Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Pennock
St. Petersburg, Florida
Back Row: Mr. Albert W. Russon, Cleveland, Ohio Mrs. James Bradley,
St. Petersburg, Fla. Mr. Archie H. Burs, Bur Ocean Gate, N.J.
Front Row: Mr. and Mrs. Martin Nickel, St. Petersburg, Fla. Mrs. A. W.
Russon, Cleveland, Ohio
Mrs. Barton C. Woodruff, Pinellas Park, Fla. Mrs. Maude Mason,
Tallahassee, Fla. Mrs. Eleanor Home, Bradenton, Fla.
Isthmian Historical Society,
Panel and Moderator, at a meeting in Tivoli Guest House on April 5, 1960
.L I,,li I
s Amr, MlC-:,r-a,:k
and Mrs. Bruce Sanders, Sr.
Left to Right: William Taylor, Mrs. S,-ian
In Front: Fred de V. Sill and Karl Curtis.
Peggy Foiles, Daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Clarence Foiles of Boonville, Ark.
(See north west Arkansas report)
Roy C. Dwelle, 39,who died
suddenly April 30 at Caracas
Venezuela. (See Curtain Falls.)
Mr. J. E.(Jack)Ridge, Sr., Trenton, New Jersey
The Panama Canal Society
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone
P. 0. 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
The deadline for adjournment of this session of Congress is the first
week in July, so the two bills of interest to Civil Service Annuitants will
have tough competition with the 13,000 other bills. The 10% increase
will be extended to July 1st, 1961. The Health Benefits Bill S-2575 is
opposed by the Budget Bureau because of cost but we are assured by our
many friends in the Congress that it has a good chance of passage. Bills
to amend the Internal Revenue Code to exempt Civil Service annuities
from Federal Income Tax are not likely of passage. The so called Fair
Trade bills are not expected to come before the House for vote this ses-
sion but must be watched next year. The Saturday Evening Post of April
23rd has a very good article by Harold H. Martin on the Panama trouble
under the title "Why Do They Hate Us". "The Untold Story of Panama"
by Earl Harding is well worth reading and will help you to understand
our Government's worry over Panama, the price is $6.00 postage prepaid
from THE BOOKMAILERS, INC., Box 101, Murray Hill Station, New
York 16, N.Y.
LEGISLATIVE REPORT APRIL 11, 1960
Senate Bill 2575, a bill to provide health benefits for present retirees.
The Budget Bureau has testified they oppose this legislation because of
cost, but do not explain why they did not object to S. 2162, the bill for
employees and future retirees which will cost 10 times as much. The
Senate Committee and the Administration are negotiating in an effort to
reach something both could support. It is important that we write our
Representatives requesting their support of S. 2575.
Bill H.R. 9202 is a bill to compute survivor annuitants' annuity by
including all raises granted the annuitant. This bill also provides for
increasing any annuity presently received by surviving spouses, by 50%
of the increases granted to retirees before June 1958.
Bills H.R. 391 and H.R. 6308 are bills to amend the Internal Rev-
enue Code to equalize the Income Tax Exemption of Federal Civil Service
Retirees with that now in effect under the Railroad Retirement Act and
the Social Security Act. Although the demand for correction is pure
justice, there is slim chance of any relief during the present session of
Bill H.R. 555 is a bill to make the 10% annuity increase permanent.
Bills H.R. 1253 and S. 1083 are the so-called Fair Trade Bills. These
bills propose to give the Federal Government's blessing to a system of
price fixing, permitting a manufacturer to set the price of his product
and prohibit retail sale at any'less price. This is the same scheme on a
National scale, which the Supreme Courts in 16 States have declared un-
contitutional. We should be on the alert with reference to this so-called
"Fair Trade" legislation and oppose it with all our influence.
Mr. President I would like to make the following motion. The
Panama Canal Society protests this so-called "Fair Trade" legislation in
the form of a resolution.
LEGISLATIVE REPORT MARCH 14, 1960
More about flying Panama's flag on the Zone
On February 2, 1960, a resolution adopted by the House of Repre-
sentatives, says that Panama's flag should not fly over the Canal Zone
unless special permission is given by a new treaty. The resolution was
approved 380 to 12. I am glad to report that Representative William C.
Cramer voted for the resolution. A clipping taken from the St. Petersburg
Times states, that while Adlai Stevenson was in Panama he said that he
saw no objection to flying the Panama Flag alongside the Stars and Stripes
in the Canal Zone as evidence of Panama's "titular sovereignty" over that
U.S. controlled territory.
Pensions and Annuities
Among people who are failing to receive pensions they could get if
they applied are some widows of Civil Service employes who died prior
to Feb. 29, 1948. At the time, these widows could get only a refund of
their husband's contributions, plus interest. A recent law makes such a
widow eligible for an annuity equal to half of what her husband would
have received. A widow who has failed to apply still can do so. Write
the Bureau of Retirement and Insurance, U.S. Civil Service Commission,
Washington 25, D. C.
Owing to the illness of chairman Tom Murray, the House P. O. &
Civil Service Committee has not held any meetings this year but expects
to start Wednesday, March 16th.
The death of Senator Neuberger, author of the Retirement Health
Insurance Bill S-2575, is a great loss.
The National Headquarters of NARCE reports that Senator Olin
Johnson, chairman of the Senate P. O. & Civil Service Committee and
Senators Holland, Smathers and Congressman Cramer, anticipate prompt
and favorable report on S-2575.
The 10% temporary annuity increase approved in 1958 has a very
good chance of being made permanent as it has been included in the
President's 1961 Budget Message to Congress, however, it is very im-
portant to keep on writing your Representatives. As Charlie Kates, legis-
lative representative of St. Petersburg Chapter No. 17, NARCE says, "If
you want Wampum you gotta Swampum".
W. J. Bartlett, Legislative Chairman
Congressman Judd of Minnesota and Congressman Sledon of Ala-
bama have introduced bills to increase to $500,000 the amount needed for
new building and equipment for the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory in
Panama, R.P. The Laboratory (the original legislation for which the Hon.
Maurice H. Thatcher was responsible when he was in Congress in 1928)
has come to be, perhaps, the most effective institution of the kind in all
the tropical world. On his retirement from Congress, Mr. Thatcher was
elected Vice-President and General Counsel, a Director and member of
the Executive Committee, which is charged with the supervision of the
Mr. Harry Bortin and other interested parties continue their efforts
on behalf of Panama Canal builders with less than three years but more
than two years of service. As a result of Mr. Bortin's efforts, and many
letters received by members of Congress, Public Hearings were scheduled
April 12th and 13th by Hon. Leonor K. Sullivan on H.R. 8146 before the
Panama Canal of the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fish-
eries. Among those who urged approval by personal attendance and testi-
mony were: Ex-Governor Thatcher, Mrs. Aileen Gorgas Wrightson, Mrs.
Ethel Hodnett's daughter, Messrs. Richard Drennan of Mass., Weedon
L. Williams, of N.J., Frank and John Haggerty of Pennsylvania, Guy R.
Whyde of Illinois, James E. Malcolm of Virginia, and Richard H. White-
head of New Hampshire. At press time for the Canal Record, it was not
known what action the Sub-committee had taken.
For a certificate for honoring Roosevelt Medal holders (see below).
For information, write to Mr. Harry Bortin, 2801 Quebec St., N.W.,
Washington, D. C.
Certificate for Honoring Roosevelt Medal Holders:
CERTIFICATE FOR HONORING ROOSEVELT MEDAL HOLDERS: An IDEA
transformed into a REALITY: "The Certificate IDEA which was first
suggested by our associate, Isaac H. Andrews, of San Francisco, Califor-
nia, is now a tangible REALITY in the attached facsimile copy on ordin-
ary bond paper. The permanent Certificates are on parchment paper
suitable for framing and display by QUALIFIED holders of Theodore
Roosevelt Medal and their kin, (wife, husband, sons, daughters and grand-
children), and their friends among members of any of the 11 Panama
Canal Societies in the United States, for whom each qualified member of
our organization and of any of those Societies may wish to buy them.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR PURCHASING CERTIFICATES: ONLY those bona fide
holders of Theodore Roosevelt Medal who have already paid or will here-
after pay, the $25 member-fee with one year's membership dues in our,
organization, will be QUALIFIED to purchase one or more Certificates
at $10 .each. The first three numbered Certificates will be complimentary
to Mr. Wm. D. Wrightson and his wife, Aileen Gorgas Wrightson, to
General Robert E. Wood and his wife, and to Colonel George R. Goethals
and his wife. ALL such QUALIFIED medal holders who desire to pur-
chase one or more Certificates, should send me their full names and names
of their kin and friends, with their city and States for insertion in the
blank spaces of each Certificate which they purchase.
The qualifications conform with original purposes: of honoring
the medal-holding Canal builders, of inspiring their children and grand-
children by this permanent evidence of their ancestors' achievement, and
of providing necessary finances for the functioning of our Organization's
above stated purposes. Those Certificates will also demonstrate each
owner's full appreciation of the honor and opportunities for service to
our associates, to our country and for the public interest, as members of
our Organization, and of every Panama Canal Society.
QUALITY OF MEMBERSHIP TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER
QUANTITY. WE WILL STRIVE FOR BOTH.
The following telegram is of interest to all of us
"Happy to advise, the Retired Employes Health Benefit Bill was
passed by the Senate yesterday" (May 5, 1960)
(Senator from Florida)
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
In a candlelight ceremony in the Central Chapel at Fort Bragg, North
Carolina, Miss Forest Bringhurst Wise of Balboa became the bride of
George Gardner Harris, of Gamboa.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Tallman Wise and
the bridegroom is the son of Captain and Mrs. Frank D. Harris of Gamboa.
He is stationed with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.
After a short honeymoon the young couple will be at home at 238
South Cool Springs Street in Fayetteville.
Both bride and bridegroom are graduates of Balboa High School.
The bride attended the Canal Zone Junior College and Duke University.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy C. Stockham of Balboa Heights announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Janet Wilma, to James William Reece, son of
Mr. Roy D. Reece of Diablo Heights and the late Mrs. Reece.
Both Miss Stockham and Mr. Reece graduated from Balboa High
School in 1956. Miss Stockham will graduate in June from Bucknell Uni-
versity, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania where she is a member of Pi Beta Phi
sorority. Mr. Reece, a senior at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hamp-
shire is enrolled in the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration and
is a member of Chi Phi fraternity. Upon graduation he will be commis-
sioned an ensign in the United States Navy.
The engagement of Miss Helen Jane Nita to Mr. James (Tim) R.
Hotz of Diablo has been announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Nita
of Balboa. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Hotz of Diablo.
Miss Nita was graduated from Balboa High School and the Canal
Zone Junior College and is now attending Florida State University.
Mr. Hotz, a graduate of Balboa High School, is now a senior at
Miami University at Oxford, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Brown of Glendale, California, announce the
marriage of their daughter, Felice, to Mr. James Edward Perkins, son of
Mrs. Alice Smith Perkins and the late Mr. James L. Perkins of Pasadena,
California. Mr. Perkins is a Highway Engineer with the California State
Highway Division and is also a Captain in the United States Air Force
Mr. and Mrs. Wendell G. Cotton of Coco Solo have announced the
engagement of their daughter, Wendy Jeanne, to Mr. Dennis McLain
Corrigan, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Corrigan, Jr., of Margarita. The
wedding will take place in Palo Alto, Calif., on August 16th.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Griffin of 825 N.E. 16th Ave., Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, announce the engagement of their daughter, Judy, to Mr. James
Oliver Pedersen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hans P. Pedersen of 1428 N.W.
First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The bride elect was graduated from
Fort Lauderdale High School and is now attending Sullins College, Bristol,
Virginia. Mr. Pedersen was graduated from Stranahan High School and
is attending the University of Florida, where he is a member of Phi Delta
fraternity. The wedding date has not been set.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Sorrell of Balboa announce the marriage of
their daughter, Jo Anne, to Dorman L. Fulton, son of Mr. and Mrs. James
L. Fulton, Sr., of Los Rios. The wedding ceremony was performed on
December 19, 1959, at the First Methodist Church in Birmingham, Ala.
Jo Anne will graduate frim Mississippi State College for Women,
Columbus, Mississippi, on May 29. The couple will reside in Birmingham,
Alabama where Dorman is a Business Administration student at Birming-
ham Southern College.
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Cole of Dayton, Ohio, announce the birth of
a daughter, Judith Emily, on February 18, 1960. The maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Francis A. Ives of Holden, Mass. and the pat-
ernal grandparents are Mrs. Eva Cole of Gulfport, Florida, and the late
Mr. and Mrs. Carroll R. Taylor (Betty Flatau) of Lafayette, Louis-
iana, announce the arrival of their second son, Keith Evans, on January
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Murray Falk of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, a
baby girl, Saundra Lee, on March 2, 1960. The maternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Colby of Diablo, C.Z. and the paternal grand-
parents are Capt. and Mrs. Henry E. Falk of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Murray Falk passed away a few days after her baby's birth.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Corriera of St. Petersburg, announce the birth
of a daughter, Lisa Louise, on February 18, 1960. Mrs. Corriera is the
daughter of the late Capt. and Mrs. Floyd Forrest.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Oliver of New Orleans, Louisiana, announce
the birth of a daughter, Lezlie Anna. The maternal grandmother is Mrs.
Joseph T. Oliver, formerly of Hendersonville, North Carolina, now re-
siding in New Orleans.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilburn S. Belcher of Coco Solo announce the birth
of their third child and first son on April 2 at Gorgas Hospital. The baby
has been named James Newton Belcher II.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Belcher of Gatun and
maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. W. S. White of West Hampton Beach,
Long Island, N.Y. The Whites are former New Cristobal residents.
P.F.C. and Mrs. Gerald W. Coffey announce the birth of a son,
Gerald William on February 14, 1960, in Anchorage, Alaska. The mater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Ward of Pedro Miguel, C.Z. and
the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William T. Coffey of Key
Biscayne, Florida. Mrs. Marie Coffey of St. Petersburg, Florida is the
Mr. and Mrs. Terence R. McNamee announce the birth of a son,
Kevin Patrick, on April 17 in Virginia Beach, Va., The baby weighed
8 pounds 12 ounces.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cupp of
Reading, Penn., and Mr. and Mrs. W. R. McNamee of Fort Amador.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Nickisher have announced the birth of their
first child, a daughter, on April 6 at Miami General Hospital. She has
been named Heidi Christine.
The maternal grandparents are Maj. and Mrs. W. B. Voortmeyer of
Pleasant Hills, Calif. Mr. and Mrs. William Nickisher of Balboa are
the paternal grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Lawrence Jones of Curundu, C.Z. announce the
birth of their third child, second son, Lawrence McLain Jones, on April
19, 1960. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roy Carman of
New Carlisle, Ohio, and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C.
Roland Jones of Gulfport, Florida.
The Reverend and Mrs. Malcolm L. Foster of Peekskill, New York
announce the birth of their second son, Randall Lyle, born March 24th.
Mrs. Foster, the former Marilyn Ford is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Randall H. Ford of St. Petersburg. The Reverend Foster is Rector of
St. Peter's Church in Peekskill.
Earl A. Dyer-Printing Plant Superintendent-21 years, 9 months, 19 days.
Helen E. King Health Bureau 30 years, 2 months, 19 days.
Whitman P. Garrett-Police Division-20 years, 5 months, 16 days.
Miss Dorothy C. Kern-Division of Schools-31 years, 5 months.
Mrs. Mary E. Pearson-Terminals Division-9 years, 5 months, 8 days.
Robert L. Robinson-Maintenance Division-17 years, 25 days.
Paul A. Bentz-General Counsel-30 years, 5 months, 20 days.
Mortimer J. Brennan-Electrical Division-15 years, 8 months, 20 days.
Alva H. Cooke-Community Service Bureau-29 years, 7 months, 12 days.
Miss Florence H. Edbrooke-Coco Solo Hospital-23 yrs., 5 mo., 11 days.
Albert H. Evans-Administrative Branch-36 years, 2 months, 24 days.
Ralph D. Robinson-Supply Division-18 years, 9 months, 5 days.
John J. Ryan-Terminals Division-18 years, 8 months, 3 days.
Howard L. Wentworth-Navigation Division-18 yrs., 9 mo., 20 days.
Mrs. Beatrice Morgan has been a patient in a Stamford Connecticut
Mrs. Della M. Bowser of Miami, Florida, has been quite ill for some
time but is some better, now. Her present address is 3628 S.W. 26th St.,
Miami 33, Florida.
Mr. Thomas M. Jordan of Alfred, Maine, is recovering, nicely, from
Mr. Thomas N. Etchberger of Norge, Virginia, was a patient in the
hospital for surgery during February.
Mrs. Mary F. McDonald of Tampa, Florida, was a patient in St.
Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, in February.
Mr. Macon Turner was a patient in St. Anthony's Hospital for sur-
gery during February.
Mrs. A. G. Matheney of St. Petersburg is home and doing well fol-
lowing surgery at Mound Park Hospital.
Mrs. Eunice Rose was a patient in Mound Park Hospital in February.
Mrs. Carl J. Clapp of Gibsonville, North Carolina, is recuperating
slowly, following two heart attacks in March.
Mrs. Elsie Greenwood of Wellston, Ohio, is recovering, slowly, from
a bad attack of the flu.
Chubby Wohlfarth, of Inglewood, California, writes that his wife's
mother, Mrs. Anna Weston slipped and fractured her hip in two places
and has been confined to the hospital for some time. On the 22nd of
February, he entered the hospital for surgery but is now at home and
recuperating. Now, his two grandchildren are down with the mumps.
Mrs. W. T. Bowen of Coral Gables, Florida, is at home following
a stay in the hospital for surgery.
Mr. Andrew Johnston of Clearwater, Fla. was a patient for surgery
in the Air Base Hospital at Andrews Field. Cards may be sent to Gen-
aral Delivery, Clinton, Maryland.
Mr. Homar McCarty is recovering, slowly, at his home following a
Mrs. Giorgia Blessing of Orlando, Florida, is now at home after eye
surgery at an Orlando hospital.
Mr. Walace Dunham of Sarasota, Florida is home and improving
after a stay in the hospital.
Judge Tatelman of Bradenton, Florida is convalescing at home fol-
lowing a heart attack.
Mr. Harry Granberry has been ill for several weeks following a
Mrs. Nina Robinson of St. Petersburg is now home after a short stay
in a' local hospital.
Mrs. Alex McGeachey, of Adamston, New Jersey, suffered a slight
stroke recently, and is now convalescing at home.
Mr. W. A. Stevenson of Winter Park, Florida is coming along fine
after a serious operation on January 27, 1960.
Miss Cassie Pate of Fitzgerald, Georgia, has had eye surgery but is
now at home and doing fine.
Mr. Hugh Turner of Houston, Texas, is now doing fine at home
after a stay in the hospital for surgery.
Mrs. Edith Minnix of St. Petersburg has returned to her home fol-
lowing a five day stay in the hospital.
CARDS OF THANKS
Cards of Thanks and Appreciation have been received from the following:
Mr. Macon Turner; Mrs. Jessie Matheney; Mr. Wallace Dunham;
Mrs. Eunice Rose; Mr. Homer McCarty; Mrs. Thomas Breheney; Mrs.
Klara J. Weisiger; The Family of A. H. Geddes; Mr. W. A. Stevenson;
Mrs. Mary F. McDonald; Mrs. Giorgia Blessing; Mrs. J. C. Horine and
family; Mrs. Betty Lou Correira; Mrs. R. L. Foster; Mrs. Keith Kelly:
The family of Capt. and Mrs. Floyd Forrest; Mrs. Marie Calloway Kuhn;
Mrs. Emma Brain; Mrs. Milton S. Treadwell; Maj. Gen. M. C. Stayer
(Ret.); Mr. Thomas Jordan; Mrs. Ina Luce Hoy; Mrs. H. C. Schmidt;
Mrs. C. T. Fedeman; Judge Tatelman; Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Smith and
Mrs. Nellree Smith; Mr. William H. Butler.
UNITED STATES SENATE
Committee of Finance
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd, Secty-Treas., April 14, 1960
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. O. Box 11566,
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
Dear Mrs. Judd:
Thank you for your letter of April 9th.
I am hopeful that now that the Civil Rights legislation is out of the
way, more activity can be had in behalf of our Civil Service retirees.
Be assured that I will keep after S. 2575, of which as you know, I am
co-sponsor, and the legislation to make permanent the 10% increase -
the latter of which I have every reason to be will be approved, or the
As you know the Civil Service retirees have a special place in my
mind, and you can be assured I will continue my efforts to be helpful.
With kind regards, I am
George A. Smathers, USS
AMERICAN LEGION HOSPITAL FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN
St. Petersburg, Florida
March 28, 1960
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd, Secretary Treasurer
Panama Canal Society
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, 33, Florida
Dear Mrs. Judd:
Will you please convey our sincere thanks to all the members of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida for their most recent contribution of
$14.00 to our hospital.
