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Panama Ganal Society
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Gramlick, St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Howell, Asheville, N.C.
Mrs. Francis Lenow, St. Petersburg
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Mr. and Mrs. William Reynolds
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hollowell
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos
Mrs. Gus Holmelin, Mrs. Marie
Wolfe of St. Petersburg.
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Mrs. Ruth Page
St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Marjorie Weigold
Gardiner, Ft Lauderdale,
Otis Myers, enjoying his retirement.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry
Leighton, Bill Godfrey
Rena Godfrey, seated
Home of Mr. and Mrs.Otis
Myers, Norfolk, Va.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
Macon A. Turner J. F. Warner
Keith Kelley J. F. Bashner
Vice-President .. SW W. H. Butler
Mrs. Lucille 8. Judd H. H. Hudson
Secretary-Treas. Harry J. Lewis
SDan E. Wright
Francis G. Hargy Counselors
e. M. Kieswetter James Bradley
News Editor Sergeant-at-Armn
LEGISLATIVE REPORT OCTOBER 23rd, 1959
Since the last Legislative Report, the following bills have become
Public Law Bill Date
86 Number Signed Covering
120 S-1234 7/31/59 To extend War Risk Insurance for
additional 5 Years.
150 S-906 8/11/59 Change Educational Training Program
160 H-3322 8/14/59 Authorizing travel allowance to escorts
of dependents of members of armed
services under certain conditions.
197 H-3365 8/25/59 Crediting certain services for purposes
of retirement pay for non-regular ser-
200 H-4328 8/25/59 Relating to the handling of excess
funds of Panama Canal Company.
211 H-7650 8/29/59 To modify the pension for veterans of
World War I, World War II and the
Korean conflict and their widows and
children Non-Service Disability.
236 H-2773 9/ 8/59 Provide educational benefits to child-
ren to certain Spanish-American War
239 H-7373 9/ 8/59 Provide housing assistance to veterans
seriously disabled during any war.
254 H-9105 9/10/59 Fiscal 1960-Public Works appropria-
tion. (Only Bill passed over President's
260 S-825 9/14/59 Revising eligibility requirements for
burial in National Cemetery.
267 S-1973 9/14/59 To extend the validity of passports for
296 S-2119 9/21/59 Authorizing construction of facilities
for the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory
-Panama City, R. de P.
327 H-6888 9/21/59 To modify citizenship requirements for
U. S. Shipping Corporations.
354 H-8305 9/22/59 Federal Credit Union Regulations.
362 H-5752 9/22/59 Observance of Legal Holidays Giving
Friday off proceeding Saturday Holi-
382 S-2162 9/28/59 To provide a health program for Gov-
(Similar bills have been introduced in
House and Senate for Retired Govern-
House and Senate convened September 15th, 1959. The 2nd Session
of this 86th Congress will meet January 6th, 1960.
Among the many improvements for the 600,000 Federal workers
affiliated with the AFL/CIO, the following were outlined as legislative
1. Congress reviews annually the pay situation for classified and postal
2. Increased travel allowances.
3. Optional retirement after 30 years of service, regardless of age.
4. Liberalization of injury compensation benefits for Federal employees.
5. Health insurance program for retired Federal workers and their
6. Exempt Civil Service retirement annuities from the Federal Income
7. Relieve Federal employee drivers of Government vehicles from lia-
8. Statutory recognition of Government employee unions.
The following important bills, have been favorably reported and
were held over until the 2nd session of the 86th Congress.
S-1506 Senator Smathers to recompute annuities of those retired
before 1948, allowing credit for all time served instead of
only 35 years.
S-2461 Senator Johnston to amend the Federal Employees Group
Life Insurance Act to decrease after the insured reaches age
65 by 1% instead of 2% per month.
S-2575 Senator Smathers along with 23 Co-Senate sponsors to
allow retirees the same Health Insurance as passed by Public
Law 86/382 Effective 7-1-60.
H-555 To make the 10% retirement increase permanent.
H-5196 Provides New maximums of $15.00 per diem and 12c per mile
for employees on official travel.
H-6356 Congressman Cramer with 73 companion House Bills, to al-
S low retirees the same Health Insurance as passed in P/Law
H-7577 Authorize the Federal Government to defend employees in-
volved in suits as a result of operating motor vehicles on
H-7758 Fringe benefits, such as medical care, automobile allowance,
educational allowances and home leave for Overseas employees.
H-8289 To make commencing date of annuities on date of retirement,
instead of at end of month.
H-9202 To provide a cost of living increase for surviving widows.
H-8830 Congressman Cramer to create a "Retirees Health Benefit
The following House Bills are pending for the Panama Canal An-
nuity Increases H.R. No. 44, 1049, 3471, 5019, 5020 and 5940.
Have you checked to see if you are entitled to a refund of rent from
Earned Income on your Income Tax Statement for the current year and
three prior years. As the undersigned found out, "Ifi the taxpayer lived
in Company Quarters, (Panama Canal) and was required to live there,
then the value of the rental is not considered to be taxable income". I do
not think the fact of your living in the Canal Zone would entitle you to
reduce your income by the amount of your yearly rental. For those em-
ployees who were required to live in the Canal Zone, on account of their
position, they then would be allowed to reduce their earned income by
the amount of their yearly rent paid the Panama Canal.
If you have not already done so, please write your Congressman and
Senators to urge them to speak and vote for legislation for HEALTH
INSURANCE FOR PRESENT RETIREES. Since writing our Senators
and Congressmen from Florida, the undersigned received replies stating
that they would back Health Insurance Legislation for present retirees-
but you all write your own letters.
Frank W. Hohmann, Chairman
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
In a beautiful candlelight ceremony which took place August 26th,
1959 at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon, Miss Susan Ruth Potter,
daughter of the Governor of the Canal Zone, and Mrs. William Everett
Potter, became the bride of Mr. Gunner Schull, of Jupiter, Florida. Mr.
Schull is the son of the former Lieutenant Governor of the Canal Zone,
Col. Herman W. Schull, and Mrs. Schull. Col. and Mrs. Schull arrived
from Florida for the wedding.
The eight o'clock marriage ceremony was performed by the Very
Reverend Mainert J. Peterson, Dean of the Cathedral of St. Luke. Luis
Azcarraga played the traditional wedding marches.
A reception at the Governor's House followed the ceremony at the
The bride came to the Canal Zone a little over three years ago when
her father was appointed Governor of the Canal Zone. She had attended
Brownell Hall Preparatory School in Omaha and is a graduate of Balboa
High School. She has attended Goucher College and Marjorie Webster
Mr. Schull is a graduate of Hotchkiss Preparatory School and Duke
University where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta national fraternity.
The bridal couple spent a ten-day honeymoon in Nassau before go-
ing on to Charlottesville, Virginia, where the bridegroom will enter the
University of Virginia law school.
Miss Patricia Steiner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome E. Steiner
of Balboa, became the bride of Mr. James Roland Kearns, son of Mr.
and Mrs. W. Lester Kearns of Asheboro, North Carolina,.during a double-
ring ceremony at which Father Gregory R. Kennedy officiated on Satur-
day evening, August 8, 1959 at the Fort Amador Chapel Annex.
Immediately after the wedding a reception was held in the ball-room
of the Tivoli Guest House with a buffet for 250 guests.
After a wedding trip to Medellin and Bogota, Columbia, the couple
returned on August 15 to make their home in the Canal Zone until early
Mrs. Kearns, a graduate of the Canal Zone Junior College, attended
George Washington University, Washington, D. C. She is presently em-
ployed in the Office of the Army Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Amador.
Mr. Kearns graduated from Pfeiffer College, Misenheimer, North
Carolina in 1957 and did post-graduate work in restaurant management
at Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan. Upon completion of his
assignment at Fort Amador with the Public Information Office, he plans
to return to Michigan State University for his Master's Degree.
Nuptial vows were exchanged between Marjorie V. Roberts and
Edward J. Kunkel at a ceremony performed by the Rev. Paul C. Loeven,
C.M. at 11 o'clock on Saturday morning, July 25, in Sacred Heart Chapel,
Ancon. In the absence of her father, the bride was given in marriage by
Mr. Dominic Roberto of Rodman.
A reception followed the ceremony in the Fern Room of the Tivoli
The couple left later in the day by plane for Miami, Florida. Upon
their return they will make their home in Curundu Heights. Both Mr.
and Mrs. Kunkel are employed by the Army.
Lt. Lawrence Frank Cotton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Cotton of
Cristobal, claimed Miss Sharon de Russy Stillman as his bride in a nuptial
ceremony at the Lackland, Texas, Air Force Base chapel. Chaplain Howell
G. Guinn officiated at the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of the Lackland AFB commander, Maj.
Gen. Robert M. Stillman and Mrs. Stillman.
The wedding reception was held at the Lackland Officers Club.
Miss Judith Thirwall Tipton, and Mr. Edmond Blake Sawyer, Jr.,
recently exchanged vows at the bride's home in Portsmouth, Va. with the
Rt. Rev. William A. Brown, retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of
Southern Virginia, officiating.
Sandra Motta of Colon, who wore a frock of pale rose silk organza
with a French-pleated picture hat of tulle was the maid of honor. She
carried a bouquet of roses.
Richard F. Wood, Jr. served as best man to the bridegroom.
After the ceremony, a reception was held in the garden patio.
Out of town guests at the wedding included the bride's grand-
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stafford of California, and Mrs. Alma Tipton
of Kentucky; her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Marsh Tipton of Canada;
Mr. and Mrs. Jan Gesink and son Rene of Cristobal; and Mr. and Mrs.
Albert C. Motta of Colon.
Mr. and Mrs. Hilton F. Hughes of Balboa announce the engagement
of their daughter, Nancy Claire, to Mr. William O. Folsom, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Arthur Folsom of Rangley, Maine.
Mr. Folsom is employed as a meteorologist technician with the
United States Weather Bureau, and is presently on an assignment in
the South Pacific.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Neal of Diablo Heights announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Marguerite Helen, to Mr. David de C. Robles,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob A. Robles of Panama City.
Miss Neal is presently employed by the U.S. Army Finance Of-
fice at Corozal. Mr. Robles is a member of the law firm of De Castro
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Theodore Harbin, Montgomery, Ala., announce
the marriage of their daughter, Ann Campbell to 1st Lt. Henry Joe Leisy,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Theodore Leisy, Albuquerque, N.M. on
Oct. 30, 1959.
The couple were married in St. Peter's Church, Montgomery, Ala.,
with a reception at the Montgomery Country Club.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Loretto Academy and of the Uni-
versity of Alabama, where she majored in speech correction. She is
a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
The bridegroom is a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute
with a degree in international relations. He is a regular Army officer,
and has served with the 82nd Airborne Division, and the U.S. Honor
Guard. Lt. Leisy has been selected to attend the armored officers' advanced
course in Fort Knox, Ky.
Mr. and Mrs. George C. Horine of Glendale, Arizona, announce
the marriage of their daughter, Fern, in a military wedding, to Captain
Paul O. Dabill, son of Mr. and Mrs. True Dabill of Pine River, Minn.,
on Saturday, August 29, 1959 at Central Methodist Church in Phoenix,
Arizona. The bride is a graduate of Cristobal High School. She received
her Master Degree at the University of Southern California and her
internship for Physical Therapist at Children's Hospital in Hollywood,
California. Capt. Dabill is now with the U.S. Army Signal Corps and
served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. Following a honey-
moon to Bermuda, the couple will reside at Fort Hauchuca, Arizona.
Miss Kathryn Jane Digman, daughter of Mrs. O. 0. Brown of Diablo,
Canal Zone and the late Mr. Richard P. Digman, Jr. became the bride
of Mr. James V. Ditata, son of Mrs. Julia Ditata and the late Mr. James
Ditata, on Sept. 5. The couple exchanged vows during a nuptial mass,
solemnized at the Immaculate Conception church in Youngstown, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Chester A. Wymard of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an-
nounce the marriage of their daughter, Shirley Wymard to Mr. Albert
William Badders, son of Mr. nd Mrs. William Badders of Gatun, C. Z.
on Sept. 18, 1959. The bride is presently employed as a Flight Stewardess
with Eastern Airlines in New York. For the past eight years, Mr. Badders
has been Flight Engineer with Eastern Airlines. Following a wedding
trip to Mexico and Panama, the couple will make their home in Toms
River, New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Proback announce the marriage of their daughter,
Gladys Elsa Miller to Mr. Burton Frederick Mead, son of Mr. and Mrs.
David Mead of Ancon, C. Z. in a ceremony at St. Mary's Church in
Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rager of Balboa, C. Z. announce the marriage
of their daughter, Miss Loa Rager, to Mr. Foster Daniel Priest, son of
Mr. F. B. Priest and the late Mrs. Priest, in the Methodist Church, Mid-
dletown, Pennsylvania. The young couple will make their home in
Capt. and Mrs. Conrad G. Didrickson of Margarita, C.Z. announce
the marriage of their daughter, Marion Annette, to Mr. Jerry Lee Lane,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lane of Covina, California, in the Church
of the Angels, in Pasadena, California. The bride was graduated from
Occidental College in 1958 and is presently teaching in Glendale, Cali-
fornia. Mr. Lane was graduated from Los Angeles State College and is
employed by Pacific Mutual Insurance Co. After a honeymoon in Mexico,
the couple will reside in Pasadena, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold R. Shaw, of Santa Clara, R. P., announce
the marriage of their daughter, Eleanor Gail Shaw, to Mr. Robert H.
Kohrs of Colon, R. P. on Sunday afternoon, September 27 at St. Clare's
Episcopal Chapel in Santa Clara. Rev. William W. Baldwin officiated.
Mrs. W. H. Kohrs of Davenport, Iowa, mother of the bridegroom was
present for the wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse De Witt Tate of Gamboa, C. Z. announce the
marriage of their daughter, Louise Alice, to Mr. Seben Irl Schlegel of
Monterrey, Mexico. Miss Tate is a graduate of Stephens College. Mr.
Schlegel was graduated from Southern Methodist University.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert C. Garlington, Jr. of Columbia, S. C. announce
the birth of a seven pound, three ounce son, Albert C. III, May 14 at
Providence Hospital in Columbia. Mrs. Garlington was the former Miss
Polly Askins of Timmonsville. Mr. Garlington is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Albert C. Garlington, Sr. of Newberry, S. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Engelke announce the birth of a son, Michael
Bryan on August 24, 1959 in the Siloam Memorial Hospital, Siloam
Springs, Arkansas. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George
N. Engelke of Bentonville, Arkansas.
Mr. and Mrs. George Cochrane of St. Petersburg, Florida announce
the arrival of a daughter, Jennifer Ellen, on July 29. The paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Troy Hayes of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Renz of Champaigne, Illinois, announce the
birth of their third child, second son, Nicholas Frank, born on July 30,
1959. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Renz of Fairhope,
Ala. and the maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Vitez of
New York City Paul is now working on his PHD in Special Education
at the University of Illinois under a research grant from the Govern-
ment, Department of Health and Welfare.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Morris Collins of Finca Lerida, Boquete,
Province of Chiriqui, announce the birth of their sixth child, fourth son,
at San Fernando Clinic on Sept. 20. The baby has been named Hans
His maternal grandparents are Capt. and Mrs. Hans Elliot of Bo-
quete and Panama City.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John O. Collins, of Va-
camonte, in the Vieques area near Arraijan, R.P.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Earl Sandiford, Jr. of San Diego, California,
announce the birth of a son, Randolph Scott, on September 25. The
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hall of San Diego, Cali-
fornia, and the paternal grandparents are Mr. Earl Sandiford, of Jack-
sonville, Florida, and Mrs. Grover Bohan of Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Barr of Syracuse, New York, announce the
birth of their second child, a daughter, Barbara Ann, on September 23,
1959. Mr. Barr is a former resident of the Canal Zone and was Boy
Scout Executive before leaving the Isthmus.
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Budreau announce the arrival of a daughter, Lynn
Maire, born July 19. Mrs. Budreau is the former Marguerite Bouche of
Pedro Miguel, C. Z.
Dr. and Mrs. Edward G. Schnake of Pensacola, Florida, announce
the birth of a daughter, Lee Moreland, on Sept. 12, 1959 at the U.S.
Naval Hospital in Pensacola.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bryan, Jr. announce the birth of a daughter,
Courtney Ann, on August 11, 1959. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan, former resi-
dents of the Isthmus, now make their home in California.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy D. Searcy announce the birth of a son, Lynn
Carter, at St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas, on October 15,
1959. He weighed six pounds, fifteen ounces. The maternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. G. O. Hayes of Muscatine, Iowa, and the paternal
grandparents are Capt. and Mrs. B. C. Judd of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Capt. and Mrs. Vern Calloway, Jr. announce the birth of their first
child, a son, Daniel Murray Calloway, on October 14, 1959, in Abilene,
Texas. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Vern Calloway, Sr. of
Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Walsh of New York announce the arrival
of a son, Douglas Lyon, born on Monday, October 12, 1959. Mrs.
Walsh is the former Martha Lu Hackett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger
C. Hackett. Mr. Walsh is a former Canal Zone resident and was active
in local amateur theatricals.
Robert R. Arnold-Electrical Division-18 years, 8 months, 3 days.
Miguel Corco-Staff Ass't. to Comptroller--40 years, 1 month, 27 days.
Albert A. Doyle-Printing Plant-30 years, 2 months, 3 days.
Blanchard V. Hutchings-Customs Division-37 years, 2 months, 8 days.
Capt. Volkert F. G. Jacobs-Marine Bureau-20 years, 9 months, 24 days.
Henry T. McKenzie-Maintenance Division-18 years, 11 days.
Capt. Jens Nilsen-Navigation Division-19 years, 11 months, 28 days.
Herbert F. Paddock-Electrical Division-34 years, 20 days.
Rita C. Pere-Supply Division-20 years, 10 months, 18 days.
H. Doyle Snyder-Locks Division-24 years, 6 months, 29 days.
Mrs. Anita R. Thompson-Accounting Div.-12 years, 3 months, 11 days.
Dwight M. VanEvera-Transportation Div.-19 years, 4 months, 20 days.
Starford L. Churchill-Lt. Fire Station-33 years, 29 days.
William Coffey-Navigation Division-32 years, 6 months, 17 days.
Mrs. Ruth C. Dwelle-Corozal Hospital-17 years, 9 months, 21 days.
Eric A. Fagerberg-Industrial Division-18 years, 1 month, 1 day.
Mrs. Marion F. French-Electrical Division-18 years, 2 months, 27 days.
John B. Morton-Railroad Division-36 years, 11 months, 19 days.
Robert E. Rogers-Railroad Division-17 years, 4 months, 23 days.
John F. Shannon-Maintenance Division-18 years, 4 months, 15 days.
Albert L. Taylor-Navigation Division-9 years, 6 months, 22 days.
Carl G. Breitenbach-Terminals Division-12 years, 6 months, 28 days.
Murrel L. Dodd-Maintenance Division-19 years, 9 months, 1 day.
Walter W. Fox-Transportation Division-18 years, 5 months, 8 days.
Mrs. Thelma S. Rand-Gorgas Hospital-31 years, 5 months, 28 days.
Louis T. Schuberg-Irndustrial Division-18 years, 5 months, 28 days.
Harry M. Witt- Terminals Division-32 years, 4 days.
Harold J. Zierton-Balboa High School-30 years.
Col. Dan E. Wright was a patient in the Veterans Hospital at Martins-
burg, West Virginia, in September.
Ernest A. Erickson of Clearwater, Florida, was a patient in St. Peters-
burg's Mound Park Hospital for surgery. He is fully recovered and is
enjoying good health.
Mrs. Agnes M. Stewart of Tampa, Florida has been under the doc.
tor's care for several weeks but is now feeling better and more like "my
Mr. William P. Hull of St. Petersburg was a patient in Bay Pines
Veterans Iospital during October.
Al Geddes of St. Petersburg has been a patient in St. Anthony's Hos-
Francis Lenow of St. Petersburg has been a patient in Doctor's
Mrs. E. W. McGinnis of St. Petersburg is convelescing at her home
following surgery at JVound Park Hospital.
Mrs. E. F. Hewitt of St. Petersburg was a patient in St. Anthony's
Hospital for the removal of cataracts.
Miss Grace Williams of Cristobal, C.Z. spent about a month in the
hospital as the result of an automobile accident.
