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CUIPO tree on Gaillard Highway, near Red Tank, Canal Zone
C. E. KIEFER
DR. F. L. ALEXAITES
JENNY and FRED MUNDBERG DR F. L.AE gh.
JENNY and FRED MUNDBERG of Tampa, Florida and daugh-
Santa Barbara, California ter ANNA CECILIA, a student
at Mound Park Hospital in St.
MRS. C. E. KIEFER
MR. and MRS
A. C VAN BROCKLIN
Sa titl Ana. California
On tne'r Fiftieth wedoang
ART and BESS LANE'S HOME
COLORADO SOCIETY PICNIC, JUNE 9th, 1957
WASHINGTON PARK, DENVER COLORADO
Back row, left to right: Beth Kennedy, Alice Ray Ward, Mrs. Adelain Lewis, Mr. Ezra Halder-
man, Mrs. Halderman, .Mr. O. F. Murray, John E. Gormely, Mrs. O. F, Murray, Sara Lewis,
E. J. Gormely, Jr., E. J. Gormely, Sr., Mr. Harry Akers, Tommy Weir, Dallas Thornton, Grace
Thornton, Leonard Stark, Roy Graham, Bob Conrad, Irene Smith, Doral E. Smith.
Front row, Left to right: Dorothy Kennedy, Mary Kaye Gormely, Bill Kendrick, Carol Ann
Gormely, Lee Kennedy, Linda Weir, Col. James A. Weir, Roy Kennedy, Al Harrington, Diana
Harrington, David Harrington, Norma Harrington, Charles Graham, Gladys Graham, Philip
and Jennifer Smith.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. Box 249. STATION "A" ST. PETERSBURG 2. FLORIDA
Troy Hayes J. F. Warner
Macon A. Turner F. A. Anderson
Vice-President J. F. Bashner
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd W. H. Butler
Secretary-Treas. ( H. H. Hudson
Harry J. Lewis
Mrs. Burt W. Hall Dan E. Wright
Recording Sec'y. Counselors
E. M. Kieswetter J
News Editor James Bradley
News Editor Sergeant-at-Arms
The June Canal Record has served to inform our readers that the
present Congress has been very busy with many pressing matters and had
not scheduled any committee hearings relative to Civil Service Retire-
ment subjects in either the Senate or the House.
This busy situation continues at this writing, but on June 20 Hon.
James H. Morrison (La.) as Acting Chairman of the House Committee
on Post Office and Civil Service divided the membership of this committee
into some six or seven subcommittees and assigned to each some partic-
ular part of the accumulated work pending before this committee.
The subcommittee to which Civil Service Retirement subjects was
assigned consists of Hon. Mrs. Gracie Pfost (Idaho) Chairman; Hon.
James H. Morrison (La.), Hon. James C. Davis (Ga.), Hon. Lindley G.
Beckworth (Texas), Hon. Robert J. Corbett (Pa.), Hon. Elford A.
Cederberg (Mich.), and David S. Dennison (Ohio).
This Subcommittee started hearings on Civil Service Retirement
legislation, that is H. R. 4 the Morrison Bill, H. R. 607 the Davis Bill,
and other related bills, on June 28, 1957, and continued hearings the
next day, Saturday. During these two days some 57 Members of The
Congress appeared to express their views orally or submitted statements
for the record with reference to increasing retirement benefits for Civil
The efforts of this Subcommittee have been interrupted by full com-
mittee meetings for consideration of other subjects. Hearings were re-
sumed on July 8, 1957 when representatives of the Civil Service Com-
mission and of the Bureau of the Budget were heard.
At this writing the viewpoints of these representatives on these
subjects are of course not available, but in view of the great effort toward
reducing the largest of peace time budgets, it is believed their data and
comments were of an adverse nature. The answer to this view naturally
is that increases in retirement annuities can be funded from the $71
billion balance now in the Retirement and Disability Fund, and thus
require no congressional appropriations.
In the Senate the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service re-
ported out of committee Senate Bill S. 72 without amendment on July
25, 1957, for consideration on the floor of the Senate. This bill S. 72 by
Hon. Frank Carlson (Kan.) is a companion bill to H. R. 4 still pending
in the House Subcommittee.
The benefits of these and other pending bills were outlined in
our March Canal Record. It is quite likely that the House Committee
may offer amendments in an effort to equalize the various ideas in the
many different bills pending before the committees. In this case, and
assuming that bills finally reach the floors of both the Senate and the
House for consideration and vote to pass different bills, then the dif-
ferences will need to be considered in conference and again go to both
bodies for final consideration.
The time is getting short in fact very short. Day by day Washington
is getting warmer and warmer. All Members of The Congress will be more
and more anxious for adjournment. After four weeks of debate on Civil
Rights legislation this subject is still droning on. It has been estimated
that when Civil Rights legislation is finally disposed of other must
legislation can be disposed of in two weeks. Will the retiree's interest be
This is the situation on pending legislation at this writing and
when we must deliver this manuscript to make good the printers dead line.
As the printer starts the presses, the legislature situation of concern
to retirees remains unchanged from the above.
Mr. H. H. Hudson July 11, 1957
3025 3rd Avenue North
St. Petersburg, Florida
This will acknowledge your recent letter requesting my assistance
in bringing legislation out of Comimttee for an increase in annuities of
civil service retirees.
As I believe you doubtless already know, I am doing everything in
my power to bring about the passage of this legislation during the present
session, and I enclose a copy of my statement before a Subcommittee of
the House Post Office and Civil Service Committee which has just held
hearings on pending bills for this purpose, including my bill, H.R. 2421.
I have talked to members of the Committee many times and will
continue my efforts in the hope that a bill will be reported and passed
during this session.
William C. Cramer, M.C.
STATEMENT OF: HON. WILLIAM C. CRAMER, M.C.
First District Florida
BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF HOUSE POST OFFICE AND
CIVIL SERVICE COMMITTEE Holding Hearings on H.R. 2421 to amend
Civil Service Retirement Act.
Mr. Chairman: It is my pleasure to represent one of the greatest
areas of this Nation for retired persons from all over the United States.
Among these people who have come to the west coast of Florida are a
large number of retired civil service employees who make up a welcome
and active part of the community. The State of Florida has nearly 15,000
civil service retirees.
For the relief of these retirees and to meet the ever rising cost of
living I introduced early in this Congress H.R. 2421 to amend section (8)
of the Civil Service Retirement Act of May 29, 1930, as amended. In in-
troducing this bill it is my thought to bring about a more justified increase
to those persons retired prior to October 1, 1956. I fully believe it was the
intent of the 84th Congress to include such legislation but the House
failed to agree to the bill passed by the Senate in that session. Introduction
of my bill is the result of a pledge made to the retirees of the first district
and the nation, to introduce such legislation in the 85th Congress and urge
its early passage.
There are many similar bills before this Committee today. I am
proud that early introduction of my bill indicates my sincere desire to
see early enactment of legislation to give this much needed relief to
retirees that are caught in the squeeze of rising prices and a fixed income
based on archaic standards of many years ago. I do not feel that any such
action taken by this Committee is an act of charity. No new cost to the
taxpayer is anticipated or called for in this bill. With unexpended funds
of some $7.5 billion in the Treasury sufficient money exists to carry this
increased payment to these older retirees without threat to maintenance of
proper balances in the future under the recent contribution scale.
A further provision of my bill would bring under the coverage of the
act some 90,000 surviving widows and dependent children of retired
employees. Their cause is one which I strongly defend and for whom I
urge action by the Committee.
Mr. Chairman, I feel certain that the information developed in the
hearings now underway will fully justify early action by this Committee
in reporting out a bill fully supported by the facts. Speaking for the re-
tired civil service employees in my District I strongly urge such prompt
and meritorious action upon you. I sincerely hope that such action will in-
clude at least the provisions of H. R. 2421. Thank you.
The members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida are grateful
for Congressman Cramer's efforts on our behalf at noted above.
Mr. Andrew W. Dewling of the Washington Panama Canal Society
received a letter from the Chief, National Organization Branch Office, of
the Assistant Secretary of Defense. The office maintains a file of informa-
tion concerning the activities, objectives and personnel of national organi-
zations and enclosed a questionnaire requesting that it be filled out and re-
turned to National Organizations Branch, Office of Public Information,
Office of the Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon, Washington 25, D. C.
It being evident that the Defense Office was under the impression that any
Panama Canal Society located outside of Washington anywhere, would
be branches of the Washington Society, Mr. Dewling explained in full de-
tail the practically identical character and objectives of our closely allied
though separate ond independent Panama Canal Societies. Mr. Dewling
listed the various chapters and the officers and approximate number of
members in each chapter. He explained the independence of one chapter
from the others and informed the Office that the Society was non Sec-
tarian and non political and purely fraternal.
In concluding his letter to H. W. Gordon Jr., Captain U. S. Navy
Chief, Nartional Organizations Branch, Mr. Dewling wrote and we quote
from his letter: "Many members of our Panama Canal Societies were
outstanding during their services on the Isthmus and also after their re-
turn to the United States. I take pride in naming only one such in this letter
as being a member of the Washington Society, though I would add to my
pride by naming others. The one I have in mind for this occasion as a
credential is the Honorable Maurice H. Thatcher, who was, as head of the
Department of Civil Administration (1910--1913) Governor of the Canal
Zone and after his return to the United States, served five years in
Congress as Representative in the House for Kentucky. He is now the only
surviving member of the Isthmian Canal Commission which supervised the
building of the Panama Canal." (end of quote)
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. Earl O. Dailey of Margarita, Canal Zone, announce
the engagement of their daughter Mary Lou Dailey, to Mr. Richard F.
McPherson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank McPherson of Los Angeles, Calif.
Miss Dailey will graduate from Cristobal High School in June and
will enter Sawyer School of Business in Los Angeles in September. Mr.
McPherson graduated from Los Angeles High School with the class of
1954 and was stationed on the Isthmus at Fort Davis, Canal Zone until
his discharge from the service in December 1956.
Mr. McPherson is presently employed with the General Telephone
Company of California and will be attending Santa Monica City College
A September wedding is being planned to take place in Los Angeles.
Mr. J. L. Hummer of Balboa and Mrs. Ann Sutton of Groton, Conn.
announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter
Helen Joann to Gary Max Singer, son of Mr. L. M. Singer of Dunedin,
The wedding will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church in St. Peters-
burg, Florida, September 7th.
Miss Hummer was graduated from Balboa High School in 1954. At
present she is a senior student at Mound Park Hospital School of Nurs-
ing in St. Petersburg. She will graduate in June.
Mr. Singer was born and raised in Indiana. He spent three years
in the Canal Zone with the USAF and is now stationed at MacDill Air
Force Base in Tampa, Florida.
Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Clay Shull of Herndon, Virginia announce the
engagement of their daughter Sally Lynn to David Howard Long, son of
Mrs. Arthur Howard Long of Balboa, and the late Mr. Long.
Mr. David Long was born and raised in the Canal Zone. For the past
two years he has been attending the Embry Riddle International School
of Aviation in Miami, Florida and the University of Miami.
His fiancee also attends the University of Miami.
Mrs. J. Carre Galloway announced the engagement and approaching
marriage of her daughter Anna Kathryn Galloway of Houston, Texas, to
Mr. Walter Patrick Daniel, III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Patrick Daniel,
Jr., of Alvin, Texas.
Miss Galloway is a graduate of Balboa High School, class of '52.
She attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi for two years and
received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University
of Texas, in June 1956. She is presently employed with the Tennessee
Gas Transmission Company in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Daniel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical
Engineering at the University of Texas in June 1956 and is now a Re-
search Engineer with Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas.
A September wedding is planned.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. DiBella of Cable Heights, Ancon, announce
the engagement of their daughter Virginia, to Ensign Stanley M. Dore, Jr.,
U.S.N.R., son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley M. Dore of Brooklyn, New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stoudner of Balboa, announce the engagement
of their daughter, Dixie Lee, to Mr Thomas H. Jeavons, son of Mr. and
Mrs. J. H. Jeavons of Virmilion, Ohio.
Both the bride-elect and her fiance attend Bowling Green State Uni-
versity in Ohio where Miss Stoudner is enrolled in the College of Liberal
Arts, and Mr. Jeavon in the College of Education. The couple have
planned a wedding in the fall.
Mrs. Neva Brown and Mr. Sumner W. Baker have announced their
marriage in Nevada on the eighth day of June, 1957. Mr. and Mrs. Baker
will be at home, 453 Van Buren Ave., Oakland, California, after Sep-
tember 10, 1957.
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamine Samuel Clower announce the marriage of
their daughter, Faye Morgan, to Mr. William George Stevenson, on Friday,
the twenty-first of June, ninteen hundred and fifty-seven, at Atlanta, Ga.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Hollander of Jacksonville, Florida announce
the marriage of their daughter Rosemary Louise, to Mr. Allan J. Mc-
Corkle of Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday, June 15, 1957. The bride
was a graduate of Florida State University, Class of 1953, with a degree
in Speech Therapy. The groom served with the U. S. Army in Alaska and
was graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Geology.
The young couple will make their home in Roanoke, Va.
Miss Shirley White of Curundu, daughter of Mrs. Faith Foster White
of Panama and Mr. James A. Foster of Detroit, Michigan, was married in
the Diablo Community Church to Sgt. James A. Daily of Albrook Air
Force Base, son of Mr. Samuel B. Daily Sr. and the late Mrs. Daily of
North Wales, Pennsylvania. The ceremony was performed by the Rev.
Carl V. Thompson, pastor of the Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Dinkgreve of Margarita, Canal Zone, an-
nounce the marriage of their daughter Sylvia Mae, to Mr. Loyd John
Stonicher, son of Mr. Stephen Stonicher and the late Mrs. Stephen Ston-
icher, in New Orleans, May 25.
The bride is a graduate of Cristobal High School with the class of
'54 and will graduate from the Touro Infirmary School of Nursing in New
Orleans, in August.
Miss Dinkgreve is the daughter of the former Via Mae Demuth. She
is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edmund J. Demuth, former
long time residents of the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Hughes of Margarita, Canal Zone, announce
the engagement of their daughter, Sandra Elaine, to Mr. Jack Bertram
Hammond, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. W. Hammond of Balboa, Canal
Miss Hughes is a member of the graduating class of Cristobal High
School and graduated June 5th. Mr. Hammond has attended Junior
College in Balboa and Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He will con-
tinue at Bradley in September.
The wedding is planned for January, 1958.
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Wilkinson announce the marriage of their
daughter Jan Louise to Mr. David Muralt on Thursday, August 8th at
eight o'clock in the evening at the Presbyterian Church in Lisbon, North
Mrs. Raymond N. Leach, Sr. of Swampscott, Massachusetts, an-
nounces the engagement of her daughter, Sheila LaMar to Richard C.
Egger, son of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Egger of Margarita, Canal Zone.
A fall wedding is planned.
Miss Marcia Loren Rudge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel H.
Rudge, of Balboa, and Mr. Gerald F. Fox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald
J. Fox also of Balboa, were married at a double ring service at the Balboa
Union Church. The Rev. Oscar W. Olsen pastor of the Church was the
Miss Beverly Jean Tibbetts, of Corundu, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
R. K. Tibbetts of Spokane, Washington, became the bride of Mr. Robert
Sargeant Shaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold R. Shaw of Santa Clara, at
a ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Luke, Ancon, on Sunday afternoon
June 16, at five o'clock.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the Fern Room of
the Tivoli Guest House.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. McNamee of Coco Solito announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Sheila Anne McNamee to Midshipman First
Class Philip Hartley Taylor. Miss McNamee graduated from Cristobol
High School with the class of 1954 and then studied nursing at the
University of Pennsylvania. She graduated June 12th. Midshipman Taylor
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Taylor of Sarasota, Florida. Midshipman
Taylor served in Korea with the United States Marines. Upon return
he studied at Georgia Tech prior to his entrance to the United States Naval
Academy. Midshipman Taylor is a member of the class of 1958 at the
Miss Judith Henriquez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman J.
Henriquez, and Mr. Donald Noel Francey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry
Francey, exchanged marriage vows at a Nuptial Mass at 11:00 o'clock on
Friday, June 28th in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
A reception was held at the Washington Hotel following the cere-
mony. The newlyweds are currently honeymooning in Mexico and upon
their return to the Isthmus they will reside at Brazos Heights.
Mr. and Mrs. Delmas A. Swafford of Balboa announce the engage-
ment of their daughter Patricia L. Swafford to Mr. Ernest L. Biagi Jr.
son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Biagi of Glenside, Pa.
Miss Swafford attended Bob Jones University of Greenville, South
Ernest Biagi Jr. attended Eastern Baptist College, St. David's, Pa.
and recently returned from Europe, where he studied the Italian language
at the University of Florence.
He is presently employed as assistant manager of the Biagi Travel
The wedding is planned for the spring in the First Baptist Church,
The marriage of Miss Carrie E. Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Peter S. Proback of Balboa, and Mr. William P. Edward, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph L. Edwards, also of Balboa, was solemnized at four p.m. on
Saturday, June 29th, at St. Mary's Hall.
The wedding ceremony, performed in the presence of the assembled
friends and families of the young couple, was followed by a reception
held at the Tivoli Guest House, where the young couple received con-
gratulations from the reception guests.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwards left for a wedding trip to the interior after
Mrs. Lang Wardlaw of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Mr. Ralph H. Sartor
announce their marriage which took place ,on May 12th in Watertown,
New York. Attendants were Mrs. D. J. Clarke (Pete Wardlaw) of
Hialeah, Florida and Mr. H. A. Pearce of Syracuse, New York. Mr. and
Mrs. Sartor are now making their home at Drum Point Farm, Saint
Michaels on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Mrs. Sartor, an Isthmian
resident for many years, left in 1950. Mr. Sartor was an engineer on the
Canal Zone during the construction days.
The engagement of Miss Mary Crandall to former Zonian Mr. Melvin
E. Gibbs is announced. Miss Crandall is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
James H. Crandall of Miccosukee, Fla. Mr. Gibbs is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Earl H. Gibbs of Miami, Fla.
The engagement of Miss Janet Neely Davis to David Marshall
Gairhan is announced. Miss Davis, is the daughter of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Herbert Carson Davis, who were residents of the Canal Zone. She is
the granddaughter of Mrs. Robert J. Neely of Margarita.
Miss Lois LeMay Clark, daughter of Mrs. Elton E. Clark of Conn.
and the late Mr. Clark became the bride of Mr. Clinton J. Atkinson Jr.
in New York City, June 21.
Miss Dorothy Louise Wescott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert P.
Westcott of 34 Ruth Ave., Rumford, Rhode Island, and Mr. Landen
Henry Gunn, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Landen H. Gunn of Diablo Heights,
C. Z. were united in marriage at a candlelight ceremony on June 28, 1957,
at 8 o'clock in Haven Methodist Church, East Providence, R. I. After the
reception, the couple left for a wedding trip through New England. The
bride is a graduate of the Rhode Island College of Education. The
groom, a graduate of Balboa High School, has been stationed in Cuba
with the United States Navy.
A wedding of interest to a wide circle of friends on both sides of
the Isthmus was solemnized at seven o'clock, Friday evening, June 7th,
when Miss Shirley Anne Keepers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman H.
Keepers of Gatun, became the bride of Dale Walter Taylor of Rodmon,
in a candlelight ceremony at the Gatun Union Church. The Reverend Ray
M. Blakely officiated at the double ring ceremony.
Mrs. Taylor was born and raised on the Canal Zone and attended the
Canal Zone schools. She was graduated from the Cristobal High School
with the class of 1956 and last year attended the Canal Zone Jr. College.
