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Mrs. George H. Ruggles of St. Petersburg left July 28th to spend
several months with her son George W. Ruggles and family in Tejunga
California. Mrs. Ruggles would be pleased to see any of her friends
in that area. Her address is 7140 Summitrose, Tejunga.
Miss Alice E. Candee, former Zone teacher, who has been enjoying
part of the New England weather, has decided the winter is not for her
and has purchased a home in Bradenton, Fla. and is looking forward
to enjoying the company of old friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Oliver received the Vasco Nuney de Balboa
decoration from the Panama Government at a party given in their honor
by alumni of the Pan American Institute. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver were
directors of the Institute for 20 years. Since 1943, Mr. Oliver has been
with the Canal Zone Schools Division.
Since leaving St. Petersburg, Fred Sprecken has been a busy man.
He left here on July 3rd with Roy McKenna and dropped Roy off at South
Bend, Indiana. Fred arrived in Muskegon, Mich. on July 5th and left
next morning for Detroit for the Shrine Convention where he met several
old timers and the members of the Abou Saad delegation. He saw the Dick
Taylors, Frank Johnstons, Joe Eckerts, Ben Armstrongs and Mr. Carl
Masson, to name a few. After the Shrine Convention, Fred left for a
week with friends in Chicago where they "lived it up but good." In
August, Fred and John Murray expect to make a ten day trip into Maine
and will look up the old timers in that neck of the woods. After returning
from Maine, Fred will spend another week or ten days in Chicago. After
that he expects to return to Florida.
New Members and Changes of Address
The following have been added or addresses changed since the March Record
went to press. (*) denotes change of address or correction.
Bouche, Mr. and Mrs. Adrien M.-P. O. Box 26--------------Balboa Heights
Bullock, Mrs. Esther A.- P. O. Box 1482--.-------------------. Cristobal
Burkett, Mr. David J.-P. O. Box 537------------------..---------Ancon
Douglas, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon C.-P. O. Box 348 ------- ---------Ancon
Ewing, Mr. and Mrs. Mi Ora-P. O0 Box 384 ----- ------------ Balboa
Farr, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A.-P. O. Box 619 ---- ----------Balboa
Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Harry D.-P. O. Box 3601 ---------------- Balboa
Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H.-P. O. Box 784--------------------Balboa
Howell, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence D.-P. O. Box 391----------------Margarita
Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. James-P. O. Box 546..---------------- Balboa
Jones, Mrs. Bessie G.-P. O. Box 1693----------------- ---Balboa
*Lindsay, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R.-P. O. Box 1124 ------------------ Ancon
Mead, Mr. and Mrs. Burton H.-P. O. Box 1775 ---------------------Balboa
Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Jack F.-P. O. Box 362 -------------- -- Balboa
Turner, Mrs. Elizabeth M.-P. O. Box 241 --- -------------- Gatun
*Upton, Mrs. Frank % A. A. Doyle-P. O. Box 1623-------------- Cristobal
Shobe, Mr. and Mrs. Solomon S.-702 15th Street West------Birmingham 4,
*White. Mrs. Jonas E. % Jones E. White, Jr.-Box 121 ------ Gunthersville
*Marshall, Mrs Irene H.-2102 North 26th Place -------.....------- Phenix
*Bohan, Mr. and Mrs. Grover F.-1125 West Jefferson Ave--------.Jonesboro
*Brady, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A.-4816 Fountain Ave. Apt. 215 --Hollywood 29
*Fitzpatrick, Mr. and Mrs. Frank-10456 Almayo Ave.-------- Los Angeles 64
Harrod, Mr. and Mrs. Donald A.-5759 Cedar Ave.------------ Long Beach 5
*Judd, Col. and Mrs. Merrill H.-RYUKYUS Army Hospital
8114th A. U.
A. P. 0. 331 % Postmaster _San Francisco
*Klemmer, Mrs. J. A. % Col. Roy Kaylor-998 Hellam Street--_ ..- Monterey
*Marstrand, Mr. O. T.-U. S. Grant Hotel -- -------------- San Diego
*Mullane, Mr. and Mrs. Denis-Brookmore Hotel
189 North Marengo Ave.---------- Pasadena
Salmon, Mr. and Mrs. R. H.-1818 Ocean Park Byvd. Apt. C. --Santa Monica
Sundstrom, Mr. and Mrs. Fred J.-901 West King Street Apt. A.-- Monrovia
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Washington, D. C.)
*Hushing, Mr. W. C. A. F. of L. and C.I.O.-815 16th st. N.W.-Washington, 6
Lord, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie G.-2903 R. Street S. E.---------- Washington 20
*Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Carl G.-4220 23rd Ave. North----------St. Petesburg 4
*Candee, Miss Alice E.-2505 14th Ave. West------- --------- Bradenton
*Carlson, Mr. Clarence 0.-465 41st Ave. N.E.- ---------- St. Petersburg 4
Connolly, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin W.-6610 9th Street North ..-St. Petersburg 4
*Duke, Mr. and Mrs. Dubell-Route 4, Box 914 -------------------------Tampa
*Ferguson, Capt. and Mrs. Leo-19 Ocean Shore Drive----------Ormond Beach
Fletcher, Mrs. Marie McMahon-775 N. W. 77th Terrace ---------. Miami 38
*Gadde, Miss Jane M.-6674 5th Ave. No. Apt. D ----------St. Petersburg 2
*Grimes, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton C.-18001 Gulf Blvd -- St. Petersburg 8
*Hargy, Mr. and Mrs, Francis F.-345 9th Ave. N.E. ---- --St. Petersburg 2
*Henry, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J.-9618 North Miami Ave.
Miami Shores--------------------M iami 50
Henry, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. -Route 1, Box97-A ----------------- Zephyrhills
*Herring, Mr. G. P.-1913 Dekle Ave. -- ------------------ Tampa 6
*Huldtquist, Mr. R. F.-465 41st Ave. N.E. -------------- St. Petersburg 4
*Jones, Mr. Dan S.-8150 Sunset Dirive-----------------------South Miami 43
Kelley, Mr. and Mrs. Keith-625 37th Street South-------- St. Petersburg 7
*McGimsey, Mr. J. V.-Res. 814 Jenks Ave., Mail: Box 1191 Panama City.
*Mann, Miss Greta E.-1517 29th Ave West--------------.--.-----Bradenton
*Martin, Mrs. George W.-705 33rd Street Court West--------------Bradenton
*O'Brien, Mr. and Mrs. James B.-435 9th Ave. North --- St. Petersburg 2
*Pender, Mr. and Mrs. W. R.-Lot 633
Cross-Winds Trailer Court----St. Petersburg 4
Shafer, Mr. and Mrs. Harold A.-2019 56th Street South -------------Gulfport
*Sherlock, Mrs. Thomas J.-805 Whatley Ave.--------------------------Tampa
*Shuey, Mr. adn Mrs. R. O.-Res. Water's Edge Motor Court
3200 S. Ridgewood Ave.
3 miles South of Daytona on U. S. 1.
Mail: Box 582 ------------- Daytona Beach
Uhler, Mr. and Mrs. Harry L.-924 10th Street South.--------St. Petersburg 5
Varrone, Mr. N. J.-248 East Broad Street-----------------------Brooksville
*Webber, Mrs. W. C. % Hotel Gayfair-433 2nd Street North, St. Petersburg 2
*Wickett, Mr. and Mrs. Charles J.-1463 Lemon Street ----------Clearwater
Young, Mr. and Mrs. Earle A.-Route 2, Box 330----------------------Palatka
Yokum, Mr. and Mrs. B. Thomas-1155 Grove St. No.--------- St. Petersburg
*Hodnett, Mrs. Ethel-1304 Monte Sano Ave.----------------------- Augusta
Wright, Mr. A. L.-P. O. Box 1512------------------- ------- Savannah
*Clark, Mrs. Frank C.------ ----------------------------.. Nauvoo
Hlicks, Mr. and Mrs. W. R.-175% Gazette Ave.---------------- Lexington
Staples, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L.-4452 Dixie Highway-----_---Louisville
Randolph, Mr. and Mrs. E. S.-301 Stanford Ave.----------- Baton Rouge 2
*Fitchett, Mrs. Daniel B.-Box 656, Rockaway Beach Road ----- Baltimore 21
*Saphir, Mr. and Mrs. Volanti- 3220 Medway Street------- Wheaton Heights
*Paterson, Mr. Edmund T.-939 Penobscot Bldg. ------------------ Detroit 26
Schwochow, Mrs. Alberta Mead-28700 North River Road------Mt. Clemens
*Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L.-R. D. 2 ------------- --- Plymouth
Lees, Mr. and Mrs. Roland J. Sr.-90 Grandview Ave. ----- North Plainfield
Holtzclaw, Lt. and Mrs. W. J.-445-B Allenhurst Road------------Buffalo 14
*Kilcorse, Mrs. Maude A.-144 Foster Ave.---- ---- -------------- Sayville
Maurer, Mr. and Mrs. L. A.-12 Hillcrest Ave.-----------------.Port Chester
Burwell, Mr. and Mrs. William E.-216 North Ohio Ave. ------- Wellston
*Mitten, Mrs. Harry W.--3436 West 159th Street ------------ Cleveland 11
*Fuller, Mr. Martin Lane-Cadillac Hotel, 507% Boulder Ave.------------Tulsa
*Castel, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond- 110 Merry Lane ----------------Eugene
*Kuller, Mr. and Mrs. Ben F.-4000 S.E. Hager Lane----------------Portland
Johnston,Mr. William T.-224 Meade Ave.------ ------------ Corry
Scholefield, Mr. and Mrs. Jack-479 Delaware Street _------------- Peckville
Seville, Mr. John A.-6946 Weatham Street ------ ------Philadelphia 19
*Veenschoten, Mr. and Mrs. V. V.--403 West 6th Street (temp.) --------Erie
Barnard, Mr. and Mrs. Paul D.-- R. D. 2, Box 452------------- Valley Falls
*Brill, Mr. A. L.-406 69th-------------------------- ---- Houston 11
Ellis, Mrs. Peggy-2512 Calumet Drive -------------- ------- -Houston 4
*McBride, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. R.-P. O. Box 167 ---------------- Hamilton
Souder, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L.-4502 Lido Lane -------------------Houston
*Sundquist, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore-109 Persimmon St. ---- Lake Jackson
*Brown, Mr. Harry M.-Route 1 % Cralle, Prince George County --Petersburg
*Curtis, Mr. Paul C.-%Mrs. Howard S. Newcomb
107 North Wayne St. Apt. 3-------- ------Arlington 1
*Olive, Mr. and Mrs. James F.-% Eastern Supply Corp.
406 Military Highway--- ----------Norfolk 1
*Whitehorne, Mr. J. S.-Watson Court Apartments
Apt. 24, Union Street------------- Petersburg
Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Walter J.-6708 Lake St.---..--------------- Falls Church
Neumann, Mr. and Mrs. Henry M.-Route 1, Box 86 ------------- Onalaska
*Arden, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy H.-Rural Route ----------------Chippewa Falls
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Dear Ex-Canal Friends:
You are cordially invited to join the Panama Canal Society of
Florida if you are not already a member. The Canal Record, our news
booklet, is issued quarterly, and a Year Book is mailed to members in
December of each year.
Dues are $3.00 annually, and payable in January. Members com-
ing in after July 1st will pay $1.50 for balance of the year.
Please add 10c to checks to cover banking charge.
Our membership is now more than 1400.
Please fill in the application below and send your dues to the
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 249, STATION "A"
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Name --- -.............- --.------- -
Wife's Name -----------------.--..
Address -- .. -... -.. -- ............. ...---------- -
City _. ---.... -.. ------------- State _-_-----------_---_
Number of Years on Canal_--..---.- -----.__------
What Division __- ----..... ..------.------_-_-......._.........
Amount Enclosed --------- --- ---- __
Mr. and Mrs. William Bolz Mr. and Mrs. Howard C. Anderson
St. Petersburg, Fla. Richmond, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Wulff
H. C. Anderson, Norman Rocker, Mrs. Wood, W. B. Hall, Mrs. Mary
Birnbaumer, Mrs. Fuller Pearl, the late Fuller Pearl, Mrs. W. B. Hall,
and W. T. Bowen.
Mrs. N. Rocker, Mrs. H. C. Anderson, and Mrs. W. T. Bowen.
Mr. and Mrs. Shep Shreves
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Capt. Flod 1. Forresa
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Capt. SterlLng Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Grubbs
Zeph hills, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hill
Mr. and Mrs. Claude D. Campbell
Mrs. Mary Pierce, her son Buddy and daughter, Lucile; Lucile's three
girls, and Buds boy and girl. Taken in front of Bud's new home.
P. 0. Box 249 STA. A
ST. PETERSBURG 2
U. S. P teg
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Prmit No. 603
POSTMASTER: IF ADDRESSEE HAS REMOVED NOTIFY SENDER OF NEW
ADDRESS ON FORM 3547. POSTAGE FOR WHICH IS GUARANTEED
RETURN AND FORWARDING POSTAGE GUARANTEED.
George Preston, 1st President State Federation NARCE
Col. Frank H. Wang, 2nd President State Federation NARCE
Col. F. R. McReynolds, 3rd President State Federation NARCE
Joseph Schiess, 4th President State Federation NARCE
Chester Mitchell, 5th President State Federation NARCE
Ben A. Armstrong, 6th President State Federation NARCE
Tom Millett receiving a plaque as the outstanding apprentice of the State
of Kansas in 1955.
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Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bowen
Coral Gables, Fla.
Mrs. Bertha Kyleber, Balboa, C. Z.
Mrs. Lela M. Holden, Orlando, Fla.
Mr. Leo Clements, Lutz, Fla.
Mr. Warren Love, Gulfport, Fla.
Mr. O. E. Griggel, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mrs. C. K. Lambert receiving a citation from Gen. McPate of the Marine
corps presented by Major R. K. Adams at the celebration of the Lamberts
50th wedding anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Myrick
Raleigh, N. C.
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
Vice-President J. F. Bashner
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd W. Buter
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 two sessions of the 84th Congress many bills have been
introduced on the part of both Senators and Representatives all concerned
with various phases of Civil Service Retirement.
We think the Senate Committee on P.O.&C.S. did some very good
work and applied quite some effort in this direction. This committee de-
veloped Senate bill S. 2875 of interest and benefit to those civil employees
who retire in the future. This bill was passed and sent to the House. At
the time this bill was under consideration the Senate believed it to be good
general policy that legislation concerning those already on the retire-
ment rolls should be formulated in separate legislation.
Resulting from this policy two bills S. 3725 and S. 3731 were in-
troduced as outlined in our Legislative Flash in the Canal Record for June.
The Senate Committee on P.O.&C.S. in considering the difference in
these two bills, decided to make certain amendments under S. 3725. As
amended, this legislation would have authorized some increase in exist-
ing retirement annuities, would have authorized funds for this purpose
from the Retirement Fund for one year only but would have required ap.
propriation of funds thereafter, would have removed that $4104 ceiling
for annuity increases and would have established annuities for surviving
widows of annuity eligible retirees who died prior to April, 1948.
The Senate passed this amended measure Monday, July 23 and sent
it to the House. We regret the need of telling you the 84th Congress
adjourned without further consideration of this worthy bill. Since the
next Congress will be a new Congress known as the 85th Congress, all
bills still pending at the time the 84th Congress adjourned are now dead.
That is, they can not be carried over as unfinished business.
OLD TIMER CONSTRUCTION SERVICE
Those Old Timers who constructed their share of the great Panama
Canal Project before April 1, 1914 will be interested to know that the
Ralph Cutler, Selly-Brown Bill H.R. 842 has become Public Law 761
of the 84th Congress.
This measure had the benefit of the Recommendations of the Bureau
of the Budget and of the Civil Service Commission. The House Com-
mittee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries favorably reported the bill and
the House passed it on April 9, 1956. The Senate Committee on P.O.&C.S.
reported favorably on the bill without amendment, July 12 and the Sen-
ate passed it July 16, 1956. The bill was approved by The President as
Public Law 761 on July 24, 1956 to become effective August 1, 1956.
Pension checks for August will not be received until September 1, 1956.
Under Public Law 761, construction service pensioners eligible under
P.L. 319 will receive an increase in their pension amounting to 25 per
cent not to exceed $25 a month, with a $180 ceiling for the monthly
This is the legislation which Ralph Cutler has been urging for the
past six sessions of the Congress. You will recall Ralph's efforts back in
1951 with H.R. 5217 through both sessions of the 82nd Congress, with
H.R. 3660 in both sessions of the 83rd and now H.R. 842 through both
sessions of the present 84th Congress.
