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ring the Roosevelt Centennial Ceremonies. Photo, courtesy of J. Rufus Hardy, Editor of the Panama
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Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Cox
Capt. and Mrs. N.A. Terry
St. Petersburg, Florida
Sam Hess Herbert Rose
Howard Anderson W.D. Goodwin
Sam Devours Harry Bloss
R.C. Devours George Tarflinger
B. McIntyre Jack Plummer
Harry Bloss 1906, Capt. Luther 1905, Al Geddes 1905
F.G. Swanson 1905, Col. Dan Wright 1904
The Panama Canat Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
Macon A. Turner J. F. Warner
Keith Kelley J. F. Bashner
Vice-President TORE W. H. Butler
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd H. H. Hudson
Secretary-Treas. Harry J. Lewis
Dan E. Wright
Francis G. Hargy Counselors
1 0 James Bradley
E. M. Kieswetter James Bradley
News dtor Sergeant-at-Arms
The 86th Congress convened January 7th, with an overwhelming
Democratic majority in both the House and Senate. Congressmen pre-
sented 3432 bills and the Senators presented 678 bills thru January 19th,
1959. Most of these bills will never come to the floor for vote, but infor-
mation will be presented to the membership as certain bills pertaining to
Panama Canal present and past employees have cleared committees and
are ready for final action.
The following twelve important bills were presented to improve the
benefits and working conditions of Government workers.
1. Low-cost health-medical insurance benefits for present and retired
2. Elimination of the Income Tax on Civil Service Annuities.
3. Retirement on full annuity after 30 years of service, regardless
4. Elimination of the present fixed six-year term appointments for
Civil Service Commissioners and a return to the indefinite ap-
5. A better Labor-Management Law for Federal workers.
6. Establishment of merit promotion boards in each agency to de-
7. Protection of Government workers against suits arising out
of their operation of motor vehicles in connection with their
8. Protection of per diem (blue collar) workers in cases of down-
9. An extra day's holiday for Federal workers whenever a legal
holiday falls on a Saturday.
10. The appointment of the heads of regional and district offices of
the Post Office Department would be made by the President and
confirmed by the Senate.
11. Credit unused leave (sick and annual) toward larger retirement
12. Improvement in the longevity features of the Classification Act.
The most important bill so far presented is the Health-Medical Insur-
ance bill, presented by Johnson-Morrison-Davis and Broyhill. In addition
to benefiting Federal employees, the program would cover members of
Congress, Legislative, Judicial and most employees already retired. Ad-
ministration officials report that the White House would not oppose a
"reasonable" bill that would not be overly costly. Following are the high-
lights of this Health-Medical Insurance bill:
1. Employees and their families would have a free choice in select-
ing the type of basic insurance plan they want.
2. The Civil Service Commission would contract for the establish-
ing of competing national plans and set forth certain basic benefit
standards which the companies would have to meet.
3. Employees and their families would be free to transfer their
enrollment at yearly intervals from one type of plan to another,
if they so desired.
4. Government employees and their families would be covered by
so-called major medical (catastrophic) insurance. This type of
insurance, designed to take up protection where the basic type
leaves off would be paid for entirely by the Government.
5. The Government would pay 2/3 of the cost of the basic type
medical insurance, up to a maximum Government contribution of
2.50 per bi-weekly pay period for the individual employee or
$7.00 bi-weekly for employee and his dependents.
6. The Major Medical Plan would not take effect until after all medi-
cal, hospital and surgical expenses provided for in the basic plan
have been taken care of.
In addition, the employee would have to pay certain defined sums for
medical, surgical and hospital expenses before medical benefits would
apply. This amount would depend on the employee's annual salary; earn-
ing under $6,000.00 would pay $100.00; earning between $6,000.00 to
$11,000.00 would pay $200.00 and those earning $11,000.00 and more
would have to pay $300.00. The major medical plan would then provide
for payments of 75% of all medical, surgical and hospital expenses above
the terms described above. Sounds complicated, but could be very bene-
ficial for those with long and expensive sickness.
The 1960 Federal Budget has been in the news. Where the fiscal year
of 1959 will show a deficit of nearly thirteen billion, the 1960 fiscal year
is expected to show a surplus of seventy million. Here is where your tax
dollar comes from and will be budgeted in the fiscal year 1960:
Individual Income Taxes--
Corporation Income Taxes_
Excise Taxes -----
Customs and etc ---
....53% Military, and etc......--
. 28% Income on debt (interest)
11% Agriculture -- --
S8% Veterans ---- -
The President is expected to ask Congress to raise the following to
help balance the budget:
1. Raise gasoline tax from .03 to .041/2 per gallon.
2. Raise aviation gasoline from .02 to .041 per gallon.
3. Impose a new tax of .041/2 per gallon on jet fuel.
4. Raise postage on first-class letters to .05.
Following is a list of certain legislative resolutions approved by the
National Executive Committee of The American Legion that might interest
Res. No. 39.
Res. No. 44.
Res. No. 215.
Res. No. 273.
Res. No. 285.
Res. No. 331.
Res. No. 437.
Widows and orphans of W.W.2 and Korean conflict
receive same death pension as those of W.W.1.
Urges adoption of a single supply catalog for Armed
Services. (Would be a fine idea for all Government
Rid community newsstands of obscene, lewd and per-
Oppose weakening or reducing veteran's benefits
under Veterans Preference Act.
Oppose curtailment of Veteran's benefits by substi-
tution of Social Security Benefits.
Improvement of Disability Pension Programs.
Panama Canal to remain under United States control.
Res. No. 600. Korean conflict to be considered a war in order for
veterans too receive benefits.
Res. No. 625 Amend Civil Service Retirement Act to protect war
Another important piece of legislation, sponsored by Chairman John-
son of the Senate P.O. and C.S. Committee is the DOUBLE INSURANCE
BILL. This bill would permit employees having Government Life Insur-
ance, to purchase additional insurance equal to the amount of Life Insur-
ance they now have at a cost of $9.75 per thousand. This is the total cost
of Government Life Insurance, now in effect; $6.50 being paid by em-
ployee and $3.25 by Government. At this time, it is not known whether
this Double Insurance Bill would apply to retired employees, who retained
their Government Insurance after retirement, with no cost to the retiree.
Will so advise you upon receipt of the Senate Bill.
Income Tax payments will become due April 15th. If you are in
doubt about any tax benefit, please write to the undersigned for latest
rulings; original and one copy of letter, with return postage. I will make
out your return or check the return you already have prepared. Have
completed a sixty (60) hour course in Income Tax Accounting, so desire
to pass on this information to our membership in making out correct tax
Frank W. Hohmann, Chairman
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Miss Nancy Elizabeth Simon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond O.
Simon, formerly of the Canal Zone and now living in St. Petersburg, Fla.,
and Mr. David W. Low, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard J. Low of St. Peters-
burg, were married on July 24 in St. Bartholomews Church. Rev. Arnold
Charnock performed the ceremony.
The bride was born in Cristobal and is a graduate of Balboa High
School with the class of 1957. She is also a graduate of Bixby's Business
Mr. Low graduated from St. Petersburg High School and is now with
the U.S. Army. The couple will make their home at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Miss Lois Ann MacDonald and Richard Maduro were united in mar-
riage at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22nd at the home of the bride's father,
the Rev. E. Blake MacDonald, 16218 First St. E., Redington Beach, St.
Petersburg, Fla. The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Shirley Maduro, 651
140th Ave., Madeira Beach.
A native of Alma, Michigan, the bride was graduated from the Uni-
versity of Michigan school of architecture and design. She is chief of
occupational therapy at the Veterans Center at Bay Pines and is a member
of the Seroptimists of the Holiday Isles.
Mr. Maduro, born in Hackensack, N. J., attended schools in Massa-
chusetts and is a member of the Elks Lodge of the Holiday Isles. He is
city clerk of Madeira Beach.
The engagement of Miss Titina Farraudo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Gaston Farraudo to Mr. Albert J. Joyce, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert
Joyce of Balboa, was announced on Christmas Eve by Miss Farraudo's
parents. The wedding date has not been announced.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Morland of Brazos Heights are announcing the
engagement of their daughter, Mary, to Mr. John B. Coffey, Jr., son of Mr.
and Mrs. John B. Coffey, Sr., of Margarita.
Miss Inga Turner Prier, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Vern Prier of Mar-
garita, became the bride of Captain James Bayard Wallace, son of Mrs.
Spencer M. Wallace and the late Mr. Wallace of Kennebunk, Me., at the
Christ Church-by-the-Sea. The Venerable Archdeacon Edward J. Cooper
and Bishop R. Heber Gooden officiated.
The bride is a graduate of Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs and
has been employed by the US Army at Curundu. Capt. Wallace is a grad-
uate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point, N.Y.,
and has served for 13 years in the Merchant Marine. He is presently an
apprentice pilot with the Panama Canal Co.
Following a wedding trip the couple will make their home in Coco
Miss Carolyn E. Hackett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burton J. Hackett
of Balboa, became the bride of Robert W. Summers, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Lyman G. Summers of Clearlake Highlands, Calif., in a recent late after-
noon nuptial ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Luke.
Rev. M. J. Peterson, dean of St. Luke's, officiated at the service.
The bride was born and reared on the Canal Zone. She was grad-
uated from Balboa High School and is presently attending the Junior
Mr. Summers is assigned to Albrook Air Force Base. He and his
bride plan to make their home in California.
Lt. Col. Ernest R. Farrell (U.S.A. Ret.) of California and Mrs. Elea-
nor G. McQueary of New York, announce the engagement of their daugh-
ter, Francis Elizabeth, to Mr. Valdo H. Viglielmo, of Kingston, New York.
Miss Farrell was graduated from Balboa High School and Canal Zone
Junior College. She finished her undergraduate studies at Swarthmore
College, then received a Ford Foundation Grant for further study at Rad-
cliff College. Mr. Viglielmo received his Ph.D from Harvard in Japanese
Language and Literature. He is presently teaching in Japan at Tokyo
International Christian University. The wedding will take place in Tokyo
or Cambridge, Mass. The couple will reside for a time in Japan.
In a four o'clock nuptial service in the First Baptist Church in Balboa
Heights, Miss Dorothy Cotton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Cotton
of Balboa, became the bride of Kenneth L. Manthorne, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Colborne Manthorne of Detroit, Mich.
The bride was graduated from Balboa High School and Kelsey Jenny
Business College in San Diego. She has been employed for the past year
with the engineering division of the Panama Canal Company.
Mr. Manthorne is a graduate of Pershing High School in Detroit and
attended the Detroit Business Institute and Wayne State University there.
He is employed in the offices of the Michigan-Wisconsin Pipeline Com-
pany in Detroit.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis A. Ives of Dayton, Ohio, announce the marriage
of their daughter, Alene E. to Mr. John A. Cole of Dayton, Ohio. The
bridegroom was born on the Canal Zone and is the son of Mrs. Eva Cole
of Gulfport, Florida, and the late John Cole. He is a graduate of the
University of Dayton. The bride is a graduate of Middlebury College in
Vermont. oth the bride and groom are employed as laboratory technicians
Vermont. Both the bride and groom are employed as laboratory techni-
cians at the Grandview Hospital in Dayton. They will reside at 560 Forest
An announcement has been received of the engagement of Miss Joan
Brennan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brennan of Balboa, to Mr.
Gerade O'Brien of New York. Miss Brennan resides in New York and
will be married in that city.
Mr. and Mrs. Tasso Bartz of Galveston, Texas, announce the marriage
of their daughter, Elizabeth Lee, to Dr. Edward George Schnake on Sun-
day, December 28, 1958, in Galveston. Dr. Schnake is now stationed at
the U.S. Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Florida.
Mr. Harlan Englander and Miss Lenora Simpson were united in mar-
riage on October 11, 1958. Mr. Englander is the son of Mrs. Max Eng-
lander of Hudson Falls, New York.
In a wedding ceremony at seven thirty o'clock at the Balboa Union
Church, Miss Helen Louise Henry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William T.
Henry, of Zephyrhills, Florida, became the bride of Mr. Maurice E.
Muller, son of Mrs. Edna Muller of Peoria, Illinois. The Reverend Oscar
W. Olsen, pastor of the church, performed the ceremony.
A reception followed immediately after the ceremony at the Panama
The couple plan a wedding trip to Costa Rica.
Capt. and Mrs. Conrad G. Didrickson of Margarita, C. Z. announce
the engagement of their daughter, Marian Annette, to Mr. Jerry L. Lane,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold L. Lane of Covina, California. Miss Didrick-
son was graduated from Occidental College at Los Angeles, Calif., last
June and is presently teaching elementary school in San Diego. Mr. Lane
is a graduate of Los Angeles College and served as a lieutenant in the
Navy at Coco Solo when the couple met in 1956. He is now in the field
of insurance in Los Angeles.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Tate of Gamboa announce the engagement of their
daughter, Louise, to Mr. Gary P. Dunsmoor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest
G. Dunsmoor of Balboa Heights.
Carolyn Ann Pollak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pollak, of
Maitland, Florida, was united in marriage to Mr. David Carl Tyssen of
Clifton, Texas, at 7 p.m. on January 31, at the Central Lutheran Church
in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Tyssen, a graduate of Baylor University, has been
teaching in Clifton High School. Mrs. Tyssen is a graduate of Stetson
University in De Land, Florida. She received her Medical Arts Degree
from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and was employed as a
medical artist in Baylor Hospital in Dallas. The young couple will make
their home in Clifton, Texas.
Word has been received by the paternal grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. Melvin F. Millard of Balboa, of the birth of a son to Mr. and
Mrs. Kenneth F. Millard of Sewanee, Tennessee, on December 27.
Mrs. Millard is the former Arline Lincoln and the maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Lincoln of Paradise, California, for-
merly of Balboa.
This is the Millard's second child. Their daughter, Susan, is three
Mr. and Mrs. S. V. Powelson of Los Rios announce the birth of
their second son and fifth child, on December 6 at Gorgas Hospital.
The baby has been named John Abram.
Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Collins of Balboa, Canal Zone, announce the
birth of twin boys, Michael Angelo and Morris Robert, born on July
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kent of Orlando, Florida, inform us that they
are proud grandparents again. It's a baby girl for their son and daugh-
ter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Kent, and a baby girl for their daughter
and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Wanke.
Lt. and Mrs. John J. Grinnell of Laredo, Texas, announce the birth
of their first child, a daughter, Kathleen Marie, on January 3rd, 1958.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Hickey of
Margarita, C.Z. and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John
J. Grinnel of Long Island, New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Poznick, Jr., of Putnam, New Jersey, an-
nounce the birth of a son, Jeffery Kieth, on November 29, 1958. The
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John G. McCoy of Orlando,
Florida and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E.
Poznick, Sr. of Walpole, Mass.
Col. and Mrs. James Parker of St. Petersburg, Fla., announce the
arrival of a daughter, born on November 20th, 1958. Col. Parker was
not present to greet his new daughter as he is in Korea. 'Mrs. Parker
is the daughter of Mrs. William P. Hunt and the late Col. W. P. Hunt.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Walker of South Portland, Maine, announce
the birth of their third son, Bruce Roger, on December 18, 1958. Mrs.
Walker is the former Ruth Catherine Taylor, daughter of Ruth and
Dick Taylor of Alfred, Maine.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Murphy of St. Petersburg, Florida, announce
the birth of a son, on January 24. Mrs. Murphy is the daughter-in-law
of Mrs. W. P. Hunt and the late Col. Hunt of St. Petersburg.
George G. Carlson-Communications Branch-15 years, 9 months.
Mrs. Laura G. Casement-Accounting Division-17 years, 26 days.
George H. Egger, Sr.-Railroad Division-27 years, 6 months, 19 days.
John G. Harrison-Dredging Division-23 years, 6 months, 2 days.
Arthur E. Schneider-Navigation Division-15 years, 8 months, 6 days.
Hilda E. Wickens-Sales and Service Branch- 15 years, 7 months, 3 days.
Mrs. Carmen Casey-Electrical Division-19 years, 23 days.
Mrs. Rosalie A. Demers-Accounting Div.-17 years, 4 months, 5 days.
Thomas V. Kelly-Railroad Division-21 years, 6 months, 25 days.
Howard E. McGaughey-Industrial Division-6 years, 2 months, 13 days.
Otis C. Myers-Engineering Division-26 years, 1 month, 21 days.
Russell J. Parsons-Transportation Division-28 years, 21 days.
Mrs. Mary B. Slocum-Communications Branch-22 yrs., 6 mo., 22 days.
Arthur M. Streams-Power Construction Project--16 yrs., 5 mo., 11 days.
Miss Frances G. Moomaw-Division of Schools-28 yrs., 1 mo., 9 days.
Miss Angela F. Reilly-Coco Solo Hospital-28 years, 9 months, 27 days.
Kenneth D. Slowick-Industrial Division-33 years, 3 months, 19 days.
Lloyd T. Yarbray-Supply Division-18 years, 4 months, 26 days.
Ralph E. Robinson-Industrial Bureau-16 years, 9 months, 18 days.
Mr. Earl Baltozer is recuperating, following surgery.
Mrs. Stella Price of Washington, D. C. has been ill since March, but
is now improving.
Mrs. John R. Strauss, Ward D, of U.S. Navy Hospital, Pensacola,
Florida, is now out of traction and learning to handle crutches.
Mr. Michael Leech of Tampa is seriously ill in a Tampa hospital.
Mr. C. E. Van Fleet of St. Petersburg, Fla., is recuperating, nicely,
Mrs. Marie Calloway, while visiting on the Zone, was a patient in
Mr. Virgil E. Camby of Balboa, was a heart patient in Gorgas
Mrs. Sam Deavours of St. Petersburg is some better.
Mrs. Nell Bewley of Ft. Lauderdale is now getting along, nicely.
Mrs. L. H. Loring of Yarmouth, Maine, is reported as recovering,
slowly, from a bad fall a year ago.
Mrs. Miles E. McLeod of Phoenix, Arizona, is coming along slowly.
Mrs. Robert R. Ross of Lowville, N. Y. is recovering from pneumonia.
Mr. Lando Oliver of Marion, Illinois, was a hospital patient for 45
days with pneumonia.
Col. George E. Hesner of San Antonio, Texas, underwent surgery in
Brooke General Hospital in San Antonio. He is reported as improving.
Mrs. Troy Hayes of St. Petersburg is coming along nicely following
surgery at St. Anthony's Hospital in December.
Capt. Billy Will of Long Island, N. Y. is improving after a stay in
Mr. Fred Sprecken of St. Petersburg was a surgery patient in Mound
Park Hospital in January.
Mr. Roy Perkins is much better following a stay in the U. S. Naval
Hospital in Pensacola.
Mr. Thomas V. Franklin of Bryson City, N. C. is reported as not
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bugby of Wilcox, Pennsylvania, are both home
after being in the hospital.
Mrs. F. J. Krause of Altamonte Springs, Fla. is having eye trouble.
Mr. Hal B. Cooper of Limona, Florida was in Tampa Hospital in
January for surgery.
Mr. Walter A. Freudigmann of Tampa was a hospital patient dur-
Mr. C. J. Post of Jacksonville, Florida, writes that Mrs. Post cele-
brated her 80th birthday a few months ago and has not been well, so
they had to give up coming to the reunion this year, much to their regret.
Mrs. A. G. Ahlfont writes that Mr. Alphont has been very ill since
last October but is now recuperating nicely.
Mrs. Charles L., Persons of St. Petersburg was a patient in St. An-
thony's Hospital for two weeks in January for surgery.
Mr. Louis Warner of Pinellas Park, Florida, has returned to his
home after a short stay in Bay Pines Hospital.
Capt. John M. Davis of Gamboa, C.Z. is reported as seriously ill in
Mrs. Eva Cole of Gulfport, Florida, entered Mound Park Hospital
in January for a medical check-up.
Thomas M. Jordan of Portland, Maine, writes that Laura is still on
the sick list. Has not been out of the Hotel for months but gets out on
the sun porch, now and then.
Mrs. Irene A. Ostrom of Lantana, Florida, has returned to her home
following surgery in the hospital. She is now getting along splendidly.
Mr. Charles A. Brady of Hollywood, Calif. was a patient in the City
of Hope Hospital in the month of January. Mr. Brady, who has had two
heart operations, was a pneumonia patient this time. He has been very
ill but is now reported well enough to return to his hone.
