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Interview with Everett Finley Cannon

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Interview with Everett Finley Cannon
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MATHESON HISTORICAL CENTER

OPAL HISTORY PROGRAM


INTERVIEWEE: INTERVIEWER: TRANSCRIBER:


Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. Mary Ann Cot rin Ruth C. Marston


November 7, 1995

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Cofrin: My name is Mary Ann Cofrin. I am interviewing Everett
Finley Cannon, Jr., at 1632 N.W. 19th Circle, Gainesville, Florida, on November 7, 1995, for the Oral History Program at the Matheson Historical Center. Would you please state your full name and birth date for the
tape.

Cannon: My name is Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. I was born
September 27, 1919.

Cofrin: You have always been called Finley. Right?

Cannon: That's right.

Cofrin: And your dad, too?

Cannon: Yessir.

Cofrin: You have quite a few illustrious ancestors. Some of them
lived here in Gainesville. I have copies of your
genealogy chart which we will attach to this interview.
Also, we have information written by Lucille Barco Coone, the genealogist, who wrote about your great-greatgrandfather on your mother's side -- that was Jesse Johnson Finley and he lived 1812 to 1904 -- and his father, your great-great-great-grandfather, who lived from 1787 to 1871, and his name was Obadiah Gaines Finley, and this will also be copied and attached. I will also attach Jesse Johnson Finley's obituary which tells a lot about him. We, of course, have an elementary school named for him. Can you add anything about him or
Obadiah?

Cannon: No, I didn't know them well. My father made the
dedicatory address of the J.J. Finley School, and I
received a copy of that, and I treasure it greatly.

Cofrin: Good. You great-great-grandfather, Samuel Yearger
Finley, who was born in 1835 and lived until 1903, was the first mayor of Gainesville, and I have an article written about him in the Gainesville Sun in 1938, which I will attach. Now, your grandfather on your father's
side, Edmenson -- is that E-d-m-e-n, or?

Cannon: He'd be E-d-m-u-n-s-o-n.


Cofrin: Edmunson.

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Cannon: I slept in a bed with him one week before he died when I

was just a little tot, but I don't remember him at all. Cofrin: So it was Edmunson Everett Cannon. Cannon: E.E.

Cofrin: E.E. and he married Sue Finley, who was Samuel Yearger
Finley's daughter, and that's how the Finleys and the
Cannons got together.

Cannon: That's right. My grandmother, Sue Finley, moved to
Daytona Beach and she stayed there until she died.

Cofrin: Okay. Yes, she was born in 1871 and died in 1921. No,
it was her husband who died in 1921, I guess, because she
lived longer than that, didn't she?

Cannon: Yes, she did. She was a red-headed gal. Cofrin: Right. You don't really know anything about E.E. Cannon,
do you?

Cannon: No, I don't.

Cofrin: You just remember him as a kid? Any other earlier
Cannons that you know of? Do you know about E.E.
Cannon's parents -- where they came from? Cannon: No, I don't.

Cofrin: Your father was born in Gainesville in 1896 and married
Louise Marye DePass?

Cannon: No. There was no "Marye." Suzanne Louise DePass was my
mother's name. Marye was her sister.

Cofrin: Oh, okay. Let's get that straight. This genealogy
chart. Well, I may have made a mistake. I've got Louise
Susie DePass.

Cannon: Suzanne Louise DePass. Cofrin: Suzanne. Is that spelled with a "z"? Cannon: S-u-z-o-n. No, S-u-s-o-n. Suson.

Cofrin: Okay. Oh, her sister was Marie. Okay.

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Cannon: She had another sister named Frances.

Cofrin: Okay. Suson Louise DePass. And she was born?

Cannon: In Archer, and moved to Gainesville when she was twelve.

Cofrin: This says Williston, Levy County, but it was Archer. And
she moved to Gainesville when she married your dad?

Cannon: No. Dr. DePass, her father, moved to Gainesville twelve
years after my mother was born and they built a house on the corner of East Lassiter and Main Street, East Main.
A two-story house.
Cofrin: So she was almost a native of Gainesville, as was your
dad. So they grew up together?

Cannon: Yes.

Cofrin: And they got married. Do you remember what year? I
guess that would be on this chart.

Cannon: I imagine it was about two years before I was born. In
1917, I would think.

Cofrin: And she died in 1973 in Gainesville?

Cannon: Yes.

Cofrin: Tell me a little bit about your dad. He was a very
active man in the city of Gainesville -- American Legion,
Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, City Commission.

Cannon: I don't think he was City Commission. He didn't like
politics.

Cofrin: Oh he didn't?

Cannon: No. He might have been, but I doubt it.

Cofrin: Well, why don't I read his obituary? That does tell a
little bit about him. "He was born in Gainesville January 6, 1896, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. E.E.
Cannon. He attended the University, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Social Fraternity. A veteran of World War I, he served with the Navy. Cannon was a former President of the Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville Rotary Club, and the Florida Association of Insurance Agents. At the time of his death, he was Secretary of

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the Public Relations Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. A member of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church,
Cannon was a former member of the vestry. He was a
Shriner." So, I guess you were right. It doesn't say a
thing about the City Commission.

Cannon: He didn't like politics. He was a great politician, but
it never amounted to anything.

Cofrin: Well, your mother's family, the DePass family, and Dr.
DePass were certainly well known in Gainesville. Where
did they come from?

Cannon: Dr. DePass came here from Memphis, Tennessee, on a
freight train. He had self-inoculated himself
accidentally and had tuberculosis. He moved to Williston and had a distant relative that put him up. He used to tell me that he walked from pine tree to pine tree and fertilized each one of them getting well. He did
everything that should have killed him but he lived a
long and happy life.

Cofrin: Good. I had a note from looking up things in the
Gainesville Sun that he purchased an Austin in 1930, and
it was the first one in the city. Do you remember
anything about that?

Cannon: No. I don't think I was born then.

Cofrin: 1930? Of course you were.

Cannon: Oh yes, I was, but I was too young to remember.

Cofrin: Now, he was active in a lot of things. The Rotary and
things like that.

Cannon: Yes, he was.

Cofrin: Well, we didn't talk about Samuel too much. All we know
is that he was the Mayor. That's about it, because you
didn't really have a chance to know him.