It is our understanding that this $14.00 represents the proceeds of
the sale of books written by Mrs. Amy McCormack, who is a member of
your wonderful organization. I seem to remember Mrs. Amy Sartain when
she was at Gorgas Hospital, and I also feel certain that the book will be
a tremendous success. In fact, I shall look forward with interest to pro-
curing a copy for myself for my personal reading pleasure.
Needless to say, Mrs. Judd, the continued support of your organiza-
tion is so greatly appreciated, and I further assure you that your financial
contributions are being used for the benefit of all our children. Your
continued support of our hospital is certainly indicative of the great in-
terest the Panama Canal Society of Florida has in community affairs,
especially the work we are trying to do with crippled children.
Again, many thanks. We trust we may remain worthy of your trust
and support in the years to come.
H. Hochstadt, Administrator
Mr. Arthur J. Wynn, February 9, 1960
P. O. Box 1875, Balboa, Canal Zone.
My dear Mr. Wynne:
At our regular monthly meeting yesterday, February 8th, our Presi-
dent, Mr. Keith Kelley read the "General Statement" which was made by
you to the Subcommittee on Inter-American Affairs on the Committee on
Foreign Affairs, in the House of Representatives.
Needless to say it was wonderfully received, and all were most favor-
A motion was made to write you expressing our unanimous thanks,
for all you have done and the results which have been obtained. May I
add that we are most proud to have you as a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
The best wishes for the future are extended at this time.
Lucille S. Judd
Box 1875, Balboa, Canal Zone
February 14, 1960
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd, Secretary-Treasurer
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. 0. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
Dear Mrs. Judd:
I want to thank you and my fellow members of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida for the very nice letter of February 9th. It made me
very proud indeed to know that you were all in favor of the actions taken
by our committee. I also want to thank you for the letter of January 28
and the enclosed copy of the Panama Canal Society's resolution. I have
read the resolution with a great deal of interest and find it extremely well
done. Actually I had intended writing much sooner than this in reply to
your letter of January 28th but have been quite busy trying to keep var-
ious members of the House Sub-Committee up to date in regard to events
here. That, together with my job, hasn't left much time for other cor-
Since my return from Washington, and since the Panamanian press
has become aware of the part played by our committee, aided by good
friends such as all of you in the States, in throwing a monkey wrench into
their flag flying plans the Spanish language papers have been giving me
a verbal going over fairly steadily. A committee of Panamanians recently
signed a petition addressed to the Foreign Minister of Panama asking that
I be declared undesirable. The top two names on this petition were
Aqilino Boyd and Ernesto Castillero. Needless to say I do not go into
Panama these days for anything at all. Actually I hadn't been going there
for a long time now.
The 381 to 12 vote in the House of Representatives which passed Mr.
Selden's resolution was certainly an encouraging sign. Now if the Senate
will only pass this resolution I believe the only answer the President and
the State Department can give Panama about flying its flag in the Zone
is "No". I doubt that the President and the State Department would do
anything else if both Houses of Congress showed they would take a dim
view of the Panamanian flag flying in the Zone.
In any event, win, lose or draw, we did put up a fight and we down
here are very grateful for the help received from all of our fellow citizens
in the States.
Arthur J. Wynne
THE NEW YORK SOCIETY OF THE PANAMA CANAL
JOHN FITZPATRICK 272 Stratford Road
Secretary-Treasurer Brooklyn 18, N. Y.
February 23, 1960
TO: Mrs. Lucille S. Judd, Secy-Treas. P.C.S. of Florida.
The New York Society of the Panama Canal has made and adopted
the following resolutions:
WHEREAS Article II of the Hay-Banau Varilla Treaty of 1903 provides:
"The Republic of Panama grants to the United States in perpet-
uity the use, occupation and control of a zone of land and land under
water for the construction, maintenance, operation, sanitation and pro-
tection of said Canal of the width of ten miles extending to the distance
of five miles on each side of the center line of the route of the canal
to be constructed with the proviso that the cities of Panama and
Colon and the harbors adjacent to said cities shall not be included
within this grant .', and
WHEREAS Article III of said Treaty provides further:
"The Republic of Panama grants to the United States all the rights
power and authority within the zone mentioned and described in Article
II of this agreement, and within the limits of all auxiliary lands and
waters mentioned and described in said Article II, which the United
States would possess and exercise if it were the sovereign of the terri-
tory within which said lands and waters are located, to the entire ex-
clusion of the exercise by the Republic of Panama of any such sov-
ereign rights, power or authority.", and
WHEREAS the United States, pusuant to said Treaty, expended
approximately 400 millions of dollars in the construction of the con-
templated Canal and also expended the lives of hundreds of its citizens
during the construction period, and
WHEREAS the United States paved the streets of the cities of
Panama and Colon and constructed water and sewerage systems in both
of said cities at its own cost and expense despite the fact that both of
said cities are expressly excluded by said Treaty from the control of
the United States, and
WHEREAS the United States has meticulously performed its obli-
gations under the said treaty and the treaties amendatory thereof, and
WHEREAS recent events in Panama indicate clearly that the Re-
public of Panama, urged on by agitators, Communists and political
candidates, has evidenced an intent to repudiate the Hay-Bunau-Varilla
Treaty and the treaties amendatory thereof:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the New York Society
of the Panama Canal, a voluntary association of men who participated
in the construction of the Panama Canal, that the State Department of
the United States is hereby urged to advise the Republic of Panama in
no uncertain terms that the United States has lived up to its Treaty
obligations and that it expects the government of the Republic of Pan-
ama to do likewise, and be it further
RESOLVED that in the event the State Department of the United
States fails to take appropriate action to safeguard the Treaty rights
of the United States in and to the Panama Canal that the Congress of
the United States be urged to take appropriate action by concurrent
resolution or resolutions, couched in no uncertain terms, that the United
States does not propose to yield any part of its Treaty rights, and be
RESOLVED that copies of these resolutions be sent to the Secre-
tary of State and to the appropriate Congressional Committees having
jurisdiction over Panama Canal affairs.
John J. Fitzpatrick, Secretary-Treas.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Resolution Adopted by the Panama Canal Society
of Northern California January 23, 1960
WHEREAS: The United States Government made very substantial con-
cessions to the Republic of Panama in the 1956 Treaty between the two
WHEREAS: On November 3, 1959 a mob of Panamanians started a riot
which endangered property of the United States Government and the lives
and property of United States citizens in the Republic of Panama and the
Canal Zone, and
WHEREAS: The Republic of Panama either would not or could not
control the mob, necessitating the use of Canal Zone Police and the United
States armed forces to do so, and
WHEREAS: The mob was apparently an organized attempt to coerce the
United States Government to make further concessions to the Republic of
WHEREAS: A further demonstration of mob violence occurred on
November 28, 1959, and
WHEREAS: It is obvious that any concessions secured from the United
States Government as a result of mob violence and mob demands are an
open invitation to further mob violence and additional demands, be it
RESOLVED: We believe that the United States Government should at
this time take a firm stand in its relations with the Republic of Panama,
that it should, of course, live up to the obligations of the 1956 Treaty,
but that it should make no further concessions, and be it further
RESOLVED: That we commend Governor William E. Potter of the Canal
Zone for the restraint he exercised in dealing with the November 3rd mob
and for the firmness and good judgment he demonstrated when it became
apparent that the only means of controlling the mob was by calling out
the armed forces of the United States, and be it further
RESOLVED: That copies of these resolutions be sent to the President
of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, the Secretary
of State of the United States, the Senators from the State of California
and the Members of the House of Representatives from Northern Califor-
nia and the Governor of the Canal Zone.
Enio Lindstrom Mabel L. Hutchings
President, Panama Canal Society Secretary-Treasurer, Panama Canal
of Northern California Society of Northern California
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Mrs. Julia C. Leach, widow of the late Raymond N. Leach, former
resident of the Canal Zone, died on February 18, 1960. Mrs. Leach is
survived by two sons, Leroy of San Jose, California, and Raymond N. of
Santa Clara, California, by five daughters, Miss Maurine Leach of Santa
Clara, Mrs. Lorna Childers of Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Pat Koenig of New York,
and Mrs. Mary Robertson and Mrs. Sheila Eggers of Cristobal, C.Z. She
is also survived by 17 grandchildren.
Mrs. Murray Falk died on March 8, 1960 at Fayetteville, North Car-
olina. Mrs. Falk passed away after the birth of a daughter, her second
child. Mrs. Falk is survived by her husband, Murray, of Fort Bragg, North
Carolina, two children, David and Saundra Lea. She is also survived by
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Colby of Diablo, C.Z. Interment was
in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Major Thomas E. Bruskotter, 39, head of R.O.T.C. in the Canal Zone
schools, died suddenly on Sunday, February 14, 1960. Major Bruskotter
arrived on the Isthmus on July 23, 1959 to take charge as Professor of
Military Science and Tactics of the Balboa and Cristobal High Schools
R.O.T.C. units. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen, a son, Thomas
E. Jr., and two daughters, Kathryn and Julia. He is also survived by his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Bruskotter of Ottawa, Ohio, four brothers
and two sisters.
Word has ben received of the death of Edward S. Strother of Shady
Cove, Oregon on February 2, 1960, following a long illness. No further
details were available.
Word has been received that Capt. A. E. Hovey, former Canal Zone
Towboat Captain, passed away, recently, at his home in North Anson,
Maine. There were no further details.
Mrs. Pauline G. Tucker, widow of Martin H. Tucker, died April 9,
1959 while visiting her daughter, Mrs. Lyle Womack of Los Angeles, Cal-
ifornia. Mrs. Tucker resided on the Isthmus from 1936 to 1945, while
Mr. Tucker managed the El Rancho and Atlas Gardens. In addition to
her daughter, Mrs. Tucker is survived by four grandchildren and seven
Mr. William W. Collier passed away on February 21, 1960 at Santa
Barbara, California. Mr. Collier made his home in Berkeley, California
and was visiting his son in Santa Barbara. Mr. and Mrs. Collier were
residents of the Canal Zone from 1910 to 1921. He is survived by his
wife, five children and a brother, George, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Chester P. Hall, retired employee of the Panama Canal's Electrical
Division, died at Gorgas Hospital where he had been a patient for a week.
He was 70 years old, and had been in ill health for some time.
Mr. Hall was born in Mukwonago, Wis. He came to the Canal Zone
in October, 1916, to work as a wireman with the Electrical Division. He
resigned in Sheptember 1918, to serve with the Army.
He returned to the Panama Canal service in April, 1919, as a cable-
splicer. His service was broken by several resignations, but was contin-
uous from March 1, 1938 until his retirement in November, 1951.
Mr. Hall was a widower. His wife, Mrs. Frances Hall, worked in the
Panama Canal telephone exchange for many years. He is survived by
a stepdaughter, Mrs. Bell Morse, of Panama.
Joseph G. Black, Sr., 68, a retired Panama Canal employee, died at
Mr. Black was born in Whiting, Ind., on July 22, 1891. He was first
employed by the Canal organization in 1918 as an armature winder in the
Balboa field office of the Electrical Division, where he remained for two
years. He returned to South Bend, Ind., in 1920 but was reemployed as
an armature winder in 1942. Since his retirement in April 1955, after
nearly 14 years' service, he has been living in Gorgona, R.P.
In his immediate family, he is survived by his wife, Cecilia.
Mrs. Florence Zidbeck Knapp, 50, former Canal Zone resident, died
in Brooklyn Heights, N. Y. She had been hospitalized since November.
Mrs. Knapp was born on the Isthmus where her father was employed
during the construction of the Canal. She left here in 1938 to reside in
Surviving in addition to her husband, George Knapp who was in
Europe on a business trip at the time of his wife's death, are her mother,
Mrs. G. Zidbeck and a sister, Mrs. Alice Korry of Seattle, Washington; a
brother, Norman Zidbeck of Long Island and another sister, Mrs. Julia
Maggiore of Gatun.
Mrs. Josepha McKeown, longtime resident of the Canal Zone died
March 9th at Gorgas Hospital after a long illness. She was 90 years old.
Mrs. McKeown was born in Colombia and was a naturalized citizen
of the United States. She came to the Isthmus during the early part of
the Canal construction period.
She is survived by three sons, Alexander, of Margarita, James, Arrai-
jan and Alberto, who is now living in St. Petersburg, Florida, and by two
daughters, Mrs. Emma A. Barlow, of Balboa, with whom she made her
home until she entered Gorgas Hospital, and Mrs. Elena Sasson, of Bar-
The death of Ronald Frankel, son of attorney Samuel T. Frankel and
Mrs. Frankel of Colon, was recorded at the Coco Solo Hospital March 20th.
The 18-year-old youth who was a graduate of last year's class at
Cristobal High School, had entered Southern Methodist University in
Dallas, Texas in the fall, but returned to the Isthmus several weeks ago
because of illness. He was a member of the fraternal Order of DeMolay.
Mrs. Ruth K. Chevalier, for many years a resident of the Canal Zone,
died March 20th at her home in Northport, Long Island, New York. She
was the wife of George Chevalier, a long-time Canal Zone employee who
retired about ten years ago.
Mrs. Chevalier was a member of the Balboa Union Church and of the
local D.A.R. Chapter in which she served two terms as Regent.
Surviving in addition to her husband, are a son, George Jr., who
resides in the States; and a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Stuhl, wife of the Rev.
Allen Stuhl, presently assigned to a parish in Colombia.
Mrs. Mary Joyce, widely-known resident of the Pacific side, died sud-
denly on March 7th at her home in Diablo Heights.
Mrs. Joyce was the wife of Albert J. Joyce, of the Electrical Division's
Balboa Field Office.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Joyce is survived by two sons and
She was active in affairs of St. Mary's Church, particularly in the
Catholic Daughters of America.
John F. Melant, 62, of 821 41st Ave. NE., St. Petersburg, died Sun-
day (March 6, 1960) in a St. Petersburg hospital.
Mr. Melant, who was born in Buffalo, N.Y., moved to this area 3
years ago from Atlanta. He was in the Accounting and Finance Depart-
ment of the U.S. Army in the Panama Canal Zone and later in Atlanta.
He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife, Victoria; a daughter, Mrs. Patricia Branham,
Orlando; a son, Victor C., Panama Canal Zone and four grandchildren.
Willis Woolems, a World War I veteran and retired employee of the
Panama Canal, died March 19, 1960 at Gorgas Hospital on his 63rd birth-
day, after a long illness.
Mr. Woolems, son of the late Ollie and Sallie Woolems of Pine Bluff,
Arkansas, was born March 12, 1897 at English, Indiana. He was a Canal
Zone employee for 19 years, working in the Mechanical Division and n
the Motor Transportation Division. He was retired in March 1959 as an
In his immediate family he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Doris Wool-
ems of Panama City; a son, Walter of Shelbyville, Illinois; three grand-
children, Walter, Jr., Margaret, and Gary Lee; one sister, Mrs. Ralph
Baroach of Battle Creek, Michigan.
Charles L. Latham, Sr., onetime U.S. consular officer and agent for
General Motors in Panama City, died in New York after a brief illness.
He was 79 years old.
Surviving him are his wife Emily, and two sons, Edward M., of New
York City and Charles L. Jr., of the Panama Canal Supply Division.
News has been received of the death Feb. 26 of Capt. John McKay,
retired employee of the Dredging Division.
Capt. McKay came to the Isthmus in 1906, a few years after work
was begun by the United States on the construction of the Panama Canal.
He held several jobs with the Isthmian Canal Commission and in 1914
joined the Mechanical Division. Shortly after, he was employed by the
Dredging Division where he held various positions until his retirement
in October 1933.
Capt. McKay made his home in Panama for many years following
his retirement and has been living in Puerto Rico for the past two years.
He is survived by his wife Juana, his son Joel McKay, who is now in the
United States; and a sister-in-law Mrs. Anna Carttrow, who also lives in
Col. Joseph F. Siler, Chief Health Officer for the Panama Canal from
1929 to 1934, died in Washington, D.C. He was 84 years old.
Col. Siler was head of what is now the Walter Reed Army Institute
of Research from 1934, when he left the Canal Zone, until his retirement
from active service in 1949. During his period at the Research Institute
he helped to find the present strain of typhoid vaccine.
He won the Distinguished Service Medal and was Kober lecturer at
Georgetown in 1939 for his typhoid work and at about the same time was
decorated by the Republic of Panama for his achievements in the field of
A native of Orion, Ala., he was a graduate of the University of Vir-
ginia Medical School. During World War I, he organized the division of
laboratories and infectious diseases for the American Expeditionary forces,
and later served the first of two terms as chief of the Army's preventive
He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Thomas R. Frazer, of Rome, Georgia.
Jacinto V. Diaz, retired employee of the Dredging Division died at
his home in Gamboa.
Mr. Diaz, who was 80 years old at the time of his death, was a native
son of Spain and a naturalized citizen of the United States. He was a
foreman with the Isthmian Canal Commission from 1909 until the end of
the construction period.
After the construction era, his service was broken. He worked for
a time as a track foreman with the Panama Railroad. Most of his service,
however, was with the Dredging Division.
He is survived by his wife, Juana, and a daughter, Mary.
Mrs. Morrison C. Stayer, whose husband, Maj. Gen. Stayer, was Chief
Health Officer for the Panama Canal from 1939 to 1944, died suddenly
January 18 at her home in Carlyle, Pa.
In a letter to friends, Stayer said that his wife had died of a heart
attack while sitting in a chair in the family living room.
Mrs. Stayer had lived in the Canal Zone during most of her husband's
tour of duty there.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, William.
William H. Aspden, 72, of 835 37th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, died
Saturday (February 20, 1960) at his home.
Mr. Aspden, who was born in Camden, N.J., moved to this area 10
years ago from Philadelphia. He was a retired foreman with the Panama
Canal Zone Co., in Panama. He was a member of the Panama Canal
Surviving are his wife, Edith Foster Aspden, and a daughter, Mrs.
Lois Mansberg, Meridian, Miss.
Thomas J. Breheney of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died Feb. 29, 1960.
Before his retirement in 1956, Mr. Breheney worked for many years
with the Dredging Division at Gamboa and was an active member of the
B. P. O. Elks.
He is survived by his wife, Marian, of Fort Lauderdale; a nephew,
William B. Allen, and a niece, Mrs. J. E. Steiner, both of the Canal Zone;
and three other nieces residing in the States, Mrs. C. F. Magee, Mrs. Frank
Pepe and Mrs. J. A. Slusher.
Word has been received of the death of William Charles Dewey, a
former Canal Zone employee, on January 14 at San Bernardino Hospital,
San Bernadino, Calif. Mr. Dewey, who was 85 years of age, was born
March 21, 1875 in Coral, Michigan.
His Panama Canal service began Feb. 16, 1917 in the Supply Division
as a Commissary foreman. He resigned April 11, 1918, but returned to
work in the Dredging Division on May 24, 1926. He left the Panama
Canal Service in 1938 to work as a doorman and bowling alley manager.
He was transferred to the Clubhouse, now the Service Center Branch,
where he worked until Jan. 22, 1943 when he resigned because of a physi-
Mr. Dewey is survived in his immediate family by his wife, Mrs. Lulu
M. Dewey; and by three daughters, Mrs. Roselma D. Dorrance and Miss
Wilma Jean Dewey, both of Glendale, Calif., and Mrs. Viola E. Ulin, of
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and of the Elks.
William Furgiston, retired employee of the former Mechanical Divi-
sion, died at Gorgas Hospital where he had been a patient since Jan. 19.
He was 70 years old.
Mr. Furgiston is survived by his wife, Leticia, and a daughter, of
Parque Lefevre in Panama.
He was born in Whitley County, Kentucky. During World War I he
was stationed in the Canal Zone as a Sergeant in the Army's Quarter-
master Corps. After his discharge from the Military service, he joined
the Canal organization as a helper in the Mechanical Division. The fol-
lowing year he was promoted to the position of rigger.
His service was broken on several occasions, and he held a number
George C. Horine, longtime employee of the former Commissary Divi-
sion, died February 24, 1960 in his sleep at Fullerton, Calif., where he
had lived since his retirement in 1950. He was 67 years old.
His service was continuous and was all in the ice' cream part of the
Division's operations. At the time of his retirement, in November, 1950,
he held the position of foreman in the Ice Cream Plant.
Mr. Horine was active in fraternal affairs during his long residence
here and was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks, Lodge 1542, at Margarita.
Several members of his family still live in the Canal Zone. They in-
clude a son, Lawrence E. Horine of Balboa; a daughter, Mrs. Emily
Brooks of Balboa; and a sister, Mrs. Ruth H. Egolf of Gamboa.
Also surviving are Mr. Horine's wife, Mrs. Esther Horine of Fuller-
ton; two other sons, Carlton L. of Brea, Calif., and Conrad S. of Anna-
heim, Calif.; another daughter, Mrs. Fern Dubal of Fort Huchuca, Ariz.;
a brother, John M. Horine of Warnersville, Pa., and 14 grandchildren.
