.4th of July Avenue arid "J" Street, Ancon, Canal Zone.
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Left to Right:
Top Row: Robert A. Roudabush, Mrs. Stephen Latchford, Alvin Siegfried (deceased), Col. Charles S.
Purdy, Martin A. Seiler, Leslie G. Lord, Harry Haywood;
2nd. Row From Top: Mrs. Martin A. Seiler, Alexander E. McClure, Benjamin Jenkins, Mrs. Alvin Sieg-
fried, LewisA. Mason, Ben Williams, Roger S. Erdman, Mrs. Gwin Ragsdale Whaley;
3rd. Row From Top: Mrs. David R. Wolverton, Mrs. Alexander E. McClure, Charles L. Luedtke, Col.
George S. Brady, Mrs. Mercer B. Huff, Gustav C. Hertz, Mrs. Harry A. Comley, Mrs. Leslie G.
Lord, Mrs. Frederick D. Willson, Mrs. Elizabeth Ragsdale Kelley, Grandson of James A.
4th. Row From Top: Mrs. Charles S. Purdy, Harry C. Ragsdale, Stephen Latchford, Maurice H. Thatcher,
Gordon H. Lyle, Col. David R. Wolverton, Mrs. Maurice H. Thatcher, Mrs. Benjamin Jenkins,
Mrs. Harry C. Ragsdale (deceased), Mrs. Robert A. Roudabush, James A. Johnson.
(From December issue of Congressional Record)
Panama Canal: Memorializations and Modernization
EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. CLARK W. THOMPSON OF TEXAS
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Wednesday, February 17, 1954
Mr. THOMPSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, the Panama Canal has a
great history. Many persons of various nations, professions, and positions
in life contributed to the success of the undertaking, its construction, and
subsequent operation. Many others will contribute to its future.
The December 1953 issue of the Panama Canal Record, the always
interesting monthly publication of the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
with headquarters at St. Petersburg, Fla., was primarily devoted to the
memorialization of Col. George W. Goethals, Chairman and Chief Engin-
eer of the Isthmian Canal Commission during the final years of construc-
tion, 1907-14, and the first Governor of Panama Canal under the perman-
ent operating organization.
It is significant, however, that this same issue also carries an an-
nouncement of the election of officers of the Gorgas Memorial Institute
of Tropical and Preventive Medicine, an organization named in honor of
Col. William Crawford Gorgas, the great sanitarian of the Isthmus, who
served during the entire period of construction of the Panama Canal,
1904-14, and who, in 1952, was elected to the Hall of Fame in the Uni-
versity of New York.
The full text of the indicated announcement follows:
Col. Joseph F. Siler elected President, Gorgas Institute of Medicine;
Maurice H. Thatcher, Vice President 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 Capt. Miles
P. Duval, United States Navy, retired, as a member of its board of directors for
3 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, Col. Joseph F. Siler, Dr. Fred
L. Soper, Congressman John Taber, and Dr. Willard B. Wright.
Captain Duval is a recognized authority on interoceanic canal problems. 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 Mountains Will Move and Cadiz to Cathay, both by Stanford University
Captain Duval is now working on what will be the third volume of his Can-
al trilogy, also to be published by Stanford Press.
Mr. Speaker, in connection with the foregoing, it is interesting to
note that former Congressman Maurice H. Thatcher, of Kentucky, is the
surviving member of the Isthmian Canal Commission that had charge of
the construction of the Panama Canal and the author, while in the Con-
gress, of the legislation that created the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory,
the work of which is supervised by the Gorgas Memorial Institute of
Tropical and Preventive Medicine.
His many friends, in and out of the Congress, are very happy over
the fact that he is yet in health and vigor, engaged in the practice of law
in Washington, and giving generously of his time and talents in activities
affecting the public welfare, such as are involved in the work of the
Gorgas Memorial Laboratory.
In addition, it is particularly important to note also that the ter-
minal lake plan mentioned in the quoted announcement is recognized by
independent transportation experts not only as supplying the best canal
for navigation but also as the most economic plan for the major improve-
ment of the Panama Canal ever developed.
The principal features of the plan and its relationship with the
Isthmanian canal policy as a whole were presented in a notable address
by its author, Capt. Miles P. Duval, 2 years ago before a distinguished
audience at the Explorers' Club of New York.
At the same meeting, Mr. John F. Stevens, Jr., international econo-
mist and son of former Chief Engineer John F. Stevens, of the Isthmian
Canal Commission, 1905-1907,. who was the basic architect of the great
waterway, 1906, and the first man appointed to the combined positions
of Chairman and Chief Engineer 1907, stated what he considered would
be the views of his late father as to the proper method for its modern.
Together, these two statements form one of the most comprehensive
treatments of the canal question ever presented. To make them available
to the Congress and the Nation at large, I included both in an extension
of my remarks in the Congressional Record, volume 98, Appendix, part
8, January 15, 1952, page A163, under the title "Inter-oceanic Canals
Problem," which I commend for serious study by all concerned with this
To provide the Congress with adequate means for an independent
and objective study of this important subject, my colleague, Hon. Thomas
E. Martin, of Iowa, and I introduced identical measures in the 82nd Con-
gress to create an Inter-oceanic Canals Commission. The same proposal,
H. R. 1048, was reintroduced in the present Congress, and its early enact-
ment is recommended.
(Former Congressman Maurice H. Thatcher and Capt. Miles P. Duval
are members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.)
TAe Panema anal Society o6 7lotida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. Box 249. STATION "A" ST. PETERSBURG 2, FLORIDA
C. G. Calvit J. F. Warner
A. L. Miner F. A. Anderson
Vice-President O E W. H. Butler
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd J ra
Secretary-Treas. .H. Hray
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 GATHERING OF THE CLAN
The Clan started to arrive early on the morning of January 13th
in the lobby of the Soreno Hotel. All morning, the lobby and mezzanine
resounded with the hullabaloo of old friends greeting one another. There
were many hearty handshakes, surprised greetings and a few tears of
joy. When about 300 old friends get together you can imagine the happy
morning that passed all too fast. In the afternoon, at 2 o'clock the
business meeting was called to order by President Charles Calvit. Secre-
tary-Treasurer, Lucille Judd, read the annual report. The auditing com-
mittee reported the books had been audited and found in excellent order.
Two letters from Mr. E. A. Roberts of the American Legion Crip-
pled Childrens Hospital were read expressing appreciation for the do-
nation of cake, cookies and ice cream. Also for a donation of $206 con-
tributed by the members to assure a happy Christmas for the children
of the hospital.
The following officers were re-elected for the ensuing year.
PRESIDENT ---- Mr. C. G. Calvit
VICE-PRESIDENT ----_ Mr. A. L. Miner
SECRETARY-TREASURER .._.....- Mrs. Lucille Judd
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY --- Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mr. Jack Wilson of Tampa, took photographs of numerous groups
during the morning and a number of them appear in this issue. More
will be printed from time to time. The usual group picture was taken
on the lawn of the hotel and is also included in this issue.
The second day, the crowd gathered early and there were more
late arrivals who had to be greeted and, if possible, the second day was
noisier than the first. Never did a group of 600 have a better time.
At 1:30 p.m. the crowd adjourned to the dining room for a de-
licious luncheon. The program during the luncheon follows:
INVOCATION -___---.- ------ Mr. Lee Burns
ADDRESS OF WELCOME --... Mr. Samual Johnson
Mayor of the City of St. Petersburg
REMARKS FROM MEMBERS
GREETINGS FROM OUR FOUNDER ___Mr. John Warner
GREETINGS FROM ABSENT MEMBERS
PRESENTATION OF NEW OFFICERS
Hasta La Vista
Mayor Johnson and Mrs. Johnson were our guests of honor and
Mayor Johnson's remarks were well received as were the short talks by
Mr. Warner and Mother Calvit who is going strong at 86.
There were members present from 19 states, the Canal Zone, and
Costa Rica. This was no doubt the largest and best re-union in the
The following letter is self explanatory. Individual members are
urged to write the committee urging them to report the Bill out favorably.
Committee on Post Office and Civil Service Feb. 8, 1954
House Office Building,
Washington, D. C.
The membership of this Society, comprising over 1100 members, at
its regular monthly meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida passed a motion
that your Committee be advised that we are in accord with the purpose
and intent of H.R. 5299 introduced in the House of Representatives on
May 20, 1953 by Mr. Clardy to deprive Alger Hiss of any annuity and
to return to him amount deducted from salary while employed.
This Society requests that your Committee report the Bill out favor-
ably with the recommendation that it be given a place on the House Cal-
endar for prompt action on the floor of the House.
It is the consensus of opinion of the members of this Society that the
Government has no obligation to reward Alger Hiss for his treasonable
acts toward our Government and the people of the United States.
Charles G. Calvit, President
Mr. S. H. Grauten Is On the Job
Your Secretary arrived in Washington, early in the week and
has made a start on contacting the people connected with the passage of
Congressman Jenkins, advises me that the Bill is still in the Com-
mittee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. Also that the Chairman of
this Committee, Cong. Alvin F. Weihel is ill and in the hospital. The
Doctors said he could not have visitors but Mr. Jenkins talked to him
on the phone and told him that he should name one of the other members
to act in his absence as all the business of this Committee was at a
I then called at the office of the M.M.&F. Committee and the
Secretary more or less confirmed the above information but was more
optimistic about his early return. This Secretary was very courteous and
gave me the names of the Sub-Committee.
John J. Allen, Jr., Calif. Chairman
Walter M. Mumma, Penn. Edward A. Carmatz, Maryland
Frank C. Osmers, Jr.,N. J. Martin Dies, Texas
Francis E. Dorn, N. Y. Mrs. John B. Sullivan, Mo.
I have an appointment with Cong. Alien for next week. (Every-
thing takes time in Washington.) That is the news to date. My stay in
Washington is very indefinite and depends on many things so I am anxious
to see early progress on our Bill.
S. H. Grauten
P. S. I called Mrs. Seymore Paul at Harrisonburg and she said Seymore
is still confined to bed, with an occasional walk to an adjoining room.
She felt there has been slight improvement.
THE WAIL OF A GAL FROM THE ZONE
Mrs. Mae McFarland, nee Mae Wynne, daughter of old timer Joe
Wynne and Mrs. Wynne, says she wrote the following a long time ago
when she was in a bad mood and longing for her former home. Mrs Mc-
Farland is now a resident of Fresno, California.
I'm homesick as hell for the wind in the grass
And palms againstt a blue tropic sky;
For white, frothing surf on a smooth tropic beach,
And a tropical moon riding high.
I long for the tinkle of ice in a glass,
Chop Suey on a balcony frail;
For the long sunny days of the dry season there,
And the glorious wet season gale.
I want to go back to a Carnival gay-
To confetti, confusion and joy .
To happiness calm, and freedom from rush,
And the love of a girl and a boy.
I'm homesick as hell for tropical ways,
And tropical folks I have known,
For bright tropic days, and soft tropic nights,
And all of the dear Canal Zone.
I'm loony, I'm goofy, I'm crazy as hell,
I live in a tiresome village called "Bell".
I'm homesick, I'm bored, I've bats in my dome.
I belong in the tropics I want to go HOME.
CARDS OF THANKS
"Thanks for the beautiful flowers sent my husband during his
illness. We did appreciate them so very much." Kathryn M. S1attety
"Your kind expression of sympathy is deeply appreciated and
gratefully acknowledged."-Neva Brown, Marilyn and Garten Thomas
"Thank you for the sympathy expressed for us in the death of my
brother, Herbert Neville."
Sincerely, Florence N. Miller
A note of appreciation was received from Mrs. Tracy Page for
flowers sent in tribute to her husband.
We were deeply touched by your kind thoughts and the lovely
flowers sent my wife who enjoyed them so much."-Arthur A. Bohata
"Many thanks for the flowers sent me during my illness in the
hospital." Harry Cunningham
A note of thanks was received from Mrs. Martha Strawn for the
card of sympathy sent on learning of the death of Ed Strawn.
"A sincere thank you for your thoughtfulness and the very lovely
flowers sent to Mr. Thomas J. Williams." Mrs. Williams
"I want to. thank you for the beautiful flowers sent to me while
I was in the hospital. I am now at home and feeling much better."
"Your kind expression of sympathy is deeply appreciated and
gratefully acknowledged by the family of Fred P. Klaes."
A card of thanks was received from Harry C. Ragsdale for the
flowers sent Mrs. Ragsdale while she was in the hospital.
"I wish to thank the Society members for the card of sympathy sent
me following the sudden death of my sister, Mrs. W. E. Reed."
-Margaret R. Petersson
LETTER OF THANKS
All cakes, cookies and ice cream that was not used at our annual
Christmas party was sent to the American Legion Hospital for Crippled
Children. A letter has been received from Mr. E. A. Roberts, Administrator
at the hospital, thanking the Society for the donation. At the Christmas
party, as is the usual custom, a collection was taken up for the hospital.
The members present came up with $206.75 which was turned over to
the hospital to be used to provide a merry Christmas for all the young-
sters confined there. In a second letter, Mr. Roberts again thanked the
Society for it's interest in the hospital and the help which makes it pos-
sible to give the children a considerably brighter Christmas season. Several
members who were unable to attend our Christmas party sent in their
donations which helped to swell the fund. We thank you.
THE QUEEN'S VISIT
The big event in November was the visit of Queen Elizabeth of
England. The downtown shops, the P.X., and commissaries did a land
office business) in film as all the "shutter bugs" were anxious to snap a
few shots of Her Majesty. From all reports, she won the, hearts of all
who saw her, and all letters from the Zone were unanimous in saying
she is very beautiful and her photographs do not do her justice. There
was the reception at the Governor's and President Remon and Mrs. Re-
mon's reception at the Union Club, as well as a conducted tour of the
city Colon, Panama, the Canal Zone, and an inspection of the locks and
control house. The Queen and the Duke helped lock a ship through Mir-
aflores locks and evidenced keen interest in the operation of the locks.
Despite a crowded schedule of receptions, tours, and ceremonies
arranged by Panama and United States officials, the Queen was every
minute of her crowded fourteen hours her same gracious,, charming, and
dignified self. Never before had the Canal Zone police been called upon
to participate in a job as tremendous in scope as that carried out during
Her Majesty's visit. The law enforcers said they did not mind a bit the
extra work and all said they were deeply impressed with Britian's young
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
COVERING THE PERIOD FROM OCTOBER 28th, 1953
TO FEBRUARY 8th, 1954
This may seem to be a rather long stretch between dates, but the
December Record went to press earlier than the other three Records ii
order that you would get it before the Xmas rush in the Post Offices.
I am not going to ask you to pay your dues in this issue, but if
you don't have a WHITE CARD WITH GREEN LETTERING you have
not paid your dues for 1954 and they are now due, also dues not paid
before the June issue of the Record holds up mailing of the issue since
the by-laws read that dues not paid by that time the member becomes
delinquent. If there is any real reason, illness, etc., that makes it impos-
sible to pay dues by that time PLEASE notify the Secretary-Treasurer.
I am really sorry that I have not been able to answer all of your
letters fully, but with so many things going on Xmas, Re-union, etc.,
have had to make them short. Believe me Mr. Kieswetter and I do enjoy
them immensely, and many of the more interesting letters are read at the
regular meetings, and are enjoyed by all those present.
SPECIAL TO CANAL ZONE MEMBERS-The bank is now
charging 66 cents to 72 cents to clear a check-this is not the bank here
in St. Petersburg this is the clearing house for checks, foreign and
otherwise. So from now on I have been instructed to accept CANAL
ZONE POST OFFICE MONEY ORDERS ONLY. Of course if you bank
in the the United States those checks will be accepted Please add 10
cents for cashing. Many times letters from the Zone have been sent with
3 $1.00 bills and to date only one letter, which by the way came from
Pennsylvania, has ever failed to reach me with the money NOT enclosed.
Of course you would send the dues this way at your own risk, but we
cannot see our way clear to pay from 66 cents to 72 cents to get the $3.00
For your information this is what your dues covers:
4 Records @ .45 each $1.80
1 Year Book .25
Mailing the records and
Year Book .12
Stamps during the year .06
Actual cost per member $2.23
Working capital per member .77
Your Society had 1,010 members for 1953, and has 120 new
members for 1954 making a total membership as of February 8th of
We have been informed from several sources that,some members
have had a change of address PLEASE KEEP THE SECRETARY
TREASURER INFORMED and state whether it is temporary or permanent.
Our Re-union was grand this year-there were 245 luncheon guests,
and over 500 visiting members.
As we go to press 729 have paid their 1954 dues Have you paid
your dues for 1954?
The 83rd Congress reconvened in second session January 6, 1954.
There is every indication that this will be a very busy session.
The great concern of retirees is to know whether or not that tem-
porary increase in annuities which many annuitants have been receiving
may be continued beyond June 30, 1954. when it will expire for lack of
funds unless Congress appropriates funds for this particular purpose for
President Eisenhower has included in his budget for the fiscal
year beginning July 1, 1954 an item of over $29 million so that the above
temporary cost-of-living annuity increase may be continued until June
30, 1955 when it will be discontinued definitely in accordance with public
Law 555, unless new legislation is enacted which has not as yet been
formulated by the Congress.
While the above item has been included in the budget it will re-
quire congressional appropriation before the funds are actually available
for annuities. This subject will be considered by a Sub-Committee of the
Appropriations Committee of the House. The chairman of this sub-com-
mittee is the Hon. John Phillips of California. This same Sub-Committee
made favorable recommendations when considering appropriations last
year for this purpose. It is hoped that similar sympathetic and favorable
action will be made on this pending appropriation.
The next subject of great concern to all retirees is such new legis-
lation as will establish some increase in annuities on a more permanent
basis, as well as remove that $2,160 ceiling which has been so discrimin-
ating in excluding many loyal former employees and now deserving re-
tirees from receiving any increase in their annuity.
The formulation of new legislation of concern to retirees, after
Public Law 555 and its temporary increase in annuities expires, will de-
pend to a great extend on the findings and recommendations of the
Kaplan Committee on Federal Retirement Policy.
The first part of the Kaplan Committee report to the Congress
has been completed recently and on January 27, 1954 the Senate adopt-
ed the recommendation of its Committee on Post Office and Civil Service
that this first part report be printed as Senate Document No. 89.
We have been informed that this part report is a rather large
document of some 770 pages and covers the findings of facts on the re-
tirement policy subject.
The recommendations of the Kaplan Committee will need be sub-
mitted to the Congress at some later date. The work of this special com-
mittee is expected to be completed by June 30, 1954.
At present the Civil Service retirement system grants to those who
retired after April 1st, 1948 service credit for their full period of em-
ployment as well as a more liberal method for computing annuities, also
more liberal allowances for dependents. The former practice of treating
all retirees alike has been discarded although the great change in economic
conditions really warrants a continuance of the former practice now more
Mr. Eliot Kaplan, Chairman of the Special Committees on Federal
Retirement policy and his Committee colleagues who are studying this
subject, will soon be fully informed of all the inequities and discrimina-
tion involved. Their recommendations will be more happily received
and more likely adopted by the Congress if all retirees will write to
their home state Senators and to Representatives from their particular
district, telling of their interest and concern in this legislation.
Another subject of interest and concern to retirees is House Bill
H.R. 5180 which proposes to exempt retirement income, including an-
nuities, pensions and other income, up to an amount of $1500.00 a year
from income taxation.
This bill is pending in the House Ways & Means Committee. This
same committee is also considering the subject of a broad and general
revision of the Internal Revenue Code. This effort will ultimately result
in the Revenue Act of 1954.
This general revision of the tax code will represent the completion
of intensive work which was started during the summer of 1951 by the
staff of the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation.
The Ways & Means Committee, on Jan. 18, 1954 in executive ses-
sion gave consideration to a new method for the taxation of annuities to
exclude from taxation an amount determined by dividing the cost of the
annuity (that is the sum total of the individuals payroll deductions as
contributions to the retirement and disability fund) by the years of life
expectancy determined at the time the annuity payments start. The ex-
empted amount is to remain the same each year through out the life of
the individual, even though he may outlive the life expectancy previously
It is believed the Ways & Means Committee will find, after a
careful comparison of these pending but differing ideas, that there is
more merit in H.R. 5180 in that it will eliminate that unjust discrimina-
tion in which by far the larger number of annuitants benefit through
tax exemption on Railway, Social Security and other annuities while a
smaller number of annuitants pay income tax on the full amount of their
annuities. H.R. 5180 will, if enacted, correct this unjust discrimination
and place all retirees on an equitable income tax footing.
Old time Canal Constructors with pensions established under the
Panama Canal Construction Service Act of May 29, 1944 (Public Law
319-78th Congress) will be interested in House Bill H.R. 3660 now
pending before a Sub-Committee of the House Committee on Merchant
Marine & Fisheries.
This bill proposes an increase in old timer pensions by $25 a
month but may be amended to limit the increase to such an amount as
not to exceed 25% of the present pension.
This is the bill on which Ralph Cutler of 16 West Mystic Avenue,
Mystic, Conn., has been working so diligently toward its enactment. Mr.
