Letter from Sydney Chase to Joshua Chase (January 11, 1927)


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Letter from Sydney Chase to Joshua Chase (January 11, 1927)

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Chase Correspondence (January 11, 1927)


Chase, Sydney Octavius, 1860-1941
Chase, Joshua Coffin, 1858-1948
Celery industry
Sanford (Fla.)
Freezes (Meteorology)--Florida--History


An original letter of correspondence between brothers and business partners Sydney Octavius Chase and Joshua Coffin Chase. The letter contains information about the Federated Fruit & Vegetable Association of America and how growers from the West Coast were urged to join the organizations. Sydney also includes information about cold weather conditions and what needs to be done to certain Chase & Company groves.

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.


Chase, Sydney Octavius


Original letter from Sydney Octavius Chase to Joshua Coffin Chase, January 11, 1927: Chase Collection (MS 14), box 3, folder 13.46, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

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Original newspaper article: The Tampa Tribune, January 11, 1927.
Carbon copy of original letter from A. J. Mitchell to Sydney Octavius Chase.

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Digital reproduction of original letter from Sydney Octavius Chase to Joshua Coffin Chase, January 11, 1927.

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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.

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




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2 page typewritten letter on Chase & Company letterhead






Sanford, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Manatee County, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Arcadia, Florida

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28.811729, -81.268138
28.538084, -81.378593
27.944436, -82.460721
27.48269, -82.344131
27.216091, -81.858459

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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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External Reference

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.
Warner, S.C. "Development of Marketing Citrus Fruits in Florida." Florida State Horticultural Society vol. 36 (1923): 198-200.
Attaway, John A. A History of Florida Citrus Freezes. Lake Alfred, FL: Florida Science Source, 1997.


January 11, 1927
Mr. J. C. Chase
Orlando, Fla.
Dear Josh:-
I am enclosing clipping from the Tampa Tribune of the 11th, with reference to urging the growers of the West Coast to organize and market thru the Federated Fruit & Vegetable Association of America.
If I remember correctly this organization has been fostered by Rule, formerly associated with Crutchfield, and his record of attempting to do big things and falling
down has been well established. The Florida Vegetable
Corporation, so called co-operative organization, formed at Sanford some three years ago has had their shipments handled by the Federated, and they are now financially on the rocks.
I am wondering how many brokers we use are affiliated, or associated, with the Federated Fruit &
Vegetable Association. I am writing Mr. Pratt today ask
ing for a new list of our brokers, and requesting him to check the names of all brokers who are affiliated with this particular organization.
It seems to me that Mr. Skinner's attention should be called to this Editorial article, so he could warn who┬Čever
has charge of writing up these editorials against making recommendations of this character without knowing more about the organization they are recommending to the growers at large.
The Manatee Celery Growers, who market their crop thru the Manayee Growers Association, are shipping less every year. Whether it is due to unprofitable returns received or to other causes I do not know.
I would like to have you look into this matter.
I am enclosing carbon copy of letter received this morning from A. J. Mitchell, Weather Man at Jacksonville, with
reference to the low temperature reported at Arcadia. last week.
If you examine the weather map of yesterday you will note that the atmospheric pressure lines run north and south, which has permitted the cold to spread all over the country in a northerly and southerly direct
ion. If the barometers at Jacksonville and further south
had ranged a few points below the atmospheric pressure reported up along the Great Lakes we would not have had
as much cold here as we have today. I am anxious about
tonight. The only thing which will help us will be for the wind to shift to the north, or north-east.
We have instructed Stanley to fire the Goodall grove if the temperature gets below 28, but not to fire any until it reaches that point.
I had intended to go to Arcadia tonight, but inasmuch as this cold wave is on I can tell more about what it has done to us there on Thursday than I could on Wednesday. I am now planning to leave Wednesday morning.
Yours Very truly,

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2 page typewritten letter on Chase & Company letterhead



Chase, Sydney Octavius, “Letter from Sydney Chase to Joshua Chase (January 11, 1927),” RICHES, accessed May 21, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/656.