CARDS OF THANKS
For expressions of sympathy, cards of thanks and appreciation have
been received from the following:
Mrs. Marie Calloway; Mr. Earl Baltozer; Judge and Mrs. Edward
Tatelman; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stoudner and family; Mrs. Hugo Nash and
family; Mrs. Vivian B. Stutzman; Mrs. Betty Jane Whaler; Col George E.
Hesner; Mrs. Greta Grubbs; Mrs. Troy Hayes; Mrs. Jewel Molino; Mr.
Hal Cooper; Anita M. Weltmer and Mr. E. T. Jackson.
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Word was received of the death of Mr. Cecil C. Boden at his New
Orleans home on Sunday, January 5th.
Mr. Boden resided in Panama from 1954 until his retirement in 1958.
While here, Mr. Boden was President of Tradax Internacional, S. A. Prior
to coming here, he resided in New York where he was a Vice-President
of Cargill, Incorporated.
Funeral services were held January 7th and internment in New York.
He is survived by his widow, Eunice M. Boden, of New Orleans.
Word has been received of the death in California of Miss Marie
Rominger, a retired employee of the Army Finance office at Corozal.
Miss Rominger had many years service in Army Finance before her
retirement in 1956. She lived for a time at Santa Clara, R. P., but later
went to the States because of ill health.
Her death occurred Oct. 27 at Tujunga, Calif., and she was buried at
Glendale on October 31.
Miss Rominger is survived by her sister, Mrs. Anne Talbert, wife
of Capt. Joseph Talbert, USN (Ret).
Mrs. fda L. Upton, 84, of 151 17th Avenue North, St. Petersburg,
died at her home.
A native of Roseland, N.J., Mrs. Upton moved to St. Petersburg 16
years ago from the Panama Canal Zone where she had lived 40 years. Her
late husband had been head of the government's cold storage plant at
Mount Hope in Colon.
She was a member of Panama Canal Society and the Baptist Church.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. J. R. Williams and Mrs. J. W.
Stoudner, both of St. Petersburg; Mrs. Edward Tatelman, Bradenton, and
Mrs. A. A. Doyle, Panama Canal Zone; a son, Harry M. Brown, Great
Falls, Mont.; 13 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and a sister, Miss
Nellie Norwood, Verona, N. J.
Merrill A. Stutzman, 60, of 220- 24th Ave. North, St. Petersburg,
died December 6, 1958 at his home. He was a land inspector for the
federal government in the Panama Canal Zone for 30 years.
A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Mr. Stutzman moved to St. Petersburg
five years ago from the Canal Zone. He was a member of the Scottish
Rite, Panama Canal Zone Lodge, AF&AM; Panama Canal Zone Society
and the National Association of Retired Civil Engineers.
Surviving him are his wife, Vivian Showers Stutzman; a sister, Mrs.
E. R. Baltozer, St. Petersburg, and a brother, Ira E., Harrisburg, Pa.
Hans John Christensen, 70, retired building contractor who spent 17
years in construction work for the U.S. Navy in the Panama Canal Zone,
died November 22 at his home in Port Tampa City after a short illness.
He was a native of Odinse, Denmark.
Mr. Christensen was a former resident of Wakonda, S. D., where he
was a building contractor. He retired two and a half years ago and made
his home in Port Tampa City with his daughter, Miss Marie Christensen.
Christensen was a charter member and one of the last survivors of
the organizing group of Ophir Lodge No. 198 AF & AM of Wakonda. He
also was a member of the Abou Saad Shrine Temple in the Canal Zone.
Beside his daughter he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Elsie Rasmussen, of
John W. Whipple, dock foreman for the Panama Canal Navigation
Division, died at his home on Empire Street, Balboa, during his sleep.
He was 59 years old.
He was born in Emporia, Kansas, and came to the Isthmus in 1930
as superintendent of the Fuerza y Luz Company's Gas Plant. In Decem-
ber, 1940, he joined the Canal organization as an iron worker in the
In January, 1954, Mr. Whipple transferred to the Navigation Divi-
sion as a dock foreman, a post he held at the time of his death.
In addition to his wife, the former Ruth Hopkins, he is survived by
his mother, Mrs. May Whipple, of Costa Mesa, California; a daughter,
Mrs. Betty Gomes, of Santa Clara, California; a son, Lt. Commander Fred
E. Whipple, who is stationed with the Navy at Port Mugue, California;
and by three grandchildren.
Mr. Whipple was a member of Canal Zone Lodge, A.F. and A.M.
Mrs. William J. Allen, of Curundu, widow of a retired Panama Canal
employee who had lived on the Isthmus for over 45 years, died at Gorgas
Hospital after a long illness. She was 78 years old.
Mrs. Allen, a native of Ireland, came to the Canal Zone in June 1912
from her home in New York. Her husband, the late William J. Allen was
employed as a painter foreman in the Industrial Division and served in
the Canal organization from 1908 until his retirement. He died four
Mrs. Alien is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Jerome F. Steiner, of
Balboa; Mrs. C. F. Magee, of Boston; Mrs. Frank Pepe, of New York City;
and Mrs. Edna Slusher, of Appallachicola, Florida; one son, William B.
Allen of Margarita; 21 grand children, and six great-grand children.
News of the recent death of Charles E. Shoberg, retired Canal em-
ploye, in a Veterans' Hospital on Long Island has been received. He was
76 years old, and had been in ill health for some time.
Mr. Shoberg was born in Sweden and was a naturalized citizen of the
United States. He was first employed by the Canal organization in May,
1919 as a machinist in the Mechanical Division. This service was brief;
he resigned in September of that year.
He was reemployed as a machinist with the Mechanical Division, in
August, 1924 and worked with that Division until his resignation in Sep-
tember 1925. In October, 1930, he returned to the Mechanical Division,
again as a machinist. In August, 1939 he was transferred to the Marine
Division and was a machinist in that Division at the time he retired in
Mrs. Florence Quintero, former employee of the Panama Canal Per-
sonnel Bureau, died at Gorgas Hospital where she had been a patient since
July 8th. She was 55 years old.
Mrs. Quintero was born in Manitowac, Wise. From 1942 to 1948 she
was employed as a clerk typist in the Personnel Bureau most of the time
in what was then known as the Silver Control section.
She made her home in Panama City with her son, Manuel Quintero,
who works with the Inter-American Geodetic Survey. In addition to her
son, she is survived by her mother and by a brother and sister, all of
whom live in the United States.
Mrs. Quintero was well-known in local musical circles; in 1941 and
1942 she was organist at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon.
Mr. Edward Hugo Armstrong Nash, 65, Goldenrod, Florida, died
Saturday, November 22nd in a local hospital.
Born in Jamaica, British West Indies he moved to Orlando in 1953.
He was educated in Canada, a retired executive of the British American
Tobacco Co. in Panama, past president of the Rotary Club and past presi-
dent of the American Society, a member of the Episcopal Church and a
member of the Canal Zone Masonic Lodge, all in Panama.
Surviving are his wife, Florence; three daughters, Lois Montiel,
Nicaragua; Rene Clark, Cincinnati, Ohio; Helen Corrigan, Balboa, C.Z.;
one brother, Ray Nash, Panama, R. of P.; two sisters, Elma Pratt, Ja-
maica; Nesta Witty, Jamaica; and six grandchildren.
Capt. George H. Boomer, formerly assistant Port Captain in Cristobal,
died November 9 at Coco Solo Hospital. He was 75 years old.
Capt. Boomer had nearly 30 years of Canal Service when he retired
in 1946. He entered the service in 1917 and served for many years as a
Panama Canal pilot before his appointment as assistant Port Captain.
He was born in Tetrolia, Canada. Since his retirement, he and Mrs.
Boomer had made their home for several years in Bellville, N. Y., until
their return to the Isthmus. Since that time they have been making their
home with their daughter, Mrs. Marian Taylor, of Margarita.
He was a prominent member of the Masonic Order. He was a mem-
ber of the Rising Sun Lodge, A.F. and A.M., of Bellville, and of Abou
Saad Shrine in the Canal Zone.
In addition to his wife, Mrs. Florence Boomer, and daughter, Mrs.
Taylor who is an employee in the Schools Division, Capt. Boomer is sur-
vived by two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Crandall, of Adams, N.Y., and Mrs. Ruth
Peck, of Harrisonburg, Pa; and a brother, Donald Boomer, of Carthage,
Mrs. Evelyn B. Sibert, died in October at her home in Gadsen, Ala-
bama. She was the widow of the builder of the Alabama State Docks,
General William L. Sibert, who was also a leader in the construction of
the Panama Canal and Boulder Dam, and served as the Dock's first director
after planning and carrying out its construction.
The daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Thomas C. Marine, Dickie Sue, 14
months of age, died November 17th after undergoing surgery for a heart
condition at the University of Minnesota Hospital.
Capt. and Mrs. Marine, had taken the child to the States for the cor-
rective surgery. Returned to Panama for funeral service on November 24.
Capt. Marine is assigned to Albrook Air Force Base.
Paul S. Wilson, of Gatun, who had lived on the Isthmus for the past
54 years, died at Coco Solo hospital. He was 77 years old.
Mr. Wilson, a native of St. Brides, Va., came to the Isthmus during
the early Canal construction period. He was first employed in June 1905
by the Isthmian Canal Commission and had continuous service from then
until his retirement in October 1938, except for a brief period when he
served with the U.S. Army during the first World War.
He was the brother of Mrs. Herbert C. Clark, who died recently in
the States and whose husband, Dr. Herbert C. Clark for many years was
head of Gorgas Memorial Laboratory. Mr. Wilson was not married and
has no surviving relatives on the Isthmus.
Lionel de Castro, age 60, a certified public accountant and realtor
of Colon, died suddenly at the Diablo Heights residence of his son-in-law
and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Watson.
Born in Panama,Mr. de Castro received his education in St. Thomas,
Virgin Islands, and was connected with All America Cables in Panama
and Nicarauga for several years before going into the real estate busi-
ness in Colon. He was chief accountant for Colon's Radio Center and
In addition to Mrs. Watson, Mr. DeCastro is survived by his wife,
Adeliza; his other daughter, Mrs. Gloria Van Rijssen, of Baarn, Holland;
his brother, Frank, and his sisters Avelyn and Amelie de Castro, in addi-
tion to seven grandchildren.
James A. Hess, founder of the Miraflores Observatory and retired
Canal employee, died in Lewisetta, Virginia. He was 78 years old.
Mr. Hess was born in Washington, D.C. During the Spanish Ameri-
can War he served in the company commanded by Captain, later Colonel,
David D. Gaillard, a fact which probably had some bearing on his deci-
sion in June, 1909, to come to the Canal Zone where Colonel Gaillard
was in charge of construction work in the Cut which now bears his name.
Many years later Mr. Hess assisted in placing the memorial plaque
to Colonel Gaillard on the side of Contractors Hill.
He worked at various times with the Electrical Division and the
Supply Department, but the major part of his service was with the Pan-
ama Canal Locks, with which he was a towing locomotive operator.
A competent amateur astronomer, Mr. Hess organized the Canal Zone
Astronomical Society in the latter 1920's.
In addition to his interests in the Astronomical Society, Mr. Hess was
active in Masonic affairs during his residence on the Isthmus.
He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Adrien Bouche, of Diablo Heights,
a son Laurie F. Hess, of Washington, and by five grandchildren and four
Max Bilgray, 73, died suddenly at his home in Colon, on November
26th, 1958. Mr. Bilgray was actively engaged in business in Colon for
nearly two score years. He was well known for his philanthropic spirit,
a quality that endeared him to many Isthmians. In 1955, Bilgray was
presented with the National Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa by the then
President, Ricardo Arias. On the day of his funeral, a gesture, typical
of the man, came to light, when it was found he had signed all the checks
for money he intended to donate to charities and individuals whom he al-
ways helped at Christmas time. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Dora
King, and several nephews and nieces.
Mrs. George L. Capwell died recently in Albany, New York, where
she was receiving treatment for illness. Mrs. Capwell lived in Ecuador,
where her husband is General Manager of Empresa Electrica of Ecuador.
She is survived by five children, Mrs. James McGinnes of Torreon, Mexico,
Mrs. Eugene R. Harris of Troy, New York, Lt. George Capwell of Camp
Pendelton, California, Miss Dorothy Capwell of Long Island, New York,
Robert A. Capwell of Admiral Farragut Academy in Toms River, New
Jersey, and also a sister and a brother, both residents of New York.
She is also survived by six grandchildren.
Mrs. Bessie Jones Miller, 75, died recently at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Katherine Winquist of Panama City. Mrs. Miller went
to the Isthmus in 1903 and was the widow of John B. Miller, for many
years with the Municipal Engineering Division. In addition to her
daughter, Mrs. Miller is survived by four sisters and a brother, all
residents of Nashville, Tenn.
W. Russell Keyes, former Canal employee, died at Cincinnati, Ohio,
November 2nd. He was 50 years old.
Mr Keyes came to the Canal organization as a clubhouse steward in
December 1940 and resigned in 1943. He was reemployed in 1946 as club-
house manager the position he held until his resignation July 2, 1951.
Following his return to the United States, Mr. Keyes was employed
as state dietitian for the mental institutions of Ohio and made his home
in Logan. He was on a business trip to Cincinnati at the time of his
death which followed a brief illness.
He is survived by his wife, Alice, and a son, Randy.
News has been received of the death Dec. 6 of Allen G. Tuttle, former
employee of the Navigation Division, who was retired from service last
Dec. He was 54 years old.
Mr. Tuttle died in Pomona, Calif. where he and his wife have been
making their home since they left the Isthmus last year.
Mr. Tuttle was born in Reral, Mont. He came to the Canal Zone in
1940 and was employed by the Motor Transportation Division in Cristobal.
He was transferred to the Marine Bureau in 1952 and was a motorboat
maintenance mechanic in the Navigation Division at the time of his
Mrs. Pearl Vandedvort, wife of John H. Vandervort, died on
December 21, 1958 in Jacksonville, Florida. Mrs. Vandervort was a
resident of the Canal Zone from 1917 until 1932 where Mr. Vandervort
was an Electrical Engineer with the Fortifications Division. Mrs. Vander-
vort is survived by her husband and her daughter, Mrs. Virginia Sheppard
and granddaughter Martha Sheppard of Jacksonville, also by five brothers
and sisters and several nieces and nephews.
Grover Cleveland Dixon, 74, passed away on December 4, 1958 at
his home in Gainesville, Florida. Mr. Dixon was a former Panama Canal
employee and a member of Pedro Miguel Masonic Lodge. He moved to
Gainesville in 1940. He is survived by his wife, Lucille Turner Dixon
and five daughters, Mrs. Iasbella Brown of Gainesville; Mrs. Dorothy Mc-
Lucas of Ocala; Mrs. Frances Lord of Gainesville; Mrs. Gertrude Paige
of Balboa, C.Z.; and Mrs. Virginia Macdonnell of North Miami Beach,
Fla. Mr. Dixon is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and six great-
Dr. D. P. Curry of Columbia, South Carolina, died on July 23, 1958
following a long illness.
Mrs. Sadie Jennys Sutton of Televast, Flosida, died in Bay Pines Hos-
pital in St. Petersburg. Mrs. Sutton was a nurse at Gorgas Hospital and
had been a member of the U.S. Army Nursing Corps. Mrs. Sutton is sur-
vived by her husband, Mr. V. L. Sutton.
James H. Spaulding of East Point, Georgia, passed away on Decem-
ber 4th, 1958 at Ft. McPherson Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Spauld-
ing was a past master of Canal Zone Lodge and was very active in all
Masonic circles. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Mr.
Spaulding is survived by his wife, Corinne H. Spaulding, one son, Comdr.
James H. Spaulding, Jr., and two grandsons.
Mrs. C. E. Kennedy of Orlando, Florida died in a nursing home on
January 6th, 1959. Mrs. Kennedy would have been 98 years old in May
of this year. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Estelle L. Coughlin and
Mrs. Maude N. Hicks of 1410 Greenwood, Orlando, Florida.
Mr. James Horace Weltmer, 67, Lake Dr., Altamonte Springs, died
January 26th, 1959 at his home.
Born in Vernon County, Mo., he moved to Altamonte Springs five
He was a retired Government engineer from the Panama Canal Zone
and was a member of the Winter Park University Club.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Anita Weltmer; two sisters, Mrs. A. T.
Frericks, Fairfax, Mo., and Miss Ethel Weltmer, Nevada, Mo.; a brother,
Tyler Weltmer, Omaha, Neb., and two nieces.
News has been received of the death of Mrs. Natalie Humphrey,
wife of Mr. J. H. K. Humphrey of Bay City, Michigan. No further details
Mrs. Nellie Ashbrook of 126 West Whiting Ave., Fullerton, Calif.,
passed away suddenly on January 21, 1959. No further particulars were
Bennet G. Tipton, 44, died suddenly on January 8, 1959 after he
collapsed at his desk in the office of the Cristobal Port Captain. Mr. Tip-
ton is survived by his wife, the former Miss Edna Thirwall, a daughter,
Judy, of Portsmouth, Virginia, his mother, Mrs. Alma Tipton of Kentucky
and a brother, March Tipton who resides in Canada.
Capt. Sam Roberts, a retired Panama Canal pilot, died suddenly in
New York on January 9th. Capt. Roberts went to the Isthmus in 1914
and retired in the mid 30's. He was 86 years old. He is survived by his
daughter, Mrs. Jewel Molino, wife of former Foreign Minister Ignacio
Molino, of Panama, R. P.
Tollef B. Monniche, designer of the emergency dams which were part
of the original construction at the Panama Canal locks died in Austin,
Texas, where he had been living since the latter part of 1957. He was 84
News of his death was received by friends here from Mrs. Monniche.
Funeral services were held in Austin.
Norwegian born, Mr. Monniche was educated in Norway and in Ger-
many. He had worked for the American Bridge Company before he joined
the designing staff of the Isthmian Canal Commission in October, 1908.
After the Panama Canal was opened to traffic, Mr. Monniche was
transferred to the design of the terminals and worked on the Cristobal
piers design and construction.
In 1911, Mr. and Mrs. Monniche purchased a 365 hectare finca at
Lerida in the mountains of Chiriqui and Mr. Monniche put his engin-
eering genius to work designing the building and the coffee processing
machinery which made Lerida one of Panama's outstanding coffee fincas.
There was no road to Lerida for years and all machinery and equipment
had to be transported into the mountains by mule back.
In August, 1917, Mr. Monniche resigned from the Canal organiza-
tion and with Mrs. Monniche moved to Lerida. They made their home
there until they sold the finca in 1957.
Mrs. Edith S. Jackson, 89, of 8505 No. Orleans, Tampa, died January
30th, 1959 at her home after a long illness.
A native of Lowell, Mich., Mrs. Jackson moved to Tampa 20 years
ago from the Panama Canal Zone. She was a member of Fern Leaf Chap-
ter, OES, Panama Canal; Gen. Joseph Wheeler Camp No. 2, Spanish
War Veterans Auxiliary, and the Panama Canal Society.
Surviving are her husband, Ethriam F.; a brother, Vere Sayles,
Chase, Mich.; and a sister, Mrs. Pearl Burgess, Augusta, Mich.
James L. Perkins of Highland Park, Los Angeles, California, passed
away January 23, 1959. Mr. Perkins went to the Canal Zone in 1903 and
worked in the Post Office. Mr. Perkins is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Alice Smith Perkins, a son, James E. Perkins of Panorama City, Calif.,
and two sisters, Mrs. H. G. Pate of New Orleans, and Mrs. Bruce Colbert
of Jackson, Miss.
Alexander Edgar Meigs, 72, of Tampa, Florida, died on February
7, 1959 at a Tampa Hospital. Mr. Meigs was a retired Panama Canal em-
ploye and a veteran of World War 1. He was a member of Canal Zone
Lodge, A F & A M, the Scottish Right, and Abou Saad Shrine. Surviving
are his wife, Della, of Tampa, a daughter, Mrs. R. W. Molloy of Arlington,
Virginia, a son, A. J. Meigs of St Louis, a step-brother, Ben Jackson of
Bartow, Florida, and five grandchildren.
