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THE SEAsoN's GREETINGS and the hope the following will bring mt mind
many happy yuletides spent on the Isthmua:
fleSig termiwsts, ctmigfgJ
S'Tis the night before Christmas and all through the casa-;
Not a creature is stirring. CaramHt! Que plans ?
The stocking are hanging con mucho cuidado
S in hopes that Saint Nick will feel obligado .
To leave a few cosas aqui and alli
-For chico y chica (y something for me).
Los ninos are snuggled all safe in their camas '
(Some in vestidos and soine in pajamas).
Their little cabezas all full of 'ood things
They're all esperando que Santa will bring.
Santa esta at the corner saloon, -.
May borracho since mid-afternoon;
SMama is sitting beside la ventana
Shining her rolling pin para uti,.a
Ihen Santa returns to his home zigzagueado,
Lit up ihe the Star Spangled Banner, cantando,
And Mamma will send him to bed con a right
Merry Christmas a todos, y a todos good night.
A. W '
Grier family reunion just prior to Mr. Grier's death. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Grier, their children
Bob, Margaret, and Sam III, with young Sam's family, Brook (nee Smith) John Jenyon, and
Patty. Bob is a lock operator at Miraflores, C.Z. Margaret an employee of DepC Social
Welfare, Calif., Sam III a B47 pilot at MacDill Air Base, Tampa, Fla.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. Box 249. STATION "A" ST. PETERSBURG 2. FLORIDA
Harry J. Lewis J. F. Warner
Troy Hayes F. A. Anderson
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd J. F. Bashner
Secretary-Treas. .W. H. Butler
Mrs. Burt W. Hall H. H. Hudson
Recording Sec'y. Ralph H. Oliver
E. M. Kieswetter Dan E. Wright
News Editor Counselors
Lee Burns James Bradley
During the first session of the 84th Congress there were some 110
or more bills introduced proposing various amendments to the Civil
Service and other Federal Retirements Systems.
Some 30 of these bills proposed cost-of-living increases in retire-
ment annuities. This phase of legislation was disposed of by the en-
actment of H.R. 7618 now Public Law 369.. This law established a
sliding scale of increases for civil service retirement annuities begin-
ning October 1, 1955, all as outlined in the last Canal Record for Sep-
The other bills remain in committee as unfinished business for
consideration during the second session of the Congress which convenes
the first week of January 1956.
The consideration which the Committees and' the Congress give
to this unfinished retirement legislation will depend greatly on the
recommendations of the Civil Service Commission. The Commission
has been studying the five volume report of the special Kaplan Com-
mittee on 25 Federal Retirement and Pension Systems for over a year
now and their report and recommendations quite likely will be sub-
mitted early in 1956.
Space does not permit discussing or listing here all the many bills
which are still pending. There is a group of bills in which surviving
widows will be interested. This group of bills include S. 808 by Hon.
William N. Langer (N. Dak.); H.R. 500 by Hon. Gardner R. Withrow
(Wis.); H.R. 2650 by Hon. Edward H. Rees (Kan.); H. R. 2691 by
Hon. Robert C. Wilson (Calif.); H. R. 2875 by Hon. George M.
The above S. Bill is pending in the Senate Committtee on P.O.
and C.S. The four H.R. Bills are pending in the House Committee on
P.O. & C.S.
All the above bills propose to establish annuity benefits for sur-
viving widows of annuity eligible employees and retirees who died
prior to February 28, 1948 but not to exceed $600.00 a year.
The above bills are all identical except H.R. 2650 wherein Hon.
Rees has thoughtfully provided for both widows and widowers of de-
ceased employees and retirees instead of limiting the benefits to widows
only. He also proposes the effective date to be April 1, 1948 which is
consistent with the effective date of the Langer-Chavez-Stevenson
Act which was approved February 28, 1948. (i.e. Public Law 426 of
the 80th Congress).
In view of these thoughtful details and the fact that Hon. Rees
has been past chairman of the House Committee and now is the rank-
ing minority member of the House Committee it is believed desirable
and somewhat less confusing to many retirees for matters of discus-
sion and reference that the Rees Bill H.R. 2650 be the bill that Civil
Retirees should be most interested and concerned with.
Still pending in the House Committee on P.O. & C.S. is H.R. 4083
by Hon. John Lesinski (Mich.) proposing to eliminate that reduction
in annuity made for establishing an annuity for the surviving spouse
if the spouse does not survive. The proposed change reads as follows:
In the event that the designated spouse shall predecease the annuitant
the full annuity shall be restored as if such election had not been made,
commencing the month following the death of the designated spouse.
Senior Citizens and Retirees
Companion Bills S. 693 by Hon. Charles E. Potter (Mich.) along
with 54 other Senators including Hon. George A. Smathers (Fla.) and
H.R. 3307 by Hon. Steven B. Derounian (N.Y.) propose to establish
the United States Commission on the Aging and Aged. The Senate Com-
mittee on Labor and Public Welfare and the House Committee on
Education and Labor are considering these subjects.
In these bills the Congress is considering the fact that the pro-
portion of our population of persons past middle age has been increas-
ing and continues to increase. In 1900 those over 65 years of age and
older comprised 4.2 per cent of our population; by 1940 this propor-
tionr had doubled to the proportion of 8.1 per cent. It is estimated
that by 1970 this proportion will increase to 10 per cent.
The research also shows that between 1900 and 1950 those 65
years of age and older increased in our State of Florida five and a half
times as fast as the national average.
Upon enactment of this legislation the established committee on
aging will cooperate with state and local bodies, both public and pri-
vate to obtain information, suggestions, estimates and other statistics
in developing their investigations and studies. All with the purpose of
making recommendations on the various national economic and gen-
eral welfare phases of the subject as associated with this increasing
proportion of our senior citizens.
These matters will be concerned particularly with employment
and employability, maintenance of income, health and physical care,
housing, living arrangement and family relationship, the effective use
of liesure time and other phases of living as associated with the Aging
and the Aged.
Old Time Panama Canal Builders
Old Time Construction Workers will well remember the Canal
Zone cemetery at Ancon, and the frequent trips there with departed
fellow workers. How quickly the space seemed to fill up with head-
stones during that construction period. (See picture elsewhere by
During the construction period ending March 31, 1914, between
six and seven thousand deaths occurred in the construction force in
the Canal Zone. Others who returned to their homes in the United
States soon passed away also.
More than twice as many construction period workers died in
the Canal Zone during that period as now benefit by pensions estab-
lished by the Pan Canal Construction Service Act.
The records indicate that between June 30, 1954 and June 30, 1955
the number of annuitants on the rolls receiving benefits under the
Panama Canal Construction Service Act of May 29, 1944 has been
reduced by 114 annuitants because of death.
Of the 2658 Old Timers still with us the annual benefits are tab-
ulated in the following:
27 are receiving less than $100 a year.
362 are receiving between $100 and $199.
228 are receiving between $200 and $299.
105 are receiving between $300 and $399.
81 are receiving between $400 and $499.
151 are receiving between $500 and $599.
273 are receiving between $600 and $699.
1412 are receiving between $700 and $1999.
7 are receiving between $2000 and $2159.
12 are receiving between $2160 or more.
The average annuity of the 1431 annuitants above $700 a year
is $1051. In June of 1952 the average annuity of the 2977 old Timers
then on the rolls was $749.00 a year. Today it is estimated the aver-
age is just about the same or slightly lower.
Old Time Canal Constructors now receiving construction service
pensions under P.L. 319 will be interested in knowing that those sev-
eral bills introduced for their benefit during the first session of the 84th
Congress are all still alive and pending in committee as unfinished busi-
ness for consideration during the second session of the Congress, which
will convene during the first week in January, 1956.
Bill H.R. 842 by Hon. Horace Sealy-Brown (Conn.) and H.R.
3828 by Hon. Jonh J. Rooney (N.Y.) propose to increase construction
service pensions by 25 per cent not to exceed $300 a year, with a
$2160 ceiling. Bill H.R. 2554 by Hon. Hale Boggs (La.) proposes to
increase construction service pensions by $300, not to exceed $2160
a year, or by such an amount as to establish a minimum of $125.00 a
Another bill, H.R. 2130 by Hon. William J. Green (Pa.) proposes
to amend P.L. 319 by changing the eligibility requirements of widows
from one full year of Canal Zone residence as required at present to a
wife who was married to her husband before March 31, 1914.
Bill H.R. 5172 by Hon. DeWitt S. Hyde (Md.) proposes a slight
variation of this eligibility requirement by requiring the wife to have
resided at least a year in the Canal Zone but beginning before April
There is one Senate Bill, S. 1409 by Hon. Matthew M. Neely
(W. Va.) which in addition to proposing an increase in construction
service pensions by the smaller of 25 per cent or $300 a year without
ceiling, also proposes to change the eligibility requirement for widows
from one full year of Canal Zone residence, as at present, to a surviv-
ing widow who lived with her husband at least ten years before P.L.
319 was enacted on May 29, 1944.
The above Senate bill is pending in the Senate Committee on P.O.
& C.S. All the House bills are pending in the House Committee on
Merchant Marine & Fisheries. Chairman Herbert C. Bonner (N.C.)
of the above M.M. & F. Committee has designated a special sub-
committee on Pan Canal subjects, with membership as follows:
Edward A. Garmatz (Md.), Chair. John J. Allen, Jr. (Calif.).
Mrs. Leonor Kretzer Sullivan (Mo.) Francis E. Dorn (N.Y.).
James A. Byrne (Penna). William K. VanPelt (Wis.).
T. James Tumulty (N.J.). William S. Maillaird, (Calif.)
Thaddeus M. Machrowicz (Mich.).
The subcommittee is scheduled to undertake a visitation in the
Canal Zone starting November 21, 1955.
Old Time Canal Constructors concerned with above legislation
will be interested in knowing that Ralph Cutler, 16 West Mystic Ave.,
Mystic, Conn., who worked so diligently on these subjects during the
first session of the Congress, and who has a good sized batch of cor-
respondence on the subject already, tells us that preliminary reports
are favorable, that he is encouraged with developments to date, and
that he is expecting to work still harder in the interests of all Old Time
Canal Builders during the coming session of the 84th Congress.
Old Timers should not take too much for granted. Do not relax
your own efforts thinking that George or rather Ralph can do it all.
Let your Congressman as well as Committeemen know of your per-
sonal interest and concern.
Still pending in the House Committee on P.O. & C.S. is H.R. 85
introduced by Hon. Thomas B. Curtis (Mo.) proposing 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
through transferring to other branches of the service from which they
later retired, only to find that that branch of the service had no author-
ity to include such construction service benefit in computing retirement
annuities. It is suggested that those Old Timers who may be interested
in this subject keep in touch with Mr. H. A. Haag, 7369 Northmoor
Drive, St. Louis 5, Mo.
Old Time Pan Canal Constructors with less than three years of
Canal Zone construction service and therefore at present not eligible
under P.L. 319 for a construction service pension should, unless they
have already done so, send their name and address to Mr. S. H. Grau-
ten, 1722 Harrison St., Evanston, Ill., and secure the latest information
concerning H.R. 6346 introduced by Hon. Edward A. Garmatz (Md.).
Attention Former Employees, Panama Railroad
A bill H.R. 7680 has been introduced by Hon. Edward A. Garmatz
(Md.) proposing to set aside the statute of limitations in order that
the U. S. Court of Claims can take jurisdiction of claims as may be
filed by former employees of the Panama Railroad for back pay for
overtime worked in excess of 40 hours a week. This bill is pending
in the House Committee on the Judiciary.
The details and procedure applicable to this subject have been
outlined in a communication received from Mr. Howard E. Munro,
Legislative Representative of the Central Labor Union and the Metal
Trades Council of the Canal Zone, as quoted in part below.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida:
The following information may be of interest to your membership:
The Canal Zone Central Labor Union Metal Trades Council,
A.F.L., as part of their legislative program, prepared and had intro-
duced H.R. 7680, a bill to allow former employees of the Panama Rail-
road Company to take their overtime claim to the U. S. Court of
Claims for judgment. The bill is written to include employees, their
surviving spouse, or their estate.
As a further service to the membership of its affiliated Unions,
the Canal Zone Central Labor Union Metal Trades Council, A.F.L.,
contacted a prominent, successful Washington attorney to handle the
case for those wishing to present their claim.
The financial arrangement agreed to include a $10.00 retainer fee
and 10 per cent of whatever sums are recovered. A power of attorney
form is attached explaining this phase of the transaction.
It is felt that the suit to recover back overtime is sound. However,
much depends on the support of those having claims.
Anyone employed by the Panama Canal Railroad Company be-
tween the enactment of the Public Law 141-73rd Congress (March
28, 1934) and Public Law 106-79th Congress (July 1, 1945) who
worked more than 40 hours per week and did not receive compensation
at a rate of 12 times their hourly rate for those hours in excess of 40
hours have a claim. This includes all employees, regardless of whether
paid hourly, monthly or annually.
In order to keep a record of those filing and to keep the paper
work to a minimum, the local Unions on the Canal Zone are servicing
their own membership. They in turn are forwarding the Power of
Attorney and retainer fee to me. I will forward them to the attorney
when sufficient time has elapsed to get them all in.
Should any of your membership care to file their claim, they can
do so by contacting their local Union here on the Canal Zone. If they
have lost contact with their local Union, I will be glad to handle their
papers for them.
Please feel free to write me if I can be of further assistance.
/s/ Howard E. Munro
P. O. Box 747
Balboa, Canal Zone.
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
Hugh M. Thomas writes that the old timers in and around Ar-
cadia are still going strong and enjoying retired life. He reports his
son, Hugh Jr., has left the Canal service and, with his family, will
make his home in Dallas, Texas, where he has a position with the
Pacific Employers Insurance Co.
A. J. and Hazel Scott have sold their home in Kansas and will
soon be in their new home in Bradenton, Fla. Their daughter Barbara
was stricken with polio last July and on September 1st had a baby
boy, Scott Sheer. Both mother and baby are doing well. Their son
Hugh is out of the navy and is Research Engineer for Hughes Aircraft.
Their youngest daughter is teaching physical Education in Minne-
Hanna Beard announces the birth of a new grandson, Arthur
Charles Beard, born the 25th of June. Jan Dyer, Bud's wife, was her
nurse and Dr. Rush, married to Katherine Burgoon's daughter Vir-
ginia, was her doctor.
Capt. and Mrs. J. S. Munden of Pocomoke, Md. send regards to
all old friends and reports an enjoyable visit from Capt. and Mrs..
Dear of Santa Monica, California.
The Leslie Wilkersons are back in Donna, Texas after a summer
at White Earth Lake near Detroit, Mich. Don is a Junior at Califor-
nia State Polytechnic at San Luis Obispo, following four years in the
Navy. Jan is a Senior in High School and hopes to go to the Univer-
sity of Texas next year.
Mrs. Anna T. Piper of Hot Springs, Ark. writes that she and her
granddaughter had a wonderful two months in Europe. They toured
Luxemberg and then met another granddaughter in Germany. To-
gether, they toured Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France.
From France they flew to London for five days and on the return trip
stopped at Shannon, Ireland, and Gander, Newfoundland. The girls
are daughters of her son Edward, Ann and Marion. Ann returned to
her studies at University of Arkansas and Marion remained in Europe
where she is with the American Air Force in Bitburg, Germany.
Marie Coffey writes that she has had a hectic summer, hopping
around the Western Hemisphere, visiting the numerous Coffey families
in the Zone, San Salvador, New York State, and St. Paul and Roches-
ter, Minn. She will return to St. Petersburg, then on to Texas for
Mrs. Harriet Hamilton of Tampa, who just celebrated her 91st
birthday, left on her 33rd round trip between Miami and Lima, Peru.
Mrs. Hamilton visits her nieces, Misses Martha and Esther Villalva,
at least three times a year and has traveled more than 170,000 miles
between the two countries. Mrs. Hamilton was a Zone resident from
1905 to 1930 with her late husband, a Canal employee.
