David Osorio (shown in the photo) was born May 19, 1865 in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.
were Isaac Osorio and Esther Delvalle. He married Eveline Correa, also from
Curacao, in 1892. By the year 1900 they had immigrated to Panama. In 1915,
the land records show that "Finca 337" in the Boquete region near Horqueta
was owned 50% by David Osorio, 25% by Moisés Cardoze and 25% by Carlos Mendoza.
The Osorio and Cardoze families were related families of Jewish descent.
Moisés Cardoze was born December 18, 1860 in St. Thomas, Danish Virgin Islands.
He and his wife Grace imigrated to Panama in 1895. He served as a Rabbi
for Kol Shearith Israel. He was also a businessman and owned several properties
in Colon and Panama City.
While many fincas in Panama have given names,
others are called by the name of the family that owns them. Such was the
case with Finca 337 - it was named Finca Osorio for the last name of the family
that owned the largest share of the finca. According to the Osorio family, operations
on the finca began in earnest in 1922. The Finca Osorio had a wet process "beneficio"
and coffee dryers. The Finca Osorio also had milk cattle. The little Osorio boys
used to deliver milk on their way to school in Boquete.
David Osorio died June 13, 1925 in David, Panama. His share in the coffee plantation was
inherited by his wife Eveline and surviving children Isaac and Ester. These
Osorio family members owned the largest share of the finca until 1962.
Finca Osorio today is quite large, encompassing almost
2500 acres (998 hectares). It was purchased by Arnulfo Arias (several times
President of Panama, and originator of the 1941 Panama bills), who also
owned several other fincas. Today it continues
to be owned by members of the Arias family under the corporation name Arkapal, S.A.