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Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
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Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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Born Jan. 11, 1869 Died, Jan. 12, 1955

Friend, thou art gone to rest,
Thy toils and cares are o'er,
And sorrow, pain, and suffering now
Shall ne'er distress thee more.

MARCH, 1955
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Mr. and Mrs. Buford L. Cooper
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clements
Lutz, Florida

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Grier
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Grier
Clearwater, Florida

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Van Fleet
St. Petersburg, Florida

Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Smith
Buffalo, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Kieswetter
Gulfport, Florida

Home of Miss Flora Bean
Santa Barbara, California

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* Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bentz
Balboa, Canal Zone

Mr. asd Mrs. Earl Baltozer
Balboa, Canal Zone

Mr. Franklin Pierce
Mrs. Lauinia Pierce
Orlando, Florida
Mrs. Klara Weisiger
Dade City, Florida

The Panama Canal Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
1. G. Calvit J. F. Warner
President Founder
A. L. Miner F. A. Anderson
Vice-President M W. H. Butler
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd W. Gray
Secretary-Treas. J.W. Gray
Mrs. Burt W. Hall H.H. Hudson
Correspond. Sec'y. Ralph H. Oliver
E. M. Kieswetter Dan E. Wright
News Editor Counselors
Lee Burns G. T. Tarflinger
Chaplain Sgt.-at-Arms

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John F. Warner died in Bradenton General Hospital on January
12, 1955. The end came suddenly, but quietly. The immediate family
were present. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Grace H. Warner,
by a son, Paul H. Warner and a grand-daughter, Dr. Marjorie Warner,
all residing in Bradenton. He is also survived by three brothers; M.
S. Warner of Washington Court House, Ohio; Hoadley F. Warner of
Millersport, Ohio; and Floyd C. Warner of Baltimore, Ohio.
John Warner arrived at Cristobal, C. Z. on September 3, 1906.
He resided in Culebra, C. Z. with his family until August 1914, when
they moved to Balboa. He was constantly employed by the Panama
Canal, with the exception of one year, until his retirement on July 1,
1936. He selected Bradenton, Florida, for his retirement home and
resided there until his death. Wherever Mr. Warner resided, his first
interests were the religious life of the community and the moral and
spiritual betterment of living conditions. He was also active in Masonic
circles. In order to keep in touch with former Canal Zone friends and
co-workers, Mr. Warner started a round robin correspondence, later
enlarged it to a monthly mimeographed letter, and then founded the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, which has grown from the few of
round robin days to a membership of twelve hundred and ninety nine

Our Last Letter from John Warner

Bradenton, Florida
January 11, 1955
Panama Canal Society of Florida:
My very dear friends, I had hoped to feel strong enough to attend
this year's Annual Reunion Dinner in St. Petersburg this year, but
my precious doctor advises me to remain quietly at home, but I do
wish you all to continue your splendid growth and the worth-while
work of the Society-helping one another, and retaining the spirit of
the wonderful Canal Days, when everyone pulled together, and really
knew what they were doing!
Memory has painted a beautiful picture of the rich friendships
that were made and developed on this Great Engineering Project, and
as we go on down the pathway of life, let us ever strive to lend a help-
ing hand, let us try and carry our visions and efforts in a high plane,
and as the Great Book of Life is closed, may our good friends feel
that their lives have been enriched by this splendid friendship and
association. May the dear Heavenly Father Bless you all, now and
Always your sincere friend


December 18, 1954
Lucille S. Judd, Sec'y.- Treas.
Panama Canal Society
3535- 19th St., No.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Dear Mrs. Judd:
Will you please extend our sincerest thanks to the members of
the Panama Canal Society for the contribution of $177.00 which was
given to our hospital for the children at Christmas. Such a lovely
gesture is very much appreciated and I can assure you will go far in
helping to make the children's Christmas a merry one.

It is a joy to know that so many people take such a keen interest
in our boys and girls and hospital. Knowing this makes our load
much lighter to carry. Your kindness and fine spirit is a blessing
Again, many thanks and wishing you a very Merry Christmas.
Sincerely yours,
E. A. ROBERTS, Administrator


January 28, 1955
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. O. Box 249 Station A
St. Petersburg, Florida
Dear Mrs. Judd:
I appreciate your letter of January 21st forwarding to me the in-
formation of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. I look forward to
studying this booklet on its receipt and will certainly be pleased to
do anything in my power to assist you or any of your members at
any time.
I wish to compliment you on the active work of the Society in
the past and feel sure that you will always be a great influence in
the First District of Florida.
Your very kind remarks were appreciated and I am glad that
Judge Silk was able to give you my home address here in Washington.
Please feel free to call on me at any time I may be of service to
you or the Panama Canal Society.
With kindest personal regards, I remain


December 13, 1954
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
Mr. C. C. Calvit, President
Dear Mr. Calvit:
The Federated Garden Club of St. Petersburg again wishes to
express its deep appreciation of the support of the Mile of Beauty
program by the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
We are happy to tell you the work in your designated area
has been completed at a total cost of $189.61. Though the plants and
trees are young in their beginnings, they will grow to unfold a lasting
and beautiful tribute to the thoughtfulness of your group. The plaque
is centered on the west side of the planting, and a resident, Mr. L. F.
Burger, 2001 34th Street South, is supervising the care of the area.
We are happy to have worked with you in this beautification, and
shall treasure the privilege of our association.
Yours for a More Beautiful Florida
EuLA M. Nix (Mrs. Sam I. Nix)
Chairman, Mile of Beauty


The 84th Congress convened on January 5, 1955 and by the time
of this writing many bills have been introduced, which indicate quite
some growing interest, on the part of legislators, in the economic
status of their constituents, both active and retired as well as of
their own personal situation.
Some 20 odd bills which have been referred to the House Com-
mittee on Post Office and Civil Service, propose pay increases, in
varying amounts for those still actively employed in the postal and
federal service. Bill H.R. 2616 is particularly interesting in that it
proposes to establish longevity pay for federal employees with 10,
13 and 16 years of service.
Another group of 20 odd House bills propose to benefit taxpayers
through increasing the amount of personal exemption, from $600 as
at present to various amounts up to $1,000 per exemption. Two of

these bills, H.R. 699 and H.R. 2580, emphasize the need for increasing
the personal exemption of those taxpayers who are permanently dis-
abled. H.R. 2569 proposes to increase the personal exemption to
$1000, with a special exemption of $1800 for dependents up to 21
years of age, who are attending business school, college or university.
This group of bills has been referred to the Committee on Ways and
Three House bills, H.R. 505, 515 and 746 which propose to amend
the Internal Revenue Code by exempting retirement annuities from
income tax have been sent to the Committee on Ways and Means:
The House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service is to con-
sider bills H.R. 500 and H.R.2691, both proposing to provide annuity
benefits for widows or widowers as survivors of certain eligible re-
tirees who died prior to February 28, 1948.
Some Civil Service Retirees will be interested in bill H. R. 2133,
introduced by Hon. Robert Hale of Maine, now pending in House
Committee on Post Office and Civil Service. This bill proposes to
remove that limitation or ceiling on the amount of regular retirement
annuity to which the increase in annuity as provided by the Act of
July 16, 1952 (P.L. 555) is now applicable.
The House Committee on P. 0. and C. S. is to consider bill H.R.
85 introduced by Hon. Thomas B. Curtis of Mo., which proposes to
amend the Civil Service Retirement Act to secure that benefit ($3
a month for each year of service) which was previously authorized
in other acts for construction period service in Panama and in Alaska,
for those eligible in point of service, but who were denied the benefit
because they retired from some other branch of the service, which
had no authority to include such construction service benefit in com-
puting annuities. It is suggested that those Old Timers who may be
interested in this subject write to and keep in touch with H. A. Haag,
7369 Northmoor Drive, St. Louis 5, Mo.
Bill H.R. 842 introduced by Hon. Horace Seely-Brown of Conn.,
proposes to increase the amount of pensions granted under the Pan-
Canal Construction Service Act of May 29, 1944 (P.L. 319). Also
related to this same subject are bills H.R. 2130 by Hon. William J.
Green of Pa., and H.R. 2550 by Hon. Hale Boggs of La. These three
related bills are pending in the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Com-
mittee. This is the subject on which Ralph Cutler, 16 West Mystic
Ave., Mystic, Conn., has been working so zealously.
Also pending for consideration by the above M.M. and F. Com-

mittee is bill H.R. 475 introduced by Hon. John J. Rooney of N. Y.
This bill proposes to extend the benefits of the Pan Canal Construc-
tion Service Act of May 29, 1944 (P.L. 319) to those who through
naturalization became citizens of the United States on or before Dec.
7, 1941, or who had filed declaration of intention on or before that
Also pending before the above M.M. and F. Committee is bill
H.R. 171 introduced by Hon. Albert Rains of Ala., to change the
name Gatun to Sibert for the Town, the Dam and the Locks, in honor
of Maj. Gen. William L. Sibert i:who, with headquarters at Gatun,
was division Engineer of the cld Atlantic Division during the early
construction days.
It will be of some interest to Pan Canal employees both active
and retired to know that the Congress is also looking out for its own
welfare from an economic view point. There are at least three bills
before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as one in the House
Committee on P. 0. and C. S. concerned with a pay increase for
Members of the Congress as well as for Justices and Judges of United
States Courts. Also the Judiciary Committee of the house is consider-
ing the establishing of annuities for the widows of Justices and Judges.
There is an indication that very little opposition is developing against
these subjects. There is also an indication that these related subjects
will be given consideration well forward on the congressional schedule.
With all the above legislative preparation it would seem that the
stage is being well set to grant some form of economic benefit for re-
tirees as fixed incomes. However, retirees should not take too much
for granted. Things may not develop to your liking so automatic-
ally. Write your Senators and Representatives as well as Committee-
men concerning the subject or subjects in which you are interested,
otherwise they will think you are not concerned, and they will apply
their efforts to other matters pressing for attention.
Space permitting, we would like to list completely all Senators
and Representatives of the new Congress. However, you can find this
information at your nearest public library or at the office of your
local newspaper. For your immediate convenience there is listed else-
where in this Canal Record the membership of some committees of
the new 84th Congress.
In addition to writing to his Senator and Representative, as well
as to the proper committeeman, concerning his economic problems of
retirement, another good way for the individual retiree to help his

own cause is to support the activities of the National Association of
Retired Civil Employees. In Washington the retiree could have no
better qualified or better organized outfit working in his interest. Their
legislative program for 1955 comprises 14 points for applied effort in
the 84th Congress. Since Pan Canal Retirees are now Civil Service
Retirees practically the whole of this program is of interest and con-
cern to all Pan Canalers. One of the above 14 points is of particular
concern to Old Time Canal Constructors.
The legislative representative of N.A.R.C.E. is Marcellus C. Shield
(Retired Chief Clerk, of the House Appropriations Committee, 37
years service). Marc Shield is constantly alert for on the spot activi-
ties. He attends Congressional Committee hearings where he presents
the merits of the retiree's cause in a very logical and most masterful
manner. Join the local chapter of N.A.R.C.E. nearest your home, or
send $2.50 to cover membership dues (which includes subscription to
their monthly publication, Retirement Life) direct to their headquar-
ters at 1625 Connecticut Avenue, N. W. Washington 9, D. C.

Please Note .
On Page 8, of the December Canal Record, next to the last line
should read; "or a widow who did meet the statuary requirements but
failed to file claim for the annuity."


Senate Committee, Finance
Harry Flood Byrd, Va., Chairman; Walter F. George, Ga.; Robert
S. Kerr, Okla.; J. Allen Frear, Jr., Del.; Russell B. Long, La.; George
A. Smathers, Fla.; Lyndon B. Johnson, Tex.; Alben W. Barkley, Ky.;
Eugene D. Milliken, Colo.; Edward Martin, Pa.; John J. TWilliams,
Del.; Ralph E. Flanders, Vt.; George W. Malone, Nev.; Frank Carl-
son, Kan.; Wallace F. Bennett, Utah.

Senate Committee Post Office and Civil Service
Olin D. Johnston. S. C., Chairman; Matthew M. Neely, W. Va.;
John 0. Pastore, R. I.; A. S. Mike Monroney, Okla.; Thomas C.
Hennings, Jr., Mo.; W. Kerr Scott, N. C.; Richard L. Neuberger,
Oregon; Frank Carlson, Kan.; William E. Jenner, Ind.; William N.
Langer, N. D.; Carl T. Curtis, Nebr.; Thomas E. Martin, Iowa;
Clifford P. Case, N. J.

House Committee Merchant Marine and Fisheries
Herbert C. Bonner, N. C., Chairman; Frank W. Boykin, Ala.;
Edward A. Garmatz, Md.; Edward J. Robeson, Jr., Va.; Mrs. Leonar
K. Sullivan, Mo.; T. A. Thompson, La.; George P. Miller, Calif.;
John C. Kluczynski, Ill.; James A. Byrne, Pa.; John J. Bell, Tex.;
T. James Tumulty, N. J.; Irwin D. Davidson, N. Y.; Herbert Zelenko,
N. Y.; Frank M. Clark, Pa.; Thomas L. Ashley, Ohio; Thadeus M.
Machrowicz, Mich.; Thos. C. Tollefson, Wash.; John J. Allen, Jr.,
Calif.; Horace Seely-Brown, Jr., Conn; Timothy R. Sheehan, Ill.;
William K. Van Pelt, Wis.; John H. Ray, N. Y.; William S. Mailliard,
Calif.; Francis E. Dorn, N. Y.; ; Thomas M. Pelly,
Wash.; Elford A. Cederberg, Mich.; A. D. Baumhart, Jr., Ohio;
Jackson B. Chase, Nebr.; E. L. Bartlett, Alaska.

House Committee Post Office and Civil Service
Tom Murray, Tenn., Chairman; James H. Morrison, La.; James
C. Davis, Ga.; George M. Rhodes, Pa.; John Lesinski, Jr., Mich.;
John Dowdy, Tex.; High Q. Alexander, N. C.; John E. Moss, Calif.;
Edward J. Robeson, Jr., Va.; Mrs. Gracie Pfost, Idaho; Dante B.
Faschell, Fla.; T. James Tumulty, N. J.; Joe M. Kilgore, Texas;
Edward H. Rees, Kan.; Robert J. Corbett, Pa.; Mrs. Catherine St.
George, N. Y.; H. R. Gross, Iowa; Mrs. Cecil M. Hardin, Ind.; Albert
W. Cretella, Conn.; Charles S. Gubser, Calif.; Joel T. Broyhill, Va.;
Elford A. Cederberg, Mich.; John E. Henderson, Ohio; August E.
Johansen, Mich.

House Committee Ways and Means
Jere Cooper, Tenn., Chairman; John D. Dingell, Mich.; Wilber
D. Mills, Ark.; Noble J. Gregory, Ky.; Aime J. Forand, R. I.; Herman
P. Ebergarter, Pa.; Cecil R. King, Calif.; Thomas J. O'Brien, Ill.;
Hale Boggs, La.; Eugene J. Keogh, N. Y.; Burr P. Harrison, Va.;
Frank M. Karsten, Mo.; A. S. Herlong, Fla.; Eugene J. McCarthy,
Minn.; Frank Ikard, Tex.; Daniel A. Reed, N. Y.; Thomas A. Jenkins,
Ohio; Richard M. Simpson, Pa.; Robert W. Kean, N. J.; Noah M.
Mason, Ill.; Hal Holmes, Wash.; John W. Byrnes, Wis.; Antoni N.
Sadlak, Conn.; Howard H. Baker, Tenn.; Thomas B. Curtis. Mo.

Suggested Form of Addresses and Salutations
Senate Office Building House Office Building
Washington, D. C. Washington, D. C.
My Dear Senator Smathers: My Dear Mr. Cramer:

Those Canalers who are interested in future Canal Construction
should know that Senate Bill S-766, introduced by Hon. Thomas E.
Martin of Iowa, proposes to create the Interoceanic Canal Commis-
sion, has been referred to the Committee on Interstate and Foreign
A companion bill in the House H.R. 3335, introduced by Hon.
Clark W. Thompson of Texas, has been referred to the Committee on
Merchant Marine and Fisheries.

It will be of interest to oldsters and retirees to know that a bill
has been introduced in the Senate for the purpose of establishing the
United States Commission on the Aging and Aged, to study the econ-
omic and social problems of retired persons. This bill, S-693, has been
introduced by Hon. Charles E. Potter of Michigan, for himself and
54 other Senators, including Hon. George A. Smathers of Florida. This
bill will be considered by the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare.
A companion bill in the House, H.R. 3307, introduced by Hon.
Steven B. Derounian of New York, has been referred to the Committee
on Education and Labor.