Mr. Taylor is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Taylor of Gatun. He
was born in Portland, Oregon and received his education in the Canal
Zone schools. He is presently serving in the U. S. Navy and is attached
to the U.S.S. "Paiute," based at Rodman.
The Wedding of Miss Nancy Lee Kariger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Lee Kariger of Los Rios, C. Z., and Mr. Bremer Luverne Jorsetad was
solemnized on Saturday evening, August 3rd, at the Balboa Union Church.
The marriage of Miss Esther Margaret Reynolds, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. James J. Evans of Colon, to Mr. Rafael E. Niskanen, son of
Mr. and Mrs. August Niskanen, of South Paris, Maine, was solemnized
Friday evening, August 2, at the Balboa Union Church. Mrs. Niskanen
graduated from Cristobal High School and the Canal Zone Junior College.
Mr. Niskanen is a graduate of the University of Maine and is with the
Inter American Geodetic Survey as a Civil Engineer. They will make
their home in Corundu, C. Z.
Mrs. Nona Miller of Orlando, Florida announces the marriage of her
daughter, Verla, of Ancon, C. Z., to Mr. Robert B. Grier of Balboa, son
of Mrs. Samuel Grier of Clearwater, Florida, on Friday, August 9th at
St. Andrews Episcopal Church, in Cocoli.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Groves of Long Beach, California announce the
engagement of their daughter, Dalice, to Mr. Mark Gramlich, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Gregory Gramlich of St. Petersburg, Fla. Nuptials were set for
August 17th at the Burbank Rosewood Chapel. The bride elect is a for-
mer U.C.L.A. Music Major and is a member of the California Junior
Symphony and Long Beach Womens Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Gram-
lich is a graduate of the University of Denver and is an engineer for a
Long Beach Industrial Firm.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Robbins of Los Angeles, Calif., announce the
birth of a son, their first child, Robert Bradshaw, on May 30.
Mrs. Robbins is the former Lyla Lou Womack, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Lyle Womack, former residents of Gamboa who are now living in
The paternal grandfather is Dr. Robert Robbins of Los Angeles.
Mr. and Mrs. John T. O'Donnell Jr., of Margarita announce the birth
of their third child and third daughter on Monday, at the Coco Solo Hos-
pital. The baby's paternal grandmother, Mrs. John T. O'Donnell of Phila-
delphia, Pa., was a long time resident of the Pacific side. Mr. and Mrs.
Geo. King of Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania, are the maternal grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. David I. Kelleher of Balboa wish to announce the birth
of their first child, a daughter, Patricia Anne, on Monday, April 29th, at
Gorgas Hospital. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Watts
of Gatun and paternal grandparents are Mrs. Mary Kelleher of Curundu
and the late Mr. Maurice I. Kelleher.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Cochrane of Sunnyvale, California, announce
the birth of their fifth child, third daughter, on May 7th. The baby will
be named Carol Anne. Mrs. Cochrane is the former Jane Kaufer, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Kaufer of Margarita. The baby's paternal grand-
mother is Mrs. Margaret Cochrane of Brighton, Massachusetts.
Lt. and Mrs. Fred H. Lee, Jr., announced the birth of a son, Daniel
Henry, on May 2 at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Maternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Max R. Hart of Balboa and paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Lee also of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Hart are leaving for the States the end of this month
and will visit with their daughter, son-in-law, and new grandson before
their departure for Germany where Lt. Lee will be stationed.
Don and Betty Lou Correira announce the arrival of a daughter,
Debra Gayle, on June 16. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Forrest of St. Petersburg
are the grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Snow of Wakefield, Mass., announce the arrival
of a son, Douglas Alan, on June 29th, 1957. Mrs. Snow is the daughter of
Capt. and Mrs. Howard L. Smithies of Long Beach, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfredo Morris Collins of Panama City have announced
the birth of their fifth child, third son, at San Fendando Clinic on June 23.
The little boy will be named Alfredo Morris Collins, Jr.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John O. Collins of Vaca-
monte, Arraijan, R. P.
Maternal grandparents are Capt. and Mrs. Hans Elliot of Panama
City and Boquete, R. P.
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace I. Crawford of Las Cumbres announce the
birth of their third child, third son Jeffrey Bruce on Monday June 10 at
the San Fernando Clinic.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McGahey of
Gainesville, Florida, formerly of the Canal Zone. Paternal grandparents
are Mrs. E. F. Dagget of Balboa and Mr. F. A. Crawford of Miami,
Florida, formerly of the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Meigs of St. Louis, Missouri, announce the birth
of a son, James, born on January 23rd. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. A. E. Meigs of Tampa, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. William Garlow, Jr., of Redding, Pennsylvania, an-
nounce the arrival of twin sons on April 10, 1957. Paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Garlow of Tampa, Florido.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Brown announce the birth of a son on October
22, 1956. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Howard Anderson
of Richmond, Va. and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. E. V.
Brown of San Gabriel, California. Mr. and Mrs. E. Clifton Brown have
two other children, Patsy Lee and E. Clifton, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Little of Balboa, announce the birth of
their fifth child and fifth daughter on Wednesday, June 12th, at Gorgas
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Schriftgiesser of
North Weymouth, Mass., former Canal Zone residents, and the paternal
grandmother is Mrs. Carl H. Rowsing of Clermont, Florida, also a former
Dr. and Mrs. William E. Prier of Ancon, announce the birth of their
fifth child and second daughter, Lisbeth, on June 5th at Gorgas Hospital.
Dr. and Mrs. Vern Prier of New Cristobal are the paternal grandparents.
M/Sgt. and Mrs. Thomas L. Sharpe announce the birth of their
second child and first daughter, on May 14th at Fort Bliss, Texas. Mrs.
Sharpe is the former Olga Evers, daughter of Mrs. G. H. Evers, formerly
of Pedro Miguel, and the sister of Mrs. Annette R. Hatcher of Balboa.
He is the sixteenth grandchild for Mrs. Evers who now makes her home
in Neosho, Mo.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Carlin announce the birth of their first child,
a daughter, on July 17, at Gorgas Hospital. Jeannine Marie is the first
granddaughter in the Carlin and Dorgan Families. Maternal grandparents
are the William Dorgans and paternal grandparents are the William R.
Mr. and Mrs. James Shobe of Gatun, C. Z. announce the arrival of a
daughter, Clover, born on May 1, at Coco Solo Hospital.
William and Norine (Rathgaber) Lucas announce the birth of a
son, William Keith, born on March 19th, 1957.
Loy E. Bates, Dredging Division-15 yrs. 10 days.
Mrs. Evelyn S. Endicott, Accounting Division--8 yrs., 8 mo., 27 days.
Capt. Henry G. Ferri, Navigation Division-21 yrs., 11 mo., 3 days.
James Horace Jones, Locks Division-20 years, 4 months, 6 days.
Mary Grace McDonald, Balboa Elementary School-31 yrs., 7 mo.
Edgar S. Mornhiweg, Locks Division-7 years, 1 month, 23 days.
George L. Radel, Locks Division-21 yrs., 26 days.
Charles F. Stevens, Fire Division-36 years, 6 months, 13 days.
Eva M. Talboy, Gorgas Hospital Clerk-12 years, 5 months, 10 days.
Kyle C. Andress, Pacific Locks Division-11 years, 2 months, 3 days.
Homer V. Crooks, Police Division-29 years, 5 months, 25 days.
Julius M. Culpepper, Postal Division-28 years, 1 month, 1 day.
James W. Grey, Terminals Division-33 years, 3 months, 18 days.
Raymond L Hendrickson, Navigation Division-16 years, 17 days.
Henry C. Hotz, Railroad Division-24 years, 3 months, 13 days.
Duncan Laird, Industrial Division-13 years, 9 months, 12 days.
Thomas Lutro, Locks Division-26 years, 11 months, 28 days.
George Carter Orr, Dredging Division-27 years, 8 months, 23 days
George W. Parker, Locks Division-24 years, 10 days.
Mrs. Margaret Peterson, Industrial Division-20 years, 10 months, 3 days.
Louis Pierobon, Maintenance Division-17 years, 2 months, 17 days.
Mrs. Florence Robinette, Commissary Division-14 years, 9 mo., 6 days.
George S. Zimmerman, Locks Division-28 years, 4 months, 15 days.
Reginald D. Armstrong, Terminals Division-31 years, 9 months, 23 days.
William F. Bartholomew, Dredging Division-33 years, 9 months.
Arba E. Beck, Terminals Division-32 years, 1 month, 20 days.
James C. Drawbaugh, Industrial Division-15 years, 11 months, 14 days.
Zera K. Esler, Postal Division-15 years, 8 months, 1 day.
Mrs. Anne M. Giavelli, Corozal Hospital-10 years, 6 months, 9 days.
John T. Glancy, Chief Customs Inspector-29 years, 8 months, 16 days.
Juan Hidalgo, Navigation Division-34 years, 11 months, 7 days.
Alfred LeClerc, Industrial Division-15 years, 17 days.
Mrs. Ione M. Newland, Terminals Division-16 years, 3 months, 26 days.
William L. Russon, Dredging Division-31 years, 10 months, 4 days.
Thomas F. Sullivan, Marine Bureau-29 years, 9 months, 28 days.
Emmett Zemer, Supply and Service Bureau-43 years, 11 months, 21 days.
Mr. C. D. Hummer of St. Petersburg has been on the sick list.
Mr. F. A. Anderson of St. Petersburg, is out of the hospital and re-
ported as much better.
Mr. Fred Lyons of Clearwater, is at home again after a stay in Bay
Mrs. C. F. Conkerton is much better after a sojourn in the hospital.
Mrs. Eunice Browning Rose of St. Petersburg, is reported as improved
after a week in Mound Park Hospital.
Mrs. Margaret Bougan of St. Petersburg is improving after a stay
in the hospital
Mrs. C. M. Monsanto of Iowa City, Iowa, was a hospital patient in
May but is now reported as on the mend.
Mrs. E. F. Hewitt of St. Petersburg, Florida, was a recent patient in
St. Anthony's Hospital. She is now reported as improving.
Mrs. Nellie Hussey of Tampa, Florida, suffered a slight stroke and
a bad fall early in May. A few weeks later she had another bad fall in
which she broke her arm. Mrs. Hussey's courage is good and she claims,
in time, she will make the grade.
Mr. Albert A. Herman of Baltimore, Maryland, writes that Mrs.
Herman has been ill. We hope she is much improved by this time.
Mr. William Calloway of St. Petersburg was a patient in Mound
Park Hospital in June.
Capt. Guy Johannes of Bradenton, Florida was a patient in a hos-
pital in Tarpon Springs during the month of June.
Mrs. Maude Eggleston of St. Petersburg has not been feeling well of
late, so entered the St. Petersburg clinic where she is now undergoing tests.
Mr. Clinton H. Reese of Cresco, Pa., reports he is just out of the
hospital after an operation and that Mrs. Reese has been very sick for
almost two years.
Mrs. R. W. Runyan of Winter Park, Florida writes that her son Paul
was very seriously injured in an automobile accident in Portugal. Now,
several months and eighteen operations after the accident, he is fine and
will soon return to Spain where he has been studying art since 1951.
Mr. Joseph Allexan of Boynton Beach, Fla. reports that he has been
in and out of the Veterans Hospital at Coral Gables since January 1.
Mrs. M. A. Colston of St. Petersburg is now up and about after a
short stay in the hospital.
Mrs. Emma L. Labat of San Diego, Calif. was confined to a hospital
for one month following an auto accident. Mrs. Labat was injured quite
Miss Sophia Burnham of Seattle, Washington, writes that she has
been very ill and has been a hospital patient.
Mr. O. E. Griggle of St. Petersburg, Fla. was a patient during the
month of July at Bay Pines Hospital. Mr. Griggle underwent surgery on
Mr. Warren G. Schultz of Tampa, Fla. is a convalescent at his home
following his second operation.
CARDS OF THANKS
Cards of thanks and appreciation have been received from the
Mrs. Phyllis Crooks and family Mr. Perry Young and family
Mrs. Lois Magner and family Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Callowoy
Mrs. L. R. Chandler and the Mrs. Greta Grubbs
Conti family Archie M. Gibson
Capt. and Mrs. William Will From the friends of Louise Kurath
The family of Robert Dean Colston
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Wilson Hord Crook, Director of the Supply and Employee Service Bur-
eau of the Panama Canal Company, died in Gorgas Hospital where he
been a patient since May 29th. He was 48 years old.
Mr. Crook suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at his home on Amador
Road, Balboa, the morning of May 29th. He was taken to Gorgas Hospital
and although he was considered as being seriously ill since his admission,
held his own until Sunday afternoon when his condition suddenly became
Mr. Crook was married to the former Phyllis Hersh, whose father
was at one time Electrical Engineer for the Panama Canal. They have a
son, Michael, who was graduated from Balboa High School last Wednes-
day, and twins, Douglas and Phyllis, 15. A sister, Mrs. Nye Norris, lives
Mrs. Marcella Bradley, the wife of Charles E. Bradley a locks opera-
tor, died at Gorgas Hospital on May 23rd. She was 34 years old.
A native of Illinois, Mrs. Bradley came to the Isthmus with her hus-
band in 1950. For several years they resided in Pedro Miguel where they
were well-known for their small zoo. Recently they had made their home
Mrs. Bradley is survived by her husband. The couple have no child-
Mrs. Helen Kalar, former employee of the Commissary Division and
long-time resident of Balboa, was fatally injured in a traffic accident May
20th near Greenville, N. C., according to news received. She was 64
At the time of the accident Mrs. Kalar was enroute to Greenville to
visit Mrs. Ann de la Mater, also a former Canal employee. No other de-
tails were available.
A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Mrs. Kalar was the widow of John
Kalar, who was employed for many years as chief clerk in the Marine
Bureau in Balboa. She was employed in the Commissary Division in 1939
and up to the time of her resignation in 1951, was cashier in the Balboa
Commissary. After leaving the Isthmus she made her home in Charlotte,
Surviving her are four daughters, Mrs. Harriet McNeal, of Charlotte;
Mrs. Dorothy Kennedy, of Ingelwood, Colo.; Mrs. Olive Krouse, of
Springfield, Pa., and Mrs. Jean McAndres, of Moscow, Pa.
Lloyd W. Blaney, 67, retired electrician with the Panama Canal
Co., died June 3rd in a local hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. Blaney came here a few days before from his home in Tampa
for medical treatment.
Survivors include his wife, Mary, of Tampa, and a son, Robert,
of the Panama Canal Zone.
Mrs. Helen King, wife of Michael J. King, retired employee of the
canal organization, died May 16th in Gorgas hospital after a brief illness.
She was 75 years old.
Born in England, Mrs. King was a naturalized United States citizen
and lived for many years in the Canal Zone where her husband was an
employee of the former Building Division. Since his retirement in 1944,
they have made their home in Gamboa.
Lock Guard supervisor Rexford T. Ray died suddenly on May 10th
at the Coco Solo Hospital, about three hours after he had been admitted.
The 53-year-old American was admitted at 3:40 p.m. and his death
was recorded at 7 p.m. Cause of death is not known as yet.
Born in Graham, North Carolina, Ray had served more than 20 years
in the U.S. Army before joining the Canal Company as a lock guard in
He served at Gatun Locks where he later became Lock Guard Super-
A resident of Gatun, Ray is survived by his widow.
Harold J. Peterson, retired employee of the Panama Canal, died on
May 15th in a hospital in Togas, Maine, according to news received.
Peterson was employed at the Maintenance division at Balboa.
He was a very active member in the American Legion, having held
the position of Department Commander and Grand Chef de Gare of the
Forty and Eight. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He leaves his wife Clara, two sons, Robert and Donald, and daughter,
Mrs. Renee Childs and five grandchildren.
Mrs. Mary Conti of Groton, Conn., died April 28th, 1957. Mrs. Conti
was the mother of Mrs. Louise R. Schandler of 5 Bill Ave., Groton, Conn.
Mr. Robert J. Beissel of Winter Park, Florida, died March 17th, 1957
from a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Martha Beissel, and
a daughter, Mrs. Edward Leftwich of Encino, California.
Harry W. Otis, 85, passed away on May 7th, 1957 in Pasadena, Calif.
Mr. Otis was an old timer, 1905 to 1921. He is survived by one son, Ed-
ward P. Otis, of Pomona, Calif., a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Otis Page, of
Laguna Beach, and also three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Elzer M. Owry, 95, a former Canal employee and Spanish American
War veteran, died on May 8th in Akron, Ohio. Two sisters, Mrs. C. R.
Mahone and Edith Hersley and two nephews, all of Akron, Ohio survive
Miss Louise Kurath, a Missionary nurse and former Panama Canal
nurse, died on June 23rd in Bradenton, Florida. She was engaged in
nursing in various Central and South American countries until her re-
tirement from the Panama Canal service in 1936. She is survived by two
sisters, Mrs. Sophie Lyon of Carney's Point, N. J. and Mrs. Bertha Wentzel
of Reading, Pennsylvania.
Mr. William A. Grubbs, former Canal employee, died June 24th in
Zephyrhills, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Greta Grubbs, one son,
William Jr., of Burlingane, Calif., one sister, Mrs. I. A. Chappell of
Zephyrhills, two brothers, John of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Harvey of Lorraine,
Pa. Also by two grandsons and several nephews and nieces.
Mr. Robert Huff of Washington, D. C. died April 20th. He was at
one time lock operator at Pedro Miguel. He was a brother of M. B. "Pete"
Huff, former Pan Canal paymaster. His only survivor is his daughter
Jeanne, Mrs. Henry R. Brewerton of Santurce, Puerto Rico.
Capt. and Mrs. Elmer B. Small, well known long-time former resi-
dents of the Canal Zone, were killed instantly in an automobile accident
in Kingston, N. Y., according to news received.
Capt. Small, a former Panama Canal pilot who retired in 1950, was
69 years old. His wife, Victoria, was a member of the Panama Canal
Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Canal Zone Col-
lege Club. She was well known in local art circles and gave a number of
exhibitions of her paintings.
Capt. and Mrs. Small are survived by their son, Neal, a New York
lawyer, who attended Canal Zone schools and is a graduate of Tufts Col-
lege and Harvard University.
Capt. Small was born in North Truro, in 1888. He was employed
as pilot-in-training in March, 1926 and was made a probationary pilot
the following September. He became a full pilot in August, 1927, and
retired August 31, 1950.
Floyd E. Malone, an employee in the Canal Zone Health organization
for many years, died at Bellevue Hospital in New York City where he had
been employed during the past few years. He was 70 years old.
Mr. Malone came to the Isthmus during the Canal construction per-
iod and all of his service was with the Health organization. He was first
employed in April 1912. Except for two breaks of his service of a few
months, he was employed from then until his retirement in October, 1948.
After his retirement, Mr. Malone lived on the Isthmus for several
months before returning to the United States. He has made his home
since in New York and had been employed at Bellevue Hospital.
In addition to his son on the Isthmus, he is survived by his wife, and
another son, Edwin Malone of New Orleans, and by three grandchildren.
Colin C. Brown, Sr., a foreman at Mt. Hope with the Isthmian Canal
Commission Q. M. Depot from 1908 to 1914 and subsequently with the
Panama Canal operating force until 1918, died June 20 at Monrovia, Cal-
ifornia after a long illness. Mr. Brown had lived in California since 1928
where he was employed by the American Potash & Chemical Corp. at
Trona and the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. at Burbank. He was 74 years old
and a native of Nova Scotia. During the past few years he has made his
home at 1024 So. Pima Ave., West Covina, Calif. with his son Colin C.
