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L. to R.: Jack Evans, Mrs. Louis Taber, Alex and
Mrs. McGeachy and Mrs. Ja ck Evans
At the Reunion L. to
R.: Wilhelmina Sandi-
ford, Mrs. Bobble Coffey,
Larry Baker, Mrs. Jack
Wilson and Mrs. Baker.
Former Society President J. F. Everett has very kindly furnished the
following information on the status of legislation of interest to Canal
While it is true that there will probably never be a time when there
will not be something in the way of legislation to be sought, for the
present, S-995 is the bill that most of us are interested in. It, as you
know, proposes an increase of five dollars a year in the annuities of
those still to retire; a maximum of $360 a year for those retired before
April 1, 1948, and $120 a year increase for their survivors, and, when
corrected, it should provide exemption from income tax.
The Chairman of the Senate Post Office and Civil Service Committee
has stated that he favors increasing the maximum proposed in Section
15, from $2,400 to $3,000. Probably those who would still be left out
could convince him that the maximum should not be less than the 80%
which those still employed may earn upon retirement.
All of the replies that have been received to the letters we have
to Washington indicate that the studies being made by the Senate Post
Office and Civil Service Committee following the hearings pertaining to
S-995 have NOT yet been completed. The Clear understanding that the
senators have of the urgent need for the speedy passage of S-995 invites
optomism, that in its final form, S-995 will inspire our most earnest ap-
preciation, and an energetic effort on our part to have the bill passed.
We are endebted to every member of the Senate Post Office and
Civil Service Committee for their active interest in our welfare. We
have given them all of the facts in our possession.
Those who have not written to their senators should be requested
to do so at once, to insure against further delay in the progress of the
bill. At a later date, we will all want to write to the members of the
House of Representatives.
The Panama Canal Society of Western North Carolina held a meeting
and picnic at Mills River Recreation Park near Skyland on May 29th. Ca-
nal folk living in that area are urged to join up with this fine group of
Cupid, the ageless archer, has been working overtime this spring
and has much to show for his efforts. Wedding bells have been ringing
everywhere and all records may be broken in June.
The William Kenneth Newlands of Diablo Heights have announced the
engagement of their daughter, Mary Martin, to Dr. William F. Clary, son
of Mrs. William F. and the late Dr. Clary of Memphis, Tenn. Miss New-
land is a graduate of Balboa High School and Vasser College and Dr.
Clary is on the staff at Gorgas Hospital. A June wedding is planned.
The C. T. Atkinsons of Ancon announced the engagement of daugh-
ter, Jme Clair, to Edgar E. Plummer, son of Mrs. I Zimmer of Muir,
Mich. Miss Atkinson graduates from C. Z. Junior College in June and
Mr. Plummer is attending school in Wheaton, Ill. They plan to be married
The Bronson -B. Powells of Pedro Miguel have announced the en-
gagement of daughter, Joan, to Edward Capalbo, son of Mr. and Mrs.
James Capalbo of New Castle, Pa. The wedding date has not yet been
The Ross Hollowells of Balboa have announced the marriage of
daughter Lois, to Charles E. Jones of Curundu Hts. on April 6th.
The James Christians of Margarita announced the marriage, on
March 28th, of daughter, Florence, to Lt. jg. Richard J. Morris, USNR of
Chicago, Ill. at Boulder, Colo. They will reside in San Fransisco, Cal.
where Lt. Morris will be stationed.
Capt. and Mrs. Samuel Roe, Sr. of Cristobal have announced the mar-
riage of daughter, Ellen, to CWO Frederick J. Blahnik, U.S.N. of Meno-
minee, Mich. The wedding took place at Key West, Fla. where the groom
Miss Ruth Anne Davis, daughter of Mrs. Frank Davis of Staritsville,
Ohio, became the bride, on April 18th, of Richard E. Parker, son of the
N. E. Parkers of Colon. The newlyweds will reside in Cristobal.
Miss Ruth Turck, daughter of the Chester C. Turcks of Balboa,
became the bride of Maurice S. Kelleher, son of the Maurice I. Kellehers
of Pedro Miguel on April 26th. They will reside at Diablo Hts.
Miss Isabel Vallarino, daughter of the Alberto Vallarinos of Bella
Vista, Panama became the bride of Richard Osgood Burgoon, son of the
late Joseph Burgoons, well known oldtimers on the Zone, on April 20th
in Panama City where they will reside.
The Ernesto de la Guarardias of Panama have announced the marriage
of daughter, Berta, to John C. Calhoun, son of the Crede Calhouns,
(He was longtime Chief of the Bureau of Posts).
The marriage of Joyce Anne Engelke, daughter of the Robert A.
Engelkes of Gamboa, and Henry Edward May, Jr., son of the Henry E.
Mays of Balboa, was solemnized at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon
on April 6th.
Miss Jolie Ann Kilbey, daughter of the C. W. Kilbeys of Balboa,
became the bride of Ronald Lyle Seely, son of the M. M. Seelys of Pedro
Miguel on April 7th. They will reside in Diable Hts.
Miss Marie Susanne Sartain, daughter of Luther B. Sartain of Balboa
Hts. and Mrs. Amy V. Sartain of Ancon was married on March 28th to
William Hubbard Clark of Richmond, Va. at the Cathedral of St. Luke
in Ancon. They will reside in Old Hickory, Tenn. where the groom is
employed as chemical engineer in the du Pont Corporation.
Earle Sandiford, formerly with the Canal postal service, was married
to Miss Abigail Dobynes of Dublin, Va. in Miami, Fl. recently. They
will reside at 631 N. W. 38 St. in Miami.
Miss Gretchen Yost, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Yost of Balboa
Hts. was married on March 3rd to John A. Thayer of Glen Ellen, Cal. in
Miss Arden Armstrong, daughter of the Reginald Armstrongs of Mar-
garita, wed Mr. Max Weich, son of the Morris Weichs of Gatun, at the
Church of Our Savior in New Cristobal recently. They will reside in
Miss Beverly Ruoff, daughter of Mr. Carl Ruoff of Cristobal and the
late Mrs. Ruoff, was married to Mr. Robert Berger of Cristobal recently.
J. W. Tennehill of Pasadena, Cal. and Ruth Henry of the same city
were married there recently. "Tanny" was Postmaster at Ancon from
1906 to 1914.
Mrs. Hazel Brown Lawson, well known resident of Pedro Miguel and
Balboa for many years was married on May 22nd to Mr. John R. Stoudnor,
recently retired from the Dredging Division in Gamboa. The wedding
took place at the home of Mrs. Stoudnor's daughter and son-in-law, Lt.
Col. and Mrs. John B. Heles, U.S.M.C. at Camp Le Jeune, N. C. and
the Stoudnors are honeymooning in Florida.
The J. E. Jennison, Jr. of Balboa have announced the engagement
of their daughter, Marilyn Anita, to Gilmer Young Waggoner, Jr., 1st Lt.
U.S.A. of Salisbury, N. C. The wedding is scheduled for midsummer.
Recent visitors to St. Pete were Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hulsebosch, Jr.
who were on their honeymoon. No further details are available as we go
to press except that Mr. Hulsebosch is an officer in the U.S. Maritime
The following retirements have been reported since our last issue:
MARCH: Merton A. Coburn, Walter Dougherty, Charles P. Harrison,
Arthur L. Miner, Joseph H. Stilson.
APRIL: Mrs. Vivian H. Brady, James Christian, Captain Carlisle H.
