The late William H. Butler, President, Panama
Canal Society of Florida 1951 1952
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Guests at Barbecue for Shriners at Miami. Left to Right: Mrs. Grace (Shack) Wilson in Montuna, Mrs Irene Jones, Mr. W. H. Munyon, Mrs.
W. R. Dixon, Mr. James Horace Jones, Mr. Dan S. Jones, Mrs. Jean (Sexton) Clary in Pollera.
The Jones Boys at Miami Convention
James Horace Jones, Bennie F. Jones, Dan S. Jones, Paul H. Jones
Capt. John W. Anderson with one that
didn't get away. Caught in lower
Chagres River in April.
(See People You Know)
Giles S. Martin, Cristobal, C. Z.
(See People You Know)
At Miami Picnic, June 25, 1961
Mr. Ike Metzger, Miami, Mr. Fred Bradley, Glendale, Calif.
Mrs. Lawrence Calloway, Sr., Miami, Mr. Dan Jones, Pres.
Miami Panama Canal Society.
Mrs. Art Soper, Tavares, Florida
Don and Patricia and family pet.
(See People You Know)
Linda Alice Wier holding a Christmas:
lamb at Grandpa Newell Shaws in
Fayetteville, Arkansas. Dec. 25, 19q
The Panama Canal Society
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone
P. O. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG 33,
William L. Goodwin
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. J. Lewis
R. H. Oliver
M. A. Turner
Dan E. Wright
Your legislative reporter wishes to thank all those that have written
letters to their Senators and Congressmen in support of the passage of
H.R. 5432 which is the Bill making the 10% increase permanent. The
latest report is that the bill has been passed by the House and the Senate
and is now on President Kennedy's desk. By the time you receive this
Record the bill will have become law.
It is interesting to note (according to the Retirement Life Magazine)
that many of our Panama Canal retirees are active members and officers
in N.A.R.C.E. Keep up the good work Canal Diggers. That's all for now.
The following letter is one received by Mrs. Eva S. Hammer in re-
sponse to one Mrs. Hammer had written to Congressman Roosevelt, whom
she considers one of the best friends the Panama Canal employees ever had.
CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES
House of Representatives
Washington, D. C.
Mrs. Eva S. Hammer May 22, 1961
1948 West 75th Street
Los Angeles 47, California
Dear Mrs. Hammer:
Thank you for your recent letter and your kind comments about the
newsletter and the minimum wage law.
Regarding the pending legislation you asked about (H.R. 5989, H.R.
6371, H.R. 6088), I feel there is hope for all of the bills except H.R. 6088
which I doubt will clear the Committee.
The legislation will certainly receive my full consideration and I
appreciate knowing that you are interested in their passage.
All best wishes.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. Howard S. Engelke of Balboa, announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Judith Evelyn, to Mr. Donald Douglas McFadden,
the son of Mrs. Bertha McFadden of Wilkes Barre, Pa., and the late Mr.
Fred R. McFadden.
Miss Engelke is in her senior year at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.
where she is majoring in physics and is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Mr. McFadden received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wilkes
College and is a senior at the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle.
The wedding date has not been set.
Mr. and Mrs. Rodger W. Griffith of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of
Diablo Heights, announce the recent marriage of their daughter, Hazel
Netta, to Mr. Robert J. Berry in Lima, Peru.
Mr. Berry is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Berry of Turlock, Calif.
The bride and groom are both on the staff of the United States Embassy
Major Griffith was formerly Chief of the Canal Zone Police Division.
Mrs. Virginia D. Cunningham of Diablo, announces the engagement
of her daughter Brenda Mary to Mr. Alfonso Estrada Berg, Jr., son of
Mr. Alfonso Estrada Berg, First Secretary of the Mexican Foreign Service
and Mrs. Josefina Estrada Berg who are presently stationed in El Salvador.
Mrs. Donna Mae Trasavage became the bride of Bernard J. Craig Jr.
in a ceremony in the Fort Gulick Chapel. The marriage vows were taken
before the Rev. John R. Dietz Jr., Post Chaplain at Fort Gulick.
Miss Trasavage is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Trasavage
of Los Rios, and is a senior at Balboa High School. The groom is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Craig of Fort Gulick, where Mr. Craig
is associated with the Atlantic Branch of the Post Engineers. Young Craig
is a graduate of Cristobal High School and attends the Canal Zone Junior
The couple were attended by Miss Grace Lou Craig, sister of the
groom, as maid of honor, and Erik Kalaidzis as best man.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Crowell of Balboa announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Ila Dawn, to Mr. Howard Parker, the son of Mrs.
Jessie Parker of Spring Lake, N.J., and the late Mr. Joseph Parker.
A graduate of Balboa High School, Miss Crowell attended the Canal
Zone Junior College and then entered the Ann May School of Nursing
at Neptune, N.J. She was graduated in September, 1959, and accepted
a position with the Fitkin Memorial Hospital in Neptune.
A fall wedding is being planned and will take place in New Jersey.
Miss Lillian Louise Szewczyk of South Bend, Ind., became the bride
of Mr. Terence Patrick Corrigan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Cor-
rigan of Coco Solo, at a ten o'clock Mass in Log Chapel at Notre Dame
University on April 29. The Rev. Paul B. Rankin, C.S.C., a former Crist-
obal resident, officiated.
Miss Betty Gwen Crowe, daughter of Judge and Mrs. Guthrie F.
Crowe of Ancon, and Mr. John Philip Darling, son of Mr. Cyril Lee Dar-
ling and the late Mrs. Darling of Detroit, Michigan, were married on
March 30 in the Pinecrest United Presbyterian Church, Miami.
Following a wedding trip to Nassau the young couple have returned
to make their home at 6762 Southwest 77th Terrace, South Miami.
Both are students at Miami University.
Mr. and Mrs. William Kosan of Margarita, C.Z. and Panama City,
announce the engagement of their daughter Dolores Berta to Mr. Raul
Miguel DeMena, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rafael DeMena also of Panama City.
Miss Kosan attended Canal Zone schools and is a graduate of the
Canal Zone Junior College with the Class of 1959. She studied at and
is a graduate of La Escuela Espanola de Danzas Paco Reyes y Gloria
Libran in Madrid and conducts her own school of Spanish Dancing.
Mr. DeMena is a student in the Faculty of Commerce at the Univer-
sity of Panama and is also employed by the Chase Manhattan Bank.
No date has been set for the wedding.
Miss Linda Ann Herring, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion S.
Herring of Gamboa, and S/Sgt. Robert Clyde Chester of Albrook Air
Force Base, exchanged nuptial vows before a candlelit altar flanked by
standing baskets of calla lillies and marguerites.
Chaplain Jack Moses officiated at the double ring service held at
seven in the evening in the Base chapel.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earnest V. Chester of
Seneca, Mo., who were represented at the wedding by Mr. and Mrs. J.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School with the Class of 1961
and her husband of Seneca High with the Class of 1955. He has been with
the Air Force since June of that year.
The couple will make their home at Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, Utah.
Miss Louise Antoinette Glud, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louise
Francis Glud, of Lake Tahoe, California, and Mr. Philip William Maher,
son of Mrs. Philip W. Maher and the late Mr. Maher of Bloomfield, Conn.,
were married in an 11 o'clock Nuptial Mass in St. Theresa's Catholic
Church in Lake Tahoe on May 27. The Rev. J. Henry Frassinet officiated
at the double ring ceremony which was attended by members of the family
and close friends.
The bride was graduated from Balboa High School and Pennsylvania
State University where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. She is also a
member of the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter of Theta Sigma Phi, profes-
sional women's journalism sorority.
The bridegroom was graduated from Marianapolis Preparatory
School in Thompson, Conn., and Arizona State University, where he was
a member of Phi Kappa. He is also a member of the First Company,
Governor's Horse Guards of Connecticut, and the Hartford Board of
Realtors. He is a veteran of the US Army.
Mrs. David S. (Dorothy) Huff and Mr. Clarence W. Smith, were
married March 30, 1961 in the Balboa Union Church. Rev. Orville J.
Hine officiated. Following a visit to Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Smith are now
at home to their friends at 237 Daytona Ave., Holly Hill, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Rost of Malverne, N.Y. announce the marriage
of their daughter, Mary Dolores, to James W. Suddaby, son of Mr. and
Mrs. G. D. Suddaby of Rouses Point, N.Y. and St. Petersburg, Florida,
on Saturday, June 24, 1961 in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Mal-
verne, New York. The bride and groom are both graduates of Pratt Insti-
tute, Brooklyn, New York.
Miss Barbara Elick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Elick of Balboa,
C.Z. and Mr. Herbert Schneider, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Schneider of
Balboa were united in marriage Saturday, June 4, 1961 in the First Pres-
byterian Church in Tallahassee, Florida. Both the bride and groom grad-
uated from Florida State University on June 3, 1961. Out of town guests
who attended the ceremony were the parents of the bride and groom, Mr.
and Mrs. Herbert Knapp of Balboa, Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall of St.
Petersburg, Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Culp of Fort Meyers, Florida,
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Crawford of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Mrs. Dansby
and son George of Alabama, and Mr. and Mrs. William Halloway of the
Canal Zone. Following the wedding, a reception was held at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Johannes Jr., in Tallahassee. The young couple are
now making their home at 1425 Jay St., Denver 15, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Thomas Smith of Los Rios announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Beverly Anne, to Mr. Harry Andrew Lippert,
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lippert of Clinton, Ill.
Miss Smith is a graduate of Balboa High School. She has attended
Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., during the past year, and is
returning in September for her Sophomore year.
Mr. Lippert is a Junior at Bob Jones University and is studying for
the ministry. Following graduation, he plans to do specialized mission
work among the deaf in Tennessee.
Plans are being made for a summer wedding next year.
Mr. and Mrs. James Christopher Wood of La Boca announce the
engagement of their daughter, Ann Preston to Mr. Louis Hassel Charles,
Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hassel Charles of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Miss Wood was born on the Canal Zone and attended Canal Zone
schools all of her life, graduating from Balboa High School in 1959. She
attended Junior College and the University of Miami. Miss Wood is
affiliated with Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Delta Psi Omega Drama
Mr. Charles was born in Richmond, Virginia, but has lived on the
Canal Zone most of his life. He graduated from Balboa High School in
1954 and attended the Canal Zone Junior College.
An August wedding is planned.
Announcement has been made of the recent marriage of Albert J.
Joyce, Sr., of Balboa, to Mrs. Hilda E. Plunkett, of Sarasota, Florida.
The marriage ceremony was performed at a Nuptial Mass by the Rt.
Rev. Monsgr. Charles E. Elslander at St. Martha's Church, Sarasota.
Mr. and Mrs. Joyce will remain in Balboa until the middle of July,
when Mr. Joyce will retire. They will then return to Sarasota, Florida,
and their new home on Sunnyside Lane, Sarasoto, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. James G. McGuire of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, for-
mer residents of the Canal Zone, announce the marriage of their daughter,
Mary Faith, to Harold L. Anderson, on July 9, 1961. The marriage was
solemnized at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Ancon, Canal Zone, with the Rev.
James J. Murphy officiating. Upon the arrival of the newlyweds in
Maine, the bride's parents were hosts for a reception at their home. Among
the guests present were Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Taylor, Mr. Thomas Jordan
of Kennebunk, Maine, Mrs. Alpha Hawkins of Virginia and Mrs. Mabel
Anderson, all former residents of the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fielding Gibson of Margarita, C.Z., announce
the approaching marriage of their daughter, Nancy Mae, to Major Milton
Frank Callero, which will take place on August 18, 1961 in the Fort
Gulick Chapel. Miss Gibson attended Florida Southern College in Lake-
land, Florida, 1959-1960 thru May 1961.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Swearingen of Margarita announce the birth
of a son, Lee Davis, on April 21 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Farrell of
Margarita and Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Swearingen of Gatun.
The baby has a brother, Paul, who is nine years old.
Mr. and Mrs. William Nickisher Jr. of Diablo Heights announce the
birth of their first child, a daughter named Emily Rose, at Gorgas Hos-
pital on May 30.
The maternal grandfather is Lt. Gen. T. L. Harold of Washington,
D.C., and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William James
Nickisher Sr., of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Grimison of Coco Solo announce the birth
of their second child and second daughter, Christina Marie, at the Coco
Solo hospital on May 16.
Mr. and Mrs. Rex E. Beck of Balboa and Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Burns
of Easton, Pa., are the baby's grandparents.
SP4 and Mrs. John W. Watson announce the birth of a son on May
12 at Gorgas Hospital. The baby has been named David Bishop Watson.
Mrs. Watson is the former Helene Bishop and maternal grandparents
are Mrs. David Bishop and the late Mr. Bishop of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Herman A. Erhart, Jr., of Palmdale, California, an-
nounce the birth of a son, their first child, on May 28. The baby has been
named Michael Alfred.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Abell, Sr., of
Diablo. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herman A. Erhart, Sr.,
of Louisville, Kentucky.
The baby also has maternal great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James
E. Hutchinson of Maysville, Kentucky and great great grand parents, Mr.
and Mrs. J. C. Simons, Sr., of Maysville, Kentucky.
Mrs. Erhart is the former Becky Abell.
Mr. and Mrs. John Young of Clearwater, Florida, announce the birth
of their first child, a daughter, Leslie Katherine, born July 10, 1961. The
maternal grandmother is Mrs. Maude Mason of Tallahassee, Florida and
the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wellington of St. Peters-
Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Smith of District Heights, Maryland, an-
nounce the birth of their second child, first son, Dana Samuel Smith, on
May 17, 1961. Mr. Smith is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David S. Smith of
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. William Witt, of Orange, New Jersey, announce the
birth of their third child, a daughter, Lore, born May 5th, 1961. The
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Renz of Fairhope, Alabama,
and the paternal grandmother is Mrs. Fred Witt of Orange, New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. John B. Coffey, Jr. (Mary Moreland) announce the
birth of their second son, John Patrick, June 23, 1961 at Coco Solo Hos-
pital. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gil Moreland and
the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John B. Coffey, Sr. Great
grandparents are Mrs. Dorothy Melendez and Mrs. Marie G. Coffey of
William H. Basham, Jr.-Postal Division-15 years, 27 days.
Mrs. Alice O. Benthall-Electrical Division-15 years, 29 days.
Roger W. Collinge-U.S. Schools-30 years, 4 months, 4 days.
Samuel J. Garriel-Maintenance Division-21 years, 5 months, 7 days.
William F. Grady-Pharmacist-29 years, 1 month, 28 days.
G. C. Locridge-Division of Schools-30 years, 6 months, 27 days.
Herbert E. Rothwell-Maintenance Div.-15 years, 10 months, 25 days.
Alphonse J. Roy-Terminals Division-17 years, 3 months.
Louis E. Snediker-Terminals Division-35 years, 1 month, 7 days.
Herbert C. Hawvichorst-Electrical Division-16 years, 4 months, 9 days.
Benjamin A. Darden-Police Division-26 years, 9 months, 1 day.
Oney Evans-Electrical Division-15 years, 11 days.
Carleton F. Hallett-Fire Division-29 years, 4 months, 11 days.
Isabel P. Reeves-Terminals Division-19 years, 9 months, 27 days.
Leo A. Walsh-Navigation Division-20years, 5 months, 26 days.
William Willumsen-Customs Division-28 years, 3 months, 29 days.
Ernest A. Angermuller-Industrial Div.-31 years, 11 months, 15 days.
Boyd M. Bevington-Community Services Div.-35 yrs., 1 mo., 10 days.
Miss Marie V. Brauer-Gorgas Hospital-29 years, 11 months, 23 days.
Miss Mercedes Castro-Division of Schools- 31 years, 3 months, 7 days.
Miss Rae F. Elicker-Coco Solo Hospital-31 years, 4 months, 14 days.
Thomas W. Fels-Electrical Division-19 years, 4 months, 11 days.
Robert H. Fisher-Motor Transportation Div.-18 yrs., 8 mo., 27 days.
Mrs. Leila Iona Gibbs-Records Division-17 years, 1 month, 1 day.
Edward W. Hatchett, Sr.-Division of Schools-29 yrs., 8 mo., 6 days.
Mrs. Martha W. Keller-Service Center Branch- 8 yrs., 9 mo., 11 days.
Joseph H. Kueter-Industrial Division-19 years, 4 months, 23 days.
David G. Peters-Railroad Division-13 years, 3 months, 2 days.
Isaac A. Price-Railroad Division-20 years, 4 months, 11 days.
Mrs. John R. (Alice) Strauss of Cantonment, Florida, keeps fairly
well with the help of a weekly trip to the doctor. Her back bothers her
but otherwise she reports that she is O.K.
Mr. Archie Gibson of St. Petersburg was a patient in St. Anthony's
Hospital in June.
Mrs. Ruth Page of St. Petersburg suffered a heart attack and was
a patient in St. Anthony's Hospital during the month of June.
Mrs. Thomas H. Young of St. Petersburg was ill, in June, with a
bad case of laryngitis.
Mr. Oscar T. Dunn of Charlottsville, Virginia, reports he is doing
nicely following eye surgery.
Mrs. Margaret Tysinger reports that Mrs. Frances L. Brown, former
Commissary Division employee, now living in Banco, Virginia, is very ill.
Mrs. Betsy Landers of Tampa, Florida, is back in her office selling
Real Estate after two and a half months in the hospital with Bronchial
Mrs. Corinne Feeney of St. Petersburg was a patient in St. Anthony's
Hospital during May.
Mr. W. D. Pennock of St. Petersburg reports he now feels wonderful,
following surgery in Tampa Hospital.
Capt. Henry E. Falk of St. Petersburg was a hospital patient for
surgery in May.
Mr. James Selby of Balboa was reported as being very ill in Gorgas
Hospital during July.
Mrs. Klara Weisiger of Crystal Beach, Florida, fell and broke her
knee cap. The break was a bad one and she is forced to use a crutch all
Mrs. Mildred Fuentes of St. Petersburg was very ill in St. Anthony's
Hospital, during June and July.
Mrs. Charles T. Danleis of St. Petersburg is very ill at her home.
Mrs. Charles Grier of Gamboa, C.Z. entered Gorgas Hospital in July
for eye surgery.
Mr. Fred Sprechen suffered a slight heart attack while in Miami for
the Shrine Convention. Fred returned to St. Petersburg and expected to
leave in mid-July for his annual trip to Michigan.