Mr. W. B. Heite of Massey, Maryland, was in Ellston Hospital in
Maryland, but is now athome and reported as getting along, nicely.
Mrs. Fred T. Hall, daughter of the W. L. Howards of St. Petersburg,
was a patient in St. Anthony's Hospital for surgery.
Mrs. Jessie Hunt of St. Petersburg, was seriously ill in the hospital
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has now recovered and able to return
Mrs. Kent Lambert suffered a coronary heart attack land has been
confined to Chesterton Hospital in Maryland. While she was in the hos-
pital, Mr. Lambert entered the same hospital for surgery. Both Mr. and
Mrs. Lambert are now reported as recovering, nicely.
Mrs. Ernest Behlen of Asheville, N. C. suffered a stroke on, September
10th. Mrs. Behlen is a patient in Memorial Mission, Hospital in Asheville.
Mr. Charles Conkerton of St. Petersburg, fell, while cutting palm
fronds, and suffered a broken wrist.
Mrs. Bill Brugge of St. Petersburg is ill with acute arthritis.
Mr. Harold Bevington of Rock Stream, New York, was a patient in
the hospital in September for surgery.
Mr. W. H. Stone of San Francisco, California, is reported as being
not too well.
Major A. O. Meyer of Orlando, Florida, is coming along, nicely,
following a recent illness. The Doctor advised a slow and easy trip by
car for a change of scene.
Mrs. H. F. Paddock of St. Petersburg was in the hospital in October
for surgery. She is reported as doing nicely.
CARDS OF THANKS
Cards of thanks and appreciation have been received from the following :
Mrs. Patricia H. Hall
Mr. Ernest A. Erickson
Mrs. James D. Trower
Mr. James D. Trower, Jr.
The American Cancer Society in
memory of Mrs. Laura Jordan
Mrs. Grace Thomas and family
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Butler
Mrs. Miriam Whitsett Cardi
Mr. James Whitsett
Mrs. Edwin M. McGinnis
The family of Louis Weigold
Mr. W. G. Hull
Mrs. Robert Beissel
Gov. and Mrs. Maurice Thatcher
Mrs. B. F. Baldwin
Mr. Charles MacDonald
Mrs. W. Earl Walling
Mr. Howard Walling
Our regular Christmas party at the Tourists Center has been dis-
continued. However, donations will be accepted, from anyone, for a gift
to the American Legion Crippled Children's Hospital, at our December
14 meeting. If you cannot be present, and wish to contribute, just send
a check to Mrs. Judd who will pass it on to the Hospital. The money
contributed is used to make Christmas a happy one for the children in
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Mrs. Doris B. MacDonald, chief dietician at Gorgas Hospital and a
long time resident of the Canal Zone, died suddenly at Gorgas Hospital
at 8:17 a.m. She was 55 years old.
Mrs. MacDonald, who apparently had been in good health, reported
for work as usual at Gorgas. Her death occurred shortly after.
She was born in Stevensville, Mont. and was employed in 1929 as
a dietician at Gorgas. Except for a break in her service between 1931
and 1938, she held the same position at Gorgas ever since. She was made
chief dietician in 1951.
Surviving her are a son, Charles MacDonald, of Woodstock, N.Y.,
and a daughter, Mrs. Gail Baldwin, who is married to an officer in the
U.S. Army stationed in Germany.
Wilbur Earl Walling, 71, 4125 Park St. N., died Tuesday, (Oct. 13,
1959) in a St. Petersburg hospital.
Mr. Walling was born in Delaware County, Ind. He moved to St.
Petersburg nine years ago from Balboa, Canal Zone, where he was a mach-
inist for the Canal Zone Co. He belonged to the Canal Zone Lodge,
AF&AM, Panama Canal Consistory; Scottish Rite, and, Abou Saad Temple
Shrine, in the Canal Zone. In St. Petersburg he was a member of the
Triangle Club and attended the Pasadena Community Church.
Surviving are his wife, Leora Mendenhall Walling; a son, Howard E.
Walling, Seattle; a sister, Mrs. K. A. Deckert, Phoenix; and a brother,
Loren, Muncie, Indiana.
Junious L. Bolin, 51 year old American employed with the locks div-
ision, died in the Gorgas Hospital emergency room less than an hour
after his arrival.
Mr. Bolin, who left Panama Canal Company service in 1951, re-
turned, and on July 22 was re-employed as an electrician by the locks
Mr. Bolin was born in Kendrick, Florida. He is survived here by his
wife, Mary Edna.
Mrs. Laura Hopkins Jordan, 72, wife of Thomas M. Jordan, died
Sept. 4, 1959 at a Biddeford, Maine hospital following an extended illness.
She was born in Barington, N.S., April 23, 1877, daughter of Nathan
C. and Mary R. Hopkins. She had been residing at the Jordan summer
camp at Kennebunk Pond, Lyman, in recent years and was a winter
resident at the Eastland Hotel in Portland.
Mr. and Mrs. Jordan were married in Cristobal, Canal Zone, May
She was a member of the Second Congregational Church, Bidde-
ford, Royal Palm Chapter, OES of Cristobal, the Cristobal Women's
Club and the Panama Canal Society of Florida at St. Petersburg.
Surviving besides her husband is a sister, Mrs. J. M. Walker of
Ula W. Tweed, former Canal Zone policeman and long time resident
of the Canal Zone, died October 2 in Asheville, N.C., following a long
illness, according to news received here by friends. He was 72 years old.
Mr. Tweed, who had been making his home in Asheville since his
retirement from the Canal in 1947, was a well known figure at Balboa
Heights where he was stationed for many years in the Paymaster's Office.
A native of Marshall, N.C., he came to the Zone in 1912 and
joined the Police Division. He served continuously as a member of the
force until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife and a daughter, Mrs. Gene Goodson of
Purdue University, and by three sisters.
Morgan Stone, 55, former resident of the Canal Zone, died at Iredell
Memorial Hospital, Statesville, N.C., on July 30. He had been in declining
health for two years and seriously ill for the past three months.
Mr. Stone was 'employed for many years with the United Fruit Co.
in Costa Rica and Panama. In 1941 he was employed with the 15th
Naval District in Balboa. He had lived in Statesville since 1948 and at
the time of his death was a salesman and president of the Bayfront
In 1942 he was married to the former Flora McDougald, who was on
the nursing staff of Panama Hospital.
In addition to his wife he is survived by two sisters. Mrs. Henry
Grady Shires of Mt. Dora, Fla., and Mrs. Sam O. Richardson of Clarks-
ville, Tenn., and one brother, James Stone of Sarasota, Fla.
Mrs. Helen Elizabeth Johnston Gardner, former resident of the
Canal Zone and member of a well-known local family, died August 18
in Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D. C. She was 38 years old.
Mrs. Gardner was the daughter of Andrew Johnston, who retired
from the Canal organization in 1948, and a sister of Douglas Johnston
who was Assistant to the Director of the Community Services Bureau
when he left the Isthmus in 1955 and who is now living in Clearwater, Fla.
Mrs. Gardner was born in Colon Hospital, attended the Canal Zone
schools, and was a member of the Cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon.
She is survived by her husband, Major Herbert C. Gardner, of
Clinton, Maryland, who is stationed with the Air Force at Andrews Air
Force Base near Washington; three children, Jean, Herbert, and Kent;
and two brothers, Douglas, of Clearwater, and Andrew G. Johnston,
of Pompton Lakes, N.J.
Allan B. Parker, a chief towboat engineer with the Canal organiza-
tion at the time of his retirement in October, 1955, died at Gorgas Hospital
after a long illness. He was 66 years old.
Mr. Parker was born in Portland, Maine, and was a Navy Veteran
of World War I. For a number of years he went to sea as an engineer
on ships sailing out of New York and later was employed at the Boston
He came to the Canal Zone in 1940 and was employed as a steam
engineer with the Dredging Division. He was transferred to the ferry
service in 1947.
After his retirement, Mr. Parker made his home in the El Volean
area of Chiriqui Province.
John Rufus Hardy, press information officer for the Panama Canal,
died Sept. 12, 1959, in Gorgas Hospital of a coronary thrombosis. He
was 56 years old.
During his twenty-one years in charge of the Canal's press relations,
Mr. Hardy has assisted hundreds of visiting newsmen. He had a wide
knowledge of Canal history, and a complete grasp of its current problems.
Besides directing the Canal's press relations and editing its monthly
house magazine, The Panama Canal Review, Mr. Hardy helped to plan
visits to the Canal Zone of the world's notables. These included President
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Duke of Windsor when he was Prince of
Wales, Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 and nineteen Latin-American heads of
state during a hemisphere conference in 1956.
Before joining the Canal in 1938, Mr. Hardy had worked for The
Star and Herald of Panama, first as a reporter and later, as advertising
manager. Earlier, he had been a reporter on The Akron (Ohio) Beacon
Journal and The Atlanta Constitution.
His wife, Arlene, died earlier this year.
Edwin C. Dunkle, 77, died on Friday, August 14, 1959 in a San
Diego Hospital in California. Mr. Dunkle, a former Panama Canal
employee, had been a resident of San Diego for 13 years. He was an Army
veteran and a member of a Masonic Lodge in Indiana. No survivors
Horace D. Bishop, 42, died suddenly in Gorgas Hospital while
undergoing examination. At the time of his death, Mr. Bishop was
serving as Chief of the U.S. Army Carribean Central Procurement Agency.
He is survived by his wife, Blanche M. and four children; Sandra E.,
Bonnie Jo, Billie Faye, and David Keith, all of Curundu Heights, Canal
Zone. Also surviving are his mother and sister in McComb, Miss.
James J. Whitsett died suddenly on Sept. 2, 1959. Mr. Whitsett's death
was due to heart failure. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Miriam
Whitsett Cardi and a son, James J. Whitsett of Columbus, Ohio.
Word has been received of the death of Mr. Werner Johnson of
Cornwall, New York on April 19. No further details were available.
Louis Weigold died on Sept. 27 in Providence, Rhode Island. Mr.
Weigold's death followed surgery. He is survived by his wife, Ann, of
240 Taft Ave. Greenwood, Rhode Island, one son, Donald Weigold, and
a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Weigold Gardiner of Fort Lauderdale, Florida;
also by four grandchildren, five sisters and four brothers.
Word has been received of the recent death of Mrs. Jane P. Barnard
in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sept. 12. Mrs. Barnard was the widow of the late
William A. Barnard, employed for more than 30 years as an admeasurer
on the Atlantic side before his retirement from Canal service.
Mrs. Barnard is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Thomas L. Rankin,
of Carleton, Mich., three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Myra B. Brown, wife of David S. Brown of Margarita, died
Sept. 3 at Coco Solo Hospital.
She was born in Maine 48 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Brown were
married July 14, 1940, in New York. Mr. Brown, who is chief foreman
stevedore with the Terminals Division, has been an employee of the
Panama Canal Company since March 11, 1941.
Walter A. Harris, a former employee of the Canal's Maintenance
Division, died at Gorgas Hospital recently after a long illness. He was
68 years old.
Mr. Harris was born in San Antonio, Texas, and was employed by
the Canal organization from 1940 to 1942 as a foreman in the Main-
For the past few years, Mr. Harris has been living in El Espino near
Leslie C. Kantner, born May 28, 1882, and a native of Ohio, passed
away August 26, 1959, at Los Angeles, California. Mr. Kantner entered
the service of the Panama Canal in 1905 and was assigned to the Civil
Administration under Col. Tom Cooke, and helped to set up the money
order system in, the Post Office Department. He contracted yellow fever
in the Zone and returned to the States shortly thereafter. He is survived
by his widow, two sons and several grandchildren, all in California.
Mrs. Ethel May Shafer, 52, the former "Dolly" Arnold, died August
18, 1959, in a San Bernardino hospital after a brief illness. Her husband,
the late Harold A. Shafer retired in 1950 after 37 years of service with
the Panama Canal Storehouse. Since the death of her husband, Mrs.
Shafer had been making her home with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Eileen
S. Arnold, widow of the late W. "Ed" Arnold, of San Bernardino, Calif.
Mrs. Shafer was born in Lawrence, Mass., and had resided on the
Isthmus for many years. She was a member of the Cristobal, C. Z.
Rebekah Lodge No. 2 and the Orchid Chapter of the O.E.S.
Survivors include an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E.
Arnold, Fulton, N. Y., an aunt, Mrs. J. P. Doyle, Inverness, Cape Breton,
Nova Scotia, Canada, and a niece, Sheila K. Arnold, San Bernardino,
Charles C. Heath, 82, of 11035 S.W. Sixth St., Miami, Florida a
stationary engineer, who helped in the construction of the Panama Canal,
died Saturday, Oct. 10, 1959. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American
War and a member of the Sweetwater Post Veterans of Foreign Wars,
and the Sweetwater Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Ethel;
three daughters, including Mrs. Lloyd Gipson, Miami, and Mrs. Ray
Gilchrist, Coral Gables; a son, 2 brothers and a sister. Nineteen grand-
children and 23 great-grandchildren
Amos W. Fox, retired employee of the Personnel Bureau, died at
Mr. Fox, who was 73 years old, collapsed in the Balboa Service
Center. He was taken to Gorgas Hospital where he died the following
Mr. Fox was born in Eldred, Penn. In 1912 he came to the Canal
Zone as a clerk with the Isthmian Canal Commission, a post he held
for two years. In 1917 he was re-employed as a clerk in personnel work.
He was Administrative Assistant in the Personnel Bureau when he re-
tired in 1946. After his retirement, he lived at the Tivoli.
He is survived by a brother C. W. Fox, of Tampa, Fla., and a sister,
Mrs. Carrie McLaughlin, of Newcastle, Penn.
Ed Rounsaville, Curundu resident died at Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. Rounsaville, who was 82, made his home at House 672 Curundu
with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Mecaskey.
Born in Arkansas on Dec. 24, 1877, he was in the contracting and
construction business in the U.S. before coming to the Canal Zone.
In addition to his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. Rounsaville is sur-
vived by two sons, John Robert and Calvin J. Rounsaville, and a daughter,
Mrs. Gay Cain, all of Dallas, Texas; three sisters, Mrs. May Garner of
Bertram, Texas, Mrs. Zula Smithson of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Mrs.
Meda McBride of California, and a brother Ila Rounsaville of California.
Mrs. Josephine Anna Schmidt, died Sept. 15, at Gorgas Hospital
after a brief illness.
Mrs. Schmidt was the wife of Louis H. Schmidt, a retired employee
of the Army. They lived in El Cangerjo, in Panama City.
She was born in Austria and had lived here for the past 20 years.
Between November 1950, and September, 1952, she was employed by
the Signal Section of USARCARIB at Madden Wye.
Carl L. Howe who was employed with the Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion at Mt. Hope during the construction days died August 6 in Sioux
Falls, South Dakota. In 1912 and 1913 during his residence in Cristobal
he was active in basketball, baseball, and swimming and other sports.
Howe was a life-long resident of Sioux Falls where he studied law in an
attorney's office, passed the State bar examination and was admitted
to the practice of law, served many years as a court reporter and was
elected County Judge. He is survived by his wife, Hazel, two daughters,
four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Harry G. Levine, 59, died at Coco Solo Hospital as a result of an
automobile accident. Mr. Levine's service included employment with the
Engineer Section, with the Navy at Coco Solo, and also the Transportation
Section Motor Pool. At the time of his death, he was a civilian employee
of the Army. Survivors include his wife, Manuela, and six children, all
pf Gulick Heights, C. Z. and a brother, Louis, of Birmingham, Alabama.
Folke Maurice Von Krusensteerna, 90, died at Gorgas Hospital fol-
lowing a stroke suffered in his room at the Tivoli Guest House. A veteran
of U. S. Army service in the Spanish American War, he was retired
from the Canal service in 1936 and was at one time Chief Customs
inspector for the Port of Balboa. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs.
Robert P. Stephens of Alexandria, Virginia, and Mrs. Peter Bently of
Old Grenwich, Connecticut.
James D. Trower, 70, died on September 20, 1959 in Miami, Florida.
Mr. Trower was a former Marine Engineer and a long time employee of
the Panama Canal. He is survived by his wife, Elsie, and a son, James
D. Trower, Jr. Mr. Trower's son will fly to the Canal Zone with the ashes
to be distributed in Balboa Harbor in accordance with his father's wishes.
Mrs. B'll Kirchner of Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania, died in August,
1958. No further details were available.
Mrs. Anne May Covington Gregory, 69, passed away on October 6,
1959, at Penny Farms, Florida. Mrs. Gregory was the wife of Rev. Ray-
mond R. Gregory D.D. whom she married in 1923 while he was Foreign
Agency Secretary at the Bible House in Cristobal. They resided there
until their retirement in 1951. They were accepted as members of the
Memorial Home Community at Penny Farms, Florida in 1952. Mrs.
Gregory had been in poor health since their retirement. In addition to
her husband, she is survived by two sons, Dr. David W. Gregory of
Washington, Iowa, and Thomas W. Gregory of Joliet, Illinois; two
sisters, Mrs. James Erwin of Rockford, Illinois, and Mrs. Herman Kappel
of Fort Wayne, Indiana, are among those who mourn her departure.
Mrs. Elizabeth M. Alexander, 75, died in Palm Springs, California,
Mrs. Alexander, a former resident of the Canal Zone, and a Canal em-
ploye, left the Isthmus in 1940. She settled in California to be near her
daughter, Mrs. D. O. Wells, the former Gale Alexander. In addition to
her daughter, she is survived by her son, James M. Hunter of Gamboa,
C. Z. and also by two grandsons, John and Donald Wells and by five
sisters, Mrs. Nell Wardlaw Sartor of Maryland, Mrs. Betty Crawford,
Mrs. Nan Allan and Mrs. Rachael Rudolph of Fort Lauderdale, and Mrs.
Mary Cameron of North Carolina.
Mr. Charles A. Mohl, 90, died at Gorgas Hospital. Mr. Mohl went
to the Isthmus in 1905 as a plumber. For some time he operated his own
shop in Colon. He made his home with his son, Frederick. in Diablo
Heights, C. Z. In addition to his son, Frederick, he is survived by two
other sons, Paul of Gamboa, C. Z. and Charles A. of New York; three
daughters, Mrs. Elsie Johanson and Mrs. Helen Pfister of Valhalla, New
York, and Mrs. Lydia Shimkin of White Plains, New York. Other sur-
vivors are two sisters, Miss Lydia Mohl and Mrs. Alice Baptist of Con-
necticut and nineteen grandchildren.
Mrs. Frank (Gusie) Anderson died on August 4 in a nursing home
in Elgin, Illinois. She was buried in Indianapolis, Indiana, with grave-
side services, on August 6th. Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Clark, of Wabash,
Indiana attended the services.
Mrs. Anderson was the widow of the late Frank Anderson, a con-
ductor on the Panama Canal during construction days. Mr. and Mrs.
Anderson went to the Canal Zone in 1907, lived at Paraiso and Pedro
Miguel, and returned to the States in 1916. Thereafter they lived in
Indianapolis, where Mr. Anderson died in September, 1950.
Mr. George H. Walter, 53, died suddenly in Boonton, N. J. He was
Chief Engineer of the Motion Picture Services at Quarry Heights from
1936 to 1945. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a son, Jack; two daugh-
ters, Mrs. June Murray and Mrs. Carole Tiver; also seven grandchildren.
Mrs. Fannie E. Crowe, 77, the mother of Judge Guthrie F. Crowe,
died at La Grange, Kentucky. Since her son was appointed Judge of the
Canal Zone, in 1952, Mrs. Crowe had visited the Canal Zone several
times. Besides her son, she is survived by a granddaughter, Betty Guynn
Crowe, who is a student at the University of Miami.
Stanton Brown died on October 16, 1959 in Washington, D. C. fol-
lowing a long illness. Mr. Brown was a former Chief of Civil Intelligence
for the Panama Canal Co. in the late 1940's and early 1950's. He is
survived by his wife, Elena Castro, one daughter and two sons.
David W. Hinds, 68, died on October 13, 1959 at Gorgas Hospital
after a long illness. Mr. Hinds was retired as Chief Steward at Corozal
Hospital in 1952. Mr. Hinds is survived by his wife, Angela of Panama
City, two sons, Walter of Panama City, and Domingo David of Coco
Solo; and also by a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Davis of San Francisco.
