NEW UNITED STATES POST OFFICE ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clements, Lutz, Fla.
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. Drake, Bound Brook, N. J.
Mr. and Mrs. William Bolz, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Dunham,
St. Petersburg, Fla. Sarasota, Fla.
Mrs. Marie Wulff, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Henry,
Zephyrhills, Fla. Zephyrhills, Fla.
Mrs. J. H. Weisiger,
Dade City, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Metzger,
Mrs. Lillian Knight. Gresham, Oregan
Mrs, B. W, MlJrtv'e, St Pterbtvrg, Fla
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McTyier
New York, N. Y.
Mrs. Gladys E. Detamore and
daughter, Peggy. Staunton, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. Crawley Walston
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. J. i. Eckert, PoughkeepMie, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Bothan, JinesDor.:, Ark.
Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Melanson,
Mr. Marion Hollowell, Milton Del. Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hollowell,
Hendersonville, N. C. Mr. and Mrs. Albert McKeown, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. David Potts,
Newport News, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Hill,
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Holms
Kearny, N. J.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
Macon A. Turner J. F. Warner
Keith Kelley F. A. Andersen
Vice-President J. F. Bashner
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd W. H. Butler
Secretary-Treas. H. H. Hudson
Harry J. Lewis
Frances G. Hargy Dan E. Wright
Recording Sec'y. O Counselors
E. M. Kieswetter
News Editor James Bradley
April 30th, 1958
Since our Organization is composed mostly of Retired Employees,
having worked for Uncle Sam, the most important piece of Legislation
is the INCREASE IN OUR RETIREMENT ANNUITIES. At the present
date, the pieces of legislation that are high on the House and Senate cal-
1. Salary increases for Officers and Enlisted Men of the Armed
2. Salary increases for Civil Service Employees and Postal Em-
3. Increases in Annuities for those retired prior to October 1st, 1956.
According to information received daily, through the Congressional
Record, both houses have passed bills to give increases to all three of these
groups. The first group will get an increase of at least 6% over present
base pay as a cost of living boost. It is interesting to note that the Senate
voted 87-0 on April 29th for this increase. The second group have been
granted increases by both the House and the Senate, but this piece of
legislation is being held up to link this increase in with Postal Rate Boost.
It looks as though the Administration's request for a five-cent, first class
postal rate will be sacrificed for a four-cent first class postal rate. This
would make a 33-1/3% increase for regular letters.
Both the House and the Senate have appointed Joint-Committees to
"GIVE AND TAKE" on the different versions of these bills. Inasmuch
as several Congressmen and Senators serve on each of these joint com-
mittees, the final action will take the agreed course as listed above. My
prediction is still a straight 15% increase in Annuities with a rejection
of the proposed $1,200.00 ceiling for supplementary earned income for
those receiving this increase.
For a quick picture of the Retirement Increases, please note the fol-
Senate-No. 72 House-No. 607
Bill passed 3/21/58 3/31/58
Effective Date 1st Day of 2nd Month after enactment.
Increased 1st $1,500.00 --- 20% 10%
Increased Over $1,500.00---. 10% 10%
Ceiling on Increases_____----- $600.00 Approx. $375.00
Ceiling on Total Annuity ..__. No limit $4,104.00 per yr.
Supplementary Earned Income No limit $1,200.00 per yer.
Unmarried Survivor of
Annuitant who died
prior to Feb. 29th, 1948 _. (Years survivor lived with Annuitant)
Married status of Survivor 5 years 10 years
Annuity of Survivor__ -- 1/ Annuity /2 Annuity
Annuity of Survivor-
Max. Increase___ _---- $600.00 $200.00
The following Congressmen and Senators have the fate of this in-
crease in their hands: HOUSE: Morrison, D. (La.) Chairman; Davis,
Lesinski, Robeson, Corbett, Gross and Mrs. Harden. SENATE Johnson,
D, (S.C.) Chairman; Yarborough, Neuberger, Carlson and Morton.
On April l1th, 1958, the President signed Public Law No. 85-377,
authorizing the Civil Service Commission to assume the obligations for
any of the nine insurance groups doing business with Government Em-
ployees, which had been left out of the original insurance act. The orig-
inal act authorized the Government to assume the obligations of Govern-
ment Employee Group Insurance Companies, but left out nine such com-
panies due to lack of funds. Such arrangement in P.L. No. 85-377 shall
apply only to life insurance agreements existing on August 11, 1955 and
on the date of the respective agreement (April 11, 1958).
Two other pieces of Legislation are pending and are sure of passage:
1. H. R. No. 6141, submitted by Congressman Morrison, D. (La.)
Chairman of the Civil Service Subcommittee and approved by the Admin-
istration, will provide free Health and Medical Service to Civilian Em-
ployees and a reasonable charge to Dependents, assigned to Overseas Posts.
2. Insurance Coverage Decline after 65. For those over 65, the
decline insurance coverage would be only 1% per month to a minimum
of 50% of the face value. At present the Insurance coverage declines
at 2% a month until it reaches a floor of 25% of the face value.
The Editor, Mr. Kieswetter, has granted the undersigned the privi-
lege of writing a FLASH NEWS page when the Retirement Increases are
approved. Our Congressman, Mr. William C. Cramer has been requested
to send a cable to this effect.
F. W. Hohmann, Chairman
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Alien of Margarita, Canal Zone, announce
the engagement of their daughter Margaret, to Mr. Leslie Rinehart, son
of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Rinehart, also of Margarita.
Miss Allen graduated from Cristobal High School in 1956, attended
the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, and at present is study-
ing at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Mr. Rinehart was graduated from Cristobal High School in 1953 and
will complete his Machinist apprenticeship with the Industrial Division
in July of this year.
Miss Alien will return to the Canal Zone during the summer and a
Fall Wedding is planned.
Miss Rose Hensler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Hensler of Bal-
boa, became the bride of Mr. Gene F. Skatulski at a nuptial ceremony
performed by the Rev. Paul C. Loven, C. M. at St. Mary's Church, Bal-
boa, on Saturday morning, February 8, at 10 o'clock.
Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Warren Waite, were married at a nuptial mass
at the Holy Family Church in Margarita on December 28. Mrs. Waite,
the former Miss Nancy Ramsey, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin
F. Ramsey of Margarita.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Million of Balboa, announce the engagement of
their daughter, Shirley Lou, to Mr. Robert L. Muse, son of Lt. Cdr.
(retired) and Mrs. L. H. Muse of Key West, Florida. The wedding will
take place on September 2nd at the Balboa Union Church.
The bride-to-be graduated from Balboa High School in 1954 and
from the Canal Zone Junior College in 1956. She will be graduated from
Florida State University this May with a degree in Library Science.
Mr. Muse graduated from Key West High School in 1954. He is
currently enrolled at Florida State University in the school of business.
Mrs. Simha Levy of Panama has announced the engagement of her
daughter Rachel, to Mr. Bill Segal, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Segal
of New York City.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin J. Roddy of Margarita announce the marriage
of their daughter Patricia May to Mr. Gene Melnick of Meiden, Conn.
Mr. and Mrs. Melnick were married on February 15th by the Rev.
Father Meaws at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi.
Mr. Melnick is being transferred overseas where Mrs. Melnick will
join him after her graduation in August from Charity Hospital School
of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Melnick is a graduate of
Meiden High School and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology
for three years.
Miss Jane Elinor Jennison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Jennison
of Balboa, became the bride of Mr. Thomas Joseph Nolan on Thursday,
January 30 at St. Thomas Aguinas Chapel, Berkley, California. The Rev.
Joseph L. Quinn, C. S. P. officiated.
The bride is a student in her third year at the University of Cali-
fornia, and a graduate of Balboa High School.
The groom, who is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John J. Nolan
of Chicago, Ill., is a student in his final year at the University of Califor-
nia. He served in the U.S. Army Intelligence in Korea.
At a candlelight ceremony at Fort Amador chapel Saturday after-
noon, December 28, Miss Diane Carline Skinner, of Washington, D. C.,
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph K. Skinner, of Ancon was married
to Mr. Hugh Warner Ernisse of Washington, D. C., the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles H. Ernisse of Rochester, N. Y.
Mrs. Alberta Powers Harris of St. Petersburg, Fla. has announced
the marriage of her daughter, Marion Harris Wilkins, to Staff Sgt. Donald
L. Pauly of MacDill Air Force Base on March 19, 1958. They will make
their home in Tampa, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. James P. Sullivan of Los Altos, Cal., and formerly of
the Canal Zone, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Alice
Joan, to Mr. Earle George Roby of Detroit.
Miss Sullivan attended Balboa High School, Canal Zone Junior Col-
lege and was graduated from Stanford University. At present she is
teaching in China Lake, Cal. Mr. Roby is the son of Mr. Ralph Roby
of Detroit and is a graduate of the University of Detroit. He is employed
as an electronics engineer in the weapons development department at the
China Lake Naval Ordinance Testing Station.
A June wedding in Palo Alto, California is being planned.
Miss Elizabeth Ann Munro, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Munro
of Ancon, became the bride of Mr. Richard C. Berns at a ceremony per-
formed by the Rev. Wm. Harrison Myers on February 8 in the First
Methodist Church, Long Beach, California.
Following a wedding trip to Arizona the young couple returned to
Long Beach where they will make their home. Mr. Berns is associated with
the Factory Insurance Association.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Thomas of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, announce
the marriage of their daughter, Alyce Ann to Mr. Jerry A. O'Nial, son
of Mrs. Lucyle Snider of Fort Worth, Texas. The couple were married
on January 2, 1958 in Colon, R. P.
Mr. and Mrs. Leon J. Egolf of Gamboa, C. Z. announce the marriage
of their daughter, Barbara Ann, to Mr. Louis Dedeaux at six P.M. in the
Holy Family Church in Margarita, C. Z. Mr. Dedeaux is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Leon E. Dedeaux of Gulfport, Miss. and formerly from the
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Merrill Ruoff of Dallas, Texas, announce the birth
of their third child and third daughter, Diane, on March 18, in Dallas
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. A. N. Ruoff of Los Rios.
The maternal grandmother is Mrs. Nora Rathgeber of Newark, N. J.,
a former Isthmian resident.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl P. Hoffman Jr., of Annandale, Virginia, announce
the birth of a daughter, Katrina Anne, who weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces,
on March 8th.
Mrs. Hoffman is the former Elizabeth McKee who resided in the
Canal Zone when her father, the late Col. William H. McKee, was
stationed at Quarry Heights.
Mr Hoffman is the son of former Canal Zone residents, Mr. and
Mrs. Carl P. Hoffman of Rochester, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Boyd M. Bevington, Jr., of Sacramento, California, an-
nounce the birth of their second child, a daughter, Laura Christine, born
on January 28th. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. G. M.
Johnson of Sacramento, and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Boyd M. Bevington of Balboa.
The Rev. and Mrs. Edwin Crowe Webster of Balboa announce the
birth of their fifth child and fourth son, James Freeman, on Monday,
February 17, at Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Thompson of Balboa announce the birth of
a son. The baby, who will be named Michael Ray, is the Thompsons'
seventh son and eleventh child.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Leber of Rosseau.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Horine of Balboa announce the birth of
their first child, a son, Stacey, on February 12th at Gorgas Hospital. The
baby weighed 7 Ibs., 5 ozs.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Stacy of Cocoli, and
paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Horine of Phoenix, Arizona.
Mr. and Mrs. David W. Sullivan of Gamboa are the parents of a daugh-
ter, Gladys Marie, born Feb. 20th at San Fernando Clinic, their second
child and first daughter.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ghiloni
of Golf Heights, Panama, and Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Sullivan of Gamboa.
Mr. and,Mrs. William J. Allen of Dunedin, Florida, announce the
birth of a son, Michael Anthony, born on December 5, 1957. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Schneider of St. Petersburg, Fla.
and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Allen of the
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lawrence Jones of Balboa, announce the birth
of a son, David Roland, born on March 13th. Paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. C. Roland Jones of Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Asmussen of North Muskegan, Michigan,
announce the birth of a son, John Charles, on March 11. Mrs. Asmussen
is the former Anita Daniels, daughter of Mrs. Isabel B. Daniels of Bella
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Collins, Jr., of Margarita are the parents of a son
John Michael, born March 10th. This is their second son.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Holgerson of Balboa,
while the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Collins, Sr., of
Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. John Kennedy of Evansville, Ind., have announced the
birth of a daughter, Amie Elizabeth, born March 7 in Evansville. The baby
weighed nine pounds, nine ounces.
Mrs. Kennedy is the former Mary Patton, Girl Scout executive on
the C. Z. The Kennedys were married while living in the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale W. Taylor of Cocoli are receiving the congratula-
tions of their many friends on the birth of their 'first child, a son. The
baby, who has been named Lance Kaisell, weighed 8 lbs., 3 ounces.
Mrs. Taylor, the former Shirley Ann Keepers, is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Herman H. Keepers of Gatun. The baby's paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. John A. Taylor of Gatun. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Keepers
of Diablo Heights are the baby's great-grandparents on the maternal side.
Mr. and Mrs. John David Catron announce the birth of a son, David
Bronson Catron, at Ventura, California, on April 9th. The baby is their
second child and first son. Mrs. Catron is the former Patricia Rigby of
the Canal Zone; she attended Junior College in 1954-55. The grand-
parents of the new baby are Mrs. John H. Catron of Ventura and Mr.
and Mrs. Arthur Bronson Rigby of Balboa.
Mrs. and Mrs. A. J. Estes, Jr., of El Paso, Texas, have announced the
birth of their second daughter, Rhona Marie, on March 7th.
Mrs. Estes is the former Sally Ackerman of Ancon. Mr. Estes was
with the Army on the Canal Zone for several years. He is now working
toward a degree in geology at Texas Western University.
Mrs. K. D. Ackerman of Ancon is the new little girl's maternal grand-
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Estes, Sr., of Gaines-
Mr. and Mrs. Gunnar Lindahl, of Cali, Colombia, have announced the
birth of a son, who is to be named for his grandfathers Captain Hans
Elliot and Mr. Knute Lindahl.
Mrs. Lindahl is the daughter of Captain and Mrs. Hans Elliot of
Boquete and the sister of Mrs. Alfred Collins of Lerida near Boquete.
Mr. Lindahl is Swedish Consul in Cali and is well known on the Zone.
The birth of a son on Washington's Birthday has been announced by
Mr. and Mrs. Crede C. Calhoun, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. They also
have twin boys, Timothy and Stephen, now over three years old.
Crede C. Calhoun was born on the Isthmus and is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Crede H. Calhoun. He is employed in the law firm of Jones, Day,
Cockley and Deavis, of Cleveland. The new baby has been named for
his paternal grandfather.
Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Frick of Rousseau announce the birth of their
third child and third daughter, Jeanine, on March 31, at Gorgas Hospital.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John L. Haas of
Margarita, and Mr. and Mrs. Otto C. Frick of Corpus Christi, Texas, who
are former residents of the Canal Zone.
Word has been received from Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Cotton of Boul-
der, Colorado, that they are the proud parents of a son, Keith Ford, born
April 2. Mrs. Cotton is the former Jacquie McCoy, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Rbert A. McCoy of Curundu Heights and Mr. Cotton is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Cotton of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward O'Connor of Louisville, Kentucky, announce the
birth of their third child, a daughter, Mary Margaret, born on Dec. 27,
1957. Mrs. Charles Persons of St. Petersburg is Mary Margaret's great
Earl Cassell, Chief Operations Foreman, Atlantic Locks-
30 years, 3 months, 13 days.
Ernest B. Curling, Machinist Foreman, Pacific Locks-
26 years, 7 months, 1 day.
William J. Dorgan, Electrical Division-33 years, 2 months, 6 days.
Lily E. Lindberg, Gorgas Hospital Nurse-10 years, 6 months, 29 days.
Wallace T. Melanson, Industrial Division-34 years, 2 months, 4 days.
Arthur Morgan, Dredging Division--45 years, 1 month, 15 days.
Walter Oliver, Division of Schools-15 years, 16 days.
