Mr. W. A. Garlow, Mr. Harry Lewis.
Mr. Lee Burns, Mr. Troy Hayes.
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Hersh
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Deavours, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Deavours,
Atlanta, Georgia. Bostwick, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Meigs
Mr. Jetty, Mr. Jack Stoudner
Mrs. Jetty, Mrs. Hazel Stoudner
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wood.
Mr. V. D. Calloway, Mr. Harry Frey,
Mrs. Harry Frey, Mrs. V. D. Calloway
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hudson
Mrs. James Bradley
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Spriegel
THE PANAMA CANAL PROBLEM
A Memorandum to the Members of the Congress
HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE
CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:
The undersigned, who in various capacities participated in the con-
struction of the Panama Canal, venture to bring to your attention the
matters hereinafter discussed:
1. The necessity for increased capacity and operational improve-
ment of the Panama Canal-a much-neglected waterway, now approach-
ing obsolesence-has been long recognized. The traffic volume is the
highest since 1914. With the saturation point approaching, it is essential
to provide, without further delay, the additional transit capacity and
operational improvements required to meet future needs.
2. The two major proposals for increased facilities are:
(a) Improvement of the existing canal by completing the author-
ized Third Locks Project, adapted to include the features of the well-con-
ceived Terminal Lake Plan (Cong. Record, April 21, 1948, p.A2449-
approved in principle by the Governor* of the Panama Canal in hearings
on H. R. 4480, 79th Congress, Nov. 15, 1945, p. 9). A total of
$75,000,000 was expended on this project, mainly on lock-site excava-
tions at Gatun and Miraflores, before work on it was suspended. The
Terminal Lake Plan provides for removing all lock structures from Pedro
Miguel and for regrouping of all Pacific Locks at or near Miraflores,
thus enabling uninterrupted navigation at the Gatun-Lake level between
the Atlantic and Pacific locks, with a greatly needed terminal lake an-
chorage at the Pacific end of the canal.' As thus improved, the modified
Third Locks Project can be completed at relatively low cost-estimated
under $600,000,000. The soundness of this proposal has been established
by 40 years of satisfactory operation of a similar arrangement at Gatun.
(b) Construction of a practically new Panama Canal known as
the Sea-Level Project, initially estimated in 1947 to cost $2,500,000,000,
and which would be of less operational value than the existing canal it
was designed to replace, but which, under present conditions, would
likely cost several times that amount. The Governor* of the Panama
Canal ( a member of the Corps of Engineers) at that time definitely went
on record as advocating none but the so-called Sea-Level Project for the
major increase of canal facilities, which action served to exclude what
may be the best solution when evaluated from all angles. This Report,
under Public Law 280, 79th Congress, was transmitted to the Congress
by the President, December 1, 1947, and, significantly, without comment
or recommendation. The Congress took no action, and the report was
3. The Terminal-Lake-Third-Locks Project has been strongly urged
as the proper form of modernization by experienced civilian engineers
who took part in the construction of the present canal. Their views are
shared by many independent engineers and navigators who have studied
the subject. All these insist that the present lake-lock type should be
preserved as supplying the best canal for the transit of vessels which it
is economically feasible to construct. They, together with many of the
leading atomic warfare authorities, stress the points that the defense of
the canal is an all-inclusive Federal responsibility which must be met
by active military and naval measures and by industrial planning in the
United States, that passive protective features embodied in construction
design are inadequate, and that the proper bases for planning canal im-
provements are capacity and navigational efficiency. Moreover, it must
be borne in mind that the effective destructive power of the atomic bomb
has been tremendously increased since the formal recommendations for
a sea-level canal. Any canal, whatsoever the type, can be destroyed by
atomic bombing, if permitted to strike.
4. The recent authorization to expend funds for repairs and alter-
ations of present lock structures at an estimated cost of $26,000,000 is,
as we believe, makeshift in character, and is without real merit. Consum-
mation thereof, in lieu of fundamental improvements, will inevitably
delay the basic and long-overdue solution of the problems involved.
5. In addition to the Panama projects, there are urgent proposals
for canals at other locations, some of which have strong support, partic-
ularly Nicaragua. In developing a long-range Isthmian Canal Policy to
meet future interoceanic transit needs, these should certainly receive full
and unbiased consideration.
6. Transcending personal considerations, but nevertheless to state
the matter candidly, we submit that the Third Locks Project, as originally
planned in 1939 by the Governor* of the Panama Canal, has proven
most disappointing. We have; every reason to believe that the insistently
advocated Sea-Level Project (which, as a matter of fact, would require
tidal locks as well as vulnerable flood-control reservoirs and dikes) would
prove to be a monumental boondoggle, costing the American taxpayer
billions of dollars. Both of these efforts were directed by routine admin-
istrative agencies, and at heavy public expense.
7. We wish to stress the fact that, aside from the A-bomb, the
recurrent discussions as to the relative advantages and disadvantages of
the lake-lock and "sea-level" types of canal were exhaustively investi-
gated, debated, and considered in 1905-6 when the Congress and the
President decided in favor of the lake-lock plan-under which the canal
was constructed, and (with the exception of certain operational defects
in the Pacific sector) has been successfully operated. The operational
defects, we believe, can be adequately corrected.
8. It must be always borne in mind that the greater the cost of
increased facilities at Panama the heavier will be the load on the already
overwhelmingly burdened American taxpayer; and that also such cost
must be reflected in ship-transit tolls, with all that increased tolls imply.
9. We respectfully urge the early enactment of H. R. 1048, 83rd
Congress, introduced by Representative Thomas E. Martin of Iowa, and
supported by Representative Clark W. Thompson of Texas who intro-
duced a like measure in the 82nd Congress. Both of these experienced
and highly competent legislators have been thorough students of inter-
oceanic and canal problems, which have grave diplomatic implications
affecting all maritime nations and the relations of the United States with
all Latin-American countries-especially Panama. As to Panama, we
would most strongly emphasize that among the features overlooked in the
report under Public Law 280, 79th Congress, is the fact that the Sea-
Level Project recommended in that report is not covered by existing canal
treaties and would necessitate the negotiation of a new treaty with a tre-
mendous indemnity and greatly increased annuity payments involved. As
evidence of this it may be noted that upon demand of the Panamanian
government, and the appointment by it of a commission for the purpose,
the U. S. Government has named a like commission, to negotiate Various
questions, including that of the present annuity of $430,000 (originally
$250,000), which Panama insists should be substantially increased. These
negotiations began in September, 1953. when the President of Panama
and members of the Panamanian Commission visited Washington in be-
half of the indicated demands.
10. *References to the "Governor of the Panama Canal" herein
apply to the incumbent Governor at the time of the stated action.
Because of these considerations, it would seem to be clear that the
indicated Commission should be created without delay, and put to work,
so as to develop a timely, definite, and wisely-reasoned Isthmian Canal
Policy. Such a body should be made up of unbiased, broad-gauged, and
independent men of the widest engineering, operational, governmental,
an business experience, and not of persons from routine agencies, all too
often involved in justifying their own groups.
JAMES T. B. BOWLES
HOWARD T. CRITCHLOW
Trenton, New Jersey
ROY W. HEARD
New York, New York
HERBERT D. HINMAN
Newport News, Virginia
WILLIAM R. McCANN
E. SYDNEY RANDOLPH
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
WILLIAM E. RUSSELL
New York, New York
CALEB MILLS SAVILLE
JOHN FRANK STEVENS
Brooklyn, New York
ELLIS D. STILLWELL
WILLIAM G. B. THOMPSON
New Haven Connecticut
ROBERT E. WOOD
Lake Forest, Illinois
DANIEL E. WRIGHT
St. Petersburg, Florida
Ae Panama anal. Society o 7Woida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 249. STATION "A" ST. PETERSBURG 2. FLORIDA
C. G. Calvit J. F. Warner
A. L. Miner F. A. Anderson
Vice-President W. H. Butler
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd J. W. Gray
Mrs. Burt W. HallH.H. Hudson
Correspond. Sec'y. Ralph H. Oliver
E. M. Kieswetter Dan E. Wright
News Editor Counselors
Charles H. Beetham G. T. Tarflinger
Civil Retirees are still concerned whether or not that temporary
increase in retirement annuities may be continued after June 30, 1954.
For the purpose of continuing this temporary addition to your retire-
ment annuity an item of over $29 million was included in President
Eisenhower's budget. This has become an item in the Independent Offices
Appropriation Bill H. R. 8583. This bill has passed the House and is,
at this writing, pending before the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The hearings are about concluded. There seems to have developed no
serious opposition to this item.
Associated with the future of this temporary increase after June
30, 1955, when it will expire in accordance with Public Law 555, two
bills H. R. 7785 and H. R. 7823 have been introduced by Hon. Edward
H. Rees of Kansas, as Chairman of the House Committee on Post Office
and Civil Service.
These two bills propose to make permanent the temporary increase,
established by P. L. 555. These two bills also propose to separate regu-
lar retirement annuities from that addition which the individual may have
purchased through voluntary contributions to the retirement fund. In
this way the purchased addition would be excluded when considering
that $2160 ceiling for increased annuities.
A new bill, H. R. 8894 recently introduced by Hon. Joel T. Broyhill
of Virginia proposes in addition to the above proposals in the Rees' bills,
also proposes to remove that $2160 ceiling for increased annuities; to
remove the present condition prohibiting a widow from receiving half
the temporary increase of spouse at time of decease; also to increase the
maximum amount of benefit from $324 a year or 25 per cent to $396
a year or 33-1/3 per cent whichever is the lesser. This new bill also
proposes to extend the date of eligibility one year, that is instead of these
retiring on or before April 1, 1952 to those who have retired on or be-
fore April 1, 1953.
This H. R. 8894 bill has been referred to the House Committee on
Post Office and Civil Service. Retirees will also be interested in three
new bills: H. R. 8131 by Hon. Edward H. Rees, Kansas; H. R. 8021 by
Hon. Paul Cunningham, Iowa; and H. R. 8123 by Hon. H. R. Gross
also of Iowa.
These three bills propose to amend the Civil Service Retirement Act
to provide annuities for certain widows and widowers of retired civil em-
ployees who died prior to Feb, 28, 1948. The amounts of such survivor
annuities would be half the individuals annuity or $600.00 a year which-
ever is the lesser. These bills have been referred to the House Committee
on Post Office and Civil Service.
Retirees will want to know what has become of H. R. 5180, the Mason
bill, which proposes to exempt retirement income, including pensions,
annuities, dividends, interest and rents up to an amount of $1500 from
income taxation. The House Ways and Means Committee has considered
the purpose of this bill, and has embodied some associated clauses in
the general tax revision bill H. R. 8300.
Section 38 of this H. R. 8300 tax bill proposes to exempt $1200 of
retirement income instead of $1500, as in the Mason bill. This tax re-
vision bill proposes that the $1200 exemption shall be applicable to all
pensions and annuities from various sources including some that are al-
ready tax exempt. This $1200 tax exemption is restricted to those 65 years
of age and older, where as the Mason bill was without age restriction.
The tax benefit under this exemption shall in no case exceed $240
as a maximum. It will be noted that this is 20 per cent of the $1200
exemption. This factor is to provide equal treatment for those in the low-
est and those in higher income tax brackets.
Another factor in this general tax revision bill, but not part of the
Mason bill, is that to be eligible for the exemption the annuitant must
have been gainfully employed in each of ten calendar years in the amount
of at least $600 a year. This factor will exclude those receiving annuities
purchased with family wealth. This ten year factor will be of much con-
cern to those civil employees who had to retire because of physical dis-
ability, and thus prevented from serving the required ten year period.
This is decidedly unjust and should be corrected by the Congress before
the bill is finally passed.
The original Mason bill H. R. 5180 intended to equalize the tax
liability of all annuitants, those annuities taxed and those annuities not
taxed. Section 38 of H. R. 8300, the general tax revision bill, as it now
stands, does not accomplish this effectively as proposed in the Mason bill.
The $1200 exemption will place this limitation on the pensions from
Social Security where a husband and wife may now receive $1530 in tax
exempt pensions. This same $1200 limitation will be applicable to Rail-
road retirees where the present tax emption is still larger. Closely asso-
ciated with these factors is the recommendation of President Eisenhower,
in his message to the Congress, that Social Security benefits be liberalized.
