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Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Bartlett
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. Grover Bohan, Jonesboro, Ark.
Mr. Harry C. Groschup, Oaklyn, N.J.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo B. Clements, Lutz, Fla.
Mrs. M.E. Minnix, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. Ray Betterley, Philadelphia, Pa.
Mrs. Mabel Taylor, St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 249. STATION "A" ST. PETERSBURG 2. FLORIDA
Harry J. Lewis
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Mrs. Burt W. Hall
"E. M. Kieswetter
J. F. Warner
F. A. Anderson
J. F. Bashner
W. H. Butler
H. H. Hudson
Ralph H. Oliver
Dan E. Wright
Come Unto me
The world is at peace;
Still are the drums,
Soft from the shadows
The message comes.
I bring you good tidings-
Tidings of joy!
Once on a night
A thousand years ago,
The sheperds saw a sky
Brilliant and aglow.
And through the silence,
Clear and strong,
They stood amazed
And heard the song.
I bring you good tidings--
Tidings of joy!
A crowded inn with no more room,
A stable and a star,
A tiny child upon the straw,
And wise men from afar.
A life of giving hope,
And fighting back the gloom,
A fearless heart, a cross,
A garden and a tomb.
And all thought this the end,
The Master dead.
The women found the stone rolled back
The angel said,
I bring you good tidings-
Tidings of joy!
And now today on the heels of war
Christmas comes again.
Across the snow and through the palms,
The promise comes to men.
I am the way,
Come unto me.
A promise that rings
With the hope that it brings
As it joyously sings
That the King of Kings
Is the child who comes
To still the drums.
We are free,
You and me!
He proved by the cross
That death is no loss.
I bring you good tidings-
Tidings of joy!
Cadet JOHN MITCHELL McGINNIS
Co. B-1, U.S.M.A.
Written December, 1945, five months be-
fore his tragic death on June 9th, 1946.
The 84th Congress adjourned Sine Die on August 2, 1956 and a
new 85th Congress will convene early in January 1957. This means
that all measures pending at the time of adjournment as unfinished
business are now dead. Any legislation of merit will need to be introduced
possibly in new form as new business in the new Congress.
While the Congress is not now in session, that does not mean that all
activities are at a complete stand still. Civil Service Retirees may have
noted that in campaign speaching there are many legislators concerned
about the economic predicament of the little fellow, about the pensioner
and the annuitant living on fixed incomes.
This viewpoint exists regardless of the campaigner's party affiliation.
This is as it properly should be because the economic plight of those on
fixed incomes is non-partisan and non-political. That is the retiree is con-
fronted with the increased cost of food, clothing, shelter and medical care
regardless of his own party affiliation and regardless of who heads
affairs in Washington. It is gratifying that thoughtful campaigners have
so expressed themselves.
It has come to our attention that some legislators are considering and
drafting legislation for prompt introduction soon after the 85th Congress
convenes. Some of the proposals under consideration, and which will be
of interest and much concern to civil service retirees include; some pro-
visions for widows of eligible retirees who died before April 1, 1948; the
elimination of that unfair $4100.00 ceiling for annuity increases as is now
applicable; the correcting of that present unfair regulation that surviving
widows can not benefit by any increase granted to living annuitants;
also a cost-of-living increase in retirement annuities on a sliding scale
proportional to the period since date of retirement; and some more defi-
nite method of financing annuity increases without burdening the retire-
It will be very interesting and of much concern to all civil service
retirees to see how this all works out in the next 85th Congress.
PANAMA RAILROAD OVERTIME
Former employees of the Panama Railroad will be interested in a
recent communication received from Mr. Howard E. Munro, Legislative
Representative of The Central Labor Union and The Metal Trades Council
of the Panama Canal Zone, which is here quoted in full.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
Mr. W. L. Hersh
2262 8th Avenue North
St. Petersburg 2, Florida
Dear Mr. Hersh:
I thought you as well as the members of the Panama Canal Society
would be interested in the progress being made in our efforts to collect
back overtime we believe is due some of the employees and former em-
ployees of the Panama Railroad-
As you are aware, the statute of limitations has expired on any claim
for this overtime and our first step was legislation to have the statute of
limitations set aside so that the Court of Claims could consider the case.
H.R. 7680 was introduced by Congressman Garmatz to accomplish
this first step.
The second step was to get H.R. 7680 considered by the Judiciary
Committee of the House of Representatives. We are hopeful that if we can
get the bill considered, we will be successful in getting favorable action
We understand the Company has presented the usual objections to
such legislation, based on the reasons for establishing Statute of Limita-
tions, which are the lack of adequate records to verify the claims.
We are cognizant of the fact that the Judiciary Committee was very
busy on Immigration problems this last session, and believe that this
accounts for their lack of action on H.R. 7680 rather than the merits of
It is our intention to reintroduce the bill and press for hearings in
the next session of Congress.
We knew this would be a long tough battle to get this overtime and
we want everyone to understand that we will not consider the case lost un-
til we have exhausted all available means.
We have received some heartening news in July of this year, when we
learned that the employees of the Alaska Railroad have just started to
collect on their claim. Their legislation to set aside the Statute of Limita-
tions was introduced in several Congresses before it was finally approved
on Nov. 1, 1949 (Public Law 440-81st Congress), so you can see it takes
a long time even after the Statute of Limitation legislation is enacted.
We would appreciate it if you will give this progress report some
publicity in your Panama Canal Record as we did receive many inquiries
from the release previously made.
We hope next time we can report more favorable progress.
Howard E. Munro
P. O. Box 747, Balboa, C. Z.
FLASH -LEGISLATION FLASH
As this December issue of the Canal Record goes to press we have
been informed that the staff of the Senate Committee on Post Office and
Civil Service has started preliminary work for the drafting of legislation
of interest and concern to Civil Service Retirees and which is intended for
introduction as soon as the 85th Congress convenes in January 1957.
This is a rather encouraging change and and move if the urge could be
maintained it would allow The House quite ample time in which to con-
sider such subjects, and thus avoid that discouraging situation as usually
developed when retirement subjects get caught in that log jam of delayed
but urgent matters pressing for consideration in the last days of the session
as The Congress rushes toward adjournment.
With these possibilities in mind it just might happen that for Civil
Retirees now on the rolls 1957 could turn out to be that Happy New Year
usually expressed in annual greetings every December.
Accordingly the writer wishes all a Merry Christmas in 1956 and a
Happy and Prosperous New 1957 Year.
RALPH CUTLER OLD TIMER'S FRIEND
The September issue of your Canal Record told of how the persistent
efforts of Ralph Cutler, who zealously and untiringly worked for six years
at his own expense, wrote thousands of letters, and made several trips to
Washington, D. C. to attend Congressional Hearings, finally resulted in
securing the enactment of Public Law 761 authorizing an increase in Pan
Canal Construction service Pensions. Also that Cutler had lost his home
by fire, was then convalescing from major surgery, and how deserving he
was of a letter expressing appreciation and thanks and a contribution of
the first month's pension increase on the part of all Old Time beneficiaries.
We have had several Old Timers ask us for more information about
Ralph Cutler, the man and as a Canal Builder. In an effort to comply
with this desire to renew friendships and acquaintance with Ralph, we
requested him to prepare his autobiography.
His autobiography was interesting but rather brief. We quote, "I
hesitate to write about myself, my life has been just the average prosaic
life of the ordinary citizen, nothing spectacular that would make interest-
However, upon referring to that "Who's Who"; The Makers of the
Panama Canal and other sources we offer our readers the following about
Ralph Cutler: He is a Michigan man, born in 1881, in the town of
Kingston. Upon completion of his schooling he took up railroading. He
arrived in the Canal Zone during July 1907, was assigned to the Trans-
portation Department. He rose rapidly to the position of Railroad Con-
ductor, Central Division. See picture section for portrait.
In this capacity during the construction period he was part of the 80
or more train crews, out of Las Cascadas rail yards, handling general
construction equipment. You surely recall those extra wide gauge Ledger-
wood unloaders, Western dump cars, earth spreaders, and track shifters;
but the greater part of the time Ralph was handling excavation from the
Big Cut to the dumps at Tabernilla and to Gatun dam.
In those days conductors needed to report for duty before 6:00 a.m.
to check in and receive orders for the day's run, all in order to leave the
yards by 6:30 for generally an 11 hour and quite frequently a 14 hour
Cutler finished his share of the Canal project, and returned to the
States during September 1914. In thinking over his construction experi-
ences and recalling his many friends, he is saddened with the passing of
so many of his fellow Canal railroaders.
While he felt he was still a young man on returning to the States,
the tropics had turned his hair quite gray and when he applied for rail-
road employment he was informed that he was too old. While we have not
developed just how our friend kept occupied when not applying himself
to legislative matters for his fellow Canalers, or when not caring for his
blind brother, we can tell you how he later further served his country.
During World War II, Cutler was in the Coast Guard, on duty at the
General Dynamics, Submarine Plant, Groton, Conn; also on Patrol Duty
in the West Indian and Caribbean Area. In this service he was informed
that he was the oldest man to enter active service in World War II.
While Cutler prefers not to write of himself, he has no hesitancy in
writing of the Old Timer's cause, and has submitted a review of the legis-
lative efforts in behalf of civilian Canal workers, which we condense below.
Soon after the active construction work of the Panama Canal was
completed, The Congress in 1915 enacted legislation granting Army and
Navy officers who served three or more years on the project before April
1, 1914 the privilege of immediate retirement without regard to age, at
the next grade above that at the time of their Canal service.
In 1937 Locomotive Engineer J. J. Bridges thought of trying to secure
similar consideration for the civilian Canal workers. He went to Wash-
ington and conferred with Ex-Governor H. Thatcher, who then drafted the
However, it was not until 1943 that Senate Bill S. 683 sponsored by
Senators Claude Pepper, Florida; Bennett Champ Clark, Mo., Lester Hill,
Ala.; and James J. Davis, Pa. was introduced during the first session of
the 78th Congress. Companion Bills sponsored by J. Harden Peterson,
Fla. and Richard J. Welch, Calif. were introduced in the House.
This seven years of effort was finally successful and resulted in the
enactment of S. 683 as Public Law 319 78th Congress, 2nd Session, to
be effective May 29, 1944. Cutler tells us that many of those who worked
the hardest for this cause passed on without ever receiving any benefit.
In 1950, Cutler then living in Mystic, Conn., learned that about half
of the construction service pensioners were receiving less than $700 a year,
and thought it worth while to make some effort in their behalf. He ex-
plained the situation to his Congressman who was impressed sympatheti-
cally. In due course, Hon. Horace Seely-Brown introduced H.R. 5217 in
the 82nd Congress, then H.R. 3660 in the 83rd Congress, to be followed by
H.R. 842 in the 84th Congress.
During these six years and six sessions of the Congress, Cutler made
several trips to Washington, to attend committee hearings. On one oc-
casion to be informed the hearings had been postponed because of the
sickness of the Committee Chairman.
In this effort Cutler with the help of Mrs. Cutler has written thous-
ands of letters to legislators and Old Timers in the interests, of this cause,
some 2000 odd pictures of Ancon Cemetary (see picture section) played
an important part in this legislation, having been used in this correspond-
ence. The greater part of them being sent to Members of Congress both
in the 1937-44 original effort when he was helping Bridges and then in
the 1951-56 effort resulting in the recently enacted P. L. 761.
Ralph Cutler is very modest. When confronted with credit for his per-
sistent and zealous efforts, he tells that credit is due Hon. Horace Seely-
Brown, Conn., and Hon. John J. Rooney, N. Y., who introduced companion
bills, also the Bureau of the Budget and the Civil Service Commission for
their favorable recommendations. Members of the Congress both in the
Senate and the House, in committee and on the floor were helpful.
Our friend Cutler tells that the Old Timers still in the Zone were of
great help both financially and in urging support in The Congress. He
says the Florida pensioners did their part faithfully as did other groups
in Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, California, Montana, Michigan and many
individuals throughout the other states. Those in Washington, D. C. were
of timely assistance on the spot which was convenient and encouraging
Ralph thinks it best not to attempt listing all the many individuals
supporting and encouraging him, lest some very deserving person be over-
looked. He does wish to mention, however, that Mrs. Cutler typed thous-
ands of letters and practically took over completely when the more recent
enactment was still pending, The Congress was rushing toward adjourn-
ment and Ralph was hospitalized for major surgery.
We are all appreciative of Cutler's hesitancy about writing of himself,
of his modesty in accepting credit, of his thoroughness in extending
credit to others for coming to his support, but we still feel sure of our
ground when we say that without Ralph Cutler's stick-to-it-ness and per-
sistency the enactment of the recent benefit would quite likely not have
been attained. For those Old Timers who have not yet done so we urge
letters of appreciation and thanks to him with something worth while
Since their home in Connecticut was destroyed by fire, the Ralph
Cutlers have taken up residence at 5 Redfield Parkway, Batavia, New York.
OLD TIMER CANALER PEDESTRIAN EXTRAORDINARY
John Francis "Iron Legs" Stahl (74 Aug. 13, 1956) famous for
his long distance walking and hiking has been again doing more of the
same. Just a few months ago he returned to the Canal Zone from a trek
through the interior of Panama.
With a Canal Zone service record, from Dec. 1910 to June 1918
"Iron Legs" qualifies as an Old Time Canal Constructor. He was assist-
ant to Postmaster Gerald D. Bliss in Cristabol, but later transferred to
the Panama Railroad to become in time station agent and operator at
every station and telegraph cabin along the line with the lone exception of
Panama City. Upon leaving the Isthmus he joined the postal service in
One of the first walking exploits of our friend was in 1932 when he
made a short hike of 60 miles from Martinez to Menlo Park in Calif.
In 1936 with a native guide using a bolo he did some jungle trails
in the Philippine Islands.
In 1939 and 40 Stahl negotiated mountain tops, Jungle trails and
desert plains in a hike from Balboa, C. Z. through Panama, Costa Rica,
Nicaragua, Honduras, Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico through Laredo to
Austin, Texas. Some 3700 miles.
During September 1940 Stahl walked some 85 miles from Oakland
to Sacremento, California to call personally on Governor Culbert L-
Olson at this state capital.
Stahl wanted to see the Old Historical Missions in Southern Cal-
ifornia, so in 1941 he "iron legged" some 870 miles from Sonoma to
San Diego, California.
In January 1944 in recognition of Stahl's long distance "Iron
Legging" John L. Demsey, then Governor of New Mexico, commissioned
our friend Colonel, Aid-de-Camp, on the staff of the Governor, State of
New Mexico. The commissioning ceremony being fulfilled by the then
Adjutant General Russell C. Charleton.
After a lull in his walking inclinations, Stahl again felt the walking
urge early in 1945. He visited Campeche, Mexico, the ruins at Uxmal
then on to Merida, Yucatan, Laten to Belize Honduras via Burrel Boom to
Blue Ridge Ranch, Honduras. On this trip he also hiked along the beauti-
ful Grand Cayman Beach from Georgetown to West Bay, G. C. British
By some means other than walking "Old Iron Legs" reached Miami,
Fla., to call on his old time friend Gerald D. Bliss early in June 1945.
(See picture) By August Stahl had hiked through the hospitable South
from Tallahassee, Florida via Panama City, Pensacola, the Gulf Coast
through Mobile, Baton Rouge and on to Austin, Texas, some 975 miles in
85 days. In Austin, Stahl called on his old time friend Sam W. Heald,
retired construction period superintendent, Panama Railroad.
This was the second time that Stahl's travels terminated in Austin.