Their many friends were happy to see Miss Betty Telfer and Miss
Janette D. Christison at our last Panama Canal picnic at Lake Mag-
giore in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Connie Trowbridge Bishop, of the Canal Zone, and daugh-
ter were visitors for a few days with Mrs. Alberta Powers and other
friends in St. Petersburg. She found her time here too short so wishes
to be remembered to all friends in this area.
Capt. George Hudson and family of Balboa, C. Z. have been visit-
ing in the States. He drove his parents, the Henry Hudsons, back to
St. Petersburg from Maine where they had been visiting their daugh-
ters and families. After a few days in St. Petersburg, they drove
down to Miami to visit the rest of he family.
If you folks in Texas see a big, flashy, yellow and red Dodge
Royal Lancer with a Florida license plate streaking through, that's the
Shep Shreves enroute to the Pacific Coast for a visit with their many
friends on the Coast and along the way.
Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Bailey recently retired and are visiting their
daughter and family in Schenectady, N. Y. They expect to leave be-
fore cold weather for New Orleans with the idea of making their home
in that area.
Hugh and Gladys Samples have located in Miami. Since they left
the Zone, they have traveled 10,000 miles and had a long visit with
Mrs. Samples mother and Dad, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bleakley in
Roscoe, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Bleakley recently celebrated their 50th
Archie and Gertrude Gibson enjoyed a picnic party with old
friends at the home of John Johnsons of Rock Stream, N. Y. Besides
the Johnsons, other guests were; Harold and Marion Bevington, Rhoda
Jarvis Howell, Ernest and May Cotton, Edith and Lieut. Cotton of
Balboa Fire Dept. with their daughter, Susan, and son, Lee; Mr. and
Mrs. Herbert Johnson of Brooklyn, N. Y. and daughter Edith, Jane
(Bevington) and husband Martin and daughter, Judy, of Union City,
N. Y., and Ann and Isabelle Gibson of Cortland, N. Y. Incidently,
Ernest Cotton, Harold Bevington, and Archie Gibson are all second
Isabel Cauthers reports a visit from Wayne Thomas, who is now
on his way to Korea to a big construction job., His family will reside
in Paduca, Kentucky, while he is in Korea. Joe and Marie Eckert also
spent a week with Mrs. Cauthers and while there, the Newell Shaws
of Fayetteville, Ark., stopped for a visit. Mrs. Gustave Brawn, nee
Margaret Cauthers, is living in Leavenworth, Kansas, with her hus-
band who is attending the Command and General Staff College.
Ben Armstrong of San Francisco writes that Mrs. Armstrong and
self with Ruth and Ducky Bryan of Santa Monica made a trip to
Yosemite Park and Sequoia National Park this summer and they all
made a 15 day conducted tour via train, bus, and steamer, to Van-
couver, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Seattle. While in Seattle, they
saw the Elmer Haws. Ben says, "You ask me how I know my youth
is far spent? Well, my get up and go has got up and went: but I re-
call with a grin, the places I've been."
Oscar and Anna Maessen are again enjoying life in Antwerp, Bel-
gium. They are located at Kampioen Str. 50 Antwerp, Belgium.
Jim Hickmas, former gold coast reporter for the Panama Star and
Herald is now Wire Editor for Clearwater Florida Sun. Jim is mighty
happy in his present position. This past summer, Jim and Earl Willet
took a 36 foot ketch from Tampa to New York. While enroute, they
met Kenny Forrest in Norfolk, Va. Kenny is a docking pilot for one
of the tow boat companies and his brother, Riggs, does the same work
for another company. Jim reports that Bill Forbes, formerly' of the
Panama Americas, is now on the Editorial Staff of Time in New York,
and Phil Payne, who was with the Panama American and the Canal,
has left the Washington office of Time and is now their correspondent
in Buenos Aires.
In regard to our comment that the Chagres Year Book for 1915
was the latest issue we had and perhaps might be the last issue printed,
F. A. Potts of Waupaca, Wisconsin, writes that he has a year book of
1916-17 containing 284 pages of general information. If any one has
copies later than 1915 that they would like to donate to the Society,
we would be happy to accept the same.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Nickels of Margarita, C. Z. were recent
visitors in St. Petersburg. While here, they enjoyed watching the
World series on TV at the home of the Ted Marshalls.
The B. G. Tydemans write that they are enjoying retired life in
Pennsylvania. They report that Mr. and Mrs. J. R. McLavy, former
residents of Ancon, are now located is Allentown, Pa. Their son-in-
law and daughter and children, Dusty and David, are also living in
Allentown where Dr. John Clark is serving his internship at Allentown
General Hospital. Dr. Herbert C. Clark, former Director at Gorgas
Memorial Laboratory in Panama City, is also living in Allentown. Mr.
and Mrs. Fred D. Hunsicker, formerly of Aneon, are also residents of
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Veit are retiring from the Panama Canal and
expect to be in their St. Petersburg home late in December or early
Mrs. E. Ford Attaway makes her home in Kerrville, Texas. Her
son, Albert, is married and is an Industrial Engineer in Fort Worth.
Louise and Pete Hulsebosch have left Lakewood, N. J. for Corpus
Christi, Texas, to visit their son, Peter Jr., who owns and operates a
shrimp boat. Shrimping all the way from the Dry Tortugas to Cam-
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Godfrey write that their new home in Santa
Paula, Calif. is nearly ready for occupancy. Mr. Godfrey is Director
of Public Works in their town. Their daughter, Dorothy, will be lo-
cated in New Haven, Conn. for the next two years as her husband, Dr.
Brandt, is doing medical research at Yale University, School of Medi-
Some October, November and December Highlights
on Panama and the Zone
November 3 Panama Independence Day.
November 27, 1904 Visit of Secretary of War, Howard H. Taft.
November 14, 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt arrived on an in-
October 22, 1908 National Theater in Panama City opened with a
perform ance of "Aida" by the Lombardi Opera Company.
November 20, 1908 First execution in the Canal Zone. Hubert Stout,
Barbadian, hanged at Culebra Penitentiary. Tried and convicted
by a jury.
November 26, 1908 P.R.R.S.S. "Finance" sunk off Sandy Hook.
Rammed by White Star Steamer "Georgic". Four lives lost.
December 12, 1908 Premature dynamite explosion at Bas Obispo.
44,000 pounds of dynamite, 26 deaths.
November 14, 1910 President Taft visited the Zone.
December 3, 1910 First Canal Zone automobile license issued.
October 4, 1911 The Tenth Infantry U.S.A. arrived. Quartered at
Camp E. S. Otis at Las Cascadas.
November 20, 1912 Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of War, accompan-
ied by Mrs. Stimson and Miss Helen Taft, daughter of the Presi-
dent, visited the Isthmus.
December 12, 1912 Pacific Division abolished.
October 10, 1913 Gamboa dike blown up and the Cut flooded.
October 16, 1935 President Franklin Roosevelt visited the Isthmus.
His second visit.
Late 1906 Tivoli Hotel opened for business.
The above data is from a long list of highlights compiled by
Carl A. Hoffman.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
The marriage of Miss Mary Jo Cole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
James Cole of Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, and formerly of Gamboa, to
Ensign William A. Lang, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Dee of Diablo
Heights was solemnized recently at the Anthony of Padua Church in
New Orleans, Louisiana.
The bride, who was graduated from Balboa High School in 1951,
attended St. Mary's Dominican College in New Orleans. A graduate
of Balboa High School in 1950, Mr. Lang received his B.A. degree in
Foreign Affairs from George Washington University in Washington,
Ensign and Mrs. Lang are making their home in Lexington Parks,
Maryland, where he is stationed with the United States Navy.
Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Winslow Morse of the Post of Quarry Heights,
Canal Zone, announce the marriage of their daughter, Sally Ann, to
Mr. Herbert Ronald Kimmel, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Paul Kimmel of
Shelocta, Pa., on September 7th, at the Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. C. D. McMillan of Raton, New Mexico, have made
known the engagement of their daughter, Marjorie Ruth, to Tom Jones,
son of Mrs. Nelly Leany Jones of Memphis, Tenn., formerly, of Ft.
Mr. Jones was graduated from Balboa High School in 1950 and is
now a graduate student in Physics at the University of Nebraska. He
has a bachelor of science degree from Principe College, Elsan, Illinois,
where the bride-elect is presently a student.
No date has been set for the wedding.
Miss Norma J. Lewis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otas K. Lewis
of Hendersonville, N. C. became the bride of Lt. Samuel Sullivan Irvin
Jr., U.S.N.R., son of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Sullivan Irvin of Hender-
sonville, N. C., formerly of Balboa, on August 14, at 4 p. m. in Fletcher
Baptist Church, Fletcher, N. C.
The Rev. M. L. Lewis, grandfather of the bride and a retired min-
ister, performed the ceremony.
Mrs. Irvin will be a Junior at the Woman's College of the Univer-
sity of North Carolina at Greensboro this fall.
The bridegroom graduated from Balboa High School with the class
of 1944 and is also a graduate of the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy.
He holds a commission as lieutenant in the Naval Reserve. He has been
called to active duty, and the couple will leave in the near future for
San Diego, Calif., for a few days of visiting before Mrs. Irvin returns
to North Carolina.
Dr. and Mrs. Irvin, long time residents of the Canal Zone, have
visiting with them her sister, Mrs. Nita B. Hartman of Balboa, who
also attended the wedding.
For many years, Dr. Irvin was quarantine officer in Balboa.
Mr. Charles P. Harrison, Jr., a Canal Zonian now studying at the
University of Oklahoma, in Norman, was married there recently to
Miss Theresa Slotta of Oklahoma City. The ceremony was performed
in the McFarlin Methodist Church.
The groom was born in Ancon, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles P. Harrison, now residing in Coco Solito.
He attended Canal Zone Schools and the CZ Junior College, served
as telephone apprentice with the Canal, then left to go into the U. S.
Army for two years as a radar technician.
He is now attending Oklahoma University of Norman, Oklahoma,
studying for his electrical engineering degree.
Mr. and Mrs. John G. McCoy of Orlando, Florida, formerly of
Balboa, C. Z., announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Mary
Ann McCoy, to Mr. Daniel Edmund Poznick, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs.
Daniel E. Poznick of Walpole, Mass., in Woodbury, New Jersey, on
August 13th. Mrs. Poznick, a teacher of languages in Woodbury High
School is a graduate of Balboa High School and of Bucknell Univer-
sity. Her husband is an alumnus of Tufts College and is chemical
engineer with E. I. DuPont de Nemours, at Gibbstown.
Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Hensler of Balboa announce the engagement
of their daughter Miss Joan Hensler to Mr. Richard Mallett, son of
Mr. and Mrs. A. Mallett of Balboa. The engaged couple, are both
graduates of Balboa High School.
Mr. Richard Korner, son of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Korner, for-
mer residents of the Canal Zone, was married recently in New Jersey
to Miss Catherine McIver, of Cresskill, N.J., daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John McIver of that community.
Mr. Korner is with the foreign distributor's division of the General
Mr. and Mrs. K. C. Smith, announce the birth of their second child,
a daughter, Linda Marie, on September 30 in Hartsville, South Car.
Mrs. Smith is the former Miss Mary Jane Sylvestre, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Sylvestre of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Hey of Columbia, Missouri, announce the
arrival of a son, Michael Lawrence, on September 27th. The maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Hey is the former Barbara Jones, of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Saltzman of Baton Rouge, La. announce
the birth of a daughter, Deborah Louise, on August 21st. Mrs. Saltz-
man is the former Alice Louise Benthall of Cristobal, C. Z., The mat-
ernal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lyman J. Benthall of Coco
Solito, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Wilkins of MacDill Air Force Base, announce
the birth of their second son, Robert Carl, on August 1st. Their first
son, Bruce Hugh, was born July 10th, 1954 at MacDill Air Force Hos-
pital, also. Mrs. Wilkins is the former Marian Albert Powers Harris,
and the granddaughter of Hugh Powers, both of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hower of Tulsa, Oklahoma, announce the
arrival of a daughter, Brigitt, on October 9th.
Dr. and Mrs. Ira K. Brandt of Miami, Florida, announce the birth
of their third child, William Godfrey, on June 4, 1955.
Lt. and Mrs. Jerry Graham have announced the recent birth of
their third child, John Scott, at Valdosta, Georgia. Lt. Graham is now
stationed there with the Air Force.
Mrs. Graham is the former Miss Doris Van Evera, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight M. Van Evera of Diablo, who are now in Val-
dosta to welcome the new baby.
Paternal grandparents are Lt. and Mrs. Perc F. Graham of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Cochran of Sunnivale, California announce
the birth of a son on August 3rd at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose,
California. The baby will be named Joseph Leonard.
Mrs. Cochrane is the former Jane Kaufer, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. L. A. Kaufer of Margarita. The maternal grandmother of the
baby is Mrs. Margaret Cochrane of Brighton, Massachusetts.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Archer announce the birth of a daughter
at San Fernando Clinic on Thursday, August the 4th. The baby will
be named Denise Marlene. Mrs. Archer is the former Edda Ulrich of
Mr. and Mrs. Max L. Weich, who now make their home in St.
Louis, Mo., announce the birth of their second child, first daughter.
The little girl will be named Debra Leigh.
Both parents were born and reared on the Isthmus, and all four
grandparents reside in the Canal Zone.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Armstrong of Mar-
garita, paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Weich of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin R. Banton of Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico,
announce the birth of a daughter, Betsy Diane. Mrs. Banton was the
former Miss Diane Wike of Redondo Beach, Calif.
Mr. Banton, a Canal Zonian, is at present serving with the U.S.
Navy in public works at Roosevelt Roads.
The new baby's paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. M. J.
Banton of Gamboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Powers of San Diego, Calif., announce
the birth of their first child, a son, Kenneth Richmond, on August 1,
at the North Island Naval Hospital.
Mrs. Powers is the former Dorothy Joan Rowley, daughter of
Capt. and Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley of Gamboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Hulsebosch of Corpus Christie, Texas, an-
nounce the birth of a daughter, Christine Ann, born June 29th. This is
their second daughter. Patricia was born on June 30th, 1953.
Lester F. Bailey, Industrial Division-29 years, 10 months, 6 days.
Hallie Beavers, Teacher-23 years, 10 months.
Samuel S. Blackburn, Cristobal Police Div.-35 yrs,, 1 mo., 17 days.
Charles H. Fairbrother, Industrial Division-36 yrs., 10 mo., 17 days.
Roger H. Green, Fiscal Division-28 years, 8 months, 7 days.
Major George Herman, Chief of Police Div.-40 yrs., 2 mo., 23 days.
Ludwig A. Mauer, Locks Division-28 years, 2 months, 26 days.
Thomas McNeill, Locks Division-15 years, 3 months, 6 days.
Ralph N. Stewart, Commissary Division-29 years, 1 month, 27 days.
Agnes E. Sugrue, Colon Health Office-25 years, 4 months, 13 days.
Michael I. Crooks, Transportation Division-33 years, 6 months.
Leslie R. Evans, Chief of License Section-19 yrs., 1 mo., 15 days.
Randall H. Ford, Transportation Division-37 yrs., 2 mo., 22 days.
Lela Mae Holden, Teacher-27 years, 7 months, 22 days.
Thomas H. Kelley, Industrial Division-33 years, 3 months, 12 days.
Thomas E. Bougan, Commissary Division-22 years, 1 month, 5 days.
Mrs. Eva E. Dickson, Port Captain's Office-10 yrs., 8 mo., 4 days.
David L. Gatz, Office of the Comptroller-26 years, 7 months, 24 days.
Frank W. Hohmann, Office of Comptroller-31 yrs., 3 mo., 22 days.
William R. Knox, Postal Clerk--16 years, 2 months, 9 days.
Mrs. Ella E. Wertz, Administrative Branch-16 yrs., 2 mo., 17 days.
Charles F. Conkerton of St. Petersburg, Florida was reported as
seriously ill in Mound Park Hospital.
Mrs. L. W. Foster of St. Petersburg, Fla. was a victim of acute
appendicitis. She was operated upon Oct. 5th at St. Anthony's Hospi-
tal. Our last report, she was getting along fine.
