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JAMES C. CRAIG
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The Pa.ssord is pubbilied moilthl hy the
Public Relation. Department of tie Independent
Life and Accident Insuran'e Compans and its sub-
sidiaries. Herald Life Insurance Conipani iid In-
dependent Iire Insuranice Company: Home Ollice,
JacksonvllAe. F lorda.
The PassWord is designed to keep the em
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HOME OFFICE REPORTERS
Accounting LORETTA SHIEL
Actuarial MARIAN WILLIE
Addressograph BETTY FLOYD
Agency CONNIE GREEN
Atlas Division KAREN GARRINGER
Building Maintenance JOAN CALDREON
Cafeteria BETTY HAYES
Control FRANCES BLAKE
Credit Union JEAN CLIFTON
Death Claims, Legal, Cash Surrender -
Executive CYNTHIA McKEY
Group Insurance RUTH FICKLING
Group Sales PAULA HAYES
Home Office Debit ALETA CHILDRESS
Hospital Claims LINDA BEAL
industrial Accounting NELL PRICE
Key Punch KITTY HOWELL
Methods & Planning, Card Acci., Computer,
Ordinary Premium & Commission Acci. -
Mortgage DIANN BURKHIALTER
Ordinary Issue SANDY CARTER
Ordinary Pol. Service DOROTHY RHODEN
Ordinary Processing, Ordinary Under, riLing -
Weekly Premium Policy DOTTIE LINDSEY
Printing, Records, Mail, Receiving, Supply -
Public Relations SHARON NELSON
Purchasing NANCY WOODHAM
Sales Records, Sales Promotion -
Weekly Premium Policyholders Service -
Weekly Premium Underwrting -
Warehouse JOE DUBE
Top: Front view of Sanchez House. To the im-
mediate left of door is plaque giving condensed history
of house. Listed also is the name of Independent and
Herald Life and the-names of the Board of Directors.
Center: Rear view of house and courtyard. Bottom:
View of courtyard from second floor balcony.
"A magnificent contribution," "enchanting," "absolutely
lovely," "wonderful," "thanks to Independent Life for restoring
this house," "beautiful," "I'd love to live here"! These are
just a few of the comments entered in the guest book of the
Sanchez House in St. Augustine since the opening on May 11,
President Jacob F. Bryan III is a member of the St.
Augustine Restoration and Preservation Commission, a group
formed to protect and restore antique landmarks in and around
St. Augustine. Through the Commission's efforts, 15 buildings
have been restored.
Bryan has personally hand picked each item for the
Sanchez House. Choosing antiques from all over the United
States, his choices are excellent, both in beauty and design.
When the Company bought the Sanchez House, it was
completely run down and the inside looked as if it should be
condemned. The back porch sagged and termites had eaten
much of the first floor wood. The back yard was unkept, high
in weeds and extremely unsightly.
The scene is completely changed now. The exterior
walls are restored and painted a brilliant white, while the
shutters and wrought iron gates are a contrasting black. From
the front balcony hangs five colorful flags, the St. Augustine
Coat of Arms, Spanish, Old Glory, the Union Jack (British),
and the Confederate, representing the different governments
under which St. Augustine has been ruled.
To the left of the front door is a wrought iron gate that
leads to the rear court yard. The back yard that once was
unsightly to the eye, now is a beautiful thing to look upon.
Covered in concrete, with a fountain to the rear, it has flower
beds planted with colorful blooming annuals spaced against
the fence that surrounds the yard.
Entry to the house is made through the rear door. To
the right after entry is a bedroom furnished with birch antiques.
Everything in this room is early 19th Century. The bed has
round knobs at the head and foot to which ropes were tied to
hold the mattress. The chandelier is an exact copy of birch
candle holders which could be lowered and lighted and then
brought back up to its original position. The mirror over the
chest has a brass rim around the glass which denotes it is very
Throughout the house beautiful Persian rugs are used.