Mr. Thomas J. Rath has been in a nursing home for several months.
Mrs. Rath was confined to St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida,
for several weeks following a heart attack but is now some better.
Mrs. Mary Davies reports she is feeling much better after another
visit to the hospital.
CARDS OF THANKS
Cards of Thanks and Appreciation have been received from the following:
Capt. Henry E. Falk Mrs. Barbara Ramey and family
Mrs. Clara M. Smith Mr. and Mrs. E. S. MacSparran
Mrs. Archie Gibson Mrs. Corinne Feeney
The family of Earl Coe Dwelle The family of Dr. F. L. Alexaites
Mrs. Alberta P. Harris Mrs. Louise Grier
Mrs Ruth C. Page Mrs. Betty Landers
Mr. W. T. Pennock The family of William H. Butler
Mrs. Clara Boyer Mrs. Mildred Fuentes
Mr. Robert Boyer and family Mrs. Mary Davies
Friends and family of Capt. Henri Herff
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Dr. Francis L. Alexaitis, former Cristobal Quarantine officer and
well known resident of the Atlantic side, died in a hospital in Tampa,
Florida following a long illness. He was 70 years old.
A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Dr. Alexaitis served with
the U. S. Army during World War I as an officer in the Medical Corps
and came to the Canal Zone in 1921 as a Medical officer in the Health
Dr. Alexaitis joined the Sanitation Division in 1945. All of his
service with the Canal organization was in quarantine and immigration
work on the Atlantic side except for brief periods when he was on tem-
porary duty in Balboa.
Following his retirement in 1953, Dr. and Mrs. Alexaitis and three
of their daughters returned to the United States and have been making
their home in Tampa.
In addition to his wife, Dr. Alexaitis is survived by four daughters:
Mrs. Frances Green of Oklahoma; Lucy, Ursula and Cecilia Alexaitis of
Tampa and a son Jack, who is employed in the Locks Division and lives
in Margarita. There are also three grandchildren.
Word has been received of the death May 31 of Mr. William C.
Smith, a retired Company-Government employee, who has been making
his home in Miami, Florida.
Mr. Smith was born in Frankfort, Ky., on July 30, 1891.
A United States war veteran, he first began work with the Canal
organization in May 1923 as a locks operator in Gatun. At the time of
his retirement on July 31, 1953, he was a control house supervisor on the
In his immediate family, Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Clara M. Smith of Miami.
Wilbur D. Cunningham, one of the finest printing equipment experts
on the Isthmus, died May 16 in Gorgas Hospital after a long illness. He
was 69 years old.
Mr. Cunningham was plant foreman of The Star & Herald for a
period of years. He also had served in that capacity with the Panama
"American" and had travelled extensively through Central and South
America on printing press assembly work in which he was a recognized
Mr. Cunningham was born in 1892 in Petersburg, West Virginia.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Idaly Cunningham, of Panama; a
daughter, Mrs. Albert Motta, of Colon; a son, George W. Cunningham, of
Miami, Florida, and five grandchildren; and two sisters, Miss Alice C.
Cunningham, of Cumberland, Md., and Mrs. Walter Donohue, of Chicago.
Word has been received of the death in Washington, D.C., of Carolyn
Gray Townsend, wife of Dr. James G. Townsend. According to the report,
Mrs. Townsend had been ill but a short time and died at her home, 2301
Dr. and Mrs. Townsend were residents of Panama City during the
six years that he was connected with Point IV in Public Health and Pre-
ventive Medicine. They left the Isthmus in August of 1959.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Townsend is survived by two sisters,
Mrs. John Edens of Columbia, South Carolina and Miss Pearl Gray of
Jacksonville, Florida, and a brother, Dick Gray of Miami.
Donald R. Boyer, former employee of the Postal Division and well-
known resident of the Canal Zone, died May 18 in Pinellas Park, Florida
after a long illness. He was 58 years old.
A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Mr. Boyer was employed as a postal
clerk in Bellingham, for 16 years before going to the Isthmus in 1939.
He served as a postal clerk in Balboa, Balboa Heights, Fort Amador and
Diablo Heights and was made postmaster at Rodman in 1950. In this
capacity he served in Cocoli, Fort Davis and Balboa.
He was relief supervisor in the Cristobal Post Office for two years
and was transferred to Balboa in this position in 1958. He retired from
Canal service in August, 1960.
He is survived by his wife, who resides at 6550, 78th Avenue North,
Pinellas Park; by a son, Robert L. Boyer of Ancon, and a daughter, Mrs.
Otis Ramey of Gatun, and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Olive Pajak of Balboa, 37 years of age and an employee of the
Panama Canal's Electrical Division at Balboa Heights, died at San Fer-
nando Clinic in Panama City.
In her immediate family she is survived by her husband, Carl M.
Pajak, systems accountant in the Panama Canal Accounting Division; by
two children, Douglas M. and Laura T. Pajak; her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
George T. McLintock of Los Rios; and by two sisters, Mrs. Gloria Lord
of Diablo and Mrs. Frances Baltozer of Balboa.
Mrs. Pajak was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and came to the Canal
Zone with her parents when she was a child. She attended the Canal Zone
schools and was first employed by the Company-Government as a clerk-
typist in the Health Bureau. From 1945 to 1949, she held a position as
a clerk in the Accounting Division. She resigned in May 1949 and was
reemployed in November 1950 as a clerk typist in the Engineering and
Construction Bureau. In 1953 she was promoted to accounting clerk in
the Electrical Division, where she was employed at the time of her death.
Earl T. Gilbert, former employee of the Gatun Locks, died in Mon-
rovia, California May 6, 1961.
Mr. Gilbert was born July 7, 1881, in Canada and came to the Canal
Zone in 1914 as a steam engineer in the Electrical Division.
He was transferred to the Locks Division in 1917 and remained with
that Division as a lock operator until his retirement in September 1942.
Since that time he has been making his home in California.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clara Gilbert, of Monrovia.
News has been received of the death of Mrs. Clarence S. Ridley, wife
of Maj. Gen. Ridley, former Governor of the Panama Canal. Her death
occurred April 22 at her home in Carmel, California.
Mrs. Ridley came to the Isthmus in 1932 when her husband was
appointed engineer of maintenance of the Panama Canal. Ridley was
made Governor of the Panama Canal in 1936 and they remained here
During her residence on the Isthmus, she made a large number of
friends both in the Canal Zone and Panama.
During World War II, Ridley was for a time advisor to the Persian
Army. After his retirement from active service in 1947, he and Mrs.
Ridley made their home in Carmel.
In addition to her husband Mrs. Ridley is survived by one brother,
Keith Thompson of San Francisco and several nieces and nephews.
Word has been received from Francis Nolan of Madrid, Spain, of
the death of his mother Lenore Nolan. Since her retirement Mrs. Nolan
had resided in Malaga, Spain.
Mrs. Nolan was employed for many years as a civilian employee in
the Provost Marshal's office at USARCARIB, Ft. Amador. Prior to living
in Panama she resided in Ecuador. Mrs. Nolan was a member of the
First Baptist Church, Balboa Heights.
She is survived only by the son in Madrid, Spain.
Mrs. Angie Caswell died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. E.
Forbes at 1150 W. Prince Road, Tucson, Arizona, on April 24.
Mrs. Caswell was 80 years old. She and her husband, T. S. Caswell,
were long time residents of Bradford, Pa. They moved to San Benito,
Texas in 1930 where Mr. Caswell died in 1936 at the age of 68.
Mrs. Caswell came tothe Canal Zone in 1956 to make her home with
her daughter and son-in-law until Forbes retired from the Health Bureau
Besides Mrs. R. E. Forbes, other survivors are a son, Howard, of San
Benito, Texas; a daughter, Mrs. A. L. Patterson of Tucson, 8 grand-
children and 18 great grandchildren.
Adelbert Fastlich died Sunday afternoon, May 1 at his country home
in Cerro Azul.
Vienna-born Mr. Fastlich, the owner of the Fastlich duty-free stores,
was 69 years old and had been a resident of of Panama for 40 years.
He is survived by his wife Mrs. Dora von Kauffmann Fastlich, and
his 15-year-old daughter, Rosalinda, in addition to other relatives.
William H. Butler, 73, passed away in a local hospital on June 8,
1961. Mr. Butler was President of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
from 1951 to 1952. He is survived by one son, John L. and a daughter,
Mrs. Robert R. Callow, both of Washington, D.C. He is also survived
by one grandson.
Word has been received of the death of Miss Anita Way on June 19,
1961. Miss Way was a former Canal Zone Health Department nurse. She
is survived by her sister, Mrs. Ruth Corbett of 147 West State St., Kennett
Mrs. Elizabeth Blair King, wife of Benjamin B. King, passed away
April 30, 1961, in Buffalo, New York. Besides her husband, she is sur-
vived by two daughters, Mrs. Earl (Isabelle) Pellett of New Haven, Conn.
and Miss Thelma King of Buffalo. She is also survived by eleven grand-
children and nineteen great grandchildren. She was a member of Royal
Palm Chapter O.E.S. of Cristobal, C.Z. Mrs. King was on the Zone dur-
ing construction days and left there when her husband retired in 1933.
Word has been received here that Earl Clark was killed in Korea
some time in the early part of this year. Clark was the son-in-law of
E. S. MacSparran of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Fred C. Nichols, 78, of Trinidad, Colorado, died Friday, July 7,
1961 in a Trinidad hospital. Mr. Nichols, an engineer by profession,
worked on the Canal Zone for eight years during the construction period.
He had much to do with the Rio Grande Compressor plant and the air
mains and distribution of compressed air into the cut. He is survived
by his wife Margaret, a son, Fred C. Nichols Jr. of Honolulu, Hawaii,
also two grandchildren and two nephews.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. J. L. Wise, at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Harold Gardiner of Minden, La. She was the
widow of the Rev. J. L. Wise, who in Construction days had charge of
Baptist church work on the Canal. Mrs. Wise is survived by four sons
and one daughter.
Walter K. Wikingstad, 49, of Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota, died Thursday,
April 27, 1961 at Aurora Hospital, Aurora, Minnesota. He is survived
by his wife Anne and son Lars. Also by his mother, Mrs. Anna Wiking-
stad of St. Petersburg, Florida, two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Lakey of Mary-
ville, Tenn., and Helen Etheridge, Hawaii and a brother, Randolph M.
Wikingstad of Cristobal, C. Z.
Word has been received of the death of Capt. Henri M. Herff of
Baton Rouge, La. Capt. Herff was stationed at Quarry Heights for many
years and was active in Masonic circles, particularly in the Order of
Harry F. Cody died June 9, 1961 of a heart attack at his home, 1714
5th Avenue, Zephyrhills, Florida, at the age of 59. He is survived by his
widow, Viola Jordan Cody of Zephyrhills; two sons, the Rev. Michael
J. Cody of Seattle, Washington, and 1st Lt. Harry (Spike) F. Cody, Jr.
He is also survived by four sisters, Anna Carey of Zephyrhills, Estella
Sullivan of Idlewood, California, Alice Seavey of Laguna Beach, Cali-
fornia, and Isabelle Woolford of the Canal Zone.
Ervin H. Eskildsen, a retired Panama Canal employee, who had been
making his home in Panama, died at Gorgas Hospital July 7 following
a brief illness.
He was born at Lawler, Iowa, on April 30 1892. His first Panama
Canal employment was in November 1940 as a foreman in the Mechani-
cal Engineering Division. During his service, he was transferred once
to the position of pipefitter, which he held until his retirement on disa-
bility on June 30, 1951.
In his immediate family he is survived by three daughters, Mrs.
Biendicho of Panama, Mrs. Amalia Foley of the United States, and Mrs.
Teresa Osegian of Panama.
Donald W. Journeay, retired employee of the Panama Canal organ-
ization, died in Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. Journeay came to the Canal Zone in 1940 and retired in Jan-
uary of this year. He worked in the Contracting and Inspection office.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Mary Journeay, of Balboa Heights;
James Hanley Journeay, a brother, of Atlantic Heights, N.J.; and Mrs.
Bernice Maxim, a sister, of Garnett Lake, N.Y.
Susan Ashby, 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phra A. Ashby
of Los Rios, died early Tuesday afternoon, June 16th at Gorgas Hospital
after a few months illness.
Susan, who was a popular girl, was a member of the Diablo Heights
Junior High School graduating class this month. She was one of the
horseback riders at Albrook Riding Stable, where her mother is Albrook
Riding Club mother and is known as "Grandma".
In her immediate family, Susan is survived by her parents and four
brothers and sisters. Her father is maintenance foreman in the Main-
tenance Division at Corozal Hospital.
Mrs. Mary Helen Tippett of Margarita, who had resided on the
Isthmus for about five years, died June 13th after a long illness.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Tippett an employee of the
Industrial Division, and a son in the United States.
Information has been received of the death of Mrs. Florence Embree
in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, June 19, 1961. Mrs. Embree was well known
to old time Canal folks, having resided in Culebra and later in Balboa
Heights, where she conducted a kindergarten school. Mrs. Embree is
survived by her husband, Mr. Clayton J. Embree, retired office engineer.
She is also survived by a daughter Mary Fran, a son Richard, and several
Colonel Charles O. Purdy, 81, died July 2, 1961 in Berkeley, Cali-
fornia. Col. Purdy was employed by the Isthmian Canal Commission in
1911 where he served until 1914. During his service on the Zone he
made many friends among the construction forces. He returned to the
Zone in 1936 as Chaplain for the 33rd Infantry at Fort Clayton. He is
survived by his wife, Belle C. Purdy, Berkeley, California; two daughters,
Mrs. Margaret Rhine, Fort Gulick, C. Z., Mrs. Dina Harrington, Colorado
Springs, and by three grandchildren.
Word has been received of the death of the Rev. Arthur F. Nighten-
gale, former Arch Deacon of Panama, and Rector of St. Paul's church
for 25 years. Death came to the 80 year old Episcopal priest in the Smith's
Home, Philadelphia, Pa. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Catherine
Nightengale and a son, Daniel.
Mr. Herbert D. Hinman, 78, died July 15, 1961 in Hampton, Vir-
ginia. Mr. Hinman was a construction Engineer and worked on the Canal
from 1907 to 1917. In his immediate family he is survived by his wife,
Mrs. Marion S. Hinman, three daughters, Mrs. Jessie J. Stocker of Nor-
folk, Virginia, Mrs. Martin Gracey of Valdosta, Georgia, and Mrs. Harry
P. Eubank of Princeton, New Jersey; one sister, Mrs. Freeman Lury of
Groveton, New Hampshire; and by a brother, C. E. Hinman of Haverhill,
Dr. Lewis B. Bates, 77, died Wednesday, August 2, 1961 in a Wey-
mouth, Massachusetts, hospital. A retired Army Colonel, Dr. Bates spent
40 years in the Panama Canal Zone. He was a graduate of Tufts Medical
School and was awarded the Roosevelt Medal with two bars for service
during construction of the Canal. He also received the Army Legion of
Merit for medical work during World War II. He retired, as Chief of the
Board of Health Laboratory in 1948. He was a member of Weymouth
Lodge A.F.&A.M., a 33rd degree Mason, a past Deputy of the Scottish
Rite, and Past District Grand Master of the Canal Zone. He is survived
by a cousin, Mrs. Anna B. Garey of East Weymouth, Massachusetts.
"Although sometimes the shadows fall
And dark may seem the way
We know beyond the darkest night
There shines Eternal Day."
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
"1962 ANNUAL REUNION"
29th Anniversary 1933 1962
Mark well the dates of this Annual Memorable Society function.
January 9th and 10th, 1962
Soreno Hotel St. Petersburg
Tuesday the 9th 10:00 A.M. Introduction and Get To-Gether.
2:00 P.M. Annual Business Meeting.
Wednesday the 10th 1:30 P.M. Luncheon at the Soreno.
With each passing year, the Annual Reunion reflects an ever brighter
and remembered event in our History. Members not only renew old and
form new friendships but establish stronger bonds of mutual esteem and
understanding towards one-another.
Plan to attend this 1962 Reunion. With the Leadership of Mrs.
Lucille Judd and her capable assistants, this could be an outstanding
gathering of ditch-diggers.
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Period March 1 to May 1,1961
EXHORTATION AND INTRODUCTION TO THE OFFICE
Actual introduction to the Secretary-Treasurer's duties started on or
about March 1. Taskmistress Mrs. Lucille Judd started by handing me the
28 page Manual of Operation, Duties and Responsibilities of the Secre-
tary-Treasurer. Then she proceeded to emphatically hand down the rules
and emphasize the importance of doing the assigned duties. Finishing off
the visit, reminiscent of people, places and things. After which I started
for home wondering how anyone expected to take over and do the hun-
dreds of personal details Mrs. Judd accomplishes for the good and wel-
fare of the Society, Blood-Bank and Membership.
After reading the manual of instruction and trying to form a work-
ing knowledge of the Secretary-Treasurer duties, I felt I had been com-
pletely brain washed into presuming I could fill the job. This called for
another visit with the Taskmistress. Let me here and now tell you that
Mrs. Judd is also a topnotch Saleslady. In short order she brushed aside
my doubts and sold me the idea I was doing fine. To add Chaos to con-
fusion she opened the door and let me take one glance into the files, books
and records; Just enough to wet and stimulate curiosity. Diverting the
visit casually to people, places and things I was given another checkup
and at the same time interrogated in regards to my knowledge of Old-
Timers, Events and a Personal attitude test. By now I was completely
confused and unable to answer any question with confidence or assurance
and know what I was talking about. Several meetings followed with Mrs.
Judd hammering away any doubts I could inject.
The stage was all set to throw me to the will of the godp April 15.
- No audit of accounts delayed the move. This gave me some time to
reflect upon my plight to come. Notified we move on April 27th was
welcomed with misgivings, I assure you. Moving day resulted in Mrs.
Judd bucking up my courage. No turning backward now this was it!
ALONE IN THE WILDERNESS
Where is it? What's it for? When do I do it? Why do it at all?
Who does it? The five honest men questions? 1600 members dues
paid by April 27th. 1775 issued by May 10th. This sure is an easy
job-Open the mail, take the money and send a card.-Change addresses;
Notify the Recording Secretary and the Record Editor; Gather news;
Record the Deaths; Send flowers, get-well and sympathy cards. Be ready
to answer questions who's sick, where, when, why.-Thank you so much!