"Iron Legs" felt "highly honored" when in recognition of his distance
hiking, and his return to the state capital, he received from the then
Governor Coke Stevenson, a citation as Honorary Texas Ranger.
After some period of rest, the walking urge again started Stahl in
1948 on another trek of some distance to the tropics. From Brownsville,
Texas on foot via Mexico, Central America, and Panama to the Canal
Zone. After this "grind" of some 10 months and 3700 miles our Old
Timer arrived at his destination "safe and sound".
After a rather short stay in the Canal Zone, Stahl shipped by United
Fruit to Mobile, Alabama and then by rail to Belleaire, Ohio. From here
he had a "fine-hike" of some 300 miles through Ohio, W. Va., Penna.,
N. J. and over the George Washington Bridge to Broadway, New York
City. He felt "much rewarded" on this occasion (July 1949) when he
was given a spot on "We-The-People" TV-Radio program of the Colum-
bia Broadcasting System. Here he entertained viewers and listeners,
including many Old Time Canalers, with the high lights of his long dis-
tance "iron legging" experiences.
About a year later, we find our Old Time friend in Europe, still of
the notion he could step off a few more miles. This was Holy Year (1950)
and Stahl wanted to trek to Rome like the Pilgrims of Old, to sleep in
the hedges, under the stars but occasionally in the homes of hospitable
people. This trek from Fatima, Portugal to Rome, Italy, about 1500 miles
was rewarded by the "grand privilege" of seeing Pope Pius XII in public
By 1953 our Old Timer is again back in the tropics, hiking the
Thatcher Highway and the interior of Panama. He has made three trips
to Chiriqui, Bocas-del-Toro, David and environs, "iron legging" over 500
miles on each trip. On his last trip he spent several months in Cerro
Punta, Chiriqui and upon his return was sick in a Zone hospital for a
week. When we last heard (Aug. 1956) he was up and about again taking
On this occasion of his return to the Canal Zone from his stay in
Chiriqui Stahl feels that hiking over the rough and mountainous "trails"
of the Panama interior is "hard and fatiguing". Particularly does this
apply to the back country "trail" between Canasas and Tole and again
over the mountain "trail" between Caldera and the Chiriqui Lagoon.
Thinking back over these "trail" experiences our 74 year Old Timer
wonders that his "pump" withstood the stress without some serious
While Old Timer Stahl reached the age of 74 in August 1956, he says
he still "has a number of walks in the back of his head", but has no
immediate urge for starting out on any of them in the near future.
This travelogue with more than 12,000 miles of hiking on foot is
not intended to be a complete record. "Iron Legs" should also be credited
with such additional mileage as we do not know about. We do feel that
surely this human "iron legging" on the part of our fellow Canaler is
surely an outstanding record which will not likely be challenged or
exceeded for a long time to come.
In addition to all the foregoing John F. Stahl must be credited with
accomplishments and recognizances other than those associated with long
distance "iron legging". Stahl is a devout Roman Catholic and has achiev-
ed meritorious recognition for his work in behalf of his church.
In this field of effort, Stahl has been decorated three times by The
Pope. During March 1952, on the occasion of St. Patrick's Day Celebra-
tion, at St. Mary's Hall, Balboa, C. Z., the Archbishop of Panama con-
ferred upon Stahl the Order of Knight Commander of St. Gregory, the
During September 1953 at Mass in the Panama Cathedral, the Nuncio
Apostolic of Panama bestowed on Stahl the decoration Knight Order of
Pius. Then January 1956 Stahl was promoted, in the presence of friends
at the Panama Residence of the Nuncio Apostolic of Panama to Knight
Commander, With The Badge, St. Gregory, The Great.
Iron Legs Stahl considers that he is the richest man in the world when
he contemplates the many thousands of friends he has banked to his
credit in autographs.
With reference to his beard, "Old Iron Legs" informs us it developed
initially because of the difficulty of finding shaving needs while hiking
through Central America. Thus forced to let his beard grow he found
it to be so fine and snowy white that he disliked the thought of removing
it. It is still with him.
Our friend Stahl gives his reason for his long distance hiking. He
explains that while he was long employed in the postal service he was
never a mail carrier, thus when he goes "iron legging" he is just trying
to catch up with some delayed postal leg work.
In consideration of all these long distance and widely traveled efforts,
John Francis Stahl's Nome de Plume of "Old Iron Legs" is surely well
earned and exceptionally appropriate. The Panama Canal Society of
Florida, at its regular monthly meeting, Sept. 10, 1956 decided to com-
municate to John Francis Stahl the very best wishes of this Society, and
by acclamation considered it fitting and proper to add to his many interest-
ing and deserving citations and decorations the recognition of this society
by conferring upon him the unique but well earned distinction, namely
Old Time Canaler-Pedestrian Extraordinary.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Miss Joan Marshall Stanton, niece of Mr. and Mrs. William W.
Stanton of Dade City, became the bride of Guy Johannes, Jr., son of Mr.
and Mrs. Guy Johannes of Bradenton, in a morning ceremony on Sept. 1st
at the First Methodist Church in Bradenton. The nuptials took place at
10 o'clock with the Rev. John R. Sanderson officiating.
Mr. Stanton gave his niece in marriage and Mrs. Charles S. Herron,
sister of the bride, of Tallahassee, was the only bridal attendant.
Richard D. Corson, Sarasota, was best man and Charles S. Herron,
Tallahassee, and Earl Robert Baden, Bradenton, served as ushers.
Mr. and Mrs. Johannes returned to Tallahassee where she is a junior,
majoring in mathematics at Florida State University. He is an instructor
in business education at the University. She is a graduate of Edison
Senior High School, Miami. After graduation from Peacock Military
Academy, San Antonio, Mr. Johannes received a B. S. degree in business
administration at Stetson University and an M. S. degree in education at
The marriage of Miss Conway Maphis, daughter of Mrs. Sam W.
Maphis of Ancon and the late Mr. Maphis, to David Walker Plumer, son
of Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall Plumer of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was
solemnized the morning of July the 7th at St. Luke's Cathedral, Ancon.
Dean Mainert J. Peterson of the Cathedral officiated at the ceremony,
which was followed by a Nuptial Mass.
Immediately following the wedding, a reception was held in the Fern
Room of the Tivoli Guest House.
They will make their home in the United States.
A ceremony at the home of the bride's mother united in marriage
Miss Katherine Garnett Mason and John Larry Young in Tallahassee on
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Roy Garnett Mason, Tallahassee,
and the late Mr. Mason. The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Frederick H.
Willington, 2228 26th Avenue South, and the late John Owen Young of
The Rev. Harold G. Sanders of the First Baptist Church performed
the double-ring ceremony.
Mrs. Milton Hirsch, Columbus, Ga., was matron of honor and the
bride's only attendant. Frederick H. Wellington was best man.
A reception was held at the home of the bride's mother.
The couple will be at home at 751 El Dorado, Tallahassee.
Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Mostalac announce the marriage of their daughter,
Hilda, to Bill Hidalgo, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Hidalgo of Gamboa, C. Z.
The wedding took place in the Church of Corpus Christi, at 6:30 p.m.
September 16th, followed by a reception at the Cuba Country Club. The
bride and bridegroom arrived on the Canal Zone October 1st.
Miss Jacquelyn Madeline Schofield, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James
A. Schofield of Gatun, became the bride of Dennis S. Cassidy, son of Mrs.
Donna Cassidy of Sarasota, Florida and the late Mr. William P. Cassidy,
at a candlelight service at the Gatun Union Church, Sept. 6.
Miss Mary Mankeli Sill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick DeVeber
Sill of Balboa Heights became the bride of Theodore Abbott Peck, Jr.,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Abbott Peck of Falls Church, Virginia, on
Saturday, the eleventh of August, at an afternoon ceremony in the Chapel
of St. Joseph of Arimathea of the National Cathedral, Washington, D. C.
The Reverend Luther Deck Miller, formerly Chief of Chaplains, United
States Army, and now Canon of the Cathedral officiated.
The reception, which followed the ceremony, was held at the Army
and Navy Club.
Miss Harriet Joyce Gardner, daughter of Mrs. Harry Gardner of
Curundu Heights and Mr. Harry Gardner of San Salvador, became the
bride of Walter H. Kuhrt, Jr. son of Captain and Mrs. Walter H. Kuhrt
Sr., of Margarita at a candlelight ceremony at St. Luke's Cathedral.
The Reverend Mainert Peterson officiated at the ceremony. There
was a reception for four hundred guests at the Tivoli Guest House Ball-
The bride, a student nurse at Duke Hospital working towards her
B. S. degree in nursing, attended Washington University in St. Louis,
Missouri, for two years before transferring to Duke University in Durham,
North Carolina. She is a member of Delta Gamma Social Sorority. Her
husband was graduated from North Carolina University as a civil engineer.
He is working presently in Durham with the title of Assistant Engineer
to the city of Durham. He belongs to the American Society of Civil En-
Jacqueline Marie McCoy became the bride of Mr. Fred Arthur Cotton
at a double-ring candlelight ceremony at Curundu Protestant Church on
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCoy of Curundu
The bride is in her senior year of training as a student nurse at Cali-
fornia Hospital in Los Angeles. She graduated from Balboa High School
The bridegroom, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cotton of
Balboa, is a graduate of Balboa High School. He is in his senior year at
the University of Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. William Badders of Gatun announce the marriage of
their daughter, Marie Gorman to Paul Roberts of Augusta, Georgia. The
wedding took place the 23rd of August in the Methodist Church, Miami,
Mrs. Roberts, graduate of Cristobal High School, has been employed
in the Finance Department of National Airlines for the past three years.
Mr. Roberts is Supervisor in Technical Maintenance for National Airlines
in Miami, Florida.
The Roberts are now making their residence at 2640 N. W. 33rd St.
Captain and Mrs. William Seavey Parsons of New Orleans announced
the marriage of their daughter, Joanne Seavey to Archie Campbell Wil-
liams, Jr. on Saturday, July 21st at the Algiers Naval Station Chapel in
New Orleans, Louisiana. A reception followed the ceremony at the
Captain Parsons was formerly Port Captain at Cristobal.
Captain and Mrs. Axel A. Berg announce the marriage of their
daughter Alfhild Sonia to Mr. Joseph James Schack on Thursday, August
16, 1956 in Miami, Florida.
The marriage of Miss Anna Mae Kohlep, daughter of Mrs. Bertha
M. Kohlep and the late Mr. Kohlep of Chicago, Ill. to Mr. Milton A. Smith
was solemnized at 4:30 P.M. at the Grace Lutheran Church in Miami
Springs, Florida, on Sunday, Sept. 2, 1956. Mr. Milton Smith is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Smith of Buffalo, New York. The newlyweds are
both employed by Eastern Air Lines and will make their home in Boston.
Word has been received of the marriage of Mr. Oliver Paterson and
Miss Esther Ortero on August 10, 1956 in Cristobal, C. Z. Mr. Paterson
is an employee of the Motor Transportation Division.
Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Kleasner of Diablo Heights, announce the mar-
riage of their daughter, Jeanene, to Mr. Michael R. Zimmerman, son of
Dr. and Mrs. K. C. Zimmerman of Corozal, on August 31, at the Cathe-
dral of St. Luke in Ancon. After the wedding, the young couple left for
the States where they both are attending school in Kansas.
Miss Kathleen Margaret Steiner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome
E. Steiner of Balboa, became the bride of Earl Anthony Dyer, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Earl A. Dyer of Margarita, on Saturday, September 15th at St.
Mary's Church in Balboa. Father Paul C. Loeven, C. M., officiated at
the Nuptial Mass which was served by Jerome Steiner, brother of the
After the Mass, a reception was held at the Knights of Columbus Club
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School with the Class of 1956
and the groom graduated from Cristobal High School, Class of 1954.
Mr. Dyer is employed by the United States Navy at Rodman.
After a short wedding trip the young couple will make their home
in Cocoli, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan B. Hilliard of the 15th Naval District received a
call on July 30, from their son in Japan, telling them of the birth of his
daughter Debra Lee the afternoon of the 30th. This impossible feat
(announcing the arrival of a baby in the morning, when she was actually
born that afternoon) was due to the International Date Line. The proud
parents are Lt. Jack B. Hilliard of the U. S. Air Force and his wife, the
former Marian Dorrias of the Canal Zone, who are stationed at Yokata
Air Force Base, Japan.
Mr. and Mrs. Burnice Herring Jr. are proud parents of a baby girl,
Chyrl Lynn, born on Saturday, July 28, in Gorgas Hospital. Mrs. Herring
is the former Miss Georgia Lee Hagler.
the birth of their first child, a daughter, in Miami. The little girl has
been named Cynthia Annette. Mrs. Heath is the former Sheila Curling,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Curling of Diablo Heights. Mrs. Heath
grew up in the Canal Zone, attended school here and for some time was
an instructor at the Panama Riding School. She and her husband have
made their home in Miami since July. Cynthia Annette is the second
grandchild for the Curlings.
Congratulations are being received by Mr. and Mrs. Wendell G.
Cotton of Margarita on the birth of their fifth child and second daughter
to be named Tracy Ann.
The baby was born on Sunday, September 16th at the Coco Solo
Mr. William Heim, the baby's maternal grandfather and a former
resident of the Canal Zone, is now living in Dayton, Ohio.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Cotton of Rock
Stream, New York and former longtime Canal Zone residents.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard L Mallet of Balboa, Canal Zone, announce the
birth of a son born Sept. 26 at Gorgas Hospital. The baby, who weighed
7 pounds 11 ounces, has been named after his father.
Mrs. Mallett, the former Joan Hensler, is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Frederick W. Hensler of Balboa. Richard Mallett is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Adam Mallett of Balboa.
Both Joan and Dick are graduates of Balboa High School.
Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm M. Naeker announce the birth of a son on
September the 15th at Elgin AFB Hospital. Mrs. Naeker is the former
Mary Sue Powell of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Naeker are presently residing at Fort Walton Beach,
Florida and are former residents of Balboa.
The baby's maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles N.
Powell of Balboa, and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
F. Naeker of Glen Rose, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Delton S. Stoops of Anderson, Indiana, announce the
birth of a son, October 4, 1956. He has been named Delton S. Stoops, Jr-
The maternal grandparents, Mrs. John Strauss and the late Mr. John
Strauss, were long time residents of Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Du Val announce the birth of their third child,
a girl, named Teresa Ann. She was born on October 17th at Gorgas
Hospital. Mrs. Du Val is the daughter of the W. H. Calloways of St.
Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Du Val is the son of the Joe Du Vals of Gorgona
Beach, R. P.
For the first time in more than 20 years a calendar month passed
with not a single employee retiring from the Canal Service.
Herman Lynn, Policeman, Police Division-26 years, 5 months, 6 days.
Francis J. Moumblow, Control House Foreman, Locks Division-
26 years, 8 months, 17 days.
Mr. Warren Love of Gulfport, Florida, has been a patient in Mound
Mr. Frederick B. Hill of Zephyrhills, Florida, has been in the
hospital following a heart attack.
Mr. Raymond Otto of St. Petersburg has been a patient in Bay Pines
Hospital for several months.
Mr. E. F. Jackson of Tampa, Florida, suffered a heart attack in Sept.
Mrs. Jackson also has been ill and confined to her bed for several months.
Matthew Shannon of Gamboa, C. Z. was severely injured in the crash
of his light plane in Cerra Punta in the Volcan area. He was taken to
Gorgas Hospital where his condition was described as good.
