Born (1908) and raised in Sanford, Florida, Mr. Chase tells of riding up and down Florida’s rivers on steam driven paddle boats; narrow and standard gauge trains; air plane rides; and Florida’s citrus industry.
This interview was conducted on April 16, 1975 by Harry Ferron for the Friends of the Orlando Public Library’s Oral History Committee. We are grateful for the Orange County Regional History Center‘s making this recording available for Orlando Memory.
Photographs of the paddle steamers mentioned in the first part of this interview, the City of Jacksonville and the Osceola (along with other photographs of early Florida) may be seen on the Florida Memory website.
Interview with Frank W. Chase, Sr. - Part 1
Franklin W. Chase, Sr. was born in Sanford on January 20, 1908 and enjoyed visiting the family cottage on Lake Louise so much that when he graduated from Princeton University he took over managing the family's Isleworth groves and made the cottage his home until his death in 1986.
The Times of Winter Garden published this obituary in the October 2, 1986 issue. This and other articles about notible Orlandoans may be found in the Biography Vertical Files of the Orlando Public Library.
Be sure to hear the oral history interview with Mr. Chase.