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NEW AND OLD MULES
(Courtesy of Panama Canal Company)
Mr. and Mrs. Yocum of St. Petersburg
with two daughters and granddaughters
Standing: Mr. James Bradley, St. Petersburg, Mrs. E.B. Drinnen,
Mr. E.B. Drinnen, St. Petersburg
Seated: Mr. Shreves, St. Petersburg, Mrs. James Bradley,
Mrs. Rosetta Millett, Arlington, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Brennan, Bush, La.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hodges, Middletown, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Hills, Sarasota
Mr. and Mrs. Z.K. Esler
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Goodwin (President)
George F. Fenton, Mrs. Jcnn Fent:n
Silver Springs, Md.
Mrs. C.L. January, Mary Januar, H:sari,
Glen Bernie, Md.
Mrs. Herbert Joubert
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
(A Non-profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG 88, FLORIDA
W. D. Goodwin J. F. Warner
H. V. Howard Executive Committee
Vice-President 'LrN W. Dewey Goodwin
Lee R. Bell Harlan V. Howard
Secretary-Treas. Lee R. Beil
S Lyla M. Esler
Lyla M. Esler Betty Lockridge
Recording Sec'y. Keith Kelley
C. G. Calvet
Betty Lockridge Macon A. Turner
News Editor Z. K. Esler
J. W. Dorgan
Martin Nickel Albert McKeown
May I urge you to read the Report of Legislation in the February
issue of Retirement Life. I would like to call your attention to two items:
First, the Special Delivery, regarding letters to your Congressmen urging
the Chairman of the House Post Office and Civil Service Committee to
call early hearings on Retirement Legislation: Second, remind your Con-
gressman that you favor H.R. 3316 sponsored by Representative James H.
Morrison of La.
In writing to your Senator refer to S. 2468 sponsored by Olin D.
Johnson of South Carolina, who is chairman of the Senate Committee on
Post Office and Civil Service.
Harold J. Zierten
ABOUT THE COVER .
The towing locomotives which have assisted ships through the locks for so
many years ore being replaced by new machines built for the Canal in Japan.
Most obvious external change in the new mules, as can be seen from the one in
the foreground of this picture, is that they only have one cab instead of two. The
new mules have two cables instead of one. Six of them were put on duty at Gatun
Locks during February. Courtesy of the Panama Canal Company.
George E. Coleman-Industrial Division-22 years, 2 months, 7 days.
Chris A. Devine-Electrical Division-11 years, 2 months, 17 days.
Ruth Dunscombe-Personnel Bureau-19 years, 7 months, 22 days.
Wilbur Dunscombe-Gorgas Hospital-25 years, 3 months, 18 days.
Frederick W. Hensler-Navigation Division-13 years, 8 months, 17 days.
Anthony R. Lombroia-Maintenance Division-35 yrs., 9 mo., 15 days.
William F. Long-Policeman-21 years, 5 months, 19 days.
William E. Lundy-Treasury Branch-32 years, 8 months, 5 days.
Jeanne C. Burgoon-Accounting Division-33 years, 7 months, 29 days.
William C. Merchant-Maintenance Division-21 yrs., 6 mo., 27 days.
George M. Sylvester-Navigation Division-18 years, 1 month, 26 days.
Robert E. L. Brown-Contract and Inspection Division
19 years, 1 month, 7 days.
Walter R. Lindsay-Community Services Div.-31 yrs., 1 mo., 11 days.
Andrew J. May-Supply Division-20 years, 3 months, 27 days.
Charles A. Stewart-Locks Division-27 years, 2 months.
Harry Akers-Railroad Division-32 years, 11 months, 1 day.
William H. Anderson-Railroad Division-32 years, 11 months, 1 day.
Roger C. Hackett-Schools Division-31 years, 6 months.
Roy D. Reece-Electrical Division-32 years, 1 month, 13 days.
W. Van Underwood-Locks Division-27 years, 10 months, 24 days.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Stone of Manchester, Conn., announce the birth
of their second child and first daughter on January 6 in Manchester. The
baby has been named Marcy Ann.
Mrs. Stone is the former Anna Johnson and maternal grandparents
are Captain and Mrs. S. E. Johnson of Los Rios, C.Z.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur R. Stone, Cheshire,
Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Lundy of Rochester, N.Y. announce the birth of
their second daughter named Christine, on March 1st, 1962. Mrs. Frances
Horter of Memphis, Tenn. is the maternal grandmother. The paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Lundy of Fairhope, Ala.
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Kearns announce the birth of a daughter,
Colleen Patricia, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
on March 4.
Mrs. Kearns is the former Miss Patricia Steiner of Balboa.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Steiner of Balboa,
and the paternal, Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Kearns of Asheboro, N.C.
Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Whittaker (Nancy Fuller) of Ann Arbor, Mich.,
announce the arrival of a daughter, Melinda, on February 8, 1962. The
Whittakers have three other children, two girls and a boy. Maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Fuller, of Flint, Mich.
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Corrigan announce the birth of their first child,
a daughter, on Monday, March 26, in Fresno, California. The baby has
been named Denise Marie. Mrs. Corrigan is the former Wendy Jeanne
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wendell G. Cotton of Bal-
boa, and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Corrigan
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Evans of Ft. Collins, Colo., announce the arrival
of their third son, James Gordon, on April 6th, 1962. Paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Evans of San Diego, California.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Degenaar of Balboa, Canal Zone, announce the
marriage of their daughter, Joan Blair, to Gerald A. Durfee, son of Mrs.
Jerome Durfee of Panama, and Mr. Jerome Durfee, of Washington, D.C.,
on March 31, 1962, at the Waverly Presbyterian Church in Baltimore,
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and from the Woman's
College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina,
where she was elected a member of "Phi Beta Kappa". She is presently
employed as a Bacteriologist with the Maryland State Department of
Health in Baltimore, Maryland.
The bridegroom is also a graduate of Balboa High School and from
the United States Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point, Long Island,
New York as a 3rd Engineer and an Ensign, United States Navy Reserve.
He is presently with the Military Sea Transportation Service.
After a honeymoon trip to Bermuda the newlyweds will be at home
at 1505 Oakridge Road, Baltimore, 18, Maryland.
Mr. and Mrs. Faustino Alvarez announce the engagement of their
daughter, Estela, to Lawrence M. Drennan III, son of Dr. and Mrs. Law-
rence M. Drennan Jr. of Panama.
Miss Alvarez attended Maria Inmaculada School in Panama and re-
cently returned from the States after finishing her studies at Siena Heights
College in Adrian, Michigan.
Mr. Drennan has attended the Citadel College of Charleston, S.C.,
majoring in Civil Engineering. He recently returned from a military
tour of duty with the US Army in the European Theater and at present is
working with the Inter-American Geodetic Survey.
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Kleefkens, of Margarita announce the marriage
of their daughter, Virginia Lee, to Private William Arthur Rankin, the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin A. Rankin, also of Margarita.
Chaplain Winton R. Mizell, U.S. Army, officiated at the double-ring
ceremony, which took place at Hartell Boulevard Chapel in Fort Sill, Okla-
homa, on April 20 at 6 p.m.
Miss Margaret Bonnie Landrenau, of Plauchville, Louisiana, was her
only attendant. William L. Joseph was best man.
Mrs. Rankin, who was born and grew up in the Canal Zone, was grad-
uated from Cristobal High School in 1958. She attended Canal Zone
Junior College for one year and is now a student at Charity Hospital
School of Nursing in New Orleans, from which she will graduate in Sep-
tember of this year.
Private Rankin, born in New York, was also raised in the Canal Zone
and was graduated from Cristobal High School in 1957. He completed an
apprenticeship as shipfitter with the Panama Canal Company and is
presently serving with the U.S. Army at Fort Sill.
Miss Alice Taber, also a student at Charity Hospital School of Nurs-
ing, attended the wedding. Miss Taber is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
J. E. Taber of Margarita.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Davis of Balboa announce the marriage of their
daughter, Florence Jane, to Mr. Edward A. Woodburn, the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Andrew Woodburn of Los Angeles, California.
The ceremony was performed by Rev. Jerry Mehaffey, pastor of Kent
Baptist Church, Kentland, Md., on March 12.
Mrs. Woodburn was graduated from Balboa High School in 1960.
She attended Keuka College, Keuka Park, N.Y., and Gale Institute, Min-
neapolis, Minn. She was employed by Northwest Orient Airlines in Wash-
ington, D. C.
Mr. Woodburn attended U.C.L.A. and has recently completed a tour
of duty with the US Army at Tobyhanna Signal Depot, Tobyhanna, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. Duayne T. McNeil of Balboa announce the recent mar-
riage of their daughter Edith to Mr. William J. LeBlanc, formerly of Cor-
undu, in Riverside, California.
The bride was graduated from Balboa High School with the class of
1959, attended the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla., and was grad-
uated from the Canal Zone Junior College with the class of 1961. She was
employed as a Flight Stewardess for National Airlines, based in Miami,
for several months prior to her recent marriage.
Mr. LeBlanc is the son of Mr. Joseph C. LeBlanc of Curundu and
was graduated from Balboa High School with the class of 1958. He is
now stationed at March Air Force Base in California.
Mr. and Mrs. Stan Petrucki were their attendants. A reception was
held at their home following the ceremony.
The young couple are at home at 4152 Locust (12th) Street, River-
Mr. and Mrs. James H. Pennington of Gamboa announce the engage-
ment of their daughter Penny to Mr. John Murray Wells, the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Murray J. Wells of Bartlesville, Okla.