Mr. Archie Scott of Bradenton, Florida, entered Bradenton Memorial
Hospital for surgery in October.
Herman R. Wulff of Zephyrhills, Fla. has returned to his home after
a short stay in the hospital. Mr. Wulff suffered a heart attack.
Mrs. James Bradley of St. Petersburg was a patient in St. Anthony's
Hospital. Mrs. Bradley suffered an injury to her leg.
Jack Stoudner of Tallahassee, Fla. suffered a heart attack but is
reported out of the hospital and improving.
Mr. Claud A. Ott is seriously ill in Gorgas Hospital. Mr. Ott has
been ill for several months.
Mrs. Grover Bohan of Jonesboro, Ark. was a hospital patient in
September. She hopes to be well enough to make the January reunion.
Mrs. George Ruggles suffered a ruptured appendix on the plane
enroute to California from Florida. She is reported as recovering nicely.
Mr. A. L. Miner of St. Petersburg, Florida, is recuperating at home
following surgery at Mound Park Hospital.
Mr. Charles A. Brady of Hollywood, California, entered the City of
Hope Hospital on October 26th for a heart operation. This will be the
second time Mr. Brady has undergone surgery.
It is reported that Mr. Brady came through his second heart operation
satisfactorily and in six months should be able to start training for some
sort of mild employment. Send him a card. Room 16, Bldg. 6, City of
Hope Memorial Hospital, Duarte, California.
Mr. Harry Hart, Canal Old Timer, and resident of Gamboa, C. Z.,
suffered a heart attack on October 13. He was rushed to Gorgas Hospital
where his condition was reported as not serious.
CARDS OF THANKS AND APPRECIATION
Cards of thanks and appreciation have been received from the
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Wulff Mr. and Mrs. Bill Butler
Mr. Joe Eckert Mr. F. B. Hill
Family of Mrs. Marie Eckert Mr. Arthur L. Miner
Mrs. Alberta Powers Harris M M
Mrs. Myrtle Frey
Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Judd
The sisters of Walter Tragsdorf Mrs. Mary Love
Mrs. Ramon Otto Mr. and Mrs. Archie Scott
THE CURTAIN FALLS
News of the death of Charles M. Butters at his home in Needham,
Massachusetts, on Aug. 17 has been received. He was 80 years old.
Mr. Butters was one of the first American employes to be brought
to the Isthmus during the Canal construction days, being employed in
July 1904 as a levelman by the Isthmian Canal Commission.
All of his work with the Canal was as a civil engineer. He was em-
ployed throughout the construction period and after the Canal was opened
in 1914 he was employed in the Dredging Division as junior and later
assistant engineer. He was also one of the first Canal employes to retire
under the voluntary service plan after 30 years of service. He retired
in July 1934.
News of the death Sept. 4 in Dahoga, Pa., of Mrs. Marie Eckert,
long-time resident of the Canal Zone, has been received.
Mrs. Eckert was the wife of Joseph I. Eckert, who retired in 1948 as
a chief engineer on one of the Dredging Division's floating cranes after
33 years service. Since Mr. Eckert's retirement, they had made their home
Funeral services were held in Poughkeepsie, N. Y.
Mrs. Eckert was a past Matron of Fern Leaf Chapter, Order of the
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three brothers: Henri
E. Moehrke, of Gamboa, William and Charles Moehrke, of Poughkeepsie,
and by a sister, Mrs. Helene Brewer, also of Poughkeepsie.
Mrs. Lima Mary Violette died at her home in Panama City after a
She was a kindergarten assistant for the Canal Zone Schools, and has
been with the School's division since 1938.
She was born in Old Town, Maine, and has lived on the Isthmus since
1920. She was 61 years old.
Mrs. Violette is survived by her husband, Frank J. Violette of Pana-
ma City, a daughter, Mrs. Roy Sharp, of Panama City and a son William
Andrew of las Cumbres.
Preston M. Gill, a retired Panama Canal employee died in San Diego,
Cal. He was 81 years old.
Mr. Gill retired from the Balboa Oil Handling Plant in 1937 where
he was employed as a gauger and foreman. He had previous service with
the Time Inspection Bureau at Balboa Heights.
Mr. Gill is survived by his wife Lola, two daughters, sister Delores
Marie of St. Joseph's Carondelet and Mrs. Myriam Reed, and two sisters,
Mrs. Thomas Cornwall and Mrs. William Grigsby.
Word of the sudden death of Clarence J. Ackerly, retired Panama
Canal employee, has been received.
He was stricken ill in Mobile, Ala., while traveling from Florida to
California. He was accompanied by his sister, Mrs. Grayce Grazatt.
Mr. Ackerly had worked for many years in the Accounting Depart-
ment of the Panama Canal and retired in 1951. For the past year he had
resided in Miami Beach.
Besides his sister, he is survived by a brother, Albert, of Storrs,
Conn.; a niece, Mrs. George Nadeau, of Balboa, and a nephew, Grover.
Ross Stiles, 74, a former electrician for the city of Chicago, died in
his home at 5000 43rd Avenue North in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. Stiles came here eight years ago from Chicago and was a 50-year
member of the Electrical Workers Union and the local union 134 IBEW
there; an honorary member of the local union 697 and a member of the
25-Year Club both in Gary, Ind.; and the Abou Saad Temple of the
Panama Canal Zone, Lynn Creek Lodge, 152; AF&AM, of Camdenton,
He is survived by his wife Blanche.
Notice has been received of the death of Mrs. Maude Davies, July
30 in St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, D. C.
Mrs. Davies went to the Canal Zone in construction days, and like
her husband, the late Richard Davies, was an amploye of the Panama
Canal Co. for many years.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary Davies of Santa
Clara, with whom she made her home before leaving for the States.
Mrs- Anna Dixon Baird, 81, who lived at 9321/2 Fourth Street South,
St. Petersburg died Oct. 2nd in a hospital in Erie, Pa.
Mrs. Baird came here in 1939 from the Panama Canal Zone to live
with her sister, Mrs. Phillip Kelley.
Here she was a member of the Trinity Luthern Church and the Pana-
ma Canal Society.
Surviving is another sister, Mrs. Hazel Riley of Erie, Pa., a niece,
Mrs. L. C. Warner of Pinellas Park; and a nephew, Kieth Kelly, here.
Services will be in Eirie and burial will be in Mishawaka, Ind.
News of the death of Eugene F. Clark, retired Panama Canal em-
ployee, on August 5 in Whitesboro, New York, has been received. He was
68 years old.
Mr. Clark was a veteran employee of the Canal service and was a
switchboard operator at Gatun Hydroelectric Station for the Electrical
Division for several years before his retirement in August 1948.
He was a native of Utica, New York, and had been employed with
the Canal as a switchboard operator since May, 1928.
News of the death of William H. Rosan, formerly employed as Lock-
master at Pedro Miguel, in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 12 has been received.
He was 53 years old.
Mr. Rosan was born in Baltimore Maryland, and was first employed
as towing locomotive operator in the Locks Division in 1937. He was
promoted to Tunnel Operator in 1946 and to Lockmaster at Pedro Miguel
He resigned from the service in April 1955 and returned to the States.
He is survived by one son and one daughter.
Hugh V. Powers, 73, who had worked as an accountant in the Panama
Canal Zone for 40 years before retiring, died Aug. 31st in a local hospital
in St. Petersburg.
He came here three years ago from the Canal Zone and lived at
10251/2 11th Street North.
Mr. Powers was a member of the Elks, the Panama Canal Zone
Society of Florida, and the American Legion Post of Canal Zone.
Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Alberta Harris, here; a sister,
Miss Christine Powers; two brothers, Edward, and Maurice, all of
Pittsburgh; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Edward J. Dignam, a member of a well-known Canal Zone family
died at Gorgas Hospital.
The former Panama Canal employee had recently worked in the Locks
Division, and was also at one time a fireman.
Mr. Dignam was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. He came to the Isthmus as
a young boy with his father who was a Commissary Division employee for
many years. He worked on the Atlantic side for the Navy for eight years
before he began his Canal service in 1946.
He is survived by his wife, Enid, his mother, Mrs. R. P. Dignam, Sr.,
a brother Joseph who works at Cristobal Customs, and two sisters, Mrs.
Mary D. Brzezinski and Mrs. Rosemary Reardon of the Cristobal Magis-
Captain William Wall, a senior Panama Canal pilot on the Atlantic
Side, died in Coco Solo Hospital after a long illness. He would have been
56 years old on September 10.
A native of Liverpool, England, Captain Wall came to the Isthmus
in 1936. All of his service with the Canal has been as a pilot.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Marie J. Wall, and two sons, Will-
iam E., of Bethlehem, Pa., and John J-, who resides with his family in
Mrs. Ellen Patterson, 96-year-old resident of Balboa, died in Gorgas
Hospital. She had been hospitalized since June 28.
Mrs. Patterson resided at Owen Street, Balboa, with her daughter
and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Nils W. Jonson. Jonson is an employee of
the Locks Division.
A native of New Jersey, Mrs. Patterson had resided in Balboa for the
past ten years.
William F. Cunningham who retired from Panama Canal service last
May died at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was 46 years old.
Mr. Cunningham had been in ill health for more than a year. At the
time of his retirement he was employed as auditor in the office of the
Comptroller. He returned to the States soon after his retirement.
He was first employed in July 1938 and worked for a brief time in
the Personnel Bureau. During 1939 he was employed for several months
in the Press Office on a temporary assignment.
Most of his service was in the Accounting Division and he received
various promotions in that unit. He was transferred from the claims
Branch to the Internal Audit Division as Governmental Accountant in
1952 and was promoted to Auditor in that unit in 1953.
Mr. Cunningham was well known in Panama and the Canal Zone and
took an active part in many civic and community activities. He was an
active member of the Knights of Columbus and for some time was the
manager of a local radio station operated by that body.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Virginia Cunningham, who is em-
ployed in the Administrative Branch at Balboa Heights, and a daughter
Brenda. Their other daughter, Mary Virginia, resides in the States.
Mrs. Emily Sutherland, wife of Harold D. Sutherland of the Indus-
trial Division in Balboa, died at Gorgas Hospital following a long illness.
She was 60 years old.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mrs. Sutherland went to the Isthmus in
1931 with her husband and three children and has been living in the Canal
Zone since that time. She was a resident of Diablo Heights.
From 1942 to 1950, Mrs. Sutherland was employed as a clerk and
later as a commissary assistant with the Commissary Division.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son Sgt. Jack C.
Sutherland, of the Balboa Police; and two daughters, Mrs. R. T. Malstron,
of Chicago, and Mrs. Samuel G. McClellan, of Chappaqua, New York.
News of the death of Edward D. Hurley, former employee in the
Dredging Division, at his home in Buffalo, N. Y. Sept. 5, has been re-
ceived. He was 71 years old.
Mr. Hurley, who has been making his home in Buffalo since his re-
tirement from the Canal organization in 1947, died suddenly apparently
after a heart attack.
A native of Oswego, N. Y. Mr. Hurley was employed by the Panama
Canal in 1925 as a drill runner with the Dredging Division. All of his
service was with that Division and at the time of his retirement, he was
mate on a drill barge at Gamboa.
He is survived by his wife, who resides in Buffalo.
Horace E. Coleson, Machinist employed on the Pacific Locks, died
after a long illness. He was 46 years old.
A native of Norfolk, Va. Mr. Coleson had been an employee of the
Cristobal Shops. He was transferred' to the Locks Division in 1948 and
has been employed by that Division on both sides of the Isthmus.
Surviving him are his wife Margaret of Balboa; and three sons,
Robert and LeRoy, who are residing in the United States, and Donald,
Dr. Amadeo Vicente Mastellari, best-known authority in Panama on
tuberculosis, died at his home in Panama City of a cardiac ailment. He
was 49 years old.
Dr. Mastellari was chief of the Chest Service at Gorgas Hospital, and
had been under treatment there until recently.
He had been with the Canal Zone Health Bureau since April, 1950
although he had been employed as a consultant on many occasions prior
Dr. Mastellari, who was born in Panama on March 21, 1907 attended
La Salle school here and obtained his medical degree from George Wash-
ington University in 1931.
From 1933 until 1950 he was employed with the Panama Government,
mainly on the anti-tuberculosis campaign.
At the time of his death he was also technical advisor on tuberculosis
with the Public Health Division of the Inter-American Cooperative Serv-
ice, and a professor at the University of Panama where he organized the
first post-graduate course.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Essie Barefoot Mastellari, who was
born in Dunn, S. C., a daughter, Elizabeth, and two sons, Carlos A. and
Maj. Gen. Robert Noble, one of the doctors who stamped out yellow
fever in the Panama Canal Zone, died at the age of 85. He had been ill
for several months.
Noble, former assistant Surgeon General who retired in 1925, died at
the Station Hospital at Ft. McClellan. He had lived there since his retire-
ment and was active in civic affairs.
A native of Rome, Ga., he was associated with Col. William Crawford
Gorgas in experiments that wiped out yellow fever during the construction
of the Panama Canal. He also was a member of a commission that studied
the disease in Ecuador and South Africa.
He is survived by his widow, one brother and one sister.
Edward N. Woodman, retired Panama Canal employee who resides in
Panama City, died at Panama Hospital. He was 73 years old.
Mr. Woodman had been in the hospital for about one week.
A native of Portage, Wis., Mr. Woodman was one of the old timers of
the Canal organization, having started work during the construction
He was first employed as a machinist by the Isthmian Canal Commission
in July 1909, being continuously employed until 1914. He returned to the
service in 1915 when he was employed as a crane operator in the Mechani-
He left the service a second time in 1917, being reemployed the follow-
ing year. His service from then until his retirement in 1940 was as over-
head craneman in the Balboa Shops.
Mr. Woodman is survived by his daughter, Mrs. George F. Husted, of
Cristobal; two sons, James Alien and Benjamin F. Woodman, of Panama;
and ten grandchildren.
Bert A. French, retired employee of the former Mechanical Division,
died at his home in Gamboa. He was 76 years old.
A native of Gilmanton, N. H. Mr. French went to the Canal Zone in 1913
to work as a carpenter with the Isthmian Canal Commission. After the
Canal was completed he transferred to the Supply Department's Building
His service, which was broken several times, was divided between this
division, the Mechanical and Locks Divisions and the Constructing Quart-
ermaster's organization. At the time of his retirement in July, 1944, he
was a carman with the Mechanical Division.
Mr. French is survived by his wife, who was with him at the time of
John Earl Hushing, who was United States Marshal for the Canal
Zone from 1936 to 1953, died in Litchfield, Illinois, his birthplace. Mr.
Hushing was 60 years old.
He had been in ill health since before his resignation in 1953, but
appeared to have recovered in recent months. He attended the Democratic
Party's national convention as a member of the Canal Zone delegation.
John Hushing became widely known on both sides of the boundary
line during the 33 years that he lived and worked on the Isthmus. An ard-
ent hunter and fisherman, he helped organize the Jaguar hunting club
which had its headquarters in the Pacora area of Panama.
Mr. Hushing first came to the Isthmus in 1910. He was employed as
a toolmaker for the old Mechanical Division and except for two years
spent in the United States his employment was continuous until he re-
signed in 1936 to become United States Marshal.
He and his brother, William, were active in labor union affairs. Wil-
liam, himself a former Canal employee, has held for many years an
executive position with the American Federation of Labor in Washington,
A staunch Democrat, Mr. Hushing received his appointment as
Marshal in 1936 from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and had been
confirmed for a fourth term as Marshal when he resigned in 1953 follow-
ing the election of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Mr. Hushing was a widower. Surviving him, besides his brother, is
his sister, Ota May.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Kathleen (Kitty)
Sheehan, a former resident of Balboa who had many friends on both sides
of the Isthmus.