Mrs. Louis K. Allen, Navigation Division-10 years, 8 months, 22 days.
Eulie M. Bennett, Transportation Division-8 years, 5 months, 20 days.
Capt. Jack H. Hearn, Navigation Division-32 years, 10 months, 19 days.
Henry T. Leisy, Schools Division-28 years, 10 months, 15 days.
Bernard W. McIntyre--Railroad Division-32 years, 9 months, 21 days.
Capt. Harry L. Bach, Navigation Division-23 years, 6 months, 10 days.
William F. Browne, Agents Account Branch-21 years, 11 months, 5 days.
We have received information from some of our members that a
man calling himself Capt. John Bowie has been calling on members in
the St. Petersburg area and lately from the Miami and Fort Lauderdale
area, for the purpose of borrowing money. He claims he was an ex-Canal
employee and a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He may
be an ex-Canal employee but he is not now and never has been a member
of this Society. He has, in some way, obtained a Year Book of the Society
and is using it to locate Ex-Canal people. He claims he owns a boat
which is in Vera Crus, Mexico. He promised to return the money he bor-
rowed as soon as he could get cash from the Chase Bank in Balboa, C. Z.
but, so far, has not done so.
It has been requested by the Society that this warning be put in the
Record so that members in the Florida and other areas may know of the
activities of this man.
It behooves everyone to take care that our Year Books do not fall
in the hands of individuals not entitled to them.
George B. Halloran of Miami, Florida, writes that his son George A.
(Bill) Halloran, recently suffered a Coronary Thrombosis, but is now
on the road to recovery.
Miss Jane Gadde of St. Petersburg, Fla. has been a patient in Bay
Pines Veterans Hospital. She is reported to be recuperating, nicely.
Mrs. Leonard H. Stark of Denver, Colorado, was in St. Luke's Hos-
pital in Denver during March for the removal of a cataract from her
left eye. Dr. Hix, Jr., son of Dr. Ivan Hix, performed the operation
which was expertly performed and she is getting along fine. Dr. Ivan
Hix was a doctor at Gorgas Hospital for several years.
Mrs. W. W. Warren of Tampa, Fla. was a patient in Tampa General
Hospital early in April.
Mrs. Marie Wulff of Zephyrhills, Fla. was a patient in the hospital
in April, suffering from a heart attack.
Mrs. Eleanor Kennedy of Orlando, Fla. has been under the weather
and confined to her bed much of the time since last Thanksgiving. Mrs.
Kennedy is 96 years old.
Mrs. Charles C. Shaw of Palatka, Fla. has been a hospital patient for
several weeks. We hope she will be able to return to her home, soon.
(Judge) John LeRoy Latimer of 914 Messina Ave., Coral Gables,
Florida, has been confined to the hospital for some time. Friends may send
get well cards to his home address.
Mrs. Dorothy Dahlhoff, daughter of Roe Reynolds, was operated on
in March in Mercy Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Mrs. Dahlhoff is a
telephone operator on the Zone. She was visiting in Denver, recuperating
from surgery at San Fernando Clinic in Panama. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard
Stark of Arriba, Colorado report that Mrs. Dahlhoff is making a good
Mrs. F. L. Alexaitis of Tampa is critically ill in Tampa Hospital,
following a heart attack.
Mrs. C. D. Hummer of St. Petersburg, was a patient at St. Anthony's
Hospital in May. She is now at home and improving.
Mr. Seymore Paul is critically ill at his home in Harrisonburg, Va.
CARDS OF THANKS
Cards of thanks and appreciation have been received from the following:
Mrs. C. B. Marshall
Mrs. Dolly Smith
Mrs. Edna Van Brocklin and
Mrs. Anna Ruth Werkheiser
Mrs. Mazelia Williams
Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson
Mrs. Marie Calloway & Family
Mr. and Mrs. John Sanders
The family of Helen Hammond Sir
Mr. Graff and the Engelke family
Miss Jane Gadde
Mrs. Frank Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bradley
in behalf of the relatives of
James P. Heenan.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Everett
Mr. A. J. Scott and family.
THE CURTAIN FALLS
It is with deep regret that we receive news of the passing on of old
friends. To all who have lost dear ones during the past few months, the
Panama Canal Society wishes to extend sincere sympathy.
James Patrick Heenan, 79, formerly with the dredging division in the
Canal Zone, died March 20th in a local hospital. He lived at 5322 16th
Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida.
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Sur of Los Angeles, Calif.;
a brother, Owen of Perry, Iowa, and several nieces and nephews.
Charles A. Blair, former Panama Canal deputy collector in Cristabal,
died in the Eno Clinic in Colon. He was 79 years old.
A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Mr. Blair came to the Canal Zone in
1906 and was employed by the Isthmian Canal Commission as a clerk and
later as assistant paymaster.
When the Canal organization was formed, he was employed as a pay-
master and later as deputy collector in the Collector's Office in Cristobal.
a position he held until his retirement in 1940.
Since that time, he has been making his home in Colon.
News has been received of the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Williams, wife
of Walter D. Williams at Novato, Cal., March 9. She was 54 years of age
and had suffered a long illness.
The Williamses were well known residents of the Atlantic side and
he is a retired Panama Canal employee.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Williams is survived by four daugh-
ters: Mrs. Margaret Gallardo of Panama City, Mrs. Eleanor Wilcox of
San Raphael, Cal., Mrs. Roberta Egols of Carte Madera, Cal., and Mrs.
Ann Mitchum of Charleston, S. C.
Joseph Sherman DeVore, member of a well known Canal Zone family
and former employee of the Canal organization, died suddenly in his home
in North Augusta, South Carolina. He was 41 years old.
Well known on both sides of the Isthmus, Dr. DeVore was born in
Colon and attended the Canal Zone schools. His father L. H. DeVore was
employed in the Accounting Division for many years before his retire-
ment in 1948.
Surviving him are his wife Mrs. Marian DeVore; two young sons,
Roger and William, and a daughter Janice; his father, who resides in
Gamboa; a brother, William H. DeVore, of Los Rios; and an uncle J.
B. DeVore, of Balboa.
Mrs. Adelaide L. Graff, 78, of 120 27th Avenue North, St. Peters-
burg, Fla., died on April 10th, 1958.
Mrs. Graff had lived here since 1940, coming from Balboa, Panama
Canal Zone. She was born in Chicago, and was a member of St. Peter's
Episcopal Church, and the Panama Canal Society, both here.
Survivors include her husband, George V.; a daughter, Mrs. Con-
stance E. Engelke, Gamboa, Canal Zone; two grandchildren and eight
Mrs. Helen Lees, former resident of Cristobal, died April 13 in Brook-
lyn, New York, after a long illness.
She was the wife of Roland J. Lees, who was with the Electrical Div-
ision as a district wireman on the Atlantic Side for fifteen years.
Surviving Mrs. Lees, besides her husband, are two children, Roland,
Jr., who graduated from Cristobal High School, and Bernadette. The
family lives at 1754 East 38th Street in Brooklyn.
Major William H. Smith, USAF, retired, father of Mr. William H.
DeVore of Los Rios, died at Gorgas Hospital after a brief illness. He was
68 years old.
Born in North Carolina, Major Smith served in the U. S. military
forces from 1911 until his retirement as a Major in October, 1945. Part
of his tour of duty was served in the Canal Zone.
In addition to his wife, Mrs. Marion P. Smith, and his daughter, Mrs.
DeVore, he is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Bruce Robinette,
Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mrs. Dana Green, of San Diego.
Robert James Neely, former Zonian and member of a well-known
Canal Zone family, died suddenly in Tucson, Ariz. where he had made
his home for the past several years. He was 41 years old. Death is be-
lieved to have been caused by a heart attack.
Mr. Neely worked for the Canal organization from 1936 to 1947;
when he resigned he was a storekeeper in the Storehouse Division.
He is survived by his wife, and two small children, in Tucson; his
mother, who is now in the United States and enroute to Tucson; and by
four sisters, Mrs. M. F. Greene of Margarita, Mrs. John R. Smith of Bal-
boa, Miss Milderd Neely, of Curundu, and Mrs. William Burkes of New
Mrs, Frances C. Bottenfield, a longtime resident of the Isthmus, died
at Gorgas Hospital where she hod been a patient for the last nine years.
Her age was 82.
Mrs. Bottenfield was born in Wisconsin.
With her late husband, who died some years ago, she was at one time
in the electrical supply business in Panama City.
She had no relatives on the Isthmus but is survived by a nephew,
John W. McPherson, of Minneapolis.
Mrs. Charles O. Denning, 53, died on March 13 in Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Denning was the daughter of the late J. B. Fields, who was Con-
structing Quartermaster for many years. Mrs. Denning returned to the
Zone from Texas, last year, and made her home with her brother and
sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Fields of Balboa. In addition to her
brother in Balboa, she is survived by another brother, Frank Fields, who
resides in Texas.
Lt. General Robert M. Montague died on February 20, 1958, at Gorgas
Hospital. A distinguished soldier, Gen. Montague had a wide and active
career, having served in both World Wars and was Commander in Chief,
Carribean Command, at the time of his death. Gen. Montague graduated
from the U. S. Military Academy in 1919. Surviving him are his widow,
a son, Major Robert M. Montague, Jr., a brother, C. B. Montague of San
Jose, California, and three grandchildren.
Committal services were held on Sunday, March 16, 1958 at All Souls
Chapel of St. Luke's Cathedral in Ancon, for John C. Buchele, 68, who
died in Albany, New York, in February. Mr. Buchele is survived by his
wife and a daughter, Mrs. B. I. Everson of Margarita, C. Z. Mr. Buchele
was an accomplished artist and cartoonist. His work appeared in the
"Safety Zone" and he also worked on the design of the Panama Canal
Company seal and several postage stamps.
Mrs. Rae R. Richie of Orlando, Florida, died on March 12 at the
home of her sister, Mrs. Gene Brody of Flemington, New Jersey. Mrs.
Richie operated Beauty Shops on the Canal Zone for several years.
W. C. Haskins, age 84, Panama Canal old timer, with service dating
back to July 1904, died on February 26 at Oelwin, Iowa. Mr. Haskins
was a former Editor and Contributor to the Star and Herald of Panama.
He later ran a printing plant in Colon, known as The Haskins News
Agency. He is survived by a niece, Miss Helen Lotts of Oelwin, Iowa.
It is not known if there were other survivors.
William Henry Calloway, age 63, passed away on March 11, 1958 in
a St. Petersburg hospital. Beside his wife, he is survived by three daugh-
ters; Mrs. V. G. Camby and Mrs. R. A. DuVall of the Canal Zone and
Mrs. D. R. Roma in France; also by his mother, Mrs. W. A. Seabring of
Whistler, Alabama, a sister, two brothers and twelve grandchildren.
Ernest M. Reinhold, 68, died on March 9th at his home in Lakeland,
Fla. Survivors included his widow, Mrs. Myrtle Reinhold, five sons, E.
M. Reinhold on the Canal Zone, Richard M. of St. Paul, Minn., Robert of
Hialeah, Fla., J. B. Reinhold of Louisville, Ky. and William of Darien,
Conn.; also by two daughters, Mrs. Eleanor Graham of Port Washington,
N. Y. and Mrs. Margaret Ambrosia of Lakeland, Fla. and ten grand-
children, two brothers and one sister.
Mrs. Myrtle Reinhold, age 62, passed away on March 18th, nine days
after the death of her husband, Ernest M. Reinhold. Mrs. Reinhold is
survived by five sons, two daughters, two brothers, Lee of Fresno, Calif.,
and William of Allentown, Penn. and a sister, Mrs. Bert Tydeman of
Allentown, Penn. Mrs. Reinhold is aslso survived by ten grandchildren.
Mrs. Ella Bangs, 86, died on March 23rd at the home of her daugh-
ter, Mrs. Leonard Smith of 200 South Broadway, Tarrytown, New York.
According to word received from Mrs. N. L. Levy of Houston, Texas,
Mr. Albert Horle passed away on March 24th at the home of his niece,
Mrs. Paul Goddee of 3 Cliff Street, Winchester, Mass. Mrs. Levy also
reports the death of Georgeanna Krause Giles of Boston, Mass.
Mrs. Mamie V. Moody died on March 18th in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mrs. Moody made her home with her cousin Mrs. Storer M. Everett. She
is survived by several cousins in the north.
Mrs. Odena Frost White, widow of Walter White, died on August 31st
in Berkley, California. Mrs. White was a member of the well known
Frost family on the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Gretchen Sobatta of Dade City, Florida, was instantly killed in
an automobile accident enroute to a religious convention at Tarpon
Springs, Florida. The accident occurred on March 31st, 1958.
A former Colon resident, Mrs. Helen Smith, died in Merrick, L. I.
Mrs. Smith, who was the daughter of J. R. Hammond, a Canal Zone
resident, died of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 43 years old.
Mrs. Smith was born in Colon and was graduated from Cristobal
High School. Later she attended the University of Cincinnati and had
been teaching school at Merrick, when she died.
Her brother, John Hammond, of Ancon, arrived in the States before
her death. Her mother, Mrs. J. R. Hammond of Gulfport, Florida was
Mrs. Stephen E. Worley, a Canal Zone resident for many years before
her husband's retirement, died in a Brownsville, Tex., hospital March 28
as a result of an automobile accident in Brownsville a few hours before.
She was 69 years old.
Also killed in the accident was Mrs. Milton West, widow of a former
U.S. Congressman and a sister-in-law of Mrs. Worley. The car in which
they were riding, driven by Mrs. West, was struck by a wrecker at a street
Mrs. Worley had made her home in Brownsville for the past ten
years and had been employed as a technician with a Brownsville hospital.
Mrs. Worley is survived by a sister, Mrs. Robert Terrell Toone, who
also lived on the Canal Zone for many years and is well known here. Mr.
and Mrs. Toone now live in Kerrville, Tex. Mrs. Worley is also survived
by a brother who resides in Eagle Pass, Texas.
Mrs. Lela M. Brown, wife of Meredith W. Brown, an employee of the
Postal Division in Cristobal, died suddenly in Coco Solo Hospital. She
was 27 years old.
A native of Iowa, Mrs. Brown has been making her home on the
Isthmus for the past few years and recently became a resident of Coco Solo.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three young children, two
sons and a daughter.
Frank A. Anderson, 77, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died on Thursday,
April 17th, 1958, in a local hospital. Mr. Anderson worked as a Steam
and Operating Engineer in the early construction days on the Canal. Sur-
vivors include his wife, Mabel P., a son, Frank A. of Diablo, C. Z., two
brothers, five sisters, and one grandson. Mr. Anderson was a past Master
of Sojourner Lodge A.F.&A.M. Canal Zone, and a member of the Scot-
Mrs. H. W. Gerrans died suddenly on February 28th at the home of
her son-in-law and daughter, Capt. and Mrs. O. E. Swenson of Gloucester,
Mass. She is also survived by her son, Dr. A. Earl Gerrans of Los Rios,
Mr. Harold Roy Pickens of Tampa, Fla. died April 1, 1958 at his
home. A native of Hastings, Ontario, he had resided in Tampa for five
months. Mr. Pickens is survived by his wife, Grace, and one daughter,
Mrs. A. L. Stevenson of Oakland, California.
News of the death of Col. Orville G. Brown, onetime superintendent
of Gorgas Hospital and later Chief Health Officer for the Panama Canal,
has been received.
Col. Brown died about the middle of March in Tuscon, Ariz., where
he had made his home for several years. He was 77 years old.
A native of Washington, D. C., he came to the Canal Zone in Septem-
ber, 1936 as superintendent of Gorgas Hospital. He served in that post
until he was appointed Chief Health Officer in June 1934. He served as
Chief Health Officer until his transfer from the Canal Zone in Sept., 1936.
Survivors include a daughter, Emily, who was at one time on the
staff on The Panama American.
George A. Black, Sr., former postmaster at Coco Solo, died in New
York City where he had been making his home. He was 71 years old.
Mr. Black is survived by his wife, Nellie Black, a son, George A.
