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The Sunshine Skyway, St. Petersburg, Florida
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Panama Canal old-timers greet General Robert E. Wood, Chief Quartermaster of Panama Canal during construction
days, and General Mark Clark, of World War II fame, at Goethals Memorial, Balboa, Canal Zone.(L-R)-R.K. Morris,
former Chief Quartermaster, Panama Canal; Mrs. Morris, Mrs. John M. Davis, Mrs. Frank A. Anderson, Mrs. Morris
Seeley, Morris Seeley, Karl Curtis, Frank A. Anderson, General Wood, General Clark, Acting Governor H. O. Paxson,
Capt. John M. Davis, President, Chapter 24, N.A.R.C.E.; William D. Taylor, Mrs. Frank Y. Thompson, Frank Y.
Thompson, and Frank Williams. July 27, 1954.
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Coakley
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Mrs. Leigh Abrams
Mrs. C. E. Hutchinson
Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Brown
50th. Wedding Anniversary
Aug. 23, 1954
Hot Springs, Ark.
San Antonio, Texas
Mr. J. F. Bashner, Harry Lewis, Leigh Abrams,
Don Gray, James Whitsett
OUR FRONT COVER
SUNSHINE SKYWAY, St. Petersburg, Florida, offers fifteen miles of sea-going
travel by auto while saving fifty miles of congested area around Tampa Bay.
From Central Avenue and U. S. 19, St. Petersburg, it is 20 miles across the Sky-
way to Palmetto, only eight miles more driving than was necessary when taking
the old Bee Line Ferry, now discontinued. Toll, $1.75 for car and all passengers.
Ferry toll was $1.50 for car and driver. This great central bridge of the Skyway
rises to 155 feet above water and travelers look 20 miles up the bay to St.
Petersburg or out across the Gulf of Mexico. This is south half of Skyway.
-St. Petersburg News Service, St. Petersburg, Florida
LAST MINUTE NEWS
Mrs L. W. Foster of St. Petersburg is a patient in St. Anthony's
Hospital for eye surgery.
Miss Pauline Merideth is in North Broward Hospital at Fort Lau-
derdale, Florida, where she was a surgery patient on Nov. 8, 1954.
Mrs. W. M. Michaux of St. Petersburg was a surgery patient at
the Graduate Hospital, University of Pennsylvania. She is now recup-
erating at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Major and Mrs.
Macon C. Michaux of New Brunswick, N. J.
Capt. Michael Phalen, former Canal Pilot, died on November 11,
in Brooklyn, N. Y.
Mrs. C. M. Ashbrook of Fullerton, Calif., has been visiting the
Marshalls and other friends in St. Petersburg.
Mr. Charles Ryson of 2828 13th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, Fla.
is very ill and a patient in a St. Petersburg nursing home.
Make your reservations for the Reunion. Use the reservation
form on Page 61.
Recent visitors who were guests at our November 7th meeting
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Leighton of Alfred, Maine.
Mr. Harry Crosschup.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Viet of Gamboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos of Ancon, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Lyons of Norfolk, Va.
Mrs. Edward J. Mann and daughter, Sheryl, from the Canal Zone.
-Ao Panama fanal Society of 7loida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. Box 249. STATION "A" ST. PETERSBURG 2, FLORIDA
C. G. Calvit J. F. Warner
A. L. Miner F. A. Anderson
Vice-President ZON W. H. Butler
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd / W. Gray
Mrs. Burt W. Hall H.H. Hudon
Correspond. Sec'y. Ralph H. Oliver
E. M. Kieswetter Dan E. Wright
News Editor Counselors
Lee Burns G. T. Tarflinger
REPORT OF SECRETARY TREASURER
Covering the period from August 2, to November 1, 1954
It won't be long before our folks are coming down this way again
and we will be so glad to see them. Our family will be complete again.
We have had so many lovely letters from you folks since the last
Record went to press that it has kept me busy answering them, but
believe me we are so glad to hear from you all that answering is a
We are now turning our thoughts to the Christmas Party at the
Tourist Center on Monday, December 13th when contributions of cash
or toys will be accepted for the crippled children of the American
Legion Hospital of St. Petersburg. The Editor will have a write-up
elsewhere in this Record telling all about this party, and if you can't
be present and wish to contribute, please send the check or money
order to me and it will be taken down to the Hospital after the party.
January 11th and 12th are Reunion days and we do hope that
many who did not find it possible to attend last year will come this
year. We hope to have real Florida sunshine for you-and as an added
attraction we now have the new bridge-Sunshine Skyway.
In order for the year book to be in the mail by December 1st (to
avoid the Xmas mail rush) the final galley had to be in the hands of
printer by November 1st. Those who have not paid their 1954 dues
have been automatically dropped, and their names will not appear in
this year book-however, upon payment of their dues for 1954 and
1955 they will be reinstated and the December Record mailed at once,
also a copy of the 1955 year book.
Be sure to keep us informed of any change of address.
We are still receiving letters concerning making Florida, espec-
ially St. Petersburg area, their future home-as we stated in the Sep-
tember Record we have members who are Real Estate Agents-they
are Troy Hayes, E. M. Kieswetter and J. F. Olive. If you are inter-
ested in some other part of the State address your letter to the Society
representative who is listed in the line-up of officers, and I am sure
that your letter will be turned over to the proper person for a reply.
Since the Year Book will reach you about the same time as the
December Record, there will be no "change of address" as the year
book will include all changes up to November 1, 1954. Changes after
that date will appear in the March Record.
As we go to press, 1142 have paid their 1954 dues. There have
been 228 new members so far this year.
MANY THANKS to the Canal Zone, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico,
New Zealand, Nova Scotia and Republic of Panama members who now
send Postal Money Orders.
MANY THANKS TO THE MEMBERS WHO PAY THEIR
DUES EARLY IN THE YEAR.
At the September meeting a nominating committee was appointed,
with instructions to submit the names of the new slate of officers elect
for 1955, in order that their names could appear in the December
Record. The Committee has proposed the following slate for 1955:
President -------- Mr. Harry J. Lewis
Vice-President ------------- Mr. Troy Hayes
Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary ------Mrs. Burt W. Hall
News Editor __- Mr. Ernest Kieswetter
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU
ALL. See you at the Soreno January 11th and 12th. Since the Re-
union days are Tuesday and Wednesday there will be no meeting on
OLD MAN WILLIAM
The trouble is in my mind that not enough attention is bein paid
to Mr. Newman's recommendations. A feller that can make recom-
mendations on everything under the sun off hand like, dealing with per-
sonnel, management, politics, wage scales and what not along with
fiscal matters and policies, is a feller worth payin special attention to.
Its plain to be seen that he does know it all. Like Old Man Noah. You
know that song. It goes like this.
Old Man Noah knew a thing or two,
He made 'em all play ball.
Old Man Noah knew a thing or two,
He thought he knew it all.
Old Man William is jist like Old Man Noah. Thanks to his rec-
ommendations the Hotel Washington is now a dead duck. I used to
enjoy a cold beer there in the afternoon after rasslin with the caows
at Mindi all day but no more. We contracted that their hotel out. It
is now down and out and score one fer Old Man William.
I suppose he will want us to contract out the Railroad line next
and then the steamship line. Then when they both fold we could con-
tract out the commissaries and service centers. Gorsh, at that rate in
no time at all we wouldn't have anybody working here at all.
Then he wants us to train Panamanians who work fer one-third
the US rate of pay to do US employes jobs so we could save all that
money and fire all them US citizens.
Now I know Old Man Williams don't read much (he aint read the
Booze Allen report yet, he says) but iffen he would only pick up a
paper now and then he would see that the Panama-US treaty negotia-
tors are discussion equal pay for equal work. Iffen that becomes part
of the new treaty, then how will using Panamanians instead of Ameri-
cans save any money? Course maybe he figgers the Panamanians
wouldn't live in ithe Zone and so we wouldn't have to have quarters fer
them and no service centers neither. Then we would close the service
centers on account of there wouldn't be any customers an then we
could fire all the employes of the service centers.
An iffen he read a paper now and then he would read where some
narrow minded Congressmen back in Washington favor having Ameri-
cans down here to best protect the interests of the United States Gov-
mint. As many Americans as possible, that is, as is consistent with
the Newman-GAO policy.
And iffen he read the paper, he would see where CARE send an
awful lot of milk here for the Panamanian undernourished people.
An Old Man William is the feller, you remember, who wanted to close
down Mindi Dairy and have the Panama dairys supply the Canal
Zone residents with milk. Iffen we had done that we would be gittin
tre CARE packages, not the Panamanians.
An I love his statement that "The policy of remunerating em-
ployes through low prices for services performed by the company has
become embedded in overall Canal policy."
Where are those low prices I ast? All I know is that the Corrall
has low priced all employes to the point where nearly everyone I
know has his car worked on in Panama. The Maintenance Division
has low priced Canal Zonians so that now no one can afford to have
his furniture repaired or refinished in our shops.
The low prices in the service centers are ten per cent higher than
in the commissaries; the low prices in Gorgas Hospital have driven a
lot of customers into Panama hospitals; and the low prices in the com-
missaries are a helluva lot higher than on many commodities in the
On Old Man William should ought knowed that iffen he would
only take some time out and read the papers, the Washington papers,
But I really got a big uplift oughten his remark about the Booze
Allen report that "We have not been furnished with a copy of the
report and therefore are unable to comment on the findings. This
report should be appraised by the Department of Labor and the Civil
Well, now I dunno about that, Old Man William. Seems like to
me it should ought be appraised by the GAO, two on account of the
GAO is mixin in on Department of Labor and Civil Service Commis-
sion business in the Canal Zone.
Yesirree, I cant help but come to the conclusion that the BS Ele-
ment in the GAO report can be traced directly to Old Man Williams
influence. This is high quality BS and the known factors in the BSE
cant account for it. There must be some hidden factor in Old Man
Williams BS Element an with luck Im gonna try to dig it out.
Seems like to me that a feller like me who knows such a lot
about caows and bulls and jackasses shouldn't have two much trouble
digging out a new factor in the GAO BS Element. Im not only a good
caow hand but also scientific, two.
The manuscript for the legislative subject in our Canal Record
for September needed to go to press before the Congress adjourned
August 20, 1954. Several bills of interest to retirees were then pending.
Of those mentioned in our last edition two were enacted into law.
H.R. 7785 was enacted as Public Law 747. This measure made
permanent those increases in retirement annuities which had been
authorized on a temporary basis by P.L. 555. This measure also serves
to eliminate any extra amount of annuity derived through voluntary
contribution from consideration in the adjustment of annuities under
the $2160 ceiling of P.L. 555.
The general tax bill H.R. 8300 was enacted as Public Law 591.
This measure serves to exempt from income taxation Retirement In-
come in amounts up to but not to exceed $1200 a year.
For those youthful retirees who have not reached their 65th birth-
day before the end of the tax year. Retirement Income is limited to
the actual amounts of pensions and annuities received from Public
Retirement Systems as established by the United States, a State, Ter-
ritory, Possession or a subdivision thereof, but not to exceed the $1200
For those older retirees who have reached their 65th birthday
before the end of the tax year Retirement Income in addition to an-
nuities and pensions may include dividends, interest and rents, as well
as earnings not to exceed $900.00 a year in all, the actual amount but
not to exceed that $1200 maximum.
For those superanuated retirees who have reached their 75th birth-
day before the end of the tax year. Retirement Income includes all the
above mentioned items but without limit on any earnings, but again
the actual amount but limited to the $1200 combined maximum.
This new law specifically states that the Retirement Income shall
not exceed $1200 for the purposes of tax exemption. And that this
$1200.00 allowance shall be reduced by such amounts received as
pensions or annuities under Social Security, Railroad Retirement, or
otherwise excluded from gross income.
The above will serve to acquaint retirees with those factors of the
new law of most concern and interest. The details and procedures of
computation will be simplified, we hope, in the new forms for making
tax returns and the instructions which will accompany these forms,
we have been informed that the forms and instructions will not be
available until late in December.
The other bills mentioned as pending in our last edition were not
acted upon by the 83rd Congress. We have been informed by Ralph
Culter, of Mystic, Conn., that the Old Timers interest in H. R. 3660
(which was passed over without perjudice when it came up in the
House) and which proposes an increase in Construction Service Pen-
sions is to be reintroduced in the 84th Congress which will convene
early in January, 1955.
FUTURE RETIREMENT POLICY
The special committee on Retirement Policy for Federal Person-
nel under the Chairmanship of Mr. H. Eliot Kaplan completed its in-
vestigation and submitted its final report to the Congress during the
last week of June, 1954.
The data submitted by this Kaplan Committee comprises over
1150 pages of text tabulations and figures in five parts. It covers data
and comparisons of 9 contributory, 13 non-contributory in addition to
3 other pension or retirement systems in which the Federal Govern-
ment is concerned.
Retirees will be interested to learn that all this may have to do in
easing their struggle in trying to match the reduced purchasing power
of their annuities against the increased cost of living. The committee
report covers in quite some detail the pros and cons of making adjust-
ments in retirement annuities and the existing procedures or plans
which have developed, with respect to annuity adjustments after re-
tirement as associated with increases in the cost of living.
The Kaplan committee has made recommendations on retirement
subjects to the Congress in part as follows:
"The problem of adjusting the annuity benefits or retired em-
ployees and of the survivors of former employees is one which must
be resolved from time to time as circumstances require, e.g., a substan-
tial increase in the cost of living. The Committee believes that it is
incumbent on the Congress when adjusting the current pay of Govern-
ment employees, or when liberalizing the benefit formula for future
annuitants, to reexamine the benefits paid to annuitants already on the
rolls with a view to adjusting their annuities as warranted."
"In making the annuity adjustments, consideration should be
given to the fact that the staff retirement systems are designed primar-
ily to provide benefits for career employees. When adjustments in
annuities are made, the original relationship of the basic annuity to
the salary and service of the annuitant should be maintained."
"When enacting provisions for adjustment of annuities the Con-
gress should concurrently make appropriations to finance such ad-
"Annuities derived from voluntary contributions should not be
taken into account in making annuity adjustment."
"The Committee recommends that in view of the termination date
of readjustments provided in Public Law 555, Congress should review
the existing provisions in light of the above principles."
"Whether annuity adjustments, or changes in benefit provisions
should be prospective or retroactive should be decided in light of the
particular circumstances. The general rule should be that payments
made from such adjustments should be prospective only."
"The general tax laws applying to all retired persons generally,
should apply equally to retired Government employees."
The 83rd Congress has already enacted legislation applying to a
couple of these recommendations. P.L. 747 rules that annuities de-
rived from voluntary contributions should not be taken into account
when making any adjustment in retirement annuities. Also, P.L. 591
provides for a tax exemption up to $1200.00 in Retirement Income.
This is a real effort toward eliminating those inequities due to having
some annuities taxable and others tax exempt. However, it seems to
this writer that because of the recent changes in Social Security bene-
fits there has been established another inequity in the taxing of retire-
The future of all these recommendations will depend to a consider-
able extent on the view point and constructive attitude of the next
Congress. There is such a volume of data in the Kaplan reports to be
read, studied and formulated for the consideration of the 84th Con-
gress that is seems an overwhelming task to expect it to be undertaken
by the Senate and House Committees on Post Office and Civil Service
in addition to all the usual activities of these two committees. The
writer has heard several expressions on this subject in effect that it
would seem very desirable that a joint special committee with mem-
bers from both the Senate and House be established for the special
purpose of formulating legislation consistent with the recommenda-
tions of the Kaplan Committee.
