Corporate Farming: How Chase & Company Has Grown Into a Dominant Force in Florida Agri-Business

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Title

Corporate Farming: How Chase & Company Has Grown Into a Dominant Force in Florida Agri-Business

Alternative Title

Corporate Farming

Subject

Sanford (Fla.)
Chase, Sydney Octavius, 1860-1941
Agriculture--Florida
Corporate farms
Farming
Citrus--Florida
Citrus fruit industry--Florida
Celery
Celery industry
Fruit industry--Florida
Packing industry
Packing houses--United States
Fertilizers--Florida
Fertilizer industry--Florida

Description

A pamphlet about the history and structure of Chase & Company. One of the first vendors to lease a stall at the first Sanford State Farmers' Market, 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.

Source

Original pamphlet: "Corporate Farming: How Chase & Company Has Grown Into a Dominant Force in Florida Agri-Business": Agricultural Collection, Celery Collection, Museum of Seminole County History, Sanford, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1900-1999

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original pamphlet: "Corporate Farming: How Chase & Company Has Grown Into a Dominant Force in Florida Agri-Business."

Is Part Of

Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

application/pdf

Extent

342 KB

Medium

1 pamphlet

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Sanford, Florida
Zellwood, Florida
Belle Glade, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally owned by Chase and Company.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Sunniland Corporation and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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.
"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.

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