March 31-Gov. Maurice H. Thatcher Addressing Goethals Memorial Assemblage,
Balboa, Canal Zone.
Seated, First Row: Dr. R. H. Whitehead, Member Goethals Memorial Commission (left)
Dr. Thomas R. Goethals (behind post)
U. S. Senator Alexander Wiley of Wisconsin (black suit)
Col. Joseph A. Remon, President Republic of Panama
Mr. George T. Tarflinger,
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. Lawrence Hennen,
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Capt. Don Gray,
Mr. and Mrs. J. Considine
Gloucester City, N. J.
Mr. and Mrs. E. I. Palmer
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jordon
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Haag of St. Louis.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Mock, Prairie Grove, Ark.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wolf
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Home of Mrs. Jack McLeod,
4139 North Harding Ave.,
Chicago 18, III.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lyons
fTA Panama fanal Socety 71otida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. Box 249. STATION "A" ST. PETERSBURG 2. FLORIDA
C. G. Calvit J. P. Warner
A. L. Miner P. A. Anderson
Vice-President W. H. Butler
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd W Gray
Secretary-Treas. W. Gray
2 H. H. Hudson
Mrs. Burt W. Hall H. Hu
Correspond. Sec'y. Ralph H. Oliver
E. M. Kieswetter Dan E. Wright
News Editor Counselors
Lee Burns G. T. Tarflinger
The Canal Record for June told of several bills pending in the
Congress, concerned with the future of that temporary increase in reg-
ular retirement annuities, which increase would expire in accordance with
Public Law 555 on June 30, 1955.
From these several bills the Civil Service Commission selected H.R.
7785 for consideration. This move means the elimination of any favor-
able action by the Congress on that broader and more desirable bill
H.R. 8894. The Committee on Post Office and Civil Service then reported
favorable on H.R. 7785 and sent it to the floor of the House.
This measure proposes to make permanent those increases in regu-
lar retirement annuities granted on a temporary basis by P. L 555, also
to extend such increases to the additional annuities purchased by volun-
tary contributions. These annuity increases are to be payable from the
Retirement Fund without specific appropriation each year by the Congress
for their continuation.
This legislation proposes no change in that $2160 ceiling which has
been established by P.L 555.. At this writing the Congress is rushing
along the home stretch toward adjournment July 31, 1954, and there re-
mains some very urgent subjects to be disposed of; but there should not
be much time required nor much discussion involved for the enactment
of so simple a bill as H.R. 7785 and we all feel that there is h good
chance that it may be enacted before adjournment, unless delayed by
The general tax revision bill H.R. 8300 has become involved with
over 500 amendments, more than we have been able to keep track of. For
some time the difference in the Senate and House versions of this bill
are being reconciled in conference. The outcome remains to be developed.
However, there is indication that the conferees representing both the
Senate and House 'are in agreement on fixing the amount of tax exemp-
tion on retirement income at $1200. There seems to be agreement also
that this exemption be granted to those 65 years of age and older, but
there may develop some limitation in the exemption for those under 65.
There is also under consideration that those 75 and older may have
earned income without interfering with the amount of the tax exemption.
It seems rather well established now that no change will be made in the
present $600.00 personal exemption. Both the Senate and the House will
need to act on the recommendations ultimately agreed upon by the con-
ferees. As we go to press H.R. 8300 has passed both houses. We know
of no last minute changes in the above details.
Part four of the Kaplan Committee report concerning Federal Re-
tirement Systems is now available. We had expected some information
concerning the committee's recommendations applicable to those already
retired. Instead, this part 4 report deals with the financial status of the
retirement systems with recommended funding and financing policies.
However, we have been informed that one of the outstanding factors
is that the Kaplan Committee considers it incumbent on the Congress to
adjust the annuities of retired workers, whenever the Congress increased
the pay of the active workers, also whenever the Congress liberalized the
annuities for future retirees, and that these same principles should apply
also to survivorship annuities.
The Committee also recommends that government sponsored retire-
ment systems be given the same tax exemptions as other retired workers,
and that Social Security benefits ultimately be added to all Federal em-
ployee pension systems.
In order to avoid the building up of false hopes by you retirees, it
has been pointed out in previous issues of this Canal Record and it now
actually develops that the Kaplan Committee Reports are coming to the
Congress too late to be sufficiently studied and suitable legislation form-
ulated for the adoption of the principles and recommendations of the
committee during this closing session of the 83rd Congress. This will
need be undertaken by a new Congress. We say a new Congress because
only 2/3 of the present Senators will continue in office. The terms of
all other Senators and Representatives will expire and be subject to elec-
tion or reelection before the next Congress, that is the 84th Congress,
convenes early in January, 1955.
Of interest to Old Time Construction Period Workers, the Sub-
Committee of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee has sched-
uled, for the week of July 19 to 24, consideration of several amendments
proposed for the Construction Service Act, that is, Public Law 319.
The bills to be considered are: H.R. 19 proposing to make the mini-
mum period of service required for eligibility 2 years instead of the 3
year period as at present. H.R. 154 proposing to make eligible those
widows who lost their eligibility through remarriage, but who have again
become widows. H.R. 1580 proposing to liberalize the eligibility require-
ments for widows from the present one year of construction period resi-
dence to the requirement of a widow "who was -his wife on or before
March 31, 1914."
H.R. 2305 proposing to make eligible naturalized citizens who be-
came citizens on or before Dec. 7, 1941 or who filed a declaration of
intention on or before that date.
In this Sub-Committee schedule no reference has been made to H.R.
3660 proposing an increase in Construction Service pensions under P.L.
319. Hearings on H.R. 3660 were completed several months ago, but the
bill seems not to have been reported out of Committee, land the time to
adjourn is getting short.
A recent ruling of the U. S. Court of Appeals will be of interest to
some survivors of Old Time Canalers who were eligible for the benefits
of the Panama Canal Construction Service Act of May 19, 1944 which
is Public Law 319 of the 78th Congress ias amended by Public, Law 696
of the 80th Congress. As we go to press we do not have the details as
to the application of this ruling. However, it seems to indicate that in
case there remains funds to which an eligible individual was entitled
but which was not received by him during his life time may now, under
certain circumstances, be given to his survivor who can qualify legally
as his next of kin.
FLASH!-Too late to revise pbove text, we receive the information
that H.R. 3660 has been reported out of Committee for consideration in
REPORT OF SECRETARY TREASURER
Covering the period from May 3 to August 1, 1954
Time for the September Record-we are still having a lot of hot
weather but have hopes of getting some cooler before too long. Our
picnics have been grand land so many visitors that it seems like the winter
months when the folks come to Florida.
There are still a great many who have not paid their dues--upon
receipt of the dues for 1954, their September Records will be mailed at
once. The following numbers from various States, etc., have not paid as
yet-Canal Zone, 16; Costa Rica, 1; New Zealand, 1; Alabama, 5; Ari-
zona, 3; Arkansas, 1; California, 29; Colorado, 1; Washington, D. C., 3;
Florida, 59; Georgia, 1; Illinois, 2; Indiana, 4; Iowa, 1; Kansas, 1; Louis-
iana, 4; Maine, 2; Maryland, 3; Massachusetts, 4; Michigan, 3; Missouri,
2; New Jersey, 4; New Mexico, 2; New York, 11; North Carolina, 12;
Ohio, 3; Oregon, 1; Pennsylvania, 8; Rhode Island, 1; South Carolina, 4;
Tennessee, 4; Texas, 7; Vermont, 1; Virginia, 1; Washington, 1; Wis-
Be sure and keep us informed as to any change of address, also if
you have gotten a new phone number. As we go to press, 984 have paid
their dues for 1954.
A white card with green lettering is yours for 1954 when you send
me either $3.00 or $3.10. (10 cents bank charge.)
Several have written in concerning making Florida, and especially
St. Petersburg their future home, and wanting information on purchasing
a home-we suggest that you come to St. Petersburg, rent a place for a
short time and look around. There are many lovely moderately priced
sections where beautiful homes are being constructed. Three of our mem-
bers who live here in St. Petersburg are real estate agents-They are Mr.
Troy Hayes, E. M. Kieswetter and J. F. Olive. If you should care to
write them I am sure they would appreciate hearing from you.
Left to Right: Boyd Hill, Superintendent Parks; C. G. Calvit, President Panama
Canal Society; Mrs. Sam I. Nix, Roadside Development and Beauty Society;
Allen Hall, City Forrester, look over plans.
(Picture from St. Petersburg Times, June 22, 1954)
MILE OF BEAUTY PROGRAM GETS $200 BOOST
Members of Panama Canal Society of Florida have voted to give
$200 to the Mile of Beauty program approved by the governing board
of St. Petersburg Garden Club.
The money will be used to improve four blocks from Tangerine Ave-
nue to Lakeview Avenue on new Route 19 as part of the project of
garden circles, civic clubs and interested individuals to beautify Route 19
and Central Avenue.
The club decided to make the contribution, according to Charles G.
Calvit, president, and Mrs. B. C. Judd, secretary-treasurer, "because St.
Petersburg has been so nice to them, furnishing them with a meeting place
and at all times giving them every consideration.
"This is one way we can repay the city-by beautifying a spot for
all to enjoy," they said.
Announcement of the group donation was made by Mrs. Sam I. Nix,
chairman of a special committee appointed by the Garden Club to head
up the program. Mrs. Nix also said that Plant America Awards of 1954,
presented by the American Nursery Association of Nurserymen, Inc. have
gone to Florida Power Corporation for work around its Bayboro Plant
here and to Publix Super Markets, Inc. for the landscaping around its
warehouse in Lakeland.
"Industry is setting a pace in beautifying the community," said Mrs.
Nix, "that we hope individuals and other organizations will follow."
Mr. Charles G. Calvit, President
Panama Canal Society of Florida
1039-34th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, Florida
Dear Mr. Calvit:
Everyone concerned with the arrangements for the Goethals Mem-
orial Dedication Program was most appreciative of the appropriate par-
ticipation by the Panama Canal Society of Florida through the presenta-
tion of a memorial wreath.
Your Society was well represented for the occasion and you un-
doubtedly have had a complete report on all of the activities. There is
enclosed, nevertheless, a photograph of the Memorial Dedication cere-
mony showing the Panama Canal Society of Florida's wreath at the base
of General Goethals situated to the front of the speaker's stand. Special
note of the wreath was taken by Governor Seybold at the opening of the
program. Also transmitted herewith is a set of clippings from the local
With sincere thanks and best wishes, I am,
WILLIAM G. AREY, JR.
Chairman, Goethals Memorial
Dedication Program Committee
VOYAGE OF THE "RELIANCE" FROM COLON TO PANAMA
The tug "Reliance", with three barges in tow, arrived in Panama Bay
during the afternoon of June 17, from Colon, via the Strait of Magellan.
The craft left Cristobal in the morning of February 11, 1912 and 126
days were occupied by the voyage of 10,500 miles. The number of steam-
ing days was 86. From Para to Pernambuco, 1,100 miles, the time was
nine days and five hours. The severest weather was encountered during
the first three days out, and it was necessary to anchor in Savanilla Bay
for repairs. The heavy seas had kept the decks awash, the towing machine
at the stern of the tug was often submerged, while the prow of the vessel
was in the air. After rounding the shoulder of South America, the tug
met with generally moderate seas, and the principal difficulties were with
the supplies of coal and water.
The Crew of 34 men, under command of R. C. Thompson, master
of the "Reliance", manning the crew and tow, remained in good health
throughout the voyage, with slight exceptions. The craft arrived at the
end of the voyage in good condition.
Following is a list of ports of call made by the "Reliance":-
Willemstad, February 19; Port of Spain, February 26; Para, March 15;
Pernambuco, March 24; Rio de Janeiro, April 4; Montevideo,'April 18;
Punta Arenas, May 9; La Concepcion, May 26; Taltal, June 2; Balboa,
It is thought that this was the first time a tow of this character had
ever taken a trip of such length through such seas.
The above was sent to us byl Thomas AM. Reynolds, who says he often
wondered if Capt. Thompson or any of his crew on the trip are still alive.
3743 UPTON STREET
WASHINGTON 16, D. C.
Mr. Arthur L. Miner July 16, 1954
3924- 17th St. North,
St. Petersburg, Florida
Dear Mr. Miner:
Just a line to let you know that a hearing has at last been sched'
uled by the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, on our Bill, H.R.
19, for 10 a.m., Monday, July 19, 1954.
It is late in the session but it is the earliest time that was available
on a crowded calendar. At 12:30 today, when I inquired about chances
of a hearing as I have done on each Friday for a long time, I found there
was an opening on the calendar. I got in touch with Chairman Allen: and
he agreed to hold a hearing if they could get the members together for
that time. At 4:30 the secretary called me at home to say it was all set.
It is the last slim chance that we can make it this session. Our hope
is that Congress may be held over after July 31st, by some of the legis-
lation that is dragging.
I have asked the local two-to-three year people that can be reached
by phone to be on hand to give moral support. Unfortunatelythere are
not too many of these, but everything possible will be done. I expect
opposition but think the Committee itself is for me.
With kind regards, I am,
S. H. GRAUTEN
Mr. Grauten would appreciate comments and suggestions from anyone
interested in the above legislation. Editor.
Mr. Arthur L. Miner July 20, 1954
3743 UPTON STREET, WASHINGTON 16, D. C.
COMMITTEE FOR H.R. 19:
A hearing on our Bill, was held by the Subcommittee on the Panama
Canal, of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, on Monday,
July 19, 1954.
The crowded calendar of this Committee, due to the illness of former
Chairman Weichel (now replaced by Acting Chairman Tollefson) made
it difficult to get our hearing scheduled and I had agreed to appear on
short notice, for which I had been ready for many weeks.
Following is the report of the Hearing from the Congressional Record
for July 19, 1954.
"ANNUITY BENEFITS PANAMA CANAL"
Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries; Subcommittee No. 3
held a hearing today on legislation which would extend annuities and
benefits to persons engaged in the construction of the Panama Canal
(H.R. 19, 154, 1580 and 2305). Witnesses heard were Representatives
Hyde (Maryland), Martin (Iowa), and Rooney (New York); W. M.
Whitman, Secretary, Panama Canal Co. ; Andrew Ruddock, Chief of Re-
tirement Division, Civil Service Commission; and S. H. Grauten, repre-
senting a voluntary group of individuals connected with the Construction
of the Panama Canal".
The Congressmen testified first on 154, 1580 and 2305 and I surely
thought they were going somewhere, I ascertained this morning from
Chairman Allen (John J., Jr. of Oakland, Cal.) that all the Bills, includ-
ing H.R. 19 were "tabled".
This is regrettable as far as H.R. 19 is concerned, but it is doubtful
if our Bill could have gotten all the way this session even if it had favor-
able action. The constructive result in the opinion of the writer, is that the
Bill may need some slight working over before it is introduced again.
Had we not had a hearing there might have been a feeling that it would
have gone thru, "retroactive" and all. Mr. Allen said he would 'b glad
to give me his suggestion if he can find time.
In some respects we had a favorable setup; (I counted on the jury-
4 of us to 1 against but one is enough on a bill like ours). This one has
not attended a meeting of this Committee for weeks. However the unfavor-
able report of the Civil Service was also damaging. Present at the hearing
and giving much needed moral support were Messrs. W. S. Bowen, Millard
T. Grinder, James E. Malcolm and Edw. S. Carmick, who live in this area.
Please let me hear your suggestions and comments.
Sincerely yours, S. H. GRAUTEN
OLDTIMER IN ITALY
Livorno, Italy 3 June 1954
1. Through my good friend and ex-golfing companion Jacques K.
Lally of the Canal Zone Postal Department, I received the 31 March 1954
edition of The Panama American, with all the pictures of some of the
Old Timers, whom I knew, worked with, fought with, lived with and drank
with from Gamboa to La Boca.
2. There is Andrew Meyer who had one glass eye; lived in Cock
Roach Hall over the Old Paraiso Hotel and used to put the glass eye in
a glass of water along side his cot at night. Some body stole the glass
eye one night and there was merry hell the next morning when he was
trying to make the labor train from Paraiso to Peter Mike at 6 a. m.