Albert A. Doyle, retired Panama Canal employee, died in San Bruno,
Calif., where the Doyles had made their home since his retirement last July.
Mr. Doyle, a second generation Canal employee, was born in Wash-
ington, D.C., and came to the Isthmus in 1914. His father, A. P. E. Doyle,
was printer at the Panama Canal at Mount Hope.
After completing his apprenticeship at Mount Hope in 1926, Mr.
Doyle attended the monotype School in Philadelphia. He worked in Cali-
fornia until 1934, when he returned to the Isthmus as a clerk on the
Atlantic Locks. He was employed as a monotype operator at the Panama
Canal press in 1935 and was head of the monotype section from 1956 to
the time of his retirement in July 1959 after 30 years' service.
In his immediate family, he is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs.
Robert Hanson of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sons, Lee, of California and Jimmy,
who is with the US Army in Hawaii; and a brother, Paul, of California.
A niece, Mrs. Lawrence Brown, lives in Coco Solo.
Mr. Thomas M. Reynolds of Baltimore, Maryland, died on February
18th at the age of 86. Mr. Reynolds went to Panama in 1908 and retired
in 1935. He was a Mason and member of Abou Saad Temple. He is sur-
vived by two daughters, Mrs. William Wall of Baltimore and Miss Georgia
Reynolds of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Frank Miller, 78, former Canal employee from 1905 through 1912,
died on March 21, 1960 in Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida.
There are no known survivors.
Mrs. Leonora Mae Wilson passed away on Thursday, March 17, 1960,
in Tampa, Florida. Mrs. Wilson is survived by her husband, John D.
Wilson and two sisters, Mrs. Alivene Buell and Mrs. Ira H. Best of Tampa.
Mrs. Wilson is also survived by several nieces.
Mrs. Doris Schloming of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away on
March 9th at the age of 103 years. Mrs. Schloming was born in New York
but had made her home with her son and daughter-in-law for the past 32
years on the Canal Zone and in New Mexico. Besides her son and daugh-
ter, she is survived by four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Mr. Edwin L. Luce, 83, died on March 12, 1960 in St. Albans, Ver-
mont, where he made his home after the death of his wife, Mary, in 1952.
Mr. Luce retired in 1938 after a long continuous service in the Canal Com-
missary Division. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ina Luce Hoy of
St. Albans and a sister Winona of Waterville, Quebec, Canada, and also
by a brother, Roy, of Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Mrs. Florence H. Gordon of Sayville, New York, passed away on
March 24th after a lingering illness. Mrs. Gordon is survived by a daugh-
ter, Mrs. Maude A. Kilcourse of Sayville and a son, William Gordon of
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Carolina Amador Pacheco, a niece of Dr. Manuel Amador
Guerrero, the First President of Panama.
Mrs. Pacheco, who was 85, died at her home on 50th Street, Bella
Vista. Burial took place in the Amador Cemetery.
She is survived by her children, Gaspar, Titita, Maria (the wife
of Francis Fitzpatrick) and Aida (the wife of Maj. Gen. Robert Taylor)
and several grandchildren.
Mrs. Emma Cotton, wife of George T. Cotton, a retired Panama
Canal employee, died at Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Cotton was born in New York 79 years ago. She and her
husband have made their home with her stepson and daughter-in-law,
Balboa Postmaster and Mrs. A. T. Cotton of Diablo.
Her husband was first employed in the Canal Zone on October
17, 1923. He was retired March 31, 1942, as a meat cutter with the
They returned in November 1958 to the Canal Zone to make their
Hugo Schenkenberger of Panama City, an employee of the Pan-
ama Canal Motor Transportation Division, died at Gorgas Hospital
where he had been a patient since Feburaury 5. He was 58 years old.
Mr. Schenkenberger was born in Scotland, South Dakota. He came
to the Isthmus February 24, 1941 and worked as a machinist with the
Municipal Engineers. In 1952 he was transferred to the Maintenance
Division, and in 1954 to the Motor Transportation Division, where he
was employed at the time of his death.
In his immediate family he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Filomena
F. Schenkenberger of Panama; a son and a daughter who are in the
United States and a sister, Mrs. Clara Stark of Lodi, California.
Louis C. Maurer, former inspector with what is now the Panama
Canal's Engineering Division, died at Gorgas Hospital where he had
been a patient. He was 90 years old.
Mr. Maurer was born in New York City. He came to the Isthmus
in February, 1914, just a few months before the Panama Canal was
opened to world commerce.
His first position was as a construction inspector. When the per-
manent Canal organization was established three months after his arri-
val, he was transferred to the Department of Operation and Mainten-
ance in the same capacity. He was later assigned to the Office Engineers.
In 1921 he left the Canal organization, but returned 10 years later
when the work was under way on Madden Dam, where he again became
a construction inspector. At the time of his retirement in March 1939,
he was assigned to the Office Engineers.
Mr. Maurer is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie Maurer, with
whom he made his home in Gamboa. Also surviving are two daughters,
Mrs. Roger Williams, of Balboa, and Mrs. John Charles D. Young, of
Anthony W. Piaia, aged 40, Curundu welfare and recreation direc-
tor since 1949, died at University of California Medical Center, Los
Angeles, California on March 25, 1960. Mr. Piaia, who suffered from
Hodgkins Disease for more than a year, went to the Medical Center
two weeks before.
He came to the Canal Zone in 1940 to accept a position as avia-
tion mechanic with the Panama Air Depot and upon deactivation of
that agency, he accepted the Curundu recreation position. He was ac-
tive in developing the Canal Zone Little League system and coached a
champion team at Curundu. He was outstandingly efficient in provid-
ing recreation programs and experienced adult leadership for the
youngsters of the Army-Air Force housing installation.
He is survived by his widow and four children: Bernard, 15;
Francis, 10; Mary Ann, 7; and Grace Marie, 5 months.
Mrs. Magdalena Zimmerman, 91 years of age, who had been ill
for some time, died Tuesday, March 29th, 1960. She had resided with
her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Merchant of
Mrs. Zimmerman was born in Texas.
In her immediate family she is survived by her daughter, Mrs.
William C. Merchant of Ancon; two sons, Harry Zimmerman of Dallas,
Texas; and Fred Zimmerman of Waco, Texas; and by one grandson,
Harry Zimmerman, Jr., of Dallas.
Lt. Col. Robert H. Whitus, formerly officer in charge of Curundu,
died at his home in El Paso, Texas.
Col Whitus came to the 20th Infantry in 1952 and in November of
that year he was assigned as officer in charge of Curundu. He served in
that capacity until 1953, when Curundu was made a separate post, and
then was made the post deputy commander.
In February of 1955, when Curundu became a part of Fort Clayton,
Col. Whitus was assigned as executive officer of Fort Clayton. In June
of 1955, he went to First Army Headquarters and then on to Korea for
his second tour there. He returned to the States last month for the retire-
ment after 30 years' service.
Active in sports, the colonel set up the organization which built the
swimming pools on the military installations of the Canal Zone.
Carl G. Breitenbach of San Diego, Calif., who retired last September
as general foreman in the Navigation Division, after more than 12 years'
Panama Canal service, died suddenly March 17 at his San Diego home.
Mr. Breitenbach, a native of Utica, N.Y., served 30 years in the United
States Navy before he joined the Canal organization, and was with the
Navy during both the first and second World Wars.
He was employed by the Canal in 1947 as an engineering aid in the
Marine Bureau. The following year he was promoted to dock foreman in
Cristobal and from 1955 until his retirement held the position of general
dock foreman on the Cristobal docks.
In his immediate family he is survived by his wife, and by two sons.
Donald R. Scheltmeyer, employee of the U.S. Army Caribbean Engin-
eer Section, died suddenly while on emergency leave in the United States.
Mr. Scheltmeyer, 44, made his home at Gulick Heights with his wife,
A heavy equipment operator with the Engineer Office on the Atlantic
side, Mr. Scheltmeyer came to the Isthmus in 1942 to work on the Trans-
Isthmian Highway, and then went to Turkey on a road building project.
From 1945 to 1949 Mr. Scheltmeyer was engaged in highway and airport
work with the Department of Public Roads in Panama. Since 1951 he had
been associated with the Army Engineers hern
He was a member of Seibert Masonic Lodge, Gatun.
Mrs. Maybelle Hart Bliss, 78, one of the pioneer women residents
of the Canal Zone, died at Coco Solo Hospital where she had been a patient
since February 24. Mrs. Bliss was the widow of Gerald D. Bliss Sr., post-
master at Cristobal for many years.
Born in Sherman, New York, Mrs. Bliss came to the Canal Zone in
April 1906, one of the first half dozen American women to join their hus-
bands here. She made her home in the Canal Zone continuously until
1934 when Mr. Bliss retired and they moved to Miami.
When Mr. Bliss died in 1957 his widow returned to the Canal Zone
and since that time had made her home with two of her daughters, Mrs.
B. Donald Humphrey of Coco Solo, and Mrs. George A. Walker of Cocoli.
In addition to her two daughters in the Canal Zone she is survived
by two other daughters, Mrs. John F. Field of San Fernando, California,
and Mrs. J. O. Barnes of Ridgely, West Virginia; and by two sons, Gerald
Bliss, Jr., of Campbell, California, and Curtis H. Bliss of Au Gallie,
Florida; and by ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Also
surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Louise Phear of Sherman, N. Y., and Mrs.
Lillian Brown of Three Oaks, Michigan.
Mrs. Ann Page Butler, 1115 28th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, died Mon-
day (April 18, 1960) in a St. Petersburg hospital.
For 12 years she worked as chief clerk at the France Field Air Base,
Panama Canal Zone, and was a member of the Panama Canal Zone Society.
Born in New York City she moved here 10 years ago from the Pan-
ama Canal Zone.
She is survived by her husband, William H.; a sister, Mrs. Theresa
P. Smith, St. Petersburg, and 3 brothers, Joseph Pape, San Francisco,
James Pape, Albany, N.Y., and Frank Pape, Ridgefield, N.J.
William James Ashton, member of a well-known Canal Zone family,
died suddenly at his home in Pittsburgh, Penn. He was 54 years old.
He was born in Canada but grew up in the Canal Zone and attended
the Canal Zone schools. He then went into construction work in the United
States. In 1940 and 1941 he returned to the Canal Zone to work on the
construction of the Miraflores Bridge. Since 1941 he has been on con-
struction projects in various parts of the United States.
In addition to his wife and two daughters, in Pittsburgh, he is sur-
vived by four brothers in the United States and a sister, Mrs. T. J. Ebdon,
of San Antonio, Texas; two other sisters, Mrs. E. J. Sullivan, of Gamboa,
and Mrs. K. M. Edwards, of Balboa; and by two nephews, T. J. Ebdon,
of Balboa, and Fred Ebdon of Margarita.
William A. Walsh, 62, died on April 8, 1960, in Waltham, Mass.
Mr. Walsh was an employee in the Claims Bureau of the Accounting De-
partment from 1918 to 1921 and again from 1923 to 1927. For several
years previous to his death, he was Deputy Collector of Customs for Bos-
ton, Mass. area. Mr. Walsh is survived by his wife and a daughter.
Harry Klumpp, retired employee of the Dredging Division died sud-
denly while visiting friends in Balboa.
Mr. Klumpp, who was born on November 1, 1884 in Sauk, Wis.,
came to the Isthmus in July 1913. He worked as a marine engineer with
the Panama Canal Dredging Division until September 20, 1918 when he
resigned his Canal position to serve during World War I as a Naval offi-
cer in the Transportation Service. His Canal career was divided between
the Dredging Division and the Marine Division. When he retired, on
November 30, 1946, he held the position of Chief Engineer with the
He was active in fraternal affairs as a Shriner, Mason, and an Elk.
Last year he was made a life member of the American Bowling Congress
and is believed to be the first Zonian to receive this honor.
Mr. Klumpp lived with his daughter, Mrs. J. A. Barbour, in Balboa.
He is also survived by a son, Charles R. Klumpp of Gatun, an employs
of the Gatun locks; and by two granddaughters and two grandsons.
John O. Collins, one of the most colorful figures ever to live in the
Canal Zone, died at Gorgas Hospital following a long illness. He was
born 81 years ago in Alleghany, New York.
Most people who have known John Collins during his 52 years of
residence on the Isthmus think of him as an attorney since, from Novem-
ber 1922 until his retirement February 28, 1941, he was Counsel in the
Office of the Superintendent of the Panama Railroad.
When he came to the Canal Zone in 1908, however, he was employed
as Assistant to the Secretary in the Chief Engineer's Office, later headed
the Canal's Personnel Bureau, and from 1916 to 1922, was Chief of the
former Bureau of Statistics.
As Counsel for the former Panama Railroad Company, he handled
many important company cases. Following retirement he went into pri-
vate practice and one of his first cases was as defense attorney for the
officers of the sabotaged Italian liner Conte Biancamano in Cristobal at
the beginning of World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Winnie, two sons, Alfredo, who owns a
coffee finca in Lerida near Boquete, and Winter, of Panama City; also
Spencer B. Smith, acting signal supervisor for the Panama Railroad,
died suddenly of an apparent heart attack at his desk in the Railroad Signal
Station office just north of Pedro Miguel. He was 37 years old.
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mr. Smith came to the Canal Zone
in June 1941 and was employed as a clerk in the Municipal Engineering
Division. He was transferred to the Electrical Division in 1943 and since
1945 has been with the Railroad Division. He was a veteran of World
He is survived by his wife Mrs. Nellree B. Smith, who is employed
as Supervisory Clerical Assistant in the Balboa Field Office of the Elec-
He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Smith, of
Miami, Florida, former residents of the Isthmus. They had lived in Gatun
for 30 years prior to Mr. Smith's retirement from the Locks Division in
Fred C. Perkins died on March 22, 1960 at his home, 130 North
Highland Ave., Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. Mr. Perkins was a civil en-
gineer and went to Panama in the very early days. He served with the
Isthmian Canal Commission, being attached to the Third Division of the
Chief Engineers office. One of his outstanding assignments was the field
survey for determining the boundaries and contours of Gatun Lake. Mr.
Perkins is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jane Perkins (nee Dunlop) who
was a school teacher at Culebra. It was here that the couple met and mar-
ried during the early construction days. They were well known among
the early Canal builders.
Mrs. Viola Mathews, 64, of Pompano Beach, Florida, died on March
14, 1960. Mrs. Mathews, a former resident of the Canal Zone, was a
Christian Science practitioner in the Pompano Beach area. She is sur-
vived by two sisters, Mrs. Orin V. Boop of Wallingford, Pennsylvania,
and Mrs. Harold T. Sammons of Sorento, Florida, and by one brother,
Mr. Walter Brown, Jr., of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Caleb Mills Saville, manager and chief engineer of the Metropolitan
District Water Commission of Hartford, Connecticut from 1912 until his
his retirement in 1928, died February 14, 1960 at the Heublein Hotel,
where he lived. He was 94 years old.
Mr. Saville was Division engineer, Third Division of the Chief En-
gineer's office, Isthmian Canal Commission from 1907 to 1912. He had
charge of the investigations of the foundations and the stability of the
Gatun Dam which impounds the waters of the Chagres River and forms
Gatun Lake. The Third Division included the sections of meteorology,
hydrology and topography. In 1914 the American Society of Civil En-
gineers awarded him the Norman Medal for a paper on the Hydrology
of the Panama Canal.
He was a member of the Royal Meteorological Society of England,
the Institute of Water Engineers of England and the American Geophys-
He is survived by a son, Dr. Thorndike Saville, retired Dean of the
College of Engineering, New York University, now residing in Gainesville,
Mrs. Stella Price, 74, former employee of the Canal Zone Accounting
Department, died, recently, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Mrs. Price is
survived by two daughters, Mrs. J. C. Kykstra of Chapel Hill, North Car-
olina, and another daughter, Margarite; also by one son, William Price
of 7902 Takoma Ave., Silver Spring, Maryland.
Word has been received of the passing of John L. Crawford, 64,
who spent 12 years as an employee of the Canal Zone. Mr. Crawford is
survived by his wife Mrs. Iva Fiedler Crawford, a daughter, Jean, and
also by three sisters.
Dudley Sloan Hill, 79, died, recently, in Wilkesboro, North Caro-
lina. Mr. Hill at one time operated an advertising business in Panama.
Mr. Hill was also a former actor and played in silent movies. He served
as a Lieutenant in the Ambulance Corps during World War I.
John L. Gormley, 70, died, recently, on the Canal Zone. Mr. Gormley
was a retired Army Master Sergeant with more than thirty years service,
much of it with the Coast Artillery in the Canal Zone. Sergeant Gormley
is survived by his wife, Mary E. Gormley, and a son Jack with whom he
made his home in Curundu, C.Z.
Mrs. Myra Falk of Bronxville, New York died on April 1, 1960.
Mrs. Falk was a former Canal Zone resident and is survived by two daugh-
ters, Mrs. Grace Schmidt of Woodhaven, Long Island, N.Y. and Mrs. C.
T. Feddeman, and a son, Capt. Henry E. Falk of St. Petersburg Florida.
Miss Esther Flynn, for some years a nurse on the Canal Zone, died
April 14, 1960 in Long Beach, California. After leaving the Canal Zone,
Miss Flynn worked in the U.S. Indian Service until her retirement.
Miss Mary Laughlin, former Canal Zone nurse, died, recently, in
Saint Zitas Villa in Monsey, New York. No further details were available.
Allen Wight, 71, a Dallas, Texas attorney, died on April 25th in a
Dallas hospital. Mr. Wight was on the Zone for about two years in 1911
and 1912. He is survived by two brothers in Austin, Texas, and two
sisters in Dallas, Texas
Charles Clinton Cameron, 83, of 1809 McNab Ave., Long Beach, Cali-
fornia, died on May 28, 1960. Mr. Cameron was a long time resident of
the Canal Zone. He was a Spanish American War veteran. Surviving him
are his wife, Florence H., and a daughter, Mrs. Ernest Ross. He is also
survived by two brothers and a sister.
Mrs. Lawrence Brain of Clearwater, Florida, died on May 5, 1960
at her home following a long illness. No further details were available.
Mr. Roy C. Dwelle of Caracas, Venezuela, died suddenly while play-
ing golf in Caracas, on Saturday, April 30, 1960. Mr. Dwelle was Sales
Manager of Compania Anonima Venezolana De Tobaco in Venezuela,
He is survived by his wife, Mary K. Fox Dwelle, four sons, William Roy,
12; Robert Edward, 10; Alan Chester, 7, and James Atwater, 21/2 months.
He is also survived by his father Mr. R. L. Dwelle of Balboa, C.Z. and two
brothers, Mr. Robert L. Dwelle of Caracas, Venezuela, and Dr. Edward
D. Dwelle of Alice, Texas. (See cut)
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mrs. William
E. Russell, who passed away May 4th at Bronxville, New York.
Mrs. Russell was the wife of William E. Russell, an Old Timer, who
for many years has been, and still is, a member of the Board of Governors
of the New York Society of The Panama Canal.
Mrs. Russell has been President of the Auxiliary of the New York
Society for the past 32 years since its inception, and the May 7th meeting
would have been their 32nd anniversary.
Mrs. Russell was employed as a nurse on the Canal in the early days,
and it was there that she met Mr. Russell who worked in General Goethals
office. He is a brother of Stacey and Minnie Russell, who were also well
known on the Isthmus. Mr. and Mrs. Russell would have celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary in June. Mrs. Russell is survived by her hus-
band and her son, William E. Russell, Jr. and by two grandchildren.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida extends its sincerest sympathy
to Mr. Russell, the members of the New York Society and the Auxiliary.
Mrs. Mary Morris, one of the best known of the Canal Zone's old
timers, died at Gorgas Hospital after a long illness. She was 83 years old.
Mrs. Morris was the widow of Alfred F. Morris, who was general
manager and chief of the real estate section of the Panama Railroad at
the time of his death about 20 years ago. She was also the sister of the
late John O. Collins, former Panama Railroad counsel, who died earlier
She is also survived by two nephews on the Isthmus, John Winter
Davis Collins, Panama City businessman, and Alfredo Morris Collins of
Boquete. There are also several nieces and nephews in the States.
Since her husband's death, Mrs. Morris had lived in the Tivoli Guest
Mrs. Charles G. Holle, whose husband held the No. 2 position in the
Panama Canal organization in 1948 and 1949, died in San Diego, Calif.
Mrs. Holle had lived in the Canal Zone during her husband's tour of
duty as Engineer of Maintenance in 1948 and 1949.
After their departure from the Canal Zone, the Holles lived in New
Orleans and Atlanta and had made their home in Washington for sev-
Mrs. Holle is survived by her husband and by twin sons, Kendrick
Capt. William H. Casswell, who retired as Chief of the Canal Zone
Fire Division in September 1958 after over 34 years' Company-Govern-
ment service, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Long Island,
N.Y., according to word received here.
