Letter from Sydney Chase to Joshua Chase (October 19, 1928)

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Title

Letter from Sydney Chase to Joshua Chase (October 19, 1928)

Alternative Title

Chase Correspondence (October 19, 1928)

Subject

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

Description

An original letter of correspondence between brothers and business partners Sydney Octavius Chase and Joshua Coffin Chase. The letter discusses a variety of topics, including Sydney's response to an article in The Tampa Tribune about the relationship between the citrus industry and the Florida Citrus Exchange. Chase & Company was established by the brothers 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. The Florida Citrus Exchange was founded by a group of growers on June 21, 1909 to help improve production of citrus in the state. Members shared facilities and helped establish operation and shipping standards. Both Sydney and Joshua Chase were hesitant to join the Exchange because they did not want to jeopardize the business they had successfully managed. Chase & Company eventually became a part of the Exchange, but backed out three years later.

Creator

Chase, Sydney Octavius

Source

Original letter from Sydney Octavius Chase to Joshua Coffin Chase, October 19, 1928: Chase Collection (MS 14), box 3, folder 13.46, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Date Created

1928-10-19

Date Submitted

1928-10-19

Has Format

Digital transcript of original letter from Sydney Octavius Chase to Joshua Coffin Chase, October 19, 1928.

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original letter from Sydney Octavius Chase to Joshua Coffin Chase, October 19, 1928

Is Part Of

Chase Collection (MS 14), box 3, folder 13.46, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Florida Citrus Exchange 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

application/pdf

Extent

3,516 KB

Medium

2 page handwritten letter
1 page typed transcript

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Asheville, North Carolina
Tampa, Florida

Spatial Coverage

35.6000, -82.5500
27.951345, -82.456627

Temporal Coverage

1928-10-19/1928-10-19

Accrual Method

Donation

Audience Education Level

SS.K.A.1.2; SS.1.A.1.1; SS.1.A.2.2; SS.1.A.2.4; SS.1.E.1.4; SS.2.A.1.1; SS.3.A.1.1; SS.4.A.1.1; SS.4.A.7.1; SS.4.E.1.1; SS.4.E.1.2; SS.5.A.1.1; SS.6.W.1.3; SS.7.E.2.4; SS.8.A.1.5; SS.8.E.2.1; SS.8.E.2.3; SS.912.A.1.1; SS.912.A.1.6; SS.912.A.5.4; SS.912.E.2.3; SS.912.W.1.3

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

Curator

Marra, Katherine

Digital Collection

External Reference

"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.
"Our Heritage: The History of Seald-Sweet." Seald Sweet International. http://www.sealdsweet.com/welcome/our-history.php.
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.

Transcript

Asheville N.C.
Oct 19/28

Dear Josh:
Have Tampa Tribune of 17th containing Coreys oration attacking the enemies of the citrus industry and generally trying to disrupt a real get together making movement amongst all marketing organizations of the state including the Citrus Ex.
How does he or the Growers expect the Clearing Ho. to continue in face of Coreys attempt to have them repudiate the amendments to Constitution and By-Laws of the original organization which provided for creation of an operating Com. & for them to have the management of the organization in their control as well as to select a manager. If they succeed in repudiating the final get together agreement which made it possible for the Independents to unite with the organization they will automatically release every Independent from the contract they signed & Coreys threat they will not be free from the binding provisions of their contracts is all bunk. If the Directors are forced to break the last hour agreement let them do it & then withdraw. I would rather operate our groves on no profit [. . .]

[. . .] basis for a year or so than have Coachman & his bunch run us into a corner.
I suggested Jno Taylors name before suggesting Pratts. L.B. questioned Taylors qualifications for the job but never questioned his fitness otherwise. If John is selected by the Directors he will probably feel under obligations to the Coachman bunch though I hesitate to think so myself. I have the highest regard for Taylor integrity, fairness etc.
It’s a rather shame all this mess has been result of scheming of the Coachman bunch working under cover of an unborn cooperative organization as yet never having shipped any citrus, unless within the last few days.

S.O.C.

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2 page handwritten letter

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  1. SC00216.pdf
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