Cannon: I think he was the only politician we ever had in the
family.

Cofrin: What are your early memories of your dad? Tell us a
little bit about him. He was a great man.

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Cannon: The first thing I remember about my father was when I had
my eye put out, and he was the best home-made doctor
you've ever seen.

Cofrin: Can you tell us about your eye? How did that happen?
I've never known that story.

Cannon: A young Army officer named Will Rawls, and I were fencing
one night. We used to watch Rudolph Weaver and Lance behind us fence all the time, and I came home from Kingsley Lake one night and he grabbed a butcher knife, which I still have, and he said, "Let's fence." So we fenced, and I just twirled mine but he made an accidental lunge and it went right into my eye
and put it out. Seven years old, and Will was six.

Cofrin: That was a terrible thing. But you went to grade school
here in Gainesville?

Cannon: Yes, all my life.

Cofrin: And where did you go to school?

Cannon: I went to the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce,
which is a business school for the University of
Pennsylvania.

Cofrin: I'm talking about grade school.

Cannon: G.H.S.
Cofrin: Okay. Did you first go to Eastside School?

Cannon: Eastside School.

Cofrin: And then you moved over to Westside, where the high
school was.

Cannon: Yes.

Cofrin: Who were your friends in Gainesville when you were a kid?
A little kid. Elementary school first.

Cannon: Well, Glenn Summerlin is probably the oldest friend that
I have. He's a doctor and resides with his son here in Gainesville. Nicky Edwards, Mary Gray Bavers, Wayne Colson, Bruce Griffith, a few more like that. We had a great time growing up in a small country town.
Gainesville had less than two thousand people at the University of Florida when I graduated. My father knew

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John Tigert very well and went to him and said, "John, where would you send your son if you wanted him to get out of this country town?" H-e said, "Send him to a business school, and I recommend the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania." I had never heard of the school, much less I had never been north of Waldo,
but I made it.

Cofrin: You went up there after you graduated from the
University.

Cannon: No, from high school.

Cofrin: Oh, from high school you went straight there?

Cannon: I went to the University of Florida for one-half a
semester and took Spanish because I flunked it at the
University of Pennsylvania.

Cofrin: Okay. So after the University of Pennsylvania you came
back and took that one semester.

Cannon: No, one summer school after my freshman year at Penn, it
was one semester of summer school.

Cofrin: Okay, to get that credit.

Cannon: Yes.

Cofrin: Let me digress a little bit and go back to your high
school days. These same friends were probably your same friends that you had in grade school, right on through
high school?

Cannon: Yes.

Cofrin: Tell me about Gainesville and high school. What did all
the young folks do?

Cannon: Well, there wasn't very much to do. We made our own fun.
I remember Prof Buchholz and Bob Golen. Fritz was the
principal and Prof was his assistant and we had a heck of a good time. I remember Fritz Buchholz drew a line in the sidewalk and he said, "Now the girls stay on one side and the boys stay on the other, and don't let me catch
you all crossing that line," and we never did.

Cofrin: You know, Elizabeth Dell told me that same story, and I
had never heard that before.

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Cannon: She did? Well, it was true.

Cot rin: Who did you date in high school? All the girls?

Cannon: Every girl who would give me a date I dated.

Cofrin: You had a lot of dances in those days.

Cannon: Oh yes. We had the Club, which was a
private club, and we had four dances a year, and Angus Merritt used to play the P.A. system, and he was good.
H-e did all the songs and he used to come and break in on us when we were dancing with his favorite girl. I'll
never forget that.

Cofrin: And most of those dances were either at the Women's Club
or the American Legion Hall.

Cannon: Both. It started out at the Women's Club on East
University Avenue, facing the high school, and then we graduated down to the -- when the Club
put them on, we had to charge money. We'd charge $1.00 a man to come in, the girls free, and that was the American
Legion Hall.

Cot rin: Right. Which is now the Matheson Historical Center. You
probably did a lot of sports, too. You probably hunted.

Cannon: I hunted and fished and danced. That was the only thing
I could do. I had my eye put out, and the doctor forbid
me to play football, which I loved. I didn't like
baseball; I didn't like basketball, but football I loved.

Cofrin: You had a good time going to the Gator games, even back
in high school.

Cannon: Oh yes. I remember I went to the first football game
when the stadium was built. We played Alabama, who had seven teams on the field and they beat the socks off of
US.

Cofrin: Those were the good old days.

Cannon: Yes, ma'am.

Cofrin: And you probably went out sometimes to watch the band
practice. Did you ever do that at what we used to call
the Polo Field?

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Cannon: Oh yes. I used to love that. When the University of
Florida first started an ROTC and brought horses here, I loved to ride and I used to go out there and exercise the
horses a lot, free. That was the good part!

Cofrin: Oh sure. And your dad was a hunter and fisherman, too,
wasn't he?

Cannon: Well, he liked to hunt. HeI like to hunt quail and dove,
but he didn't like to fish at all. Although he took me fishing the first time I ever fished alone. We went to
Santa Fe Lake and I caught a bass.

Cofrin: Oh, that was a thrill.

Cannon: It was.

Cofrin: You had a place on Kingsley Lake, so you must have spent
summers out there?

Cannon: No. My parents never had a place on Kingsley Lake. We
found a place on Lake Rosa. John Booth was then Tax
Assessor in Putnam County, and he bought about 2400 yards
for taxes and invited Dr. Swabbie, Frank Wright, Jim Atkins, and John Booth all bought property out there and
we had a hell of a good time growing up.

Cofrin: You spent a lot of summers out there.

Cannon: I sure did.

Cofrin: Your mom just moved out and your dad commuted?

Cannon: Yes.

Cofrin: Okay. Then off to Wharton and then back to Gainesville
after you graduated?

Cannon: Yes, I came right back from college.

Cofrin: And then you went into business?

Cannon: Yes, I did. I went into business with my father as an
insurance agent and I joined every club that he joined, starting out with the American Legion, the Rotary Club,
Junior Chamber of Commerce, and all of those things.

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Cofrin: We haven't brought Waynie into the picture yet. Where
did you meet her?

Cannon: Well, having one eye, I was kept out of the service all
my life until finally I was drafted. Before that, my roommate from college got me a job making $110.00 a month
at an Army post as a clerk-typist.