January 29, 1955
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd,
3535 19th St., North
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Dear Mrs. Judd:
I enclose herewith a copy of H.R. 842. I received a number of
copies this morning.
If possible, will you try to have it published in a future "Canal
Record" with a request that all construction annuitants write the
Congressmen from their States requesting that they support H.R. 842.
A postal card addressed to the Clerk of the House of Representa-
tives, Washington, D. C., requesting a copy of the official list of the
members of the House, and also a list of the members of the standing
committees, will bring copies to the writer without charge if he signs
the request giving his address.

84th Congress 1st Session H. R. 842
January 5, 1955
Mr. Seely-Brown introduced the following bill; which was referred to
the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries

Granting increases in the annuities of certain former civilian officials
and employees engaged in and about the construction of the
Panama Canal, and for other purposes.
1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
3 That each individual receiving or entiteld to receive an
4 annuity under the Act entitled "An Act to provide for the
5 recognition of the services of civilian officials and employees,
6 citizens of the United States engaged in and about the con-
7 struction of the Panama Canal", approved May 29, 1944,
8 now or hereafter drawing an annuity of less than $2,160
9 shall be paid an additional amount of $25 a month in the
10 amount such individual now or hereafter otherwise receives
1 under such Act but not to exceed 25 per centum of his
2 present annuity or an increase of a lesser amount sufficient
3 to bring an individual's annuity up to and not to exceed
4 $2,160.
5 SEC. 2. The provisions of this Act shall take effect on
6 the first day of the first month that begins after the date of
7 the enactment of this Act.


After the subject of legislation had been set up in type and ready
for the printing presses, we arranged to insert the latest developments
just received.
The Hon. James M. Morrison, who in point of position on the
House P. 0. and C. S. Committee ranks next to the Chairman, who

is Hon. Tom Murray, introduced H.R. 3792 proposing to increase
Civil Service retirement annuities by $54 for each full six-month per-
iod the individual annuitant has been on the annuity rolls up to Oct.
1, 1955; but not to exceed $360 or 33-1/3 per cent of the present an-
nuity whichever is the smaller.

Mr. Morrison has also introduced H.R. 3791; also sent to the P.
O. and C. S. Committee. This is a large, 31 page document and covers
many phases of the Civil Service Retirement System. The two out-
standing paragraphs of interest to retirees and survivors of retirees-
as quoted from Section 15 reads as follows:
"(a) The annuity of any employee who, before the date of enact-
ment of this Act, was retired and is receiving or entitled to receive
annuity from the fund, shall be increased, effective on the first day
of the second month following enactment of the Act, by $160, plus
$16 for each two full months elapsed between the commencing date
of annuity and the date of enactment of this Act: Provided, that
such increases in annuity shall not in any case exceed $500."
(b) The annuity of any survivor, except as provided in sub-
section (d), who, on the date of enactment of this Act is receiving or
is entitled to receive an annuity based on the service of a former em-
ployee, shall be increased, effective on the first day of the second
month following the date of enactment of this Act, by $160."

Since these two bills have been introduced by so high a ranking
member of the committee on P. O. and C. S. it would seem natural
that they will become the basis of consideration by that committee
for relief of retirees and their survivors.

These bills not only propose helpful and needed improvement in
retirees and survivors benefits but also eliminate the existing ceiling
as was established by Public Law 555. These bills will not require a
special appropriation of taxpayer's money to provide the increase. The
proposed increases in annuities can be financed from the existing Re-
tirement and Disability Fund which now has a balance very close
to $6 Billion.
These recently introduced bills merit your preferred effort when
writing friendly and appealing letters to Members of The Congress
and particularly Committeemen, telling of your interest and concern
in these bills and their relation to your own economic problems of re-
tirement, and urging their careful and thoughtful consideration, and a
favorable report for final enactment by the Congress.


A nice long letter was received from Otto Marstrand wherein he
sends his congratulations to the entire staff of the Record for a fine
number for each quarter of 1954.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Orvis of South Huston, Texas, send best wishes
to all their friends in the Florida Chapter and say they enjoy the
Record very much as it is their only contact with many old friends.
Mrs. Mabel King Martin of Wilmington, N. C. was a recent
visitor in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Dr. and Mrs. Raymond R. Gregory, now located at Penny Farms,
Florida, sent out an interesting, once-a-year letter which reported
visits from many old friends and a 3000 mile jaunt to visit with their
two sons in the mid-west.
Molly V. Johnson of Balboa, says: "The Record is wonderful.
It is nice to read about so many I know and where they are and what
they are doing".
Mary Hunter of Orlando, says the Canal Record is a most wel-
come visitor. She sends greeting to all her friends.
Fred W. Bradley of Glendale, California, recently made a trip
to Alaska over the Alkan Highway. Found prices around Anchorage
terrific. Apples, bananas and grapes, 49 cents per pound; lemons, 95
cents per dozen; tomatoes, 3 for $1.00; a good brand of coffee, $2.85
per pound; milk, 40 cents per quart; and, Oh yes, beer, 50 cents; and
a shot, 75 cents and up!!!!
Tina Robinson, of Balboa, says that Robie retired last February
and she will retire next February. After that we will be seeing them.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Ross would be pleased to see anyone who
might be coming through Lowville, New York. They enjoyed a visit
from Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cain from the Canal Zone.
Harry Comley of Arlington, Va. writes that they live quite near
their daughter, Mary, and her husband and two fine children, a girl
and a boy. They hope to drive to Florida, soon, for a visit.
Grace Truitt writes that of 400 houses in her area, her home was
one of four left standing after hurricane Hazel had passed. Though
standing, it was a complete wreck and she doubts if she will be able
to rebuild.

Carl Wanke of Whittier, Calif., sent us the following news item:
Please be informed about a happy gathering of former Zoneites,
at Brookside Park, a stone's throw from the famous Rose Bowl, Pasa-
dena, California on November 6, 1954, through the efforts of Anne and
Walter M. Heltemus to welcome to California the following named:
Florence Peterson, on leave from the Canal Zone; Austin "Buck" and
Helen Adams Yoder also on vacation. Lawrence and Helen Adler from
Panama, R. de P., accompanied by Lil and Jack Evans, from Birming-
ham, Ala., and to greet the aforesaid guests were the following named
residents of the Republic of California-the Tribolets; Nolans; Lock-
woods; Koperski's; Ames; Gilberts; Stillwells; Jones; Berudes; Mrs.
Lena Fitch; Mrs. Lula Beers; Mrs. McClean; Capt. Peterson (un-
fortunately Myrtle Peterson, confined to hospital was unable to be
present, she is down with a fractured hip) and Capt. and Mrs. Wanke.
Mrs. Max Englander of Hudson Falls, N. Y. writes that the pic-
ture of the Sunshine Skyway made a beautiful cover and she hopes
to drive over it some day.
Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Shirley of Hot Springs, Ark. enjoyed a nice trip
and visit with friends in Texas. They say that when the Record comes,
they get nothing done until they have read it from cover to cover.
H. H. Evans of Charlottesville, Va. writes that he leads a quiet
life due to an unpredictable back and recalcitrant gall bladder. Daugh-
ter Jane and her husband, Bob Smyth (Consul General in Vancouver,
B. C.) expect to make their home in San Rafael, Calif. following Bob's
retirement in January. Son Bud lives in Mexico City, Mexico, where
he has a fruit export business.

Irene and Lee Wright sent us the following news item from Hous-
ton, Texas, the city of a million, plus:
We have had Betty Haldeman Underwood and family with us
during this past year while her husband is in Korea. Our neighbors
for 19 years in Balboa, the Pat Coakley, Srs., have paid several visits
to our city. Pat Jr. is a student at University of Houston. Mother
Stewart continues to enjoy good health and keeps active for her 86
years. Lee is the handyman around our house. He has done a wonder-
ful job with the garden which is his department, since he has a green
thumb. Irene is Secretary for MacGregor Trails Civic Club as well as
Secretary of Democratic Precinct in our vicinity. Each election finds
her at the polls. Hear through the grapevine that the Ed Schnakes,
who recently retired, are headed for Houston. June and Victor May

have bought a lovely home. While Mildred Neely was a visitor in our
city, she was fortunate to attend a gathering of Canal Zone folks-
Joe Orrs, Louis Souders, Haldemans, Louis Haas, "Red" Salisburys,
Harry Robinsons, Jean and John Redmond.
Helen Peterson of Buffalo, N. Y. writes that she and daughter,
Eileen, both work for Remington Rand. Son, Tommy, also resigned
from the Canal Zone and is working for the New York Central Rail-
road in Buffalo.
Andrew Meyer (Brass check 140169) of Berkley, Calif. reports
there were about one hundred Roosevelt medal holders at the Dedica-
tion Ceremonies. He and Mrs. Meyer got a chance, then, to renew
several acquaintances of whom they had lost track.
Joe Irwin, ex-Dredging Division employee, is confined to a sani-
tarium near Fort Smith, Arkansas. He is a T. B. victim and is taking
the new drugs that have been quite successful in combating T. B.
Mrs. Irwin is working and enjoys the work she is doing. Their son,
Joe, was married last July and the Irwins are very happy with the
girl he selected. Young Joe works for the State Highway Dept. in the
Laboratory of Materials Testing Department.
John C. De La Vergne of Richmond Hill, N. Y. writes that poor
health prevented his attending the 1955 Reunion. He has a cataract
on his left eye. However, his right eye is still good.
The Ed Bigelows and Nell Bewley have had a hectic month. Mrs.
Bewley came down with a virus infection, the dog had to go to the
Vets, and the goldfish had 25 babies which they proceeded to eat,
necessitating a separate maternity aquarium. All this was too much
for Viola and she had to have a doctor too. However, all are now on
the mend and send best wishes to all their friends.
Isabel O'Donovan Rossa of the Bronx, N. Y. quite frequently
goes down to the Panama Line Pier to see friends off for the C. Z
This past year, she said, she has seen very few familiar faces.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Shuey of Palatka, Fla. have returned from an
extensive tour of the mid West and up to Colorado and Wyoming.
They saw the Tom Shirleys and Bill Mathues in Arkansas, the John
Hearnes in Mississippi, and the Evers in Neosha, Missouri. They were
pulling a trailer which was wrecked, completely, in an accident in
Hot Springs. As soon as the insurance company made an adjustment,
they bought a new trailer and continued on their way. The Shuey's

son, Ray, owns and operates a service station on Key Largo, Florida.,
and their daughter, Edith, resides in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Verna and Bob Fletcher, of Dawson, Georgia, report all is well
with them. Martha is a Senior in High School and Robert is in the
7th grade.
The James Milloys of West Harwich, Mass. enjoyed a visit from
Lu and Bill Barker of Silver Springs. Md. and also from Forrest and
Ida Hallett of Quincy, Mass. Mr. Milloy suffered a slight stroke in
October but is now able to be up and around.
Jack and Mrs. Ridge are enjoying the zip and cold of their third
winter in New Jersey. Their son, Ralph, recently married Winifred
Prynoski, a nurse in St. Francis Hospital in Trenton. Daughter Mary
and her husband, John D. Gribben, live in Penns Neck, N. J. Their
youngest daughter, Margaret Rose, has just received the Holy Habit
in the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul at Marillac Semin-
ary in St. Louis. Sister Hilary, as she is now known, will continue her
course in nursing at Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, La.


Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Beauchamp of Amador Rd., Balboa, announce
the engagement of their daughter, Edith, to Mr. Edward Shutter, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Shutter of Vineland, New Jersey. No immed-
iate date has been set for the wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Hankins of Osborn, Missouri, have announced
the marriage of their daughter, Lynelle, to 2nd Lt. Robert L. Kariger,
USMCR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kariger of Diablo. Lt. Kariger, an
alumna of Cristobal High School, was graduated from North West
Missouri State College at Maryville, Missouri. He entered the Marine
Corps in July and is stationed at Quantico, Virginia. Miss Hankins
is a graduate of Osborn High School and attended the North West
Missouri State College. She is employed in Kansas City, Kansas.
Miss Camille Zastavny of Philadelphia, Pa. was married on Octo-
ber 30th to Mr. Thomas Dorgan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Dor-
gan of Gatun.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pecor, Sr. of Chesterton, Indiana, have an-
nounced the engagement of their daughter, Ellen Marguerite, to Mr.

Edward G. Coyle, son of Mrs. F. Coyle of Ocean Springs, Miss., and
the late Mr. Coyle. The Coyle family were former residents of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Marquad announce the marriage of their
daughter Mildred, to Mr. Allan B. Finch, son of Mr. and Mrs. John
B. Finch. The wedding took place on November 6th. The bride form-
erly lived in Margarita, and is a graduate of Cristobal High School.
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn C. Dough, of Margarita, C. Z., announce the
marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Leneve, to Mr. Gerald D. Stroup,
son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Stroup of Sarasota, Fla. The wedding took
place at the Margarita Union Church on January 14th. Mrs Stroup
is a graduate of Cristobal High School, class of 1952.
Captain and Mrs. Norman A. Terry of Balboa, have announced
the engagement of their daughter, Dorothy Lorraine, to Capt. Robert
L. Gilmore, USA. Captain Gilmore is the officer in Charge of the
Inter-American Geodetic Survey at La Paz, Bolivia. Plans were be-
ing made for the wedding to take place at La Paz, Bolivia, in
Mr. George Hagler of Curundu and Mrs. Naden Epperson of
Murphyboro, Illinois, announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss
Georgia Lee Hagler, to Mr. Bernice Herring, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.
A. Herring of Gamboa, C. Z., on December 18th in Jacksonville, Fla.
Both Mr. Herring and his bride attended grade school on the Canal
where Mr. Herring later graduated and continued through Canal Zone
Junior College. Mr. Herring is now serving in the Marine Corps at
the US Naval Air Station in Jacksonville.
Mrs. George Kempker of West Point, Iowa, announces the mar-
riage of her daughter, Marie C. Kempker of Ancon, to Mr. John P.
Corrigan, Jr. of Balboa, son of Mr. John P. Corrigan of Washington,
D. C. and the late Mrs. Corrigan. The couple were married on Jan-
uary 22nd at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Ancon.


Lt. and Mrs. Michael Dawson of Portland, Oregon, announce the
birth of their first child, a son, on October 17th. Mrs. Dawson is the
former Maritza Uribe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luis E. Uribe of
Bella Vista. Lt. Dawson was born and reared on the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack McCord announce the arrival of a baby boy,
weighing 71/2 pounds, on December 29th. The Grandmother is Mrs.

John McCord of 1102 Englewood, Kenmore, New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tenenoff have announced the birth of a
daughter, Cathy Liane, at Bell, California on December 13th, Mrs.
Tenenoff, the former Caroline Beil, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Lee Beil of Balboa, C. Z. and the Great Grandmother is Mrs. W. H.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Linney are the proud parents of a son,
John Patrick, born on November 12, 1954 in St. Petersburg. Mr. Linney
is a well known lawyer. Grandparents are Col. and Mrs. John T.
Linney and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A. Mears of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Lt. and Mrs. Ian Johnson, of Coco Solo,'C. Z., announce the birth
of a daughter, Karen Lee, on November 26th. The paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson, of Rock Stream, N. Y. and
St. Petersburg, Florida. The maternal grandparents are Mrs. L. J.
Hall and the late Mr. Hall of Rock Stream, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Foster Tate of Hyattsville, Maryland, an-
nounce the arrival of a son, Jon Foster Tate, on September 29th. Mrs.
Tate is the former Geraldine Snodgrass, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
John Snodgrass of Gamboa. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Guy Foster Tate of Hyattsville.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Allen of Dunedin, Florida announce the ar-
rival of their second child, a son, Gary Joseph Allen, on January 9th
at Mound Park Hospital. Mrs. Allen is the former Eileen Schneider,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Schneider of St. Petersburg, Florida.
The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Allen of the
Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wertz of New Orleans have announced the
birth of their second daughter, Coleen Noel. Maternal grandmother
is Mrs. Ella Wertz of Ancon, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. James D. Forbes of Spokane, Washington, an-
nounce the birth of a daughter, Susan Carol. Paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Forbes of San Juan Place, Ancon, C. Z. and
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Albert Fisher of Spokane.
Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Shelton have announced the birth of their
third child, first daughter, in Riverside, California on December 18th.
She has been named Dominique. The baby's paternal grandmother
is Mrs. Rosario Shelton of El Cangrejo. Former residents and frequent
visitors on the Isthmus, the Sheltons are now making their home in

Caracas, Venezuela, to which they will return shortly.
Sergeant and,Mrs. George Martin of Marguerita, C. Z. announce
the arrival of a daughter, Elaine Frances, on Christmas Eve. This is
their fifth child. Sgt. Martin is with the Canal Zone Police and
Mrs. Martin is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley of St.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Maphis 3rd, announce the birth of a son,
Samuel Maphis 4th, on December 31st. at Boulder Dam Colorado.
Mrs. Maphis is the former Coila Goodin of Gamboa. The grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Marion Goodin, formerly of Gamboa and now re-
tired, and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Maphis of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Evers of Neosho, Mo., formerly of Pedro
Miguel, announce the safe arrival of their 15th grandchild and the
son and heir of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
L. Sharpe, (Dolly Evers). The young man is to be a Junior in name,
and he arrived on February 16th.