Through the efforts of Old Time Canal Constructors, Andrew W.
Dewling, President of the Panama Canal Society of Washington and
Roger S. Erdman also of the Washington Society, we have more de-
tailed information concerning the ruling of the courts concerning Con-
struction Service Pensions under Public Law 319, as amended.
The subject under reference concerns the decision of the U. S.
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at Seattle, Washington on May
22, 1953. The case being that of Robert A. K. Anderson, as executor
of the estate of Catherine C. Anderson, deceased, Appalant vs. United
States Appellee, on appeal from the U. S. District Court for the West-
ern District, Seattle, Washington.
The case concerns that of Charles C. Anderson, a Panama Canal
Constructor during the period 1904 to 1914 who died without partici-
pating in the benefits of P.L. 319. His wife also died before she was
able to get the benefits as an eligible widow. The Court of Appeals
reversed the adverse decision of the District Court and ruled that the
annuity passed to the estate of the wife upon her death.
In order that this information serve not to build up false hopes
for the survivors of Old Time Canal Constructors, it must be pointed
out that no claims can now be validated where claims were not filed
prior to the passing of the individual. In this respect it is desired to
quote in part from correspondence over the signature of Phillip Young,
Chairman of the Civil Service Commission:
"In the case of Anderson vs. United States, the United States
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on May 22, 1953, held that
where the widow of a construction worker met with the legal require-
ments for title to the annuity and had filed claim therefore, her death
would not operate to defeat the right to annuity but her estate could
be paid the sum due to the date of death."
"It must be noted that this decision does not create a right to
construction annuity where none otherwise exists. For example, in the
case of a construction worker who died before May 29, 1944, or who
died after that date without having filed a claim, nothing is payable
to his estate. The same is true as regards a widow who did not live
with the worker on the Isthmus for at least one year during the con-
struction period, or a widow who did not meet the statutory require-
ments but failed to file claim for the annuity."
OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY
The annual Christmas Party and Business Meeting of the Florida
Society will be held at 2 P. M. Monday, December 13, 1954 at the
Tourist Center in St. Petersburg. All are cordially invited and urged
to attend if possible.
As is the custom each year, contributions of cash or toys will be
accepted for the crippled children of the American Legion Hospital of
this city. Cash donations are somewhat preferred by those in charge
of the hospital, because it enables them to purchase the gifts requested
by the children in their letters to Santa Claus. Never-the-less, toys
are gladly accepted.
Toys should be wrapped and tagged, and the tag should plainly
describe the toy, stating whether it is suitable for a boy or girl, and
the approximate age of the child to whom it should be given. There
is no limit on the amount that can be given, and we earnestly urge
that your contribution be as generous as your circumstances will per-
mit. Regardless of the size of the gift, it will make a crippled child
happy, at a time when more fortunate children have Santa visit them
in their homes with their loved ones.
If you wish to make a contribution, but will be unable to attend
the party, kindly send the donation by a friend, or mail it to Mrs.
Lucille Judd, 3535 19th Street North, St. Petersburg 4, Florida.
Refreshments will be served and plans have been made for the
best party ever. Come if you possibly can. Don't stay away if for
some reason you are unable to make a contribution. Everyone will be
After the party, those members who so desire, will go to the hos-
pital, where the contributions will be turned over to the manager.
IN THE MAILBOX
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd, Secretary-Treasurer
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. 0. Box 249, Station "A"
St. Petersburg 2, Fla.
Dear Mrs. Judd:
I have greatly enjoyed reading over the years your most informa-
tive and well prepared "Canal Record" magazine, and I am astonished
at the amount of interesting information you are able to gather and so
well present each month. I have reached an age where there is not
much sense in joining more societies, but I wish to make a contribution
to your treasury as per enclosed check, together with best wishes for
continuation of the good work you and your colleagues are doing.
Perhaps you would like to use the enclosure regarding Judge
Feuille. I have no pride of authorship whatsoever and you may make
any changes or alterations you may desire. The writer resided on the
Isthmus of Panama from 1905 to 1916, and was Resident Engineer
from 1905 to 1909 on the Culebra division and later on the Chagres
division. I am Currently President of the Panama Canal Society of
With high regards, I beg to remain
R. W. HEBARD
JUDGE FRANK FEUILLE
Judge Frank Feuille died at his home in El Paso, Texas, on Octo-
ber 8th at 94 years of age. His passing removes one of the few sur-
viving men who occupied high position during the construction period
of the Panama Canal. Judge Feuille served as General Counsel of the
Isthmian Canal Commission from 1909 to its demise in 1914. As head
of the Legal Division, he handled settlement of land claims in the
Canal Zone, as well as the many and diverse related legal matters
which arose during the construction period on the Canal Zone, as well
as those with the Government of the Republic of Panama.
He was the guiding spirit in the torturous and controversial tran-
sition from the construction period under the jurisdiction and authority
of the Isthmian Canal Commission, to the permanent organization
marked by the inauguration of Colonel George W. Goethals as first
Governor of the Panama Canal on April 1, 1914. Perhaps, however,
his main contribution to the smooth overall construction operation
was that as the trusted advisor to Col. Goethals, whom he was to sur-
vive by nearly twenty-seven years.
Returning to the United States following his retirement from the
Canal service, he became General Counsel of the Standard Oil Co. of
California, and acted also as consultant for other leading petroleum
companies operating in foreign countries. His intimate knowledge of
the Spanish language and legal structure of the Latin American coun-
tries qualified him as an outstanding authority in this field. In April
of 1953 the Pan American Society of the United States conferred on
Judge Feuille its Gold Medal for distinguished services in the inter-
Judge Feuille was a Charter Member of the New York Panama
Canal Society and served as President and Director for many years.
He always thoroughly enjoyed attending the annual dinners of the
Society and after removing his residence to El Paso, he maintained
his membership and never failed to send his annual greetings to the
Society and its members.
Judge Feuille retained his mental vigor and keen interest in dom-
estic and international affairs until the end. He was loved and ad-
mired by all of his many friends, and his brand of vigorous, un-swerv-
ing Americanism and uncompromising integrity were an inspiration to
all who had the privilege of knowing him. We will not see his like again.
St. Petersburg, Florida
October 21, 1954
Dear Mrs. Judd:
I am sure that I like many other members of the Canal Society
of St. Petersburg feel, that when they get in touch with you, they are
entering the life stream of the Society as well as touching its main
Am sorry that it was not possible for me to reach St. Pete in time
to attend the meeting for October, and if my present plans do not mis-
carry will be on my way over seas before the November meeting, an-
swering the call to duty once more.
When I reached the retirement age with the Rockefeller Founda-
tion was confident that I was willing to call it a day, after my forty-
four years of active service in just about every country in the world,
putting to good effect the valuable knowledge gained on the Panama
Canal, during my seventeen years spent there from June 1st, 1904
when the general clean up campaign was started, and through the con-
struction days. It was during this period of time that the goats were
separated from the sheep, and it was more or less a case of survival
of the fittest, this was especially true during the years 1904, 1905 and
1906, but those that survived received a training the like of which has
never been known before in the world.
It was men like Gorgas, Carter, Mason, La Prince, Manning, and
a dozen or more others that might be mentioned that gave labor its
first new look, and should if the truth were known, be given the credit
of being the fathers of our present day Public Health service, and the
forced care that must be given to protect the man that does the work,
not only on a construction job, but on the farms, in the factories and
sweat shops of the old days. It was the Panama Canal pioneers that.
were called the idealists, and were held up to ridicule, and more or
less scorn by those of their own profession, but they hewed to the line,
and insisted on good medical care, good housing, safe water supplies,
sanitary waste disposal, protection from malaria and the eradication
of the deadly disease of yellow fever. Not to mention good recreation
facilities and the opportunity to lead a healthy normal life.
It was on the work involved and the methods employed that gave
me such valuable experience for my efforts to introduce similar meth-
ods on the backward and under-privileged countries of the World in
which I have served, and only those that have been given the oppor-
tunity to visit and get first hand information can appreciate the de-
plorable conditions under which just about three fourths of the popu-
lation of the World live today.
Our Government, and the American people have made a heroic
effort to correct some of the ills of the world, but they have found as
could have been expected, that their efforts have been misunderstood,
and instead of being pointed to as benefactors, are accused of being
schemers that are planning to dominate and rule as the despots of the
west have done for centuries. To overcome this handicap our Govern-
ment is more and more realizing that the billions and millions poured
into these countries can not be handled by the Government, and its
immediate representatives, but if it is to accomplish the results desired
must be carried out by private non-profit organizations as was the
case with the West India Islands. England would not clean up these
pest holes, and she would not let the U. S. Government do the work,
but they did let the Rockefeller Foundation come in and turn them
into winter resorts. Now a similar effort is being made to assist the
Near and Middle East to improve living conditions. These countries
for many centuries under the rule of Turkey, and after world war one
under England and France are now striving for self rule which is by
no means easy due to a system of corruption and intrigue practiced
through the years against their Foreign rulers. This practice became
so prevalent that they are finding it hard to realize that it is not good
business to practice it against themselves.
These countries in ancient times were rich and flourishing but due
to being invaded, conquered and dispoiled by Foreigners, they lost
their glory and became poverty stricken, with disease, and practical
starvation rampant, a fertile field for Communism.
Our Government is doing everything in its power to assist these
countries to become self supporting, and stable once more, and due to
the justified suspicion of the people of a Foreign Government interfer-
ing with their internal affairs, the effort to improve the countries is
being made through private non-profit organizations, like the Near
East Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and it is on a program
sponsored by the Ford Foundation, and to be executed by the Near
East Foundation, that I have been called back into active service
once more. For several years an effort has been made to show these
people how to make two blades of grass grow where they had only had
one, but it was found that there was little gain, if a man raised a good
crop, but due to sickness was unable to harvest it. An effort is now to
be made to establish health centers in the villages and small towns of
these countries for the purpose of giving them safe water supplies,
proper disposal of the waste matter and control of their Malaria prob-
lem. If this can be done it will do more to advance these people than
millions spent for clothing, food, etc.
Am sure that you and other members of the old Panama Canal
group will wish me well in this my latest venture to assist my fel-
DAN E. WRIGHT
We now have over 1200 members, more work and headaches for
our Secretary. It would help tremendously, if every member would
send in the current dues. Don't wait until Mrs. Judd is obliged to send
out a reminder. Help our Secretary, who is doing a splendid job. Show
your appreciation and be an early bird. Send in your dues now!
COMMITTEE FOR H.R. 19
To the Two to Three Year Workers who built The Panama Canal
A report of the activities of your representatives in Washington
is in order as the present session of Congress is ended. He was in Wash-
ington from early January to the middle of August and devoted his en-
tire time to contacting Congressmen and others regarding our Bill.
After a continuous effort a hearing was obtained before the Sub-
committee of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, of which
Mr. John J. Allen of Oakland, California is Chairman. At this hear-
ing, a group of Washington "old timers" and I appeared and it is be-
lieved a very good presentation of the Bill was made. Opposition to
the Bill was made by the Civil Service Commission on the precedent
which might be created but most damaging was the retroactive clause.
The following day it was announced that "no action" was taken on our
Bill. I was told the greatest obstacle to our Bill was the unfavorable
report made by both the Bureau of the Budget and the Civil Service
Commission, made in 1953. Both Mr. Maurice Thatcher and I worked
to have these reports modified, but without success. The lack of an
estimate of the number of beneficiaries and probable cost was satis-
factorily overcome, but the precedent of an annuity for two years
service is yet to be sold to these particular people.
There is feeling that the crowded Calendar of this Committee made
full consideration of the Bill difficult.
The "tabling" of the Bill was a great disappointment, but the ex-
perience gained may be of future benefit. It is hoped that our Chair-
man, Mr. Frank D. Green, who has just retired as a Vice President
of Armour & Company may be able to take an active part in Washing-
ton the next session of Congress. Certain changes in the Bill are in-
dicated. Some changes in the face of the Bill are necessary to get
further consideration. Some valuable suggestions have been made by
Congressman John J. Allen of California and Thomas A. Jenkins of
Ohio and Marguerite Stitt Church of Illinois.
It should be mentioned that it was favorable to us that Congress-
man Thor C. Tollefson of Tacoma Washington was appointed Acting
Chairman of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee in Feb-
ruary in place of Mr. Weichel who was replaced on account of illness.
It should be stated that fine cooperation was obtained from many
Congressmen, who made suggestions as to how to proceed. Also the
fine cooperation of our group was developed as we went along. Many
fine contacts were set up for me by letters written by you people to
your Congressman, requesting that he contact Chairman John J. Allen.
The assistance of our people in the Washington area was extremely
helpful. During his stay in Washington, our Treasurer Mr. Warren
E. Hoffman, was a great help. He reports our financial condition
sound. (Total receipts to date, $665.10; Disbursements, $159.47; On
hand, $505.63). Great care was used to preserve the funds for future
contingency. As agreed no part of it has been used for personal ex-
penses of your representative.
Your Committee will formulate a new program and advise you
further, probably after the November election, at which time there
will be a few changes in Congress. In the meantime, your suggestions
are needed and will be greatly appreciated.
For the Committee
S. H. GRAUTEN, Secretary
COMMITTEE FOR H. R. 19
Frank D. Green, 7300 Southshore Drive, Chicago, Illinois, Chairman.
Mrs. Elsie M. Greenwood, 115 N. Penn. Ave., Wellston, Ohio, Vice-Ch.
Arthur L. Miner, 3924 17th St., St. Petersburg, Fla., Vice-Chairman.
Ellis D. Stilwell, 829 East Palm Ave., Monrovia, Cal., Vice-Chairman.
Seymour Paul, 504 S. Mason St., Harrisonburg, Va., Vice-Chairman.
Warren E. Hoffman, 1124 Van Curler Ave., Schnectady, N. Y., Treas.
S. H. Grauten, 1722 Harrison St., Evanston, Ill., Secretary.
Our Bill when introduced iin the 84th Congress will no doubt have
a new number.
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
Otto Marstand forwarded a clipping announcing the death of Mrs.
A. Lindo, a grand old lady of Panama, who died at the age of 89.
Mrs. Lindo has a host of friends among the members of the American
colony in Panama. Mrs. Lindo arrived in Panama in 1886, twelve
years before Otto, who is a 1906 man. Otto also reports his brother,
whom he hadn't seen for 25 years has established residence in Miami,
Florida. He was for many years the manager of the Central and So.
American Cable Co.
A letter from Marie Coffey says she is ready to hit the road back
toSt. Petersburg. James received his B. A. degree at St. Bonaventures
University on May 30th. He is now located in Albany with the Upjohn
Elsie Jackson writes of having spent a delightful summer in the
Poconos, she sends thanks to the folks who invited them to share the
fried chicken and picnic dinner at Hillsboro Park.
Mrs Leta Deakins writes that she had a very enjoyable trip to the
Zone to visit son Roger and family, also daughter Leta and family,
Mrs. Floyd Robinson. Is now visiting her daughter Allane, Mrs.
Robert Walker in Elberton, Georgia.
Grace Driscoll writes that she recently enjoyed a visit with Elmer
and Edna Haw. She reports that they both looked wonderful. Mrs.
Fred Nehls lives near by and keeps her posted on Canal news. She
lives with daughter Dorothy and her husband and 4Y year old daugh-
ter. Mrs, Driscoll is employed as a secretary in San Mateo.