Black, Jr., and two grandchildren.
Mr. W. A. Dunlap of Long Beach, California, died April 13th. Mr.
Dunlap is survived by his wife. No further details are available.
Mrs. Hazel Snow Scott of Bradenton, Fla. died on April 6th, 1958.
She is survived by her husband, Mr. A. J. (Archie) Scott. At one time,
Mrs. Scott was a nurse in Gorgas Hospital and Mr. Scott was employed
by the Bureau of Clubs and Playgrounds.
Mr. W. A. (Judge) Moore died on January 27, 1958 at the home of
his sister in North Carolina. No further details are available.
Col. C. Earl Whipple, old time Canal employee, died on March 20,
1958 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Col. Whipple is survived by his
wife, Mrs. Laura Saxon Whipple, whom he married in Culebra, C. Z. in
1907. He is also survived by a daughter, Mrs. Jane Whipple Roberts.
John D. Logsdon, 58, died on Friday, May 9th at his home in Barton,
Maryland. Mr. Logsdon was born in Barton, Maryland, and was an em-
ploye in the Electrical Division of the Panama Canal for many years. He
has been in ill health for a long time, following a stroke suffered four
years ago. He is survived by his wife and one son.
They are passing-these friends of old-
Like leaves on the current cast;
With never a break in the rapid flow,
We watch them one by one as they go
Into the dreamland of the past.
As a result of a final order in the Panama Canal pilots suit against
the Panama Canal Company, the pilots will recover the sum of $3,387.08
each. The award is far under the $28,250 each man sought, but they will
receive certain beneficial principles as a result of the suit.
While we were having excessive rains in Florida, California, and
over most of the United States, Cristobal, C. Z. had the heaviest March
rains in history. Rains have been quite frequent during the past dry
season over most of the Canal Zone.
The old Hyatt Panama Manganese mine, in the Province of Colon,
made the news with its first shipment of 1400 tons of ore from Cristobal
bound for Birmingham, Alabama. Years ago, several American and Pan-
ama investors put considerable sums of money into the development of
the mine but no ore was ever shipped out.
A light plane crash at Santa Clara, R. P. on March 9th, resulted in
serious burns for two Canal Zone youths. Douglas Schmidt of Ancon had
burns over 35 percent of his body and Richard Gau of Balboa, suffered
burns over half his body. Both boys were in serious condition at Gorgas
Hospital. Two other passengers in the plane, Julio Wright of Panama
City and William R. Coffey, escaped with minor burns and lacerations.
As a result of Commissary shortages, nineteen local rate employes of
the Sales and Service branch of the Supply and Community services Bur-
eau were fired. Five other employes were down graded and transferred
from their present positions and a number of other personnel were placed
on probation. The shortage for the six months period is understood to
be $31,000. This shortage is less than one percent of commissary turn
over and is considered small by commercial merchandising standards. The
Commissaries usual margin is about one quarter of one percent. Union
leaders and members of civic groups were concerned about how the short-
age would be made up and if the employees would have to pay through
A contract for air conditioning the Administration Building at Bal-
boa Heights at a cost og $942,307 has been awarded to Huffman Wolfe
Southern Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia.
70 exploratory test holes have been drilled to depths ranging from
29 to 80 feet in La Boca, Gavilan, and West Bank areas as a part of the
work being done in connection with the construction of the high level
bridge across the Canal The new bridge will be one of the highest in
the World. It will have a 201 foot clearance for ship traffic. Because of
the height and location, long approaches will be necessary.
After seven weeks of filming the Norman Mailer novel "The Naked
and the Dead" in the jungles and on the beaches of Panama, the actors
and technicians of R. K. 0. and Warner Brothers have returned to
Hollywood. Aldo Ray, Cliff Robertson and Raymond Massey head the
cast, supported by soldiers stationed on the Zone. The beach assault scenes
were taken in the Venado Beach area near the Panamanian village of
Cameron. Several G. I's will be seen in bit rolls and one Canal Zone
civilian will be seen as Chaplain.
When Miss Christine Gibson of Ft. Kobbe was knocked overboard by
the mainsail boom of the pleasure craft, Robert E. Lee, off Taboguilla
Island, William Halvosa dove off the craft to aid Miss Gibson. Halvosa,
42, and Miss Gibson, 32, were obliged to swim, float, and tread water in
a rough sea for two hours before the disabled craft could come within
rescue distance. Halvosa, who suffered a back injury, several years ago,
shipped quite a bit of water during the ordeal and was ordered to
Gorgas Hospital suffering from shock. Miss Gibson was unharmed.
The big suction dredge Mindi is scheduled to be laid up in reserve
status at the end of this year. At the same time, the tug Chame will
also be laid up. 125 crew members have received notice of the proposed
action and every effort will be made to transfer these men to work for
which they are qualified. A number of the crew members will be
eligible for retirement and may elect retirement when the dredge is
Former Canal Zone Police Sgt. James L. Hatcher says that Gov.
Potter threatened to bust him for Union activity. "The decision (of
dismissal) handed down in my case was a personal one, contrary to the
Advisory Boards grievance recommendation" said Hatcher. He will
appeal his dismissal to the Civil Service Commission in Washington.
Hatcher says, "I will win my case and I will be back."
The Commerce Department's Foreign Commerce Weekly, in a re-
lease on March 21st, said that construction of the $20,000,000 bridge
across the Canal at Balboa, is expected to begin in the later part of 1958
and be finished in about three and one half years. The bridge will be
from Far Fan hill across the present ferry route with two exits, one in
Panama and the other in Balboa. The bridge, according to late reports,
will be 11,000 feet long and will be 201 ft. above high water.
The Luchenbach Steamship Company has filed suit against the
Panama Canal for damages and losses suffered by the S. S. Robert
Luckenbach on March 24, 1955. The action states that the ship was
traveling at full speed under orders of the Canal pilot when the ship
went aground. The libel charges that during floating operations, the
dredge Cascades repeatedly struck the hull and propellor causing con-
siderable damage, and cargo was torn, dented, damaged, and pilfered
and lost overboard while being handled by Canal longshoremen. The
Company seeks $200,000 damages.
Finance Minister, Dr. Gilberto Arias, resigned from the cabinet of
President Ernesto de la Guardia, Jr. in the first open indication of a
break between his father, ex-President Harmodio Arias, and the President.
Dr. Roberto Arias, Panama's Ambassador to London, also resigned
after learning that his younger brother had quit his cabinet post. Dr. Arias
told the President in his letter of resignation that he did not share his
opinion that as a cabinet member he was under obligation to compel
certain sectors of the free and independent press to support the govern-
In the third such official protest by the Panama Foreign Office in
less than a month, Panama protests the sale of luxury items in the
commissaries and post exchanges. The Foreign Office claims such sales
are a violation of the treaty. The sale of luxury items in the Canal Zone
stores has been a long standing complaint by Panama and has been
officially protested by practically every administration.
Another protest by the Panama Foreign Office was directed against
the Canal Zone Credit Union and asked that operation of the union cease.
The Foreign Office said operations of the Credit Union are a violation
of the 1936 treaty between the United States and Panama. The Foreign
Office explanation of its protest got a rough greeting from some Credit
Union members. Outrageous, silly, and hogwash were terms applied to
Another Foreign Office protest charged fly sheets, advertising the
bi-monthly dances at the Tivoli Guest House, were being distributed in
Panama City. A well informed Canal source said, "The fly sheets were
distributed at the Balboa Commissary to-gether with the regular Commis-
sary bulletin and several were placed in the lobby of the Tivoli Guest
House but none were distributed in Panama."
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Covering the period from February 10 through April 24, 1958
PICNIC TIME AGAIN they will be held at the various Parks thru
October as follows:
May 13 Lowry Park in Tampa
June 9 Hillsboro Park, North of Tampa on Route 301
July 14 Lake Maggiore Park in St. Petersburg 9th Street South
August 11 Lowry Park in Tampa
September 8 Lowry Park in Tampa
October 13 Lake Maggiore Park in St. Petersburg 9th Street So.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the picinics -
Please make a special effort to attend so that we can all visit with you.
IT IS THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN DUES YOU STILL
HAVE THEM I STILL WANT THEM TO COME TO ME. LET'S
GET TOGETHER You send me the money I'll send you a card.
THANKS. What you need is a BUFF CARD WITH BROWN LETTERING
You will receive the June Record this time so that the above reminder
will help to remind you to pay your dues. I know and you know that
you don't want to miss a Record but it is really hard to convince the
books when they don't have your name among the paid up members.
Many of us have been sick with various types of the flu, bad colds
and just getting to be older and pick up things, but I am happy to
report that we all seem to be on the improving line.
Our daughter, Dorothy, who is a teacher at Abbot Academy in
Andover, Massachusetts, has been appointed Director of a tour for
BROWNELL for approximately 54 days this summer. The trip will take
in the East Coast of South America, across the Continent, up the West
Coast, thru the Panama Canal and back to New York. She is quite en-
thused. They expect to leave the latter part of June or early in July.
Have just heard from Virginia and Martin Seiler in Mogadascio, East
Africa they are hoping to be back home by Christmas of 1958. It is
possible that they may take in the Brussells Fair later on this year. They
have enjoyed their stay very much from all the letters, or rather most
interesting books, that Virg has written since she arrived there about
a year ago. We will all be so glad to see them. Better make a trip to
Florida Virg and Mart before you go out California.
As Louella Parsons says That's all for today, see you tomorrow -
well I might say, that's all for this Record see you next one.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Minutes of Regular Meeting
Held at the Tourist Center, St. Petersburg, February 10, 1958
The meeting was called to order at 2:10 p.m. by the President,
Capt. M. A. Turner, with 78 members present.
Invocation was offered by Chaplain Lee Burns.
The following officers were present:
President -__ Capt. M. A. Turner
Secretary-Treasurer ____ Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Our receptionist introduced the following:
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gerchow Mrs. Matilda Neely
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hoffman Mrs. Raymond Otto
Mrs. Raymond Terry Mr. Al. Geddes
Mrs. Pat Love Mrs. Lillian Knight
Mrs. Roy R. Watson Mrs. B. W. McIntyre
Mr. Archie Burn Mr. Peter McGregor
Mr. Kilmurray Mrs. Ann Strickler
Mr. N. C. Smith Mr. Frank J. McQuade
Members in good standing 1,612.
New members since Jan. 1, 1958 72.
The report of the Recording Secretary was read, and accepted with
a few corrections.
A large number of letters were read by the Sec. Treasurer, together
with several "thank you" notes, and resignations.
Edmund C. Fishbough Gen J. G. Steese
Col. C. B. Humphrey Mrs. Lea Greenblat
Mrs. Oscar Hunaer J. Albert Smith
Chas. F. Kaughan Chas. D. Hummer
T. M. Drake P. R. Kiger
Nich. Middleton Wm. M. Taylor
Jos. C. Irwin W. R. Pfiger
Michael T. Butler Warren Raphael
Percy M. Endom Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Gooding
It was moved and seconded that the Rev. H. C. Brown be invited to
give a ten minute lecture at our next meeting on the various branches of
the Goodwill Industries, Inc. Motion was carried and so ordered.
On the reported sick list were:
Mrs. Dardon, R. 257, Mound Park Hospital
Mr. Alex Meigs.
Mrs. Welch (mother of Mrs. Meigs).
Mr. C. B. Marshall.
Mr. Frank Anderon.
Mrs. Laura Sessions, still under doctor's care.
Mrs. Burt Hall home from hospital and much better.
Capt. Wm. Will is receiving relief from arthritis.
Mr. Richard Slattery.
Miss Jane Gadde.
Committee Reports: Mr. Frank Hohmann, Legislative Chairman,
gave the following report:
No definite news about increase in Retiree Annuities.
The Post Office and Civil Service Committee of the Senate met on
Tuesday, Feb. 11, on proposed postal rates. It was hoped to tie this in
with Federal employee salary increases. There was a Senate delay on
Federal Classified and Postal Employee pay raise legislation. Since the
Kaplan Committee, approved by Civil Service Committee recommended
that retiree annuities be geared to pay increases, this present pay raise
is very important.
Unfinished business: Capt. Turner spoke on the status of the
Community Blood Bank, which at present shows $144 more is needed to
make up the necessary $500.00, and urged more members to sign up.
Mr. Hersh gave the society a presentation of the subject of fluori-
dation of water supply for this city, citing various arguments pro and
con, with several pamphlets on the subject for file.
The meeting then adjourned at 3:35 p.m.
(Mrs.) Dorothy Dworak,
Actg. Recording Secretary.
Minutes of Regular Meeting
Held at the Tourist Center, St. Petersburg, March 10, 1958
The meeting was called to order at 2:10 p.m. by the Pre
Capt M. A. Turner, with about seventy members present.
Invocation was offered by Chaplain Lee Burns.
The following officers were present:
President ____-- Capt. M. A. Turner
Secretary-Treasurer _------------ Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary --- Mr. Francis F. Hargy
Our receptionist introduced the following:
Rev. Harry C. Brown Mr. Oscar R. Hunter
Mrs. Sam. Grier Mr. J. D. Stephens
Mrs. Carlow Capt. H. Forrest
Mr. Edw. Schneider Mr. Warren G. Schultz
Mr. Nils Bergeland Mr. A. W. Wynne
Mr. Michael Murray
Our total membership was 1,623, with 11 new members.
The report of the Recording Secretary was read covering previous
meeting held Feb. 10, 1958. There being no omissions or corrections
noted, they wer approved as read.
Mrs. Judd as usual had a large number of letters from our members,
and read items of general interest from them.
Reported on the sick list were:
Mr. W. E. Sims Mr. Frank Anderson
Mrs. Fritz Williams Mr. A. L. Minor
Mrs. Mary Love Mr. James Heenan
Mr. Frank Wolf Mrs. Edith Minnix
Mrs. Henderson Smith was reported as discharged from the hospital
and doing fine.
Mr. Arthur Van Brocklin Mr. Theodore H. Maenner
Mr. C. B. (Ted) Marshall Col. LeRoy A. Kane
Mr. Percy M. Endom Joudge Moore
Mr. Nicolas B. Middleton Mrs. Isaac Green
A report also was received of the accidental deaths of Mr. and Mrs.
Geo. W. Fisher, Jr., with their two young children, at Silver Spring, Md.,
Chairman Frank Hohmann of the Legislative Committee, gave an
interesting and complete resume of legislative interest to the members.
He had no good news to report, however, regarding an increase in the
annuities of retired employees. Legislation generally favored a raise for
Civil Service and Postal employees. A comparative analysis of the pro-
posed mail rate increase planned by the House and Senate bills was given.
Both provide for a one to two cent increase on letters, postcards, airmail
as well as regular.
The Blood Bank is still under the $500.00 required to put it into
effect, subscriptions and donations amounting to a total of $397.00. Pres.
Turner pointed out that until the $2.00 fee is contributed there can be
The Rev. Harry C. Brown was introduced to the members and he
gave an interesting and detailed account of the Goodwill Industries, Inc.
This is a non-profit organization which provides work for those physic-
ally handicapped, principally by reconditioning all kinds of clothing,
furniture, and household appliances. They send a truck to pick up and
deliver it to their workshop, where machinery and tools are available.
It provides work for those who would ordinarily be charity cases, and
the reconditioned articles are sold, frequently to people who would not
be able to afford to buy new articles, He extended a cordial invitation
to our members to visit their plant in St. Petersburg, at 114 2nd Street
South, where someone would show them around.
Mr. Geddes spoke of an individual who was using his alleged service
with the Canal to obtain loans which are unpaid. It appeared that Mr.
Geddes was not the only one to be so approached. Mention was also made
of unauthorized salesmen who by some means or other obtained one of
our directories and proceeded to canvass the members. The Society does
not authorize such solicitation and members are warned accordingly.
The meeting then adjourned at 3:40 p. m.
Francis F. Hargy,
Minutes of Regular Meeting
Tourist Center, St. Petersburg, April 14, 1958
The meeting was called to order at 1:50 p. m. by President, Capt.