Born in Chicago, he came to the Canal Zone as a Staff Sergeant in
the 25th Bombardment Group at France Field. He joined the Canal Zone
Fire Division in 1924.
Captain and Mrs. Casswell left the Isthmus September 27, 1958 for
Long Island, N. Y.
In his immediate family, he is survived by his wife; one son, William
Casswell, Jr.; one daughter, Mrs. Patricia Casswell Stuller, of Westbury,
N. Y.; and by two grandchildren.
Mrs. Georgia B. Hayes, 75, 1225- 28th Street No., St. Petersburg,
died Tuesday, May 10, 1960 in a St. Petersburg hospital.
Mrs. Hayes who was born in Paulding, Ohio, moved to St. Petersburg
12 years ago from Largo. She was a charter and life member of the
Orchid Chapter, OES, Cristobal, Canal Zone, and the local Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
She is survived by her husband, Frank C.; 2 daughters, Mrs. Milford
Franks, Bozeman, Montana, and Mrs. John D. Phillips, Fairfield, Conn.;
6 grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Helen Cobourn, Philadelphia, Pa.
News has been received of the sudden death ofl Virgil G. Camby of
Balboa, Canal Zone, on May 10, 1960. Mrs. Marie Calloway Kuhn left
St. Petersburg immediately to be with her daughter, Mrs. Camby.
Mr. Camby was a Navy Veteran and a member of the Canal Zone
Police Dept. He is survived by his wife, Selma, one son, Virgil, Jr., twin
daughters, Marilyn and Carolyn, and also by his mother, Mrs. Lily Camby
of Wichita, Kansas, a sister, Mrs. Opal Mix of Wichita, and a brother,
When death draws down the curtain of the night
and those we love in his deep darkness hides,
We can but wait the coming of the light
and bless the memory that still abides.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
Covering the period from January 26th through April 9th
PICNICS ARE FOREMOST FOR THE COMING MONTHS They
will be held at the following Parks: (1960 Year Book, page 8)
May 9, 1960, Lowry Park -- Noon
June 13, 1960, Hillsboro Park Noon
July 11, 1960, Lake Maggiore Noon
*August 8, 1960, Lowry Park- Noon
September 12, 1960, Lake Maggiore -Noon
*October 10, 1960, Lake Maggiore -- Noon
(*) Indicates BUSINESS MEETING.
We are all looking forward to visiting with you folks this summer,
so try and be in and around this section at picnic time. Now that we have
only two business meetings during the summer there will be plenty of
time for real visits at the picnics.
DUES TIME AGAIN FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SENT
THEIRS IN This year the card is GREEN with dark green lettering
- DO YOU HAVE THAT COLOR? Well, you really should have and
you will if you send me your dues for 1960.
You will receive the JUNE RECORD read it carefully so that
you don't miss one bit of news then sit down and send in your dues
so that you will receive the September Record.
We have had many sick members, but as a whole most are on the
way to recovery, and we are hoping and praying that the others will soon
be up and around again.
I am greatly disturbed that as of today we have 14 members who
have not sent in their BLOOD BANK dues. I sincerely hope that there
is no cause for blood to be needed because it would be a great disappoint-
ment for them to find that they would not be eligible since their dues
are not paid this also means that both Society and Blood Bank dues
must be paid to receive benefits in the Blood Bank.
To those who wish to join the Blood Bank, and are residents of
Florida, a period of three months is required from the time of becoming
a member of the Blood Bank before any benefit can be obtained. At pres-
ent we have 512 members.
So far 1422 have paid their 1960 dues, 33 for 1961, 7 for 1962, and
2 for 1963.
MEMBERS FROM PANAMA AND THE CANAL ZONE please
add 45 cents to your Canal Zone checks as the bank charge is that amount.
Other checks should have 10 cents added for the bank charge on United
States banks. Many checks have come in without any bank charge of
10 cents or 45 cents.
The Judds are leaving on Wednesday the 13th of April for a short
trip to Texas to see the grandson, and of course his parents. Lynn will
be six months old, and from all accounts if we don't get over there soon
he will be walking, and of course that would be terrible to miss his cute
Happy birthdays and anniversaries to all those whose days fall be-
tween June and September Records.
Have a nice summer and we will write you again in September.
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
Tourist Center St. Petersburg, Fla. February 8, 1960
The meeting was called to order at 2:20 p.m. by President Keith
Kelley. Chaplain Fred Hunsiker delivered the invocation.
The report of the Recording Secretary for the meeting of January
12, 1960, was read and there being no corrections or additions noted, it
was approved as read.
The following officers were present:
President ----- Mr. Keith Kelley
Secretary-Treasurer ---------Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary --- Mrs. Lyla M. Esler
Thirty-six new members were reported to have been taken into the
Society, making a total of 1,823 members.
A copy of the resolution regarding the current anti-American demon-
strations in Panama, (drafted by the committee composed of Judge E.
I. P. Tatleman, Mr. Paul Warner, Mr. A. J. Scott and Capt. Guy Johannes
which was read by Judge Tatleman at the January 12 meeting) was made
up in final form and mailed to Senators and other pertinent officials.
Two replies have already been received and it is felt that we may have
been instrumental in helping the cause.
Visitors at the meeting were introduced as follows:
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Levy, Hendersonville, N.C.; Mrs. Joseph Husta, Egg
Harbor, N.J.; Capt. and Mrs. A. B. Forsstrom, Cranston, R.I.; Mr. T. H.
Forsstrom, Largo; Mr. Paul Warner and Mr. Archie Scott, Bradenton;
Mr. and Mrs. Denis E. Mullane, Pasadena, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Carl P.
Hoffman, Rochester, N.Y.; Mr. Dwight Van Evera, St. Petersburg; Mr.
and Mrs. Doyle Snyder, St. Petersburg and Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Younkin,
President Kelley introduced Mr. Charles Cates, Public Relations
Officer with NARCE who read a letter covering legislative matters and
reported that favorable action was foreseen on various bills including
S. 2575 which provides for retirees health insurance.
President Kelley then read a condensed version of the speech which
Mr. Arthur J. Wynne presented before the Congressional Sub-committee
on January 20th (supported by the signatures of 3,087 employees). Mr.
Wynne said that while he sat waiting to be called to deliver his speech,
he wondered whether his first words would come out soprano, tenor,
cracked bass, or perhaps no sound at all. However, much to his relief
his voice sounded normal and as he read on he gradually realized that
everyone must be interested as there was no sound, other than his voice
-no shifting of chairs, no rustling of papers, no clearing of throats. The
committee appeared to be completely absorbed in his reading. President
Kelley then suggested that a resolution be made to send Mr. Wynne a
letter of thanks for the good job he did as Chairman of the Canal Zone
Committee for U.S. Retention of the Panama Canal. Mr. Paul Warner
then made the motion, duly seconded by Mr. Bud Esler and so carried.
Illnesses of members reported as follows:
Mrs. Chas. Persons; Mrs. Bertha McIntyre; Mrs. Fred W. Spriegel; Mr.
Leon E. Deadaux; Mr. Thomas Breheney; Mr. Thomas Williams, Mr.
Chester P. Hall; Mrs. Keith Kelley; Mrs. John D. Wilson; Mrs. Ann
Butler; Mr. Homer McCarty; Mrs. Gus Matheney; Mrs. Mary McDonald;
Mr. M. A. Smith.
Mr. Otto Marstrand; Mr. John B. Corliss, Sr.; Mr. Wm. Compton; Mr.
Al Geddes; Mr. Michael Leech; Mrs. M. C. Stayer; Mr. Foster N. Miles;
Mr. Roger J. Sigl; Capt. and Mrs. F. W. Forrest; Mr. Bert Holmes; Mr.
Thomas F. Sullivan.
Mrs. J. W. Stoudnor gave her report on the 28th Annual Reunion
of the Panama Canal Society held at the Soreno Hotel on January 12th
and 13th. Over 700 people attended and 262 picked up their reservations
and attended the luncheon.
Mr. Paul Warner suggested that we could perhaps encourage more
members to attend the luncheon if they knew that the charge of $2.75
per person for the luncheon was not for the food alone but helped main-
tain the many services furnished by the hotel covering the 2 day period.
Mrs. Judd then explained that the Society formerly paid $60.00 for use
of the hotel alone, besides other charges, but that since so many now at-
tend the luncheon, the hotel no longer makes this charge, therefore, the
$2.75 is not as exorbitant as it might seem.
President Kelley thanked Mrs. Etta Conkerton for being so helpful
in making name cards for the members. She has sold 152 cards to date.
The President then brought up some ideas he has in mind in the form
of entertainment and amusement for the summer meetings.
Mr. Denis Mullane of California arose and advised the members that
Florida has it all over California during the winter months weatherwise.
Pictures taken at the reunion were for sale before and after the
Motion to adjourn was made by Mr. Bud Esler, seconded by Mr.
Fred Hunsicker and carried, the adjournment taking place at 3:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by:
Lyla M. Esler, Recording Secretary
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
Tourist Center St. Petersburg, Florida March 14, 1960
The meeting was called to order at 2:25 p.m. by President Keith
Kelley. The invocation was delivered by Chaplain Fred Hunsicker.
The report of the Recording Secretary for the meeting of February
8, 1960, was read and there being no corrections or additions noted, it
was approved as read.
The following officers were present:
President -- Mr. Keith Kelley
Vice President Mr. Frank Hohmann
Secretary-Treasurer .....-. Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary .-------Mrs. Lyla M. Esler
Five new members were reported to have been taken into the Society,
making a total of 1,828 members.
Members who have recently retired and are now residing in this
vicinity, attending the meeting for the first time were: Miss Helen King
and Mr. and Mrs. Roland Jones.
Visitors at the meeting were introduced as follows:
Mr. Archie Burn, Ocean Gate, New Jersey; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hoffman,
Rochester, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hagelgans, Baltimore, Md.; Mr.
C. A. Monsanto, Iowa City, Ia.; Mr. Donald J. Hendrick, Guilford, Conn.
The Chairman of the Legislative Committee, Mr. W. J. Bartlett, re-
ported that on February 2, 1960, a resolution adopted by the House of
Representatives, says that Panama's flag should not fly over the Canal
Zone unless special permission is given by a new treaty. The resolution
was approved by 380 to 12. Mr. Bartlett said he was glad to report that
Representative Wm. C. Cramer voted for the resolution. A clipping taken
from the St. Petersburg Times was read which states that while Adlai
Stevenson was in Panama he said that he saw no objection to flying the
Panama Flag alongside the Stars and Stripes in the Canal Zone as evidence
of Panama's "titular sovereignty" over that U.S. controlled territory.
Mr. Bartlett stated that widows of former Civil Service employees
who died prior to Feb. 29, 1948, who have failed to apply for their pen-
sions may still do so under a recent law. A prompt and favorable report
is anticipated on S-2572 which provides for retiree's health insurance.
Mr. Bartlett also reported that the 10% temporary annuity increase ap-
proved in 1958 has a very good chance of being made permanent as it has
been included in the President's 1961 Budget Message to Congress, how-
ever it is very important to keep on writing your Representatives. Mr.
Bartlett stated that the death of Senator Neuberger, author of the Retire-
ment Health Insurance Bill S-2575, is a great loss.
President Kelley then requested that one minute of Silent Prayer
be observed in reverence to the memory of Senator Neuberger.
Mrs. Judd reported on many letters received in response to the Reso-
lution mailed out by the Society, among which was one from the Dept.
of State in reply to ours to the President; one from Daniel J. Flood and
one written personally by Vice-President Nixon which was read to the
Members. The Society is greatly impressed by the manner in which our
Resolution was received and promptly replied to.
Many of the other State Societies have written that they have made
and adopted a resolution concurring with our stand in regard to the United
States and Panamanian flag issue.
Letters from members in various parts of the States were read by
Mrs. Judd including a letter of thanks from Arthur J. Wynne from the
Canal Zone dated Feb. 14, 1960, and one from Mrs. Eleanor D. Burnham
thanking her for back issues of The Record which are to be added to the
Canal Zone Library along with future issues.
Miss Jessie Murdock has returned from a short trip to Canada and
is now making her home at the William and Mary Nursing Hotel at 811
Jackson Street North, St. Petersburg 5, Florida.
Illnesses of Members were reported as follows:
Mr. Macon Turner; Mrs. Maude Kelley; Mrs. Beatrice Morgan; Mrs.
Mary MacDonald; Mrs. Anna Weston; Mrs. Jessie Matheney; Mrs. Eunice
Rose; Mrs. Emma Brain; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Butler; Mr. John T. Wohl-
farth; Mr. Harry Granberry.
Mr. George C. Horine; Miss Mary Laughlin; Mr. Caleb M. Seville; Mr.
Al Doyle; Mr. Wm. H. Aspden; Mr. Wm. C. Collier; Mr. Jos. G. Black,
Sr.; Mr. Thomas M. Reynolds; Mrs. Murray Falk nee Colby; Mrs. Mary
Joyce; Mr. Thomas Breheney; Mrs. Pauline G. Tucker; Mrs. Julia C.
Leach; Mrs. John Wilson; Mr. Chester P. Hall.
Mr. Hohmann gave a talk on the benefits of the A.A.R.P. (retirement
association). Members may buy medicine prescriptions at 25% off. Mem-
bership is $2.00 for husband and wife. Insurance is also available.
Mrs. Judd stated that she had made reservations at the Soreno Hotel
for the 1961 reunion on January 9th and 10th which fall on Monday and
Tuesday, these being the only dates available at this time.
President Kelley requested that a letter of condolence be sent to
Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Colby (parents of Mrs. Murray Falk) and to Capt.
and Mrs. Henry Falk.
Mrs. Judd suggested that the $14.00 profit she derived from the sale
of 10 books entitled "South to Panama" written by Mrs. Amy McCormack
be donated to the American Legion Crippled Children's Home. Motion
was made and carried.
President Kelley talked about the tentative plans he has in mind for
the summer meetings. He appointed a "Telephone-Network" Committee
with Mrs. Corrine Feeney and Mrs. Chas Conkerton as Chairmen. They
in turn will form their committees of Captains, Lieutenants and Sergeants
to call all members so as to put them on notice of any ensuing plans.
Any members who are interested in financial investments contact
Mr. Francis F. Hargy, who has offered to act as liaison man and give
Motion to adjourn was made, seconded and carried, the adjourn-
ment taking place at 3:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by:
Lyla M. Esler, Recording Secretary
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
Tourist Center St. Petersburg, Florida April 11, 1960
The meeting was called to order at 2:12 p.m. by President Keith
Kelley. Chaplain Fred Hunsicker delivered the invocation.
The following officers were present:
President -... ----- Mr. Keith Kelley
Vice President -- Mr. Frank Hohmann
Secretary-Treasurer ----Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary ..- ---- Mrs. Lyla M. Esler
The number of members as of March 1, 1960 were 1,828. Seventeen
(17) new members were taken in making the membership total 1,845 on
April 1, 1960.
The report of the Recording Secretary for the meeting of March 14,
1960, was read and there being no corrections or additions noted, it was
approved as read.
Visitors at the meeting were introduced as follows: Mr. and Mrs.
Chet Houseknecht, Dunedin; Mr. Ray Shuey, Tampa; Mr. and Mrs. Carl
Hoffman, Rochester, N.Y.
Mrs. Judd suggested that she be permitted to read her letters and
other items of interest to the membership at this time since many of the
members had to leave early and therefore missed hearing it all. President
Kelley agreed so Mrs. Judd continued with a long list of "Thank You"
notes and many letters from members including ones from Mr. M. H.
Thatcher, Mrs. Frances Dorn, Mrs. Alice Perkins, Mr. Pat and "Sweet
Alice" Coakley and Mrs. Joan (Ridge) Cartotto enclosing an excellent
picture of her father, Jack Ridge, and telling of his success as a Thespian
in a play recently produced by the Little Theatre in Ancon.
Mrs. Mazelia Wiliams who has been here for the winter is leaving
soon for her home in Belleville, N.Y. and Mr. and Mrs. George Gruin
will go back to Wisconsin soon.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hoffman recently celebrated both their 76th
birthdays with a group of friends at the Municipal Pier where Mr. Hoff-
man also appeared on TV and stated they would be celebrating their 50th
Wedding Anniversary on June 30th.
Capt. and Mrs. Ben Judd left April 13 for Houston, Texas to see
their new grandchild and visit son Roy and family. They will return
early in May.
Illnesses of members were reported as follows: Mrs. Marie Kuhn;
Mrs. Blanche Shaw; Mr. Tom Jordan; Mr. H. O. Cranberry; Mr. Percy
Snow; Col. Dan Wright; Judge E. I. P. Tatelman; Mrs. Alex McGeachey;
Mr. W. R. Hicks; Mrs. Bertha McIntyre; Mrs. Ann Butler and Mr.
The members were happy to see at the meetings our Past-President
Macon Turner who was recently released from St. Anthony's Hospital
Deaths: Mr. Hugo Schenkenberger; Mr. C. L. Latham, Sr.; Mr. D.
Scheltmeyer; Mrs. Magdalina Zimmerman; Mr. Carl G. Breitenbach; Dr.
Robert F. Legge; Mr. Jacinto V. Diaz; Mr. John L. Gormley; Mrs. John
D. Wilson; Mr. E. L. Luce; Capt. John McKay; Capt. E. A. Hovey; Mrs.
Florence H. Gordon; Mrs. Jos. McKeown; Mr. Louis C. Maurer; Mr.
Anthony W. Piaria; Lt. Col. R. H. Whitus; Mr. Lionel Moses; Mrs. Ruth
K. Chevalier; Mrs. Florence Z. Knapp; Mr. Willis Woolems; Mrs. Doris
Schloming; Mr. Leo M. Cady; Mr. Frank Miller; Mrs. Myra Falk.
A very interesting report was given by Mr. W. J. Bartlett, Chairman
of the Legislative Committee. The Budget Bureau has testified they op-
pose S-2575 and it is important that everyone write their Representatives
requesting their support. Mr. Bartlett reports there is a slim chance of
any relief during the present session of Congress regarding Bills H.R. 391
and H.R. 6308 which would amend the Internal Revenue Code to equalize
the Income Tax exemption of Federal Civil Service Retirees with that
now in effect under the Social Security Act and the Railroad Retirement
Act. Bill H.R. 555 appears favorable. Mr. Bartlett also stated that we
should be on the alert with reference to Bills H.R. 1253 and S. 1083, the
Fair Trade Bills, which would allow price fixing by the manufacturers,
and oppose the bills with all our influence.
Mr. Bartlett then announced to President Kelley that he would like
to make a motion that the Panama Canal Society protest this so-called
"Fair Trade" legislation in the form of a resolution. The motion was
seconded by Mr. Hohmann and approved unanimously by the membership.
Mrs. Corinne Feeney gave a very interesting report covering ideas
for a pleasant summer and mentioned the many possible trips the mem-
bers could enjoy by pro-rating the expenses incurred, such as a chartered
bus to take in the Passion Play at Lake Wales, or the various boat trips
to places of interest and the many beaches and picnic grounds where bar-
becues or picnics could be enjoyed. Cards are to be mailed to the local
membership with a R.S.V.P. card attached for reply, if interested, and
telephone calls will be made in accordance with the suggestions made at
the March meeting. (Sounds like a very interestingly planned summer and
everyone should get together to make a huge success of the summer
months when no scheduled meetings will be held.)
President Keith Kelley named Mr. H. V. Howard as Chairman of
the "Shut-In" committee through which arrangements will be made to
do something for our many members who are unable to attend meetings
or get around to see people. Mr. Howard can be contacted at 22 63rd
Street North, St. Petersburg.
Motion to adjourn was made, seconded and carried, the adjournment
taking place at 3:20 p.m.
Respectfully submitted: by:
Lyla M. Esler, Recording Secretary
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Winter, although very reluctantly, has finally left us, and what a
winter it was. Records were broken several times, both for snow, ice
and temperatures, and many of us were snowed in for days, but with all
that the beauty was breathtaking. Now the days are warm, and instead
of a white world, it is a riot of color, with flowers blooming everywhere
and it is a sight to behold. Nothing can surpass masses of thrift azaleas
and pink and white dog wood. Now we! are hopefully looking forward to
seeing many friends pass this way this summer.
Late in March, Margaret and Ross Hallowell were called to New
York because of the death of Margaret's brother, Edward Andrew.
Mrs. Olive Behlen is doing as well as can be expected.
Mrs. F. M. Parks who was seriously injured in an auto accident is
home and improving.
Dr. and Mrs. Sam Irwin both have had quite a siege with the flu,
but are much better.
Mr. S. Hiter was in hospital for surgery, but is home now and do-
The Society meeting and luncheon which had to be cancelled twice
because of snow and hazardous driving conditions was finally held on
April 20 and was very well attended and enjoyed. We were happy to have
as guests, Mr. and Mrs, Starford Churchill, retired, Margarita, C.Z. and
to hear they have chosen Asheville, N.C. as their home. Mrs. Chas. Jones
(Lois Hallowell) and daughter Margie Anne of Coco Solo, C.Z., Mrs.