During these six years of effort Ralph has gone to Washington on
several occasions. He has written more than 5000 letters urging legis-
lators and fellow Canalers in helping this cause. All this voluntarily and
at his own personal expense.
Yes! Ralph Cutler has applied himself persistently and zealously
in all phases of this Old Timers Canal Construction cause. All benefic-
iaries on this occasion have more than a simple debt of gratitude to settle
with their devoted and proven friend.
Those Old Timers about St. Petersburg and vicinity are chipping in
their first month's increase or a major portion of such increase as a gift
in order to reimburse Ralph for his efforts and expenses in their behalf.
We wish other beneficiaries elsewhere adapt this as an example in order
that they may in small local groups or as individuals similarly express
their appreciation for these benefits not likely of attainment without
Ralph Cutler's untiring efforts.
Mr. Cutler is not at this time living at his home in Mystic, Conn.
While he was away caring for his sick blind brother, his home there
burned down and he is now living at 5 Redfield Parkway, Batavia, New
York. He has been under major surgery and not feeling so well for some
time. Let us all perk and cheer him up with nice letters of appreciation
and thanks with something worthwhile enclosed.
P. S.-Individual gifts may be sent direct to Ralph Cutler as suggested.
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd, 3535 19th Street No., St. Petersburg, Florida,
and Mr. Alfred G. Dunham, 1001 N. W. 63rd Street, Miami 38, Florida,
will receive and forward contributions for those who find this convenient.
Hon. LeRoy Collins,
Governor, State of Florida,
My Dear Governor Collins:
At its regular meeting, held July 9th, this Society unanimously voted
that it is in favor of approving the establishment of a four year State
College, at St. Petersburg.
Very truly yours,
Harry J. Lewis, President
Mr. Harry J. Lewis, President
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. O. Box 249 Station A St. Petersburg 2, Florida
Dear Mr. Lewis:
Thank you for your letter informing me that the Panama Canal So-
ciety of Florida is recommending the establishment of a four year State
university in Pinellas County. I can assure you that this recommendation
will receive my serious consideration.
With very kindest regards, I am
LeRoy Collins, Governor
FROM HON. GEORGE SMATHER'S WASHINGTON NEWS LETTER
THERE ARE 10,000 CIVIL SERVICE RETIREES IN FLORIDA!
This figure isn't particularly astounding, but the fact that 75% of
retired Government workers receive less than $150 per month is; and
that 95% of the survivors of deceased Federal employees receive less than
$100 per month in annuities also is.
It's therefore easy to understand why these retirees who
are on a fixed pension or annuity find themselves hard-
pressed to meet medical and hospital costs incident to
old age and at the same time maintain a decent stand-
ard of living.
For this reason, I have again stressed before the Retire-
ment Sub-committee of the Senate Post Office and Civil
Service Committee the urgent need for an increase from
$100 to $300 a year for Government retirees.
I truly feel that the Federal Government has a very direct responsi-
bility to its retirees that it is morally obligated to see that the annuities
it promised they would receive upon their retirement would have the buy-
ing power needed in our present high cost of living.
Senator George Smathers,
Senate Office Building,
Washington 25, D. C.
My dear Senator:
Today we received your most welcome Washington Newsletter No.
186 and it is certainly gratifying to know that you are working on an
increase for the retired Government worker and the survivors of deceased
It is truly a sad thing to see these oldsters who have been left, and
in their aloneness be worried with the ever increasing prices and to try
to get along on $50.00 a month, pay the rent, or try to keep up the home
in the event they have been fortunate enough to own one, pay the doctors,
buy medicine, food, the necessities of life, and in all try to exist.
I can't think of anything more necessary than an increase from the
$50.00 to perhaps $100.00 a month for widows of retired employees.
There seems to be money for so many other things that this one could
be included too.
Our next meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida is on July
9th, which is a picnic at Maggiore Lake here in St. Petersburg, and I am
going to read your letter to those present and I am sure that the Society
and its 2,400 members will back you 100%.
Thanks again for your interest, and please keep on working for the
retirees in both, especially for the widows.
Lucille S. Judd
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Phillips of 250 Hamilton Avenue, West Hemp-
stead, New York, announce the engagemtnt and forthcoming marriage of
their daughter, Marion Dorothy Phillips, to Cadet-Officer John M. Fahne-
stock, Jr., of De Lisle, Mississippi, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone.
The future bride is a recent graduate of Hofstra College, Hempstead,
N. Y., where she majored in Business Administration. A member and
corresponding secretary of Kappa Omicron Sorority, she was Business
Manager and Advertising Editor of the NEXUS, the college yearbook.
Miss Phillips is presently employed by Harman-Kardon, Inc., of West-
bury, New York.
Cadet Fahnestock was born and reared on the Atlantic Side of the
Isthmus. He is the son of Captain (retired) and Mrs. Fahnestock who
resided on the Isthmus for many years until the Captain's retirement from
the Cristobal Police Department last July. John is an upper first classman
at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, Long
Island, New York. He is a member of the Regimental Staff, and is on the
Rifle Team and also a member of the band. He was graduated from
Cristobal High School with the class of 1952.
An August military chapel wedding is planned.
Mrs. Marguerite Maphis, of Ancon, announces the engagement of
her daughter, Conway, to SP3 David W. Plumer, of the 551st Engineer
Company. The wedding will take place early in July.
Miss Maphis is presently employed on the nursing staff of Gorgas
Hospital. She was born in Ancon. Her father, the late Sam W. Maphis, Jr.
was employed for many years in the Customs Division. After her grad-
uation from Balboa High School, Miss Maphis took her nurse's training
at St. Anthony's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
Sp-3 Plummer is presently on duty with the U.S. Army and on assign-
ment with the Inter-American Geodetic Survey. He is the son of Professor
and Mrs. James Marshall Plummer, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is a
graduate of the University of Michigan.
The young couple plan to make their home in the States in September.
Mrs. Wilhelmina Fransen Sandiford and Mr. Grover Bohan were
married on June 21st in Dade City. They will make their home in Jones-
Mr. and Mrs. Bronson Bushnell Powell announce the marriage of
their daughter, Mary Celeste to Mr. Donald Ralph Fulton on June 30th
at the Westminister Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, California.
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Crouch of St. Petersburg announce the marriage
of their daughter, Susan Davies, to Mr. James R. Ready of Gulfport, Flor-
ida, on Wednesday, July 31st, at the Unity Baptist Church in Gulfport.
Mrs. Mary Ready was matron of honor and Mr. Clyde Ready, Jr. was
best man for his brother. Mrs. Ready is the granddaughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Rath of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sill, of Balboa Heights, announce the engagement
of their daughter, Mary Mankell, to Theodore Abbott Peck, Jr., son of
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Abbott Peck, of Falls Church, Virginia. Miss
Sill is a graduate of Balboa High School and of Wellesley College. Her
fiance is a graduate of the University of Virginia. An August wedding
in Washington, D. C. is planned.
Mr. and Mrs. Gus Seeburg of Bradenton, Florida, announce the en-
gagement of their daughter Virginia, to Jack Duane Wagner, son of Mr.
and Mrs. F. D. Wagner of Curundu Heights.
Miss Seeburg graduated last month from Manatee County High Scool,
where she belonged to the Girl's Glee Club and Future Nurses' Club.
Mr. Wagner graduated from Balboa High School and served in the
U.S. Marine Corps. He is now attending Lindsey Hopkins Vocational
School in Miami, Florida.
An August wedding is planned.
In a lovely candlelight service which took place at 7:30 o'clock
June 29th at the Palma Ceia Methodist Church, Miss Lois Elaine Murray
became the bride of Lt. Vern D. Calloway, Jr.
Dr. R. D. Ware of Asheville, N. C. officiated with the assistance of
Rev. Davis, associate pastor of Palma Ceia Methodist Church.
Mrs. Calloway is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Murray and
Lt. Calloway is the son of Mr. and Mrs. V. D. Calloway, Winter Park.
A reception was held immediately following the ceremony at the
MacDill Officer's Club with the bride's parents as the hosts.
Lt. Virginia Keenan, daughter of Mrs. Harriet Keenan formerly of
Gatun, Canal Zone and now a resident of St. Petersburg, Florida and the
late Mr. William Keenan, became the bride of 1st Lt. George D. Foster of
Los Angeles, California on Saturday, June 16th at the Fort Albrook
Chapel. Chaplain V. M. Sink performed the double ring ceremony before
a group of friends.
The young couple have been assigned to Orlando Air Force Base in
Mrs. Foster was born and raised on the Canal Zone and after grad-
uating from college was Physical instructor in Canal Zone Schools prior
to entering the United States Air Force.
Mr. Lawrence W. Hennen of St. Petersburg, Florida and Mrs. Eliza-
beth Thomas of Canton, Ohio, were married on June 20th at the Christ
Methodist Church in St. Petersburg. After a trip through the Great Lakes
area and mid-West, Mr. and Mrs. Hennen will return to St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kent Lambert of Chestertown, Md., announce
the marriage of their daughter, Frances Ding, to Mr. Lawrence Hilliard
on Saturday, June 16th at Hollywood, Florida.
The marriage of Miss Carol Brentner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erik
Lindberg of San Rafael, California, to Mr. Leland K. Slavens, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Kenneth P. Slavens of St. Helena, was solemnized, recently, at
the First Congregational Church in San Rafael, California. Her sister-in-
law, Mrs. Lowell Brentner was matron of honor. Lowell Brentner was
best man for Mr. Slavens. The bride is a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs.
John L. Miller Sr. formerly of El Volcan, R. P., who were present for
the wedding. Mr. Slavens, a two year prisoner of the Red Chinese has
been employed since his return to the United States, by the Bank of
The First Baptist Church in Balboa was the scene of a lovely candle-
light ceremony, when Miss Dorothy Ann Hicks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert H. Hicks of Balboa, became the bride of Dr. Robert Chapman of
Toledo, Ohio. Rev. William H. Beeby, Pastor, officiated. Miss Mary Alice
Hicks was her sister's maid of honor and Dr. John Woods served as best
man for Dr. Chapman.
Mr. and Mrs. Randall H. Ford of St. Petersburg, formerly of the
Canal Zone, announce the marriage of their daughter, Marilyn Alice, to
Rev. Malcolm Lysle Foster on June 16th in the Protestant Episcopal
Church of the Resurrection in New York, where Rev. Foster is the Curate.
Mrs. Foster graduated from the Canal Zone Schools and from Kath-
erine Gibbs School in New York. Her husband is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
E. Roland Foster of Valley, Nebrlaska. Rev. Foster is an alumnus of the
University of Michigan and also graduated from the School of Sacred
Music of the Union Theological Seminary and the General Theological
Mr. and Mrs. Philip W. Thomas of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, an-
nounce the birth of a son, Steven Reece, on April 11. Mrs. Thomas is
the former Royna Reece, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy D. Reece of
The paternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Maurice Thompson, for-
merly of New Cristobal.
Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Sapp are the parents of a son born Wednesday,
April 25 at the Coco Solo Hospital. Mrs. Sapp was Edna Mae Hewitt.
Mrs. E. F. Hewitt, maternal grandmother, is a former resident of Cristobal
who now makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is at present,
visiting with her daughter and son-in-law.
Dr. and Mrs. David Basque announce the birth of their first child
a son, Dana Edward, on May 23rd. Dr. Basque graduated from Balboa
High School and attended C.Z. Jr. College. After graduation from med-
ical school he also served as an intern at Gorgas Hospital. At present he
is practicing in Albany, N.Y. Dr. Basque is the nephew of Mrs. James
Tennien, formerly of Pedro Miguel, now living in Pittsford, Vermont.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Patterson of Scotia, New York, announce the
birth of a daughter on April 16, 1956. The baby has been named Cather-
ine Jennie. Grandma Johannes and Jennie Johannes were up in Scotia
for the event.
Capt. and Mrs. Gustav Braun, Jr. announce the arrival of a daughter
on May 23 at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. The baby has been named Kath-
erine Ann. Mrs. Braun is the former Margaret Cauthers. After June 15th,
the family will move to Washington, D. C. where Capt. Braun will be
on duty in the Pentagon.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Farrington of Miami, Florida announce the
birth of a son, Richard Henry, on July 20th. Mrs. Farrington is the for-
mer Jean Campbell, daughter of Mrs. Esther Campbell of La Habra, Cal.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Lawrence Jones of Balboa, C. Z. announce the birth
of a daughter, Jennifer Lynn, on July 5, 1956. The paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. C. Roland Jones of Balboa, and the maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roy Carman of New Carlisle, Ohio.
Anson G. Kinsman, Marine Superintendent, Terminals Division-39 years.
Marie Arias Smith, Clerk, Gorgas Hospital- 36 years, 4 months, 12 days.
Thomas J. Breheney, Dredging Division-21 years, 7 months, 2 days.
Mrs. Dora J. Coleman, Coco Solo Hospital-13 years, 10 month, 29 days.
William F. Cunningham, Office of Comptroller-17 yrs., 9 mon., 10 days.
Miss Alida Drew, Teacher-30 years, 4 months, 29 days.
William H. Gaines, Industrial Division-23 years, 9 months, 5 days.
Alfred Hval, Electrical Division-15 years, 2 months, 18 days.
Wilfred Morris, Contract and Inspection Division-16 yrs., 6 mon., 5 days.
Frank Sulc, Electrical Division-19 years, 5 months, 24 days.
Carl G. Brown, Sanitation Division-35 years, 11 months, 21 days.
George N. Engelke, Commissary Division-44 years, 9 months, 26 days.
Harvey W. Greene, Div. of Veternary Medicine-29 yrs., 2 mon., 26 days.
Joseph H. Michaud, Railroad Division-33 years, 6 months, 2 days.
Mrs. Reva Starke, Commissary Division-30 years, 21 days.
Mr. Al Geddes of St. Petersburg, Florida, was a patient in St. An-
thony's Hospital in May, but is now out and about.
Mrs. H. A. Shedlock of St. Petersburg broke a small bone in her
ankle which caused her considerable inconvenience.
Mr. John D. Stephens suffered a severe heart attack in Caracas, Ven
ezuela. He is now at home in Tallahassee and slowly improving.
Mr. Claude A. Ott of Miami, Florida, a victim of muscular distrophy,
is very ill.
Mr. Frank Wolf of St. Petersburg, at present on the Canal Zone, un-
derwent surgery at Gorgas Hospital for the removal of one of his ears.
Mrs. Bessie Lyons of Clearwater, Florida, was in the hospital in St.
Augustine, Florida, for surgery.
Mr. S. Harry Sullivan of St. Petersburg entered the Veterans Hospi-
tal in Lake City, Florida, for an operation.
Mr. Hugh Powers of St. Petersburg is a patient in the Veterans Hos-
pital at Bay Pines.
Miss Jane Gadde of St. Petersburg fell and broke her wrist and was
a patient in Bay Pines Hospital. She is at home but still has considerable
pain in her wrist.
Mr. Harry Frey of St. Petersburg suffered a stroke on June 4th but
is now doing nicely.
Mrs. Huey Powers of St. Petersburg is a patient in a local nursing
Col. David Tiger of St. Petersburg is slowly improving following an
Mrs. Mary Reese of Cresco, Penn. is slowly improving after a severe
Miss Anita Way of St. Petersburg entered the hospital in West
Chester, Penn. in April. She is now convalescing at her home.
Mr. Thomas Doran of Deer Park, Long Island, N. Y. has been very
ill for a long time. Mrs. Doran reports he is much better now but is con-
fined to his bed and wheel chair
Miss Sophia Burnham, former Gorgas and Panama Hospital nurse,
has been quite ill in Seattle, Washington.
Mrs. Mary Shivers and her mother, Mrs. Lucy Goolsby, of San Diego,
California, have both been ill. Mrs. Goolsby suffered a slight stroke.
Mrs. Anita McKeown, daughter of the Henry Hudsons of St. Peters-
burg, is back at work following an operation at Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Charles Brady of Hollywood, California, reports that Mr. Brady
has not had his second heart operation that was scheduled for this sum-
mer. She reports that he is doing fairly well.
Mrs. Anna Baird of St. Petersburg, was visiting her sister in Erie,
Pa. when she was rushed to the hospital for an emergency operation.
According to reports, she is improving and will soon be back in St. Pete.
Mr. Arthur L. Miner underwent surgery at Mound Park Hospital in
July and is now convalescing at his home.
Mr. William H. Butler of St. Petersburg was a patient in St. Anthony's
Hospital in July. Last report he was coming along nicely.
Miss Louise Kurath of Bradenton, Fla. reports that she is much better
than she was the first of the year. Miss Kurath is in the River Terrace
Guest House in Bradenton, Fla.