Frederick, Captain George H. Smith, Hohn W. Stoudnor.
MAY: Newton W. Bagby, Lloyd W. Blaney, John S. Campbell, William T.
Compton, Mrs. Lola J. Edwards, Aram H. Hatch, Kieth E. Kelly, Emil C.
Clarence L. Skillman, Leonard H. Stark, Sergeant Leslie E. Wilkinson.
The local Sick list includes Mrs. Fred Whaler, in St. Anthony's
Hospital in April for an appendectomy, Mrs. William Hunt in the same
hospital with bronchila asthma, and Mrs. Charles Hummer who has been
confined to her home for some time with a broken ankle.
The J. H. Stevensons of Palo Alto, Cal. were visited early in April
by Mr. and Mrs. Ben A. Armstrong of San Fransisco. Mrs. Armstrong
suffered a severe stroke on her left side shortly after leaving the Steven-
on the return trip and at last report some time later was still in a coma.
Isaac H. Andrews of San Fransisco reports that Lewis Rubio was in
the Veterans' Hospital in Oakland for a foot operation and Mrs. Harvey
McConaughy of Oakland broke her arm recently.
Their many friends will be sorry to learn that Mrs. Charles H. Bee-
tham broke her arm in a fall and while taking care of her Mr. Beetham
sustained a hernia which sent him to the hospital.
Claude Ott, your society's representative in Miami had a heart attack
on May 11th and was placed under an oxygen tent in Biscayne Hospital.
He was doing nicely at last report.
Carl Lutz, formerly with the Commissary Division, advises Mrs.
Lutz has been very ill for two months after a stroke but is doing better
H. H. Hammer of Los Angeles had a bout with pneumonia in February
and March and was in Wadsworth Hospital for a month before recovery.
The Hammers plan a Florida visit soon.
Mrs. John A. Patterson of Selinagrove, Pa. fell and broke her hip
early in April and spent several weeks in the Wilkes-Barre General Hos-
pital. The accident occurred while the Pattersons were visiting their
daughter and son-in-law, the Howard R. Yagers in Shavertown, Pa. The
Pattersons report the following recent visitors: the George S. Lingles,
Blanchard, Pa., John L Demmy, Camp Hill, Pa., and Roy W. Eppley of
Charlie Cameron advises that Fred Fitch has been in the hospital
with double hernia and Myron Herrington is in Gorgas but does not give
the reason. He says Herrington retires in October and is thinking of
locating in Florida.
Captain Frank Reppa of Hendersonville, N.C. is recovering after two
recent operations and Mrs. Reppa reports officer-son Bob expects to be
sent to Germany soon. The Teppa's recent visitors included the Boomers,
Forastroms and Fritz Williams on their way north after wintering in St.
ATTENTION ALL FLORIZONIANS
Brother A. G. Dmham of Miami advises that the Balboa High School
football team is scheduled to play Jackson High of Miami in the Orange
Bowl Stadium, Miami on October 20th. As it is unlikely they will be able
to bring along many rooters it would be fine if there were a large dele-
gation from Florida. How about it folks?
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Miss Adelaide P. Mackereth, 84, died in this city on May 20th. For
many years Chief Nurse at Gorgas Hospital, Miss Mackereth lived in
Jamaica for several years after her retirement and came here ten years
Miss Marrietta L. Meech, aged 90, after several years in a local rest
home, passed away on March 28th. One of the first five nurses to arrive
on the Zone in 1904, Miss Meech had previously served in the Philippines
during the Spanish-American War and received a letter of commendation
from Major Walter Reed for her services in combatting yellow fever in
Panama in the early days.
Charles H. Jewitt, 79, once employed in the Tivoli Hotel, died in
Tampa recently. His widow survives.
Mrs. Anna Dockery, 69, widow of well known Oldtimer, Harry Dockery
passed away at her daughter's home at Valley Stream, Long Island re-
Elmer F. Orr, 66, former Superintendant and Master of Transportation
on the Panama Railroad, died in San Diego recently. His wife and two
sons, Elmer and Earl and daughter, Mrs. R. J. Jones survive him. All
three of his children reside on the Isthmus.
Burton J. Hackett, 72, passed away at his home in Glendale, Calif.
early in March. Tetired from the Commissary Division in 1939, Mr.
Hackett leaves his wife, two sons, Birton and Jdlian who reside on the
Canal Zone and a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Hocker of Washington, D. C.
Vincent J. Neeson, 48, who spent most of his life on the Zone, pass-
ed away in York, Pa. on March 3rd. He leaves his wife and one daughter,
J. R. Milliken, former armament foreman at Ft. Amador, died in Jay,
Maine on March 25th. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Cristy Schjeviland.
Benjamin D. McConaghy, 69, retired in 1944 as machine shop foreman
in the Mechanical Division at Balboa, died in Gorgas Hospital of a heart
attack recently. Beside his wife he is survived by three sons and two
Virgil H. Barker, 61, former Asst. Supt. of Schools on the Zone,
passed away in Washington, D.C. early in April. Beside his wife, Mil-
dred, a former Zone teacher, he leaves one son.
Mrs. Stella Olsen, aged 63, wife of Arthur Olsen, retired Mechanical
Division employee, a resident of Gamboa, died at Gorgas Hospital
early in March. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Glynn
L. Terrell of Cristobal and a son, Phillip Seigle of Lansing, Mich.
Albert Gutberlet, Zone policeman in the early days and prominent
businessman in Panama City for many years, died in Punxatawney, Pa.
recently. He is survived by his wife.
Harry A. A. Hermanson, 64, retired pumpman in the M. E. Division
who left the Isthmus in 1949, died in Detroit early in March. He leaves
a son, Harry, who also lives in Detroit.
William C. Sterling, 80, retired ship fitter foreman in the Mechanical
Division, died in this city on May 20th. He is survived by his wife and
one daughter, Mrs. Paul Pearson of Gamboa.
Harry Shearer, retired from Canal service in 1935, died in Cambridge-
burg, Pa. on December 1st. He is survived by his wife.
John G. Barber, 66, employed on the Canal from 1907 to1917, died
in Havana, Cuba recently. He had been employed in the Immigration
Office of the American Embassy in Cuba for seventeen years.
Mrs. C. R. Lingo, who resided in Las Cascadas from 1907 to 1912,
passed away March 28th in Cincinnati, Ohio of a coronary thrombosis.
Her husband survives.
Chamcey P. Fairman, 87, well known Atlantic side attorney for
many years, passed away in Colon Hospital on May 10th.
John D. Veney, Jr., 34, born and raised on the Zone, son of a retired
blacksmith in the Mechanical Div. died April 19th at his home in Dawson,
Fla. His wife survives.
Edward W. Blanton, 77, first employed on the Canal in 1906,died
in Colon Hospital on May 1st. Beside his widow who resides in East
Randolph, N.Y. he leaves a son, Edwin and two daughters, Mrs. Alice
Conover and Mrs. Josephine Kilburn.
Mrs. W. H. Payne of Columbus, Ohio has advised that her husband
passed away there on March 2nd. No further details are available at this
Edward H. Veville, retired marine engineer in the Dredging Div. at
Gamboa died on May 10th in Maryland while enroute to his home in
Arlington, Mass. with Mrs. Neville after spending the winter in this city
as had been his custom since his retirement. It is regretted no further
details are available.
William M. Houser, employed on the Canal from 1920 to 1928, died
April 13th in Petersburg, Va. At the time of his death he was Supt. of
Power for the Solvay Corp. His wife and two daughters Mrs. James R.
