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Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Haldeman and family and one little friend.
Dowager Queen Mary of the Engelke Clan
81 years old and every inch a queen
Home of Naomi and Ed. Booth, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Howard, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Lenow and their home in Macon, Miss.
kA. Panama fatnal Society o7f WTiotida
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 WH Butler
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd W r
Secretary-Treas. J. W. Gray
Mrs. Burt W. Hall H.H. Hudson
Correspond. Sec'y. Ralph H. Oliver
E. M. Kieswetter Dan E. Wright
News Editor Counselors
Charles H. Beetham G. T. Tarflinger
The odethal memorial
The George Washington Goethals Memorial in Balboa, C. Z. will be
dedicated, probably, during the month of January, 1954. Because of this,
we felt it was fitting that our cover should carry a picture of "The
Colonel" as he was known to all the old timers.
We also decided that a copy of Colonel Goethals address at the
Annual Banquet of the Society of Chagres at the Tivoli Hotel on March
6, 1915 would be interesting and appropriate at this time. Your Editor
intended to lift a few excerpts from this speech but found it difficult to
decide where to start and where to stop so finally decided to print the
address in its entirety.
COLONEL GOETHALS' ADDRESS
AT ANNUAL BANQUET OF THE
SOCIETY OF THE CHAGRES .
MARCH SIXTH NINETEEN FIFTEEN
Fellow Members of the Chagres Society:
Mr. May, the newly elected President of the Chagres Society, said
that there was but one speech to be made tonight at the banquet, and
that the Committee requested that I make it. I am not much on speaking
except in the office, and I asked Mr. May if he would prepare the speech.
He promised to do it. I saw Mr. Baxter a few days after and told him I
expected to make a speech and asked him to assist in its preparation.
Mr. Baxter looked wooden. Mr. McIlvaine urged me to come to-night and
make a few remarks, and I told him I would, provided a speech were
prepared for me. "Oh!" he said, "that would be quite easy." I have not
seen anything of Mr. Baxter from that time until I met him here tonight.
McIlvaine said this morning he thought I was joking. Mr. May came
in with a few platitudes and thought I could add to them and that would
make a sufficient speech. Mr. May used to be useful; but he has joined
the judiciary. His motto now is manana.
Eight years ago to-day I sailed from New York to assume charge
of this work. On the 17th of March, eight years ago, a smoker was given
at Corozal to which I was invited. I attended. The cheering was all in
favor of Mr. Stevens. Any reference made to his successor was met with
cold silence. The toastmaster, whom I see here tonight, made some re-
marks about the Army, suggesting to a party of Congressmen who were
present, that if in going around the work they should see the men sud-
denly drop their tools, aasume the attitude of a soldier, and make a
military salute, they should not consider the men "loco", but simply
preparing for the new administration which was to assume charge. (Ad-
dressing Mr. Kyte.) You remember that, Mr. Kyte? Those remarks
coupled with other insinuations and slurs upon the Army rather irritated
and angered me, and I made my maiden speech. At that time I told you
men, as you may remember if you were present on that occasion, that I
would look after your interests, as they would be my own; that every
man would have the right of audience-and that promise I have kept.
(A voice: "You bet you have.")
I have attended this dinner to-night not because I enjoy banquets,
but because it is probably the last one I will have opportunity to attend,
for after eight years of responsibility I feel that I am entitled to some
rest, so I have asked to be relieved and hope that I may be some time
during the coming year in order that a younger man whose energy is
unimpaired may take up the work and carry it forward.
In the spring of 1907, if you men remember, there were a number
of labor questions being agitated, and one of the first things I was called
upon to do was to settle the wage schedule between the Commission and
the locomotive engineers, the conductors, and the steam-shovel crews.
Mr. Stevens had declined to deal with the men when they took the matter
over his head and carried it to the President. Mr. Taft was soon to come
to the Isthmus to discuss the question with the labor committees and to
decide what should be done in the matter. There are undoubtedly some
of you here who attended the hearing that the Secretary of War, Mr.
Taft, gave in the Panama Railroad office at Colon. Mr. Stevens and
Mr. Bierd had recommended that the pay of the locomotive engineers be
placed on a parity with the pay of the steam-shovel engineers, as in the
States steam-shovel engineers usually got less than locomotive engineers.
Mr. Taft feared that if the steam-shovel men received no increase that
there might be labor trouble. He was not in favor of increasing their
pay to $300 per month, which they demanded, but thought something
should be done for them. He suggested increase to length of service and
I then recommended to him that longevity be granted, and that length of
service should govern for all classes of service on the Isthmus. (Great
applause.) He could not give longevity to the steam-shovel engineers
without giving it to the locomotive engineers and maintain the parity
which Mr. Stevens claimed should be maintained, and he ought not to
give it to the steam-shovel engineers and the locomotive engineers without
giving it to men in other classes of employment. (Applause.) He was to
give his decision, if you remember, from Cuba; when he reached Cuba
he decided to postpone the matter until he reached Washington and con-
ferred with Mr. Roosevelt, then the President; after his return to Wash-
ington I received a cablegram asking whether the longevity should be
given at the end of one year's service or at the end of a greater length
of time. I suggested 5 per cent at the end of two year's service with an
increase for each succeeding year. The upshot of the matter was that
an increase was given to transportation crews, and longevity was to be
granted to the steam-shovel crews, the transportation crews, and the mech-
anical trades at the rate of 5 per cent increase for the first year's service
and an increase of 3 per cent for each succeeding year's service. That
information was received by me on a Sunday afternoon by cablegram.
I gave the word out the next day, and you know the result. The locomo-
tive engineers with an increase of $210 per month when qualified to
operate on the main line were well pleased, but the steam-shovel engin-
eers considered that they had not received proper recognition and deter-
mined to withdraw their services from the Canal. A few days subse-
quently I received by mail a copy of the President's decision, which gave
3 per cent increase for the first year's service and 3 per cent for each
succeeding year. I had already announced 5 percent for the first year.
I determined that I would not break faith with the men, land I adhered
to the 5 per cent, subsequently explaining the situation to the President
and securing his approval of my action.
If you remember, the Appropriations Committee of the House first
visited the Isthmus in November of 1907. Among the other things they
criticised wasthe longevity pay. In the meantime the pressure for an ex-
tension of longevity had become great, for other men who were doing
equally valuable service and who were receiving no recognition for length
of service other than their straight pay, thoughtthey should also be
granted the longevity increase. (Applause.) When I visited Washington
in 1907 I saw the Secretary of War and explained the situation to him;
I showed him that the men were not being justly -treated who had not
received increase for longevity as I had in the first instance recom-
mended. However, the congressional criticism had been so strong he
stated he would not grant the increase unless Congress specifically author-
ized it for classes of employees other than those already included. In
the spring of 1909 the pressure became more than I could withstand. I
took it up with the Congressional Committee and told them longevity
should be given to everybody or to nobody. The upshot of it was that
Mr. Tawney told me that the committee had decided to withdraw longevity
for everybody. I asked him if he considered that this would mean a re-
duction in the pay of the men already receiving it. He said he had not-
that the bill had not been drafted, but that they would take it up with
me when they came to frame up the bill. I went to President Roosevelt
and explained the situation to him, and he drafted a letter to Speaker
Cannon asking that the prohibition against longevity be withdrawn, and
that longevity be extended to everybody, applying to all classes equally.
I took that letter to Speaker Cannon and had quite a session with him. He
was opposed to it not because he did not think the men should have
longevity, but because it created an undesirable precedent, and efforts
were being made for similar privileges in the Government service in the
United States. He did not believe it should be granted, and on that ac-
count a clause was inserted in the Sundry Civil Bill enacted in 1909 which
limited longevity to that which had been acquired up to that time. At-
tempts have been made since then for longevity, and my position always
has been and always will be that longevity should be given to all or
none. (Great applause.)
When the Secretary of War, Mr. Garrison, visited the Isthmus a
couple of years ago a committee secured from him a letter to the effect
that there seemed to be some equity in the claim that longevity should
be paid to those whose conditions of employment specifically specified
that they would get longevity. A year ago I went to Washington. The
order had already issued in connection with the reorganization. I found
the unions who were represented in Washington determined as far as
possible to put through longevity for those whose conditions of employ-
ment called for longevity, making use of the Secretary of War's letter.
That would have affected a comparatively small number of employees,
and would not have made it applicable to those who had not enjoyed its
privileges previously. When the Panama Canal Act was first brought to
the attention of employees I had assured the men that as far as it lay
in my power I would continue the construction wage scale until the
completion of the construction work. I discussed the matter with Presi-
dent Taft when he was here in 1912, and he said he would see that no
objection was made to it if I took the responsibility. When I discussed
the question with the Secretary of War in 1913 he stated that a strict
compliance with the law would not permit a continuance of thewage scale
as it then existed, and, if you recall, a year ago we issued information
stating that the wage scale would be under the operation and maintenance
of the Canal. I then told the committees of the labor organizations who
came to interview me that if I could not get the construction wage scale
continued during the construction period, I would do my best to stave
off the rent proposition until the construction work was completed, or
at least for one year. A year ago when in Washingtn I took up with the
leaders of the House the question of longevity. I called attention to. the
letter the Secretary of War had given on the subject to some of the labor
unions on the Isthmus, and explained to them that the attitude I had
always taken and still held was that longevity should be given to all or
to none. It was absolutely impossible to secure legislation giving long-
evity to all. It was extremely doubtful if longevity could be secured for
the few who had previously enjoyed its privileges, and whose contract
of employment embodied the suggestion. I met with the representatives
of the labor unions in the States and explained the situation to them; I
proposed to them that we cut out longevity since there was no hope of
getting it for all; stated that I would do my best to defeat longevity for
the few; and suggested that they join with me in maintaining the con-
struction wage scale until the end of the construction period. The labor
leaders there did not feel that they could take the necessary action with-
out consulting with the men on the Isthmus. Time did not permit of
this, as the Urgent Deficiency Bill had passed the House and was then in
the hands of the Senate Committee; I had made arrangements with the
Senate Committee for a hearing on the proposition, and the labor leaders
agreed the following morning before I went to the committee that they
would not attempt to interfere with any legislation I might suggest look-
ing toward the retention of the existing wage scale. I had had a confer-
ence with the Appropriations Committee of the House and explained to
them the situation-that I had promised the men in 1912 that I would
do what I could to maintain the construction wage scale until the com-
pletion of the Canal, and they stated if I could convince the Senate
Committee and get a clause introduced confirming it, they would inter-
pose no objection. The result you already know. Longevity was knocked
out but the wage scale was maintained, and this benefited a greater
number of people than the reestablishment of longevity applying to the
special classes as before would have done. That is the situation on
Another point that has agitated everybody here to-night is the rent
question. When the members of the Committee of Congress in 1907 vis-
ited the Isthmus they had very much to say not only on the liberal wage
scale, but also on the privileges accorded to employees. If you remem-
ber, they visited every type house on the Isthmus, including mine. It
was at that time that a Member of Congress suggested that they go up-
stairsin my house in order that they might see how we lived. This rather
angered me; I did not think it any of their business. He remarked that
as I got such a house with a salary of $15,000 a year, he presumed that
if he were on the Isthmus, his salary being $7,500, he would get a house
of proportionate size. I told him that he was mistaken; that if he were
on the Isthmus he would not get anything near $7,500 a year. The laugh
was on him. We had visited Empire and Cascadas and were returning to
Culebra to hold hearings in the old Administration Building. If you
remember, in those days the electric current was turned on at 11 o'clock
to operate the fans in the hotels, and as we drove up the road at Culebra
every porch light at Culebra was burning. To the members of the com-
mittee this was a waste of electric current-a useless expenditure of Gov-
ernment funds-we were getting too many privileges, and did not deserve
what we got; and the rent business started in 1907 when the committee
visited the Isthmus. As the result of that visit the money asked for con-
structing quarters was limited to the needs at that time and effective
January 1, 1908, the conditions of employment were changed by which
married quarters were not to be provided, though given if available.
From this resulted lists 1 and 2 for quarters. The rent question has
been agitated by every committee that has visited the Isthmus since that
date. In 1912 when we decided to move the headquarters to the Pacific
end, money wasneeded for new quarters and for the transfer of old.
At that time we hoped to have enough money to build, or rebuild, quar-
ters for practically everybody. The slides and other contingencies pre-
vented. I asked for an appropriation of $2,000,000, and it was given
with the understanding that rent would be charged as soon as the houses
were completed. I staved this off with the suggestion that rent be charged
only when the reorganization became effective. Every committee that has
been down here since 1907 has strongly objected to the privileges. I
have never objected to labor committees interviewing committees of Con-
gress when here. If they secured by congressional legislation any addi-
tional privileges, and the cost of the Canal was increased thereby, the
responsibility was theirs and not mine. I never attended any of these
hearings, because I desired the men to have full liberty to make their
talks to the committees without any interference by officials. This Novem-
ber a committee visited Congress and put up their complaints. Their
complaints covered everything; the congressional party were impressed
by the fact that there was not one good thing on the Isthmus for which
anybody would care to remain, and the rent proposition became more
intense, finally forcing the matter to a head. The question finally resolved
itself down to getting the cheapest rents that were possible for employees.
Members of the Congressional Committee thought that the apartments
in the new four-family type should rent at $30 a month, and the others
in proportion. You know how the scale of rents is determined in the
States-the cost of the property, the cost of repairs, the cost for schools,
the cost for prisons, the cost for sewers, water,streets, roads-all of these
and other expenses are taken into consideration in one way or another,
but none of that is taxed tothe employee here, and we have made the
scale practically on the basis of the cost of repairs, throwing in the furni-
ture. The matter could not be staved off any longer; it had to be accepted,
and it had to be accepted on the best terms that could be secured for the
employees. So much for the rents.
A committee has just gone to Washington to see if they can get the
order revoked. As I told them when I saw them last Sunday morning,
I wished them Godspeed, for if it helps them it helps me and helps us
all. Whether they will or not remains to be seen. Congress is not in
session, and the President may be induced to view the matter from a
different standpoint. It is claimed by some that rent is an effort to
reduce wages. The rent is one thing and the wage scale is another. When
the new organization went into effect a year ago, I knew that the time
was coming when rents would have to be charged-when the Congress-
ional Committee would not stand for an appropriation necessary for
repairs, furnishings and everything else. The conditions of employment
prescribe that rents will be charged under such rules 'and regulations as
the President may prescribe. We succeeded in putting it off for nearly a
year. Employees were notified that if they cared to continue in the ser-
vice, they would do so under the new conditions of employment, and that
unless they resigned before April 1, 1914, they would be considered as
agreeing to the conditions of employment. Those now employed accepted
the rent provision. I received to-day the minutes of the mass meeting
that was held at the Casino when the committee was selected to discuss
this rent question, and I find in it a' statement by Father McDoiiald that
when an attempt is made to reduce the wage it is always the men at the
bottom who suffer. I desire to say that that statement, so far as the Canal
is concerned, is not true. The wage scale on the Isthmus has always
been a difficult one to handle; there has always been inequality; clerks
have not gotten the same proportionate pay as locomotive engineers and
some other men in the mechanical trades, nor have the draftsmen; so
when the Panama Canal Act was framed I advocated an increase over
that received in the States applicable to all classes, and I advocated a
certain percentage of increase. The great difficulty with the Government
service is that Congress usually appropriates for certain positions and
specifies the pay of the several positions, from which there is no escape.
An effort has been made from time to time to apply this system to our
appropriations, but thus far it has not been done. As a result the Govern-
ment employee in the States gets the same wage from year to year; there
is not, as there is in civil life, an increase commensurate with greater
efficiency and enlarged duties. Nor does it keep pace with prevailing
scales in outside establishments. I was anxious to have fixed for the
Canal service a wage scale higher than that paid in the States, and at
the same time one that could be adjusted to the increases when they
occur; we succeeded so well that the bill provides for a 25 per cent
increase. At the time the bill was up I stated that the salaries of the
higher positions were too high and advocated a reduction. The salary
of the Governor was fixed at $10,000, so when I accepted the place a
year ago I accepted a reduction of about 33 and 1-3 per cent. When a
year ago I advocated the retention of the construction wage scale, the
labor organization representatives asked me afterward if they could not
work for a restoration of my pay. I told them no-that my pay made
but little difference-that it was the pay of the men on the Isthmus with
which I was most concerned. My pay to-day is one-third less than it was
a year and a half ago, though we are still engaged in construction work
and the responsibility has not decreased. The suggestion came up that
most of the Governors of the States are furnished houses free of rent.