Brown, Jr., who was born on the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Georgianna Hoyle, well known former resident of Cristobal,
died in Providence, Rhode Island, after a brief illness. She was 69 years
With her at the time of her death were her two sons, Warner Hoyle,
Senor Customs Inspector in Balboa, and George Hoyle, of Providence,
Mrs. Hoyle was a prominent resident of Cristobal during the last war
when she made her home with her brother-in-law and sister, Capt. and
Mrs. A. B. Forsstrom, of Cristobal.
She was an active worker with the Cristobal USO and the Red Cross
Grey Ladies and was a member of Royal Palm Chapter No. 2, of the
In addition to her two sons, she is survived by seven grandchildren.
Mrs. O. E. Granberry, 75, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died suddenly
on July 12 on board an air liner enroute from Florida to New York. Mrs.
Granberry, accompanied by her son, Harry, was stricken while flying at
19,000 ft. near Charleston, S. C. When Mrs. Granberry's condition was
determined serious, the giant D. C. 7 landed at Charleston. She was dead
on arrival at the airport. Mrs. Granberry is survived by three daughters,
Mrs. Al Wycoff of Westfield, N. J.; Mrs. Howard Christiansen, wife of
Lt. Col. Howard Christiansen, now on duty in Japan; and Miss Elizabeth
Granberry of Rutherford, N. J. Also by her son, Harry, of St. Petersburg,
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Jessie Blair Weir after
a long illness. Mrs. Weir was the wife of James Weir, former building
division employee. Mrs. Weir is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy
Montayne of Gatun, C. Z.; Mrs. Jessie Degenar of Balboa, and Mrs.
Mary Ewing of Diablo Heights. Also by six grandchildren and three
Word has been received from Hayward T. Lawrence notifying us of
the death of his father, Wilbur Scott Lawrence on June 7, 1957 at his home
in New Orleans, La. Mr. Lawrence is also survived by his wife.
News has been received of the death of Mrs. Ike Ingraham in Cali-
fornia, in June 29th. No further details are available.
It has been reported that Capt. C. J. Cusak of Wilmington, Califor-
nia died recently at his home. No further details were available.
Norman Burt, formerly of Ancon and Los Angeles, California, was
killed in a traffic accident June 15 in Phoenix, Arizona, according to word
Mr. Burt was the grandson of the late L. W. Foster, Sr. He attended
Balboa High School and lived with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs.
Archie French. He was 25 years old at the time of his death.
Word has been received of the death on May 12 in Belleville, Ontario,
Canada, of Mr. Norman Dunning who was for many years a resident of
Panama where he was Chief Clerk of Swift & Co. Both Mr. and Mrs.
Dunning, who survives him and Mr. Dunning's mother who resided with
them in Panama, were well known in both the Republic and in the Zone.
News of the death of Phillip P. Miller, former Canal employee, June
1st, in Rosedale, Long Island, has been received. He was 48 years old.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Miller was employed by the
Canal in 1942 as a tug and tender operator in the Dredging Division. He
left the Isthmus in 1946 but was re-employed in 1950 as a towboat
master in the Marine Bureau. In December, 1951, he resigned and returned
to the United States.
Surviving him are his wife Mrs. Catherine Miller and a three-year
old son, Harry.
James W. Farrell, a plumbing contractor known on the Isthmus
as "Jimmy the Greek," died Saturday night in San Fernando Clinic after a
long illness. His age was 68.
Mr. Farrell came to the Isthmus from his native Greece as a child.
He was adopted by a Panama Railroad engineer, William Farrell, and
After serving an apprenticeship on the Canal Zone, Mr. Farrell
traveled widely, but returned to Panama in 1925. At that time, he estab-
lished Plomeria Panama, his retail and contracting business.
Besides his widow, Mrs. Ebba J. Farrell, he is survived by his mother,
Mrs. William Farrell; two brothers, Arthur Farrell and Frank Farrell;
two sisters, Mrs. R. Collins and Mrs. Ruth Burmaster; two adopted
children, James G. Farrell and Mrs. Tony Stefanos, and a nephew, Chris
Mrs. Glenn W. Redmond of Margarita died in Coco Solo Hospital.
Mrs. Redmond was an active member of several patriotic and
fraternal organizations. She was treasurer of Elbert S. Waid Post No. 2
of the American Legion and was also a member of the Cristobal Rebekah
Lodge No. 2.
In addition to her husband, who is employed in the Industrial
Division, she is survived by four sons, David, of Margarita; Royal, of
Diablo Heights; Glenn D., of Gatun; and John A., of Chicago; a daughter,
Mrs. Phil Peck of Courtland, California; and by nine grandchildren.
"Mr. Robert Dean Colston, retired Army employee, died in Newton
D. Baker VA Hospital, Martinsburg, West Virginia after a long illness.
He was 62 years old.
A native of Summit Point, West Virginia, Mr. Colston came to the
Canal Zone in August, 1923, where he was employed by what was then
known as the Department Quartermaster at Quarry Heights until Novem-
ber, 1942, when he was transferred to the Ordinance Section, U. S. Army
Carribbean where he remained until his retirement in October, 1956.
Mr. Colston was a member of Triluminar Lodge No. 117 of Middle-
way, West Virginia, Scottish Rite and Abou Saad Temple. He was also a
member of American Legion Post No. 1.
He is survived by his wife Virginia and a son Richard who reside in
Mrs. Anne Calvit, 89, died on Thursday, July 25th, at the home of
her daughter Mrs. H. R. Knapp in Panama City, R. P. Mrs. Calvit is sur-
vived by four daughters, Mrs. H. R. Knapp, Mrs. Theodore Sundquist of
Houston, Texas, presently in Panama, Mrs. Arthur Hall of Houston,
Texas, and Mrs. Mary Harrison of Reseda, California. Also by two sons,
Charles of St. Petersburg, and James of Panama City, R. P. There are
several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. J. D. Sarven of Hazel-
wood, North Carolina. Mrs. Sarven is a sister of Miss Jane Gadde of St.
Petersburg, Fla. Miss Gadde has been visiting with her sister during her
Gerald D. Bliss, a Canal Zone Postmaster of early days, died in
Miami, Florida on August 8th. Mr. Bliss was a well known member of the
Masonic Order and was a leader of civic work on the Atlantic side for
many years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters,
Mrs. Mabel Walker of Cocoli, Mrs. B. D. Humphrey of Cristobal, and
Mrs. J. O. Barnes of Ridgely, West Virginia. Also by two sons, Gerald
D. Jr., and Curtis H., both of California. There are three sisters, Miss
Genella Bliss of Cocoli, and Mrs. Carl P. Hoffman, and Mrs. Peter Shrap-
nell, who reside in the United States.
Orin B. Acker of Gamboa, C. Z. died suddenly while at work. Mr.
Acker was an employee of the Electrical Division.
William Harold Fisk died suddenly at his home in Panama City, R.
P. Mr. Fisk was a member of the American Legion and Lodge 1414,
Order of Elks. At the time of his retirement in 1954, he was a Storekeeper.
William Benthen Hall, 61, retired mechanical supervisor on the Mira-
flores locks, Panama Canal, who moved here five years ago from Balboa
in the Canal Zone, died Thursday, Aug. 15, in a local hospital.
Mr. Hall lived with his wife, Mary Alice, and son, Richard L., at
2428- 34th Avenue North, St. Petersburg.
He was a member of the Darien Masonic Lodge, Balboa; American
Legion Lodge 125 and the Panama Canal Zone Society, both here.
Besides his wife and son, here, survivors include another son, William
S., of Balboa, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Weyer Miller, Detroit.
There's an open gate
At the end of the road
Through which each must go alone,
And there in a light we cannot see
Our Father claims His own.
The October 26, 1934 peacetime record of transits in a single day
was broken in May when 40 ships transited the Canal. The previous record
was 39 ships.
Another Soviet ship, the Kronstadt, made the Canal transit on May
8th. The Kronstadt marked the fifth appearance of a Soviet ship this year.
The transit was made under the same security measures enforced for other
The three hundred year old Cuipo tree fell across the roadway at Red
Tank during a very heavy rain storm. This old tree is one landmark that
nearly everyone who has ever been in Panama will remember.
The U. S. Court of Claims ruled unanimously, on May 8th, that Pan-
ama Canal Pilots are entitled to be paid time and one half overtime after
40 hours in a work week and that they should be paid travel time for
travel after the 40th hour. It is estimated that the recovery possibly
would amount to over $200,000.
The House Appropriations Committee denied a request for one mil-
lion dollars to begin work this year on a new high level bridge over the
Canal at Balboa. As the construction of the bridge was guaranteed in the
recent U. S.-Panama treaty revision, it is expected that the Administration
will ask the Senate to restore the funds or to renew the request for 1958.
The owners of the Liberian S.S. Ocean Jenny have filed a suit for
$105,000 against the Panama Canal Co. The shops stern struck the lock
wall at Pedro Miguel and shortly after leaving the locks veered and struck
the Canal bank. Ocean Carriers, Inc., plaintiffs in the suit, claim the
damage was caused by negligence and the pilot's error.
The driest of dry seasons on record and all records for heat and rain-
fall were broken in April. The dry season broke an 87 year record and
the temperatures in the high nineties will equal the all time high for any
month of the year.
Three emergency dams have been put up for sale. These dams are
the last of six erected before the Canal opened. Three of the dams were
sold for scrap two years ago.
Quick and efficient action by the harbor authorities in Cristobal, pre-
vented what might have been a tragic disaster with possible loss of life,
when two vessels collided outside the breakwater in the early hours of
the morning. The 11,200 gross ton Sydney Star put back into the har-
bor with a large hole in her starboard quarter and the 7,200 ton Agioi
Victores had a crumpled bow. Passengers, who might have suffered in-
jury or possible loss of life, were high in praise of the manner in which
the collision was handled.
As a mark of official respect to the late Wilson H. Crook, flags on
public buildings and floating equipment of the Canal Company, were
ordered by the Governor to be flown at half mast the day of the funeral.
Old timers on the Isthmus could not remember when this mark of
respect was ever shown before to a deceased Canal Company official.
Canal Zone Lt. Gov. H. W. Schull, Jr. resigned from service with the
Canal Co. Upon his separation from Army service Col. Schull will join
the engineering and architectural firm af Rader ond Associates in Miami,
Capt. Peter Grosz will succeed Major David H. Smith as Military
Assistant to the Governor of the Canal Company. A native of Kansas,
Capt. Grosz was graduated from the Military Academy in 1946. Major
Smith will go to Fort Leavenworth where he will enter the Command and
General Staff school.
To succeed Col. W. H. Schull, Jr. as Lt. Gov., Col. Hugh M, Arnold
has been appointed from his present assignment with Canal organization
as Engineering and Construction Director. This is the first time in the
history of the permanent operating organization that a Corps of En-
gineers officer has been appointed directly from the position he holds to
that of Lt. Governor.
Coco Solo Naval Station, which has been on a partial maintenance
status since last August, has been undergoing a gradual reduction of
force. It is reported that since July 1, only 50 workers are employed at
To provide greater safety through Gaillard Cut at night, plans are
being made for the installation of an experimental system of illumination
between Culebra and Empire, a distance of 3,400 ft. The plan calls for
a system that will provide good visibility of both bank lines and mild
illumination of the waterway without glare to the pilots. This will be done
by the use of fluorescent lights mounted about 30 ft. above the surface of
The Dipper Dredge Paraiso, with one thousand yard dump scow was
loaded on a big navy floating dock and left for New Orleans in tow of the
1700 horsepower tug, which brought the dry dock to the Isthmus. The tug
was no stranger to Canal waters as she was the former Panama Canal tug,
Empire. The Paraiso is bound for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Sea-
way via the Mississippi River, through the Illinois waterway to Lake
The Canal's new Policy of shipping fresh fruits and vegetables by air
from Miami, met with the approval of Canal Zone housewives. The first
shipment included fruits and vegetables that are seldom available on the
Isthmus. The shipment was quickly sold out.
More than 50,000,000 tons of cargo was shipped through the
Panama Canal during the past fiscal year for the first time in the history
of the waterway. This amount exceeded the previous record by over
4,000,000 tons. Ocean going commercial transits for the year totaled
8,579 exceeding the previous fiscal year record by 370. This was the
sixth consecutive year in which new records in commercial traffic were
A marked increase of malaria cases was reported during July in the
Canal Zone. A total of 47 cases were reported in June and 20 more early
in July. Because of the increase, the Canal Zone Health Bureau issued a
strong warning to all Zone residents.
Panama Canal Co. Lawyers have filed a 239 page brief in Ancon
District Court, setting forth arguments and citing legal precedents in
support of the contention that Canal pilots are not entitled to extra pay
for which they entered suit against the Panama Canal Company, June 30,
1954. The suit was brought by Capt. Robert F. Boyd on behalf of himself
and all other Canal pilots similarly situated. Seventy-five were named.
The company's brief was submitted by Paul A. Bentz, General Counsel,
and David J. Markus and Dwight A. McKabney, Panama Canal Attorneys.
Ten demonstrators have been jailed following an opposition demon-
stration that was broken up by the crack of gun fire as troops dispersed a
march on the National Guard Headquarters. The march on headquarters
was a sudden development at the end of a three hour rally called by Vice-
President Temistocles Diaz who has been feuding with the administration
of President Ernesto de la Guardia Jr. for the past two months. Diaz
called on the President to resign, warning him that the people would arm
themselves and civil war would come if necessary. An investigation was
immediately ordered by the Panama Attorney General Hermogenes de la
Rosa and Diaz has been summoned to appear.
A Panamanian Corporation which has leased a ten acre track of land
in the Colon Free Zone to build a factory for the production of Pre-
fabricated houses, have announced that about 10,000 low cost prefab-
ricated houses will roll off the assembly line each year. The new housing
program is being sponsored by the American Federation of County, State
and Municipal Employes (A. F. L. C. I. O.) in Washington for Panama
The Export Import Bank have announced a $12,850,000 loan to
Panama to assist in completing a 200 mile section of the Inter-American
Highway. The money will be used on strips of Highway from Penenome
to Conception and on to La Cuesta. The loan is to be repaid in quarterly
installments over a 15 year period.
The Panama Government has authorized the Petrochemical Refining
Co. to install an oil refinery on leased land in Portobelo. This will mean
that the Province of Colon will have two refineries. Panama Refineries
was granted permission to set up their plant earlier this year.
Ruben O. Miro, the alleged assassin of former President Jose Antonio
Remon, again denied he was the trigger man and that six or seven persons
participated in the killing. Miro made his statement at an interview by
seven newsmen at the Carcel Model where Miro has been lodged since the
killing in January, 1955.
Report of Secretary-Treasurer
Covering the period from May 1st thru July 26th, 1957
Many persons have been given gift memberships from friends for the
last half of this year, so please let them know that you have received the
Only two more picnics for this year September 9th at Lowry Park
in Tampa, and October 14th at Lake Maggiore Park (9th Street South)
here in St. Petersburg. We do hope that you will keep these dates open be-
cause there are so many vacationers from the Zone and this is a wonderful
way to meet and visit with them.
Thanks to the many members who have paid their dues to date. There
are still the following who have not sent in their checks, money orders
or cash. Canal Zone 10, Arizona 1, Arkansas 2, California 5, Washington,
D. C. 1, Florida 9, Illinois 1, Kentucky 2, Louisiana 1, Massachusetts 1,
New Jersey 2, New Mexico 1, New York 3, North Carolina 2, Oklahoma 1,
South Carolina 2, Texas 2, Virginia 2.
The 1958 year Book goes to press early in October and if any mem-
ber wishes to give a membership to anyone please send in the money in
time to get the name in the Year Book all members like to see their name
in the year book. NO CHANGES CAN BE MADE AFTER NOVEMBER
For the benefit of those who have joined the Societ) since the last
report as to how your $3.00 for dues was spent.
4 Records @ 50 cents each ......_..-.- ..------- ---- $2.00
1 Year Book --------- -......... --.. ..-------... .25
Mailing records and year book .........-------_.. .24
Stamps during the year------ .06
Actual cost per member ... .._------------- 2.55
Working capital per member ----- -- .45
Your dues --..-......-..._ ------- $3.00
To CANAL ZONE AND PANAMA MEMBERS please add 40 cents
to your $3.00 check as at the present time the Society is paying that
amount to have your check processed. Many have sent in their dues in cash
and it has never missed reaching me so far, and of course you would send
it at your own risk. To MEMBERS OUTSIDE THE STATE Please be
sure and add 10 cents to your $3.00 check to cover bank charge.
To members who have joined since 'July for the balance of 1957-
YOU ARE ADVISED THAT your subscription expires with the December
issue unless you have paid your 1958 dues. No 1958 year books will be
mailed to these members until their dues are paid.
Just a reminder that the 1958 Reunion will be held at the Soreno
Hotel in St. Petersburg January 14 and 15 that will be Tuesday and
Wednesday. The rates will again be extended by the hotel of $12.00 daily
for two persons in double occupancy rooms, $8.00 daily for single rooms
(all with bath) on the European Plan. It is sincerely hoped that more mem
bers will stay at the hotel as this 1957 Reunion we were only able to
make advanced reservations for fifteen rooms.
I still have some pins and buttons (Panama Canal Society) at $1.00
each they make lovely gifts.
Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to you all since the last
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Lowry Park, Tampa, Fla., May 13th, 1957
About 80 members were present for the Society's Regular Picnic
Meeting, at Lowry Park, Tampa, May 13th, 1957.
Meeting was called to order at 1:30 P. M. by President Troy Hayes,
who dispensed with the singing and offering of invocation
The following officers were present:
President -------------.------..-..--- ----Mr. Troy Hayes
Vice-President --- Capt. Macon Turner
Secretary-Treasurer -..--.... Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary ---.... Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mrs. Francis Feeney acted as Receptionist, and welcomed out-of-town
members, new members, and visitors; among them:
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Cameron, of Long Beach, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Al. Joyce, of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Gordon Green, of El Paso, Texas, (daughter of Dr. and
Mrs. Warnock (Alabama)
Mrs. Sue Reynolds Wall, of Baltimore, (daughter of T. M.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Gaines, of Zephyrhills, Florida.
Membership Report: 1528 paid-up members as of May 1st, 1957.
Recording Secretary read minutes of regular Meeting held April
8th at the Tourist Center, St. Petersburg. President Hayes, hearing no
omissions or corrections, declared them approved.
Report of Committees: None.
Special Interest: Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Judd, read many letters
received, and made several announcements of interest to the Society.
Birthday greetings were extended to the following:
Mrs. Bessie Lyons
Capt. B. C. Judd
Mr. Wm. J. Bartlett
On the Sick List:
Mrs. Etta Conkerton
Mrs. Elsie Hanner
The demise of the following was noted:
Mr. Robert J. Beissell
Mrs. Mary Conti (Mother of Mrs. Louise Schandler)
Mr. Harry Otis
Mr. W. B. Ames
Mrs. Perry Young
Mr. Nelson Magner
Mr. Harry Quigley
Mr. Geo. M. Wells
The Panama Canal Society of Washington, D. C. will hold its annual
banquet on May 18th, 1957; Governor Thatcher Toastmaster.
Legislation: Mr. W. L. Hersh gave an outline of the various bills
before the Congress of interest to Civil Service Retirees.
President Hayes announced that the next regular meeting would be
a picnic meeting at Hillsboro Park, June 10, 1957.
Unfinished Business: None.
New Business: None.
There being no further business before the meeting, President Hayes
asked for a motion to adjourn; motion made by Mr. Hull, seconded by
Mr. Bradley; motion carried, and meeting adjourned at 3:00 P. M.
