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Home of Henry and Kathleen Grieser in Crosshaven, Co.
Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Grieser and Mrs. Etta Attaway at
Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Dean of Lodi, Calif.
James Pedersen, attending Ft. Lauderdale
Hans Pedersen of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Anton C. Pedersen, Mechanical Engineering Student
at University of Florida
The first Reunion of Ex-employes of the Panama Canal held in Bradenton, Fla. on February 22, 1933.
How many can you name?
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 249. STATION "A" ST. PETERSBURG 2. FLORIDA
Troy Hayes J. F. Warner
Macon A. Turner F. A. Anderson
Vice-President 2, o1 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 Jaes Bradley
New Eo James Bradley
News Editor Sergeant-at-Arms
The 85th Congress adjourned sine die on Friday, August 30, 1957
without enacting any of the pending legislation of concern to Civil Service
This pending legislation will be continued as unfinished business in
the Congress when reconvened in second session the first Tuesday in the
new year which will be January 7, 1958.
Senate Bill S.72 the Carlson bill without any amendment will be
pending for consideration on the floor of the Senate.
House Bill H.R. 607 the Davis bill with some amendments will be
pending on the floor of the House.
With its amendments H.R. 607 proposes an increase in retirement
and survivor annuities of 10 per cent for those already on the annuity
rolls but not more than $800 to an individual with a ceiling at $4104.
Also with some limitations to those annuitants who may be gainfully em-
ployed with an earned income of more than $1200 a year. There is pro-
posed something for pre-1948 survivors, not to exceed $750 a year, but
the benefit will not be automatic, and will be payable only after the
eligible survivor makes application to the Civil Service Commission.
The increase in benefits above proposed will be paid out of the re-
tirement and disability fund until June 30, 1960 and then discontinued
unless the Congress makes suitable appropriations for this particular
purpose each following year.
Already ideas and efforts are being developed to bring this pending
legislation up for early consideration in the next session of The Congress.
There is the possibility of amendment to make the final enactment retro-
active to 1957 as well as to eliminate the $4104 ceiling which became part
of the amended bill as it was reported out of committee, August 21, 1957.
With Senate and House Bills embodying different benefits, conditions
and limitations, and with the possibility of further amendments in the
next session, it now appears that the resulting bills if and when passed
by the Senate and the House will need to go to conference for adjustment
With the thought of an early consideration of this legislation in the
next session, we are hopeful for favorable enactment which will be a
needed relief to retirees and survivors from the increased cost of living
which has been steadily climbing for the past 13 months. Somewhat un-
lucky that number, but better luck in 1958.
After a Merry Christmas in 1957, may 1958 turn out to be A More
Prosperous and Happy New Year for all of you.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Miss Marguerite Ellen Flynn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ger-
maine Flynn of Orlando, Fla. became the bride of Mr. William Francis
Kessler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard William Kessler of Mt. Carmel, Pa.
at St. James Roman Catholic Church, August 17th.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School '51, Canal Zone Jun-
ior College '53 and Bradley U., Peoria, Illinois.
The groom who spent 4 years in the U.S.A.F. is a student of Florida
State University, Tallahassee. He is a graduate of Mt. Carmel High
School and Orlando Junior College.
Mrs. Ruth Pyle Van Vliet and Louis Martin, USN were married at
5:30 p.m. August 23 at the Balboa Union Church. Rev. Oscar W. Olsen
The Martins plan to spend a couple months in Puerto Rico before
making their home in Jacksonville, Florida.
The marriage of Miss Katherine Jane Hebert, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Holley Hebert of Diablo Heights to Mr. Herbert Lee Myers
was solemnized in the Church of Our Lady in Hennings, Louisiana,
Mrs. M) ers is a recent graduate of Southwesteern Louisiana Institute.
Mr. Myers, who was graduated from McNeese State College is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Metol of Jennings, Louisiana.
Mr. and Mrs. Roswell J. Tobin of Margarita announce the marriage
of their daughter, Miss Shirley Anne Tobin, to Mr. Peter Proctor of
Quincy, Mass., who is currently stationed at Coco Solo Naval Station.
The wedding took place at the Holy Family Church in Margarita on
Friday, July 26th at 7 p.m.
The marriage of Miss Greta Cecilia Navarro Chiari to Mr. Charles
Walter Hummer Jr. took place at the Cristo Rey Church in Panama.
Miss Chiari is the daughter of the late Eduardo Navarro and Carolina
Chiari de Navarro and the foster daughter of Col. Richardson Selee and
Sarita Chiari de Selee of Panama.
Mr. Hummer is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walter Hummer of
Miss Barbara Ann Ely, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney B. Ely,
of Balboa, became the bride of Mr. William Melvin Frame of Coushatta,
Louisiana, at a ceremony performed by Catholic Chaplain Capt. Charles
J. Richard of Ft. Clayton at the Fort Amador Post Chapel.
The Bride is a graduate of Bates College, Lewiston, Me., and is a
private secretary and translator on the staff of the American Embassy
in Bogota, Colombia.
The groom, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Frame of
Coushatta, attended Northwestern State College in Louisiana and is a mem-
ber of the Marine Corps on service at the American Embassy in Bogota.
Mr. and Mrs. Erwin F. Ramsey, of Margarita, announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Nancy Ann, to, Mr. Rollin W. Waite, son of Mr.
and Mrs. D. B. Waite of Macedonia, Ohio.
Miss,Ramsey graduated from Cristobal High School with the class
of 1952 and attended Minneapolis Business College. She is presently
employed by the Navigation Division of the Panama Canal Company.
Mr. Waite received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from
Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1945 under the V-12
A December wedding is planned.
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 Clenside, Pa.
Miss Swafford attended Bob Jones University of Greenville, S. C.
Ernest Biagi Jr. attended Eastern Baptist College, St. David's, Pa.
and recently returned from Europe, where he studied the Italian lang-
uage 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,
In a candlelight ceremony at St. Luke's Cathedral, Miss Alice Faye
Tucker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Tucker, of Curundu Heights,
plighted her troth to Ensign David Lee Albritton, U.S.N., son of Mr. and
Mrs.E. R. Albritton of Margarita.
The service took place at half after six, on Friday evening, Septem-
ber 20th, with Dean Mainert Peterson officiating at the double ring
At a candlelight ceremony performed by Father Donovan, Catholic
Chaplain, in the Ft. Amador Chapel, Miss Virginia Cecelia Di Bella,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelly Di Bella of Cable Heights, Ancon,
became the bride of Ens. Stanley M. Dore, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs.
Stanley M. Dore of New York.
Miss Joyce McCaughey, daughter of Mr. O. L. McCaughey of Rosseau
and Robert Roche Jr. were united in marriage in Yuma, Arizona June 28.
Mr. Roche is the son of Mr. Robert Roche Sr. of Ancon and Mrs. Helen
Kelley of Ancon.
The young couple reside at 1339 East 24th Place in the above city.
At a double ring ceremony performed June 15 in the First Presby-
terian Church in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, Miss Mary Elizabeth Lewis
became the bride of George Wallace Kidder III of Amherst, Mass.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Lewis, former res-
idents of the Canal Zone. She attended the Canal Zone schools and was
graduated from Balboa High School with the class of 1953. She was grad-
uated from Swarthmore College in June.
The bridegroom is the son of Professor and Mrs. George W. Kidder
of Amherst. He is a graduate of Amherst College and is now doing grad-
uate work in Philadelphia.
Mr. and Mrs. Ira O'Dell announce the marriage of their daughter
Inez, to Mr. Francis A. Ziegeweid on Tuesday, the 27th of August, 1957
at Dallas, Texas. They will be at home at 6540 Vanderbiit, Dallas.
Miss Dixie Lee Stoudner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard William
Stoudner became the bride of Mr. Thomas Jeavons, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph J. Jeavons of Virmilion, Ohio on Thursday evening, August 29th
at 7:30 o'clock at the Balboa Union Church.
The young newly-weds left by air for Miami, Florida and Cleveland,
Ohio. They will motor to Massena, New York where Mr. Jeavons is em-
ployed on the St. Lawrence Seaway Project. They wiil return in January
to Athens, Ohio where Mr. Jeavons will continue his studies at the Univer-
sity of Ohio.
The Fairlington Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, was the
scene recently of the marriage of Miss Jennye Alyce Stephens, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Nubern Z. Stephens, former residents of Curundu Heights,
now of Washington, D. C.; to Mr. John Gibson Johnson, Jr. son of Mr.
and Mrs. John G. Johnson of Panama City
The bride is a graduate of George Washington University in Wash-
ington, D. C. Mr. Johnson has one more year at the University of Mary-
Miss Louise Ruth Wagner's engagement to Mr. Wallace Miller of
Wellesley, Mass, has been announced. Miss Wagner is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wagner of Balboa.
Miss Donna Clair Decker, daughter of Mrs. Clarence Decker of Los
Angeles, California, and the late Judge Decker, was united in marriage
to Mr. Dale Elmer Mahan, on Saturday, September 14th at the Wilshire
Crest Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Mrs. Mahan resided in the
Canal Zone when Judge Decker was Magistrate of the Balboa Court.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Kelly of Hendersonville, North Carolina,
announce the marriage of their daughter Patricia Elizabeth to Mr. David
Syme Kappe of Washington, D. C. on September 7, 1957 at the Hender-
sonville Catholic Church. The Reverend Howard V. Lane officiated.
Mr. and Mrs. B. Donald Humphrey of New Cristobal, announce the
marriage of their daughter Donna to Mr. David T. Mann of Coco Solo,
at the Margariita Union Church. Mr. Mann is the son of Mrs. Bessie R.
Mann of West Fairlee, Vermont.
Miss Marilyn Joyce Bevington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Bev-
ington of Balboa, C.Z. became the bride of Richard Joseph Gayer of Win-
sted, Conn on Aug. 24. The wedding took place in St. Joseph's Church in
Winsted and a reception was held at the Old Newgate Coon Club. Out of
town guests included several residents and former residents of the Canal
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Williams of Balboa announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Marguerite Kathleen, to Mr. Charles A. McGlade,
son of Mrs. Kathleen A. McGlade of Balboa and the late Avery O.
McGlade. No date has been set for the wedding.
Mrs. Edna Mueller of St. Charles, Minn. announces the marriage of
her daughter, Marilyn, to Mr. Don D. Sampson, son of the late Dr. David
D. Sampson of Pedro Miguel, and Mrs. Leslie Wilkinson of Donna, Texas,
on September 14th in St. Mathew Lutheran Church in St. Charles. The
young couple will make their home in California where Mr. Sampson is
a Senior at California Tech in San Obispo.
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Allen of Margarita, C. Z. announce the
engagement of their daughter, Mary Lou, to Sgt. Paul L. Whitiock, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew A. Whitlock of Margarita. The wedding is plan-
ned for late October.
Dr. and Mrs. James L. Gallagher announce the marriage of their
daughter, Marie Elizabeth, to Mr. G. William Rose, son of Dr. and Mrs.
Werner J. Rose, in St. Marks Church in Buffalo, New York. The Rt. Rev.
Msgr. Francis J. B. Flynn performed the ceremony and conferred the
Apostalic blessing upon his cousin and the groom. Guests were present
from many states and the Canal Zone. Mrs. Arthur W. Goulet of Ancon
and Michael T. Butler of Margarita were among those present.
Mr. and Mrs. F. Lee Moreland, Jr. announce the birth of a son,
James Richard (Rickie), on August 21, 1957. Maternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Moore of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and pater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Moreland Sr. of Washington,
D. C. Lee and Patsy also have a daughter, Judy Ann.
Roger and Margaret (Scarborough) Hardwick announce the arrival
of a son, Roger Kevin, born Sept. 23, 1957. Maternal grandparents re-
side in Montgomery, Alabama, and the paternal grandparents reside in
De Land, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. William Hildago of Havana, Cuba, announce the birth
of their first child, a son, Walter William, born on August 9th. Mr. Hil-
dago formerly resided in Gamboa, C. Z.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Chapman of Ancon, announce the arrival of
their first child, a daughter, Priscilla Ruth, on August 21, 1957. The
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Hicks of Balboa, and
paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. Scott Chapman of Toledo, O.
Mr. and Mrs. James J. O'Donnell of New Cristobal, announce the
birth of their third son, and fourth child, on August 15th. Paternal grand-
mother is Mrs. John T. O'Donnell of Philadelphia, Penn. and the mater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William L. Wright of Venezuela,
formerly of Panama City, R. P.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Wilson of Freeport, Texas, announce the birth
of their second child, a son, Barry. Mrs. Wilson is the former Gloria
Bornefeld of Houston, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sullivan of Balboa, announce the arrival of
their first child, a son, Pat, on September 6th. Paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. S, Harry Sullivan of St. Petersburg, Florida. The maternal
grandmother is Mrs. J. N. Jones, formerly of St. Petersburg, now a
teacher in the Canal Zone schools.
Lieut. and Mrs. Robert R. Young of 607 Swann Court, Tampa, Fla.,
announce the birth of a son, Robert Allan Young, on September 28th.
Paternal grandfather is Mr. Perry Young of St. Petersburg.
The proud daddy was recently promoted from 2nd Lieut., to 1st
Lieut. in the Air Force. He is stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in
Mr. and Mrs. David W. Plumer of New Haven, Conn announce the
birth of a daughter, Carolyn Marguerite, on Sept. 30th. Mrs. Plumer is
the former Conway Maphis of Ancon. Mr. Plumer is a student at Berk-
ley Divinity School.
Second Lieutenant and Mrs. Sam W. Maphis of Fort Bliss, Texas,
announce the birth of their second child, a daughter, Joy Marie, on Octo-
ber 9th. Mrs. Maphis is the former Coila Goodin of Gamboa., and mater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Marion M. Goodin of Las Cruces, New
Mexico. Paternal grandmother is Mrs. Sam Maphis of Diablo Heights.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Gibson of Cocoli, C. Z. announce the birth
of their second daughter, Polly Colleen Marie, on September 20th. Pater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Noel Gibson of Margarita. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Wright of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Alba Hutchings are the parents of a daughter born on
September 28th at San Fernando Clinic in Panama. Mrs. Hutchings is
the former Wally Vallarino.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert S. Johnston of Spartenburg, South Carolina,
announce the birth of a son, Keith Robert, on September 15th. Mrs. John-
ston is the former Anne Morrell of Balboa, C. Z.
Hazel A. Alsing, Gorgas Hospital--30 years, 7 months, 23 days.
Mrs. Marione Campbell, Office of Comptroller-31 yrs., 6 mo., 21 days.
Samuel J. Deavours, Railroad Division-22 years, 5 months, 24 days.
Paul M. Disharoon, Dredging Division-33 years, 6 months, 15 days.
Wallace E. Gibson, Terminals Division-14 years, 8 months, 11 days.
Francis X. Moser, Industrial Division-15 years, 3 days.
Otis M. Ramey, Railroad Division-23 years, 4 months, 21 days.
Katheryn P. Stapf, Terminals Division-20 years, 6 months, 8 days.
Dr. John M. Wilkerson, Supt. Coco Solo Hospital-7 yrs., 4 mo., 23 days.
Lee R. Beil, Hydroelectric Plant-31 years, 1 month, 17 days.
May B. Clemmons, Diablo Service Center-15 years, 26 days.
Homer B. Cooper, Industrial Division 13 years, 3 months, 7 days.
Capt. Roy A. Fort, Marine Bureau-18 years, 2 months, 21 days.