Mr. Fred Lyons of Clearwater, Florida, suffered a severe stroke
on October 7th and is now a patient in Bay Pines, Hospital.
Mr. R. S. DeSpain of Buena Vista Sunnyslope, Arizona, has been
very ill for several months. He recently moved from Phoenix to Sun-
nyslope where it is higher and better for a sufferer of asthma.
Bill Dunlop fell and broke his leg and is a patient in Mound Park
Hospital in St. Petersburg. Bill was in surgery about four hours so
the break must have been a bad one.
Old Timer, Tom Doran, of Deer Park, Long Island, N. Y., Box
295, has been quite ill for two years. How about dropping Tom a card
Mr. Lamar J. Fuller of Tampa, Florida has been quite ill but is
now at home. Mr. Fuller is taking treatment in Tampa Municipal
Hospital and expects to undergo a serious operation as soon as his
condition warrants it.
CARDS OF THANKS
Cards of thanks and appreciation have been received from the
Mrs. Bernard J. McDaid; Marie C. Dunlop; Al Geddes; Peggy
Wilkinson; Mrs. Lillian Thompson; Mrs. Aline Viall Stilson and fam-
ily; Mrs. Mal Dodson; the family of Patrick J. Quinn; Mrs. Emily
Grier; Mary Cooper Coxe, and Rena Sartain.
THE CURTAIN FALLS
George Homer Ruggles, 85, died Wednesday, November 2, 1955,
in a St. Petersburg Hospital. He lived at 2859 18th Avenue North.
Mr. Ruggles came to St. Petersburg 35 years ago and was a Canal old
timer. He was in charge of designing and construction of docks of the
Atlantic Terminal of the Panama Canal. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society and the St. Petersburg Lodge 139 F. & A.M.,
and also a member of the First Bartist Church. He is survived by his
widow, Mrs. Florence Ruggles.
Capt. Dennis S. Heath, former Panama Canal pilot, died October
31, 1955 in East Gloucester, Mass. He is survived by one daughter
and a sister.
George H. Buehler, 66, died on October 6, 1955 at his home in
Palos Verdes Estates, California. He is survived by his wife, Lura A.
Buehler and a son Howard, a Panama Canal pilot, as well as several
brothers and sisters. Internment was in Sioux City, Iowa.
A retired Panama Canal employee, Oscar M. Olsen, died at Coco
Solo Hospital after a long illness.
Mr. Olsen, who was 68 years old had been residing with his
daughter and son-in-law, G. L. Terrell in Cristobal since his retire-
ment in 1950.
Born in Philadelphia, the retired employee has resided on the Isth-
mus for the last 40 years.
Except for short breaks in service, Mr. Olsen was employed by the
Canal Company since 1913 as a caulker, diver and shipwright.
News of the death of John E. Pearre, former employee of the In-
dustrial Bureau has been received. He was 66( years old.
Mr. Pearre died the afternoon of August 13 while he was travelling
with his daughter, Mrs. Norman Webb en route from Ft. Worth, Tex.,
to Carthage, Mo., where he planned to make his home.
Since his retirement from Canal service in 1950, he has been living
in Ft. Worth.
A native of Augusta, Ga., Mr. Pearre was employed with the
Canal organization in 1924 as a machinist with the Locks Division.
He later worked with the Electrical Division and at the time of his
retirement was a machinist with the Industrial Bureau.
In addition to his son-in-law and daughter, Rev. and Mrs. Nor-
man Webb, of Carthage, he is survived by four grandchildren.
Brig. Gen. Henry C. Pillsbury, 75, former director of Army med-
ical services in the Panama Canal Zone, died July 19th.
Gen. Pillsbury headed the Canal Zone hospital and medical staffs
from 1936 to 1939. He commanded the Army's Thayer General Hospi-
tal, Milwaukee, Tenn., and the Lowell, Mass., General Hospital.
As an X-ray expert, Gen. Pillsbury wrote the Army's manual on
its use and had also been in charge of X-ray facilities at Walter Reed
Hospital in Washington. A widower, he is survived by a sister and
News of the death of old-timer Paul Vincent Phillips has been re-
ceived. Stricken by leukemia, Mr. Phillips died July 18 at the age of 68.
Mr. Phillips had been living in Punxaupawney, Pennsylvania, with
his brother, his only survivor, since his retirement in 1951. Services
were held in Punxaupawney on July 20.
Mr. Phillips came to Panama in 1909. After serving in World
War I, he returned to Panama, and was connected with the Old Horse-
shoe Bar and other Panama businesses. He last worked for the Ameri-
can Supply Company.
News of the death of Arthur H. Harvey, former Panama Canal
construction day employee and a retired employee of the New York
Central Railroad, has been received. He was 86 years old.
Mr. Harvey died June 30 in Rome, New York following a brief
Born in Keene, New Hampshire, he came to the Isthmus in 1911
and was employed as a machinist with the Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion. When the Canal was completed, he was transferred to the Mech-
He resigned in 1916 and returned to the United States and was em-
ployed by the New York Central until his retirement in 1939.
Surviving him are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Looft, of
Rome, New York; a son, Richard A. Harvey, of Utica; a sister, Mrs.
Grace Aldrich, of Keene, New Hampshire and a brother. Bertram
Harvey also of Keene; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
News of the death of Allen B. Lord, retired Panama Canal em-
ploye, on August 21 in San Jose, Cal., has been received, He was 62
A native of Boston, Mass., Mr. Lord came to the Isthmus in 1919
when he was employed as meter inspector in the Electrical Division.
He was employed continuously in that division until his retirement
in March, 1948, most of the time as switchboard or general operator
at the Gatun Hydroelectric Plant.
He lived most of the time in Gatun although he was transferred
to Cristobal as wireman for a few years before his retirement.
During his residence on the Isthmus he was active in the Brother-
hood of Electrical Workers local and was a member of the Elks.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Carol Lord, of San Jose, and two
children who live in the United States.
Capt. Frank H. Parsons, former Panama Canal pilot, died sud-
denly at his home near Adams, New York, according to news received.
He was 72 years old.
A native of Barnes Corners, N.Y., Capt. Parsons sailed the Great
Lakes for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. from 1907 to 1914 and came to
the Canal Zone as a pilot when the Canal was opened to shipping
He remained there until 1940 when he retired from service and re-
turned to the United States to make his home near Adams.
He was a prominent member of the Masonic Order, including
Abou Saad Shrine in the Canal Zone. He was also a life member of
the Pilots Association.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Bess Scott Parsons; a son, R.
Scott Parsons, of Ithaca; a sister, Mrs. Jack Call of Arlington, Va.,
and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Louis A. Stilson, well-known resident of the Canal Zone for
many years, died in Orlando, Florida. She had been in ill health for
She and her husband, who retired from the Canal service five
years ago, have made their home in Orlando since returning to the
States. Mr. Stilson was employed in the Office of the Comptroller for
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother who lives
in Ashtabula, Ohio; a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Land and two grand-
children, of Danville, Virginia; and a sister, Mrs. George W. Penseyres.
John C. Marquard, an employee in the Building and Maintenance
Divisions for many years, died September 5 in the Newcomb Hospital
in Vineland, New Jersey. He was 62 years old.
Mr. Marquard was the head of a well-known Canal Zone family
and one son, Warren D. Marquard, is manager of the Tivoli Commis-
Mr. Marquard was born in New York City. He was first employed
April 19, 1917 as a sheet metal worker in the Building Division. His
Canal service was broken for a short time on two occasions. He left
the service in November 1953, at which time he was employed as Fore-
man Sheetmetal Worker in the Maintenance Division.
After leaving the Isthmus, he and his family moved to Vineland
where they have since lived at 952 Michigan Avenue.
In addition to his son, Warren, he is survived by his wife; two
sons, Robert, who lives in Canada, and Edward, of Vineland; six
daughters, Mrs. R. C. Hood, of Japan; Mrs. Joseph Kahl, of Germany;
Mrs. Raymond Jobe, of New York; Mrs. Allan Finch, Misses Jeanette
and Helen Marquard, of Vineland; and 15 grandchildren.
Lysle A. Godby, a resident of the Isthmus for the past 15 years,
died in Gorgas Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Godby was 55 years old.
A native of Fayette County, West Virginia, Mr. Godby came to
the Canal Zone in May, 1940. He was first employed as foreman in
the Maintenance Division and in 1944 was transferred to the Mechan-
ical Division as a rigger.
He worked later for the Locks Division and for the Municipal
Division and in April, 1951, went to work for the Army as general con-
struction superintendent. He was employed in the same capacity by
the Hauke construction firm and later worked for the Navy as an
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Clara Godby, who is employed
in the Canal Zone Post Office in the Civil Affairs Building; a daughter,
Mrs. Annette Stocking, of Springfield, Colorado; a son, Clair, a naval
air cadet at Pensacola, Florida, and a grand-child.
Both Mrs. Stocking and Cadet Godby are now on the Isthmus.
Mr. Godby was a member of Canal Zone Lodge, A. F. & A. M.
Mrs. Elizabeth L. Geddes, former resident of the Isthmus and wife
of Al Geddes, former Canal employee and Isthmian contractor, died in
St. Petersburg, Florida. She was 67 years old.
Mrs. Geddes lived in both the Canal Zone and Panama for many
years having first arrived there during construction days with her
Mr. Geddes was employed with the Panama Canal during the con-
struction period and afterwards was engaged in construction work
on the Isthmus. They left Panama 10 years ago to make their home
in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Geddes is survived by a sister,
Mrs. W. J. Wilkinson, of Gatun, and a niece, Mrs. Anna L. Beckley,
John L. M.-Dermott, Lock Operator employed with the Atlantic
Locks, died suddenly at his home in Gatun. He was 58 years old.
A native of Moundsville, West Virginia, Mr. McDermott worked
as a bridgeman with several construction firms in the New York area
before he came to the Isthmus in 1940 as a foreman with the Mainten-
He was transferred to the Locks Division in 1944 and for several
years was Superintendent of the Gatun Dam Section.
A veteran of World War I, he was active in American Legion
affairs on the Isthmus and in 1953 served as Commander of the Canal
Zone Department of the American Legion.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son James McDer-
mott, who is living in the United States.
John P. Corrigan, a veteran of the Isthmian Canal Commission
and the Spanish-American War, died in Washington, D. C. He was
80 years old.
Mr. Corrigan, who was born in England and was a naturalized
citizen of the United States, was employed as a sanitary inspector in
the Canal Zone Health Department in January, 1907. He served con-
tinuously in that department until he retired in 1937. Practically all
of his service was in sanitation and mosquito control on the Pacific
side of the Isthmus. For many years he was assigned to the Panama
Health Office in Panama City.
Mr. Corrigan had resided in the United States since his retirement.
Recently, on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, he spent several
weeks visiting members of his family in the Canal Zone. He is survived
by four sons and three daughters. The sons, all of whom reside on the
Isthmus, are John, Owen, Peter and Joseph Corrigan. The daughters
are Mrs. Margaret deLeon of Diablo Heights, Mrs. Mary Herlihy of
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Mrs. Kathleen Jones of Lubbock, Texas.
Announcement of the death of Thomas Dawson Cooper, retired
Panama Canal Commissary manager and resident of the Canal Zone
and Panama for 40 years, was received. Mr. Cooper, 84 years of age,
died August 27th in Delaware County Hospital, Drexel Hill, Pa.
Mr. Cooper was employed as manager by the Commissary Divi-
sion in 1912. After his retirement, he built a home in Juan Diaz.
His wife, the former Estella Gamboa, of San Jose, Costa Rica,
passed away in 1951. Mr. Cooper then returned to his native Pennsyl-
vania and lived with his daughter by a former marriage.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Cooper Coxe of Upper Dar-
by, Pa., two grand-daughters, Mrs. Ruth Coxe Snook, of State College,
Pa., and Mrs. Carolyn Coxe Bush, of Upper Darby; and four great
grandchildren, Karen and Barbara Bush and Richard and Ross Snook.
Mrs. Mary Selby of Balboa died on August 19 at Gorgas Hospi-
tal. She was 44 years old.
Mrs. Selby had been hospitalized since June 27. Born in New Or-
leans, she has resided on the Canal Zone for over 20 years.
Her husband, James H. Selby, is employed with the Plants Ap-
praisals of the Comptroller's office.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Selby is survived by three child-
ren: Virginia; two sons, James, a senior in Balboa High School and
Ricky, 11, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Culatto.
Mrs. Selby's father is U.S. Consul in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Mrs. Nellie A. Hunter, a retired Army nurse who served during
the Spanish-American War, died in August, in San Diego. She was the
widow of Capt. Alonzo Hunter, one time boarding officer in Cristobal.
Mrs. Hunter was a resident of San Diego for 19 years. She is survived
by a daughter, Mrs. A. Hohn of San Diego.
John F. Brennan, 19 year old apprentice wireman, was instantly
killed on August 20th in a motorcycle accident on the Atlantic side of
the Isthmus. He was born in Colon and was a graduate of Cristobal
High School. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A.
Brennan, two brothers, Tom, 23, and Gerald, 6, and a sister, Joan,
who lives in New York.
A. N. Beauchamp, Supervisory Mechanical Engineer in the En-
gineering Division, died suddenly on October 7th at Gorgas Hospital
less than an hour after he was admitted to the hospital. Death is be-
lieved to have been caused by a heart attack. Mr. Beauchamp was 55
A native of Morenci, Arizona, Mr. Beauchamp had worked in El
Paso, Texas, in Mexico, and for the Cerro de Pasco Company in Peru
before coming to the Canal Zone. He was first employed as a drafts-
man with the Mechanical Division in March 1929. In 1932 he was
transferred to the Madden Dam organization and on completion of
that project was transferred to the Office Engineering, now the Engin-
He is survived by his wife, the former Netta K. Hearn who is a
member of a well-known local family; his father, J. C. Beauchamp,
who made his home in the Canal Zone; a brother, Leslie A. Beauchamp,
who is employed in the Maintenance Division; and a sister, Mrs. Nellie
Mae Ponce, of El Paso.
Marquis Lincoln Robb, 84, died in Bay Pines Hospital, St. Peters-
burg, Florida. A native of Illinois, he had been a resident of Tampa
33 years. He was past commander of General Joe Wheeler Camp,
Spanish-American War Veterans, and was a member of the First Pres-
byterian Church. Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Alice Boyle,
Tampa; Mrs. Christina Alvarez, Tampa, and Mrs. Edna D'Apice,
Utica, N. Y.; a brother, Norman K. Robb, of New Mexico; two sisters,
Mrs. Cherry de Grummond, Monrovia, Calif., and Miss Ena Robb,
Washington, and seven grandchildren.
News has been received of the death of Carl Whitten of Bessemer,
Alabama, on October 3, after an illness of over a year. On the Zone,
he worked in the Mechanical Division. He is survived by his wife, Inez.
Ralph C. A'Harrah, formerly of Pedro Miguel, passed away on
September 28th in North Warren, Pa. While on the Zone he worked
at Gorgas Hospital and' then Pedro Miguel as a druggist. At the time
of his death he was Head Supervisor of Warren State Hospital in Penn-
Capt. Jack Phillips, for many years Inspector of the Canal Zone
Police, died in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he has made his home
since retirement in October 1938. He wa 72 years old.
Capt. Phillips, a native of Hindsville, Arkansas, was one of the
old timers of the Canal construction period, entering the service as
policeman in June 1906. He was promoted rapidly and in 1914 he was
made Police Captain. He was promoted to Police Inspector in 1922
and held that position until his voluntary retirement.
Captain Phillips is survived by a brother, Frank, also a retired
Canal employee who now lives in Shrevesport, La., and a sister, Mrs.
Louise Parsons of Fayetteville.
Charles Marcy, brother of Kenneth E. Marcy, employee of the
Maintenance Division and former resident of Balboa, died of a heart
attack in Houston, Texas. He was 43 years old.
A native of Washington, D. C., Mr. Marcy came to the Isthmus
with his family when he was a small child and attended the Canal Zone
schools. He later attended Virginia Military Institute in Lexington,
Virginia and Cornell University.