Mrs. Thomas Rath of St. Petersburg, Fla. suffered a slight stroke
some time ago. She is slowly improving and now gets around the house
with the aid of a walker.
Cards of Thanks and Appreciation
Cards of thanks and appreciation have been received from the following:
Mr. Warren Love Mrs. Jonas White
Miss Jane Gadde Mrs. Catherine Pearl and family
Family of Thomas J. Shirley Miss Mary E. Ledden
Mrs. Ed L. Emery Mr. W. B. Hall
The Norbet A. Jones family Mrs. James F. Lewis
Mrs. J. Samuel Campbell May C. Webber
Mrs. M. Ryson Family of John C. McMahon
Mrs. Ruby Shedlock Mrs. Bessie Lyons
Mrs. Harry W. Mitten Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Stephens
Martha and Esther Villalva, nieces of Mrs. Harriet Hamilton in Lima Peru.
THE CURTAIN FALLS
CORRECTION: On Page 23 of the June Canal Record under Curtain
Falls, an error was made in the notice of the death of Mr. Wilfred H.
Van Fleet. By mistake the name Clarence was used.
Our apologies to the family of Mr. Van Fleet. Editor.
Thomas J. Shirley, former senior conductor for the Panama Railroad,
died June 8 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was 71 years old.
One of the highlights of Mr. Shirley's railroad career came in 1936
when he was conductor for the special train which carried President
Franklin D. Roosevelt across the Isthmus. For a time he was conductor
on one of the Panama Railroad motor cars.
After his retirement from Canal service in 1947, Mr. and Mrs. Shirley
made their home in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Surviving him are his wife and a daughter, Mrs. Frederick W. Holm-
berg who resides in Los Rios.
Robert M. Wilford, formerly Assistant to the Master of Transpor-
tation, Railroad Division, died in Houston, Texas, after a long illness. He
was 62 years old.
Mr. Wilford retired from the Canal service in 1954 because of ill
health. He had more than 26 years of government service. He remained
on the Isthmus for about a year and for the past eight months has been
living in Houston.
Surviving him is his son, Robert M. Wilford, Jr., who was employed
by the Canal organization until recently and who is now living in Houston.
Jonas E. White, former Balboa postal clerk, died in Guntersville,
Alabama. He was 67 years old.
Mr. White retired from Canal service in 1950 after 40 years of Gov-
ernment service. Since that time he has been making his home in Sewanee,
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, he was first employed by the Canal
organization as a postal clerk at Cristobal, October 5, 1907. He served
as postal clerk at Cristobal and at Corozal until 1917 when he returned
to the States.
Re-employed in 1919 in the Correspondence Bureau, he later served
in the Payroll section and as assistant steamship ticket agent in Cristobal
until 1923. After a short break in service, he returned to the Canal in
1925 and was employed as a postal clerk in Ancon. He served there and
at Balboa until his retirement.
In addition to his widow, he is survived by his son, Jonas White, Jr.
Elmo M. Foster, retired employee of the Panama Canal's accounting
division, died May 20 in the State Hospital in Norristown, Pa. He would
have been 80 years old on June 1.
A native of Carthage, Mo., Mr. Foster came to the Isthmus in 1905
during the construction period as a stenographer with the Isthmian Canal
He was transferred to the Panama Canal as a clerk in 1914 and was
an accountant in the accounting division from 1917 until his retirement
in 1936. Since that time he has been making his home in Norristown.
He is survived by his wife Mrs. Mary Foster.
Edward E. Fluharty, 71, retired Panama Canal employee, died in
Gorgas Hospital where he had been a patient since May 24th last.
The deceased was the father of Mrs. Edna Hummer of Balboa, C. Z.
He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Edna Hummer of Balboa, a son,
James W., of Louisville, Ky., and by two brothers and a sister living in
the United States.
William Love, retired Panama Canal employee, died at Gorgas Hos-
pital. He was 75 years old.
Mr. Love had been making his home at the Tivoli Guest House for
some time. He was stricken ill only a few days before entering Gorgas
Hospital May 17th.
A native of Newark, New Jersey, Mr. Love was one of the old timers
of the Canal construction period. He entered Canal service in November
1907 and was employed from then until his retirement in July 1938 ex-
cept for a brief break in his service in 1922. During his service in the
Industrial (then Mechanical) Division in Balboa, he was employed as
boiler-maker, planner, and inspector.
He was well known in Panama City. He and his wife who died several
years ago had a home for many years on the Sabanas Road. He has no
immediate family on the Isthmus.
E. St. Clair Clayton, retired Panama Canal lock operator, died May
28 in Shephardstown, W. Va. He was 80 years old.
A native of Parkersburg, W. Va., Mr. Clayton came to the Isthmus
in 1914 shortly after the Canal was opened to traffic. He worked as a
wireman with the electrical Division until 1917 when he was transferred
to the Locks Division as a lock operator, which position he held until his
retirement in 1937.
Since his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton have been living in Shep-
Surviving him are his wife and a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Brough,
of Miami, Florida.
Dr. Charles A. Hearne, one of the Panama Canal's first quarantine
officers and well known former resident of Cristobal, died May 25 after a
long illness at home in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was 80 years old.
A native of Van Buren County, La., Dr. Hearne arrived on the Isthmus
in 1905 as an intern with the Isthmian Canal Commission and in 1907 was
made Assistant quarantine officer. He was promoted to quarantine officer
in 1913 and held that position with the Panama Canal until his retirement
During most of his many years of service in the Canal Zone, he was
stationed on the Atlantic Side, where he was a well-known figure.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Ora S. Hearne; a daughter Mrs.
Jack Skinner, and a grandson, all of Corpus Christi.
News of the death of Edward L. "Scud" Emery, an old timer of
the Canal construction days who retired from service over 20 years ago,
has been received. His death occurred May 29 in Hollywood, Florida,
where he has made his home for a number of years. He was 73 years old.
A native of Brookville, Pennsylvania, Mr. Emery was first employed
in March, 1908, on the Canal Zone Police force. He transferred to the
Mechanical Division until his retirement in 1934.
Mr. Emery was well known on the Isthmus in the world of sports.
He was a baseball player in the old Isthmian League and first baseman
for the Balboa team. He continued an active player until the late 1920's
and actively interested in the league until leaving the Isthmus.
He is survived by his wife.
Mrs. Lillian Mae Peterson, who had made her home with a daughter,
Mrs. Rudolph W. Propst, 17 Mill Lane, since 1951, died April 26th.
Mrs. Peterson was born in Rutland, Wis., daughter of the late Aaron
and Anna Syorals Bell.
After her marriage to Julius N. Peterson, Mrs. Peterson lived in
Denver, Col., until 1910, when they went to the Panama Canal Zone where
Mr. Peterson worked on the building of the Panama Canal. He died June
22, 1939, and Mrs. Peterson continued to live in the Canal Zone until 1951
when she came here to live with her son-in-law and daughter, Col. and
In addition to her daughter, she leaves another daughter, Mrs. Shirley
B. Stevens of Tavares, Fla., and a son, Harry W. of Los Angeles, Calif.,
who recently retired from the Army after serving in the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Nina R. Dubois, East Grant Ave., died May 3, at her home after
a brief illness. Born in New Milford, Pa., she had resided in Vineland
25 years. A member of the First Presbyterian Church, and the Church
Women's Service Guild, she also belonged to the Wallsholm Club and
was president of the Hospital Helping Hand.
She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Esther R. Turner of Philadelphia; a
brother, Fred Richardson of Vineland.
Herman W. Smith, former Canal Zone resident, died in Brooklyn,
New York, Sunday, April 12, according to reports received.
He is survived by sons Dr. Jaime Smith, of New York and Henry
Smith; daughters Ylette Smith, Mrs. Lucille Williams and Mrs. Cora
Hunt and eight grandchildren.
Mrs. Harriet Oliver Hamilton, 91, known to many as "The Grand-
mother of Pan American World Airways', who had lived in Tampa and
Lima, Peru since 1945, died May 7 in Lima. She was born there and
spent her early years in Panama.
Mrs. Hamilton was the widow of Charles J. Hamilton, who worked
from 1905 to 1930 as an employee of the United States Corps of Engineers
at the Panama Canal.
The Hamiltons came to Tampa in 1930 and lived at 5710 Branch Ave.,
until Mr. Hamilton's death in 1944.
In 1945 Mrs. Hamilton began the first of 35 flights from Tampa to
Lima and return.
During her visits to Tampa she stayed with the R. E. Geigers at 5710
Branch Ave., and her last trip to Peru was made Jan. 17.
She had planned to return to Tampa early in May.
Her picture appears in many airport terminals throughout the area
serviced by Pan American.
She is survived by two nieces, Miss Martha Villalva and Miss Esther
Villalva, both of Lima.
Burial will be in Tampa.
Charles L. Luedtke, 72, economist and former Foreign Service Officer,
died May 28 at the Washington Sanitarium after a long illness.
Mr. Luedtke formerly lived at the Belvedare Apartment House, 1301
Massachusetts Ave., N.W., but for more than a year had been confined to
Born in Winone, Minn., he was assistant chief clerk of the Depart-
ment of Civil Administration of the Panama Canal Zone from 1906
through 1916. He was employed by the Emergency Fleet Corporation
in 1917 and 1918.
Mr. Luedtke served as an agricultural attache overseas for the Depart-
ment of Agriculture in the 1930's. He saw service in Ecuador and Co-
lumbia. He retired with the rank of consul in 1944.
From 1950 to 1953, he was a research counselor for the American
Institute for Foreign Trade at Phoenix, Arizona.
On returning to Washington he became a charter member of Diplo-
matic and Consular Officers Retired, Inc. (DACOR), and was active in
the group's work. He also was one of the Panama Canal Society, com-
posed of persons who were employed in Panama during construction of
Mr. Luedtke was a bachelor.
News of the death of Edward A. Kamiske, an Isthmian resident for
20 years, has reached here. He died in the Veterans Hospital in Portland,
Ore., April 15 after a five-week illness.
Mr. Kamiske came to Panama in 1924 to work for Fuerza y Luz Co.
At the time of his retirement he was superintendent of the telephone de-
partment. In 1944 he left the Isthmus to make his home in Oregon.
He is survived by his wife, Alta, six sisters and three brothers all of
whom reside in the United States.
News has been received of the death of Mr. Mathew E. Robinson
on June 20th. Burial was at Stanford, Conn. He is survived by his wife
who is at present in New York City.
John Frank Stevens, Jr., seventy-one, an exporter, died of a heart
attack Tuesday night, May 1st, as he entered the Christian Science Society,
114 Pierpont Street, Brooklyn, where he had been a first reader. He
lived at the Hotel Margaret, 97 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn.
His father, John Frank Stevens, was an internationally known civil
engineer, a key figure in the building of the Panama Canal and general
manager of the Great Northern Railway system.
Mr. Stevens, who also was educated as an engineer was graduated
from Yale University in 1913. He spent seventeen years in the Far East
as Asiatic Director for the Kelvinator Company, and later became asso-
ciated with the Sears-Roebuck Company, here and abroad.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Henrietta Scofield Stevens, and a
brother, Eugene C. Stevens of Southern Pines, N. C.
News of the death of Oscar Maessen, retired Panama Canal employee,
on June 25 in Antwerp, Belgium, has been received. He was 73 years old.
Mr. Maessen was a veteran employee of the Canal service and was
for several years Inspector of Hulls and Boilers for the Marine Bureau
before his retirement in January 1945.
He was a native of Antwerp and a naturalized American citizen. He
was first employed in the Canal organization as a Marine engineer in the
Dredging Division in April 1916. He left the service and was on duty
for a short time with the U.S. Navy during the first World War.
Mr. and Mrs. Maessen made their home in St. Petersburg, Florida,
most of the time since his retirement, although they have travelled exten-
sively in Europe. They revisited the Canal Zone several years ago.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Maessen is survived by a daughter, Mrs.
J. F. Meehan, of Margarita, wife of a Panama Canal Pilot, and two grand-
It is reported that Charles R. Bryon, better known as Bill Bryon,
died in Vancouver, Washington some time ago. Mr. Bryon was in charge
of the storehouse in Gatun during the construction of the locks and dam.
It is believed that Mr. Bryon is survived by his wife, but no further de-
tails are known.
James B. Gilder, 30, son of Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Gilder, died June
18th in the Canal Zone. Mr. Gilder's death followed a long illness. At his
request he was buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Mr. Jack McMahon, age 86, died July 9th in Miami, Fla. He is sur-
vived by one daughter, Marie Fletcher, and two sons, Louis and Frank,
and five grandchildren, all of Miami, Florida.
Mr. Thomas S. Booze, early construction day employee as Y.M.C.A.
Secretary and later General Secretary of the Bureau of Clubs and Play-
grounds, died recently in California. Mr. Booze is survived by his wife,
Louise, two sons, Francis F. and Thomas S. Booze, Jr., three brothers,
Norton A., Charles S., and Melville L. Booze. He is also survived by four
Alfred Friedrich, (Fritz) Marti, an employee in the Canal organiza-
tion for nearly 50 years, died at his home in El Volcan R.P. He was 83
years old. Mr. Marti was one of the most colorful and well known old
timers in the Zone and Panama. Mr. Marti is survived by his wife and a
son, Ted, an employee of the Locks Division.
Frank G. Tester, a member of the Canal Zone Police Force, died re-
cently after a long illness. Mr. Tester had been a member of the C. Z.
Force for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, Lillian, and two children,
Gloria Jeanne and Frank Raymond.
Word has been received from Mrs. R. S. De Spain of the death of
Mr. De Spain in Whipple Hospital in Whipple, Arizona. Mr. De Spain
had been in ill health for over five years.
Mrs. Alice Artstadt of Niagara Falls, N. Y., sister of Mrs. Thomas
Rath of St. Petersburg, died on July 24 in Niagara Falls, N. Y.
The death of George B. Allen of Jacksonville, Fla. has been reported.
Mr. Allen was an old Panama Railroad Conductor. No other details are
News of the death of Fred M. Westcott of Mt. Dora, Fla. has been
received. Mr. Westcott was a Panama Railroad Locomotive Engineer. No
further details available.
Mrs. Marie Ward Vickery, 90, of Orlando, Fla. died on Monday, June
18, 1956 in an Orlando hospital. A member of the Mother Church of
Christ Scientist, Boston, Mrs. Vickery came to Orlando from the Canal
Zone 25 years ago. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ralph C. Bradley of
Orlando, a grand-daughter and two great grandchildren.
Fred Spriegel, 86, who assisted in the building of the Panama Canal,
died at 11:50 a. m. Tuesday (July 10, 1956) at his home at 37 Buffalo
St., Attica, N. Y., after a long illness.
A native of Alexander, Mr. Spriegel was born April 15, 1870, a son
of George and Regina Grau Spriegel. He had been employed by the BR
& P Railroad. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Surviving Mr. Spriegel are his wife, Mrs. Evelyn Clark Spriegel; a
daughter, Mrs. Frank Werner; a, son, George Spriegel, both of Attica; a
step-brother, Nicholas Gildner of California; six grandchildren and eight
Joseph E. Haus, 64, who had been a U.S. Army transportation clerk
in the Panama Canal Zone, died in a local hospital on July 30th.
He was a native of New York City. On retiring a year and P half
ago he came to Bradenton and lived at 3002 Manatee Avenue West.
Mr. Haus was a veteran of World War I and attended the Catholic
Church. His wife, Mrs. Bergeliot E. Haus, survives.
Grieve not because a little while
Our loved ones tread a greener sod,
For soon we too, shall see the smile
And with them touch the hand of God.
The Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Lukes in Ancon, The
Very Reverend M. Richard MacDonald, has resigned to become the Rec-
tor of Grace St. Lukes parish in Memphis, Tenn. At a special meeting of
the Cathedral Chapter at St. Lukes, Bishop Gooden appointed the Ven.
Mainert J. Peterson, Archdeacon of Colon, and Rector of Christ Church
by the Sea, as Dean to succeed Rev. MacDonald.
Miss Shirley Million was chosen by the American Legion as the most
outstanding girl graduate in Balboa High School for the year. Miss Mil-
lion will receive the Canal Zone College Club scholarship award for 1956.
Mrs. Muriel de Young of Ancon, C. Z. has been elected president
of the Canal Zone branch of the National League of American Pen
Women by her fellow artists and writers of this group.