M. A. Turner, with about 75 members present.
The invocation was offered by Chaplain Lee Burns.
The following officers were present:
President ---- Capt. M. A. Turner
Secretary-Treasurer -----_------- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary __-------- Mr. Francis F. Hargy
Our Receptionist introduced the following visitors:
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Karst; Miss Jennie Johannes; Mr. Morehead.
We acquired nine new members during the month, making a total
of 92 since January 1, 1958.
The report of the Recording Secretary covering the previous meeting
March 10th was read, and there being no omissions or corrections noted,
were approved as read.
Mrs. Judd read excerpts from correspondence the Society received
which were of general interest.
Reported on the Sick List were:
George A. Halloran, son of Mr. Geo. B. Halloran.
Mrs. W. W. Warren of Tampa.
Mr. Frank Anderson recovered from a broken hip sufficiently to leave
Mrs. B. A. Darden arrived safely on the Zone and is doing nicely.
Mr. Wm. H. Callaway Mrs. Adelaide Graff
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Reinhold Mrs. Archibald J. Scott
Mr. James P. Heenan Mrs. Gretchen Sabatta
Mrs. Mamie V. Moody (cousin Mrs. H. W. Gerrans
of Mrs. Fred Everett) Mr. Harold R. Pickens
Mrs. Walter D. Williams Mr. C. Earl Whipple
Mrs. Rae Ritchie Mr. S. E. Worley and her sister-
Mrs. Odena Frost White in-law, Mrs. Milton West.
Mrs. Ella Bangs Mr. Bob Neely
Mr. Albert Horle Col. Brown, formerly of C. Z.
Georgiana Krause Giles medical service.
The Chairman of the Legislative Committee, Mr. Hohman, had an
informative report covering status of bills for increased annuities, which
had passed both the House and Senate, for those who had retired prior
to October 1, 1956. The bills are different in some particulars in that the
Senate Bill provides for a 20% increase on the first $1,500, and 10%
for annuities over that amount. The House bill provides for a straight
10% increase. The Senate calls for a ceiling of $600 for any increase,
the House about $375. While the Senate does not provide a maximum
for annuities, the House sets up one of $4,104 per annum. Also those
who receive $1,200 or more per annum as supplemental income are barred
by the House bill, whereas the Senate does not set up any barrier. Both
bills also provide one-half of the annuity for survivors of annuitants, the
Senate fixing a maximum of $600, the House $200. A conference of Com-
mittees from the House and Senate will shortly meet to reconcile differ-
ence in the two bills. Our Chairman's own opinion is that it may be a
straight 15% increase with no limit on supplementary earned income.
It appears that government insurance for employees over 65 years
will be improved if contemplated bills are enacted. In lieu of the face
amount decreasing by 2% a month to as little as 25% of value after 65
years, it would decrease only 1% a month, and not lowered more than
50% of face value.
The Blood Bank is reported stationary and still short of the amount
of $500 required to put it into effect, with 150 participating members.
The Panama Canal Society of Chicago, Ill., invites our members to
their annual reunion May 3rd. A similar invitation to the reunion at
Washington, D. C., May 10th, was received
The individual reported as solicitating loans from members was
active in Miami.
There being no further business on the agenda, it was duly moved
and seconded to adjourn, which was done at 2:30 p.m.
Francis F. Hargy,
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Greetings from Northern California, once again the land of sunshine
and beautiful flowers. After reading my article in the last Record I thought
of what a fibber I was for the rains came and it was mighty wet in this
state for a long time but since Easter day we have had sunshine
and warmth and have been able to get our yards in shape and enjoy
coatless days and beautiful surroundings as the roses, rhodedendruns,
cinerrias and other flowers are magnificent after their drenching.
Despite the weather some of us went visiting during the Easter holi-
day. The Sydney Nevilles visited their daughter and family, the Dale
Ryll's in Phoenix. My mother, Mrs. Fred Brown, my son Grady and my-
self spent the week in San Diego with Mrs. R. Lumby.
The California Society of the Canal Zone Past Matrons and their
husbands met at the home of Mrs. Fred Brown for their annual meeting
on April 19th. It was an all day affair with the women conducting their
meeting upstairs in the living room while the men held forth downstairs
in the family room and listened to the ball game. The day was enjoyed
by Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Beard, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Gilbert, Mr. and
Mrs. J. Prager, Mrs. Bea Fernandez, Mr. and Mrs. C. Howell, Mrs. Docia
Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. S. Baker, Mr. and Mrs. M. Lockwood, Mr. and
Mrs. H. McConaughey, Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Neville, Mr. and Mrs. W.
Pigeon, Mr. and Mrs. W. Jones, Mrs. Ethlyn Wood, Mr. and Mrs. E.
Stillwell, Mrs. R. Lumby, Mr. and Mrs. O. Bullock and Mrs. F. Brown.
The Northern California members were grateful to the weatherman for
providing such Panama-like weather in which to entertain their southern
Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Payne of Napa were recently visited by Mrs.
Elvira Burns, Mrs. Payne's sister, from the Canal Zone. Mrs. Burns saw
her many friends in the Bay Area and said the time was just too short.
Mrs. Bea Fernandez of Dallas, Texas was also a recent visitor in our
area. She spent two weeks with her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and
Mrs. J. Prager, in Berkeley and enjoyed a round of festivities.
We have some lovely new home owners on the peninsula. Mr. and Mrs.
Buckley Yoder recently purchased a lovely home in Los Altos and have as
neighbors Col. and Mrs. Merrill Judd who recently retired from the U. S.
Army and who were stationed on the Canal Zone for many years. Capt and
Mrs. Harry Bach are also on the list of newly retired employees and are
house hunting in Marin County.
Word from the D. J. Evans is that they have sold their home in Bir-
mingham, Alabama and have rented an apartment in Greeley, Colorado.
Jack is working for their son-in-law, Al Harrington, and Lil writes that
she is enjoying living in a small town and being next door to Norma,
Al and children.
The Wesley Hutchings of San Leandro spent last Christmas in Cherry
Point, North Carolina with their son Bill and his wife and son. Bill is
a Captain in the U. S. Marine Corp and a Plane Commander. While
they were in Washington, D. C. they called on Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Reyle
and son and met Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Fritz from Providence, R. I.
With summer almost here and school vacation only a matter of days
many visitors are expected in the Bay Area. Mrs. Ethyln Wood is ready
to welcome her son Jimmie and wife (Martha Bradley) and children
from the Canal Zone and we are looking forward to a visit from Mrs.
Leslie Wilkinson and Mrs. Marion Lucas. Jan (Sampson) and David
Murolt are waiting the birth of their first child and Sullie will be on
hand to welcome her grandchild.
Our Annual picnic is in June and we hope to see many old friends
and welcome new members. The next "news-cast" from Northern Cali-
fornia will include a report of this meeting.
Ruth B. Robertson
NEWS FROM ORLANDO
We were indeed sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Rae R. Ritchie,
at the home of her sister Mrs. Gene Brody of New, Jersey. Mrs. Ritchie
recently sold her home here in Orlando and moved to her sisters but only
lived less than a month. Cause of her death was a heart condition.
Mr. Richard Dickerson was the house guest of Mr. and Mrs. William
Rohrback of Maitland, Florida. Dick has decided to make California
his home for the present.
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Patterson were house guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Clarence Sibus of Altamonte Springs. The Pattersons visited friends in
Miami before returning to their home in Hendersonville, N. C.
Mrs. A. H. Mohr is visiting her daughter Mrs. Andrew M. MacDonald
of Santurce, Puerto Rico. Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald have lived in Puerto
Rico for a couple of years and like it very much.
Mr. Ed. Spearman is spending his Spring vacation at Daytona Beach
but reports that all the Mermaids froze to death during the cold weather
last winter so he has no one to flirt with. Knowing Ed as I do he likes
to flirt with all the ladies.
During the week of April 9th, Mrs. Edna A. Whitver had as her
house guests, Miss Alice Candee and Mrs. Eleanor P. Home both of
Bradenton. During the week many calls were made, and several break-
fasts were served for their friend. We were happy to see them and hope
they return soon.
We are pleased to report that Miss Lena Mae Holden who has been
confined to the hospital is improving and is now at her home.
Mrs. Marjorie Clark, wife of Walter Clark from their home on the
St. John's River and Mrs. Irma Cooper Watson, widow of Roy R. Watson,
former Chief Quartermaster of the Panama Canal spent several days as
the guests of Mrs. Edna Whitver at her home on Cherokee Lake. Mrs.
Watson has been living in Burlington, Iowa since she left the Isthmus
twelve years ago. Her sister Flo Kendall lives with her and her brother
Harold Cooper lives in the same city. This was Irma's first trip to Florida
and she reports a very delightful visit. She loved the weather, quite a
contrast to the snow and ice of Iowa, and we thought it was cold here.
We are hoping she likes it so well she will return soon and remain longer.
It is always a delight to have Marjorie visit in Orlando and we are
looking forward to another visit from her in the near future.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilhite are delegates to the Narce Convention to be
held in Clearwater May 7th and 8th.
R. L. Wilhite
News from Orlando
Our flight from Miami to Panama ,was perfect, arriving at the new
air-port, built since our leaving the C.Z.; It's a very modern and spacious
We visited our son, Richard,, and family and were very comfortable
in their 3 bed-room cottage. We went to Panama to visit our children
and friends, also to win the lottery, we did not accomplish the latter.
We enjoyed renewing our friendship with Dr. and Helen Grant, play-
ing bridge with them, also Geneva Shrapnell from Pasadena, Calif. Mrs.
Shrapnell was spending the Holidays with her sister Genella Bliss. Henry
is still doing business at the same corner in Ancon. The Jack Ridges and
the Haldermans were also in the C.Z. visiting their children and they all
The Panama Canal gave us Commissary privileges also railroad
passes, and rates at the dispensary and hospital. We took advantage of
our railroad passes and made a couple of trips to Colon, the scenery
seemed the same as it did 45 years ago when I went to Panama, as a
bride, only this time I did not get kissed going through the tunnel.
I arrived home in Orlando, in time to catch the flu everyone was
having, also to get some cold weather, which was a pleasant change from
the heat of Panama.
Our daughter Janet, her husband Col. Taylor and the four little
Taylors will be visiting us this summer, they have completed their tour
of duty in Anchorage, and will be stationed in Omaha, Neb.
NEWS FROM THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
Spring arrived in a burst of glorious song and color after a long,
though mild winter. Never were the flowering shrubs more beautiful,
while the delicate fuschia shades of the Redbud, shyly peeping through
the new green of the trees along the river bank, made one again marvel
at the continuity of Life and humbly bow before the Creator of all Beauty
with gratitude for the privilege of being a part of the tranquility of the
Ozarks, so well expressed in the following verses written by a friend,
(Mrs.) Marcia Swett Arpin of nearby West Fork, Arkansas and published
in The Ozark Mountaineer of Springfield, Missouri:
I CLAIM THE OZARKS
Ozarks belong to United States
I read in the books of the law;
And she lies in the states of Missouri,
Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Her acres are claimed by folks who are born
In the lovely folds of her arms,
And by other folks who come from afar
To dwell on her hillside farms.
The waters that rise in her generous springs
Are eventually claimed by the sea;
And an Ozark spring and valley and hill
Are legally owned by me.
But if beauty belongs to the seeing heart
That stands in her presence, awed,
Then the Ozarks belong to me, and to all
Who seek for the quiet of God.
Beginning with a fire in a barn close to their trailer, a chain of
events transpired to keep our President Tom Mock and Mina home in
Prairie Grove this winter. They now plan to go to Old Mexico after our
annual picnic in June. Early in February Mrs. Nannie Brown was called
to the home of her son Jack in Long Island due to the illness of his wife
Gloria. She was accompanied by her daughter Mrs. Homer Crooks,
(Minnie) who returned in March with her niece, Linda and moved into
their home on Township Road. We are happy to report that Gloria is
well on her way to recovery and Nannie is home again, after being absent
over two months. Yesterday, Jack flew in from a business trip to Texas
and today, April 29th, journeyed on to Long Island with his petite little
Our "here again and gone again" Jr. Past President, friend and neigh-
bor, Ed. Booth returned from a four month visit to the Zone. He has
gone again, this time to Memphis, Tenn. to meet Mrs. Collie Reiman, sister
of the late Mrs. Booth. They will return to Fayetteville for a few days
before Mrs. Reiman leaves to join her family, Elsa and Mack Bailey and
daughter Honey, who are coming from the Zone for their vacation. The
Ed. Higgins (Mildred Makibben) report the visit of Mr. and Mrs. R. C.
Hobson, (Bob and Helen) of Roswell, New Mexico. Bob was employed
in the Balboa Storehouse. He left the Canal in 1945 and is now T.V.
advertising salesman, covering eastern New Mexico. Their son Stanley is
a student in the N. M. School of Mines and their daughter, Mrs. Dorothy
Hobson Collard and family live in Roswell also. Helen's parents were
Mr. and Mr. Wm. G. Abendroth (Viola)-supply officer at Colon Hos-
pital for many years.
In my guestbook, written in Southpaw Hierglyphics, there is a state-
ment that a visit from the L. F. Hallets of North Quincy, Mass. "will
take off years." I hereby testify to the truth of said statement, for their
visit was a most happy one for all ex-Canal Zone folk in Northwest
Arkansas. Knowing that Forrest (Slim) has written to Editor K. and
hoping said Editor K. will publish same I'll just add that we were happy
to include Peggy Foiles and Paul Engelke, students at the University, for
the get-together dinner when the Clan gathered here. Peggy graduated
from the Balboa High School last June. She is the daughter of the Clar-
ence Foiles, now of Boonville, Arkansas. Forrest and Ida presented me
with a ceramic tile designed and made by Forrest with C(anal) Z(one)
in a most unique manner and wish every ex-Canal Zoner could have one
like it. Look for the design elsewhere in this issue. (I hope).
We recently received an interesting account of the "Around the
World" trip of Glen and Mae Lewis, Cerro Punta, Chiriqui, Rep. de
Panama. We forwarded it to our Editor hoping you may have the pleas-
ure of reading it. On my natal day, we were thrilled to talk with Glen
and Mae by Ham Radio as they sat comfortably in their home "up in
the Volcan" and we, using two phones-sometimes both talking together
in our excitement-"up here in the Ozarks."
On my quarterly news gathering trip, I found our people happy be-
cause they are busy, each in his own way. The George Engelkes garden-
ing, singing, golfing and George has entered a Chess tournament. The
Jimmie Comans with sister Mattie MacAulay are moving into a large
home and joyously announce they will have plenty of room for visiting
friends. They will be located on Pea Ridge Hwy, two miles east of Ben-
tonville. Mattie is president of the Newcomers Club and Chairman of the
International Committee of the Study Club. They report a visit from
Leroi Leeser of Houston formerly of the Cristobal Printing Plant. Their
son, Capt. James B. Coman, Jr. and family will be transferred from Kees-
ler AFB to Lowery AFB in Denver shortly, (Colorado Society please
note). The larger home is soon to be filled with guests from Tenn., Miss.,
and Calif. more about that later.
The Ernest Williams (Haleen) are happy in their spic and span
home and garden and report a visit from Sam and Blanche Hess. They
want their friends to know of the honor given to their nephew, John Hay-
worth, when the U. S. Army selected him for six months training at the
famous Huntsville, Ala. post. Villa Taboga was the next stop. Maude
and Lynn Cook, busy as usual. Lynn in his vineyard and Maude with her
indoor greenhouse of beautiful plants. They report their daughter, Lucille
Nanny and family will accompany Col. Nanny to Turkey very soon.
From them, I learned that Mr. Marcus Gould, our Grand Senior member
is now located in the town of Rogers and enjoying fellowship with other
retirees. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Nail of the Police Force in Balboa were re-
cent visitors to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E L. Pearce of Rogers.
