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To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 249. STATION "A" ST. PETERSBURG 2. FLORIDA
C. G. Calvit J. F. Warner
A. L. Miner F. A. Anderson
Vice-President o W. H. Butler
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd J W Gray
H. H. Hudson
Mrs. Burt W. Hall HH. Hu
Correspond. Sec'y. Ralph H. Oliver
A. O. Meyer Dan E. Wright
News Editor Counselors
Charles H. Beetham G. T. Tarflinger
GATHERING OF THE CLAN
Before 10 o'clock on the morning of January 12th, small groups'of
former residents of the Isthmus began gathering in the lobby of the Soreno
Hotel. After many good Panamanian handshakes and other expressions
of affection known only to those who have toiled and moiled together in
latitude nearly nine, they slowly moved to Reunion Headquarters on the
mezzanine where by noon the uproar was astonishing even to those who
had attended previous Reunions. Earl Brown, a man of distinction and
wide experience, declared the hullabaloo resembled that of Christmas toy
sales at the Ancon, Balboa and Cristobal commissaries, except that it was
not necessary to call the Zone Police to maintain law and order.
More than 300 members attended the business meeting that was
called to order at 2:50 p. m., by President W. H. Butler. Secretary-
Treasurer Lucille Judd read the annual report which showed a balance
on hand of $3,022.16 on December 31st and a total membership of 904.
The President then called upon Mr. H. H. Hudson to report the
findings of the Auditing Committee. Mr. Hudson stated he and Mr. C.
G. Thurgood found the books in excellent order, and that the audit was
greatly facilitated by the splendid cooperation of the Secretary-Treas-
urer. Mrs. Judd was given a unanimous vote of thanks.
The president read two letters from Mr. E. A. Roberts of the Ameri-
can Legion Crippled Children's Hospital expressing appreciation for the
donation of $200 the Society collected at the Annual Christmas Party
on December 8th.
Mrs. Judd read several letters of interest from out of town mem.
bers, and a number from those who were ill and could not attend the
Reunion. Several announcements were made from the floor relative to
illnesses and deaths of other members.
The President called on Mr. W. L. Hersh, Chairman of the Nom-
inating Committee, who proposed the following officers for the ensuing
PRESIDENT --------- .. Mr. C. G. Calvit
VICE-PRESIDENT _..-- Mr. A. L. Miner
SECRETARY-TREASURER .--- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY--. Mrs. Burt W. Hall
After being elected unanimously the above officers were brought
to the platform and introduced to the assembly.
Mr. Bugsbey requested the floor for information on income tax
paid on annuities, and Mr. Everett and Mr. Hersh responded with the
desired information. The gathering was urged by Mr. Hersh and Mr.
Bartlett to join their local chapters of the National Association of Re-
tired Civil Employees, as that organization is working on a number of
bills to benefit retirees.
Mr. Hudson took the floor and suggested that, due to requests
from out of town members, the next Reunion be held in a different city.
The President responded that he would gladly entertain a motion from
the floor for future consideration and presentation to the Executive
Committee. After some discussion from the members it was voted to
hold the next Reunion in St. Petersburg on the same date.
The Society's Official Photographer, Jack Wilson of Tampa, took
photographs of numerous groups during the day, and a number of his
pictures appear in this issue of the Canal Record. Others will appear
in subsequent issues as space permits. The usual group photograph was
taken on the lawn of the hotel just prior to the luncheon on the second
day of the Reunion.
Due to the absence of Chaplain Charles H. Beetham. the invo-
cation at the luncheon was delivered by Mr. Lee Burns. After lunch
President Butler gave a brief address of welcome and announced there
were 275 members present from 25 states, the Canal Zone and Canada.
Among those present were representatives from the Washington, D. C.,
Society, Mr. Harry Ragsdale; Chicago Society, Mr. N. C. Berglund and
Mr. Anderson; and from the Ditch Diggers of South Florida, Mr. J. C.
McMahon and Mr. A. G. Dunham.
President Butler then introduced Mr. A. W. Dewling who enter-
tained by singing a song written by former Governor Maurice H. Thatch-
er, entitled "Come You Back to Panama".Mrs. J. W. Wilson accom-
panied on the piano. Mr. Dewling gave a short talk concerning the part
he played as "guinea pig" in the suit prosecuted in the U. S. Court of
Claims by Attorney Maurice H. Thatcher which was responsible for the
refund of taxes paid on annuities for construction service.
Mr. Ralph Cutler was next introduced as the man who has worked
faithfully in behalf of the old timers, particularly Bill H. R. 5217
which proposed an increase in pensions under Public Law 319. Mr.
Cutler said he was still working to increase construction pensions and
hopes the bill will be introduced in February.
Dr. Harry Eno of Colon, Republic of Panama, was next on the
program. Dr. Eno remarked that this was his first Reunion, and he
would not miss another. He spoke of the void created by the absence
of the old timer on the Isthmus which the newcomer cannot fill. Dr. Eno
entertained with many humorous anecdotes that drew much applause and
laughter. He promised to come to Florida and settle down when he re-
tires-twenty years from now.
Mr. W. L. Hersh, the Society's past president who recently re-
turned from a visit to the Isthmus, spoke of the many changes taking
place on the Canal Zone.
Mr. J. F. Warner also gave an interesting talk on the founding
of the Society.
Before declaring the Twenty-First Annual Reunion at an end, the
President read a telegram from Mr. Roger S. Erdman of Washington,
D. C., sending greetings and best wishes to the Society.
As heretofore many of the guests traveled long distances to attend.
Among them were Dr. and Mrs. Eno and Charles Holmelin of the Canal
Zone. From Alabama: the B. R. Hardwicks, the Wm. H. Callaways and
the G. C. McCulloughs; from Arkansas: Mrs. Anna T. Piper and Mrs.
Roy Whipple; from Connecticut: Ralph Cutler, Miss Clemmie Graham
and 0. E. Grigel; from the District of Columbia: the H. C. Ragsdales;
from Georgia: the C. G. Hodges and the Leo M. Wicks; from Illinois:
the Carl G. Andersons, Niles C. Berglund, Mrs. W. W. Barry and Miss
Cynthia Warren; from Indiana: Carl E. Shaffer; from Kansas: R. Huldt-
quist; from Louisiana: the Elmer Daileys; from Maine: the Tom Jordans
and the Dick Taylors; from Maryland: the A. W. Dewlings, John Bay-
lor, the Geo. Knechts, the C. K. Lamberts and the J. B. Sampsells;
from New Jersey: the S. C. Atkins, Archie Burns and the Frank Bromes;
from New York: the James Johnstons, the A. O. Ludwigs, the M. A.
Smiths, the H. A. Shedlocks and Capt. and Mrs. W. L. Will; from North
Carolina: J. J. Gilbert, Mr. Grayson, Mrs. Helen Kalar, and the H. A.
Swaines; from Ohio: the John Duckworths, Mabel Huber and L. I.
Ritchie; from Pennsylvania: the J. R. Bromleys; from Tennessee: the
J. B. Goodriches; from Texas: Capt. and Mrs. Sterling P. Miller, the
Ezra Haldermans, the James Spaldings and the H. R. Whites; from
Vermont, J. W. Henry and Capt. and Mrs. C. D. Lillie; and from
Virginia: Mrs. E. P. Beverley, T. N. Etchberger, the J. L. Fergusons
and Mrs. Selma Huff.
Many guests tool advantage of the low rates offered by the Hotel
Soreno and'those interviewed praised the courteous and efficient service
According to conservative estimates over 700 former Isthmians
attended the Reunion, making it the largest in the Society's history.
BACK PAY SOUGHT
According to newspaper reports from the Isthmus over 100 present
and former U. S. rate commissary employees have filed suit petitioning
for back pay allegedly earned by them during the period from 1934
to 1945. It is claimed that commissary records show office help during
the period in question worked 42 hours a week, and retail store employ-
ees put in 48 hours weekly. They were paid for a 40-hour week. Former
commissary employees who worked all or part of the period can secure
information concerning this matter by writing to James C. Cross, P. O.
Box 1114, Ancon, Canal Zone. A letter used by Mr. Cross to circularize
commissary employees on the Zone is quoted below for the information
of those concerned.
"Certain of the Commissary employees who were employed be-
tween the years 1934 and 1945 are of the opinion that they were deprived
of proper overtime pay during this period in the same manner as were
Policemen, Teachers, Firemen and others, most of whom have received
the monies due them.
"A number of these employees have decided to take action to re-
cover these sums and have consulted Donald J. McNevin, a practicing
attorney in the Canal Zone. If you are interested in becoming a party
to this action, you are asked to forward your portion of the retainer
fee which is fixed at five dollars ($5.00).
"To start this action it will be necessary to obtain complete time
records over the period in question, and this can only be done on behalf
of those persons who are actually parties to this action.
"No further sums will be required of you. Any other attorney's
fees will be contingent on recovery, and will be 20% of any sums so
"If you are interested, please communicate with the undersigned
before December 1st, 1952."
One of your old time construction friends, W. R. McCann, is en-
deavoring to secure several sets of Annual Reports of the Isthmian Canal
Commission to fill requests from public libraries and private indivi-
duals. Anyone having such Annual Reports to contribute for the above
worthy cause should list them by years and write direct to Mr. W. R.
McCann, 104 Prince George Avenue, Hopewell, Virginia, and he will
communicate with you.
Mail has been returned from the F. R. Fredericksens, 120 East
34th Street, New York 16, N. Y. It will be appreciated if anyone know-
ing their present address will advise the Secretary-Treasurer.
A beautiful pearl earring was found at the Reunion and is still
unclaimed. Your Secretary-Treasurer will gladly return it to the owner
upon request accompanied by an accurate description of the earring.
AN OLDTIMER RETURNS
Our good friend George Tarflinger of St. Petersburg climbed
aboard an airplane some time back and took off for Panama intending
to enjoy a few short months in and around the Zone. It appears it has
not worked out just that way and probably does not work out that way
for many Oldtimers who return to the scenes of yesteryear. An eloquent
letter from George that was written at New Gorgana really pulled at
our heartstrings, and we believe it will do the same to yours. Here it is:
"I am spending a weekend here with an old friend and shopmate.
I spent most of the day last Tuesday in, or what used to be, the Balboa
Shops. It was a nightmare to me, and I broke down in tears at what I
saw, or rather what I did not see. The old home town is not, and I am
afraid will never be the same. It's a ghost town and only fond memories,
and only a few of the Oldtimers remain. Most of them seem to be under
an enormous strain, and fear of the future. Time marches on, ruthlessly
on, seemingly without fear or favor; and what used to be an ideal, neigh-
borly place now seems an altogether foreign place and a community of
discontent. The sad part of it is that most everyone, both young and
old, seems afraid of the future. My house was always a gathering place
or playhouse for the young of all ages. Now they are all men and
women of families and some have grandchildren. Only for the young
Oldtimers I would find it unbearable. The only thing that remains the
same is the gorgeous splendor of these old green-ringed hills and the
wash of the surf of the beaches. Even my own children seem to be, and
I guess have changed; but I suppose that is natural. So I'll try to co-
operate as best I can and make the best of it, and if St. Pete is the same
when I get back, I'll be thankful."
The Association held its Annual Reunion at the Hotel McAlpin
in New York City on October 10, 1952. The meeting convened at 10
o'clock Friday morning, October 10, in the Red Room where members
and guests were welcomed on their arrival by the Secretary, Mr. Edgar
A. Smith, and the Assistant Secretary, Mr. John H. Armitage.
As in former years, the morning and afternoon sessions were
spent by the members in renewing old friendships and viewing the many
pictures, books and other material which were on display.
At 6:30 p. m., corsages were presented to the ladies and cocktails
were served, after which dinner for 51 members and guests was served
in the Red Room. During the course of the dinner each member and
guest was introduced and invited to give a short talk, to which all
very graciously responded. Several members and guests who had not
attended previous Reunions were very gladly welcomed. Many familiar
faces were missing due to illness and for other reasons.
Engagements and Weddings
The Hugh Thomases have announced the engagement of their
daughter Thelma Marie, now living in San Francisco, to Mr. Robert
Wyman, also of that city. The wedding is planned for Spring or early
Summer of this year.
Miss Mary Louise Sullivan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James P.
Sullivan of Los Altos, Calif., was married to Mr. James P. Young, Jr.,
son of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Young of De Barry, Florida, on Novem-
ber 20th, in Ancon, Canal Zone.
Miss Gertrude Elizabeth Foreman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Edgar D. Foreman, became the bride on January 24th of Mr. Daniel L.
Alexander, in Washington, D. C. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin
R. Alexander of Arlington, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. McIlvaine announce the birth of a son
on November 17th at Gorgas Hospital.
A daughter named Margaret Welch was born on Thanksgiving
Day in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Mr. and Mrs. A. J (Jim) Meigs.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Medinger of Diablo Heights announce
the birth of a daughter, their first child, on November 8th. Mrs.Med-
inger is the former Edith Skedmore. The paternal grandparents of the
little girl are Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Medinger, and Mrs. Edith Chapman
Turner, a daughter of Dr. Frank Chapman, is the baby's grandmother.
A baby girl named Cathy Lynn arrived at the home of Milo and
Lois Alexander at San Juan, Puerto Rico, where Milo is employed by
the Pan American World Airways. Mrs. Alexander is the former Miss
Lois Johnson of Balboa.
Airforce Staff Sargeant and Mrs. J. B. Eastman of 2437 Genessee
Ave., West Palm Beach, Fla., are the proud parents of a lovely baby
girl with beautiful red hair named Carlalea that arrived on December
9th. Mrs. Eastman is the former Dorothy Frederick whose father, Capt.
C. H. Frederick of Clearwater, is the former Deputy Warden of the C. Z.
Penitentiary at Gamboa.
On December 17th a baby son named Victor arrived at the home
of Gus W. Holmelin, Jr., at East Meadows, Long Island, N. Y. The proud
grandfather is Gus Holmelin of St. Petersburg.
A son was born on December 20th to Virginia Naylor Sullivan,
daughter of the William Naylors, and Thomas Sullivan, now living in San
Francisco, Calif. This is their second child. Mr. Sullivan is employed
in the Legal Dept. of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
A daughter named Lynn Marie, the prettiest and sweetest baby
ever, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Murray Van Ness of Red Hook, N. Y.,
on January 23rd, according to a letter from Grandpa Rollin and Grand-
ma Ruth McConnell of Utica, N. Y.
The following retirements were announced since our last issue:
October: Frederick C. Atkinson, Fred J. Bauman, George C. Boynton,
Mary Clark, Mrs. Eula J. Ewing, William H. Keller, John J. Kelley,
Captain James S. Munden, William K. Newland, Paul F. Renz and John
E. Ridge. November: Burt W. Hall, David H. Hinds, George Miller,
Walter W. White and Eleanore A. Windsteen. December: Otto C. Frick,
Mrs. Ethel B. Judd, Captain Glen Martin, Mrs. Evelyn P. Matheney,
Charles D. McConnell and Reese M. Ryan.
Anna M. Spearman of Plattsburg, N. Y. had a heart attack in
the early part of December but wants her Records to keep coming as it
keeps her informed of the activities of her friends.
LeRoy Smith of Los Angeles, Calif., is in the Woodbury Hos-
pital in Clifton Springs, N. Y. for surgery according to a letter from his
wife Florence. She also says her father, David O'Conner, is now 94
years old and not in the best of health. He was Superintendent of Schools
in the early days of the Canal.
Virginia Seller writes from Washington, D. C., that her mother,
Mrs. Windquist of Los Angeles, Calif., is making a remarkable recovery
since she broke her hip in a fall. She is able to get around in a walker.
Mrs. Frank Clisbee does the shopping and calls on her every day. This
old world needs more true friends like Mrs. Clisbee.
R. E. Randall is reported seriously ill in the Municipal Hospital
in Tampa, Florida, and his daughters, Mrs. Roger Deakins and Mrs.
George Tully of Margarita arrived recently to be at his bedside.
Mr. Charles B. Bordt of Tampa is also reported ill in the Muni-
cipal Hospital there.
Mr. James J. Cullen of Clearwater, Florida, spent some time in
the hospital recently, but we are glad to learn he is now out and steadily
improving in health.
V. D. Calloway of Winter Park was unable to attend the Reunion
due to a cold, pleurisy and shingles.
It is with pleasure we are able to say that S. D. Hiter. who has
been quite ill due to a heart ailment is improving. He and Mrs. Hiter
are in Potsdam, New York, and their street address is 90 Market Street.
Charles Beetham, out Champlain, was unable to attend the Re-
union on account of an attack of the flu. He was confined at home, but
attended by a nurse and kind neighbors.
Harriet Shreves of St. Petersburg has been ill at home for some
weeks and is under the doctor's care. However, she has been able to
enjoy the company of her many close friends.
Father E. J. Cooper, 90 years, was flown to the Zone from Antigua,
Guatemala, where he was reported to be in a coma due to a cerebral
hemorrhage. No additional details are available.
Mrs. Charles F. Conkerton of St. Petersburg has been confined
to her home as a result of a painful fall. Fortunately no bones were
broken, and she is now able to get around some.
Chief Guy Johannes spent three weeks in the Bradenton General
Hospital at Bradenton, Fla., where two operations were performed. We
are pleased to report that he is now recovering at home.
William C. Dotson wrote from Shreveport, Louisiana, he would
be unable to attend the Reunion as he was entering the hospital for his
third operation. He feels he has a chance to walk again.
Christmas cards were sent to the following members of the Society
who were known to be ill: Mr. J. E. Hushing, Mrs. G. F. McDade, Mr.
and Mrs. A. C. Van Brocklin, Mr. W. C. Dotson, Mr. E. B. Strawn, Mrs.
Elsie Greenwood, Mr. and Mrs Alex McGeachey, Mr. Charles January,
Mrs. E. F. Jackson, Mrs. S. G. Hussey, Mrs. Charles B. Bordt, Mrs. W. R.
Grove, Mr. C. A. Pendry, Mr. C. D. Hummer, Mr. G. V. Graff, Mr. Carl
Smith, Mr. Richard Slattery, Mr. C. E. Hutchinson, Mrs. Arthur A. Bo-
hata, Capt. and Mrs. J. C. Treakle, Mr. F. H. Wolf, Mrs. E. P. Bughey,
Mr. LeRoy Smith, Mrs. Mary Shivers, Capt. and Mrs. Henri M. Herff,
Mrs. Anna Spearman, Mr. J. F. Warner and Miss Anna R. Turner.
Anna Ahlfont of Brooklyn, N. Y., took sick a week before Christ-
mas and will not be able to do any traveling for some time, as she is
under the doctor's care. They were unable to attend the Reunion as
planned due to her illness.
Mrs Henderson C. Smith of St. Petersburg spent some time as a
patient in St. Anthony's Hospital, but we are pleased to report that she
is now at home and on the road to recovery.
According to advice from Thomas C. Dixon of Tampa, Florida,
Mrs. Frank L. Prince of Birmingham, Ala., was in the hospital in Bir-
mingham for six weeks for an operation but is now recuperating at the
home of her sister. Mrs. Prince lived on the Zone from 1908 to '12.
John A. Riley, who will be remembered by many as the pharmacist
at Colon Hospital, says he was hospitalized for the past four weeks
with pneumonia and complications, but is now around in his hotel room
at the time he wrote, but feels confident he will gain strength rapidly
from now on. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Frank C. Hayes of St. Petersburg spent some time in St. An-
thony's Hospital for surgery, but is now home and recovering. Frank
is one member of the team that does the really hard work of getting the
Record in the mail promptly after it leaves the printer.
Frank H. Wolf is recovering from surgery performed in the
Mound Park Hospital in St. Petersburg some weeks past.
Shep Shreves has been confined to his home for the past month
as a result of severe burns on both feet received while working in his
foundry in St. Petersburg. He is now on the road to complete recovery
and expects to be going as strong as ever in a week'or two.