I said, I stand with the men; if they pay rent, I will. Father McDonald's
statement is not true as illustrated by the Panama Canal.
There is one other subject I desire to touch upon-a subject that I
understand has been under discussion on the Isthmus for the past three
or four days-and that is, the promotion given to the service people;
officers of the Army, Navy, and Marine Hospital Corps. Mr. Taft, in
his message of 1912, recommended that I be promoted to the position of
Major-General in the Army. (Great applause.) Two friends of mine in
Congress, one in the Senate and one in the House, immediately introduced
bills for that purpose. I wrote and told them service men should have
no promotion, unless promotions could be given to all alike. That atti-
tude I have consistently maintained. It is a source of regret to me that
the bill ever passed. Civilians built the Canal; not the Army; when the
Army people leave here they are retired and looked after by the Govern-
ment, whereas the civilian must get out and hustle to make a living for
the rest of his days; and I have always opposed it. So far as longevity
is concerned, gentlemen, I am ready to help you in every move you make,
as I have always been ready to help in any move for the men on the
Isthmus, but I will not help unless the move includes everybody and all
For sometime we have been endeavoring to secure a civil service
status for our employees and after conference with the Civil Service Com-
mission in January last, an Executive Order was issued giving to em-
ployees of the Canal who served satisfactorily for two years prior to
January 1, 1915, eligibility of transfer to similar service in the United
States without examination. This has already helped some former em-
ployees to secure employment and will probably assist others.
There is only one thing more I want to say. We are gathered here
to-night, not in the hope of something yet to be accomplished, but of
actual accomplishment-the two oceans have been united. The slides
hinder and prevent navigation for a few days, but in time they will be
removed. The construction of the Canal means but little in comparison
with its coming usefulness to the world and what it will bring about.
Its completion is due to the brain and brawn of the men who are gathered
here-men who have served loyally and well, and no commander inthe
world ever had a more faithful force than that which has worked with
me in building the Panama Canal. (Prolonged applause.)
The Colonel in assuming charge of the construction of the Canal
promised the men the right of audience, a promise that we are told he
kept. In addition to many serious problems discussed and settled at his
Sunday morning interviews there were many that may have had a lighter
and less serious aspect, as in the following:
TELL THE COLONEL
Tune: Mr. Dooley)
If you have any cause to kick, or feel disposed to howl,
If things ain't running just to suit, jand there's a chance to growl:
If you have any axe to grind or graft to shuffle through,
Just put it up to Colonel G. like all the others do.
See Colonel Goethals, tell Colonel Goethals,
It's the only right and proper thing to do.
Just write a letter, or even better
Arrange a little Sunday interview.
Casey is an engineer and treated awful bad,
Eight minutes overtime they worked the poor defenseless lad,
So Casey sees the Colonel, with tears in his eyes, and says,
"I cannot stand for this no more without layover days."
Oh, Colonel Goethals, good Colonel Goethals,
The Brotherhood gave this advise to me:
Don't wait for Monday, just drop in on Sunday,
And state the heinous facts to Colonel G.
Dear Sir, the Commissary here, writes Mrs. Percy Jones,
Is charging me for porterhouse which ain't no more than bones,
And I assure you, Colonel, that the pork chops what they sell
Is rotten. I enclose herewith a sample,just to smell.
Dear Colonel Goethals, nice Colonel Goethals,
I got some cause to kick, you must agree,
I thought I'd better just write this letter
So you would know them chops was quite N. G.
Eddie went to town one day and called to see his Lil,
But though she did her best for him, Ed wouldn't pay the bill.
So Lillian took her pen in hand, and this is what she writ:
Dear Colonel, be the candy kid, and please make Ed remit.
Dear Colonel Goethals, sweet Colonel Goethals,
I only ask your help and sympathee,
It's surely shady, to treat a lady
The way that lousy Ed has treated me.
Mrs. Hobbs and Mrs. Dobbs are neighbors in a flat.
And Mrs. Hobbs calls Mrs. Dobbs a dirty this and that.
Then Mrs. Dobbs reciprocates, and maybe both are right,
But in the end the Colonel has to arbitrate the fight.
Now Colonel Goethals, poor Colonel Goethals,
He has to hear the story to the end.
'Twould make your hair curl to hear each old girl
Express her choice opinion of her friend.
When I went home the other night, says Julius Caesar Knapp,
I found my wife a sitting on another fellow's lap.
As such connubial conduct don't appear polite or nice,
I comes to you, dear Colonel, for to ask your kind advise.
Now Colonel Goethals, dear Colonel Goethals,
Just put yourself a minute in my place,
Ths high falutin gives grounds for shooting ,
But what would you advise in such a case.
Don't hesitate to state your case, the boss will hear you thru,
It's true he's sometimes busy, and has otherthings to do,
But come on Sunday morning, and line up with the rest,
You'll maybe feel some better with that grievance off your chest.
See Colonel Goethals, tell Colonel Goethals
It's the only rght and properthing to do.
Just write a letter, or even better
Arrange a little Sunday interview.
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OLD TIMERS
An opportunity for old timers who helped build the Panama Canal
to re-visit the scene of their work of 40 years ago or more will be pre-
sented early next year when the recently completed Goethals Memorial
in Balboa is dedicated.
Plans for the dedication ceremony have not been completed but the
Panama Company's Board of Directors at the July meeting approved a
special round-trip rate of $120 from New York for employees of the
"Goethals era" and their wives.
The special offer will be good for only one sailing southbound and
and the return passage must be taken not later than two sailings after
arrival in the Canal Zone. The southbound sailing date and ship on which
the special fare will be available will be announced as soon as the date
for the dedication has been selected.
Both the date and program for the dedication are now under con-
sideration by the Goethals Memorial Commission and it is expected that
full details can be announced in the October issue of the CANAL REVIEW.
Except for the landscaping in the area, the Goethals Memorial which
stands at the foot of the Administration Building steps was completed
early last month. Its completion marks the fulfillment of plans which
were first initiated in 1935 when Congress voted an appropriation of
It was first proposed to place the memorial on Cristobal mole and
designs were prepared by Dr. Paul Cret, a Philadelphia architect, at an
estimated cost of $160,000. Later Congress increased the amount of
money for the memorial to $156,500.
The probable date of dedication is January 21, 1954. Application
for transportation should be made to the Panama Steamship Line at
24 State Street, New York, N. Y.
H. Grauten, 1722 Harrison St., Evanston, Ill., desires the correct
address of all the names listed below. Mail he has sent you has been
returned to him. Please send him your correct address.
Henry W. Bailey; Charles H. Baker; Kenneth Bovay; J. A. Christian;
L. A. Christy; Harry Compton; Ed C. Connolly; Clifton DeForce; Samuel
J. Deavours; Wm. J. Doyle; Mrs. Harry Dockery; Clarence C. Dustheimer;
W. J. Finlayson; John J. Frank; Wm. I. Hamel: Raymond J. Hoffman;
John W. Jones; Frank Kelchner; Guthrie E. Knapp; T. E. Lipsey; Jas.
E. Little; Jacob Meirwitz; Andrew Meyer; JoJhn F. Mountain; Guy
Murphy; Wm. G. Parker; Robt. S. Polack; Edw. T. Porter; Samuel L.
Richmond; Milton J. Scott; David O. Smith; Jacob Snyder; Henry E.
Spangler; Cora B. Spriegel; Edith Anderson Stark; R. B. Thompson.
The annual Christmas Party and Business Meeting of the Florida
Society will be held at 2 P. M., Monday, December 14th, 1953, at the
Tourist Center in St. Petersburg.
All are cordially invited and urged to attend if possible.
As heretofore contributions of cash or toys will be accepted for
the crippled children of the American Legion Hospital of this city. While
cash donations are somewhat preferred by those in charge of the hospi-
tal, because it enable them to purchase the gifts requested by the child-
ren in their letters to Santa Claus, nevertheless toys are gladly accepted.
Toys should be wrapped and tagged, and the tag should plainly describe
the toy, stating whether it is suitable for a boy or girl and the approxi-
mate age of the child to whom it should be given. There is no limit
on the amount that can be given, and we earnestly urge that it be as
generous as your circumstances will permit. Regardless of the size of
the gift, it will make a crippled child happy, and at a time when more
fortunate children have Santa visit them in their homes with their loved
ones. After the party those members who desire will go to the hospital
where the contributions will be turned over to the manager.
If you wish to make a contribution but will be unable to attend
the party for some reason, kindly send the donation by a friend or mail
it to Mrs. Lucille S. Judd, 3535 19th Street No., St. Petersburg 4, Fla.
Mr. Carl Brown of Balboa will show colored slides of the Zone and
of Panama flowers. A tape recording in explanation of the slides will
be synchronized with the showing of the slides.
Refreshments will be served and plans have been made for the best
party ever. Come if you possibly can. Don't stay away if for some
reason you don't wish to make a contribution. Everyone will be welcome.
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Covering the Period from August 8th to October 27th
Many thanks to those who sent in their 1953 dues. January 1954
will be the time to send in your 1954 dues-to date, 100 have sent in
their money and received their cards-which by the way are WHITE this
year with green lettering.
To those living in the Canal Zone-please send in your money by
postal money order if possible as the bank charge is now 35 cents on
each check-several have included the 35 cents on the face of their
checks but it is a large amount to pay. However if it is more convenient
for you to send in a check and pay the 35 cent charge that will be alright.
It was announced that in view of the fact that the Year Book would
go to press in October it was necessary to nominate officers for the en-
suing year. The President appointed a Nominating Committee composed
of Mr. T. M. Drake, Chairman; Mr. W. J. Bartlett and Mr. Frank C.
Hayes. At the October meeting the committee proposed the following
slate for 1954:
President _.- ------------.......... Mr. C. G. Calvit
Vice-President -.---- ---- Mr. A. L. Miner
Secretary-Treasurer ------ Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secreteary ----_--- Mrs. Burt W. Hall
News Editor _--.---- -- Mr. Ernest Kieswetter
Your Society now has reached the 1000 mark-Mr. and Mrs. Charles
J. Wickett of New Port Richey received their card yesterday, October
26th. Congratulations folks.
The 1954 Year Book will be in the mail by December 1st, in order
to avoid the rush of Christmas mail.
Many, many thanks for the wonderful letters you folks send in-
believe me, hearing from you is one of the best ways to keep us all
together. Keep on sending them in-I read them, and answer as many
as possible, then pass them on to Mr. Kieswetter for parts to be used in
We took in 16 new members in August, 15 in September, and 21 in
October, up to and including the 26th. This makes 52 members since the
last Record went to press, making a total of 164 additions since the first
of the year.
Since the Year Book will be in your possession about the time you
receive the Record, no names and changes of address will appear in it
Please keep me informed at all times of any change of address,
stating whether temporary or permanent.
Merry mas and a Happy New Year to you all and we hope to see
many of you at the Reunion at the Soreno Hotel, January 13 and 14.
The days are Wednesday and Thursday this time as we are cooperating
with another convention which is in session six days.
BE AN EARLY BIRD
You will note from this issue that we now have 1,000 members. Have you
any idea, the amount of work this involves for our Secretary? People write in
for all kinds of information and each month the letters mount up.
It would help, tremendously, if every member would send in the current
dues. Don't wait until our iSecretary is obliged to send out a reminder. Help
Mrs. Judd who is doing a splendid job. Show your appreciation. Be an early
bird. Send in your dues NOW! Ye Editor.
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
The letters keep rolling in.
Walter Smith and Helen tell of the fun they have meeting or seeing
off the Panama Railroad boats. They live near enough to the city to run
in whenever a boat arrives or sails. Another pastime is going to the
auctions around Conn. On a recent trip to the dock, they met and greeted
Charles Lester and Charles Holander. Also saw Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Cameron. Also the McGeachies in Mosquito Konk, N. J.
Jonas White found a stone cottage of four rooms in Severance, Tenn.
in 1950 with a grand view of the mountains 2,200 ft. up. They added
four more rooms of stone and now have a real mountain home, 250
acres of timber land and wonderful spring water.
Jonas Jr. taught school at Tullahoma, Tenn. lasa year. This year
he will teach English and Speech at the University. Had recently seen
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Campbell, and Mary Stewart Newman, former
Canal Zone teacher; also the George E. Mathews and Leslie Chapels.
The Chapels have entered their boy in the University for the fall term.
Lucy Bates reports a pleasant summer in New York. Had seen Isobel
Have had a letter from the Tydemans saying how much they are
enjoying the real fresh fruits and vegetables now that they are in the
States. They are planning a trip to Florida this winter and hope to be
here for the Reunion. Their son, Bert, and wife live in Troy,, N. Y.
Old Timer, Ed Luce has ben visiting relatives in Portland, Me. While
there he saw the Dick Taylors, Ruth Catherine Taylor Walker, Tom
Jordan, Lothrop Lorings, S. O. Spechts, and the J. W. Manushes.
Anna Firestine has been vacationing at Miami Beach. Hopes to make
the Reunion this year.
Edith B. Kirkpatrick reports that she saw son Glen, Wilma, and
six year old Deborah Lee. All were well and busy. Would be glad to see
any Canal Zone folks coming to Rochester.
Eric Forsman gives us a hearty pat on the back for the Record and
Year Book. Is now located in Mobile, Alabama, 3069 Belmont Street.
Mrs. H. L. Berger of Chula Vista, Calif. informs us that she is much
better after a six weeks siege of illness. Reads the Records from cover to
cover and enjoys them immensely. Hopes to visit St. Pete when she is
Ralph Cutler continues his activity and interest in the legislation
concerning Panama Canal Retirees. He was also one of many who wrote
in about the death of Herb Neville (Methinks Herb really did retire in
the June Canal Record). Herb had found peace and contentment in his
lakeside home, miles from nowhere in upper N. Y. State. It seems that
returning from town with supplies, that he slipped and fell at his own
dock and evidently hit his head as there was evidence of a concussion.
Falling into the lake, he drowned in one foot of water.
Mrs. Mary L. Engelke writes that she enjoys the Record. Says, "It
is so nice to hear about friends we have known and the wonderful times
we have had together."
Francis and Jo Lenow enclosed a picture of their home in Macon,
Miss. They enjoy the Record and envy all us old timers around St. Pete.
"We love our little casa and we have made new friendships, but we miss
all the friends we knew in Panama for so many years."
Luella and Denny Mullane are on a trek of the Pacific Northwest.
Visited with the Elmer Haws in Seattle. The Mullanes expect to be in
St. Petersburg from December 15th to March 15th.
John and Blanche Demmy have both been sick for some time. John
with heart trouble and Blanch with gall stones. After a siege in the
hospital for both of them, they are now improving and hope to attend
the Reunion next January.
C. J. Post of St. Augustine says, "Just received the September Canal
Record and it is a honey. We who were on the Zone in the good old days
long for news of the Zone and the Record has it. Bessie and Joe Welsh
stopped by for a visit recently, also W. H. Grady, now at Colon Hospital.
We are always glad to see old friends from the Zone when they pass
Virginia Seiler went to Charleston, S. C. to attend the funeral of
Lena Wynne, wife of Arhur Wynne, formerly of Gamboa, C. Z.
G. E. Duckworah of West Liberty, Ohio, also sent in information
about Herb Neville. The news had been relayed to him by Steve Pode,
an early construction days steam shovel engineer, of Malone, N. Y.
C. J. Post of St. Augustine, recently contacted Dr. James L. Ward-
law Jr. who worked as a conductor during construction days and later
as store keeper aa the coaling plant. Dr. Wardlaw is Director of the
Field Advisory Staff of the Florida State Board of Health.