Agnes Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
Minutes of Regular Picnic Meeting
Hillsboro Park, Florida, June 10, 1957
Approximately 68 members were present for the Society's Regular
Picnic Meeting, at Hillsboro Park, June 10th, 1957.
Meeting was called to order at 1:30 P. M. by President Troy Hayes,
who dispensed with the singing and offering of invocation.
Roll call of officers indicated the following:
President .----_. ------- --. Mr. Troy Hayes
Secretary-Treasurer ---.----- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Vice-President ---------- Capt. Macon Turner
Recording Secretary .----- Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mrs. Francis W. Feeney acted as Recording Secretary during
the absence of Mrs. Hall.
Membership Report: As of June 1, 1957 1,538 members.
Recording Secretary read minutes of Regular Meeting held May 13,
1957 at Lowry Park, Tampa, Fla. President Hayes, hearing no omissions
or corrections, declared them approved.
Report of Committees: None.
Special Interest: Mrs. Judd, Secretary-Treasurer, read many letters
received, and made several announcements of interest to the Society. Also,
on behalf of the Society, she extended sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Hersh on news just received regarding sudden death of their son-in-law,
Wilson Crooks of the Canal Zone.
At this time, deaths of the following were also announced:
Mrs. King, of the Canal Zone
Mr. Lloyd W. Blaney of Tampa
Mrs. Helen Kalar of Charlotte, North Carolina
Mr. Elzer Owry
Mr. Sherman C. Abernathy
Secretary-Treasurer announced letters or cards of appreciation for
sympathy extended by the Society had been received from Mrs. Schandler
on the occasion of the death of her mother, Mrs. Conti, and from the
Magner family on the occasion of the death of Nelson Magner.
Mrs. Feeney, acting Recording Secretary, welcomed out-of-town
members, new members, and visitors. Among visitors were the following:
Judge and Mrs. E. I. P. Tatelman of Cristobal, Canal Zone,
guests of Mr. Earle Brown.
Colonel and Mrs. Sam E. Bignell, of Lincoln, Nebraska,
guests of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Feeney.
Mrs. Bessie Roberts Kennealy of California, guest of her
sister and brother-in-law, the Pete Flynns of Orlando and
also guest of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Gibson of St. Petersburg.
Mrs. F. B. Deakins introduced her son-in-law and daughter and
family, Colonel and Mrs. Robert B. Walker of Elberton, Georgia, visiting
with Mrs. Deakins. Also Mr. and Mrs. Roger Deakins and family of the
Canal Zone, son and daughter-in-law of Mrs. Deakins, also visiting here.
Birthday greetings were extended to the following:
Warren Schultz -- June 14
Fred Lyons -- June 19
Mrs. C. E. Hutchinson -- --____- June 29
Mrs. Pete Flynn ___ --- ___ July 2
Mrs. Laura Sessions ----- July 12
Mr. Shep Shreves -----------__--- July 20
Ann Schultz ---.-----_- July 14
Capt. Wilkinstad -- July 31
Charlie Calvit ----- ------------- August 2
Mr. Hunter ------_--__-- August 2
Mr. Thomas Rath ....---------------- Sept. 27
Mr. C. E. Hutchinson ___---_ ---_ Sept. 8
Congratulations and best wishes were offered to Mr. and Mrs. Shep
Shreves who, on July 15th, were to celebrate their 24th wedding anniver-
Resignations of the following members were announced:
Mr. and Mrs. James George
Mrs. Wilford H. Van Fleet, Sr.
The Secretary-Treasurer read an invitation from the Northern Cali-
fornia Branch of the Panama Canal Society to attend their picnic being
held on June 16th.
It was also announced that the Panama Canal Society of New York
sent a gift of $10 to the Florida branch of the Society.
Sick List Announcements for the month included the following:
Fred Lyons, Bay Pines Hospital, St. Petersburg.
Capt. Guy Johannes, Memorial Hospital, Bradenton
Mrs. Eleanor Home, Bradenton.
Mr. Wm. B. "Dick" Hall, Bay Pines Hospital
President Hayes announced that the next regular meeting would be a
picnic meeting at Lake Maggiore on July 8, 1957.
Unfinished Business: None.
New Business: None.
There being no further business before the meeting, President Hayes
asked for a motion to adjourn. Motion made by Charles Calvit, seconded
by Marie Wolf; motion carried, and meeting adjourned at 2:45 P. M.
Mrs. Francis W. Feeney
Acting Recording Secretary
Minutes of Regular Picnic Meeting
Lake Maggiore, St. Petersburg, July 8th, 1957
About 150 members and visitors were gathered at Lake Maggiore for
the Society's regular picnic meeting, July 8th, 1957.
Meeting was called to order at 1:55 P. M. by President Troy Hayes,
who dispensed with the singing and offering of invocation
The following officers were present:
President .._.-- ...----__- -Mr. Troy Hayes
Secretary-Treasurer ----_~_..- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Mrs. Howard H. Dworak acted as Recording Secretary, substituting
for Mrs. Burt W. Hall, on vacation in New England.
Mrs. Shreves acted as Receptionist, and welcomed out-of-town mem-
bers and visitors; among them:
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Milligan, of East Orange, N. J. (Daught-
er and son-in-law of Mrs. George Dolan)
Capt. and Mrs. Cruser new residents of St. Petersburg. Capt.
Cruser was Master of the SS "Cristobal".
Nancy Askew, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kosak.
Mr. L. H. Fourcher, of Fairhaven, Mass.
Mrs. Robert Rolofson, of Pequa, Ohio.
Mr. Maenner Huff, of Balboa, C. Z.
Mrs. Robinson and daughter, Vandie.
Capt. and Mrs. William Will.
Mrs. Lee Trower and son, Joe.
Mrs. Richard Baltozer, son and daughter, of Diablo, C. Z.
Mrs. Smillie, of Brooklyn, N. Y.
Mrs. Spakoroska, of Long Island, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Gramlich.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Green
Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Anderson and son.
Mrs. Lessie Sandiford, of Miami, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Yoder.
Mrs. Paul C. Rose, of Gulfport, Florida.
Dr. Georgie Reynolds, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Mr. Thomas Reynolds, of Baltimore, Md.
Membership Report: 9 new members added during the month of
June, making a total fo 1547 members.
Recording Secretary read the minutes of regular picnic meeting, held
June 10th, at Hillsboro Park. President Hayes, hearing no omissions or
corrections, declared them approved.
Report of Committees: None.
Special Interest: Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Lucille Judd, read many
letters received, and made several announcements of interest to the Society.
It was gratifying to have Mr. James J. Cullen, of Clearwater, present
at the meeting, having recuperated from a serious illness.
It was also gratifying to have Mrs. E. F. Hewitt present, after her
Something to think over: Mrs. Judd explained to the membership
that inasmuch as postal rates have increased, members changing their
address, should notify her promptly in order to avoid payment of double
Mrs. Judd suggested the following to the meeting: "when a member
is hospitalized for the first time, flowers be sent, which cost $5.00; the
second time, a get-well card, and in case of death, the family may choose
flowers be sent to the funeral, or a donation be made to the Heart or
Cancer Fund. Motion was made by Mr. William Hull, seconded by Mrs.
W. H. Calloway, that the forgoing be adopted by the Society; motion
On the sick list:
Mr. O. E. Griggle.
Mr. Wm. Calloway
The demise of the following was noted:
Mr. Charles Cusack, of California.
Mr. W. S. Lawrence, of New Orleans, La.
Mrs. Jessie Wier, of the Canal Zone.
Mr. Floyd B. Malone, of New York City
Capt. and Mrs. Elmer Small
Mrs. "Ike" Ingraham, of California.
Miss Louisa Kurath, of Manatee, Fla.
Mr. Wm. A. Grubbs, of Zephyrhills, Fla.
Mr. Robert Huff, of Washington, D. C.
President Hayes announced that the next regular meeting would be
a picnic meeting at Lowry Park, Tampa time; noon, on August 12th,
Legislations___Mr. W. L. Hersh reported that for some time, nothing
has been done by the House or the Senate on bills pending. A new sub-
committee has shown considerable activity; members of this sub-com-
mittee are listed below so that members may write to their Congressmen
on behalf of increase in retirement annuities.
POST-OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE
Sub-committee on H. R. 607 and related bills to increase retirement
Mrs. Gracie Pfost, (Idaho), CHAIRMAN
James H. Morrison, (Louisiana)
James C. Davis, (Georgia)
Lindley G. Beckworth (Texas)
Robert J. Corbett (Penna.)
Elford A. Cederberg (Michigan)
David S. Dennison, Jr. (Ohio)
Unfinished Business: None.
New Business: None.
There being no further business before the meeting, President Hayes
asked for a motion to adjourn; motion made, seconded and carried, and
meeting adjourned at 2:45 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
NEWS FROM THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
The Panama Canal Society of New York held its 33rd Annual Re-
union at the National Republican Club on Saturday, May 4th. Dinner was
served to over fifty members and guests. Mr. Earl Harding, noted author
and journalist spoke on "The Suez Will Panama be Next?". The speech
was both informative and interesting and was well received by those
George M. Wells was scheduled to speak on "An Engineer Takes a
Look at the Sea Level Project". It came as a profound shock to the mem-
bers present to learn that he had passed away on May 3rd. Following the
announcement of the death of George Wells, R. W. Hebard paid fitting
and deserved tribute to the deceased, in which he said in part:
"The sudden passing of our distinguished and beloved fellow mem-
ber, George M. Wells, leaves a void in this Society which cannot be filled,
and we bow our heads in grief in this irreparable loss. Mr. Wells was
scheduled as our principal speaker today and the subject was "An Engin-
eer Takes a Look at the Sea Level Project". Perhaps no living man was
better qualified to speak on this controversial subject than he. George
had given intense study during the last two years to the so-called Gov.
Mehaffie Report of 1947 favoring a sea level waterway. Equipped with
a keen, analytical mind, a rich background of over one-half century of
engineering experience, a prodigious knowledge of the Isthmus and the
present canal, his views and opinions were eagerly sought by members of
the Congress and others interested in finding the best solution to the Canal
problem. In his passing the opponents of the sea level project have lost
their most qualified and outstanding leader.
Mr. Wells had an unequaled record on the construction of the Pan-
ama Canal. Arriving on the Isthmus in June of 1904 as a member of the
very first party of engineers, his first assignment was on surveys in the
Upper Chagres Valley to determine the most practical diversion of the
Chagres River in case a sea level canal was adopted. This was an unin-
habited region of record rainfall, Chagres and malaria fevere, and other
dangerous tropical diseases. He served 12 years on the Canal in respon-
sible positions on both Atlantic and Pacific Divisions, and gained the
friendship and respect of all with whom he was associated. Returning to
the U.S. in 1916, he shortly thereafter joined the engineering firm founded
by General Goethals and was an active partner for several years until its
He entered the field of the chemical industry after he had passed
45 years of age, and with his characteristic energy and thoroughness, na-
tive ability and engineering training, rose to high executive positions with
a number of companies. His untiring energy, his unlimited and conta-
gious enthusiasm with which he approached any undertaking which capti-
vated his interest, and his whole-hearted dedication to the task in hand,
were a revelation and inspiration to all of his associates. Mr. Wells would
have been 78 years of age next July 4th. His warm understanding and
generous personality endeared him to all, and this speaker feels a deep
sense of personal loss which can never be erased. George Wells was a
great American, a great engineer, and a loyal friend. We will not see
his like again."
New York Society of the Panama Canal
Resolutions Re Panama Canal
R. W. Hebard, President DIRECTORS
Ralph H. Sartor, Vice-President William E. Russell
John J. Fitzpatrick, Sec'y-Treas. Maurice B. De Putron
272 Stratford Road, James T. Eason
Brooklyn, N. Y. Frank H. Moore
WHEREAS, certain prominent individuals and groups have advo-
cated internationalization of the Panama Canal for diverse and naive
WHEREAS, considerable agitation is being fomented in Panama for
the nationalization of the Canal or for vast increases in the annual pay-
ments to the Republic of Panama above those now provided in the existing
WHEREAS, the advocates of a sea-level canal are constantly pres-
suring the Congress to authorize this futile and extravagant adventure; and
WHEREAS, it is apparent that transit facilities of the Canal will be
inadequate in the near future and that increased capacity should be stud-
ied now and provided for by the Congress; therefore
BE IT RESOLVED by the New York Society of the Panama Canal
at its Annual Meeting in New York, May 4, 1957, as follows:
1. That the Society respectfully and most earnestly urges the Con-
gress of the United States to enact, without further delay, legislation pro-
viding for tht creation of an independent Inter-oceanic Canals Commis-
sion to study and review all of the problems involved and to report back
to the Congress with its recommendations in the premises.
2. That copies of this resolution be sent to the authors, in the Con-
gress, of measures providing for the creation of the proposed Inter-
Oceanic Canals Commission, and to members of the Congressional Com-
mittees charged with the duty of considering legislation dealing with the
Panama Canal, the metropolitan press and to the other Panama Canal
Societies in the United States.
R. W. Hebard, President
John J. Fitzpatrick, Secretary
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF COLORADO NEWS
On the evening of May 26, Dr. and Mrs. Myron Szczukowski held
open house at their home in Ft. Logan for all who wanted to see their
collection of "haucas" and pots. It was a colorful and outstanding dis-
play. We also saw slides of the Canal Zone and the locks taken by Bit
and Bill Kendrick last year, which produced a good case of nostalgia
for most of us, seeing the old familiar places and the bright colors of the
tropical flowers again. Bit sneaked a slide in of the Newall Shaws and
Raymond Shaw taken in Denver several years ago to surprise Alice Rey
Wier .. and she certainly was bowled over! The O. F. Murrays drove
over from Boulder, Col. and Mrs. James Wier (Alice Ray Ward) came
from Fitzsimons, Dr. George Wright and daughter, Margie, came from
Longmont, and the Williams Kendricks, the G. L. Willliams, Mrs. Adelaide
Lewis, Sara Lewis, the Roy Grahams, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Church, Mr.
and Mrs. I. S. Rasmusson, and the Roy Kennedys were there also.
Roy Graham held a short meeting and each person told of their length
of stay on the Zone and where they had worked. Everyone enjoyed get-
ting together and gabbing about those good old days and eating cake and
drinking coffee from Alice Rae's forty-cup percolator!
Our annual picnic was held at Washington Park in Denver on June 9.
We were certainly glad that Mr. Harry Akers was on his vacation from
the Zone and could join us. Also at the picnic from the Zone were Grace
(Keegan) and Dal Thornton, who were in Denver visiting Grace's sister,
Marie, and husband, Col. John P. Doidge. Mr. and Mrs. Ezra P. Halde-
man of Houston, Texas, were house guests of the Wiers and brought us
news of our friends in Houston. They had been to Boulder for the grad-
uation exercises of their granddaughter, Joyce Collinge, and were guests
there of the 0. F. Murrays. We were fortunate in that Mr. Leonard Stark's
job brought him from Grand Junction to Denver so that he, too, could
attend the gathering, but missed Mrs. Stark as she is in Los Angeles visit-
ing her daughter, Mrs. Elia Hansen. Mr. E. J. Gormely, Sr. brought Ed
Jr. and his family along (children John, Carol, and Mary Kaye) to join
us and the Roy Grahams and their five children (Bob, Roy, Ricky, Charles,
and Ruth), Bill and Bit Kendrick, the 0. F. Murrays, the Roy Kennedys
and children Beth and Lee, Dr. George Wright and daughter, Margie, Sara
Lewis and her mother, Mrs. Adelaide Lewis, Col. and Mrs. James A. Weir
and children, Linda and Tommy, Bob Conrad of Greeley (student at the
State College there) who had been stationed at Ft. Clayton, and the Al
Harringtons (Norma Evans) and children Diana and David, also from
Greeley, Irene and Doral Smith and children, Toni Lynn, Jennifer and
Philip. What a nice surprise to see Col. Howard W. (Pete and Dottie)
Doan and their family. Col. Doan is now Deputy Commanding Officer at
Fitzsimons and was the former Superintendent at Gorgas Hospital. Visit-
ing him were Virginia (Ding) Ewing Stich and her daughter, Anne, on
vacation from the Zone, and they also came to the picnic. Also attending
were Col. Robert (and Marian) Thompson, Chief of Dermatology at
Fitzsimons Hospital, and their children. Dr. Thompson was formerly
stationed at Ft. Clayton hospital. All in all we had about 52 attending the
first annual picnic (but had a hard time counting heads what with the
3-legged races, husband and wife egg-throwing contest (raw eggs), nail
driving contests, and gab fests going on all at once. We're very proud of
the turnout and hope it will increase each year, as I'm sure it will if Gladys
Graham continues to bring her delicious empenadas and Bit Kendrick
makes our mouths drool for her seviche.
The Clyde Ingersolls could not attend either of our get-togethers as
Mr. Ingersoll is in Veteran's Hospital in Denver. All his friends wish for
him a speedy recovery. We were sorry to learn from Mrs. Russell Foster
(former Sis Kalander) that her family was moving to California as soon
as school let out, so she couldn't join our group. Mr. William M. Baxter,
Jr. wrote us explaining that Mrs. Baxter could not travel. We would have
enjoyed renewing their acquaintances.
If anyone can tell us the addresses of any of the following, we would
appreciate it, as we'd like to contact them:
Chickie Hobbs (married name unknown)
Mrs. Frances Seeley (has since remarried)
H. A. Benson
Our next meeting will be in October, time and place not yet decided.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
On June 16, 1957, at Flood Park in Menlo Park, California, the first
semi-annual meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Northern California
was called to order by President Norman Rocker. It was a beautiful sun-
ny California day and tables had been reserved for 180 people and, as
near as we could count, there were 269 persons present, consisting of
adults, teenagers and children. A table had been set up at the entrance to
the picnic area for registration and issuance of name tags but, despite able
hands, there were people who did not sign the register and went untagged.
Mr. Rocker announced that this meeting would be as short as possible
but that certain things had to be passed upon. The minutes and financial
report were read and approved, and then Mr. Harvey McConaughey read
the Constitution and By-Laws, which were adopted. The meeting was
then adjourned for the pleasant pastime of picnicking and greeting friends.
People had come from all points-east, south and north-and you could
hear "Why, I didn't know you were up here" echoing all over the grove.
At the conclusion of the day everyone left with a "See you in Jan-
uary" and compliments on the organization of the society and the enjoy-
ability of the picnic. The new Society is well launched and should grow
in membership as time goes by, and each gathering should become more
successful than the previous one. It was especially good to see so many
young people turn out the second and third generations were well
A roster is being prepared of all members of the Panama Canal
Society of Northern California, and ex-Zonites are urged to send in their
membership request so that no names will be omitted. By popular request
it is hoped that this will be in all hands before Christmas.
Many of the people in the Bay area are enjoying the summer months
with vacationing here and there, bridging, picnicking, fishing, and all the
other things that make life so well worth living. The California Chapter
of the Past Matrons, Order of Eastern Star, is to meet in September in the
Bay Area-time to be divided between the East Bay and the Peninsula-
and plans are underway with the ladies to make this a memorable meeting.
Mary Rocker (Mrs. Norman Rocker) flew home to Nebraska the
other day because her mother broke her hip in a fall. We are all hoping
that everything will go smoothly and that Mary's mother will be back
on her feet before too long. A note of interest is that most all of us North-
ern California residents are either entertaining "home folks" now or are
making preparations to do so. Arthur and Dorothy Cotton of Balboa are
expected in this area this week-end; Blanche and Angus Matheney are
due in the end of July; Dick and Juanita McConaughey are with their
parents in Oakland; Lula Mae and Terrill Toone will be here shortly;
also former Police Chief, Major George Herman and Mrs. Herman are
expected in the area; and many more that I haven't heard of yet.