Mr. and Mrs. Sheehan left Panama in 1943 following his retirement
from the Panama Canal and made their home in Los Angeles, California.
Mrs. Sheehan, who died on August 29th, is survived by her husband,
Frank, and one son, William. Internment took place at the Holy Cross
Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Mrs. Olive M. Coffey, mother of well-known Isthmian residents, died
in Santa Barbara, California, according to word received. She was 83
Survivors include her sons, Eldon of Balboa; Jess, now of Orlando,
Florida; and George, of Oakland, Cal.; and her daughters, Mrs. Gert
Myers, of Santa Barbara; Mrs. Edith Stocks. of Palo Alto, Cal., and Mrs.
Birbeu O'Brien, of San Francisco.
Mrs. Coffey resided on the Isthmus form 1930 to 1933 and became
well acquainted there.
Funeral services were held in San Antonio, Texas, for Edward B.
Alexander, former Gatun locks employee who died in San Antonio. He
was 45 years old.
Born in, Loredo, Texas, Mr. Alexander came to the Isthmus in 1940
as a construction and maintenance foreman for the Maintenance Division.
In 1943 he transferred to the Locks Division and was a towing Locomotive
Operator and Diver at Gatun Locks when he left the Isthmus in June, 1947.
He is survived by his wife, Helen, and by three children: Sallie, Blake
Two sisters-in-law in New Cristobal. They are: Mrs. Charles Green
and Mrs. Fred Sap.
Edward Delvalle Maduro, well known in Panama insurance circles
died suddenly at the age of 43. Death was due to a heart attack.
Mr. Maduro was a partner in the firm of Maduro, Moses & Rimming-
ton. A member of ahe Lions Club, he is survived by his wife Julita,
his children Patricia, Marlena and Carlos Eduardo, his brother, Monte
Maduro of Aruba, N. W. I., and his sisters Esther and Emily of Panama.
Admiral Roy W. Ryden died suddenly of a heart attack on August
16, 195.6. He was on vacation in Valles, State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
He is survived by his son Roy W. Ryden, Jr., of Los Angeles, California,
and a daughter, Mrs. John R. Waterman of Montgomery, Alabama.
Admiral Ryden was Superintendent of the Mechanical Division at Balboa,
C. Z. for several years and was very highly esteemed by all who knew
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Holland C. Phillips of
Gibson City, Illinois.
Mrs. Lela Driver Bean, 66, died on Sept. 8th in Miami, Fla. Mrs.
Bean, wife of Dr. Walter Bean, is survived by her husband, a daughter
Mrs. John Stohoe of Miami, a son John I. Bean of Santa Ana, Calif., a
sister Verna Driver Neal of Miami, and a brother Harry J. Driver of
Lynchburg, Virginia. She is also survived by two grandchildren.
News has been received of the death of A. O. McGlade, who died in
Gorgas Hospital. Mr. McGlade was an employee of the Industrial Bureau
and retired in 1952. Mr. McGlade is survived by his wife and two sons,
John R. McGlade and Charles McGlade, both of Balboa.
Fred M. Baker, 81, died recently in Scottsville, Virginia. Mr. Baker
was in Panama from 1907 to 1915 and resided in Gatun, C. Z. He is sur-
vived by three sons, Paul F. Baker of Richmond and Chester R. and
Phillip Baker, both of Scottsville; two daughters, Mrs. S. C. Seay and
Mrs. Grover Crummette, both of Scottsville. He is also survived by fifteen
grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Mrs. Fred Baker, his wife,
died in July 1931.
Word has been received of the death of Joseph Parent, former Canal
Lock Guard and retired Army Sergeant. Mr. Parent has been making his
home in El Valle since his retirement. No further details were available.
Walter B. Tragsdorf, 60, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died suddenly on
August 3, 1956. Mr. Tragsdorf began his Canal career in 1916 as postal
clerk and later transferred to the Receiving and Forwarding Agency
until his retirement in 1950. Mr. Tragsdorf was active in fraternal affairs.
He was a mason and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. A. E. Russell of Niellsville, Wis.
and a nephew, William B. Tragsdorf of La Jolla Calif.
Mrs. Effie Butler, 77, died on September 10th in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mrs. Butler went to the Isthmus during the construction period and lived
for several years in Empire, C. Z. From 1923 to the time of Mrs. Butler's
retirement, in 1941, she worked at Gorgas Hospital. Most of her hospital
service was as Information Clerk. Mrs. Butler was active in fraternal
affairs and was a member for many years of Orchid Chapter No. 1, Order
of the Eastern Star and also of The Panama Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Benjamin C. Judd, two grandchildren,
and two great-grandchildren. Since her retirement, Mrs. Butler had made
her home with Captain and Mrs. Judd in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Harry Ford Frey, 68, 757 North Gulf Boulevard, Indian Rocks, Fla.,
died October 24 in the Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Florida.
He came here six years ago from the Panama Canal Zone, Where he
was a postmaster for 36 years.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Society here.
Surviving is his wife, Myrtle, here; a sister, Miss Minnie G. Frey of
Tunkhannock, Pa.; a niece, Mrs. Charles Genter of Mehoopany, Pa.; a
nephew and a grandnephew.
News has been received of the death of Mrs. Gertrude Henry, wife of
Mr. Pat Henry of Miami, on October 23, in a Miami hospital. She had
been ill for a long time. Burial was in Brooklyn, N. Y. She is survived
by her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Dunn of Gamboa, C. Z.; her
mother in Brooklyn; a brother, Earl, in Connecticut, and three grand-
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Miller, 67, of Dade City, died at a Tampa hos-
pital. A native of Central Bridge, N. Y. she had lived in Dade City for
eight years, having moved here from Scotia, N. Y. She was a member of
the women's auxiliary of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, a member of the
Dade City Women's Club, and a charter member of the Beukendahl Order
of Eastern Star, Scotia, N. Y. Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband,
Bradford Miller, Dade City; a daughter, Mrs. L. E. Dequine, Jr., Pensa-
cola; two sons, Vance E. Miller, Dayton Ohio, and Richard B. Miller,
Cresskill, N. J., and three grandchildren.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Mary Morton of Ancon,
at Gorgas Hospital. Mrs. Morton went to the Isthmus in 1907. She was
the widow of Brett A. Morton, former Supervisor of Harbor Craft, when
he left the Canal service in 1928. Mrs. Morton is survived by her son,
John, of Ancon and three grandchildren.
News of the death of Mrs. Belle Green, well-known resident of the
Isthmus for many years, has been received.
Her death occurred in Long Island, New York, after a sudden illness.
Mrs. Green was the widow of Frank Green, an employee of the Canal
organization for many years, whose death occurred two years ago. For
more than a year Mrs. Green had made her home with friends and for-
mer residents of the Canal Zone.
Mr. Green retired from the Canal organization in April 1948 after
more than 30 years' service. At the time of his retirement he was Super-
visor of bus transportation in the Motor Transportation Division.
After his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Green lived at their home in
Panama near Madden Dam. Both were well known for their interest in
hunting and for several years operated a kennel of hunting dogs in Ancon.
Frank R. Molther, retired Panama Canal engineer, died in Gorgas
Mr. Molther, who was 63 years old on October 15, had resided for-
more than 27 years in Panama. Since his retirement in October, 1955,
he had been living near Las Cumbres.
In the Canal organization, Mr. Molther served in the Engineering
Division as structural draftsman, architect designer and structural en-
gineer before transferring in February in 1953 to the Plant Inventory
and Appraisal Staff.
He was a native of Syracuse, N. Y.
He was a member of the Massachusetts State Association of Archi-
tects, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Panama Section; and the
American Institute,of Architects. He was a member of the Union Club
in Panama for many years.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Josefa Molther; a son, Frank A.
Molther, who resides in the United States and an adopted daughter, Marta.
Burt Wilmot Hall, 61, a four-year resident from the Panama Canal
Zone, died Nov. 1, 1956 in his home at 2473 Ninth Avenue North, St.
While in the Canal Zone, Mr. Hall was a power dispatcher for the
He was a member of Veterans of World War I, The IBEW, and the
Panama Canal Society.
Mr. Hall's only survivor is his wife, Agnes.
Lt. Col. Leander Larson died October 25th at his home in Lakeland,
Florida. Col. Larson was a veteran of the Spanish American War, World
War One and World War Two. He was in Panama with the Department
of Sanitation from 1905 to 1913. He was a life member of the American
Society of Civil Engineers. He is survived by his wife, and a daughter,
Mrs. Adair Pease of Bombay, India. Internment was in Arlington Na-
The hour of twelve was struck on high
That called them to their rest;
No more for cares of earth they'll sigh,
They are now forever blest.
Over 200 separate projects, involving an expenditure of over twelve
million dollars, have been authorized by the Panama Canal Company for
this fiscal year. The newly announced program was designed to counter-
act, in part, the major force reduction scheduled for next January.
Force reduction notices are to be sent out on November 1 to those
Canal employes whose jobs will be abolished at the end of this year. The
Commissary and Service Center Divisions will lose the greatest number
of jobs by the changes required by the treaty provisions requested by
Panama. It is estimated that the actual number will be less than 900. Of
these, between 40 and 50 will be employes on the U.S. rolls.
Local Rate Union spokesmen claim the treaty negotiations have be-
trayed Panama workers in the interests of the country's businessmen. On
January 1, 1957, the bulk of the local rate workers will have to do all
their buying in Panama where prices are regarded as generally higher
than in the commissaries.
Assistant Secretary of the Army, George H. Roderick, said there was
no plan for an overall wage increase in the Canal Zone. His statement
shattered a widespread belief that some general wage increase would be
granted local raters to compensate for the increase they expect in their cost
of living when they are denied the right to buy in the U.S. commissaries.
Local 900 (C.I.O. A.F.L.) is planning to wage a big fight to hold
off the cancellation of Canal Zone purchasing privileges scheduled for
January 1. Union officials explained that they will press the Panama
Government and the United States Government to retain the privileges
until the U.S. Congress takes action on the Canal Zone wage scale and
the extension of the Civil Service Retirement Act to non-U.S. citizen
employes of the Company and Government is a reality.
Local rate unions, convinced that there are no present plans to es-
tablish the principal of equal pay for equal work on the Canal Zone, are
pinning their faith in legislature which, if approved by the U. S. Congress,
could increase the non-U. S. citizen payroll by more that ten million
dollars. Bills which would make the increase possible were introduced
but not acted upon by the last Congress. They are also planning to wage
an all out fight for passage of a bill extending the provisions of the Civil
Service Retirement Act to non U. S. citizen employes of the Panama Canal
Company and the Canal Zone Government.
The Navy Department has announced that the U. S. Naval Station at
Coco Solo will be reduced to a partial maintenance status. The change
will not be immediate, but will be extended over a seven month period.
Plans have not reached a stage where it can be said how many military
and civilian jobs will be done away with.
Passengers traveling from the Canal Zone and Panama who do not
carry a valid yellow fever vacination certificate, will be placed under
surveillance by the U. S. Public Health Service at the port of entry.
Should a passenger become ill within ten days after arrival a form filled
out by his physician must be returned to the U. S. Public Health Service,
stating the nature of the illness.
Services in the Canal Zone post offices will be limited to Zone res-
idents and to regular full time employes of the United States and members
of the Armed Services residing in Panama, after next January 1. Ancon
post office will close at that time.
Secretary of the Army, Wilber M. Brucker, has announced the
appointment of Ogden Rogers Reid, President of the New York Herald
Tribune, Inc. to the board of directors of the Panama Canal Co. Reid
succeeds T. H. Maenner of Omaha, Neb. who recently resigned.
The contracting firm of Diaz and Guardia entered a low bid of
$43,980 for the construction of the new official residence for the Lieuten-
ant Governor of the Canal Zone. The house will be located on Heights
Road on a site of the residence of the Chief Health Officer. It will be
a one story, three bedroom house of masonry construction with a living-
dining room facing on an open patio.
Showing of commercials on TV has been resumed on C.T.N.-TV by
order from the Defense Department. Television industry officials have
refused to allow editing or change in the programs which they supply free
of charge for the world wide Armed Forces network. The Panama foreign
office had requested the elimination of commercials from C.T.N.
Seventy three new Canal firemen, who will staff the consolidated fire
stations in the Canal Zone, received their official firemans cap badges
from Governor William E. Potter. All will be paid at the locality rates,
except for those who replace some navy firemen and enlisted men of the
Armed Services who were assigned to fight fires.
Promotion of 15 men in the Fire Division to Lieutenants and
Sergeants has become effective. This was the second large group of
promotions to be made as a result of the consolidation of fire fighting
facilities in the Canal Zone. Most of the men promoted have many years
of service with the Fire Division.
The Customs Bureau has given the force of law to $500 exemption
for most persons returning to the United States from the Zone, on valua-
tions of articles they may clear through customs. The new ruling puts
employes, who are basically U. S. citizens, in the more favored $500
class and thus provides again for them on their return to the United
States every two years.
An appeal to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second District has
been made by 18 American Flag-ship lines, calling for a reversal of the
U. S. District Court decision of last summer on the lines Panama Canal
tolls case. The appeal seeks a reversal of the ruling which held that the
Panama Canal Company could not be sued in respect to tolls.
A spokesman for local rate workers in the Canal Zone expressed the
hope that the five cent increase is not a prelude nor an indication of the
kind of pay raise the U. S. Congress will eventually approve for Panaman-
ian employes. Jose de la Rosa Castillo, President of Local 907 C.I.O.,
said the loss of Commissary privileges scheduled for January 1, represent
a squalid budget of the Panamanian employee.
Ernesto de la Guardia, Jr. was inaugurated as Panama's 26th elected
President on October 1, 1956. Discussing various aspects of the Nations
domestic scene, he called this a grave moment in National history. This
is the end of an era, he observed, warning that Panama must face
realities. The new President said, "All treaties have defects, but I am not
of that number who are overly excited because of the differences of
opinion which have come up recently between government of Panama
and some officials of the United States. Knowing, as I know, the spirit
of justice and fair play of the great American people, I think with
optimism that these differences will be resolved in a manner favorable
to the Panamanians interests."
The inaugural ceremonies took place in Panama's new Legislative
Palace, opposite the Tivoli Hotel, shortly before noon, while thousands
of spectators overflowed the streets surrounding the building.
Panamas Chauffeurs Federation went on strike on Sept. 4th. Helmet-
ed cops and National Guardsmen were stationed at every block along
Central Ave. to maintain order. The strike came to an end 4 days later,
following an agreement between negotiators for the strikers and the
Government to cut the tax on gasoline by five cents. It is expected that
drivers of all motor vehicles will benefit from the five cent cut which may
cost the Government over a million dollars annually.
Young Francisco Arias Garcia de Paredes, the ten year old son of
Assemblyman and Mrs. Alberto Arias, was killed when a diving board
under repair gave way under his weight and he fell into an empty swim-
ming pool. The accident occurred at the home of the boy's grandmother,
Mrs. Carmen Arias, mother of President Arias and widow of the late
Francisco (Pancho) Arias Paredes.
Las Minos will be the site of a new deep water dock that will be built
by the Panama Refining Co. The dock will give Panama its own cargo
loading and docking facilities and free her from dependence on the
facilities of the Panama Canal Company.