Shelia Virginia Murphy, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Murphy
of Balboa, died in Gorgas Hospital, the victin of Leukemia. Shelia, who
was born in Gorgas Hospital, would have been eight years old on Feb. 25.
There comes a time for all of us
When we must say goodbye;
But faith and hope and love and trust
Can never, never die.
TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL REUNION
Like all previous reunions, the one this year was a gala affair and a
great success. Each year, we hear folks say "This is the best reunion ever".
Long before ten o'clock, the elevators were busy as the happy throng be-
gan to gather. By noon, the Mazzanine floor was crowded with close to
600 enthusiastic members, milling around and greeting old friends. This
year, it was noted that there were more of the older old timers who seemed
to enjoy every minute of the activity. Among the very old timers were,
Col. Dan Wright, Capt. A. T. Luther, Mr. Al Geddes, Mr. F. G. Swanson,
Mr. Henry G. Ottinger, Mr. Harry Bloss, Capt. K. M. Wikingstad, Mr.
Charles Boyer, Mr. G. C. McCullough, Mr. J. F. Mclntier, Mr. R. R.
Wiggin, and Mr. John F. Seebt. All of these men saw service in the early
days from 1904 to 1909.
At two P. M. Tuesday, the annual business meeting and election of
officers was held in the ballroom. Mrs. Judd presented her annual report
and read several items of interest to the members. Following the meeting,
the rest of the afternoon was spent in greeting and chatting with old
Tuesday evening, Mr. Max Hart gave a lecture and showed some very
interesting slides of the Panama Canal, many of which were made from
old construction day photos. Mr. Hart's lecture was well received and
greatly appreciated by the gathering.
Wednesday morning, the members gathered early and many new
arrivals were welcomed. At twelve-thirty, the group picture was taken,
but it was impossible to get everyone outside as they were too busy talk-
ing over old times.
At one-thirty, the reunion luncheon was served. Our guests of honor
were Hon. John D. Burroughs, Mayor of St. Petersburg, and his charming
wife. Following the invocation, by our Chaplain, Lee Burns, Mayor Bur-
roughs delivered the address of welcome and presented Mrs. Judd with
a gold key to the City. His Honor decided that Mrs. Judd should have this
key for her ten years of service to the Society. The presentation was a
surprise to Lucille and one that all members of the Society applaud. Presi-
dent Macon Turner spoke briefly and called on Mr. F. W. Hallett for a
few remarks. Mr. R. R. Wiggin, who had just returned from a visit to the
Canal Zone, where he attended the Roosevelt Centennial, spoke of the
many changes he noted on the Zone compared to the long ago days when
he was employed there. Mayor and Mrs. Burroughs drew five numbers
from a box and the holders of the numbers received the decorative tiles
donated for the occasion by Mr. Hallett.
There were members present from twenty-six states, the Canal Zone,
Panama and Canada. Mrs. Lenora Smith of Seattle, Washington, was the
member who made the longest trek to get here.
Following the luncheon, good-bys were said and thus ended the best
and liveliest reunion to date. If you have never attended a reunion, plan
to join us next year. You will not be sorry and you will be warmly
We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the staff of the Soreno Hotel
for the courteous and efficient service tendered our members during the
two day reunion. At the entrance to the foyer, at the desk, bar, coffee
shop and dining room, the same quiet, courteous service was noted. The
luncheon was served quickly and efficiently and for all this we again say
"thank you" and we highly recommend this hotel to all our friends who
may visit St. Petersburg.
As is our custom, at our December meeting a collection was taken
for the American Legion Hospital for Crippled Children. A total of
$162.50 was collected to help make Christmas a happy one for the child-
dren. (See following:)
AMERICAN LEGION HOSPITAL FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN
2350 Lakeview Avenue St. Petersburg, Florida
Lucille S. Judd, Secretary-Treasurer December 12, 1958
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Dear Mrs. Judd:
Will you please convey our sincere thanks to the members of the
Panama Canal Society for their contribution of $162.50 to our hospital.
We wish to acknowledge receipt of $1.00 cash, a personal check for $10.00,
and the Society's check for $151.50.
Your contribution will go a long way toward making this Christmas a
very happy one for our children. The thoughtfulness and generosity of
your members is very much appreciated.
With best wishes to all for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
H. HOCHSTADT, Administrator
Later an additional $19.00 was collected and this too, was sent to
the Hospital. Editor.
Anyone wishing to have one of the group pictures from the Reunion,
may order from Mr. Clyde Fairfield, 315 2nd Ave. South, St. Petersburg,
Florida. Price $1.25.
The week's program of the Roosevelt Centennial Year observance
was the most comprehensive of its kind ever held on the Isthmus. Reli-
gious, fraternal, patriotic, and civic groups combined their efforts with
the Centennial Committee to present a well rounded program. All Roose-
velt Medal holders were invited as special guests. However, all retired
and active employes of the Canal were invited to join in all the events.
Every day had its special programs, including a pageant, at the Balboa
theatre, depicting Roosevelt's visit to the Isthmus. There were dinner
dances, a tree planting in Balboa, a coffee brunch at the Tivoli, and a
trip through the Cut for the visitors, many of them seeing water in the
Cut for the first time. At a special meeting of the Isthmian Historical
Society, Hon. Maurice H. Thatcher, former Governor of the Canal Zone,
was the guest speaker. Mr. F. G. Swanson of Tyler, Texas, who once
wrote a column for the Star and Herald, entitled "Pertinate and Imper-
tinate", addressed a meeting of the Cristobal, Colon Rotary Club.
The week long activities culminated with the unveiling of a bronze
bust of Theadore Roosevelt in the rotunda of the Administration Build-
ing in Balboa. The bust was a gift from Edward A. Bacon, Deputy
Assistant Secretary of the Army. Unveiled at the same time, was a plaque
carrying a famous quotation by President Theodore Roosevelt. This plaque
was a companion piece to the bronze bust donated by Mr. Bacon. It is
dedicated to all construction workers. Governor W. E. Potter called atten-
tion to the fact that all nationalities and races who participated in the
building of the Panama Canal will forever be honored by this plaque in
Another plaque, designating the Panama Canal as one of the seven
Civil Engineering wonders of the United States, was a gift of the American
Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Waldo G. Bowman, Vice-President of the
Society made the presentation. At a special luncheon of the Panama Sec-
tion of the ASCE, Mr. Bowman was the principal speaker.
Among the special guests who were invited were, Mrs. Richard Derby,
the former Ethel Roosevelt, one of the President's three surviving child-
ren, accompanied by her daughters, Mrs. Robert T. Gannett, and Mrs.
Adelbert Ames, and her husband, Dr. Ames; also Assistant Secretary of
the Army George H. Roderick and Mrs. Roderick; Mr. and Mrs. Herman
Hagedorn, Honorable and Mrs. Maurice H. Thatcher and Mr. and Mrs.
Edward A. Bacon.
Another item of interest was the fact that George E. Carkeet of
Houston, Texas, and his son, Stuart, of Memphis, Tenn., were present
and both were Roosevelt Medal holders. Col. and Mrs. Daniel Wright of
Winchester, Virginia, and St. Petersburg, Florida, were husband and wife
medal holders, as were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hoffman of Rochester, N. Y.
Centennial guests were the following:
(The following list was furnished us through the courtesy of Mr. J. Rufus
Hardy, Editor, The Panama Canal Review.)
MEDAL HOLDERS ARRIVING BY AIR
No. 259-Frank Hill; 260-Jesse T. Smith; 261-Mrs. Smith; 262-
Mrs. Bertha Wheeler; 263-Frank G. Swanson (re-issued 197); 264-
W. H. Heltemes; 265-Mrs. Heltemes; 266-Edward J. Vogel; 267-Al-
bert Geddes (re-issued 283); 268-Ellis Stilwell; 269-Fred J. Sund-
strom; 299-William Humburg.
MEDAL HOLDERS ARRIVING PANAMA LINE, NOVEMBER 10th
No. 200-Mr. Ernest W. Baldwin; 201-Mrs. Baldwin; 202-Mr.
Adger W. Bethea; 203-Mr. Archie Burn; 204-Mrs. Nell Brugge; 205
-Mr. Martin J. Cain; 206-Mr. Carl J. Clapp; 207-Mrs. Clapp; 208-
Mr. Warner H. Clapp; 209-Mrs. W. H. Clapp; 210-Mr. Andrew W.
Dewling; 211-Miss Florence M. Dildine; 212-Mrs. Cecila B. Doyle;
213--Mr. Frank J. Gerchow; 214-Mrs. Gerchow; 215-Mr. J. Wendell
Green; 216-Mrs. Green; 217-Mr. Robert J. Huntoon; 218-Mrs. Hun-
toon (re-issued 193) ; 219-Mr. Ben Jenkins; 220-Mr. Walter D. Jones;
221-Mrs. Jones; 222-Mr. Stephen Latchford; 223-Mr. G. C. McCul-
lough; 224--Mrs. McCullough; 225-Mrs. James E. Malcolm; 226-Col.
Hugh Mitchell; 227-Mrs. Mitchell; 228-Mrs. Mazie C. Newcomb; 229
-Mr. Edmund T. Paterson; 230-Mrs. Paterson; 231-Mr. R. A. Patter-
son; 232-Mrs. Patterson; 233-Mr. Otis Pritchett; 234-Dr. E. C. Ryle;
235-Mr. Joseph B. Sampsell; 236-Mrs. Sampsell; 237-Mr. Frank P.
Sasse; 238-Mr. Frank M. Sawyer; 239-Mrs. Sawyer; 240- Mr. H. J.
Schwalenberg; 241-Mrs. Winifred Sealey; 242-Mr. Harry F. Sedwick;
243-Mrs. Sedwick; 244-Mr. Paul M. Tebbs; 245-Mrs. Tebbs; 246-
Mr. Charles E. Thomas; 247-Mrs. Thomas; 248-Mr. Frank P. Wagg;
249-Mrs. A. S. Walters; 250-Mr. Frank S. Wichman; 251-Mrs. Wich-
man; 252-Mr. Ralph R. Wiggins; 253-Mrs. Edith R. Wilson; 254--
Mrs. Albert Wilson; 255-Mr. David R. Wolverton; 256-Mrs. David R.
Wolverton; 257-Col. D. E. Wright; 258-Mrs. Wright; 408-Mr. Maur-
ice H. Thatcher; 409-Mrs. Thatcher.
MEDAL HOLDERS ARRIVING PANAMA LINE, OCTOBER 30th
No. 101-Mrs. Charles L. Bleakley; 102-Mr. S. G. Carkeet; 103-
Mrs. S. G. Carkeet; 104-Mr. George E. Carkeet, Sr.; 105-Mrs. Lea K.
Dugan; 106-Mrs. M. B. Huff; 107-Mr. John J. Murray; 108-Mrs.
John J. Murray; 109-Mrs. Cecilia M. Parmeter; 110-Mr. Joseph H.
Stilson; 111--Capt. Arthur Taylor Luther; 112-Mr. J. J. Gilbert; 113-
Mr. Carl P. Hoffman, Sr; 114-Mrs. Carl P. Hoffman, Sr.; 115-Mr.
Theodore Holz; 116-Mrs. Theodore Holz
MEDAL HOLDERS RESIDING ON ISTHMUS
175-183-Mrs. J. W. Barrett, Box 216, Gamboa, C. Z.;
Charles H. Bath, Sr., Box 244, Gamboa, C. Z.
Mrs. Mabel Bliss, Box 1111, Cristobal, C. Z.
117-Mr. and Mrs. Adrian M. Bouche, Sr., Box 26, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
121-Mrs. Stella Bradney, Box 235, Gamboa, C. Z.
149-Mrs. Josephine Brown, Box 234, Balboa, C. Z.
159-Mr. Warren H. Brown, General Delivery, Balboa, C. Z.
297-Mrs. T. J. Butler, Box 482, Washington Hotel, Colon, R.P.
118-Mr. and Mrs. Leonard T. Butz, Bambito, El Volcan, Chiriqui, R.P.
122-Crede Calhoun, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
280-Mrs. Crede Calhoun, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
304-Percy H. Calthirst, Box 332, Diablo Heights, C. Z.
303-Mr. and Mrs. Byron T. Carr, Box 73, Balboa, C. Z.
123-Mr. and Mrs. John H. Clarke, Box 682, Balboa, C. Z.
Mrs. Alice Clement, Gatun, C. Z.
Mrs. Jack Coffey, Cristobal, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. John O. Collins, Diablo Heights, C. Z.
Mrs. Charles Cotton, Box 359, Balboa, C. Z.
124-Mr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Cotton, Box 1513, Cristobal, C. Z.
185-Mr. and Mrs. Walter Crouch, c/o Casino, Santa Clara, R. P.
125-Mr. and Mrs. Karl P. Curtis, Box 212, Gamboa, C. Z.
275-Capt. and Mrs. John M. Davis, Box 121, Gamboa, C. Z.
165-173-Mrs. Maria Days, Tivoli Guest House, Ancon, C. Z.
168-Jacinto Diax, Box 273, Gamboa, C. Z.
Miss Jean Dobie, Box 3076, Cristobal, C. Z.
165-Mr. and Mrs. Roy L. Dwelle, Box 14, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
150-D. T. Edwards, Box 312, Diablo Heights, C. Z.
127-Mrs. Mary Engelke, Box 56, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
174-Dr. and Mrs. Harry Eno, Box 2156, Cristobal, C. Z.
128-Mrs. C. D. Eppley, Box 405, Balboa, C. Z.
130-Mrs. Kirsten A. Everson, Box 243, Gamboa, C. Z.
129-Mrs. Winifred Ewing, Box 384, Balboa, C. Z.
151-Mrs. Matilda Fink, Box 36, Gamboa, C. Z.
Mrs. W. F. Foster, Box 1447, Balboa, C. Z.
131-Mrs. Mary M. Goulet, Box 1642, Balboa, C. Z. (w/ and m/h)
296-Mr. George Graff, Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, C. Z.
Mrs. Lena Graham, Box 1572, Balboa, C. Z.
132-Dr. and Mrs. William Grant, Box 1461, Balboa, C. Z.
133-Mrs. Wilhelmina B. Grier, Box 241, Gamboa, C. Z.
Mrs. Jessie Grimison, Box 776, Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gute, c/o Casino, Santa Clara, R. P.
134-Mr. J. A. Hanson, Box 767, Balboa, C. Z.
157-Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Harrison, Box 415, Margarita, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Henter, Box 427, Balboa, C. Z.
H. H. Hodges,,Drawer S, Balboa, C. Z.
135-Mr. Reed E. Hopkins, Sr., Box 1785, Balboa, C. Z.
166-Morris B. Hosstetter, Box 2927, Cristobal, C. Z.
Mrs..Minni Housel, c/o T. H. Page, Box 2095, Cristobal, C. Z.
163-Mrs. D. C. Hunsecker, Box 72, Balboa, C. Z.
160 194-Mrs. Maria Hyde, Tivoli Guest House, Ancon, C. Z.
136-James E. Jacobs, Tivoli Guest House, Ancon, C. Z.
Mrs. Peter Johnson, c/o F. R. Johnson, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
309-Mrs. Anita Lindell, Box 302, Balboa, C. Z.
161-Mrs. Lula A. Logan, Box 156, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
(widow of Fluharty remarried)
Mr. John Long, c/o Balboa YMCA-USO.
172-Mrs. Mary C. Lowe, Box 3264, Balboa, C. Z.
152-Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McPherson, Box 5076, Cristobal, C. Z.
138-Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Malsbury, c/o Box 1852, Balboa, C. Z.
270-J. J. McGuigan, Box 353, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
271-Mrs. J. McGuigan, Box 353, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
148-Mrs. Evelyn L. Mills, Box 785, Balboa, C. Z.
169-Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Mitchell, General Delivery, Balboa, C. Z.
139-Sidney F. Moore, Box 313, Balboa, C. Z.
140-Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Morgan, Box 194, Diablo Heights, C. Z.
141-Mrs. Phebe Neville, Box 131, Gamboa, C. Z.
142-Mrs. Olive M. Orr, Box 233, Balboa, Heights, C. Z.
Capt. and Mrs. Clifford Payne, Box 2007, Balboa, C. Z. (she m/h)
Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Parker, Drawer T, Cristobal, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. John T. Phillips, Box 335, Diablo Heights, C. Z.
282-Lt. Col. Charles L. Pierce, Box 61, Gamboa, C. Z.
143- Mrs. John Reese, Tivoli Guest House, Ancon, C. Z.
144-Mr. P. W. Reese, Box 2731, Cristobal, C. Z.
162-Mrs. Columbia Reimann, Box 477, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
145-Mrs. B. G. Sanders, Sr., Box 5054, Cristobal, C. Z.
176-David Sasse, Bouqete, Prov. of Chiriqui, R. P.
Mrs. Thyra O. Scheibley, Box 3111, Panama, R. P.
146-Mr. and Mrs. Morris M. Seeley, Box 11, Gamboa, C. Z.
164-Mrs. Wilma A. Siler, Box 775, Balboa, C. Z.
119-Fred DeV. Sill, Box 103, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
120-Mrs. Fred DeV. Sill, Box 103, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
147-William D. Taylor, Box 1402, Balboa, C. Z.
153-Mrs. Frank Y. Thompson, Box 111, Gamboa, C. Z.
301-Mrs. Mary M. Toone, Box 661, Balboa, C. Z.
190-Mrs. Maria Torbert, Box 528, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
137-Mrs. F. M. Von Krusenstierna, Tivoli Guest House, Ancon, C. Z.
Mrs. Fred Wertz, Sr., Box 374, Margarita, C. Z.
154-Alfred White, Box 865, Balboa, C. Z.
158-Miss Florence Williams, Tivoli Guest House, Ancon, C. Z.
Mrs. Emily Witmer, Box 103, Balboa, C. Z.
155-Mr. William H. Witmer, Jr., Box 103, Balboa, C. Z.
156-Frank H. Wolf, Box 274, Gatun, C. Z.
Mrs. James C. Wright, Box 3348, Panama, R. P. (m/h)
167-Mrs. Elbert S. Waid, Box 94, Margarita, C. Z.
284-R. C. Worsley, Box 3552, Panama, R. P.
171 -182-Mrs. Ruth M. (Brugee) Westman,
Box 750, Panama, R. P. (m/h)
170-Charlie Williams, Balboa, C. Z.
295-Mrs. J. C. Wood, Box 346, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
A PROPOSED BILL
TO extend the benefits of the Act of May 29, 1944, entitled "an Act to
provide for the recognition of the services of the civilian officials
and employees, citizens of the United States, engaged in and about
the construction of the Panama Canal", to certain additional civilian
officials and employees.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress Assembled,
That section 2 of the Act entitled "An Act to provide for the recognition
of the services of the civilian officials and employees, citizens of the
United States, engaged in and about the construction of the Panama
Canal", approved May 29, 1944, as amended, is amended'by striking out
the words "three years" whenever such words appear in such section and
inserting in lieu thereof the words "two years".
Sec. 2. This Act shall be effective from and after May 29, 1944.
A Petition to the Congress of the United' States of America
for Amendment to the above entitled Act of May 29, 1944.
An Open Letter to Fellow Members of
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
I am in process of writing and sending to certain Senators and other
Congressmen in the 22 States from which 180 public spirited citizens
have subscribed to the proposed bill in the Petition to Congress and bro-
chure referred to in that letter, which is self-explanatory.
It is my earnest and confident belief that most, if not all, members
of our Society will welcome this opportunity to honor the memory of
President Theodore Roosevelt who made the Canal possible, and whose
Centennial we are now celebrating, by giving our wholehearted support
to the request in that letter, and writing, in your own words, similar re-
quests to your own Congressmen and Senators from your respective States,
and sending me copies of same for use at the public hearings.
Limitations of space in the Canal Record, and my own limited means,
prevents me from publishing the entire factual record in the brochure re-
ferred to; but I'll be glad to furnish copies of same on request, if a suf-
ficient number of requests are received to warrant the expense of reprint-
ing an adequate supply. To all who send me copies of your letters, I'll also
send a report of progress on the bill.
Hon. James Roosevelt, Member of Congress,
House Office Building, Washington 25, D. C.