During World War II, he held the rank of Captain in the United
States Army and served in the Pacific Theater. For the past several
years he has been employed with the Standard Oil Co. in Houston.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Janet Marcy, of Houston; his
brother Kenneth, of Balboa; a sister, Mrs. Lois Cichowski, of Phila-
delphia and his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Marcy,
of Miami, Florida.
John T. De Young, resident of the Canal Zone for 25 years and
head of a well-known family there, died at the Memorial Hospital in
Corpus Christi, Texas. He was 71 years old.
Mr. and Mrs. De Young had made their home in Corpus Christi
since his retirement from the Canal organization nine years ago. He
had been ill with pneumonia for about three weeks.
Mr. De Young was a native of Houston, Texas. He came to the
Isthmus in January 1912 when he was employed as Blacksmith in the
Mechanical Division. All of his Canal service was in the Balboa Shops
of the Mechanical Division as blacksmith and heavy forger. He was
made leading-man blacksmith in 1937 and continued in that position
until his retirement in August 1946.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. L.
B. Sartain and Mrs. W. F. Cunningham, and a son, Charles De Young.
Mr. Frank Hamlin of Anderson So. Carolina, died some time ago.
Mr. Hamlin was at one time employed on the Canal Zone and was a
brother of the late Eugene Hamlin.
Miss Lillian Blackstone, 48, died recently in St. Anthony's Hospi-
tal in St. Petersburg. For many years, Miss Blackstone attended the
Panama Canal reunions as a reporter and was well known by many
members of the Society.
Mrs. Frances B. Smith of 4609 South St., Portsmouth, Va., informs
us that Mr. W. T. Vannah passed away on February 16, 1955.
Mrs. Mary Cleary, wife of Walter Cleary of Essex, Maryland,
passed away very suddenly at Church Home Hospital in Baltimore,
Maryland on August 30, 1955.
Mrs. James Gibbons, mother of Mrs. Nina Robinson of St. Peters-
burg, died recently in Washington, D. C.
ALTHOUGH THE CURTAIN FALLS
"There comes a time for all of us when we must say goodbye
But faith and hope and love and trust can never, never die;
Although the curtain falls at last is that a cause to grieve?
The future's fairer than the past if only we believe
And trust in God's eternal care-
So when the Master calls let's say that life is still more fair
Although the curtain falls."
The Tecon Corporations 15 months earthmoving job ended when
Gov. John S. Seybold formally accepted the completed project. Since
the job was started, 2,475,000 cubic yards of material have been re-
moved. With the completion of the project, fear of a rock fall that
would block the Canal channel has been eliminated.
Capt. R. W. Griffith was recently named Chief of the Canal Zone
Police and promoted to the rank of Major. Detective Sgt. R. J. Helm-
ericks has been promoted to Lieutenant and is expected to be trans-
ferred to Cristobal. Lt. Eugene S. Shipley has been promoted to the
rank of Captain and will succeed Capt. John M. Fahnestock as Dis-
trict Commander of Cristobal.
John A. Alexander, formerly of Balboa, has been appointed sales
representative for Braniff International Airways in Miami. With his
wife, nee Joan Terro, and two children, he makes his home in the
city of Miami.
According to reports, the total rainfall for the month of Septem-
ber at Cristobal was 3.36 inches below normal and the driest Septem-
ber in 85 years.
Gaillard Highway will be converted into a four-lane boulevard
type throughway between Tivoli and Diablo crossings. The work is
scheduled to begin early this coming dry season.
Two ships were delayed in the Panama Canal, recently, by a cow.
The cow escaped from a small boat and swam into a lock chamber at
Gatun. Two ships were in the lock. The cow was towed out of the
lock before the ships could proceed.
A new inspection service for vessels transiting the Canal or dock-
ing at Cristobal or Balboa has been inaugurated. The boarding of
vessels for customs, immigration and admeasurement inspection at the
terminal ports will be conducted without charge to vessels operated on
a 24 hour basis.
Eight United States Canal Zone firemen received reduction in
force notices, effective September 15th. A Canal spokesman said that
the layoff is part of the company's "continuing force curtailment" due
to reduced needs and budget limitations.
A Panama Canal pilot, Capt. Howard Buehler, stumped the panel
on "What's My Line" program over C.B.S. John Daly's panelists
thought he was an admeasurer but that was as near as they got before
time was called.
Dr. A. Ralph Monaco, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Monaco of Los
Rios, C.Z., has been appointed hospital pathologist at Cobb Memorial
Hospital in Phenix City, Ala. Dr. Monaco attended Canal Zone schools
and for the past seven years has been on the staff of the Columbus
City Hospital in Georgia.
Mr. and Mrs. George Sanders, retired couple, were injured in an
automobile accident on the National Highway near Arraijan. They
were driving to Panama City from their home at Coronado Beach.
News of the retirement in June of two former Panama Canal Port
Captains from active duty with the U.S. Navy, has been received.
They are Capt. Harry L. Ferguson, Captain of Balboa Port from 1944
to 1947, and Capt. Robert S. Bertschy, who was Captain of the Port
of Cristobal from 1948 to 1952.
The positions of several Principals in the schools for children of
U.S. citizens have been abolished. Certain Principals will take on ad-
ditional pupils, over what they previously carried, and will supervise
two schools instead of one. The Physical Education and Recreation
branch will be abolished, but the program will continue to function
under the supervision of its present chief.
The Panama Chamber of Commerce and Industry estimates that
more than 1000 persons will lose their jobs as a result of the closing of
some of the C.Z. Commissaries and the suspension of ship handling
activities by firms operating in the Canal Zone. The Chamber of Com-
merce is also of the opinion that if a judicious tariff policy is adopted,
it would be possible to bring about the closing of a majority of the
Commissaries, because of a notable decrease in sales, it would be diffi-
cult for them to compete with establishments in Panama.
Julian Fiske Harrington,recently appointed by President Eisen-
hower as Ambassador to Panama, has been a career service officer for
34 years. He has served in many important posts in Europe, Canada
and the Far East.
The Panama Canal Company is being sued for a total of almost
a million and one half dollars in the U.S. District Court in Ancon.
There are a total of eight cases pending.
One is a $551,000 suit filed by Panama Canal Pilots for pay they
claim is due them. Another is the suit of an American tourist injured
while a passenger on a Canal launch and now seeking $25,000.
The explosion on the Norwegian ship, "Lisholt", last year, resulted
in a libel and a cross libel suit in the District Court. The Skibs A/S
Line owners of the ship are suing for $64,000 and the Canal Co. seeks
a total of $644,262 from the ship's owners for employees compensation.
Five employees died in the explosion and several were injured.
Five other cases pending concern vessels in transit which were
being piloted by Canal Pilots. The grounding of the "Aurora Borealis"
resulted in a suit for $25,000 by the owners and a second suit for
$62,000 was filed by Nozeki Co. for loss of cargo on that ship.
Louis Dreyfus & Co. sued several years ago for $350,000 after
their ship, "Charles L. D.", hit the bank, and owners of the "Nonsuco"
filed suit for $175,000 after their ship ran aground. Owners of the "Gal-
loway Seafarer" are suing for $74,000.
Twelve American Steamship Companies have brought suit to re-
cover $27,000,000 in "excessive" toll charges collected at the Panama
Canal since 1951., The government has 20 days to answer the suit
under normal procedure. It was expected that the Court would then
consider the government answer and decide whether the cases should
be brought to trial.
Pan Canal transits set a record in July of 727 transits of toll pay-
ing vessels. However, traffic dropped sharply during August with 676
Locks overhaul will start January 9th at Gatun and will take a-
bout five months. An additional force of 678 temporary employes
will be needed during that overhaul.
A new first was noted when the Royal Pakistani Navy Mine
Sweeper, "Muhafiz", transited the Canal enroute to Karachi. This is
the first time the bright green flag with white crescent and a star has
flown on a ship transiting the Canal.
Former residents of Cristobal will be interested in the service held
October 9th which marked the end of work there under the auspices
of the Cristobal Union Church and the turning over of the Church
property to the American Methodist Mission of Panama. At the con-
clusion of the service, Bruce Sanders, on behalf of the Union Church,
officially turned the property over to the Methodist Mission repres-
ented by Louis Fiske.
Old timers would see a big change in Paraiso with the enlarged
area of housing that extends well up Paraiso Hill and a new civic cen-
ter built at a cost of $164,000. A new Latin American High School
building is being built at a cost of $99,500.
An expenditure of $7,170,000 was authorized in the Canal Com-
pany's budget for the replacement of its locks towing locomotives.
A total of 57 locomotives will be required of the design to be furnished
by the Company.
The Southern Scrap Material Co. of New Orleans was the highest
bidder for the 250 ton crane, Ajax, which will go for $143,877.
The Justice Department has decided to represent the Panama
Canal Co. in its $27,000,000 damage suit, according to a Justice De-
partment spokesman. The Company is an independent Government
agency but in view of the wide public interest it has been decided that
they should be represented by the Attorney General.
President Ricardo M. Arias has listed a schedule specifying when
the various clauses of the new Panama, U.S. Treaty will go into effect.
Article 1. Augumentation of Canal Annuity becomes effective with
annuity due February 1956.
Article 2. Taxing of non U.S. citizen employees of the Zone living in
Panama and Panamanians living in the Canal Zone, be-
comes effective January 1, 1956.
Article 3. Renunciation by the U.S. of rights to a monopoly in Trans-
Isthmian Railroads, effective immediately.
Article 4. Renunciation by the U.S. of right to control sanitation in
Colon and Panama City, effective immediately.
Article 5. Transfer by U.S. to Panama of various lands, requires en-
abling legislature by the United States.
Article 6. Change of boundary lines in Colon, becomes effective after
certain land transfers have been made.
Article 7. Transfer to Panama of pier on Manzanillo Island (Colon),
Article 8. Use by U.S. of Maneuver area at Rio Hato, effective im-
Article 9. Renunciation by Panama of rights to free transportation
Panama Railroad for Panama Government Officials, ef-
Article 10. Right of the U.S. to limit traffic on a new strategic high-
way to be constructed within the Canal Zone, effective
after the road is built and the Panama Railroad abandoned.
Article 11. Right of the U.S. to make limited sales in post exchanges
to visiting Military personnel, effective immediately.
Article 12. Barring of non-American employees of U.S. Federal Agen-
cies who do not live in the Canal Zone from purchasing
in C.Z. Commissaries and post exchanges, effective Decem-
ber 31, 1956.
President Arias indicated that Panama would have to prepare to
house 2500 families now residing in the Canal Zone, and that all Pan-
amanians employed by the Canal Zone agencies will still be entitled
to receive medical attention in Panama Canal Hospitals and dispen-
Talks aimed at regulating the sale of liquor to Canal Zone resi-
dents with a 75% reduction in import taxes were under discussion be-
tween Panama and Canal Zone officials. The 75% reduction of tax on
liquor is a provision of the new treaty.
Some members of the United States Citizens, Association of the
Panama Canal Zone continue to be alarmed and concerned about the
new treaty. A spokesman for the association has figures he claims
will show that the U.S. must spend more than 37 million dollars in
fixed sums to implement the revised treaty plus $2,800,000 annual
President Arias led thousands of Panamanians of all political fac-
tions in paying final tribute to the wife of ex-President Arnulfo Arias,
Mrs. Ana Matilda Linares de Arias, who died after a lingering illness.
Five Panama nurses will get training under the Point 4 program.
The trainees will carry out practical and academic studies in several
U.S. hospitals and health centers. Upon their return to Panama, they
will work in Panamanian hospitals and the National School of Nursing.
Direct purchases of food, supplies, equipment, and services by the
Panama Canal Company from sources in the Republic of Panama set
a new high record of $2,778,865 during the past fiscal year.
The Panama Government has officially taken over the admini-
tration of health offices of Panama and Colon from the Canal Zone
MEMBER'S BUSINESS DIRECTORY
Armstrong, Benjamin A. -Investment Securities
1900 Vallejo Street -_-....... .-.-- ..---._--_ San Francisco 23
Morton, Bes and Walter-Royal Motel and Dress Shop
11661 East Valley Blvd .-. ----55 ..-----.. --.--. ....- --. El Monte
Balduf, B. E. (Baldy)-Home Mart Plumbing & Electrical Supplies
425 9th Street South, Phone 7-5945 -___.. .--- St. Petersburg
Fenton, Mrs. Margaret-Rock Springs Cottages
10816 Nebraska Avenue, Phone 92-8035 ----___..---------Tampa
Hayes, Troy-Real Estate 195 9th Street North
Office Phone 7-0344-Res. Phone 78-0401_ --------St. Petersburg
Hardwick, Beryl-La Casa Motel, 520 South Blvd.-. -- --DeLand
Kieswetter, Ernest M.-Real Estate 900 12th Avenue So.
Office Phone 7-0339 Res. Phone 34-4795 ------St. Petersburg
Linney, Edward A.-Attorney at Law
Office: 611 Hall Building, Phone 7-7707-.--- -- St. Petersburg
Luppy, Mr. and Mrs. Walter-Real Estate
Res. 520 So. Federal Hwy.-Mail: Rt. 1, Box 329 ..Pompano Beach
MacKenzie, Mr. and Mrs. I. A.-Florida Motel, R.F.D.2, Box 49
U. S. 19, 27 and 98-1 mile South of Perry-Phone 6006-W --- Perry
Melrose, Earl W.-New Service Motel
13119 Florida Avenue-Phone-.....-__..------... ..--.---..Tampa
Olive, James F.-Real Estate, 2744 Central Ave., Phone 5 4952
Mail: P. O. Box 1274 __-- ------- ---__ ----__.. .--. -.. St. Petersburg 1
Owen, Gilbert B.-Big Oak Motel, 6136 Beach Blvd., Highway 90
Phone Flanders 9-9100 .---- ---__. -..---------__.. ... Jacksonville 7
Spitznogle, John J.-Spitz Electric Co. __...- ---_ Melbourne
Warner, Paul H.-Real Estate, Phone 4-7211- ..-----..---- Bradenton
Ward, R. B., Resident Manager-Gulfgate Apartments
3006 Roe Drive, Phone Mission 4-0903 _.---_--------_ouston 17
Swanson, Frederick G.-Attorney at Law, Mail: Box 1020 -..-.. Tyler
Anderson, Mrs. Jessie W.-Strout Realty (Representative)
Mail: Riverview ___.... ---------......--- ----- Swoope
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Covering the period from July 26th to November 1st
Just think-only a short time until Thanksgiving, then comes
Christmas, and the Reunion will be just around the corner. January
10 and 11, 1956 to be exact. From the letters we have received we
should have a larger gathering than ever, and there will be room for
everyone-reservations for rooms can be made at the Soreno as per
usual, $6.00 for single and $9.00 for a double, plus a 3% tax. The lun-
cheon will be $2.75 as usual, but this will include tax and gratuity.
Our Christmas party will be held on the 12th of December and at
that meeting a donation will be accepted from anyone for a gift to the
American Legion Crippled Children's Hospital. This is the only pro-
ject sponsored by the Society during the year, and we make every
effort to make it a good one. Last year the members contributed
$177.00. If you cannot be present and wish to contribute, just send me
a check and I shall be delighted to pass it on to the Hospital in the
event it comes after the 12th. If you do not care to give money and
would rather give a toy, please mark it either BOY or GIRL and state
the age of the child it should be given to in order to be sure that it gets
to the children the age you desire. This is taken down to the Hospital
after the meeting by the President and Mr. Hersh, and who ever wish
to go with them, also the ice cream and cookies for their supper. This
is getting Xmas a little early for them but it is a feeling of satisfaction
to all who participate. Thank you one and all for your help.
The Year Book and Record will be in the mail as early in Decem-
ber as possible so that you will have it before you start for the Re-
union. Be sure and look the Year Book over carefully because many
have had a change of address, not only in their own city, but have
moved out of the State where they have lived for some time. Names
of new members, changes of address, not in the Year Book will be in-
serted in the March Record.
It was necessary to drop 35 members who had failed to pay their
1955 dues. Each had received three notices by Record and two notices
by regular forms. So far we have had 170 pay their 1956 dues, 22 of
which were new members.