3. At 9 p.m. I used to roll one of Morgan's Cast Iron Cannon Balls
(from Las Cruces) across the deck for all hands to pipe down so we could
get a nights rest as we got up at 5 a.m. to get breakfast in time to catch
the labor train.
4. There is Jack Eason and Willie Jump. Both Eason and Jump
look as though life has been kind to them. Eason was a good master
mechanic and had some good machinist foremen under him; Jeffry, Low-
ery, Welsh and others. Jump was always a gentleman, he knew how to
handle some of the labor problems that always arose; I found that true
when returning to the Mechanical Div. in 1929 after being away for 16
5. I hear that Pop Wright "Axe handle and a half" from Bouquete
says Old Balantyne will freeze to death up there. I wonder how Pop
Wright is getting along in San Antonio? I still say that the Volcan side
is better than the Boquete side; wait till Pop Wright reads this.
6. Too bad George Novey quit but he was along'in years. I also
hear that George Greene another good engineer also died. But R. K.
Morris, I guess is still carrying on but not with Coca Cola King. I see
that Jimmy Bradley and his Mrs. were back and I wonder if Jimmy
looked up Bill Benny when he was there. A lot of the older West Indians
will remember me as the one who used to give away pipes, and where
was Joe Orr? I see R. E. Hopkins' name was in there.
7. I wonder why Wendell Greene "one of the best middle distance
swimmers in the Canal Zone in 1912 and 1913" and J. C. Myrick did not
come down for the memorial celebrations. Charlie Morgan has gone up
he run a dinkey in Miraflores locks hauling mixed cement for Walker to
fill in the forms.
I remember a lot of the Old Timers too numerous to mention. Maybe
I should have stayed. Maybe I'll come back and drink a little more
Chagres Water or Gorgona Rum, but I've been a long ways around this
world since I first came to the Tropics. It's just too bad that you did not
have Old John McGroarity to write some poetry for the Old Timers
when they came back.
F. "MATT" CRISTE, Marine Superintendent
7617 USFA Support Command, APO 19 c/o Pm NY NY
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
Earl Brown left early in May for a trip to the West. He was visiting
all the National Parks along the way and seeing many old time friends.
Last report from Earl, he was in Oregon.
W. R. Thomas of Baltimore sends regards to all friends and also
sent us a new member.
Ted Sundquist sends greetings from Texas and best regards to all his
friends in Florida.
Lydia Whitaker has been enjoying a visit from Mrs. Harry Mitten
of Balboa. Lydia spent some time in Seattle with her daughter, Charlotte.
Her son, John is a Lt. Col. in the Army, now stationed in Japan.
Minnie and Earle Kent write that they are very pleasantly situated
in a cottage on a lake of the Conway group in Pinecastle, Florida, Box
Roy L. Dwelle writes of the enjoyable times spent with several old
timers who attended the Dedication ceremonies. Roy reports that Bob
is conducting a landscaping business in Caracas, Venezuela. Roy, with
his wife and three sons, also, make their home in Caracas. Roy works for
the General Tire Co. Ned Dwelle has a good veterinary practice in Alice,
Texas. Roy Sr. and Mrs. Dwelle live in Gamboa with a fine view of the
Rio Chagres and the Canal. On week ends they head for their cottage
at Santa Clara.
Luella and Denny Mullane have returned to California after several
months of travel across the country. Visited friends in many states. Found
their families fine on their return and busy fixing up their new homes.
Eleanor and Claud are in Whittier, Calif., Maurice and Shirley in Temple
City and Ed and Ida in Los Angeles.
Louise and Leo Wilkes of Tennville, Ga. say they enjoy each issue
of the Record and pass it on to son, Leo Jr., and to daughter, Peggy,' now
Mrs. L. F. Burch of Atlanta, Georgia.
While in New York City, Mary L. Stakelum attended the reunion
dinner of the Auxiliary of the New York Panama Canal Society. Also
attending the dinner was a former Ancon nurse, Mrs. More Wahlquist
The M. Mirrops have rented a place at Miami Beach, 610 74th St.,
Apt. 6. He reports that both he and Rose are well. Jan is in the Army
and has just completed his basic training at Fort Dix, N. J.
Mr. Sam Paulas had a grand time in St. Pete last January. Says the
only mistake he made was not staying for four weeks. Didn't have half
time enough with the Calvits, Sam Griers, Charles Bordt and many others.
The W. D. (Bill) Williams have decided to settle for awhile at 143
Greenwood Ave., San Rafael, California. Bill says they enjoy the Canal
Record as it has more news than the Panama papers.
Mrs. Lewis M. Scull of Elizabeth City, N. C. informs us that Lewis
is in the hospital following a severe heart attack. He is now doing very
well and is out of the oxygen tent. Their son, Lew, flew down from New
York to be with them. They send regards to friends in the Florida area.
Virginia Seiler has been vacationing in Vermont for a few weeks.
Virginia reports that John and Almena McCoy were visiting the Emerson
Fullers in Silver Springs, Maryland. Ruth Tomey, Harry and Helen Beck
(Ruth's sister), spent four days with the Seilers recently.
Frances E. Longmore, President of the United States Citizens Asso-
ciation of the Canal Zone, writes, "We have noted with pleasure, the com-
ments contained in your 'Canal Record' regarding this organization and
our association desires to receive your publication, regularly."
Capt. and Mrs. Maurenus Peterson enjoy the Canal Record and its
information of old friends. They are both fine and enjoying the Califor-
Mrs. Jack McLeod, 4139 North Harding Ave., Chicago, Ill., sends
an invitation for any of her old friends, passing her way, to stop for a
visit at her nice roomy home (picture in this issue). Sue enjoyed a visit
from Bob and Mary Belle Hicks recently, also one from Eve and Ernie
Joe and Eva Mackintosh enjoyed a trip through the Smoky Mt. area.
They stopped in Hendersonville, N. C. to visit with friends. ,
Martin Fuller, I.C.C. No. 39419, reports he was in the hospital seven
months following a heart attack but is now at home feeling fine and en-
joying life. Sends regards to all old friends.
Frank Miller, 701 Brickell Ave., Miami, Fla., wants information on
the whereabouts of Robert (Bob) Houston, Ben Kuller and William J.
Kidston. Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. Kuller live at 20936 Piente Road, Wood-
lawn Hills, California. Bob Houston has died but we have no information
on W. D. Kidston. Can anyone help?
Dan S. Jones, Founder and first President of the Ditch Diggers of
South Florida, has subscribed for two years membership for Abou Saad
Shrine Temple of Ancon, C. Z. He feels that the Record and Year Book
will be helpful to the Recorder and Members in keeping in touch with
Lavinia C. Pierce, now located in Bath, Maine, reports that a cold,
rainy spring left her with a virus infection. Says she surely misses the
Henry and Kathleen Griezer are back in Ireland for an extended
vacation at Lackaroo, Cross Haven, County Cork.
Last report from Earl Brown, he was in New York. Expects to do
some visiting in New Jersey and Baltimore. He reports that Anna and
Bill Bartlett are enroute to Alaska.
Larry Hennen has been enjoying the cool air up around Henderson-
ville, North Carolina, and visiting friends in that area.
Louise Franklet is returning to Florida after a marvelous year in
California. Son Duane has returned from Korea and will resume his
studies at Georgia Tech.
E. H. Parmelee writes that Mrs. Parmelee is now able to walk with
a cane. It has been a long slow convalescence for her since she fractured
her hip in 1951. In February 1954 she had to have a second operation
to remove the metal pins and plates.
Mrs. Amy McCormack, President of the newly organized Isthmian
Historical Society, informs us that efforts to form such a society on the
Canal Zone has aroused considerable enthusiasm.
They conduct meetings in panel style with the audience asking quest-
ions of the members of the panel. Their first meeting was held in honor
of all old timers. They have dealt with the Educational System during
Construction days, Ancon Hospital, the Police division, and Panama Rail-
road during the construction era.
Mrs. Lera Hennessy writes that her son, Jeff, is married. He is coach
in West Monroe High School. Kathleen is employed with an Insurance
Company. Lera, the youngest, is a Junior in High School. Mrs. Hennessy
and two daughters were recent visitors in Florida and Alabama. Found
the Hearns all well and enjoying a visit from Mary Moore and her young-
Jeanette D. Christison feels that by joining the Society she will be
able to keep in touch with people she knew on the Zone. For the present
she will be in South Edmonton, Alberta, 10109 84th Ave.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mrs. Michael H. Newlin of Raleigh, N. C. and Balboa, announces
the engagement of her daughter, Betty Jean, to Henry Vaught Murray, Jr.
of Burlington, N. C. Miss Newlin attended the Balboa High School and
Canal Zone Junior College, graduating in 1951. She received a B.S. degree
in 1953 from the University of Kentucky. Her fiance is the son of Dr.
and Mrs. H. V. Murray of Burlington. He is at present attending Dental
School of the University of North Carolina. A summer wedding is planned.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Kiefer of Gamboa and California, announce
the marriage of their daughter, Barbara, to Robert L H. Vervoorn in
Mr. and Mrs. Homer V. Crooks of Balboa have announced the mar-
riage of their daughter, Judith Arlene Crooks, to Frank Matthews, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Matthews of Great Neck, Long Island, New York
on June 19th. The marriage took place at the Balboa Union Church.
Mrs. Bessie L. White of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, announces the
marriage of her daughter, Martha Ellen White, to William Dewey Good-
win of Ancon.
Miss Vanja Wessman of Stockholm, Sweden and Mr. Gene Clinchard,
son of Mrs. Maude Clinchard of Ancon and the late Mr. William Clinch-
ard, were married in the parsonage of the Balboa Union Church by the
Rev. Alexander Shaw.
Rabbi and Mrs. Nathan Witkin of Balboa announce the engagement
of their daughter, Naomi Witkin, to Mr. Noel Steinberg, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Steinberg of New York City and Peekskill, N. Y. Miss Witkin
is a graduate of the Canal Zone Junior College and attended the Univer-
sity of West Virginia. She is presently employed by the engineering con-
sultant firm of Sanderson and Porter in New York City. The wedding
will take place in Balboa the latter part of August.
Mr. and Mrs. P. A. White of Gamboa announce the marriage of
their daughter, Jeanne Ann, to Lt. Charles J. McGinn, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas M. McGinn of Gatun. The wedding took place on June 5th
at the Ellington Air Force Base Chapel at Houston. Mr. and Mrs. White
went to the States for the graduation and wedding of their daughter.
The marriage of Miss Elizabeth Suzanne Schutt, daughter of former
Canal Zone residents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Beechy Schutt, who now make
their home in Augusta, Ga., to Second Lieutenant Paul Thane Griffin,
USA, was solemnized on May 1, in Columbus, Ohio.
Mrs. Clara Barber and Mr. Malvern T. Pappendick were married in
the Margarita Union Church by the Rev. Henry L. Bell.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Charles Morris announce the marriage of their
daughter, Marion Palmer, to Mr. Archie William Childs on May 28th in
New York City. Mr. Childs was formerly associated with the United
States Embassy in Panama and is presently with the State Department in
Washington, D. C.
Invitations have been issued by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Charles Roetz-
ler, formerly of the Canal Zone and now of Oak Harbor, Washington,
for the marriage of their daughter, Barbara Jean, to Mr. Joseph P. Ortega
on Saturday, July 17th at the St. Augustine Church, Oak Harbor, Wash.
The marriage of Miss Marilyn Marie Bennett, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Larry Bennett of Curundu Heights, to S-Sgt. Edgar R. Phillips, Jr.,
son of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Phillips of Pittsburgh, Pa. was solemnized
on June 11th in the Albrook Air Force Base Chapel.
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Sanders, formerly of Balboa Heights, an-
nounce the marriage of their daughter, Virginia to Mr. Alfred L. Hanzel,
on May 29th in the Little Chapel Around the Corner, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mr. and Mrs. John Marquard of Vineland, New Jersey, announce
the engagement of their daughter, Mildred Elizabeth, to Mr. Allen B.
Finch, son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Finch of Vineland. Miss Marquard
was born in Colon Hospital and resided on the Atlantic side until she
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1953. The wedding is planned
for the fall.
The marriage of Miss Betty Charlotte LaBree, daughter of Lieuten-
ant Colonel and Mrs. Fred M. LaBree, Sr. of Fort Kobbe, to Sgt. Lee Roy
Wilson, son of Mr. Leonard B. Wilson of Valdosta, Ga. and the late Mrs.
Wilson, was solemnized on June 5th in the Fort Kobbe Chapel. The bride
is a graduate of Balboa High School and is presently employed with the
Army Quartermaster Corps. Sergeant Wilson is stationed with the 33rd
Infantry Regiment at Fort Kobbe.
The marriage of Miss Margaret Gay Edwards, daughter of Mrs.
Russell Edwards of Ancon, C. Z. and Mr. Francis Y. Edwards of San
Jose, Costa Rica, to Frederick H. Hodges, IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred-
erick Hodges of Ancon, C. Z., was solemnized on May 31st in the Cathed-
ral of St. Luke. The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and
attended the Canal Zone Junior College. Mr. Hodges is also a graduate
of Balboa High School and of the New York Maritime College, Fort
Schuyler, New York.
Miss Ann Russell Edwards, daughter of Mrs. Russell Edwards of
Ancon and Mr. Francis Y. Edwards of San Jose, Costa Rica, became the
bride of S-Sgt. William Charles Willoughby III, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Frederick C. Willoughby of Gatun, C. Z. on June 4th in the Trinity Epis-
copal Church, Danville, Kentucky.
Mr. and Mrs. Roland Jones of Balboa have announced the engagement
and approaching marriage of their daughter, Barbara Lucille Jones, to
Mr. John Arthur Hey of St. Louis, Missouri. The marriage will be solemn-
ized the latter part of August in the Fort Amador Chapel.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Schnake of Diablo Heights, announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Barbara Ann, to Mr. Richard Lawrence
Jeffers, son of Mr. and Mrs. George T. Jeffers, of Birmingham, Michigan.
On July 10th, the wedding of Miss Nancy Sasso of Colon, and Mr.
Edward Nicholas Stokes, Jr., was solemnized at the American Episcopal
Church of Our Savior in Cristobal.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge of Ancon have announced the engage-
ment of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann Lockridge, to Mr. Ralph Maurice
Huls, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Huls of Panama City. No date has
been set for the wedding.
The marriage of Miss Ann K. Newhard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Fred A. Newhard of Gatun, to Lieutenant Omar L. Franklin was solemn-
ized on June 7th in Kingsville, Texas, at the First Methodist Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald N. Zeese of Balboa Heights announced the
engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Shirley Joan,
to Lieutenant R. Earl Walsh, USAF, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Walsh
of Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey. An early June wedding was planned.
Announcement has been made by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest B. Curling of
Diablo of the engagement of their daughter, Sheila Hope Curling, to Glenn
Richard Heath, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Heath of Ashtabula, Ohio. An
October wedding is planned.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Thompson, Jr., announce the arrival of a boy,
Gary Richard, on April 26th. Mrs. Thompson is the former Macel Marie
Goulet. This baby is the ninth grandchild of Mrs. Arthur Goulet.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin C. Mcllvaine announce the birth of their second
son on April 23 at Colon Hospital. The baby has been named Kenneth.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Hammond and the
paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. L. W. McIlvaine, all of Margar-
ita. Mr. McIlvaine is employed with the Industrial Bureau.
Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Nelson of Milwaukee, Wis. announce the birth of
a son on April 26th. Mrs. Nelson is the former Miss Dora Weich of Gatun.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Morris Weich of Gatun.