Major General William Everett Potter is the new Governor of the
Canal Zone. The Governor, his wife, and their two daughters, Susan Ruth
and Jo Ann, arrived on the Isthmus June 20th on the Panama Liner,
Although there are a few old timers in the Canal Zone who began
work while the Canal was being built, approximately half of those now
employed were born after the Canal opened in 1914. This bit of interest-
ing information came to light in a survey of age groups prepared in
connection with plans for group health insurance.
The 45,000 ton aircraft carrier, Franklin D. Roosevelt, made a two
day stay in Balboa in June. It was the largest ship ever to visit the Canal
Zone. The Roosevelt is 979 feet long and 182 feet wide. When the Car-
rier left Balboa, for the open sea, pilots Samuel Johnson, Peter Tallon,
and Robert F. Boyd were delayed aboard the Carrier for about a hour
and a half were brought back to Balboa by Navy helicopter. This is
believed to be the first time a helicopter has been used to send a canal
pilot back to port.
The directors of the Panama Canal Company have voted to pay
$5,000,000 to the United States Treasury in partial payment of the U.S.
governments investment in the Canal. The payment will be made out of
cash reserves of the Company found by the Board to be in excess of the
company requirements for working capital and foreseeable plant replace-
ment and expansion.
A new annual record in the amount of Commercial traffic moving
through the Panama Canal was established in the fiscal year which ended
at midnight on June 1. The year's traffic figures showed a total of 8209
transits by ocean going commercial ships, surpassing by more than 200,
the record number set in the previous fiscal year.
The first civilian to head the surgical service of Gorgas Hospital
since the retirement of Dr. Howard K. Tuttle, is Dr. Evanganie P. Shiro-
kov who succeeds Col. William W. Nichol, who is leaving the Canal Zone.
On July 2, the House passed and sent to the Senate a bill to author-
ize construction of a bridge across the Panama Canal at Balboa. Cost of
the bridge is estimated at twenty million dollars. The bridge will fulfill
a commitment made by the U. S. in 1942 in return for the use of certain
sites in Panama during World War II.
A ruling of the Department of Agriculture requires that all auto-
mobiles must be washed, particularly the under parts, before loading on
Panama Line vessels. Soil examination in various countries indicate the
presence of undesirable organisms injurious to certain farm crops.
In a farewell speech before a group of Panama and Canal Zone en-
gineers, retiring Gov. J. S. Seybold reiterated his recent statement be-
fore the board of directors, that the sea level project was not only desire-
able but inevitable.
An independent study of the Panama Railroad operations for the
House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee by John T. Ridgely
has been started on the Zone. This study was requested by the committee
which held hearings on the Isthmus late last year on the proposed aband-
onment of the railroad and construction of a highway across the Isthmus
through the Canal Zone.
The $15,410,000 budget for the Panama Canal for the next fiscal
year, was passed and signed by the President with no large cuts made in
any request. One item was denied, authority to purchase cars and buses
to begin transition from Railroad to Highway across the Isthmus. No
decision has been made as yet to abandon the railroad.
38 cases of polio have been reported on the Isthmus since last May.
Gorgas Hospital has had 18 cases of which three have died. Santo Thomas
Hospital has had 20 cases, 16 of which have been positively identified
as polio victims. As a polio precaution, all Panama City beaches have
been ordered closed.
The Pilots two million dollar suit has been making slow progress in
the United States District Court in Ancon, C. Z. At the time of going to
press, we had no news of the outcome of this suit.
Ernesto de la Guardia, Jr. was elected President of Panama in the
May 13 presidential elections. Temistocles Diaz will be First Vice-Presi-
dent and Heraclio Barletta second Vice-President. De la Guardia, Diaz
and Borletta will take office on October 1, for a four year term.
President Eisenhower was greeted warmly by Panama's President
Ricardo Arias at Tocumen Airport as the Guardia Nacional boomed it's
21 gun salute. Also on hand to greet President Eisenhower, were many
Military and Diplomatic Dignitaries. President Eisenhower received a
noisy but friendly ovation from the throngs of Panamanians who crowded
the street to the City. There were continuous shouts of "Viva Eisenhower".
The third day, President Eisenhower got his biggest thrill. Along the
route to the El Panama Hotel, where he was to join with 18 heads of
Latin American States in the signing of the Declaration of Panama, he
was greeted by the most wildly cheering throng he had ever experienced.
The Ambassador of Panama, J. J. Vallarino, made representations
to the State Department in April against transmission of Commercials
over the Armed Forces Television Station on the Zone. Vallarino said
his government felt the transmission of commercials over Canal Zone
Television Station, would compete with those on present radio stations in
the Republic of Panama and with later television installations there.
Jose Ramon Guizado, former President of Panama, serving his six
year sentence for complicity in the assassination of President Jose A.
Remon, has requested President Ricardo E. Arias to name a special com-
mission to review new evidence, Guizado claims he has. This evidence, he
claims, would implicate persons in high positions and would prove his
A contract with two companies to build oil refineries and chemical
petroleum plants in Colon, worth a total of $66,000,000, has been signed
at the Presidencia in Panama. Representatives of each of the two com-
panies involved Panama Refining Co. and the Refineria y. Petroquimica
de Panama, each of which presented $200,000 to the government as a
guarantee that they will start construction within the next 18 months.
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Covering the Period from May 1st through July 25th, 1956
Many thanks to Mrs. Comley and Mr. Burwell for their contributions
to our collection of books, pictures, etc. They are greatly appreciated.
September 10th at Lowry-Park in Tampa and October 8th at Lake
Maggiore here in St. Petersburg are the last two picnics for this year.
If you have missed the others, please try to attend either or both of these.
Everyone always has a grand time. The November meeting will be at the
Tourist Center, 225 4th Street South, here in St. Petersburg.
Many have not paid their 1956 dues, Costa Rica 1, Canal Zone 11,
Arizona 1, Arkansas 1, California 6, D. C. 2, Florida 16, Illinois 2, In-
diana 1, Louisiana 2, Massachusetts 1, Missouri 1, New Jersey 3, New
Mexico 1, New York 3, North Carolina 4, Ohio 1, Oregon 1, Pennsyl-
vania 3, Tennessee 3, Texas 3, Virginia 1, and Washington (State) 1.
Many thanks to those who have paid their dues. We are a large Society
now and to run it to the best of our ability we must have the dues to
know where we stand.
Attention to those joining for the balance of the year. This six months
membership expires December 31st. A 1957 Year book will be mailed
to the six month members upon payment of their 1957 dues.
Since the 1957 Year Book goes to press early in October, NO
CHANGES can be made after November 1st. If any of you want to give
a membership for Xmas be sure you send it in in time for the year book
-all members like to see their name in the year book and not have to
wait a full year.
Just a reminder that the Reunion will take place January 15th and
16th, 1957 single room $8.00 and double room $12.00. Soreno Hotel
in St. Petersburg.
I still have some pins and buttons at $1.00 each-they make lovely
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING MAY 14, 1956
Lowry Park Tampa, Florida
About 100 members were gathered at Lowry Park for the Society's
regular meeting. This was the first picnic meeting of the 1956 season, and
members enjoyed perfect picnic weather.
Meeting was called to order at 1:30 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
Vice-President -------- Mr. Troy Hayes
Secretary-Treasurer ----_ Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary .-- -- Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mrs. Shreves acted as Receptionist,, and introduced out-of-town mem-
bers and visitors, who responded to the welcome: among them-
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Henry, of Zephyrhills, Fla.
Mrs. Hilda Crouch, of Santa Clara, R. de P.
Capt. and Mrs. Henry Falk, of the Canal Zone.
Frances Greene, of Bradenton, Fla.
Mrs. Leonard Farrington and Mrs. Jess Frey, of Newport, Oregon,
who are house guests of Mrs. George Dolan. Mrs. Farrington lived
on the Canal Zone from 1913 to 1921, when the late Mr. Farrington
was employed by the Electrical Division.
Mrs. Edward W. Connelly.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Baker (guests of the Herman Wulffs).
Mrs. Lillian Farr, of the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Owen Corrigan, of the Canal Zone, (Daughter and son-
in-law of the Robert F. Pearls).
Mr. and Mrs. William Wood and three small sons, of Spokane, Wash.,
who are visiting with Bill's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Wood).
Mrs. W. A. Hambelton, of St. Petersburg.
Capt. and Mrs. A. T. Luther, of St. Petersburg
Membership Report: There are 1106 paid-up members, as of April
Recording Secretary read minutes of regular meeting, held April 9th,
1956, at the Tourist Center. President Lewis, hearing no corrections or
omissions, declared them approved.
President Lewis announced that next regular meeting would be a
picnic meeting at Hillsboro Park, June 11th time, noon.
Committee Reports: None.
Special Interest: Secretary-Treasurer read many letters received,
and made several announcements. She sent out over 300 notices of 1956
dues, with gratifying results, as already she has received dozens of inter-
esting letters from members, enclosing their 1956 dues.
ON THE SICK LIST:
Capt. K. M. Wikingstad, of St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Mary Shivers and her mother, Mrs. Goolsby, of California have
Miss Sophie Burnham.
Mr. Jonas White, of Sewanee, Tenn., is a hospital patient.
Mr. Albert H. (Al.) Geddes, a patient in St. Anthony's Hospital.
Mr. Robert F. (Fuller) Pearl, a patient in St. Anthony's Hospital.
Mr. W. B. (Dick) Hall, a patient in Bay Pines Hospital.
Mrs. Jas. F. Lewis, of St. Petersburg.
Capt. J. C. Powell.
Mr. Fred J. Lyons, now at home in Clearwater, Fla.
Mr. James Whitsett has lost sight of one eye.
The demise of the following was noted:
Mrs. Martin Fuller Mr. Jack Martin
Mrs. Nina R. DuBoise Mr. David Huff
Mr. E. A. Erbe Mrs. Julius Peterson
Mrs. Harriet Hamilton
Mrs. Conkerton said that Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fender, of Margarita,
C. Z., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ostrom, of Lantana, Fla., were recent
visitors in St. Petersburg, and wished to be remembered to their many
Legislation: Mr. W. L. Hersh took the floor, and spoke at length
of the various bills before the Congress of vital importance to Civil Ser-
vice Retirees. At our March 12th meeting, a motion was made and passed
that this Society go on record as being opposed to combining the Civil
Service Retirement with Social Security. Correspondence on this subject
was s-nt to the Hon. Olin D. Johnson, Chairman of Senate Committee.
Post Office and Civil Service, and to Hon. Tom Murray, of the House
Committee; also, to Senators George A. Smather and Spessard Holland,
and Rep. William C. Cramer, of the State of Florida.
Bill HR-842, beneficial to employees of the Construction Era, has
passed the House, and is now pending in the Senate Committee.
There being no further business before the meeting, President Lewis
asked for a motion to adjourn; motion made by Mr. Foster, seconded by
Mr. Hall; motion carried, and meeting adjourned at 3:00 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
YOU ARE ADVISED ..
Your subscription expires with the December issue unless you have
paid your 1957 dues.
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING JUNE 11th, 1956
State Park, Hillsboro, Florida
About 125 members were gathered at Hillsboro Park for the Society's
picnic meeting, and perfect picnic weather prevailed.
Meeting was called to order by President Harry J. Lewis, who dis-
pensed with the singing and offering of invocation.
Mrs. Shreves acted as Receptionist, and introduced out-of-town mem-
bers, new members and visitors, who responded to the welcome; among
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Rowsing.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morris and son, Richard, from the Canal Zone.
Adrienne Bryson Squires.
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Maurer (retired from Canal Zone).
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Askew and 4 children.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Shafer.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Foster and children, from the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Howard, Jr., and 2 children, from the Canal Zone.
Mrs. George Whaler and 4 daughters.
Mrs. Ruth Page, from Boston, Mass. (Mrs. Page is having a home
built in St. Petersburg, and will become a permanent resident next
Mr. Wm. L. Gardner, age 91, father of Mrs. Frank Hohmann.
President Lewis announced next regular meeting would be a picnic
meeting at Lake Maggiore Park on July 9th, 1956; time noon.
Recording Secretary read minutes of regular meeting held May 14th,
at Lowry Park, Tampa. President Lewis, hearing no corrections or omis.
sions, declared them approved.
Recording Secretary read several news items of interest to Society
members, which were compiled by Mrs. Judd.
ON THE SICK LIST:
Col. David Tiger, recuperating from an operation, and sends best
wishes to all.
From Mr. R. O. Shuey, of Miami, we hear of the critical illness of
E. M. Foster, in Norrisown, Pa.
Mrs. Mary Reese, of Cresco, Pa., is feeling some better, and sends
best wishes to all.
Mr. Tom Doran is coming along nicely.
Mrs. Shedlock coming along nicely after an operation.
Mr. Harry Frey suffered a stroke last Monday, but is coming along
Mrs. Tom Rath ill at home, and we hope for her a speedy recovery.
Mrs. Anita McKeown, daughter of the Henry Hudsons, recuperating
from a serious operation performed at Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Conkerton reported that Jimmie, son of Dr. Gilder, is seriously
Congratulations were extended to Louis Bradley, son of Mr. and Mrs.
James Bradley, upon his graduation from the University of Florida, at
The demise of the following was noted:
Mr. Charles L. Luedtke, on May 28th.
Mr. John Frank Stevens, Jr., on May 1st.
Mr. Jonas E. White, of Suwanee, Tenn., on May 17th.
Mr. R. S. DeSpain, on May 26th, at Veterans Hospital, Whipple, Ariz.
Mr. Robert Fuller Pearl, May 14th, at St. Petersburg.
Mr. E. L. "Scud" Emery, May 29th, at Miami, Florida.
Mr. Thomas J. Shirley, May llth, at Hot Springs, Ark.
Mrs. Frank Gute, of Santa Clara, R. P.
Mr. William Love, of Panama City, R. P.
Mr. Edward E. Fluharty.
A gift was received from the New York Society of $10.00, in recog-
nition of the excellent job being done in the publication of the Canal
Record; also, greetings to all from Col. John J. Fitzpatrick, Sec'y-Treas.
A gift to. the Society from Mr. F. G. Swanson of a subscription to
"Facts Forum News".
Legislation: None Mr. Hersh at present in Pennsylvania.
Unfinished Business: None.
New Business: None.
Mrs. Herman Wulff took the floor, and expressed appreciation of the
large turn-out at this Hillsboro Park meeting.
Mr. William T. (Bill) Henry furnished ice-cold watermelon to every-
body at the meeting, which was much appreciated.
There being no further business before the meeting, President Lewis
asked for a motion to adjourn; motion made by Mr. Hennen, seconded
by Mrs. Wulff, and carried, and meeting adjourned at 3:00 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING JULY 9th, 1956
Lake Maggiore Park, St. Petersburg, Florida
About 100 members were gathered at Lake Maggiore Park for the
Society's regular picnic meeting, and perfect picnic weather prevailed.
Meeting was called to order at 1:30 P. M. by President Harry J. Lewis,
who dispensed with the singing and offering of invocation.
Mrs. Shreves acted as Receptionist, and introduced out-of-town mem-
bers, new members and visitors, who responded to the welcome; among
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Neumann, daughter and grandson, of Kenosha,
Mr. Richard Baltozer and children.
Mr. J. A. Seville, of Philadelphia.
Mr. and Mrs. Winchell Pennock and 2 children.
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kelley, of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Uhler.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown, their daughter Mrs. Truxton LaQuire and
her baby who was born December 27th.
Mr. and Mrs. Meigs and 2 children, from St. Louis.
President Lewis announced that the next regular meeting would be
a picnic meeting, at Lowry Park, Tampa, August 13, time-noon. Presi-
dent Lewis further said that due to the possibility of early afternoon
showers, it would be expedient to open the meeting at 1 o'clock, or as
near that hour as possible.
Special Interest: Mrs. Judd read many letters received and made
several announcements of interest to members.
In the matter of license to drive automobiles, a Florida license will
be issued, at the County Building, without examination, upon presentation
of a current Canal Zone license; however, a Republic of Panama license
will not be reciprocated. Mrs. Judd said that this definite information
was obtained by our Mr. T. M. Drake, in 1951.
On the Sick List:
Mrs. H. A. Shedlock suffered a broken small bone in the ankle while
recuperating from a recent operation.
Miss Anita Way is much improved.
Mrs. Bessie Lyons hospitalized at St. Augustine, Florida.
Mr. Frank Wolf underwent a serious operation at Gorgas Hos-
pital. C. Z..
Miss Jane Gadde suffered a broken wrist.
Mrs. W. C. Webber underwent surgery for a ruptured disc.
Mr. S. Harry Sullivan, a patient in Veterans Hospital, Lake City, Fla
Mr. Hugh V. Powers, a patient in Bay Pines Hospital.
Miss Jessie Murdoch greatly improved in health.