In October
Beresford Cadogan, Motor Transportation Div.-20 yrs., 6 mo., 9 days
Capt. Ellis D. Carey, Ferry Service-34 years, 9 months, 8 days.
Mrs. Ruth T. Getz, Board of Health Laboratory-
---_ --- --------12 years, 2 months, 15 days.
Sgt. Sanford D. Mann, Cristobal Police Div.-26 yrs., 1 mo., 2 days.
Fred Muller, Industrial Division-15 years, 5 days.
Fred W. O'Rourke, Marine Bunkering Section-
-_--.__-........--...... .------. 30 years, 5 months, 11 days.
Edward C. Stroop, Terminals Division-31 years, 5 months, 3 days.
Mrs. Katherine M. Swain, Public Health Nurse--24 yrs., 9 mo., 3 days.
In November
Mrs. Mabel D. Andrews, Gorgas Hospital-26 years, 7 months, 1 day.
Edward W. Schnake, Locks Division-33 years, 7 months, 6 days.
In December
George R. Harris, Transportation and Terminals Bureau-
------ ----.-- 13 years, 1 month, 23 days.
Charles P. Morgan, Inspection Division-34 years, 4 months, 12 days.
Joseph T. Oliver, Navigation Division-27 years, 9 months, 6 days.
Hans P. Pederson, Dredging Division-31 years, 7 months, 20 days.
Anthony Tezanos, Ferry Service-27 years, 5 months, 23 days.


Miss Louise Kurath of Bradenton, Fla. has been ill for some time.
We certainly missed her at the Reunion and wish her a speedy recovery.
Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt's mother ,Mrs. Burkhart of St. Petersburg,
was successfully operated upon at St. Anthony's Hospital for a broken
hip due to a fall, recently. Mrs. Burkhart celebrated her 87th birth-
day last November 9th.
Mrs. C. C. Shaw was in St. Augustine Hospital for about a month
with a broken hip. When ready to leave for home, a last X-ray was
taken which showed the bone had slipped and another operation was
necessary. However, she now is back home in Palatka.
Miss Jessie Murdock, who broke her leg last year, is in a hospital
in Toronto, Canada, having had several operations. She hopes to be
better soon.
Mrs. Lawrence Calloway, of California, is recovering from a gall-
stone operation. Her visitors found her stout hearted and cheerful and
ready to get up and get going.
Mrs. W. P. Hunt of St. Petersburg, Florida, was a recent patient
in St. Anthony's Hospital.
Blanche G. Palmer of New Castle, Pa. has been an invalid for
three years due to a heart condition. She was in the hospital for one
month in August.
Mr. John R. Strauss has been ill with a kidney infection.
C. C. Hodges of Macon, Ga. entered the Veterans Hospital on
January 11, 1955 for treatment.
Mr. Archie Gibson of Cortland, New York, suffered a severe heart
attack according to word received from his sister, Mrs. Agnes John-
ston, who is a winter visitor in Orlando.
Miss Ida Erickson informs us that her brother, Robert, recently
retired from the Canal Zone, is quite ill following an operation in
December at Madison, Wisconsin.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos, who were to have sailed from the
Zone early in January, following Mr. Tezanos' retirement, had to de-
lay their departure as Mrs. Tezanos was a patient in Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Kathleen Latermann, mother of Mrs. Eleanor Becker, has
been a patient in Gorgas Hospital; Also Mrs. Tom Foley, wife of the

late Capt. Tom Foley of the Police Department.
Capt. Billy Wills has been undergoing treatment for arthritis in
the Marine Hospital on Staten Island, N. Y.
Mrs. Ruth B. Schildhauer of Santa Monica, Calif. broke her hip
on January 1st. She is in the Santa Monica Hospital where she is get-
ting along as well as can be expected.
Mr. Walter Pollock of Orlando is in the hospital. He had an oper-
ation in November and another one in January.
Mrs. Maud Kilcorse of Blue Point, Long Island, has been confined
to St. Clares Hospital in New York City. Maud had an operation
on her left eye.
Mr. C. T. Lindsay was reported as very ill at his home in DeLand,
Mr. W. A. Moore has been a patient in Gorgas Hospital for sev-
eral months and is in a serious condition. Bill Moore worked in the
Accounting Department at Balboa Heights for many years.


Cards of Thanks for flowers or expressions of
received from the following people:
The family of Eva L. Berliner.
Mr. and Mrs. Bort.
Mrs. John Demmy and Mrs. Evelyn Maughan.
Mrs, Lena Hambleton and daughters.
Miss Pauline Merideth.
Mrs. Theresa A. Rossetti and family.
Mrs. Bessie C. Foster.
The family of Mary E. Walters.
The Phalen family.
Mrs. Stacey C. Russell.
Mrs. Jessie S. Hunt.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jackson.
Miss Louise Kurath.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pollack.
Mrs. Sue Reynolds Wall and sister.
Capt. and Mrs. Buddy Bodden.
The Warner family.
Mrs. Archie Gibson.

sympathy were


Wilson H. Kromer, former Comptroller of the Panama Canal,
died on November 18th at his home in Bath, Pa. Death was caused
by coronary thrombosis. He would have been 74 years old on Nov. 23.
Mr. Kromer had retired from the Canal service in 1942 after
nearly 37 years of service. He then became the Caribbean area re-
gional supervisor for the United Services Organization and served in
that capacity for a little over a year. He had been in ill health for
some time.
Mr. Kromer is survived by his wife and two sons, John and
Thomas, all of whom are living in the United States.
John F. LaRue, a painter foreman with the Maintenance Divi-
sion's Southern District, died on November 25th at Gorgas Hospital
after a brief illness. He was 56 years old. Mr. LaRue is survived by
a son, John F. LaRue, Jr., a daughter, Mrs. Carolyn Christoph and
four grandsons, all of the Canal Zone; and by two sisters in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida.
Stacey C. Russell, former post office inspector and well known
former resident of the Canal Zone, died November 14, at his home in
Highlands, N. C. He was 68 years old. Both Mr. Russell and' his wife.
Helen, the only survivor, were well known on both sides of the Isthmus
and took active part in social and civic affairs of the Canal Zone.
News has been received of the death of Benjamin O. Hodges, re-
tired Canal employee, on October 22 in Monrovia, California. He was
72 years old. In addition to his wife, Mrs. Docie M. Hodges, he is sur-
vived by two daughters, Mrs. Grace Loughmiller of Texas, and Mrs.
Ruth Beard of Concord, California. Both daughters were in Monrovia
at the time of his death.
Mr. Arthur S. Wilson, formerly the harbormaster in Balboa, died
November 10th in Waveland, Miss. after a long illness. He retired
from the Canal service last August. He was 59 years old. He is sur-
vived by his father who is in Australia, and his wife, Marjorie, who
was with him at the time of his death.
Charles Williams, retired Panama Canal employee, died on Nov-
ember 7th in Gorgas Hospital after a brief illness. He was 76 years
old. Since his retirement, Mr. Williams had made his home in Bejuco
in the Republic of Panama. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna
Williams and several children and grandchildren.

Edward C. Dickinson, a wireman in the Electrical Division, was
found dead in his quarters in Williamson Place, Balboa, on December
3rd. He was 58 years old. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. R. E.
Penny of Babylon, Long Island.
Arthur H. Messer, retired Canal employee, died on November
30th at Gorgas Hospital, where he had been a patient since October
29th. He was 67 years old. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy
Price of Lakewood, California, a son, Robert, who is a civilian em-
ployee of the Air Force in Japan, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Moritz
of Beverly Hills, California.
Mrs. Elizabeth S. McClure, widow of Tucker McClure, died in
Santa Monica Hospital on Christmas Eve. Her husband died on Octo-
ber 25th. She is survived by a son, Alan, a sister, Mrs. Frederick
Hiller of New York, and a brother, Edwin Drawbridge, of New York.
News of the death of Mrs. Mary E. Walters, widow of Sgt. Oscar
G. Walters, former member of the Canal Zone Police Division, has
been received. She lived in Orlando, Florida. She was 70 years old.
Mrs. Walters is survived by a nephew who lives in New York.
Mr. Marshall A. Stokes, a former Colon resident, died the middle
of October. He left the Canal in July 1929. He is survived by a son
and daughter on the Isthmus, Robert of New Cristobal and Miss
Monica Stokes of Cristobal, as well as a son and daughter in the States.
Mrs. Zelda Clare Dare, whose husband is employed at Gatun
Locks, died on November 24th at Coco Solo Hospital. She had been
in ill health for some time. She was 41 years old. She is survived by
her husband of Gatun, a daughter, Diane, and -two sons, Gerald and
Mrs. Eva Louise Berliner, of Miami, died on January 5th. She
was 50 years old. Beside her husband, Henry B. Berliner, she leaves
a son, John; a sister, Mrs. Marie Fletcher; her father, John McMahon,
and two brothers, Louis and Joya McMahon, all of Miami.

William Royals,who left the Isthmus about a year ago, was killed
in the sinking of a tug on December 6th in the Gulf of Mexico.
Formerly an engineer with the Army, Royals left the Isthmus with
the closing of the Fort Sherman Ferry on which he was working. Mr.
and Mrs. Royals moved to St. Petersburg last February. He had been
working for a shipping company there since July. He is survived by
his wife, Margaret, a son, William, and a daughter, Mary.

Foster H. Speir, a retired Panama Canal lock operator, died in
Long Beach, Calif. after a long illness. He was 75 years old. Mr. Speir
retired from the Canal in 1941. He had been employed since 1914.
Wilbur A. Hambelton, retired Canal employee, died on December
14th in a St. Petersburg Hospital. He was 67 years old. He retired
from the Canal in 1949. Surviving him are his wife, Lena Hambelton;
four daughters, Mrs. J. J. Morris and Mrs. E. G. Huldtquist, both of
the Canal Zone; Mrs. F. J. Van Siclen, Uniondale, N. Y., and Mrs.
V. H. May, of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren, four sisters and
one brother.
John A. Dovel, a pipefitter leadingman with the Industrial Divi-
sion, died suddenly, on December 15th, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He was 59 years old. Mr. Dovel had left by plane for vacation on
December llth. He is survived by his wife, a son, John, two daughters,
Allison who is a nurse in McGuire Hospital in Richmond, Va., and
Paula, who has been attending Longwood College in Farmsville, Va.
Mathew A. Gabric, a pharmacist at Gorgas Hospital, died on
December 14th in the hospital where he had been a patient since
November 10th. Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Gabric
of Miami. Florida.
John L. Demmy passed away on October 29th in Carlysle, Pa.
He was 75 years old. He and his family left the Isthmus in February,
1922 for Harrisburg, Pa. He is survived by his wife, and two daugh-
ters, Mrs. Earl Mangham, of Texas, and Mrs. J. Brunner of Camp
Hill, Pa., and two grandchildren.
Frank H. Green, well known retired Canal employee, died on
December 16th, at Gorgas Hospital where he had been a patient since
October 25th. He was 68 years old. Mr. Green is survived by his wife,
of Diablo Heights and one brother and three sisters, all of whom
make their homes in the United States.
Mrs. Elizabeth L. Thompson died on December 22nd at Baptist
Hospital in Covington, La. She was 72 years old. She is survived by
her husband Harry A. Thompson; Mrs. Thompson was a sister of
Mrs. V. G. Smith, Louis P., John N., Julius, Nicholas and Edwin Frank.
Mrs. Florence Yard, wife of Captain Harry B. Yard of the Marine
Division, retired, died on November 17th at her home in Gamboa.
She was 79 years old.
Mrs. Nellie Elizabeth Smith Morse passed away on October 24th

at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Matthew Shannon of Amador Rd.,
Balboa. She was 92 years old. She is survived by her husband, two
daughters, Mrs. Shannon and Mrs. William Gaines, both living on
the Isthmus.
Charles C. Powelski, retired Panama Canal employee and former
resident of Gatun, died on December 19th in Kansas City, Mo. He
was 71 years old. -He is survived by a son, Frank Powelski and sev-
eral brothers.
Elmer Dailey, retired Panama Canal machinist, died on Decem-
ber 28th in New Orleans, La. He was 78 years old. He is survived
by his wife and three sons: Carl S., of New Orleans; Lt. Commander
Elmer 0. who is on duty with the Navy in California; and Earl O.
of Balboa. Also six grandchildren.
Daniel B. Fitchett, 59, former Panama Canal employee, died of
a heart attack in Baltimore on December 29th. He is survived by his
wife, Anne, one daughter, Dorothy Nazarenus, three gradnchildren,
and a brother, all of Baltimore.
William Young, a retired Panama Canal accountant, died in Gor-
gas Hospital. He is survived by his eldest son, Dr. Rudolpho Young,
a physician on the staff of Gorgas Hospital, and eight more children,
Enrique, Antonio, Ricardo, Juan, Thomas, Violeta, Ruby and Dagmar,
33 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.
Fenton Whelan passed away at Gorgas Hospital on January 6th
after a long illness. He was 69 years old. He is survived by his wife,
who makes her home with a daughter in Los Rios, a son, Fenton R.
of Boulder City, Nevada; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Dault of Sao
Paulo, Brazil, Mrs. Margaret Jansses of Rodman, and Mrs. Catherine
Filo of Los Rios; five grandchildren; and three brothers, all living
in the United States.
Richard Hoagland died on August 28th in Sherryville, Kansas.
There are no survivors.
Michael J. Considine, a retired carpenter foreman for the Pan-
ama Canal, died in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 19th. He was
71 years old. He and his wife were winter visitors here, coming from
Gloucester City, N. J. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret M.
Considine and a daughter, Miss Margaret M. Considine of Gloucester
City, New Jersey.
Ragnor 0. Comer died recently in Syracuse, N. Y. where he and
his wife have resided for the past thirty years while employed as Civil

Engineer with the Alkali Division, Allied Chemical and Dye Corpor-
ation. Mr. Comer was assistant engineer in Colonel Sibert's Atlantic
Lewis M. Scull, Sr., resident of Elizabeth City, N. C., died on
October 14th.
Congressman Willis W. Bradley of Long Beach, Calif. succumbed
to a heart attack while attending a legislative session. In Congress,
Bradley was always friendly to Panama Canal legislation, particu-
larly sponsoring legislation pertaining to future enlargement of Canal
Alfred A. Buck, one-time Panama Railroad employee who later
became a captain of the Santa Monica, Calif. police force, died on
January 6th in Santa Monica. He was 82 yeras old. Capt. Buck is
survived by his wife, a policewoman in the Santa Monica police de-
partment; a son, Daniel, of Venice, California, and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Olive Dorson, of Chicago, Illinois, died after a long illness
on May 21, 1954. She made her home with her son arid family.
Mrs. Frances W. Lawyer, retired Canal employee and well known
resident of the Canal Zone, died recently in Gorgas Hospital where she
had been a patient since August, 1954. She is survived by two daugh-
ters, Mrs. Grace Morris, of Balboa and Mrs. Elsie J. Newman of Cur-
undu; a son, Robert W. Lawyer of Diablo; and three sisters and
three brother, all of whom live in the United States, and six grand-
Pembrook B. Banton, a retired Canal employee, died on January
15th in Waterloo, Iowa. He was 80 years old. He is survived by his
wife, Nellie Mae Banton, a resident of Waterloo; three sons, Marvin
J. Banton of Gamboa, C. Z., Pembrook C. Banton of Sioux City,
Iowa, and Fowler B. Banton, of Downer Grove, Illinois; and four
Word has been received of the death of John L. Humbard of
Knoxville, Tenn. on January 5th. Mr. Humbard was highway engineer
with the Bureau of Public Roads. He was 62 years old. Mr. Humbard,
among other projects, worked in a supervisory capacity for the Bur-
eau during the construction of the Trans-Isthmian Highway across
the Isthmus. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Annie Laurie Hum-
bard, two sisters and two brothers.
Mrs. George Armiger, of Baltimore, Md., died suddenly on Octo-
ber 16th, 1954.