Dr. and Mrs. John Wilson Clark of Staten Island, New York, an-
nounce the birth of a son, May 15th. Mrs. Clark is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. John Robert McLevy of Balboa Heights, and Dr. Clark is the
son of Dr. Herbert C. Clark of Panama City.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Aleguas, formerly of the Canal Zone and now
stationed in Virginia, announce the arrival of a son, Alfred Aleguas, Jr.
on April 15th. Mrs. Aleguas is the former Beverly Rosan, daughter of
Mr. William Rosan of Pedro Miguel.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin H. Chinnock of Curundu announce the birth of
a daughter, Jilleen Kay Chinnock, on March 31 at Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfredo M. Collins announce the birth of a son on
April 2, at the San Fernando Clinic. Mrs. Collins is the former Inga
Hans Elliot of Panama. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John O.
Collins of Vacamonte.
Mr. and Mrs. Jon A. Childers, of Chicago Heights, Ill. announce the
birth of a daughter on May 11. Mrs. Childers is the former Miss Lorna
Leach, daughter of Mrs. Julia C. Leach of Swampscott, Mass., formerly
of the Isthmus. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Childers
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh White, formerly of Balboa and now of Riverside,
California, announce the birth of a son, Robin Randall White, on March
9th. Mrs. White is the former Betty Turck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Chester Turck of Balboa. The paternal grandmother is Mrs. E. White,
formerly of the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Krogh of Curundu announce the birth of
their first child, a daughter, at Gorgas Hospital on March 17th. The baby
has been named Kathleen Carla Krogh. Mrs. Krogh is the former Judith
Anne Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David S. Smith of Margarita: The
paternal grandparents are Mr. Harvey U. Krogh of Blair, Nebraska and
the late Mrs. Krogh.
Mr. and Mrs. John MacMurray of Bella Vista announce the arrival
of a son, John Clark MacMurray, on March 5th at Gorgas Hospital. His
maternal grandparents are Mrs. Charles Freeman MacMurray of La Cresta
and the late Mr. MacMurray.
Lt. and Mrs. Robert L. Simpson of Presque Isle, Maine, announce the
birth of a second child, a daughter, on March 5th. The baby is named
Deborah Jean Simpson. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
A. Sylvestre of Balboa and Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Simpson of Las Cumbres.
Mr. & Mrs. Max Weich of Margarita announce the birth of their first
child, a son, on April 6th at Colon Hospital. The baby has been named
Dale Michael. Mrs. Weich is the former Miss Arden Armstrong. The mat-
ernal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Armstrong of Margarita
and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Morris Weich of Gatun.
Dr. and Mrs. Eduardo E. Selles announces the birth of their second
son, Carlos Alberto, on April 27th at Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Mullins of Gamboa, announce the birth of a son,
James Gary Mullins, on April 2nd at Gorgas Hospital. Maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Mullins of Balboa.
Lieutenant and Mrs. Paul F. Karst, Jr., announce the birth of a son,
Paul Edward Karst, on April 8th at Gorgas Hospital. Mrs. Karst is the
former Juanita Borgis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Borgis of Cur-
undu. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Karst, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Scott of Curundu Heights announce the birth of
their second child, a daughter, Pamela Ann Scott, on April 16th. Mater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Otis M. Baron of Curundu Heights.
The paternal grandmother is Mrs. Myrtle Scott of Denver, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard L. Wentworth, Jr., formerly of the Canal Zone
and now of Portland, Maine, announce the birth of their third daughter,
Pamela Jane Wentworth, on April 2nd. Maternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Albert Weymouth of Belfast, Maine. Paternal grandparents are
Captain and Mrs. Howard L. Wentworth of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. James Cain of Colon announce the birth of Roxanna
Marie on June 9th at the San Ferdando Clinic.
Ensign and Mrs. John Knox announce the birth of a daughter, Eliza-
beth Crocker Knox on May 7th at the Fort Clayton Army Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. William K. Webster, formerly of Santa Clara and now
of Curundu Heights, announce the birth of their third daughter and
seventh child, Jean Marie Webster, on May 22nd in Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Webster is the former Rita Mary Polissier, daughter of Louis J.
Polissier of Northampton, Mass. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. James D. Webster of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Sylvester N. Belanger,
Railroad and Terminal Division-22 years, 7 months, 14 days.
Joseph A. Farr, Marine Bureau-29 years, 7 months, 8 days.
William Gaudette, Police Division-23 years, 7 months, 28 days.
Arthur R. Grier, Dredging Division-36 years, 7 months, 27 days.
Percy L. Hooper, Fire Division-31 years, 10 months, 24 days.
William L. Howard, Postal Division-38 years, 3 days.
Charles L. Leeser, Printing Plant-25 years, 2 months, 12 days.
Samuel R. Mayer, Industrial Bureau-33 years, 1 month, 16 days.
Ernie L. Payne, Personnel Bureau-33 years, 7 Imonths, 16 days.
Carroll S. Sanders, Maintenance Division-14 years, 3 months, 10 days.
John G. Johnson, Storehouse Division-28 years, 2 months, 21 days.
John G. McCoy, Personnel Bureau-33 years, 2 months, 22 days.
David L. Norton, Transportation Division-25 years, 1 month, 15 days.
Floyd F. Rogers, Locks Division-14 years,, 4 months, 8 days.
Lenora Smith, Schools Division-31 years, 8 months.
Lucille A. Waters, Comptrollers Office-36 years, 1 month, 14 days.
Florence E. Williams, Comptrollers Office-33 years, 8 months, 8 days.
Ann W. DeLaMater, Schools Division-26 years, 10 months, 23 days.
John D. Logsdon, Electrical Division-33 years, 8 months, 22 days.
Nicolas E. Palat, Postal Division-19 years, 10 months, 3 days.
Charles Q. Peters, Jr., Locks Division-13 years, 4 months, 13 days.
George W. Wickens, Locks Division-34 years, 3 months, 21 days.
Miss Pauline Meredith was seriously injured in an automobile acci-
dent in Mississippi. She is now convalescing at the home of her sister,
27 Irving Street, Jersey City, New Jersey.
Mr. C. G. Hodge of Macon, Georgia, was recently in the Veterans
Hospital in Dublin, Ga., where he was a surgery patient.
Mrs. Bess Heath of Melbourne, Florida, was a surgery patient in
New York Hospital during the month of April. At last reports she was
making good progress.
The last report we had on Jack Logsdon of Balboa, C. Z., victim of
an automobile accident on the trans-Isthmian Highway, was that he is
still in a serious condition. Mrs. Logsdon was reported as improving.
Mrs. H. C. Moody of Tampa, Fla., was recent patient in a Tampa
Hospital. She had an operation on her eyes.
Mrs. Frederick B. Hill of St. Petersburg, has been a patient in St.
Mrs. Oscar Maessen, who recently returned with Mr. Maessen from
Europe, has been a patient in Mound Park Hospital in St. Petersburg.
R. L. Wilhite of Orlando, Fla., is now doing nicely following surgery
at Orange Memorial Hospital in Orlando.
W. H. Calloway of Magnolia Springs, Alabama, is reported as doing
very well in the Veterans Hospital at Biloxi, Mississippi. Mr. Calloway
suffered a stroke last March.
Harry (Red) J. Quigley, had his picture and nice write up in a
recent Elks magazine. Red suffered a severe stroke in August, 1953, and
for a long time was not expected to recover. But, as the article said, they
did not know the old redhead.
Mrs. Henry Hudson of St. Petersburg, has been a patient in Mound
Park Hospital. Mrs. Hudson had a cataract removed from her eye.
Mr. Charles Wiggins of 1725 28th St. North, has been ill for some
time at his home in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. George Ruggles, have been ill but last reports have
them coming along nicely. They have been missed at the monthly meetings.
CARDS OF THANKS
"Your kind expression of sympathy is gratefully acknowledged and
deeply appreciated."-Mrs. Mayme Frederick
"Thank you so much for thinking of me at this time."
-Mrs. William H. Lowd
"Your sympathy is deeply appreciated and gratefully acknowledged."
-Mrs. Fred, Fitch
A thank you card was received from R. L. Wilhite, in Orlando, for
flowers sent him while he was a patient in the hospital.
"Many thanks for the beautiful flowers sent to me while I was ill
in St. Anthony's Hospital." -Lubelle H. Hayes
"Please thank everyone for the gorgeous flowers sent to me while
I was in the hospital." -Pauline Meredith
Please accept my profound thanks for the lovely flowers sent to me
while I was in the hospital." -Bess Heath
"I wish to thank the Society for the very beautiful flowers and many
kind messages sent to me since I have been in the hospital."
Mr. W. L. Calloway, thanks all for the wonderful cards sent to him
while in the Veterans Hospital in Biloxi, Miss.
"Your kind expression of sympathy is gratefully acknowledged and
deeply appreciated." -Betty lane Whaler
"Many thanks for the beautiful bouquet you sent me during my stay
in the hospital." -Anna G. Hudson
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Charles H. Beethem, 82, chaplain of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, died on May 23, at his home in Tampa. Mr. Beethem, an active
member of the Panama Canal Society for many years, attended the groups
reunion each year at the Soreno Hotel. He was born in Yorkshire, England,
and came to the United States when he was 16 years old. For nany years
he was a clerk in the Panama Canal Zone. After his retirement he moved
to Tampa where he resided for the past 25 years. Mrs. Beethem's wife died
a year ago.
Miss Anna R. Turner, who served as a nurse with the American
forces in Cuba during the Spanish-American War and later served as a
nurse in Panama Canal Zone for 24 years, died in the Clark's Summit
State Hospital. She was 90 years old. She retired in 1928.
Judy Kaye Whaler, aged 4, daughter of Betty Jane Holland Whaler
passed away on June 6th. She resided in St. Petersburg. Besides her
mother, she is survived by one brother, Stanley Whaler 11, and her grand-
mother, Mrs. Frederick G. Whaler.
Carlisle Frederick, 59, of Clearwater, died yesterday at Bay Pines
Veterans Hospital. He was a retired warden of Panama Canal Peniten-
tiary. He was employed by the Bank of Clearwater. He is survived by his
widow, Mrs. Maymie L. Frederick, a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Eastman,
and one granddaughter, all of Clearwater.
Word has been received in Tampa of the death on June 8th, in the
Panama Canal Zone of Mrs. Francis Lyall Bunting Broome, 47, wife of
Pruitt O. Broome.
Mr. Ed Smith of Tampa, died after a long illness at his residence,
on June 14th. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hattie V. Smith.
George L. Wendt, retired Panama Canal employee, died May 2nd, in
Westmont New Jersey, where he had been making his home. He was 85
years old. Born in Camden N. J., Mr. Wendt was first employed with the
Canal in 1918 as a blacksmith with the Mechanical Division. Later he
worked with the Panama Railroad. He retired from service in 1943 and
remained on the Isthmus until 1947.
N. Bunker, a retired employee of the Mechanical Division, died after
a long illness in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he had made his
home for the past two years. He was 63 years old. In addition to his wife,
he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Justis Klemmer, Miss Ruth Bunker,
and Mrs. John Hardwick. Also by three sons, Frank E., Jesse Y. and
Chester L. Bunker.
David Murray, a retired Canal employee, died May 27, after a long ill-
ness. He was 77 years old. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lila Murray
and a son, James, of California and a daughter, Mrs. Henry E. Falk, of
Word has been received of the death of James C. Morris, the son of
a former Canal Zone bishop, in Middletown, Delaware. He died of a
heart attack. He is survived by his wife, his mother and two sisters.
John S. (Jack) Willison, 57, well know Canal Zone barber, died at
Gorgas Hospital. He had been in ill health for some time.
William Maurer died at his home in Hendersonville, N. C. He was
68 years old. He is survived by his wife, Adelaida, a daughter, Mrs.
B. F. Fotheringham of Chile and a son Kenneth who is in the Aii Force,
stationed in Washington, D. C.
Thomas V. Hobbs, former member of the Canal Zone Police Force,
died suddenly in Culver City, Califorina. He was 49 years old. He is sur-
vived by Mrs. Helen Hobbs of Balboa and by a daughter, Miss Helen
Hobbs of Denver, Colorado.
Miss Theresa Marie Quinn, of Ancon, well know employee in the
Canal organization for many years, died of a cerebral hemorrhage in
Gorgas Hospital. She was 48 years old. Miss Quinn, who was a member
of one of the best known families in the Canal Zone, had been appar-
ently in good health and had worked the morning she died. She was
employed in the office of the Community Services Director. She was
stricken during the lunch hour at her home in Ancon. Although she was
born in Newark, N. J., Miss Quinn lived practically all her life in the
Canal Zone. Her father, Patrick J. Quinn is a retired employee who came
to the Isthmus during the early Canal Construction. He and Mrs. Quinn
now make their home in Tom's River, N. J. Besides her parents, Miss
Quinn is survived by seven sisters, Marjorie, Alice, Genevieve, Clare, Anna
May, Regina, and Rita; and also by two brothers, James and Marc.
Word has been received of the death of John W. T. Smith, former
Panama Canal Company employee, on April 27th in the Veteran's Admin-
istration Hospital in Buffalo, New York. He was 57 years old. He is
survived by his wife, Mrs. Betty J. Smith, and three sons and a daughter.
Nye B. Sherrit, a well known resident and retired Canal employee,
died in Gorgas Hospital after a long illness. He was 69 years old. He is
survived by two sons, Ralph Sherrit of Lima, Peru, and Nye Bertram
Sherrit who is Panamanian Consul in Callao, Peru.
News of the death of Homer D. Tucker, May 8th in Los Angeles,
Calif., has been received. He was 41 years old. A native of Chattanooga,
Tenn., he worked as a meat cutter in the Commissary Division in 1940.
For some time he managed the El Rancho Garden in Panama City. Mr.
Tucker was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Tucker of Medford, Oregon.
Silas Woodruff of El Paso, Texas, well known retired Panama Canal
employee, died of a heart attack. Mr. Woodruff was 72 years old, and
lived on the Isthmus for 36 years. He returned to the States in 1952.\ Mr.
Woodruff was employed as fireman but became better known as one of
the best piano tuners on the Isthmus. He is survived by his wife, Josephine,
a daughter, Mrs. Mary Hamlyn, and two grandchildren, all of El Paso,
Texas, and one brother and two sisters.
Mrs. Frances E. Gannon, the former Mrs. Frances Potts, died in
Monterey Park, California, where she had been living with her husband
for the past nine years. She was 74 years old. Mrs. Gannon is survived
by four children; Mrs. Marie Echols of Savannah, Ga., Mrs. Gladys E.
Napoleon of Balboa, Mrs. N. E. Dillman of Balboa, and George Potts
of Baltimore, Maryland. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and
Fred R. Fitoh former employee of the Operation and Maintenance Dept.
of the Panama Canal Company, died in Monrovia, California, where he
made his home since his retirement. He was 81 years old. He is survived
by his wife, Mrs. Helena A. Fitch.
Duncan S. Robertson, former Isthmian banker, died April 26th in
Montrose, Pa. Mr. Robertson was with the Royal Bank of Canada in
Panama City and well known in the capital city. He was 48 years old. He
married the former Miss Ann Shaler Hill in 1932. A daughter, Ann Scott
Robertson is with the Saturday Evening Post in Philadelphia, and a son,
John Duncan Alexander Robertson, is a student at Wooster School,
Danbury, Conn. At the time of his death, Mr. Robertson was with the New
York agency of the Royal Bank of Canada.
Theodore C. Hinckley, a resident of Pasadena City for 26 years,
passed away on May 28th. He is survived by his widow, Eunice Platt
Hinckley, a daughter, Mrs. Morton C. Johnson, a son, Theodore C. Hinck-
ley, Jr. and three grandchildren, all of Claremont, Calif.; and sister,
Mrs. Louise Chopin, of New York City.
News of the death of Oscar H. Martin of Seattle, Washington, on
June 2nd, has been received. He was President of the Washington Canal
Society. He was Past Master of Sojourners Lodge in Cristobal and Past
Patron of Coral Chapter No. 3 O.E.S. in Gatun.
Mrs. Myra L Wilhite passed away on July 4th at a Nursing Home
in Pensacola, Fla. She is survived by two sons, Robert L. and Lilburn
L. Wilhite, two grandsons, Steven Allan and Lilburn L. Wilhite Jr., and
seven great grandchildren. She was 91 years old.