This particular rug is unusual because it is very heavy and is
approximately 100 years old. The bedspread is a reproduction
of a pattern popular at this time. The draperies match the
paper, for in Colonial days fabric was much cheaper and more
plentiful than paper, thus the entire wall was covered with
The master bedroom to the immediate left of the rear
door has a carved poster bed that rises very high off the floor.
The beds were so high in fact, that they had a large step by the
bed which opened up and inside could be concealed a chamber
pot. On the bed is a bed warmer which was filled with hot
coals on winter nights and then was moved around close to
the bed to make it comfortable for the occupants. The wash
stand is unusually beautiful; the bowl and basin is of crown
derby. It has inlaid work which is Hepplewhite-dated 1790.
This room also has a cradle dating back to 1790 with a bisque
baby doll with original costume made out of fine linen. The
small cradle with the doll is early 19th Century. The rug in
this room is 100 years old.
Up the hall to the right is the Insurance Room. This
room is used by the agents in the St. Augustine area. The map
over the fireplace dates back to 1873. It is the map of the new
world at that time. It shows Cape Canaveral, St. Augustine,
Cumberland Island and the Matanzas Inlet. The clock on the
mantel is early American vintage, New England. The chandelier
is an old candelabra that has been wired ingeniously to hold
electric lights. It is dated in the 17th or 18th Century. It was
lowered by chain to light the candles and pulled back up to
Across the hall from the Insurance Room is the room
which houses the historical documents. President Bryan has
exerted much effort to secure original documents for this room.
It contains a $3.00 bill used by the American Insurance Com-
pany, dated January 14, 1883. Insurance companies were
allowed to issue currency in the 1800s. Some of the oldest
insurance documents in the world are in this room. Over the
fireplace is the Phoenix, a bird out of Greek mythology, which
is supposed to rise out of the flames of fire and start life anew.
This was the symbol of the Phoenix Fire Company of London
1834. The desk in the corner of the room is Queen Anne. On
the wall is the picture of a shipwreck. This is supposedly
the first type of insurance sold by Lloyds of London.
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Up the beautifully carpeted stairs to the left is the green
bedroom. It has two three-quarter beds cut down to fit into
this room. They are high posted and are skillfully carved. The
rug is 150 years old and is most unique in that the color is
green rather than the deep purples usually found in Persian rugs.
The rocking chair is probably one of the most unusual and
beautiful in the world. It is held together completely by wire.
The living and dining area are on the second floor as was
the Spanish custom. Spanish houses were built extremely
close to the street and the living quarters on the second floor
would, of course, keep the noise of the street to a minimum.
Bringing food in was no problem, for servants were plentiful
and were housed in the rear of the main house as was the
The living room of the Sanchez House is beautiful. It
has two chairs which are exact reproductions of the chairs of
that time. The china tea service is Georgian. The design
stamped on the tea service is Staffordshire. The wicker baby
chair is early 18th Century and is hand made. The fire screen
is the oldest furnishing in the house and probably dates back
to 1700. The very interesting three-cornered chairs are 1790-
1820. The story is told that these chairs were especially
designed to accommodate ladies with hoop skirts or gentlemen
with cutaway coats. The sofa is a reproduction of the Sheraton
sofa and was too old to receive another upholstering job. The
paintings are around 1830. The secretary desk is dated by the
dealer at 1790. The interior shows it is probably that vintage.
The glass in this desk has the original blown glass in the panels.
The chandeliers in the living and dining room are from a
matched pair of large standing candleholders which were taken
from an old French hotel in New Orleans and wired as hanging
Opposite the living room is the dining room. The furni-
ture in this room is set apart by the carved woodwork. It is
Louis XIV and XV furniture. .southern France and Spain.
The china is of the old wet paste thumb print with thumb
signs, which was usually ordered by the colonists from a china
factory in France. The floral arrangement is around 1860 and
is made from dried real flowers. The dining room table and
chairs are early French Provincial. The dessert set is old
sandwich cranberry glass-very uneven in application and
color. All the silver is coin silver which was hammered from
silver coins at that time. The glass is old pressed glass.
