David Garvin Cartano from Florida wrote the following letter to the Cartano Enquirer on March 20, 1999:
Greetings: I really appreciated getting the copy of the "tree" and information on the web site. I downloaded the address sections and am sending a few amended notes and a bit about our own immediate family background. We all grew up with farming backgrounds. All four of us children went to the same one-room country schoolhouse and had the same teacher for our first eight grades (although, Dick and Carol had a few early years at another site). Our grandfather (Richard Andrew Cartano) was a widely known fellow--a gentle kind man whom I never saw really angry (obviously without the famous Cartano temper). Our dad was a cattle feeder--we had several acres of cement feeding lots--and fed many hundreds of cattle each year--we grew up on horses (I rode a horse to the country school (except in the dead of Iowa winter). Our mom was an exceptional woman who was an excellent piano player--she had much energy and we all would work all day, and in the evening I'd lay around on the living room floor and listen to an hour of Chopin, Bach and all the rest of the usual classicals (she played for several state events in Des Moines). We were fortunate to have lived in a kind of classical rural community setting that has largely disappeared today. We were also fortunate to have had a foot in two kinds of American life. I personally was able to observe the change from a horse powered life ( I mean real live horses) to the internal combustion and mechanized farm life of today--two really different life styles.
Anyway, I got a degree in agronomy from Iowa State University in '57--then a MS and PhD) from Ohio State University. At Iowa State, I was working my way by waiting tables in the women's dorm and met Jo Ann Cowan whom I later married. At Ohio State, Jo got her MS, and with the help of OAS and Fulbright scholarships we spent several years in Colombia, SA. Our daughter was born in Bogota and I taught at the National University and collected data for my dissertation on new colonization in the eastern "frontier" for my dissertation. (This area is the major coke refining region during the past two decades.)
In 1966 we got an invitation to come to the University of Miami from the chairman of Sociology whom we had met in Colombia. We have lived here since that time. I've spent much of this time teaching courses and working with Masters and PhD candidates on socio-economic development in Latin American countries. A Fulbright to Brazil and having taught courses in every Central American country except Nicaragua has kept my Latin American interests up to date. Jo has been with the Dade County School system, first as special ed teacher, then as director of occupational and physical therapy programs and finally as director of teaching personnel for Dade County Schools. Our son Geoff is a geologist with the US geological survey in North Carolina, and our daughter is a psychologist living with her family in Appleton, WI.
We have just retired from our jobs after 32 years in each---but in 1980 we moved to the agricultural region of South Dade County and developed a set of commercial tropical fruit groves. We have strange fruits such as lychee, longans, atemoya and guava products which are sold to ethnic markets around the country. We are eventually going to divest ourselves of the groves also and concentrate on traveling and upgrading our tennis skills. Up to the hurricane of 1992, I managed to hang on to a state ranking in tennis, but recovering and replanting has kept me from that until recently. We also hope to visit my west coast relatives and perhaps meet more of the Cartano branches of that area. Thanks again for communicating the updates of the family tree.