Frederick Grunewald, former Steamship Ticket Agent for the Panama
Line in Cristobal, died on June 24th in Baltimore, Maryland, after a
brief illness. He was 72 years old. Mr Grunewald was a well known resi-
dent of the Isthmus and retired from service with the Canal in 1942. He
is survived by his wife and a daughter.
Mrs. Jean Sadler Heald, former honorary consul of Panama in Texas,
and author and lecturer on Panamanian subjects, died in Houston, Texas,
after a long illness. She is the widow of Samuel' Woodward Heald, long
time Panamanian consul and Superintendent of the Panama Railroad and
Steamship Line from 1908 until 1928. She is survived by a son, John
Randolph Beverley of Bogota, Columbia.
Mr. Godfrey Lomas, husband of Adelaide Clapp Lomas, died on May
28th at Duncan, British Columbia.
News has been received of the death of Sam Krout of Los Angeles.
Mr. Krout worked the fortifications on the Pacific side of the Canal Zone
from 1914 to 1922. Since 1923 until his retirement, several years ago,
he was Electrical Inspector for the City of Los Angeles.
Mr. William A. Dingledine passed away in the Winter Park Hospital
on May 18th, 1954.
Mr. W. H. Lowd of DeLand, Florida, died on May 3rd. He is sur-
vived by his wife.
Richard Bunbry Lloyd, 95, a construction engineer on the Panama
Canal, passed away on June 30th. He is survived by two sons and several
On July 3rd, Mrs. Susan Odom of Birmingham, Alabama, suffered
a stroke and passed away on July 6th without having regained counscious-
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Blanche Howe, wife of
Billy Howe. Mrs. Howe died on May 29th after a long, illness. She is
survived by her husband and a son, Billy, Jr. The Howes have been living
in Menlo Park, California, since their retirement.
It has been reported that James Tennien, former lock operator at
Pedro Miguel, passed away last March in Pittsford, Vermont.
Mrs. W. C. Comber, former Canal Zone resident, died in Waban, Mass.
She was 75 years old and had been in ill health for some time. Her hus-
band was resident engineer for the Isthmian Canal Commission many
years ago. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. A. Wait, and three grand-
children, one of whom, Mrs. John Blackmore, attended Canal Zone schools.
Claire Howell, age 53, passed away at his home in Robk Stream,
New York on June 26th. He is survived by his wife, Rhoda, two sisters
and one brother.
Mrs. Florence Hoagland, wife of Mr. R. C. (Dick) Hoagland of
Cherryvale, Kansas, passed away very suddenly the early part of June.
Mr. Clifford F. Archer, 67, who came to Miami 20 years ago from
the Panama Canal Zone, died Monday, July 26th. He was in the Canal
Zone service from 1907 to 1912 and then came to Miami, but later re-
turned to the Canal Zone for another period of service. Mr. Archer was
a descendent of pioneer Fort Wayne, Indiana family. He was a Mason
and member of White Temple Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife,
Helen E., two daughters, Mrs. F. H. Miller and Mrs. Helen Valanth, both
of Miami, and a grandchild.
Tuition paying students from the Republic of Panama who desire to
enroll in the Canal Zone's United States citizens schools will be'accepted
on an "as usual basis and there appears every likelihood, Canal officials
say, that the Zone will handle a normal annual number of applicants".
The change over in the Zone's school system will not be felt in the ranks
of the tuition paying students from Panama (there were 762 this past
year), as far as could be determined, and the only big changes according
to officials will be as follows:
1. The 104 non-tuition paying Panamanian residents of the Zone who,
up to the present, have been attending the U. S. Citizens schools will be
required to enroll in the Latin American schools.
2. Colored U. S. citizens (no figure available) who up to the present
have been attending the local rate schools will be enrolled in the U. S.
The Central Labor Office has been made a division of the Personnel
Bureau of the Panama Canal Co. and A. L. Wright, Chief of the local
rate records branch, has been promoted to *head the new division.
The "Admiral's House", one of the best known landmarks along
Fourth of July Avenue and former residence of the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission, will be demolished this year. For several years it has been used
as women's bachelor quarters.
Los Rios has been selected as the name for the new Panama Canal
townsite in the Corozal area. The proposed name of the townsite, which lies
east of Gaillard Highway between Diablo crossing and Corozal Army
Post, resulted from a poll of residents of the new area.
The major part of the cold storage activities of the Panama Canal
Commissary Division have been moved from Mount Hope to the Pacific
side and is now located in Corozal. The move was the result of arrange-
ments for the consolidation of facilities with the Army.
Ten thousand fingerling big mouth black bass were recently placed in
Madden Lake. The fish were,sent from Mobile by the Bureau of Fisheries.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals of New Orleans threw out of
court the suit filed by 1800 Zone residents to recover income tax paid for
1951. When asked what the next step would be in the case, John O. Collins
said, "We shall petition the Supreme Court to review the decisions of the
District Court of the Canal Zone and the Court of Appeals for the 5th
Circuit. If we are defeated in the Supreme Court, we may take the matter
up with the Court of Claims lawyers".
The big news for weeks on the Zone has been the threat of a big
slide at Contractors Hill because of an extensive crack that is reported
to be 600 ft. deep. A special four man board of Mining engineers arrived
on the Zone May 18th, to inspect the crack and suggest remedial measures.
These measures proposed will require controlled blasting of the rock to
be removed. The contractors will be allowed 15 months to complete the
work. The specifications provide that the contractor exercise extreme
care in the work and not endanger traffic in the Canal. It is estimated
that two and one-fourth million cubic yards of rock will be removed.
The crack has been developing since 1938 and now "has the potential"'of
causing a serious slide that.could close the Canal for a year. Since the
crack was first discovered, it has widened a bit more than' six tenths of a
foot at-the point where fixed marks were established. The matter causing
engineers the most concern is what the foundation of the hill is doing.
Drilling of cores and other tests are, being made for checking as to changes.
The Tecon Corporation of Dallas, Texas, has been awarded the con-
tract for the removal of rock and earth at Contractors Hill, Governor
John S. Seybold announced.
The multi-million-dollar firm submitted the low bid of $3,391,000.
Comparatively close cost estimates were submitted by the seven firms
offering their bids for the contract.
Specifications provide for the contractor to start work ten days after
receipt of notification of the award. The time limit for completing the job
is 15 months.
The low proposal does not necessarily represent the total cost of
removing the rock and earth involved. In accordance with specifications,
contractors entered unit prices for the work, final costs.may be decreased
or increased as work progresses, as further information is revealed con-
cerning the! condition of the Hill necessitating the extent of work required
to make a stable slope.
The Tecon Corporation, of Dallas, Texas, which has a $3,391,000
contract for the removal of rock and earth from Contractors Hill, will
spend $1,000,000 on equipment for the job alone, a company official
Executive vice-president A. Ray Smith said Tecon plans to work at
least 200 men on the job, employing as many of them as possible in
The job is to move the 2,500,000 yards of Contractors Hill which
presently threaten to plide into the Canal.
Tecon is buying all new equipment for the Panama Canal job.
It has completed -negotiations with Bucyrus-Erie Company in Mil-
waukee, Wis., for four 21/2 yard diesel shovels, and with a Cleveland, O.,
firm, the Euclid Machinery Co., forl12 25-ton rock-hauling units.
Smith said the Panama Canal Company will provide his firm with
35 rent houses for married employes and a barracks for the single men.
The Tecon Corporation will send at least 50 specialists and engineers
to Panama for the big job of cutting back Contractors Hill. I
The removal by blasting of all or almost all of Contractors
Hill to makeGaillard Cut safe for transiting ships through the Panama
Canal is not expected to raise the cost of living on the Canal Zone.
Although the method of paying for the admittedly "highly expensive"
demolition project has not yet been decided, Canal Company officials
believe the job can be financed without any of the cost showing up in
increased .rentals or commissary prices.
Cost of the immense task of getting rid of the crack-torn rock hill
becomes a capital investment for the Canal Company.. which is no
more no less than a house owner deciding to add a wing to his property.
The house owner, like the Canal, has to 'find a way to pay for it.
In the case of the Canal the most likely possibility is that a-.urplus
of $10,000,000 which had already been earmarked for the U. S. Treas-
ury will be used to defray the cost of the Contractors Hill work.
There -are, however, other avenues open. Canal officials, however,
don't believe it will be necessary to seek new appropriations from
If the ten million dollar surplus is not made available for paying
off the big job (or turns out to be not nearly enough) there is the chance
that the Canal could take all of its operational profits and pay off the
Failing other avenues, of course, there is always the bugaboo of tolls
which ,regardless of history, could and someday will be raised.
In the final analysis the money, or part of it, could be raised through
docking charges, public services, and the commissaries, but, as Governor
Seybold put it the other day: the cost is not expected to show up .in a
can of beans.
Next to news of the crack or perhaps of equal importance to the
Canal employee is just what Congress would do about the Booz, Allen
and Hamilton survey.
Governor J. S. Seybold indicated that the Panama 'Canal Company
intends to leave it up to Congress to decide whether or not to implement
recommendations in the Booz, Allen, Hamilton consultant report -on em-
But representatives of the Canal.Zone Citizens' Association and the
Central Labor Union told reporters immediately that they would make
positive recommendations on the matter in hearings later this week, and
also that they will ask the committee to request specific recommendations
from the company.
Seybold concluded his testimony in the House Merchant Marine sub-
committee's hearings on Panama Canal operations under the.reorganiza-
Gov. John S. Seybold testified that the -Panama Canal Company is
functioning well under the recent reorganization, and said that substan-
tial savings have been effected..
Employe morale is reasonably high, he said, although there is a
continuing apprehension that the Congress will. decide to remove some
of the fringe benefits and possibly reduce the present 25 per cent annual
differential in salary..
He said his office and the board of governors had concurred in the
recommendations of the recent Booz, Allen and Hamilton survey, which
said that not only should the pay differential be continued but also that
it be made free of income tax and that rentals should be reduced by 50
Chairman John Allen of the House Merchant Marine subcommittee
on the Panama Canal said that he does not believe there has been any
change in the attitude of Canal Zone Gov. John S. Seybold in favoring
adoption of the Booz, Allen and Hamilton recommendations for Canal
Although Seybold said at a hearing Monday that it would be "up
to the committee" to put the recommendations into effect, Allen's state-
ment had the effect of tossing the ball back to the Canal Company board
"No legislation is needed to implement the recommendations," Allen
"The real test, of course, is whether or not the Appropriations com-
mittee will provide the money for them. I don't consider that my com-
mittee has been given any mandate to do anything about it."
Legal counsel for the U.S. Citizen's Association of the Canal Zone
said when a House subcommittee resumes hearings on the Panama Canal
reorganization bill, Governor John S. Seybold will be asked specifically
what plans he has to put into effect recommendations of a recent report
on the Zone.
"We are going to insist that some plan be forthcoming so that the
subcommittee can take any legislative action that it deems necessary, or
recommend action that can be done administratively, to put into effect
the recommendations of the Booz, Allen, Hamilton report," attorney
Lavern R. Dilweg said after the subcommittee finished hearings.
"When the subcommittee resumes its hearings, its members will ques-
tion the Governor specifically about each recommendation of the report,
and about what plans he has to put them into effect."
Howard E. Munro, legislative representative of the Central Labor
Union of the Panama Canal Zone, told a House Merchant Marine sub-
committee that benefits for employes of the Canal Zone are important in
attracting and keeping competent and loyal personnel.
Munro submitted to the committee a 50-page brief analyzing the
recommendations of the Booz, Allen and Hamilton report on Panama
Canal employee compensation, asked the committee why its recommenda-
tions have not been acted upon, and suggested that the committee spell
out its intentions in some respects so that the administrators of the Canal
could put them into effect without additional legislation.
"There has been a certain whittling away over the years of the special
treatment traditionally accorded to U.S.-rate employes doing vital work
in the Zone," he said.
The result has been, he continued, that there is a tendency "to take
back with one hand what is given with the other."
He said that the Canal toll charges or the government itself should
finance the employee benefits in order to prevent such a situation.
George D. Riley, member of the National Legislative Committee of
the American Federation of Labor, said the AFL supports Munro's posi-
tion, and added that "all signs point to your committee and the Congress
being the ones, and the only ones, who will have to step in and bring
order out of confusion for the loyal citizens of the United States who are
attempting to do a good job for us in the Canal Zone but whose morale is
being done no good by the stress placed upon them under the present
He said the governor failed to act in the situation, "even though it
appears the governor is clearly empowered by law to act on his own re-
Canal employes who can escape to better conditions will get out of
the Zone as soon as possible, he said, because "they will not stand forever
the financial charges placed against them of having to pay their own
way and that of the Panama Canal Company."
WASHINGTON, JUNE 9-Governor John S. Seybold warned Congress
today against the danger of "unwarranted encroachments on the authority
of the Board of; Directors and management" of the Panama Canal Com-
pany and said later that he referred to the Budget Director, the Congress
itself, and the General Accounting Office.
The Governor testified today before the Panama Canal Subcommittee
of the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries.
In a 500 word prepared statement and in answer to questions by
members of the subcommittee, the Governor:
Announced that the Panama Canal Company plans further reductions
in sidelines activities "in its current program of economy and retrench-
Said the "success of the program of reducing the number of em-
ployees depends on adequate compensations and fair treatment."
Disclosed that a project to deepen the harbor at the Atlantic entrance
of the Canal "to provide for safe navigation and anchorage of ocean
going vessels" has been approved.
Reported that the crack in Contractors Hill is "fortunately under
WASHINGTON, JUNE 18--Robert E. Mayer, president of the Pacific
American Steamship Association, told the Panama Canal subcommittee
today that the Canal could be put on a profitable basis if more business-
like methods of administration were followed.
For one thing, he recommended that the company require deprecia-
tion of present non-depreciables, and said that if the Canal reaches the
point where the government has gotten all of its money back, then much
present controversy would disappear and long range planning could begin.
He also recommended against increasing present toll rates, and said
instead that the company should be working toward a method of lower-
WASHINGTON, JULY 7-Lavern R. Dilweg, representing the United
States Citizens Association of the Canal Zone, said today he felt that the
Canal employes are entitled to some immediate action on the part of Con-
gress this session with regard to fringe benefits.
He said he was "amazed at Governor Seybold's testimony that he has
no plans for implementing the recommendations of the Booz-Allen-Hamil-
"I personally cannot be so naive as to feel that an administrative
agency doesn't suggest to Congress recommendations or legislation needed
to make its particular unit operate with precision," he said.
He testified in the House Merchant Marine Subcommittee which is
conducting overall hearings on operations of the Canal Zone under the
1950 Reorganization Act.
A comprehensive memorandum setting forth policies of the United
States Government relative to the conduct of insurance activities in the
Canal Zone has been delivered to those directly concerned, it was ann-
ounced at Balboa Heights.
In keeping with view expressed in the memorandum whereby insur-
ance firms be required to operate from sites other than in the Canal Zone
unless they were operated from such sites on March 2, 1936, or the type
of business done has a direct relation to the Canal and its operation, the
firms and individuals affected are requested to present to the Executive
Secretary of the Canal Zone all facts concerning their insurance activities
as well as their plans for compliance with the policies, the announcement
The same principles relative to operation from sites in the Canal Zone
apply to full-time brokers and salesman as well as to all insurance con-
A new method of computing Colon and Gorgas Hospital rates will
mean an increase in hospital costs to Canal employes whose wives are
working, it was learned today from an authoritative source.
The new move has taken Panama Canal employes by surprise. Today
they said they have received no previous notice of the change, which be-
came effective July 1st.
The rate a Canal employee pays will now, be based on the combined
salaries of husband and wife, if the wife is working. Should the total per
annum salaries exceed $8500, that figure will be used as a maximum basis
At the same time these increases became effective, rates for local-rate
clinics were cut by 50 per cent.
Civic Council members said today they had no previous notice of the
change which will begin to affect many employes immediately.