Capt. C. H. Frederick of Clearwater, Fla., is a patient in Bay
The Curtain Falls
Mrs. Helen Patchett, age 64, of 2187 N. W. 24th Court, Miami,
Fla., died on November 16th. She was a native of Maryland and resided
in Miami for two years. She is survived by her husband, Samuel; one
son, Robert M.; three daughters, Mrs. Frances Helen O'Sullivan, Mrs.
Anna E. Calvitt, daughter-in-law of the Chas. Calvits of St. Pete, and
Mrs. Irma Kruzich.
James P. Haden, 71 years, retired Gatun police officer, died of a
heart attack on November 22nd in a Brevard, North Carolina, hospital.
He was enroute to Alabama for a visit with his son when taken ill. He
is survived by two sons, Paul of Birmingham, Ala., and James E. of
Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela.
Mrs. Chrissie Johnson died on November 28th in the Eglin Air
Force Base Hospital, Florida. Mrs. Johnson was visiting her daughter,
Mrs. Herbert Gardner, at the base. She is survived by her husband, An-
drew Johnson, Clearwater, Fla., a daughter, Mrs. Herbert Gardner, a
son, Douglas F., assistant to the Community Service Director, Balboa
Heights, and another son, Andrew, who resides in New York.
Mrs. Gertrude Wynne died in Fresno, Calif., on November 27th.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. H. F. McFarland, with whom Mrs.
Wynn lived in Fresno, a son, J. F. Wynn of Bogota, New Jersey, and
another son, A. J. Wynne, Accounting Clerk in the Finance Bureau.
Mrs. Charles K. Joyner died in Bento, Arkansas. Mr. Joyner died
in July, 1941. She is survived by her daughters, Mrs., Georgeana Stephen-
son of Balboa; Mrs. L. Phillips of Ancon; Mrs. Mary Homer of Gam-
boa, and two sons: Charles Joyner of Arraijan and John H. Joyner of
Las Cumbres, and a grand-daughter, Mrs. D. H. Heilman.
Mrs. Frances Jane Brownell died in Whittier, Calif., after an ill-
ness of two years. News of her death was sent to the Isthmus in a letter
from her daughter, Mrs. Carl P. Wanke, whose husband is a retired
Canal Zone Police Captain.
Mrs. Helen A. Carnright, age 52, died in Gorgas Hospital, after
a long illness. She resided on the Atlantic Side for the past 25 years
and is survived by her husband, George H. Carnright, employed as Cold
Storage Foreman, Mt. Hope, and a daughter, Mrs. James Mau and a
young grandson, of Seattle, Washington.
Mrs. Bryant E. Brown of Memphis, Tennessee, died on November
14th. Mrs. Brown, whose husband was a Canal Zone Police lake patrol-
man at Gatun, died ten days:after being injured in an automobile acci-
dent. In the car with her at the time was her husband and two children,
Bryant, Jr., and Charles, an infant. The car was crowded off the high-
way and turned over twice. None of the other occupants were injured.
Samuel Griffin McClellan, Sr., 76 years, died in Chippaqua, N .Y.
He arrived on the Isthmus in 1927 and shortly thereafter founded the
McClellan Lumber Company. He died on October 30th after a short ill-
ness, and is survived by his wife, Helen, two sons, Samuel, Jr. who
worked for the Canal up to 1950, and Sleight, and a daughter, Judith
Clifford H. Copeland, 52 years, employed as a pump operator
by the Navy at Coco Solo, was killed when struck by the northbound
evening passenger train at the Terminal Street crossing, Cristobal, on
November 16th. He is survived by his wife who was in Bogota, Columbia,
when the accident occurred.
Archie H. Stewart died in Tampa on November 20th. He and Mrs.
Stewart arrived in Tampa the previous week from their home in Hope-
well, N. J. They expected to settle in Sulphur Springs, Fla. Burial was
from Wilson Sammon Funeral Home on November 25th. In addition to
Mrs. Stewart he is survived by a daughter, Ruth Nielson.
Edwin A. Hendry died at his home in Gloucester City, N. J., on
October 25th, according to a letter from his sister, Mrs. Michael J. Con-
sidine. Mr. Hendry worked on the construction of the radio towers at
Summit and later on the S.I.P. project at Gatun Locks. He is survived
by his wife and two children.
Colonel John A. Helfert, 76, retired Army officer and veteran
of both World Wars died on November 25th at his home in St. Peters-
burg. He was assigned to duty at Corozal for many years. He is survived
by his wife, Pearl Julius Helfert.
William H. Graham, employed by the Panama Railroad Company
during the construction days, died on November 29th in Ocean City, N. J.
He is survived by his wife, Lena, two sons, Lieut. Percy F. Graham of
the Balboa Fire Department and William R. Graham of the Cristobal
police; and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
John W. Talty died in Arlington, Mass., on November 20th, from
a heart ailment that began three years ago. He is survived by his wife,
Kathryn O., and a son, John, Jr., who is the General Storekeeper at the
Engineer Depot in Yokohama, Japan.
William M. Monsanto, age 68 years, died in Gorgas Hospital. He
was formerly employed as Fleet Machinist in the Marine Division but
retired in August, 1946, having lived on the Isthmus for 35 years. He
had been ill for some time and a patient in the hospital for a month. He
is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Harvey G. Rhyne of Balboa; a son,
Wm. J. Monsanto of Los Angeles, Calif., and two brothers, C. A. M.
Monsanto, Supervisor of Heavy Equipment in the Motor Transportation
Divn., and Louis Monsanto of San Bernadino, Cal.
Anthony Fernandez, 60 years, died in the Veteran's Hospital in
Dallas, Texas, following a heart attack which occurred three weeks prior
to his demise. He was Marine Bunkering Foreman in the Terminals Divn.
at the time of his retirement last April. In addition to his wife, he is
survived by two sons, Robert, of Irving, Texas, and James, an employee
of the Texas Company'in Cristobal, who was in Dallas at the time of his
Robert A. Martin, 68 years, died in his Flintridge, Calif., home
on December 6th. For many years he was manager of Panama Agencies
with office in the Pacific Terminal Bldg., Balboa. At the time of his
death he was President of the Metropolitan Federal Savings and Loan
Association, Los Angeles, and a member of the California State Bar
since 1909. He is survived by his wife, Louise; a son, Louis, of Caracas,
Venezuela; a daughter, Mrs. E. J. Powell of Los Angeles; and two bro-
thers and two sisters.
Raymond L Burmester, age 59 years, who was a Steam Engineer
in the Terminals Division when he retired in November, 1951, died at
his home in Hendersonville, N. C.
Mrs. Ida M. Welfare, 74 years, bwho resided in Gatun with her
late husband in construction days, died December 8th, 1952, in New
York State. She resided at 89 Fairview Crescent, Rochester, N. Y., and
is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Carl W. (Thelma) Luther, and dne
Jacob P. Stirewalt, 76 years, who retired in 1933, died December
10th at his home in Luray, Va. He was first employed on the Isthmus
in 1909 and most of his service was in the office bf the Superintendent
of the Panama Railroad. He is survived by four brothers.
Miss Belle Hennen, 73 years, died in Greenville, Tenn., on De.
cember 2nd. She lived in Pedro Miguel in 1923 with her mother and
brother, L. W. Hennen who resides at 425- 6th Street North, St. Peters-
Russell A. Samson, 65, passed away December 28th in the Coral
Gables Hospital. He was a resident of Opa-locka, Florida, and served
in the Canal Zone during the first World War. He is survived by his wife,
Parthenia, and a brother, David P. Samson.
James Stokoe is reported to have died suddenly from coronary
thrombosis at his home, 8937 Justine St., Chicago, Ill., on October 18th.
He was first employed at Cluebra in the Department of Motive Power
and Machinery. He is survived by his wife and three sons.
Edward W. Stevens died on April 7th, 1952, and is survived by
his wife, Anna, according to a letter from her son-in-law, Edward D.
Wiard, 19344 San Juan Drive, Detroit, Michigan.
Harold V. Goddard, 55 years, a Motor Transportation Division
employee, died in Ancon. Friends recalled that he was Governor Sey-
bold's first sergeant during the Governor's first tour of duty in the Canal
Zone some 22 years ago. He is survived by his wife and mother.
Randolph N. Trower, 50 (years, General Foreman at the Gamboa
Gravel Plant, died suddenly at his home in Gamboa on January 2nd.
Mr. Trower was siezed by severe chest pains when he was going home
from the movies. Dr. Albert Blanshaft, Gamboa District!Physician found
him unconscious and called for a respirator from, the Fire Station, but
all efforts failed. He'resided on the Isthmus for 40 years, and is sur-
vived by his wife, Emma Lee Trower. Mr. Trower is a son-in-law of
George T. Tarflinger of St. Petersburg who was visiting on the Isthmus
at the time.
Mrs. Agnes Phillips died at her home in Fayetteville, Ark., on
January 20th. She is survived by her husband, Captain Jack Phillips,
former Inspector of Canal Zone Police.
Charles W. Morgan, 74 years, died in his home at Westerleigh,
Staten Island, N. Y., on January 11th. He worked on the Isthmus from
1909 to 1924 and was Asst. Superintendent of the Cristobal Coaling
Plant when he left the Canal service. He is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Bertha L. Ames Morgan, a daughter and a son.
Herbert E. Hele, 69, died in the Gorgas Hospital on January 13th
after a long illness. He was first employed on the Isthmus in 1909 and
retired in 1945 as Administrative Assistant in the office, of the Assistant
Engineer of Maintenance. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three
Robert A. "Bobby" Ganss, 32 years, widely known Balboa police-
man and Panama Baseball League player, died in Gorgas Hospital from
polio. He was placed in an iron lung some days before his death. A wife
and three-year-old daughter survive him.
John L. Kelly, 51, formerly employed as Supervisor in the Motor
Transportation Division at Cristobal, died in Philadelphia. He is sur-
vived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Kelly, who lives at 3305 North Palethorn
Street, Philadelphia 40, Pa.
Arthur Howard Long died in Gorgas Hospital. At the time of his
retirement in 1946 he was District Quartermaster in Pedro Miguel. Sur-
viving are his wife and son, David, both Canal employees. Mrs. Long is
a teacher in the Diablo Heights elementary school.
Marvin F. Hartsfield, age 35, died in the home of his parents at
Oxford, Miss., following one year's illness. He was employed several
years on the Isthmus as an engineer with the third locks project. He is
survived by his wife, the former Miss Margaret Wright of Colon, and
infant son, Marvin, Jr.
Joseph B. Higginbotham, Motor Inspector of the Police Division,
Balboa was suddenly stricken ill at his home in Ancon and died a short
time later in Gorgas Hospital. He is survived by his wife.
John T. Johnson, age 59, a former Canal Zone Police Sergeant,
died after a long illness in Albuquerque, N. M. He is survived by his
wife and a daughter, Joyce.
William A. Barnard of South Salem, N. Y. died suddenly in that
city on December 28th, according to advice received from Mr. A. L
Hoecker of Monrovia, Calif. Surviving is his wife and one daughter,
Mrs. Thomas Rankin, who is now living in Carleton, Mich., where Mrs.
Barnard is living at present.
J. W. Carter, formerly employed in the Mechanical Division at
Balboa, passed away on January 20th at his home in Santa Ana, accord-
ing to advice received in a letter from Mr. A. L. IIoecker of Monrovia.
Mrs. Josephine L. Helmer died on November 22nd, 1952, accord-
ing to a newspaper item forwarded by Stella M. Price of Washington,
D. C. Death occurred in the Rome Hospital after a serious illness of one
day, although Mrs. Helmer had been in failing health for two years.
She went to the Canal Zone shortly after her marriage to the late Joseph
H. Helmer in 1908. Mr. Helmer was in charge of claims for the Canal
until 1918. Surviving are a sister and two nephews.
Marshall W. Brown, 49, a long-time resident of Panama, died on
January 11th in Albuquerque, N. M. Before leaving Panama six years
ago Mr. Brown was Assistant Superintendent of the power plant of the
Compania Fuerza y Luz in Panama City. He is survived by his wife, a
son and a sister, Mrs. Geo. Guild of Winter Park, Fla.
Harlan Feuille, 52 years, died in Gorgas Hospital on January 30th
of a lung ailment. He was a resident of Gamboa and employed as an en-
gineer by the Dredging Division. Mr. Feuille was the son of Judge Frank
Feuille, who was on the Isthmus during construction days, and occasion-
ally acted as governor of the Panama Canal. He is survived by his wife,
Evelyn, a Son, Rene, now a student in a college in the United States.
George A. Brown died recently in New Salem, Mass., according
to advice received from W. R. McCann of Hopewell, Virginia. During
construction days Mr. Brown was a civil-engineering designer under Gen-
eral Sibert and assisted Mr. McCann when they were designing the Gatun
Joseph Alexander, age 31, died in an automobile accident about
20 miles south of Perry, Florida, on the morning of January 20th. Dur-
ing World War II Mr. Alexander served as an infantry officer in the
Italian campaign. He returned to the Zone in 1945 where he was em-
ployed as secretary to the Canal Zone Chief of Police. At the time of
his death he was a practicing attorney in Sarasota, Florida, and acting
city prosecutor. He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Wolf Alexander,
and two daughters. His father-in-law is Frank H. Wolf of St. Petersburg.
Louis F. Hulcher, 66, died at Mount Alto Hospital in Washing-
ton, D. C., on January 30th. He worked as a construction foreman in the
Canal Zone in 1928-31. He is survived by his widow and two sons.
Emily Love, 65, died in Gorgas Hospital on February 4th, where
she had been a patient since December 30th. She is survived by, her hus-
band, William, a boilermaker or planner, who retired in 1938.
Harry E. Woodruff, 58, who has been in ill health for some time
died in Gorgas Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Julia, a teacher in
Fort Kobbe school, three daughters and two sons.
Francis B. Coyle, 64, died of a heart attack in his home in Hender-
sonville, N. C. He was known to thousands of Isthmian residents as
"Barney" and was Superintendent of Maintenance and Construction in the
Electrical Division when he retired in March, 1950. Surviving are the
widow, Mrs. Eileen Reidy Coyle; two sons, Edward G. of Balboa and
Francis B. Jr., of Sioux City, Iowa; a sister, Mrs. S. G. Forbee of Silver
Springs, Maryland; and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Judith Herff died in her home in Baton Rouge, La., on Feb-
ruary 19th after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Captain
Henri M. Herff.
Keep ascending the mountain of cheerfulness by
daily scattering seeds of kindness along the way
as best you can, and, should mists hide the moun-
tain top, continue undaunted and you will reach
the sun-tipped heights in your own life-experience.
Wm. E. Adams, General Manager of the United Fruit Company
at Cristobal, received Panama's highest decoration, the Order of Vasco
Nunez de Balboa, which was conferred 'on him by President Remon in
the Stranger's Club at the annual beefsteak dinner.
All Panama Canal Co. and Government employees are now paid
by bank check. The familiar and eagerly sought "pay sheet" is another
tropical has-been. Sixteen two-story frame quarters on Empire St. in
Balboa were offered for sale by the Canal. During November the "kew-
pies" of the Commissary Coupon Counting Section sought other jobs,
retired or accepted reduction of force, because the counting and shred-
ding of commissary coupons ceased when all commissaries made sales
for cash beginning November 1st.
It is estimated that Valuation Engineer John D. Hollen and staff
will require approximately two years to complete an inventory and cost
valuation of all capital assets of the Panama Canal Co. The former An-
con Police Station -was converted into a dormitory for Junior College
girls, and the ground floor is now used as a kindergarten.
B. I. Everson, Supt., Motor Transportation Division was appointed
Assistant Director of Railroads and Terminals Bureau; and Walter A.
Dryja, General Engineer, Locks Divn., was appointed Assistant to the
Panama Municipal Council passed a resolution authorizing the
installation of parking meters in Panama City. The last load of coal was
sold at the Cristobal Coaling Plant on December 5th, and bids were be.
ing advertised for the sale of the Coaling Plant and the French Canal
Railroad Bridge. The ashes of Mrs. Andrew Johnson who died in Florida
were placed in the All Souls Columbarium at St. Luke's Cathedral in
Ancon on December 5th. Claude Kreger, American, and three local rate
employees were in Gorgas Hospital under observation for possible in-
ternal injuries as a result of an explosion of 1,000 pounds of dynamite
on board the Drill Barge VULCAN that was working in Gaillard Cut.
Explosion was caused by lightning striking the barge. Rufus Lovelady
was again elected president of the AFGE.
Olga Cumberbatch, a 20-year-old Panamanian girl of West Indian
parentage, defrauded Balboa housewives of money she secured from
them under the false pretense it was needed to bail their maidse out of
the Panama City jail. Olga ended up in the Balboa jail serving 50 days.
Quick action in administering artificial respiration to 22-month-old
Thomas J. Knox saved his life after he was discovered drowning in the
Hotel Washington pool. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Knox, a
Cristobal customs guard. Balboa High School students claim they were
"really frightened" by a low-flying cargo plane plane which they allege
almost hit the end of the school building.
Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks began operating 24 hours
daily on January 3rd and to continue during overhaul of the Pacific
Locks. Auto license plates 1 to 20 were reserved for the Governor, Lieu-
tenant Governor, Commander-in-Chief, Caribbean Command, and the
commanders of the three military services. A public drawing was held
on November 24th for the remaining low numbers.
Lieutenant Wm. G. Dolan, Commander of the Margarita Fire
Station, was appointed Chief of Civil Defense for the Canal Zone with
office in the Civil Affairs Building, Balboa. Burglars stole a kilo (2.2
lbs.) of cocaine alleged to be worth $10,000 from Santo' Tomnas Hospital.
Mrs. Esther Bullock, employed as commissary cashier and living in the
Garfield House, Colon, reported she was awakened at 2:20 in the morn-
ing by a hand creeping over her face. When she screamed she was struck
on the head and hand with an iron bar, evidently by a negro who was
later seen fleeing from the building. She missed $1.70 that was on a
porch table, and when treated at the Colon Hospital she was suffering
from head, mouth and finger bruises. Canal net tonnage during October
totaled 3,364,733, an all-time record. There were 674 transits by com-
mercial vessels and tolls amounted to $2, 917, 634.02, another all-time
Richard G. (Dick) Levy, former Zone attorney and Army civilian
employee, returned to the Isthmus for a short visit with copies of his
recent book, "Why Women Should Rule the World".
Panama Line vessels made Port-au-Prince, Haiti, their regular
port of call beginning with the southbound trip of the SS ANCON on
February 3rd. On December 31st approximately 200 tons of Vermont
marble to be used in the construction of the Goethals Memorial were
deposited at the foot of the Administration Building at the head of the
Prado in Balboa.
A bill to make tipping in Panama compulsory passed the National
Assembly. It provides that a ten percent service charge for waiters will
be collected from customers in all restaurants, soda fountains, beer gar-
dens, night clubs and similar establishments. The minimum tip was set
at five cents. It will apply to all capital cities in all provinces and cities
of more than 5,000 population, if the bill is not vetoed by President
Remon. The Assembly also passed a bill taxing land, sea and air travel
tickets five percent that are sold in the Republic.
On November 25th flying saucers were reported over the Zone,
but Air Force planes sent aloft to investigate "apparent electrical phe-
nomena" failed to locate any objects. The net income of the Canal for
the fiscal year 1952 was reported to be $2,369,030. This profit resulted
after paying all operating expenses, plus the net cost of the Canal Zone
Government. A contributor to the "Mail Box" complains: "The person
responsible for there being no bread on hand in the Commissaries on
two week ends in a row should have his head rolled".
Col. C. G. Blitch, Supt., Gorgas Hospital, will relieve Col. H. W.
