Highest Mountain in Panama "El Baru"
Miss Beth Muralt, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Stone,
granddaughter of Mrs. San Francisco, Calif.
(Sully) L. E. Wilkinson,
Grady and Karen Robertson,
Kathleen Debra, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Pearce,
Capt. and Mrs. E. G. Abbott, Balboa Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Orr, St. Petersburg
Mr. Harold Zierten, St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright, St. Petersburg Mr. and Mrs. George Welch, Kissamee, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Fritz, Rhode Island Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Culp, Ft. Meyers, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Schwalenberg, Baltimore, Md.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
(A Non-profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
W. D. Goodwin J. F. Warner
H. V. Howard Executive Committee
Vice-President W. Dewey Goodwin
Lee R. Bell
Lee R Bel Harlan V. Howard
Secretary-Treas. Lee R. Beil
Mrs. Z. K. Esler I; Lyla M. Esler
Recording Sec'y. Betty Lockridge
Betty Lockridge C. G. Calvet
News Editor Macon A. Turner
Martin Nickel Albert McKeown
GREETINGS FROM OUR NEW PRESIDENT
Another year in the history of our Society has begun and I am look-
ing forward with great interest to its continued growth and success.
Your officers hope to make the regular meetings entertaining as well
as carrying on the usual business.
Since the scythe of time continues to make inroads in our member-
ship, we must recruit new members to offset our losses. "Every member
get a member" should be our slogan for 1962.
I wish every member, happiness and good health in the coming year.
W. DEWEY GOODWIN
There are several annuity bills that should interest you. These bills
are sponsored by the following Congressmeen:
H.R. 3316 by Rep. James H. Morrison, of Louisiana.
H.R. 3754 by Rep. Paul A. Fino, of New York.
H.R. 3987 by Rep. Thomas J. Lane, of Massachusetts.
H.R. 4266 by Rep. Byron G. Rogers, of Colorado.
They all propose a 20% increase on amounts up to $1500.00 and
10% on portions above $1500.00.
Rep. James H. Morrison of La. has another bill, H.R. 6855, that
would provide an increase of 20% in annuities up to $2000,00 and 10%
on the remainder. Each of these bills would also provide an increase in
annuity to match each cost-of-living increase approved hereafter for em-
ployees. There are other bills that are about the same in the House.
Senator Olin D. Johnston of So. Carolina has sponsored S. 2468 to
provide a straight 10% increase in all annuities. There are also several
bills on Equalization of Annuities: H.R. 3298 by Rep. John Lesinski, of
Michigan; H.R. 3314 by Rep. Morrison and H.R. 7453 by Rep. James A.
Burke of Massachusetts.
A bill on Income Tax Relief, H.R. 6371 by Wilbur D. Mills of Ark.,
would increase present retirement income credit for Federal Income Tax
from a base of $1200.00 to $1524.00. This bill would provide up to
$64.80 in tax relief for each of us. It has passed the House and is now
pending in the Senate Finance Committee.
There are various other Bills being presented both in the House and
Senate, such as Survivor Benefits, Health Benefits, and Long Service Bene-
fits. Disability Benefits are also included.
I urge all of you, who do not belong to NARCE, to join as it is an
Organization, that is active in Washington on behalf of all of us. It will
keep you informed monthly, as to progress of Bills pending in Congress.
I also urge you to write your Representative or Senator regarding these
Harold J. Zierten
Mr. John F. Everett, long time member of the Society and former
president, presented the following paper at the luncheon meeting the sec-
ond day of the reunion. A longer version appeared in the St. Petersburg
Evening Independent at a later date. EDITOR
Since the United States became a member of the United Nations, a
movement to abolish nationalism has become apparent. Last year, an
elementary school-teacher, in a mid-western city, told his class that the
United States had no right to be in Panama in the first place. In one of
the nationally read magazines, a recent article openly predicted eventual
disappearance of nationalism. Prior to previous wars such incidents would
have aroused public indignation.
If the teacher who misinformed his class about Panama was not try-
ing to discourage nationalism, he must believe that Christopher Colum-
bus should have stayed home; or perhaps he thinks that Uncle Sam should
not have dug the Canal, for it provides the passage-way that Columbus and
other early explorers searched in vain to find.
Communists have influenced captivated people to confiscate much
wealth created by the free nations, but their effort to eliminate nationalism
will not succeed as readily. In the United States, as elsewhere, there is
inherent pride in the homeland, and the advantages enjoyed by the for-
eign-born citizens, make their patriotism unquestionable. Even within the
Soviet bloc, the differences that occur, provide inescapable proof that
capitalistic interest, typical of nationalism, exists there, too.
As long as human nature remains as it is, nationalism is suree to
plague the world.
The hodgepodge of nations that aviation has brought together, differ
naturally, because of the great contrasts in their respective environments.
It is also quite obvious that the interests that the small new undeveloped
nations differ from those of the older, more progressed countries. Those
basic differences are ignored in the general assembly of the Uniteed Na-
tions, where all are given an equal voice. Such an assembly, even though
equitable voting were provided, is an invitation to trouble.
In the absence of disaster, philanthropy and benevolence, so strongly
hint of bribery, that violent contempt has replaced former respect. Indus-
trial aid sent abroad can also be turned against us, to increase the auto-
mation of an enemy. Even when there is peace, when work-loads are re-
duced by cheaper foreign made products, industry suffers, unemployment
and poverty increases, and the national defense is weakened.
If the gifts we make to undeveloped nations are an intrusion of the
blessings rightly within God's province, that might be a reasonable expla-
nation of such disappointing reciprocation; however, the national sanity
might be reestablished if the foreign affairs were handled on a strictly
The utopia envisioned by idealists is beautiful, indeed, and they are
correct in pointing out the magnificent achievements of previous reformers.
In the light of recent history, however, it is difficult to understand why
practical thinking has not replaced their illusion. All reforms should be
properly timed. When there is talk of being "Buried" some consideration
of self-preservation seems proper.
The voters appear to be depending on divine guidance. They forget
that Christ was Himself realistic.
Between 550 and 600 enthusiastic, chattering ex-Canal workers regis-
tered at the Hotel Soreno during the two days of the Reunion, January 9th
and 10th, 1962. A more exuberant group could not have been found as
people happily embraced and greeted old friends and neighbors.
It was not possible to see everyone there, but some who came from
far away places were; the Dick Taylors, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Fritz, Capt.
and Mrs. Forstrom and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ronan from New England; Mr.
Francis Christe and Mrs. Millett from Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Raymond came from New York; the Grover
Bohans from Arkansas; the Martin Seilers and Mr. and Mrs. George Cas-
sell from California.
From Texas came Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Toone, Mrs. Etta Attaway, Capt.
and Mrs. Sterling Miller and Mr. F. G. Swanson; from Louisiana, Mr.
and Mrs. Gerald Brennan; from Alabama, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Swanson
and Mrs. Sue (Core) Odom.
Capt. and Mrs. E. G. Abbott, the Freeland Hallowells, Dean Dodson
and Mr. John Hammond were there from the Canal Zone.
The oldest retiree, perhaps was Col. Dan Wright of St. Petersburg, a
1904 man and one of the few surviving members of the old Inca Society.
Four others whose service date goes back to 1905 were; Capt. A. T. Luther,
of St. Petersburg, Mr. F. G. Swanson of Tyler, Texas, Mr. C. J. Clapp of
Gibsonville, N.C. and Mr. H. Bloss of Tampa.
Among First Timers spotted were: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Furr, Mr. and
Mrs. G. D. Suddaby, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Sylvester, Mr. and Mrs. James
Marshall, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Hatchett, Mr.
and Mrs. James Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Culp, Mr. and Mrs. G. C.
Lockridge and Mr. and Mrs. Norris Holt.
Due to rain during the usual picture taking hour, no group picture
was taken. Most of the pictures appearing in the Record were taken at
the Reunion by Mr. Francis Hargy, to whom a tremendous vote of thanks
is due, for devoting so much of his time to this project.
The business meeting was held in the Soreno ballroom on Tuesday
afternoon, the minutes of which will be found elsewhere in this issue.
Wednesday afternoon the luncheon was well attended. Mayor Gold-
ner of St. Petersburg welcomed the guests briefly, and invited any who
might be interested in a retirement home, to consider this city, where so
many of their former friends and co-workers make their homes. Mr. Keith
Kelley, Master of ceremonies called on Mr. Paul Warner, Mrs. Virginia
Seiler, Mr. Max Hart and Mr. H. V. Howard to say a few words. Mr. Fred
Everett, presented a comprehensive report, which appears elsewhere in the
Record. Mr. Paul Davis, who writes the column "Good Morning" in the
St. Petersburg Times was an honored guest at the luncheon. Mr. Dewey
Goodwin, the new President was called upon to introduce the new officers
Following the luncheon the reunion officially closed, but many were
seen in the afternoon reluctantly bidding farewell. Plan to attend the re-
union next year. If one has never been there, it is a happy and exciting
experience, as everyone who has attended well knows.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. John Palmer Smith, Jr. of Balboa Heights, announce
the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Mary Louise,
to Lt. James Byrne McGough, Jr., the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Byrne
McGough, Sr. of Woodbury, N. J.
Miss Smith attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. and is
now teaching at the Instituto Pedagogico in Las Cumbres and the Pana-
manian-North American Association in Bella Vista.
Lt. McGough is a graduate in Nuclear Physics from La Salle College,
Philadelphia, Pa. and is now with "A" Battery, 4th Missile Battalion,
517th Artillery, Fort Davis.
Mrs.Janice G. Scott of Balboa, and Mr. Edward W. Scott of Lyttle-
ton, New Zealand, announce the engagement of their daughter, Janice
Grimison Scott, to Mr. Clarence Edward Reinks, son of Mr. Alexander
Reinks of Margarita.
Announcement has been made by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Murdock of
Roanoke, Va., of the engagement of their daughter Winifred Mae to John
Wendel Hentschel of Washington, D.C., formerly of Balboa.
Miss Murdock is a graduate of Longwood College in Virginia and is
a member of the faculty at Fairfax County High School.
Her fiance is the son of Mrs. Julius J. Hentschel of Long Island, N.Y.,
and the late Mr. Julius J. Hentschel. He was graduated from Balboa High
School and the University of Bradley, Peoria, Ill. At present he is em-
ployed as an engineer for Mills, Petticord and Mills of Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Beck of Coco Solo, C.Z. announce the engage-
ment and approaching marriage of their daughter, Stephanie Amanda Beck
to Mr. T. Stephen May, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. May of Louisville,
Kentucky, where Mr. May is Director of the Veteran's Hospital. Miss Beck
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1958, and is a Senior at Denison
University, Granville, Ohio. In June this year she will graduate with an
AB in the field of speech. She has been active on the campus, and in
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. This year she is vice president and pledge
trainer of the sorority.
Mr. May is a 1957 graduate of Lake Forest High School, Illinois and
a 1961 graduate of Denison University. While attending Denison, he was
a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. In his senior year he was
pledge master and social chairman of the fraternity. He is presently work-
ing on his Master's Degree at the University of Maryland where he has
a teaching assistantship in the field of educational television.
A July wedding is planned at Swasey Chapel, Denison University, in
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hinkle of Balboa announce the engagement of
their daughter, Lacy Anne, to Mr. William H. Gibson, the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Noel E. Gibson of France Field.
Miss Hinkle is a graduate of Balboa High School, and attended the
Canal Zone Junior College and Middle Tennessee State College.
Mr. Gibson is a graduate of Cristobal High School, the Canal Zone
Junior College, and is presently attending Middle Tennessee State College
in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
A June wedding is planned.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church was the scene of the 4 p.m. ceremony
January 28, 1962 that united in marriage Miss Sigrid Sue Mullenix and
Larry Joseph Siegel. The Rev. Leigh B. Putnam performed the double-
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Mullenix, 5829
Gulfport Blvd., Gulfport. She was given in marriage by her father.
The bridegroom is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Siegel
of Balboa, C.Z.
Miss Carol Gawryla was maid of honor. Michael Crook served as
A reception was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Mock.
The couple honeymooned on the Florida West Coast. They will live
in Key West where the bridegrom is stationed with the U.S. Navy.
A native of Tiltonsville, Ohio, the bride attended Ohio University.
She is a graduate of the University of Florida and is a teacher.
Her husband, a native of Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, attended St.
Petersburg Junior College.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Norbury of St. Petersburg announce the mar-
riage of their daughter, Joan Frances to Mr. Roger Alden Cosseboom on
January 20th in St. Petersburg.
On their return from Sanibel Island, Florida, the newlyweds will be
at home in Pinellas Park, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold I. Perantie of La Boca, Canal Zone, announce
the marriage of their daughter Carol Ann to Mr. Richard Jules Jubanyik,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Jubanyik of 21 Clifton Ave., Merchant-
ville, N.J., on October the 7th. Mrs. Jubanyik, a graduate of Balboa High
School, attended Pembroke College in Providence, Rhode Island. The
bridegroom, a graduate of Brown Uuiversity, is at present attending the
Law School of Rutgers University at Camden, N.J. The young couple
will reside in Collingswood, N. J.
Mrs. Jeanne C. Magnuson of La Boca and Mr. Leroy Magnuson of
Balboa, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their
daughter, Karen Jeanne, to Mr. Stanley A. Timm of Woodside, N.Y.
Miss Magnuson was born in the Canal Zone and was graduated from
Balboa High School. She attended Sullins College for Women and the
University of Miami and is affiliated with Delta Psi Omega sorority. She
is now in New York furthering her studies in dance.
Mr. Timm was born in New York. He was graduated from the New
York City Aviation High School, has served with the U.S. Air Force, and
is now an aviation technician at Idlewild.
The marriage of Miss Janet Aulean Hicks, only daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Edwin Mell Hicks, Jr. (nee Dolly Bowen) and Mr. Richard Edwin
Harvin, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Harvin, of Sanford, Florida, was sol-
emnized Monday, January 29, at six P.M., at the Davidson Methodist
Church at Davidson, North Carolina.
After a short honeymoon in Tennessee they will return to Florida
Southern College, in Lakeland, Florida, where they are both students. The
bridegroom will graduate in June.
Mrs. W. T. Bowen, of Coral Gables, Florida, grandmother of the
bride, was among the out-of-town guests.
Miss Olivia Jess Winstead, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Maurice Burton
Winstead of Ancon, and Mr. Martin Richard Miller of Washington, D.C.
were married on Thanksgiving Day at the Cathedral of St. Luke, Ancon.
The Rt. Rev. Reginald Heber Gooden, Bishop of the Missionary Dis-
trict of the Panama Canal Zone officiated. The bridegroom is the son of
Captain (U.S.N. Ret.) and Mrs. Martin Miller of Jenkintown, Pa.
A reception followed at the home of the bride's parents.
Mrs. Miller is in her senior year at George Washington Uniiversity,
where she is majoring in American Thought and Civilization at Columbia
College. She is treasurer of Beta Rho chapter of Delta Gamma social sor-
ority. She attended Canal Zone schools and is a graduate of Balboa High
Mr. Miller was graduated from George Washington University in
Washington, D.C. this past June. He is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon
social fraternity and is a Research Assistant with the Senate Subcommittee
on Constitutional Rights. He is at present working on his Master's degree
in City Planning.
Following a trip to the interior, the young couple will make their
home at 2500 K. St. North West in Washington.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Sharp of Balboa, announce the engagement and
approaching marriage of their daughter, Carolyn Mae to Mr. Joseph
Thomas Lange, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lange, of East Dubuque,
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Dunham of Winchester, Ill., announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Sondra Jane Pile, to Lt. Robert B. Hamilton,
United States Army, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley M. Hamilton of
Miss Pile is attending MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. Lt.
Hamilton, a graduate of Balboa High School and of the United States
Military Academy at West Point, is presently stationed at Fort Sill, Okla.
The wedding will be held in the MacMurray College.
The marriage of Miss Annelie Margarethe Scheffler and Mr. Ralph
Jerrell Jensen took place the 18th of December, 1961 in San Rafael, Calif.
Mr. Jensen is the son of Capt. Ralph Jensen (USN Ret.) and Mrs. Jensen
of Berkeley, and is a popular news caster on KRON/TV in San Francisco.
They will be at home after the first of March, 44 Hillside Avenue,
Mill Valley, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Searcy of Baton Rouge, La., announce the birth
of a son, Brian Hayes, December 14th, 1961. He is the second son, having
a brother Lynn. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Hayes,
of Muscatine, Iowa. Paternal grandparents are Capt. and Mrs. B. C. Judd
of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Meketa (Jacqueling Dorgan) of Albequerque,
New Mexico, announce the birth of a daughter, their first, November 17,
named Rebecca Leigh. The Meketas have six other children, all boys.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Mann of Coffeyville, Kansas announce the
birth of their third child, second daughter, Sandra Marie, December 1st,
1961. The paternal grandmother is Mrs. Clara Mann of Terre Haute, Ind.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Kieswetter of Gulfport, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Askew of Balboa, adopted a baby girl, December
23, 1961, named Elizabeth Ann.
Mr. and Mrs. (Joyce Gardner) Walter Kurt, of Orlando, Florida
announce the birth of their second child, a son, Steven, on December 30,
1961. They have a daughter, Kathy.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kilgallon (Joan Sprague) announce the birth of
their third child, Josie, in September in Hyattsville, Md.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Sampson of Burbank, California, announce the
birth of a daughter, Kris Marie, on November 5, 1961. Don is with the
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baxter Grier of Balboa, announce the arrival
of a son, Robert Baxter, Jr., on January 18, 1962.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ortt are the parents of a son, Robert William, born
October 24th. Birth weight was six pounds, eight ounces. Mrs. Ortt, who
was Miss Peggy Halliday prior to her marriage is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Abe Halliday. This is the Halliday's twelfth grandchild.
Mrs. William V. Brugge was hospitalized last September and October.
She is under constant medication. The Brugges live in St. Petersburg.
Mr. Ernest Deems, of Monongahela, Pa. reports that after being hos-
pitalized he is well again and pushing toward 80 years.
Mr. Maurice H. Thatcher, of Washington, D.C. is confined to his
apartment with a broken leg.
Mrs. Frank Sulc of East Orange, New Jersey broke her knee in Sept.
Mr. C. R. Jones of Gulfport, has recently had a cataract removed at
the St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg. He is at home and quite
Mrs. Columbia H. Reiman underwent surgery on her foot, in Gorgas
Hospital. She fell a week later and fractured her hip. She is at the home
of her daughter, Elsa, Mrs. Mack Bailey, in Ancon and is improving.
Mr. Ralph Cutler of St. Petersburg was a patient in Mound Park
Hospital in January.
Mr. Norman Kearns was a patient at Bay Pines Hospital for several
After four months of confinement to her bed, Mrs. Michael Considine
of Gloucester City, New Jersey, is now able to be up.
Mr. W. H. Baxter of Glendale, California is confined to his home with
Mr. Theodore Sundquist, of Lake Jackson, Texas, suffered a stroke
in October. He is now in a wheel chair, and is learning to walk again.
Mrs. Joseph (Marie Calloway) Kuhn, of St. Petersburg entered St.
Anthony's Hospital in January for an operation.
Mrs. Henry G. Marcy (Mrs. Ethel Williams), 7121 N.W. 19th Court,
W. Hollywood, Florida, has been very ill for some time in Hollywood Hos-
pital. Now at home under doctor's care.