If and when adopted the above $1350 would become somewhat above
$2000. Thus the $1500 exemption of the original Mason bill is much
more equitable and it is hoped the Congress will use this figure in the
bill as finally passed.
This general tax revision bill H. R. 8300 when passed will become
the Revenue Act of 1954. Its present status is that it has passed in the
House. At this writing it is pending before the Senate Committee on
Finance, where hearings are continuing.
Consistent with our urge expressed in the March number of this
Canal Record, we again urge you writing your Senators, Representatives
and Committemen briefly expressing your interest and concern in these
phases of pending legislation as outlined above. Do this at once upon
receiving this information, less the Congress adjourns without knowing
your need for relief.
In our last issue of this Canal Record there was some data concern-
ing the increased cost of living. You will recall the graphs climbing up-
ward for several years. For some years you have been wondering when
and how you could get some relief from that predicament of trying to live
on your retirement annuity, which now comes to you in dollars of 52
cent purchasing value as compared with 100 cent dollars you contributed
to the retirement fund.
You will recall the several bills introduced by many sympathetic
Senators and Representatives, proposing some much needed relief.
You may recall the controversy and discussions over the condition
of the retirement fund, whether or not it was on a sound financial basis.
You may also recall the Congress considered that nothing could be
enacted on retirement subjects until the Kaplan special committee com-
pleted its investigation and submitted its recommendations on Federal
Well Sir! Some time ago something most unusual happened in that
section of our Nation's Capitol affectionately known as "The Hill",
while all of you retirees have been struggling with the high cost of living
for a long time, it develops that it was only a few months ago that
this struggle with high living costs finally reached "The Hill".
Yes Sir! Senators and Representatives in some reasonable numbers
began to realize this increased cost in retirement living was a reality
and personally touching. What to do about it? Nothing was intended
to be enacted on retirement subjects pending the receipt of that Kaplan
report. And was the retirement fund in the red?
Well Sir! waiting for that K-Report was just an idea, there was no
law requiring the waste of time in waiting. And there is no time like the
present for worthy accomplishment. Then a good long look at the balance
in the Retirement Fund indicated a gain in fiscal 1953 of $598 million
over expenditures and the color of the balance was not red but reasonably
black. It was considered that the effect on the retirement fund would be
negligible, also it was expected that no additional appropriation would
Accordingly a Senate bill designated S-2175 to amend title VI of
the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, as amended, with respect to
the retirement of employees of the legislative branch, was reported out
of committee to the floor of the House and Senate, then to conference
and finally passed. This bill to somewhat amend and bring up to date
some previous oversights in the retirement status of Members of the
Congress and their employees and something for the surviving spouse
now bears the signature of the President to become Public Law 303 of
the 83rd Congress.
The House acted on this without much debate, both before and after
conference, and without a roll call vote. The Senate considered some fac-
tors a bit too liberal, which required the conference, quite some debate
developed, a rollcall vote was required. The result: 61 yeas; 30 nays-
5 not voting.
All civil retirees may now realize that their efforts toward convinc-
ing the Congress that something should be done about the depreciated
purchasing value of retirement annuities is beginning to bear fruit. Also
that while charitable actions begin at home it is somewhat encouraging
that that beginning has been made.
When you next contact your Senator and your Representative, while
back home rebuilding fences; congratulate him on his recent recognition
of the increased cost of living, and for his favorable viewpoint and action
in the general cause of Federal Retirees, and express your hope that he
may continue this viewpoint and thoughtfulness in this worthy cause
when the Kaplan report comes before the Congress.
NOTE:-It could and quite likely will happen that the final Kaplan
report and recommendations concerning Federal Retirement Systems will
become available too late for consideration by the Congress before ad-
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Covering the period from February 8th to May 2nd, 1954
Well here it is time to get out the report for the June Record-my
how time does fly-just seems as though it was Reunion time and we
had such good times chatting with all our friends-those two days are
really wonderful and my-how we cherish them.
Many have not paid their dues since the last Record and since the
names are listed by States in the Year Book I am going to jot down the
number from each state who have yet to send their dues. Canal Zone, 21;
Costa Rica 1; New Zealand 1; Alabama 6; Arizona 4; Arkansas 3;
California 38; Colorado 1; Connecticut 1; Washington, D. C. 5; Florida
79; Georgia 1; Illinois 4; Indiana 4; Iowa 1; Kansas 1; Louisiana 6;
Maine 2; Maryland 4; Massachusetts 5; Missouri 3; Montana 1; New
Hampshire 1; New Jersey 5; New Mexico 2; New York 12; North Caro-
lina 12; Ohio 4; Oregon 4; Pennsylvania 9; Rhode Island 1; South
Carolina 5; Tennessee 4; Texas 8; Vermont 1; Virginia 2; Washington
(State) 2; West Virginia 1; Wisconsin 1. The states not mentioned
have all paid in full.
Your letters have been wonderful and we enjoy them so much-Mr.
Kieswetter is making use of many of them for the June Record.
SPECIAL TO CANAL ZONE, COSTA RICA, CUBA, MEXICO,
NEW ZEALAND, NOVA SCOTIA AND REPUBLIC OF PANAMA:
Please do not send personal checks unless they are drawn on a
United States bank-some checks drawn on Panama and Canal Zone
checks have been returned because I cannot accept them in payment of
dues. Either send a Money Order or 3 $1.00 bills if you care to assume
the risk of sending the money in an envelope. The bank charges from 66
to 72 cents to clear an outside check. Also' please make your checks and
money orders payable to-PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA.
There seems to be some question as to the issues of the Canal Record.
I have received many letters stating that members did not receive the
January and February issues-Please be advised that the Canal Record
is printed quarterly- MARCH, JUNE, SEPTEMBER and DECEMBER.
The March issue as you will notice was very large-these Records cost
the Society 55 cents each. I still have some left and if anyone is inter-
ested extra copies may be purchased. Just send in your check or money
order and the address of the person to whom you wish the Record
mailed and I will send it to them at once.
Some members have asked the name of our printer-It is the Quality
Printing Company of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Be sure and keep us informed as to change of address stating whether
it is permanent or temporary.
As we go to press 880 have paid their dues for 1954. Please pay
your dues so that you will not miss the September Record.
1954 dues card WHITE CARD WITH GREEN LETTERING.
Do you have one that color?
CARDS OF THANKS
"This is to acknowledge with sincere thanks, your sympathy and the
flowers sent my wife during her illness." Eoirl Brown.
"Thanks for the lovely flowers. They did much to brighten my stay
in the hospital."-Olive Van Fleet.
"Thanks for the beautiful flowers sent while I was in the hospital".
-Buford L. Cooper
"Thank you most sincerely for the lovely flowers sent to me at the
hospital during my recent illness'.-Elizabeth M. Holloran.
"Please accept my sincere thanks for the lovely flowers sent to me
during my stay in the hospital".-Eva Cole.
A nice note was received from Lois Woodruff thanking us for the
bouquet sent her while she was in the hospital.
"Your kindness at this time is more deeply appreciated than words
can express. The flowers were beautiful".-Annp L. January.
"This sincere 'thank you' is just a small part of the warm grateful
thoughts that I have in my heart for the flowers sent to me during my
illness".-Frederick B. Hill.
"I do sincerely appreciate the flowers sent to my husband at Saint
Anthony's hospital. They were beautiful."-Alice B. Dolan.
Sadeye Gets the Business from the Bard of Balboa
There's a lot of ham in this Sadeye Sam
Who works at the Mindi Rauncho
A good roustabout, without any doubt
He needs a good push in the pauncho.
We guys on the Hill are getting our fill
Of his mythopoetic illusions;
We want him to hush his ignorant mush
We have come to these final conclusions:
Just take it away-go haul out your hay
That's all you are getting paid for.
Go clean up the mess of Bossy and Bess,
That's what men like you are made for.
We guys on the Hill have all had our fill
Of this stuff you are always compounding,
For out on the locks, the yards and the docks
It makes our position dumbfounding.
While you're feeding oats, we're all wearing coats
And keeping our fingernails polished;
We have to show class and polish the brass
So our functions won't be abolished.
So pull in your neck while you're still on deck,
You're headed straight for disaster.
Just keep your dome on your currycomb
You cow udder quartermaster.
-Bard of Balboa
THE GOETHAL'S MEMORIAL DEDICATION
The three day Goethals Memorial Dedication program got under way
when approximately 250 old timers boarded the ferry, President Porras,
at Gamboa, to make a partial transit of the Canal which they helped to
build and which some of them were seeing filled with water for the first
time. After the ferry trip, a reception for the old timers was held at the
Tivoli Guest House.
As the ferry passed, all floating equipment of the Panama Canal
saluted the old timers. At Pedro Miguel, the lead mule of the center wall
was operated by Ted Marti, whose father, Fritz Marti was among the old
timers aboard. At Miaflores, Robert Grier, son of Sam Grier, helped with
a towing locomotive. One thing was certain, the trip was thoroughly en-
joyed by all. The transit was eminently successful in providing an oppor-
tunity for a grand reunion among the men and women who had worked to-
gether years ago and were meeting again once more. It marked a time to
reminisce and exchange memories of the good old days.
At the Dedication Ceremonies, Introductory remarks were made by
Governor J. S. Seybold. Presentation of awards to Canal Zone Schools
Essay Contest winners by the Hon. Maurice H. Thatcher, member of, the
Isthmian Canal Commission, and presentation of the Memorial Monu-
ment by Hon. Richard H. Whitehead, member of the Goethals Memorial
The unveiling of the Memorial Monument was by Col. George R.
Goethals and Dr. Thomas R. Goethals, sons of Major General Goethals.
An address was given by Hon. Alexander Wiley, United States Senator,
and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. There was
music furnished by the joint bands of Cristobal and Balboa High Schools.
The prayer of Invocation was given by Rev. Alexander H. Shaw, of the
Balboa Union Church, and the Dedicatory prayer by the Rt. Rev. Reginald
Heber Gooden, Bishop of Panama Canal Zone. The Benediction was given
by Rev. Joseph F. Konen, Pastor of St. Mary's Mission.
Senator Wiley in delivering the principal address at the ceremonies
said, "This monument which we dedicate to-day to General Goethals is a
splendid thing, but actually, Goethal's greatest monument is the one he
built himself, the Panama Canal. I don't think I shall ever cease to be
struck with wonder whenever I see its locks and cut, and I still remember
with a tingle of excitement how, when I was a young man, my imagina-
tion was fired by the birth of the Republic of Panama and the feats of the
Canal builders. Like people the world over, I eagerly followed the pro-
gress of construction and thrilled when news of the first commerical tran-
sit flashed round the World on August 15, 1914."
President Jose Antonio Remon attended the ceremony to represent the
people of Panama and to symbolize the important role the Republic had
played in this great humanitarian contribution to the commerce of the
The Dedication ceremony marked the end of the three day celebration
and many of the old timers began to plan for their return to the United
States, some by boat and some by plane. However, there was one more
celebration managed by Local 24 of the National Association of Retired
Civil employes with Charles DeSill in the driver's seat. A big picnic at
Morgans Gardens on the Canal bank was held with corsages of woodroses
tied with gold and green ribbon being given to all the ladies. The corsages
were the gift of Mrs. Charles Morgan whose husband graciously lent the
grounds and garden houses for the picnic. La Venta cocktails led off the
menu and there was plenty of cerveza for those who preferred it. There
was roast beef and and all the fixings, topped off with. all kinds of home
made pies. As some people showed up at the picnic who had missed the
first two days of the festivities, a new round of story swapping started on
every shady bench in the garden.
Twelve old timers were invited to represent all West Indians at the
Dedication program. The twelve played an important part in the construc-
tion of the Canal during the Goethals period. The service dates for some
antedate April 1, 1907 when Goethals assumed charge of the Canal project.
Fritz Marti, 84 years old and the oldest man on the Panama Canal
roll came down from his post in the Volcan for the Dedication Cere-
monies. Fritz has charge of rain recording stations in the Volcan area.
Several old timers had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with
Mary Pickford and her husband Buddy Rogers, when they met at an
unscheduled get-to-gether at the Tivoli. Mary and her husband found
time in their busy one day program on the Isthmus to meet and chat with
the old timers and their wives.
