Letter from Sydney Octavius Chase to Joshua Coffin Chase (March 2, 1927)

Dublin Core

Title

Letter from Sydney Octavius Chase to Joshua Coffin Chase (March 2, 1927)

Alternative Title

Letter from Sydney Chase to Joshua Chase (March 2, 1927)

Subject

Chase, Sydney Octavius, 1860-1941
Chase, Joshua Coffin, 1858-1948
Sanford (Fla.)
Orlando (Fla.)
Chase and Company (Sanford, Fla.)
Agriculture--Florida
Packing-houses--United States
Citrus fruit industry--Florida
Train wrecks

Description

An original letter of correspondence between brothers and business partners Sydney Octavius Chase and Joshua Coffin Chase. Topics discussed in the letter include accounts of a wreck involving a train pulling refrigerator cars carrying Seald-Sweet oranges, information about various packinghouses in Florida, and information about the Railroad Commission.

Chase & Company was established by Joshua Chase and his brother Sydney 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.

Creator

Chase, Sydney Octavius

Source

Original letter from Sydney Octavius Chase to Joshua Coffin Chase, March 2, 1927: 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

1927-03-02

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original letter from Sydney Octavius Chase to Joshua Coffin Chase, March 2, 1927.

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.
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

1,874 KB

Medium

1 page typewritten letter on Chase & Company letterhead

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Sanford, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Buffalo Bluff, Satsuma, Florida
Crescent City, Florida
Hammond, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
De Leon Springs, Florida
Beresford, DeLand, Florida

Spatial Coverage

28.811729, -81.268138
28.538084, -81.378593
30.336139, -81.656113
29.579709, -81.673695
29.430179, -81.510587
29.025047, -80.956024
29.119399, -81.351371
29.009538, -81.344084

Temporal Coverage

1927-03-01/1927-03-02

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

Digital Collections (UFDC), University of Florida

Curator

Marra, Katherine

Digital Collection

External Reference

Hopkins, James T. Fifty Years of Citrus, the Florida Citrus Exchange: 1909-1959. Gainesville, Florida: University of Florida Press: 1960.
"Our Heritage: The History of Seald-Sweet." Seald Sweet International. http://www.sealdsweet.com/welcome/our-history.php.
"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.
Warner, S.C. "Development of Marketing Citrus Fruits in Florida." Florida State Horticultural Society vol. 36 (1923): 198-200.

Transcript

CHASE & COMPANY
GROWERS' MARKETING AGENTS
PACKERS AND SHIPPERS
FLORIDA FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

SANFORD, FLORIDA
March 2, 1927.

Mr. J. C. Chase,
Orlando, Fla.

Dear Josh:

On the return trip from Jacksonville this morning I noticed there had been a wreck a short distance south of Buffalo Bluff. Sealdsweet oranges and other perishables, in plain and printed boxes, were scattered over the right-of-way for some distance. Many partially wrecked refrigerator cars were on the siding. I imagine that one of the night perishable trains leaving Sanford around mid-night last night got into trouble. The track was clear so our south bound train was not held up materially, although we had to go slow for quite a distance.
I noticed that Shiver was active in packing, but the other houses at Crescent City seemed to be quiet. The packing house directly south of Hammond, which is operated by A.C. Haines & Company, was active. The packing house south of Haines house, operated by the Growers Sales Agency, was closed. The Bob White house at DeLeon Springs was closed. I did not notice Alexander & Baird at Beresford. You might pass this information on to Mr. Pratt.
I have yours regarding recommending Mr. Burr for appointment to fill the vacancy in the Railroad Commission created by the death of Commissioner Eaton. As soon as Robinson returns to Orlando would be glad to have you replay to me information you get from him. Mr. Skinner wired me about this same matter the day I left, but I did not get the wire until my return today.

Yours very truly,
S.O.C.

DISTRIBUTORS
Sunniland
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
SOC:HMR.

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1 page typewritten letter on Chase & Company letterhead

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