Mr. John D. Stephens, of Tallahassee, is quite ill.
Mr. Harry F. Frey, somewhat improved in health.
The demise of the following was noted:
Mr. Sinclair Clayton
Mr. Matthew E. Robinson
Mr. James B. Gilder
Mr. Robert M. Wilford, in Houston, Tex.
Mr. Oscar Maessen, at Antwerp, Belgium.
Capt. and Mrs. William Will, of St. Petersburg, are anticipating the
arrival of son, Ray, and wife and 6 children, from the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Wilhelmina E. Sandiford and Grover F. Bohan were married
June 6th, at Dade City, Florida. Both are members of this Society.
Mrs. Judd read letter received from Mrs. Hugh Turner, of Houston,
Texas, telling of the formation of a new Panama Canal Club, in Houston;
more detailed information will be furnished at a later date.
Mrs. Judd read letter written by the Society to U. S. Senator George
Smathers, in appreciation of his efforts towards increasing pensions of
retirees and those of surviving widows, and a rising vote of thanks to
Senator Smathers was tendered by the membership present.
The Society regrets error in publishing notice of death of Wilfred
H. Van Fleet, Sr., (erroneously printed as Clarence Van Fleet), and cor-
rection will be forthcoming in subsequent issue of the Record.
Legislation: Mr. W. L. Hersh spoke of the various bills before the
Congress, of interest to retirees. Bill H.R. 842, beneficial to retirees of
the Construction Era, passed the House, and has been pending in the
Senate Committee since April 9th.
Mr. J. P. Everett took the floor, and again urged those who are to
benefit by Bill H.R. 842 to write their Congressmen, asking support for
passage of this bill.
Unfinished Business: None.
New Business: Mr. H. H. Hudson asked for the floor, and cited an
item in today's newspaper "St. Petersburg Times", relative to a new
State College in Pinellas County, and Mr. Hudson opined that this Society
go on record as being favorable toward the establishment of such a college
in St. Petersburg. Motion was made by Mr. William J. Bartlett, seconded
by Mr. Frank Hohmann, that this Society write the Board of Control, Board
of Education and Governor Leroy Collins to that effect; motion carried.
There being no further business before the meeting, President Lewis
asked for a motion to adjourn. Motion made by Mr. Guy Johannes,
seconded by Mr. Lee Burns; motion carried, and meeting adjourned at
3:00 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
El Monte, Calif., July 19,1956
Dear Mr. Kieswetter:
The Annual Spring Picnic held June 10th at Griffith Park was at-
tended by approximately 300 old timers, families and friends. Those from
out of town were:
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Harvey and children Gail and High from Bal-
boa, C. Z.
Mr. Bruce Sanders, Gamboa, C. Z.
Emil W. Weltz, Coraopolis, Pa.
Henry M. Neuman, Washington.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Moore, Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Powell, Diablo Heights, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Davis, Panama City, Rep. de Panama.
The B. B. Powells are up on vacation and will also attend the wed-
ding of their daughter Celeste.
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Dwelle of Gamboa, C. Z. were visitors recently
in San Diego with relatives and also in San Francisco. and vicinity visit-
ing Mr. Dwelle's sister.
Mrs. Mary Zemmer was another vacationer in California visiting with
family and friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Rocker and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Howell of
Lafeyette were host to a group of old timers for a lovely dinner and en-
joyable evening in the beautiful new home of the Rockers. Most of those
present were from the Pacific side. IMrs. Mary Zemmer, Mr. and Mrs.
Harvey McConaughey, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Prager, Mr. and Mrs. Vern
Mitchell, Capt. and Mrs. John Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Enio Lindstrom,
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Hutchings, Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Neville, Mr. and Mrs.
Glenn Kerr, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Beard and Mr. and Mrs. George Coffee.
Mr. Carl A. Posey, Jr., son of Mrs. Margaret Dalton and Carl A. Posey
of Panama, has accepted a position with Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach,
Mr. Tom Booz of Pasadena passed away recently. Services were held
Saturday at Forest Lawn. The many old timers and friends who have
known the Tom Booz family so long, send Sincere Sympathy to the family.
Maj. and Mrs. L. M. Martin and four children are expected to arrive
next week for a visit with Mrs. Martin's (Norma Stillwell) parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Ellis Stillwell of Monrovia. Maj. Martin has been stationed in
Japan the last several years and will probably be stationed in Washing-
ton, D. C. for his new tour of duty.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Laatz and two boys, Gerry and Charles, are
visiting their family in Balboa, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Harvey and children are visiting Virginia's par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Thomas of Arcadia. The Harveys also spent a
week in San Diego visiting friends; among them Mr. and Mrs. P. A.
White and daughter, Margaret.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wayman (Thelma Thomas) announce the birth
of a son John Michael born July 2nd. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Thomas were
in Salinas at the time.
Friends have received news from the H. M. Lockwoods of Monrovia
vacationing in Anchorage, Alaska, that they are having a wonderful time.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sullivan from Palo Alto were down visiting Mrs.
Sullivan's family, Mr. and Mrs. William G. Naylor in Monrovia.
The Morton family went on a camping trip recently. Spent some time
in a wonderful camping place, Dinky Creek, also did some sightseeing
in Bass Lake and Yosemite. Did a lot of fishing but no luck for any of us.
Bess Morton, Secretary
Santa Monica, July 23, 1956
Dear Mr. Kieswetter:
I received a card from Mrs. Bess Morton, Sec.-Treas. of the Panama
Canal Society of Los Angeles requesting that I send you some news from
this area for the September 1956 issue of the Record.
Frank Clisbee and wife, residents of West Los Angeles, are visiting
with Harry Gannon in New York state.
Mrs. Edward Schildhauer is home after a stay in a Santa Monica
hospital of several months with a fractured hip.
Tom Booz passed away in Altadena, Calif. on July 12th. He had been
in ill health for some time. Funeral services were held in Forest Lawn
Cemetery, Glendale, California.
Capt. and Mrs. W. H. Peterson, who have lived in Santa Monica
for thirteen years have sold their home and moved to Yucaipa, Calif. I
think Pete got tired of smelling salt air so moved inland.
Capt. and Mrs. Geo. V. Tawes, who divide their time between Santa
Monica and Florida are spending the summer in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
We are expecting them back in California when winter comes.
Capt. and Mrs. Fred Dear have a lovely home in Santa Monica. They
attended the Panama Canal picnic in Griffith Park on June 10th which was
a very enjoyable affair.
Mr. and Mrs. Louie Junker, residents of Santa Monica, have just
returned from an extended trip back east. They visited relatives in Phila-
delphia and New York state.
Mrs. Grace Cuthbertson is recovering nicely from the auto accident
she was in at Stewart, Florida several months ago. M. R. Cuthbertson,
her husband, flew from Pasadena to be with her in Stewart, after the
accident, and while there passed on. His remains were returned to Calif.
The Ducky Bryans have just returned from an auto trip to Salt Lake
City, Bryce and Grand Canyons and Zion National park. Stopped in Las
Vegas and had grand time with the one armed bandits. Their two sons,
Robert and Jack are employed in Los Angeles and live in San Fernando
Valley. The Bryans, together with the Ben Armstrongs of San Francisco,
joined a conducted tour of the Canadian Rockies last summer and enjoyed
the wonderful scenery of western Canada.
Ben Armstrong was elected state president of NARCE at the conven-
tion held in Los Angeles in April. Ben and Mrs. Armstrong left San Fran-
cisco May 9th to attend the National convention of NARCE, which was
held in Washington, D. C. latter part of May. They returned home July
20th after touring much of the east and south. Some vacation.
The Tommy Neals, who the real oldtimers will remember, are living
in San Fernando Valley. Tommy was an employee of the Panama Rail-
You are doing a fine job with the RECORD. Keep it up.
C. L. Bryan.
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Armstrong of San Francisco, Calif. enter-
tained on March 31st the following guests: The McConaugheys, Beards,
Mitchells, Pragers, Browns and Sydney Nevilles. They enjoyed a buffet
turkey dinner and, of course, talked over events of Zone days and "made
the dirt fly again".
On April 11, Mr. Armstrong and Frank Wang attended the State
Federation of Chapters NARCE in Los Angeles. Wang was chairman of
the resolutions committee and Ben was chairman of the By-Laws com-
mittee. Ben, with the help of George Cassell and others, revised the en-
tire volume of By-Laws.
On May 9th, the Armstrongs left for Washington, D. C. to attend
the National Convention and while there met Anna and Bill Bartlett of
St. Petersburg who also attended the convention. Another Zonite there
was Fred De Sill.
On their trip east, the Armstrongs visited friends in Tenn., Hender-
sonville, N. C. and Virginia. After the convention, they journeyed up to
Bar Harbor, Maine. They spent several days with Ruby Smith and her
son, Johnny, and they report that Ruby has had a serious operation. Her
daughter, Elva Keenan flew up from Haiti to be with her.
On their return trip from the East, the Armstrongs attended the Shrine
Convention in Detroit and met a few old timers there, Fred Bradley, Fred
Sprecken, Ray McKenna and Dick Taylor. The trip from Detroit home
was uneventful except for a few hot days in the Sacremento Valley, an
interesting 10,000 mile trip.
The Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles has just put out a new
year book. It is a fine year book of names and addresses and information
of its members.
News from Miami
The home of the W. T. Bowens of Coral Gables is always a busy
place. A few of their visitors recently, have been: Jeanette Clemons, Reba
Higgenbothom. Bob and Ella Lombroia, from the Canal Zone, and Joan
Payne. The Lombroias and the Bowens visited St. Petersburg and Orlando
and then back to Coral Gables. Their next trip will be Charlotte, N. C.
to visit Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Hicks (nee Dorothy Bowen).
Mrs. Robert Dawn is making her home in Miami.
Friends of Horace Jones of the Canal Zone will be sorry to hear of
his serious automobile accident which happened in the interior of Panama.
Neely Van Siclen and Beatrice Monsanto Ryan have been visiting
Billy Bowens mother for two. weeks.
Francis "Danny" Kissam, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Kissam of Miami,
is home on leave for 30 days from the Navy. Danny has been on the
USS Binnington air plane carrier. After his furlough, he will be attached
to the USS Lake Champlain air plane carrier. His new address will be
F. D. Kissam, B.T.F.V., care of Fleet Postoffice, New York, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thomas, Jr, were week end visitors in Miami
on their way to a Canal Zone vacation.
Miss Jane Compton and Dad have been visiting relatives and friends
Mrs. Stanley Coulthard and daughter Judy are going to visit Japan.
Mr. William Bingham from Balboa has been a guest at Ponce de
Leon Hotel in Coral Gables.
Mr. and Mrs. W. Phifer Quinn motored to Illinois to attend the grad-
uation of their son, W. P. Quinn, Jr., who graduated with a degree in
General Engineering from the University of Illinois. Bill is now employed
by North American Aviation in Los Angeles.
Mrs. Lyman Benthall was a pleasant visitor in Miami enroute to
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to visit Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Saltzman, nee Alice
Louise Benthall, and baby daughter.
Mrs. Roy (Ruth) Perkins, one daughter and three sons, visited
friends in Miami. They were enroute to Pensacola to spend the summer
with Mr. and Mrs. Roy Perkins, Sr., formerly of the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Furr spent a week in July with Mr. and Mrs.
William C. Smith in Miami. They were on their way back to Gatun after
two months vacation in the United States.
Mrs. Robert F. Koperski and children, Robin, Billy and Marion, and
Ruth and Ike Metzger, drove to Minnesota in June. Marjean attended the
10th reunion of her class at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Bill Metzger joined the family in Minneapolis for a brief but delightful
reunion. Bill Metzger will receive his Masters Degree in Electrical Engin-
eering from the University of Berkely in September.
Helen C. Quinn
MAURICE H. THATCHER
1511 K STREET, N. W.
WASHINGTON 5, D. C.
May 30, 1956
My Dear Mrs. Judd:
Inclosed find clipping from the Washington Post, of yesterday, re
death of Charles L. Luedtke, who died on the 28th inst., at the Washington
Sanitarium, Takoma Park, Md. (adjacent to this city).
Thruout my service as Governor of the Canal Zone during the years
1910, 11, 12, and 13, Mr. Luedtke was Assistant Chief Clerk of the Depart-
ment of Civil Administration. He never married; and, apparently, has
but few close relatives, survivors. He served in all about 10 years as
Assistant Chief Clerk.
Doubtless this should be noted in your forthcoming issue of the
Inclosed, also, is an "Extension" by Congressman Lawrence H. Smith,
of Wisconsin, appearing in the Congressional Record of the 24th inst.,
which quotes from me with respect to the important question of how best
to increase the capacity of the Panama Canal.
Inclosed is "Extension" of Congressman Flood, which is self-explan-
atory. Our meeting of May 12th was considered a "brilliant" occasion-
one of the best meetings our Society has ever had. Wish you and the
Captain, and other members of your Society might have been in attendance.
M. H. Thatcher
Panama Canal Society of Western North Carolina
Beautiful Western North Carolina continues to attract visitors and
there has been much coming and going during these nice summer months.
Of course, there are so many delightful Canal Diggers living hereabouts
that it is indeed a pleasure to "come and go" among them.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert McKeown of the Canal Zone spent several weeks
with the Ross Hallowells of Hendersonville in May, who later accompan-
ied them to New York to see them off "on the boat". En route they all
stopped to visit the Marion Hallowells in Milton, Delaware.
Visiting the Wendell Greenes of Hendersonville in May were Wen's
brother Kenneth and his wife, formerly of the Canal Zone, now living in
Christine and Arnold Bruckner of St. Petersburg stopped in Hender-
sonville in May, enroute to Washington, D. C., to visit Christine's Mother.
They made brief calls on the Wen Greenes and the Duke Lewises.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Armstrong of San Francisco called on old friends
in this area in May. They were on their way to the NARCE National
Convention in Washington, D. C.
In April, Miss Beatrice Gardner, former Art Supervisor of the Canal
Zone Schools, and Miss Hallie Beavers, former High School teacher in
the Zone, visited Mrs. Bess Rayne of Weaverville for several days. They
are both now retired. Miss Gardner operates an Art Studio in Woodstock,
N. Y. and Miss Beavers resides in Siler City, N. C.
Colonel and Mrs. Henry Starrett, former residents of Asheville, are
enjoying their new home in Belfast, Maine, which is really Henry's "old
home" as he was born and raised in those parts.
Mrs. Jack (Bee) Tyrrell recently returned to her home in Tryon
after spending several months with her sister and niece in Boulder, Colo.
Gladys and Bill Adams of Asheville spent six weeks in Florida in
May and June. We understand they plan to spend part of each year down
there in the future.
The S. R. Hiters of Hendersonville left for their New York Summer
Camp in May. Son Bill is employed for the summer vacation by Niagara-
Mohawk on the St. Lawrence Waterway Project. He will enter North
Carolina State College in the fall.
Nelle and Ray Mitchell of Hendersonville returned in July from
Philadelphia where Nelle underwent eye surgery in May. We are happy
to report to all her friends that the operation was completed successfully.
Before returning home they visited relatives in Bradford, Pa.
The George Wards of Weaverville entertained George, Jr., and his
family of Falls Church, Va., in April. In May Mr. and Mrs. Ward visited
their daughter, Mrs. Sherman Lee and family in Ohio. Dr. Lee is teach-
ing art at UCLA, Summer School.
Mr. and Mrs. Dow Walker have returned to their Asheville home after
spending the winter in the Canal Zone.
Lt. Colonel and Mrs. A. A. Tillman of Cherry Point Marine Base,
N. C. and their three children visited Mr. and Mrs. Duke Lewis of Hen-
dersonville in June. Mrs. Tillman is the former Ann Green of Ancon,
daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Green, and a niece of Mrs. Lewis.
The E. T. Howards, P. R. Kigers, Dow Walkers and Ernest (Sharkey)
Behlens of Asheville enjoyed a birthday outing at the Bent Creek Recrea-
tion Area on June 27th, celebrating the anniversaries of Mrs. Howard,
Mr. Kiger and Mrs. Behlen. Others attending were Mrs. Bess Rayne of
Weaverville and the Roy Knoops of Hendersonville.
The Behlens write us they are very busy picking and freezing fruit-
strawberries, blueberries, huckleberries, both red and black raspberries
and peaches. They also took off some honey from their busy bees. This
all proves, Sharkey says, that "we are doing and feeling O.K.".
Sue and Doc Odom of Dothan, Ala., decided to "go west" this spring.
They visited Dr. and Mrs. Ossenfort of Dallas, Texas, then on to San
Diego where they were guests of Doc's brother Bill and family. Sue flew
from there to Hawaii to spend a week with a former Zone resident, Mrs.