News has been received of the death of Adam J. Dorn, retired
Canal Lockmaster, on January 3rd in Hot Springs, Arkansas He was
64 years old. Mr. and Mrs. Dorn were well known residents of Pedro
Miguel for many years. He had been in ill health for a long time.
C. K. Woodsum, whose Canal service covered a period from 1906
to 1920, passed away August 23, 1954.
Col. James T. B. Bowles of Baltimore, Maryland, well known
and highly regarded while employed in the Canal Zone, and after his
return to the United States, died on November 28th, 1954. In the
Canal Zone, Col. Bowles was physiologist in charge of Water Supplies
and Filteration Plants from 1910 to 1914. In 1925, he entered the
service of the Crown Central Petroleum Co. as Technologist, and for
twenty-seven years before his death was a member of the Board of
Directors and also Secretary of that Company. He retired May 1, 1954.
Joseph T. Oliver, who retired in December, as Marine Traffic
Controller in the Balboa Port Captain's Office, died in January after
a few hours illness. He was 60 years old. "Joe" Oliver, as he was
known among his friends, was one of the friendliest Americans resid-
ing in the Canal Zone. He was well known both in the Canal Zone and
Panama. He retired after 27 years service and expected to leave the
Canal Zone in February to make his future home in Providence, R. I.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ann Oliver and one son, Joseph
Oliver, both of Ancon, C. Z.
Mrs. Catherine McGroarty of Curundu, passed away in January
at the home of her daughter. She was 76 years old. She was the widow
of John McGroarty, who won fame as the Bard of the Isthmus. Mr.
McGroarty died in 1939. She is survived by her two sons, John T.
who is a commander in the U.S. Navy, at present stationed in Pensa-
cola, Florida, and Grattan, well known former newspaperman now an
employee of the Air Force at Albrook AFB, and a daughter, Mary
Henry W. Biglow died January 21st in a St. Petersburg hospital.
Mr. Biglow, father of H. W. Biglow of Coco Solo, was well known to
many on the Zone. Besides his son, Mr. Biglow is survived by a daugh-
ter, Margaret, of St. Petersburg, and two grandchildren.
Other deaths reported:
Lou Roach died last March.
C. A. Pendry of East Point, Florida passed away on December
14th at Apalachicola, Florida.
Capt. Michael Phalen died on November 11th, in Brooklyn, N. Y.

Mrs. Alice Treadwell of Chicago passed away, recently.
There :are no friends like old friends
To calm our frequent tears
When shadows fall and deepen
Through life's declining years.
And when our faltering footsteps
Approach the Great Divide
We'll long to meet the friends of old
Who wait on the other side.


Governor Seybold defended his administration policies and dif-
fered with the General Accounting Office with regard to cutting sal-
aries or leave time for U. S. raters. The Governor pointed out that
with regard to salary differential, if this were taken away, to standard-
ize Canal employment with other Government agencies overseas, it
would be detrimental to the interests of the U. S. government. Refer-
ring to the Booz, Allen and Hamilton report, the Governor's comments
were that the management firm reported it was necessary to continue
payment of the differential and it would be desirable to increase fringe
benefits to bring the Canal agencies into a competitive position with
reference to other government agencies and private employers in the
Best news for Canal Zone employees came in the form of a seven
percent decrease in rent to become effective in January for a six months
period, to end in June. Members of the Civic groups on the Canal
Zone dispatched a note to the Governor expressing appreciation of the
new lowered rentals. The cut will save Zonians an estimated seventy
thousand dollars.
Robert L. Wheeler, whose baby picture helped sell war bonds ten
years ago, died on the baseball field at Curundu, C. Z. Robert was
struck over the heart by a baseball and died shortly afterward.
The Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Co. made a resolu-
tion that the further use of Albrook Air Force Base for flight opera-
tions was hazardous to the communities located in the area and urged
Gov. Seybold to protest the continued use of the air base in that con-
The Ancon greenhouse closed it's doors and moved to Corozal.

The new greenhouse at Corozal continues to supply the Canal Zone and
Panama with floral decorations, cut flowers, and funeral arrangements
as in the past.
The old Ancon Clubhouse, which has been closed for nearly a
year, will house the Payroll Branch of the Canal's Fiscal Division.
The transfer of the Payroll Branch to a permanent structure in Ancon
is part of an overall plan to move all units from temporary to per-
manent structures.
Seventy-six Canal pilots are a step closer to success in their
$551,000 suit to recover back pay from the Panama Canal Co. The
U. S. District Court of Ancon over-ruled the Company's demurrer to
the petition of the pilots, which has the effect of ruling that the pilots
have a "just cause for action".
The first special stamp to be issued in the Canal Zone since 1951
will go on sale to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the
completion, in 1855, of the Panama Railroad. The new stamp was
designed by Leo C. Page, who has designed several other Canal Zone
Some 7,000 C. Z. jobs are to be brought under the merit system,
most of them being with the Army and Navy, according to an an-
nouncement made by Civil Service Commission Chairman, Philip
Young, in Washington. In announcing the move, Young emphasized
that no blanketing in order is contemplated and that each incumbent
will be judged on his qualifications.
A Balboa railroad station site for a Locomotive Monument was
the overwhelming choice of Zonians, who voted by ballot, for the lo-
cation. Old 299, delivered to the Isthmus in 1906, has been chosen for
preservation as one of the railroads old locomotives. The monument
will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the completion of the
Panama Railroad.
According to Robert E. Mayer, President of the Pacific American
Steamship Association, Commercial shipping is unfairly bearing 80
per cent of the cost of operating the Canal Zone Government. The head
of the powerful shipping association said they will urge Congress to
undertake a study to determine what proportion of Panama Canal
traffic is commerce and then attempt to change the law to make the
toll revenue pay only for that percentage.
At the request of the U. S. Ambassador in Ecuador, the Carribean

Air Command made three mercy flights to Ecuador in one month to
bring back to the Zone victims of polio. The first patient was John
C. Taylor, a British Geologist suffering from bulbar polio. The second
patient was Philip Snare, an American employee of a U. S. oil Co.
The third patient was Charles A. Seyfried, a Swiss salesman.
President Jose Antonio Remon was killed by assasins who fired
from ambush and darkness at the Juan Franco race track on January
2nd. Thirteen days after machinegun bullets cut the President down,
his killer confessed to the crime which also caused the death of three
others. The dramatic revelations of Ruben Miro, who confessed he was
the trigger man in the assassination, pointed the finger of suspicion at
Vice-President Guizado and also implicated the impeached Guizado's
business partner, Rodalfo Saint Malo. Miro claimed he was promised
the post of Minister of Government and Justice. Following Miro's con-
fession, the National Assembly ousted Guizado, who had been sworn
in as President, and 2nd Vice-President Ricardo Arias was sworn in
as Panama's President.
Panama's new President is 42 years old and the son of the late
Francisco (Pancho) Arias, one of Panama's most colorful politicians.
Ex-President Guizado will probably be tried by the National Assem-
bly. The others implicated in the plot will be tried in court.
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the peace loving citi-
zens of Panama, and the families of Dona Cecilia Pinel de Remon and
President Jose Antonio Remon.
In our opinion Don Jose was giving Panama a good and honest
administration and Dona Cecilia was doing more for the underprivi-
leged of Panama than anyone in our memory.
Our deepest sympathy.
Panama Canal Society of Florida

It is believed that the following is a complete list of the conces-
sions by the United States to Panama and the concessions by Panama
to the United States in the text of the new treaty between the United
States and Panama.

The concessions by the United States to Panama:
Increase in annual rental for Canal rights to $1,930,000 from the
present $430,000.
Panama to collect tax from employees of Canal Zone agencies

who are not United States citizens, but reside in territory under Pan-
ama's jurisdiction.
Land estimated to be worth 20 to 30 million dollars which had
been acquired for Canal purposes will be given to Panama with all
improvements. This includes Paitilla Point and the Panama Railroad
yards at Panama City. To be turned over gradually will be New Cris-
tobal, Colon Beach and the Fort DeLesseps area in Colon.
All Panamanian and other non-American personnel of Canal Zone
agencies residing outside the Zone will lose free importation and com-
missary privileges after December 31, 1956.
The United States abrogates its treaty monopoly over construc-
tion of trans-Isthmian railroads and highways.
The United States agrees to seek legislation authorizing the estab-
lishment of a single basic wage scale for all United States and Pana-
manian employees of the United States Government in the Canal Zone
and for the extension of civil service retirement to citizens of Panama
employed in the Zone.
The United States restate the principle of equality of opportunity
to citizens of Panama for employment in the Canal Zone.
The United States agrees to exempt from the "Buy American Act"
articles, materials and supplies mined, produced or manufactured in
Panama, when purchased for use in the Canal Zone.

The United States agrees to seek legislation and funds to build a
$27-million-dollar suspension bridge over the Canal at Balboa to pro-
vide uninterrupted access to the interior of Panama.
The United States will cease supplying all but United States Gov-
ernment-owned or operated ships using the Canal, except for fuel and
lubricants after December 31, 1956. Most of this trade is now carried
on by the Canal Zone Commissary Division although ship chandlers
in Panama get some business.
In connection with merchandise imported for sale in Canal Zone
stores, the United States agrees to acquire such merchandise from either
United States or Panamanian sources unless it is not feasible to do so.
This is designed to eliminate competition from the commissary post
exchanges and ships' service stores with Panama merchants who im-
port goods from all over the world.

The concessions by Panama to the United States:
(Use for fifteen years of an area at Rio Hato in Code province

for military maneuvers. The area, sixty miles southwest of Panama
City, was sought by the United States in 1947 for use as an air base.
(A reduction in the tariff on liquor destined for the Canal Zone.
A tax of $1.10 a bottle now is imposed by executive agreement. It is
understood the new tax will be about 25 cents a bottle.
(A long term lease on certain properties, adjacent to the United
States Embassy residence, to provide parking facilities.
(The right to restrict certain types of traffic on a proposed stra-
tegic highway. This refers to plans to build a military road from Rio
Hato to Aguadulce, 125 miles from Balboa.)
The United States, Panama Treaty was signed at a ceremony in
the Yellow Salon of the Presidential Palace in the presence of about
300 persons. The treaty was signed at 11:50 A. M. on January 25th,
1955. First to sign the historic document were: Dr. Octavio A. Fab-
rega, Panama's Foreign Minister, United States Ambassador Selden
Chapin and President Ricardo Arias-Espinosa. Those attending the
ceremony included the treaty negotiators and their staff, treaty advis-
ors, Cabinet Ministers, Assemblymen, Panama and United States
Government Officials and members of the local and foreign press and


The Panama Canal Society of Florida held its two day Reunion
at the Soreno Hotel on January 11th and 12th, with one of the best
attended luncheons in its history. The only thing that brought sad-
ness to the group was news of the death of the Society's founder, John
S. Warner in Bradenton, the closing day of the Reunion.
Guests of honor at the luncheon were Mayor and Mrs. Samuel G.
Johnson. The Mayor spoke briefly extending greetings to the group
and calling attention, of those present. to another "great" in engineer-
ing, the Sunshine Skyway.
Charles Calvit, who is retiring as President of the Society, intro-
duced the new officers for 1955, who are:
Mr. Harry Lewis President.
Mr. Troy Hayes Vice-President.
Mrs. Lucille Judd Secretary-Treasurer.
Mrs. Burt W. Hall Recording Secretary.

Covering the period from November 2, 1954 to February 1, 1955

Well Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and the Reunion have
come and gone and we are starting in the Year 1955 by wishing you
all a Happy and prosperous New Year.
Our Reunion was a huge success-there were about 500 folks visit-
ing around and renewing old friendships-there surely were several
brimming with happiness as it had been over 20 years since they had
seen each other. That was a real event and well worth the expense of
coming to the Reunion. Folks came from far and wide. I will just
consolidate to give you an idea. From New York and Ohio (9 each),
Pennsylvania 8, Canal Zone, Maryland and New Jersey (7 each), Ken-
tucky 6, Georgia and North Carolina (5 each), Virginia 3, Arkansas,
Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada and West Virginia (2 each), Cal-
ifornia, Washington, D. C., Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan,
North Dakota, Oregon and Tennessee (1 each). This makes a total
of 373 which were those who registered. However, there were many
who did not register. We had 227 for the Luncheon, and it was cer-
tainly a delicious meal-the pie-it was really wonderful, and your
Secretary was asked to get the receive from the hotel. Well, it may
be possible-will do my best.
NOW FOR BUSINESS-I am again receiving checks from the
Canal Zone on Banks NOT in the United States-PLEASE send a
money order.
Checks are coming in WITHOUT the 10 cents for exchange (bank
charge). Many state that this is not done in their state-I am truly
sorry that it is done here, but we must abide by the laws here in
Your Secretary has received many letters after the notice of non-
payment of dues was sent out stating that they did not receive a
notice to pay their dues-Please-you are correct-the notices were
not sent out until well over the deadline.-It should not be necessary
to send notices at any time. DUES ARE DUE IN JANUARY OF
EACH YEAR. If there is a reason for paying them later that is per-
fectly alright, but please let me know, and when your dues are received
your card will be sent at once.
There will be some names omitted from this years Year Book-
this is because their dues were paid after October 1st, or not at all.

Mr. Howard H. Dworak
Gulfport, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Hayes
St. Petersburg, Florida

Retiring President, Charles Calvit
New President, Harry J. Lewis

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stoudner
St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gerchow
Montouraville, Pa.

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Love
Gulfport, Florida
Mrs. Margaret McCormick
Fern Park, Florida

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Bradley
Grandson, Jerry Martin
St. Petersburg, Florida

B. C. Judd, F. W. Forrest, H. B. Majilton,
E. C. Jones, K. M. Wikingstad
St. Petersburg, Florida

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Mr. and Mrs. James McFartane
Havana, Cuba

Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Jackson
Tampa, Florida

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Brain
Clearwater, Florida
On their 50th wedding anniversary

However, those who have paid their dues will find their names in the
back of the book under Changes of Address and Correction.
To date over 750 have paid their dues. 74 new members have
joined the Society this year. MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO
Your Secretary is very grateful for the gift from the Society, and
I wish to thank each and every one.

November 8th, 1954 Tourist Center
Approximately 140 members were gathered at the Tourist Center
for the Society's regular meeting.
Meeting was called to order at 2:15 P. M. by President Charles
G. Calvit, who requested all to rise and sing one verse of "America";
Mrs. Wilson accompanied on the piano.
Invocation was offered by Chaplain Lee Burns.
The following officers were present-
President --___._----_. Mr. Charles G. Calvit
Secretary-Treasurer --_ ....----- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mrs. Bessie Lyons, our Receptionist, introduced new members and
guests of members, who responded to the welcome; among them:
Mrs. Jean Mann (Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Kieswetter).
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Leighton, of Alfred, Maine.
Mr. Harry S. Groschup.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Veit, of Gamboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos, of Ancon, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Lyons of Norfolk, Va. (Brother of Fred Lyons)
Mr. and Mrs. Wi. C. Culkin, of St. Petersburg.
Col. and Mrs. William Hunt, of St. Petersburg.
Corresponding Secretary read minutes of meeting held October
11th, at Lake Maggiore; President, hearing no objection, declared
them approved.
President Calvit announced next meeting would be held Monday,
December 13th, at the Tourist Center, at which meeting, our annual
Christmas party would be held, and donations accepted for the Crip-
pled Childrens Home, which is sponsored by the American Legion.
Mrs. Anna Bartlett has been appointed Chairman of the Christmas
party, by President Calvit, and he requested that the membership give
Mrs. Bartlett any assistance requested.