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Kenneth D. Slowick, 64, retired Panama Canal Industrial Division
employee was killed instantly in a car crash on the National Highway
near Capira in the late afternoon of November 22, 1961. He was driving
to El Valle to spend a week end when his car struck a parked truck.
With him were Kenny Slowick and Lee Wayne Chrisoph, both ten years
old and residents of Coco Solo.
Mr. Slowick, a native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., went to the Canal Zone
in 1928. He is survived by his wife, a Nurse on the Atlantic side.
Lee Wayne Christoph, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vern H. Christoph, Coco
Solo, was fatally injured in the above mentioned crash. He was born
in Lexington, Ky on March 10, 1951 and had been a resident of the Isth-
mus since December 1951, his father holding a position as Admeasurer
with the Cristobal Port Captain's Office. Lee Wayne died at Gorgas at
10:50 the same night of November 22, after having been sped to the Rod-
man Naval Dispensary, with Kenny Slovak, by two Panama City residents.
After receiving emergency treatment the two boys were transferred to
Lee Wayne is survived by his parents; three brothers, La Rue J., 17
years of age; Larry Allen, 14; and Lewis Terry, 8: his maternal grand-
mother, Mrs. John LaRue, who resides with the family; and by his pater-
nal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George D. Christoph of St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Nevada Jane Rominger, 104 years old, died in California on
October 13, 1961. She was born Feb. 15, 1857 in Davidson County, N.C.
Her daughters, Mrs. Joseph Talbert, the former Ann Rominger, now
of Coronado, California, and the late Marie Rominger, who resided in
Santa Clara after her retirement from the U.S. Army, were residents of
Wyolene Neal, 21, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Elwin G. Neal of Miami,
was killed when struck by a car on November 3, 1961 as she was walking
home from the Miami Shores Country Club, where minutes before she
had finished a tennis game.
Miss Neal was a native Miamian and a graduate of Miami Edison
High Schol. At the time of her death she was a student at Barry College
in Miami. Her father, Dr. Elwin Neal was a former resident of the Canal
James D. Pate died November 18, 1961 in Fitzgerald, Georgia. He
was born on July 18, 1891 in Ashburn, Georgia.
Mr. Pate was employed as a butcher in 1923, in the Commissary
Division, and was retired in 1944. A sister, Miss Casie C. Pate, survives.
Richard C. Brown, Mechanical Engineer employed by Las Minas
Refinery and former Panama Canal Engineering Division, died suddenly
in his apartment in the Arboix Building in Colon. He was 48 years old
and had joined the Canal Organization in 1935 as a refrigerator Egineer.
He is survived by his father who lives in Boston.
R. K. Morris, a construction day employee of the Panama Canal, who
went to the Isthmus in 1905 and remained there until after World War II,
died recently in Mexico City, Mexico, where he has lived a number of
years since his retirement.
Mr. Morris was born in April 1883 at Lynchburg, Va. He was Chief
Quartermaster for several years, later serving as General Manager of Coca
Cola in Panama.
Survivors are: Mrs. W. R. Price of Margarita, daughter. His wife,
a son, R. K. Moris Jr. of San Diego, California; a stepson, W. E. Baugh-
man of Mexico City, and five grandchildren.
Waldron E. Eldridge, Nurse Supervisor at Gorgas Hospital died in
November following a brief illness. He was born in Brier Hill, N. Y.
Mr. Eldridge was a member of the York Rite and of the Shrine on
the Isthmus and was a member of Panama Canal Zone Lodge No. 1414
of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is survived by his
wife, Mrs. Katherine Eldridge now of N.Y. and his father, Isaac Eldridge
of Ogdensburg, N.Y.
Capt. Clifford Payne, dean of Canal Zone shipping agents and well
known resident of Panama, died at his home in Bella Vista. He was 86
For more than half a century associated with Panama and the Canal,
Capt. Payne is survived by his wife, the former Miss Kate McGinnis, who
went to the Isthmus as a nurse at the Ancon Hospital during construction
Founder of the shipping agency of Payne and Wardlaw shortly after
the Canal opened and head of W. Andrews and Company from 1926, Capt.
Payne retired from active connection with the two firms in 1925.
Capt. Payne was born in India where his father was in the British
Colonial service as a railway man.
Capt. Payne was well known for his charitable activities.
Mrs. Lillie A. Wertz, 71, widow of Fred L. Wirtz, died in Gorgas
Hospital after a short illness. Her late husband was a yard master for the
Panama Railroad for many years.
Mrs. Wertz went to the Isthmus in 1907 and lived on the Atlantic side
of the Isthmus for many years. More recently she had made her home
with a son, Robert of Diablo.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Arthur T. Cotton, Diablo
Heights, and Mrs. Donald R. Brayton, France Field; three sons, George
and Fred, both of Margarita, and Robert; nine grandchildren; two great-
grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. R. C. Lumby, San Diego, California.
William D. Wrightson, a retired colonel and sanitary engineer, died
January 26, 1961 at Mt. Alto Veterans Hospital.
Born in Baltimore in 1885, Mr. Wrightson was educated at St. John's
College in Annapolis and went to work in Mexico as a mining engineer.
In 1910 he went to Panama to aid the construction of the canal.
He later served as an Army major in Vera Cruz, Mexico, worked for
a Texas oil company and served as chief of the Surgeon General's Sanita-
tion Corps during World War I.
After his discharge, he worked with the Public Health Service in
New Orleans and Seattle and also on sanitary engineering projects in
Peru at the invitation of the Peruvian government.
From 1928 until his retirement in 1954, Mr. Wrightson was a sani-
tary engineer for the Army.
He is survived by his wife Aileen Gorgas, of the home address, 15
Hesketh St., Chevy Chase, and two daughters: Mrs. Prescott Arnold of
Rockville and Mrs. Gerald C. Cooney of 5950 N. 10th Rd., Arlington.
News has been received of the death of Joseph M. Days, former chief
Engineer on the Panama Canal tug Favorite. Mr. Days died December
28 in Guadalupe, Costa Rica, at the age of 87.
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Mr. Days went to the Isthmus in
1908 and worked with the Isthmian Canal Commission as a steam engineer
and later as a marine engineer.
He joined the Dredging Division in 1914 and was chief engineer on
floating equipment for a number of years before he was transferred to the
tug Favorite, as chief engineer.
He was retired from Canal service in 1936 and had been making his
home in Costa Rica.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maria Days of Balboa; a daughter,
Mrs. Donald R. Jones of Balboa, and a son Albert J. Days of the 15th
Untimely death came to an aged North American when an ancient
wooden cottage in which she lived at 5209 Via Justo Agustin Arango, Juan
Diaz went up in flames, cremating the owner.
Mrs. Mary Cleasby, 89 years old, who at one time worked at nursing
in the Panama Hospital under Dr. Herrick and currently a retired worker
of a Canal Zone Army Post Exchange, burned with her house.
She had lived alone in the second level wooden structure she had built
40 years ago. Her only companion was a cat, which nobody saw during
Lack of telephone communication retarded the arrival of the firemen
who responded to the delayed call some 30 minutes after the blaze was in
full swing. However, they poured water from the tank truck on the cin-
ders to prevent its spread.
Mr. James Christian, 66, died in the Veterans Hospital in Oakland.
California, on December 14, 1961. He worked in the Terminals Division
of the Panama Railroad until his retirement in 1961, after which he estab-
lished a home in Orangevale, California.
Mr. Christian is survived by his wife, Louise; a son James J. Christ-
ian of Fort Logan, Colorado; three daughters, Mrs. Marie Morganthal of
Phoenix, Arizona, Mrs. Virginia Miller of Redlands, California and Mrs.
Florence Morris now stationed in Guam, with her husband, Lt. Comdr.
Richard Morris. He also leaves 7 grandchildren and two great grand-
Mr. Carl Dresselhaus, 75, died August 11, 1961 in National City,
California. He is survived by his wife Anna, two daughters and two sons.
No other details were available.
Agnes Louise Criste, wife of Francis M. Criste, passed away on Dec.
18, 1961 in Arlington, Va. Mr. Criste was former Supt. Marine Engin-
eer for the Panama Canal Department of the U.S. Army and U.S. Army
Transport Service. He retired in 1950.
Mrs. Criste is survived by Francis M., Jr., a graduate of Balboa High
School, Bullis Prep of Silver Spring, Md., and is now Civil Engineer in
San Mateo, Calif., her husband, daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren.
Word has been received of the death on October 6, 1961 in Los An-
geles, California of Francis (Frank) Carr, who worked at the Balboa
Shops on the Zone. He is survived by his wife, Bertha, now of Miami,
Florida. No other details were available.
Mrs. N. Vivian Gillogly, 72, died suddenly at the Tivoli Guest House
A resident at the Guest House and a semi-invalid for several years,
the death of Mrs. Gillogy nevertheless was unexpected.
Born in July, 1889 at Garden Grove, Iowa, Mrs. Gillogy went to the
Isthmus in 1940.
She is survived by her husband, Willis A. Gillogy, of Isthmian Con-
structors, Inc., a daughter, Mrs. Walter T. Hawken, of Orlando, Florida,
three grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Charles Gelwicks, of Pasadena, Cal.
Mr. Wm. G. Fisher, 74, died January 10, 1961 in Springfield, Ohio.
The Fishers were former residents of Gatun. He is survived by his wife
Esther; a son David of Texas; a daughter Mrs. Phyllis (Fisher) Beum
and two granddaughters of Lincoln, Nebraska.
News has been received of the death of Rolla A. Compton, former
Panama Railroad roundhouse foreman, who retired from Canal service in
1940. Mr. Compton's death occurred in McLeansboro, Ill., where he has
been living since he left the Isthmus. He was 81 years old.
A native of McLeansboro, Mr. Compton went to the Canal Zone in
1910 and was employed as a machinist foreman during the construction
days with the Isthmian Canal Commission.
He was later transferrer to the Panama Railroad and held the posi-
tion untit retirement. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Neoma Compton.
Claude Berger, former Control House Operator at Gatun Locks, died
in Sebring, Florida. He was 74 years old.
A native of Mellensville, N.Y., Mr. Berger went to the Isthmus in
1922 and was employed on the Gatun Locks as Lock Operator. He later
became tunnel operator and from 1942 until his retirement in 1945 was
Control House Operator.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Chas.
Walsh of Sebring; two sons, Ernest Berger, an electrician employed in
the Balboa Field Office, and Claude Berger of Los Angeles, California.
Mrs. Emma Bradley suddenly passed away on December 24, 1961 at
her home in Glendale, California. She was formerly Miss Emma Egger,
who went to the Zone around 1916 as a primary teacher in the Pedro Mig-
uel school. Later she married Mr. Fred Bradley, who was Supt. of the
Pedro Miguel Locks until his retirement is 1950. Surviving Mrs. Bradley,
are her husband Fred, three daughters, Mrs. James Wood, and two child-
ren of Gatun; Mrs. Richard London and three sons of Glendale, Califor-
nia and Miss Peggy Bradley of Saudi Arabia.
Reginald A. Armstrong, former claims clerk and dock superintendent
in the Terminals Division, Cristobal, died suddenly at his home in Fer-
guson, Missouri. He was 56 years old.
Mr. Armstrong retired in 1957 after 32 years of service with the
Canal. A native of Fredericksburg, Ohio, he went to the Isthmus in 1925
and was employed by the former Receiving and Forwarding Agency in
Cristobal. All of his Canal service was with that unit.
He is survived by his wife, Marion, two daughters, four grandchild-
ren, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Armstrong of Seville, Ohio; a sister,
Mrs. Ivan D. Hilliard of Los Rios and three brothers in Ohio.
Mrs. Elizabeth L. Sims died at her home is Las Cumbres, Panama.
Born in Rathdrum, Idaho in 1884, Mrs. Sims was graduated in Nursing
and worked at the McNutt Hospital in San Francisco. While taking a
patient to the Philippines, she met Walter H. Sims, who was an officer
on the ship. They were married in the Philippines in 1915 and went to
the Zone to live in 1916.
Mrs. Charles W. Hammond, died in Gorgas Hospital. She was 47
years old and the wife of a Canal Zone Locks Division employee. She was
born in Le Roy, Ill. and came to the Isthmus nineteen years ago.
In her immediate family she is survived by her husband; a son, Lt.
Jack B. Hamond, of the U.S. Marine Corps, Beauford, S.C.; two daugh-
ters, Mrs. Dolores Hinds of Faiberry, Ill., and Miss Sharon Hamond; by
her mother, four sisters and one brother.
Mrs. Hammond was a past matron of the Fern Leaf Chapter No. 4,
Order of Eastern Star, and a member of the St. Andrew Episcopal Church
Melvin E. Walker, 55, recently retired Manager of the Diablo Heights
Service Center, died suddenly in De Bary, Florida, December, 1961.
A native of Starr, Ohio, he went to the Isthmus in 1931 while in ser-
vice with the U.S. Army. After discharge, he joined the C.Z. Police in
1936 and served on the Atlantic Side for a number of years. Later he
transferred to the former Clubhouse Division.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Helen Walker.
Mrs. Edna Rath, 81, died in St. Petersburg. Born in Norristown,
Pa., she had lived in St. Petersburg for 22 years. Survived by her hus-
band Thomas Jr; a daughter, Mrs. R. E. Crouch, St. Petersburg; a brother
Howard Lutz, Norristown, Pa. Mrs. Rath died December 16, 1961.
Mrs. Edith Williams, wife of Ben McGee Williams, formerly Supt.
of Schools in Balboa, died at her home in Washington, D. C. on October
She was prominent in many civic activities while residing on the
Zone. Her husband; one son, Ben Caldwell Williams; a granddaughter,
Valerie Angela Williams; one sister, Mrs. Vincent Docherty of Suffern,
N.Y. and one brother, Howard R. Caldwell of New York, survive.
Mrs. Augusta Williams died November 27, 1961 in St. Petersburg.
She was born in Orange, N.J. and had been in St. Petersburg for the
past 10 years. Survived by her husband, James R.; a son, James R., Coco
Solo, C.Z.; two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence Brown, Coco Solo and Mrs.
Wm. Geddie, Gamboa; a brother, Harry M. Brown, Kansas City, Kans.;
three sisters, Mrs. Mildred Tatelman, Bradenton; Mrs. Ida Doyle, Canal
Zone and Mrs. Hazel Stoudner, St. Petersburg and a grandchild.
She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lee Brown who went to
Panama during construction days and the family lived in Gorgona. Mr.
Williams was formerly head of the Panama Canal Inspection Department
and the couple lived on the Isthmus for 50 years.
Mrs. Fannie O'Brien, 68, 435- 9th Ave. No., St. Petersburg, died
Thursday (Dec. 28, 1961). Born in Buffalo, N.Y. Here eight years from
Willard, N.Y. Retired government nurse. Attended the Methodist Church.
Member of the Panama Canal Society. Survived by her husband, James;
a sister, Mrs. Frances George.
Maj Gen. G. Ralph Meyer, U.S. Army (Retired), one-time command-
ing general of the anti-aircraft defense in the Canal Zone during World
War II, died recently in El Paso, Texas.
Meyer commanded the Panama Coast Artillery Command from Feb-
ruary 1943 until July 1944. At that time he was a brigadier general.
Born November 27, 1886, he retired from the active U.S. Army on
August 31, 1946. During his Army career, he was awarded the Distin-
guished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.
Dr. Paul W. Alexander, 42, optometrist at Gorgas and Coco Solo
hospitals, died at Coco Solo Hospital.
Dr. Alexander had been suffering from a heart condition for several
Surviving him are his wife, Sue, and two sons Gary Dane, 5, and
Larry Wayne, 4; his mother, Mrs. Ruth Cuarisse Alexander, who lives
in Oklahoma City; two brothers, Manfred and Carl, and a sister, Mrs.
Gail Mooreman, who reside in the United States.
Dr. Alexander went to the Isthmus on February 1, 1960, was born in
Oilton, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Oklahoma Optometric Asso-
Carl G. Brown, 64, 4220 23rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, a member of
the Panama Canal Society executive committee, died Tuesday (Jan. 9 ,
1962) in a Dunedin hospital after an illness of 20 days.
Mr. Brown had worked in the Canal Zone as chief of sanitation from
the Canal's opening in 1914 to his retirement in 1956 when he moved to
He was born in Ithaca, N.Y.
Among his memberships were the Canal Zone Masonic Lodge and
Coral Chapter 3, Order of the Eastern Star, Canal Zone. Mr. Brown was
a veteran of World War I.
Survivors include his wife Ella; a daughter, Mrs. Doris LaQuire,
Pinellas Park and six grandchildren.
Edward Garcia, Locks Security Guard at Gatun Locks and a long
time resident of the Isthmus, died at his home in Colon after a long ill-
ness. He was 31 years old.
A native of New York, Garcia went to the Isthmus with his parents
when he was a child and has made his home there ever since.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. GloriaI Davis Garcia and two child-
ren; Edward, Jr., 5, and Tania, 2; and a sister, Mrs. Gustavo Velarde of
Owen Lloyd Richard, well-known in business and shipping circles
on the Isthmus, died at Gorgas Hospital following a long illness.
For the past ten years, he had been in business in Panama as manager
of the Panama office of Dunham and Smith Agencies, Inc., of New York.
He lived in Las Cumbres with his wife, Martha Eunice Richard, who is
employed at the Public Information Office of the Panama Canal Co., and
their two children, Peter, 17, and Gweneth, 15.
Mr. Richard was born in Corwen, Wales, May 25, 1903.
In addition to Mrs. Richard and the two children, Mr. Richard is
survived by a sister, Mrs. Arthur L. Davies, of Balboa, North Wales.
Mrs. Frances C. Luyk, 79, died at Gorgas Hospital. She was the
widow of L. Luyk, a former employee on the All America Cable ship, and
had been making her home with the John A. Barbour family in Balboa
for the past 17 years.
Mrs. Luyk was born in Liverpool, England, and went to the Isthmus
In her family she is survived by a sister in England and by a nephew
William Kenneth Newland, well-known former resident of the At-
lantic Side and one-time Executive Assistant to the Railroad and Ter-
minals Director in Cristobal, died at his home in Springfield, Mo.
Mr. Newland, who would have been 67 on Jan. 27, retired from the
Canal organization in 1952 because of poor health. He remained on the
Isthmus until 1957 when his wife, Mrs. Ione Newland, retired from her
position with the Terminals Division. Since that time, they have been
making their home in Springfield.
He was a native of Carthage, Ill.,
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. William F.
Clary, of Springfield, twin sons, Guy, who lives in Panama, and Ross of
Camden, N.J., and 10 grandchildren.
Frederick S. Bitter, 81 years of age, died recently at Gorgas Hospital
following a long illness. He was a native of New York City and went to
the Isthmus in 1898 as a child.
He returned to the United States but went back to the Canal Zone in
1918 and worked for a few years with the Panama Canal Company. He
transferred to the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps at Fort Sherman, where
he worked until he retired in 1943.
Mr. Bitter and his wife, Mrs. Rose Bitter, who survives him, have
been making their home with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
J. B. Clemmons, Jr., of Balboa.
Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived in his immediate family
by one son, F. C. Bitter of Gamboa; a brother, George, of Dunellen, N.J.;
and a sister, Mrs. Grace Brundage of Bradenton, Florida.
Mr. Bitter was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks, Lodge No. 1542 of Cristobal.
Francis (Frank) G. Farrell, Canal Zone Postal Division Postmaster
at Cristobal, died suddenly at Gorgas Hospital January 25th.