Chris Tull, now teaching in the University of Hawaii. Returning to San
Francisco, she joined Doc there and they renewed old friendships with
many ex-PanCanalers, among them Mrs. Catheryn Bird, Ella and Sam
Hedges, Evelyn and Ernie Payne, Nell and Frank Irwin and the Chester
Lingrens. After a visit at Sue's former home in Washington State, they
proceeded to Denver where they were entertained by Lena and Clyde In-
gersol, then on to New Orleans where they "did" the French Quarter with
Mrs. Jane Carr. By that time they were glad to get back to Dothan and
Joseph Oliver, son of Mrs. Anna Oliver of Hendersonville, is working
at a local Boys Camp this summer. Joseph is a student at Mississippi State.
Mrs. L. H. (Kitty) Bryan, formerly of Asheville, has established a
new home in Philadelphia, Pa., where her address will be Apt. B, 6643
Blakemore Street. We shall miss her at our WNC gatherings.
Mrs. Maude Holland of Weaverville returned from Howland, Maine,
in July. She had spent several months with her sister, Gladys Weymouth.
Mr. and Mrs. James K. Stark of Rodman, C. Z., were guests of the
Ed Levys in Hendersonville in June.
News reaches us concerning Mr. and Mrs. William A. Sawyers. Mr.
Sawyers was Principal of Cristobal High School for several years. He
is at present teaching in Patchoque, Long Island but will retire very soon
and plans to make his home near Kissimmee, Fla., where he now has a
few acres planted in citrus fruit.
Mr. Angus Matheny flew up from the Canal Zone recently to place
his children in Camps in this area. Ellen is at Chimney Rock, N. C. and
Grover near Chattanooga, Tenn. Ellen and Grover are the grand-children
of Larry and Helen Adler who make their home in Panama.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kelly have welcomed many old friends at their
lovely new home in Hendersonville. Among them were:
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Beckman, of Long Beach, Calif., formerly of the
Canal Zone, who had come east in June to attend the graduation of their
son, Jerri, from the University of New Hampshire.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gwinn of Margarita, who were on a States vacation.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. (Bud) Erickson and their daughters Linda
and Barbara, of Margarita. They had been visiting in Rutland, Vt., and
were on their way to Pascagoula, Miss. "Bud" is with the Terminals
Division of the PanCanal.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Scranton, also of Margarita, spent some
time in July with the Kellys, before going on to join the Ericksons at
Pascagoula. Mr. Scranton is with the Mechanical Division of the PanCanal.
Adm. E. W. Hutchinson, USN Ret., and Mrs. Hutchinson came in
July. Mrs. Hutchinson was formerly Mis Kay Parmeter of Balboa. They
were accompanied by Kay's Mother, Mrs. Cecelia M. Parmeter who worked
for many years in the General Mgr.'s office at Mt. Hope. She is now re-
tired and makes her home in Washington, D. C. The Hutchinsons con-
tinued on to Florida and Texas. Mrs. Parmeter and Mrs. Lucky, Mrs.
Kelly's mother, returned to Washington where Mrs. Lucky will visit
Miss Pat Kelly spent the summer with her folks. She is a student
at the University of Maryland. Daughter Margie traveled in Europe with
friends while on leave from her position with General Electric in Wash-
ington, D. C.
Tommy ("One Round Hogan") Franklin of Bryson City was a pa-
tient at the Veterans Hospital, Swannanoa, for several weeks in June and
July. He has now returned to his home.
Tommy Sawyer also was in the hospital undergoing surgery in June.
He has now fully recovered and is at home again at "Miraflores" in
Miss Eileen Schmidt, a senior at Duke University is a councilor at
a Girls' Camp at Little Switzerland this summer and her friend and for-
mer classmate in Balboa, Miss Susie Tweed of Biltmore, will be a senior
at Wake Forest college this fall.
We welcome our new members, Capt. and Mrs. Andrew W. Simon,
who are now living at Highlands Trailer Park, Highlands, N. C. Capt.
Simon was, until his retirement, a Panama Canal pilot.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dombrowski and their two children of the Canal
Zone visited Mrs. Dombrowski's parents, the Tom Colemans of Hender-
sonville, in June, later going to Miami for a stay with Jack's family.
Mr. and Mrs. John Larson were vacationing for a few weeks in Hot
Springs, N. C. and while there they looked up old friends in this area,
among them the Kigers of Asheville and the Knoops of Hendersonville.
Mr. Larson was employed at one time on the Gatun Locks and is now an
electrical supervisor for the Creole Petroleum Co. in Venezuela where
they reside. Before coming to Hot Springs they visited their son John
who is attending the West Point Military Academy.
The Chris Garlingtons spent several days with Mildred and Wen
Greene in Hendersonville this summer. They were accompanied by their
son, Albert, who is now employed by Sears, Roebuck at their new plant
in Columbia, S. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Breheney were the guests of the Ross Hollowells
in Hendersonville in June. Mr. Breheney has recently retired from the
Canal and plans to settle in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. While in Henderson-
ville they reminisced with several old Gamboa friends, including the Ray
Mitchells and the Sharkey Behlens.
Marg and Rod Ely of Balboa, while on a vacation trip, stopped in
Hendersonville to call on friends in July.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lerchen and daughter Mary of Balboa were
entertained for a week in July by the Ralph Wanlasses of Hendersonville.
Later they visited Roy Caldwell at his home in Virginia before going on
to see Frank Jr., who is a student at Cornell, Frank's Alma Mater.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Neely (Alice Garlington) of Rock Hill, S. C. and
her sister Octavia Garlington of Newberry, S. C., drove to Maine in July
where they spent a week at the Stanley Yost's lakeside camp as guests
of the former Diane ond Gretchen Yost and their families.
Colonel and Mrs. Hubert Miller visited the Wen Greenes of Hender-
sonville recently. Colonel Miller was stationed on the Zone at one time.
He is now retired from the service and plans to go into business in Texas
in the near future.
Also recent guests at the Greens' home were Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy
Vincent of Miami. Jimmy was for many years golf pro at the Panama
Golf Club. Mrs. Vincent is a summer camp councilor at a local camp
near Bat Cave.
Other visitors in WNC were Rev. and Mrs. Leon S. DeSmidt. Rev.
DeSmidt was the poster at the Gatun Union Church for a few years, then
accepted the pastorate of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Troy,
N. Y. He and Mrs. DeSmidt are now on a visit to missions in Puerto Rico,
Dominican Republic and Cuba. Along the way they were renewing ac-
quaintances with the Roy Knoops, P. R. Kigers, Art Lanes, William
Smiths, G. B. Owens, Fern Monson and the Rev. and Mrs. Gregory.
The W. H. Judes, formerly with All American Cables, reside in the
Jefferson Apts., corner Merriman Ave. and Chestnut St., Asheville. They
would be pleased to have their Canal Zone friends call on them. Their
daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. G. M. Stevenson, visited them this
summer. Dr. Stevenson was at one time at the Gamboa Dispensary and
later at Gorgas Hospital. He is now stationed at the Veterans Hospital
in Augusta, Ga.
The J. B. McLendons and their two children, formerly of New Cris-
tobal, visited Mrs. Anne Pyne of Weaverville in July. They now live in
Wendell Greene has recently opened an office in Hendersonville
where he will handle general accounting work. Congratulations and
good luck, Mr. President!
Mildred and Bruce Harrell of Hendersonville have as their guest
this summer Mildred's mother, Mrs. Anna Kjellander of Huntington, L. I.
Rose and "Johnny" Johnston of Hendersonville took an extensive
trip in June, making stops in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania
Jonas White, son of Mrs. Jonas E. White of Sewanee, Tenn. and the
late Mr. White, called upon friends in Hendersonville in July. Jonas is
now the Rector of an Episcopalian Parish in Alabama.
Miss Martha Irvin, daughter of "Doc" and Bessie Irvin of Hender-
sonville, who has been with the American Red Cross in French Morocco,
has been transferred to a Base in France.
The Roy Knoops of Hendersonville made a trip to Ohio to visit
with friends and relatives in June. After their return, their son, Roy
Edwin who teaches near Denver, Colo. spent some time with them.
A PCSWNC picnic was held on June 7 at the Asheville Recreation
Park, twenty-four members attending. Another one is planned, to take
place at the Pink Beds, Pisgah National Forest, about the middle of
Miss Elise Cage of New Orleans, La., called on the Ray Mitchells
in July while attending the Episcopal Church Conference at Henderson-
ville. Miss Cage taught in the C. Z. Schools from 1909 until 1918.
We wish to express our appreciation to our "reporters", Mrs.
Florence Kiger and "Sharkey" Behlen who so kindly keep us supplied
with news from Asheville and Weaverville.
Marion Lewis, Secretary
New York Society of the Panama Canal
May 12, 1956
Dear Mr. Kieswetter:
The following is submitted for inclusion in the next issue of the
Record. I know that your deadline was May 1st, however our annual
meeting and luncheon was held on May 5th. It is probably too late for
the Record now in the hands of the printer, if so, it can be included in
the next issue.
NEW YORK SOCIETY
"The Panama Canal Society of New York held its 32nd Annual Re-
union at the National Republican Club on Saturday, May 5th. Dinner
was served to over fifty members and guests. The Hon. Francis E. Dorn,
R., Congressman from Brooklyn, was the Guest Speaker. Mr. Dorn is a
member of the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, and
has visited the Isthmus on several occasions. Other distinguished guests
present were Dr. Frank P. Corrigan, former U. S. Minister to the Repub-
lics of El Salvador and Panama, and later U. S. Ambassador to Vene-
zuela; also, Captain Miles P. Duval, U.S.N. Ret., well known historian
of the Panama Canal; also Mrs. Eileen Gorgas Wrightson, daughter ol
the late General William E. Gorgas, and Miss Marguerite Herrick, daugh-
ter of the famed former Chief Surgeon of the Ancon Hospital during the
Canal construction period.
The following Officers and Directors were elected for the following
year; President-R. W. Hebard; Vice-President, Ralph H. Sartor; Sec-
retary-Treasurer-John J. Fitzpatrick; and Directors-Maurice B. De-
Putron, James T. Eason, Frank H. Moore, William E. Russell and George
Mr. John F. Stevens, an Honorary Member of the Society and son of
the former Chief Engineer of the Isthmian Canal Commission (1905-1907)
died suddenly on May 1st. He and his wife had resided in Brooklyn for
a number of years.
In recognition of the excellent job being done in the publication of
the Canal Record, check in the sum of $10.00 is enclosed as a contribution
from the New York Society.
With greetings to the members of the Florida Society, I remain
John J. Fitzpatrick
TO PANAMA CANAL DIGGERS, Oldtimers:
As of possible interest to some who may remember some of them, I
send you below COPY of the Registration List, CHICAGO DINNER,
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF CHICAGO
33rd Annual Meeting May 5, 1956
In Honor of General R. E. Wood
Reservations as of Thursday morning,
Carl G. Anderson and wife -
Nels G. Berglund ---
Mr. and Mrs. A. Bergstrom ._
Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Clark _
Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Duckworth -
Miss Florence Dildine __-__
Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Fox _--
Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Greene
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Cutting --
Miss Alice Gustavason -_--
Rev. John H. Holland
J. H. K. Humphrey (Failed to ap
Mr. and Mrs. Walter T. Haynie
Miss Mabel Herbert ---
Walter D. Jones -_- ---
Mrs. Buelah G. Lee, and son Will
Mrs. Alma Miller and Guest, Jam
Mrs. Sue McLoed ------- -
Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Potts ---
Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Stuntz (Olde
Mr. F. G. Swanson (From Farthe
Mr. and Mrs. David F. Sink -
SMay 3rd, were as follows:
-- --_--- Chicago, Ill.
--- --_ Wabash, Ind.
._____________ Peru, Ind.
-- -__-__-Freeport, Ill.
-- ----Detroit, Mich.
--- -- Chicago, Ill.
pear) --_.- Bay City, Mich.
__ __- _________ Chicago, Ill.
---.--- Chicago, Ill.
iam ---- do
es Cruise --. Hammond, Ind.
- --- _---_Chicago, Ill.
----- .-Waupaca, Wisc.
est Present) ---- Chicago, Ill.
st Away) ------ Tyler, Texas
-- --- Clinton, Iowa
Stephen Sholtes ---..------- -.- __-____________-.Chicago,
J. O. Taylor ----------Oak Park,
Norman Tracy -_. -- ~_- ----Chicago,
Mr. and Mrs. John Tulley _-- -- do
Edward A. Vogel, and friend -----do
Chas. P. Van Steinberg ------ do
Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Wichman (President of the Society)
----- --------- -Highland Park,
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Worth -_---_----_-. Lombard,
Gen. and Mrs. R. E. Wood ---- Lake Forest,
Dinner was delightful, everyone seemingly in fine fettle physically
and mentally and all in a merry reminiscent mood. Gen. Wood in his
remarks made me think of the reminiscences of Gen Goethal at last
Society of Chagres Dinner at Tivoli Hotel (way back in 1915?). As sole
representative from Texas, all brags other than Panama Canal were
drowned out! Texas was very modest.
F. G. Swanson, Tyler, Texas
News from Houston, Texas
June 26, 1956
Dear Mrs. Judd:
We are sending you the good news that at last a Panama Club has
been born in Houston. On Tuesday evening May 8th a group of 35 former
Zone residents held a dinner to honor Mrs. Bea Fernandez of Dallas,
Texas, a house guest of the Nathan Levy's.
For the past few years on many occasions, plans for such an organ-
ization have been discussed, but to date nothing has been accomplished.
It was agreed to elect only two officers for the present. Mr. Al Brown,
4505 Holly Street, Bellaire, Texas, MO-3-8034, was the unanimous choice
for President and Mrs. Hugh Turner, 6530 Sivley, Houston, Texas, UN-
4-4142, for Secretary-Treasurer. That we might have an operating fund,
a fee of 50c was collected from everyone present.
We hope to enroll all of the Canal-Zoners in this area in the near
future and we will mail a copy of the roster when it has been completed.
We are enclosing some news items that may be of interest.
We are hoping to have more news about the club and other news
that we may have. We are looking forward to a big success with this club.
Mrs. Hugh C. Turner,
6530 Sivley, Houston 24, Texas
Mrs. Milton Smith, better known as Molly, has enrolled in Charity
Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana for a one year course in Anesthetics.
Benny, their 13 year old son will reside with the grandparents in Arkan-
sas and "Windy" will keep on blowing.
Mrs. Ross Fincher lost her mother the middle of May.
Mrs. Emmett Zemer passed through Houston on her way to Califor-
nia to attend her daughters high school graduation.
The Walter Reifs also spent a few days in Houston on vacation en-
route to Nebraska to visit their two children.
Mr. Robert Wilford, who has been a patient in Veterans Hospital
passed away in the month of June.
We have a celebrity in our area from Cristobol, Canal Zone, namely
Tommy Hughes a popular pitcher for the Houston Buffalos (Ball Club).
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Turner have just returned from a visit to Hatties-
burg, Mississippi where they visited their brother, Joe Turner, Treasurer
for the Panama Canal Zone now on vacation in the states.
Mrs. Joe Orr has recently been a patient in Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Carl Posey, Jr., who has been working for the Houston Chronicle
for the past nine months-after attending Texas A & M College has moved
to California. Carl is the grand-son of Mrs. Glenn Kerr of Monrovia,
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Levy are expecting a visit from their daughter
and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Mernyk, 1602 E 18th St., Brooklyn,
N. Y. Mrs. Mernyk is the former Charlotte Levy.
Attention all old Panama Canal-ites!
The Hugh C. Turners, 6530 Sivley in the Westview Terrace Addition
are having a party!
The Turners home will be the scene of a picnic Saturday beginning
about 4 p.m. to which all those in the Houston area who ever worked in
or around the Panama Canal are invited.
All you have to do is bring a covered dish. An afternoon of remin-
iscing and fun is promised.
Mrs Turner is secretary of a new club which is in the process of be-
ing formed for all Panama Canal exes. Information may be obtained by
calling her at UNderwood 4-4142.
Al Brown is chairman of the new club.
The Panama exes have met informally in the past, Mr. Turner said,
and have gathered together as many as thirty and forty at dinners in var-
However, they would like to form a permanent organization, he said,
adding that folks who lived in the Canal area and worked there were
usually pretty close. He believes there may be some retired people in
the Houston area who were working at the Canal during its construction
days, and he particularly invited them to come to the picnic. Mr. Turner
worked with the U. S. Government in the Canal Zone in 1925 and left
there in 1941.