Mrs. Norine Kaufer writes of her recent visit in Sunnyvale, Calif.
with her three children. Ted Kaufer, Jane, now Mrs. Jim Cochrane
and three children and Nancy, Now Mrs. Leroy Leach. On a trip to
Los Angeles, saw her mother Mrs. Mary Hall, her sister and husband,
Jane and Ewing Joorney, also saw the Horines, Schewes, Smithies,
and Mr. and Mrs. Koperski, Sr.
The Tom Shirleys of Hot Springs, Ark., enjoyed a visit from their
daughter Peg and her two children, Tommy and Billey. They flew up
from the Canal Zone to New Orleans where the Shirleys met them. Peg's
husband, Fred Holmberg made the trip by boat to New York, and
drove down to join his family. After their visit in Hot Springs, they
drove to Worcester, Mass. to visit with Fred's family. The Shirleys
now plan a trip to Texas, Oklahoma and northwest Ark. hoping to
see as many old friends as possible along the way.
Mrs. Lillie Neely Davis writes that her oldest daughter got mar-
ried in December. Her husband got his Ph. D. this past June at the
University and they are on their way to Houston, Texas where he will
work for Standard Oil. Her son Robert is returning to Memphis
State, to continue the study of medicine. His wife Barbara, is teach-
ing nursing at St. Joseph. Daughter Janet is going to teach this year.
She writes, "I enjoyed the last Record very much. It was the first time
I knew all of the people in the pictures. It was fun seeing their faces.
They bring back memories."
Isabel Cauthers writes, "Just received the Record and as always
sat right down and read it from cover to cover. Thanks for bringing
us such an enjoyable record of the Zonians all over the world. We en-
joy the pictures of the old timers and their homes. In Aug. my daugh-
ter and I flew to the Zone for a short visit. We had a wonderful time
visiting our old friends. Margaret's husband is on duty in Korea. Dick
is still living at home and working as a Mechanical Engineer in the
Sceintific Test Section of the N. Y. Naval Shipyard. Hope to get down
to St. Pete soon to see all you good people."
Mrs. John Hearn of Meridan, Miss. writes that she is enjoying a
visit from her daughter Lucille, and looking forward to a visit from
her son Jack and wife. Mr. and Mrs. Hearn send kindest regards to
everyone, and especially to John Warner.
Mrs. Clyde Shumaker, nee Jane Huntoon, writes that last Septem-
ber, the Matt Christes, back from Italy, visited the Shumakers in Med-
ford, Oregon. Matt and Clyde had served in the army together in New
Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. The Christes were
touring the U. S. by car and expect to visit Fla. in the near future.
Pop Wright of Boquette Bugle fame, sent us a snap of himself and
Tom Shirley taken when Tom paid him a short but pleasant visit in
San Antonio, Texas. Pop claims his eyes are bothering him some, but
he can still write a good letter, easy to read.
Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Lindsay write that they are now located at
612 West Minnesota Ave., DeLand, Fla.
Mrs. Leslie E. Wilkinson informs us that they are nicely situated
in San Antonio, Texas, where Leslie has a good T.V. business. Don,
she says, will soon be out of the service and will then go on to college
m Calif. Jan is now 16 and a very pretty girl as a snapshot sent along
will attest. Jackie, Leslie's son will be out of the service in December
and will make his home in San Antonio and go on to school. Betty will
also join them, as she has finished school at Catherine Gibbs in New
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. Roland Jones of Balboa, announce the marriage of
their daughter, Barbara Lucille Jones, to John Arthur Hey, of St.
Louis, Missouri. The wedding took place at the Fort Amador Chapel
on August 28th. The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and
attended Florida State University. Mr. Hey, a graduate of William
Cullen McBride High School in St. Louis, is now attending the Uni-
versity of Missouri in Columbia. He served three years in the United
States Army of which twenty months were spent on the Canal Zone.
Miss Laura Ann Walston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William
Walston of Diablo Heights, was united in marriage to Mr. Philip
Ransdall Sanders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Sanders of Gamboa, on
Sept. 2nd. The wedding took place in the Methodist Church of Consho-
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Miner Johnson announce the marriage of
their daughter, Lucille Virginia Johnson, of Sacramento, Calif. to
Boyd Manning Bevington, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Bevington
of Balboa on July 30th.
The marriage of Miss Elaine Lombard to William Ross Newland
took place on August 28th in the Fort Amador Chapel. The bride is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene C. Lombard of Balboa Heights.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Kenneth Newland
of Margarita. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend Michael
J. Wye, C. M. A reception was held at the home of the bride's parents
at Balboa Heights.
Mr. and Mrs. E. S. MacSparran of Tacoma Park, Maryland, have
announced the marriage of their daughter, Miss Mary Jo MacSparran
of Ancon, to Sgt. Charles Earl Griffiths, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
G. Griffiths of Cleveland, Ohio, on August 26th. The daughter of the
retired chief of the Canal's Terminal Division on the Atlantic side
was graduated from Cristobal High School with the class of 1950.
After completing her nurses training in Wilmington, Deleware, she
joined the nursing staff at Gorgas Hospital. Sgt. Griffiths is assigned
to the Military Police Company at Ft. Clayton.
In a double-ring ceremony at the chapel of the Jewish Welfare
Board Center in Balboa, Miss Naomi Witkin was married on August
26th to Mr. Noel Steinberg of Peekskill, New York. The bride is the
daughter of Rabbi and Mrs. Nathan Witkin of Balboa. The groom is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Steinberg of New York City and Peek-
skill. Rabbi Witkin officiated at the ceremony.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Schnake of Diablo Heights, announce the
marriage of their daughter, Barbara Ann, to Mr. Richard Lawrence
Jeffers, son of Mr. and Mrs. George T. Jeffers of Birmingham, Michi-
gan, on August 21st at the Fort Amador Chapel.
Mr. Frederick William Michmershuizen, of Grand Rapids, Michi-
gan, annunces the marriage of his daughter, Rita Ann, to Lt. James
Hascher Coakley, United States Air Force, on September 11th.
Mr. Roger W. Adams of Balboa Heights, son of Mrs. Austin F.
Yoder of Diablo Heights and the late Mr. Roger H. Adams, was mar-
ried on August 14th in Mansfield, 0., to Miss Katherine Ann Schafer,
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest A. Schafer of Mansfield.
Mrs. Oakley Vineyard of St. Petersburg, Fla and Mr. John A.
Mennell of New Brighton, Pa., were united in marriage before a small
group of friends, on Monday, November 1, 1955. They will make their
home at 1400 26th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Miss Marie Kalthoff of South Pasadena, Calif. and Lt. Earl
Youart of Gamboa Fire Station were married on September 7th at the
Balboa Union Church by the Rev. Alexander Shaw.
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Ecker, Jr. have announced the birth of
a daughter, Beverly Ann, their third child, at San Rafael, California,
on August 3. Mrs. Ecker, the former Jean Irwin, is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Irwin of Balboa Heights.
Lt. and Mrs. Jerry J. Darden of Las Vegas, Nevada, have an-
nounced the birth of their second child, a son, on August 8th. The little
boy who has a number of relatives on theCanal Zone, has been named
Curtis. Mrs. Darden is the former Miss Margaret Grey Evans, daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Evans of Balboa. On his father's side the
baby is the grandson of Mrs. Benjamin A. Darden of Fayetteville, N.
C. and the late Mr. Darden.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence W. Strawbridge of Mt. View, California,
announce the birth of a son, Brett William, on July 13th. Mrs. Straw-
bridge is the former Phyllis Birnbaumer.
Jackie and Lindley M. Hall have announced the birth of a daugh-
ter, Susan Gay, on Sep. 11th. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
William T. Bowen of Coral Gables, Florida, and thepaternal grand-
parent is Mrs. Dorothy Hall of Gamboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Thomas, Jr., of Ancon announce the birth of
a daughter, Deborah Ann, at Gorgas Hospital on Sept. 20th. Mrs.
Thomas is the former Lois Kridle of Balboa. Maternal grandparents
are Mrs. L. C. Kridle of Curundu and the late Mr. Kridle. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Thomas, formerly of Gatun but
now of Arcadia, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wayman of Salinas, California, have an-
nounced the birth of a son on Sept. 21st. Mrs. Wayman is the former
Selma Thomas of Gatun.
Mr. and Mrs. William Wright announce the birth of a daughter,
Grace Patricia, on August 11th at Hendersonville, N. C. Mrs. Wright
was the former Louise Harrell.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Walker of South Portland, Me., have an-
nounced the birth on July 30 of their first child, a son, Richard Taylor
Walker. Mrs. Walker is the former Ruth Catherine Taylor who grew
up on the Canal Zone and attended Balboa High School. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Taylor, long time residents
of the Zone who now make their home at Kennebunk Pond, Alfred, Me.
From Cleveland, Ohio, comes word that twin boys were born on
Thursday to Crede C. (Chongo) Calhoun and his pretty wife, Jean,
formerly Miss Swittendick of Batavia, New York. These are first child-
ren for the young Calhouns who are so enthusiastic about the Isthmus
that they spend their vacations there with his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Crede H. Calhoun. The Isthmus is really home for Chongo, who was
born on the Canal Zone and is graduated from Balboa High School.
Later he served as an officer in the Air Force and was graduated from
Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School be-
fore entering the practice of law in Cleveland.
Fred Lyons of Clearwater, Florida, was a patient in Bay Pines
Hospital following a heart attack. Fred is home again with orders to
take it easy.
Mr. Lee Burns,who often acts as Chaplain at our meetings, was a
recent heart patient at Mound Park Hospital.
Mr. Edwin Y. Willey, father of Mrs. Ernest M. Keiswetter, of
Gulfport, Florida, suffered a severe stroke on October 8th.
Mrs. Judd, our able Secretary, has been bothered for several weeks
by arthritic pains in her hip. She reports feeling somewhat better but
says the cure is nearly as bad as the malady.
CARDS OF THANKS
Fred Lyons of Clearwater is back home after a sojourn in Bay
Pines Hospital. Fred sends thanks for flowers, cards and the many
inquiries while he was in the hospital.
"Your kind expression of sympathy is gratefully acknowledged
and deeply appreciated."-Capt. J. C. Treakle.
Mrs. Vernice Moody of Tampa, Florida sends thanks for the
cards sent her while she was ill.
John B. Corliss, Ferry Service-36 years, 11 days.
Lynn E. Cottrell, Electrical Division-23 years, 11 months, 27 days.
Roy G. Currie, Locks Division-14 years, 4 months.
Waldron Francis, Industrial Division-35 years, 2 months, 20 days.
Miss Florence I. Jacobs, Schools Division-29 years, 10 months.
John R. McLavy, Board of Health-28 years, 11 months, 22 days.
John M. North, Locks Division-26 years, 1 month, 5 days.
Antonio Orsini, Engineering Division-27 years, 9 months, 12 days.
Harold J. Peterson, Maintenance Division-12 years, 5 months, 6 days.
Clarence E. Sherwood, Electrical Division-35 years, 5 months, 2 days.
Solomon Yudin, Clinics Division-13 years, 5 months, 11 days.
John E. Cantrell, Commissary Division-11 years, 1 month, 9 days.
William H. Fisk, Storehouse Division-27 years, 9 months, 7 days.
Florence G. Kelly, Office of Comptroller-30 years, 1 month, 16 days.
John J. Molyneaux, Plant Inventory and Appraisal Staff-
13 years, 10 months, 17 days.
Clarendon Sealy, Commissary Division-31 years, 9 months, 8 days.
Robert W. White, Terminals Division-28 years, 8 months, 12 days.
Arthur S. Wilsoh, Navigation Division-12 years, 11 months, 4 days.
Worden H. Cowen, Marine Bureau-35 years, 17 days.
H. Conrad Dodson, Accounting Division-29 years, 1 month, 3 days.
Mrs. Eva G. Jones, Accounting Division-34 years, 6 months.
C. A. M. Monsanto, Transportation Division-28 years, 24 days.
John D. Stephens, Dredging Division-28 years, 4 months, 9 days.
Earl C. Tarr, Commissary Division-23 years, 10 months, 25 days.
Eugene K. Willett, Gorgas Hospital-25 years, 7 months.
THE CURTAIN FALLS
John L. Rosetii, former Canal employee who was well known dur-
ing his 23 years of residence in the Canal Zone, died Sept. 28th in a
Portland, Oregon hospital, following an operation. He was 52 years
old. He is survived by hiswife, two sons, John L. J., and Carl V. Ros-
etti, and a daughter, Mary, all of whom are living in the United States.
John S. Campbell, well-known retired employee of the Canal, died
suddenly on October 2nd at his home in Villas, N. J. He was 63 years
old. Mr. Campbell is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ethel Campbell, a son,
Jack of the Canal Zone. Also by two brothers, Walter of Cleveland,
Ohio, and Wesley of Merchantville, N. J. and a sister, Elizabeth, of
Alma Osorio de Lindo, one of the oldest foreign residents of the
Isthmus, passed away suddenly on September 14th as the result of a
heart attack, at the age of 89 years and 11 months. Surviving'her are
three sisters, Mrs. F. H. Sheibley, Mrs. Emeline Osorio de McHenry
and Mrs. Dagmar O. Naar of New York City and one brother, Hubert
Osorio, of Panama.
John F. Latimer, Sr., 66, retired sea captain of Jacksonville, Fla.
died after a long illness. He is survived by a son, John F. Latimer, Jr.
and a brother, G. W. Latimer, both of Jacksonville.
Mr. Latimer served several years on the Canal Zone in the Marine
News of the death of Joseph M. Spellman, retired Panama Canal
employee on August 3rd, has been received. He was 60 years old. He is
survived by his wife, a brother and two sisters.
William B. Childers, once honorary Mayor of Gatun, and former
superintendent of construction who helped to build the Gatun Locks,
died at his home in Worthington, Ohio, according to word received.
Mr. Childers was 87 years old. He is survived by his wife, two daugh-
ters and five sons.
Morgan J. Neabrey, 55, a wireman in the Electrical Division of
the Panama Canal Company, died suddenly on August 14th. He is
survived by his wife, Florence, and a son, James.
John J. Molyneaux of Balboa, died on Sept. 9th at Gorgas Hos-
pital. He was 46 years old, and had been ill for a long time. He was
retired from the Canal service a month before.
Mrs. J. C. Treakle of St. Petersburg died on Sept. 19th following
a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Capt. James C. Treakle.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Margaret Heller at
New Orleans, La. on August 22nd. She is survived by her husband, a
daughter, Evelyn, a son, Richard, and two sisters.
William J. Sheridan, purchasing agent for the Commissary Divi-
sion in New York City for about twenty years and father of the Canal
Zone Defender, died on August 20th at his home in Avon, N. J. after
a long illness. He was 78 years old. He is survived by one daughter,
Dorothea of Avon and by two sons, John F. of Glen Rock, N. J. and
William J. Jr., of Ancon.
Mrs. Raymond A. Wheeler, whose husband served as engineer
of maintenance for the Panama Canal in 1940 and 1941, died August
5th in Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D. C. after a long illness.
She was 68 years old. Mrs. Wheeler is survived by her husband, a
daughter, and two grandchildren, now living in Germany.