Mr. Farrell, who resided in Margarita, was born on April 24, 1907.
In his immediate family, he is survived by his wife, one daughter,
who is married to Richard Swearingen now of Diablo Heights and for-
merly of Margarita; by two grandchildren; one brother, Arther Farrell
of Summit; and by two sisters, Mrs. Marie Collins of Diablo and Mrs.
Ruth Burmester of Newport, R. I.
W. J. (Pop) Wright of Texas, former railroad conductor on the Zone,
who brought to Panama the basic stock for what he developed into the
Boquete orange, did not quite realize his ambition to live to age 100.
But genial Pop Wright who died in San Antonio January 19 at the
age of 98 years and ten months, lived the past 47 of those years on bor-
For all but the last two, this man of the 19th Century was an active
participant in the life of the mid-20th, and an interested spectator of the
jet and space age.
Pop was best known to the present generation as the man who for
some 15 years had been sending contributions of the "San Antonio Bugle"
to the PA Mail Box from the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Frank L. Corey in San Antonio.
His column mixed news of the Fat Stock Show, and aerial displays
at Texas airbases with speculations on the presence of uranium in Panama
and reminiscences about the great and near-great he met while he worked
on the Zone, but mostly later when he ran a country hotel in Boquete.
It was from there that the "Boquete Bugle" first found its way into
the Mail Box. Like its Texas successor, it was a pot pourri of rural rumin-
ations, crop forecasts for coffee and oranges, fishing news and local gos-
sip. Other Boquete residents still send a "Bugle" letter now and then.
Pop's tenure of employment on the Zone was only three years or so.
He was about 53 and had lived in Central America after leaving Texas,
before he was employed in 1911 by the Isthmian Canal Commission as a
Oldtimers speculated today he must have been a conductor on a train
which hauled spoil from the Canal diggings since he is not listed as an
employee of the Panama Railroad.
Anyway, the work proved too much for him. In 1914, he fell sick
and was diagnosed as tubercular. The doctors gave him two years, per-
haps, to live.
But Pop had other ideas. His story of how he beat the medics was
his favorite tale, and one of the oft repeated fill-ins for Isthmian new-
Taking only two white shirts, because he was told he'd need no more,
Pop and his wife bought a farmhouse on the outskirts of Boquete and
turned it into a country hotel.
Mrs. Wright, an industrious housewife, served plain food that report-
edly pleased, or at least filled, many venturesome visitors to the Chiriqui
mountains, health-seekers, fishermen or otherwise. Among them was
Charles A. Lindbergh.
Pop's first pair of shirts were worn out and replaced many times.
Meanwhile he brought from California the citrus stock which in the high
cool hills became the popular "Boquete orange," and was the first navel
orange grown on the Isthmus.
For several years after Mrs. Wright's death, Pop continued to run
his hotel. But about 17 years ago he sold it to Capt. and Mrs. Hans Elliott,
who remodeled it extensively into the luxury place that is now Panamonte
Pop then left for San Antonio where he kept on wearing out white
shirts until last week.
He lived with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Carey.
Mr. Harry A. Pearce of 117 Old Shawnee Road, Milford, Delaware
passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, January 30, 1962 at the age of 74.
Born in Greenville, Pa., December 16, 1887; parents, William A. and
Jessie Ash Pearce; prepared at Michigan Military School, gradauted Penn.
State class 1910 as a Civil Engineer; 1911-1914 engineer with Panama
Canal construction, having worked on Zone boundary line; transitman
with the Central Division in Culebra Cut and with the Dredging Division;
also chief inspector for Permanent Bldg. Div.; 1915-19, Engineering and
general contracting for self; headquarters, Panama City, but work done
in Panama, Canal Zone, and Columbia, S.A.; 1927-54, Construction En-
gineer with the Solvay Process Co., Syracuse, New York; Retired January
Surviving relatives: Wife, Marion Burgess Pearce of Milford, Dela-
ware. Sons, Douglas T. Pearce of Los Angeles, California and Harry A.
Jr. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Two brothers, one sister all of Milford,
Delaware and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Matilda Duckworth of Peru, Indiana, died in that city on Decem-
ber 13, 1961, after a long illness. She was the widow of the late George
E. Duckworth, who was a locomotive engineer on the Canal during con-
Mrs. Hazel E. Howe, 74, 431 NE 132nd St., Miami, Florida, died
February 2nd, 1962. Survivors include husband, Herbert G.; daughter,
Mrs. Ted Birchfield.
The Howes were long time residents of Canal Zone and lived in Gatun.
CARDS OF THANKS
Cards of Thanks and Appreciation have been received from the following:
Margaret M. Considine The A. F. Mixon family
Mrs. Ralph Cuttler Mrs. Ella Brown
Mrs. Glenn B. Kerr
Louis C. Haseman-Postal Division-32 years, 1 month, 11 days.
Frederick H. Hodges-Panama Railroad-32 years, 11 months, 3 days.
Capt. Francis H. Harrington Pilot 27 years, 2 months, 1 day.
William Adams-Police-21 years, 10 months, 23 days.
George McLintock-Industrial Division-25 years, 11 months, 13 days.
William G. Mummaw-Maintenance Division-21 years, 3 months.
Clarence R. Taht-Maintenance Division-21 years, 2 months, 2 days.
Dorothy B. Tinnin-Accounting Division-20 years, 10 months, 2 days.
Monrad Gruener-Electrical Division-22 years, 2 months, 22 days.
Capt. Robert G. Rennie-Pilot-25 years, 8 months.
Helen L. Smith-Postal Division-17 years, 4 months, 26 dayes.
Melvin E. Walker-Service Center-25 years, 4 months.
Frank J. Aspesi-Locks Division-17 years.
Martin A. Bugalski-Panama Line-29 years, 23 days.
Elsie Z. Halliwell-Schools Division-32 years, 24 days.
Ralph H. Otten-Engineering Division-22 years, 1 mnoth, 6 days.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones of Gulfport, recently had Mr. John Keenan,
and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Keenan and family of Winterpark, Fla. as guests.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Banan, of Ft. Lauderdale, were guests of the Al
Viets, of St. Petersburg during the Reunion.
Mrs. Virginia Vandevort Sheppard, wrote that Mrs. Dove L. Prather
celebrated her 94th birthday on January 25th. Mrs. Prather lives in Port-
land, Oregon since her retirement from the Canal Zone schools.
The Emerson Fullers, their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs.
Dick Thompson, the latter from Washington, D.C., visited on the Isthmus
during dry season. They had many good fishing trips with Frank Violette
on the Seri.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Stone of San Francisco, California celebrated
their 50th anniversary April 24, 1961.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lyons celebrated their 50 th anniversary January
9, 1962, the first day of the Reunion.
Mrs. Robert Baker (Jackie Hutchings), Mrs. Susan (Hutchings) Boles
and her son, and Mrs. Peggy Ratner, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., visited
Mr. and Mrs. B. V. Hutchings in St. Petersburg. Mr. Hutchings is the
father of Jackie and Susan.
Mr. and Mrs. Bronson B. Powell of Diablo, were recent visitors in
the Perc Graham home in St. Petersburg. They had visited with their
two daughters and families, Celeste, Mr. and Mrs. D. Fulton in San Fran-
cisco, and Joan, Mr. and Mrs. Rolf Arndt in Meridan, Conn. The Powells
returned to the Zone by ship, sailing from New Orleans.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Miller of Pamona, California are well and
happy. Their daughter Charline and family, Dr. and Mrs. J. L. Barnard
live in Solvang, California. They have three children. Their son Malcon,
wife and four children live in Carpinteria, California.
Miss Minnie Hennen, recently retired, is visiting her brother and
sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Hennen in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. A. Lyle Prather, wife of the late Railroad and Terminals Di-
rector of the Panama Canal Co. has been elected Assistant Vice Pres-
ident of the firm of Birely and Company, investment bankers of Washing-
ton, D. C.
Mrs. Prather who has been in the investment field for nine years,
previously was with Vance, Sanders group of mutual funds and special-
ized in sale of funds outside the United States. She is one of two women
elected to the post of assistant vice president of the Birely and Company
Since leaving the Isthmus, Mrs. Prather has been making her home
Florienette Matter Knight reports that her son, Edward, came home
from Korea, in July, and is now with his family, at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Her son John Robert has been in Germany for over three years but
should return soon. Florienette continues her golf activities and picked
up 2 more golf trophies this year. She also reports her brother Roger is
now a grandfather with a granddaughter born May 28, 1961.
Florienette's address is Crown Springs Farm, Monroe Hall, West-
moreland County, Va.
Two names of Canal Zoners appeared in the Column Good Morning
by Paul Davis, of the St. Petersburg Times recently. A nice write up about
Mike McNevin, son of Justice of the Peace Donald J. McNevin of St.
Petersburg, telling about Mike's accomplishments and his attending Eng-
land's Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar. The other one was Mr.
George Chevalier, retired C.Z. employee, Northport, L. I., N.Y., who works
each summer as a member of a University of Ontario archeaological ex-
pedition searching for traces of the white man in northern Ontario Pro-
vince during the period between 1640 and the year 1800.
Henrietta and Lucien A. Skeels sailed on a Grace Liner from New
York, to Lima, Peru, to visit their daughter Phyllis, husband Frank Brown
and three children. They will be gone three months.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Haseman of Jacksonville, Fla. had as their guests
for the Holiday season, their daughter Gayle, who flew in from the Zone.
and their son, Louis, Jr. who has just completed a course at the Floral
School in Denver, Colorado.
Col. and Mrs. (Susan Ewing) Edwin Bishop Jr. have been transfer-
red from California to Tenker A.F. Base, Oklahoma.
George O. Tarflinger, wrote from the Zone, that he wanted everyone
to know just how much it meant to him to have so many people help dur-
ing the death and funeral of his father George Thomas. He said he would
not have known where to start and that the kindness and thoughtfulness
shown him would never be forgotten.
Mr. ad Mrs. W. C. Merchant have recently purchased a new home at
4212 Canal Rd., West Palm Beach, Fla. Mrs. Merchant is already there,
and Mr. Merchant retired February 1, 1962.
John C. and Ursula Harrison, of San Francisco, California, are leav-
ing this month, for a motor tour around the States. They will leave their
car in New Orleans, sail to the C.Z. for a visit, and later will Visit in Flor-
ida, Pennsylvania and Canada.
Mr. W. H. Baxley of Glendale, California will celebrate his 80th
birthday on March 22nd.
Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Howard of St. Petersburg flew to the Zone to
spend the Christmas Holidays with their son Vance Jr., his wife Georgia
and their two sons, H. V. III and Terry. While there it was their privilege
to attend and assist in the ceremonies of Fern Leaf Chapter No. 4, when
Georgia Howard was installed as Worthy Matron. It was quite a family
affair as Bernice, a Past Patron, was her installing Chaplin; Harland, the
first Past Patron was her installing Marshal; Vance, the out-going Patron
was installing Patron. H. V. III and Terry were also present.
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Fritz of Providence, Rhode Island are spending
three months in Winter Park, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Viet of St. Petersburg had as their guests recently,
Mr. and Mrs. Miracle of Helena, Montana. The Miracles were attending
the Convention of Associated Cattlemen in Tampa. Mr. Miracle is secre-
tary of the Montana Cattlemen's Association. The two couples had not
seen each other since they met on the President Polk in 1935.
Judy Meyers, formerly of the Canal Zone and now of Gainesville,
and Douglas Pajak of the Canal Zone, presently attending the University
of Florida in Gainesville, visited Doug's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
George McLintock of St. Petersburg, during Doug's semester break from
school. The McLintocks have just purchased a home in St. Petersburg.
Dr. John Hower Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hower of St. Peters-
burg, who is Associate Professor in Montana State University, has pre-
sented papers and lectures at Geological meetings in Austin, Texas; Cin-
cinnati, Ohio; at the Sinclair Research Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and
the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.
Mrs. Nena McMillan of Panama City, and Mrs. Tom Burroughs
(Alma Symonds) flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico, due to the illness of
Mr. O. T. Symonds. Mrs. Symonds and Mrs. McMillan are sisters and
Alma is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Symonds.
Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Smith of Massy, Md. spent the Holidays with
their son and family, Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Smith Jr. in Miami, Fla. They
later were guests during the Reunion, of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser, St.
Mr. J. B. Fields of Balboa, was recently ordained to the Sacred Order
of Deacons in the Cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon, C.Z. He will retire in
September, and go to the Seminario Espiscopal del Caribe in Puerto Rico
for one year. Mrs. Fields will remain on the Zone, where she is a Medical
Technician at Gorgas Laboratory. They have two daughters, Jo-Anne, and
Col. and Mrs. Henry A. Starrett, of Belfast, Maine are presently trav-
eling in the Mediterranean area. He has recently placed several family
treasures in the Museum at Rockland, Maine. The most outstanding be-
ing, a ship's model of the Frank N. Thayer, built in 1870, in Maine and
of which Henry Atherton Starrett, was master. The model, handed down
to the master mariner's namesake, Col. Starrett, was built exactly to scale
by Captain Starrett and his daughter Annie. It is of mahogany, about
four feet from bowsprit to stern, is full-rigged with pulleys, railings and
a ladder made of ivory.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Orr of St. Petersburg, had as guests for two weeks
in January, their son, Thomas C. Orr, his wife and baby Stevie from
New York City. This is grandson Stevie's first trip to see his grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright of St. Petersburg, spent Christmas with
her parents, Capt. and Mrs. W. A. VanSiclen, of Maitland, Fla. They had
just returned from an extended motor trip to the West Coast of California.
Louis Hack of Balboa, was a recent guest of the R. A. Sylvestres in
Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall of St. Petersburg, with their son James,
who is a sophomore at R.P.I., Troy, New York, and was home for the
Holidays, spent Christmas in Del Rey in the Fred Morningway home.
Daughter Melinda, and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Irwin, of Baton
Rouge, La., flew in and joined in the Holiday fun.
Capt. and Mrs. Art Cherry took a trip to Germany recently.
The W. R. Lindsays of Balboa, will be at home to their friends in
their new home at 6680 28th St. South, St. Petersburg, this month. Mr.
Lindsay retired in February.
Mrs. R. E. Forbes (Irma) is working in the office of Dr. R. N. Ickes
in Caolinga, California.
Mr. Gerald McKeever, former teacher in Balboa High School, Canal
Zone, is now finishing his 10th year and final vows, in the Society of
Jesuit Fathers and Brothers.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hammond of Balboa, spent the Holidays with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace King, Sebring, Florida, and with his
mother, Mrs. Helen T. Hammond, of Gulfport, Florida.
Jimmy Fraser of Balboa, spent part of his vacation visiting in the
parental home of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser in St. Petersburg.
Bill De La Mater of Balboa recently visited his mother, Mrs. Ann De
La Mater in Greenville, N.C. Later Mrs. De La Mater flew to the Zone
and occupied Bill's apartment, for the rest of the time he was on leave.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge spent Christmas with their daughter
and family, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Huls in North Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. and
Mrs. R. M. Huls, senior, who had just arrived from Santiago, Chile,
where Mr. Huls was with Point Four, were also guests. Miss Elizabeth
Huls, sister of Mr. Huls, Sr., from Washington, D. C. and Mrs. Williams,
mother of Mrs. Huls, Sr. from Virginia, also joined in the merriment.
Mr. and Mrs. Alton White of Gamboa, spent the Holidays with their
daughter Jean and family, Capt. and Mrs. Chas. McGinn, in Montgomery,
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser of St. Petersburg, spent Christmas in Troy,
Alabama with Mrs. Frances Wise. They also drove to Montgomery, Ala-
bama to see the Alton Whites and Capt. and Mrs. McGinn and family.
Sister Barbara Frances of the Maryknoll sisters, has recently visited
her mother, Mrs. Mary F. Barr of Ancon. She was graduated from Balboa
High School and the Canal Zone Junior College before entering Mary-
knoll, where she earned a degree in Education. In 1952 Sister Barbara
Frances was assigned to Bolivia. She has also taught in Lima, Peru.
A note from Florence and Charlie Harrison in Fort Worth, Texas,
telling how much they are enjoying living there and having their son
Charles and family close by. Florence's mother lives with them.
Matilde and Leonard Stark, wrote that they had bought a home in
South Denver Their daughter Elia, and husband, Albert F. Hanson, with
their two children have moved to the Zone where Albert is employed by
the Postal Department at Balboa. Leonard is working on Missile Bas 2-B
east of Denver.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bidstroup are happy in Sedalia, Mo., where he is
managing his Registered Angus Farm. Mrs. Bidstroup is still working for
Uncle Sam. Her parents, Lando and Carrie Oliver are in their 80's but
are still active. He retired from the Zone in 1933.
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Schrum (Helen Patterson, Cristobal High
School, 1930-1950, teacher) are living in Hamburg, Germany, where Mr.
Schrum is manager of Swift-Hamburg. He formerly was Manager of
Swift & Co's office in Panama City, R. de P.
Mr. F. C. Mack, who worked for Morrison Knudsen in Little Valley,
Utah, has been transferred to Indonesia. His wife Marion and son Chuck
went there in January to join him.
Honored at the Michigan College of Mining and Technology recently
was Frank C. Townsend of Balboa, who was among 30 Michigan Tech
seniors selected for inclusion in "Who's Who Among Students in Ameri-
can Colleges and Universities," according to Harold Meese, dean of stu-
dents at the college.
Those listed in the 1961-62 edition of "Who's Who" were selected
on the basis of scholarship, participation and leadership in academic and
extra-curricular activities, citizenship and service to the school and prom-
ise of future benefit to society.
Chosen out of a senior class of 635 students, Townsend is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Townsend of Balboa. He is majoring in civil engin-
eering at Michigan Tech.
Townsend is well known at Michigan Tech for his contributions to
the Army ROTC program. He is a distinguished military student holding
the rank of first Lieutenant and is serving as Adjutant for the battalion.
He is a member of Alpha Phi Omega service organization and is a three-
time letter winner on the varsity rifle team.
The Physician's Award for Community Service has been presented
to Dr. Harry Eno of Colon as a mark of recognition for the outstanding
manner in which he has served his community, not only in a professional
way, but as a leader in public affairs as well.
Col. Erling S. Fugelso, Director of the Canal Zone Health Bureau,
made the announcement of the award and presented a plaque to Dr. Eno
at the recent annual dinner meeting and election of officers of the Isth-
mian Canal Zone Medical Association, held at the Quarry Heights Officers'
Dr. Eno has been practicing medicine on the Isthmus ever since early
Panama Canal construction days. In 1904, shortly after his graduation
from Cornell University, where he received his medical degree, Dr. Eno
came to the Isthmus and for several years saw service in both the Ancon
and Colon Hospitals.
Upon completion of his contract with the Panama Canal organiza-
tion in 1915, Dr. Eno opened a private clinic in Colon which led to his
establishment in 1917 of the Samaritan Hospital, with which he has been
continuously affiliated to the present.
In making the presentation Colonel Fugelso pointed out the long
years of practice and community service, which have made Dr. Eno so
well known to the City of Colon, its Province and the Atlantic side of the
Canal Zone. For years he has been one of the main supporters of the Sal-
vation Army, and in recognition of his financial and other aid, the Salva-
tion Army presented him with its highest award, the Gold Medal.
Dr. Eno presently is the principal supporter of a new orphanage be-
ing built outside the City of Colon in a townsite called Sabanitas and an
active participant in the charitable works of the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks.