Cofrin: Where was that?

Cannon: In San Antonio. It was there that I met Waynie, and I
fell in love with her right away.

Cofrin: And her name was Waynie Sherrard.

Cannon: Her real name is May Lorraine Sherrard. Her nickname
came when she was two years old and visiting with her Army parents in China, and the amah -- that's the nurse
nicknamed her Waynie, and it stuck ever since.
Cofrin: Spell her maiden name. It's S-h-e-r-r-a-r-d. And Waynie
is W-a-y-n-i-e?

Cannon: That's her nickname that's stuck with her all her life.

Cofrin: So you met her in Texas, and when did you get married?

Cannon: Well, I waited until I came back home to Gainesville to
OCS. Now as soon as I got to be a Second Lieutenant, I went back out to Texas. I knew E.T. Rarco, who was the Commandant of our OCS school, and he said, "Since you can't go overseas, where would you like to go?" So I immediately picked my wife's hometown and I went there to
San Antonio, Texas.

Cofrin: And then you got married? You were in the service.

Cannon: I sure did.

Cofrin: Did you stay stationed in San Antonio during your years
of service?

Cannon: Yes. We were first sent to Camp Walters in Texas, and I
later was transferred back to Fort Sam Houston, and the man who was in our wedding happened to be the Adjutant of the Post, and he gave me the job of Rations Officer, and boy, in those days, that was a good thing to be. And he got me a place on the Post to live. It was a good thing.

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Cofrin: Oh, that was wonderful. So, you got out of the service

in what year?

Cannon: 1939.

Cofrin: No, that's not right.

Cannon: 1940. In December 1940.

Cofrin: The war didn't start until 1941. Now, we've got some
dates wrong here. Pearl Harbor was December 7, 1940. Cannon: Well, I was not married then.

Cofrin: So you got out of the service after you were married.

Cannon: No, I'm mixed up. I married when I was still in the
service as a Second Lieutenant. Then we came home when I
got out of the service.

Cofrin: And that would have been some time later.

Cannon: 1943.

Cofrin: Okay. So, you started a family after you got back to
Gainesville?

Cannon: No, I had my first child, who was Matt -- Matthew DePass,
named after my grandfather -- born in San Antonio, Texas.

Cofrin: And Matthew was born August 4, 1944, in San Antonio,
Texas. So it was sometime after that you came back to Gainesville. And your next child was Susan Finley
Cannon, and she was born September 12, 1951.

Cannon: And then we had Lorraine.

Cofrin: Lorraine Sherrard Cannon, and she was born September 19,
1955. So where did you live when you first came back to
Gainesville?

Cannon: My mother and father bought me a house right behind
their's. The house had been built by Dr. DePass and moved across the street in back of my mother's, and Mother and Daddy bought that house and had it all fixed when we came home. Of course, it was secondhand
furniture, but we were glad to live anywhere.

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Cot rin: Of course. Your parents lived by then right across from
the Thomas Hotel. But that's not where you grew up, is
it?

Cannon: Yes, I did.

Cot rin: You grew up in that house.

Cannon: I lived in that house until I graduated from college and
then was finally, I went to work with my father, and then
was finally drafted into the Army.

Cofrin: And then you came back to Gainesville and you became very
active right away in many things. You joined all the organizations that your dad belonged to, and you got
interested in politics a little bit? Or no?

Cannon: Well, just interested, that's all.

Cot rin: Just interested. But you were active in the Zoning
Board, right? And you founded the Committee of One
Hundred?

Cannon: For the Chamber of Commerce.

Cot rin: And served as its first Chairman in 1955 and chaired five
additional terms. Tell us what the Committee of One
Hundred was.

Cannon: That was a committee formed to attempt to bring industry
to Gainesville so that we could diversify the economy.
We were at the original time nothing but a university community. Of course, that's very good. Any town would give its eye teeth to have the university, but we felt in
the Chamber that diversification was a long stay.

Cofrin: That was the year, also -- 1956 -- that you were named
the Young Man of the Year, and that was quite an honor.
I'd like to read what the article in the paper said about
you.

Cannon: I'd like to hear it again.

Cot rin: "E. Finley Cannon, Jr., Gainesville insurance agent, was
announced today as the Young Man of the Year. Steven
O'Connell, recently appointed Supreme Court Justice, made
the presentation at a joint Civic Club luncheon at the University of Florida Student Service. M.M. Parrish,
Jr., Chairman of the Distinguished Award Committee, said

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Cannon was selected on the basis of numerous activities and accomplishments. Cannon was thirty-six September 27, 1955. Selection was limited to young men thirty-five and under during 1955." You just made it. "In addition to
the plaque presented to Cannon, the Junior Chamber of Commerce and sponsors of the DSA presented Certificates
of Merit to eight other young men. Parrish said the
certificates were presented in recognition of outstanding services rendered in the past year and should in no wise be interpreted as mere runner-up awards. In listing
Cannon's specific activities, Parrish pointed out that he owned and operated one of the city's largest insurance firms and was Vice-President of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, and Chairman of the Committee which
promoted the driver education program in schools to successful conclusion in the legislature. He served last
year as Captain of the Gainesville Quarterback Club.
Cannon is also a member of the Alachua County Zoning Board, a Director of the First National Bank, Gainesville Mutual Building and Loan Association, Santa Fe Telephone Company, and the Gainesville Little Theater. He is also
active in the American Legion and Elks Lodge, and is Senior Warden in the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church."
Then they named the other Distinguished Awards were given to Jack Durrance, Lester May, Merrill H-amnes, O.C. Fagan, Joe Wilcox, Elmo Bevel, Bert Stephens, and John Donovan.
So, that was quite an honor for you.

Cannon: Well, I didn't do it for the honor. I just did it for
the activities.

Cofrin: Right. Well, it was good to have people like you in the
city of Gainesville. And you also served on the Advisory
Board of the University of Florida for several years.
You were appointed by Stephen O'Connell and by Robert
Marston.

Cannon: Robert Marston was the President.

Cofrin: Of course, I read that you were Director of all these
banks and the Gainesville Mutual Building and Loan. Did
you start that or did your dad start that?

Cannon: My dad.