Last, but by no means least, Clara Neville (Mrs. C. Sydney Neville)
has finally finished her last year of service with Uncle Sam and is home,
luxuriating in her retirement. If anyone had asked Clara, prior to her
last day's service, how much longer, she could quote hours, days and
minutes she had left to work.
Ruth Robertson, Secretary
Dear Mr. Kieswetter:
Just after Mrs. Ruth Robertson drafted the enclosed notes, her father,
Mr. Fred W. Brown, while on a drive with Arthur and Dorothy Cotton of
Balboa, was stricken with a heart attack. Fortunately they were in the
general neighborhood of the Marin General Hospital, San Rafael, where
he was taken immediately. Fred is still in that hospital and his condition
is serious. Ruth and her sister, Dorothy, are standing a continuous and
faithful watch with their father. All of us are ardently hoping that he
will rally to recovery as he has done several times before.
Nell Irwin (Mrs. Frank H. Irwin) recently underwent another oper-
ation on her hip and was just removed from this same Marin General Hos-
pital to the home of her daughter, Jean (Mrs. Wm. H. Ecker, Jr.) as Mr.
Irwin was called back to Minnesota because of his father's illness. We
are all wishing that Nell Irwin will now be on her way to a definite re-
covery and that Mr. Irwin finds his father well again.
Will you please add the above to Mrs. Robertson's notes for our
Norman E. Rocker, President
LATE NEWS FROM
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
The woods of Northern California are just full of them, and we had
lots of 'em-old ones, middle-aged ones, young ones, and infant size too.
They are called variously Paisanos, Panamenos, Panama Canalites, Canal
Zoners, or Ditch Diggers, but by any name, they are a great lot. We had
optimistically expected between 150 and 180, but our Secretary comes up
with an attendance figure of 269 at our picnic on June 16th. Joy seemed
to be flowing everywhere. It was like a wholesale "This is Your Life"
program. People came up out of the happy past of almost everyone there,
and many were the heart-swelling reunions of old friends. Among our
visitors were some from the Zone, and from the Los Angeles area and
Santa Barbara to the south, from Napa, Santa Rosa, Calistoga and Clover-
dale in the North, and a number from Sacramento to the east. While we
had expected the attendance to be comprised to a greater part of retirees,
we were elated in seeing so many of the second and third generations-
so many of our fine young people with even so many more adorable
children. While God has unquestionably blessed all Americans with an
overflowing life, I cannot but help feel that He endowed us Canal Zoners
with something special-an ability to enjoy a brotherhood among our-
selves that seems unmatched. Well, anyway, everyone there seemed to
have had a fine time. It was a delightful summer day, and the grove of
gigantic oaks in Flood Park was beautiful.
At the short meeting Mr. Harvey McConaughey read the Constitution
and By-Laws which were adopted. Mr. McConaughey did an excellent job
in drafting them, and I take this opportunity to thank him and Mrs. Ruth
Robertson, Mr. Sydney Neville, and Mrs. Ruth Duncan who were on his
My compliments for a splendid job, along with thanks, go to Mr.
Jerry Prager, Mrs. Hannah Beard, Mr. Claude Howell, Mrs. Nina Brown,
and Mr. Enio Lindstrom who comprised the committee arranging for the
picnic. Thanks also to Mrs. Edna Coffey for furnishing the stationery for,
and to Mr. Arthur Beard for duplicating our Picnic Announcements. The
red-and-white "Panama Canal" arrow signs directing the way to the pic-
nic grounds were made by Mr. Fred Brown and painted by Mr. Arthur
Beard, and my thanks to them too. All of us thank Mr. Enio Lindstrom
for preparing and serving the excellent hot coffee.
At this time I wish to announce the appointment of the following
Executive Committee members:
Jerome F. Prager, 364 Coventry Road Berkeley Tel. La 5-8106
C. Sydney Neville, 1081 Covington Road, Los Altos-Tel. Yo 7-8650
Arthur C. Beard, 126 Glenwood Glade, Oakland Tel. 01 5-0257
Enio Lindstrom, 78 Grandview Place, Walnut Creek-Tel. Ye 5-1975
These members, together with the Vice President, Mr. Ernie L. Payne,
1357 Foster Road, Napa; the Secretary, Mrs. Ruth Robertson, 158 Crest-
wood Drive, Apt. 7, Daly City, Tel. PL 5-8021; and the undersigned, Tel.
AT 3-3781, constitute the Executive Committee of our Society. They are
scattered geographically so that one is reasonably close to your location
for any business with our Society, such as reporting the serious illness
or death of any of our members or forwarding names of candidates for
membership. Each of the Executive Committee members has a supply
of application cards.
It is intended to issue a roster of our people and get their addresses.
Its listings and distribution will be confined to dues-paying members. At
the request of a number of members this roster will be issued in plenty
of time to provide the addresses for Christmas card mailing lists. If you
have not yet joined the Society and want to be included in the roster,
please send in your application card and dues in the very near future.
Those who have been receiving our letters and who have not become mem-
bers by the time the roster is prepared, will be dropped from our regular
mailing list. We have 101 paid memberships now, most of which cover
I believe I can say for every one of the many who helped in the or-
ganizing of our Society and in preparing for our first picnic, that we were
greatly gratified with the excellent turnout, and we want to extend our
gratitude to each who attended and supported our effort.
I'm looking forward to seeing you at our January meeting.
Norman E. Rocker, President
NEWS FROM THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
"All's well that ends well" was the thought of your reporter as she
read her report in the last issue of the Canal Record to find that she was
reading the middle at the beginning, the beginning in the middle and
happily found the end where it was meant to be.
Attending the Executive meeting of the State Federation of Arkansas
Chapters of N.A.R.CE. last May, we were happy to see Jack and Florence
Lamb at the banquet and both looking so well. We missed Mrs. Frances
Dorn who was seeing her favorite doctor in Georgia, the well-known Dr.
Briscoe, formerly of Panama. Sorry not to see more of our ex-Canal
Zonites of Hot Springs at the banquet. We hope their absence does not
indicate a lack of interest in N.A.R.C.E. the national organization that is
doing so much for all retired civil employees. We stopped at the Park
Hotel now a link in the chain of Lavin Plan Hotels for retired folk. Start-
ing with a few residents last August, the Manager informed us that the
number now registered has increased over 700 per cent.
"It's an ill wind that blows no one no good" was happily demon-
strated when the plane from St. Louis to Fort Smith, Arkansas was de-
layed in Fayetteville, June 9, 1957. Seconds after reaching home from
Bentonville we answered the phone to talk with Mrs. Leah Dugan at the
air port enroute from her home in Springfield, Ill. to attend Rainbow
Assemblies in Arkansas and Oklahoma and later the Jubilee of her school
in North Dakota. Leah, hale and happy, just had to talk to the Lynn
Cooks in Rogers and while waiting for toll connections, in walked Lynn
(Bud) Cook, Jr. accompanied by his parents, Maude and Lynn Cook and
their granddaughter Suellyn Nanney. The inveterate commuter, Bud was
returning to Venezuela after a State's vacation. A stormy night outside,
the waiting passengers were treated to a scene of happy fellowship of for-
mer Canal Zone friends meeting unexpectedly in the air port.
The 6th annual picnic of our Society was held in Springdale with
30 present. Perfect weather, food, fellowship and guests such as Mayor
and Mrs. Sherry of Springdale, Andrew, Frances and "Uncle Eddie" Whit-
lock of Margarita, C. Z., Suellyn Nanney of Colorado Springs, Mrs. Metta
Parsons, sister of our beloved late Capt. Jack Phillips, Paul Engelke,
home from Paris, France and now a student at the Univ. of Arkansas made
a perfect picnic. We welcomed Mrs. Mattie MacAuley recently retired
who will be remembered as the genial cashier of Cristobal Commissary
for many years and now living near her sister and brother-in-law, the
Jimmy Comans, in Bentonville.
Your reporter was amazed to learn that Sandra Jeanne Webb, daugh-
ter of Mr. Adrian Webb of Pedro Miguel Locks, graduated from the Chey-
enne Mountain High School, Colorado Springs, in June. The years are
flying all too fast. A dainty card announced "So We Are Married." Who?
Mrs. Neva Brown and Mr. Samuel W. Baker in Nevada and will be at
home, 453 Van Buren Ave., Oakland, Calif. after Sept. 10th. Having
three of Neva's lovely paintings in our home, we wish them joy.
It's a girl, Debra Louise, for Thomas L. and Dolly Evers Sharpe,
stationed in Ft. Bliss, Texas and the 16th grandchild for Mr. and Mrs.
G. H. Evers, Neosho, Mo. The "Stork Express' stopped long enough in
Manhattan, Kansas to deliver 8 lb. 7 oz. Mark Nathan to Barbara and
Raymond Newell Shaw, June 10th. The Newell Nathan Shaws hope to
have their new "family room" ready when the "new family" visits them
in September while Raymond Newell Shaw attends Purdue University for
a short course before returning to Kansas State College where he will
teach Civil Engineering subjects.
The C. L. Foiles recently retired from Balboa and Union Church
activities have settled south of the mountains and already deep in the ac-
tivities of the town of Booneville where he is President of the "Over 60
Club." Hope to see them soon and welcome them to our Society.
We are happy to report that Lula Mae Coman is picking up weight
(I'd gladly give mine) since her visit to Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Also
to report the Tom Mocks are trailing home to the Ozarks via Colorado
Springs where they are now sojourning, after a year in California. Saw
Ernest Williams on the Street in Bentonville and he called "Come, see a
garden you can write about." I did and indeed it is a thing of beauty.
I'm sure that in addition to using "de shubble and de hoe" that Milton
Smith so lustily sang of in the operetta* composed and produced by Kath-
ryn Shigley Daniel many years ago in Balboa Clubhouse, that Ernest must
have used the most modern of precision instruments in producing so per-
fect a garden of vegetables and Haleen's garden of flowers not to mention
the lawn with not one blade of grass taller than it's neighbor.
Our traveling President, Mr. Edwin W. Booth is, at present, visiting
his son and family in Garden City, Long Island. We hope he gets back
for our annual election of officers and luncheon, October 8, 1957. (A not
so subtle way of reminding you, Ed.) Mrs. Maude Cook is taking her
annual trip to Michigan. We bade "Adios" to Mrs. Celmira de Malek who
is returning to her home in David, R. de P. after completing studies in
4H and Home Demonstration courses in our University.
Many visitors have been with us this Spring and Summer. The Bill
Mathues entertained Carrie's sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Ralph Erlin of Haddonfield, N. J., Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Davis, daughters
Kay and Bonnie, Diablo C. Z., also Mrs. Mattie MacAuley while the
Comans were in Minn. In addition to the Whitlock family of Margarita,
Mrs. Nannie I. Brown had the Lt. Charles McGinn and great granddaugh-
ter Randi of Little Rock and at present, her son Walter Guy Brown, Pearl
and Walter III. The hospitable George Engelkes (Edith) entertained
Anita and Albert Collins and two children of Cristobal, Fred and Esther
Hodges and their new Volkswagen of Diablo. The Newall Shaws were
happy to see Mrs. Lavina Pierce and son Franklin, formerly of Pedro
Miguel, now of Orlando, Fla., enroute to Mo., Colo., New Mexico, Houston,
Texas before Franklin returns to his work as Operating Engr., Water and
Treatment Plant in Orlando Air Force Base. Mrs. Pierce will be remem-
bered for the many years she served as S. S. Secretary in Union Church
and her membership in the Current Events Group which met fortnightly
under the leadership of Mrs. Emma Bradley, Verna Miller, Lillian Ross,
Lula M. Dewey and your reporter. To our visitors we say in the friendly
Ozarkian manner "Y'all Hurry Back."
*of the Life of Stephen Collins Foster Blanche E. Shaw
NEWS FROM HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Bill Burns and sister, Mrs. Gerda Freeland, are spending the summer
at the sister's former home in Smallwood, New York, near Monticello.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mathues of Springdale, Ark and Mrs. Mathue's
sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Earlin, from the eastern part of the
United States, and Mr. Ed Booth of Fayetteville, Ark. were visitors in Hot
Springs and guests of Mrs. Tom Shirley, May 11 and 12.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Reinig have as their summer guest, their grandson
Billy Reinig Jr. of New Rochelle, N. Y. They contemplate a trip eastward
to visit their so nand family and friends, and taking Billy home with them,
in late August.
Mr. and Mrs. Ewing Journey were visitors in Hot Springs this spring,
enroute from California to New York, to take the boat to the Canal Zone
Heinie Hallin from Fayetteville, Ark. was another pleasant recent
caller in Hot Springs and said "Hello" to his friends here.
The Northwest Arkansas C. Z. group report a good time and a crowd
at their June Picnic in Springdale. Thanks for the invitation to join you,
so sorry we could not attend-we always enjoy your fine picnics.
The Fred Atkinsons had as their guests their daughter, husband and
grandchildren, the Norman Andersons of Balboa, C. Z. The accompanied
the Andersons to New York and saw them "set sail" for Panama, and then
they went to visit friends and relatives in the eastern states.
Mrs. Frances Dorn was a patient in Monroe Georgia Hospital during
a part of May. The attending physician was Dr. C. DeWitt Briscoe, form-
erly of Ancon (now Gorgas) Hospital and recently of Panama Hospital,
and now residing and practicing medicine in Monroe, Ga., his former
home. After recuperation from her malady, Mrs. Dorn returned to Hot
Springs, sold "Miroflores Hill', her Lake Hamilton home, and moved into
Mrs. Tom Shirley has her sister, Mrs. Emma Everhard, from New
Bethlehem, Pa. as a guest. They contemplate going to Houston, Texas, to
visit relatives and later to San Antonio to visit Lt. Col. and Mrs. Leon
Carrington, the Burton Rebies and Pop Wright, who writes that he is
still going strong at 94 and hopes to reach the century mark.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lamb are vacationing in New Orleans, La. They
are guests of the Richard Patins, formerly of Gamboa, C. Z.
Mrs. Lavina Pierce and son, Franklin, former Zonites from Orlando,
were recent guests of Mrs. Frances Dorn and the Jack Reinigs. They were
bound for N.W. Arkansas, contemplating calling on the Foils in Boone-
ville, the Shaws and Hallins in Fayetteville, the Cooks in Rogers, and the
Evers in Naosho, Mo. Then they were going to Denver, to Mesa Verde and
to Gallup, New Mexico to see the Indian Cermonials.
Letters from former Canal Zone and Panama friends bring this news:
Mrs. Jean Holt, the dear little Australian lady, who lived amongst us so
long in Pedro Miguel, is now confined to a Nursing Home in Houston,
Texas. Her address is, Powell Rest Home, 10110 Airline Road, Houston,
Texas. She loves to receive letters from her friends.
The Lynn Cooks of Rogers, Ark. wrote that they enjoyed a visit from
their son, Lynn, Jr. now of Maricaibo, Ven., and had their granddaughter,
Suellyn Nanney visit with them for several weeks. Suellyn's parents are
Col. and Mrs. David Nanney, the former Lucille Cook and they reside in
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mrs. Edith Wicks of Polk, Pa. writes that she is recovering from a
sojourn in the Franklin, Pa. Hospital.
Mr. Norman F. Dunning who was with Swifts in Panama for many
years, passed away on May 20th at his home in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.
His wife, Carrie, survives and resides with a sister.
Mrs. John Marsh, nee Mary Loren, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Odin
Loren, of San Antonio, Texas, passed on June 23 after a brief illness. She
left her six months old daughter, her husband, parents and brother, Wil-
liam, of Chihuahua, Mexico, to mourn her departure. Mary was born in
Colon Hospital, as was her brother, and her father was U. S. Vice-Consul
in Colon. Her mother, Edith Goodwin Loren, was a former Canal Zone
teacher in the Cristobal schools.
Mrs. Joseph Coffin Sr. of York, Pa. writes that she is slowly recover-
ing from the effects of a recent bad fall. Her son, Jim, still resides with
her, and she lives near her sisters, whom many will recall as former vis-
itors to the Zone while the Coffins resided in Cristobal.
Mrs. Gretchen Sabotta writes that she is happy in her new home at
1107 N. 14th St. in Dade City, Florida. She moved there several months
ago from Palm Beach.
The Reinigs and Atkinsons report that James Heenan of Gulfport,
Florida, motored to Hot Springs in May and called on friends here, and
then departed for New Orleans and environs.
Frances S. Dorn,
110 Alcorn St., Hot Springs, Arkansas
NEWS FROM ORLANDO
Mr. Ed. Spearman is spending his Annual Leave at Daytona Beach.
He writes that he is still having trouble with the Mermaids flirting with
him. Am happy to report that Ed. is coming along nicely.
Judge and Mrs. Ed. P. Tatelman of Cristobal were house guests of
Captain and Mrs. John H. Miller, Altamonte Springs, Florida. Mr. Earl
Brown now living in Tampa also was a guest of the Millers.
Mrs. Clarence Sibus of Altamonte Springs is visiting friends in Miami.
Mrs. Delmore Whitver recently entertained a group of her friends
with a dinner at her home. Edna looks fine and the recent visit to Canal
Zone must have done her a great deal of good.
Mrs. Georgia M. Blessing had several for dinner at her home on
Springdale Road Drive.
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Hunter of Gamboa, C.Z. and Mrs. Charles Per-
sons were in Orlando to see Mr. and Mrs. Leon Koperski and while in the
City called on the Wilhites. We were happy to see them and hope when
they retire the Hunters will make Florida their home. While in Florida
they were guests of Mrs. Persons
Mr. James McConaughy of New York was a recent visitor in Orlando.
Mack took the examination and plans to go into the Real Estate Business
in the near future. He hopes to locate in or near St. Pete.
Mr. and Mrs. Austin F. Yoder of Diablo, C.Z. were the house guests
of Mrs. Delmore Whitver. During their stay in Florida they visited from
Miami to Orlando, however they plan to settle in the West so they will
be near their relatives. They retired in March 1957 and have spent most
of that time in New York before visiting in Florida. Both looked fine.
Invitations have been issued by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Germain Flynn
for the marriage of their daughter Marguerite Ellen to Mr. William
Francia Kessler on Saturday, the seventeenth of August at ten o'clock in
the morning. Saint James Roman Catholic Church, Orlando, Florida.
A reception following ceremony at the T. G. Lee Golden Room. We
wish them long life, health and happiness.
Received a card from Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos from Santander,
Spain, stating that their trip to Europe is coming to an end, and that
they will sail from Gibraltar August 8th on the Christopheer Columbus
and arrive in New York around the 14th. They have had a wonderful
time but are anxious to get back to their home in Orlando. We will be
happy to see them.
Surely was glad to hear from Mrs. Etta Attaway from County Cork,
Eire where she is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Grieser. Etta likes Ire-
land but as her son Albert and his wife live in Dallas, Texas she will be
glad to be back in the big state. Before returning home she will spend some
time in England. Both Katheen and Henry are fine and Etta says Henry
is full of pep as ever, but has many things to keep him busy; a vegetable
garden, green house, flowers, orchard, chickens, ducks, geese and a car-
penter shop and three and half acres of shrubs and trees. What no swim-
ming pool, Henry?
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pollak recently returned from three weeks va-
cation spent in Texas. They first drove to Dallas and picked up their
daughter Carolyn who is attending Medical University in that city then
drove to Houston where they were house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lee
Wright. Miss Pollak is employed as Medical Typist at the Herman Hos-
pital during her Summer vacation, and living with the Wrights. The Pol-
laks report that the Wrights are fine and that Mrs. Amelia Stewart (Mrs.