"It is impossible," Colonel Fugelso said in conclusion, "to measure
or gauge the work that Dr. Eno has done in his more than 55 years of
active medical practice in the Republic of Panama and the Canal Zone,
as well as his generous giving and help that he has bestowed upon the
poor and sick of Colon."
The W. L. Howards of St. Petersburg had their family together for
Christmas for the first time in twenty years, when Mary Elizabeth and her
husband Sandy flew in from Seattle for the holidays, and with Patricia
and her husband working in St. Petersburg, they had a happy reunion.
Sandy is an Electrical Engineer with Boeing at Seattle; Mary works for
the West Coast Airlines, Pat is a nurse at St. Anthony's and Freddie, her
husband is with the St. Petersburg Transit System.
A valuable collection of books, pictures, albums and diagrams per-
taining to the Panama Canal has been bequeathed to The New Holstein
Library in Wisconsin since the death of Mrs. Edward Schildhauer from
Santa Monica, California. Mr. Schildhauer died in 1953. He designed
the lock operating machinery and the system of electric locomotives for
towing ships through the Panama Canal Locks. He went to the Isthmus
in 1906 and stayed until after the opening of the waterway.
The Gregory Gramlichs of St. Petersburg were very fortunate people
this season. Their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Gram-
lich from Sherman Oaks, California, visited them briefly. Mark, was
graduated from Denver University as an Industrial Engineer. He and
his wife were on an extensive trip to New York, Miami and Nassau.
At Christmas their son Lt. Richard B. Gramlich, Navy, from New-
port, Rhode Island, paid them a visit. He was graduated from Georgia
Tech as a Mechanical Engineer and is now an Instructor in Officers Can.
didate School in Newport. Lt. Gramlich has had some fascinating trips
including two to the Mediterranean and several Caribbean cruises.
Mr. Marion Hallowell, of Milton, New Jersey attended the reunion
and visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Gramlich of St. Peters-
Miss Margaret P. Fessler recently took the oath of reenlistment for
four years in the U.S. Navy Reserve at the Fifteenth Naval District Head-
quarters on the Zone. She lives in Balboa, and works as a postal clerk at
the Fifteenth Naval District.
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones of Gulfport had Mrs. Jones' brother, and
sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Vernal B. McLain of Columbia, S.C. as Christ-
Jack Wilkinson, son of Mrs. Jim Selby of Diablo, and Mr. L. E. Wil-
kinson of Donna, Texas was graduated from California Poly Tech in
January 1962. He is starting his own Nursery business there.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge had their daughter, Beth Huls and
three children as guests, while Ralph Huls, son-in-low, made business
trips to Ogden, Utah and Denver, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Kieswetter of Gulfport, Florida, spent the
Holidays with their daughter, son-in-law and family, Mr. and Mrs. E. J.
Mann, in Coffyville, Kansas.
Capt. and Mrs. Elmer G. Abbott of Diablo, spent the Holiday season
as guests of Mr. Harold J. Zierten in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. E. J. Mann (Jean Kieswetter) and three children moved to Gulf-
port, Florida, in January to live, while her husband is overseas for a year.
She has taken an apartment at 18221/2 56th Street South.
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Sylvestre spent Xmas with their daughter Peggy
Ann, and family, Capt. and Mrs. R. L. Simpson in Grand View, Missouri.
They saw all the snow they wanted and were glad to get back to their
home in St. Petersburg. They spent New Years' Eve with the Allan B.
Wards in Springfield, Missouri.
Miss Mary Weir, of Balboa, spent Christmas with Miss Ellen Thomas
in St. Petersburg.
Miss Carolyn Smouse of San Francisco, spent Christmas in Panama
City with her parents.
Mrs. Marguerite Maphis of Balboa, spent Christmas with her son,
Samuel, his wife Coila (Goodin) and their three children, Samuel, the 4th;
Joy and Jeff, in Boulder, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. Teddy McIlhenny flew to Cleveland for the Holidays.
Between trips, they are settled in San Antonio, Texas. Son David is out of
the Navy and still works at the same office in California. Bob is in Oak-
ridge working on his Doctorate. Bill and his wife and 2 children live in
Lake Jackson. He works with Dow in Freeport. The hurricane forced
them to flee to San Antonio. Upon returning, they found their house not
badly damaged, but Bill's office was flooded to about three feet, and he
lost invaluable reference works and research notes.
Mr. Herb Boetto of Phoenix, Arizona received his Master's degree
recently and is now working on his Administrative Certificate. His wife
is Betty (Wilkinson) and they have two daughters.
Mr. and Mrs. John Everson of Balboa, recently visited Anne and
Frank Cunningham in their new home at Pompano Beach.
Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Donie, (Tibby Nolan) are now in Dallas, Texas,
where he is attending Electronics School. The Donies have three children.
Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Judson of Balboa, spent a month's vacation by
sailing aboard a Danish ship to South America. While in Lima, Peru,
they called on Mr. and Mrs. Herman Gutman (Therza Robinson).
Mr. Harold J. Zierton, St. Petersburg, flew to Panama and is the house
guest of Capt. and Mrs. E. G. Abbott in Diablo, for a few weeks.
Mr. Ralph M. Huls of North Palm Beach, Florida recently visited in
the home of Mr. and Mrs. (Barbara Jones) John Hey of St. Louis, while
in that city on a business trip.
Mrs. Frederick D. Grunewald of St. Paul, Minn. spent the holidays
with her daughter Mary Margaret, her husband, Dr. Donald Wynnemer
and four children in Baytown, Texas. Donald is in the research division
of the Humble Oil Co. Dr. Dwayne Franklet, wife and children also visited
there. Dwayne's mother, Mrs. George Franklet (nee Louise Grunfelder)
now lives in California. In Dallas, Mrs. Grunewald visited Mrs. Anthony
Fernandez, her sons Bob and Jim, and their families; Barbara Gottlich
Johnson (Ruth Teriwilliger) of Corpus Christi and Miss Rosalie Jones.
Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Cheeseman had as their Holiday guests in their
beautiful mountain top home in the Blue Mts., Panama, Mr. and Mrs.
Carl Wilson and son Robby from Fullerton, California; Mr. and Mrs.
RolandPortman of Moscow, Idaho and Mr. and Mrs. K. E. Frauenheim
and family of Balboa. It was the first time in many years that the four
sisters had all been together.
Mr. W. D. Rogers, old timer on the Canal work, having gone there
on October 3, 1905, wrote that he has 85 slides taken during the French
days starting in 1883 up to 1914, as well as 200 negatives of pictures that
he took during construction days. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
Mrs. Marie Coffey of St. Petersburg spent Christmas with her daugh-
ter-in-law and son, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Coffey in Riviera Beach, Florida.
She later went to Houston, Texas, to visit her daughter Pat Leishout and
granddaughter Joan Coffey, who is the daughter of the John Coffey's of
Margarita, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Sylvestre of St. Petersburg recently spent a week
with their daughter (Mary Jane), Mr. and Mrs. K. C. Smith and 4 child-
ren in Hartsville, S. C.
Dr. J. C. Swanson, Professor of Education at the University of Cali-
fornia, at Berkeley, and a former school teacher in Balboa, C.Z. is now
serving as director of a staff to restudy vocational education in our society
and the role of the Federal Government in this phase of the public schools.
The President of the U.S. asked the Secretary of the Department of Health,
Education and Welfare to appoint a national committee for this study.
Dr. and Mrs. Swanson reside at 400 Maryland Ave., S.W. He is
working in the U.S. Office of Education in Washington, and is responsible
for writing the final report on this study.
Capt. and Mrs. Henry Mijilton, of St. Petersburg, had as their guest
recently, Mrs. Mary Frates of New Bedford, Mass.
Capt. and Mrs. Elmer G. Abbott of Diablo, have as their guest, Mrs.
Beatrice Graham of Berkeley, Calif. Mrs. Graham is the Captain's sister.
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
Tourist Center St. Petersburg, Fla. November 13, 1961
The meeting was called to order at 2:15 p.m. by President Keith
Kelly. Mr. Martin Nichols, the appointive Chaplain for 1962, gave the
invocation, assisted by Chaplain Fred Hunsicker. All officers were present:
President ...----.. -----.. ----...Mr. Keith Kelley
Vice-President -----Mr. Wm. Goodwin
Secretary-Treasurer -------- Mr. Lee Beil
Corresponding Secretary ----_..._ Mrs. Lyla Esler
Mrs. Etta Conkerton introduced the visiting members and guests as
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Engel Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Millspaugh Fort Pierce, Florida.
Mr. Frank Hayes, daughter Elizabeth Phillips.
Mr. Elmer Hogle.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. "Tuck" Hummer Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jordan Maine.
Mis Monica Farley new member now living in St. Petersburg.
The report of the Corresponding Secretary for the meeting of October
9, 1961, was read and there being no corrections or additions noted, it was
approved as read.
The Secretary-Treasurer reported the financial status of the Society.
President Kelley announced that this meeting of the Society would
necessarily need to be shortened in order that members could attend the
4 o'clock funeral service of Mrs. Emma Young.
Mr. Beil announced that the Year Book had now gone to press and
contained the names and addresses of 1,951 members. Mr. Beil went on
to explain the cost of each printing of both the Year Book and the Canal
Record, comparing the present cost with that of a few years back, stating
that he felt we could economize by keeping a closer supervision on the
distribution of both books and that in the future only four Canal Records
and one Year Book would be given a new member paying their $3.00
annual dues and any additional books desired would have to be purchased
separately at publication costs. In this way he hopes to combat the con-
tinual rise in operating costs.
President Kelley brought up the subject of menus submitted by the
Soreno Hotel for the Annual Reunion Luncheon, stating he had been given
four suggestions two hot ad two cold and asked for a raise of hands
to indicate the members preference. The majority voted for the cold lun-
cheon. Each of the two cold menus were read and members again voted
for their choice of the two submitted.
Mr. Macon Turner, the new Blood Bank Chairman appointee, an-
nounced he had chosen 3 members to serve on his committee Mrs. S.
J. Shreves, Mrs. Martin Nickel and Mrs. Edith Minnix.
An unusually large number of deaths were announced by President
Kelley which will appear in "The Curtain Falls" of the Canal Record.
Mrs. Lucille Judd, who has charge of the Reunion, stated that all
arrangements were coming along fine.
President Kelley called an adjournment of the meeting at 2:55 p.m.
LYLA M. ESSLER, Corresponding Secretary
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
Tourist Center St. Petersburg, Fla. December 11, 1961
Well over a hundred members and guests were present at the pre-
Xmas meeting who had arrived early in order to visit with each other be-
fore the meeting convened. Mr. Beil was very busy taking in money for
payment of dues as was Mrs. Anna Bartlett who took in the donations for
the Children's Hospital Xmas fund.
President Keith Kelley called the meeting to order at 2:25 p.m. Mr.
Martin Nickel, the appointive Chaplain for 1962, wanting to acquaint
himself with the procedure, again gave the invocation while our regular
Chaplain, Fred Hunsicker stood by. The members then remained standing
while Vice-President Wm. Goodwin led the group in giving the oath of
allegiance to the Flag. All the officers were present:
President ...-----Mr. Keith Kelley
Vice-President ----_Mr. Wm. Goodwin
Secretary-Treasurer ------- Mr. Lee Beil
Corresponding Secretary ---------Mrs. Lyla Esler
The Legislative Representative was not present, therefore no report
was given. President Kelly explained that nothing of importance had
transpired as of this date.
The visiting members and guests were introduced as follows:
Col. Dan Wright.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hills,
now living at Tri Par Est., Box 3840, Sarasota.
Mr. Paul Warner, Bradenton.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Fenton, Tampa.
Mr. Ralph Cutler, who has not attended for some time due to illness.
Mr. George C. Chevalier, here for the winter.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Grimm, from Wisconsin, here for the winter.
Jennie Johannes, Canal Zone.
Monica Farley, Canal Zone.
The report of the Corresponding Secretary for the meeting of Novem-
ber 13, 1961, was read. There being no omissions or corrections the min-
utes were accepted as read.
Reports of illnesses:
Dr. John Wilkerson is recuperating at home after spending some time
in the hospital.
Mrs. Lou Belle Hayes is a patient in the hospital due to a fractured
The Secretary-Treasurer reported the financial status of the Society
and Blod Bank.
During the year 1961, there were 1,927 membership cards issued,
which is a gain of 93 in membership over the previous year of 1960.
Mr. Beil read a large group of Xmas greetings received by the Society
from many members which were enjoyed very much by the members pres-
ent. Several stated they hoped to b present at the Reunion and many said
they regretted that they could not attend. It was announced that Mrs.
Jerry (Grace) Welch and 3 children from the Canal Zone would be Xmas
house guests of the Alfredo Lombanas, also their son Alfred, Jr.
President Kelley read letters from Senator Geo. A. Smathers, Con-
gresman Daniel J. Flood and Mr. Glenn R. Simcox, President of NARCE,
thanking the Society for their honorary memberships.
A list of death notices was read by Mr. Beil which will all be con-
tained in "The Curtain Falls" appearing in the next issue of the Canal
Mr. Beil explained how the Bylaws of both the Society and Blood
Bank, which are attached in the center of the December Record, may easily
be removed and kept for future reference. He also showed how he had
saved the Society considerable money by attaching them so, rather than
by mailing them to each member under separate cover.
An invitation to attend services at the All Saints Episcopal Church
in Tarpon Springs was extended by Reverend Roger Greene to all of his
old friends in a letter addressed to President Kelley. He stated in his
letter that Communion Service is held at 8 a.m. and Regular Service at
President Kelley announced that there would be no Xmas Party at
the Children's Hospital this year as the Hospital Officials preferred that
the Society's donation be given to them for the purchase of toys for dis-
tribution by their staff. Mrs. Anna Bartlett announced that she had re-
ceived $126.50 in donations from the membership.
Mrs. Lucille Judd was asked to make a report on her committee's
progress for the Annual Reunion and she stated there was nothing special
to report since everything appeared to be "under control."
There being no further business at 3:15, at President Kelley's sug-
gestion the last half hour of the time allotted to the meeting was devoted
to general conversation by the entire group.
LYLA M. ESSLER, Corresponding Secretary
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
(30th Annual Reunion)
Held at the Soreno Hotel St. Petersburg, Fla. January 9, 1962
President Kelley called the meeting to order at 2:15 p.m. and wel-
comed all the local members as well as the many who had come from
various States and the Canal Zone.
The invocation was delivered by Chaplain Fred Hunsicker after which
Vice-President Dewey Goodwin led in pledging allegiance to our flag.
All officers were present:
President --------------Mr. Keith Kelley
Vice-President -- Mr. Wm. Goodwin
Secretary-Treasurer --- Mr. Lee Beil
Corresponding Secretary ---.. .. Mrs. Lyla Esler
The Corresponding Secretary then read her Minutes of the Meeting
of December 11, 1961, after which she gave a short resume of the meeting
held at the Reunion on January 9, 1961, by selecting subjects from the
Minutes of that meeting which she felt would be of special interest. Among
many items of interest she mentioned the fact of this year being the
Golden Aniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lyons and asked if either were
present to please stand for our congratulations. Mrs. Lyons rose and ac-
knowledged the applause. It was fifty years ago January 9th they were
married. Mrs. Esler then congratulated Mr. Kelley for his two very fine
years as President of the Society, and stated it had been a pleasure to work
with him as well as the rest of the officers which she called off by name.
Mr. Harold Zierton, our newly appointed Legislative Representative,
was called upon to give his report. He reported on several bills that would
increase annuities; a Bill on Income Tax Relief (H.R. 6371) and others
covering Survivor, Health, Long Service and Disability benefits, which
will all be covered in the March issue of the Record. He also encouraged
all who were not already members to join the N.A.R.C.E., an organiza-
tion that does so much to help Civil Service retirees. He said he was new
at reporting and that we would have to bear with him.
Mrs. Lucille Judd was called upon to give a report as Chairman of
the Annual Reunion Committee. She expressed her appreciation of all
her co-workers and the assistance and cooperation she had received from
them and that they had done a wonderful job.
President Kelley read portions of a letter from Wm. Baxley, one of
our former Presidents, and called upon Mrs. Virginia Seiler to talk. She
expressed the regards extended through her by California members and
Our Secretary-Treasurer then read letters filled with news from our
many members and read a long list of Xmas card greetings for the Society.
Many death notices were read which will appear in "The Curtain Fall"
of the March issue of the Record. A letter was read from the American
Legion Childrens Hospital thanking the Society for their donation of
President Kelley called Mr. and Mrs. Kieswetter, Mrs. Judd, Mr.
Goodwin and Mr. Beil to the front and as they stood facing the members
he thanked them for an excellent job well done.
Under Unfinished Business, Mr. Everett said that before submitting
the report of the Nominating Committee he wished to recognize, thank
and congratulate the three newly appointed officers who are:
Mr. Martin Nickel .----------- .--------------- -Chaplain
Mr. Albert McKeown --- Sergeant-at-Arms
Mr. Harold Zierton.------- Legislative Representative
He then stated that the Nominating Committee had met in October and
nominated the following officers, whom they believe to be fully competent
of administering the affairs of the Society for 1962.
For President --- Mr. Wm. Dewey Goodwin
For Vice-President --- Mr. Harland V. Howard
For Secretary-Treasurer .--------.Mr. Lee R. Beil
For Corresponding Secretary --- Mrs. Lyla M. Esler
For Record Editor -- Mrs. Betty Lockridge
There being no further nominations made from the floor, Mr. Macon Tur-
ner moved that the nominations be closed and that the Secretary cast one
unanimous vote. The motion was seconded by Mr. Ernest Kieswetter and
Mrs. Esler cast the vote.
President Kelley announced that he had omitted calling Mrs. Esler
to the front with the other officers as he wished to show his special appre-
ciation to her for her cooperation and a good job through the past year.
He then asked the newly nominated officers to take their place in front,
facing the members, where they were formally sworn into office. This
solmn affirmation by the nominated officers wes given for the first time.
The results of a study of the old Bylaws by a Committee appointed
by President Kelley, which were incorporated in the center of the Decem-
ber Record for easy removal, were brought before the members by the
President who then asked Mr. Goodwin to read the covering Resolution.
After reading the Resolution, Mr. Goodwin then made a motion that the
adoption of the new Bylaws be accepted. Mr. Everett seconded the motion
which was followed by the unanimous showing of hands of the members
An interesting talk was made by President Kelley explaining the in-
tricacies involved in the processing of blood before administering to the
patient, after which he answered many queries from the floor, and congrat-
ulated Mr. Macon Turner for his efforts in promoting such a wonderful
The serious illness of Carl Brown was announced (Mr. Brown passed
away while the meeting was in progress). It was also announced that Mr.
Frankie Farrell is to undergo a lung operation and that Mr. Russell (Ike)
Harris was presently a patient at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater and
could not attend the Reunion, the same as last year when he could not
attend because of a heart attack the same early morning.