Dr. and Mrs. C. C. Clay write that their son, Jack, is with them now.
Graduated from the University of Miami, Fla. and now working for
North American Aviation Corp.
J. Floyd McTyier of N. Y. writes that he was vacationing at Silver
Bay, Lake George, and was interested and surprised to learn that Mrs.
Jess Hopkins, widow of a former clubhouse Secretary, was the Staff nurse.
Hugo Nash is now enjoying swimming, boating, and fishing at their
Lake Georgia home. The Nashes recently moved to Orlando from Miami.
Winifred Sealy of Washington, D. C. says she is enjoying the Record.
A Zone friend who visited her recently, spent time and a half looking
over the Year Book finding names and addresses of friends she had lost
Viola Bissell Shea writes that her Dad is not well so her thoughts
are entirely with and on him. "We enjoy the Record of interesting news
of our Panamanian friend. Those old friends will always hold a warm
place in our hearts."
Dr. and Mrs. G. R. Wright say they enjoy each issue of the Record
and send best wishes to all friends.
Francis A. Hobart of Groton, Conn. found, the June Record very in-
teresting and is now looking forward to the next issue.
Agnes Detour Berot of Minneapolis, Minn. wishes us continued
success with the Record. ad hoped for news of old timers of her time
from 1912 to 1914. Maybe better luck next time.
Percy M. Endom, who says he served from 1912 to 1919 in Chief
Johannes dept. has joined the Society. During the year 1918, Mrs. Endom
worked in the admitting office at Gorgas Hospital. The Endom's now live
in Redondo Beach, Calif.
Thomas J. Gross of Mexico City says; "we look forward most
eagerly for the arrival of the Canal Record but have not received a copy
since March. Must have gone astray. Que Pasa?"
Margaret and Charles S. Hardy are new members and are tempor-
arily living in Miami. Their son is a student in Miami Edison High.
Virginia Windquist Seller writes that they had intended to retire
this year but it's not to be, at least not this year. She reports her mother.
who is 82 years old, is well and able to make an occasional bus trip
to visit some of her old friends who live near by, among them Mrs.
Tonneson and Mrs. Sundberg.
Mrs. Samuel S. Irwin writes that they will make a trip to Florida
some day if she can ever pull Sam away from the mountains. Reports
the growing colony of ex-Zonians, all seem happy.
Mrs. Mary Davies hopes to sell her home in Santa Clara and settle
in Florida. Mother Davies is living with her sister-in-law in Wenatchee,
Washington. Mrs. Davies is a new member but an old friend of many
Mrs. Emerson Fuller and hubby are busy on a house building pro-
ject and expect to have a beautiful home some day. Mrs. Fuller had
recently run into Commander Fred Bowser, once with the Panama Amer-
ican and General Danielson, constructing Quartermaster on the Zone in
the late 40's. They also report the arrival of their second grand-child,
Cynthia Ann, born August 14th to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Whitaker.
Marian and Harold Bevington, now settled in Rock Stream, N. Y.,
are new members. Since locating in Rock Stream, they have enjoyed
visits from the Ernest Cotton's, and Vi and Art Miner. Needless to say,
they had a grand rag chew of days gone by.
New members Ernest Cotton and wife arrived in the States July 9.
Attended the Shrine Convention in N. Y., then to the Finger Lake region
of N. Y., then to Rutland, Vt., then to Alfred, Maine to visit Tom and
Laura Jordan and the Dick Taylors. Then on to Providence to visit the
Forstroms, from there to Dallas, Texas to spend the winter with Mrs.
Cotton's sister, Mrs. Anthony Fernandez, with a visit to Florine and
Jerry Prager scheduled for Christmas.
Col. Hugh J. Deeney and wife are new members of the Society.
Mrs. Deeney is former school teacher, Georgia Wardlaw. Col Denney
spent 16 years on the Isthmus on three separate tours of duty between
1914 and 1946.
Frieda H. Koerber writes from Calif. that she is comfortably and
happily settled in the W.C.T.U. Home, Eagle Rock, Calif. Life for a
lady 80 plus is quiet but enjoyable as she frequently sees old Canal Zone
friends and attends the Canal picnics in Los Angeles.
Harry Comley sends us the address of their home. 2915 Nottingham
Street, Arlington 7, Virginia. Says he thoroughly enjoys the Record with
its news of friends, retired and otherwise.
Mr. and Mrs. E. K. Brown of Tocoma, Washington, say they do
enjoy the Record and please keep it coming.
Mrs. Beatrice Minnix if Springdale, Ark. sends her regards to Anna
Bartlett and Mrs. Conkerton and writes that she sure did enjoy the
Mrs. Elsie McLaren of Orlando writes that she has just returned
from a trip to New York where she was joined by daughter, Phyllis, and
her fiancee, Richard J. Bartley of Holmes, Penn. Phyllis is in her
senior year at State Teachers College, Bloomsburg, Pa. Her daughter,
Virginia, has returned from a wonderful vacation spent at Doc and Sue
Odom's ranch in Dothan, Ala. Doc has taught Virginia to drive a car,
but Virginia would rather steer a horse any day, and can't wait to go
back to Doc and Sue's place.
Mr. Arthur Goulet of Balboa, writes in to report another grondson
(see births) and to say how shocked everyone was at the sudden death
of C. Bailey in Gorgas (see Curtain Falls). She says her brother, Jim,
has been a patient in Colon Hospital for over four years.
Mrs. Mary McDonald of Tampa, has returned from a visit with
friends and relatives in Texas. While there she visited in Brownsville
with Mrs. J. B. Fields. Mrs. Fields wishes to be remembered to all her
friends in St. Pete and Tampa.
Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Melms of Detroit spent their summer vacation
touring Canada, Upper New York State, Maine, and Mass. In Castine,
Maine, they spent a week with Elizabeth Chester and a week with Charlene
Devereaux at her shore camp. On their return to Detroit, they enjoyed a
visit with Col. and Mrs. Herbert E. Pace of Key, West. Col. Pace was
at one time Commanding Officer at Camp Gaillard, C. Z.
Mrs. Ruth Page of Cristobal, says she cannot be at the Reunion
this year so will have too be satisfied with the Record which she enjoys
immensely and passes around for others to enjoy.
Blanche and Jesse H. Stevenson of Palo Alto, Calif. send greetings
to the P. C. Society of Florida. They greatly enjoy the Record with
news of legislation and of cherished former friends and associates.
Mrs. Seebt writes that they are members of the Golden Age Club
and send greetings to all Florida friends. They would like to have any
friends going through New Orleans stop and see them. They sent a snap-
shot of Mr. Seebt and their home which we will print in a later issue.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Miss Virginia Marie Coffey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William
Coffey of Balboa, exchanged wedding vows with Seageant William Dean
Young, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Bruce of Carrollton, Missouri, during
a candlelight, double ring ceremony on September 25th at 7:00 o'clock
in the Albrook Air Force Base Chapel. Chaplain V. H. Warner officiated
at the ceremony.
In a candlelight ceremony at the American Episcopal Church of Our
Savior in New Cristobal, Miss Martha Belle White, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Harold S. White, Sr., of Brazos Heights, plighted her troth to Mr.
Kenneth Charles Barnett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Julian Barnett of West
Hartford, Conn. The double ring ceremony took place Wednesday, Sept.
9th, at eight o'clock with Reverend Mainert J. Peterson officiating in the
presence of a large gathering of friends.
Miss Florence May McCarty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Angela
McCarty Wright of Curundu and the late Daniel M. McCarty, chemist
of the Gorgas Hospital Laboratory, was married to Mr. John Hudson
Ray, son of Dr. Robert C. Ray, U.S.N. and Mrs. Meryl Ray of San Diego,
in a quiet ceremony performed on September 3rd, in Los Angeles, Calif.
The wedding of Miss Dora Weich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris
Weich of Gatun, took place in the Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous
Medal at 7:30 o'clock on August 15th. The ceremony, performed by the
Rev. John Tumulty, C. M., was in the presence of members and close
On September 15th at a candlelight ceremony, Miss Shirley Carlene
Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Smith of Bella Vista, became
the bride of Mr. Edward Francis O'Connor, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs.
Edward F. O'Connor. The ceremony was performed before a large gather-
ing of relatives and friends by Father Manual Prada at the Sanctuario
Nacional del Corazon de Maria in the Bella Vista section of Panama City.
Miss Mary Margaret Dagnall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
Noel Dagnall of Lewes, Sussex England, formerly of Colon, plighted
her troth to Mr. David Basil Conway Verney, son of Professor E. B.
Verney, F.R.S. and Dr. Ruth Verney of Cambridge, England, in an im-
pressive ceremony at Christ Church by the Sea, which was decorated with
ferns and white flowers and tapers on the altar for the occasion.
Miss Elizabeth Feliz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elwin Feliz of
Panama City, became the bride of Mr. James Roddy, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Edwin J. Roddy, at the Holy Family Church in Margarita, on Aug-
Miss Barbara Mae Millard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin F.
Millard of Balboa, and Mr. Howard Mercer Armistead, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Roy F. Armistead of Diablo, exchanged vows during a double ring
ceremony solemnized Saturday evening, September 5th at 7:00 p. m. in
the Balboa Union Church. The Reverand Alexander H. Shaw officiated
at the ceremony.
Rites solemnized at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 6:30 p. m. August
15th, united in marriage Miss Marion Schieveland of Pine Castle, Florida
Robert K. Thompson of Orlando. The couple spoke vows against a back-
ground of lighted tapers and palms, with the Rev. Gustav Grahn officiat-
ing at the double ring ceremony.
Miss Laura Belle Fisher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Fisher of
Spokane, Washington, exchanged wedding vows with Mr. James D.
Forbes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Forbes of Balboa Heights,
Canal Zone, during a ceremony held in St. Paul's Methodist Church,
Spokane, Washington, on August 9th before an altar banked with bas-
kets of white gladioli and carnations. The Reverend E. J. Aschenbrenner
officiated at the ceremony.
Miss Lily Keith Davis, daughter of Mrs. Orville Porter Davis of
West Palm Beach, Florida and the late Mr. Davis, was married to Wil-
liam Yound Boyd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert James Boyd of Planama,
in the candlelit chapel of the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York
City on September 10th. The Reverend W. A. Wendt of Trinity Piarish
and the brother-in-law of the bride, officiated at the ceremony.
Miss Elizabeth Anstey Giavelli, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon W.
Giavelli, exchanged wedding vows with Samuel L. Catlett, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Leon W. Catlett of Sevierville, Tennessee, on Friday evening,
September 1st, in the Sacred Heart Chapel in Ancon. The Reverend Father
Michael J. Wye, C. M. officiated at the ceremony.
In a private ceremony in the Chambers at the Cristobal Magistrate's
court, Judge E. I. P. Tatelman performed a double ring ceremony at
which Miss Dinah Sasso became the bride of Mr. D. Robert LaPorta.
Mr. and Mrs. LaPorta left for a short honeymoon to be spent in the
Interior of Panama. Upon their return they will reside in Margarita.
Mr. LaPorta is stationed with the Canal Zone Police on the Atlantic side.
The engagement of Miss Nancy Kaufer to Mr. Leroy Lester Leach
has been announced. Miss Kaufer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. A.
Kaufer of Margarita. Mr. Leach is the son of Mrs. Julia Leach and the
late Mr. Raymond Leach of Swampscott, Mass., formerly of Cristobal.
A June wedding is planned.
Miss Marion Harris, daughter of Mrs. Alberta P. Harris and the
late Homer R. Harris, became the bride of Heywood S. Wilkins, Satur-
day, October 10th at 11 a.am. at the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church in St.
Petersburg. The Reverend Vaughn M. Johnson performed the ceremony.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Mize of Charleston, S. C.
After a short wedding trip the couple will leave for the Canal Zone where
the bridegroom is stationed with the Air Force.
Miss Maria Isabel Uribe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luis Uribe of
Panama City, and Lt. Michael Joseph Dawson, U.S.A.F., son of Mrs.
Charles Dawson and the late Mr. Dawson, were united in marriage on
the morning of October 8th at an 8 o'clock Nuptial mass solemnized in
the Santuario Nacional de Maria. Father Manuel Prada officiated at the
Miss Margarite Linares, daughter of Mrs. Abbie Linares de Brink
and the late Aristedes Linares, was united in marriage to Ricardo Rojas
Sucre, son of Dona Emma Sucre V.d.a. de Rojas, on Friday morning,
October 16th at the Cristo Rey Church in Bella Vista.
The marriage of Mrs Mildred Piper to Sergeant Maurice L. Jones
of Fort Kobbe, was solemnized Saturday morning, October 10th at 10:00
o'clock at the Fort Kobbe Chapel. Chaplain John McGregor officiated
at the ceremony.
On October 14th at 5 p. m., Mrs. Ruth C. Lord and Mr. Roy Dwelle
were united in marriage by the Rev. Alexander H. Shaw of the Balboa
Union Church, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
James Lord of Balboa. After October 26th, Mr. and Mrs. Dwelle will be
at home to their friends at 0273 C, Gamboa.
The announcement of the approaching marriage of Miss Gwendolyn
Kariger to Mr. Gunther Stegmeier of Washington, D. C. has been received.
The wedding will take place September 5th in the Ooakdale Presbyter-
ian Church, Norfolk, Virginia.
The marriage of Miss Helen Virginia Edwards, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Kenneth Edwards of Pedro Miguel, to Staff Sergeant Raymond H.
Magan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Magan of Ptieblo, Colorado, was
solemnized in St. Mary's Church, Balboa, before an altar arranged with
vases of white Easter lillies and white tapers in candelabrum.. The
double ring ceremony was solemnized by the Rev. John A. Doyle, C. M.
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander McKeown of Cristobal, announce the
engagement of their daughter, Norma, to Mr. William H. Ryan of Bal-
boa, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Ryan of Evanston, Illinois. Miss
McKeown is a graduate of Balboa High School in the Class of '51 and
of Bryant and Stratton Business College in Boston, in 1952. Mr. Ryan
graduated from Mexico City College in 1951. A wedding is planned for
the early fall.
Mr. and Mrs. George M. Lowe of Ancon have announced the engage-
ment of their daughter, Marguerite A. Lowe of Boothwyn, Pa. to Sergeant
O. L. McCombs, Co. C, 33rd Infantry, Fort Kobbe, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Sim F. Weeks of Pocatello, Idaho. No date has been set for the wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. Sol Yudine of Ancon have announced the engagement
and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jacqueline March Yudine,
to Sergeant Arthur L. Gordon, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Gordon of
Bradford, Tenn. The wedding will be solemnized on October 2nd.
Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Holland Sr., of Curundu, announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Shirley B. Holland to S/Sgt. R. Byron Wil-
loughby, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Willoughby of Albertsville, Ala.
A November wedding is planned.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Harris of Pedro Miguel have announced the
engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jean Louise
Harris to Leo Alexander Turner, son of Mrs. Ruth Turner of Margarita.
Miss Harris is a graduate of Balboa High School, Class of '52 and is
now employed by the Bell Telephone Company in Oak Park, Ill. The
marriage will be solemnized October 3rd in St. Edmunds Church, Ook
Miss Patricia Anne Kelly, daughter of Mr. Max R. Kelly of San
Juan Del Sur,, Nicaragua and Mrs. Kelly of Balboa, was married on
September 12th ot 9:00 a. m. in the Cathedral of St. Luke, Ancon, to Mr.
Frank Henry Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Robinson of New
Miss Louise Harris, daughter of Mrs. Alberta P. Harris was married
to Mr. Charles O. Bradshaw on August 16th at the First Southern Baptist
Church in Santa Paula, Calif. Reverend W. H. Rosecrans performed the
To all their friends who have offered the advise "have no fears",
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Fears announce that they now have one. Kath-
leen Anne was born August 20th at Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. William Cardoze of Bella Vista announce the birth
of twin sons, Jorge Guillermo Cardoze and Roberto Juan Cardoze on
September 26th at San Fernando Clinic.
