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MIRALFORES LOCKS, Canal Zone
RECENT MEETING OF THE NEWLY FORMED PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF THE NORTHWEST
Reading from left to right: Back Row; Mrs. Lauren 1. Cooper, Secy-treas., Mrs. Oscar H. Martin, Miss Maudie Carruth,
Mrs. James T. House, Mrs. J.R. Stancil, Mrs. R. H. Granger, Mrs. F.C. Mack, Mrs. Lynn P. Vane, Mrs. J. C. Lawrence,
Mrs. Elsie M. Graves, Mrs. Harold Barnes, Mrs. Helen Judge, Mrs. J. O. Kier, Mrs. Margaret Will, Vice President, Miss
Velma H. Brown, Miss Sophia H. Burnham. Front Row: Dr. J.R. Stancil, Mr. Merrill Will,Mr. James T.House,Mr. Oscar
H. Martin, President, Mr. J.E. Pershing, Mr. J.C. Lawrence, Capt. Lynn P. Vane, Chaplin, Mr. J. O. Kier, Mr. Harold
Barnes, Sgt. R.H. Granger.
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MRS. J. W. WILSON
MRS. J, F. VEVERETT
December 15, 1951
Your society is ending another year in fine condition.
We have been more than pleased by the number of new mem-
bers who have joined this year. We are happy to welcome
them and truly hope they will enjoy their membership. We
want they to be one with us and, if possible, have them
active in our affairs and in that way help to improve our
society. Our meetings and picnics have been well attended
indicating the interest of the members for which we are
During the past year some of our dear friends and
fellow members have departed from our midst. It was with
deepest regret that we witnessed their passing and they
will always be remembered and have their place in our
Your society is fast approaching its majority and on
this nineteenth holiday season since its birth your off-
icers take the opportunity to extend to all their best
wishes for a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a VERY HAPPY NEW
Fraternal ly yours,
BY MAURICE H. THATCHER
Year after year, in prayer, we strive for peace;
But peace comes not: again the Horsemen ride
To magnify the woe; and, far and wide,
The desolation spreads; and tyrants seize
All-ruthless power, which folly would appease
Until all liberty is cast aside,
And in all lands and spheres truth shall have died,
And everything of noble progress cease.
O that the Star of Stars may shine anew,
And wicked hearts be wrought in God's impress!
O that the nations should be moved to do
Those things, alone, that lift and heal and bless!
How long must Man a futile course pursue
Ere he shall find the Way thru righteousness?
The legislative situation of interest and concern to employees and
retirees is practically unchanged since our September issue. The Congress
has adjourned without any decisive action of benefit to retirees. All bills
mentioned in the September Record are still in committee and will be
pending when the 82nd Congress convenes in January, 1952.
The cost of living continues to climb; the Bureau of Labor Sta-
tistics index reached 186.6 in October which means the purchasing
power of your annuity dollar is lowered further to 53 cents compared
to the 100 cent dollars which were deducted from your pay while in
Practically all Senators and Representatives in the present Congress
recognize the increasing cost of living and realize particularly that the
annuity protection which was supposedly adequate in prior legislation
will not today provide the reasonable comforts and needs which were
expected at the time of the earlier enacted legislation.
In recognition of the increasing cost of living the Congress has
boosted the pay of active Federal employees some $300 to $800 per year.
Also recognizing the inadequacy of previously established retirement
annuities, the Congress has also increased the annuities of railroad
retirees some fifteen percent. In addition, in recognition of the needs
of widows and other survivors, the Congress has provided survivor
benefits when ammending the Railroad Retirement Act.
While the legislative delay is disappointing, retirees should realize
that the above observations indicate that some favorable action is
likely in the next session of Congress. Signs point to early action.
With the above in, mind, it would be well for all retirees to 'write
the committeemen and the Chairmen of the Committees on Post Office
and Civil Service in both the Senate and House as well as their own
Senators and Representatives expressing their interest and concern in
retirement and survivor legislation and telling of their predicament and
struggle to match annuities against the increasing cost of rather simple
living and how much more difficult it will be for survivors.
You can locate the names of your Senators and Representatives also
the memberships of all Senate and House committees, in the current
issues of the Congressional Record at your nearest public library or
the office of your daily paper. For the next session this information
may be found in the Congressional Record for October 11, 15 and 19,
1951, serial numbers 191,193 and 197 respectively.
Mr. Ralph Cutler, one of our members, who was responsible for
the introduction of H. R. 5217 providing for the increase of the annuities
of construction workers or their widows, informs us that he was in
Washington on November 5th and called at the office of the N. A. R. C. E.,
also saw Governor Thatcher, J. W. Baird, Roger Erdmarn and a number
of other Canal construction folks. Cutler believes this bill will pass if
you will all get behind it. It is of particular concern to widows eligible
for construction annuities as it will increase the minimum annuity to $75.
While discussing legislation it is of interest that former Governor
Maurice H. Thatcher has entered suit in the Court of Claims in Wash-
ington in the name of Andrew W. Dewling for refund of income taxes
paid on his construction annuity under the Act of May 29, 1944. You
will be advised of the outcome when this case is decided.
A Note of Appreciation
This is an appropriate time for your editor to thank the many people
who assist in making the Record possible. Thank you Mrs. R. B. Potter
for your excellent background drawings for the Record's covers, Mrs.
Lucille Judd for pinch-hitting in getting out the Record during the editor's
absences, Mrs. Helen Hammond for compiling the membership cards,
Mrs. Ann Butler for making addressograph stencils, Warren Love for
addressing and mailing the Records, Mrs. Gertrude Wilson and several
unnamed assistants for their share in the mailing chores, Walter Hersh
and Jack Everett for their legislative notes for each issue, John K. Baxter
for his wry and humorous comments on retired life under the heading
"PRO AND CON", and our correspondents everywhere who keep us in-
formed of events in their localities. Thanks to you all and may your
days be long and happy in your retirement retreats, wherever you may be.
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
Mrs. Florence N. Miller of Alhambra, Cal. who left the Isthmus
in 1950 writes that she is living with her brother and sister-in-law, the
David J. Nevilles. Mr. Neville is Assistant Chief of Surveys of the
Los Angeles County Flood Control. Her brother, Herbert is in a camp
in the Adirondacks in New York. Daughter, Alberta and husband Earl
Stone and three children, left the Zone two years ago and are now in
California. Mrs. Miller is assisting her sister-in-law in running two
nursery schools and enjoys her work.
Captain John A. McDaid, who retired as Master of the U. S. S.
Favorite in 1949 writes from Camden, Maine that he and Mrs McDaid
are planning to spend the winter in St. Pete where they will receive a
From Mrs. George Engelke of Cristobal comes word that son, John,.
is a junior in Michigan Tech and son, Paul, is a freshman in the
University of Arkansas. The Engelkes had heard recently from the
Dick Reinholds, formerly of Cristobal who is living in Rio de Janeiro
where Dick is employed by the Moore, McCormack Line.
Mrs. H. P. Fransen of Tampa, Fla. reports that her granddaughter
and husband, the Jack Eichhorns of Carlton, Ore. were recent visitors
and daughter, Mrs. W. E. Sandiford is enjoying her first snow in a
long time in Washington, D. C.