Traylor and Miss Barbara Houser survive.
Mrs. Nora Kunkle, wife of Edward Kunkle, retired electrician on the
Canal passed away March 31st in Dorchester, Mass.
Mrs. Martha M. Warner, widow of Dr. Brinton L. Warner, formerly of
Ancon, died on Long Island, N.Y. recently.
Fred N. Reynolds, 74, employed on the P.R.R. from 1905 to 1910,
suffered a heart attack on the S.S. Ancon enroute to the Isthmas for a
visit in March and died at Gorgas Hospital soon after arrival there. A
former assistant to the Vice President and General Manager of the Big
Four Railroad, Mr. Reynolds was a prominent resident and civic worker
in Indianapolis, Ind. for many years. He leaves his widow and a daughter,
Mrs. Jay Boyer.
John T. Greenleaf, former Postmaster at Margarita died at his home
on Balboa Island, Cal. early in April. His wife, two daughters and two
Mrs. Martha E. Hart, prominent resident on the Pacific side since
1910, wife of Harry T. Hart, died in Gamboa recently. Mr. Hart is her
only immediate surviving relative.
J. H. Vaughn, retired from the Oil Handling Plant at Mt. Hope in 1937,
died at his home in Memphis, Tenn. recently.
Miss Elizabeth K. Young, one of the early Construction period nurses
passed away on February 22nd and buried with military services at U.S.
National Cemetary at Pinelawn, N.Y.
John Whidden, Sr., retired Gatun Locks employee, died late in May
aboard the S.S. Cristobal enroute to New York with Mrs. Whidden. Beside
his wife he leaves one son, John, Jr.
The new setup on the Canal effective with the birth of the Panama
Canal Company, a government corporation, on July 1st was'graphically
illustrated in the May 4th issue of the Panama Canal Review. The Article
states: "The basic purpose of the change in July is to provide a single,
business-type financial and administrative structure for the operation
of the Canal and Railroad. The administrative framework for this new
structure was established last July when the reorganization became ef-
fective and relatively few other changes of this nature will be required."
In general, the Canal will be self supporting but certain costs of the
Canal Zone Government which are not considered chargeable to the Pan-
ama Canal Company will be borne by direct appropriation. They include
the Experimental Gardens, corrosion tests, Corozal Hospital, Civil De-
fense, sanitation and garbage collection and disposal in the Republic
of Panama and Palo Seco Leprosarium. The annual annuity of $430,000
to the Republic of Panama will be included as part of the Canal expense.
The Record goes on to say "Public Law 841 (incorporating the Canal)
makes no provision for the operation of the Panama Canal Company as
a benevolent institution. Its officers, under the law, will have no leeway
to circumvent the provisions prescribed."
"This phantom straight jacket is already evident in the announce-
ment of increased charges for services rendered to individuals or agen-
cies not a part of the Canal organization. These include tuition rates
for school students residing outside the Canal Zone District, rentals
on quarters occupied by non-employees, and rentals on lands, offices
or property of the Canal-Railroad."
A chart of the new organization will be found on the inside of the
back cover of this Record.
Only fourteen Oldtimers with continuous service beginning before
July 1, 1914 are still employed. The oldest in point of service is John
R. Williams, familiarly known as "Jack", who is due to retire on Octo-
ber 31st. He.was employed May 14, 1909. Fifty-five other employees
have service dates prior to July 1, 1914 but all have broken service.
The earliest among these is Harold A. Shafer employed August 10, 1906.
Demolition of the Ancon Reservoir began March 19th and after re-
moval of the girls batchelor quarters and other nearby buildings and
leveling of the hill a bit, new married quarters will be erected. Another
old lankmark will disappear from Balboa soon because of its age and
expensive maintainance. It is the former Balboa Police Station which
until recently housed the License Bureau on the first floor with a girls'
dormitory for the Junior College above. A new townsite next to the
Summit Golf Club has been decided upon for employees now living in
Pedro Miguel and Cocoli. About eitht hundred families are expected to
be quartered in the projected town which we be created as part of the
$80,000,000 housing program now under way on the Canal. Grading is
expected to begin soon after July 1st. Another town for local rate em-
ployees now living in La Boca and Red Tank is to be located north of
Corozal Quarentine Station on what was formerly part of the Ft. Clayton
Army Reservation. The town of Cocoli may eventually be turned over to
A new home for Isthmian Canal Rebekah Lodge No. 1, I.O.O.F. will
soon rise on the Balboa Road in Balboa. It is being constructed as a
memorial to the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clemens Joseph Wirz. He
was a former Canal employee who arrived in 1904 and resided in Panama
City until his death in 1947. Mr. Wirz bequeathed the lodge $50,000for
the building's erection.
The Bureau of Internal Revenue has refused to advance the date
Zonians must pay their income taxes for 1950 beyond June 15th and the
firm of Collins and McNevin has been retained by a group of Navy, Air-
force and Canal employees to test the constitutionality of the tax law
as applied to the Canal Zone.
The 100% hike in quarters rentals for non-employees, mentioned in
our last issue has been suspended until after the reorganization of the
Charles F. Wahl, long a Canal labor leader, has resigned effective
May 1st and will become a member of the National Mediation Board in
Washington. He was a senior control house operator on the Pacific
Straws in the wind department- New regulations effective April 15th
covering rental of Canal Quarters to retired employees provide that: they
will be permitted to obtain assignments to Canal quarters for only one
year after the date of retirement; those who have already left the Canal
will not be permitted to return and occupy qurters; retired employees
assigned to Canal quarters will be required to vacate them by July 1,
1952. All garden leases on the Canal are rapidly being closed out. The
Pacific Sailfish Club is defunct. The Gatun Commissary is being moved
into an unused portion of the Clubhouse in order to reduce expenses for
both organizations. The Ancon Theater was closed in May. Tuition has
been raised in Canal schools for non-employees' children, in some cases
they will be more than double. Congress may decide to reduce employees'
leave soon according to Walter Wagner, Central Labor Union and Metal
Trades Representative. Local rate (Silver) employees were given a ten
percent salary increase in May. The Hotel Tivoli is distributing circulars
announcing new low rates for those having Canal privileges. Rooms
with bath can be had as low as $5.00 per day, double, with a discount of
50% after two months residence. Bills of $50.00 or more per month for
meals are reduced 10%. Balboa Hts. has announced that resignations
from October, 1950 to the end of February, 1951 were almost three times
greater than for the corresponding period the previous year. Grapevine
has it they are still on the increase.
Last minute news: As we go to press word has been received of the
retirement on June 15th of Director of Finance, Arnold Bruckner, who
will be succeeded by W. H. Dunlop, former Chief of the Management
Division. Marc Quinn falls heir to Dunlop's old job and Ernest W. Zel-
nick succeeds Aram Hatch as Chief of the Water and Laboratories
Branch of the Municipal Division.
Congress at las seems to be in agreement that theretroactive income
tax law of 1950 is unfair and action to rescind it may be taken before
It is reported that the John G. Claybourns have sold their home in
Cocoa, Fla. and are on their way to Burma where Mr. Claybourn has been
called as consultant on some dredgng on the Irrawaddy River.
Col. and Mrs. William Hunt of this city left for a month's stay on the
Your Society received an invitation to the unveiling of a bust and
tablet for General William C. Gorgas in the Hall of Fame at the New
York University on May 24th. Thanks have been received from Mr. Walter
G. Ross of Washington, D.C. for your Siciety's contribution of $50.00
toward the cost of the bust and for the numerous individual contributions
from members And friends.