Mrs. Cardoze is the former Ann Leigh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert T. Leigh of Colon. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George
Cardoze of Bella Vista.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis A. Engel of Woodside, Long Island, announce
the birth of a daughter, Diane Barbara on September 28th. Mrs. Engel
is the former Lois Hohmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Hoh-
mann of Balboa, Canal Zone. The beby's paternal grandparents are Mrs.
Anna P. Engel of Woodside, Long Island and the late Mr. Martin Engel.
Mr. and Mrs. P. V. Zagone of Alamagordo, New Mexico announce
the birth of their third child, Michael Anthony Zagone, on Saturday,
September 12th. Mrs. Zagone is the former Mary G. Goulet, daughter of
Mrs. A. W. Goulet of Ancon.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Wertz, formerly of the Canal Zone and now
of New Orleans, Louisiana, announce the birth of a daughter, Carol
Keating Wertz. The paternal Grandmother is Mrs. Ella Wertz of Ancon.
Lieutenant and Mrs. Malcom S. Jones of Arlington, Virginia an-
nounce the birth of a son, Malcolm Stephen Jones III, on August 27th.
Mrs. Jones is the former Patricia Bathmann, who taught Physical Edu-
cation in the Balboa Schools for several years. The maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Bathmann of Cocoli.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bowen of Ancon announce the birth of a son,
Stephen Mark Bowen on Friday morning, Aug. 15th at Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Setly of Margarita, announce the birth of a
son, Roger Lee at Colon Hospital, August 1st.
Lt. Col. (retired) and Mrs. Henry R. Brewerton have announced
the birth of a daughter, Jeanne, born in Rodriguez Army Hospital, Fort
Brooks, Puerto Rico on August 16th.
Colonel Brewerton was reared on the Canal Zone and during World
War II was stationed at Fort Sherman. Both he and his wife have rela-
tives and friends on the Isthmus. The couple resides at Santurce, Puerto
Rico. Mr. Brewerton is manager of Continental Schools, Inc.
Sergeant and Mrs. A. C. Bresch, Jr. of Fort Gulick, announce the
birth of a daughter on September 25th at the Colon Hospital. The baby
has been named Beverly Madison for her aunt, Miss Beverly Madison.
The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Bresch, Sr. of Bremer-
ton, Washington, and the Maternal grandmother is Mrs. J. R. Smith of
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crowell of Pedro Miguel are the parents of
a baby girl born Thursday, August 13th at Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Koperski of Miami, Florida, announce the
birth of a daughter on October 3rd. She has been named Marion Friant.
Mrs. Koperski is the former Miss Marjean Metzger, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. R. Metzger of Miami, formerly of Cristobal. The paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Koperski of De Lesseps.
Mr. and Mrs. George Y. Scott, Jr. of Curundu announce the birth
of their fourth son, Geoffrey Mark Scott, on October 5th at Gorgas Hos-
pital. Mrs. Scott is the former Roberta McClosky, daughter of Mrs. Mae
McClosky of Balboa. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George
T. Scott of Margarita.
Staff Sergeant and Mrs. Paul E. Calvit announce the birth of a son,
Frank Edward on August 3rd in Rome, Italy. The paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Calvit of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Lieutenant and Mrs. Ian Johnson announce the birth of a daughter
on October 14th at the Coco Solo Naval Hospital. The baby has been
named Paula Llewelyn. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
John E. Johnson of Rock Stream, N. Y., former residents of Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gilchrist of Schenectedy, N. Y. announce the
birth of a son, Robert Lee on September 1st. Mrs. Gilchrist is the former
Eve Warner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Warner of Pinellas Park,
Florida, formerly of Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Schuster of Gatun announce the birth of
their second child, a son, on October 5th in the Colon Hospital. The
baby has been named Richard James. Mr. Schuster is employed with the
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Dolan of Balboa announce the birth of
their fourth child, a daughter, born October 10th at Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Dolan is the former Anna Marie Chase, daughter of Mrs. Charles
Chase of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne H. (Gus) Nellis, of Santa Monica, California,
announce the birth of their first child, a boy, on September 26th in that
city. Mr. and Mrs. Nellis were reared in Gatun. She was the former Miss
Marjorie Styles. Mr. Nellis is an engineer with the Southern California
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Cullen of Gainesville, Florida, and formerly
of Pedro Miguel, announce the birth of a son on October 14th. Mrs.
Cullen is the former Evelyn Townsend, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Edward Townsend of Balboa. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
James C. Cullen of Clearwater, Florida and former residents of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Caleb C. Clement of Gatun, announce the birth of
their second son in Colon Hospital, on October 17th. The baby will be
a "Junior" named for his father. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Leon
Egolf of Gamboa and Mrs. Alice Clement of Gatun.
T. Sgt. and Mrs. Dale G. Rakes announce the birth of a daughter
on October 4th at Bitberg, Germany. The baby has been named Sidnee
Lynn. Mrs. Rakes is the former Miss Mary Louise Scranton, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard H. Scranton of Margarita. The paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. J. Rakes of Nebraska City, Nebraska.
Cecil M. Banan, Dredging Division-32 years, 9 months, 18 days.
Richard C. McKeown, Maintenance Division-15 years, 2 months, 1 day.
George D. Mead, Panama Canal Pilot-llyears, 2 months, 21 days.
Augustus C. Medinger, Terminal Director-37 years, 10 months, 1 day.
Samuel J. Milliken, Panama Canal Pilot-27 years, 1 month, 14 days.
George D. Poole, Assistant Superintendent of Gatun Locks-
28 years, 9 months, 16 days.
James H. Weltmer, Maintenance Division-33 years, 7 months, 17 days.
Harry E. Bissell, Maintenance Division-25 years, 9 months, 10 days.
William Diez, Locks Division-30 years, 6 months, 5 days.
Charles F. Fromal, Locks Division-16 years, 10 months, 11 days.
Mrs. Jessie K. Maurer, Colon Hospital-29 years, 4 months, 1 day.
Roger B. Morrow, Engineering Division-17 years, 5 months, 23 days.
Lewis Ryan, Electrical Division-34 years, 10 months, 17 days.
Merrill Stutzman, Community Services-31 years, 3 months, 2 days.
James McKeown, Maintenance-35 years, 2 months, 24 days.
Mrs. Fred Spriegel writes that Fred is gaining slowly, eats good and
sleeps well, but cannot get around without help. He has been ill for
six and a half months and is very impatient because he is making such
Jonas White reports that Ella Mae entered the hospital on the llth of
September with a serious case of Coronary Thrombosis. His card of
September 25th reports that the Medico has it under control and that she
is feeling fine again. Hopes to get her home, soon.
Mrs. Edna Whitver was in the Deaconess Hospital in Evansville,
Indiana, and underwent a serious operation early in October.
Mrs. Martha Jensen writes from Maryland General Hospital to say
that she is recovering after a serious operation.
Mrs. L. H. Loring or Yarmouth, Maine, fell and broke her right
hip, August 20th, while on a shopping tour. Was taken to Mercy Hospital
and may have to undergo surgery.
Mrs. Marie McKeevers of Gamboa, was stricken by a cerebral hemmor-
hage on September 16th. At last reports, Mrs. McKeever was at home
and doing as well as could be expected.
Herman E. Wulff of Zephyrhills, Florida, suffered a heart attack
in mid September. The doctor ordered a complete rest and relaxation.
According to our latest report, Mr. Wulff is some better.
Earl Brown reports that Leo Wilkes of Tenniville, Georgia is a
patient in the Dublin, Ga. Veterans Hospital. Had an operation Oct. 7th.
Cards of Thanks have been received from the following:
From Mrs. Emma Brain for flowers sent her during her illness.
From Mrs. Rosemary Franklin, 163 Dewey St., Lima, Ohio for floral
piece sent for the funeral of her brother J. Marion Matchette.
A card from Al Geddes thanking all for flowers sent him during
his confinement in a Miami hospital.
From Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Luther for the floral piece sent for Bob
From Dorothy and Ned Neville, "For your kind expression of
sympathy on the death of our mother."
A card from Mrs. Vard Kerruish, "For your kind and sincere ex-
pression of sympathy."
From Dave Raymond of Balboa. "My appreciation to your fine
Society for the condolence message so thoughtfully sent me. It was a
comforting feeling to have so many fine old friends at Dad's services.
I know he, too, would have been grateful for the respect paid him."
From Mrs. Edna Whitver for flowers sent her while she was in the
hospital. During her convalescence, Mrs. Whitver will be at 2200 Vir-
ginia, Evansville, Indiana.
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Mrs. E. H. Neville, Sr. died suddenly at her home in Chestnut Hill,
Mass. according to word receiver here. Surviving Mrs. Neville are a
daughter, Mrs. George Carens, of Wellesly Hills, Mass. and a son, Edward
H. Neville, of the Canal Zone.
News of the death of Henry T. Pescod, formerly a manager of All-
American Cables Office in Cristobal, on July 10th, in San Jose, Costa
Rica, has been received. He is survived by eleven children: Thomas,
George, Jack, James Gladys, Mrs. Lucy Whaley and Mrs. Joyce Kuling,
all residents of the Isthmus, and Freddy, Mrs. Lily Barefoot and Mrs.
Alice Alcock, who are residents of nearby Latin American countries.
News of the death of Charles C. Little, retired Canal employee and
well known resident of the Isthmus for many years, has been received.
His death occurred August 10th at his home in Taneytown, Maryland.
He was eighty years old.
He is survived by his wife, whose mail address is Box 297, Taney-
town, Maryland; two grandsons, Richard A. Little, of Jackson, Michigan
and Charles N. Little, a member of the Canal Zone Police force; and
News has been received of the death in Washington, D. C. on Sept.
3rd of Mrs. Lena Gertrude Wynne, wife of Arthur Wynne, a Canal old
timer who retired in 1940. Burial was in Charleston, S. C., Mrs. Wynne's
former home. Mr. and Mrs. Wynne had been residents of Gamboa.
Mrs. Lillian Rose Ansel Farrell of Diablo eights, died September
9th at the age of 79. In addition to her son, she is survived by a sister,
Mrs. Josephine Murphy of Roxbury, Mass.
William "Bill" Wallingford, formerly in business in Panama, died
in San Antonio, Texas recently. Mr. Wallingford, an American, was 69
years old. He operated an automobile agency known as Wallingford and
Arango in Panama for many years. He is survived by his wife, Petrita, a
daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Scott of Seattle and two sisters, Mrs. Ross of Port-
land, Oregon and Mrs. Katherine Knight of Los Angeles.
Mrs. Helen Melbye of Gamboa, died September 27th at Gorgas Hos-
pital. She was 29 years old. She is survived by her husband, Maxwell
W. Melby who is employed as Filteration Plant Operaetor at Miraflores.
Frederick C. Kyleber, 68, died at Gorgas Hospital where he had
been a patient since August 10th. Since his retirement he had made his
home in Gamboa with his wife, Bertha. He is also survived by two mar-
ried daughters living in the United States.
Harry Smith Raymond, 71 year old veteran of the Spanish American
War and World War I, died at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital in St. Peters-
burg, Florida. He is survived by one son, Harry David Raymond, of
the Panama Canal Zone.
William C. Young, a resident of the Isthmus for the past 40 years,
died at Gorgas Hospital. He was 74 years old. He is survived by a daugh-
ter, Miss Sylvia Young of Colon, with whom he resided; a son Joseph
H. Young of Pedro Miguel; and four grandchildren.
Elmer C. Richter, for nine years a machinist with the Mechanical
Division, and a leading private flier from Panama's Patilla airport during
his time onthe Isthmus, died in a glider crash at North Plainfield, N. J.
September 12th. He was 38 years old. He is survived by his widow, Mrs.
Doris Swanson Richter, his parents, two brothers and a sister.
Vard A. Kerruish, 57, in St. Petersburg one month, from Balboa,
Canal Zone, died of a heart attack September 18th, at his home, 432
15th Street North. Mr. Kerruish worked as a steward in the Balboa Club-
house. He was a member of the Congregational Church. His wife, Kath-
erine Kerruish, survives.
Robert Bob) Glaw, paymaster for the Panama Canal for over 40
years, died September 24th. He was 75 years old. Mr. Glaw moved to
St. Petersburg 10 years ago when he retired. He had been in the Panama
Canal Zone since 1904. Mr. Glaw is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs.
Bert Schafmayer, Chicago, Illinois.
Word has been received of the recent death of Dewey Carty at his
home, 2346 Vermont Street, Blue Island, Illinois. Mr. Carty spent his
early years on the Isthmus. He is survived by his wife, the former Elodia
Brid, member of a well know family in Panama. Mr. Carty was a brother
of the late Mrs. Ruth E. Bailey.
Mrs. Clara E. Youart of Gamboa, a resident of the Isthmus for the
past 25 years, died at Gorgas Hospital after a few days illness. She was
56 years old. Mrs. Youart was the wife of Lt. John E. Youart, com-
mander of the Gamboa Fire Station. She was born in Hoboken, N. J. In
addition to her husband she is survived by two brothers, Walter A. Wei-
man, assistant housing manager in Balboa and Fred L. Weiman of Jersey
Mrs. Ana Mae Biavaof Gamboa, died August 11th at Gorgas Hos-
pital where she had been a patient since July 25th. She was 56 years old.
She was born in Oregon and came to the Canal Zone from Burlingame,
California in 1490 when her husband, Vincent Biava, was employed as
Machinist in the Dredging Division. Beside her husband she is survived
by a son, Richard D. Biava.
Patrick John Donovan, 70, died at his home, 1628 Darmouth Street,
Clearwater, Florida. He came to Clearwater three years ago from Cristo-
bal, Canal Zone, where he had been in the Government service for 30
years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eileen Reynolds Donovan, Clear-
water; a son, John Patrick Donovan of Beverly, Mass.; two daughters,
Miss Eileen Donovan of Clearwater and Mrs. Lawrence D. Kelley, Weis-
baden, Germany; two brothers, Daniel Donovan of Chicago and Thomas
Donovan of Brooklyn, N. Y.
Mrs. Emma Eyerly Betancourt, prominent Isthmian resident for the
past 25 years, died at Panama Hospital. She was 53 years old. Mrs.
Betancourt was born in Danville, Pa., where her parents still live. She is
survived on the Isthmus by her husband, Sergio Betancourt, a well known
Panama businessman, and two sons, Sergio Edward, 18 and Carlos, 15.
The family live in Golf Heights. In the U. S. also are two brothers,
Edwin G. Eyerly of White Plains, N. Y. and Col. William J. Eyerly of
Fort Benning, Georgia.
Mrs. Catherine Fulton Paterson, 66, former resident of the Panama
Canal Zone, died in a St. Petersburg Hospital on September 10th. Mrs.
Paterson's survivors are her husband, John, of Gulfport, and two sons,
Jack F. Paterson of Schnectedy, N. Y. and Oilver G. Paterson of the
Lt. Thomas Foley, retired Canal Zone policeman, died August 22nd
at Soldiers Hospital in Washington. In addition to his wife who now
resides in Washington, Lt. Foley is survived by one son, Thomas Jr., also
a resident of Washington; three daughters, Mrs. Genevieve Field and Mrs.
Mary Cronan, both of Margarita, and Mrs. Ellen Husum of Balboa, and
Mrs. Forrest Donald, 23 year old wife of Dr. Robert Donald, a
Gorgas Hospital intern, died at 9:30 August 26th.
Mrs. Annie H. Ashton, 82 years old, died August 26th at Gorgas
Hospital. Mrs. Ashton is survived by two daughters, Mrs. M. K. Edwards
and Mrs. Sullivan, both of the Canal Zone.
Orville Johnston, an employee of the Pacific Locks as a locomo-
tive engineer, died August 25th at Gorgas Hospital. He was 46 years
old. Mr. Johnston resided at 33 National Avenue in Panama City and was
admitted to the hospital early that month.
Mr. Ned Lyons, age 65, died August 8th at Salisbury, North Car-
olina. He was a brother of Mr. Fred Lyons of Clearwater.