A subsidiary of the International Oil and Metals Corporation of
Los Angeles, plans to make intensive exploration for petroleum in the
Darien region. The field is in Chucanaque and Tuira River basin. The
officials of the firm believe a so called "Sedimentary Section" oil field
exists under the Isthmus. To the West, near the Costa Rican border,
another company, the Catarach Mining Corporation of New York, has
announced the acquisition of oil and gas concessions of two million
acres and plans to start drilling operations in November.
The Permanent Committee of the Panama Highway Congress reports
a survey of the Darien region to determine the most practical route for the
extension of the Pan American Highway, now underway; Panama, Mex-
ico, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Haiti, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and the
International Federation of Automobile Clubs, have contributed $42,000
for exploratory work in that area. Colombia has appropriated $30,000
as a contribution to the expense of the expedition. Findings to date indi-
cate that the highway in Panama will extend from Chepo through the
mountains following the bank of the Bayano River to the Chucanaque
River, thence along the Tuira River to its mouth entering Colombia at Palo
At one of President Eisenhower's recent press conferences, he was
questioned about reports that members of Congress by the score, had been
taking free Carribean cruises on Panama Line ships. President
Esienhower said he believed the names of all passengers on Government
operated ships should be made public. The next day, the Government
conceded that it paid for free Carribean cruises last year for about 90
members of Congressional parties. An official audit of the General
Accounting office showed the Government owned Panama Line picked up
a $22,154 tab for Congressional travel on 15 day cruises to Haiti and the
Canal Zone in the 1955 fiscal year.
The Suez crises created a stir in Panama where informed sources ex-
pressed surprise that Panama was not invited to the Conference of
International Control. In the press in many countries, the question arose
"Will the Suez idea spread?" President Eisenhower brushed aside a
suggestion that Internationalization of the Suez might induce other nations
to call for Internationalization of the Panama Canal. In Washington,
Secretary of State Dulles said that there is no question in anybody mind
that the United States has been granted the sole right to exercise control
over the Panama Canal. Hours after press, dispatches carried Dulles'
statement, Panama Foreign Minister, Alberto Boyd, called a press con-
ference and firmly refuted Dulles' contention.
(Here we go, again)
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Covering the period from August 1st to November 1st
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years then the REUNION January
15 and 16, 1957 at the Soreno Hotel as usual. Many have written in that
they expect to be with us at that time and if all do come it will be a glori-
We are making reservations at the Soreno as we have done in the past.
This time the rates are somewhat higher but it is well worth it to be able
to live at the same place where the meetings are taking place. Single
rooms will be $8.00 and double rooms $12.00, all plus 3% tax. The
luncheon will be $2.75, as it has been in the past, but this will include tax
Our Christmas party will be held on the 10th of December, regular
meeting at the Tourist Center, at which time a donation will be accepted
from anyone for a gift to the American Legion Crippled Children's
Hospital. This is the only project sponsored by the Society during the
year, and we make every effort to make it a good one. Last year the mem-
bers contributed $179.25. If you cannot be present and wish to contribute,
just send me a check and I shall be delighted to pass it on to the Hos-
pital in the event it comes after the 10th. If you do not care to give money
and would rather give a toy, please mark it either BOY or GIRL and
state the age of the child it should be given to in order to be sure that it
gets to the child the age you desire. This will be taken down to the Hos-
pital after the meeting by the President and Mr. Hersh, and whoever
wishes to go with them, also the ice cream and cookies for their supper.
This may be getting Christmas a little early for them but it is a feeling of
pleasure to all who participate.
Thank you one and all for your help.
The Year Book and Record will be in the mail as early in December
as possible so that you will have them before you start on your way to the
Reunion. Be sure and look the Year Book over carefully because there
have been so many changes in address, not only in the cities but many
have moved from one state to another, and many have moved to Florida,
and you can visit with them after the Reunion.
It was necessary to drop 38 members who had failed to pay their 1956
dues. Each had received five notices by Record and by personal notices.
So far 139 have paid their 1957 dues.
MANY THANKS TO THE CANAL ZONE, REPUBLIC OF PAN-
AMA and others not in the United States who have used either a STATES
check or MONEY ORDER to pay their dues. It is greatly appreciated.
At the September meeting a nominating committee was appointed
with instructions to submit their report of a new slate of officers for 1957,
in order that their names could appear in the Year Book and December
Record. The Committee's report follows:
President------- Mr. Troy Hayes
Vice President -Capt. Macon A. Turner
Secretary-Treasurer ----- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary -- Mrs. Burt W. Hall
News Editor ----Mr. Ernest Kieswetter
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL.
See you at the Soreno January 15 and 16. Since the Reunion days are
Tuesday and Wednesday There will be na meeting on Monday.
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING---AUGUST 13, 1956
Lowry Park, Tampa
About 75 members were gathered at Lowry Park, Tampa, for the
Society's regular 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
members, new members and visitors, who responded to the welcome:
among them -
Mr. George Tully, Jr., wife and children from the Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. George Tully, Sr. of St. Petersburg
Miss Alice Candee, of Bradenton
Mr. Roy M. Hohmann, of St. Petersburg
Mrs. David Randall, of Tampa
Mrs. Molly Johnson, of the Canal Zone
Mr. Herman Kleefkins, Jr., of the Canal Zone
Mr. Dan Rudge, of the Canal Zone
Mrs. Eleanor Home, of Bradenton
Membership Report: As of August 1st, 1956, there are 1383 paid
Recording Secretary read minutes of regular picnic meeting held
July 9th, at Lake Maggiore Park; President Lewis, hearing no corrections
or omissions, declared them approved.
President Lewis announced that next regular meeting would be a
picnic meeting, at Lowry Park, Tampa, September 10th; time noon.
Special Interest: Birthday greetings extended to Mr. Charles G.
Calvit, past president of this Society.
Mrs. Judd read many letters received and made several announce-
ments of interest to the Society.
On the Sick List:
Mrs. George Ruggles, of St. Petersburg, on a trip to California, was
taken off the plane, suffering a ruptured appendix.
Mrs. Bessie Lyons recuperating at home, in Clearwater
Mr. John D. Stephens, of Tallahassee, improving
Mr. A. L. Miner, recuperating at home
Mr. Warren Love, recuperating at home
Mr. Frederick B. Hill, in the hospital
Mr. Herman Wulff, in St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa
Mr. Horace Jones, Carpenter Foreman on the Canal Zone, lost an arm
in an auto accident
The demise of the following was noted:
Mr. Thomas S. Booz, of Pasadena, Calif.
Mr. Frank Tester
Mr. Fritz Marti
Mr. John C. McMahon, Jr.
Dr. C. A. Hearne
Mr. Bill Cunningham
Mrs. E. Patterson
Mrs. Alice Orstadt, of Niagara Falls (Sister of Mrs. Tom Rath)
Legislation: Mr. W. L. Hersh informed the meeting that nothing,
for the benefit of Civil Service Retirees, was accomplished by the 84th
Congress before adjournment. However, those Panama Canal Employees,
of the Construction Era, were benefited by the passage of Bill HR 842.
Mr. Ralph Cutler, of Mystic, Connecticut, spent considerable time
and money in his travels between his home and Washington, D. C.,
working towards the passage of this bill, and Mr. Hersh opined that Mr.
Cutler should be recompensed for the expenses incurred, and suggested
that those employees of the construction era receiving an increase in the
"Old Timers' Pension", create a fund to be forwarded to Mr. Cutler. Mr.
J. F. Everett concurred heartily with Mr. Hersh's suggestion, and such a
fund was started by those present.
Mrs. Judd very graciously agreed to be custodian of this fund.
Unfinished Business: None.
There being no further business before the meeting, President Lewis
asked for a motion to adjourn; motion made, seconded and carried, and
meeting adjourned at 2:30 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING SEPTEMBER 10, 1956
Lowry Park, Tampa
About 65 members were gathered at Lowry Park, Tampa, for the
Society's regular 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
members, new members and visitors, who responded to the welcome;
among them -
Col. and Mrs. Robert B. Walker, of Elberton, Ga.
Mr. and Mrs. Archie M. Gibson, formerly of Cortland, New York,
and now permanent residents of St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Baker, of New Port Richey, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. E. R. King, of St. Petersburg (formerly resided at
Mr. J. A. Light, of Cincinnatti, Ohio
Mr. and Mrs. David Norton, (Panama Railroad)
Mrs. Selma Huff (Mrs. Huff recently returned from a visit with her
son Tom, and his wife, in Lisbon, Portugal, and is now perma-
nently located in St. Petersburg),
Mr. D. T. McDonald, of Coco Solo, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lyons, of Clearwater, Florida, were welcomed
back at the meeting, as both have been quite seriously ill during the past
President Lewis told the meeting that Mrs. Effie Butler, mother of
Mrs. Lucille Judd, our Secretary-Treasurer, passed away this morning
at six thirty, and the sympathy of the entire membership goes out to
Membership Report: 1411 were paid through August.
Recording Secretary read minutes of regular picnic meeting held
August 13th at Lowry Park, Tampa; President Lewis hearing no omissions
or corrections declared them approved.
President Lewis announced that the next regular meeting would be
a picnic meeting at Lake Maggiore, St. Petersburg, on October 8th;
Special Interest: Recording Secretary read some letters received,
and a report compiled by the Treasurer, of interest to the members.
On the Sick List:
Mr. Ramon Otto, a patient in Bay Pines Veterans Hospital.
Mr. E. F. Jackson, of Tampa, has suffered a heart attack.
Mr. Jack Stoudner, a patient in Memorial Hospital, Tallahassee,
Fla., with a heart attack.
The demise of the following was noted at the meeting:
Mrs. Maud Davies, in Washington, D. C.
Mr. Fred M. Baker, in Scottsville, Va.
Rear Adm. Roy W. Ryden, in Ciudad Calles, Mexico.
Mr. Edward J. Dignam, in Gorgas Hospital.
Capt. William Wall, of the Canal Zone Pilot Force.
Mrs. Joseph I. Eckert, in Dahoga, Pa.
Mr. Eugene F. Clark, in Whitesboro, N. Y.
Mr. Charles Butters, in Needham, Mass.
Mr. William H. Rosan, in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Clarence J. Ackerly, in Mobile, Ala.
Mr. Walter B. Tragsdorf, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Committee Reports: President Lewis appointed the same Nominat-
ing Committee that served last year; namely, Messers Everett, Calvit,
Hersh and Bartlett; committee will present its report at a later meeting.
Legislation: Mr. Hersh said that as Congress is in adjournment,
there is nothing to report.
Unfinished Business: None.
New Business: Mr. Hersh asked for the floor, and narrated many of
the walking feats performed by John Francis Stahl, affectionately known
as "Iron Legs", and listed the many citations presented to Mr. Stahl.
Mr. Stahl is one of the "Old Timers" of the Panama Canal, having served
as Ass't Postmaster, Cristobal, and as agent or telegraph operator at
practically every railroad station along the line. Mr. Hersh opined that
this Society should honor Mr. Stahl in some way, and he made a motion
that the Panama Canal Society of Florida prepare a letter to Mr. Stahl,
citing him as "Old Timer Canaler and Pedestrian Extraordinary";
motion was seconded by Mr. L. W. Foster, and motion carried.
There being no further business before the meeting, President Lewis
asked for a motion to adjourn; motion made by Mr. Foster, seconded by
Mrs. Shreves, and carried, and meeting adjourned at 3:00 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 8th, 1956
Lake Maggiore Park
About 100 members were gathered at Lake Maggiore Park for the
Society's regular 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.
The following officers were present:
President ...-- ... --------- Harry J. Lewis
Vice President_----- .Troy Hayes
Secretary-Treasurer -- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary --- Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mrs. Etta Conkerton acted as Receptionist, and introduced out-of-town
members, new members and visitors, who responded to the welcome;
among them -
Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Flynn, of Orlando, Fla.
Major and Mrs. A. O. Meyer, of Orlando, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Meyer, of Tampa, Fla.
Mrs. Oscar Maessen (recently returned from Belgium)
Mr. and Mrs. Crawley Walston, and their daughter, Mrs. Ruth Lauder
Capt. and Mrs. A. W. Simon
Mrs. Warren Shultz
Mrs. W. C. Weber
Membership Report: 1432 members have paid up for 1956.
Secretary-Treasurer read report of funds, donated by retirees of the
Construction Era, and forwarded to Mr. Ralph Cutler, to recompense him
in part for his time and expenses incurred, traveling from his home in
Connecticut to Washington, D. C., on behalf of the passage of Bill HR-842
Recording Secretary read minutes of regular picnic meeting, held
September 10th, at Lowry Park, Tampa: President Lewis, hearing no
omissions or corrections, declared them approved.
President Lewis announced that the next regular meeting would be
held at the Tourist Center, St. Petersburg, November 12th, 1956:
time 2 P. M.
Special Interest: Our Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Judd, read many
letters received, and made several announcements of interest to the mem-
On the Sick List:
Mrs. James Bradley, of St. Petersburg, a patient in St. Anthony's
Mr. Warren Love, of St. Petersburg, a patient in St. Anthony's
Mrs. Grover Bohan, a hospital patient
Mr. Harry Frey, of Indian Rocks, a patient in Morton Plant Hospital
Col. Leander Larson, of Lakeland, Fla., a hospital patient
Mr. Claude A. Ott, a patient in Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, C. Z.
Mr. Herman Wulff, of Zephyrhills, Fla., is home form the hospital,
but still in pobr health
The demise of the following was noted:
Mrs. Leila Beam, wife of Dr. Walter I. Beam, of Miami, Fla.
Mrs. Anna Baird, of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. Edward D. Hurley
Mr. Edward M. Woodman
Mr. Horace E. Coleson
Mrs. Emily Sutherland
Mrs. Lima Mary Violette
Mr. Preston M. Gill
Mrs. Holland C. Phillips
Dr. Amado Mastelleri
Mrs. Judd read an item, relative to payment of dues, that she would
like included in the next issue of the "Record", and asked the membership
present their opinion of its merit. Hand raising indicated the members
were wholly in favor of publishing said item.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome E. Steiner were recent visitors in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Judd extended birthday greetings, from the Society, to the
September Birthday Mr. Thomas J. Rath
October Mrs. Thomas J. Rath
Mrs. Charles L. Persons
November Mr. Richard Slattery
Mrs. George Ruggles
S Mr. Charles L. Persons
Mr. Henry H. Hudson
S-- Mrs. Louise Burkhardt
December Mrs. Margaret Kiely
Legislation: Mr. W. L.Hersh took the floor, and said that as Cong-
ress was in adjournment, there was nothing to report on Congressional
action. However, Headquarters of the NARCE, Washington, D. C., is
working on a bill, which they hope to have introduced in the first session
of the 85th Congress in time for its passage before adjournment.
Mr. Hersh also stated that he had prepared, and mailed to John
Francis Stahl, the citation "Old Time Canaler and Pedestrian Extraordi-
nary". This citation was voted at the September 10th, 1956, meeting.
Committee Reports: None
Unfinished Business: Mr. Fred Sprecken again brought up the sub-
ject of some sort of a "Silver Anniversary" to mark our next, the 25th
Annual Anniversary Reunion of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
New Business: None.
There being no further business before the meeting, President Lewis
asked for a motion to adjourn. Motion made by Mr. Foster, seconded by
Mr. Griggle; motion carried, and meeting adjourned at 3:10 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
NEW YORK SOCIETY OF THE PANAMA CANAL
October 26, 1956
Mr. E. M. Kieswetter,
1824 56th Street South,
Dear Mr. Kieswetter:
The following is submitted for inclusion in the record:
"The New York Society extends its deep appreciation to the members
of Congress for its favorable consideration of HR-842; also to Ralph
Cutler for his tireless efforts over the past six years in obtaining enactment
o0 this legislation.
