PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OFFICERS FOR 1960
RESIDENT Mr. Keith Kelly VICE PRESIDENT Mr. Frank W. Hohmann
EC. TREAS. Mrs. Lucille S. Judd RECORDING SEC. Mrs. Z. K. Esler
Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Moody, Tampa, Florida
Mrs. C.J. Firestine, Deland, Florida
Capt. and Mrs. A.B. Forsstrom, Cranston, Rhode Island
Mrs. Helen Adler, Canal Zone
Mrs. Marie Plath, Hamilton, Ohio
Mrs. Fritz Williams, Gulfport, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Harris, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Harris, St. Petersburg, Florida
Son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry E.(Heinie) Hallin of Fayetteville, Ark.
(See Blanch Shaws report)
Mr. and Mrs. J. Corliss, Balboa, C. Z.
Mrs. John B. Corliss, Winter Park, Florida
The Late Mr. John B. Corliss
Mrs. Joanne Corliss Bass, Columbus, Georgia
Many ships were piloted all over again at the January reunion
Capt. Falk, Capt. Judd, Capt. Forsstrom, Capt. Forrest, and Capt. Kuhrt
David Hallin, 14
Elizabeth Hallin, 11
Mr. and Mrs. Denis Mullane, Pasadena, California
Mr. and Mrs. F.J. Gerchow, Montoursville, Pennsylvania
Mr. and Mrs. F.J. Sundstrom, Arcadia, California
Mrs. Mollie Brown, Studio City, California
Mr. Bob Brown (Grandson) Pensacola, Florida
Mrs. Ethel Boyd, Santa Monica, California
Dr. and Mrs. C.C. Clay, Long Beach, California
Rev. R.R. Gregory, Penny Farms, Florida, with a couple he married in 1927,
Judge and Mrs. E.I.P. Tatelman
The Panama Canal Society
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone
P. O. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG 33,
Frank W. Hohmann
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Mrs. Z. K. Esler
Ernest M. Kieswetter
Fred D. Hunsicker
J. F. Warner
J. F. Bashner
W. H. Butler
Charles G. Calvit
J. T. Everett
W. L. Hersh
H. H. Hudson
H. J. Lewis
R. H. Oliver
M. A. Turner
Dan E. Wright
January 27th, 1960
The 86th Congress returned to work on January 6th with many bits
of legislation either passed the House or Senate and awaiting final ap-
proval by the other group. It is too early to report on legislation that
will pass in this final session. It is clear that the number one Federal
Employee Legislative goal this year would be a pay-raise for Government
classified and Postal workers. 1960 being election year, Congress is usu-
ally receptive to pay raise legislation. Tied in with the pay raise, will be
a move by Congress to revise the classification act for classified workers
and the postal salary act for postal workers. This could result in an up-
ward salary grade adjustment for the more important positions.
The following five bills, which have passed the House, will be quickly
ratified by the Senate and become law, within the next three months.
1. Provide that annuities to retired workers start immediately on the
day of retirement, instead of commencing on the first day of the following
2. Protect Federal Employees who drive Government vehicles or
their own cars on Government business from liability in civil suits aris-
ing out of an accident.
3. Increase the daily travel allowance of Federal Employees from
the present $12.00 to $15.00 and raise the present .10 mileage allowance
4. Amend the so-called "Hiss Act" to permit annuities to be paid
to Government workers who have been convicted of felonies against the
Government, except in cases involving national security.
5. Equalize fringe benefits for Federal employees working overseas.
S-2575 is certain to become law which will allow Retirees the
same Health Insurance as passed by P/L No. 86-382, effective 7/1/60
(For current Employees).
Our recent Retirement Annuity raise, which will expire July 1st,
1960, is expected to become permanent during this session of Congress.
It is interesting to note that President Eisenhower's proposed budget
for 1960-1961 would show a surplus of 4-1/5 Billion, which would be
applied to National Debt. The budget in brief would propose an increase
of 1/2 cent in Federal Gasoline Tax; and a one cent increase in 1st class
postage and air-mail stamps. It is unlikely that Congress will approve
this increased gasoline tax and postal rate, inasmuch as both these items
have been increased recently. Taxes will bring in 91% of the revenue;
divided as follows: Individual Income Taxes 52%; Corporation Income
Taxes-28%; and Excise Taxes -11%. Only 9 per cent is expected to
come in from other sources. A strong trend in Congress will be to reduce
both individual and corporation taxes, but the President is strong for
balancing the budget, with a surplus to help reduce our national debt.
54% of our spending for next fiscal year will go toward our major
national security; such as military functions, military assistance, atomic
energy and stockpiling.
Congratulations to Governor W. E. Potter and Mr. Arthur J. Wynne
for their testimony before the sub-committee on Inter-American Affairs of
the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, as recorded in the Congressional
Record of January 19th, 1960. The United States should protect their
legal and moral rights for the operation and maintenance of The Panama
Canal. Governor Potter and Mr. Wynne appeared in connection with H.
Con. Res. No. 459, which stated, "It is the sense of the Congress that any
variation in the traditional interpretation of the treaties between the United
States and the Republic of Panama may only be made pursuant to treaty".
Both sides of The Panama Canal question should be presented to the
public. Senator Russell B. Long (D-La.) said that he is looking into the
possibility of bringing about publication of a U.S.-owned newspaper in
the Canal Zone to tell the whole truth about the situation down there. He
said that there ought to be a field for a U.S.-owned newspaper in the Canal
Zone, published in both English and Spanish, so the whole truth can be
known about the situation in that area.
IN UNITY THERE IS STRENGTH. All members of The Panama
Canal Society of Florida should strive to enlist three (3) new members
for 1960. Did you know that the Civil Service Retirement in 1920 allowed
only a maximum of $720.00 and a minimum of $180.00. Our Society has
always received favorable action from our Congressman and Senators
because of our numerical strength.
Two years ago I took over the position of Legislative Chairman,
which was held so conscientiously by Past President Walter L. Hersh,
(1949-1951). I now will be expected to act as Vice President. This posi-
tion should be free of regular assignments, so that he can assist the Pres-
ident whenever needed. So-So-So; this has been an interesting assignment
for the past two years, but could be taken over by someone with a little
free time and clerical ability to digest the LEGISLATIVE NEWS, partic-
ularly to the Panama Canal Society of Florida members and report it at
our monthly meeting and quarterly to the Canal Record. The Society has
arranged to furnish the Legislative Chairman with the Congressional
Record from Washington, the Weekly Federal Employees' Digest and the
National Legislative Bulletin of the American Legion (Veteran News).
Most of my news has come from these three publications, along with the
daily papers and national magazines. If you are interested in serving the
Panama Canal Society of Florida here in St. Petersburg, in this vital and
interesting work, please contact our President, Mr. Keith Kelley.
Frank H. Hohmann,
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. C. Judd Neal of New York have announced the engage-
ment of their daughter, Patricia, to Mr. Thomas C. Orr of New York, form-
erly of Balboa. Plans have been made for an April wedding.
Miss Neal, a graduate of Kent Place School, Summit, N. J., and Pem-
broke College, is a member of the Junior League of the Oranges and Short
Hills. She is associated with Life Magazine.
Mr. Orr, vice president and secretary of the Ask Mr. Foster Travel
Service, attended the Canal Zone Junior College, the University of Michi-
gan, and was graduated from the New York State Maritime Academy.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Carter Orr, former Zonians now
living in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The engagement of Miss Juanita Nile Jones to Mr. James Fields
Girand, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Girand of Westfield, N.J., is announced
by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell J. Jones of Balboa.
Miss Jones was graduated from Balboa High School and from Duke
University where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She is
associated with Arthur D. Little, Inc., in Cambridge, Mass.
Mr. Girand is a graduate of the Pingry School, Elizabeth, N.J., and
of Duke University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Now a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air force Reserve, he is doing grad-
uate work in the Harvard Business School.
A June wedding is being planned.
Miss Andrea Luree Armstrong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald
D. Armstrong, formerly of the Canal Zone, and a niece of Mr. and Mrs.
Ivan D. Hilliard of Los Rios, was married to Arthur Martin Bogue, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Bogue of Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday evening,
August 15, in a double-ring ceremony at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
The bride's father, Mr. Reginald D. Armstrong ,retired June 30- 1957
after 32 years with the Terminals Division in Cristobal.
Mr. and Mrs. Bogue will make their home in Ferguson, Mo.
Miss Helen Joann Hummer of St. Petersburg, Fla., became the bride
of Mr. John Marshburn Stevens in a nuptial service on December 11 at
St. Paul's Catholic: Church. Rev. Richard Murphy officiated.
Announcement of the marriage was made by the bride's parents, Mr.
Joseph L. Hummer of Balboa and Mrs. Emilio Molin Pradel of Groton,
The bride spent her childhood on the Canal Zone and attended
schools here. She was graduated from the St. Petersburg Junior College,
Division of Nursing, in 1957, and is presently employed at Mound Park
Hospital in St. Petersburg.
Mr. Stevens was born in St. Petersburg and attended schools in that
area. A graduate of the University of Miami, he is now attending Stetson
Law School. He is a member of Phi Delta Phi fraternity.
Miss Elaine Kelly and Mr. E. W. Houser of Glendale, California, an-
nounce their marriage in November, 1959. Mrs. Houser is a former resi-
dent of Cali, Columbia and Balboa, C. Z. She graduated from Balboa
Junior College and Syracuse University.
Mrs. Marie Calloway and Mr. Joseph F. Kuhn announce their mar-
riage in St. Petersburg on November 21, 1959.
Mr. and Mrs. Gaston Farando of Panama City, R. P. announce the
marriage of their daughter, Maria Victoria to Mr. Albert J. Joyce, Jr.,
of Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Perruca announce the marriage of their daugh-
ter, Genevieve, to Mr. Patrick Stephen Coakley, Jr. on Saturday, Novem-
ber 28, 1959 in the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston, Texas. Mr.
Coakley is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Coakley of Grand Rapids, Mich.
On Saturday evening, the twenty sixth day of December, Miss Mar-
guerite Helen Neal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Neal, of Diablo
Heights, became the bride of Mr. David de C. Robles, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Jacob A. Robles of Panama City. The double ring ceremony was
performed by the father of the groom at Temple Kol Shearith Israel in
Panama. Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by
Mrs. Audrey Watson, Matron of Honor, and Margie Watson, Rise Neal
and Jeanne Neal as Bridesmaids. Best man for the groom was Woodrow
de Castro. The ushers were Joseph M. Watson, Stanley Fidanque and
Solomon Pereira. After the religious ceremony, the parents of the bride
entertained at a reception at the Tivoli Guest House.
After a brief honeymoon at El Valle, the newlyweds will be at home
to their friends at No. 29 Via Argentina, El Cangrejo.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lyle Fuller announce the birth of a daughter,
Joanna Marie, on Feb. 7, 1960, at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Bethesda, Md.
The maternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Charles C. Lancaster of Wind-
sor, N. C. and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Otic C. Fuller
of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Bart J. Elich of Ancon, C. Z. announce the birth of a
son at San Fernando Clinic in Panama City. Mr. Elich is Merchandise
Promotion Manager in the Supply and Service Bureau. The baby: is the
Elich's second child.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bistany of Rochester, New York, announce the
birth of a daughter, born on October 19, 1959. Mrs. Bistany is the for-
mer Yolanda Diez of Gamboa, C. Z. Mrs. Sara Diez of Balboa is the
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lee announce the birth of a daughter, Penny
Lee, on November 21, 1959. Mrs. Lee is the former Peggy Lee Detamore.
The maternal grandmother is Mrs. Gladys E. Detamore of Staunton, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Green of Philadelphia, Pa. announce the birth
of a son, Curtis Fraser Green, on October 30, 1959. The maternal grand-
parents are Mrs. Marie Fraser of Tampa, Florida, and Mr. Harold Fraser
of Cristobal, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hand, Jr. announce the arrival of a daughter,
Dawn, on August 29th. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Hand, Sr. of Balboa, C. Z. and the maternal grandparents are
Rev. and Mrs. E. K. Garrison of South Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Mallett of Jacksonville, Florida, announce
the birth of their third child, and first daughter, on December 9, 1959.
She has been named Sandra Lynn. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Frederick W. Hensler of Balboa, C. Z. and the paternal grandparents
are Mrs. Florence Mallett of Balboa and the late Mr. Adam Mallett.
Dr. and Mrs. Macon Craig Michaux of 67 West Front St., Keyport,
New Jersey, announce the birth of their third child, a daughter, Barbara
Anne, on December 15, 1959. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. L. Ferris Pennington of New Jersey and the paternal grandparents
are Mrs. Ethel C. Michaux of St. Petersburg, Florida, and the late William
Macon Michaux. Dr. Michaux was stationed at Fort Clayton and Kobbe
Hospitals while on the Zone. He is now in private practice in Keyport.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Little of Balboa announce the birth of their
sixth child and first son, Charles Norman Little III, on Tuesday, January
5th, at Gorgas Hospital.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Schriftgiesser of North
Weymouth, Mass. and paternal grandparents are Mrs. Carl Rawsing of
Clermont, Florida, and the late Mr. Charles Norman Little.
Mr. and Mrs. John Gribbin of Trenton, New Jersey, announce the
birth of their fifth child and fifth son, on Friday, December 18. The baby
has been named Michael Vincent. Mrs. Gribbin is the former Mary Ridge,
daughter of Mr. John E. Ridge, and the late Mrs. Ridge, former Canal
Mr. and Mrs. David E. Coffey of Margarita, C. Z. announce the birth
of a daughter, Barbara Lisa. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Rabiteau of Alpina, Michigan, and the paternal grandmother
is Mrs. Marie G. Coffey of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Floyd H. Baldwin-Office of Comptroller-22 years, 9 months, 20 days.
Fred W. Lawrence-Maintenance Division-15 years, 7 months, 5 days.
Albert R. Minor-Office of Comptroller-17 years, 1 month, 24 days.
William John Park-Police Division-10 years, 3 months.
Eldon L. Phelan-Police Division-21 years, 6 months, 12 days.
Harry J. Quinlan-Industrial Division-18 years, 6 months, 14 days.
Mrs. Wilma A. Siler-Supply Division-19 years, 4 months, 3 days.
Paul D. Thompson-Police Division-29 years, 1 month, 14 days.
Thomas H. Murphy-Dredging Division-19 years, 2 days.
Joseph G. Brown-Washington Office-42 years, 3 months, 14 days.
Mrs. Allene Cassell-Coco Solo Hospital-15 years, 5 months, 11 days.
Lewis R. Cox-Dredging Division-19 years, 7 months, 24 days.
Samuel L. Craig-Pumping Plant Operator-39 years, 4 months, 3 days.
Ralph H. Graham-Electrical Division-30 years, 1 month, 11 days.
Eller Jane Holcomb-School Nurse-27 years, 1 month, 7 days.
C. Roland Jones-Topographic Section, Surveys Branch-
31 years, 6 months, 19 days.
Everett R. Kimmel-Gorgas Hospital-19 years, 9 months, 7 days.
Leonard H. Scranton-Industrial Division-33 years, 6 months, 21 days.
Harmon Smith-Police Division-20 years, 24 days.
Mrs. Ernest Behlen of Asheville, North Carolina is seriously ill at
her home. Despite her long illness, Ernest says she is a very good patient.
Mrs. H. P. Forrestt of Norfolk, Virginia, was in the hospital where
she underwent major surgery on November 17th. According to our last
report, Mrs. Forrestt was doing nicely.
Mrs. Milton Treadwell of Orlando was a patient in the Florida Sani-
tarium and Hospital in Orlando during the first weeks of December. Mrs.
Treadwell suffered a serious infection in her right foot and leg.
Mr. James E. Bradley of St. Petersburg was a patient in Mound Park
Hospital in November for major surgery. Mr. Bradley is now at home
and doing well. Mr. and Mrs. Bradley wish to thank all their friends and
Society members for their cards and flowers. Not only from Florida but
all over the United States.
Mrs. John D. Wilson of Tampa, Fla. has been reported as being
seriously ill in the Tampa Hospital.
Mr. M. A. Smith of Massey, Maryland, has been a patient in John
Hopkins Hospital for eye surgery.
Major Al Myer of Orlando is reported as fine following his illness
of last August.
Mr. Roy Perkins was a patient in the Pensacola, Fla. Naval Hospital
during Dec. Mrs. Perkins was a patient in the same hospital during Jan.
Martha Bailey writes that her husband, Arthur Bailey, has been quite
ill, but is coming along nicely, now.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Butler of St. Petersburg, were both hospital
patients during December.
Mr. W. J. Kilmurray of Salamanca, N. Y. fractured his hip on July
Mr. John Latimer of Miami is at home after a long stay in the
Mrs. Jack Strauss of Cantonment, Florida, is now getting around
well with the help of a cane and brace.
Mr. W. H. Stone of San Francisco, California, is up and around
after a long illness.
Mr. Chester P. Hall of Balboa, C.Z. is seriously ill in Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Charles L. Persons of St. Petersburg has returned to her home
after a three weeks stay in the hospital, following a heart attack.
Mrs. Bertha W. McIntyre of St. Petersburg, Florida, entered Mound
Park Hospital on January 20th for surgery.
Mrs. Fred W. Spriegel of Attica, New York, is at home and doing
well following a stay in the hospital for surgery.
Mr. Leon Dedeaux of Gulfport, Miss., is now at home and doing well
after over two months in the hospital.
Mr. Thomas Breheney of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was very ill fol-
lowing surgery on January 22nd.
Mr. Thomas Williams of Tampa, Florida, is reported as being not
CARDS OF THANKS
Cards of thanks and appreciation have been received from the following:
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Grier; Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley; Mrs.
Harriet Trout and family; Mrs. Charles Lester and family; Mr. and Mrs.
John Latimer; Mrs. Helen Myers and son Clifford; Miss Anna M. Dillon;
Mrs. Eva S. Hammer; Mrs. Grace Warner; Mrs. Marguerita M. Orr and
son, Joseph H. Orr, III; Mrs. H. Clyde Ingersoll; Mr. and Mrs. Fred C.
Atkinson; Mrs. Maude Eggleston and family; Mrs. Matilda Duckworth;
Mrs. Lucile Duckworth Goodspeed; The Evans Family.
TWENTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL REUNION
The twenty-eighth annual reunion was a gala affair, as usual. There
were more visitors than ever before and everyone called it the best reunion
ever held by the Society. 546 persons registered and it was noted that
many failed to do so. Tuesday morning was spent in registration and
greeting old friends. In the afternoon, the combined annual and monthly
business meeting was held. Wednesday morning was taken up by a social
period get-together with the group picture being taken at noon. Follow-
ing the picture taking, the luncheon was served in the big ball-room to
over 275 people.
Our guests of honor were Mayor and Mrs. Edward F. Brantley. In
a short speech, Mayor Brantley welcomed the guests to St. Petersburg.
Our guest speaker was Dr. Stephen Speronis, Professor of Political
Science at Tampa University. Dr. Speronis talk was most interesting and
we received many compliments on our choice of a speaker and praise for
The luncheon brought to a close our reunion and many, though
hoarse and tired of foot, were reluctant to say good-bye and leave the hotel
for their homes.
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Charles Lester, former Chief of the Employment Branch of the Canal's
Personnel Bureau, died November 24 in Miami, Florida, after a long ill-
ness. He was 68 years old.
One of the Canal's old timers, Mr. Lester came to the Isthmus from
his home in New York City during the Canal construction period and was
employed in 1911 as a clerk in the former Quartermaster Department.
After a break in his service'from 1913 to 1918, he was reemployed in the
Personnel Bureau. He was made Chief of the Records Branch when the
Personnel Bureau was reorganized in 1950 and he held this position until
his retirement in 1953.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester have been making their home in Florida.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Lester is survived by two sons, Richard
H., a crib tender in the Balboa Oil Handling Plant, and Dr. Charles F.,
a former intern at Gorgas Hospital who is now practicing medicine in
Hubert H. Hammer, who had been making his home in Los Angeles,
Calif., since his retirement, died at the age of 79 years. He was born at
Eagle Lake, Minn., on June 18, 1880.
Mr. Hammer's employment in the Panama Canal started September
1, 1908 as a clerk. He was Chief of the Property Bureau in 1917. In
1921 he was transferred to the General Bureau of Surveys, where he was
employed until he retired in June 1933.