For the information of interested members there were 221 members
attending the luncheon and there were 515 members registered for the
Reunion which is broken down by
Canal Zone -------. 5
R. de P. ------- 2
Alabama ...--------- 7
Arkansas --. .------. 2
California 9--------- 9
Connecticut --..----- 2
Delaware ------ 1
Washington, D.C. __ 2
Florida ..------ 423
Georgia ---3---- 3
Illinois --...--------- 1
Kentucky --...------- 2
Louisiana .------... 3
The meeting was adjourned at
location as follows:
Maine ._- ------_________ 2
Maryland ---- 6
Massachusetts ------ 2
New Jersey ----...-- 1
New York -- 6
North Carolina ----- 5
Pennsylvania ------. 7
Rhode Island ---.---_ 4
South Carolina ----- 1
Texas ..-...--------- 8
Virginia -.. ------. 10
Wisconsin -----... 1
Total Registered -- 515
A M. ESSLER, Corresponding Secreta v
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
(Period October 15, 1961 to January 27, 1962)
The year 1961 membership gain proves the increasing interest and
desire for news and information about Canal Zone friends and neighbors.
By joining the four thousand family members of the Panama Canal So-
ciety of Florida, it is possible to keep up on the many changes and where-
abouts of long standing friends.
To everyone who assisted and encouraged our efforts during the year
and with the Reunion, the officers and I express our appreciation and
thanks. To Mrs. Judd, Mrs. Bartlett, Mrs. Esler, Mrs. Shreves and Mr.
Macon my personal thanks for your help.
Address changes and non-payment of dues continue to challenge your
Secretary-Treasurer. It is important that change of address notices be re-
ceived far in advance of the preparation of the address book, and in
advance for mailing the Record. Each piece of mail returned and for-
warded is costly. Please cooperate in this matter.
February 3rd, 1962 membership: 1,971.
Year 1961 finished with 1,928 paid memberships. 29 cards were lost
resulting from death or resignation, leaving 1,889 cards on record. 72
cards have been issued for new 1962 members. 1,721 cards in 1959. 1,834
cards in 1960, and 1,928 cards in 1961.
Keep the news and the dues coming.
Lee. R. Beil
TRANSIT CHAPTER, NORTH QUINCY, TAXACHUSETTS!
Dec. 7. We were hosts to 12 ex-grammar school classmates of Ida's
and mine. What a noisy group! The conversation, "what happened to",
"do you remember", etc., etc. Shades of The Reunion! It gives us a great
deal of satisfaction and pleasure to meet with our schoolhood friends, even
if they were not blessed by coming to the Canal Zone.
Dec.14. "Bud" and Berta Hazzard arrived after a long trip from
Altadena, California. They wanted to see the Atlantic Ocean, so-o-o we
took them to Nantasket Beach, one of our large Summer amusement areas.
And it was COLD and WINDY!! Upon getting out of the car they immed-
iately became homesick for southern California. Even we natives didn't
like the freezing weather. Of course I knew better than to wear just a
L. A. baseball cap, as a certain complaining person did. Also he wore no
overcoat. Sorry we had no smog.
Dec. 18. Dorothy flew out to Pittsburgh, Pa., to do some more voice
coaching for the cast of "My Fair Lady". From there she went to Alliance,
Ohio, and spent the holidays with our daughter, Marjorie and family.
Dec. 17. Judge and Mrs. Louis Bucciarelli (Jean Meehan) visited
with us this day. The Meehan family (including Danny now in Denver,
Colorado) lived in 785 Tavernilla Street, Balboa, at the same time we did,
and that was back in 1922; 40 years ago. The Bucciarellis own and live
in the Hampton Inn, New Canaan, Conn. Jean would like to hear from
her Zone friends.
Dec. 20. What is wrong with the Post Office up here? I took a box
of snow to mail to Harry Foster, at Balboa, and it was not accepted; even
airmail. Believe someone is crazy; guess who.
Dec. 23. Annual neighborhood party. Fifty present, and all re-
ported as having a good time. One neighbor appeared as Mitch Miller
and led the singing. Two punches; one not very popular.
Dec. 24. The annual Santa Claus duties this date. "Baby it is cold
Jan. 9. W-E-L-L!!!! As the radio program used to state, "YOU
ARE THERE." Our flag is at half-mast, and although our bodies are here,
we are, in spirit, weaving all around the mezzanine floor of the Soreno
Hotel. Such thrills, and the sweetest music an ex-Zoner would want to
hear; approximately 800 old friends meeting each other again, although
now divided by miles and years from the Zone. One year a large flock
of screeching parakeets landed in a tree outside of the hotel. They im-
mediately left for the competing noise inside was too much for them. We
all leave the Reunion with a great sense of rejuvenation, actually feel
younger, but also with a degree of sadness when we think of so many
faces that were missing never to return.
Jan. 27. A red letter day. Benny McConaghy spent the day with us.
He lives in Melrose, a short distance from Boston, with his daughter Eun-
ice and son Benjamin. His wife passed away six years ago. Benjamin
recently joined the Marines. Ben's brother Jim, in St. Pete., gave him a
membership to the Society, and until then he was a "lost soul". From the
Yearbook he found us and other ex Canal Zone friends. So-o-o as we have
stated so often our members should acquaint their "lost soul" friends of
The Society and request that they join. Many friendships can be renewed
by their so doing.
A THOUGHT. No one can get more out of life than to help an-
Ida and Slim Hallett
THE PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
Our Christmas party was held at Youngblood's Fried Chicken House
on Richmond Road, December 9th, 1961. The dining rom was decorated
with Christmas decorations and a Christmas tree was placed on the
middle-end table with gifts for all members and their guests. Approxi-
mately 40 attended.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Souder of Tolland, Connecticut attended the
Reunion in Florida and stopped by to see Herbert's brother Sam and
Myrtle Souder, during the cold weather in January. Myrtle said it was
awfully cold, but they had a wonderful time and were so glad to see Herb-
ert and Viola as it had been ten years since they had seen each other.
Herbert and Viola left for Detroit, Michigan to visit their son and family
before returning to their home in Tolland, Connecticut.
Murriell L. Souder of 321 East 71st Street, Apartment 4-B, New
York 2, New York, Phone UN 1-4115 would be very happy to have any-
one from the Canal Zone passing through New York to call him or come
to see him.
Mrs. J. M. Potochney of Morningside Lane, Pasadena, Texas, flew to
Ancon, Canal Zone November 24th to visit her daughter (Mildred) Mrs.
Gordon Frick. Mrs. Potochney beat the stork only a few hours, as twins,
a boy and a girl were born November 25 to her daughter. The twins are
named Joe and Virginia for their grandparents, Joe and Virginia Potoch-
ney. Mrs. Potochney returned to her home in Pasadena in January.
Nathan L. Levys Honored: From the Congregation Beth Israel
"Mr. and Mrs. Nathan L. Levy were honored on their 48th wedding
anniversary by our congregation, December 22 because of their special
devotion to Temple attendance and Bible study. Despite physical infirmi-
ties and obstacles of distance and transportation, they were present in the
House of God, Sabbath Eve and Morning throughout the year.
The inspiration of their faithfulness is dramatized by the fact that
they are brought to Friday night services each week by non-Jewish neigh-
bors, a wonderful couple whose name is Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Connelly.
Our congregation delights to honor Nathan and Tillie Levy, who love
the Lord and love their fellowmen. We also pay tribute to their good
friends Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Connelly."
The congregation hono-ed Mr. and Mrs. Levy on their 48th wedding
anniversary with a reception by the Sisterhood.
Mr. and Mrs. Levy's daughter, Charlett, Mrs. O. S. Mernyk of New
York spent approximately three weeks with them.
Mike Theologian underwent a knee operation in October and was
able to return to work in January.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Canal Zone Holiday
Having jetted to Panama a few days before Thanksgiving, and jetted
back a few days after New Years, these notes might well cover the "old
folks at home" rather than we younger Californians! Just nine hours after
take-off from San Francisco International Airport, daughter Beverly Faw-
cett, John and Linda, my mother, and my brother and sister-in-law, Bill
and Josephine Wood, were waiting to greet me at Tocumen. Traveling at
a height of 31,000 feet above the earth was a pleasant first experience.
The Canal Zone has put on a "new face" since we last saw it. The
southern terminal of the Panama Railroad is now located in a one-story
wooden structure in CZ territory along the tracks across from the Ancon
Laundry; there is a new housing development in the old "gas station" area,
where modern concrete structures have replaced the old wooden buildings
on several sites where we once lived; an up-to-date gas service station is
now located on La Boca Road, with ample space leading to the approach
areas of the several pumps (that necessary commodity still being dispensed
around 20-cents per gallon); and a "freeway" is nearing completion
through Tivoli and 4th of July Avenue as an approach to the new bridge
across the Canal, which is now scheduled for use in 1964.
And with the advent of 60-cycle current, there is air-conditioning
everywhere! Hardly a home is without one or more rooms a comfortable 70
degrees, and many have gone all-out in air-conditioning the whole house.
We, who spent many uncomfortable working hours at the Administration
Building in years gone by, would hardly recognize not only the present
temperature (to which there are those who object), but some of the offices
and VIP conference rooms with their wall-to wall carpet, modern Danish
type or beautiful mahogany furniture, glass picture windows, and attrac-
tive vertical-type venetian blinds throughout the Building that really work.
The townsite of La Boca, which many always considered a choice
residential area, is now that indeed and the attractive new quarters are
being occupied, as fast as they are completed, by those at the top of the
seniority list. Visits to the quarters of the Worden Frenches, the Mack
Baileys, and the Bill Mallorys proved that residence in the CZ is no longer
as many of us will remember.
The Hotel Tivoli (now "Tivoli Guest House") has also given away
to the modern trend. There are three air-conditioned party rooms, in addi-
tion to the lovely patio for dry-season entertaining; the pergola bar has
been redecorated and set with stream-lined tables and chairs; the lobby
has been completely done over in white (ceilings, walls, and floors), with
accents of black and tangerine in the pictures and upholstery. Their Sun-
day-night buffets in the main dining room, and daily "busniess men's"
lunches in the pergola, are most enjoyable innovations. But, thank good-
ness, the rocking chairs still remain on the front veranda, where one or
more old-timers may be greeted at most any time of day!
The Canal itself is likewise undergoing some face-lifting. In addition
to a good picnic lunch aboard the Pete Cooper's "floating patio" in Gam-
boa, we had a delightful ride thru the "Cut" in Pete's new speed boat,
including a close-up of the huge dipper dredges and cranes engaged in
the widening of the banks of the Canal. And flood lights have been im-
planted along its banks for the benefit and pleasure of those transiting
In Panama City there is the new Siesta Motel and Restaurant, located
a short distance from the airport, which is as modern and attractive as
many of our California institutions. There is a big new Chinese restaurant,
complete with banquet rooms, built on the waterfront to the right of Santo
Tomas Hospital. Lee's Steak House, just what Panama needed is owned
by R. H. Dehlinger. On the site of the Old Century Club, Pan American
Airways has just moved into a magnificent ultra-modern office building;
and the big Cathedral just across from El Panama Hotel, under construc-
tion for so many years, has at last been completed and is majestic in its
There were people too! While many of the old friends and familiar
faces were missing, lots of nice folks are left. Of course it was the season
to be merry, the Canal Zone hospitality was overwhelming, and to be in-
cluded in so many of the fiestas was a thrill not soon to be forgotten. And
another thrill was to be recognized and remembered by clerks in the com-
missary, waiters at the Army and Navy Club, and messengers at the Admin-
istration Building. But the one most happy to see me was our old Jamaican
gardener, Hinds. How we could use him in Los Altos!
Then back to California
Have been gathering a few notes of what took place in my absence
and here they are:
Lil and Jack Evans, of Greeley, Colorado, were guests of the Harold
Duncans in Saratoga from Nevember 6th to December 26th. They were
feted at many nice affairs by their numerous friends in this area, and on
December 16th they were guests of honor at a big Christmas party given
by the Duncans.
Muriel and Ed Neill, daughter and son-in-law of the Jack Evans, with
their three daughters, arrived from Birmingham, Alabama on December
23d and were also guests of the Duncans over Christmas. Ed has recently
been transferred from Birmingham to the Los Angeles plant of the Stock-
ham Valve Company, and the Neills are now at home at 11725 Pounds
Avenue, Whittier, California. The Evans have since returned to Greeley
but are happy to have their children so much closer to them. Their grand-
son, Harvey W. Parker, is now residing in San Francisco where he is em-
ployed as a civil engineer with Dames & Moore.
The Jim Sullivans of Los Altos were delighted to have most of their
family with them over Christmas. Making up the happy holiday were
daughter Margaret (whose husband, Colonel McMillan of the Marine
Corps, is presently serving in Okinawa) who, with Kathy, arrived from
Alexandria, Virginia; Nancy and Carl Schorsch, who drove up from Vent-
ura; son-in-law Earl Roby, with Joann and Steve; Eleanor and Leonard
Wainstein, with Ann and Dick; Tom and Virginia Sullivan, with Helen,
Jamie and Mark; and son Jim. Only daughter Mary, her husband, Jim
Young, and their six children, who live in the Canal Zone, were unable
to be present.
Tom Sullivan and family have recently moved from Monrovia to
Palo Alto. Tom is serving as Assistant Regional Counsel for the Internal
Revenue Bureau in this area. The William Naylors, of Monrovia, spent
New Years with their daughter and son-in-law. And Daniel E. McGrath,
former U.S. District Attorney in the Canal Zone, recently paid them a visit.
Bill Leonhard spent his two weeks' Christmas vacation from San
Diego State with his grandparents, Mary and Norman Rocker, of Lafayette.
Helen and Austin Yoder left December 21st to spend the holidays
with family and friends in and around Portland, Oregon. They were gone
a whole month and report a wonderful time, except for a touch of the "flu."
The Merrill Judds, with Mother Judd, took a nice trip down south.
They visited friends in Palm Springs, California; Phoenix, Scottsdale, and
Tucson, Arizona; then drove to Guaymas, Mexico.
Vera and Claude Howell have sold their apartment house in Lafay-
ette, and are moving to a new home in Apple Valley in the near future.
We shall miss them as members of our local Canal Zone group.
Ruth (Womack) and Bill Brown are now at home at 18264 Purdue
Drive, Saratoga. Bill recently retired as Assistant to the Health Director
at Balboa Heights. Their daughter, Ruth Margaret, is attending San Jose
State this year and they are all happy in their choice of a retirement home.
The Ross Hallowells, formerly of Western North Carolina and now of
Florida, visited with the Jim Thomases in Sunnyvale in December. They
also stopped by to see the Sullivans and Nevilles in Los Altos.
Kathleen Debra Robertson was the youngest member attending our
winter picnic on January 27th. Born December 24th, 1961, in Seattle,
Washington, she is the first great granddaughter of Nina M. Brown of San
Carlos, the first grandchild of our founder, Ruth Robertson, and, incident-
ally, the daughter of Karen and Grady Robertson.
Karen and Grady are now visiting in San Carlos with the intention
of making the Bay Area their home, having found that they prefer the
milder weather of California. They regret that they will not be in Seattle
during the Fair and asked that these regrets be extended to the many
friends they hoped would visit them during that time. The invitation still
stands for those passing through the Bay Area on their way to the Fair.
They want you all to see Kathy.
On December 29, 1961, Sara Elizabeth Van Etten, daughter of the
Reverend and Mrs. Dorr L. Van Etten of Florida, became the bride of
William George Black, son of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Black of Balboa,
Canal Zone. The ceremony was performed at the Presbyterian Church of
the Roses in Santa Rosa, California. Immediately following the ceremony,
a reception was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank O. Bryan in Santa
Rosa. Mrs. Peggy Anderson presided at the punch bowl and Mrs. Fred
W. Brown poured coffee. The young couple are now residing in Westlake,
a suburb of San Francisco, and Bill is employed as an adjuster for an
insurance company in that city. Myrtle and Bill Black came from the
Canal Zone for the wedding, and were house guests of the Bryans during
a portion of their stay in the area.
It was a beautiful day in Oakland and there were 83 signatures on
the Register. Several of these were with us for the first time, including
E. B. Pearson, now of Alameda; Mr. and Mrs. Wright M. Price, of Oak-
land; Mr. and Mrs. William Brown, of Saratoga; Mrs. Frances S. Dorn,
of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Mrs. Thomas C. Werge and daughters, of New-
ark, California; and Mrs. Eva Jones and Mrs. Mabel Duncan of Pittsburg,
Kansas. The Prentice F. Wilso..s and Frank Bryans came from Santa
Rosa. the Jack Neffs from Sacramento, and the Ernie Paynes, Selby
Hedges, Chester Lindgrens, and Clyde LaClairs all came from Napa.
There were nineteen who answered the call for those who were in
the Canal Zone prior to 1914. Of these, Isaac H. Andrews was found to
be the oldest employee in point of service, having served from 1906 to
1940 as a Building Inspector. He was presented with a gift by our Presi-
dent, Ben Armstrong.
An election of Officers to serve during 1962, resulted as follows:
President Frank O. Bryan, 2812 Spring Creek Drive, Santa Rosa.
Vice President Harold Duncan, 20680 Carniel, Saratoga.
Secretary-Treasurer Ruth Duncan, 20680 Carniel, Saratoga.
Clara Neville, Secretary
NEWS FROM MIAMI
The Reunion in St. Petersburg was the big news in January for those
of us lucky enough to attend. In the milling crowd of several hundred
gathered on the mezzanine floor of the Hotel Soreno, we glimpsed quite
a few members of our Southeastern Florida Society. Among them were
Mr. and Mrs. John S. Skinner of Miami Shores who were guests of the
Herbert Paddocks, Mr. and Mrs. Edward T. Bleakley of Hialeah, Mr. and
Mrs. Floyd McDermitt of Pompano Beach, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Metzger
of Miami, Mrs. Lee Wilson and her mother, Mrs. Grace Schack, who drove
over with Mrs. Lorraine (Terry) Gilmore. Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Terry have
recently moved from Miami to St. Petersburg.
After attending the Reunion, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Furr of Falls Church,
Va. came to Miami where they were guests of Mrs. W. C. (Clara) Smith
for several days while calling on Canal Zone friends in this area. The
Furrs left home early in December and visited former friends in Chatta-
noga, Tenn., Baton Rouge, La., and their daughter, Mrs. William G. Worth
(Mary Ella Lawson) in Dallas, Texas. They also saw the John M. Fahn-
stalks in DeLile and C. A. Russell and daughter in Huntsville, Ala. After
leaving Miami they visited their son, Ted Lawson, and family in Mel-
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Melanson were guests for several days at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. William Rohrback in Maitland, Florida. The Rohr-
backs were celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary and many ex-Canal
Zone people were present for the happy occasion.
In January Mr. and Mrs. Melanson flew to California. They will visit
Marcelline Rice in Los Angeles, the Ed Pearsons in Alameda, and Jeanne
Brady in Whittier. They will be joined in their tour of the state by Mr.
and Mrs. Clare Carson of Vancouver, Washington. The Melansons expect
to spend about a month meeting old friends and enjoying the sights in
Lt. j.g. Harvey Don Smith who is stationed with the Navy in San
Diego, California, spent two weeks during the Christmas holidays with
his mother, Mrs. Harvey Smith, and two brothers, Kenneth and James,
Mrs. Eleanor Parker of Miami left in December for a visit of several
weeks with her sister in Roslindale, Mass.
Mrs. W. T. Bowen was called in November to Pensacola and Mobile,
Ala., because of the serious illness of her sister. While in Mobile she had
a good visit with Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Wood who are presently living in
Mrs. Billie (Bowen) Martin spent two weeks in late November in
New York. She enjoyed Thanksgiving as the guest of Miss Nealie Van
Siclen, visited Mrs. Josephine Dennis, and spent a week with Lin and
Jackie (Bowen) Hall at their home on Long Island.