The only regrettable thing to happen in connection with the Dedica-
tion Ceremonies was the inability of several disappointed folks to make
the trip, due to the dock strike in New York. Many left their homes all
over the United States for the Port of New York only to find it was im-
possible to get transportation.
Lest We Forget
By direction of the President of the United States of America, the
Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement was awarded,
posthumously, to Major William P. Hunt for his distinguished service
and heroism while participating in an aerial flight over enemy held terr-
itory near Naechon, Korea, on June 21, 1952. Major Hunt voluntarily
piloted an unarmed observation aircraft to provide support and infor-
mation to friendly ground forces assaulting a strategic hill. Fully aware
of the odds against him, he continued to direct firepower until the mission
was successfully completed, but while covering the withdrawal of friendly
elements his airplane was hit by a projectile and crashed to the ground
mortally wounding him. Major Hunt's consummate devotion to duty re-
flects great credit on himself and upholds the highest traditions of the mili-
tary service. Just a few weeks before his death, Major Hunt had been given
a citation for meritorious service and had been awarded the Air Medal.
Presentation of the Distinguished Flying Cross posthumous Award
to the late Major William P. Hunt Jr. was made to his wife, Hattie A.
Hunt, in the Mayor's office in City Hall, St. Petersburg. Col. Hiram W.
Tarkington, Chief Florida Military District, made the award.
The Columbian Government sent a mission to St. Petersburg to bestow
the Republic of Columbias highest military decoration, the Iron Cross.
Col. Jaime. Polania Puyo, Commander of. the Columbian battalion in
Korea presented the Iron Cross to Mrs. William P. Hunt, widow of Major
Hunt, while Mayor Samuel Johnson and Dr. Indalecie Lievane looked on.
Col. Polania Puyo said, "My Government is highly honored to award this
decoration, posthumously, to Major Hunt who died heroically side by side
with Columbian soldiers in Korea."
Mrs. Hunt resides at 1726 18th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Her husband was the son of Col..and Mrs. William P. Hunt of 1627 18th
Avenue North, St. Petersburg.
* Major Hunt was born on the Canal Zone and attended Canal Zone
Schools. He was appointed to West Point by Gov. C. S. Ridley in 1940.
S Mutwul Benefit Association Please Note
Among the letters that come our way, mention has been made of
the fact that we never receive the monthly notices that we used to get.
Many feel we should continue, to get the cards with its news of the pass-
ing of members as well as a monthly reminder of our own standing.
Many feel we should also get an annual report. We can only pass this
along to our members and, if any are interested, a letter to the officers
of the association might get us some action.
A Warm Welcome
In recognition of Mr. Maurice Thatcher's Isthmian service, Governor
John S. Seybold extended a formal invitation for Mr. and Mrs. Thatcher
to visit the Isthmus as guests of the Canal Zone Government with partici-
pation by Mr. Thatcher in the formal ceremonies, dedicating the Goethals
Memorial. Former Congressman Thatcher of Kentucky, served for several
years as a member of the Isthmian Canal Commission and is the only
surviving member of that body..
i In addition to taking part in the formal Dedication exercises, the
Thatchers were overwhelmed with invitations of various affairs, many of
which they were obliged to forego for lack of time.
In the forenoon of Thursday, April 1st, the officers of the Panama
Canal West Indian Employees Association called, on Mr. Thatcher and
presented him with a beautifully printed' and well expressed letter scroll
of gratitude for his services in behalf of the West Indian Employees of the
Canal, for beneficial services rendered to them while he was Governor of
the Zone, and since, when he has assisted in obtaining retirement legisla-
tion and other benefits.
The same day the Thatchers were guests of honor of the entire town
of Arraijan and Mr. Thatcher returned to the town the lot which had
been given him 21 years ago. The Alcade accepted the lot and assured
the Thatchers it would. be made into a park, "Thatcher Park," a play-
ground for the children of the town. Mr. and Mrs. Thatcher pledged a
substantial contribution toward the cost of necessary playground equip-
ment for the Park.
During their visit, the Thatchers were prominently mentioned in the
news columns, editorials, and write-ups in the Isthmian press.
One editorial translated from the Estrella De Panama has this word
of welcome for the old timers and particularly Maurice H. Thatcher.
"To-day we want to convey a heartfelt greeting to the hundreds of for-
mer officials and employees of the Canal, who left our shores many
years ago to scatter in their own country and who, just a few days ago,
met again under Panamanian skies to pay tribute of homage to the builder
of the interoceanic canal.
Among them is Maurice H. Thatcher, who headed the Department
of Civil Administration in the early Canal days. He has returned to
Panama, where he is remembered and loved, to clasp friendly hands and
to receive spontaneous expressions of affection, which bespeak clearly
that our country has not forgotten his work as a "good neighbor" even
in the days when the "good neighbor policy" was something unknown.
And like Mr. Thatcher, there are hundreds of former employees of the
Canal back in Panama to whom we convey our most sincere greeting."
In Regard to Reunion Pictures
Copies of the pictures that have appeared in the Record may be ob-
tained by writing Mr. John Wilson, 36 Columbia Way, Davis Island,
Tampa 6, Florida. State which issue of the Record the picture appeared
in. The photos are 10 cents each.
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Heite of Massey, Maryland, send best wishes to
their many friends in Florida but did not give us any news of young Frank.
Mrs. Ethel Hodnett is now settled at 4602 Duplessis Street, New
Orleans, La. after a year and a half in Japan.
Corrine Spaulding of La Tuna, Texas, writes that her husband had
been in the hospital.
Mrs. Lulu M. Dewey of Glendale, California enjoyed the Record and
its news of old friends. Wilma Jean had returned from Germany where
she had been employed as a Librarian for the Army. She is now with the
Los Angeles Library system.
Andrew Meyer of Berkeley, California planned to attend the Dedi-
cation exercises, going by boat to Panama from Los Angeles. Hope he had
better luck than some of the folks who hoped to sail from New York.
May C. Webber reports a delightful trip to the West Coast where
she saw many old friends, the Lockwoods, Gilberts and Stillwells.
Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Ahlfont of Brooklyn,, N. Y. missed the reunion
as they had to attend the wedding of their granddaughter in Norfolk, Va.
They send regards to all their friends in the Panama Canal Society.
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Bartlett of Vancouver, Washington, had a visit
in Cleveland with her sister who was known on the Zone as Maude Whis-
ton. Mrs. Bartlett's, brother and his wife, the Albert Baileys of Philadel-
phia, Pa., were also in Cleveland.
Otis Pritchett of Hollywood, California says, "We enjoy the pictures
in the Record and it is a joy to see how well some of the people have
survived the ravages of time." Otis spent several years between 1909 and
1932 on the Isthmus.
Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Maas of San Antonio, Texas, reports a nice visit,
recently, with the Toones of Kerrville, Texas. Had also seen the Ed J.
Bradys who are new residents of San Antonio.
Louis Fourdher of Fairhaven, Mass. has been touring the country
all the way to the West Coast visiting old timers enroute. He sends best
regards to all friends in Florida.
Lea K. Dugan reports a wonderful time while the old timers were
on the Zone. She says most of them have not changed a bit.
Berta Hazzard of Altadena, California writes enthusiastically of their
life and home in California. Hopes to attend a Florida reunion some-
time. She reports that Fred Hunter and family are fine. Billy and wife
have a fine home within four blocks of them.
Capt. and Mrs. Charles D. Lillie have returned to Vermont after a
fine winter in Mexico. They like Vermont for the summer and: a warmer
clime for the winter.
Mrs. Lavinia C. Pierce and son Franklin, are now located in Bath,
Maine. They left the Zone on March 12 and will be in Bath for an
indefinite time. Mrs. Pierce recently lost her sister who had been ill for
William Valcke of El Cajun, California says he sure enjoys the
Record and appreciates the big black type the printer is using as it is
easy on the eyes of the oldsters.
Mrs. Kirsten Everson reports she is in good health and enjoying her
retirement in a small apartment in Gamboa. Her sons, John and Bernhard,
are still employed on the Zone. Son Louis is in Liverpool, N. Y. with
General Electric. Four grandsons on the Zone keep her busy.
Fred Lyons of Clearwater, Florida went to the Zone for' the Dedica-
tion ceremony. He reports having a wonderful time and sent us four new
Ralph Cutler of Mystic, Conn. writes as follows: "I received the
March copy of the Record this week. I wish to compliment all who had
a part in making up this interesting issue. I have read it from cover to
cover and will read it again."
Mrs. Frances Wickham of Middleton, N. Y. regrets the passing of
so many old timers as recorded in the Curtain Falls. The rest of the Record
she enjoys and hopes to continue to do so for many more years.
Fan and Jim Bradley have had a wonderful time on the Zone and
never miss a chance to boost the Sunshine City. They are also responsible
for some new members for the Panama Canal Society in Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Neumann of Kenosha, Wis. report a mild win-
ter but plenty of snow. They have been ill with colds and' arthritis.
Frank Miller writes his memories of early Canal days and of the
wooden sidewalks of Colon and of nights spent in an old warehouse that
was used one end for sleeping quarters and the other end for a morgue.
Florence Miller writes that she, as well as all the Stone family, are
well and enjoying Panama's lovely climate. The one thing no one can
tamper with. Sends regards to all friends.
Dr. G. R. Wright of Denver writes that Dr. Ben Kean was a recent
visitor in Denver so they had a get-to-gether of several ex-Zone physi-
cians. Dr. and Mrs. Lamont Whittier, Dr. and Mrs. Wm. Coppinger, Dr.
and Mrs. Peter Hock, Dr. and Mrs. Ivan Hicks, Jr., Dr. L. M. Fairchild,
and Dr. and Mrs. R. S. Henderson.
J. H. K. Humphrey of Bay City, Michigan, sends kindest regards
and best wishes to each and all.
Mr. and Mrs. E. K. Brown of Tacoma, Washington get a lot of en-
joyment from the Canal Record. They say, thanks to the Record, they heard
of the illness of their good friend, Herman Wulff. They are glad to hear
he is on the mend.
The Dave Howes have moved from Tampa to Miami. They made a
trip to the Zone to visit the children but had no desire to stay there for
an extended time. They report the old place is not the same.
Martin Fuller of Huntington, West Virginia, sends regards to all his
friends. He finds the names of many old friends in the Record.
Margaret Enright sends regards to all old friends from Hyannis,
Massachusetts. She is staying on the cape with her daughter. Jane and
family are in Los Angeles, California, she says.
Mrs. William H. Calloway of Magnolia Springs, Alabama writes that
Mr. Calloway suffered a stroke March 18th and is in the Veterans Hos-
pital at Biloxi, Miss. He is making a good fight and his courage is good.
He 'is determined that he will walk again. We are all pulling for him.
William W. Wright says the last Record was well received and he
enjoyed the "Wail of a Gal from the Zone." He knew Mrs. McFarland
years ago as Mae Wynne. Her little verse brought back oldi memories.
T. P. Mock, of Prairie Grove, Arkansas wishes to express his appre-
ciation for the Record and to those who make it possible.
Phil Lupfer of Sierra Madre, California writes that Fred Fitch is
still very ill but enjoys the Record and doesn't want to miss an issue. Mr.
and Mrs. Fitch reside at 837 Huntington Drive, Monrovia, California.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Miss Daisy Lee Alexander of Independence, Missouri became the
bride of William Franklin McIlhenny, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. F. McIlhenny,
of Diablo during a wedding ceremony on February 6 in Independence.
The bride is a graduate of the University of Missouri, and Mr. Mcllhenny
is a graduate of Rice Institute in Houston, Texas. He is presently em-
ployed as a development Engineer with Dow Chemical Co. in Freeport,
Texas, where they will make their home.
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Butler of Cambridge, New York and
New York City have announced the engagement of their daughter, Joan
Christine Butler, to Charles J. Husum, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward J.
Husum of the Canal Zone and formerly of Chicago, Illinois. Miss Butler
is a graduate of Cambridge Central High School and of St. Vincent's
Hospital School of Nursing in New York City. She is presently on the
staff of the St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, New York.
The former Miss Polly Ann Frazier of the Canal Zone, daughter of
Mrs. Sue Norfleet Frazier of Clarksville, Tenn., was married on February
14th in Donelson, Tenn. to Mr. Billy Ray South of Clarksville, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Bud South of Southside, Tenn. Mrs. South was graduated
from Balboa High School with the class of 1952.