In his family he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eva Hammer; and by
one daughter, Mrs. Ida Ruth Fuller, wife of Howard M. Fuller.
Mrs. Minnie F. Betz, 88 years of age, died October 26 in Topeka,
Kansas. She was born August 27, 1871 in Retreat, Wisconsin.
Mrs. Betz worked as a Panama Canal accounting clerk from June 9,
1920 until she retired on June 30, 1935.
She is survived by one son, Bert R. Betz of Mission, Kans., and a
daughter, Mrs. Theresa Betz Taylor of Kinsley, Kans.
Robert D. Jonap, 45, of Roslyn Heights, Long Island, N.Y., died
November 12 at his home. He was born July 16, 1914 at Alameda, Calif.
Mr. Jonap, whose Panama Canal service dated from August 5, 1940,
was a structural designing engineer. He left the Isthmus in 1947 to make
his home in New York State.
Mrs. Barbara B. Koperski, 89, 4000 W. Jefferson St., Orlando, Fla.,
died at her home.
Born in Poland, she came to the U. S. in 1870 and moved to OrlandCo
in 1958 from Burbank, Calif. She was a member of the St. Charles Cath-
olic Church, Orlando.
Surviving are two sons, Edmond L. Koperski, Burbank, Calif., and
Leon A. Koperski, Orlando, and three brothers, Felix Lipsinski and John
Lipsinski, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Martin Lipsinski, Saginaw, Mich.
Joseph H. Orr, Jr., general supply assistant in the storehouse branch
died suddenly November 30, 1959 at his home .in Balboa. Mr. Orr was
43 years old.
Mr. Orr was born in Ancon and attended the Canal Zone schools. He
had been connected with what is now the Supply and Community Service
Bureau since 1936, when he joined the Canal organization as a clerk.
He is survived by his wife, Marguerite who is on the nursing staff at
Gorgas Hospital, and by a son, Joseph H., III, who is 9 years old. His
parents, Joseph H. Orr, Sr., a retired employee of the Panama Railroad
and Mrs. Orr, make their home in Houston, Tex. Other survivors are two
sisters, Mrs. Fred Wells and Miss Mary Orr of Balboa and two brothers,
Mattes, of Greenwich, Conn., and Robert, of Houston.
Mrs. Catherine S. Larsen of Panama City, died at Gorgas Hospital
after a long illness. Mrs. Larsen, the wife of Panama businessman Viggo
Larsen, was 44 years old.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Larsen is survived by a son,: Eric,
and a daughter Sonya, both of Panama City. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
F. C. Atkinson, live in Hot Springs. She also has a sister, Mrs. N. C.
Anderson of Balboa, and a brother, F. C. Atkinson, Jr., of Denver, Colo.
Mrs. Larsen was born in Toronto, Canada, but was a United States
citizen. She came to the Isthmus in 1927. She worked for the Health
Bureau during World War II.
Mrs. Lucille Polk Reece, whose husband, Roy D. Reece, heads the
Panama Canal's Electrical Division, died November 25, 1959 at Gorgas
Hospital after a long illness. She was 52 years old.
Mrs. Reece was born in Rockport, Ind., but had made her home in
the Canal Zone since 1930. In 1951 and 1952 she taught in the Canal
Zone's elementary schools.
She was an active member of the Cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon and
for many years was interested in the affairs of the Bella Vista Children's
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Reece is survived by three children
-a daughter, Mrs. Phillip Thomas of New Jersey; two sons, James W.,
who is a senior at Dartmouth, and David M., who is in his sophomore year
at Rose Polytechnical Institute, and by four grandchildren. Her mother,
Mrs. Blanche Polk, and a brother, James M. Polk live in Rockport, Ind.
John E. Davis, 53, a longtime employee of the Canal, died November
7th, 1959 at Gorgas Hospital where he had been hospitalized since Sept. 22.
Up to the time of his death he was chief of the estimating section of
the specifications and estimating branch of the Engineering Division.
Born in Chicago, Mr. Davis began employment 35 years ago as
a checker with the Locks Division. He had been with the Engineering Div-
ision since 1936. He was an active member here of the Society of Profes-
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, of Diablo Heights, and a step-
son, Edward Martens, of Balboa.
Homer V. Crooks, 61, who retired as a Sergeant with the Canal Zone
Police in April, 1957, died November 19 in Fayeteville, Arkansas.
Sgt. Crooks collapsed as he entered his automobile on his way to
meet Mrs. Crooks.
A prominent Mason on the Isthmus, Sgt. Crooks was known among
his colleagues as "The Old Sarge." When he retired, he had approxi-
mately30 years service. He was a Past Master of Seibert Lodge, A. F.
& A. M.
Sgt. Crooks was a World War I veteran and had served in both the
Army and the Navy.
Following his retirement here, he travelled extensively in the States
before settling in Fayeteville.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Minnie Crooks, a son, two daugh-
ters and several grandchildren.
News of the death of Zedock McCartney, who for years was special
chauffeur for the Governor's cars -hliasbeen received. His death occurred
September 24 in Gadsen, Alabama, where he has been living since his
retirement in 1947. He was 74 years old.
Better known as "Mr. Mac", he was born in Gadsen and came to the
Isthmus in 1911 to visit his brother who was an engineer. He found a
job as chief clerk at the old Hotel Metropole and joined the Canal organ-
ization in 1918. He was a chauffeur of a Panama Railroad bus running
from the Tivoli to Fort Amador and later drove a truck. He was made
special chauffeur and put on to the Governor's cars in 1929, a job he held
up, to the time of his retirement.
Three times during the time he drove official cars, he had a President
of the United States as his ranking passenger. Each time it was Franklin
D. Roosevelt, who visited here first in 1934, again in 1936, and finally
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ethel McCartney.
Mrs. Lucille Bryan, widow of a former Panama Canal employee and
a long time resident of Ancon, died at Corozal Hospital where she had
been a patient since June. She was 77 years old.
Mrs. Bryan came to the Isthmus from the United States during con-
struction days, worked for a short time for the Canal organization and
has made her home in the Canal Zone for the past 37 years.
She and her husband lived in Ancon where she had an aviary and
during the years was known to local residents and visitors as the "bird
Her husband Albert Bryan, who retired from Canal serviced in 1932,
was employed as a Storekeeper in the former Quartermaster Division. He
died in 1944.
Mrs. Bryan has no known relatives on the Isthmus.
ae Mrs. Dorothy I. Ott, 58, of 1075 N.W. 109th St., Miami, Florida,
died Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 1959. She came here eight years ago from
Fort Wayne, Ind. and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Miami.
Surviving are her husband, Rosco, a son Walter J., and a daughter, Mrs.
Caryl George, all of Miami.
Joseph V. Dignam, customs inspector at Cristobal, died at Coco Solo
Hospital after a brief illness. He was 43 years old.
Mr. Dignam was born in Pittsburgh and came to the Canal Zone when
he was 13 years old with his parents, Mrs. Edmonia Dignam and the late
Richard T. Dignam, Sr. He was a graduate of Cristobal High School.
His first position with the Panama Canal organization was in 1934
as a storehouseman with what was then the Commissary Division. He
worked with the Commissaries until 1937 when he resigned. In 1938, he
returned to the Commissary Division as a learner, a position he held
until 1940 when he transferred to the Customs Division.
In addition to his mother, who lived with him in Margarita, he is
survived by two sisters, Mrs. Rosemary Reardon, of Los Rios, and Mrs.
Michael S. Brzezinski, of Brazos Heights, and by several nieces ond
Adam Mallett, retired employee of the Locks Division died in Jack-
sonville, Fla. after a long illness.
Mr. Mallett, who was 58 years old at the time of his death, was born
in Youngsville, La. He joined the Panama Canal organization in 1923 as
a policeman but served less than a year on the police force before he was
transferred to the Mechanical Division. He served there in several positions,
principally that of a riviter. In 1941 he transferred to the Locks Division,
as an operator-riviter, a position he held at the time of his retirement in
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Florence Mallett of Balboa; a daugh-
ter, Mrs. P. W. Wheller, also of Balboa; a son, Richardi R., of Jackson-
ville; and by seven grandchildren.
A. C. Sandusky, 51, died at Coco Solo Hospital after a long illness.
He had worked as a pharmacist in both Gorgas and Coco Solo Hospitals,
and was a registered pharmacist in the State of Ohio.
Born in Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 3. 1908, he entered United States
Army service in the Medical Corps, in July 1935, in Kentucky. As a Ser-
geant, he was transferred to Fort Davis in the Canal Zone where he was
stationed until 1941.
As his tour of duty neared its close, he applied for a position with
the Canal Zone Health Department and was hired as a pharmacist on
January 6. 1941.
When the United States entered World War II he went back on active
duty with a Lieutenant's commission, but was stationed on the Isthmus,
as a pharmacist. He was separated from the service at Fort Gulik in
January 1947 with the rank of Captain, and since then has been employed
as a pharmacist.
In his immediate family he is survived by an aunt, Mrs. Clara Penrod,
of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Victor L. Rakovsky, retired employee of the former Commissary Divi-
sion, died in Redwood City, California, where he had made his home for
several years. He was 73 years old.
Mr. Rokovsky was born in Hungary and was a naturalized citizen of
the United States.
He joined the Panama Canal organization in May, 1923, as a clerk
in the Commissary Division and was with that division until his retire-
ment in June, 1948.
He is survived by his wife, of Redwood City, and a daughter, Mrs.
Charles F. Will, of San Carlos, California. A niece, Mrs. Forrest G.
Dunsmoor, lives in Balboa Heights.
John H. Long, a resident of the Canal Zone for over half a century,
died at Gorgas Hospital where he had been a patient for almost a year.
He was 82 years old.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, he came to the Isthmus as a machinist for the
Isthmian Canal Commission. He worked in the shops at Gorgona and
Empire and later at Balboa.
He held the Roosevelt Medal with two bars for his construction day
In 1921, Mr. Long left the Canal organization and later worked for
the Navy. He was retired some years ago.
Until he was admitted to the hospital last January, he had lived at
the Balboa YMCA.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Robert J. Huntoon of
Rutland, Vermont. She was the wife of Mr. R. J. Huntoon, a retired
employee of the Panama Canal.
Mrs. Huntoon was well known on both sides of the Isthmus. She and
her husband lived for many years in New Cristobal. A few years prior to
his retirement in 1937, they made their home in Balboa. Their last trip
to the Isthmus was in November of last year when they arrived to attend
the Roosevelt Centennial celebrations.
Mrs. Huntoon was the mother of Mrs. John E. Erikson of Margarita.
Survivors other than her husband and Mrs. Erikson, include her
daughters, Mrs. Clyde Shumaker of Oswego, Oregon, and Mrs. Herman
Straub of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, and her son Hiram J. Huntoon of
Rutland, Vermont, and seven grandchildren.
Henry S. Stratton, 82, died on January 3, 1960 in a St. Petersburg
hospital. Mr. Stratton moved to St. Petersburg from Clairton, Pennsyl-
vania 15 years ago. He was for some time employed on the Panama Canal.
Surviving are his wife, Olive Cullard Stratton, a sister, Mrs. Mary Mar-
shall and a brother, John L. Davies, all of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Robert S. Wood, 52, Supervisory and Track Signal Engineer for the
Panama Railroad Division, collapsed and died just as he was about to
return to work at the scene of the recent railroad slide. Mr. Wood was
a member of a well known family on the Zone. Born in Washington, D. C.,
he had spent all but eleven months of his life on the Canal Zone. He is
survived by his wife, Marian, and a son, Joseph, a student at the Stevens
Institute of Technology in New Jersey. He is also survived by his mother,
Mrs. Joseph Wood of Balboa, two sisters, Mrs. Sidney Neville of Los
Altos, California and Mrs. Kenneth Jones of Medon, Indonesia, and three
brothers, John of Wilmington, Delaware, William W. of Balboa and Ed-
ward S. of San Francisco.
Harry W. Peterson, 65, a former postal clerk on the Canal Zone,
died on November 11, in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Peterson went to
the Isthmus with his parents in 1911. He retired in 1956 after more than
39 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Juanita, a daughter, Mrs.
Isabel Aguirre and two grandchildren.
Sylvester N. Belanger, 61, former Master of Transportation for the
Panama Railroad, died November 5, 1959 in Alamo Gordo, New Mexico.
Mr. Belanger was a native of Tacoma, Washington, and a navy veteran
of World War I. He was retired in 1954. He is survived by his wife and
a daughter Mrs. Evelyn Wood, and also by several grandchildren.
Word has been received of the death of Albert Babicz, on September
6, 1959. He was employed on the Canal Zone in the Personnel Bureau and
the Electrical Division. His service ran from 1931 to 1944. He is sur-
vived by his wife, the former Dorothy Berkland and by two daughters,
Betty, 18, and Judy, 11.
Mr. Lloyd I. Richie of Fern Park, Florida, died suddenly at his home
on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1959. Funeral services were held in Pennsylvania.
Lawrence S. Myers, 60, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died on Wednes-
day, December 23, 1959 at his home, following a long illness. Mr. Myers
was formerly a carpenter on the Canal Zone. He was a past master of
Isthmian Lodge A.F.A.M. and a past patron of the O.E.S. Survivors
are his wife, Helen, a son, Clifford C. of St. Petersburg, three brothers,
Ned of Tarentum, Pa. and Merrill and William of Freeport, Pa.; also by
two sisters, Mrs. P. B. Bartel of Brackenridge, Pa. and Mrs. J. Wirtz of
Robert R. Harvey, 65, of Laurel, Virginia, died October 30, 1959,
in the Veterans Hospital in Henrico, Virginia. Surviving are his wife,
Mrs. Rena Jones Harvey, three sons, Ernest of Bremerton, Washington,
Ralph C. of Oregon and Robert R. Jr. of U.S.N., San Francisco; also by
a brother, Keith of Pompano Beach, Florida and three sisters, Mrs. G. A.
Pyper and Mrs. C. L. Bradshaw, both of Laurel, Va. and Mrs. Walter Tor-
rance of Arlington, and by four grandchildren.
Charles E. Hutchison, 75, 7501/ 32nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, died
Friday (Jan. 15, 1960) in a St. Petersburg hospital.
Mr. Hutchison, born in Pennsylvania, moved to St. Petersburg in
1949 from the Panama Canal Zone where he was an electrical lock master
with the U.S. Government until retiring in 1947. He was a member of
the First Baptist Church, St. Petersburg.
Surviving are his wife, Lillian; 3 daughters, Miss Doris Hutchinson,
St. Petersburg, Mrs. Marion Phillips, Margarita, Canal Zone, and Mrs.
Ruth Powell, Gamboa, Canal one; a son, Donald P., Diablo, Canal Zone;
a brother, Phillip A., Clarks Green, Pa., and a sister, Mrs. Catherine
Mahony, Silver Spring, Md.
Capt. Daniel E. Eggleston, of 4125 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, died
Saturday (Jan. 9, 1960 in a St. Petersburg hospital.
Captain Eggleston, who was born in Lorraine, N.Y., moved to this
area in 1950 from northern New York. Before being employed by the
U.S. Government 22 years in the Canal Zone, he was engaged in piloting
commerce vessels in the Great Lakes. He was a member of St. Jude's
Catholic Church, the Canal Zone Society, the Bartlett Park Shuffleboard
Club and the Crosswinds Shuffleboard Club.
Surviving are his wife, Maude Longtin Eggleston; 1 son, D. Morris,
Canal Zone; 3 daughters, Mrs. R. D. Glassburn, Canal Zone, Mrs. H. M.
Truitt, Tampa, and Mrs. Charles Beall, Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Mial
Eggleston, Henderson, N.Y., and St. Petersburg, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Nell
Eigabroadt, Brownsville, N.Y., Mrs. Grace Overton, Lorraine, N.Y., and
Mrs. E. A. Denison, Adams, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grand-
Mrs. Marie Dieter Farrell of 425 Walcott Ave., Middletown, died at
Newport Rhode Island Hosptial after a short illness. She had made her
home here for about eight years, living with her grand-daughter, Mrs.
Mrs. Farrell was born 86 years ago in Meadville, Pa. She leaves two
daughters, Mrs. Ruth Burmester of Middletown and Mrs. Marie Collins
of Balboa, Canal Zone; two sons, Arthur Farrell of Balboa and Frank
Farrell of Cristobal, Canal Zone; four grandchildren and four great grand-
Capt. Louie E. Rocher, 67, of 1133 Ingleside Ave., Jacksonville, Fla.
died at a local hospital following a long illness. He had lived here since
early childhood and for many years was captain of the ferry Jackson.
He had spent most of the last 17 years in the Panama Canal Zone.
Capt. Rocher was a member of the Edgewood Avenue Christian
Church, the Scottish and York Rite bodies, the Isthmian Lodge of A.F. and
A.M. in Ancon, Canal Zone, and the Abou Saad Temple of the Shrine in
Capt. Rocher is survived by his wife, Frances May Rocher; two
daughters, Mrs. Lois R. Houghton and Miss Charlotte Rocher; a sister,
Miss Adaline Rocher;four brothers, John, George, Frank and Edwin
Rocher; and four grandchildren; all of Jacksonville.
Mrs. Margaret D. Geddes, wife of Mr. Charles J. Geddes of Elizabeth,
Pennsylvania, passed away on December 29, 1959, after a long illness.
Mr. Peter C. Hulsebosch, 69, died on December 19 in Tice, Florida.
Mr. Hulsebosch was a former Panama Canal employee and was a member
of the Canal Zone Council, Knights of Columbus. In addition this wife,
he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Caroline P. Estelle of Brooklyn, New
York, a son, Peter C., Jr. of Corpus Christi, Texas, and also by three
brothers, two sisters and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Charles Tribolet, wife of Lt. C. T Tribolet of La Cresenta, Cali-
fornia, died of a heart attack on March 5, 1959. No further details were
Mrs. Albert Herman, Isthmian Old Timer, died on December 8, 1959
in Richmond, Virginia. Mrs. Herman, a native of Boston, Mass. was the
mother of Mrs. V. G. (Mildred) Carpenter of Pebblebrook Road, Austell,
Mrs. James Spinks, another Isthmian Old Timer, died on December
8th. Mrs. Spinks made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Sue Thomas of
3311 West Beach Blvd., Biloxi, Miss.
Mr. George Gardner died on November 15, 1959 in Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. Gardner is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Z. K. Essler and Mrs.
R. T. Harris, both of St. Petersburg, Florida, and by three grandchildren
and six great grandchildren.
News has been received of the recent death of Robert N. Ruley, 66,
in Redondo Beach, California. Mr. Ruley was Supervisor of Public Motor
Transportation at the time of his retirement. During the years spent on
the Isthmus, Mr. and Mrs. Ruley made their home on the Atlantic side.
Mr. Ruley was a past master of Sojourners Lodge, A.F.and A.M. He is
survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna M. Ruley.
Mrs. Rose M. Forbes, 75, widow of a former Panama Canal employee,
died recently, in San Francisco, California. Mrs. Forbes lived in Balboa
until Mr. Forbes retired in 1931. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs.
Helen Heim of Gatun, C. Z. and Mrs. Isabel Nichols of San Francisco.
Word has been received of the death of Capt. Lawrence C. Calloway,
80, in the Veterans' Hospital at Long Beach, California. Capt. Calloway
served in Troop M of the 14th Cavalry for seven years, before he joined
the Canal Zone Police force in 1907. Most of Capt. Calloway's service
was on the Atlantic side at the Cristobal Station. He is survived by his
wife of Long Beach, a son, Lawrence of Miami, Florida, and a nephew,
Capt. Stewart P. Trail of the Zone police in Balboa, C. Z.
Dr. John D. Odom, Chief Quarantine Officer at Balboa for about
32 years, died January 9, 1960 in Dothan, Alabama,,where he had lived
since he retired from Canal service in April, 1952.
Dr. Odom had been in ill health for some time but his death was
Born in Gordon, Alabama, he came to the Canal Zone in 1916 soon
after his graduation from Emory University Medical College. His first
post was on the medical staff of Colon Hospital.
The following year he was transferred to the Cristobal Quarantine
Station, but when the United States entered World War I was called to
active duty with the Army Medical Corps and was stationed with the Fifth
Infantry at Empire. At the end of the war he rejoined the Quarantine
Service and in 1920 was placed in charge of the Balboa Quarantine and
Not long after his retirement from the Canal service, Dr. Odom was
married to the former Susie Pearl Core, well-known Canal Zone teacher
and author. She survives him.