Cofrin: Your dad started that. And you were a member of the
five-member Research and Development Authority of Alachua
County. It says 1988. Is that right? Cannon: 1978.

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Cofrin: And then you were on the Board of Directors of Drilltech.


Cannon: That's right. I helped bring it to Gainesville. Cofrin: And then you were Past President and Board Member of
Santa Fe Community College Endowment Corporation. Cannon: That's right.

Cofrin: And then you helped get the Heritage Club going. Cannon: Yes, I did. I was the first chairman and later Dr. E.T.
York joined me because he had the contact with the University, much more than I do. It took us two years to
get it started instead of one.

Cofrin: And you currently hold license as a real estate broker,
mortgage broker, and insurance. Cannon: Those are all gone now. Cofrin: In 1959 you were President of the Executive Club. Now
what is that? I don't know what that is. Cannon: I don't either. Executive Club? Cofrin: I got it from something, but maybe it is incorrect.
Well, we'll skip over that since we don't know about it.
As President of the Chamber, you had quite a lot of
accomplishments.

Cannon: I loved the Chamber. Cofrin: You sponsored a Cleanup Week and you helped obtain an
Entomology Lab and a new airline called Golden Isles. Cannon: Yes.

Cofrin: And you helped get the state selected for an insurance
study, highway safety, and then you got pledges of $1,000.00 each from twenty-six members to secure
industry. I know a lot of things about you. Cannon: I didn't know you knew so much. Cofrin: And you got industrial manager, Howard A. Smith, you got
him hired as an Industrial Manager of the Chamber?

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Cannon: Yes.

Cot rin: And then in 1968, you had a lot to do with the Civic
Center.

Cannon: That's right.

Cot rin: You were appointed the Chairman of the Committee by Mayor
Walter Murphree. And the Civic Center over by Kirby
Smith. Can you tell us some details about that?

Cannon: No, I really can't. That was just one of the many things
that I was interested in and I thought it was good to
help the city.

Cot rin: In 1972, you pledged for the Chamber to ask for less
money from the city and county commissions. What was
that all about?

Cannon: They say less money?

Cofrin: Yes. There's an article about that. Do you want me to
read that to you? Well, it's sort of hard to read but
you can look at it.

Cannon: Oh, I remember. There were a lot of people criticizing
the Chamber because they said that we took the money from the city and the county and we were too much in the hands of the politicians. What they didn't know was that we
had a hard time selling them enough dues and we were doing a lot of work for both Gainesville and the
University of Florida and it was the only source of revenue that we had. It was my father's idea, not mine.
He used to be Chairman of the Public Relations Committee for the Chamber of Commerce and had a lot of work to do
that way.

Cofrin: Who do you think influenced you the most in your
lifetime?

Cannon: Roth my mother and my father. My father was my business
partner and my best friend.

Cofrin: That's wonderful. And you stayed in the insurance
business and it really grew.

Cannon: Yes, it did. At one time I had the largest insurance
agency in the entire area.

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Cofrin: And it's still going strong.

Cannon: No. I brought two men into the business. One was a
brother, a younger brother, and he not only changed it,
he sold the business.

Cofrin: Which younger brother are you talking about?

Cannon: Herbert Trewee.

Cofrin: Oh, younger brother of whom?

Cannon: Bob Trewee.

Cofrin: Oh, Bob was already in the firm.

Cannon: Yes, I brought him in first. He used to be a special
agent for the Insurance Company of North America, and he wanted to bring his brother Bob in, and I agreed although I had never seen him. And Herb Trewee sold the business
and fired my son, and I've never forgiven him yet.

Cofrin: Well, I guess not. Well tell me about Matthew. He lives
in Gainesville?

Cannon: He lives in Gainesville, all his life, and he is now
retired because he sold his share of the agency. He had the biggest amount of stock there was. He's living
happily ever afterwards.

Cofrin: After he got fired from the agency, did he take another
job or was he able to retire on what he had?

Cannon: He doesn't tell me much but he just lives a happy life.
He has two daughters.

Cofrin: He has two daughters. And you have two daughters. Tell
me about them.

Cannon: Well, both of them live in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
How in the world they got there I do not know. I think it was because Susan married a young man from there.
Now, Lorraine naturally wanted to go out and join her big
sister.

Cofrin: They probably got interested in snow skiing and things
like that.

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Cannon: They have all the snow apparatus. They know all the

things about ice skating and sledding and skiing.

Cofrin: That's wonderful. Do you visit them out there?

Cannon: Once in a while.

Cofrin: But they probably come to Gainesville, too.

Cannon: Yes they do.

Cofrin: Now tell me where you and Waynie lived after you first
lived behind your parents and then you moved around some.

Cannon: Well, yes, we moved to a little apartment that was
upstairs and then we moved into my grandmother, Sue Finley's house on East Boulevard. We rented that from her when she moved to Daytona Beach. I later sold that to C.B. Gluten, who was then President of the First
National Bank.

Cofrin: Then where did you move?

Cannon: I moved way over -- darned if I know the name of the
street now -- it was near the old airport.

Cofrin: Oh, over in Highland Heights.

Cannon: Yes. We lived there for about seven years, and then my
father and Bill Shands were very good friends, and through my father, Bill Shands wanted to sell his threestory house. By that time I had three children so I bought the big house from him and stayed there for
thirty-two years.

Cofrin: And that's the house over near The Boulevard, but it's on
what used to be the corner of Virginia Avenue but that's
not -Cannon: It was one block removed from Virginia. It was across
the street from the Hotel Thomas on East Lassiter.

Cofrin: Oh, East Lassiter, on the corner of East Lassiter and Oak
Street. And that's where you stayed until you moved out
here in Cumberland Circle.

Cannon: That's right.

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November 7, 1995


Cofrin: You lived there thirty-five years. Your children enjoyed
going out to Lake Rosa and you always had a lot of family visiting. I remember some of your relatives coming to
town.

Cannon: Yes, it was a great place.

Cofrin: It was a good place to raise a family. Can you think of
anything that I've forgotten to ask you? We've got lots of stuff to attach to this interview. Have we forgotten
anything important that you can think of?

Cannon: Nothing that I could tell anybody. I've got to keep a
few secrets, you know.

Cofrin: Oh you do?