Dear Mr. Roosevelt:
As a Roosevelt Medal holder who, with others, had served on con-
struction of Panama Canal for 2 years and more but less than 3 years,
who are unjustly excluded from the benefits of Public Law 319 of May
29, 1944, as amended; and on behalf of 180 citizens from 22 States, Dis-
trict of Columbia and Canal Zone, may I respectfully request that you
introduce and request public hearings on the legislative bill in the enclosed
Petition to Congress.
Included among the 180 petitioners, representing 40 percent of the
450 grass root citizens to whom I sent the enclosed brochure, are 17 of
your constituents and residents of your State whom we were able to con-
tact, as named on the petition. They subscribed to the bill's objective be-
cause they believe Congress should end the discrimination by extending
the benefits of the 1944 law to those excluded medal holders, by amending
its minimum requirement for eligibility to its benefits, from "three years"
to "two years".
While the above request is made in conformity with Congressional
custom of introducing bills "on request", I feel confident that after read-
ing the factual record in the enclosed brochure, you will become as con-
vinced of the justice of our request, as the other 180 public spirited
citizens who subscribed to the bill's objective. Therefore we trust and
request that you will press for early hearings and report on the bill by
the Committee to which it will be referred, and that you will vote for
its prime objectives when it will be reported to Congress.
Tne factual record in the brochure describes the conditions on Canal
Zone during 3 periods of the Canal's construction, and how the sacrifices
and risks of death, sickness and other hardships suffered by most of the
excluded medal holders, made later conditions favorable and relatively
pleasant for those who came later and were able to stay for 3 years and
longer and thereby qualify for the benefits of that law. Most of the ex-
cluded medal holders were compelled to leave the Isthmus before 3 years
on doctor's orders, because of serious sickness from tropical diseases in
line of duty-as in my own case after I had served there for 21/2 years,
from June 1907 to December 1909, in 1st and 2nd construction periods.
That record shows the origins of the first 29-year-long discrimination
in the 1915 Public law 316, (of March 4, 1915), and the additional 16-
year-long discrimination in the 1944 law which the proposed bill, (or
Joint Resolution, if you please), aims to end. At the requested public
hearings it will be shown that the discrimination is not only unjust and
inequitable, but it violates, and is contrary to, the spirit and letter of the
sincere promises of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, IN THE NAME
OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. (See front page of brochure).
Research into the legislative history of all Panama Canal construction
bills since the 1915 and 1944 laws were enacted, reveals certain highly sig-
nificant and relevant facts and circumstances heretofore unknown to
Congress. The findings of that research, I am prepared to present under
oath with supporting evidence, at the requested public hearings. In the
meantime, may I stress the immediate need for early introducing the pro-
posed bill, or Joint Resolution, and that I will be glad to answer at your
office, as best I can in person, any questions you might wish to ask me,
either before or after you will introduce the bill. Thanking you in advance
for favorable action, and with best wishes for your good health, I am,
2801 Quebec Street, N.W.
Enclosure. Washington, D. C.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, February 3, 1959
3535 19th St. North, St. Petersburg 13, Florida.
Dear Canal Builders:
I enclose herewith copy of H. R. Bill No. 3471 which I have had
introduced in the 86th Congress.
Gov. Maurice H. Thatcher collaborated with me in drawing up this
Bill. You will note that we have taken care of the two year Congressional
Theodre Roosevelt Medal Holders, many of whom I met on my trip to
Panama in November, 1958, to celebrate the Centennial of Theodore
Roosevelt's birth. We have also provided for those who served at least
one year on the Canal during the construction, but who had to return to
the United States due to illness or injury, through no fault of their own.
It also provides that widows who lived with their husbands on the
Canal Zone for one year, even though part of the period was after March
31, 1914, will receive annuity when the husband dies.
Printed copies may be obtained from your Congressman.
I hope that you and your Society will get in touch with those whom
you know who will benefit by this Bill, and ask for its enactment.
Time is running out and I hope the Bill will be passed during this
session of Congress.
DAVID R. WOLVERTON
Past President of the Panama
End. Canal Society of Washington, D. C.
1st SESSION H. R. 3471
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. John R. Foley introduced the following bill; which was referred
to the Committee of Merchant Marine and Fisheries
To amend and to extend the benefits of, the Act of May 29, 1944,
as amended, entitled "An Act to provide for the recognition of the
services of the civilian officials and employees, citizens of the United
States, engaged in and about the construction of the Panama Canal", to
certain additional civilian officials and employees.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 2 of the
Act entitled "An Act to provide for the recognition of the services of
the civilian officials and employees, citizens of the United States, engaged
in and about the construction of the Panama Canal", approved May 29,
1944, as amended, be, and the same is hereby, amended by striking out
the words "three years" in the first sentence of section 2 where such
words appear before the colon in such sentence, and inserting in lieu
thereof the words "two years"; and by inserting immediately after said
colon, and before the clause beginning with the words "Forty per centum"
the following: "Thirty-five per centum of his annual basic salary, pay, or
compensation if such service was as much as two years and not more than
three years: Provided, however, that the provisions of said Act shall apply
to any employee of the Isthmian Canal Commission or the Panama
Railroad Company otherwise eligible for the benefits under said
Act -- who was employed on the Isthmus of Panama during the Canal
construction period for not less than one year, but who, because oft illness
or injury sustained during such employment, not resulting from his own
misconduct, was unable to serve as much as two years in said construction
period, shall receive thirty-three per centum of his annual basic
salary, pay, or compensation for the time actually served by him;"
Sec. 2. That section 4 of said Act be and the same is hereby
amended by striking therefrom the words "during said construction,"
wherever same occur therein, and substituting herefor the following:
"as an employee of the Isthmian Canal Commission or the Panama Rail-
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Covering the period from November 1, 1958 thru January 30, 1959
To those we did not have the pleasure of saying HAPPY NEW YEAR
in person, we now wish to say it on paper.
We all had a grand time at the Reunion and believe me we missed
many of you very much. Perhaps you can make it in 1960. Many of you
were asked for and many little verbal notes were left with the Secretary.
As usual, the Canal was rebuilt many times and believe it or not some
were even enlarging it and passing larger ships thru all in the two day
period. You know you just can't beat the folks from the Panama Canal
no matter how hard you might try. It just can't be done.
There were 242 for luncheon and from the crowded floor in front
of me I thought there must have been more than 600 milling around.
As is our custom, our Mayor and Mrs. Burroughs were present, and
in his gracious friendly manner welcomed the members from far and wide.
Of course he made a special invitation to all, who did not already live
here, to come again, and again. It would be nice if they came and stayed
too. St. Petersburg is really a wonderful city and makes everyone most
Mr. R. R. Wiggins gave a most interesting talk on the early days
of the Canal; also told of his trip down to the Roosevelt Centennial and
of the royal welcome extended to all who attended. This was so of all
who went as many letters have been received telling of their trip at the
Canal as a most outstanding one.
Many States were represented again this year at the Reunion, many
who have never failed to attend were conspicuous by their absence and
were greatly missed, but for one reason or another found it impossible
to be with us this year, but plan to visit with us later on in the year.
Business-Checks must have an additional 10 cents to cover bank
charge-also for Panama and Canal Zone the Society is being charged
45 cents to clear. Many are sending in 3 one-dollar bills for their dues,
and they come thru alright.
The Society received many cards and letters during the Christmas
holidays, and they were all greatly appreciated-please pardon me for
not writing you longer letters, but I did my best.
As of now 1080 have paid their 1959 dues this is 104 more than
last year at this time. Thanks so very much. 25 have paid for 1960 and
Miss Sada Page heads the list for 1961.
This year the cards are white with blue lettering Do you have one?
Please send in your dues early.
Your Secretary-Treasurer is most grateful for the gift which was
presented at the Reunion business meeting.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Minutes of Scheduled Meeting
at the Tourist Center, St. Petersburg, November 10, 1958
The meeting was called to order at 2:20 p.m. by Pres. Macon A.
The following officers were present:
President -.-.._.-.._...- ..-..........__-_ Capt M. A. Turner.
Secretary-Treasurer ------- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary ---- Mr. F. F. Hargy
Invocation was offered by Chaplain Lee Burns.
The following visiting members were introduced:
Mr. and Mrs. Mal L. Dodson Mrs. Christenson
Mr. Geo. St. Amant Mr. Tom Williams
Mrs. R. Slattery Mr. Chas. Bordt
Mrs. Gertrude Wilson Mr. Roger Smith
Mr. R. Raymond Mr. Lewis Klein, Balboa Brewmaster
Mr. R. Cutler
Brought forward, $868.00
Two members were reimbursed for transfusions, one for three trans-
fusions, the other for one transfusion.
Minutes of meeting of Oct. 14th were read, and there being no ad-
ditions or corrections noted, were approved as read.
Reported as being sick were:
Mrs. Mary Love Mrs. Marie Callaway
Mr. J. P. Young Mr. C. E. Van Fleet
Mr. Earl Baltzer Mrs. Grace Sullivan
An unconfirmed report was that Mrs. DeYoung of Miami is ill in the
Canal Zone. Mesdames Callaway and Sullivan were involved in an auto
accident in front of the former's home. Capt. W. Will is better.
Mr. Harry T. Hart, Oct. 19, 1958.
Mr. Homer B. Cooper, Sept. 4, 1958.
Mr. J. W. DuVall, Oct. 29, 1958.
Mrs. John R. Keenan, Oct. 14, 1958.
Mr. Martin O. Roe, Oct. 19, 1958, (father of Mrs. Emma Plummer)
Mrs. Bessie Miller, Nov. 5, 1958, (Mother of Mrs. C. Winquist)
Mr. Sam. Friedman, Oct. 26, 1958.
Mr. Hersh received a letter from Mr. John Stall, who has walked all
over Central America and the United States, telling of a proposed walk-
athon to St. Petersburg, paying visits on the governors of states trans-
ited en route. His question regarding prospects of lodging on arrival
here will be answered at a later date when members are able to complete
Pres. Turner asked for a volunteer to work with the Secretary-
Treasurer to assist in the growing work on that officer, and with a view
taking over when details have been mastered. Mrs. Judd is desirous of
being relieved, but remarks of members indicated it would be a very
difficult task to find someone who could handle the office.
Mrs. Conkerton suggested in view of the failing memory many of us
are afflicted with, that badges bearing the name of the owner be worn at
meetings. We all have experienced the embarrassment of meeting an old
associate or friend at the meetings and floundering around trying to place
them. Mrs. Conkerton and Mr. Frank Hohmann were appointed a com-
mittee to ascertain possibility of obtaining the badges and report at the
There being no further business to transact, the meeting was con-
cluded at 3:15 p.m.
Francis F. Hargy,
Minutes of Scheduled Meeting
at the Tourist Center, St. Petersburg, December 8, 1958
The meeting was called to order at 2:15 p.m. by Pres. Macon A.
The following officers were present:
President ------------ Capt M. A. Turner.
Secretary-Treasurer ---..-. ---.Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary --- __-_ Mr. F. F. Hargy
The Oath of Allegiance to the flag given by the members, followed by
invocation offered by Chaplain Lee Burns.
Visiting members present were:
Mrs. Gladys Fleming Mr. Edw. J. Vogel
Capt. and Mrs. Terry
Eight new members were admitted, making a total of 190 since
Balance Dec. 1, 1958, $751.80
Charges for blood vary, in Tampa the charge has been $15.00 a
pint, versus $25.00 in St. Petersburg. Mrs. Judd mentioned for con-
sideration at this meeting the advisability of restricting payments to cost
of the blood only, and not to include in payments the charge for ad-
ministering it, which is about $8.00 extra. Recent payments brought the
minimum balance of $500.00 very close.
Minutes of the Corresponding Secretary covering meeting of Nov.
10th were read, and there being no omissions or corrections, approved.
Identification Badge committee reported their findings. Mrs. Conker-
ton said that a badge similar to hers, a square card holding the name,
made of plastic, would cost $8.75 per hundred. The badge seemed to be
generally satisfactory, and on motion of Mr. Hohmann, which was
unanimously approved, the purchase of 200 for use at the regular meet-
ings was authorized.
Reports of illness:
Mr. Earl R. Baltozer Mr. C. E. Van Fleet
Mrs. Stella Price Mr. Al Meigs
Mrs. Marie Callaway Mr. Virgil G. Camby
Mrs. John R. Strauss
Mr. Hugo Nash Mrs. Ida Upton
Miss Marie Rominger Mr. Sam Friedman
Mrs. William J. Allen Thomas M. Herring, Jr.
Mr. Andrew Stutzman Dickie Sue Marine
Mr. Max Bilgray Mrs. Evelyn B. Sibert
The usual choice of menus for the Annual Luncheon at the Hotel
Soreno was -made, the selection this time being almost unanimous.
After some discussion the question of reimbursement for administra-
tion of blood furnished contributors to the Blood Bank was put to the
members by a motion of Mr. Carl Brown, that Rule 12, last sentence
which is herewith quoted: "Transfusions include cost of administering
the blood", be deleted. Duly seconded, the motion was unanimously
carried and it was so ordered.
There was brought up again the advisability of limiting the number
of pints of blood that would be paid by the lood Bank. Mr. Kieswetter
said that his son-in-law required 21 pints of blood. Several other members
gave their views on the matter and it seemed to be the general consensus
of opinion that for the present at least, no limit be set.
The meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
Francis F. Hargy
Minutes of Scheduled Meeting
at the Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg, Fla., January 13, 1959
The meeting was called to order at 2:30 p.m., by President Macon
Chaplain Lee Burns then offered an invocation, which was followed
by the members taking the Oath of Allegiance to the Flag.
President Turner then made a short address, stating he was glad to
welcome so many members, but for this meeting the usual introduction
of new members and visitors would be omitted.
Mrs. Judd mentioned that because of a substantial surplus in the
account of the Society, several persons had suggested the advisability of
giving a party, reducing dues, or otherwise using some of this money.
She explained that except for authorized gifts such as for a boy's home,
crippled children, etc., this money is available only for defraying proper
expenses of maintaining the society, and could not be otherwise utilized.
The money does not come from just this locality but from all parts of the
country, and it would obviously be improper to spend it for the benefit
of a comparatively few members.
The Minutes of the meeting of December 8, 1958, were read by the
Corresponding Secretary, and there being no omissions or corrections,
approved as read.
Reports of Committees:
Legislative Committees The 86th Congress convened January 7,
1959 with a large Democratic majority. One piece of legislation that is
of interest to our organization is the Health Insurance legislation for
government employees. It is predicted Congress will enact health in-
surance legislation for government employees, also for retired employees
and their families, but that is about all we can expect for this coming
year. Meanwhile as Congress heard Pres. Eisenhower's 1960 fiscal budget
message, the word is that the President will not recommend health in-
surance legislation. Although the President had made this proposal several
times in the past, it is being omitted because of the administration's
policy of cutting non-essential expenses wherever possible in order to
achieve a balanced budget. However Congressional sponsors of the
health insurance legislation, as well as government employee leaders are
not too disturbed over the fact that the President will not include such
a recommendation in his budget.
Mr. W. J. Bartlett, Treasurer of NARCE, reported his organization,
to which many of our members belong, is requesting Congress to enact
legislation to omit Civil Service Retirement annuity as income for In-
come Tax purposes. This is in line with Social Security benefits and Rail-
road Retirement income, that is now excluded as income for Income Tax
Mr. Hohmann also mentioned that he had made a study of Income
Tax returns and was willing to assist any member with their Income Tax
Reports of illness:
Mrs. Sam. Deavours
Mrs. Nell Bewley
Mrs. Emmie Mcleod
Mrs. Robt. R. Ross
Mrs. Z. K. Esler
Mr. Hal Cooper
Mr. Walter A. Fruedigman
Reports of Deaths:
Mr. B. G. Tipton
Mrs. Sadie J. Sutton
Jas. A. Hess
Mr. W. Russel Keyes
Mr. Allen G. Tuttle
Dr. D. P. Curry
Mr. Bartlett read the report
Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Jackson
Mr. Lando Oliver
Col. Geo. B. Hessner
Mrs. Troy Hayes
Mr. Fred Sprecken
Mr. Roy Perkins
Mr. Thos. V. Franklin
Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Krause
Capt. George Boomer
Mr. Paul Wilson
Mrs. Geo. L. Capwell
Mrs. Bessie Jones Miller
Mrs. Pearl Vandervort
Mr. G. Cleveland Dixon
of this committee, dated November 20,
1958, which in substance stated the present officers had fulfilled their
respective duties to the satisfaction of the membership. The Nominating
Committee congratulated them for their loyalty and faithfulness and
offered their names for renomination as follows:
Macon A. Turner for President.
Keith Kelley, Vice President.
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd Secretary-Treasurer
Francis F. Hargy Corresponding Secretary.
The Committee also thanked Mr. and Mrs. Kieswetter for the ex-
cellent work they so efficiently perform in publication of the Canal
Record, also the Chaplain, Mr. Lee Burns, the Sergeant-at-Arms, James
Bradley, the Registrar, Mrs. Bessie Lyons, and the Pianist, Mrs. A. M.
Mr. Harry Lewis moved that the nominations be closed, and the
Secretary be instructed to cast the unanimous vote of the members for
the entire slate of officers as nominated. Duly seconded, the motion
was unanimously carried and so ordered.
The meeting having occurred on the birthday anniversary of Mr. Wm.
Dorgan, the members honored him with "Happy birthday to you".
Mrs. Judd then announced that the American Legion Hospital had
acknowledged a check for $174.50, representing contributions of members
towards the crippled children. Excerpts from a number of letters con-
taining items of interest to the members. A letter from Mrs. Della Ray-
mond Noonan, of the Commissary Division in the Zone was brought to the
particular attention of members who desire to receive copies of the Com-
missary calendar each year. The calendars are not forwarded to new
addresses, so that if any member changes his address, the Commissary
should be informed of the new one. One interesting item, the New York
Public Library requested a copy of our publication be sent them for
recording and file. Members of the Blood Bank fund were admonished to
keep up their dues as they are automatically dropped for non-payment.
The President then spoke of the financial condition of the Blood
Bank, and urged that dues be raised, or assessment made, so that it might
reach the maximum total of one thousand dollars, or at least reach a total
well above the minimum. A number of members have not availed them-
selves of the privilege, in fact only a small percentage of those eligible
have done so. Beginning the first of January, those who failed to join
and came under certain provisions of the rules, were to be charged a
fee of $10.00, instead of the $2.00. Capt. Turner said he would like
to entertain a motion that an assessment of $2.00 be made and also
that the limit to join under the $2.00 initial payment be extended one
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Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Max Hart
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Rath
Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. John Deer
(Ellen Brurr.by '
Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Jackson
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Wegmann
Charleston, West Virginia
Mr. and Mrs.
Capt. and Mrs. K.M. Wickingstad, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. R.N. Wickingstad, Canal Zone
month, or until February 1, 1959. After some debate Mr. Tarflinger
moved that the time limit to join the Blood Bank with payment of a $2.00
fee be extended from January 1 to February 1, 1959. Duly seconded,
carried and so ordered. Motion by Mr. Troy Hayes, duly seconded, that
the assessments be raised from one dollar to two dollars. Carried and so
ordered. Attention was drawn to the fact that before the motions were
voted upon there had not been time for a debate. This was rectified, but
no further discussion was desired. It developed some members paid two
dollars, who did not owe it at the time, and these will be given credit
for the new assessment.
Mrs. Judd thanked the members for their appreciation but declared
that this must be her last year in office, and some one must be selected so
that the new officer may be properly instructed and broken in. He also
asked that an expert typist offer her services for typing out the addresses
to go on the March issue of the Record. Frequent changes of addresses
occur among our members, and the work involved in keeping these up
to date is considerable and leaves little time to type the addresses. Mrs.
Judd said the work she has been doing is dear to her heart and she wanted
her successor to work along with her this year. She also had some city
maps from Mr. Harshaw for distribution to visiting members who de-
sired to find their way around St. Petersburg.
A motion to adjourn was made, duly seconded and carried. The meet-
ing thereupon adjourned at 3:45 p.m.
Francis F. Hargy,
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
Mrs. W. C. Dewey of Glendale, Calif. attended the Roosevelt Cen-
tennial on the Zone, going from Los Angeles to Panama on a Luckenback
ship. She returned to California, via New York, stopping enroute to see
friends in Massachusetts, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas.
Mrs. Sweeney of Big Bear, California, has been very ill. Mrs. Peter
Shrapnell has been ill and a patient in Alta Vista Hospital in Pasadena.