L. S. Brown, an American employee of the Tropical Paint Co. of
Curundu, died suddenly of a heart attack while he was in New Orleans
for medical treatment. Besides 'his widow he is survived by a daughter,
Mrs. Jessie T. Getman of Gamboa, who came to the Canal Zone in
1906, died August 17th at Gorgas Hospital. She was the widow of Boyce
A. Getman, well known Canal old timer. Surviving are her two daugh-
ters, Mrs. G. E. Cooper of Gamboa, and Mrs. A. M. Callahan of Bang-
kok, Thailand; three grand-children, Gerald Cooper of Gamboa, and
Kathleen and Stephen Callahan of Bangkok; and three brothers and a
sister who reside in Amsterdam, N. Y.
Mrs. Lillian Ray Boyce, 81, widow of Capt. Clark Boyce, former
Canal Pilot, died August 20th at her home in Henderson, Maine.
Mr. Francis L. Sala, age 74, retired Panama Canal employee, died
August 1st at Gorgas Hospital. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Dalia
Sala and a daughter, Mrs. Henry Darlington of Panama City.
Word has been received of the death of Cecil C. Bailey in Gorgas
Hospital. He was 68 years old. Since his retirement, Mr. Bailey has
made his home with his son, W. C. Bailey of Ancon.
Mr. John A. Patterson of Selinsgrove, Pa., died in the Sacred Heart
Hospital in July. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Howard Yeager of
Macunzie, Pa. Mrs. Patterson, his wife, died on March 25th, 1953.
News was late in reaching us of the death of E. B. (Eddie) Strawn
on June 26th at his home in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He is survived
by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Toby Morgan, and two grandchildren.
Marshall J. Steele, a retired P.R.R. employee, died August 26th
at his home in La Mesa, California. He was 82 years old. Survivors are
his widow, Lillian; a daughter, Mrs. Pauline McTucker of San Diego,
and a brother in New York.
Word has been received of the death of Herbert C. Neville at his
home near Tupper Lake, New York. He is survived by a son and a
daughter, a sister, Mrs. Florence N. Miller of the Canal Zone and one
An interesting letter from Herb about his wilderness home was
printed in the June Canal Record.
Mrs. Howard Clark died August 24th at Santo Thomas Hospital in
Panama. Mrs. Clark was 60 years old. In addition to her husband, she
is survived by two sons, Leslie and Howard, both of Margarita, and by
a sister, Mrs. Florence McKensie of Miami.
News of the death of William McK. Ramsey, formerly employed as
Lockmaster at the Pacific Locks, in Casablanca, Morocco,last July has
been received by friends. He was 56 years old. He is survived by a young
son and daughter, a brother and a sister, all of whom are living in Kansas.
George E. Weeden, an American old timer who went to the Canal
in 1907, died recently in Chitre, R. P. where he had resided for many
years since his retirement. Mr. Weeden is survived by his wife, Dona
Maria Perez de Weeden.
Donna A. Woodman, ten year old daughter of Mrs. Dora Woodman,
died September 29th at Gorgas Hospital. She had been ill for several
months. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Fairbrother of Ancon, and Edward Woodman of
Mrs. Cornelia Brice Lawrie, former long time resident of the Canal
Zone, died recently at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, N. C. Mrs. Lawrie
is survived by a. daughter Christine; two sisters in Charlotte, Miss Ida
Brice and Mrs. Francis Crawford; and a brother, Donald Brice of Col-
umbus, South Carolina.
Miss Mary Pitney, 41, teacher of English at the Panama University,
for the past five years, died August 9th at Gorgas Hospital. Miss Pitney
suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while visiting at Santa Clara and was
rushed to the hospital where she died. Miss Pitney had been a resident
of Panama for several years.
Mr. Frederick Klaes died October 15th in a St. Petersburg hospital
Mr. Klaes was a former cable splicer with the Panama Canal. He is
survived by his wife Mary, a brother, George, and three sisters; Mrs.
George Wermuth, Mrs. Joseph Sullivan and Mrs. William Pobler, all of
Poughkeepsie, N. Y.
Mrs. Klaes will make her home at 15 South White Street, Pough-
aeepsie, N. Y.
Word has been received of the death of Garfield O. Gilbert on
August 14th. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Mr. Gilbert,
a former post office inspector on the Zone, resigned about 1914. Mrs.
Gilbert, the former Alice Barnard, was an Ancon Hospital nurse back
in 1910. Mrs. Gilbert now resides at Little Valley, N. Y.
News of the death of Mrs. C. W. Amos of Nehalem,; Oregon on
September 22nd has been received. Mrs. Amos is survived by her husband
and two sons. All were former Canal Zone residents.
Mr. George Nolte died September 27th at his home in Panama City,
R. P. following a long illness. Mr. Nolte is survived by his widow and
his son--inlaw and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Norman E. Demers of Cristo-
bal, C. Z.
Mrs.Rosa Chan died on Friday, October 16th at Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Chan was the wife of Harry Chan, long time employee of the pay
office at Balboa. Mrs. Chan, who was 66 years old, is survived by her
husband, four daughters, and a son.
Mrs. Lula Thornton, 74 years old, died on October 19th at Gorgas
Hospital. Mrs. Thornton, a resident of the Isthmus for 45 years, had
been in ill health for some time. She is survived by her daughter, Miss
Frances Thornton of Curundu, C. Z., and by her son, Philip S. Thornton
of the Canal Zone.
Jack D. Yeager, a retired Canal employee, died Monday, October
Ith, in Glen Falls, N. Y. Mr. Yeager is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sally
Mrs. Rose Humber of Panama City, R. P. died October 11th in
Panama Hospital. Mrs. Humber was the widow of the late E. S. Humber,
who for many years was British Vice-Consul in Panama. She is survived
by three sons; Eric and Granville of Panama City, Dudley of Los
Angeles, and two daughters; Brenda Humber of Balboa and Mrs. Sybil
Tucker of California. Mrs. Humber had resided on the Isthmus since 1890.
Mrs. Hattie O. Duey, 72, former resident of the Canal Zone died
recently in Miami, Florida. Surviving are two sons, Carl of Miami and
T. M. Duey of Columbus, Georgia. Two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Lincoln
of the Canal Zone and Mrs. Ray Coquet of Miami, and 13 grandchildren.
May the deep and sincere sympathy of friends help to give you
comfort today and courage for the days to come.
FROM VARIOUS PANAMA CANAL SOCIETIES
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
SEPTEMBER 14th, 1953 LOWRY PARK, TAMPA
Approximately 125 members were gathered at Lowry Park, Tampa,
for the Society's regular meeting; delightful picnic weather prevailed.
Meeting was called to order at 2:00 P. M. by President Charles G.
Invocation was offered by Chaplain Charles H. Beetham.
The following officers were present:
President -- --------- Charles G. Calvit
Secretary-Treasurer -- Mrs. Lucille S. Jadd
Corresponding Secretary------ Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mrs. Bessie Lyons acted as Receptionist for Mrs. Conkerton, and
introduced out-of-town members and visitors, who responded to the
welcome. Among them were:
Mr. and Mrs. Mal Dodson, of Tampa, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clements, of Lutz, Florida.
Mr. and rs. Cooper, both Senior and Junior.
Mr. Andrew Johnson.
Mrs. Alberta Powers Harris, and daughter Marion.
Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Krogman.
Mr. and Mrs. V. A. Kerruish.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Grier, on vacation from the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Nygard.
Mrs. Lillian Thain and Mrs. Jane Aitken (Guests of the Charles
Hills of Zephyrhills).
Corresponding Secretary read minutes of meeting held August 10th,
at the Bahama Shores Hotel. The President, hearing no objection, de-
clared them approved.
President Calvit announced that the nezt regular meeting would be
a picnic meeting at Lake Maggiore Park, St. Petersburg, on Oct. 12, 1953.
Mr. John Everett took the floor, and referred to questionnaire, under
date of September 8th, 1953, sent to retired employees, by the Canal
Zone Government. He gave the assembly his personal opinions on the
questionnaire, and said his comments thereon were not for publication.
Mr. Everett also spoke on Tax Exemption Bill HR-5180, one of the
provisions of which exempts retirements up to $125.00 per month from
income tax. This bill has the backing of the NARCE as well as the
American Federation of Labor. Mr. Everett opined that this Bill needed
study, due to its many ramifications as regards taxation on other income
over and above $125.00 per month.
President Calvit appointed the following members to service as
a Nominating Committee for 1954 officers:
Mr. T. M. Drake, Chairman
Mr. Frank C. Hayes
Mr. William J. Bartlett
There being no further business before the meeting, motion was made
by Mr. Hull, seconded by Mrs. Matheney, that meeting adjourn; motion
carried, and meeting adjourned at 2:45 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.) Corresponding Secretary
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
OCTOBER 12th, 1953 LAKE MAGGIORE
Approximately 100 members were gathered at Lake Maggiore Park,
St. Petersburg, for the Society's regular meeting.
Meeting was called to order at 2:00 p. m. by Pres. Charles G. Calvit.
The following officers were present:
President .--------Charles G. Calvit
Vice-President .-------.. --...--------------Arthur L. Miner
Secretary-Treasurer ....- ----. Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Acting Corresponding Secretary ---Mrs. Dorothy Dworak
Mrs. Anna Bartlett acted as receptionist for Mrs. Conkerton, and
introduced out-of-town members and visitors, who responded to the wel-
come. Among them were: Maj. and Mrs. Herbert Gardner, Mr. and Mrs.
C. C. Camerton, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Hickman, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Rysan, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Howe, Mr. and Mrs.
Schoenberger, Mrs. Christine Aids, Mrs. Frank Nelson, Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Hill, Mr. and Mrs. E. Guy Huldquist and Mr. Frank Sullivan.
Acting Corresponding Secretary read minutes of meeting held Sep-
tember 14th, at Lowry Park; President, hearing no objections, declared
President Calvit announced that the next regular meeting would be
held at the Tourist Center, St. Petersburg, on November 9th; entertain-
ment is promised after the business meeting.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: Mr. Henry H. Hudson reported that he had
received a letter from Mr. T. M. Drake, at present on vacation in Georgia,
stating that the Nominating Committte had met and proposed the follow-
ing slate to serve as officers for 1954 namely, the present officers.
Motion was made by Mrs. Alexaitis, seconded by Mrs. Warren, that the
report be accepted, and so voted.
Motion was made by Mr. J. J. Cullen, seconded by Mrs. Conkerton,
that a Committee og 8 be appointed to visit families wherein death occurs,
to assist them and to see that a telephone call or telegram is sent out,
notifying the Society through its committee. This was approved, and the
following were selected:
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Johannes ..------- Bradenton
Mrs. Warren and Mr. Neigs ---------Tampa
Mrs. Bessie Lyons and Mr. J. J. Cullen ---- Clearwater
Mrs. Bradley and Mr. Hayes ....-----..--St. Petersburg
Reunion of the Society will be held at the Soreno Hotel on Wednes-
dayand Thursday, January 13th and 14th, 1954, respectively. Reserva-
tions for rooms will be at the same prices-namely $6.00 and $9.00. The
following Committee was appointed to call on the Manager of the Hotel
Soreno for menu and prices:
Mrs. Aanna Bartlett; Mrs. William Hull; Mr. Charles Calvit
President Calvit announced that at the Christmas Party, on Decem-
ber 14th, Mr. Carl Brown will show slides of the Canal, including flowers,
shrubs and plants in color.
There being no further business before the meeting, motion was
made by Mr. Kieswetter, seconded by Mr. Bartlett, that meeting adjourn;
motion carried, and meeting adjounred at 2:45 P. M.
Dorothy Dworak (Mrs. H. H.)
Acting Corresponding Secretary
Herbert R. Hoffner finds himself very busy with his new work and
feels he cannot do justice to the job of being representative in Orlando.
A new representative will be appointed to relieve Mr. Hoffner whom
we are sorry to lose.
Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles
The Fall picnic of the Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles was
held at Griffith Park, Sunday, September 13th, 1953. The day was ideal
for an outdoor gathering.
The attendance was about 150 and we were pleased to enroll a num-
ber of new members, several of whom recently arrived from the Canal
Our new 1953 Directories were distributed to members present and
mailed to members not present, whos dues for 1953 are paid.
We had delightful weather, good food and pleasant visits with
friends. People began to gather about 10 a. m. and some stayed until
closing time which was scheduled for 3 p. m.
Our next meeting will be a dinner on December 13th, at a Hotel
in Los Angeles. Anyone who is in the vicinity and can attend will be
most welcome. (Check with one of the officers for time and place.)
We are very sorry and regret that Mrs. Berude felt compelled to
resign her office. She was such an efficient Secretary that it is difficult
to meet her standard, but we will carry on as best we can.
Our best wishes to your Society.
Clara H. Gilbert, Secretary-Treasurer
The Panama Canal Society of Western No. Carolina
The following news item came too late for the September Record.
But while it is not recent news, it is still of interest.
Mr. Ward reports that the J. C. Myricks were recent visitors in Hen-
dersonville. John L. Fergerson has purchased a nice home on Henderson-
ville's swank 5th Avenue. He says that John and Sarah looked over
Florida, Virginia, Texas and California and then decided to settle in
Ralph Parker, wife and children were recent visitors and have pur-
chased some building lots not far from the Reppas in Hendersonville
and will build there when they retire.
Betty Burns, former Zone teacher, now teaching in Venezuela, was
a visitor in that area. Sam Irwin, Jr. was visiting his parents, Dr. and
Mrs. Sam Irwin. Sam Jr., is a mate on a ship plying between New York
and Australia. Duke Lewis and Marion were going to make a visit to
the Dick Taylors in Maine. Also going to Maine for a vacation, were
Joseph and Dorothy Muldoon.
The Mortimer Lockwoods and daughter Jean, of Monrovia, Cali-
fornia were guests of the P. R. Kigers and the Roy Knoops. Jean will be
a senior this year at Redlands College, California.
The Robert Pattersons sold their suburban home and purchased a
home in Hendersonville next to the F. B. Coyle home and across the
street from the Roy Knoops.
Francis Coyle, wife, and two children of Sioux City, Iowa, have
been visiting his mother Mrs. Francis Coyle. Edward Coyle left for the
Zone after a visit with his mother.
Ike and Ruth Metzger visited the Knoops and the C. Garlingtons in
Newberry, S. C. Jack and Beatrice Tyrell have completed their new home
and are living in Tryon, N. C.
Our Society ended its fourth year during which three indoor dinner
meetings and three outdoor picnics were held. New members added dur-
ing the year were; Mr. and Mrs. John L. Ferguson, Dr. and Mrs. John
D. Odom, the Edward Levys, Ralph Wandlasses, Tex Stahlers, J. Wendell
Greens, J. C. Myricks, Ross H. Hallowells and Jack Tyrells. Since organ-
izing we have lost the following: Mrs. Sherman C. Abernethy, Mr.
Edward Batton, Mr. Jim Hayden, Mr. Sewell Rayne, Mr. Francis B. Coyle
and Mr. Clifton Holland.
The summer and fall meetings were attended by the following visi-
tors: Dr. and Mrs. Troy Erhart, Mulberry, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Winfred
S. Ireland and two children, Balboa, C. Z.; Albert McKeown and wife
Sally, from the Zone; Ike Metzger and Ruth from Miami.
Mrs. Frances B. Coyle has sold her home in Hendersonville and
will live with her son, Edward, on the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Dow Walker will leave for the Canal Zone about Nov-
ember 1st. They will reside at the Tivoli until April and will make a
trip to Nicauragua during their stay.
Mrs. Maude Weaver Holland has nearly recovered from the injuries
she received in the terrible auto accident near Belle Glade, Florida. in
which her husband was killed. She has sold her suburban home on Clarks
Chappel Road and purchased the old Weaver homestead in Weaverville
where she will live with her sisters, Mrs. Marshall Pyne and Mrs. Mar-
Mr. Sylvester R. Hiter has improved in his health so that he has
been able to return to his home in Hendersonville. Now his wife, Bertha,
is incapacitated with heart trouble.