Cutler was in Washington during January in the interests of this bill. He
urges the cooperation of all Old Timers in supporting his efforts in their
own behalf. Do this by writing briefly to committeemen asking that H.R.
3660 be reported out of committee with a favorable recommendation.
The Sub-Committee Chairman considering this legislation is Hon.
John J. Allen of Calif. The members associated with him are Hon. Walter
M. Mumma, Pa.; Hon. Frank Osmers, New Jersey; Hon. Francis E. Dorn,
N. Y.; Hon. Edward A. Garmaltz; Md.; Hon. Martin Dies, Texas; and
Hon. Mrs. John B. Sullivan, Mo.
With all the above in mind all retirees must realize that the Con-
gressional Stage is well set in their behalf and that now is the time for
retired constituents to communicate their concern and economic need
to their Congressmen on these subjects. Your congressmen will be parti-
cularly busy this session and unless he hears from his constituents on
any given subject he will think there is no interest and apply his efforts
and time to other subjects.
Elsewhere in this Canal Record you will find a chart showing
the trend of consumer prices based on data compiled by the Bureau of
This data indicates that for every $1.00 you spent for food in
1939 you now spend $2.42; that for each $1.00 value of apparel in 1939
you now pay out $2.00; that for transportation you now expend $1.88
compared to $1.00 in 1939; that for medical care your expenditure has
been upped in the proportion $1.00 to $1.67; while in this same period
your rent has increased to $1.40 for every dollar in 1939.
On the average, the increased cost of living now requires you to
pay out $1.93 in 1953 for each $1.00 of your living cost in 1939.
This will explain to you that problem of where your money goes.
In other words your annuity dollar which was worth 100 cents in 1939
is today worth but 52 cents in purchasing value in the market place.
To express your retirement economic status rather bluntly, it fol-
lows that unless your retirement income has doubled since' 1939 you have
been slipping on the economic ladder, just like all other fixed incomes.
Like all other annuitants you are vitally interested in correcting
this downward slipping. As pointed out previously the Congressional
Stage is well set in the retirees interest. What finally happens depends to
a great extent on the push and urge behind your Congressmen. Your
individual part in this effort is to make your interest, concern and economic
needs known, first to Committeemen urging their favorable recommenda-
tion in reporting above bills out of committee, then to Senators and Re-
presentatives urging favorable legislative enactment.
If arthritis or a feeble shaky hand interferes with your good in-
tentions have a relative or friend write your letters, Such writing on the
part ofthe individual is proper and in good order as one of the natural
steps in our representative form of government.
Space does not permit listing all your Senators and Represent-
atives; secure this information from the Congressional Record at all
public libraries or contact the office of your local newspaper. For your
immediate convenience there is listed the membership of Committees-
83rd Congress, Second Session, below.
Another way for the individual annuitant to help his own cause
is to support the National Association of Retired Civil Employees.
In Washington you could have no better qualified nor better or-
ganized outfit working in your interest. Their legislative representative is
Marcellus C. Shield who is constantly alert for on the spot activities. He
attends Congressional Committee hearings and presents the merits of your
cause in a logical and most masterful manner. Join the local chapter of
the N.A.R.C.E. nearest your home or send $2.50 membership,' dues to
National Headquarters at 1625 Connecticut Avenue, N. W., Washington
9, D. C.
Committees 83rd Congress, Second Session
SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
Eugene D. Milliken, Colo., Chairman; Hugh Butler, Neb.; Edward Martin, Pa.;
John J. Williams, Del.; Ralph E. Flanders, Vt.; George W. Malone, Nev.;
Frank Carlson, Kans.; Wallace F. Bennett, Utah; Walter F. George, Ga.;
Harry Flod Byrd, Va.; Edwin C. Johnson, Colo.; Clyde R. Hoey, N. C.; Robert
S. Kerr, Okla.; J. Allen Frear, Jr., Del.; Russell B. Long, La.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE
Frank Carlson, Kans., Chairman; James H. Duff, Pa.; William E. Jenner, Ind.;
John Sherman Cooper, Ky.; Dwight Griswold, Neb.; William A. Purtell, Conn.;
Olin D. Johnston, S. C.; Matthew M. Neely, W. Va.; John O. Pastore, R. I.;
A. S. Mike Monroney, Okla.; Price Daniel, Texas.
HOUSE COMMITTEE MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES
Alvin F. Weichel, Ohio, Chairman; Thor C. Tollefson, Wash.; John J. Allen, Jr.,
Calif.; Horace Seely-Brown, Jr., Conn.; Timothy P. Sheehan, Ill.; Walter M.
Mumma, Pa.; William K. VanPelt, Wis.; Walter Norblad, Oreg.; Frank C.
Osmers, Jr., N. J.; Stuyvesant Wainwright, II, N. Y.; Kit Clardy, Mich.; John
H. Ray, N. Y.; William S. Mailliard, Calif.; Francis E. Dorn, N. Y.; Edward
J. Hart, N. J.; Herbert C. Bonner, N. C.; Frank W. Boykin, Ala.; Edward A.
Garmatz, Md.; John F. Shelley, Calif.; Edward J. Robeson, Jr., Va.; Eugene
J. Keogh, N. Y.; James J. Delaney, N. Y.; Matin Dies, Tex.; Mrs. John B.
Sullivan, Mo.; T. A. Thompson, La.; Don Magnuson, Wash.; Thomas P. O'Neill,
Jr., Mass.; Courtney W. Campbell, Florida.
HOUSE COMMITTEE POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE
Edward H. Rees, Kans., Chairman; Harold C. Hagen, Minn.; Robert J. Corbett,
Pa.; Mrs. Katherine St. George, N. Y.; Gardner R. Winthrow, Wis.; H. R.
Gross, Iowa; Mrs. Cecil M. Harden, Ind.; William C. Cole, Mo.; Albert W.
Cretella, Conn.; Charles S. Gubser, Calif.; Edward J. Bonin, Pa.; Joel T. Brou-
hill, Va.; Oliver P. Bolton, Ohio; Frazier Reams, Ohio; Tom Murray, Tenn.;
James H. Morrison, La.; James C. Davis, Ga.; George M. Rhodes, Pa.; John
Lesenski, Jr., Mich.; John Jarman, Okla.; John Dowdy, Texas; Edward P.
Boland, Mass.; Hugh Q. Alexander, N. C.; John E. Moss, Calif.; William M.
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
Daniel A. Reed, N. Y., Chairman; Thomas A. Jenkins, Ohio; Richard M. Simp-
son, Pa.; Robert W. Kean, N. J.; Carl T. Curtis, Neb.; Noah M. Mason, Ill.;
Thomas E. Martin, Iowa; Hal Holmes, Wash.; John W. Byrnes, Wis.; Angier
L. Godwin, Mass.; Antoni N. Sadlak, Conn.; Howard H. Baker, Tenn.; Thomas
B. Curtis, Mo.; Victor A. Knox, Mich.; James B. Utt Calif.; Jere Cooper, Tenn.;
John D. Dingell, Mich.; Wilbur D. Mills, Ark.; Noble J. Gregory, Ky.; A. Sid-
ney Camp, Ga.; Aime J. Forand, R. I.; Herman P. Eberharter, Pa.; Cecil R.
King, Calif.; Thomas J. O'Brien, Ill.; Hale Boggs, La.
SUGGESTED FORM OF ADDRESSES AND SALUTATIONS
The Honorable George A. A. Smathers The Hon. Courtney W. Campbell
Senate Office Building House Office Building
Washington, D. C. Washington, D. C.
My Dear Senator Smathers: My Dear Mr. Campbell:
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Thatcher, formerly of Albrook Field, an-
nounce the marriage of their daughter, Mary, to Mr. Roy Anderson of
Sanger, California, on October 19th, at St. John's Cathedral in Fresno,
California. The bride is a niece of Mrs. G. R. McNall and Miss Frances
Barr of Balboa and a granddaughter of the late M. and Mrs. Westberg
of the Canal Zone.
Miss Jean Marie Bowman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Bowman
of North Port Bay, Long Island, exchanged wedding vows with Mr. George
Mulford Chevalier, formerly of the Canal Zone and now of Troy, N. Y.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Chevalier of North Port Bay, Long
Island, and formerly residents of the Canal Zone. The ceremony took
place October 3rd in the Trinity Episcopal Church in North Port.
The marriage of Miss Shirley B. Holland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
H. W. Holland, Sr., of Curundu, to Staff Sergeant Byron Willoughby,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Willoughby of Albertville, Ala., was solemn-
ized, on November 6th in the Balboa Heights Baptist Church. The Rev.
William Beeby officiated at the double ring ceremony.
The marriage of Miss Helen Virginia Edwards, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Kenneth M. Edwards of Pedro Miguel, to Staff Sergeant Raymond
H. Magan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Magan of Pueblo, Colorado
was solemnized on October 24th in St. Mary's Church, Balboa.
F. W. Michmershuizen of Grand Rapids, Michigan, announced the en-
gagement of his daughter Rita Marie, to Lt. James Hascher Coakley,
stationed at Westover Air Force Base, Holyoke, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Pat-
rick S. Coakley of the Canal Zone are the parents of the bridegroom.
The couple plan to wed in the fall of next year.
Bouquets of white gladioli decorated the chancels of St. Joseph's
Chapel in Manchester, New Hampshire for the wedding of Miss Arden V.
Landahl, daughter of Mrs. Viva A. Landahl, of Manchester, to Mr. Thomas
M. McGinn, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. McGinn, Sr. of Gatun.
The ceremony took place on September 26th, 1953.
The marriage of Miss Emma Rhea Menzel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Kurt F. Menzel of Ancon, to Mr. Francis A. Shaffer of Baltimore, Md.
was solemnized on November 28th at a nuptial Mass held in St. Bernard's
Church, Baltimore, Maryland.
Miss Phyllis Zemer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Zemer of
Balboa, and Mr. James Wright of San Jose, California exchanged wed.
ding vows in November at a ceremony held in the Stanford Memorial
Church in San Jose, California.
The marriage of Miss Beverly Jean Rosan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
William H. Rosan of Pedro Miguel, to Alfred Aleguas of Coco Solito
was solemnized in St. Paul's Catholic Chapel in Bainbridge, Maryland
on October 17th, 1953.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Sylvestre of Balboa announce the marriage of
their daughter, Mary Jane, to Mr. K. C. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.
Lee Smith of Hartsville, South Carolina. The wedding was solemnized on
November 25th, 1953 in the Sacred Heart Church in Milledgeville, Ga.
Mrs. Elizabeth Mary Haines, formerly of the Canal Zone and now of
Baltimore, Maryland, has announced the engagement and approaching
marriage of her daughter, Dorothy Katherine Haines, to Corporal Donald
Charles Knauer, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Knauer of Fort Thomas, Ky.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Flumach have announced the engagement of
their daughter Elizabeth, to Richard H. Lester, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Lester, former residents of Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Willoughby of Gatun announce the engagement
of their daughter Ardis Marie, to Mr. James L. Davis, son of Mr. and
Mrs. D. Davis of Detroit, Michigan. The marriage is planned for Feb-
ruary 26th in the States. The couple will be at home in Detroit after
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene C. Lombard of Balboa Heights have announced
the engagement of their daughter Elaine, to Mr. William Ross Newland,
son of Mr. and Mrs. William Kenneth Newland of Colon.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lee Rankin, formerly of the Canal Zone and
now of Carlton, Michigan, have announced the approaching marriage of
their daughter Janice Lee, to Corporal Owen L. Craighead, to be solemn-
ized Saturday, January 23rd, 1954 in the Methodist Church in Carlton.
Miss Caroline N. Biel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo R. Biel, of
Balboa, and Mr. Richard L. Tenenoff were married recently at Hunting-
ton Park, California. Mr. Tenenoff, a Navy veteran, is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Mikhail R. Tenenoff of Ft. Worth, Texas.
Word has been received of the marriage of Mrs. Nina D. Bolstad to
Mr. Newell R. Anson. The double ring ceremony was solemnized in the
Lutheran Church at Hermistro, Oregon. Mrs. Bolstad is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Bates of Gamboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Fernand Espiau of Curundu announce the engagement
of their daughter Claudia Dell Nolan, to Airman 1/c Ronald S. Donie.
Miss Nolan graduated from Balboa High School with the Class of 1952.
Airman 1/c Donie is with the 5700th Supply and Service at Albrook Air
Force Base. No date has been set for the wedding.
Announcement has been made by Capt. and Mrs. Andrew Johnson
of Seattle, Washington, of the marriage of their daughter, Hariet Signa,
to Ewing W. Journey. Mr. Journey returned recently to Columbia, S. A.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Newhard of Gatun, announce the engagement of
their daughter, Ann Kocher, to Ensign Omar L. Franklin, U.S.N.R., son
of Dr. and Mrs. Hugh L. Franklin of Greeley, Colorado. Miss Newhard
was born and reared in Gatun. She is a graduate of Colorado State Col-
lege of Education at Greeley, in the class of 1953. She is a member of
Tri Sigma Sorority and a member of the faculty of the Elementary School
at Fort Kobbe. Ensign Franklin graduated from Colorado State College
of Education in 1952. He is taking flight training at the Naval Air Station
at Pensacola, Florida. He arrived on the Isthmus Christmas evening, and
the engagement was announced to the members of the family during the
holidays. No date has been set for the wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson W. Magner announce the marriage of their
daughter Carolyn, to Lt. Thomas Edgar Lowrey, United States Air Force
Reserve, on Sunday, the 15th of November, 1953., at Panama City, Fla.
Miss Magner is the granddaughter of Mr. Elwyn Green and the late Mrs.
Green. Carolyn was born and raised on the Zone. Lt., Lowery is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Lowery of Oneonta, Ala. Lt. and Mrs. Lowery will
make their hom ein Novato, California where Lt. Lowery is stationed.
Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Mears announce the marriage of their daughter,
Joan Catherine, to Mr. Edward Albert Linney on Saturday, December 5th
at St. Peters Episcopal Church, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Camille Feliz of Locona Naval Station and Mr. Elwin Feliz of
Panama City have announced the engagement of their daughter Eileen
Feliz to Robert Wright Ferren, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ferren of
North Reading, Mass. The wedding will be solemnized the latter part of
July in North Reading, Mass.
On December 14th, the wedding of Miss Sarah Margaret Howell,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Howell of Ancon to Mr. Willie James
Pope took place at the Balboa Heights Baptist Church.
Lt. Francis Mayo, formerly of Balboa, exchanged marriage vows with
Miss Eleanor C. Graham of Elizabeth, N. J., in a double ring ceremony
in St. Mary's Church in Elizabeth, N. J. Mrs. Mayo is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Graham of Elizabeth, N. J. Lt. Mayo is the
son of Mrs. Ruth K. Mayo of Sommerville, Mass., and the late Mr. Francis
T. Mayo of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Karst, Sr. of Balboa, C. Z. announce the marriage
of their daughter Shirley, to Pvt. John J. Alexaitis, son of Dr. and Mrs.
F. L. Alexaitis, former residents of Cristobal, who now make their home
in Tampa, Florida. The wedding took place at Camp Eustace, Virginia,
on December 9th, 1953.
Mrs. Anne Furey of Fresno, California, announces the engagement
of her daughter, Lynn Margot, to Airman 3/c Francis Richard Barr, son
of Mrs. M. Frances Barr of Balboa. No date has been set for the wedding.
Miss Ruth Ann Chevalier of Balboa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George
C. Chevalier of Northport, N. Y., became the bride of Allen Maxwell
Stuhl in St. Luke's Cathedral. Mr. Stuhl is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mar-
ion L. Stuhl of St. Louis, Mo. After a honeymoon at Cerro Punta, the
young couple will make their home at 0788 Williamson Place, Balboa.
The marriage of Miss Barbara Louise Fritz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
W. Clifford Fritz of Balboa, to Lt. Bruce William Reyle, son of Mrs.
Anitta Ryle of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and the late Mr. Edward Reyle,
was solemnized on January 6th in the Cathedral of St. Lukes, Ancon.
Wedding vows were exchanged by Miss Veloyce Roberta Ledford,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Ledford of 3818 Fountain St., Long Beach,
and Mr. Gordon Gregory, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ross of 1890 McNab
Avenue, Long Beach, California in an evening service in Greenwich Wed-
ding Chapel. Dr. George W. McDonald read the double ring service in
the presence of fifty guests. Mr. Gregory was born on the Canal Zone and
is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Cameron.
A May wedding is planned for Rose Suzanne der Derian and Richard
Turbyfill of New York City. The bride elect is the daughter of the late
Mr. and Mrs. George D. M. der Derian who make their home in Detroit,
Michigan. Mr. Turbyfill is the son of Mr and Mrs. Surbert Turbyfill of
Balboa, Canal Zone.
The marriage of Miss Norma Magdelena McKeown, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Alexander McKeown of Cristobal, to Mr. William Hartwell Ryan,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Ryan of Evanston, Illinois, was solemn-
ized in Pasadena.
Mr. and Mrs. Erle F. Foland of Anderson, 'Indiana, announce the
engagement of their daughter Frances, to Mr. Robert E. Johnston, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Johnston of Balboa. The wedding is sched-
uled to take place in the Fall.
On February 5th, Miss Glenna Lee Garrison, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. C. R. Boltz, became the bride of Mr. John Francis Thomas, son of
Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Thomas. The wedding took place in the Gatun Union
Church with the Rev. J. William L. Graham officiating.
The wedding of Miss Elaine Prill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
Prill of Balboa, to Mr. Carol H. White was solemnized Friday, February
5th at the Fort Amador Chapel. Mr. White is the son of Mrs. Hugh White
of San Bernardino, California and the late Mr. Hugh White. The double
ring ceremony was performed by Father John Doyle.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jones of Curundu announce the birth of a son,
Richard Daniel Jones, on November 7th at the San Fernando Clinic. Mrs.
Jones is the former Lois Hallowell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ross
Hollowell of Hendersonville, N. C. and formerly residents of Balboa, C. Z.
Pvt. and Mrs. George Flores announce the arrival of a baby girl,
Wendy Marie, born on November 2nd at the Camp Folk Army Hospital
in Leesville, Louisiana. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Geddes and the paternal grandparent is Mr. John Flores. Mrs. Flores is
the former Pat Geddes.
Lt. and Mrs. David Aycock announce the birth of a daughter, Debra
Lee Aycock, October 26th at the Fort Clayton Hospital. Mrs. Aycock is
the former Barbara Anne Curles, daughter of Captain and Mrs. Ralph
Curies of Balboa. Lt. Aycock, who is stationed with the Fifth Air Force
in Korea, is the son of Dr. and Mrs. S. D. Aycock of Ne'w Cristobal.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss, Jr., formerly of Las Cumbres and now
of San Rafael, California, announce the birth of their fourth child, a
daughter, Carolyn Martha Bliss, on October 23rd.
Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Keith Lloyd announce the birth of their first
child, a son, at the Medical College Hospital, Richmond, Virginia, on
October 23rd. Mrs. Lloyd is the former Miss Lee Van Siclen, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Van Siclen, Jr., of Gatun. The baby has
been named William Kim.
Mr. and Mrs. John Purvis of Margarita, announce the birth of their
second son at Colon Hospital on October 22nd. The baby has been
named Bruce Mayo. Mr. Purvis is employed by the Panama Canal Press.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McClain of Bella Vista announce the birth of a
daughter, Melissa Carol, on November 2nd at Panama Hospital. Mrs.
McClain is the former Carol Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bradford
Adams of Yonkers, N. Y. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. F. R.
McClain, formerly of the Canal Zone, and now of Leesburg, Florida.
Lt. William C. Evans, presently stationed in Korea, and Mrs. Evans
of Colorado Springs, Colorado, announce the birth of a son, William
Jerome Evans, on December 15th, 1953. Mrs. Evans is the former Roslyn
Mahoney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon E. Mahoney of Colorado
Springes. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Evans of
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Atchley of Balboa announce the birth of a
daughter, Mary Catherine Atchley, November 6th, 1953 at Gorgas Hos-
pital. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tim Adams of Waseca,
Minn. and the paternal grandfather is Mr. James F. Atchley of Porter-
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Cunningham of Hotel El Panama announce
the birth of a son on November 27th, 1953.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Husum, Jr. of Balboa, announce the birth
of a son, Edward J. Husum III, on November 8th, 1953 in Gorgas Hos-
pital. Mrs. Husum is the former Ellen Foley, daughter of Mrs. Mary Foley
of Balboa. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Husum, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Neill, 420 Balcourt Drive, Birmingham, Ala.,
announce the arrival of a daughter, Margerie Ann, on August 22nd, 1953.
This is their third child; Robert Evans, born July 18th, 1949 and Thonmas
Duncan, born November 28th, 1951. Mrs. Neill is the former Muriel
Evans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Evans, long time residents of Pedro
Miguel. Mr. Neill will be remembered as the Pitcher for the Navy Service
team during the war and for the Diablo Base Ball Club during the 1946
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Herring, nee Rose McKee, announce the
birth of their third son, Kevin Paul Herring, on December 15th, 1953.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert G. Terwilliger, Jr. announce the birth of a baby
girl on December 23rd, 1953 at Colon Hospital. The baby is the grand-
daughter of Mrs. Edna D. Terwilliger of Cristobal, and Capt. A. G. Ter-
williger, Sr. The maternal grandfather is W. L. Jones of Keller, Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. B. I. Everson of Margarita, announce the birth of a
son at Colon Hospital. Mr. Everson is the assistant Director of the Trans-
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lessiack of Balboa announce the birth of
a son, John Keith, February 3rd, in Gorgas Hospital. It is their third child.