MANY THANKS TO THE CANAL ZONE, REPUBLIC OF
PANAMA, and others not in the United States who have used either
a States check or Money Order. It is greatly appreciated.
At the September Meeting, a nominating committee was appoint-
ed with instructions to submit' their report of a new slate of officers
for 1956-in order that their names could appear in the December
Record. The Committee has proposed the following slate for 1956:
President --__ -----Mr. Harry J. Lewis
Vice-President ----------Mr. Troy Hayes
Secretary-Treasurer -------.- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary ..----_.-----Mrs. Burt W. Hall
News Editor --_ -- Mr. Ernest Kieswetter
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU
ALL. See you at the Soreno January 10th and 11th. Since the Reunion
days are Tuesday and Wednesday, THERE WILL BE NO MEET-
ING ON MONDAY.
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING AUGUST 8th, 1955
Lowry Park, Tampa
About 110 members were gathered at Lowry Park, Tampa, for the
Society's regular meeting and picnic.
Meeting was called to order at 1:45 P.M. by President Harry J.
Lewis, who dispensed with the singing and offering of invocation.
The following officers were present:
President _--_--__ .. --- Mr. Harry J. Lewis
Secretary-Treasurer__ -- Mrs. Lucille Judd
Corresponding Secretary -...---. Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Secretary-Treasurer --- _--__ Mrs. Lucille Judd
Our receptionist, Mrs. Bessie Lyons, introduced out-of-town mem-
bers, new members and visitors; among them-
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hallowell of Hendersonville, N. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Milligan, of East Orange, N. J.
(Mrs. Milligan nee Dorothy Dolan).
Mr. Paul Van Eastern, of Newark, N. J.
Col. and Mrs. Robert B. Walker and children, of Elberton, Ga.
(Mrs. Walker nee Allene Deakins).
Mrs. Thomas J. Sherlock, of Tampa (formerly of Canal Zone).
Mr. and Mrs. Warren F. McKenna, of Canal Zone (now located
Mr. Charles Persons, of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. William Gambrill, of Brandon, Florida.
Mr. "Bob" Grier, of the Canal Zone.
Capt. Samuel Grier, III, of MacDill Air Field.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hummer and 6 children, from the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. George Tully, of Sarasota (Guests of Mrs. Deakins).
Membership Report: 1326 on July 1st, 9 new members during
July making a total membership of 1335, as of August 1st, 1955.
Recording Secretary read minutes of regular-picnic meeting held
at Lake Maggiore on July 11th; President Lewis, hearing no correc-
tions or omissions, declared them approved.
President Lewis announced next regular meeting would be a picnic
meeting on September 12th, at Lowry Park, Tampa.
Special Interest: Mrs. Judd read many letters and made several
announcements of interest to the Society members.
The demise of the following was noted:
Mr. Fred Hartman, of Balboa, C. Z.
Mrs. Louis A. Stilson, of Winter Park, Florida
Mrs. Annabelle Hartman, of St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Elsie Reinke.
Mr. William Manusch.
Mr. Norman Reppe.
Mr. Robert Glenn, of the Canal Zone.
Mr. W. Norman Windes.
Unfinished Business: In compliance with direction of the Exec-
utive Committee, Mrs. Judd stated that the Society's addressograph
machine has been advertised for sale; to date, there have been no
Legislation: Mr. Hersh explained in detail how Bill 7618, in-
creasing annuities for Civil Service retirees, was passed, and much
credit is due to our Florida Senator, the Hon. George A. Smathers. This
bill increases annuities 12% on the first $1500.00, and 8% on the bal-
ance, with a ceiling of $4104.00.
Mr. Everett further explained that this increase in annuities is a
temporary increase, pending committee action on the Kaplan Report,
when new legislation will be enacted. Mr. Everett again stressed the
necessity of the membership to write their Congressmen urging favor-
able action on bills beneficial to retirees.
There being no further business before the meeting, President
Lewis asked for a motion to adjourn; motion made by Mr. James
Bradley, seconded by Mrs. Lewis; motion carried and meeting ad-
journed at 2:45 P. M. Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING SEPTEMBER 12, 1956
Lowry Park, Tampa
About 75 members were gathered at Lowry Park for the Society's
regular meeting and picnic.
Meeting was called to order at 2:00 P.M. by President Harry J.
Lewis, who dispensed with the singing and offering of invocation.
The following officers were present:
President ...... ---- ---_...------..Mr. Harry J. Lewis
Secretary-Treasurer__-- -----Mrs. Lucille Judd
Corresponding Secretary ....-. Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Our receptionist, Mrs. Bessie Lyons, introduced out-of-town mem-
bers, new members and visitors, who responded to the welcome; a-
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Cunningham, on vacation from the Canal Zone
(Daughter and son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Potter).
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stewart (Retired Canal Employee).
Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Blackburn (Retired Canal Employee).
Mr. Sam Myers (Mrs. Myers ill).
Mr; and Mrs. Ed Bessent, Mrs. Lillian Chase and Mrs. Louise
McCubbins (Guests of the Fred Lyons).
Membership Report: 1335 members as of August 1st-6 new
members during August-making a total membership of 1341 as of
Recording Secretary read minutes of regular-picnic meeting, held
August 8th, at Lowry Park. President Lewis, hearing no omissions
or corrections declared them approved.
President Lewis announced next meeting would be a picnic meet-
ing at Lake Maggiore on October 10th.
Committee Reports: None.
Special Interest: Mrs. Judd read many letters of interest to the
Society members and read several letters thanking the Society for
flowers sent. Letter from Mr. J. D. Wilson told about the illness of
member Lemar J. Fuller, of Tampa.
The Herman Kleefkens are in Holland, and Mr. Kleefkens had
an operation performed on his eyes; they will return in November.
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Love will celebrate their 40th wedding An-
niversary tomorrow, September 13th; Congratulations Mr. and Mrs.
Mrs. Judd said that she had disposed of the Society's unwanted
addressograph machine, minus the 6 drawer cabinet and long drawer,
The demise of the following was noted-
Mr. W. I. Vannah, of Portsmouth, Va.
Mr. Thomas Dawson Cooper.
Mrs. James Gibbons, of Washinton, D. C. (Mother
of Mrs. Nina Robinson).
Loretta Granberry, 11 year old daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Harry O. Granberry.
Mrs. Mary Cleary.
Mrs. Nellie A. Hunter.
Mr. J. P. Corrigan, of Washington, D. C.
Mrs. Elizabeth Nelson Geddes, of St. Petersburg,
whose funeral will be held tomorrow, Sept. 13th.
Legislation: Mr. J. F. Everett spoke of a letter he has written to
Mr. Philip Young, Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, detail-
ing the inequities iin annuities to retirees since 1945. He also wrote
Senator George A. Smathers, of Florida, expressing appreciation of his
efforts towards obtaining the increase in annuities under Bill 7618.
Unfinished Business: None.
New Business: President Lewis appointed Mr. J. F. Everett,
Chairman of the Nominating Committee for 1956 officers. Mr. Everett
appointed Mr. W. L. Hersh and Mr. Charles G. Calvit as members,
and President Lewis appointed Mr. W. J. Bartlett as the fourth mem-
ber. Membership Committee for Nomination of Officers for the year
1956, as follows:
Mr. J. F. Everett, Chairman
Mr. W. L. Hersh
Mr. C. G. Calvit
Mr. W. J. Bartlett
There being no further business before the meeting, President
Lewis asked for a motion to adjourn; motion made by Mr. Foster,
seconded by Mr. Potter; motion carried and meeting adjourned at
3:00 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING-OCTOBER 10, 1956
Lake Maggiore Park, St. Petersburg
About 175 members were gathered at Lake Maggiore Park for the
Society's regular meeting and picnic.
Meeting was called to order at 1:45 P.M. by President Harry J.
Lewis, who dispensed with the singing and offering of invocation.
The following officers were present:
President -..--_ .. -- ----- ----- Mr. Harry J. Lewis
Secretary-Treasurer-...---. Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary .----......Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mrs. Anna Bartlett acted as Receptionist, and introduced out-of-
town members, new members and visitors, who responded to the wel-
come; among them-
Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Peterson, of Gatun, C.Z.
Mr. John Hammond, of the Canal Zone (Son of Mrs. Helen
Mr. and Mrs. H. W. McCally (lived at Cristobal from 1907
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Frazer.
Mrs. Harriet Keenan (formerly of Santa Clara, R.P., now
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Johnston, of Clearwater (formerly of
Miss Betty Telfer and Miss Jeanette Christensen (formerly
of Gorgas Hospital).
Membership Report: 1341 members on September 1st-11 new
members during the month, making a total membership of 1352 as of
October 1st, 1955.
Recording Secretary read minutes of regular-picnic meeting held
September 12th, at Lowry Park, Tampa. President Lewis, hearing no
omissions or corrections declared them approved.
President Lewis announced that the next regular meeting would
be held at the Tourist Center, Chamber of Commerce Building, St.
Petersburg, on November 14th, at 2 P.M.
Committee Reports: None.
Special Interest: Mrs. Judd read many letters and made several
announcements of interest to Society members; among them-
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice H. Thatcher (former Governor of the Can-
al Zone) involved in an automobile accident enroute to Kentucky; Mrs.
Thatcher quite seriously injured, but it is gratifying to hear that she
The demise of the following was noted:
Capt. Frank H. Parsons.
Mr. Ralph O'Hara.
Mr. M. L. Robb, of Tampa.
Mr. Beauchamp, of the Canal Zone, suddenly from heart
Miss Lillian Blackstone, of St. Petersburg "Times" staff.
On the Sick List:
Mr. W. H. Dunlop in Mound Park Hospital-Mr. Dunlop
suffered a broken leg in a fall.
Mrs. L. W. Foster in St. Anthony's Hospital-suffering from
a ruptured appendix.
Mr. Fred Lyons, in Bay Pines Hospital-Mr. Lyons suffered
Mr. R. S. DeSpain quite ill in Arizona.
Mr. Tom J. Doran ill in New York.
Mrs. Judd told of the number, by states and localities, of members
who failed to pay their dues for the year 1955.
Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Jackson, of Ancon, Canal Zone, celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary on October 7th.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Nichol, of the Canal Zone, visited St. Peters-
burg, and anticipate making their home here after retirement.
Mrs. Connie Trowbridge Bishop was a recent visitor in St. Peters-
Capt. George Hudson, of the Panama Canal Plilot force, drove his
parents by automobile, from their summer home in the State of Maine,
down to St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dunn, of Balboa, C.Z., were in St. Peters-
burg on October 5th, visiting Mrs. Dunn's aunt.
Mr. Carl P. Hoffman sent the Society a resume of facts, pertain-
ing to the Panama Canal, which he was able to dig up while attending
the dedication of the Goethals Memoral; these facts cover time from
November 3rd, 1903 to August 15th, 1939.
Legislation: Mr. J. F. Everett spoke relative to some inequali-
ties in annuities of some retirees, and read a petition he was sending
to Honorable George A. Smathers, U.S. Senator from the State of Flor-
ida, and asked for signatures to said petition from members. Mr.
Everett's correspondence follows:
St. Petersburg, Florida, November 5, 1955
Honorable George A. Smathers,
Senate Office Building,
Washington, D. C.
Our Dear Senator:
The distress of being "out of the game" is intensified in the struggle
for life. The natural law of supply and demand influences the convic-
tion that when nothing is produced nothing is earned. However, since
increased production has had nothing to do with the long spiral of price
and wage increases, they demanded as much benevolence as hasi the
increases which have been granted in Civil Service Retirement Annui-
We have faith in your understanding and ability, and we know
that you have the courage to fight for the right regardless of the oppos-
ition. The following petition is presented on the assumption that you
will concur in the belief that it is justified. We are thankful that we
can appeal to you.
The flat dollar increases, and limitation of total annuities, as pre-
scribed by amendment to the Civil Service Retirement Law, appear to
be unfair and unjustified for the following five reasons:
1. They effect only those in whom most responsibility had been
invested. Since they represent a minority, perhaps six per cent of the
total retired, it seems doubtful that limitation of the annuities of so
few justified the betrayal which they are considered to be.
2. There appears to be no more reason for such limitations than
existed to refuse to increase the pay of so many already high salaried
positions throughout the Federal service, all of which, under our free
enterprise, rightfully enjoy their stature. The relation of Civil Service
compensations to those of other branches of the Federal Government
has been plainly classified. There is no apparent reason for respective
retirement annuities to differ.
3. To deny Civil Service employees in retirement the full reward
of the advancement they made while in active service is a repudiation
of the constructive principles and promise that inspired the effort they
made. It suggests a lack of sincerity in professed faith in free enter-
4. Elimination of the discriminatory restrictions in Civil Service
Retirement Law would not necessarily interfere with immediate efforts
to balance the national budget or reduce taxes. There is over six bil-
lion dollars in the Civil Service Retirement Fund, and the disburse-
ments have never exceeded the combined appropriations, employee
contributions and interest. The solvency of the Fund can no longer be
equitably considered, in fact, other than for the valuable record it pro-
vides, there is no apparent greater need to maintain such a fund for
Civil Service employees than for the employees of other branches of
the Federal service that provide more liberal retirements without con-
tributions or any reserve.
5. Refusal to erase the false impression created by the ceilings
would encourage justified suspicion of the integrity of Congress. The
erasure would, of course, require retro-active disbursement, as did de-
ferred payment to Columbia for the independence of Panama; we be-
lieve that domestic faith like hemispheric faith is desirable.
Federal affairs reveal the true philosophy of a Government. We
believe that restoration of the increases withheld because of the $2,160
and $4,104 ceilings imposed in the amendments to the Civil Service
Retirement Law would provide convincing proof that democracy and
free enterprise still reign supreme in the United States; and we believe
that such restoration would satisfy all concerned. We therefore peti-
tion you to offer a bill to reimburse all who were adversely effected
by the ceilings in Public Laws:
426 Of the 80th Congress
601 Of the 81st Congress
555 Of the 82nd Congress
369 Of the 84th Congress
This petition asks nothing more than existing law grants to succes-
sors of the petitioners. Nothing in it conflicts with the recommenda-
tions of the Kaplan Committee.
With assurances that your faithfulness will be energetically recip-
rocated, and with best wishes for your health and continued success,
we request that any inquiries you may wish to make be addressed to
John F. Everett, at 1000 21st Avenue, North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
It is Mr. Everett's hope that others interested in the above contact
their respective Congressmen, with a view to gaining his support.
Mr. Hersh said that there were some 120 bills in Congress dealing
with retirement subjects, and that the December issue of the Record
would contain information on those mcst interesting to Canal Zone
retirees. Mr. Hersh further stated that he would answer any question
a member might have to the best of his ability.
There being no further business before the meeting, President
Lewis asked for a motion to adjourn; motion made by Mr. L. W. Fos-
ter, seconded by Mrs. Herman Wulff; motion carried and meeting ad-
journed at 3:15 P.M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
11661 E. Valley Blvd., El Monte, California
The Summer picnic held in Griffith Park September 11 brought
out approximately one hundred people in spite of the fact that we were
just recovering from that unusual California "heat wave".
The Board of Governors serving under Otis Pritchett, President
for the year 1955 are:
Mr. Herbert Hammer
1948 W. 75th St.
Los Angeles 47, California
Mrs. Florence C. Berude
143 Garfield Place
Mr. T. F. McGuinness
2626 Missouri, Ave.
South Gate, California
Mr. Otis A. Pritchett
1343 N. Kingsley Dr.
Hollywood 27, California
Mr. Ellis D. Stilwell
829 E. Palm Ave.
Mr. Rene H. Conlan
1260 W. "D" Street
Mr. J. G. Lewis
8017 Wynne Ave.
Mr. George Cassell
422 Miramar Dr.
Redondo Beach, Calif.
Following are some news items and I would like to give credit
to my mother Mrs. Glenn Kerr who has been acting "news reporter"
Otis and Julia Pritchett are planning a cruise to the Islands of
the Seven Seas, leaving Los Angeles the first of December, 1955.