Wright's mother) looks good and is coming along nicely.
At this writing every one in Orlando and near the City are well and
no complaints to be made, other than the weather is pretty hot.
R. L. Wilhite
NEWS FROM MIAMI
About 25 former Canal Zone residents enjoyed a covered-dish picnic
lunch in the Stone Shelter at Matheson Hammock on June 16th. Among
the interesting visitors was the brother of our vice-president, Dan Jones.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Horace Jones retired recently and plan to make their
future home in Gulfport, Mississippi. They brought news of present con-
ditions in the Canal Zone, not all of it good. Mr. Jones who is a past
potentate of Abou Saad Temple is an official delegate to the Shrine Con-
vention in Minneapolis, Minnesota during July.
Mrs. Stanley Coulthard, who recently returned from Japan, told of
the arrangements which had to be made in that foreign land for the mar-
riage of her daughter, Judy. An older daughter, Gloria (Mrs. Gus Holme-
lin, Jr.), Gus, and the children also live in Japan, in fact, only a block
from the newly-weds.
Jamie Lee Andrews, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Andrews, is
flying to the Canal Zone to spend the summer with her sister and brother-
in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George Eggers of Margarita.
Mrs. Robert F. Koperski was installed President of the West Miami
Woman's Club at a beautifully appointed dinner at the Miami Springs
Villas. Mrs. E. D. Pearce was the Installing Officer.
Ruth and Ike Metzger are driving to Minneapolis, Minnesota to at-
tend the Shrine Convention. They will also visit their son, Bill Metzger.
Bill recently received his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineer-
ing from the U. of California at Berkeley and has accepted a position as
Research Engineer with Minneapolis Honeywell.
Dr. and Mrs. Henry Eno arrived in Miami May 1. After a trip to
New York, where Dr. Eno was to attend a meeting of the American Medi-
cal Association, Dr. and Mrs. Eno will return to Florida to occupy their
new home in Coral Gables.
Mrs. Lief Ericksen (nee Helen Kissam) and daughter, Sussane, were
attractive models at a benefit for the South Miami Woman's Club, which
was held in the Hibiscus Room at Burdines.
Mr. and Mrs. Denton Dickinson, guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Smith,
attended the N.A.R.C.E. convention of the State of Florida. Mr. Dickinson
is President of the Sebring, Florida Chapter.
Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Means of Miami had as guests, their son Roben,
his wife, and three children of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. Stepp and daughter were visitors in Miami in June on
their way back to the Canal Zone. They had been visiting in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. George Zimmermen, formerly of Gatun, are now resi-
dents of Ft. Pierce, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. T. Lutro, formerly of Gatun, C. Z., are now residents
of South Miami, Fla. where they have purchased an attractive home.
Mr. R. M. Quinn has resigned his position with the Panama Canal
and is now residing in Miami with his wife and son, Bobby.
Helen C. Quinn
NEWS FROM LOS ANGELES
The Hugh Thomases recently had a family reunion at the home of
their daughter Mrs. Thelma Wayman in Salinas, Calif. Besides the par-
ents, Bob and his wife Mary Alice and their two children from the Zone
were there, as well as Misss Grace Thomas, now employed at the Fresno
State College. During the visit, Mrs. Hugh Thomas fell and fractured her
hip. She is now confined to the Salinas Memorial Hospital, and is doing
nicely. Captain and Mrs. George Boomer and their daughter Mrs. Marian
Taylor are now visiting the Earl Gilberts in Monrovia. A picnic supper
is planned in their honor at the Recreation Park in Monrovia on the eve-
ning of July 20th. Mrs. Edith Needham, formerly of Pedro Miguel and for
many years of Monrovia, has recently returned from a visit with her rela-
tives in England. Mrs. Needham flew both ways, and states that she en-
joyed both the trip, and especially her visit with relatives in England. Mr.
and Mrs. Wi. A. Jones, formerly of Balboa, have just returned from a
visit with their son and his family near Washington, D. C., where their
son is now stationed. They also visited relatives in Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Bryan together with Col. and Mrs. James T. Curry
vacationed at Yosemite National Park in June. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Arm-
strong joined the party and all had a wonderful time. The Currys were
stationed at France Field. Mrs. Curry is Mrs. Bryan's sister.
Capt. Fred Dear left by plane in June for Meredian, Miss. to be with
his mother on her 90th birthday.
Capt. and Mrs. Geo. Tawes have returned to Santa Monica from
Florida and we hope for good this time.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Cassell had a group of Canal Zone folks down to
their house in Redondo Beach for an all day party and it was indeed a
nice one and so good to see some of our old friends. Elizabeth Hall was
among those present. She has come to Pasadena, Calif. to live and we
are all glad to welcome her.
A nice crowd turned out for our Canal Zone picnic at Griffith Park
in June. There were about 300 people present.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Neal, old Canal Zone folks, are leaving Aug. 1,
by plane, for Mexico where they will spend a couple of months.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack T. Bryan announce the arrival of a son, Dean
Taylor Bryan, on January 12th. Jack and wife have recently purchased
a new home in Encino, Calif. He is the son of the C. L. Bryans and is
employed by the General Electric Appliance Corp.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Peterson of Eagle Rock had Mr. and Mrs. G. E.
Storm who reside at Diablo Heights as guests for a week. They will visit
with a brother of Mr. Storms in Oakland before leaving for the Canal
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Welch of Long Beach had Mr. and Mrs. Jack
Sweeney of Big Bear as house guests.
Arthur and Dorothy Cotton are up on vacation from the Canal Zone.
They plan to visit Arthur's Dad in Monrovia, then on to San Diego to
visit Dorothy's aunt, Mrs. Lula Lumby.
It's a girl for Ben and Lucille Kariger of Long Beach, born April 6,
weight 7 pounds 10 ounces. Ben is Capt. Kariger's youngest son.
Mr. Jack Wade of Cristobal, C. Z. has come to California to live. For
those who would like to contact him his address will be Box 593, Ridge-
Mrs. V. T. Cornwell has recently returned from a wonderful trip to
England. She saw Queen Elizabeth, also went to the races at Epsom
Downs. Mrs. Cornwell was greatly surprised at prices of foods, etc.
Dennis Corrigan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Corrigan of Margarita,
C. Z., will attend the University of Arizona in Tucson this fall. Dennis
is a grandson of Mrs. Estelle McLain.
After laughter comes tears. I am sorry to have to report the loss of
the following old timers:
Mr. Wallace Ames Mr. Neil Magner
Mr. Harry Otis Mr. Anthony Walters
Capt. Charles Kusak Mrs. Jennie Redmond
Proud grandparents and great grandparents are the Lyle and Ben
Womacks, of South Hobart Blvd. The recent arrival, Robert Bradshaw
Robbins, and mother, the former Lila Lou Womack, are doing fine.
Wayne Brown, the son of Bill and Ruth Womack Brown, of the Canal
Zone, is spending his school vacation with his grandparents. In the fall,
he will enter college in Colorado, where he will be enrolled as a Civil
Engineering student. His Uncle Lyle is doing wonderfully well in the
Real Estate business.
The Leeds Family, David, Arline, and children, have just returned
to their home in the Westchester area, from a three weeks motor trip to
British Columbia, where they visited the principle cities. David, a research
engineer at U.C.L.A. said everybody had a fine time
Visitors recently in these parts were the James Des Londes of Balboa.
After spending some time with Beverly's Dad, A. B. Caruthers, and other
relatives, hereabouts, they headed for San Francisco. All looked fine.
On a post card from far away Magadiscio, Virginia Seiler related
that even though they are further south than the Canal Zone, it seems
cooler, as there is always a breeze.
The words of the old familiar song, "It's always fair weather when
good fellows get together" sure do ring true when we are participants in
one of those looked-forward-to visits with our long time and devoted
During the latter part of June, the Claude Towerys of Wheaton
Heights, Maryland, had as their guests for several days, the Thatcher Clis-
bees of Ancon. Present at a dinner given in their honor the evening they
arrived, were Anna's mother and father, her brother Gene and wife, and
Jack and Betty Humphrey. There were other enjoyable get-togethers and
when time came to say adios, all agreed that the reunion had been a lot
It is with saddened hearts that we report the death of Mrs. Frieda
Koerber who, for quite some time, made her home with her only son,
Walter, and brother, Albert Horle, in various towns on the Isthmus. Since
her arrival in California years ago, she lived at the W.C.T.U. Home in
Eagle Rock, where she passed away on July 11th at the age of 86. She
was much loved and will be missed by her many friends.
LUNCHEON BY WALTER G. ROSS
Mr. Walter G. Ross of Washington, D. C., was host for a get-together
luncheon of women who made the Panama Canal possible. This is the
second luncheon Mr. Ross has had for the ladies. Among those who en-
joyed Mr. Ross's hospitality were the following:
1. Mrs. Ben Jenkins
2. Mrs. E. H. Davidson
3. Mrs. Lacklen
4. Mrs. Hinkle (Leslie Henshaw)
5. Mrs. David Wolverton
6. Mrs. Butterfield
7. Mrs. Walter Emery
8. Mrs. William Wrightson (Aileen Gorgas)
9. Mrs. Fred Cooke
10. Mrs. M. Gilmore
11. Mrs. E. Conger (Lola Schuber)
12. Ruth Shipley
13. Mrs. O'Hearn
14. Mrs. G. Cooney (Aileen Wrightson, Jr.
15. Mrs. Brady
16. Mrs. F. Cooke, Sr. (Olga Faure)
17. Mrs. Powell (Lucy Clark)
18. Mrs. R. M. Raudabush
19. Mrs. Comely
20. Mrs. Borner (Dorothy Smith)
21. Mrs. Pierre Gaillard
22. Mrs. Sullivan (Dolly Couger)
23. Mrs. McClure
24. Mrs. Autrey (Anita Davidson)
25. Mrs. Nye (Dorothy Raudabush)
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Here we are again to tell you what has been going on in Western
North Carolina these past three months.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert VanWagner of the Canal Zone spent their vaca-
tion in Hendersonville in May. They are planning to build a home there
sometime in the near future.
Mr. and Mrs. Ireland and their children of the Canal Zone also spent
their vacation in their cottage in Hendersonville. Mr. Ireland is employed
in the Balboa Post Office.
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Dunham of Sarasota, Florida, stopped to call
on several friends in Hendersonville while on a trip in May.
Attending the wedding of Miss Marjorie Kelley to Mr. Murray W.
Seagears in Washington, D. C. on May 25th, besides her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. T. H. Kelley of Hendersonville, were her brother and sister Tom and
Pat, her grandmother, Mrs. Luckey, and Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hollowell,
all of Hendersonville.
Mrs Adele Maurer visited the Ross Hollowells of Hendersonville in
June. She recently had returned from a visit with her daughter in Chile
and was enroute to her brother's home in New York.
Mrs. Teresa Comber, who retired in February after many years of
service with the Canal and U.S. Army, spent several days in May with the
Lewises of Hendersonville. She was on her way to her daughter Barbara's
home in Greeley, Colorado, visiting many old friends along the way in
Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Calloway and children were the guests of the
C. L. Johnstons of Hendersonville in June while on a vacation trip in the
States. Larry will be located in Costa Rica in the near future.
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy DesLondes of the Canal Zone, accompanied by
their younger son and by Jimmy's mother, Mrs. Bert Scheets of Lafayette,
Ind., called on friends in Hendersonville on June 20th. They were on
their way to spend a weekend with their older son who is in the service
and stationed at Fort Bragg, N. C. Mrs. Scheets lived for many years on
Tommy and Bena Sawyer of Hendersonville drove to Manchester, N.
H., Tommy's old home, where he attended a school reunion in June. They
also visited friends in New York and Annapolis, Md.
Mrs. Bess Rayne of Weaverville spent a pleasant week at Myrtle
Beach, S. C. in July.
Mr. Austin Brooks of Skyland has been seriously ill and spent quite
some time in the hospital. He is now at home again. While he was a
patient in the hospital his daughter, Mrs. Gus Tassinari (Marjorie), of
Falmouth, Mass., came to be with him until he was better.
Mildred and Bruce Harrell and Mildred's mother, Mrs. Anna Kjel-
lander, of Hendersonville, drove to Benson, Arizona, in June to visit their
daughter Louise and family. While there Louise presented them with a
new grandson, William Bruce, born July 13th.
It will be of interest to his many friends to hear that Mr. Quimby
Smith of Skyland, together with three other amateur radio operators, re-
cently received certificates of authorization to head a ten station Radio
Amateur Civilian Emergency Services (RACES) network to eventually
include a control station and one station in each of the county's (Bun-
combe) nine divisions. The RACES certificates are issued with the ap-
proval of the Federal Communications Commission. We congratulate Mr.
Smith for his participation in this interesting and worthwhile work.
Mr. John Ferguson of Hendersonville underwent surgery in June.
He is now at home and doing nicely. While he was ill his children came
to be with him and Mrs. Ferguson; son John from Columbus, Ohio and
daughter Sara from Ithaca, N. Y.
Ross Hollowell of Hendersonville also was a hospital patient for a
week in July but is now fully recovered. His brother Marion of Milton,
Delaware, was a visitor in his home in June.
Lt. Colonel Robert Reppa, son of the Captain Frank Reppas of
Hendersonville, with his wife and two children, spent the July 4th holiday
with his folks.
Martha and Roy Knoop of Hendersonville left for a western trip in
July, accompanied by their sons Roy Edwin and Bob. They will tour
Yellowstone and other National Parks and expect to be gone about two
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Swanson of Fairhope, Ala., were guests of the
Sharkey Behlens of Asheville in July and also called on the Joe Muldoons
and the Ross Hallowells of Hendersonville.
Ray and Nelle Mitchell of Hendersonville and Nelle's sister, Mrs.
Kate Luke of Bradford, Pa., drove to Key West, Fla., in July and also
visited Mrs. Charles Persons and other friends in St. Petersburg. Mrs.
Luke's son Donald is with the Panama Canal. Her daughter, Frances, also
was employed on the Canal Zone at one time, now lives in New York with
her husband, Bill McCormick and their three sons.
Mr. Joseph Oliver, son of Mrs. Anna Muldoon Oliver of Henderson-
ville, is now employed in the Post Office at Gamboa, C.Z.
Mrs. Teresa Rossetti of Opelika, Ala., spent a week in Hendersonville
in July as the house guest of Joe and Dorothy Muldoon. Teresa plans to
return to her former home, Portland, Oregon, in September where she
will settle permanently so she can be with her children and grandchildren
who now number ten.
Mrs. Warren Love of Gulfport, Fla., was the guest of Col. and Mrs.
H. D. Scheibla of Hendersonville in July.
Mrs. Maude Holland of Weaverville has returned from a very inter-
esting trip to the Jamestown Exposition and Williamsburg, Va.
Rev. Raymond T. Ferris of Nashville, Tenn. and his two daughters
spent a weekend in July with the Wendell Greenes of Hendersonville.
They were on their way home after an extended trip on the Gaspe' Penin-
sula, New York and New England states. Mrs. Ferris remained to visit
relatives. Rev. and Mrs. Ferris were residents of the Canal Zone for many
years when he was Dean of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Ancon.
Among the coming events will be the wedding of Miss Susie Eliza-
beth Tweed to Mr. Raymond Eugene Goodson, of Hendersonville. Susie
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ula W. Tweed of Biltmore. She graduated
from Wake Forest College in June and Mr. Goodson from Duke Univer-
sity. The wedding will take place on August 10th.
Also, Miss Patricia Ielley, daughter of the T. H. Kelleys of Hender-
sonville, will be married on September 7 in Hendersonville to Mr. David
S. Kappe of Washington, D. C. David was the guest of the Kelleys in
July. Later in July Mr. and Mrs. Kelley and Pat drove to Albany, N. Y.
to visit their daughter Margie, now Mrs. Murray Seagears, and her hus-
band, who were married in May.
The Ross Hollowells of Hendersonville plan to attend the wedding
of Miss Marguerite Ellen Flynn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Flynn of
Orlando, to Mr. William Francis Kessler, in August. The Hollowells also
plan to take a trip back to the Canal Zone in October to visit their son
Freeland and daughter Lois and their families.
The first picnic of the summer was held at Bent Creek Recreation
Area on May 21st with 43 members and guests present.
Marion R. Lewis
PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
Approximately 52 club members and their families and friends en-
joyed a picnic at Herman Park July 21. Our club really enjoy getting
together on all occasions.
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh C. Turner had as their guest this month Mrs.
Turner's brother, S. T. Jones of Matherville, Miss., niece Mrs. Aloys Con-
nors, nephew and wife Mr. and Mrs. John C. Esell and little daughter
Delores Jane Esell, of Hattiesburg, Miss. Mr. and Mrs. Turner will leave
August 16th for a visit with Mr. Turner's sister and brother-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Glenn Kerr of Monrovia, California. They expect to be gone
about three weeks. The trip will be via El Paso and Phoenix and the re-
turn trip via Las Vegas, Grand Canyon and Albuquerque. While in Cal-
ifornia they will make several trips in and around Los Angeles area. They
will also visit Mr. Turner's niece, Bess Morton and family in El Monte,
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Souder had a very nice vacation this month, visit-
ing Mr. Souder's mother Mrs. Florence Souder who is 87 years old and
lives with son Robert in Washington, D. C. The Souders also visited the
Walbridges in Baltimore, Maryland. On their return home they vacationed
in Cleburne, Ft. Worth and Galveston, Texas. They said they really had
a wonderful time.
Herbert T. Souder and family from Connecticut were visitors in his
brother's home, Mr. Sam Souder.
Helen Ray McDougall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. P. McDougall
of Lido Lane made the Honor Roll and received a certificate for being an
Mrs. Wm. P. McDougall had a delightful visit with the George Bulls
in Laredo and Mexico.
Mrs. Wm. P. McDougall is now visiting Mrs. Virginia Nygards and
her mother, Mrs. Meyers, in Tampa.
Arrived in Houston June 23, for Coco Solo, Canal Zone was Charles
L. Leeser, Jr., wife and 4 children. Charles is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
C. L. Leeser of Pasadena, Texas. They are now staying with Mr. and Mrs.
Leeser but expect to be in their own home soon.
Frank Soseby of Culver City, California was in Houston and visited
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Levy July 21.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Birkeland are enjoying their new home in Meadow-
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Morris and son John from Canal Zone have been
visiting Mrs. Morris' sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Vic May.
After 14 years of marriage the C. Starks are the proud parents of a
baby girl, born July 23, in Canal Zone.
Bertha J. Turner, Treas.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Alan Lewis, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. (Duke) Lewis, returned to the
Canal Zone recently where he was born and grew up. Alan is a member
of the crew of the atom driven submarine Nautilus, which was enroute
to the West Coast. Alan is one of the first to go to sea in an atom powered
ship and has traveled thousands of miles on the Nautilus.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Whitlock of Margarita, C. Z. were visitors in
California in May, with Thelma Reppe. From California, they went to St.
Louis, Missouri to visit their two daughters, their husbands and families.
Andrea and Jacqueline both have four children. The Whitlock's son Paul
is in the Marine Corps and is at present in Hawaii.
Carl and Ethel Wanke of Whittier, California, report they are fine
and in the pink. They enjoy living near their three sons and their fam-
ilies. Carl and Ethel have eight grandchildren. Dick is a Deputy Sheriff
and doing very well. Ronald, a graduate of U.S.C. is with the Federal
Government as an Investigator. Carl is Supervisor of Purchasing for the
U. S. Navy at Port Huenemne, California.
Sgt. Joseph W. Coffin, Jr., of the Cristobal Fire District has been
promoted to the rank of Fire Lieutenant and assigned to the Balboa Dis-
trict to succeed Lt. C. F. Stevens, who retired in May.
