Title

Chase Correspondence (April 26, 1928)

Subject

Windermere (Fla.)
Chase, Joshua Coffin, 1858-1948
Chase and Company (Sanford, Fla.)
Citrus fruit industry--Florida
Citrus--Florida
Orange industry--Florida
Packing industry
Fruit--Packing

Description

An original letter of correspondence between Joshua Coffin Chase and Frank P. Lum of the Flacal Sales Agency. Topics discussed in the letter include an enclosed copy of a letter to Isleworth packinghouse superintendent Corbett Hutchinson and Hutchinson's upcoming business trip to New York City, New York.

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 Frank P. Lum, April 26, 1928: box 49, folder 20.91, Chase Collection (MS 14), Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Date Created

1928-04-26

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Frank P. Lum, April 26, 1928.

Is Part Of

Chase Collection (MS 14), box 49, folder 20.91, 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

92 KB

Medium

1-page typewritten letter

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Isleworth Grove, Windermere, Florida
Flacal Sales Agency, New York City, New York

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics 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.

Transcript

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April 26, 1928.

Mr. Frank P. Lum,
c/o Flacal Sales Agency,
66 Harrison St.,
New York, N.Y.

Dear Mr. Lum:-

CORBETT HUTCHINSON. Enclosed find copy of a letter to this party, with outline of just what we want him to accomplish in New York. We would like to have him on hand during the sale of the following cars which were packed and shipped while he was at Isleworth:
FGE 15138, Shipmt.No. 53
WFE 60662, Shipmt.No. 55
You may also handle car WFE 60683, Shipmt. No.56, containing late bloom Valencias from Isleworth that are put up without any brand. This stock is very similar to some of the fruit from Isleworth that was packed in plain wraps. If this car is not taken by a Boston customer, it will be handled by you. If the results are satisfactory, we will arrange to ship you the balance of the crop, estimated at about two cars. Mr. Hutchinson will take this matter up with you. Trust that the final cars from Isleworth will do well.

Yours very truly,

JCC:H

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