Mrs. Catherine Bird of Walnut Creek, California is the house guest
of Mrs. Sewell Rayne. Lawson Bird passed on in May 1948. Catherine
plans to sell her California house and build one in Weaverville. On her
way East, she visited the Fred Symons at La Cross, Wisconsin., Dr. and
Mrs. Russell Stell in Greenwood, Indiana, and plans to visit Mrs. Oakly
Vinyard in St. Petersbur and Dr. and Mrs. John D. Odom in Dothan, Ala.
Mr. Larry Rossiter is in critical condition following an operation
and is hospitalized in Ashville.
Mr. W. H. Jude and Katherine recently of Ponte Vedra Beach, Flor-
ida, are stopping in Ashville until April when they will leave for an
extended tour of Europe. Upon their return they will purchase a home
Joe and Dorothy Muldoon returned after a months stay at their camp
in Belfast, Maine.
Mr. Edward A. Levy and wife have located in Hendersonville.
Jack Evans and Lillian from Birmingham, Alabama, are staying at
the Little Homes Community at Grace, Ashville with the Lawrence Adlers
of Panama City. Lawrence and Helen were guests of the P. R. Knights.
Both families made the trip to-gether and will leave shortly for the Sam
MacKenzies in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Bill Adams, Manager of the United Fruit Company on the Zone, has
purchased a home on Dana Road which he will occupy when he retires
in the future.
Ralph Parker, Esso representative in Panama, purchased eight build-
ing lots on Heywood Road, while visiting here, and will build when he
retires some four years hence.
Admiral and Mrs. William B. Coleman of Pleasant Valley, San
Diego, California were the house guests of the George B. Wards. Bill
served a tour of duty on the Zone in the 1930's and married the former
Dorothy Shivers who was brought up in Ancon. Dorothy states that her
mother, Mary Shivers, is in fairly good health and that her grandmother,
Lucy Goolsby, is still the life of the parties, at 91.
Ned Dunkle is more neighborly since he quit his job in San Diego.
Ross Hallowell and Margaret are building a home in Druid Hills.
Ross was retired as planner in charge, Industrial Bureau, Balboa Shop.
His address is P. O. Box 830, Hendersonville, N. C.
Mr. and Mrs. George Ward made a trip to Cleveland to baby-sit
while their daughter, Ruth Lee, went to New York to see her husband
off to Europe where he will spend two months in the interest of the Cleve-
land Art Museum. They also visited Niagara Falls, Toronto, Canada, and
Washington, D. C.
Frank C. Smith and wife, Winona, are visiting their father, Quinby
Smith, at Skyland. They will return to the Zone in December. Quinby
has again retired his position in charge of Electrical installation at the
Hydrogen Bomb plant at Savannah, Georgia.
E. O. Swinson, retired Assistant Port Captain, now of Gloucester,
Mass. and D. H. Heath, retired Marine pilot of Maryville, Tenn. attended
our October meeting. Heath is contemplating moving to Gloucester as a
result of Swinson's claim that the smell of Cod is far more rejuvenating
than Florida's Ponce de Leons fountain of youth and that the winters
aren't so cold, when you consider the location.
George B. Ward, Secretary
Thank you George for sending us the news of what goes on in
Western North Carolina.
News from the Panama Canal Society
of Northwest Arkansas
This is a perfect night for a watermelon party which reminds me
of the happy visit we had when Ezra and Bess Haldeman of Houston
came totin' a Texas Apartment Watermelon, a 51 pounder. They were
accompanied by their hosts, Walter and Nannie Brown with Jackie Brown
and his family. Come again folks-say about turkey time.
The Fall Revue is on, alas, it is not a Flaming one. We are sadly
in need of some of the 39 inches of rain which fell during thd last two
months in the Sunshine State. Vacation season is over-those that went,
came back and those that came have returned. Ed and Omi Booth report
a grand time in Vermont with their son Edwin and family. Etta Attaway
was a visitor in the Ozarks and expected to visit in Missouri and Iowa
before returning to Kerryville, 'exas. Ray Shaw reports lots of fun and
fish in Panama City, Florida and brought home some mackerel and
shrimp to prove it,secured in the usual manner-via the fish market.
The rest got away from him. We enjoyed a delightful two week vacation
with Jim and Alice Ray Wier and family in Denver (Fitzsimons Army
Hospital). It is truly Colorful Colorado for I never saw such beautifully
kept lawns and every one of them bordered with Petunias of every color
in the rainbow. We had a grand visit with Norma Evans Harrington,
husband Al. andtheir son David John, eight months old and named for
Norma's dad, the well known Jack Evans formerly of Pedro Miguel, now
of Birmingham. They are located in Greeley where Al owns and manages
several farms and where we learned about sugarbeets, saw 15,000 head
of cattle in feed lots being fattened for the market and heard some inter-
estingfacts on national affairs regarding farmers and cattlemen from this
alert and well informed young man. We had lunch with Bit and Bill
Kendrick in their lovely home. Bit (Elizabeth) is truly an artist in color
harmony and a good cook too. On to Colorado Springs where our friends
(Ark not C. Z.) enjoy a breath taking scene from their view windows
of Pike's Peak, Red Rocks and the Will Rogers Memorial Tower. A ride
over Rampart Range where the Golden Aspens were a'shimmering and
a'glimmering in the sunlight with a back drop of Blue Spruces will long
Since the foregoing was written the weather has changed and we are
now having typical Autumn weather with light frost early mornings. I
found most of the Old Timers out this way relaxing from summer labors
and getting ready for winter activities.
Our President, Jimmie Coman and Lula Mae have been busy. Jimmy
as Treas. of Benton County Fair, Manager of Community Chest Drive
and now Treas. of Youth Center for their district. Luta Mae seeing to it
that Jimmie does not take the entire town on his shoulders. They expect
to attend a Re-union of the Plummer family to be held in Cabot, Arkansas
at Christmas time. Ernest and Haleen Williams were resting after having
many visitors; among them Haleen's brother Everett L. Hess and wife
Marge of Harrisburg, Ill. who visited them on the Zone and will be re-
membered by many of your members. The Kolle's of Russellville had
just left and gone on to visit their friends, Cong. and Mrs. Trimble of
Berryville, whom they met while still in the Canal Zone. They (the
Williams) plan to spend Christmas with Blanche and Sam Hess of High-
land, Ind. Lynn R. Cook, Jr. (Bud) has returned to Venezuela where he
has been promoted and is now one of the District Geologists. While on
vacation he and his mother (Maude) made a quick trip to California
where Maude saw the John L. Dyer family. The Cooks were hosts to
Robert and Mabel Hutchings, recently retired this summer, en route to
Northern California. Bill and Carrie Mathues satisfied with life in Spring-
dale with their host of friends, busy canning all summer and no one
leaves their home empty handed, as I can testify. Did not see Edith and
Bea Minnix. Hear they are busy in various activities of the town. The
Bill Kellers are well and enjoying Northwest Arkansas. Hienie Hallin
has just returned from another trip to the Vet Hospital in Dallas where
they pronounced him in excellent health, having gained 25 pounds since
his first trip there two years ago. Theo is now a permanent teacher of
Fayetteville. The Millers, out to Farmington, find the Broiler business
so good they plan to increase their capacity to 13,000 chicks. The Walter
Browns are busy planting Tulip bulbs, and expecting Nannies sister Mrs.
Cecil Lowe of Balboa for Thanksgiving. Never a dull moment at the
Shaw place. Newell is again Secty-Treas of the University Amateur Radio
Club, Ray supervising the study period of thepledges. Fraternity pledges?
Oh! no, the most elite sorority on the campus. Alice Hereford, one of
Newell's pampered pets presented us with Peggy H. Shorthorn, a cute
little heifer and promptly hid her so that Newell tramped our woods and
fields three times before he found her. Capt. Jack is still the beloved
dean of our group up here. Glad to report that Adam Dorn improved
so much he was able to make a trip by car to Indiana this summer.
Paul Engelke, son of George and Edith in Cristobal, is a junior
student of Business Administration at the University of Arkansas this year.
Friends, we are all standing in need of your prayers for Omi and
Ed Booth. The evening of October 22, the 46th anniversary of a lovely
Darby and Joan marriage, devoted Ed carried his beloved Omi to the
hospital. The nature of her illness is very serious and her family has
been called. It was all so sudden and so serious that we are shocked and
Plans for the annual dinner and meeting scheduled for November
8th have been canceled until further notice.
When we meet again through these pages, we of Northwest Arkansas
desire that the Christmas season of 1953 will be a loving memory of
mirth, good will and a Peace in the hearts of each and every one of you
that cometh only from Him whose birth we honor.
Blanche E. Shaw
News from Panama Canal Society
of South Florida
Our last picnic of the year was held at Matheson Hammock, Octo-
ber 18th, and it was a humdinger except for one reason. Our Vice Presi-
dent, who looks after liquid refreshments for these meetings, fell asleep
at his home and clear forgot about the picnic. Mr. Gerald Bliss had to
leave the picnic early on account of being nervous.
A. G. Dunham
News from Houston, Texas Area
The following were visitors at our house this year:
Vera and Claude Howell, Lafeyette, California.
Frances Griggel, who works in Balboa Commissary.
Mrs. Walter Brown when enroute to Arkansas to live.
Myrtle and Lew Souder of Margarite, C. Z. who were in Houston
visiting, daughter, Mrs. Bill McDougall and son, Merle Lew. Lew was
retired on account disability this past month and will be coming to
Houston to live. Son was in auto accident a few days ago; man riding
with him was killed but Souder boy suffered broken nose, bad cuts and
Mary Orr, from Balboa, who was visiting parents, the Joe Orrs, in
Christine Newhouse, nurse at Gorgas Hospital. Her husband is
policeman Herb Newhouse.
Fred and Elizabeth Hall when enroute to St. Pete. This was in May.
At this time the Haldemans and Lee Wrights gave a buffet supper in
their honor with guests all being former Canal Zone residents. The Ter-
rell Toones from Kerrville, Texas drove down with Halls and were our
house guests while Halls stayed with the Haldemans. Had a chop suey
dinner one night using dishes from Salsipuedes St. in Panama City and
eating with chop sticks. Elizabeth can tell you of the fun we had. Also,
present at this dinner was Milton Smith, who is back again in Houston.
His wife, Mollie, is a nurse at Veterans Hospital.
Ralmond Ward, brother of Styles, visiting mother. Expects to re-
tire in a year.
Alton and Mattie Lee White from Gamboa, Canal Zone. Were in
Houston to attend graduation of son as Electrical Engineer from Rice
Institute. Then Uncle Sam took him into the Navy and latest is that he
is stationed aboard a destroyer in the Pacific, with rank of Ensign.
Daughter, Jean Ann, is in her 5th year at Rice Institute, majoring in
Architectural Engineering. Was only student in class to graduate with
honors in 4th year. In order to obtain an engineering degree at Rice a
student must complete 5 years of academic studies.
Dolly Hull, returning to St. Pete. from a visit to her son in Wash-
ington State. At this time the Haldemans and Lee Wrights gave another
buffet supper party. Dolly can tell you about this. Attending at these
affairs are the Ted Sundquists, Joe Orrs, Peggy Ellis, Nathan and Tillie
Levy, Kate and Lydia Ebdon, sisters of Joe Ebdon from San Antonio
(they were unable to make trip), Ray Schneider, husband of Anna Knapp,
visiting from Balboa, Rene Nash Clark and husband, Tharon Mitchell,
Have heard that Winifred Booth Lincoln and husband are now resi-
dents of Houston. This week we heard that Mrs. Ed. Booth, her mother
and sister of Columbia Reiman of Balboa, is seriously ill in Fayetteville,
At present, Peggy Ellis is working up a Canal Zone reunion of all
folks living in this area. Plans to put notice in newspaper. Then, we can
really find out just how many we have here. There are probably many
that we do not know about.
Otto Sundquist and family, formerly of Gamboa, are living in South
Houston with the Ted Sundquists.
Saw Abe Brill uptown a few weeks ago. He and wife are TV fans
and then, too, Abe is quite active in Masonic and Scottish Rite activities.
During summer Saba wouldn't go anywhere; preferred watching TV pro-
grams with her air conditioner turned on.
Roy Searcy, son of Lucille Judd, phoned us several months ago
but have heard no more. At that time he said he was in Houston looking
Obrin Medley, formerly an employee of Personnel Division, is now
living in Baton Rouge, La., where he is Personnel Director for the Co-
Palymer Rubber Co. Calls or comes to see us whenever intown on business.
Harry Grier, graduate of Balboa High School, and a close friend of
Lyle Womack, is a radio announcer in Houston for station KATL. He
can be seen every noon by Rice Hotel giving his "man on the Street"
Carolyn Ann Pollak, daughter of the Walter Pollaks of Orlando, is
a student at Weslyan College in Macon, Georgia. Is majoring in art.
My mother, Mrs. Amalia Stewart, continues to be quite active and
in good health, Celebrated her 85th birthday in September. Had an ice
cream and cake party, inviting relatives and Canal Zone friends.
Of course, you have heard about the visit of Bert and Ruggie Hall
with the Haldemans, this past month of October. Then, Charlie Persons
and wife stopped with the Haldemans one night, returning to home in
California after attending wedding of granddaughter in Panama City.
Took them on a tour of our city, including the large Medical Center (the
M. D. Anderson Cancer Research Hospital is one of three locations in
U. S. to have the cobalt), Arabia Temple Crippled Childrens Clinic,
Prudential Insurance Building and Shamrock Hotel. Couldn't help but
remember Mr. and Mrs. Persons as I saw them either at Tivoli Hotel or
near the Locks in Pedro Miguel, she with her large white tropical helmet.
Here I was in Houston conducting the Persons on a tour of this city!
Both looked well.
Mrs. Annie Calvit is with the Ted Sundquists, having returned from
a visit of many months with relatives on Canal Zone and Panama. Connie
Sundquist is a nurse for Dow Chemical Company. Mrs. Eula Ewing, for-
merly cashier in Pedro Miguel Comsy, visited the Sunquists and all we
Zone folks were invited for luncheon and to see her. Never, with all of
the visitors that we have had have I seen a person so happy to see friends
from the Panama Canal. She had come to Freeport, Texas to visit her son.
Hope this finds all of you enjoying your retirement as much as we
are. Don't you wonder how you ever did anything when you were work-
ing on the Zone. Our days are so busy. There are no dull moments. I am
Secretary for our MacGregor Trails Civic Club and also, assist at voting
How is your daughter, Jean and family? Are they still on the Zone?
Sorry that we missed her this summer. My Rainbow Girls are always
very close to my heart. Joyce Collinge is the present Worthy Advisor of
If we have a Get-together this month I will send you an account of
same. Will try inthe future to keep you posted on events in Houston as
they happen and not wait until there is an accumulation.
"Hello" to the Zone folks we know in your vicinity.
The Sage of Fourth Street sayeth:
"In life, as in baseball, it's the number of times you reach home
safe that counts."
ierry Christmas, Rmigos!
Panama Canal Society of Washington, D. C.
Herewith find Resolutions adopted by our Panama Canal Society of
Washington, D. C., at its regular fall luncheon-meeting on 31st ult., held
at the Fairfax Hotel in this city.
The Resolutions, as you will note, are in congratulations to the Gov-
ernment and people of Panama on the attainment of the 50th anniversary
of their independence. Possibly the editor of the Canal Record might
wish to include the Resolutions in the next issue. Also, your readers of
the Canal Record might be interested in a brief statement of the indicated
meeting; this I now give.
Mr. Andrew W. Dewling, our President, was injured in an automo-
bile accident about two weeks ago and because of injuries to his head
and face was unable to be present at the meeting. Therefore, the Vice-
President of our Society, Mr. Harry C. Ragsdale, presided. I had invited
as guests for the meeting Mr. Don Glassman, of the Hispanic Section,
Library of Congress, Washington, D. C., and Col. Charles S. Purdy and
his wife, of Berkeley, California.
Mr. Glassman has recently spent several months on the Isthmus, as
a representative of the State Department, in the preparation of an ilus-
trated booklet dealing with the history of the Isthmus and the Canal;
the same, after publication, now being used in connection with the cele-
bration of the 50th anniversary of Panamanian independence.