Mr. Lessiack is an employee of the Budget Staff of the Panama Canal Co.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Austin F. Yoder of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gill of Resida, California, announce the birth of a
daughter on January ,3rd. The baby has been named Lynn Marie. Mrs.
Gill is the former Pat Kuller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Kuller who
resided in Margarita. I
Corporal and Mrs. H. R. Childs of Ancon announce the birth of a
son, Harold Redding Childs, Jr. on December 16th at Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Childs is the former Renee Peterson,,daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.
J. Peterson of Ancon. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Milford
Childs of Gray, Maine.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold E, Fullman, formerly of the Canal Zone and
now of Portland, Oregon, announce the birth of a son December 29th,
1953 in the Portland Hospital. This is the first grandson of Mr.' anc Mrs.
George Fullman of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Cochrane of Sunnyvale, California announce the
birth of a daughter on December 19th at the O'Connors Hospital in San
Jose, California. Mrs. Cochrane is the former Miss Jane Kaufer, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kaufer of Margarita.
Mr. Harry Cunningham of Long Island, N. Y. was quite ill at Mary
Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica, N. Y. At last report he was some better.
Mrs. E. F. Jackson of 6806 Wellington Avenue, Tampa, has been con-
fined to her bed for over two years.How about a card and word of cheer
from old friends?
Mrs. Edna Whitver is recuperating nicely, we understand, neathh the
watchful eyes of her folks up north. Edna was a surgical patient about
three months ago.
Mr. Frank Anderson has been ill at his home in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Arthur Bohata has been ill but at last report was some better.
Mr. Elwyn Greene of Bradenton, Florida is doing nicely after a
bout with pneumonia.
Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt's mother, Mrs. Burkhart, has been, quite ill. She
celebrated her 86th birthday on November 9th, 1953.
Capt. Carl Frederick of Clearwater is recovering from a siege of ill-
ness. Their new address is 2121 Gulf to Bay, Lakeside Park, Clearwater,
Mrs. B. Palmer of Carlisle St., New Castle, Pa., writes that Mrs.
Holland Phillips, wife of Dr. Charles Phillips, after being confined to a
wheelchair for years is now unable to leave her bed. A note or card
would do a lot of good to cheer up Mrs. Phillips.
After a fifteen day stay in the hospital following an operation, Leo
Wilkes reports he is now at;home and feeling much better.
Mrs. Fred Spriegel writes that Fred does not gain very fast. Had
another badspell a short while ago but seems to be coming back slowly.
Fred was 84 years old last April and Mrs. Spriegel just passed 79.
Capt. Phalen was a recent patient in the hospital. Last report has it
that he is considerably better.
Mrs. Earl Brown has been in the hospital for some time. She is some
better, but cannot have visitors.
Virginia Winquist Seiler writes that her mother had an attack re-
cently, which the doctor said was either a clot in her knee or neuritis.
After one treatment, Mrs. Winquist bounced back into circulation.
Mrs. Daily writes that Elmer has been very sick in the hospital.
When she wrote, he was gaining and hoped to be home very soon.
Mrs. Susan Odom of Birmingham, Alabama, has been quite ill in
the hospital in Birmingham, having been in five times since November,
1952. She is now at home and improving slowly.
Mr. "Ruggy" Hall has been a patient in St. Anthony's hospital but
is now at her home and improving.
Julius O. Barnes, Fiscal Division-28 years, 4 months, 15 days.
Albert W. Harber, Navigation Division-15 years, 10 days.
Robert Harvey, Railroad Terminals Division-16 years, 7 months, 7 days.
Earl W. Hoverter, Commissary Division-30 years, 1 day.
Merrill Patton, Engineering Division-17 years, 9 months, 29 days.
Patrick S. Coakley, Electrical Division-26 years, 15 days.
Macey B. Edwards, Housing Division-30 years, 9 months, 27 days.
Adrian Horter, Maintenance Division-17 years, 8 months, 2 days.
Charles Joyner, Dredging Division-30 years, 25 days.
Adam Mallett, Locks Division-29 years, 11 months, 28 days.
Samuel Souder, Industrial Division-29 years, 23 days.
Florence Whiteside, Health Nurse-30 years, 24 days.
Charles V. Holmelin, Commissary Division- 37 years, 7 months, 7 days.
Mary Worrell, Schools Division-19 years, 3 months, 9 days.
Capt. Carl O. Baldwin. Police Department- 31 years, 1 month, 19 days.
Dr. Wayne Gilder, Supt. of Colon Hospital-31 years, 1 month, 22 days.
Joseph C. Hannigan, Locks Division-34 years, 6 months, 6 days.
Peter F. Shrapnel, Administration Branch-38 years, 1 month, 17 days.
Emil A. Weltz, Industrial Bureau- 23 years 7 months, 21 days.
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Samuel B. Elliot, employee of the Terminals Division in Cristobal
died in Gorgas Hospital following a long illness. He was 47 years old.
Born in Peebles. Ohio, Mr. Elliott was first employed in the Panama Canal
organization in 1940 as a machinist in the Motor Transportation Division.
He was transferred to Cristobal in 1950' in the Terminals Division as an
auto repair machinist. He is survived by his wife and son, both whom
were with him at the time of his death.
Charles Tracy Page, former Atlantic Side resident and retired em-
ployee of the then Receiving and Forwarding Agency of the Panama Rail-
road Company in Cristobal, died November 24th in St. Petersburg, Fla.
after a long illness. He was 75 years old.
A member of a well known military family, Mr. Page was the son of
General and Mrs. John H. Page and was born in the Jackson Barracks,
Louisiana. His sister, the late Mrs. Frances C. Marshall, whose husband
was an Army General, made her home on the Isthmus with Mr. Page for
many years. His brother-in-law and sister, the late General and Mrs. Sim-
onds, were stationed at Camp Gailliard from 1925 to 1927. He is sur-
vived by his wife, Mrs. Marie Page and two, neices: Mrs. N. A. Costello
of Fort Amador and Mrs. William F. Ryan, wife of Col. Ryan of Mont-
Fred J. Bauman, 60 year old retired Panama Canal Employee, died
of a heart attack at Panama Hospital. A native of Newton, N. Y., Mr.
Bauman first came to the Isthmus in 1914 to work with the Building Divi-
sion. At the time, his father, Philip Bauman, also worked for the Canal.
He was later transferred to the Construction Quartermaster as sheet metal
worker. In addition to his wife, Mr. Bauman is survived by three daugh-
ters; Mrs. Daniel Yielding of Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. G. D.
McGregor of Grand Island, N. Y.; Mrs. W. C. Adams of Wellesley HIill,
Mass. and two sons; Private Philip J. Bauman, who is stationed at Aber-
deen Proving Ground, Maryland and Fred Bauman, Jr., of Terrytown,
N. Y. who was formerly an employee in the Canal Zone Postal Service.
Walter J. Bissell, conductor of the Panama Railroad from early
days until his retirement in July 1936, died December 2nd in Los Angeles.
He was 79 years old. News of his death was received from his daughter,
Mrs. Viola Bissell Shea, and his son, Harry E. Bissell, who retired from
the Canal service last September. Mr. Bissell was born in New York City.
He was first employed August 27th, 1906 as a Panama Railroad conduc-
tor and continued that service until his retirement.
Thomas Miller Kaufman who retired from Panama Canal Service
in May 1953, died at his home in Curundu. He was 62 years' old. Born in
Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Kaufman served two years with the U. S.
Army in World War I and was first employed by the Canal in 1922 )with
the Supply Department in the Quartermaster Division. He was later em-
ployed as a steam engineer with the Balboa Fuel Oil Handling Plant
where he worked up to the time of his retirement last year. He is sur-
vived by his wife, Mrs. Valeria M. Kaufman and a son, Thomas, age 16,
and a daughter, Gladys, 17.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Margaret FitzGerald,
an old time resident of the Zone and widow of Georg C. FitzGerald, h
former Lock Operator Steam Engineer with the Locks Division. She died
of a heart ailment at San Diego on December 9th at the age of 60 years.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. G. L. Robinson of San Francisco,
California, and three sons: Maurice E. FitzGerald, U.S.N., presently sta-
tioned aboard the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt; William R. FitzGerald
of San Francisco and Lt. G. T. FitzGerald, U.S.N.R. of Lemon Grove, Cal.
American Ambassador to Israel, Monnet B. Davis, died at his resi-
dence. His wife and only son, Thomas Davis, were at his bedside as were
Israel's leading cardiologists. The Ambassador died of cardiac failure.
He had been unconscious for two days. Davis was a former Ambassador
Mrs. Lula B. DeVore, wife of Laurel H. DeVore, former head of the
Commissary Acounting branch and a well known resident of the Canal
Zone, died suddenly in her home on December 27th. She was 67 years
old. A construction day resident, Mrs. DeVore came to the Isthmus at the
time of her marritlge in 1912 and has lived in the Canal Zone ever since.
After her husband retired from the Canal service, they made their home
in Gamboa. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons,
William H. DeVore of Ancon and John ,S. DeVore of Blackville, S. C.,
and a brother, Carl Botkin of Oakland, California.
George W. Boyer, 58, of Braintree, Mass died January 13th at the
Veteran's Hospital in Jamaica Plains,, Mass. He was la former Canal Zone
Policeman. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Sadie Boyer, four daughters and
Mrs. Alice L. Doud, 63, wife of Milton Doud, died December 17th
in Palmetto, Florida. Mrs. Doud is survived by her husband, one daugh-
ter, Mrs. Eldon L. Phelen of Balboa, C. Z., two brothers and four sisters.
Ed Brown of Oakland, California died suddenly, Saturday, Decem-
ber 19th. Mr. Brown was a former Marine Engineer of the Dredging
Division. He was active in Labor affairs while on the Zone and well known
in Fraternal circles. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Neva Brown and
a daughter, Merrilyn.
Word has been received of the death of Mr. George K. Weston, 72,
of Bangor, Pa., on November 2nd. He is survived by his wife and one
daughter, Mrs. Joseph Horter, Jr., of Alexlandria, Va., and one son, Wil-
liam Paul Weston, now in Okinawa.
Mrs. Naomi Booth, 67, died Sunday, November 22nd inrayetteville.
Ark. Mrs. Booth is survived by her husband, a son, a daughter, six grand-
children and two sisters.
Thomas J. Butler, 67, resident of the Isthmus for 45 years, died
recently in the Colon Hospital. He is survived by his wife, two daughters,
Mrs. Frank Zeimetz of Panama, and Mrs. John Whitely of Long Island,
N. Y.: two sons, Thomas J. Butler, Jr. of Colon, R. P. and Vincent But-
ler of Tulsa, Oklahoma; a brother, Michael T. Butler of Coco Solito;
and five sisters, Mrs. Frank W. Flynn of Kalamazoo; Mrs. Arthur W.
Goulet, Ancon, C. Z.; Mrs. C. W. Dawson of Diablo Heights; Mrs. W. T.
McCormack of Fern Park, Florida; and Mrs. James L. Gallagher of
Buffalo, N. Y.
Bruce Stewart Baldwin, son of a Cocoli minister, died despite all
efforts to save his life, following an accidental head wound from a 22
caliber rifle. Bruce was the son of Rev. Baldwin, who was formerly a
lock operator. Besides his parents, Bruce is survived by a brother and
The Reverend Robert Hayes Rolofson, D. D., former Balboa Union
Church psator died of a heart attack in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Rolofson
was 64 years old. He is survived by his wife, two sons and three grand-
Maurice Kelleher, 69 of Ancon, C. Z., retired R. R. Engineer, died
in Gorgas Hospital on January 16th, after a short illness. He is survived
by his wife and threesons, Maurice, Diavid and Bernard, all residing on
the Canal Zone.
Clarence Prentiss, 76, construction old timer died at a hospital in
Omaha, Neb. on January 8th. He is survived by his wife and three sons.
Daniel A. Austin, 73. died at Gorgas Hospital on January 15th after a
long illness. He is survived by two sons, Louis A. and Ormand N. Austin.
Manlove A. Weir of Santa Clara, R. P. died recently at the home of
his daughter, Mrs. Betty Webster. Besides Mrs. Webster, he is survived
byanother daughter, Mrs. H. E. Little, and three sons; Chris, Tom and
Manlove, Jr., all residing in California.
Capt. Thomas A. Symington, 68, U.S.N. retired, died in California
on November 17th in Oak Knoll Hospital in Oakland.
Harry Q. Handshaw, 60, died recently in Miami, Fla. Mr. Hand-
shaw was a machinist who was on the Zone'for 15 years. Beside his wife,
he leaves two daughters, three brothers and a sister.
Robert Hauke, 22 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Hauke of Colon,
was killed in a traffic accident in New Mexico sometime in November.
The boy's father heads the Hauke Construction Co. The Haukes have
one other son.
Walter Cox Poore, 70, was instantly killed when he was struck by
a train near his home at Belton, S. C. Mr. Poore was struck by a grab bar
on the engine as he walked by the side of the tracks.
Herman Reinke of Los Angeles, California, died December 31st. He
is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elsie Reinke.
Miss Frances Thornton, well known resident of the Canal Zone for
many years, died at Panama Hospital after an illness of several weeks.
She was 52 years old. Miss Thornton, a sister of Philip S. Thornton,
Acting General Manager of the Panama Canal Clubhouse Division, had
lived most of her life on the Isthmus. She was born in Newmarket, Va.
and came to the Isthmus in 1909 when her father, the late Stuart G.
Thornton, was employed by the Isthmian Canal Commission.
John P. Lauth, 74, well known old timer and former Canal employee,
died October 24th in Corozal Hospital. Surviving him are four brothers
and two sisters, all residents of the United States.
On November 5th, Roy Jones passed away at a Philadelphia Hospi-
tal. He is survived by his brother, James Jones who was with him.
Daniel J. McKeever, former Panama Canal employee and a resident
of the Isthmus for many years, died on January 22 at Gorgas Hospital.
He is survived by a brother, Col. Bernard McKeever, who is on duty
with the Army in the United States. He was 69 years old.
Samuel Hitt, the architect who designed the Ancon Hospital and
several other well known Canal buildings, died at his home in Kansas
City, Mo., shortly before Christmas. He was 82 years old. He is survived
by two daughters' Louise and Marie, and a son, Wright Hitt, all of whom
are living in the States.
Frank R. Mauldin, age 50, died at Gorgas Hospital on January
24th. He is survived by a young daughter, Anne, who lives in Nash, Texas;
a brother, Samuel B. Mauldin, also employed as a power dispatcher at
Miraflores; and two sisters, Mrs. Paul Loftin of Blytheville, Ark. lnd
Mrs. Fred Mahaffey of Hartsville, Georgia.
Harrison M. Higley, former employee of the Panama Canal, died at
his home in Kansas City, Mo. during the Christmas holidays. He was 66
years old. He is survived by his wife and a married daughter who is living
in Tacoma, Washington, and two grandchildren. His son was killed in
the Pacific during World War II. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs.
Marjorie Clark of Bostwick, Florida.
Charles German, age 46, of Pedro Miguel, died of a heart attack
on January 25, 1953. He had been employed most of the time with the
Lock Division since 1946. For two years before this he was employed
with the Electrical Division. He is survived by three children.
Fred R. McClain, 69, died at his home in Leesburg, after an illness
of several months. He retired from the Canal Zone in 1948. He is sur-
vived by his wife, two sons, a brother and three sisters.
Alban G. Snyder, 77, passed away in the hospital on January 26th.
He retired from the Canal Zone in 1946. Surviving are two daughters,
Miss Jane Snyder of St. Petersburg Beach and Evelyn, of Washington,
D. C., two brothers, Admiral C. P. Snyder, Washington, D. C. and Harry
Snyder of Charleston, and two grandchildren.
* Mrs. Margaret Kennedy Ragsdale died at her home on January 13th.
She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Margaret Elizabeth
Kelly and Gwendolyn Ragsdale Whaley, serving in the Navy.
Alvin Siegfried, 74, retired Internal Revenue Service employee, died
while walking in Meridan Hill Park near his home, on January 28th.
He was one of the organizers of the Panama Canal Society of Washing-
ton. Survivors are his wife, Mary H., formerly of Wilmington, Ohio, and
two brothers, Webster of Clear Lake, Dak. and Charlie Siegfried of
News of the death of Alexander Felton, retired building construc-
tion superintendent of the Panama Canal, has been received. Surviving
are his wife, Anna H., and a brother in Sweden.
On December 30th, Mrs. Nellie Landers passed away in her sleep.
She is survived by her husband, James W. Landers and one son, Leonard
Mrs. Adelyn H. Taylor, retired Panama Canal employee, died at
Panama Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 66 years old. Mrs.
Taylor was well known on both sides of the Isthmus. She was employed
for many years in the Canal Zone Post Offices and was married 21 years
ago to William D. Taylor who was Postmaster for many years in Ancon,
Cristobal and Balboa before his retirement in November, 1946. In addi-
tion to her husband, she is survived by two sisters. Mrs. M. L. Preston
of Combes, Texas and Mrs. Henry C. Geddie of Canto, Texas.
Mrs. Ida Ullrich, an Isthmian resident for the last 50 years, died
suddenly at her home on January 18th, in Colon. She is the wife of Frank
Ullrich, prominent Colon businessman and philanthropist.
News has been received of the death of Walter C. Fedde, 56, Chemist
in charge of Miraflores Laboratory. Mr. Fedde was fatally injured in
a flash explosion aboard M/S Lisholt. Five days after the explosion on
the Norwegian ship, the toll stood at three dead, thirteen injured and still
in the hospital. James McDaniel, 24 year old American was in a very
critical condition according to late reports. Mr. John P. Cole, 41 and Mal-
colm Callender, 46 year old Jamaican, also died as a result of the
Louise Watson Mills of Tampa died February 16th. Mrs. Mills grew
up on the Canal Zone and was well known on both sides of the Isthmus.
She is survived by her husband.
News has been received of the death of Charles L. January on Feb-
ruary 9th after a long illness. Mr. January is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Edward C. Townsend, retired Panama Canal employee, died in Gorgas
Hospital on January 31st. He retired from service in 1950 and recently
made his home with his son. Harry E. Townsend who is head of the In-
strument Repair Shop in Balboa. In addition to his son Harry, Mr. Town-
send is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn E. Cullen of Gainesville,
Florida and a son William E. Townsend of Burbank, California.
From all that dwell below the skies
Let the Creator's praise arise;
Let the Creator's name be sung
Thru every land by every tongue.
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
Received a fine long letter from Otto Marstrand who is living with
his daughter Lillian, her two children and her husband, Col. Powers in
Arlington, Virginia. Otto, a well known old timer, was on the Zone from
1906 to 1937. He is now 74 years old and says he is still "hitting on
A new member, Mrs. Earl B. Mangham of Carthage, Texas, daughter
of John L. Deming, says she enjoys an occasional visit with the Haldeman
family in Houston and has been there when they have had a regular
"ditch diggers" reunion. Mrs. Manghan lived on the Zone at Gorgona.
Gatun, Cristobal and Balboa. Her husband, a retired Navy officer, spent
two tours,of duty on the Zone.
Ross Hollowell arrived in Hendersonville, N. C. last October. Albert
and Sallie McKeown visited with them for eight days. They were expect-
ing Marion and his wife for a visit. Lois Jones, their daughter, had
another son, Richard Andrew, born November 2nd at the San Fernando
Clinic in Panama. 9 pounds, 8 ounces.
Greta Mann is now located with her sister in Sanford, S. C. where
it gets real cold-so she says. She reports that Blanche Ferguson, who
was at Gorgas for twenty-five years, just moved into her new home in
North Wilksboro, N. C. and had the misfortune to break her right wrist.
Miss Ferguson decided that if she was going to be laid up she might just
as well do a good job of it, so entered a hospital in Charlotte for a cata-
iact operation. Last reports say she is comfortable and doing as well as
could be expected.
Mrs. Mary E. Hines, who went to the Zone on Easter Day, 1906,
recalls many happy days there as a child. Remembers pulling up) the old
wooden sidewalks in Colon when they lost pennies down through the
cracks. Also remembers sliding down the hills in Gatun with a palm frond
for a sled. She swam across the Canal at Corozal with Dr. Olson when
she was eight years old. Finding the addresses of old friends was worth
the first year's dues, she says.
John and Erna Hower are happily settled at 307 So. BayAve., Fair-
hope, Ala. John is busy building h garage and when that project is fin-
ished, they may make a trip to St. Pete to visit a few old friends. They
will be happy to welcome any friends who might pass through Fairhope.
Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Moreland of Landover, Maryland, are on Route
214, so have had a few Canal Zone friends stop by to see them. They
report that Harry Walbridge and family are buying a home quite near
them. They send regards to all their friends in Florida.
Mrs. Mary R. Brewerton of Sanford, Florida, wouldn't miss a copy
of the Record for anything. Says she finds it contains much of interest
to her. She is off on a flying trip to Puerto Rico for a visit with Henry,
Jr. and family and to see her new granddaughter. From there she will
fly to Washington for a visit with Mathilda.
Hugh and Bertha Turner are now in Houston and report attending
a nice party with a group of the fast growing colony of Zonites there.
Mrs. Edith M. Gerrans sends greetings to all their friends from
herself, Everett and Marjorie, from Gloucester, Mass.
Mrs. Ann Jackson has been vacationing in Glen Cove, Long Island.
She visited Else and Bobbie in Hendersonville and Leon and his family
in Macon, Georgia.
Helen and Wilson Kromer, now in Bath, Pa. say that the Record is
one publication they do not want to let lapse. They enjoy the pictures
of erstwhile friends and are glad to note how kind time has been to
L. A. Gutting of Shelbyville, Ind. enjoyed the Record handed over
to them by Dr. and Mrs. Earhart and now wishes to join the Society' and
will be looking forward to receiving their own copies. Mr. Gutting was
employed on the Zone from January 1914 to August, 1918.
Mrs. Mildred Barker of Kenton, Ohio, got a copy of the Record from
her good friends the Shelby Whites and now wants to receive it regularly.
The Barkers were former residents of Pedro Miguel.
Blanch and Philip Briscoe, from Santa Clara, R. P. wish it were pos-
sible for them to be in St. Pete at reunion time. They report that Mrs.
Harriet Keenan will have to represent Santa Clara. Also reported that
Betty Webster's father died of a heart attack on December 24th, age 82.
He was a fine old man and loved by all in Santa Clara.
Miss Ida O. Erickson of Hudson, Wis. in a letter dated December
10th, 1953, made note of the fact that she sailed from N. Y. for the Zone
for the first time on that date just 43 years ago. One of the real old timers.
Lillian Thompson, of Dayton, Ohio, sends thanks for the splendid
Record. She says for those who cannot get to the meetings in St. Peters-
burg, the Record serves so well to keep folks up to date on old friends
Mrs. Louise Schandler missed a copy of the Record and wants to
know "Que Pasa"? I'm sure our efficient Secretary sent her another and
here's hoping no more issues go astray.
Neoma Compton, of McLeansboro, Ill., enjoyed a nice visit with the
Walter Fedde's. They had Paul's wife and two children with them going
north to visit Mr. Fede, Sr. They had also visited son George in Phila-
Mr. and Mrs. Claude D. Campbell sent us a snapshot of their new
home "Welcum Hinges".located on Route 41. Manchester, Tenn. They had
as callers recently, the Leigh Abrams, Geo. E. Mathews, Mrs. Eula Ewing,
Mrs. William Robertson land the William Blacks of Pedro Miguel.
Mrs. Arthur Plath of Hamilton, Ohio sent us a long letter last Octo-
ber which arrived too late to get in the last Record. From' what she says,
she leads a busy life and we were gllad she could take time out to attend
our recent reunion.
The Leigh Abrams read their Record over and over and then pass
it along to some other former Zonian. They will be delighted to see any
former Canal Zone residents who come to the "Gem of the Hills'" (Cler-
Lt. Col. O. F. Sonneman, Jr. writes from Korea that his wife, Helen,
reminded him, in a letter, that it was time to pay his dues, as sher did
not want him to miss any issues of the Record. He says there are four
other officers in this depot who have spent tours in Panama. (Col. Philip
Horr, Lt. Cols. Robert Green, Lotus Hughes and Lawrence Long). "Once
I have read the Record from cover to cover, I pass it on to one of them
and he in turn passes it to another. When I get it back it shows signs of
much wear. Please convey my best wishes to any friends in Florida."
Duke Lewis says all the "Diggers" in and around Hendersonville
appear to be well and happy as can be. Something doing all the time.
Thinks they might as well enjoy life while they can. Marian joined him
in sending best wishes.
Our good old butcher friend, Ed Luce, in St. Albans, Vt. has put his
car up on blocks for the winter. He reports that they have had six or
seven enow storms up to January 5th. He doesn't seem to mind it, but
then he spent most of his time on the Zone in the ice box.
Mrs. Max Englander of Hudson Falls, N. Y. is sorry she couldn't
attend the reunion. Would have enjoyed the hand shaking, back slapping
and "yakity-yak". Well, come next year and have fun.
Louise Franklet is living on her brother's ranch in California. Moup-
tains all around but much colder than Florida. Has visited the Charles
Clarks in Long Beach and saw the Berudes. Hoeckers, Lockwoods, Welch's
and Mrs. Schewe. Talked on the phone to Mrs. Dunlap, Mrs. Leroy Smith
and Mrs. Calloway. The Franklets expect to stay in California for at
least a year.
Kathleen Parker Van Vliet has, joined the Florida Society as she
expects to make her home in St. Petersburg when she retires in the near
Ethelyn Bares of Lanark, Ill. says, "We sure enjoy the Record.
Mother went to California to visit Dorothy and family. Dorothy drove
her home and daughter, Helen and little Donnie came, too. Stayed four
weeks. Lots of snow here, December 10th."
Lando Oliver of Marion, Ill. says, "The December issue of the
Record is the cats. I managed to hear part of the Colonel's speech that
night as I was a cop on duty at the door of the Tivoli."
Albert and Sallie McKeown of Margarita, C. Z. writes as follows:
"Not too long ago we read in the Canal Record about a family who had
left Balboa to make their home in the States. This was something we did
not know about, so you see it even brings us up to date on what is going
Phil Lupfer says: "Blanche joins me in sending best wishes to all
our friends in Florida. The Canal Record we could not do without. It is
the best source of news of our old time friends."
A very nice letter from Ben Armstrong of San Francisco, California,
too long to print in its entirety, congratulates us on the Record and its
contents. He is toying with the idea of making the trip for the dedication
of the Goethals Monument. He recently called on Jake Bernson, an old
friend of Culebra days.
George M. Sauerwein of Salem, N. J. says: "I am very proud of the
Society of which I am a member. Your Year Book is a work of art and
information and I so appreciate the Canal Record and altho I did not
help dig the ditch, I did help fortify it under the direction of Col.
The William Brugges of Diablo say that leaving the Canal Zone is
something they would like to keep in the back of their minds. They
should have been here for the reunion. Don't they know that St. Pete is
full of Zonians? Bet they will be surprised at the number of their friends
who are happily settled here.
Mary Ledden of Gloucester, N. J. is now trying to catch up after
a siege of illness. Sends regards to all her friends, Miss Ledden was a
former nurse at Gorgas.
Myrtle and Bob Luce of Glendale, California send greetings to all
their friends in Florida and a word of congratulation for the especially
fine issue of the Record.
Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Cain of Balboa, C. Z. send best wishes to the
Florida Society and are looking forward to the next issue of the Record.
Ruby Simmes of Salisbury, Md., says she thoroughly enjoys reading
each issue of the Record and wishes the Florida Society continued success.
Ethel L. Fenton sends best wishes to the Society and all it's members.
Florence and R. C. Hoagland of Cherryville, Kansas enjoyed a visit
from Geo. and Alice Dolan who were enroute East after a trip to Cali-
fornia. They send regards to all their old friends.
Rose and Joe Sampsell could not make the reunion this year as Joe
is recovering from a serious operation. Joe will have to take it easy for
Leo Welling of Santa Barbara, California says he got a big bang
out of the Canal Record. He says he hears from Pembroke Taylor and
Henry Hardwick now and then, and keeps in touch with Zonites in Cali-
fornia. Capt. Jokstad, Capt. Mundberg and Florence Bean, and when in
Frisco, he calls up Arthur Beard. Also keeps in touch with Col Omar
Ruch who was one time the Chief Time Inspector at Ancon.
Violet Wunsch, now of Wichita, Kansas, says she truly enjoys every
issue of the Record as it is a pleasant way to keep in touch with old
friends and acquaintances. Had a grand visit with Helen Adler when she
visited Violet and her sister.
A nice letter from Clara A. Mack in which she congratulates us on
the Record and it's news of interest.
Miles Duval thanks us for a copy of the December Record. Says it is
up to its usual fine standard and is of great service to ex-Canal people.
He thanks us for the fine statement made about him in that issue.
Some of the letters we get in addition to the yearly dues, contain
additional amounts to be added to our annual contribution to the Ameri-
can Legion Hospital for cripple children. Some of the contributors might
not care to have it mentioned in the Record so we will not add the names
of these thoughtful people.
On behalf of the Legion Hospital and the children, we want to thank
you one and all for helping to brighten the wards and give the kiddies
a grand Christmas.
Jack Shope, 20 East 1st Street, Peru, Indiana wants the address of
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Schuab. Mr. Schuab was a steam shovel engineer on
the Canal in the early days. He would also like the address of a Mr.
Shepherd who worked in the Administration Building in Gatun.
S. H. Grauten sends congratulations on the Society passing the 1000
mark in membership. Says it is a tribute to the fine service it is giving
its members. He enjoys every copy of the Canal Record which is his prin-
cipal contact with the old days on the Zone. He reports, "Our committee
for H. R. 19 is functioning with some results. We now have nearly 300
names of which about 200 are active in the work of getting recognition
for the two year people."
Charles C. Cameron writes that Fred Fitch has had several shocks
and can take very little nourishment. Has to be fed intravenously. Mean-
while, the Canal Zone Colony in tha area is lending a helping hand get-
ting Mrs. Fitch to the hospital and to do her shopping.
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Beard, now of Oakland, California, made a swing
across country visiting with many of their friends; the Stetlers, Geo.
Boomers, Dr. and Mrs. Eno and Rev. and Mrs. C. L. Morgan. On their
way back to the west coast, they stopped off for a visit with the many
Zone friends in Houston, Texas.
W. D. Rogers of Lexington, Kentucky claims he gets a lot of inter-
esting information from the Record. Mr. Rogers was on the Zone from
October 1905 to April 1914. He organized the N.A.R.C.E. in Lexington
and has been their president ever since.
Molly Johnson, formerly Molly Kenny, of Balboa, found out about
our Society and the Record while a guest of Carry and Bill Mathues in
Springdale, Ark. last May. Now she is an enthusiastic new member.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Priest were among many who wrote of the
visit of Queen Elizabeth on the Zone. They all say she is very beautiful
and that her pictures do not do her justice.
Thelma Reppe of Long Beach, California made a trip to the Zone
and had a grand time visiting with all her old friends. Back in California
she has seen Cornelia Reimer, the Ben and Lyle Womacks and reports
that Mrs. Winquist has almost completely recovered from her broken
hip and gets around amazingly well.
Mrs. Eileen Coyle visited Hot Springs, Ark. for awhile and then left
for Sioux City, Iowa, to visit Francis and family over the Christmas
John C. De La Vergse writes that he regrets missing the reunion but
hopes the state of his health will permit him to go to t} Zone for the
dedication of the Goethals Memorial.
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Post of St. Augustine send best wishes to their
friends but didn't expect to make the reunion.
Albert and Matie Bailey say they read, with a great deal of interest,
the news in the Record, especially the North West Arkansas news. They
say Newell was a friend of theirs and they helped welcome his bride
when she first came to the Canal Zone. They feel that Blanche is doing
a good job of reporting.
Miss Isobel O'Donovan Rossa of New York's Parkchester Develop-
ment says she reads the Record from "Kiver to Kiver." She says Bill and
Agnes Hunt live near her and she frequently sees Miss Nagle, Miss
Gordon and Anne Driscoll.
J. L. Wohlfarth says: "We enjoy the Record very much. Why not
publish it more often?" (Hey!!!! Have a heart-Ye Editor.)
D. R. MacIntyre of Summit, N. Y. finds the Record full of news.
They enjoy the Grapevine news and the doings of H. Grauten. The Year
Book has been the means of their finding several old friends in the
United States and on the Canal Zone. They expect to attend the dedication
ceremonies on the Zone.
Sue Lutz says, "I surely look forward to the Record. It is grand
to hear about our old friends and acquaintances except for the sadness
tucked in here and there, but that must be, too, and as friends we are
Capt. Theodore Thompson of San Jose, Costa Rica, spent a month in
Gorgas Hospital with a broken shoulder which he received in Miami,
Florida on October 29th, 1953. He sends his regards to all his friends.
Min and Bill Markham of Sayre, Pa. report they have been in fairly
good health. Bill is on the Draft Board which takes up quite a bit of
his time. When he is not working, he spends time fishing through the ice
and in the summer has a garden which takes up his time. They send
regards to all their friends.
Blanche Shaw writes: "Mrs. Naomi Booth quietly passed away Sun-
day, November 22nd. Naomi did not suffer at all so that at the end her
face was restful. She knew them all, her beloved Ed, her strong son
Edwin, her daughter Winifred, grandson Edwin, sisters Callie and Betty
and daughter-in-law Madelyn, who had been with her every night for
the past two weeks. Naomi's 'Goodnight' to her loved ones at 11 p. m.
on Saturday was the last, and at 6:20 a. m. she said 'Good-morning' to
other loved ones out yonder."
Mr. and Mrs. William Hartsell send regards to their friends and
would be glad to see anyone passing through Wellsboro, Pa. on Route 6.
John and Maimie Hearn of Meridian, Miss. were in California visit-
ing daughter Elizabeth and family. They found the Folgers youngsters
quite grown up. Betty graduating from college this year and Johnny is
in the service. They send best regards to all their old friends, especially
Mary Shivers writes that Admiral and Mrs. Coleman arrived back
in California after a wide tour around the United States. While on tour
they took time out to visit the George Wards in Hendersonville, N. C.
J. B. Johnson enjoys the Record and finds it a grand way to keep
in touch with that wonderful clan the ex-Zonites.
Miss Clementine Graham of Brooklyn, N. Y. is spending the winter
on the Canal Zone. Sends best wishes to all friends.
Roy Shuey writes that they are located on State Highway 100, 12
miles west of Palatka, Florida, in case any of their Zone friends should
pass that way.
Lewis A. Mason of Washington, D. C. thinks it is wonderful the way
the Canal Society has grown in membership. He feels a great deal of the
credit for this is due to the energy and resourcefulness of Lucille Judd.
(I agree with him.)
J. H. Orr of Houston, Texas, writes that Mrs. Peggy Ellis was in-
strumental in getting a gathering of ex-Canal Zonites together recently,
for a barbecue party. Among those present were: Roy Searcy, the Beards,
Levys, Daniels, Victor Mays, Milton Smiths, Bornfields, H. R. Whites,
Hugh Turners, Mrs. Necomely, Miss Alberta Roemer, Mrs. Ellis and
C. J. Geddes of Elizabeth, Pa., has received his first copy of the Record
and found many items of interest to him. Was delighted to find the names
of several old friends. Mr. Geddes was a 1908 to 1915 man. Still has a
warm spot in his heart for Panama.
The Tydeman's of Allentown, Pa. are enjoying their retirement.
They enjoy the cold weather and the fact that they can visit now and
again with son Bert, in Troy, N. Y.
H. P. Forrest of Norfolk, Virginia enjoyed the last Record, espe-
cially General Goethal's speech. Sends best wishes to all their friends.
Mary Davies of Santa Clara reads the Record to find out what is
going on in Panama. Finds it nice to also read about old friends of by-
Hazel Scott writes tha A. J. is nickle grabber and penny snatcher
with the Parking Meter Department of Leavenworth, Kansas. She says
that daughter, Alma, is teaching in Grinnell, Iowa, and son Hugh and
his five Scotts are in Norfolk, Virginia.
A nice long letter from Isaac Andrews says he has just returned to
California after a swing across the U. S. and returned to the West Coast
through Canada, stopping at all the beautiful Parks along the wy. He
ordered extra copies of the Record to be sent to relatives who had spent
some time on the Isthmus.
The Frank Gerchows like living in Pennsylvania and keep in touch
with the ex-diggers in that area. Their son Frank, visited them for two
months while on vacation. Frank reports that S. B. Bubb had a gall
bladder operation and is now enjoying good health and gaining weight.
The Leroy Smiths of Los Angeles, California send greetings to all
their friends of old. David and his group have been touring the northwest.
Aileen had her fourth son, Gary Arthur, born June 5th. 1953. They live
on a ranch near Fresno. Mrs. Smith's father, Mr. D. C. O'Connor, whom
many old timers will remember, lives with the Smiths.
Floyd Malone devours his Canal Record then sends it to California
to Mrs. Malone and it finally ends up in Gamboa, C. Z. for Betty and
Walter. Floyd says he is enjoying his retirement to the fullest. He says
a woman is as old as she looks and a man is old when he stops looking.
So he keeps looking.
Charlie Hollander sends regards to his friends from Jacksonville,
Florida. He has been looking up all his old friends in the Jacksonville,
Bostwick, and Arlington areas.
The Lorings of Yarmouth, Maine wish to be remembered to all
their friends. Mrs. Loring gets around very well now on her crutches
and hopes to be able to discard them, soon.
Mel and Ruth Alexander have been on a trek again. Left Florida
with son Milo and his wife for a trip West, stopping in Louisiana and
Texas, where Danny is a Senior at Texas A. M. They had a grand visit
with the Texas folks in Houston. They visited Carlsbad Caverns, Grand
Canyon, Boulder Dam and played the slot machines in Las Vegas. Then
on to California seeing all the C. Z. folks along the way. Milo and Lois
met many of the young folks they went to school with, now settled in
Texas and California.
Rollin and Ruth McConnell say: "We both love the Record and
wait impatiently for each copy. We are enjoying the snow and cold
weather in New York after so many years of summer."
Jerry Steiner says he plans a trip to St. Petersburg this year if
his vacation plans are not torpedoed. Anyone cashing a pay check at the
building during the past 18 years will remember Jerry.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stilson would hate to miss a single copy of
the Record. "Keeps us up to date," they say.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Eppley report tnat they enjoy the snow and cold
weather. Had a visit from the Harry Walbridge family recently.
Mrs. Thomas Geddes of Gatun enjoys the Record and passes it on: to
her daughter and son-in-law, who also enjoy it.
W. D. Rogers of Lexington, Kentucky plans to attend the dedication
ceremonies and hopes to meet all his old fritnds of 1905 to 1914 days.
Mrs. Rogers has been ill for some time but is now home from the hospi-
tal and is much better.
Robert Huff of Stone Mountain, Georgia says he found many items
of interest in the last Canal Record. He has been recuperating after a
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
DECEMBER 14th, 1953 TOURIST CENTER
Approximately 250 members were gathered at the Tourist Center
for the Society's regular meeting and Christmas Party.
Meeting was called to order at 2:30 P. M. by President Charles G.
Calvit who requested all to rise and sing one verse of "America"; Mrs.
Wilson accompanied on the piano.
Invocation was offered by Chaplain Charles H. Beetham; Chaplain
Beetham also spoke about the Crippled Childrens' Home.
The following officers were present:
President ----Mr. Charles G. Calvit
Secretary-Treasurer -----.- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary .- Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Chaplain --- Mr. Charles H. Beetham
News Editor .--_--------_.Mr. E. M. Kieswetter
Mrs. Bessie Lyons informed the assembly of the demise of Mrs.
Margaret Peterson's brother's wife, of Clearwater, whose funeral Mr. and
Mrs. Lyons were to attend later in the afternoon.
Mrs. Lyons also welcomed out-of-town members, new members and
visitors; among them-
Mr. and Mrs. William Bolz Mrs. Flowers.
Mr. and Mrs. MacGeachey Col. and Mrs. Dan Wright
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Brown
Mr. R. F. Huldquist
Mrs. Johnnie Rathgaber Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jordan
Mr. and Mrs. John Ratcliff Mrs. Betty Jane Whaler
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Myers
Panama Canal 'ocietf
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Hill,
Mr. and Mrs. David Potts,
Newport News, Va.
Nrs. Marie Plath, Hamilton, Ohio.
Mrs. J. H. Weisiger, Dade City, Fla.
Capt. and Mrs. Wikinstad,
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. R. R. Gregory,
Penny Farms, Fla.
Mrs. A. H. Stewart,
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Mullane,
San Gabriel, Calif.
Mr. Sam Paulus, 83 yrs. old,
Mr. and Mrs. Alex McGeachey,
Mrs. Johnny Rathgaber,
Adamston, N. J.
Mrs. E. M. Goolsby, 91 yrs. young,
San Diego, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Wally Grayson,
West Palm Beach, Fla., and
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jordan,
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Garlow,
Mrs. Mildred Fuentes and Miss Minnie Hennan
daughter, Mrs. Holt. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wood
Mr. and Mrs. Al Pate Mr. Earl Youart
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Stutzmann Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Daniels
and Mrs. Stutzmann's mother, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Grossup
Secretary-Treasurer read financial report for the month of November.
Membership Report-1008 members paid dues for 1953, plus 24 new
members for 1954. The President, hearing no objection, declared both
Corresponding Secretary read minutes of regular meeting held Nov.
9th; President, hearing no objection, declared them approved.