Lt. Edward Crawford Davidson, 25, died suddenly in Charleston,
South Carolina. He was the son of the Director of Civilian Personnel of
the 15th Naval District and Mrs. S. R. Davidson. He was a graduate of
Balboa High School, the Kent School in Connecticut and Harvard Univer-
sity. Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Allison, now Mrs.
Joseph Scrabis of Norfolk, Virginia.
May the deep and sincere sympathy of friends help to give you
comfort today and courage for the days to come.
TWENTY-EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
TIME-January 12th and 13th, 1960.
PLACE-Soreno Hotel, overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First Avenue
and Beach Drive North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST-$2.75 per person including luncheon, gratuity and tax.
On the first day, Tuesday, January 12th, registration will be in the
forenoon and the combined annual and monthly business meeting in the
afternoon. On Wednesday there will be a social period or get-together in
the morning and a group picture will be taken at 12:30, before cold plate
luncheon served with hot coffee, warm soup and dessert. You are urged
to forward your reservations early as the hotel may be forced to decline
last minute reservations for the luncheon.
The primary purpose of the Reunion is to enable former Isthmians
to get together, renew acquaintances and above all discuss those gone
but not forgotten palmy days. You'll never know how many true friends
you have until you attend the Reunion where they gather from every
section of the country. We'll gather together on the mezzanine floor of
the hotel where there is ample room with comfortable seats, or if you
prefer seclusion with former pals, there's the well-stocked bar on the
main floor. The luncheon is optional, but don't miss the Reunion. You'll
be sorry if you do!
Room reservations can be arranged at convention rates of $12.00
double and $8.00 single, plus 3% tax at the Soreno Hotel, but if rooms
are not available there, they will be secured in private homes at $9.00
double and $8.00 single. Those desiring reservations should remit $12.00
for double or $8.00 for single rooms per day. There is also efficient
room-locating service maintained by the Chamber of Commerce in the
Greyhound Bus Terminal at the foot of Central Avenue which is open
daily until 9:00 p.m.
MAIL YOUR RESERVATION FORMS PROMPTLY. We must have
them not later than January 10. Make remittances payable to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. Please do not send checks on other than St.
Petersburg Banks unless you add 10c per check to cover bank charges.
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but LUNCH-
EON TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. They should be claimed
IMMEDIATELY upon arrival at the Reunion.
(Reservation form on separate page.)
A fifty page report, issued jointly by the United Fruit and Grace
Line, claims the government operated Ancon and Cristobal ships are
costing the two private firms more than $5,000,000 in yearly revenue.
The report claims that the Ancon and Cristobal are operated in direct
competition with private enterprise, contrary to Federal Maritime policy.
The report further states the two liners are operated at a loss to U. S.
taxpayers, estimated at more than one million dollars, yearly, and con-
trary to statements by the Government and Canal Officials, the Panama
Line engages primarily in Commercial activity and only a small portion
of its services is devoted to needs of the Panama Canal Co. and its
Up to date, there appeared little likelihood that Congress would
act to retire the government owned line which serves the Panama Canal
Zone and Haiti. From time to time, this question of abandoning the
line has come up during Canal Zone budget hearings, but there does
not seem to be any widespread sentiment among the members of Con-
gress for abandoning the line.
The S. S. "Transeastern", largest U. S. Flag tanker afloat, made an
uneventful trip through the Canal with a cargo of aviation gasoline.
The dimensions of the huge tanker are, overall length 736 feet, beam
102 feet, deadweight tonnage 46,427, gross tonnage 28,310.
It has been announced at Balboa Heights that the 24 trip annual
pass books, issued to employees of the Panama Canal Co. for travel on
the Panama Railroad will be discontinued, effective July 1, 1960.
August 15, 1959, marked the 45th anniversary of the opening of
the Panama Canal. Since August 15, 1914, nearly 300,000 ships have
made the trip through the waterway. Of these, over 218,000 have been
ocean going commercial vessels.
Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha Ltd. and Mitsubishi Toyo Denki Seizo K.K.,
two Japanese firms, entered a bid for supplying new towing locomotives
for the locks which more than halved that of any four U. S. competitors.
Lt. Col. Robert D. Brown, Jr., Panama Canal Engineer and Construction
Chief, pointed out it would be some weeks before the complicated bid-
ding schedules for the contract can be properly evaluated to determine
the actual award winner.
A contract for the installation of a lighting system in Gaillard Cut
has been awarded to L. R. Sommer, well known Panama Contractor who
made the low bid of $467,201.69. Under the contract awarded to Sommer,
lighting of the cut between Gamboa and Pedro Miguel locks will be
provided by approximately 1100 shielded light fixtures, which will pro-
vide mild illumination and good visibility of both bank lines without
glare to the pilots.
A familiar landmark, the old Century Club on Tivoli Ave. in Ancon,
has been torn down. Originally built as a home for President Belisario
Porras, it was put up in the early years of the Republic. A modern
office building will, reportedly, replace the old building. The old resi-
dence, in addition to housing the Century Club, for years has been rented
by other clubs, such as the Chagres Club, and the N.C.O. Club, set up by
Jungle Jim Price.
After two Panama Canal Co. employees received refunds on their
1958 Income tax, both based on deductions for rent payments, hundreds
of employees began preparing retroactive claims for the past three
years. It is not clear, now, if all these claims will be allowed and many
Zonians are waiting for an official definition of housing status. The
claimants are basing their claims on a decision of the U. S. Court of
Appeals of the Eighth Circuit.
An official assignment of a choice Diablo home to Supply Division
General Manager, John J. Barton (two years Canal service) over Arthur
T. Cotton (thirty-three years Canal service) set off a housing hassel,
with Pacific Civic Council Chairman, Sam Roe, Jr. reported prepared
to resign over what some council members declared to be an unfair
assignment of desirable houses. The housing dispute ended when Barton
relinquished the quarters in favor of Cotton. Barton relinquished the
quarters on grounds of "personal necessity" of Cotton whose elderly,
infirm parents live with him. Barton's action was made public by Pacific
Civic Council President, Sam Roe, Jr.
The Panama Canal Review, in its recent issue, reports that the
presence of the Panama Canal organization meant $24,000,000 in direct
benefits to the economy of the Republic of Panama. The above figure
does not include the $1,930,000 annuity from the United States to the
Panama government. It does not include the Company, government pay-
rolls, the amounts from contracts held by local firms, the cost of construc-
tion materials and the amount spent for consumer goods and services. Aside
from these direct expenditures, there is no way of accurately tabulating
the many hundreds of thousands of dollars which flow into the Republic
from private buying of the people who live in the Canal Zone
Panama Assemblyman, and former Foreign Minister, Aquilino
Boyd, had indicated that he will go ahead with plans to march into the
Canal Zone on Nov. 3. According to Boyd, there is no desire to provoke
hostile or violent demonstrations, but, says Boyd, "Congressman Flood
and all America can be sure that on that day, Panamanians (with a
greater motive than ever) will march peacefully into the Canal Zone
as an act of reaffirmation of Panama's sovereignty over Isthmian territory.
Congresman Daniel J. Flood (D. Pa.) in a speech before the
Patriotic Order of the Sons of America, at Harrisburg, Pa., suggested
that the Panama Government take steps to prevent any such "revolu-
tionary forays" into the Canal Zone. Congressman Flood also proposed
(Congressional Record, July 29, 1959) that the United States meet the
issue squarely. That the government of the United States protest to
Panama against permitting the use of its territory for staging any form
of hostile or provocative demonstrations against the United States in
the Canal Zone.
Congressman Flood, in statements to the House of Representatives,
emphasized the growing concern of the people of the United States, to
the darkening horizon to the South around the Caribbean and to the
generosity of the United States to Panama in the 1955 Treaty of Mutual
understanding and cooperation.
Rep. Flood called attention to the valuable real estate, the Hotel
Washington in Colon, the terminal yards and stations of the Panama
Railroad turned over to Panama by the Treaty. In addition, it provided
for construction of a $20 million bridge across the Pacific entrance of
the Canal. The bridge, under construction, will be completed in Decem-
These generous actions have not created the mutual understanding
and cooperation the treaty aimed for. Instead, radical elements in Pana-
ma have generated even greater demands. The Congressman continued,
these include agitations for sovereignty over the Canal Zone, 50 per cent
of gross revenues of the Panama Canal and active participation in its
management, even to the point of nationalization.
It seems that not all Panamanians agree with Aquilino Boyd as to
where the Nov. 3rd invasion should march. It has been suggested that he
should lead the marchers, (if he does in fact lead them) to Rio Hato,
France Field and all the once busy outlying posts which employed hun-
dreds of Panamanians and created a sphere of prosperity in the area ad-
jacent to each post. Hundreds of Panamanians were paid wages well
above the Panama average. What will the working class in Panama gain
from this latest agitation?
Facing a panel of four newsmen on a Spanish "Meet the Press" radio
program, Ex-President Jose Ramon Guizado voiced disagreement with
Aquilino Boyd's campaign for 50 per cent of the gross income of the
Panama Canal as Panama's share of the enterprise. Panama, he said,
"should look forward to, one day, owning the Canal outright."
Concrete S.A., a Panama firm, won the bid to supply ready mix con-
crete for the foundations of the new bridge over the Canal. The contract
was for 30,000 cubic yards of especially made concrete for maritime
Jose A. Holguin, a Civil Engineer in the Department of Public Works
in Panama City, R.P., on a six months tour, sponsored by the International
Cooperation Administration,praised United States assistance to Panama.
At Easton, Pa., Holguin said "United States aid to Panama has greatly
advanced relations between the countries. It is a big help in every field.
It is reaching many aspects of the economic life of my country. A big
job is being done." Holguin is visiting the United States to study airport
construction, design, and maintenance.
Two thousand or more hunger marchers from Colon created quite a
problem for the Government of Panama. The marchers took over the
debating chamber when the Assembly recessed without discussing the
problems of the marchers. A platoon of National Guardsmen cleared the
chamber using tear gas. The angry expelled marchers vented their wrath
on several cars parked outside the Assembly building. The marchers, who
have been branded as Communist-led, planned to present the following
demands to the Assembly; 1. A temporary minimum wage of 50 cents
per hour, pending the adoption of a permanent wage scale. 2. Reduction
of rents by 50 per cent. 3. Unemployment relief payments. 4. Creation
of sources of employment. How the National Assembly will meet the
problem is not known at this time.
Come to the Reunion on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12, 13.
BLOOD BANK DUES
Effective January 1, 1960, dues will be required in the Blood Bank
of $2.00 each member, as authorized at the April 13, 1959 meeting. It is
expected that this will insure successful operation of the Blood Bank
without further assessments being necessary.
The Secretary will issue a numbered card to all paid up members.
Expenses relative to this Fund, such as stamps, stationery, etc., will
be paid out of this Fund.
Disbursements: Satisfactory evidence that blood has been admin-
istered to any paid up member in any recognized hospital in the United
States or the Canal Zone must be submitted to the Secretary. Upon re-
ceipt of such proof the Secretary is authorized to and will pay imme-
diately for any and all such blood transfusions. Payment may be direct
to the hospital or to the person presenting a receipted bill for such trans-
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 Flor-
ida 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.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
HEREWITH BLOOD BANK DUES FOR 1960
(Florida Members Only)
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MINUTES OF UNSCHEDULED MEETING
at Lake Maggiore, St. Petersburg, Fla. September 14, 1959
The business meeting scheduled for August 10, 1959, at Lowry Park
was cancelled because of torrential rains that made it almost impossible
to reach the park area. Accordingly the picnic at Lake Maggiore on Sept.
14th was utilized to serve as an impromptu business meeting.
The meeting was called to order by President Turner at 1:50 p. m.
The usual financial report was given by the Secretary-Treasurer.
The Chairman of the Legislative Committee, Mr. Hohmann, spoke
of the possibility of the new health insurance plan being extended to cover
Civil Service retirees, and prospects of retirement annuity being exempted
from Income Tax returns.
Mrs. Judd submitted her written resignation from the office of Sec-
retary-Treasurer, to be effective in March of next year. Pres. Turner said
in view of the circumstances he was obliged to accept it with great reluc-
The meeting thereupon adjourned at 2:10 p. m.
Francis F. Hargy,
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
at Lake Maggiore, St. Petersburg, Florida October 12, 1959
Pres. M. A. Turner called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. About
seventy-five members were present.
The following officers attended:
President Capt. M. A. Turner
Vice-President ------Mr. Keith Kelly
Secretary-Treasurer .Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary ----- Mr. Francis F. Hargy
Visiting members were introduced as follows: Mr. and Mrs. David
Harshaw; Mr. Wm. Biel; Mr. Jos. Kuhn; Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey.
The report of the Corresponding Secretary for the meeting of Sep-
tember 14, 1959 was read and there being no corrections or additions
noted, approved as read.
Mr. Hohmann of the Legislative Committee gave a report of status
bills pending in Congress which might possibly affect our members.
Mr. Everett, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, mentioned that
we now had over 1,700 members, most of them outside this area. It is
doubtful if the Record could be continued in its present attractive form
without the present editors. The Committee submitted the slate for 1960
for officers as follows:
For President Mr. Keith Kelly
Vice-President Mr. Frank Hohmann
Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
The Committee had not been able to find a successor for the post
of Corresponding Secretary. Finally Mrs. Z. K. Esler was persuaded to
accept the nomination and her name was added to the slate. The balance
of its recommendations were:
For Editor .-------. Mr. E. M. Kieswetter
Sergeant-at-Arms.Mr. James E. Bradley
Chaplain ----.. Mr. Fred D. Hunsicker
Mr. Everett added that the Committee was pleased Mrs. Judd had
reconsidered her resignation as it had been unable to find anyone with
the necessary qualifications who desired to take over the office. Present
officers were thanked for the efficient conduct of their posts during the
Mrs. Bradley made a plea for any members who might have some
spare balls of wool for knitting on
Illness of members reported as
Col. Dan E. Wright
Mr. Wm. P. Hull
Mrs. E. W. McGinnis
Mr. W. B. Heite
Mr. & Mrs. Kent Lambert
Mrs. Bill Brugee
Mr. Ernest A. Erickson
Mr. Al Geddes
Mrs. Doris B. McDonald
Mrs. Thomas M. Jordan
Mr. John Rufus Hardy
behalf of the Crippled Children's
Mrs. E. F. Hewitt
Mrs. Fred Hall
Mrs. Ernest Behlen
Mrs. Agnes M. Stewart
Mr. Francis Lenow
Miss Grace Williams
Mrs. Jessie Hunt
Mr. Charles Conkerton
Mr. Walter A. Harris
Mr. Amos W. Fox
Mr. James D. Trower
Mr. James J. Whitsett Mr. Junious L. Bolin
Mrs. Myra B. Brown Mrs. Helen E. Gardner
Mrs. Ethel M. Shafer Mr. H. D. Bishop
Mr. Harry C. Levine Mrs. Jane P. Barnard
Mr. Wm. E. Walling Mr. Leslie C. Katner
Mr. Morgan Stone Mrs. Jos. A. Schmidt
Mr. Edwin C. Dunkle Mrs. Annie M. C. Gregory
Mr. Louis Weigold
Mr. Falke Maurice Von Krusensteerna
Mrs. Judd announced she had some Society pins and emblems which
would make good Christmas gifts for sale, at $1.25 each. She also
cautioned that members of the Blood Bank should be careful to keep
up their dues both in the Society and in the Blood Bank, in order to
receive benefits therefrom. The card Blood Bank members now have
with their number should be kept. A number of excerpts from letters
of our members which were of general interest to their friends and ac-
quaintances were read.
A letter from Mr. Walter T. Ross was read, in which he requested
that this Society endorse the appointment of Mrs. Eilene Gorgas Wrightson
as Honorary Director of the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and
Preventative Medicine. Motion by Mr. Everett, seconded by Mr. Kieswet-
ter, that this be done. Unanimously carried and so ordered.
It was announced that the Annual Meeting would be held as usual
at th Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Conkerton said she still had about 75 name holders for the
members to wear at the meetings.
There being no further business, it was moved, seconded, and or-
dered that the meting be adjourned, which occurred at 2:50 p.m.
Francis F. Hargy
Come to the Reunion on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12, 13.
Soreno Hotel St. Petersburg, Florida
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER FOR THE PERIOD
JULY 30 TO OCTOBER 24, 1959
As you all know, there have been only two business meetings dur-
ing the summer. One which was to be held on August 10 could not be
held on account of terrific rains, so was held at Lake Maggiore in Sept-
ember, as was the regular business meeting of October. Both these meet-
ings were well attended at the Lake and we had wonderful weather.
We have had many visitors in our fair city during the summer and
have enjoyed going over the old times with them all. Do hope they
come back on their next vacation so we can continue with the changes
taking place on the Zone and elsewhere.
I am sorry to relate that there are 58 members who have not paid
their dues and were dropped. They all have received many notices, and
we are very sorry to lose them.
As is the custom many members are giving the Memberships to
friends, and these will be mailed out in time for Christmas. If you have
someone whom you would like to make a member, or renew a former
membership gift, please let us know. We also have New Pins this
time they have gone up in price $1.25 each. They make lovely
Christmas gifts too. I still have some STICKERS Panama Canal -
for 25 cents each.
By the time you receive this Record you will have enjoyed a nice
Thanksgiving and will be getting ready for Christmas and New Years
- Then comes the 1960 REUNION which will be held as usual at the
Soreno Hotel, here in the city on January 12, and 13. THERE WILL NOT
BE A MEETING ON THE MONDAY before the Reunion.
Hotel rates at the Soreno will be the same single rooms will
be $8.00 and double $12.00 both plus 3% tax. The luncheon will be
$2.75 as in the past, but this will include tax and gratuity. You know
you pay the 3% tax here in Florida wherever you eat.
Our regular Christmas party will be at the Tourist Center on De-
cember 14, which is the regular December meeting, at which time
donations will be accepted from anyone for a gift to the American Legion
Crippled Children's Hospital. If you cannot be present and wish to
contribute, just send me a check and I will be delighted to pass it on
to the Hospital. Thank you so very much for your help.
Our BLOOD BANK (For Florida members only) is coming along
fine As of today we have 470 members, $652.53 in funds, and 13
pints of blood to our credit in the Bank. We have supplied 23 pints to
9 members, and still have the 13 pints in reserve.
DUES IN THE BLOOD BANK are $2.00 each person beginning
with January 1960. PLEASE DO NOT DESTROY YOUR MEMBER-
SHIP CARDS -they are your permanent record. When dues are paid
you will receive a receipt The number on the original card is your
individual number for all times. Dues must be paid in the SOCIETY
to be eligible for Blood Bank membership, also in the Blood Bank.
Please send your dues to me, not the Blood Bank.
Please remember, all members who have paid for the balance of
the year-that is July through December 1959-your subscription expires
as of December 31, 1959. Your Year Book for 1960 will be mailed prompt-
ly upon receipt of your 1960 dues. PLEASE PAY THEM EARLY.
Owing to the fact that it was impossible to get a Secretary-Treasurer
for 1960, I have agreed to remain in this position for another year. I
am truly sorry that in an organization of this size that it is so hard/ to
get members to assume offices. I am most grateful for the cooperation
which has been given me over the 11 years that I have been your
Secretary-Treasurer, and I assure you that I will continue to give the
best service possible, as in the past.
You wil note that there are no changes of address or listings of
new members in the December Record. You will find all in the Year
Book. Please look it over carefully as I have had more than 300 changes
this year. Don't write your Xmas cards until you look at these changes,
as you will be quite surprised to find that our members stay young by
moving from place to place. To those of you who do not attend the
Reunions it would be a revelation to see how young we all remain.
Come and see for yourself.
At the September meeting the nominating committee was appointed
with instruction to submit their report at the October meeting, in order
that their names could appear in the 1960 Year Book, and December
Record the report follows:
President .-- ..--- ------------ Keith Kelly
Vice-President ----- Frank W. Hohmann
Secretary-Treasurer -- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary Mrs. Z. K. Esler
News Editor ---_......- ..Ernest Kieswetter
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL
See you at the Soreno January 12 and 13. Tuesday and Wednesday
-No meeting on Monday. Please bear in mind that the $8.00 and $12.00
rates are SPECIAL for members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
who make room reservations, so if you make your own reservation -
PLEASE inform the desk clerk at the time so no discussion is necessary.