Carl and Pat Wanke and children have joined the Canal Zoners
in California and are now making their home in Port Hueneme.
Hugh and Betty White and family have moved from Oregon and
are living in Riverside.
Mrs. Florence N. Miller writes that she has been in Utica, N. Y.
and will be visiting with her brother David J. Neville, 1101 N. Stone-
man Ave., Alhambra and hopes to see many of her old friends before
returning to the Canal Zone in January.
The Past Matrons with their husbands were entertained Sept.
17th at their annual meeting and dinner in the beautiful home of Mr.
and Mrs. George Coffey in Oakland. Mr. and Mrs. Coffey are the
daughter and son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Beard. Those attend-
ing were; Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Beard, Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Howell, Mr.
and Mrs. H. McConaughy, Mrs. Docia Hodges, Mrs. Cleo Ford, Mr.
and Mrs. C. S. Neville, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Naylor, Mrs. Neva Brown,
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brown, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Stillwell, Mr. and Mrs.
W. A. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Gilbert, Mrs. Ethlyn Wood and Mr.
and Mrs. J. F. Prager.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Langdon are the proud parents of a son,
Robert Craig, who arrived recently. Mr. and Mrs. C. I. Langdon of
Monrovia are the very happy grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Beard announce the arrival of their third
child, a son, Arthur C. Mrs. Beard will be remembered as Ruth Hod-
ges of Gatun. The grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Beard of
Oakland, and Mrs. Docia Hodges of Monrovia.
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Hertz are building a home in Pasadena. Mrs.
Hertz, Sara, attended the last C. Z. picnic. Mr. Hertz is in Korea with
the United National Relief, but will be home on vacation for the Hol-
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Moore are living in Japan at the present. Mr.
Moore is with the United National Relief in Korea.
Mrs. Fred Fitch of Monrovia has been spending a vacation in
Oakland and Yosemite. She has a new Trailer Home.
Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Hoecker are expecting their daughter and
son-in-law and family, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Byrd of Las Cumbras,
Panama, for a visit in a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Morton of El Monte enjoyed a trip to San
Francisco recently with the Grotto group for a meeting and social
The Monrovia Pot Luck Samba Group, met at the lovely home of
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Berude in September. No meetings were held in
July and August while so many were away on vacation. The Berudes
spent their vacation in Illinois visiting family and friends this sum-
Lt. John B. Berude, wife and three children of San Diego spent
the week end with his parents recently.
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Van Brocklin of Santa Ana, have returned
from Anchorage, Alaska where they enjoyed a wonderful vacation
with their daughter Mrs. Anna Ruth Workhauser. The Van Brocklins
and Mrs. Sam Grier drove to Monrovia a few days ago in their new
Oldsmobile to visit with friends for the day.
Those making a trip to Canada via Plane and car for a sightsee-
ing trip this summer were Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Bryan, Santa Monica.
Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Nolan, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. King and Mr. and Mrs.
Glenn Kerr of Monrovia.
In closing I must give your wonderful Canal Record a boost from
all in California, we all enjoy each part of the paper. And at the pic-
nics or gatherings of all kinds, hear different ones asking if they had
read such and such in the Canal Record, and all eager and glad to
hear of Old Friends where ever they are.
To each Canal Zone family that has lost a dear one recently, to
all listed in the Record and any others that were not listed, please ac-
cept the Sincere Sympathy of all friends from California in your great
Panama Canal Society of Western North Carolina
Now that the mad rush of summer is over, we again have access
to our highways and byways so we are able to go to the commissary
and while standing in the meat line picked up the following items:
Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Dickinson of Sebring, Fla., formerly of Gatun,
passed through Hendersonville recently and visited with the Roy
The Floyd McDermitts of Florida were guests of the P. R. Kigers
of Asheville in August.
Mrs. Nita Hartman of Balboa spent several weeks in September
with Dr. and Mrs. Sam Irvin. Nita and Mrs. Irvin are sisters. Her
husband, L. F. Hartman, died in August at Gorgas Hospital after a
long illness. Another sister, Joyce, and her husband Boyd Bevington
of the Canal Zone visited the Irvins in September.
The Theodore (Tommy) Franklins of Bryson City were guests
of the R. A. Pattersons of Hendersonville in September and attended
the WNC picnic held at Rhododendron Park in West Asheville on
September 8. Later in the month the Franklins visited in Texas.
Freeland Hollowell and his wife, Mary, recently spent their vaca-
tion with his parents, the Ross Hollowells of Hendersonville. Freeland
is a member of the Canal Zone Police Force. Also visiting the Hollo-
wells in October were Miss Ellen Tierman, a nurse at Gorgas Hospital,
Miss Anna McDade of The Panama Canal and Miss Betty Skelding,
an employee of the U. S. Army Engineers in the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. George Ward have returned to their home in Weav-
erville after visiting their son and his family, the George Ward, Jrs., in
Falls Church, Va. There they welcomed their new Granddaughter.
Then they went to visit their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Sher-
man Lee, in Cleveland, Ohio. There they welcomed a new grandson.
The Lester Baileys visited with friends in Hendersonville en route
to New Orleans where they plan to make their new home. Among
those they called on were the Fred O'Rourkes and the Tom Kellys.
The Tom (Tab) Kellys, lately retired from the Canal, are now
settled in their new home in Hendersonville and have been joined by
Tudie's mother, Mrs. John Lucky who has been making her home in
St. Petersburg, Fla. Their son, Tom, and daughter Pat are students at
the University of Maryland, and daughter Margy is employed in
Washington, D. C.
The Wendell Greenes took a trip north in September, visiting
Wendell's brother Kenneth and wife in Roulette, Pa. then on to
Buchanan, Va. where they spent the night with Gladys Webb, former-
ly of Balboa. They also visited with friends in New York, New Jersey
and on their return south stopped in Washington, D. C. to see Mary
Sill, daughter of the Fred Sills of the Canal Zone and enjoyed lunch
with the Harry Comleys in Arlington, Va.
The Joe Muldoons of Hendersonville spent August and Septem-
ber at their camp in Bayside, Maine.
Mrs. L. H. Bryan, who sold her home in Asheville, is still visiting
in her brother's home, 18 Dallas Ave., Waterbury, Conn. She has not
been able to find an apartment. The terrible disaster caused by the
hurricanes destroyed so many homes there is now a shortage of hous-
ing in that city.
The R. A. Pattersons of Hendersonville drove to New York in
August to visit with, relatives, among them Elsie's sister, Mrs. Ann
Jackson who retired from the Panama Canal a few months ago and is
making her home for the present with her mother in Glen Cove, L. I.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Thompson are building a new home in West
Asheville which they will soon occupy.
Mrs. Clifford Holland is now visiting on her farm in Pourtsmouth,
Va. Her sister-in-law and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Wagner, are man-
aging the farm for her.
Mr. and Mrs. Dow Walker of Asheville will spend the winter in
Panama. While there Mrs. Walker will resume her work with her mus-
Mrs. A. B. Cole was ill in the hospital last summer but now is at
home and much improved. Mrs. Olive Behlen was also in the hospital
in September but is now at home again.
Mr. and Mrs. U. W. Tweed's daughter, Susie, of Biltmore, has re-
turned to Wake Forest College for her Junior year. She is majoring in
history and music, including work on the pipe organ.
Mr. and Mrs. Austin Brooks' daughter and her husband, Mr. and
Mrs. Breidogel, have been visiting them in their home at Skyland.
With them were their young sons. The family has now returned to
their home in Falmouth, Mass.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Conkerton of St. Petersburg, Fla., passed
through Asheville and visited the E. T. Howards. They also visited
with the Fred O'Rourkes in Hendersonville.
The Bob Harrisons of Balboa were in Hendersonville during the
summer and liked it so well they bought a lot adjoining that of the
Tom Colemans. We understand they plan to build a house on it and
"hurry back" there when they retire a few years from now.
Capt. and Mrs. Stewart Townsend of the Canal Zone have been
visiting Dr. Elizabeth H. Smith in Colombia, S. C. Dr. Smith prac-
ticed in the Zone at one time. While there they drove to Hendersonville
to call on the Frank Reppas and the Fred O'Rourkes. Mrs. Townsend
just returned from a trip to Europe. Also visiting the Reppas and O'-
Rourkes were the W. M. Gradys of Margarita.
Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Hauss from Altadena, Calif., stopped on Fri-
day, Oct. 14, for an overnight visit with the P. R. Kigers of Asheville.
They were on their way to East Orange, N. J. to visit their son and his
wife, the L. F. Jrs., who have a new arrival in their home, christened
Mr. Quimby Smith in Skyland is a most enthusiastic "ham" radio
operator. He often talks to friends on the Canal Zone.
In September the Roy Knoops and the P. R. Kigers drove to
Clemson, S. C. for an afternoon's visit with the Stuart Pools, who are
kept very busy with their dairy farm.
Mr. Fred O'Rourke of Hendersonville underwent a major opera-
tion in an Asheville hospital in August. Now he is recuperating at
home and is progressing very nicely. Their daughter came down from
Providence, R. I. to be with Mrs. O'Rourke during his illness. On Oct.
21, Mrs. Rose Johnston, Mrs. O'Rourke's sister, arrived from the Canal
Zone. Her husband, C. L. Johnston, will join her in November and
they will move into their home in Hendersonville, which they pur-
chased several years ago. "Johnnie" is retiring as manager of "Esso"
in the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Hiter and son Bill spent the summer in their
camp in northern New York state. They returned to Hendersonville
in September. Bill is now a student at Brevard College, after serving
a hitch in the navy.
Clinton Wanlass, son of the Ralph Wanlasses of Hendersonville,
is also a student at Brevard College. Clinton was stationed in Puerto
Rico while he was in the Air Force.
Lt. S. S. Irvin, Jr. son of Dr. and Mrs. S. S. Irvin of Henderson-
ville was married to Miss Norma Lewis of Hendersonville, on August
14. After a wedding trip to the west coast, Lt. Irvin joined his ship, the
USS "CHEMUUNG" and Norma returned to her studies at Womens
College, University of North Carolina, at Greensboro.
Miss Martha Irvin is with the American Red Cross in Rabat,
French Morocco, and writes interesting letters of her work there.
Mrs. Katie Mary Swain visited the Col. Harry D. Scheiblas of
.Hendersonville in October. Katie retired from her position as Public
Health Nurse with the Canal last year and has been visiting with
friends and relatives. She will make her home in Orlando, Fla., in the
near future. Her son Jack is teaching in the Air Force schools in West
Germany. She recently spent some time in Hartford, Conn. with Mrs.
Gertrude Onderdonk and Miss Macey Edwards. Mrs. Onderdonk has
been quite ill but is much better now.
The Arthur Belands who reside near Napa, Calif., recently spent
several days with the Ray Mitchells in Hendersonville. Mrs. Beland
was Ruth Cornish, a teacher in the Zone Schools before her marriage.
They have five sons and a daughter and had been visiting several of
them in their homes.
Mr. and Mrs. Aud Baird of Louisville, Ky., spent the night of
October 10 with the Duke Lewises of Hendersonville. They were en-
route to Florida to visit old time Canal Zone friends. Mrs. Baird was,
before her marriage, Miss Emily Murphy and was employed in the
Accounting Dept. of The Panama Canal from 1918-1924. Many old
timers will remember her brother, Zan Murphy, who played ball down
there in the early days.
The Ernie Paynes write from California to WNC that they have
bought a home in Napa, near the Sarn Hedges and are very happy
there. Ernie has accepted a position with one of the Kaiser enterprises.
Mrs. Madge Reidy Butler flew from Ireland in September to join
her sister, Mrs. Eileen Reidy Coyle. Mrs. Coyle is the widow of Frank
(Barney) Coyle who died in Hendersonville in 1953. Madge received
treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. upon her arrival
and later will make her home with Mrs. Coyle. Mail will reach them
at the following address-24 Cranford Apts., 2408 Lincoln Way, Ames,
Capt. and Mrs. Frank Reppa and the Tommy Sawyers took a trip
down to Key West, Florida in October.
Frances Luke McCormick and her husband Bill, of New York,
visited her aunt and uncle, Nelle and Ray Mitchell of Hendersonville,
last summer. Frances was with the Timekeeping Section of the Supply
Dept. of the PanCanal during the war while Bill was a Lieutenant in
the U.S. Army on the Isthmus.
A picnic was held at the Mills River Recreation Park on July 15,
the attendance being 36. Another one, and the last of the season, was
held at Rhododendron Park in West Asheville on September 8, which
called out record-breaking crowd of 56. Among the out-of-towners
present were: Miss Charlotte Pilson, a former employee of the P.R.R.,
Mr. and Mrs. Freeland Hollowell of the Canal Zone, Mrs. Nita Hart-
man of Balboa and Mrs. Nita Hackney of New Bern, N.C. mother
of Bessie Irvin.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert VanWagner passed through Hendersonville
in October and visited with Mrs. C. L. Jhonston while there.
As we go to press, news comes that the Lawrence Adlers of Pan-
ama City are expected in Western North Carolina to see old friends.
Mr. W. E. Adams has resigned as Vice President of the Panama
Canal Society of Western North Carolina. Also, Mrs. Arne Halldorson
has resigned as Secretary and Mrs. Marion R. Lewis is pinch-hitting
until the next election.
Marion R. Lewis, Secretary
News from Orlando
We were sorry to learn that Miss Mary Lou Mohr has been very
ill and was necessary to under-go surgery. She is well and back on her
job at Pine Castle Air Force Base.
We regret the sudden passing of Mr. Richard Roberts, brother of
Mrs. Peter Flynn. Dick, as he was known to his many friends, passed
away while attending to business in New York.
An article appeared in the Orlando Sentinel that reads as follows:
"Returns home-Bob Moulden, prominent Orlando business man dur-
ing the 1920's and 1930's, who has been with the U.S. Army Engineers
supply department in the Panama Canal Zone since 1941 has returned
to Orlando and will again make this city his home". I am sure that
many readers of the Record know him.
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Stevenson drove to Miami for the American
Legion Convention and report having a wonderful time.
Mr. Leon Koperski was called to California on account of his
mother's illness. Lee is planning on flying back to Orlando and pick
up Rose and then they will fly back to Calif, and remain until his
mother shows improvement. They plan to lease their home for a
year so imagine they will spend most of their time between Calif. and
places unknown as they certainly do a lot of traveling. Rose recently
sprained her ankle and was confined to her home for several days.
Mr. Walter Pollak has entered the Florida Sanatorium for an op-
eration which we hope will not be severe and that he will be back home
soon. Walter has been ill for a year but is coming along nicely.
Miss Carolyn -Pollak is back in Stetson for her senior year, but
plans to attend college in Texas for a three year course.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Wright of Houston, Tex. were house guests of
the Pollaks for several days. Both look fine and we were glad to see
Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Erbe returned recently from a flying trip to
Kansas visiting relatives and friends.
Mrs. Luther L. Long reports that Sunday Oct. 16th. was like Home
Week as Mr. and Mrs. George Hoffman from DeLand were over for
the day. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Halvorsen who retired last April also
visited them. The Halvorsens are presently renting in DeLand having
recently come from California. They have a nice home in So. Dakota
but think it is too cold for them at this time.
Speaking of cold weather Mrs. Long says the kind we are having
now is too cold for her and "kinda" longs to be back on the Zone.
Stanley Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Smith is attending col-
lege at the Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. Stanley graduated
from Cristobal High School. His mother and father are living in Brad-
ley Beach, N. J. but expect, to make Lakeland their home.
Mrs. Emma Christena, mother of Mrs. A. H. Mohr fell and frac-
tured her shoulder. She is coming along fine and looking forward to
February 5th when she will celebrate her 93rd birthday. An injured
shoulder does not keep her from enjoying visitors and carrying on with
her work around the house. It took her more than 92 years to have
an accident of this nature. Get well soon.
Mrs. Helen Dudak reports that Mr. Zipper was in Orlando. Sorry
I did not see him.
Mrs. Georgia Blessing recently slipped on a rug in her home and
broke her arm. It was very unfortunate in several ways, the main one
being that she was packing to move in her new home at 722 Springdale
Drive in the Country Club Section and was busy packing. She has sold
her home on Harvard Ave. to the College Park Methodist Church.