Committee Report: Mrs. James Bradley reported committee called
upon Mrs. Tracy Page to offer any aid the Society could give.
President Calvit announced there would be no meeting at the Tourist
Center next month; business meeting 1st day of reunion, January 13th,
1954, at 2:00 P. M., Soreno Hotel. President also stated that he had
written Mayor Samuel G. Johnson inviting him and Mrs. Johnson to be
guests of honor at our Reunion luncheon, January 14th.
President said that he had been requested to ask that those in the
meeting who had construction service on the Canal to rise; quite a num-
ber, which I had no opportunity to count, rose from their seats.
Secretary-Treasurer said that she had contacted Hill Travel Bureau
regarding cost of plane transportation to the Gorgas Memorial Dedica-
tion. Also, reported the demise of Mrs. Booth' Mr. Ed Brown and Mr.
Bissell, and on the illness of Mrs. Edna Whitver, Mr. Frank Anderson
and Mr. Elwyn Greene. She further read many letters and news items of
interest to the Society.
Mrs. Judd presented Mrs. Carl Brown with a very beautiful corsage,
which was given to Mrs. Judd, as the Society's representative, byi the
Johnstone Florist Shop.
Mrs. Etta Conkerton expressed her appreciation to the ladies who
volunteered to act as Receptionist for her during her illness.
Mr. Hersh and Mr. Everett took the floor and spoke about joining
the National Association of Retired Civil Employees, and said they were
interested in receiving contributions from the members towards the
NARCE building fund.
During the meeting a collection was taken from the members present,
and $206.75 was turned over to the Crippled Childrens' Home, sponsored
by the American Legion.
Motion was made by Mr. Tarflinger, seconded by Mr. Kieswetter,
that meeting adjourn; motion carried, and meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
After the meeting ice-cream and home-baked cookies were served, and
Mr. Carl Brown, of the Canal Zone, entertained with an hour's exhibi-
tion of pictures with sound, of the Zone and Republic of Panama.
FEBRUARY 8TH, 1954
The members of the Society met at the Tourist Center on this date.
The meeting was called to order by the President at 2:15 P.M. with the
following officers present: President C. G. Calvit, Vice-President A. L.
Miner, Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. B. C. Judd. Approximately 125 mem-
bers and guests attended.
Mrs. M. A. Stutzman was pianist and the members opened the meet-
ing by singing "America."
Mrs. Fred Lyon4 introduced the following visiting members and
guests: Mrs. Stephen Calvit, Mrs. Lou Larson Hopkins-former nurse
from Gorgas Hospital, Mrs. Michaux, Mrs. Jessie Ormison from the Canal
Zone. Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Considine, Mr. Francis J. Goodfellow, Mr.
H. R. Pickens, Mr. Archie Burn, Mr. Wade Bennett, Mr. W. H. Aspden,
Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Jordan and Mr. William Brown from the Panama
Canal Company's Health Department.
Mrs. Judd read the Secretary-Treasurer's report for the month of
January which was approved without objection. It was reported that the
Society had a membership of 1130 at the end of January. She also rea4
the correspondence received from the Panama Canal relative to the pro-
posed trip to the Canal Zone in March.
Mr. Hudson read a letter received from Congressman Courtney
Campbell of this District relative to the requested increase in rate annui-
ties for retirees. He also read H.R. Bill 5299 introduced on May 20, 1953
and which is lying dormant in the Committee on Post Office and Civil
Service. This bill proposes that the deductions made from the salary
paid Alger Hiss, now in the U. S. penetentiary, be returned to him and
that he be deprived of any annuity for his period of service with the
Mr. Hersh spoke about Public Law 555 which covers the recent
$27.00 increase in annuities for retirees and informed the members that
it was at present only temporary, expiring on June 30, 1955 unless re-
enacted by Congress. He also spoke about the passage of a bill in the
House on February 2nd increasing the pensions of Senators and Repres-
entatives, mentioning that the bill had included the $2,500.00 expense
allowed in the computation of the annuity.
Motion was made by Mr. Hudson and seconded by Mr. Tarflinger
that this Society write the Committee of Post Offices and Civil Service
and request that Committee to promptly report H.R. 5299 out favorably
with the recommendation that it be passed. It was the consensus of opin-
ion that none of the members of this Society desired to see Alger Hiss
rewarded for his treasonable acts.
Mrs. Judd read correspondence from members all over the United
States and commented thereon.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.
R. H. HUDSON, Acting for Mrs. Hall
FROM VARIOUS PANAMA CANAL SOCIETIES
At a meeting of the Insignia Committee of the Pan-American Society
of the United States held in New York on February 3rd, 1954, the GOLD
MEDAL of the Society was awarded to:
Judge Frank Feuille of El Paso, Texas
Major Roy W. Hebard of New York City
for outstanding services in improving Inter-American relations. Present-
ation of the awards will be made in April 1954. Judge Feuille's interest
in Inter-American relations extend over a period of more than half a
century, commencing in Puerto Rico in 1900.
James McFarlane, now a resident of Havana, Cuba, visited New York
City recently with Mrs. McFarlane. They sailed January 22nd on the
S.S. "Coronia" for a 99 day cruise of the South Pacific and Japan.
Thank you, Colonel Fitzpatrick.
News from our Representative in Daytona Beach
J. J. EASON
Mr. and Mrs. Clark Julien called upon us on their way to the annual
reunion. They live in Dayton, Ohio. He was pattern maker foreman at
Gorgona and Balboa shops.
Last week, Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Clapp paid us a visit. They are
from Charleston, South Carolina and he was Postmaster at Gorgona dur-
ing the early construction days.
I regret to say that E. C. Cummings passed away last year. They
lived at Fellowship Center, Ormand Hotel, Ormand Beach. Mrs. Cum-
mings, who survived him is still living at this address, and, by the way,
she was the first white woman in Gorgona. He served on the Canal as
master mechanic of the old Gorgona shop from January, 1905 until
Thank you Mr. Eason for your news letter.
Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles
Mr. and Mrs A. C. Beard of Oakland, had a nice trip in the fall,
back to their old home in Kentucky.
Mr. Herman Reinke of Los Angeles, passed away the last of Decem-
ber. He leaves a wife, daughter and son-in-law. Interment was in Forest
Lawn Memorial Perk. Mr. Reinke retired in 1943, coming to California
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Lockwood of Monrovia, are making the trip
through Mexico by auto with some friends from Pennsylvania.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Gutting, former Canal Zone employee now resid-
ing in Shelbyville, Ind., made a quick trip to California in February and
stopped for a short visit with the Stillwells and Gilberts in Monrovia.
Mr. Walter J. Bissell of Hollywood, passed away several weeks ago.
He leaves a son and daughter-in-law.
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Thomas of Arcadia, California, formerly of
Gatun, have been on the Isthmus visiting their three married children
and their families.
Our Spring dinner will be on March 14th at Hotel Rosslyn in Los
Angeles. Glad to see any of the Canal Zone folks.
Thank you, Mrs. Gilbert for your report.
News from Panama Canal Society
of South Florida
By A. G. DUNHAM
The O. J. Ridenours have recently sold their homestead farm where
they raised geese, and have purchased a larger farm, also the latest
style geese incubator. They are now located 18 miles south of Miami on
Quail Roost Drive and Tilbot Avenue. The Ridenours have the largest
swimming pool in Dade County-for geese.
Mr. J. C. McMahon was recently down with the flu, but is now get-
ting around again, evidenced by his morning trip to downtown Miami.
Mr. C. F. Archer recently had a heart attack and he must now rest
for several weeks without exerting himself. He had been too active.
Mr. Claude A. Ott recently took a trip to Panama where he stayed
for a few weeks galivanting all over the Canal Zone. Mr. Ott returned
late in December accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. William Harrison who
came back to the States. The Harrisons were guests at Mr. Ott's home
for a few days and from Miami they went to California to live in Los
Angeles with their daughter. Mr. Harrison was general foreman in the
machine shops at Gorgona and later in Balboa for about 30 years.
Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Frensley recently purchased a home in South
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Barnes, former chief of the Bureau of Payrolls
of the Panama Canal Company, are spending the winter with Mr. and
Mrs. Gerald Bliss. Mr. Barnes retired on October 31st. Mrs. Barnes is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Bliss.
Thank you, Mr. Dunham.
News from Orlando
By Regional Representative R. L. WILHITE
Mr. and Mrs. Leigh M. Abrams of Clermont, Florida spent the holi-
days in Jacksonville, Ill. with relatives. On their return trip, Mr. Abram's
sister accompanied them and enjoyed a wonderful two weeks vacation.
On their way home, they stopped to say hello to Dr. and Mrs. John Odom.
"Doc" was home but Sue was at a card party.
Ed writes Bob: "Hello Bob. I like your idea of sending the cards
out for news. I do not have any this time, but will try and do better
next time. Best wishes, Ed Spearman."
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert R. Hoffner have sold their home at 32 East
Vanderbilt Avenue and purchased a new one. You should see it-really
swell and located at 1860 Palm Lane.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Stilson spent the Christmas holidays with
their daughter and family who live in Danville, Va. Louis also told me
that Ed Spearman forgot to tell me that Tom Coleman, from the Canal
Zone, had been visiting him and looking around as he expects to return
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Koperski had as their guests Dr. and Mrs. Wil-
liam Grant who were up during the month of November. The Grants liked
Orlando very much and think it a wonderful place to retire. The Fred
Halls came up from St. Petersburg for a few days while the Grants
were here and a good time was had by all talking over old times. The
Koperskies spent the Holiday Season with Janet and family in Washing-
ton, D. C. Rose writes that it is cold up there and will be glad to get home
and enjoy our Florida sunshine. They report a wonderful Christmas but
a busy time getting things lined up for Santa.
Mrs. Jessie M. Fanning of Winter Park writes that she enjoys every-
thing she gets about the Panama Canal and our Society and regrets that
she has not been in a position to attend the picnics and reunions but
hopes to in the near future, and says she will send some news as soon
as she can. Hope that is soon-I need it.
The Abrams drove to St. Petersburg to attend the reunion and found
they were two days early and had to return home as they had not made
arrangements to stay too long. Wake up Abe .
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Stevenson were over the other day and both
looked swell. Bill and Agnes were over to see Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Nash
and just as Bill walked down to the lake where Hugo was cutting grass
to say hello, Hugo slipped and his foot went under the mower and off
came a couple of toes. However, I am happy to report that he is coming
along fine and making eight toes do the work of ten.
Spending the Christmas holidays with Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Erbe at
Orlando were their sons, Lt. Robert L. Erbe, his wife, and their two
children. Also their son, Lawrence. Following a three year tour of duty
in Germany, Robert is attending the University at Ann Arbor studying
for his Masters degree in Botany and at the same time is employed as a
part time instructor at the University of Vermont at Burlington.
Mr. and Mrs. George Chevalier of Northport, Long Island, N. Y.
also were visitors at the Erbe home during the holiday season. At the
time of their visit, the Chevaliers were enroute home following a visit
with their daughter, Ruth Ann, who is employed in the Panama Canal
Library at Balboa Heights.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pollok's daughter, Carolyn, was home for the
Holidays from Weslyn College, Macon, Ga. Carolyn returned to College
January 5th. but will spend the Spring vacation with her parents. This
time she is bringing two of her girl friends to spend the ten days with
her. She called on us and looks like most college girls, just wonderful.
Hazel and I called on Ed Spearman to see how he was making out.
He said that he had spent three weeks at Daytona Beach flirting with the
Mer-maids and wrestling with the Sea Serpents. More power to him.
During a short visit with Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Judson they informed
me that they had heard from Mrs. Edna Whitver and that she was coming
along fine and now weighs a hundred pounds. We hope Edna will come
At this writing, all members of our Society living in and around
Orlando are up and well, with a few exceptions where colds have a few
feeling pretty stuffy.
"Thank you, Roberto, for news of Orlando folks."
Panama Canal Society of North Carolina
The twenty-second anniversary Reunion of the Florida Society was
attended by nine members of the North Carolina Society: Mr. and Mrs.
Theodore Franklin of Bryson City; Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Redman and Mr.
and Mrs. A. B. Cole of Ashville; Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Hazeldine of
Wilmington, and Mr. George B. Ward of Weaverville.
Mr. Charles W. Roberts and wife, Frances, spent several days with
the P. R. Kigers.
The Panama Canal Society of Western North Carolina will hold it's
first Spring meeting in the Club Room in Ashville on February 16th.
William A. Garlow, Mrs. Garlow, their daughter and grandson were
recent visitors in Hendersonville.
Mr. and Mrs. William Maurer have purchased a home between Ash-
ville and Hendersonville in the "Mountain Homes Development."
J. Wendell Green has been suffering from bursitis, Stacy Russell and
wife came up from Highlands to visit and cheer him up. Stacy claims
to be an expert in handling bursitis cases.
Captain McCabe, well known on the Atlantic side, Master of S.S.
Comayagua, has purchased a building lot near the home of Bill Adams
and will build when he returns in the not too distant future.
Carl G. Kroumiller and wife were the house guests of the Duke
Lewises. Carl was a structural draftsman during 1913-1914 and a college
classmate of Dukes.
Mrs. Sewell Rayne is a patient in an Ashville hospital. Bess found
herself rundown and the victim of a cold.
Robert Knoop, who has been promoted to Corporal in the Signal
Corps in Korea, spent his Christmas leave in Japan and celebrated by
telephoning his parents, Roy and Martha across the Pacific.
Rolla A. Compton has written Joe Muldoon to the effect that he will
shortly visit Western North Carolina and wishes to establish a home there.
Larry Rossiter underwent a very serious stomach operation and was
hospitalized for some time. He has now recuperated and is looking fine.
However, he says he will have to undergo a minor operation soon that
will complete his cure.
Thank you Mr. Ward for your report.
News from the Panama Canal Society
of Northwest Arkansas
Casita Naomed, across the road, is forlorn since the beloved mis-
tress, Naomi H. Booth said "Good Morning" to other loved ones Novem-
ber 22, 1953. We shall miss her presence. H. was for the family name of
Howe and for the happiness within which she shared with everybody
she met. We shall remember her loving Heart, the cheerful Home she
created, her generous Hospitality to friend and neighbor and above all,
her Hearty laughter on the summer air as she and Carrie Mathues would
score a point over their Canasta wizard men folk, Bill and Ed. Our love
and sympathy to her devoted Ed and family and in the friendly Ozarkian
manner we'll say "So long, Omi, we'll be seeing you" and in memory,
hear again her happy response, "So long-everybody."
The same week we had the sad news of the passing on of Ed Brown
and Mrs. Earl Cornett. Our deepest sympathy to their loved ones.
We trust that our Christmas Wish for each and every one of you
came true as it did for us up here in the Ozarks. Our President, Jimmie
Coman and wife journeyed to Shreveport, La. to meet Lula Mae's sister,
Mrs. Mattie Macauley and their granddaughter Julia Ann Coman. They
all had a happy visit with the Frank Phillips. Mrs. Edith Minnix visited
her brother in Nebraska. Mrs. Bea Minnix and daughter Sharon spent
the holidays in Mississippi with her daughter Virginia M. Runnel and
waited for the arrival of her fourth grandchild and first granddaughter,
Barbara Ann Runnel on January 13th. The Walter Browns had a house-
ful of family, sisters Mrs. Cecil Lowe and Mrs. Minnie Danielson, grand-
son Paul Whitlock, granddaughter Jacqueline Whitlock Stringer, hus-
band Derwood and two children. Mrs. Etta Aattaway of Kerrville, Texas
spent the holidays in our town. Other members report good times with
friends and relatives. Our Christmas season got off to a good start by
having as overnight guest, Mrs. Emma Bradley of Glendale, California
enroute to visit her sisters in Cincinnati, Ohio. We shared Mrs. Bradley's
all too short visit with the Hallins, Walter Browns, Cecil Lowe, the Lynn
Cooks and Capt. Jack Phillips. Emma, as of old, is still interested and
interesting about worthwhile projects and affairs of the nation, looks
healthy, happy and prosperous. The next morning, we three Shaws of
Arkansas, accompanied by Barbara Peel whose name Ray expects to
change to Shaw, started off in two cars for Denver, Colo. Good weather,
good roads, happy as larks on the wing, eager to reach Denver before
dark of the second day, listening to NBC Symphony and ecstatic over the
great big beautiful moon rising over Colorado Springs-alas, alas, the
State Trooper did not share our esthetic mood-I paid the fine as a
Christmas gift from B. to N. Well worth it-10 minute talk by the S. T.
accomplished what 30 years of same from the frau had failed to do. A
real family Christmas with Jim and Alice Ray Wier, their two children,
Jim's mother and we four adding up to nine of us ranging from nearly
six to early sixties-too many gifts, too much to eat.
While in Colorado we visited Dr. and Mrs. George R. Wright in
Longmont where Dr. Wright is associated with the leading clinic. Ray
had met Dr. Wright as his patient in Gorgas in 1947. The Wrights and
charming young daughter are happy to be back in their home state and
are planning the building of a spacious home in Longmont. We again
visited Al and Norma Evans Harrington, sturdy young son David and
Al's mother from Pittsburg, Pa.-now we know why Al is so well liked,
his mother is a jolly person. This time we saw 20,000 cattle on one farm,
several thousand lambs on the next farm-miles apart, and heard many
interesting facts, on farming on a big scale. Greeley is the town where
farmers store their potatoes by the ton and give out samples in 100 lb.
sacks. The white Christmas cake was delicious-thanks to Norma. We
met another Will Rogers in Denver in the person of Clyde Ingersoll for
no matter whose name was mentioned of the Old Timers, the response
was, "I like him (or her)", and we talked about many of you. Sorry not
to get more news of Mrs. Ingersoll other than she was a school teacher
on the Zone-we women just could not get a word in edgewise. We called
on Mrs. Adelaid I. Lewis, but she was visiting in St. Louis-these retired
folk sure get around. Our visit with Bill and Bit Kendrick was delightful.
Coro and Trifari are in for some keen competition from Bit as she is
doing some beautiful work in costume jewelry. We were very happy to
meet Victor Akers Coman, Jimmie's younger brother, who was on the
Zone back in World War I days, stationed in Coco Solo. He mentioned
many of you old friends of Jimmie and Lula Mae's and asked to be
remembered thru this news report. He now owns and operates a very
fine grocery store just outside of Denver.
As usual, our annual meeting held on January 10th ushered in the
first storm of the season. There were 21 present. Newcomers to the Club
were James C. Putnam and wife and Mrs. Betty McCosham, all of Fay-
etteville. Mr. Putnam is past 80 now but his memory of early Canal days,
his activities in the labor circles and fine poetry, is still keen. Mrs. Put-
nam still retains her membership with Orchid Chapter. Mrs. Donald
McCosham was formerly Miss Betty Bangston, a nurse in Gorgas Hos-
pital. The election returns were Lynn R. Cook, President, and re-election
of Sec'y.-Treasurer. Lynn was not present and his letter of acceptance
is a classic, a copy of same enclosed and hope your Florida Society
editor can find space for it. Chester Harding, Capt. Jack Phillips and
Mattie Macauley kept us laughing with their Jamaican stories. Sorry the
snow storm held up our members from the Missouri Ozarks-the Evers,
the Geigers and the Meigs. See you all at our picnic on June 13th.
Latest News from Bentonville-Julia Ann had the chicken pox and
Mattie Macauley is going to South Carolina to visit Margaret Tysinger
for a week. Mrs. Mary Long is expected for a short visit early in March.
Ernest and Haleen Williams are eagerly awaiting garden, planting time.
In Rogers, Mrs. Susan Ewing Bishop and two children are resting for
their long journey to Japan to join Lt. Col. Bishop who left about a
month ago. The Kellers, Bill and Alice, are marvelous home makers and
have accomplished wonders. The Pearces, Ruth and Lee are busy in com-
munity activities and have a couple of cows for rural atmosphere. Happy
to meet Mrs. H. O. Thornton who was visiting Mrs. S. Hollister Jackson
in Rogers, mother of Col. Nelson Jackson whose wife is the former Vir-
ginia Thornton and they have four children and live on a farm just out
of Washington, D. C. Mrs. Thornton will return to California where she
makes her home with daughter Elizabeth T. Jordan, a real estate business
agent in Chula Vista, via Washington, Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico and
points west. The Lynn Cooks have returned from a trip to Raleigh, N. C.
and report that Kathryn Daniel Simons of Asheville is enjoying good
health, her students and full of plans for 1954. Their daughter Lucille C.
Nanney writes they may be in the Far East for another year. In Spring-
dale, the Mathues and Minnixs get together quite often and report that
Norman C. Reppe has returned to Northwest Arkansas-this time engaged
in real estate. The Tom Mocks of Prairie Grove are trailing thru Texas
with headquarters in Corpus Christi for the winter. Nina has started an-
other article on the joys of trailing-makes you want to drop everything
and just go gypsying when you read them. Price of broilers are down
right now, but it will go up when the Millers 13,000 chicks are ready for
market. Glad to report that Marie is on, the mend after a severe case of
flu. The Walter Browns are enjoying our cool weather and occasional
snow fall. Mrs. Lowe leaves next week for the Zone via Texas. We have
all enjoyed her visit-hurry back, Cecil. Tonight, Heinie Hallin is busy
preparing his talk of Canal Zone for the PTA in Farmington tomorrow
night-Newell will project the pictures for the talk. Capt. Jack Phillips
plans to attend the Goethals Memorial-so does Scheller Kiser, we hear.