It has been embarrassing for others who pay $12.00 and $16.00 for the
same type rooms, and for the desk clerk who must explain. Reservations
can always be made through the Secretary.
The following article, lifted from the Editorial page of the New
York Times, is inserted here for your interest.
THE PANAMANIAN CASE
When President de la Guardia of Panama made his "state of the
nation" speech to the National Assembly he plucked a few feathers
from the American Eagle's tail. This is normal procedure for most
politicians in Latin America. When it is done with relative gentleness
and moderation, as happened this time, we can feel a sense of relief.
Panama is one of the perenially difficult and delicate problems
in the field of United States relations. The very fact of a foreign juris-
diction on a national soil, which is the case since we hold sovereignty
over the ten-mile-wide Canal Zone "in perpetuity," is enough in itself
to make for unending conflicts. The original treaty of 1903 was amen-
ded to favor Panama in 1936 and again in 1954, but there are arguments
about interpretation and there are always nationalists who will never be
happy short of complete independence and sovereignty.
We therefore face a potential "Algerian" problem. Just as Algeria
has French "colons" whose ancestors for five or six generations have
held property, so we have Americans whose fathers and grandfathers
worked and lived in the Canal Zone. When the special strategic aspect
of a Canal is added, we have a unique situation and one that requires
accommodation and patience on both sides.
If the Panamanians have some legitimate grievances and aspira-
tions directed against us, it is equally just to point out that we have
some reasons for complaint. There are motes and beams in all eyes.
Moreover, the political, social and economic structure of Panama is,
to put it mildly, very old-fashioned Latin American. An oligarchy of a
few rich families rules a very poor people with an inefficiency and
corruption hard to beat in the hemisphere. Until Panama sets her own
house in order and joins the mid-twentieth-century trend of social
reforms and grass roots democracy, there will be no internal peace and,
by reflection, no consistently peaceful relations with the United States.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
St. Petersburg, October 5, 1959
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE
In its efforts to find a replacement for the office of Secretary-
Treasurer, prospective candidates were unanimously of the opinion that
requirements of the job have become more complicated and extensive
than they, in retirement cared to undertake. By separating the duties, of
course, individual burdens would be lightened, but that, without central-
izing the work in one place, would add to its already great volume. We
now have over seventeen hundred members.
It is doubtful that the "CANAL RECORD", which has contributed
so much to the Society's membership and prestige, might continue to
be printed in its present size, or so attractively bound without the funds
that Mrs. Judd's patience in collecting the dues from our numerous
delinquent members, whose age and poor health make the magazine an
important part of their declining lives. It is certain, that without Mrs.
Judd, much of the satisfaction and pleasure that has been experienced
from our prolonged association might be regrettably lessened.
It certainly is a pleasure to announce that Mrs. Judd has been
prevailed upon to continue in the office of Secretary-Treasurer. We feel
that her decision, which has the approval of her husband, Captain Judd,
represents sacrifice that will bring joy to the entire membership. It is
a great relief to this committee.
The Editor of the "CANAL RECORD" has done an excellent job
during the past year as in all previous years he has ben on the job. Mr.
and Mrs. Kieswetter do more for the Society than is generally known
and they take time out to help the needy. We commend their participation.
For the offices more concerned with the local members, the Nomina-
ting Committee offers the following slate, with full understanding that
the membership is free to suggest others for election if it so desires.
For President .-..-........-----.-----.... Keith Kelley
For Vice-President ----Frank W. Hohmann
For Secretary-Treasurer .. Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
For Recording Secretary __~___- Mrs. Lyla Esler
On behalf of the entire membership, your committee wishes to
thank the Auditors, Chaplain, Registrars, Sergeant-at-Arms and the many
others who have served in appointed positions during the year.
W. J. Bartlett C. G. Calvit
W. L. Hersh J. F. Everett, Chairman
SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Summer has gone and with it all the visitors whom everyone was
so happy to see, and sorry when they traveled on. Also the many cock-
tail and dinner parties and of course, Pan Canal picnics. It was a very
beautiful and enjoyable summer.
A luncheon and meeting was held October 20 at Tingle's Too res-
taurant in Asheville. The following officers were elected to serve in 1960:
President --------- Mr. C. D. Howell
Vice-President ----Mr. Dow Walker
Treasurer Mr. F. M. Sawyer
Secretary ---- Mrs. Betty O'Rourke
Mrs. Ann Jackson, Los Angeles, was a very welcome visitor.
On September 24th the last picnic of the season was held at North
Mills River with 47 members and guests present, and a very wonderful
time was had by all, for after a very cool period, it turned warm. The
guests introduced were:
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Levy, Houston, Texas (formerly Gatun, C.Z.);
Mrs. Melba Hintz, Margarita, C.Z. and her sister, Mrs. Eunice All, New
Orleans, La.; Mrs. Marjorie (Kelley) Seagers, Falls Church, Va.; Mr.
and Mrs. David Leonard, Panama R. de P. and Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Parks,
Hendersonville, whom it was learned had been on Zone years ago.
Our Society was saddened by the death of Mr. Ula Tweed October 2,
and our heatfelt sympathy goes to Mrs. Tweed and family.
Mrs. Olive Behlen has been very ill in hospital, but is now at home,
but confined to her bed.
Mrs. W. N. Jude was struck by a car in September and suffered a
broken arm. Is recovering nicely.
Mr. W. N. Jude has been very ill, but is better.
Dr. Howard home from hospital, and reported out for a ride.
Mrs. A. B. Cole is enjoying her new home.
Mrs. Ed Levy (Bobby) home after 2 weeks stay in Greenville Gen-
eral Hospital, for injured ankle.
Dr. Chase Treckey recovering nicely from surgery.
Mrs. P. R. Kiger has gone to Wheeling, W. Va. for a short visit.
Mrs. Ula Tweed went home with daughter Susie to Lafayette, Ind.
and will remain for awhile.
Capt. and Mrs. H. Forrest, Norfolk, Va. arrived on Labor Day and
spent a very pleasant week with Barbara and Tom Coleman. While en-
route home, Capt. Forrest received the sad news of the sudden death of
his son Kenneth's wife, Margaret, in Norfolk, Va. Barbara and Tom are
anticipating the short visit of daughter Louise and husband in November.
Louise is being married on October 24 in the Ft. Clayton Chapel to Jamnes
Dr. and Mrs. D. C. Briscoe, (Panama Hospital) Monroe, Ga. with
daughter Ann Davis and son Dick of Mexico City, were the house
guests of Mildred and Wendell Greene in September. After leaving here
they went to Cape Cod to visit daughter Margaret, who with husband,
(Capt.-Air Force) and son are leaving for station in Japan. They will
also visit daughter Sally in New Jersey and are hoping to stop here en-
Mildred and Bruce Harrell are planning on spending the holidays
with Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wright (daughter Louise) and family who hope
to have their new home completed in Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Margaret and Ross Hollowell left early in August to drive daughter
(Lois) husband and children to New York to board ship to return home
to Coco Solo. When returning home Aug. 15 were in a very serious car
accident near Charlotte. A car crashed into them and Margaret's face
was cut and nose broken in 3 places. Ross's leg was injured. Am very
happy to report they recovered nicely, though painfully.
Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Howell, Asheville, have had a very pleasant sum-
mer. They have enjoyed the visits of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Anderson,
Richmond, Va., Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bowen, Coral Gables, Fla., Mrs.
Melba Hintz, Margarita, C.Z. and her sister Mrs. Eunice All, New Orleans,
La. and Carol and Ted Holtz, Balboa, C.Z.
Mr. Howell is enjoying serving as Marshal at the Asheville Country
Golf Club for the summer.
Dr. and Mrs. S. Irwin are home after visiting daughter Martha and
family in Clovis, New Mexico, and are enjoying their new grandson,
Thomas Dalton Irwin.
Rose and Johnny Johnston were so lucky to have son Bob and wife
Nancy with them this summer. Nancy for 3 weeks, and Bob 2, and in
time to enjoy the Apple Festival. Later in Sept. Rose and Johnny drove
to Southport, N. C. to spend a week-end with Mrs. Alice Harrington,
formerly Panama City, R. deP. They arrived home just ahead of "Gracie".
Lillian and Bob Van Wagner were house guests of Rose and Johnny for
3 weeks arriving the last week of September. The Van Wagners are plan-
ning on making Hendersonville their home in the not too distant future.
Marion and Duke Lewis spent several weeks at their cottage in Kenne-
bunk Pond, Maine and were so glad son Alan, U.S.N. could spend 2 weeks
with them. They visited the Dick Taylors while there and also saw Capt.
and Mrs. Al Forstrom (Jessie) and the Jim McGuires and daughter
Marion who are on leave from the Zone.
Ed and Bobby Levy had the pleasure of another short visit from son
David and wife Doris before they returned home to Panama.
Tutie and Tom Kelley had all three of their children home at differ-
ent times this summer. Marjorie, Pat and Tom, Jr.. In August they went
to Boston to visit relatives, then to Penn. to visit Pat, last Washington,
D. C. to see Tom, Jr. Marjorie returned home with them from Falls
Church, Va. Pat is now living in State College, Pa. Her husband attends
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Knoop made a very interesting trip this summer
which included the St. Lawrence Waterway, Montreal, Canada, Bayside,
Maine and stopped in Ohio on way home. They visited the Muldoons in
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell (Nell and Ray) left Sept. 22 for Bradford, Pa.
to visit Nell's sister, Mrs. Mary Toone who is ill.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Muldoon just returned from spending a month
at Bayside, Maine. While there they enjoyed visits from Marion and
Duke Lewis and Martha and Roy Knoop.
Betty and Fred O'Rourke enjoyed a weeks visit of their daughter
Billie, Providence, R. I. and 2 weeks later 2 granddaughters arrived from
Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Patsy Hubs and Judy Mathews. It was a grand
reunion including aunt, uncle and cousins and was a very happy event.
Mrs. Ann Jackson, Los Angeles, Cal., is the house guest of her sister
and husband, Elsie and Bob Patterson.
Emma and Frank Reppa were hosts to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Guinzer,
St. Petersburg recently. Also to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Reppa, Gales Ferry,
Conn. and then Mrs. Chas. Boss, Frank's sister whom he had not seen
for a long time.
Eugenia and Tommy Sawyer enjoyed a visit of Eugenie's brother
and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Ned Thompson, Jackson, Miss.
Miss Jane Holcomb, Atlantic side, was recent guest of Mr. and Mrs.
Dow Walker, Asheville. Miss Holcomb retires in December.
Mr. and Mrs. Ward are at present in Cleveland, Ohio, baby sitting.
They hope to return day after Thanksgiving.
Best wishes for a Merry X'mas and Happy New Year to you all
from the Panama Canal Society of Western North Carolina.
Betty O'Rourke, Secretary
NEWS FROM MIAMI
More than sixty former Canal Zoners attended the picnic of the
Panama Canal Society of Southeast Florida on August 23rd at Matheson
Hammock. The President, Mr. Curtis Bliss, presided. Mrs. Gretchen
Melanson acted as Secretary pro ter, and Miss Doris Bleakley was an
efficient Receptionist directing everyone to sign the register and giving
each a name tag.
Among the visitors present were Mr. and Mrs. George Walker (nee
Mable Bliss) and family of Cocoli, C.Z. and Mr. Donald Humphrey and
son, Donald Junior, of Coco Solo. All were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bliss.
Mrs. Walker told of attending the Golden Wedding anniversary of Mr.
and Mrs. Peter Shrapnel in Pasadena, California and of the many Canal
Zone friends who were there. Mr. Humphrey spoke of pending legislation
to exempt Canal Zone rent-money from income tax to the benefit of
Mrs. Dorothy Bowen Hicks, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was
another interesting visitor who found many former friends eager to greet
her. She and her family are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. T.
Bowen of Coral Gables.
Among Miami folks attending the Southeast Society picnic for the
first time were Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Melanson and her mother, Mrs.
Wainio, Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Japs, Mr. and Mrs. Wilton Clary (nee
Gene Sexton), Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hardy, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Farb-
man, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Miller, Mrs. Joseph (Bain) Shields, and Mr. and
Mrs. Hans Pederson of Ft. Lauderdale.
Necessary business was transacted, Curt Bliss and Mr. Humphrey
entertained us with some amusing "Bajan" stories, and everyone seemed
to enjoy just good old Canal Zone "visiting."
On October 18 The Panama Canal Society of Southeast Florida
held its last meeting of 1959 at the Rock Shelter in Matheson Hammock.
About forty stout-hearted members braved the stormy weather, incident
to Hurricane Judith, to attend and even the rain failed to dampen the
good fellowship among us.
After a delicious buffet picnic, the meeting was called to order by
the President, Mr. Curtis Bliss, who asked each one to identify himself
and give the dates and place of residence on the Canal Zone. He also
introduced our visitors for the day among whom were Mary and Wallace
Dunham of Sarasota and Hindi and Walt Diamond of Panama City,
Panama. Newcomers attending for the first time were Mr. and Mrs.
Floyd Foor, 2566 Trapp St. Coconut Grove and Mr. and Mrs. Steve
Mustakis, 8211 S.W. 30th St. Miami.
It was voted to hold election of officers at the last meeting of each
year instead of in the Spring so that the names of new officers could
appear in the Florida Society Year Book. The following officers were
duly elected for the year 1960.
President: Mr. H. S. Billington
1369 N.W. 31st St. Miami Telephone Newton 5-6331
Vice President: Mr. Harry J. Farbman
5138 S.W. 5th Ter. Miami-Telephone Highland 8-1371
Secretary: Mrs. Wilton Clary
3520 Crystal View Ct. Miami 45 Highland 4-5212
Treasurer: Mr. A. G. Dunham
4611 N.W. 11th Ave. Miami 37- Phone Palza 9-0009
Reporter: Mrs. I. W. Metzger
2500 Swanson Ave. Miami 33-Phone Highland 6-2729
Mr. A. G. Dunham was authorized to reserve the Rock Shelter at
Matheson Hammock for four picnics next year.
Mr. Curtis Bliss was commended for an outstanding piece of work
in building up interest and attendance in the Society during the past
year. Mr. Bliss had been in California for the past six weeks and re-
turned just in time to preside at this meeting.
An interesting program had been prepared but due to the inclement
weather and late hour it was omitted.
His many friends will be interested to know that Charles (Chuck)
Hardy has changed his address as follows:
Charles S. Hardy, Jr. Ao-2
G.M. Gru-1 Navy No. 14
F.P.O. San Francisco
In short somewhere in the Hawaiin Islands.
Gloria and Gus Holmelin who returned during the summer from a
tour of duty in Japan, are making their home in Valley Stream, Long
Robin and Billy Koperski, aged 11 and 9 years old, flew all alone
to the Canal Zone on a sight seeing trip and to visit their Uncle and
Aunt, Tom and Marilyn Marsh, of Coco Solo. It was the boys'
first airplane ride so they took the day-light flight by way of Nicaragua
and Costa Rica and had a view of the Panama, Canal from the air. The
boys are sons of Robert and Marjean Koperski of Miami.
Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Benthall were guests for a few days of the
I. W. Metzgers in Miami. They were enroute from C.Z. to Indiana and
to visit daughter, Alice Louise, in Thibideaux, La.
Mrs. Aram Hatch had the misfortune to fall and break some bones
in her foot while visiting in the home of her son, Harry, in Blauvelt,
N.Y. Her leg was in a cast to her knee and she had to remain in bed for
several weeks. When last heard from she was beginning to get around
the house with a cane. Mr. Hatch too has been ill and in the hospital
but both hope to be able to return to their home in Miami in November.
Mr. O. W. Ryan spent five days in a local hospital but has re-
covered and is back on the job.
Mr. S. F. Wichman who has been President of the Chicago Panama
Canal Society for the past seven years, was an interesting visitor in
Miami attending the Spanish American War Veterans Convention. Mr.
Wichman was an old-timer in Panama having served from 1907 to 1911.
While here he contacted our representative, A. G. Dunham, who also
worked during Construction Days and the two enjoyed two pleasant
hours discussing old times.
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Dunham of Sarasota spend a week-end as
guests of Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Metzger and visited friends in and around
Miami. Among others they called on Mrs. Nell Bewley and the Bigelows
of Ft. Lauderdale and were glad the "Dotsy" was at home, too. They
also attended the Southeast Florida picnic despite inclement weather.
Mrs. Columbia Reimann of Balboa, C.Z. plans a visit in November
to Mrs. Nell Bewley and the Bigelows in Ft. Lauderdale and to the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Alexander of Jacksonville were guests of the
W. T. Bowens of Coral Galbes for several days. They were here to meet
Milo and family who have just returned from an extended trip around
Mrs. W. T. Bowen made an emergency trip to Charlotte, N. C. be-
cause of the serious illness of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. W. T. Bowen, Jr.
At last account the patient was home from the hospital and doing as
well as could be expected.
Mr. James D. Trower, Sr., of 6131 Coral Way recently passed across
the Great Divide at the age of 70. He came to Miami 16 years ago from
Balboa where he was with the Marine Division. He is survived by his wife,
Elsie and a son James Jr. of Miami.
Mrs. Mary Gregory, wife of Dr. Raymond R. Gregory of Penney
Farms, Florida, passed to her Heavenly Home on October 6th. Mrs. Greg-
ory had been ill for several years and perhaps death came as a blessed
release from the long futile struggle to regain her health. She is survived
by her husband and two sons, Thomas of Joliet, Illinois and David of
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Fortney of 917 Majorca Ave-
nue in Coral Gables, who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary
on September 25th. The Fortneys were married at Montrose, Pa. in 1909
and spent their honeymoon aboard ship, bound for the Panama Canal.
Mr. Fortney was a designing engineer at Culebra and Gatun Locks. The
Fortneys were in C. Z. from 1909 to 1916.
Mrs. Laura Snedecker, formerly of Colon Beach, R. de P. and now
of West Palm Beach, Florida, called on friends and relatives in Miami
Last week. She was the guest of her nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen L. Wiggin of Miami are the proud great grand-
parents of Baby Karen Marie Elwell born September 15th in St. Louis
to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Elwell. Her father, Richard, spent most of his
school days in the Canal Zone, and her grandfather, Russell Elwell of
Miami, graduated from Cristobal High School.
Mr. Woodie Torbert, a visitor in Miami for five weeks, returned to
Balboa last Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Summers (the former Carolyn Hackett) will
arrive in Miami from Canal Zone about the first of November. They will
be the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Melanson until they can find a
suitable home. Mr. Summers is to be employed at the Miami Airport.
Mrs. Summers is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lewis of
Mr. and Mrs. J. Standford Skinner of Miami were the guests of Mr.
and Mrs. H. F. Paddock at their new home in St. Petersburg. The Skinners
also visited in the home of Mr.and Mrs. Ed Cox.
Mr. and Mrs. Spencer B. Smith are flying up from the Canal Zone
on October 31st to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Smith of
Miami. From here Spencer and Nellree will fly to Baton Rouge, La. and
then to Chattanooga, Tenn. to spend Thanksgiving with Nellree's family.
They plan to return to the Zone in December.
Best wishes to all for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from
the Panama Canal Society of Southeast Florida.
Ruth T. Metzger, Reporter
Come to the Reunion on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12, 13.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Q When is a Job not a job?
A When it is a joy.
And that is just what my recent newsgathering trip was. Everyone
was full of joy about our Annual Meeting held Sunday, October 11th at
Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, advertised as "A Castle High
in the Air, A'top the Ozarks in Little Switzerland of the Ozarks". It is
just that and unique. There were 44 reservations. Retiring President Ear-
nest Williams of Bentonville welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Walter (Bates)
Wieman, Mr. and Mrs. Walter (Martha) Reif and Mrs. Cora Makibbin
of Fayetteville, Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Alice Oliver) Bidstrup, Sedalia, Mo.,
Mr. Robert McNew, daughter Mary and son Danny of Mountain Home,
Arkansas into the Society. Newell Shaw was elected President and your
reporter continues as Secty-Treas. The Ken Newlands, Springfield, Mo.
and the Grover Bohans, Jonesboro, and Betty Bohan Saltzman, Mountain
Home, attended the meeting. Movies of "A Trip Thru the Panama Canal"
and "Mapping the Darien Country for Inter-American Hwy" were shown
and narrated by Mr. Dwight Nichols, Mgr. of Crescent Hotel in the sum-
mer and professional photographer and lecturer during the winter months.