Chas. Harkness, Hendersonville, who had lived in Culebra, C.Z. until
1909, and Mrs. Howell's brother Alvin S. Ingle, New York, recently re-
tired and who has chosen this community as his home. Plans were made
for summer picnics which are always looked forward to.
Ross and Margaret Hallowell had just returned from spending a
few days with Ross's brother Marion and wife, Milton, Delaware, enroute
home from New York where they received a call that daughter Lois and
little daughter Margie Anne were coming for a month's visit. They drove
to Miami to meet her plane and arrived back home in Hendersonville
April 15. They are returning to Miami May 2 to spend a couple days at
Miami Beach before Lois returns home to Coco Solo, C.Z. on May 6. They
are planning on spending the week end in St. Pete, enroute home. They
enjoyed a short visit of Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Fuller, formerly C.Z. now
Maryland, in April.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Howell were happy to have daughter Mar-
garet (W. J. Pope) and her two little daughters for a couple weeks in
March. In April, Dorothy and Starford Churchill were their guests while
looking for their new home which they found in Asheville.
Rose and Johnny Johnston spent Easter in Spartanburg, S. C. with
son Albert, wife Anne, and three children. They left April 21st to visit
son Robert, wife and Nancy, Anderson, Ind., and to become acquainted
with their new grand-daughter, Janice, who was born in December.
Mr. and Mrs. T. Kelley (Tutie and Tom) drove to Washington, D.C.
to spend Easter with their children, Marjorie and husband, Pat and hus-
band (who arrived from Pennsylvania) and Tom, Jr. A wonderful time
was had. While in Washington they saw Mrs. Cecelia Parmeter and her
daughter, Mrs. E. W. Hutchinson and family.
Bobby and Ed Levy spent a week with friends in St. Pete in Feb-
ruary and while there enjoyed attending the Pan. Canal meeting, where
they met many friends whom they had not seen in a long time. In March,
Bobby and Ed Jr. drove to Augusta, Ga. for a week-end with Mrs. Sherman
DeVore and children.
Betty O'Rourke, Secretary
REPORT FROM THE TRAVELING GYPSIE HALLETTS
Jan. 4. Well, away we go. Prayer rug over knees to save burnt cloth-
ing. At Bird Speed we leave Quincy, Taxachusetts. Stayed that night in
South Amboy N. J., with Jean Fenzel; sister of Jessie Grimison.
Jan. 6. Mt. Pleasant, S.C., with friends, not C.Z. Called on Mrs.
Westendorf; she was out of town. Enroute the engine hood of the car
in front of us flew off and cleared our heads by two feet!!
Jan. 9. Getting closer to the object of our affections THE RE-
UNION. So at 6:15 we checked into the Soreno, feeling younger already.
Immediately Bob Hull called and away we went, with Tom Jordan, to
see Bill and Dolly. A small, but noisy, reunion right there. On the 12th
the CLAN arrived. This was one time that I was not questioned about
the lipstick on my face. Nineteen different shades; didn't wash or shave
for a month. With every kiss, from a "relative", years dropt away.
Many years ago Ponce de Leon came to Florida looking for the Fount-
ain of Youth; he didn't find it. WE FOUND THE FOUNTAIN OF
YOUTH THE REUNION!! If any of the "not present" members would
like to see and talk to friends who are young and active at 65 to 80 years
old they should get to the next REUNION. And to you Ex-zoners who
don't belong to The Society, stop borrowing the Canal Record and join
up. We are all hungry for news of our Zone friends. Well, the Record
tells all. Each copy is worth the cost of membership. We also believe
that every member should get, at least, one more member.
"Backward, turn backward,
Oh Time in thy flight,
And make us young again
Just for tonight."
Time, at the Reunion, does turn back, and becomes at least as per-
manent as our ladies' hair curls; good for several months. Ours lasts until
we reach our two sets of grandchildren, and then slowly seems to fade
away, but the memories linger on.
Jan. 20. Called on Ed. and Mrs. Parmelee in Clearwater. Ed. is
81 and still full of energy, and Mrs. Parmelee appears to be very well also.
Jan. 24. Well, time to go, as reluctantly we waved goodbye to the
House of Hull, and all the other wonderful friends who entertained us
during our stay at The FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH. Thanks to all.
Made a short stop with Russell and Jessie Harris comfortably living
in their trailer home. Stopped for lunch with Bill and Della Gaines in
Zephyrhills. They have just completed their beautiful home. Arrived in
Maitljnd later to stay with Dorothy and Lillian Grey for a few days.
Met Captain Jack Miller who is busy selling real estate. We went to the
Dog Track with the girls and Bill and Kay Rohrbach. As in Panama the
Track was very kind to me. Called on Bill Stevenson while he was hos-
Jan. 28. On to my cousin and family on their 20-acre pecan ranch
in Baton Rouge. Enroute we stopt in Tavares, Fla. for a short visit with
Shirley and Pearl, Stevens. "Stormy" spends every waking hour fishing.
Both are well.
Jan. 30. Shreveport, La., with our son and family. Now we anchor
waiting for the north to warm up. Dreams, dreams, the south had its
worst winter in years. Cold and rain continuously, and on February 14th
we drove 115 miles south to see SNOW. Yes, laugh. It really was to
have our grandchildren play in it. They got soaking wet and cold. And
the next Saturday Shreveport had the first snow storm in 10 years!!
"Oh give me my home, back on the Zone,
Where it is sunny and warm all day."
On March 9th we celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary. A long
time, and tio late now; iiu turn-in value.
March 10. Dallas, Texas. Staying with "Red" and "Stub" Dwelle.
"Red" is the champion salesman for the J. R. Kearney Corp. Visited with
Mrs. Lista and Bob Daniels, and with Capt. Sterling and Mrs. Miller. Also
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Hamilton. Ida telephoned to Mae Cotton.
In going to that state I wore my Texas hat; being of large dimen-
sions and somewhat of a talker, I was treated like a native; no passport
March 13. Houston, Texas, with Lee and Irene Wright. A sincere
welcome from them and Ezra and Bessie Halderman. Ezra and Bessie
were excited about their coming trip to Hawaii. We called on Joe and
Ninetta Orr, Harry and Sophie Robinson and Ray Ward. Telephoned
to Milton Smith, who is recovering from an illness. Also talked to Howard
Daniels and Andy Whitlock. Irene had a luncheon for her Eastern Star
sisters. O.E.S. Over Eating Sisters, I was told. Purchased a large
supply of popular C.Z. food, and now our slogan is "Have Plantain,
Will Travel." Dropt them at all stops as long as they lasted. They must
feed birds cement in Houston for a convention was held, in a tree over
our car. Whoever heard of a white spotted blue Chrysler? What work
it was to remove the "decoration".
March 17. Back to Shreveport, for a final visit with Bud and family.
March 23. Booneville, Ark., with Clarence and Gylar Foiles. They
continue to be busy doing good deeds for everyone.
March 25. Fayetteville, Ark., thru the Boston Mountains. Newell
and Blanche Shaw and about 30 sheep our hosts. There we saw Ed. Booth,
Lynn and Maude Cook, Bill and Carrie Mathues, Marione Journey Camp-
bell, Walter and Margaret Reif, Walter and Bates Wyman, Minnie Crooks
and Nannie Brown. Ray and Evelyn Shuey dropt in from Missouri en-
route to their home in Tampa, Fla. The first night of our stay Blanch
became suddenly indisposed and she was still in bed when we left. We
were glad to be there to help around the house. She recovered fast and
the doctor advised she would be her usual active self in the near future.
March 27. Jonesboro, Ark., to stay with Grover and Billie Bohan.
Enroute we stopt at Mountain Home to spend an hour with Betty, the
Doctor and their children. Elaine, and her children, came to Grover's
and we showed C.Z. movies. All were thrilled.
March 30. Lima, Ohio. Now with Marshall and Anne Benninger.
Both appear as young as when they were our neighbors on Amador Road.
April 2. Now with our daughter and family in Alliance, Ohio. Mar-
jorie's children, Peter, Barbara and Carl, are expert swimmers, and prac-
tically live in the Y.M.C.A. pool, the same as their mother and uncle
Bud did in the Balboa pool.
April 10. Sewickley, Pa., with Dick and Gertrude Marsh. Dick was
one of our war boys, and part of our family.
We had to cancel our scheduled stop with Frank and Lill Gerchow
in Montoursville, Pa.; we were tired out. So-o-o on April 11 we headed
home. Arrived that night; 654 miles.
A total of 7,788 miles, and I believe I need a personal oil change.
Since Ida and I travel so much we are thinking of taking up Gypsie hob-
bies basket weaving, fortune telling and horse stealing. Can't sleep in
this strange bed my own.
Ida and Slim Hallett
IN AND 'ROUND ABOUT' HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Mrs. James Lundy, (Joan) and small daughter Jan, of Rochester,
N.Y., are visiting her mother, Mrs. Mary Frances Horter at the Park Hotel.
The Lynn E. Cottrells are contemplating a trip to their former Wis-
consin home, in early May, and will spend the summer there.
Tommy Leonetti, vocalist, and former star of television's "Your Hit
Parade" is now filling an engagement in our Southern Club's Gaslite
Room. He is the husband of Patricia Quinn, a former Zonite, whose par-
ents are Mr. and Mrs. Marc Quinn.
Despite our most unusual and rather snowy late winter and early
spring weather, quite a number came for the Racing season. Mr. Heinie
Hallin journeyed over here at that time and said, "hello" to a number
of old friends in town.
The Jack Reinigs arrived home about the same time, from their win-
ter sojourn in Highland Park, Ill., having been with daughter Peggy's
family, the Ed Fuciks. Jack is now watching his lawn 'spring forth' in
this fine spring sunshine so he can 'try out' his robot lawnmower.
Mr. Allen Bartholomew is seriously ill in Cook Co. Hospital in Chi-
cago. His wife and parents, the Wm. Bartholomews, and brother, Wm.
Jr., of Milwaukee, are keeping vigil at his bedside.
The R. O. Shueys from Tampa, Fla., former Zoneites, and now Mr.
Shuey is a special auditor for the State of Fla., were recent visitors and
bathers here, and called on a number of friends in town. They drove here
from Neosha, Mo., where they visited their son and family. Enroute
homeward they stopped at Bentonville, Springdale, and Fayetteville,
Ark. to see former Pan Canal folks. They reported that Bill Matthues
was recovering from a recent illness, and that Mrs. Blanche Shaw also,
from a lately one. We hope that they both completely recover soon!
Mrs. Ernest Cotton (Mae), arrived from Dallas to spend several
days with Mrs. F. Horter. She returned to Dallas, but contemplated a
trip and visit to N. York state, to the scene of her former home and to
see her oldtime friends, the Harold Bevingtons, before returning to the
Canal Zone on the P.R.R. line.
We were grieved to hear of the recent passing of Mrs. John Wilson
in Tampa, after a long illness. She wasn't a long time resident of the
Zone and Pedro Miguel, but we learned to love her. We offer our most
Bill Burns and the Fred Atkinsons stayed here during our real winter
weather, and keep as well as usual.
Mrs. Adam J. Dorn is driving to Illinois and Indiana to spend a
month with her home folks.
Frances S. Dorn
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Our Society has just completed the printing of their new roster, the
second since the group was organized in 1957. Our appreciation is ex-
tended to Norman Rocker for proof-reading and to Mrs. Edna Coffee and
Arthur Beard for production and printing. Members of the Society may
expect their copy with their notice of the annual June picnic.
All members, their families and vacationing Canal Zone friends are
cordially invited to our annual picnic to be held on Saturday, June 11
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Area No. 1 of Flood Park, in Menlo Park. Coffee
will be furnished by the Committee. Dr. Merrill Judd and Buckley Yoder
have volunteered to install the road signs in the area, directing motorists
to the picnic site.
During the month of February Mrs. Anthony Fernandez of Dallas,
Texas, and Mrs. E. C. Cotton of Balboa were house guests of their sister
and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Prager. Among other parties given
in their honor was one at the Moffat Field Officers' Club by Colonel and
Mrs. Merrill Judd. Other guests were Clara and Sydney Neville and
Helen and Buckley Yoder.
Claudis Howell Pierce visited in Panama and Guatemala during Feb-
ruary. While in Guatemala she was particularly interested in buying
materials and wearing apparel for her exclusive dress shop in Walnut
News has been received that William E. Leonhard, husband of
Wyllis Rocker Leonhard, was recently promoted to Brigadier General in
the U.S. Air Force. General and Mrs. Leonhard make their home in
Mr. Frank E. Irwin made a hurried trip to Eau Claire, Wisconsin due
to the serious illness of his father, returning late in February. On April
6, Mr. and Mrs. Irwin left on a motor trip which will take them to the
East Coast, the Carolinas, Florida, the Southern States and back to North-
ern California. They expect to be gone about two months.
Jean Mitchell Smith is completing a year of work in Bio-chemistry
at the U.C. Medical Center in San Francisco. The class consists of eight
candidates only who are completing highly specialized laboratory tech-
Mr. H. A. McConaughey has been a patient at Oakland's Civic Center
Hospital. However he is now resting comfortably at home. Richard Mc-
Conaughey of Balboa flew from the Canal Zone to be with his father when
it appeared that surgery was imminent.
A. Verne Mitchell left the middle of February for a two-months trek
into the interior of Ecuador. He stopped en route at Panama where he
visited with Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Dwelle, Mr. Frank Violette and other
friends. Mrs. Mitchell left Oakland, California on April 26 by air for
Austin, Texas, where she will visit with her daughter Vera (Mrs. Rex
Smith) and family, until joined by Mr. Mitchell when they will return to
Wesley Hutchings expects to enter Laurel Grove Hospital in Castro
Valley for removal of a cataract from his left eye, early in May.
Mrs. Esther Campbell of La Habra was the house guest of Mr. and
Mrs. J. F. Prager and Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Yoder for several weeks in March.
Many parties were given in her honor and she was treated to all the sight-
seeing trips in the area.
Bill and Mildred Hutchings and son Richard from Cherry Point, N.C.
are expected to arrive in the Bay Area by the middle of May. Bill, who
is a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps is being assigned to a one-year tour
of duty in Japan. Mildred and Richard will live in Castro Valley while
he is overseas.
Earl and Ruth Beard and three children have moved into their beau-
tiful new home located at 3715 Hobby Court in Concord, Calif.
Donald and Wanda Mitchell and their three children are enjoying
their new home in the Country Club area of Sacramento.
Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Yoder of Los Altos spent two weeks visiting old
friends in and around Los Angeles.
Miss Verna Beeler was the house guest of Clara and Sydney Neville
and Helen Buckley Yoder during March. Miss Beeler will be remem-
bered as Chief Surgical Nurse at Panama Hospital. At present she is
Superintendent of Nurses at Redlands University Hospital, Redlands, Calif.
Mr. Clyde W. Walbridge of Walnut Creek was a patient in the Con-
cord Hospital but has since returned to his home.
Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Neville of Los Altos spent Easter week in
Phoenix, Arizona with their daughter Bobbie Ryll and family.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Hunter of Gamboa, C.Z. are expected in Northern
California during their vacation in May and June. They will be visiting
with Jack and Olena Neff of Sacramento, Robert and Juanita Hutchings
of Orangevale, the Wesley Hutchings of San Leandro and Pat and Jill
Hutchings of Inglewood, in addition to friends in Southern California,
before their return to New York.
Best regards to all our friends from Northern California.
Mabel L. Hutchings, Secretary-Treasurer
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
It's lawn mowing time again, which means that Spring is here at
long last. We thought it would never come for our Winter was long and
we got sort of weary of the cheerless days, yet we, in Northwest Arkansas,
must not complain for we only had four light snowfalls averaging four
inches deep. Winter has its moments of beauty when Mother Nature paints
the landscape in white, producing pictures similar to the ones that have
made Grandma Moses famous. The fields of white, yonder dark hills, tall
trees reaching toward leaden grey skies, snow capped wood-pile, trailer
and tractor, sheep in the meadow, rabbits hopping home at dawn, a pair
of playful 'possums by the pasture gate and the rubber booted owner of
Tranquil Acres trudging toward the sheep-fold, followed by faithful
Brenda, the gray striped cat with the gold spot on her forehead yes,
there is a quietness about winter that is all it's own, even though some
of us were left rather battered, bruised and broken. But Spring brought
"Renewal of Life" to the land, grass, trees, shrubs and flowers, to the
beast of the fields, new lambs and healing to man the battered ones,
Lula Mae Coman and your reporter, the bruised, Mattie MacAulay and
the broken ribs of Ernest Williams
Our first former Canal Zone visitor was Mrs. Zora Cummings now a
resident of Ahoskie, N. C., followed by Mrs. Peggy Ellis of Houston, Texas
and President of the P.C. Society of Houston. She was accompanied by
her sister, Mrs. Florence Paisley of Montreat, N. C., a recently returned
missionary from Korea and one time visitor to the Canal Zone. They
were visiting another sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Thomas of
Mt. Secuoyah. We had a get-to-gether for Peggy at the home of Martha and
Walter Reif. Then came Ida and Forrest (Slim) Hallett in March, enroute
home from the happy reunion in Florida and spending the Winter with
their son Bud and family in Shreveport, La., where they drove 60 miles
to see snow and build a snow-man for their grandchildren, while back in
their home town of Quincy, Mass. snow was piled five feet high on their
cellar door. It was during their visit their hostess "took to her bed" and
Ida proved a loving friend. Slim, master of many hobbies, including
painting of Tiles, left one that is timely in view of present world affairs
-"Don't look down on anybody Only God sits that High" a pair
of downcast eyes in the word Look and the tile is a modern expression
of Reverence for the Creator. The Ray Shueys (Evelyn) of Tampa, Florida
paid their annual visit to friends in this area as they journeyed home from
visiting Ray's mother in Neosho, Mo.
About this time, our wandering friend and neighbor, Ed. Booth
returned home from a four month visit with his son Edwin, Jr. and family
in Long Island, N.Y. and a trip to Grand Chapter of O.E.S. in Louisiana,
in New Orleans. Right now, Ed. is happy to have his grandson and great-
grandson with him at Casita Naomed, Edwin Wilson and son Billy from
the Canal Zone.
We are happy with Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Foiles of Booneville, Ark-
ansas who were called to Fayetteville to witness the ceremony when their
daughter Peggy was tapped for the Mortar Board at the University of
Arkansas. The Mortar Board honors Senior Women for their leadership,
scholarship and service. Peggy is President of the Alpha Omega Chapter
of Delta Gamma at the University and plans to attend the National Con-
vention in Estes Park, Colorado in June. (see picture) The Foiles were
active workers in the Union Church of Balboa and now equally active in
Church and civic work in Booneville where they sponsor the Golden Age
(senior citizens) group.
Other visitors were Elmer and Ethel Stetler of Kokomo, Ind. who
visited the Lynn R. Cooks of Rogers and overnighted with the Ernest Wil-
liams of Bentonville. The Stetlers, returning home from a four month trip
to the West Coast, starting at Thanksgiving with daughter Alice in Wyo-
ming, Christmas with daughter Betty in California, a side trip to Canada,
back to visit friends in Southern California and Texas, were confronted
with so much snow in their own driveway it required a neighbors tractor
to "make a beaten path to their door". The Williams also report that
Haleen's brother Sam and wife Blanche were visitors from Highland, Ind.
Lynn R. Cook, Jr., (Bud) formerly of Venezuela spent his vacation with
his parents before being transferred to Jackson, Miss. where he is a Geo-
physicist with the Standard Oil Co. Visitors to the delightful hill-top
home of the Walter (Bates) Wiemans were Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Vockrodt
of Curundu. Mr. Vockrodt is an Engineer with the U.S. Army and photo-
graphy is his hobby. He brought over 3000 colored slides of Canal Zone,
Panama, Darien Indians, and scenes of Venezuela some of which were
shown to their hosts and friends.
Our own Alice Ray Wier of Denver came to care for your reporter,
later followed by husband, Col. James A. Wier bringing granddaughter
Linda to spend Easter vacation while Col. Jim attended a Staff Training
course in San Antonio, Texas. Mrs. Cora Makibbin and the Ed. Higgins
(Mildred Makibbin) family are enjoying the visit of son and brother
Henry Makibbin while on vacation from the Zone. The hospitable two-
story home of George and Edith Enkelke, Bentonville is occupied most
of the time with family and friends, including the Richard Engelkes (Dick,
and Doris and son Page) from Council Bluffs, Ia., niece Rita Engelke, a
U. of A. student, Paul and Jan and son Mike Engelke from Siloam Springs.
The F. H. Irwins (Harold and Nell) of San Rafael, Calif. (Mr. Irwin is
President of the P.C. Society of Northern California, stopped by the
Engelkes on their way to spend Easter with the Kenneth (Mary Martin)
Newlands of Springfield, Mo.