Doan, Supt. of Camp Atterbury Hospital, Indianapolis, who will be
transferred to Gorgas as the new Superintendent. Sam Roe, Jr., Presi-
dent, Pacific Side Civic Council, disclosed a petition will be presented
to the Governor objecting to the proposed location of the Gorgas Mem-
orial. Thieves stole 120 feet of cyclone fence from the U. S. Embassy
residence grounds on La Cresta. Walls creaked, dishes rattled as a re-
sult of an earthquake said to be the sharpest of recent months. The
Panama Canal Company's Board of Directors agreed to reduce proposed
rent increases in line with a recommendation of a rent panel that held
extended hearings in the Tivoli Hotel; but after the new rates went into
effect after the first of the year, labor unions and others declared they
would continue to fight, as they deemed the decreases too slight. Plans
were being made to vacate 33 12-family apartment buildings in Diablo
Heights as contractors will replace them with new quarters, as well as
construct 22 new houses on Empire Street, Balboa, under the construc-
tion program for fiscal year 1953.
Eight Thatcher Ferry ramp operators and 29 chauffeurs, all U. S.
raters, were told to seek other jobs. It was learned they were to be re-
placed with local raters. Notwithstanding the fact that they were prom-
ised jobs with equivalent pay, the chauffffeurs applied to the U. S. Dis-
trict Court for an injunction restraining the Governor from making the
changes contemplated. United States Deputy Marshal Pete Brennan
served summonses on Governor Seybold at Balboa Heights, but the Judge
of the District Court later denied the temporary injunction. According
to newspaper reports officials of the CIO got into the act when they in-
structed their members not to accept the proposed vacated jobs unless
they received the same pay the U. S. raters received.
The 29 sets of family quarters at France Field Air Force Base
that are now occupied by Canal employees will be required by the Army
and the occupants have been notified they must vacate by the end of next
June. A jury of three women and nine men failed to convict Marcus G.
Rice, a Panamanian, of burglarizing the apartment of Miss Sue Core,
now Mrs. J. D. Odom, in Ancon on February 23, 1952. The Office of the
Comptroller and the Finance Bureau were merged, leaving only the for-
mer. No reduction in force was made and Ira L. Wright, the Acting
Finance Director, was appointed Assistant to the Comptroller.
John E. Hushing who has been United States Marshal for the Canal
Zone for the past .17 years sent his resignation to President Eisenhower.
He stated he was resigning because a new administration is starting in
Washington and also because of ill health.
Residents of Panama City complained of too many rats running
around the kind with four legs.
The 83rd Congress convened on Jan. 3, 1953 and by the time of
this writing several legislators have indicated their interest toward help-
ing their retired constituents in their struggles with the reduced purchas-
ing power of their annuity dollar and the high costs of living.
A number of bills introduced in the House propose exempting
retirementannuities from income taxation. At this writing these bills com-
prise numbers H.R. 101, H.R. 626, H.R.1277, H.R. 1380, H.R. 1854,
H.R. 1919 and H.R. 2568. All have been referred to the House Commit-
tee on Ways and Means.
Three other bills proposing to amend the Civil Service Retirement
Act by exempting retirement annuities from income tax and bearing num-
hers H. R. 581, H. R. 1392 and H. R. 1393 have been introduced and
referred to the House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service.
Also before the next above House Committee are H.R. 1044.,
H.R. 1867 and H.R. 1322, all to establish survivor annuities for widows
of retirees or of those eligible for retirement but who died prior to Feb.
28, 1948. The methods of computation are somewhat involved but the
resultant annuity shall not exceed $600.00 a year.
Senate Bill S.339 to amend the Civil Service Retirement Act by
proposing to exempt retirement annuities from income tax was referred
to the Senate Committee on Post Office and Civil Service.
Pending in the Senate Committee on Finance is S. 425 proposing
to exempt from income tax retirement annuities and pensions up to
$1,500 from Government sources and S. 875 up to $2,500 from both
Government and commercial sources.
The Civil Service Retirement Act at present states that retirement
annuities are "not subject to levy". However the Bureau of Internal Rev-
enue claims that this expression does not exempt retirement annuities
from income tax.
When establishing procedures of taxation the Congress uses the
expression; "There shall be levied collected and paid for each taxable
year" etc. etc. This expression is used repeatedly in the basic
Internal Revenue Code and subsequently in amending revenue acts.
From this it would seem that when imposing the income tax the
Congress made use of the word levy in the positive sense, and ft follows
logically that when the Congress uses the word levy in the negative sense
it can mean only that no taxes are to be imposed.
That the Congress did definitely intend retirement annuities to be
exempt from taxation is further evidenced by the fact thatin the Rail-
road Retirement Act of 1937, the Congress used the word tax instead
of the word levy and the Bureau of Internal Revenue now considers
these annuities free of tax.
Accordingly the ruling of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in tax-
ing Civil Service annuities is inconsistent with the intent of the Congress
and discriminates against the Civil Service Annuitant very seriously.
It is generally agreed that because of the high cost of living, che
annuitant with a fixed income represents the lowest bracket in our eco-
It is the expressed intent of the present administration to make
an earnest effort to lessen the burden of the taxpayer. All of the above
listed bills are consistent with this policy. They are particularly meritor-
ious in eliminating the present discrimination against the civil retiree
and at the same time benefit those fixed incomes most in need of eco-
When writing your Senator, Representative and Committeemen,
tell briefly in your own words of your interest and concern in these sub-
jects and of your views on the merits of this pending legislation. Other-
wise your Congressmen will not know of your interest and in the absence
of expressed interest there may be no action on the part of the Com-
mittees and the Congress.
Old Time Canal Builders with construction period service prior
to April 1, 1914 will be interested in two bills pending before the House
Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. Bill H. R. 19 proposes to
amend the Pan Canal Construction Service Act of May 29, 1944 (Bridges
Bill) by changing the minimum period of eligible service from three
years as at present to a proposed period of two years. Bill H.R. 154 pro-
poses to amend this same act by reestablishing the eligibility of widows
who having lost their eligibility through re-marriage have again become
The House Committee on P. O. and C. S. is considering H.R. 2522
proposing to amend the Civil Service Retirement Act to secure that $3 a
month benefit which was previously authorized in other acts for construc-
tion period service in Panama and Alaska for those eligible in point of
service but who were denied the benefit because they retired from some
other branch of the service which had no authority to include such con-
struction service benefit in computing annuities.
Another bill before above Committee on M.M. & F. is H.R. 1598
which proposes to change the name Gatun to Sibert for the Dam, Locks
and Town. This is in memory of Maj. Gen William L. Sibert.
An Interoceanic Canals Commission of nine men to be appointed
by the President is proposed by H.R..,1048 pending before the House
Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. This Commission would
investigate, study and report on problems of increasing the capacity of
the present Panama Canal, the construction of a new canal of sea level
design, along with all pertinent alternatives and associated subjects.
Space does not permit listing all your Senators and Represent-
atives; secure this information from the Congressional Record at all Pub-
lic Libraries or contact the office of your local newspaper. For your
convenience there is listed the membership of Committees on Page 68 of
this Canal Record.
Report of Secretary-Treasurer
Covering the period from December 1952 to February 1953
Please pay your 1953 dues. According to our by-laws, members
whose dues have not been paid by June 1st are automatically dropped.
That means the Canal Record which comes out in June will not be mailed
unless the dues are paid. If you do not have a GREEN card you have not
paid your dues for 1953. To date 596 have paid. That means over three
hundred have not sent in their dues. Please check. Send a money order
for $3, or if by bank check $3.10. The extra 10 cents covers the bank
charge. It is also noted that bank checks are coming in WITHOUT the
10 cents to cover the bank charge, so please add the 10 cents.
Please keep the Secretary-Treasurer advised at all times as to
where you are, also if the change is permanent or temporary. If it is
a temporary move, we do not have to make a new address plate, just
change the address for the time being.
Our Reunion January 12th and 13th was a huge success and en-
joyed by over 700 visitors and friends. The luncheon was enjoyed by
275 and everyone expressed their pleasure at being present.
We do enjoy your letters so much, Major Meyer and I, and hope
you will continue to keep them coming.
Yesterday I receiver a letter from the Ray Pruners, 213 South
Spring Street, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in which they mention that they
are celebrating their Golden Wedding on April 14, 1953, and extend an
invitation to all their friends from Florida, California, and elsewhere
to be with them on that day. The party will be held in their lovely His-
tory Club. Congratulations folks and we wish we could be with you in
person, although we will be thinking of you both.
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Van Fleet, accompanied by their son, have
left their home in Bayside, Maine, to spend a vacation in Hot Springs,
Ark., and Tucson, Arizona.
Mrs. R. W. Eppley of Marysville, Pa., writes they had a number
of Zone friends visit them during the summer, including the Jack Mc-
Leods and Nils Bergland from Chicago, the Oscar R. Hunters of Ocala,
Fla., the Baltozers and Mrs. Stutzman, both of Ancon, the Howard Longs
of Pedro Miguel and the Herbert Engelkes of Margarita. She says she
enjoyed the visits very much and as a result is looking forward to other
visitors next year.
A letter from Mrs. J. D. Odom of Dothan, Alabama, reveals that
Sue and Doc have moved into their beautiful new home, a large and
spacious brick building, at 307 Redwood Avenue, Dothan. They have
reserved a room for Canal Zone friends passing that way, and if one
wishes to communicate with them before arrival he may, as the black
Bajan lady says, "give them a shout" over the telephone. The number
is 3-9388. It appears that Doc has developed into a ranchero of the first
magnitude. He has a 2000 acre ranch twenty-three miles from Dothan
stocked with over a hundred white-faced Herefords and the same number
of red hogs. According to current reports the piggiewiggies and the baby
moo-cows are hatching out at an alarming rate. They both love Dothan
and consider their move there a far-sighted inspiration.
Mrs. Mary R. Brewerton of Sanford, Fla., sends word that she is
departing for Washington early in December and will be gone for two
months. When she returns she and Louise Hanna expect to visit St. Peters-
burg. They can be assured of a hearty welcome here.
A letter from Jack and Em Plummer of Anniston, Alabama, dis-
closes that they are spending the winter with their daughter Margaret in
Key West. It appears they have been in- communication with Dusty Huson,
former paymaster at Cristobal. They also saw a football game between
the Cristobal High School and Key West High. According to the news-
papers there, the Cristobal team was accompanied by 29 full pay pas-
sengers who were going to root for them. Jack says the number of Cris-
tobal rooters was increased to 33 when they and the late Captain Sam
Roe's daughter attended. We didn't hear who won the game, however.
R. M. Briggs of Port Orange, Fla., writes that they spent a month
in Mexico, including eight days in Acapulco which he says is a really
magnificent resort with weather similar to the Zone the year around.
He has the highest praise for Mexico City and environs, and says it's
a wonderful country. We agree, absolutamente, and congratulate you on
such a wonderful trip.
A post card mailed at Cristobal by the Harry R. Gellers of Lan-
tana, Fla., brings the information that they returned to the Isthmus with
Mrs. Slim Hallett and are visiting old friends. The card shows a color
picture of the SS CRISTOBAL plowing full speed through the seas home-
ward bound. Them were the days!
Joseph H. Stilson of Baltimore, Md., writes they do not see many
old timers in their locality, but the Canal Record tends to keep them in
touch with their friends, "and seems to keep the whole family alive".
We are grateful for Joe's encouragement.
Writing from West Los Angeles, Calif., B. F. Kuller says they
went there to visit their daughter "Pat" (Mrs. Raymond Gile) and liked
it, so decided to stay awhile.
Claud A. Dunham of Miami returned recently from a trip to
the Zone and is now feeling fine after his rest.
Mrs. Stella M. Price writes she is no longer living in the Zone
after a stay of 43 years, but is now with her son Bill who is employed
by the Federal Government in Washington, D. C. She heard from Mrs.
Joe Helmer of Rome, N. Y., and believes Mrs. Helmer is not too well.
A letter from A. C. Van Brocklin of Santa Ana, Calif., states in
part as follows: "Am glad to report that we are making progress toward
recovery. Edna's back and shoulder are definitely improving and she
is gradually regaining the use of her wrist and hand. I am still in a
wheel chair most of the time, but the rest of the time in bed. I still have
my hip cast but it is to be shortened sext week (Nov. 16th to 22nd),
but I will not be able to bear any weight on my leg for another month.
Then things will begin to look brighter. Our cousins are still with us
but they will be leaving about Dec. 1st. Don't know what we will do
after that, but there will be a way out I know." We all sincerely hope
both are on the road to complete recovery by the time the Record goes
The Harry L. Means of Miami, Fla., send a card from the Zone
saying they heard so much about the changes there, so they took a trip
back once again. They declare the reports are true, much to their sorrow;
but they are enjoying visits with some friends who are still there-but
not for long.
Mrs. M. B. (Selma) Huff says in her letter that she gave up her
apartment in New Orleans and is now with Jewel, Tom and Tommy in
Arlington, Va. She may go abroad with them next fall, but has not made
up her mind yet. Bob Wertz and Mrs. Wertz paid her a visit recently,
and when she was shopping one day she met Mrs. Odom, the former
Sue Core, who was there for a week with her father.
Sada A. Page of DeLand, Florida, sends a check for two years
subscription to extend through 1954 "if I'm still above and kicking"
by that time. We are betting she'll make it.
The Charlie Camerons of Long Beach, Calif., write that they cel-
ebrated their 23rd anniversary November 4th by calling on Mrs. Patsy
Boggs Gregory to take in the election returns. They found waiting there
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Currier and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kline, both recent
arrivals from the Zone. The Klines will return to the Isthmus, but the
Curriers are retired and may settle in Santa Monica. Others present were
Mrs. Ernest Ross and Gordon C. Gregory. Needless to say, the Zone got
its usual raking over. Callers at the Cameron home the past month were
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Fred R. Fitch, Mr. and Mrs.
Edwin F. Bramin, all of Monrovia and Arcadia, and Mr. and Mrs. Foster
Spier of Long Beach.
Mrs. Arthur W. (Macel) Goulet of Balboa relates how she enjoyed
her trip to the States this summer when she visited her four sisters, Aileen
Butler Flynn, Margaret McCormick, Gabrielle Dawson and Marie Gal-
lagher of 181 Beard Ave., Buffalo, N. Y. Aileen's son Francis who is a
priest also spent three days with them and it is quite evident from her
account that everyone had a grand time. The many friends of Mike
Butler who has been ill will be glad to learn that he is in excellent spirits
even though it appears it will be some time before he recovers completely.
Mrs. Goulet also indicated that her daughter, Macel Marie Thompson, ac-
companied by her family, spent three months vacation in the States, al-
though most of the time in West Chester, Pa., but she visited Marie in Buf-
falo. Marie has a daughter eighteen years old, who plays the piano, sings
and is studying to be a doctor, which is the profession of her father. Mrs.
Goulet has been appointed house mother of the Canal Zone Junior College
Girls' Dormitory that opens January 1st on the second floor of the old
Ancon Police Station.
E. S. McSparren, former Receiving and Forwarding Agent at
Cristobal, sends his regards to all the gang in a letter from Washington,
D. C., and expresses the hope he will be seeing all of us in Florida soon.
Thanks, Mac, the welcome mat is out and waiting.
Mrs. Estella N. Coughlin of Orlando relates that she retains
pleasant memories of the one and only reunion she attended. She and
her husband, John T., bought a home in Orlando in 1932, but he passed
on in 1940 and she does very little traveling now.
J. H. Orr writes that everyone is very happy in Houston, Texas,
and that Mrs. Ethel Fenton spent a week with them from October 28th
to November 4th. All enjoyed her visit. They are expecting a visit from
May the last of March and Joe Jr., wife and Joe III about April.
Andrew W. Dewling of Baltimore, Md., writes that he has been
traveling considerable of late, and that he is the Vice President of the
Washington, D. C. Society for this year. We hope he can induce his
society's secretary to forward us reports of their meetings and other acti-
ties for publication in the Canal Record. We are certain our readers will
be interested in learning "wot oppens" to their old friends in that locality.
Stacey C. Russell of Highlands, N. C., tells us he was pleasantly
surprised to have a visit from Earl Brown the past summer during their
hot "dry" season. Stacey says Earl was spending his "annual leave" in
the vicinity of Dillard, Georgia, at the time. Confidentially, Stacey, Earl
was not a fugitive from Florida.
Melville and Ruth Alexander of Arlington, Fla., write that they
just returned from a two and one-half months visit in Texas to be with
their son Daniel who is a Junior this year at Texas A. & M. College. Both
are enthusiastic football fans and thoroughly enjoyed the games. They
traveled quite a bit in south and west Texas, saw the DeYoungs in Corpus
Christi, and Mrs. Alexander had a long talk with Mrs. Thomas J. Ebdon
in San Antonio. They had several nice visits with the B. C. McCallums
of Bryan, Texas. Mr. McCallum is now with the Civil Aeronautics. The
Alexanders also expect to spend Christmas with their daughter Jeanette
(Mrs. M. B. Clement) and family in Silver Springs, Md. The Clements
have a little girl five years old. They attended the wedding of their
son Daniel who married a former Canal Zone girl and will make their
home in College Station, Texas, where he will continue his studies. Ac-
cording to present plans, the Alexanders will meet their son Milo, Lois
and their new grand-daughter in Miami, thence back to Arlington and
after a week's visit Milo and family will fly to the Zone toi complete their
vacation. Congratulations for such a splendid trip and excellent way to
enjoy retired life.
Lando Oliver, former Gatun police station commander, in his let-
ter from Marion, Ill., says he spent the summer at Indian Rocks Beach
near Clearwater, Fla., and believes he caught all the small fish in the
Gulf. He did not snare a single one approaching the size he hooked in
Panama Bay and Gatun Spillway years ago. They also visited a number
of ex-Canal Diggers and Oliver and Mom both send their warmest re-
gards to their many friends here.
Captain O. H. Lindstrom, former Deputy Warden of the Gamboa
Penitentiary, writes that it's not the wintry blasts of Bismarck, North
Dakota, that are hard to endure, but it's the numerous layers of clothes
one must pile on when going outdoors. He also misses his former friends
of the Zone days. We are trying to extract a promise that he'll let us all
in on any sure thing he finds in connection with the oil boom that has
hit his part of the country.
Mrs. B. J. Fletcher of Dawson, Georgia, tells us that they are
very busy getting settled in their new home; and while farm life is con-
siderably different from life on the Zone, they are enjoying the new ex-
perience. Theirthouse is two and one-half miles west of Parrot on State
Highway 55, and they will be glad to visit with any friends who might
care to stop.
We were pleased to hear from Dr. Lewis B. Bates of East Wey-
mouth, Mass., and appreciate his praise of the Year Book and Canal
A very liberal contribution was received by mail from Mrs. Dove
L. Prather for the crippled children in the American Legion Hospital
in St. Petersburg. Dove declares she cannot desert the Legion after hav-
ing worked with it for so many years. A thousand thanks and the assur-
ance that more than one crippled child had a happier and brighter Christ-
mas as a result of your generosity.
Nancy January of Glen Burnie, Md., says she had quite a number
of Zone visitors during the past year, including the Baltozers, Herbert
Engelkes, Mr. Wood, Dove Prather, Ed Booths, Jack Reimings, Newell
Shaws, Lee Sampsells, Mrs. Moreland and Mrs. Joe Ewing. She sends
best wishes for the year of 1953.
Mrs. Emma Firestine of DeLand, Fla., says she had a wonderful
trip to Lake Louise and other places of interest in Canada, thence back
home via Seattle, Portland, Yellowstone Park and Chicago. After com-
pleting a course in floral design in Jacksonville, she secured a position
in the Stetson Flower Shop in DeLand.
Captain and Betty Callaway of Long Beach, Calif., had a visit
from their son Larry after he left the Pancanal service. Other visitors
were Mrs. A. S. Boyd, mother-in-law of Dick Taylor, former Director
of Clubhouses; Miss Florence Peterson who also visited her father, Cap-
tain M. Peterson; Mrs. Hunter who is making her home with her daugh-
ter Alice who has a nice home in San Diego; and Captain Jack Darden
of Balboa accompanied by his wife Lillian. During the fall they took
a trip to Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyons.