One hundred copies of a leaflet entitled "Old Timer Construction
Service" was received from Mr. Wm. R. McCann of Hopewell, Va., which
outlines the tremendous amount of work performed by Ralph Cutler. A
copy of this leaflet was mailed to each member of the New York Society."
John J. Fitzpatrick
NEWS FROM NORTH FLORIDA
Roberta Hollander was married on October 12th in Paris, France, to
Marcus N. Williamson of Charleston, South Carolina. Marc is a graduate
of the Citadel and is presently studying languages in Europe.
Rosemary Hollander, now in her Senior Year at Florida State Uni-
versity, is engaged to Allan McCorkle of Jacksonville, Florida. Mr.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Farley (Joanne Flynn) of St. Louis announced
the arrival of their second daughter, Monica Marie, in July.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Flynn of Orlando, Florida announce the en-
gagement of their daughter Marguerite Ellen to William Francis Kessler,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Kessler of Mt. Carmel, Pa. The bride-elect
graduated from Balboa High School and the Canal Zone Junior College.
She also attended Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois.
Mr. Kessler is a graduate of Mt. Carmel Senior High School and is
currently attending Orlando Junior College.
R. L. Wilhite
NEWS FROM THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
Mrs. Howard Harris of Gatun was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Smith.
Mrs. Smith was returning her grandchildren to Nashville, Tenn. Mr.
Howard Harris will join the family for the Christmas holidays.
Mr. and Mrs. George Eggers, Jr., of New Cristobal, visited for three
weeks at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Andrews of Miami.
Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Smith are visiting at the home of Spencer's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Smith, then they will visit Nelly's parents and
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Coffey and son are new residents of Miami and
make their home at S. W. 23rd Street.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Miller and daughter, Trudy, wife of Noel Gibson,
are visiting in Miami.
The first covered dish luncheon was held at Matheson Hammock and
proved very successful. We all hope to enjoy many more. Mr. I. Metzger
presided at a short business meeting.
Mrs. Eleanor Parker and her attractive daughter have just returned
from a six weeks vacation visiting their many friends on the Canal Zone.
Mr. Hobert Y. Andrews,. a former president of the Panama Canal
Society of S. E. Florida, is running for State Representative. We are
all wishing him well.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Quinn of Margarita, C. Z. are the proud
parents of a baby boy born September 3. They have named him Robert
M. Quinn, Jr., or "Bobbie".
Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Fernandez are new arrivals in Miami. Mr.
Fernandez retired after 28 years, 10 months service and had been em-
ployed at Miraflores Locks. They have purchased a new home at 1041
N.W. North River Drive, Miami.
Mrs. J. D. Tate was a pleasant guest of the W. P. Quinns. Ethel was
on vacation, visiting relatives and friends. She also entered her attractive
daughter in Stevens College in Missouri.
Georgia Reynolds, M. D., formerly of Balboa, is now practicing
medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Reynolds graduated from
Canal Zone Junior College. After being discharged from U.S. Navy
service, she graduated from Medical School. Our best wishes to Dr.
On October 22, a covered dish luncheon was enjoyed by all at Mathe-
son Hammock. Ruth Metzger, Helen Quinn, Clara Smith, and Mrs.
Andrews helped serve.
Thirty-eight members and friends attended.
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bowen of Charlotte, N. C. announce the birth
of a son in September. He is named W. T. Bowen the Third.
Robert F. Koperski received his B. A. degree in Business Adminis-
tration from the University of Miami this summer. Bob had two years at
the U. of Michigan and has finished his courses during evening classes
in addition to his regular job as a surveyor.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers presented a
fifty year membership certificate and pin, together with a letter of com-
mendation to I. W. Metzger. The presentation was made by the president
of the Miami Local, I.B.E.W. at the regular August meeting. Ike was
employed by the Electrical Division on the Panama Canal for more than
A beautiful wedding at Grace Lutheran Church in Miami Springs
solemnized the marriage of Miss Anna Mae Kohlep to Mr. Milton A.
Smith, Jr. The latter is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Smith, long time
resident of the Canal Zone. Milton is a pilot for Eastern Airlines.
Mr. and Mrs. Aram Hatch are returning to their home in Miami on
November 3rd after spending the summer in Pittsford, Vermont.
Mrs. R. A. Koperski (Mabel) of Danville, California is visiting rel-
atives in Michigan. From there she will come to Miami to spend the winter
with Robert and Marjean (Metzger) Koperski and family.
Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Metzger are flying to Canal Zone in November
to spend the holidays with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
A. T. Marsh. Marilyn and Tom have been Worthy Matron and Worthy
Patron of Royal Palm Chapter, O.E.S. this year and the Metzgers are
anxious to visit the chapter while they are still in office.
Mrs. Donald B. Humphrey, nee' Gladys Bliss of Cristobal, Canal
Zone, spent three weeks in October with her father, Mr. Gerald Bliss of
Miami. Mrs. Bliss and Curt and Emily have made an extended visit with
relatives in California, but will soon return to Miami.
Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to all.
Helen C. Quinn
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Western North Carolina folks have been on the move during the past
summer and have especially enjoyed the glorious autumn days with their
lovely "color show".
Dr. and Mrs. Richard M. Hewitt of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.,
spent the day with the Bruce Harrells of Hendersonville recently. Dr.
Hewitt interned at the old Ancon Hospital in 1924 when Mildred Harrell
was a nurse there. He plans to retire soon and was on a "prospecting
tour" we hope he decides to make it Western North Carolina.
The Tommy Franklins of Bryson City were guests of the R. A. Patter.
sons of Hendersonville for several days in September.
"Sharkey" and Olive Behlen of Asheville attended a NARCE picnic
in August and met a Canal old timer, Adger (Sky-ball) Bethea, for many
years with the Mechanical Divn. He now resides in Los Angeles and is
a member of that Panama Canal Society. He spends his summers in the
"Sharkey" also reported seeing Dr. and Mrs. V. Morris of Gatun
when they passed thru his town in August on their way back to the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Treadwell called on friends in Hendersonville
in September. Mrs. Treadwell was, before her marriage, Miss Alvina
Freeman who taught for many years in the CZ schools. They have recently
concluded a wonderful trip around the world and are now looking for
a retirement home in Florida. Among those they saw in Hendersonville
were the Ed Levys, Ray Mitchells and Ralph Wanlasses.
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Rogan and their daughter Ellen of Cleveland,
Ohio, passed thru Hendersonville in September and called on the Duke
Lewises. They were en route to Spartanburg, S. C., where Ellen planned
to enter Converse College. Mr. Rogan was at one time with the Office
Engrs. at Balboa Heights. Mrs. Rogan was formerly Ruth Ellen Preston,
daughter of the Harry Prestons, old timers now living in Baltimore, Md.
Mrs. Irma Cooper Watson of Burlington, Iowa, came to Henderson-
ville in September, accompanied by her brother and his wife, Mr. and
Mrs. Harold Cooper. Harold was with a steamship agency at Cristobal
in 1921-22. They were the house guests of Mr. A. S. Browning, whom he
knew in the old days, and Mrs. Browning. The Duke Lewises gave a party
for Irma, inviting many of her Canal Zone friends and neighbors who
now live in Hendersonville.
Mr. and Mrs. William Fisher of Springfield, Ohio, visited the Dow
Walkers of Asheville for a few days this fall. Mr. Fisher was with the
Lighthouse Sub-Divn. for many years.
Joe and Dot Muldoon of Hendersonville spent a month at their sea-
side cottage at Bayside, Maine.
Mr. Robert Adams of Balboa recently visited his sister and brother-
in-law, Margaret and Ross Hollowell in Hendersonville, while on vacation
in the States.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. McDougall of Corpus Christi, Texas, spent a
week in Asheville and vicinity in September. They were formerly of
Gamboa and looked up many old friends here, among them the Ray
Mitchells. They are owners of a large motel in Corpus Christi but have
plans to sell and relocate. Their son Bruce is in business with his parents
and their daughter Elaine is now married.
Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Stutzman of St. Petersburg, Fla., called on friends
in Hendersonville in October, among them the Ross Hollowells and Mrs.
J. J. Lucky. They were returning home after a northern trip.
Col. and Mrs. Frank H. Wright visited the Bruce Harrells of Hen-
dersonville in October. They have been stationed in Japan for the past
three years and are now planning to retire. Their son, Bill, married the
former Louise Harrell when the Wrights were stationed at Fort Amador,
Mrs. Fran Getman of Gorgas Hospital was a guest for several days
of the R. A. Pattersons in October, while on leave. She had visited sev-
eral friends before reaching WNC, among them the Bob Zanes of Holly.
wood, Fla., and Mrs. Netta Beauchamp and her parents, the Hearnes of
Meridian, Miss. Her many friends will be interested to know that Netta
is teaching in the Meridian schools this year.
Ralph Wanlass of Hendersonville underwent surgery in September.
We are happy to report that he is now convalescing at his home.
Mr. E. T. Howard of Asheville was so unfortunate as to have a
severe fall in October. He is now in the hospital where he will need to
remain for several weeks.
Mrs. Margaret Willingham has also been in the hospital but she is
now recuperating at her home in Weaverville.
Mrs. Shirley D. Price of Berkeley, Calif, was the houseguest of the
Ray Mitchells of Hendersonville for several weeks in September. Before
coming to Hendersonville she had visited with several friends, including
Miss Ruth Creasy of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Miss Alice Alexander of Indian-
apolis, Ind. and the Wellons of Richmond, Va. Mr. Wellons was formerly
an art teacher in the CZ schools, Miss Creasy is at present teaching there
and Miss Alexander taught in the schools there in the early days. She is
The Tommy Sawyers of Hendersonville drove "up north" in October,
spending a weekend with the Hiters in their camp on Jo Indian Lake in
northern New York State, then continuing on to Manchester, N. H.,
Tommy's hometown for a visit with friends.
Mrs. Jack (Bee) Tyrell of Tryon is making an extensive trip out
west, travelling with old friends, Dr. and Mrs. Aycock of the CZ. They
have visited in Texas and are at present in California.
Mrs. Ida Love passed thru Asheville lately, on a trip over the Smokies
with friends. She stopped to see the E. T. Howards and hopes to return
later to renew acquaintances with other old friends.
Mr. and Mrs. George Ward of Weaverville have returned from a
three weeks visit with their son of Falls Church, Va. While there Mrs.
Ward attended a luncheon at the Broadmoor Hotel given by the Women's
Canal Zone Organization.
Mrs. Teresa Hanson Rossetti was a guest of the Joe Muldoons of
Hendersonville in October. She is at present temporarily located in
Opelike, Ala., but plans to return at a later date to her home in Portland,
Oregon, where her three children live. Teresa is very proud of her nine
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Adams have sold their home on Kimberly Avenue
in Asheville, and have bought another on Robin Hood Ave., Sherwood
Mrs. Maude Holland of Weaverville visited relatives in Suffolk, Va.,
Mr. and Mrs. John Bingaman of Oakhurst, Calif., called on the Wen
Greenes in Hendersonville recently. John and Wen enjoyed the adventure
of swimming in the Panama Canal together-lengthwise, that is-away
Mrs. Sewell Rayne of Weaverville had a most enjoyable trip this
past summer. She and a group of her old classmates were invited for a
visit with another classmate who lives in Upper Montclair, N. J. They
had a wonderful time in New York City, seeing the sights and were inter-
viewed on the Strike It Rich TV program.
Mr. and Mrs. Dow Walker of Asheville will spend the coming winter
again in the Canal Zone.
The S. R. Hiters returned to their winter home in Hendersonville
after spending the summer at their camp at Jo Indian Lake in New York
Mrs. A. O. Matheney of Panama City and her mother-in-law, Mrs.
A. G. Matheney of St. Petersburg, Fla., visited several friends in WNC in
August. They also attended a PCSWNC picnic while there.
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Myers of Balboa spent an evening with the Duke
Lewises in October, while on a vacation trip in the States.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Carter of Tullahoma, Tenn., called on the Wen
Greenes of Hendersonville and the Chris Garlingtons of Newberry, S. C.,
in October. Mr. Carter, formerly with the PanCanal, is now with TVA.
The Clarence L. Johnstons of Hendersonville were visitors in the
Canal Zone for six weeks this fall.
Mrs. Carl (Dee) Blumenberg of St. Louis, Mo., was a guest of Sam
and Bessie Irvin of Hendersonville in September.
Capt. and Mrs. H. P. Forrest of Norfolk, Va., spent some time with
the Tom Colemans of Hendersonville in October. They plan to be in
Florida this winter.
Mr. Quimby Smith of Skyland has become one of the outstanding
"Ham Radio" operators in the Asheville area. Lately he was in charge
of all communications on a Disaster Relief Program held in this section.
One of the most interesting contacts he has had was with an airplane
pilot over North Africa, flying at an altitude of 35,000 feet, at the rate
of 550 miles per hour. A telephone call got contact with the pilot's wife
in Savannah, Ga., and the two were able to communicate. Mr. Smith is
also in communication frequently with operators in the Canal Zone,
especially Mrs. Virginia Harvey.
A most interesting article about Mr. Smith was published in the Ashe-
ville Citizen-Times of October 28, 1956. He is a member of the Early
Bird Net, the Mars Net and the Tar Heel Net. For the information of
any "Hams" among our readers, his station is W4GXR.
Miss Helen Garlington of Detroit, Mich., called on the Wen Greenes
in September. Helen, a niece of Chris Garlington of Newberry, S. C.,
taught music for several years in the Zone schools. She is now on the
teaching staff of the Detroit schools and during the summer she is con-
nected with the Fred Waring Studio.
Other guests of the Wen Greenes were Ruth and Fred Sill of Balboa,
in August. They were returning to the Zone after attending the wedding
of their daughter, Mary, in Washington, D. C. The Greenes also went to
The last PCSWNC picnic of the summer was held on August 15 in
Pisgah Forest, about fifty attending. There were several visitors present.
The "Sharkey" Behlens of Asheville just completed an 8200-mile
tour thru the West, North and East, seeing points of national interest and
the following ex-Zonians who asked to be remembered to their friends:
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Leighton, Arthur, Ill.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Pruner, Sioux Falls, S. D.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Howe, Sioux Falls, S. D.
(Carl is running for County Judge)
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Lindstrom, Bismarck, N. D.
Mr. A. M. Fraser and daughter Ruth and Mrs. M. A. Smith,
Buffalo, New York.
Mr. and Mrs. George Poole, Scotia, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Heite, Massey, Md.
Mr. and Mrs. Kent Lambert, Chestertown, Md.
Mr. M. A. Smith and his Mother who is 95 years old, Bath, Pa.
"Sharkey" reports all to be in excellent health except Mrs. Howe, Who
is in poor health, and Kent Lambert is struggling to lose poundage.
Mr. H. H. Evans of Charlottesville, Va. visited in Asheville in Octo-
ber, and also called on the "Tab" Kellys in Hendersonville. He recently
returned from California where he spent some time with his daughter,
Jane Smythe. His son "Buddy" now lives in Mexico.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Maurer were the guests of the Tommy Sawyers
of Hendersonville in October. Mrs. Maurer was, before her marriage,
Miss Jessica Keating, for many years Chief Nurse at Colon Hospital. They
were on their way to Bradenton, Fla., where they plan to spend the winter.