Mr. Glassman made a talk to our membership, telling of the prep-
aration of the booklet; and also stated that he was now engaged in assemb-
ing historical photographs of the Isthmus and Canal construction, which
will be placed in, appropriately mounted panels and sent to the Isthmus
for exhibit in the City of Panama and at other places on the Isthmus. I
loaned him a number of photos of the construction days, etc.
At the dinner he also had a photographer from the Library of Con-
gress who took pictures of our Society and its officers. These will be
used in the indicated connection.
Col. Purdy was once Chaplain in the Canal Zone, during construc-
tion days, and was stationed in Gatun. He and his wofe drive from
Berkeley across the continent every year or so, to visit their daughters;
they have one daughter who is married to a Captain of the U. S. Army,
whose station is in New Hampshire; and another daughter whos husband
is a Colonel, and who is stationed in the Pentagon, here-and their home
is in Arlington, Va.-across the river from Washington.
Col. Purdy made a talk of reminiscence, which was very interesting.
He also delivered the invocation at the luncheon meeting at the Fairfax
Hotel. After he left the Isthmus, he became a Chaplain in the U. S. Army.
and served about 20 years in that capacity. He is now retired.
The talks of both Mr. Glassman and Col Purdy were well received
by the membership.
On Wednesday afternoon, the 4th, at the suggestion and through
the arrangement of Mr. Glassman, I went to the Panamanian Embassy
and in behalf of our Society presented to Panamanian Ambassador, Senor
Don Roberto M. Heurtematte, two copies of the Resolution above men-
tioned; one for himself, and the other to be sent by him to the President
of Panama. I made a brief talk in presenting the Resolutions and he made
a brief response. Mr. Martin A. Seiler, Secretary-Treasurer of our Society,
brought to the ceremonial our American flag. The American and Pana-
manian flags were displayed and included in the photo taken by the pho-
tographer brought by Mr. Glassman to the Embassy, to take pictures of
the proceedings. The pictures may be used in connection with the indi-
On the 30th ult in the Pan-American Union Building here (where
the regular annual meetings of the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Trop.
ical and Preventative Medicine are held) our 1953 annual meeting took
place. Officers were elected and re-elected for the ensuing year and new
directors were also elected. Enclosd find clipping from the Washington
Evening Star, 31st ult., giving an account of the meeting.
For years I have served as Vice President, General Counsel, Direc-
tor, and Member of the Executive Committee of the Institute, which has
in charge the operation of the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory, located in
Panama City, and engaged in research concerning tropical diseases and
their prevention-human and veterinary.
On the 30th ult. I was re-elected also a member of the Executive
Committee; but having been elected theretofore as a 3-year term director,
my own re-election as director, and the re-election of certain other 'direc-
tors, were not required at this meeting. The news clipping shows new
members elected for the 3-year term now beginning, and election of other
In this general connection you will note that Capt. Miles P. DuVal
was elected at the meeting for a 3-year term; and I am enclosing a little
memo on his election-if the space for it may be found-it might be
carried in the Record.
We are having a heavy snowstorm today-the first of the season.
Maurice H. Thatcher.
RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
OF WASHINGTON, D. C.
At the regular luncheon-meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Washington, D. C., held at the Fairfax Hotel on October 31, 1953, the
following Resolutions, offered by Governor Maurice H. Thatcher, Hon-
orary Life President of the Society, were unanimously adopted, to wit:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Panama Canal Society of Washington,
D. C., that its heartiest congratulations be extended to the Government
and people of the Republic of Panama on the attainment of the 50th
anniversary of their independence, and marking a half-century of splen-
did cooperation between the Republic and the United States of America,
in and about the construction, maintenance, and operation of the greatest
industrial enterprise of the ages; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Society express the most
earnest hope that the indissoluble bonds-fashioned by a divine destiny-
existing between our two Nations, and consecrated by the deeds and
memories of a glorious past, and constituting the basis for the fullest
measure of mutual aid, collaboration, good will, amity, understanding,
and esteem,-shall grow in strength and breadth throughout the years
BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that copies of these Resolutions be fur-
nished the President of the Republic of Panama, the press of the City
of Panama, and the Ambassador of Panama to the United States.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON, D. C.
MARTIN A. SEILER, Secretary-Treasurer
Colonel Joseph F. Siler Elected President
Gorgas Institute of Medicine
Maurice H. Thatcher, Vice-Pres. and General Counsel
The Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine,
at its annual meeting on October 30, 1953, in Washington, D. C., elected
Captain Miles P. Duval, USN (Ret.) as a member of its board of direc-
tors for three years-the first time a naval officer has been so honored.
The other nine members reelected for the same period are former
President of Panama Ricardo J. Alfaro, Dr. Herbert C. Clark, Mr. Robert
V. Fleming, Senator Lister Hill, Dr. Alberto Lleras, Colonel Joseph F.
Siler, Dr. Fred L. Soper, Congressman John Tabor, and Dr. Willard
Captain DuVal is a recognized authority on interoceanic canal prob-
lems. He served as Captain of the Port, Balboa, C. Z., in charge of marine
operations in the Pacific sector of the Panama Canal, 1941-44\, during
which time he developed what proved to be the first comprehensive plan
for its operational improvement as determined from actual experience,
known as the Terminal Lake Plan. He also served as coordinator of
Isthmian Canal Studies of the Navy Department, 1946-49. He is the
author of two important books on the Panama Canal: AND THE MOUN-
TAINS WILL MOVE and CADIZ TO CATHAY, both by Stanford University
Captain DuVal is now working on what will be the third volume of
his canal trilogy, also to be published by Stanford Press.
ISTHMIAN NEWS REEL
The study of Panama Canal toll rates will be intensified by the arri-
val of two representatives of Ebasco Services, Inc of New York, who
are under contract to provide expert engineering and consultative ser-
vices on the subject for the Panama Canal Co.
Under the program of getting the Government out of unprofitable
business, the Panama Steamship Line is considered vulnerable.
During fiscal year 1951 the line showed losses of $212,000 on a $5
million gross business. Special discounts on passenger rates cost the
line an estimated $825,000.
Members of Congress get free transportation on P. R. R. ships with
a greatly reduced rate for their wives and children.
One of the most unusual transits of the Canal was made recently
when the 11,000 ton tanker, Pan Massachusetts, was towed, stern first,
through the canal by three Canal tugs. The 523 foot tanker was damaged
in a collision in Delaware Bay and is being sent to Japan for rebuilding.
Marc Quinn, chief of the Management Staff of the Panama Canal,
succeeds A. C. Medinger as head of the Canal Zone Selective Service
Board. The appointment is made by the President and became effective
Capt. Harold Phifer was drowned at Venado Beach while trying to
retrieve a fishing net that was drifting out with the tide. Capt. Phifer was
stationed at Fort Kobbe.
Bids for the construction of 33 two story masonry buildings have
been invited by the Panama Canal Co. This will be one of the largest
single contracts in the Canal's 1954 building program.
The Panama Canal Pilots Association and Lock Operators Associa-
tion have appointed a committee from, each organization to draw up by-
laws for an alliance between the two groups.
Personnel strength of the United States Embassy in Panama has
suffered a net loss of 20% recently. The trend toward a reduction in the
Embassy forces began several months ago in conformity with the Ad-
ministrations economy program.
A canal employee, who appealed his dismissal, was going back to
his job after an 18 month fight. James Redmond, former admeasurer,
was awarded back pay amounting to over nine thousand dollars. The
dismissal was appealed to the Civil Service Commission which ordered
U. S. Representative, Frances E. Dorn, while on a visit to the Isthmus,
was the honor guest of the Zone Police at a picnic at the Police Park,
Brazos Brook. Congressman Dorn spent several weeks on the Isthmus
during Congressional recess. Mrs. Dorn, the former Miss Dorothy Mc-
Gann, lived in Colon before her marriage. Congressman Dorn served
as an officer in the U. S. Navy during the past war. He was stationed
on the Atlantic side.
Fort Sherman is now in caretaker status. Only normal security and
fire prevention units will remain on the post.
A statement by Representative John J. Allen, chairman of the Con-
gressional sub committee on the Canal, that he believed Canal employees,
with few reservations, are reasonably content to be working on the Isth-
mus, drew fire from several canal employees. One labor representative
said Aliens conclusions were not borne out by the overall feelings ex-
pressed to him by members of his organization.
Col. Richardson Selee, Civil Affairs Director of the Canal Zone, has
submitted his resignation to accept a position with the Utah Construc-
The Raymond Clinic of Panama has been employed on a contract
basis to provide Physicians services for the Canal Zone Schools during
the present school year. Only doctors licensed to practice medicine in
the Canal Zone will be assigned to the work.
The United States Petroleum Corporation will send oil technicians
to Panama to investigate certain regions for possible exploitation of the
oil resources. Encouraged by the new law which requires no tax for
exploring sub soils in search of oil, several Panama Companies are also
preparing to investigate sections of the country.
Thirty-seven apartments were ready to be assigned October 12th in
the new Corozal housing development. A number of the houses in the
Flat area are to be torn down and occupants have been ordered to vacate
by November 1st.
Now that Canal employees face the certainty of increased hospital
charges, they are eager to join some sort of hospital plan. Plans for
employees hospitalization are being considered by the C. Z. labor organ-
izations and by the C. Z. Credit Union.
The replacement of U. S. rate ferry ramp operateors by local raters
originally scheduled for several months ago was made effective Sept. 20.
A survey team of Booz, Alien, and Hamilton, management and con-
sulting firm of Chicago, are making a study of wages, differential, and
fringe benefits of U. S. rate employees of the Canal organization. All U.
S. rate employees will have the opportunity to give factual information
and express their personal opinions on a wade range of subjects relating
to their working and living conditions. This survey was ordered by
When the questionnaires were distributed, most canal employees felt
it was adequate for its purpose, others felt that certain factors which they
thought should get consideration had been left out.
Rufus Lovelady, Vice-President of the National A.F.G.E. urged all
employees to complete and send in the questionnaire. The number of
questionnaires returned was said to be less than 50%. What is considered
a good return would be 87%. Any return below that would be of doubt-
The Dredging Division was transferred from the Marine to the En-
gineering and Construction Bureau and the Industrial Bureau became a
division of the Marine Bureau in the first major organizational change
since the Panama Canal reorganization in 1950. Except for changes in
title or job designations, the changes will require only a few personnel
Purchases of Panama beef, sugar, and cement amounting to nearly
$1,500,000 in value were made by the Panama Canal Co. during the past
fiscal year according to figures recently announced at Balboa Heights.
A strange malady struck the Panama Police Calvary Squadron. Over
thirty horses fell over dead after showing symptoms of poisoning. Veter-
inary Doctors were busy trying to find out the cause of the epidemic
which killed horses valued at close to $10,000.
For the first time in 21 years, a United Fruit boat nosed in to the
pier at Almirante for a load of bananas from the Changuinola planta-
tion. It is believed that the Fruit Co. has licked the fatal Panama disease
and will be able to plant and cut bananas in this area from now on.
Resident of Las Cumbres, R. P. have at long last had telephones
installed in their homes. All calls to and from Las Cumbres will be con-
sidered long distance calls and charged accordingly.
Shortly after Isaac Vainikoff arrived in Panama from Mexico, he
was arrested by Panama Police. Chief Alfaro, of the police, said docu-
ments found on Vainikoff clearly show the activities of an international
net af Soviet agents in Latin America. Vainikoff claims to be an Argen-
Before setting out on his three day State visit as a guest of President
Eisenhower at the White House, President Remon avoided giving definite
answers on what Panama expected to reap from the treaty negotiations
soon to get underway in Washington.
However, he said Panama would seek a complete revision of the
1903 treaty. He also announced his plans included the awarding of the
order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa to Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, and the lay-
ing of a wreath at the grave of her late husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt.
President Remon also announced that Dr. Octavio Fabrega and At-
torney Carlos Sucre would join Ambassador Roberto Heurtematte, the
third member of the Panama Negotiation Commission, in Washington.
Upon reaching Miami, enroute to Washington,President Remon said
one of the main problems he wanted to discuss during his visit was that
of racial discrimination in the Canal Zone and favored equal pay for
Shortly after President Remon ended his three day visit of State and
set out for New York, the White House announced a joint agreement by
President Eisenhower and President Remon that measures would be taken
to insure that "the principle of equality of opportunity and treatment of
Panamanian citizens in the Canal Zone shall have full effect."
Consideration in the treaty talks about to take place would be given
to the advisability of returning to Panama, lands no longer needed for
Canal purposes. The areas mentioned were the Porto Bello Quarry and
The members of the Panamanian Commission will stress that the
$430,000 annuity paid by the United States represents compensation due
from the Panama Railroad Co. and that the ten millions received by
Panama when the 1903 treaty was ratified cannot in any way be con-
sidered a just or equitable compensation.
President Remon, on returning to Panama after his royal, red carpet
treatment in Washington, praised Preident Eisenhower and Secretary
Dulles, bus criticized the manifest hostility shown him by officials of
the State Department.
He referred tothe joint statement on the treaty talks which was at
first approved by both Eisenhower and himself but which, he said was
drastically changed when a State Department official released a revised
Meanwhile, the treaty talks will continue and the results will not
be known until some time in 1954.
Panama City Councilmen backed down on a plan to parcel De Les-
seps Park into lots for sale to private individuals.
President Remon said sales of the Park would bring $1,500,000 into
the treasury and would be an excellent spot for a shopping center to
stimulate trade with the Canal Zone residents.
Mass inoculation of school children of Fort Kobbe was carried out
on October 12th. Gamma globulin, recently used with some success in
the United States, was used for the children. The preventative measure
was ordered after three Fort Kobbe residents were stricken with polio.
U. S. Rate employees of the Panama Canal, will be paying about
$5 a day subsistence in a ward in Gorgas Hospital, plus a percentage
expected to run about 40', of the present established fees for hospital
services. The new rates, it is believed, will go into effect on January 1st.
For non-Canal employees on the Zone a flat rate of $18.50 per day
was announced to take effect November 15th. It is reported that this new
rate is $4.50 more than is charged for the best private room in one of
Panama's new and modern hospitals.
13 U. S. raters and 60 local raters of the Dredging Division were
irate over the order forcing them to take at least six weeks annual leave
without having been given advance notice. A spokesman from Balboa
Heights denied that employes were not given sufficient notice in advance.
He said they were well aware of the situation and knew it was coming.
The employes will be obliged to take leave while the Dredge "Mindi"
is in dry dock.
Good-Bye Red Tank. Effective October 31st. the Red Tank Commis-
sary will be closed and the town will be evacuated.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Crede H. Calhoun, veteran Isthmian newsman and former Chief of
the Canal's Division of Civil Affairs, has retired from his post as bureau
chief in Panama for the New York Times.
Mr. CaLhoun has just been awarded the Maria Moors Cabot journal-
ism award for his contribution to International friendship in the Americas.
Virginia C. Luppy writes that they have sold their Pink Flamingo
Motel and that she is now devoting her time to the Real Estate business
and Mr. Luppy is a plumbing contractor in Pompano Beach, Fla. The
Luppy's recently made a short visit to Mom and Pop Calvit.
Dr. and Mrs. Clinchard and their daughter, Connie Michele, of
Ancon, C. Z., plan to leave the Zone for Mississippi where they will
make their home.
W. H. Aspden who seems to be always jumping from one state to
another sent in an application for his daughter. He says she will, no
doubt, find four ways to read the Record as he does: forward, backward,
upside down and sideways. He also reports that this time when he comes
to the Reunion he intends to stay in Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Conley and two children have left for Alaska
where they will spend two years. They will drive up the Alcan Highway.
Mrs. Conley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doyle of 34th Ave.
North, St. Petersburg, and Mr. Conley is the son of Mrs. Michael Conley
of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Balduf of St. Pete celebrated their 37th wedding
anniversary on September 24th. Mr. Balduf is in the Plumbing and Elec-
trical Supply business in St. Pete.