Mrs. Emily Magnusen of Balboa died in Gorgas Hospital in Aug-
ust after an illness of one year. She was 86 years old. Mrs. Magnuson
was widely known and cordially liked. She is survived by her son,
Leroy, with whom she made her home, her daughter, Mrs. Eugene
Hamlin of Diablo Heights, and a son, Charles Nels Magnuson of San
Gabriel, California. Also six grandchildren and twelve great-grand-
Mrs. Roy J. Misenheimer, former Canal Zone Teacher, died July
31st at Gorgas Hospital after a long illness. She was 51 years old. She
is survived by her husband, an employee of the Dredging Division,
and by a brother and sister in the United States.
Air Force Lt. Henry de Jan, Jr., of Panama City, was killed in a
training crash in the United States. Lt. de Jan is survived by his
mother, Mrs. Harry Scheibla, and four brothers, Robert, John and
Eugene, of Panama, and Rev. Mark McGrath of Chile.
News was received of the death of Bernard J. McDaid, retired
Canal employee, in Gorgas Hospital. He is survived by his wife, and
A 79 year old retired Panama Railroad engineer, Lloyd E. Miles,
dropped dead in the Tivoli Guest House. He has no known relatives
on the Isthmus but is survived by several children in the United States.
Panama University rector, Dr. Octavio Mendez, member of a
prominent Panamanian family, died in Santo Thomas Hospital fol-
lowing a heart attack. He was 67 years old. He is survived by his
wife and four children.
Colon businessman and philanthropist, Frank Ullrich, died in San
Fernando Clinic in Panama City following a heart attack. His wife
died only a few months ago.
Albert A. Arnold, 32 year old dock foreman for the Navigation
Division, died on September 30th.
Mrs. Mary E. Walters of Orlando and member of the Panama
Canal Society, died October 19th at her home. Her death was acci-
dental from gas asphyxiation.
Edmund J. Demuth, 65, retired Canal employee and well known
Zone resident, died Oct. 15 in Louisiana. He is survived by his wife,
two daughters, Mrs. Zorabel Walker of Fernwood, Miss. and Mrs.
Via May Dinkgreve of Cristobal and two grandchildren.
Benjamin O. Hodges, 72, died recently in Monrovia, Calif. He is
survived by his wife, Mrs. Docia M. Hodges, and two daughters, Mrs.
Grace Loughmiller of Texas and Mrs. Ruth Beard of Concord, Calif.,
and two grandchildren.
George W. Pougher, 72, died October 11 at Gorgas Hosptial. Mr.
Pougher made his home in Panama City.
John W. Thergoning, a retired employee of the U. S. Navy, and
a resident of the Isthmus for 45 years, died in Gorgas Hospital, Oct.
8th. Mr. Thergoning is survived by a daughter in Texas.
Lewis M. Scull of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, died Thurs-
day, October 14th of a severe heart attack. Mr. Scull is survived by his
wife and one son, a resident of New York.
Judge Frank Feuille, 94, died October 8 at the home of his daugh-
ter, Mrs. Rene Granger of El Paso, Texas. Other survivors of Judge
Feuille are: another daughter, Stelle Feuille of El Paso; two sons, Fred
of San Pedro, Calif. and Gerald of Babylon, Long Island, N. Y. Also
13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
A telegram received just before press time, announced the death
of John L. Demmy of Camphill, Pa.
From our chains these links have fallen,
In our land their star has set,
But enshrined on memory's tablet
Their true worth we'll ne'er forget.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Capt. and Mrs. Lucien A. Skeels of Cristobal are vacationing in
Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Crouch who spend their time in Santa
Clara and their mountain home in El Volcan are now members of our
John Warner, founder of the Panama Canal Society, reports be-
ing a bit under par but says it is good to have a doctor in the family.
Dr. Marjorie is a good one, he says, and he readily vouches for her.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton R. Smith have bought a home at 303 North
First St., Bellaire, Texas. They send best wishes to all their friends.
Capt. and Mrs. W. H. Needham of Monrovia, Calif., send best
wishes to all old timers.
Mrs. Ann De La Mater is now settled in her apartment in Green-
ville, North Carolina.
Capt. and Mrs. H. T. Longmore of Balboa are now new members.
Mrs. Longmore is very active in civic affairs on the Zone and was one
of those selected to go to Washington, recently, on behalf of the Canal
Dorothy Hamlin writes that she is leaving for a trip to New York,
Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, and then on to Los Angeles to
be with her grandsons.
Earl Brown is back in St. Pete after a tour that carried him over
nearly all of the United States and parts of Canada. Earl enjoyed
visits with many old Canal friends all along the way.
Anna and Bill Bartlett also toured the States, Alaska and parts
of Canada. They also visited many of their old friends.
Capt. Schloming writes that he and Mrs. Schloming are fine and
enjoying life. The Capt. is now in Real Estate in Albuquerque and
is busy moving houses instead of ships.
John D. Wilson of Tampa, Florida, sends us greetings from Edin-
burgh, Scotland where he is vacationing.
Bursts and Duds, a bi-weekly magazine of interest to all persons
of the Armed Services, especially the Navy, has for it's Editor, Otto
A. Moore, well known to many Zonians.
Arthur Wynn of Washington, D. C. sends regards to all his friends.
Arthur reports a visit from Cecil Banan and wife, who now make
their home in Washington.
James S. Whitehorne, a new member, worked on the Canal from
1915 to 1924 in the Accounting Department at Balboa Heights.
Mrs. Foster Fanning regrets it has been impossible for her to at-
tend the Society's monthly meetings but appreciates the Record which
she finds very interesting.
Enio and Alice Lindstrom write to tell us how much they enjoy
the news in the Record. So much news of old friends and acquaint-
ances. They send sincere greetings to all their friends.
Mrs. Cecily Allen of Raleigh, N. C. writes that both her son and
,daughter are out of the United States. Her daughter is in Germany
with her husband, Lt. Col. Shumaker and her son is a Warrant Officer
now, stationed at Anchorage, Alaska. Mrs. Allen has just returned
from a 17 day visit in Jamaica.
P. B. Banton of Waterloo, Iowa, writes that last year was a hard
one. He was laid up part of the time and Mrs. Banton was confined
to her bed from December until late in April. However, by August
they were getting along fine. Here's hoping they keep that way.
Mrs. Donald D. Parke of Belle Glade, Florida, writes that she de-
rives a great deal of pleasure when the Record arrives and looks for-
ward each quarter with eager anticipation to once again hearing of
old friends and acquaintances.
Airman 3/c Richard Seely, saon of Mr. and Mrs. Morris M. Seely
of Gamboa, C. Z., has been assigned duty at Niagra Falls Municipal
Airport where he will complete his service with the Air Force.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fitzpatrick of Los Angeles, were recent visi-
tors in St. Petersburg. They were accompanied by their niece of Syra-
cuse, N. Y.
Capt. Don Gray of Jacksonville was one of many who sent us the
notice of John Lattimer's death. Don reported also that he was plan-
ning to visit Marie and Joe Eckert in their mountain home in Penn-
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Shedlock of St. Petersburg have returned from
a three months visit with their son in Yardville, N. J. They attended
the Shrine Convention in Atlantic City and visited with friends in
Hendersonville, N. C. enroute back to St. Pete.
Jenny and Fred Mundberg report they are both fine. Fred has re-
tired from his job as Harbor Master. They sure enjoyed the visit of
Earl Brown and Mel Booze.
FORMER POSTMASTER, WIFE OBSERVE GOLDEN WEDDING IN MIAMI .
Former Zonians Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss were hosts at their
home in Miami at an open house in celebration of their 50th wedding
anniversary. Numbers of former Isthmians were among those who
called to congratulate the pioneer Canal builders. Only one of the
couple's seven children to take part in his parent's golden wedding
was Curtis H. Bliss, who also lives in Miami. There are ten grand-
Gerald Bliss and his wife were early comers on the Zone. In 1911,
when the digging at Culebra (now Gaillard) Cut was moving to a cli-
max, he was named postmaster in Culebra. Mrs. Bliss joined her
husband the next year. Both had been born in Sherman, N. Y. After
Culebra was abandoned, Mr. Bliss was named postmaster at Cristobal,
where he served until his retirement in 1934 after 29 years in Canal
Sam Paulus says that since his face was published in the Record,
he has had letters from old friends North, South, East and West, who
think he still looks like a spring chicken.
Benjamin B. King of Buffalo, N. Y. writes that Mrs. King has
been under the Doctors care for the past year. She has not been well
since the death of their son, John, a year ago.
Hugh J. Harkins of Baltic, Conn., a new member, visits Daytona
Beach each winter and hopes to get to St. Petersburg this year. We will
be glad to welcome him.
Lillian Farr writes that she and May Enjoy every issue of the
Record and hopes to attend a reunion some day. Florence is working
at A. and M. College Station in Texas.
Mary Shivers writes that her mother was 92 on July 28th, but has
been ill since April, when she developed a case of shingles. Had to
spend some time in the hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. James Christian of Orangeville, Calif. would be
happy to see any of their old friends who might be passing their way.
Louise Comins reports recent visits from Lillian Knight and the
Jerome Pragers. She says, "Clare and I are now comfortably settled in
our new home in Silverton, the gateway to Silver Falls Park."
Sarah Berger of Chula Vista, Calif. had a bad fall last December
and has not been well since. She sends best wishes to all their friends,
especially Etta Conkerton and Cassie and Jim Pate.
Otto Moore of Bloomfield, Indiana, sends regards to Hudsons,
Thurgoods, Wards, Miners and all the other fine folks in Florida.
Greta Mann writes from Clermont, that at last she has arrived in
beautiful Florida after thirty years. Finds the highways super, attrac-
tive cities and towns. Finds the countryside about Clermont much like
the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Samuel Milliken of Philadelphia, Pa. writes that they are
settled in a nice apartment. Peggy has her own office and is an M.D.
R. P. Morgan of Menlo Park, Calif. wishes to become a member
of the Society so he can keep track of all his old Canal Zone friends.
Mrs. Constance de Boissiere of Gulfport, Florida has been spend-
ing the summer in Cuthbert, Georgia.
Bill and Lu Barker of Silver Spring, Maryland spent two weeks
motoring thru the northern states and visiting friends. They hope to
make the annual Reunion next year.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Roth who were recent Florida visitors have
returned to 2161 Kalakana Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii.
Mrs. William Wright and children who have been visiting Mrs.
Wright's parents Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Harrell in Hendersonville, N.
C., is leaving to join her husband at Fort Huachua, Arizona, where
Mr. Wright is employed.
Sgt. and Mrs. Edward Mann and daughter Sheryl, have been visit-
ing Mrs. Mann's parents Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Kieswetter of Gulfport,
Florida. Sgt. Mann has left for his new station at Fort Sheridan,
Illinois, and Mrs. Mann and Sheryl will join him in November.
Mr. and Mrs. William Gaudett, formerly of Balboa, recently re-
turned from a trip to Europe. They have taken an apartment in St.
Petersburg for the winter months.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Johnson of Rock Stream, New York, have ar-
rived in St. Petersburg for the winter. On their way down they stopped
over in Jacksonville for an afternoon and evening with their son, Lt.
Ian Johnson, who was there on a flight mission from Coco Solo, C. Z.
where he is stationed.
Mrs. Ethel Fenton of Ames, Iowa, reports that her son George,
and wife had a baby girl born on August 11th, named Kathleen Marie.
Mrs. Lyle Wilson Ewing had a good case of homesickness when
she came across a copy of the Record. She now wants to get homesick
four times a year, so we have a new member.
Mrs. L. M. Sandiford of Miami, Florida, reports that Henry and
Ethel Marcy are fine, also Fred and Lillian Crawford. Mrs. Sandiford
says her son, Leo, has accepted a position as director and producer for
station W.T.V.D. in Durham, N. C.
Mrs. Lista Daniels and son Bob of Dallas, Texas, took off for
Canada's Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper Park, returning home via
Mrs. Irene Marshall, former of Gulfport, Florida, is now settled
in Phoenix, Arizona, where her son Robert is with Motorola, A.C.C.
Miss Shirley Woodruff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barton Wood-
ruff of Pinellas Park, Florida, has accepted a position in the Baltimore
Federal Bank in Baltimore, Maryland.
Homer Higley of Brattleboro, Vt. reports the loss of many of the
towns fine old trees during the two severe blows. He reports his mother
as considerably better following a period of sickness. Mrs. Higley is
90 years old.
Mrs. Ruth Shipley, Chief of the Passport Division, U. S. State
Department since 1928, expects to retire early next year. Many old
timers will remember Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Shipley.
Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Frederickson are living in Vienna, Austria,
where their daughter Gunhild has been completing her musical educa-
tion after receiving her Masters degree at Oberlin, Ohio. She is now
engaged in concert work. Their son Harold was awarded a Rockefeller
Foundation Fellowship after getting his M.D. He is now with the
Public Health service doing research work in Iran.
Mrs. Hattie B. Davis of Memphis, Tenn. reports a visit from Mrs.
George Lucas of San Gabriel, Calif. They had not seen each other for
Otis Pritchett really seems to be getting around Europe. Portu-
gal, Italy, and France are recent countries he has visited.
Mr. and Mrs. Erbe of Orlando recently visited with friends in St.
Petersburg, Sarosota and Bradenton on a trip along the West Coast
Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Anderson of St. Petersburg, Florida, were
guests on the Zone during July and August, of their son, Frank A.
Anderson, Jr. and family of Diablo Heights. During their visit they
received an invitation to join General Robert E. Wood and General
Mark Clark in a visit to the new Goethals monument where a group
picture was taken (see cut). Mr. Anderson was quite surprised that
GeneralWood remembered so many old timers, inquiring as to where
they might be. We are indebted to Mr. Anderson for the photograph
which he loaned us on his return to St. Petersburg from their enjoyable
trip to the Canal Zone. General Wood was accompanied by his two
grandsons and he was anxious for them to see as much as possible of
the Zone where their mother was born.
Your Editor, while driving around Cap Cod in August, called on
the Milloys at their lovely home in Harwichport. They both looked
well and enjoy their cape home with its wide lawn and well kept
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
AUGUST 9th, 1954 LOWRY PARK, TAMPA
About 100 members were gathered at Lowry Park for the Society's
Meeting was called to order at 2:15 P. M. by President Charles
G. Calvit, who dispensed with the singing and offering of invocation.
Mr. Calvit said that Mrs. Judd, Secretary-Treasurer, telephoned him
that she would be unable to attend the meeting, due a painful attack
Mrs. Bessie Lyons, our Receptionist, introduced out-of-town mem-
bers and guests of members, who responded to the welcome; among
Mr. and Mrs. "Ike" Metzger and grandson, from Miami.
Mr. and Mrs. Askew and 4 children.
(Mrs. Askew, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kosak.
Harry Pearl and 3 children, of Las Cumbres, Panama.
(Mr. Pearl is son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Calvit).
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Smith, of New Port Ritchie.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Million and family, from the Canal Zone.
Miss Gertrude Smith, of the Gorgas Hospital Nursing Staff.
Mrs. George Dolan, of East Orange, N. J.
Captain and Mrs. Wm. L. Will.
Miss Elsie Nordeen.
Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Bowen and 3 children, from Canal Zone.
(Daughter and son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Mel Dodson).
Miss Pat Dodson.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Allen.
(Daughter and son-in-law of the John H. Schneiders).
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Steiner and family, on vacation from C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Robinson and daughter, from Texas.
(Daughter and son-in-law of the Jerome Steiners).
Mrs. William J. Allen. (Mother of Mrs. Jerome Steiner).