"A big success" was the way Hugh C. Turner described the picnic
of ex-Panama Canal-ites held at his home, 6530 Sivley Road, Saturday.
In the shaded backyard of the Turner home home 40 persons gathered
including some of the 1917-1918 old timers who worked on the Canal
during construction days. As a highlight of the picnic, the Panama
Canal Club of Houston was formed with 40 members.
July 25, 1956
Dear Mr. Kieswetter:
Thanks for your recent letter of congratulations on our new club.
We are really proud of the club and here are the clippings from the
newspaper about the wonderful picnic we had for the club. You may
arrange it as you like.
Here are the new members:
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Clemets, 10318 Mayfield Rd., Houston, Texas.
Mr. E. L. Bone, Route 7, Box 1208, Houston.
Mrs. Josephine Nunnelley, 3210 Lake, Houston.
Mrs. Gertrude L. McLaughlin, 3311 Bellfuntaine.
Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Ward, 3008 Roe Drive, Houston.
Mr. Robert A. Elrod, no address as yet.
The name was not given correctly in the list I sent Mrs. Judd, so I am
supplying it now. Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Robinson, 2249 W. Holcombe,
Here are a few more items of news you may add to the rest of the
news I sent previously.
Mrs. Joe Orr reports she is feeling lots better and is at home from
Mrs. Vic May (June) is visiting her parents now in the Canal Zone.
Vic will join her there the first of August. They have a lovely baby
Mrs. Ted Sundquist has moved to Lake Jackson, Texas where she
will live with her daughter.
I hope to be able to send you for the next issue more news about the
club as we hope to have more officers and committees elected soon.
Bertha J. Turner
THOSE WHO ATTENDED THE COVERED DISH AND BARBECUE
PICNIC HELD AT MR. AND MRS. HUGH C. TURNERS
6530 SIVELY, HOUSTON, TEXAS, JULY 14, 1956
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Searcy
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Clemets
Mr. E. L. Boone and Mrs. Wittney
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Elrod
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Daniels
Mrs. Josephine Nunnelley
Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Ward
Mr. and Mrs. Toni Lieshout
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Levy
(Daughter and Son-in-Law of
Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Brown
Mrs. Gertrude L. McLauglin
Mrs. Otto Sundquist
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Burkeland
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Smith
Mrs. Due L. Nobles
Mr. and Mrs. Oswald S. Memeyk
Mrs. Peggy Ellis
Mr. and Mrs. Levy)
News from Orlando
We are happy to report that Mrs. Georgia M. Blessing is progress-
ing splendidly from a recent eye operation which was most successful.
Mrs. Doris McDonald and her daughter Gayle and her husband Mr.
Floyd Baldwin were recent visitors in Orlando. Mrs. McDonald is a
member of the Gorgas Hospital staff and Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin are lo-
cated in Georgia where he is in the Air Force.
I recently received a letter from Mrs. P. G. Neville of Gamboa, tell-
ing of the death of William Love, and other information about many of
our old friends still on the Isthmus who are very ill. Some of whom she
mentioned are Mrs. Violette who is in Gorgas, Mrs. Lohman in Calif.,
Mrs. Merchant's mother is a patient in Gorgas, also Mrs. Jordan, Sr., in
hospital with broken leg. Miss Elkins recently was operated on, and Mrs.
Bottenfield who has been in Gorgas for several years. None of the news
was cheerful but glad to hear from Mrs. Neville and hope all are im-
Mrs. Marie Ward Vickery, 90, Rt. 5 Orlando, died Monday June 18,
in a local hospital after a long illness. A member of the Mother Church
of Christ Scientist, Boston, Mrs. Vickery came here from Canal Zone
about 25 years ago. Our sympathy is extended to her daughter Mrs. Ralph
C. Bradley of Orlando.
Captain and Mrs. John Miller accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence
Sibus recently spent two weeks at the Miller's home and lime grove in
Elvira A. Flattery, 901 Stewart Court, New Orleans, ex-employee of
the U. S. Navy, Canal Zone, became the bride of Anthoney Tezanos, re-
tired Marine Engineer from the Dredging Division. The wedding took
place in New Orleans August 19, 1955, but I did not know of the event
until they called me June 25, this year.
Mr. and Mrs. John Basil Corliss announce the marriage of their
daughter Jo Anne Ruth to Joseph F. Bass, Lieutenant, United States Army,
on Monday the fourth of June, Nineteen hundred and fifty-six, Folkston.
Mrs. Vern Daniel Calloway Jr., was Lois Elaine Murray before her
marriage Friday, the twenty-ninth of June, One thousand nine hundred
and fifty-six at half after seven o'clock in the evening, Palma Ceia Meth-
odist Church, Tampa, Florida. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Everett Murray, 3811 Swann Avenue, Tampa 9, Florida. Her husband,
Lieutenant Calloway, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. V. D. Calloway, 1451
Norfolk Avenue, Orland, Florida, and is assigned to the United States
Air Force at McDill Field, Tampa, Florida.
To the newly weds I wish health and happiness in the years to come.
Captain William A. Van Siclen of Bayside, Long Island accompan-
ied by his daughter, Mrs. Matilda Bogle and her son William, of 31 Hard-
ing Ave., Valhalla, New York, were recent visitors in Orlando, and called
on the Wilhites. We certainly were glad to see them.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Flynn recently spent two weeks vacation visit-
ing up North and report having a good time.
I received a card from Rose and Lee Koperski from Alaska where
they are visiting their daughter and Col. Taylor and the grand children.
Certainly was happy to hear from them and to know that all were well
and having a good time.
Mrs. Alpha Kenyon, formerly of Balboa and Cristobal has been
visiting the H. R. Hoffners for two weeks. Mrs. Kenyon is the Grand-
mother of the Ruoff sisters who used to team up as dancers and show at
the Clubhouses etc. They are now living at Fremont, Michigan. Carol is
married to Leo Goulet who is Export Manager for Gerber Baby Foods
Co. Beverly is married to Bob. Berger, he is attending school at the
present time. Beverly and Carol's father, Carl Rouff, formerly of the
Mt. Hope Storehouse is managing his father's lumber business in Hanibal,
Missouri. Mrs. Kenyon loved Orlando, the City Beautiful, and intends
to move here in the near future and make this her home.
The Charles E. Reillys have been living in their new home at 6415
Bamboo Drive, Orlando, since shortly following his retirement from the
Commissary Division about three years ago. Their son Jack, after an
Army hitch in Korea, married Florine Jeter (a Florida girl) ; they bought
a house at nearby 127 Randia Drive. He is with the Southern Bell Tele-
phone & Telegraph Company.
The Reilly's daughter Anna (Mrs. Charles Sumner South) together
with her husband and son John as well as daughter Patricia, visited in
Orlando during July. Charlie South, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude
Campbell of Balboa, has been with Braniff Airways in Rio de Janeiro
for a number of years. Other visitors over a period of time included
Sandy McKeown, Ed Spearman, Bill Dunlop, the George Carlsons, the
Tommy Bougans, the Leo Clements, the Wally Bains, and the Pop Reeses.
Charlie Reilly continues to be active in baseball. During '54 and '55
he was Business Manager for the professional Orlando Club of the Florida
State League; this season he is coaching a Pony League team for the local
Boys Club and umpiring in the Azalea Park Little League. Winters he
improves his Spanish at Rollins College in nearby Winter Park.
Their Boxer "Pippin", well known around Margarita in general, and
at the ball parks in particular, now has a son and a daughter working as
guides for a blind gentleman and a sightless college girl. The pups re-
ceived their elementary training at home, then graduated from the Seeing
Eye school at Morristown, N. J. "Pip", as is the case with his master
and his mistress, is getting along in years, and, like them, he is trying to
grow old gracefully. He and his master, age considered, are in good
shape; wish the same could be said of his mistress.
A baseball team, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the
Canal Zone and pictured in a recent issue of the "Canal Review", is sched-
uled to play a series of games in the States-at least one of which is to
be in Orlando. It is believed that the well known Pete Corrigan will head
the VFWers club on the tour. His father-in-law, Hugo Nash, resides in
Robert L. Wilhite
News from the Panama Canal Society
of Northwest Arkansas
Summer is with us and what a wonderful summer it is. With tem-
perature as much as 15 to 20 degrees cooler than the summer and drought
of 1954, it is truly comfortable. The rains have come at just the right
moment. The hay has been harvested, the corn grows tall, the grapes
hang heavy on the vine and the Ozarks are filled with vacation minded
people from every corner of the United States who come to enjoy our
fresh Mt. air, see the tranquil beauty of our verdant Hills and Valleys
and be refreshed by sleeping under a light blanket.
June is the month of graduations and promotions. It is a real joy
for former residents of Pedro Miguel to congratulate Dr. Edward Schnake
and his happy family, upon his graduation from the Buffalo School of
Medicine. He is now interning in the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.
The Whitneys of Siloam Springs have been assigned to El Tigre, Venez-
uela, So. America where "Whit" will be dbing maintenance work for the
Gulf Oil Company. They left here in July and were quite excited about
Our Society will greatly miss Thomas J. Shirley who passed on in
June in his home in Hot Springs. Tom always added much to our get-
togethers with his quiet good humor and was so faithful in his attendance,
gladly making the more than 200 mile trip over the Mts. to be with us
and keep the spirit of Comradeship of the Ditch Diggers alive. I can still
see Tom as he squeezed his portly frame through the aisles of the P.R.R.
coaches, punching and tearing out our monthly passes as Conductor of
the train. Our sympathy to his widow, his daughter, Mrs. Eleanor M.
Holmberk of Balboa and a brother, Ray Shirley of Punxsutawney, Pa.
Word comes from Hot Springs of the passing on of Matthew Robinson
in Memorial Hospital, New York City just one week after Tom's going.
Mr. Robinson was a close friend of the Shirleys, living in their guest
house much of the time since his retirement. Mrs. Shirley sent news of
the passing of a very dear friend, Mrs. Teresa Moore, July 19th in Gorgas
Hospital. She was the wife of Sidney F. Moore, retired from the Balboa
A recent visitor was Mr. I. K. Meier of Cristobal who came to be
with his mother, Mrs. George Meier of Springdale. Mrs. Meier recently
underwent major surgery. Mr. Meier returned to the Canal Zone via Cali-
fornia. The Lynn Cooks of Villa Taboga, Rogers, have had a happy time
with three grandchildren from Colorado Springs, Colo., the children of
Lt. Col. and Mrs. David Nanney (Lucille Cook). Their son Lynn, Jr.,
(Bud) was here from Maracaibo, Venezuela for a short visit. Lynn, Sr.
had plenty of extra hands to help him in his vineyard which bids fair to
producing a bumper crop this year. Another guest of the Cooks was Mrs.
Frances Dorn of Hot Springs. Frances is on another trip to the Far
West and will make the rounds among her many friends in the Los
A vacationer AWAY from the Ozarks was Mrs. Theo Hallin and
children David and Elizabeth. After four summers of diligently seeking
higher education toward her Master's degree, she decided it was time to
take a breather and visit her sisters in Ohio, Pa. and North Carolina.
During her travels, she saw the J. C. Myricks of Raleigh, N. C. and the
Jim Meigs of St. Louis. The Tom Mocks took their trailer to the Unique
Ripley Town of Eureka Springs, sometimes known as the Switzerland of
America, a mecca for famous artists, i.e., painters, poets, prose writers
and craftsmen of exquisite handiwork. A perfect place for active folk
retired from the business of making a living, now eager to make a life,
as I once heard the famous sculpture L. Taft say. Our air-minded, Nannie
Brown spent ten days in Houston since her return from Panama. Last
week she visited her two granddaughters, the former Jacqueline and Andre
Lee Whitlock in St. Louis where she met the latest additions in great
granddaughters. Her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Gloria Brown of
Northport, L. I. drove here in their new station wagon bringing a new ad-
dition to their family, a happy ten months old adopted daughter, Linda
Lee, who strangely enough greatly resembles their 10 year old adopted
son, both having large, round eyes of a beautiful blue.
Due to a series of events, our President, Mr. Heinie Hallin, postponed
the annual picnic scheduled for June until August 7th, at which time we
plan to welcome the George N. Engelke family into our Society. George
and Edith have a lovely two story home in Bentonville and will be close
neighbors of the Jimmie Comans and a fellow townsman of the Ernest Wil-
liams. Our friend, Ed. Booth, is a frequent visitor to N. W. Arkansas. At
present he is in New Orleans and plans a trip to the Canal Zone. In spite of
a badly sprained ankle, Carrie Mathues has been busy with her usual
summer chores of canning, pickling and preserving in addition to her
many neighborly acts of kindness. I hear that Bill Keller is doing fine
and busy making his place a veritable garden spot.
All of the preceding news has been brought to your reporter-a
lucky break you might say-while she was recuperating from five breaks
in one leg (you'll admit that is better than breaking five legs) and a bro-
ken collar bone. I found that tumbling down seven concrete steps of the
Presbyterian Church was rather hard on bones old enough to be retired.
My facetious bone-setting Dr. suggested I try the Methodist steps next
time. So many wonderful things followed that I'm convinced "every cloud
has a silver lining." The news brought Ray and Barbara Shaw home in a
hurry, later followed by a ten day visit from Ray's sister, Mrs. Alice Ray
Wier of Denver, and our sparkling brown eyed granddaughter, Linda
Alice. Alice Ray cooked delicious meals and Linda brought joy as she
softly sang all day long and kept me busy cutting out paper dolls. My re-
covery has been remarkable. The cast, from the toes to above the knee
was removed in five weeks, the occasion calling for a celebration when
Alice Ray insisted on red toe nails, latest hair-do and only by sheer battle
of wills did I succeed in preventing her from Scotch Taping a Corsage
to the cast, which is quite the fashion among cast wearers in Denver. Thank
you for all the "Get-well" cards and letters which came from Michigan
to Texas, from Massachusetts to California, the Canal Zone and "line
In commemorating our five years of residence in the Ozarks we put
up a sign that, as you come from town, says you have reached "Shaw's
Place". Stop awhile and as you leave by the circle driveway the same
sign says you are leaving "Tranquil Acres". Come and set a spell with
Blanche E. Shaw
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Opal Shephard Daugherty and Louis A. Stilson were married August
1, 1956 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Winter Park, Fla. Mr. and
Mrs. Stilson will visit their daughter and son-in-law, Sgt. and Mrs. Robert
C. Massung in Little Rock, Ark. and on Sept. 14 they will sail on the
S.S. United States for Europe. After November 15th, they will be at home
at 2365 Wellington Blvd., Winter Park, Florida.
Mr. Frederick Hill of St. Petersburg is some better after a short
stay in a local hospital.
M.Sgt. George R. Whaler, wife and four daughters, Joyce 13, Diana 8,
Jackie 7, Jerry 6, have been visiting Mrs. Fred G. Whaler in St. Petersburg.
Sgt. Whaler has been assigned to Fort Clayton, Canal Zone, for his next
tour of duty and Mrs. Whaler and the girls will join him there very soon.
Mr. and Mrs. Alton J. Hayward of Margarita, C. Z. were recent visit-
ors in St. Petersburg enroute to the Canal Zone after a visit with their
daughter and family in Dayton, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Nicholls, formerly of Panama City, R. P.,
purchased a home at 2530 Second Ave. North in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Hunsicker, formerly of the Canal Zone, have
purchased a home at 4800 Lake Charles Drive North, in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Marshall of St. Petersburg, entertained Mr. and
Mrs. W. H. Schick of Buffalo, N. Y. in April. Mrs. Schick, nee Jessie
Spriegel, was bridesmaid at the Marshall's wedding. After forty three
years, Mrs. Schick located Mrs. Marshall through a picture in the Canal
Mr. W. H. (Billy) Howe of Palo Alto, Calif., was in St. Petersburg
in June for a brief stay while enroute to the Canal Zone for a visit.
Mrs. Ruth Page came down from Boston to check on the progress of
her new home in St. Petersburg. While here she was the guest of Mr. and
Mrs. A. R. Grier. Mrs. Page will occupy her home in the early fall.
Capt. Leo Ferguson and wife have left New York and are now at
Ormond Beach, Florida. Capt. says he got tired of shoveling snow.
The H. V. Howards of Diablo,, C. Z. with their two children, were
June guests of the Senior Howards of St. Petersburg. The Howards also
made a trip to Peoria, Ill. to visit Mr. and Mrs. Dobson, Mrs. Howard's
Mr. F. G. Swanson of Tyler, Texas, made a gift to the Society of
a subscription to Facts Forum News. Our thanks to Mr. Swanson.
Otto Marstrand of San Diego, Calif. writes that Col. and Mrs. W. F.