The Bill Mathues (Carrie) of Springdale continue to be the neigh-
borhood prop for the ill and grieving ones. Carrie is on call 24 hours
a day administering pills and potions to weary bodies and stories, as only
Carrie can tell them, to revive weary minds. We of Fayetteville are sorry
to lose Zora Cummings, whose husband was one of the real Old Timers
of the C.Z. Police Force. Tranquil Acres will miss her jovial sunny dis-
position and witty stories. Zoro plans to build a home in Woodville,
Bertie County, North Carolina a few miles from her daughter Wilda.
If you can't be here for our picnic, June 8th at Lake Wedington, 16
miles WEST of Fayetteville, then come for our annual luncheon, Octo-
ber 12th, which date reminds me of Frank Brownes of Hi-Acres, Niobe,
N. Y. and to report Grace's remarkable recovery from surgery. Good
wishes to Y'ALL.
Blanche E. Shaw
IN AND ABOUT HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS
The very sad news came to us about the sudden passing of Mrs.
Gretchen Sobatta, on the morning of March 31. Gretchen was in an auto
with two friends, enroute from Dade City, her home, to Tarpon Springs,
to attend a church convention, when the car accident occurred and she was
instantly killed. We will all miss her very much, as she was beloved by
us all, and on a number of occasions was a most pleasant summer visitor
amongst us here and in Hot Springs and especially with her dearest
friends, Jack and Florence Lamb. Her husband, Adolf Sobatta, was em-
ployed at Gorgas Hospital and passed away suddenly during war time.
Gretchen attended the last Canal Zone reunion in St. Petersburg and was
very happy to greet her former C. Z. friends.
From the Canal Zone, came more sad news, regarding the passing on
March 31, of Mrs. Nancy Wornock, the little English lady who came
from the Phillippines to live in Panama. She was a staunch friend to
the Zonians, a tireless welfare, USO and church worker on the Zone,
also a helper amongst the blind in Panama. She was a frequent visitor
in Pedro Miguel, a very dear friend of Mrs. Jean Holt, the little Aus-
tralian lady who lived amongst us for a long time in Pedro Miguel and
Ancon, and who is now confined in the Powell Nursing Home in Houston,
Jack and Ann Reinig returned home from Highland Park, Illinois,
where they spent the winter with daughter Peggy Fucik, husband and chil-
dren, about the middle of March. They report that Mr. and Mrs. Ed Fucik
(Peggy), their daughter and son-in-law, flew to Panama and Canal Zone
for a pleasant visit in February.
While driving homeward, enroute to Arkansas, after a visit in N.E.
Indiana with her home folks, Frances Dorn stopped at Mulberry, Indiana,
to call on Dr. and Mrs. Troy Earhart. She had a most pleasant visit with
them in their charming home in the Dr's hometown and found them very
busy and interested in their spring gardening. Mrs. Earhart is an ardent
enthusiast of flowers and vegetables and her lovely springtime flowers
surely show her "green thumb" talents. After a series of reminiscing,
regarding old C. Z. times, she bade her hosts a fond "adios" and con-
tinued on her way to visit a sister in Illinois.
The Bartholomews, Bill and Ann, have left for an extended trip to
California to visit kin folks and friends.
Frances S. Dorn.
Panama Canal Society of Huston, Texas
It is time again to elect new officers and President Al Brown is
making plans for a get-to-gether, for that purpose in particular, and for
a good time in general.
Our hard working and efficient Secretary, Mrs. Bertha Turner, had
a surprise visit from an old school friend from Waynesboro, Miss. and a
favorite nephew, who is a High School Senior. Mrs. Blanche Sims was
aboard a sight-seeing bus of students that visited Mexico and several
south-western states. The nephew was Pat Ezell and during their so-journ
in Houston visited the Turners. The Turners, Hugh and Bertha, have been
constantly at the bedside of Hugh's brother, Claude, who has been very
ill in Memorial Hospital, for the past 2 weeks, but is much improved.
Micki and Roy Searcy are the proud owners of a beautiful black and
silver German Shephard, nine months old. Her name is Tina and she has
just won second place in the "Novice Obedience Training Contest" with
fifteen dogs competing. They believe that they have a champion in the
The Levy's, Tilly and Nathan, had as visitors, the J. H. Orrs and their
daughter, Miss Mary Orr, on vacation from the Canal Zone, to-gether with
Mrs. Tilly Neely, who was in Houston visiting her granddaughter, Mrs.
Mary Ruth Bosman and her family, also had Mrs. Peggy Ellis for
luncheon and a very delightful visit, late in March.
The Orrs thoroughly enjoyed the vacation of their daughter, who was
with them in Houston from February 18th until April 11th. Many social
affairs were given in her honor.
Myrtle and Louis Souder are planning a vacation trip to Tampa, Fla.
in June. They expect to visit the Sam Meyer family. Their daughter,
Helen Rae McDougall, plans to visit her paternal grandmother, Mrs.
Florence Souder this summer on the occasion of her 88th birthday. She
resides in Washington, D. C. with her son Bobby Souder.
The R. B. Wards are rejoicing, as they are anticipating the arrival,
in Houston, of Mrs. Ward's daughter, Panni Polizzi and her family. Mr.
Polizzi is being sent here to take over the managership of Metropolitan
Life Insurance Company. They will arrive around May 15th.
Mammie and Ted Sundquist are fortunate to be making ready for
their tour of some of the European countries this summer. They will be
accompanied by their daughter, Connie, and her friend Etta. Bon Voyage,
Miss Joan Sorrel, a student of Mississippi State Woman's College,
was an Easter visitor of her brother Charlie, Jr. who is a student at
Mrs. Peggy J. Ellis and her son Clyde Jr. and his family, are
anticipating the arrival of Joan (Ellis) Moser and her family who have
completed a tour of duty in Hawaii. The Mosers will be stationed in
Lincoln, Nebraska as of July 1.
Molly, Milton, and Benny Smith are still around Houston. The
Methodist Hospital was fortunate in securing the services of Mrs. Smith
in her new profession, and Milton is busy holding down the Bass for
St. John the Divine's fine choir.
Irene and Lee Wright are still busy with out-of-town guests, church
work and O.E.S. They have entertained the Toones from Kerrville, Texas,
the Coakleys from Michigan, Miss Pollock of Florida, and some others.
Pat and Toni Lieshouts enjoyed their mother, Mrs. Marie Coffee, who
flew in from the Canal Zone and Guatemala at Easter time and spent a
couple of weeks with them before returning to St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Houston Club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the
family of Mrs. Ruby Worley and Mrs. West, her sister-in-law, who were
victims of an auto crash, near Ft. Worth, just before Easter. Also to Mrs.
Matilda Neely and her family upon the loss of Robert Neeley, Jr.
The Houston Canal Zone Society would like to send heartiest
congratulations to the Record staff for a job well done. The pictures
and reading get better and better all the time.
Peggy J. Ellis for Bertha Turner, Secretary.
NEWS FROM MIAMI
About sixty former Canal Zone residents enjoyed a covered dish pic-
nic lunch at the Stone Shelter at Matheson Hammock on April thirteenth.
The meeting was called to order by the president, Mr. W. C. Smith,
and the main order of business was the election of officers. Elected to
serve for the ensuing year were:
Mr. Dan Jones, President
Mr. Curtis Bliss, Vice President
Mr. Alfred G. Dunham, Secretary-Treasurer
It was a pleasure to welcome several interesting visitors. Among
them were Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Dunham of Sarasota, Mr. Wm. H.
Aspden of St. Petersburg, Mr. J. Wallace Grayson of Lake Worth, Mr.
and Mrs. Spencer Smith of Los Rios, Canal Zone, and Mr. and Mrs Harry
Eno of Colon, R. de P. Dr. and Mrs Eno are presently occupying their
new home in Coral Gables.
We were happy also to welcome a number of Miami folks who had
not attended our picnics before. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lutro
who have purchased a home at 11881 S.W. 190th St. and Mr. and Mrs.
J. M. Chisholm who lives at 6384 E. 5th Ave., Hialeah. Also attending
were Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Samples, Mr. and Mrs. E. H, Samples and chil-
dren and Mr. Harry W. Holland. Other first-timers were Mr. and Mrs.
C. M. Banan of Ft. Lauderdale and Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Fortney of Coral
Gables. The latter were real old-timers having been in the Canal Zone
from 1907 to 1913. We hope these first-timers will attend all our picnics.
The next three will be held at the Stone Shelter in Matheson Hammock
at one o'clock on the following dates:
June 22 August 24 October 19
On hand at the picnic was a fine collection of Construction Day pic-
tures loaned by Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Bliss. We all enjoyed them.
Mrs. J. S. Skinner had a birthday on the day of our picnic and she
brought along her own birthday cake (delicious too!) so of course we
all sang "Happy Birthday" for her benefit
Mr. and Mrs. Milo Kissam have recently purchased a new home at
11761 S. W. 185th Terrace.
Mr. and Mrs. Aram Hatch will leave on May 24th for their summer
home in Pittsford, Vermont
Mrs. Hobart Y. Andrews has just returned from eight weeks in Great
Falls, Montana. She was present for the arrival on March 28th of a
baby boy (their first child) to Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Ames (nee Mary
Andrews). Mr. Ames is on duty in the hospital at the Air Force Base.
Mr. Hobart Y. Andrews has recently moved his optical business from
down town Miami to a temporary location at 1222 N. W. 43rd St.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. T. Bowen entertained at dinner and cards for Mr.
and Mrs. Wallace Dunham who were visiting in Miami. Other guests were
Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Metzger, Mr. and Mrs. Aram Hatch, Mr. and Mrs.
Tony Fernandez and the host and hostess.
Mr. William T. Bowen, Jr. and his two year old son flew down from
Charlotte, N. C. to spend a week with his parents in Coral Gables.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Paddock of Balboa spent several days with
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Skinner at their home in Miami Shores. The Paddocks
bought a brand new "Chevie" and drove up to Jacksonville to visit their
daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Coe.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hicks from Balboa also visited the Skinners.
They were enroute to Suwanee, Oklahoma to spend some time with Mr.
and Mrs. Ken Kelley (Mary Alice) and to welcome their first grandson.
Spencer and Nell Ree Smith who are in the U.S.A. for a month's
leave, drove to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Chattanooga, Tennessee be-
fore returning to Miami enroute to Canal Zne.
Mrs. Edith Eppley of Balboa recently spent a week with Mr. and Mrs.
R. Currie of Miami. Mrs. Eppley planned to go to Ames, Iowa to see
Mrs. Ethel Fenton and to Colorado to visit her granddaughter, the former
Ann Newhard. This is Mrs. Eppley's first States vacation in seven years.
(Judge) John L. Latimer of Coral Gables has been a patient in a
Miami hospital for a number of weeks. His many friends wish him a
Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Quinn have recently purchased a new home
at 4530 West 8th Lane in Hialeah. Robert resigned his position with the
Panama Canal about a year ago and is happy to make his home not too
far from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Quinn of Miami.
Mr. and Mrs. Milo Kissam recently gave a surprise dinner party for
Mr. W. P. Quinn on his birthday. About sixteen of his family and friends
were present to help him celebrate.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Benthall were pleasant visitors in Miami last
week Mr. Benthall recently retired from the Navy at Coco Solo and
came up by Navy transport from New York. After visiting relatives and
friends in the East, he drove to Miami to meet Mrs. Benthall who flew up
by plane. They will visit several friends in Florida before going to Thibo-
daux, Louisiana for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Saltzman (Alice Louise).
Mrs. Benthall plans to return to the Canal Zone the latter part of June.
Our congratulations to the Editors on a most interesting issue of the
Canal Record in March such a lot of fine pictures, too-
Greetings to all from the Panama Canal Society of South-East
Ruth T. Metzger, Scribe
NEWS FROM LOS ANGELES
The Spring Banquet and meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Southern California was held on March 9th at the Alexandria Hotel in
Los Angeles. There was a very nice turnout and every one present had a
nice time visiting with each other. Also had the pleasure of meeting Mrs.
Rose Van Hardeveld who resides in Tucson, Arizona. Mrs. Van Hardeveld
was on the Zone in Construction days. Her husband was construction fore-
man for the railroad. Mrs. Van Hardeveld has written a book on the life
and ways of living on the Zone in those early days. She gave a very in-
teresting talk and introduced her book which is called "Make the Dirt
Fly". Quite a number were sold and Mr. Henry Wunsch, President, and
myself have several of the books to sell for her. The book is a very inter-
Mrs. Thelma Reppe met Mr. and Mrs. P. A. White of Gamboa, C.Z.
in Santa Barbara. They spent some time with their daughter and son-in-
law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGuire in Little Rock. Then visited Mrs.
Nannie Brown in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Then a visit with son Dennis
and wife and son in San Jose, California. Spent a delightful evening with
Mr. and Mrs. Tom McGuire who recently lived in Gatun but now living at
Montecito near Santa Barbara, California. The Whites will spend some
time with Mr. and Mrs. D. P. White of Las Mesa, Calif. before leaving
for their home on the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Sundberg-Hedrig Seeding and Thelma Reppe had a beautiful
letter from Mrs. Virginia (Winquist) Seiler who is now living in East
Africa, telling about the countryside, the people living there, and a recent
trip to Nairobi and into the bush where her husband went on an inspection
trip. The Sellers like East Africa very much.
A group of Monrovia folks spent several days on a camping trip in
Death Valley, Calif. The group were Mr. and Mrs. Berude, Mr. and Mrs.
Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Langdon, and Mr. and Mrs. Lockwood.
Capt. L. C. Calloway was in Veterans Hospital for a week, but is at
home again and feeling fine.
Mr. Gilbert Furey, formerly of Canal Zone, who worked for Pan
Canal Press, is in Veterans Hospital in Long Beach. The Fureys live at
5677 Albine Road, Riverside.
Mrs. Bramire of Arcadia, Calif. underwent a serious operation in
Methodist Hospital in Arcadia. Mrs. Bramire is the mother of Mrs. Robert
Mr. William Dunlap passed away on April 13. Was sorry to also
learn of the passing of Mrs. Walter Williams.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Van Siclan were visiting friends in Los Angeles.
Mrs. E. V. Brown of San Gabriel has her sister, Mrs. John Walkup
of Chelan, Washington, as a house guest.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF COLORADO
Our Society has not called a meeting since the one in November. I
guess everyone has been busy, what with the Christmas season and then
the tax season. At least tax season is a busy one for our family with my
husband in public accounting. He received his C.P.A. certificate in
August last year. I am very proud of him. Now that April 15th is past,
we can lead more normal lives, again.
Last Saturday, we drove to Longmont, Colorado and dropped in to
see the Dr. Robert Hendersons. Bob was on duty at the hospital but we
did get to see Mary Jane and the two children, who all look wonderful.
They are full of enthusiasm about their two horses received from Santa
Claus and the cabin they're building in the mountains. They promised to
invite us for a trip to the cabin, soon, and we are going to hold them
to it. Mary Jane had heard that Marney Dryden Leonard is now living
in Denver. Everyone remembers Marney for her championship diving in
Balboa swimming pool. I haven't been able to locate her and hope that
someone who reads this will know and inform me.
Through Mrs. Akers, I learned that Col. and Mrs. Hubert Keith
live in Denver at 1575 Monroe Street. Upon calling Mrs. Keith and giv-
ing her particulars of our group, I discovered that her daughter is the
same Sara Kieth whom I graduated with from Balboa High. Sara was an
honor student and is still receiving scholastic honors. She is now teach-
ing English at Hope College, Michigan.
Bit and Bill Kendrick called recently to tell me the following for-
mer Canal Zonites who live here:
E. H. Mornigweg 1224 Yuba St., Aurora, Colorado.
Homer D. Cramblit 1651 S. Garfield, Denver, Colorado.
G. W. Parker (Mrs. Parker's maiden name was May) -
1650 S. Garfield, Denver, Colorado.
Sara Lewis and her mother, Mrs. Adelaide Lewis, left Denver around
April 1st for a trip to Florida to visit Sara's sister. They are going by
way of New Orleans and plan a leisurely trip as Sara has just retired
from her government job as head librarian at the Correctional Institute
in Morrison, Colorado. They promise us a complete account of their trip
upon their return.