Cannon: I don't want Waynie to know, because I know she's going
to read this.

Cofrin: Well, we want her to read it. Maybe she'll think of some
things that we've forgotten to ask you, and anything you think of when you have the transcript, we can certainly add. I've enjoyed this interview very much and I'm sure it will be an addition to the Matheson Historical Center to know about your family. They'll have a big file on the Finleys and the Cannons and the DePasses. They'll put all this together, and I want to thank you very, very
much for granting us this time.
Cannon: Well, Mary Ann, it was wonderful to do this.


Cofrin: Good. We've enjoyed it.

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MATHESON HISTORICAL CENTER ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM INTERVIEWEE: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. INTERVIEWER: Mary Ann Cofrin TRANSCRIBER: Ruth C. Marston November 7, 1995

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 2 Cofrin: My name is Mary Ann Cofrin. I am interviewing Everett Finley Cannon, Jr., at 1632 N.W. 19th Circle, Gainesville, Florida, on November 7, 1995, for the Oral History Program at the Matheson Historical Center. Would you please state your full name and birth date for the tape. Cannon: My name is Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. I was born September 27, 1919. Cofrin: You have always been called Finley. Right? Cannon: That's right. Cofrin: And your dad, too? Cannon: Yessir. Cofrin: You have quite a few illustrious ancestors. Some of them lived here in Gainesville. I have copies of your genealogy chart which we will attach to this interview. Also, we have information written by Lucille Barco Coone, the genealogist, who wrote about your great-greatgrandfather on your mother's side -that was Jesse Johnson Finley and he lived 1812 to 1904 -and his father, your great-great-great-grandfather, who lived from 1787 to 1871, and his name was Obadiah Gaines Finley, and this will also be copied and attached. I will also attach Jesse Johnson Finley's obituary which tells a lot about him. We, of course, have an elementary school named for him. Can you add anything about him or Obadiah? Cannon: No, I didn't know them well. My father made the dedicatory address of the J.J. Finley School, and I received a copy of that, and I treasure it greatly. Cofrin: Good. You great-great-grandfather, Samuel Yearger Finley, who was born in 1835 and lived until 1903, was the first mayor of Gainesville, and I have an article written about him in the Gainesville Sun in 1938, which I will attach. Now, your grandfather on your father's side, Edmenson -is that E-d-m-e-n, or? Cannon: He'd be E-d-m-u-n-s-o-n. Cofrin: Edmunson.

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 3 Cannon: I slept in a bed with him one week before he died when I was just a little tot, but I don't remember him at all. Cofrin: So it was Edmunson Everett Cannon. Cannon: E.E. Cofrin: E.E. and he married Sue Finley, who was Samuel Yearger Finley's daughter, and that's how the Finleys and the Cannons got together. Cannon: That's right. My grandmother, Sue Finley, moved to Daytona Beach and she stayed there until she died. Cofrin: Okay. Yes, she was born in 1871 and died in 1921. No, it was her husband who died in 1921, I guess, because she lived longer than that, didn't she? Cannon: Yes, she did. She was a red-headed gal. Cofrin: Right. You don't really know anything about E.E. Cannon, do you? Cannon: No, I don't. Cofrin: You just remember him as a kid? Any other earlier Cannons that you know of? Do you know about E.E. Cannon's parents -where they came from? Cannon: No, I don't. Cofrin: Your father was born in Gainesville in 1896 and married Louise Marye DePass? Cannon: No. There was no "Marye." Suzanne Louise DePass was my mother's name. Marye was her sister. Cofrin: Oh, okay. Let's get that straight. This genealogy chart. Well, I may have made a mistake. I've got Louise Susie DePass. Cannon: Suzanne Louise DePass. Cofrin: Suzanne. Is that spelled with a "z"? Cannon: S-u-z-o-n. No, S-u-s-o-n. Suson. Cofrin: Okay. Oh, her sister was Marie. Okay.

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 4 Cannon: She had another sister named Frances. Cofrin: Okay. Suson Louise DePass. And she was born? Cannon: In Archer, and moved to Gainesville when she was twelve. Cofrin: This says Williston, Levy County, but it was Archer. And she moved to Gainesville when she married your dad? Cannon: No. Dr. DePass, her father, moved to Gainesville twelve years after my mother was born and they built a house on the corner of East Lassiter and Main Street, East Main. A two-story house. Cofrin: So she was almost a native of Gainesville, as was your dad. So they grew up together? Cannon: Yes. Cofrin: And they got married. Do you remember what year? I guess that would be on this chart. Cannon: I imagine it was about two years before I was born. In 1917, I would think. Cofrin: And she died in 1973 in Gainesville? Cannon: Yes. Cofrin: Tell me a little bit about your dad. He was a very active man in the city of Gainesville -American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, City Commission. Cannon: I don't think he was City Commission. He didn't like politics. Cofrin: Oh he didn't? Cannon: No. He might have been, but I doubt it. Cofrin: Well, why don't I read his obituary? That does tell a little bit about him. "He was born in Gainesville January 6, 1896, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Cannon. He attended the University, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Social Fraternity. A veteran of World War I, he served with the Navy. Cannon was a former President of the Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville Rotary Club, and the Florida Association of Insurance Agents. At the time of his death, he was Secretary of

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 5 the Public Relations Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. A member of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Cannon was a former member of the vestry. He was a Shriner." So, I guess you were right. It doesn't say a thing about the City Commission. Cannon: He didn't like politics. He was a great politician, but it never amounted to anything. Cofrin: Well, your mother's family, the DePass family, and Dr. DePass were certainly well known in Gainesville. Where did they come from? Cannon: Dr. DePass came here from Memphis, Tennessee, on a freight train. He had self-inoculated himself accidentally and had tuberculosis. He moved to Williston and had a distant relative that put him up. He used to tell me that he walked from pine tree to pine tree and fertilized each one of them getting well. He did everything that should have killed him but he lived a long and happy life. Cofrin: Good. I had a note from looking up things in the Gainesville Sun that he purchased an Austin in 1930, and it was the first one in the city. Do you remember anything about that? Cannon: No. I don't think I was born then. Cofrin: 1930? Of course you were. Cannon: Oh yes, I was, but I was too young to remember. Cofrin: Now, he was active in a lot of things. The Rotary and things like that. Cannon: Yes, he was. Cofrin: Well, we didn't talk about Samuel too much. All we know is that he was the Mayor. That's about it, because you didn't really have a chance to know him. Cannon: I think he was the only politician we ever had in the family. Cofrin: What are your early memories of your dad? Tell us a little bit about him. He was a great man.