During the Christmas holidays Linley and Jackie Hall and three little
daughters were visitors for two weeks in the home of her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. W. T. Bowen, of Coral Gables. While here they were royally enter-
tained by several former Canal Zone friends including Mr. and Mrs. Lee
Wilson (nee' Grace Schack), Mr. and Mrs. Wilton Clary (nee' Gene Sex-
ton) and Mrs. Lorraine (Terry) Gilmore. Their delightful visit was some-
what marred when little Cheryl Hall fell and broke her arm the day before
they left for home.
Mrs. A. C. Ellis of Houston, Texas, Mrs. Robert Hicks of Balboa, C.Z.,
Mrs. Spencer Smith of Diablo, and the four 1961 Worthy Matrons of Can-
al Zone O.E.S. Chapters were among the pleasant visitors attending the
Triennial Session of the Order of the Eastern Star at Miami Beach in
Mr. and Mrs. John S. Skinner were hosts for a lovely buffet dinner
party at their beautiful home in Miami Shores in honor of Mary Belle
Hicks and Peggy Ellis. Among the other guests enjoying this delightful
affair were Nellree and Clara Smith, Ethel and Floyd McDermitt and
Ruth and Ike Metzger.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd McDermitt retired from Canal Zone fourteen
months ago and after extensive traveling across the U.S.A. they purchased
a home in Pompano Beach. We are glad that Ethel and Floyd have chosen
Southeast Florida for their permanent home.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hills were calling on friends in the Miami
area in November. The Hills retired in July and returned to their old
home in Maine but when snow began to fly, they headed South for a look
at sunny Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanford Skinner, three little daughters, and a baby son
spent two weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Skinner, during the
Christmas holidays. Stanford Skinner is a lawyer in Birmingham, Ala.
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Russon returned to Miami on January 20th after
an extended visit in New York City.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Benthall have parked their trailer in many places
since their retirement last May. In South Florida these include Key West,
Marathon, Hialeah, and, presently, in Vero Beach while they call on friends
in the vicinity. It was good to see the Benthalls again. They plan five
years of trailer-life to visit 48 states in continental U.S.A. and perhaps
Alaska and Mexico.
Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Metzger spent several pleasant days as the guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Dunham and attended the Reunion with them.
While in Sarasota they had the pleasure of seeing the very modern mobile
home recently purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hills in Tri-Par
Mrs. Harold E. Chambers of Canal Zone spent a few days in Miami
enroute to Dallas, Texas, where she hopes to welocme a new grandchild
expected in the family of her daughter, Jean. Her daughter, Alice, also
lives in Dallas and is a nurse in one of the hospitals there.
Mr. Earl H. Gibbs, 146 N.E. 27th St., Miami, passed away in Novem-
ber, 1961. He is survived by his wife, Louise M., two daughters, and one
son, Melvin E., of Miami.
It has recently been called to our attention that Capt. Joseph C. Powell
died in Dade Rest Home in May of 1961. Capt. Powell was born in 1881
and worked on the Canal during early construction days.
Word has just reached us of the sudden death of Mr. William G.
Fisher in Springfield, Ohio. Their many friends in this area express sin-
cere sympathy to his wife, Esther, his son, John David of Texas, and his
daughter, Mrs. Phyllis (Fisher) Beum of Lincoln, Nebraska. The Fishers
were long-time residents of Gatun.
With jet planes taking just a little more than two hours from Miami
to Panama many former Zonites are returning to visit the Isthmus where
they spent the best years of their lives. Among the recent travelers are Mr.
and Mrs. Lee Koperski of Orlando who flew down on January 13th to visit
their son, Richard. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jordan left for the Zone soon after
the Reunion. Mr. Jordan is the oldest living Master of Sojourners Lodge
(in Cristobal) and was to participate in the 50th Anniversary of that or-
ganization. Dr. Raymond R. Gregory of Penny Farms, Florida, flew down
January 26th and will be the guest of several friends including Reverend
Limkeman of the Bible House and Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Iglesias of Ailigandi,
San Bias. Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Metzger will visit their son-in-law and daugh-
ter, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Marsh, in Coco Solo during February and March.
Mr. A. G. Dunham, Treasurer of the Panama Canal Society of South-
eastern Florida, has reserved the Rock Shelter at Matheson Hammock Park
in Miami for four picnics on the following dates:
April 15 June 24 August 19 October 14
All of the picnics are on Sundays.
A "carry-in" buffet picnic lunch is served at one o'clock.
All Canal Zoners, past or present, are cordially invited to attend. Be
sure to mark these dates on your Commissary Calendar and come out.
Hasta la vista,
Ruth T. Metzger, Reporter
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Tonight the New Year is less than a month old, a babe, yet already
it foreshadows what we all must learn that Life is eternal Entrance,
Maturity and Departure, commonly spoken of as Birth, Marriage and
Death, as you will read.
Yes! we have shivered right along with the rest of the Nation as we
watched the thermometer drop to 7 degrees below Zero. Our s.p.s. (shivers
per second) were not as frequent as those of former Canal Zonites in Col-
orado at 27 below and Montana reported a minus 47. In Alaska they must
have been too numb to shiver. As for snow here in Fayeteville not
enough to make a snowball, much less a beautiful picture, as Bentonville
Our Christmas season was a merry one, feasting with friends, reading
heart warming messages of your enjoyment of our reports of the Ozarks
from Margaret Cauthers Braun whose husband is stationed in Germany
and Ernest Doyle in Costa Rica and many others who live in cities, towns
and villages in between, the exchange of gifts, some useful like a bright
red petticoat for Square Dancing,also humorous, like bright red socks for
the same energetic pastime. Those fortunate enough to have families close
by like the Brown, Crooks, Daily (Judy Crooks) and the Walter Wieman
Clans met for Holiday Festivities others went a'visiting as did Walter
and Martha Reif, going to Oklahoma City to be with Walter Jr., Arda and
two grandsons, still others, with old friends, like the Shaws and Hallins.
Out in Bentonville, George and Edith Engelke were pleasantly sur-
prised to have son, Dr. John and family with them for Christmas. The
paper that Dr. John read to a select group of Chemical Engineers in Cam-
bridge, Mass. last summer must have received an Excellent rating for he
has been called to work there. Son Paul and his family and Mrs. Mattie
MacAulay were there for Edith's good cooking. Mrs. Herbert E. (Alice)
Engelke of Margarita, C.Z. was in Tulsa, Okla. to greet her new grand-
daughter, Trace' Ann Grammar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gram-
mar (Rita Engelke). George and Edith are the official greeters for the
young folk on their way to college from Canal Zone and think nothing of
driving to Tulsa to meet the planes bringing them via Miami. They met
Virginia Lynn Favorite, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin S. Favorite
(Virginia Engelke) who will attend Northwest Missouri State College in
Mr. Sam Hess of Indiana visited his sister and brother-in-law, Haleen
and Ernest Williams of Bentonville. Sam was on his way to Florida for
the Winter. In Rogers, Maude and Lynn Cook report their son, Lynn Jr.,
spent Thanksgiving with them. Lynn is now located in Pensacola, Florida.
It was good to see Bill and Alice Keller at the N.A.R.C.E. Appreciation
dinner held in Rogers for our Congressman.
In Springdale we found Bill and Carrie Mathues looking well and
rested, Carrie still crocheting miles and miles of yarn into gorgeous bed-
spreads and tablecloths. Marione Campbell reporting her satisfaction with
our Winter weather, the same sentiment reiterated by her sister Norma
and Ernest Angermuller whose son Michael had just left to return to Key
West, Florida. He was on two week furlough from the Navy. Mrs. Nannie
Brown and daughter Mrs. Minnie Crooks enjoyed a ten day visit to Hous-
ton, Texas for a family reunion with the Alton Whites of Gamboa in the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Whitlock. Sorry we could not get into the
unique town of Eureka Springs for a visit with Beverley and Glenn Ward
Dresbach, recent additions to our Society. Just a little too far in the pre-
carious weather we had, though Beverley wrote they are happy to be mem-
bers of the Panama Canal Society of Florida and enjoyed reading the
Our sincere congratulations to Thomas Patton Mock on the publica-
tion of "a book of verses" by Dorrance & Co., of Philadelphia. This pleas-
ing book is a collection of a variety of poems written by Tom and dedi-
cated to his beloved wife Mina. Among them is that stirring world peace
hymn "Hail, Prince of Peace" which was officially adopted and used by
the League of Nations and was sung by the Greek Cathedral Choir in New
York on Easter Sunday 1940. I hope to include some of these gems in
my reports. May I suggest you write to Mina, Mrs. Thomas P. Mock, 416
No. Spring Street, Springdale, Arkansas for copies or your nearest book-
We are proud of Edwin Price Higgins on attaining a B.S.E. degree
from the University of Arkansas. He majored in Music, Education and
English and is now teaching in the High School, Sparta, Missouri. Not bad
for an almost two-time grandfather. Ed and his wife, Mildred Makibban.
are enjoying a visit with their son David who is home from the Navy.
David has been in San Diego, Calif. for several months and will proceed
to New London, Conn., his new assignment.
Mrs. Minnie Crooks flew to Fayetteville, North Carolina to be present
at the wedding of her son Robert Glenn Crooks to Norma Jean Castle in
the chapel of the 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army in Fort Bragg, 2
December, 1961. Robert is a Paratrooper and Norma Jean is a Dental
Assistant in the same Division. Another wedding of interest to former
Pedro Miguel residents is that of John Lewis (Jack) Schnake to Anne
Harvey Barclay, 28 December 1961 at Galveston, Texas. The romance
started three years ago when Jack served as best man to his brother Dr.
Edward Schnake 28 December 1958. Dr. Edward returned the compliment
by being best man for Jack. Mrs. Edward and Mrs. Jack Schnake have
been friends for many years. The Jack Schnakes are home in Lima, Peru
after a honeymoon trip to Nassau and Jamaica. The Sr. Schnakes, Ed
and Lettie, were hosts for the Rehearsal dinner and are now spending the
Winter in Monterrey, Mexico. The above information came from Barbara
Schnake Jeffers who is keeping the home fires burning in cold Birming-
ham, Michigan with her husband Richard and two children.
Do you remember reading in the last report about Marcus L. Gould
of Rogers being present at our annual luncheon last October and that he
had the earliest service record of our group with the Panama Canal-1905?
In November, he entered the Springdale hospital for several weeks. Re-
leased a day or so before Christmas he was taken to his home where he
was made comfortable. Marcus, in his usual gentle manner expressed joy
at being home and thanked those responsible for his comfort. Sometime
during the night he entered the Open Door into another Realm of Life.
Marcus had been here for 87 years. He was born near Rogers on land
homesteaded by his parents. He is survived by one son, Samuel Marcus
Gould of Lowry Air Force, Denver, Colorado, one brother and one grand-
Another friend of many years journeyed on, leaving us the richer
for having known her Mrs. Emma Bradley, wife of Fred W. Bradley,
Glendale, California, went quietly through the Open Door, Sunday, De-
cember 24, 19.61, leaving her husband, three daughters, Martha, Betty and
Peggy, five grandchildren and a host of friends. Her daughter Betty wrote
that my friend Emma had been enjoying the sunshine in her garden on
Sunday afternoon, then quietly went to her room. Later when friends
called they found that Emma had gone. Knowing Emma so well I'm sure
she had quietly pondered many things in her heart as she sat alone in the
garden she loved so well. A volume could be written of Emma Bradley
and what she meant to many people. Her deeds of kindness to others, done
quietly, her gentleness in dealing with children as teacher and mother and
her ability to see beneath the surface of her associates and discern their
potentialities. Emma possessed the rare gift of making each friend feel
they were a very special friend. I know, for I was one of them. We all
salute the splendid spirit of Emma for having made our lives happier,
richer and more fruitful for ourselves and others. To her loved ones, our
deep understanding of the loss of her presence-but what a heritage she
has bequeathed to each one of us!
"Friendship is a link of gold
Shaped in God's all perfect mold
Each link a smile, a laugh, a tear
A grip of the hand, a word of cheer
Steadfast as the ages roll
Binding closer soul to soul."
Anticipating many former Canal Zonites who are members of the
National Association of Retired Civil Employees, N.A.R.C.E. and all
should be attending the National Convention in Tulsa, Oklahoma next
June. Our Society's President, Walter F. Reif, has chosen June 3, 1962
for our annual picnic. President Reif has requested that I, his Secre-
tary, shall, through this report, issue an invitation to all ex-Canal folk
who plan to be in Tulsa, to be present for our Patio Picnic to be held
at the Community Adult Center, 108 N. West Avenue at one o'clock. It
is suggested that we form a caravan, leaving the Center about 4 p.m.,
reaching Tulsa by 7 p.m. in time for some of our members to attend Com-
mittee meetings scheduled for 8 p.m. Let's make this a mid-summer Re-
union of Canal Zone friends on our way to a reunion of N.A.R.C.E. friends
from North, South, East and West-we need to "Belong to be Strong" and
NARCE is the friend of all retired folk. Let us know when to expect you.
Spring is just around the corner bringing new life for y'all to enjoy.
Blanche E. Shaw
NEWS FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
I fear that we Southern Californians were feeling a little smug about
our lovely warm winter, while our friends in the midwest and east battled
the snow; but winter finally reached us. We have had some chilly weather,
also a welcome and much-needed rain, with snow in the foot hills and
mountains but we're all hoping for more of the same. On one unusually
clear day we could see the snow-capped mountains all around this area
- it was a truly splendid sight.
We are sorry to report the following deaths:
Mrs. Fred Bradley Mr. Buchel B. Gibbs
Mr. James Christian Mrs. Thomas Neal Mr. Glenn Kerr
Our sincere sympathy goes out to their families and friends.
Dates To Keep In Mind: The dinner meeting of the P.C. Society of
Los Angeles will be held on March 4, 1962, at the Alexandria Hotel: and
the picnic will be June 10, 1962, at Brookside Park, Pasadena. If any
readers are in our area, and wish to attend: telephone Virginia Seiler
(GRanite 7-6626) ; Bill Naylor (EL 8-2055) or Thelma Reppe (HE 28200
Long Beach) everyone is welcome.
Mrs. Helen Rhodes of Pasadena wrote that her son Howard, who is
a Major in the Corps of Engineers, flew out from New York in December
and was with her for a few days. He reported to General Staff and Com-
mand School at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and after four or five months
he will go to Taiwan with MAAG.
Mrs. Lee Trower of Balboa wrote us that her son Joe and his buddy,
who sing as "The Legends" have made a record to be released soon under
the Jamie label "African Lullaby" and "Go Away With Me". Joe got the
good news just before he left Atlanta to go to the Zone for the holidays.
so it was a really happy Christmas gift. We wish them lots of luck and
many gold records.
Mrs. Esther Currier and her mother, Mrs. Henrietta Welch of South
Gate, flew to Atlanta, Georgia, in December to spend the holidays with Dr.
and Mrs. A. V. Gude (Donna Currier) and their five children. Mr. and
Mrs. H. W. Post (Doris Currier) drove to Atlanta from St. Petersburg, so
it was a really happy Christmas for the whole family. Esther and Mrs.
Welch drove back to St. Petersburg with the Posts, attended the P.C.
Society reunion and had a wonderful time seeing old friends and acquaint-
ances. Esther has been asked to speak about her experiences in Panama
and the Canal Zone at a meeting in Pomona of the Alumni Association
of Miss Woods School (now MacAlaster College) St. Paul, Minn. she
was in the class of 1915. There are about 75 graduates of that school in
the local alumni association
Russell and Bernice (Gregg) Hileman of Palmdale are new grand-
parents. Their daughter Carol Joy, married to Lee Windsor of Wilming-
ton, Delaware, presented them with a grandchild: as did Mr. and Mrs.
John F. Wood (Mrs. Hileman's son). Russell recently enjoyed a hunting
trip in the Primitive Forest of the Salmon-Selway District near Dixie,
Idaho: he and four others got 4 elk and 2 deer.
Hazel and Leo Page of Paradise, California, had as their holiday
guests their son Burt, of San Francisco; and daughter Julie, her husband
and two children.
Some of the old Claims Bureau group may remember Margaret Lipp,
a charming red-haired girl who worked with us there in the early 1940's,
with whom I've kept in touch. She is happily married to Harry Francke
and with their two lovely, lively children (Claude and Carol) leads a busy
life in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Heard also from Marguerite and Mike Crooks now living in Ana-
heim-a I hope to get over to see them soon. Their grandson Michael,
son of Betty and Ronald Ingram, is the joy of their life.
Joe and Helen Kenway and son Keith, of Long Beach, had as their
house guest during the Christmas holidays, Michael Rudge, son of Mr. and
Mrs. D. H. Rudge of Margarita, Canal Zone. Michael is a first year stu-
dent at the California Maritime Academy at Vallejo, California: he left
the first week in January on a cruise to South America. During the Thanks-
giving holidays the Kenways had as their guest, Gary Irving son of Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph Irving of Margarita. Gary and Keith Kenway were class-
mates at Cristobal High School. Gary is now in his first year at U.C.L.A.,
and Keith is in his first year at Long Beach State College.
Mrs. Esther Horine's Christmas letter was most interesting she is
enjoying her stay in Japan with daughter and son-in-law Fern and Paul
Dabill and their family. During the first 8 months of their tour of duty
they lived a bit primitively in an outlying area, but they are now living
in comfortable Army Quarters in Grant Heights, the armed forces town
about 20 miles north of Tokyo. She spends her time taking trips (has been
to Okinawa, also to Hawaii where she saw the Jimmie Comans; and to
Taiwan); playing cards, belongs to a doll-making class, first aid class,
and works a few hours each week in the Red Cross office. Her family are
all well, and they all send greetings to their friends.
Bill and Grace Naylor spent the Christmas holidays with their son
and family in Glendora, California: and the New Year holidays with their
son and family in Palo Alto. Omar and Ann (Newhard) Franklin of Den-
ver were dinner guests at the Naylor's, while they were visiting with
Omar's brother and family at La Mirada. Ann is teaching school, and
her husband will graduate from Medical school in June.
I had a call from Mrs. Gus (Adella) Kolle of Russellville, Arkansas.
She and her sister Anita of Lansing, Iowa, were visiting her nephew in
Laguna: while in Southern California they visited with several old friends
from the Canal Zone now living in this area.
Letter from Louis and Jessie Hauss they wrote that Sterling Miller,
retired P.C. Pilot, and also Mrs. Fernandez had called to welcome them
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fitzpatrick journeyed to Randallstown, Mary-
land, in September to visit daughter Eileen and her family. They called
on Marvin French and Andy Dewling in nearby Baltimore they had
worked on payrolls together on the Zone years ago. The Fitzpatricks went
on to Syracuse, New York, to visit relatives and friends, and see old famil-
iar places. In October they visited in Washington, D.C., and in Baltimore,
then returned to Randallstown for a last hello to Eileen, and then on to
Los Angeles and were glad to be home again.
Thanks to Eva Hammer for the old directories for P.C. Society of
Los Angeles they may come in handy; also for Slim and Ida Hallett's
Christmas letter from North Quincy, Massachusetts. I'm sure the friends
who received that letter got lots of chuckles from it especially the part
about the snowball fight staged at the Balboa Stadium one Christmas.
Two barrels of snow were taken from the pipes in the Cold Storage Plant,
and the kids made snowballs for the contest. When the supply of snow
was depleted they continued on with rocks until the local gendarmes broke
up the fun.