John A. (Tex) Cummings informs us that they enjoy New Mexico
despite the winter and were pleased to have several Zonians call.
Charles A. Pendry of Apalachicola, Fla., sends his best wishes
and good luck to the Society and all the Old Timers together with a
liberal contribution for the crippled children. His many friends will be
sorry to learn that his health is rather poor at present.
Eddie Strawn of Rock Hill, S. C., says he certainly enjoys hearing
from his old friends and former co-workers through the medium of the
Record. He says they are about the same as usual.
According to a letter from Margie and Witie Schroyer of Albu-
querque, New Mexico, they are delighted with their spacious home and
surrounding grounds. Witie is employed as a school crossing policeman
by the police department and while he can't arrest speeders, he is author-
ized to stop them. He fails to inform us just what he says to them if
and when they stop at his stern command. Among their recent visitors
was George Wickens, "Windy" Dickson, R. V. Dickerson, C. C. Turck
who is working in Pueblo, Colorado, K. S. Moulton who is employed
in Dahahran, Saudi Arabia, and Fred Frank and family who were en-
route to Los Angeles.
Mrs. B. C. Tydeman of Gatun writes that Tydie must retire by
September 1st and they expect to live in Allentown, Pa., until they de.
cide where to settle permanently. She also says Mr. and Mrs. Roy C.
Perkins of Mansfield, Mass., are visiting their son Roy and family in
A note from Colonel and Mrs. Roy Silverman states the Colonel
is in the U. S. Army Finance Office, Brooklyn, N. Y., and they are now
living in a house built before the Civil War, yet in perfect condition.
Robert E. Lee lived a few houses away when he served there as a cap-
tain. Angela also says Betty Underwood lives next door and she saw the
Haldemans when they visited Betty.
The H. C. Moodys of Tampa, accompanied by their guest Miss
Grace Williams of Cristobal, drove to Aiken, South Carolina, where they
spent a week with their daughter and son-in-law, the Peter Bolleas, Jr.
Bernice's mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Violette, returned to Tampa with them.
According to Louis H. Fourcher of Fairhaven, Mass., a trip to St.
Petersburg is equivalent to one to the Zone. He says he will never forget
his recent trip to St. Pete where he met so many friends he knew during
his 20 years' service on the Zone. Louis declares he will always cherish
the memory of his visit.
Mrs. Harry L. (Anna) Reid of Oceanside, N. Y., writes she was
quite sick for a month, but had improved and felt much better at the
time of writing. She had Dot and Roger Williams as guests several days
before they departed for the Zone. Mrs. Lista Daniels also paid her a
visit. Her Canal Zone friends are always welcome, as she longs to see
them again and wishes to be remembered to all who ask for her.
Corinne Spalding writes from La Tuna, Texas that they made a
tour of the Middle West, Canada, New England and many Southern
states last fall. Jim is employed by the U. S. Public Health Service and
is on the Medical Staff of the Federal Prison at La Tuna.
Gladys Knox writes from Ruidoso, New Mexico, that she is still
teaching school and in fact went to school herself last summer. She hopes
to take life easier in the not too distant future.
Ida Erickson, former Principal of the Balboa Elementary School,
informs us that she had a white Thanksgiving with a ten inch snowfall.
It appears this entails a lot of shoveling, and living on a corner compli-
cates matters mas o menos. She sees very fow Zonians where she lives
in Hudson, Wisconsin, but her brother who is still in Cristobal keeps
her informed of activities on the Isthmus. She was informed of Minnie
James' death by wire, but had no details, although Minnie had written
her of a heart attack. Dorothy Erickson is expected for Christmas for a
Hazel Scott of Leavenworth, Kansas, advises us that she and Arch
are both well and he is still working in the V. A. Hospital there. They
both wish Zone friends would drop in to see them if they pass that way.
Even though Hazel got sand in her shoes while visiting in Florida last
year, she continues to try and convince her friends that it is unquestion-
ably God's country.
Ethel Fenton writes from Harrisburg, Pa., she returned from a
stay of five months in California with Marie and family, but spent quite
some time in the north of the state visiting friends, including the Jerry
Pragers who had just moved into their new home in Berkeley. She also
visited Joe and Hazel Klein in Auburn. When she attended the P. C.
society picnic she saw many old friends, including some from Florida
such as Lawrence Hennan, the Fred Crawfords and Lessie Sandiford.
On the way home she stopped in Houston, Texas, and saw all the folks
living in that vicinity, as well as Mary Belle Hicks and the Sydney
Nevilles who were on vacation from the Zone. Ethel's only regret is that
she is unable to see her many friends more often.
The Howard A. Swains of Sailsbury, N. C., write they made a
tour of Florida last June, including a trip to Miami. They stopped to
see Fred Lyons. Since retiring in 1936 Mr. Swain has been with the
Southern Railway, and their daughter Adele is Secretary to the Bursar of
Catawba College in Sailsbury.
Lewis A. Mason writes from his home in Washington, D. C., that
he recently completed an assignment in Hammond, Indiana, and he and
Mrs. Mason expect to be in Washington for some time to come.
G. H. Evers of Neosho, Mo., writes of the tragedy that befell him
and his family this summer when they were returning from Austin, Texas,
after visiting his son Wendell and family. Their car and a pick-up truck
collided and all were hospitalized for a couple of months. His daughter
Annette suffered concussion of the brain and five fractures of the jaw; her
husband, James Hatcher, had a fractured jaw; her older son, hip dis-
located, and younger son Jimmy had both legs broken. He will be un-
able to use his right leg until an operation next year, although he was
able to return to Panama with his parents by plane early in December.
Mrs. Evers also had concussion of the brain. Dolly Sharpe, daughter of
the Evers, is living with them as her husband is in Korea, and she kept
house and took care of the sick. The injured were riding in Dolly's new
auto which was completely demolished.
Lilliam E. Thompson informs us that she first arrived on the Zone
with her husband in 1914, and at one time lived on Carr Street in
Balboa. Her husband, Mathias B. Thompson, died in Newark, N. J., in
1947. She is now living with her son Arthur and his family in Dayton,
Ohio. Art is employed by General Electric as a Field Engineer, having
left the Zone in December, 1951.
William P. Smith of Phoenix, Arizona, writes us he was elected
Second Vice President of the Phoenix chapter of the National Associa-
tion of Retired Civil Employees, and this year he was elected President.
The chapter is only one year old, but has over a hundred members. Con-
gratulations are certainly in order.
Lavina Pierce of Gamboa assures us she had a very pleasant vaca-
tion in Maine where among the old friends they saw and visited were the
S. O. Spechs, Lathrop Lorings, Phylis and Mrs. Milliken and Reverend
and Christy Schjeveland. She was overjoyed to find the Schjevelands so
much improved in health and very happy in their present location.
Carl G. Anderson, whose home address is 6511 Central Park Ave.,
Lincolnwood, Illinois, writes from Tampa, Florida, that he was employed
by the Mechanical Division for about fourteen years, and his wife was
also there but for only four years.
Florence and Dick Hoagland of Cherryvale, Kansas, impart the
good news that they are both in excellent health, but for some unknown
reason seem to be slowing down. We sadly quote the following from
their note sending love and best wishes to all the oldtimers; "Neither
one has any desire to stay out all night even if there was any place
that stayed open except the Electric Light Plant". Looks like the spirit
is willing but the flesh is weak.
Mrs. J. W. Hearn in Meridian, Miss., tells us she had a pretty
busy fall with Jack and Ethel who recently returned to the Zone. She is
also looking forward to visits from Cele, Netta, Beau and Roy.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. F. Mathues of Springdale, Ark., forward a
photograph of themselves and the Booths when they celebrated the 45th
anniversary of the E. W. Booths and Bell's birthday, which occurred on
October 22nd. Carrie Mathues' birthday was on November 2nd, and the
following day was Naomie Booth's birthday.
An interesting letter from Rae Clisbee out in Los Angeles, Calif.,
brings the news that Virginia Seiler was their visitor due to her mother's
accident, as well as a list of those who attended the Society's last picnic.
Thatcher and Mildred (Mid) are still on the Zone, and they as well as
Fred Newhards are expected in the spring to be on hand when Ann grad-
uates from college in Greeley, Colorado, in June. She was a substitute
teacher at the McKinley School in Santa Monica. Docia is supervisor of
all the nursery schools and day-care centers in that area. Friends of Mrs.
Windquist will be pleased to learn that she has made a marvelous re-
covery and is able to walk as she did before her accident last March.
Rae and Frank live not far from "Ducky" Bryans, the Junkers and Capt.
According to a note from Marmie Wervey, also of Los Angeles,
her daughter Barbara Ann, 4 years, had a perforated appendix with
gangrene and was in the hospital two weeks, and Bud's wife had a girl,
Carol Ann, on November 17th.
A letter from Isaac H. Andrews of San Francisco brings the in-
formation that California had more rain than usual, although Isaac de-
clares it does not equal the rainy season at Culebra and Empire when
Teddy Roosevelt came down there to inspect the Canal.
Sue and Jack McLeod write from Chicago, Ill., on New Year's
Eve that they will not be able to attend the Reunion as Jack must enter
the hospital for what the doctor promises to be only a check-up. Jack
further indicates that he has appointed his two old buddies, Carl Ander-
son and Nils Bergland, to act as his personal representatives at the
Mrs. Carl A. (Pat) Wanke, daughter of Earl and Minnie Kent and
daughter-in-law of Capt. Carl and Ethel Wanke, writes from Catskill,
N. Y., that her folks have rented Capt. and Mrs. Majilton's house there
for a vacation from the Zone. As a Christmas surprise the Wankes of
Whittier, Calif., arrived by train but plan to visit in various cities when
they return home. The Kents' plans are indefinite, but will probably re-
main in Catskill until spring. Pat says they have been up to see Jim and
Pat Tennien in Pittsford, Vt., and Leon and Mrs. Dedeaux in Schenec-
tady, N. Y. They also saw the daughter of Al and Della Meigs as well
as Bill Collins, son of Bob and Marie Collins of Balboa. Bill is employed
as personnel representative by the American Airlines in New York City.
Louise Moreland writes from Landover, Maryland, that Mr. More-
land has been blind for two years, but enjoys having Zone friends call.
Their home is about eight miles from Washington and the road maps
show it as Randolph Village, Route 214. They had quite a few Zone
folks call, including Mrs. Joe Ewing. At that time they went to see Mrs.
and Mr. January, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Ann Mae Samspell and Mrs. W.
Sandiford. They send greetings to all their friends.
Harry Bortin, Retired Consulting Engineer, 2812 Connecticut Ave.,
N. W., Washington 8, D. C., writes of locating former Zone friends after
securing their addresses from our Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Lucille Judd.
He also forwarded a copy of a letter he wrote Senator Bennett Champ
Clark of Missouri in 1939 urging that annuity benefits be granted Canal
construction workers with more than two years but less than three years
service. We regret that space prevents publication of the letter in ques-
tion. Mr. Bortin served on the Isthmus from June 1907 to December 1909.
At least one part of the world receives its mail on time is the
information received from John Atkins of San Jose, Costa Rica, who
says he received his year book promptly.
A Christmas note from Bert Hiter of Hendersonville, N. C., brings
the good news that "Hite" is steadily improving in health but they ex-
pect to remain in Potsdam, N. Y., until May 1st when they return to
camp. They hope to return to Hendersonville as soon as Hite regains his
health and Bert is confident he will have a complete cure, provided he
lives carefully. Their son Bill who is stationed at Jacksonville expects
to go to the Mediterranean for six months in January or February. While
they miss Hendersonville,they are happy because Hite is better and they
have friends and relatives where they are, so they are not alone.
Fannie P. Englander of Hudson Falls, N. Y., regrets she was un-
able to attend the Reunion this year, especially as the snow was falling
fast and heavy outside when she wrote. We especially appreciated her
encouraging words about the past issue of the Record.
According to a splendid letter from the E. K. Browns, they are
spending the winter in their home at Tacoma, Washington, and the
weather has been wonderful, although they are keeping their fingers
crossed. Heretofore they spent their winters in California, Arizona, Texas
and Nevada, They have a hunch ex-Zonians would migrate to Tacoma
in droves if we only knew how delightful it is there.
Our old friend M. P. Benninger of Lima, Ohio, hopes as many
Zone friends as possible will stop to see them this year.
In a letter from Mrs. C. L. Grier of Gamboa we learn that the
Executive Board of Chapter 24, National Association of Retired Civil
Employees, and its auxiliary held an oldtimers' picnic at Morgan's Flower
Garden, Corozal, on January 10th. A barbecue tenderloin dinner was
served and it was delicious. Mr. R. E. Hopkins, Sr., furnished the meat,
Seated: Captains Sterling P. Miller and K. M. Wikingstad.
Standing: Captains D. E. Ellgeston, B. C. Judd, A. T. Luther.
Panama Canal Society Reunion 1953
Photo by Fairfield, St. Petersburg
Seated: Mrs. T. M. Jordan,
Mrs. G. Johannes
Standing: Dick Taylor,
Mrs. R. G. Taylor
Mrs. H. R. Judson,
Mrs. A. E. Meigs.
H. R. Judson,
Mrs. W. E. Walling,
A. E. Meigs,
W. E. Walling.
Seated: Lulu Vineyard, Dorothy Meyer
Standing: Mamie Frederick, Ruby Baker,
Alma and Dick Weaver.
The L. W. Fosters Seated: Mrs. Gee. Knecht,
Mrs. H. V. Howard
Standing: George Knecht,
H. V. Howard
The S. H. Sullivans The W. G. Hulls and son
Guy M. Schroyer Seated: Mrs. E. A. Erbe,
Mrs. A. Bruckner
Standing: Arnold Bruckner,
Ernest A. Erbe
The C. E. Van Fleets The Wm. F. Mathues and
E. W. Booths -
and they are also grateful to the Charlie Morgans for letting them meet
Mrs. Frederick C. (Marian) Mack of Seattle, Washington, tells
us that Fred was home from Alaska for two days, then off to Hawaii to
help Mr. Tucker McClure bring his yacht CHIRIQUI back to Los Angeles.
They made the trip in 17 days, so they were together for Christmas.
We were sorry to hear that B. Grove Palmer, of Ellwood City,
Penna., was unable to attend the Reunion and visit with all the Old-
timers. She says she was very ill all summer having one heart attack
after another and is far from well now. However, we are pleased to hear
that she is up and around.
The Earl E. Trouts of Balboa say they are looking forward to
March 31st, 1954, when they will retire after 27 years on the Zone.
Pauline Melms of Detroit, Mich., says they met many old friends
on their last trip through Florida, Maine, Vermont, etc., and they expect
to spend March in Florida.
The many friends of Mrs. Charles A. Palmer will be glad to learn
that she and Margaret are getting along fine out in Houston, Texas.
Alberta Powers Harris of Balboa writes that her mother and dad,
the Huey Powers, are doing fine and that Huey will be 70 years old on
January 30th, but does not look his age.
The John L. Demmys of Carlisle, Pa., were missed at the Reunion,
as they have always attended heretofore. We now learn from Blanche
that John's heart condition prevented them from coming. The doctor told
him he must avoid crowds and too much driving. However last August
they made a nice trip to Texas with their neighbors, the R. P. Lines. They
visited the Earl B. Manghams of Carthage. Mrs. Mangham was formerly
Evelyn Demmy. They had a delicious turkey dinner on Christmas with
Mrs. Miriam Brunner and son at their Camp Hill home. Mrs. Brunner
was formerly Mariam Demmy.
Ruth C. Page writes she returned to Cristobal in November and
is living with her sister and husband, the W. H. Housels, Oldtimers from
Gatun. Mr. Housel has been ill and is 80 years old.
Mrs. Arthur C. (Marie) Plath of Hamilton, Ohio, really tried to
attend the Reunion, but no luck. She made plane reservations a month
in advance, but the flight was postponed due to fog, and pullman reser-
vations were not to be had! She hopes to make it next year. She related
in a previous letter how she located a former Zone acquaintance in her
town when she saw a newspaper item reporting the death in an auto acci-
dent of a 16-year-old girl who was born in the Zone. She located the'
mother of the girl, Mrs. Long, who turned out to be the former Ruby
Stanley who was cashier in the Cristobal Commissary about 14 years ago.
Jessie Forsstrom of Oaklawn, R. I., says, since their trip to Cali-
fornia last summer they expect to stay put, but would enjoy having some
of the friends they met on the trip call on them.
Wilhelmina Sandiford of Washington, D. C., advises that she
spent a day with Walter and Nan Cleary in Essex, Md., during the holi-
days. She also enjoyed a short visit from Mrs. Eula Ewing and Mrs.
Claude A. Ott of Miami, Florida, spent three weeks in the Zone
recently, but says he was disappointed because the old stamping ground
did not seem the same as it was in years past.
Minnie Kent writes that they are enjoying their stay in Capt.
Majilton's home in Catskill, N. Y., and that she and Earl spent the sum-
mer in Vermont. They attended the wedding of Capt. Clifton Ryter's
daughter, Virginia, and David Basque's wedding. David is a nephew of
the J. E. Tenniens of Pedro Miguel. They hope to spend next winter in
Mae Maiers of Oreland, Pa., tells of seeing the Januarys, and in
October she called on the Lamberts and her brother and wife, the How-
ards from Cristobal, were there. She also heard from Gertrude Milloy.
She would like to get the address of Charlie Schaeffer as she has not
found anyone who knows it.
Walter R. Smith of Rowayton, Conn., writes that he and Helen
have enjoyed the many Zone visitors who call on them. Helen put up
300 jars of wild grape jelly from grapes they picked on stone walls and
trees in nearby New York State. Sorry the picture of Walter and Helen
did not arrive in time for this issue of the Record, as it shows them at
their Yankee fireplace with Santa and a Confederate flag. We hope to
print it in a later issue.
Janette White was pleasantly surprised to receive Christmas cards
from old friends she has not seen for years, and she attributes her good
fortune to the fact that her name appears in the '53 Year Book.
Homer Higley of Battleboro, Vermont, claims it has been mighty
cool in his locality recently and he thinks rather longingly of the Florida
sunshine one hears so much about.
Thelma Reppie of Long Beach, Calif., informs us that she is living
with Mrs. P. J. Sundberg since her return from Arkansas. She attended
the Canal Zone dinner in Los Angeles, but only met a few she knew,
such as the Clisbees, Bannons, Ducky and Ruth Bryan, Bill and Alice
Ames, Mr. Hammer and a few others. She says she hears regularly from
Irma Watson, and that Buelah Eidman is living in Longview, Wash., and
likes it very much. A card from Olena (Hutchings) Neff at Sacramento
says her daughter is in her second year at U. C. at Berkeley. She also
mentions Cornelia Riemer, Alice (Taber) Cullinane and Mrs. Windquist
who is able to walk a bit.
Roy O. Shuey has sold their lodge on Key Largo, Florida, and
will make their winter home alongside the Shaws near Palatka. How-
ever, they have purchased a new trailer and will spend the summer in
Wyoming on a ranch.
According to Betsey Landers who lives in the Bayshore Royal
Hotel, Tampa, Fla., she is still going strong in the real estate business
-and business is good.
William D. Rogers of Lexington, Ky. who was on the Isthmus
from 1905 to 1914, writes that he and the Society's first president, Robert
S. Houston, were friends for many years, even before they went to Pan-
ama; and that he and Robert's son Frank who is now living in Erlanger,
Ky., went to Panama together.
A Christmas card from Ray and Cecilia Pruner of Sioux Falls,
S. D., indicates they are both well and happy and looking forward to
celebrating their Golden Wedding in April 1953. Ray seems to be busy
on many boards, such as the City Board, etc.
Martha and Roy Knoop, formerly of Gatun, but now of Hender-
sonville, N. C., say they and the Capt. Reppas drove to Dillard, Georgia
A letter from Florence M. Smith of Los Angeles, Calif., brings
the news that Roy has just recovered from surgery and they could not
for that reason attend the Reunion. On their way home they stopped for
a rest at the Claude B. Ellingtons of Thomson, Ga.