Mrs. Judd said that we had 35 members on the sick list, to whom
Christmas cards would be mailed. Due to the increasing number on
the sick list, the sending of flowers, which has been a practice in the
past, has been eliminated.
Mrs. Judd also stated that Mr. Charles Ryson, of St. Petersburg,
is a hospital patient, and that Mrs. Meredith is recuperating, in Fort
Lauderdale. Also, announced the demise of the following:
Mr. Walter Brown, killed in an automobile accident Nov. 4th.
Mr. John L. Deming.
Mr. Louis Scull.
Mrs. Oscar Walter.
President Calvit announced a 15 minute recess, and introduced
Mr. William E. Carroll, who gave a talk on the expediency of donating
liberally to the Community Chest Fund.
Mrs. Judd read many letters of interest to the membership, and
said that the flowers in evidence were donated by "DeVoe Flowers",
as a token for the opening of our winter meetings.
Mrs. Judd read two menus, submitted by the Soreno Hotel, for
our Reunion luncheon, on Wednesday, January 12th, 1955. The mem-
bership indicated, by hand raising, that they preferred Menu No. 1,
main course of which is cold baked ham and sliced turkey. Member-
ship further indicated, by hand raising, that they desired Mrs. Judd
to notify the Hotel Soreno that Menu No. 1 was acceptable-price
$2.75 per plate, including tax and gratuities.
President Calvit called upon Mr. T. M. Drake, Chairman of the
Nominating Committee for officers for 1955, who read his written
report to President Calvit; namely,
For President --- Mrs. Harry J. Lewis
For Vice-President ---- Mr. Troy Hayes
For Secretary-Treasurer ---.- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
For Corresponding Secretary .-- Mrs. Burt W. Hall
President Calvit said that the officers for 1955 would be elected
and installed at the January meeting.
Mrs. Etta Conkerton took the floor, and said that she had visited
Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Gilder, in New Orleans, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Thompson, at Covington, La., and that they wished to extend greet-
ings to the Society members.
Mr. Hersch told the meeting that parcels from the Canal Zone,
with "Postage Due" stamped thereon, must be paid to the postman,
but if the wrappings are presented to the Postmaster, St. Petersburg,
the money paid will be refunded. Through the efforts of Mr. Russell

Potter, it was determined that these postage charges were not legiti-
mate collections.
There being no further business before the meeting, President
Calvit adjourned meeting at 3:30 P. M.
After the meeting, a tape recording of talks at the Goethals Mem
orial Dedication was heard.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
Corresponding Secretary

Tourist Center

About 100 members were gathered at the Tourist Center for the
Society's regular meeting.
Meeting was called to order at 2:15 by President Charles G.
Calvit, who requested all to rise and sing one verse of "America",
followed by two Christmas carols; Mrs. Wilson accompanied on the
Invocation was offered by Chaplain Lee Burns.
Mrs. Bessie Lyons introduced out-of-town members and visitors,
who responded to the welcome; among them-
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baltozer, of Balboa, C. Z. (on vacation).
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Feeney, of Clermont, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mann (friends of the S. G. Husseys).
Mr. W. R. Hicks, of Lexington, Ky.
Recording Secretary read minutes of meeting held November
8th, at the Tourist Center; President, hearing no objection, declared
them approved.
President Calvit announced that next meeting would be held at
the Soreno Hotel, January 11th, 1955; there will be no meeting at the
Tourist Center in January.
Mrs. James Bradley said that she and Jimmie attended the fun-
eral of Mr. Bill Royals, a former employee of the Panama Canal Co.
and the U. S. Army, on the Zone. Mr. Royals was employed by the
Blue Stack Line, of Tampa, and lost his life when his Tugboat went
down in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mrs. Judd announced the demise of Captain Michael Phelan in
Brooklyn, N. Y., Mr. Stacey Russell, Mr. Wilson Kromer and Mrs.
Florence Yard.

Mrs. William Hunt is a patient in St. Anthony's Hospital.
Mrs. Henderson Smith suffering from "shingles".
Mr. Otis Fuller, a patient in Bay Pines Hospital.
Mr. Frank Anderson suffered a heart attack.
Mrs. A. Pauline Meredith, of Delaware, is recuperating in Flor-
ida, and Mrs. Judd opined that a Christmas card to her would be
Mrs. Judd read many letters and memos of interest to the mem-
bership. Particular attention was called to letter concerning Mrs. N.
Pearl Woodsom, of Richmond, Va., requesting information from any
member who knew her husband, whose service on the Canal was from
1906 to 1920, in order to substantiate claim for Widow's Pension.
A check for $189.21 has been sent to Mrs. Sam I. Nix, Chairman
for the "Mile of Beauty" program; our Society pledged $200.00 for the
beautification project.
Mr. Hersh called attention to error, on page 8, of the December,
1954, issue of the "Canal Record".
President Calvit called a short recess for entertainment. Mr. and
Mrs. W. J. Bartlett, on their recent automobile trip to the West Coast,
visited with the Leroy Smiths, former Balboa residents. Their son,
:David, who as a small boy sang in the Balboa Union Church, has
.wade singing a career, and Mrs. Bartlett played three of David's rec-
'ords, which were greatly appreciated.
Mrs. Judd announced that $177.00 was collected from members
as a Christmas donation for the Crippled Childrens Home, of St.
There being no further business on hand, President Calvit ad-
journed meeting at 3:15 P. M. After the meeting, ice-cream and home-
baked cookies were enjoyed. The remaining ice-cream and cookies,
together with check for $177.00, were taken by Mr. Hersh to the
Crippled Childrens Home.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
Recording Secretary.

We want to thank all the kind folks who sent Christmas cards
and also wish to thank those who sent a donation for the Christmas
fund for the Crippled Children at the American Legion Hospital.

Held at the Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida, January 11th, 1955

There were about 500 members gathered in the morning, renewing
old friendships and talking of old times on the Panama'Canal.
Meeting was called to order at 2:30 P. M. by President Charles
G. Calvit, who requested all to rise and sing "America". Mrs. Stutzman
accompanied on the piano.
Invociation was offered by Chaplain Lee Burns.
The following officers were present:
President --_. Mr. Charles G. Calvit
Vice President ---- Mr. Arthur L. Miner
Secretary-Treasurer --_ Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary --_---- Mrs. Burt W. Hall
President Calvit extended warm greetings to visitors and new
Corresponding Secretary read minutes of regular meeting held
December 13th, 1954 at the Tourist Center. President, hearing no
objection, declared them approved.
Committee Report: Due to absence of Mr. T. M. Drake, Correspond-
ing Secretary read letter submitted by Mr. Drake, Chairman of the
Nominating Committee. This report was submitted by Mr. Drake at
the November 8th regular meeting. There being no further nomina-
tions, motion was made by Mr. Herman Wulff, seconded by Mr. Lee
Burns, that one unanimous vote be cast for the 1955 officers; motion
carried. Officers for the year 1955 are as follows:
President ._--- -------------...- Mr. H. J. Lewis
Vice President------ Mr. Troy Hayes
Secretary-Treasurer --- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary ---------Mrs. Burt W. Hall
President Calvit then introduced the new President and Vice-
.Special Interest: Mr. Hersh spoke on the Kaplan Report, consist-
ing of some 1100 pages, the recommendations of which will be import-
ant to retirees, inasmuch as same will be before the present Congress.
This report was some 18 months in the making.
President Calvit introduced Mr. Charles Case, new President of
Local Chapter 17, of the National Assn. of Retired Civil Employees.

Mr. Case spoke a few words of greeting, and said their meeting on Jan-
uary 24th would deal with income tax information, and any of our
members who cared to attend would be made welcome.
Mrs. Judd said that the report of the Auditing Committee for the
year 1954 was submitted, and report included a gift of $300.00 per
annum for services of the Secretary-Treasurer to the Society. A mo-
tion was made by Mr. J. Floyd McTyier, seconded by Mr. Hayes, that
this gift be approved, which met with much applause.
Mrs. Judd read many letters of interest to the members-one in
particular written by Mr. Dan Wright, in Lebanon, to Mr. George
Ruggles, of St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Judd also reported the illness of the following-

Miss Jessie Murdock,
of Toronto, Canada
Mr. George Armiger
Mr. John R. Strauss
Mr. Lawrence Callaway
The demise of the following-
Mr. Adam Dorn
Mr. Lou Roach
Mr. W. A. "Doc" Hambelton
Mr. Elmer Daily
Mr. John A. Dovel
Mrs. Harry Thompson
Mrs. Elizabeth McClure

Mr. H. H. Hudson
Mr. Archie M. Gibson
Mrs. Peter Flynn
Mr. Walter Pollack

Mr. Lewis Scull
Mr. Ragner 0. Comer
Mrs. George Armiger
Mr. Foster Spier
Mr. C. A. Pendry
Mr. Frank H. Greene,
of Balboa, C. Z.

Mrs. Judd requested all out-of-town members to rise, and your
writer counted 43 standing.
There being no further business, President Calvit closed meeting
at 3:45 P. M.
After the meeting, Mr. Hersh answered questions pertaining to
filing of 1954 income tax.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
Corresponding Secretary

January 12th, 1955, Hotel Soreno, St. Petersburg, Florida

Members began to gather around 10 o'clock, and at 12:30 P. M.,
a large group assembled on the lawn of the Hotel for the annual photo-

At 1:30 P. M., 227 were seated for luncheon, and Chaplain Lee
Burns delivered the invocation.
We had as honored guests Mayor Samuel B. Johnson, and Mrs.
Johnson. After extending warm greetings to the officers and members
of the Society, Mayor Johnson entertained with a few humorous re-
marks, and then spoke with pride of the new Sunshine Skyway.
Congratulatory telegrams were read from Dr. Harry Eno, from
Mr. Frank J. Wilson, President of NACE, in Washington, D. C., and
from Mr. Roger S. Erdman.
President Calvit called upon Dr. Walter I. Beam for a few remarks.
He next called on Mr. J. Floyd McTyier, who has had 40 years
of service with the National Council of the Y.M.C.A., and who opened
and operated the first clubhouse on the Canal Zone, at Empire, in 1907.
President Calvit announced with extreme regret, the death, at 1:05
this morning, of our beloved founder, John F. Warner, at Bradenton,
Florida. Led by Chaplain Lee Burns, the assembly bowed in prayer
for Mr. Warner.
Mr. H. A. Haag was next called upon for a few remarks. Mr.
Haag went to Alaska from the Panama Canal 39 years ago.
President Calvit called on Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Lucille S.
Judd. Mrs. Judd said that she thought she did enough talking yester-
day at the meeting, and expressed the hope that all present would be
able to attend the 24th Annual Anniversary Reunion, which will be
held January 10th and 11th, 1956.
President Calvit next called upon Mr. H. J. Lewis, our President
for 1955, for a few remarks.
Mr. Troy Hayes, Vice President for 1955, was called upon for a
few words.
President then called upon -the following to rise-
Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. Lucille S. Judd.
Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Burt W. Hall.
News Editor, Mr. E. M. Kieswetter.
Chaplain, Mr. Lee Burns.
Sergeant-at-Arms, Mr. James Bradley.
Registrar, Mrs. Bessie Lyons.
Pianists, Mrs. J. W. Wilson; Mrs. J. F. Everett; Mrs. M. A. Stutzman.
Mr. Walter Hersh, 1949-1951 President, was called upon for a few
Mrs. Dr. Beverly and Mrs. Dr. Connor, both of whom were on
the Canal Zone, in 1904, were asked to rise; also, Miss Mary L. Stake-
lum, who was a nurse on the Canal Zone.

President Calvit called upon Mr. D. W. Dennis, who was on the
Canal Zone in 1904, for a few remarks.
Mr. J. T. Sanders, of Louisville, Ky., who was on the Canal Zone
from 1908 until 1920, made a short talk.
Our last speaker was Mr. Albert H. (Al) Geddess.
At 3:30 P. M., the President declared the 23rd Annual Anniver-
sary Reunion at an end.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
Corresponding Secretary

It was nice to see little Jerry Martin, dressed in Air-Line Stewards
uniform, enjoying himself in little boy style, during the two days of
the Reunion. Jerry, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley, was a
polio victim last March, and it is gratifying to know that his recovery
is 90% complete.


Eighty-five members of the Panama Canal Society of Washing-
ton and its women's auxiliary at the Burlington Hotel commemorated
the 100th anniversary of the completion of the first railroad to span
the Western hemisphere-the 471/2 mile line crossing the Isthmus of
The old-timers, most of whom endured the 1910-1914 tropical
battle against disease and nature to construct the later canal, also
marked the twentieth year of the Washington branch of the Panama
Andrew W. Dewling, presided, and Maurice H. Thatcher, former
Congressman from Kentucky and Governor of the Canal Zone, was
toastmaster. Sen. Thomas E. Martin (R-Iowa) was speaker.
Recounting the history of the railroad, Martin said it was inspired
mainly by the gold rush, and aided the settlement of California.
It was built under a New York charter, promoted by three Ameri-
can businessmen, over a period of six years. The last rail was laid
"at midnight and in rain" January 27th, 1855, Martin said, and the
first train went from ocean to ocean two days later.
The French later acquired the railroad when they attempted to
construct the canal. After they failed, the rail line was bought by the
United States and played an important role in this country's success-
ful canal project.

Among the men at the luncheon who helped with that engineer-
ing triumph were Dewling and Thatcher, the only surviving members
of the Isthmian Canal Commission which supervised building the canal.
Also talking over the old days were Capt. "Miles P. DuVal, Jr.
(USN, ret.), Panama Canal historian; Capt. E. J. Long (USNR, ret.),
Robert Mulroney and Robert Abbo, all of Washington, and W. R.
McCann of Hopewell, Va., and Col. David R. Wolverton (Army, ret.)
of Bethesda.
Others were Mrs. Aileen Gorgas Wrightson of Chevy Chase, Md.,
daughter of Gen. William C. Gorgas who waged war on yellow fever
in the Canal Zone; Ben Williams of Washington, former superintend-
ent of public schools in the Canal Zone, and Walter G. Ross of Wash-
ington, a quartermaster during the building of the canal and author
of "Historical Background of the Panama Canal".
Heading the committee on arrangements for the celebration was
Joseph A. Cheeseman, who set up communications for the canal. Other
officials of the society are Harry C. Ragsdale, vice president, and
Martin A. Seiler, secretary-treasurer.

About the New York Society

"On January 27, 1955, Major R. W. Hebard, President of the
New York Society, was host to a number of guests at a luncheon held
at the Union League Club, New York City, in commemoration of the
100th Anniversary of the completion of the Panama Railroad. A most
informative and interesting talk was made by Major Hebard. It was
interesting to learn that the building of a railroad across the Isthmus
of Panama was under serious consideration several years prior to the
"Gold Rush" to California. He dwelt on the original financing for
the construction and paid a high tribute to John L. Stephens, the
founder and guiding spirit of the enterprise; the use of the railroad
by the French Canal Company, and how important a part the rail-
road played in the completion of the Canal by the United States.
Among those present at the luncheon were-
Honorable Spruille Braden, former Assistant Secretary of State.
Honorable Jeppha Duncan, former Panama Ambassador to the United
Dr. Edward I. Salisbury, Chief Medical Officer of the United Fruit
Judge Otto Schoenrich.
George M. Wells.

William E. Russell
Earl Harding.
Maurice De Putron.'
John F. Stevens, Jr.
Richard K. Hebard.
Colonel Ralph Sartor.
Colonel John J. Fitzpatrick.

News from the Panama Canal Society
of Northwest Arkansas

Shout it from the housetops and be it known to all readers that
Mr. William F. Mathues is guiding the activities of the above named
society as President for 1955, having been duly elected as such at the
annual meeting last October.
Tho sojourners together on the Canal Zone for many years, it was
not our privilege to know Nannie and Walter Brown. Since they came
to live in Fayetteville 18 months ago, we became close friends and the
women folk keen opponents of Walter and Newell at Canasta., His
sudden passing on by means of an automobile accident in which the
rear door flew open when hit by a passing car, throwing Walter out on
to the road, causing multiple fractures of the skull, killing him instant-
ly, was a terrific shock to their friends. We are grateful for the happy
memory of Walter's unrestrained joy at scooping the deck from me
as we played the (last) game of Canasta which was to decide who
should pay for the Chicken Dinner the following week. His loving
kindness, generosity, helpfulness toward all is what we loved in Walter
and truly the world is a better place for having known WALTER
Heading the car westward on Nov. 12th, we arrived in the bustl-
ing city of Wichita, Kansas, a city of smartly dressed women, includ-
ing Mrs. Violet Wunsch, former advertising manager of the Panama
American, later with the Hotel Trivoli. We had luncheon with Violet,
reminisced of Pedro Miguel and OES days, watched a smart style
show, learned that Violet is now with the Wichita Eagle in the adver-
tising department, is happy and looks equal to many years of useful
living. One short hour and we were on our way to spend Thanksgiving
and help celebrate the 11th anniversary of Jim and Alice Ray Wier
now stationed at Fitzimons Army Hospital in Denver. While there
we met Dr. Richard Carriker (Eye) and Dr. Robert Thompson (Derm-
atologist) recently of Gorgas Hospital. Christmas shopping in mile

high altitude did not leave much energy for visiting. Remember Gladys
R. Graham of Tropical Cook-Book and Guide-book fame? Visited
with them in their nearly finished home with a commanding view of
the city to the east and of the Rockies to the west. Roy E. enjoys his
work with an employment agency. Son Robert, nearly 13, took first
prize for Colorado in an airplane drawing contest. Gladys, "is writing
for radio, TV and anyone else who waves a check in the air", also acts
as official greeter of visiting VIP, as a member of the Home IHospi-
tality Committee, Institute of Inter American Education. Roy and
Gladys have an interesting family of four boys and one girl.