Mrs. Marionne Campbell has returned to her home in Springdale
after being on the Zone for several weeks. Marionne is enjoying her new
interest in painting of landscapes and doing creditable work. Happy to
report Bill Mathues has improved in health to the extent of mowing the
lawn-speaks well for Carrie's good care of him. Party telephones can
be a headache. The Hallins tried to call us that Mr. and Mrs. A. James
Meigs (Jimmy and Lester) and three children were there. Imagine our
delight the next day to see them all at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs
where we had gone to share in the Annual meeting of the Amateur Radio
Hamfest. Jimmy is now Senior Economist in the Federal Reserve Bank
of St. Louis and he and his family reflect his position-but his kind and
friendly smile of Pedro Miguel days is just the same. While husband
Newell was busy with the Hamfest, I visited with Tom and Mina Mock
and as I looked over Tom's book of poems, now ready for publication,
I was reminded of their romance during the early days of building the
Panama Canal where Tom first met Mina in 1908, she having gone to the
Isthmus in 1907 to visit a brother and remained to work in the office of
the Fruit Co.
Some of our folks have gone a'visiting. The Three Musketeers, Lula
Mae Coman, Mattie MacAulay and Edith Engelke went to visit Howard
and Lily Harris in Knoxville, Tenn. in time for the Azaelea and Dog-
wood Festival. With one wrist in a cast due to a fall, Lily wrote how she
missed her "Black Winnie" of old C.Z. times, hence the trip of the
Bentonville gals. What a jolly 4-some they will be. Mrs. Nannie Brown
made a couple of trips to Houston via bus and the Walter Reifs drove to
St. Louis to see their son Walter and family. The Newell Shaws attended
the executive meeting of A.M.K.O. of N.A.R.C.E. and the joint conven-
tion of the Missouri and Kansas State Federations of N.A.R.C.E. in Kan-
sas City, Mo., also attended by the Grover F. Bohans of Jonesboro, Ark.
Enroute, Grover and Billie stopped to see the Paul Bidstrps in Sedailia,
FLASH! Just learned that Robert Martin Sharpe, 2nd son and 3rd
child of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Sharpe (Dolly Evers) arrived April
25, 1960 at the Fort Bliss Army Hospital, El Paso, Texas. His family
lives in Lubbock, Texas. Robert is the 17th grandchild of Mr. and Mrs.
G. H. Evers of Neosho, Mo. Old Timers will remember Mr. Evers when
he was a member of the Canal Zone Police Force and stationed in Pedro
Miguel for many years. Mrs. Evers also contributed the news of daugh-
ter Annette's marriage to Mr. Harold Kuelbs in the Lutheran Church of
Balboa. The Evers spent the winter in El Paso and en route home visited
with son Wendall in Victoria, Texas.
The annual picnic of this Society is postponed until the return of the
President and the Secretary from Washington, D.C. where the President
will be a delegate from the local N.A.R.C.E. Chapter to the National Con-
vention in June.
Entertaining summer reading to y'all "South to Panama" by Amy
Blanche E. Shaw
NEWS FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The Spring Dinner Meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Los
Angeles was held at the Alexandria Hotel in Los Angeles on March 6,
1960. There were 65 members and friends who enjoyed the delicious ham
dinner, and who visited from 1 o'clock until 4 o'clock. Among the guests
were Miss Hazel Alsing of Larkspur, California; Mrs. Dorothy Babicz,
Mr. David de la Pena, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph White, Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Westervelt, Mrs. Helen Peterson and daughter Eileen, Mrs. Mabel D.
Andrews, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hearn. Mrs. Ethel Cooper.
We are sorry to report the following deaths: Mr. Robert N. Ruley;
Mr. George Horine; Mr. Charles C. Cameron.
We had reports of illnesses on a number of folks among them
"Ducky" Bryan, Leo Welling, Mrs. Emma Kopke, Mr. George Cassell,
Mrs. Luce (fell and fractured her hip). Also, we received greetings from
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bradley who were in Tucson, Arizona: Mrs. Ann Jack-
son, who is in New York with her mother; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Welch
who report a double dose of the flu; Col. George Shaffer, (ret._ of Vista,
who is on a trailer trip to the Eastern states for about 6 months: Mrs.
Molly Brown, who was unable to attend the meeting, having been called
out of town.
The officers will be the same for the coming year Virginia Seiler,
President; Wm. G. Naylor, Vice-President, and Thelma Reppe, Secretary.
Mr. Russell Hand of Montebello, California, was a patient at the
Beverly Community Hospital during January and February; he is recuper-
ating at home now from major surgery doing very well.
Mr. Leo Welling was in the hospital for eye surgery, but is back at
the Presidio in Santa Barbara where he has made his home for many
years. He goes to his office a few blocks away each day.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sartor of Maryland were recent visitors with
friends in Southern California.
Mr. C. A. MacDougall (Mac) at Holiday Inn, Austin, Texas, sent
greetings and says anyone stopping at the Inn will receive exception-
ally good treatment. Mr. MacDougal was in the Dredging Division
Mr. Elmer Stetler of Kokomo, Indiana, was a recent visitor on the
West Coast, visiting relatives at Ventura, California, and also with the
W. B. Godfrey's at Santa Paula.
Mr. David Smith is at present making his home with his father,
LeRoy Smith. David has just finished the musical score for an adaptation
of "She Stoops to Conquer" and is also reorganizing his singing group
"The Songsmiths", to go on tour this year. David de la Pena, who attended
the dinner with the Smiths, is living in Los Angeles, and is associated with
the Tidewater Oil Company.
Mrs. Ethel Cooper was a guest at the dinner also. She is working a
few days per week at the City Library in Los Angeles, and is very happily
situated in Los Angeles. Her son, Hal, and his family, lives at 4342 Chevy
Chase, Flintridge. Hal is one of the directors of the American Potash &
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Jones of Monrovia had the pleasure of a three-
day visit in April from their son, Captain Wm. W. Jones. Captain Jones,
who is in Atomic Energy Commission with the U.S. Navy, is stationed at
the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Captain and Mrs. Max Garcia who have been making their home in
Fresno, California, will be moving to Southern California soon when
Captain Garcia is transferred to Inglewood, California. Mrs. Garcia is
the former Grace Thomas, daughter of Mrs. Hugh Thomas of Arcadia.
Mrs. George Cotton passed away at Gorgas Hospital on April 12th.
She and Mr. Cotton have been making their home with their son Arthur
on the Zone. Services were held in Balboa, and interment at Live Oak
Cemetery in Monrovia, California. Arthur Cotton is the Postmaster at
Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Hauss, former Gatunites, have returned to
California to make their home after having lived in Texas for a number
of years. They are at present staying in the home of Dr. Martin, in Pasa-
dena, while the Martins are visiting in Oregon.
The Rev. and Mrs. Donald Edwards, with their four daughters, have
returned to the United Sates from Havana, Cuba, where they had served
the past ten years in the missionary field. Their elder daughter, Donna
(Mrs. Byron Robinson) lives in Los Angeles. Mrs. Edwards is the sister
of Mrs. Docia Hodges and Mrs. Wm. G. Naylor of Monrovia.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph White, formerly of Gamboa, are now living in
Indio managing the Pengo Inn Motel, 82-237 Highway 99 at Indio,
California, and like the country very much. Their four children are mar-
ried Judy is in Germany with her husband and two children; Don was
married to a lovely girl on March 5th; Ruthie and Bob are living in Rich-
land, Washington; and Jerry is married and has a son, and is living in
Long Beach. Joe and Gertrude send greetings to all their friends.
Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Nolan of Monrovia traveled East to visit relatives
in Chicago. They will also visit with their daughter Doris and family in
Bob King of Balboa is visiting with his mother, Mrs. John M. King
in Monrovia. He and Mrs. King returned from a three week's visit to
Hawaii, flying jet both ways, and report a delightful vacation visiting
the Islands. Bob will return to the Zone the latter part of May.
Mrs. Ethel Boyd, Molly Brown and her grandson, and Mr. and Mrs.
C. C. Clay attended the Florida Society reunion in January. They report
a wonderful time seeing many old friends among the 700 attending, that
the noise was like a swarm of bees with all the chattering going on. They
stopped for two days in New Orleans, and nearly froze but in spite
of the cold they managed to see all of the town, the parks, universities,
French Quarter, etc. Their taxi driver was an old New Orleans resident
and really showed them the town. They expected to take a trip up the Mis-
sissippi on an old paddle-wheel boat, but the cold prevented the trip.
They arrived back in Los Angeles safely, with much to be laughed at and
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sundstrom attended the Florida meeting in Jan-
uary, and report they had a wonderful time seeing old friends.
Mrs. W. H. Needham of Monrovia will fly the Polar route non-stop
from Los Angeles, for a 3 months visit with relatives in London, England.
Mrs. Wilfred H. Van Fleet and son Henry of Bayside (Waldo County)
Maine, sailed from New York December 15, 1959, on SS President Buch-
anan, through the Panama Canal to Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles
they visited Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Barlow and family. In January they
sailed on the SS Matsonia for Honolulu, Hawaii. While there they toured
the outer islands and enjoyed the scenery which was reminiscent of Pan-
ama and they also visited Dr. and Mrs. Julian Hunt. They returned to
Los Angeles, and saw many friends among them, Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Engelke of Glendale, Mrs. Lou Lumby of San Diego, and Mr. and Mrs.
Herbert Barlow. They sailed February 16 on SS President Grant to New
York, and visited in New Jersey and Massachusetts before returning to
their home in Bayside, Maine.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Storm of Sunland, California, spent some time
recently along with their daughter Katherine, at their bungalow at Desert
Hot Springs, California.
Letter from Elizabeth Taber telling about her family. Jack Taber
is now the Assistant Chief of the Fire Department on the Zone--tempor-
arily living in Balboa. Jack's daughter Alice Jean will be entering col-
lege in Balboa, and son is working on the Zone and going to school. Alice
(Taber) Cullinane's son Mike, is 18 years old, and will enter Santa Bar-
bara university in the fall, to major in history. Kathy, 16 years old, will
be a senior this next year, and Peggy, 14, will enter the 10th grade. Audrey
and her family are living in Hingham, Massachusetts-she has received
her Master's degree for teaching school. Mrs. Tabor reports a nice visit
with Emily Grier, who was visiting her daughter.
Recently, we received a clipping from the Oakhurst, Madera County,
California newspaper, relating the story of the "First Swim Through
Panama Canal" which was made by John R. Bingaman and Wendell
Green in 1914. Mr. Bingaman, 68, lives in Oakhurst, having designed
and constructed his home near Highway 41. He said he spends most of
his time looking at the scenery and reading the Wall Street Journal -
does 'little swimming now, except when his grandchildren come over to
swim in the lake.
Virginia and Martin Seiler flew to Panama to visit the George Win-
quists, and Frank Violette. They report a wonderful time going on a
fishing trip to the Bahamas, a side trip to Havana, and Costa Rica, and to
Miami. They will be back on the west coast the latter part of May just
in time for the L.A. Society picnic, on June 5, 1960, at Brookside Park,
Mrs. Agnes Corris of Brooklyn, New York, who recently retired from
R.K.O. Co. will visit her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Welch in Long Beach, California. While on the West Coast, she will go
with the Wdlch's to visit relatives and friends in Phoenix, Arizona.
If any of the Florida Society members or other former Zoners are in
our vicinity in June, do contact one of our members or officers and get
directions to the picnic grounds.
Thelma Reppe, Secretary
NEWS FROM MIAMI
The first Meeting in 1960 of the Panama Canal Society of South-
eastern Florida was held at the Rock Shelter in Matheson Hammock on
April 24th. Despite inclement weather nearly fifty former C.Z. folks and
several visitors enjoyed the "carry-in" buffet picnic lunch and brief busi-
ness meeting which followed. In the absence of the President, Mr. Billing-
ton, the meeting was called to order by the Vice-President, Mr. Harry J.
Farbman, who asked each one to introduce himself and give his "Division"
and dates of service with the Panama Canal. Among the visitors were Mr.
and Mrs. Claude Wade and daughters and Mrs. L. J. Benthall of Margar-
ita, C.Z., and Mr. L. J. Benthall who has spent the winter in Arizona
Attending for the first time were Mrs. William L. Russon and her house
guest, Mrs. Toni Warsen Penley of Ocean Ridge, Florida. We were also
glad to welcome Mrs. Norman Giavelli (Anne) who has recently moved
from Concord, No. Car. to 1031 N.W 90th St., Miami and Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Rogers formerly with the Panama Railroad.
Mr. Farbman read the minutes of our October Meeting and a note
from our absent Secretary, Mrs. Wilton Clary (Gene) inviting us all to
attend the picnic on June 19th when the officers have planned some enter-
tainment for us. Let's hope the weather is more cooperative!
Mrs. Floyd Foor brought a pile of past issues of a "Day in Panama"
for members who cared to take them.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilton Clary are spending two weeks vacation in Pan-
ama and regret missing our first picnic.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Farbman announce the arrival of a son,
Edward Frank, born at Miami Beach October 26, 1959. The proud par-
ents say that a baby in the house makes a big difference in their way
Mrs. "Bugs" Reese (Ruth) of El Volcan, Panama, was a recent guest
of Mrs. Laura Mohr and Mrs. Eleanor Parker in Miami.
Clara Godby of Balboa called on friends here enroute home from
a vacation in California.
Mrs. Grace Culp who flew up from Canal Zone in March to attend
the 63rd wedding anniversary of her parents in Wisconsin, will spend
the month of May visiting friends in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. She has
also been supervising the completion of a new home in Ft. Myers where
she plans to retire next year.
News has just reached us of the death of Mr. Thomas Breheney of
1100 N.E. 17 Ct., Ft. Lauderdale. Mr. Breheney was a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida and of our Southeastern Florida Society.
We deeply regret the loss of this valued member. No other details are
available at this time.
Bill Metzger of Minneapolis, Minnesota, flew to Miami to help his
mother celebrate her birthday in March. He brought with him a hoarse
voice and a bad northern cold but a few days of our Florida sunshine
Mrs. Lyman Benthall of Margarita flew to Miami to meet Mr. Benthall
who is now retired. They were the house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Claude
Wade in Miami and later drove to Bradenton for a month's trailer-type
Mr. and Mrs Claud Wade and daughters maintain a "vacation home"
in northwest Miami and each year spend annual leave here. It was a
pleasure to see them at our recent picnic.
Our very efficient junior past president, Mr. Curtiss Bliss, has ac-
cepted a government position as civilian employee at Patrick Air Force
Base and the Blisses now reside at Eau Gallie, R.R. No. 1, Box 42. Mrs.
Bliss (Emily) is teaching at Rockledge and Curt is fulfilling a life-long
desire to get his pilot's license to fly a private plane. We miss these two
active folks at our picnics.
News reaches us that Mrs. Catherine Bain Shields has been in a New
Jersey Hospital for surgery but is now recovering nicely at the home of
her son in Trenton
Mrs. Helen Carpenter Smith of Balboa and her sister from Alabama
were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Melanson last month. Mrs. Smith
was returning to her home in C.Z. She had been in the U.S.A. since January.
Our hearts are saddened by the news of the sudden death in Canal
Zone of Mr. Spencer B. Smith, only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Smith,
past officers and active members of our Society. Born in Chattanooga,
Tenn., Spencer had lived in the Canal Zone since he was an infant 10
months old until he passed away on April 8th at the age of 37. He was
Signal Supervisor for the Panama Railroad and a veteran of World War
II. He is survived by his wife, Nellree, of Los Rios, C.Z. and by his par-
ents in Miami. Nellree, accompanied by Mrs. Paul Furr, flew to Miami
where friends and relatives from several states gathered for funeral ser-
vices and burial in beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Mabelle Hart Bliss Sr., one of the early pioneer residents of
Canal Zone died at the Coco Solo Hospital on April 8th. She had been ill
for many months. She was the widow of Gerald D. Bliss, Postmaster at
Cristobal from 1905 to 1934 when he retired and came to Florida. They
were residents of Miami from 1934 to 1957 when Mr. Bliss passed away
and Mrs. Bliss returned to the Canal Zone to live with her daughters, Mrs.
Donald B. Humphrel of Coco Solo and Mrs. George A. Walker of Cocoli.
Besides the two daughters in C.Z., she is survived by two other daughters,
Mrs. John F. Field of San Fernando, California and Mrs. J. O. Barnes
of Ridgely, West Virginia and by two sons, Gerald Bliss Jr. of Campbell,
California, and Curtis H. Bliss of Eau Gallie, Florida, also by ten grand-
children and two great-grandchildren. She was one of the first few Amer-
ican women to join their husbands in 1906 and to brave the hardships
and dangers of early construction days.
Of interest to their many friends is the engagement of Judy Griffin
of Fort Lauderdale to James Oliver Pederson, youngest son of Mr. & Mrs.
Hans P. Pedersen, long-time residents of Canal Zone. James is presently
attending the University of Florida. The Pedersens now live at 1428 N.W.
1st Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, but formerly lived in Gamboa where Mr. Peder-
sen worked in the Dredging Division.
Mrs. Stanley Coulthard and her sister with whom she makes her home
in Pennsylvania, came to Miami for a winter visit and were guests of
Mrs. Cele Currie and Mrs. Eleanor Parker. The group enjoyed a delight-
ful luncheon at the home of the W. C. Bowens of Coral Gables.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen, 'nee Jeannie Rocker, recently moved into their
lovely new home in the Palm Springs Subdivision of Hialeah.
Rev. and Mrs. Roger Greene, formerly of Key West have moved to
403 Riverside Drive, in Tarpon Springs, Florida, where Rev. Greene is
pastor of All Saints Episcopal Church.
Mr. and Mrs. John Wainio and two children of Balboa were guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Melanson and her mother, Mrs. Selma Wainio
at their home in Miami Shores during the early part of May. Late in May
and early June, Mr. Robert Wainio and Mr. James Wainio and their
families from Margarita, C.Z. will visit their mother and be guests in the
hospitable home of the Melansons.
Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Pearson (formerly with the Commissary Divi-
sion) were recent dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Melanson. Mr.
and Mrs. Pearson who have lived in Miami for the past seven years are
moving next week to Alameda, California to make their home near their
son, Bradley. We all hope the Pearsons will be very happy in the new
Mr. and Mrs. Aram Hatch leave for their summer home in Pittsford.
Vermont on May 21st. They will go by jet plane to New York in a little
over two hours. With the traffic congestion of this day and age, their
son, Harry, will need about the same two hours to drive to the Airport
to meet them.
If "News from Miami" seems a bit below par this time please forgive
your reporter. Our home was robbed during April of all silver, jewelry,
cameras, projectors, binoculars, tape-recorder, and even Ike's fish poles
and reels. Today, while your reporter was writing these notes (to beat
the Editor's deadline) a Sheriff's Deputy called to say the thieves have
been captured but the loot was sold in numerous second-hand stores and
pawn shops. To date one article has been restored to us but we are still
Don't forget our next picnic on Sunday, June 19th, at the Rock Shel-
ter in Matheson Hammock. "Carry-in" picnic is at one o'clock.
Ruth T. Metzger, Reporter
Bob and Elsie Patterson of Hendersonville made their annual visit
to Florida in March. They spent several days with the Sibus's in Alta-
monte Springs, and while there called on the Walter Clarks in Palatka,
the Deavours in Ormond Beach, and their many friends in the Orlando
Mr. Milton Treadwell underwent surgery at Florida Sanitarium &
Hospital in March and is now feeling fine again.
Mr. and Mrs. Chester McCabe (Mary Lou Mohr) spent their vacation
with her mother, Mrs. A. H. Mohr of Orlando.
The Verne D. Calloways enjoyed a visit from their son, Capt. Verne
Calloway accompanied by his wife, Lois, and son Danny.
Rose and Lee Koperski spent a few weeks with their daughter, Janet,
in Omaha, Nebraska, where Janet's husband, Colonel William Taylor,
Mrs. E. A. Erbe visited the George Matthews in Appalachicola for a
few days; then she and Mrs. Matthews went on to Alabama to see Sue
Odom in Dothan, and Mrs. Erbe's son, Captain Robert Erbe who is sta-
tioned at Fort Rucker.
Orlando is sorry to lose Major and Mrs. A. O. Myer but hopes they
will be very happy in their new home in St. Pete.
Mrs. Lela Mae Holden is, at this writing, a patient in Florida Sani-
tarium where she is undergoing tests but hopes to be home in a few days.
After looking Florida over pretty thoroughly the William Van Siclens
have bought a house in Lake 'o the Woods, a section of Fern Park just
north of Orlando.
THE PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
We can really brag (Texas size) about the out of town visitors we
have had since the Record last went to press. On the night of Feb. 27th
a group of the C.Z. Club met for a No-host dinner in honor of Mr. Samuel
Roe, who had flown into Houston, to see his brother Jimmy. He is quite
a Wheel as.most of you know, on the Zone and represents the interests of
the Employes before our national Legislature in Washington, D.C. He
had been to the Capitol on official business, and was on his way back to
Panama when he visited us. We asked Sam to let us in, on the recent
unrest and the disturbing events down there as we never know if we can
believe all we read in the papers. We asked for the Truth and we got it.