The pictures of The Panama Canal were so realistic that many expressed
themselves as being "homesick". It was voted to hold future annual meet-
ings in Eureka Springs, the center of location for members of this Society.
On Labor Day Sunday, Alice and Paul Bidstrup paid a surprise visit
to this area. Alice is working in Personnel at a nearby Air Force Base.
Paul was recently retired and devotes his time to his farm and herd of
Black Angus cattle. They own 150 acres 15 miles from Sedalia. The
Heine Hallins enjoyed a visit from Lawrence and Helen Adler, Bill and
Myrtle Black, all former residents of Pedro Miguel. Including Newell
Shaw, they visited the Bill Kellers in Rogers and were brought up-to-date
on Lock activities. The Adlers were accompanied by Mrs. Mary Adler, a
sister-in-law of Lawrence, from Albany, Ga. and described as a "charm-
ing lady" by cub reporter Newell on my return from Ardmore, Okla.
As brand new grandparents, Edith and George Engelke are proud
of their brand new grandson, Michael Brian Engelke, born August 24
in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. The little fella has decided to make his
home with Paul and Jan Engelke. Like all proud Grandmothers, Edith
"just happened" to have pictures of Mike in her purse at our meeting.
We are all interested in Roller Skate Derbies since Judy Crooks
Matthews, daughter of Minnie and Homer Crooks has moved from Cali-
fornia to New York to train as a Professional. Judy highly recommends
roller skating as a "slimming" exercise. The Walter Reifs had a gather-
ing of the Clan when the Jr. Reifs, Walter, Arda and son Walter of St.
Louis, Mo. and Mrs. Betty Reif Clark, son Walter and daughter Susan f
Omaha, Neb. were here this summer. Walter Reif, Jr. is an accountant
for the Sohio Oil Co. Other visitors were Rose and Ken Hellums of the
Neighbor Ed Booth was routed out of bed at 1 a.m. by violent door-
bell banging and happily surprised to hear "Hi! Gramps" from his 6'4"
grandson, Donald Wilson and wife Margaret of Balboa. His next (sounds
'Bjan) visitors were Earl and Charlotte (Wahl) Daily returning to New
York and the Zone via the Ozarks. They stopped to see each one of us
and overnighted with the Bentonville Engelkes. My memories of Charlotte
are pleasant for she was a member of my S.S. class in Pedro Miguel Union
Church. The Bill (Carrie) Mathues of Springdale report a visit from Lois
Jefferies a former nurse at the Panama Hospital now living in St. Louis.
Also Mr. Charles Halmein, a retired Atlantic Side electrician stopped to
see them on his way "Out West." Mrs. Marionne Campbell of Springdale
has gone to spend the winter on the Zone, visiting in St. Petersburg and
Miami, Florida, enroute.
At the Jimmie Comans in Bentonville we met Earl and Alberta Stone
on vacation from the Zone. Alberta is the daughter of the late Florence
(Neville) Miller, a real Old Timer and at the time of retirement was Asst.
Mgr. and Cashier of Pedro Miguel Clubhouse. The Stones had been to
King's Point to witness the graduation of their son from the Academy.
Capt. James IB. Coman of the Air Force and family feel they are back
on the Canal Zone though now located in Honolulu. They are really
enjoying the Tropics again after a tour of duty in Denver, Colo. Lula
Mae Coman and sister Mrs. Mattie MacAulay recently returned from a
trip to Arcadia, La. where they found many cousins and other relatives
they had never met. They were shown many items of interest in the home
town of their great grandfather. They visited O. M. Plummer of Little
Rock and the Frank (Ulma) Phillips in Shreveport. We are happy to
know that the father of Mrs. Coman, Jr. (Frances Davenport), recently
reported seriously ill in the Vet. Hospital, Durham, N.C. has improved
enough to become an "Out" patient.
Over to George Engelkes we met neice Marguerite, daughter of
Herbert and Alice Wood Engelke of the Zone. Marguerite is happily lo-
cated in the new Roberta Fulbright Hall for Freshmen Women on the
campus of U of A where she is majoring in Nursing. The beauty and
convenience of the new Hall makes Marguerite feel she is on a luxury
cruise. We arrived at the Earnest '(Haleen) Williams and learned of
their joy in the recent visit of Haleen's neice and family, Mr. and Mrs.
John J. Hayward of Glen Burnie, Md. Fortified by a delicious surprise
supper, we went on to Rogers, Ark. The Bill Kellers were not home but
neighbor Lynn and Maude Cook of Villa Taboga reported that Alice Kel-
ler's mother, Mrs. Rivoire of Lewisburg, Pa. is spending the Winter with
them. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph (Marion) Kirkpatrick, son of late R. Z. Kirk-
patrick, former Zone Hydrographer, stopped to see Lynn Cook during
Maude's visit to points North. We learned that Mrs. Henry Thornton
was a visitor in the home of Mrs. Hollister Jackson, mother of 'Col. Jack-
son, on her way East to see her daughter and son-in-law, Col. and Mrs.
Jackson (Virginia Thornton) and family at Hidden Valley Farm in Vir-
ginia. The newsgatheriing trip 75 miles and 8 hours later ended
with interviewing Starford and Dorothea Churchill recently retired from
Gatun, and presently exploring the Ozarks for possible retirement home.
They now plan to go on to Ogden, Utah for more exploring before mak-
ing final decision.
We rejoice with families of Walter Zimmerman of Ozone and Regnall
Ewing of Mulberry who have returned home after several weeks in our
Fayetteville Veterans Hospital.
To the families of J. C. Myrick, Raleigh, N.C., James Whitsett, Ohio
and Chesley Cargile, St. Augustine, Fla., our deepest sympathy In the pass-
ing of their loved ones. Mr. Myrick, Ass't. Supt. of Pacific Locks before
retirement, and Mr. Whitsett were long time residents of Pedro Miguel.
Mr. Cargile was with the Signal Div. of the P.R.R. and a short time resi-
dent, but early associated himself and family with the worthwhile or-
ganizations of the town. There is a tinge of sadness in the passing of
former fellow townsmen and associates.
Noticing the number of out of state cars filled with folk seeking rest
and comfort in the coolness of our hills. we of Tranquil Acres spent our
summer in our own cool and shady back yard reading "The Untold Story
of Panama"-by Earl Harding and "The Untold Story of Little Rock"
by Virgil Blossom, both books revealing much of the chicanery that was
concealed and we gladly turned to the homespun philosophy of "The
Ozark Mountaineer". It was like a breath of fresh air after spending
hours in a "smoke filled" room with grasping greedy men.
In the interest of N.A.R.C.E. we journeyed to Jonesboro, Ark. to
attend the Arkansas State Federation of Retired Civil Service Employees,
ably organized by Grover F. Bohan, who emceed the banquet and was
elected 2nd V. P. of the Federation. Congratulations, Grover. The ride
over the hills and through the wide valleys, across Lake Norfolk at this
time of the Flaming Fall Revue was so beautiful, it hurt with exquisite
pain. Come and see for yourself.
So we come to the end of 1959 a good year for the World, as
people of all Nations come to realize there is Peace on Earth NOW for
the Man of Good Will. May their number increase. I leave with you the
thought of Henry Van Dyke who wrote:
"What you have in this world will be found, on
the day of your death, to belong to others;
What you are, will be yours forever."
The members of the Panama Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas say
"A GOOD 1960 to Y'ALL"
Blanche E. Shaw
Come to the Reunion on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12, 13.
NEWS FROM ORLANDO
The Herbert Judsons had as their house guests for the month of Aug-
ust their son, Dr. Walter Judson with his wife and son. Several luncheons
and bridge parties were given for daughter-in-law Marcella, and near the
end of the month the whole family drove to Miami to meet granddaughter
Jane who had spent the summer in Costa Rica and the Canal Zone. From
there they went to Key West before heading north for home.
Major Al Meyer was in the hospital in August with a heart attack,
but is now out and feeling all right again.
The Calloways took a vacation during August; Bess to Jackson, Mis-
sissippi to visit her mother, while Cal went to the American Legion Con-
vention in Minneapolis.
The Bob Wilhites drove to Jacksonville where they visited Mr. and
Mrs. Charles S. Hollander and Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Murwin. Both going
and coming they stopped at the Walter Clarks who live on the St. Johns
River near Bostwick, and also saw the Charles Shaws who live close by.
Stephen A. Wilhite, nephew of Bob Wilhite, recently passed the ex-
amination for aviation cadet and is now training as a navigator. He is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Wilhite formerly with the Postal Depart-
ment at Balboa Heights and now employed by the Postal Department in
Helen and John Miller, accompanied by Edith Sibus drove to the
mountains of North Carolina for a two week vacation.
Early in September the Sibus's visited the R. C. Deavours in their
new home in Ormond Beach; found both Shorty and Annie well.
The Milton Treadwells, with Edna Whitver and Shirley Price, drove
to St. Pete to attend the P.C. Society picnic on the 14th of September.
Richard Koperski of the Canal Zone, spent about four weeks with his
parents, the Lee Koperskis while convalescing from an operation. During
his visit they drove to the Gulf Coast to attend the P.C. Society picnic and
visit friends in St. Pete and Bradenton. They also drove to Key West
before taking Richard to Miami for his plane back to the Zone. On their
return to Orlando they found Lee's mother was in the Florida Sanitar-
ium, having been taken suddenly ill during their absence, but she is
now out and around again.
Mrs. A. W. Goulet visited friends in Orlando and her sister, Mrs.
Margaret McCormack in Casselberry. Mrs. McCormack has been laid
up with a broken knee cap, and her other sister, Mrs. Flynn, is staying
The McWilliams, Ginny (McLaren) and John stopped off in Dothan,
Alabama recently on their way to Florida and spent a couple of days
with Sue and Doc Odom. In Florida they visited Ginny's sisters and their
families: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Barkley (Phyllis) in Orlando and their
new baby, born April 15th and named David after his grandfather, Cap-
tain David McLaren; and in Jacksonville with Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M.
Hicks, Jr. (Edith) and their three children.
The Calloways made a trip to Abeline, Texas to make the acquaint-
ance of their new grandson, Daniel Murray Calloway, who arrived Octo-
ber 14th. The parents are Captain Vern D., Jr. and Lois Calloway.
Vi Mohr spent two weeks with her daughter Mary Lou McCabe in
Wilmington, Del and on her way home stopped off for a short visit with
Mrs. Mabel Comley in Arlington, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos of Orlando have recently returned
from spending three weeks in Hot Springs; Ark. where they:took the baths.
Come to the Reunion on Tuesday and.Wednesday, Jan. 12, 13.
NEWS FROM THE PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEX.
Tommy Hughes (son of Bill & Myrtle Hughes), his wife, Lorna
and three-month-old Tommy, Jr., spent the day with the C. L. Leesers of
Pasadena, on their way to St. Petersburg, Fla., where Tom will play
baseball in the Winter League. Tommy is still under contract with the
St. Louis Cardinals.
Charlie B. Holmelin, who has been on an extended trip throughout
the U.S., visited with the C. L. Leesers on his way home to Florida.
Charlie looks fine and says he visited with many of the old timers on
Peggy & Dan Pratt (nee Peggy McIlvaine, daughter of the C. B.
McIlvaines of Margarita) have a brand new baby boy. He is the third
son for the Pratts.
Mr. r M. Potochny of Pasadena reports that he and his wife are
the proud grandparents of their first grandchild, a grandson James
Gordon Frick born on October 5 to James & Mildred Frick. Mrs.
Potochny went to the C.Z. to take care of her daughter and new grandson,
and was unfortunate enough to become ill and had to undergo an opera-
Gloria & Jack Sandifer (nee Gloria Ingrai) and the Eric Forsmans
visited the M. J. Theologians one day this summer. Gloria and Jack have
four wonderful children. They live in Arlington, Texas and the Forsmans
live in Forth Worth. All are fine and report that there are several C.Z.
people living in their area.
Tillie and Nathan Levy have just returned from a vacation in Brook-
lyn, New York with their daughter, Charlotte and her family. Little
Mark, their grandson is now two years old and highlighted their visit
While in the East they spent a few days as house guests of their
dear friends, Jessie and Al Forsstrom in Rhode Island, and Clara and
George Reynolds in Masachusetts. The Forsstroms and Levys spent one
glorious day as guests of the Gorin family; the occasion being the BAR
MITZVA of Jerry's son Stephen. The Reynolds celebrated their 45th
wedding anniversary with a dinner during their visit. On the trip home
they stopped in Philadelphia for lunch with friends there. They also
visited a neice in Baltimore, Maryland, and then on to Asheville, North
Carolina as house guests of Florence Kiger. Had a lovely dinner at the
Dow Walkers, a nice visit with the Roy Knoops who was with them at
Florences and the day of the picnic given by the Canal Zone Club of
Asheville, and Hendersonville, North Carolina. They also visited the
Howards, and sorry Doc Howard is not active. Mrs. Behlen was in the
hospital, but Sharkey looked fine. The Knoops and Florence took them
to Montreat in the mountains to visit a sister of Mrs. Peggy Ellis. Florence
and other friends made their visit in North Carolina one they will long
After leaving Asheville, they went through the Great Smokies and
headed home with a short stop in Louisiana and Texas to visit the Cannon
family "Old Timers" from the Zone. The Levys are hopeful that some
of their many friends from East and West will stop at 2217 Huldy Street,
Houston, Texas for a visit.
Roy and Mickey Searcy are beaming with joy over the arrival of
a son, Lynn Carter, born October 15, at 10:16 a.m. Little Lynn Carter
is the grandson of Captain and Mrs. Benjamin C. Judd of St. Petersburg,
Florida. This is the Searcy's first child.
Ted and Polly Birkeland have just returned from a vacation in
California, visiting relatives and friends.
The Panama Canal Club of Houston will have a holloween party
at Ted and Polly Birkelands October 31.
Bertha Turner, Secretary-Treasurer
More News From Houston, Texas
Alida Drew and William Lenhart were married on October 25, 1959
in Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Texas. They now reside in Eagle
Lake, Texas where Mr. Lenhart is President of First National Bank.
We had a lovely visit from this couple in June when Joyce and
Sara Collinge were visiting Haldemans in Houston, Texas, following
Sara's graduation from the University of Colorado. Alida was thrilled
to be with one of her first grade students in Balboa. Sara is now teaching
sixth grade in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and loves every moment of her
The Pat Coakley Srs. are scheduled to arrive from Grand Rapids,
Michigan a few days before Thanksgiving, to attend the wedding of
their youngest son, Pat Jr. on November 28, 1959 at a High Nuptial
Mass in Holy Rosary Church. The bride-to-be is Genevieve Perucca of
Houston. She holds a Master's degree in Music and is a fine, young
woman. The Haldemans are having their annual Thanksgiving family
dinner plus the Coakley family and Betty Haldeman Underwood and
family from San Antonio. What a wonderful day we all will have. Colonel
C. R. Underwood is presently stationed at Fort Sam Houston. He and
Betty have five adorable children. All seem very happy to be in Texas,
especially so near to we relatives in Houston.
By the way, we have a new addition to our family this year. Our
great-niece, Doris Mary Young of Balboa, Canal Zone, is living with
us while attending Massey Business College. She has had one year at
the Canal Zone Junior College. Doris and Forrest Young, her parents
will come up from Balboa in June to join her, on their annual Canal
Tharon Haldeman Mitchell and husband are now living in Guayquil,
Ecuador. Mr. Mitchell is employed by Tennessee Gas Company as
Manager of their office. They have met George Capwell, formerly from
Canal Zone, and with Fuerza y Luz Company. Understand he is so well
liked by the Ecuadorians that they have named a stadium after him.
In September, Charlie Calvit and his bride were visitors in
Houston, for several days before returning to St. Petersburg. They had
come from California where they had attended the Golden Wedding
anniversary of the T. W. Harrisons. One evening the Calvits enter-
tained at a Mexican Restaurant for the Haldemans, Wrights, Doris
Mary Young, Kate Ebdon and Lydia Edbon Jerrell; all cousins!
Nellie Calvit wanted to see some Texas cowboys and high boots
but Houston is too large a city for this. We hope that they will return
soon at which time we will take them to a ranch where Nellie can
,get her grandest wish. It wasn't hard for all of us to fall in love
with her. She and Charlie will be so happy.
Mary Ruth Bowman (Matilda Neely's granddaughter) and family
moved from Houston to Durango, Colorado in August. A recent letter
received tells that they miss Texas friends but are truly pleased with
Durango in every way town, people and Frank's teaching job with
We see Joe and Ninetta Orr quite regularly. Both at this time are
well. During cold weather they sort of hibernate and I don't blame
them for both are susceptible to colds. Wish that they lived in our neigh-
borhood so we could get together more often as well as do some of their
errands in the winter time. Daughter Mary is planning a vacation in
the spring of 1960 wth her parents. Mary and I really have some de.
lightful hours together with Mary spending some of her hard-earned
money on a new wardrobe to take back to Canal Zone.
Virginia and Joe Potochny recently were made grandparents. A
son, named James Gordon Frick, was born on October 5, 1959 (Joe
Orr's birthday, too) to Mildred and Gordon Frick. Virginia was a
visitor in Panama for this happy event.
We hear that Carolyn Pollak Tyssen has enrolled in Baylor Uni-
versity in Waco, Texas for several education courses with an idea of
teaching in the same Senior High School in Clifton, Texas as her hus-
band, David, who is a teacher of history and political science. This town
is only 35 miles from Waco so she doesn't find the drive to college
too long. Carolyn is also working in the Clifton Hospital several days
each week. She is a busy young lady. If all goes as planned, she and David
will spend the Christmas holidays this year with Carolyn's parents, the
Walter Pollaks of Maitland, Florida.
Lee and I continue to enjoy retired life in Houston, probably be-
cause we have so many of our dear friends visiting us from Canal Zone
or from other states, as well as our activities in church, lodge and civic
affairs. One of these days before old rocking chair gets us we hope to
make it to a Canal Zone Reunion in St. Petersburg.
Before closing, congratulations on your new grandson, Lucille.
We were so happy to hear that a precious baby had come to live with
Roy and Mickey. Bessie Haldeman saw Roy at St. Luke's Hospital the
day after the baby was born and was he ever walking on a cloud of air!
Now, we should see you and Benny over this way muy pronto. We are
looking forward to a visit from you so please, don't wait too long.
Greetings to Canal Zone Society and our many friends who live in
St. Petersburg, wherever you see them.
Irene and Lee Wright
Come to the Reunion on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12, 13.
REPORT FROM TRANSIENT CHAPTER
NORTH QUINCY, MASS.
New Members: Carl and Mrs. Newhard, and youngest son, from
the Zone. Captain Dave Swinson from Gloucester (ex-skipper of the
S.S. Ancon). Mrs. Jimmy Johnson from New York. Repeat visits
of members: Gertrude Milloy, Captain Everett Swinson, Dr. Earle
Gerrans, Carlton, Mae and Judy Hallett. We are very happy to have
them all visit with us. Took one day off, from loafing, and all the
Halletts journeyed to Gloucester to enjoy lobster feast with Captain
Everett, Marjorie, Earle and Captain Dave. A scientific fact one
person cannot hold more than 4 lobsters at one time; we proved it.
In looking for more members we explored the state of Maine on
October 19 and 20, to call on Ex-zoners. So-o-o the first stop was Alfred
and we found Dick Taylor busily engaged in getting everything ready
for the winter. Tom Jordon, who lives next door, joined us. So we
enjoyed a long visit and a wonderful luncheon served by Ruth Taylor.
While there Tom conferred upon me the title of Honorary Police Sergeant
of the Canal Zone, and as my authority ? I was presented with a beauti-
ful gold police badge. It appears that George Ritchie, now in Phoenix,
Arizona, presented it to Tom several years ago. I believe Tom gave up the
title and badge because he was tired of directing traffic on his main road;
there were not enough cars to wave to.
The next stop was with Mrs. Mary Manush in Portland. Mary
certainly prepares a wonderful Chicken Cacciatore. The next day, with
Tom, we all headed for Yarmouth to call on Harry and Amy Loring.
What pleasantries and reminiscing. We had intended to take colored
pictures of the fall folliage but never did for so much time was spent in
being with friends. When ex-Canal Zoners get together time flies and
one doesn't mind to listen to three people talking at once. We hope to
join the large "Talking Chorus" at the Soreno Hotel next January -
the Annual Reunion that is. That organization yackss" the sweetest
music an Ex-Zoner can hear. Those who have not heard their rendition
of "Do You Remember" or "Remember the Time When" should adjust
their lives so that they can be present at the next Reunion. Such loud
Our Transient Chapter now has 51 members.