Always enjoy the Dr. Georg, R. Wright family as Newell and the
Dr. have so much in common-their Gibson tractors. They look happy,
healthy and prosperous. Our visits with Al and Norma (Evans) Har-
rington in Greeley are always inspiring and breath-taking. In addition
to 18,000 cattle in one huge feed lot, thousands of sheep, we watched
the processing of enormous beets into 100 pound bags of beet sugar,
Colorado's prize industries. Learned that Rev. and Mrs. J. V. Tinnin
had been a recent visitor to Fitzsimons and had left to visit with son
David and wife in England.
Our recent newsgathering trip-100 miles and round the clock-
yielded the following news. First stop, Bill and Carrie Mathues full
of news and joy over recent visit of Mrs. Marione Campbell. Carrie
crocheting miles and miles of thread into bedspreads and tablecloths
which she gives away for anniversary presents, Bill full of plans for
our picnic, Thursday, June 9th. The Minnix family have moved away
from the Ozarks-Edith to be with Mrs. Lita Deakins in St. Pete, Fla.,
and Bea, with daughter Sharon, are with daughter Virginia in Magee,
Miss. The Ray Shueys of Florida had stopped to see the Mathues,
recently on their way to Wyoming for the hunting season. They had
been delayed in Hot Springs due to an accident to their trailer in which
Mrs. Shuey had been slightly injured. Norman Reppe is back in
We found the Cooks well and happy over the safe return of their
daughter Lucille and family from Okinawa and now stationed in Col-
orado Springs Colo. Ruth and Lee Pearce of Braecroft Farm, Rogers,
resplendent with an old gas lamp which once stood in front of the
Masonic Temple in Rock Island, Ill., now electrified and lighting the
way to a newly refurbished and cozy home. Across the highway from
Villa Taboga (Cook's home) we located another real Old Timer, 1906
to 1912, Marcus L. Gould. He was Carpenter foreman in Gatun and

later Q. M. Inspector. He showed us many relics of his fishing and
hunting expeditions on the Bayano River and San Blas Islands, such
as Saw-Fish, Alligator jaw bones, huge and interesting Conch shells
and Barnacles from an old Spanish ship which was dynamited from
its watery grave off Naos Island. (I received a single cell barnacle to
add to my candle holder collection). Retiring from his work of build-
ing Locks on the Ohio River, Mr. Gould has returned to the original
homestead and at 81 years, quietly enjoying his memories of construc-
tion days of the Panama Canal. His son is Sr. Mechanical Supervisor
at Lowry Field, Denver. While in Rogers, visited with Alice Keller
and learned that Bill was in the Vet Hospital in Fayetteville for his
annual check-up.
On to Bentonville, the traveling Comans still traveling-so Ernest
and Haleen Williams, recently returned from the reunion in Florida,
informed us. It was good to hear about so many former friends,, asso-
ciates and acquaintances. From them we heard of the happy Christ-
mas season Lula Mae and Jimmie Coman had with son Jimmie in
Biloxi, the Frank Phillips and Lillian and Howard Harris of Gatun in
Shreveport, later the Harris' and Comans with the Dave Huffs in
Bandera, Texas and joined by the Leonard Longs of Cristobal, vaca-
tioning in Texas. What jolly times for all of them. The Harris' accom-
panied the Comans to N.W. Ark., later leaving with the Williams as
they left for the Reunion, stopping at Russellville to see the Captain
Next stop, Siloam Springs where we found that the Whitney fam-
ily had been busy remodeling their home and now deep in many hob-
bies, basket weaving, flower arrangement, flower boxes, refinishing,
and scouring the countryside in search of old water mills where they
still produce stone ground meal, and finding such a mill in constant
use since 1838 in Oklahoma. Will use the corn meal given to me when
this report is on it's way to your News Editor. Another 25 miles and
we arrive at the home of the Tom Mocks. Urgent surgery for Tom
had brought them home last Fall. Tom is fine and after a few more
shots for what ails Mina, they will be on their way, trailing down to
Florida. In 1941, while listening over the radio, to the bells of war
torn Europe peal, nay toll, the Christmas message, Tom wrote the
words and music to a most majestic hymn-"Hail, Prince of Peace"
(Prayer for righteous victory and world peace). For this work he has
been honored by the Greek Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic, Protes-
tant, and the Navy Band played it in Atlantic City. There is an illum-
inated copy in the Vatican Library. There is still need for this glorious

music to be sung as we listen to the disturbing news of today. Many
are the songs and poems written by Thomas Patton Mock.
As we drove through Farmington, too late for calling, I was re-
minded that Marie Miller has been in Galesburg, Ill. for many weeks
attending to the needs of her ailing mother. Charles is still raising
chickens, 13,000 in one batch.
Our sincere sympathy to Mrs. Frances Dorn in the loss of her
beloved husband, Adam Dorn, who passed to his reward on January
3rd, in Hot Springs. Adam enjoyed this life to the fullest extent as he
collected and treasured Beauty in the Butterflies and Orchids of Pan-
ama, which we hope will be placed where the youth of today may ob-
serve, and be inspired to do likewise.
In Fayetteville, we find Capt. Jack Phillips hale and hearty, still
gainfully occupied in the men's clothing department of the town's
leading store. Heinie Hallin and Newell Shaw have been busy ful-
filling requests to tell the story of the Panama Canal and show pic-
tures. Heinie is narrator-and a good one. Newell is projectionist. We
welcomed home our travelers when Ed Booth returned from a four
months visit with son Edwin in Garden City, Long Island and Nannie
Brown from a two months trip to the East-Massachusetts, New York,
Washington, D. C. and four days with grandchildren in St. Louis, Mo.
January was a busy month for the Shaws-37th anniversary, Ray's
birthday, which always calls for a party, and our graduation-
Blanche's figuratively when Ray received his BS degree in Civil En-
gineering from the University of Arkansas. After reading a profound
article in the January issue of the Arkansas Engineer by Raymond N.
Shaw, CE '55, I now know why Ray beats me playing Scrabble. Ray
has accepted a position in Philadelphia. Come with me on my next
newsgathering trip-lots of fun.
Blanche E. Shaw, Secretary-Treasurer

News from Orlando

We here in Orlando wish every one a Happy and Favorable New
Mr. Walter Pollak is convalescing at home after having under-
gone surgery November 19th, and again January 4th, 1955. Here's
hoping he will be fully recovered soon.
Miss Caroline Pollak, student at Stetson University spent the

Christmas holidays with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pollak.
Captain and Mrs. John Miller and Hazel and Bob Wilhite recently
spent a short vacation in Miami and Key West. While visiting the
Keys we spent the night at Grassy Key where the Millers own prop-
erty and hope to develop it soon.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sibus entertained with a Christmas Eve
dinner at their home, having as their guests Captain and Mrs. John
Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wilhite, Mrs. Edna Whitver and Mrs.
Georgia Blessing.
Mr. Ed Spearman has had a severe case of the Flu but is much
better and hopes to resume his daily walks around Lake Eola.
It was wonderful to be present at the Reunion and see and visit
with our old friends and see how well they look. Orlando was well
represented with Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Murphy, Mr. and Mrs. Vern
Calloway, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Stevenson, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Wilhite,
Mr. Frank Pierce and his mother Mrs. Lavina Pierce, Mrs. Georgia
Blessing, Mrs. Edna Whitver and Mrs. Margaret McCormack being
Capt. and Mrs. John Miller recently purchased a beautiful lake
front home in Altamonte Springs.
R. L. Wilhite February 4th.

Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles

We regret to report the passing, at Long Beach, of Foster Speir, a
former resident of Pedro Miguel. Mr. Speir was a carpenter foreman
of the Building and Locks Divisions from 1904 to 1942.
Also the death of James B. Mayne, formerly of Ancon. He was
General Foreman of Construction Quartermaster Division and also the
Locks from 1905 to 1928.
Mrs. Edward Schildhauer had the misfortune to break her hip,
recently, and is now in Santa Monica Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. John M. King of Monrovia enjoyed a visit from
their son Robert who flew up from Balboa to enjoy the holidays with
parents and friends. Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin of Balboa was another
visitor to California, visiting friends around San Francisco and spend-
ing time with her daughter and friends in and around Los Angeles.
The Lawrence Adlers of Panama and D. J. Evans of Birmingham
spent some time this fall in California. Mr. Evans has a sister living
in Monrovia. The Yoders from Balboa were guests at the same time

and all were special guests at a picnic in Brookside Park, Pasadena.
We were pleased to have the Koperskis from Orlando with us, also.
Other guests during the fall were the Roy Knoops from Hender-
sonville, S. C. and the A. K. Knoops from Casstown, Ohio, the two
Mrs. Knoops being twin sisters. The Roy Knoops were house guests
of the H. M. Lockwoods in Monrovia and the A. K. Knoops guests of
the Gilberts.
H. M. Thomas of Arcadia is recovering, nicely, from surgery per-
formed a few weeks ago. They enjoyed a visit recently from their
daughter, Grace, who lives in San Francisco.
The Fred Browns of San Diego had a pleasant visit with their
daughter, Ruth, and other friends in the San Francisco Bay area.
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Kerr (she was the former Mrs. Naomi Staple-
ton) have moved to Monrovia where they purchased a home on W.
Hillcrest Blvd. near their friends, the John Kings.
Mr. and Mrs. George Horine are operating an ice cream stand
in Belleflower, California.
Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Hoecker and Mrs. Ann Staub, Mrs. Hoecker's
sister, were expecting to sail for Panama in January to visit the Hoec-
ker's daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Byrd, but Mrs.
Hoecker has been ill, and their trip has been postponed for a time.
They hope to get away in February.
Omar Franklin and his wife, the former Ann Newhard of Gatun,
are now living in Chula Vista, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stetler of Indiana are on a western trip. Have
been visiting their daughter and family in Wyoming; also another
daughter and friends around San Francisco and Oakland and are now
headed for Southern California to make their headquarters with the
Gilberts in Monrovia.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Gilbert and Mrs. Lulu M. Beers, who is the
guest of friends, made the trip to Oakland recently and enjoyed seeing
all their friends in that area; the Arthur Beards, Verne Mitchells,
Harvey McConaugheys, Jerry Pragers, Claude Howells and Col. and
Mrs. C. O. Purdy.
The next meeting of the Los Angeles Society is on March 13; 1955,
for the annual election of Officers, at Hotel Rosslyn.
Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Sundstrom, of San Gabriel, are proud grand-
parents. Their son, Fred Jr. and his wife are the parents of a baby
son. Fred Jr. is a teacher in the Arcadia schools.
Mrs. Clara Gilbert

Panama Canal Society of Western North Carolina

The Panama Canal Society of Western North Carolina held its
first meeting of 1955 in Asheville in the Club Room of the S.&W. Cafe-
teria on January 18th. The following were elected as officers for the
ensuing year:
President _--J---...-._.--_---J. Wendell Greene
Vice-President ___ -William E. Adams
Secretary --........---. Mary Lou Halldorson
Treasurer -------_ Frank Sawyer
During the past year our colony has suffered the loss of Lewis
M. Scull who lived at Elizabeth City, N. C. and spent his summers
in Western North Carolina; Stacy C. Russell who lived in High-
lands, N. C. and had recently returned from an extended trip through
Europe, just prior to his death; and Edward Rives of Candler, N. C.
Edward retired as a civilian employee of the Army.
Mrs. P. R. Kiger recently returned home from Victoria Hospital
where she was incapacitated for about two weeks. We are glad to
know that she is now up and about.
Ernest and Olive Behlen enjoyed a wonderful time at the annual
Reunion of the Florida Society. Ernest says he intends to go next
year. They were the house guests of the Shep Shreves. Ernest says
he saw a great many friends that he had not seen for some 25 years.
Among them were the Sam Griers, the John Christansons, the Kent
Lamberts and the Considines. He brought us the sad news of Mr.
Considine's tragic death.
The J. Wendell Greenes also made a trip to Florida but did not
attend the Reunion.
The Robert Pattersons also trekked south.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hallowell left for the Canal Zone just before
Christmas and are visiting their daughter and family in Curundu.
John Ferguson and Sarah defied old man winter, snow and sleet
in order to spend Christmas with their daughter's family at Ithica,
N. Y. They motored as far as Richmond and then took the train. He
says he is glad to be back.
The Will Adamses, Roy Knoops, George B. Wards, Edward A.
Levys, J. Wendell Greenes, Frank J. Reppas, and Dr. Sam Irvins are
attending the Asheville Civic Music Associations annual series of six
concerts given in the Asheville City auditorium. The concerts include
such artists as Heifetz, Hilda Gueden and the Philadelphia Symphony

Orchestra. Usually they meet to-gether for dinner prior to going to
the concert. Dr. and Mrs. Trickey's son-in-law, Robert Gay, sang the
part of Dr. Bartello in "The Barber of Seville" at the second concert.
Joseph Muldoon made a sudden and hurried trip to the Zone in
order to be with his sister and her son. They were all ready to sail
for the States when his brother-in-law, Joseph Oliver, passed away.
Roy Knoop had an unpleasant reminder of his days on the Isth-
mus. He was laid up for nearly ten days with an attack of malaria
fever. Roy says it must have been latent in his system as we can't
blame it on this part of the country as we have no mosquitos of any
kind at any time.
Earle Brown writes that he is staying a short time in beautiful
Chapala, Mexico on the shores of Mexico's largest lake, Lake Chapala,
which is about 30 miles south of the historic city of Guardalajara.
With Melvin Booz, he has toured Mexico and writes that he antici-
pates spending the summer in Western North Carolina.
Lewis A. Mason writes that he was on his way to visit the George
B. Wards when he ran into bad winter weather so headed for Florida.
He was stopping at the Dolphin Apts. in Clearwater and expects to
go to Fort Meyers and West Palm Beach plus a trip to Nassau and
home to Washington, D. C. via Daytona. He writes he was sorry to
miss the St. Petersburg Reunion.
Dow and Claire Walker write that they have stayed the sixty
days the old timers are allowed to stop at the Tivoli, so now have
quarters in Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. V. W. Tweed had the pleasure of a Christmas visit
from their daughter, Susie, who is a sophomore at Wake Forrest College
at Wake Forrest, N. C.

Congratulations from the Panama Canal Society
of Florida

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Brain of 305 So. Highland Avenue, Clear-
water, Florida, observed their golden wedding anniversary on January
19th, 1955. Open house was held at their home. Mr. and Mrs. Brain
were married fifty years ago in Baltimore, Md. They were residents
of the Canal Zone for more than thirty years. They were the recipients
of many gifts and congratulatory messages from friends in the north,
the Canal Zone, and the St. Petersburg area.


Blanche Ferguson of North Wilkesboro, N. C. sends greetings and
best wishes to all old timers. She also regrets not being able to attend
the Reunion.
Harry C. Ragsdale had a yen to see the Canal Zone again, so
sailed on January 13th on the S.S. Ancon for another "look see".
Ruth Page of Cristobal, C. Z. writes that she enjoys hearing of
old friends through the Record and hopes to visit in St. Petersburg
this year.
Myrtle Wolf of Syracuse, N. Y. looks forward to receiving each
copy of the Record and hopes to come to Florida this year to live.
Rollin and Ruth McConnell of Red Hook, N. Y. send best wishes
to all their old friends and report a fine Christmas with their two girls
and their grandchildren. They report that the Earl Tarrs have settled
in Ashland, Oregon.
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Devours of Atlanta, Georgia, were unable to
attend the Reunion this year, much to their regret. Since retirement,
the annual Reunion was their major interest. They send best wishes
to all their friends.
Col. Merrill Judd arrived in Japan last October and is now Corps
Surgeon, Headquarters 9 Corps, Sendai, Japan. Mrs. Judd is enroute
to Japan to join her husband.
Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Scott of Leavenworth, Kansas, expect
to visit Florida as soon as A. J. retires, some time in January. They
do not know where they will be located but if they mean what city, we
know where is should be. (St. Pete.)
Earl Brown spent most of the past year touring the United States
and Canada. He is now touring Mexico and has traveled over 3000
miles so far, in that country and finds plenty of Americans there.
Edith and Frank Jackson send best wishes to all friends. Mrs.
Jackson has been ill for quite awhile but was able to smile for the
picture that accompanied their Christmas card.
Mr. and Mrs. William Dorgan of Balboa, plan to be in the States
this June for the graduation of their son, Bill, Jr. from Drexel Teck
with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. They will also visit their oldest
daughter, Jacqueline, and her five boys in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mrs. Macon Michaux has returned to St. Petersburg after under-
going surgery at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia. While recu-
perating she was at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Major
and Mrs. Macon C. Michaux of Brunswick, New Jersey.
Mary R. Brewerton spent Christmas with daughter Mathilda in
Annapolis, Maryland and after New Years planned to leave for Puerto
Rica to be with son, Henry, and his family.
Col. W. D. Rogers of Lexington, Kentucky, has been elected
Junior Vice-Commander-in-Chief of the United Spanish War Veterans.
Col. Rogers attended the Goethals Memorial dedication. It was the
first time he had visited the Canal since he left there in April 1914.
Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Forrest of Norfolk, Va. sent regrets that they
could not attend the Reunion this year. They send greetings to all
their friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Sampsell of Frederick, Md. reports some nice visits
with old C. Z. friends. On one trip, they visited in Kane, Pa. with the
John Murrays. Also saw Marie and Joe Eckert. On another trip
they stopped to see the Williams in Carrollton, Ohio. They met a lot
of Zone friends in Atlantic City during the Shrine Convention in June.
Judge Tatelman of Cristobal, C. Z., in sending his yearly dues,
remarked that he considers the Record the best buy in the market
of friendship.
Mr. and Mrs. William Carey Dunn have bought a home in Stark-
ville, Miss. with two fine paper shell pecan trees for shade. Saw and
enjoyed a visit from Rufus Hardy while he was vacationing in that
Mrs. Frank Coyle is spending the winter months at Ocean Springs,
Miss. Too cold in Sioux City, she says. Mrs. Coyle sends best wishes
to all C. Z. friends.
Chubby Woolfarth says the Record is getting better and better.
Even Grammy Weston turns off the TV when a copy arrives.
John Bingaman of Pamona, California added a few lines to his
Christmas card greeting:
"When I think of the wonders of those Panama days,
And of all those darlings with their winning ways,
Girls, girls, girls, regardless of where we looked,
No wonder we poor old devils got hooked."