It was an evening well spent and we wish that all of you might have been
present with us on that occasion.
The first of March, Elmer and Ethel Stetler of Kokomo, Ind., who
had been on quite a tour of the West Coast, visiting their two daughters
and many former friends from the Zone, stopped by Houston to see their
good friends, Nathan and Tilly Levy. They only stayed a few days and
celebrated Mr. Levy's 78th Birthday, but hearing that he has been so ill,
they have written that they are returning to Houston, to spend a couple
of weeks to assist Tilly and do what they can to make life a little brighter
for their dear friends. I believe Tilly and Ethel were Matron and Asso-
ciate Matron of Royal Palm Chapter together a long time ago. Some of
us do live our obligations, don't we?
Another very welcome couple have recently visited Houstontown. Of
course they have a most urgent reason, for a beautiful little grandson has
arrived and that was the main attraction, I can assure you. The happy
visitors were Capt. and Mrs. Benjamin Judd of St. Petersburg, Fla. We
were delighted to see them both looking so hale and hearty, especially the
Capt. since his recent illness. The only complaint is that their stay was
all too short and many of their friends didn't get to see them in person.
They were most gracious in calling on some of us who have been ill re-
cently and couldn't get out to see them. We trust they will soon return
and stay a while.
About this time every year, Miss Mary Orr, of Balboa, C.Z. comes
home for a visit. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Orr of So. Houston have
not been in the best of health and since she and her sister Marion both
live in Balboa, they are planning to take their Mother and Dad back there
to live. Mary, came up Apr. 7th and, will be here till the first of June.
They have entertained Mrs. Linnie Pray for a few days, who is the mother
of Miss Norma Hamilton, a friend of Mary's on the Zone. Mrs. Pray is
returning to her home in Michigan, after spending a few months on the
Isthmus, with her daughter.
We understand that Mr. and Mrs. Victor May also are in Houston.
They have taken an apt. and will spend their vacation here, for this was
their former home.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Sundquist have returned from a visit of several
months to the Canal Zone with their daughter, Mrs. Joe. Medlinger. They
still reside in Lake Jackson, where their daughter Connie is employed. They
report a fine time.
Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Halderman have made a trip to the 50th State
(Hawaii) where they spent a month with their daughter Gail and her
family. They will visit their son, George before returning to Houston
in the near future.
On the evening of Feb. 20th, the C.Z. Club held their regular meet-
ing. We were the guests of Mrs. Otto Sundquist, in her beautiful home
in Pasadena, Texas. She served a Johnny-mossetti dinner to twenty-one
of us besides the children. Those present were; Mr. Milton R. Smith,
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Levy, Mr. and Mrs. C.
L. Leeser, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Theologian, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Birkeland,
Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Salterio, Mr. and Mrs. Davis Sundquist, Mr. and
Mrs. W. K. Wood, (and their three children) Mrs. Peggy J. Ellis, Mrs.
Sue Nobles, Mr. James Roe, and Mrs. Mary Lyles.
It is just about time for our May Meeting, when we will elect the
officers for the coming year. We hope for a good turnout. The date will
shortly be announced.
Along with the good news, there is always some sickness to report.
Two of our very most faithful members have been ill this Spring. Mr.
Nathan Levy and Mr. Hugh Turner have both been in the hospital for
surgery, but we are glad to report that they are both home, at this pres-
ent writing. Nathan has not got the sight back in his eye yet, but we are
praying, he will.
During April Mr. James Z. Knapp of San Jose, Costa Rica spent a
few days visiting his old friend Mr. G. U. Putcheck.
Bertha Turner, Secretary
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Henry Grieser, the former coach of the famous Red, White, and Blue
swim troup, writes that retired life in Ireland is fine and he and Mrs.
Grieser keep busy feeding the chickens, ducks, and chinese geese, and
caring for his fruit trees. Henry, now 73, says people over there live to
be 100 so he expects to be around for some time. Note: Back in the days
when Hank and I were friends and co-workers, he was always about four
years younger than I was. How come he is now six years older than I
am? "Sumpin' wrong with my adding machine?"
Jacob Bernson, former rollkeeper on the Zone, is winning pistol
medals these days as a member of the San Jose California State College
pistol team. Mr. Bernson, now 79, retired in 1942, attended San Jose
State as a limited student after three years of study to get his High School
diploma. At present, Bernson is in Puerto Rico and expects to visit the
Canal Zone, soon,
Charlotte and Joe Eckert left March 9 to return to their home in
Wilcox, Pa. after several weeks in Tampa, Florida.
Capt. and Mrs. A. B. Forsstrom have returned to their home in Rhode
Island after spending the winter in Largo, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Simon Mansberg came to St. Petersburg for the funeral
of Mrs. Mansberg's father, Mr. Aspden. The Mansbergs make their home
in Meridian, Mississippi.
Capt. and Mrs. O. E. Swinson were visitors in St. Petersburg, recently,
on their way to the Canal Zone.
While Mrs. Randall Ford was visiting up north with her daughter
and family, Randall flew to the Zone for a month of fishing in Panama Bay.
Mrs. Lea Dugan of Springfield, Illinois, was a recent visitor on the
Canal Zone, visiting with family and friends.
The much traveled Martin Seilers of Los Angeles, California, left for
a leisurely trip through Central America to the Canal Zone. They expect
to visit some Caribbean Islands, Florida, and the Bahamas before return-
ing to their home.
Capt. Acy L. Swaney has been named head of the R.O.T.C. to fill the
vacancy left by the death of Major Thomas E. Bruskotter. Capt. Swaney
headed the Cristobal High School unit of the Reserve Officers Training
Corps. He will also retain his post as Professor of Military Science and
Tactics at Cristobal High.
George and Lila Ritchey of Phoenix, Arizona, were treated to a bit
of cold weather early in February. The freeze was mean enough to get
many of their plants and shrubs which they are hoping will come back
from the roots.
Walter R. Smith of Palmetto, Florida, made it here from California
despite the heavy snow storms in Texas. On or about April 14th Walter
plans to leave New York for a European tour.
Mrs. Ethel Fenton writes that they have had a real cold winter in
Iowa. All the family have had the flu but are now on the mend.
Leonard and Matilda Stark spent the winter in Lawndale, Califor-
nia, with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hanson.
Their daughter had a baby girl born on January 1, 1960. The new baby
is named Caroline. Mr. and Mrs. Stark write that a bandit tried to rob
a bank where Ted Englebright works as a guard. The bandit threatened
to blow up the bank but when nabbed by Englebright and another guard,
the bandit had a rabbit's foot instead of a bomb in his pocket.
Major Orman M. Coffin of Stewart Air Force Base was at Howard
Field in the Zone for Exercise Banyan Tree. While there he visited sev-
eral times with his aunt, Mrs. Florence C. Barrett, at her home on the
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baltozer of St. Petersburg spent a month on the
Canal Zone visiting family and friends in Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells D. Wright of Balboa, C.Z. were guests for a few
days at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. Roland Jones of Gulfport, Florida.
Capt. and Mrs. W. A. VanSiclen, who were visiting in Orlando, came to
St. Petersburg with the Wrights and visited several of their friends in
Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Fuller of Hyattsville, Maryland, have returned
to their home after spending two months in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Eva Cole of Gulfport, Florida, flew to Dayton, Ohio, for a visit
with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Cole, and to see
her new granddaughter, born on February 18th.
Mrs. Beatrice Morgan suffered a coronary, recently, and has been
in a Stamford, Conn., hospital. She would appreciate a card or letter
from any of her friends. The address is: Horse Shoe Hill, c/o Mrs. Ferne
Wise, Pound Ridge, New York.
Mrs. Ernest L. Wood of Pritchard, Alabama, spent a few months on
the Zone this winter with family and friends. Enroute home, she visited
friends in the Miami area.
Mrs. Bertha Whaler of St. Petersburg spent several weeks on the
Zone with her son, George, and family. She also enjoyed visiting with
many old friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Potter of St. Petersburg journeyed to the
Zone in February for a visit with their children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Alfred T. Veit of St. Petersburg was installed as President of
the St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter of Alpha X Delta at a Founders
Day luncheon at the Sunset Golf and Country Club.
Alice Alexander has sold her home and taken an apartment. No more
shoveling snow or lawn care in the summer. Her new address is 3710
Meridian, Indianapolis 8, Indiana.
Mr. and Mrs. George Darnall, Jr., of Balboa, C.Z. were recent visitors
in St. Petersburg and were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hanners of Cristobal were recent visitors in St.
Petersburg. While here, they were guests of Sallie and Albert McKeown,
Mildred and David Smith, and Helen and Sam Myers.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bugbey of Wilcox, Pennsylvania, spent the winter
in DeLand, Florida. They returned to their northern home in mid-April.
Mr. B. B. Gibbs of Montebello, California, would like to know if
anyone knows the address of Charles O. Junes, a former nurse and Canal
employee who was in Gatun in 1910 and 1911.
The National League of American Pen Women named Mrs. Corinne
B. Feeney of St. Petersburg as one of the winners in the League 1960
Literary contest for her lecture "The Incredible San Bias Indians".
Mr. and Mrs. George M. Sauerwein of Carney's Point, New Jersey,
are enroute to Florida, making a leisurely trip down and a lengthy stay
in Florida to see many old friends. Mr. Sauerwein is an ardent camera
fan and will be taking many colored pictures along the way.
Florence and Charlie Harrison of Balboa, C.Z. are planning to leave
the Zone and settle in the United States. Their son, Charles, and his wife
and two children are in Fort Worth, Texas. Another son, Tom, his wife
and two children are living in Wrentham, Mass. Their daughter, Dorothy
Knox is in Balboa, and their four children are growing up fast.
Leo Welling of Santa Barbara, California, writes that Omar J. Ruch,
Chief Time Inspector in Construction days, now a retired Army Colonel,
is living at 2317 Napoleon St., New Orleans. He enjoyed a visit from
Walter Smith and his bride just before they left for Florida.
Mrs. Wilfred H. Van Fleet, Sr. and her son, Mr. Henry C. Van Fleet,
sailed from Jersey City on December 15, 1959 on the American President
Line, Pres. Buchanon, to Los Angeles, California, via the Panama Canal.
From Los Angeles they sailed on January 6th on the S.S. Matsonia for
Honolulu. After their visit in Hawaii, they returned to Los Angeles and
again returned to New York via the Panama Canal. While in California
and Hawaii, they enjoyed visits with several former Canal friends.
Louis Bradley, son of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bradley of St. Peters-
burg, left April 1, with the Dave Garroway show, for two weeks in Rome,
Italy. After the show returns to New York, Louis hopes to have a few
additional days for some sightseeing outside of Rome.
Mrs. Alfred Mundberg of Santa Barbara, California, writes of their
enjoyment of the Record. They read it from cover to cover then go all
through it again. They are especially pleased to see pictures of so many
Mr. W. R. Hicks of Lexington, Kentucky, writes that he has been ill
and unable to get out of the house since Christmas. He also reports that
Mrs. Jonas White is presently making her home in Lexington.
Mrs. Lillian Knight of Gresham, Oregon, is sailing on May 2 on the
M.S. Berlin of North German Lloyd Line for a European vacation.
Mrs. Robert J. Straus of Burbank, California, made a cross country
trip to New York and then on to the Canal Zone where she was the guest
of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Freeland Hallowell of
Minnie and Earl Kent of Orlando, Florida, are leaving on a long
and leisurely trip through the middle and western states, visiting relatives
and friends, enroute.
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton J. Embree of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, made
an all too short visit to St. Petersburg early in March. A few of their
friends in Clearwater and St. Petersburg got a fleeting glimpse of them.
The Embrees could not stay for the March meeting of the Canal Society
but headed back to the chilly north.
Gearge J. Vanderslice of Bloomburg, Pa. reports that, though he is
80 years old, he is very well and keeps busy as a court reporter and attor-
ney. With his oldest daughter Marjorie, he is planning a three months
trip to Hawaii this summer.
Mrs. C. A. (Frances) Wickham, long time resident of Pedro Miguel,
is still living in Middleton, New York. She enjoys the Canal Record as
it keeps her informed of the comings and goings of many old friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Pat Coakley of Grand Rapids, Michigan, report their
hill-top home is safe from floods which were on the rampage. They also
report all is well with son John and family and the newly-weds Pat, Jr.
Mrs. Klara Weisiger of Dade City, Fla. has returned to her home
after a visit with Edythe and her family in Springfield, Virginia and
daughter Elizabeth Bitters in Washington, D.C. She also visited her son
Albert and family in Burwick, Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Lottie Westendorff would like to sell her hotel in Charleston,
South Carolina and then reserve a seat on the green benches in St. Peters-
burg. She hopes to make a trip to St. Pete soon to see some old friends
of Canal days.
The missing Jack and Ann Carey have turned up in Zephyrhills,
Florida. They left California for New Jersey to be with their daughter
Mary Jean Kammerer and to greet their new granddaughter, Sharn Lynn.
They then spent a month on the Canal Zone with son Bob and family.
After a visit in Zephyrhills with Harry and Vi Cody, they will return to
Ed A. and Bobbie Levy of Hendersonville, N.C. were in St. Peters-
burg in January as the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Feeney.
Mrs. Elsie Greenwood of Wellston, Ohio, was 85 years old on May
10th. Congratulations from the Panama Canal Society. She continues to
be active in her church. Mrs. Greenwood, her daughter and son-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. L. O. Burgess send greetings to all their friends. Mr. Burgess
is in the Real Estate business in Wellston.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Orvis are now occupying their new home at
2130 Ivy Place, Kensington Park, Sarasota, Florida. For picture of the
Orvis and Eslers, see cut.
If you are wondering about making a motor trip to Alaska, hop to
it. For Mae and Glen Lewis of El Volcan, it was a breeze. If anyone
should know good and bad roads, the Lewises should, but they found the
highway to Alaska beautiful and scenic but no real challenge. They got
a new Volkswagen Camper in Miami and after a run down the Florida
keys to Key West, they set out for their northern trip, stopping all along
their way for visits with friends and relatives. They roamed all over
Alaska where any semblance of a road beckoned. They loafed along
the base of Mt. McKinley taking pictures right through till midnight.
They were amazed at Matanuska Valley, where they have 24 hours of
daylight, to see the lush growth of flowers and vegetables. In Fairbanks,
they visited the Wahl family whom they had known as youngsters but
who now have two tall fine children of their own. When it was time to
leave, they sold the Volkswagen and flew back to Panama. Their next
project is a tour from El Volcan through Costa Rica, Honduras, Guata-
mala and Mexico and the new excavations in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Robert W. MacSparran, a Political Science major student at Whittier
College in California, where he is a Senior, has been awarded the Wood-
row Wilson National Scholarship. Dr. J. William Robinson, Chairman
of Political Science and International Relations, made the nomination.
Mr. MacSparran plans graduate study in International Relations and Pol-
itical Science at Columbia University. Bob is also an accomplished pianist
and has given concerts while at Whittier. He is a graduate of Cristobal
High School, class of 1956, and is the son of Mrs. Thomas Page of Coco
Solo, C.Z. and Mr. Robert W. MacSparran of Whittier, California. He is
the nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Sam McSparran, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Beil and
Mrs. Ruth Page, all of St. Petersburg, Florida.
John Ridge Sr., presently visiting his family on the Isthmus, made
his debut with the Theater Guild Players as Stage Manager in "Our
Town" at the Theater Guild Playhouse in Ancon, C.Z. He performed the
role of stage manager ten years ago in Margarita, C.Z. Stateside TV view-
ers, who saw Art Carney in the same role, recently, will understand just
what Jack was doing. Press releases in Panama noted that as Stage Man-
ager of "Our Town", Jack was mellow, kindly and tolerant. For picture
of the old ball player, umpire, and well known old timer, see cut.
Mrs. Amy McCormack, founder of the Isthmian Historical Society,
was the guest of honor at a party given by the Society at the Tivoli Guest
House on April 5th. The first edition of Mrs. McCormack's book, "South
to Panama" sold out quickly and a second printing is now being sent to
fill orders taken when the first edition ran out.
Vanished "Towns Along the Line" of the Panama Railroad came to
life for an hour in the ballroom of the Tivoli Guest House on April 5,
1960. Mrs. Amy V. McCormack acted as moderator. Panelists were Mrs.
A. W. Goulet, Roy L. Dwelle, Mrs. Mary Cecil Lowe, Mrs. Bruce Sanders
Sr., William D. Taylor, Mrs. Susan Reece, Fred de V. Sill and Karl Curtis.
Each panelist was asked why he or she journeyed to Panama and what
was found on arrival. The joint recollections were amusing and interest-
ing and stretched back over the years to 1905. For picture of the panel,
Mr. Roy G. Hohmann spent his spring vacation with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Frank W. Hohmann of St. Petersburg, Florida. Roy is a Math
teacher in the Bryant High School in Woodside, New York.
Mr. Frank Hohmann was called to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, in late
April, because of the death of his sister, Laura Kerr, and stayed ten days
to visit with relatives in the northeast.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl P. Hoffman of Rochester, New York, will celebrate
their 50th wedding anniversary on June 30th, 1960. Our,congratulations
to Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman.
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn E. Cottrell of Hot Springs, Arkansas, will be in
Kempster, Wisconsin, for several months. They will return to Hot Springs
Milton Smith of Bell Aire, Texas, has been ill for quite some time
but is now able to get out and drive his car. The,Smiths live at 302 North
1st St., Bell Aire, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sulc of East Orange, New Jersey, were recent
visitors in St. Petersburg. They were enroute home, after a visit with
their son, Larry, in Santiago, Chili, where he is Assistant Attache in the
American Embassy. Mr. and Mrs. Sulc also enjoyed a ten day stay on
the Canal Zone. While in St. Petersburg, they were the guests of Mr. and
Mrs. E. M. McGinnis.
Mrs. Nena McMillan of Panama City, R.P., while in St. Petersburg,
was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser and also of Mr. and Mrs. C. T.
Daniels. Mrs. McMillan was enroute to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for a
visit with her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Symonds.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Irwin of San Rafael, California, were visitors
in Florida. In Bradenton they were the guests of Mrs. Eleanor P. Home
and Miss Alice Candee. In St. Petersburg they were the house guests of
Mr. and Mrs. E. M. McGinnis. While the Irwins were here, there were
several parties in their honor.
Mr. Lyman Benthall has been spending several weeks in Bradenton,
Florida. Mrs. Benthall flew up from the Zone to be with him during the
month of May.
Miss Mary McEwen of Curundu, C.Z. was the overnight guest of Mr.
and Mrs. C. R. Jones, while enroute to Atlanta, Georgia, for a visit with
her bother and sister-in-law.
The Rev. Edward J. Cooper, rector of Christ Church-by-the-Sea, in
Colon for almost 35 years, paid a courtesy call on Gov. W. E. Potter while
on a recent visit to the Canal Zone. Rev. Cooper is 97 years old and now
makes his home in Guatemala but makes frequent visits to the Canal Zone.
Mr. Roy McKenna of St. Petersburg, made a tour of Mexico, then to
Michigan for a visit before returning home.
Mr. Fred Sprecken will spend the summer in the north as he usually
does. He will, of course, attend the coming Shrine convention.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Bell of Plymouth, N. H. left on January
28th, 1960, for a long tour of the far East. On March 13, they were in
Hong Kong and enjoying their trips ashore. They were expected to arrive
back in New York about April 25th.
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones of Gulfport, Florida, spent the month of
May in Florissant, Missouri with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and
Mrs. John Hey, and their two children.
CONTROVERSY IN PANAMA
In the Senate of the United States on Wednesday, March 2, 1960,
Senator George A. Smathers of Florida asked for unanimous consent to
have printed in the appendix of the Congressional Record, a letter, written
to him by the Panama Canal Society of Florida in which were set out
the views of the Society with respect to the present controversy going on
in Panama. There being no objection, the letter was ordered to be printed
in the Record. The letter is the one printed in the March 1960 Canal
Record on Page 24.
Senator Smathers of Florida has always been interested in the prob-
lems of Civil Service retirees. (See letter from the Senator elsewhere in
Senator John Marshall Butler of Maryland, on April 7, 1960, asked
the Foreign Relations Committee to act on his resolution prohibiting the
flying of the Panamanian flag in the Canal Zone. Senator Butler introduced
his resolution 275 on February 16, 1960. "I feel" said Senator Butler,
"that the Canal Zone is sovereign territory of the United States, acquired
by Constitutional means. I further feel that to permit the Republic of
Panama to fly its flag over the Canal Zone would be an unconstitutional
encroachment upon our sovereignty".
Since last November when the U.S. flag was pulled down and torn
to shreds at the U. S. Embassy in Panama, the flying of the flag at the
Embassy has been curtailed.