Mrs. A. H. Mohr was rushed to the hospital (Orange Memorial)
for what looked like an emergency operation, but was out in a few
days without surgery.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Fraser from Gamboa are up for a vacation
and are presently visiting friends in Florida. We were happy to see them
and both look swell. Hope they locate in Florida in the near future.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter D. Clark were recent visitors in Orlando,
calling on Capt. and Mrs. John H. Miller.
Capt. and Mrs. J. H. Miller and Mrs. Clarance Sibus drove to
Bostwick to see the Clarks and deliver a new 4 door Chevy. Sedan,
They report the Clarks are fine.
Captain Miller has recently taken the Real Estate Brokers exam-
ination and will soon have his office in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
He says he has been successful in getting some very attractive listings
in Central Florida. Those interested may write him at P. O. Box 11.
Mr. and Mrs. John B. Corliss are building a new lake front home
in Florida Haven, where they will live! as soon as the work is com-
pleted. Their home in Biltmore Shores is up for sale, and in my way
of thinking is a dandy buy.
Mr. and Mrs. Leigh M. Abrams had as their house guests Miss
Elizabeth I. C. Telfer and Miss Jeanette D. Christison who have been
visiting in Miami, St. Petersburg and parts North on their way home
at Boylston Street (839) Boston, Mass. While in Central Florida the
Wilhites were happy to have them drop in for a few very enjoyable
moments. Both look fine and had had a good time while in Florida.
Walter Pollak is home again after his fifth operation and we all
feel confident that he will be completely well in a short time.
At this writing all of the Old Timers that live in my section of the
country are coming along nicely, and enjoying the wonderful fall
Robert L. Wilhite
News from the Panama Canal Society
of Northwest Arkansas
After a delightfully cool summer we have now come into a glor-
ious Flaming Fall Revue. We could use some of the excess rainfall
that has harassed the East Coast and I'm sure the residents of Con-
necticut would gladly share it with us.
Come, take a trip with us and visit some of our friends, both yours
and mine, of younger years in the Canal Zone. Leaving Fayetteville
the 8th of September, we drove north and east until noon of the next
day when we surprised Neoma and Rolla Compton in McLeansboro,
Ill. Rolla, the great story-teller, was King of the Round-House in
Balboa. They are enjoying retirement years in a new and exception-
ally well built home in a grove of giant oak trees in the rolling
hills of Rolla's home town. Rolla suggests that Old Timers send in
humorous stories to the CANAL RECORD like, this one. "An em-
ployee was ordered to the hospital to have his teeth checked which they
had failed to do during the annual check-up. The very busy man
packed them in a box and sent them in with the request they be re-
turned promptly in order he might eat the tough steak his wife had in
the ice-box." It was in this town we acquired an old Plantation Dinner
Bell dated 1886 for decoration on the Shaws Place.
On to Champaign, Ill. for a chat with "forward-spirited" Effie
McGlade in her beautifully decorated 15' by 30' living room. The chat
lasted over the week-end during which time we met the senior William
Liermans, parents of Bill and Charlotte McGlade Lierman. Effie
asked me to pass the word along that old friends are welcome any time
in her spacious apartment building. No week-end traveling for Effie's
Do you believe in signs-well don't believe the sign on the wagon
wheel mail box which says that Ethel and Elmer Stetler have "Dun-
Rolling". Just ain't true for after an evening of questions and answers
in their distinctively different home on Hwy 22, 11 miles west of Ko-
komo, Ind., they "rolled" west to Michigan, Wisconsin and Minn. and
we "rolled" east at 6:20 of a "beautiful morning," right to the home of
Rev. and Mrs. C. L. Morgan of Bainbridge Center, Ohio, formerly
pastor of Cristobal Union Church. We found C. L. and Christine
happy in their quaint grey shingled manse and bubbling over with en-
thusiasm in the successful program of expansion for the church he is
now serving. Just a short visit this time with words flowing thick and
fast between bites of a good luncheon and we headed for "Hi-Acres",
Niobe, N. Y., 90 yr. old farm home of Grace and Frank Browne, form-
erly of Pedro Miguel, Cristobal and line stations. In the midst of ex-
tensive remodeling from top to bottom, inside and outside, to the tune
of hammer and saw, the whine of the drill, the fragrance (?) of paint,
banter of workmen, we visited of days gone by and days to come and
over and above all listened to the lumberjacks cutting valuable timber
form the north east corner of the 258 /2 acres. Visible evidence of their
good fortune are the many four-leaf clovers which Frank hopes to cul-
tivate. Was confused as to my whereabouts the next morning when
looking out of the window I saw a school bus marked "Panama School
Bus" collecting neighborhood children for transportation to the nearby
town of Panama. With a 19' deep freeze, filled with products of the
farm, spacious rooms, a view overlooking the valley and the well known
hospitality of Grace and Frank, I have promised myself to return and
see the fulfillment of a dream I have listened to for the past 20 years.
The Swedish proverb often quoted by the late Judith Herff is so true-
"Go often to the home of a friend, weeds grow quickly in a path that
is not used."
Traveling thru the beautiful Catskill and Berkshire Mts of New
York and Mass. we came into Rhode Island and "Snug Harbor" the
appropriately named home of Jessie and Al Forsstrom. Again an anti-
cipated visit of an hour or so and a cup o'tea grew into an overnight
re-union with congenial friends, in a lovely home with beautiful land-
scaped setting of sculptured Yew Trees and shrubs, perfect to the last
detail of lily pond, fountain, gold fish and frogs.
On to Mansfield, Mass., Newell's birthplace, and in the very next
town of Norton, home of Wheaton College for Girls, we located Jimmie
Coman's sister Alice and husband Harry Armitage. Alice, a magnetic
personality, is very fond of antiques and they live in a typical Cape
Cod Cottage, 175 years old. The big red barn boasts of hand hewn
logs and pins and is about three times the size of the cottage with its
huge central chimney and fireplaces. Alice and Harry were employees
of the Standard Fruit Co. in 1939 & 40. Down to Gloucester, Mass.,
steeped in history of sailing vessels, where we saw Capt. Everett and
Marjorie Gerrans Swinson and Capt. Russell Heath, who is a pupil of
Marjorie's in the art of painting. What a location for a retired sailor
and his artist wife. Going thru a tiny, well kept old-fashioned garden
brought us to the delightful gallery of paintings by "Swinson". As a
remembrance of a happy visit, presented so spontaneously by the art-
ist, I now have Heavenly Blue Morning Glories along side of tropical
yellow alamanda and petrea to greet me when I awaken. Mrs. H. W.
Gerrans makes her home with daughter Marjorie.
Mrs. Lillian Ross, widow of late James A. Ross, long time member
of Balboa Union Church Choir and Miraflores Lock employee, still
takes her daily two mile walk and maintains a keen interest in civic
and church affairs in East Woburn, Mass., attending concerts and lec-
tures in nearby Boston.
Next stop is Garden City, Long Island, with Edwin P. Booth, Jr.,
son of our neighbor friend, Ed. Booth. Edwin Jr. was employed on the
Panama Canal about 20 years ago. He's now an executive of the Esso
Standard Oil Company with offices in New York City. While on the
Island, we visited Mrs. Ralph Cauthers in her lovely English type
home at Great Neck and were happily surprised to see our old Pedro
Miguel neighbors, the Joe Eckerts of the Dredging Div., who often
go down to visit Mrs. Cauthers from their home in Kane, Pa. Capt.
Gustave and Margaret Cauthers Braun are stationed in Ft. Leaven-
worth, Kansas. Richard Cauthers is a Mechanical Engr. in Brooklyn
navy yard. Visited in the home of Jack Brown son of Nannie Brown
in Northport, L. I., through the Lincoln Tunnel on the Pa. Turnpike
brought us to the home of Jack and Teresa Ridge in Trenton, N. J. A
veritable "Grand Central Station" for their large and happy family
to meet on their way to and from the Zone. While there we met Mary
Ridge Gribbin and 8 mos. old son Edward of Trenton, Robert and
Patricia Ridge and three daughters on leave and Ralph's wife Winifred
with the first Ridge Grandson, Timothy. Ralph is Asst. Mgr., House-
hold Finance Co. in Philadelphia. Crossed the Delaware River and we
were in the home of Albert and Mattie Bailey on the outskirs of Phil-
adelphia in Huntington Valley. They were the first couple I met on
the Zone in 1918. The real Old Timers will remember Bert as the agent
for the old Indian motorcycle. It was in this home that Newell dis-
covered the lower half of his best Sunday-go-to-Meeting suit was
still in Fayetteville. A happy visit then once more we journeyed on,
this time to Glen Burnie, Md., to see Mrs. Mildred Veach and daughter
Mrs. Frances Veach Haywood. Mrs. Veach is the sister of Mrs. Haleen
Williams of Arkansas. Mrs. Veach was employed in the Balboa Beauty
Shop when she left the Zone in 1951. John Haywood grew up in Cris-
tobal and was working for the Navy. Sorry not to have seen our long
time friend Mrs. Nancy January who was visiting in New York.
As Newell is State Sec'ty for the Arkansas chapters of N.A.R.C.E.
we visited the Nat'l headquarters and were all the more grateful for
the increase we all received in November as we learned of the strategy
used by the Nat'l officers to secure the increase this year. Our hats off
to them and we know that all grateful ex-zonians belong to NARCE--
if not, why not. Reaching Asheville, North Carolina to visit with sister-
in-law, Mrs. Kathryn Daniel Simons, daughter of greatly beloved of
all children, Mrs. Margaret Shigley, writer of Ancon and Balboa Notes
for the Star and Herald for many years we felt the urge to return
home to be present at the annual meeting of this Society. We drove
swiftly thru the Smokies of Tenn. arriving Oct. 12th only to learn
that the meeting was canceled in respect to the passing on of our first
President, Capt. Jack Phillips who passed away Oct. 9th after a short
I can think of no more fitting tribute to Capt. Jack than that
written by one who is young enough to be a grandson. I quote from
Ray Shaw's letter--"We were both very sorry to hear about Capt.
Jack. They do not seem to be making that kind of people any more.
I'll never forget one thing he mentioned to me when I stopped in at
Campbell-Bell's store to talk with him. They had some bright pink
shirts and trousers on display and I asked him if they sold any. He
replied 'Yes, quite a few, but I have yet to sell any to a gentleman'.
Capt. Jack had a strict code of ethics which included himself as well
as the people around him. So many of the people you meet have two
codes, one for their friends and one for themselves. The members of
this Society will ever remember Capt. Jack as a kind and gentle man.
The Ernest Williams of Bentonville report a week-end visit from
Mrs. Tillie Neely, Mrs. Lilly Neely Davis and Miss Janet Davis. Mrs.
Neely is visiting her daughter Lilly who lives with her son Robert in
Memphis where he is attending a school of pharmacy. His wife teach-
es in a school of nursing and Janet Davis teaches in Jr. High.
The Jimmie Comens report a visit from Irene and Roy Lesser who
are retired and now living in Houston, Texas and were on a tour of
Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Daniel are here on their vacation from
Curundu, C. Z. They leave tomorrow for Manhattan, Kansas to visit
the Ray Shaws. later going on to Denver to spend Thanksgiving with
Col. and Mrs. J. A. Wier (Alice Ray). Albert was the organizer of the
Las Cruces Trailers, a Barber Shop Quartet, and will attend concerts
in Concordia, Kan. and Salt lake City before returning here to com-
plete their vacation.
Today, the 8th of November, our Society held the annual elec-
tion at a luncheon in Hotel Washington, Fayetteville. Mr. Henry
(Heinie) E. Hallin was unanimously elected President for 1956 and
your reporter the Secretary-Treasurer. We were glad to welcome Mrs.
J. B. Fields who resided on the Zone from 1935-1942. Her husband
does not claim any relationship to the well known Old Timer of the
same name. Also Mr. Mark Thompson of Prairie Grove who was on
the Zone for a short time in 1909 and was a pal of Tom Mock who also
hails from Prairie Grove. Mr. Thompson worked in Gatun. The
members send best wishes and hope all readers will have joy during
the Christmas Season and on into the year ahead.
Blanche E. Shaw
Panama Canal Society of Washington, D. C.
Col. David R. Wolverton has temporarily accepted the position
of Secretary-Treasurer of the Society. Martin A. Seiler has resigned
as he and Mrs. Seiler plan to move to Los Angeles, Calif. where they
will live with Mrs. Seilers mother, Mrs. Winquist, at 991 Wellesly
Ave., Los Angeles, Calif.
Martin Seiler is recuperating from an operation at Georgetown
Hospital. He has been out of the hospital since Oct. 14th and says he
is doing fine.
James E. Jacob and Herbert F. Paddock held open house for
Washington, D. C. members and their wives at the Statler Hotel. Mr.
Jacob and Mr. Paddock were in Washington to attend the regular
session of the Supreme Council of A.&A. Scottish Rite of Free Masonry.
After the open house, Mr. Jacob, Mr. Paddock, Mr. and Mrs.
McLavy, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Comley and Mr. and Mrs. Martin
Seiler attended a lovely dinner at the hotel.
Mr. Charles L. Luedtke, who has been confined to the hospital
with hip trouble, expects to be out of the hospital early in December.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Bill Burns has left California and is now trying the climate of
Arkansas. New address is 15241/2 Central Ave., Hot Springs, Ark.
Marie Wolf has returned to St. Petersburg following a trip to
Sweden and Denmark.
Mr. and Mrs. James MacFarlane spent the summer at Lake Pla-
cid, N. Y. and the month of September in Coral Gables, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Alma White, old time Canal residents, have moved
from Chicago to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. They celebrated their
69th wedding anniversary on September 7th. Mr. White is 93 years
old and Mrs. White is 88. The Society extends congratulations to Mr.
and Mrs. White.
L. W. Hennen has been touring the West and enjoying the cool
weather in Yellowstone National Park.
Mr. and Mrs. Shelby White have moved to Shalimar, Florida.
Recent guests at the Whites were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gardner of
Balboa and Mrs. Dolly Clinchard of Curundu, C. Z.
Mae and Glenn Lewis of El Volcan, Panama, are reported to be
touring the Scandinavian countries. They waited until the air strip
in El Volcan was finished before they would leave on their European
Gladys Hammond has spent the greater part of this year with
George and Esther Cassell in California.
The Daily Mail of Hagerstown, Maryland, recently ran an inter-
view with Edward M. Fechtig who has a long career in the U.S. Postal
Service, much of it in the Canal Zone. Mr. Fechtig arrived on the Zone
in 1905, returned to the U.S. in 1917 and for the remainder of his ser-
vice was employed in the office of the Superintendent of the money
order system in the Nation's Capital. Mr. Fechtig has been retired
for 20 years now and makes his home at the Maryland Hotel, Hagers-
Frank Lerchen spent six weeks this summer in St. Petersburg
with his grandparents, Capt. and Mrs. A. T. Luther. Young Frank is
in his second year at Cornell University.
Mrs. Mary Driscoll spent a month in St. Petersburg with her
parents, Capt. and Mrs. A. T. Luther. Mrs. Driscoll will stop at Staun-
ton, Va. to see her son before sailing from New York to Venezuela
where she will join Mr. Driscoll.
John and Mavis Biesanz have published a book entitled "The
People of Panama", Columbia University Press. The Biesanz spent
nine years studying the peoples of Panama and their institutions. They
lived and workeA in Panama, attending social and ceremonial func-
tions, interviewing Panamanians and Zonians of all classes, studying
their history, politics, and ways of life. Here is a comprehensive pic-
ture of the Isthmians, not only how they dress and act, but also of
what they made and thought, from "Columbus the Dreamer" to "Goe-
thal sthe Digger" and up to the present day. 418 pages, plus 16 pages
Marie E. Morgan visited Mr. and Mrs. George Ritchey in Phoenix,
Arizona. Mrs. Morgan makes her home in Denver where she is man-
ager of an apartment house.