Vincent J. Gonzalez, Terminals Division-9 years, 4 months, 16 days.
Otto L. Savold, Postal Division-31 years, 3 months, 16 days.
Mrs. Esther P. Currier, Commissary Division-18 years, 1 month, 2 days.
Albert J. Deutsch, Maintenance Division-17 years, 8 months, 26 days.
Capt. Henry Falk, Navigation Division-34 years, 5 months, 28 days.
Major Roger W. Griffith, Chief, Police Division-30 years, 24 days.
Lt. Clarence D. Howell, Fire Division-27 years, 8 months, 11 days.
Clifford B. Jones, Maintenance Division-17 years, 8 months, 5 days.
Frank McGinness, Railroad Division-20 years, 5 months, 23 days.
Martin Nickel, Industrial Division-38 years, 6 months, 6 days.
Dr. Julian R. Hunt, Medical Office, Health Bureau
27 years, 3 months, 24 days.
Milton Willard of Erie, Pa. reports that his wife has been quite ill
for the past three months.
Mr. William E. Burwell of Wellston, Ohio, suffered a severe heart
attack on September 10th.
Mr. Paul C. Curtis of Arlington, Va. was stricken with pneumonia
while visiting his daughter in Rolla, Mo. He is reported as recovering,
Miss Sophia Burnham of Seattle, Washington, writes that she suffers
from a severe heart condition and has had to curtail her activities.
Mrs. Pauline Pender is coming along nicely, following a stay in the
Fred Lyons of Clearwater, Florida continues about the same. Fred
suffered a stroke some time ago.
Col. David Tiger of St. Petersburg, was a patient in September at
Walter Reed Hospital. Last report he was doing nicely following surgery.
Mr. Al Meigs of Tampa suffered a stroke in September. His left side
was completely paralyzed. Last report, he was slightly improved.
Mrs. J. A. Fraser of Gamboa, C. Z. is progressing favorably follow-
ing surgery at Gorgas Hospital in August.
Mr. C. R. Jones of Balboa, is back at work following surgery at
Mrs. Thomas Rath of St. Petersburg, Florida was a victim of
pneumonia early in September but is now at home and slowly staging
a come back.
Frank Lerchan, Jr. of Ancon, C. Z. was very ill on the Zone while at
home from college. He is now fully recovered and will be able to re-enter
college again in January.
Mr. Frank A. Anderson of St. Petersburg has been very ill for some
time and is now a patient at the Alexander Nursing Home.
Mr. Edwin M. McGinnes of St. Petersburg was in Mound Park Hos-
pital during August for surgery. Saw Mac at the last picnic and he looks
fine and feels great.
Mr. Ramon Otto of St. Petersburg has been reported as being ser-
CARDS OF THANKS
Cards of Thanks and appreciation have been received from the following:
Mrs. Mary Stohoe (Daughter of Walter Beam)
Mr. Edwin M. McGinnis
Mrs. William B. Hall and family
Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss and family
Mrs. Grace D. Mason and family
Mrs. Pauline Pender
Col. J. F. Siler
Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Jerome Barras, former special assistant to the chief of the Housing
and Grounds Divisions and well-known former resident of the Canal Zone
for many years, died at his home in Hawley, Pa., following a brief illness.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Mary Barras; a son, Jerome, Jr., of
San Antonio, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth James of New York
City; and Mrs. Alice Micalizio, of Rochester, N. Y.; his mother and four
brothers, all of whom live in the United States.
Clarence C. Jeter, former Zonian, died of a heart attack at Colum-
bia, South Carolina.
While residing on the Isthmus, Jeter was active in the Masonic fra-
ternity of the Zone. He was a past Master of Chagres Lodge, Balboa, and
a member of the Scottish Rite and Abou Saad Temple.
He is survived by his wife Laura and son Clarence C., Jr., and two
brothers, Bob, of Columbia, and Randolph, of Washington, D. C.
Retired Army M-Sgt. Anthony(Tony) de Ore, who formerly served
with the 33rd Infantry at Fort Clayton, died in Galveston, Texas follow-
ing a stroke.
M-Sgt. de Ore, who was about 60 years of age, was well-known
among boxing circles in the Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife, the former Evelyn Joyner of the Canal
Zone; five sons, David, Donald, James, George and Edward, all residents
of New York; his niece, Mrs. Bessie Heilman, of the Canal Zone.
His wife's relatives on the Isthmus are Charles S. and John H. Joyner
and Mrs. Georgiana Stephenson.
News of the sudden death in Dallas, Texas, of Mrs. Ida Glawson,
longtime resident of the Canal Zone, has been received. Mrs. Glaws&,n
was 79 years old.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Glawson is survived by a large
family, several members of whom were well-known residents of the Canal
Zone. These included three daughters: Mrs. E. C. Cotton, Mrs. Jerome
Prager and Mrs. Anthony Fernandez, all of whom are now living in the
United States. She is also survived by several grandchildren and great
grandchildren who reside in the Canal Zone.
Col. Otto Henry Schroeter of Waterford, 76, noted engineer and en-
tomologist, died August 12th at a hospital in Connecticut.
As an engineer in government service, he worked on the Panama
Canal. In Panama he became interested in entomology. His knowledge
of the subject led to participation in an expedition to Haiti in 1933 dur-
ing which he collected specimens for Yale University and the American
Museum of Natural History, among others.
Henry Frazier, of Gamboa, Ironworker employed in the Aids to Navi-
gation Division, died of an apparent heart attack while being taken to
Gorgas Hospital. He was 59 years old.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Rosa, a son, Curtis, who is employed
as towing locomotive operator at Gatun Locks; and a daughter, Mary
Catherine of Almex, Neb.
Cornelius B. Heitman, former Panama Canal employee who has been
living in Alaska since he left the Isthmus about two and a half years ago,
died suddenly September 21st in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was 56 years old.
He is survived by his wife and a son, Neil, who are in Alaska, and
by a daughter, Mrs. Jack Lenneville, of Los Rios.
Bruno E. Balduf, 72, owner of the Home-Mart retail plumbing and
electrical supply company, died Sept. 13th in a St. Petersburg hospital.
Mr. Balduf had lived here for the past 15 years, coming from Chi-
cago, Ill. He was a member of the Royal Order of the Moose, and the
Panama Canal Society, both here.
Survivors include his wife, Rose, here; a daughter, Mrs. Walton W.
Barry, and two grandchildren, of Rockford, Ill.
Eugene J. Gregg, retired sergeant of the Canal Zone Police Force,
died in Coco Solo hospital where he had been a patient since last Janu-
ary. He was 70 years old.
He is survived by his wife, who has been living in Gamboa, and by
two sons, Eugene, Jr., who lives in Cristobal and teaches at Cristobal
High School, and Thomas, who lives in Margarita and is employed at
Other survivors are three grandchildren and three sisters, Miss Helen
Gregg, Mrs. Ann Chubb, and Mrs. Dorothy Healey. All three sisters live
in Troy, N. Y.
Peter Beasley, who was closely associated with the Panama Canal
operations for several years while serving as Special Consultant in the
office of the Secretary of the Army, died in August of a heart attack in
New York City. He was 67 years old.
He is survived by four sons who live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and
a brother, Norman, in New York.
Mrs. Louise Agnes Burkhart, 88, who moved here five years ago from
New York, died at her home in St. Petersborg.
Mrs. Burkhart lived in the Panama Canal Zone 25 years and was a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth B. Hunt, here, and a
brother, Martin J. Morgan, Bedford, Ind.
Samuel L. Lux, retired Canal employee died at San Fernando Clinic
in Panama. He was 81 years old.
Mr. Lux made his home at the Tivoli for many years. There are no
members of his family on the Isthmus.
William Harold Fisk, a retired Canal employee was found dead at
his home in Panama. Mr. Fisk would have been 61 years old.
He retired in August 1954. At the time of his retirement he was a
There are no members of his family living on the Isthmus.
Capt. Arthur L. Cruser, former Master of Ships of the Panama Line,
died Thursday, October 3, in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is survived by
his wife, Mrs. Mayme Cruser, a daughter, Mrs. Nancy Johnson of Spring-
field, Ohio; also two sisters and two brothers.
Russell L. Gallaher, retired employee, died September 10th at Gorgas
Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Gallaher was the former Supervisory
Supply Clerk in the Maintenance Division. He is survived by a brother,
Claud, of Ramer, Minn.
Frank A. Browne, Panama Canal old timer, died on August 30th at
his home in Wayne, Pa. Mr. Browne held many important positions on
the Canal during the Construction period.
Alma White died on July 10th, 1957 at Fort Walton Hospital, Fort
Walton Beach, Florida. He was 94 years old. He was employed on the
Zone from 1907 to 1921. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, 87 years old;
three sons, Harry of Summerdale, Ala.; Shelby, Elgin Air Force Base,
Shalimar, Florida; and Leslie, of Chicago, Ill. Also, two grandchildren
and seven great-grandchildren, and two nieces, Mrs. Effie McGlade of
Champaign, Ill and Anna Brooks of Hampton, Va.
Mrs. Cora O'Lovesky, widow of Fred O'Lovesky, former City Ac-
countant for Long Beach, Calif., died on Sept. 15. Mrs. O'Lovesky resided
on the Zone 31 years ago. She is survived by a brother, Lyman Ellsworth
of New York.
Dr. Walter I. Beam, 72, old time Panama Canal Engineer, died on
Monday, Sept. 16 in his home in Miami, Florida. Dr. Beam was Director
of Finances for the European Relief Administration from 1913 to 1917
and was Econmic Advisor to the White House during the administration
of Herbert Hoover. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mary B. Stokoe
of Miami and a son, John, of Phoenix, Arizona.
Ida Martin, widow of Oscar Martin, passed away on August 14th in
Seattle, Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Martin were old timers and Mr. Martin
who passed away two years ago, was the first President of the Panama
Canal Society of the Northwest.
Lewis A. Mason, 77, former Engineer on Panama Canal Project, died,
recently, at his home in Washington, D. C. Mr. Mason was Designing
Engineer in the Construction of Lock gates. He is survived by his wife,
Grace Snedeker Mason, a son, Edward, of Washington, D. C., a daugh-
ter, Mrs. Charlene Hackenberry of Bethesda, Maryland, and also four
Charles H. Fair, 65, died on September 3rd, at his home in Miami,
Florida. Mr. Fair is survived by his wife, Anonia, a son, Charles H. Jr.,
of Miami, and also three brothers and two sisters.
Mrs. Kathleen Latermann, 81, died Saturday, October 5 in Gorgas
Hospital. She was a resident of the Zone from 1914 and since her hus-
band's death, has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Mary E. Becker
of Balboa. In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Latermann survived by a
son, John, of Bayonne, N. J., a granddaughter, Mrs. Beartha Jean McIntyre
of Curundu, C. Z., and two great granddaughters.
Stanley W. Trow, an employee of the Inter American Geodetic Sur-
vey, died in Gorgas Hospital. Mr. Trow was a former Panama Canal
employee. Surviving him are his wife, Ethel, two daughters, Mrs. John
Pidgeon of Riverside, Calif., and Miss Susie Trow of Curundu, C. Z.:
also a sister, Mrs. C. A. Cahalien of New York, and a brother, Howard
S. Trow of New York.
Mrs. Joseph T. Siler, wife of Col. Joseph Siler, U.S. Army Medical
Corps (retired) died August 29th in Washington, D. C. In addition to
her husband, Mrs. Siler is survived by a brother, Rev. Charles McNeill
of Washington, D. C. and also by a sister Mrs. Jessie Ker of Staunton, Va.
Mr. George Armiger died on August 24th at Keswick, Maryland. Mr.
Arminger went to the Isthmus in 1905 and retired in 1930. He is survived
by a daughter, J. Ethel and a son, Edward G.
William J. Walsh, brother of Mrs. Burt W. Hall, died on August 19th
at his home in Arlington, Mass. Mr. Walsh had many friends among
Panama Canal retirees, having spent the past 15 winters vacationing in
News has been received of the death of Miss Florence L. Hele, 72, on
September 24th in a Philadelphia hospital. Miss Hele was a former em-
ployee of the Engineering Division. She is survived,on the Isthmus, by
two nephews, Albert Hele and William Hele of Balboa. Also, by a niece,
Mrs. D. M. Eggleston of Balboa.
Mrs. Paul F. Swett, Jr. (nee Miriam L. Halloran) died in October
at Garden City, N. Y. Mrs. Swett was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
George B. Halloran of Miami, Florida and was born on the Canal Zone.
Mr. Harry A. Kersey of Trenton, New Jersey, died on September 4th
in Mercer Hospital in Trenton. Mr. Kersey was employed on the Zone
from September 1909 to June 15, 1915. He is survived by his wife, Paul-
ine Roche Kersey and one son, Harry A. Jr., of Tucson, Arizona.
When all is done, say not my day is o'er
And that thro' night I seek a dimmer shore,
Say rather that my morn has just begun-
I greet the dawn and not a setting sun,
When all is done.
Bids are being solicited by the Canal Company for a Canal channel
improvement project at Paraiso Curve in Gaillard Cut. 250,000 cubic
yards of dry excavation and 200,000 cubic yards of sub-aqueous drilling
and blasting, involving a total of 450,000 cubic yards to be excavated in
widening and deepening the Canal channel at this point.
A slide on the east bank near La Pita, dumped about 30,000 cubic
yards of material into the Canal prism. The dipper dredge, Cascadas, is
busy removing the material which may run over 50,000 cubic yards. No
interference to shipping has occurred as the Canal at that point is 400 ft.
wide. The slide occurred early in August.
Apassenger coach, two boxcars and the caboose of the Panama
Railroad early morning train overturned at 5:35 A. M. on September 23
at a washout, south of Monte Lirio. Several passengers and the conductor
of the train were injured, none seriously. The washout was caused by
recent heavy rains. Normal service was resumed the next day.
The former Ancon Commissary will be converted into an office build-
ing for the Panama Canal Personnel Bureau. Alterations should be com-
pleted in about five months.
The former Panama Canal Building, 9A, across from the Balboa
Commissary shoe section, is being remodeled and will be the Pacific
President Eisenhower signed into law a measure authorizing the Sec-
retary of State to transfer to the Republic of Panama various lands and
improvement valued at about $24,000,000. The step was because of the
agreement of the 1955 Treaty between Panama and the United States.
The President also approved a bill appropriating $750,000 for en-
gineering studies for the bridge construction over the Canal at Balboa.
Another bill, signed by the President, keeps the Canal Zone under
provisions of the Fair Standards Labor Act or Minimum Wage Law. The
bill calls for a $1.00 an hour minimum wage for employes who are en-
gaged in interstate commerce or who handle goods destined for inter-
By January 1, La Boca will be a ghost town. All quarters are being
removed as fast as they are vacated. About 50 families and 100 bachelors
will be obliged to move off the Canal Zone.
The United Fruit Company announced it had acquired an oil conces-
sion of a million acres in Chiriqui Province. The area includes the Com-
panies banana plantations. Prospecting will start very soon.
The water level in both Madden and Gatun Lakes continued to be a
matter of great concern during September. The Canal's hydro-electric out-
put is still below normal as a result of lack of rain. Seven diesel genera-
tors are operating at a cost of $2,200 a day for fuel. Speculation is grow-
ing as to the effect on Canal operations if dry conditions persist through
the normally rainy months of October and November and on into the next
dry season. The Canal's Hydrographic Branch reveals that this has been
the dryest prolonged period since 1890.