Mrs. Marie G. Coffey writes from Shoreham, Vt. that she expects
to come down to St. Pete in February. Mrs. Coffey left the Isthmus last
August and after a complete checkup in a hospital in Burlington, Vt.
drove to Texas for a visit with daughter Patsy and husband then returned
to Vermont. She winds up by saying "For my money they can give
Texas back to the Mexicans".
Mrs. Mary Brewerton went north early in November from her
home in Sanford, Fla. to undergo an eye operation. She expects to return
about the middle of January. Good luck, Mary.
New member, Edward M. Fechtig, writes from Hagerstown, Md.
that he was Postmaster, Station A, Ancon in 1905 and 6, Postmaster at
Cristobal from 1906 to 12 and Asst. Postmaster at Ancon and Balboa
Hts. from 1914 to 17..
New members, Robert and Edith De Spain, formerly of Gatun where
Mr. De Spain was employed on the locks until December, 1950, are now
located in Phoenix, Ariz. where they have purchased an eight unit fur-
nished apartment. Their son also formerly employed on the Zone is
working for the Goodyear Rubber Company in Phoenix. The De Spains
will be glad to see any Canal Zoners going thru their town.
The Elmer Daileys of Folsom, La. recently entertained Mrs. Cora
McKibben and son, Henry, who were enroute to El Paso, Texas to visit
daughter, Mildred and family. On the way south they stopped at
Chattanooga, Tenn. to see Mrs. McKibben's sister and brother-in-law,
the Sam McKenzies. At Houston, Texas they saw the Lee Wrights and
the Haldermans. The Dailey's son, Earl and family were up from the
Zone for three months this summer. We will be looking for you at the
Reunion in February, folks.
Mrs. Ella Piper is now living in Vineland, N. J. and sees Mrs. Nina
Du Bois often.
New members, the E. C. Hartshornes, who retired in April, 1950
are living in Seattle, Wash. where Mr. Hartshorne is employed' at the
Plant Engineers at Boeing Aircraft. Summer visitors were the Barney
Coyles, the Earl and Bob Kents, the Jack Wilsons of Tampa and Mrs.
Asa Knox formerly of Pedro Miguel.
The Ernest A. Erbes who have been touring ever since their arrival
in the States after retirement, have taken an apartment in Orlando, Fla.
for a year.
The Archie J. Scotts of Leavenworth, Kans. advise they are planning
to come down to St. Pete for our February Reunion. All indications
point to a record crowd this year.
Correspondent Herb Hoffner of Orlando reports that Mrs. Hoffner
returned from a European trip on September 28th. She visited in England
where she attended the British Festival and spent two weeks in Paris.
Mrs. Mary Hunter of Orlando occasionally visits Mrs. Jack Mountain,
widow of the former Cristobal pilot, at St. Cloud, Fla. The Christy
Schjevelands are living at Pinecastle, Fla. near Orlando. Herb is now
First Reader in the Christian Science Church in Orlando.
The H. R. Stettins of Dunedin, Fla. write that they have recently
returned from a 4500 mile trip to New York City, Niagara Falls,
Michigan, Illinoiis, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia
visiting relatives and friends on the way.
The David P. Howes, retired from Gatun Locks in July, are residing
in Hampton, N. H.
Charles L. Luedtke has written from Phoenix, Ariz. where he is
Research Counselor at the American Institute for Foreign Trade, which
educates students for positions with firms engaged in foreign trade
particularly Latin America.
Mrs. Frances Lawyer who is living with her daughter and family,
the J. F. Morrisses of Balboa, advises that she spent ten months in Cuero,
Texas with daughter, Elsie, and family which now includes two daughters,
Linda, three, and Darleen, one and a half. Son Bob and wife, whole reside
on the Zone, have two girls and a boy.
Mrs. Emma Young visited the Goolsby-Shivers family in San Diego
early in September and Mrs. S. advises they had a grand time talking
about all the Oldtimers. Mrs. Goolsby celebrated her 89th birthday in
July and was the life of the party. She subsequently contracted pneumonia
but quickly recovered. Mrs. Shivers sees Ned Dunkle often and says
he has never married. Mrs. Young advises in the same letter that she
visited the Van Brocklins in Santa Ana and the Ducky Bryans in Santa
Monica. While in Los Angeles she was selected as judge in a television
contest and was awarded a Max Factor outfit.
The Joe Mackintoshes of this city postcarded from North Bay, Ont.
early in September that the temperature was 40 degrees that morning
and they were heading for the middle west on their way back.
Mrs. Dan Wright says that the Clayton Hansens who left the Zone
about 1912 are located at 1207 Bonita Place, La Mesa, Cal. and want
to be remembered to all their old friends. Their oldest daughter, Eleanor,
is a teacher and the younger, Dorothy, is married and has a year old child.
Mrs. Elizabeth Chester of Castine, Maine says the natives there have
had to stop planting potatoes near the shore. The lobsters have become
so numerous they crawled out and ate the spuds. If you don't believe
that one she has another: The whales recently pushed so many fish
ashore, the boathouse was filled so full the roof was lifted off. The
whales then spouted salt water over the fish, the sun dried them and
Mrs. Chester had salt fish all winter. Now listen lady -.
The G. H. Evers have relocated in Neosho, Mo. where they have a
small farm. Daughter, Olga, is staying with them while her husband
is in the South Pacific.
The W. C. Webbers write from Smyrna, Ga. that Mr. Webber was
retired from the Electrical Division last June and they will move further
South if the weather gets too cold this winter.
The Bert Tydemans of Gatun, who were brief visitors in this vicinity
this summer, wrote that they were in Troy, N. Y. on August 5th for
the wedding of Miss Monica Marie Bulson and their son, Bert who is
now an architectural engineer in that city. They also visited niece, Elinor
Reinhold Graham of Jackson Hts., N. Y., the E. M. Reinholds of Lake-
land, Fla., Mrs. Marion Burgess Pearce of Syracuse, N. Y. also the
Charles J. Wolfs and the R. O. Combers, in the same city. Mr. Comber
was in the Building Div. at Gatun during construction days.
Mrs. Adelaide I. Lewis of Denver, Colo. who arrived on the Isthmus
in March, 1907 but had never known she was entitled to a widow's annuity
until located by Ralph Cutler as related in our last issue, has joined the
Florida Society and hopes to attend one of our Reunions.
New members, the L. Olivers, write from Marion, Ind. that they
met one of the P. R. R. boats while in New York in August and did not
see anyone they knew. He talked to some of the passengers mentioning
names of some of the oldtimers but no one knew any of them. One person
who said she had resided on the Isthmus four years had never heard of
Walter R. Smith, retired in November, 1950, says .he is now located
on Bell Island, Rowayton, Conn.