There are no words to describe how very impressive the
Sanchez House is. At your earliest opportunity, plan a trip to
see St. Augustine again and spend an hour or so just browsing
through the Sanchez House. You will be guided by two very
lovely and charming hostesses, Mrs. Trudie Hines and Mrs.
Hayzel Brewer. There is no admission charge, something
almost unheard of in St. Augustine or any other place for that
matter. Directions to the House are as follows: Out U. S. No. I
South (Phillips Highway). This road takes you into the city of
St. Augustine. After reaching the city, take the Historic Route
to Cathedral Street at the Bridge of Lions which is located just
past the Matanzas Fort. Turn right, one block to St. George
Street. Turn right on St. George and go about two and one
half blocks. There is a parking lot across the street from the
House with meters. You may also park in the rear of the build-
ing and enter the courtyard through the iron gates. Admission
to the House is through the rear door. You may see the House
daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Thursday and Sunday.
Sunday admittance will be announced later in The Field News.
The Sanchez House is an absolute delight and is one
more reason to be proud to be a part of Independent Life.
-by Betty Dedmon
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Top: Dining table set with very old china, center
floral arrangement is dried real flowers, dated 1860.
Center: Green bedroom. Rocking chair in far corner
is unique in that it is held together by wire. Bottom:
Bedrbom immediate right after entry, furnished with
birch antiques. Everything in this room is 19th
2 PassWord/ May 1969
-Photo courtesy ofPhillip Whitley, St. Augustine Record
Top left: Over the fireplace in the room that houses historical
documents is the Phoenix, symbol of the Phoenix Fire Company
of London, 1834. Top right: Left corner of room where histori-
cal documents are kept. Table in foreground has $3.00 bill, issued
in the 1800s. Bottom: Standing in the beautiful living room of
the Sanchez House are left to right: First VicePresident Wilford
C. Lyon Sr., Mrs. Jacob F. Bryan III, and President Bryan. In the
left side of the room are the two chairs, exact reproductions of
that time. Right forefront: The three-cornered chair designed
especially for the hoopskirts, popular in the 1700s. The Sheraton
sofa still looks lovely, but was too old to receive another
May 1969/ PassWord 3
Home Office Highlights
MRS. HONZA CELEBRATES 20TH YEAR
Jaunelle Honsa of the Accounting Department recently celebrated her
20th year with Independent Life. Presenting her with the service
emblem is First Vice President Wilford C. Lyon Sr.
MRS. HOLLINGSWORTH COMPLETES 10 YEARS
Betty Hollingsworth of the Ordinary Underwriting Department recently
completed 10 years of service with the Company. She was presented
her service emblem by Roger 0. Shepard, the Department's manager.
STANLEY MAKES PRESENTATION ON BEHALF OF INDEPENDENT LIFE
Second Vice President James H. Stanley recently presented
a Palamino mare on behalf of Independent Life to Channel 7
for the annual auction held May 30 through June 6. The auc-
tion is held to defray expenses for the publicly owned station.
4 PassWord/ May 1969
Home Office Highlights
SECRETARY OF THE DAY
Mrs. Eva Lamb, secretary to Vice President and Actuary Thomas
H. Pate, had the distinct honor of being named Secretary of the
Day, May 7, during Insurance Week.
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TO FT. WORTH ALU
Director of Training-Combination H. T. Prince was the principal speaker
at the annual meeting of the Ft. Worth Association of Life Underwriters.
The meeting was held April 29 at the Colonial Country Club. Prince
spoke on "Motivation and Closing."
GOODING AWARDED BRONZE STAR MEDAL
First Lieutenant Mack D. Gooding, has earned the bronze star medal
for meritorious achievement during the period 31 January 1969 to 31
March 1969, while serving as press officer for the 15th Public Informa-
tion Office, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. First Lieutenant
Gooding was instrumental in processing 109 feature editorials, 200
photo releases, and 973 hometown releases. He also aided and escorted
civilian news and camera men covering the 1st Brigades activities in the
field. First Lieutenant Gooding's achievement is in keeping with the
highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon
.himself, his unit, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
MEDIC ALERT ARTICLE
E USED IN PUBLICITY PROGRAM
en by Mrs. Betty Dedmon of the Public Relations
be used in the Medic Alert Foundation's nationwide
m. The article, Alert-Alive, was published in the
he Field News and PassWord. A clipping service of
ent the article to the foundation and they in turn
to use it.