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Farr of St. Albans, Vt. passed thru these parts
recently, enroute to Florida. They stopped to see the Behlens but missed
them as they were, at that time, touring the country.
DOINGS OF THE YOUNGER SET -
Joseph Oliver, son of Mrs. Anna Muldoon Oliver of Hendersonville,
spent three happy weeks back in the Canal Zone in September, before
returning to school at Mississippi State.
Clinton Wanlass of Hendersonville is a sophomore at Clemson Col-
lege, in South Carolina.
Bill Hiter is also a sophomore, at North Carolina State, Raliegh,
N. C. Bill worked this past summer on the St. Lawrence Waterway Project.
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Jones (Lois Hallowell) and their three child-
ren of the Canal Zone are visiting Grandpa and Grandma Hollowell in
Hendersonville, planning to stay for Christmas. Son Freeland and wife,
of the Canal Zone will also be with the "old folks" for the Holidays.
Robert Reppa, son of Capt. and Emma Reppa of Hendersonville, was
recently promoted to Lt. Colonel and is stationed at the Pentagon in Wash-
ington, D. C. Congratulations Bob. He has been hospitalized for quite
some time now and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Lt. Sam Irvin, Jr., USNR, has left on a long cruise in the Pacific
aboard the USS Chemung. His wife, Norma, who has spent the summer
with him on the west coast has returned to Hendersonville and will be
with her parents while Sam is away.
Margie Kelly, daughter of the "Tab" Kellys of Hendersonville, spent
three exciting months abroad this summer. She and two friends flew to
the British Isles, then on to Paris where they bought a Citroen car and
toured Europe. They were in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain,
Sweden, Holland, Belgium, and even spent a wonderful weekend at Grace
Kelly's new home (no relation!), Monaco. Margie is now back at work
with the G.E. in Washington, D. C.
Pat, Margie's sister, is a sophomore at the University of Maryland.
Her brother Tom is with IBM Machine in Washington, D. C.
Again, our grateful thanks to "Reporters" Kiger and Behlen of Ashe-
Marion R. Lewis, Secretary
NEWS FROM THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
'Tis delightful as the Ozarks once again stages her colorful Flaming
Fall Revue. Our picnic belatedly held in August may be ancient history
but it is a joyous memory. This year we met in the new Municipal Park
in Springdale (where the Bill Mathues live) and were made welcome by
the Mayor of Springdale, Mr. Hugh O. Sherry. In welcoming us to the
Park and Swimming Pool, Mr. Sherry did much to make us proud of our
part in the building of The Panama Canal, the seventh wonder of the
world. He extended a cordial invitation to our Society to make use of the
Park and its facilities at any time and hoped that other Canal Zone em-
ployees would make Springdale, the fastest growing town in Northwest
Arkansas, their retirement home.
President Heinie (Henry E.) Hallin welcomed George ad Edith
Engelke and George and Mabel Schalchlin of Bentonville into our Society.
It is interesting to learn that George Schalchlin worked with Edith Engel-
ke's father, Sam Powell, in the Electrical Division, Cristobal, during the
early days. We were happily surprised to have Mr. and Mrs. Grover
Grover Bohan with us. The Bohans live in Jonesboro. Mrs. Bohan is the
former Wilhelmina Fransen and was for many years a resident of Pedro
On October 9th, our Society held it's annual Luncheon and Election
in Hotel Arkansas in Rogers. Mr. Edwin W. Booth, Sr. was unanimously
elected President for the coming year and your reporter re-elected Sec-
retary-Treasurer. Our new President is, at present, on the Canal Zone
waiting to become a great-grandfather for the second time, in December,
after which he will return home and settle down to performing the duties
of President. We were happy to welcome Irene and Watler Zimmerman
of Ozone, Ark. into our Society. We missed our faithful members, Capt.
Gus and Adela Kolle of Russellville. They were on a trip to Long Beach,
California via Denver, Colo.
The Curtain rose for Bessie, the beloved wife of our 84 year old
Marcus Gould of Rogers. In ill health, she had requested Communion
Service at her home on World Communion Sunday. She passed away at
the conclusion of the Service. Another member of our Society, James C.
Putnam, 88, died at the Veteran's Hospital, October 11, 1956. Mr. Putnam
worked in the Mechanical Division from 1915 to 1921. Later, he was a
member of the Missouri legislature for eight years as a representative
from Howell County. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of which he was
founder, began as American Veterans of Foreign Service, a group in Col-
umbus, Ohio which joined up with several other groups to form the
V.F.W. in September, 1899. He is survived by his wife, former Eva
Hooper, a member of Orchid Chapter, O.E.S. in Balboa, one son, Major
William T. Putnam, Washington, D. C., one daughter, Mrs. Helen A.
Blackwell of Fayetteville and three grandchildren.
While still in the process of "settling down", George and Edith
Engelke report that Howard and Evelyn Engelke and family, still of the
Zone, stopped by on their way back from a trip to California. Also Doris
and Dick Engelke of Council Bluff, Ia. on their way from a trip to Mexico
City and Dick and Maxine Reinhold of St. Paul, Minn. with their two
daughters. Mrs. Alice Pearce Nail, wife of "Red" Nail, police officer in
Balboa, with her little daughter spent a month with her parents in Rogers,
Ark. The Zimmermans of Ozone report a busy summer and happy to have
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd W. Peterson and daughters Jayne and Cheryl of
Balboa, also Mrs. Harry Stone and daughter Kay of New Cristobal visit
them in their mountain top home.
The all too short visit of Minnie and Earl Kent was an enjoyable sur-
prise. The Kents were the second couple your reporter met when she
went to the Canal Zone in 1918. They spent last winter in Seattle, Wash.
with Mrs. Robert Kent and had the pleasure of seeing the Eugene Hart-
shornes in their beautiful home with spectacular views. They were on their
way to Florida via Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina. We were pleased
to have Mr. Karl Glass, Police Officer stationed in Gamboa, stop by. Karl
is interested in any mahogany furniture brought up from the Zone. Mrs.
Tom (Essie) Shirley spent two weeks with the Bill Mathues, who later
drove to Hot Springs with Essie and while there saw the Jack Reinigs,
Louis Maurers, F. C. Atkinsons, Wiliam T. Burns and Mrs. Frances Dorn.
Mrs. Edith Wicks of Polk, Pa. was visiting Mrs. Dorn. Carrie and Bill
Mathues report the Floyd Congers of Independence, Mo. were down for
Our traveling Nannie Brown journeyed to Memphis, Tenn. where she
met her daughters, Mrs. Alton White of Gamboa and Mrs. Andrew Whit-
lock of Margarita. Returning to Fayetteville for a few days Mrs. Whitlock
went on to St. Louis to meet her two new granddaughters born to Mr. and
Mrs. D. D. (Jacqueline Whitlock) Stringer and Mr. and Mrs. Charles E.
(Andre Lee Whitlock) Collins. Mr. Stringer is a 3rd year Medical student
and Mr. Collins is associated with the American Lead Industrial Co. as
a chemist. Mr. Alton White is expected to arrive November 10th, then he
and his Mrs. (Mattielee) will visit their daughter Jean and husband, Lt.
and Mrs. Charles McGinn and their little daughter in Wichita, Kans. The
Lt. McGinns have just returned from a trip to Santa Barbara, Calif. to
visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom McGinn recently retired from the
Canal. Lt. McGinn has been transferred to Strategic Air Command and
will be stationed in Little Rock, Ark. The Alton Whites will go on to
NEWS FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS
Mr. and Mrs. Victor May and little daughter returned the latter part
of August from The Panama Canal after spending several weeks with
parents and friends.
Mr. A. R. Campbell, Manager of The Standard Fruit Co., Cristobal,
spent several days with his sister-in-law, Mrs. Effie Tommerup of this
city during the month of October.
Jimmie Roe of Cristobal is now working in Houston.
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Levy are now safe in New York after making
the trip in their car. Word has been received that they made the trip fine
and are having a wonderful time. They will be in New York several weeks,
visiting their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Mernyk.
Mrs. Peggy Ellis will leave Houston December 25th by plane for the
Panama Canal Zone where she will be the house guest of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert A. Hicks. She will attend the wedding of their younger daughter,
Mary Alice, which will take place on December 20th. Miss Hicks has
just graduated from a Nursing School in Chicago.
Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Fincher are now settled in their new home at
6332 Skyline Drive, Phone HO. 5-6398. Both Mr. and Mrs. Fincher are
active members in the Bellaire Eastern Star Chapter.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Wright will have as their guest for the Thanks-
giving Holidays, Miss Carolyn Pollak of Orlando, Florida, daughter of
the Walter Pollaks, who is a student at the South Western Medical Col-
lege of Dallas, Texas.
Miss Mary Orr is expected to arrive early in December to spend the
Christmas holidays with her parents here in Houston.
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Koperski of Orlando, Florida will stop in Houston
to visit friends on their return home from a years vacationing in the
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell (Theron Halderman, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Ezra Halderman) of Houston have returned from Brazil and will
make their home in Waco, Texas.
NEW MEMBERS OF THE CLUB
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Potchny, 2510 Morningside Lane, Pasadena, Texas.
The Panama Club of Houston will hold its Thanksgiving get-together
November 23, 1956 at the home of Mrs. Peggy Ellis, 2512 Calumet. We
all have a wonderful time at Peggy's.
Mrs. Hugh C. Turner (Bertha J.)
Up to time of going to press, no news has been.received from California.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Dr. Georgia Reynolds, daughter of Tom Reynolds of Baltimore, is
going to locate and practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She reports her
father is doing very well for a man of 83 years.
The Hal B. Coopers of Limona, Florida, have returned to their home
after vacationing during the month of October in North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. James Macfarlane of Coral Gables, Florida, have re-
turned from a leisurely cruise along the East coast of South America
and report an enjoyable time.
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Barton of Petersburg, Virginia, spent part of
the summer touring New England and enjoyed a visit with the Dick
Taylors in Alfred, Maine.
Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin of Balboa, Canal Zone, plans to vacation in
Boston, New York and Cleveland, then on to California to spend Christ-
mas with her two grandsons. She expects to visit Houston, Texas after
Lucien and Henrietta Skeels are in Madison, Conn. for a visit, and
later will proceed to Miami, Florida. Capt. Skeels retired in October.
Mrs. Geneva Fedde of Owensboro, Kentucky, reports the James G.
Stoddarts of Waterboro, South Carolina, were recent visitors at her home.
The Stoddarts were enroute to Buffalo, N. Y.
The Frank G. Gerchows of Montoursville, Penn. enjoyed meeting
many C. Z. friends when the Canal Zone little league team played ball in
their area. The Gerchows are planning a trip to the West Coast in late
Lillian Thompson of Dayton, Ohio, writes that Mrs. Harvey Parker,
her 7 year old daughter, Zoni, also her mother and Harvey's mother,
Mrs. Hazel Parker, were recent visitors. Another visitor was David Percy
of Flint, Michigan. Mrs. Thompson sends regards to all.
George T. Tarflinger is back on the Zone and writes that the green
hills are as beautiful as ever. He reports the old place has changed but
is still a grand place.
Mrs. Lillian Knight of Portland, Oregon spent May and June in the
Hawaiian Islands and enjoyed it very much. Mrs. Knight expects to attend
the reunion in January.
Isabel Cauthers of Great Neck, N. Y. has been enjoying a visit from
her daughter, Mrs. Gustave Braun, and baby daughter. Major Braun has
been assigned to the Pentagon and they will live in Arlington, Va.
Robert M. Gamble of Memphis, Tenn. has decided that it is too late
in life to move to Florida so will stay at his old home in Memphis. He
sends regards to all Canal friends.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hower of Fairhope, Alabama, have been touring
Florida. While in Tallahassee, the Howers were the guests of Viola and
Dan Stephens and during their St. Pete visit they were the guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Al Viet. The Howers left for Miami and Key West and will
see the East Coast enroute back to Alabama.
Robert E. Wood, 72 year old retired board chairman of Sears Roe-
buck and Company, became the seventh member of the Hall of Fame of
America's Great Merchants. Wood and 15 members of his family attended
the Unveiling of a 700 pound bust of himself on the plaza of the Chicago
Merchandise Mart, site of the Merchants Hall of Fame.
Dr. and Mrs. Keen have purchased a home in St. Regis Park, Louis-
ville, Kentucky and are busy unpacking household effects. They miss the
Florida sunshine and all their good friends here.
"The Jungle Whispers" is the title of a book by Kenneth W. Vinton,
Canal Zone Junior College teacher. Naturalist Vinton relates his first-hand
experiences in the lush, teeming jungles of Panama. "The Jungle Whis-
pers" captures the essence and magnificence of the world's least under-
stood and most beautiful paradises, the Jungle.
Mr. and Mrs. Burt Hall of St. Petersburg motored up to New England
for a visit with Mrs. Hall's sister.
Mr. and Mrs. Homer W. McCally of St. Petersburg spent a Septem-
ber vacation at Nassau in the Bahamas.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Johannes of Bradenton, Fla. attended the sum-
mer graduation at Florida State University, on August 11, where Guy, Jr.
received his Masters of Science Degree in Business Education. He will
be an Instructor at F.S.U.
The Charles Neumanns have left Wisconsin and have purchased a
home at 2355 Grove Park Avenue, North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Macintosh of St. Petersburg have been on a
grand tour of Germany, Austria, Italy, Lichenstein, Switzerland, France
and England. They returned on the S.S. America.
Lt. Col and Mrs. O. F. Sonneman sailed for Italy on June 30th, where
Col. Sonneman will take command of the (Southern Area Task Force)
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hall of St. Petersburg, left September 4th
for Nevada. They will spend the winter with their daughter, Jean and
family, of Boulder City.
Mr. and Mrs. James Driscoll and daughter, Lucy Ann, were recent
visitors at the home of Mrs. Driscoll's parents, Capt. and Mrs. Luther of
St. Petersburg. The Driscolls are now living in Venezuela, S. A.
Mrs. W. G. Hull of St. Petersburg went to New York in September
to meet her son, Bob, who came up from the Virgin Islands. They spent
five days in New York, then Mrs. Hull went to Quincy, Mass. for a long
week end with the Slim Hallets. She found both Ida and Slim fine and
busy. Mrs. Hull joined Bob in Washington, D. C. after a visit with her
sister in Baltimore. Bob spent a brief vacation in St. Pete before leaving
from Miami for the Virgin Islands.
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Pritchett are back in California after a tour of
the seven seas. Mr. Pritchett is now planning a visit to his old partner,
Lord Butt Nelson, of South Africa and go on a big hunt while there.
They also wrote: "In recognition of the excellent work being done in the
publication of the Canal Record--Congratulations. It constitutes the one
medium we have for keeping track of old associates of the Canal days. In
appreciation, the enclosed check for the sum of ten dollars is a contribu-
tion to the Panama Canal Society of Florida from Otis and Julia Pritchett."
(Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Pritchett)
Elsie Fowkes Jackson of Colonial Beach, Va. had a minor operation
on her arm in April, which left her with a frozen shoulder. She is staying
close to home until it gets back to normal.