Who's kicking? not me! It all goes to show what you don't know
about the swell job Mrs. Lucille Judd has done for you in the past I
do now; and hope that the time and effort she took to convert me into
following in her footsteps shall stand as a memorial for her good works.
With the help of the membership and diligent application of my time
and effort I can see an ever brightening future for our Glorious and
Lee R. Beil
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
Period May 1 to July 15, 1961
Missed the May picnic while serving as a juror in the Criminal Court
in Clearwater. This was my first introduction to Florida law. It was
indeed interesting and educational with regard to procedure and law
references appertaining to Florida.
Attended the June and July picnics. Upon which our Recording
Secretary always brings you up to date. Was indeed' happy to meet and
talk with the visitors and members who always have interesting bits of
news about friends and members.
The membership standing at the close of the day July 15th:
Members in good standing with 1961 dues paid ----. .._ .... 1855
Members in arrears with 1961 dues not paid ------- 99
Members in good standing for 1961 who resigned or died-- __ 6
New members added: joining the Society since May 1 --- 26
Attention is called to the 99 members who have not paid 1961 dues.
The Record Editor will be given a list of in arrears members. The Sep-
tember Record will be removed from the mailing list and turned over to
the Secretary-Treasurer for mailing upon receipt of the 1961 dues. Please
send in your 1961 dues. Why not include your 1962 dues? 1962 dues
cards are WHITE with GREEN PRINT, now in the Secretary's hands
ready for mailing.
To the members who are using the $1.50 one-half dues. You are
reminded that the 1962 YEAR-BOOK will not be forwarded in December
until the 1962 Society dues are paid. Not to be disappointed why not
send in 1962 dues now with your one-half year 1961 dues?
Blood-Bank membership status on July 15, 1961 as follows:
Members who have contributed the $2 assessment for 1961 ....--- 474
Members who have not contributed for 1961 _-.--- -------- 19
Blood-Bank members holding card numbers 39-121-148-158-164-183-
202-211-271-320 and 338; our records show are not eligible for Blood-
Bank benefits. Please check your number.
All members should check the September address slip pasted on the
Record; This is your official mailing address and your name as carried
on our files. This address will be used in the 19.62 YEAR BOOK. Please
check present address on the September Record and in the 1961 YEAR
Book. All changes for the 1962 YEAR BOOK must be in the Secretary-
Treasurer's hands by October 1, 1961. Is your address correct? Have you
made use of the Postal ZONE number?
Members who have not paid 1961 Society dues by October 1, 1961
will be deleted from the 1962 YEAR BOOK. Please make my job a bit
lighter; we have no intention or desire to cause disappointment.
Jot down my mail address in your note book. For fast service and
important matters needing immediate attention.
To everyone who has been so kind during these first months of my
efforts; And to all who wrote me the words of encouragement and success
in this venture. Thank you It's a great feeling to be able to, help in
some little way to brighten the day and bring you in closer contact with
friends and loved ones. See you at the REUNION or sooner GOD willing.
LEE R. BEIL
5337- 60th Street North
St Petersburg 9, Florida
Picnic, May 8, 1961-Panama Canal Society of St. Petersburg
Approximately 75 members, visitors and guests attended the first
picnic of the season held at Lake Maggiori on May 8th.
Mr. Wm. J. Bartlett, Legislative Representative, brought his report
along with letters addressed to Hon. Tom Murray, Chairman, Civil Ser-
vice Committee and Hon. Robert J. Corbett, House Civil Service Commit-
tee, extending the deep appreciation of the Society for their interest in
the welfare of the retired U.S. Civil Service employees as expressed in Bill
H.R. 5397 which will make the 10% increase authorized in 1958 perman-
ent and payable from the Retirement Fund. These letters were approved
for mailing by four members of the Council present: Mr. Macon Turner,
Mr. Henry Hudson, Mr. W. L. Hersh and Mr. J. F. Everett.
The following visitors were present:
Miss Ruth Nielson, Tampa Mrs. Wm. Watson, Norfolk, Va.
Mrs. Anders Sandberg Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Grady, Lakeland
Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Dorgan, now local Miss Kathryn Ridge, daughter of
Mr. John Wilson, Tampa John Ridge, Jr., Canal Zone
Picnic, June 12, 1961
The picnic of June 12th was well attended, nearly 100 were present.
There were so many interesting visitors from other States and many
from the Canal Zone, which included:
Mrs. John E. (Anita) Jenison, Balboa, C.Z.
Mrs. Mary Cody, Zephyrhills
Mr. & Mrs. Melvin J. Richardson-lst timers who became members.
(formerly Loretta Glenn, Diablo Beauty Shop)
Mrs. Alice Jordan Rogers, Bluffton, Ind.
Mr. Warren Jordan, Annapolis, Md.
Mr. Bill Hollowell, Coco Solo.
Mr. Walter White.
Mr. & Mrs. Chas. P. Shay, Michigan.
Mr. & Mrs. L. C. Paulson, Gatun.
Mr. & Mrs. John Ridge, Jr., Balboa.
Mr. & Mrs. L. W. McIlvaine, Clearwater.
News: Mrs. Wm. Barlow, Toms River, N.J. fell while shopping and
broke her nose.
Picnic of July 10, 1961
The third picnic of the year was held on July 10th, which again was
a beautiful sunny day, and was well attended by about 80 people, who
appeared to have a wonderful time. Visitors present were:
Dianne Baltozer, Diablo Heights. Granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs.
Ida Ruth and Howard Fuller, from California.
Mr. & Mrs. Earl S. Lynch, and 3 daughters. (3 generations of Fullers)
Mrs. Maude Kilcourse, Savior, L.I., N. Y.
Mrs. Ethel M. McCarthy, who has moved here from Alabama.
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Askew and children.
Mrs. Lew Engle and two daughters. (nee Hohman)
Mr. & Mrs. Earl W. Hoverter, Pennsylvania.
Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Grady, Lakeland.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
'Tis the good old summertime folks taking to highways and by-
ways, hunting cool camping spots, or just visiting grandmas and grand-
dads. Take our own household, for example. Returning from Phoenix
the first week in June (having helped the Rylls move into an attractive
new home), granddaughters Sandra and Denise accompanied us. Arriv-
ing from the Canal Zone in July, the Fawcetts (Beverly, John and Linda)
to be with us for several weeks; and, completing the family picture, Bob-
bie and Dale driving from Phoenix in early August to reclaim their
daughters. Busy, noisy, lively, but happy days.
Then too, there were Katherine and Susan Lessiack bringing joy to
the Yoder household during a nice, long visit, leaving on June 23rd to
join Dad and the boys in New Jersey. Rickey Smith of Tyler, Texas, and
Sally Mitchell of Sacramento livening the home of their grandparents,
Sara and Verne Mitchell in Oakland. Mary and Norman Rocker happy
to have daughter Wyllis Leonhard and two grandchildren stop by Lafay-
ette on their way to their new home in the Washington, D.C. area. And
the Dick McConaugheys arriving from the Canal Zone to spend part of
the summer with the Harvey McConaugheys in Oakland.
WELCOME TO OUR AREA
On June 11th, Florine and Jerry Prager met Bea Fernandez of Dallas
at the airport in San Francisco and brought her down to Los Altos where
the Yoders were entertaining a few friends. Monday saw the Pragers and
Bea off on a 10-day trip to Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper Park, later
reporting a wonderful time in spite of the hot weather.
The Forbes, Erma and Ray, of Tucson, Arizona are presently keep-
ing house for son Jimmy and family in San Mateo during the illness of
their daughter-in-law, and are also greeting old friends roundabout.
We hear we may have missed the Pettingills and Dick Sergeants dur-
ing our absence in Phoenix, and, if so, we're very sorry.
Mrs. Margaret Davis, on vacation from the C.Z. Schools Division,
came to our picnic with the Frank Bryans of Santa Rosa.
We regretted missing Dorothy Hamlin, who visited the Berkeley-
Oakland area in June. Nice that she was here to attend our monthly
Canal Zone bridge session (at the home of Ruth and Harold Duncan in
Saratoga) before returning home to spend Mother's Day with daughter
Janie and family in West Covina.
The Arthur Beards of Oakland enjoyed an eight-day visit from Clara
Gilbert of Monrovia earlier this month.
Seems like the Harold Irwins always have the most company! For
instance, Mrs. Sam Grier, Bob Grier and wife from the Canal Zone, and
Margaret (Sis) Grier visited with them and with Jean and Bill Ecker in
June. Arthur Newburg, formerly with the Office Engineers at Balboa
Heights is now an Episcopal Minister in San Francisco. He and Mrs.
Newburg recently spent an afternoon with the Irwins before leaving for
their new assignment in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Other callers were Marie
(Haggerty) and Bill Ewing of Arlington Heights, Illinois. Bill is pre-
ently taking a course at Stanford.
SEEN EN ROUTE
While in Phoenix we saw the George Ritcheys and the Roger Grif-
fiths. They were all fine except that Martha Griffith had been quite ill
and is still on a strict diet.
On a recent trip to Hawaii, Hazel Alsing visited with Dr. and Mrs.
Julian Hunt at their apartment in Pearl Harbor, where Dr. Hunt is a
practising physician with the Navy.
The Harold Duncans have just returned from a six-weeks' trip dur-
ing which they visited with Jack Evans and family in Greeley, Colorado,
with Muriel and Ed Neil in Birmingham, and in Indiana they saw the
Howard Stewarts and the Walter Judsons.
Barbara and Harry Bach report from the Bahamas as follows: "The
Baerstocks have a darling house, well-planned and cool and this is one of
the most enchantingly beautiful places we've ever seen. Last night we
went by dinghy (with outboard motor) to White Sound for an excellent
dinner. We've been meeting many interesting and talented people. Hope-
town so reminds us of Taboga. The islands are so much more wooded and
hilly than I expected to find them and it was reasonably cool and breezy."
In St. Pete they had a grand visit with all their C.Z. friends the Lock-
ridges, who arrived on June 12th, the McGinnises, Frasers, Falks, Roland
Joneses, Marshalls, Sylvesters, and Orrs. The Bachs are now visiting in
Massachusetts and are expected home the end of July.
Kay Clarke, after a year of travel here and there, has chosen San
Rafael as her future home and is nicely settled in an attractive apartment
with a lovely view the address, 100 Bayo Vista Way, Apt. 49.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Thomas, formerly of Palo Alto, are now at home
at 860 Grape Avenue, Sunnyvale.
James Lawson, retired from the Office of Comptroller, P.C. Company
in January, 1961, is presently at the address of his brother-in-law, Bud
Bliss, at 76 Llewellyn Avenue, Campbell. His wife, Anne, remained in
the Canal Zone to complete a two-year contract, at the end of which time
the Lawsons will probably settle near their children in Atlanta.
ON THE AIR
Who was watching the TV program "To Tell the Truth" on June
19th, when Betty Fears, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Fears of
Balboa, C.Z. and a graduate of Cristobal High School, Class of '56,
appeared in her role as the 89th Navy Color Girl to preside at the Naval
Academy June Week festivities? The panel identified Betty as the Color
Girl because she was the only one of the three who knew about "dry
It has just come to our attention that Jerry Jensen, our popular 11
o'clock newscaster, on KRON/TV in San Francisco, is a native-born
Canal Zonite and a graduate of Balboa High School. He is the son of
Captain Ralph Jensen (USN Ret.) and Mrs. Jensen. Captain Jensen
worked with the Dredging Division and later as an Admeasurer in the
Canal Zone, entered the Navy in 1940 and has only recently been retired.
Jerry is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Jensen and his aunt, Mrs.
Walter Houk (Juanita Jensen) lives near us in Los Altos.
On the convalescent list is Harold Irwin, now at home in San Rafael
after a cataract operation. The operation was successful and the patient
is recovering nicely.
To Mr. V. B. Dingledine of 6233 Manoa St., Oakland, whose wife,
Julia M. Dingledine, died quietly during a nap on Wednesday, June 14th,
following another stroke.
To Mrs. Belle C. Purdy of 2335 Corona Court, Berkeley, whose hus-
band, Chaplain Charles O. Purdy (Colonel, U.S.A. Ret.), died at Letter-
man General Hospital in San Francisco on July 2d. Mrs. Margaret Rhine
arrived from the Canal Zone to be with her mother.
Mrs. Margaret Frances Briody, mother of Mrs. James Thomas of
Sunnyvale, died Friday, June 21st, at the age of 94. Mrs. Briody lived
with the Thomas family in the Canal Zone from 1950 to 1953.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harold Johnson announce the marriage of their
daughter, Karen Louise, to Mr. Grady Fred Robertson on Saturday, the
27th of May, 1961. Grady is the son of Ruth Robertson, the founder of
our Society, and the grandson of Nina Brown of San Carlos. The bride
and groom are now at home at 1421 Ebner Street, Redwood City.
HAIL TO THE CHIEF
On May 4th our President, Ben Armstrong, and his congenial wife
Amy, entertained the officers and executive committee of the Association
at a lovely luncheon at their apartment in San Francisco. "Business" was
the order of the day but the social hour ran well into the evening and a
few even stayed to finish the "leftovers". We made plans for our picnic
which was held on June 24th and was, we thought, one of the nicest we
have had. A smaller and more secluded area in Flod Park had been
assigned to us and made for closer contacts. The weather was perfect and
there were 118 signatures on our register. The President welcomed the
members and guests and reminisced about the "good old days" in the
Zone. New members registering were Mary Birnbaumer, Kay Clarke,
James Lawson, and Karen and Grady Robertson.
And this about covers the waterfront for now!
Clara Neville, Secretary-Treasurer
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
About 125 folks attended the picnic at Brookside Park, Pasadena,
on June 11, 1961. Among the out-of-town guests were Capt. and Mrs.
Richard Sergeant and daughter Kay, of Balboa, C.Z., who were visiting
their daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Howard Hoover and their two
children; Herbert and Marion Stapf of Carlsbad, California; Mr. and
Mrs. Wm. B. Godfrey of Santa Paula; Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Evans from
Pacific Beach (San Diego) ; Ann and Jay Jones from Vista; Marie Plath
from Hamilton, Ohio; Capt. and Mrs. Howard Smithies from Capistrano
Beach; Lula Lumby, Dorothy (Cotton) and Ken Manthorne from San
Diego. We had a real good time. Mr. Godfrey took a number of snap-
shots which appear elsewhere in this issue.
We are sorry to report the following deaths:
Mrs. Edward Schildhauer (Ruth Burton) of Los Angeles
Mr. Albert G. Newbold, San Bernardino
Mrs. John Parsons of San Francisco
Letter from Mr. F. G. Swanson of Tyler, Texas he is 80 years old,
still practices law, and may retire when he is 90 or 100 years old. For
several years he has limited his practice to probate proceedings, and
anticipated "no contest" matters. He still gets around was in Florida
in January, and in Chicago in May for the reunions: also an annual trek
to Akron, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan; a few days at the State Bar Con-
vention in Fort Worth. Mr. Swanson was with the Mechanical Division
on the Zone, and substituted in the Magistrates Courts when the regular
incumbents were on vacation; played considerable basketball on the Gor-
gona team, and refereed track meets. Mr. Swanson sent a copy of the
Congressional Record House, which carried a very nice tribute to Gov-
ernor Maurice Thatcher.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hauss decided against making their home in
California, and chose to live in Texas to be nearer their family. We are
sorry they won't be in Calif., but can well understand their final decision
- their address is 2818 Materhorn Drive, Dallas, Texas. Their son is in
El Paso; daughter Betty in Dallas; and daughter Hertha about 500 miles
away at Shilling Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas.
Jerry and Inez Evans entertained Mr. Curt Darden recently at their
home at Pacific Beach he had flown in by jet from Panama. Curt also
visited his brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Peg (Evans) Darden at
Fairfield, California: Jerry is a SAC bomber pilot based at Travis Air
Force Base. The Evans also entertained Clem and Mildred Genis, who
were up from the Zone on vacation. Mr. Genis was manager of the Mar-
garita Commissary, but is now with the Safety Division, living at La Boca.
Mrs. Al Bissett (Miriam) who teaches at Balboa High School was in Cali-
fornia for a refresher course at U.C.L.A. her husband joined her in
July, and they were guests of the Evans family.
Mr. Joseph Wimmer has suffered a number of strokes, and is con-
fined to his home only gets out in his wheel-chair or walker. He and
Mrs. Wimmer live at 614 N. Lamer, Burbank, California. Mr. Wimmer
will be remembered by Accounting Division employees, having worked
there from 1929 to 1935.
Mrs. Howard Fuller (Ida Ruth Hammer) of Santa Maria spent some
time in Orlando, Florida, with her daughter and son-in-law, Helen and
Earl Lynch and family. Earl is teaching in the Orlando Schools, coaching
basketball and swimming.
Mrs. Helen Peterson and daughter Eileen, of Los Angeles, spent a
wonderful vacation in Hawaii; took the jet over and came back by boat.
They were reminded of Panama, seeing the beautiful flowers and en-
joyed the various side trips about the islands.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McGinn of Santa Barbara, recently entertained
their son Noel's parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George Rasch of Dearborn,
Mrs. V. T. Cornwell of La Habra Heights, had a letter from Mrs.
George Horine in Japan. She is there with her daughter Fern and family.
They arrived in Tokyo in January, and have enjoyed some .of the sights
in and about that city.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Shrapnel of Pasadena recently traveled to the
east Buffalo, New York and other cities, to visit relatives and friends.
Capt. and Mrs. Howard Smithies of Capistrano Beach, wrote that
they have a date in the east in Massachusetts during August to greet their
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Furey (Martha) of Riverside, wrote that they
enjoyed a trip throughout Western Europe and England recently they
joined a group sponsored by the Senior Citizens Group of Los Angeles,
and had a wonderful time.
Juanita Packard, who was born at Panama Hospital in Panama City,
is now Sister Jeannine Mary of the Sisters of the Holy Name, and will
take her second vows in August, 1961. She is the daughter of Mrs. Lolita
(Provost) Packard, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene
Provost. Mrs. Provost, Mrs. Packard and daughter Roberta recently vis-
ited Sister Jeannine Mary at Los Gatos, California.
The Minneapolis Tribune recently carried a very touching article
headed "Lost Without His Wife Day of Grief Ends 91 Robust Years".
The story was about Joseph and Mary Angel, who lived at 911 S. E.