Rep. August E. Johansen (R. Mich.) has protested the fact that the
Embassy has been curtailing its display of the flag. He stated, on April
13, that he plans to introduce a resolution to compel the U.S. Embassy
in Panama to fly the U.S. flag during the daylight hours.
Adlai Stevenson, twice defeated Democratic Presidential candidate,
said at a press conference, held in Panama, that he saw no objection to
flying the Panama flag along side the Stars and Stripes in the Canal Zone
as evidence of Panama's titular sovereignty over the U.S. controlled ter-
President Eisenhower has approved a nine point program for im-
provement of relations between the United States and Panama. Nearly
all items in the program will be made effective, immediately. The program
includes the following points:
1. A 10 per cent increase in the wage rate schedules of unskilled and
2. The Panama Canal Co. apprentice program will be expanded to
afford 25 Panamanians an opportunity to begin three and four year
courses leading to qualifications as skilled workmen in various
3. Substandard housing occupied by Panamanian employes in the
Canal Zone, will be replaced by modern construction. 500 units
of modern rental housing is planned.
4. 500 houses to be built in Panama for sale to Panamanians employed
in the Canal Zone but living in Panama.
5. The construction of a new water main at a cost of $750,000 to
supply the rapidly expanding suburbs of Panama City.
6. Reduce the rate at which water is sold to the Government of Panama
for distribution in the cities of Colon and Panama.
7. The Panama Canal Co. and the Canal Zone Government will sup-
port legislation now pending in Congress to increase the gratuity
paid to employes who previously were not within the Civil Service
Retirement System and who were terminated becaues of physical
8. Teachers in Latin American schools, on the Canal Zone, will re-
ceive a 10 per cent pay increase.
9. All agencies in the Canal Zone have been directed by President
Eisenhower to review the list of jobs reserved for citizens of the
United States with a view of placing more Panamanians in skilled
and supervisory positions.
The program makes no mention of Panama's desire to fly its own
flag in the Zone beside the Stars and Stripes. President Eisenhower has
expressed a measure of sympathy for this aspiration.
Ricardo M. Arias, candidate for the Presidency of Panama, and a
former Ambassador to Washington, says he will not rest until the flag of
Panama flies over the Canal Zone. In a speech, delivered over radio and
television, Arias declared the gains granted by the United States were
appreciated. However, they were, nevertheless, far away from everything
Panama hoped to receive from the Government of the United States.
In regard to the incidents in Panama, we received several editorials
sent in by Dr. Troy Earhart of Mulberry, Indiana, Mr. L. A. Gutting of
Ottawa, Illinois, and many others sent copies of letters sent to their Con-
Under new practices announced in Washington, a $50 limit has been
put on Luxury items sold in the Canal Zone commissaries, Post Exchanges,
and Sales Stores. This ruling does not, however, apply to items necessary
for household use, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and air condi-
tioners. It was also announced by Balboa Heights and the Caribbean
Command that, from now on, retail outlets on the Zone will procure items
for resale only from sources in the United States or the Republic of Pan-
ama. However, individual Zonians will still be able to order luxury items
through Isthmian agents or direct from the manufacturer and have them
delivered on the Zone duty free.
The Rt. Rev. R. Heber Gooden, Bishop of the Episcopal Church, an-
nounces the opening of a new American School in Panama City to be
known as Calegio Episcopal de Panama. Mr. Harold W. Lynn, Jr. has
been secured as Director. Mr. Lynn, of Colorado, has had experience in
teaching in San Jose, Costa Rica and Cali, Columbia. At the beginning,
there will be classes in kindergarten, first, second and third grades. It is
hoped additional grades will be added each year up to the twelfth grade.
Children of any nationality, racial group or religious background will
be welcomed at the school.
Mr. John B. Coffey has been promoted to Superintendent of the Mount
Hope Printing Plant. He succeeds Earl A. Dyer who retired, recently. All
of Mr. Coffey's service, nearly 36 years, has been with the Printing Plant.
All daily traffic records were broken on March 27th as 43 ocean
going ships were locked through the Panama Canal. There were 24 south-
bound and 19 northbound transits. Of the 43 ships, four were clear cut
transits. At all three of the locks, overtime was worked in order to handle
the large number of transits, The 31 day month of March marked the
first month in the Canal's history that Canal transits passed the 1000 mark.
The grand total added up to 1097.
The appointment of David J. Markum to the post of General Counsel
was announced by Governor W. E. Potter. Mr. Markum succeeds Paul A.
Bentz who retired in March. Mr. Theodore P. Daley was promoted to
Assistant General Counsel, the post made vacant by Mr. Markum's pro-
All motorcycles in the Police Department on the Canal Zone have
been replaced by brand new radio patrol cars. A few motorcycles will
be kept for special purposes and VIP escort duty. Canal Zone policemen
will soon be seen with open throated shirts for the first time in the history
of the force. This is the fifth change in the Zone Police uniform since the
force was organized. The present uniform is blue with a darker blue trim.
Major General William Arnold Carter has been nominated by
President Eisenhower to succeed Major General William E. Potter as Gov-
ernor of the Canal Zone. The new Governor is 52 years old, married,
and has two daughters, Mrs. W. R. Bell and Miss Jane Carter. General
Carter is presently in charge of Navigation and Flood Control in the
Mississippi Valley from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico.
Twenty young heifers have been donated by the Panama Canal Co.
to the Agricultural School at Divisa, R.P. They are expected to develop
strains that will make them good milk producers and resistant to tropical
insects and diseases. Most of the heifers are of Guernsey and Holstein
strain crossed with Zebu cattle.
Frederick Taubes, a well known American artist, has arrived on the
Isthmus and will begin work to restore the murals in the rotunda of the
Administration Building at Balboa Heights. The paintings, by W. B. Van
Ingen, have been treated several times against mildew and dampness. It
is expected that the air conditioning in the building will give permanent
protection to the paintings after they have been restored to good condition.
United States Government agencies on the Canal Zone contributed
close to $40,000,000 directly to Panama's economy in 1959, according
to figures issued by the agencies. This is equivalent to about two thirds
of Panama's total National budget. When the spending from other Canal
sources is taken into account, $50,000,000 is seen as a conservative figure
for the Canals direct contribution to Panama's economy in 1959. In addi-
tion, there is the $1,930,000 annuity.
The first of two massive pier bases for the Balboa bridge has been
poured in a round the clock operation. The base is just below the former
La Boca school. 190 truck loads of cement mix and 1,100 yards of cement
were poured in 28 hours. The pier will, eventually, be capped by the steel
pier which will rise 135 feet over the Pacific entrance to the Canal.
A Canal Zone marketing group met with producers of farm products
in Chitre, David, and Boquete. They returned with samples of potatoes,
cabbages, melons, grapefruit, and tomatoes. These samples were placed
on Commissary shelves to test their consumer appeal. Canal Zone author-
ities insist that top quality standards must be maintained, that prices be
competitive and that supply must be guaranteed regular and adequate.
It is now up to the interior suppliers to consider these requirements and
how they will meet them.
Because of a critical shortage of housing on the Zone, the Panama
Canal has served notice of eviction on 46 non-Canal families living in
Gamboa. Those receiving notice are 13 families connected with private
contractors, 3 shipping agents, a clergyman, and 29 military families.
All have been notified to.vacate their houses by May 30, 1960.
The Balboa swimming pool will be closed from May 15th to July
1st, 1960. It is planned to enlarge the pool to conform to official regula-
tions. The diving boards will be relocated adjacent to the Service center
and the bleachers will be located where the diving boards are now and
will seat 600 persons. Coach Grieser put on some very fine shows and
turned out some fine swimmers even though the old pool did not conform
to official regulations.
Governor William E. Potter told the United States raters, at a Diablo
Town meeting, that, if he had the authority, he would bar Canal employ-
ment to more than one generation of an American family. Potter said the
Canal Zone's isolation from the principle flow of modern American civili-
zation, made is undesirable to encourage children and grandchildren to
follow Canal service careers. The Governor said that for scores of thous-
ands of transiting passengers, pausing here, briefly, the Canal Zone is
the only glimpse of the American way of life they will ever have and
such visitors ought to see Americans who are truly representative of State-
AROUND THE CORNER
Around the corner I have a friend
In this great city that has no end;
Yet days go by, the weeks rush on,
And before I know it a year has gone.
And I never see my old friend's face,
For life is a swift and terrible race.
He knows I like him just as well
As in the days when I rang his bell,
And he rang mine. We were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men;
Tired with trying to make a name.
"Tomorrow," I say, "I will call on Jim,
Just to show that I'm thinking of him."
But tomorrow comes, and tomorrow goes,
And the distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner! yet miles away ....
"Here's a telegram, Sir" .. "Jim died today."
And that is what we get, and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.
Charles Hanson Towne
Dwight E. Eisenhower, President. The members
of the Panama Canal Society of 'Florida wish to
congratulate you upon your action at the Summit,
and are in accord 100 per cent.
Keith E. Kelley
The Hon. Clark W. Thompson of Texas had inserted in the Congress-
ional Record an interesting and informative biography of Tollef Bache
Monniche. It included abstracts from letters and writings of those who
knew him well, such as Maj. Gen. Glen E. Edgerton, Col. George R. Goe-
thals, Edward J. Vogel, Walter G. Ross, John G, Claybourne, E. Sidney
Randolph, and many others. Anyone who would like a copy of this bio-
graphy may have one by writing to Mr. William R. McCann, 104 Prince
George Ave., Hopewell, Virginia.
LATE, LATE NEWS
Capt. and Mrs. Wesley Anderson of Ormond Beach, Florida, an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Joan Margaret, to Mr. Charles
Francis Carlson, Jr. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Miss Anderson at-
tended the University of Miami and is now employed by the First National
Bank of Miami. Mr. Carlson is a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean
War. He is, presently, attending the University of Miami. A September
wedding is planned.
For information of any of our members who may also be veterans
From Fleet Reserve Association Bulletin, April, 1960.
"We have been advised by our Service Committee that when a
widow is filing claims with the Veterans Administration for insurance,
pensions, etc., that merely producing a marriage certificate is no longer
sufficient proof. In it's place she will be required to produce a CERTI-
FIED COPY of the marriage license or record which can only be obtained
from the County Clerk of records in the county in which the marriage
Called to our attention by Mr. Herman Schoenberger, Gulfport, Fla.
Mr. Lorance C. Brandon has been confirmed as Postmaster of the
St. Petersburg Post Office. Mr. Brandon has always been very helpful to
the Panama Canal Society with the attending problems of mailing the
Canal Record and the mailing business of the Society. The Panama Canal
Society of Florida congratulates Mr. Brandon on his promotion.
NEW MEMBERS AND CHANGES OF ADDRESS
The following have been added or addresses changed or corrected since
the March Record. (*) denotes change or correction.
Bensen, Mr. and Mrs. Edward H.-P. O. Box 1046-----------_ ----- Cristobal
Black, Mr. and Mrs. William-P. O. Box 1733-------------.. ---------Balboa
*Bolster, Mr. Richard H.-P. O. Box 182----------------- ----------Cristobal
*Bruland, Mr. and Mrs. J. R.-P. O. Box 1509--------------- Balboa
Canal Zone Library ------------------- ------ Balboa Heights
*Cotton, Mrs. Ernest C.-P. O. Box 45------------------------ Balboa
Elliott, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph-P. O. Box183---------------------- Gatun
Heim, Mrs. Helen F.-P. O. Box 2631----------------------- Cristobal
High, Mr. and Mrs. Roy T.-P. O. Box 424-------------------- Balboa
*Hollowell, Mr. and Mrs. F. R.-P. O. Box 361----------------- Margarita
Jackson, Mr. Gorden-P. O. Box 196----- ------------------- Balboa
Martin, Mr. and Mrs. George A.-P. O. Box 685------------------Margarita
Mecaskey, Mr. and Mrs. Robert D.-P. O. Box 1488 -- ---------- Balboa
O'Brien, Mr. and Mrs. Edward B.-P. O. Box 1025--------------- Cristobal
*Pacetti, Mr. Godfrey B.-P. 0. Box 101 --------------- Balboa Heights
Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. Edward S.-P. O. Box 113 -- ---- Balboa Heights
Rigby, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin F.-P. O. Box 1492 --------------- Balboa
Russell, Mr. and Mrs. C. V.-P. O. Box 1585------------------ Balboa
Selby, Mr. and Mrs. James H.-P. 0. Box 436---------------Balboa Heights
Wagner, Mr. and Mrs. Walter-P. O. Box 123--------------------- Balboa
*Piper, Mrs. William T.-Route 2, Box 14 ------------------ Hot Springs
Chavez, Mrs. Joe-1306 30th Avenue -----------------San Francesco 22
*Ewing, Mrs. Eula J.--c/o Col. Edwin Bistop 841 Nottingham --- Redlands
French, Mr. and Mrs. Merwin A.-607 West Hill Street ------Long Beach 6
*Horine, Mrs. George C.-3008 Sequoia Avenue -------------- Fullerton
Jones, Mr. and Mrs. J. Arthur-P. 0. Box 432---------------------- Vista
*Langdon, Mr. and Mrs. C. I.-122 Garfield Place-------------------Monrovia
*Oberg, Mr. E. B.-1034 South Corona Street-------------------- Denver 9
Bowser, Mrs. Della M.-3626 S.W. 26th Street ------------------- Miami 33
*Craig, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L.-1721 N. E. 63rd Street------Fort Lauderdale
*Garrett, Mr. and Mrs. Whitman P.-6646 Blackwood Drive---.Jacksonville 11
Handshaw, Mrs. H.-8039 N.W. 13th Avenue------------------.----- Miami
*Harshaw, Mr. and Mrs. David C.-Res. 8770 70th Street No --Pinellas Park
Mail: 403 Florida Theatre Building -- ------ St. Petersburg 1
*Hogle, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer P.-17715 Gulf Blvd., Box 808 --.St. Petersburg 8
*Johnston, Mr. Andrew-1424 East Turner Street------------------Clearwater
*McLaren, Mrs. D. M.-215 Oglethorpe Avenue ------------------ Orlando
Matthews, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Jr.,-295 115th Avenue
Isle of Palms Treasure Island----------------------St. Petersburg 6
*Meyer, Major and Mrs. A. O.-621 Tangerine Ave. So...--.St. Petersburg 5
*Miller, Mr. Bradford-2123 South 301------------------------------Dade City
*Moody, Capt. and Mrs. F. L.-2174 S.W. 25th Terrace ------------Miami 33
*Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Otto A.-3205 Santiago Street .----.---------.-- Tampa
*Murdoch, Miss Jessie- William & Mary Nursing Hotel
811 Jackson Street North-----------------------------St. Petersburg 5
Shannon, Mr. John F.-1505 DeSoto Avenue Apt. 23---------- Tampa 6
*Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R.-Box 71, Gulf Park---- .-. Bradenton Beach
Stokes, Mr. and Mrs. E. N.-2310 N.W. 67th Way----------West Hollywood
*Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Stanford C.-1702 South Alexander St.---. Plant City
*Story, Mr. and Mrs. Morris A.-U.S. 19 Fanning Springs
R.F.D. 1, Box 161 ---------------------------------------- Trenton
*Strocp, Mr. and Mrs. E. C., Sr.--668 Schwalbe Drive -------------Sarasota
*'V"- Mr. and Mr 1'harle--105 Lakeside Rd.-Highland Towers.--Sebring
*Whitney, Mr. and Mrs. J. S.-P. 0. Box 194 ----- -------Port Ritchey
*Wilean, Mr. John D.-3416 Vasconia Street------------ --------Tampa
*Hushing, Mr. William C.-813 North State Street-----------------Litchfield
*Alexander, Miss Alice-3710 North Meridian Apt. 605 --- Indianapolis 8
Stetler, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer-Dun-Rolling R.F.D. 1 ----- ------Kokomo
H-Iavdn. Mr. and Mrs. John W.-1912 Larson-----------------------Salina
Bcnoit. Mr. and Mrs. Bert J.-4707 Prytania Street----------New Orleans 15
Minor Mr. and Mrs. Albert R.-103 Fairfax Place -.---- New Orleans 14
*Oliver, Mrs. Joseph T.-2314 Jezerscn Avenue ----------_ --- New Orleans 15
*MacGillivray. Mr. nnd Mrs. J. W.-4858 Battery Lane, Apt. 217 ---Bethesda
Stoll, Miss Edith H.--3302 North Calvert Street------------ Baltimore 18
*Spalding, Mrs. James H.-240 Marcy Street-------- --- Southbridge
Mansberg, Mrs. Lois-4100-35th Avenue--------------------------Meridian
*Lombard, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene-51 Oakside Drive------- -------Toms River
*McGeachey Mr. and Mrs. Alex-- 3 River View Drive----------- Brick Town
*Rathgeber, Mrs. Nora-t 2 Metedeconk Blvd. --- -----------Brick Town
Sulc. Mr. and Mrs. Frank 112 Lincoln Street ------ __---- East Orange
$ No change of address they now have mail delivery
Helm, Mrs. Mary-172 Pine Ridge Road------------------------Buffalo 25
*Jackson, Mrs. Ann M.-20 Chestnut Street Glen Cove------ Long Island
*McNair, Mr. J. Stuart-State University College of Education-- Plattsburgh
*Morgan, Mrs. Beatrice-Horse Shoe Hill------------------ Pound Ridge
*Dexter, Mrs. Clinton E.-35 Wyoming Avenue --------- ----- Buffalo 15
Levy, Mr. and Mrs. Edward A.-Res.: 114 Briarwood Lane ---- Hendersonville
Mail: P. O. Box 988---------------------------- Hendersonville
Ladd, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight H.-4235 Streetsboro Road ---- West Richfield
*Berger, Mr. and Mrs. Claude
(Eleanor Mullane-P. O. Box 2456 -------- ---------------Tulsa 1
*Geddes. Mr. Charles J.-306 McKeesport Road -- ---_-- Elizabeth
Holcomb. Miss E. Jane-Box 188 ----------------_------ Winnsboro
Meroney, Mr. and Mrs. W. H.-Route 1 ------- -------------_ Ooltewah
*Dugan. Miss Bessie M.-302 Marshall Street -------------------San Antonio 1
*Searcy, Mr. and Mrs. Roy D.-7511 Briefway --- ------------ .Houston 17
Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Milton R.-302 North First Street ------Bellaire 101
*Whitlock, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew A.-9002 McAvoy Drive -------Houston 36
*Anderson,- Mr. and Mrs. Howard C.-- 1225 Turner Road----- Richmond 25
$ Same address now have a street number
*Bahn, Mr. and Mrs. T. H.-2613 Key Blvd. North ------_------_ Arlington 1
*Deeney Col. and Mrs. Hugh J.-Lancaster County------------- White Stone
*Kirchmier, Mr. and Mrs. E. T.-3 Pinta Drive, Olive Branch-- Portsmouth
*Whitehorne, Mr. J. S.-Watson Court Apartments
Apartment 20 Union Street---------------------------Petersburg
Mail has been returned from the following. If you know of their present
address, please advise the Secretary-Treasurer.
Mr. and Mrs. I. A. MacKenzie, formerly of Orlando, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Moist, formerly of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Stahler, formerly of Eau Gallie, Florida.
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)
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
Herewith Dues for 1960.
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Dear Ex-Canal Friends:
You are cordially invited to join the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. The Canal Record, our news booklet, is issued quarterly, and a
Year Book is mailed to members in December of each year.
Dues are $3.00 annually, and payable in January. Members coming
in after July 1st will pay $1.50 for balance of the year.
Please add 10c to check to cover banking charge.
Please fill in the application below and send your dues to the:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
POST OFFICE Box 11566,
ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
DUES $3.00 PER YEAR. PLEASE ADD 1Oc TO ALL CHECKS (Bank Charge)
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Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Gaines, Zephyrhills, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos, Orlando, Fla.
Mrs. Helen Dudak, Orlando, Fla. Mr. and Mrs. Francis F.Hargy,
St. Petersburg, Fla. Miss Helen Louise Dudak, Orlando, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl P.Hoffman of Rochester, N.Y. who celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary in June.
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Mr. and Mrs. Tom Coleman, Hendersonville, N.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ahuey, Tampa, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hollowell, Hendersonville, N.C.
Back Row: Mr. E.R. Baltozer, St. Petersburg, Fla.- Mr. and Mrs. Oscar
R.Hunter, St. Petersburg, Fla. Front Row: Mrs. Fred Lyons, Clearwater,
Fla. Mrs. Baltozer and Mrs. Catherine Crandall of Clearwater, Fla.
Mrs. Charles Ryson,
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Orvis, Mr. and Mrs. Z.K. Esler at the new home
of the Orvises in Sarasota, Fla.
Curtis Fraser Green of Philadelphia, Pa.
Grandparents: Mr. Harold Fraser of
Cristobal and Mrs. Marie Fraser of Tampa.
Frank Wolf of St. Pete, Fla with his three
granddaughters. Charlese, Karen Alexander,
and Deborah Pate.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
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