Mr. William A. Jones is home after a long stay in the hospital. Mr. Frank
Sheehan, who has been in ill health for over a year, passed away on
January 10, 1959.
Mrs. Grace Cuthbersen had her sister, Miss Jessie Jones, of Washing-
ton, D. C. and Mrs. Catherine Bird visiting her over the Christmas and
New Year holidays.
Mrs. Lowande has gone to the Canal Zone for a visit with her
daughter, Mrs. Thompson and family, also her daughter Gladys.
The McLain family had grandson Dennis Corrigan with them for
the holidays. Dennis is a student at the University of Idaho. They also had
Miss Wendy Cotton as their guest. Miss Cotton is attending The Catholic
Womens Center in San Jose, California.
Mr. Robert King of the Canal Zone spent a few weeks in Monrovia
with his mother, Mrs. John M. King.
Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Hoecker of Monrovia, Calif. plan to make a trip
to the Canal Zone to visit their daughter and family.
The Canal Zone Past Matrons and their husbands of Southern Cal-
ifornia entertained those of Northern California in November at their
annual get-to-gether. About thirty old friends gathered for this occasion.
"After 37 years, we never dreamed that we would go back to the
Zone, but back we went," writes Ann Heltemess of California. They went
down for the Centennial celebration and report a thrilling time. The big
thrill came when they drove up on Morgan Avenue to see their old home,
number 867. They were invited in by Mrs. Bill Bleakley, the present
tenant. Many times they had dreamed they were back in that house, but
never expected to go into it again.
Miss Florence Peterson of Balboa, C. Z. visited with her father, Capt.
Maurenus Peterson in Glendale, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Gus Hoeker are visiting their daughter in Palo Alto,
Capt. and Mrs. L. C. Calloway celebrated their Golden Wedding
Anniversary on January 23, 1959. Our congratulations to these good
Mrs. W. L. Dunlap has sold her home in Long Beach, Calif. and will
make her home with her sister at 5003 No. Beet St., Spokane, Washington.
Mrs. Dunlap will be happy to have her friends call on her in Spokane.
Mr. H. H. Hammer of Los Angeles, Calif., was a hospital patient in
January. He went into the hospital for a check up.
Estelle McLain, Secretary.
NEWS FROM THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
The Ozarks (oldest hills) still protects her communities from the
rampant elements of the seasons. Three times this year Old Man Winter
has laid a four inch snow white blanket over the hills and gone on to the
north and east of us. Hence we enjoy the beauty of a Snowscape with
only a few inconviences of the Winter season.
The Holidays, Christmas and New Year, are now happy memories.
The many cards from the readers of our reports added much to our joy.
The most inspiring moment was to hear singing of carols outside the big
window, look out and see the Ed Higgins family, all nine of them in-
cluding Ed's mother, silhouetted against the fields bright in the full
moonlight where sheep were abiding.
The years are kind to Helen and Lawrence Adler of Panama City who
called on the Heinie Hallins in November on their way to a periodic visit
to Hot Springs after being with the Jack Evans and Al Harringtons in
Greeley, Colo., Teresa Miles Comber of Boulder and Violet Wunsh in
Another recent visitor was Mrs. Lulu M. Dewey of Glendale, Calif.
She will long cherish the memories of her 14 day trip from California
to New York via The Panama Canal though unable to leave the ship
during transit of the Canal. What a change of rules and regulations from
the "Old Days" when we were more secure without so many so-called
security rules. Mrs. Dewey spent a week with Mrs. James A. (Lillian) Ross
in Woburn, Mass. and visiting in nearby historical Boston. On to see Verne
and George Miller in Charleston, Ill. Later the Millers took Mrs. Dewey
to St. Louis, Mo. and they continued on to Calif. to visit their daughter
Esther and family. Former Pedro Miguel residents will remember that
Mrs. Dewey, accompanied by her three daughters left the Canal Zone in
1933 for the West Coast. She now lives in Glendale, not far from the
Fred W. Bradleys. Her many friends will be interested to know that
daughter Roselma is now the wife of a successful contractor in Pasadena
and has two children. Viola lives in Burbank. Her husband is associated
with the Lockheed Airplane Plant and their two children are of college
age. Wilma Jean has a Master's degree in Library Science and is employed
in the municipal law library of Glendale after spending two years in
Germany establishing law libraries for the U. S. Army. She traveled
extensively throughout Europe.
The long anticipated Dam trip finally materialized only we, the
Newall Shaws, did not see the Dams, Bull Shoals and Norfork. But in
Mountain Home we did see Mrs. Betty Bohan Salzman, wife of Dr.
Benjamin Salzman, in their lovely home across the street from the Salz-
man 21 bed hospital and clinic. Dr. Salzman is active in Medical and
Civic affairs and is a member of the Flying Physicians Association and
pilots his own plane attending conventions all over the United States,
often taking Betty's father, Grover F. Bohan on many trips. They have an
interesting and handsome family Sue, 13; John, 11 and Mark 2 years
old. On to Jonesboro where we were guests of Billie (Wilhemina) and
Grover Bohan. Grover, former mortician on the Canal Zone is now active
in N.A.R.C.E. and like us, is a member of the Arkansas State Federation.
We also visited Elaine Bohan Hooper, widow of late Dr. R. C. Hooper
who was a prominent Urologist in Arkansas. In her spacious hill-top
home, we found Elaine busy creating the most exquisitely dressed dolls
for her church bazaar and met her fine family of three children-Betty,
15; Andy, 13 and Sarah 6 years old. Both Dr. Salzman and the late Dr.
Hooper were at one time District Physicians in Gamboa. Dr. Hooper was
later associated with Dr. Russell Wright now of Longmont, Colo. in the
Urology Clinic of Gorgas Hospital.
Returning home, we again stopped in Mountain Home, this time to
see Robert D. McNew, formerly of Pedro Miguel an active member of
the Scottish Rite Masonry in Balboa, contributing scholarly articles that
were published in "The Orient" magazine of that body. Bob worked
in the Madden Dam Power Plant and now works in the Bull Shoals
Power Plant 200,000 K.W. Most of his family have married and gone
from Mt. Home. Robert Jr. is an ordained minister and serves on the Boy
Scout Executive Board in Baltimore, Md. Betty is the wife of one who
owns the town refrigeration plant and lives on an 80 acre farm with
their three children. Son Tom is with the Naval Ballistics in Ridgecrest,
Calif. John is stationed in Germany, is married and has one son. Mary
Margaret, an attractive young lady of 16 and Danny, 11 are still at home.
This trip took us through some beautiful scenery, wooded hills, lakes
formed by the dams, lots of elbow room and fresh ozone and plenty of
fish in the lakes.
The Jimmie Comans (Lulu Mae) and sister Mrs. Mattie MacAulay
of Bentonville spent the Holidays with Capt. James B. and Frances Coman
and family of Lowery Air Force Base in Denver. Irene and Lee Wright of
Houston, Texas stopped in Fayetteville on their way home from a trip
up North. Mrs. Jean Ann White McGinn of Jacksonville, Ark. visited
her grandmother, Mrs. Nannie I. Brown while husband Capt. Charles
McGinn jet-planes back and forth to once far countries over the week-ends.
The Walter Weimans (Bates) are now settled in their new home on one
of Fayettevilles many hills with a long view into Oklahoma. The Sr.
Shaws of Tranquil Acres were hosts to the families of Col. James and
Alice Ray Wier and the Jr. Shaws during the Holidays. Irene and Walter
Zimmerman write that Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Steibritz of Gatun, Canal
Zone were recent guests in Ozone, Ark. Our friend and neighbor, Ed Booth
writes he will be home soon from a four month stay with his son Edwin
Booth, Jr. and family in Garden City, Long Island.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of Mrs. Kathryn
Daniel Simons of Asheville, N. C. who passed away on the 22nd of Novem-
ber, 1958 and Mrs. Teresa Ridge, Trenton, N. J. Kathryn Daniel was a
composer, a teacher, a soloist and a pianist of great talent. Her love for
music in all forms and expressive hands will long remain a cherished mem-
ory to her beloved family and friends and former students. Teresa Ridge
was a devoted mother and loving friend. It was my privilege to know them
well. We, who have sorrowfully watched many ships depart and so
eagerly waited the coming of other ships bringing loved ones home can
find comfort in the following thought of an unknown author:
LIFE IS ETERNAL
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her
white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is
an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her' until at length
she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come
down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says: "There!
Gone where? Gone away from my sight that is all. She is just as
large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and
just as able to bear her load of living) freight to the place of destination.
.Her diminished size is in me, not in her; and just at that, moment when
someone at my side says, "There! she's gone", there are other eyes
watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout,
"There! she comes!"
Your reporter and husband Newell, celebrated our Anniversary, 23
January by journeying to Manhattan, Kansas to witness the conferring
of Master of Science degree on Raymond Newell Shaw on 24 January,
helped to celebrate Ray's birthday on 25 January, then hurried home to
get this report off and an invitation from our President, Earnest Williams,
that y'all come to our Picnic, Sunday 7th June 1959 in Springdale.
Blanche E. Shaw
NEWS ITEMS FROM HOUSTONTOWN
1. The Coakleys of Grand Rapids, Mich. were seen around Houston,
Texas during the Christmas Holiday Season, as guests of their son, Pat
Jr. who is still connected with the Radio Dept. of Houston University.
2. Mr. Merle Lou Souder, employed with the Texas Co. of New York
City came home to spend two weeks and the Holidays with his family Mr.
and Mrs. Louis Souder. A good time was had by all.
3. Mrs. Joseph H. Potochny has just returned from quite an extended
visit to Panama.
4. The parents of Mrs. Milton R. Smith who formerly resided in Ark-
ansas are now living in Shreveport, La. and Milton, Molly and Benny
journeyed there for a short visit between Christmas and New Years. We
are all happy to have our President, employed in the City of Houston, as
he changed his status from one of Traveling Salesman to local Sales-
manship. We hope to see a lot more of him.
5. For many years Mr. A. R. Fincher has been employed with S.I.E. a
big industrial firm in Houston, but during 1958 he opened a shop of his
own. We are very proud of Alton. This is just about the busiest family
among us, speaking from a Masonic standpoint.
6. We are sorry to report that our good friend, Mrs. J. H. Orr Sr. has
had another round in Pasadena Hospital. However she is home again and
feeling much better, although not too well.
7. The Lee Wrights had a lovely trip Thanksgiving time. They drove
to Chicago to visit the Redmonds (relatives) and on the return trip
stopped over in Arkansas to see the Browns and other Ex-C. Z. friends
and then on to Dallas to see their beloved Carolyn Pollack, who is working
there. They report fine weather and a good time, all along the line.
8. When one has five children, the family has a way of getting scattered
far apart. The Halderman family is one like that. They are rejoicing
that the Underwoods (Betty, Nee' Halderman) are now stationed in San
Antonio, Texas a mere 199 miles from Houston. The other twin (Gail)
is stationed in Hawaii. You see what we mean.
9. The Ellis' have been travelling again. Lillian (Mrs. A. C. Ellis Jr.)
went to California for a two week's visit with her family just before the
Holidays. She didn't quite make it back in time to wish Mamacita (Peggy)
a merry Christmas as Joan and her family had invited her to spend the
Holidays with them in Lincoln, Neb. It was their first year, back in the
States in four and the boys are ages 4 and 6 and just the right stage to
make this season worth while, as far as Santa Clause and such, is con-
cerned. Even the weather smiled on them and it was a most precious
experience. The only thing missing was the Major who was off on a very
important assignment with SAC.
We are looking forward to our spring meeting which will be time for
elections, and planning club picnics and parties for the coming year. We
have set February 14th for a Valentine party, the place has not yet been
We are glad to have Mr. and Mrs. Walter T. Clements back in
Houston. They have purchased a home on 4806 Lido Lane. Mrs. Clements
is a teacher at Durkee's School. They have a little son, named Kim. Mr.
Clements told about their trip to Oklahoma City during the freezing
weather. They did not have a place to keep their car so the snow and ice
didn't have any mercy, and that it took him an hour to get the car door
Mr. and Mrs. George O. Hayes of Muscatine, Iowa spent the Thanks-
giving holidays with their daughter and son-in-law, Mickie and Roy
Searcy. While here they visited several interesting places, in Texas, as
San Antonio, Laredo, Nueva Laredo, McAllen Texas and Reynosa,
Mexico, also Corpus Christi, Texas. Roy says it was almost like driving
in Florida, as they were driving through the valley with all the Citrus
Mrs. Annie Gorin stopped over with the Levys on her way to San
Francisco to visit Mrs. Ethel Montufar. Jerry Gorin and his family live
in Rhode Island. Paul and his family live in Florida.
During the holidays the Levys had with them, David his wife and
three children, Charlotte, her husband and son. It was the first time in
more than eleven years that both children were home at the same time.
Within 5 days they all celebrated wedding anniversaries. On Sunday,
December 28th, Tille and Nate's 45th Anniversary, 150 friends and rela-
tives called to make the reunion a happy one. Many were present who at-
tended their wedding December 28, 1913, also on Sunday in Houston.
David is at U.C.L.A. doing research and teaching. He is a Lt. Col., in the
Reserve. Charlotte lives in Brooklyn. Nate and Tille wish to thank their
Canal Zone friends for many cards, telegrams, flowers and gifts sent
to them. Our friends are our own most treasured gifts.
NEWS FROM ORLANDO
Mr. and Mrs. Roger T. Williams of Balboa have been the house
guests of Mr. and Mrs. William Rohrback for some time. The four of
them attended the reunion at St. Pete, then spent a few days at the
William's home in Fort Lauderdale before sailing from Miami for a five
day cruise to Nassau.
I regret to announce the sudden death of Mrs. G. L. (Margaret)
Capwell, wife of George Capwell, formerly general manager of Fuerza y
Luc Co. in Panama and now general manager of Empresa Electrica of
Ecuador. Mrs. Capwell died in a hospital in Albany, New York and was
buried in Salamanca. Heart felt sympathy is extended to the family.
Hazel and I attended the reunion and as usual had a wonderful time
and enjoyed visiting with many of our old friends. To me this year seemed
to have more attending than ever before and if you were present there is
no reason why I should try to tell you how well every one looked. The
men were well dressed and the ladies were beautiful in their fall outfits.
Lots of hugging and kissing and a good time was had by all.
Mrs. Clarence Sibus of Altamonte Springs recently spent a week in
Hollywood, Florida visiting friends.
Captain and Mrs. John H. Miller have purchased an attractive
home in Longwood, Florida which they have furnished and is now rented
for the season.
One of our oldest members Mrs. C. E. Kennedy of Orlando passed
away January 6, 1959. She would have been 98 years old this coming
May. Two sisters survive Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Estelle L. Coughlin and
Mrs. Maud N. Hicks, both of 1410 Greenwood, Orlando.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos had as their house guests during the
Christmas Holidays her brother Mr. Fred Slattery and family from New
Orleans. Mr. and Mrs. Tezanos left January 29th for New Orleans to
attend the wedding of Mrs. Tezanos niece.
Mr. Horace Weltmer died Monday January 26, at his hime in Alta-
monte Springs. Our sympathy is extended to his wife and two sisters who
Capt. and Mrs. John H. Miller recently visited Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Clark at their home on the St. Johns river near Palatka, and reported that
both were feeling fine.
Please Note: Anyone in this area with news, either mail the informa-
tion to Robert L. Wilhite, 520 Bryn Mawr Ave., Orlando or telephone
R. L. Wilhite
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
A belated happy and healthy New Year to all Canal Zone friends
from all of us here in Northern California. It was entirely my fault that
this greeting is late; I became involved in a new job and Christmas
preparations and just didn't get an article written for The Record.
The holiday season is over and we have all settled down to our normal
lives once again. It was a wonderful warm and sunny Christmas for us
here in the northern part of the state. Many Canal Zone people joined
friends and spent Christmas day together and others either hosted their
children and grandchildren or were hosted by them. Syd and, Clara
Neville spent Christmas and New Years with their daughter Bobby and
family in Phoenix, Arizona and Sarah and Vern Mitchell journeyed to
Austin, Texas and spent the holidays with their daughter Vera and family.
The Harvey McConaugheys took a ship to the Canal Zone to spend
Christmas with their son Dick and family and the Ben Armstrongs
spent the holidays in Hawaii. The Jerry Pragers made a pre-holiday trip
to Washington, Oregon and Canada and the Arthur Beards arrived home
in time for the holidays after a vacation in the east and, south.
On the 20th of December the Brown-Robertson family had their
annual Christmas party. The Buckley Yoders, Merrill Judds, Sydney
Nevilles, Harold Duncans, Harry Bachs, Frank Irwins, Jerry Pragers,
Arthur Beards, George Coffeys, Norman Rockers, Sumner Bakers, Frank
Bryans, George Butoracs, Herb Nevilles and Ethlyn Wood joined us for
cocktails, dinner and bridge and poker. It is always wonderful to be with
old friends and Christmas is the time when they are even more enjoyed.
The Sumner Bakers (Neva Brown) held open house on the 28th of
December and were hosts to 63 people. It also happened to be Neva's
birthday so she was the recipient of many good wishes.
Because being together is a happy time, the Harry Bachs and Frank
Irwins co-hosted at a wonderful party on January 24th to "warm" their
new homes and get the gang together. The day started at 11:30 am at the
Irwin's house "kick-off time" and progressed to the Bach's home
for dinner and cards. The "just like home" day was enjoyed by Mr. and
Mrs. H. Duncan, Mr. and Mrs. B. Yoder, Mrs. Mabel Comley, Mrs. Helen
Kromer, Dr. and Mrs. M. Judd, Mrs. Judd, Sr., Mrs. F. W. Brown, Ruth
Robertson, Mrs. Ethyln Wood, Mr. and Mrs. J. Prager, Mr. and Mrs. A.
C. Beard, Mr. and Mrs. G. Coffey, Mr. and Mrs. N. Rocker, Mr. and Mrs.
A. V. Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. R. Hutchings, Mr. and Mrs. C. Payne, Mr.
and Mrs. C. Lindgren, Mr. and Mrs. W. Ecker, Mr. and Mrs. R. Irwin and
Mr. and Mrs. S. Baker.
All of you who attended Balboa High School around 1917 might
remember Dewey Mitten, Nina Brown's youngest brother, who grad-
uated at that time. He had been ill for several months and died quietly of
a heart attack on January 4th while in a hospital in Detroit.
Frank and Alice Bryan have joined our group and are settled in a
new home in Santa Rosa. Their son Frankie and wife and new baby are
in San Francisco and their daughter Peggy lives in Sausalito so they
are within visiting range of both. Alice was a little homesick for
"home folks" when she first arrived but has become involved in various
activities in Santa Rosa and is kept on the run. Frank has many requests
and engagements to show his wonderful slides of the Panama Canal from
1908 to 1958.
The Buckley Yoders are entertaining Mrs. Helen Kromer and Mrs.
Mabel Comley. They were hoping to arrive in time for our last meeting
but inasmuch as they didn't, perhaps they will extend their visit until
our June picnic.
The Panama Canal Society of Northern California held their annual
business meeting January 11th at the Lake Merritt Sailboat Clubhouse.
It was a nice sunny day and we had a good turn-out, there being 93 mem-
bers and guests present. The main business of the day was the election of
officers and congratulations are due Frank Irwin, who is new President,
Buckley Yoder, who is our new Vice-President, and Helen Yoder, who is
our new Secretary-Treasurer. The outgoing officers, Norman Rocker,
Ernie Payne and Ruth Robertson, wish them every success and know that
1959 will be a fine year for our Society. Donald McCaslin, Wyllis Rocker
Leonhard, Alberta Harris Powers, Don and Marilyn Sampson and Edna
Mueller were among our visitors and Sue McCaslin Laurie, Jim and
Vally Pendergast, Chris and Ruth Wirtz and Alice and Frank Bryan signed
in as new members. After the meeting was adjourn-d by the new Presi-
dent, a picnic lunch, cake, coffee and tea were enjoyed by all. Frank
Bryan came prepared to show us his wonderful collection of slides but the
projector jammed and he was unable to show more than a few. We were
all disappointed but since the Bryans are now permanent residents per-
haps we shall see them at some future date.