Ed Booth is with his son Edwin in Garden City, N. Y. This entire neigh-
borhood miss Ed and Omi so much. I could go on and on, but
Blanche E. Shaw, Sec'y Treas.
Our thanks to Blanche for-her report.
January 12, 1954
Madam Blanche Shaw,
Panama Canal Society
of Northwest Arkansas.
In the usual course of sociological behaviour, honors are not heaped
upon the head of men until after they have passed through the Pearly
Gate, or the door to the Fiery Furnace, as the case may be. Therefore, the
weight of joy and the shock of surprise, amounted to almost the over-
whelming of me and my shy, retiring, modest nature, on receiving the
news of my election to the presidency of our society. Personally, I think
the choice was out of line, considering the venerability and capability of
some others, but will try to balance the difference.
Maude and I had picked up the Pearces and Mrs. Susan Ewing
Bishop and started for the rendezvous in plenty of time to arrive on time.
Lo!!! When we had reached Springdale, it was snowing. Half way be-
tween there and Fayetteville, it was snowing and had been for some time
and we started waltzing all over the road. We got half way up the hill
by the Vet Hospital when we had to stop behind a line of cars on and
off the road. We could not get started again, so we slid back to a side
road where we could turn about and came on home. We dared not get
stuck overnight in Fayetteville on account of Mrs. Bishop's children and
Mr. Pearce's cows.
Sometime, in the future, may I ask that, if it can be accomplished
in absolute secrecy, without the slightest chance of discovery that might
reflect upon your integrity, you whisper to me the name of the guy who
Yours in the full dignity of the office of
President, Panama Canal Society of
/s/ LYNN R. COOK
Greetings: from Seattle Washington
On Saturday, November 14th, 1953, The Canal Zone Society of the
Northwest held a dinner and meeting at the Hostess House. All members
were notified and urged to attend. There were 13 members and one visitor
present. After a delicious ham dinner, which everyone enjoyed, the meet-
ing was called to order. After much discussion by every member present,
it was decided unanimously, that due to the lack of interest, the club
would adjourn for an indefinite period, and remain inactive until such
time as interest in the club could be revived.
The books, records, and money remaining in the treasury, is in the
possession of the Secretary, Eltah Cooper, 143 E. 52nd, Seattle. She wlas
authorized by those present, to pay all necessary expenses for the notifi-
cation of the members of this action, and to keep a record of all money
spent for correspondence until such time as the club shall again become
Our by-laws provide that nine members shall constitute a quorum;
therefore, the records and money may be procured from the Secretary
upon written application, signed by nine of more members or eligible
members, for the purpose of re-activating the club.
Any information, or addresses of members, may be had by calling
or writing the Secretary, or the President, Oscar Martin, 10534 Interlake
Ave., Seattle. Mr. Lynn Vane, Chaplain of the Society of the Northwest,
died a short time ago.
Thank you, Mrs. Cooper. Hope you can hold your group together.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Albert Korsan of Milwaukee has left his desk for a well earned
retirement on October 1st, 1953. Mr. Korsan has been purchasing agent
for the Seamless Globe and Tube Co. for thirty-three years.
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin French and Son Billie, were in St. Petersburg
for a visit, then on to Miami before returning to their home in Baltimore.
Mr. Herman Wulff of Zephyrhills, Florida was able to attend the
reunion with Mrs. Wulff. The Wulffs wish to thank all their friends for
the cards and prayers while Herman was seriously ill.
Janet Barnes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. I. Barnes, has accepted
a position with the Medical Surgical Plan of New Jersey and is now
located at 5 Summit Street, East Orange, N. J.
The St. Petersburg Times of December 6th, 1953 carried an article
and picture of the Henderson Smiths. The article covered the doings of
the Smiths from the early Canal days up to and including their residence
here at Bahama Shores, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Virginia Siler says she and Martin called on Mrs. Berger Olson who
was visiting her daughter, Winifred, in Baltimore. Mrs. Olson now lives
in Brockton, Mass. and planned a trip to Florida, Oklahoma and Cali-
fornia before returning home.
How is this for a grand old lady? Mrs. Eleanor Kennedy of Orlando,
who will be 92 years old on May 23rd, 1954, lives with her sister who
is 88 years old. Mrs. Kennedy has a five room house and) does all her
Mrs. William R. Piper has returned from an enjoyable European
trip. This is her second trip and she has visited 11 countries while on tour.
Lillian Ruggles of Pasadena, California, expects to retire very soon.
Has a new home in East Pasadena and hopes any of her old friends who
pass that way will call.
Hugh Thomas of Arcadia, California is going to be at the dedication
and for a visit with his two sons and a daughter who are still on the Zone.
David Potts of Newport News, Va. reports that he and Mrs. Potts
are well and send best wishes to the Society.
Louis A. Poltrino of Lynn, Mass., is spending the winter (in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida. He sends best wishes to all the Society members.
Edith K. Wicks keeps busy at her work in Polk Pennsylvania Hospi-
tal. In May, she and Mrs. Eula Ewing enjoyed a trip to Williamsburg
and had a pleasant evening with the Etchbergers. In November, Mrs.
Wicks went to Hot Springs where she saw many old friends. The Tom
Shirleys, Archie Gibsons, the Jack Reinigs, the Dones and Mrs. Coyle.
From Hot Springs she went to Tennessee for a visit with the Claud Camp-
bells whom she found well and happy in their lovely home.
Frank and Georgia Hayes went to Lyndon, Kentucky to celebrate the
arrival of their seventh grandchild, Margaret Carson Phillips, born Nov.
Winifred Sealy spent the Christmas holidays on the Canal Zone with
her daughter, Mrs. Donald Hutchinson.
Lucy Bates has accepted a position at the Sperry Plant at Great
Neck, N. Y. Finds it cold there and longs for Florida.
Helen W. Kalar is having an enjoyable time on the Zone seeing old
friends and noting the many changes that have taken place.
J. V. Gimsey sends best wishes to all and says he is enjoying life
on the Zone.
Elsie Towkes Jackson sends best wishes to all who may remember
her. She has returned to her Alexandria home after a six months! stay
The Oscar Maissens of Antwerp, Belgium continue to enjoy life
and send regards to all friends.
Janet and M. A. Smith were in, St. Petersburg for the reunion after
a short visit in Miami with their son Milton. The Smiths didj not stay
here as long this year, as they plan to make the trip to the Zone for| the
Dedication ceremonies. Mrs. Smith's father, Mr. A. M. Fraser, an old
timer, will accompany them to the Zone.
Bob Hull, who is with the Bureau of Mines in Spokane, Washington,
spent a month in St. Pete with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Hall.
Bob returned to Spokane on January 23rd.
Mr. and Mrs. Wally Grayson of West Palm Beach and San Jose,
Costa Rica, were in St. Petersburg for the reunion.
Mrs. Anna Calvit, mother of Charlie Calvit, is a visitor here in St.
Petersburg from Houston, Texas. Mrs. Calvit plans to fly to Washington,
D. C. for a visit.
Miss Shirley Woodruff spent the Christmas holidays with her par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Barton Woodruff of Pinellas Park, Florida. Shirley is
a Senior at Western Maryland College.
We see by a clipping from the Quincy Patriot Ledger that Slim
Hallett, now of Quincy, Mass., has put his car up on blocks and nailed
a sign on the garage door "Closed for the season."
Mrs. Anna Miller from Sioux City, So. Dakota, was in St. Peters-
burg recently, and called on the Conkertons and other St. Pete friends.
Mr. Claude A. Ott has been vacationing on the Isthmus. He extended
his vacation, so missed the reunion.
Edith Engelke writes that they are excited over the home-coming of
both boys. John will have finished his graduate work at University, of
Chicago and will receive his M.S. degree. Paul' is a Junior at University
Mrs. W. A. Frizzell and her mother have returned from a year and
a half in Japan.
Robert Barrett, Jr., son of the late C. Z. Marshall, paid his family
a hurried visit recently. The Barretts have a son, Robert L. Barrett.
"Skipper" was born October 14th, 1953. The Barretts reside in St. Pete.
William Dunlop and Mrs. Dunlop are spending the winter in Beard-
son, Ill., where William was born. He has had two operations on his eyes
but by spring he expects to have two good eyes.
Mr. and Mrs. Sandy McKeown of Balboa were visiting with Mrs.
McKeown's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hudson, recently. They also spent
part of their vacation in Miami.
Mrs. Reva Starke of Cristobal, C. Z. and her daughter. Nancy Jane
Kock, were visiting the Charlie Conkertons recently. Nancy Jane had just
returned from two years Foreign Service in Bangkok, Thailand.
Jack and Em Plummer spent their vacation at Key West and Green
Cove Springs, going back to Anniston before the holidays.
Marie Coffey has been enjoying a visit with the Houston, Texas,
folks. While there, in company with her daughter, Patricia and husband,
she made a trip to Monterrey, Mexico for a weeks stay.
O. T. and May Murray say: "when it snows and the temperature
hovers around 20 degrees, our thoughts drift southward and perhaps we
will follow our thoughts soon."
Ralph Cutler writes that he is quite optimistic about H.B. 3660.
He feels it may be amended to read $25 per month or 25%, whichever
is the lesser. He had hoped for a better break.
Dale S. Cockle, 17 year old Cristobal High School Senior, was nom-
inated as the Principal candidate from the Canal Zone for appointment
to the United States Military Academy at West Point. The nomination
was made by Gov. J. S. Seybold following the recommendation of the
committee on appointments. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Cockle
of New Cristobal. Gov. Seybold also nominated for first alternate candi-
date, Charles A. Hand of Balboa High School, second alternate, Kenneth
R. Lee of Balboa High School and third alternate, Lawrence C. Cox of
Cristobal High School.
Agnes M. Stewart of Tampa writes that she has read and reread
some of the old Records and as for the last issue, that is almost worn out.
Too late for the last issue, Mrs. M. J. Symms of New Orleans, in-
formed us that they had just enjoyed a visit from Lt. Percy Endom and
Mrs. Endom. Lt. Endom was on the Canal during construction days and
is now a Lt. Commander, retired.
Leo Wilkes was sorry he had to be in the hospital just when the
Earl Browns came to see them but Mrs. Wilkes enjoyed their visit very
Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Maas are enjoying their retirement in San An-
tonio, Texas. They are living near their daughter and son-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Baxter Grier and family.
Mrs. Wiliam H. Keenan of Santa Clara, R. P., formerly of Gatun,
C. Z., spent two weeks as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Hull of St.
Petersburg and enjoyed visiting with many of her old friends.
Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Beam of Miami, Florida, spent four days at the
Soreno Hotel in January, to attend the annual reunion of the Canal So-
ciety of Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Benninger of Lima, Ohio, were in St. Peters-
burg for the annual reunion. They spent four days at the Soreno Hotel
and then went on to the Canal Zone. Upon their return, they expect to
take an apartment in St. Pete for the remainder of the winter season.
Ira L. Wright, Assistant to the Comptroller of the Panama Canal
Company has resigned, effective on February 1st. Mr. and Mrs. Wright
will go to Washington, D. C.
Margaret Hardy writes that they have purchased an apartment house
at 480 N. E. 61st St., Miami, Florida, and are living in one of the apart-
ments. They would be pleased to hear from any of their Canal Zone
Capt. J. S. Munden and Mrs. Munden are proud grandparents of a
boy, born January 23rd. Mrs. Munden was in Maryland with her daugh-
ter for the big event.
Homer Higley says the zero weather and all the snow is hard to take
way up there in Brattleboro, Vt. Wishes he could be in the sunshine
State for awhile.
Mr. and Mrs. Art Soper of Tavares, report they are both fine but
very busy. Send best regards to all friends.
Anna January writes that they had a visit from former friends, A.
M. Bouche and wife, Mrs. Lee Sampsell and Mrs. J. Schmidt, whose
visits they enjoyed very much.
Barbara Jean Schwarts (stage name, Roberta Lee) is currently sing-
ing with the General Motors show "Motorama." Barbara, a former Canal
Zone girl, sang at Radio City Music Hall Roof Garden last August.
The Demmys of Carlsle, Pa. were obliged to cancel their trip to
Florida as John's doctor advised him not to drive any distance.
Ralph Cutler was in Washington, D. C. during January contacting
Congressmen regarding H.R. 3660. We hope the retirees appreciate the
efforts of Mr. Cutler and Mr. Grauten, both tireless workers on your
Jean Keating, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hall, spent the Xmas
holidays with her parents and Grandmother, Mrs, Anna B. Hartman in
Gulfport, Florida. Jean and her husband operate the Boulder City Cafe
just 7 miles from Hoover Dam.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Baggott of Gatun, spent the holidays with their
daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Freeker of Homestead Park,
Mr. and Mrs. Wiliam A. Van Siclen of Gatun, made a flying trip
to Richmond, Va. to visit their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
C. K. Lloyd.
Mr. F. R. McDermitt of Gatun, and his son, who is enrolled at the
Perkiomen School, spent the holidays in West Virginia with Mr. McDer-
The George D. Pooles recently moved into their new home in Schnec-
tady, N. Y. Space will not permit the printing of all the names of people
who have visited them since they have been in their new home.
The B. G. Tydemans of Allentown, Pa., spent the holidays with son
Bert and wife in Troy, N. Y., and also visited their niece and husband,
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Graham in Port Washington, Long Island.
The Baggotts, the Floyd McDermitts and the John Hotzs of Gatun
were recent visitors with the Tydemans.
John and Sarah Ferguson are settled in their new home in Hender-
sonville, N. C. They have enjoyed visits from several C. Z. families living
in that area.
Jack and Em Plummer of Anniston, Ala. have been galavanting all
over the United States from Key West to Washington and Oregon. Wish
we had room to print all of their letter.
William Hushing, considered the "dean" among national legisla-
tive representatives in Washington, was feted on his 70th birthday. Widely
known on "Capitol Hill", Hushing has given untiringly of his time and
talents on behalf of Canal employees.
The George B. Hallorans are back home in Miami after a long visit
in Newagen and Cape Neddick, Maine.
Long time, no see, the Oscar Hunters at our regular picnics. The
reason: they have been vacationing in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
Fred and Marian Mack have returned to the United States after a
sojourn in Alaska.
Bessie and Joe Welch have bought a nice little home in Long Beach,
California and will be happy to have their friends call.
C. Wilson Purvis is now settled in Decatur, Georgia with his wife
and two children, William Mayo, 4, and Judith Emily, 2. Wilson says
his sister Helen is living in Alexandria, Va. Brother Jack is married and
has two small boys, the only Purvis left on the Zone.
Elsie and John Claybourn jump around the world so fast that a
years Canal Records never did catch up with them. Now that they are
with brother Hank, our efficient Secretary managed to provide them with
the back numbers. We are also glad to welcome Henry as a new member.
J. Z. Bromly hopes he and Mrs. Bromly can be among those present
at the dedication ceremonies. Send best wishes to all their friends.
Fred Sundstrum of San Gabriel, reports he and Mrs. S. are hale and
hearty. Their son, Fred, surprised them by flying in from Japan where
he has been stationed for the past two years.
Melville Alexander says: "Mrs. A. and I are sorry to miss the Re-
union." Well, from what we can gather, that is the only thing the Alex-
anders have missed from Puerto Rico to the West Coast. Wish we had
room for his letters in their entirety.
Jonas White reports that Ella Mae continues to improve daily. A
recent visitor at their mountain home was Fred Bradley from California.
Earl E. Trout expects to retire March, 1954. Will sail April 2nd for
New York, enroute to Michigan, then head for Florida.
Mary E. Becker says, "My mother, Mrs. Kathleen Latermann and I
just about wear out the Record before we get through with it. Daughter
Bertha Jane now lives in the Dominican Republic where her husband,
James R. McIntire works for the American Geodetic Survey."
Larry and Emma Leighton report they are both fine and hope to get
to Florida some day. They drop all work when the Record arrives. To
keep them from overworking, perhaps we should print once a month.
Rose Martin of Bridgeport, Connecticut looks forward to each issue
of the Record which she reads with mixed feelings of sorrow and joy.
Sorrow for the passing of old friends and joy for the many who are
enjoying good health and going places.
Chriss and George Poole have a new home at Harlan, Drive, Scotia,
N. Y. They enclose picture which we will put in one of our future issues
of the Record.
Col. and Mrs. Merrill Judd are leaving Camp Atterbury, Ind. and
expect to go to the Far East on their next assignment.
Mrs. Beatrice Morgan of N. Y. slipped on the sidewalk and broke
her right shoulder and arm and was confined to the hospital for several
weeks. She reports it was a severe shock to her nerves, but hopes to be
in good shape soon.
Florence N. Miller writes that despite the unrest and low morale
on the Zone, it is wonderful to be there with her folks and many friends.
Pat Coakley and Sweet Alice send best wishes to all friends. Son
Jim is a Lieutenant in the Air Force and Pat expects to go to Western
Micigan College for a course in electronics.
Charles Tribolet reports fine weather in California and tells us
their son Charles, and family are now at Kinross A.F.B., Sault St. Marie,
Michigan. Charles is flying Jet Interceptors.
Sam and Emily Grier of Clearwater, left the 1st of February for
the Zone and an extended visit with their son Bob and his wife, and with
Sam Grier's brother, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Grier.
John and Erna Hower were recent visitors in Florida. They visited
in Tallahassee with Viola and Dorothy Ann Stephens, then left for a
tour of the southern part of the state before returning to their home in
Fairhope, Ala. While in St. Pete, the Howers were busy calling on their
Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Weigold write that they are feeling fine but have
had a severe winter in Rhode Island. The month of January surely was
a pip. They send regards to all their friends.
The Archie Gibsons did not get to Florida this year. They made a
trip to Hot Springs instead, stopping off in Ohio to visit Archie and his
family of four boys and one girl. "Our kindest regards to our many
friends in Florida. When it gets down to ten below, and snow everywhere,
we wish we were with you folks in Florida."
George and Emma Cotton of Monrovia. California send best wishes
to their friends. They report themselves as being in good health and en-
joying their retirement home very much.
Amateur Athlete Magazine recently carried articles on Billy Zemer
and his work with Bobbie Connor, 15 year old Zone swimmer, and on
Henry Griezer and four of his proteges: Jo McKim of the 1924, 1928,
1932 Olympic teams, Adelaide Lambert of the 1928 team, Alma Mann
of the 1924 squad and Alan Ford of the 1948 games.
Helen S. Reidy reports that Madge Reidy Butler has been ill most
of the time she has been in Ireland. Had been in the hospital for some
Ben Jenkins says that the Canal Society of Washington, D. C. was
organized in January 30, 1936 instead of May, 1936. Thank you Mr.
Jenkins for the correction.
Mrs. F. E. Moreland of Landover, Maryland writes that Mr. More-
land is blind, so she reads the Record to him from cover to cover. How
about a line or two to the Morelands?
Mr. Roy Mason of Tallahassee, formerly of Balboa, was struck by
an automobile and seriously injured. His leg was fractured in three
places. Mr. Mason will be confined to the hospital for some time.
From Cerro Punta, Chiriqui, Republic of Panama
Come prowl about Chiriqui with us in a jeep, you will be astonished
what the last few years has brought, and you will meet a lot of old
friends; all glad to see you. I imagine, as we grow older, that is what we
miss the most: our friends, who scatter to the four corners of the Globe.
Of course you are surprised! Wide, paved streets, clean too; and an
engineer, educated in the U. S. in charge of water works: you dare to
shower in David now. Lovely Hotel Nacional, run by American Hotel
Association is all that it should be.
Road to Concepcion? Usually good, sometimes dusty. Concepcion:
all spruced up, with a delightful plaza; full of shops with refrigerated
counters; paved streets; no longer the "cow town" we knew 10 years
ago. C. Z. even gave them a fire engine.
Let's climb from Concepcion to Volcan: Cuesta Piedra, enroute is
aglow with miles of street lights, as is El Voican, they look like Munici-
pal Pier in Chicago: from afar.
As we enter El Volcan: this first cluster of white buildings is the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Marti. Mr. Marti was very ill last Fall, but
has completely recovered and is his usual genial, courteous, spry self.
Many of us have said "May we be the man that he is, at 81."
Adjoining Marti's: Andrew Fink has an up to date auto repair and
machine shop; gas station, store selling parts and tires. You wouldn't
think he would be rushed all the time, but he is an unusually good mech-
anic; we're lucky to have the Finks: Mrs. Fink and teen age Andy com-
prise the family.
Closeby: the Florida Hotel is being modernized, with tourists and fish-
ermen in mind. It has been run by Jugoslaves, who knew how to prepare
the best paprika chicken you ever ate. Hope the new owner has as good
a cook, we all like a change from the monotony of cooking occasionly,
and usually wound up there.