Mr. and Mrs. "Tuck" Hummer and son, from the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Bessie Lyons announced the demise of Mrs. Emily Mag-
nusson, mother of Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin, of the Canal Zone; the death
of Mrs. Ted Marshall's mother, and the death of Mrs. Dick Hoagland,
of Cherryvale, Kansas.
Committee Reports; Mr. Hersh reported that a machine to repro-
duce the tape recording of talks at the Gorgas Memorial Dedication
was available, at a charge of $5.00 per day. A motion was made by Mr.
Hussey, seconded by Mr. Hall, that this machine be made available
to use at the regular meeting Novevmber 8th, at the Tourist Center;
President Calvit announced next meeting would be a picnic meet-
ing at Lowry Park, Tampa.
Special Interest: Mr. Henry Hudson took the floor, and asked if
the members of the Society were interested in obtaining group hospitali-
ization insurance; membership present indicated by hand raising that
they would be interested in such a plan, and Mr. Hudson said he
thought it would be a good idea to look into the matter. Mr. Hudson
also offered the information that more definite action has been taken
to deprive Alger Hiss of any annuity to which a Civil Service em-
ployee is entitled.
Legislation: Mr. Hersh spoke in detail of the various bills before
Congress of interest to Canal Zone retirees. Bill No. 3660, beneficial
to employees of the Construction era, does not look favorable for pass-
age in this session of Cngress.
At 3:05 P. M., President Calvit announced adjournment was in
AGNES V. HALL (Mrs. Burt W.)
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
September 13, 1954 Lowry Park, Tampa
About 80 members were gathered at Lowry Park for the Society's
Meeting was called to order at 2:15 P. M. by President Charles
G. Calvit, who dispensed with the singing and offering of invocation.
The following officers were present:
President .....----..--.-----. Charles G. Calvit
Secretary-Treasurer-_ _--- Mrs. Lucille Judd
Corresponding Secretary Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mrs. Bessie Lyons, our Receptionist, introduced out-of-town mem-
bers and guests of members, who responded to the welcome; among
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Calvit and 3 children.
(Son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren of President and
Mrs.C. C. Snedecker, of West Palm Beach.
Lt. and Mrs. G. Green.
(Daughter and son-in-law of Dr. and Mrs. Alexaitis).
Mr. and Mrs. L. F. (Slim) Hallett, of Quincy, Mass.
Mr. George A. Wills (on vacation from the Canal Zone).
Mrs. Catherine Crandall, of Washington, D. C.
(Sister of Mrs. Fred Lyons).
Dr. and Mrs. L. O. Keen.
Mr. Lyman Smith, of Hartford, Conn. (Son of Mr. Ed. Smith).
Little Jerry Martin, of the Canal Zone. (Jerry is the small grand-
son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Bradley).
Mrs. Lyons announced to the members present that today is the
39th wedding anniversary for Mr. and Mrs. Warren Love.
Corresponding Secretary read minutes of picnic meeting held at
Lowry Park on August 9th; President, hearing no objection, declared
President Calvit announced next regular meeting would be a
picnic meeting, Lake Maggiori, on October 11th.
Secretary-Treasurer informed the meeting that-
Mr. Lee Burns in Mound Park Hospital heart attack).
Mrs. J. C. Treakle ill in St. Anthony's Hospital.
Mr. Fred Lyons in Bay Pines Hospital, with heart ailment.
Mr. L. W. Foster told of visiting the Lothrop Lorings, while travel-
ing through the State of Maine, and was happy to report that Mrs.
Loring is now able to walk with the aid of a cane and a crutch; also,
that the Lorings anticipate a visit to Florida next year.
Mrs. Judd thanked the membership for the many cards and tele-
phone calls received during the time she was confined at home with
Secretary-Treasurer read many letters of interest to the member-
ship-called particular note of letter received from Mrs. Isabelle Cau-
thers, of Great Neck, L. I., complimenting the Society on the "Record",
and another from the Fredericksons, in Vienna, Austria.
Mrs. Etta Conkerton told the meeting that she had heard from
Gertrude Murray and Elsie Lukas, both of whom wished to be remem-
bered to the members.
President Calvit announced that the appointment of a Nominat-
ing Committee for 1955 officers was in order; he appointed Mr. T. M.
Drake, as Chairman, and requested Mr. Drake to name one member.
Mr. Drake named Mr. Henry Hudson, and President Calvit appointed
Mr. W. J. Bartlett, the third member; hence, the Nominating Com-
mittee consists of:
Mr. T. M. Drake, Chairman
Mr. Henry H. Hudson
Mr. William J. Bartlett
There being no further business on hand, motion was made by Mr.
Hull, seconded by Mr. Hall, that meeting adjourn; motion carried, and
meeting adjourned at 3:15 P. M.
AGNES V. HALL (Mrs. Burt W.)
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
October 11, 1954 Lake Maggiori Park
Approximately 125 members were gathered at Lake Maggiori
Park for the Society's regular meeting.
Meeting was called to order at 2:15 P. M. by President Calvit,
who dispensed with the singing and offering of invocation.
The following officers were present:
President _. ---.............------- Charles G. Calvit
Secretary-Treasurer --- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary ------ Mrs. Burt W. Hall
In the absence of our Receptionist (Mrs. Bessie Lyons) Mrs. Hall
introduced out-of-town members and visitors, who responded to the
welcome; among them-
Miss Greta L. Mann, of Bradenton.
Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Bridges, of Bradenton.
Mr. R. Fuller Pearl, of the Canal Zone.
Mr. Wade Bennett, of Shenandoah, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Huson, of Bradenton.
Mr. Sam Hess.
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Hunter, of Ocala.
Mrs. Louis Frates, and daughter, Lois.
Mr. Fred Sprecken, of Muskegon, Mich.
Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Patton (recent St. Petersburg residents).
Mrs. Laura B. Sessions
Mrs. Marie Coffey (returned from vacation inthe North).
Mrs. Ethel Michaux.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clements, of Lutz.
Corresponding Secretary read minutes of meeting held September
13th, at Lowry Park; President, hearing no objection. declared them
President announced that next meeting would be held at the Tour-
ist Center, November 8th, at which meeting tape recording of speeches
at the Gorgas Memorial Dedication would be heard. Mr. Hersh will
make arrangements for hire of machine to reproduce the recordings.
Secretary-Treasurer read many letters and memos of interest to
the Society; also, announced the demise of-
John S. Campbell (father of Jack Campbell)
Mrs. J. C. Treakle
Bernard J. McDaid
It was announced that Mr. Fred Lyons has left Bay Pines Hospi-
tal, and will be happy to receive visitors at home.
Mrs. Judd suggested that membership in the Panama Canal So-
ciety of Florida would make a very desirable Christmas gift to those
interested in the contents of the "Record".
There being no further business, President Calvit adjourned meet-
ing at 3:30 P. M.
AGNES V. HALL (Mrs. Burt W.)
FROM VARIOUS PANAMA CANAL SOCIETIES
The Panama Canal Societ of North Carolina
The indoor meetings of our Society are scheduled for Nov. 9 and
Jan. 18. Lunch at 12:30 in the S & W Cafeteria, Asheville, followed
by a social get-together in the Club Room. 1955 election of officers
will be a feature of the Jan. 18 meeting.
Dow and Clara Walker, after a trip to Springfield, Ohio, to visit
Dow's 102 year old aunt, will leave Oct. 21 for Miami, in order to fly
to Managua, Nicaragua, for a two week stay, then on to Panama where
they will spend the dry season at the Tivoli Guest House. They will
return in April to Asheville.
Captain and Mrs. Frank Reppa and Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Sawyer
left on Oct. 16 on a motor trip and a ten day visit in New Orleans.
Mr. and Mrs. Stacey C. Russell returned from an extensive trip
thru Europe. The Sunday Edition of the Ashevivlle Citizens Times
carried an interesting article on their trip.
The Dr. Sam Irvins entertained Mrs. Della Blumenberg, widow
of Carl Blumenberg, who has returned to her home in St. Louis.
Mr. and Mrs. George B. Ward spent three weeks with their son
and family in Washington, D. C. While there, they were the dinner
guests of Robert and Jessie Roudabush and the Lewis A. Masons, all
of whom expect to spend the winter in Florida.
They also visited with Roger S. Erdman, who is as usual follow-
ing up the congressional committees on behalf of the retired canal
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Knoop left on Oct. 18 for the west coast via
the Southern Route. They expect to see the H. M. Lockwoods, the
Ellis Stillwells, the W. M. Naylors, the Earl Gilberts and others.
Bob Knoop spent several days with his parents. He has now com-
pleted two years in the service, 16 months of it in Korea. He is un-
decided as yet whether to go back to his former position with the Poto-
mac Electric Co. in Washington, or accept one of several offers he has
had from the major electrical companies.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Mitchell have returned from a 9 weeks motor
trip through Mexico. While in Mexico City they were the guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rigney. Mrs. Rigney is the former Grace Mc-
Cray, former school principal who taught for many years on the Zone.
They also saw Tom Gross, retired Panama Railroad Chief Dispatcher,
now living in Mexico City.
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Ferguson attended his family's reunion in
Ferguson, North Carolina. Among the 97 direct descendents of John's
father present, was his sister Miss Blanche K. Ferguson.
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Wright announce the birth of their fourth
child, Grace Patricia, who was born Aug 11 in Hendersonville. Mrs.
Wright with Frankie, Rovin and Lorraine has spent the past several
months at the home of her parents, the I. Bruce Harrells. The paternal
grandparents, Col. and Mrs. F. H. Wright, formerly stationed at Fort
Amador are now stationed in Japan. William Wright recently trans-
ferred to Fort Huachuca, Arizona, established his new home and then
motored to Hendersonville to take his family to their new home.
Duke Lewis and Marion are on a New England trip which will
include a visit to son Allen in New London, Conn. Allen is a member
of the crew of the atomic powered submarine Nautilus. While north,
they will visit the Tom Jordans and Dick Taylors, at Alfred, Maine.
Dick Taylor writes that he and Ruth will visit the Canal Zone
during the coming dry season. Dick and Ruth were among the many
others who thought they were securely "booked" for the trip last year
to the Goethals Memorial ceremony.
Sylvester and Bertha Hiter will return from their New York State
camp early in November. Billy Hiter has served his "hitch" in the
Navy and will enter college at the mid-year.
Henri De Jan, son of Mrs. Harry D. Scheibla was killed in the
crash of a Navy plane off the North Carolina Coast during a submar-
ine bombing practice. Henri was born and raised on the Zone. The
Scheiblas some time ago purchased a beautiful home just outside of
Roy Reece, Assistant Electrical Engineer, Balboa Heights, wife
and children were guests of the Duke Lewises. After visiting relatives
in Indiana they will return to the Zone via New York.
Mrs. Louise Bell Wright was the guest of honor at a beautifully
appointed surprise tea and baby (Grace Patricia Wright) shower at
the home of Will and Gladys Adams in Lake View Estates. Co-host-
esses were Mrs. Robert Patterson, Mrs. Sam Irvin, Mrs. Ed Levy, Mrs.
J. Wendell Green and Mrs. Ross Hollowell. Presentation of gifts was
made by Mrs. Mary Lou Drennan Halldorson. 65 guests were present.
Marjorie Brooks Tassinari is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Austin Brooks in Skyland, N. C. Austin is about the same, his heart
condition is such that he has his better days and those not so good.
Jean Howard recently underwent a tonsillectomy and after some
complications is home from the hospital and doing nicely.
D. C. Dickenson, retired chief Control House Operator, and his
wife were in Asheville and stopped to see the P. R. Kigers before re-
turning to their home in Sebring, Florida.
The Ross Hollowells have now furnished their new home and
moved in. They are planning a trip to the Canal Zone to visit their
daughters family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jones of Curundu.
Captain Cushing Wood, well known United Fruit Co. skipper and
presently Los Angeles port supervisor, was an overnight guest of the
Will E. Adamses. He returned to Los Angeles via Jackson, Miss. in
order to visit Dr. Aiken, former Chief Health Officer of the Panama
Bill and Agnes Stevenson, (Bill retired from the C.Z .Customs
Service) visited in Hendersonville on their way to see Bill's folks in
Great Barrington, Mass. He will return to his home in Winter Haven,
Miss Martha Lee Irvin, daughter of Dr. Sam and Mrs. Irvin,
graduated from the Woman's College of the University of North Car-
olina. She is now in Stutgart, Germany with the Red Cross, awaiting
assignment to duty, which will probably be in France. She was raised
and educated on the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Howell of Balboa were the guests of the
Dow Walkers and others in Asheville. They left for a trip to the west
coast. They will return and expect to purchase a home here. Clarence
will retire in a couple of years.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Fisher and son John David were guests of the
Dow Walkers and have returned to their home in Springfield, Ohio.
John and Margaret Runck and Margaret Van Wagner visited the
J. Wendell Greens and the Robert Pattersons.
Joe Muldoon and Quinby Smiths are busy in their radio "shacks"
and are often in communication with the "hams" on the Zone.
Ernest and Olive Behlen are visiting relatives in New Jersey and
New York. Ernest was the victim of another birthday (September
13) and a surprise party.
Yours sincerely, G. B. WARD
News from Wabash Valley
The seventh reunion of the Wabash Valley Panama Society was
held August 28 and 29 in Wabash, Indiana. Saturday evening the group
met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Clark where a carry in dinner
was enjoyed. On Sunday a dinner was held in the women's clubhouse
where movies of Panama City, Taboga, the interior, terminal cities
and the locks were shown and enjoyed by all present. Attending were:
Ralph Wiggens of St. Pete., Fla., Mrs. Alice Rogers, Bluffton, Mrs.
Mabel Huber, Fort Wayne, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Gunn, Van Wert, 0.,
Jack Shoup, Peru, Mr. and Mrs. P. Van Stoddart, Indianopolis, Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Clark, Fort Wayne, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Clark, North
Manchester, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Duckworth, West Liberty, 0., Dr. and
Mrs. Troy Earheart, Mullberry, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Samitinger, Lima,
O., Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Rish, Wabash, Mrs. Anna Whalen, Lima, O.,
Col. E. L. Vogel, Chicago, Miss Ellen Fleming, Chicago, Mr. and Mrs.
F. S. Wichman, Highland Park, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Gutting,
Shelbyville, L. R. Applegate, Peru, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Clark,
Wabash. For group picture taken at this reunion, see cut.
News of Jacksonville, Area
Just a few lines to let you know that at least one of your North-
Eastern Florida friends has had a very enjoyable summer, even tho
hot as on the Canal Zone.
I'm sure you and Mrs. Kieswetter will remember our two girls
Roberta and Rosemary. Roberta is employed by Sears Roebuck and
is presently in Spartanburg, S. C. assisting in the opening of a new
store. Rosemary is a sophomore at Florida State University, where she
has met several Canal Zone boys and girls including Judy McCoy.
Our place was a haven for many present and former Zonites this
season, there being a parade of cars with Zone license plates. We had
Wilhelmina Sandiford and her son Richard; Mr. and Mrs. Franklin
(former Ann Newhard); Pat Coakley, Jr.; J. B. (Casey) Corliss and
his daughter Joanne; Jack and Grace Morris and son Richard; Grover
Bohan; John G. McCoy, wife and daughter Judy; Malcolm and Tillie
Johnston; Harold B. McCarrick and family; Mrs. La Clare (whose
husband is still working on the Zone) and children. Several called on
the phone among them being Elmer Nordstrom and John Voss.