Ed B. Strawn of Greenville, S.C. wants to know if Charles Beetham
is droll as ever and says "Anyone going north this summer will surely
be welcomed if they will stop by and see us." Why not join up with the
Canal folks in Hendersonville, Mr. Strawn? You will enjoy their picnics.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
One of the relatively few in this part of the world who do not consider
sailing an outmoded means of transportation is P. T. Greene, Apprentice
Coordinator-Trainer on the Canal. With Mrs. Greene (Marcella Gaeb) and
Bob Fuller, shipwright apprentice on the Canal as crew he arrived in St.
Pete recently aboard his 38% foot ketch, Escape, after a pleasant and
uneventful trip from Cristobal with stops at Havana, Grand Cayman and
Key West. Greene and Fuller built the boat which was neat and trim as
any yacht could be when your reporter visited aboard while she was
tied up at the local yacht club pier.
Mrs. Greene's parents, oldtimers Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Gaeb came to
St. Pete from their home in Cincinnati. to meet them and attended your
Society's first picnic of the year where they were cordially received by
many old friends.
The Escape sailed on her return trip to Cristobal late in May.
Friends of the Whaler family will be interested to know that daughter-
in-law Mrs. Stanley Whaler is now at Warm Springs, Georgia for polio
J. J. Holcombe, longtime barber at Balboa Clubhouse left the Isthmus
recently complaining of his inability to make a living selling haircuts
at 65f. He said when he resigned from the Fire Department in 1919 to
take over the shop haircuts were 50N and his pay as fireman was $132.50
per month. Now, he says, fireman get $374.00 per month and haircuts are
only 650. "How", he asked in the local paper, "could a man make a
living at that rate?"
Stacey C. Russell, retired Zone Postal Inspector, now residing in
beautiful Highlands, N.C. reputed to be the highest town east of the
Rockies (elevation about 4,000 feet) has been honored by the Highlands
Hospital Board of Trustees of which he is chairman by having his photo-
graph hung in the reception room of the new hospital in recognition of
his labors toward its erection.
Mrs. H. H. Hammer, longtime resident of Balboa, now living in Los
Angeles was a recent visitor on the Zone.
Mr. Clarence W. Dilfill, Vice-President of the Detroit, Toledo and
Ironton Railroad, and Mrs. Pilfill, spent ten days on the Isthman recently.
Mr. Dilfill worked for the Panama Railroad during construction days and
resided in Empire.
The George V. Graffs of this city journeyed to the Zone in April to
he present at the marriage of granddaughter, Joyce Engelke, daughter of
the R. A. Engelkes of Gamboa. (Mrs. Engelke is the former Connie
Graff) to Edward H. May Jr. early in April.
Bill Hollowell, son-in-law of the W. H. Hershes, was a recent St.
Pete visitor from the Zone.
Miss Nancy Casswell and her brother, William, returned to the Zone
in May after Nancy's graduation from the Wood Secretarial School in New
York and Bill's return from a year's tour of duty with the Weather Bureau
Mrs. L. A. Taber of Pasadena, Cal. who was in St. Pete.for the
Reunion in February left for the Zone shortly after for a visit with her
son, Jack,, and family. She returned later to St. Pete then went nrth to
visit the Jack Mc Clouds in Chicago, Mrs. Ingram, and her sister and
brother-in-law, the Divines, in Indianapolis before returning to Pasadena.
The Tom Raths of this city celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniver-
sary on June 26th.
Congratulations to oldtimer George N. Engelke the new Assistant
General Manager of the Commissary Division and to T. E. (Tommy)
Bougan who succeeds Engelke as Chief of the Retail Stores Branch; to
John B. Fields named Supervisor of Building and Maintainance in the
Housing Division and John W. Hare new Safety Engineer of the Com-
munity Service Bureau.
Captain William P. Hunt, son of Col. and Mrs. W. P. Hunt, Ret.
formerly of Cristobal but now residing here, has graduated from the
advanced officers' course at Ft. Benning, Ga. Infantry School.
Mrs. Alvin Lyle Prather, recently widowed, has purchased a home
on Massachusettes Avenue in Washington, D.C. The Society would ap-
preciate receiving her correct address.
Walter C. Cope, retired Lockman from Pedro Miguel, has moved into
his new home at 1408 Nebrasks Av., Orlando, Fla.
The Herman Kleefkins, formerly of Cristobal, have purchased a home
on the Hillsborough River just north of Tampa; the Angus Matheneys
from Corozal are busy packing their household goods in their new
home in St. Pete and Captain and Mrs. George Penseyers, formerly of
Gatun recently moved into their new home on the south side of the city.
Mrs. Martin Seiler of Washington, D.C. has been visiting her mother,
Mrs. Emelia Winquist in Los Angeles who celebrated her 80th birthday
on May 12th.
A woman never knows what kind of dress she does not like until
she buys it.
Recent visitors in and around St. Pete include: Miss Bernice Hopkins,
former dietician at Colon and Gorgas Hospitals, now at Vanderbilt Hos-
pital, Nashville, Tenn. who attended a hospital convention here in
March, Mr. and Mrs. Beverley Turner and daughter, Karalee, vacation-
ing Cristobalites, J. A. Seville, Philadelphia, Pa. in the Locks Division
from 1927 to 1943, Weisiger, Dade City, Fla., Mr. and Mrs. James Cullen
and family on vacation from the Zone, Miss Margaret Maddox, Gorgas
nurse during the construction period, who visited friends in this vicinity,
Col. George E. Hesner, Supt. of Corozal Hospital, reported hunting a
retirement home, Angus O.Matheney of Diablo Hts. who, with son Grover,
visited his parents here, Mrs. R. W. Molloy, the former Margaret Meigs,
and two children who will reside with her parents in Tampa for some
time. Her husband, Lt. Col. Molloy, accompanied his family part of the
way back from Ankara, Turkey where they have been stationed for some
time then returned there, James Meigs and his wife have also been on
a visit to his parents. Jimmie is now Assistant Professor of Economics at
at the University of Arkansas where he is doing research work for the
State, Jane Starke who has been visiting her aunt and uncle, the Charlie
Conkertons of St. Pete. After receiving instructions in Washington she
will proceed by ship to her new post at Bangkok, Thailand where she
will be employed as foreign service clerk.
Mr. and Mrs. Barton Woodruff and daughter, Shirley, of Westminster,
Md. visited the Louis Warners of Pinellas Park, Fla. and other friends
in the vicinity early in June.
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
P. B. Banton of Waterloo, Iowa says they had a rather chilly winter
up there, with temperatures down to 28 degrees below, several times.
In March there was snow for 86 consecutive hours which included rain
and sleet. This was followed by another just a few days later. Spring
weather was cool right into May. Quite some weather for an old Canal
digger. Banton says that Mort A. Ackles of Santa Barbara, Cal. is not in
too good shape. He sends regards to A. L. Brill, Walter Hersh, R. B.
Potter, Bob Glaw and Cap Luther. He also asks if -anyone can tell him
where to locate W. A. (Bill) Morgan who was at one time chief clerk at
Pedro Miguel Locks.
Jim Pate and sister, Cassie, formerly of Cristobal, have bought a
home at 615 West Magnolia St., Fitzgerald, Ga. and will welcome any
Canal Zoners passing by.