Former Zonians Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Boynton of Morgan Hill, Cali-
fornia have announced the marriage of their daughter, Myrna E. Boynton,
to Mr. Harold Erickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Erickson of Salt Lake
City, Utah. The marriage took place on January 30th. Mrs. Erickson is
a graduate of Balboa High School. The couple will reside in Alameda,
Miss Marjorie Camp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Camp of
London, England, was married to Kenneth Paul Campbell, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Claude Campbell of Balboa during a double ring ceremony at
the Mayfair Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March
the 13th. The couple will reside in Philadelphia.
Mr. Leslie E. Wilkinson, formerly of the Canal Zone and now of San
Antonio, Texas, was married to Mrs. David G. Sampson, nee Louise Sulli-
van, of Lisbon, North Dakota, and formerly of the Canal Zone, on March
13th in the First Presbyterian Church in Donna, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Peel of Bentonville and Little Rock, Arkansas,
announce the engagement of their daughter, Barbara, to Raymond Newell
Shaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. N. Shaw of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Miss
Peel is a graduate of William Woods College and now attends the Univer-
sity where she is a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Mr. Shaw is a
graduate of Canal Zone Junior College and also attends the University
where he is affiliated with Acacia fraternity. A June wedding is planned.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Johnson, of Margarita, announce the birth of
a son on Tuesday, February 9th, at the Colon Hospital. The baby has
been named William Lawrence. Mrs. Johnson is the former Miss Barbara
Gillick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gillick of Nutley, N. J., form-
erly of Brazos Heights. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David
E. Fogle of Fort Gulick.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lessiack of Balboa announce the birth of a son,
John Keith, February3, in Gorgas Hospital. It is their third child. Mr.
Lessiack is an employee of the Budget Staff of Panama Canal Co. The
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Austin Yoder of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eugene Collins of St. Louis, Mo., announce
the birth of a son at Colon Hospital on Saturday, February 6th. The baby
has been named for his father. Mrs. Collins is the former Miss Andrea
Lee Whitlock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Whitlock of Margarita.
The infant is the great grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Brown, form-
erly of Gamboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Hansen announce the birth of a daughter,
Debbie Louise, on February 7th in Seattle, Washington. Mrs. Hansen is
the former Miss Peggy Ann Veney.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Renz of Newark, New Jersey announce the birth
of their second child, a daughter, Viki Ellen Renz, on February 8th. The
paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Renz, formerly of Gam-
boa and now of Fairhope, Alabama.
Lt. and Mrs. Robert L. Simpson of Presque Isle, Maine, announce the
birth of their second child, a daughter, Deborah Jean Simpson, on March
5th. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sylvester of Balboa,
and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W. Lewis Simpson of Las
Attorney William J. Sheridan, Jr., and Mrs. Sheridan, announce the
arrival at Gorgas Hospital of their sixth child, a daughter named Sharon
Martha. The Sheridan family resides in Ancon.
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Ridge of Havea Place, Margarita, announce
the birth of a daughter on February 27 at Colon Hospital. The baby has
been named Susan Jean. Mrs. Ridge is the former Miss Dorothy Sanders
of Allentown, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. John E. Ridge of Trenton, N. J. are the
Mr. and Mrs. James Coffey, former residents of the Canal Zone, and
now of St. Bonaventure, New York, announce the birth of their third
son, Paul Coffey, on March 28th.
Mr. and Mrs. William G. Wood of Ford, Washington, announce the
birth of their third son, Richard William, born on March 3rd. Mrs. Wood
is the former Jeanne Abrams. Mr. Wood is the son of the Ernest L.
Woods of 924-30th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Anita Louise Lynch was born April 15th in Santa Monica, California.
Her mother is Helen Fuller Lynch who is the daughter of Mrs. Ida Ruth
Hammer Fuller of Diablo Heights, C. Z. The great grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. H. H. Hammer of Los Angeles, California.
Francis W. Feeney, Laboratory-34 years, 6 months, 6 days.
William C. Fritz, Contract Division-16 years, 7 months, 29 days.
Louis Pincus, Navigation Division-20 years, 7 months, 15 days.
Berney J. Robinson, Terminals Division-41 years, 9 months, 1 day.
Herman H. Burkle, Industrial Division-23 years, 6 months, 22 days.
George H. Cassell, Housing Office-41 years, 8 months, 26 days.
George H. Byrne, Electrical Division-37 years, 9 months, 19 days.
Mathew Day, Electrical Division-12 years, 1 month, 10 days.
Bessie Dugan, Head Nurse-19 years, 11 months, 28 days.
Robert W. Erickson, Transportation Div.-34 years, 5 months, 24 days.
Catherine W. Fisher, Communications Branch-6 years, 1 month, 11 days.
Bernard J. McDaid, Storehouse Division-27 years, 6 months, 2 days.
James C. McCauley, Industrial Division-13 years, 3 months, 12 days.
Alice W. Patten, Cost Acountants Branch-10 years, 6 months, 18 days.
Vincent G. Raymond, Industrial Division-34 years, 5 months, 22 days.
Earl E. Trout, Supply Bureau-27 years, 1 month, 27 days.
John W. Whittridge, Dredging Division-17 years, 2 months, 12 days.
Robert A. Wilford, Railroad Division-26 years, 6 months, 6 days.
Mr. Charles Wiggins has been ill at his home 1725 28th St. No.,
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Fred Downing was critically injured in an airplane accident recently,
at San Diego, California. Fred is a flying instructor and is the nephew
of Otto Marstrand. Last reports have Fred improving, slowly.
Mrs. C. D. Hummer of St. Petersburg, had a bad fall and really
got banged up. However, she is doing well according to last reports.
Mrs. Ruby Baker has been quite ill at the home of her daughter, at
138 South Harvey, Oak Park, Ill.
Joe Sampsell is not completely well after an operation. He has had
quite a time of it. Hopes to be feeling better by Spring.
Mr. A. G. Dunham reports that Mrs. George B. Halloran has been
ill in Miami, Florida.
Mr. B. L. Cooper had a serious operation on Feb. 23, at St. Joseph's
Hospital in Tampa. According to recent reports he is doing very nicely.
Charles S. Boyer was in the V. A. H. Hospital at Lake City, Florida
from Oct. 14th to March 2nd. He is now at home in Ocala, Florida.
Mr. Charles H. Beetham, Past President of our Society and present
Chaplain, underwent surgery at the Tampa Municipal Hospital on April
Mrs Martin Svenson, wife of Capt. Martin Svenson of Hudson, N. Y.,
has been quite ill for some time. Our last report is that Mrs. Svenson
is at home and on the mend.
Miss Jessie Murdock, after taking care of the sick for many years,
is now on the receiving end. Miss Murdock fell at her hotel and broke
her leg and at present is a patient in Mound Park Hospital.
Mr. Fred Spiegel, of Attica, N. Y. has been ill at his home for several
months. He is still quite ill.
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Word has been received of the death of Chauncey E. Knight, retired
Panama Canal employee, on February 22nd, in Gresham, Oregon. Mr.
Knight was employed during the Panama Canal Construction period and
lived in the Canal Zone until his retirement in December, 1948. He was
employed as leadingman planing mill hand in the Mechanical Division
at the time of his retirement. He is survived by his wife.
Walter M. Rader, a member of a well-known Canal Zone family,
and resident of the Isthmus for the past 35 years, died suddenly while
on duty at Pedro Miguel Locks. He was 40 years old. Born in Wheeling,
West Virginia, Mr. Rader came to the Isthmus when he was five years old.
He attended the Canal Zone schools and has been employed with the
Canal organization since 1931. Most of his service has been with the
Locks Division and the Dredging Division. He is survived by his wife,
Mrs. Vivian D. Rader of Ancon; his mother, Mrs. W. F. Morningweg of
Corozol; and two sisters, Mrs. James Marshall and Mrs. J. K. Campbell
Mrs. August W. Spittler passed away on March 22 at Walter Reed
Hospital. She was the former Louise Woolard, a government nurse in
Panama before her marriage in 1929. She is survived by her husband,
Mr. August W. Spitler; her mother, Mrs. R. W. Lucas; and three broth-
ers, Ernest Woolard of Oyster Bay, Long Island, N. Y.; Bruce Woolard,
Hartford, Conn.; and Richard Lucas, Havelock, N. C.
William J. Allen, 83 years old, died at Gorgas Hospital on March
28th. A native of Gananoque, Ontario, Mr. Allen was a naturalized
American citizen. He came to the Canal Zone in October 1908 and was
employed as a painter in the Mechanical Division. He retired in Novem-
ber 1932. He is survived by two sons, Walter J. and William B., both of
Balboa, and by four daughters, Mrs. C. F. Magee of Balboa; Mrs. J. E.
Steiner, also of Balboa; Mrs. Margaret Peppy of New York City; and
Mrs. Edna Slusher of Apalachicola, Florida.
Richard D. Moore, 54 years old, and a well known Panama Canal
employee for many years, died in Arlington, Virginia on March 29th.
He was employed in the Department of Defense at the time of his death.
Mr. Moore, a native of New York City, was employed in the Canal organ-
ization for more than 20 years before his resignation in 1943 to return
to the States. At the time he left the service he was Chief of Records
Bureau. He is survived by a wife, Mary Hearn Moore, and two daughters;
Mrs. Robert Keesey of Oberlin, Ohio and Miss Marguerite Moore, now
a student at Oberlin College, and a granddaughter, Kathleen Keesey.
News of the death on March 9th in St. George, S. C. of Henry Allen
Westendorff, well known retired Canal employee, has been received. He
was 77 years old. He came to the Canal Zone in November 1912. He
worked continuously with the Isthmian Canal Commission until the new
organization was formed, transferred to the permanent Canal organiza-
tion and served without a break as foreman painter in the Mechanical
Division. He is survived by his wife, Lottie Mae; a daughter, Mrs. F. L.
Norsworthy of Cocoa, Florida; one son, James W.; two grandchildren
and a number of nieces and nephews.
C. R. Lingo, 74 years old, died on January 8th in Christ Hospital,
Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a locomotive engineer on the Central Division
during construction days.
Grover Cleveland Lowe died on December 19th, 1953, in Los Angeles,
California. He was a conductor in the Transportation Department and
worked on the Central Division during the construction of the Canal.
Mrs. Nina A. Pickett, retired employee of the Panama Canal, died
in Gorgas Hospital. She was 74 years old. A native of Bennington, Ind.,
she had worked for nearly sixteen years with the Commissary Division.
Surviving her is a daughter, Mrs. Roy Perkins, of Cristobal. Mrs. Pickett
resided in the Tivoli Guest House.
Mrs. Frances Gabrielle Dawson, a clerk in the Administrative Branch
at Balboa Heights and a member of one of the most widely known
families in the Canal Zone, died in the Veterans Administration Hospital
in Buffalo, N. Y. Mrs. Dawson, age 55, had been in the hospital for
three weeks. She came to the Isthmus in 1907 with her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. J. E. Butler. She attended the Canal Zone schools and graduated
from Balboa High Cchool with the class of 1916. Surviving are three
sons, Lt. Michael J. Dawson, who is on duty with the Air Force in Port-
land, Oregon; Herbert C. Dawson, a student at the Merchant Marine
Academy at Kingspoint, N. Y.; and William Henry Dawson, who is now
attending the Colorado Scool of Mines. Also surviving are four sisters;
Mrs. Aileen Flynn of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Mrs. A. W. Goulet of Balboa;
Mrs. Margaret McCormack of Orlando, Florida; and Mrs. James J. Galla-
gher of Buffalo, N. Y.
Capt. Thomas W. Treakle died on January 13th at his home in Nor-
folk, Virginia. He was 58 years old. Capt. Treakle left the Zone in 1925
after being stationed in Cristobal on the tug "Tavanilla". He was a
veteran of the first World War. The last few years he was Chief Pilot
at the Portsmouth Navy yard in Virginia. He has been in poor health
for fifteen years but worked up to the time of his death.
News has been received of the death of Archie Wright French, Sr.
in Santa Ana, California, during the month of March. He was 72 years
old. Survivors include his wife, Celia, of Santa Ana; four sons, Archie
W. French Jr. of Balboa; John C. French of Hampton, Va.; Robert V.
French of Dallas, Texas; and William R. French of Santa Ana, California.