A reliable source said today that only Panama Canal workers will be
affected, but that it made no difference where the wives of employes
worked. Whether it was for the military service, concessionaires, or private
businessmen, their salaries will be tacked on to the husband's in comput-
ing the rate either of them must pay at Canal Zone hospitals.
Brig. Gen. John S. Seybold expects to continue in his present position
as Governor of the Canal Zone and President of the Panama Canal Co.
after his mandatory retirement from the Army in September.
A spokesman for the Company said: "The tenure of office as Gover-
nor of the Canal Zone is not dependent on his being on the active Army
list." The spokesman added that two other Governors have retired from
the Army before the expiration of their terms as Governor.
Seybold is expected to retire from the Army Sept. 30. He has com-
pleted about half of his four-year term of office.
Canal Zone employes will be following the progress of H. R. 179
The bill, now before the House, would provide all government em-
ployes overseas with free transportation to: the States for themselves and
their families- at such intervals (possibly two years) as may be deter-
mined- provided the employes sign a written agreement that they will
return to their overseas post of duty.
Word of the bill, which is now being studied, was received on the
Isthmus from Howard Munro, legislative representative of the Central
Labor Union Metal Trades Council now in Washington.
Hearings have already been held before the House Committee on Gov-
ernment Operations, Munro said, and the bill, which was introduced by
Rep. Mendel Rivers (D-S.C.) is now being worked on in executive sessions.
Announcement of extensive changes in the Canal Zone postal system
including the consolidation of several services, was made Wednesday after-
noon at the Governor's monthly conference of the Governor with Civic
The changes, which will become effective July 1, are being made be-
cause of budgetary limitations. Several changes in the postal service had
been planned earlier this year but were deferred for further study at the
request of the Civic Councils.
Both the Cocoli and Fort Gulik Post Offices will be closed and most
of the post offices on the Pacific side, except three serving Armed Services
installations, will be affected to some degree by the consolidation of ser-
vices. The only post office on the Atlantic side to be affected, except at
Fort Gulick will be the one at Fort Davis which will be placed on )a mail
delivery basis only with no financial transactions services.
All banking type operations, which include money orders and pos-
tal savings, are to be consolidated for the Pacific central terminal area
which will permit the elimination of this type of service at five post off-
ices. The new centralized service will be located in the offices now occupied
by the Safety Branch on the first floor of the Civil Affairs Building on
The five post offices which eliminate the sale of money orders and the
postal savings transactions will be those at Balboa, Balboa Heights, Dia-
blo Heights, Albrook Air Force Base, and Fort Amador.
In addition, it is planned to curtail the hours of service to four hours
a day at the Balboa Heights and Diablo Heights Post Offices. The con-
solidation of "banking type" operations will not affect the hours of opera-
tion of three Pacific side post offices.
It had originally been planned to suspend all window service at the
Balboa Heights and Diablo Heights Post Offices and the change to four
hours of service provided at the Gamboa and Pedro Miguel Post Offices,
the hours of operation will be limited to four hours a day in those towns.
Operation of the suction dredge Mindi will be continued on a two-
shift a day basis, it has been announced at Balboa Heights.
Previously it had been announced that the operation of the dredge
would be reduced from two to one shift a day during the latter part of
this fiscal year.
At that time it was considered that tne one-shift basis would be suf-
ficient to maintain all channels at their respective authorized depths, but
further study of the deposition rates and the back-log of work has result-
ed in the decision to continue the two-shift operation.
The proposed change would have affected seven U. S. rate and
twenty-five local rate employees.
In order to relieve Canal Zone policeman of purely static guard dut-
ies and to place the entire force on more typical law enforcement assign-
ments, ten Canal Zone policeman, now on guard duty at the gate and
within the Mount Hope commissary plant area, will be replaced by local
rate watchmen, it was announced at Balboa Heights.
At the same time, it was announced that U. S. rate guards would re-
place 12 Canal Zone policeman who are at present on security guard duty
within the internal posts on the piers and docks of the Terminal Division
at Cristobal and Balboa.
The change-over will be completed before the end of the present fiscal
year on June 30.
Several old vessels have been put up for sale by the Canal Company.
The vessel Walcott, the tug Limon, two hopper scows, the quarter boat La
Valley, two launches and a derrick barge.
The Navy has asked Congress for authority to transfer to the Navy
the facilities, structures and improvements in Cocoli, Canal Zone. The
Navy took over the town from the Canal on January 1, 1952.
Fifty Canal Zone students were given work on temporary, full time
jobs with various units of the Canal organizations as part of the summer
employment program which was authorized again this year.
There have been several letters in the Panama American Mail box
over the past few weeks, all written by Crede Calhoun on various subjects
from McCarthy, Private Shine, to the Oppenheimer case. All very inter-
esting and we wish we had room to reprint some of them.
Although some employes of the Tecon Corporation will be housed in
Pedro Miguel, March 1955 is still the fixed date for the evacuation of that
The biggest slide in twenty-three years eased down into the Panama
Canal channel in Cucaracha Reach, near Pariaso, shortly after dark on
July 11. The entire east side of the channel was closed at the slide loca-
tion but the west side of the channel was free of silt, and ships were
transiting, normally. Canal officials estimated it would take about a week
for the dipper dredge to clear away the 30,000 cubic yards that slipped
into the Canal. The slide occurred in the vicinity of station 1825,. oppo-
site the Cucaracha Signal Station. A few days, later, another bank break
occurred several hundred feet north of the July slide.
The British liner, Mataroa, damaged a propeller while passing the
slide area on July 13th. The passenger ship took a sheer while passing
the slide area and the starboard quarter of the twin screw ship hit the
float moored below the Cucaracha signal station. Two of the three blades
of the starboard propeller were badly bent. Inspection revealed that it
would be necessary to cut 25 inches from the curled edges of the two
blades and consequently, the third blade would have to be cut an equal
amount so the screw would turn with equal balance. The Mataroa was
delayed about three days while the repairs were being made.
Red clay and mud was also slipping into the town of Paraiso from
the hill back of the town. Municipal workers were called out to clear the
Good news for Employes who now have or might establish a resi-
dence in the United States, that they will be eligible for unemployment
compensation under the laws of whatever state in which they can qualify.
Details of how the act would be applied were not known, but it has passed
the House and Senate approval is predicted.
The House Civil Service Committee approved a five per cent raise
in the first rate of each grade, except Grade 18, for Federal employes in
the general Civil Service schedules and the Crafts, Protective and Custo-
dial schedule. It is agreed that the measure has an excellent chance of
enactment into law.
Still more good news for Canal employes is to the effect that free
transportation back and forth for United States Government employes
and their families, traveling on leave to permanent homes in the United
States, may soon be a reality. The House has passed a bill to authorize it
and no opposition is seen in the Senate.
The new Commander-in-Chief of the Caribbean Command, Lt. Gen-
eral William K. Harrison, issued a stern warning that countries which
appease Communists "absorb a killing poison". Answering newsmen's
questions, the man who dealt daily with Red officials as the Chief United
States Negotiator at Panmunjons Korean talks said, "I can tell you all
about Communists but it will be up to you to do something about them."
Seventy-six Canal pilots have sued the Panama Canal for $551,000
in basic pay, overtime, stand-by or on call pay, night differential and
travel time pay, since July 1, 1951. Each of the seventy-six plaintiffs is
claiming, approximately, $7,250 subject to exact computation. The action
is entitled, Robert F. Boyd, on behalf of himself and: all other Panama
Canal pilots similarly situated, versus the Panama Canal Co.
The Panama Canal spent $604,364 in Panama during the third
quarter of the 1954 fiscal year. The total, which is exclusive of purchases
made by Armed Forces or ,other United States agencies, represents a
slight increase over the amount purchased in Panama during the second
Panama's exports were up in 1953 over two million due chiefly to
larger production and shipment of bananas and a larger shrimp catch.
President Remon, speaking at a demonstration in his honor at Agua-
dulce, declared nothing or nobody will cause him to back down in his
demands for justice from the United States. He further declared Panama
is now looked upon internationally as an independent republic, not as a
nation dependable upon another foreign nation.
Public Works Minister, Inocencio Galindo, revealed today, that no
housing plans are presently being considered by the Panama Government
for local rate workers for whom Canal housing will eventually be almost
Panama's famous flat arch located on Avenida A has been restored
and the area cleaned in order to permit a better view of this architect-
ural marvel. It was restored by the Government at the suggestion of a
group of private citizens.
President Paul Magloire and Mme. Magloire of Haiti, recently paid
Panama and the Canal Zone a visit. President Magloire and party were
greeted by Gov. Seybold when they visited the Moraflores Locks.
NEWS FROM -
THE SOCIETY OF NORTH CAROLINA
by GEORGE B. WARD, Secretary
The following arrived too late for (the last Record.
The Society of Western North Carolina held its second meeting in
the Ashville Club Room on April 6th. Officers for 1954 are:
President -__--_... ------P. R. Kiger
Vice-President ----- J. Wendell Green
Secretary-Treasurer --------George B. Ward
New members were: Edward L. Rives and Madeline, who were for-
mer residents of Gatun and now live in Candler, Route 2, N. C. Ed was
employed by the Army from 1928 to 1931. Mrs. Mary Lou Haldorson,
daughter of Dr. Drennan who was at Ancon Hospital, and sister of Larry
Drennan, present superintendent of Gorgas Hospital. Mary Lou taught
school in Cristobal in 1941. Her husband, Am O. Halderson spent three
years in Chiriqui, Panama. They now reside in Arden, N. C.; also W.
L. Wagner and Wilma. He served as Chief Electrician for the U. S. Navy
during 1913 to 1916 and resides in Coleman Apts. 19A, Ashville, N. C.
Summer outdoor picnic meetings are scheduled as follows:
Whipporwill Camp in Pisgah Forrest-- .--._..___..... ----May 25
Mills River Recreation Area .---_.- ---_--____ -_---July 20
Rhododendron Park, West Ashville ..-------______... September 14
Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Levy, formerly chief clerk and personnel
officer for the Army from 1917 to 1953 have become permanent residents
and purchased a home at 1016 Sylvan Blvd. in Hendersonville. Mail
address P. O. Box 988.
Dow R. Walker and Claire returned from Ancon after five months
residence at the Tivoli Hotel.
Mr. and Mrs. Garlington attended the dedication of the Goethals
Memorial while Mr. and Mrs. J. C, Myrick and Mr. and Mrs. George B.
Ward who planned to go "missed the boat" due to ship strike and lack
The J. Wendell Green's nephew, Lt. Kenneth Green, USS Airforce,
visited them on his way to assignment in the far east. Kenneth, who
visited on the Zone, is the son of the late Edward Green who spent his
early years in Pedro Miguel and was employed as postal clerk for some
P. R. Kiger and Florence are making a trip through Virginia and
West Virginia and will visit relatives in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Bill and Gladys Adams have been entertaining his sister, Virginia
and her husband, Hillel Siffs, in their new home in Lake View Estates,
Hendersonville, N. C. The Siffs, who live in Ferndale, Michigan were
frequent visitors in Cristobal and are looking for a place to buy. They
say that Michigan weather is too inclement for retired life.
Ross H. Hollowell has his new home on "Gatun Row" (otherwise
Eubank Road), Hendersonville, about 85% complete and will occupy
it about June 1.
Robert Patterson and Elsie just returned from a five weeks trip
around Florida. They visited Clarence Sibus and Edith in Altamonte
Springs, Roland Brinkly and Yvonne in Coral Gables, Walter Clark and
Marjorie in Bostwick, Harry and Myrtle Fry in Palatka, Larry and Emma
Brain and others in Clearwater.
Quinby Smith has recently completed the electrical installations in
The Hadley Corporations New Sweater Mill located in Weaverville and
says he now intends to really retire.
The Bruce Harrells have returned from a Florida trip. They spent
several days at Dothan, Ala., with Dr. John D. Odum and Sue in their
beautiful home. Also visited Lewis and Phyllis Warner and the Barton
Woodruffs at Pinellas Park, and Col. and Mrs. Robert T. Zane in Holly-
wood. At Miami Airport, they met their daughter Louise and three grand-
children. Her husband, William H. Wright is being transferred from his
Civil Aeronautics Administration position to Fort Huachuca, near Tucson,
Ariz. The Wrights have been living at Rousseau, near Cocoli, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Stacy C. Russell will sail from New York on May 14th
for a two months tour of Europe which will include the Scandinavian
Miss Blanche K. Ferguson has occupied the new house she recently
built at Hill Haven Court in North Wilkesboro. She recently visited her
brother John and his wife, Sarah, in Hendersonville.
NEWS FROM ORLANDO
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Stevenson telephoned to say that they were going
North for a months vacation. Hope they have a wonderful time and missed
the extreme hot weather.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Stilson are spending their vacation in Virginia
but it is believed Louis will have to return earlier than he expected to
assume his new duties as Recorder for the Bahia Shrine Temple here in
Major and Mrs. A. 0. Meyer have recently moved to San Antonio,
Texas. We regret that it was necessary for them to make the change.
News has been received here that Mrs. Lois Brigham McIlvaine died
in Painesville, Ohio, on March 26, 1954, at the age of 65. She arrived
on the Isthmus in 1905. Her last position with the Panama Canal was
with the Clubhouses.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester H. Detrick spent the winter in Orlando. Mr.
Detrick is a former Police Sergeant who was in charge of Madden Dam
police station, when he retired.
Mr. Walter Clark from Bostwich, Florida, surprised Captain and
Mrs. John H. Miller with a visit for the day while his brother and his wife
(Mr. and Mrs. Wallace L. Clark, from Buffalo, N. Y. went sight seeing
in Central Florida, driving through the Citrus Belt and having lunch at
the Bok Tower). Walter looks fine and told us that his wife Marjorie
will come to Orlando soon to spend a vacation with Mrs. Delmore Whitver.
Captain and Mrs. John H. Miller are planning their vacation and
will be in Chicago and points west. Have a good time and don't let any-
thing happen to the new Lincoln.
Mr. and Mrs. G. Edgar Murphy attended the Shrine Convention in
Atlantic City and on their return will drive by and see friends along the
way. They plan to spend several days with Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Taylor,
of Alfred, Maine.
Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Judson have sold their new home at 25 East
Ivanhoe Blvd. North and purchased another new home from the builder
at 1226 Ivanhoe Blvd. on the opposite side of the Lake from where they
first lived. Their son and his wife and three children (Dr. Walter E.
Judson) are visiting them from Boston, Mass. where Dr. Judson is a heart
specialist. He recently attended the American Medical Association meet-
ing at San Francisco, Cal. At the conclusion returned to Iowa and then
to Florida. They will return to Boston where he will continue his practice,
about August 1.
Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Erbe report an air trip north in June to visit two
oi their sons and their families. In Peoria, Illinois, they attended Com-
mencement Exercises at Bradley University where their son Philip re-
ceived his degree in Mechanical Engineering. While in Illinois they also
visited Mrs. Worden Cowen at the home of her parents in Arenzville.
At Ann Arbor, Michigan, they visited Captain and Mrs. Robert Erbe
and their two children. Robert will complete his work for a Master's
Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan in August,
following which he will be detailed with one of the Division Engineers
of the Pennsylvania Railroad for a period of four months to obtain prac-
tical experience in the handling of railway transportation problems before
proceeding to his new assignment at Fort Eustis, Virginia.
Recent guests at the Erbe home in Orlando were Mrs. M. R. Alex-
ander of Arlington, Fla., with daughters Jeanette (Mrs. Mel Clement of
Silver Springs, Md.) and Reba (Mrs. Ronald Higgenbotham of Arling-
ton Fla.); also, Mrs. Nita Murwin of Arlington.
"CAL SPREADS THE GOOD NEWS"
Last February a feeling of nostalgia resulted in the Vern L. Callo-
ways making a trip to the Canal Zone. They left Winter Park about 8
A. M. February 5th and were settled at the Tivoli "Guest" House at 10
P.M. the same day.
They found that while their three years absence had wrought some
changes the Canal Zone still seemed to be a very nice place to live, and
Canal Zoners are still "tops" in their easy and sincere hospitality.