Arthus L. Fessler of Tulsa, Okla. says he notes he is the only
member living in Oklahoma. He keeps a Zone license plate on his car
and hopes someone from there will see it and stop him but no luck so
New member, Alex C. Fechtig of Hagerstown, Md. says the Record
brings back pleasant memories especially "Pro and Con" by his former
boss, Baster. Mr. Fechtig was employed on the Canal from March, 1906
to April, 1917.
Our former president and Mrs. Walter L. Hersh spent the month of May
at Excelsior Springs, Mo. bathing and drinking the mineral waters.
Leo Welling of the El Capitan Ranch in Santa Barbara, Cal. sends
regards to Roy McKenna and Fred Whaler and mentions Garibaldi who
used to work out of the Governor's office. Who was he Fred?
J. H. Orr wrote from Houston. Texas in March that they had the cold-
est winter in twenty four years but then the weather has been unusual
everywhere. He sees the G. Lee Wrights, Ezra Haldermans and Ted
Mrs. Guy Allen of Raleigh, N.C. says their only remaining son, W. Q.
Mrlville H. Allen, stayed in service after the late war and is now at
Ft. Benning, Ga., son-in-law, Major Shumaker, is stationed in Atlanta and
and a nineteen year old grandson is at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.
Kathryn Daniel Simon of Ashville, N.C. says she made her first
ballad sale of 1951, "Rick-aBye"written for Dorothy Hamlin's grandson.
F. R. Fredericksen wrote from New York in March that during the
big storm last November, while crossing a street, he was picked up by
the wind which carried him fifty feet, landing him on his shoulder,
breaking his arm and he was in the hospital for nine weeks.
Mrs.Lillian Hollowell, now in Paterson, N.J. visited .son, Marion,.
in Milton, Del. recently and was in Medical Center, New York in Febr-
uary for treatments to improve her breathing.
Jimmie Coman says they are getting a regular colony of ex Zonians
in his part of Arkansas. The two latest are the Newell Shaws who bought
a home in Fayetteville on the banks of the White River and the Ernest
Williams who have a brick house in Bentonville. The Comans extend a
cordial invitation to all their friends to visit them at 713 A St., N.W. in
Mrs. Fred Mack, formerly of Cristobal, writes from Seattle that
husband, Fred, returned from a trip to the Zone in March and left soon
after for Alaska where he found a temperature of ten below in Anchorage.
Evelyn Mangham of Carthage, Texas, says the Ezra Haldermans were
hosts to a group of ex Zonites on Easter Sunday, their guests being the
J. L. Demmys of Camp Hill, Pa., the John A. Redmonds (she was Martha
Jean Decker) and two children, the Clem H. Cooks (she was Florence
Wright), and their two children, Mrs. J. A. Stewart, the Lee Wrights (she
was Irene Stewart) and the Earl Manghams (she was Evelyn Demmy) all
of Houston except the last couple. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Demmy were
married in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 19th and are making an extended
tour of the south, visiting relatives and friends.
George M. Sauerwein sends an intitation to "all folks enroute from
the land of orange juice and alligators" to contact him at the Gaynor
Glass Works in Salem, N.J. or at his home at 12 Oak St.
Mrs. James W. (Ellen) Landers, temporarily anchored in a trailer
park in Cathedral City, Cal. says they have been traveling around quite
a bit in their trailer and have just met the B. C. Pooles (he was quarter-
master at Balboa for many years). The Poeles have bought a home at
Cardiff near San Diego. The Landers send best wishes to all.
Gerald Bliss of Miami says Mrs. Bliss continues to improve, but
slowly, and son, Gerald, Jr., who arrived on the Isthmus in 1906 at the
age of ten months has left the Zone and is now located in California.
Daughter, Zonella (Mrs. J. F. Field), is nursing at V.A. Hospital, San
Fernando, Cal. and son, Curtis, "the Caboose" of his rather large
family, is attending the University of Miami.
Tom J. Gross made a trip to Mexico City in April and liked it so
well he is now back in St. Pete packing up to move there permanently
about June 1st. He reports a pleasant visit with the Rigneys in Mexico.
Albert Bailey of Philadelphia reports meeting a real oldtimer recently,
Thomas P. Kelleher a steamshovel man in the Atlantic and Central
Divisions from 1904 to 1914. Kelleher holds the record for the most
dirt dug in one day and has a Canal Record to prove it. He is well over
70 and resides in Coatsville, Pa.
Mrs. Warren E. Minnix, longtime resident of Cristobal and later
proprieter of the Coolspot in Panama says she enjoyed the winter in
The G. Lee Wrights of Houston, Texas are planning a trip to Orlando,
Fla. this summer and will visit friends in and around St. Pete.
New member, James Christian, just retired after 38 years with the
Terminals Div. at Cristobal left the Isthmus ontMay 11th and plans to visit
all his children now located in Irvington, N.J., Philadelphia, Pa., Nor-
filk, Va., Ft. Worth, Texas, Goodyear, Ariz. and Oakland, Cal. One son
is a Lieutenant in the A.F.B., McChord Field, Washington, D.C. The
Christians have not yet decided where they will settle. Stop in St. Pete
on your way south, folks.
Homer Cornthwaite of Terre Haute, Ind. expects to retire from the
Alchohol Tax Unit of the Treasury Dept. on December 1, 1951 and ex-
pects he and Mrs. Cornthwaite will come down to Florida. Welcome,
During the past several years Ralph Cutler of Mystic, Conn. has been
successful in locating four oldtimers, or their widows, who are entitled
to the construction bonus but were not aware ot it. The latest was the
widow of Conductor Charles L. Lewis who was employed from 1906 to
1915. Mr. Cutler wrote the Lewises at their Missouri address but the
letters were returned. He then contacted many old friends but could find
no trace so he asked the Vital Statistics Bureau of the state. They
advised Lewis had died July 25th, 1935 and mentioned the cemetery
where he was buried. Cutler says "The Superintendent of the cemetery
was the only one who could help me. He knew a young lady that worked
with one of the Lewis daughters about fifteen years ago. Through this
party he located Mrs. Lewises' daughter in St. Louis and obtained the
address of her mother who now lives in Denver. Upon receipt of Cutler's
letter Mrs. Lewis phoned him and he says "She was speechless when
I informed her she had eighty four months' back pension coming. Pre-
viously Cutler had located former yardmaster Clifford Foster in Haiti
and two others in Connecticut. He ended his letter by saying, that "strange
as it may seem I knew Mrs. Lewises vice when she phoned even though
I had not hearditin 37 years. This story almost equals some of Rippley's"
H. A. Westerndorff says the Alex McGeachys stopped at St. George,
S.C. to see them on their way north from St. Pete this spring. Son, Jim
Westerdorff, is back on the Zone but will be home in May.
Mrs. Elizabeth K. (Charles ) Parker writes that she has just re-
turned from a visit with her oldest daughter and family of four lovely
grandchildren in San Jose, Costa Rica. She says "Imagine, from San
Jose to Miami in six hours! I often think of poor seasick passengers of
the early days who used to say "I'm not taking the trip again until I
can fly." Little did we realize how soon that would be an accepted
mode of travel."
Mrs. Anna E. "Johnson of lzs Angeles says she spent three months
on the Zone last year and two at her former home in Michigan. She
sends best wishes and greetings.
Al and Esther Paulsen have written from South Pasadena, Cal. to
say how pleased they are with the latest yearbook of your Society. They
found the names of many old friends they had not heard from in years.