One daughter, Mrs. Zona D. Lang of State College, Pa.; three brothers
and one sister, and eleven grandchildren.
Mrs. Selma Breneman, widow of W. O. Breneman, Panama Railroad
conductor, died on March 22nd after a long illness at her home in Coral
Gables, Florida. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Reese and
Mrs. Laura Breneman Mohr.
George William Martin, 69, of Bradenton, Florida, died on March
30th. He was a retired executive of the Standard Oil Company, having
served about 27 years. He left the Canal Zone in 1915. He is survived
by his wife, Mrs. Mary Martin; a daughter, Mrs. Charles A. Bay; two
sisters, Mrs. Bessie Swisher of Hamilton, Montana and Mrs. Lucy A. King
of San Diego, California; and two grandchildren.
Arthur J. Hauser, age 48, died in Colon Hospital on March 24th.
He was employed as a locks security guard at Gatun locks. He was taken
ill while at work and died a few hours later. He is survived by one
brother, three sisters and his father.
Alban G. Snyder, former United States Consul General to Panama,
died in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 28th. Mr. Snyder was sta-
tioned in Panama for eight years, and was well known there. He retired
in 1946 and made his home in Florida. Surviving are two daughters;
Miss Jane Snyder of St. Petersburg Beach, and Evelyn of Washington,
D. C.; two brothers, Admiral C. P. Snyder of Washington, D. C. and
Harry Snyder of Charleston, W. Va.
News has been received from Panama of the death of Mrs. Adelyn
H. Taylor, who died in Panama Hospital. She 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 at Ancon, Cristobal and Balboa for several years before
his retirement in 1946. Mrs. Taylor was 66 years old. In addition to her
husband, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. M. L. Preston of Combes,
Texas, and Mrs. Henry C. Geddie of Canton, Texas.
News of the death of Miss Isabella Dodds, a former principal of
Cristobal High School, on January 22nd, in New Jersey has been received.
Burial took place in Minnesota.
Mrs. Katherine S. Brown, wife of Earle Brown, former supervisor
of retail stores, Commissary Division, died on March 16th at the Ochsner
Clinic in New Orleans where she had been undergoing treatment. She
was 53 years old. Mrs. Brown was the former Katherine Schuler and
before her marriage was employed as a nurse at Colon Hospital. Up to
the time she left the Isthmus, Mrs. Brown was a substitute nurse in Colon
Hospital. She is survived by her husband and a sister, Mrs. Edwin V.
Russell of Rome, N. Y. Since retiring, Mr. and Mrs. Brown have been
making their home in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mike Refcofski, well known member of the Cristobal Police Force,
who retired from Canal service in 1940, died in Miami, Florida, March
5th. He was 75 years old. He is survived by his wife and two children,
Veronica and Anthony.
Retired Rear Admiral John Downes, former Marine Superintendent
for the Panama Canal, died in Chicago recently. He was 74 years old.
Adm. Downes was stationed on the Isthmus from 1926 to 1928, during
which time he held the rank of Captain. He is survived by his wife and
two children, William B. Downes and Mrs. Philip W. Mothersill.
Leon Verne Lattimore, a retired Panama Canal employee, was in-
stantly killed in a traffic accident on the National Highway near the
Cerro Campana curve. He was 60 years old. Mr. Lattimore was driving
in a station wagon toward his home in Santa Clara when it was hit by
a truck coming in the opposite direction.
Samuel A. Genduse was killed when the automobile he was driving
on the Boyd-Roosevelt Highway ran off the road and crashed into the
bridge over Madden Road. Mr. Genduse had been employed by the Pan-
ama Canal since 1941 as a motion picture operator in the clubhouses. He
was employed in clubhouse theaters in Pedro Miguel, Ancon and recently
in Balboa. Mr. Gendue was single and is survived by a sister, Mrs. Carmel
Luciano of Trenton, N. J.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Anna Frost in Unity
Hospital, Brooklyn, N. Y. Mrs. Frost is survived by her husband, Capt.
Dick Frost, former Marine Division Tow Boat Master.
Joseph McCormick, retired Panama Canal Railroad conductor, died
in Gorgas Hospital. He was 80 years old. Mr. McCormick had been em-
ployed as conductor since 1906, except for a period of two years. He
retired in 1936. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Maria Jackson McCor-
mick, a son George, and a daughter, Maria, with whom he resided, a
brother and one sister.
Mrs. Donald Baker, well known resident of Balboa, died on April
15, a few hours after entering Gorgas Hospital. She was the widow of
Donald Baker, Panama businessman who died in 1939. She had been
making her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Maenner
B. Huff, of Balboa. Mrs. Baker was a member of the Canal Zone College
Club and a very active parishioner of St. Luke's. She also was a charter
member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and state president
of the Children of the American Revolution. She is survived, in addi-
tion to Mrs. Huff, by another daughter, Mrs. Harrison Hampel, of Phila-
delphia, and four grandchildren.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Chester in
Castine, Maine, on January 1st, 1954. She died of a heart attack.
Mr. E. A. (Dick) Melms died on December 18th of a heart attack
in the Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Mrs. Sadie Bohan, wife of former Canal employee Grover E. Bohan,
and long time resident of the Canal Zone, died recently at her home in
Jonesboro, Arkansas. She was 69 years old. Mrs. Bohan left Panama
in 1951 following the retirement of her husband. She is survived.by her
husband and two daughters, Ruth and Ann Elaine.
Notice has been received of the death of Mrs. J. B. Fields in Browns-
ville, Texas. Mrs. Fields, who was 79 years old, died after a long illness.
She resided on the Isthmus from 1906 to 1934 during which time her
late husband was construction, quartermaster for the Panama Canal. She
is survived by a son, J. B. Fields, maintenance inspector of the Canal's
Housing Division, another son, Frank, of Venezuela, and a daughter, Mrs.
Mary Glenn Deming of Houston, Texas.
George F. Novey, head of one of Panama's leading contracting firms,
died recently at his home in Panama City. He was 66 years old. He is
survived by his wife, Mrs. Amalia Garrido de Novey, three sons, George,
Jr., Richard and Robert; a daughter, Mrs. Yvonne Novey de Bennett,
and a number of grandchildren.
Frederic A. Olsson, who made his home with his son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Chase of Ancon, died at Gorgas Hospital.
He was 84 years old.
Samuel Nelson died in Gorgas Hospital on April 16th. He was 58
years old and had been ill for several months. He is survived by his wife,
Lucille, and four children; Lillian, Mrs. Ruby Scarlett, Vernal and
"May the Giver of Gifts give unto you
That which is good that which is true,
The will and the courage to do,
A heart that can sing the whole day thru
Whether the skies be gray or blue;
May the Giver of Gifts give these to you."
ISTHMIAN NEWS REEL
An executive order of the Secretary of the Army, Robert T. Stevens,
has been published in the Federal Register directing Governor Seybold
to collect hospitalization and medical fees from Canal Zone employees
and their families. Publication in the Register places the order formally
Public Works Minister, Inocensio Galindo, af Panama, revealed that
the Panama Government has no plans at present for housing local rate
workers for whom C. Z. housing will eventually be almost entirely elim-
An old familiar landmark will disappear when Sosa Hill signal
station is abandoned.
Tie name Panama Canal Clubhouse has become a thing of the past.
They are now known as Service Centers. The change did not involve any
change in personnel.
Bids for the sale and demolition of all the buildings in Red Tank
have been advertised by the Panama Canal Co. As a result, Red Tank
will disappear from the Canal Zone map in about four months.
The Margarita Hospital and the Gamboa Clubhouse are two well
known buildings included in a list of twenty which are to be demolished.
Colon businessmen and land holders are voicing vigorous protest
against the Canal's recently announced move of housing local raters in
the New Cristobal area. Their objections are based on the contention that
their property values in the New Cristobal area will decline if those
houses are occupied and turned into what they term a tenement district.
The Pedro Miguel Locks area will be closed to the general public
and visiting hours at Miraflores and Gatun Locks will be changed. It is
expected the change will allow the locks security guard to operate with
A plan is afoot to place Ancon, Diablo, and Balboa Heights post offices
on a "mail disbursal" basis at the same time curtailing the window service
to four hours a day in Pedro Miguel and Gamboa. Sale of stamps, money
orders and postal savings certificates will be transferred to Balboa.
Some Zonians with alien dependents will be watching the Senate's
action when Bill H. R. 8300 comes up for consideration. The bill intro-
duces a clause which would permit taxpayers residing in the Zone and
Panama, to claim their non-U. S. citizens dependents as exemptions.
Mexico and Canada are also included in the Bill.
A new coffee shop has been opened at the Tivoli. The opening of
the new coffee shop is for the convenience of residents of the Ancon area
because of the closing of the Ancon Clubhouse. Arrangements have been
made to serve meals for school children who have been having their mid-
day lunches at the Clubhouse.
It has been announced that the operation of the foundry at Balboa
Shops will be discontinued because of continued slackening of work.
Consolidation of the cold storage plant at Mt. Hope with Army
facilities in Corozol has been announced by Gov. Seybold and Lt. Gen.
McBride. The consolidation will make possible a more economical and
efficient operation and will avoid expensive rehabilitation of the Mt. Hope
Plant which was built in 1919.
Operation of the big suction dredge "Mindi" will be reduced from
two to one shift a day the latter part of this fiscal year. The elimination
of one shift will effect seven U. S. rate employees and twenty-five local
rate employees. Some may elect retirement and an effort will be made
to place others in jobs elsewhere in the Canal organization.
A matter of concern to all Canal employees was settled with the
announcement that a physician will accompany all ambulance calls unless
the person requesting ambulance service indicates a physician is not
591 ocean going commercial vessels of 300 tons or more, transited
the Canal during February according to figures released at Balboa
Heights. In addition to the 591 commercial ships, 41 large government
vessels made the transit.
So called cash relief annuitants will receive an increase of payment
effective on their February annuities. Nearly half of the 3900 annuitants
had more than 25 years service and thus will receive $20 more a month
According to Wendell K. Lindsey, Internal Revenue agent for the
Canal Zone, interest accrued on Postal Savings certificates in the Canal
Zone post offices is not taxable. Those who have declared and paid taxes
on this interest may now file claim for this money for as far back as 1951.
The amended return or claim may be sent to the Canal Zone office or the
one in Jacksonville, Florida. A separate return must be made out for
Senator William F. Knowland has indicated that he may introduce
a bill to force the consolidation of hospital facilities on the Canal Zone.
He said the Army has been studying the consolidation of Zone hospitals
since the end of the war and added, "It seems to me that seven years study
is enough." Senator Allen J. Ellender said he would support such a bill
to force consolidation but felt they will find some way to do it if we
just cut off the money.
Senator Allen J. Ellender, on an inspection visit to the Canal Zone,
told a group of newsmen of Panama dailies, that he favored more jobs
for Panamanians and more consumption of Panama made products. "We
ought to do everything, within reason, in helping out Panamanians, but
it 'has got to be mutual," Ellender said.
The controversy over the Booze, Allen, and Hamilton wage survey
report continues to boil. Most Zonians were incensed at the action of the
House Appropriations Committee when they lashed out at the findings of
the Booze, Allen and Hamilton report. Some of the employees termed
the Committee's reaction a "sickening spectacle." Governor Seybold told
the Committee that morale of U. S. employees in the Canal Zone must
be sustained if efficiency is to be preserved and real economies affected.
Governor Seybold assured the Committee that, contrary to some state-
ments he had heard, there are no employees in the Canal Zone who are
living a lush life. It is a very mediocre average life. There are no high
spots in it.
Governor Seybold's testimony assuaged many Zonians feelings and
Labor and Civic groups applauded his statements.
Rep. Francis E. Dorn told the Committee that Canal Zone employees
are definitely entitled to a 25 percent differential and he taxed the Com-
mittee members for singling out "a small extract" of the Booze, Allen
and Hamilton report for criticism. Rep. Dorn told the Committee that
Booze, Allen, and Hamilton had made an extensive survey of conditions
in the Canal Zone and their conclusions are the same as those he arrived
at as a result of a recent visit to the Panama Canal.
Howard Munro, legislative representative of the Central Labor Union,
testified before the Committee in support of the findings of the Booze,
Allen and Hamilton survey.