Fulton St. Joe went to Panama in 1907 to work on the Canal as a machin-
ist. A daughter Gertrude was born there, and after the Angels returned
to the States, a son Joseph was born. The Angels lived in a cottage on
land near the University of Michigan, which land was bought by his
parents in 1869. Mrs. Angel had a stroke, and Joseph cooked, cleaned
house, carried food and flowers to his wife's bedside each day. Mary died
at the age of 84: Joseph, lost without his wife of 54 years, was alone in
the little gray house in which they had lived for so long. Less than a
day after Mary's death, Joseph Angel, who had never been sick a day
in his life, died at the age of 91 years.
Grady Robertson, son of Mrs. Ruth Brown Robertson and grandson
of Mrs. Fred Brown of San Carlos, California, was married on June 17
to Karen Johnson. They will make their home in San Carlos.
Mr. Arthur Wynne who is residing in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is now
visiting relatives and friends in Charleston, South Carolina and Wash-
ington, D. C.
Mr. and Mrs. George Winquist (Katherine Miller) and daughter Ann
of Panama, have been visiting Karl Winquist and family in Oregon, and
Virginia and Martin Seiler in Los Angeles.
The Seilers recently had an excuse to go traveling again as Karl Win-
quist had a boy graduating from high school in Portland, Oregon, where
the Winquists are now living. The Harry Beckmans had a son graduating
from the University of Washington in Seattle, so they drove up the west
coast, accompanied by their daughter Beverly Mariner and grandson, Mark.
While in Portland, Virginia and Martin visited Mrs. Dove Prather
and Mrs. Ora Fisher. Altho well up in years, Mrs. Prather remembers
the 800 children she taught over the years and has them listed. Mrs.
Prather and Mrs. Fisher are very comfortably located and are near Port-
land's marvelous new shopping area, Lloyds Center, complete with an ice
After a visit to Victoria and Vancouver, Canada, the Sellers visited
Jack and Ilena Hutchings Neff in Sacramento. Olena reports that her
sister Amiel and husband Jimmy Hunter are retiring and leaving the Zone
Virginia and Martin also paid a quick visit to Mrs. Fred Fitch who
is now living in a charming apartment on the edge of the campus of the
University of California in Berkeley. She is in good health and was
leaving the next day for a mountain trip. She asked about her many
friends in California and wished to be remembered to all.
We hope to have a picnic in this area some time in September -
probably the latter part of the month. So if any readers are travelling
in this neck of the woods about that time, do get in touch with one of
our members or officers, as we will notify our membership as soon as
plans are completed.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dailey(Charlotte Wahl) of Balboa, Canal Zone,
expect to be in California from October 7 thru November 20, visiting
their daughter and son-in-law and granddaughter, Mr. and Mrs. Richard
F. McPherson, 1621 Centinela St., Apt. B, Santa Monica. Mrs. Elmer
Dailey will accompany them, to see her new greatgranddaughter. They
report that their son and daughter-in-law Robert and Janice (Browlee)
Dailey of Margarita, are expecting their second child in August. The
Daileys are looking forward to seeing their friends in our area.
Kindest regards to all
Thelma Reppe, Secretary
IN AND 'ROUND ABOUT' HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Our Pan-Canal Club of Cent. Ark. had a very good time and good
attendance at our third dinner and 'get-together' on May 20, at the
Redwood Inn here in Hot Sprs. We plan to have the next dinner on
Sept. 30, everyone is welcome. Make your reservations with either
Mrs. Ann (Jack) Rienig or Mrs. Ann (Wm.) Bartholomew and join us
for the 'Event'!
Miss Sonja Larsen, daughter of Vigo Larsen, Vice-Consul in Panama
to Denmark, flew up to visit her grandparents, the Fred Atkinsons for
the summer vacation. Her brother remained in Panama for the summer.
'Sandy' Sandborn and son from Checotah, Okla., were brief visitors
in this city, and called on local friends. The Leonard H. Starkes of
Arriba, Colo., and 'Mac' McCamey of Stockton, Calif. were health bathers,
and also, visited local C.Z. friends.
Mrs. Kate Bonfiglio of N. Y. City is spending a part of the summer
visiting her sister and husband, the Jack Reinigs. She was also a C.Z.
visitor, while the Reinigs lived in Pedro Miguel. Peggy Reinig Fucik
wrote her folks from Rome recently that she and husband were there and
in other sections of Italy, and attended an Engineer's Convention in
The Joe Eckerts stopped with the Bill Bartholomews enroute to Texas
to visit Mrs. Eckert's mother, and then again they stopped at Bartholo-
mews enroute homeward to Dahoga, Pa. where they will spend the
The James Aliens plan to have visitors in their Little Rock home dur-
ing son Jimmy's vacation time. Mr. Allen is our genial and efficient
photographer for our C.Z. group.
The Bartholomews, Bill and Ann, are thrilled to have their son
Wm. Jr. and family move nearer them, from Milwaukee to St. Joseph,
Mo., where Bill Jr. now has a position with Quaker Oats Co. Their child-
ren spent awhile with their grandparents here while their parents went
house hunting. More recently, the Bartholomews Srs., were joined by
daughter, Barbara's family (the E. M. Kruegers), of Balboa, who ar-
rived from the C.Z. via P.R.R. from N. Orleans, and all drove to Texas
to attend a big family Reunion. All members who had been intensively
planning this for a long while, had their anticipations realized, and
enjoyed a very pleasant and happy time together. The Kruegers stayed
awhile to visit kin and friends in Texas and will return soon to Hot Sprs.
to stay longer with their parents.
Bill Burns and sister Gerda Freeland are trying to relax and enjoy
the results of the strenuous time and efforts of making alterations and
extensions to their house. Henry Pilot is in Iowa visiting amongst kin-
folks and friends, and Mrs. Anna Piper, who had over a week's sojourn
in St. Joseph's hospital, is now home and has recovered we are
happy to report.
Mr. and Mrs. G. O. Parker of Balboa, formerly Hoosiers from North
Manchester, Ind., and recently retired from the C.Z., have bought a home
here in Hot Springs. We are very happy to welcome them, and to have
them live amongst us.
Mrs. 'Russy' Edwards of Balboa visited here with her former C.Z.
neighbor and friend, Mrs. Frances Horter, at the Park Hotel. She de-
parted to visit a sister in Ky. and thence to visit her daughter, Mrs. Fred
Hodges, and daughter Leslie, in Va. From there, she intended going to
Orlando, Fla. to visit former C.Z. friends.
Donald and Mrs. Judson gave us all a visit, we were so glad to
see them! They 'sampled' and enjoyed some of our Spa's hot baths too.
They came here from Texas where their visit was saddened by the sudden
passing of Mrs. Judson's brother.
Dr. and Mrs. Ben N. Saltzman (Betty Bohan), of Mountain Home,
Ark., arrived by private plane to attend an Elk's District Meeting here
in Hot Springs and was newly installed Pres. of the Ark. Elks' Ass'n.
Later, again they were here to attend a local Rotary Dist. Convention of
Rotary International 617 Dist., and while here then, they spent several
pleasant hours with the Bartholomews. Just lately, the Dr. (formerly at
Gorgas), has been elected a director of Rotary International at the recent
convention in Tokyo, which they also attended. He's surely a busy man,
as he is also one of the foremost workers for the Crippled Adults' Hospi-
tal in Memphis, supported by the Rotary Clubs of the Tri-State area,
(Ark., Tenn. and Miss.). He is the son-in-law of Grover Bohan of Jones-
boro, and has his clinic and home in Mt. Home, Ark.
Mrs. Cora M. McKibben and niece, Miss Marge McKenzie, of Tenn.
in an overnight stay in Hot Sprs. called upon Mrs. Horter at the Park.
They were enroute to Fayetteville, the home also, of the Higgins', Mrs. Mc-
Kibben's daughter's family.
Mrs. Harlan Feuille (Evelyn), arrived from the East, visited briefly
with the Bartholomews enroute to El Paso to visit her son.
And now again, I'm away from home, enjoying the 'springlike' cli-
mate of San Francisco and trying to beat the 'deadline' with this news,
- so, as I just arrived here from L.A., I've been unable to contact any
of the Bay Area ex-Canalers, so I'll tell you more about my next 'ram-
blings' in my next 'edition'.
But, down in Glendale, Calif. what a good time we had at Emma
Bradley's (Mrs. Fred)! I had my first introduction to the 3 fine young
men of the London family, not yet 'teen agers, and who are Betty
Bradley London's sons, and who live next door to their grandparents, the
Fred Bradleys. I was delighted to meet them and, again, greet their
lovely mother, whom I hadn't seen since leaving the C.Z. Emma's deli-
cious noon luncheon was enjoyed also by Mrs. W. C. Dewey of Glendale,
and Miss Muriel Neal of L.A., so we four enjoyed a delightful reunion,
not having seen each other for years! Further surprises came later in
the afternoon, when more strolled in who, also hadn't met for many years.
Amongst those that gathered around the big table on the Bradley's pleas-
ant patio for a real "Kanal Koffee Klatch" and we were served deli-
cious cake, ice cream and coffee, besides Mrs. Bradley, Miss Neal, Mrs.
Dewey and myself, were former 'Pacific siders' Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Parker
Mr. Ed 'Red' Koperski, Mrs. Elizabeth Hall, Mrs. Jennie Hall Journey,
and 'Atlantic sider' Mrs. Burton Hackett (Caroline), formerly of Cris-
tobal. What a pleasant get together, 'talk fest' of reminiscences we had!
It was surely a most pleasant surprise party, which our absent host Fred
Bradley missed having driven down to Miami to the Shriner's Con-
vention. Thanks for the enjoyable party, Emma!
Miss Edna Baer, formerly commercial teacher in Balboa High, was
my hostess for a very pleasant day in Pasadena. She left the C.Z. schools
to teach Commerce in the Auburn, Calif. Schools, from which she retired.
Mrs. W. H. Needham was expecting a guest from her former home
in England. She, Mrs. Ernest Reimer (Cornelia), and I were a jolly trio
at a dinner together in Monrovia, and afterward enjoyed a most pleasant
evening with Mr. and Mrs. Phil Lupfer in their Sierra Madre home. Both
Mrs. Reimer and Mrs. Lupfer enjoy art, and are painters and produce
lovely pictures. We were all delighted to hear that Cornelia had won a
fine prize on her latest painting. It is truly lovely and we offer con-
Frances S. Dorn
We still have on hand a large supply of car stickers. The price is
now 15 cents each. Get one or more for your car.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
The first picnic of the year was held on June 15, at North Mills
River, and despite the unexpected showers, was thoroughly enjoyed.
Guests attending were Rev. J. McDuffie (Jack to his host of friends),
Mr. and Mrs. J. Bowen of Coral Gables, Florida, Mrs. W. G. Pope and
two little daughters of Winston Salem, North Carolina and Mr. Alvin R.
Ingle of Asheville, North Carolina.
We were saddened in June by the sudden death of Mrs. Quimby
Smith (Carrie) and our heartfelt sympathy to Quimby and his family.
Mr. Ray Mitchell is still in the hospital.
Mrs. Ann Kjellander, mother of Mrs. Bruce Harrell, fell and broke
her hip. We are happy to report she is doing nicely.
Recent news that Mr. S. R. Hiter is doing nicely after a very ser-
ious illness and surgery is very good news.
Mrs. Emily Cole is much improved.
Mildred and Bruce Harrell happily report the birth of a grandson,
John Harrell Wright, on April 28. The proud parents are Mr. and Mrs.
W. Wright (daughter Louise) of Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Bruckner of St. Petersburg, Florida, passed
through Hendersonville late in May and called on several friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright also passed this way in May, visiting
their friends while enroute to attend the graduation of son Dick from
Mrs. Bea Tyrell left for the Canal Zone in July for a two weeks
Betty and Paul Bentz were hosts to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Bruckner,
former Comptroller of the Panama Canal, now of St. Petersburg, in May
for a short visit, also the Wendell Greenes. The Wells Wrights, recently
retired, were also by twice for short visits. The Harry Bachs, former C.Z.
pilot, now of California were also here for a short visit. Their young
niece, Louise Clopton, Boulder, Colorado, flew east in July to spend
several weeks with them. Mr. Charles R. Bowen, Balboa teacher, and his
mother (who had visited in the Canal Zone), Mrs. Ethel Bowen, of Sal-
uda, North Carolina, spent a day with them.
To quote Betty Bentz "We're enjoying Asheville more, if possible,
Mr. and Mrs. Howard W. Osborne and sons Richard and Jimmie of
Balboa, spent two days with Barbara and Tom Coleman in May. A week's
visit, enjoyed with Tom's nephew Glen Gordon of Iowa, his wife, son
July 7, Barbara and Tom left for Belt, Montana to attend the 50th
Wedding Anniversary of Tom's brother Elbert, stopping enroute for a
visit with Tom's brother Arthur, and other relatives, of Guthrie Center,
Iowa. They will also stop for a short visit when returning home.
Dorothy and Starford Churchill had a very pleasant and busy month
in June. Lt. Col. (Ret) and Mrs. Michael Verbosh, formerly of Ft. Davis,
spent four days with them. They also had a very short visit with the
Hobert Mills, of Louisville, Kentucky, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Then they were pleasantly surprised by a note and visit from the
Bill Hughes of Sarasota, Florida.
Later in the month the Hayward Shackletts came and spent a week.
Mildred and Wendell Greene enjoyed a few days visit with the Harry
Bach's of California, who are enjoying a very extensive trip including
Florida and the Bahamas.
They were looking forward to the arrival of the McElhennys in July
and were disappointed and sorry to hear they were called to Texas due
to the illness of their son's wife.
Rev. and Mrs. Roger Greene were dinner guests of Mildred and Wen-
dell in July while stopping in Hendersonville. Also included were Rev.
Jack McDuffie and Rose and Johnny Johnston.
Rev. McDuffie is staying with Mildred and Wendell while taking the
place of Rev. J. Barr, formerly of St. James Episcopal Church, and until
the arrival of Rev. Jack Bennett of Spartanburg in September.
The Clarence Howells enjoyed visits during the month of June with
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bowen of Coral Gables, Florida, also the Howard
Andersons from Richmond, Virginia. A visit from daughter Margaret
and their two little granddaughters, Debbie Anne and April Karleen.
Dr. and Mrs. Sam Irvin and daughter Elizabeth drove to Clovis, New
Mexico, in June to visit daughter Martha and family. After returning
home, Elizabeth's three daughters and a friend arrived to be with them.
Barbara, the youngest was in New Jersey visiting friends for a week.
Beth, the middle daughter has gone to Jacksonville, Florida to spend a
year with her grandmother Brown. Elizabeth and the two girls will leave
from New Orleans, August 13, for the Canal Zone. Bessie and Sam are
expecting Mr. and Mrs. C. K. Cross to come by on their way back to
Rev. and Mrs. Peterson, St. Luke's Cathedral, Ancon, C.Z. and two
children spent the night with Rose and Johnny Johnston, May 26. Upon
arrival they were surprised with a dinner party. The guests were Rev.
and Mrs. J. Barr and two children, resigning minister of St. James Epis-
copal Church, Rev. J. McDuffie, Mildred and Wendell Greene, Barbara
and Tom Coleman and grandson, Dale.
In June daughter-in-law Anne with Debbie, Keith and Scotty, of
Spartanburg, arrived for a 10 day visit while son Albert was on active
Navy Reserve duty, and early in July Rev. Roger Green and wife of
Tarpon Springs, Florida, while stopping briefly in Hendersonville, had
dinner with Rose and Johnny and spent the evening.
Martha and Roy Knoop were happy to have son Roy and bride for
an eight day visit recently. Roy was married in May and he and wife
are taking quite an interesting trip.
Mrs. Ed Levy (Bobby) left July 27, for Canton, Ohio, to be with
her Dad on his 81st birthday.
The H. J. Homas of the Canal Zone were guests of the Levys in July
for several days. In June, a short visit was enjoyed with Mrs. Elinor
Lindo Pedkins and 3 daughters of Hollywood, Florida, whom Bobby
has not seen for a long time.
Geneva Disy of Providence, Rhode Island, arrived in July to spend
an all too short week with her parents, Betty and Fred O'Rourke.
Mr. and Mrs. F. Hargy of St. Petersburg, Florida, were recent guests
of the Tommy Sawyers for a short visit.
Mr. Quimby Smith was happy to have son Frank and family with
him on their vacation.
Miss Hattie Lee Hornbeak, former Canal Zone teacher, now of Dallas,
Texas, spent several hours with Margaret and Ralph Wanlass in June.
And now for our travelers, Margaret and Ross Hollowell. May 20th
they drove to Milton, Delaware to spend a week-end with Ross's brother
Marion and wife. June 28 they drove to Miami to meet their daughter,
husband and children (Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jones) arriving from Coco
Solo. They did some touring for a few days in Florida before returning
home to Hendersonville. In a few days, Lois and Charlie are going to
New Bedford, Massachusetts to visit Charlie's brother, sister, and relatives
and Ross and Margaret will baby sit. All three children had bouts with
the Doctors. Charles and Richard had operations, and Margaret Ann,
not to be slighted fell and had to have stitches in her head. All are fine
now and in near future will go with grandparents to bring back Lois and
Charlie. Then Ross and Margaret will drive them to New Orleans to
board a ship for the Canal Zone on September 12th.
Tuti and Tom Kelley drove to State College, Pennsylvania to visit
daughter Pat, husband, and young son (Mr. and Mrs. D. Kappe) and
while there celebrated Pat's and Tom Sr's birthday. Then on to Wash-
ington, D. C. to visit Margie and husband, and son Tom before return-
ing home. Tom Jr. was home for 10 days in July. Was here for July 4th.
They were happy to see Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Jorstad and son, Jon, late in
July, and spend the day with them, and later they drove to the Jorstad's
home in Bethal, North Carolina and spent the day.
Marion and Duke Lewis were very happy to welcome Ruth and Dick
Taylor late in June. They were enroute back home to Maine after attend-
ing the Shrine Convention in Miami.
Here's hoping you all have a very pleasant summer and fall.
P.S. Barbara and Tom Coleman just drove in from their trip. You see
I live next door.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF CHICAGO
Harley L. Stuntz, former President and later Secretary-Treasurer of
the Panama Canal Society of Chicago for many years, died at Chicago
on July 25, 1961.
Mr. Stuntz was 94 years old. He served in the Canal Zone from
1905 to 1911, first as Examiner of Accounts for the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission and then as Auditor of the Panama Railroad. Upon returning to
Chicago he was appointed Auditor of the Chicago & Alton Railroad,
which office he held until his retirement.