They were surprised to learn that the Tom Boozes were living in the
Mrs. Archie M.Gibson advises they are very happy in their retirement
home in Cortland, N.Y. and Archie is enjoying himself to the fullest.
They would like to see all old friends passing their way.
Captain Theodore Thompson sends greetings from San Jose, Costa
Rica to Etta Conkerton, Bill Essex, Captains Vineyard and Luther and
all other friends here. He says John Atkins is still going strong at 90
and walks several miles each day and Frank Sala (Acct. Dept) has a
bad heart condition. Mrs. Thompson enjoys working with her flowers
and his hobby is orchids.
Mrs. Alice S. Treadwell advises she is now living in a fine church
home in Chicago and can have guests for meals at any time. For a while
after Mr. Treadwell passed away she had an apartment in New York then
visited in California, Oregon and Washington.
FLORIDA SOCIETY NEWS
A farewell picnic was held at Lake Maggiore, St. Pete for members
and friends about to go north for the summer. The weather was clear and
balmy and a goodtime was had by all. Itis expected this will be an annual
event in future.
At the regular monthly meeting at the Tourist Center on April 9th
visitors included Captain W. A. Van siclen and Billy wills from New
York, J. F. Davidson from North Carolina and Andrew Johnson who has
moved from Monroe, La. and has purchased a home in ClearWater, Fla.
The resolution of appreciation for Rodger Erdman's assistance to
Canal retirees in Washington for many years, which those present at the
annual reunion in February directed the President to prepare and forward
to Mr. Erdman, was read to the assembly before mailing.
About one hundred members and friends gathered at Lowry Park,
Tampa for the first scheduled picnic of the year on May 14th.
Your Secretary-Treasurer is most grateful for the way the dues have
been coming in. Many States have been completely paid, however, there
are still some members who have not yet remitted their 1951 dues. Three
notices have been sent each delinquent member and unless their dues
are paid immediately they will be dropped from membership unless a
good reason is forthcoming. The bylaws read as follows: "Dues shall
be considered payable in January of each calenday year and will be
considered delinquent on June 1st in any calendar year".
Owing to the fact that many members wrote last year asking for
Yearbooks we have had extra books printed. They are available for 250
to members, 500 to non-members. Each member should have received a
Yearbook by now and as new members are admitted they are given one.
If you wish a Yearbook sent to a friend forward his name and address
with 250 or 500 as the case may be, to the Secretary Treasurer and the
book will be mailed at once.
As of May 25th, 680 membership cards have been issued in 1951, 45
are still on the unpaid list, 100 new members have been admitted since
January 1st, 14 have paid their 1952 dues and one has paid thru 1954.
If you know of any former Isthmian who is not on the Society's mailing
list please forward his name and address and he will receive sample
copies of the Record.
The following new members have been admitted since last issue:
Mr. & Mrs. H.H. Gaeb 6326 Euclid Rd.
Mr. John A. Riley D
Mr. & Mrs. Stanford Stone R
Mr. E. H. Underwood Sr. 8:
Sgt. & Mrs. G. R. Whaler 4;
Mr. & Mrs. J. P. Young P
Maryland Mr. Alex C. Fechtig 1
Mr. J. G. Knecht 54
Nebraska Mrs. M. E. Minnix 71
New Jersey Mr. Max Herz 5
Mr. H. J. McElhone, Sr. 2
New York Mr. & Mrs. A. M. Gibson, Sr.
Capt. & Mrs. W. Wills 1
Mrs. K. S. Daniels 3
Mr. & Mrs. H. H. Gaeb 6
Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Kent 1
Mr. & Mrs. H.A. Westendorff
Mr. T.W. Sudron
Mr.& Mrs.J. Christian
Mr. & Mrs. T. P. Mock
Mr.& Mrs. F. W. Bradley
Mrs. L. A.Taber
Mr. & Mrs. R. M. Briggs
Mr. C. B. Cason "
Mrs. Hethie Duke
Mr. Bob Glow
Mr. & Mrs. H. Kleefkins
Mrs. Dove L. Prather
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. O. Box 216
0. Box 57
54 Linden Av.
60 N. Chester Av.
8 Dunlawton Av.
N.W. 154 St.
. 4, Box 914.W
'5 12 Av. N.E.
03 River Hill Dr.
F.D. 1, Box 5
avis Islands Hotel
t. 4, Box 353.DD
33 S.W. 8th Court
219 4th Av. S.
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13 S. Prospect St.
610 Carter Av.
08 N. Colorado Av.
6 Glenwood Av.
5 10th Av.
32 Tompkins St. Cortland
87 James St.
franklin Square Long Island
6 Merrimon Av. Asheville
326 Euclid Rd. Cincinnati, 27
66 North Prospect St. Ravenna
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A boss is a man who is late when you are early, and early when you are late.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Cope, Mr. Walter C. C
Wirt, Mr. Vincent W. /
Smith, Mr. & Mrs. WilliamP.
Arkansas Shaw, Mr. & Mrs. NewellN. R. F. D. No. 7
California Godfrey, Mr. & Mrs.W.B. 122 Harrison Ave.
Johnson, Mrs. A. E. 7823 Nardian Way
Lutz, Mr. & Mrs. C. M. 822 West 81st St.
Stone, Mr. & Mrs. W.H. 3455 Pierce St.
Tannehill, Mr. & Mrs. J.W. 355 North El Molino
Connecticut Conner, Mrs. Rose 1109 Central Ave.
Florida Ardern, Mr. & Mrs. L. H. 2436 38th Ave. N.
Bodden, Capt. & Mrs. J.V. P. 0. Bak 58
Bridges, Mr. & Mrs. A.W. 818 26th St.
Carlson, Mr. C. 0. 215 6th Ave. N.
Colston, Mr. & Mrs. M.A. 3201 Melton St. N.
Fenton, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas
3315 Laurel St.
Greene. Mr. & Mrs. J.L. P. 0. Box 711
Johnston, Mr.&Mrs. Andrew
1424 Turner St.
Love, Mrs. Pat
688 1st Ave. N. Apt.
Matheney, Mr.&Mrs. A.G. 6388 2nd Ave. N.
Meyer, Major&Mrs. A.O. 2247 Riverside Ave.
Penseyres, Capt.&Mrs. G.W.
Los Angeles 45
Los Angeles 44
San Francisco 23
St. Petersburg 4
St. Petersburg 2
St. Petersburg 4
St. Petersburg 1
St. Petersburg 2
301 45th Ave. S. St. Petersburg 5
Stakelum, MissMary L. Res.305 5th St.S. Apt. 10 St. Petersburg 5
Mail P. 0. Box 208 St. Petersburg 1
Georgia Pate, Mr. James D. 615 West Magnolia St. Fitzgerald
Pate, Miss Cassie 615 West Magnolia St. Fitzgerald
Louisiana Keen, Dr.&Mrs. L.O. 5466 Hawthorne Place New Orleans 19
Maryland Cleary, Mr.&Mrs. W.E. 831 Brunswick Road Essex 21
January, Mr.&Mrs. Charles 214 Williams Road
South Ferndale Glen Burnie
Michigan Paterson, Mr. Edmund T. 735 Penobscot Bldg. Detroit 26
New York Bell, Mrs. Raymond 111 Columbia Turnpike
Greene, Mr. & Mrs. J.L. P
Greening, Mr. Peter 7
McCord, Mr. & Mrs. John E.