Lavern R. Dilweg, legal representative of the U. S. Citizens Asso-
ciation, was also slated to appear before the Committee.
Across the line in Panama, officers of local 900 CCEOC-CIO view
with alarm recent local developments affecting the Unions members;
such as, the discontinuance of some of the services now furnished local
rate employes and the possible discontinuance of local rate housing.
Governor Seybold recently testified before the Congressional Committees
that the Canal Zone Government is endeavoring to speed up the removal
of the employees from the Canal Zone housing to the Republic of Panama
in accord with Congressional suggestion. He further testified that the
Zone economy program is being hindered by an acute shortage of hous-
ing within the Republic.
Local' 900 officers, in executive session, recommended that C. I. O.
Director, Lloyd P. Vaughn, go to Washington to confer with National
C.I.O. officials and members of Congress on these matters.
Lloyd Vaughn, Director of Locall 900 C.I.O., at a meeting held at
the Mr. Hope Stadium, said that an overall survey of living conditions
of Local Raters, both on and off the Canal Zone, will be undertaken dur-
ing April. "We contend," said Vaughn, "that these people are underpaid
and cannot maintain a decent standard of living." He said the overwhelm-
ing majority of local raters are in the lower brackets and that the gap
between U. S. Rate and Local Rate pay has greatly widened throughout
the years. He added, "We feel justified in trying to close the gap."
Cecilia Remon, wife of the Panamanian President and delegate to
the Inter-American conference, accused the U. S. of exercising "lament-
able discrimination" against the Panamanian people in the Canal Zone.
The delegate explained that this discrimination was found in differences
in salaries and other benefits which are prejudicial to her people and
thereby constitute a "lamentable reality" and furnish a "fertile field for
the poisoning of our people with Red propaganda." Mrs. Remon was
speaking to the delegates to the Inter-American Conference at Caracas,
Venezuela on March 9th.
Mrs. Frances Longmore, President of the United States Citizens Asso-
ciation, who has returned to the Zone from Washington, reports that the
outlook for Zone employees has never seemed brighter. She said that
Canal workers are finally getting their full story across to Congress. "The
pendulum has stopped swinging against us," she said. According to Mrs.
Longmore, the employees must stay organized and keep representatives
Some 350 local rate jobs will be open at Albrook Air Base on April
first. Operation Native Son, as it is called, aims to save personnel and
dollars. Eventually, more than 35,000 airmen, serving at overseas stations
will be replaced by local civilians under the man power saving plan.
Maurice H. Thatcher has announced the appointment of Dr. Carl
Johnson, pathologist at the Board of Health Laboratory in Ancon, as
Director of the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory in Panama City. Maurice
Thatcher is Vice-President and general council for the Gorgas Memorial
Institute of Tropical and Preventative Medicine, which has supervision
of the Laboratory. Mr. Thatcher was on the Zone for the Dedication
Ceremonies and made the announcement before he left to return to Wash-
ington. Dr. Johnson succeeds Dr. Clark who will retire July 1st.
Sidney Hayes and H. J. Toland came up with a tie in the annual
Canal Zone Police Pistol shoot. Hayes was the winner because his score
was higher on the bullseye range. One point behind the winner was
Robert Engelke, a Balboa policeman.
The Administration has asked Congress for legislation which would
have the effect of boosting Panama Canal payments to the United States
Treasury by several million dollars a year. If the bill becomes a law, a
boost in Canal toll rates is virtually inevitable, informed sources said.
Rep. William E. Hess charges that Peter H. Beasley switched sides
when he took employment with the Panamanian Government. Beasley was
in full possession of the United States Governments position in his offi-
cial capacity, according to Hess. Beasley left in October and is now
employed by the Government of Panama on the same subject matter.
Contractors have begun work on a culvert designed to divert Bal-
boa Heights drainage away from Barnaby and Carr streets. The present
drainage often floods the lower end of Balboa Flats during heavy rains.
The new culvert will empty into the Curundu culvert and on into the
The Comptroller General of the United States has ruled that expend-
itures of the Canal Zone funds in connection with Boy and Girl Scout
activities are not authorized and such programs must be discontinued. As
a result, four full time Canal Zone Scout executives will get reduction of
force notices to become effective on June 30th. Two other part time
clerical jobs are also being abolished.
The new Tocumen Air Terminal was dedicated April 20th with
appropriate ceremonies. President Remon cut a red, white, and blue rib-
bon on the runway side of the terminal. After speeches of dedication, the
little daughter of Marco A. Gelebart unveiled a bronze bust to the memory
of her father who pioneered modern aviation in Panama and had a large
hand in bringing Tocumen to reality.
Serious danger exists that the Panama Canal will be blocked to traf-
fic indefinitely because of a rapidly deepening crack in Contractors Hill,
which is threatening to give way and slide into Galliard Cut. An informed
source said, "It could happen in ten minutes or ten years."
If the hill should give way, and the approaching rainy season greatly
increases the threat, there is no telling how long traffic through the Canal
would be blocked.
Maintenance, Engineering and Dredging employees are working fever-
ishly to speed up plans for averting the disaster. The two dipper dredges,
a drill boat and two giant cranes, Hercules and Ajaz, are being over-
hauled and whipped into shape for the impending big battle.
Not long ago the crack at Construction Hill was narrow and one
could step across it. Now it has widened so that it is impossible to jump
across it. It is estimated that the crack goes down 600 feet.
FROM VARIOUS PANAMA CANAL SOCIETIES
Panama Canal Ditch Diggers of South Florida
Our organization held a splendid picnic on Easter Sunday, April the
18th, at Matheson Hammock, one of our Dade County Parks
At this meeting the following officers were elected for the ensuing
year: Mr. Gerald D. Bliss, President; Mr. George E. Hamilton, Sr., Vice-
President; Mr. A. G. Dunham, Secretary-Treasurer.
For the balance of the year we will hold picnics at Matheson Ham-
mock on the following dates: Sunday,, June the 20th; August the 15th;
and October the 17th.
Mr. H. Y. Andrews, our former President, recently opened up an
optical service establishment at 137 Northeast 2nd Street, Miami.
A G. Dunham, Secretary
News from Orlando
Right now your Representative is feeling pretty bum and has been
under the weather for more than two weeks with a right kidney that is
acting up. Feel better today.
Ed Spearman and Tom Coleman were over the other day and both
seem to be coming along O. K. Tom was on his way to Hendersonville
to see about a contract.
Louis A. Stilson has been named Recorder for the prospective Shrine
Temple to be established in Orlando. He will make a good one.
Mrs. Myra L. Wilhite (mother of R. L.) celebrated her 91st birth-
day March 28, with a dinner at Mrs. Nadie Hawkins home on Lake Weir,
in Marion County. Nadine is our Cousin.
Captain Jack and Helen Miller drove over the other day in their
New 1954 four door Lincoln Sedan. I don't know which is the prettiest,
the young Bull Dog or the car.
Johnnie and Elsie Claybourn called on us while they were in Orlando
getting their car and household goods out of storage and ready for ship-
ment to their new home in Ann Arbor, Mich. They live within a few blocks
of Henry and Kathleen Crieser. They both looked wonderful and we
enjoyed their visit so much.
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Patterson of Hendersonville were the house
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sibus of Alamonte Springs, Fla. They
seemed to like Central Florida, especially where Si. lives.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew MacDonald of The Chase National Bank of
N. Y., has been transferred to Puerto Rico. Mrs. MacDonald is the for-
mer Judy Mohr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Mohr of Orlando. They
will leave N. Y. April 30 and after a visit in Detroit, Mac will proceed to
Puerto Rico and Judy will stay with Mama and Papa Mohr until he
gets a home established. The Mohrs spent a week with his sister Mrs.
Gertrude Howes of Jacksonville.
My good friend G. Edgar Murphy learned of my illness and came
over pronto to see if there was anything he could do for me. Thanks
Edgar. He and Mrs. Murphy were shopping in Mt. Dora, Fla. when she
stepped off a curb and strained her ankle. She was lucky-it could have
been very serious.
The former Lieutenant-Governor of the Panama Canal, Brig. Gen-
eral Charles G. Holle and Mrs. Holle spent two days in Orlando, Florida,
during May visiting Major and Mrs. A. O. Meyer. During their stay they
called on the William A. Stevensons and Alfred H. Mohrs. General Holle
is in charge of the U. S. Army, engineers of the Seventh District which
extends from Charleston, S. C. to and including Puerto Rico and Panama.
Allan, youngestson of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Erbe of Orlando, recently
completed his pre-flight training at the Lackland Air Force Base, San
Antonio, Texas, and is now stationed at Spense Air Base, Moultrie,
Georgia, for more advanced training.
Bill arid Agnes Stevenson have been flying from Miami to Panama
almost as often as I go to the Super Market. There is a lot of difference be-
tween buying a head of lettuce and!having a pocket of "Folding Lettuce."
Know they must have had a: wonderful time.
At .this writing, most of the Gang here in Orlando are feeling fine
and hope they continue that way.
R. L. Wilhite
Panama Canal Society of St. Petersburg
Approximately 100 members were gathered at the Tourist Center for
the Society's regular meeting, March 8, 1954
Meeting was called to order at 2:20 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 Mr. Lee Burns; Chaplin Beetham being
Mrs. Bessie Lyons welcomed out-of-town members and visitors;
among them,were -
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Quinn, of New Jersey
Mrs. Eugene Franklin, of Kentucky
Mr. Lew Klein
Miss Ida Murphy (Cousin of Mrs. Fred Gruenwald)
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall P. Benninger, of Lima, Ohio
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Eckert
Mrs. Helen Carpenter Smith
Secretary-Treasurer read many letters and made several announce-.
ments of interest to the Society; among them -
Illness of Mr. Wiggins, Mr. Boyer, of Ocala, Mr. Lester Campbell,
of Tampa, and Mrs. Geo. B. Halloran, of Miami. Mr. Fred Downing
suffered injuries in an air-plane accident, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Logsdon, of
Balboa, C. Z. were seriously injured in an automobile accident while
crossing the Isthmus, and Mrs. C. D. Hummer suffered a bad fall. Also,
announced the demise of Miss J. Isabelle Dodd, schoolteacher, of Cristo-
bal, C. Z., Mr. Frank Mauldin of Balboa, C. Z., and Mr. Knight of Oregon.
Approximately 90 members were gathered at the Tourist -Center
for the Society's regular meeting, April 12, 1954
Meeting was called to order at 2:15 P. M. by President Charles
G. Calvit, who requested all to rise and sing one verse of "America". Mrs.
Stutzmann accompanied on the piano.
Invocation was offered by Mr. Lee Burns chaplain Charles
Beetham being absent.
Out of town members and visitors were welcomed; among them-
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Seagrave, from Gatun, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Wilkerson, from the Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Quinn, from New Jersey ..
S Mr. Harry Cunningham, from Connecticut
Secretary-Treasurer read many letters;and made several announce-
ments of interest to the Society; the demise of Mrs. Brennerman, Mrs.
Elizabeth Chester, Mrs. A. W. Spitler, Mrs. Nina A. Pickett, Mrs. Gabriella
Butler Dawson, Mrs. Anna Frost, Mr. E. A. Melms, Mr. Arthur Houser,
Mr. Geo. W. Martin, Mr. Archie W. French and Mr. Henry Westendorff.
On the sick list: Miss Murdock (Mound Park), Mrs. Bess Heath (Mem-
orial Hospital), Mr. Charles Beetham (Tampa) and Mr. George Dolan
Read letter from Senator Smathers relative our letter to deprive Alger
Hiss of any annuity; receipt of this letter was delayed in transit.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
Panama Canal Society of New York
Nothing new to report from the New York Society, other than that
the Annual Reunion Dinner will be held on the evening of May 1st at
the National Republican Club, New York City. Major Roy W. Hebard,
President, will preside and Mr. George M. Wells will be the principal
speaker. We anticipate some interesting reports from the Old-Timers who
visited the Canal Zone for the Goethals Meinorial Dedication.
With Best wishes, sincerely,
John J. Fitzpatrick, Secretary-Treasurer
This annual Reunion Dinner was the thirtieth for the New York
Society of the Panama Canal.
Please accept our hearty congratulations.
Panama Canal Society of Washington, D. C.