From former Governor Maurice H. Thatcher in Washington came
a welcome letter in October telling of the dinner to be held on November
3rd at the Broadmoor Hotel in Washington. Guests of honor were the
new ambassador from Panama to the U. S., Senor don Roberto Heurtem-
mate and his Senora. Speakers were former U. S. Ministers to Panama,
Drs. William Jennings Price and Roy Tasco Davis. Mr. Thatcher presided
as toastmaster. Col. D. R. Wolverton is now the Washington Society's
President. Mr. Thatcher also advised that former Canal Chief Health
Officer, Col. J. F. Siler was recently re-elected President of the Gorgas
Memorial Institute and Mr. Thatcher Vice President. The Institute was
formed years ago by act of Congress and maintains on the Isthmus the
Gorgas Memorial Laboratory headed by Dr. Herbert C. Clark,
From E. A. Smith, Newportville, Pa. who was working for the
Panama R. R. when the Americans took over the Canal, we have word
that he saw the first three Bucyrus steamshovels go into operation, on
the Canal at Empire or Culebra, he is not sure which. He also met many
of the early arrivals on the Canal including Charles L. Harrison, a then
prominent engineer who led a party of engineers making tests for the
Gatun Dam, Major William Black, Harry Reed, General Davis, Tom
Cook and many others. At that time there was an organization known
as the Washington Reading Room in the old Washington Hotel supported
jointly by the Panama R. R. and monthly dues from the members. Mr.
Smith was Secretary-Treasurer of the organization and as the Canal
workers began pouring in he soon realized that something more was
needed so he wrote the Y. M. C. A. officials in New York and they
sent down a man named Thompson to investigate. The Canal Y. M. C. A.s
resulted contributing much to the pleasure and high moral of the construc-
tion force and still serving the Canal public under another name, the
Canal Clubhouses. Mr. Smith also knew Col. Mark Brooke who raised
the first American flag after the U. S. took over from the French, James
S. Gilbert, author of Panama Patchwork, Jimmy Hyatt, then connected
with the office of the U. S. Consul in Colon, Tracy Robinson, who was
an old resident of the Isthmus when Smith arrived, Billy Gilbert, loco-
motive engineer, Col. Shaler and most of the other oldtimers. Mr. Smith
first arrived on the Isthmus on the S. S. Advance on January 31, 1900.
Mrs. Lillian Hollowell advises she is now living with daughter,
Peggy Brameld and husband, in the home they have recently purchased
in Ridgewood, N. J. The Bramelds are former Gamboaites. She says
Mother Hartman has been in Gorgas Hospital for some time.
Mrs. Virginia Siler writes from Washington, D. C. that Mrs. Mae
Maiers former Accounting Department employee and Mr. Maiers were
in Washington recently visiting their son, Kenneth. Mrs. Maiers has
retired from a government job in Philadelphia. The Emerson Fullers,
also of Washington, were expecting a visit in November from Luella
and Denny Mullane who have been traveling in Canada. Barbara Tomey,
daughter of Col. Bill Tomey, is married to an Airforce Lieutenant and
is living at Lowry Field in Denver.
Your editor called on retired Gatunite, Claude Berger, at his home in
Sebring, Fla. late in October and found him in good health. His
attractive home showed evidence of Claude's skill with a hammer and
saw, his chickens were fat enough to kill and the grounds around the
house were neat and well planted. Other Gatunites living in Sebring
are the Dickinsons and Hallidays whom we regret not having time to visit.
From Miami comes news of a reunion of the Ike W. Metzger family
early in October when son, Lt. jg. Bill Metzger returned from a two year
tour of duty on the staff of the Commander of the Sixth Fleet in the
Mediterranean. He was met at Boston by his sister Marilyn and husband,
Tom Marsh, with their six weeks 61d daughter, Billie Ruth, who had
just arrived from Coco Solo and they all drove down to Miami non-
stop. At Miami they' were welcomed by Mom and Dad Metzger, daughter
Marjean and husband, Robert Koperski. During Bill's twelve day, visit
the family attended the Canal Diggers' Picnic in Miami on October
14th, had a deep sea fishing trip, motored to Key West and saw the
Balboa High-Miami Jackson High football game in the Orange Bowl.
We regret to report that Miami won the game. Lt. Bill is now attending
the Naval School of Mine Warfare at Yorktown, Va. The Marshes are
visiting in Tennessee, Minnesota and Boston, Mass. before returning to
the Zone in December.
The Metzgers also reported that Bill Brooks of Margarita, Secretary
of the Gatun Tarpon Club, attended the Fishing Tackle Show in Miami
early in November.
Monrovia, Cal. notes from correspondent Gus Hoecker: On August
30th fifty former Canal employees and their families gathered at Brook-
side Park in Pasadena to honor Mr. and Mrs. Buckley Yoder who are
vacationing in California. Mrs. Yoder was the former Mrs. Roger Adams.
The Cecil Langdons and Earl Gilberts returned late in August from
a camping trip at King's Canyon near Sequoia National Park.
The Mortimer Lockwoods journeyed to Northern California and
into Canada as far as Lake Louise and Banff, returning in August.
The John Kings have moved into their new home at 430 Hillcrest,
Mrs. Emma Lindhe, widow of the late Capt. John B. Lindhe, a
former Cristobal pilot, was a summer visitor at the Hoeckers.
Joe Ebon of Gatun made a short visit in California during the
summer to see son Bill and wife, Sue Fahnstock Ebdon, and Joe's new
grandson. He then went to San Antonio, Texas to visit son, Fred who
has purchased a home at 807 Rose Hill Drive, in San Antonio.
l'he Louis Hausses after returning from a trip to Canada during the
summer drove to Texas where they expect to remain for the holidays.
They will visit with son, Fred, a student at Southern Metlhodist University
in Dallas, and their daughters, Mrs. Hertha Alguirre and Mrs. Betty
Parker and their families which include four grandchildren.
The Nathan Levys expect to spend the winter visiting friends and
their son, David, in Los Angeles.
The Earl Gilberts have returned from an extended trip thru the
East where they visited friends and relatives in Iowa, Indiana, Ohio,
New York and the Carolinas.
Robert King from the Zone spent his vacation with his parents the
John M. Kings in Monrovia.
The California Past Matrons of the Eastern Star, with their husbands,
had their annual get-to-gether in Monrovia in September. The Monrovia
folks included the Earl Gilberts, Ben Hodges, Bill Joneses, M. Lockwoods,
Bill Naylors, Ellis Stillwells who acted as hosts. Out-of-town guests were:
the Arthur Beards, Fred Browns, Harvey McConaugheys, Will Pidgeons,
Lula Lumby and Chloe Ford. Luncheon at the Stillwells and dinner at
the Leven Oaks Hotel with canasta at the Naylors filled the day. Those
absent were: the Oliver Bullocks (Olga had just returned from the hos-
pital), the Le Roy Smiths (Florence had been in an automobile accident)
and the Claude Howells (who were too busy).
The Hoeckers spent three weeks with daughter, Dorothy Welty and
family, in San Fransisco in July when the Weltys became proud parents
of a son on the 18th.
The Otto Kozaks of St. Pete left Miami by plane on December 16th to
spend the holidays with their daughter and family, the Eugene Askews
of the Pacific side.
Major and Mrs. A. O. Meyers were visitors early in December. They
plan to return in February for our annual reunion.
The Julius H. Bornefelds of Gatun have announced the engagement
of their daughter, Gloria Elaine, to Jesse M. Wilson jr. of Port Arthur,
Texas. The wedding is scheduled for next January immediately after
both graduate from the University of Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Hinz of Balboa have announced the; engage-
ment of their daughter, Hilda Julia, to Charles Franklin Lester, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lester, also of Balboa. Miss Hinz expects to
receive her master's degree in music from Yale University next year
and Mr. Lester will graduate from Yale Medical School next March.