I received a letter from Milton H. Willard of 919 Cranberry Street,
Erie, Pa. asking for Dr. Hix's address. Mr. Willard was a resident of
Gatun from 1913 to 1922 and an old friend of the Hix family and re-
members many of the old timers in Gatun.
Back in October, I ran into Fred (Muzzy) and Lorraine Atkinson
right here in Englewood. Fred said he was working at the new Martin
Plant outside of Littleton and they were living in a motel. They were
anxious to find a place to live and get their two boys started in school.
Since then, I have lost sight of them and as I know his parents (and par-
ents of my close friend Agnes Anderson) read the Record, maybe they
can let me know their present address.
We were delighted with the pictures in the March Record and had
more fun picking out old friends and familiar faces from the group
It is snowing out and I'm real envious of your Florida weather. I love
snow but you'd think by April 23rd the weather would know it's Spring.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON, D. C.
The annual banguet of the Panama Canal Society of Washington will
be held on May 10, 1958, at the Sheraton-Carlton Hotel, 16th and K
Sts., N.W., Washington, D. C. The time is 1:00 P. M.
The Rev. Frederick Brown Harris, Chaplain of the U. S. Senate, will
be a guest, and will deliver the invocation.
Hon. George H. Roderick, Assistant Secretary of the Army, will de-
liver an address; as will also Hon. Clark W. Thompson, Congressman from
Texas. Members of the Army Band will furnish music for the event. Gov-
ernor Thatcher will serve as Toastmaster.
Whether you are a regular paid up Member, a former member who
has not kept up attendance at these yearly get-togethers, or have not heire-
to-fore met with us, you are invited and urged to take this opportunity to
renew old friendships. The members of the Ladies' Auxiliary will be wel-
To avoid the confusion and delay of delivering and collecting for the
dinner tickets and membership dues at the door, it is hoped to have all
tickets and dues paid for and delivered by mail before the date of
the banquet. This can only be accomplished if each one will VERY
PROMPTLY fill out and return the enclosed blank, accompanying it with
a check in payment. If you pay for a dinner ticket or tickets, and later
find you are unable to attend, payment made will be refunded upon re-
turn of the dinner ticket.
Do it NOW. Help us to help you with an orderly distribution by
mail of the tickets and membership cards.
The cost of the dinner this year will be $3.75 per person. This in-
cludes tax and tips.
The membership dues for the 1958-1959 year, as usual, are $1.50
per member. Send your check for the dues, even if you cannot attend the
dinner. We MUST know how many will attend prior to the date of the
dinner, so that the Hotel can know how many plates to provide.
Clarence L. Chapin
NEWS FROM THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
Dear Fellow Member:
Our 34th Annual Reunion will be celebrated with a Luncheon to
enable those who live out of the city to return home in daylight.
THE PLACE National Republican Club, 54 West 40th Street
New York City (East of 6th Avenue)
THE DATE Saturday, May 3, 1958
THE TIME 12 Noon for Get-together
1:00 P. M. for Luncheon
THE PRICE $7.50, which includes dues of $1.00.
The luncheon will be in honor of the centennial of the birth of Theo-
dore Roosevelt, twenty-sixth President fo the United States, and who made
the Panama Canal possible.
The Club is noted for its good food. You will have ample time to
visit and reminisce with old friends.
If you know of any fellow Canal Worker (member or not of the
Society) who has not participated in previous reunions, bring him along
as a guest of the Society. Time is marching on our ranks are thinning
each year and none of us should pass up the chance to renew old friend-
Please advise the Secretary of the death of any of our members dur-
ing the past year.
MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY by writing:
John J. Fitzpatrick
272 Stratford Road,
Brooklyn 18, N. Y.
NEWS FROM THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
New Officers for 1958.
Dan Jones -----. ---- ---.__..-----.- ___President
Curtiss Bliss _----_ --_ _------ --- Vice-President
A. G. Dunham..- __ -__ --- Secretary-Treasurer
Mr. Jones was the Chapter's first President when it was organized in 1946.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF CHICAGO
April 4, 1958
Dear Panama Canal Past Employees:
As usual, The Panama Canal Society of Chicago will have its annual
reunion the first Saturday in May. It will be the 35th reunion since the
founding of the Society.
This year, on May 3rd, we will again meet in the banquet room of
the Lawson, Y.M.C.A., located on the northeast corner of Dearborn Street
and Chicago Avenue. Dinner will be served at 6:30 P. M., but come early,
so you can renew acquaintances with old friends and make new ones.
An interesting program has been arranged. Hon. George R. Demp-
ster, of Knoxville, Tennessee, a former steam shovel operator on the
Pacific Division, will be the principal speaker. Many of you will remem-
ber him as a winner on the Sixty Four Thousand Dollar Question tele-
vision program last October.
Dinner this year will be $3.00 per plate. Membership dues remain
as heretofore, at $1.00 per family.
Please advise the undersigned as soon as possible whether you will
be present, so we can maks proper reservations for the dinner. You may
send your remittance with your reservation or, if more convenient, pay
when you come. All tickets will be available when you enter.
H. L. Stuntz, Sec'y-Treas.
1320 Eat 72nd Place,
Chicago 19, Illinois
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Miss Helen Dudak, formerly employed on the Canal Zone in the Per-
sonnel Bureau and now employed by the U. S. Agricultural Dept. Market-
ing Service in Florida, was given a cash award and a certificate of Merit
for superior performance of her secretarial duties with the Marketing
service in Orlando, Florida.
After traveling over most of the United States, Major George Herman
and Mrs. Herman returned to the Canal Zone for a visit. Major and Mrs.
Herman were in St. Petersburg for the Canal Zone reunion.
Mr. B. B. King of Buffalo, New York, celebrated his 87th birthday
on February 2nd. Congratulations from the Panama Canal Society.
Lloyd MacDonald of Flathead Lake, Montana, is the proud owner
of a mahogany table, made from Panama mahogany and, according to the
Smithsonian Institute, it is made from the largest plank of mahogany in
existence. The table top is 116 inches in length, 401/2 inches in width,
and 15/ inches in thickness. It was designed by MacDonald from a table
of George Washingtons in Mt. Vernon.
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Dwelle enjoyed a vacation trip to Caracas, Ven-
ezuela, for a visit with their son, Bob, and with their youngest son, Roy,
his wife and three sons, who also live in Caracas. Bob is in business as
a landscape Architect in Caracas and Roy is Sales Manager for General
Tires Co. R. L. writes that he has been a patient in Gorgas Hospital for
49 days but is now at home, recuperating.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Owen of Jacksonville, have returned to their
home after a visit on the Zone with their daughters, Mrs. Jack Sutherland
and Mrs. Eugene Shiply. Mr. and Mrs. Owens have just completed build-
ing a new home in Jacksonville.
Jerry and Inez Evans write that they like the San Diego area of Cal-
ifornia very much and have had visits from several old friends, the Ezra
Hartmans, Mrs. Robert Lumby, the Robert Millers and the P. A. Whites.
Mrs. Lillian Knight of Gresham, Oregon, spent a month in St. Peters-
burg after the reunion, then visited Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Stephens of Talla-
hassee, Florida. Mrs. Knight plans to visit friends and relatives on the
East Coast, from Florida to Pennsylvania, before returning to Oregon.
Violet Wunsch writes that she is still busy with her work on the
Wichita Eagle in Wichita, Kansas. Still hoping to make that long promised
visit to Florida.
The hand behind Dave Garroway and Jack Lescoulie, of the famous
Today television show, is Louis Bradley, son of Mr. and Mrs. James E.
Bradley of St. Petersburg, Florida. Brad, as he is called by his co-workers,
serves as Commercial Coordinator and production assistant, and according
to Jack Lescoulie, "Is a guy we couldn't get along without." Friends of
Louis got a chance to see him on Television while Garroway's show was
being televised from St. Petersburg. Several of the members of the crew,
including Louis, Garroway, Newsman Blair, and Jack Lescoulie, appeared
clad in sports wear for Florida. Being a chilly day, Newsman Blair kept
his top coat on most of the time.
Herbert T. Souder now lives in Tolland, Conn. and works in East
Hartford for the United Aircraft, Pratt Whitney Division. The Souders
oldest son Herbert is working in Detroit, Michigan, is married and has
two daughters. Their youngest son, Robert, lives in Somers, Conn., is mar-
ried and has one daughter. Mr. Souder's mother, Mrs. Florence Souder,
is living in Silver Spring, Maryland, with Herb's younger brother. Mrs.
Florence Souder was 87 years old on April 9, 1958. Congratulations to
her from the Panama Canal Society.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kiefer of Torrance. California, are getting
their trailer ready for an early take off in the Spring. They expect to take
in the American Legion Convention and then go where the spirit moves
them. Following an operation, Kief's eyes are now all right.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H. Sartor have returned to their home in St.
Michaels, Maryland, after a trip to the Canal Zone where they visited
with former friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Hunter of Gamboa, were recent visitors in St.
Petersburg, visiting old friends and former neighbors. They motored
down from New York and visited in New England on their return north.
In ceremonies held at the Balboa Stadium, Pvt. William R. Sears
received the U.S. Treasury's silver Life Saving Medal. With more than
1000 spectators in the grandstand and a special group of friends of the
family, Sear's mother, Mrs. Lona Sears, saw her son receive the medal
and citation from Governor William E. Potter. The citation and award
was given to Sears for saving the life of a Boston dentist, Dr. Rene
Peizolar, last summer. Young Sears swam into a very rough sea for Dr.
Peizolar, who had been swept off the beach by a huge wave.
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Koperski have returned to their home in Orlando,
Fla. after a visit of several weeks with their son and daughter-in-law in
Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Tydeman of Allentown, Pa. were recent guests at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wolf of St. Petersburg. They returned
to Lakeland, Fla. to be with their niece, Mrs. Margaret Reinhold Ambrosia,
who lost her parents within a few days of each other.
Mr. Joe Eckert of Wilcox, Pa. and Mr. Hezzy Forrest of Norfolk, Va.
who have been in St. Petersburg for some time, left for Miami for a
visit before returning north to their homes.
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Humphrey of Arlington, Virginia, expect to leave
April 8th for a cruise around the World, New York westward to New
York. They will visit many points of interest in the East Indies, the Far
East, Africa, and Europe. They expect to return in the Fall.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hanners of Margarita, C. Z. have been the house
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Myers of St. Petersburg, Fla. Mr. and
Mrs. Hanners traveled to California for a visit with Mrs. Hanner's mother,
then to Denver for a visit with their daughter Pricilla Nelms, then on to
Midland, Mich. for a visit with their son Howard and family. They will
return to the Zone early in June.
Tom and Laura Jordan send best wishes to all their friends. They
are moving from Portland, Maine, to R. D. 2, Alfred, Maine, where they
will remain until next Fall.
Capt. and Mrs. G. O. Gilead, with their two boys, Robert and Kevin,
and daughter Kathleen, have been living in a Greek town about 12 miles
from Athens. The schools are excellent and the nursery school where
Kathleen goes, is operated by the Y.W.C.A. with teachers who have been
trained in the United States. Kathleen had need of medical care which
required a trip to Weisbaden, Germany, and after the removal of tonsils
and adenoids, she is now doing nicely. They all find life in Greece very
A few days after Christmas, Charles Boyer of Ocala, Fla. suffered
a severe hemorrhage and had to spend eight days in the hospital. He says
he is now feeling as good as any old man could expect to feel.
Lela and George Ritchey, of Phoenix, Arizona, report they are well
but sort of slowing down a bit. Would like to form a chapter of the
Panama Canal Society but feel that the ex-employes of Arizona are too
widely scattered to get them together.
Capt. and Mrs. W. A. Van Siclen of Bayside, Long Island, New York,
have been visiting friends in Ormand Beach, Orlando, and St. Petersburg,
Fla. While in Orlando with the Bill Rorhrbachs, Capt. and Mrs. Van
Siclen celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on March 29th. Our
congratulations to the Van Siclens.
Mrs. Frances Horter of Balboa is changing her address to the Park
Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Mr. W. E. Burwell of Wellston, Ohio, celebrated his 88th birthday
on March 19, 1958. He would like to hear from some of his old bowling
friends of Empire days, about 1913.
Mr. and Mrs. John T. Sanders of 3141 Taylor Blvd., Louisville, Ken-
tucky, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 2, 1958. They
celebrated with an open house at their home and received many friends
and relatives at that time. Our congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Sanders.
Mrs. Kent Lambert of Chestertown, Maryland, went to Washington,
D. C. in Feb. to be with her daughter, Adelaide, who had to have surgery.
Mr. and Mrs. Lambert plan to go to California in the Fall to visit their
daughter, Kathryn. After that, perhaps, a visit to Florida.
We are glad that Carl Wanke lives on a mountain up near Lake
Arrowhead. After viewing the T.V. pictures of the flood in California,
we hope all our friends out there are well located. Carl reports all the
Wanke clan are well and this spring they expect two more grandchildren,
which will make a total of ten. Carl says: "Ain't that sumthin"?
Theodore Sundquist of Lake Jackson, Texas, plans to leave in July
for a trip to Finland. Mrs. Sundquist and Connie will accompany him
back to the land of his birth. He plans to show them the midnight sun
up in Lappland and the places he knew as a boy.
Leo Welling of Santa Barbara, Calif. writes he purchased a book
"Make the Dirt Fly" by Mrs. Rose Van Hardeveld. The author is the
wife of an old time Panama Canal Railroad track Foreman. Mr. Welling
reports that Harry A. Frank, author of "Zone Policeman 88" and other
books, is now on a vagabond trip with his wife Rachael, across the African
Louis Townsley of St. Louis, Mo. reports that he and Mrs. Townsley
are very well. They send best wishes to all.
Edward -"Ned" Dwelle, son of R. L. Dwelle of Balboa, C. Z. is build-
ing his own hospital in Alice, Texas. Ned has been a veterinarian in that
area since 1943 and was recently appointed to the Texas State Board of
Veterinary Medical Examiners by Gov. Price Daniel of Texas.
Terrell Toone says they expect some winter weather but the weather-
man overdid the job a bit. Terrell says life in the hill country of Texas
is very interesting with all the wild animal visitors. They have deer, etc.,
even a cute little skunk now and then.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harrison of El Valle and Balboa, write that
their son Charles will graduate in June from Oklahoma University as an
Electrical Engineer. Their son, Tom, wife and two boys live in Wren-
Norma Harrington of Greeley, Colorado, writes that her mother and
Dad, Lillian and Jack Evans, will rent their house in Alabama and return
to Greeley to be with her.
Mrs. Lillian Rolofson sends best wishes to all her friends in Florida.
She would like to come to Florida but son Bob and' his family lure her
to California. She has three grandchildren there.
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Neville have returned to their home in Los Altos
after a three months visit with family and friends on the Canal Zone.
Miss Inga Sue Prier, daughter of Dr. V. Prier, was hurt in an auto
accident on the Isthmian Highway near Madden Dam. Miss Prier was
resting comfortably at home after receiving head injuries in the accident.
Father Edward J. Cooper, 96, an old friend of the family, who was rid-
ing with Miss Prier, was not injured. Miss Prier's engagement to Capt.
James B. Wallace, a Canal pilot, was announced recently.
Dr. John Hower, a former Gaboa, C. Z. boy, and son of Mr. and Mrs.
John Hower of Fairhope, Ala., has received a grant of $16,500 from the
National Science Foundation for a two year study of glauconite. Glau-
conite is a mineral that is useful in oil field correlation work and in the
study of oil formation. Dr. Hower, a former research engineer, in the
Geological Research section of the Standish Research Center in Tulsa,
Oklahma, is now an Assistant Professor of Geology at Montana State
University. Dr. Hower's project will take at least two years and much
of the money will be used for equipment to supplement the X-ray laboratory
in the Geology Department at the University.
Lt. Russell C. Drew, U.S.N., son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Drew
of Curundu, C. Z. and a graduate of Balboa High School, has been selec-
ted from the officers attending the U. S. Naval Post Graduate School in
Monterey, Calif., for an advanced science education program under the
auspices of the Office of Naval Research. Lt. Drew will enroll in the Fall
term at Duke University for further graduate study in Physics.