Martin Seilter reports no news from the Washington group. The
Society will hold its annual dinner and election at noon, May 15th. They
expect the same officers to be elected for the coming year.
News from the Panama Canal Society
of Northwest Arkansas
After a mild winter with only one decent snowfall (the day of our
annual dinner), Spring is here in all its beauty of flowers, delicate green
of new leaves and signs of renewed life in man and beast. It was such a
joy to drive through the countryside on our recent newsgathering trip and
later in this report I'll tell you why.
First stop--Springdale and the Mathues--not home but the lawn
was lovely with tulips. I know that Bill and Carrie are busy scattering
seeds of kindness, flowers and pussy willows. Found Edith and Bea
Minnix glad to be home from another trip to see Virginia M. Runnel and
family in Magee, Miss. They brought home 6 yr. old grandson Warren
and the Flu. We welcome Warren to the Ozarks but not the Flu. Next
stop was Villa Taboga, home of our dignified President, Lynn and Maude
Cook. Both well and full of plans for our picnic to be held at Lake
Wedington, Sunday, June 13th. Their home is lovely with new awnings
and Lynn is anticipating a bumper crop of grapes. He has been busy
teaching Spanish to a group of local residents and giving lectures in
Presbyterian Church. Sending your editor a picture of their home and
booklet containing the 1st prize letter, won by Lynn on "Why I Like
Rogers, Ark." Hope they can find space in the Record for I'm sure you
all enjoyed Lynn's letter in the last issue, which reminds me that we all
enjoyed the news sent in by Mae and Glenn Lewis and also missed
Irene Wright's report of Houston.
Of all the happy retired CZ folk up this way, I'll hand the prize to
Bill and Alice Keller as they joyously plan their 3 yr. program of beau-
tifying their home and grounds, all according to Bill's Trademark--the
BLUEPRINT--did you ever see him without one? We missed seeing
Ruth and Lee Pearce this trip. Their daughter, Mrs. Alice Nail, wife of
popular Red Nail of the Police Force, and new granddaughter are visit-
ing them in their country (two cows) home in Rogers. Susan Ewing
Bishop is all excited over unexpected trip of husband Lt. Col. Bishop
from Japan on business trip to U. S. for the Air Force and the visit of
her mother, Mrs. Eula Jo Ewing of West Virginia, who will be here for
our picnic. I promised Haleen Williams not to write about their perfect
garden this time so will tell you that Ernest is now interested in making
some good looking furniture for the breakfast room and has just finished
serving the Legion Post, Riddle Hudginson No. 77, as Commander. Haleen
is busy with her Bridge and Garden Clubs and was co-hostess with Lula
Mae Coman for a Tea to present their mutual friend, Mary Long of
Cristobal, to their many friends of Bentonville.
Could be high pressure sales talk to get Mary to retire to their town
and complete a foursom with Edith Engelke when George retires. Lula
Mae Coman is kept busy with her vices-being V. P. of Garden Club,
Past Matrons OES Club and church auxiliary, while Jimmy is the main-
stay of the S. S. class, Youth Center, Library Board, Cub-master and the
In Prairie Grove, Mina and Tom Mock are home from a winter's
sojourn in Texas and in Febuary were part of a four trailer caravan
through Florida. Now eagerly planning their summer trip, only Tom
wants to go to Colorado Springs and Mina to the Pacific Northwest--
why not both places, you are right at home wherever you are in a trailer.
We were in time to say "Hello" and "Good-bye" to Marie Miller's mother,
Mrs. Kennedy of Galesburg, Ill. who was returning home the next day
after a two months stay in Farmington. The 13,000 chicks keep the
Millers close to home.
In Fayetteville, we find the Walter Browns busy as Nannie's bees,
either entertaining family or getting ready for the next group. Nannie's
sister, Mrs. Frances Griggle was here last month. Next week, another
sister, Bates and husband Walter Weiman arrived April 28. They are
such a jolly group that we all share their joy. Walter Brown is a master
at all trades. He has remodeled the kitchen and bathroom in the latest
style and color. Now that warmer weather is here, Heinie Hallin is again
working on the next lot he acquired and creating a terrace garden. Theo is
a 3 in 1 person, teacher, home maker and gracious hostess, and mother to
two lively youngsters after being with 48 sixth graders all day. WOW!
Capt. Jack Phillips returned from the Goethals Dedication Ceremon-
ies full of news and joy in meeting so many Old Timers and former
friends in Panama. Congratulations to the committee in charge of ar-
rangements, for each Old Timer felt the brass band was out just for him.
Ed Booth came home, planted a garden, then left for Houston, New
Orleans, Memphis and will return to Casita Naomed next week.
Hear that Mrs. Grover Bohan passed away suddenly in Jonesboro
after visiting her daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Ben Salzman in
Mountain Home. Robert D. McNew, Associate Editor of the Canal Zone
Orient is also located in Mountain Home with his daughter Betty. Always
enjoy his scholarly thoughts in the Orient. The John Whittredges of
Gamboa were here looking for a site to establish a Lake to stock fish.
Sorry they did not find it and have returned to Houston. Just learned that
Miss Lois Jefferies, former nurse at Panama Hospital and worked at Army
Dispensary during the war was a recent visitor to the Mathues, also Grover
Bohan, the Dr. Salzmans and Lt. Col. and Mrs. Tex Avera and two child-
ren. (Carrie and Bill just stopped in with above news and the most
delicious lemon pie. Yum, yum.)
Back to Newell Shaws plaee- we have joy in the announcement of
the engagement of Barbara Peel of Bentonville and Little Rock to Ray-
mond Newell Shaw. They plan to be married June 3rd in the First Pres-
byterian Church in Fayetteville. We have amusement in the increase of
Newell's pampered pets-4 cows, 1 stray dog, promptly named Vaga-
bundo (Vag) by Ray, 1 yellow cat named Tommie after Lillian Ross'
well known cat in Pedro Miguel and given to Newell by the cat authority,
Theo Hallin, as a male. Tommie is now Tomasina, having presented
Newell with five kittens of mixed pedigree and color. It has been sug-
gested that Theo and Newell enroll for a course in animal husbandry in
Agri at the University. Joy, comedy and tragedy are experiences in
life-we had near tragedy in what first appeared to be an ordinary nose-
bleed but which did not stop for six days, requiring two blood transfu-
sions, hours of anxiety-deep gratitude for proximity to fine County
Hospital and blood bank at the Vet. Hospital around the corner, to
Walter Brown who was with us when Newell lost consciousness and to
Heinie who brought home a weak and wan Newell on Good Friday. Now
you know why it was such a joy to be able to drive through the'country-
side on our recent newsgathering trip. There was a deeper understanding
of the meaning of Easter to we
3 Shaws of Arkansas
Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles
Don't know as we have much news, but here are a few items:
Mr. Archie W. French passed away in Santa Ana, California the
latter part of March. His widow survives him.
Mrs. Mabel M. Styles, whose husband passed away a number of years
ago in Gatun, died early in April at her home in Los Angeles. She leaves
six children; four girls and two boys, all of whom, are grown, and some
married. One daughter was with her in Los Angeles.
Our Spring reunion dinner was held on March 14th at the Hotel Ross-
lyn in Los Angeles. We did not have as large an attendance as usual. The
same officers were re-elected for another year:
President --- ---Ellis D. Stillwell
Vice-President ----Charles C. Cameron
Secretary-Treasurer--.-- ----- _Clara H. Gilbert
Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Mitchell of Oakland, California came down for
the dinner. Also, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Godfrey from Santa Paula.
Col. Frank McReynolds, President of National Association of Retired
Civil Employees, was our speaker and gave an informative talk on the
activities of the Organization.
Some of our Monrovia folks have gone visiting; the H. M. Thomases
to Salinas and San Francisco to visit daughters Thelma and Grace; the
A. L. Hoeckers to Palo Alto to visit their daughter Dorothy and family;
and the E. D. Stillwells to see their daughter, Jean and her family.
A few families from Monrovia enjoyed a camping trip to Caliente
Springs in the Auza Desert during the Easter vacation week: the W. A.
Jones, the Arthur Berudes, the A. L. Laugdons, and the E. T. Gilberts.
Our first picnic of the summer will be held Sunday, June 13th at
Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Any Canal Zoners are always welcome.
Mr. Charlie Parker of Burbank had the misfortune to break his hip
a short time ago.
Clara H. Gilbert, Secretary-Treasurer
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Mr. and Mrs. Ernie L. Payne plan to pay Florida a brief visit enroute
to the West Coast where they expect to make their home in or near Port-
Mrs. Jessie Grimison attended the reunion and stayed on for visits
with relatives and friends in this area.
Rev. Raymond T. Ferris, Christ Church, Nashville, Tenn., writes that
he hopes to have a Canal Zone Sunday, sometime in July, if they can get
to-gether some of their old friends now living in that area.
Ann Barr and William Cary Dunn write that they are in good health
and spirits and report a new address, 207 Louisville St., Starkville, Miss.
The West Coast has nothing on Florida when it comes to exploding
rear windows of automobiles. W. L. Hersh was driving along, leisurely,
on 16th Street, St. Petersburg, when his rear window exploded with a bang.
The police attributed this freak accident to atmospheric pressure, the sun,
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Ratcliff of Clearwater, Florida, have sold their
home and are going back to Memphis, Tennessee to live.
Gladys Detamore writes that she is employed at the Rehabilitation
Center at Fishersville, Virginia. Wayne is night nurse at the Infirmary
and Peggy is 15 years old and a Junior in High School. They enjoy the
Record and find much in it of news and interest.
The Herbert Judsons of Orlando have sold their home and are now
located at 222 Hillcrest Avenue in Orlando.
Ralph Cutler complimented all who had a part in making the March
Record so interesting. Mr. Cutler expects to be in Washington in May
and plans to contact all members of the sub-committee in the interest of
Mrs. Anna Tonneson is now living in Los Angeles, California with
her son, Jack.
Earl Brown is visiting his sister in Chicago. From there, Earl expects
to trek toward the West Coast but promises to be back in Florida before
cold weather sets in.
Mr. Isaac Green, former owner of the Fabrica Nacional De Colchones
(Mattress factory to you) of Colon, R. P., is now a resident of Hollywood,
Florida and a new member of our Society.
Capt. and Mrs. Floyd Forrest of Hudgins, Virginia have sold their
home and are coming to St. Petersburg on or about July 1st.
Miss Jessie Murdock has resigned as director of the school of nurs-
ing of the Jersey City Medical Center. Miss Murdock served as director
of nursing at Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, C. Z. from 1904 to 1912. Miss
Murdock, unfortunately, suffered a broken leg recently, and is in Mound
Park Hospital in St. Pete.
Mrs. Irene Marshall is in Jackson, Ohio with her son, David and his
family. David has a good position with the Goodyear Atomic Plant near
Portsmouth. Mrs. Marshall expects to make an extended visit.
Mrs. Grace Truitt and her sister, Greta Mann, expect to come to
Florida in the near future. They expect to make their home somewhere
in the Sunshine State.
T. G. Swanson of Tyler, Texas reports a good time at the Dedication
ceremonies. Enjoyed meeting many old friends.
Col. and Mrs. Daniel E. Wright were enroute to New York to sail for
the Zone and the Dedication. Like many others, they were disappointed
because of the dock strike. They spent the time waiting word they might
sail, in Virginia where the temperature was in the twenties most of the
time. They missed the warm Florida sunshine.
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Barton have returned to their home in Petersburg,
Virginia after a three months motor tour of the West and Mexico.
Andy and Bess Bell of Plymouth, N. H. have returned from a two
months cruise of the Mediterranean Sea, making many stops, including
Gibraltar, Bizerte, Athens and Naples.
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. B. Thompson of New Haven, Conn., have returned
to their home from an extended trip to the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Barton Woodruff attended the graduation exercises of
their daughter Shirley, from Western Maryland College on May 31st.
Shirley graduated with honors with a B. A. degree. She majored in Music.
She was a member of the Argonauts during her four years and when
graduating became a Fellow of this honorary society. She plans to attend
Florida State University in Tallahassee, next year, for her Masters degree.
We are indebted to W. R. McCann of Crescent Hills, Va. for a copy
of the memorandum to Congress printed elsewhere in this issue. The old
timers will recognize some of the names of the signers and perhaps may
wish to write Congressman Martin indicating concurrence.