TO ARKANSAS ALU
Vice President and Director of Agencies Cecil B. Carroll spoke at the
recently held Arkansas Association of Life Underwriters luncheon. The
meeting was held in Hot Springs April 12, 1969. Carroll's speech was
"The Man in Selling."
May 1969/ PassWord 5
Home Office Highlights
BROOKE NAMED HEAD OF DISASTER UNIT
Richard Brooke Jr., Assistant Vice President, has been named to head
the disaster preparedness and relief committee of the Jacksonville area
chapter of the American Red Cross. Brooke has been a member of the
chapter's board of directors for six years and on the executive commit-
tee for two years.
MRS. VLASSELAER ELECTED TO OFFICE
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. Nell C. Vlasselaer was installed as
first vice president of the Pilot Club of Jacksonville on May 27. Mrs.
Vlasselaer entered the service of Independent Life in 1940 as the
Company's ninth employee and secretary to President J. H. Gooding
and Secretary-Treasurer C. G. Snead. In 1943 she was promoted to
executive secretary and elected assistant secretary-treasurer in 1959.
Active in many organizations, she has held the offices of secretary,
second vice president, is immediate past district secretary and has
served as chairman of many committees in the Pilot Club.
"TOTAL WAY OF LIFE" THEME FOR BILLY GRAHAM BROADCAST
For the convenience of the em-
The theme for Independent Life's advertising, which was adopted in December 1967, was recently ployees of Independent Life and
used as the outline for a sermon broadcast on the nationally famous "Hour of Decision." Mana- other companies in the area, Halli-
ger A. H. Causier, Ft. Pierce 1-46, Florida, was listening to the "Hour of Decision" on May 4 and the day's Apothecaryco s lia Street,
minister who was substituting for Dr. Billy Graham opened his sermon with the following remarks: ays addp ecaryplee 1 line treetr
" 'As I was riding along in my car, I heard a commercial for an insurance company which used as its i Gee cards. Buy your
theme, A Total Way of Life. The commercial went on to explain the various policies which they Fcan other's D cards Buy your
sold, such as retirement income, education, last expenses, etc., and as I thought of this theme, I com- from Hallay's. Yorad atron car
pared it to a Christian's total way of life.' Throughout his entire sermon the minister related to therom alliays. Your patronage
Total Way of Life aspect and it was obvious from his remarks that the slogan made quite an impression wl e appreciated.
upon him. At the close of his sermon, he again referred to the Total Way of Life theme."
"MISS SENIOR HIGH" LUNCHEON HELD IN COMPANY'S SKY ROOM
Independent Life recently hosted a luncheon for the contes-
tants in the "Miss Senior High" contest and members of the
Pageant committee. The luncheon was held in the Sky Room
on May 2, 1969, at 1 p.m.
Pictured right, is lovely Miss Olivia "Tivey" Iwanowski,
daughter of Manager G. C. Iwenowski, Jacksonville 1-42.
S- on to represent her school in the "Miss Senior High" contest.
4 Sponsored by Independent Life, she placed second runner-up.
6 PassWord/ May 1969
MRS. JAUNELLE HONSA, assistant manager
of the Accounting Department, reentered the
service of Independent Life May 2, 1949, as a
bookkeeper. In 1960 she advanced to super-
visor and in 1965 became senior accountant.
Her home town is Hazlehurst, Georgia. Mrs.
Honsa's interests are cooking, sewing and gar-
dening. She and her husband, Richard, have
a son, Carlton, and daughter, Cheryl, both
MRS. MARY LOU HOWARD completed five
years with the Company May 25. She is a
steno clerk. Mrs. Howard was born in Mac-
clenny, Florida, reared in Live Oak, and moved
to Jacksonville in 1942. She and her husband,
Hezzie, live in North Jacksonville on Cartier
Circle. They have a married son and daughter.