Powers (nee Lillian Marstrand) sail for Heidelberg, Germany on or about
July 7th accompanied by their son Robert. Their older son, William, will
enter West Point Military Academy on July 3rd.
Mrs. Grace E. Brown of Mathews Co. Virginia, has returned home
from her trip to the Canal Zone where she went to dispose of the ashes of
her husband, Capt. Samuel Brown, according to his wishes. Mrs. Brown
reports that everyone was wonderful to her on the Zone.
Mrs. L. D. Whitaker of Baltimore, Maryland, is spending the summer
in Seattle, Washington, with her daughter and family.
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Dwelle of the Canal Zone, enjoyed a nine thous-
and mile motor trip around the United States. They visited members of
Roy's family in Emporia and Wichita, Kansas, then on to Dallas, Texas,
for a visit with Earl C. and Stub Dwelle and the members of their family,
and for the first time in nine years, a visit with son Ned, who is doing very
well as Veterinarian. The rest of their vacation was spent seeing America
from Coast to Coast. Roy's other two sons, Bob and Roy and family re-
side in Venezuela.
Mrs. H. W. Mitten has been visiting with her sister in Baltimore,
Maryland. The ashes of her late husband, Dr. H. W. Mitten, will be
placed in Westminister Cemetery in Baltimore. Mrs. Mitten plans to make
her home in Cleveland, Ohio, with her daughter, Billie Berk and family.
Capt. C. S. Townshend of Cristobal, C. Z. writes he is nearing retire-
ment and has his eye on Florida. Their son John and wife Joan, both born
on the Canal Zone, are now at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina
where John is stationed.
Capt. and Mrs. William Will have returned to their home in St.
Petersburg after a long stay up north. They are expecting a visit from
their son and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gatz, who recently retired, are now in Jackson,
Mississippi at 2931 West Capital.
Caleb Mills Saville, 1907 employee of the Panama Canal and Engineer
of the third Division of the Canal, now works as consultant engineer and
manager of the Metropolitan Water District in Hartford, Conn. Mr. Saville
is probably Hartford's oldest engineer as he recently celebrated his 91st
Naomi and Jim Olive have left St. Petersburg and are now in Norfolk,
Va. where they operate the Phillips Petroleum Co. jobbership, known as
Eastern Supply Corporation, 406 Military Highway, Norfolk, Va. They
will be happy to see any friends who might be in Norfolk.
Mrs. C. E. Hutchinson of St. Petersburg, celebrated her 72nd birth-
day on June 29th.
Mrs. Lista Daniels and son Bob of Dallas, Texas, flew up to Chicago
for a vacation. They send regards to all Canal Zone friends.
Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Grauten have been standing by in Washington
where Mr. Grauten continues his tireless efforts in behalf of the construc-
tion workers who had more than two but less than three years service. He
reports "the going is tough but we continue to hope to get recognition for
these worthy people."
Mrs. Selma Huff has been vacationing in Portugal visiting with her
son and family. Her son, Tom, is with the American Embassy in Lisbon.
Mrs. Huff sailed on the Greek Liner, Olympia, and met Jeanne Brady on
Board. Jeanne was enroute to Rome.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wood of St. Petersburg enjoyed a visit from
their son, Mr. and Mrs. William Wood and three children of Spokane,
Washington, formerly of Balboa, C. Z.
Capt. and Mrs. J. S. Munden of Pocomoke City, Md., have been visit-
ing their daughter and family in St. Petersburg. The enjoyed seeing many
old friends of Canal Zone days.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ostrom of Lantana, Fla. and Mr. and Mrs.
Walter Fender of Margarita, C. Z. recently visited the Charles Conkertons
of St. Petersburg. They then visited the Lamar Fullers of Tampa, Fla.
F. G. Swanson of Tyler, Texas, flew to Chicago for the 32nd anniver-
sary dinner of the Chicago group. About fifty attended and General and
Mrs. Wood were the distinguished guests. Mr. Swanson also went to Mil-
waukee and enjoyed a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Albert Korsan.
Elmer Haw of Seattle, Washington, writes that very few Canal peo-
ple ever pass their way. However, they did have the pleasure of seeing Lee
and Rose Koperski, who passed through Seattle enroute to Alaska, where
the Koperskis will visit with their daughter and family, the Col. William
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walsh of Sebring, Fla. spent a vacation in
Chicago visiting their two daughters and families. Daughter Shirley has
two girls and Marjorie has one girl, three months old. Mr. and Mrs.
Walsh will be happy to see any friends who pass through Sebring.
Mrs. Mary A. Klemmer, widow of Joseph A. Klemmer, who is making
her home with her daughter, Angela, in Monterey, California, writes that
she is enjoying that part of the country.
Angela's eldest son, Roy Jr., on the basis of numerous competitive
examinations, has been honored with acceptance to West Point, the Air
Force Academy, and was offered a four year engineering NROTC scholar-
ship to Stanford University. He was also made a lifetime member of the
California Scholarship Federation. After much deliberation, Roy Jr. chose
West Point and will follow in the footsteps of his father, a former
Mrs. Klemmer has recently enjoyed a visit with her son, LeRoy and
family in Tujunga, California. LeRoy was a former Postmaster in Gam-
boa. He has one son.
Another trip to Melbourne, Florida, included a pleasant and happy
reunion with her son Justus and wife, the former June Bunker, and their
four children. Justus was formerly employed by the Accounting Division
of Balboa Heights.
Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Salmon report they are happily located in Santa
Monica, Calif. Their son Marvin Lee, wife and three daughters live in
Santa Monica and daughter Mary Jane, now Mrs. Williom Underwood,
lives in Glendale with her husband and nine months old daughter. Aunt
Nellie Ashbrook lives in nearby Fullerton.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Schnake are staying in Birmingham, Mich.
where their daughter Barbara and family reside. Their son Jack is in
Lima, Peru, and Edward graduated on June 10th from Buffalo University
Medical Sohool and reported on July 1st to the Methodist Hospital in
Houston, Texas for his internship.
Mr. Anthony Tezanos of New Orleans has returned home after a trip
Miss Jane Gadde of St. Petersburg made a trip to the Zone and found
many changes since she left. However, she found a lot of her friends
were still there.
Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley of St. Petersburg journeyed to Gaines-
ville, Fla. for the graduation of their son Louis Bradley from the Univer-
sity of Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Christopher, former Canal residents, passed
through the Zone, recently, enroute to Quito, Ecuador where they will be
engaged in Missionary work.
Mrs. Blanche Briscoe of Balboa, has been on vacation in Washing-
ton, D. C. She is expected to visit St. Petersburg before her return to
Mr. Archibald L. Wright, who recently retired, was a visitor in St.
Petersburg. He left for California and expects to visit several friends en-
route and in December to go to Europe for an extended stay.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Thompson of West Asheville, N. C. are build-
ing a new home and find it quite a chore. They are looking forward to some
pleasant times when picnic season starts and the ex-Zonians get to-gether
in Western North Carolina.
Mr. Paul Curtis and his sister, Mrs. Howard Newcomb, now make
their home at 107 N. Wayne St., Apt. 3, Arlington, Virginia. They send
best regards to all their friends.
Mr. C. O. Carlson and Mr. R. T. Huldquist have purchased a house
at 465 41st Avenue N. E. in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. John Powell of Balboa, C. Z. were recent visitors in St.
Petersburg for the graduation of their son James from Admiral Farragut
Alberta (Mead) Schwochaw of Mt. Clemens, Mich. sends regards to
all old friends. She says all the family are still on the Zone except Fred's
oldest son who is in Memphis, Tenn. with the Navy, and Alberta's son,
Robert, who goes to Military school in Bloomington Springs, Tenn. The
Burt Meads live in Las Cumbres, R. P.
Frank L. Corey of San Antonio, Texas, had a sick spell in February
but is now all right. Mrs. Corey and Pop Wright are well and doing fine.
They hope to make the reunion next year.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Kuller are moving to Portland, Oregon. Mrs.
Kuller will stay in California with daughter Pat Gill who is expecting her
third child in October. This will be the ninth grandchild for the Kullers.
Son Ben and wife Betty Kuhrt are in Tarryton, N. Y. and have a boy
and a girl.
Mrs. L. M. Sandiford of Miami reports a lot of sickness in her family.
Ethel and Henry Marcy are both quite ill. Fred Crawford had a virus
attack and Lillian has been annoyed with severe headaches. They hope to
get well enough to make a trip to St. Peterhburg, soon.
Mr. Tom Grimison of Balboa, was a recent visitor in St. Petersburg.
Mr. Raymond Hills of Cocoli, C. Z. was a visitor with the S. J.
Shreves of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Jordan of Mobile, Alabama, together with
their daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law, Rev. James H. Isbill of
Owenboro, Ky., recently made a trip to the Zone to visit the Jordan's
three children and their families. They are Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Her-
rington and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Horter, Jr., two sons and one
daughter, and their son Thomas Merrill, who recently married Shirley
Peterson of Colon.
Mrs. C. L. Grier of Gamboa, C. Z. has been visiting her brother in
Pennsylvania and many friends along the way south to Florida. At present
she is the guest of friends in the St. Petersburg area.
Mrs. Ella Piper spent the best part of the past year traveling around
the southwest and far west. She spent three months in Tucson, Arizona,
then went to Silverton, Oregon, to visit the Clare Comins. Saw the Ray
Willing Smiths in Phoenix, where Rev. Smith has a very nice church. Had
a grand visit in Los Angeles with her first Canal Zone neighbor, Mrs.
Stanley Ford, whom she hadn't seen since 1926. Son Homer and family
are in Minneapolis and Mrs. Piper spent last Christmas with them. Son
Ray has been transferred back to New York from Mexico City and now
lives at Lake Mohawk, N. J. Mrs. Piper sends regards to all her old friends.
Sgt. and Mrs. Edward J. Mann and two children, Sheryl and Ray-
mond, of Topeka, Kansas, spent three weeks in Gulfport, Florida, as the
guests of Mrs. Mann's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Kieswetter.
Mr. and Mrs. Archie Gibson of Cortland, N. Y. are in St. Petersburg
and shopping around for a future home.
Miss Katherine Peay of Savannah, Ga. was a recent visitor in St.
Petersburg. Miss Peay resided on the Isthmus for many years where
her dad was employed with the Dredging Division. Katherine was em-
ployed with the Commissary Division.
Mrs. Mary Pierce writes that she had a wonderful two weeks when
daughter, Lucille, and family spent two weeks with her and son Buddy's
family at Bud's new home in Dayton, Ohio. Lucille has three girls and
Bud has a girl and a boy. (See cut).
Thomas Millett, son of Etta and the late John Millett, formerly of
Balboa, C. Z. recently completed his apprentice training with the
General Motors Corporation. He was honored by the National Association
of Manufacturers as the outstanding apprentice in the State of Kansas.
At a luncheon in his honor, he was presented a plaque by Mr. Kenneth
R. Miller, Managing director of the N. A. M. Thomas resides with his
wife and three children in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
Louis E. Bradley, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley of St. Peters-
burg, is back at the exclusive Orienta Beach Club at Mamaroneck, N. Y.
for his second summer as swim instructor. Louis, a recent graduate from
Florida State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communi-
cations, hopes to get started in Radio and Television work in the Fall.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ganter of reading, Pa. were recent visitors in
St. Petersburg and the Gulf Beaches. They called on the James Bradleys
while here and planned to spend two weeks at Miami Beach. They also
visited Justice and June Bunker Klemmer and their family in Melbourne,
Florida. The Ganters and Mrs. Gabriel are looking forward to attending
the 1957 reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lombroia and their daughter, Jane L Payne and
grand-daughter, Joan Payne, were visitors in Florida in July. They were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bowen of Coral Gables and of Mr. and
Mrs. Ernest L. Wood of St. Petersburg. The Lombroias expect to make
their home in Florida when they retire.
Charles and Marea Bordt of Tampa, Fla. are vacationing in Cali-
fornia where they have met several old time Canal friends.
Gerald D. Bliss of Miami, Fla. suffered a bad fall that resulted in a
misplaced vertebra and broken ribs which incapacitated him for several
weeks. Meantime, his brother, Glenn, also an ex-zonite, serves as house-
keeper, cook, butler, valet, etc. Mrs. Bliss is in very poor health at the
home of their daughter, Zonella Bliss Field in California.
Airman Francis Richard Barr, son of Mrs. M. Frances Barr of Balboa
and the late Mr. Robert Warren Barr, is to enter a religious order.
Airman Barr was recently discharged from the Air Force and will begin
his religious training in St. Joseph's Seminary in Peterborough, N. H.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Shafer recently arrived in Florida from
California. They are now located at 2019 56th St. South, Gulfport, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. (Happy) Pearce of Syracuse, N. Y. were in St.
Pete recently, and tried to contact some of their friends but found out too
late that most of them were at the monthly picnic at Lake Maggiore. They
wish to be remembered to all Canal friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Renz and Mrs. John Hower of Fairhope, Ala.
were recent guests for a few days at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John D.
Stephens of Tallahassee, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Hersh of St. Petersburg spent several weeks
in Pennsylvania and Washington, D. C. during the month of June.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Yocum of Baltimore, Md. have purchased
a home in St. Petersburg and plan to make it their permanent home in
the near future.
Mr. and Mrs. Roland J. Lees, formerly of Cristobal, C. Z. are now in
North Plainfield, N. J. where Mr. Lees is an electrical contractor in New
York and New Jersey. Their son, Roland Jr. is a Sophmore at Seton Hall
University, Orange, N. J. and daughter, Bernadette is a Senior in North
Plainfield High School.
Mr. A. M. Fraser, Miss Ruth Fraser, and Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Smith
of Buffalo, New York, are spending several weeks on the Zone. While
there they will be the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser of Gamboa
and Mr. Harold Fraser of Cristobal.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pearl and three children of the Canal Zone have
been visiting Mrs. Pearl's parents, the Charles Calvits of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. E. M. McGinnis, who recently retired, have been spend-
ing a month in De land, Florida. They are expected to arrive in St. Pete
in the near future.
It has been reported that Horace Jones of the Canal Zone had his
left arm badly mangled in a car wreck on the Interior Highway. The
arm was so badly hurt it was necessary to amputate.
Mr. C. H. Fair of Miami, Fla. has been spending a few weeks
vacation enjoying Cuba.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Fernie of Duncan, British Columbia, are enjoying
a visit from Mrs. Fernie's sister, Mrs. Roy Standish of Ancon, C. Z. Mrs.
Standish left Panama at 2:30 on the 12th of July and arrived in Victoria,
B. C. at 3:10 on the 13th. The Fernies send regards to all friends.
Mr. C. C. Cameron of Long Beach, California, writes that Mrs. Lena
Fitch entertained a group of ex-zonites, recently. Those entertained
by Mrs. Fitch were; Mr. and Mrs. William Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie
Nolon, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Cameron, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Hoecker and Mrs.
Eddie Needham. Cameron reports it was a thoroughly enjoyable affair,
both gastronomically and conversationally.
The Pat Coakleys of Grand Rapids, Michigan, have been enjoying a
visit from son Jim, wife, and baby. Lt. James Coakley is stationed at
Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Shuey of Daytona Beach, Florida, recently visited
the Bill Dunlops of St. Petersburg. Mr. Shuey is an auditor for the
State of Florida Sales and Tax Division. Their son Ray is with Aids
to Navigation on the Zone. Their daughter, Edith, and her husband are
making their home in Daytona Beach where Mr. Lowell is manager of the
Ford Motor Company.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene I. Askew of Diablo Heights, C. Z. and their
four children were guests of Mrs. Askew's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto
Kosak of St. Petersburg. On July 21, they helped Mr. and Mrs. Kosak
celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary and were joined by Anna
and Bill Bartlett who are celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lyons are prolonging their stay in St. Augustine
where Mrs. Lyons is coming along nicely following surgery in a St.
Augustine Hospital. Mrs. Lyons sends thanks for flowers and cards from
their many friends.
Mr. J. D. Stephens of Tallahassee, Florida, is recuperating nicely
from a severe heart attack which he suffered March 19th in Venezuela.
Since his getting out of the hospital, Mr. and Mrs. Stephens have enjoyed
visits from Mr. A. C. Medinger, Capt. Buck Post, Mrs. Goulet, Mr. and
Mrs. Paul Renz, Mrs. John Hower, the Jack Stoudners and Slim and May
Mrs. Fred Speigel of Attica, N. Y. who lost her husband on July
10th (See Curtain Falls) writes that Mrs. William Kaiser lost her son,
Norman on June 24th. The Kaisers are old friends of the Spreigels
since Las Cascadas days, 1906 to 1910.
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