Mr. Bert Holmes, 75, of Kearny, New Jersey, passed away on Jan-
uary 8, 1960. Mr. Holmes was a Construction Engineer on the Isthmus
from 1905 to December 2, 1911. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ethel
Holmes of Kearny.
Mr. Joseph Grier of Tucson, Arizona, died on November 12, 1959.
He was a brother of Mr. A. R. Grier of St. Petersburg, Florida, and had
visited with the Griers when they lived in Gamboa, C. Z.
Foster N. Miles, who worked with the Panama Railroad and on the
Canal Zone piers from 1942 to 1949, died in Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina.
He was 58 years old.
Mr. Miles went to the Canal Zone in April 1942, as a locomotive
engineer with the Panama Railroad. Two years later he became a steve-
dore foreman with the former Receiving and Forwarding Agency. He
alternated between the posts of engineer and stevedore foreman until he
left the Isthmus in April, 1949 to make his home in North Carolina.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a son, Guy; and five grand-
children and several nieces and nephews.
Word has been received of the passing of Mrs. Nellie Morgan, 80,
on January 4, 1960. Mrs. Morgan was the widow of Mr. Stanley Morgan
who was on the Canal Zone from 1906 to 1909.
Mr. John Basil Corliss, Sr., 67, 957 Dunraven Dr., Winter Park, died
January 19th in a local hospital.
Born in Indianapolis, he moved to Orlando in 1954 from Panama C.Z.
He was a marine engineer, a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic
Church, Winter Park, and a member of the American Legion, having
served in the U.S. Navy during World War I.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ruth Y. Corliss; a daughter, Mrs.
JoAnne Bass, Columbus, Ga.; a son, John B. Corliss Jr., Diablo, C. Z.;
three brothers, Don, Eugene and Lewis Corliss, Indianapolis, and a sister,
Miss Mary Corliss, Indianapolis.
News of the death of Mrs. Ruby Simms, whose husband, the late
Emerson Simms was a Panama Canal pilot, has just been received.
Mrs. Simms, 70, died Aug. 12 in Salisbury, Maryland, after a brief
Her only survivors are two brothers and several nieces and nephews,
all living in the United States.
Mrs. Simms made her home in the Canal Zone for many years while
her husband was serving on the pilot force. He retired in November,
1949 and died several years ago.
Roger J. Sigl of Ancon, 46, an automotive machinist in the Company-
Government Motor Transportation Division, died January 13, 1960 at
Gorgas Hospital after a brief illness.
He was first employed with the Panama Canal February, 1913, in the
Supply Department of the Motor Transportation Division as a machinist
auto repairman. All his Canal service was in the same division.
In his immediate family, Mr. Sigl is survived by two daughters, Miss
Judith Sigl of Detroit, Mich., and Miss Gloria Sigl of New Orleans, La.
Word has been received from Alamogordo, N.M.,of the death on Jan.
9 of Miss Hulda Henderson, former reference librarian at the Canal Zone
Miss Henderson, who was born in Concordia, Kansas, came to the
Canal Zone during the summer of 1943. In 1945 she began employment
with the Canal Zone library as an assistant. In September 1950 she was
promoted to librarian, and in May 1954 she resigned to take a position
at Holloman Air Force Base at Alamogordo. At the time of her death,
she was head librarian at the Aero-Medical Library, Holloman Air Force
She is survived in her family by her mother; two brothers; and by a
sister, Mrs. George Nelson of Alamogordo.
Otto T. Marstrand, one of the Panama Canal's best-known old-timers,
died in his sleep Saturday, Jan. 16th at San Diego, California. He was
80 years old.
Born in the Virgin Islands, he came to the Canal Zone in November
1906 as a clerk with the Isthmian Canal Commission.
In 1913, he was promoted to the position of assistant store-keeper
and from then until he left the Panama Canal service in 1937 he was
connected with the handling of Canal Property. His official title when
he left the service was Chief of the Property Bureau.
Mr. Marstrand was a pioneer in the business of telling the Canal's
story to tourists aboard transiting vessels. Friends here estimated that
many thousands of men and women from all over the world heard him
talk on the Canal and its construction as they made the trip from ocean
to ocean, and some of those to whom he lectured corresponded with him
Since the death of his wife several years ago, Mr. Marstrand had lived
at the Grant Hotel in San Diego, where his death occurred.
He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. William F. Powers, of Trenton,
N. J., and by two grandsons.
Mrs. Ida Huldtquist, 62, of 617 S. Crestway, died at Halstead, Kan.,
Hospital after a long illness. She had been a resident of Wichita since
She was the wife of John E. Huldtquist, retired employee of U.S. De-
partment of Agriculture. While her husband was in government service,
Mrs. Huldtquist had resided at Balboa, Canal Zone; Kansas City, Mo.;
Indianapolis, Ind.; Frankfort, Ky.; and Des Moines, Iowa.
Mrs. Huldtquist was born Sept. 4, 1897, at Hillsboro, Kan. She was
a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wichita. She was a graduate
of Bethany Academy of Piano, Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan.
Survivors include her husband, four brothers, Edward R. Asmann,
Walter Asmann, Herbert Asmann, and Oscar Asmann; and two sisters,
Mrs. Bertha C. Bowles, Cincinnati, O., and Esther Hawkins, Tampa, Kan.
William Taylor Compton, former Atlantic side boarding officer, died
Jan. 16 in Deerfield Beach, Florida, where he had made his home for the
past year. He was 69 years old.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel; a son, Lt. Harry Compton, of Scott
Air Force Base in Illinois; by two daughters, Mrs. William Wagenbrenner,
of Merritt Island, Florida, and Becky, of Deerfield Beach; and by a sister,
Mrs. E. M. Benitez, a former resident of the Canal Zone now living in
Miami Shores, Florida.
Mr. Thomas F. (Pete) Sullivan of Largo, Florida, passed away on
January 28, after a long illness. Mr. Sullivan, a former Panama Canal
employee, is survived by his wife, one son of Clearwater, Florida and a
daughter in New York.
News has been received of the death of Mrs. Thelma Ahlfont Palus
on November 30, 1959, in Saratoga, California. She is survived by her
husband, Commander A. R. Palus and five children; also by her mother,
Mrs. Anna Ahlfont, two sisters, Hager, of New York, and Vera, of Nor-
Mrs. A. L. Meigs of Tampa, Florida, lost her mother, Mrs. Welch,
recently. No further details were available.
Michael J. Leech of Tampa, Florida, passed away on January 15th.
Mr. Leech was 68 years old and a former Commissary Division employee
on the Canal Zone. He was a World War I veteran and a member of
the American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Margaret A. Leech of
Word has been received of the death of Henry T. McKensie on
the Canal Zone on December 4, 1959. Mr. McKensie is survived by his
wife, the former Julia Nielson. No further details were available.
Capt. and Mrs. Floyd W. Forrest, were instantly killed Saturday,
January 30, 1960, in an auto accident in St. Petersburg.
Captain Forrest was a member of Oriental Masonic Lodge 20 at
Matthews County, Va., and the Panama Canal Pilots Association.
Mrs. Forrest was a member of the Eastern Star.
Captain Forrest is survived by a sister, Mrs. Louise Mitchell, Wor-
cester, Mass., and 2 brothers, Capt. H. P. Forrest, Norfolk, Va., and
Birdsall Forrest, Hudgins, Va.
Mrs. Forrest is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mabel B. Skinner, George-
town, S. C.
The couple is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth L. Correira,
Salt Lake City; a son, Gordon, Edgemere, Md., and 7 grandchildren.
Mrs. Sarah Evans, 46, passed away in a St. Petersburg hospital.
Mrs. Evans was the wife of Johnnie Evans, the chief photographer of the
St. Petersburg Times, who was well known by many of our members, as
the press photographer at several of our reunions. Mrs. Evans was a
registered nurse and was very active in the Lutheran Church. Besides her
husband, she is survived by two sons, Pierce, a Lutheran minister, and
Edward, a student at Florida State University. She is also survived by
two brothers and three sisters.
Albert H. Geddes, 80, 424 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, died Sunday,
(Jan. 31, 1960) in a St. Petersburg hospital.
A native of New York City, Mr. Geddes moved to St. Petersburg 15
years ago from the Canal Zone. He was an excavating contractor, and
owned and operated his own business. He attended the Presbyterian
Church, and was a Spanish American War veteran, a member of the
General Leonard Wood Camp No. 8, St. Petersburg, and was also a mem-
ber of various Masonic bodies in the Canal Zone.
He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Guy Johannas, Bradenton.
AMERICAN LEGION HOSPITAL FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN
2350 LAKEVIEW AVENUE ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.
December 28, 1959
Panama Canal Society
c/o Mrs. Benjamin C. Judd
3535 -19th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida
Will you please accept our sincere thanks for your contribution of $127.00
to our hospital from the Society and its members. Your gift made this
a happier Christmas for our children.
We are very grateful for your continued interest in our hospital, and ex-
tend our best wishes to all for a Happy New Year.
The following letter and enclosure has been sent to President Eisen-
hower, Vice-President Nixon, Chairman of various Congressional Com-
mittees and other Government Officials in Washington and on the Canal
At a meeting of this Society held in St. Petersburg at the Hotel Soreno
on 12th January, 1960, it was resolved that the consensus of the majority
of its members be made known to those charged with the duty of formu-
lating the policy of the United States with regard to the recent anti-Ameri-
can disorders on the Isthmus of Panama.
The Society is composed of United States citizens who have worked
on the construction and operation of the Panama Canal; a majority are
now retired after, in many cases, thirty or more years of service.
The attached enclosure represents the opinion of most of our mem-
bers, and is forwarded with the hope it may be of service by presenting
the viewpoint of a group of our citizens who have had the unique oppor-
tunity to study relations with Panama and its people over several decades.
Macon A. Turner, President
Panama Canal Society of Florida
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. BOX 1156 ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLA.
January 12, 1960
Byi the terms of a treaty entered into between the United States of
America and the newly created Republic of Panama in 1903 and ratified
by the highest tribunals of these nations on February 23, 1904, and Decem-
ber 2, 1903 respectively, it is stated in Article II thereof that, "The Repub-
lic of Panama grants to the United States in perpetuity the use, occupation
and control" of a delineated piece of land now known as the Canal Zone.
There is no uncertainty about the choice and use of the word "grant".
It was placed there in that best form of a contract and its use approved
by the most brilliant and keenest legal minds of the Republic of Panama.
The Treaty further states: "The Republic of Panama grants to the
United States all rights, power and authority within the Zone mentioned
in Article II which the United States would possess and exercise if
it were sovereign of the territory to the entire exclusion of the exer-
cise by the Republic of Panama of any such sovereign rights, power or
Please note in view of the communistic inspired aggression of No-
vember 3rd and 28th, 1959, we repeat,,"TO THE ENTIRE EXCLUSION
OF THE EXERCISE BY THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA OF ANY SUCH
SOVEREIGN RIGHTS, POWER OR,AUTHORITY." This is the binding,
bilateral agreement never abrogated which misguided agitators are now
trying to break by coercion and force.
It is common knowledge that there is neither a higher nor more,bind-
ing agreement between nations than a treaty properly negotiated, signed,
and ratified. The Hay Bunau Varilla Treaty of 1903 to which theRepub-
lic of Panama and the United States of America ,were signatories was
such an agreement.
The consideration necessary in all contracts was considered ample.
The United States received exclusive jurisdiction to a parcel of land and
the Republic of Panama received ,$10,000,000 in one lump sum, with the
United States further promising Panama a $250,000 annuity. The United
States at that time also guaranteed the independence of the Republic of
Panama, an independence which wasn't worth the breath of its declaration
without such a guarantee. There was also a multitude of other obligations
which the United States was to assume and did so; but comb the Treaty
word for word and one will find little if anything which was Panama's
to give without our sponsorship, economic backing and guarantee of
Since the United States sponsored the independence of Panama, and
we use the word "sponsored" advisedly, it has lived up to each and every
one of its promises. Beyond and above its obligations it has been ever
ready with assistance, whether it was in the nature of cash, gifts, loans,
medicines, food, supplies, teachers, scholarships, agricultural machinery,
seed, or other aid immeasurable in value. In a section of the Hull-Alfaro
Treaty of 1936-1939 the United States increased the annuity payment
from $250,000 to $430,000. In 1955 the United States increased the
$430,000 annuity to $1,930,000. This was incorporated in the Eisenhower-
Remon Treaty of 1955. We also gave Panama about $25,000,000 worth
of real estate in the city of Colon and the railroad stations, buildings and
yards in the cities of Colon andPanama.
We, the former employees of the United States government, members
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, have spent nearly our entire
lives on the Isthmus of Panama. Some of our fathers, we are proud to
say, arrived with Colonel Gorgas in 1904, braved the many life-taking
fevers and other obstacles and helped construct one of the great wonders
of the modern world, the Panama Canal. Some of us have children work-
ing for our government on the Canal Zone. Although transplanted from
many states of our native land, in over half a century we acclimated our-
selves and learned to love the Isthmus for it became our home. We not
only found many of its people to be excellent neighbors, but formed many
lasting ties and warm friendships.
November 3rd is Panama's day of independence, heretofore happily
celebrated by the citizens of the United States and those of Panama. How-
ever on November 3, 1959 these memories of international friendship were
rudely shattered by a small, but violent minority of Panamanians refusing
to listen to reason but instead following the leadership of Cuban mercen-
aries, communistic travelers in their midst, and radical leftwing misguided
demagogues of their own.
Not content with the bloodshed and the malicious damage committed
on the Canal Zone, the crazed anti-Americann mob proceeded to the
United States Embassy where they disrespectfully hauled down the flag
of our country and dispicably tore and defiled; it. Our Embassy officials
listened to orders on the radio from their headquarters to the Panama
police or Guardia Nacional telling them to stay away from the Embassy.
Not a policeman showed to quell the riotous action.
To add insult to injury and further infamy,, the Panama radio and
press immediately after the November 3rd demonstration, commenced
calling for another march upon the Canal Zone, abused the good Gover-
nor of the Canal Zone and insultingly denounced the United States govern-
ment in most vicious and scurrilous language. Again the hoodlums marched
and again United States citizens and soldiers were injured trying to stop
the crazed abusive mob from committing further injury and damage.
We, the retired employees of the Panama Canal, who left so many
good friends in Panama, cannot comprehend this lamentable and pitiable
state to which they have permitted their actions and consciences to deter-
Just what are the desires of these disillusioned, ill-advised, misguided
They scream, yell, and shout "sovereignty!" No less a dignitary than
William Howard Taft when he was on the Isthmus of Panama in 1904,
as Secretary of War, declared that Panama was "titular sovereign" of the
Canal Zone. He did not enlarge upon the definition and meaning of this
and never did he state that this included jurisdiction over our grant. At
best a "titular sovereign" is but nominal, it is one who is such in name
only, a sort of honorary designation. The fact remains, as is so clearly
stated in the Treaty of 1903, that the Republic of Panama granted to the
United States government the area now known as the Canal Zone IN PER-
PETUITY AS IF IT WERE SOVEREIGN TO THE ENTIRE EXCLUS-
ION OF THE EXERCISE BY THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA OF ANY
SUCH SOVEREIGN RIGHTS, POWER OR AUTHORITY." That is the
irrevocable, indisputable and non-abrogated law of the land of the Repub-
lic of Panama and the United States of America. May our President and
our Congress with God given strength keep it so!
Somebody who got his abacus counters mixed is yelling for fifty per
cent of the Panama Canal's gross income. Just how long would the goose
live which has been\ laying the golden eggs for Panama under such far
fetched ridiculous bookkeeping. Quoting from the official Panama Canal
Company's Statement of Revenue and Expenses, we find that the total rev-
enue for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1959 was $87,250,871. The oper-
ating expenses and deductions were $83,837,339. This leaves a net rev-
enue of $3,413,532. Our annuity to the Republic of Panama for our grant
is $1,930,000 or 56% of our net revenue.
Echoes of "equal pay for equal work" boldly resound. Yet the min-
imum wage on the Canal Zone is $1.00 per hour and has been so for
some time whereas the Panamanian Assembly recently passed a Bill estab-
lishing a minimum rate of 40 cents an hour in the Republic.
For more than fifty-six years we have given and given in to the Re-
public of Panama. Our gifts have been cast upon troubled waters and
brought home to us in America nothing but disrespect for our flag, our
country and our citizenry. We should now certainly be firm believers in
the adage that the quickest way to lose a, friend is to give or loan him
La Hora, La Nacion, Critica, La Estrella and El Dia, all publications
printed in the City of Panama, as well as their radio stations, blatantly
declare that the flying of the Panamanian flag on the Canal Zone is but
the beginning of their demands and they will neither terminate nor cease
until the Panama Canal is theirs.
Some months ago General Robert E. Wood, who'was Chief Quarter-
master of the Panama Canal during its construction days had the follow-
ing to say: "Our State Department should inform the Panamanian Govern-
ment in no uncertain terms that we have a treaty; that we will observe it;
and that we shall not amend the treaty further. We should also request
them to clean house of communistic agitators ."
As this New Year dawns we have continued and absolute faith in the
dedicated men employed by our government. With their profound knowl-
edge and ability and our country's great reservoir of clear thinking and
reasoning, we have no doubt that this grave question will be resolved
without loss of honor to our great nation or its citizens. That our sons
and daughters working, traveling or residing on the Canal Zone may live
their lives unmolested, free from insult, proud of their great country,
their heritage and their citizenship.
Macon A. Turner, President
Panama Canal Society of Florida
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Covering the period from October 25, 1959 thru January 25, 1960
Do hope you have'all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
We did, and are just getting over the Reunion at the present time. It was
wonderful-262 sat down for luncheon, and there were over 700 milling
around talking over the old days and rebuilding the Canal, and even the
towns came in for their share of reconstruction. Wish we could all go
back for a few days and have a good look at our former home towns.
Perhaps some day-after the new bridge is finished. It would be 'nice,
would it not.
Many were missed who always came and had such a grand time.
Several deaths were announced during the two days, which upset us
greatly. Many letters were received stating that for some reason or an-
other folks were unable to attend, mostly on account of bad weather in
their home state Florida really showed itself off beautifully the
weather was perfect for the two days and heavy clothing was cast aside
in favor of lighter weight suits and dresses.
Our December meeting, at which time donations for the American
Legion Crippled Children's Hospital Fund is collected, was fairly well
attended, but we were not able to make as good a showing as formerly.
This year it was only $127.00. However, the hospital was most grateful.
Each year we invite our Mayor and his wife to be our guests at the
luncheon, and it was a pleasure for us all to meet Mayor and Mrs. Edward
Brantley. The mayor welcomed the many members from far and wide,
and invited those who are not now living in Florida to come here upon
their retirement to make their home. It would be really nice because we
have many here now who just came to visit with friends before settling
down they liked Florida, and here they are.
A definite date has been set for our next reunion. The Soreno Hotel
is a popular spot for conventions, but the management has assured us
that we can meet there on Monday and Tuesday, January 9th and 10th,
1961. The rates will be the same.
BUSINESS-Please add 10 cents to your out-of-town checks many
are neglecting to do so. Also for Panama and the Canal Zone the So-
ciety is being charged 45 cents to clear each check. Those of you who
have sent in 3 one dollar bills all have arrived.
During the holidays we received many cards and letters we cer-
tainly do appreciate all of them but it was just impossible to answer them
all I really did my best in replies, sort of short, but longer ones were
I am most'grateful for the many letters I have received concerning
staying in this position for another year Thank you all very much for
As of now 1133 have paid their 1960 dues, 23 for 1961, 5 for 1962,
and 2 for 1963. This year Mrs. Dove L. Prather of Portland, Oregon
heads the list for 1963.
This year the membership cards are GREEN do you have one?
You really should you know. Please send in your dues early.
Your Secretary-Treasurer is most grateful for the gift which was
presented at the Reunion business meeting.
May I take just a few lines to tell you about the BLOOD BANK for
members who make their home in Florida? DUES in the blood bank are
$2.00 annually starting with January 1, 1960. Your dues must be paid in
the Society as well to receive benefits so when you send in your mem-
bership dues (Florida residents only) be sure and send in your blood
bank dues at the same time. One never knows when it may be needed.