Come to the Reunion on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12, 13.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Greetings from in and around the Bay Area!
Captain and Mrs. Harry L. Bach of San, Rafael, California, welcomed
home their son Timothy recently, on his completion of military service.
He was stationed in Germany for the major part of the time.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Wilson and son and daughter of Balboa, Canal
Zone, visited for an afternoon in late August with the Yoders in Los
Altos. The Wilsons were spending a few weeks with Mrs. Wilson's parents
in Los Gatos. Prior to their arrival in California they had visited in
Seattle with the Clark Teegardens and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Haw. From
Los Gatos they were to drive back to New York, visiting relatives en
route, and return to the Zone via The Panama Line.
Mr. and Mrs. George Walker spent a portion of their vacation from
the Canal Zone with Mrs. Walker's brother, Gerald D. Bliss, Jr. and
his family, who now live in Campbell, California. One afternoon they
all drove over to Los Altos to call on the Nevilles, Yoders, and other ex-
Canal Zone friends living in that area.
En route to the Orient Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth G. Jones of Oswego,
New York, stopped over in Los Altos for few days' visit with the Sidney
Nevilles. Just prior to her arrival Mrs. Jones (nee Anita Wood) had
visited her mother, brothers, and other relatives on the Isthmus, while
Dr. Jones flew out direct from New York to meet her here. Dr. Jones
was appointed by the Ford Foundation to establish a teachers' college in
Indonesia, and on the 30th of August they departed by plane on the
next lap of their long journey to their new post. They expect to reside
in Medan for a period of two years. They write enthusiastically of the
many places they were able to visit en route, and anticipate an interesting
and rewarding experience.
In August Mrs. Chris Wirtz of Los Altos flew to New York by jet
plane to visit her parents, and also a sister, who had arrived there with
her baby daughter from Guatemala.
Mr. and Mrs. George Hooper, formerly of the Canal Zone and now
residing in Red Bank, New Jersey, visited the Ernie Paynes of Napa for
a few days in September. They had been on an extended business and
pleasure trip to the Pacific Northwest and points in Canada. During their
stay in California, Dr. and Mrs. Merrill H. Judd of Los Altos entertained
a large group of friends in their honor.
Also attending the Judd's party were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roche,
house guests of the Nevilles. They arrived by west coast boat from the
Canal Zone, purchased a car here and will return to the Zone via New
York, visiting relatives and friends in Colorado, South Dakota, Minne-
sota and Ohio, en route.
For their vacation this year Mr. and Mrs. Harold Duncan of Sara-
toga drove to Greeley( Colorado, for a two weeks' visit with Mr. Dun-
can's sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs Jack Evans, formerly of Pedro
Miguel, and also the Evans' daughter Norma (now Mrs. Al Harrington)
and her family. From there the Duncans drove on to San Antonio and
Corpus Christi, Texas, and on the homeward trip visited the Carlsbad
Caverns. They also stopped in Tucson, Arizona to see the Astrins (Mrs.
Astrin is the former Joan Forbes), and in Phoenix to see the Rylls (Mrs.
Ryll is the former Bobbie Neville), and then on to Los Angeles for a
week. While in Los Angeles they visited with the Elmer Forbes, who were
stopping over at the home of their son Jimmy and his family while en
route to Tucson to spend the winter.
Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Murray, former residents of the Canal Zone who
now live in Boulder, Colorado, visited Mrs. Murray's brother and wife,
Mr. and Mrs. Irwin E. Smith, in Los Altos early in October, and while
here another brother, who lives in Roseburg, Oregon, joined the family
group. Mrs. Murray (nee May Smith) was a teacher and principal in the
Canal Zone schools for many years. They also spent a week in San Rafael
as guests of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Irwin, and en route home expected to
spend some time in the Los Angeles area seeing old friends there.
Returning the last of September from a six weeks' cruise to the
Orient on the S/S President Wilson were Mr. and Mrs. Sergio Betancourt
of Panama, R. de P. Mrs. Betancourt was formerly Alice Westman. The
Yoders were at the pier to meet the Betancourts who visited with them
overnight before starting on the last lap of their long journey, flying
back to Panama. They talked in glowing terms of the cruise and the
many places they visited, but said it would be good to get home again.
Most of the month of September was spent by the Yoders in the Paci-
fic Northwest Portland and Seattle, visiting relatives and friends. In
Seattle they were the house guests of the Elmer Haws. En route back to
Portland they toured the Olympic National Forest a beautiful drive.
Other Canal Zone friends seen on the trip were Mrs. Ora Fisher, Mrs.
Dove Prather, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Cain, Mrs. Harrison Higley, the Clark
Teegardens and Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Hartshorne.
Mrs. Henry Falk of St. Petersburg, Florida, visited her mother in
San Francisco in September, and while here was able to see many of her
old friends of the Canal Zone days.
Helen H. Yoder
Come to the Reunion on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12, 13.
IN, AND 'ROUND ABOUT' HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos of Orlando, and Mr. Chas. Holmelin
of St. Pete, were our Florida visitors in Sept. in our National Park and
were taking our hot health baths. While here they visited friends and
enjoyed our beautiful countryside.
From far and near folks come to enjoy Uncle Sam's thermal waters
here and again, we had Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Adler of Panama, and
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Black of Balboa in our midst bathers, and visitors,
who almost annually enjoy a sojourn here.
While here, the Blacks visited a number of local friends, having
motored "over" from Albuquerque, where their son, Wm. Jr. entered
the U. of New Mex. From here they went to Gulfport, Miss., to visit
the Horace Jones's and the Leon Dedeaux's ("hello" folks!) and from
thence they were going 'up East' to visit their former home and home
folks,-and then to N.Y. to sail back to Panama.
Mrs. Frances Horter had as guests, during the summer, at her home
in the Park Hotel, her daughter, Ruth Spooner, and her husband from
The Rufus Garretts of Okolona, Ark. were recent visitors in town,
calling on friends.
Jack and Ann Reinig were hosts during the summer to kinfolk from
N.Y. A letter from their daughter, Peggy Fucik of Highland Park, Ill.,
informed them that the Ed. Fuciks will attend the Assoc. of Electrical
Engineers Convention in Oct. in Wash., D.C. They hope to visit with
Mrs. Abraham Matlowsky (Anna), and daughter, Mrs. Berneice Randall,
also the Barney Forgersons (Betty Conley), of C.Z., and mother Mrs.
Conley, while there.
Fred and Agnes Atkinson returned here from their East Coast
trip, sometime in Aug. Now, they are contemplating spending the Christ-
mas season with their children, the Norman Andersons in Balboa, and
the Vigo Larsens in Panama.
Mrs. Anna Piper seems to be recuperating nicely, and is at home to
her friends, after a recent stay in St. Joseph Hospital.
Thanks again N. W. Ark. for your invitation to your annual Autumn
dinner and "get-together" at Eureka Springs! Sorry we couldn't join
you! We know that you had a grand time!
Alien Bartholomew is now convelescing in his home after several
weeks in a hospital in Little Rock. Mrs. Tom Shirley is also ill in her
home. We hope that they both will regain good health soon.
In Aug. I took the Inaugural Excursion to our 50th State and en-
joyed immensely the impressive Inaugural ceremony of Gov. Quinn as
first Gov. of our newest state, also the many other interesting things
while there. I contacted the Thomas Roths' who are residing in Aloha-
land. They informed me that they and their son and family were well
and happy and still enjoying their home in Honolulu, where they have
been living since leaving the C.Z. They send their best regards to all
While in Hawaii, I was busy seeing all the sights on Oahu, and flew
to the outer islands of Kawai, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii. Naturally,
my visit was one of continual comparing and contrasting with Panama
and C.Z., as to climate, trade winds (which are blowing there), flora,
fauna, volcanoes, soil, industries, etc. The immense pineapple industry
especially interested me, and I 'took in' every process, from preparation
of fields, planting and harvesting, 'to and through' Dole's cannery! The
intriguing thing was that our Monte Lirio pine' was the 'daddy' of all
this,-and Panama was given 'credit' for it! This pineapple was taken
to Hawaii, where a more uniform size and a firmer texture was developed,
but its delicious flavor and sweetness were retained. You were 'treated'
everywhere with the delicious juice-it flowed freely-a toast to our 50th
state- (and to Panama too!).
While on our West Coast, I was able to visit with, or contact, sev-
eral 'Ex-Canalers'. Mabel Hutchings, (Mrs. R. W.), came over from San
Leandro, and a wonderful visit and talk fest was had. We 'did' all the
big stores in San Francisco. I gathered that all the Bay Area and CZer's
were doing fine! Mr. Isaac Andrews assured me that he was still interested
in NARCE, church work, and Bay Area CZer's picnics. He had a delight-
ful visit with his children, who journeyed from Mass. to the West Coast
early this spring. Graham Brotherson and family, and his sister, Doris
Hand and family, are fine, and Graham is an electrical engineer in S.
Fran. but lives in San Leandro.
In L. A., Mrs. Ernest Reimer (Cornelia), came over from Sierra
Madre, to visit-what a fine time we had! She's still intensely interested
in her painting and does lovely work. Mrs. Fred Bradley, (Emma), came
'over from Glendale, and we two old neighbors and Pedro Miguelites, too,
had a wonderful time together! She informed me that Betty and family
were now living next door, and Peggy was stationed 'way over' in N.
Africa, in Algiers, and Martha,( Mrs. J. Wood), and husband and family,
were still in C.Z.
Down San Diego way, I found Jack and Flo Lamb in Horse Shoe
Trailer Camp in El Cajon. They are happy trailerites, and I spent a
delightful day with them. They moved down from Seattle in Aug. where
they lived since March,-and find S. Calif. weather more to their liking
for trailer life.
Our glorious and gorgeous fall leaf coloration is starting-a sign that
winter will be with us soon-and while your reading this-'twill be time
for Santa and soon after-the Reunion in St. Pete! I hope to see you there!
"Muy Felices Pascuas y Prospero Ano Nuevo!"
Frances S. Dorn
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
A good crowd of members and friends gathered for the fall picnic
at Griffith Park, Los Angeles, on Sunday, September 13, 1959-despite
a heat wave which enveloped California-and all report a fine time. Lots
of new faces, and surprise meetings of old friends. Among the guests
were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dailey (Charlotte Wahl) of Diablo, C.Z., who
were on vacation from the Zone and who brought along Earl's mother,
Mrs. Amy Dailey of Metarrie, Louisiana: Mrs. Mary C. Strauss, mother
of Robert J. Strauss; Ruth H. Whipple and Reed R. McIlvaine of Clear-
water, Florida: Mrs. Helen Peterson and daughter Eileen; Charles and
Thelma (Dowell) Heim; Tom and Marion Rice: B. B. Gibbs; Mrs. Lura
V. Buehler: Mr. and Mrs. Barney Keegan: Mrs. Robert Beissel; Mrs.
Capt L. C. Callaway suffered a heart attack in August, and after 7
weeks in the hospital is now home, feeling much better, but still a little
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Godfrey of Santa Paula, have returned from
a ten weeks vacation that took them from coast to coast and down to the
Gulf of Mexico, travelling the entire way by train. In New Haven, Con-
necticut they visited their daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Ira K.
Blandt, and their 3 children. After spending 6 weeks there, and seeing
the sights in and around New England, they went to Washington, D. C.,
and Norfolk, Virginia. At the latter place they visited Otis and Annabel
Myers. Hope the picture they sent of the Myers' home is printable -
as well as the picture of Otis enjoying his retirement. When he retired
from the Municipal Division his friends pictured Otis at ease, fishing and
drinking beer, so he enacted such a scene. From there the Godfreys'
travelled to Texas to visit relatives, and then by train back to Santa Paula.
Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Leighton of Arthur, Illinois, visited Mr. and Mrs.
Godfrey recently at their home in Santa Paula: hope the picture of them,
and of the Godfreys is printable.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Seiler drove to Bryce Canyon, Zion Park,-
with a stop-over at Las Vegas, but they report no winnings. Then they
went on to Aspen, Loveland, and Denver, Colorado; and in Greeley, they
visited Mr. and Mrs. Jack Evans and daughter; at Boulder, Colorado, they
saw Theresa Comber who is attending University of Colorado; they also
visited Santa Fe and Embudo, New Mexico.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ruley of Redondo Beach recently made a trip
to the east coast, visiting their son and family in Massachusetts. Bob
called on Dr. Bates, who is convelescing from an illness found the
Doc very cheerful. The Ruleys also visited Mrs. Grace Mason (Mrs.
Ruley's sister) in Washington, D.C.; R. E. Snedecker and Mrs. Mabel
Crum in Jacksonville, Florida; and Otto Orbough, formerly with the
Army on the Isthmus.
Mrs. Anna Tonneson, and son Jack, recently entertained Mr. and Mrs.
Martin Seiler, Mrs. P. J. Sundberg, Mrs. Hedvig Seedborg and Mrs.
Thelma Reppe at dinner and showed their pictures taken on their trip
Mrs. Ann M. Jackson is visiting her sister and brother-in-law, the
Pattersons in North Carolina. She will go to New York before returning
to her home in Canoga Park.
Wm. J. Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Jones of Monrovia, was
recently promoted to Captain. Capt. Jones is commanding officer of Quon-
set-based Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 33, according to
a clipping from a Rhode Island newspaper. Captain Jones was born on
the Zone, graduated from Balboa High School in 1935, and from the Naval
Academy in 1941. As officer-of-the-deck on duty aboard the cruiser
Helena at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, he gave the first alarm on
Dec. 7, 1941. Mr. and Mrs. Jones visited their son and his family in
September, traveling to Rhode Island by jet plane.
Letter from Russell R. Hand of Montebello: he says he remembers
only the oldest of old-timers, having been on the Zone from 1912 to 1917,
and after the war returned for a few months in 1920. (He was with the
QM Department at Culebra, Balboa and Gatun, and the PRR at Colon,
and the C.Z. Attorney's Office in Ancon, and served the remainder of
his time in the Executive Offices at Culebra. He retired frommore than
32 years' civil service and more than 22 years' active and,reserve mili-
tary service with the rank of Captain, Corps of,Engineers Reserve. He
further says he became "tired of being retired" and in 1958,his Monte-
bello neighbors elected him to the office of City,Treasurer for a four
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bradley hear regularly from their daughter,
Peggy, who is working for the U.S. Air Force in Ber Guirir, Morocco.
Peggy is enjoying, new experiences and sights in and about that territory.
While vacationing in Maraketch she was pleased to see Winston Church-
hill; and she has recently tried out,riding a donkey Arab style, and
joined an Arab group in their songs and belly dancing. Earlier in the
year ,she had met Roy Knoop (From Gatun) who was a teacher in
The Bradleys were pleased that they had an opportunity to visit with
Francis Dorn of, Arkansas during her brief stop-over in Los Angeles en-
route from Hawaii.
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn B. Kerr of Monrovia recently had as,their house
guest, Mrs. Ann De la Mater of Greenville, North Carolina. They enter-
tained with an afternoon party for their guest, and many friends from
the Zone attended: Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Heltemes,,Mr. and Mrs. Denny
Mullane, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Shrapnel, Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Hazzard, Mrs.
Rowene Crooks, Mrs. Elizabeth Hall, Mrs. Helen Rhodes, Mrs. iDorothy
Hamlin, Mrs. Shirley Simons, Mrs. Irma King, Mrs. Docia Hodges, Mrs.
Walter H. Morton. Ann was the honor guest at a number of parties while
in the Los Angeles area.
Mr. Glenn B. Kerr was in an Arcadia hospital for surgery, but is
home and feeling fine again.
Col. and Mrs. Hocker (ret.) have returned to their home in San Fran-
cisco after a trip to Mexico City where Col. Hocker took a refresher course
in Spanish. He intends teaching at Berkeley. Mrs. Hocker is the former
Ruth Egolf, of Gatun, was in California to visit her son George and
greet a new grandchild; and also visit with the H. M. Lockwoods :in
Mrs. James M. Lynch and son Neil, of Escondido, California, drove
12,000 miles this past summer seeing the U.S.A. and Canada. Neil was a
semi-finalst in the National Merit Scholarship. Dr. Lynch could not get
away to accompany them, but he flew to New York City twice during the
year to attend :medical symposiums.
William and Freddy Lawson, sons of Pauline and William Lawson
of Burbank, spent their summer vacation working on tuna boats sailing
the west coast as far as Peru and Ecuador. Both are "ham" radio oper-
ators and were able to keep in touch with their folks. On Oct. 8 word
was received that the boat on which Freddy was working had sunk, but
all the crew members were safe. A contact: was later made via "ham"
radio and it was learned that he was being flown home, with:stops at Pan-
ama, Miami and Dallas, then Los Angeles. His reply to the question as
to how he felt about the trip "I never had such a wonderful picnic in
my whole life." They are both back in high school now, with many ex-
periences to think about.
Estelle McLain is home again:after a wonderful trip. In New York
she visited Mrs. Sam Blackburn and son Bill and learned that Mr.
Blackburn had passed :away last January. In New Jersey she visited
Mrs. Leila Abrahams and daughter Mrs. Abrahams had a dress shop
on 10th St. in Colon for many years. In Philadelphia Mrs. McLain visited
Mrs. Ella Schmidt (mother of Russell Schmidt of Balboa, C.Z.). In
Baltimore she visited with Mrs. Marie Hargy, and then to Washington
where she saw the sights with Mrs. T. L. Casserly (Mr. Casserly was with
the Veterinary Div. at Mt. Hope). Then on to Portsmouth, Virginia to
visit her sister, and to Richmond, Virginia to visit Mr. and Mrs. Howard
Anderson, and also had a nice visit with Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Brown and
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Pritchett are on the move again, on:a cruise with
the Al Malaikah (Los Angeles Shriners). They flew from:Los Angeles,
had two nights in New Orleans, and two nights in Miami. 'They sail on
the MS Bergensfjord, for Nassau, Havana, Panama Canal, La 'Guaira,
Caracas, Curacao, San Juan (Puerto Rico)-and will leave the cruise and
visit friends and associates in South America. They visited with the Roose-
velt Medal Holders in November 1958, and will call on them in Novem-
ber 1959 also.
Mr.:and Mrs. George T. Cotton are now residing in Diablo with their
son and daughter-in-law Arthur T. Cotton. They are semi-invalids any
one wishing to write them may address it c/o Arthur T. Cotton, Box 602,
Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mrs. A. L. Hoecker made a trip by train to Pennsylvania to visit
relatives, and returned by plane.
A group of Canal Zone Past Matrons of O.E.S. and their husbands
journeyed to the Bay Area October 2 and 3 for their annual get-to-gether.
In the group were Mrs. Lulu Lumby of San Diego, Mr. and Mrs. Wm.
Pidgeon of Redlands, Mrs. Chloe Ford of Los Angeles, and from Mon-
rovia were Mrs. Docia Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Naylor, Mr. and Mrs.
E. D. Stillwell, Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Lockwood, Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Gil-
bert, and Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin. Those in the -Bay area attending were
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Beard, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Howell, Mr. and Mrs.
Harvey McConaughey, Mrs. Ethlyn Wood at whose home the party was
Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Stillwell left by jet plane October 14 to visit their
daughter Norma and her husband Col. Martin and family. Col. Martin
is stationed in the east and they are living in Falls Church, Virginia.
Mrs. Peter J. Sundberg of Long Beach recently celebrated her 80th
birthday and enjoyed the little dinner'parties given in her honor. She
looks wonderful, and younger than her years.
Bess and Walt Morton and their daughter Margie spent a vacation
at their favorite spot in Oregon this year. Bess and Margie were there
for a month, Walt and his brother of Anaheim went up for two weeks.
Jimmie Morton is still in service in Korea. He says he is getting to do
a lot of swimming for his team in Korea. Wally Morton is in Pasadena
City College, and he is going in for swimming also.
Mr. Frederick A. Dear of Santa Monica has returned to Mississippi
to enter the hospital for minor surgery. We wish him a speedy recovery
and return to California.