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard W. McIntyre have arrived in St. Petersburg
where they expect to make their home. Mr. McIntyre recently retired as
Senior Engineer on the Panama Railroad.
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Pritchett of Hollywood, Calif. have been touring
in the South Pacific and we received cards from New Zealand and Aus-
tralia reporting a wonderful time.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Korsan were visiting friends in St. Petersburg
and other Florida cities during April. They plan seeing more relatives and
friends on their way north to their home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Bohan of Jonesboro, Arkansas, have been doing
some baby sitting with their grandchildren while Elaine made a week end
trip to Kansas City and with Betty and Ben's children while Dr. Ben was
attending a space medical school in San Antonio. Grover and Mrs. Bohan
will go to Manchester, N. H. in June and will spend a couple of weeks at
Lake Winnipesaukee. They will journey down the east coast as far as
Tampa, Florida before returning to Arkansas.
Capt. and Mrs. Billy Wills spent a few days at their St. Petersburg
home early in April but have returned to their home in Long Island, N. Y.
Mrs. Elizabeth B. Hunt has returned to her home in St. Petersburg
after several months spent in the north.
Mrs. S. S. Shobe of Birmingham, Ala. had the misfortune to miss a
step and, as a result, had a broken foot which required a cast and
crutches for several weeks.
Miss Jessie Pugh, who recently retired from the Canal Zone, was a
recent visitor in St. Petersburg, seeing her many friends in this area.
Mrs. B. A. Darden has returned to her home in Balboa, C. Z, Mrs.
Darden was a patient in Mound Park Hospital in St. Petersburg while
visiting here. We wish her a speedy recovery.
Mr. and Mrs. George Cockle of Pharr, Texas, will go to New York
for the June week graduation ceremonies at West Point. Dale Sherwood
will receive his commission at that time. On June 14th, they will attend
Dale's wedding to Miss Joanna Cragun of Arlington, Va. Miss Cragun is
a student at Centenary College for Women in Hackettstown, New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Murray of Boulder, Colorado, plan a five weeks
trip east, to visit their children in Schenectedy, N. Y., then south to Geor-
gia to visit relatives.
Miss Cathryn Bird of Concord, California, went to Alaska last sum-
mer and this coming summer will take a two months tour of Europe.
Mrs. John R. Strauss, who has been making her home in Fairhope,
Ala., is now located in Jal, New Mexico, with her daughter, Jean S.
Mae and Glen Lewis of Cerra Punta, in the Volcan area of Panama,
have returned to their mountain home after a long, leisurely, air trip
around the world. There was not much that they missed on their trip
and they came back feeling how very fortunate and how very spoiled we
Americans are. Mae reports that they found all members of the Volcan
Colony well when they returned and he said Cerra Punta never looked so
good to them.
Carolyn Roleson of Jonesboro, Arkansas, is off for Iran to work for
the Army Military assistance Group in Tehran. Miss Roleson spent six
years on the Zone during World War II while she worked for the Army.
Capt. and Mrs. Macon A. Turner of St. Petersburg, Fla. will celebrate
their 25th wedding anniversary on June 12, 1958. Our congratulations
to them. Their son, SP3 John Marvin Turner, from Aberdeen, Maryland,
spent a months furlough with them in March.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sullivan and baby of Balboa, C. Z. have been
spending a couple of months with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. Harry
Sullivan of Redington Beach, Florida.
Mrs. Wilson H. Kromer of Bath, Pa. spent two months in San An-
tonio, Texas. She was a guest of Mrs. Frank Corey the day that Pop
Wright celebrated his 95th birthday. There she met Mr. and Mrs. Moss
and Mr. and Mrs. Ebdon. She also visited with Etta Attaway, the Toones,
Benaghs, and Schmecks. Mrs. Kromer also spent two months in Wash-
ington, D. C. with her children and at that time saw Mrs. Comley, the
two Beverly widows, Kathleen Van Vliet, the Arthur Barkers, Mrs. Jack
MacGillvray and many others. She reports they are all fine.
Mrs. George Felps and family have moved to their new home at 9948
54th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, Fla. Mr. Felps is presently in Venezuela.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown and daughter, Kathy Sue, were recent
visitors of Mrs. George Felps. Mrs. Brown is the former Judy Felps.
Mrs. Charles Persons of St. Petersburg, Florida, has returned to her
home after a three months visit in California, where she visited with Mr.
and Mrs. E. L. Payne in Napa, Dr. and Mrs. Merrill Judd in Los Altos,
and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee of Yucaipa. While at the Lee's home, Mrs.
Crede Calhoun from Panama was also a guest. Mrs. Persons also visited
friends in Walnut Creek, Oakland, and Berkley and attended the March
meeting of the Los Angeles Society ot the Alexander Hotel in Los Angeles.
There were about 65 present and all wished to be remembered to friends
in the St. Petersburg area.
Mrs. Charles E. Smith of Panama City, R. P. recently visited her
mother, Mrs. Charles Persons, in St. Petersburg. Mrs. Smith had been
visiting with her daughter, Mrs. Edward O'Connor in Louisville, Ken-
tucky before coming to St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis A. Engel and two little daughters, of Woodride,
New York, were guests of Mrs. Engel's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank W.
Hohman, in March. Mrs. Engel was Lois Hohman before her marriage.
Roy G. Hohman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Hohman of St.
Petersburg, Florida, is teaching Math at William Cullen Bryant High
School in Queens, Long Island. He recently received his Masters degree
in Education from Columbia Teacher's College.
Mr. and Mrs. Shep Schreves of St. Petersburg, Fla. will celebrate
their 25th wedding anniversary on July 15, 1958. Our congratulations
to Shep and Harriet.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Benthall have been visiting friends all over
Florida during the first week in May. Lyman recently retired and has
already put over four thousand miles on the car since arriving in New
York. He visited Bill Wilson in Charleston, West Virginia and the A. G.
Baggotts in Hometead Park, Pa. Their daughter and family, The Thomas
Frekers, also live in Homestead Park. Lyman saw the William G. Fishers
in Springfield, Ohio. After visiting relatives in Indiana and Kentucky, he
stopped to see the H. A. Mills and Mrs. Frank Lyon in Louisville, then
on for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Ed London and E. L. Slocum in Jackson,
Miss. He then drove to meet Alice in Miami and, after visiting in the
Florida area for awhile, they headed for Thibodaux, Louisiana to be with
their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Saltzman, and to be
on hand to welcome their second grandchild expected to arrive the latter
part of May.
Mrs. Mollie Purdom, long time resident of the Canal Zone, died April
15, 1958 in a Chicago hospital. Mrs. Purdom is survived by her daugh-
ter, Miss Margaret Purdom of Fleetwood No. 512, 6062 North Winthrop,
Chicago 40, Illinois.
A card of thanks has been received from Mrs. Mabel Anderson and
Mrs. Elizabeth Beckman, mother of Mrs. P. C. Hulsebosch of Fort
Meyer, Florida, died on December 19, 1957. Mrs. Beckman was 85 years
old and resided in Lakewood, New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Hulsebosch report the arrival of a new grandsan,
Peter C. the third, born on February 27th, at Corpus Christi, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Thomas of Arcadia, California, announce the
marriage of their daughter, Grace Bishop to Maximino Garcia (Capt. U.S.
Air Force) on Saturday, March 29, 1958 in Fresno, California.
Capt. and Mrs. Charles D. Lillie of Danby, Vermont, have returned
to their home after a twelve thousand mile trip around the United States,
to the Pacific coast and return.
Richard Gau of Balboa, C. Z. died as the result of injuries received
in a plane crash at Santa Clara on March 9, 1958. He is survived by his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Preston Gau of Balboa, and one sister.
Lt. Col. and Mrs. Robert B. Walker of St. Petersburg Florida, an-
nounce the marriage of their daughter, Darline, to Mr. Thomas Wesley
Passmore, son of Mrs. John T. Passmore of Pinehurst, Georgia, and the
late Mr. Passmore, on May 10, 1958. The bride was born on the Canal
Zone and has been employed as secretary at St. Anthony's Hospital in St.
Petersburg. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. F. B. Deakins of St. Peters-
burg. Mr. Passmore has just completed two and a half years with the
U. S. Army in Germany.
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Allen of Margarita, C. Z. announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann, to Mr. Noel A. Hansen, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Norman A. Hansen of Marshalltown, Iowa. The wedding
is planned for early June.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Pruner of 213 South Spring Ave., Sioux Falls, So.
Dakota, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on April 14, 1958.
Our heartiest congratulations to Ray and Celie Pruner.
Stephen (Harry) Sullivan, 69, of St. Petersburg, died on May 2,
in a local hospital. He was a long time resident of the Canal Zone. He
was a veteran of World War I, and a member of the Elks. He is survived
by his wife, Grace E.; a son, Frank of Balboa, C. Z.; and a brother,
Joseph, in New York City.
At a recent ceremony performed at the Fort Amador Chapel, Miss
Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Clinton Shaw of Golf
Heights, C. Z. became the bride of Mr. John Ronaldson Mullen.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis A. Reimann of Curundu, C. Z. announce the
engagement of their daughter, Linda, to Mr. Bob Morris, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Wilfred Morris of Balboa. Miss Reimann attends De Paul Univer-
sity in Chicago and Mr. Morris will graduate from Bradley University
in June. No date has been set for the wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Johnson of Coco Solo announce the engagement
of their daughter, Louise Elizabeth, to Lt. Kieth Byron Hanlon, son of
Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Hanlon of St. Petersburg, Florida. The wedding is
planned for late summer.
Mr. and Mr. William Bolz have sold their home in St. Petersburg
and are going to California where they plan to make their home.
Mae and Glen Lewis of El Volcan, R. P. have had as guests, Glen's
family from Conn. and Mae's family from Illinois. Mae says H.P.3 R.L.
is their Ham Radio station at Cerro Punta and Glen calls C.Q. on 28.4
to 28.5 or answers calls on American Phone Band. They usually listen
in from 6 P. M. on 10m.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Butz recently celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary at their home at Bambito, El Volcan, R.P. Practically the
entire American group, who reside in that section, were present at the
Open House. The Butz son and daughter-in-law and their children Ricky,
Peter, and Esther, drove from Margarita to the Volcan to be with their
parents on the happy occasion.
Col. Victor R. Hirschmann, former Chief of the Dermatology Section
at Gorgas Hospital, died at the Madigan General Hospital in Fort Lewis,
Washington, where he had been a patient for some time. He was 47 years
old. He is survived by his wife, one son, Jan, two daughters, Louise and
Kirstin, and also by a niece, Mrs. Seymore Barkowitz of Balboa, C. Z.
A card of thanks has been received from Mrs. G. C. Pickens and
Grace Brown, of HiAcres, Niobe, New York is improving steadily
Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin, accompanied by Mrs. Esther Currier, will sail
from Montreal on May 31st for a three month tour of the British Islands
and the Continent. On her return, Mrs. Hamlin plans to make her home
on the West Coast.
Evelyn Payne of Napa, Calif. reports they are fine. Ernie is working
for Kaiser and in his spare time working on his one acre ranch.
A card of thanks has been received from the Toones in Kerrville,
Texas, and from the family of Mrs. Ruby Worley.
Mrs. Agnes B. Clay, 88, of Long Beach, Calif died on April 21, 1958.
Survivors are two sons, Dr. C. C. Clay and Roland Clay, one brother and
Mrs. Sam J. Deavours of St. Petersburg, has been a patient in Mound
Park Hospital following a heart attack. From last reports, Mrs. Deavours
was somewhat improved.
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Anderson have moved from Maine and plan to
make their home in Florida. They are, temporarily, at P. O. Box 451,
De Barry, Florida.
Marny Dryden Leonard and family have moved from Illinois to Den-
ver. One of the first persons they met was Danny Meehan, so Marny says
it is still a small Panama Canal world.
Charlie Conkerton and wife had the pleasure of opening their door
and welcoming two of their "old neighbors", Wm. Carey Dunn and wife,
now living in Starkeville, Miss. They asked that a "hello" be said to all
Sgt. Emma Jean Pierson is visiting her mother, Mrs. Reva Starke of
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. William Alien of Dunedin, Florida, left for Balboa,
C. Z. because of the sudden death of Mr. Allen's father, Walter Allen.
A Report from Ida and Slim Hallett
Jan. 6 6:15 A. M. Temperature 20 degrees F. So-o-o with light
hearts we say "good-bye" to North Quincy, Mass., to return after the
robins have created another generation in our back yard.
Jan. 7. Arrived in Alliance, Ohio, to our daughter's home; Mrs.
Robert J. Wervey, one husband and three wonderful children, Peter, Bar-
bara Ann and Carl David. We were advised of a heavy snow storm in
Quincy so sorry. We did encounter snow flurries on the Penn Turn-
pike. That state, having no beach sand available and being the center of
the soft coal country that commodity was used to spread a thick blanket
of the stuff in our way. Results:-a blue Chrysler now a black what is it.
Jan. 13. Left Ohio. Highway signs at Clarkeburg, Tenn. "Speed
limit 39 MPH."
Jan. 15. Arrived in Shreveport, Louisiana, at our son's home. Leon
Forrest Hallett II, Mrs. Mary Ann, Carol Ann and L.F.H. III.
Feb. 12. On to Dallas, Texas, to visit with "Red" and "Stub" Dwelle.
"Red" worked for the Electrical Division, in Balboa, away back. Arrived
same day. They had arranged a New England welcome, because we found
1" of snow on the ground. The Dwelles didn't have to go to all of that
trouble, but that was true Texan. While there we also had dinner with
Bob Daniels and his mother, Mrs. Lista Daniels. Mrs. H. talked, over the
'phone, with Mrs. Bee Fernadez, who advised that Mae and Ernest Cotton
were on the Zone. The lady also called Mrs. Nonie Rathgeber.
Of all things: my Tour Director slipt on thin ice in Dallas and
sprained her left knee, or perhaps it was her right one. Here we were,
2,351 miles from ice-country so that we could get away from water with
low temperatures and there it was. Thin but still ice. The remarks made,
not by the fallee, melted it quickly.
Feb. 20. Now to Baton Rouge, La., to visit a cousin, Mrs. Marie Weiss,
I had not seen for 45 years. A wonderful visit, and enroute to Shreveport,
we called on Captain Henri M. Herff. He is well and busy with the Arcas-
ias, and DeMolays.
March 14. Well, time to start north, but in easy stages. We do not
intend to arrive home until my grass needs cutting the second time.
So with heavy hearts we leave the land of camellas and azaleas. The
police, of Shreveport, gave me a farewell citation a ticket for parking
against traffic. I was going to ignore it since we were leaving town right
now, but my "Co-pilot" insisted I do something about it. I did gave
it to our son to handle while we continued on our merry way.
Arrived at Booneville, Arkansas, the same day to visit with Mr. and
Mrs. Clarence Foiles. He is another contented ex-storehouse employee.
Clarence and Gyla certainly have brought sparks of life to that small
town. We envy them. While there I had the courage, or gall, to bake a
pan of corn bread (Yankee style) in the south. It was for a meeting of
the Ladies Aid of the Presbyterian Church. The report received, from my
hiding place in the Foile garage, was that it was enjoyed, but definitely
recognized as Yankee.
March 17. On to Fayetteville, Arkansas. Mr. and Mrs. Newell Shaw
to be our host and hostess. Enroute we had; lunch at the Boston Mount-
ains, but no snow. While there a great big individual came in, wearing a
Texas hat, and in looking at me, wearing its mate, said, "Howdy" as only
a true Texan can. So-o-o, never having been lost for words he got a
"Howdy" rightback. My companion was fearful I might be asked as to
where we were from in the Lone Star State, so she didn't know me right
then. Quickly she walked away and looked out the front window, then
started to laugh violently. I turned her way and she just could not talk,
and instead pointed to the two cars out front; our with Massachusetts
plates, and the "pardner's" with Missouri.