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 6 Cannon: The first thing I remember about my father was when I had my eye put out, and he was the best home-made doctor you've ever seen. Cofrin: Can you tell us about your eye? How did that happen? I've never known that story. Cannon: A young Army officer named Will Rawls, and I were fencing one night. We used to watch Rudolph Weaver and Lance _______________ behind us fence all the time, and I came home from Kingsley Lake one night and he grabbed a butcher knife, which I still have, and he said, "Let's fence." So we fenced, and I just twirled mine but he made an accidental lunge and it went right into my eye and put it out. Seven years old, and Will was six. Cofrin: That was a terrible thing. But you went to grade school here in Gainesville? Cannon: Yes, all my life. Cofrin: And where did you go to school? Cannon: I went to the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, which is a business school for the University of Pennsylvania. Cofrin: I'm talking about grade school. Cannon: G.H.S. Cofrin: Okay. Did you first go to Eastside School? Cannon: Eastside School. Cofrin: And then you moved over to Westside, where the high school was. Cannon: Yes. Cofrin: Who were your friends in Gainesville when you were a kid? A little kid. Elementary school first. Cannon: Well, Glenn Summerlin is probably the oldest friend that I have. He's a doctor and resides with his son here in Gainesville. Nicky Edwards, Mary Gray Bavers, Wayne Colson, Bruce Griffith, a few more like that. We had a great time growing up in a small country town. Gainesville had less than two thousand people at the University of Florida when I graduated. My father knew

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 7 John Tigert very well and went to him and said, "John, where would you send your son if you wanted him to get out of this country town?" He said, "Send him to a business school, and I recommend the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania." I had never heard of the school, much less I had never been north of Waldo, but I made it. Cofrin: You went up there after you graduated from the University. Cannon: No, from high school. Cofrin: Oh, from high school you went straight there? Cannon: I went to the University of Florida for one-half a semester and took Spanish because I flunked it at the University of Pennsylvania. Cofrin: Okay. So after the University of Pennsylvania you came back and took that one semester. Cannon: No, one summer school after my freshman year at Penn, it was one semester of summer school. Cofrin: Okay, to get that credit. Cannon: Yes. Cofrin: Let me digress a little bit and go back to your high school days. These same friends were probably your same friends that you had in grade school, right on through high school? Cannon: Yes. Cofrin: Tell me about Gainesville and high school. What did all the young folks do? Cannon: Well, there wasn't very much to do. We made our own fun. I remember Prof Buchholz and Bob Golen. Fritz was the principal and Prof was his assistant and we had a heck of a good time. I remember Fritz Buchholz drew a line in the sidewalk and he said, "Now the girls stay on one side and the boys stay on the other, and don't let me catch you all crossing that line," and we never did. Cofrin: You know, Elizabeth Dell told me that same story, and I had never heard that before.

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 8 Cannon: She did? Well, it was true. Cofrin: Who did you date in high school? All the girls? Cannon: Every girl who would give me a date I dated. Cofrin: You had a lot of dances in those days. Cannon: Oh yes. We had the _______________ Club, which was a private club, and we had four dances a year, and Angus Merritt used to play the P.A. system, and he was good. He did all the songs and he used to come and break in on us when we were dancing with his favorite girl. I'll never forget that. Cofrin: And most of those dances were either at the Women's Club or the American Legion Hall. Cannon: Both. It started out at the Women's Club on East University Avenue, facing the high school, and then we graduated down to the -when the ________________ Club put them on, we had to charge money. We'd charge $1.00 a man to come in, the girls free, and that was the American Legion Hall. Cofrin: Right. Which is now the Matheson Historical Center. You probably did a lot of sports, too. You probably hunted. Cannon: I hunted and fished and danced. That was the only thing I could do. I had my eye put out, and the doctor forbid me to play football, which I loved. I didn't like baseball; I didn't like basketball, but football I loved. Cofrin: You had a good time going to the Gator games, even back in high school. Cannon: Oh yes. I remember I went to the first football game when the stadium was built. We played Alabama, who had seven teams on the field and they beat the socks off of us. Cofrin: Those were the good old days. Cannon: Yes, ma'am. Cofrin: And you probably went out sometimes to watch the band practice. Did you ever do that at what we used to call the Polo Field?

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 9 Cannon: Oh yes. I used to love that. When the University of Florida first started an ROTC and brought horses here, I loved to ride and I used to go out there and exercise the horses a lot, free . That was the good part! Cofrin: Oh sure. And your dad was a hunter and fisherman, too, wasn't he? Cannon: Well, he liked to hunt. He like to hunt quail and dove, but he didn't like to fish at all. Although he took me fishing the first time I ever fished alone. We went to Santa Fe Lake and I caught a bass. Cofrin: Oh, that was a thrill. Cannon: It was. Cofrin: You had a place on Kingsley Lake, so you must have spent summers out there? Cannon: No. My parents never had a place on Kingsley Lake. We found a place on Lake Rosa. John Booth was then Tax Assessor in Putnam County, and he bought about 2400 yards for taxes and invited Dr. Swabbie, Frank Wright, Jim Atkins, and John Booth all bought property out there and we had a hell of a good time growing up. Cofrin: You spent a lot of summers out there. Cannon: I sure did. Cofrin: Your mom just moved out and your dad commuted? Cannon: Yes. Cofrin: Okay. Then off to Wharton and then back to Gainesville after you graduated? Cannon: Yes, I came right back from college. Cofrin: And then you went into business? Cannon: Yes, I did. I went into business with my father as an insurance agent and I joined every club that he joined, starting out with the American Legion, the Rotary Club, Junior Chamber of Commerce, and all of those things.