We enjoyed David Smith's Christmas letter bringing us up to date
on Aileen and her family, and the activities of the Smith family. Mr.
LeRoy Smith is 84 years young and is enjoying a busy life, active in his
church work, and is President of the Senior Citizens Club. David is cur-
rently gathering material for a new, original musical based on the life of
Emperor Norton, a fabulous character who lived around San Francisco
in the latter part of the 19th century.
Joseph and Gertrude White have moved to 16433 Woodruff, Apart-
ment 1, Bellflower. Since September, 1961, they were traveling around:
to visit their daughter Ruth in Richland, Washington, until Thanksgiving,
and welcomed a granddaughter there in October. On their way back they
visited with son Don, who teaches school in Novato, just north of San
Francisco: and then spent Christmas with their son Jerry in Long Beach.
Virginia and Martin Seiler spent Thanksgiving with Nina Brown
at San Carlos, and reported a wonderful time. Lil and Jack Evans of Gree-
ley, Colorado, were visiting Ruth and Harold Duncan at that time, so
they got together: they also went up to Santa Rosa and visited the Frank
O'Bryans; saw Mrs. Wilson; Hazel Alsing at Larkspur; the Ernie Paynes
in Napa; Katherine Clark in San Rafael. Then the gad-about Seilers spent
Christmas with Karl Windquist and his family at Portland, Oregon. They
returned to Los Angeles just long enough to repack their suitcases for cold
weather, then jetted off to New York the latter part of December. They have
to date visited with Martin's folks in and around New Jersey; went to
Washington, D.C. to meet the Bill Boggses with whom they drove to St.
Petersburg to attend the reunion. They visited friends and relatives in
Florida, and all over. They are due back in Los Angeles the latter part
of January, but as of this date January 29, 1962, haven't returned.
Kindest Regards to all -
Thelma Reppe, Secretay
IN AND 'ROUND ABOUT' HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
The Pan-Canal Club of Central Ark., has set a tentative date, May
19, (first Saturday after Mother's Day), for its next Get-together Dinner.
Write or 'phone for reservations and other particulars. Everyone welcome.
The sad news of the sudden passing of Mrs. Fred Bradley, (Emma),
on, Dec. 24, at her home in Glendale, Calif., shocked and grieved us all.
She was our friend and neighbor in Pedro Miguel, and to her husband and
daughters, Mrs. Jas. Wood, (Martha), and children of C.Z., Mrs. Richard
London, (Betty), and sons of Glendale, Calif., and Miss Peggy of Saudi
Arabia, we offer our heartfelt sympathy.
Jimmie Allen took violently ill on Dec. 23, and was rushed to the
hospital where an appendectomy was performed immediately. The anx-
iety of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Allen of L. Rock, was changed
to Christmas joy as the operation was successful and Jimmie is recovering.
The C.Z. was the scene of the Christmas season for the Fred Atkin-
sons, who sailed from N. Orleans about Dec. 12, to visit their children
and grandchildren. They are returning about Jan. 26 and will visit friends
in N. Orleans enroute home. The Leo Dedeaux's of Gulfport, Miss., report
also, a Christmas sojourn to the C.Z. to visit son Leon.
Bill Burns, Henry Pilot, "Mac" McCamey, Art Wynne, Frances
Horter, Estelle DeCora, Rita Kyle and children, the G. L. Parkers, and
daughter, Colleen Doucett, and children, the Lynn Cottrells, and F. Dorn
all spent the beautiful Christmas Day and holidays 'at home' in H. Sprs.
The Bill Bartholomews motored to St. Joseph, Mo. to be with their
son Bill, Jr., and family for the Christmas holidays. While there Mrs.
Bill Jr., 'presented' them with a new granddaughter on Dec. 23. All were
elated with the family's "Christmas Gift"!
The winter and the holidays are being spent by Jack and Ann Reinig,
with the Ed Fuciks, (daughter Peggy's family), in Highland Park, Ill.
Our John Walker is still vacationing and recuperating in Madeira
Mrs. J. Rob't Connors, (Marian), of Shorthills, N.J., spent a week
with her mother, Mrs. Frances Horter, recently. Lynn Cook Jr. (Bud),
of Pensacola, Fla., stopped to say 'hello' to an old friend, F. Dorn, en-
route to Rogers, Ark., where he spent his vacation with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. L. R. Cook, Sr. Also, in Nov., the Jones's (Paul and Rose), from
Gamboa, C.Z., called briefly on local friends here, enroute to N. Orleans
'to catch' the boat to C.Z. The Bohans of Jonesboro were hosts to Mrs.
Rosalie Demers of C.Z. in early Nov., and Mr. H. Lockwood of Miraflores
Power Plant called upon Mr. Henry Pilot.
The Newell Shaws, of Fayetteville, Ark. (Newell is state Pres. of the
NARCE) came to Hot Springs to attend our local NARCE Chapt. dinner
on Dec. 16. The guest of honor was our U.S. Congresswoman Hon. Mrs.
Catherine Norrell, who is on the Civil Service and P.O. Committees, and
we enjoyed her talk immensely, and feel that she will be very sympathetic
to retirees, and annuitants. She is her deceased husband's elected succes-
sor in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Grover and 'Billy' Bohan of Jonesboro, Ark. were visitors for a brief
stay in Hot Sprs. in Nov. enroute from a NARCE 4-state convention in
Ft. Worth. They report seeing Mr. and Mrs. John Odom of San Antonio,
and Mr. Geo. McBride of Arlington, Tex., former CZers there. The Bohans
are now 'wintering' in Tampa.
Mrs. Evelyn Mills is still at the Tivoli and writes about changes and
Mrs. Gus Kolle, (Adele), of Russelville, Ark. spent the summer and
autumn visiting friends and kinfolks in Calif., Kansas City, Tulsa and Iowa-
The Leon Carringtons (Lt. Col. Ret.) are still living in their San
Antonio home and we are glad to hear that Leon has fully recovered from
a recent illness. The Pierces, Franklin and his mother, Mrs. Flavel, of
Orlando, Fla., wrote that they hope to be moving soon to their new house
which is being built in Winter Park: address, 696Brechin Dr.
A nice long Xmas letter from the Archie Gibsons re yearly exents,
tells of Archie Jr. and family, who works for Gen'l. El. having been trans-
ferred from Cincinnati to Syracuse, N.Y. and have moved there. The
Misses Ann and Isabelle, are with the former U.S. Dept. of Interior the
latter with the Vets; Administration, both are in Fla. Mrs. Marion Knee-
shaw says she is well, and still lives in Del Rio, Calif. and still likes her
shop. Louis S. Kiser of Canton, Miss. intends to go to Alaska this summer
and attend the Big Fair in Seattle.
The following are excerpts from Christmas letters:
From Panama: Mrs. F. H. Sheibley was again in N.Y. City, but it got
too cold there so she hurried back to balmy Pan.; Dr. Juan Diaz, the
genial dentist, still works in his office on Avenida Central.
From CZ: The Van Underwoods of Los Rios will retire this spring.
Their daughter Joanne graduated last June from college in Knoxville,
Tenn., and their son, Bill is still in college there. The Adrian Webbs have
with them in Balboa, daughter Sandra, who recently graduated from a col-
lege in Colo. daughter Mary Lou Hall and family live in CZ., and sons
Bill and Sam are both married and in the Navy. Eula Jo Ewing intends
coming to U.S.-(to Calif.) in Feb. and seeing son Jack who is in Veter-
an's Hospital in San Fran. Her daughter Susan's family (Col. Ed Bishops),
are stationed in an A.F.B. in Okla. and their daughter Jo Ann is in Col-
lege in San Diego. The Clarence Tahts have retired and left Diablo Hts.
to go to the N.W. U.S. to live near their sons and families. Industrious
Margaret Wiggins of Balboa recently finished a course in accounting. Her
sister Shirley Clymer's son Ray and wife, are living in Norfolk, where he
is stationed with the Navy.
Mrs. Adam Mallett (Flo), had an extensive visit in the US, with son
Dick and family and other kin, and friends in Miss., La., and Tex., end-
ing up with a week in Mexico City. She is still a camera enthusiast, be-
longing, and interested in, several camera clubs and taking many trips
with the clubs to various places in S.A. and C.A. countries. Her brother,
Francis Kerr, came to the C.Z. recently from C. Rica, and her sister,
Louise Allen and husband (Wm.), are expecting 2 more grandchildren
soon. The Karl P. Curtis's still live in Gamboa, and Karl seems to
be afflicted with arthritis come try Uncle Sam's Hot Springs! Mrs.
Elizabeth Sudron of Balboa reports a wonderful trip to Japan last sum-
mer. The Dick Penningtons of Gatun had more than their share of vicis-
situdes this last year. His father passed early part of year in N. Jersey
and Dick came to U.S. and returned to Zone, and later, he and family
'came up' in May and Mrs. P's mother was ill and passed away. After
returning to CZ, Dick Jr.'s motorcycle crashed into a pipe, he had a
head injury and his mother had an illness and sojourn in Gorgas. Dick
Sr.'s mother who returned with them, 'stood by' during this seige of illness
- and now has returned to be with her daughter Doris, and husband, the
John Palmers of Trenton, N.J.
The Harry Corns of Cristobal, enjoyed their recent U.S. vacation with
their son Don, and daughter, Carolyn, on the West Coast. Don is a Ranger
in Parkdale, Ore. and Carolyn is at Oregon State U., and has a Natural
Science award scholarship in Botany. She spent the Christmas holidays
with her brother Don.
From Canada: Mrs. Norman F. Dunning (Caroline), still lives in
Belleville, Ont. Her husband was at one time Sec. of Swifts in Panama
City and also had charge in the evenings, of the bowling alleys in
Ancon and Balboa in the 'old' days!
From Costa Rica: Ernest and Clara Doyle of San Jose took a trip
to Salvador and Guatemala last summer.
From Ankara, Turkey: The Col. Nanneys, (David and Lucille Cook),
now have one daughter Sylvia and son Donald at home, as son David Jr.
is now in Leland Stanford U.,and daughter, Suellyn, in Ark. U. near
her grandparents the Lynn Cooks of Rogers, Ark. The Nanneys take ad-
vantage of travel to nearby places, both interesting and educational -
and their Christmas card showed flowers from the Holy Land.
From Mexico: The Bill Lorens and 2 children reside in Mex. City.
Their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Odin Loren moved recently from San Antonio,
Tex. to Sarasota, Fla. The Rigneys, (Ed. and Grace), say that they are
about as usual, and that their friend, Tom Gross, moved to San Antonio,
Tex. and they miss him very much.
From Wash., D.C.: The Wahls, Rachel and Chas. are still there. Chas.
has now retired, and Rachel is still at the Brazilian Embassy. Mrs. Fenwick
Moreland, (Louise), and her sister, Miss Etta Harrover, have moved to a
Wash, D.C. Apt. from Landover, Md.
From W. Sacramento, Calif.: The Louis Gluds write that their son
Rob't graduated as Navigator MATS at Travis Field on Dec. 2.
Hasta luego, Frances S. Dorn
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Winter has arrived in Western North Carolina and what a crazy
mixed up winter. We have had ice, snow and near zero temperatures since
Dec. 27, and to-day, Jan. 23 is like a beautiful spring day. May have to
have chains on the car when time comes to mail this news.
Many of our members were away to spend the Holiday season with
members of their families and all report a wonderful time.
The Starford Churchills left the middle of Nov. to be with Starford
Jr. and family for the Thanksgiving and Xmas Holidays, in Gamboa, C.Z.
Will return in Feb.
Rose and Johnny Johnston left by train Dec. 12 for Portland, Oregon
to be with son Lester and family for about a month.
Emma and Frank Reppa flew to Texas to spend the holidays with son
Bob and family. Col. Reppa is stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas.
Della and Clarence Howell spent X'Mas with daughter Margaret and
family Winston Salem, N.C.
Dr. and Mrs. S. Irvin (Bessie and Sam) drove to Clovis, N. Mexico
to spend the Holidays with daughter Martha and family.
Barbara and Tom Coleman left Dec. 15 for several weeks visit on
the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. I. A. MacKenzie left by car, for California, early in
Mrs. Paul Bentz underwent surgery in Nov. and happy to report she
is recuperating nicely.
Tutie Kelley had the misfortune to slip and break her arm a few
minutes after she and Tom, Mrs. Luckey and Tom Jr. returned home
from Washington, D.C. late in November. The arm is greatly improved.
Geo. Ward continues to improve from his serious operation of last
Mrs. Inez Ward reports letter from W. E. Adams formerly Hender-
sonville Asheville, now of Florida telling of Gladys having recently
under gone surgery.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Jude, C.Z. visited Mr. Jude's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Harry Jude, Asheville in November.
Mrs. W. J. Pope (Margaret Howell) and two little daughters visited
her parents early in Dec. On Dec. 3 Margaret and Clarence attended the
Shrine Bowl foot-ball game in Charlotte while Della stayed home to baby
sit with little girls.
Mrs. Chas. Trickey left N.C. and is living with daughter Mrs. Robert
Gay in Evanston, Ill. Mr. Gay is Prof. of Dramatics and Opera, North-
Mrs. Olive Beehlen greatly improved.
Mr. Ray Mitchell is still in the Hospital.
Mrs. Ann Kjallender, mother of Mrs. Bruce Harrel, who suffered a
broken hip, is improving nicely.
Barbara and Tom Coleman left Dec. 15 for Canal Zone to visit
daughter Louise and family (Pames Pattison) and Jean and family (Jack
Dombrowsky). Grandson Dale arrived home from college for the holi-
days and the "Littlest Grandson" became acquainted with his proud grand-
parents with the assistance of his two brothers Tommy and Jimmie.
Tudie and Tom Kelley were happy to have son Tom Jr. home for over a
week during the Holidays.
Fred Sill spent Thanksgiving with the Wendall Greenes. They also
had the pleasure of having Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bentz for the X'Mas and
New Year week-ends. Rev. Jack McDuffy was a visitor late in Dec.
Mr. Donald Luke, Canal Zone spent a couple days with his aunt
Mrs. Ray Mitchell, recently.
The F. M. Sawyers (Engene and Tommy) attended the Florida Con-
vention and report a wonderful time.
Rose and Johnny Johnstons' son Robert, Nancy and Jan Anderson,
Ind. arrived for a visit Nov. 18. Spent Thanksgiving with parents then
left for a week of Florida sunshine, leaving Jan with Rose and Johnny.
Arrived back from Fla. Dec. 3, left the next morning for home and Rose
and Johnny left that afternoon to spend a few days with Johnny's Mother
and family before starting on their trip to Oregon. Left here Dec 12. A
new little grand-daughter greeted them at son Lester's home. Jill Marie,
born Sept. 6. Enroute home they spent one day sight-seeing in San Fran-
cisco, and a few days visiting friends in San Antonio, Texas whom they
had not seen in several years. Arrived home Jan. 25.
Betty and Fred O'Rourke were delighted with a surprise visit with
Violet and Roger Deakins in Nov. The time was all too short. Daughter
Geneva, Providence, R.I. arrived home 2:30 X'Mas morning despite the
difficulty of traveling at that time. Mr. and Mrs. I. A. MacKenzie joined
us for X'Mas dinner.
Margaret and Ralph Wanlass were happy to have son Clinton home
for nearly two weeks during the Holidays.
Betty O'Rourke, Acting Secretary
Raised taxes on incomes and real estate, and increased customs duties
on luxury articles plus other new or increased levies are expected to pro-
vide the Panama government with enough funds to qualify for some
$29,000,000 under US President Kennedy's Alliance for Progress.
Finance Minister Gilberto Arias and David Samudio, Chief of the
Planning Department, emphasized at a press conference that Panama has
mapped ways and means to meet all the self-help requirements to qualify
for both grants and loans under the Alliance.
New or increased imports are expected to provide for an almost $4,
500,000 increase in the 1962 budget as passed by the Assembly.
All told, Panama is committing some $9,000,000 toward local appli-
cation of the $20 billion program of financial assistance to Latin America
as concieved by US President John F. Kennedy.
The biggest monthly payment to a single contractor in "many, many
years" was paid by the Panama Canal Company. $1,231,334.30 to John
F. Beazley Ltd., the Balboa Bridge superstructure contractor.
Engineering and Construction Bureau chief, Lt. Col. Matthew Harri-
son, handed over the check to the construction firm.
Tight squeezes in the Panama Canal aren't new, but the USS Valley
Forge came close to emulating the sardine in the can.during its transit
through Gatun Locks. Onlookers watched with bated breath as the carrier's
mast passed over the top of the pilot house with, only a coat of paint to
spare. The 888-foot-long ship, displacing more than 30,800 tons, was
recently converted to a helicopter assualt ship and is on its way to join
the US Pacific fleet. Five Canal pilots were used in the transit.
The first three locomotives completed recently in Japan by the Mit-
subishi Shoji Kaisha, Ltd., arrived aboard the American Export Line
freighter Pioneer Myth from Yokohoma. The engines will be taken to the
Gatun Locks where they will be unloaded with the ship's own boom di-
rectly onto the east wall return tracks.
These tracks have been converted to 60 cycle current in preparation
for the exhausive tests which will be carried out at Gatun before the new
towing locomotives are actually put to work on the locks.
The second three of the six test locomotives ordered by the Panama
Canal are scheduled to arrive in Balboa aboard the Pioneer Main. They
also will be unloaded at Gatun and be subject to the same operation tests.
The contract for the purchase of new towing locomotives calls for
the construction of 33 additional mules and two cranes. Construction on
these will be started following the completion of the operation tests at
New equipment is the order of the day for the Panama Railroad,
the Western Hemisphere's oldest transcontinental rail line.
During recent weeks, the railroad has put 15 new, all-steel boxcars
into service, received a new mobile machine for use in track maintenance
work, and ordered the first new locomotives to be purchased by the rail-
road in a decade.
The new, 50-ton boxcars, purchased to replace obsolete equipment,
were built in Mexico by Construction Nacional de Carros de Ferrocarril
and shipped to the Isthmus aborad the Cristobal. The last of the 15 cars
arrived on the Isthmus just before Christmas and already has been put
The new mobile maintenance machine, known as a Kershaw ballast
regulator, is designed to eliminate the hand spreading of ballast on the
roadbed and right-of-way and also can be used to reshape the banks along
each side of the right-of-way. Equipped with extensions on each side
which can scarify and reshape the banks alongside the track, the first job
of the new device was to perform such work along the track from the Mira-
flores Tunnel to Corozal.
The new locomotives ordered by the railroad are 1,200-horsepower,
diesel-electric engines! for use in switching operations. They will replace
five 20-year-old, 1,000-horsepower engines now being used in switching
The 100-ton crane which fell into the water off dock 7 in Balboa was
raised by the Panama Canal floating crane Hercules, which was brought
over from Gamboa for the salvage job.
The Hercules also assisted in removing the boom of the fallen crane,
which collapsed on the dock flattening a parked pick-up truck.
The accident occurred when the crane was being moved from the
dock onto a barge for use in the assembly of a larger crane brought down
to the Isthmus for the Balboa bridge superstructure work.
The cables holding the barge fast to the dock snapped under the
weight of the crane and as the cr ft moved away the crane went down.
The boom, which was in an almost vertical position, flipped over back-
wards, hit the edge of the dock and collapsed.
The end of the boom-which was equipped with a 30-foot jib-fell
on a pick-up truck which had just brought twelve workers to the dock.