Eleanor Home has bought a home in Bradenton, Florida. She re-
cently visited the Fletchers in Dawson, Georgia. She had a regular
reunion with the Odoms, (Sue and Doc), and Alice Parsons from
Ed L. (Scud) Emery, Canal Old Timer, is located in Hollywood,
Fla. He sends regards to all old friends and hopes to see them soon,
perhaps at the reunion, in January.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Hohmann, recently retired, will visit with
friends in New York and Pennsylvania before coming to St. Peters-
burg where they plan to make their home.
Lloyd MacDonald of Polson, Montana, insists that Flathead Lake,
where he makes his home, is the largest fresh water lake west of the
Mr. John Hammond Jr., of the Canal Zone, has been spending
some time with his mother, Mrs. Helen Hammond in Gulfport, Fla.
L. H. Loring of Yarmouth, Maine, reports that Mrs. Loring is
better and able to take a trip to the Mountains to see the beautiful
Autumn foliage. They hope to make the reunion this year in St. Peters-
burg, in January.
Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Jackson, Sr., of Ancon, C.Z., celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 7th, 1955. Congratulations from the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Mary and Warren Love, of Gulfport, Florida, celebrated their
40th wedding anniversary on Sept. 13th. Congratulations from the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Major and Mrs. A. O. Meyer have returned to Florida and are at
607 East Concord Ave., Orlanda, Florid,
Mrs. Lista Daniels and son, Robert, of Dalna, i c^s, were recent
visitors in Florida seeing their many friends. Robert is employed by
an electrical concern in Dallas.
Gov. and Mrs. Thatcher were in a serious automobile accident
while enroute to Kentucky. He was not seriously injured but Mrs.
Thatcher was. However, Mrs. Thatcher is improving and it is hoped
she will fully recover.
Mrs. Lyman G. Benthall of Cristobal, C. Z. was a recent visitor
in St. Petersburg, Bradenton, and Tampa. Mrs. Benthall had been in
Baton Rouge, La. visiting her daughter and son-in-law, and to greet,
upon her arrival, her new granddaughter, Deborah. Mr. Benthall did
not get to Florida as his was a short vacation.
Amy and Andy Fraser of Gamboa, C.Z. were visitors in Gulfport,
Fla. for two weeks. They enjoyed their visits with their many friends
in the Gulfport and St. Petersburg area. They had enjoyed a visit
with the Bob Fletchers in Dawson, Georgia on their trip South, and
expected to see friends on their way north from Florida to New York.
Mr. Harold Meyer of Balboa, C.Z. was a recent Florida visitor.
He spent some time in Zephyrhills with the Herman Wulffs.
The J. E. Pershings of Portland, Oregon, send best wishes to all
their friends and special regards to Etta Conkerton and George
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Cunningham and family of the Canal Zone,
are visiting with Mrs. Cunningham's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell B
Potter of St. Petersburg, Florida. The Cunningham's oldest son, Dickie,
is stationed at an air base in French Morocco.
Mrs. J. R. Pettit of New Orleans, accompanied by her daughter,
Mary, was a recent St. Pete visitor as the guest of the Jimmy Bradleys.
J. Fred Huber, ex-Zonite, now a councilman in Fort Meyers, Fla.,
is chairman of the committee to hear applicants for a consultants job
with the Suncoast League of Municipalities which seeks guidance on a
proposal to pipe Texas natural gas to the Sun Coast cities.
Burt and Ruggie Hall (our efficient Recording Secretary) have
been visiting Ruggie's family in Boston. Ruggie says. "If it gets cold
up there, we will be back "muy Pronto".
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Flynn and daughter Peggy, formerly of the
Canal Zone, were recent visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Fuller Pearl in St.
Petersburg. Mr. Flynn is now with the Atomic Energy Plant in Jack-
son, South Carolina.
William E. Dobson of Balboa, C. Z., has been visiting his daugh-
ter, Mrs. Blossom Ann Kocher of Portland, Oregon. Bill enjoyed be-
ing with his three grandchildren, Gregory 7, Judith 5, and Deborah 2.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Lee of Temple City, Calif. drove to
Jacksonville, Fla. to pick up Mrs. Crede Calhoun and then on to St.
Petersburg for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Persons.
Charles C. (Red) Smith of Panama City, R.P. took in the World
Series in New York. Then came to St. Petersburg for a visit with the
Mr. and Mrs. Hubert H. Hammer of 1948 West 75th Street, Los
Angeles, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 13.
Congratulations from the Panama Canal Society.
Mr. and Mrs. B. Thomas Yocum of Baltimore, Md. and their
daughter Margaret, born at Ancon Hospital in 1913, have been visit-
ing in St. Petersburg for some time. They expect to make their home
here before too long. Mr. Yocum was on the Zone from March 1907
to June 1914.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Beard of Oakland, Calif. were recent visitors
in St. Petersburg visiting their many friends in this area.
Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin was a recent visitor for a short time in St.
Petersburg. While here she was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. F.
Everett at their new home, 1000- 21st Avenue North.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Engelke of Gamboa, C.Z. were the guests
of Mrs. Engelke's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Graff, in St. Peters-
burg. Their many friends in the area were glad to see them.
Members will be interested in the "People of Panama" by John
and Mavis Biesanz, published by Columbia University Press, New
York City, and obtainable from Columbia for $5.50. Newsweek calls
it "The best book in English on an important hemisphere neighbor."
Mr. and Mrs. Randall Ford, who recently retired, have decided
to build a home in one of St. Petersburg's new developments. They
will be near neighbors of the Griers, the Persons and the Forrests.
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones of Balboa, C.Z. are spending a month
in Gulfport, Fla., and visiting their many friends in the St. Petersburg
area. They have purchased a nice home on Gulfport Blvd. corner of
Premier Drive in Gulfport. They spent some time in New England and
were in Columbia, Missouri, to greet their new grandson and visit with
their daughter, Barbara and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. John Hey.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Johnson of Rock Stream, N. Y. have arrived
in St. Petersburg for the winter. Just before they left Rock Stream,
their son, lan, spent a week end with them. Ian is a Navy flier and
is stationed on the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kozak of St. Petersburg are visiting their
daughter and family on the Canal Zone.
Bobby Leisy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Leisy of Diablo, C.Z.,
is a jet pilot stationed in El Toro, Calif. His brother, Henry Joe, is a
paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, North Car-
olina. Both boys hope to spend Christmas with their parents on
Miss N. Anita Way, former Canal Zone nurse, accompanied by
her sister are spending the winter in St. Petersburg. Miss Way retired
Miss Louise Kurath has given up her home and has entered the
River Terrace Rest Home in East Bradenton, Florida.
Mrs. John Hower of Fairhope, Ala., has been visiting her son John
in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While there her new granddaughter, Brigitt,
Mr. J. D. Stephens, who was vacationing from his job in Venezuela,
visited in St. Petersburg and Tampa with Mrs. Stephens and his daugh-
ter, Dorothy Ann. Their many friends and relatives in this area were
happy to see them and glad to hear that Dorothy Ann had accepted
a position with the Navy Dept. in Washington, D. C.
Bob and Hazel Wilhite are planning to travel to Topeka, Kansas
in their new DeLuxe Chrysler New Yorker. They will visit Hazel's
brother and sister in Topeka. Also several relatives in Kansas City.
Just heard the news that Charlotte and Ed Light of Bay Shore
Blvd., St. Petersburg, joined the Shreves on their trip to the West Coast.
The Knights of Columbus, Panama Balboa Council 1371, dedi-
cated their 1955 dance folder, 90 pages, to Charles F. Williams. Knight
Commander of St. Gregory. Mr. Williams was always active in Com-
munity affairs, especially in money raising projects. He assisted St.
Marys Mission, Knights of Columbus, Elks, Red Cross, La Salle Col-
lege, War Bond Drives, La Boca Civil Defense Fund, Curundu Citi-
zens Association and the American Society of Panama and is credited
with realizing over $400,000 for religious and civic enterprises. In 1954,
he was elevated to Knighthood in the Order of St. Gregory the Great,
which is conferred upon those lay persons who, by their outstanding
charity and unselfish service, have aided the cause of religion and
mankind in an extraordinary manner.
Eula J. Ewing of Atlanta, Ga. is going to Japan where she will be
the guest of her daughter and son-in-law, Lt. Col. Edwin Bishop Jr.
Mrs. Ewing expects to be in Japan for one year.
F. G. Swanson of Tyler, Texas has itching feet so is off to London,
Paris, Berlin and then to Turkey, Bairut, Cairo, Athens, Rome and
Madrid. He will leave New York on Nov. 1, and return Nov. 28, mak-
ing the entire trip by air.
Mrs. Elizabeth Kittredge Parker's book, "Panama Canal Bride",
a story of Construction days, is now available. Mrs. Parker, born in
Dover, Maine, received her B. A. and M. A. degrees from Wellesley
College, Wellesley, Mass. in 1902 and 1904. She is the mother of three
daughters and the grandmother of two girls and two boys. Mrs. Parker
is a member of the American Association of University Women, the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, the National Writers Club and the
St. Petersburg Wellesly Club. Mrs. Parker arrived on the Zone in 1907
and her story is filled with emotion and warmth, and told with a fresh-
ness that mirrors all the color and excitement of the tropics and the
crisis ridden times of which she writes. The book may be purchased
in St. Petersburg at Maas Bros. or Exposition Press, Inc., 386 Fourth
Avenue, New York 16, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Hull of St. Petersburg are spending a couple
of months in the Virgin Islands with their son Bob who is employed by
the Department of the Interior in Christiansted, St. Croix.
LATE NEWS FROM MIAMI
We thoroughly enjoy the Canal Record and eagerly look forward
to each issue.
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hearn, Lucille, and Mrs. Beauchamps
(Netta) spent a few days with Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bowen of Coral
Gables. The Hearns were returning to their home in Meridian, Missis-
sippi from the Canal Zone where they were called by the untimely
death of Mr. Beauchamps. Dr. and Mrs. Dennis H. Reeder were hosts
at a dinner party in honor of the visitors.
Mrs. A. C. Bullock, Sr., of Margarita, visited friends in Miami as
the first stop in her vacation itinerary. She also visited friends in Bos-
ton, Indiana, and in San Francisco where Asa Jr., Elsie, and little
Cynthia now make their home.
Mrs. A. L. Iglesias (Marvel) and Sonny stopped several days in
our city enroute to Greenville, South Carolina where Sonny enrolled
in the Bob Jones Academy. Dr. and Mrs. R. R. Gregory joined them
there for a brief visit before Marvel returned to the San Blas Mission
in Aligandi, R. de P.
Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Smith visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
William G. Smith of Miami (formerly of Gatun). Nell Ree was enroute
to the Triennial Assembly of the General Grand Chapter of the Order
of Eastern Star, in Washington, D. C. There were about 16 other
representatives of C.Z. chapters attending the Assembly.
Marilyn Marsh, also enroute to the Triennial Assembly, left her
two small daughters, Edythe (4 months old) and Billie Ruth (4 years
old) with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Metzger, of Cocoanut Grove
and her sister. Mrs. Robert F. Koperski, of West Miami, thereby spark-
ing an unexpected family reunion! Relatives from Minnesota, anxious
to see the children, headed for Miami and Bill Metzger surprised the
family by flying home from Berkeley between semesters to make the
family circle complete. Bill is studying for his master's degree in Elec-
trical Engineering at the University of California. Tom Marsh flew
up to join his family for several weeks vacation in October.
Friends in Miami enjoyed a brief visit with Mrs. George Engelke
in October. She was enroute home from a visit with Dr. and Mrs.
Mark Dillon (nee' Edith Stapf) in Durham, North Carolina. She was
with them for the arrival of new baby son. The Dillons have three
boys and a girl.
Word has been received of the birth of baby Janet Lee to Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Elliot of Danville, California on October 17th. The baby
is the granddaughter of Mabel Koperski and the late Raymond A.
Koperski, formerly of Cristobal.
Dr. and Mrs. Harry Eno spent a few days in their Miami home
RECIPE DEPARTMENT Dutch Apple Pie
In response to the many requests for the recipe for Dutch Apple
Pie as served at the luncheon last year at the reunion, at the Soreno
Hotel, our .Secretary procured the recipe and here it is:
Pie crust on the bottom only.
Fill with 2 pounds of apples and raisins.
If using fresh apples, pre-cook. If using canned or frozen
apples, use as is.
Pinch of Nutmeg.
4 ounces of flour, 2 ounces of butter, 2 ounces of brown
sugar, rubbed to-gether.
Sprinkle the above over the apples and bake until done.
Serve with or without whipped cream on top.
TWENTY-FOURTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
TIME--January 10th and 11th, 1956.
PLACE Soreno Hotel, overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First
Avenue and Beach Drive North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST $2.75 per person including luncheon, gratuity and tax.
On the first day, Tuesday, January 10th, registration will be in
the forenoon and the combined annual and monthly business meetings
in the afternoon. On Wednesday there will be a social period or get-
together in the morning and a group picture will be taken at 12:30,
before cold plate luncheon served with hot coffee, warm soup and des-
sert. You are urged to forward your reservations early as the hotel
may be forced to. decline last minute reservations for the luncheon.
The primary purpose of the Reunion is to enable former Isthmians
to get together, renew acquaintances and above all to discuss those
gone but not forgotten palmy days. You'll never know how many true
friends you have until you attend the Reunion where they gather from
every section of the country. We'll gather together on the mezzanine
floor of the hotel where there is ample room with comfortable seats,
or if you prefer seclusion with former pals, there's the well-stocked
bar on the main floor. The luncheon is optional, but don't miss the
Reunion. You'll be sorry if you do!
Room reservations can be arranged at special convention rates of
$9.00 double and $6.00 single, plus 3% tax at the Soreno Hotel, but if
rooms are not available there, they will be secured in private homes at
$9.00 double and $8.00 single. Those desiring reservations should re-
mit $9.00 for double or $6.00 for single rooms per day. There is also
efficient room-locating service maintained by the Chamber of Com-
merce in the Greyhound Bus Terminal at the foot of Central Avenue
which is open daily until 9:00 p. m.
MAIL YOUR RESERVATION FORMS PROMPTLY. We must
have them not later than January 5th. Make remittances payable to
the Panama Canal Society of Florida. Please do not send checks on
other than St. Petersburg banks unless you add 10c per check to cover
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but LUNCH-
EON TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. They should be claimed
IMMEDIATELY upon arrival at the Reunion.
(Reservation form on separate page.)
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Twenty-Fourth Anniversary Reunion
January 10th and 11th, 1956
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
MRS. LUCILLE S. JUDD, Secretary-Treasurer, 3535 19th St.
North, St. Petersburg 4, Florida.
Please arrange reservations as follows-
Reunion luncheon tickets for persons, each, $2.75.
My party of persons will find our own room accommodations.
My party of persons will need single and/or
double rooms in hotel or private home for days beginning
January 1956. Enclosed is $6.00 for each single room and/or
$9.00 for each double room per day for deposit on these reservations,
plus 3% tax.
There is enclosed remittance of $ representing total for
all the above reservations.
My party will arrive by Train Automobile B us.
(Please indicate which. And PLEASE add 10q per check
for banking charge if you remit by check.)
Names and addresses of those in my party:
While at the Reunion our address will be:
Dear Ex-Canal Friends:
You are cordially invited to
Florida if you are not already a m
booklet, is issued quarterly, and a
December of each year.
Dues are $3.00 annually, and
ing in after July 1st will pay $1.
Our membership is now mol
Please fill in the application
P. O. Box
IN PANAMA CANAL
Wife's Name .
Number of Years on Canal.....
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Walling
St. Petersburg, Fla.
i -,F '.
ock Stream, N.Y.
i Stream, N.Y.
Lock Stream, N.Y.
Mrs. Charles P. Campbell of
La Habra, Calif. with her
grandson, Charles Andrew
Mr. M.J. Symms,
New Orleans, La.
Mr. James Bradley,
Mr. Archie Burn, O
Mr. Fred Sprecken,
Mr. Jack J. Eason,
P. O. Box 249 STA. A
ST. PETERSBURG 2
U. S. Postage
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Permit No. 603
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