My closing bit of news is that my mother, Nina Brown, is sailing
for Panama on February 26th to spend several weeks as guest of Lawrence
and Helen Adler. While in the Zone she will, naturally, visit Mr. and
Mrs. A. Kosik (Nina Marie Brown) and Mrs. Emma Brown, plus all the
other good friends.
Thank you all for "reading me" and know you will enjoy the news
of Helen Yoder. Ruth B. Robertson
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON
A special commemorative luncheon of the membership of the Panama
Canal Society of Washington was held on December 13, 1958. About 60
members met at the La Rosa Restaurant in Washington, D. C. to join in
the nation-wide celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the birth
of Theodore Roosevelt.
Gov. Maurice H. Thatcher reported as to the proceedings in the
Canal Zone during the commemorative celebration there which ran from
November 9th to 15th, 1958 at which he was an honored guest and speaker.
A goodly number of members of this Society went to the Canal Zone for
the events of the celebration. Gov. Thatcher reported also regarding his
presentation of an oil painting of an appropriate Canal scene, to hang in
the Governor's Mansion in the Canal Zone, which the Panama Canal
Society of Washington had been invited to present. Gov. and Mrs. That-
cher personally gave a second oil painting to be hung in the Governor's
After a half dozen other members had told of their participation in
the Canal Zone celebrations, the usual very pleasant reunion of old-time
friends closed a most enjoyable assemblage.
Clarence L. Chapin, Secretary-Treasurer
IN AND 'ROUND ABOUT' HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Mrs. James L. Lundy (Joan), and baby daughter, Jan, of Minne-
apolis, Minn., are visiting Mrs. Lundy's mother Mrs. Frances Horter at
the Park Hotel. Mr. Lundy is now connected with a firm in Owatonna,
Minn., and their new house that is being constructed there will soon be
ready for occupancy, so the Lundy's new address will soon be 927 Truman
Avenue, Owatonna, Minn.
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn E. Cottrell, formerly of the Atlantic side, and
more recently of Clintonville, Wis., have been residing in our midst
lately. We hope that they will like it well enough here to decide to live
The Jack Reinigs are spending the winter with the Ed. Fuciks, daugh-
ter Peggy's family up in Highland Park, Ill. They wrote recently that
they were all pleasantly anticipating the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Klotz,
(Sarah Ellen Robertson) of Noblesville, Ind., who were to be their house
guests for several days. Mrs. Klotz was formerly of Pedro Miguel, and is
the daughter of Mrs. Wm. H. Robertson of Atlanta, Georgia.
The Jack Lambs, William Bartholomews, Fred Atkinsons, Bill Burns,
and John Walker, all remained in Hot Springs during the winter.
We're glad to hear that the Annual Reunion in St. Pete was well
attended, and that Arkansas was represented by Grover and Wilhelmina
Bohan of Jonesboro. From St. Pete they hope to motor west as far as Cal-
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn R. Cook of Rogers, Ark. were the Thanksgiving
time guests of Mrs. Frances Dorn. While here they called upon several
more former Zonites. Letters and photos from their daughter, Mrs. David
Nanney (Lucille) indicate that the Nanneys are pleasantly located in
Ankara, Turkey and are enjoying life in the ancient historic section, not
far from colorful Istanbul. The children are busily engaged in school
studies and activities. Their music instructor, a decendent of the famous
Bach, and whose name also, is Bach, directs them in their musical pur-
suits. We are anticipating hearing some extra good music soon from that
section of the world!
Mrs. Tom Shirley is recuperating from her last sojourn in St. Joseph's
Hospital. Her guest, a sister, Mrs. Emma Eberhardt from Pa., has de-
parted for Houston, Texas.
Christmas cards and letters were received from all parts of the U.S.,
Canada, Canal Zone, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Germany, etc. All
these ex-Canalers seemingly are thriving, and were cheerfully facing the
New Year. Also, like the rest of us, were hoping that 1959 would be more
prosperous and kind to all, than 1958.
Amongst the Christmas mail, was an announcement of the marriage of
William Odin Loren to Miss Charlene Hutton, of San Antonio, Tex., on
Wed., Dec. 17, 1958, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, San Antonio. The
newlyweds were to be "at home" after January 5, at Theirs 272, Apt. 4
in Mexico City where Mr. Loren has been for several years. Mr. Loren
was born in Canal Zone, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Odin Loren, who
was U. S. Consul in Colon, and Mrs. Loren (Edith Goodwin), was a for-
mer teacher in the Cristobal schools.
Frances S. Dorn
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHEASTERN FLORIDA
Congratulations to the Panama Canal Society of Florida on a very
successful 27th Anniversary Reunion at St. Petersburg in January. It will
be interesting to hear how many hundred attended this year. Among those
attending from Miami were Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Melanson, Mr. and
Mrs. John Deer (nee' Ellen Brumby), Capt. and Mrs. L. A. Skeels (who
"winter" in Florida), Mrs. R. A. Koperski of California (who is spending
the winter in Miami) and Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Metzger. Mrs. W. T. Bowen
and her guests came from Coral Gables; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Eder from
Hollywood; and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams from Ft. Lauderdale.
Mr. and Mrs. William T. Bowen had as their house guests preceding
the Reunion, Mr. and Mrs. Howard C. Anderson of Richmond, Virginia,
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence D. Howell of Asheville, North Carolina, and Mrs.
Dick Hall of St. Petersburg. This same group plus Mrs. Bowen attended
the Reunion where they were the guests of Mrs. Hall. From St. Peters-
burg they planned to drive to Mobile, Alabama to visit the Ernest L.
Woods, to Atlanta, Georgia to visit the Lynn Halls, and to Charlotte, North
Carolina to visit Mrs. Bowen's daughter, Dolly Bowen Hicks.
Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph D. Melanson have as their house guests Mr.
and Mrs. Herbert Staples and son, Cody, of Louisville, Kentucky. Cody
is a senior in the University of Louisville this year. The hospitable home
of the Melansons is a gathering place for many Canal Zone folks in this
area. Recently Mrs. Charles Hardy dropped in to call and found Mr. and
Mrs. Cecil Banan, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams and Mr. and Mrs. Des-
Londes who had "just dropped in" also.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams of Balboa are making their home in
Ft. Lauderdale during a States vacation. After attending the Reunion in
St. Petersburg they flew to the Bahamas where they spent a delightful
week in Nassau. They will return to the Canal Zone in February.
Beverly and Jim DesLondes have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Roger
Williams at their vacation home in Ft. Lauderdale.
Capt. and Mrs. Wesley Anderson of Ormond Beach were recent guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Melanson. The Andersons were here to see their
daughter, Joan, who is attending the U. of Miami and also enjoyed a long
and delightful visit with Mrs. Dorothy Hall who chanced to be in Miami
enroute to Gamboa, Canal Zone. Mrs. Hall has just spent three and one
half months touring the United States.
Charles (Chuck) Hardy and wife are arriving from Memphis, Tenn-
essee in February for a thirty day "leave" with his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Hardy of Miami. Charles Jr. will leave here to be stationed in
Hawaii for his next tour of duty. His wife will join him later after the
blessed event which is expected in the Hardy family.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Russon have recently returned from a trip to the
Canal Zone and are presently with their daughter, Mrs. Gene Clary of
Miami. Mr. Russon will leave soon to resume his work in Michigan.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Japs celebrated their wedding anniversary
and the Christmas holidays by flying to Las Vegas, New Mexico where
they remained from Dec. 15th to Jan. 8th. They report a marvelous time.
Mrs. Mary Zemer is the house guest of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Japs be-
fore leaving for the Canal Zone. Mrs. Zemer came up in December to be
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James C. Milloy in West Harwich, Mass.
The Milloys were long-time residents of the Canal Zone.
Nellree and Spencer Smith of Los Rios, C. Z. were recent visitors in
the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Smith. The young folks
took delivery of a new Ford in Miami, drove to Baton Rouge, La., Chat-
tanooga, Tenn. for Christmas, then to New York City where they shipped
their car. They realized a long-time dream when they boarded one of
National's new jet planes and flew from New York to Miami in just a
little over two hours. The P.A.A. plane to Canal Zone must have seemed
slow by comparison.
Early in December Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Skinner took a sad journey
to Blytheville, Arkansas to attend the funeral of Mrs. Skinner's only
brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. I. B. Joyner, who were instantly killed
in an automobile accident in Jackson, Mississippi.
Mr. and Mrs. Irl Sanders, formerly of Gatun and now of Livingston,
Tennessee, were guests for several days of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Skinner. The
Sanders were enroute to Canal Zone to visit their sons, Irl and Milton and
Ike Metzger and his son, Bill, made a flying visit to Canal Zone to
see daughter Marilyn and Tom Marsh and their family. Altho born in
Panama, Bill this year made his first trip through the Canal by ship. He
also flew to San Bias and during the two weeks stay had the pleasure of
good visits with several of his former teachers. Bill is a research engineer
for Minneapolis-Honeywell and returned to Minnesota in January.
Mr. Stanford Skinner, his wife and three daughters spent the Christ-
mas holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Stanford Skinner of Miami
Shores. Stanford Jr. is a lawyer in Birmingham ,Alabama.
Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Smith spent several weeks, including the Christ-
mas holidays, with their son, Milton, and his wife at their home in North
Miami. Milton is a pilot for Eastern Airlines. The Senior Smiths attended
the Reunion in St. Petersburg before returning to their home in Buffalo,
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. True, his wife, and three children of Orlando spent
Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence True of Miami.
Passing through Miami recently was Mr. Pat Donaldson, a former
superintendent of the Municipal Division in the Canal Zone. Mr. Donald-
son had just completed installing a filtration plant in Paraguay and was
returning to his home in California.
Mr. Marion Hallowell called briefly on a few friends while enroute
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kimler are enjoying retirement in their lovely
new home at Hollywood, Florida.
By far the most important news item we have this time is a list of the
dates for our 1959 picnics. The Panama Canal Society of Southeast Flor-
ida will have picnics at the Rock Shelter in Matheson Hammock on the
April 19 June 21 August 23 October 18
Please check the dates on your calendar.
Bring a "covered dish" for a buffet picnic-lunch at one o'clock.
If you are a visitor in our area and need transportation to the picnics
call one of our officers. Their names are listed on page 14 of the Florida
Society Year Book for 1959.
Remember the Rock Shelter at Matheson Hammock is reserved for
our use on the above Sundays. See you there!!
Ruth T. Metzger, Corresponding Secretary
2500 Swanson Ave., Miami 33
A pair of black kid gloves was found at the Reunion OWNER
MAY HAVE by sending in a description to the Secretary-Treasurer.
Someone gave the Secretary-Treasurer money for the BLOOD BANK
just as she was leaving the Reunion on the second day. Unfortunately the
name of the person was not written down at the time. WILL THAT PER-
SON PLEASE NOTIFY THE ABOVE and receive the card denoting
Blood Bank membership.
The family of Philip J. McIntyre may claim his long lost Roosevelt
medal. John A. DuVall, Balboa, C. Z. electrician and his helper foond
the medal while they were working at a transformer house in the Barn-
aby Street area. The only Philip J. McIntyre in the Panama Canal's files,
of past and present employes, was retired in 1929. Personnel records
indicate that Mr. McIntyre died in March 1941, but do not give the place
of his death or name of any of his family. Mr. DuVall is looking for the
family so that he may return the employes long lost medal.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
We, here in Western North Carolina, wish everyone a happy and
favorable New Year.
Winter is with us and most of our members are back home and con-
tent to stay and await Spring.
We are happy to report that Mrs. Emily Cole is still improving. Mr.
Cole has recently retired from the Asheville Police force.
Mr. U. W. Tweed is home from the hospital and seems to be doing fine
Mr. Robert Patterson has been confined to his home and we are all
hoping he will soon be all right.
Mr. and Mrs. John Runck of Diablo, arrived on December 31, for a
months vacation and are thoroughly enjoying the winter weather and their
many friends: among whom are Robert and Elsie Patterson, Mildred and
Wendell Greene, Rose and Johnny Johnston and Bee Tyrell Tryon. They
expect, at some later time, to make Hendersonville their home.
Ross and Margaret Hollowell with Barbara and Tom Coleman left
by car for Miami on November 19, enroute to the Canal Zone to spend
Thanksgiving and Christmas with their children and grandchildren. The
Hollowells returned to Miami on January 10th and were joined by Ross's
brother, Marion. Then on to St. Petersburg to attend the reunion. Marion
accompanied them home to Hendersonville for a few days visit, arriving
on January 16th.
The Colemans are still on the Zone and will return at a later date.
Bill Hiter, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Hiter, graduated, in January,
from Belmont Abbey, Charlotte, N. C. His vocation is Business Admin-
Della and Clarence Howell left on December 29th for Miami and
spent a very pleasant two weeks with the W. T. Bowens. The Howard
Andersons were there and also Alice Hall and son Richard, who was home
on furlough. They then went to St. Petersburg and were the house guests
of Harriet and Shep Shreves. They attended the reunion and thoroughly
enjoyed renewing old friendships.
Rose and Johnny Johnston left for Anderson, Indiana, on December
22nd to spend Christmas with their son Robert and wife Nancy. Defying
old man winter, with its snow, wind, and ice, they left on December 28th
for Phillipburg, Pa. to spend New Years with Johnny's mother, sisters
and families. They returned home on January 6th.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kelly were so happy to have all three children home
for Christmas. Pat, Margie and husband, Murray, and son Tom, Jr., with
Mrs. Luckey, made a very happy family. Tom, Jr., is back with I.B.M. in
Washington, D. C.
,Marion and Duke Lewis had son Alan home for two weeks during
Betty and Fred O'Rourke were very happy to have their daughter
Billee home for ten days during the Christmas Season. Mr. and Mrs. John
Crawford and daughter Jean of Greenville, S. C. spent Christmas day
Ed, Bobbi and Eddie Levy left for Washington, D. C. on December
23rd to spend the holidays with Bobbi's brother and family. His mother
and Dad were also there, from Canton, Ohio. Ed flew from Washington
to New York to visit his family. They returned home on December 27th.
On January 7th, Mr. and Mrs. Hallett from North Quincy, Mass. spent
the evening with them.
Emma and Frank Reppa spent the holidays with their son Bob and
family in Washington, D. C. While there, they visited Mr. and Mrs. W.
B. Heite in Massey, Maryland. They returned home on January 2, 1959.
Tommy and Eugenia Sawyer attended the reunion and enjoyed see-
ing so many old friends. Before returning home, they visited brother
and wife in Jackson, Miss. While there, they saw Leland and Mary Slo-
cum. They arrived home on January 20th.
Clinton Wanlass, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wanlass, graduated from
Clemson College on January 31st. He majored in Civil Engineering and
is considering a position with the Air Force in Mobile, Alabama.
On January 7th, a group of former Canal Zone friends were guests
at the home of Mrs. Wanlass with Mrs. A. R. Mitchell as co-hostess, for
an enjoyable luncheon and surprise birthday party for Marion Lewis. Mrs.
Ida Hallett was an out of town guest.
The Dow Walkers are now in Panama.
Betty O'Rourks, Secretary
Please remember that all members of the Blood Bank must keep up
their dues. Non-payment of dues to the Panama Canal Society automatic-
ally cancels your membership in the Blood Bank. All members in Florida
who joined the Blood Bank are issued a card. Always keep it with you.
If you did not receive your card, please notify the Secretary.
Mother's Day... May 10th, 1959
The most beautiful hands I have ever known
Were neither white nor small.
From early spring, through summer's heat
And the harvest in the fall
They toiled incessant from morn till night -
About fifteen hours each day;
Mending; sewing; washing; baking;
Minding children at their play.
Those hands never attracted a sculptor's eye;
They were as plain as they could be;
But those scarred and tanned and wrinkled hands
Were beautiful hands to me.
They were the hands that carressed my brow
In childhood's distant day;
Dried the tears and bound the wounds
Received while out at play.
Time passed. But those hands, though feeble grown,
Never ceased to do their part
As time and labor and childbirth pain
Left their mark on her brow and heart.
But, alas! Alas! There came the day
When her Master said; "Well done."
With her hand in His, she smiled and said;
"I am ready. Master, lead on."
Those hands! Those hands! Those beautiful hands
Did not return to dust.
They are leading me on, up the way to Gods
The God whom she did trust.
Some day I know, in the time to come,
Somewhere in that unknown strand,
I will see my mother. I know I will,
And I'll hold her lovely hands.
C. L. FILES
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Dunn of Starkville, Miss. made their annual trip
to Florida and visited up and down the peninsula seeing old friends.
Found them all one year older, but still going strong.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Clark of Wabash, Indiana celebrated their
Golden Wedding Anniversary last year. They made a tour of Michigan,
Pennsylvania, Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Also had a three weeks
trip to Florida. Frank is a 1906 employee.
Capt. and Mrs. C. D. Lillie of Danby, Vermont, left in January for
a winter vacation in the south of Spain. They will return in June.
Bates and Walter Wieman have bought a home high on a hill over-
looking the countryside in Arkansas. Their address is 1220 West Ridge-
way Drive, Route 1, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Hudson of St. Petersburg, Florida, spent the
Christmas holidays on the Zone with their children, returning to Florida
in time for the reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. Wally Grayson have been visiting on the Zone and also
in Costa Rica.
Clayton and Florence Embree have sold their farm and have purchased
a new home at 53 Oak Ridge Drive, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Robert G. Matheny, Chief of the Panama Canal Division of Vet-
erinary Medicine, successfully passed the Specialty Board examination.
given by the American Board of Veterinary Public Health, and is now
a diplomat of the board. He is the first diplomat to serve in the Canal
Zone Veterinary service.
We regret, that through an error, the name of Mr. H. Y. Thompson
was not included with others on the "In Memoriam" Page of the 1959
Year Book. Mr. Thompson died on the Canal Zone in August and it was
reported in the December Record.
Ernest F. Wurdermann is finding it an uphill job becoming a Texan
after 51 years on the Canal Zone. He finds himself, now and then, yearn-
ing for the Tropics.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B. Cain of Gamboa, C. Z. will retire in February
and expect to make their future home at Center Avenue, Bridgeboro,
Florence Kelly, of White Plains, New York, made a trip to the West
Coast and saw many of her Canal friends along the way. She reports Mrs.
Theresa Rossetti had been quite sick, but now on the mend.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Daniels of St. Petersburg, Fla., celebrated
their Golden Wedding Anniversary on December 28, 1958. Mrs. Edward
Warwick, William Daniels of St. Petersburg and Charles J. Daniels of
Wilmington, Delaware, held a reception for their parents at the home of
William, at 6620 Renaldo Way. Here for the reception were Mr. Daniel's
sister, Mrs. Violet McGivney of New York and Mrs. Gladys Stoll of Green-
wich, Conn., and Mrs. Margaret Collier of Mount Vernon, New York, who
are Mrs. Daniel's sisters. Our congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Daniels.
One of our members, Mr. Jhon J. Spitznogle, who is in business and
makes his home in Melbourne, Florida, was recently elected Mayor of
Charles Cole, son of Mrs. Eva Cole of Gulfport, Florida, is with the
U.S. Air Force and is presently stationed in England.
A group of former Zonites now residing in the vicinity of Washing-
ton, D. C., held a no host "whing-ding" in Alexandria, Virginia. Panama
music was furnished by Ivanhoe G. (Sonny) Seixes, who used to play at
the Strangers Club in Colon. Sonny's present band is the "Bamboo Lane
Combo". Those sponsoring the affair included Justus M. Klemmer of Falls
Church, Va., Thomas F. Foley of Falls Church, Mrs. Burton Wright of
Alexandria, and Carl Hoffman, Jr. of Annandale, Va. Also, Joe Szivos of
Seat Pleasant, Maryland. They are all former residents of Panama or
the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Esther Currier, who with Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin was injured
when they were struck by a cab as they were leaving the pavilion at the
World's Fair in Brussells, was a recent visitor in St. Petersburg where she
was the guest of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Post.
Raymond R. Gregory of Penny Farms, Florida, reports that Mrs.