Let's coast on down to Postoffice, across the street is a 2 story Police
Station, a group of Junta Caminos buildings, well: let's turn left: here
is the new home of Ann and Ben Whiting, grown and many conveniences
added. Coast along to Scout Camp, which has an enormous electric stove
and icebox in main kitchen; and smaller editions in Baldwin Lodge,
showers have sprouted; a walk-in cold storage room. Have seen May and
Russell Jones get 70 odd people served, and not tear their hair, or the
hair of unexpected guests.
Electricity for Volcan, then last year the same line ambled across
the llanos: serves Paso Ancho; and all the folks on the mountain, clear
to Cerro Punta: has made monumental changes in living, with all the
electrical help available.
Let's visit Hilda and Walter Crouch: They have a big house, a huge
fireplace, a riot of flowers. Walter has, what is likely the best collection
of native huacas, around here. For years "grave digging" was his hobby.
Thats' strenuous! He also paints and does some lovely things in oils, so
their walls paneled in native wood, have many of Walter's paintings. Hilda
also makes rugs. You have to see them to believe it, I'm sure they are
handsomer than Chinese rugs even. Their house is usually bursting at the
seams with guests, so you know what Hilda is doing?
They have now joined the aristocratic group: they bot a lovely
home in Santa Clara, where Hilda can use all her lovely linen, china,
etc., as she would in the U. S. but which is out of place in the Jungle.
Santa Clara is close enuf for the children and grandchildren to be with
them. It really is a nice idea-but we miss them here so. They divide
their time: Santa Clara and here.
Right in the same yard: let's talk to Phyllis and Al Turner and ad-
mire the grain in their native wood walls; the celts set in over their fire-
place, and a lot of modernizing they did. They aren't able to live here all
the time yet, but they have a new station wagon that zooms them up in
comfort, when they can steal a vacation.
Behind Turner's: the Monte Fullertons. Monte is still involved with
sawmills, as usual. They have some beautiful new native wood furniture
and a big roomy house. Bill finished high school on Zone and is in U. S.
Kenny is now going to school on Zone.
Drift down the road to Chiriqui Viejo River: there atop a high hill
are the comfortable homes of Betty and Jesse Jorgenson; and Ethel and
Bert Dayrel. Both have distinctive fireplaces, picture windows with lots
of mountains raring high into the clouds, the river down below them.
Jesse Jorgenson had an operation on his throat, he is a lucky guy-
he looks well, and is having lots of fun. Betty still works at Gorgas Hos-
pital. Jesse is retired.
Bert Dayrel has been ill for over a year, if any of his friends want
to write to him, do so: Box 84, Balboa, Canal Zone. He would enjoy
knowing what a lot of his friends are doing. He may not be able to an-
swer, but Ethel writes a splendid letter: they sound just like she was
Carl Omlin has built a big house, different, you notice it at once;
and wish that we hadn't built 25 years ago, make some changes now?
Sgt. and Mrs. Smith live on a sunny hillside, beyond Dayrel's. Be-
yond them is another cluster of homes: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Violette have
a really beautiful home here; P. H. Brackney; and Erma and Ray Forbes
chose a site of a rustic water-wheel, and towering mountains. Mr. Wil-
liams also has a home here. Everyone has a fireplace, no two are alike;
but amazingly: they all work. About 2 mi. beyond this, the all-weather
highway ends. It has been bulldozed out again and in dry season, with
4 wheel drive one dares venture a long distance.
It is not likely that this will ever be completed as Inter-American
Highway, but a route from Concepcion, only 11 mi. to Costa Rican border
is more practical and has fewer engineering problems than in the high,
rugged mountains of first survey.
Let's retrace our way to postoffice in Volcan, and swing straight
ahead across the Ilanos this time; Paso Ancho off to the left isn't much
of a town now, no water. We will roll on to Bambito, td the woods, just
off the lava flow: here high on a terrace is the charming home of the
Abadia family of David; the Mendez family (Chase Bank, David), Wallie
Bain family as nice a home as you would find in Bella Vista, 2 story;
across the street are the big homes of Ruth and John Reese, and the Tex
Butlers. They have done exciting things to the interiors of these two
Here too is the startling home of Bruna and Leonard Butzs startling
for strangers to say: "Oh you know, the house with all the flowers."
Bruna's thumbs are not only green, but all her fingers. Her yard is a
cheerful sight. This was the old Joe Post house. They doubled it in size,
3 times, then added an upstairs with dormer windows; glassed in entire
front of the house; painted it: lovely!
Slim Kowart across the road: turned their cottage on the river into
chicken houses; has added several other sizable buildings, near the main
house. Slim still likes to fish, likes to roam off to Costa Rica and about
to dig, just to see what he can find: and he does find astonishing things.
That's work tho!
Now we climb the mountain: by the first bridge we find the ramb-
ing home of Halphen of David, with lots of windows, lace curtains, lots
of bathrooms and conveniences. And the United Fruit Co. house: a huge
affair, recently achieved new electric stove, icebox, and many things a
woman loves; painted inside and out. It sets behind a row of evergreens,
a trim white house.
There is a small settlement, a native settlement, all around here. Lots
of coffee is raised between the 2 bridges; several small stores. At next
bridge: a school, stores, a native settlement.
Just around the rock bluff corner: New Switzerland:
May and Russell Jones are working on a house with so many closets,
picture windows, built-in features: I predict where you may find the rest
of our community. It is smack on the river.
Mr. and Mrs. John Winklosky used the building the road board
used for an office and built themselves a home, roomy enuf for all their
boys, and all the other boys that a bunch of boys attract. We have had
a number of picnics in their yard.
Next door is the former Robt. De Spain house, now owned by Jos.
and Marge Tilley with their 6 children. They added a couple wings,
making an "H" style house. They dammed up a stream in their back
yard, the boys have a boat on it, they all use it for a swimming pool
(Brrrr! it is cold!) and they have their own hydro plant. 10 in the fam-
ily (the maids who care for the smaller children are like family) plus
frequent guests-they need 2 washing machines, large electric stove and
lots of electrical help. Strange as it may seem: ALL the children love
it. They have a patio, that for several 4th July celebrations, has found
all this community packed in, and we always have fun.
Harry Butz bot the house next door, built by Hugh Thomas: it is
Capt. Chas. Stewart lives in a log cabin, perched high on a rock,
sheer drop to the river. He is a swell neighbor. His son Tom comes up
when he can, as do Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Jones, so the "Cabin" often has
lots of hilarity about.
There is a road, closely following the river:, on it: home of Oiiver
and Grace Culp and Kelly and Bob Maynard. They sat smack where the
road wanted to go, so were moved, so they just hoisted the house up: have
a lower story, mostly glass and is a favorite meeting place for all of us.
Don't know why. unless those women are such good cooks, and such fun
to be with.
A. B. Parker has a splendid new home here; across street is home
of I. V. Beverhoudt. They have added much, plus 2 more baths, so it is
comfortable. The girls usually bring their friends, it would seem odd,
if the friendly Berhoudts arrived without their station wagon bursting at
the seams with folks. Mr. and Mrs. Thelamark bot the smaller Brown
house: it is like a band-box, everything you need, comfortable, but not
a lot of surplus house to have to keep clean.
Next door, larger Brown house ("Rivercroon") was sold to Capt.
Bill and Nan Casswell of Cristobal. They call it "Hodge-Podge-Lodge".
From the crates in their yard: from bath tubs to refrigerators, great things
are going on, down there.
Across the river is Matt and Lydia Shannon's home: they really live
in a "glass house". Like the rest of us, they added a wing here and a
wing there and a new bathroom, etc. Lydia has the most gorgeous quar-
ter sawed oak furniture, if she ever brings all that up here: our husbands
are going to have a bad time! Make us all dissatisfied with our homes.
If we retrace river road. to Capt. Stewart's and take the main high-
way: here is "Cielito" and the Lewis family. We too added some wings
to our house, used 2' cedar panels for walls. We have long had our own
hydro plant, so had an electric kitchen, washer, floor heaters.
We have no guest rooms in our house, but 2 small guest Apts. Just
started some improvements for those. The reason they got neglected.
BARU AIRSTRIP it is well started! 500 farmers up here now.
The clearing is about done: At this lower end, flat as a table top, noth-
ing in the way to llanos. Reached the stage now: waiting for a road
man to come to dynamite the enormous stumps, those too husky for the
dozer to handle; then the grader to fill up some humps-THEN: we hope!
It should help the economy of entire Republic if 500 families have
money to spend; and are able to sell flowers, berries, broccoli, cauliflower
India farmers, Jugoslaves, Europeans, Americans-all have worked
together in perfect harmony, it is an encouraging thing to find: harmony
and folks trying to help themselves. HOPE they win!
Glenn has installed 15 phones and has maintained a few miles of
line; so our immediate neighbors can yak. It is a comforting sensation,
when you consider an emergency. Marge Tilley brings her 6 children and
a maid and stays all summer, neither she nor Joe worry, for they know
if Marge ran a general alarm, we would all answer, on the run.
This is 6,000 ft. Been COLD nights, recently! Now, let us continue
on up the mountain a couple more miles, some 300 ft. past the airstrip;
6,200 ft. of it: which runs from Cerro Punta at far end, to opposite
Capt. Stewart's house in New Switzerland, on this end.
Here we find: Dr. Carlos Brin and his adorable Dora and more
flowers than you ever remembered. Brin, Martinez, Mosher homes are
showplaces, they would be outstanding in Panama, the rest of us have
more moderate homes.
Roy Mosher has a gorgeous home, but they "live in it" so do the
Brins, if it gets dirty-well it cleans.
One entire wall of livingroom is glass, have watched many try to
walk thru it, looking at mountain looming so close.
And the building you see on a hilltop, to left of us: that is Marguer-
ite and Adriene Bouche, long of Pedro Miguel. All 3 of their children
are married, the two boys have families, young Marguerite is still work-
ing, enjoyed a States' vacation, with real snow.
Well: did you live thru, meeting all the neighbors? Now that you
know their street addresses, an occasional line or two of happenings,
should keep you up to date. I wanted you to know where they lived.
Wanted you to know there is a real village at Cerro Punta: with 2
churches, 2 schools, movie hall, police station, postoffice, telephone, tele-
graph, bakery, 3 hotels and each have electric stoves and hot showers!
where just a few years ago, was primitive jungle.
We read the Canal Record from cover to cover, were delighted to
learn where so many old friends had finally gravitated.
Other families, disgusted with conditions on Zone, had planned to
build, but with the greatly improved conditions, especially those with
children in school, may reconsider.
I promise to never again "bury" you beneath so long a letter. With
no foundation you would not have known where to find folks, who
were neighbors, etc.
A very pleasant 1954 to you and our best wishes to quantities of
old friends, whom we remember with pleasure, who decided to live in
Fla. instead of our Mountain top.
Mae and Glenn Lewis,
Cerro Punta. Chiriqui,
Rep. de Panama.
ISTHMIAN NEWS REEL
The Hotel Washington, operated by the United States Government
for 40 years, has been leased to Inversiones Motta S. A. Motta will pay
about $4000 per month for the lease.
As an economy measure, the Ancon Clubhouse will be closed down
March 1st, and the Cristobal Clubhouse will not be open after 8:30 p.m.
Another casualty of the Canal's economic mindedness will be the
Gamboa Police Station. Members of Gamboa's Police force will operate
from a room in the clubhouse.
As a result of a recent study, the Governor has approved a plan
whereby cuts in lock operator positions will be established which will
not require craft qualifications now in effect. Instead, these positions
will require that the incumbents show aptitude in heavy equipment.
operation of such machines as cranes, draglines or overhead cranes.
The Panama Canal organization does not condone the lending
of money by its employees who charge excessive rates of interest. A
Balboa Heights source stated that the lending of money at usury,
may mean discharge where employee's culpability is established.
Ralph C. Cake, lawyer and banker of Portland, Oregon, Howard
E. Peterson, lawyer and businessman of Philadelphia, Pa., and Rear
Admiral Richard E. Byrd, retired, of Boston, have been appointed to
the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal by Secretary of the Army,
Robert T. Stevens.
During the month of December, there were four victims of Poilo
on the Canal Zone. All of the cases were mild.
Henry L. Donovan, former Community Services Director, has been
appointed to succeed Col. Richardson Selee as civil affairs Director.
Col. Selee resigned to accept a position in the United States.
Wilson H. Crook, former Manager of the Clubhouse Division,
has been named to act as Community Services Director, the job for-
merly held by Henry Donovan.
James F. Redmond, who was reinstated as an admeasurer by the
Canal on orders from the U. S. Civil Service Commission, has filed
suit against Edward Doolan, Personnel Director of the Panama Canal,
for $50,000. Redmond is being represented by attorney Donald J. Mc-
Nevin. Doolan will be defended by the General Council's office.
The new townsite at Corozal will be named by Canal Zone residents
in a poll to be conducted by the Pacific Civil Council.
John D. Hollen has been appointed chief of the new Executive
Planning Staff in the office of the Governor-President at BPlboa
Peter Beasley, former special consultant to the Secretary of the
Army, has been appointed Economic Advisor to the Panama govern-
ment. His appointment is viewed with disfavor by many representa-
tives of U. S. rate canal organizations. Beasley has played a leading
part in many of the changes recently brought about in the 'policies
of the Panama Canal Company.
The U.S.S. New Jersey hung up on trying to enter the West cham-
ber of Pedro Miguel lock. An examination found no silt or other
obstruction, but it is believed that the New Jersey's bilge keels were
the cause of the delay.
The House of Representatives has passed the Cash Relief Bill for
non-citizens of the Panama Canal. The bill, designated to increase the
benefits from $25 a month to a maximum of $45 a month, will have
to be acted upon by the Senate.
Rumors about various Panama Canal and Military hospitals clos-
ing down seem to come closer to being a reality with the visit of
Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Raymond H. Folger and under Secre-
tary of the Army, Earl D. Johnson. Whatever recommendations they
have made, after an inspection tour of all hospital facilities, remain
Talk was rife on the Zone as to whether the leasing of the com-
missaries and the clubhouses would come to pass.
Local 900 C. I. O. claims the Canal Zone denies equal oppor-
tunity. Segregation in housing, schooling, and all other facilities was
quoted as an example of this denial. At a meeting in Mr. Hope Ball
Park, it was resolved that the C. I. O. should continue to utilize all of
the resources available to eliminate inequitable treatment of workers
in the Canal Zone.
James Brownlow, National President of the Metal Trades Dept.
of the A.F.L., affirmed that it is unfair for Congress to say that Canal
employees "have it too good". The A.F.L. leader stated that among
other recommendations, that he felt local raters should not receive
less than 75 cent minimum wage. Brownlow said the A.F.L. would sup-
port the program of the local Metal Trades Council.
Lodge 14 of the American Federation of Government Employees
has once again re-elected Rufus M. Lovelady as its President.
A condensed financial statement on operating results of the Pan.
ama Canal Co. for the fiscal year of 1953 shows that the Canal made
a 7 million dollar profit for the year. Samuel Roe, Jr. said, "It looks
to me like the most important source of Panama Canal Co. income is
employees, instead of shipping. I cannot understand why the sale of
commodities and rentals of quarters is higher than Canal tolls."
C.I.O. sources on the Zone termed the announced "profit" of 7
million dollars, loot which can hardly be considered legitimate since
a goodly part was pilfered from the pantries of Panamanian and other
non U. S. citizens employed on the Zone.
Negotiations are still in progress on plans for health and hospi-
talization insurance for Panama Canall employees to be paid by pay-
roll deductions. The Canal Zone Credit Union has had the matter of
hospitalization insurance for the U. S. rate employees under study
for several weeks. A special committee composed of leading local-rate
employees, has been formed to establish an organization for handling
insurance for local rate employees.
R. K. Morris of Bella Vista was chosen President of the Canal
Zone Art League at its annual meeting in December. His practical in-
terest in art is in the field of ceramics.
The suction dredge, "Mindi", was to be put on a two watch basis
in January. It is believed the new operating schedule will result in
some force reductions.
After 21 years of operation, the Madden Commissary at Madden
Dam was closed on December 31st. In recent years the population in
the Madden Dam area has dwindled to very few employees.
An appropriation of $300,000 for alterations to the Mindi Pier
on the Atlantic side, and the improvement of the road leading to the
pier, has been authorized by the House and Senate appropriations
The Executive Planning Staff has been assigned office space on
the second floor of the Administration Building. John D. Hollen and
members of his staff will occupy rooms 228 and 229.
Howard E. Turner, who had been with the Canal organization
since 1936, has been appointed chief of the payroll branch of the
fiscal Division. He is replacing J. O. Barnes, who retired recently.
The Very Reverend Raymond T. Ferris announced his resignation
as Dean of the Cathedral of St. Luke, Ancon, C. Z. The resignation will
take effect in February. Dean Ferris resigned to accept the rectorship
of Christ Church in Nashville, Tenn.
Otto Helmricks has been transferred to the Canal Zone in charge
of U. S. recruiting. Helmricks has been in the Washington office for
the past two years as Personell Officer.
College Place, in Balboa, has been renamed Lawrence Johnson
Place, by Gov. Seybold, in honor of Dr. Lawrence Johnson, Supt. of
Canal Zone schools, who died last June while on a visit to the United
Harold J. Zierton is now Assistant Principal of Balboa High
School, and reports they have about 770 students this year.
No decision has been made as yet, but the Panama Canal may sell
the Mindi dairy, gear and cattle.
John Morton Thompson, Jr., who has been a member of the staff
of the General Council since 1950, has been named Assistant District
Attorney for the district of the Canal Zone.
Marc P. Quinn, Chief of the Management Staff and member of an
old and well known family, left the service on January 1st. Marc has
been employed for 27 years.
Gifts which do not exceed $10.00 in value, may now be received
by any person in the United States from a person in a foreign coun-
try, free of duty, according to the Customs simplification act of 1953
which became effective September 7th, 1953.
Dr. Wayne Gilder, Supt. of Colon Hospital and one of the best
known physicians on the Atlantic side, will retire effective on Febru-
ary 1st. Dr. Gilder with Mrs. Gilder and daughter, Marie Donnie, will
make their home in New Orleans.
Irate citizens of Pedro Miguel felt they had a legitimate gripe
about the Panama Canal's new system of sending out ambulances with-
out doctors. The protest gathered momentum when Charles German
succumbed to a heart attack enroute to the hospital in a doctor-less
It was revealed at a shirt-sleeve conference at Balboa Heights, that
the forty year old town of Pedro Miguel will be abandoned about
March 1st, 1955.
The Baptist Church in Balboa now has a new parsonage. It is a
two story building of masonry construction and stands on the site of
the old parsonage.
They are still catching some big ones out in Panama Bay. A
recent clipping tells of a 854 pound black marlin landed by Ted
Schmidt. Fishing from the "Caiman II", Schmidt fought the big fel-
low for four and a half hours.
THEY ASKED FOR IT AND DID THEY GET IT?
The Booz, Allen and Hamilton report submitted to Congress, after
an independent and comprehensive study of compensation paid work-
ers in the Canal Zone, recommends: Retention of the 25% differential,
making the differential tax free, a rent reduction of 50% in company
owned houses, free transportation to their state side homes once every
two years for employees and dependents on leave, and once a year for
employees children in their last two years of college in the United
States, and retention of the present status of other fringe benefits.
Gov. John S. Seybold, in a statement to newsmen, labor and civic
leaders, said, "The report represents our way of thinking and the con-
sultants survey has been presented in such a way that I believe it will
be very hard to knock down."
Canal employees who felt their morale was getting a much needed
shot-in-the-arm were gratified with the Governors comments on the
Samuel Roe, President of the Pacific Civic Council, said the sur-
vey report had "vindicated" the civic councils and U. S. citizens asso-
ciation who continued to fight for the investigation throughout. Speak-
ing for the Central Labor Union. Walter Wagner commented that the
survey "has improved morale considerably."
President of the U.S.C.A., Mrs. Frances Longmore said, "It's abso-
Mrs. Margaret Rennie, legislative representative of the U.S.C.A.,
said, "I feel very happy and satisfied with the report."
On January 7th, Governor Seybold told newsmen and represent-
atives of employee groups that the Board of Directors, after studying
the report, has submitted it to the appropriations committees of the
Congress with a favorable recommendation on all major points.
1953 was a year of turmoil, discontent and uncertainties in the
lives of Zone employees. The Booz, Allen and Hamilton report gave
them a much needed lift and morale boost.
A bill to increase the pensions of old timers, who worked in the
Canal Zone during construction days, was postponed by the House
Panama Canal Sub-Committee until decision is made by Congress on a
national policy on pensions and social security increases.
Hospitalization insurance is now available to employees of the
Panama Canal. The Canal Zone Credit Union has been authorized to
receive payroll deductions for this purpose for U. S. rate employees,
their wives and dependent children.
William A. Neuman said on January 11, that he had not seen the
report on the survey made by Booz, Allen and Hamilton. Everybody
else had seen it but then perhaps he is not interested in a report that
is so completely at variance with his own views. Neuman said he had
no plans to return to the Zone before next July. Perhaps if he never
went back, it would be too soon for most Zonians.