When you join the blood bank you receive a card with your number in
the lower left hand corner KEEP THIS CARD IT IS YOUR PER-
MANENT RECORD. Please send in your blood bank dues to me-NOT
THE BLOOD BANK.
New members and changes and corrections of addresses are on the
last sheets of this Record please read them so that you will not send
your mail to the wrong address.
I would be most grateful to the Secretarys of the various Societies if
they would send me a list of their members so that I could have them for
members who write in for them.
Lucille S. Judd, Secretary-Treasurer
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
at the Tourist Center, St. Petersburg, 9 November, 1959
President M. A. Turner called the meeting to order at 2:15 p.m.
Chaplain Lee Burns delivered the invocation.
The following officers were present:
President ------- Capt. M. A. Turner
Vice-President -----Mr. Keith Kelly
Secretary-Treasurer ------ Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary ----- Mr. Francis F. Hargy
The Society acquired 18 new members in October, so that the mem-
bership totaled 1,720 paid up members for 1959.
The Chairman of the Legislative Committee, Mr. Frank Hohmann,
gave a detailed account of the legislative goals sought by the two major
unions, the A.F.L. and the C.I.O. This information will be printed in the
December issue of the Canal Record and available before the next meet-
ing in November, and hence are not repeated here. One item which bears
repetition is the request that all members write their representatives in the
House and Senate urging favorable action on health insurance legislation
for present retirees.
Visiting members were introduced as follows:
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Engel; Mr. Howard King; Mrs. Anita H. Mc-
Keown; Col. G. E. Cronin; Mr. A. W. Webb; Mr. and Mrs. Wickingstadt.
Illness of members were reported as follows:
Mrs. Kirsten Everson; Mr. George Gardner; Mrs. Catherine Larsen.
Mr. U. W. Tweed; Mrs. Chas. W. Heath; Mr. Carl Howe; Mrs. Eliza.
beth M. Alexander; Mrs. C. C. Wells; Mr. Charles A. Mohl; Mr. David
Hinds; Lt. Edw. C. Davidson, U.S.N.; Mr. George H. Walter; Mr. Earl
C. Trout; Mrs. Dorothy I. Ott; Mrs. Fannie Growe; Mr. Stanton Brown.
Mrs. Marie Calloway invited members to an open house reception at
her forthcoming marriage, the exact date to be announced later.
No further business remaining to be transacted, the meeting was
adjourned at 2:10 p. m.
Francis F. Hargy, Recording Secretary
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
at the Tourist Center, St. Petersburg, 14 December, 1959
President M. A. Turner called the meeting to order at 2:15 p. m.
Chaplain Lee Burns delivered the invocation.
The following officers were present:
President .------ Capt. M. A. Turner
Vice-President --------Mr. Keith Kelly
Secretary-Treasurer ---------- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary ---.- Mr. Francis F. Hargy
Legislative Committee: Chairman Hohmann reported the Congres-
sional Record mentioned numerous bills pertaining to retired government
employees and suggested that members write to their Senators and Con-
gressmen urging their support for Bill No. 1083.
Visiting members at the meeting were introduced as follows:
Mrs. C. C. Laurie; Mr. and Mrs. P. Graham; Mrs. F. Williams; Mr.
A. W. Webb; Mr. and Mrs. Grimm.
Reports of illness:
Mr. Laurence Myers; Mr. Fred Lyons; Mr. James Bradley; Mrs. Myra
Falk; Mrs. John Wilson; Mr. Milton Smith; Mr. Wm. Butler; Mrs. Alvira
Mr. Hubert Hammer; Mrs. Peggy Reece; Mrs. Vigo Larsen; Mrs.
John Koperski; Mrs. B. R. Betz; Mr. R. B. Jonap; Mr. Jos. H. Orr, Jr.;
Mr. P. R. Meck; Mr. Adam Mallett; Mr. Robert Wood; Mrs. Welch; Mr.
Homer Crook; Mr. Joseph Grier; Mr. Gardner; Mr. Harry W. Petersen;
Mr. Lloyd Ritchie; Mr. Sylvester N. Belanger; Mr. Robert R. Harvey;
Mr. Alfred Babicz; Mr. Zed McCartney; Mr. John E. Davis; Mr. Chas.
Lester; Mr. Jos. Digman.
The Secretary-Treasurer again reminded members enrolled in the
Blood Bank that they should have both the membership fee and the Blood
Bank assessment of $2.00 paid up for the coming year to be eligible to
Three suggested menus from the Soreno Hotel for the annual lunch-
eon Jan. 13, 1960, were read, and the practically unaminous vote of the
assembly was for the one provided last year at this occasion.
Mrs. Judd had a number of items of general interest. A notice regard-
ing Mrs. Amy McCormick's book, "South to Panama" was received from
Mrs. McCormick, Box 493, Balboa Heights, C. Z. As most of us will
recall, Mrs. McCormick was the founder of the Canal Zone Historical
Society and is exceptionally well qualified to write upon this subject. A
copy of the book is expected so that members may view it before ordering.
Mrs. Hutchins was injured by a blow in the face during the recent dis-
turbances in Panama. There will be no entertainment Tuesday night, Jan.
12th, as Dr. Speronis has accepted an invitation to speak on Wednesday.
Mr. Warner suggested a resolution be drawn up and sent to Congress,
Senate, Secretary of State and the President of the United States, condemn-
ing the recent outbreak of anti-American riots in Panama. It would ex-
press the feelings of all the old-timers who helped build and maintain the
Canal. Some discussion arose, and a motion to this effect was made.
Pres. Turner said it was his desire to have Judge Tatleman help draft a
resolution to this effect, and the original motion was withdrawn with the
understanding that such a resolution would be prepared.
Contributions to the Crippled Children's fund so far amount to al-
There being no further business, it was moved, seconded, and carried
that the meeting be adjourned, which occurred at 3:50 p.m.
Francis F. Hargy, Recording Secretary
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
Held at the Soreno Hitel, St. Petersburg, Fla., January 12, 1960
President M. A. Turner called the meeting to order at 2:20 p.m. The
invocation was delivered by Mr. Frank Hohmann, Acting Chaplain.
The President welcomed the members to the 28th Annual Meeting,
which as usual was attended by members from all over the country.
The following officers were present:
President C-- -- apt. M. A. Turner
Vice-President ....- Mr. Keith Kelly
Secretary-Treasurer ..-- -..-. Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary -. Mr. Francis F. Hargy
The Society received the report of the Committee appointed by .Pres.
Turner to draw up a resolution regarding the current anti-American dem-
onstrations in Panama. The Committee was composed of Judge E. I. P.
Tatleman, Mr. Paul H. Warner, and Mr. A. J. Scott. Judge Tatleman said
the committee had met doubly a number of times, and once jointly, and
read the resolution it had drafted, a copy of which is made a part of these
minutes. Mr. Hersh questioned the statement regarding the wage scale,
stating he had read from an article in a Chicago paper that the Panaman-
ian scale was 40c in the cities of Colon and Panama, and 30c in the inter.
ior. Pres. Turner assured him the law in the Republic of Panama called
for a universal wage scale of 40c an hour. Mr. Keith Kelley moved that
the resolution be accepted and sent to government officials and newspapers
generally. Motion was duly seconded, carried, and so ordered.
Mr. Everett, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, read its report,
giving the following slate of elective officers for the year 1060. These
recommendations were as follows:
For President .------Mr. Keith Kelly
For Vice-President .-------- Mr. Frank Hohmann
For Secretary-Treasurer -..--. Mrs. Lucille Judd
For Recording Secretary Mrs. Z. K. Esler
There being no nominations made from the floor, Mr. Hayes moved
that the nominations be closed, seconded by Mr. Pate, carried and so
Mr. Troy Hayes then moved that the Secretary be instructed to cast
the unamimous vote of the assembly for the mentioned nominees. Sec-
onded by Mr. Pate, carried and so ordered.
Mrs. Judd went through several hundred letters and postcards from
our members wishing the annual reunion the best of luck and congratu-
lations, and sending greetings to their friends. Only a few of them could
be mentioned of course, but the impression was that most of our members
were at the reunion in spirit, if not physically.
An inquiry was received regarding the whereabouts of a Charles
Black, employed in 1906; he would be about 75 years old.
Mrs. Judd reminded members that postage on the Canal Record was
six cents, not four. Records with insufficient postage have been forwarded
to her, and in the past she has readdressed them, placed the proper amount
of postage, and remained them. So many have been received lacking proper
postage that it will not in the future be practicable to continue this prac-
tice, hence this reminder.
Reports of illness:
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Butler; Mrs. John D. Wilson; Mr. W. J. Kil-
murray; Mr. C. J. Post.
Reports of deaths:
Mrs. Charles Tiibolet; Mr. Lawrence S. Myers; Mrs. Lucille Bryan;
Mrs. Marie Farrell; Mrs. Albert Herman; Mr. Victor Rakovsky; Mrs.
Chas. J. Geddes; Dr. Jrhn D. Odom; Capt. L. C. Calloway; Mr. C. E.
Hutchinson; Mr. P. C. Hulsebosch; Mrs. Emerson Simms; Mr. Hubert
Hammer; Mr. Henry Stratton; Mrs. James Spinks; Mr. John H. Long;
Mrs. R. J. Huntoor.; Capt. Dan. E. Eggleston; Mr. G. E. Duchworth; Mr.
Mrs. Judd said she had some of the Society buttons and pins for sale
at $1.25 ea'h, also a applyy of car ct;ckers at 25c.
Mr. Warner said it was now four years since his father, the founder
of this Society, died, and he regretted he could not be here to-day to see
how this organization had grown and prospered.
Mr. Hohmann of the Legislative Committee, said the 86th Congress
met January 6, 1960, and it is clear the number 1 Federal employee legis-
lative goal this year would be a pay raise for government classified postal
workers. This being an elective year, Congress is usually receptive to pay
raise legislation. Tied in with this will be a move to revise the Classifi-
cation Act for classified workers and the Postal Salary Act for postal em-
ployees. This would result in an upward salary grade adjustment for
the more important positions.
Five bills have passed the House and should be quickly ratified by
the Senate and become law within the next two months. They are:
1st. Provide that annuities to retired Federal workers start immed-
iately on the day of retirement, instead of commencing the first day of the
2nd. Protect Federal employees who drive government vehicles or
their own cars on government business from liability in civil suits arising
out of accident.
3rd. Increase the daily travel allowance of Federal employees from
the present $12.00 to $15.00 and raise the present ten cent mileage allow-
ance to 12 cents.
4th. Amend the so-called "Hiss Act" to permit annuities to be paid
to government workers who have been convicted of felonies against the
government, except in cases involving national security.
5th. Equalize fringe benefits for Federal employees working over-
Our last retirement raise will expire July 1, 1960, but the majority
of Congressmen and Senators are in favor of making this raise permanent.
President Turner then thanked the officers and members for their
cooperation during the year, bringing our meeting to a close. It is re-
ported that over five hundred members registered at the reunion, and it
is noted many failed to register.
Motion to adjourn was then made, seconded, and carried, the ad-
journment taking place at 3:40 p. m.
F. F. Hargy, Recording Secretary
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
Sorry there isn't much to report from Southern California this time.
I'm sure our members and friends have been doing things, but they are
bashful about sending in news items. I've had such a busy schedule since
mid-December and had no opportunity to call and get news. Will try
and do better next time.
We regret to report the following deaths:
Mr. Harry W. Peterson (November, 1959)
Mr. Hubert H. Hammer (November, 1959)
Capt. L. C. Calloway (December, 1959)
Of course, everyone knew Mr. Hammer and Capt. Calloway Mr. Peter-
son' was a postal clerk in Cristobal during the period 1911-1956. They
will be sorely missed at our gatherings.
The Los Angelesl Times of November 26, 1959, carried news of the
death of Mr. Edgar P. Beck, age 85. The article stated that Mr. Beck was
Paymaster on the Canal Zone from 1905-1908, Treasurer 1908-1913, and
Traveling Auditor 1913-'17. His widow, Maletia Beck, resides in Glendale.
Mr. Wm. H. Baxley of 504-A Myrtle Street, Glendale 3, California,
has been in poor health for some time says he hasn't been able to paint
pictures for three months, but hopes to feel better soon.
Mr. Leo Welling of Santa Barbara, has heard from Omar J. Ruch,
former Chief Time Inspector, and also from Henry Lucas Hardwick,
brother-in-law of General Wood.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Cameron of Long Beach, celebrated their
Golden Wedding Anniversary on November 4, 1959. They were enter-
tained by their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ross
(Janice), and grandson Gordon C. Gregory and family. The Camerons
were married at Culebra, Canal Zone, on November 4, 1909, during one
of those heavy rainstorms which old timers will remember. The noise on
the galvanized roof was so great they have wondered many times whether
they gave the right answers to the preacher's questions but apparently
they did. Our sincere congratulations to the Camerons. Mr. Cameron re-
tired in 1933, and later during a visit to the Zone just before World War
II he went back to work until 1944 when he retired for the second time.
Since their first retirement the Camerons have traveled over 400,000 miles
between Maine, California and Florida. Their most recent trip in 1959
took them from Long Beach, Calif. to St. Petersburg, Florida, then up to
Hoosick Falls, New York, and to Union, Maine. On their return trip to
California they visited with Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Benninger at Lima, O.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Horine have moved from Arizona to California,
and are living at 3008 Sequoia Avenue, Fullerton.
Heard from Frank W. "Bill" Hallin, who is now living at 211 Flor-
ence Place, Fullerton, California. Edna Hallin passed on in 1956, Bill
has re-married and they would like to see old Canal Zone friends. Bill
recalled the early days in the organizing of the A.F. of L., Metal Trades
Couniil and Central Labor Union. The Hallins rent out their desert home
at present, but they intend inviting some old timers down there (Desert
Hot Springs, California) and dig the Canal all over again.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of Mr. Ralph M. Elder, please send
information to Mr. Frank W. Hoff, Sr., 129 Rumsey Avenue, Lansing 12,
Michigan. Mr. Hoff worked with Mr. Elder on the relocation of the Pan-
Mrs. Grace Hosler spent the holidays in Brownfield, Colorado with
her son and his family. Xen Hosler graduated from Balboa High School
in 1940, and has a fine family, two girls and a boy.
Miss Wilma Jean Dewey, daughter of Mr. W. C. Dewey, enjoyed a
20 day vacation tour of Mexico in November.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Seiler entertained over the Christmas holidays,
having as their house guests Mrs. P. J. Sundberg, Mrs. Hedvig Seedborg,
Mrs. Thomas McKee of Loveland, Colorado, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Craver of Morongo, California. Mrs. McKee (Leora Shearer) taught
home economics at Balboa High School. Mrs. Anna Tonneson and son
Jack were dinner guests during the holidays at the Seiler's home. Over
the New Year's holiday weekend, Mr. Arthur Wynne of Washington, D. C.
was a house guest of the Seiler's, and with the McKees, Cravers, and
Seilers attended the Rose Parade at Pasadena. Mr. Wynne also visited
Mrs. Nina Brown at San Carlos, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dailey of the Canal Zone, visited a number of ex-
Zoners on their way from California to New York; Mr. and Mrs. C. Foiles
of Booneville, Ark.; Mr. and Mrs. Newell Shaw, Mr. E. Booth, Mr. and
Mrs. W. Rief of Fayetteville, Ark.; Mr. and Mrs. W. Keller, of Rogers;
and Mr. and Mrs. G. Engelke of Bentonville, Ark.; and Mr. and Mrs.
Carl Dailey of Metairie, Louisiana.
Mr. Frank Violette of Panama City, and a friend from Miami were
guests of Martin and Virginia Seiler recently. They visited Las Vegas
during their stay on the coast, also saw Billy Howe and the Verne Mitchells
in northern California. Mr. Violette also visited his mother and sister in
The late Capt. and Mrs. Floyd W. Forrest Both killed in a tragic
automobile accident a few days after the reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Etchberger, Norge, Virginia
Mr. and Mrs. John Hower, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. Tom Jordan, Alfred, Maine
Mr. L.H. Loring, Yarmouth, Maine
Mrs. Ida Hallett, Quincy, Mass.
Mrs. L. H. (Amy) Loring, Yarmouth, Maine
Mrs. Mary Manush, Portland, Maine
Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Russon, Cleveland, Ohio
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sundstrom, Arcadia, California
Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Russon, Miami, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. F. Sampsell, Frederick, Maryland
Center Mr. W.A. Morgan, Palm Harbor, Florida
Rev. and Mrs. Roger Greene, Tarpon Springs, Florida
Bill Frizzell, Grandson of Mrs. Ethel
Hoddnett, Alexandria, Virginia.
(See people you know)
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Van Siclen, Varrouver, Washington
Mrs. Prather's sister Mrs. Dove Prather, Portland, Oregon
The Van Siclen's youngest -(See people you know)
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Mrs. H. V. Howard, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Evans, Greeley, Colorado
Mrs. O'Shaughnassy, Cuba
Mrs. Helen Adler, Panama, R.P.
Mrs. Mary Davies, St. Petersburg, Florida
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Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mckeown, St.Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Goodwin, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. F.G. Swanson, 1905, Tyler, Texas
The late Mr. Al Geddes, 1905
Mr. C.J. Clapp, 1905, Gibsonville, North Carolina
Col. Dan Wright, 1904, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. J.J. Eason, 1905, Daytona Beach, Florida
Capt. A.T. Luther, 1905, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Davidson, Washington, D.C. 50th
Wedding Anniversary. (See people you know)
Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Everett, St. Petersburg, Florida
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Mrs. J. M. Lynch (Della Ryan) writes that she is busy as co-chairman
of Arts & Crafts for the American Association of University Women at
Escondido, and is also engaged in various other civic duties. On a trip
last year she spent a few days with the Sydney Randolphs at Baton Rouge,
Just had a card from Mrs. L. C. Callaway she is presently at 7211
S.W. 52 Court, Miami 43, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. P. A. White (Mattielee Brown) of Gamboa, were recent
visitors with me. They had visited in Houston with the Andrew Whitlocks
(Francis Brown), and in Arkansas with their daughter and son-in-law
Capt. and Mrs. Charles McGinn and family; Mrs. Nannie Brown and
other relatives in Fayetteville, Arkansas; San Francisco, Long Beach, and
then on to La Mesa, California, to visit with the D. P. Whites, and return
to the Zone in February.
We are enjoying some rainy weather and I do mean enjoying.
Folks in some areas (not California, southern section) say "the threat of
rain" we here say "the promise of rain" saw that in a local news-
paper, and it is so true.
My vacation in Columbus, Ohio, was grand in every respect even
had a delightful snowfall and a white Christmas. The jet trip was wonder-
ful like the little bird who advertises on TV for an airline, I feel too
that "it's the o-o-o-only way to go!"
Regards to all from Southern California,
Thelma Reppe, Secretary
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Belated New Year Greetings to all our friends.
On Sunday afternoon January 10, 1960, members and guests met at
the club-room of the Sailboat House on Lake Merritt in Oakland. An
afternoon of visiting with old friends was enjoyed by all present. This
meeting being the annual business meeting, the following officers for 1960
President .-- Enio Lindstrom, Walnut Creek
Vice President ---- Arthur C. Beard, Oakland
Secretary-Treasurer ---Mabel L. Hutchins, San Leandro
At six o'clock picnic lunches were unpacked. Coffee was served by
New members present were Mr. and Mrs. Pat Donaldson of 4041
Everett Ave., and Dr. and Mrs. Carl Y. Ahlteen of 2307 Harrison St., both
of Oakland. Mrs. Ahlteen will be remembered as the former Esther Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stetler were visitors from Indiana. They planned
to visit their daughter Betty in San Carlos before going north to be with
relatives in the State of Washington. Following their return to the Bay
Area, they will drive south to visit their many friends in Monrovia.
Miss Dorothy Rector of 913 3rd Ave., Great Falls, Montana was an
interesting visitor. She was Physical Instructor for the Division of
Schools when on the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Yoder left January 11th for a trip to Southern
California to visit their many friends in that area. They are expected to
return to Los Altos by February 1.
Mrs. J. F. Prager reports that she is expecting her two sisters, Mrs.
Anthony Fernandez of Dallas, Texas and Mrs. E. C. Cotton of Balboa
about February 1st. They will be guests of Mr. and Mrs. Prager during
the month they will be visiting in the Bay Area.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence H. True of Miami, Florida called on Mr. and
Mrs. F. H. Irwin of San Rafael while they were visiting their two sons
in San Rafael and Irvington.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Doolan of Balboa Heights, C. Z. were recent
dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. McConaughey. Mr. and Mrs. F. H.