Mr. andi Mrs. James M.'Turner of Tampa, Fla. have announced the
engagement of their grand daughter, Edith Lee Skidmore, to Robert
Edward Medinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus C. Medinger of Balboa
Hts. Mr. Medinger is an admeasurer for the Panama Canal.
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Manush of Balboa have announced the en-
gagement of their daughter, Maureen, to Louis R. Centorani. Both are
students at Syracuse University.
Mr. and Mrs. James N. Kenealy, Los Angeles, Canal residents for
many years, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Patricia
Ellen, to Sgt. Nicholas C. Stellingworf of Maurice, Iowa. Miss Kenealy
is employed in the Panama Line Steamship Ticket Office and her fiance
is stationed at Fort Clayton. They plan to be married in Los Angeles.
Marjorie Ann Gilder, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Gilder of
Colon Hospital, was married to Mr. Robert Kieth Gordon in the Bethlehem
Chapel of the Washington Cathedral on August 10th. They will reside
Miss Elenore Ann Kuller, daughter of the Ben F. Kullers of Gatun
was recently married in the Forti Clayton Chapel to Mr. Raymond Gill
son of the John J. Gills of Balboa.
Miss Edna Mae Reed of Trenton New Jersey, and Mr. Guy Martin
Newland, son of the William K. Newlands of Cristobal, are engaged and
plan to wed in November according to an announcement by Miss Reed's
mother, Mrs. Elmer J. Farley.
Miss Dorothy Elaine Smith, daughter of Mrs. Dorothy M. Smith of
Diablo and granddaughter of R. K. Morris well known oldtimer of
Panama City, became the wife of Fred Saunders, son of the William
Saunders of Gamboa, in the Cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon recently.
They will reside in Gamboa.
Miss Ruth Catherine Taylor, daughter of the Richard G. Oaylors,
former Zonians now residing in Biddeford, Maine, and Roger Nathaniel
Walker son of Mr. Thomas B. Walker of Biddeford, were married in
Biddeford late in September. They will reside in Portland, Me. Mrs. A. S.
Boyd, longtime resident of Pedro Miguel and the bride's grandmother
attended the wedding as well as several other former Canal residents.
Miss Sarah Louise Singleton of Texarkana, Texas and Albert N.
Attaway, son of Mrs. E. F. Attaway and the late Mr. Attaway, former head
of the Clubhouses, were married in Texarkana on September 22nd. They
will live in Fort Worth, Texas where the groom is employed as industrial
engineer by the Container Corporation of America.
J. Earl Sandiford, son of Mrs. Wilhelmina Fransen Sandiford of
Washington, D. C. and Mr. Earl Sandiford of Miami, Fla., and Miss
Mildred La Verne Hall of San Diego, Cal. were married in that city in
October. Mr. Sandiford is stationed at the Navy base there.
The Walter D. Williams of Margarita are the grandparents of a
girl born August 25th to daughter Ann and her husband, Thomas L.
Mitchum of Charleston, S. C. The Williams were visiting in Charleston
at the time.
Born also on the same date was a son to the P. V. Zagones of
Buffalo, N. Y. Mrs. Zagone is the former Mary Gertrude Goulet, oldest
daughter of Mrs. Arthur W. Goulet of Ancon and the late General
Manager of the Commissary Division. The Zagones recide in Almagordo,
The Frank Gerchows, junior, of Tonawanda, N. Y. became the
parents of a boy on September 25th. Mrs. Gerchow is the former Dorothy
Mac Alester of Diablo and the paternal grandparents are the Frank
Gerchows of Pedro Miguel.
The following have been retired from service with the Panama
Canal Company since our last issue: September: Leon Borden, Edward
E. Ellis, Patrick J. Henry, Herbert R. Judson, Benjamin F. Kuller;
October: Clarence J. Ackerly, Dr. Claire C. Clay, Arthur V. Corbett,
Albert C. Garlington, Otto E. Griggle, Myron R. Herrington, Leon L.
Koperski, Arthur R. Lane, Earl W. Melrose; November: Mrs. Anna J.
Japs, Paul A. Pearson, Capt. Samuel Roe, Joseph A. Snyder, J. R.
Williams and Robert T. Toone.
When your Society sent flowers to Bob Glaw during his illness in
September his thank you read: "It seems foolish to spend money for
flowers for an old buzzard like me but you would be surprised to know
how much they were appreciated."
E. J. Jackson of Tampa wrote late in October that wife, Edith, fell
in June, 1950 breaking her left hip. Later she suffered a collapsed spine
which was very painful. In October she broke her right hip and had to
be hospitalized. Mrs. Jackson is 82 and her recovery is slow.
Report has been received that Abe Matlowsky, formerly of Pedro
Miguel has been in a Brooklyn hospital for a year with diabetes.
Friends and acquaintances are urged to write Jack Deavours who
at last report was confined in the Veterans' Hospital, Ward 8, Dublin, Ga.
We are glad to report that Mrs. Jessie Hunt who has been in a local
hospital has recently been discharged.
The Curtain Falls
Mrs. Ernest Cripps, long a resident of Cristobal where Mr. Cripps
was employed in the Municipal Engineering Division, died August 28th
in Bowerbank, Maine. Her husband and son, Donald, survive.
James Mace Wilke, former P. R. R. conductor who retired in 1943,
passed away late in July in San Antonio, Texas. Beside his wife he
leaves a sister, Mrs. Frank Gerchow of Pedro Miguel.
Mrs. Ruth E. Bailey, well known oldtimer, passed away at Memorial
Hospital New York early in October. She is survived by her husband and
son, William, of Balboa. Prior to her retirement in 1943, Mrs. Bailey was
for many years the telephone operator at the Commissary Division office
at Mt. Hope.
James Cullen, aged two and a half, son of James C. Cullen of Diablo
Hts. and grandson of the J. J. Cullens, retired Canal employees now re-
siding in Clearwater, Fla. was killed September 16th when he was pinned
beneath a heavy cabinet which fell over on him beneath the Cullen home.
His parents were packing up preparing to make their home in the States.
Woodford Babbitt, aged 71, who resided on an island in Gatun Lake
since 1922 and was a retired Canal and Army employee, died in Colon
Hospital on September 20th. Mr. Babbitt was a brother of the late Mrs.
Elwyn Greene and leaves a son, Woodford, of Gamboa.
John H. Brown, aged 63, retired in 1932 as district commander of
the Fire Division at Cristobal, passed away at his home in McGaheysville,
Va. He leaves his wife and two sons, John and Robert.
Dr. F. F. Monroe, aged 69, assistant chief of the medical service
on, the Canal in the early days, died on September 7th in Youngstown,
Ohio. He is survived by'his wife, the former Belva Hennigh, a Canal
nurse, and two daughters.
Herman Roos, jr. born and raised in Gatun died last July at his
home in Washington, D. C. His wife and two children and his parents
Mrs. Rita Siegel, wife of Edward Siegel, a postal clerk at Balboa,
died at Gorgas Hospital on September 29th. Her husband and two
Captain Oakley Vineyard, aged 70, retired Atlantic side pilot, passed
away in this city on October 4th. His wife, Lulu Reed Vineyard, and
three daughters survive.