Letter from Blanche E. Shaw, Secretary of the Panama Canal So-
ciety of Northwest Arkansas, thanking the Los Angeles Society for the
newsletter and the directory. She and Newell hope to make another
trip to California, and perhaps to be here for one of our picnics or
dinners. We hope they make it it's always good to have folks from
out of town.
Mrs. Josephine Huff, of Globe, Arizona, will leave in January on
a long-dreamed-of trip to Egypt and the Holy Land. She will fly tto
Egypt, have a 10-day boat trip up the Nile River, then go on to the
Holy Land, Athens, and Rome expects to be gone a month. We hope
her trip is everything she hopes for and more, and will look forward
to seeing her at the March dinner in Los Angeles.
Capt. W. H. Peterson of Santa Ana, recently travelled by ship to
Canada and then to Bellingham, Washington, to consult with his friend
Dr. Robert Kaiser, an eye specialist. Dr. Kaiser left the Zone in 1945,
and went into practice in Washington. It became necessary for him to
give up his ear, nose and throat practice and concentrate on eye opera-
tions and treatment. Capt. Peterson had eye surgery, and is now home
again getting along well with his temporary glasses, and will get his
permanent ones in a few months. He has a great admiration for Dr.
Kaiser and told how the Kaiser family looked out for him when he
needed help after the operation. Dr. Kaiser is considered the best eye
specialist in the northwest.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. G. Naylor spent some time recently with the
Thomas McGinn family at Montecito (near Santa Barbara), and report
a fine time. Perhaps in the next newsletter we can give a report on the
Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Lupfer of Sierra Madre invited a group of
friends to visit with their guests, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Moore. Those
enjoying the party were Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Hertz, Mrs. Meade Bolton,
Mr. and Mrs. Kirkl, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Shrapnel, Dr. and Mrs. Bliss
Shrapnel, Miss Olga Frost, Miss Florita Frost, Mrs. Charles Lee and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Moore were in the States visiting their son
and his family in Claremont, making side trips to Northern California;
Washington D.C. Evelyn was to visit in Costa Rica and Panama, and
will join Lewis in Bangkok in October. Since 1953 Lewis has been a
Consulting Engineer with an engineering firm, and his assignments have
included 5 years in Korea as an engineering consultant to the U.N.
Reconstruction Agency; 1 year in Burma with the Ministry of Planning
of the Burmese Government, and is now in Thialand as a consultant
to the U.S. Navy on government construction there and in Indo-China.
During this time they have circled the world three times, twice very
rapidly, but this past spring took three and a half months and visited
many different and interesting countries.
Mrs. Louis A. Kaufer (Norine Hall) of Sunnyvale, recently visited
her mother, Mrs. Mary Hall in Glendale, and Ewing and Jane Journey
in Sunland. They enjoyed a picnic at the Fred Bradley's, along with
the Charles Parkers, "Red" Koperski, and Caroline Hackett.
Letter from Russell E. and Bernice (Gregg) Hileman of Palmdale,
California, where they own and operate two business a Foster Freeze
and Charlene's Cafe. Remember those places if you pass through
Palmdale. And we may see their handsome son in the movies in
1958 in a field of 600 entries, he took 3 of the 4 top awards in the
Amvets Baby Show: first place in Class A beauty, the grand award,
a screen test by International Pictures. We can't blame the Hileman's
for being proud.
Some readers may remember Carol Sargeant Hoover daughter
of Richard and Bea Sargeant. She is married, and with her husband,
Howard, and sons Craig and Randy. aged 3 and 1 respectively, lives
in Los Angeles. They recently had Mrs. G. E. Cooper and Gerry of
Gamboa as guests, when the Cooper's were enroute to Anchorage, Alaska,
to visit relatives.
Have a letter from John V. Witt, P.O. Box 374, Kernville, California
- Brass Tag Number 3150. I got quite a kick out of seeing "brass
check number", and wonder how many ex-zoners remember their number.
Mr. Witt was in the Dredging Division, and left the Zone in 1923. He
has asked for the address of E. R. Parsons, Captain of Dredge 84 if
anyone knows of Mr. Parsons' whereabouts please contact me or Mr.
Saw Helen Rhodes at the picnic looking wonderful as usual.
She and Elizabeth Hall entertained Ann DeLaMater while she was in the
area. Helen is working at the Investors Savings & Loan Association in
Pasadena and she promises all who come there the best of service
and protection, and says it is a good safe place for valuables or extra
pennies, if anyone on retirement can accumulate any extra. She works
in a beautiful, modern building such as we all dream of and already
has been offered a better job, but prefers her present one where there
is less pressure. Helen plans on spending Christmas in Plattsburgh, New
York, with her son Howard, his wife and their three children. Howard
is Major in the Corps of Engineering, and has enjoyed the assignment
in New York this may be his last Christmas in the States for'a while
as he is due for an overseas assignment again.
Elizabeth Hall visited her daughter and son-in-law, Myles and
Jean Keating in Boulder, Nevada stopped in Las Vegas a few times
to see the bright lights. Myles is in the restaurant business in Boulder.
Mrs. Ann De La Mater visited her daughter Lois and son-in-law,
Col. Crutchfield at Novato, California, and has now returned to her
home in Greenville, North Carolina.
Recently I spent a weekend in Fallbrook, with George and Margie
Lynch. They 'have a lovely home there, in an avocado grove. George
was with the Dredging Division, 1941-44, and Margie was in the Bond
Section of Accounting.
Hope to leave on December 17 to spend Christmas (good heavens,
who can think of Christmas it's in the 80's in Long Beach) in Ohio
with my sister and family. Going to whoosh to Chicago by jet, and then
will have to take a regular "slow" plane to Columbus!
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Clay of Long Beach, their son Jack, and friend
Ernest Cripps recently drove to Alaska. Mr. Cripps (Mechanical Di-
vision, retired 1946) flew out from his home in Maine, to join the Clay
family, and in mid-August they started north. They drove to Yosemite,
and other scenic spots in California; to Crater Lake, and on to Portland,
Oregon. They had hoped to see Mr.and Mrs. Ben Kuller there, but
learned that they were in the east, however, they did see the daughter,
Jean (Mrs. Charles Terry). In Seattle they visited their daughter and
son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. McRoy Hoverter and their four grandchildren.
Then on to Dawson Creek via Quesnel and Prince George and from
there on they were on the Alcan Highway. They recommend the book
"Mileposts" for anyone going to Alaska by car they found it very
informative and useful. After Fairbanks and Anchorage they returned
to Dawson Creek then to Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
and to Banff and Lake Louise, and to Seattle again. Then they went
to Victoria, B.C., and on to Duncan, B.C., where they visited Mr. and
Mrs. C. Fernie, retired steamship agent; and came back by way of
Port Angelus, Washington, and down the Redwood Highway, and home
again. They travelled over 10,000 miles and enjoyed every bit of the trip.
And since this letter will be published in December the Southern
California members extend to all their friends and neighbors their best
wishes for a happy holdiay season.
Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles
Thelma Reepe, Secretary
Come to the Reunion on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12, 13.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Mr. and Mrs. George N. Engelke of Bentonville, Arkansas, have
returned to their home from a trip to California, visiting friends and
relatives there. While in California, they stayed with Nan and Ed Philgren
at their motel the "El Rey" in Sacramento. Mr. and Mrs. Philgren are
former residents of the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Henry C. Falk of St. Petersburg has returned home after a
visit with her mother in California.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Harrison, who were married on August 19,
1909 in Gorgona, C.Z., were guests of honor at an open house celebrating
their golden wedding anniversary. The event was given by their sons
and daughters at the Harrison home in Canoga Park, California.
Celebrating with their parents, relatives and friends were Mrs.
Gertrude Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harrison and daughters Cristine
and Gail of Balboa, Harry J. Harrison of Venezuela and his sons Harry
Jr. and Thomas. Also present was a granddaughter, Mrs. Joan Conover
and her children Keith and Lori of Reseda, California, Mrs. Harrison's
brother, Charles Calvit and Mrs. Calvit of St. Petersburg, Florida, and
Mrs. Herbert R. Knapp of Panama City. R.P.
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Witmer have been travelling all over Europe
in their new Opel Record. They have had a wonderful time and have
now taken on an apartment in Kronbuhl, Switzerland, where they plan
to stay for several months.
Those of you who missed seeing Dr. and Mrs. Odom at the last re-
union and wondered why, here is the reason. Sue was having a bout
with the flu. However, her last letter sounds real lively and, if all goes
well, they will be among those present at our next reunion in January.
Mrs. George Ruggles has left St. Petersburg, Florida, and traveled
across the country with her son to make her home in California. They
made it to California in 103 hours and enjoyed every minute of it.
Old time Canaler, Pedestrian Extraordinary, perhaps better known
as "Old Iron Legs" has just completed a tour of five South Atlantic
states. He walked from Washington, D.C. to Tallahassee, Florida. With
a few side trips he covered approximately 1,000 miles. He met many fine
people and made a host of new friends along the way. He intended to
continue on to St. Petersburg but decided to call it quits when he reached
Tallahassee. He left Washington D.C. on May 14, 1959 and reached
Tallahassee on August 4, 1959. Quite a stunt for a man 77 years old.
John F. Stahl has walked over 15,000 miles since he took up walking
as a pastime.
Mrs. Kathryn Slattery spent some of the summer months with
friends and relatives in Connecticut. She reports a wonderful time. On
the trip back, she visited in Washington, D.C. and North Carolina.
Miss Jane Gadde of St. Petersburg had a pleasant visit with her
sister and other relatives in Hazlewood, North Carolina. While there,
she joined the family in celebrating her sister's 36th wedding anniversary.
Jack Ridge, Sr. of Trenton, New Jersey, has returned to the United
States after a glorious summer in Ireland, realizing a dream of a life-
time. He found the people friendly, hospitable and always glad to wel-
come a Yank. While there, he spent several days with Henry and
Kathleen Griezer at Lackaroo in Crosshaven, County Cork. Jack says
Henry is quite an apple farmer and Kathleen wins prizes with her flowers.
Capt. and Mrs. A. B. Forsstrom of Cranston, Rhode Island, hurried
up to Maine to attend the funeral of Mrs. Thomas Jordan. While there,
they were the guests of Dick and Ruth Taylor. Duke and Marion Lewis
were vacationing up there so the Taylors, Forsstroms, Lewises, and James
Maguires of Old Orchid, Maine, all attended Mrs. Jordan's funeral.
Before going to Maine, the Forsstroms had Mr. and Mrs. Nathan
Levy of Houston, Texas, as guests. They all attended the Bar Mitzvla
of young Jerry Gorin. Annie Gorin, the mother, Paul Gorin and family
from Miami, Fla., and other members of the Gorin family were there
for the celebration.
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Van Evera, who recently retired from the
Canal Zone, have purchased a new home at 5310 8th Ave. North in St.
Petersburg, Florida. After buying the home, the Van Everas left for a two
or three months vacation up north.
Mrs. Betty Crawford of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. was a visitor at the
St. Petersburg September picnic at Lake Maggiore. Mrs. Crawford
reports that Mr. Crawford has been in poor health for some time.
Mr. and Mrs. Claude B. Strobridge who recently left the Canal
Zone, have purchased a new home at 711 West Merriweather St. New
Mrs. Dean R. Colston has moved to 216 Nottingham Road, Hagers-
town, Maryland. Her son Dick was transferred from Gadsden, Ala. to
Hagerstown last May. He is credit manager of the Hagerstown Branch
of Nolan Inc. They would like any of their friends who are in that
area, to drop by for a visit.
Mrs. Estella N. Coughlin of Orlando writes that she feels fairly good
most of the time despite the fact she has been a shut-in for the past two
years. Mrs. Coughlin is 90 years old.
Mrs. Dove L. Parther of Portland, Oregon, reports that she fell
and broke two of her fingers and now said fingers will not write as
well as she would like them to. Mrs. Prather will be 92 years old on
January 1, 1960. Here is a chance for you to send your former school
teacher a birthday card.
Mrs. Lura Buehelr of Long Beach, California, has returned from
a study cruise of the South Sea Islands, which included Tahiti, New
Zealand (Australia, Figi, Samoa and Hawaii. She reports the trip was
extremely enjoyable and educational.
Mr. Edward Hatchett, Jr., who has been engaged as a teacher in
Arizona for several years, has returned to the Canal Zone and will be
employed by the Canal Zone Division of Schools. Mr. Hatchet grew up
on the Canal Zone and it means coming home to him.
Miss Dorothy Ann Stephens who grew up on the Canal Zone has
felt the lure of the Tropics again. She has accepted a position as teacher
in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. Miss Stephens has been a teacher in the
Largo Schools, in Florida, for the past two years.
News has been late in reaching us of the reception honoring Mr.
and Mrs. Harry F. Preston, given by their children in the Fern Room of
the Tivoli Guest House on July 28, 1959. The event was in honor of
Mr. and Mrs. Preston's golden wedding anniversary. There were 90
guests. Two of the Preston's three children were present, Mrs. James
Wood of Balboa and Harry Preston, Jr. of Cartagena, Colombia. Mrs.
W. B. Rogan of Phoenix, Arizona, was unable to be present. Her daughter,
Ellen, who is residing on the Isthmus, attended, and Miss Beverly Preston
came from Cartagena for the celebration.
Judge E. I. P. Tatelman, a recognized expert on philatelic matters,
has completed a three-month task of compiling material for an illus-
trated booklet on Canal Zone stamps. The book of 51 chapters of four
volumes, is to be consolidated into one book. It contains photostatic
copies of stamps and covers, some more than a century old. The fore-
word by Governor W. E. Potter says in part: "This booklet is an account
of the birth and growth of the Canal Zone governments postal system
and its stamps. Here on the Canal Zone, the stamp collectors attention
is called to one of the richest sagas in the history of the United States,
the man made funnel through which flows the commerce oT the world.
These bits of postage depict the ingenious planners, scenes of their
work, and the determined Canal diggers accomplishments."
Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin has taken an apartment at 420 West Sierra
Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, California. Mrs. Hamlin plans to have a
piano studio in the Woman's Club building there. Her daughter, Janie
Hamlin Leffingwell has purchased a new home at 2059 Doncove, Drive,
West Covina, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jones were among the Canal Zone folks who
journeyed to Atlantic City for the Shrine Convention. Upon returning
to Washington, they packed and moved to their new home at 6500
Hibbling Ave. Springfield, Virginia.
Edward (Ned) Dwelle writes that they have had some rain in and
around Alice, Texas, and that means farming and ranching are in good
shape and when that is the case, he is busy, too. Ned is a Veterinarian.
He tells us that the John Zirkles are in Germany and seem to be very
happy about it. Ned says that John has a nice family of a soni and a
daughter and a fine wife, Fran. Ned was especially pleased to hear
that two of his former schoolmates were doing well: Dorothy Judd
and her Fullbright scholarship and also Sam Matlowsky's success in
the musical world.
Mrs. Dorothy Hall of Gamboa will not retire until 1962 but has
her eye on St. Petersburg for her retirement home. Her son, Lindley
Hall lives at 6 Tulane Place, Greenlawn, Long Island, and is an electrical
engineer with Sperry Rand Corp. Her daughter, Velma (Mrs. Paul N.
Weidoff) lives at 626 La Vista Road, Walnut Creek, California.
Mrs. Frances Schewe of Margarita, C.Z. was the guest of Mr. and
Mrs. George C. Horine of Glendale, Arizona. She attended the wedding
of Miss Fern Horine and Capt. Dabill on August 29, 1959.
Mrs. J. G. Lutz of Woodlynne, New Jersey, writes that her mother
has been quite ill this past year and had to be hospitalized, twice. She
also reports that Commander Jim Spaulding, Jr., his wife and two boys
are presently living in England. The Spaulding boys are Jimmy, 16,
and Teddy, 12. Other near neighbors in Woodlynne are Ruth and Bob
Purdin. They have four boys, Joe, 14, Tommy, 12, Mark, 11 and Dan 31/2.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Schnake from Birmingham, Michigan, were the
guests of Mrs. Mary Davies in St. Petersburg during October.
Mr. Robert Hull came up from the Virgin Islands to be here while
his Dad was in the hospital. Mr. Hull is reported as coming along nicely.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Lewis of St. Petersburg have returned home
after a vacation in New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. L. W. McIlvain, their son, Reed, and Mrs. Ruth Whiple,
are in Clearwater, Florida, at 201 So. Aurora Avenue.
Grace and Jack Carey of Ann Arbor, Michigan, keep busy all the
time. Jack taught summer session at the University of Michigan where he
is a regular teacher. Karen, their youngest, is a Junior in High School,
Sharon is looking forward to her Sophmore year at U.M. and son John
has two more years of college to go, then his graduate work. Jack loves
teaching at U. M. and they like Ann Arbor as a place to live.
Mr. and Mrs. B. Thomas Yocum of St. Petersburg celebrated their
fifty-first wedding anniversary on October 28th. Our congratulations to
Mr. and Mrs. Yocum.
Jack and Milly Randall have returned to the Canal Zone after a
European vacation in twelve countries which they enjoyed, immensely.
Before returning to the Zone, they spent two weeks with their daughter,
Joy Maale, in West Palm Beach, Florida. While in New York, they hop-
ped over to the Poconos to see their son Jack, starring in "The Moon
is Blue" at the Bushkill Playhouse of summer stock. Jack has starred in
the "Tunnel of Love" previous to his role in "The Moon is Blue". He
plans to make the theater his life work. Jack reports he is fully recovered
from his operation of last year and has gained back all of the forty
pounds he lost.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Gerchow writes that Mr. and Mrs. Joe Eckert
were in Montoursville, in August, for the Little League World Series. The
Gerchows attended the Shrine Convention in Atlantic City and enjoyed
meeting several Canal Zone friends there. They plan to attend the re-
union in January.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Calvit have returned to their home in St.
Petersburg after visiting relatives and friends in California, Las Vegas,
Houston, Texas, and New Orleans. While in California, they helped
Charlie's sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Harrisin, celebrate
their golden wedding anniversary. They spent a delightful day in Glen-
dale with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Heldermus. Then a few days at Las Vegas
and managed to get out with a shirt on. Then on to Houston, Texas, for
a visit with Charlie's two sisters, Mrs. Ted Sundquist and Mrs. Clara Hall.
Also visited with Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Haldeman and Lee and Irene Wright.
They stopped in New Orleans for a gay day or two, then home to St.
Petersburg and the green benches.
Miss Frances Moomaw, former Principal of Margarita and Coco
Solo Elementary schools, left during September for a cruise around South
America. When she returns she plans to make her home in Roanoke,
Virginia at 441 Highland Ave., N. W.
James Pederson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hans P. Pederson of Fort
Lauderdale, has been awarded a scholarship by the Fort Lauderdale
Women's Civic Club. James will enter the University of Florida Engin-
Mrs. Eleanor McIlhenney has been appointed Editor of the Panama
Canal Review, according to an announcement at Balboa Heights. Mrs.
McIlhenney has been Assistant Editor of the Review for several years.
As Editor, she succeeds J. Rufus Hardy, who died on Sept. 2, 1959 in
Mr. and Mrs. C. Lawrence Jones and their two children, Jennifer and
David, of Curundu, C. Z. who have been touring the Eastern, mid-western
and south eastern states, were visitors in St. Petersburg, Florida, during
The promotion of Julien S. Hearne to Supervisor of the Dredging
Division was announced by Alton White, Chief of the Division. He will
succeed James A. Fraser, who retired from the Canal organization in June.
Mr. Hearne was born in Yantley, Ala. but has spent most of his life on
the Canal Zone. He attended the Canal Zone schools and the Georgia
Institute of Technology. Since 1956, he has been Supervisory General
Engineer in the Hydrographic Section.
With a group of his former pupils present, Mr. E. W. Hatchett, Canal
Zone Junior College instructor, was decorated with Panama's Order of
Vasco Nunez de Balboa. The ceremony took place in the office of the
Director of Protocal at the Foreign Ministry building. In presenting the
decoration, Minister Roberta Lopex Fabrega, Minister of Public Works
in President Ernesto de la Guardia's cabinet, cited Mr. Hatchett's contri-
bution to United States-Panama good will through Education. Mr. Hat-
chett, at one time, also taught in the University of Panama. Senor Lopez
Fabrego, who presented the award, studied mathematics under Mr. Hat-
chett in Balboa High School. The award was hailed by Representative
Clark W. Thompson of Texas, in the Congressional Record as significant,
in the face of frequent accounts about deterioration of Panama-United
States relations. Inserted in the Record under the heading Edward W.