Returned to Miami March 2nd. Aram and Mrs. Hatch met them
at the Air Port and they stayed over in Miami with them, visiting the
J. T. Bowens and the Phifer Quinns.
In June they attended the graduation of Vern, Jr.., from Law School,
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. He has since been commis-
sioned, Lieutenant in the Air Force and is presently preparing for the
Bar Examination, for state of North Carolina.
While in North Carolina the Calloways made a trip to Henderson-
ville and visited the "Duke Lewises, the R. A. Pattersons, Wendell Greens,
"Tommy" Sawyers, Ray Mitchels, (who were just taking off for a trip to
Old Mexico) and the S. R. Hiters. Then to Skyland to the Austin W.
Brooks. Austin is not too well but is up and around. It was surely good
to see them all, and do a little reminiscing? ? On their way back to Florida
they stopped at Newberry, So. Carolina to check up on a report that "Cris"
Garlington had cracked his back. Found both Mrs. Garington and "Cris"
fine, and "Cris" again completely able to crack ice.
Arrived back in Winter Park June 18th, to their citrus grove (5 trees),
lawn mower and vacuum.
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Langston of St. Petersburg, were the house
guests of Captain and Mrs. John H. Miller for a few days in June. They
both look fine and like St. Pete, very much.
Mrs. Helen Dudak and her daughter Helen Louise have moved into
their new home at 306 East Vanderbilt. Those who have seen their home
say it is beautiful and furnished so nicely. Miss Dudak is employed by the
U. S. Department of Agriculture located within walking distance of her
Mrs. Andrew MacDonald and son Drew the daughter and grandson
of Mr. and Mrs. Al Mohr left Orlando recently by air to join her husband
who has been transferred by the Chase National Bank of N. Y. to their
branch in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mrs. MacDonald spent several weeks
with her parents and Grandmother, Mrs. Emma Christena and her sister,
Miss Mary Carr.
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Koperski had as their house guests Mr. and Mrs.
Francis J. Lenow of Macon, Miss., July 15th. Mrs. Koperski invited sev-
eral of their friends to a get-together for a visit and refreshments. Those
present were Mrs. Delmore Whitver, Mrs. Margaret C. McCormack, Mr.
and Mrs. Robert L. Wilhite, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Flynn, and Mr. and Mrs.
V. D. Calloway. The Lenows look wonderful and Francis talks like they
would like to live in the section of Florida.
Capt. John Miller is all excited and you can't blame him as he is
expecting an increase in his family any day now. Oh I mean his parrot
family because Juan and Eviya have mated and she is setting and the
young are expected any day.
Mrs. Walter Clark of Bostwick arrived Friday to spend a few days
with Mrs. Delmore Whitver. She was met at the station by Mrs. Whitver,
Mrs. C. L. Grier who also is a house guest of Mrs. Whitver, Captain and
Mrs. John Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wilhite, and Mr. and Mrs.
Clarence Sibus. When Mrs. Clark returns to her home Mrs. Grier will
accompany her and be her house guest for a few days.
I recently learned that Mr. R. C. Deavours had been ill resulting
in surgery from which he has fully recovered. Surely glad to know every-
thing is O.K. by you now. Take it easy Cliff.
I am very glad to report that I am over my illness and that my oper-
ation was a success and is now history. I was a very sick man and want
to thank all my friends for their visits, telephone calls and cards. They
mean so much to a person who is in a hospital or at home during your
convalescence. If you are enjoying good health and happiness it is time
to "Count your blessings, and see what God has done".
At this writing all members in this district are well and I hope they
stay that way.
ROBERT L. WILHITE
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON
Andrew W. Dewling, President of the Panama Canal Society of Wash-
ington, sent out about 1,000 letters soliciting members to the Society.
The response was very gratifying as they have received over one hundred
applications for membership. President Dewling was assisted by Gover-
nor Maurice H. Thatcher and Roger S. Erdman in preparing and circula-
ting the letters.
Mr. Dewling has been vacationing during the month of August, travel-
ing west to California.
Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles
The summer picnic of June 13, 1954 of the Los Angeles Panama
Canal Society was well attended in spite of rather damp weather in the
morning, but all was well as the mist cleared away and we had a large
group of people during the day.
Several families from the Canal Zone who are on vacation, attended.
Among them, Mrs. Annie Calvit accompanied by five generations of her
family. Also Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kariger and their two children, Robert
and Nancy, and Mr. Carl Kariger, Mrs. Minnie Housel and her daughter,
Mrs. Lee Beil. We were pleased to welcome several newly retired families.
Among them, the Peter Schrapnels, the George Cassells, the T. W. Harri-
sons and Mr. and Mrs. Emil A. Weltz.
CLARA H. GILBERT, Secretary
Panama Canal Ditch Diggers of South Florida
The following officers were elected at the meeting of April 18th:
President ------- Gerald Bliss
Vice-President ----George E. Hamilton
Secretary-Treasurer. .--- _A. G. Dunham
The Ditch Diggers next picnic will be held at Matheson Hammock
on October 17th. Bring your basket lunch. Liquid refreshment will be
On May 25th, Mr. Claude A. Ott, of Miami, travelled to Lake Gage,
Indiana, where he met Mr. and Mrs. John Strauss. Mr. Strauss, before
retiring, was Superintendent of Construction in the Electric Division at
Balboa. The Strausses own a home at Lake Gage, and are enjoying life
there immensely. While visiting the Strausses who should drop in but
Lt. Richie and his wife, formerly of Balboa, who had just arrived from
Denver, Colorado, on a visit to the Strausses. Mr. Ott then visited Fort
Wayne, Indiana, and later went to the Windy City. Arriving there in
Chicago at about the same time, prearranged, was Mrs. Belle Smith, of
Miami. The two were united in holy matrimony on June 11th in Chicago.
Many congratulations. On their honeymoon they visited Fort Wayne, Ind.,
Akron, Ohio, Knoxville, Tenn. and dozens of other interesting towns and
Local Radio Station WQAM on Thursday, July 29th, at 1:30 p.m.,
put on a Panama Canal program, Mr. Ott being delegated to represent
the Panama Canal Societies, to let the public know of our organizations,
our aims, accomplishments, etc. Mr. Ott handled the assignment in a
very efficient manner.
Our last picnic held at Matheson Hammock on June the 20th was
very well attended. We have two remaining picnics for the year 1954, to
be held at the same place on August 15th and October 17th.
A. G. DUNHAM, Secretary-Treasurer,
Panama Canal Ditch Diggers of South Florida
About the New York Society
The 30th Annual Reunion Dinner of the New York Society of the
Panama Canal was held May 1, 1954, at the National Republican Club,
New York City. The following Officers and Directors were elected for
the year 1954.
Roy W. Hebard .--- __ -President
John F. Stevens --. ...---- __Vice-President
John J. Fitzpatrick ..-- Secretary-Treasurer
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
William E. Russell Maurice B. DePutron
Frank H. Moore James T. Eason
The prinicpal speaker of the evening was George M. Wells, who
gave a very interesting talk on "Early Days on the Canal-1904 to 1914",
which was well received by the Members present.
Albert Van Zandt who had recently returned from his trip to the Zone
and had attended the Goethals Memorial Dedication at Balboa, spoke and
indicated that a good time was had by all the Old-Timers who made the
President Hebard introduced Mr. Henry Rosseau, son of Admiral
Rosseau, former Member of the Panama Canal Commission. Also present
with the Ladies Auxiliary were:
Mrs. Gladys Rousseau: widow of Admiral Rousseau
Mrs. Mary Rousseau: wife of Henry Rousseau
Mrs. Aileen Gorgas Wrightson: daughter of Colonel Gorgas
Miss Marguerite Herrick: daughter of Doctor Herrick
The Secretary read excerpts from letters received from the following
Members, who expressed regret that they could not be present:
Colonel George R. Goethals; Judge Frank Feuille; Colonel H. W.
Durham; Matt Follman; Hartley Rowe; Bill May; Paul Case; A. J.
Emery; Harry Strong and Jeff King.
NEWS FROM MONROVIA AND VICINITY
A grandson of the late Walter Van Dame and Mrs. Van Dame,
Walter Kleffel, will graduate from the University of Southern California
on June 12th. He will also receive a commission as an Ensign, U. S. Navy,
on the same day and receive his assignment to his first duty, in the Navy.
Walter plans to take himself a wife, on the next day, June 13th.
The many friends of Mrs. John King will be glad to learn that she
has recovered from a very sudden, and rather severe illness, during the
month of May.
Miss Jean Lockwood, daughter of the M. R. Lockwoods of Monrovia,
will graduate from Redland College on June 6th. Jean has a teaching pos.
ition at the Pomona Public School, beginning next September.
Mrs. Elizabeth Jones had the misfortune to fall in her home recently,
fracturing her left arm. She is up and around and is progressing nicely.
Doctor and Mrs. Byrd were visitors at the Hoeckers for a few days
recently, calling on many of their friends in this vicinity.
Earle Brown and Mel Booz arrived recently by car, having driven out
from Florida. After visiting many of their freinds, they are starting north
for more visits around San Francisco and Ashland, Oregon, where they
will visit Mel's daughter.
The hiking crowd from Monrovia, who frequently go on camping
trips, are at this writing on such a trip up in the mountains, near Palmdale.
Those making the trip were the Arthur Berudes, the Cecil Langdons, the
Earl Gilberts, the Mortimer Lockwoods and the Ellis Stillwells. They will
return after Decoration Day.
The following article regarding the grandson of William F. Ilgen,
formerly of the Adcounting Dept. appeared in the Pasadena Star-News:
SAN GABRIEL-William D. Ilgen, 1950 graduate from Alhambra
High school and now a senior at Loyola University, has been
awarded a Fullbright Scholarship for a year's study at the Univer-
sity of Rome, it was announced this week by Dr. Bricca of the lan-
guage department at Loyola.
Having majored in Spanish Literature at Loyola, Ilgen will do
research on the comparison of the contemporary Spanish and Ital-
ian novels in his year of work in Italy.
A popular student on the Loyola campus, he was president
both of the University Honor Fraternity and the Circulo Espanol
and a member of many other student organizations.
William is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Berle K. Ilgen, 176 Frank-
lin, San Gabriel.
We regret to report the passing of Fred R. Fitch of Monrovia, form-
erly of the Survey Division of the Canal, on May 4th, and Eugene Bumil-
ler, formerly a Sanitary Inspector for the Canal until about 1921, who
died at his home in Glendale, during the latter part of 1953.
Three Canal Zone boys, all Navy Academy graduates and now
Officers in the Navy, are at present on the same staff at Coronado Island,
near San Diego, Calif. In the Zone they were known as Jack Mueller,
Martin Casey and Billie Jones.
A. L. HOECKER
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
May 10, 1954 Lowry Park, Tampa
Approximately 140 members were gathered at Lowry Park for the
Society's regular meeting.
Meeting was called to order at 2:15 P. M. by President Calvit.
The following officers were present:
President ------_Mr. Charles G. Calvit
Vice President ---.......-------_-.Mr. Arthur L. Miner
Secretary-Treasurer --- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary _.. ..-------.Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mrs. Bessie Lyons welcomed out-of-town members and visitors-
among them: Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Howard (retired) from Cristobal, C. Z.;
Mr. Charles Holmelin (retired) from the Canal Zone; Mr. Krueger, from
Port Limon, C. R.; Mr. Delmas Swoffard, from the Canal Zone; Mr.
Joseph Fraker; Mr. Jim Hickman; Capt. F. W. Forrest, recently moved
to St. Petersburg; Mrs. St. Amant (sister of Mrs. Mel Dodson).
Secretary-Treasurer read financial statement for month of April.
Membership Report: April lst-1143. New members during April num-
bered 17, making a total membership of 1160 on April 30th. So far dur-
ing the month of May, 5 new members have joined. The President, hear-
ing no objection, declared both reports approved.
Corresponding Secretary read minutes of regular meeting held
April 12th; President, hearing no objection, declared them approved.
President Calvit announced next meeting would be a picnic meeting
at Hillsboro Park, June 14th, 1954.
Secretary-Treasurer read many letters and news items of interest to
Society members, and made several announcements; among them-
Capt. and Mrs. Judd today called upon our Chaplain, Mr. Charles
H. Beetham, who has been in ill health for quite some time, and report
him to be as well as can be expected.
Mr. George Dolan, in Memorial Hospital, New York City; latest re-
port indicated a slight improvement in health.
Mr. Jack Logsdon, of Balboa, C. Z., victim of an automobile accident,
is still in serious condition; Mrs. Logsdon is greatly improved.
Dr. Troy W. Earhart suffered a stroke, but is able to get around with
a cane and drive his car.
Mr. W. L Calloway is in the Veterans' Hospital, Biloxi, Miss.
Mrs. W. L. Hersh suffering from sciatica, which necessitated Mr.
Hersh's absence from meeting.
Death of Mr. Frederick R. Fitch, in Monrovia, Cal.
Death of Mr. James Tennien (retired from Pedro Miguel Locks) in
Letter sent to the Smiths relative to Mr. Bob Wilford, who suffered
a stroke last March.
Letter from Mrs. Bess Heath thanking Society for flowers.
Letter from Mr. A. L. Paulson of Pasadena, Cal., complimenting our
Editor on the "Record".
Letters from Elmer Haw, the Kents, the Lesters and Earl Brown.
Mrs. Judd read a lengthy article published in the "Zephyrhills News",
which spoke in glowing terms of our member, Herman E. Wulff, who on
doctor's orders resigned his duties as a Councilman, of Zephyrhills; the
loss of Mr. Wulff's services as Councilman will be felt by the community.
Letter from the Soreno Hotel reserving Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan-
uary 11th and 12th, 1955, for the annual Reunion of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
LEGISLATION: In the absence of Mr. Hersh, Mr. J. F. Everett took the
floor, and spoke on the Kaplan Report, which will be made on June 30th;
This report will make recommendations only-the final action is up to
the Congress. Mr. Everett again urged members to write their Congress-
men relative to. any point in retirement annuities that they may wish to
There being no further business before the meeting, motion was made
by Mr. Hennen, seconded by Mr. Hull that meeting adjourn; motion
carried, and meeting was adjourned at 3:40 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
June 14, 1954 Hillsboro Park
Approximately 80 members were gathered at Hillsboro Park for the
Society's regular meeting.
The following officers were present-
President Mr. Charles G. Calvit
Vice President Mr. Arthur L. Miner
Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mrs. Bessie Lyons welcomed out-of-town members and visitors;
Mr .and Mrs. Francis Feeney, of Clermont, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rowsing, of Clermont, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Abrams, of Clermont, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Will and 6 children, of Cristobal
Mr. John F. Voss, of Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Blaney and 3 children, of Diablo Hts., C. Z.
Mr. L. W. Blaney, of Tampa
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Leiser and Mr. and Mrs. William Smith
(friends of the Herman Wulffs)
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Henry
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Harrison, of Gamboa, C. Z.
Mrs. Bernard McIntire, of Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Burnell F. Dowler (Mrs. Dowler formerly Bobbie
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hess
Mrs. Elsie Foukes Jackson, of Alexandria, Va.
Mrs. Ellen Shane, of Washington, D. C.
Secretary-Treasurer read financial statement for Month of May.
Membership Report: May 1st 1160 members, 10 added during May,
making a total membership June 1st of 1170. So far during the month of
June 6 new members have joined. President declared both reports ap-
President Calvit announced next regular meeting would be a picnic
meeting at Lake Maggiore, July 12th.
Corresponding Secretary read minutes of regular meeting held May
10th, at Lowry Park; President declared them approved.
President Calvit also announced that as the Canal Zone authorities
now require that licenses to drive automobiles must be renewed every three
years, the State of Florida will not issue a driver's license, without exam-
ination, if Canal Zone renewal is over 21/ years old.
Secretary-Treasurer read many letters and news items of interest to
the Society, and made several announcements; among them-
Mrs. Judd has telephone directories of many outlying cities, and
would be glad to furnish members any information they may wish from
Announced wedding anniversary (38 years) of Mr. and Mrs. S. G.
Hussey, who furnished cake at today's picnic.