He is survived by four sons, four daughters, 20 grandchildren, 40
great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild. Mrs. Stuntz passed
away a few years ago.
Services for Mr. Stuntz were held in Chicago, at which Vice-Presi-
dent Frank T. Clark and Mrs. Clark, of Wabash, Indiana represented the
Panama Canal Society of Chicago. Interment was in the family plot
at Marshalltown, Iowa.
Frank S. Wichman, ex-President of the Panama Canal Society of Chi-
cago, has been in the Highland Park, Illinois Hospital most of the time
since last April when he suffered a heart attack, which was followed by
major surgery for other ailments. His condition is considered satisfactory.
Ralph R. Wiggins, of St. Petersburg, Florida is visiting friends in
the Chicago area after attending a class reunion in Houghton, Michigan.
Edward J. Vogel, Secretary
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Summer time is picnic time and that is what we had on Sunday, June
11th with about 40 present. Desiring comfort and protection, a sure sign
of accumulated years, we held the picnic at Barton Pavilion, Agri Park
of the University. This comfortable and rustic shelter is of especial in-
terest to all former and present employees of the Panama Canal, as there
is a block of Lignum-vitae built into the inner stone wall of the fire-
place alcove with "Panama" in raised letters, a gift from the Republic
of Panama in recognition of the 4-Point Program which our own Univer-
sity of Arkansas supervised. It is ten years since Mr. and Mrs. A. L.
Fessler of Tulsa, Oklahoma attended the first meeting of our local Pan-
ama Canal Society at the home of the late Capt. Jack and Agnes Phillips.
They look ten years younger than they did in 1951. Speaks well for ac-
tivity to retain youthful looks and ideas. Mr. Fessler has never really
retired for he still goes to work daily no rocking chair for him. Also
present were the Fred Yaegers of Balboa, niece and guests of Walter and
Bates Wieman, who were here for a couple of weeks before going on to
Houston and New Orleans to return to the Zone.
The summer trek to the Ozarks began in May with Mrs. Peggy Ellis
of Houston visiting her sister and brother-in-law, the W. F. Thomas' of
Mt. Sequoyah. rceir daughter, Elizabeth Thomas, was once employed in
Balboa Hts. We always enjoy seeing Peggy and hearing of her busy life
in Houston and frequent travel trips to here and there, including a recent
one to see her daughter Joan Moser and family in Nebraska.
Henry Makkibbin of Balboa was a welcome visitor to these parts,
later taking his mother, Mrs. Cora Makibbin, to visit her sister, Mrs. Sam
McKenzie, in Tennessee. Her niece, Marjorie McKenzie, a teacher in
Rome, Ga. brought her home and visited here for a week. Well do I re-
member when Marjorie was a news-girl which was unusual enough to
warrant an editorial from Editor McGeachey of the Star and Herald.
From reports, Marjorie is still able and capable of tackling any type of
work that needs to be done, particularly work considered unusual for
the fair sex.
We are always happy to see Susan Ewing Bishop at our kitchen door,
this time accompanied by her daughter Jo Anne who is lovely enough to
be Miss U.S.A. Col. Bishop is now stationed at Tinker A.F.B. in Okla-
homa City and we are looking forward to the time he will retire to his
old stamping ground, Lowell, about 15 miles north of Fayetteville and
become a "gentleman rancher" having already acquired some cattle. Other
visitors were Mike and Marguerite Crooks on one of their cross-country
trips returning to California from Florida. Mike will be remembered as
a brother of the late Homer Crooks.
We, of Tranquil Acres, were hosts to four young men, foreign ex-
change students of Macalester College and University of Minnesota in
St. Paul, Minn., with their sponsors, Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Morgan.
Their visit will be a treasured memory. For the beginning of this adven-
ture read "Ambassadors For Friendship" in the February 1960 issue of
George and Edith Engelke of Bentonville, President of our local
Society, are hosts of a lovely home, facetiously known as "Engelke's
Super-Dooper Motel" because of a continual stream of guests, past and
'present residents of Canal Zone, the most recent ones being the Fred
Newhards with daughter Carol and Freddie. Carol teaches at Fort Kobbe.
While here, a great portion of their visiting was done at the Twin Cities
Golf Club where George Engelke is the popular president. The Newhards
left here for Denver to see daughter Ann and husband Omar Franklin.
Other visitors were Edith's sister Kathryn with husband John Glancy from
Leesburg, Florida on their way to California via Denver. Their present
guest is George's sister Sue, Mrs. Randolph L. Jennings of Silver Springs,
Our own Canal Zone family, Ray and Barbara Shaw with four year
old Mark, are here on vacation from Gamboa dividing their time between
Tranquil Acres of Fayetteville and with Barbara's family in Bentonville.
Ray is a Civil Engineer working in "The Building", Balboa Heights.
They, too, plan to visit in Denver, another popular gathering place of
traveling Canal Zonites. Jack and Gloria Brown of Long Island, with
three children arrived in Fayetteville, picked up Jack's mother, Mrs.
Nannie I. Brown, and went on to Houston to visit with Frances and Andy
Whitlock and family and show off their fine 11 months old red-headed
son, a miniature of his late grandfather, Walter Brown.
Summer trekking is a two-way pastime and our own Ernest and
Haleen Williams of Bentonville went a'visiting to see Haleen's brother
Sam Hess of Highland, Ind. Sam has taken up Horses as his Hobby, hav-
ing acquired two 2-year old race horses and a trainer for future races.
Sam Hess in Indiana and Heinie Hallin in Arkansas, both former Canal
employees, have much in common for both have a keen interest in horse
racing. The Williams went on to Glen Burnie, Md., Washington, D.C.,
a side trip to Virginia, back to Highland, Ind a mere 26 miles by fast
turnpike to Chicago-where Ernest saw 10 Major League Baseball games.
A visit to their original home town of Vianna, Illinois, then back home,
completed a happy vacation of 51/2 weeks and several thousand miles.
Now Ernest is back to his part-time work, looking 30 years younger than
his chronological age and Haleen is having a grand time, partying.
This life seems to be a series of "Welcome" and "Farewell". We
welcome Mr. and Mrs. Ernest A. Angermuller, recent retirees from Canal
Zone, to Springdale. Mrs. Angermuller is a sister of Marione Kenny
Campbell. We welcome to our midst the brand new son of Charles and
Judy Crooks Daily, grandson of Mrs. Minnie Crooks and great grandson
of Mrs. Nannie Brown. We say "Farewell" to Mrs. Cora Makibbin who
is returning to Tennessee to make her home with her sister Mrs. Sam
The Lynn Cooks of Rogers report that granddaughter Suellyn
Nanney, who is a student at our University preparing to be a nurse, is
doing summer work in the Rogers Memorial Hospital and enjoying it.
An interesting incident occurred when a fellow-townswoman and
friend of Haleen Williams and Edith Engelke, Mrs. Jessie Gilstrap, an
ardent member and officer of the General Federation of Women's Clubs,
a brilliant Emcee, attended the National Convention in Miami, Florida,
there met Mrs. Gladys Knox of Ruidoso, New Mexico, formerly a teacher
in Cristobal, both went on a tour to South America, returning, spent
three days on the Zone, were guests of the Cristobal Womans Club where
a special program of music was presented in honor of a former President,
Mrs. Edith Engelke. The thought expressed by A. Nielsen is so true:
HAPPINESS adds and multiplies as we divide it with others."
Blanche E. Shaw
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON, D. C.
On Saturday, May 13th, 1961 at the Commissioned Officers' Club,
National Naval Center, Bethesda, Maryland, there was held the 26th
annual meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Washington, D.C. Old
Timer Canal Diggers, yet surviving, and their friends and guests, joined
in a get-together luncheon, and in informal manner, accompanied by short
talks, reminisced and reenacted the dramatic Panama Canal construction
era of more than a half century ago. Nearly a hundred were in attendance.
The toastmaster or M.C. of the occasion as has been customary-
was former Governor of the Canal Zone, and sole surviving member of
the Isthmian Canal Commission, Maurice H. Thatcher. Talks were made
by Col. David R. Wolverton, Walter G. Ross, Col. Geo. S. Brady, Gen.
Glen E. Edgerton, Ralph H. Sartor, President New York Society of the
Panama Canal, and others.
Out-going officers were Clarence L. Chapin, President; Harry A.
Haywood, Vice President, with newly elected officers for the ensuing
year, Col. Hugh M. Mitchell, President; Robert M. Roudabush, Vice Pres-
ident; and Matt C. O'Hearn was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer. Carl G.
Colberg was elected Chairman of the Executive Committee.
Resolutions were adopted memorializing Mrs. Maurice H. Thatcher,
wife of Gov. Thatcher; Ben Jenkins, First president of the Society; and
Mrs. Ross, wife of Walter G. Ross, a former president of the Society.
RESOLUTIONS RE MRS. ANNE BELL THATCHER
WHEREAS, on October 10th, 1960, there departed this life, Mrs.
Anne Bell Thatcher, former President of the Auxiliary of the Panama
Canal Society of Washington, D. C., and wife of Gov. Maurice H.
Thatcher, sole surviving member of the Isthmian Canal Commission, a
former Member of Congress, and an Honorary Life President of the
WHEREAS, Mrs. Thatcher, as the hostess for her husband and herself
on the Canal Zone during the Construction Era of the Panama Canal,
and ever since, until her decease, discharged the obligations thus imposed
with unfailing tact, charm, and cordial good will; and was for more than
half a century the loyal and effective co-worker of her husband in his
public and private career; and in her service as President of the Auxil-
iary, and throughout her contacts and associations with the memberships
of the two organizations she indicated her abiding affection and esteem
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED by the Panama Canal Society of
Washington, D. C., at its annual meeting on May 13th, 1961, as herein-
after set forth:
First: That in the passing of Mrs. Anne Bell Thatcher, her hus-
band has sustained the irreparable loss of a most devoted companion and
helpmate; and the members of the Society and Auxiliary have lost a
greatly esteemed friend, whose memory will long endure not only in
her native Kentucky, but, as well, on the Isthmus of Panama, and in
the National Capital.
Second: That the Society extends to Gov. Thatcher and her kinship
the deepest sympathy.
Third: That these Resolutions be spread on the records of the
Society with copies to Gov. Thatcher and the Auxiliary.
NEWS FROM MIAMI
About 100,000 Shriners and their wives and families descended on
Miami the week of June 18 but our interest centered on those wearing the
Abou Saad fez. Mr. Dan Jones, president of our Southeastern Florida
Canal Zone Society, arranged a Bar-B-Que for the visiting nobles of Abou
Saad and their friends at the Mahi Shrine Club. About 165 Canal Zone
friends enjoyed several hours of good visiting topped off with barbecued
chicken so tender it would almost melt in your mouth. Besides Potentate
William R. Dixon and his party from the Canal Zone there were Abou
Saad nobles from all over Florida and quite a few from far away places.
Mr. Fred Bradley, looking fat and jolly, drove over from Glendale, Cali-
fornia. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Evans of Greeley, Colorado; Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Weber of Winchester, Tennessee and daughter Carol (who is the
champion pie-baker of the 4H Clubs in her state) ; Mr. and Mrs. Richard
G. Taylor of Alfred, Maine were among those attending. Would that
space permitted us to name many more. Mrs. Wilton Clary (Gene Sexton)
and Aloha Shatrosky in polleras and Mrs. Lee Wilson (Grace Shack)
wearing a montuna gave a splash of Panama color to the pleasant occasion.
On the evening of June 18 Abou Saad Temple held its annual re-
union and banquet in the Sky Room of the Dupont Plaza Hotel in Miami.
Seated at the head table was the Potentate, William R. Dixon, and his
Divan; C. William Homa, Burton E. Davis, Ralph K. Frangioni, William
H. Munyon, Clarence W. Kilbey, George P. Fullman, and (Recorder Em-
eritus) Richard G. Taylor and their wives. Another table was reserved
for distinguished guests, past potentates, and their wives. Mr. Dixon gra-
ciously welcomed all the guests of Abou Saad Temple and there were
several other brief talks. We particularly enjoyed the informal "roll call"
of Mr. Richard G. Taylor and interesting anecdotes he recalled as each
was introduced. Mr. Dan Jones presented plaques of honorary member-
ship in the C.Z. Society of Southeastern Florida to Mr. Dixon and Mr.
Taylor and a one year membership in the Panama Canal Society of Flor-
ida to Mr. George P. Fullman. It was a delightful evening of renewed
friendships and one we shall not soon forget.
The Panama Canal Society of Southeastern Florida held their regular
meeting and picnic at Matheson Hammock on June 25th. Buffet lunch at
one o'clock was followed by a brief business session. The president, Mr.
Dan Jones, asked each one to introduce himself, giving place and dates
of service with the Panama Canal. Visitors from Canal Zone were Mrs.
Spencer Smith (Nellree), Mrs. A. T. Marsh and daughters, Edythe and
Billie of Coco Solo, Mrs. Frank Marczak with Connie and Mark of Gam-
boa, and Mr. Matthew Shannon of the Volcan, R. de P. who has been in
Miami for medical treatment. Mr. Fred Bradley of Glendale, California
brought greetings from the Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles. He
said they had about 800 ex-Canal employees in California and two or
three hundred usually attend their picnics. Mr. Paul Jones, brother of
our president, was a visitor from Alabama.
We were glad to see several first-timers: among them Mr. and Mrs.
Kenneth Kimler (Mrs. Kimler is the former Hortence Doran McCoy)
who now make their home in Hollywood, Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Marcy also of Hollywood, Mrs. Lawrence Callaway, wife of the late Capt.
Callaway of Cristobal Police Division, and Mrs. Lawrence Callaway, Jr.
both of whom now live in Miami, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh L. Samples of North
Miami, Mr. George E. Bennet Sr. and Mrs. George E. Bennet Jr. with her
seven months old daughter, Janine. Dr. George Bennet Jr. graduated in
June from the U. of Florida School of Medicine in Gainesville and is
interning at Jackson Memorial Hospital here. The young people live at
the Sabal Palms Apartments, 5264 N.E. 3rd Court.
The president, Mr. Dan Jones, reported on the Bar-B-Que held in
honor of Abou Saad Shriners. He said only 125 made reservations but
165 came for dinner, despite which only two or three people "went away
hungry". The president thanked all who had helped to make the affair
a success, but we feel that most of the credit certainly goes to Mr. and
Mrs. Dan Jones.
Mr. Phifer Quinn spoke in favor of a bill pending in the legislature,
H.R. 6088, granting annuities to employees who had two years or more
of Construction service but less than three years. The Society went on
record as favoring this bill.
Mrs. Selma Wainio and her daughter Mrs. R. D. Melanson returned
to Miami from Canal Zone on May 16th. Mrs. Wainio had an operation
in Gorgas Hospital so we were indeed glad to have her back with us both
at our picnic and Bar-B-Que. We had missed her while she was away.
Miss Gretchen Staples of Louisville, Ky. recently visited her grand-
mother, Mrs. Selma Wainio, at the home of her aunt and uncle, Mr. and
Mrs. R. D. Melanson of Miami Shores.
Mr. C. P. Fortney underwent surgery at Veteran's Hospital, Coral
Gables, on June 26th. We are glad to report that he is recovering nicely.
Mr. Fortney was an engineer on the Canal from 1909 to 1915.
Mr. and Mrs. Webb Hearne and two children were guests of her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence True, late in May. Mr. and Mrs. Hearne
vacationed in Birmingham, Alabama, and in Mexico City, Mexico where
they were to visit Mr. Hearne's sister, the former Hayden Hearne.
Rev. and Mrs. Beebe of Balboa Heights Baptist Church were pleas-
ant visitors in Miami before leaving to visit relatives in the North. They
plan to return to Canal Zone about the first of August.
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Arendale of Caracas, Venezuela (formerly of
Panama) were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wilton Clary (nee Gene Sexton)
at their home in Miami. The Clarys, accompanied by their guests, drove
to St. Petersburg where Mr. Clary had a week's singing engagement at the
Colonial Inn, on St. Petersburg Beach. With them also was Mrs. Aren-
dale's mother, Mrs. Maria Ehrman, of Panama. The latter visited her
grandson and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ehrman, Jr. who lives in St.
Gene and Wilton Clary are leaving Miami late in June for a tour
with the Summer Musical Theater. Mr. Clary will do the leads in five
musical productions in Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina.
They will return to their home in Miami early in September.
Our hearts were saddened by the death of Mr. William C. Smith, a
past president, willing worker, and regular attendant at our Southeastern
Florida Society picnics. Bill suffered a stroke and passed away in Vet-
eran's hospital on May 31st. He was 69 years old and a lock operator
at Gatun for thirty years before retiring in 1953 when they moved to
Miami. Since then they have been valued members of our South Florida
group. Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Clara, and a brother in Chat-
tanooga. With him at the time of his death was his wife and daughter-
in-law, Nellree Smith, of Balboa. Mrs. Paul Furr of Falls Church, Vir-
ginia flew to Miami to be with them in their bereavement.
Mr. Alfred T. Marsh of Coco Solo joined his family at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Metzger on July 28th. Mrs. Marsh (Marilyn) has
been attending the University of Miami since January and will receive
her B.A. degree at the end of the summer session. Billie Ruth, aged ten,
attended Girl Scout Camp in Sebring and Edythe Susan enjoyed Y.M.C.A.
Day Camp in Miami. The Marsh family will return to their home in
Canal Zone in September.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hebert of Miami were pleasant visitors in the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Murphy at Port Charlotte, Florida. Mr.
Murphy formerly with the Dredging Division retired about a year and
a half ago.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Jones attended the south east section Shrine Con-
vention at Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. and Mrs. James H. Jones left for a com-
bined business and pleasure trip to their former home in Gulfport, Miss.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence True left in late July for a trip to New Bruns-
wick, Canada. From there they will drive to Seattle, Washington (the
home of their son, Bob) and to San Francisco to visit two other sons.
They will have ticked off between eight and ten thousand miles before
returning to Miami in October.
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Skinner recently returned from an extended trip
in Alabama and Mississippi.
Billie Bowen Martin is leaving this week for a visit with her sister
Mrs. E. M. Hicks (Dolly Bowen Hicks) of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Bowen have returned to their home in Coral
Gables after an extended visit in the Eastern States. While away they
had the pleasure of attending a picnic of the Canal Zone Society of West-
ern North Carolina where they met many former friends and acquaintances.