6702 students registered in the Canal Zone United States Schools on
the first day. Enrollment is expected to pass 7000 when late arrivals re-
turn from vacations. At the Canal Junior College, two students, who
graduated from Paraiso High School and eight other non-U,S. students,
were enrolled after passing a qualifying examination.
Due to an increase in the number of malaria cases on the Zone, plans
are being made to intensify and expand the Malaria prevention program.
The plan being developed by the Health Bureau calls for a stepped up
program of Malaria control methods.
Six additional pilot positions have been established in the Panama
Canal pilot force. Recruitment of the new pilots, who will be attached
to the Cristobal Port Captain's force, will begin at once. The increase
in the Pilot force from 94 to 100 has been made necessary by the rise in
The big liner, Rangitane, enroute from England to New Zealand and
the Hawaiian Tourist, enroute to New York from Hawaii, collided in the
Canal north of Gamboa. Damage to both ships appeared to be above the
water line. Following the collision, the Hawaiian Tourist ran aground
but was pulled free two hours later.
The Panama Canal was 43, years old on' August 15th. The first com-
sumer goods from the Republic of Panama, for services performed by
Panama firms and individuals and for construction and other contract
work in the Canal Zone. This total represents one of the highest marks
in the Canals history, despite a decline in the direct purchase of consumer
goods during the past six months.
The anama Canal was 43 years old on August 15th. The first com-
mercial transit was made by the Panama liner on August 15th, 1914.
The Senate Committee on Post Office and Civil Service has suggested
that a minimum of 2900 U.S. citizens be kept in sensitive jobs of the
Canal Company organization. The present force of the Canal organiza-
tion is about 13,000 employees of whom 9500 are non-U.S. citizens and
3500 U.S. citizens.
A training program to develop executive talent among personnel,
already engaged in management or professional work in the Canal organ-
ization, will be instituted this fiscal year according to announcement at
Balboa Heights. The program will provide for the assignment of selected
personnel to take various courses of training or field work in specialized
fields, such as research, finance, personnel work, marketing and general
Canal Zone Civic and Labor leaders disagree over the effect on Canal
employees of a bill passed by the Senate providing for the Canal Com-
pany to assume responsibility of paying the $1,500,000 increase in annual
annuity granted Panama. The leaders of these groups expressed their
satisfaction over that phase of the bill which provides that properties be-
ing turned over to Panama, according to the terms of the Treaty, be valued
at their market value instead of their net book value. The bill implement-
ing the conveyance of real estate to Panama provides an allowance of the
Market value of such lands on the books of the Canal Company and Canal
Zone Government to allocate replacement costs.
The merger of the Aids to Navigation Section with the Dredging
Division will be made as fast as possible without interruption to the ser-
vices each unit performs. It is not believed that any employes will lose
The Grace Liner Santa Mercedes became the 200,000 ocean going
commercial vessel to transit the Panama Canal. When the ship reached
Miraflores locks, Acting Gov. Hugh Arnold and other Canal Officials,
boarded the vessel for the purpose of presenting the master of the Mer-
cedes with a certificate and a golden key, marking the anniversary.
B. A. Darden of the Canal Zone Police Force has been promoted to
the rank of Major and named Chief of the Police Division. He succeeds
Major Rodger W. Griffith, who retired in September, after three years as
Chief. The new Chief of Police joined the Canal Zone Police in Aug. 1934.
Canal Zone pilots second suit against the Panama Canal Company
came up in the United States District Court in Ancon, when final oral
arguments in their $2,000,000 pay suit were heard. This marks the final
phase of the suit in which they seek to recover overtime, holiday, travel
and other compensations they claim are due them since July 1, 1951. The
pilots won their first suits in August covering a period up until July 1951.
The Canal Zone Police force has joined a new police chapter of the
American Federation of Government Employes. The president of the new-
ly formed C.Z. Police Lodge 1798, is Sgt. James L. Hatcher. Sgt. Hatcher
reports that 161 men out of the total police component of 170 joined the
Late reports state that the freighter, Hawaiian Tourist, was damaged
more extensively than was first believed. The freighter was taking water,
badly, in the engine room. She collided in the Canal with the New Zea-
land bound S.S- Rangitane, recently.
Canal traffic may set a new all time high during October. Canal
traffic, which broke record after record during the past year, is running
at another record high in October.
Mrs. Hugh M. Arnold, wife of the Acting Governor, christened the
Dredging Divisions new dredge, Mandinga, at Gamboa. Bands played and
equipment whistled at the launching ceremony held in the presence of
Acting Governor Arnold and a large number of Dredging Division em-
ployes and residents of Gamboa- The dredge is 15 feet wide and 40 feet
long and is capable of dredging 750 cubic yards of material in an eight
hour period. The first job for the Mandinga will be to dredge, to a five
foot depth, the 22,000 foot long East Diversion on the Atlantic side.
The long delayed trial of Ruben O. Miro, charged with the assissina-
tion of President Jose A. Remom is finally under way. Six others will
face the bar of justice with Miro, Alfonso Hymams, Rodolfo St. Malo,
Edgardo Tejada, Louis C. Hernandes, Camilo Gonzales and Tereso Castro,
all of whom are alleged to have taken some part in the assassination plot.
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Covering the period from July 27th thru November 1st, 1957
Many persons have been sending in memberships for friends for the
last half of this year and all of next year, some as birthday and others as
Christmas gifts. There isn't a nicer gift which lasts a whole year, and re-
minds one of the donor. If there is just something else you want to give
a former Canal Zone friend please send in the application and money and
I will send it to. them with a Christmas card with your name. Of course
their name will not be in time for the 1958 Year Book but it will be
listed in the back of the March Record.
Before you receive this Record you will have celebrated Thanks-
giving, but we will be ahead of Christmas and New Years then the Re-
union, which takes place at the Soreno Hotel on January 14 and 15, 1958.
The rates are the same as they were last year single rooms will be
$8.00 and double rooms $12.00, both plus 3% tax. The luncheon will
be the same $2.75, as in the past, but this will include tax and gratuity,
and no matter where you eat in Florida you still have to pay the 3% tax.
Our regular Christmas party will be held on the 9th of December,
the regular meeting at the Tourist Center, at which time a donation will
be accepted from anyone for a gift to the American Legion Crippled
Children's Hospital. (You may want to see this hospital while here-it is
located at 2350 22nd Avenue South). This is the only project sponsored
by the Society during the year, and we make every effort to make it a
good one. Last year the members contributed $165.25. If you cannot be
present and wish to contribute just send me a check and I will be delighted
to pass it on to the Hospital in the event it comes after the 9th. If you
do not care to give money and would rather give a toy, please mark it
either BOY or GIRL and state the age of the child to whom it should be
given. This will be taken down to the Hospital after the meeting by the
President and Mr. Hersh, and whoever wishes to go with them. This may
be getting Christmas a little early for them but it is a feeling of pleasure
to all who participate.
Thank you one and all for your help in making these children's life
a little more bearable.
I wish to tell you all that the City of St. Petersburg is getting a new
post office, which opens around November 1st. Station "A" where we
have been getting the mail in the past closes its doors June 30th. We will
continue to receive mail at Station "A" until that time, however in order
to obtan a large box at the new post office we must apply for a box now.
Since we will not have a box number in time for this Record the new box
number and Zone number will be given you in the March Record. In the
meantime any member may send their dues to me if they wish at 3535
19th Street North, St. Petersburg 13, Florida.
The Year Book and the Record will be in the mail as early in Decem-
ber as possible so that you will have them before you write your Christ-
mas Cards and start on your way to the Reunion. There have been many
changes this past year, so before you start addressing letters check on
It was necessary to drop 31 members at the last meeting, as they had
failed to pay their 1957 dues. Each had received five notices by Record
and by personal notices. So far 160 have paid their 1958 dues.
Happy birthday to all those who celebrated their birthdays during
the months of September thru December, and to those who also celebrated
wedding and other anniversaries.
Many thanks to the Canal Zone, Republic of Panama and others, not
in the United States, who have used either a STATES check or MONEY
ORDER to, pay their dues. It is greatly appreciated. Many are sending
their dues in bills thru the mails and to date all have been received.
At the September meeting a nominating committee was appointed
with instructions to submit their report of a new slate of officers for 1958,
in order that their names could appear in the Year Book and December
Record. The Committee's Report follows:
President --- Capt. Macon A. Turner
Vice-President ------------ ------. Keith Kelley
Secretary-Treasurer -----------Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary ----_Francis F. Hargy
News Editor ----_ --Ernest Kieswetter
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL
See you at the Soreno January 14 and 15. Since the Reunion days
are Tuesday and Wednesday THERE WILL BE NO MEETING ON
Please bear in mind the $8.00 and $12.00 rates are "Special" for
members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, who make room reser-
vations, so if you make your own reservation, inform the desk clerk at the
time so no. discussion is necessary. It has been quite embarrassing for
others who pay $12.00 and $16.00 for the same type rooms, and for the
desk clerk who must explain.
Minutes of Regular Picnic Meeting
Lowry Park, Tampa, August 12th, 1957
About 80 members and visitors were gathered at Lowry Park, Tampa,
for the Society's regular picnic meeting, August 12th, 1957.
Meeting was called to order at 1:40 P. M. by President Troy Hayes,
who dispensed with the singing of "America" and offering of invocation.
The following officers were present:
President __ _....--. Mr. Troy Hayes
Vice President --Capt. Macon A. 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, who responded to the welcome:
among them -
Mr. and Mrs. William Oakley, of Cleveland, Ohio
(guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Hohmann)
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Page, of Cristobal, C. Z.
(visiting their Aunt, Mrs. Ruth Page)
Mr. and Mrs. Ames, of Pittsburg
Miss Pine (visiting Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Howard)
Miss Marie Bordt, of Kansas State College, Manhattan, Kansas.
(visiting her father, Mr. Charles B. Bordt, of Tampa)
Colonel Bill Tomey
Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Everson, of Margarita, C. Z.
Mrs Wilson Crook, of the Canal Zone
(visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Hersh)
Mr. Michael King, of Gamboa, C. Z.
Membership Report: 15 new members taken in during the month
of July, making a total membership of 1562 as of August 1st, 1957.
Recording Secretary read minutes of regular picnic meeting, held
July 8th, at Lake Maggiore; President Hayes, hearing no omissions or
corrections, declared them approved.
Report of Committees: None.
President Hayes informed the Nominating Committee, of which Mr.
J. F. Everett is Chairman, that they should line up officers for the coming
year, so that their names may be available for the 1958 Year Book, which
goes to press the latter part of this year.
Special Interest: Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Lucille S. Judd, read
many letters received, and made several announcements of interest to the
Society; among them-
Mr. Harry A. Dunn will deliver a talk on orchids, August 22nd, at
8 P. M., in the 1st Federal Savings Building. Anyone interested may
attend this talk.
On the sick list:
Mr. William B. Hall is still a patient in Bay Pines Hospital.
We were happy to see Mrs. Etta Conkerton and Mr. O. E.
Griggle in attendance at the meeting, both having recovered
from recent illness.
The demise of the following was noted:
Mrs. Glenn W. Redmond
Mr Norman Dunning
Mr. Jas. W. Farrell, of Panama City, R. de P.
Mrs. O. E. Granberry
Mr. Dean Colston
Mr. Phillip P. Miller
Mr. Norman Burt
Mrs. J. D. Sarven, of Hazelwood, No. Carolina
(Sister of Miss Jane Gadde)
President Hayes announced that next regular meeting would be a
picnic meeting, at Lowry Park, Tampa, September 9th; time noon.
Due to many adverse comments heard relative to the one picnic meet-
ing held each year at Hillsboro Park, President Hayes asked the meeting
if there were any suggestions as to changing the place of this meeting. No
suggestions or comments were forthcoming; hence, one picnic meeting
next year will be held at Hillsboro Park.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Vice President, Capt. Macon A.
Turner, took the floor and gave an interesting talk relative to the forma-
tion of a Blood Bank, by the Society. He pointed out that nearly all
members are beyond the age to donate blood: that blood for transfusions
costs $25.00 a pint, plus $8.00 for administering same, which would be-
come costly for a retiree. He suggested that members donate money for
such a blood bank, and those donating, would be eligible to receive blood
transfusions, if needed. Mr. W. T. Henry made a motion that a commit-
tee be named to make a study of this question; motion was seconded by
Mr. W. W. Warren, and carried. President Hayes named a committee to
study this matter, and make recommendations; the committee as follows:
Capt. Macon A. Turner, Chairman
Mr. Frank W. Hohmann
Mr. Francis Feeney
Legislation: Mr. W. L. Hersh spoke on the progress of Bills in
the Congress, relative to increasing annuities for retirees. He detailed
what has been accomplished so far on Bills S-72, HR-4 and HR-607.
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 adjurned at 2:45 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
It was gratifying to see Mrs. Dubell Duke and her beautiful little
daughter, at the meeting.
Minutes of Regular Picnic Meeting
Lowry Park, Tampa, September 9th, 1957
About 100 members and visitors were gathered at Lowry Park for the
Society's regular picnic meeting, September 9th, 1957.
Meeting was called to order at 1:30 P. M. by President Troy Hayes,
who dispensed with singing one verse of "America", and offering of in-
The following officers were present -
President ------ Mr. Troy Hayes
Vice President ----- Capt. Macon A. Turner
Secretary-Treasurer ---- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary --- Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mrs. Anna Bartlett acted as receptionist, and introduced out-of-town
members, new members and visitors, who responded to the welcome:
Mr. and Mrs. Albert McKeown
Miss King (Canal Zone Nurse)
Miss Dugan (Nurse from Canal Zone)
Mr. Michael King, of the Canal Zone
Mr. Donald J. McNevin
Mrs. S. G. Hussey, Mrs. Marie G. Coffey and Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt
(Members who have been absent from meeting for some time)
Membership Report: Total of 1573 members; dropped 37 members
who have not paid their dues.
Recording Secretary read minutes of regular picnic meeting, held
August 12th, at Lowry Park; President Hayes hearing no omissions or
corrections declared them approved.
Report of Committees: Vice President Macon A. Turner, Chairman,
read report of Committee appointed at August 12th meeting, for the pur-
pose of investigating and studying means whereby this Society can estab-
lish a Blood Bank.
Text of Report as follows:
"It was agreed by the Committee that to include the entire Panama
Canal Society of Florida would cover a much too large an area to be
properly administered from one central location.
For this same reason it was also agreed that none of the funds from
its parent organization could be used.
Therefore, it is proposed that a fund of approximately $500.00 be
raised through the members and families of the Panama Canal Society;
that this fund raising be temporarily restricted to the following cities and
vicinity St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater, Gulfport, Bradenton, Gulf
Beaches, Largo, Dunedin, Zephyrhills, Pinellas Park, Lutz, Sarasota, Dade
City, Palmetto and New Port Richie. (The term Vicinity to mean those
relying on one of these cities for hospitalization). If this proves successful,
the entire State of Florida may be included later.
That the method of raising this fund be by First, a voluntary con-
tribution of $2.00 per person; thereafter, by assessment of $1.00 as needed
to maintain the level of $500.00; that this fund not be allowed to drop
below $200.00 unless in extreme emergency. Persons physically able to
contribute blood to the Community Blood Bank in St. Petersburg for
credit to the Society may do so, and receive a credit of $20.00 to his
account with this Blood Bank Fund; thus, a member of a family may
contribute blood instead of money to the Fund and receive a $2.00 credit
for each member of his family, plus a balance from which any addi-
tional $1.00 assessments may be deducted until a two year period has
It is also possible that the person handling this Fund may be
authorized to pay the sum of $20.00 to any outsider for contributing
blood to the Community Blood Bank for credit to this Fund.