Mabel Jacobs of Washington, D. C. writes that Mrs. A. W. Spitler,
former nurse at Gorgas Hospital, passed away recently, in Washing-
ton, D. C.
Jack Ridge of Trenton, N. J. writes that there is lots of news about
the Ridge family but failed to give us any of it except to say his daughter,
Mary, was recently married to John D. Gribben and they flew to the Zone
on their honeymoon.
A. L. Fessler was glad to hear he was no longer sole ex-Zonite in
Oklahoma. He has been trying to locate Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Fuller,
but to date has had no luck.
Genevieve Gage writes that the Womack-Gage Co. have at last a home
and no District Quartermaster. She says they have a perfect set-up with
Lyle and his family nearby. They send regards to all their friends.
Miss Mary C. Fagin has bought her grandfather's old home in Pav-
ilion, N. Y. Has had fun fixing it up and can now forget apartments and
enjoy her estate with its fifteen lovely old trees planted many years ago
by her grandfather.
Corinne and Francis Feeney are enroute to Florida, via the sea-board
states, stopping all along the way to see the sights and visit friends and
relatives, Expect to get here by the time it gets hot and see Florida at
its worst. Wonder what they mean?
Mrs. Elsie Allen of Scarsdale, N. Y. writes that Captain S. M. Roberts
expects to enter the hospital in May for the removal of his right eye in
order to save the sight of the other one. Capt. Roberts is 82 years old. We
all trust the operation will be successful and wish him a speedy recovery.
Stuart Carkeet of Memphis, Tenn. writes that his recent trip to the
Zone is one of the highlights of his life. Stuart first went there in 1909
and lived in Gorgona. In 1915 he worked as shop clerk in the Balboa
Machine Shop in the office of S. G. Shearer.
Werner Johnson of Cornwall, N. Y. doesn't want to miss a copy of
the Record. Sends his regards to all.
William H. Dawson, 19 year old former Balboa High student, who
graduated with honors with the Class of 1953 and is now a student at the
Colorado School of Mines, at Golden, Colo., has been named principal
candidate from the Canal Zone for appointment to the U. S. Naval Acad-
emy at Annapolis, Md. The nomination was made by Gov. J. S. Seybold,
following the recommendation of the committee on appointments. The
first, second and third alternates for appointment also have been named
by the Governor. They were Bartley P. Smith, Balboa High School, first
alternate; Charles A. Hand, Balboa High School, second alternate; and
Lawrence C. Cox of Cristobal High School as third alternate.
Florence and Charlie Harrison write that they just found out about
our wonderful magazine and spent hours going through it for news of
old friends with whom they had lost contact. They still have their finca
in El Valle but are getting itchy feet for the U. S. A.
Florence E. Mallett, another new member, wants to keep in touch, as
they eventually expect to join the host of Zoneites now in Florida.
The Eric E. Forsmans have moved from Alabama to Fort Worth,
Texas, where they have purchased a home at 1108 Clecker Avenue. Eric
says reading the Record page by page is like taking a trip back to the Zone.
Sends best wishes to all old timers, especially any of the old R. and F.A.
Major George Herman, Chief of the Canal Zone Police, has been in
Gorgas Hospital following a heart attack. He is reported, by the doctors,
as coming along nicely.
Donald B. Gray of Woodland, California writes that the B. O. Ortons
of River Edge, N. J. visited with the Grays and the Elra Hartmans for 15
days. Later, Van Vangelder of Gamboa, paid them a visit and they had
a grand gab fest. Don, later, had one of his periodic heart attacks and
had to spend some time in the hospital while the M.D.'s peeled 37 pounds
off him. Now, with a salt free, fat free, and almost food free diet, he is
up and around again but not going too strong.
The Walter Pollaks of Orlando took a trip to Macon, Georgia to take
their daughter Carolyn, back to Wesleyn College. Enroute home they
stopped for a visit with the S. S. Shobes. Found all fine there.
Ralph Cutler will be in Washington during May representing the
New London and New Haven Conn. Chapters of N.A.R.C.E. at their con-
vention. He will also call on the members of the Merchant Marine and
Fisheries Sub-Committee in the interest of Bill H.R. 3660.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Renz of Fairhope, Alabama, journeyed north for
a visit with their son, Paul, and to see their new granddaughter in Newark,
N. J. They also visited their daughter, Carla. On their way back, they
stopped to see the Etchbergers and the Elliott Johnsons in North Carolina
and Mrs. J. D. Stephens in Tallahassee, Florida.
Anton Pederson, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Pederson of Gamboa, left
the Zone on January 18th for basic training at Fort Dix, N. J. After basic
training, he was sent to Ordinance School at Aberdeen Proving Ground
Mr. and Mrs. John Hower of Fairhope, Alabama spent the Easter
Holidays in St. Louis with their son Jackie, and family.
Roy Mason of Tallahassee is getting along nicely Gets about on
crutches now. Katherine is now practice teaching in Daytona and will
graduate from Florida State University in June.
In the "Green Thumb", a magazine published in Tampa, Florida,
Mason Woolford has an article with several pictures, entitled, "Where
Luck is a Business"; all about the Daniels family and their four leaf
clover business. C. T. Daniels started his four leaf clover business while
in Panama. When the family moved to St. Petersburg, the Daniels, father
and son, continued to process 50,000 four leaf clovers a week and are now
manufacturing their own plastic novelties.
Mrs. W. L. Dunlap writes from Long Beach, California that Bill is
in fair condition again and is busy in his garden. She reports ex-Zoneites
Mrs. Frances Perkins as recovering from a fractured arm, and Mr. Foster
Spiers as recovering from a long illness and now able to be on his feet
Joseph A. McManus, veteran employee of the Panama Canal Co.
office in New York, and well known figure to many C. Z. employees arriv-
ing in New York on Panama Line vessels, retired April 1st, after nearly
46 years of service.
New Members and Changes of Address
The following have been added or addresses changed since the March Record
was printed. (*) denotes change of address.
Breheney, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas-P. O. Box 147----------------- -Gamboa
Campbell, Mrs. Marione Journey-P. O. Box 2012 ----------------. Ancon
Cheney, Mr. and Mrs. Julius-P. O. Box 35---- -- --------- Gamboa
Clymer, Mrs. Shirley E.-P. O. Box 397---------------- Balboa Heights
Dahlhoff, Mr. and Mrs. V. L.-P. O. Box 244 ------------- Balboa Heights
Everson, Mrs. Kirsten A.-P. O. Box 243---- ---------------Gamboa
* Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Casey J.-P. O. Box 276--------------------- Balboa
Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Charles P.-P. O. Box 415 .---------Margarita
Hobbs, Mrs. Helen Reynolds-P. O. Box 936---- ------------Balboa
Mallett, Mrs. Florence E.-P. O. Box 315 --- ----------------Balboa
Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. Roy W.-P. O. Box 1997------------- -Cristobal
Reid, Captain William W.-P. O. Box 37 --- ----------------Balboa
Ryan, Mr. and Mrs. O. W.-P. O. Box 1151-------------------Cristobal
Tezanos, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony-P. O. Box 416 ---------------- Balboa
Smith, Mrs. Helen L.-P. O. Box 1238 ----- --------------Fairhope
* Swanson, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar R.-Res. 655 Fairhope Avenue
Mail: Route 1, Box 2 ---- ---------------------- Fairhope
* Farrow, Mr. and Mrs. W. E.-35 East Vernon Avenue------------Phoenix
Cassell, Mr. and Mrs. eGorge H.-609 Avenue A ---------Redondo Beach
* Koperski, Mr. E. L.-831 East Providencia Avenue-----------Burbank
* Landers, Mr. James W.-Box 91-C, Station C---------- Pasadena 6
* Sweet, Col. and Mrs. W. H.-610 San Diego Trust & Savings Bldg., San Diego 1
* Tonneson, Mrs. Anna-3109 West 59th Street--------------.Los Angeles 43
Wanke, Capt. and Mrs. Carl P.-817 North El Rancho Drive-- Whittier
* Ward, Mrs. Styles B.-11901 Sunset Blvd., Apt. 18
Apartment 218, Brentgate Manor---------------..West Los Angeles 49
* Womack, Mr. and Mrs. Ben F.-8775 South Hobart Blvd.----Los Angeles 47
* Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Charles B.-796 Main Street--------------.Newington
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
* Leudtke, Mr. Charles L.-P. O. Box 7812 ------- ---------Washington 4
Smith, Mrs. John H.-4228 Altom Place, N. W.----------- Washington 16
Byrne, Mr. and Mrs. A. P.-2546- 18th Avenue South----St. Petersburg 5
* Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Walter-Route 2, Box 243-A----------------..Palatka
* Forrest, Capt. and Mrs. Floyd W.-4059 29th Avenue No..-St. Petersburg 4
* Geddes, Mr. and Mrs. Albert H.-696 Arlington Avenue No..-St. Petersburg 2
Green, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac-2208% Lincoln Street------------.--Hollywood
* Hess, Mr. and Mrs. Sam-1901 60th Street South-------- St. Petersburg 7
* Howe, Mr. and Mrs. David P.-P. O. Box 538-.----.. --------- Miami 42
* Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. E. F.-7305 Central Avenue--------------- Tampa
* Judson, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert R.-222 Hillcrest Avenue --------- Orlando
* Lester, Mr. and Mrs. Charles-1095 N. W. 50th Street---------------Miami
* McKenna, Mr. R. M.-955 13th Avenue South----------St. Petersburg 5
Trout, Mr. and Mrs. Earl C.-P. 0. Box 1161------.---.------...DeLand
Wardlaw, Mrs. Nell M.-823 S. W. 10th Terrace----------Ft. Lauderdale
Woodruff, Mr. and Mrs. B. C.-6432 Park Boulevard----------.. Pinellas Park
Webber, Mrs. W. C.-136 Reed Street---------- ----------------Smyrna
* Hodnett, Mrs. Ethel M.--4602 Duplessis Street---------------New Orleans
* Pierce, Mrs. F. S.-51 Corliss Street-------------------------- Bath
* Sampsell, Mr. Frank-1623 Kingsway Road----------------- Baltimore 18
* Berot, Mrs. Agnes D.-296 Manley Street--------------------- Brockton
* Enright, Mrs. Margaret-8 Fresh Holes Road.--------------- Hyannis
Gaudette, Mr. and Mrs. William-1 Branch Place----- ------_-----Lowell
* Claybourn, Mr. and Mrs. John G.-912 Robin Road------------ Ann Arbor
Atkins, Mr. and Mrs. S. C.-8 Le Roy Place ---------------- Ridgewood
Rinke, Mr. William H.-88 Ackerman Ave. (Temporary) ---Rochelle Park
* Fagan, Miss Mary E.-R.F.D. Old State Road ------------- Pavilion
Fitzpatrick, Col. and Mrs. John J.-272 Stratford Road------Brooklyn 18
Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. A. B.-216 King Street -------------- New Bern
Truitt, Mrs. Grace Mann-617 North Endor Street W.------------ Sanford
* Marshall, Mrs. Irene H.-Route 1-------- ---------------Beaver
Cadwallader, Mr. and Mrs. H. Jr.-Abandoned Farm ___--------. Solebury
* Hagerty, Mr. John B.-203 North Lehigh Avenue------------------ Sayre
* Bethea, Mr. A. W.-P. O. Box 332------------------------ ---Latta
Bunker, Mr. and Mrs. E. C.-P. O. Box 563------------ Sullivan's Island
Carkeet, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart H.-21 East Fernwood Avenue--- Memphis 9
Ferris, Rev. and Mrs. Raymond T.-900 Broadway, Christ Church, Nashville 3
* Ratcliff, Mr. and Mrs. John R.-1117 Faxon--------------------Memphis
* Forsman, Mr. and Mrs. Eric E.-1108 Cleckler Avenue-------..Fort Worth
Wood, Mr. and Mrs. William G.............---------------------- -- Ford
Potts, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick A.-404 South Main Street-------- Waupaca
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
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IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
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Mr. James Pate,
Mrs. Doris LaQuire
Mrs. Eva Cole
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Lyons
Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Shreves
Mr. and Mrs. Burt Hall
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Claude D. Campbell,
Home of Mr. and Mrs. George Poole
Scotia, 2, New York
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ST. PETERSBURG 2
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U. S. Postage
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