.0. Box 92 (Summer) Avon
7 Saratoga Ave. Yonkers
864 Elmwood Ave.
rhurston Apts, Apt. 3 Kenmore
Hazeldine, Mr.&Mrs.H.T. 2319 Brandon Road
Martin, Capt. M.C. 507 Orange St.
Patterson, Mr. & Mrs. R.A. Route 1, Box 294 B
Lindstrom, Capt.&Mrs.O.H. Star Route No. 2
Lingo, Mr. Charles 2873 Minto Ave.
Casserly, Dr. T. L. 1459 Swantek St.
Making, Mr. Nicholas M. P. 0. Box 95
Reese, Mr. & Mrs Clinton H. --
Forsstrom, Capt. & Mrs.A.B.
Orr, Mr. & Mrs. J. H.
Brugge, Mrs. Fred P.
Olney Arnold Rood Oaklawn
General Delivery South Houston
205 N. Wayne St. Apt. 6
Marstrand, Mr. O.T. 415 Burliegh Ave.
c/o Col.W.F. Powers Norfolk
Sonneman, Lt. Col. & Ms. O.F. Jr.
R.R. No. 2 Fairlee Drive
Washington Mack, Mr. & Mrs. Fred C. 9071 53rd Ave. S.
Cards of thanks have been received from the following by your
Society for expressions of sympathy and flowers sent at their recent
bereavements: Mrs. May Reynolds, Mrs. Mary Walters, Mrs. J. R.
Millikan, Mrs. Raymond Bell, Mrs. William C. Sterling.
Thanks have been received for flowers sent to the following during
their recent illnesses: Larry Baker, Mrs. John H. Patterson, Mrs. Mabel
Lewis, Mrs. Jessie Hunt, Mrs. Storer Everett, Mrs. Frank Upton, Mrs.
NOTICE TO ALL OTHER PANAMA CANAL SOCIETIES: This
society will be glad to include in all future Canal Records, notices of
your regular meetings, picnics or dinners or any other society advertising
you may care to submit. This service is offered in a fraternal spirit and
there will be no charge.
The next Florida Society picnics will be held at Lake Maggiore, this
city, on July 9th and Lowrey Park, Tampa on August 13th. All informa-
tion on the regular meetings and picnics can be found on page 9 of your
From the Hiters at Hendersonville, N.C. comes word that the Larry
J. Rossiters' new home in the Beverley Hills section of Ashville is
nearly completed; the Barney Coyles have moved into their new home
on Eubank Road, Hendersonville which is across the street from the
Duke Lewises; Mrs. Lewis reports a new use for the shredded com-
missary coupons used in packing household goods for shipment from the
Zone; recently she noticed birds building nests of. them; the Lewises,
Harrells, Pattersons, Sawyers, Reppas, Knoops, Muldoons and Hiters
held a picnic early in May and the entire Zone colony in that area had
one scheduled for May 29th; the Muldoons' new house in Hendersonville
is rapidly nearing completion and the Tom H. Kellys have purchased a
lot next to them on which to build when they retire; the Lewises' son,
Alan, in the submarine service at New London, Conn. is due hoine soon
on furlough; the Burmaster family were recent visitors looking for a
place to settle; _and the Hiters are preparing to journey north to their
summer camp at Jo Indian Pond, Parrishville, N.Y. soon after son, Bill,
graduates from high school on June 5th.
Mrs. Myrtle M. Luce, Secretary of the Los Angeles Society advises
she is preparing a new directory of their members if they can get a good
return on the letters they have sent out and we certainly hope they do.
R. C. Shorty Deavours reports from Bostwick, Fla. there is a nice
colony of ex Isthmians on the banks of the St. Johns River there. Capt.
Reed of Balboa stopped there on his way to Washington and was a guest
of the Deavours; the Ruly Grabhorns have built a new home on the river
and will move in soon, the Charles Shaws have returned home after a
stay of several months at Ray Shuey's fishing camp on Key Largo down
toward Key West and gave a fish dinner for a group of friends on April
22nd; Pan American Airways Pilot Jack Miller of Lima, Peru and Mrs.
Willer gave a dinner for a group of friends on April 20th at their house on
Hourglass Lake in Orlando Florida; the guests were the C. Siboses,
Pedro Migues, the John G. Claybournes of Cocoa, Fla., the W. A. Steven-
sons of Winter Park, Fla., Mrs. Mary Walters, Orlando, the Robert L.
Wilhites, Mascotte, the L. M. Abrams, Claremont, Mrs. Walter Clark,
Bostwick, and the R. C. Deavours, Bostwick.
Al Meigs writes from "Castle Canasta", Tampa reporting two visits
there of a"tropical hurricane" named Helen Adler, during which canasta
was played until 4 A.M. Al says he is a non-combatant but it did inter-
fere with his sleep.
Gus Hoecker reports from Monrovia, Cal. that Jack De Grummond of
the Treasurer's office at Balboa Hts. has been visiting his mother and
brother in that town and has shown a collection of colored slides of
Panama and the Canal Zone to a large group gathered at the Phil Lupfers
at Sierra Madre; H. M. Lockwood and A. E. Wood left recently for a fish-
ing trip in the high Sierras at Crawley Lake and the Trinity River where
they expected to catch a lot of trout; the Donald Weltys (Dorothy Hoec-
ker) have just moved into their new hgme at Palo Alto, Cal.; William W.
Jones, U.S.N. son of the William A. Jones, formerly of Balboa and now
living in Monrovia, has been promoted to Commander and is now at the
U.S. Naval Postgraduate School at Annapolis, Md. He was married to
Miss Mildred Simpson of Annapolis on May 30th and the newlyweds will
visit his parents on their way to Berkley, Cal. where he will take more
postgraduate work; the Arthur Beards of Oakland, Cal. were recent visi-
ters at the Earl Gilberts of Monrovia; the William Naylors of that city
are expecting their daughter, Virginia Sullivan and her child who plan
to remain for a month.
Herb Hoffner of Orlando says Mrs. Dove Prather, one of the Zone's
best known and beloved teachers is now living in Wauchula, Fla. Before
leaving the Isthmus she donated her car to the Legion's Forty and Eight
Society which raffled it off netting $1778.50 which was donated to the
Claude Ott, prexy of the Miami-Zone Clan was prevented, by illness
from being present at the picnic on May 20th in Crandon Park which
about sixty attended. A. G. Dunham who is pinch-hittizg for him advises
the next one is scheduled for Sunday, July 15th at Parking Lot 2, Pit 3
in Crandon Park. They would like to see a delegation from the Tampa-
St. Pete area. How about it folks?
The Sixteenth Annual Dinner of the Panama Canal Society of Wash-
ington was held May 19th. It was in memorial in honor of the late Presi-
dent William Howard Taft. Special guests were Senator Robert A. Taft
of Ohio, Mrs. Helen Taft Manning, Senator Homer. Ferguson of Michigan,
Representative Charles A. Wolverton of New Jersey, Repres.entative
Brent Spence of Kentucky and Dr. Esther Neira de Calvo of Panama.
Edward H. Davidson, President of the Society, presided, and Gov. Maurice
H. Thatcher was Toastmaster. Speakers included Ben Jenkins who gave
the invocation, Captain Miles P. DuVal, U.S.N. Ret. who led the Pledge
of Allegiance, Victor J. Johnson, John F. Stevens, Jr., Mrs. Manning,
Senator Taft and others. A congratulatory telegram to be read at the
dinner was sent by your Society's President William H. Butler.