After this Fund has been in operation, other means of raising money
may be adopted from time to time, such as the contribution of money in-
stead of flowers at funerals, etc.
The method of expending this Fund is proposed as follows: When a
contributor has had to have blood transfusions, the authorized handler of
this Fund will pay to the contributor, hospital or person paying the hos-
pital bill a sum equal to the cost of the blood, plus the administering
charge. (The present rate is $25.00 for blood and $8.00 administering
charge for each transfusion). The contributor must furnish satisfactory
proof that such blood transfusions were made. All expenses incidental
to the mailing of assessment notices, etc., in connection with handling of
this Fund must necessarily be paid out of this Fund.
It cannot be emphasized too strongly here that strict compliance with
and prompt payment of assessments is absolutely necessary to maintain
this Blood Bank Fund.
It is recommended that after this Fund of $500.00 is established that
a date be set, and thereafter a substantially higher initial fee be asked of
those who then care to participate; that only those contributors who are
paid up to date will be eligible to receive the benefits; that those moving
away from the area covered by this Fund will no longer be eligible for
its benefits. (This should not be taken to include those traveling or visit-
ing away from home).
In conclusions it has been established that there are a total of 263
members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida residing in the afore-
mentioned cities, according to the Year Book of 1957. There are approx-
imately 396 persons, that is families of members who are eligible to be-
come Contributors; therefore, it should not be too difficult to set up this
Fund should all members of the Society bear in mind that an investment
of $2.00, with a $1.00 assessment at not too short an interval, we hope
and pray, is much to our advantage as against $33.00 for each blood
transfusions we could need."
After the above report was read by Vice President Macon A. Turner,
President Troy Hayes requested all present to give the formation of a
Blood Bank very serious consideration, and said that the matter would
be acted upon at the Annual Reunion Meeting.
SPECIAL INTEREST: Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Lucill Judd, read
many letters received, and made several announcements of interest to the
On the sick list:
Mrs. Thomas Rath
Mr. Fred Lyons
Mr. Frank Anderson
Mr. Al. E. Meigs
Col. Tiger, a patient in Walter Reed Hospital
Mrs. Amy Fraser, a hospital patient
The demise of the following was noted:
Mrs. Louise Burkhart (Mother of Mrs. Bessie Hunt)
Mr. Wm. H. Fisk, of the Canal Zone
Mr. Samuel Lux, of the Canal Zone
Col. A. H. Schraeder
Mr. Lewis A. Mason
Mrs. Kate Siler (Wife of Col. J. F. Siler)
Mr. Charles Fair
Mr. Jerome Barras
Mr. Eugene Gregg
Legislation: Mr. W. L. Hersh gave a detailed report on what has
been done during the last session of Congress towards increase in pay for
Federal workers and Postal employees, and those on the retirement rolls.
The 85th Congress will reconvene the 1st Tuesday in January, 1958, and
efforts to increase retirement annuities will continue.
President Hayes called on Mr. Donald J. McNevin for a few words;
Mr. McNevin was required to leave the Canal Zone, due to ill health, and
is now practicing law in Florida, with offices in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. James Bradley told the meeting that Mr. and Mrs. Sam Deavors,
of the Canal Zone, are staying at the Bradley house, and that Mrs. Deavors
is under the doctors' care.
President Hayes announced that the next regular meeting would be
a picnic meeting at Lake Maggiore, October 14th, 1957: Time Noon.
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 Mrs. Callaway, seconded
by Mrs. Warren motion carried, and meeting adjourned at 3:30 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
Minutes of Regular Picnic Meeting
Lake Maggiore, St. Petersburg, October 14th, 1957
About 125 members and visitors were gathered at Lake Maggiore for
the Society's regular picnic meeting, October 14th, 1957 the last PicnF
meeting of 1957.
Meeting was called to order at 1:30 P. M. by Vice President Macon
A. Turner President Hayes being on vacation in the North.
The following officers were present -
Vice President ----- Capt. Macon A. Turner
Secretary-Treasurer -- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary _- --.. Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mrs. James Bradley acted as Receptionist, and introduced out-of-town
members, new members and visitors, who responded to the welcome;
among them -
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Fears, of Margarita, C. Z.
Mrs. Myra Falk, of New York (house guest of son and daughter-in-.
law, Capt. and Mrs. Henry Falk of St. Petersburg)
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Neumann
Mr. Charles Laur, of Pedro Miguel
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Beil (now making their home in St. Petersburg)
Mr. and Mrs. Olsen
Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Treadwell, of Orlando, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Carter Orr
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Deavours
Capt. and Mrs. Elmer Abbott, of Diablo Heights, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin N. McGinnis
Mrs. J. Whitman
Membership Report: As of October 1st, a total of 1552 paid-up
Recording Secretary read minutes of regular picnic meeting held
September 9th at Lowry Park, Tampa. Acting President Turner, hearing
no omissions or corrections, declared them approved.
Acting President Turner again read the report of committee appointed
for the purpose of investigating and studying means whereby this Society
may establish a Blood Bank. He requested the membership to give this
matter their earnest consideration, with a view towards action at a later
SPECIAL INTEREST: Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
read many letters received and made several announcements of interest
to the Society.
On the sick list:
Mr. Ramon Otto, of St. Petersburg, seriously ill
Mr. Frank Anderson, a patient at Alexander Restorium
Mrs. Pauline Pender recuperating rapidly from a serious oper-
ation, and present at this meeting
Mr. Kiefer underwent eye surgery in Costa Rica.
The demise of the following was noted:
Dr. Walter I. Beam Mrs. Alma White
Mr. Robert H. Alcorn Mrs. Cora O'Lovesky
Mr. B. E. Balduf Mr. Russell L. Gallaher
Capt. A. L. Cruser Mr. Clarence Jeter
Mr. Fred W. Brown Mr. Cornelius Heitman
Mr. Frank A. Browne Mr. Henry Frazier
Legislation: Mr. W. L. Hersh said that there was nothing to report
on progress of Legislation favorable to retirees. Mr. Hersh further stated
that due to many personal commitments, he finds himself unable to con-
tinue his work along Legislative lines for the Society, but will give every
possible assistance to his successor in that work.
Acting President Turner announced that the next regular meeting
would be held November 11th, 1957, at the Tourist Center, St. Peters-
burg; Time 2 P. M.
Unfinished Business: None.
New Business: None.
There being no further business before the meeting, Acting President
Turner asked for a motion to adjourn; motion made by Mrs. Callaway,
seconded by Mrs. Warren motion carried, and meeting adjourned at
3:20 P. M.
Agnes V. Hall (Mrs. Burt W.)
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Recent visitors, reported by Mrs. Virginia Nygard, were Helen Ray
Souder McDougall and two daughters, Anne and Patti. They spent a
week with the Nygards before returning to Houston, Texas. Other visi-
tors were Mr. and Mrs. Victor Melant, their two boys, and Vic's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. John F. Melant, who have retired and are now residents of
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Harland V. Howard of St. Petersburg spent several
weeks on the Canal Zone during August and September. The highlight of
their trip was when Mr. Howard installed his son, Harlan V. Howard Jr.
as Worshipful Master of Isthmian Lodge. Mr. Howard, Sr. had been
Master of Isthmian Lodge in 1943 and served as Secretary until his retire-
ment from the Panama Canal. Mr. and Mrs. Howard had a wonderful
time renewing old friendships on the Zone.
Miss Lucy Ann Driscoll spent the summer in Venezuela with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Driscoll. On her way back to Alabama for
her Senior year of college, she stopped off for a visit with her grand-
parents, Capt. and Mrs. A. T. Luther. Mr. and Mrs. Driscoll were also
guests of the Luthers during September.
Burel R. Hardwick has been appointed local representative for United
Farm Agency at De Land, Florida. United Farms Agency is one of the
Nation's largest sellers of rural Real Estate.
Mrs. Ellen White, widow of Alma White, who died in July, would
like to hear from her old friends. Mr. and Mrs. White were married 70
years, about the time of his death. Her address is 37 North Choctawhat-
chee Road, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Mr. Howard E. Turner of Balboa and his mother, Mrs. E. M. Turner
were recent visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Meyer of Tampa,
Mr. Charles S. Boyer, former Zonite, operates a Motor Court and
Trailer Park one mile north of Ocala, Florida, on Highway 441.
Dr. and Mrs. Jack Wilkerson, formerly of Coco Solo Hospital, have
a new home at 4215 30th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Former Students: Your teacher, Mrs. Dove Prather, who will be
90 years old in January, 1958, would love to know where you are and how
you are. Drop her a line at 1517 N.E. Hancock St., Portland 12, Oregon.
Annie M. Conley writes from Anchorage, Alaska, that she finds Alaska
a wonderful country that must be seen to appreciate its beauty. She re-
ports being with Mrs. Enwright and Mary several times.
Mrs. Gerald Bliss, Sr. is back on the Zone residing with her daugh-
ters since the death of her husband.
John "Iron Legs" Stahl is back in California after criss-crossing the
United States. At 75, John is still going strong.
Mr. Jack Stoudner, of St. Petersburg, flew to the Zone for a visit
with old friends and to attend the wedding of his granddaughter, Dixie
Lee, to Mr. Thomas Jeavons.
The Mac Millan Company of New York has recently published a
text book by James Leroy Lundy, ex-Canal Zone resident. The book is
entitled "Effective Industrial Management". The author, the son of Mr.
and Mrs. W. E. Lundy of Balboa, was born on the Zone and attended Bal-
boa High School and C. Z. Junior College. He received his Masters De-
gree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Minnesota, also a PHD
in the field of Business Administration. At present, he is employed as
Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota.
Mr. and Mrs. Tollef Bache Monniche of Bouquette have sold their
coffee finca to the son of John O. Collins. Mr. Monniche designed the
Emergency Dams and the Mitering Lock gates and later the Cristobal docks
and piers. Mr. and Mrs. Monniche operated a successful coffee finca and
were authorities on the birds of that area. It is expected that the Monniches
will make their future home in Roanoke, Va.
Governor and Mrs. Maurice Thatcher have returned to their home
from Plymouth, Mass. where they attended the General Society of May-
flower descendents. Gov. Thatcher was Deputy Governor, General and
Counsellor General of the Society and acted as Parliamentarian at the
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Dean of Lodi, Calif. will miss their trip to
the Canal Zone this year after going there for the past four years. This
year, they will visit the South Pacific Islands and Australia. They sail
October 23 on the Matson Line, Monterey. On this cruise ship, their
daughter and son-in-law are part of the staff in the capacity of dance team
and entertainers. Though they will miss the trip to the Zone this year,
the Deans are planning to resume their yearly visits in '58.
Ethel and Cecil Banan are moving to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They
expect to be all settled in their new home by January 1st.
Joe Eckert has left Kane, Pa. for Poughkeepsie, N. Y. for the winter.
Joe reports seeing the Silvester Bubbs and the Gerchows recently. Also
saw Capt. Don Gray and his daughter and granddaughter. Joe says that
John Murray and the Ed Bugbys are fine.
Jesse H. and Blanche Stevenson of Palo Alto, Calif say they read
with keen interest each issue of the Canal Record. They write: "The
Isthmian Newsreel and the several other classifications give us news we
could not otherwise have to such an extent, in many instances, not at all.
In June, the birth of a daughter, to our New York City grandson and his
lovely wife made us great grandparents for the first time.
The June picnic for the members and families of the Panama Canal
Society of Northern California, was in every respect a pleasurable oc-
casion for us.
Our son, Robert, was born in Gatun in 1911. For several years he
and his family have lived in Mexico City where he is engaged in business.
On September llth, accompanied by his older daughter, Hope, they travel-
led by plane to Boulder, Colorado. Hope entered college there as a fresh-
man. During his stay in Boulder, Robert and Hope visited relatives in
Denver. He then went on to Chicago, St. Louis and there-abouts, for bus-
iness reasons. He has returned to his home, family and business in
Indirectly, because the United Fruit Co. group in Central America
has business contacts with the Stanford Research Institute, with which
Jesse is employed, greetings were exchanged between Dr. Hartley Rowe
and ourselves. This stirred many memories of the "old days" on the
C. Z. with us.
Holiday Greetings and our genuine good wishes to all former friends
and associates in the Canal Record circle."
Helen Yoder writes that after about six months of traveling, they are
glad to rest and relax in Napa, Calif where they are occupying the Hedges
home while they are on a two months trip, east. They have seen the Ernie
Paynes often and visited the Irwins in San Rafael. They report that Mrs.
Irwin is up and around more each day and is now improving, nicely.
Mrs. Corinne B. Dixon, formerly of the Canal Zone, plans to open a
guest home for elderly guests at 2111 Watrons Ave., Tampa, Fla. Her
home is conveniently located to shopping centers, etc. She plans a moder-
ate charge for room, board, and laundry.
Mr. W. F. Ilgen of San Gabriel, Calif. wishes to be remembered to
all his old friends. Mr. Ilgen, now 84, says his sight is not too good but
with glasses he can read, but in moving about he has to watch his step.
His son, Berle G., is in the insurance business in Pasadena, Calif. and has
Jeanette Christison, in a letter dated Oct. 8th, says snow and cold had
already come to Alberta, Canada. She has had some trouble with her eyes
but manages to get around. She sends regards to all her friends.
Mr. Charles A. Brady of 4816 Fountain Ave., Hollywood 29, Calif.
is making very slow progress following his stay in the hospital for heart
surgery. Mr. Brady's brother Robert visited him during June and July,
the first time they had been together for 12 years. Being confined to the
house, Mr. Brady appreciates the cards and letters you sent him.
Mrs. Fred Lyons has returned home after a quick trip to Washington,
D. C. to see her sister. While there, she chatted on the phone with Nell
Bewley, Mildred Turner, the Banans, and John Purvis. All send regards
to Panama Canal folks. Mr. and Mrs. Baltozer stayed with Fred while
Bessie was away.
Mrs. F. L. Moreland recently enjoyed a visit from Mrs. Murray
Wright and Mr. and Mrs. Etchberger. As always, when Canalers get to-
gether, they had a grand time.
Elizabeth Hall enjoyed a nice trip to San Diego, Calif. recently, with
Nellie May and Terril Toone and Mrs. Worley. They saw Otto Marstrand,
who is, so they say, looking fine and is just as tall and straight as when
he left the Zone. Elizabeth plans to go to Boulder City in October to see
the youngsters who run a nice restaurant there.
Mrs. Marcel Goulet was in Florida for Theresa's graduation from
Florida State University. Also visited friends in Orlando, then flew to New
Mexico to visit daughter Mary and her five children. From there to Chi-
cago to visit her son, Arthur, then on to Freemont, Mich. to visit Leo and
family. Then back to Buffalo for the marriage of Marie's daughter, and
back to the Canal Zone.
Afte r spending two and one half months visiting in Maine and Wis-
consin, Ann and Bill Bartholomew have decided to try life in Arkansas,
at 9 Snyder St., Hot Springs.
P. W. Hanner of Shelton, Washington, writes that they see very few
Canal people up there. Ralph Pearson lives 35 miles away in East Olym-
pia and Wayne Hupp, 30 miles away at Vaughn. Their son Robert, wife
and four boys from, Balboa, were visitors with them during July.