Irwin were also present and a very pleasant and interesting evening was
News has reached us that Clare Comins, Jr. was married in Seattle,
Washington in July of last year. He and his bride were making their
home on Lake Samamish, Washington.
Captain and Mrs. Harry Bach have sold their home at 3 Maywood
Way in San Rafael. They are now at home at 17 Crestwood Drive which
is just a few doors from Harold and Nell Irwin.
A most unfortunate and nearly tragic accident occurred to Mr. and
Mrs. H. A. McConaughey as they were leaving the meeting of January 10.
As they were proceeding to their car in the parking lot, they walked too
close to the edge of the sidewalk separating the lot from the lake, slipped
and fell into the water. Fortunately Dr. Carl Y. Ahlteen was in the park-
ing lot. Hearing their calls for help he immediately went to their assist-
ance by jumping into the lake and pulling them from the water. Although
drenched and shaking with the cold, they were able to reach their home
without assistance. At this writing Mr. McConaughey has apparently
suffered no ill-effects from the incident. However, Grace is still in bed
suffering from shock and exposure.
Mabel L. Hutchins, Secretary-Treasurer
THE PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
The holidays have passed and we are in the beginning of a new year,
and our hopes and prayers are for health, peace and happiness through-
out the new year.
Mr. and Mrs. Oswald S. 1u, 1nk (Charlotte) and son Mark have been
visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Levy for the past month. While
here Charlotte underwent surgery. She is fine now and they have returned
to their home in Brooklyn, New York.
We are glad to know that Milton Smith is recovering satisfactorily
at home now. Mollie is a wonderful wife as well as a wonderful nurse.
and with all the good care she gives him, we feel sure he will soon he
good as new.
The Nathan Levys are expecting a visit from Ethel and Elmer Stetler
of Kokomo, Indiana. The Stetlers are now vacationing in California.
Mrs. Iver Standifur of the Isthmus spent the holidays with her daugh-
ter, Jo Ann Stevenson.
Mrs. James Paislev of Montreat. North Carolina is visiting her sister
We are happy to know that Bill Woods and family, formerly of New
Orleans, La. and Canal Zone are now living in Houston, Texas.
The flu epidemic has been raging around here and several of our
club members have been sick with it. Reports I have, they are much
Mr. and Mrs. George O. Hayes of Muscatine, Iowa are spending the
winter with their daughter (Mickey) and Roy Searcy. I talked with
Mickey this morning and she told me Lynn Carter had grown so much
she had put blue jeans on him..
We will have our spring get-to-gether with Mr. and Mrs. Otto Sundquist
in Pasadena, Texas during the month of February.
Bertha Turner, Sec'v-Treas.
IN AND 'ROUND ABOUT' HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
The W. E. Lundys of Bal. Hts. stopped briefly here to pay a visit
to Mrs. Frances Horter at the Park Hotel and contact some other friends
in town. They had quite a journey, visiting their daughter and family in
Denver, also relatives in Fayetteville, Ark. before coming here. They spent
Christmas with son LeRoy and wife (Joan) and baby in Rochester, N. Y.
where they have recently moved from Minn.
The Fred Atkinsons are back from the Canal Zone, where they have
been before, and since the sad passing of their daughter, Mrs. Katherine
Larsen, in Nov. We all, in this community extend to them, and her family,
our most sincere sympathy,-also we extend it to the families of Joe Orr
and Adam Mallet, two more of our former Pedro Miguel friends and
neighbors who passed away so recently.
William Bartholomew Jr. wife and children of Milwaukee, were the
Christmas week guests of their parents Wm. and Ann Bartholomew. They
spent Christmas day with Mrs. Bartholomew's folks inTex. Allen Bartho.
lomew is still in hospital but is recovering slowly.
Jack and Ann Reinig are still in Highland Park, Ill. where they so-
journed to spend the Xmas holidays with the Ed. Fucik (daughter Peggy's)
We were all contacted by telephone during the very brief overnight
stay our News Editors, the E. M. Kicswetters, made in Hot Springs en-
route to their Gulfport, Fla. home. We sure hope they come our way again
for a longer and real visit, instead of having the 'Flu' agonize them here,
and even during their Christmas holidays spent in Coffeyville, Kans. with
The Reunion in St. Pete was quite well attended and very interesting
and enjoyable. Folks came from all parts of the U. S. Arkansas was rep-
resented by Grover and "Billy" Bohan of Jonesboro, the Lynn Cottrells,
and Mrs. Adams J. Dorn of Hot Springs.
My Christmas mail contained many interesting and detailed accounts
of vacation trips etc.-from many sections,-others may he interested in
the following brief 'resumes' or excerpts:
From Mexico City: The Rigneys, Grace and E. E., wrote that they
are well and able to 'get out' every day. The Bill Lorens say that they
have a baby daughter, Karen Marie, born Nov. 29, 1959. The proud
maternal grandparents are Odin and Edith (Goodwin) Loren of San An-
From Hamburg, Germany: Bill and Helen Schrum (nee Patterson)
wrote that she flew the Polar route to West Coast to visit relatives and
Bill flew jet to join her later and did more visiting, especially in Iowa
and Eastern U.S. and are now 'at home' in their Apt. in Hamburg. Bill
is still with Swift and Company.
From Costa Rica: Ernest and Clara Doyle said that they were happier
in their new Apt., having moved recently, and that Ernests' left hand
has to do the writing, as his right arm was injured a few yrs. ago, and
even a trip to Gorgas didn't restore his ability to write right handed.
From Panama City: Mrs. F. H. Shiebley wrote that she spent a most
beneficial vacation in N. Y. City visiting her sister and relatives. Her
health is much better.
From Canal Zone: William and Louise Allen (Kerr) of Margarita
wrote that they helped to 'usher in' 3 lovely new granddaughters while
they were in the U. S. this summer.
Mrs. Evelyn Johnson of Gatun says her family is well and that son
Herschel is still with Refrigeration in Cristobal.
The Harry Corns of Balboa sent a delightful letter re. their vacation
spent mostly in West. Son, Donald, is in the forest service at Bear Springs
Ranger Station at base of Mt. Hood,-and daughter Carolyn is attending
Colorado Women's College in Denver.
The W. R. Lindsays passing through, and briefly stopping in Ark.
enroute to Washington to see daughter, Judy graduate from college,-and
she is now teaching in Portland, Ore.
The C. R. Tahts of Diablo Hts. flew to the North West to visit their
children and families in Wash. and Ore.
The C. W. Kilbeys also flew to the W. Coast,-and from there to
Mo. and N. Y. to visit relatives and friends. Their daughter Jolie Sealey,
husband and children are in Pittsburg--where she is working on her Bach-
elor's degree, and he, on his Master's in the University there. Daughter,
Charlotte, and husband and baby are being transferred from C.Z. to US.
-to Army school in Va.
The Percy Snows and Karl Curtiss are still living in Gamboa and
report that they are well.
A long and most interesting travel letter was received from Miss
Jessie Pugh who went through a no. of European countries, also visiting
and meeting enroute several former Zoneites: The Henry Griesers in Ire-
land, Cora Middleton Henry, and Com. and Mrs. Paul L. Spiel, U.S.N.
in London, Mrs. Regina Quinn Enjuto in Madrid, and Mitzi Seigel in the
American Embassy in Paris. Jessie is now sojourning in Santa Cruz de
Isla de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, a sub tropical group of islands
belonging to Spain, with vegetation similar to Panama. We hope she en-
joys her winter there.
Frances S. Dorn
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Greetings from in and around Hendersonville and Asheville, North
Our first meeting of 1960 was held in Asheville, at Tingles-Too
Restaurant, on January 22nd, preceded by luncheon and, despite the very
cold weather, a good crowd attended. Two guests were present, Mrs.
Willingham, sister of Mrs. Pyne and Mrs. Holland of Weaverville, and
Mr. Marion Hollowell, brother of Ross Hollowell.
It is with the deepest regret, we report the death of two of our mem-
bers, Dr. Charles L. Trickey of Asheville, and Dr. John D. Odom of
Friends of Mr. J. N. Jude of Asheville say he is much improved.
Mr. Chris Garlington of Newberry, S. C., who recently underwent
surgery, is doing nicely.
Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Parks of Hendersonville were in a bad auto acci-
dent near Morganton, N. C. and Mrs. Parks was seriously injured. No
particulars, as yet, but Mrs. Parks is a patient in Grace Hospital in Mor-
Mrs. C. L. Trickey has returned home after spending some time with
her daughter in Lafayette, Indiana.
Mrs. P. R. Kiger is, at present, in Dallas, Texas, with relatives. She
expects to return home about March 1.
Mrs. M. W. Pyne reports that Dorothy Shivers of Spring Valley,
Calif. is getting along fine and hopes to visit North Carolina, soon.
The C. L. Johnstons (Rose and Johnny) report the arrival of their
fourth granddaughter, Jan Elizabeth, born on December 9, 1959 in Ander-
son, Indiana. The proud parents are Robert and Nancy Johnston. Bob
was born and grew up on the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Howell announce the birth of a granddaughter,
April Karlene, on January 17th. The proud parents are Mr. and Mrs.
W. J. Pope (daughter Margaret) of Winston Salem. This is their second
child. The Howells were with Margaret so missed going to the Reunion.
Barbara and Tom Coleman were happy to have daughter Louise and
husband (Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Pattison) arrive the day before Thanksgiving
and spend the following week with them before returning home to the
Canal Zone, after a wonderful honeymoon.
Mildred and Bruce Harrell left early in December, accompanied by
Mildred's mother, Mrs. Kjallender, to spend the holiday season with
daughter, Louise (Mr. and Mrs. W. Wright) and family in Sierra Vista,
Arizona. They found everyone just fine. They reported plenty of snow
on their trip. They had a short visit with Ray and Irma Forbes, formerly
of Balboa, now of Tuscon, Arizona.
Ross and Margaret Hollowell, accompanied by Barbara and Tom
Coleman, left Hendersonville for St. Petersburg on Friday, January 8th,
to attend the Reunion. The four of them visited many old friends, spend-
ing an afternoon with Pearl Marshall, an evening with the Feeneys, attend-
ing an open house at the home of the H. V. Howards, a buffet at Matheneys,
and an afternoon with the Sam Devours. After the reunion, they motored
down the West Coast to Miami, returning through the center of the state.
They stopped one night with the Mal Dodsons. Ross's brother Marion
returned home with them for a weeks visit before going on to his home
in Milton, Delaware.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Howell had the pleasure of a few days visit,
in early December, from Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stewart of Margarita, C., Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Stevenson (parents of Mrs. Robert Johnston)
of Anderson, Indiana, were the guests of Rose and Johnny Johnston for a
few days, recently, enroute home from Florida. They were also happy to
have a few days visit with Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Parker, recently retired,
who were enroute to Winter Haven, Florida to make their home. Mr.
Parker was Marine Manager for Esso S.A. Balboa, C. Z. On Thanks-
giving, Al, (Rose and Johnny's youngest son) wife Anne and three child-
ren of Spartanburg arrived to spend a wonderful week end. Rose and
Johnny drove to Spartanburg on December 24th to spend Christmas with
Al and family. Mrs. Morrell (Anne's mother) of Balboa, C. Z. was also
there. Mrs. Morrell had been called to the states as her mother was ser-
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kelley were glad to have Tom, Jr., home for Christ-
mas morning. Both daughters, Pat and Marjorie arrived Christmas night.
Marjorie was ill while here but was fine before returning home. They all
spent several days with their parents.
Bobby and Ed Levy had the unexpected pleasure of an evening visit
from Dan and Melba Snyder of Curundu, C. Z., who were on their way
back from visiting their son at Military School in Tennessee. Mr. Snyder
is in the Comptroller's office of the Army. He is, at present, Secretary-
Treasurer of Ancon Episcopal Cathedral. Bobby left on December 19th
to spend Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hicks of Canton,
Betty and Fred O'Rourke had an all too short visit with daughter
Billie of Providence, Rhode Island, who arrived on December 24th for
Christmas. She left December 29th. We received a wonderful New Year's
gift. We answered the doorbell at 8 o'clock on New Year's morning and
there was all of 6 ft. 5 in. of grandson Mike O'Rourke. What a wonderful
surprise that was.
Elsie and Robert Patterson's home was the scene of a very pleasant
Christmas dinner and party for a group of C. Z. retirees which had been
started in 1950. Each year it is held at a different home. Those attending,
this year, with Elsie and Bob were: Mr. and Mrs. S. Hiter, Mr. and Mrs.
F. M. Sawyer, Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wanlass,
with son Clinton who was home for the holidays, Dr. and Mrs. S. S. Irwin
with daughter Elizabeth of Balboa, C. Z., Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Greene,
and Mr. and Mrs. R. Mitchell. The Pattersons recently enjoyed an even-
ing with Bill Dunlop, enroute to Chicago.
Emma and Frank Reppa spent the holiday season with their son, Lt.
Col. R. Reppa, wife, Jean, Kathy and Bobby of Washington, D. C., re-
turning after New Years.
Mrs. John Ferguson has been very ill for over a year. She was in
the hospital, but is now in a Hendersonville Rest Home. She does not
seem to improve much but all that can be done to keep her comfortable
is being done. Daughter Sara, who lives in Ithaca, New York, spent part
of the Christmas holidays with her Dad, and son John Jr. and little John II
were with him for a few days just after Christmas. Sara is librarian and
head of the Reserve Department at Cornell University. John Jr. is Cer-
amic Engineer with Harrod Ceramic Service Company.
Betty O'Rourke. Sec'v.
The Milton Treadwells took a ten-day trip to Williamsburg, Va., also
visiting Monticello, the home of Jefferson, and Ashlawn, home of James
Monroe. They started back over the Blue Ridge Parkway for Henderson-
ville but fog drove them off, so they missed seeing their many old friends
in that city.
Mr. and Mrs. John Schupferling of Mountainside, N. J. spent a day
with the Treadwells while looking Florida over as a future retirement
home. Mr. Schupferling was formerly a pattern maker in the Mechanical
Mrs. Flaval Pierce and her son spent three weeks in Mexico City
during November and had a very interesting time there.
Mrs. Barbara Koperski died December 1st in Orlando where she had
made her home with her son Lee since the first of the year. Her remains
were sent toForest Lawn, California, where her husband and daughter lie,
and the services were held there on December 3d, which would have been
her 90th birthday. In addition to two sons, Leon A. and Edmund L. she
is survived by nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Mr. Lloyd Ritchie of Fern Park was found dead in his home on De-
cember 9th. Although he had been ill during the year he was apparently
much improved so his death was unexpected. He is survived by a daughter
in St. Louis, and funeral services were held there.
Mrs. Milton Treadwell entered the Florida Sanitarium & Hospital
on December 9th with a badly infected leg. She had quite a long conval-
escense at home after leaving the hospital but is now well again.
Dr. Kenneth O. Courtney called on Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Myer during
a stop-over in Orlando in December. Dr. Courtney, formerly with the
Health Department in the Canal Zone, is now living in Ann Arbor, Michi-
gan where he is in the Research Department of Parke-Davis. Prior to this
he and his family were in Rio de Janeiro for seven years while he was
working with the World Health Organization.
Mrs. Elsie Mohr Skillman, now living in Jacksonville, spent the
Christmas holidays with her sister-in-law, Mrs. A. H. Mhor of Orlando.
Several of Mrs. Skillman's old Canal Zone friends entertained her.
Mrs. Ernst A. Erbe enjoyed visits from two of her sons recently;
Richard Erbe and his family, from the Canal Zone, were here for two
weeks in November, and Captain Robert Erbe, of Rucker Field, Ala. and
his family were here during the Christmas season.
Miss Margaret Fessler of the Canal Zone spent a week in Orlando
visiting Mrs. Erbe, Mrs. Mohr, and Mrs. Dudak and daughter Helen Louise.
She also attended the Reunion in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Lillian Thompson, an old-time resident of the Canal Zone, was
the house guest of Mrs. Flavel Pierce of Orlando, after attending the Re-
union in St. Pete.
Mr. J. B. Corliss, Sr. died in Winter Park Hospital on January 19th.
He is survived by his widow Ruth Corliss, a daughter JoAnne Bass of Ft.
Benning, Ga. and a son, J. B. Corliss, Jr. of the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Lilburn L. Wilhite, Jr. of Pensacola announce the birth
of a son born October 24th, 1959. The Wilhites have five children and
before his marriage he lived in Pedro Miguel, C. Z.
Mr. W. A. Stevenson has entered Winter Park Hospital for surgery
and at this writing is progressing satisfactorily.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
We have undecked the Hall of it's Holly, Star, Angels, Wise Men,
Candles, colorful baubles and other symbols of Christmas. We have re-
read the many cards and lingered long over those with notes, letters and
pictures. We have listened to inspiring music from majestic Messiah to
The Little Drummer Boy. We have rejoiced with those like the Reifs,
Walter and Martha, in the home-coming of their children, Betty and
Walter, Jr., with their spouses and tiny tots. We are thankful with others,
like ourselves, for loved ones, though distance and circumstances kept them
from the home fires, that we still have each other and felt compassion for
those experiencing their first Christmas since the passing of their partner
of many years.
We were stunned over the sudden passing of our own Homer V.
Crooks, November 13, 1959. Since his retirement, Homer has quietly en-
joyed their lovely home with the panoramic view on Township Road. He
took pride in preparing wholesome meals and tending his roses, while his
beloved Minnie served as a Secretary in the Chemical Dept. of the Univer-
sity of Arkansas and his son Bob as an Engineering student. Radio warn-
ings of a severe snow storm prompted Homer to call Minnie and face-
tiously telling her he was coming to get his family home before the storm
and not to keep him waiting for he did not want his rice to burn. Minnie
laughingly agreed and got Bob to her place of work and they waited and
waited and waited. No response when they called home. A professor took
them home and they found Homer slumped behind the wheel of the car,
foot on accelerator, engine running, but Homer had, as in life quietly
answered the summons. Taking our cue from Minnie, we are all so deeply
aware how much more tragic it could have been if Homer had had time
to put the car in gear and a driverless car had plunged down the hill and
across heavily traveled Federal Hwy. 71. The storm by-passed this area,
as usual, and the rice did not burn. Survivors are his wife Minnie Brown
Crooks, two daughters, Mrs. Judith C. Matthews and Mrs. Nancy C. Todd,
Richland, Washington; one son, Robert G. Crooks; two sisters, Mrs. Eva
Thompson, and Mrs. Leah Brown, Cheyenne, Wyo: three brothers, Michel,
Buena Park, Calif. and Howard and Ted of Colorado, and four grand-
children. Daughter Nancy has returned to her home in Washington and
Judy is now making her home with her mother and brother and working
at the Univ.
Remember the "Light Pool" as you sailed into New York harbor on
vacations and had plenty of hard earned cash? Back in 1950 we were
passengers aboard a P.R.R. boat as were our neighbors the Adrian Webbs
of Pedro Miguel. The deck steward, as usual, had just two more chances
and persuaded generous hearted Dorothy Webb to buy them and she
promptly gave them to two friends-I was one of them and won the Pool.
On October 31, 1950 the winnings were used toward the purchase of our
home, now known as Tranquil Acres. We feel that Dorothy and Adrian
Webb have a part interest and were happy to see them here on October
31, 1959, while on another grand jaunt to Canada, Maine, Arkansas and
St. Petersburg, Florida where they spent the Holidays with Dorothy's par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Crawley H. Walston.
While attending a 4-State Convention of N.A.R.C.E. in Pittsburg,
Kansas we met Mrs. Eva Pugh Jones retired from Accounting in The
Building and her sister, Mrs. Laverne Duncan, formerly P.B.X. operator
for the Q.M. Div. Mable Duncan is a sister-in-law of Mrs. D. J. (Lillian)
Evans, Greeley, Colorado and Harold Duncan of Calif. Along with the
Bohans of Jonesboro, Ark., we combined N.A.R.C.E. business with C. Z.
We have missed our usual winter sunshine this year. Continued grey
skies tell the story of snow for our neighbors around the compass. A 3"
snowfall was our portion and Little Rock (Big Pebble) to the South and
East timed their 11" snowfall to the arrival of the Alton Whites of Gamboa
affording Mattielee White the opportunity to see her very first "falling
snow" while she helped her grandchildren build a snow-man. They were
visiting their daughter and son-in-law Capt. Charles and Jean Ann McGinn.