Mrs. Ann De La Mater writes that Mrs. Helen Kalar was enroute to
Greenville, N. C. to visit her when she met her tragic death. Mrs. Kalar
went off the pavement on a curve, skidded across the road and hit a truck
on the opposite side of the road. The truck driver was badly injured in
the crash. Mrs. Kalar has driven over that same road many times and was
a very careful driver. The reason for the accident cannot be accounted for.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Leep of Peach Tree Road, Yucaipa, Calif.,
had five guests recently, from far flung places. Col. and Mrs. George
Goethals of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Martha's Vineyard, Mass., Mr.
and Mrs. Edwin C. Booth from Brunswick, Georgia, and Mrs. Crede H.
Calhoun of Panama City, R. P.
Homer Higley of Brattleboro, Vermont, writes that his mother cele-
brated her ninety-third birthday on May 17, 1957. Congratulations from
the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Dr and Mrs. L. O. Keen of St. Regis Park, Louisville, Ky., report they
are getting along fine. They found the winter a drastic change from what
they were accustomed. They send regards and best wishes to all their
Mrs. Walter Weiman was the house guest of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clem-
ents in Lutz, Florida, during May and June.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hicks of Lexington, Ky. were recent visitors in
Tampa, Florida. They came to get Mrs. J. A. Bray, Mrs Hick's mother,
and take her back to Kentucky. Mrs. Bray has not been well. She is the
widow of J. A. Bray, one time tug boat Engineer on the Zone.
Mrs. Nelson Magner is at present making her home with her father
Mr. Elwyn Green, 1915 Riverview Blvd., Bradenton, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Newmann have decided that Florida was not
for them, so they have returned to their old home town of Kenosha, Wis.
Mr. and Mrs. Hans Schjeveland of Orlando are planning a summer
visit to Maine to visit with Christy and his wife in Damarascotta.
Thomas Jordon of Mobile, Alabama writes that his daughter, her
husband, Mr. Milton Horter, and three children, Ernest, Debbie, and
Richard, spent the month of April with them.
Thomas W. Grimison, former Balboa High student, won the Milton
W. Eisenhower trophy in the annual Mother's Day drill team competi-
tion between the Army, Air Force and Navy R.O.T.C. units held at Penn-
sylvania State University. Winning awards in Military Science and tactics
seems to be right up young Tom's alley. At Balboa High, he received the
Governor's Cup given to the cadet making the highest mark. He also held
the Most Distinguished Cadet award and the Commanding General Carib-
bean Air Command Medal for the highest average in Military Science and
Tactics. Young Tom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rex E. Beck of Balboa
and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas I. Grimison of Gorgona, R. P.
Mrs. Elsie Greenwood of Wellston, Ohio, celebrated her 82nd birth-
day on May 18th. Congratulations from the Panama Canal Society.
Florence Jacobs of Roslyn Heights, N. Y. spent January and Feb-
ruary on the Canal Zone.
R. C. Barton of Petersburg, Virginia, was called to Miles City, Mont.
by the death of his brother-in-law, Dr. R. L. Irvins. As he was near the
Pacific Coast, he decided to go to California and visit his daughter and a
brother and sister living in San Francisco. He returned to Virginia in
Capt. John A. McDaid, retired Harbormaster of Cristobal, C. Z.,
writes from London, England, that he has had four severe coronary at-
tacks but is still navigating. Capt. McDaid makes his home with Mrs.
McDaid in Camden, Maine.
Mrs. Berkely C. Mitten writes that Billie and Larry are moving into
their new home in Euclid, Ohio, where they will have more room. Mrs.
Mitten loves being with Billie and Larry and her two darling grand-
When Virginia Seiler left by air for Paris and Rome enroute to Som-
alia, Africa, Arthur Wynn decided to take a vacation and go as far as
Rome. They left New York at 6 P.M. and were in Shannon, Ireland, at
5:10 A.M. New York time or 10:10 A.M. Irish time. They were looking
forward to sightseeing in Paris and Rome. If all goes well, Martin will
meet Virginia in Nairobi and then on to Somalia, which will be home for
the next few years.
J. Stewart McNair has resigned his position with the Canal Zone
Junior College to become an associate Professor of Mathematics in the
New York State University Teacher's College in Plattsburgh, New York.
Estella N. Coughlin, widow of John I. Coughlin of Orlando, Florida,
celebrated her 91st birthday on January 23rd. Congratulations from the
Panama Canal Society. Mrs. Coughlin had a serious fall last year but
fortunately there were no broken bones.
Mr. George Tarflinger of St. Petersburg spent the winter back on the
Canal Zone. He has returned to Florida and attended the June picnic at
Robert B. Hamilton, Balboa High School Senior, and son of H.
Hamilton of the Hotel Washington, and Richard Angstadt, who graduated
from Balboa High last year, will both enter the United States Military
Academy in the same class this year. Young Angstadt, who graduated with
high honors last year has been attending an Army Preparatory School in
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Hoag have sold their home in St. Louis and are
now in St. Petersburg. They are building a new home in the Harshaw
Lake area of St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Mary De Young, who now makes her home at the Hotel Monterey
in Miami Beach, enjoyed a visit from her son-in-law, Mr. L. B. Sartain.
She also enjoyed a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Russell Harris of the Canal
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. MacGillivray have moved from Pasadena, Calif.
to Tacoma Park, Maryland, to be near their daughter and her family.
Dr. Keene was recently transferred to Wshington, D. C.
Mr. and Mrs. James G. Maguire of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, spent
the winter on the Canal Zone with their children and enjoyed being back
with many old friends.
Mrs. Margaret McCormack has been visiting Mary Margaret and her
family in Centerville, Maryland. Expects to go to Courtny, N. Y. then
to Albany and Buffalo to attend the wedding of Marie's daughter, Marie
Elizabeth, on August 17.
Mr. H. H. Hammer of Los Angeles, Calif. celebrated his 77th birth-
day on June 18th with a barbecue party for neighbors and friends. Con-
gratulations from the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Anyone thinking of making their home in Clearwater, Florida, should
see Doug Johnson who is in the Real Estate business in that area.
Mrs. Helen C. Peterson has moved from Buffalo, N. Y. to Hollywood,
California where she is with her daughter Eileen who is employed by the
Columbia Broadcasting Co. Tommy and his family are still in Buffalo.
He has four children, two boys and two girls. He is employed by the
New York Telephone Co. Mary Ellen is a nun and teaches in a girl's
Academy in Buffalo.
The many friends of the Dubell Dukes of Tampa, Florida, and the
hundreds of people who became interested in the Duke's fight to allow
them to adopt three year old Jeannie Ellison, will rejoice with the Dukes
at the decision of the Florida Supreme Court that the Dukes should be
allowed to adopt Jeannie Marie. The adoption case raised a hubbub in
this area when the child was taken away from the Dukes. The father of
the child had turned her over to Mr. and Mrs. Duke when the child was
quite ill and they nursed her back to health. The court majority scoffed
at the claim that the Dukes were too old and too poor to raise Jeannie.
The Court ruled that to be brought up in a modest home by poor
but honest and industrious parents is a great heritage. After seventeen
months of anxiety and the outlay of considerable money, Jeannie is at
last reunited with her foster parents. The Dukes, as of now, are the hap-
piest couple in Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hearn of Meridan, Miss. recently visited with
their daughter Mary and her children and grandchildren. Eileen and her
husband are at Oberlin, Ohio, and have two children, Kathy 5 years and
Kevin not quite 1 year old. Mary's daughter, Marguerite, graduated from
Oberlin College last June and is now teaching school. Netta Beauchamp
is teaching school near the Hearns in Meridan and can get home often.
The Hearns send best wishes to all their old friends.
The Rev. Roger H. Greene was advanced to the sacred Priest-hood
by Bishop Gooden in the Cathedral of St. Luke, Ancon, on Saturday
morning, June 11. The sermon was preached by the Ven. Lemuel B.
Shirley, Arch-deacon of Panama, and the Rev. Greene was presented to
Bishop Gooden by the Very Rev. Mainert J. Peterson, Dean of the Cath-
edral of St. Luke. Other clergy of the Missionary Diocese took part in
the service. In 1939, Rev. Greene married the former Leah Waldman, a
Missionary of the Episcopal Church, serving as housemother of the Bella
Vista Children's Home.
Jerry Steiner, wife and three boys of the Canal Zone, sailed to New
York, then flew to California to see Joanne and her family. She has three
girls, age 4 yrs., 2 yrs. and 2 months. They then flew back to Washington,
D. C. for a visit with Mitzie Seigle and Anne Magee, who both have
government jobs and have an apartment to-gether. From Washington, the
Steiners flew to Boston for a visit with Susie and Mac Magee and Annie
Dillon. Now, back on the Zone, Jerry says the paymaster will cash your
check at the Treasurer's office now in the old Ancon Dispensary.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos are leaving Spain on August 8th,
returning to their home in Orlando, Fla. after a long visit abroad.
Mrs. Margaret Peterson, recently retired, is now living at the Fortney
Hotel, Viroqua, Wisconsin. Her father, 92 years old, has been a resident
of that hotel for some time and Mrs. Peterson will stay with him.
S. D. Mann of Sulphur Springs, Texas, writes that the Mann family
are all doing fine. They have had several residents of the Canal Zone drop
by; Buster Haire, A. B. Cooper and family, Jimmie Scott and family,
Rex Knight and his mother, and Warrant Officer Wilson, formerly of
Gulick, C. Z. The Manns live five miles south of Sulphur Springs, on
Bruce G. Sanders, Jr. has been promoted to Chief Customs Inspec-
tor in Cristobal, succeeding John Clancy, who recently retired.
W. (Bill) Russon, recently retired, has taken a job with the Great
Lakes Dredge and Docks Co. in Buffalo, New York.
The W. A. J. Kopps are building a new home on the shore of Lake
Harris in Yalaha, Florida
The Fred De V. Sills of Balboa, C. Z. spent a vacation in New York,
Washington and Minneapolis and attended Freddy's graduation from
Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Mary Engelke has had a cataract removed from her right eye and will
soon have the same operation on her left eye. Since George and Edith
Engelke left the Zone for Arkansas, Mrs. Engelke has been making her
home with Howard and Evelyn Engelke.
Mrs. J. F. Krause of Orlando, Fla. writes that her daughter, Jan, is
married and lives in Boston. Her son, Jeff, is a Lt. in the Air Force and
is stationed at Mather A.F.B., Sacramento, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Sundquist of Lake Jackson, Texas, who lived on the
Isthmus from 1906 until 1944, have returned to the Zone for a visit with
their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. Medlinger, who live in
San Francisco de la Caleta.
A former resident of Cristobal, Rev. Bruce A. Quinn, was ordained
a priest on June 22, at Sacred Heart Church, Yonkers, New York. Father
Quinn's father was an employee on the Canal Zone for about 15 years. His
grandfather was the late Comdr. Thomas J. Doran, an old timer in the
Dredging Division. He is also the nephew of Rev. Patrick J. Doran, a for-
mer Missionary to Bocas del Toro and James R. Doran of Diablo Heights,
Sally and Albert McKeown, recently retired, have arrived in St.
Petersburg after traveling around the country.
Major Orman M. Coffin, of the 314th Carrier Group Wing, was in
Panama for the Easter week Manuevers at Rio Hato. While there, he was
the guest of his aunt, Mrs. Florence C. Barrett at her home on the Gamboa
During July, Mr. and Mrs. Roland C. Jones of Balboa, C. Z. had as
their guests their daughter, Barbara, and her husband John A. Hey and
grandson Mike, of St. Louis, Missouri.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Bartlett of St. Petersburg, celebrated their 35th
wedding anniversary on July 21, and Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kozak of St.
Petersburg celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on July 22nd. Con-
gratulations from the Panama Canal Society.
Mrs. Etta Attaway writes of the wonderful visit she had with Henry
and Kathleen Griezer at their home in Ireland. They were on the go all
the time seeing the beauty spots, old churches, the Blarney Castle, Killar-
ney Lakes, etc. Mrs. Attaway says Henry has all his old pep. Afer visit-
ing Dublin and London, she should be back in Texas early in September.
Jack and Mae Stapler have sold their place in Tallahassee, Florida,
and have gone to Texas. They have rented a place at Fulton and will look
the coastal area over before they decide where they want to settle.
Miss Carol Peranti, a recent graduate of Balboa High School, has
been granted a four year scholarship to Pembroke College in Providence,
R. I. Pembroke is the Woman's college of Brown University. Carol plans
to major in Science.
The Kennedys (Dot Kalar) of Englewood, Colorado, have returned
home from a trip to California, stopping enroute at Boulder City, Nevada,
to see Jean (Hall) and Nyles Keating. In Los Angeles they saw Disney-
land, Marineland and had lunch with George and Esther Cassell and Mrs.
Gladys Hammond. Also stopped at Salt Lake City and visited the Wilbur
Alberta Mead Smith of Mt. Clemens, Michigan, writes that her Dad's
health is improving daily and that her son, Robert Smith, Jr., is visiting
with his aunt in Balboa, C. Z., Mrs. Theo Henter, and having a wonderful
time visiting relatives and renewing friendships.
Your Editor and wife spent the week of June 24th in Tallahassee.
Fla. with Mr .and Mrs. J. D. Stephens. While there we saw the George
Sausels, all settled in their nice brick home with it's large yard and huge
pecan trees. Also enjoyed seeing, again, the J. D. Turvavilles and their
nice family of two boys and a girl, and Mrs. Roy Mason and son, Walter.
On a trip to Apalachicola, we stopped to see the George Mathews. Mr.
Mathew and nephew George Chapel were at home but Mrs. Mathew was
away for the morning.
Dorothy Ann Stephens spent the past year doing Post Graduate work
at the Florida State University. This summer she is working in British
Vancouver. This fall, Miss Stephens expects to intern as a teacher in
Miss Judith H. Engelke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Engelke
of Balboa, has been awarded the Lions Club scholarship of $500 for one
year. A graduate of Balboa High School, this year, Miss Engelke plans to
enter Dickenson College in Carlisle, Pa. in the fall.
Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Veit of St. Petersburg have returned from a six
weeks trip up north. They enjoyed a two day visit in Alexandria, Va. with
Ethel and Cecil Banan.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Mitchell of Hendersonville, N. C. were recent
visitors in St. Petersburg. They were overnight guests of Mrs. Charles L.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. McNevin have purchased a home at 2100
49th St. North, St. Petersburg. Mr. McNevin will open Law Offices at the
Hall Building, Suite 509 and 510.
About thirty old friends gathered at the home of Mrs. Archie Gibson
for a surprise party for Mrs. William G. Hull of St. Petersburg. Out of
town guests included Mrs. Warren Schultz of Tampa, Miss Marilyn Flynn
of Orlando, Mrs. Leslie Sandiford of Miami and Mrs. Bessie Roberts
Kennealy of California.
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Van Brocklin of Santa Ana, California, celebrat-
ed their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary on June 8, 1957. Congratulations
from the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
William E. Russell, Old Time Canaler, is still practicing law in
New York City with his son, William E. Jr. as partner. Old Timer "Bill"
completed-his share of the "Big Ditch" as early as 1909, while his brother,
the late Stacy Russell, stayed in the tropics until retirement. The Senior
Russell is a director and general counsel for the Simons Boardman Pub-
lishing Corporation. Being interested always in Canal matters, he in-
spired the preparation and publishing of an excellent article concerning
the Panama Canal and the renewed "Battle of the Levels" in a recent
issue of their magazine, Marine Engineering Log.
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Sr., with grandsons William E. 3rd and his
younger brother, are spending a couple of months at their summer home
on a Canadian Lake where they expect to enjoy some fishing, swimming,
boating water skiing and even some wood chopping. In this way, Old
Timer "Bill" rebuilds his reserve strength to return to New York late in
September for another year of hard work.
Mrs. H. A. Westendorff of Charleston, S. C. keeps very busy running
her 40 room hotel, Palmetto, 213 King St., Charleston, and her St. George
tourist home on Highway 15 in St. George, S. C. (see cut).
Mrs. Roland J. Lees of Brooklyn, N. Y. writes that her daughter,
Bernadette will enter Brooklyn College in the fall. Mary Louise Washa-
bough and Betty Smith of Cristobal, C. Z. spent a week with the Lees,
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Paterson and three children of Schnectady, N. Y.
have been visiting Jack's Dad, Mr. John Paterson of Gulfport, Fla. and
Mrs. Paterson's parents, Capt. and Mrs. Johannes of Bradenton, Florida.
Many old time Canalers were well pleased to see, in a booklet re-
cently issued by the United Fruit Co., a very good picture of one of their
early construction period associates in the person of Dr. Hartley Rowe,
and to learn that as Vice-President of the Company, he now heads the new
basic research center of the company at Norwood, Mass. This building
served as an excellent background for Old Timer Rowe, who's picture
showed very little change in appearance since these early construction
An eight page letter from Virginia Seiler tells of the many interest-
ing people they are meeting and of their reactions to the new life and cus-
toms they are going to be part of for the next few years in Somalia, East
Africa. They have a house on a little knoll in Magadiscio and in a more
or less treeless country are fortunate in having two trees shading the yard
and front porch. Mart and Virginia are embarked on what they apparently
feel is a glorious adventure. There will be plenty of work but much that
is new to make it interesting.
On Sunday, July 7th, a reunion of good friends and neighbors of
Gatun, mostly Barro Colorado Circle, was held at the home of Colonel
and Mrs. Russell Steels at Falls Church, Virginia. The Steeles will be re-
membered on the Isthmus, where Col. Steel was Dispensary doctor at
Gatun for many years. They have just returned from a tour of duty in
Japan and they entertained their guests with showing the many beautiful
pieces of art and pictures they had taken while in Japan and Hawaii.
Their son James is married and has just become a father. He is sta-
tioned at Ft. Sill, Okla. Janet is to be married in August and Ann, home
from college, has grown into a lovely young lady The baby, Charles, now
thirteen, is quite a ladies' man. Dot, in her usual sweet and efficient manner,
is as busy as ever and was the perfect hostess. They have a beautiful home
in Falls Church, and lost no time in getting the "Zonites" together. They
were Fred and Loretta Newhard, who were on their way back to the
Isthmus after spending two months in the States with relatives in Ohio and
Pennsylvania, their daughter Carol who is attending Greeley College, and
son Fred. Louis Keller was there, looking as sharp as he did twenty years
ago. Lula Beers was there, with her daughter, Gladys Kennedy and Betty
Jeanne Alrick. They had just returned from Knoxville, Tenn. where they
had attended the wedding of Glady's daughter, Helen. Jesse Allbright and
son, John, who is attending Okla. A M College; Chief Warrant Officer
George D. Poole, Jr. and family who are stationed at Fort Meade, Mary-
land, and his mother, Mrs. George D. Poole, Sr., who lives in Scotia, New
York, and was on her way to Virginia to visit relatives. George will be
down the last of the month and they will be around this part of the country
for about three weeks.
We are having another get-together next week in Hyattsville, Mary-
land, when we expect a few more Canal Zoners to be with us at Gladys
Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hudson spent four weeks in Miami with their
daughter Audrey and her family, the David L. Bishops at their home just
west of Coral Gables. While their son, Captain George F. Hudson, Canal
Pilot, and his wife and son, George, Jr. arrived from Panama having flown
up to Los Angeles where he spent a week and then another week in San
Francisco before flying to Miami. After a two week's stay in Miami,
Captain Hudson drove Mr. and Mrs. Hudson to St. Petersburg where visits
were made to former fellow workers. Capt. Falk seemed to be living on
top of the world in his new home.