Janet and M. A. Smith hope to get here again this year for the re-
union. They would like to have Pop Fraser come along with them this
year and we sure would love to see him. Ruth Fraser was a Fort Lauder-
dale, Florida visitor during the month of August.
Margaret and Ross Hallowell are enroute to their future home in
Hendersonville, N. C. They expect to visit with brother Marion and his
wife Doris, at Milton, Delaware on their way south from New York.
Mrs. Anna Hartman, who has been living with her son and daughter-
in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hartman of Corozal, C. Z., has come to St.
Petersburg to make her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and
Mrs. Fred P. Hall.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Conkerton have returned home after visiting
with relatives and friends in Ohio. They visited with the Frank Regans,
Mrs. Conkerton's sister and brotherin-law. Also had a grand visit with
Mrs. Arthur Plath and Mrs. Ruby Stanley Long.
Mr. and Mrs. Art Miner spent eight weeks touring, this summer.
Spent time with the John Johnsons in Rock Stream, N. Y., then on to
their old home in Manchester, N. H. Stopped on their way back to St.
Petersburg for a visit with Bill and Lu Barker in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Mrs. Mary McDonald of Tampa has been visiting with her daughter
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. (Doc) Hambleton have been enjoying a visit
from their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Victor May. Also a
visit from their daughter and son-inlaw, Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Huldquist.
The Huldquists will return to the Canal Zone and Mr. and Mrs. May
will make their home in Houston, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Merril Stautzman have come to St. Petersburg and
will make their home here from now on.
Larry Siegel, son of the late Edward Siegel and the late Mrs. Rita
Steiner Siegel, continues to win swim meets whether he is in the States,
back on the Zone or in Costa Rica where he swam last year. Larry was
proclaimed the National Junior Olympic Swim Champion of the United
States for the year 1952. Larry is a student at St. Leo College in St. Leo,
Edward A. Levy, former Army Personnel Officer at Curundu, C. Z.,
retired after completing 25 years and 8 months Federal service. The Levy
family will make their permanent home in Hendersonville, N. C.
Henderson K. Smith, former commissary manager, now a resident
of St. Petersburg, Florida, won three valuable prizes on the radio' show,
"Where in the World". Hienie won a wrist watch, some fishing equip-
ment, and three pieces of luggage. Had he been able to answer the jack
pot question, he would have won a holiday cruise.
Mrs. Lewis B. Moore, formerly of Balboa, sailed aboard the Presi-
dent Cleveland for Tokyo where she will make her home until she can
join her husband in Korea near Pusan.
Mr. and Mrs. Emil Melms, Canal old timers, were visitors with Mrs.
Elizabeth Chester in Castine, Maine.
Capt. and Mrs. Wikingstad have been visiting with their daughter,
Helen, in Alabama; then on to Tenn. for a visit with their daughter Ruth,
then to South Carolina to visit their oldest son, Walter. While touring,
they spent a few weeks in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Gussie and Paul Renz report they are well and send regards to all
their friends. Their address, now, is Box 876, Fairhope, Alabama.
Mrs. Harry Mitten received some Canal Records from Lydia Whit-
aker of Baltimore and enjoyed them so much that she has joined the
Society. She says the Doctor is still working at the old stand. Dr. Mitten
must be working on the third generation of many old Canal families.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Sundquist and son David have left the Canal Zone
for Texas where they plan to make their home.
Mr. and Mrs. James Bray are visiting their daughter, Ruth, in
Charles F. Magee, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Magee of Balboa,
has received his commission as a second Lieutenant in the U. S. Marine
Corps. Lt. Magee graduated from Niagara University last June. He will
be stationed in Quantico, Va. for approximately six months.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Flynn of Balboa were recent visitors in St. Peters-
burg. They are planning on settling in Orlando.
Mr. and Mrs. Troy Hayes have purchased a home in St. Pete at
1130 Eleventh Avenue North.
Mr. and Mrs. Mel Dodson, recently retired, have purchased a home
in Tampa, Florida at 3813 El Prado Boulevard.
Mrs. Marie G. Coffey of St. Pete has been spending the summer in
Saint Bonaventura in Upper New York State.
The Oscar Maessens have moved to Kampion St. Antwerp, Belgium.
Their daughter, Dorothy, and husband from the Zone were recent visitors
in Antwerp and they were all busy seeing the sights. They took inj the
tulip festival in Holland and the Liberation celebrations in Belgium and
Mrs. John F. Everett flew north to attend the funeral of her sister-
in-law. After fifteen days of bachelor life, John is content to stay hitched
for the rest of his life up through eternity.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Cameron, now of Long Beach, California,
were in St. Petersburg for the October picnic. They left Long Beach on
July 3 for the east coast via the Donner Pass where there was still plenty
of snow, on to Lake Tahoe, Salt Lake City, and at Laramie, Wyoming
saw a C. Z. car parked at the curb and waited until Marvin Banton and
family showed up. Had a nice visit with them. Saw the Marshall Ben-
ningers in Lima, Ohio; On to Sharon Springs, N. Y. where they saw
Donald Hess and family; thence to Hoosick, N. Y. to visit with Florence's
brother, Myron K. Herrington, old time post office employee on the Zone.
Then on to New York where they saw Frank Irwin, Roger Hackett and
Guy W. True who were sailing for the Zone. Walter Smith was also
down to see the boat off. Visited scores of friends and relatives between
N. Y. and Maine. Saw Florence and Bill Nelson, formerly of Balboa,
now in North Quincy, Mass. They found Dr. Hearne and Phillips as well
as Van Fleet and Muldoon in Bayside, Maine. Spent time with his brother
in Maine. Brother George was a former engineer on the P.R.R. Line.
They left Maine for a trip to Nova' Scotia and back through New Hamp-
shire where they saw Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bell. On the way to Florida,
stopped at Bostwick, Fla. to see Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shaw and Shorty
Devours. The Camerons hope to see the James Spauldings of La. Tuna,
El Paso County on their way back to California.
Pvt. William Maloney, son of Hugh Maloney of Balboa, is taking
his basic training at the Ordnance Replacement Training Center at the
Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
Pvt. George K. Hudgins, Jr., son of Capt. and Mrs. G. K. Hudgins,
has been assigned to Hq. Co., 2nd Battalion 145th Infantry Regiment of
the Buckeye Division at Camp Polk, La.
Earl Brown, former Editor of the Canal Record, expects to return
to St. Pete on or about November 1st. The Browns have been spending
some time in Macon, Georgia.
Rufus and Ellen Garrett of Okaloma, Ark., had the Tom Shirleys
as visitors for a week end of fishing and rebuilding the Canal.
W. T. Jamison of Cocoli, C. Z. was in St. Petersburg recently, visit-
ing with friends and old acquaintances.
Bessie and Joe Welsh of Long Beach, Calif. were on a swing around
the United States. Their many friends in the St. Pete area were glad
they included Florida in their itinerary.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pickens journey every spring to Hastings, Ontario.
They especially enjoy the fine fruits and vegetables available there in
the summer. During the winter months they live in California near
their daughter, Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Norbury and daughter Joan, journeyed north
this summer for a vacation to be spent in New York and Connecticut.
Miss Shirley Woodruff has returned to Western Maryland College
in Westminster, Maryland, after a five weeks visit with her parents Mr.
and Mrs. Barton C. Woodruff of Pinellas Park, Florida. Shirley enters
her Senior year.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Warner of Pinellas Park, Fla. journeyed north
to Schenectedy, N. Y. for a visit with their daughter, Eve. and her hus-
band, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gilchrist, and to welcome their grandson,
Robert Lee Gilchrist, born on September 1st.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Landers of Pasadena, California, formerly of
Pedro Miguel, C. Z., sent word of the death of Mrs. Amos. They report
that they are both O.K. and enjoying life in California, and mention
that Tom Boose and his wife live very near them. They sent best wishes
to all ex-Zone friends in Florida.
Virginia and Martin Seiler went somewhere (Martin's penmanship-
Phooey!!!! It's like mine) and joined in a family reunion of all his 11
brothers and sisters of which he is the oldest.
Capt. J. W. Kirchner, veteran skipper of the Panama Canal Liner
S.S. Panama has retired after 40 years at sea. Capt. Kirchner has been
with the Panama Line since 1940.
Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Drake sent us a card from Albany, Ga. where
they are vacationing.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Johnson of Rock Stream, N. Y. have returned
to St. Petersburg for the winter season.
Joe McClelland of Lakewood, Ohio, was a recent visitor with an
old friend J. E. Baughman of Tampa. While in Tampa he made a trip
to St. Pete to see the Thomas Raths whom he had not seen for forty
years. He was sorry to have missed the Wallings but picked and ate some
Kumquats from a tree intheir yard. Enroute back home, Joe took time
out for a visit in Washington, D. C.
L. W. Hennen of St. Pete spent about two months in the north at
Detroit and in the mountains of Maryland. On his way south at Chatta-
nooga, Tenn. he met Mr. and Hrs. Walter Maloney, formerly of 'Pedro
Miguel. They spent a very pleasant evening talking over old Canal days.
John F. Warner, the Founder of our Panama Canal Society, made
a trip to Ohio and wound up in the hospital for a rest under an oxygen
tent. On returning home, he states he 'is getting accustomed to a life of
leisure such as benefits one with a cardiac condition.
Charles J. Wickett of New Port Richey, Florida became the Society's
1,000th member during the month of 'October.
John E. Hushing of Ancon, C. Z. writes that he just returned from
Costa Rica and saw all'the old timers in the Park., It seems that all the
ex-Zonites residing in San Jose, meet every day inthe Plaza.
W. A. Peterson and wife Rosa, were guests of'the Jimmie Bradleys
last year and attended one of the picnics. They evidently had such a
good time that they have planned to sell their home in St. Louis and
come to Florida to settle.
Mrs. Esther Currier of Gamboa got a copy of the Record.'Now we
have a new member. She reports her daughter, Doris Ann, now Mrs.
Horace'W. Post is living in Baltimore, Maryland. Daughter Donna Rae
is married to Dr. A. V. Gude of Atlanta, Ga. and has four daughters, the
eldest of which are twins.
Mr. and Mrs. W.Earl Walling of St. Petersburg spent part of their
vacation visiting Mrs. Walling's 90 year old aunt in New Castle, Dela-
ware. They then went on to Detroit and South Bend, Ind. They were gone
about six weeks.
Burt and Ruggie Hall took a trip to Hot Springs. While there they
met Mr. and Mrs. Walter Benny of Balboa. The Benny's son has entered
Marguette College in Milwaukee. They also saw Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson
who formerly lived in Gamboa but now make their home in Hot Springs.
They also spent some, time'with Henry Pilot, former Zonian, now work-
ing in a power plant in Hot Springs. From Hot Springs they went to
Texas, visiting the ex-Zonians in and around Houston.
Mrs. Claude Howell writes that she now has both of her daughters
near her in Lafayette, Calif. Had seen 'the Emmit Zemers from Balboa,
up for their daughter, Phyllis' wedding.
Dorothy Judd and Miss Carolyn Goodwin were recent 'visitors of
Miss Judd's parents, Capt. and Mrs. B. C. Judd of St. Petersburg. When
they left St. Pete they journeyed to Miami where they spent a few days
at one of Miami Beaches swank motels. Thence up the East coast taking
in all points of interest, Vero Beach, Daytona and St. Augustine. They
drank from the fountain of youth, then continued north stopping at
Williamsburg, Va. Miss Judd and Miss Goodwin are teachers at Abbot
Academy, Andover, Mass.
William J. Allen, formerly of Balboa and a recent graduate'of the
University of Michigan where he received his Masters degree in Music,
is now head'of Music Education in the Clearwater, South Carolina High
School. Alien is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Allen of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Wood of Gamboa, were recent visitors in St.
Petersburg enroute to Miami for a visit with the W. T. Bowens. They
were accompanied by their son Jimmie, who is acting as their chauffer.
Two Canal Zone girls who attended elementary and grade schools
o n the Isthmus, have joined the teaching force'on the Canal Zone. Ann
Newhard, a graduate of Cristobal High School, is teaching in Fort Kobbe.
Barbara Schnake,'a graduate of Balboa High is teaching in Diablo, C. Z.
Edward H. Browder was injured in the crash of a two seated navy
plane near the Chesapeake Bay bridge at Annapolis, Maryland. The pilot
was killed but Browder escaped with injuries that might keep him in the
hospital for a month. Midshipman Browder is the son of Mr. and" Mrs.
E. M. Browder of Diablo, C. Z.
Capt. and Mrs. W. H. Peterson, formerly of Balboa, now of Santa
Monica, Calif. were visiting old friends in the St. Petersburg area during
October. They were guests at the Finlandia, St. Petersburg Beach.
The St. Petersburg Times recently carried a story about Anna and
Bill Bartlett's back yard garden. Anna joined the Garden Club and now
Bill has a greenthumb.
Mrs.'Maude Mason and Mrs. Viola Stephens from Tallahassee, were
recent visitors in St. Pete. While here they were the guests of the Barton
Woodruffs and the E. M. Kieswetters.
Because of the Reunion in January 1954, there will be no other
meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida during that month.
TWENTY-SECOND ANNIVERSARY REUNION
TIME January 13th and 14th, 1954.
PLACE Soreno Hotel, overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First Ave-
nue and Beach Drive North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST $2.75 per person including luncheon, gratuity and tax.
On the first day, Wednesday January 13th, registration will be in
the forenoon and the combined annual and monthly business meetings
in the afternoon. On Thursday there will be a social period or get-
together in the morning and a group picture will be taken following a
cold plate luncheon served with hot coffee, warm soup and dessert. You
are urged to forward your reservations early, as the hotel may be forced
to decline last minute reservations for the luncheon.
The primary purpose of the Reunion is to enable former Isthmians
to get together, renew acquaintances and above all to discuss those
gone but not forgotten palmy days. You'll never know how many true
friends you have until you attend the Reunion where they gather from
every section of the country. We'll gather together on the mezzanine
floor of the hotel where there is ample room with comfortable seats,
or if you prefer seclusion with former pals, there's the well-stocked bar
on the main floor. The luncheon is optional, but don't miss the Reunion.
You'll be sorry if you do!
A committee has been formed to arrange room reservations at special
convention rates of $9.00 double and $6.00 single at the Soreno Hotel,
but if rooms are not available there, they will be secured in private
homes at $9.00 double and $8.00 single. Those desiring reservations should
remit $9.00 for double or $6.00 for single rooms per day. If the commit-
tee can do better the balance will be retained to the sender's credit. There
is also efficient room-locating service maintained by the Chambr of Com-
merce in the Greyhound Bus Terminal at the foot of Central Avenue
which is open daily until 9:00 p. m.
MAIL YOUR RESERVATION FORMS PROMPTLY. We must
have them not later than January 7th. Make remittances payable to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. Please do not send checks on other
than St. Pete banks unless you add 10c per check to cover bank charges.
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but LUNCH-
EON TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. hey should be claimed IM-
MEDIATELY upon arrival at the Reunion.
(Reservation Form on separate page).
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Twenty-Second Anniversary Reunion
January 13th and 14th, 1954
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
MRS. LUCILLE S. JUDD, Secretary-Treasurer, 3535 19th Street
North, St. Petersburg 4, Florida.
Please arrange reservations as follows:
Reunion luncheon tickets for persons, each $2.75.
My party of persons will find our own room accommodations.
My party of persons will need single and/or
double rooms in hotel or private home for days beginning Jan-
uary__ 1954. Enclosed is $6.00 for each single room and/or $9.00
for each double room per day for deposit on these reservations. There is
enclosed remittance of $ representing total for all the above
My party will arrive by Train Automobile Bus.
(Please indicate which. And PLEASE add 10c per check
for banking charge if you remit by check.)
Names and addresses of those in my party:
While at the Reunion our address will be:
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 mailed to members in December 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 1,000.
Please fill in the application below and send your dues to the
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. 0. Box 249, STATION "A"
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
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Home of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Post, St. Augustine Fla. Note lawn mowers at work.
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ST. PETERSBURG 2
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