R. B. Hayes Stroop Sr., aged 74, retired Canal employee, died in
Cocoli on September 22nd. Seven children survive.
Theodore A. Aanstoos, age 66, died in Colon, November 1st. Retired
Printer of the P. C. Press at Mt. Hope, he leaves his wife,' three, sons and
Mrs. Marie Ryan, aged 57, died at Gorgas Hospital on October 8th.
A daughter and son survive.
Well known Panama oldtimer Jimmie Deans passed away in Panama
City recently at the age of 74. His wife and a daughter survive.
MTrs. Bertha Armstrong, wife of Benjamin A. Armstrong, former
Canal employee, passed away at her home in San Fransisco, Cal. on
Samuel S. Elliot, former supervisor at Pedro Miguel Locks, died
November 6th in Portland, Ore. where he has resided since his retire-
ment. His wife, Martha, survives.
Word has been received from Albert Ackerly, Sr. that Mrs. Ackerly
passed away on the Isthmus on October 17. Mr. Ackerly who is 81 is
residing with his daughter and son-in-law, the Grover C. Gravatts of
A letter has just been received from his son-in-law that Max Herz
suffered a stroke while at the Jamaica, N. Y. race track and died on
Nov. 8th. His twin daughters, Harriet and Helen, survive.
The Sick List in our last issue contained the name of Mrs. Robert
Hansen, the former Eva Jeanne Doyle of Cristobal, now living in San
Lorenzo, Cal. who was reported ill with tuberculosis. It is a pleasure to
report that the diagnosis proved wrong and Mrs. Hansen has returned to
her home much improved in health.
The annual Chistmas Party of the Florida Society was held at the
Tourist Center in St. Pete on December 10. It is the custom for those at-
tending to contribute cash for the purchase of gifts for inmates of the
local American Legion Hospital for Crippled Children and the receipts
last year totaled more than $200.00. The Record went to press before
the party was held so this year's total cannot be announced until next
issue. There is usually a large turnout for the Christmas parties and all
enjoy joining in singing the fine old Christmas hymns. Refreshments
are served and a holiday spirit prevails.
Suit has been instituted in the Canal Zone courts by Ray B. Wells
and 748 other plaintiffs asking for an injunction against the Secretary
of the Treasury of the United States to stop collection of the federal
income tax. Claim is made that the federal government has no power to
tax citizens beyond its borders for income received and expended there
and that such collections are in violation of the treaty with the Republic
of Panama. The outcome of this suit will be awaited with interest by all
government employees on the Zone.
Plans are underway for the elimination of the medical dispensaries
at Ancon, Balboa and Pedro Miguel and the opening of an Out-Patient
department at Gorgas Hospital within the next few months.
New rental rates on government-owned furniture in Canal quarters
were effective September 15th and after eight months payments the
furniture automatically became the property of the renters.
Most American Canal employees received raises of from $300 to
$800 annually in October.
A pipeline suction dredge and dredge tender Indio have been
advertised for sale.
The Canal plans to spend more than $11 millions during this fiscal
year on new building in Silver City, Paraiso, Diablo Hts., Balboa, Ancon,
Margarita and Gatun.
A revised ruling now permits retired employees already on the Zone
to rent Canal quarters when available but those who have left the Isthmus
will not be eligible if they should return.
Cristobal had its own "atomic" explosion when a recent blast de-
molished the coaling plant bridge no longer required since the plant was
closed down. Two men were slightly injured in spite of the efforts of
the Police Department to clear the area before the blast was touched off.
The delayed unveiling of the memorial plaque to Miss Eugenie Hib-
bard, first director of nursing at Ancon Hospital is scheduled for De-
cember. Miss Jessie M. Murdock, another oldtime nurse will unveil it.
The Pedro Miguel Boat Club celebrated its annual Al Meigs Day
on November 3rd with boat racing for the Governor's Cup and other
events. Although he left the Isthmus several years ago it must please Al to
know that he has not yet been forgotten.
The Atlas Garden, closed for some time, was reopened November
1st and Panama City plans to widen Central Avenue from the P.R.R.
crossing to the Casino.
People in the news: Retired Pilot George Tawes was awarded $26,076
in a suit against the French Line resulting from a leg injury sustained
aboard one of their ships; Charlie Leaver was attacked by thugs one
night early in November at the corner of J St. and Tivoli Ave. in Panama
City, was placed on the seriously ill list at Gorgas Hospital where he was
taken; Dwight Kersh, former Commissary Division employee, is pre-
sumed to have been killed when the plane he was piloting vanished on
a trip from Darien to Panama. Two native passengers are also missing;
Lt. Carl O. Baldwin of the Zone Police has been promoted to Captain
and named Warden of Gamboa Penetentiary.
Fellow-members Dr. and Mrs. Harry Eno of Colon wrote from
Lucerne, Switzerland in August that they sailed from Cristobal on June
16, stopped at Cartagena and Curacao and landed at Antwerp, Belgium.
In Holland they visited Rotterdam, the Hague and Amsterdam and sailed
from the Hook of Holland to Harwich, England. After two weeks there
they took a thousand mile tour of England and Scotland. Next they
flew to Paris for a week then to Rome by train with stops at Moulin,
Marseilles, Nice, Monte Carlo, San Remo, Genoa and Piza.
Mrs. Eno wrote "Rome is wonderful and we plan to go back again.
The old Roman ruins were the most interesting after Vatican City. St.
Peters is mammoth. You just can't comprehend its size. The plaza in front
will hold 300,000 people at one time. We went to the opera in the ruins of
the Baths of Caracalla built 206 A.D. Here an outdoor theater has been
built to blend with the ruins. Seats 2,000, a full house the night we went."
The highlight of their stay in Rome was a special audience with the Pope.
Their European goal was the World Medical Congress in Stockholm,
Sweden. Former Isthmianites they met in Europe included: David Webster,
old P. S. N. C. manager at Cristobal, the Guy Crosswell Smiths, Malcom
Delvalle, Helen Patterson Schrum, former Cristobal school teacher,
Captain Fenton, Dr. Papio, the Casullos, Colon jewelers, and Mr. Serventi.
NEWS FROM THE VARIOUS
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETIES
Florida St. Petersburg
Following is the report of our Secretary-Treasurer covering the past
three months: "There are still a few who have not yet paid their 1951
dues. The Society now has 768 paid up members, 157 of whom joined
this year. Seventy-two have paid their 1952 dues, one has paid thru 1954
and one thru 1955.
The Yearbook went to press December first and will be mailed to
each member as soon as it is completed. Many changes in addresses were
received and noted. NO BOOKS WILL BE GIVEN OUT AT THE
REUNION IN FEBRUARY.
Please continue to forward additional names for the mailing list.
it is surprising how many write us they have just seen a copy of the
Canal Record for the first time. We are always glad to have new
members. Each Canal Record has an application blank on the last page.
Pass it on to anyone who may wish to become a member of the: Society.
NO NEW MEMBERS OR CHANGES OF ADDRESS are furnished
in this issue as they will appear in the 1952 Yearbook.
Dues should be paid AS SOON AFTER JANUARY 1ST AS
POSSIBLE, $3.00 if by money-order, $3.10 if by check as our bank
charges ten cents exchange on all out-of-city checks.