News has just reached us of the untimely death of Mrs. Lois B. Fer-
nandez, friend and loyal member of our Southeastern Florida Society.
She was formerly a nurse in Panama Hospital and was loved by all who
knew her. Mrs. Fernandez had been in poor health for the past four
years. She is survived by her husband, Antonio Fernandez, who has re-
cently been in the hospital with a heart condition.
The last picnic of our summer season will be held at the Rock Shelter
in Matheson Hammock on October 15th. A "carry-in" picnic lunch is
served, buffet style, at one o'clock. All Canal Zone folks in our area are
cordially invited to attend.
Greetings to all,
Ruth T. Metzger, Reporter
TRANSIT CHAPTER, NORTH QUINCY, TAXACHUSETTS!
Back a bit. May 8. Tom Jordan fell on the bottom step of our
front stairs, sprained his back and spent four days in the hospital. He is
now slowly recovering.
May 21. Also present at the birthday party for Amy Loring were
Jim and Mrs. Maguire, and Dick and Ruth Taylor. Ruth brought the
birthday cake. John Bingaman, from California, sent a most inspiring
original poem. Thanks to the many who sent cards to Amy; they made
her day a lot more pleasant.
June 1. Jim and Frances Twomey, now both retired, reported in for
a two-day stay. While they were here we called on Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Tassall, Alpine Road, Whitman Pond, East Weymouth. Harry was a car-
penter at Gorgas Hospital. They now are "Lost Souls" for they don't
belong to the Society. Jim joined while here.
June 5. I attended the 50th alumni reunion of the 1911 class of the
High School of Commerce. The total age of the 25 present was 1700
June 8. Our son, "Bud", Mary Ann, and four small children arrived
from Shreveport, La., for a short, but wonderful, stay. On the way home
a drunken woman driver crashed into their station wagon, spun the car
around into a tree, and then tried to drive away. Mary Ann took care of
her in a most decisive way until the State Police arrived. No one was
seriously hurt, although all were shaken up.
June 16. Weekend of rest with Clarence and Gladys Hobson (Mt.
Hope) at their cottage at Orleans, Cape Cod. Pine woods, country salt
air, the world at rest, and "we were there". Clarence caught two large
striped bass in a very short time, and the next day I procured one, but
Ida, upon examination, discovered that mine was frozen and already
cleaned. Oh well, one can't win all the time, can one?
June 23. Carlton, Mae, and daughter Judy Hallett arrived. They
had "kissed" the Zone goodby on the 3rd. Their departure closed out
four generations of our family who had worked on the Zone. My mother
rests in Corozal and my brother in the crypt at St. Lukes. God willing,
we will meet again.
Believe it will be of interest to all if the Calvit and Morrison families
reported in as to how many generations they had "serving" the Canal.
And there certainly must have been other families who had more than
two generations who "slaved" at latitude nearly nine.
June 29. Howard and Dot Dworak pulled in from Gulfport, Fla.
They were the first to find us up here, and became the charter members
of our Chapter in 1954. Since then we have acquired 68 more Zone
June 30. Learned that Dr. Bates had fallen and broken his right hip.
His entire right side was already out of working order. No cast was put
on the fracture.
July 18. Anna Dillon is still seriously ill, but holding on. Although
she can't write, Anna certainly appreciates the many cards and letters
sent by you folks. Her address is the Catholic Memorial Home, Highland
Avenue, Fall River, Mass. Charlie and Sue MaGee have been very loyal
and faithful friends, for they go to see Anna frequently.
August 8. Our daughter "Marmie" and three children, Peter, Bar-
bara Ann and Carl David, arrived from Alliance, Ohio. Ages 15, 13 and
9, respectively, and they sure kept us on the go. Grandchildren certainly
are comforts to us of the older generation, but I positively refuse to play
leap frog or piggy-back. Our air-raid shelter came in handy.
Expect Jessie Grimison and her sister Jean Fenzel, to report in any
A THOUGHT. The Russians may get to the Moon first, but I'll
guarantee we will be the first to offer foreign aid!!!!
Slim and Ida Hallett
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Wilson, son and daughter-in-law of Mrs.
Albert Wilson of Chillicothe, Ohio, were visitors in St. Petersburg, in
June. They were accompanied by their daughter, Sally, and all enjoyed
a visit with the Chailes Bodens.
Curtis Fitzgerald, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Fitzgerald of Balboa,
C.Z. has received a Congressional appointment to the United States Mer-
chant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. He was born on the
Zone and attended the Canal Zone schools where he was active in sports,
was elected to membership in the National Honor Society and during his
Senior year in High School, he was promoted to Major in the Reserve
Officers Training corps.
Outstanding graduates at Balboa High School this year were, Ruth
Bennet, highest ranking Senior, William Browder, outstanding boy grad-
uate, Robert "Buzz" Rathgeber, most outstanding athlete award, Kather-
ine Egolf, second place for most outstanding girl graduate, National Music
award, Robert Duncan Brown IV, second place for most outstanding boy
graduate, James Zetek, outstanding Science student award, Sylvia Eakes,
American Legion Spanish award, Physics Lab Assistant award, and Music
award. Robert Rambo, Bausch and Lomb, Science award.
Claybourn A. McLelland is the new Marshal of the District Court
at Ancon. McLelland, a native of Arkansas, was once stationed at Albrook
Air Force Base and later was employed at the Panama Canal Air Depot
and at Rodman Naval Station. He left the Isthmus in 1959. In 1947,
McLelland married a nurse at Gorgas Hospital, the former Martha Dyer.
They have one son, Kermit, 11 years old.
Robert MacSparran has been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas N. Page of Coco Solo. He has been doing graduate work at Col-
ombia University this past year. In September, he will enter Whittier
College in Whittier, California, on a Ulrich Foundation Scholarship, to
continue his studies in Music.
Capt. and Mrs. B. C. Judd of St. Petersburg have received word that
their granddaughter, Linda Rathgeber, was one of the Girl Scouts of
Troop 94, Glassboro, New Jersey, awarded the Curved Bar, highest rank
in Girl Scouts, at a Court of Awards ceremony. Granddaughter, Penny
Kay Rathgeber, was selected as Alternate to represent the Glassboro
Women's Club at the Citizens Institute for girls at Douglas College. Penny
and Linda are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Jack E. Rathgeber of Glass-
boro, New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Means of Punta Gorda, Florida, left about
July first for an extensive cross country trip.
Dr. and Mrs. Troy W. Earhart of Mulberry, Indiana, have given Park
College, Parkville, Missouri, an unrestricted gift of $250,000, according
to an announcement by President Paul Hampton Morrill. In presenting
this gift, Dr. Earhart said, "We have always been strong believers in
education and, in choosing Park College, we know our investment will
bring great dividends in helping to educate young people." Dr. Earhart
was on the Zone at Gorgas Hospital for 37 years and for many years was
Chief of Surgical Service. Mrs. Earhart spent 18 years at Gorgas Hospital
as Operating Supervisor. Our congratulations to Dr. and Mrs. Earhart
for their generous and fine gift to aid young people in furthering their
Mrs. Elsie M. Greenwood of Wellston, Ohio, writes that she keeps
well and with Mrs. Ida L. Burwell and Mrs. Alice Gensler, she made a
trip to Columbus for a big Tea and party for persons 80 or over. Some
400 to 500 guests were in attendance, the oldest being 97.
Mrs. Julia Huger Monniche of Austin, Texas, widow of the late Tollif
B. Monniche, has returned to her home from an extensive Mediterranean
cruise, stopping at many ports in that area and later a side trip to Moscow.
Dr. Alexander J. Meigs, former Canal Zone resident and a graduate
of the Canal Zone Junior College, was recently appointed Economist of
the New York Stock Exchange. Meigs studied Economics at Harvard and
the University of Chicago where he was awarded a P.H.D. in Economics.
He served for several years as a Senior Economist in the Research depart-
ment of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and was Assistant Vice-
President of that organization. In his new capacity, he will advise the
New York Exchange on National Economic questions.
William E. Dobson, since his retirement in 1950, has kept in good
health and busy with baseball. He was official scorer for the Armed
Forces League this year and has just been elected President of the Vet-
erans of Foreign Wars Teener League, boys from 13 to 15 years of age.
For the past six years, they have been sending 15 boys to the games at
Hershey, Pennsylvania. Last year, the team was runner up. In 1957,
they won the National Championship.
In June, Martin and Virginia Seiler enjoyed a trip through the
Northwest States and a cruise to Victoria, B.C. and Vancouver, seeing
friends along the way.
Elizabeth Fears, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Fears of Gamboa,
was named color girl of the Naval Academy's June week program. She
was selected for the honor by Midshipman John J. Sheahan of Rego Park,
N.Y., Commander of the Company, chosen best of 24 at the Academy this
year. Miss Fears is head operating nurse at the Presbyterian Medical
Center in New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wagner of Balboa, planned a vacation with
their daughter in West Natick, Mass. this summer and expect to retire in
Maurice W. Fox, the new President of the Panama Canal Society of
Chicago, is an old timer of construction days. He worked as a mechan-
ical draftsman and while at Culebra worked with most of the designing
engineers, such as Cornish, Schildhauer and Goldmark. On March 25,
1913, he married Miss Esther Getrke of La Porte, Indiana. They now
live in Oak Park, Michigan. They have three children and five grand-
children. Mr. Fox is anxious to get in touch with all ex-Zonians in the
Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan area with an invitation to join
the Chicago Society and attend the annual meeting in that city.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schuberg, who retired from the Zone a year or
so ago, now make their home at Port Charlotte, Florida. They have built
a nice greenhouse behind their home and now have 500 orchid plants
growing, 300 of them of different varieties. Mr. Schuberg is interested
in developing new hybrids and particularly an all black orchid.
Mrs. P. G. Neville of Gamboa, C.Z. has been spending the summer
in Quaker Street Village in New York. She expects to return to the Zone
before snow flies.
Mr. and Mrs. William G. Wood with their three boys, Ernie, Donnie,
and Dickie, were the guests of Mr. Woods parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest
L. Wood of St. Petersburg, during the month of April. Mr. and Mrs.
Ernest Wood have sold their home in St. Petersburg and are now located
in Grand Bay, Alabama, Box 23.
Mrs. Betty Bentz, who now makes her home in Asheville, North Caro-
lina, continues her art work and in April had a one man show of her
paintings in the Manor Hotel in Asheville. There was a touch of Panama
in the show as some of the landscapes were called Siesta Time, Far Fan
Beach, and Culebra Beach. Paul Bentz has recently become a member
of the Asheville Civitan Club and will, no doubt, soon carve a niche for
himself in the community life of Asheville.
Mrs. Harland Feuille was a guest at the home of Ann and Bill Barth-
olomew in Hot Springs, Arkansas in June. Mrs. Feuille now makes her
home in El Paso, Texas at 4004 Chester Street.
Mrs. Ethel M. Boyd of Santa Monica, California, keeps busy and
refuses to let the years slow her down. She is Chaplain of the local
Narce Chapter and keeps in touch each month with several shut-ins. Mrs.
Boyd sent in the following verse to live by:
A health to our future,
A sigh for the past,
We love, we remember,
We hope to the last,
And for all the base lies
That the almanacs hold
While we've youth in our hearts,
We can never grow old.
Jack and Milly Randall plan to retire in July and will take delivery
in Maryland of a 30 ft. Cabin Cruiser in which they plan to cruise to
New York, up the Hudson River to Lake Champlain, through the St. Law-
rence Seaway and around the Great Lakes. They expect to be in Palm
Beach, Florida for Christmas, with their daughter. After the holidays,
they will tour the Bahamas. If you spot the "El Gringo" in your port,
go aboard and meet the Captain Jack, the cook and bosun Milly, and
the mascot Tuffy, their Beagle, also retired.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Fritz of Warwick, Rhode Island, sailed in
May on the Queen Mary for a vacation in Europe.
Carl and Ethel Wanke of Whittier, California, visited Henry and
Etta Leisy in Albequerque, New Mexico at Easter time. The Wankes were
visiting a niece in that city.
Miss Judy Lindsay and Miss Carolyn Corn are attending summer
school in Cornwallis, Washington. Miss Lindsay is working for her
Masters degree. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Lindsay
of Balboa, and Miss Corn it the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Corn
of Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred T. Veit of St. Petersburg left in July for a
vacation with relatives in Vermont.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright have returned to St. Petersburg after a
leisurely trip up North. They attended the graduation of their son, Rich-
ard, from Dartmouth College. On their return trip, they visited friends
in Asheville and Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard M. Fuller of Santa Maria, California, were
recent visitors in Orlando, Florida, with their daughter and son-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Earl S. Lynch and three daughters, Sheri, Anita and Mary.
They all drove to St. Petersburg for the July Picnic at Lake Maggiore.
Mrs. Maude Kilcorse of Sayville, New York, drove to St. Petersburg
for a month of visiting with old friends and attended the July Picnic
of the Society.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Hoverter of Bendersville, Pennsylvania, with
Mr. Hoverter's two sisters and a brother-in-law were recent visitors in
St. Petersburg and attended the July picnic.
Mrs. Lew Engle (Lois Hohmann) and two daughters, Diane and
Laura Kathryn, were recent guests with Mr. Engle's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Hohmann of St. Petersburg. They also attended the July picnic.
Miss Diane Baltozer of the Canal Zone flew up to St. Petersburg for
a visit with her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baltozer.
Mr. and Mrs. Lugene Askew of Balboa, C.Z. with three of their
children were visitors in St. Petersburg with Mrs. Askew's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Otto Kozak.
Mr. and Mrs. Crawley Walston of St. Petersburg have returned home
after a pleasant vacation in Lexington, Kentucky.
Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall, who retired in January, have pur-
chased a home in St. Petersburg at 525 Hillside Drive, South, where they
will be happy to see any of their friends who should happen to be in that
Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Parker and family, who resided in Talla-
hassee, Fla., have moved to 1609 West North Shore Ave., Chicago 26, Ill.,
where Mr. Parker is now employed with the Bankers Life Insurance Co.
Mrs. Parker is the former Shirley Woodruff.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack K. Campbell of Ancon spent part of their States
vacation in St. Petersburg with Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall.
Mrs. Teresa Comber of Boulder, Colorado, is spending an extended
vacation on the Canal Zone and is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. William
Merwin of Diablo Heights.
Mrs. Virgil Camby and her two daughters spent several weeks of
their vacation at Madeira Beach. Mrs. Camby is the former Thelma Cal-
loway, daughter of Mrs. Marie Kuhn of St. Petersburg.
Mr. William Fuick has enrolled for the next class at the Academy
at West Point. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fuick of Middle-
town, Ohio. Mrs. Fuick is the former Henrietta Wilson, daughter of Mrs.
Albert Wilson and the late Mr. Wilson of Chillicothe, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge, who left the Canal Zone in April,
have purchased a home at 2600 Pinellas Point Drive, South, in St. Peters-
burg. Their first guests in their new home were their daughter Beth, hus-
band and three children who spent a week end with them. Mr. and Mrs.
Ralph M. Huls (Beth Lockridge) have recently moved from Connecticut
to Florida, and into their new home at Pelican Way West, North Palm
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kelley of St. Petersburg enjoyed a vacation trip
to the mountains of North Carolina in July and visited friends in Hender-
sonville, and Asheville.
Mr. and Mrs. David S. Smith of St. Petersburg, Florida, motored to
District Heights, Maryland, and spent the month of May there with their
son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Smith and grand-
daughter, Dianna. While there, their eighth grandchild, Dana Samuel
Smith, was born on May 17th. Charles was born on the Canal Zone and
was graduated from Cristobal High School.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Krogh, formerly of the Canal Zone, with
their three children, Kathleen, Deborah and Stephen, of Albuquerque,
New Mexico, motored to St. Petersburg to spend two weeks with Mrs.
Krogh's (Judith Anne Smith) parents, Mr. and Mrs. David S. Smith,
during June, 1961.
Giles L. Martin, son of Sgt. and Mrs. George A. Martin, an honor
student of the Class of '61, Cristobal High School, won a $500 scholar-
ship awarded by the Caribbean College Club. He also won the Baush
and Lomb Science award as outstanding Science student for four years
in High School. Young Martin plans to enter Notre Dame College in
the Fall. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bradley of St.
Petersburg, Florida. (For picture of Giles, see cut).
Miss Marion Bradley, daughter of the late James E. Bradley and
Mrs. Helen Katt, graduated from Balboa High and will enter the Catholic
University, Washington, D.C., in the fall.
Mr. and Mrs. George Carter Orr of St. Petersburg made a trip to
New York to visit their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
C. Orr and to see their new grandson, Stephen Carter Orr, who was born
on May 16, 1961.
Frank H. Lerchen graduated on January 30, 1961 from Cornell Uni-
versity with a degree in Civil Engineering. He enlisted in the U.S. Army
and spent two months in the Infantry Command School at Fort Jackson,
Columbia, South Carolina. After a short vacation with his grandfather,
Capt. Luther, in St. Petersburg and ten days on the Zone with his parents,
he returned to the States and was assigned to the Engineers Post, Fort
Belloir, Virginia, where he will take advanced courses in Construction
Engineering and will enter Officers Training School.
Mr. and Mrs. James Driscoll have returned to Venezuela after an
extended vacation in the States. They visited their daughter and son-in-
law in Los Angeles and their son James in Chicago. They also spent a few
days with Mrs. Driscoll's father, Capt. A. T. Luther of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dworak attended the Shrine Convention in
Miami and then left for the North for visits with relatives and friends
Eugene C. McGrath, whose chief business interests center in Panama,
exchanged ideas with President Kennedy at a private but informal inter-
view at the White House, in March. The interview was arranged by Sen-
ator George Smathers of Florida. McGrath found that the President's
grasp of Latin American problems was nothing short of amazing. The
President asked a lot of discerning questions and listened attentively as
McGrath offered some ideas of his own. Mr. McGrath came away con-
vinced that Kennedy is not only deeply interested in Latin America but
is actually impatient to get on with steps to ameliorate the hunger, disease
and lack of a decent living that makes its people a prime target for com-
munist sales talk. Mr. McGrath is President of the Panama Insurance
Company and travels widely in connection with other business interests
and he has gained a wide knowledge of the problems of all Latin Ameri-
can countries and their people. Mr. McGrath was born in Panama and
is the son of the late John McGrath, former dredge Captain, and Mrs.