Anna and Jack Carey of Pocoima, Calif. write that Gus Kupka died
some time ago. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Jack
Carey, Jr. and Mrs. Jean Fritzel of Calif. Also that their daughter and
son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Kammerer announce the birth of their
fourth child, first daughter, Mary Ann Kammerer. Jack and Anna spent
two months in New Jersey with Mary Jean and family and while they
were there son Bob spent a few weeks with them. They also enjoyed a trip
to Yellowstone and Glacier National Park with Tom and Estelle Sullivan.
Hans (Pete) Pederson, wife and family, are living in Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla. Their oldest son, Anton, is studying Mechanical Engineering at the
Uinversity of Florida in Gainesville, and James is in High School in Ft.
Mrs. S. E. (Ruby) Worley had a wonderful trip to Hawaii, then met
the Toones in Los Angeles for a tour of California. Came back to Texas
via Yosemite Valley, Lake Tahoe and Hoover Dam. Mrs. Worley works
at the T. B. Clinic in Brownsville, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Ora Ewing of Balboa, C. Z. observed their 50th wed-
ding' anniversary on Wednesday, August 15th, 1957. Following their
marriage in 1907, Mr. and Mrs. Ewing went directly to the Zone where
they have lived continuously. Congratulations from the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Capt. Frank A. Monroe, Jr., Marine Director of the Panama Canal
from 1953 to 1956, will be retired from active service in September.
Capt. Monroe's future home will be in Seabeck, Washington.
On September 5, your Editor and Mrs. Kieswetter left our home in
Gulfport, Florida, enroute to Topeka, Kansas for a visit with our daugh-
ter and family. Our first day, we stopped in Dawson, Ga. to say "hello"
to Bob and Verna Fletcher. Our call was to be just an hour but it turned
into an overnight visit. However, it was interesting to tour their farm and
watch the combine harvest the peanuts. Their main crops are peanuts
and corn. In addition, they have cattle, hundreds of chickens and ducks.
It was nice to see young Martha and Robert, so grown up this past six
years. Away early next morning, we stopped in Nashville, Tenn. for the
night and the next day arrived in Flourissant, Mo. at the home of Barbara
(Jones) Hey and her husband, John and two year old Mike. We had an
enjoyable two day visit with them before going on to Topeka to be with
Jean, Edward, 5 year old Sheryl, and 18 mo. old Raymond. Had a won-
derful four weeks with them. A day before we left, we received a long
distance call from Mrs. Blanche Shaw in Fayetteville, Arkansas, inviting
us to the annual luncheon of the Panama Canal Society of Northwest
Arkansas. We left Jean's on October llth and arrived at Shaw's lovely
home that afternoon. Spent a pleasant evening with them and with Ed
Booth who lives across the street. The next day, Ed drove us around Fay-
etteville and to, the top of a nearby mountain. At noon, we attended the
luncheon which was held at the Rainbow Inn, in Bentonville, 30 miles
north of Fayetteville. There were about 25 present. After the luncheon,
there was a short business meeting followed by a social hour of visiting
and Bajan stories. Mrs. Shaw invited all who could to come back to her
house for a buffet supper and more visiting. Several did just that and
we had another enjoyable time in the Shaws huge family room with its
cheery fireplace. We left early the next morning, stopping once more in
Tallahassee with Viola and Dan Stephens. This time we caught Dorothy
Ann and Mrs. Turvaville at home, so we had a nice visit, there. Home the
next day and glad to be back, but we surely do miss our two grandchild-
ren the rascals.
Edward A. Linney, a St. Petersburg Attorney, has been appointed to
the Pinellas County Childrens Committee by Gov. LeRoy Collins. The
committee serves as a fact finding body for the Florida Children Commis-
sion which deals in problems affecting the States juvenile population and
studies methods to combat juvenile delinquency.
Louie E. Bradley, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley of St. Peters-
burg, is a public relations member of Dave Garroway's Show "To-day".
He is presently in training for the production end of "To-day" and has
been traveling in various states gathering material for future shows.
Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Hennen of St. Petersburg, enjoyed a tour of the
Hawaiian Island in August. Lots of pretty girls doing the Hula, he says.
Miss Dugan and Miss King, two former Gorgas Hospital nurses,
were guests at the September picnic. They have bought a home in St.
Mr. Al H. Geddes, deeply concerned with the present trend of World
conditions, and having certain strong convictions as to what could be done
when and if the enemies of our country should strike, wrote a letter to
the President of the United States, setting forth his views on how pure
water and food could be stored for any eventuality.
Al especially stressed the use of abandoned mines for the storage of
canned surpluses that now plague our government.
Al received a fine letter of appreciation from the White House. Also
a letter from the Federal Civil Defense Administration's Leo A. Hoegh,
thanking Al for his suggestion and interest in this vital matter.
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin French of Baltimore, Maryland, spent their
vacation at Williamsburg and Jamestown this year. They regret they will
be unable to attend the reunion but send greetings to all.
Lyla Esler reports they are now occupying the home on St. Peters-
burg Beach that they purchased in 1953. As soon as they are settled would
be happy to see all their old friends.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser of Gamboa, C. Z. are spending a short
vacation in Buffalo, N. Y. with Andy's father, sister Ruth, and the M. A.
Smiths. They also plan to take a short trip to Ohio.
Mr. George R. Dempster of Knoxville, Tenn. and former Canal Con-
struction worker, was a recent contestant on the 64 Thousand Dollar
Question. Mr. Dempster, now rated as a millionaire, plans to turn his
winnings over to some lucky person who's post card may be picked from
thousands being sent in. Mr. Dempster and his brother, Thomas, are
members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Mrs. Katie Swain spent part of the summer in Germany visiting her
son Jack, who is in school there. While there, they took a ten day tour
Emma and Bill Will stopped off in Hendersonville, N. C. on their
trip north. They enjoyed their visit there. Bill is an arthritis victim, but
he sure gets around.
Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Bevington came up from the Canal Zone to
attend the wedding of their daughter, Marilyn, to Mr. Richard J. Gayer
in Winsted, Conn. Following the wedding, they planned to visit their
son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Bevington, Jr. in Sacra-
Hattie Smith of Tampa, Florida writes that the Wilfords in Houston,
Texas, have another girl, Lizbeth, born in August.
Dr. and Mrs. Harry Eno have returned from a six months visit in
Europe. While there, Dr. Eno represented Panama at the World Medical
Association meeting in Istanbul. After a trip to Panama, Dr. and Mrs.
Eno will return to their home in Coral Gables, Florida.
Mrs. Le Roy Smith of Los Angeles, writes that her husband is in
good health but she suffers with arthritis. They send greetings to all
their old friends.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Johnson of Rock Stream, N. Y. have returned
to St. Petersburg for the winter.
Mr. Fred Sprecken attended the Shrine Convention and then set out
on another tour of the Great Lakes area covering several thousand miles.
Mrs. Chas. L. Persons and her niece Mrs. Gayden Felps drove to
Fayetteville to attend the graduation of her grandson Bruce T. Smith
from the Paratroopers School at Ft. Bragg, No. Carolina. During her
say in N. C. they were guests of Col and Mrs. J. C. Keith and Col. and
Mrs. Jos. T. Bernard.
Col. Bernard has just returned from a tour of duty in Formosa, dur-
ing which time his wife and family remained in their home at Fayette-
ville. Mrs. Bernard will be remembered as the daughter of the late Mrs.
Jean Rose of Balboa, Canal Zone. The Bernard's have four lovely child-
ren and all were happy to welcome their Daddy back home again.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Hazeldine from Wilmington, N. C. called to
renew acquaintance with the visitors. Both looked wonderfully well and
are very happy living so near to their son Bob and his family. They
wanted to be remembered to all the Zonites in this area.
Mr. and Mrs. Gayden G. Felps have recently purchased a lovely
home-site in the Bay Pines area and are in the process of building a beau-
tiful new home in an old oak grove. Mr. Felps is in Venezuela with the
Gahagan Construction Co. The twin sons are enrolled at the Lealman
school here and seem to enjoy life in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Smith spent several days with their mother
Mrs. Chas. L. Persons on their way to visit their daughter, Mrs. Edw. F.
O'Connor in Kentucky and then on to New York for the World Series.
Mrs. Smith is again visiting her daughter in Louisville prior to her flight
back to Panama in early November. 'Red' returned direct to Panama
from N. Y. where he manages the Persons Travel Bureau.
Bruce T. Smith is now stationed in Germany with the 2nd. Airborne
Battle Group. He writes that it is a most beautiful country but rains al-
most as much as in Panama.
In August Mrs. Persons drove to Kentucky for a weeks visit with the
O'Connors then on to Asheville, N. C. where she was the guest of the Dow
Walkers. From there she went to Hendersonville as the guest of Ray and
Nelle Mitchell. Shirley Dorsey Price was also a visitor there from her
home in California.
Col. and Mrs. Scheibla have just moved into their lovely new home
in Miami. They loved Hendersonville but as Louise says, she is nearer
her children in Miami and they fly in and out of that place very frequently.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Clemons have built a lovely new home at Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla. Their address is-3637 S.W. 21st St. Mrs. Clemons is
the sister of Mike Byrne, formerly of Panama and the Zone. Quite some
years ago they lived in the Zone for a short period then in Panama. Later
business interests took them back to Texas and to Chicago but now we see
them happily located in Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Koperski were guests of friends here in St. Peters-
burg and drove with Mrs. Chas. L. Persons to Naples for a visit with Dr.
and Mrs. W. H. Grant who were on vacation with their son and his wife.
Mrs. W. H. Keenan visited her daughter, Lt. Virginia Foster at Or-
lando for several days. She is contemplating a visit to the Zone for the
SUE CORE ODOM REPORTS
I told you I'd report re some of the folks we intended to check up
on during our recent trip north before doing that, will give a short
run-down on the past few months in this area.
The interval since the "Reunion" has been a lively one for us. Have
seen so many friends from away-back-when. On their way home from St.
Pete, Dr. Sam and Bessie Irvin, Tommy and Bena Sawyer and Dr. Jesse
and Louise Byrd stopped over. We re-united all over again and got in
what clacking we'd not been able to finish at St. Pete. That wonderful
get-together is notorious for the fact that nobody ever finishes a sentence
when talking to anybody at all. About the fourth word, you spy somebody
else across the room and with a whoop you make a unanimous leap .
By the way, wonder if anyone told you about the bewildered waiter there
who was overheard saying to a colleague, "Jes who is dese people any-
how? I doan neveh see so much huggin and kissin in mah life!"
Our next visitor was Irma Hagan from Recife, Brazil. Many will
remember her for her golfing; and Carl for establishing a branch of the
National City Bank in back part of the Balboa Commissary at the time of
the bank exodus from Panama City. While she was here, Bob and Verna
Fletcher, together with young Robert, came over for the day. Robby is a
fine helper on the big farm Bob operates. We go over to see them fre-
quently; the last time was when Alma and Henry Starrett visited them
on their way home from a vacation on the West Coast spent near
Frank and Nell Irwin. Alice Candee and Eleanor Horne were at Fletchers
when we were. more re-unioning! Martha, by the way, will enter her
Junior year at Wellesley this fall still on the scholarship which she
hangs onto by doing outstanding work. She is a cute trick smart,
pretty, and just all-round lovely little girl.
It was shortly after Irma left that I (luckily) stayed at home one
day while the Squire went to the farm alone. I was in town taking care
of the chores that pile up when one is gone nearly every day, when I
stopped at a friend's house. She said the maid had been trying to reach
me, so I called home. Lucille said, "You better come on home, Miz Odom.
Some lady phoned a while ago and said tell Sue to get lunch right on the
table because they'd be there in half an hour!" The friend said, "Now
who do you suppose that could be?" I just called back as I clattered down
the steps "Law, honey, T haven't the foggiest idea but I do know
that that's home-folks talk if I ever heard it!" Came home on the double
and found Dr. Arthur and Bernie Springall waiting for me. He is with
the A.M.A. and does something about accrediting nursing personnel in
certain upper class hospitals. Headquarters in Chicago but travels much
and Bernie goes along. Navy Captain (Retired) CarlDumbeaux, former
Supt. of the Coco Solo Hospital, does somewhat the same work for the
Navy and Phyllis goes along as Chauffeur. They were here recently.
Susan Hughes, formerly with the Point Four group in Panama, and
now with the Special Services at Fort Rucker near here, comes frequently.
It is understood that any time she is in Dothan, she automatically comes
for lunch. We go to the farm nearly every day but when Susan sends
word she will be here, we wait until after lunch. One day not long ago
we came home late and Lucile said, "Miss Susan phoned just after you
left this morning." I said, "Oh dear I wish you had had her come
out to lunch!" Lucile grinned a big happy grin "I did! And she
come!" So that is the procedure since that time on. If we are home, well
and good. If not, she and Lucile have a gab fest while she has lunch.
Then after resting awhile, she goes back to the Fort, to work.
Christine Tull, home from Honolulu for two months, spent a week
with us in June. She is now among the "Brass" at the University of
Hawaii. Teacher training work in Home Ec. Loves it there but misses
her wide circle of friends in Panama. Says she has not yet found any
group, anywhere, that quite measures up. We, of course, could have told
her that ahead of time!
Probably the high-light of the summer was about six weeks ago when
Pat and Charlie Morgan, up from Panama, came for a few days with Bill
and Ag Stevenson. With the Dr. Jesse Byrds joining in, it was a hilarious
interval. While in Miami, Pat was asked by the University, to come up in
January and give her course on flower arrangement and decoration. She
was pleased and we are proud as punch that we know her!
It was after some visiting kin folks left two weeks ago, that we took
off for the Carolinas North and South. Drove to Hendersonville for
two days and a night in order to check up on that group. Visited the
Bruce Harrells but managed to see a lot of others. Called on Nelle and
Ray Mitchell in their lovely home. In spite of all her eye trouble, Nelle
is full of fun and looks fine. Ray of course, is always on top of the
world. Found Elsie Patterson just in from the golf course but Pat was
attending some shindig at the Elks Club, so we missed seeing him. Ralph
and Margaret Wanlass were especially happy because Son Clinton is home
from college for the summer. He is now a big handsome fellow with his
service hitch back of him, and studying for an engineering career. I like
to remember him as a sixth grader in Balboa when his class had a
party one day. Margaret got up at the crack of dawn to bake brownies
and fancy nut cookies as his contribution to the lunch and felt all
smug and self-righteous for so doing. Until Clinton came home (while
we were playing bridge) all down in the mouth. The other kids, said he,
had brought these swell little store bought vanilla wafers (nickel a box)
and all he had was just ole home made cakes! Kids !
Mildred and Wendell Greene look better than we've ever seen them.
Wendell came hustling from tis tax office just after we arrived, carrying
a bulging brief case. He is a busy man.
Duke and Marian Lewis had just received a letter from Alan. The
Nautilus was preparing for some unannounced jaunt which he couldn't
discuss, but which was highly important. They are proud of the fact that
Alan is one of the 12 original crew members still aboard the first Atomic
sub. It is a hard and demanding life but he likes it. Their hearts are
in their mouths a lot of times, but they can't help but be proud, too.
After all a submarine and an atomic one at that!
We had another hour of fun with Tommy and Bena Sawyer at their
lovely country home and got back in time to spend the evening with Dr.
Sam and Bessie Irvin. They relish the fact that they live on Fifth Avenue
and that Dr. Sam's office is on Wall Street.