Joy L. Greene who was known as "Honey Green" at Balboa where
he was employed in the Instrument Repair Shop until he retired, cele-
brated his 76th birthday on January 12th. His son Leon and wife from
Curundu celebrated Christmas with them and has promised them a round
trip to the Zone as a Christmas present. Last year the Greenes bought
a large trailer that was delivered to them at Sarasota where there was
good swimming, a sandy beach and good fishing. Joy declares he had
the best season of his 14 years of retirement, and expects to return this
year, when his trailer will be parked within spitting distance to the wa-
Mary D. Hunter, Orlando, Fla., the L. H. Lorings of Yarmouth,
Maine, Jack and Ed Plummer of Key West, Fla., and the Claude D.
Campbells of Manchester, Tenn., send regrets that they were unable to
attend the Reunion.
Miss A. Pauline Meredith of Wyoming, Del., is spending the win-
ter in California but writes she hopes to attend the next Reunion
A letter from Mr. H. A. Haag who was employed in the office of
the Chief Engineer, Panama Railroad Co., brings a photograph of him-
self and Mrs. Haag as well as other friends. We hope to publish one
of these pictures in an early issue of the Record when space is available.
The Haags now live in St. Louis, Mo.
T. O. Maas of Balboa writes he will retire in April of this year
and expects to settle in San Antonio, Texas.
Oatie Deavours of Atlanta, Georgia, writes how disappointed Mr.
Deavours was due to their inability to attend the Reunion. She says
he has improved in health some, but not quite up to the anticipated
excitement. She says in part, "Possibly another year may find him right
there among his old friends." We sincerely hope so.
Mrs. H. M. Herff of Baton Rouge, La., writes that she has been
"confined to quarters" due to lack, of circulation in her heel. Captain
Herff who retired from the Army in 1943 was the subject of a lengthy
article in their newspaper due to the fact that he is known as "Dad" to
some 250 young men in Baton Rouge.
Miriam Heite of Massey, Md., regrets that they were unable to
attend the Reunion due to the death of Mr. Heite's brother-in-law on
January 1st, but they promise to attend next year. The Edw. H. Parme-
lees of Clearwater, Fla. also send regrets.
Lela and George Ritchey of Phoenix, Arizona, sent a Christmas
card saying they are looking forward to a visit from Ruth and Dick
Taylor. Lela has been devoting a large portion of her time to her yard
and flowers. The host of friends of George will be pleased to hear
he is feeling good at present.
Shelby R. White of Valparaiso, Fla., writes that they enjoyed
the Reunion very much and praise the work of the committees.
Mrs. George Engleke of Cristobal writes that her son John started
work at the Argonne Laboratory in Chicago on December 15th. He
has a fellowship at the University of Chicago and expects to have his
Master of Science Degree by June. His work is nuclear chemistry.
Mrs. Sue G. Lutz of W. Collingswood, N. J., tells of visiting
Virginia and Jim and boys in Albuquerque, N. M., and while there saw
Capt. and Mrs. Schloming who are hale and hearty. Mrs. Schloming,
Sr., and daughters are also fine and Isabelle is very happily married.
She also visited Capt. and Rose Tracy in Long Beach, Calif., and the
Captain was on the sick list for a time, but is now better.
According to a letter from Margaret Enright of Dayton, Ohio,
she spent several months with her daughter Marge and family. Whitey
is now a major in the Air Force. A daughter named Sally Ann was
born to Whitey and Marge on July 12th. Mrs. Enright says she hears
from Mrs. Bouchard and the Tom Benders in Minn., as well as the
Fennie Morelands in Maryland. Fennie who worked on the Pacific
Locks is blind. She also visited the Earl Kents.
Louis Townsley of St. Louis, Mo., advises they are both fairly
All the Hoosiers that J. Bayliss Johnson of Indianapolis, Ind.,
communicates with are O. K., according to his recent advice. He says
he enjoys learning of the activities of his many old time friends through
Gerald D. Bliss of Miami, Fla., writes of his family reunion
and says, "With the shades of night so rapidly falling and the old boy
with his sythe breathing down our necks, we are not able to take so
active a part as our hearts dictate, but it also gives us time to reflect
and recall in treasured reminiscence, those sterling friendships formed
and cemented during those halcyon days on the Canal Zone than
which there has been nothing finer in this world."
In a recent letter Mrs. Edith Wicks advises she is now with the
State School, Polk, Pa., but spent a delightful two weeks on the Zone
in July visiting Mrs. Eula Ewing and eating mangoes.
Stella M. Price again writes from Washington, D. C., that she
and Bill are getting settled in their new home, and she frequently sees
Mrs. John Smith.
Herb Hoffner, our Representative in Orlando, writes that:
"A grand time was had by everyone that attended the reunion.
It was wonderful to meet all the Oldtimers that we had known in the
Zone for so many years. Bob Glaw had a large group surrounding him,
all telling Sunday school stories. Henry Hudson had another group
around him listening to Henry tell how he ran the Canal. Altogether
it was a joyous occasion, and I for one will always attend them in the
"We had another grand occasion in Orlando last Thursday. Mrs.
Mamie Christina, mother of Mrs. Al Mohr, celebrated her ninetieth
birthday with a large group of former Zone friends present.
"Mamie was just as spry as ever and it is remarkable how she gets
around with her housekeeping and chores. Mamie was asked to give a
speech and said, 'I want to thank you all for being so kind to me
over the years, and I hope you all live as long as I do.'
"The Judsons have purchased a very beautiful lot on Lake Ivan-
hoe and are building a swell home. They expect it to be finished in
a couple of months. Louise Dudak is up here on vacation from the
Canal and is staying with Edna Whitver in her swank home on Lake
Dr. L. O. Keen, former District Physician of Balboa, writes he
thought he would have been back in Kentucky or living in Florida by
this time, but he is unable to make he break. However, he feels he will
be able to decide on a plan to secure a rocking chair berth before an-
other year rolls around. His legion of friends will wish him the best
of luck on his seventieth birthday on February 7th. (Two sevens have
always been good for "licking down" Duque.)
Charlie Neumann of Kenosha, Wis., ran into a tremendous streak
of bad luck these past two months. He writes that his mother died in
December, then after the first of the year the laundry where he works
burned down. Three weeks ago he took sick and was in bed for three
days with the flu, making three of them' sick at the same time. We
are glad to hear they were all better when he wrote, even though it
was four below zero at the time. Notwithstanding all the above, Charlie
wishes their friends would come to see them in their new home if they
pass through that part of the country. He and his family certainly de-
serve many good breaks henceforth.
According to a letter from Mary Birnbaumer of Curundu, the
distances are so great in California that it takes a lot of time to get
around to seeing all her friends there. However, she spent the holidays
with Phyllis and her husband, Lawrence Strowbridge, and their little
son Lawrence Ralston, born on November 8th.
Mrs. Hans C. Jensen of Baltimore, Md., writes she regrets be-
ing unable to attend the Reunion. Her daughter Juanita is married to
Mr. Walter Houk, a secretary in the diplomatic service, and they are
now living in Tokyo, Japan. Her son Frank is employed by the govern-
ment in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Larry and Emma Leighton of Arthur, Illinois, say they have had
a very funny winter around their parts, because of little snow and the
thermometer's failure to reach 16 below as it did last year.
The O. R. Swansens of Fairhope, Ala., regret they were un-
able to attend the Reunion, but hope members passing through that area
will call on them.
Received with pleasure was a letter from Shelby White of Val-
poraiso, Florida, enclosing dues for N. E. Herndon of New Smyrna who
was a locomotive engineer on the Panama Railroad from 1917 to '20
and again from 1938 to '45.
The following letter was received from Chaplain Chas. H.
"After a month's bout with the old man with the scythe, I am
again in circulation. Still groggy but able to send my sincere thanks for
the lovely flowers the Society sent me during my illness.
"Extremely sorry that I had to fall down on my job, but as this
is my first offense, I hope I am forgiven". We all missed our Chaplain
at the Reunion and everyone is happy to learn he is on the road to
Captain J. S. Munden of Elizabeth City, N. C., sends his best re-
gards to all the ex-employees of the Canal.
A note has been received from E. L. Koperski of Los Angeles,
Calif., stating he is sailing on February 14th on board the M/S OLGA
MAERSK for a month's vacation in the Canal Zone.
J. W. MacGillivray of Menlo Park, Calif., speaks highly of the
Record and expresses the hope that all ex employees of the Panama
Canal are members of the NARCE and its local chapters.
Mrs. C. L. Morgan of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, sends regards to all
friends in St. Pete and says the latch string is always out.
Albert Bailey of Philadelphia, Pa., says they planned to attend
the Reunion, but unfortunately he had to enter the hospital for a major
operation. He'll make it next year, so he says, when he expects to see
his old friend Charlie Conkerton of St. Pete.
Grace Wright of St. Pete tells us the Holidays brought greetings
from Oldtimer Geo. M. Wells of Upper Montclair, N. J., who told of a
get-together attended by Bill May, J. B. Stevens, Jr. and others. She also
had word from Mrs. R. R. Monroe of Youngstown, Ohio, that Dr. and
Mrs. C. E. Briscoe expect to be in the States next Spring.
Ruth T. Metzger of Miami, Florida, writes of her delightful visit
in Coco Solo with Mr. and Mrs. Tom Marsh, nee Marilyn Metzger, and
baby daughter. She enjoyed the get-together of the retired employees
at the Morgan Gardens as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Simms. A
tropical downpour failed to dampen the spirit of good fellowship. Son
Bill is a lieutenant in the U. S. Navy and commands a mine-sweeper op-
erating off Korea. He recently met Lieut. (jg) Donald Hendricks and
Warrant Officer Dudley Staggs in Japan.
THE GOOD OLD DAYS?
"Unless you yourself were in the Canal Zone before any housing
whatever had been built, before any sanitation whatever had been pro-
vided, before yellow fever had been conquered, before the Panama Rail-
road Commissary began to serve Canal employees, in fact before those
employees at other than Panama and Colon had any of the necessities
of life, other than a roof to sleep under and food consisting of wild
vegetables and fruits brought in by natives from the jungle and made
thoroughly unfit for human consumption by the so-called cooks of the
so-called "cantinas" which were all that offered anything even resem-
bling food-you can have no idea of the privations of those first two
The above is an excerpt from the letter of Mr. A. L. Chapin,
810- 18th St. N. W., Washington, D. C., written to Mr. S. H. Grauten,
Evanston, Ill., who is seeking legislation for construction workers ex-
cluded from bertefits of existing laws. Title is ours.
FROM VARIOUS PANAMA CANAL SOCIETIES
Florida St. Petersburg
Regular monthly meetings were held in the Tourist Center on
November 10th, December 8th and February 9th. -All were well at-
tended. A total of $200 was collected for the crippled children of the
American Legion Hospital in St. Petersburg at the Christmas party fol-
lowing the December 8th meeting. Of that amount $38.50 was collected
by Mrs; Jimmy Bradley of St. Petersburg who displayed a beautiful
Panamanian doll dressed in an exquisite montuna costume that was per-
fect in every detail and made entirely by Mrs. Bradley. At the conclu-
sion of the meeting the doll was presented to Mrs. H. H. Hudson by
Mrs. Bradley. A few days later Mrs. Bradley received a personal letter
from Mrs. E. A. Roberts, Administrator of the hospital, expressing the
appreciation and thanks of the young patients for the part she played
in swelling the Christmas contribution from the Society.
During the February 9th meeting, Mr. Walter L. Hersh gave an
interesting and informative talk on bills now pending before Congress
that will prove of financial benefit to retired Canal employees if en-
acted into law. He expressed the belief .that one or more of these bills
have an excellent opportunity of favorable congressional action this
year, especially if the persons to be affected will write their Congress-
men asking their active support of the bills in question. Full infor-
mation concerning this subject can be found under Legislation.
The following were visitors at the November 10th meeting: John
R. Hammond, Jr., of the Engineering Division, Balboa Heights; Mr.
and Mrs. Archie M. Gibson of Cortland, N. Y.; Mr. and Mrs. D. J.
Evans, of Birmingham, Ala.; Frank M. Regan of Pedro Miguel; Miss
Grace Williams of Cristobal; Mr. and Mrs. L. Adler of Panama. The
following-named visitors were present at the Annual Christmas Party and
Business Meeting: Robert Sullivan of Dunedin, Fla. Bob is the son of
Tom P. Sullivan of Gatun. Miss Barbara Collins of Dunedin, Florida,
Mr. and Mrs. Perry Young, Louis Bradley on leave from the Air Force,
Mrs. Agnes Steward of Tampa, Florida, Miss Jessie N. Murdock and Mr.
and Mrs. James S. George also of Tampa. Visitors at the last meeting
were: Captain Samuel Grier III, accompanied by his father and mother,
the Sam Griers of Clearwater, Florida, Francis S. Key who enrolled as
our newest member, Mr. and Mrs. Alex. McGeachey, Mrs. Lessie Sandi-
ford, Mrs. Ethel Marcy, Mr. and Mrs. M. Considine, Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Crawford of Miami who were enroute home from a visit to California,
Mrs. Adam Dorn of Pedro Miguel, and Mr. and Mrs. Archie Ludwig
who lived and worked in the Canal Zone from 1909 to 1911.
Cards of thanks have been received by our Society for flowers
sent during the illness of Mr. Frank H. Wolf, Mr. Richard Slattery and
Mrs. Anna Hudson; and because of the bereavement of Mrs. Beatrice G.
Fernandez and Mrs. Agnes M. Stewart.
Officers of the Society wish to express their appreciation for
the many beautiful Christmas cards received from the Society's members
Ditch Diggers of South Florida
Our good friend A. G. Dunham of Miami, Secretary-Treasurer of
the Ditch Diggers of South Florida, sent the following report:
"We are planning an indoor picnic sometime during the latter
part of February to see if we can increase our average attendance. The
place we are having our picnic is situated within a few yards of a
"We wrote an article concerning Mr. C. H. Fair in the December
issue of the Canal Record. However, Mr. Fair was not entirely satisfied
with the article. He stated that he did not get sufficient publicity from
the article due to the fact that he was known by the name of "Sunshine"
on the Isthmus, and he also thought he was entitled to more space. So
we will rehash the former news item and supplement it. It is true that
Sunshine was the only restaurant steward on the Canal who could make
seven egg sandwiches out of a single egg. Sunshine later conceded that
he had been getting his eggs shipped in from the Jacksonville Ostrich
Farm. His customers, he informed us, could not taste the difference.
"At one time your correspondent had a petition drawn up and
gathered 150 signatures asking the Chief Quartermaster to have Sun-
shine transferred to some other locality where his services might be bet-
ter appreciated. For 30 cents all we were fed was soup, steak, potatoes,
peas, ice cream, pie and a few other incidentals. This petition, fully
signed, mysteriously disappeared. It was ascertained that Sunshine con-
fiscated the petition from the back pocket of one of his dissatisfied
"So another petition had to be prepared, but Sunshine fought
this one by placing a full size mirror at the entrance to the Cristobal
Restaurant. This mirror showed the customers being about ten pounds
lighter than they actually were as they entered. After they finished
their meals another mirror confronted them on their way out showing
each of them to be about ten pounds heavier than they really were, a net
gain of twenty pounds due to the victuals and vitamins in the 30 cent
meal. As a result all the customers withdrew their names from the peti-
tion to have Sunshine transferred.
"However, it seems as though the Assistant Steward wanted to
have Sunshine eliminated. Fact was he wanted the job of Chief Steward
himself. Learning that the Chief Quartermaster was to dine at the Cris-
tobal Restaurant at a certain time, the Assistant Steward hurriedly and
unknown to Sunshine reversed the mirrors just prior to the Chief Quar-
termaster's arrival. The Chief Quartermaster arrived as scheduled, ob-
served his apparent heavy weight upon entering the restaurant door, and
partook of all the food offered. Upon leaving he observed his apparent
lightness as he passed out the restaurant, and remarked: 'Holy mackerel!
Is it really as bad as this?' Shortly thereafter Sunshine was transferred
to Gamboa where he was stationed for the next two years.
"Mr. J. C. McMahon and your correspondent, representing the
Panama Canal Ditch Diggers of South Florida, journeyed to St. Peters-
burg to attend the annual reunion of The Panama Canal Society of
Florida held on January 12th and 13th. We all had a wonderful time,
and it is hoped that more from the Miami area will be able to attend
the reunion in 1954."
According to an additional report from Mr. Dunham they were
able to secure a pension of $12.95 per month for Cecil C. Bailey who
was born of English parents in Jamaica, B.W.I. He was employed on
the Zone in excess of three years during the construction period. Bailey,
who is now 66 years of age, saw an article in a local newspaper last
August concerning the pension granted Captain Powell. He then got in
touch with the Ditch Diggers of South Florida, and due to their excel-
lent work he received a back payment of over $1,300 together with the
pension mentioned above. He was employed on the Silver Roll, but came
to Miami in the early 20's and was naturalized in 1926.
No doubt there are others who are eligible for pensions but un-
aware of that fact. It is believed the case cited by Mr. Dunham illu-
strates the value of giving the widest possible publicity to this matter.
The excellent report submitted by Secretary Myrtle M. Luce:
"The Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles sends 1953 greetings
to friends everywhere, and especially to Florida and your fine Bulletin.
"The Los Angeles Society convened on December 14th for its
usual winter dinner at the Rosslyn Hotel in Los Angeles. There were
about 75 present. Notes and cards of greetings were received from the
Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Bramin of Arcadia, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Oscar
Martin of Seattle, Washington, with a reminder of their Society dinner
February 21st, inviting all who can to join them. Mr. Wm. Dodson of
Shreveport, La., wrote that he expected to have a 3rd operation Decem-
ber 8th and that the doctors were optimistic that he might walk again.
He sent greetings for the new year. Emma and George Cotton of Mon-
rovia, California, sent best wishes to all their friends and regretted that
since Emma broke her hip they would be unable to attend the meeting.
Earl Thomas of Yucaipa, California, wrote that he and Mrs. Thomas
regretted not being able to join the "Gang" and sent best wishes to all,
including Granny Russell, Johnny King, Tommy Neal and Bob Luce.
"Ida B. Harris of Pomona, California, sent her thanks for the
invitation to the dinner on a colorful Christmas card, with regards to
friends and Old Timers, especially the Hammers. Mrs. Harris recently
celebrated her 77th birthday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. R.
Lundy, in Arcadia, California, when four generations of the family were
present. Mrs. Harris plays the saxophone and has been an active member
of the Pomono Community Band for ten years.
"Greetings came also from Captain and Mrs. Thomas Rathbone
of Edmons, Washington, regretting their inability to attend-still 7ioping.
however. Dr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Evans of San Pedro, California, sent
a note of best wishes with a hope that all would have a pleasant time at
"A letter was received from Mr. and Mrs. Wm. P. Smith of
Phoenix, Arizona, with greetings to friends for a very Happy New Year
and stating that on October 20th, 1952, he was elected president of the
NARCE Chapter No. 56, Phoenix, Arizona. The chapter is one year old
and has 100 members. Greetings also came from Isaac H. Andrews of
the Ascot Hotel in San Francisco. A cordial letter was received from
Charles L. Luedtke of Phoenix, Arizona, with regret that he would be
unable to attend the dinner.
"Word has been received that Barbara Kiefer who is stationed
with the armed forces in Greece, visited the Holy Land during the holi-
days. Lt. Virginia Keenan, formerly of Gatun, is now stationed at Parks
Air Force Base (3275 A.F.I.W.) California. Peggy Bradley returned
January 20th from Japan where she has been in service with the armed
forces. Mrs. Nell Brugge has been visiting her daughter in Phoenix and
recently has visited friends in California before returning to the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fuller of Diablo Heights have been spending the
holidays with Mrs. Fuller's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hammer. The
Fullers expect to leave for the Zone January 31st, taking with them their
daughter, Mrs. E. S. Lynch, and grand-daughter Sheri for a visit. Mrs.