In turn, we visited the following, who live in and near Jackson-
ville; Cap't. Don Gray; E. E. Swann; Jerry and Angela Combs; Gil
Owne and wife; Frank and Madeline Worley. Then trips to Bostwick
where we saw the Walter Clarks and the R. C. (Shorty) Deavors and
on to Altamonte Springs to see the Weltmers and the Copes.
The McCarricks took a liking to this city and bought a very nice
home on Meteor St., and had a visit a few weeks ago from their son
Bob who is stationed at Albrook Field. Jack Voss advised me that he
had bought some property at Palm Valley which is about 25 miles
south of here and expects to build a home soon. The Owens family had
a very fine season at their Motel, the Big Oak on the Jacksonville
Beach road and expect an extra good season this winter.
In going over the list of visitors it seems as tho I forgot Cap't. and
Mrs. Jack Hearn who are still somewhere in Florida or perhaps on
their way west to see Cap't. Jack's father. They were very much im-
pressed with the phenomenal growth of this city which is being hailed
as the "New York of the South". Getting to be quite a strong Floridian,
am I not? A sort of Junior Chamber of Commerce, without portfolio.
Sincerely, CHarlie Hollander.
Due jto some inadvertance, the report from Northwest Arkansas
failed to appear in the September Record. IWe wish to apologize to the
folks of that section and to Mrs. Blanche;Shaw, who spends so, much
time and effort getting out a report covering that area. Please forgive
us this time and we will try not -to let it happen again.
News from the Panama Canal Society
of Northwest Arkansas
We might as well start with the weather, chief topic of conversa-
tion up here in the Ozarks where we are experiencing the most unusual
record breaking weather of meteorological history for much above
normal temperature and below normal precipitation. The weather for
the month of May was delightful. June was HOT-July HOTTER
and we pray August wont be the HOTTEST. In spite of the griping
and growling, Life goes on. Some go visiting and others come to visit us.
In May, Mrs. Peggy Ellis of Houston, Texas, was in town visiting
her sister and brother-in-lay, Lucy and Will Thomas, Lucy visited on
the Zone when daughter Elizabetth was there and living with the
Norman Rockers in Balboa. Peggy spent a day with us and told of an-
other sister, Florence, whom some of you will remember when she
visited Peggy on the Zone, accompanied by husband Rev. James Paisley
while on furlough from missionary work in Korea. Since the death of
Rev. Paisley and at an age when the Panama Canal rules we are be-
yond the age of service, Florence is returning to Korea for a 5 year
tour of duty with Presbyterian Missions. That same day the J. F.
Bashners of St. Pete, formerly town plumber of Pedro Miguel called
and brought us up-to-date on the news of another prominent P. M.
family, the Matlowskys. Sam, residing in Paris, as concert conductor
and composer, Norman as civilian employee of the Navy in Brooklyn
and Bernice as Secretary to J. F. Dulles on his So. American trip.
The Bashners were speeding (600 miles per day) to Calif. The heat
and dust turned them back at Albuquerque, New Mexico and headed
them back to cool St. Petersburg via Fayetteville. Come again folks
and take it easy.
June, the month of Graduations, Weddings and Picnics, and more
visitors. Mrs. J. A. Wier (Alice Ray) and daughter Linda arrived on
the 1st to be present at the wedding of her brother Raymond Newell
Shaw to Barbara Peel on the 3rd. Newell N. Shaw served as best man.
Our bride was beautiful, "willowy slender" as Amanda Moore (Mrs.
Goldthwaite) used to describe the participants of social events of Bal-
boa and Quarry Heights for the Star and Herald-remember? Dr. Jim
Wier and son Tommy arrived on the 5th, the day Barbara graduated
from the University with a BS in Education. A family birthday party
for Alice Ray on the 7th completed a week of joy for the Shaws.
Mrs. Wm. (Red) Nail and little daughter Lisa of Balboa were
visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Pearce of Brascroft Farm,
Rogers. The Comans and Williams of Bentonville report the visit of
Capt. and Mrs. (George and Florence) Boomer of Ohio, accompanied
by daughter, Mrs. Marion B. Taylor. They hurried on to see the Kolles
of Russellville, Ark. and the Kigers of North Carolina. The Ritcheys,
George and Lela were visitors also and reported that George's brother
is next farm neighbor to the Elmer Stetlers of Indiana. Mrs. Eula J.
Ewing of West Virginia was visiting daughter Susan Ewing Bishop
when called to Panama to see brother-in-law Ara Ewing, seriously ill
in Gorgas Hospital.
On our recent newsgathering trip we found the moving van backed
up to Susan Bishops ready to move the furniture to Japan. Mrs. Ewing
was back from a three week trip to the Zone and reports that Ora
Ewing is slowly recovering from pneumonia, enjoyed seeing the Adlers,
Schnakes and noting the changes in Commissary articles-none of the
lovely imported goods-and high prices in staples.
Our annual Picnic held Sunday, June 13th was a happy one with
63 present. At this time it was voted to change our annual luncheon
to 2nd Thursday in October and annual picnic to 2nd Saturday in June.
Special visitors Mr. Andrew Whitlock and son Paul and "Uncle"
Eddie of Margarita. The Alton Whites of Gamboa and Mrs. Frances
Whitlock, all belonging to the Walter and Nannie Brown Clan, had
gone to Memphis. Mrs. Susan E. Bishop, children JoAnne and Eddie
Jr., Mrs. Blanche Adler Matheny and daughter Ellen. Seemed natural
to see Susan and Blanche together having watched them grow up in
Pedro Miguel. Blanche went to St. Louis to see the Jimmie Meigs.
New members of the Society are James (Whit) and Betty Whit-
ney of Siloam Springs, and daughter Judy employed in City National
Bank of Fort Smith. "Whit" went to Canal Zone in 1932 for Hopkins
Studebaker Agency later going to the Corral. They have 75 acres with
comfortable 2 story home on Route 5, a broiler business of 12,000 birds
and proud that Whit broke former State record for wheat production
this year. In his spare (?) time he enjoys his hobby of making new
furniture and refinishing of antiques. The Society welcomes Robert D.
McNew, his son Danny and daughter Mrs. Betty McNew Brunner with
her cute little Mary Beth. They made the long trip from Mt. Home
(Rt. 3). Bob works in a power plant at Lake Norfork. Others coming
some distance were the Floyd Truman Congers of Independence, Mo.
and were week-end guests of the Bill Mathues. Mr. Conger was Postal
Clerk in Cristobal during the construction days and greeted Bill
Mathues when he first reported for work down there.
We missed the G. H. Evers family of Neosho, Mo. We saw them
while visiting their town. Enjoyed their lovely old-fashioned garden
while resting in the shade of some fine old trees. They report their five
children are all married-Henry in Calif., Wendell connected with a
hospital in Austin, Texas as Psychiatrist, Annette has a family of 5
children in Balboa, Fred working for the Army in C.Z. and Dolly liv-
ing close by in Ft. Leonard Wood with husband Sgt. Tom Sharpe. Not-
ing several signs in Neosho we were reminded this is the former stamp-
ing grounds of the Shuey brothers, Ray and Ralph.
Recently met the Riggs Ewing family of Mulberry, Ark. Riggs, a
Ham radio fan with call letters KZ5NB (Nancy Baker) lived in
Lacona. He is busy working a 96 acre farm, remodeling a spacious
home, has a 13 year old daughter and he and his Mrs. are now sponsors
for the local 4H Club. Nannie Brown reports that Bill and Lou Bodily
of Illinois stopped overnight. Bill was with Experimental Gardens,
later at Mindi and left the Zone in 1946.
The Tom Mocks have pulled up stakes again and are now in Colo-
rado Springs for the summer. They may trail home in Fall, yet they
may go on to the Pacafic Northwest, down to Calif., spend some time
in Arizona and be home a year from this Fall. The H. A. Haags, 7369
Northmoor Drive, St. Louis 5, Mo. were guests of the Mocks this
Spring. The men folk were buddies on the P.R.R. in construction days.
We had a watermelon party for the Walter Browns and Ed Booth
to celebrate the arrival of their respective great grandsons. The Whit-
locks returned from Fulton, Mo. where their daughter, Jacqueline, Mrs.
Derwood Stringer, has presented them with a grandson and the Browns
with a great grandson, already known as "Shortstop". The Edwin Wil-
sons of Balboa, (Eileen Rabiteau) made Ed Booth a great grandfather.
Both boys arrived July 25th.
Other visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Fred O. Helmerichs and 18
months old daughter Christina Lynn of Caracas, Venezuela. Mrs. Hel-
mericks will be remembered as Florabelle, daughter of Mrs. Frances
Griggle. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Maurer visited the Heinie' Hallins. They
plan to settle in the Cumberland Mt. area of Tenn. when Louis retires
next year. Our Presidents wife Maude Cook went North to spend a
month on the shores of Lake Huron to escape the heat and found it
mighty cold up there. Of interest to former Miguelites sent to us by
Mrs. Frances Dorn of Hot Springs is the news that Mrs. Ed Davis and
Mrs. Batton, Sr. have recently remarried. Mr. Dorn is not enjoying the
best of health. We trust cooler weather will perk him up.
The Panama Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas held its 4th
annual luncheon in Rogers October 14th with 23 members present. It
was voted to continue to hold annual meeting on 2nd Thursday in Octo-
ber but to change the annual Picnic to 2nd Thursday in June. We fig-
ure we might live longer if we keep off the road on week-ends, hence-
forth our meetings will be on Thursdays.
The Lawrence Adlers of Panama City and the Jack Evans of Bir-
mingham, Ala. stopped overnight in our town on their way to see
daughter Norma and family in Greely, Colorado. From there they will
journey to Calif. to see many of the CZ OldTimers, returning by the
southern route via San Antonio and Houston. Raymond Minnix has
returned to his work with the Inter-American Geodetic Survey after
spending his vacation with his family in Springdale.
Ed Booth is on Long Island, the Walter Browns are going to
Boston, Washington, and will be with son Jack on Long Island for
The rains have come to the Ozarks bringing joy to man and beast.
We'all up here wish you'll everywhere much of this Joy and Peace
during this coming Christmas season and on into the New Year.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Brown celebrated their 50th wedding anniver-
sary on August 23, 1954. Nannie I Morrison and Walteer G. Brown
were married in Houston, Texas in 1904. Walter went to the Panama
Canal in 1906, where Nannie's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Morrison
were already established in Gorgona. Nannie followed a few months
later with their daughter, Mattie Lee now Mrs. Alton White of Gamboa.
Four more children were born on the Zone, Frances now Mrs. Andrew
Whitlock, Minnie, wife of Homer V. Crook of Balboa, two sons, Walter
Guy Brown of Balboa and John Pearson Brown of Long Island. They
have 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
In the absence of their immediate family, a few close friends
gathered here to witness Walter hold Nannie's hand as she cut the cake
in true bridal fashion and wish them many more years of happiness
The Walter Browns are here right now having brought some old
Canal Zone friends with them. Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Martens now of
Las Piedras, Venezuela. Al Martens was once associated with the Bur-
eau of Clubs and Playgrounds. Mrs. Martens is the sister of Mrs. Della
Hancock. They are accompanied by their daughter Mrs. Maxine Small
and her little three year old Sharon of Chicago, Ill.
BLANCHE E. SHAW, Secretary-Treasurer
A telegram from Mrs. Blanche Shaw November 4th, brought the
news that Walter G. Brown was instantly killed when thrown from an
automobile in which he was a passenger. The accident occurred on
November 3rd, 1954. Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, three daugh-
ters and two sons, ten grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Mr.
and Mrs. Brown had recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniver-
sary. (see cut)
News from El Volcan
Check enclosed for Canal Record. Address: Mr. and Mrs. R. G.
Lewis, Cerro Punta, Chiriqui, Rep. de Panama.
If you can fenagle some copies, used ones will do, for March and
June, we would be very happy to have them. We are told there are
cuts in these two issues, of lots of our old friends. Mmmmm! some
issues bring back memories of 1917.
We are still howling away about our Baru airstrip. Minister Gal-
indo is in South America, about Highway business, so probably noth-
ing will move until he gets some momentum from Panama end. Our
operator went to the hospital, still felt rugged when dismissed, so took
his annual leave: left us over 6 weeks with no operator. Then is when
I realize I'm a most impatient person.
The strip is so close to completion, 500 worthy farmers are im-
patient too; so I chew my fingernails at unwarranted delay. We ex-
pected it completed and in use within 30 days as of January-but no
scraper came until June, then other unexpected delays. I MAY live to
see it in use.
The community mourns the loss of Eric Thelmark. He was always
so willing to help with any project; personal or community, that he is
sorely missed. Rose' parents live in Fla. but understood she has chosen
to remain in the Tropics, for the time being.
The Mike Crooks' Betty is in Calif. which takes Marguerite and
Mike northward before long, so they sold their property in this area
to the Clarence B. McIlvaines. We hope that we can help them start
to build soon, they are delightful persons for neighbors.
Monday, August 2nd. Lydia and Matt Shannon; Erma and Ray
Forbes and a few old friends are to help us celebrate our 37th Anniver-
sary. We're not sure that it is any longer legal? We think Rev. Louise
Fiske and Marion will be up shortly, he would be a swell guy to do a
Russell and May Jones are going around and around in circles:
a bumper crop of Boy Scouts. Some climb Volcano Baru, some swarm
to Costa Rican border, when on campus they think of worse stunts
to pull, I'd go raving crazy within a few days. Bill Taylor, Jr.; Mr. and
Mrs. Wm. B. Mallory, Mr. Pederson. and Jim Stevens are helping a-
gain. When for any reason they are shy a cook; or 12 or more cherry
pies are in order; or a ton of hamburger needs grinding; you notice
May in the kitchen.
Promised the Scouts peaches for about 60 persons, I better go do
something about it, we might lose all "Cielito"?
Matt Shannon has planted his whole section of the mountainside
in fruit trees. If they all produce, he will drown us all in juice, or need
a bottling and canning factory. We all wish him luck, he works like a
trojan. Lydia had to fly home, because of her aged parents, but flew
back, to return with Matt. We will be glad when we can keep them
My clock will alarm early for the picnic Sunday; want 8 loaves
of hot bread ready by noon; 2 gal. of coffee run thru the. Coffee Master,
and a big mixing bowl of peaches sliced, sugared, and chilled. We have
peaches, staggered on different trees, for about 4 months of the year,
but this is about the last.
Check enclosed for $6.00 for 2 more memberships in your Florida
Mr. John E. Winklosky, Box 1229, Diablo Heights, Canal Zone.
Mr. Jos. Tilley, Box 852, Ancon, Canal Zone.
They both would like to start with January of 1954, if it is pos-
sible; didn't know of it before, hate to MISS anything.
Joe Tilley was born here, some 40 years ago I imagine, which
makes his parents, now in Texas, rather old-timers; which is where the
Record will wind up, but then likely lots of your copies do a bit of
traveling? You are all doing a swell job-good luck to you all;
Sincerely, MAE LEWIS
News from Houston, Texas
This has been a busy, as well as happy year for the Wrights with
many friends visiting us from the Canal Zone or retired Panama Canal
employees now residents of the U. S. A.