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 10 Cofrin: We haven't brought Waynie into the picture yet. Where did you meet her? Cannon: Well, having one eye, I was kept out of the service all my life until finally I was drafted. Before that, my roommate from college got me a job making $110.00 a month at an Army post as a clerk-typist. Cofrin: Where was that? Cannon: In San Antonio. It was there that I met Waynie, and I fell in love with her right away. Cofrin: And her name was Waynie Sherrard. Cannon: Her real name is May Lorraine Sherrard. Her nickname came when she was two years old and visiting with her Army parents in China, and the amah -that's the nurse nicknamed her Waynie, and it stuck ever since. Cofrin: Spell her maiden name. It's S-h-e-r-r-a-r-d. And Waynie is W-a-y-n-i-e? Cannon: That's her nickname that's stuck with her all her life. Cofrin: So you met her in Texas, and when did you get married? Cannon: Well, I waited until I came back home to Gainesville to OCS. Now as soon as I got to be a Second Lieutenant, I went back out to Texas. I knew E.T. Barco, who was the Commandant of our OCS school, and he said, "Since you can't go overseas, where would you like to go?" So I immediately picked my wife's hometown and I went there to San Antonio, Texas. Cofrin: And then you got married? You were in the service. Cannon: I sure did. Cofrin: Did you stay stationed in San Antonio during your years of service? Cannon: Yes. We were first sent to Camp Walters in Texas, and I later was transferred back to Fort Sam Houston, and the man who was in our wedding happened to be the Adjutant of the Post, and he gave me the job of Rations Officer, and boy, in those days, that was a good thing to be. And he got me a place on the Post to live. It was a good thing.

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 11 Cofrin: Oh, that was wonderful. So, you got out of the service in what year? Cannon: 1939. Cofrin: No, that's not right. Cannon: 1940. In December 1940. Cofrin: The war didn't start until 1941. Now, we've got some dates wrong here. Pearl Harbor was December 7, 1940. Cannon: Well, I was not married then. Cofrin: So you got out of the service after you were married. Cannon: No, I'm mixed up. I married when I was still in the service as a Second Lieutenant. Then we came home when I got out of the service. Cofrin: And that would have been some time later. Cannon: 1943. Cofrin: Okay. So, you started a family after you got back to Gainesville? Cannon: No, I had my first child, who was Matt -Matthew DePass, named after my grandfather -born in San Antonio, Texas. Cofrin: And Matthew was born August 4, 1944, in San Antonio, Texas. So it was sometime after that you came back to Gainesville. And your next child was Susan Finley Cannon, and she was born September 12, 1951. Cannon: And then we had Lorraine. Cofrin: Lorraine Sherrard Cannon, and she was born September 19, 1955. So where did you live when you first came back to Gainesville? Cannon: My mother and father bought me a house right behind their's. The house had been built by Dr. DePass and moved across the street in back of my mother's, and Mother and Daddy bought that house and had it all fixed when we came home. Of course, it was secondhand furniture, but we were glad to live anywhere.

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 12 Cofrin: Of course. Your parents lived by then right across from the Thomas Hotel. But that's not where you grew up, is it? Cannon: Yes, I did. Cofrin: You grew up in that house. Cannon: I lived in that house until I graduated from college and then was finally, I went to work with my father, and then was finally drafted into the Army. Cofrin: And then you came back to Gainesville and you became very active right away in many things. You joined all the organizations that your dad belonged to, and you got interested in politics a little bit? Or no? Cannon: Well, just interested, that's all. Cofrin: Just interested. But you were active in the Zoning Board, right? And you founded the Committee of One Hundred? Cannon: For the Chamber of Commerce. Cofrin: And served as its first Chairman in 1955 and chaired five additional terms. Tell us what the Committee of One Hundred was. Cannon: That was a committee formed to attempt to bring industry to Gainesville so that we could diversify the economy. We were at the original time nothing but a university community. Of course, that's very good. Any town would give its eye teeth to have the university, but we felt in the Chamber that diversification was a long stay. Cofrin: That was the year, also -1956 -that you were named the Young Man of the Year, and that was quite an honor. I'd like to read what the article in the paper said about you. Cannon: I'd like to hear it again. Cofrin: "E. Finley Cannon, Jr., Gainesville insurance agent, was announced today as the Young Man of the Year. Steven O'Connell, recently appointed Supreme Court Justice, made the presentation at a joint Civic Club luncheon at the University of Florida Student Service. M.M. Parrish, Jr., Chairman of the Distinguished Award Committee, said

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 13 Cannon was selected on the basis of numerous activities and accomplishments. Cannon was thirty-six September 27, 1955. Selection was limited to young men thirty-five and under during 1955." You just made it. "In addition to the plaque presented to Cannon, the Junior Chamber of Commerce and sponsors of the DSA presented Certificates of Merit to eight other young men. Parrish said the certificates were presented in recognition of outstanding services rendered in the past year and should in no wise be interpreted as mere runner-up awards. In listing Cannon's specific activities, Parrish pointed out that he owned and operated one of the city's largest insurance firms and was Vice-President of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, and Chairman of the Committee which promoted the driver education program in schools to successful conclusion in the legislature. He served last year as Captain of the Gainesville Quarterback Club. Cannon is also a member of the Alachua County Zoning Board, a Director of the First National Bank, Gainesville Mutual Building and Loan Association, Santa Fe Telephone Company, and the Gainesville Little Theater. He is also active in the American Legion and Elks Lodge, and is Senior Warden in the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church." Then they named the other Distinguished Awards were given to Jack Durrance, Lester May, Merrill Haines, O.C. Fagan, Joe Wilcox, Elmo Bevel, Bert Stephens, and John Donovan. So, that was quite an honor for you. Cannon: Well, I didn't do it for the honor. I just did it for the activities. Cofrin: Right. Well, it was good to have people like you in the city of Gainesville. And you also served on the Advisory Board of the University of Florida for several years. You were appointed by Stephen O'Connell and by Robert Marston. Cannon: Robert Marston was the President. Cofrin: Of course, I read that you were Director of all these banks and the Gainesville Mutual Building and Loan. Did you start that or did your dad start that? Cannon: My dad. Cofrin: Your dad started that. And you were a member of the five-member Research and Development Authority of Alachua County. It says 1988. Is that right? Cannon: 1978.