Although his name failed to get on the Society's letterhead so far
this year, Mr. Claude A. Ott, 4220 N.W. Tenth Avenue, Miami, 37, Fla.
is our representative in that area. Apologies to Mr. Ott and our members
and friends in that vicinity.
Further North Carolina news from correspondent George B. Ward of
Weaverville: There were forty four at the basket picnic on May 29th, the
S. C. Abernathys, Ernest Behlen, Katherine Bryan, the A. B. Coles,
E. T. Howards, P. R. Kigers and Dow Walker of Ashville; the Clifton
Hollands, Sewell Raynes and George B. Wards of Weaverville; the Albert
Brownings, Jr., F.B. Coyles, Bruce Harrells, S.R. Hiters, R. M. Knoops,
L. W. Lewises, J. Muldoons, R. A. Pettersons, F. M. Sawyers, Lewis
Sculls, and Captain and Mrs. Reppa of Hendersonville; the Edward
Battens and T.V. Franklins of Bryson City; the Joe Davidsons of Hickory
and the J. P. Haydens of Daytona, Fla.
Mrs. Dow Walker left on May 26th for the Canal Zone by plane via
Miami. She planned to stay about three months.
W. Clayton Pace, former Cristobal Postoffice employee is now in the
Stacy C. Russell of Highlands, N.C. visited the Austin Brooks in
Skylands on May 21st.
Mr. Brooks, who has been ill for some time would enjoy hearing from
his old friends. His address is P.O. Box 112, Skylands, N.C.
Mr. Ward says he sent a copy of this year's St. Pete Reunion photo-
graph to Executive Secretary at Balboa Hts. who, in thanking him, said
it had been posted on the bulletin board in the Admisistration Building
and was causing quite a lot of comment from those who stopped to look
at it. It will eventually be turned over to the Canal museum. Ward says
"Now you oldtimers, I'll bet you never dreamed of having your picture
posted in the Administration Building to say nothing of its being a
We are placing the following fine letter from President Fred Bradley
of the Los Angeles Society in the Correspondents' Reports group and
hope that he will continue to act in that capacity and keep us informed
of its activities.
1354 Linden Avenue
Glendale 1, California
April 19, 1951
Last night I saw a copy of your Canal Record. You are to be com-
plimented on its achievement.
The news about the various members is most interesting. It is the
medium of keeping in touch with our fellow Canal Zone friends through-
out the United States.
On April 8, our California Society had its first 1951 meeting. It was
a dinner held at the Rosslyn Hotel. Approximately 100 members attended.
These "get-togethers" mean so much to each of us that none can afford
to miss any of them.
Miss Louise C. Bidwell (Ancon nurse) spoke of her trip to Egypt.
Mrs. Shildhauer gave a wonderful talk on "Our Flag." Mr. Edward C.
Shildhauer spoke extemporaneously of the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores
Locks sea-level canal. One of our members present was Mr. Richard B.
Lloyd, now 92 years old. He looks to be 60, and needs no glasses. He
told us that one of the highlights of his life was when, as a child, he
had the privilege of shaking hands with President Lincoln. And so, each
in turn had something noteworthy to relate.
Election of officers was also held and the officers voted in for the
insuing year were:
Fred W. Bradley President
E. D. Stilwell Vice-President
Mrs. R. H. Luce Secretary
H. H. Hammer Treasurer
Our first picnic for 1951 will be held on June 10th at Griffith Park.
It would be our great pleasure to welcome you or any of your members to
join us then.
Fred W. Bradley
eY JOHN K &KTEZDL.
I believe that Captain Cook on one of his voyages discovered an
island where the ingenious natives contrived to make a living by taking
in one another's washing. Similarly in my town of Senilia on the Indian
River the inhabitants, permanent and temporary, try to mitigate the
boredom with which they are all chronically afflicted by giving parties
for one another. The women start it in the e arly fall when the first local
hostess returning from her annual summer safari and actuated by her
desire to exhibet her new clothes, and perhaps other motives more
obscure, issues invitations to something called a coffee, a tea or perhaps
a luncheon. This is an exclusively feminine affair, and I know little or
nothing about it except that it is customarily dry and, if you are within
hearing distance, sounds like a boiler factory on a busy day. The first
coffee or what-have-you starts a chain reaction, for each of the fifty
or one hundred women attending feels obligated to give. a similar party
The dinners start as soon or sooner than the coffees. These are co-
educational and wet, sometimes to the point of saturation, and often
quite enjoyable if not too large. The ancient Greeks had a rule about
dinners which I think very sensible. The table, they said, should be set
for not less than three nor more than nine. The odd numbers are account-
ed for by the fact that in the golden age of Greece only the men dined
out; the women were supposed to stay at home and attend to their
knitting. Since we follow the different rule in-augurated by CaptainNoah,
who decreed that the animals should go in two by two, perhaps for three
and nine we should substitute four and ten. Less than four can scarcely
qualify as a party, and more than ten too often becomes a brawl. Unfor-
tunately our Senilia hostesses are seldom content with less than twenty
or thirty, which means setting up card tables and serving from a buffet.
Their houses are seldom large enough to accommodate with any comfort
the numbers they invite. Any intelligent conversation is out of the
question, and an atmosphere of gaity can be maintained only by frequent
drafts of distilled spirits.
During the Christmas-New Year holidays one eggnog party follows
another. If you like eggnog that is fine. Personally, I detest the stuff.
But the typical Senilia party is the cocktail party. The advantage
of a cocktail party is that it is the easiest and cheapest way of wiping
out all your accumulated social obligations at one swoop. Here the
usual number attending is between fifty and one hundred, although we
had one party last spring with something like two hundred guests. Many
of our cocktail parties are held at the country club. There is plenty of
room for them there, and you are relieved of all bother except sending
out the invitations and paying the bill. The club attends to everything
else. Most important of all in my opinion, the terminal facilities are
better. Invitations to cocktail parties usually read from 5 to 7. Very few
people arrive before 6 and they never leave until they are good and
ready. At the club they will be thrown out at midnight when the house
closes; but if the party is in your own home, you man find some of your
guests still on your hands at breakfast. If the people of Senilia have one
fault it is that few of them know when a party is over. They have one
virtue too: they scrupulously repay all social debts. So if you give a
cocktail party, as undoubtedly you must, you can count on receiving an
invitation to every subsequent cocktail party given that year. It is lile
getting your name on a sucker list.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida regrets to learn that retired
Canal employees renting quarters on the Zone will have to vacate them
within the next year. Some of you folks may elect to come to the States
rather than move into the Republic in which case this society will gladly
offer assistance in, case you are interested in Florida. More than 250 of
our members and their families reside in this state about 180 of whom
are in the St. Petersburg-Tampa area. The society will be glad to answer
all inquiries from interested parties but it must be understood that under
no circumstances will it rent living quarters for inquirers nor will it
purchase property. There are always plenty of apartments vacant from
May lst to November Ist and hundreds of houses for sale throughout
the year. St. Petersburg and Tampa are large cities with plenty of room
for expansion and with properties at prices to suit most retirees' finances.
If interested in other areas of the state we will endeavor to have your
letters answered by a member living in that vicinity. We believe you can
be happy here and we want to do all we can to assist you in getting
located. Address your inquiries to Mr. T. M. Drake, Corresponding Sec-
retary, Box 249, Station A, St. Petersburg 2, Florida.
The CANAL RECORD is published quarterly and is printed by the
Quality Printing Company, St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A.
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