Capt. McGinn is now an instructor of pilots for the jet planes near Little
Rock. After visiting her mother, Mrs. Nannie Brown, her sister, Mrs.
Minnie Crooks and her aunt, Mrs. Bates Wieman, the Whites flew to the
West Coast to see Alton's parents in San Diego, Calif. Their son Dennis
is now with the General Electric in Phoenix, Arizona. Other visitors to
this area included Mr. Wm. Lundy of Balboa visiting some local cousins,
R. F. Huldquist, Jr. of Margarita, guest of his folks Walter and Bates
Wieman, the Paul H. Jamessons of Arlington, Va., guests of the Walter
Reifs. Paul was with the Electrical Div. for 16 years and is now a civilian
employee of the Signal Corps, U.S. Army.
The George (Edith) Engelkes of Bentonville report another grand-
child, Kathryn Louise, brand new daughter of Dr. John L. and Christine
Engelke born December 2, 1959 in Palo Alto, California. Edith's brother
Bronson (Bunny) Powell and wife Celeste were welcome visitors during
their cross country trip from sojourning with one daughter in Connecticut
to visiting another daughter in San Diego, Calif. Mr. Eric Fagerburg of
Massachusetts was another visitor in the Engelke home on his roundabout
way to Florida.
We found Bill and Carrie Mathues of Springdale very happy over
the rapid and remarkable recovery of Bill from a serious illness. Bill is
now resting comfortably at home in what he calls "Carrie's Rest Home"
where she gives her patient excellent care as her many friends can testify,
including your reporter, who appreciated Carrie's firm and friendly hands
during a recent bout with the Flu. Jimmie Coman made a short trip to
Mayo's Clinic in Rochester, where he found an uncomfortable eye irrita-
tion was cause by an allergy-of all things-too much chocolate candy.
Lula Mae Coman and sister Mattie MacAuley kept the home fires burning
while he was gone. No news from the Ernest Williams other than he is
waiting patiently for the time "to make a garden" which Ernest keeps
weeded with a pair of tweezers if a weed dares to make an appearance.
The Richard Jeffers (Barbara Schnake) of Michigan write they are
enjoying their new son, David, born October 25, 1959 and the third grand-
child for Ed and Letty Schnake. The Frank (Ulma) Phillips of Shreve-
port spent the Holidays with Col. and Mrs. Bill Hertlin (Kathryn Phillips)
stationed in Managua. A short trip to the Zone revealed the stores in Pan-
ama City and Colon still had many lovely things for sale but Zone folk
are not entering the two cities to buy them.
Hurrying home to Florida from Coffeyville, Kansas to take care of
all those who attended the 1960 Re-Union, we were able to corrall the
Double "E" Kieswetters, efficient Editors of the CANAL RECORD, long
enough for them to "come after breakfast, bring your lunch and go home
before suppertime." which is just what they did. However, including the
Reifs, we did have a happy two hour visit with them before hurrying to
reach Hot Springs by suppertime.
For most of us "our get up and go has got up and went" so we turn
to the next generation for our vicarious activities. We are happy to hear
that the much traveled daughter of the Lynn Cooks, Lucille Cook Nanny,
wife of Col. David Nanny now stationed in Turkey took her four children
on a trip to the Holy Land during the recent Holidays. The old and fam-
iliar Bible names come alive as we read of their being in Antioch, Turkey,
Beirut, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Damascus, Jericho, the Dead Sea, Jarash,
attending Midnight Mass in Bethlehem, Mt. of Olives near Jerusalem and
visiting the Manger in the Church of Nativity. Returning, they boarded
a ship for Port Said, Egypt, Suez Canal, Cairo to see the Sphynx and the
Pyramids-crossed the Nile, Valley of the Kings, saw the tomb of King
Tut and some of the tombs of the Rameses. A wondreful and educational
trip for the knowledge of the mind and doubly so of the heart, as we learn
that peoples are the same the world around with their hopes, aspirations
and desires for freedom that all men shall have the opportunity to enjoy
"the Good Life."
Closer to home, we are interested in David and Elizabeth, children of
Heinie and Theo Hallin as they pusue their musical education of 'cello
and violin as members of the University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
(See pictures) David, son of Ed and Mildred Makibbin Higgins is inter-
ested in voice (tenor like his Dad) and traveling with the Fayetteville
High School Band.
At present, Mrs. Cora Makibbin is visiting with a brother in Tennes-
see and will later spend some time with her son George Makibbin in Louis-
ville, Ky. Our friend and neighbor, Ed. Booth is spending the winter with
his son, Edwin, Jr., in Garden City, Long Island and writes he is happy
to be a part of such an active family. The Tom Mocks are in Eureka
Springs with his sister Byrd. Tom and wife Mina are busy compiling his
many poems for publication. With Tom's permission we share one with
you that is good for the soul.
by Thomas Patton Mock
Life brings us joys as well as tears
and we learn the false from the true:
Which friends will love us through all the years
regardless of what we may do.
O lucky are we who can claim one friend,
be he youthful or old and gray,
whose love is a largess we cannot spend
but enriches our lives each day.
If we listen closely, the heart will tell
where our truest happiness lies.
If we heed its voice, it will guide us well
for the heart is wondrous wise.
Blanche E. Shaw
NEWS FROM MIAMI
Isn't it exciting to attend the Reunion at St. Petersburg and meet and
greet old friends who come from many States all the way from California
to Maine!! Quite a few of our Miami folks joined the happy throng this
year. Seen among the crowd were our Southeast Florida Society presi-
dent, Mr. H. S. Billington, (who was the guest in St. Petersburg of Mr.
and Mrs. Ralph Cutler), and Regional Representative, Mr. A. G. Dunham,
Mr. Dan Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Melanson and Mrs. Wainio, Mr.
and Mrs. W. C. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Metzger, and Mr. and Mrs.
W. L. Russon whom we hope to claim soon as permanent residents of
Mr. Russon retired in 1957 from the Panama Canal and went to Sault
Ste. Marie, Michigan, to work on the St. Lawrence Seaway. He finished
his work there in November, 1959 and since then the Russons have been
visiting their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Wilton Clary of
Miami. We hope they will decide to make Miami their home.
Mrs. W. T. Bowen of Coral Gables was a patient in Mercy Hospital
in late January where she underwent surgery. We are happy to report she
is recovering nicely. Mrs. Dorothy Bowen Hicks of Davidson, North
Carolina flew to Miami to be with her mother during her illness.
Mrs. Cele Shuler of North Highlands, California plans to fly by jet
plane in February to New York and then to Miami where she will be the
guest for a week or two of the W. T. Bowens of Coral Gables. Mrs. Shuler
says she wanted to see Florida for the past fifty years and we hope she
will enjoy her visit in our fair State. From here Mrs. Shuler will go by
bus on a guided tour to points of interest including the Mardi Gras in New
Orleans and a stop at Las Vegas before returning home.
Mrs. Alice Hall of St. Petersburg spent ten days with the W. T. Bowens
during the Chrismas holidays.
Mr. Bert Tydeman of Allentown, Pennsylvania attended the Reunion
and then called on friends in Miami before flying to the Canal Zone for
a six weeks visit among former friends of the "good old days".
Mrs. John M. Davis, who has spent several months visiting inU.S.A.,
and her daughter, Mrs. Margaret DuBois, of Philadelphia, were guests for
several days of Mr. and Mrs. Wilton Clary of Miami. Mrs. Davis was
returning to her home in Gamboa, Canal Zone.
George and Lillian Wills were guests of the 0. W. Ryans recently.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanford J. Skinner of Birmingham, Alabama were the
proud parents of a baby son, Stanford Joiner Skinner, Jr. The Skinners
have three little daughters who adore their new baby brother.
Mr. and Mrs. Carter Orr and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Paddock were
recent visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Skinner of Miami.
Mr. J. Stanford Skinner made a trip to Canal Zone last November,
unfortunately arriving Nov. 4th during the height of the rioting in Pan-
ama. He managed to do a little shopping in Panama with the help of a
Panamanian guard but after only five days, as a guest at the Tivoli, he
had enough of "tension" and was glad to return to the good old U.S.A.
Larry Cotton and his wife, Sharon, and Lee Cotton and his wife, Kaye
and their baby daughter, Kaye Collette (Casey for short) were guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hardy of Miami. The Cotton twins were enroute to
Panama to spend the Christmas holidays with their parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Ernest L. Cotton of Balboa and other relatives. Larry Cotton is presently
stationed at Fort Moultrie and Lee at Pensacola.
Mr. John R. Bruland of Margarita contacted several friends in Miami
when he passed through on an emergency trip because of the death of his
mother, Mrs. Marie Bruland of Philadelphia.
Mrs. Dorothy Hall who has been in the States several months visiting
her son, Lynn Hall, and family of Long Island, N. Y. was the guest of
the W. T. Bowens of Coral Gables enroute to her home in Gamboa, C.Z.
Mrs. Ernest L. Wood also stopped briefly with the Bowens in February
when she returned from an extensive visit in the Canal Zone. She was
enroute to her home in Mobile, Alabama.
Mrs. Robert Lombroia of Balboa made an emergency trip to U.S.A.
because of the death of her sister in Newark, New Jersey.
Mrs. Dorothy Ott of 1076 N.W. 109th St., Miami, died Nov. 4th,
1959. She is survived by her husband, Roscoe, and a son, Walter J., and
a daughter, Mrs. Caryl George, all of Miami.
Mr. Charles Lester, a former vice president of the S. E. Florida P. C.
Society, died in Nov. 24, 1959. He came here from Canal Zone six years
ago. He is survived by his wife, Pauline. two sons, Dr. Charles F. of
Miami and Richard H. of Canal Zone.
Mrs. Helen Carpenter Smith was the pleasant guest for several days
of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Melanson of Miami Shores. Mrs. Smith, of
Balba, will spend several months vacation in the U.S.A.
Mrs. Marcelline Rice of California was also a guest of the Melansons
after attending the Reunion in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Melanson were pleasantly surprised by a call from a
group of their Canal Zone friends on New Year's Day. This group of
Zoneites came up by chartered plane to attend the Orange Bowl Football
Game. The package deal included not only plane fare but tickets to the
Orange Bowl and hotel accommodations during the three day stay. Jet
planes will soon bring the Canal Zone even nearer to Miami.
Miss Marilyn Smith who is studying nursing at Memorial Hospital
in Roanoke, Va. stopped in Miami for a brief visit with her uncle and
aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Melanson, enroute to Canal Zone for the
Christmas holidays. She returned on what might be called the "Student's
Special". There were so many students the Airways had to run two sec-
tions to accommodate the young folks.
Mr. Hans Pederson who has been confined to a hospital in Ft. Lauder-
dale, has returned to his home and is reported doing nicely.
Mr. Thomas Breheney who recently underwent surgery is still con-
fined to the hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thompson have recently moved to their new
home in Pompano Beach.
Mrs. Clyde Bain and baby son, Greg Bain, were recent visitors at
the home of her mother-in-law, Mrs. Catherine (Bain) Shields, of Miami.
Mrs. Bain had been visiting her parents, Capt. and Mrs. Ralph Curles of
Balboa, during the absence of her husband who was on an assignment
in Greenland. Mr. Bain returned last week and was joined by his wife
and son in Trenton, New Jersey.
Miss Doris Bleakley became the bride of Mr. Donn Gilray at a lovely
wedding in the Palm Springs Baptist Church on January 17th. The wed-
ding was followed by a Reception at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund
T. Bleakley of Hialeah, an uncle and aunt of the bride. Miss Bleakley
graduated in December from the Miami Beauty Academy and Mr. Gilray
has been stationed with the Military Police in Canal Zone. After a leave
of absence in Daytona Beach, Florida, the young couple will go to Ft.
Gordon, Georgia for Mr. Gilray's next tour of duty.
Mrs. Matt. Thompson of Dayton, Ohio, attended the Reunion at St.
Petersburg and then spent a week or more visiting old friends in and
around Miami. She was the guest during her visit of Mrs. Catherine
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence True returned shortly before Christmas from
an extended trip to points West. They visited their two sons and families
The Panama Canal Society of Southeast Florida has reserved the use
of the Rock Shelter at Matheson Hammock for four picnics in 1960 on
the following dates: Sunday, April 24th; Sunday, Tune 19th; Sunday,
August 21st; Sunday, October 23rd.
Any Canal Folks in the Miami area on the above dates are cordially
invited to attend the "carry in" buffet picnic at one o'clock and the meet-
ing which follows. Come out and greet your old friends.
See you there!
Ruth T. Metzger, Reporter
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Mr. and Mrs. George Matthew of Apalachicola, Florida, spent their
first Christmas in 24 years without their lad, Ens. George L. Chapel. Ens.
Chapel's address now is A.N.O. Comfair H.A.W. F.P.O. 128, San Fran-
cisco, California. He has been in Hawaii since last July.
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. (Slim) Stapler have moved into their new home
in Fulton, Texas. They are very happy there and Slim has been doing
a lot of hunting and fishing, lately.
Joe and Annie Post of St. Augustine, Florida, had to give up plans
to be at the reunion. Mrs. Post is not too well and Joe had to go into the
hospital for the removal of cataracs, in December. He expects to have
new glasses by the end of January but until then he will be unable to
read or write. If you didn't get a Christmas card from them, this will
explain why. They were happy that Fred and Bessie Lyons stopped by
for a short visit.
Mrs. Lillianne (Bob) Rolofson of Piqua, Ohio, joined a life long
friend for an extensive tour of Europe this past summer, visiting France,
Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy, as well as several of the small countries
such as San Marino, Monaco, etc. Their tour ended in England where
they lingered a week longer in order to see more of London. Back home,
she was expecting Prof. William Rolofson home for Christmas from his
teaching position at Pennsylvania Military College. Bob, Jr., Bina, and
Three children still live at 3639 Honolulu Ave., La Crescenta, California.
Slim Hallett wants to organize a New England Chapter of the Pan-
ama Canal Society and anyone in that area who is interested can contact
him in Quincy, Mass. Write, Mr. L. Forrest Hallett, Sr., 69 Henry Street,
North Quincy 71, Mass. Slim and Ida had Tom Jordan for a stay with
them and they all called on Dr. Bates in East Weymouth. The Dr.'s right
side is paralyzed but he is cheerful and only concerned that his left side
will stay in good condition. The Dr. and Tom talked of masonry all the
time they were there, still a favorite subject of Dr. Bates.
Carl and Ethel Wanke have returned to their home in Whittier, Cali-
fornia after a two months tour across the country.
Etta Attaway sends greetings to all her friends. She has had a good
year visiting in California with relatives and friends. Her son, Albert, is
still working for the Pollack Paper Co. of Dallas, so she sees him, and
his family, frequently.
Zulah and Dan Morgan of Dayton, Ohio, feel that their traveling days
are over but they will be with us in spirit during the reunion. They praise,
highly, the Canal Record and the Year Book and we are pleased that
they derive so much enjoyment from the articles and pictures.
Iris and Bill Santee, former Zonians, were visitors in St. Petersburg
late in November. They called on Fred and Storer Everett who happened
to be away at the time. The Everetts were sorry to have missed them. Mrs.
Ed Welch spent an afternoon with the Everetts in November. She was
accompanied by her son, Edward, who is an Erecting Engineer for G.E.
and is located in Lakeland, Florida. Mrs. Welch has gone back to the Zone
to make her home with her daughter, Dolores.
Gladys and George Lee of Balboa, have bought a home at Lake
Como, Florida. When they retire, in June, 1960, they will spend their
summers up north and their winters in Florida.
Mrs. Loraine Gilmore of Balboa, C. Z. spent the Christmas holidays
with her parents, Capt. and Mrs. Norman Terry of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Other guests at the Terry home in November, were Mr. and Mrs. James
Fulton of Los Rios, C. Z. and Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Peletsky of Balboa.
Hoover Wimberly, a former Canal Zone policeman, has been pro-
moted to the rank of Lieutenant in the New Mexico State Police. Lt.
Wimberly was with the Zone police about ten years and left the Isthmus
Mrs. Frances Schewe of Cristobal, C. Z. flew to California inAugust.
She went to Arizona to attend the wedding of Miss Fern Horine. In Sept.,
she made a jet flight from California to Baltimore to visit her eldest son
and family and other relatives. She returned to the'Canal Zone on Octo-
ber 25th where she makes her home with her son, William.
Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Paddock of St. Petersburg, had as their guest,
Mr. James E. Jacob for a short visit. Mr. Jacob was enroute to the Canal
The Mobile Dodsons, Ethel and Conrad, are now living in North Car-
olina and intend to explore the entire state as soon as spring sets in. They
have lived and toured, thoroughly, both Florida and South Carolina, and
now will do North Carolina.
Mrs. Myrtle Frey of St. Petersburg has returned home after two
months spent in California visiting relatives and friends.
Capt. and Mrs. H. P. Forrestt of Norfolk, Virginia, were in Worces-
ter, Mass. visiting the Captain's sister, when they received word on Octo-
ber 7, 1959 of the death of their daughter-in-law, Margaret, Mrs. Kenneth
Forrestt of Norfolk, Virginia.
Jack Ridge made a trip to Birmingham to visit his youngest daughter,
Sister Hilary, who is in St. Vincent's Hospital, in charge of the men's
section. Jack also visited his son, Joe, in Burlington, Iowa. Joe has given
up Pro-Baseball, has married, and settled in Burlington, where he is sales
manager for a T.V. Aerial Company. Jack left December 15th to spend
the winter on the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. David Potts of Newport News, Virginia, spent the
month of December in California and Arizona.
Ernest F. Wurdemann of Dallas, Texas, has been traveling around
the U.S.A. visiting relatives and friends. He spent some time with his
niece, Dr. Alma L. Wurdemann in Shinnston, West Virginia. While there,
the Dr.'s father and mother, who are Ernest's brother and sister-in-law,
arrived from Winter Park, Florida, making it quite a family reunion.
Elsie and John Claybourn of Ann Arbor, Mi. hi:m.n: enjoyed a three
and a half week visit with relatives and friends in New York, New'Jersey,
and Washington, D.C. While in Washington, they saw Ex-Governors Eger-
ton, Mehaffey and Schley, and also General Wheeler. While in New York,
they took in some good Broadway shows.
Miss Joyce Johnson, concert mistress of the University of New Mex-
ico Orchestra, was featured violin soloist at the orchestra's opening con-
cert on November 15th in the New Mexico Union Building. Miss Johnson
received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music, with distinction, in
June, 1951. She also received her Masters of Arts degree in Secondary
Education from the University and is now doing graduate work. She is
employed as a string instrument teacher for the Albuquerque Public
Schools Music Education Department. Miss Johnson is the daughter of
the late Mr. and Mrs. John T. Johnson, former C. Z. residents. Mr. John-
son was a C.Z. police Sergeant.
Ray and Irma Forbes are now settled for the winter in their mobile
home in Tucson, Arizona. They spent the summer traveling, and spent
some time with their son, Jim, in North Hollywood, California. Their
daughter, Joan, and family make their home in Tucson.
George and Verna Miller of Charleston, Illinois, enjoyed visits from
the Merle Pipers, former Secretary of the U.S.O. in Balboa, now living in
Glendale, California; also from the George Chevaliers who are living in
Northport, L. I., New York.
A citation for outstanding service in the Navy Department was pre-
sented to Carl C. Ballard, who has just completed special tests at the
Nuclear Power School in Norfolk. Mr. Ballard, husband of the former
Adelaide Lambert, was listed in "Who's Who in Men of Science" and is
General Supervisory Project Engineer for guided missile war heads in
the U. S. Navy. Mr. Ballard's citation was read and presented by Admiral
Stoop. Mr. Ballard is the son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Kent Lambert of
Mrs. Mary Manush of Portland, Maine, spent the Thanksgiving
holidays in New York with her son, Bill. Catherine came on from Wash-
ington to join them for a week end. Mary's daughter, Maureen is married,
has three children and lives in Beverly, Mass. Mrs. Manush enjoyed a
visit with the Lorings, Tom Jordon, Slim and Ida Hallett. (See cut)
Our congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Regan of Norwood,
Ohio, who celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on Sunday, De-
cember 13th. Mr. and Mrs. Regan celebrated with an open house at the
Northeastern Branch of the Y.M.C.A. in Norwood.