H. D. Scheibla of Miami Beach, Florida.
Burnice A. Herring, former Canal Zone Junior College graduate and
son of Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Herring of Gamboa, received his Bachelor of
Science degree in Electronic Engineering on June 15th, from California
State Polytechnic College, Pomona, California. Herring is married to
the former Georgia Lee Hagler and is father of three daughters. They
will reside in Pomona, California where Mr. Herring has accepted a posi-
tion as Electronic Engineer with General Dynamics.
Capt. and Mrs. Harry L. Bach of San Rafael, California, are on an
extensive tour of the United States with a side trip to the Bahamas for
a visit with Capt. and Mrs. Baverstock on Elbow Cay. They found the
Baverstocks well situated and while the Cay lacks some of the modern
conveniences, there are many compensations and more and more Ameri-
cans are looking the Bahamas over with an eye for a retirement home.
At last report, the Bachs had returned to the U.S. and were in Henderson-
ville, North Carolina, enroute to Massachusetts before heading west.
While in St. Petersburg, the Bachs were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Carter
Orr and met many of their former friends in this area.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Light (Gladys Elkins) were visitors at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Leisy in Albuquerque, N.M. Mr. Light is admin-
istrator for a new Indian Hospital in Rosebud, South Dakota. The Leisy's
are fine and they are expecting their son Henry, wife Ann, and baby Eric
to visit them in August.
Mr. John Young has accepted the position of City Manager of Dun-
edin, Florida. Mrs. Young is the former Katherine Mason who grew up
on the Canal Zone.
Capt. John W. Anderson, retired last year as Harbor Pilot for the
Navy at Subic Bay Naval Base in the Phillipines. He recently returned
from four months spent on the Zone. Most of the time he spent at the
Tarpon Club and fishing from the spillway and the lower waters of the
Chagres, where he had spent many hours in days gone by. He reports
that Mrs. Anderson had not been well but is now greatly improved.
Capt. and Mrs. Macon Turner of St. Petersburg have returned from
a visit in Louisiana where they visited the R. P. Plummers in Bastrop, La.
Mrs. Mary R. Brewerton is now making her home with her daughter,
Mathilde, at 7322 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk, Va. Mrs. Brewerton had been
making her home with her son, Lt. Col. Henry R. Brewerton in Puerto
In a warehouse in Tallahassee, Florida, the 200 pound bell of the
old U.S.S. Tallahassee has been reposing, in a crate, while City Commis-
sioners sought a fitting place for it to be displayed. Correspondence with
the Navy Dept. and Rep. Bob Sikes, produced scant statistics about the
bell and the ship which bore the name of Florida's capital city. Recently,
the Mayor of Tallahassee learned that John D. Stephens, ex-CZ engineer,
served his entire 30 months of Navy service aboard the Tallahassee. He
was able to fill them in on some of the history and type of service the
ship performed during World War I, when the ship was stationed in
Panama waters, where she was a submarine tender. Stephens remembers
well the bell that warned him to get on the ball, go below and pitch coal.
Later he became an engineman and worked on the ship's pumps and in
the ship's machine shop. Stephens also served aboard the Tally while she
was stationed in Bermuda and on September 8, 1919 he walked off her
deck for the last time.
Early in 1956 we had in the Record, pictures of two children, Don
and Patricia, adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Art Soper of Tavares, Fla. This
year Don finished Jr. High and Patricia the sixth grade. Both are good
students says proud Art. For pictures of Eleanor, Don and Patricia and
family pet, see cut.
John R. Keenan who spent the winter in Winter Park, Florida, with
his son Robert and family, left in April for a visit with his son Paul and
family in Washington, D.C. In May, they all went to Chicago for a visit
with Mr. and Mrs. Howard Keenan. They returned to Bethesda, Mary-
land, where the Paul Keenans have purchased a new home at 8723 Ewing
Drive. Mr. Keenan will return to Winter Park in the fall when his son
Paul and family leave on Paul's next assignment with Point Four in Togo,
Henry L. Lavender, appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy from
the Canal Zone, in the class of 1963, was on the Dean's list at the end
of the present term. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lamar M. Lavender
of Gamboa, C.Z. and was an honor student when he graduated from
Balboa High in 1959.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Knapp and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Schneider of
Balboa, C.Z. attended the wedding of Herbert Schneider and Barbara
Elick in Tallahassee, Florida and then left for a tour of Europe.
Mr. and Mrs. William Hallowell of the Canal Zone spent part of
their vacation in St. Petersburg with Mrs. Hollowell's parents, Mr. and
Mrs. W. L. Hersh. They attended the Shrine Convention in Miami before
leaving for New Orleans and their return to the Zone.
Lt. and Mrs. Charles Griffith, (Mary Joe MacSparran) and two child-
ren, were recent guests with Mrs. Griffith's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. S.
MacSparran. Lt. Griffith has been assigned to Korea and has left for his
Mrs. Maxine Dillman, of the Canal Zone, has been attending summer
school in New Mexico at the University. She has been staying with her
son Everett, who is director of Personnel for the city of Albuquerque.
Her son Chick, graduated from Oklahoma State where he got his doctor-
ate in Veterinary Medicine. He and his wife, the former Louise Spencer,
are now with the Yarborough Clinic in Miami, Florida. Mrs. Dillman's
daughter, Norine, has returned to the States after a three year tour of
duty in Germany and will be stationed at Fort Knox, Ky. While in Albu-
querque, Mrs. Dillman stopped for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Leisy.
Mr. W. R. McCann of Hopewell, Virginia, and Mr. F. G. Swanson
of Tyler, Texas, are two of our old timers who are deeply concerned with
the present trend in government spending and in some of the proposed
legislation about to be considered by Congress. They are also concerned
about some of the decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court. They are con-
cerned to the extent that they spend a lot of their time and money printing
and writing articles on these various subjects. Frequently, your Editor
receives copies of these bulletins and finds them most interesting. As
space will not permit putting them in the Record, we do distribute them
to our members at meetings and picnics and we wish to thank Mr. McCann
and Mr. Swanson for sending them to us.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Fred Everett of St. Petersburg, Florida, drove north
in July for a vacation in Indiana with relatives and friends. They expect
to visit Cincinnati, Ohio, Erie, Penmtsylvania, and Beaver Falls, before
Mrs. Edward J. Mann and two children, Sheryl and Raymond, have
been spending five weeks with Mrs. Mann's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. M.
Kieswetter in Gulfport, Florida. They are enjoying a vacation while
Daddy Mann is away at Summer Camp in Wyoming and in Minnesota.
Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Bell of Gamboa sailed from the Zone for New
Orleans enroute to Atlanta, Georgia, for a visit in Mrs. Bell's home town,
then on to Pennsylvania for a visit with Mr. Bell's parents. Their daugh-
ter Bonnie, will enter the Mobile General Hospital for nurses training.
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Bohan of Jonesboro, Arkansas, accompanied
Mr. and Mrs. Newall Shaw of Fayetteville, Arkansas, to Muskogee, Okla-
homa, to attend the 4th Biennial convention of A.M.K.O. (Arkansas, Mis-
souri, Kansas, Oklahoma) Council of N.A.R.C.E. The work of AMKO
has been so vital that Texas sent a delegation for participation in the
Council and it was voted to include them, and it is now AMKOT. The
next convention will be in Hot Springs in 1963. Grover is an ardent
supporter of N.A.R.C.E., being President of his local chapter, 2nd Vice
President of Arkansas Federation and member of AMOKT Council.
Dr. John Hower Jr. has resigned from M.I.T. and will return to
Missoula, Montana as Associate Professor at Montana State University.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kozak of St. Petersburg, Florida, celebrated their
50th Wedding Anniversary June 22, 1961. It was also the 39th Anniver-
sary for Anna and Bill Bartlett of St. Petersburg, so the two families cele-
brated together. Our congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Kozak and to Mr.
and Mrs. W. J. Bartlett.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Renz of Fairhope, Alabama, have returned to
their home after a trip to New Jersey to visit their daughter, Carla (Renz)
Witt and family in Orange, and to see their new granddaughter Lore,
born May 5, 1961.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Kleasner of Balboa, C.Z. were visitors in
Orlando, Florida and St. Petersburg, before joining their daughter in
Missouri for a trip through the West.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hower have returned to their home in St. Peters-
burg, Florida, from a 4500 mile motor trip and a visit with their son
John, his wife, the former JoAnne Therrell of Curundu, C.Z., and their
three children, Mark, Brigitt, and Gretchen. They also visited with the
Elliott Johnsons in Haverstraw, New York. Mr. Johnson, former Gamboa
resident is now Superintendent of the reserve fleet on the Hudson River.
They also stopped for a visit with Bill and Martha Wiseman, former
Gamboa residents, now retired and living in Fairlawn, New Jersey. Then
on to the home of Carla (Renz) Witt and her family. The Paul Renz
were there at the time, so a happy family reunion was enjoyed. The Witts
have three little girls, Paula, Lisa, and Lore. After a visit with an uncle
in Marian, New York, the Howers visited with young Paul Renz and
family in Champaign, Illinois. Paul and his wife have three children,
Paul, Vicke, and Nicholas. Last stop of the trip before reaching home was
with Viola and Dan Stephens of Tallahassee. They were happy to find
Dorothy Ann Stephens had just returned home from a two year teaching
job in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. Weatherwise, they ran into lots of rain
in the north and temperatures ranging from 50 to 102 degrees.
Mrs. Grier, Minnie to all her friends, and Mrs. Wood shared a room
at Gorgas Hospital recently while they were both in the hospital for sur-
gery. Because they are so well known on the Zone and were such good
patients while in the hospital, they both received the finest treatment and
attention. The following is from the Gorgas Magazine.
MRS. WILHELMINA GRIER, widow of the late Charles L. Grier, is a
pioneer of the old frontier type: When she first came to the Isthmus 53
years ago, she lived in Santa Cruz, now under water! This was in the
construction days. Had she ever been in Gorgas before? "Heavens yes!"
-a number of times and I like it (Gorgas) very much." Mrs. Grier came
from Philadelphia and used to go back for years. "But now, with no
family anywhere, I just stay put". Lots of visitors have already been to
visit her from her home town, Gamboa. A beautiful flower arrangement
at Mrs. Grier's bedside was made by the daughter-in-law of her room-mate.
MRS. CHARLOTTE WOOD, another old-time pioneer woman with
54 years of Isthmian life behind her! "I used to live in Empire, C.Z.,
with my husband, the late Joseph C. Wood," says Mrs. Wood. "Mr. Wood
worked with the Panama Canal Company, and when they closed Empire
in 1913, we moved to Balboa, where I have lived ever since. I am now
living with my son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William Wood. Of
my eight children, four are still alive, and I have 9 grand-children and
9 great-grandchildren. They are scattered all over, some in Wisconsin,
some in Pennsylvania, some in California. Only one grand-daughter,
Mrs. Fawcett, lives here."
The two remarkable, interesting women have many a tale to tell of
change, but doctors' visit interrupted their reminiscences.
Dr. Ben Saltzman of Mountain Home, Arkansas, well known in medi-
cal circles of Arkansas has been elected a director of Rotary International
at the International Conference held in Tokyo, Japan. His territory will
encompass zone 3, which includes, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Dr. Saltzman is one of the foremost workers for the Crippled Adults Hos-
pital at Memphis, supported by Rotary Clubs. He is past district governor
and had an important part in the recent Hot Springs conference of dis-
trict 617 of Rotary International. Dr. Saltzman was at one time a C.Z.
dispensary doctor and while on the Zone he met and married the former
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Van Evera with their two children, Sharon and
Kurt of Balboa, C.Z., have been visiting in Boulder, Colorado and with
Mr. Van Evera's parents in St. Petersburg, Florida. They all went to
Miami where the young Van Everas caught a plane for the Zone.
Mrs. Ida Hallett's sister Dot, flew out to San Francisco to be with
the cast of "My Fair Lady" which is playing in that area. Miss Richards
is a talented musician and will assist the cast in that capacity. She will
also visit in Portland, Oregon while on the West Coast.
Dan Coffey has been transferred from Pratt Whitney Airplane Cor-
poration of Hartford, Connecticut, to the plant in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Dan was formerly with the Canal Zone Customs.
Mrs. May Webber spent the month of July with relatives in Bluffton,
Mrs. Margaret Peterson of St. Petersburg left for the Canal Zone
July 22, for a visit with her son Tom and family.
Mrs. Marie Coffey was in Houston, Texas during April and May
with her daughter Pat, Mrs. Toni Lieshaut. Mrs. Lieshaut is leaving soon
for a trip to Hawaii.
The high level bridge, now being constructed across the Panama
Canal, will be officially and permanently known as the "Thatcher Ferry
Bridge", in tribute to Maurice H. Thatcher who has concerned himself
with the welfare of the Canal Zone and people of Panama for more than
50 years. In a rarely precedented personal honor, the House and Senate
and their respective appropriations committees, have all unanimously
approved this name and section 303 of a pending miscellaneous appro-
priations bill provides for this designation.
As a member of the Isthmian Canal Commission and Governor of
the Canal Zone 1910-1913, Congressman from Kentucky 1923-1933, and
legal consultant on Canal Affairs since then, Mr. Thatcher has been per-
sonally associated with almost every event affecting the Canal Zone in
the past 51 years.
Mr. Thatcher, formerly of Louisville, Kentucky, now 90 years old,
still practices law in Washington, D.C. He has been to Panama three
times since World War II, on official honorary missions and is now look-
ing forward to attending the bridge opening in the fall of 1962.
The new bridge, Canal engineers believe, will meet its original com-
pletion date in spite of the substructure work remaining several months
behind its original schedule. The finished line of tall reinforced concrete
piers that will support the steel structure is shaping up into the appear-
ance of bridgework. Two abutments, one on each side of the Canal where
the bridge joins the banks, are complete as are two overpasses, one on
Amador Road, the other at the end of the Gavilan Area.
Panama's President Roberto F. Chiari and some members of his
cabinet and staff were guests of Gov. W. A. Carter during a special field
trip to observe work now in progress to improve the Panama Canal's
capacity to transit the worlds shipping from ocean to ocean. The Gover-
nor and members of his staff escorted the President and his party through
Gaillard Cut, down into an empty lock chamber at Miraflores, and to the
Contractors Hill overlook. Among the guests were Joseph S. Farland,
U.S. Ambassador to Panama and two members of his staff, Carl Davis
and Philip Cook.
Panama Canal tolls for fiscal year 1961 will come to approximately
$53,800,000 bettering the previous year's record by close to $2,000,000.
The total cargo carried through the Canal will also reach a new high of
approximately 64,000,000 long tons. The total number of ocean going
ships which used the Canal in fiscal 1961 was expected to reach 11,142
to exceed last year's record by 75 ships. Transits during fiscal 1961,
averaged 928 ships a month with the month of May creating a new
record with 1029 ocean going ships.
Eugene Saunders Shipley is the new Chief of the Canal Zone police,
succeeding Maj. B. A. Darden who retired June 1, 1961. Shipley, a vet-
eran of 21 years with the Canal Zone police has been District Commander
at Cristobal since January 1956.
Crede Calhoun was a patient in Gorgas Hospital for treatment of a
cracked vertebra. Crede was injured in a fall from a horse in El Volcan
where he had been vacationing at the farm of his son-in-law Carl Jansen.
The Canal banks lighting system which was installed last year on a
trial basis in Pedro Miguel Locks and part of the cut, will be extended
soon to include the approaches to Miraflores and Gatun locks from the
Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
The Panama Canal has a new sightseeing vessel, the Las Cruces. The
vessel was built by the Blount Marine Corporation of Warren, Rhode
Island, and was launched in June 1961. The Las Cruces is 64 feet long
and 23 feet wide, of all steel welded construction, and can accommodate
200 passengers. It will be used to carry visitors, tourists and other groups
on trips through the Canal.
Captain Francis Gorman, master of the S.S. Cristobal since 1953,
has retired to the South Shore of Long Island, New York, and in the
future will sail only in sheltered bays, in his 22 foot auxiliary sloop, Rete,
which will be tied up at the Captain's back yard dock at Amityville,
Long Island. His association with the Canal's steamship operations dates
back to 1936 when he signed on as third mate of the old Ancon.
Local Raters can be fired from U.S. Government jobs on the Canal
Zone for failure to pay Panamanian income tax on their salaries. This
is the effect of a recent revision of the Panama Canal Company's Person-
nel Manual. Panamanian treasury officials estimate local raters are
$1,000,000 behind in their Panamanian taxes. They also estimate that
Panama's income tax yield from local raters, if everyone paid up, should
run between $250,000 and $300,000 yearly. President Chiari has prom-
ised that his government is working on a formula to enable local raters
to pay up their back taxes in installments.
A $270,000 fire destroyed Panama City's 5 and 10 cent store on
Central Avenue the morning of July 12. For a time the blaze threatened
to spread to the entire business section on the east side of Central Avenue
near Salsipuedees. The building and all the merchandise was a total loss.
REVISED BLOOD BANK RULES AS OF APRIL 13th, 1959
1. Those eligible: Members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
in good standing who are residents of the State of Florida, dependent
members of their immediate family residing with them and who have
contributed the sum of $2.00 each to the fund.
2. Members who move from the State of Florida or drop out of mem-
bership in the Society are no longer eligible for benefits of the fund.
3. Eligible members who are physically able to donate blood will be
given a credit of $10.00 toward himself and family in lieu of monetary
donation. This credit will be good for as long as the St. Petersburg Com-
munity Blood Bank allows credit for donors, and will apply toward dues
in the Blood Bank, and assessments if and when necessary.
4. Outsiders: Non-members donating blood for credit to the Society
at the St. Petersburg Community Blood Bank will be paid the sum of
$10.00 in cash by the Secretary.
5. Persons donating money toward the Fund for the benefit of worthy
and indigent members relinquish any claim against the Society for any
part of such donation.
6. The sum of $1,000.00 will be considered the maximum operating
7. Assessments will be mailed to each participating family at $2.00
per person when the operating Fund drops to $500. The Fund will not
be allowed to drop below $500.00 unless in an emergency. Assessments
must be paid immediately by all participating members in order to keep
the Fund operating.
8. No person may receive any benefit from this Fund unless he or
she will have donated the necessary $2.00 fee per person at least three
months prior to the need for blood.