On July 4th in Miami there was a birthday party for Captain Hudson
and on July 5th Mr. and Mrs. Bishop had a party celebrating their 19th
wedding anniversary at which parties there were also Mr. and Mrs. Wesley
Ward, and their two children, the Hudson's great grandchildren, Patricia
Marianne and Wesley Glenn Ward, also Helene Bishop who graduated
from Balboa High School in June, and her sisters, Charlene and Sheila
Bishop. Helene Bishop will attend the Van Amburg Art School in Plain-
field, New Jersey in the fall.
Miss Donna Brown, daughter of E. C. Brown of Richmond, Va., is
now Mrs. Harold Naugle and lives in Richmond. Her brother, Robert
Brown, is with the U. S. Navy at Great Lakes Station.
Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Grizzard and three children are living in Rich-
mond, Va. Mrs. Grizzard is the former Thelma Anderson of the Canal
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Anderson of Richmond, Va. were guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Ernest Wood in St. Petersburg. Also visiting the Woods was Mr.
and Mrs. W. T. Bowen of Coral Gables, Florida.
Mrs. Lee Trower and son, Joe, were recent visitors in St. Petersburg.
They also visited friends in Miami and Bradenton.
Miss Arline Schmidt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Schmidt, who
was graduated from Duke University this June with a BA degree in
Business Administration, will leave Greenville for New York City
where she will enter the Buyer Training Program with B. Altman &
Company. Arline was born and reared in the Canal Zone where she at-
tended school until graduated from Balboa High School. During her
school years she was an expert swimmer and broke many free style rec-
ords for women of the Canal Zone and Panama. While at Duke she was
active in the Woman's Athletic Association President in 1956-57; was
1957 President of Delta Phi Rho Alpha (Athletic Honorary): and in her
junior year was President of the Nereidian Club (synchronized swimming
group). After her graduation she went to Washington, D. C. to be an at-
tendant in the wedding of a Canal Zone friend and schoolmate, Jennye
Stephens, to Jack Johnson, also of the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Alton Jones of Margarita, C. Z. stopped by to see
several friends in St. Petersburg on their recent circle around the country.
They also called on friends in Tallahassee and in Fairhope, Alabama,
where they joined Viola and Dan Stephens, the Paul Renz's and John
Howers for a pleasant visit at the Howers.
Mr. George Felps, Former Canal employee, now employed by the
Gahagen Construction Company in Venezuela, was home in July for a
visit with his wife and family who are now residing in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. R. H. Rolofson, wife of the late Dr. R. H. Rolofson, former
minister of the Balboa Union Church, was a visitor in St. Petersburg dur-
ing July. She also visited friends in several Florida Cities before returning
to her home in Piqua, Ohio.
Mrs. Charles Hutchinson of St. Petersburg is recovering from a
double cataract operation. On June 26th, Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson cele-
brated their 50th wedding anniversary with the members of their family
and many friends. Congratulations from the Panama Canal Society.
Mrs. Clara Neville of Los Altos, Calif. retired at the end of June
after 34 years of Government service. Most of her service on the Canal
Zone was in the office of the General Counsel. At the time or her retire-
ment, Mrs. Neville was employed at Fort Mason, San Francisco, Calif.
Miss Joan Degenaar, an honor graduate of Balboa High School, was
awarded the Elks scholarship of $1500., a four year scholarship to a
United States College. Joan will attend the Woman's College of the Uni-
versity of North Carolina.
Miss June Barlow was awarded the $500. scholarship to the Canal
Zone Junior College, another Elks award. Miss Degenaar is the daughter
of Mrs. Jessie Degenaar an employee of the Comptrollers Office, and Miss
Barlow is the daughter of Mrs. Emma Barlow, an employee of the Person-
Margaret Joudrey Smith, daughter of former Colon resident, was
graduated from the University of Connecticut with high honors and dis-
tinction in nursing. Margaret was married last December to Philip A.
Smith of Marion, Conn. They now make their home in Patterson, N. J.
Mrs. Marjorie Le Brun, who has been visiting her son and daughter-
in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William E Le Brun of Balboa, C. Z. was called to
California to be with her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Charles Le Brun, who is
confined to her home with injuries received in an accident.
Miss Patricia Steiner was the honored guest at a Canal Zone College
Club luncheon, when she became the recipient of the Clubs $500. scholar-
ship award which she plans to use this fall when she enters George Wash-
ington University as a student of Business Administration. Miss Steiner
won the Elks scholarship award to the Canal Zone Junior College in 1955.
Nina Brown Kosik, third generation of her family to live on the
Zone, -was named winner of the Honor Plaque Award of the Canal Zone
Junior College. Mrs. Kosik is the daughter of Mrs. Emma E. Brown of
Balboa and the granddaughter of Mrs. Marie Van Clief, a retired Canal
George Leslie Chapel of Apalachicola, Florida, received a Bachelor
of Arts degree at the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn. in June.
Chapel was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Blue Key, honorary
leadership and service fraternities, and Pi Gamma Mu, honorary social
science fraternity. He was secretary of the Order of Gownsmen, a student
governing body, and of Kappa Sigma, a social fraternity. He served on
the publications Board and was business manager of the weekly student
newspaper. He was a member of the Acoyltes Guild and sang in the Uni-
versity choir, and was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and
Mr. and Mrs. Milton S. Treadwell have moved into their new home
at 2505 Norfolk Rd., Orlando, Fla. Recent guests of the Treadjwells were
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Wallace and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Misenheimer of the
Mr. Harry Dunn of Ancon, C. Z. gave an illustrated talk on orchids
of Panama and archeological research on August 22, in the Friendship
Room of First Federal Savings and Loan Association on 49th Street, St.
Petersburg, Fla. Mr. Dunn is an authority on Central American orchids
Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Ames of Pittsburgh, Pa. visited Mrs. Ames par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Howard of St. Petersburg, Fla. early in August,
Mr. Ames is an electrical engineer with Westinghouse in East Pittsburgh.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard have just returned from a three months visit in
Maryland with Mr. and Mrs. C. K. Lambert.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Page and son Robert, of New Cristobal, C. Z.
have been the guests of Mrs. Page's aunt, Mrs. Ruth Page at her new home
in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Capt. and Mrs. R. W. Rubelli of Margarita, Canal Zone, have just
returned from an extensive motor trip, during which they circled the
country, traveling west from New York through the southern states to
California, then up the west coast into Vancouver, B. C. They spent sev-
eral weeks in Spokane, Washington, with their son David, and his wife,
Rena. David is with the United States Air Force, stationed at Fairchild
Air Force Base. While they were there, their first grandchild, a boy, was
born, on June 28th. He will be called Dennis Alan Rubelli.
The return trip was made through the extreme northern states. The
most enjoyable journey, which took them into thirty different states, and
which covered nearly ten thousand miles.
They visited with the Howard Andersons in Richmond, Va., the H. E.
Pihlgrens in Sacramento, Cal., and the Pearl Hanna's in Shelton, Wash.
They were guests at the home of Capt. and Mrs. L. A. Skeels in Madi-
son, Conn. and while there, saw Capt. and Mrs. Howarth Rowe of Madison.
NEW MEMBERS AND CHANGES OF ADDRESS
The following have been added or addresses changed since the June Record
went to press. (*) denotes change of address or correction.
MEMBERS AT LARGE
*Journey, Mr. and Mrs. E. C.
*McKeown, Mr. and Mrs. Albert
Yoder. Mr. and Mrs. A. F.
Garrett, Mr. and Mrs. Whitman P.-P. O. Box 178--------------- Gatun
Griffith, Major and Mrs. R. W.-P. O. Box 92---------------.Diablo Heights
Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Alton E.-P. O. Box 2121 .-----_ --------Cristobal
Parmentier, Mr. and Mrs. B. M.-P. O. Box 255 ---.----------- Gamboa
*Steiner, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome E.-P. O. Box 185---------- _----- Balboa
*Horine, Mr. and Mrs. George C.-4210 North 56th Avenue--------- Glendale
Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn R.-Villa Taboga. Route 1---- -------Rogers
*Beissel Mrs. Robert J.-5339 Yarmouth Avenue----------------.---Encino
*Brennan, Mr. F. J.-1908 Cooley Avenue-------------------------Palo Alto
*Judd, Col. and Mrs. Merrill H.-RAH, USAMSGRIS
c/o P.M. APO 331----------San Francisco
Kenealy, Mr. and Mrs. James N.-733 West Chester Road----------- Covina
*Petersen, Mrs. Helen C.-5491% Fernwood Avenue -------------Hollywood 27
Provost, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene, Jr.-501 East Fairview Blvd .-...-Inglewood 3
*Tannehill, Mr. and Mrs. J. W.-Res. 2374 Brigden Road-------------Pasadena
Mail: P. O. Box 125, Station C-..-Pasadena 6
*Woodard, Mrs. Leonard P.-116 Poinsetta Avenue---------------.Monrovia
Harrington, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred L.-912 12th Street -------- ---Greeley
Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. Roy F.-3111 South Ogden-------------- Englewood
*Skeels, Capt. and Mrs. Lucien A.-Race Hill Road (Summer) ---- Madison
*Pearce, Mr. and Mrs. H. A.-Evergreen Acres-----------------------.Milford
Bovey, Mr. Wakeman-2460 2nd Avenue North --------... St. Petersburg 3
*Bowser, Mrs. Della M.-6510 S.W. 65th Terrace---------------Miami 43
*Christy, Mr. Lyman A.-Box 943----------------------------Anna Maria
*Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Walter D.-Route 2, Box 316-------------------- Palatka
*Dodson, Mr. and Mrs. Mal L.-3813 El Prado------.---------------Tampa 9
*Fenton, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas-6307 Florida Avenue----------------Tampa
Gaines, Mr. and Mrs. W. H.-P. O. Box 1257------------------- Zephyrhills
*Green, Mrs. Dora B.-Lot 9, West Florida Blvd., Trailer Estates-....Bradenton
*Haag, Mr. and Mrs. H. A.-Temp.: 5701 22nd Avenue South----- Gulfport
Permanent after October: 1898- 41st Street North..--St. Petersburg 2
*Herring, Mr. G. P.-110 South Newport Avenue---.......--------- Tampa 6
*Hogle, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer P.-433 2nd Street North-------St. Petersburg 2
*Johnson, Mrs. Chester B.-Aolha Gardens Trailer Court
2300 Tyrone Boulevard North ..-------------....- St. Petersburg 4
*Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Dan S.-8350 Sunset Drive-------------__South Miami 43
Jones, Mr. and Mrs. James H.-521 Columbia Drive (Temp.)
Apartment 3, Davis Islands -----------------------------Tampa 6
*Kopp, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. J.------------... --------------.---------.Yalaha
Latimer, Mr. and Mrs. John LeRoy-914 Messina Avenue..-----Coral Gables
*Lutro, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas-6384 East 5th Ave., c/o J. M. Chisholm-_Hialeah
McLeod, Capt. and Mrs. Miles E.-211 9th Ave. No.---- Jacksonville Beach
*Orr, Mr. and Mrs. G. Carter-c/o 4255 2nd Avenue No.--- St. Petersburg 3
*Rose, Mrs. Paul C.-530 60th Avenue South--------------- St. Petersburg 5
*Ruson, Mr. and Mrs. William L.-3520 Crystal View Court
c/o Mrs. Gene Clary ----------Miami 33
*Magner, Mrs. Nelson W.-1915 Riverview Boulevard-----------_ Bradenton
*Murwin, Mr. and Mrs. R. V.-Routel, Box 244M-------------Jacksonville 11
Sausel, Mr. and Mrs. Geo, A,-2105 Hagar Drive, Parkside ---- Tallahassee
*Stapf, Mr. and Mrs. H. F.-601- 12th Avenue N.E. (temp.)
c/o W. Dunlop-Apt. 4--------St. Petersburg 2
*Stoudner, Mr. and Mrs. J. W.-159 17th Avenue North--. St. Petersburg 2
*Tarflinger, Mr. George T.-General Delivery ------------------_Bradenton
*Tezanos, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony-424 Ruth Street-------.--------- Orlando
*Upton, Mrs. Frank-159 17th Avenue North-------------- St. Petersburg 2
*Whitsett, Mr. James A.-Trade Winds Mobile Park-------------- Bradenton
Wright, Mr. and Mrs. John A.-P. O. Box 1051---------------_ Boca Raton
Booth, Mr. Edwin G.-902 Halifax Square, Apt. 1---------------. Brunswick
Briscoe, Dr. and Mrs. C. DeWitt-Res. 212 Highland Avenue
ILLINOIS Off.: Walton County Hospital--....Monroe
*Gutting, Mr. and Mrs. L. A.-716 East Main------------------------. Ottowa
Birks, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice-Route 4 ------------- --- Marshalltown
*Monsanto, Mr. and Mrs. C. M.-311 Douglas Court------------- Iowa City
*McDaid, Capt. and Mrs. John A.-Hosmer Pond Rd., Box 204 ....---Camden
Manush, Mrs. J. W.-13 Montreal Street ------------------------ Portland
*Hall, Mrs. Fannie-6011 Forest Road---------------------------- Cheverly
*MacGillivray, Mr. and Mrs. J. W.-7620 Maple Ave., Apt. 405--.--Takoma Park
*Sartor, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H.-Drum Point ------------------St. Michaels
*Frederick, Mrs. Mamie-Res.: Cranberry Lane --------------West Harwich
Mail: P. O. Box 332-------------------Dennisport
*McLaren, Mrs. D. M.-Box 182, Astor Station--------------------Boston 23
*Smith, Mrs. Alberta Mead-28700 North River Road---------- Mt. Clemens
McDonald, Mrs. Mary Grace-104- 3rd Avenue S.E.----------Grand Rapids
Clinchard, Dr. and Mrs. William H.-120 Ellis Avenue------------.Tackson 9
Lynn, Mr. Herman W.-3313 11th Street.--.-------------------. Gulfport
*McGimsey, Mr. J. V.-Tulane Apartments----------------.-- Bay St. Louis
Dovel, Mrs. John A.-112-116 North Broad Street-------------Woodbury
*Coffey, Mr. and Mrs. James-General Delivery ---------------- Saugerties
*Coffey, Mrs. Marie G.-Res.: 42 Birchwood Drive
Mail: General Delivery ------------------Saugerties
*Doran, Mrs. Thomas J.-1790 Deer Park Avenue-Deer Park...---Long Island
Falk, Mrs. Myra-1428 Midland Ave., c/o J. B. Haidler----------.. Bronxville
Gilead, Mrs. Rosemary Millett-c/Capt. Geo. O Gilead 0-1844796
Army Section JUSMAGG
APO 206--------------------New York City
McNair, Mr. J. Stuart-State University Teachers College--....._ Plattsburgh
*Van Siclen, Capt. and Mrs. W. A., Sr.-39-12 209th Street, Apt. 1
NORTH CAROLINA Bayside 61 -----------_Long Island
*Clapp, Mr. and Mrs. Carl J.-General Delivery------------------- Gibsonville
*Greene, Mr. and Mrs. J. Wendell-Res.: 110 Ridgecrest Drive
Mail: Box 1249 -----.. ---. Hendersonville
Oliver, Mrs. Joseph T.-526 Fleming Street-------------------Hendersonville
*Mitten, Mrs. Harry W.-2116 Miami Road, Indian Hills Estates---. Euclid 17
Rolofson, Mrs. Robert-220 Wood Street-------------- ---------Piqua
*Veenschoten, Mr. and Mrs. V. V.-4250 West 38th Street (Summer) --- Erie
*Webber, Mrs. W. C.----------------------------------- Bluffton
*Halverson, Mr. and Mrs. Harold D.-Box 416-----------------.----Wakonda
Bolster, Mr. Richard H.-Box 4162, Station A--------------- San Antonio 7
Clements, Mrs. Walter T.-923 South Adams --------------------Ft. Worth
Cockle, Mr. and Mrs. George D.-314 West Cherokee Street-----.---... Pharr
*Frick, Mr. and Mrs. Otto C.-341 Angelo Drive----------------Corpus Christi
*Hanseler, Mr. and Mrs. Otto G.-400 West Street-Elmo Road---- Austin 4
*Herman, Mr. and Mrs. George-403 Pinewood Lane------------San Antonio 12
*Schnake, Dr. Edward G.-John Sealy Hospital
University of Texas, Med. Branch ----- Galveston
*Searcy, Mr. and Mrs. Roy D.-1023 Key Street--------------- Houston 9
*Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Milton R.-302 North First Street -- -------Bellaire
*Townshend, Mr. and Mrs. John H.-305 West Ellaine-------------- Pasadena
Wight, Mr. and Mrs. Allen-6915 Hunter's Glen Road ----------- Dallas
Off.: Fidelity Union Life Bldg.------ Dallas 1
Christe, Mr. and Mrs. Francis M.-6048 9th Street North ---- Arlington 5
Gallivan, Mr. John D.-126 Virginia Hills Avenue-------------. Alexandria
*Bartholomew, Mr. and Mrs. W. F.-7342 West Squire Avenue ...Milwaukee 19
*Neumann, Mr. and Mrs. Charles-2800 24th Avenue.--------------Kenosha
*Peterson, Mrs. Margaret-Fortney Hotel (Room 210)--------------V--iroqua
Thanks again to all the Secretaries for sending their reports before
press time. Our thanks also to individuals who sent in items of interest
and clippings. The deadline for the next issue of the Record will be
November 1st, 1957.
Happy birthday to our members whose birthdays fall in June, July
HAVE YOU PAID YOUR 1957 DUES?
The Secretary's report lists, by states, about fifty members who have
not paid their dues.
The picture of Mr. and Mrs. D. J. (Jack) Evans of Birmingham,
Alabama was captioned Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Evans of San Carlos, Arizona.
Our thanks to Mr. J. A. Fraser of Gamboa for the picture of the giant
Cuipo tree which adorns our cover this month. Our daughter will be one
of those sorry to hear that the majestic old tree had fallen. When she
was a wee child, she always associated that tree with one of her favorite
fairy tales and never passed it without saying, "there is the bunny-tot
Our thanks, also, to the members of the New York Society of the
Panama Canal for the ten dollar contribution in recognition (to use
their words) of the excellent job being done in publication of the Canal
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 1500.
Please fill in the application below and send your dues to the
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 249, STATION "A"
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Name _- -- ----------
Wife's Name -_ ---___
Number of Years on Canal__ _
What Division __-___
Amount Enclosed .... -_
HOME OF MRS. H. A. WESTENDORFF
St. George, South Carolina
Left to right, at Colorado Picnic, June 9, 1957: Harry Akers, Leonard
Stark, Mrs. Adelaid Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Haldeman, Mr. and Mrs.
O. F. Murray and Mr. Ed Gormely.
MRS. F. ANDERSON
MRS. H. ANDERSON
Grandson of Mr. and Mrs.
W. P. Quinn
MRS. LIEF ERICKSON (nee
Helen Kessan) and daughter,
Sussane seen modeling at a
benefit tea for South Miami
Junior Woman's Club.
ANNA and BILL BARTLETT'S
St. Petersburg. Florida
BERTHA and HUGH TURNER
President and Secretary of Panama Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas
EDWIN W. BOOTH MRS. NEWELL N. SHAW
P. O. Box 249 STA. A
ST. PETERSBURG 2
U. S. Postge
St. Petersburg, Fla.
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