Marjorie LeBrun recently arrived to make her home in Burbank, Cali-
fornia, with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Town-
send. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hall have returned from Boulder City, Nevada,
where they visited their daughter Jean. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bradley are
the proud grandparents of a son born to their daughter, Betty London,
on December 27th in Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital. Mr. and Mrs.
Glenn Kerr (formerly Naomi Stapleton) of Hollywood have left for
a three months vacation in the Zone. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hall will oc-
cupy their apartment in their absence.
"During the recent visit to the Northern part of California it be-
came our pleasure to meet again our very good friends, the Charles Ray-
monds, formerly of Cristobal now living at 202 West 37th Avenue, San
Mateo, California. Mr. Raymond is with the Western Field Office of the
National Council of the Y.M.C.A. of the U. S. of America. Norma is
continuing with her music and also directs a choir in one of the San
Mateo churches, and both of the Raymonds are attractive as ever."
It is regretted that the list of those who attended the dinner can-
not be printed in this issue due to lack of space.
Western North Carolina- Asheville- Hendersonville
Secretary George B. Ward of Weaverville sends the following:
"Our Society held its first winter meeting on January 29th in the
"S & W" Club Room in Asheville. On account of the colds and flu be-
ing prevalent our attendance was only some 35. A special feature was
the readings by Asheville's noted actress Anna Lee Styles who gave The
Land of the Coconut Tree, Saints' Rest and Angelia of the Kentucky
Mountains and upon request The Brown Babies of Boliver Street. Among
those present were the I. B. Harrells, P. R. Kiger, Ernest Behlens, A. B.
Coyle, Joe Davidson, Clifton Hollands, Mrs. Sam Irvin, Roy Knoops,
Joseph Muldoons, Ray Mitchells, Robert Pattersons, Frank Reppas, Dr.
and Mrs. Charles Trickey, U. Tweeds, Ralph Wanlesses and the Geo. B.
"Dr. Sam S. Irvin has opened an office in Hendersonville.
"The Jack Tyrells have rented a home in Laurel Park while look-
ing for a home they will purchase.
"The J. Wendell Greenes are nicely situated in their new home.
The Ray Mitchells also are "Sitting Pretty" after the arduous task of
having a home built and furnishing it. The RalphWanlesses solved their
problem by buying a home already built and furnished and are happy
to have the snow and cold of Minnesota behind them.
"Among those entertaining on Christmas day were: The Roy
Knoops entertained the P. R. Kigers, Ernest Behlens and E. T. Howards.
The Muldoons had the I. B. Harrels. The Clifton Hollands had Mrs.
Marshall N. Pyne and the George B. Wards to their Xmas dinner. There
were several other dinner parties of which your reporter failed to get
the details. It is a growing custom here among the Canal Zoners to
get together for Xmas dinner.
"The J. Wendell Greenes were the guests of honor at a dinner
given by the George B. Wards to welcome them into our community.
Those present included Dr. and Mrs. Chas. Trickey, I. B. Harrells, Jos.
Muldoons and P. R. Kigexs. The dinner was followed by canasta. Wen-
dell Greene and Mildred Harrell were the high score prize winners.
"Word has been received that Sylvester Hiter is slowly improv-
ing from the heart attack of this summer and is now able to be up part
of the time.
"Mrs. Sewell Rayne is visiting in Orlando, Florida. Since our
last issue Mrs. Roy Knoop made a trip to Ohio on the occasion of her
"J. P. Hayden who died on November 22nd in Brevard, N. C. was
buried in Hendersonville beside his wife.
"Mrs. Hallie C. Turberville of Connally View Farm, Milton, N.
C., and a member of our society writes that they are interested in the
doings of their old Canal Zone Friends although isolated from them.
How about a nice letter to Burton Tuberville from his old friends?"
From our roving reporter of Western N. C.comes the news that
Fran Getman and Lindy Byrne of Gorgas Hospital visited the Bob Pat-
tersons; and Caroline Hunt, also of Gorgas, visited the Wendell Greenes,
but all left to pay a visit to the Chris Garlingtons of Newberry, S. C.
Friends of Capt. Reppa will be pleased to learn that according to
reports from reliable sources he won first prize in Hendersonville for
his outside Christmas decorations. In addition he was very busy during
the pre-holiday season decorating the front of one of Asheville's largest
department stores, a jewelry store and making a large number of floral
wreaths for one of the churches.
Secretary-Treasurer Eltah Cooper writes the Society had a turkey
dinner at the Hostess House on November 29th and 34 persons were
present. She says they really have a celebrity in the person of State
Representative Joseph C. (Duke) Lawrence. We regret we are unable
to print the photo inclosed. On February 21st they had a corned beef
and cabbage dinner, and are having four meetings yearly.
A beautiful Christmas card from President Oscar Martin and Ida
Martin brings the news that they have wonderful times at their meetings
where husbands and wives cannot sit together. This rule makes it easier
to get acquainted.
Northwest Arkansas Fayetteville
Secretary-Treasurer Blanche E. Shaw forwards the following in-
"Our Society held its annual meeting with a Sunday luncheon
served at the Mt. Inn Hotel on November 9th followed by a business
meeting and election of officers at the home of the President, Captain
Jack and Agnes Phillips. Results were as follows:
President _._._____-------- -------- --Mr. James B. Coman
Honorary President .---.....---.------Captain Jack Phillips
Secretary-Treasurer ----........-.. Mrs. Blanche E. Shaw
"There were 30 present at the meeting, and the special guests
were Captain and Mrs. Chester Harding. Captain Harding being the
nephew of former Zone Governor Harding. Mr.and Mrs. Tom Mock,
Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Daniel, Ray Shaw and Irving R. Kitts. The high-
light of the meeting was a story by Captain Harding of Adam and Eve
as told by a negro preacher. We learned the next day that Tom Mock
has a sequel to the story which we hope to hear at our next meeting.
The Mocks are in Florida now and it is interesting to know that their
romance was "A Romance of the Blueprint" which culminated in their
marriage on August 13, 1910 in Colon. Mrs. Mook was the former Mina
Kroell, employee of the United Fruit Company. They have a home in
Prairie Grove, about 20 miles from Fayetteville, but their retired life is
spent trailing throughout the U. S. They are so enthusiastic of Trailer
Life that Mina is the author of an article published in the February
(1952) issue of TRAILER TOPICS, entitled "Retiring? Then Trailer
Life is for You".
"The three Shaws of Arkansas traveled over 1200 miles to Wash-
ington, D. C. to meet the new grandchildren, Tommy and Linda, children
of Lieut. Colonel and Mrs. James A. Wier (Alice Ray) and enjoy the
Christmas Holiday meeting old time friends, The Emmett Dyes, the Bob
Wirtzes and new son with Grandpa Caton, Lieut. Comdr. and Mrs. Jack
Moritz, the Charlie Januarys and Charles and Rachel Wahl, in their
elegant apartment in the Kennedy-Warren Hotel on Connecticut Ave. Our
visit with the Wahls was interesting as we discussed our early trials in
establishing a Widow's Annuity for the women of the C. Z. May I bring
to the attention of your Society that it was through the efforts of Mrs.
Emma Bradley, Rachel Wahl and your scribe that the widows of former
C. Z. employees now enjoy an income for life. The sudden death of
Frank Easter in the Ancon Clubhouse and the tragic financial plight of
his widow drove the ever compassionate Emma Bradley into action to
relieve the situation, even going to Washington to start the wheels rolling
some 25 years ago.
"Our hearts were saddened by the sudden death of our beloved
Agnes Phillips on January 20th, the little Dresden Song Bird with the
roguish wit, beautiful to the very end. The message of sympathy from
your Society was deeply appreciated by Captain Jack.
"We welcome into our Society our youngest member, Margaret
Welch Meigs, a happy Thanksgiving Day gift to her proud parents, Jim
and Lester Meigs, and named for her paternal great-grandmother. Other
new members are the Albert F. Daniels of Curundu who have bought a
home in Fayetteville in readiness for future retirement. Bill and Alice
Keller are spending the winter in Bentonville and leisurely preparing to
buy in N. W. Arkansas.
"On our recent newsgathering trip we found our menfolks acquir-
ing extended waistlines, with "Green Thumbs" eagerly planning the time
to plant gardens and do some bending exercises. The ladies are busy
with the crochet needle and the intricate bedspreads done by Carrie Math-
ues and the beautifully dressed dolls with crocheted capes, bonnets, not
to mention pantalettes done by Naomi Booth are really works of art. Ee
Booth has taken up painting of pictures as a winter hobby.
"We visited Hot Springs and found the Tom Shirleys agog over
a new grandson born to Peggy Shirley Holmberg in November. They
had just completed a trip to Texas and Louisiana where they had visited
with many old timers of the Zone. The Adam Dorns are enjoying their
interesting collection of butterflies, and many colored slides of life in
the tropics. The J. C. Lambs report a thriving business on their Lake
Hamilton property and were preparing for a Christmas holiday in New
York. Heard the Leo Carringtons are now stationed in Hot Springs.
"President Jimmy Coman and Lula Mae are thrilled over the ar-
rival of another grandchild, Michael Sam, born to Lieut. and Mrs. James
B. Coman, Jr., of Albrook Field.
"I would like to thank all of you folks who sent cards at Christ-
mas and mention your enjoyment of the news of Northwest Arkansas,
some even writing that it was like a visit with us.
"Plans are underway for our picnic on the 7th of June. Come
and join us for a happy get-together".
Secretary-Treasurer H. L. Stuntz writes in part as follows:
"We haven't much, if any, Society news to give you because our
members are not very active in Society matters. They don't often reach
the Society columns.
"We always look forward to our annual meetings with pleasurable
anticipation and look back to our past meetings with pleasant memor-
ies. We hope to have one of our old-fashioned get-togethers at our next an-
nual meeting night which will be May 2, the first Saturday night in May.
"We shall be glad to be remembered to all of your membership
particularly those whose service was given during the construction days
when the ants, mosquitoes, lizards and the cockroaches were probably
much more plentiful on the Zone than they are today."
AN INTERESTING HOBBY
Excerpt from a letter to S. H. Grauten of Evanston, Illinois, from
Jas. A. Sullivan whose address was not sent us. However, he met the
Dyes at the dinner of the Northwest Society on November 22nd:
"About my mountaineering: Briefly, I spent 25 years climbing
many of our glacier-clad peaks running from 9,000 to 14,000 feet above
sea level. I also have traveled through some of the most rugged terrain
on earth, spending several weeks nearly every year hiking through this
magnificent scenic area. I averaged 200 miles on each hike. I believe
I covered 3,000 miles in all those years. In the primitive areas we caught
our day's limit of mountain trout in an hour or so; we saw elk, deer,
brown bear, grizzley bear, cougars, bobcats, rattlers and other animals.
I remember on one occasion we were surrounded by sixteen deer that
were grazing near our camp. Sometimes we roped together and climbed
a few of the 400 great mountain peaks we have in the state. However,
most of my peak scaling was done on special expeditions with the Alpine
Club and the Mountaineers. All this was my greatest hobby. But now
I cannot go. I am about ready to retire and already find it difficult to
do any climbing, even upstairs. While playing around the mountains
I wrote seven brochures about my mountain experience. When I retire
I will revise these, put them into one volume and publish. (They have
been passed upon as real good material). I have for many years done
considerable writing as a part of making my living.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Miss Clemmie Graham, retired Cristobal schoolteacher, spent part
of the winter at the home of the "Pop" Reeses in St. Petersburg, Fla.
During her stay she visited the A. W. Bridges of Bradenton and many
other friends. She departed on February 26th for San Antonio, Texas,
to spend some time with her neice, Mrs. Paul Ferrar.
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Sampsell, accompanied by their son Frank,
were visiting in St. Pete during the early part of December.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sullivan recently sold their Hamet ranch where
they were living and plan to return to Arcadia, California. They also
disposed of their Longden Avenue home last spring and moved from the
city where Sullivan has served as mayor for several years.
Doctor H. C. Dooling, former Chief Health Officer, and Mrs. Doo-
ling spent December and January in Clearwater Beach, Florida, and vis-
ited Canal friends in St. Pete., Orlando and other nearby cities.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hull of Spokane, Washington, spent some
time in St. Pete visiting his father and mother, the Bill Hulls. Bob is
now traveling auditor for the Bureau of Mines, Department of Interior.
Mrs. Margaret McCormick is reported to have purchased a new
home in Castleberry, Florida.
Al Geddes had to postpone his trip to the Zone on board the SS
Silver Star due to a severe attack of shingles. He hopes to head a dele-
gation of oldtimers to the Isthmus in 1953 to attend the dedication of
the Goethals Memorial.
During December Mrs. Muriel Arnold and children of Cristobal
visited her parents, the Gus Holmelins of St. Pete.
Mrs. Dorothy Pate and children of Gatun paid a visit to her
parents, the Frank Wolfs of St. Pete.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Ohme of Meade, Washington, of the very
early Canal days, were visitors in St. Petersburg November 24th. They
are spending some time in Sarasota before returning to their home in
the West. We hope they can come back for a longer stay in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Leaver of Balboa were visiting friends in
Tampa during last December.
Mrs. Eva Cole of Detroit, Michigan, spent some time with the
Charles F. Conkertons of St. Petersburg. She says she likes these parts
so well she intends to remain here permanently.
Mr. and Mrs. Victor May of Margarita visited her parents, the
W. A. Hambeltons of St. Petersburg during the winter.
Miss Grace Williams of Cristobal who visited the H. C. Moodys
of Tampa and Mrs. Helen T. Hammond of Gulfport, Florida, during the
fall was honored before her departure at a luncheon at the Harmony
House in St. Petersburg. Guests were Mesdames F. A. Anderson, H. R.
King, F. H. Wolf, A. F. Pate, B. C. Judd, W. E. Walling, Fred Lyons, Jr.,
H. V. Howard, Fred B. Deakins, H. V. May, Jr., H. C. Moody and P. R.
Word has been received that Mrs. Carolyne Calvit accompanied
by her three children arrived in Florence, Italy, to join her husband,
S/Sgt. Paul E. Calvit of the U. S. Air Force.
Alicia Cruz who was born on the Isthmus and is a graduate of
the Balboa Junior College, scored a tremendous success recently in the
opera at Philadelphia. A cable from the general manager of the La
Scala Opera Company said she stopped the show with the ever-famous
aria Caro Nome, and was recalled several times.
Word has been received from Kerrville, Texas, that the Terrell
Toones have moved into their beautiful new home in Bluebell Hills and
their son John spent over a month with them recuperating from a year
of army service in Korea. Mrs. E. F. (Etta) Attaway's son Albert is
happily married and living in Fort Worth where he is employed in an
engineering capacity by the American Container Corporation.
Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Hulsebosch of.Lakewood, N. J., visited Har-
riet and Shep Shreves and Mrs. R. Heber Sterns as they passed through
St. Petersburg en route to their winter home in Ft. Myers.
The photograph of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Ahlfont, their three daugh-
ters and sons-in-law that appeared in the last issue of the Record was
taken at the family's first reunion held in the home of Captain and Mrs.
Loud, Arlington, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert I. Barnes are now settled in their nice new
home they purchased recently at 5038- 34th Avenue North, St. Peters-
burg. Their daughter Janet who is employed in the city lives with them.
Lawrence C. (Larry) Callaway, Jr., former Aeronautical Advisor
to the Governor and Chief of the Immigration Station Section, now has
a position with the Civil Aeronautics Administration. At present Larry's
headquarters are in Miami, Florida, where he is living with his family.
He expects, however, to be sent to South America soon, possibly Bolivia.
The University of Colorado Reporter carries a photograph of
Senior Larry Horine of Cristobal who was commended by his football
coach for playing the entire season at the same defensive position.
The many friends of H. C. Moody of Tampa, former Time In-
spector, will be interested in hearing that he is now Operations Mana-
ger of Taxicabs of Tampa, Inc., that operates a fleet of taxicabs, airport
limousines and baggage transfer trucks. His duties include supervision
of a modern broadcasting station that keeps in touch with the taxicabs
by two-way radio. Some time ago he completed the New York Univer-
sity's safety course in driving, and as a result of his instructions to
drivers they have won national awards for safe driving after only five
traffic accidents in 800,000 miles of travel during the past year. Moody
is justly proud of the modern classroom above his office where he holds
classes in safe driving for the chauffeurs under his supervision.
We have uncovered prima facie evidence that Louis H. Fourcher
of Fairhaven, Mass., has developed into an artist of exceptional ability
since taking up painting as a hobby. Our hard-working Sect.-Treas.
Lucille Judd proudly displayed at the Reunion a sea shell she received
recently from Louis on which he skillfully painted a picture of Gaillard
Cut as it appeared on the cover of the December issue of the Canal Rec-
ord. Excellent work, we say.
Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Krueger of Gamboa spent a month in St.
Petersburg, Florida, visiting his mother, Mrs. H. V. Strauss. En route
home they visited Mrs. Krueger's grandmother, Mrs. A. S. Boyd, as well
as her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Preston, all living in Bar-
Hearing that Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Hersh of St. Petersburg
were contemplating a trip to the Canal Zone for the Christmas Holidays
we asked Mr. Hersh to be prepared to tell us whom and what they saw.
Upon their return, we discovered he kept excellent notes of their acti-
vities, so we confiscated them and they appear following the title which
we furnished with apologies to Sue Core.
Christmas on the Isthmus
We boarded Santa's Panama bound plane that landed at Tocumen
Air Port on December 9th, and after a warm welcome from daughters
Edna and Phyllis, their husbands and our five grand-children of the
W. H. Crook and W. I. Hollowell families, and after meeting many for-
mer but younger associates now conducting the affairs of the Electrical
Division, we were ready to greet old time Canalers.
Among those we saw were: Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Persons who
arrived from San Gabriel, California, for the holidays and some months
with their daughter Shirley who with her husband, Charlie E. (Red)
Smith, now conduct the Persons Travel Bureau at the Hotel El Panama;
Mr. James Zetek who keeps the Department of Agriculture and the Pan-
ama Canal informed concerning undisturbed tropical nature on Barro
Colorado Island and associated subjects; Captain and Mrs. J. M. Davis,
retired police captain from Cristobal, now of Gamboa; Mr. and Mrs.
W. H. (Had) Housel, formerly of Gatun, now living in Colon, and their
house guest, Mrs. Ruth Page; Attorney John O. Collins, currently very
busy with the Pancanal Company employees and their problems; Colonel
Richard D. Prescot, who continues to engineer communications for the
Republic of Panama; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Grimison from Gorgona who
were visiting their daughter, Mrs. Janice Scott and three grand-children
in Balboa while Ted Scott flew in from Havana for the holidays; Dr.
and Mrs. W. H. Grant still going strong in dentistry; Pete Monaco, re-
tired, says believe it or not, he is being paid real money for having the
time of his life in managing a hobby shop at Corozal; Mr. and Mrs.
Omer E. Malsbury, Omer having taken time out from engineering a
difficult river gorge highway project at Cochabama, Bolivia, to visit his
family in Panama during the holidays; Mr. and Mrs. Fred DeV. Sill of
Pedro Miguel; Warren Brown strides about Balboa as sprightly as his
friends remember him in the early construction days. He plans to leave
soon, heading for his former stamping ground in Iowa; retired District
Attorney J. J. McGuigan lives in Bella Vista and has his law office on
We had to hustle to overtake Crede Calhoun hurrying down Cen-
tral Avenue to his office. Crede looks particularly fit and is busier than
ever with news for the New York Times. Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Matheny
from St. Petersburg expect to stay some months in the Zone with sons
Bob and Angus and their families. Mr. C. C. (Bill) Bailey now re-
sides in Ancon with son William C. and family. Mr. Geo. T. Tarflinger
from St. Petersburg expects to continue his stay in the Zone for several
months. We also saw William Love whose house near the Panama Golf
Club was destroyed by fire several months ago; Mr. and Mrs. George
McDade. George says sometimes he wishes he were back in St. Peters-
burg; Mr. and Mrs. Miguel Corco. Miguel's father was proprietor of
Hotel Corco during the early construction days; Mr. and Mrs. Jack F.