The Shaws collected all the local ex-Canal Diggers for a party for
us at their beautiful home. We re-dug the Canal with the George Engelkes,
Homer Crook, Eddie Higgins, Heinie Helleins, Lynn Cooks, James Co-
mans, and Mrs. Coman's sister Mattie. Also present was Mrs. Ruby Lollar,
who made southern corn bread just to teach me a lesson. Took a trip
around the country and called on Bill and Carrie Matheues in Springdale.
So glad to see them all again, everybody is well and in top condition.
Mrs. Lollar is a grand lady, and mother of Sherman Lollar, White Sox
March 20. Started another jump towards the snow line, high speed
through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana to Lima, Ohio, to stop with the
Marshall Benningers. "Marsh" and Annie were our neighbors on Amador
Road, Balboa. Sign at Manhattan, Indiana, "Prison Area, do not pick up
hitch hikers." A Dairy King sign, "If you can't stop, just wave to us."
March 23. Back to our daughter and family in Alliance, Ohio.
About a month and a half behind the dream schedule set up last Novem-
ber. Glad we were for on the 15th of March, Boston and Quincy, had
come to a complete stop thanks to snow.
March 30. Visiting with Dick, Gertrude and Ricky Marsh in Se-
wickly, Penn. Dick lived with us during the last war. Many ex-Canal
diggers will remember his father, R. O. Marsh, of San Bias White Indian
April 1. Let's see what the natives in New England are doing, so
at 7:45 A. M., we set our course for the Penn. Turnpike. Workmen are
shovelling up the black coal that had not been carried out of the state
on foreign cars. Turnpikes and Parkways all day so high speed to North
Quincy, Massachusetts, that is. Arrived at 69 Henry at 9:30 P. M.; 656.2
miles the day's run, and a total of 4,658 miles for the trip since Jan. 6th.
There was a report that we would include St. Petersburg in our itiner-
ary, but in reading of the cold weather down there we chickened out. In-
tead we enjoyed (?) the freezing weather in ten other states. A thought
-after being with our five grandchildren I am tempted to write to Kellog's
to have them originate a cereal that will, temporarily at least, take the
energy out of small fry. Ye Gods, we don't want to play leap-frog, climb
trees, play tag, race around the block, etc.
The biggest problem, on a long trip. Thirteen strange stopping places,
and the problem always comes in the middle of the night. Wake up, sit
on the edge of the bed, where am I, whose house or motel, e-a-s-y,
s-t-e-a-d-y, don't start walking until you know in what direction you want
to or have to go. Now where is that light switch? I have found it -
well life can be beautiful. A suggestion--check all facilities and direc-
tions before retiring.
We enjoyed wonderful hospitality everywhere, and we certainly were
glad to see so many of our ex-Canal friends again. If we stay here next
Winter we know that the memories of this trip will help to keep us warm.
Of course, we will get an assist from the oil furnace.
There will be an announcement of interest to all retirees in the June
issue of the N.A.R.C.E. magazine, Retirement Life. The announcement
relates to Narce Group Hospital Surgical Plan and will be of special in-
terest to members who failed to sign up in the Spring of 1957. All retirees
should be members of Narce, whose objectives are to promote the general
welfare of annuitants and potential annuitants of the civilian public
service. Contact your local Narce Chapter or write National Headquarters,
1625 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D. C.
I THOUGHT I KNEW
At twenty I was quick to sneer,
There seemed to be such folly here;
And I was often heard to say, "How come
That old folks are so dumb?
At twenty-five Id suffered pains
I'd missed a goal I'd hoped to gain,
And tho' I'd ridden to a fall,
I still believed, I knew it all.
At thirty I had come to see
That life was really puzzling me;
Instead of "Absolutely So!"
I sometimes said, "I do not know."
At forty and no longer young,
I'd almost learned to hold my tongue.
And strange opinions I could hear
Without replying with a sneer.
And now, as at a slower pace I go,
I've learned that wisdom's growth is slow:
It's taken years for light to come,
But I've learned why old folks seem so dumb.
Again we wish to thank all our representatives for sending in their
reports before press time and to all others who sent in clippings and items
of interest. The deadline for the next isue of the Record will be August
Have you paid your dues? You will not receive the September Record
if your 1958 dues are unpaid.
Once again we want to ask if anyone knows anything about the
present whereabouts of (Shorty) Meacham or his wife. It is believed his
correct name was Franklin C. Meacham. Service record, December 3rd,
1906 to October 2nd, 1914.
EVERYONE PLEASE NOTE!
We have a new Post Office Address .
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
NEW MEMBERS AND CHANGES OF ADDRESS
The following have been added or addresses changed or corrected since the
March Record. (*) denotes change or correction.
*Melrose, Mr. Earl E.-%U. S. Consul-----------------------------San Jose
Hummer, Mr. Charles E.-Calle 20-5-02, ZONA 10-----------Guatemala City
Combs, Mr. and Mrs. Prentiss C.-% Orinoco Mining Company
Puerto Ordoz .------------Cuidad Bolivar
Dwelle, Mr. Robert L.-Apartado 5180, El Este -----------------Caracas
Camby, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil G.-P. O. Box 1808---------------------Balboa
Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Morris R.-P. O. Box 1873-------------------Balboa
*Green, Mr. and Mrs. Charles L.-P. O. Box 1215 ------------------Cristobal
Harris, Mr. and Mrs. R. T.-P. O. Box 1622 ---- ----------------Balboa
*Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Charles P.-P. O. Box 3618------------------Balboa
*Henry, Mr. Patrick J.-P. 0. Box 257 --------------------- Gamboa
*Hughes, Mrs. Phoebe K.-P. O. Box 549----------------- ------Balboa
*Johnson, Mrs. Molly-P. O. Box 941 --------- ---------Diablo Heights
*Jones. Mr. and Mrs. Alton E.-P. O, Box 1261----------------- Cristobal
McLeod, Mr. and Mrs. Frank J.-P. O. Box 76------ --------Margarita
*Miller, Mrs. Florence N.-P. O. Box 764--------- --------------Balboa
*Minnix, Mr. Raymond E.-I. A. G. S. DRAWER 24 ---------Fort Clayton
*Peters, Mr. and Mrs. D. G.-P. O. Box 1336------------ ----- -- Cristobal
*Peterson, Mrs. Margaret-P. O. Box 734----------------------------- Balboa
Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C.-P. O. Box 81------ --------Margarita
Sampsell, Mrs. Delta-P. O. Box 933-------------------- Diablo Heights
Sudron, Mr. Thomas W.-P. O. Box 565 ---------- ---- Balboa
Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. E. J.-P. O. Box 3635-------------------- Balboa
*Townshend, Capt. and Mrs. C. Stuart-P. O. Box 1197 ------------- Cristobal
Mickle, Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Gerald S.-Route 1, Box 143E---------Fairhope
Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R.-96 Elkahatchee Street ----Alexander City
*Griffith, Major and Mrs. R. W. -4835 North 58th Avenue----------Glendale
*Burns. Mr. William T.-300 Morrison Avenue --------------Hot Springs
*Horter, Mrs. Frances-The Park Hotel----------------------Hot Springs
*Booz, Mrs. Thomas S.-755 South Oakland ------------------Pasadena
Clark, Miss Mary-305 Alder------------------------ Arroyo Grande
*Currier, Mrs. Esther P.-% Mrs. H. Welch-1451-3/4 West 20th _Los Angeles 7
*Hearn, Capt. and Mrs. Jack H.-% Condry
3909 Don Diablo Drive -------Los Angeles 8
*Howe, Mr. W. R.-3646 De Soto Street---------------------------Santa Clara
*Judd, Col. and Mrs. Merrill H.-1559 Siesta Drive-------------- Los Altos
*Klein, Mrs. Hazel G.-207 Walsh Street -----------------Auburn
*Mullane. Mr. and Mrs. Denis E.-992 North Los Robles-----------Pasadena
Reimer, Mrs. Ernest K.-184 West Montecito ------ Sierra Madre
*Salmon, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. 311-A North Geneva Street---.-------Glendale
*Simonsen, Mr. and Mrs. Christian-1869 West Elm Avenue--- ----Anaheim
Womack. Mr. and Mrs. Lyle-8775 South Hobart Blvd. ---- Los Angeles 47
*Beil, Mr. and Mrs. Lee-5337 60th Street North_ ----------St. Petersburg 9
Crawford, Mr. and Mrs. John J.-829 S.W. 10th Terrace----Fort Lauderdale
*Cutler, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph-801 12th Avenue North ------ St. Petersburg 1
Dawn, Mrs. R. E.-P. O. Box 329------------------------ ---- Miami 3
*Essex, Mrs. Wm. S.-440 60th Avenue South--------------- St. Petersburg 5
Greene, Rev. and Mrs. Roger-901 Flagler Avenue -------------Key West
*Halverson, Mr. and Mrs. H. D.-629 North Peninsula Drive -..Daytona Beach
*Hunter, Mr. Oscar R.-3290 64th Avenue North-----------St. Petersburg 14
Karst, Mr. and Mrs. Paul F.-6642 5th Ave. No. Apt. C-St. Petersburg 10
*Krause, Mr. and Mrs. Francis J.-% Clarence Sibus
Drawer B -- -..-----. Altamonte Springs
*McIntyre, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard-37 144th Avenue
Madeira Beach -------- St. Petersburg 8
*Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. Roy C.-Box 11 --- -- --- ----- Gretna
*Rickards, Capt. and Mrs. Charles G.-6006 47th Ave. No..-St. Petersburg 9
*Riley, Mr. John A.-P. O. Box 1378------ ---------------Tampa 1
*Swinehart, Mrs. Ida R. M.-1132 East Hubbard Avenue ------- De Land
*Terry, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A.-Blue Bell Trailer Court
3586 N.W. 41st Street _----------- Miami
*Whitver, Mrs. Delmore-500 Cherokee Drive------------------------Orlando
*Mitten, Mrs. Harry W.-402 Normandy Avenue ----------------Baltimore 29
*MacDonald, Mr. Lloyd A.-15324 Cheyenne----------------------- Detroit 27
Murray, Mr. Michael-11367 Pinehurst -----------------------------Detroit 4
*Coyle, Mrs. Frank B., Sr.-(Summer) 635 Washington Avenue
% Miss Elgin ---- ---------Oceans Springs
Dedeaux, Mr. and Mrs. Leon E.-Route 1, Box 329-A---------------Gulfport
*McGimsey, Mr. J. V.-544 West Beach Blvd.---------------------Long Beach
Herbert, Mrs. Jean Dennis-471 Ewingville Road----------------Trenton 8
Lombard, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene-92 Water Street---------------Toms River
Loughery, Mr. and Mrs. Gardner M.-336 Abbey Court -------- Ridgewood
*Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C.-705 "D" Street---------------------Belmar
Souder, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert T.-R.F.D. No. 2, Box 218 ---West Willington
*Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Carl D.-Route 2, Box 372---------------- Albuquerque
*Leisy, Mr. and Mrs. Henry T.-3228 Monterey S.E. ------------ Albuquerque
*Strauss, Mrs. John R.-Box 918 ------------------------------------ Jal
*Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Frank N.-35 Vly Road, Box 343-------------Albany 5
*Forbes, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E.-(After June 1st) Temporary- Parishville
Kelly, Miss Florence G.-76 East Locust Avenue--- ----------White Plains
Smith, Mrs. Leonard-200 South Broadway, Apt 1-E------------ Tarrytown
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
Herewith dues for 1958:
For: ..... ................................ ................ ....... ....
Address ....... .............. ......... --- ---....................
*Sonneman, Col. and Mrs. O. F., Jr.--0-42280
U. S. ARMY Q. M. DEPOT
A.P.O. 34, New York _------- New York
*Clapp, Mr. and Mrs. Carl J.-P. O. Box 326------------------Gibsonville
*Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel H.-2611 Hazel Avenue------------.Dayton 20
*Whitsett, Mr. James A.-2007 Arlington --------------------------Columbus
Heady, Mr. and Mrs. J. Everett---------------------------------Texhoma
*Haggerty, Mr. John B.-324 West Lockhart Street-------------------Sayre 3
Neeson, Mrs. Kathleen V.-160 Haines Road-------------------------- York
*Barnard, Mr. and Mrs. Paul D.-R. D. 2, Abbott Run Valley Rd.--.Cumberland
*Forsstrom, Capt. and Mrs. A. B.-R. F. D. No. 5, Box 299 -------Cranston 10
*Williams, Mr. Walter D.-Route 8, Box 742-T-% T. L. Mitchum.--.Charleston
*Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. Irl R.-807 Spring Street-----------------Livingston
Dwelle, Dr. and Mrs. Edward D.-1220 Belmont-----------------------Alice
*Gaudette, Mr. and Mrs. William-1118 Highland Drive --------Grand Prairie
Levy, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan L.-2217 Huldy Street-----------------Houston
Monniche, Mr. and Mrs. Tollef B.-1203 Elm Street-Apt 3--------- Austin 3
*Townsend, Mr. and Mrs. John H.-1201 South Wafer---------------Pasadena
White, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur A.-1539 Hewitt Drive--------------Houston 18
Bahn, Mr. and Mrs. Ted H.---4107 North Adams Street----------- Arlington 1
The following are members whose addresses may have changed as mail has
been returned by the Postmaster, with the notation "Moved, left no forwarding
address" or "NO SUCH NUMBER". Please help me locate these members.
Anderson, Capt. and Mrs. John W.-100 San Jose Avenue-- San Francisco, Cal.
Cooper, Mrs. Eltah-1515 Clay Street-------------------------Oakland 1, Cal.
Mrs. Cooper was formerly the Secretary of the Washington (STATE) Society
Parrish, Mr. and Mrs. John W.-1028 Pritchard Road S.W.--.Atlanta, Georgia
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
DUES $3.00 PER YEAR. PLEASE ADD 10c TO ALL CHECKS (Bank Charge)
Name ...... .. -- -- -.- -- --- --------
Wife's Name______ -- -__-.. -- ---- -.--...---
Address ------------------------... .--
City......-----.. -- --.----.- State ----------------.__
Number of Years on Canal -___-- ---------.--...
What Division. --.-.-... ---..-- --.--- -----. -
Amount Enclosed ....------- ------- -----... ----
Sent in by Mr. M. J. Symms,
New Orleans. First snow
in 23 years.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Stevenson
Palo Alto, California.
Pop Wright, 95 years
San Antonia 10, Texas
Mrs. Anna Post, St. Augustine, Fla.
Mrs. Ethel Boyd, Santa Monica, Calif.
Mrs. Harrie Keenan, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Miss Helen Louise Dudak, Orlando, Fla,
Award winning Secretary -
(see People You Know)
Home of Capt. and Mrs. Henry Falk, St. Petersburg, Fla.
California Society Women taken at the home of Mrs. F. W. Brown. Reading left
to right-back row-Neva Baker, Floripe Prager, Vera Howell, Hanna Beard, Grace
McConaughey, Elizabeth Stillwell, Nina Brown, Next row-Ethyln Wood, Clara
Neville, Clara Gilbert, Lu Lumby. Next row-Irma Lockwood, Elizabeth Jones,
Bea Fernandez. Next row-Olga Bullock, Docia Hodges, Dellie Pigeon.
Husbands taken on steps at home of
Mrs. F. W. Brown. Reading left to right
back row-Oliver Bullock, Bill Pigeon,
Ellis Stillwell, Harvey McConaughey.
Next row-Syd Neville,Bill Jones, Sumner
Baker. Next row-Arthur Beard, Jerry
Prager. Front row-Claude Howell,
Mort Lockwood, Earl Gilbert.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Pruner on their 55th wedding anniversary.
April 14, 1958. Congratulations.
Mr. and Mrs. John I. Sanders, Louisville, Ky. celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary March 2, 1958. Congratulations.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
U. S. Post e
St. Petersburg, Flo.
Fhmit No. 603
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ADDRESS ON FORM 3547, POSTAGE FOR WHICH IS GUARANTEED
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