After nearly half a century as Master of many ships, Capt. James
R. Billups has retired. He was a P. C. pilot from 1917 to 1927. Capt.
Billups obtained his master's rating in 1909, at the age of 24. Since
then he has commanded ships in all parts of the world. He is now living
in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dorothy Ann Stephens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Stephens of
Tallahassee, Fla. has resigned her position with the Navy Department
in Washington, D. C. Miss Stephens is now taking post graduate work
at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
The Charlie Conkertons of St. Pete have had some lovely surprises
during the summer months with visits from Harold and Dolly Shafer of
Balmorhea, Texas; Mrs. Reva Starke, retired from Canal Zone; Mr. and
Mrs. Herbert Berger and their twin grand-children of Chula Vista, Cali-
fornia; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Mitchum, of South Carolina; and Mrs. Frank
Regan, of Norwood, Ohio A lot of you folks will remember Mrs. Berger,
as Sarah Fishbaugh; and Mrs. Mitchum, as Ann Williams of Cristobal.
Mrs. Starke is now a permanent resident of St. Pete, and Frank and Grace
Regan, plan to come down to Florida soon, to "stay put".
Miguel Corco, Assistant in the Accounting Division, has been ap-
pointed to head the new Reporting and Special Analysis Staff.
The new organization will be a combination of the Reports and
Special Analysis Staff of the Accounting Division.
James Leroy Lundy, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Lundy of Balboa,
C.Z., has been awarded a doctoral dissertation fellowship from the Uni-
versity of Minnesota. Mr. Lundy now holds the rank of lecturer in the
Institute of Technology at the University. He has written a book entitled
"The Elements of Effective Management" to be published by McMillan
Alan P. Bentz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Bentz of Balboa Heights,
C.Z., has been awarded a doctoral dissertation fellowship from the Uni-
sity. Alan has a Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of
Minnesota. He was Assistant Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy in
1949 and 1951 and for the past five years has been employed in the Phar-
maceutical Division of American Cynamide. While pursuing the special
subjects to which he was assigned, Mr. Bentz will also teach at Rutgers.
Mrs. Etta Attaway reports that her son Albert is now with the Pollock
Paper Co. in Dallas, Texas. Albert and his wife spent August and Sep-
tember at the Company plants in Ohio. Mrs. Attaway had a pleasant
visit with the Coreys and Pop Wright in San Antonio, Texas. She writes
that Pop is as quick witted as ever and as interesting as he always was.
He is 93 years old and getting close to 94.
Grace M. Truitt reports a very. pleasant visit from old friends, Mr.
and Mrs. Louie Mauerer and from Greta Mann of Bradenton, Fla. If all
goes well, Mrs. Truitt hopes to be at the reunion in January.
Mrs. Blanche G. Palmer of Clairton, Pa. sends us news that Mr. and
Mrs. E. J. Lewis, early construction workers, are now located in Canada.
Mrs. Palmer wishes to be remembered to all old timers who may remem-
Mrs. Oscar Maessen has returned to St. Petersburg from Belgium and
is presently staying with the Otis C. Fullers at 1114 Jungle Ave. No., St.
Mrs. Ann De La Mater of Greenville, North Carolina, has had as
guests in August, her daughter Lois with her husband, Lt. Col. James O.
Crutchfield and children, Carol Ann and Paul. The Crutchfields are lo-
cated at Hamilton Air Force Base in California. Mrs. De La Mater
reports that Lee, Gus and Arline Schmidt live near her and they keep
in touch with C.Z. friends who have moved to that area. Arline is a Senior
at Duke University and recently flew down to the Zone for the wedding of
Jack and Ann Carey are located at 14550 Moorpark, Sherman Oaks,
California. Jack is working for North American Aviation at Canoga Park.
Jack, Jr. and family live nearby.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos of Orlando, Fla. sailed on August 22
for Santander, Spain, where they expect to remain for a year or two.
Dr. Z. L. Alexaitis of Tampa, reports that his daughter Anna, a June
graduate from High School, won a three year Florida State Scholarship
to the Mound Park School of Nursing in St. Petersburg. He also reports
that son John, wife and infant son were recent visitors after a visit in Cal-
ifornia. They were enroute to the Canal Zone. Lt. and Mrs. Green (Mary
Alexaitis) are in Canada but will be in Tampa in October where Mrs.
Green will reside with her parents while the Lt. does a tour of duty in
Florence Miller has returned to Utica, N. Y. from the Canal Zone.
She will try to brave the winter and stay a year. She sends heart-felt
regards to all old friends.
Walter R. Smith has returned to Alto Lino, Chiriqui, R. P. after a
tour of several states with a stay in Texas and California. He left on a
flying trip to Mexico on August 28th.
Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Hennen have returned to St. Petersburg after a
wedding trip that took them to Detroit and a seven day cruise of the Great
Lakes and a leisurely trip back, visiting in Ohio and Maryland, and back
to St. Petersburg via the Skyline Drive to Atlanta, where they stopped
to see May Robinson.
While on their trip north, Capt. and Mrs. B. C. Judd called on the
Alex McGeacheys and Mrs. Nora Rathgaber of Adamston, New Jersey.
The Judds report they found them all fine.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis W. Feeney have returned to St. Petersburg
after spending a good part of the summer at points in the north.
Flier Jimmy Coakley has left for a tour of duty in the Azores. His
family will join him as soon as quarters are available.
Edith Engelke writes that they are busy in their new home in Bento-
ville, Arkansas. They are near the Newell Shaws, the Hallins, and the
Comans. Son John Engelke is stationed at the Army Chemical Center in
Maryland and son Paul is in France. Both young men have another year
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Essex of St. Petersburg enjoyed a visit from their
son Robert and his wife in October. Robert has been transferred from
Terra Haute, Indiana, to Cincinnati, Ohio.
Edith and Lester Bailey have purchased a home in Harahan, La. Mr.
Bailey is employed at Tulane University and likes it very much. Their
son Ted was appointed Pilot in training on the Canal Zone last July.
Their daughter Marjorie and family are in Schenectady and her husband
is going to college in Indianapolis where he is studying to become a
Capt. and Mrs. J. S. Munden have recently moved from Pocomoke,
Md. to St. Petersburg and have purchased a house at 7464 Meadow Lawn
Drive North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. John M. Paterson has returned to his home in Gulfport, Fla.
after a three month vacation in Scotland.
Lewis Lovelady, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus M. Lovelady, suffered a
broken leg when struck by a hit and run driver, while skating on Las
Cruces Street in Balboa, C. Z.
A twelve acre brush fire in the Kensington Park area of San Diego,
California, damaged twenty-five homes and endangered hundreds more.
Mrs. Mary G. Shivers and her mother, Mrs. Lucy Goolsby, 94, were
overcome by smoke and were carried from their home. Mrs. Goolsby re-
quired treatment in the hospital but was released after treatment. Mrs.
Goolsby and Mrs. Shivers were long time residents of the Zone. Many
will remember Mrs. Goolsby for her interest in church and civic affairs,
as well as for her readings at entertainments for service men during the
first World War.
Mr. and Mrs. Crawley Walston have left North Carolina and have
purchased a new home in St. Petersburg, Florida at 3712 30th Ave. No.
The three military minded sons of Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Leisy of
Diablo, C.Z. are all in the United States. Lt. Henry Joe Leisy is stationed
at Ft. Ord in California; Lt. Robert Leisy, of the U. S. Marines, and
family, live in Millington, Tenn. where he is attending the Navy Aviation
Technical Training Center, at Memphis, Tenn., studying electronics;
and Ralph, the youngest son, is a Freshman at New Mexico Military
One of the earliest arrivals of American Civil Engineers in the Canal
Zone was George M. Wells. He took an active and leading part in the
engineering work of the old Atlantic Division with Headquarters at Gatun.
He served in many and various capacities. Among other works, he de-
signed and constructed the permanent Municipal Water Supply systems
and became the Municipal Engineer of the Canal Zone in the permanent
organization when the Canal Construction work was nearing completion.
It appears that Mr. Wells may be retiring from an active consulting
practice for the grapevine indicates that he is changing his Wall St., New
York address to 152 Clearwell Ave. Upper Montclair, New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. E. S. MacSparran have sold their home in Takoma Park,
Md. and have purchased a new home in St. Petersburg, Florida at 48th
Avenue and 60th Street North.
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Purvis were recent visitors in St. Petersburg
where they visited some of their old friends. They visited their son,
Wilson, and his family in Decatur, Georgia, before coming to Florida.
Mrs. Blanche Sims and son of Waynesboro, Miss. were visitors to
St. Petersburg. While here, they called on Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lyons of
Clearwater, the Arthur Griers and Harry Lewis of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Calloway of St. Petersburg have returned from
a visit of several weeks with Mr. Calloway's mother in Whistler, Ala.
Louis E. Bradley, son of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Bradley of St. Peters-
burg, who graduated from the University of Florida in June, has accepted
a position with the National Broadcasting Company in New York City.
Martin A. Seiler of Los Angeles, California, is going to Somalia,
Italian East Africa as a consultant to the Italian Government for water
resources in that area.
Mr. and Mrs. James Macfarlane of Coral Gables, Florida have sold
their home and gone back to Cuba to live.
Mrs. Edward F. O'Connor (Shirlita Smith) and two sons were recent
visitors at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Persons of
St. Petersburg. Mrs. O'Connor and sons were enroute to Middleboro,
Kentucky, her husband's new post. Mr. and Mrs. Persons are quite proud
of the fact that they are great-grandparents.
Shirley and Red Smith of Panama were also guests of the Persons
during July and August.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Walker (nee Ruth Catherine Taylor) of South
Portland, Maine, announce the arrival of their second son, Steven Butler,
on October 18th.
Mrs. Esther Currier of Gamboa, C. Z. will spend the holidays in
Atlanta, Georgia, with her daughter Donna and her husband, Dr. Calimer
Gude, and her five grand-daughters.
Miss Yolanda Diez, daughter of Mrs. Sara Diez of Margarita and
the late Mr. M. Diez became the bride of Kenneth Bistany, son of Mr. and
Mrs. M. A. Bistany of Lawrence, Mass., at the Crane Chapel at Tufts
University, Medford, Mass., Oct. 12.
The bride, who graduated from Cristobal High School in '52, received
a B.S. in Physics from Tufas University this August.
The bridegroom, who graduated from Governor Dummer Academy
at South Byfield, Mass. in '51, received a B.A. in Economics at Tufts
University in '55. He has completed 1 year at Amos Tuck School of Busi-
ness Administration at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire,
and plans to enter the Wharton School of Business Administration at
the University. of Pennsylvania in February, when he will complete his
Mrs. Bistany is presently employed as a mathematician at the Massa-
chusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Her husband is
employed by the National Biscuit Co. in Cambridge.
They reside at 286 Marlborough St., Boston.
Warren Love, 66, of 5313 Lakeview Ave. South, Gulfport, Florida,
died on Sunday, November 25, in a St. Petersburg Hospital. Mr. Love, a
former Panama Canal Commissary employee, had resided in Florida for
eight years. He was a member of Gulfport Baptist Church, the Masonic
Lodge of the Canal Zone, and the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He
is survived by his wife, Mary, and a brother, Stanley B. Love of Atlanta,
Elijah H. Palmer, who resided at 5022 Ninth Avenue South, Gulfport,
expired suddenly Nov. 21. He was a retired government employee of the
Panama Canal Zone. He is survived by his wife, Sallie; two sons, John,
Trenton, N. J.; Lewis E., Canal Zone; one daughter, Mrs. J. H. Crum,
Key West, Fla.; one brother, Jessie L Palmer, Richmond, Va. and seven
grandchildren. He was a member of the BPOE Elks, Cristobal Lodge and
Bolton F&AM, Atlanta, Ga., and the Panama Canal Society, in St.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas I. Grimison celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on October 27th. Congratulations from the Panama Canal
Grace E. Brown met her daughter and son-in-law, Lt. and Mrs. Fred
E. Whipple, in New York in September, and drove across country to
Seattle with them. Lt. Whipple has been ordered to duty on the Ice
Breaker U.S.S. Atka and has left for the South Pole. Mrs. Brown will
stay in Seattle with her daughter and her baby. They plan to spend
Christmas with her other daughter, Zula Lee Smith, and her son in Los
Your Editor wishes to thank each and every one who has sent in
clippings and items of interest for the Canal Record. We are glad
to have any items of interest of present and past Canal employes and
members of their families.
Anything for inclusion in the Record must be in the Editor's hands
no later than the first of the month preceding the month of issue. The
deadline for the next issue will be February 1, 1957.
See you at the reunion.
E. M. Kieswetter, Editor
YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO THE
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
EXPIRES WITH THIS ISSUE, UNLESS YOU HAVE PAID
YOUR 1957 DUES
Please pay them promptly... First, so that you will not miss
any issues of the Record and second, to help keep the
Society's records in the manner you want your Society to
do it's business. Thank you very much.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Reunion
January 15th and 16th, 1957
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
MRS. LUCILLE JUDD, Secretary-Treasurer, 3535 19th Street No.,
St. Petersburg 4, Florida.
Please arrange reservations as follows-
Reunion luncheon tickets for persons, each, $2.75.
My party of persons will find our own room accommodations.
My party of persons will need single and/or
double rooms in hotel or private home for days beginning
January 1957. Enclosed is $8.00 for each single room and/or
$12.00 for each double room per day for deposit on these reservations,
plus 3% tax.
There is enclosed remittance of $ representing total for
all the above reservations.
My party will arrive by __ Train; Automobile; Bus.
(Please indicate which. And PLEASE add 10c per check
for banking charge if you remit by check.)
Names and addresses of those in my party:
While at the Reunion our address will be:
TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
TIME-January 15th and 16th, 1957.
PLACE-Soreno Hotel, overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First Avenue
and Beach Drive North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST- $2.75 per person including luncheon, gratuity and tax.
On the first day, Tuesday, January 15th, registration will be in the
forenoon and the combined annual and monthly business meetings in the
afternoon. On Wednesday there will be a social period or get-together in
the morning and a group picture will be taken at 12:30, before cold plate
luncheon served with hot coffee, warm soup and dessert. You are urged
to forward your reservations early as the hotel may be forced to decline
last minute reservations for the luncheon.
The primary purpose of the Reunion is to enable former Isthmians
to get together, renew acquaintances and above all to discuss those gone
but not forgotten palmy days. You'll never know how many true friends
you have until you attend the Reunion where they gather from every
section of the country. We'll gather together on the mezzanine floor of
the hotel where there is ample room with comfortable seats, or if you
prefer seclusion with former pals, there's the well-stocked bar on the
main floor. The luncheon is optional, but don't miss the Reunion. You'll
be sorry if you do!
Room reservations can be arranged at convention rates of $12.00
double and $8.00 single, plus 3% tax at the Soreno Hotel, but if rooms
are not available there, they will be secured in private homes at $9.00
double and $8.00 single. Those desiring reservations should remit $12.00
for double or $8.00 for single rooms per day. There is also efficient
room-locating service maintained by the Chamber of Commerce in the
Greyhound Bus Terminal at the foot of Central Avenue which is open
daily until 9:00 p. m.
MAIL YOUR RESERVATION FORMS PROMPTLY. We must have
them not later than January 18th. Make remittances payable to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. Please do not send checks on other
than St. Petersburg banks unless you add 10c per check to cover bank
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but LUNCH-
EON TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. They should be claimed
IMMEDIATELY upon arrival at the Reunion.
(Reservation form on separate page.)
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
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Mr. Charles E. Ittchinson, holding 5
Membership, presented to him by the
of Electrical Workers.
Mrs. Margaret Martin and 5 children
Margaret Ann, Jerry, Glenn, and Els
grandchildren of the James C. Brad]
P. 0. Box 249 STJ A
ST. PETERSBURG 2
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St. Petersburg, Fla.
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