Gregory's condition remains about the same. She is cheerful and reads
a lot and enjoys the visits of her children and grandchildren. She was
unable to accompany Mr. Gregory when he went north for a short visit
with his sisters and brothers in Pennsylvania and with Thomas and Jean
in Chicago. He also visited with David and Margie and their four child-
ren in Washington, Iowa. The Gregory's guest book shows a large number
of visitors during the past year. Among them, many from the Carribean
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Conkerton of St. Petersburg were recent visitors
in New Orleans where they enjoyed seeing and chatting with Dr. and
Mrs. W. W. Gilder and their daughter. Dr. and Mrs. Gilder now have
twelve grandchildren. The Conkertons also saw Mary Pettit while they
were in the Crescent City.
Frederick Sill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick de Sill of Balboa, C. Z.
is on a four months training course for Ensign at the Navy's Officer Can-
didate School at Newport, R. I.
Col. Herman Schull, Jr., U. S. Army (Ret.), former Lt. Governor of
the Canal Zone, has been appointed manager of the Florida Inland Navi-
gation District. He will have his office at West Palm Beach, Fla. The
Florida Inland Navigation District is concerned with new construction and
maintenance of the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway from Jacksonville to
Miami, part of an integrated system of water ways from Trenton, N. J.
to Miami, Florida.
Jimmy and Beverly Des Londes were in Florida, recently, to look
over the Withlacoochee River area. While here they visited with Fred and
Storer Everett in St. Petersburg, Mr. and Mrs. William Rohrback of Mait-
land and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams who were vacationing in Ft. Lau-
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. McGahey of Gainesville, Fla. are going back to
Panama so they may live near their children and once again be in the
tropics they love.
Bernice and Arthur Springall are now located at 1421 North Kelly St.,
Oklahoma City, Okla. They have had a big year, spent last March in Puerto
Rico. On their way home, they visited in Florida and Rome, Georgia. In
June, they drove to Montgomery, Alabama, to visit with brother Jack and
his family. In November, they set out for Oklahoma City where Arthur
took up his position of Director of Professional Services.
The Ben Armstrongs of San Francisco and the C. L. Bryans of Santa
Monica, Calif. enjoyed a delightful cruise to Hawaii over the holidays.
They had a nice visit with the R. H. Roths and son in Honolulu. On
January 5, Mrs. Mabel Comley flew to the Islands to join them.
Mrs. Mabel Comley and Mrs. Helen Kromer are guests of the Buckley
Yoders. Mrs. Kromer and Mrs. Comley plan to take an apartment and
enjoy California for a few months.
Mrs. Mary C. Weber of St. Petersburg, Fla., has left for North Caro-
lina where she will enter Duke Hospital for the removal of a cataract.
Mr. and Mrs. George C. Horine report all members of the family are
well and happy. Emily, Bill, and Billy are in Margarita, C. Z. Larry and
family are in Balboa where Larry is the High School coach. Carlton and
family live in Brea, California, where Carlton is a Chemical Engineer with
Brea Chemical Co. Conrad and family live in Anaheim, California. Con-
rad is an Aeronautical Engineer with Douglas Aircraft Corporation. Fern
lives in Arizona and is a Physical Therapist. She is a Captain in the
451 General Hospital Reserve Unit in Phoenix, Arizona.
Representative Congressman Bill Cramer of the First District in Flor-
ida has been named to every Republican policy and campaign committee
of the House. He has also been appointed Assistant Whip to Rep. Les
Arends of Indiana. Rep. Cramer, a consistent supporter of all bills to aid
Senior Citizens has introduced two bills, one to liberalize Social Security
and to provide benefits to "Senior Citizens". In the other bill, Rep. Cramer
has moved to amend the Internal Revenue Code to provide that annuities
received under the Civil Service Retirement Act, shall be exempt from
Mr. and Mrs. G. Edgar Murphy of 250 Dana Way, Winter Park,
Florida, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on February 20th.
Congratulations from the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Her many friends in Florida and in the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, wish to extend congratulations and best wishes to Mrs. Annie Cur-
rier of Balboa, C. Z. She is the mother of Mrs. Helen Currier Baker and
Mr. Clifford E. Currier of Reading, California. Mrs. Currier will celebrate
her 99th birthday on May 23, 1959.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Preston of Cottage City, Maryland, are visit-
ing with their daughter, Virginia Preston Wood, on the Zone. Mr. and
Mrs. Preston will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary in July.
Congratulations from the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Ethel Hodnett of Alexandria, Virginia, was all set to leave for the
annual reunion when her doctor pulled her up short, so it will have to
be 1960, now. She enjoyed a visit from Josephine Sargent of Houston,
Texas, with whom she shared quarters in 1914 and 1915.
Ida and Ed Bugby of Wilcox, Pa. report snow on the ground from
November 28 up to January 8, 1959 with temperatures ranging from 14
below to 32 above. As both Mr. and Mrs. Bugby have been ill this past
year, they were unable to make their annual trip to the reunion.
Mr. E. O. Lohman of Whittier, Calif. suggests we get some decal
stickers for our cars. How about a Panama Canal sticker that will ident-
ify us to one another as we travel the highways?,
Mrs. Jack (Alice) Strauss of Pensacola, who has been in the hospital
for several months, is now going through the process of getting ready for
crutches. Mrs. Strauss is very grateful for the many cards she has re-
ceived from friends. She had a nice surprise when Mrs. Dugan and her
daughter, Marion, called on her at the hospital.
Eric Forsman, now in the moving business in Fort Worth, Texas,
writes that his sister, Mrs. McLeod of Phoenix, Arizona, is still far from
well, but remains cheerful. He also reports finding an old time Canal
friend, Ernest Day, who lives in Fort Worth.
Louise Franklet writes that George is in the University in Alaska.
Quite a change for a boy born on the Canal Zone. Duane has his Dr's
degree and is with Shell in Houston, Texas. The two girls are in Florida,
Margaret in Jacksonville and Adela in Orlando.
Mrs. H. W. Mitten of Baltimore, Maryland, hoped to spend Christmas
with Billy and Larry and their two little girls. Mrs. Mitten recently had
a visit with Dr. and Mrs. John H. Whitaker and his mother and three
year old, Cathy. She reports that Dr. Whitaker is an excellent and busy
dentist in Baltimore.
Jean Herbert, daughter of Mrs. Josephine R. Dennis, writes that
while the weather, so far this winter, had been bitter cold, they all enjoy
ice skating on the lake back of their home. Quite often, on Saturdays and
Sunday, Jo, Midge, and Bob, and their families, her mother, Edna and
Clyde Bain, gather at the house for a skating party and covered dish
supper. When all 21 of them get to-gether, they have a grand time.
Leonard and Matilda Stark inform us they are going to California
to spend the winter with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Hanson, who have bought a home in Lawndale, California between
Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Starks expect to come to Florida later
Cissie and Ben Kuller traveled to Detroit last April to be on hand
to greet their eleventh grandchild, who arrived on May 10th. They then
left for Bay Shore, Long Island, to visit Mrs. Kuller's sister, Margaret
Ayers Cannon, her husband and three daughters. While there, they were
joined by sisters Eleanor Johanson of Norfolk, Va. and Frances Ayers,
a nurse at Walter Reed Hospital, all former Zonites. Elsa Reiman Bailey
was also a visitor with them while they were on Long Island.
Bill Herf of Baton Rouge, La., always sends us a wire at reunion
time. Bill's wire this year said, "From the land of the sportsman's para-
dise, to the land of the sunshine, Greetings, and wishes for a wonderful
Mr. and Mrs. Edmund C. Bunker of Clinton, S. C. enjoyed a vacation
trip to New York to visit their son who is Vice-President of the C.B.S. TV.
Their son, Edmund C. Bunker, Jr. was born on the Zone in Ancon Hospital.
Elizabeth Hall of Pasadena, Calif. writes that Helen Rhodes has
moved close to her and it is nice to have her near. Her sister-in-law,
Louise, is with her in Pasadena. She expected her daughter, Jean, to be
with her for the Christmas holidays.
May Maiers of Oreland, Pa. writes that they finally located Charlie
Schaefer who retired from the Zone 10 years ago. He was living in Man-
chester, Conn. where he died last August. He was survived by his wife,
a son, and a daughter. Hope is married and lives in Manchester and has
four children. Charles, the son, is married and has two children and has
his own business, a medical laboratory in Chicago. The Maiers spent
Christmas in Westfield, N. J. with Gerald H. and family.
Helen C. Peterson and her daughter, Eileen, of Hollywood, Calif.,
flew down to the Zone for a two weeks visit with her son Tommy and his
family. They had a glorious time seeing the many changes and visiting
William H. Drake, Las Vegas New Mexico Police Chief, and one time
member of the Canal Zone police, has been named Vice-President for New
Mexico, of the National Police Officers Association. Chief Drake was on
the Zone 26 years, over 22 with the Zone police.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Etchberger of Norge, Virginia missed the re-
union this year as they were waiting for the stork to call on their daughter-
in-law, Doris Spry Etchberger. Doris is a former resident of Gamboa, C.Z.
Brun Namur of Seattle, Washington, writes that he plans to come to
Florida this year. He would like to know the where-abouts of Tom Geddis,
Can anyone help?
Alberta Powers Harris is now working for the Oakland Naval Supply
Center in California. On her first day of work she met Pat Cannon who
was born in Colon. He is the son of Paddy Cannon who worked on the
Zone from 1906 to 1919. Mr. Cannon died last year but Mrs. Cannon
lives in Los Angeles.
Frank L. Miller and Mrs. Miller of Tulsa, Oklahoma are spending
the winter in Phoenix, Arizona, and Southern Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. George F. Miller of Charleston, Illinois, spent five
weeks with their daughter Esther and her husband, Dr. Ahlteen and their
three children. Visitors at the Miller home were Mrs. Lulu Dewey and
the Elmer Stetlers.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bornefield of Houston, Texas, spent Christmas
with their daughter, Gloria, and family, at Lake Jackson, Texas. Gloria
has two children, a girl five years old and a boy fifteen months.
Edwin W. Booth, Sr. of Fayetteville, Arkansas, writes he is enjoy-
ing his visit with his son and family on Long Island, N. Y. He says it's
great to be a part of such an active family and all their doings.
Mrs. R. H. Salmon of Glendale, Calif. writes that they are all fine.
Son Marvin and his family live in Santa Monica. They were happy to have
as guests, Mrs. Kirk, Sr., Fred Kirk and his wife, Jean. The Kirk Sr's.
live in Oxnard, Calif. The Salmon's daughter, Mary Jane Underwood,
presented them with their seventh grandchild, Martha Elaine, in Sept.
John and Elsie Claybourn have returned to their home in Ann Arbor,
Michigan after a 10,000 mile trip through Canada and the West. While
in California, they had a chance to see many of their old friends.
Charles A. Hand, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hand of Balboa,
C. Z., graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology, in June, with
a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering. On October 22, he graduated
from the U.S. Army Signal School, number 7 in a class of 27. He is now
a Lieutenant and Instructor at the Army Signal School at Fort Monmouth,
New Jersey. Lt. Hand graduated from Balboa High School, class of 1954.
Joe Eckert, of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., is leaving the Zone on January
10th after spending several weeks with old friends. Joe will be in Florida
for the Society's February meeting.
Mrs. Robert M. Fretland, of Eagle River, Wisconsin, has joined the
Society. Mrs. Fretland was the former Ada Lee Sullivan and Mr. Fretland
was a golf pro at Brazos Brook Golf Club. Mrs. Fretland says "my folks,
Richard L. Sullivan, Ada and two smaller children just retired from the
Commissary Division in June and are living in Evergreen, Colorado and
apparently thriving in the snow."
Dick and Ruth Taylor rented a house for the winter in Cape Eliza-
beth, Maine, to be near their daughter and to await the arrival of their
new grandson, Bruce Roger Walker.
Cadet Malcolm J. Stone, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Stone of Ancon,
has been promoted to the position of Cadet Officer by the Supt. of the
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. This commis-
sion indicates that Cadet Stone has demonstrated exceptional ability and
over-all aptitude in both his studies and leadership at the Academy. Cadet
Stone is in his final year in the Cadet Corps.
Mrs. Joseph C. Irwin of Fort Smith, Arkansas, flew to the Zone early
in January for a month's visit with former friends. Mrs. Irwin at one
time, lived in Gamboa.
Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Smith of Buffalo, N. Y. spent several weeks in
Miami with their son and daughter-in-law. They came to St. Petersburg
for the reunion and for a few weeks with old friends in this area.
Ida and Slim Hallett of Quincy, Mass. spent several weeks in St.
Petersburg as guests of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Hull. They also spent
some time with friends in the Central section of the State before leaving
for Louisiana for a visit with their son and daughter-in-law. They will
return to Mass. with the robins. Slim's hobby, now, is ceramics and he
brought some samples of his handiwark to the reunion and donated them
as door prizes at the luncheon.
Mr. John F. Seebt, 95 years old (see cut) and looking very well for
his age, made the trip all alone from New Orleans to attend the reunion.
Mr. Seebt's convention tag showed he had been in Panama from 1902
Mrs. Edith Wicks of Polk, Pennsylvania, made a tour of New Eng-
land to see the Fall foliage, in October. She spent a day with Bea Morgan
in New York and also visited in Port Jefferson, Long Island, before return-
ing to her job in Polk.
Capt. and Mrs. C. S. Townshend are now located at 240 Scudder
Avenue, Northport, Long Island, New York. After months of touring the
United States and Canada, the Townshends took a West Indian cruise on
the Holland American Liner "Nieu Amersterdam" and during the ship's
one day stop at Cristobal, they were welcomed back by a host of friends
at a luncheon at the Yacht Club.
Mr. Louis H. Fourcher of Fairhaven, Mass., has been visiting his
son Herbert in Tucson, Arizona. While there, one of his grandsons made
him a great grandpa, which made Louis very proud.
Miss Margaret Grier of Fullerton, California, and Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Grier of Balboa, C. Z. came to Clearwater, Florida, to be with their
mother during her stay in the hospital. Mrs. Grier entered Morton Plant
Hospital for surgery, early in February.
Roger Erdman of Washington, D. C. sends best wishes to all old
friends and reports that Ann's sister has been quite ill.
Mrs. Elmer Dailey of Metairie, La. has returned to her home follow-
ing a visit with her son Earl and family in Diablo Heights, C. Z. Her son
Carl is in New Orleans and Elmer, Jr., is in Newfoundland.
Mrs. Leon E. Dedeaux of Gulfport, Miss., writes that Leon has been
on the sick list but now is feeling fine.
Anna R. January of Glen Burnie, Maryland, has returned to her
home from a trip to Texas and California. She reports seeing many old
friends on the West Coast. She also attended the 50th Wedding Anniver-
sary of the T. Sundquists.
For the first time in nine years, Mr. and Mrs. George Hoffman of
DeLand, Fla., were all set to attend the reunion in St. Petersburg, when
a car ran amuck, crashed into their home and tore part of it off, exposing
the interior. So they had to give up their plan to come and stayed home
to oversee repairs.
Louis Bradley's friends may see him now and then if they watch
Dave Garroway's "Today". Louis is a production assistant on the show.
Dave's show will be in Paris in April and Louis is naturally thrilled at
the prospect of a trip to Paris. Louis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James
E. Bradley of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Effie McGlade of Champaign, Illinois, would be happy to see
any of her friends who pass that way. She reports that Charlotte and Bill
Lierman are nicely located in Granit City, Ill. Their daughter, Sandra,
is a Sophomore in Northwestern. Their boy is in Junior High.
Jack Ridge of Trenton, New Jersey, in on the Canal Zone visiting
his seven children and thirteen grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pollak of Maitland, Florida, were in Texas for
the wedding of their daughter, Caroline.
Mr, Fred Sprecken is home and recuperating, nicely, following sur-
gery at Mound Park Hospital. Fred received so many cards while he was
in the hospital that he says he never will be able to answer them all, so
wishes to thank everyone by this method.
One hundred and fifty eight employes of the Dredging Division are
sueing the Panama Canal Company for $711,000 in back overtime pay.
Their complaint is that since December 31, 1955, they have worked at
least fifty hours in each week without being paid for time in excess of
the eight hour day and forty hour week.
Work has started on the high level bridge across the Canal at Balboa.
L. R. Sommer signed a contract for the bridge approaches on the West
Bank. Sommer's bid was for $385,000 for the job. The work must be
completed in 150 days.
The big suction dredge, Mindi, was placed in reserve status in late
December. The action affected 22 United States employes and 125 local
rate, a majority of whom will be reassigned in the Dredging Division or
other units of the Canal Organization. The Mindi will remain in reserve
status for a period of two years.
Demolition work has started on the buildings which are in the path
of the approaches to the New Balboa bridge. First property to go was
the Chinese garden at the Limits on Balboa Road and the proprietor, Tom
Kong, is going out of the garden business as he says he is too old to
start a new garden.
Five new houses for U.S. rate employes are due to be built in La
Boca. These five houses are the first of 93 new U.S. rate family quarters
to be built in the new proposed La Boca townsite. The homes will be
two and three bedroom single family and duplexes.
In a ceremony at the Panama Foreign Office, Canal Zone Governor
William E. Potter and Panama's Vice-Minister of Finance, Jaime de la
Guardia, Jr. signed documents transferring ownership of all the remain-
ing Panama Canal quarters in Colon, New Cristobal, Colon Beach, and
the de Lesseps areas. Total value of Atlantic side properties transferred
from the Canal to Panama ownership under the Remon-Eisenhower treaty
is about $14,000,000.
The E. O. Hauke Construction Company of Colon submitted the low
bid of $1,244,000 for the construction of a modern Junior-Senior High
School in the new Canal town site of Coco Solo.
Around the clock operations at the Pacific Locks started on January
llth. On that date, work of converting to 60 cycle power all frequency
sensitive locks equipment had reached the point where it was necessary
to close the East lane of Pedro Miguel locks to traffic. The locks
conversion, the largest single job in the power conversion project, has
been in its preliminary stages for several weeks and should be completed
at all locks at the end of a six months period.
With extremely dry weather in November and December, it became
necessary to start operation of Panama Canal diesel electric plants on
January 2. This is the earliest date this water conservation measure had
been taken. The level of Madden Lake was still high but Gatun Lake has
been dropping in December. Last year, it was March 4 before diesel gen-
erators were placed in operation. This year's early start is a precautionary
measure to avoid water shortage if a long dry season should occur this
Florida Builders, Incorporated, of St. Petersburg, has been awarded
the $5,424,700 contract for military and civilian housing on the Canal
Zone. They will house Army personnel and civilian employes in Fort
Clayton, Fort Amador, Corozal, and Corundu.
A two year job of widening Gailliard Cut in the vicinity of Contrac-
tor's Hill, on the West bank of the Canal, will get underway early this
year. The date for opening bids on this project has been set for Feb-
ruary 2nd, 1959.
Residents of Ancon, C. Z. have been plagued by petty thieving and
burglary. As many as 'five clothesline thefts were reported in one night.
In some cases, clothesline thefts were pulled off in broad daylight. Canal
Zone police are taking special measures to halt the wave of small time
Jeep tourists, Polly and Howard Boyd, who tried to make it over the
Panama American Highway, say they believe it will be 1964 before even
a jeep will be able to make it. Contractors working on the highway claim
it will be passable by 1960, but the Boyds, who tried and failed to make it,
feel that 1964 is more like the year it will be open, and then only for jeeps.
Following a public opinion poll throughout all the communities of
the Atlantic side, it has been decided that the name of the new school
in Coco Solo will be Cristobal High School. Other names suggested were
Aspinwall, Stephens, Carribean High and Coco Solo High.
Bids will be opened soon on the construction of the East approach
to the new Balboa bridge across the Canal. This work will include the
widening of Fourth of July Avenue into a four lane boulevard. The ap-
proach to the bridge will cross the mud flats south of the Gavlian area,
across Amador Road and Empire Street. A connecting link is to be built
from Balboa Road to the bridge approach.
Panama's latest offering of $16,800,000 in bonds was quickly sold
out when offered by a group of New York investment bankers. The
$16,800,000 issue will be used for redeeming both foreign and internal
Attorney Ruben O. Miro, who was the star defendant at the President
Remon assassination trial, has returned to Panama after a visit of two
months in the United States. Before leaving for the United States, Miro
was injured when an attempt on his life was made as he left his brother's
home in Bella Vista.
President Ernesto de la Guardia signed into law the bill extending
Panama's territorial waters to 12 miles. Panama's Ambassador to Wash-
ington, Ricardo M. Arias, says that the 12 mile law still guarantees all
ships free access to both the Atlantic and Pacific entrances to the Canal
and would not affect the 1903 treaty.