The demise of our Chaplain, Mr. Charles H. Beetham, Mr. Edward
Smith, of Tampa, Mr. C. H. Frederick, of Clearwater, Mr. George Dolan,
Mr. W. H. George, Mr. Tom Keeler, Mr. Oscar H. Martin, Mrs. Nina A.
Pickett, Mrs. Elizabeth W. Chester, Miss Anna Turner, Mrs. Harry Gannon,
Mrs. Blanche Howe, little Judy Kaye Whaler, and Mrs. Frances Broome,
of the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Judd brought before the meeting plans of the St. Petersburg
Garden Club, with the help of the Director of City Parks, for beautifying
the City along Route 19 and Central Avenue, with a veiw of the Society
participating in such plans. A motion was made by Mrs. Schreves, second-
ed by Mr. Hersh, that the matter of the Panama Canal Society of Floridh
joining in this program, from a financial standpoint, be brought before
the Executive Committee. Motion carried.
LEGISLATION: Mr. Hersh took the floor, and stated that there was
little more to report other than what was included in the last Record. Bill
HR-3660, beneficial to Construction Era employees, is still pending be-
fore sub-committee, and it appears as though bill will stay pigeon-holed.
Relative to temporary cost of living increases in retirement annunities,
bill has passed the House, and now before the Finance Committee in Sen-
ate. Bill HR-8300, the House proposes to exempt retirement annuities
from income tax up to $1200.00 per annum; bill is now pending in Sen-
ate Finance Committee. Bill 161 the bill is most interesting; it was hand-
led as a revision of Public Law 303, and proposes that the Comptroller
General, after satisfactory service of 10 years, be retired with full salary
- less than 10 years, half salary. Present incumbent, Stanley Warren, has
almost 14 years service, and he will receive $17,500 a year as retirement
Mr. J. F. Everett took the floor, and mentioned articles from the
"Government Standard", whibh paper he had available for any member
There being no further business before the meeting, motion was made
by Mr. Bradley, seconded by Mr. Hall, that meeting adjourn; motion
carried, and meeting adjourned at 3:30 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
July 12, 1954 Lake Maggiore Park
Approximately 125 members were gathered at Lake Maggiore for
the Society's regular meeting.
Meeting was called to order at 2 P. M. by President Charles G. Calvit.
The following officers were present:
President Mr. Charles G. Calvit
Vice President Mr. Arthur L Miner
Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mrs. Bessie Lyons introduced out-of-town members and guests of
members who responded to the welcome; among them-
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Grier Mr. and Mrs. John Howard
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Lenow Mrs. Fred Kirk
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Koperski Mr. "Bob" Provost
Mrs. James Lyons Mr. and Mrs. "Tommie" Boughan
Mrs. Laura Lewis Mrs. Driscoll
Mrs. "Pete" Huff Mrs. Charles Grier
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hollowell Mrs. Blanche Adler Matheney
and 2 children and 2 children
Secretary-Treasurer read financial statement for month of June. Mem-
bership report: June 1st 1170; 10 new members during month, making
a total membership July 1st 1180. President declared both reports ap-
Corresponding Secretary read minutes of regular meeting held June
14th, and minutes of Executive Board, held at home of Captain Judd, on
June 17th. President, hearing no objection, declared them approved.
President Calvit announced next regular meeting will be held at
Lowry Park, Tampa, on August 9th.
Mr. Hersh reported that he had just received tape recording of
speeches at Gorgas Memorial Dedication, but to date has been unable to
locate a reproducer to transcribe same. Further report at next meeting.
Secretary-Treasurer read many letters and made several announce-
ments of interest to the Society.
Mrs. Judd read a very interesting letter from Wm. G. Arey, General
Chairman, Gorgas Memorial Dedication Committee, which included com-
ments regarding wreath presented by our Societly.
The demise of Mrs. Robert McCoy, Susan Odom, Fred Gruenwald,
R. B. Lloyd, Sam Krout, and Mrs. Myra Wilhite (mother of R. L. Wilhite)
Illness of Louis Scull, in Elizabeth City, No. Carolina.
LEGISLATION: Mr. Hersh took the floor, and indicated that there was
little to report. Bill providing $29,000,000 to continue temporary cost
of living increases, still before Finance Committee, in Senate. Bill 8300,
exempting retirement annuities from income tax up to $1200 per annum
still pending; indications are that it will be passed before Congress ad-
journs. Mr. Hersh explained the various parts of the Kaplan Report, in
particular that part pertaining to combining retirement annuities with
The rains came, and President Calvit adjourned meeting at 3:30 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Mrs. W. H. Van Fleet of Belfast, Maine, writes that Mr. Van has had
a third stroke and consequently is in bad shape. They are thankful that
their son, Henry, is with them to help with the care of his father.
J. W. Tannehill sent us the news of the passing of T. C. Hinckley,
ex-Canal Zone attorney. Mr. Tannehill was former postmaster at Mata-
chin and Ancon and Secretary-Treasurer of the old Tivoli Club.
Mr. and Mrs. Rollin McConnell have moved from Utica, N. Y. to
Red Hook, N. Y. as they wanted to be near their older daughter (Shirley
Van Ness) and family. Marjorie, their younger daughter is a student at
State Teachers College in Potsdam, N. Y.
Iretta Austin writes that she is very happy in her retirement home in
Fairhope, Alabama, and is enjoying her liesure time.
Roger and Dorothy Williams spent three wonderful weeks in Mexico
City where Roger refereed basketball in the Central American Olympics.
Then they flew to Florida for two weeks with Roger's parents in Fort
Fred G. Swanson of Tyler, Texas, made a trip to Detroit to see kin-
folks and then to Akron, Ohio, for commencement activities at Akron
University where he graduated fifty years ago.
Elmer P. Haw of Seattle, Washington, sent congratulations on a fine
Record and says it constitutes the one medium he has for keeping track
of old associates of Canal days. The Haws were about to embark on a
trip through California for a visit with old friends.
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Bashner of St. Petersburg were on a trip to the
West and stopped for a visit with the Whitie Schroyers in Albequerque.
Dr. and Mrs. Harry Eno spent a short vacation in Mexico, then on to
Seattle where the Dr. was a delegate to the Rotary Convention and also
delegate for the American Medical Association convention in San Fran-
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lester have bought a home at 1095 N. W. 50th
Street, Miami, Florida. They will be pleased to see any of their friends
who visit in that area.
Charlie McMurray, of the Golfing McMurrays of Panama City, is
now Public Relations Director for Paul Hahn, the noted trick shot golfer.
Charlie was a recent visitor in Orlando.
Lloyd Ritchie has moved into his new home in Casselberry, Florida,
and states that his extra bedroom is assigned on a first come first served
basis and not on seniority.
Jimmy Hickman of Jimmy the Hick of Star and Herald fame. is now
Sales Engineer with the Krauss Air Conditioning in Tampa. Jess Coffey,
of Atlas Garden, is the Chief Sales Engineer.
Mrs. Jimmy Hickman (nee Nellie St. Johns of Colon Hospital) is
now Staff Dietitian at the Tampa Municipal Hospital in Tampa, Florida.
Robert Ruly of Redondo Beach, California, writes; "Enclosed find
our dues. We could not possibly do without the Record."
Neoma Compton writes, "We are building a new home about two
miles out of McLeansboro, Illinois and expect to get into it early in July."
Gussie and Paul Renz of Fairhope, Alabama, were recent visitors in
New York and New Jersey visiting with their children and grandchildren.
Saw the Jack Ridges in Trenton, N. J., the Etchbergers in Norge, Va.,
and the Elliott Johnsons in Wilmington, N. C. Also Mrs. J. D. Stephens
and daughter, Dorothy Ann in Tallahassee, Florida.
Congratulations from the Panama Canal Society to Mrs. Eleanor
Kennedy of 617 Louise Avenue, Orlando. Mrs. Kennedy celebrated her
92nd birthday on May 23rd.
Dr. Earhart suffered a slight stroke some time ago. Makes it neces-
sary for him to use a cane. However, he can drive a car and thus gets
about. Mrs. Earhart keeps busy in her garden of tulips, narcissus, roses
and other flowers.
Mr. A. L. Paulsen of South Pasadena, California, writes; "The March
issue of the Canal Record was splendid. We are now looking forward to
the next issue."
George Buehler of Palos Verdes Estates, California, spent three
months in a wheel chair after a fall from a ladder, which resulted in a
broken hip. He is about again and can drive the car. Wishes to be re-
membered to all old timers in Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. George Ritchey of Phoenix, Arizona, made a trip to
Kokomo, Indiana, for a visit with George's brother. They stopped along
the way for visits with old Canal Zone friends.
Hugh and Bertha Turner are proud and happy owners of a new home
in Houston, Texas at 6530 Sivley Way. Their first out of town guest was
brother Joe C. Turner of Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Slattery of St. Petersburg were recent visitors
in Washington, D. C.
Mrs. Abrams of Clermont, Florida is expecting a visit from Mrs.
Goefrey Lomas in November.
Mrs. Charles Grier of Gamboa has been a Florida visitor this
summer. She spent some time in Bostwick with Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Clark and with Mr. and Mrs. Van Fleet in St. Petersburg.
Dr. and Mrs. L. O. Keen have purchased a new home at 1134 Dixie
Drive, Gulfport, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Lenow of Macon, Mississippi, were recent
visitors to St. Petersburg, visiting the F. R. Halls.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dworak of Gulfport, Florida, drove north for
a month to visit relatives and friends in Mass., New Jersey, Maryland,
Dolores Lowry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Lowry of 7220
South Shore dr., Chicago and former resident of Gamboa made her first
big-time appearance at the Bishop Sheil-CYO rally at the Stadium in Chi.
cago last week and was hailed as a new find. She had the toughest assigh-
ment on the program between Dick Contino and Red Buttons.
Others appearing were Dick Baker, Jim Lounsbury and Mike Doug-
las of WGN-TV and WGN network stars.
Critics from Chicago hailed Miss Lowry as "Stopping The Show."
A scout from the Morris Theatrical Agency contacted Dolores for an
audition the following day at the Drake Hotel and signed a contract for
After receiving her Master's Degree this coming August from the
University of Michigan where she is a student, Dolores will continue to
New York to fulfill her engagement.
Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Patton have moved into their new home in St.
Petersburg. We are glad to have them with us.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Grier of Gamboa are the guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Sam Grier of Clearwater. They plan to settle in this area of Florida.
Mrs. Margaret Peterson of the Canal Zone was a visitor during the
month of April, with her brother, Mr. William Reed in Clearwater, Fla.
Col. J. B. Heles is arriving home from Korea and will be stationed
at Paris Island, South Carolina. Until his arrival his wife, Mrs. Wilma
Lawson Heles, and five children have been visiting her mother, Mrs.
J. Stoudner of St. Petersburg.
Miss Coila Goodin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Goodin of Gam-
boa, was recently appointed an associate justice in the newly formed,
student court at the University of Colorado. Miss Goodin is a Junior at
Mrs. Margaret McCormack of Casselberry, Florida, and her sister,
Mrs. Arthur Goulet, were St. Petersburg visitors recently. Stopping to see
the Judds, Bradleys, Mrs. Parker, Loves and the Henderson Smiths. Mrs.
Goulet is on her way to New Mexico to visit her daughter and family.
Miss Patricia Foster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. C Foster of Diablo
Heights was the recipient of the Canal Zone College Club scholarship
this year. She is a graduate of the Canal Zone Junior College and plans
to attend Miami University in the fall.
Miss Sylvia Mann of Margarita was the lucky Cristobal High School
student who was chosen to receive the $400 scholarship from the Carib-
bean College Club. She has been accepted at East Texas State Teachers
College. She and her parents are leaving the Canal Zone to make their
home in Texas near the college.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Roth, formerly of the Canal Zone and Califor-
nia, are at present residents of Clearwater, Florida. They plan to settle
permanently in this area.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Steiner and family of Balboa, C. Z. are spend-
ing two months in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Hull went north for three weeks, this summer.
They spent one week in Washington, D. C. where their son Bob, joined
them on business, one week in New York, sightseeing, and one week in
Baltimore with relatives. While in Washington, the Hulls saw Mrs. Sam
Bardelson who wishes to be remember-~ to friends and to the Drakes in
particular. After returning home, Will Hull flew to Spokane, Washington,
to join Bob and drive East with him. Bob drove to New York to ship his
car to the Virgin Islands and then flew to St. Croix, Virgin Islands where
he has been transferred.
Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Matheney of St. Petersburg have had as their
guests, Mrs. Blanche Adler Matheney and two children and also Mrs. Bob
Matheney who has been visiting her mother in Milwaukee.
During the month of May, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Wall of Baltimore,
visited in St. Petersburg. Mrs. Wall is the former Sue Reynolds.
The Randolph Wikinstads and son from the Canal Zone visited with
Captain and Mrs. Wikingstads in St. Petersburg. Then both families left
for Idaho Falls, Idaho, stopping enroute at Ft. Benning, Ga. for a visit
with daughter, Helen, and family; then on to Tennessee for a visit with
Ruth and family and finally to Idaho Falls for a visit with Walter and
Capt. Guy Johannes spotted the error in the Canal Review wherein
the artist who painted the portrait of General Goethals was credited to
the wrong Governor. The artist was former Gov. Chester Harding. Gene
Lombard said they expected an avalanche of complaints but Guy was the
only one who spotted the error. Gene says all is well with the Lombard
family but they miss their children. Their son is practicing admiralty law
in New York and their daughter is with the State Dept. in Mexico City.
Elaine will be married in Sept. to Ross Newland.
Mrs. E. A. Melms of Detroit, writes that she spent a wonderful vaca-
tion in Florida visiting friends all the way from Howie in the Hills to Key
Capt. Denny Heath and Capt. Everett Swenson attended 'a picnic
while in Hendersonville, N. C. They had a fine time and Capt. Heath
sent us a picture of the group around the picnic table. If it will reproduce
for publication, it will be in this issue of the Record.
Cards kept coming in from Earl Brown right up to the time of going
to press. There is not much that Earl has missed on his trip, even did a
little prosepecting for uranium.
L. W. Foster (the shoe man) enjoyed a vacation trip to Nova Scotia.
Ran into a snow flurry in St. John. Reports an ideal trip.
Frank E. Greene, 15300 Troester Ave., Detroit 5, Michigan, is writing
an article for a philatelic paper. He needs information on Zone stamps,
cards, envelopes, booklets, also Canal Sea Post. Can anyone help?
Mrs. Effie McGlade has bought a home at 309 West Hill Street,
Champaign, Illinois. She sends regards to all friends and if any pass her
way she would be glad to see them.
Marian L. Mack writes; "We follow) with interest the doings of our
old Canal friends thru the news in the Record. My husband is General
Superintendent for the Co-operative Pesquera Panamena, S. A. They
have a fleet of 78 shrimp boats. We expect to be in Panama for some time."
Bill and Anna Bartlett have been on a trek to the far west visiting
friends all the way from Florida to California and back.
Charlie Cameron writes that he took in the June picnic at Griffith
Park, California, and saw a lot of folks he was anxious to see again.
Charlie reports that Foster Spier of Long Beach is seriously ill following
Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Maas of San Antonio, Texas, made an extensive
tour through several states visiting with old friends. They send regards
to their friends in Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Ratcliff are now located at 1056 Tatum Road, Mem-
Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Flynn are now in their new home on Route 4,
Box 253, Orlando, Florida.
Perry R. Young, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry A. Young of St. Peters-
burg, is at MacDill Field, A.F.B. for a months summer encampment with
the Air Force, R.O.T.C.
Mr. and Mrs. James MacFarlane of Havana, Cuba, formerly of the
Canal Zone, have returned from a long cruise in the Pacific.
Lt. Gen. Janies G. Steese, former Engineer of Maintenance and Assis-
tant to two Governors, has been on a long vagabond tour of Africa and
the Near East and is now headed for Singapore, Hongkong and Yokohama.
Ex-Governor Glen E. Edgerton is now the Managing Director of the
Export Import Bank in Washington, D. C.
