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Correspondence of Pliny and Egbert Reasoner June-September 1886

Material Information

Title:
Correspondence of Pliny and Egbert Reasoner June-September 1886
Creator:
Reasoner, Piny ( author )
Reasoner, Egbert ( author )
Donor:
Donated by Andy Reasoner (March 2014).
Publication Date:
Language:
English
Physical Description:
1 online resource (117 pages)

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Plantations ( fast )
Pioneers--Social life and customs ( fast )
Description and travel -- Florida ( lcsh )
Agriculture ( fast )
Citrus ( fast )
Post Civil War Florida, 1865-1913
Nurseries (Horticulture) ( fast )
Florida--Brandenton ( fast )
Genre:
Family Papers ( aat )
personal correspondence ( aat )
manuscripts (documents) ( aat )
envelopes ( aat )
letterheads ( aat )
Temporal Coverage:
Gilded Age ( 1870 - 1900 )
Spatial Coverage:
Florida -- Manatee -- Brandenton
Coordinates:
27.4833 x -82.5667

Notes

Abstract:
In 1881 Pliny Reasoner, just turned eighteen years of age, arrived in Manatee County, Florida, from his home in the Midwest. Over the next seven years, he built Royal Palm Nurseries, an enterprise that would become Florida’s longest established nursery business. This collection documents the founding and early history of Royal Palm Nurseries and contains a run of the nursery catalogs that provide information on early horticulture and the introduction of new plants to Florida. ( ,,, )
Scope and Content:
Most of the collection concerns the creation and development of Royal Palm Nurseries in Florida. Pliny Reasoner’s correspondence with his family is extensive. An engaging writer, he describes living conditions, setting up the business, early endeavors and setbacks, and horticulture. Other letters written from Florida include one by his mother, during a family visit, and several by his brother Egbert after he moved to Florida in 1885. Printed versions of some letters, which appeared in newspapers, are included. Other items related to the nursery are a price and order list from 1886, two ledgers, and a journal Pliny kept during 1881-1882. Finally, the collection contains a near complete run of the catalogs of the nursery from 1890 to 1929 (see list of years below). With the catalogs are three price lists (1925-1927) and a small notebook of landscaping renderings for various Florida locations by Carroll Towne dated 1923-1926. Pliny’s journal and letters recount in great detail his daily experiences in Florida. He describes his train trip from Chicago to Florida and his stops at Jacksonville, Palatka, San Mateo, St. Augustine, Cedar Key, and Bradenton. There is a hand-drawn map of the Gulf Coast of Florida including Long Key, Clearwater Harbor, and other places he saw when he took the steamship from Cedar Key to Bradenton. He settled near Bradenton, bought 40 acres of pineland for $250, and began his nursery business.
Donation:
Donated by Andy Reasoner (March 2014).
Biographical:
Pliny Reasoner was born May 6, 1863, in Princeton, Illinois, to Henry and Mary Ellen Reasoner, and grew up with three younger siblings, his brother Egbert and sisters Julia and Edith. In 1881, he decided to draw on his experience with farming and knowledge of botany to forge a living for himself in sub-tropical Florida. He settled near modern-day Bradenton and began setting up a nursery business. Throughout his time in Florida, Pliny kept up a regular and detailed correspondence with his family in Princeton. His letters give detailed descriptions of his experiences in Florida in the1880s. In 1885 Pliny’s younger brother Egbert Reasoner (1869-1926) joined him in the nursery business, which specialized in citrus trees and tropical plants. Egbert continued expanding the nursery after Pliny’s death from yellow fever in 1888. Sources: Pinardi, Norman J., The Plant Pioneers: The Story of the Reasoner Family, Pioneer Florida Horticulturalists, and Their Nursery (Torrington, Conn.: Rainbow Press, 1980)

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University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
Permission granted to University of Florida to digitize and display this item for non-profit research and educational purposes. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder. Please contact the Department of Special & Area Studies Collections at special@uflib.ufl.edu with any questions.

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