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 14 Cofrin: And then you were on the Board of Directors of Drilltech. Cannon: That's right. I helped bring it to Gainesville. Cofrin: And then you were Past President and Board Member of Santa Fe Community College Endowment Corporation. Cannon: That's right. Cofrin: And then you helped get the Heritage Club going. Cannon: Yes, I did. I was the first chairman and later Dr. E.T. York joined me because he had the contact with the University, much more than I do. It took us two years to get it started instead of one. Cofrin: And you currently hold license as a real estate broker, mortgage broker, and insurance. Cannon: Those are all gone now. Cofrin: In 1959 you were President of the Executive Club. Now what is that? I don't know what that is. Cannon: I don't either. Executive Club? Cofrin: I got it from something, but maybe it is incorrect. Well, we'll skip over that since we don't know about it. As President of the Chamber, you had quite a lot of accomplishments. Cannon: I loved the Chamber. Cofrin: You sponsored a Cleanup Week and you helped obtain an Entomology Lab and a new airline called Golden Isles. Cannon: Yes. Cofrin: And you helped get the state selected for an insurance study, highway safety, and then you got pledges of $1,000.00 each from twenty-six members to secure industry. I know a lot of things about you. Cannon: I didn't know you knew so much. Cofrin: And you got industrial manager, Howard A. Smith, you got him hired as an Industrial Manager of the Chamber?

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 15 Cannon: Yes. Cofrin: And then in 1968, you had a lot to do with the Civic Center. Cannon: That's right. Cofrin: You were appointed the Chairman of the Committee by Mayor Walter Murphree. And the Civic Center over by Kirby Smith. Can you tell us some details about that? Cannon: No, I really can't. That was just one of the many things that I was interested in and I thought it was good to help the city. Cofrin: In 1972, you pledged for the Chamber to ask for less money from the city and county commissions. What was that all about? Cannon: They say less money? Cofrin: Yes. There's an article about that. Do you want me to read that to you? Well, it's sort of hard to read but you can look at it. Cannon: Oh, I remember. There were a lot of people criticizing the Chamber because they said that we took the money from the city and the county and we were too much in the hands of the politicians. What they didn't know was that we had a hard time selling them enough dues and we were doing a lot of work for both Gainesville and the University of Florida and it was the only source of revenue that we had. It was my father's idea, not mine. He used to be Chairman of the Public Relations Committee for the Chamber of Commerce and had a lot of work to do that way. Cofrin: Who do you think influenced you the most in your lifetime? Cannon: Both my mother and my father. My father was my business partner and my best friend. Cofrin: That's wonderful. And you stayed in the insurance business and it really grew. Cannon: Yes, it did. At one time I had the largest insurance agency in the entire area.

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 16 Cofrin: And it's still going strong. Cannon: No. I brought two men into the business. One was a brother, a younger brother, and he not only changed it, he sold the business. Cofrin: Which younger brother are you talking about? Cannon: Herbert Trewee. Cofrin: Oh, younger brother of whom? Cannon: Bob Trewee. Cofrin: Oh, Bob was already in the firm. Cannon: Yes, I brought him in first. He used to be a special agent for the Insurance Company of North America, and he wanted to bring his brother Bob in, and I agreed although I had never seen him. And Herb Trewee sold the business and fired my son, and I've never forgiven him yet. Cofrin: Well, I guess not. Well tell me about Matthew. He lives in Gainesville? Cannon: He lives in Gainesville, all his life, and he is now retired because he sold his share of the agency. He had the biggest amount of stock there was. He's living happily ever afterwards. Cofrin: After he got fired from the agency, did he take another job or was he able to retire on what he had? Cannon: He doesn't tell me much but he just lives a happy life. He has two daughters. Cofrin: He has two daughters. And you have two daughters. Tell me about them. Cannon: Well, both of them live in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. How in the world they got there I do not know. I think it was because Susan married a young man from there. Now, Lorraine naturally wanted to go out and join her big sister. Cofrin: They probably got interested in snow skiing and things like that.

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 17 Cannon: They have all the snow apparatus. They know all the things about ice skating and sledding and skiing. Cofrin: That's wonderful. Do you visit them out there? Cannon: Once in a while. Cofrin: But they probably come to Gainesville, too. Cannon: Yes they do. Cofrin: Now tell me where you and Waynie lived after you first lived behind your parents and then you moved around some. Cannon: Well, yes, we moved to a little apartment that was upstairs and then we moved into my grandmother, Sue Finley's house on East Boulevard. We rented that from her when she moved to Daytona Beach. I later sold that to C.B. Gluten, who was then President of the First National Bank. Cofrin: Then where did you move? Cannon: I moved way over -darned if I know the name of the street now -it was near the old airport. Cofrin: Oh, over in Highland Heights. Cannon: Yes. We lived there for about seven years, and then my father and Bill Shands were very good friends, and through my father, Bill Shands wanted to sell his threestory house. By that time I had three children so I bought the big house from him and stayed there for thirty-two years. Cofrin: And that's the house over near The Boulevard, but it's on what used to be the corner of Virginia Avenue but that's not -Cannon: It was one block removed from Virginia. It was across the street from the Hotel Thomas on East Lassiter. Cofrin: Oh, East Lassiter, on the corner of East Lassiter and Oak Street. And that's where you stayed until you moved out here in Cumberland Circle. Cannon: That's right.

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Interview with: Everett Finley Cannon, Jr. November 7, 1995 18 Cofrin: You lived there thirty-five years. Your children enjoyed going out to Lake Rosa and you always had a lot of family visiting. I remember some of your relatives coming to town. Cannon: Yes, it was a great place. Cofrin: It was a good place to raise a family. Can you think of anything that I've forgotten to ask you? We've got lots of stuff to attach to this interview. Have we forgotten anything important that you can think of? Cannon: Nothing that I could tell anybody. I've got to keep a few secrets, you know. Cofrin: Oh you do? Cannon: I don't want Waynie to know, because I know she's going to read this. Cofrin: Well, we want her to read it. Maybe she'll think of some things that we've forgotten to ask you, and anything you think of when you have the transcript, we can certainly add. I've enjoyed this interview very much and I'm sure it will be an addition to the Matheson Historical Center to know about your family. They'll have a big file on the Finleys and the Cannons and the DePasses. They'll put all this together, and I want to thank you very, very much for granting us this time. Cannon: Well, Mary Ann, it was wonderful to do this. Cofrin: Good. We've enjoyed it.