Frances Griggel, employed by Commissary Division, was in Hous-
ton in March, visiting her son, David, and other relatives. Ed Booth
of Fayetteville, Arkansas, drove down to our city to be with daughter,
Winifred Lincoln and family. While here, Lee and I took him on visits
to the Sundquists, Orrs and other friends he knew. Also, in April,
we had several Canal Zone get-togethers at our house. One was for
the Joe Orr Jrs. and Mrs. Gordon Frick who was visiting her mother,
now a resident of Pasadena, Texas. Another, was for George and Lela
Ritchey and Frieda and Harlie Stroup. The Ritcheys were on their first
car trip since moving to Phoenix, Arizona from Colorado. Both look
wonderful!! The Stroups are residents of Arlington, Texas. Their house
faces the Texas Masonic Home. Harlie works for the city of Ft. Worth.
In May, the Andrew Whitlocks, Alton Whites and Walter Browns spent
some happy hours with us. No doubt you have heard of Jean Ann
White's graduation from Rice Institute with honors. She received the
M. L. Davidson award for scholastic standing in her five years of
architectural engineering and was first woman to receive this from
Rice. Jean Ann was married at a lovely wedding at Ellington Field to
Charles McGuinn, Lt. U.S.A., whose parents are residents of Gatun.
Mrs. Clifford Glenn from Balboa was our guest in June, while waiting
for plane to Zone. She had been visiting son Stanley, a student at La-
Tourneau College in Longview, Texas. The Whitlocks and Browns were
with us once again in July, when their vacation was ending and they
boarded the plane for Panama. Our latest visitors were Rose and Leon
Koperski from Orlando, Florida and their son, Richard. They spent
one night with us and we surely did a lot in that time. Pat Coakley, Jr.
has been in and out of our house this past month. Seems like we are
back in Balboa, at 1504 A, Akee Street, in Balboa. The Wrights and
Coakleys were neighbors at that address for nineteen years. Pat Jr.
has registered for Fall semester at the University of Houston so we
will be seeing a lot of him. He informs us that his parents are planning
on attending the reunion of the Panama Canal Florida Society in 1955.
They have bought a home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Terrell
Toones have been down to see us several times and we always have a
wonderful visit. There are no friends like those from the Canal Zone
Etta Attaway has been away visiting friends in New England states
this summer. Recent residents of Houston are Harry, Sophie and Linda
Robinson. Harry was formerly Lumber Inspector for Panama Canal
and is now in his own lumber business named Fine Woods, Inc. The
W. F. Youngs from Pedro Miguel and daughter Doris Mary, have been
guests of ours many times this summer while on one of those long
Canal vacations. We have enjoyed their company so much. On August
1st, Betty Haldeman Underwood, presented the family with a fine baby
boy at Memorial Hospital, named Keith Alan. Lt. Colonel C. R.
Underwood, the father, is stationed in Korea so will have to wait an-
other year before becoming acquainted with his son. Before entering
service in World War II, Col. Underwood was employed in the Ac-
counting Department at Balboa Heights. The Haldemans, Betty's
parents, are kept busy these days with the Underwoods so have made
no trips away from Texas.
As for the Wrights, Irene and Lee, we still are enjoying retired life
in the grand state of Texas and Houston, the city of one million. My
mother, Mrs. Stewart, continues to have good health and keeps active.
She will celebrate her 86th birthday on September 30th.
With best wishes to the Florida Society for continued success, we
Most sincerely, IRENE AND LEE WRIGHT
More News from Texas
I have been determined to write and let you know how very much
we enjoy every issue of the Record and until now I have been unable
to do so. Those who are responsible for the Record are surely to be
complimented for it is one of the nicest.
Terrell and I surely keep busy in this little town. We have just
about conquered the Johnson grass in the yard and I believe I have
asked him to move the bulbs for the last time!! Right now he is work-
ing down town and it has been wonderful for him for he is now part
of the community and that is one thing a retired C.Z. person wants to
be. There are many people living here who have come from all over
the United States so it is a little like we use to have down on the Zone
and it makes the community a lively little place to live. Of course
Terrell enjoys his golf most every day.
Our John has returned to college at Flagstaff Arizona and is very
happy. He was with us for awhile after he was separated from the Air
Force but entered for the Summer courses and is staying on. He has
his GI and some outside work so he is kept busy. We hope to make a
trip out there before the end of the year.
It surely is nice to have folks stop in and visit with us and as we
are on the route West we have had many to come by. This week Mrs.
Marion Lucas, Church Secretary for the Balboa Union Church, came
and spent two days with us. Her sister now lives in San Antonio. You
know her as she was Dr. Sampson's wife and lived in Pedro Miguet.
She is now Mrs. Leslie Wilkinson. She has her daughter with her and
her son will soon be out of the Navy, but at present is on the West
Coast. It was like old home week to have her here for Wednesday and
she spent most of her time going over the Record recalling many
friends. Am sure you will receive a letter from her soon.
Roy Hohmann (Frank and Kathryn Hohmann's son) is in San
Antonio and we hope to see him tomorrow. He is in Officer's Training
at Lackland. Bruce Newhard goes to school in Longview, Texas, and
young Pat Coakley in Houston. We get over to Houston once or twice
a year and surely do enjoy the Canal Zone parties, Irene always has
folks in to see us.
Major and Mrs. Meyers came up to see us the other day. At one
time they lived here and believe they still think it is a nice little town.
We always are happy when folks drop in and am sure they will find
it a pleasant place to visit.
I am sure you remember Mrs. Fenton and her son George. Re-
ceived a card from her the other day and she said that George and his
wife had their third child another baby girl. Her daughter, Marie, lives
out in California somewhere.
Enough for this time and we will try and let you hear from this
part of Texas more often.
TERRELL AND NELLIE MAY TOONE
Panama Canal Ditch Diggers of South Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss celebrated their 50th wedding an-
niversary on September 15th. A large gathering assembled at their
residence for the celebrating festivities.
The "Ditch Diggers" held one of their picnics at Matheson Ham-
mock on Sundey, October 17th. The weather was perfect and a large
gathering attended. New members present were L. R. Franklin and
R. G. Currie.
The next picnic of the Ditch Diggers will be held at Matheson
Hammock on Sunday, February 20th, 1955.
The Secretary has received a letter from Mr. Otis A. Pritchett,
member of the Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles, and also a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. The Pritchetts are travel-
ing in and around Morocco City (Marrakech),, the traditional Imper-
ial Capitol of that country, 150 miles southeast of Casablanca at the
foot of the Atlas Mountains. They have also visited Bahia Palace, Dar
Si Sad Museum, Brazil, South America. He states that he is now 75
years old and enjoying the money he earned in South America in en-
gineering and contracting, hoping this information will brace up some
of the old timers. Mr. Pritchett worked as an engineer for the Isthmian
Canal Commission during part of the construction period and shortly
A. G. DUNHAM, Secretary
Panama Canal Ditch Diggers of South Florida
News from Orlando
Mrs. Viola B. Matthews reports the following friends were visitors
at her home. Col. and Mrs. Herbert E. Pace (Retired) and their grand-
son Billy. The Paces were on their way to St. Louis to visit their daugh-
ter Mrs. Leila Mae Thelkred.
Miss Ruth Creasy also her father and mother were guests of Mrs.
Matthews at her home 1511 Lawson Court. Miss Creasy likes Orlando
very much and intends to locate here in the near future.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hower called on Viola while taking a vaca-
tion. The Howers live in Fairhope, Ala.
Mrs. D. M. McLaren of 2220 East South St. is visiting her daugh-
ter Mrs. Douglas (Edith) Hicks whose home is in Portland, Oregon.
Mr. and Mrs. Hicks are the proud parents of a baby daughter.
Miss Phillis McLaren will teach at Lake Silver School here in
Orlando. School started Sept. 7th so we will be seeing Phillis.
Miss Virginia McLaren is attending College at Florence, Ala.
Mr. and Mrs. G. Edgar Murphy have returned from the Shrine
Convention held in Atlantic City and report that they had a wonder-
ful time and saw the bunch from C.Z. They visited friends and rela-
tives on their return home. Both looked swell after their vacation.
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Stevenson attended the American Legion Con-
vention at Washington, D. C. and report having had a swell time. They
saw some of the Boys from C.Z.
Mrs. Walter Pollack of 15 East Harvard Ave. who recently passed
the Real Estate Brokers examination and now employed by Henrietta
E. Janke Real Estate Company, recently sold a beautiful home to Mr.
and Mrs. John Corless and Mr. and Mrs. John McCoy. Both homes
are located in Biltmore Shores. Mr. Franklin Pierce and mother also
have purchased a home through Mrs. Pollak.
Miss Carolyn Pollak is attending Stetson University at DeLand,
Florida. This is her second year in College.
Captain and Mrs. John H. Miller are spending four weeks vaca-
tion with the Captain's brother, Dr. F. J. Miller of Murphreesboro,
Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Hallett (Slim to you) recently visited Orlando
just for the day but had time to call on The Erbes, Wilhites, Millers
and Mrs. Edna Whitver. Mrs. Hallett looked lovely and Slim the same
as ever. We were awfully glad to see them if only for a few minutes.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Flynn have recently returned from an ex-
tended vacation. I hear both are fine as usual.
Mr. and Mrs. Luther L. Long of 1322 35th St. have had as their
guests Mr. and Mrs. George Hoffman of DeLand.
Mrs. Long reports that Mr. and Mrs. Earl Trout have purchased
a home in DeLand. Earl retired last March. Also that Mr. and Mrs.
Herbert Staples with their daughter Gretchen and son Cody of 4452
Dixie Highway, Louisville, 16, Kentucy, were visitors in Orlando and
had a swell visit with the Longs.
Thanks Mrs. Long for the interesting news, and thanks to everyone
who lets me know of friends who pass through or things that happen
that is of interest to the Old Timers. Let's keep Orlando in the news.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Flynn, Mrs. Edna Whitver, Mrs. Georgia
Blessing and Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wilhite attended a luncheon at
Gary'sDuck Inn, that was sponsored by the National Association of
Retired Civil Employees, Chapter 95, Orlando, Florida. The luncheon
was called a Victory Luncheon celebrating the two bills recently signed
by Pres. Eisenhower effecting most retired Civil Service Employees.
Mr. Clarence Sibus of Altamonte Springs recently had quite a
serious accident to his right hand when his electric saw almost severed
two of his fingers. I am glad to report that he is coming along nicely
and able to help Edith take care of the birds, squirrel and dogs.
Mr. Horace Weltmer has recently been elected to the Town Coun-
cil, Altamonte Springs, Florida. He will make a good Councilman. We
congratulate him and wish him a successful two years in the office.
Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Abrams were in Orlando recently and spent
the evening with the Wilhites. The four are having picnic Sunday and
will spend the day at Alexander Springs.
ROBERT L. WILHITE
News Notes from Los Angeles
Mrs. Armand Wood has purchased a new home in Daly City, one
of the suburbs in the San Francisco area.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hauss of Altadena made a trip to New Jersey
to attend the wedding of their son.
Mrs. Beatrice Fernandez of Dallas, Tex., spent a month this sum-
mer in Berkeley visiting her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
J. F. Prager.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bradley enjoyed a motor trip to Alaska during
the summer to visit their daughter, Peggy, who is employed in that
Mrs. Dillie Pidgeon of Redlands, tells us that she modeled her
nurse's uniform of the first World War for National Nurses week.
Roy E. Knoop, son of the R. M. Knoops of Hendersonville, N. C.,
was a visitor to California during vacation time. He is teaching in
Graham Naylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. G. Naylor of Mon-
rovia, received his degree in dentistry from U.S.C. last June, and has
opened his dental office in Duarte, Calif.
Miss Jean Lockwood, daughter of the H. M. Lockwoods of Min-
rovia, graduated from Redlands University in June and is now teach-
ing in Pomona, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sullivan (nee Virginia Naylor) are the parents
of a boy, their third child.
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Jones enjoyed a plane trip to Connecticut in
September to attend a family reunion of Mrs. Jones. She reports 57
members of her family attended.
Mrs. Ed Brown of Oakland, also attended a family reunion in
September in Missouri and reports 75 in attendance.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. King enjoyed a months' vacation in Hawaii.
going by boat and returning by plane.
Major and Mrs. Lee Martin (Norma Stillwell) are stationed in
Japan. Their family consists of three boys and a girl.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wayman of Salinas, Calif., are the parents
of a son, Thomas Robert. Mrs. Wayman is the youngest daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Thomas, of Arcadia, Cal.
Mrs. W. H. Beers, who is now making her home with her son and
family in Milwaukee, Wis., is visiting friends in California.
On Oct. 9th the Canal Zone Past Matrons residing in California
held their annual reunion in Monrovia. Luncheon was served at the
Naylor home and dinner at the 'Leven Oaks Hotel. Those in attendance
were Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Beard, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Prager, Mr. and
Mrs. Harvey McConaughey and Mrs. Ed Brown of Oakland; Mrs.
Ethlyn Wood of Daly City; Mrs. Vera Howell of LaFayette. From
Los Angeles, Mrs. Chloe Ford; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pidgeon from
Redlands. Sickness prevented the Fred Browns, Olive Bullocks and
Mrs. Lula Lumby from San Diego and the LeRoy Smiths from Los
Angeles from attending. Those from Monrovia attending were the
Ellis Stillwells, Ben Hodges, Bill Naylors, Bill Jones, Mort Lockwoods,
Earl Gilberts and Mrs. Lula Beer, guest of the Gilberts.
CLARA H. GILBERT, Secretary
The first time the smog clears, please take a few pictures of groups,
picnics, snaps of homes of members, forward to the Editor for the
Record. All photos should be clear. The Editor.
News from San Antonio
It has occurred to me that some readers of the Canal Record
might be interested in hearing about former Zonians who are now liv-
ing in San Antonio, Texas, or its immediate vicinity.
After living in our apartment for about two months we discovered
there are two ladies living in the same building who were formerly on
the Zone. One is Miss Martha Sadler, the sister of the late Mrs. Samuel
W. Heald whose husband was superintendent of the Panama Railroad
and Steamship Line from 1908 to 1928. Mrs. Sadler lived on the Isth-
mus with the Healds for a number of years and was delighted to find
many of her friends mentioned in the last issue of the Canal Record
that we gave her. She is now teaching school in San Antonio.
The other is Mrs. Joseph Cunningham, a niece of Mrs. William
Sibert whose husband, Colonel Sibert, directed activities around Gatun
during the construction days. Mrs. Cunningham visited the Siberts
during 1913 and she as well as Miss Sadler have very fond memories
of the Isthmus.
Former Governor and Mrs. Newcomer have a home in San Antonio
and returned recently after spending the summer in New England.
Retired Major General George Rice who was Chief Health Officer of
The Canal from 1948 to 1952 was recently appointed city manager of
San Antonio. The many friends of Colonel and Mrs. George Hesner,
former superintendent of Corozal Hospital, will be pleased to learn
they have a beautiful home in San Antonio and returned recently from
a trip to California where they visited relatives and friends.
Retired Colonel W. D. Holland who was attached to the office of
the Assistant Engineer of Maintenance during World War II, has a
270-acre ranch near Boerne, Texas, which is located about 25 miles
north of San Antonio. The Hollands live on their ranch which is
stocked with cattle and a herd of goats.
Hope my old amigos living in St. Petersburg are still hale and
hearty. Very best personal regards.
A. O. MEYER
Due to the fact that the Reunion will be held January 11 and 12,
1955, no other meeting will be held in January.
The Sage of Fourth Street Sayeth:
"By the time a man has money to burn, his pilot light has gone, out."
Two major U. S. rate unions moved to draw closer together as the
American Federation of Government Employees and the National Fed-
eration of Federal Employees held unification talks in Washington.