9. Effective January 1, 1960, dues will be required in the Blood Bank
of $2.00 each member, as authorized at the April 13, 1959 meeting. It
is expected that this will insure successful operation of the Blood Bank
without further assessments being necessary.
10. The Secertary will issue a numbered card to all paid up members.
11. Expenses relative to this Fund, such as stamps, stationery, etc.,
will be paid out of this Fund.
12. Disbursements: Satisfactory evidence that blood has been admin-
istered to any paid up member in any recognized hospital in the United
States or the Canal Zone must be submitted to the Secretary. Upon receipt
of such proof the Secretary is authorized to and will pay immediately for
any and all such blood transfusions. Payment may be direct to the hos-
pital or to the person presenting a receipted bill for such transfusions.
Please remember that all members of the Blood Bank must keep up
their dues. Non-payment of dues to the Panama Canal Society automatic-
ally cancels your membership in the Blood Bank. All members in Florida
who joined the Blood Bank are issued a card. Always keep it with you.
ff you did not receive your card, please notify the Secretary.
A SONG OF PANAMA
By DAMON RUNYON
"Chuff! chuff! chuff!" An' a mountain bluff
Is moved by the shovel's song;
"Chuff! chuff! chuff!" Oh, the grade is rough,
A liftin' the landscape along!
We are ants upon a mountain, but we're leaving' of our dent,
An' our teeth-marks bitin' scenery they will show the way we went;
We're liftin' half creation, an' we're changing' it around,
Just to suit our playful purpose when we're diggin' in the ground.
"Chuff! chuff! chuff!" Oh, the grade is rough,
An' the way to the sea is long;
"Chuff! chuff! chuff!" an' the engines puff
In tune to the shovel's song.
We're a shiftin' miles like inches, and we grab a forest here
Just to switch it over yonder so's to leave an angle clear;
We're a pushin' leagues o' swamps aside so's we can hurry by-
An' if we had to do it we would probably switch the sky!
"Chuff! chuff! chuff!" Oh, it's hard enough
When you're changing' a job gone wrong;
"Chuff! chuff! chuff!" an' there's no rebuff
To the shovel a singin' its song!
You hears it in the morning' and you hears it late at night -
It's our battery keeping' action with support o' dynamite;
Oh, you gets it for your dinner, and the scenery skips along
In the movin' panorama to the charging' shovel's song!
"Chuff! chuff! chuff!" an' it grabs the scruff
Of a hill an' boosts it along;
"Chuff! chuff! chuff!" Oh, the grade is rough,
But it gives to the shovel's song!
This is a fight that's fighting an' the battle's to the death;
There ain't no stopping' here to rest or even catch your breath;
You ain't no noble hero, an' you leave no gallant name-
You're a fighting' Nature's army, and it ain't no easy game!
"Chuff! chuff! chuff!" Oh, the grade is rough,
An' the way to the end is long,
"Chuff! chuff! chuff!" an' the engines puff
As we lift the landscape along!
We wish to thank all our representatives who sent in
news and items of interest for this issue of the Record.
The deadline for the next issue (December) will be -
November 1, 1961.
Did you read the Secretary's report this issue and did
you check to see if your dues had been paid?. Were you one
of the Blood Bank members whose card number was listed?
Check it right now. Don't delay! If you intend to drop out
as a member or drop the Blood Bank, notify the Secretary,
Mr. Lee Beil.
We would like someone in the Orlando, Florida area,
to volunteer to send us news items. The colony of C.Z. re-
tirees in Orlando is growing and we would like to keep in
touch with them all.
Start making your plans now to attend the next reunion
at the Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg, January 9th and 10th,
New Members, Corrections and Changes of Address
(*) Indicates New Member. (**) Indicates Change of State.
Christinson, Miss Jeanette D.-6204 101 Avenue---- .- Edmonton, Alberta
Roth, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F.-2455 Aala Wai Blvd.-Apt. 2--..Honolulu 15
*Barca, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence, Jr.-Box 608-------------..------Balboa
Dwelle, Mrs. Ruth C.-Box 14 --------------- -------Balboa Heights
*Ewing, Miss Clifford (Dixie) H.; R.N.-Box 45 ------------- Margarita
Fender, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R.-Box 208-------- --------- Margarita
Gregg, Mrs. Eugene J., Sr.-c/o T. L. Gregg, Box 102 --------- Coco Solo
Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. Fred H.-Box 2393--------------------- Balboa
*Hallowell, Mr. and Mrs. William I.-Box 171---------------- Margarita
Howard, Mr. and Mrs. H. V., Jr.-Box 63----------------- --Rodman
Judson, Mr. and Mrs. D. E.-Box 2221 --------------------Balboa
Keepers, Mr. and Mrs. William-Box 2125-------- ----------Balboa
*Keller, Mr. and Mrs. William H.-Box 693 ---------- -------- Balboa
Libinati, Mr. Thomas J.-Box 2360 ---------------------- Balboa
Lowery, Mr. and Mrs. G. E.-Box 423 ---------------- Balboa Heights
Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. C. P.-Box 5009------ --------------Balboa
Neely, Mrs. Robert J.-Box 5043-----------------------------Cristobal
*Reccia, Mr. and Mrs. James J.-Box 122---------------------Balboa
*Rheney, Mr. and Mrs. James H.-Box 351 --- ------------ Margarita
*Roche, Mr. and Mrs. Robert F.-Box 467---------------- Balboa Heights
*Rowley Capt. and Mrs. Samuel H.-Box 738-------------------- Balboa
*Stern, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer E.-Box 5 ---------------Gamboa
Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. C. A.-Box 2391-------- ----------- Balboa
*Stratford, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn E.-Box 1314 -------------------- Balboa
Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Robert M.-Box 2364 ----------- ------ Balboa
*Twomey, Mr. and Mrs. James C.-Box 2123------- ------------ Balboa
Winklosky, Mr. and Mrs. John E.-Box 2312 --- ------------ Balboa
*Wray, Mr. and Mrs. William B.-Box 5015-------.--------------Margarita
Walbridge, Mr. and Mrs. Harry C.-10101 Redland St., S.W.----Huntsville
**Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L.-Box 23---------------------- rand Bay
Farrow, Mrs. W. E.-35 E. Vernon Avenue----- ....--------- ---- Phoenix 4
*Pearre, Mr. and Mrs. C. B.-Route 1- -----------------------Mt. Vernon
Anderson, Capt. and Mrs. John W.-1736 Fallbrook Ave.----- San Jose 30
**Bortin, Mr. and Mrs. Harry, Sr.-435 Hillcrest Road------------ San Mateo
*Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. Frank 0.-2812 Spring Creek Drive ----Santa Rosa
*Crooks, Mr. and Mrs. Michael 1.-1764 Canterbury Circle --------Anaheim
*Grey, Mr. and Mrs. J. W.-8449 Sunnybrae------------ Canoga Park
**Grier, Mrs. Emily (Samuel)-1024 East Virginia Road----------- Fullerton
Newbold. Mr. Albert G.-1756 Mallory Street---------- San Bernardino
Perkins, Mrs. Alice S.-455 North Raymond Avenue------------- Pasadena
Ruley, Mrs. Anna S.-138%2 Palas Verdes Blvd.---------- Redondo Beach
*Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Roy B.-3828 Army Street --------San Francisco
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
**Robinson. Mrs. Nina P.-3648 Southern Avenue, S.E.---------- Washington
Sealey, Mrs. Winifred-3200 16th Street N.W.------------ Washington 10
Hollowell, Mr. and Mrs. Marion F.-Box 276------ ------------ Milton
**Benny, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E.-3545 59th Lane No.------St. Petersburg 10
Brennan, Mr. Peter H.-2749 1st Avenue No.----------St Petersburg 13
Carey, Capt. and Mrs. E. D.-124 Park Drive-------- Pinecrest, Zephyrhills
Carlson, Mr. Clarence O.-625%V2 Kirkwood Terrace No.--... St. Petersburg 1
**Culp, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver C.-Route 4, Box 17-------------- Fort Myers
Deer, Mr. and Mrs. John M.-852 13th Court, N.E.---------Winterhaven
**Dodson, Mr. and Mrs. William H.-509 Greenbay Avenue -------- Branden
**Dorgan, Mr. and Mrs. William J.-3663 26th Ave. No .--.St. Petersburg 13
Esbenshade, Mr. and Mrs. John M.-14525 NE 2nd Avenue--------Miami 61
**Farr, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A.-5031 48th Avenue No.----- St. Petersburg 9
Grady, Mr. and Mrs. William F.-1136 Dorothy Street----------- Lakeland
Green, Mrs. Dora B.-
Lot 9, West Florida Blvd., Trailer Estates, Box 5116--------Bradenton
**Herrington, Mr. Myron R.-104- 4th Avenue So., Box 233----Safety Harbor
Hunt, Mrs. Elizabeth B.-2811 Leslie Lake Drive--------- St. Petersburg 13
**Joyce, Mr. and Mrs. Albert J., Sr.-2340 Sunnyside Lane---------Sarasota
**Lockridge, Mr. and Mrs. G. C.-2600 Pinellas Point Dr.----St. Petersburg 12
Love, Mrs. Mary (Warren)-1637V/ -18th Ave. No., Apt C--St. Petersburg 13
*Lynch, Mr. and Mrs. Earl S.-14420 Hertha Avenue-----.--------.Orlando
McCloskey, Mrs. Mae-3943 Haines Road No.-------------- St. Petersburg 3
**McDermitt, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd R.-3211- 37th Street No.--St. Petersburg 13
McCormack, Mrs. Margaret C.-239 Lake Ellen Drive---------Casselberry
Michaux, Mrs. Ethel M.-Tamiami Hotel. 240 1st Ave. No., St. Petersburg 1
*Marshall, Mr. and Mrs. James-525 Hillside Drive So._---- St. Petersburg 5
Moist, Mr. and Mrs. Harry W.-701/2 25th Street No.-- St. Petersburg 13
*Nielson, Miss Ruth-c/o Mrs. D. Dotter, 1908 East Broad St.------Tampa 10
Nobles, Mrs. F. I.-5230-A 98th Terrace North--------------Pinellas Park
Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. Roy C.-616 Bainbridge Avenue-----------Pensacola
*Pyrczak, Mr. and Mrs. John-2820 41st Avenue No--- St. Petersburg 14
**Randall, Mr. and Mrs. Jack C.-1120 Magnolia Street ---- West Palm Beach
Rath, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J.-1808%/ 20th Ave. No.---- St. Petersburg 13
**Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin J.-
2907 Pass-A-Grille Way, Pass-A-Grille--------------St. Petersburg 6
**Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford B.-167 NE Gibralter Drive --- Port Charlotte
*Sandberg, Mr. and Mrs. Anders-3731 5th Avenue So. ----St. Petersburg 11
Shuey, Mr. and Mrs. R. O.-1099 West 67th Street .__-------------Hialeah
*Smith, Mr and Mrs. Clarence W.-237 Daytona Avenue ----- --- Holly Hill
Smith, Gen. and Mrs. Walacle G.-1115 Palma Sola Blvd., W.---- Bradenton
Stakelum, Miss Mary L.-
(St. Josephs Manor) 2335 Lakeview Avenue So.------St. Petersburg 12
Tomkins, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin C.-9636 2nd Street No..-- St. Petersburg 2
White. Mr. and Mrs. Robert W.-
4771 Oakdale Drive, Avon Dale Estates--------------------Pensacola
Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Wells D.-801% Grove Street No.--.St. Petersburg 1
Franklin, Mr. and Mrs. J. L.-824 9th Street-------------West Des Moines
Keen, Mrs. L. O.-4507 Statton Road, St. Regis Park ---------Louisville 20
*Blanshaft, Mrs. Juanita L.-428 Superior Avenue---------------- Bogalusa
-am Judd, Mrs. Ethel B.-Box 138------------------------------ --- .Darrow
*Hoye, Mr. Clarence R.-802 Columbia Street, Box 1313---------__Shreveport
Oliver, Mrs. Joseph T., Sr.-3620 Dublin Street-------------_. New Orleans
**Purvis, Mr. and Mrs. Claude W.-5712 Chopin Court-------------- Metairie
Harris, Mrs. Matie N.-863 Olga Street------------- --- ---- New Orleans 19
**Wertz, Mrs. Ella E.-1926 Annunciation Street-----------New Orleans 13
**Wynne, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J.-37042 Chestnut Street---- ... New Orleans
'3ii Cleary, Mr. Walter E.-831 Brunwick Road------------------- Esses 21
*Cross, Mrs. Harry B.-16 Fusting Avenue--------------------Catonville 28
*Jesen, Mrs. Hans C.-2910 Dunbain Court---------------------Dundalk 22
*Ronan, Mr. and Mrs. Leo A.-3100 North Main_ -----.----------Fall River
Clinchard, Dr. and Mrs. William H.-Peoples Bank Building---------Biloxi
Lynn, Mr. Herman W.-605 Woodward Avenue----.-------..---.. Gulfport
**Stevenson, Dr. and Mrs. G. M.-
c/o Veterans Administration Center -------------------Fort Harrison
Hall, Mrs. Eli abeth H.-c/o Keating, Box 193---------------Boulder City
**Dorgan, Mr. and Mrs. Frank A.-171 Shore Road-------------Ocean View
Gunther, Mr. and Mrs. Harold L.-Res: 765 Ringwood, Mail: Box 15, Wanaque
**Hazeldine, Mrs. C.-c/o R. T. Hazeldine, 2 Hamilton Ave.-------- Cranford
Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Carl D.-9236 4th Northwest------------Albuquerque
**Bleakley Mr. and Mrs. Andrew, Sr.-Box 452 --------------- Roscoe
Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Russell L.-66 Jewell Street--------------Rochester 21
McNair, Mr. J. Stuart-State University, College of Education Plattsburg
**Mosher, Mrs. Virginia (Roy)-211 East 53rd Street----------- New York 17
**Meigs, Mr. A. J.-New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street------New York
-u- **Piper, Mrs. Ella S.-318 Halter Lane------------ .---------------Levittown
**Walsh, Capt. Leo A.-----------------------Rosendale, Ulster County
Ferguson, Mr. John L.-1411 5th Avenue West-------------Hendersonville
**Bethea, Mr. Adger W.-100 Flint Street------_-----------------Asheville
Demy, Mrs. John L.-RFD-1,-_ --------- ___ ----------------------Carlyle
Eppley, Mrs. Roy W.-331 South Main Street---- ---------__ ---Marysville
**Schewe, Mrs. Frances W.-c/o Gene M. Warner, Route2, Box 392, Lewistown
**Shirk, Mr. and Mrs. Henry H., Sr.-1714 Perkiomen Avenue ----- Reading
Wengert, Mrs. Bessie R.-129 W. Duglas Street __---- ---------- Reading
Shirley, Mr. William H.-117 Newington Road--- _------- Summerville
*Feuille, Mrs. Mary Evelyn-4004 Chester Street----- --_------ E Paso
Fojtik, Mr. and Mrs. J. H.-202 Fred Avenue, Box 396-- --_- ___Lufkin
*Smith, Mr. and Mrs. George B.-Box 752 _-------------- Corpus Christi
Worley, Mr. and Mrs. 0. K.-7609 Forestwood Road------------. Austin 4
**Brewerton. Mrs. Mary R.-7322 Hampton Blvd.------------------_Norfolk
**Feeney, Mr. and Mrs. Francis W.-5101 South 8th Road. Apt. 403. Arlington 4
Furr, Mr. and Mrs. Paul R.-304 Patrick Henry Drive---- Falls Church
Moomaw, Miss Francis-441 Highland Avenue SW-------------- Roanoke
Paul, Mrs. Jane Abbott (Seymour)-505 South Mason Street _Harrisonburg
**Baldwin. Lt. and Mrs. Boyd F.. Jr.-11832 25th Avenue South-- Seattle
**Lyon, Mr. and Mrs. Monte-Box 324----------------------------_Spokane
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
DUES $3.00 PER YEAR. PLEASE ADD 45c TO ALL CANAL ZONE CHECKS
(Please type or print plainly)
Name -..__.._--__- ---.... .. .... Phone_____..
Address _. ----___ -.............. .. ..... Box_.---
City __------__ -_------------ Zone -.-.. State ----
Number of Years on Canal--. ---- ---
Amt. Enclosed $_ ... .(CHECK) -___.- (POMO)-....... (CASH)----
I wish to join the Blood Bank.
Herewith my contribution of $2.00 per person.
(Please type or print plainly)
Name ---.-----__-_------ --
Address______..... ____-- ....Box_ ......
City__. Z---__ .........Zone_______---
Address... -----__ ---------------Box_-------
City _-___________ .. .. ... .Zone----
Telephone -- ---- ------ 1961
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
HEREWITH BLOOD BANK DUES FOR 1961.
(Members who reside in Florida only)
City .--- ..---------............................ ......--. Zone........
State ..... .................................................... ........
Telephone ................................ Amt. Enclosed $...................
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
Herewith Dues for 1961.
For: ........................ ----------.......... ......................
Address .... ---------------.........................--. Box...........
City ..................................---------------------.. Zone........
State-..... ......... -.............. ............ .................. ....
Telephone ................................ Amt. Enclosed $...................
We are happy to be able to include in this issue, so many pictures of your California friends
taken at their June Picnic.
Left to Right: Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Evans, John Hansen and sons, Berta (Hunter) Hazzard,
Mr. and Mrs. Barney Keegan, Mr. Chris Simonsen, Mr. Russell Hazzard, Mrs. Chris Simonsen.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Stapf, Mrs. Richard Sergeant, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hoover
(Carol Sergeant) and 2 sons, Mr. Richard Sergeant and daughter Kay Sergeant
at Brookside Park, Pasadena.
.a -. -- 0 "
Betty (Clement) Smith, David Smith (no relation)
Hedvig (Sundberg) Seedborg, Ann Ferris, Mrs.
P. J. Sundberg
Mr. and Mrs. Grauten, Wm. G. Naylor
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph White, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Baer
V. T. Comwell, H. Barlow
Meade Bolton, Dennis Mullane,
Mrs. Wm B. Godfrey
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Simonsen and
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Evans
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Naylor, Monrovia, Calif.
and Ewing Journey, Sunland, Calif.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
U. S. Postage
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Permit No. 603
m- private I
POSTMASTER: IF ADDRESSEE HAS REMOVED NOTIFY SENDER OF NEW
ADDRESS ON FORM 3547, POSTAGE FOR WHICH IS GUARANTEED
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