The men had barely time to run away from the path of the falling boom.
The operator, Pat Ricks, 30, went down with the crane, but was res-
cued by a fellow worker, Roberts Peters who jumped into the water after
him. Ricks-who cannot swim-later told police that he could not have
stayed on the surface much longer.
After being raised, the crane immediately was put through an inten-
sive cleaning by workers of the John F. Beasley Corporation, owners of
Francis Cardinal Spellman recently spent two days in the Zone and
the Republic of Panama.
Major General W. A. Carter has resigned from the U.S. Army and
as Governor of the Canal Zone to become senior engineer advisor of the
Inter American Development Bank, which has headquarters in Washing-
ton, D.C. Major General Fleming succeeds him.
Major General Robert J. Fleming comes from Dallas, Texas, where
he was Chief of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Great Wall of China may have been far bigger in many ways, but
Canal engineers doubt that it was any stronger or otherwise more solid
that a reinforced "blast wall" now being removed from the Miraflores
The "great wall" of Miraflores is 8 feet thick, 24 feet high, and 76
feet long. It was built at the beginning of World War II to protect the
three diesel-electric generators housed at Miraflores from bomb splinters.
Officials of the Maintenance Division, faced with the task of remov-
ing the wall to make room for two new 10,000-kilowatt gas turbogener-
ators, considered a number of ways in which the wall could be demolished
without tearing down the whole power station building, but finally settled
on pneumatic drills.
Workmen now are cutting the "great wall" into huge slabs of solid
concrete, each 4 feet wide, 8 feet thick, and 8 feet high. Sliced from the
wall by use of pneumatic drills, pried loose with rock jacks, then lifted
out with hoisting equipment, each of the blocks weigh approximately 18
Work on the wall was started in November and the Maintenance Div-
ision reports it will take a work force of 10 men, working 8 hours a day,
until the end of February to completely demolish the massive wall.
The use of pneumatic drills was decided on after several other pos-
sible methods were rejected, including the possibility of controlled blast-
ing. Painstaking and time-consuming as it is, the method being used is
considered to be the least expensive and dangerous. Controlled blasting
was rejected because of the possibility of damage to the diesel electric
generator and other equipment still housed in the power station on an
emergency, standby basis.
One of the two new gas turbo-generators will be delivered in the
Canal Zone about September of this year. First of their kind to be pur-
chased by the Canal, the two new units will increase the power-generating
potential in the Zone by approximately one-third.
Another Canal Zone landmark will soon disappear to make way for
It is the former Pedro Miguel Police sub-station which will be de-
molished so the site can be used for the construction of non-US citizen
housing in that area.
The existing building was built on the site of a former four-family
quarters which was constructed in 1916 shortly after the completion of
the Panama Canal.
Fred Korth, a member of the Panama Canal Company's board of
directors, was appointed Navy Secretary by President Kennedy, accord-
ing to wire service reports from Washington.
Half a Barge was lifted off the deck of the super carrier Ore Venus
by the Panama Canal floating crane Hercules. The crane was brought
down to Balboa from Gamboa to unload two 200-foot barges and two
80-foot tugs for the new Golden Eagle Refinery in Portobelo. The unload-
ing operation took place in Balboa Harbor. The oil barges were brought
to Panama from Japan in halves and will be assembled on the Pacific side
before they are taken through the Canal to Portobelo. It was one of the
most spectacular unloading operations to take place in Balboa for some
EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 1962, all members who have not sent in
change of address notices on time, thus causing Canal Records and
Year Books to be returned, may receive same by sending 50 cents for
each book, to Secretary-Treasurer for forwarding. The very high cost
of remailing returned Recor-a and Year Books, has forced this new
Since I have been an avid reader of the Canal Record for many years
and have thoroughly enjoyed every issue, it is my sincere desire to be
able to carry on in the eminent "Mr. Kieswetter" manner.
Upon perusing Record material as far back as the March 1951 issue,
which stated that the Society had 700 members, it is easy to see how
many more are now reading the Record, thanks to Mr. Kieswetter's un-
He has diligently served as Editor for the past eight years. Although
the last four years he has repeatedly asked to be replaced, the fine quality
of the Record has never wavered.
I hope that every member can realize and appreciate the fantastic
job our ex-Editor has done to make the Record what it is today.
Mr. K., take a bow.
Betty Lockridge, Editor
Sincere thanks to the many contributors, known and unknown, to
this issue of the Record. Without the excellent cooperation on the part
of members it would be impossible to gather all the news presented.
Keep the newsworthy items coming. Please help the editor to be
explicit in reporting-by putting dates on items sent. Otherwise the word
"recently" has to be used. Also give maternal and paternal names on
weddings, engagements, births, and other items.
Many thanks to all who sent in notes of congratulations and encour-
agement. They were truly appreciated.
How about the Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Maryland
and other states members sending in some news?
Have you paid your dues? Asked a new member to join the Society?
The dead-line for the June Record is May 1st. Get the news in early.
EDITOR'S NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER 55-6273
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Dear Ex-Canal Friends:
You are cordially invited to join the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. The Canal Record, our news booklet, is issued quarterly, and a
Year Book is mailed to members in December of each year.
Dues are $3.00 annually, and payable in January. Members coming
in after July 1st will pay $1.50 for balance of the year.
Please fill in the application below and send your dues to the:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
POST OFFICE Box 11566,
ST. PETERSBURG 33. FLORIDA
BLOOD BANK BY-LAWS AMENDMENT
February Meeting at the Tourist Center
Mr. Macon Turner, Chairman of the Blood Bank, gave a compre-
hensive report of the successful operation of the Blood Bank since 1958.
He pointed out that children normally need far less blood than an adult,
but have been paying the same assessment. Therefore, he asked for an
amendment to the present Constitution and By-laws. The following two
motions were presented and voted upon unanimously.
First, under Article 1 Assessments, Par. 1, to read:
The annual membership assessment per ADULT shall not be less than
$1.00 nor more than $2.00; that for member's unemployed children,
under eighteen years of age, and dependents of their parents, assess-
ments be not less than 50 cents or more than $1.00 annually.
Second, under Article IX Blood Disbursements add Par. 2:
Members traveling in Canada and Mexico will be reimbursed the
sum of not more than $25.00 for each pint of blood received.
New Members and Address Changes
Mrs. Adelaide Lomas Box 1222, Duncan British Columbia ------Canada
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Schrum Wentzelstrasse 6 .- Hamburg 39, Germany
Mrs. Maxine Dillman Box 1085----------------------Balboa, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Sherman A. Hamond Box 336 -------- Margarita, Canal Zone
Mrs. Bernice Herring Gamboa, Canal Zone (after 6-1-62, Box 131, Salemburg,
Mrs. Barbara M. Hutchings Box 582-------------------Balboa, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Johnson Box 26 --------Balboa Heights, CanalZone
Mr. and Mrs. Guy R. Lord Box 1405----- ----- Balboa, Canal Zone
Mrs. Marie McNeff Box C-16 -------------Balboa Heights, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Victor H. May, Sr. Box 113----------- Gamboa, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Relihan Box 357---------- Balboa, Canal Zone
Mrs. Julia Shockey Box 206-------------- ----- Rodman, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Loyd E. Stevens Box 73--------------- Gatun, Canal Zone
Mrs. Mildred Sutherland Box 448 --- --------------Balboa. Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Swearigen Box 287-----------Gatun, aCnal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Taylor Box 1376----------_- Cristobal, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Philip S. Thornton Box 244------------- Balboa, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart P. Trail Box 1502-------------- Balboa, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Albert C. Turner Box 283----------- Balboa, Canal Zone
Mr Frank J. Violete Box 282------------------- Balboa, aCnal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Webster Box 1887-----------Balboa, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Wood Box 21------------------Gatun, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Frank K. Hottal 101 Palmcrest Drive, Apt. 4--Daly City, Calif.
Mr. George A. Jones, Jr. 110 C Street N. W.------------ Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A. Coffey 9422 Birmingham Dr.--.-Riviera Beach, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Cranfleld Route 1 -- --------Englewood, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Fuller 948 E. Fordham Road--------Palm Bay, Fla.
Mrs. Mary Jo Hughes 5914 43rd Ave. No.-----------St. Petersburg 9, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Ogletree 4700 81st Ave., N.---------Pinellas Park, Fla.
Mr. S. C. Patchett Box 52-121 --------------------------.Miami, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ruffo 3749 55th Ave. N.----- St. Petersburg 14, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Davis Siesta Motel------------ Mountain Home, Idaho
Mr. Fred J. Meyer Box 190--------------- -------------- Calmar, Iowa
Mr. Ben McConaghy 11 Chestnut Street ------------- Melrose, Mass.
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Laterman 96 Ave. "A"-- ---------Bayonne, N.J.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Stuller 602 Whittier Street------------Westbury, N.Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Garrison 3721 Glenville Ave.---------- Charlotte, N.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Willard A. Beil 224 Church Street---------- Catasauqua, Pa.
Mr. Charles J. Matz 1476 E. Philadelphia Ave.----------- Gilbertsville, Pa.
Mrs. K. D. Akerman 10100 Galway Drive---------------- Dallas 18, Texas
Mr. Fred W. Maurer, USNWL Box 133-- --- ----------- Dahlgren, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence R. Taht-17517 Spruceway --Alderwood Manor, Wash.
Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Gilmore 2465 Broad Street--------------------York, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Walbridge -
c/o Quebec Cantier Mining Co.,----------Port Cantier, Quebec, Canada
Mrs. Elsie F. Jackson 2601 Davis Avenue-------- ------Alexandria, Va.
Mr. John J. Dudak Box 456 -------------------------Balboa, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence A. Greene Box 172 ----------Coco Solo, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Bronson Powell Box 2494-- ------------- Balboa, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Leon S. Willa Box 172-------------- Margarita, Canal Zone
Mrs. Estelle L. DeCora 412 Alcorn---------------------- Hot Springs, Ark.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence M. Breece 2001 Noriega St.-_San Francisco 22, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Straus 1916 Rosita Ave.-----------Burbank, Calif.
Mrs. Zelda E. Glassburn -
120 177th Terrace, Redington Shores ---------- St. Petersburg 8, Fla.
Mrs. Annie M. Hobson 2330 1st Street N.----------- St. Petersburg 4, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Lawrence 6969 79th Ave. N.------Pinellas Park, Fla.
Mrs. Vivian E. Rader 3265 E. Atlantic Drive --------- Boynton Beach, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard L. Wentworth Box 636 --------Hollis Center, Maine
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Sievers 7367 Wayne -_--------- St. Louis, Mo.
Miss Gayle C. Hasemann Box 234----- ----------Balboa, Canal Zone
Lt. and Mrs. Robert F. Zumbado, USMC -
15-B Cactus Drive, M.C. Base,--------------- Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Mrs. M. Cleo Blackburn 9301 Artesia Blvd. _.----------- _Bellflower, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lutro 11881 S.W. 190th Street--- South Miami 57, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Williams 3562 Inwood Road, Apt. 103..-- Dallas 9, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Camp 400 West Par Street -------------Orlando, Fla.
ADDRESS CHANGE Indicates change of State
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Roth-2455 No. 4 Ala Wai Blvd., Honolulu 15, Hawaii
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. T. Coffey Box 1603 -- -----------------Balboa, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Corn Box 2662 -------------- Cristobal, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Benhard I. Everson Box 356------------Balboa Heights, C.Z.
Mrs. Mary M. Harrison Box 525 ----- ---------------Margarita, C.Z.
Mr. P. S. Legge Box 2397-----------------------------------Balboa, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. B. D. Maynard Box 1467 --- ---------------Balboa, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Burton H. Mead Box 903------------------ Balboa, C.Z.
Mrs. Susie P. Reese -
c/o Tivoli Guest House, Mail: Box 227 -------------Balboa Heights, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto L. Savold Box 5025 ---- ---------------Balboa, C.Z.
*Mrs. J. C. Irwin 2224 S. "S" Street------------------- Fort Smith, Ark.
Mrs. Robert J. Beissel -
c/o Edward Leftwich, 3935 Westfall Drive ----------------Encino, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bortin, Sr. 1100 Peninsula -----.-Burlingame, Calif.
*Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Forbes 235 N. 3rd Stret --------Coalinga, Calif.
*Mr. and Mrs. Delbert H. Garrett 3775 McKinley St. -----Riverside, Calif.
*Mr. Charles L. MacDonald 500 Elcamino Real --_---- Burlingame, Calif.
*Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Mac Gillivray 7109 Flight Ave._ Los Angeles 45, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard H. Stark 1337 S. Alcott Street ----Denver 19, Colo.
Mrs. Clara Boyer Box 12303 -----------------------St. Petersburg 33, Fla.
*Mr. Edward P. Bugbey Route 1, Box 457--- -- -- -- ____Deland, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Farr 6618 5th Ave. N.--- St. Petersburg 10, Fla.
"Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Hallett 17300 S.W. 118th Place ----------Miami 57, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis C. Haseman 1295 Rensselaer Ave., Jacksonville 5, Fla.
*Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Hatchett, Sr. 3007 Westchester Ave. ----Orlando, Fla.
Dr. Maurice E. Heck 21 S.W. 15th Road---------------------Miami 32, Fla.
*Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. Hills -
Tri-Par Estate, Mail: Box 3840----------------------------Sarasota, Fla.
Mrs. Edna B. Van Brocklin 2305 N. Flower Street -----Santa Ana, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Hitchcock 818 Paradise Way ------- Sarasota, Fla.
*Mrs. Maude A. Kilcorse 2811 Leslee Lake Drive------St. Petersburg 13, Fla.
Miss Helen King 1230 16th Ave. N.------------------St. Petersburg 4, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Kuhn 7353 36th Ave. N.----St. Petersburg 10, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl S. Lynch 6210 Mimosa Drive--------------Orlando, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert McKeown -
1200 Beach Drive N.E., Apt. 14------------------- St. Petersburg 1, Fla.
Mrs. E. A. Melms Route 2, Box 270------------------- Lake Worth, Fla.
*Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Merchant 4212 Canal 9 Road --West Palm Beach, Fla.
Capt. and Mrs. John H. Miller Box 695 --_--------_ -Altamonte Springs, Fla.
*Miss Sada A. Page 219 S. Salisbury Ave.------------------- De Land, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schoenberger 4803 29th Ave. S.- Gulfport 11, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sibus Box 965 --------------Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Soper -
411 N. Disston Avenue, Box 1126---------------------------Tavares, Fla.
Mr. Fred Sprechen 1047 9th Street S., Apt. B --.- St. Petersburg 5, Fla.
Mrs. John R. Strauss Route 1, Box 383 --------------- Cantonement, Fla.
*Mr. and Mrs. George A. Tully 4414 W. Cayuga St.-----------Tampa 3, Fla.
*Mr. Bert G. Tydeman 3255 S. Peninsula Drive-------- Daytona Beach, Fla.
*Mr. John J. Walker -
Tarpon Motel & Apartments, 13015 Gulf Blvd.---__ Madeira Beach 8, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Wempe 534 Taylor Road -- -- Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Mrs. Violet R. Wunsch 538 N. Grove-------------- Witchita 14, Kan.
Mr. and Mrs.Paul W. Aubert 3 Rhode Island Rd.------------Lakeville, Mass.
Mrs. R. Dean Colston 2 Broadway------------Hagerstown, Md.
Mrs. Viola F. Engelhardt 909 Reynsir St. ---------------------Biloxi, Miss.
Mr. L. S. Kiser 136 S. Union St. ----- __---------------- Canton, Miss.
*Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Baggott 5 N. 3rd Street--- --------Pleasantville, N. J.
Mrs. Katherine Eldridge Box 88 ---------------------------- Dexter, N.Y.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Johnson Box 764--------------- Rock Station, N.Y.
*Col. and Mrs. R. W. Molloy -
--- ------Box 70, APO 676, OUSARMA, c/o Postmaster, N.Y., N.Y.
*Rev. Michael J. Wye, CM 334 South 13th Street ------- Philadelphia 7, Pa.
Mr. Adger W. Bethea Asheville-Biltmore Hotel----------- Asheville, N.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Brink 233 illiams Street---- Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
*Col. and Mrs. Edwin Bishop Jr.-2327 Vandenberg .--Tenker A. F. Base, Okla.
Maj. and Mrs. Thurman Boyd 1101 Upton ---- --------Fort Sill, Okla.
Mrs. Amanda L. Williams 89 Park Ave. S.--------------- Corrallton, Ohio
Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Maiers 502 Willow Road---------- Oreland 5, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Shirk, Sr. 2700 Perkiomen Ave. -----Reading, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Ratcliff 754 N. Hollywood ------ Memphis 12. Tenn.
Mr. and Mrs. George Herman 310 Rampart -------- San Antonio, Texas
Mrs. Thomas O. Mass 106 Waxwood-----------------San Antonio 16, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Bahn 2613 Key Blvd. ---------- N. Arlington 1, Va.
*Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. White 8047 Bi County Road---.. Norfolk 3, Va.
*Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Mack -
c/o Morrison Knudsen of Asia, P. O. Box 023, Palembong-Sumatra, Asia
*Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Anderson -
Winter Address 131st Street and 78th Ave. No.-----4-- 4 Largo, Fla.
(Mail: Route 1, Box 638, Largo, Fla.) Summer address the same.
Mrs. Ida May Cotton Box 483----------- -----------Balboa, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. George T. McLintock -
237 N.W. Monroe Circle -------------------- St. Petersburg 3, Fla.
Mrs. Lavina C. Pierce 696 Brechin Drive----------------Winter Park, Fla.
*Miss Nina J. Hansen 2001 Galiano Street--_-------------Coral Gables, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank Sampsell 1623 Kingway Rd.----Baltimore 18, Md.
Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Neal -
Hollywood Trailer Park, St. Petersburg 3, Fla. (Also Maine)
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-_---.---..-__-
Wife's Name ----__
Address .----.-----..--_-_-.. Box____
City ._----......... --------------- Zone State---------- -
Number of Years on Canal --.----
What Division .. ... _
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 __- Zone__ ----
Telephone --- ---. ... --
Address ----- -------Box ----- .
City -----______----......... Zone---
Telephone -- ------------- 1962
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
HEREWITH BLOOD BANK DUES FOR 1962.
(Members who reside in Florida only)
City ....--.......................... -------...... ..... Zone........
State ............................ ..................... ..... ...........
Telephone ..----........................... Amt. Enclosed $ -..................
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
Herewith Dues for 1962.
For:-...............--- .-- -------------------........ ...................
City ..................------- .....--------.......... .-- Zone........
State..... ................................ ...........................
Telephone ................................ Amt. Enclosed $..................
Mr. and Mrs. James Hunter, Ft. Lauderdale Mr. B. V. Hutchings, St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Farr, St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Terrel Toone,
Mrs. E. F. Attaway, Kerrville, Tex.
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Sylvestre, St. Petersburg
Mrs. Helen Hammond, St. Petersburg, son John Hammond, Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Raymond,
Long Island, N. Y.
Mr. George Chevalier,
Long Island, N. Y.
Mr. Jack Seville, Philadelphia
Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
U. S. Postoeg
St. Petersburg, Fl.
Permit No. 603
POSTMASTER: IF ADDRESSEE HAS REMOVED NOTIFY SENDER OF NEW
ADDRESS ON FORM 3547. POSTAGE FOR WHICH IS GUARANTEED
RETURN AND FORWARDING POSTAGE GUARANTEED.
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