Phillips of Bella Vista, our former Master Mechanic, now spends part
time at Santa Clara where he has a number of cottages which have become
quite popular with Canal folks for week-end outings; Mr. and Mrs. R. K.
Morris. "Bob" has developed quite some skill in his ceramic hobby. Your
one time Chief Quartermaster is now "The Potter of Bella Vista" and
won the blue ribbon for his exhibit of ceramics at the Art Exhibit held
in the Canal Zone during November; Mr. George Bunker now of Quito,
Ecuador, stopped over night in Panama then continued his flight to
Charleston, S. C., to be with Mrs. Bunker during the holidays. We regret
very much not having seen him. We are greatly indebted to George C. Dun-
lap for his personally conducted tours throughout the power system and
its many interesting improvements. Plans are being started to change the
power system from 25 to 60 cycle operation in the next couple of years.
Space does not permit telling the details of all the cocktail,egg-
nog, buffet, full course dinner, New Years Eve 'and tree-burning parties
we attended. Briefly there were parties by: Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Browder,
Mr. Dick Bruhn and his sister Helen, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Crook, Mr.
and Mrs. Geo. C. Dunlap, Capt. and Mrs. W. C. Hearon, Mr. and Mrs.
W. H. Hebert, Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Hallowell, Mr. and Mrs. Angus Math-
eny, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Pearce, Mr. and Mrs. "Dick" Potter, Mr. and
Mrs. Charles E. (Red) Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turner, Mr. and
Mrs. "Russ" Wise, and Mr. and Mrs. "Bob" Wood. We tried our darn-
dest to avoid accepting all the Christmas cheer offered, but somehow
we now just cannot name the other four or five parties we attended and
there were some we just did not have the endurance to'keep going and
attend. It must be that time is catching up with us.
We also enjoyed seeing Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Carter, Mr. and
Mrs. C. W. Chase, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Comley, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
L. Donovan, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Hardy, Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Irwin, Mr.
and Mr. R. L. Klotz, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Lovelady, Mr. and Mrs. James
Marshall, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Medinger, Mr.'and Mrs. G. Carter Orr,
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece, Mr. and Mrs. J. Bartley Smith, Mr. and Mrs.
Andrew A. Whitlock, Mr. and Mrs. E. Zemer, and Messrs. "Woody" Bab-
bitt, Edward A. Doolan, F. G. Dunsmore, W. H. Esslinger, Roger H.
Greene, M. B. Hostether, Charlie Hollander, Charles Lester, Eugene C.
Lombard, Frank Lerchen, W. R. Lindsey, Marc Quinn, Gus Smith, A.
W. Webb, and many others whose names fail us at this time.
Space does not permit and the limitations of our gray-headed
memory does not recall all the Old Timers and the younger Canalers
we saw on this trip to the Canal Zone. We Hershes have been so over-
burdened with individual messages of remembrances and best wishes
both from Florida to the Canal Zone and from the Canal Zone to Florida
that we can dispose of this burden only by saying that all Canalers in both
these locations wish to be remembered by all and extend best wishes to
all their former associates.
Ernest (Del) de la Ossa who left Cristobal High School to at-
tend Columbia University on a scholarship about ten years ago became
the youngest top executive of the 'National Broadcasting Company. He
returned recently to Panama for a visit and was accompanied by his
wife, Bonnie, and their two sons.
Mrs. H. A. Westendorff is proprietor and manager of the St.
George Tourist Home, located on highways 15 and 15A, St. George, S. C.
Edward T. Kirchmier, Jr., of Balboa High School, was chosen by
the American Legion Auxiliary, as its "Person of the Month" as a result
of the speech he made at the graduation exercises at the Junior High
B. F. Burdick, Chief of Office, Washington, D. C., retired recently
and that office is now in charge of W. H. Whitman, formerly of the
General Counsel's Office, Balboa Heights, and at one time acting magis-
trate on the Zone.
Just before going to press it was learned that Captain Arthur
Luther of St. Petersburg, Florida, underwent a very serious operation
in the St. Anthony's Hospital. He is reported to be very ill.
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Adams of Cristobal were guests of the
J. F. Everetts of St. Petersburg, a couple of months back. The many
friends of Bill will be pleased to learn that he was appointed General
Manager of the United Fruit Company at Cristobal. We feel his super-
iors showed excellent judgment in selecting him for that position, and
his host of friends wish him a world of luck. They also visited Mrs. C.
J. Firestine and the C. T. Lindsays of DeLand.
Everyone was pleased to meet Dr. and Mrs. Harry Eno at the Re-
union. Doc says he heard one retired Oldtimer now living in Florida
say that each morning before he gets out of bed he grabs the morning
paper, turns to the obituary column and if his name does not appear
there, he rolls over and sleeps some more.
Charlie Holmelin of Cristobal visited his brother and sister-in-
law, the Gustaf R. Holmelins of St. Petersburg. Charlie and Gus drove
to Sarasota where they visited an old friend, former Zone Police Sergeant
George D. Barr.
Louis Palmer of Cristobal visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. I.
Palmer of St. Petersburg during January.
George H. Ruggles, former Superintendent of Public Works, suf-
fered a fall recently, but fortunately no bones were broken. He was able
to attend the Reunion, and recalls that shortly after he went to work on
the Zone in 1904 the place was literally crawling with "gum shoes" when
it was discovered the records showed him employed simultaneously in
the States and on the Isthmus on two separate jobs at two different rates
Mr. and Mrs. Burel R. Hardwick of Pike Road, Alabama, were
visiting the W. J. Bartlets of St. Petersburg for several days. The Hard-
wicks own a cattle ranch and he was formerly Weeder Foreman in the
Mr. J. L. Greene celebrated his 76th birthday at Avaon, New York,
and in January he is going to the Zone with his wife, son and daughter-
in-law for four months. The trip is a Christmas gift from his son.
Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Weigold of 240 Taft Avenue, Greenwood, R. I.,
were visiting in St. Petersburg recently and joined our Society.
Violet Rowland Wunsch writes from Wichita, Kansas, that she is
working in the Advertising Department of the Wichita Eagle and living
with her sister there. She says she tried to loaf for awhile but found
that she missed the hustle and bustle of business life, so she selected the
one which abounds in those features. She declares she may come to St.
Pete to again enjoy the semi-tropical sunshine, and that Kansas winters
get rugged at times.
R. C. (Shorty) Deavours, former Locomotive Engineer on the
Panama Railroad, has a beautiful home that he built on the shore of the
St. Johns River about 15 miles north of Palatka, Florida. When Shorty
is not hunting with a splendid shotgun given him by his co-workers when
he retired, or fishing in the river, he can be found in his well-equipped
woodworking shop which is his hobby. He has made beautiful furni-
ture for his home. Mrs. Deavours is also quite adept at keeping the home
grounds in top order. Shorty's next door neighbor is Charlie Shaw, for-
mer General Foreman of the Cabinet Shop at Gamboa. Other neighbors
are Walter and Marjorie Clark. Walter was Manager of the Balboa Club-
house in his Zone days. Another congenial neighbor is Captain J. R.
Sayers who is a doctor on a hospital ship in Korean waters at the present
time. Captain (Doctor) Sayers is known by many Zonians as he served
on the Isthmus some years ago. Another neighbor is Rudy Grabhorn
former Supervisor of the Control House at Gatun. As his many friends
know, Shorty is a persuasive talker and when he attended the reunion
of the 39th Engineers of the First World War in New York City this
fall, he convinced his former buddies the only suitable place for the
next get-together is Jacksonville, Florida. Needless to say Shorty is still
going strong and everyone was pleased to greet him as they did some
years ago when he waved from the cab of his engine that pulled the
Captain and Mrs. Sterling Miller of Dallas, Texas, spent some
time in St. Petersburg and attended the recent Reunion. While Captain
Miller alleges he does not dabble in oil wells as most Texans are re-
puted to do, he does admit however that he is doing quite well in real
estate and the building of homes in and around Dallas. He brought word
that Siegel Bishop who was known to almost everyone residing on the
Atlantic Side some years back, now lives in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Mrs. Tate Setzer and her daughter Toodles of Baton Rouge, La.,
spent Christmas and New Years with the Bill Warrens of Tampa, Fla.
The Herman Kleefkins of Tampa are reported to be visiting friends
in the Zone.
Mrs. Helen Kalar of Charlotte, N. C., is visiting the J. F. Everetts
of St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Jewel Oliver of Detroit, Michigan, made the trip to St.
Petersburg for the Reunion and a visit of two weeks with her sister,
Joe Post of St. Augustine, Florida, has over six thousand chickens
and a number of cows that furnish milk on a year 'round basis. Joe
wants to get word to his Zone friends that he and Mrs. Post are always
glad to greet them when they pass his way if they will look him up.
Says they can always whip up a meal as milk and eggs are always plenti-
ful with him. (No ham?)
Kent Lambert, former Superintendent of the Cristobal Corral,
but now of Chestertown, Md., has a summer house on Chesapeake Bay
and a boat for swell fishing. Claims he catches crabs by the bushel, and
hunts geese and rabbits. He also raises hogs and cows on his 13-acre
ranchito. He butchers steers, but not hogs. (No ham!)
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Hatch were the guests of the Russell B. Potters
of St. Petersburg during the Reunion which all attended. The Charles
C. Shaws of Palatka were also visitors of the Potters.
Mrs. M. B. Huff of Arlington, Virginia, visited the R. B. Potters
and Mrs. Fred Whaler of St. Petersburg during Reunion week. She ex-
pects to remain in the city until the middle of February when she and
and Mrs. Whaler expect to fly to the Zone. Mrs. Huff will visit her son
Maenner who is in the Accounting Department. Tom, her younger son,
is employed by the Department of State and expects to depart for Europe
in the near future. Mrs. Whaler will visit her daughter and son-in-law,
the Bernal F. Dowlers.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Baker, formerly of Pedro Miguel but now
residents of New Port Richey, Florida, have built a beautiful new home
right on the river bank. Their son "Larry, Jr." and his family visited
his parents for a week during November. Larry Jr. is a lieutenant in the
U. S. Navy and was on his way to a new assignment on the West Coast.
The John R. Keenans are spending the winter in Crescent City,
Florida, but expect to return to New Jersey in March.
Charlotte and Eddie Light arrived from California and have taken
up residence at 2101 59th Street South, Gulfport, Florida, but state
they have not decided where they will settle permanently.
Former Panama Canal Governor Maurice H. Thatcher sends the
following item: "Captain Miles P. DuVal, former Captain of the Port,
Balboa, 1941-44, when he developed the Terminal Lake Plan for the
operational improvement of the Panama Canal, has been made honorary
member of the Phi Alpha Theta, honor historical society, in recognition
of his outstanding historical works on the great waterway, And the Moun-
tains Will Move and Cadiz to Cathay, both published by the Stanford
University Press. Captain DuVal is now working on the third and last
volume of his Panama Canal Series."
Dorothy Hoecker Welty with her husband and two children spent
Christmas with her parents, the Gus Hoeckers of Monrovia, California.
Robert Langdon spent Christmas with his parents, the Cecil
Langdons of Monrovia, California. Bob is attending the State College
in Arlington, Texas.
The Ben Hodgeses had two daughters and their families with them
during the Xmas Holidays, Wiley and Grace Loughmiller of Cameron,
Texas, and Earl and Ruth Beard of Concord, Calif., just outside Oakland.
Charles J. Daniels, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Daniels of four leaf
clover fame, was recently seen and heard over a national radio and tele-
vision hook up. Hon. John F. Floberg, Assistant Secretary of Navy,
spoke briefly and introduced Charles at a luncheon of the Wings Club
at the Biltmore Hotel in New York City. Charles is now chief engineer
of naval research for the new hydro-ski project for Navy jet fighter
planes in Washington, D. C. He was born in the Canal Zone, graduated
from Balboa High School and Junior College, and completed his educa-
tion at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He, his wife and three
children spent two weeks in St. Petersburg with his parents at Xmas time.
Fred Sprecken heard recently from Frank Thompson who form-
erly ran a train on the Panama Railroad, but is now retired and living
in Gamboa. Frank had some trouble with his eyes but is now able to
operate an automobile after being "grounded" for a year. Living in
the quarters above him is Fred Kyleber, formerly employed in the Mech-
anical Division, and a number of retired employees live in Gamboa in-
cluding Captain J. M. Davis, Ben Womack, Harry Hart, Bruce Saunders,
Mike King and L. A. Devere. Frank also says he hopes to visit St.
Pete and various other towns next Spring or Summer, and is anxious
to locate T. E. (Tommy) Neal who was a collector on the PRR but re-
turned to the States years back and lived in Los Angeles.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Detamore, for many years residents of Bal-
boa who purchased property near Bethel Church, have been entertain-
ing guests at their home, Gladway Cottage, all of whom are old friends
from the Canal Zone. They include Mrs. Wm. T. Bowen and Mr. and
Mrs. W. B. Hall, now of Florida, and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Anderson
of Richmond. Miss Peggy Detamore is attending the Future Home-
makers camp near Smithfield.
Mr. J. H. Schneider, former Administrative Assistant to the Gov-
ernor, and Mrs. Schneider are building a beautiful new home at 5901
Third Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Ethel B. Judd who retired January 1st is the house guest
of the Melville R. Alexanders of Arlington, Florida. While in Washing-
ton, D. C. and Arlington, Md., the Alexanders visited the Charles Jan-
uarys as well as the Barton Wooruffs in Westminster, Maryland.
George H. Ruggles of St. Petersburg was the recipient of con-
gratulations and good-'wishes from a host of friends that called on him
on his 83rd birthday that occurred on February 3rd.
According to a news item from Havana, Cuba, Ted Scott, whose edi-
torial appeared in the December issue of the Canal Record, was attacked
and beaten as he left the home of friends. A companion was also beaten.
Both men said their blackjack wielding assailants gave no reason for the
assault. Havana's Police Chief stated he is investigating the alleged beat-
ing of the two men upon direct orders of President Fulgencio Batista.
New Members and Changes of Address
The following have been added or addresses changed since the 1953 Year
Book was printed. (*) Denotes change of address. (**) Correction.
Anderson, Mr. Howard P. O. Box 2951 --- -------------- Cristobal
Daniel, Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. P. O. Box 476 --- -------- Curundu
Green, Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. P. O. Box 203------------------ Ancon
Hearn, Capt. and Mrs. Jack H. P. O. Box 1094 -------- ---- Balboa
Howard, Mr. and Mrs. William L. P. O. Box P.M.-------_-----Cristobal
Jackson, Mrs. Ann M. P. O. Box 465 --------------- Balboa Heights
Johannes, Miss Jennie Geddes P. O. Box 147 ----------------- Ancon
Koperski, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. P. O. Box 1011 --- --------Cristobal
* Page, Mrs. Ruth P. O. Box 2513--------------------Cristobal
Priest, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. P. O. Box 396 ----------- Balboa
Townsend, Capt. C. Stuart P. O. Box 2374 -- -----------Cristobal
Williams, Miss Grace P. O. Box 1825 ------- ---------- Cristobal
Williams, Mr. John L. P. O. Box 1825 --- --------- __ Cristobal
Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Roger P. O. Box 1641 ----- ----- Balboa
* McCartney, Mr. and Mrs. Zed D. Route 4, Rainbow Drive----- Gadsden
* Odom, Dr. and Mrs. John D. 307 Redwood Avenue --------------Dothan
* Ashbrook, Mrs. C. M. California Hotel ---- -----------Fullerton
* Burns, Mr. William T. 3435 Plata Street----------------Los Angeles 4
* Christian, Mr. and Mrs. James- Route 1. Box 866 --------- Folsom
Hazzard, Mr. and Mrs. Russell T. 581 East- Palm Street ----- Altadena
* Kuller, Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. 20936 Puente Road ------ Woodland Hills
Lohman, Mr. and Mrs.'E. O. 2037 El Rey Drive ------ --Whittier
Pritchett, Mr. and Mrs. Otis A. 1343 No. Kingsley Dr.--- Hollywood 27
Sundberg, Mrs. P. J. 282 East 51st Street ---------Long Beach 5
* Taber, Mrs. L. A. 2568 North El Molino Avenue------------- Altadena
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Bortin, Mr. and Mrs. Harry 2812 Connecticut Ave. N.W..--Washington 8
**Curtis, Mr. Paul C. % Mr. and Mrs. Howard Newcomb
4421 Fessenden Street, N. W.------------ ----- Washington 16
* Mason, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis A. 3941 Van Ness St., N.W.-- Washington 16
* Price, Mrs. Stella M. 2947 Gainesville St., S.E.---------Washington 20
WASHINGTON, D. C. (Continued)
Ragsdale, Mr. & Mrs. Harry C.-603 Quackenbos St. N. W.--..Washington 1I
Verner, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. 1350- 27th St, N.W.--..-.Washington 7
* Barnes, Mr. and Mrs. Robert I. 5038 34th Ave. No.---. St. Petersburg 4
Barrett, Mr. Robert L. 4571 Yarmouth Ave. South----.... St. Petersburg 7
**Benton, Mrs. Henry L. 2626 56th Street So.------------------ Gulfport
Cole, Mrs. Eva 2908 Beach Boulevard------------------------ Gulfport
Cullwell, Col. and Mrs. Robert F. Route 2, Box 548----------------..Lutz
Devault, Mr. James J. 1318- 4th Street So.------------.St. Petersburg 5
Foster, Mr. and Mrs. L. W. 4434 45th Avenue No.---.. St. Petersburg 4
* Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Lamar J. 4628 Euclid Ave.-------------Tampa 9
* Geddes, Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. 819 3rd Ave. N., Apt. 2--St. Petersburg 2
**George, Mr. and Mrs. James S. 4520 Orient Street------.... Tampa 3
Graham, Miss Clementine % C. H. Reese, 1155 Grove Street. No.