Hatchett, Canal Zone Ambassador of Good Will, the Record carried the
text of the story from the Panama Star and Herald, with introductory
remarks by Congressman Thompson.
Mrs. Maurice H. Thatcher had the misfortune to fall and sustained
a severe fracture of the thighbone. She fell in their apartment and was
taken to the hospital immediately for surgery. After a week in the hos-
pital she returned home and has made very satisfactory progress. For
awhile she walked with a cane, but can now walk, when she so desires,
without any aid.
On his October 1, T.V. Show, "Today" Dave Garroway called Louis
Bradley, production assistant, to take a bow before the camera, and told
millions of viewers "no matter whether it is 4 A.M. or 4 P.M. Lou has
a smile and a kind word for everyone and it is a pleasure to have him
with us." This made Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bradley of St. Petersburg,
very proud. They are his parents. (See cut)
The many friends of Mr. Fritz Humphreys, of Chase Manhattan Bank,
will be interested to know that he has been placed in charge of their new
bank in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Mrs. Ella E. Wertz, of New Orleans, is eagerly awaiting the arrival
of her son and his wife for a visit. They live in St. Thomas in the Virgin
Islands and are presently on a vacation tour to New Orleans, via the
Panama Canal and San Francisco, California.
After trying the climate up north for a year and a half, Capt. and
Mrs. C. S. Townshend feel they have met the test and can take it, so have
purchased four lots at 100 Seminole Ave. Nassau Shores, Massapequa,
New York. Their new home, facing south, looks across five miles of bay
to Jones Beach, Fire Island and the Atlantic Ocean. As soon as they are
in their new home, they will be happy to see any of the Canal Zone folks.
Mr. and Mrs. Regan of Norwood, Ohio, have been visitors in St.
Petersburg with Mrs. Reva Starke and the Charles Conkertons. They left
for their home in Ohio early in October.
Richard B. Gramlick graduated from Georgia Tech as a Mechanical
Engineer. He received a commission as Ensign. He spent ten days in St.
Petersburg with his parents before joining his ship, the U.S.S. Decatur,
now in the Mediterranean. Gregory (Red, Jr.) and his family also visited
in St. Petersburg with the Gramlick, Seniors.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Roland Jones of Balboa, C.Z. were recent visitors
in St. Petersburg. They were enroute to the Canal Zone and stopped off
here to visit friends and purchase equipment for their new home which
they expect to occupy early in January.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack E. Rathgeber of Glassboro, N. J. and their daugh-
ter, Linda, were guests for a week with Mrs. Rathgeber's parents, Capt.
and Mrs. B. C. Judd, in St. Petersburg. The Rathgeber's other daughter,
Penny, who entered High School this year, did not feel she could afford
to take a two weeks vacation away from school so did not join the others.
Mrs. Nora Rathgeber, of Glassboro, accompanied them on the trip and
her many friends in this area were glad to see her again.
Miss Dorothy Judd of Andover, Mass., a member of the faculty of
Abbot Academy, stopped for a visit with her parents, Capt. and Mrs. B.
C. Judd, on her way home from Bogata, Columbia, S. A. where she
attended Summer Seminar for American teachers of Spanish at the In-
stitute Caro y Cvervo. Miss Judd was selected for study in Bogata under
the Fulbright Scholarship.
Rev. Raymond A. Gray, now Executive Director of the Department
of Overseas Union Churches of the National Council of Churches, visited
the Canal Zone in October. Rev. Gray was on the Isthmus for a week
consulting with Pastors and Leaders of the Union Churches on the Isth-
mus. Rev. Gray was pastor of the Gamboa Union Church when this
church was planned, financed, and dedicated. He was Guest speaker at
his own former church and many who knew him when he was their pastor
had the pleasure of greeting him again. Many families and friends
gathered for a dinner in his honor, held at the Gamboa Golf Club. Rev.
Gray spoke to them about his recent visit to World Church headquarters
at Geneva, Switzerland.
Mrs. A. W. Goulet of Balboa, C.Z. spent the summer visiting friends
and relatives in Florida and New Mexico. In Florida, she visited her
daughter, Theresa, who is Administrative Assistant to the President of
Florida State University in Tallahassee. In New Mexico, she visited her
daughter, Mary Gertrude and her family of six children.
Mr. F. G. Swanson of Tyler, Texas, and Mr. W. R. McCann of Hope-
well, Virginia, seem to be running a two man campaign to arouse people
to the dangers of inflation and price fixing. We frequently receive liter-
ature from these two gentlemen and we only wish space would permit
using this literature in the Canal Record. However, we are sure everyone
on Swanson's and McCann's mailing list appreciates their efforts.
Robert D. McNew, who was on the Canal Zone from 1939 to 1943
and again from 1946 to 1951, now makes his home in Mountain Home,
Arkansas at 209 South College St. While on the Zone, he was an em-
ployee of the Electrical Division.
Martin and Virginia Siler of Los Angeles enjoyed a tour of the South-
west, enroute to Denver, Colorado. They visited Las Vegas, Bryce and
Zion National Parks. In Denver, they were joined by friends for a trip
to Santa Fe.
Mrs. Margaret C. McCormack of Fern Park, Florida, has been con-
fined to her bed for some time, following a fall which resulted in a broken
knee cap. Her sister, Mrs. Frank Flynn of Kalamazoo, Michigan has been
with her while she has been confined to her bed. Mrs. A. W. Goulet was
also a guest of her sister, Mrs. McCormack.
Mrs. Ella S. Piper left New Jersey with Ray and his family for a
trip to Homers in Minneapolis. After a visit there, Ella flew to Tucson,
Arizona, where she bought a home and is now located at 4926 Eastland
Street, Tucson, Arizona. She would be happy to see any old friends who
happen to be in that vicinity.
Mrs. Esther Currier has returned to St. Petersburg from a trip to
California where she visited with Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin.
Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Harrington have built a new home at 2126 14th
Street, Greeley, Colorado. They are also proud parents of an adopted
baby, Douglas Claud. The baby is now nine months old.
Louis and Dolly Schuberg, who retired in October, are now in their
new home at 410 Crestwood Drive, Port Charlotte, Florida. They brought
their macaw, Joe Mendoza, and their parrot, Lolita, to their new home.
The birds have already made the local paper and have created quite a
little interest in their linguistic ability.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse H. Stevenson of Palo Alto, California, have en-
joyed being visited by close relatives and friends from Mexico, Georgia,
Washington, D. C., Montana, and Indiana, and before the year ends, they
expect visitors from Arizona and New York. Their son, Robert, and
family were visitors from Mexico where Robert has been engaged in busi-
ness for several years. Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson's daughter, Hope, and
her artist husband, Peter, recently enjoyed a two weeks stay in Paris,
France, where they both had previously spent some time in study. Jesse
is still happily employed at Stanford Research Institute. These high
lights, with their several other interests, afford them the consciousness of
living "the good life". Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson send season greetings to
all Canal Zone friends.
Mr. Edward J. Vogel of Chicago, Illinois, left on November 8th
for a six month tour of Europe.
Mrs. Marione Journey Campbell of Springdale, Arkansas, was a
visitor with her sister, Mrs. Ray Minnix, of St. Petersburg, Florida, while
enroute to the Canal Zone. Mrs. Campbell will return in January.
The Wayne Hupps of Port Orchard, Washington had, among other
late summer visitors, their daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Dick
Paine. Dick is associate professor of Math at the state college in Nacog-
Earlier in the season P. W. Hanna of Shelton, Washington visited
the Hupps. They all spent the day recalling Canal Zone experiences.
While living in Texas this past year the R. B. Paines have looked up
several school mates from Cristobal High days Beverly Reeves Mc-
Laughlin in Irving, Gloria Bornefeld Wilson in Lake Jackson ond Alice
Benthall Saltzman in Louisiana. They also visited the Sanford Manns
at Sulphur Springs, and the J. H. Fojtiks in Lufkin. When passing thru
Oregon, Marj and Dick have stopped several times to see Jeannie Kuler
Perry and family, in Portland.
Dick's parents, the Howard N. Paines, former residents of the Canal
Zone, recently spent a week with Marj and Dick. Employed by the Army
Engineers, they have just returned from Iran, and are returning to their
new assignment in Germany.
Your Editor and his wife, accompanied by Mrs. J. D. Stephens of
Tallahassee, attended the wedding of Miss Ann Campbell Harbin and
Lt. Henry Joe Leisy in Montgomery, Alabama. Capt. Robert Leisy, U.S.
Marine Corps, stationed at Cherry Point, North Carolina, was his brother's
best man. Lt. Leisy is presently at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he is
taking some advanced schooling. It was a pleasure to see Mrs. Henry
Leisy, mother of the groom, who came on from Albuquerque, New Mex-
ico, for the wedding. Also present were Mr. and Mrs. J. Horace Jones of
Gulfport, Mississippi, and Mr. and Mrs. James Anthony Jones from Opel-
Mrs. Kirsten A. Everson of Gamboa, fell and broke her hip on
August 14th. She now gets around very well on crutches and hopes that
soon she will be able to navigate without the crutches.
Come to the Reunion on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12, 13.
The peaceful invasion of the Canal Zone by Panamanians, turned
out to be not so peaceful. According to reports, the invasion marchers
were met at the bonudary of the Canal Zone by police and firemen who
used streams from fire hoses to disperse the crowd. Twenty-one Canal
Zone policemen and firemen were hit by flying rocks and were treated
for bruises. A crowd attacked the American Embassy and: pulled down
the American flag, tearing it into shreds. Canal Zone Governor, William
E. Potter, had U.S. Army units take over the border area after Canal
Zone police and firemen had fought for hours to prevent the demonstra-
tors from marching into theCanal Zone. Disorders were also reported
on the Atlantic side of the Zone in the area bordering on Colon. The
United States quickly made a formal protest, through the Embassy to
the Panama Government.
Dr. and Mrs. Alan Paul Bentz of Stamford, Connecticut, announce
the birth of their third son on October 20, 1959. Dr. Bentz, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Paul A. Bentz of Balboa Heights, is employed by the American Cyna-
mide Co. in Stamford and is currently engaged in chemical research.
News of the marriage of Mrs. Frances L. Journey of Diablo Heights,
C.Z., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Coleman of Hendersonville,
N.C., to Mr. James C. Pattison, son of Mrs. James M. Pattison of Pitts-
burgh, Pennsylvania, has been received. The marriage is to be solemnized
on October 24, 1959 at the Fort Clayton Chapel. Mr. Pattison is program
Director for C.F.N.
Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Atkinson of Hot Springs, Arkansas, left for
the Canal Zone to be with their daughter, Mrs. Katherine Larsen of
Panama City. Mrs. Larsen is seriously ill in Gorgas Hospital. Mail can
reach the Atkinson at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Norman C. Ander-
son, Box 637, Balboa, Canal Zone.
News has just been received of the death of Mr. Earl R. Trout, 66,
of Deland, Florida. Mr. Trout died on November 6 in Halifax Hospital,
Daytona Beach, following surgery for a brain tumor. Mr. Trout was a
former Safety Inspector for the Commissary Division and retired in
March 1954. He is survived by his wife, Harriet M. Trout.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Kaufer of Gatun, Canal Zone, announce the
birth of a son, Theodore Louis, Jr. at Coco Solo Hospital on October 10,
1959. The maternal grandmother is Mrs. Victoria Telecheia of Colon,
R. P. and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Kaufer of
Sunnyvale, California. Young Teddy is a fourth generation Zonian. His
great-grandfather, P. A. Hall went to the. Canal Zone to work in 1909.
Come to the Reunion on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12, 13.
Translation of Article Which Appeared in EL TELEGRAFO
of September 23, 1959
Our friend, Mr. George L. Capwell, a distinguished American engin-
eer, resident for many years in this city, has just been designated for the
position of President and General Manager of Empresa Electrica del Ecua-
dor Inc., from September 15, 1959, as per resolution adopted by the Board
of Directors of said company at a meeting held in New York City.
This information, which we are now pleased to pass on to our readers,
has brought us great pleasure not only because Mr. Capwell is an old and
appreciated friend of our firm but also because we consider that his desig-
nation for the highest position in the Empresa Electrica represents a
genuine act of justice and a recognition of the extraordinary and highly
beneficial work which Mr. Capwell has been carrying out for Guayaquil
during many years. We are all witnesses of the way in which Mr. Capwell
has corresponded to the hospitality which our city has offered him, as
he has not limited himself to the mere fulfilment of his duties as admin-
istrator of a foreign company but has carried them out taking into account
Guayaquil's progress and has contributed with all his energy to the in-
crease of industrial and commercial activities of the city, the betterment
of the living conditions of the Guayaquilean people and has given special
help to local sports, which he is closely associated with.
We extend our warmest congratulations to Mr. Capwell for the truly
deserved honor which has been granted him and at the same time want
to express our best wishes for his continued success which has brought
and will continue bringing many benefits to our city.
Congratulations to George from all his friends of Canal Zone days.
United States Citizens and Panamanians who wish to reach sound
and just conclusions as to their rights, responsibilities, and obligations,
when the problems of the Isthmian area demand solution, should read
"The Untold Story of Panama" by Earl Harding. Mr. Harding tells the
"Whole Story of Panama" for the first time with the flair of a journalist,
the insight of an historian, and the concern of an aroused citizen. If not
available at your local book shop, contact Athene Press Inc., 252 Lex-
ington Ave. New York 16, N.Y.
Once again, we wish to thank all our representatives and news
gatherers for getting their reports to us before press time. The deadline
for the next issue (March) will be February 1, 1960. Remember, the
Record goes to the printer one month before the date of issue. Please
keep this in mind. Thank you.
When we agreed in 1953 to finish up that year as Editor of the
Record, we had no idea we would still be at it six years later. However,
it has been an interesting and pleasant experience and from the many
letters received, we know you have enjoyed our feeble efforts. A para-
graph from a recent letter from Mr. Maurice Thatcher, former Governor
of the Canal Zone, says, "Your magazine is altogether unique and serves
the needs and enjoyment of a very large and special circle. The policy
of giving the essential facts, of bills, briefly, is also wise. I do not know
of a publication, anywhere, that serves its particular class of readers
better, than that of your Society." (Thank you, Mr. Thatcher.)
Have you been thinking about coming to the reunion at the Soreno
Hotel, January 12th and 13th? We would be happy to see you and we
are sure you will enjoy every minute of the two days.
: o e o T a erry Christmas
HBappy 1(ew gear
Come to the Reunion on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12, 13.
MUSING ON AGEING
How do I know my youth has been spent?
Because my "get up and go" got up and went.
But, in spite of all that, I'M able to grin
When I think where my "get up and go" has been.
Old age is golden, I've heard it said;
But sometimes I wonder as I get into bed;
My ears in the drawer, my teeth in the cup,
My eyes on the table until I wake up.
re sleep dims my eyes, I say to myself
"Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf'?_
But I'm happy to say as I close my door
My friends are the same as in day of yore.
When I was young my slippers were red;
I could kick up my heels right over my head.
When I grew up my slippers were blue,
But then I could dance the whole night through.
Now I am old, imy slippers are black;
I walk to the corner, and puf my way back.
The reason I know my youth has been spent,
My "get up and go" has got up and went;
But I really don't mind when j think with a grin
Of all the places my "get up" has been.
Since I've retired from life's competition
I busy myself with complete repetition
I get up each morn and dust of my wits,
Pick up the paper and read the obits;
If my name is missing, I know I'M not dead,
So,l eat my breakfast and \go back to bed.
Sent in by Mr. B. B. Gibbs of Montebello, California
A TRIBUTE TO RUFUS HARDY
WHEN RUFUS HARDY conceived the idea of an official Panama Canal
publication, he received no stauncher and more consistent backing than
that from his long-time friend and associate, Eugene C. Lombard, then
Executive Secretary of the Panama Canal. It was natural then, that the
staff of "The Panama Canal Review" stunned and shocked by Rufus'
death on September 2, should turn to Gene Lombard for an appreciation
of the man who, through the written word, has made a lasting contribu-
tion to the story of the Panama Canal.
Many persons have given loyal and devoted service to the Panama
Canal and Rufus Hardy ranks high among them. No one could have
given more than he did. No one worked harder toward the goal of under-
standing and high morale.
His professional skill was unique. He wrote with clarity and pre-
cision and had the rare ability to reduce complex matters to simple
The day in 1938 when he took over his Canal duties, with the un-
assuming title of Press Representative, marked the beginning of real
public relations for the Panama Canal. With a keen sense of news values
and thorough knowledge of Canal matters, he produced a steady stream
of news recounting the daily history of the waterway and the Canal Zone.
His reputation was based on the solid foundation of accuracy and honest
The establishment of "The Panama Canal Review" was a notable
accomplishment. The idea was entirely his and when Governor New-
comer approved it he commended Rufus for his well-detailed plan.
"The Review" was a success from the start, but Rufus, a perfectionist
in his work, strove constantly to improve it. That he succeeded is self-
evident. The article entitled "The Turbulent Fifties" in a recent issue
is typical of "The Review's" contributions to the story of the Canal.
Rufus' manner was courtly and his personality friendly. He was
deeply loyal to his friends and was warmhearted and compassionate to
those needing a helping hand or a word of consolation.
It is a matter of history that during the construction of the Canal
there existed in all classes of workers, even the humblest laborer, a
deep pride in the enterprise and the feeling that he was part of it. It
was this spirit which Rufus Hardy personified and which will cause
his memory to endure.
-E. C. L.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Twenty-Eighth Anniversary Reunion
January 12th and 13th, 1960
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
MRS. LUCILLE S. JUDD, Secretary-Treasurer
3535 19th Street No. St. Petersburg 13, Florida
Please arrange reservations as follows-
Reunion luncheon tickets for persons, each, $2.75.
My party of persons will find our own room accommodations.
My party of persons will need single and/or
double rooms in hotel or private home for days beginning
January 1960. Enclosed is $8.00 for each single room and/or
$12.00 for each double room per day for deposit on these reservations,
plus 3% tax.
There is enclosed remittance of $ representing total for
all the above reservations.
My party will arrive by Train; Automobile; Bus.
(Please indicate which. And PLEASE add 10c per check.
for banking charge if you remit by check)
Names and addresses of those in my party:
While at the Reunion our address will be:
GOOD NEWS FOR PRESENT RETIREES
Those of you who are members of the National Association of
Retired Employes do not need to be told of the splendid work being done
by that organization. In the October issue of Retirement Life (Page 5),
Senator Neuberger says, "Narce has done an outstanding job in protecting
and fighting for the rights of retired Federal and Civil employees and has
established a fine program of health coverage for its 100,000 members."
The long desired objective in connection with Health Insurance for
retirees, who enter on their retirement after July 1, 1960, Senate Bill
2161, has been signed by the President and now is Public Law 86382.
Senate Bill 2575 was introduced August 21, 1959 by Senator Newberger
to provide this valuable insurance for present retirees. As of now, it
has 23 co-sponsors. Narce immediately started work in the House of
Representatives and in 20 days, 71 companion bills to 2575 were intro-
duced in the House by our good friends, led by Congressman Morrison
of Louisiana. Contact your senators and representatives and tell them
why you feel this bill should be reported out of Committee and passed.
By all means, send $3.50 for active membership to the National Associa-
tion of Retired Civil Employes, 1625 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Wash-
ington 9, D.C. Join now. "In members there is strength."
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
Herewith Dues for 1960.
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Dear 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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IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
DUES $3.00 PER YEAR. PLEASE ADD 100 TO ALL CHECKS (Bank Charge)
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Part of the crowd arriving at the Soreno Hotel for the Reunion, 1959
Off in a corner for a bull session at the 1959 Reunion.
Home of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. White, Summerdale, Ala.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Eckert
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Murray
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clements
Mr. and Mrs. B. McIntyre
Mrs. Alida Drew Lenhart
Mr. William Lenhart
Miss Sara Collinge
Mrs. Joyce Halderman Collinge
Mrs. Pine, Mrs. Howard, and Mrs. Lambert
Louis Bradley gets a pat on the back from Dave Garroway (see People You Know)
The Caroling Higgins family of Round Mt. Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Front row: Linda, Mike, Jimmie
2nd row: Bart, Patricia, and grandmother
Back row: Ed, David, Mildred.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
U. S. Pot.es
St. Petersburg, Fla.
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