The bride-to-be is a graduate of Balboa High School and the Univer-
sity of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla. While in college, she was a member of
Alpha Delta Pi, social sorority, Gamma Theta Upsilon, honorary geo-
graphy fraternity, and was listed on the Dean's Honor Roll. She is pres-
ently teaching at Central Junior High School in Norman, and doing
graduate work at the university.
Her fiance is a graduate of College High School, Bartlesville, and is
presently attending the University of Oklahoma. He has been active in
Delta Tau Delta, social fraternity, Petroleum Landmans Association, the
O.U. band, and has played on the varsity baseball team.
The marriage of Miss Sondra Jane Pile, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Everett Dunham of Winchester, Ill., and Robert Barry Hamilton, Lieu-
tenant United States Army, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley M. Hamilton
of Margarita, was solemnized recently in the Annie Merner Chapel at
MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Ill.
The Rev. Lloyd Strouse of the Methodist Church of Winchester offi-
ciated at the double ring ceremony, assisted by Dr. McKendree Blair, Col-
lege Chaplain, before a large gathering of relatives and friends.
Bridesmaids were Miss Kay Hamilton of Margarita, sister of the
bridegroom; Miss Patricia K. Hanna of Piper City, Ill., and Miss Nancy
Carr, Western Springs, Ill. The maid of honor was Miss Pamela Breeding
of Manchester, Ill.
Lt. Hamilton's best man was Lt. Jay Brooks, United States Air Force,
Waco, Texas, who was formerly his roommate at West Point Military Acad-
The ushers were Bill Scott, of Winchester, Ill., Richard Jones of Jack-
sonville, Ill., cousins of the bridegroom and Tom Pile of Winchester,
brother of the bride.
A reception followed immediately at the Dunlop Hotel in Jackson-
ville. A buffet supper was served to over two hundred and fifty guests.
Those assisting with the serving were: Miss Leanne Peterson, Mrs.
Carol Sipes, Miss Judy Danner, Miss Judy Flynn and Miss Christine Hill.
The newlyweds will make their home at Fort Sill, Okla. until June
when the bridegroom, a graduate of West Point Military Academy, will
assume duties in Germany.
The marriage of Miss Janice Grimson Scott, daughter of Mrs. Janice
G. Scott of Balboa and Mr. Edward W. Scott of Lyttleton, New Zealand,
and Mr. Clarence E. Renks, son of Alexander Renks of Margarita, was
solemnized on January 27 at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon.
Bishop Heber Gooden officiated.
The bride was given in marriage by her father who arrived from New
Zealand on the morning of the wedding.
Miss Sandra Wallace was her maid of honor and only attendant.
Richard Phillips acted as best man for the groom while ushers were
James Sikes, Louis Bateman, and Gerald Hilty.
Following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held on the patio
of the Tivoli Guest House. Miss Kathleen Wallace was in charge of the
Following a short honeymoon in Costa Rica, the couple returned to
Coco Solo where they will make their home at House No. 331-C.
The wedding of Miss Katharine Lancaster Carter, daughter of Mrs.
Glen Laurence Carter and the late Mr. Carter of New Orleans, and Mr.
Norman Charles Haydel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Haydel of Ancon,
Canal Zone, took place at a Nuptial Mass in St. Stephen's Church in New
Orleans on November 11, 1961.
The Rev. William L. Pittman officiated at the ceremony.
Miss Linda Hatter was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Misses
Annette Bush of Mobile, Alabama and Bonnie Carter, sister of the bride.
Mr. Haydel was attended by his brother, Mr. Francis Haydel as best
man. Groomsman and ushers were Messrs. Richard Oubre, Blaine Oubre,
Earl Nash, all of New Orleans, and Curtis Abadie of Liona, Louisiana.
The reception room of the Municipal Auditorium where Mrs. Carter
entertained following the ceremony, was decorated with urns of white
Out-of-town guests included: the bridegroom's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Edward Haydel of Ancon, and Mr. and Mrs. Mercon Weeks of Pascagoula,
Miss., former Canal Zone residents.
After a wedding trip to Mexico City and Acapulco, the couple are
now residing at New Orleans, Louisiana.
The bride is a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in New
Orleans and Mr. Haydel of Louisiana State University. He is employed
by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans.
Miss Mary Louise Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Palmer
Smith, Jr., of Balboa Heights, and Lt. James Byrne McGough, Jr., of Fort
Davis, exchanged wedding vows in a ceremony performed by the Rev.
John S. Tumelty, C. M. at 3 o'clock March 3, 1962 at Fort Amador Chapel.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Miss Susan Lee Downing was the maid of honor and the bridesmaids
the Misses Irene Michaelis and Ellen Rennie, Mrs. Shirley Shirley and
Fairlee Skinner, U.S.W.C., Pvt.
