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Re: Minister of Agriculture for Carlos Castillo Armas

My grandfather's name was Carlos Ricardo Rummler Kiene. Upon further discussion with my father about my grandfather, he said that though my grandfather MAY have been Minister of Agriculture sometime between about mid 1954 to the time of Carlos Castillo Armas' assassination in 1957, he was definitely the Director of National Farms (Directór de Fincas Nacionales) in that period. My father also remembers that my grandfather did much work with Standard Fruit after 1957 until Standard Fruit's departure from Guatemala towards the end of 1962. We think that he would show up as a representative of Standard Fruit (and perhaps also as one of the buyers himself) when United Fruit Co. sold its Guatemalan holdings to Standard Fruit and Guatemalan entrepreneurs in 1958. Where can we find the records of these sales? Thanks!

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