Army Secretary Wilbur M. Brucker said in a letter to Democratic
Rep. Daniel J. Flood that the United States does not recognize the law
imposing a 12 mile sovereignty on Panamanian waters. In any case, he
said the law cannot, by treaty, affect approaches to the Panama Canal.
The first export shipment of steel from Panama's new steel mill was
made when sixty tons of reinforcing steel bars was shipped to California.
The steel, which meets U.S. federal specifications, will compete, favorably,
with steel of the same quality in the United States.
A group of U. S. citizens in Panama have been granted permission
by the Panama Minister of Education, to start an American type school
in Panama City in an effort to beat the high tuition rates in the Canal
Zone schools. Tuition rates for non Canal Zone children were raised by
nearly a third at the beginning of this school year.
Again, we thank all our representatives for getting their reports to
us before press time. Our thanks, also, to all who sent us clippings and
items of interest. The deadline for the next issue of the Record will be
May 1st, 1959.
We are very grateful to Mr. Francis Hargy, our Recording Secretary,
for giving so much of his time at the reunion. Mr. Hargy was our photo-
grapher and took all the pictures that will appear from time to time
in the Record. Thanks again, Mr. Hargy.
Please accept our thanks for the generous gift which was voted us
by the members at the reunion.
Have you paid your dues for 1959? Please remember to add ten
cents to all checks for bank exchange.
All pictures in this issue of the Record were taken at this year's
reunion at the Soreno Hotel.
Christmas Greetings and messages of good wishes come to us by the
hundreds from members all over the World. Each one has been read
and stirred pleasant memories of bygone days and cherished associations
with the senders. Space will not permit listing them all, so please accept
our thanks to everyone.
We very often receive long letters and articles for the Record which
space forbids our printing. Many news clippings are of controversial sub-
jects and are fully covered by the press of the country.
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Mr. A. L. (Abe) Brill died Wednesday, February 4th, 1959 at his
home in Houston, Texas. Mr. Brill was very active in Masonic circles on
the Canal Zone and since his retirement, in Park Place Lodge, AF & AM,
in Houston. He is survived by three sisters, Miss Ida Brill, Mrs. Bernard
Lipman, and Mrs. J. Moses, all of New York; and a brother, Harry Brill,
also of New York.
Mr. Clyde Ingersoll, 72, died Sunday, January 18th at his home in
Denver, Colorado. Mr. Ingersoll retired May 1, 1946 as Chief of Customs
in Balboa, C. Z. He served in World War I in the Navy and was a mem-
ber of the American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Lena V. Wilson
Ingersoll, and a brother, Alva, of Denver.
Major Roy W. Hebard, 85, died suddenly on February 5, 1959 in New
York. Major Hebard, a resident Engineer on the Panama Canal construc-
tion, later founded R. W. Hebard and Company of New York and Panama.
The Hebard Co's. initial contract was the construction of the first electric
tramway in Panama and his company also developed the Bella Vista area
of Panama City. The Company did pioneering work in many Central and
South American countries. The Major's interest in Latin America contin-
ued throughout his life time and in April 1954 he was given the Gold
Medal of the Pan-American Society of the United States for distinguished
services in improving U.S.-Latin American relations. He was President
of the New York Panama Canal Society. Major Hebard is survived by
his wife, Anita Alvarado Hebard, a daughter, Mrs. Francisco De Sola of
San Salvador, two sons, Roy F. of Glen Ellyn, Ill. and Richard K. of
Scarsdale, New York, ten grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Ward Byers
of Kansas City, Mo.
Edwin T. Noll, 89, a Civil Engineer, who worked on the construction
of the Panama Canal, died recently in Westwood, Ohio. His wife, Carrie
Spangenberger Noll, died in 1955. Mr. Noll is survived by a brother,
Mathew A. Noll of Cincinnati.
Mrs. Marjorie Quinn Burgoon, member of a large and well known
Isthmian family, died on Friday, February 13, 1959 in Gorgas Hospital
after a long illness. She was 47 years old. Mrs. Burgoon was born in
Ancon and for many years was one of the Canal Zone's dancing teachers.
She appeared frequently in dance recitals and in benefits for various
charities. She is survived by her husband, James F. Burgoon, her son,
Gregory, her mother, Mrs. Patrick Quinn of Toms River, N. J., two bro-
others, James in California, and Marc of La Pas Bolivia; six sisters, Mrs.
Eugene C. Lombard and Miss Genevieve Quinn of Toms River, Mrs. John
R. Crume of Medford Lakes, N. J., Mrs. Walter Eder of Cali, Columbia,
Mrs. Tristan Enjuto of Madrid, Spain, and Miss Claire Quinn, who is
with the State Department in Paris.
Mr. and Mrs. O. K. Stafford of Atlanta, Texas, have announced the
marriage of their daughter, Kaye, to Mr. Ernest Lee Cotton, son of Mr.
and Mrs. E. L. Cotton of Margarita, C. Z. Rev. A. M. Basden, pastor of
the Gaston Avenue Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, officiated at the even-
ing ceremony on January 10, 1959. The bride attended North Texas State
College at Denton, Texas. Mr. Cotton will graduate from North Texas
State in June and then will report to Pensacola, Florida, for Marine
Mrs. Elizabeth Gardiner, wife of Major Gardiner, was a hospital
patient for surgery early in February. Mrs. Gardiner is the former Eliza-
beth Johnston, daughter of Mr. Andy Johnston of Clearwater, Florida.
The Gardiners reside at 3118 Walnut Street, Orlando, Florida.
Mr. A. W. Bridges of Bradenton, Florida is very ill, following sur-
gery at the Bradenton hospital.
Mrs. Sam Greer is recuperating nicely, at her home, following
surgery at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater.
Mrs. Joe Lenow of St. Petersburg was a hospital patient in February,
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stetler of Kokoma, Indiana, their daughters,
Betty and Alice, wish to express their thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Levy,
Ted Burkland, and Peggy Ellis, for their comfort and help during the
illness of John Stetler at Veterans Hospital in Houston, Texas. John died
on July 16, 1958 of cancer of the lung.
Charles E. (Red) Smith of Panama City, R. P., died February 13,
1959 after a long illness. Mr. Smith was the son-in-law of Mrs. Charles L.
Persons and the late Mr. Persons, and managed the Persons Travel Bureau
after the Persons left Panama.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife Shirley, a daughter, Mrs. Stanley
O'Connor of Panama City, R. P., and a son, Bruce, who is in the service
in Germany. Also by three grandchildren.
NEW ADDRESSES AND CHANGES IN ADDRESSES
SINCE THE YEAR BOOK WAS PRINTED
(*) Denotes change of address
REPUBLIC OF PANAMA
*Jackson, Mrs. C. T., Sr.-Box 465, %Azcarraga---------------Panama City
Angermuller, Mr. and Mrs. E. A.-P. O. Box 265------------- Margarita
Argo, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett W.-P. O. Box 67 ---- ---------------Gatun
Belland, Mr. and Mrs. E. N.-P. O. Box 1394 ---------------------Cristobal
Bleakley, Mr. Andrew-P. O. Box 111---------------------- Margarita
Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. J. R.-P. O. Box 97----------------------Gamboa
*Corliss, Mr. and Mrs. J.-P. O. Box 1579 ----- ----------------- Balboa
DeVore, Mr. and Mrs. William H.-P. O. Box 253------------Balboa Heights
*DeYoung, Mrs. John T.-%L. B. Sartain, P. O. Box 2034 --- Balboa Heights
*Ewing, Mr. and Mrs. C. E.-P. O. Box 905------------------Diablo Heights
French, Mr. and Mrs. A. W.-P. O. Box 959--------------------------Balboa
*Hall, Mr. and Mrs. John W. B.-P. O. Box 282 ------------------Margarita
Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar R.-P. O. Box 3614---------------- Balboa
Harrison, Mrs. Mary M.-P. O. Box 285------------------------------Balboa
Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E.-P. O. Box 15-------- ---Balboa Heights
Hatchett, Mr. and Mrs. Fred-P. O. Box 85 ---- ---------Diablo Heights
Hearn, Capt. and Mrs. Roy L.-P. O. Box 313 -- -------------Margarita
Johnson, Capt. and Mrs. Samuel E.-P. O. Box 41--------------- Balboa
Keepers, Mr. and Mrs. William-P. O. Box 125-- -------- Diablo Heights
*Kirkpatrick, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph-P. O. Box 1064----- ------ Cristobal
Malone, Mr. W. R.-P. O. Box 13-------------------- ---------- --Gamboa
*McGahhey, Mr. and Mrs. J. T.-General Delivery -----------------Balboa
Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Allen K.-P. O. Box 57-----------------Balboa Heights
Southerland, Mr. and Mrs. Fred S.-P. 0. Box 1506 ---- ------- Balboa
Strickler, Miss Ann-P. O. Box 177--------------------------------Balboa
Suddaby, Mr. and Mrs. G. D.-P. O. Box 1532 -----------------------Balboa
Terell, Mrs. Etta Fay-P. O. Box 1264 --------------------- Cristobal
Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. G. G.-P. O. Box 226-----------------------Gatun
Whitlock, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew A.-P. O. Box 375 --- --------Margarita
Willoughby Mr. and Mrs. F. C.-P. O. Box 96----- --------------Gatun
Fowler, Mrs. Virgil-1201 Broadway -- ------------------Cullman
*Correira, Mr. and Mrs. Donald T.-4301 North 48th Drive -----_ Glendale
Christensen, Lt. Col. and Mrs. H. J.-100 Alabama Drive----- Jacksonville
*Wieman, Mr. and Mrs. Walter A., Sr.-1220 West Ridgeway Drive
Route 1 ---- -- Fayetteville
*Brennan, Mrs. Lester T.-1916 Grace Avenue------.-----------Hollywood 28
Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. Frank 0.-2812 Spring Creek Drive ---- Santa Rosa
*Bullock, Mrs. Esther A.-244 Ferndale Avenue-- -------South San Francisco
Callaway, Mr. and Mrs. L. C.-1630 East 2nd Street --------Long Beach 2
*Ewing, Mrs. Eula J.-841 Nottingham Drive----------------------Redlands
*Fitzpatrick, Mr. and Mrs. Frank-Box 66215----------------Los Angeles 66
*Harris, Mrs. Alberta Powers-2091 California Street-Apt. 132-..- Berkeley
*Hearn, Capt. and Mrs. Jack H.-4162 Lockland PI.-Apt. C --Los Angeles 8
Hval, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred-Box 922-------------------------- Mariposa
Patheier, Mr. John A.-1835V2 South West Moreland Ave.-.--. Los Angeles 6
*Smithies, Capt. and Mrs. H. L.-34742 Camino Capistrano ...Capistrano Beach
*Stapf, Mr. and Mrs. H. F.-3931 Park Drive------------------- Carlsbad
Dodson, Mr. and Mrs. William H.-185 Euclid Avenue--------------Stratford
*Schandler, Mrs. Louise R.-15 Bill Avenue--------------------------Groton
*Souder, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert T.-R.F.D. Weigold Road--------------Tolland
*Andrews, Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Y.-7536 N.E. First Court----------Miami 38
*Bowser, Mrs. Della M.-6510 S.W. 65th Terrace----------.---------Miami 43
*Boyd, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E.-R.F.D. 1, Box 276 C -- --------Englewood
*Cady, Mr. and Mrs. Leo M.-224 South Hillcrest-------------_-- Clearwater
Cody, Mr. and Mrs. Harry F.-1714 5th Avenue--------------- Zephyrhills
*Currier, Mrs. Esther P.-4341 Elkcam Blvd.. S.E.----------St. Petersburg 5
Deer, Mr. and Mrs. John (Ellen Brumby)-833 N.W. 13th Street__Miami 36
*Duke, Mr. and Mrs. Dubell-3322 West Kirby Street----------------Tampa 4
Eder, Mr. and Mrs. Edward E.-1446 Plunkett Street--------------Hollywood
Esbenshade, Mr. and Mrs. John M.-14525 N.E. 2nd Avenue ----North Miami
*Foster, Mr. and Mrs. R. L.--1018 Seminole Drive----------------- Rockledge
*Geddes, Mr. Albert H.-Res. Pheil Hotel
Mail: P. O. Box 1507 ---------St. Petersburg 31
Hart, Mr. and Mrs. Max-"AT LARGE"
*Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick B.-5038 34th Avenue No..--St. Petersburg 10
*Hobbs, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert C., Sr.-3710 Gulf of Mexico Drive ..Sarasota
*Hulsebosch, Mr. and Mrs. P. C.-3785 Birmingham Street --- -------Tice
*Kenyon, Mrs. Ada-122 South 20th Street------------------------Haines City
Kirchmier, Mr. and Mrs. E. T.-6415 Bamboo Drive------------------Orlando
*Krause, Mr. and Mrs. F. J.-P. O. Box 354--------------- Altamonte Springs
*Lindsay, Mrs. C. T.-431 North Kansas Avenue ---------------------DeLand
*Linney, Mr. and Mrs. E. A.-2530 Tropical Shores Dr., S.E. -St. Petersburg 5
*Lord, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie G.-6069 49th Avenue North.-- St. Petersburg 9
*Metzger, Mr. and Mrs. I. W.-2500 Swanson Avenue --------------- Miami 33
*Minnix, Mrs. M. Edith-255 30th Avenue North------------St. Petersburg 4
*Minnix, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E.-255 30th Ave. North... St. Petersburg 4
*Nash, Mrs. Hugo-P. O. Box 86 ------------------------Goldenrod
Ottinger, Mr. and Mrs. Henry G.-2300 North Oregon -------- Tampa 7
Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W.-1667 18th Ave. No.-Apt. B-_St. Petersburg 13
*Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. Roy C.-604V2 No. Warrington Road -- Pensacola
*Peterson, Mr. and Mrs. Gustaf A.-1802 42nd Street No.-- St. Petersburg 13
*Pollak, Mr. and Mrs. Walter-P. O. Box 923 --- __------ Maitland
*Schnake, Lt. and Mrs. Edward G.-U. S. Naval Hospital ----- Pensacola
*Shuey, Mr. and Mrs. R. O.-Route 5. Box X---------------------- Ocala
Stahler, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lee-754 Magnolia Ave. Box 91 ---Eau Gallie
Story, Mr. and Mrs. M. A.-- ----- Trenton
*Walling, Mr. and Mrs. W. Earl-Crosswinds Trailer Court
Box 135 -------------------St. Petersburg 9
Whitman, Mr. and Mrs. J. W.-5711 53rd Avenue No.-----St. Petersburg 9
Whitney, Mr. and Mrs. J. S.-Box 813 -- --- New Port Ritchey
Wood, Lt. Col. and Mrs. V. E.-2703 Collins Avenue_ -- -----Lakeland
*Young, Mrs. Thomas H.-4000 38th Avenue North ---- St. Petersburg 13
*Zimmerman, Mr. and Mrs. George S.-100 Dunn Drive------ Port Charlotte
*Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Claude E.-920 East Currahee Street ----- Toccoa
Carr, Mr. and Mrs. Emer R.-2409 Elisha Avenue ----------------------Zion
*Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. August E.-P. 0. Box 227--------------------Roanoke
Bernett, Mrs. Lilah H.-119'/ South 3rd Street ------------E---------lkhart
*Staples, Mr. and Mrs. H. L.-2029 Rockford Lane-----.---------.Louisville 16
*Dailey, Mrs. Elmer, Sr.-314 Houma Street -------------------- Metairie
Harris, Mrs. Mattie N.-863 Olga------------------------.New Orleans 19
Knox, Mr. and Mrs. John A.-Box 711 ------------------------ Gilbert
Dickson, Mr. and Mrs. David E.-Mansion Road--------------.Hollis Center
*Logsdon, Mrs. John D.-1268 Linden Avenue ------------------- Arbutus 27
*Gaudette, Mr. and Mrs. William-19 Clinton Avenue----------- Westfield
*Reed, Mrs. Edna P.-19 Albemarle Road--------------------- _-Waltham 54
Ottinger, Mr. and Mrs. Henry G.-14673 Abington Road---------. -Detroit 27
Clapp, Mr. Warner H.-1804 Ashland Avenue--------------------St. Paul 4
*Dedeaux, Mr. and Mrs. Leon E.-Route 1, Box 417---------------Gulfport
*Dougerty, Mr. and Mrs. Walter-3316 Lemp Avenue------------ St. Louis 18
Cain, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B.-Center Avenue ----------------- Bridgeboro
*Davies, Mrs. Mary D.-120 Washington Street Apt. 22--------- East Orange
*Dennis, Mrs. Josephine R.-152 Nassau Street--------------- Princeton
*Dovel, Mrs. John A.-122 Delaware Street--------------------- Woodbury
Parker, Mrs. Harvey W., Jr.-310 Chestnut Street--------. ---.- Brooklawn
*Rathgeber, Mrs. Nora-- -------------------------------Adamston
*Grant, Mrs. Hector M.-% H. W. McConnell-265 Ashford Ave.-Dobbs Ferry
*Hild, Rev. John S. CM-St. John's College
Lewis & Willoughby Avenue------------.Brooklyn
Meagher, Miss Helen-HQ. TAF USAF
A.P.O. 125 --------------------------- New York
*Raymond, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent A.-589 County Line Road ---Amityville
*Spriegel, Mrs. Fred W.-Route 3------------__..--------------Attica
*Townshend, Capt. and Mrs. C. S.-340 Scudder Ave--NorthportLong Island
*Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Harold W.-69 Duer Lane------------ Staten Island 1
*Van Siclen, Capt. and Mrs. W. A., Sr.-3905 208th Street
Bayside 61-------------Long Island
Miles, Mr. and Mrs. Foster N.-Imperial Motor Courts-Box 27, Mount Pleasant
*Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Frank L.-3945 West Easton----------------- Tulsa
Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. Frank D.-760 East 7th Court -------- Sand Springs
*Embree, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton J.-53 Oak Ridge Drive
Quaker Hills .-------------...Lancaster
*Gerchow, Mr. and Mrs. Frank J.-2803 Lincoln Drive-------... Montoursville
Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas V.-182 Senate Drive -----------Pittsburgh 36
*Milliken, Capt. and Mrs. S. J.-Merion Gardens
(After April 1, 1959) City Line & Wynnewood Rd.--Merion Station
*Fritz, Mr. and Mrs. W. Clifford-168 Canonchet Avenue---------- Warwick
Dwelle, Mr. and Mrs. Earl C. "Red"-4507 Fairway-------------... Dallas 19
*Detamore, Mrs. Gladys E.-Route 4----------------------------...Staunton
Knight, Mr. and Mrs. J. Herbert-Crown Springs Farm
(Florinette Matter) Monroe Hall
R.F.D. No. 1-------------Colonial Beach
*Dunlap, Mrs. W. L.-5003 North Belt Streeet-------------------- Spokane
Hupp, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne A.-Route 2, Box 425------------.. Port Orchard
Namur, Mr. Brun "Bo"-1140 North 94th----------------------Seattle 3
Fretland, Mr. and Mrs. Robert-Proprietors
Yutch's Resort and Motel
Route 2 --------------------- Eagle River
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
Herewith Dues for 1959.
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Deear Ex-Canal Friends:
You are cordially invited to join the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. The Canal Record, our news booklet, is issued quarterly, and a
Year Book is mailed to members in December of each year.
Dues are $3.00 annually, and payable in January. Members coming
in after July 1st will pay $1.50 for balance of the year.
Please add 10c to check to cover banking charge,
Please fill in the application below and send your dues to the:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
POST OFFICE Box 11566,
ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
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Mr. and Mrs. Paul Renz, Fairhope, Ala.
Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Stephens, Tallahassee, Fla.
Mrs. John Hower, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Miss Cassie Pate, Mr. James Pate, Fitzgerald, Ga.
Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Wilkes, Tennille, Ga.
Mr. Harry Bloss,
Mr. H. G. Ottinger,
Mr. and Mrs. Kent Lambert, Maryland
Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Sawyer
Mr. and Mrs. RH. Ford, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. A.. L. Miner, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mrs. John E. Johnson, Rock Stream, N.Y.
Mae Wold, Edgeley, No. Dakota
Lenora Smith, Seattle, Washington
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St. Petersburg 33, Florida
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