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Lundy of Balboa vacationed in Colorado
with their daughter, Opal, Earl and family, later they visited with relatives
and friends in Mississippi. They spent the Christmas holidays in Roches-
ter, New York with their son, Leroy, and family.
Mrs. Samuel Grier Jr. of Clearwater, Florida, has been vacationing
in Chicago, Illinois, and then left for a few months in California with her
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser of St. Petersburg had their son, Jimmie,
wth them over the Thanksgiving holiday. Jimmie later flew to California
to visit relatives and friends there, then returned to New York, by plane,
and then to the Zone, by boat.
Mrs. F. E. Williams of Belleville, New York, is spending the winter
in Gulfport, Florida, with Mrs. Mary Love.
Mr. and Mrs. George Grimm of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are winter
visitors in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. James Bradley of St. Petersburg, wishes to thank all who do-
nated cash and wool to help her make five fine afghans for the Ladies
Oriental Shrine, Tahuti Court, to be used for the crippled children in the
Shrine Hospitals up north. Despite her husband's recent illness, with the
attendant worries and care, Mrs. Bradley found time to gather material
and make the five afghans to keep five crippled children warm.
Capt. and Mrs. A. B. Frosstrom of Cranston, R. I. were in St. Peters-
burg for the reunion and plan to spend a couple of months in Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Fuller of Hyattsville, Maryland, are spending
a couple of months in Florida, after attending the reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. Denis Mullane of Pasadena, California, attended the
reunion and are spending a couple of months in Florida before returning
Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Sundstrom of Arcadia, California, attended the
reunion and plan to spend some time in Florida before returning home.
Mr. Bob Hull came up from the Virgin Islands to spend Christmas
and New Year's with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Hull of St. Peters-
burg. Bob returned to the Islands on January 10th.
Mrs. Selma Huff of St. Petersburg spent a month in Washington,
D. C. visiting with her son and family.
Mrs. Lawrence (Helen) Adler of Panama spent a few weeks in St.
Petersburg and attended the annual reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. Forrestt Hallett of Quincy, Mrss. are on their annual
tour. They attended the reunion and after visiting around Florida, will
go to Shreveport, Louisiana, to visit their son and family, then on to Ohio
for a visit with their daughter and family, there. They will return to
Quincy with the robins.
Duke Lewis reports that all is well in Hendersonville, North Carolina
and all ex-Canal diggers up there made it just fine through the holidays.
Mrs. J. W. Coffin of York, Pennsylvania, is looking forward to a
visit from her son, Joe, and family of Balboa, C. Z. (see page 3, Panama
Canal Review). Her son, Jim, has been in Tampa and Lakewood, Florida,
for seven months and she had hoped to join him, but couldn't make it
while repairs to the house were going on.
Claud E. Berger of Sebring, Florida, has joined the Society. He spent
seven years of his Navy time on the Canal Zone and twenty three years
with the Canal at Gatun Locks. Mr. Berger retired in 1945.
Mr. Frank Miller of 736 Brickell Ave., Miami 32, Florida, is a new
member through the courtesy of E. H. Underwood of Miami. Mr. Miller
was a construction day worker on the Panama Railroad from 1905 to
1912. Mr. Miller is now 77 years old and recently had a serious throat
Anne and Frank Cunningham of Balboa, C. Z., have returned from
a trip around the World on a Dutch ship. Instead of going to the Orient,
they went to Australia and New Zealand. A marvelous trip.
Mrs. Lilliam Knight of Gresham, Oregon, will leave this spring for
a tour of Europe and the Holy Land.
Leonard and Matilda Starke have sold their home in Colorado and
are visiting their daughter, Elia, in Lawndale, California. On their way
to Californa, they visited Bill Drake in Las Vegas, New Mexico and also
the Ves Smedleys in Tucson. Mr. Snmedley left the Zone in poor health
in 1950 but is now well and working in the Tucson Airport. The Starkes
are now enjoying meeting old friends in the Los Angeles area.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Kuller of Portland, Oregon, have returned home
after a trip to the East Coast for a visit with their son, Ben, and family.
They enjoyed visits with many old friends on the East Coast and also
while enroute East and then back West. While in Virginia, Mrs. Kuller
attended the wedding, at Fort Myer, of Sheila Ragland to Lt. Frank Jay
Redding. Sheila is the daughter of Mrs. Margaret Ayers Cannon of Bay-
shore, Long Island and George H. Ragland, former Canal residents. She
was born on the Zone and spent her early years there. Lt. and Mrs. Red-
ding expect to go to the Zone in February for a tour of duty. The Kullers
send regards to all their friends.
It has been a busy year for Mr. and Mrs. John Hearn of Meridian,
Miss. They had all their children during the year, half of their grand-
children, and three fifths of the great grandchildren. They have six child-
ren, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. In July, it was Mary
with Eileen and Bob Keesey (Robert) and their three children; Elizabeth
and Jimmy Folger, in May, and the Richard Brewers (Marguerite Moore)
in June; and Roy Hearn, Jr. on his way to Germany for three years with
the Air Force. Lucille was home from October to July, this year, going
to South Eastern Bible College but is now back at her work in the Andes
Mountains in Ecuador. Netta lives in Meridian and is a busy and con-
tented school marm.
Mr. and Mrs. George M. Sauerwein of Carney's Point, N. J. took a
two months trip to California and Texas. While in Texas, they had a fine
visit with an old buddy, Frank L. Corey, whom Mr. Sauerwein met 44
years ago when they went to the Canal Zone. The old Bouquette Bugler,
Pop Wright, lives with the Coreys and George says Pop can't see so well,
but he can hear fairly well, and Boy, can he eat. After their visit in Texas,
the Sauerweins went into \l'\i.:.. then headed east via Indiana and
Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Davidson of Washington, D. C. celebrated
their fiftieth wedding anniversary on November 25, 1959. Hosts for the
reception in their honor, were Mrs. Ancel M. Autrey and Mr. Edward H.
Davidson, Jr., daughter and son of the guests of honor. Mr. and Mrs.
Davidson met in Panama where he was working as an Engineer on the
Canal and Mrs. Davidson (Emily Kyte) was teaching school. She was
the first American teacher on the Canal Zone.. Mr. Davidson retired in
1952 after nearly 45 years in government service. He is a past President of
the Panama Canal Society of Washington. Our congratulations to Mr.
and Mrs. Davidson. (See cut)
Capt. Henri M. Herf wrote that he would like to make the reunion
but his age, 82, and a bum ticker would probably cancel it out.
Mrs. Guy Allen of New Orleans suffered a broken hip last February
and after it was set, the pin slipped and a second trip to the hospital was
necessary. She is now getting around and back to baby sitting.
Mrs. Alice Dolan of St. Petersburg has been spending a couple of
months on the West Coast visiting with relatives and friends in California
Mrs. Albert Wilson and her daughter, Henrietta, send greetings and
best wishes to all their friends. Mrs. Wilson keeps well by keeping busy.
She will be 88 years old in February. Congratulations from the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Witmer write that they are enjoying their stay
in Switzerland and expect to stay there for some time.
Mr. and Mrs. Irl R. Sanders of Livingston, Tenn. are building a new
home which they hope to occupy real soon. They enjoy seeing old friends
who pass their way.
Capt. and Mrs. Arthur Cherry of Cristobal, C. Z. expect to be in
Philadelphia in January. Mrs. Cherry (Peg) has been having consider-
able trouble with her eyes and is going to Philly for an examination and
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Barnard of Cumberland, R. I. moved into their
new home on December 7th. They were struggling with the chore of get-
ting settled when a virus infection hit them. They hope their friends will
look them up when in their neck of the woods.
Mr. and Mrs. Lando Oliver of Marion, Illinois, spent the Christmas
and New Year holidays with their daughter, Alice, in Sedalia, Missouri.
Forrestt (Slim) Hallet who has as his hobby the making of Ceramics
and tiles, donated six tiles to be used as door prizes at the reunion lunch-
eon. Winners were: Mrs. Critchlow, New Jersey; Mr. Bloss, Tampa, Fla.;
Mrs. Grimm, Wisconsin; Mrs. Mary Davies, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Mrs.
C. J. Clapp, North Caroina; Mr. E. A. Beck, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. Hallett, also, made tiles for Mayor and Mrs. Brantley, Dr. and
Mrs. Stephen Speronis, Lucille and Ben Judd, and Ernest and Edith
Kieswetter, which were presented by President Turner.
If you receive the magazine "Retirement Life" put out by Narce, we
wonderhow many of you noted the picture of Grover Bohan on Page 25
of the December issue. Grover was chairman of the Convention Committee
of the Arkansas Convention on October 16, 1959. On page 37, you will
see two Canal old timers, Frank Gerchow and Sylvester B. Bubb. Mr. Ger-
chow is Sec.-Treas. of the Williamsport Chapter Narce. Incidently, we
hear that Mr. Bubb is now a Justice of the Peace, in that area and so all
the ex-Canalers are hereby warned to proceed with caution, if they should
happen to pass that way.
George L. Capwell of Guayaquil, Ecuador, writes that he became a
grandfather for the ninth time on December 12, 1959, when his daughter
Jeanne of Troy, New York, announced the arrival of a baby boy. With
nine grandchildren, George dos not feel too young, anymore.
In "Retirement Life" for January, Page 4, you will see another ex-
Canal employee, Newell Shaw. Newell is President of Chapter 463, Fay-
Mrs. Edith K. Wicks spent her vacation in New York City and wound
up with a trip to Kentucky and Illinois. Mrs. Wicks works in a hospital
for retarded children in Polk, Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Sallie Palmer of St. Petersburg and Mrs. Sara Christner of
Melbourne, Florida, spent the month of December and early January on
the Canal Zone. Mrs. Palmer stayed with her son, Lewis, in Margarita,
and Mrs. Christner visited in Gamboa, Margarita and Gatun.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pollak of Maitland, Florida, had their daughter
Carolyn and her husband, David, home for the holidays. David and Caro-
lyn make their home in Clifton, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones, formerly of Balboa, C. Z., have arrived in
St. Petersburg and are now busy getting settled in their home at 2100
Premier Drive, South.
Mrs. Molly Brown, who came on from Calfornia for the reunion was
surprised to find her grandson, Bob Brown, had planned to be there, too,
and was registered at the Soreno Hotel. Bob is stationed at the Pensacola
Florida, Naval Base.
Your Editor and Mrs. K. spent the holidays in Kansas with their
daughter Jean, and family. In passing through Meridian, Miss., enroute
north, we thought we would like to stop for an hour or two and say "hello"
to the John Hearns but could not locate them. On the way home we stopped
for lunch in Fayetteville, Arkansas with Blanche and Newell Shaw and
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Reif. In Hot Springs, we called Ann and Bill Bartho-
lemew and found out that their son, Alan, who has been ill for some time,
is now improving. Alan is in a Little Rock Hospital. We also called Bill
Burns, Mrs. Frances Horter, and Mrs. Adam Dorn. Our last night, before
reaching home, we spent with Viola and Dan Stephens in Tallahassee.
In his "Interesting if True" column in the October 21st Havana Post,
Edward Scott, former Panama newsman, tells of phoning several hotels
in Havana trying to locate Thomas C. Orr, who was attending the Asta
Convention being held there. He finally located Tom's father, G. Carter
Orr of St. Petersburg, and had a chat about the Canal and mutual friends
and Carter's one-time boss, Mr. James McFarlane. It was Carter's inten-
tion to call his old boss of Canal digging days, but Mr. and Mrs. Mc-
Farlane are presently making their sixth or seventh trip around the World.
Thomas C. Orr, who was educated on the Zone, is Vice-President of the
widely known "Ask Mr. Foster" travel service and Scott later contacted
him at the Havana Riviera. They had a pleasant exchange of reminis-
cences. They recalled the time when Scott was in jail in Panama because
he had complicated the life of a former president and of his escape, re-
capture and the events which led to Scott's deportation from Panama. Mr.
Orr, Sr. represents "Ask Mr. Foster" in the State of Florida with head-
quarters in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Barbara Hutchings, an employee of the Panama Line, was at-
tacked in Colon during the noon hour and her lip badly cut when her
assailant struck her, violently, and fled. The attack occurred on Front St.
Nothing was taken from Mrs. Hutchings during the scuffle.
Mrs. Pat Leishout of Houston, Texas, had a happy vacation in Decem-
ber with her brother, Eugene, in Guatemala and from there flew to the
Zone for a visit with her brothers Jack, Bob, David and their families.
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Prichett of Hollywood, California made a cruise of
the Carribean area with Al Malaikah Shriners of Los Angeles. They left
the Shrine cruise at Puerto Rico for an extensive tour of South America.
Bill Coffey of Miami, Florida, left for a trip to St. Petersburg, Tampa,
and then on to Hattiesburg, Miss. to see son Bill, Jr. From there, on to
Houston, Texas, for a visit with sister, Pat, and on through Mexico to Gua-
temala for a reunion with his brother, Eugene. Then he went through
Central America to Costa Rica, where he shipped his car to the Zone and
followed it by plane. Bill's son, Gerry, is with the Air Force in Anchorage,
Mrs. Marie Coffey of St. Petersburg spent the Christmas holidays
with her son Jim, and family in Saugerties, New York and with her son,
Dan, of Hartford, Conn.
Mr. William Frizzell, grandson of Mrs. Ethel Hodnett of Alexandria,
Virginia, is a Political Science student at Oklahoma State University. (For
picture of Hoddy's grandson, see cut)
Mr. Bruce Smith was a visitor to St. Petersburg to see his grand-
mother, Mrs. Charles Persons. Mrs. Person's daughter, Shirley, was also
a visitor while her mother was ill.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ward, both former Canal Zone school teachers,
are retired and now malting their home in Springfield, Missouri.
Mrs. Dove Prather spent Christmas day with Andrew Van Siclen and
his family in Vancouver, Washington. (See cut) The Van Siclens have
three girls and three boys. If you are wondering which of the Van Siclen
boys Andrew is, he is "old down the drain" of Balboa Swimming pool
fame. Remember? Mrs. Prather was 92 years old on January 25th and
still goes for a mile or more walk every day, weather permitting.
Mabel Jacobs has returned to her home in Washington, D. C. after a
five week visit with Dr. and Mrs. Ben Hull on the Canal Zone.
Mail sent to the E. D. Careys of Laguna Beach, California, has been
returned. Anyone knowing their whereabouts please notify the Secretary.
Rear Admiral W. R. Loud and Mrs. Loud, the former Vera Ahlfont,
are now located at the Naval Base in \..rft lk, Virginia after two and one
half years in Japan, and two years in Turkey.
Mrs. Grace Kohn of Route 2, Box 550, Trumbull, Conn. writes that
she has been ill for some time but is some better at present. She is unable
to get out of the house, very much, so appreciates hearing from Canal
Zone friends. Mrs. Kohn is a former C. Z. Clubhouse employee.
Charles H. Leaver, son of Ethel and Charlie Leaver, is employed at
Coco Beach, Florida, with General Electric. They have two children, April
Ann and Chuckie. Thomas C., the second son, is also at Coco Beach em-
ployed by Lockheed. He is married and has two children, Carrie and Tom,
Jr. Vincent, the youngest son, was married October 23, 1959, to Miss
Dorothy Leise of Tampa. They live in Tampa and Vincent is stationed at
MacDill Air Force Base.
Mr. and Mrs. Ezra P. Haldeman of Houston, Texas, are planning a
trip to Hawaii in April to visit their daughter, Gail Hollingsworth.
"Bagy", long time chauffeur for Alan S. Boyd, in Pedro Miguel, and
well known to many residents of that town, died in his home in St. Mich-
aels, Barbadoes, in May 1959. Not without honor in his own home town,
Bagy's funeral procession of a long line of walkers, about fifty bicycles,
and one hundred seventy-six motor cars, extended over a mile, according
to a letter received by Ruth Taylor from Bagy's son.
Claims for hundreds of Canal Zone residents for income tax refunds
on rentals have been ruled out by a new executive regulation, issued at
Balboa Heights. The new ruling provides that only the Governor and the
Lieutenant Governor, U. S. citizen officers, the Public Administrator and
manager of the Tivoli Guest House are required to live in the Canal Zone,
as a condition of employment for the convenience of the employer. This
may end any hope for retroactive tax rebates for many Canal employes
based on their Zone housing rentals.
Canal Zone and Panmanian authorities were blaming each other for
a situation which could leave Panama City and suburbs badly short of
water within a year. At present, Panama is paying about eight cents per
hundred cubic feet of water. The Panama water commission sells this
water to consumers in the Republic at about 28 cents per hundred cubic
feet. At present, there is a stand off. Panama refuses to commit itself to
a long term purchasing contract and the Canal Zone refuses to commit
itself to a one million dollar pumping project without such a guarantee.
In the meantime, Panama's water bill continues to mount at about $75,000
monthly, according to sources in close contact with the Panama Canal's
accounting office. At present, the bill is 13 months in arrears and run-
ning just under one million dollars.
Army employees, who are dependents of Panama Canal Co. Govern-
ment workers, will lose their Army Commissary privileges, effective Jan-
uary 15, 1960, it was announced by U. S. Army Carribean. The change in
policy will effect principally Army employed wives and in some cases
daughters of Company Government employees. The official announcement
said the action was necessary because of overcrowded Army commissaries
and budgetary limitations.
Bids are scheduled to be opened, about February first, at Balboa
Heights, for the new Pacific side railroad station within the Canal Zone.
It will be located off Roosevelt Ave., across the street from the Ancon
Laundry and adjacent to Frangipani railroad crossing. The new station
should be completed by the end of June 1960. A new Atlantic side ter-
minal is being constructed within the Canal Zone at Cristobal. The new
station at Ancon and the new terminal at Cristobal will make possible the
final phase of transferring to the Republic of Panama, without cost, prop-
erty involving more than 325 acres of land and 317 building and other
facilities valued at $28,000,000 as provided under the 1955 agreement
with the United States.
The Gaillard Cut widening, at the Paraiso Cucaracha Reaches, made
the half way point more than four months ahead of schedule, according
to F. M. Esielones, project chief for the Merritt Chapman Scott Corpora-
tion. 5,400,000 cubic yards of material must be excavated at a cost of
more than seven millions dollars. Considerable additional material will
be removed by the Canal Dredging Division, following underwater blast-
ing, now under way. This project is the first stage of widening the cut to
500 feet along the entire nine mile length. The second part of the long
range cut widening project, calls for widening the Empire Reach. Bids
are to be opened in February at Balboa Heights for this project which
will cost ten million dollars.
Traffic through the Panama Canal during the month of November set
an all time daily record of 30.3 ships. The previous record was 29.45
set in May 1959. There were 910 ocean going ships making transits, among
them 129 marked for clear cut. Seventy-seven of the ships were permitted
only daylight clear cut transit.
The U. S. Navy closed down the Cristobal and Balboa Harbor Defense
Units. The property on which the units were located remains under mili-
tary control and equipment has been stockpiled for immediate use in case
of emergency. Pilot Units in San Francisco and Norfolk, Va. will have
teams trained to travel to troubled areas and set up harbor defenses.
Severe rain throughout the week-end of December 6th, caused a Pan-
ama Railroad train wreck two miles north of Gamboa. As the train
reached a point midway between Darien and Gamboa, a slide swept over
the track derailing the engine and one coach. Engineer, Charlie Sammons
and Fireman Joseph Anderson, were hospitalized. Engineer Sammons sus-
tained a broken arm and two crushed vertebrae. Fireman Anderson had
a broken arm and internal injuries. At the same time, sixteen slides
blocked the Trans-Isthmian Highway. about eight miles from Colon. At
least 120 feet of pavement either were torn or washed away. All fourteen
gates of the Gatun Spillway were opened and the tumbling waters en-
dangered the Gatun Hydroelectric Plant, the bridge, and the Tarpon Club
as the water rose 14 feet above normal level. Continued rains hampered
the work of clearing both the railroad and the highway.
A December visitor to the Canal Zone for transit was the ore-oil carrier
"Petrolore". It took five pilots and some tugs to ease the 789 foot long
Sinclair "Petrolore" through the locks. The ship, whose breadth is 106.42
is less than four feet under the locks width of 110 feet. The 56,089 ton
carrier was enroute to Japan from Trinidad with a load of iron ore.