-- ---------------------------------St. Petersburg 2
**Halloran, Mr. and Mrs. George B. -
Res. 8320 N. E. First Place (Apt. 18)--------------------- Miami 38
Mail-Box 562 L.R.P.O.-------- ------------------------Miami 38
* Heck, Dr. Maurice E. 3880 Irvington Ave., Cocoanut Grove--- .. Miami 33
Herrington, Mr. M. R. 1318 4th Street So.------------..St. Petersburg 5
Jackson, Mr. C. C. Route 4, Box 481--------------------- ort Pierce
Kimball, Mr. J. Stewart 3625 N. W. 12th Street------------- .Miami 35
Light, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin P. 2101 59th Street So.----------..Gulfport
Long, Mr. and Mrs. Luther A. 1322- 35th Street-------------- Orlando
Matthews, Mrs. Viola B. P. O. Box 934-------------------...Winter Park
Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Route 1, Box 197-------------- Dade City
Miller, Capt. and Mrs. John H. 1810 Chamberlain St.-----------Orlando
Neal, Mr. and Mrs. Levi E. 118 North Orange St.---.--New Smyra Beach
Page, Miss Sada A. (temp.) 117 So. Garfield Street---------- --De Land
Phalen, Capt. Michael 410% 7th Avenue So.---------- St. Petersburg 5
* Rhear, Mr. Albert N. 6526 MacDill Avenue So.-..-----------Tampa 9
Schneider, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. 5901 3rd Ave. No.-----.. .St. Petersburg 2
Shaw, Mr. and and Mrs. Charles C. Route 2, Box 243-----------Palatka
Shuey, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond O. Route 2, Box 243------.------Palatka
Sibus, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Drawer B------------.. Altamonte Springs
Smith, Mr. J. Albert (Temp.) Route 3, Box 840-------------- Ft.Myers
Stewart, Mrs. Archie H. 9809 10th Street--------.-----------Tampa 4
Violette, Mrs. Elizabeth 3512 Palmira Avenue----------------.Tampa 9
Warner, Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. 404 West 42nd Street---------Bradenton
Weaver, Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. 1134 West Yates Ave.--------Orland
Whitver, Mrs. Delmore 500 Cherokee Drive -------------------Orlando
Young, Mr. and Mrs. P. A. (Temp.) -- 233 17th Ave. So.....--St. Petersburg 5
Zimmerman, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. -- 1267 Drew Street-----..... Clearwater
Ellington, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. -805 Lee Street--------------- Thomson
Booz, Mr. Melville L. 2705 Eastwood Ave., % Charles S. Booz--..-Evanston
Dorson,, Mrs. Olive 2627 Seminary Avenue------------------Chicago 14
Shaffer, Mr. Carl E. 3702 No. Illinois St., Apt. 2----------Indianapois
Wunsch, Mrs. Violet Rowland 538 North Grove----------------Wichita 6
Gibbs, Mr. and Mrs. Earl H.-1834 Canal St.,----------------New Orleans
Setzer, Mr. & Mrs. Tate Logan-Box 7454, % Chas. S. Booz---..-Baton Rouge
Dewling, Mr. A. W. 1705 Park Avenue ..----... ----------Baltimore 17
* Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Emerson R. 568 Beacon Road---..... Silver Spring
MacSparran, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. -410 Lincoln Ave.---.....Tacoma Park 12
* Moore, Mr. Elmer R. 9612 Riggs Road-------- ----------..- Hyattsville
Moreland, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. 9210 Central Ave.-Route 1..--...Landover
Sampsell, Mr. Frank 33 N. W. Annapolis Blvd.----. -----Glen Burnie 8
Sampsell, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Route 5--------.--------__. Frederick
Simms, Mrs. Emerson 219 Monticello Ave. (Apt. B)----------Salisbury
Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Melton B. 37 N. W. Annapolis Blvd.---.. Glen Burnie
Whitehead, Dr. and Mrs. R. H. 245 Pleasant Street------------.. Lacnia
Walter, Mr. and Mrs. George H. 11 Snyder Ave.......------- Toms River
Schroyer, Mr. and Mrs. Gray M. 1104 S. E. Jefferson St. -- Albuquerque
Whitset, Mr. and Mrs. James A. R. F. D. No. 1, Box 146-B--..Las Cruces
Ludwig, Mr. and Mrs A. O. Box 87----------.. -------------...Newfane
Grayson, Mr. J. W. 2209 Hope Street, % D. B. Ramsey--------. Raleigh
* Munden, Capt. and Mrs. J. S. P. 0. Box 156 ---------.Elizabeth City
Swain, Mr. and Mrs. Howard A. 715 Maupin Ave.------------ Salisbury
**Hayes, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest E. 3447 Beechway Blvd.--------- Toledo 14
Ritchie, Mr. Lloyd I. (Temp) Steelcraft No. 3 State St---------Athens
Thompson, Mrs. Lillian E. 1004 Gainesboro Road-----------Dayton 9
Cain, Mrs. Clyde N. (Gladys Hubbard) 6535 N. E. Sacramento--Portland 13
* Casey, Mr. and Mrs, Martin M. 1732 Brill Street----------.. Philadelphia
* Wicks, Mrs. Edith K. State School, % Meadowside--------------Polk
Davis, Mrs. Hattie B. 934 Louisiana Street---------------Memphis 5
Goodrich, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. 706 North Market Street----------. Dayton
* Fernandez, Mrs. Anthony 4071 Dunhaven Road-----------------.Dallas
* Maas, Mr. and Mrs. T. 0. 710 Elizabeth Road----------San Antonio 9
* Orr, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. P. O. Box 684------------------- South Houston
Ray, Mr. Fisk M. 1222 Strickland Avenue------------------ Dallas 16
* White, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ryan 423 3rd Ave. No., Apt. 4----Texas City
Lillie, Capt. and Hrs. C. D. ------------------- ------- Danby
Page, Miss Sada A. (Permanent) Route 2---------------------Orleans
Ashton, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert F. 1540 Elm Street------------Hopewell
* Eaton, Mrs. Thomas W. 206 Dinwiddie Street-------------- Portsmouth
Etchberger, Mr. and Mrs. T. N. --- --------- Norge
* Mack, Mrs. Frank Route 2, Box 44 --------------- ----- McLean
Pilkerton, Mrs. J. B.---- --------------------------------Delaplane
Potts, Mr. and Mrs. David 637 Sterling Street-----------Newport News
* Ewing, Mrs. Eula 203 Harrington Street--------.-----------Clarksburg
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Dear Ex-Canal Friends:
You are cordially invited to join the Panama Canal Society of Florida
if you are not already a member. The Canal Record, our news booklet, is
issued quarterly, and a Year Book is given to members in January of
Dues are $3.00 annually, and payable in January. Members coming
in after July 1st will pay $1.50 for balance of the year.
Our membership is now more than 900.
Please fill in the application below and send your dues to the
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. BOX 249, STATION "A"
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Name ----- ------------------------_----__--..-.-_
Wife's Name --------- --._ ....................................
Address..--------- --.... ........
City..__.------.. ------. -------.-....State...-.-------.----..---.
Number of Years on Canal-------- -----__- .
What Division ........... ----------------------------------------
Amount enclosed -------_-------.----.............. .............--------_-__.-----
Remember These Oldtimers?
Following is a list of names of some of the two to three year construction
service employees whose whereabouts are not known. If any of their addresses
are known to you, it is requested that you kindly advise MR. SYLVESTER H.
GRAUTEN, 1722 Harrison Street, Evanston, Illinois, There is important pend-
ing legislation to benefit them.
A. G. Andrus, A. E. Baker, Jesse A. Baker, E. W. Baldwin, Albert F. Ball,
J. E. Bates, Park T. Andrew, Graham W. Barnes, Russell Barnes, L. Becksted,
K. Behlin, Wm. R. Armitage, C. W. Belden, C. M. Benson, P. Burmudes, C. W.
Berry, Ray F. Bessen, R. S. Bettes. A. N. Bishop, Milton S. Bonds, W. S. Bowen,
Fred J. Brady, B. F. Brasile, C. H. Brown, J. J. Brown, W. B. Brown, M. M.
Bruner, J. R. Brunson, Edw. J. Buckley, Marie P. Burgoon, J. Burns, L. T.
Burns, Geo. H. Bush, John L. Caldwell, Clyde Campbell, W. H. Campbell, Moses
Campos, W. F. Carney, J. B. Cason, P. H. Chadbourne, J. W. Chapman, L. R.
Christ, J. A. Christian, Wm. J. Cline, John M. Coleman, L. B. Coloin, G.
P. Collier, A. Bert Collins, R. O. Collins, Harry Compton, Anna Connor, F. F.
Connor, Otis P. Cook, Harry Bubley, N. J. Cornett, T. H. Crooks, Fred S.
Cross Chas. P. Cullen, G. F. Cummings, W. C. Cummings, G. W. Cunning-
ham,Robt. Currie, L L. Curyeau, W. P. Davenport, Wm. H. Davis, E. D.
Davy, Florence M. Dildine. Robt. Dill. Andrew J. Donavan, Peter Donnelly,
R. P. Doran, Wm. J. Doyle. Clinton A. Duff, M. J. Dunfrey, Lawrence H.
Dunn, Shellie M. Dunn, A. R. Eckardt, L. Edgerton. Henning Edlund, B. C.
Eldrerge, Wm. Emerson, Chas. B. Ellsworth. Bryan W. Enright, Carl O. Fat-
land, Wm. A. Fawks, G. H. Fay, J. C. Fels, C. M. Ferguson, A. P. Ford, J. F.
Fitzpatrick, J. A. Forsyth, John T. Frank, Martin L. Fuller, C. J. Fraser, J.
Galadzinski, T. T. Fuentz, J. R. Gallagher. E. F. Gardner, Jane M. Garrison,
J. D. Garrison, Jr., Jas. Gibson, Jr.. Cornelius A. Gaston, A. K. Gibson. W.
W. Godbold, Ellsworth Gray, Chas. Green, Louise M. Green. Switzer J. Green,
J. P. Greening, Eliz. Griffin. L. N. Griset, Harry T. Grow, J. C. Hagan. G. E.
Haglund, F. E. Haggerty. Wm. T. Hall, N. Chris. Hansen, Wm. T. Hamel,
L. F. Hauss, A. H. Harvey, Wm. Harvey, E. J. Hart, O. R. Raymond. Carl D.
Hazen, T. F. Hemphill, M. E. Hendricks, L. Heuman, Chas. N. Hilty, A. R.
Hill, F. L. Hine, Fred H. Hodges, Alfred M. Holbrook. Fred H. Homer, L.
Hoopes, Wm. Hough, G. W. House. WVm. R. Howe, Wallace E. Hubbard, N.
Huckleberry, L. F. Hulcher,Benj. L. Inman, Phil. Inman. G. T. Irwin, H.
Ising, L. F. Ivanhoe, J. F. Jaap. Wm. H. Jackson, L. H. Jewel. Alfred Johnson.
Axel Johnson, Geo. Johnson, Harry C. Johnson, Wm. P. Joiner, A. H. Jones,
M. F. Jones, Poyner J. Jones. J. W. Jones, L. F. Judge, Kaiser (Fred), C.
Kane, Jr., E. B. Kelley, S. Kennett, Chas. A. Kilfoile, Eugene C. Kimler, Eu-
gene R. King, R. Kneasey, Wm. R. Kountz, Josephson A. Knudsen. E. F.
Kunkel, W. S. Lamont, P. J. Landwehr. C. Langkop. John Lederle, J. Langen_
feldt, J. B. Lettos, L. A. Lempke. John K. Lewis. Willard L. Lewis, A. M.
Loeb, E. A. Lopez, W. E. Lore, Losea, Edgar W. Louden, Jas. Luke. Geo.
Lytle, Wm. J. McCormick, R. W. McC'racken. H. B. McDonald, Jas. McEwan,
J. M. McGrow, J. M. McKinley, J. J. McLoone, D. McKinley, Jr., B. L. Mc-
Namara, J. W. McNamara, Roy J. McNaught, Pauline Madison, John W.
Maley, B. H. Mallory, J. Marshall, J. E. Maxwell, J. A. Mendoza, C. B. Men-
ninger, Andrew Meyer, McDufey Mitchell, John F. Miller, E. F. Mills. A. R.
Michell,, W. F. Mitchell, B. Monohan. R. A. Montgomery, Ray R. Morris, Anna
Mosteller, John F. Mountain, C. Murphy. Guy Murphy,Stephan Muska, Peter
Nado, J. F. Nelson, Fred M. Nickerson, Roy N. Norris, Leo. A. Ortman, Levin
M. Pack, Foster T. Parker, Wm. G. Parker, A. E. Partello, P. L. Partlow, J.
B. Patrick, A. H. Paul, T. Peay, F. C. Peters, Carl E. Peterson, H. A. Peyton.
J. M. Plummer, W. H. Pollard, Wm. L. Pray, R. T. Preston, B. F. Prior, C. E.
Sessions, J. E, Purvis, F. A. Quigg, A. O. Read, K. Richard, John W. Reeve,
J. D. Richards, R. A. Richards, S. M. Ridge. Eugene Riley, Thos. J. Rogers, Jr.
Fred Rohr, A. R. Rosenquist, A. Roussin, R. Roth, R. C. Rudd, Clarence O.
Sage, A. J. Sandel, Geo. Sausman, S. D. Schakleton. Carl Schrickel, Mabel
M. Schultz, C. Schwartzenholzer, L. F. Schwartzenholzer, A. N. Scott, Milton
J. Scott, W. F. R. Sensbach, T. Shearer, Nye B. Sherrit, J. L. Shipos, Asa H.
Shuff, J. T. Silver, M. E. Simmons, E. Sims, Geo. B. Simm,, Jules Simno, Louis
Sinn, C. T. Smithers, Frank W. Smith, Harris C. Smith, J. P. Smith, J. W. Smith,
E. Spray, B. H. Spears, H. E. Spencer, F. D. Sprecken. L. B. Steelman, Sr.,
Henry E. Spangler, O. Steitz. C. Stephos, J. F. Storing, Jr., Wm. Stirrat, Wm.
J. Stratton, J. J. Suller, C. E. Swallow, J. R. Sweeney, P. Taber, Fred G. Tan-
ner, R. A. Taylor, Ryland G. Taylor. S. S. Taylor, R. E. A. Thiele, E. R.
Thorpe, Jr., R. B. Thompson, E. L. Tilton, H. A. Titus. Pelaya Valdes, D. C.
VonBalsan, E. E. Waters, W. H. Wallace, F. L. Walsh, J. V. Ware, Lee Water-
bury, J. O. Warner, J. B. Watson, B. C. Webber, Theo. Welter. Vincent Wend-
zinski, E. J. Westbrook, M. Wriston. James C. Will, Norman B. Wiley, J. M.
Wright. Francis W. Woolford, R. H. Wright, Lawrence C. Wright, Samuel Zion.
Ada A. Wilson, Gus Wilson, W. H. Winters, W. H. Williams, T. W. Woodland
SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
Eugene D. Milliken, Colo., Chairman; Hugh Butler, Neb.; Edward Martin, Pa.;
John J. Williams, Del.; Ralph E. Flanders, Vt.; George W. Malone, Nev.;
Frank Carlson, Kans.; Wallace F. Bennett, Utah; Walter F. George, Ga.;
Harry Flood Byrd, Va.; Edwin C. Johnson, Colo.; Clyde R. Hoey, N. C.; Rob-
ert S. Kerr, Okla.; J. Allen Frear, Jr., Del.; Russell B. Long, La.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE
Frank Carlson, Kans., Chairman; James H. Duff, Pa.; William E. Jenner, Ind.;
John Sherman Cooper, Ky.; Dwight Griswold, Neb,; William A. Purtell, Conn.;
Olin D. Johnston, S. C.; Matthew M. Neely, W. Va.; John 0. Pastore, R. 1.;
A. S. Mike Monroney. Okla.; Price Daniel, Texas.
HOUSE COMMITTEE MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES,
Alvin F. Weichel, Ohio, Chairman; Thor C. Tollefson, Wash.; John J. Allen, Jr..
Calif.; Horace Seely-Brown, Jr., Conn.; Timothy P. Sheehan, Ill.; Walter M.
Mumma, Pa.; William K. VanPelt, Wis.; Walter Norblad, Oreg.; Frank C,
Osmers, Jr., N. J.; Stuyvesant Wainwright, II, N. Y.; Kit Clardy, Mich.; John
H. Ray, N. Y.; William S. Mailliard, Calif.; Francis E. Dorn, N. Y.; Edward
J. Hart, N. J.; Herbert C. Bonner, N. C.; Frank W. Boykin, Ala.; Edward A.
Garmatz, Md.; John F. Shelley, Calif.; Edward J. Robeson, Jr., Va.; Eugene
J. Keogh, N. Y.; James J. Delaney, N. Y.; Martin Dies, Tex.; Mrs. John B.
Sullivan, Mo.; T. A. Thompson, La.; Don Magnuson, Wash.; Thomas P.
O'Neill, Jr., Mass.; Courtney, W. Campbell, Florida.
HOUSE COMMITTEE POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE
Edward H. Rees, Kans., Chairman; Harold C. Hagen, Minn.; Robert J. Corbett,
Pa.; Mrs .Katherine St. George, N. Y.; Gardner R. Winthrow, Wis.; H. R.
Gross, Iowa; Mrs. Cecil M. Harden, Ind.; William C. Cole, Mo.;. Albert W.
Cretella, Conn.; Charles S. Gubser, Calif.; Edward J. Bonin, Pa.; Joel T. Brou-
hill, Va.; Oliver P. Bolton, Ohio; Frazier Reams, Ohio; Tom Murray, Tenn.;
James H. Morrison, La.; James C. Davis, Ga.; George M. Rhodes, Pa.; John
Lesenski, Jr., Mich.; John Jarman, Okla.; Harley 0. Staggers, W. Va.; Gar-
rett L. Withers, Ky.; John Dowdy, Tex.; Edward P. Boland, Mass.; Hugh Q.
Alexander, N. C.; John E. Moss, Calif.
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
Daniel A. Reed, N. Y., Chairman; Thomas A. Jenkine, Ohio; Richard M. Simp-
son, Pa.; Robert W. Kean, N. J.; Carl T. Curtis, Neb.; Noah M. Mason, Ill.;
Thomas E. Martin, Iowa; Hal Holmes, Wash.; John W. Byrnes, Wis.; Angler
L Goodwin, Mass; Antoni N Sadlak, Conn.; Howard H. Baker, Tenn.; Thomas
B. Curtis, Mo.; Victor A. Knox, Mich.; James B. Utt, Calif.; Jere Cooper, Tenn.;
John D. Dingell, Mich.; Wilbur D. Mills, Ark.; Noble J. Gregory, Ky.; A. Sid-
ney Camp, Ga.; Aime J. Forand, R. I.; Herman P. Eberharter, Pa.; Cecil R.
King, Calif.; Thomas J. O'Brien, Ill.; Hale Boggs, La.
SUGGESTED FORM OF ADDRESSES AND SALUTATIONS
The Honorable George A. Smathers The Hon. Courtney W. Campbell
Senate Office Building House Office Building
Washington, D. C. Washington, D. C.
My Dear Senator Smathers: My Dear Mr. Campbell:
The W. B. Halls
Larry W. Hennen and
Jim P. Heenan
Shorty Deavours and Al Geddes
The L. C. Callaways
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
SUPPLEMENTAL TO CANAL RECORD, MARCH 1953
After the March issue of the Canal Record was completely printed,
additional information became available, and since it was too late to
make additions and changes, it was thought worthwhile to issue this
supplemental information at once and not wait until the next issue
of this quarterly.
First: There are a few changes in committees handling the bills
as reported in the above Canal Record.
The House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service has been
relieved of those three bills, HR 581 1392 1393, which propose
to amend the Civil Service Retirement Act by exempting retirement
annuities from income tax. Because these bills concern taxation and
affect internal revenue, they have been re-referred to the House
Committee on Ways and Means.
Similarly in the Senate, Bill S 339 proposing to exempt Civil
Service Retirement Annuities from income tax has been re-referred to
the Senate Committee on Finance.
Next additional legislation has been introduced. This is of
particular interest to construction period Old Timers and their sur-
viving eligible widows.
Old Time Canal Constructors will recall that the last Congress
adjourned without taking any action on that legislation which pro-
posed to increase pensions granted under the Panama Canal Construction
Service Act of May 29, 1944 (Public Law 319 78th Congress)
With the help of your old friend, Ralph Cutler and his repre-
sentative, the Honorable Horace Selly-Brown of Connecticut, this
subject, in modified form, has been recently introduced in the present
Congress as House Bill HR 3660.
This legislation proposes to increase present pensions by $25. a
month or by such lesser amount sufficient to bring the individual's
pension up to but not to exceed $2160. a year. This bill has been
referred to the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries.
For membership of this committee, see page 68 of Canal Record.
The data in the Canal Record urged action on the part of all
interested individuals and their friends in writing their Senators,
Representatives, also Committeemen telling in their own words of
their concern and interest in these legislative subjects. Here it
is desired to repeat and to emphasize the need for such writing lest
the legislators in the Congress think there is little or no concern
and enactment is not needed.
Because of the very small number of Old Time Constructors on the
pension rolls, it is particularly necessary that everyone and his
friends, as well as eligible surviving widows and their friends, be-
come part of this writing and expressing of concern and interest in
this very recent legislative effort in their behalf. Particularly is
it worthwhile to write to committeemen urging careful consideration
and favorably reporting bills out of committee, otherwise the Congress
has no chance to enact the legislation,
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