On our way home we stopped in Newberry, S. C. to see Chris and
Mary Garlington. They live in one of those beautiful old Southern man-
sions and Chris raises spectacular tomatoes. We missed seeing the young-
sters. Tavie is at Agnes Scott College taking a summer course and Albert
had left a few days before, with Alice and husband, for a week's vaca-
tion. He is just finishing up his training course with Sears Roebuck and
will go to work for them this fall.
In Columbia we spent the night with Dr. Boldridge Kneece. Dr. and
Mrs. D. P. Curry, who live next door, came over for the evening. Daugh-
ter Mary had recently been up from Brazil on a visit. Her husband, Louis
Melcher (formerly of St. Luke's at Ancon) has been the Episcopal Bishop
of Brazil for many years. Their son, Corky, was ordained last year and
is stationed somewhere in Tennessee. Mary is a two-times grandmother.
When we got home last Friday evening, we found Dr. Jesse Byrd
watering the flowers and Louise supervising the preparation of dinner. He
is now Health Director of this area, is playing golf in the seventies again,
and they are rapidly becoming members of the Dothan community. Are
in process of buying a lovely brick home in the block next to us, and we
are delighted. Wonderful to have somebody near who speaks our lingo!
They stayed here while we were gone and had everything clicking when
we returned. He'd even disciplined Happy the strong-minded little Boston
terrier, to the extent of his sleeping in his own bed instead of at the
foot of his Boss-man's. Of course there's been considerable back-sliding
during the three days we have been home but it was a good try!
It was a wonderful and heartwarming trip but we can heartily en-
dorse the sentiment at the end of the old poem .
His good clothes off and his old clothes on ..
"Now I'm myself," said Farmer John!
-Sue Core Odom.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
The time has come again for an account of the doings of the Canal
folks in Western North Carolina so here goes -
We think a wedding is a nice, cheeful event so we will begin with
not one, but two. Miss Patricia Kelley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom
Kelley of Hendersonville, was married to Mr. David S. Kappe of Wash-
ington, D. C. on September 7th at the Church of the Immaculate Concep-
tion in Hendersonville. A reception was held after the ceremony at the
Elks Club. Mr. and Mrs. Kappe are now living at 4620 Knox Road,
College Park, Maryland.
Miss Joan MacKenzie of Cristobal, Canal Zone, flew up to be one of
Pat's bridesmaids and was the house guest of the Kelleys for several weeks
before returning to the Zone. Among the out of town guests at the wed-
ding were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Everett of St. Petersburg, Florida.
On August 7th a lovely tea and shower was given for Pat by Mrs.
Ross Hallowell of Hendersonville which was attended by twenty-five old
friends of the Kelley family, formerly of the Canal Zone, now living in
Western North Carolina.
On October 12th Mr. Joe Davidson, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. David-
son, was married to Miss Alice Lyerly Bost in Hickory, N. C., where the
young couple will make their home.
Another happy event to report is the arrival of a new baby and we
have two of them, also. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Johnston
of Spartanburg, S. C. on September 15th. Mrs. Johnston was formerly
Miss Anne Morrell of the Canal Zone. Rose and "Johnny" Johnston of
Hendersonville are the proud grandparents.
A son, William Bruce Wright, was born in Benson, Arizona, on July
13th, to Louise (Harrell) and Bill Wright. On hand to welcome him
were his grandparents, Mildred and Bruce Harrell, and his great grand-
mother, Mrs. Anna Kjellander, all of Hendersonville.
There have been many visitors in and about WNC during the summer
season, as follows:
Mrs. Shirley Price of Berkeley, Calif. spent several weeks with Nelle
and Ray Mitchell in August. Prior to coming to Hendersonville, she was
the guest of a former Canal Zone teacher, Mr. Bill Wellons, and his fam-
ily at their home in Virginia. En route home to Berkeley Shirley stopped
in Indianapolis to visit another ex-Canal Zone teacher, Miss Alice Alex-
Sue and "Doc" Odom of Dothan, Ala., drove up to North Carolina
for a chat with old friends in August, spending a night as the guests of
the Bruce Harrells.
The Frank Murrays of Boulder, Colo., were visitors in Henderson-
ville in September. They were returning home after visiting their son Jim
and his family in Syracuse, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Williams, formerly with the R & F Agency in
the Canal Zone and now residing in California, spent some time as the
guests of the Fred O'Rourkes in September.
Mrs. Loretta Prather of Washington, D. C., was a visitor in Hender-
sonville in September, as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Patterson and
also of Col. and Mrs. Harry D. Scheibla.
Mrs. Charles Persons of St. Petersburg visited the Ray Mitchells for
several days in September. She had been to see her grandson, Bruce
Smith, who is in the service and was stationed at Fort Bragg, N. C. He
has since gone overseas.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Muldoon spent the month of September at their
sea-side camp in Bayside, Maine.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright of Balboa were visitors in Hendersonville
in September, while on vacation, and enjoyed calling on many of their
old friends there. Their son Dick is attending Dartmouth College in
Hanover. New Hampshire.
Margaret and Ross Hallowell flew to the Canal Zone in September
to visit their son Freeland and daughter Lois and their families until after
Mr. and Mrs. William Carson stopped overnight in Hendersonville
in September while on their honeymoon. Mrs. Carson was the former
Kay Cross and both she and Bill are "Canal Zone kids". They were the
guests of Kay's aunt and uncle, Dr. and Mrs. S. S. Irvin.
Visitors in WNC for several weeks in October were the Charlie Shaws
and the Ralph Shueys of Florida.
The Tom Kelleys drove north in October to visit their children, Mr.
and Mrs. Murray Seagears in Albany, N. Y. and Mr. and Mrs. David
Kappe in College Park, Md. They also bade son Tom farewell at Fort
Dix, N. J. before he sailed for duty in Germany. Mrs. Emma Luckey
accompanied them and was the guest of Mrs. C. M. Parmeter in Wash-
ington, D C.
The C. L. Johnstons had as their guest in October, Mrs. Gladys
Baldwin of Balboa while she was on vacation in the U. S.
Arriving from Chaumont, France, in October were Lt. (USAF) and
Mrs. Don Phillips, to visit Mrs. Phillips' parents, Sam and Bessie Irvin,
before going to their next assignment at Clovis A.F. Base, New Mexico.
Mrs. Phillips is the former Martha Irvin who, before her marriage, was
with the American Red Cross in French Morrocco and France.
Also visiting the Irvins in October were their daughter, Mrs. Eliza-
beth Brown and Mrs. Irvin's sister, Mrs. Nita Hartman, both from Balboa
and on vacation in the States.
Sam Irvin, Jr., completed his navy service in August and visited his
parents before rejoining the United States Line. He is now an officer
aboard a U.S. Line freighter on the Far East run. His wife Norma and
young son, Sam Third are at present living in Hendersonville.
The S. R. Hiters spent the summer and autumn at their New York
Camp, returning to their home in late October. Son Bill has resumed his
studies at Belmont Abbey, N. C.
Visiting Mr. and Mrs. Ed Levy in October was Mrs. Herbert Knapp
of Panama. Later she planned to see the Bill Barkers and the Emerson
Fullers at their homes in Maryland, then going on to California to visit
her sister, Mrs. Charles Harrison, and family. Her husband "Herb" will
join her there for the Chrismas Holidays.
The Tommy Sawyers and the Frank Reppas made an interesting trip
to the "Outer Banks" on the North Carolina coast in October where they
enjoyed not only the scenery but also the fine seafood available there.
Plans for the wedding of Robert Johnston, son of the C. L. John-
stons, to Miss Nancy Stephenson of Anderson, Indiana, have been an-
nounced to take place on November 16th at Anderson.
Mr. and Mrs. Horace Post of Baltimore, Md., and Mrs. Post's mother,
Mrs. Esther Currier, visited Mrs. Jack Tyrrell of Tryon in October. Mrs.
Post was the former Doris Currier. Mrs. Currier recently retired from
the Canal service and has been visiting her other daughter, Donna, at her
home in Atlanta, Georgia.
Guests of the Ross Hallowells in September were Mr. and Mrs. Mel
Dodson, formerly of Balboa and now living in Tampa, Fla. They were
headed north to visit their children and grandchildren.
Mildred and Wen Greene spent several days with Mr. and Mrs. J. C.
Myrick at their home in Raliegh in October. While there they renewed
their friendship with Miss Caroline Hunt of Ancon who was also a guest
of the Myricks. Miss Hunt is a nurse at Gorgas Hospital.
We understand there are two Canal Zone girls attending classes at
Duke University this year; Miss Juanita Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
"Rusty" Jones and Miss Forest Wise, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell
Wise, who entered the Duke School of Nursing this fall.
ASHEVILLE AND VICINITY
On October 11-12, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Gutting of Shelbyville, Indiana.
visited friends in Asheville.
Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Levy of Houston, Texas, arrived on October 11th
and spent the weekend with friends in Asheville and Hendersonville. They
had been to New York on a visit with their daughter, Charlotte, who has
a new son.
Mrs. Dow Walker recently underwent surgery for a hand injury. We
understand she is getting along nicely.
Mrs. Ernest Behlen is recovering from a serious illness. She spent
many weeks in a hospital but we are glad to report that she is now at
home. We sincerely hope she will soon be well and strong.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Howell recently were visitors in Asheville.
Mr. Howell formerly resided in Margarita but is now retired and is think-
ing of establishing a home in Western North Carolina. Welcome to the
Howells the more the merrier.
The Panama Canal Society of WNC enjoyed a picnic at the home
of President and Mrs. George B. Ward on August 21st. There were 49
members and guests present. A meeting was held, horse shoes were
pitched and hearty eating was enjoyed by all.
Marion R. Lewis, Secretary
NEWS FROM LOS ANGELES
The H M. Lockwoods and the Arthur Berudes are visiting relatives in
Our President, Mr. Henry Wunsch, and wife are taking a vacation at
Capt. and Mrs. Kieth Tracey have gone to Denver to visit their
daughter, Rose Marie, and five grandchildren.
Mrs. Carrie Clark has gone to Missouri to visit with relatives.
Mrs. Anthony Walters went to David, Panama, to visit her brother,
who has a coffee finca in the highlands. She also visited on the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sweeney, of Big Bear Mts., are on a trip to Chi-
Mr. John King of Monrovia, Calif. has been very ill but we are glad
to report that he is now coming along nicely.
Mrs. Taber's sister, Gertrude Murray, was knocked down by a car
and suffered a broken arm.
Mrs. Lena Fitch has returned from a three months vacation through
California, visiting relatives and spending some time in Yellowstone
National Park in Wyoming.
Capt. and Mrs. Calcutt were recent visitors from the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Welsh of Long Beach, enjoyed a visit from Mrs.
Welsh's two sisters of Brooklyn, N. Y.
Mrs. L. C. Calloway is better and will have a 79th birthday party on
Nov. 14th. Capt. and Mrs. Calloway will be married 48 years next January
23 Congratulations for these fine folks.
The Elmer Haws of Seattle are visiting relatives and friends in the
San Francisco area. Will be the guests of the Cassells before going to San
A marriage of interest to many old timers is that of Tom L. Keeler,
Jr. to Miss Gertrude Amy Bruce on Sept. 27th at St. Mathias Episcopal
Church in Santa Ana, Calif. They will make their home in Santa Ana,
where Tom has a fine position with the California Orange Growers Asso-
The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. H. Baxley will be sorry to hear
that he has been very ill for the past ten weeks due to a stroke. He is slow-
ly improving and getting around with a cane. They live at 504A Myrtle
St., Glendale 3, Calif.
Had a beautiful day for our fall picnic and a nice turnout.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ruley of Redondo Beach, have returned from a
trip East where they visited Mrs. Ruley's mother in Michigan, then on to
Indiana and to Mass. where they visited their son, Robert, and family.
Saw Dr. Bates and also the Schriftgeisers, who also reside in Weymouth.
Saw Mr. Sears in Baintree, Mass. Bob's brother David in New York, and
Mrs. Considine in Gloucester, Mrs. Mason, Mrs. Ruley's sister in Wash-
ington, D. C. Mr. Mason passed away in August. They were old timers.
Next stop was Florida where Mrs. Ruley visited another sister, Mrs. Ralph
Green, and brother R. E. Snediker; also the Mac Kenzies in Perry, Fla.
Next to El Paso for a visit with another sister and her husband. Then
home to California.
PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Searcy of Houston, Texas, have returned home
from a trip to Iowa and Michigan, stopping along the way to visit relatives
and friends. They especially enjoyed riding through the rolling hills on
their 3000 mile tour.
Mary Belle and Bobby Hicks will leave the Zone on PRR Boat, No.
vember 30th. They will visit Bobby's family in Washington, D. C. and
Mary Belle's family in Birmingham, Ala. For Christmas they will be in
Shawnee, Okla. where they will visit their daughter and Son-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Kenneth Kelly, who will present them with their 2nd grandchild
this year. After the Blessed Event, they will be visiting Peggy Ellis and
other friends in Houston, Texas.
From May till September L. B. Ferree spent the summer in N. Y.
City busily engaged in working with the Billy Graham Crusade as "Journ-
alist". He reports a wonderful experience in this glorious campaign. He
is spending a few months in Houston, before joining the Team again for
their next Crusade in San Francisco, Calif. in the Spring.
While returning from her summer vacation in Mississippi, Beatrice
Sherman had a pretty severe car accident. In traffic, she didn't see the
man ahead coming to a stop and she drove into the back of his car. A
great deal of damage was done to her car as well as his, and she suffered
a broken nose, which has given her a great deal of trouble and loss of
time from her work. However, after a good job of plastic surgery, she is
as pretty as ever.
Three months ago, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Terry became the parents of
a beautiful Baby Girl they call "Lynne." The grand-mother who is other-
wise known as Mrs. Josephine Nunneley is doing fine after the grand
surprise. All are enjoying the baby and life in general.
Mrs. Peggy Ellis is setting out, by bus, for a vacation trip home to
Arkansas. Her first stop, Texarkana, for a visit of a few days with an old
and dear friend, then on to the Ozarks to her sisters home in Fayetteville
for a week where she will see the Newell Shaws, Ed Booth, and all the C.Z.
friends in nearby towns. On her return trip, Mrs. Ellis will stop in Pine
Bluff for a visit with her sister-in-law, and in Camden, where the Gille--
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Levy have returned from an extensive tour of
several states between Texas and New York. They stopped in Fayetteville,
Ark. and enjoyed being with all the good people in that area. On to St.
Louis, for a visit with David's inlaws. Next stop with the Elmer Stetlers,
then on to New York, arriving just in time to greet their new grandson,
Mark Lee. Taking to the road again, they stopped in Pittsfield, Mass. with
the George Reynolds, their daughter Ruth and family, then on to Brookline,
Mass. to see Annie Gorin at the home of her son Paul. While there, they
saw Georgianne Krause and husband, Mrs. Barnett and Al Harle. Next
stop, Providence, R. I., taking Mrs. Gorin to her son Jerry's home. Also
visited the Forstroms home in Oaklawn, R. I. Back to New York for a few
days then to North Carolina for visits and get-to-gethers wih residents of
the Ashville and Hendersonville areas. On to Birmingham for a stay with
Sarita Marcuse Gomez, who was 11 years old when the Levy's left the
Zone and who is now married and has three boys.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Birkland of Houston, Texas, spent three weeks
traveling through the States from Texas to Oregon, visiting friends and
relatives along the way. They enjoyed the mountains and valleys of Cali-
fornia and Orogon and spent four days in Los Angeles with relatives.