Gladys Knox reports that they are back in Rudioso, N. M. after
a visit with her mother in Oklahoma. During the past year, they en-
joyed a visit with Dr. and Mrs. Byrd and the Ernest Cottons when
they were passing by.
Marvin French of Baltimore, Md. regrets that he will miss the
pleasant trip and the sight of old friends and acquaintances at the
annual Reunion. He sends kindest regards and best wishes to all.
Grace Hawkins Ingraham, our only member in Nova Scotia, writes
that she is always glad to find the Record in the mail box. She goes
over every name looking for those old friends.
The Herbert Stapfs of Leucadia, Calif. plan to visit the Canal
Zone this year so were obliged to pass up a visit to Florida to attend
the Reunion. They will plan on it next year.
Lewis E. Williams of Carrollton, Ohio, writes that Mrs. Williams
fell at their home on December 11th, 1954, and fractured her right
elbow. That makes him chief cook for awhile.
Mrs. F. M. Briggs of Redwood City, Calif. reports that Mr. Briggs
had a stroke six years ago and has never completely recovered. In
July, Mrs. Briggs fell and fractured her hip and now gets around with
the help of crutches.
Lewis A. Mason of Washington, D. C. sends us a nice compliment.
iHe says, "Each new issue of the Record surpasses the previous one."
Bess and Andy Bell are sailing from New York on January 25,
1955 on an around the World cruise. Plan to return late in June.
Mr. and Mrs. David Potts of Newport News, Va. expect to leave
December 15 for the Canal Zone to spend Christmas and New Years
and part of the dry season.
Frank Fitzpatrick of Los Angeles, Calif. reports getting back home
safely after an extensive tour around the United States. He regrets
not being able to spend more time in St. Pete but said they were
traveling on a time schedule.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. Perkins vacationed in Pensacola, Florida,
during the month of November. They planned to see as much of
Florida as possible and possibly getting in a trip to Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Fuller have moved into the house they
have been building in Hyattsville, Md. The Fullers have three grand-

children. Joyan has a two and one half month old blond son. Nancy
has two girls and lives in Michigan.
Mrs. C. M. Ashbrook of Fullerton, Calif. was a recent visitor to
St. Petersburg, visiting the C. B. Marshalls and other friends.
Carl H. Starke was a visitor at the home of his aunt and uncle,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Conkerton. Mr. Starke was on his way back to
Marie and Joe Eckert missed the Reunion this year as they will
not be in Florida until February. It was the first time in several years
that they have missed this annual gathering.
Another bouquet for the Record from W. R. McCann of Hopewell,
Va. who especially liked the December issue. He reports that Herb
Ashton has retired from the Canal and is settled in Hopewell. Also
Jim Ashton and family live there. Jim is an employee of Allied Chem-
ical and Dye Corporation.
George and Esther Cassell are going to try life in California and
are now located at Redondo Beach.
Ida and William Gaudette left St. Petersburg on December 7th
on a six weeks tour of the Gulf States and Mexico.
Bill and Marie Dunlop are spending the winter in La Jolla, Calif.
They find La Jolla a beautiful and pleasant little town.
Capt. J. V. Bodden of Miami, Fla is somewhat handicapped with
arthritis and Mrs. Bodden is practically helpless since her stroke four
years ago.
Mrs. Effie McGlade is now settled in her new home in Champaign,
Illinois. She hopes any of her friends that pass that way will stop and
see her.
Pauline Meredith is slowly recovering from injuries received in
an automobile accident. She reports feeling ever so much better since
leaving the hospital.
Major Meyer writes that Mrs. Meyer has fully recovered from
her illness and is again thoroughly enjoying life. The dry climate of
the Southwest really was beneficial, they believe.
Mr. and Mrs. Otis A. Pritchett of Los Angeles are still touring
Europe and the Continent. The last card from them was from Cairo,

Edith Wicks of Polk, Pa. writes as follows: "I have had a good
year with two vacation trips. In July, I went to New York and while
there I saw Bea Morgan. In November, I took a bus for Florida and
spent a week with the Leigh Abrams in Clermont. I am quite enthused
about Florida but fear I must stay in cold Pennsylvania."
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. M. Monsanto retired from the Canal service
in September and since then have been visiting with their daughter
and family in Iowa City, Iowa and in Pipestone, Minnesota, with
their son and daughter-in-law. They expect to journey on to San Ber-
nadino, California for an extended stay.
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Howe of Miami Springs, Fla. have had their
son, Charley, and family with them on vacation from the Zone. Their
youngest son David, is with them and is an Eastern Airline employee.
The Howes enjoyed a trip to Indiana last summer to visit daughter,
Blanche, and to see their granddaughter graduate from High School.
Col. George E. Hesner, former Supt. of Corozal Hospital, has been
hired by the City Manager of San Antonio, Texas to screen and con-
sult with all applicants for a policeman job to determine the appli-
cants adaptability as a police replacement.
Major General George Rice, formerly health director for the Canal
Zone, is now the City Manager of San Antonio.
Patricia Caswell, formerly of Margarita. is now Sports Editor
for the Naval Air Station paper, the Gasport. It will be the first time
a woman has written sports for a service paper, according to an an-
nouncement made by the Naval information service.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baltozer, from the Canal Zone, have been
vacationing in St. Petersburg. They have purchased a site for their
future home.
Theodore H. Maenner, newest member of the board of directors
of the Panama Canal Co., recently made his first visit to the Canal
Zone since his appointment as director. Mr. Maenner was a construc-
tion-day resident of the Isthmus and is a brother of Mrs. M. B. Huff
of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack E. Rathgaber and daughters, Penny and Linda,
are among those who have left the Zone to make their home in the
United States. For the present, they are at Adamston, New Jersey.
Mrs. Rathgaber is the daughter of the B. C. Judds and Jack is the
son of Mrs. Nora Rathgaber and the late John Rathgaber.
S. D. Mann, recently retired from the C.Z. Police Division, is now

settled in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Their daughter, Sylvia, is a student
at East Texas State Teachers College and Ruth Elain is a student at
Sulphur Springs Junior High School. If any retired employees happen
to pass Sulphur Springs, they would be welcome to drop by for a rest
and sales talk on Sulphur Springs.
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Tweed are happily located in the suburbs of
Asheville, N. C. Their daughter, Susie, is a Sophmore at Wake Forrest
College, majoring in History and Music.
Mrs. Esther Currier of Gamboa, C. Z. spent the Christmas holi-
days with her daughter, Donna and her husband, Dr. and Mrs. Vlad-
imar Gude, and four granddaughters of Atlanta, Georgia.
Lieutenant and Mrs. Earl Youart of Gamboa are on an air and
sea tour of South America, going down -the West coast and over the
Andes and up the East coast. They expect to be traveling for about
two months.
Mary Pierce of Dayton, Ohio, spent the holidays with her daugh-
ter, Lucile at Easton, Maryland. Lucile has three daughters, aged
ten, eight, and four months. Mrs. Pierce's son, Ernest, makes his home
in Dayton. He is married and has a daughter two years old.
The Le Roy Smiths, of Los Angeles, Calif. report they are quite
well and wish to send best wishes to all their friends.
Min and Bill Markham of Sayre, Pa. want us to know they are
still going strong. Bill is on his twelfth year on the Selective Service
Board in his district.
T. P. Mock of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, writes that the Mocks
will investigate Florida, very soon, searching for a suitable spot for
their future home.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Flynn of Orlando have left for California.
Mrs. Flynn has been quite sick. Dick Roberts, Mrs. Flynn's brother,
has also been ill with a heart attack.
Bill and Mildred McCann of Hopewell, Va. recently motored
through several midwest States.
Mrs. Eleanor Kennedy of Orlando, was 92 years old last May and
reports she is still going strong. Someone gave her a cane to use but
she says she is not old enough to carry a cane.
Edward C. Sherman, designer of the spillway at Gatun and Mira-
flores, is practicing his profession in Tyrone, Pa. Address 1002 Penn-
sylvania Avenue.

Frank Lerchen and Lucy Ann Driscoll spent the Christmas vaca-
tion with their grandparents, Capt. and Mrs. A. T. Luther of St. Peters-
burg. Frank is in his first year at Cornell University and Lucy Ann
in her second year at Purdue.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Feeney, who are spending the winter in
Clermont, Florida, were among those who attended the Reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hicks of Lexington, Kentucky are vacation-
ing in Tampa and attended the Reunion.
Clayton J. Embree and Mrs. Embree reside on their farm at
Quarryville, Pa., Route 1. Photographs reveal a prosperous farm and
beautiful home.
Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Pickens found the snow and ice too much for
them in Chicago, this year, so are wintering in Alameda, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B. Cain of Balboa were recent visitors in St.
Petersburg. They visited with the Andy Stutzmans. Also had a short
visit with the Troy Hayes, the Bill Gaudetts, and Mr. and Mrs. Fuller.
Mrs. Frank C. Clark, since the death of her husband, former Supt.
of Locks at Gatun and Pedro Miguel, resides with her daughter, Kath-
erine, Mrs. Paul G. O'Neil and two grandsons at 1617 Nottaway Ave.,
Richmond, Va.
Nina J. Hansen, daughter of the late Skipper Hansen, formerly of
Balboa, now resides at 8002 Eastern Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland.
E. Sidney Randolph, formerly Principal Engineer with the Canal
Service, 1910 to 1946, and Mrs. Randolph have given up their Louis-
iana residence to join the Californians. P. O. Box 1205 Ascondido,
Joe Lenow writes that they enjoyed a visit from Rose and Lee
Koperski and also from the Al Veits of Gamboa. The Lenows hope to
join all their friends in St. Petersburg before too long.
We hear Frank W. Stephens of Chino, Calif. was recently married
and has settled on a moderate farm where he raises chickens and
other birds. Frank has been a tropical tramp, among other things,
attached to an early engineering survey of the Canal Zone and sub-
sequently following construction work in South America and many
places in the United States. Address: 13093 South East Ave., Chino,
Mr. and Mrs. Al Veit of Gamboa were recent visitors in St. Peters-
burg. They have purchased a home in anticipation of their retirement.

Mr. and Mls. Arthur Grier have located in Clearwater, Florida,
following their retirement last Spring.
Lt. Gen. James A. Steese, I.C.C. 1907-1912, and Engineer of Main-
tenance, Panama Canal, 1941-1947, has returned to Washington, D. C.
after six years of vagabonding around the world. He recently com-
pleted a round the world mission of several months duration.
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Gilchrist of Ft. Walton, Florida, spent the
Christmas holidays with Mrs. Gilchrist's parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. C.
Warner of Pinellas Park. Miss Ann Warner from Schenectady, N. Y.
was also a holiday visitor.
Sam Paulus of Monroe, La. sends his best wishes to all his friends.
Hoped everyone would have a grand time at the Reunion.
Mrs. Leonard Stark of Arriba, Colorado, spent two months visit-
ing with her daughter, Elia, in Los Angeles, Calif.
A group of Atlantic siders were the guests on New Year's day of
Dr .and Mrs. C. C. Clay of Long Beach, California. Among those who
made up the party were: Capt. and Mrs. Howard Smithies, Mr. and
Mrs. William Schrewe, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ruley, Mr. and Mrs.
C. Clark, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Horine, and Jack Clay.
The time has come when I must retire from active duty with the
Health Bureau of the Panama Canal. Since July 22, 1922, I have been
employed first at Balboa Dispensary-now at Balboa First Aid Sta-
tion in the same location, and directed in all'phases of my work by the
local doctors and nurses, a group that consistently contributed to the
welfare of the community.
While I realize that retirement has its compensations, I accept the
change with some regret.
To the people of the community, both adults and children, I wish
to extend my gratitude for their manifestations of kindness, courtesy
and respect.
Sincerely yours,
WILLIAM TOMLIN (familiarly known as "Tom")
Three Panama Canal Co. employes have won a five months ad-
vanced training course in Washington in competition with Government
employes throughout the United States. They are H. E. Walling of the
Supply Bureau, Lawrence Barca of the Marine Bureau, and A. B.
Hendricks of the. office of the Comptroller.

Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Murray of Boulder, Colorado, visited their
son, Jimmy, and family in Schenectady, New York. Son Jimmy is a
chemical engineer for General Electric. From there they drove to
Miami to visit Mrs. Murray's brother, James Smith. Enroute from
New York to Miami they visited many friends, among them the
Hearnes in Meridian, Miss., the Fletchers in Dawson, Georgia, and the
L. C. Warners in Pinellas Park.
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Kerr have bought a nice home in Monrovia.
A picture shows a pretty home with the snow topped Sierras in the
background. Mrs. Kerr reports that Bess and Walter Morton are liv-
ing just seven miles away and the Morton family are all well and
Ethel Bares of Lavark, Illinois, spent a nice vacation in Califor-
nia with her sister, Dorothy.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hardy of Miami, report seeing many Canal
Zone folks who happen to pass through Miami. Also report that their
son has left for boot camp at Great Lakes Training Station. He joined
the regular Navy and will be in over three years.
Beatrice Morgan writes that son Bill is fine, daughter Fern lives
in Round Ridge, N. Y. and has five daughters. Her daughter, Jean,
lives in Kingston, Tenn. and Laura and family live in La Jolla, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Gerchow of Mountoursville, Pennsylvania,
were the house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan V. Howard during the
It would take a real old timer to remember Miss Flora Bean, now
of Santa Barbara, Calif. In 1905, Miss Bean was a member of the
Army Nurses Corps. Went to the C. Z. in 1905 where nurses were
badly needed. She resigned in 1909 and her next duty was in Califor-
nia, then to Mexico to work in a Copper Co. Hospital. She then re-
turned to California to work in a Military Hospital and later in the
Los Angeles County Hospital. As she was in the U. S. Army Reserves,
she was called to do duty during World War I; had duty at Camp
Servier, S. C., went overseas in Feb. 1918 and spent a year in army
hospitals in France. After the Armistice, she spent a year at Coblenze,
Germany with the Army of Occupation, returning to the U. S. in
August 1919. She then did public Health work in North Carolina, then
Texas and finally Kentucky. She retired in 1926 and settled in Santa
Barbara, Calif. In 1932, Miss Bean bought a two acre plot and built
a large home with a view of the high Sierras on one side and of the

Pacific on the other. She is now spending her twilight years at this
home and has made arrangements for her home and its grounds to be
made a rest home for nurses after she has gone. (For a picture of this
home, see cut.)
For the first time in 30 years, Mr. and Mrs. James McFarlane of
Havana, Cuba, are not going to take a cruise trip. They expect to
spend several months at Lake Placid, N. Y. Last year, the McFarlanes
made a round the world tour. At Singapore, Mrs. McFarlane left the
ship for flying trips to Siam, Angkor Wot rejoining the ship in Manila.
At Aukland, New Zealand, she also jumped ship for a flying trip around
New Zealand, rejoining the ship at Wellington. Mr. McFarlane cele-
brated his 81st birthday in Pago Pago of the Samoa Islands.
Mr. and Mrs. E. S. MacSparran of Takoma Park, Md. are plan-
ning, to visit Florida as soon as they have seen a good snow storm.
Their son, Dick is an air cadet now stationed at Lackland Air Base.
Leonard Butz from El Volcan R. P. is a real old timer. He landed
in Colon on February 13, 1903. Was a witness to the fun of Nov. 3,
1903 when Panama decided to secede from Columbia. Mr. Butz now
makes his home on the slope of El Volcan, R. P.
At St. Mary's Church in Balboa; C. Z., His Excellency Francis X.
Beckman, C. M. Archbishop of Panama conferred knighthood in the
Order of St. Gregory the Great upon Charles F. Williams, retired
Canal employee. The Order of St. Gregory the Great was, treated by
Pope Gregory XVI in 1831 as a reward for those lay persons who by
their outstanding charity and unselfish service aided the cause of relig-.
ion and mankind in an extra-ordinary manner.
Mr. Williams is well known throughout the Canal Zone and Pan-
ama for his untiring efforts in raising funds for the Catholic Church
and charitable, fraternal, and civic organizations.
John H. (Jack) McGrath,.whose left arm was amputated follow-
ing an auto accident in Panama, is reported as improving. McGrath
is no longer on the serious ill list.
Mrs. Laura Sessions, who went to the Canal Zone in 1906 and is
now residing at Sunny Shores Villas, in St. Petersburg, addressed the
International Affairs Committee of the Woman's Club on the subject
of "Life in Panama".
Staff Sgt. Loui Bradley has been visiting his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. James Bradley of St. Petersburg. After four years in the Air
Force, Loui will return to the University of Florida in February.