James T. B. Bowles, who used to chase the typhoid and other bugs
out of the drinking water in Construction days, and for many years the
Director and Secretary of the Crown Central Petroleum Company, has
retired and now makes his home at College Manor, Lutherville, Md,
Among the six physicians scheduled to begin their residency training
at Gorgas Hospital, will be one, a native of the Isthmus. He is Dr. Gabriel
Kourany, son of Mrs. Margaret Kourany, an employee in the Central
William H. Dawson and Bartley Paul Smith of the Canal Zone have
qualified for entrance as midshipmen to the United States Naval Academy
at Annapolis. The two appointees have passed the required examinations
and have been found physically fit.
Mrs. James Leroy Lundy, nee Joan Horter, formerly of Balboa,
C. Z., graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University
of Minnesota. Mrs. Lundy is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Mitzie Siegel, Canal Zone Girl Scout, is attending the Chalet, Inter-
national Juliet Low Camp in Adelboden, Switzerland. She represents
not only the Canal Zone, but all other areas, New York, New Jersey,
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which compose Girl Scout region
No. 2 and is the first Canal girl to attend the Chalet. Mitzie graduated
in June from Balboa High School.
Mr. and Mrs. William Allen, nee Eileen Schneider, are visiting Mrs.
Allens parents in St. Petersburg. Mr. Allen has been Music Director in
the schools of Clearwater, South Carolina. Next year, he will be Music
Director of Dunedin, Florida, Junior High School.
Mr. J. E. Pershing of Portland, Oregon, gets around and is now on
a trek over Alcan Highway to Alaska. Says he is going to fish, grow fat,
Walter Mason, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy G. Mason of Tallahassee,
won the soap box derby, run at Tallahassee, recently.
Katherine Mason graduated from Florida State University in June
and next year will teach English and Speech in the schools of Pensacola,
Miss Judy Lindsay, Miss Jo Ann Euper, and Mr. Ronald Bauman
will represent the Canal Zone at the National Music Camp at Interlochen,
Michigan this summer. They are all students of Balboa High School and
plan to specialize in band instruments and piano.
Nils Berglund has been vacationing in Sweden and on the Continent
and reports an enjoyable time. Sends greetings to all his friends.
The C. J. Posts of St. Augustine, Florida, have sold their chicken
farm and will just take it easy from now on. They report a wonderful day
when Mr. and Mrs. Bill Butler and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clements paid
them a visit. Would like it if more of their old friends would drop in
for a visit.
Wilson Crook has been promoted to Director of Community Service
Bureau. Crook has been acting Director since last November.
Bernhard I. Everson has been promoted-to Director of the Railroad
and Terminals Division. Everson has been acting Director since last
Vern Mitchell, in a very newsy letter, reports that Ruth Hodges Beard
was stricken with polio early in June. Last reports, however, are that she
is very much better and will not suffer any real serious effects. Vern also
reports a delightful visit from Elmer and Edna Haw of Seattle. The
Mitchells dropped in on the Jerry Pragers and found them well and happy.
Their son, Lewis, wife and daughter stopped by while the Mitchells were
there. Lewis intends to go in for chicken farming. Son, Jerry Prager, is
in the wholesale phonograph records business in Northern California and
Oregon. Vern says the Wesley Hutchings have a beautiful home on the
San Leandro Hills.
Mrs. Edith Gerrans writes that all is well with her and the Swinsons.
Each one busy all the time. Daughter, Marjorie, opened her gallery in
June. Mrs. Gerrans says that Gloucester is an artists paradise.
Louis H. Fourcher of Fairhaven, Mass. has returned home after a
twenty-three thousand mile auto tour from Mass. to Florida, to the West
Coast and return. No mishaps, not even a parking ticket. Louis visited
many old friends while on tour.
Gladys Webb of Buchanan, Va., sends regards to all her friends.
She keeps busy on her lawn and in her garden where she raises choice
vegetables which the rabbits feast on during the light of the moon.
Nina Warner writes from Bradenton, Florida, that she and Paul and
Dr. Marjorie hope to enjoy a months vacation in Jamestown, provided all
the babies, due to arrive before July 25th, arrive on time. She says they
all need a vacation, especially Marjorie.
An easel, a canvas, a box of paints spell relaxation to a number of
women prominent in the Washington area. A picture in the Washington
Star of July 11th, shows Mrs. Rosamond Gaydash with a group of women,
among them Mrs. Lyle Prather. Mrs. Graydash is well known on the
Canal Zone, especially among the women of the League of American
Rev. Henry L. Bell, pastor of Margarita Union Church, has accepted
the invitation of the Pennsylvania Baptist Convention to join the staff
as Director of the New Churches for New Frontiers campaign. Rev. Bell
has been pastor of Margarita Union Church since 1948.
Rev. Raymond A. Gray has resigned as pastor of the Gamboa Union
Church and with his family have sailed for their home in the United
States. It is not known where Mr. Gray's next assignment will be.
250 delegates, ministers, and visitors registered for the 40th annual
convention of the United Baptists of Maine at Ocean Park, Old Orchard,
Maine. Rev. Christie Schjeveland of Damariscotta was the preacher of the
annual sermon. Rev. Schjeveland will be remembered by many Zonians.
Henry Joe Leisy, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Leisy of Diablo,
Canal Zone, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commencement cere-
monies on June 1, at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. In
addition, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry Divi-
sion of the Regular Army of the United States.
Cadet Leisy entered the Institute in September of 1948 for one year
and returned in 1951 to complete his college work. He holds the rank of
Captain in the Corps of Cadets and has been designated as a Distinguished
Military Student. Lt. Leisy will be stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
The Leisy's son Bob is a pilot in the United States Marine Corps and
is stationed in Pensacola, Florida.
John and Erna Hower of Fairhope, Alabama, were recent visitors
in St. Petersburg. They visited with several friends in this area and also
in Orlando, Sarasota and Tallahassee.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hargy of Cristobal were recent guests at the
Sevila in St. Petersburg. They visited many of their friends in this area.
Mel and Ruth Alexander of Jacksonville, Florida, have returned to
their home after nine months in Texas with Danny and his wife during
his Senior year at Texas A.&M., where Danny made Distinguished Student.
He is a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Reserve and due to enter the Army,
soon. Enroute to Florida from Texas, the Alexanders visited John and
Mary DeYoung, Rena DeYoung Sartain, Ralph T. Gardner and Virginia,
Ethel B. Judd, Mrs. John R. Dugas, and Roy and Maude Mason. Since
arriving home they have enjoyed visits from Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Soper
of Tavares, Florida and Marshall and Mrs. Veney. The Veney's have
returned from a long stay in Puerto Rico and expect to settle for a while
in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Wilkingstads are enroute back home to Florida from a wonder-
ful trip to the West coast visiting along the way with members of their
family and some old friends whom they hadn't seen for over forty years.
Otto Marstrand and his brother, Fedor Michelson, had a reunion for
the first time in 17 years at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Col.
and Mrs. Powers of Arlington, Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Haag of St. Louis, Missouri enjoyed a visit with
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mock at their home in Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
New Members and Changes of Address
The following have been added or addresses changed since the June Record.
(*) Denotes change of address.
Christison, Miss Jeanette D.-10109 84th Avenue--- .S. Edmonton, Alberta
Abou Saad Shrine Temple---------------------------------------- Ancon
* Bain, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace C.-P. O. Box 131..-----.----. ---.. ---Balboa
Blaney, Mr. and Mrs. R. L.-P. O. Box 1133--------------.Diablo Heighst
Brown, Capt and Mrs. Samuel L.-P. O. Box 1971 ....----------- Cristobal
Dwelle, Mr. and Mrs. Roy L.-P. O. Box 14--------------- Balboa Heights
* Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. David T.-P. O. Box 435---------------- Ancon
* Gute, Mr. and Mrs. Frank G.-P. O. Box 794------ ---------_-- Balboa
Halverson, Mr. and Mrs. Harold D.-P. O. Box944-------_---Diablo Heights
Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Paul C., Jr.-P. O. Box 157---------_------- Gamboa
Legge, Mr. P. S.-P. O. Box 274------------------------- _.. --... Gamboa
Lindsay, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R.-P. O. Box "H"-_---------Pedro Miguel
* Mack, Mr. and Mrs. Fred C.-P. O. Box "M" (temp.) ---------Balboa
Monzon, Mr. and Mrs. William J.-P. O. Box 1387-------------- Ancon
Seagrave, Mr. and Mrs. Earl-P. O. Box 204-------.----- .---- Gatun
Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. T. F.-P. O. Box 243----------------------Gatun
U. S. Citizens Assc. Canal Zone-P. O. Box 354---------------- Balboa
Voss, Mr. and Mrs. John F.-P. O. Box 1475 ---- --------------- Balboa
Wieman, Mr. and Mrs. Walter A.-P. O. Box 3657--------------- Balboa
Wilford, Mr. Robert M.-Tivoli Guest House------------------------- Ancon
* Grieser, Mr. and Mrs. Henry J.-Lackaroo, Crosshaven ----.. County Cork
REPUBLIC DE PANAMA
* Smith, Mr. Walter R.-Alto Lino
Whitney, Mr. and Mrs. James-Route 5----------------- Siloam Springs
* Buehler, Mr. and Mrs. George H.-Box 191-----------Palos Verdes Estates
* Fitch, Mrs. Fred R.-837 West Huntington Drive-------------- Monrovia
Horine, Mr. and Mrs. George C.-14046 Eastbrook Ave.---------- Bellflower
* Landers, Mr. James W.-Hotel Redondo-----------_--__----Redondo Beach
* Mullane, Mr. & Mrs. Denis--Parklynn Apts, 288 So. Marengo Ave., Pasadena 5
Newbold, Mr. Albert G.-General Delivery------------------- Los Angeles
* Rocker, Mr. and Mrs. Norman E.-P. O. Box 571-------------Lafayette
Stapf, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert F.-Res. 275/% Hillcrest Drive
Mail: Box 246 ---------------------------------------- Leucadia
* Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Walter D.-615 Davidson Street------------Novato
* Whittier, Dr. and Mrs. LaMont-1044 Columbine Street --------- Denver 6
* Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. M. R.-P. O. Box 348------------Jacksonville 11
Blaney, Mr. L. W.-3713 Bay to Bay Boulevard------------------Tampa
* Boggs Mr. E. M.-108 Hyde Park Avenue---------------------Tampa
* Devault, Mr. James J.-13160ak Street N. E.------------St. Petersburg 2
Dowler, Mr. and Mrs. Burnell F.-4219 4th Avenue So..-..St. Petersburg 7
* Duke, Mr. and Mrs. Dubell-Route 4, Box 914W----------------- Tampa
* Flynn, Mr. and Mrs. Peter-Route4, Box 253 --- ------------ Orlando
* Franklet, Mrs. George-2320% Manatee Avenue West--------.Bradenton
* Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Otis C.-1114 Jungle Avenue No. -. --- St. Petersburg 2
* George, Mr. and Mrs. James S.-4408 North Hubert St.----------..Tampa 3
* Greenman, Mr. Norton E.-Route 1, Box 1082-----------------Hialeah
Grier, Mr. and Mrs. A. R.-317 South Highland Ave.----------.Clearwater
* Herrington, Mr. M. R.-1316 Oak Street N. E. -------- St. Petersburg 2
* Hickman, Mr. and Mrs. James F.-Res. 228 Channel Dr., Davis Islands,
Mail: P. O. Box 841------------------------------------Tampa
* Howard, Mr. and Mrs. William L.-7326 Lynwood Ave. No.--St. Petersburg 4
* Huff, Mrs. M. B.-1638 2 20th Ave. No.-Apt. "C"--- ..- St. Petrsburg 2
* Judson, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert R.-1226 Ivanhoe Blvd.------------Orlando
* Keen, Dr. and Mrs. L. O.-1834 Dixei Land South-------- St. Petersburg 5
* Maessen, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar-2523 Central Avenue---..... St. Petersburg 3
Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. Sam R.-Route 3, Box 1233---------------Tampa 5
* Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Bradford-Route 1, Box 53--------------- Dade City
* Page, Mrs. Charles Tracy-714 Grove Street North------St. Petersburg 2
* Schoenberger Mr. and Mrs. Herman-4803 29th Ave. So--------. Gulfport
* Smith, Mrs. Edward L.-208 West Kirby Street----------------- Tampa 4
* Spearman, Mr. Edward-P. O. Box 1789 ------------------------Orlando
* Weisiger, Mrs. J. H.-Route 1, Box 83--------------------------Dade City
* Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L.-3953 Haines Road No.---. St. Petersburg 4
Huff, Mr. Robert-P. O. Box 68----------- ---------------Stone Mountain
Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Donald E.-C-2 Pendleton Homes------------.Macon
* Compton, Mr. and Mrs. R. A.-R. R. No. 3-----------------McLeansboro
* Maas, Mr. and Mrs. T. 0. -503 East South Ave. (temp.)---....-------Olney
* Judd, Col. and Mrs. Merrill H.-U. S. Army Hospital-.Ft. Benjamin Harrison
Judd, Mrs. Ethel B.-801 Mississippi Street---------------Donaldsonville
* Bowles, Mr. James T-B--College Manor--------------------Lutherville
Fitchett, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel B.-656 Turkey Point Rd., Route 1--Baltimore 21
Greene, Mr. and Mrs. Frank E.-15300 Troester Avenue---------.. Detroit 5
* Oliver, Mrs. J. C.-12050 Bryden, Apartment 14----------------... Detroit 4
Bangs, Mrs. Ella W.--c/o Mae D. Smith-----------.. ------------ .Armonk
* McConnell, Mr. and Mrs. Rollin----..------------------------Red Hook
Petcr, Mr. and Mrs. Louis-88-19 63rd Avenue, Rego Park 74-_Long Island
* Dolan, Mrs. George-73 Warrington Place------------------- East Orange
* Kersey, Mr. and Mrs. Harry A.-1060 Stuyvesant Ave.---------Trenton 8
Orton, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard O.-100 Rutgers Place, Apt. 1--- .. River Edge
Williams, Mr. Weedon D.-46 Woodland Road-----------------Bloomfield
* Adams, Mr. and Mrs. W. E.-R. R. No. 2-----------------Hendersonville
* De La Mater, Mrs. Ann W.-c/o A. T. Schmidt, 403 Library St.----Greenville
* Palat, Mr. Nicholas E.-c/o C. T Palat, Box 2191--------------- Asheville
Neal, Miss Muriel K.-1644 Berkshire Road-----------------Columbus 21
* Fisher, Mrs. Ora Genevieve-1517 N. E. Hancock------------ Portland 12
Knight, Mrs. Chauncey E.-P. O. Box 367----------------------Gresham
Gabriel, Mrs. Clara E.-1316 Lancaster Avenue-----------.------ Reading
Wahlquist, Mrs. Mona-404 Brookline Court-------------------Haverton
Westendorff, Mr. Jim-P. 0. Box 401------------------------St. George
* Ratcliff, Mr. and Mrs. John R.-1056 Tatum Road--------------.Memphis
* Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A.-4421 Potomac--------------------Dallas 5
* Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh 0.-6530 Sivley Avenue---------------Houston
* Brown, Mr. and Mrs. E. K.-7124 Steilacoom Blvd. -----------Tacoma 99
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Love
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Slattery
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. W. Tragsdorf
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. W. W. Warren,
E. H. Parmalee,
Otto Marstrand and Fedor Michaelson
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 1200.
Please fill in the application below and send your dues to the
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 249, STATION "A"
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Wife's Name- ----- ..- .
Address.s a- ~~-. -
Number of Years on Canal.
What Division ------- ---------- -
P. O. Box 249 STA. A
ST. PETERSBURG 2
Sec. 34.66 P.L&R.
U. S. Postage
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Permit No. 603
POSTMASTER: IF ADDRESSEE HAS REMOVED NOTIFY GENDER OF NEW
ADDRESS ON FORM 3547, POSTAGE FOR WHICH IS GUARANTEED
RETURN AND FORWARDING POSTAGE GUARANTEED.
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