Mrs. Jewel Hopkins from Balboa Heights Canal Zone has been in
Houston the last few days. Mrs. Hopkins's mother, Mrs. Nell Kemegay
from Nacogdoches passed away last week, and she has been at her bed-
side until her death. She is returning to Panama. Mrs. Hopkins works at
the Gorgos Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Dabek, the Houston's Buff's catcher are making
their home in Houston and lives at 5014 Jefferson, Houston, Texas. Mrs.
Dabek is the former Diana Reid of Cristobal, Canal Zone.
Tommie Hughes, one of the Houston's Buff's finest pitchers are visit-
ing his parents on the zone, he will return to Houston, where he will be in-
ducted into the Army November 14th.
Mr. Al Brown's Mother, Mrs. Gertrude McLaughlin had a cataract
removed from her eye a few weeks ago and is doing fine and will soon be
able to read her paper.
Mrs. B. Turner
NEWS FROM ORLANDO
I am happy to report that Mrs. Peter G. Flynn is recovering nicely
from her successful operation September 19th at Saint Barnabas Hospital,
Bronx, N. Y. She should be returning home soon.
Miss Jeanne Flynn is teaching in the Canal Zone and word from Mr.
James A. Lyons is that she was certainly glad to be back at her old home.
Miss Flynn is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. G. Flynn, now living in
Marguerite (Flynn) Kessler and her husband William now live in
Tallahassee, Florida, while Mr. Kessler attends the University. We Wish
them the best of health and much happiness.
Mr. Esser the Superintendent of Schools in C. Z. is quite ill having
had a coronary occlusion the week school opened and has been under
oxygen at Gorgas Hospital ever since, but I am happy to report he is im-
proving. Mr. Collinge is acting superintendent.
Received another card from Ed. Spearman telling me that he is back
in Daytona Beach and still having trouble with the Mermaids flirting with
him. Ed must like it as his visits to the beach are becoming more frequent.
He reports that he is coming along as best as he can expect at his age of 39.
Captain and Mrs. John H. Miller are spending a month at their home
at Homestead, Florida, and have been busy painting their house and see-
ing that their Key Lime Grove is given the right care. Their real home is
in Altamonte Springs, Florida. It is their intention to place the Home-
stead home on the market as it is near the Keys and too far away togive
the grove the proper care and attention.
Mrs. Wilhites sister Ruth and her husband Vern J. Elliott from To-
peka, Kansas, were our house guests and during their visit the four of us
spent a few days on the Gulf at St. Pete and a short stay in Clearwater.
Mr. and Mrs. (Kay Sexton) William Rohrback are now located at
1816 Cloverlawn Drive and expect to remain at this address here in Or-
lando until they decide which section of Florida they like best before
purchasing a home. Both look fine and ask to be remembered to their
many friends. Mr. Rohrback recently retired from his position with the
Army in Canal Zone.
Hazel and I were out for a drive and noticed a new De Soto car with
a C.Z. license plate so stopped and enquired who the car belonged to and
soon learned that Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Treffenger were the owners and that
since his recent retirement from his position with the Army in C.Z. they
have been traveling around looking for a place to call home. They have
leased a house at 2115 East Central Ave., Orlando, Florida, and will make
this their address until they purchase.
Mr. and Mrs. Leigh M. Abrams of Clermont, Florida telephoned me
the other day to let me know that Mr. and Mrs. Louis Phillips of Diablo,
had been their house guests this summer; also Miss Helen King and Miss
Bessie Dugan. The Turners of St. Pete were over to visit the Abrams.
The Wilhites spent their vacation at Miami Beach and Fort Lauder-
dale this year and came back home just in time to catch a bad cold but we
are coming along fine now.
Mrs. Rae Ritchie recently returned from a vacation during part of
August and all of September spent with her sister Mrs. Gene Brody who
has recently purchased a home in Flemington, New Jersey. Mrs. Brody
was a guest of Mrs. Ritchie last Spring after having completed a world
Just talked to Bill and Kay Rohrback and was told that they had just
closed a deal for their new home on Lake Sybelia and will take possession
on or about December 1st. Their new address is 1151 North Lake Sybelia
Drive, Maitland, Fla. They will be our neighbors as Maitland is only two
miles North of Orlando. Happy to have them so near and wish them
much happiness in their home.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos have returned to their home in Or-
lando following a year in Europe. They had their car delivered in Madrid
and traveled all over Spain, South of France, Portugal, Gibraltar and
Tangier. While in Spain, they visited Santander, where Tony was born.
They also visited in Barcelona and Sevilla. A highlight of their visit to
France, was a trip to the Shrine at Lourdes and in Portugal, the Shrine of
Fatima. Mr. and Mrs. Tezanos are now settled at 424 Ruth St. Orlando,
and would be pleased to see any of their friends.
R. L. Wilhite
NEWS FROM THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
Report with profound sorrow the death of the following members of
Harry Cohen May 25, 1957 At Los Angeles, Calif.
Albert J. Emery Aug. 30, 1957 At Brooklyn, N. Y.
John J. Fitzpatrick
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
The news from the Panama Canal Society of Northern California is
hard to write at this time. In the last issue you read of the heart attack of
my father, Fred W. Brown, and now I have to write of his death, which
occurred September 3rd. We brought him home from the hospital the 7th of
August and he did well until the 27th of August when he suffered a stroke.
We were hopeful that he could fight it through but on the 31st of August
we knew that it was a matter of time. God was good to us not to make it
longer for Dad is at peace and at rest now. Blanche and Angus Matheney
were with us 4 days while Dad was still in the hospital and my niece, Nina
Brown Kosik, flew up from Panama for 4 days to be with her Grandfather
and Grandmother. Our friends in the Bay Area were with us until the
very end and without them we couldn't have done as well as we have.
There are no friends to equal those from the Canal Zone, as I am sure all
of you will agree. Dad's funeral was the 6th of September and eight of
his Masonic friends were honorary pallbearers. He is interred in Cypress
Lawn Cemetary twentymiles from San Carlos. I have moved to San
Carlos where we will all continue to live.
We had another death in our midst which saddened all hearts. Mrs.
Lillian Priddy mother of Mrs. Sumner Baker (Neva Brown) died of a
heart attack the latter part of September. We are all thankful that Neva
has Sumner to help through her trying time.
There have been quite a number of visitors in the Bay Area this sum-
mer, among them being Dr. and Mrs. A. Iglesias, who were on a long
tour of the United States and were enroute to New Mexico where they at-
tended a general assembly of Southern Baptists. They were the guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Beard and also visited Dr. and Mrs. J. Chester Swan-
son. Dr. Swanson was formerly with the Canal Zone Schools and is now
with the University of California in Berkeley
Jack and Lillian Evans, of Birmingham, Alabama, accompanied
Ruth and Harold Duncan on their return to California from a vacation
back East and are visiting with them and their many friends in the Bay
Area. We are all trn ing to persuade them to spend the whole winter here.
Mrs. Jerry Prager lost her mother last July and her father, Mr. Rob-
ert L. Glawson, paid Florine and Jerry a long visit, which they enjoyed
considerably. Mr. Glawson recently returned to Dallas, Texas to be with
the Ernest Cottons and Bea Fernandez.
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Balbirnie (Bobbie Morgan) were up from the
Canal Zone visiting the Robert Morgans of Menlo Park this summer. They
left their son, Gordie, in school in the States when they returned to the
The Arthur Beards and George Coffeys just returned from a vacation
in Southern California, Mexico and Reno. Arthur and Edna left quite a
string of fish in Ensenada but had pictures to substantiate their story--
and I understood none of them left money in Reno as they had luck with
the slot machines.
Buckley and Helen Yoder are giving the Bay Area a tryout in living
with a view of possibly making it their future home, we hope.
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Fawcett (Beverley Neville) and daughter,
Linda, of the Canal Zone and Mr. and Mrs. K. Dale Ryll (Bobbie
Neville) and daughters, Sandra and Denise, of Phoenix, Arizona visited
with the C. S. Nevilles at their lovely home in Los Altos this summer.
Clara and Syd Neville are sailing for the Canal Zone the early part of No-
vember to spend the holidays with their daughter and family and to visit
with Clara's mother, Mrs. Wood.
Mr. and Mrs. Clair L. Comins visited with their daughter Margaret
and her family (Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Rice) in Walnut Creek and called on
several of their friends before their return to their home in Silverton,
Oregon where Clair is engaged in building several homes.
Mrs. F. H. (Nell) Erwin, we are happy to report, is on the mend as
she is now on crutches and that, after her several operations, is a major
victory. We are hoping to see her at our January meeting.
The California Past Matrons' Society of Eastern Star, cancelled their
yearly meeting, which was to have been held this year in the Bay Area
on the 12th and 13th of October, because of the serious illness of Johnny
King. It was felt by the ladies in the Los Angeles area that they were
needed at this time to be with Mrs. King.
Major and Mrs. George Herman passed through the area and visited
their Canal Zone friends while enroute to spend some time with their son,
George, in Richland, Washington.
An all day gathering at the large ranch-type home of Clara and Syd
Neville, in Los Altos, was enjoyed by a large group of Bay Area residents,
honoring Jack and LiL Evans. A pot luck turkey dinner and supper were
partaken of by Hannah and Arthur Beard, Sarah and Verne Mitchell,
Edna and George Coffey, Vera and Claude Howell, Neva and Sumner
Baker, Grace and Harvey McConaughey, Mary and Norma Rocker, Ruth
and Harold Duncan, Florine and Jerry Prager, and Mrs. Fred W. Brown
and Mrs. Ethyln Wood.
Mrs. Ethyln Wood was hostess for a dinner and bridge for Jack and
Lil Evans and from all reports, was lots of conversation and not too much
I have compiled and sent the draft of our 1957 Roster to Arthur
Beard for printing. It will be done in time so that our members will have
it for Christmas card addressing. Any non-member of our Society wishing
a copy of this roster can obtain one by writing me at 2000 St. Francis
Way, San Carlos, California and sending 75c to cover the cost of printing
and mailing. We have 114 memberships as of this date and are hoping
that our January meeting will produce more as there are 246 names in the
Ruth B. Robertson
NEWS FROM MIAMI
The Panama Canal Society of S. E. Florida enjoyed a get-to-gether
and buffet picnic on October 20th. The President, Wm. C. Smith presided
at a business meeting and the group decided to hold four picnics next
year at Matheson Hammock. A committee was appointed to look into the
matter of other satisfactory meeting places for the club.
Mr. and Mrs. Prentice F. (Pete) Wilson spent several days at the
Fountinbleau Hotel in Miami Beach. Mr. Wilson was attending the Con-
vention of Traffic Light Engineers. He is the Superintendent of the Elec-
trical Department of the city of Santa Rosa, California. Mrs. Wilson is in
the real estate business in their home town. Miami friends were delighted
to see the Wilsons again and to recall the good old days in the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Lynn Hall has recovered nicely after undergoing major surgery
this summer. The Halls are leaving next week to make their home in
Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Hall is with the Sperry Gyroscope Company.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Bowen of Coral Gables left recently for a
vacation taip. They will visit their daughter, Mrs. E. M. Hicks, and family
in Davidson, North Carolina and the Howard C. Andersons in Richmond,
Mr. Jerry Schear spent several days in Miami enroute to Canal Zone
after a vacation in Spain. Mr. Schear is with the Post Office in Cristobal.
Dr. and Mrs. Harry Eno have returned to Canal Zone after a trip to
many parts of Europe including Turkey.
Dr. Dennis F. Reeder made a flying trip to Canal Zone in October.
The Reeders make their home in Miami.
Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Iglesias and Marvelita spent four days in Miami
in August. They were returning to the San Bias Islands after a, quote,
"perfect vacation". They visited old friends from Miami to Michigan and
from New York to California. Lonnie Jr. is attending the Bob Jones
School at Greenville, South Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Benthall visited friends in Miami on Oct. 26.
They were enroute to Canal Zone after visiting for several weeks with
Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Saltzman (Alice Louise) and their daughter, Debbie,
in Thibodoux, Louisiana. Mr. Saltzman teaches languages in the college
Word has been received that Mr. and Mrs. William Worth (Maryella
Lawson) of Dallas, Texas are parents of a baby girl born Oct. 19. Ma-
ternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Furr of Gatun.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Stanford Skinner of Miami Shores left this week for
Birmingham, Alabama to visit Stanford Jr., his wife and three little
daughters. Mr. Skinner, Jr. practices law in Birmingham.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Smith are leaving next month to spend
Christmas and the winter months in Canal Zone with their son, Spencer,
and his wife.
Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes to all from the Panama Canal
Society of Southeast Florida.
NEWS FROM THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
Summer! Summer! who stole our Summer? Here we are in the midst
of our Flaming Fall Revue with memories of delightfully cool weather
during the so-called summer months. In fact, we have had wonderful
weather for 1957 while our neighbors the compass around, have been
harassed by too much rain, wind or heat.
We were happy to see Tillie and Nate Levy of Houston, on their way
to New York to welcome their new grandson, MARK LEE born to their
daughter Charlotte, Mr. and Mrs. O. S. Mernyk. Enroute they planned to
visit the Elmer Stetlers of Kokomo, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. George Reynolds
of Pittsfield, Mass., Mrs. Sam Gorin of Boston, the popular Al and Jessie
Forrstrom in Rhode Island, Bertha Washabaugh of Chester, Pa., the
Kigers and Howards in Asheville, N. C. the Knoops in Hendersonville,
N. C. and no doubt, many others. Nate was driving- not bad for a man
who left the Zone on a stretcher 20 years ago and speaks well for loving
wifely care from Tillie.
The Bill Kellers of Rogers report that Mr. and Mrs. Horace Jones
stopped by on their way to Alabama, also Mr. Richard M. Bush, formerly
Chief Electrical Engineer with Special Engrs. and now located in Wash-
ington, D. C. They also enjoyed a visit from Alice's mother, Mrs. F.
Rivoire of Lewisburg, Pa. The George Englekes of Bentonville report
that Rev. and Mrs. Robert W. Jackson of New Iberia, La. were guests in
their home. Rev. Jackson will be remembered as Vicar at Church of Our
Saviour, New Cristobal- Their son Robert and wife are doing graduate
work at University of Maryland. Mrs. Esther Bullock, recently resigned
from the Zone, was also a visitor at the Engelke home during October.
Esther visited with Helen Herald, formerly a nurse at Colon Hospital, in
Miami, Fla., later going to Mass. and Rhode Island where she saw the
Forsstroms, on to Gary, Ind., to Bentonville, Arkansas before continuing
her journey to be with her son Asa Bullock and his family in San Fran-
cisco. It was good to hear of the interesting activities of the sons of our
former neighbors the Oliver Bullocks- George Engelkes aunt, Mrs. Howard
Newcomb ,Maize) and her brother, Paul Curtis, stopped by on their way
from Rolla, Mo. to Texas. Paul used to do electrical work at Gorgas Hos-
pital. Maizie and her late husband were on the Zone from 1908 to 1917.
She now lives with her brother Paul in Arlington, Virginia.
Your Editor, who so kindly reminds his reporters of the "dead line"
for publication of news in the next issue of the CANAL RECORD, sent a
card from Topeka, Kansas stating he and his Asst. Editor, wife, were
visiting their daughter-no name or address. A card to Secretary Lucille
who responded by telegram and we soon had a surprised Ernest Kieswetter
on the telephone in Topeka, inviting the two Editor K's to be our guests
and attend the 7th Annual Meeting of our Society, October 8th in Benton-
ville. At this meeting we were happy to greet W. K. and lone (Martin)
Newland who are now residing in Springfield, Mo. near their daughter
Mary and family, Dr. and Mrs- Wm. F. Clary. We had hoped to welcome
Mrs. Marione Campbell who has recently retired and settled in Springdale,
Ark. not to far from the Mathues, but, alas, she was down with the Flu.