If you come to Florida for the winter please advise the Secretary-
Treasurer where you are staying and when you are leaving so the Canal
Record may be mailed to its proper address while you are away from
Cards of thanks have been received from Janet Darling, the J. J.
Cullens, the James Bradley family, E. J. Jackson and Mrs. Jessie Hunt
for flowers received from the Society during illness or bereavement.
Southern Florida Miami
Alfred G. Dunham, Secretary-Treasurer, reports: "Claude Ott was
elected President of our P. C. Zone Ditch Diggers' Assn., with Dan Jones
as Vice-President. Dan Jones had a few years' service down there recently
but withdrew his retirement so as to start in business with the capital
secured therefrom. On our picnics Dan takes care of our refreshments and
ammunition. He likewise takes in the necessary publicity for our organi-
zation in the local newspapers. He is now in business as a contractor.
Any person (on the gold roll of course) is eligible to become a
member of our P. C. Zone Ditch Diggers' Assn. of South Florida who
went down on any boat, got his or her name annexed to any payroll be
it the I. C. C., P. C. C., P. R. R., the Army, Navy or Marine Corps and
stuck it out at least until the next boat left. This motion wap passed at
our last meeting. Prospective members may obtain further information
from A. G. Dunham, 1001 N. W. 63 Street, Miami 38, Florida."
Northwest Arkansas Fayetteville
Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Blanche E. Shaw reports: '"The P. C.
Society of Northwest Arkansas was formed June 23, 1951 at the home of
Capt. Jack and Agnes Phillips, with Capt. Jack elected President and the
undersigned Secretary-Treasurer Since then we have located a few more
folks who were on the Canal in the far distant past and they will be
invited to join us when we have our next meeting on October 18th. Plans
call for a dinner at the Mt. Inn Hotel at 6 P. M. then all will go to Capt.
Jack's home for the meeting. We have about 26 members at present
which should be increased about 10 more for the next meeting. Just a
small group but it is good to get together which we plan to do twice a
Mrs. E. F. Attaway was a Fayetteville visitor in September on her
way to Ann Arbor, Mich. to visit the Henry Greisers. Our son, Raymond
N. Shaw, is connected with the Inter American Geodetic Survey and is
to be stationed in Haiti."
Secretary, Mrs. Myrtle M. Luce reports: "We are in the midst of
preparations for our annual dinner which will be held this year at the
Hotel Clark in Los Angeles on Decembtr 9th. This requires considerable
detail as you well know and after it is over I will send an account of
the "doings" but in the meantime I'll send along these items: Annnunce-
ments have been received from Takoma Park, Md. of the birth of a
son, Robert Frederick jr., to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wirtz formerly of the
Canal Zone. Bob is now employed in the Court of Claims in Wash-
ington, D. C.
Peggy Louise, daughter of the Fred Bradleys, left early in November
for Japan where she will serve in the U. S. Airforce.
Wilma Jean, daughter of Mrs. W. C. Dewey of Glendale, left in
September for Berlin, Germany where she is employed in the capacity
of Librarian by the U. S. Government.
The Arthur Berudes have sold their home in Orinda, Cal. where
they have been located since their retirement and plan to make their
home somewhere in Southern California."
President Oscar H. Martin reports; "The P. C. Society of the
Northwest was formed at a meeting held August 16th in Seattle. Beside
Mr. Martin, other officers are: Vice President, Mrs. Magaret Will,
Secty.-Treas., Mrs. Eltah Cooper and Chaplin, Lynn P. Vane.'" A' group
picture of the Society appears elsewhere in the Record.
Western North Carolina Asheville Hendersonville
Secretary George B. Ward reports: "At the annual meeting held in
the Asheville Recreation Park the following officers were elected: Bruce
Harrell, President, P. R. Kiger, Vice President and G. B. Ward,
Three basket picnics were held during the summer, in June at
Mills River Recreation Park, July at Rhododendron Park, West Asheville
and August at the Pink Beds, Pisgah National Forest. Average attendance
was about fifty. Visitors included: Capt. and Mrs. Dan Eggleston and
son, Maurice, Mrs. J. J. Luckey, Mr. and Mrs Earle Brown,, all of St.
Petersburg, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Scull of Bradenton, Mr. and Mrs. Tom
Kelley and children, Bob, Patricia and Barbara of Cristobal, Mr and
Mrs. Wendell Greene of Balboa, Joe F. Davidson of Hickory, N. C.,
J. P. Haydon of Daytona, Fla., Mr. and Mrs. James Martin of Bristol,
Tenn., Mr. and Mrs. Edward Batten of Bryson City.
The S. C. Lacys have settled in Fletcher which is between Henderson-
ville and Asheville. The Gerald Coopers and son, Jerry from the Zone
were recent houseguests of the Bob Pattersons of Hendersonville.
The Larry Rossiters have occupied their new home in the Beverly
Hills section of Asheville.
George B. Ward spent most of June in Washington, D. C. where
he visited the Lewis A. Masons, Roger Erdman, the Robert Roudebushes.
The latter spent the summer at the Chatauqua Lake Assembly in New
York State and wrote they were enjoying the concerts, lectures and
Summer visitors from the Zone included the Ross Hollowells, Floyd
McDermots and son, who visited with the P. R. Kigers in Asheville and
the J. Wendell Greenes.
Sewell Rayne of Weaverville successfully underwent a serious opera-
tion in Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia and is convalescing at his
home in Weaverville.
Don R. Walker of Asheville attended a reunion of the Walker family
in Ohio while Mrs. Walker was on a Zone visit.
Austin Brooks of Skylands, who has been ill for some time, is
somewhat improved and enjoys seeing his many visitors. Their daughter
and son-in-law, the Gus Tassenaris, have left the Isthmus and were recent
visitors at the Brooks' on their way to Cape Cod where Gus will enter
the automobile business.
There has been great activity and competition among the ladies of
our local Canal colony. For the first time since going to the Isthmus
they are able to can, freeze, pickle and preserve. This furnishes a live
subject for conversation and exchange of recipes when and wherever
they meet. With the finest peaches selling at 75c a bushel and apples,
strawberries, blackberries and huckleberries to be had for the picking,
plus the products of their gardens and chicken houses, all records have
been broken. The Ernest Behlens will probably get the blue ribbon with
a home deep freeze, two freezer lockers at the Farmers' Federation and
all the available cans and jars full. Larry Rossiter already has half a
beef steer engaged for his locker. So folks, just head for North Carolina
should hunger overtake you during the several months ahead." (Note:
Your editor can testify as to the excellent quality of the Behlens' honey,
blackberry wine, strawberry jam and piccallili, the Reppas' jam and
pickles and the Sawyers" home grown tomatoes.)
The Bob Pattersons have returned from a six weeks' trip to Maryland,
New Jersey and New York State.
The F. M. Sawyers recently returned from an extensive trip thru
Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia.
Mrs. Bruce Harrel spent weeks with her mother in Huntington, Long
The Chris Garlingtons of Newberry, S. C. spent a recent weekend
with the Duke Lewises.
The Bob Pattersons of Hendersonville had Mrs. Ann Jackson and
Mrs. Bob Getman of the Zone as recent houseguests.
Mrs. Frank Reppa has returned from a visit to her son's family
in New Jersey. He is now in Germany with the Occupation Forces.