The local rate union movement split wide open on the Zone as the
two locals started hard contested membership drives. A Quarry Heights
spokesman said both C.I.O. 900 and C.I.O. 907 could be recognized
as bargaining agents.
Agitation for an enlarged canal or an entirely new waterway from
the Pacific to the Atlantic, was revived in the closing days of the 83rd
Congress, but informed sources said action will be delayed at least un-
til 1955 when a new Isthmian canal commission may be established.
Responsible congressional committees have received a memorial from
a group of prominent engineers and transportation authorities urging
enactment of a bill to establish an Inter-Oceanic Canals Commission.
(see June 1954 Record).
In answer to a question asked at a meeting with American Legion
officials, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Robert Carney declared
the U. S. could use a sea level canal in this atomic age.
A C.B.S. television team has been on the Isthmus televising a story
of the Panama Canal and its operation. The United Fruit steamer
San Jose was selected for the transit pictures, with sound pictures be-
ing made from a platform atop one of the towing locomotives. The
show will be featured on Edward R. Murrow's "See It Now".
The oldest floating craft in the canal service made its last voyage
through the canal recently enroute to its new duties as a quarter boat
at the mouth of the Caimito River. The La Valley was built in Renfrow
Scotland for the French Canal Co. and has a record of over 65 years
of service. It was transferred to the U. S. in 1904. The La Valley was
sold on a bid to Autos Eisman a few weeks ago. Many ex-employees
will remember pleasant hours and experiences on the old La Valley
where the coffee pot was never cold nor empty.
Arthur H. Fertig, former canal pilot is suing a ships master and
a shipping Co. for $250,000 for writing to the Canal Co. that Fertig
accepted money from the captain for not hiring a tug to assist an over-
loaded vessel he was piloting through the canal. Fertig claims that as a
result of the "wholly false" accusation he has suffered mental pain and
anguish and has been irreparably injured in his professional reputa-
tion and standing.
A study which includes the Canal Zone is now being made as to
the feasibility of setting up T.V. stations overseas wherever U. S. ser-
vicemen are stationed. The survey was started by the Armed Forces
Radio and Television Station, Los Angeles, California.
Effective November 4, the minimum one way rates on the Panama
Line will be raised about 19 per cent.
Under the new pricing plan the winter rates will be higher than
those during the summer. Summer rates which go into effect next April
will be raised by a little less than 10 per cent over the present year
'round rates. Present minimum rates are $166 one way, and $288
Lightning set off a premature blast on Contractors Hill recently.
Fortunately the dynamite charges were very small. Four men were in-
jured, two Americans and two Panamanians. Charles Stamps and
Walter E. Ellis of Pedro Miguel suffered numerous contusions.
The Cristobal branch office of the treasurer of the Panama Canal
Co. has discontinued operations. Daniel C. Zitzman, the only employee
in the office has been transferred to another unit on the Atlantic side.
Throughout the Canal Zone in local rate communities, pupils in
grades one through six began learning the three "R's" in Spanish. For
higher grades, conversion from English to Spanish will take place in
gradual stages. Their curriculum is being patterned as closely as pos-
sible to that of Panama's schools.
The Hotel Washington will remain open under the Panama Canal
Co. following termination of the Motta S. A. lease. Representations
made by the Panama Government to Canal Zone authorities have
brought about mutual agreement for the doors of the Washington to
remain open as a convenience for the country and above all for the
tourist trade on the Atlantic side. Expressing deep concern over the
matter and the effect it would have on the "Front porch of the Repub-
lic", President Remon has declared that this agreement typifies the
close cooperation which exists between the Zone administration and the
Republic of Panama, especially concerning economic aid, which is of
benefit to our country.
Two representatives of the Federal Government in Washington
are on the Isthmus to study local employment policies and conditions
relative to the National employment practices of the Government for
its overseas employees.
Local rate civic councils in a conference with acting governor,
H. O. Paxson, discussed the eventual abandonment of La Boca as a
C.Z. townsite. There are approximately 400 employees now living in
La Boca who will eventually have to move.
Members of the Pacific Civic Council have expressed considerable
dissatisfaction over the newly announced $8 a month tuition charge
for kindergarten and directed their President C. W. Chase to investi-
gate the necessity for the charge.
Letters are being sent out to all U.S. citizen employees of the
Canal Co. notifying them of the cities or towns which have been desig-
nated as the place of actual residence of each for home, leave trans-
portation and repatriation purposes. Employees are invited to notify
the Personnel Director in writing if they disagree with the "place of
actual residence" which has been designated for them.
Los Rios residents were infuriated with the Canal's announcement
that a new swimming pool will soon be constructed in Margarita. Mrs.
Marjorie Evans, President of the Los Rios Civic council termed the
proposed construction ridiculous, in view of the previous statements
made by Canal officials that they lacked funds to put the Los Rios pool
m running order. Mrs. Evans estimated the new pool at Margarita
would probably cost $40,000 and it would have required about $8,000
to reactivate the Los Rios pool.
Two suits which challenge administration policies of the Panama
Canal Co. were dismissed in U. S. District court because the plaintiffs
failed to name new counsel or to argue their own cases. Judge Crowe
ruled the truck drivers had failed to exhaust administrative remedies.
In the Redmond vs. Doolan case he ruled the Canal official had made
the statements attributed to him in the proper discharge of his duties.
Commercial transits of the Canal are higher so far this year than
for the year 1953. However, tolls and toll credits are running nearly
$3,000,000 under last years figures.
The Gaillard Memorial Plaque has been removed from the face
of Contractors Hill. The one ton plaque honoring Lt. Col. David D.
Gaillard was set into the face of the hill 26 years ago. The plaque will
be crated and stored.
A contract has been awarded Tollef B. Monniche, Boquete coffee
grower for 90,000 pounds of coffee. The cost of the coffee bought by the
commissary division from Mr. Monniche. totals $54,000.
Miss Carrie Sharpensteen and Mrs. Pauline Daly of Balboa drew
many admiring glances from the thousands who watched the American
Legion Parade in Washington. Seated high on the back of a convert-
ible, Miss Sharpensteen wore a pink and white Pollera with a long
gold necklace and tembleques in her hair. Mrs. Daly wore a full mon-
tuna outfit of pink.
Richard G. Condon, the Margarita fireman who headed a cam-
paign a few years ago to aid a Panamian boy overcome a facial de-
formity, is in the thick of another campaign to aid another boy born
with a facial deformity. Condon, who earned the title "The Gringo
Good Samaritan" for his efforts on behalf of Casiano Domingues, now
a grown boy with normal features, has been named Sec'y.-Treas. of
the fund which he opened last week with a deposit in the Chase Bank.
The Lions Club of Puerto Armuelles, Chiriqui, is sponsoring the cam-
Pinas Bay is a fisherman's paradise with the new Rey Island club
barge floating offshore. An old drill barge is now a luxurious haven for
the before and after fishing time. The dining room is on the main deck
in a large lounge. The bar specializes in fancy "island" drinks, and
there is a small store which carries those items dear to a fisherman's
heart. The barge is operated by the hotel El Panama.
The best news out of Washington for a long time came with the
announcement that U.S. citizens who work for the government on the
Isthmus would now be entitled to free vacation travel to and from their
home towns. The free travel includes the employees immediate family
and dependents. Civilian employees of the Armed Services will travel
whenever possible by Military Sea Transport Service vessels.
The Fort Clayton Hospital is closed and all Army personnel and
their dependents will be treated at Gorgas Hospital. Part of the Clay-
ton Hospital will be used as a dispensary. The Colon Hospital will be
closed down. All equipment will be transferred to the Navy Coco Solo
Hospital which will be geared to take care of Gold Coast residents.
Six additional wards long deactivated are now being made ready to
accommodate all C.Z., Military personnel and their families. An exten-
sive recruitment program is in progress to argument the present hospi-
tal staff. It is anticipated that the principal increase in Gorgas person-
nel, will be in the nursing staff. The Health bureau officials have indi-
cated that there is an urgent need for qualified nurses. Only citizens
of the U.S. and Rep. of Panama who meet the qualification require-
ments are eligible.
The formal transfer of the Coco Solo Hospital to the Canal Co.
took place September 1st. The transfer was made on behalf of the Navy
by Captain Bentall, Commanding Officer of the Hospital, and was
accepted on behalf of the Canal Zone government by Dr. J. M. Wilker-
son, Supt. of Colon Hospital. Just one month after the consolidation
of the hospitals was effected, C.Z. Health Bureau officials reported the
change over had gone very well. Authorities commended both the pub-
lic and medical personnel for the smooth and rapid adjustment they
A small slide developed 2 miles south of Gamboa recently and an
estimated 19,000 cubic yards of material had moved into the channel.
Traffic was able to proceed without delay, as 220 yards of clear chan-
nel was still available.
The 20 year old crane boat Atlas is being "moth balled" due to
lack of sufficient work to justify its continued operation.
The American Federation of Labor will insist on the adoption of
all the benefits recommended by the Booz, Allen, Hamilton report for
Canal employees. Walter Wagner, President of the C.Z. Central Labor,
reported this fact on his return from the states where he represented
the C.Z. Labor at the convention of the American Federation of Labor
and its Metal Trades Department.
Forty years ago in August, as the month drew to a close, 18 ves-
sels had transited from the Atlantic to the Pacific and 23 had gone from
the Pacific to the Atlantic through the newly opened waterway. Dur-
ing the month the SS. Ancon, the SS. Cristobal, the Advance and the
SS. Panama, all had transited with men and women who had helped
build the Canal.
During the month of August there were a number of "firsts". The
first war vessel to go through the Canal was the Peruvian destroyer,
Teniente Rodriques. The first foreign ship ship was the Daldorch of
Glasgow, loaded with 11,500 tons of wheat. It was bound from Tacoma
to Limerick. The Daldorch, by using the Canal instead of the trip
around the horn saved about 40 days.
A gambling casino for Hotel El Panama became a certainty
with the announcement that the Chase National will lend the hotel
$2,500,000. The Bank's loan will be used to cancel a loan which the
hotel has with the Export and Import Bank of the United States which
forbade the setting up of a gambling casino.
Income taxes paid by the United Fruit Co. into the Panama
Treasury will be increased from 18 to 30 per cent under terms of a
new contract negotiated between company representatives and Panama
Government officials. This will bring the total of the company's '54
taxes to $3,800 000. The new contract will remain effective until 1986.
The United States and Panama announced in a joint statement
that the State Department has proposed a series of modifications in
the 1936 treaty in the form of a reply to Panama's proposals. The an-
nouncement indicated that the United States counter proposals add
up to somewhat less than Panama has been asking for. President
Remon said at a press conference that the U.S. counter proposals are
worthy of study. The President abstained from giving precise infor-
mation on the counter proposals, but he said they included; 1. The
increase of Canal annuities; 2. Some measure of economic cooperation;
3. Equal salaries (for Panamanians) in the Canal Zone; 4. Equal pen-
sions for Canal workers; 5. Better opportunities for Panamanian com-
merce, and 6. Return of lands and waters of manifest importance
to the Republic.
In accordance with a policy of secrecy which has been adhered
to by both sides, Panamanian sources declined to give any hint of the
missions reaction to the U.S. offer. There were indications however,
that members of the mission would not be surprised if President Remon
sends them back to Washington to begin a second round of negotia-
Unprecedented rains which fell for 96 hours on Veraguas and
Chiriqui provinces early in October, caused rivers to overflow their
banks and cut off all land transportation between Panama City and
The National Highway was blocked by slides all the way from
Chiriqui and David, to Santiago. Reports from David indicated that
several vehicles were caught in the floods along the highway. Sixty
slides were reported between the Fonseca River and the Tabasara
region. Remedias was practically covered with water with consider-
able damage to crops and the lives of cattle.
TWENTY-THIRD ANNIVERSARY REUNION
TIME January 11th and 12th, 1955.
PLACE Soreno Hotel, overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First
Avenue and Beach Drive North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST $2.75 per person including luncheon, gratuity and tax.
On the first day, Tuesday, January 11th, registration will be in
the forenoon and the combined annual and monthly business meetings
in the afternoon: On Wednesday there will be a social period or get-
together in the morning and a group picture will be taken at 12:30,
before cold plate luncheon served with hot coffee, warm soup and des
sert. You are urged to forward your reservations early as the hotel
may be forced to decline last minute reservations for the luncheon.
The primary purpose of the Reunion is to enable former Isthmians
to get together, renew acquaintances and above all to discuss those
gone but not forgotten palmy days. You'll never know how many true
friends you have until you attend the Reunion where they gather from
every section of the country. We'll gather together on the mezzanine
floor of the hotel where there is ample room with comfortable seats,
or if you prefer seclusion with former pals, there's the well-stocked
bar on the main floor. The luncheon is optional, but don't miss the
Reunion. You'll be sorry if you do!
Room reservations can be arranged at special convention rates of
$9.00 double and $6.00 single at the Soreno Hotel, but if rooms are
not available there, they will be secured in private home at $9.00
double and $8.00 single. Those desiring reservations should remit $9.00
for double or $6.00 for single rooms per day. There is also efficient
room-locating service maintained by the Chamber of Commerce in
the Greyhound Bus Terminal at the foot of Central Avenue which is
open daily until 9:00 p. m.
MAIL YOUR RESERVATION FORMS PROMPTLY. We must
have them not later than January 7th. Make remittances payable to
the Panama Canal Society of Florida. Please do not send checks on
other than St. Pete banks unless you add 10c per check to cover bank
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but LUNCH-
EON TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. They should be claimed
IMMEDIATELY upon arrival at the Reunion.
(Reservation Form on separate page.)
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Twenty-Third Anniversary Reunion
January 11th and 12th, 1955
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
MRS. LUCILLE S. JUDD, Secretary-Treasurer, 3535 19th St.
North, St. Petersburg 4, Florida.
Please arrange reservations as follows:
Reunion luncheon tickets for__ persons, each $2.75.
My party of persons will find our own room accommodations.
My party of persons will need single and/or
double rooms in hotel or private home home for days beginning
January 1955. Enclosed is $6.00 for each single room and/or
$9.00 for each double room per day for deposit on these reservations.
There is enclosed remittance of $ representing total for all
the above reservations.
My party will arrive by Train Automobile Bus.
(Please indicate which. And PLEASE add 10c per check
for banking charge if you remit by check.)
Names and addresses of those in my party:
While at the Reunion our address will be:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Dear Ex-Canal Friends:
You are cordially invited to join the Panama Canal Society of
Florida if you are not already a member. The Canal Record, our news
booklet, is issued quarterly, and a Year Book is mailed to members in
December of each year.
Dues are $3.00 annually, and payable in January. Members com-
ing in after July 1st will pay $1.50 for balance of the year.
Our membership is now more than 1,200.
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
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Home of Mrs. Isabel Cauthers
Great Neck, New York
Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Anderson
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Mrs. Grace Driscoll
San Mateo, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Wilson
Ewing, Jr. and family.
Group at Wabash, Indiana, Party. (See wabash news for names)
P. O. Box 249 STA. A
ST. PETERSBURG 2
Sec. 34.66 P.L&R.
U. S. Postage
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Permit No. 603
POSTMASTER: IF ADDRESSEE HAS REMOVED NOTIFY SENDER OF NEW
ADDRESS ON FORM 3547, POSTAGE FOR WHICH IS GUARANTEED
RETURN AND FORWARDING POSTAGE GUARANTEED.
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