Her favorite pastimes are sewing, cooking and
collecting antique glass, but her primary interest
is her grandchildren.
50-FOOT BILLBOARD WELCOMES VISITORS
Jacksonville... home of
AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE CO.
HERALD LIFE INSURANCE CO.
This 50-foot illuminated billboard welcomes all visitors to
Jacksonville coming to the city from the International Airport
and along Interstate 95. The painted board is strategically lo-
cated at the intersection of the Airport Road and Interstate 95.
May 1969/ PassWord 7
Sydney Nelson Audrey Skaff James Neely
Executive Home Office Debit Computer
Loretta Sheil Juanita Prim
Accounting Department Cash Surrender
Betty Grisham LaDona Brown
Group Administration Hospital Claims
Home Office Debit
8 PassWord/ May 1969
Card A ccoun ting
Ray Blair Linda Bailey
Receiving and Supply Group Sales
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
Sandra Carter Betty Hollingsworth 10 Patsy Blankenship 6 Odessa Charles 6 Carol Mick 2 Reese Snead 14 Geneva Calver 4
H. R. Good Eva McHenry 22 Rhoda Galbraith 7 Sharon Ludwig 2 Mary Emmons 3 Geneva Hightower 4
Doris Kirkland Jima Poiter Carolh n Shuman 4
Wilford C. Lyon Jr. Lue oma Anderson Linda Whitier Janice Jacobsen John Coppock E. John.on
J. E. Neel. Virginia Powell Joe Moble,
E. W. Cavin 5 Kathleen Roe 4 Carol Pacetti 1 Lyn North 1 R. E. Jester 8 G. C. Hand 6 Kathy DuBose
A. Collier 10 Wanda Scull 6 Mildred Winn 9 Margaret Shields
J. Nelson 10 J. W. Alien R. L. Jenkin I Erhel Harne\ Iv. \. Roundiree Sarah-Pitzhugh -9- Nanc) Anions
l.ior Skellon 5 Melba Gran I
Jane Porter 5 1. B. Culbrelh Shirle) Sapp 3
Juanita \ollf Jackie Shi'tr 9
Jo >ce Godron
Dottie Lindsey Gertrude Thompson 4 Linda Jobes 6 Wilford C. Lyon Jr. 11 Deborah Kennedy 2 Ethel Harvey 3 A. Collier
Irene Scott Irene Scott 12 Elizabeth Hughes 7 Carolyn Thompson 4 Earlyne Sanford 3 Ida Johnson
Ruth Turner 'largarel Bo. elr e J. E. lill Jr. I Hilda Kerlin 7 Sharon Lu, j 8
D. L. Main
Edna Warren I Norma Bennetr Ed% the Bonles
A~lene Smihli 6 Judith L. nih S\ hla Rader
Jo Townend .ickie Shi'ei
Rhoda Galbraith Linda Tuniaull June Whiie
R. M. Vestal 10 Sarah Fitzhugh Patricia Burman 6 J. R. Edgar 3 J. H. Bailey 8 W. N. Fernandez Teresa Bowman
H. B. Barnett 5 Donna Yarbrough Marty Gibson 2 J. E. Harrison
Mary Bohannon 4 John Ingall, Polly Kell,
R. F. Gregor) 10 Cecil B. Carroll Sydney Nelon
Nita Crawford Tini Rutierlord
Allamease Bouiun Eddie Posloti
Nick Crei s Barbasa Sheldon
June Robin ion
R. F. Stanford 10 R. C. Holloway 17
Marie Lapato 16
Emma Purcell June 1969
Names alone indicate birthdays
Names with numbers indicate service anniversaries
DON'T FORGET TO RENEW YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE!
SERVICE ANNIVERSARY and BIRTHDAY CALENDAR
RVICE ANNIVERSARY and BIRTHDAY CALENDAR
AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE COMPANY
HOME OFFICE: JACKSONVILLE. FLA.
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