The Dr. Sam Ervins have purchased a home at 1402 Fifth Avenue,
West in Hendersonville.
The Ray Mitchells have returned to Hendersonville after an ex-
tensive homeseekinging tour of the west including Southern California.
They also enjoyed a side trip to Old Mexico City on their way to the
"Land of The Sky" where they are again looking for ideal home.
The L W. Lewises recently returned from a trip to Maine where
they attended the wedding of Ruth Katherine Taylor, daughter of the
When the Joseph Muldoons returned to Hendersonville from a
two weeks' visit to Bayside, Me. they found their new home completed and
ready for occupancy and they are now nicely settled.
The S. R. Hiters have returned to Hendersonville after spending
the summer at their camp in northern New York State.
The Harry Freys are scheduled for a stop at Hendersonville on
the way from their home in Tunkahannock, Pa. to Florida for the
Dow R. Walker journeyed to Miami to meet Mrs. Walker on her
return from the Zone where she has been since May.
Attention All Panama Canal Societies
Since the Florida Society has the only regular publication and since
our almost eight hundred members are scattered all over these United
States and surrounding countries we believe that publication in the Canal
Record of news of other societies will be of interest to all and should
help to bring in new members in your areas who might not otherwise
know about your particular group. We will be glad to publish news of
your society including the names of your officers after each election,
regular meeting dates and locations and any other information you for-
ward that is considered newsworthy. Personal news items will be partic-
ularly welcome. Names make the news as you know. It will be appreciated
if the various Panama Canal Societies will cooperate by having their
secretaries send us news for each issue. Our material goes to the printers
on the 15th of November, February, May and August and your letters
should arrive before those dates so the editor will have time to include
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
It seems that everywhere we go we find people who have worked
on the Canal at one time or other or who have or had relatives there.
Last September your editor had the pleasure of meeting A. S. Browning,
Jr. whose father worked down there during construction days and who
returned there in the early twenties to work for sometime in the Cristobal
Postoffice. Browning now operates a fine dairy just outside Henderson-
ville and has a very modern bottling and ice cream plant on Route 25
just west of the business center in Hendersonville, N. C. At the front
of the plant is a fine milk and sandwich bar which serves the biggest
and best ice cream sodas you ever tasted and a half pint of fresh cream is
served with each cup of coffee, a practice which, it seems to this customer,
should eventually bankrupt him as the bar is crowded day and night, but
it doesn't seem to worry Browning. His Kalmia Dairy would be out-
standing in any community.
Professor Kenneth W. Vinton of the C. Z. Junior College's Science
Dept. had an article in the May issue of the American Journal of Science
entitled "Origin of Life on the Galapagos Islands".
Joseph A. Le Prince "an outstanding engineer who has played a
major role in wiping out the terrible toll taken by malaria, not only in
Cuba, Panama and the United States, but all over the world", who
was employed on the Canal from 1904 to 1914 where his final title was
Chief Sanitary Inspector, was honored in November by the National
Malaria Society at their thirty fourth annual meeting at the Congress
Hotel in Chicago.
Mr. Le. Prince, now 76 and residing in Memphis, Tenn., was pre-
sented with the society's first annual Joseph ,Augustin Le Prince Award
established in his honor and consisting of a $500 check and a citation
signed by the president of the society. The list of his accomplishments
in public health work is too long to include here but it is one to be
Elmer B. (Oley) Oberg recently retired Zone Postal Inspector, was
written up in the Rocky Mountain News on -his arrival home in Denver.
Among other things Oley is quoted as saying he does not own a hat but
we will bet two to one if he spends the winter in Denver and ventures
outdoors once in a while he will find it wise to buy one.
The John W. Hearns, well known old time'Pacific siders now living
in Meredian, Miss., celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on
November 15th. With them to' help celebrate were their six children;
Captain Jack, Captain Roy, daughters, Lucille and Mrs. A. N. Beauchamp
from the Zone and daughters, Mrs.,Elizabeth Folger of San Diego, Cal.
and Mrs. Mary Moore of Arlington, Va.
Homer Piper writes that Brother,iRay, and family ae now residing
in Mexico City.
Former Zone District Attourney Dan McGrath, has transferred to
the Attourney Geneal's office in Washington, D. C.
The Charles T. Daniels family and their four leaf clover business
started as a hobby when Daniels was employed in Balboa were the
subject of a newspaper article in the St. Pete Times on October 11th.
Daniels, Senior, son William and daughter, Mrs. Marion D. Warwick
of this city, are joint owners of the flourishing business now known
as the Daniels Clover Specialty Company.
Major Kathleen Hoffman, daughter of oldtimers, the Carl P. Hoff-
mans, is now Commanding Officer of the WAF Squadron at Pepperell
Airforce Base in Newfoundland.
Guy Johannes Junior, son of the former Chief of the Zone Police,
who was wounded in Korea on June 1st was expected home by his parents
in Bradenton, Fla. in October.
Two young Atlantic siders in service met off the Korean coast
recently when Lt. Fred E. Whipple of the destroyer Stormes and Elec-
trician's Mate, 1st. Class Robert Quinn of the destroyer Isabel recognized
each other when their ships were exchanging personnel.
Samuel Grier 3rd, son of real oldtimers, the Sam Griers of Clear-
water, Fla. has been promoted to Captain in the Airforce and is) stationed
at Maiden Air Base, Mo.
Mrs. Tom Reynolds of Baltimore, now 78, says she reads the Record
from cover to )cover and after daughters Sue and Georgia do likewise
each issue is mailed to another oldtimer in Pittsburg. Mrs. Reynolds
hopes to attend the next reunion in February.
Miss Anna Turner, the only one left of the first four nurses to
arrive (on the Zone after the Americans took over; aged 87, deaf and
sightless and living in a nursing home in Scranton, Pa., was the subject
of a newspaper interview in August. The reporter described her memory
as "clear as spring water and quicker than a little boy's hand dipping
into la cookie jar."' This grand old lady who was an army nurse in
hospitals full of yellow fever patients in Cuba and Haiti and, spent 24
years on the Zone still manages to live on her small income and has some
left over for charitable purposes and plans to leave her estate for the
benefitlof the blind and the corneas of her own sightless eyes to "someone
who can use them."
Col, Dan Wright who winters in St. Pete, has received two honors
from the Greek government for his work there from 1944 to 1948. One
is a citation from King Paul "on behalf of the Greek people to show
their appreciation of the work done ,of eliminating malaria" and the
other is a medal of the Order of the Golden Fleece.
Mrs. Florence Norbury of this city visited her mother in Putnam,
Conn. in October.
Former Canal Finance Director Arnold Buckner and wife who have
been visiting in this city for several months have taken an apartment
for the winter.
Captain and Mrs. Knute Wilkingstad have returnedifrom visits with
daughter Helen and family in Columbus, Ga. and Ruth and family in
Walter Tragsdorf, former R. & F. A. employee in Cristobal, has
arrived in St. Pete and has taken an apartment for the winter..
The recently retired J. R. Williams family have leased a house
here and plan to make this city their home.
The Jack Stoudnors moved into their new home in October and
Jack is busy working on his lawn and garden.