The faithful Billie and Grover Bohan came from Jonesboro and the
Walter Zimmermans of Ozone, the other side of our mountains, were pres-
ent. After the luncheon, our president, Mr. Edwin W. Booth introduced
Mr. Kieswetter who told us of some of the work involved in getting the
CANAL RECORD to the press ably assisted by Mrs. K. and the im-
portance of the Secretary, Lucille Judd, to the Florida Society. Jamaican
anecdotes told, as only real old time ex-canal Zoners can do, were given
in poem and prose by Edith Engelke, Mattie MacAulay, Heinie Hallin,
Tom Mock and Walter Zimmerman, until our sides ached with laughter,
after which Thomas Patton Mock of Prairie Grove was unanimously elect-
ed President for 1958. Tom is both well known and well loved for his
compositions in poetry and song. Your reporter was re-elected Secretary-
Those returning home to or via Fayetteville stopped at Tranquil
Acres to enjoy more visiting with Edith and Ernest Kieswetter. At this time
we learned of other visitors to the Ozarks from Irene Zimmerman who re-
ports the following were guests at their home this summer.-Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Peterson, Mr. Milton Stone, her brother, all of Cristobal, Mr. and
Mrs- George Radel and son Stephen of Gatun and Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Hanna and four sons of Balboa.
We rejoice with Mrs. Nannie I. Brown that her daughter and son-in-
law, Minnie and Homer Crooks who in August wrote in our guest book
"Looking for a home" have bought a home on Township Road in Fayette-
ville. Homer (Old Sarge) retired last May from the Balboa Police Force,
traveled to California and Washington to see their daughters, Judy (Mrs.
Frank Matthews) of San Rafael, California and Nancy (Mrs. Bob Todd)
in Richland, Washington. They arrived in August and since then have
been to New York and Boston in their yellow and black Chevrolet station
wagon. While on the East Coast they visited with Jack Brown and family
and Mrs. Elsie McLaren. They plan to return to the West Coast for the
Holidays after which they will return here and move into their charming
home with panoramic view of the mountains.
We regret to report the passing of Nevin Simons of Chicago, son of
Mrs. Kathryn Daniel Simons a few weeks ago. No details were available.
Nevin and his family lived on the Zone for a short time with his grand-
mother Mrs. Margaret Shigley.
Its a brand new daughter for Mike and Jeanine (Kleasner) Zimmer-
mann, students at the Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas. Jeanine
is the daughter of Madge nd Eugene Kleasner formerly of Pedro Miguel
and still living on the Zone.
Last Saturday, October 26th, while eating a leisurely breakfast, idly
gazing into the Old Brick fireplace and seeing there to quote Tom Mock-
"In the flames, my dreams parade, like a passing cavalcade, Battlements
and Turrets fair-grace the castles mirrored there," and listening to the
sonorous tones of an Episcopal Rector tell of the origin of some old
hymns of the Church of England, I suddenly became aware of a lovely
soprano voice of resonant quality and knew immediately I had heard
the voice nigh on to forty years ago while living in House 1422A and
listening to a new bride sing her joy in House 1420C in Balboa. I was
thrilled to hear the Rector announce Mrs. George Engelke as the soloist of
the radio broadcast. It is fully 20 years since I had heard Edith sing. She
is still sending forth Joy and George is still winning Golf Tournament
Trophies for he is now the Twin City Champion of Benton County.
The year of 1957 is drawing to a close and "There is a magic in the
very name of Christmas" (Dickens) and we of The Panama Canal Society
of Northwest Arkansas send to all who read these words
"Not myrrh or frankincense-
Or golden treasure-
Or any worldly thing
That men can measure
Our gifts are loving thoughts
No barrier knows
Of time or space
But ever bless as they go."
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YALL
BLANCHE E. SHAW
Mrs. Nora Rathgaber of Glassboro, New Jersey, is in Ohio visiting
with her mother, after a three weeks visit in Chicago with Bernice and
family. Late in February she plans to visit Marge who lives in Dallas,
Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Brown of San Gabriel, Calif., accompanied by
their daughter-in-law, Mrs. Robert Brown, and three sons, made an ex-
tended trip to the East, stopping in Texas with the L. F. Hauss in Corpus
Christie; then on to Florida where they visited several ex-Zonites in many
different Florida cities- From Florida, they journeyed on to Richmond,
Virginia, where they saw the E. V. Brown's other son, Clif, and family
and the Howard Andersons. They also visited in New York and Rhode
Island, returning for some sightseeing in the Richmond area, and then
returning to California via Washington, D. C. and Tennessee where they
stopped to see relatives and friends.
Miss Mary Laughlin of New York City, who was chief nurse at
Corozal Hospital for many years, plans to go to California for the Christ-
mas holidays and will be the guest of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Bramin, their
daughters and families.
Mrs. Bessie Hunt writes that she arrived safely in New Jersey and
that she is very happily situated and busy learning the ins and outs of
her new job.
Mr. Fred Wilbert Brown of San Carlos, Calif., died September 3,
1957. Death followed a heart attack suffered in July. He was employed
o nthe Panama Canal from December 1910 until his retirement in 1944.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nina Brown; two daughters, Dorothy
Brown and Mrs. Ruth Robertson; also two grandchildren, Nina Brown
Kosik and Grady Fred Robertson.
Mr. Gray M. Schroyer, 68, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died on
Sunday, October 27th following a long illness. He is survived by his wife,
two brothers and two sisters.
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Drake of Las Vegas, New Mexico, enjoyed
a visit from Capt. and Mrs. Arthur J. Troup of La Grange, Ill. Also Major
and Mrs. R. W. Griffith stopped by on their way to the West Coast.
Mr- and Mrs. Bobby Brown of Zachary, La. announce the arrival of
a daughter, Cathy Lynn, born October 28th. Mrs. Brown is the former
Mr. M. R. Herrington of St. Petersburg, is leaving November 28th
to spend four months with Thelma and Bob on the Canal Zone.
News has been received of the death of George S. Lingle, on August
17th in Blanchard, Penn. No further details were available.
Otto Marstrand writes that his son-in-law, Col. W. F. Powers, who
recently returned from a tour of duty in Germany, has been appointed
District Engineer, U. S. Army, Philadelphia, Pa. Mrs. Powers (nee Lil-
lian Marstrand) and her son, Robert, will join the Colonel in Philadel-
phia, later on.
Miss Caroline Hunt of Gorgas Hospital staff was a recent visitor in
St. Petersburg. Her stay was very brief and there were many whom she
was unable to see. Better luck next time.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Anderson of Richmond, Va. recently had as
guests the W. T. Bowens of Coral Gables, Mrs. Dean Colston and son,
Dick, and also Mrs. Gladys Detamore.
Jessie Forsstrom of Oakland, R. I. writes that since her sister Nan's
death, there has been much sickness in the family- In between caring for
sick folks, they were happy to see many old friends who stopped by.
Among them; Thelma Godinio and Irene McIlvaine, the Berudes from
Monrovia, Capt. and Mrs. Ericksen, Joe and Walter Fruedigman and
George S. Madeau, 40, Canal Zone policeman, died October 31, of
injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident while on duty. The accident
occurred on the Gaillard Highway in the vicinity of the chinese garden
just north of Corozal. He is survived by his wife, two teen-age daughters
and an infant son-
Dr. L. O. Keen of St. Regis Park, Louisville, Kentucky, died suddenly
on Wednesday, November 6, 1957. Dr. Keen was for many years District
Physician in Balboa, Canal Zone. He is survived by his wife, one sister,
and two neices.
Col. William Hunt, 65, U.S. Army (Ret.) passed away on Saturday,
November 9, 1957 in a St. Petersburg Hospital. Col. Hunt worked in
the Canal Zone as an engineer from 1919 to 1941. He was a native of
Coolaney, Sligo, Ireland and came to the United States in 1911. He is
survived by his wife, Jesse G. Hunt, one son, Arthur J., U.S. Army in
Germany, three daughters, Mrs. Mary E. Parker, El Paso, Texas, Sister
Miriam Kathleen, New York City, and Sister Miriam Alacoque of Scars-
dale, N. Y. Three brothers, Dr. Henry A. Hunt of England, Dr. A. G.
Hunt of Ireland, and Frederick G. Hunt of England. Also, three sisters,
Mrs. Annie O'Connor, of Dublin, Ireland, Mrs. Edward Flynn of London,
England, and Mrs. Patrick Henry of Ireland. Internment was in Arling-
ton National Cemetery.
Verse rendering of a sermon on the "Downfall of Man"
by a piney-woods colored preacher-THOMAS PATTON MOCK
Now de Lawd He done tole Adam:
"Eatin' apples is a downright sin
An' you bettah min' or purty soon you' fin'
Youse on de outside, a-lookin' in!
But Adam et that apple
An' his eyes wuz open wide,
So he run into de bushes
Lookin' fo' a place tuh hide.
But Eve (Miss Eve) done beat him to it
(Lak a woman mos' always do).
She made her a fig leaf apern
An' she fix one fo' Adam too.
Den, when He come in de garden
An' foun' dem a-hidin' dere,
De Lawd He say: "BE ON YO' WAY!
Mah patience is done wo' bare!"
So He put 'em right out o' de garden
An' bredderin, I'm a-tellin' you:
Ef you don't obey what de Good Book say,
Sompin sholy gwine tuh happen ter you!
-Thomas Patton Mock
THE MONKEY'S VIEWPOINT
Three monkeys sat in a cocoanut tree,
Discussing things as they're said to be.
Said one to the others, "Now listen, you two,
There's a certain rumor that can't be true-
That man descended from our noble race:
The very idea is a disgrace.
No monkey ever deserted his wife,
Staved her babies and ruined her life.
And let the cocoanuts go to waste,
To leave her babies with others to bunk;
Or to pass them on from one to another
'Til they scarcely know who is their mother.
And another thing you'll never see-
A monk build a fence 'round a cocoanut tree,
An diet the cocoanuts go to waste,
Forbidding all other monks a taste;
Why, if I'd put a fence around a tree,
Starvation would force you to steal from me.
Here's another thing a monk won't do-
Go out at night and get on a stew,
Or use a gun or club or knife
To take some other monkey's life.
Yes, Man descended-the ornery cuss;
But, brother, he didn't descend from us!
-Author not known.
Are you planning to attend the reunion in January? No matter how
far you must travel, you will feel well repaid after seeing your old friends
and acquaintances. For hotel reservations, see application blank elsewhere
in this issue.
Our thanks to all 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 Feb-
ruary 1, 1958.
Your subscriptions to the Canal Record expires with this issue unless
you have paid your 1958 dues. Please pay them promptly- First, so you
will not miss any issues of the Record, and second, to help keep the
Society's records in the manner you want your Society to conduct its
affairs. Thank you very much.
See you at the Reunion .
E. M. KIESWETTER (Editor)
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TWENTY-SIXTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
TIME-January 14th and 15th, 1958.
PLACE-Soreno Hotel, overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First Avenue
and Beach Drive North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST $2.75 per person including luncheon, gratuity and tax.
On the first day, Tuesday, January 14th, registration will be in the
forenoon and the combined annual and monthly business meetings in the
afternoon. On Wednesday there will be a social period or get-together in
the morning and a group picture will be taken at 12:30, before cold plate
luncheon served with hot coffee, warm soup and dessert. You are urged
to forward your reservations early as the hotel may be forced to decline
last minute reservations for the luncheon.
The primary purpose of the Reunion is to enable former Isthmians
to get together, renew acquaintances and above all discuss those gone
but not forgotten palmy days. You'll never know how many true friends
you have until you attend the Reunion where they gather from every
section, of the country. We'll gather together on the mezzanine floor of
the hotel where there is ample room with comfortable seats, or if you
prefer seclusion with former pals, there's the well-stocked bar on the
main floor. The luncheon is optional, but don't miss the Reunion. You'll
be sorry if you do!
Room reservations can be arranged at convention rates of $12.00
double and $8.00 single, plus 3% tax at the Soreno Hotel, but if rooms
are not available there, they will be secured in private homes at $9.00
double and $8.00 single. Those desiring reservations should remit $12.00
for double or $8.00 for single rooms per day. There is also efficient
room-locating service maintained by the Chamber of Commerce in the
Greyhound Bus Terminal at the foot of Central Avenue which is open
daily until 9:00 p. m.
MAIL YOUR RESERVATION FORMS PROMPTLY. We must have
them not later than January 10th. Make remittances payable to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. Please do not send checks on other
than St. Petersburg Banks unless you add 10c per check to cover bank
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but LUNCH-
EON TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. They should be claimed
IMMEDIATELY upon arrival at the Reunion.
(Reservation form on separate page.)
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Twenty-Sixth Anniversary Reunion
January 14th and 15th, 1958
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
MRS. LUCILLE JUDD, Secretary-Treasurer, 3535 19th Street No.,
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Please arrange reservations as follows-
Reunion luncheon tickets for persons, each, $2.75.
My party of persons will find our own room accommodations.
My party of persons will need single and/or
double rooms in hotel or private home for days beginning
January 1958. Enclosed is $8.00 for each single room and/or
$12.00 for each double room per day for deposit on these reservations,
plus 3% tax.
There is enclosed remittance of $ representing total for
all the above reservations.
My party will arrive by_ Train; Automobile; Bus.
(Please indicate which. And PLEASE add 10c per check
for banking charge if you remit by check.)
Names and addresses of those in my party:
While at the Reunion our address will be:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
ST. PETERSBURG, FLOBIDA
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 1550.
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
Wife's Name _--
Address _- -------
City ___-----..-- State_--_
Number of Years on Canal
What Division -_
Amount Enclosed ._--- ..--
Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Abrams
Mr. and Mrs. Al Meigs
Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Hudson, Florida
and daughter, Anita McKeown, C.Z.
Home of Mrs. Effie McGlade
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Mrs. Celmira de Malek examines figurines depicting Panama costumes
at home of the Newell Shaws in Fayetteville, Ark. Picture on wall, Rio
Chiriqui Viejo, by Mrs. Edith Jones.
Mrs. Louise Harrell Wright, Grandma, Mrs. Mildred Harrell,
and Great Grandma Mrs. Anna Kjellander. The Children are Frank
Frank, 7, Robin, 5, Larraine, 4, Patricia, 3, and William
Bruce Wright, born in July, 1957.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kent, Florida, Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Maurer, Florida,
Mrs. Alice Barnes, Florida, Mrs. Frances Dora, Arkansas,
Mrs. Margaret Considine, N.J., Capt. and Mrs. Al Forstrom, R.I.,
Mrs. Nellie Hussey, Florida, Mr. Henderson Smith, Florida
Capt. H.P. Forrest, Virginia
Col. and Mrs. William P. Hunt, St. Petersburg,
Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Warren, Tampa
Susan Carol Jeffers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jeffers
Granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Schnake of
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Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Halderman of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Orr of Houston,
Mrs. Etta Attaway of Kerrville, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Coakley of Grand Rapids,
Michigan, Mrs. Lee Wright of Houston, Pat Coakley, Jr. Sound Engineer of
KUHT-TV, Dr. Edward Schnake, John Sealy Hospital, Galveston, Texas
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