At a special ceremony at the Ancon Masonic Temple, Friday
evening January 14th, Clarence L. Johnston, a well known resident of
the Canal Zone, was installed as District Grand Master for the Canal
Zone District. The new District Grand Master succeeds James E.
Jacobs, another prominent Mason, who has served in the office since
Mrs. C. K. Woodsum, widow of C. K. Woodsum, would appre-
ciate hearing from old time neighbors with whom she has lost contact,
particularly one or two who would be qualified to sign the necessary
affidavits for her widows pension.
George Ruggles, of 2859 18th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, Fla.,
celebrated his 85th birthday on February 3, 1955. Congratulations
and best wishes from the Panama Canal Society.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Fritz, formerly of Balboa, are now lo-
cated at 168 Caunchet Ave., Edgewood, R. I. They wish to be remem-
bered to all their friends.
Frank E. Greene, 15300 Troester Ave., Detroit, Michigan, would
like information as to when Ancon Station A post office was established
and also how mail was handled prior to its establishment. He would
like to get in touch with any members who arrived on the Zone prior
to December 5th, 1905.
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh V. Powers of St. Petersburg will celebrate
*heir 50th wedding anniversary March 7th, 1955.
James C. Cullen, son of Mr. and Mrs. James J. Cullen of Clear-
water, Florida, graduated in February from Florida State University
in Gainesville, Florida. Jimmy graduated as a mechanical engineer.


Pamphlets, booklets, literature of the Inca Society or Society
of the Chagres. Also, any old Panama Canal booklets or records of
early days.
They are wanted for reference purposes and Mrs. Judd would be
deeply grateful for any that our readers might send to her.

New Members and Changes of Address

The following have been added or addresses changed since the Year Book for 1955
was printed. (*) denotes change of address or correction.

Butz, Mr. Leonard T.-Bambito, El Volcan.................................Province de Chiriqui
Davies, Mrs. Mary D.-Santa Clara.....................................................Province de Code
Sasse, Mr. David T.-Boquete............................ ......................Province de Chiriqul
Smith, Mr. Walter R.-Alto Lino....................................................Province de Chiriqui
Abou Saad Shrine Temple-P. O. Box 3668............................................................Aneon
Bartholomew, Mr. and Mrs. William F.-P. O. Box 1038....................................Balboa
Corn. Mr. and Mrs. Harry H.-Clerk's Box.......................................................Ancon
Dinkgreve, Mr and Mrs. Rirhard G.-P O. Box 2281...................................Cristobal
Pluharty, Mr. Edward E.-P. O. Box 754.............. .......... ... Ancon
Forbes, Mr and Mrs. Raymond E.-P. O. Box 378.............................Balboa Heights
Holmberg, Mr and Mrs. F. W.-P. O Box 1112................................................Ancon
Leisy, Mr and Mrs. Henry T.-P. O. Box 1...................... ..............Gamboa
McDade, Mr and. Mrs. James J. Jr.-P. O. Box 2635..................................Cristobal
Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lew-P. O. Box 654.........................................Balboa
Newhard, Mr. and Mrs. Carl R.-P. O. Box 325 .......... ......................Margarita
Palmer, Mr. and Mrs. L. E.-P O. Box 1521 ..............................................Cristobal
Starke. Mr. and Mrs. Carl H.-P O. Box 12............................................Margarita
Veit, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred-P. O. Box 213...................................................Gamboa
Wertz, Mrs. Ella E.-P. 0. Box 216.......................................................................Balboa
Irwin, Mr and Mrs. J. C.-2024 South "U" Street......................................ort Smith
Mathues, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. F.-P. 0 Box 208.........................................Springdale
Brennan, Mr F. J.-2131 Cooley Ave...............................................................Palo Alto
Cassell, Mr. and Mrs. George H.-lllVista Del Mar.................Redondo Beach
Clisbee, Mr. and Mrs. Frank A.-1174 Wellesley Ave...................Los Angeles 49
Fitzpatrick, Mr. and Mrs. Frank-11227 Ivy Place.............................. Los Angeles 64
Hoyt, Mr. George L.-34 Sixth Street.....................................................San Francisco
Journey, Mr. and Mrs. E. C.-Box 232................................................................Sunland
Judd, Col and Mrs. Merrill H.-Hqs. 9th Corns,
Medical Section
A.P.O. 14, c /o Postmaster................San Francisco
* Kerr, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn B.-105 West Hillcrest Blvd........... ............Monrova
* Labat, Mrs. Emma L.-4261 41st Street....................................... San Diego,
* Norton, Mrs. Bessie F.-109 North Oak........ ........................Pasadena .8.
* Rocker, Mr. and Mrs. Norman E.-1065 Serrano Court..........................Lafayette
* Ruggles, Mrs. Lillian B.-121 South Reese Place........................Burbank
* Stone, Mr. and Mrs. W. H.-400 Avila Street.......................San Francisco 23
* Tribolet, Lt. and Mrs. C. T.-3603 Stancrest Drive..................................Glendale 8
* Ward. Mrs Styles B.-P. O. Box 702.............................................................Topanga
Woodard, Mrs. Gertie F.-121 Acacia Street.................... ......................Monrovia
Rosenquist, Mr. and Mrs. Al-1284 Race Street............................................Denver
Blaney, Mrs. Mary M.-General Delivery ............. .. ..........Washington
* Huff, Mr. Robert-5516 14th Street. N. W............................................Washisgton 11
* National Association of Retired Civil Employees (N.A.R.C.E.)
1625 Connecticut Ave.. N. W............................................Washington 9
* Van VlHet, Mrs. Kathleen Parker-3816 Porter Street, N. W............Washington 16
Medd, Mr. and Mrs. William H.-300 West 12th Street................... .....Wilmington
Baker, Mr. and Mrs. John B.-425 North Kentucky Ave...........................D.De Land
Beisell, Mr. and Mrs. Robert J,-1803 Pineview Circle....................... Winter Park
Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D.-2251 S. W. 10th Street............ ..... .Miami 85
* Byrne. Mr and Mrs. A. P.-5153 Orange Blossom Lane ...................St. Petersburg 4
Case, Mr. JJames T.-1700 /s 32nd Street South............................St. Petersburg 7
Christy, Mr. Lyman A.-Box 675 ........................................... ..............Anna Maria
* Eason, Mr. and Mrs. J. J.-1220 Gamble Place.................................Daytona Beach
* Everett, Mr. and Mrs. J. F.-1000 21st Avenue No.....................St. Petersburg 2
* Feeney, Mr. and Mrs. Francis W.-P 0. Box 233........................................Clermont
Green, Mrs Dora B.-1903 Pine Lake Drive..................................................Tampa 4
* Flynn. Mr. and Mrs. Peter G.-Route 6, Box 65.......................................Orlando
* Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Fred P.-1536 55th Ave.:North..................St. Petersburg 4

FLORIDA (Continued)
Haskell, Mr. and Mrs. Jack N.-6720 Bougainvilla Way South.......St Petersburg 7
Heck, Dr. Maurice E.-3880 Irvington Ave., Cocoanut Grove.................Miami 33
* Hess, Mr. and Mrs. Sam-1900 60th Street South............................St. Petersburg 7
Japs. Mr. and Mrs. Edward R.-11701 N. E. 9th Avenue...............................Miami 38
* MacKenzie, Mr. and Mrs. I. A.-Owners--FLORIDA MOTEL (*)....... .................
R. F. D. No. 2.. ...............................Perry
(*) 3 miles South of Perry on U.S. 19
* Melms, Mrs. E. A.-Route2, Box 270....... ..............................Lake Worth
* Meredith, Miss A. Pauline-2416 No. 20th Ave ..................................Hollywood
Murwin, Mr. and Mrs. R. V.-Box 386..................................................Arlington 11
Otto, Mr. and Mrs. Ramon-221 24th Ave. North...........................St. Petersburg 4
Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. Roy C.-1408 48th Ave. Pen Haven.................Pensacola
* Pilkerton, Mrs. Della- 1227 16th Ave. No...................................... St. Petersburg 2
* Post, Mr. asd Mrs. C. J.-Route 3, Box 273........................................St. Augustine
* Schjeveland, Mr. and Mrs. Hans-1303 West Stetson Ave............................Orlando
Sessions, Mrs. Laura-125 56th Ave. South.......................................St. Petersburg 5
* Shuey, Mr. and Mrs. R. O.-Box 582... ...........................Daytona Beach
,Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Bryce A.-596 9th Avenue South...............St. Petersburg 5
Stephens, Mr. asd Mrs. John D.-534 Oakland Ave.................................Tallahassee
Taylor. Mrs. Mabel B.--c/o Mr. C. H. Fair, P. O. Box 337...........................Miami 3
* Tezanos, Mr. and Mrs Anthony-225 East Robinson Ave................................Orlando
* Trout, Mr. and Mrs. Earl E.-708 West University Ave................................De Land
Vincent, Mr. and Mrs. C. J., Sr.-P. 0. 2175....... ...................Hollywood
Walsh, Mr. and Mrs. Charles- 48 Poinsettia Ave.......................:.................Sebring
* Williams, Mr. and Mrs. F. E.-1504 Washington Street.............. ... Hollywood
* Wulff, Mr. and Mrs. Herman E.-1714 5th Avenue.........................Zephyhills
* Byrd, Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Lee, Sr.-2480 Tanglewood Road.....................Decatur
* Webber, Mrs. W. C.-360 South Atlantic Street..........................Smyrna
Presson, Mrs. Charles-Box 9............................... ........ .....Chester
Strock, Mr. and Mrs. William-............ ........ .................Bluford
* Minnix, Mrs. M. Edith-1521 North Summit..........................................Arkansas City
Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. J. T.-3141 Taylor Blvd..................................Louisville
* Dailey, Mrs. Elmer, Sr.-127 Estess Street................................New Orleans 20
* Thompson. Mr. Harry A.-P. O. Box 214....................................................Covington
ViLlere, Mrs. Johs L.-915 St. John...............................................................Lafayette
* Laring, Mr. and Mrs. L. H.-20 South Street...................................Yarmouth
McClain, Mr. and Mrs. Charles R.-R.F.D. No. 2............................. ....Waterville
* Arminger. Mr Oeorge-The Keswick. 700 West 40th Street...............Baltimore 11
* Fitchett, Mrs. Daniel B.-1108 Washington Blvd....................................Baltimore
* Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. E. R.-3046 Power Mill Road.....................................Hyattsvlle
Hansen, Miss Nina J.-8002 Eastern Drive, Apartment 101..............Silver Spring
* Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. Ben-4407 Walsh Street........................Chevy Chase 15
* Schellhaus, Mrs. W. G.-5 Arbor Road.................... ...............West Newton 65
Haggerty, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph V.-28433 Joy Road.............................Garden City
* Berot, Mrs. Agnes D.-1018 19th Avenue N. E............... .............Minneapolis 18
Grunewald, Mrs. Frederick-1702 Laurel Ave., Apartment 7 ..................St. Paul 4
Baine, Mr. and Mrs. William J.-64 Wiggins St ...............................................Princeton
Nagle, Miss Mary E.-140 Roseville Ave., Apartment 232 ..........................Newark 7
Palmer, Mr. and Mrs. J. S.-420 Fenwood Ave............................... ...Trenton 9
* Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. W. C.-18 Hemlock Walk.................................Camden 4
Swartzell, Mr. and Mrs. Keith-24 Foster Road....................................Tenafly
* Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L.-c /o John S. Davison. 1 Main St........Hoosick Falls
* Enright, Mrs.Margaret-24 Seitz Drive, Bethpage....................... Long Island
Griessinger, Mrs. Hattie B.-1 St. Lois Place............... .. .......Buffalo 2
* Henry, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick, J.-1406 Brooklyn Avenue
Vanderveer Estates
Apartment 6-B....................................Brooklyn 10

NEW YORK (Continued)
* McCord, Mrs. John E.-1102 Englewood.................................................Kenmore 23
Peterson, Mrs. Helen C.-216 Olympic Ave..........................................Buffalo 15
VanSiclen, Capt. and Mrs. W. A., Sr.-3921 217th Street.........................Bayside 61
* Will, Capt. and Mrs. William-6935-D 186th Lane.........................Fresh Meadows 65
Behlen, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest-125 Devonshire Road, Laurel Terrace..........Asheville
* Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. Austin W .-Rout 1....................................... ...... ...........Arden
Martin, Mrs. Mabel King-507 Orange Street............ ..................Wilmington
Tweed, Mr. and Mrs. U. W.-808 Fairview Street ...........................Asheville
Walston, Mr. and Mrs. Crawley....Route 1, Box 30-A...........................Elizabeth City
Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel H.-2611 Hazel Ave............... ..........Dayton 10
Pierce, Mrs. Mary C.-40 West Fairview Avenue......................... ..........Dayton 5
* Whitsett, Mr. James A.-541 East Beechwold.. -----................ .........Columbus
* Payne, Mr. and Mrs. Ernie L.-2644 N. E. 65th Avenue...........................Portland 13
Clendenin, Mr. Elmer- ........................ ............. ... .................... Marysville
Gay, Rev. Elbert, C. M.-St. Vincent's Seminary, 500 East Chelton Ave.
Germantown.................. ............ Philadelphia 44
* Williamson, Mrs. Margaret C-35 Lincoln Avenue.......................................Bradford
* Campbell. Mr. and Mrs. Claude D.-612 Larimore Lane... ..............Manchester
* Love, Mrs. C. R.-2049 East 5th Avenue............-.......... ........ .....Knoxville
Moore, Mrs. Ida D.- -................ ......... .. ......................... Gatlinburg
Hanseler, Mr. and Mrs. Otto G.-P. O. Box 1082.................................................Austin
Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Sanford D.-Route 5...................................... Sulphur Springs
Riebe, Mr. and Mrs. Burton-323 Quentin Drive............................. San Antonio 1
White, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur-1539 Hewitt Drive...................................Houston 18
Wilkinson, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie E.-315 West Huisache Ave.................San Antonio
* Hatch, Mr. and Mrs. Aram H.-P. O. Box 122 (Summer)................................Pittsford
Banan, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil M.-Hunting Towers, Apartment 21-C............Alexandria
Brooks, Mrs. Anna-3718 Shell Avenue.................... ...............Hampton
* Detamore. Mrs. Gladys E.-Route 3............................................................... Staunton
Forrest, Mrs. Charles W ..................................... ....................... ..... Gloucester Point

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This sketch and others that have been in the Record at times
were made by Mrs. Russell B. Potter, one of our members.


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 1,299.
Please fill in the application below and send your dues to the
P. O. Box 249, STATION "A"


Name ____

Wife's Name __..

Address -- .. .

City __ State------

Number of Years on Canal---_____----

What Division _.-- ___

Amount Enclosed

Capt. and Mrs. Guy Johannes
Bradenton, Florida

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Mr. and Mrs. Francis Feeney .
Clermont, Florida

Mr. and Mrs. Bert W. Hall
St. Petersburg, Florida


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Mr. and Mrs. G. Edgar Murphy
Wnter Park, Florida

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Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Bugbey
Wilcox, Pa

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Rath
St. Petersburg, Florida

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Virginia Hodnett Frizzell and
daughter, Jean, and sons. Joseph
and Bill
Washington, D. C.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude A. Ott
Miami, Florida

Mr. and Mrs. Herman E. Wuiff
Zephyr Hills, Florida

P. O. Box 249 STA. A

U. S. Potage
St. Petersbur, Fa.
Permit No. 60

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