Among the many visitors in St. Pete since our last issue were:
Tlhe Newell'Shaws from Fayetteville, Ark., Horace Weltmers of Gamboa,
Mrs. Mary Pettit and daughter Mary from New Orleans, the Carl Browns
from the Zone, Charlie Cason of Miami, Roger *Deakin and family of
Cristobal who were visiting his mother who lives here, the Archie Gibsons
with daughters Anne and Gertrude, from Cortland, N. Y., the Gustav
Petersons from Gatun, and Timothy F. Bassel.
Mrs. Nell Bewley is now living with her daughter and ison-in-law,
the E. C. Biglows in Washington, D. C. Their daughter Dotsy /is on the
operating room staff in a hospital there.
Twentieth Anniversary Reunion
TIME-February 20 and 21, 1952
PLACE-Soreno Hotel, overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First
Ave. and Beach Drive, North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST-$3.50 per person including luncheon, gratuity and tax.
On the first day, Wednesday, February 20th, registration will be
in the forenoon and the annual business meeting in the afternoon. On
Thursday there will be a social period or get-together in the morning,
a group picture will be taken followed by the luncheon. You are urged
to forward your reservations early. The hotel may be forced to decline
last minute reservations fo the luncheon.
It is hardly necessary to point out the benefits of attending this
"gathering of the clan"; to see again and talk with friends of the greater
part of your adult life from whom you have been separated in later
years due to retirement. It will make you young again to bring back
early memories. This city also has the Fountain of Youth, the same one,
according to the natives that Ponce de Leon failed to find. An additional
inducement is the cold weather you will escape by visiting the Sunshine
City in February. Last year's gathering came from all sections of the
country and the Canal Zone and indications are that this year's turnout
will be even larger.
A committee has been formed to arrange for room reservations.
Those desiring them should remit for that purpose on the basis of $12.00
per day per couple. When the committee can do better the balance will
be retained to the sender's credit. Reservations will b confirmed by
mail shortly before the rooms are to be occupied. There is also an
efficient room-locating service maintained by the Chamber of Commerce
in the Greyhound Bus Terminal at the foot of Central Avenue which is
open until 9 P. M. daily.
MAIL YOUR RESERVATION DATA PROMPTLY. We must have
it not later than February 15th. Make remittances payable to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. Please do not send us checks on other than
St. Pete banks unless you add 10c per check to cover bank charges. The
fee for postal notes is only 8c.
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard but TICKETS
WILL NOT BE MAILED. They may be claimed upon arrival at the
Reservation Form on Following Page
The Panama Canal Society Of Florida
Twentieth Anniversary Reunion
Fill out and return this form with your remittance payment to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
MRS. J. W. WILSON, CHAIRMAN, RESERVATION COMMITTEE:
4255 Second Avenue North, St. Petersburg 3, Florida.
Please arrange reservations as follows:
Reunion luncheon tickets for persons, each $3.50.
My party of persons will find our own room accommodations
My party of persons will need single and/or
double rooms in hotel or private home for days beginning
February 1952. Enclosed is $12.00 per room per day for deposit
on these reservations. There is enclosed remittance of $ rep-
resenting total for all the above reservations.
My party will arrive by Train Automobile Bus
(Please indicate which. And PLEASE add 10c per check for
banking charges if you remit by check)
Names and addresses of those in my party:
While at the Reunion our address will be:
b1 JOW4 KXikXToigG..
I crawled out of bed this morning in a bad humor. This may have
been due in part to the fact that yesterday I attended one of those
standard cocktail parties which in our village are just getting under way
for the current season and will continue at the rate of two or three a
week until next April. Over Christmas and New Year eggnog will be
substituted for cocktails with even more deplorable results. To aggravate
a mild hangover I was faced with two duties which at the time I would
have preferred to forget. In the first place I could no longer postpone
the composition of this, my usual luminous essay for the next issue of
the Canal Record and secondly, I had promised myself and others that
I would vote today in the local election for mayor and members of the
There is more interest than usual in this because for the first time
a woman is a candidate for a seat on the council. I voted for her with-
out even knowing whether she is good-looking, and I hope that, if elected,
she will prove to be photogenic and measure up to the high standard set
by our other Florida politicians.
That leaves the essay still to be attended to. I often wonder why
I ever let Brown talk me into this chore. Six years ago when I abandoned
gainful employment for all time and found myself wit! no boss even in
the domestic sphere I swore that I would never again do anything I did
not want to do. In the main I have kept that resolution, and yet every
three months I have to wrack my brains for some topic not too idiotic
and then discuss it with a pretense of intelligence. Of course in years
gone--by when I had to grind out a column not once a quarter but every
day it was infinitely worse. No man has a real idea every day or even
every week, and I shudder to think of the tripe I so often inflicted on
the public when my head was completely empty. I also recall with vain
regret, opinions I brashly expressed from time to time which afterwards
turned out to be wholly and disgracefully wrong. Since at best I was
only an amateur columnist there were tricks of the trade which I did
not know and never learned. For instance, Westbrook Pegler might
have taught me a thing or two; when he has nothing to say he simply
repeats his stereotyped tirade against the Roosevelt family with particular
attention to Eleanor. We have heard it all a hundred times before and
may confidently expect to hear it many times again, but it must save Peg
a lot of trouble.
Walter Winchell, when there is nothing in the higher realms of
statecraft and diplomacy requiring his guiding hand, returns with equal
zest to his original field of bedroom, barroom and courtroom gossip.
The two specialties to which he devotes his talents seem equally im-
portant. Perhaps they are.
Drew Pearson spealizes in the exposure of skuldruggery in politics
and government, of which the supply is so abundant that he never' lacks
These three boys are today the leading practitioners of their pro-
fession, but if I were still active and emulated their methods I would
expect within a week to be either shot or buried fifty fathoms deep
under libel suits. How they get away with it is a modern miracle. Or
it may only prove that the average American does not care what you
say about him if only you say something. He likes to see his name in
the paper, even in the police news.
That may explain me too. I do not like to spend an afternoon writing
this column when I might be playing bridge, reading an interesting book,
taking a siesta or doing a number of other things requiring no great
physical or mental effort. I do not have to do it. Nobody pays me for
it. When it can no longer be postponed I grumble and groan and swear
that this time will positively be the last. And yet I go on. I think of
myself as a complete cynic with no allusions about other men or myself.
I am too old for vanity, but still there must be a streak of vanity left
in me. I am not in love with the sound of my own voice for I am no
great talker, but apparently I do derive some childish pleasure from seeing
words that I have written, however trivial, reproduced on a printed page.
And that, misguided reader, is your hard luck.
AT RECENT FLORIDA SOCIETY PICNICS
Mr. and Mrs. W. Earl Walling and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Grier
L to R: Mrs. Al Geddes, Mrs. Ted Marshall, Mrs. C.D. Hummer, Mrs. Earle Brown,
Mrs. Charlie Clavit, Mrs. Al Meigs, Mrs. W.A. Hambleton and her
daughter, Mrs. Vonnah Huldquist.
W. H. BUTLER. PRESIDENT JOHN K. BAXTER. COLUMNIST
C. G. CALVIT. VICE-PRESIDENT T. M. DRAKE, CORRES. SEC'Y.
MRS. LUCILLE S. JUDD. SEC'Y-TREAS. EARLE BROWN. NEWS EDITOR
CHARLES H. BEETHAM, CHAPLAIN
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