Canal Zone authorities plan to launch, soon, a broad apprentice train-
ing program for Panamanian workers. The program is intended to
afford Panamanians an opportunity to improve their civil service ratings
and thus earn higher wages. The State Department is understood to have
urged C. Z. authorities to expand the program to several hundred. Very
few Panamanians are taking these courses, now. Giving Panamanian em-
ployes greater access to better paid jobs in the Zone, was one of the points
raised by the Government of Panama in connection with its grievances
over interpretation of the 1955 United States-Panama treaty.
The chief topic of interest on the Isthmus is, of course, the recent
riots along the Canal Zone boundary and the tearing to shreds of the
American flag at the U. S. Embassy in Panama City. Following the anti-
American incidents and demands that the Panamanian flag be flown over
the Canal Zone, as a symbol of Panama's titular sovereignty over the Canal
Zone, United States Deputy Under-Secretary of State, Livingston T. Mer-
chant, flew to the Isthmus. Mr. Merchant held discussions with President
Ernesto de la Guardia and Panama's Foreign Affairs officials for three
days, and rejected Panama's claim to fly the Panamanian flag, immediately,
in the Zone as an expression of sovereignty. Several groups on the Canal
Zone, including Veterans, Labor, and Civic organizations forwarded a
letter to President Eisenhower in opposition to permitting the flag of Pan-
ama to fly over the Canal. Concerning reports that President Eisenhower
is considering granting to Panama the right to fly its flag over the Canal
Zone, the letter said in part: "as loyal Americans deeply concerned for
the welfare of our country, we beg you not to endorse this request. We
believe, that granting this request will begin a claim of action which will
eventually have catastrophic effect upon the United States and the free
Congressman Daniel J. Flood, in an open letter to the President, ener-
getically opposes the idea of allowing the flag of Panama to fly in the
Canal Zone. He says: "the idea is, in reality, no gesture of good will.
It would open a real Pandora's box of controversies, conflicts,and chaos.
It would open the way for constantly increasing and impossible demands
in favor of Panama, under pressure from the radical extremists, who,
under no circumstances, can ever be friends of the United States, no mat-
ter what we do."
A "Canal Zone Committee for United States Retention of the Panama
Canal" has warned the U. S. Congress that the flying of the Panamanian
flag in the Canal Zone "is to sound the death knell of United States control
of the Panama Canal, and would be the biggest give away in United States
Mr. Arthur J. Wynne of Diablo, C. Z., chairman of the Canal Zone
committee, left for Washington on January 16th to testify before the
House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Inter-American Affairs. Canal
Zone Governor, W. E. Potter, will also be a witness.
A brochure, containing photographs, ugly and insulting cartoons and
editorial comment in connection with the boundary events, has been com-
piled by the committee. The cover is a reproduction of a "Yankee Go
Home" flysheet which is being placed in cars with a C. Z. license plate,
when parked in the city of Panama.
The committee's warning and brochure has been sent to the Senate
Committee on Foreign Relations and Interstate and Foreign Commerce,
the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Panama Canal Sub-
Committee of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee.
U. S. Secretary of State, Christian A. Herter has announced that the
United States is planning a large housing development for Panamanian
employes of the Canal Zone. The project, which would permit Panaman-
ians to become owners of their own homes at low cost, would be located
outside of the Canal Zone, probably in the suburbs of Panama City. While
the plan has not yet reached the stage of an actual proposal, there have
been recent indications of genuine interest in it by the U.S. Government.
The Panama Refining and Petrochemical Company plans a total in-
vestment of one hundred and nine million dollars in the Portobello area,
according to John M. Shaheen of New York. In addition to the 45 million
dollar refinery, the Shaheen interests plan 14 million for a smelting plant.
The two new projects will use by-products from the refinery operation.
Roberto F. Chiari has been nominated to run for President of Pan-
ama in the May 8th elections. His running mates will be Dr. Sergio G.
Ruis, as first Vice-President and Jose D. Bazan as second Vice-President.
The Chiari ticket was approved by the convention of three parties, the
National Liberal, National Liberation and Republican. The third Nation-
alist party convention meeting in Anton, nominated Dr. Gilberto Arias
as its candidate, beating down the efforts of the supporters of Aquilino
Boyd. Boyd was the leader of the flag incident of last November 3.
The Panama National Assembly, in a debate which lasted until four
A.M., approved a forty cent hourly minimum wage for the cities of Colon
and Panama. President Ernesto de la Guardia signed the law as Mer-
chants and the Chamber of Commerce planned to fight the law in the
Supreme Court. The President called the bill "a legitimate aspiration of
the working class and a step toward the solution of a major social issue.
He refused to veto the bill, despite the efforts of the merchants and in-
When you are through with your Canal Record and want to send it
to a friend, be sure to put at least six cents in stamps on it. Many are
re-mailing their Records with insufficient postage. When this happens,
the copies are returned to us and we cannot re-mail them.
Mr. Harry Bortin continues his efforts on behalf of Roosevelt Medal
Associates and Senior Citizens. Anyone interested, may contact Mr.
Bortin, Executive Director of the organization, at 333 Occidental Avenue,
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
Herewith Dues for 1960.
For:............ .......................... ............................
Address...........- .................. ...... ................................
City...............-........ ......................... .........
State.............................. ...... ............
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 with-
out 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 adimin-
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 in the form of a credit thru the St. Petersburg Blood Bank,
or to the person presenting a receipted bill for such transfusions.
The Blood Bank does not pay for administration of blood, or pro-
cessing only the actual number of units required.
Please remember that all members of the Blood Bank must keep up
their dues. Non-payment of dues to the Panama Canal Society automatic-
ally cancels your membership in the Blood Bank. All members in Florida
who joined the Blood Bank are issued a card. Always keep it with you.
If you did not receive your card, please notify the Secretary.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
HEREWITH BLOOD BANK DUES FOR 1960
(Members who reside in Florida only)
For:.............. ..... .... .................. ...............
Address-..--..........-.. ................-..........--........ ............ ......... ..
State..... --......... .......... -..........................................
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
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
DUES $8.00 PER YEAR. PLEASE ADD 10c TO ALL CHECKS (Bank Charge)
N am e -.. --.. . .. -... .. .
Address----....--..----_- ------_---- --_---___....__-
City ---------------.........------------------ State .-.--______
Number of Years on Canal -..- ___ -__-_--______.
What Division ...-__ -- -.---- __--
Amount Enclosed -__ --__----..--________
If our representatives and news gatherers could see and read the
hundreds of letters we receive from members expressing their appreciation
for the work involved in bringing them news of old friends and co-workers,
they would feel well repaid for their efforts. Many fine folks were good
enough to make a special effort to personally express their thanks to us
at the reunion and we wish to pass along your share of the thanks and
expressions of appreciation. Gathering the news in your area can be a
chore at times but it does bring pleasure to all our members.
The members of the Florida Society are deeply grateful to Mrs.
Lucille Judd who is starting her twelfth year as Secretary-Treasurer.
Lucille wished to relinquish her job this year, but no one was willing
to take on her many duties. Hundreds of letters from our members prove
they are not unaware of the long, capable service she has rendered to
the Panama Canal Society.
The deadline for the next issue of the Record will be May 1, 1960.
Your Editor wishes to thank one and all for the gift presented at
the Reunion meeting.
Mr. W. J. Bartlett has agreed to take over the position of legislative
representative, which has been so ably filled the past two years by Mr.
Most of the pictures which appear in the Record throughout the year
are taken at the reunions. For the past two years, Mr. Francis Hargy has
devoted all his time, both mornings, to the task of picture taking. The
Society is grateful to Mr. Hargy for his efforts.
We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the staff of the Soreno Hotel
for the courteous and efficient service rendered our members during the
two day reunion. At the desk, bar, coffee shop, and dining room, quiet,
courteous service was noted and we again say "thank you". We highly
recommend this hotel to all our friends who may visit St. Petersburg.
At press time, we have received several replies from the Chairman
of various committees of Congress who received copies of the resolution
adopted by the Society at the reunion meeting. (see Page 24)
NEW MEMBERS AND CHANGES OF ADDRESS
The following have been added or addresses changed or corrected since
the Year Book was printed. (*) denotes change of address or correction.
Bright, Mrs. Valley F.-P. O. Box 518 _----------------------- Balboa
Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. H. T.-P. O. Box 1545 .._-__---- Cristobal
*Coffey, Mr. and Mrs. William T.-P. O. Box 24 -- --------------Gamboa
Edwards, Mrs. Russell-P. O. Box 712_ __----------Balboa
Fender, Mr. and Mrs. Walter-P. O. Box 112 -----Margarita
Fesler, Miss Margaret P.-P. O. Box 761 ------------ --------Balboa
Flynn, Miss Marguerite-P. 0. Box 1685 ------------ Balboa
Gilmore, Mrs. Lorraine-P. O. Box 603 ------------------Balboa
Godwin, Miss Thelma-P. O. Box 774 --------- ---------- ---Balboa
Gregg. Mrs. Eugene J.. Sr.-c/.l'ugene Gregg, Jr., P. O. Box 1201_ Coco Solo
Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Gardner R.-P. O. Box 191 -------- Diablo Heights
Hobby, Mr. and Mrs. W. H.-P. O. Box 531 ------------------- Balboa
Jacobs, Mr. James E.-P. O. Box 1593 _---------- Balboa
Laurie, Mrs. C. C.-P. O. Box 233 --------------------Margarita
Litton, Mr. John-P. O. Box 76-- ---------------Margarita
Maloney, Capt. and Mrs. Hugh-P. O. Box 1086 ------------------- Balboa
Otten, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H.-P. O. Box 66 ----- ----- Diablo Heights
Ridge, Mr. J. E., Sr.-P. O. Box 1774 (until 4/1/60) ---- ----- Balboa
Savold, Mr. Otto L.-P. O. Box 73--------------------- Diablo Heights
Skeie, Mr. and Mrs. Christian O.-P. O. Box 539 -----------Balboa
Tiernan, Miss Ellen-P. O. Box 147 ------------ Balboa Heights
Tomford, Mr. and Mrs. Richard J.-P. O. Box 3651 --- Balboa
Woodruff, Mr. and Mrs. Marion B.-P. O. Box 5 -- --------------Balboa
Zablocki, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. -P. O. Box 1693 --------- Balboa
McCartney, Mrs. Ethel-2207 Rainbow Drive-- --------Gadsen
*Odom, Mrs. John D.-307 Redwood Avenue ------------- ------ Dothan
Willson, Mr. L. E.-Box 151 .-.... ---------Sheffield
*Forbes, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E.-
Crescent Manor Trailer Park 1150 West Prince Road ------ Tucson
*McLeod, Capt. and Mrs. Miles E.-510 West McDowell --- ----- Phoenix
*Sonneman, Col. and Mrs. O. F., Jr.-3307 South 41st Street -----Fort Smith
Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H.-118 Meidl Avenue -- --------Watsonville
*Hammer, Mrs. H. H.-1948 West 75th Street --_- --------- Los Angeles 47
*Hatchett, Mr. and Mrs. Fred-726 Maplewood Ave. (After 7/1/60) Palo Alto
*Horine. Mr. and Mrs. George C.-3008 Sequoia Avenue ------ -- Fullerton
Jones, Mr. and Mrs. J. Arthur-- ...------------------------Vista
Newbold, Mr. Albert G.-448 7th Street -------- --- San Bernardino
Rhodes, Mrs. Helen M.-585 East Washington St.-Apartment 23 --Pasadena
*Ruley, Mrs. Robert N.-818 North Maria Avenue --------- Redondo Beach
*Smith, Mr. Walter R.-P. O. Box 11-- -----------Leucadia
Stade, Mrs. Myrtle L.-113 Wendall Street ------------------Santa Cruz
Wanke, Mr. and Mrs. Carl A.-1155 Park Avenue -------------Port Hueneme
Wempe, Mrs. Ruth M.-280 North 5th Street- ---- San Jose 2
*Wynne.Mr. Arthur W.-
c/o Mrs. Fred Brown-2000 St. Francis Way. ---- San Carlos
Comber, Mrs. Teresa-Box 813------------ ----------Boulder
*Evans, Mr. and Mrs. D. J.-1122 19th Avenue---------------_-------Greeley
*Oberg, Mr. E. B.-71 West Byers ------------------- ----Denver 23
Garrett, Mrs. Delbert H.-42 Berwyn Street---------------------------Devon
Lord, Mr. George A.-42 Berwyn Street---------------- -- _______ Devon
Rowe. Capt. and Mrs. Howarth V.-Race Hill Rd.-R. R. 1 --North Madison
Bates, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart F.-Fieldboro Motel-Ocean Highway-.. Fieldboro
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Washington, D. C.)
*Freehauff, Mr. Lewis C.-1210- 12th Street, N. W.-------------Washington 5
Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Mallie-19 East Preston Avenue----------------Orlando
*Andrews, Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Y.-1222 N. W. 43rd Street --------Miami 42
Berger, Mr. and Mrs. Claude E.-8063 West Lake View Drive ---------Sebring
Billington, Mr. H. S.-1369 N. W. 31st Street------------------- Miami
*Boyd, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E.-Route 1, Box 503-Heasley Road-..-Englewood
*Calloway, Mrs. L. C.-7211 So. West 52nd Court------------------Miami 43
*Corliss, Mrs. John B., Sr.-957 Dunraven Road---------------Winter Park
*Correira, Mr. and Mrs. Donald T.-4059 29th Ave. North ._.St. Petersburg 13
*Eggleston, Mrs. D. E.-4125 Park Street North-Lot 237 ---St. Petersburg 9
*Giavelli, Mrs. Anne M.-1031 N. W. 90th Street------------ ---Miami 50
*Hart, Mr. and Mrs. Max-10101 Florida Avenue --------------------Tampa 4
*Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar R.-3290 64th Avenue North .--St. Petersburg 14
*Hutchinson, Mrs. Charles E.-750% 32nd Avenue North ---St. Petersburg 4
*Karst, Mrs. Paul F.-6650 5th Avenue North.-------------St. Petersburg 10
*Lester, Mrs. Charles-1095 N. W. 50th Street ------ ------ ------Miami 37
Mason, Mrs. Roy G.-631 East 6th Avenue --------------- Tallahassee
Miller, Mr. Frank-736 Brickell Avenue ----------------..--- Miami 32
*Moist, Mr. and Mrs. Harry W.-5626- 15th Avenue North--- St. Petersburg 7
Morgan, Mr. William A.-P. O. Box 95 -- ---------- ---Palm Harbor
Mornhinweg, Mr. and Mrs. W. F.-12 N. W. 18th Street-----. Delray Beach
*Myers, Mrs Laurence S.-4119 27th Avenue North---------St. Petersburg 13
*Pollak, Mr. and Mrs. Walter-229 Spartan Drive--------------- Maitland
Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E.-220 S. W. 62nd Avenue---------- Miami 44
*Simon, Capt. and Mrs. Andrew W.-
538 Skipper Drive Lake Seminole Resort --- -------------Largo
Snyder, Mr. and Mrs. H. Doyle-3223 37th Street North .-St. Petersburg 13
*Strauss, Mrs. John R.-c/o Mrs. W. E. Nicholson
Route 1, Box 123 ---------------------- Cantonement
*Wallace, Capt. and Mrs. Alan S.-18721 N. W. 39th Court -------Opalocka
Whipple, Mrs. Ruth H.-1927 Sandra Drive ----------------- Clearwater
Williams, Mrs. F. E.-5313 22nd Aevnue South (Winter) -- --- Gulfport
*Young, Mr. and Mrs. Earle A.-Route 2, Box 353 --- ------ Palatka
Younkin, Mr. and Mrs. Carl H.-9641 Park Lake Drive ----- Pinellas Park
*Wempe, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H.-
555 West Edgewood Road-Flowerfield------------------- -----Lombard
*Cloys, Mr. and Mrs. M. L.-932 Main Street ---- ------- -----Brookville
*Duckworth, Mrs. G. E.-578 West Main Street---------------- --- Peru
*Judd, Mrs. Ethel B.------------------------------ ---- Darrow
*Plummer, Mr. and Mrs. R. P.-201 Elm Street -------------------. Bastrop
*Ridge, Mrs. May Gowan-844 Ida------------------ --- -New Orleans 19
*Seebt, Mr. John F.-2670 Lavender Street--------------------New Orleans 33
*Siler, Mrs. Wilma A.-3103 Elysian Fields Avenue -----------New Orleans 22
Allnutt, Miss A. L.-4008 East-West Highway------------Chevy Chase 15
*Gay, Rev. Elbert C. M.-Immaculate Conception
532 Mosher Street ------------------------- --------Baltimore
*Sampsell, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B.-
Res. Braddock Mountain, Ridge Road North-Mail: Route 5-.. Frederick
*Saphir, Mrs. Rebecca-c/o Claude E. Towery-P. O. Box 1576 ---- Wheaton
Santee, Mr. and Mrs. William P.-70 Garden Street-----------------.Milton
*MacDonald, Mr. Charles L.-1708 Charlton---------------------- Ann Arbor
May, Mr. and Mrs. W. B.-555 De Soto Avenue --.--------------- Ypsilanti
Rankin, Mr. and Mrs. T. L.-3142 Grange Road--------. ------- Trenton
Rhodes, Mr. Richard Chauncey-309 East Street-----.. -----.. Three Rivers
*Clapp, Mr. Warner H.-2166 Scheffer ---- -------------------St. Paul 16
Mull, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce D.-117 Suffolk Drive-----------.. ---- Hoyt Lakes
*Cox, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis R.-Route 2, Box 229----------------------Aurora
*Holmes, Mrs. Bert-64 Highland Avenue-------------------------. Kearney
*Braun, Major and Mrs. G. J., Jr.-
2nd M.T.B. 1st Cavalry
3rd ARMORED DIVISION
A. P. O. 39--------------------------------New York
Dodge, Capt. H. B., USN-Quarters R-3-U.S. Naval Base------Brooklyn 1
*Fagan, Miss Mary E.-
Highland Manor Apts.-58-D Manor Parkway------_-- Rochester 20
Holmelin, Mr. and Mrs. Gustav W.-
197 Foster Avenue Valley Stream _-- .----------_.... Long Island
Matlowsky, Mrs. Anna-150 Corbin Place---------------- Brooklyn 35
Medinger, Mr. and Mrs. A. C.-903 Park Avenue----------------New York 21
*Behlen, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest-Box 8176 ---------------------- Asheville
*Davidson, Mr. and Mrs. J. F.-P. O. Annex Box 1696-- ---------- Hickory
Tyrrell, Mrs. John H.-Box 1411 ---------------Tryon
Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Dow-25 Gladstone Road -------------- Asheville
Ward, Mr. and Mrs. George B.-R.F.D. 2, Box 382------------ Weaverville
*Lindstrom, Capt. and Mrs. O. H.-1134 South Highland Acres --- Bismark
Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. A. M., Jr.-260 Shirljune Drive---- -------Cincinnati 15
Kirk, Mr. and Mrs. F. E., Jr.-1729 Sweetbrair Lane South ----. Springfield
Baggott, Mr. and Mrs. A. G.-3328 Grace Street--------------Homestead Park
duBois, Mr. and Mrs. J. P., Jr.-P. O. Box 213 -----------------Wynnewood
Drinnen, Mr. and Mrs. E. B.-Route 2 --------- --------------Kingston
*Smith, Mr. and Mrs. George B.-c/o Take it easy Trailer Park ----Kerrville
*Sundquist, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore-109 Persimmon Lane----- Lake Jackson
*Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. C. M.-Route 1, Box 83____ ------------Swoope
*Detamore, Mrs. Gladys E.-Route 4, Hull Street---------------- Staunton
*Mack, Mrs. Frank-1817 Great Falls Road------------------------ McLean
Sexton, Mrs. Helen R.-1800 Abingdon Drive Apartment 201 -- Alexandria
Wallace, Mrs. Freda H.-930 Spotwood Avenue----------------------Norfolk
Estes, Mr. and Mrs. Frank D.-
Box 268-Post Engineer Division A.P.O. 733------------------Seattle
*Sullivan, Mr. James A.-773 North 74 -----------------------------Seattle 3
Vincent, Mr. Charles J., Jr.-4001 Palisades Drive------------------Weirton
Slim and Ida Hallett, Quincy, Mass.
Ruth and Dick Taylor, Alfred, Maine
Tom Jordan, Alfred, Maine
Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Zierton, St. Petersburg
The late Mr. W.H. Aspden, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. Roy M. McKenna, St. Petersburg, Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
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