A legal advisor to the United States Citizens Association of the
Canal Zone reported that he had received instructions from the asso-
ciation to proceed as he might see fit concerning former consultant to
the Under-secretary of the Army Department, Peter Beasley, now
employed as a financial advisor to the Panamanian Government. There
seems to be some question as to the advisability of Mr. Beasley acting
as advisor after being so closely connected with the Canal affairs as a
consultant of the Army Department.
As many Zonians feared, the possibility that the Booz, Allen,
Hamilton pay report may be pigeonholed in Congress, for at least a
.year, arose after the House Panama Canal Sub-Committee decided to ask
authority to make its own investigation of Canal affairs.
An explosion on the Norkegian ship "Lisholt" tied up at Pier 14,
Balboa, caused the death of an American employee, John Cole, 41,
and seriously injured W. C. Fedde, James McDonald and Harry Town-
send and several local rate employees. The explosion was said to have
been caused by gas generated in a cargo of soy beans. An immediate
call for blood for the injured men was quickly answered and 83 pints
were donated. More donors were ready to give if needed. Mr. Cole is
survived by his wife and two children.
In Panama, the police are keeping an eye on known Reds. After
a meeting, called for the purpose of spreading communist propaganda,
several Reds were hailed before the police. The following day, Hugo
Victor and Chang Marin were officially fired from their teaching posts
at the National Institute.
The Union of University Students cabled the International Stu-
dents Union in Prague, Czechoslovakia, that it had broken off its affi-
liations with the Communist inspired organization. The cable followed
a decision made at a stormy session held in the Panama University,
when a number of Communist University students attempted to prevent
the break with the Prague organization.
During the visit of Queen Elizabeth, she attended a State dinner
given in her honor at the Presidencia by Col. and Mrs. Remon. The
Queen decorated President Remon as a Knight Grand Commander of
the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and Foreign Minister,
Jose Ramon Guizado and Levy Salcedo with other grades in the order
of the British empire. The Queen, in turn, was decorated with the
Grand Cross of the Order of Manuel Amadore Guerrero. After the
State dinner the Queen attended the reception at the Union Club as the
guest of the President and the First Lady.
An aroused Rotary Club has decided to put an end to what it
termed "a National Shame" and voted unanimously to lead a cam-
paign to raise money for the completion of the monument to the late
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, funds which were embezzled by a
sculptor awarded the contract six years ago. Two Rotary members,
Rogelio Arosemena and Gabriel Duque pledged that they, personally,
would guarantee the required $4000 fund should the campaign fall
short of it. The site of the monument is on the Tocumen Airport road.
Panama celebrated her Fiftieth Anniversary (Cincuentenario) with
a six day celebration. All retail Commissary stores were closed for
two days to permit employees a chance to participate in the festivities.
Governor Seybold announced to department heads that Panamaian em-
ployees should be excused from work when possible. Governor John
Lodge, of Conneticut, was President Eisenhower's emissary to Cin-
Sadeye Sam Nominates the Man of the Year
A feller tole me that he is writing a book about life on the
Canal Zone something like that there picture in the movies about
life in the Army. He is gonna call this book, "From Here to
Uncertainty." Haw. He said what with Congress and the G.A.O.
and the treaty discussions in Washington, his book oughta be
a best seller down here.
I see where Time named its man of the year. I think that
the Canal Zone oughta name its man of the year two. I nomi-
nate Mr. Newman for last year and Mr. Peter Beansley is a hot
candidate for 1954.
Iffen the Canal and local employee organizations can get
past M. Newman I don't think he will be able to make as much
trouble as he would like. He is jist like one of them South
Arkansas jackasses. Iffen you cant push him or pull him, why
jist leave him be and walk around him.
Now with Mr. Beansley, that's another thing. A circular
came in the office at Mindi where I work the other day about
Mr. Beansley not to have access to classified or secret informa-
tion any more. Now I don't think that circular was necessary on
account of Mr. Beansley don't work here any more and besides he
don't need no more access to top secret files on account he has
had access to them fer the past few years as special representa-
tive of the War Department handling Panama Canal Affairs.
Thats what makes Mr. Beansley so valuable to the Republic
of Panama which jist paid a top prize fer his services and they
are shore goin to git there moneys worth. They really bought
something when they bought Mr. Beansley and hes got the an-
swers to any question his new bosses might want to ast him.
An that's what I call really being a good neighbor. An I
like that. Its sorta like the Point-4 program where we offer
our technical aid to our friends and neighbors who don't know
as much as we do about certain things.
Panama don't know as much as Mr. Beansley does about
Panama Canal affairs either and since Mr. Beansley don't come
under Point-4 and cant be loaned that no reason to say he cant
be had iffen the price is right.
Hes a nice little feller and deserves a break. Hes jist trying
to get along and iffen he came to Mindi Dairy and ast me fer a
Job before Panama gave him one, I would have given him one.
We gotta couple bulls out here that are real active and a good
man with a shovel who is a real go getter like Mr. Beansley
seems to be, can really make it fly.
NEW MEMBERS AND CHANGES OF ADDRESS
The following have been added or addresses changed since the 1954 Year Book
was printed. (*) Denotes change of address. (**) Correction.
Murdock Miss Jessie 455 A Oriole Parkway ----------Toronto, Ontario
Becker, Mrs. Mary E. P. O. Box 1632------------------------Balboa
Candee, Miss Alice E. P. O. Box 67-------------------------Ancon
Coffey, Mr. and Mrs. William T. P. O. Box 251 -------Balboa Heights
DeLaMater, Mrs. Ann W. P. O. Box 296----------------------Balboa
Dorgan, Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. P. O. Box 113 ---------------. Gatun
Esler, Mr. and Mrs. Z. K. P. O. Box 82--------------- Balboa Heights
Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome F. P. O. Box 1515----- .---------Balboa
Ewing, Mrs. Mary W. P. O. Box 905---------------Diablo Heights
Fenton, Capt. Charles Butler P. O. Box 254 ------------------. Gatun
Hall Mr. and Mrs. Casey J. P. O. Box 222 --.---------- .------ Gamboa
Hartman, Mr. L. F. P. O. Box 101------- -----------Balboa
Housel, Mrs. Minnie P 0 Box 2513------------------------Cristobal
Jones, Mr and Mrs. C. R. P. O. Box 413---------------Balboa Heights
Kyleber, Mrs. Bertha A. P. O. Box 486-------------------- Balboa
Leisy, Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. P. O. Box 164 ----------- Pedro Miguel
Lutro, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. O. Box 137------------------- Gatun
McKeown, Mrs. Helen D. P. O. Box 1053 ------ Balboa
McKeown, Mr. and Mrs. Sandy P. O. Box 1397--------------- Balboa
Pate Mr. and Mrs. A. F. P. O. Box 274---------------------Gatun
Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. P. O. Box 56 ------------------.Balboa
Smith, Miss Gertrude A. P. O. Box "O"---------------------Ancon
Steiner, Mr. Jerome E. P. O. Box 185 -- ----------Balboa Heights
Swain, Mrs. Kathryn M. P. O. Box 554 ------------------Ancon
Van Siclen, Mr. and Mrs Wm. A. Jr. P. O. Box 254 ----------- Gatun
*Wertz, Mrs. Fred L. P. O. Box 374 ---------------------- Margarita
Youart, Mr. J. A. P. O. Box 192 ----------------------------Gamboa
Zeirten, Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. P. O. Box 111--------------- Ancon
MEXICO D. F.
Gil, Senora Evea Amores 1140--------------- ---- Colonia del Valle
*Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. David T. Apartado 2414 ...---------..San Jose
Knapp, Mr. and Mrs. James Apartado 1862 -- -----------San Jose
PANAMA, R. de P.
Keenan, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Province of Code---------- Santa Clara
*Hower Mr. and Mrs. John Res. 307 South Bayview Ave.
lail: P. O. Box 1249------------------------------------Fairhope
Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Route 1 ------------ Round Mountain
*Plummer, Mr. and Mrs. R. P. 1917 Quintard Ave.------------ Anniston
*Smith, Mr. and Mrs. William P. General Delivery------------.Phoenix
Bird, Mrs. Kathryn S. 2737 Gill Drive--------------...-----. Concord
Boyd, Mrs. Ethel M. 1528 Berkeley Street--------------__Santa Monica
Brady, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. 1254) No. Kenmore Ave...-- Hollywood 29
Clisbee, Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. 1174 Wellesley Ave.------Los Angeles 19
Cortes, Mrs. Carrolyn 2100 Boynton Ave.-- -----------------Martinez
Hutchins, Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. 2441 Crestview Court.--.San Leandro
Kerr Mr. and Mrs. Glenn B. 1830 North Grace Ave.------Hollywood 28
Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew 653 Colusa Ave.-------------- Berkeley 7
Norton, Mrs. Bessie F. 2889 San Pasqual------------- ----Pasadena
Pritchett, Mr. and Mrs. Otis A. 1343% N. Kingsley Dr..--.Los Angeled, 27
*Ruggles, Mrs. Lillian B. 505 Winston Ave.------------. East Pasadena, 10
*Shea, Mrs. Viola Bissell 932 No. Normandie Ave.-------- Hollywood 29
Simmons, Mr. and Hrs. Aubrey E. Rancho Cielo, Hwy. 94 .---- Dulzura
Sundstrom Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. 1428 So. Gladys Ave.------San Gabriel
Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh M. 76 Le Roy Ave.-------------- Arcadia
Ward, Mrs. Styles B. 215 So. Cliffwood Ave.-------------Los Angeles 49
*Welch, Mr. and Mrs. Joe L. 3461 Bellflower Blvd.--------.Long Beach 8
Will, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. 258 "A" Street------------ Redwood City
Murray, Mr. and Mrs. O. F. 2007 Columbine Ave. ..-------.---. Boulder
*Stark, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard H. P. O. Box 216 --------------. Arriba
Whittier, Dr. and Mrs LaMont 1415 Vine Street----------- Denver 6
*Wright, Dr. and Mrs. George R. 171 Francis--------- ---- Longmont
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Dt'Val Capt Miles P. (USN-Ret.) Cosmos Club--------. Washington 8
*Hodnett, Mrs. Ethel M. %Mrs. W. A. Frizzell
1711 New Hampshire Ave., N. W.-- ----- _-------- Washington
*Wright, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. 5149 Massachusetts Ave.---. Washington 16
*Aspden, Mr. Wm H. 833 37 Ave. So ------------ -St. Petersburg 5
Beam, Dr. and Mrs. Walter I. 650 N. E. 31st Street ----------. Miami
Bolz, Mr. and Mrs. William 1040 41st Street No.----. St. Petersburg 4
*Frederick, Capt and Mrs. Carl-2121Gulf to Bay, Lakeside Park Clearwater
*Fuller Mr. and Mrs. Otis C. 635 40th Ave. N. E.----- St. Petersburg 4
Gregory, Dr. and Mrs. R. R.
Memorial Home Community .-----.-------- ----- Penny Farms
*Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Fred P. 4904 20th Avenue So....---------- Gulfport
*Hanner, Mr. and Mrs. Ray 3955 Haines Road No.---- St. Petersburg 4
*Hardy, Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. 480 N. E., 61st Street----------Miami
*Heath, Mrs. Russell D. 232 Elizabeth Street...--..---------- Melbourne
Herring, Mr. G. P. 110 North: Delaware Ave.-----------------Tampa 6
Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick B. 3920 56th Ave. No.--- St. Petersburg 4
*Hoffner, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert R.-1860 Palm Lane, Lake Sue Park-_Orlando
Holmelin Mr. Charles V. 3526 Queen Street No.----.. St. Petersburg 4
*Howe, Mr. and Mrs. David P.
P. O. Box 5211, Orange Blossom Station------------------- Orlando
*Hunter, Mrs. Mary DI. Route 5, Box 327------------------- Orlando
*Judson, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert R. 121 Rosegarden Drive ------- Orlando
*Krause, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob F. 1212 Golfview Ave.---------Orlando
Leighton, Mr. and Mrs. W. W.
(Winter) Box 8414, City Trailer Park---.....-----. -----.Sarasota
*Linney, Mr and Mrs. Edward A.-Res. 2225%-7th Ave. No.--St. Petersburg 2
Off. 611 Hall Building --------------------------St. Petersburg 5
*Luckey, Mrs. J. J. 715 5th Avenue No. (Apt. 9)-...--- St. Petersburg 2
Maale, Mrs. Antoinette D. 800 36th Street---------- West Palm Beach
*OBrien, Mr. and Mrs. James B.-134 W. Wisconsin Ave. (Aptl. 4)--..DeLand
Olive, Mr. and Mrs. James F. (Owners)
Cadillac Apartments, 711 4th Avenue No.-------- St. Petersburg 2
*Owen, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert B. (Owners)
Big Ook Matel, 6536 Beach Boulevard----------------- Jacksonville 7
*Phalen, Capt. Michael 401 4th Street So. (Apt. 403)--.. St. Petersburg 5
*Pilkerton, Mrs. Della 1929 11th Street No.-----.- ----.St. Petersburg
*Quinn Mr. and Mrs. W. Phifer Res. 440 N. E. 63rd Street ..-----Miami
Mail: P. O. Box 482, Little River Station------------.----... Miami 38
*Ridenour, Mr. and Mrs. Orland J. Route 2, Box 470---.---------Miami
*Riley, Mr. John A. Elks Club, Box 1019------------------- Tampa
*Ritchie, Mr. Lloyd I. P. O. Box 642----------------------------Fern Park
Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. 1170 N. E. 112th Street .--------Miami
*Sandiford, Mrs. Wilhelmina E.
%C. E. Leaver (Apt. 4), 220 Plant Avenue-----------------.Tampa 6
Smith, Mr. and Mrs. William C. 2430 S. W. 24th Terrace .---..Miami 45
Tiger, Col. and Mrs. David 4333 2nd Avenue South.- St. Petersburg 5
Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. Lee J. 20 So. Pineapple Ave.------------Sarasota
Whaler, Mrs. Betty Jane 4219 4th Avenue So----- St. Petersburg 7
Williams, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. (Winter) 1504 Washington St.--..Hollywood
*Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L.
924 30th Avenue No. (Temp.)--------------------- St. Petersburg 4
Purvis, Mr. and Mrs. C. Wilson 811 Willa Way -------------Decator
Stevenson, Dr. and Mrs. Gilbert M. 2410 Comache Road--------Augusta
*Wells, Mr. William A. 507 East 49th Street ------ _----- Savannah
Wikingstad Mr. and Mrs. W. K. 563 9th Street----------.. Idaho Falls
McGlade, Mrs. Effie 255 West 111th Place----------------Chicago 28
Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. H. R.
% Miss Mae Carroll (Apt. 10-D), 1400 Lake Shore Drive----. Chicago
Stuntz, Mr. H. L. 1320 East 72nd Place ------------------------Chicago 19
Cornthwaite, Mr. and Mrs. Homer G. 2214 South 7th St.----Terre Haute
Gutting, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. 39 East Mechanic Street------Shelbyville
Steele, Lt. Col. and Mrs. Russell D. 50 North Madison Ave...---Greenwood
Coyle, Mrs. Frank B.-% Francis B. Coyle, 3319 Nebraska St.....--Sioux Falls
Watson, Mrs. Roy R. 911 North Sixth Street------------------Burlington
Sims, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. 104 Hillcrest Ave.---------------Louisville 6
Farr, M. D. P. O. Box 4 ---------Spokane
Leighton, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. (Summer) -----------------------Alfred
Hermann, Mr. and Mrs. Albert A.-835 N. Montford Ave.---- Baltimore 5
**Moreland, Mr. and Mrs. F. L.-9210 Central Ave. Route 1 -----Landover
Walbridge, Mr. and Mrs. Harry C.-9020 Central Ave. Route 1- --- Landover
*Heath, Capt. Dennis S.-143 Mt. Pleasant Ave.------------East Gloucester
Milloy, Mr. and Mrs. James C.-P. O. Box 115------------West Harwich
Ross, Mrs. Lillian R.-6 Richmond Park-------------------------Woburn
*Claybourn, Mr. and Mrs. John G.-% H. J. Grieser 303 Wilton St.--Ann Arbor
Coakley, Mr. and Mrs. Pat-748 Jackson St. N. W.---------Grand Rapids 4
Grieser, Mr. and Mrs. Henry J.-303 Wilton Street ----------_ Ann Arbor
Keating, Mr. and Mrs. Myles J.-
Res. 930 Nevada Highway, Mail: Box 1013-------------Boulder City
*Brown, Mr. Harry M.-315 Ardmore Ave.----_-------------- Trenton
*Groschup, Mr. Harry C.-21 Manor Ave., Audubon 6--- --------Ooklyn
Rathgeber, Mrs. Nora-Adamston .------------------New Jersey
Shedlock Mr. and Mrs. C. H.-R. D. No.l, Bordentown Rd.-----_- Yardville
Kalander, Mr. and Mrs. Harold-770 West Hichox-------------Santa Fe
O'Donnell, Mr. and Mrs. William-51 Bellview Ave._--------------Ossining
Poole, Mr. and Mrs. George D.-5 Harlau Drive------------------Scotia 2
Ross, Mr. and Mrs. R. R.-East State Street ---- Lowville
Smith, Mr. and Mrs. E. Curtis-65 Bergen Street (Apt. 3-A)---- Brooklyn 2
Bethea, Mr. A. W.-56 Edgemont Road------------------------Asheville
Cole, Mr. and Mrs. A. B.-8501ney Road __-- ------------- Asheville
*Ferguson, Miss Blanche K.-510 6th Street-----_-------North Wilksboro
*Ferguson, Mr. and Mrs. J. L.
Res. 1411 5th Ave. West Mail: General Delivery----- Hendersonville
Franklin, Mr. and Mrs. T. V.-P. 0. Box 614-----------------Bryson City
Mann, Miss Greta E.-617 North Endor Street----.----------.... Sanford
Scull, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis-514 West Main Street----------.Elizabeth City
Surratt, Mr. and Mrs. Price P.-308 Carolina Ave.-------------- Spencer
*Lingo, Mr. Charles-2873 Minto Avenue, Hyde Park ------- Cincinnati 8
Matthew, Mr. and Mrs. George E.-308 5th Street _------- Marietta
Morris, Dr. and Mrs. R. S.-2534 Victory Parkway ---- ---- Cincinnati
*Regan, Mr. and Mrs. F. M.-1844 Lincoln Avenue--- .-------.Norwood 12
Fuller Mr. and Mrs.-Raymond A.-507 South Boulder ----.-------Tulsa 3
Roberts, Mrs. Walter L.-1157 York Road--------------------- Abington
*Tydeman, Mr. and Mrs. B. G.-Res. 220 North 6th Street (Apt.3)
Mail: P. O. Box 1257-------------------------- -----Allentwon
Williamson, Miss Margaret C.-35 Lincoln Avenue----------.-- Bradford
Love, Mrs. C. R. (Pat)-1420 Fremont Place..----------------Knoxville
McKenzie, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel F.-Route 1 --------- ------Ooltwah
*Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. M. R. 504-A Dogwood Street---- College Station
Egbert,'Mr. and Mrs. Max E.-3228 Cockerell--------------Fort Worth
*Lieshout, Mr. and Mrs. Tcni-5831 Ridgeway--------------------Houston 17
Mangham Mr. and Mrs. Earl B.-Route One---------------.- Carthage
*Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Milton R.-1915 Ewing (Apt. 2) -------- Houston 4
Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh C.-1512 Crawford (Apt.l)-------- Houston 3
*Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W.-397 Edgewater---------_New Braunfels
Van Vliet, Mrs. Kathleen Parker-905 Roseneath Rd. (Apt. 3)-__Richmond 21
Goodspeed, Mrs. S. H.-Commercial Hotel --- _-------------Raymond
*Barnes, Mr. and Mrs. J. O.-%Mrs. E. L. Carder, Route 1-------- Ridgeley
Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Lane-2120 8th Avenue-------- Huntington
Sundstrom Mrs. S. A.-511 Sixth Street __-------------- Hudson
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 1130.
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
Name -- ---------------------
Wife's Name .--------------- ------------------ ----------------- -----............
Address --------------------------..... .......-----------...---------.__
City ------- --------------------------.. ----------- State -----___---------____
Number of Years on Canal..-------------..-.. .--------
What Division-- -------------- ----.
Amount Enclosed .--------------------- -.
Mr. and Mrs. M. P. Benninger, Mrs. Fed Whaler,
Mrs. Betty Jane Whaler,
Lima, Ohio. St. Petersburg, Florida.
Capt. and Mrs. Floyd Forrest,
Capt. and Mrs. H. P. Forrest,
Mr. Charles Calvitt and his Mother,
St. Petersburg, Fla.
P. O. Box 249 STA. A
ST. PETERSBURG 2
Sec. 34.66 P.L.&R.
U. S. Postage
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Permit No. 603
POSTMASTER: IF ADDRESSEE HAS REMOVED NOTIFY SENDER OF NEW
ADDRESS ON FORM 3547, POSTAGE FOR WHICH IS GUARANTEED
RETURN AND FORWARDING POSTAGE GUARANTEED.
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