Mair Sittón was born in the land of Palestine, and he arrived in Panama in 1897.
Mair Sittón formed a partnership with José Aníbal Castillo, and they engaged in
several business ventures together. Sittón and Castillo founded the coffee
finca known as Finca "Carolin" sometime before 1910. They sold it in 1916.
In 1914 they established a store known as "La Davideña" in the provincial capital
of David. "La Davideña" sold clothing, shoes, canned goods, liquors, wines and
general merchandise. Some of these goods were imported from the United States
and Europe. Over time, the partners added stores in several nearby towns
including Boquete. Mair Sittón died in 1966.
Finca "Carolin" was sold by Sittón and Castillo to Joseph MacIntyre in 1916.
Joseph MacIntyre did not own it for long, but his letters home convinced his
brother A.D. MacIntyre (another coffee grower who issued tokens) to immigrate
Eventually Finca "Carolin" was purchased by Arnulfo Arias and became part of the
large Finca Arco Iris, which also issued tokens. So this particular finca played a
role in three different sets of tokens.
This token is almost identical to several other Boquete finca tokens such
as the Nemesio Ledesma token, the Segundo Díaz token, the Emilio Kant token
and the Aurelio Rovira token.
It is known that the Ledesma token was manufactured in the United States.
Since Sittón and Castillo did business with United States merchants, perhaps
they found the token manufacturer in the United States and placed orders for
themselves and the other four coffee growers.