Serving as best man was Captain Frank R. Shirley and as ushers,
Capt. Henry Nesbit, Lt. Ludvig Aamodt, Lt. Philip Croel and Lt. Donald
Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Lincoln Flye, Jr., took the place of the bride-
Following the ceremony the couple left the church under an arch of
crossed swords. Forming the arch were Captains Charles Stone, Michael
McCarthy, Donald Fenton, Anthony Suso, Edward Gregory and Lt. Robert
A reception was held in the garden of the bride's home at Balboa
Heights immediately following the wedding.
Assisting Mrs. Smith were Mrs. Robert Rennie, who was responsible
for the decorations in the home, Mrs. David Yerkes, Mrs. Russell Jones
and Dr. Mary Graham, who decorated the church. Miss Mary Lerchen was
in charge of the bride's book.
The bride was educated at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
and her husband at LaSalle College in Philadelphia, Penn. He is presently
stationed at Fort Davis and the couple will make their home in Margarita.
Mr. and Mrs. Pam Smith from Pennsylvania were out-of-town guests.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Sosted of 20 Oak Ridge Road, Caldwell, N.J.,
announce the engagement of their daughter, Judith Ann, to John G.
Koehler, Jr., son of the Rev. and Mrs. John G. Koehler of Wakefield, Mass.
Miss Sosted is a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School, Caldwell,
and Carleton College and is presently attending the University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration for her Master's Degree.
Mr. Koehler graduated from Colby College where he belonged to the
Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany.
Mr. Koehler is also attending the University of Chicago School of Social
Service Administration for his Master's Degree.
A spring wedding is planned.
Miss Linda Jacobs, daughter of former Canal Zone residents, Mrs.
V. F. Jacobs now of Utica, N.Y., and the late Captain V. F. Jacobs, will
be married in August, to Mr. David Ross Ellis, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.
Ross Ellis of Rocky River, Ohio.
Miss Jacobs is now teaching English in the Cleveland School System,
after being graduated with distinction, from Purdue University, Layfay-
ette, Ind. on January 20th, 1962. Her activities were many and varied
while in school, including the editorial board of the newspaper; special
features section of the engineering monthly; student court; vice-president
and pledge trainer of her sorority Alpha Delta Pi; Panhellenic rush coun-
selor; Old Masters Hostess; honoraries, Kappa scholastic, and Theta Sigma
Mr. Ellis will be graduated in June from Purdue University with a
B.S. in electrical engineering.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Morland of Brazos Heights announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Murie Diane, to Mr. Enrique Emanuel Miz-
rachi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elias Mizrachi of Colon.
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Holloran of 6339 West 43rd Street, Miami,
Florida, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone, announce the engagement of
their daughter Elizabeth Anne, to Mr. Fred W. Geisel, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Raymond K. Geisel, of Miami, Florida.
The marriage of Miss Carolyn Mae Sharp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Clyde L. Sharp of Balboa, and Mr. Joseph Thomas Lange, the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph J. Lange of East Dubuque, Ill., was solemnized on March
17 at St. Mary's Church in Balboa. The Rev. Vincent Loeffler, C.M.,
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Miss Patricia Rose
was her maid of honor and only attendant. Mr. Lawrence Dillon served
as best man for the groom.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the Fern Room of
the Tivoli Guest House. Mrs. Janice Renks was in charge of the guest book.
Following a short honeymoon, the couple returned to Ancon where
they will reside at House 604 Bohio Place.
Mr. and Mrs. Alva H. Cooke announce the marriage of their daughter,
Molly Watts, to Mr. William R. Forrest on Tuesday, the 6th of February,
1962, at Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
At home: 43-D Elizabeth Road, Hampton, Virginia.
Col. and Mrs. Edward Sigerfoos of Gorgas Hospital announce the
engagement of their daughter Frances Longino, to Mr. William Sandberg
Hinkle, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hinkle of Diablo.
Miss Sigerfoos attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas,
Texas, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
Mr. Hinkle was graduated from Balboa High School in 1935 and
from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in 1959, where he was
a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Rose of Balboa announce the engagement
of their daughter, Patricia, to Mr. Charles E. Bagg, the son of Mrs. Mil-
dred V. Kelly of North Brookfield, Mass.
Lic. and Mrs. Octavio Garcia Fabrega, of Panama City, R. de P.,
recently announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Julieta Garcia
L. to Mr. Charles Morris, son of Mrs Margaret Morris of Balboa, C.Z.
Seaman Second Class Stanley M. Watts, 19, whose father is a member
of the Canal Zone Police, helped recover astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., 150
miles off Grand Turk Island in the Bahamas made it back to port in
time to get married.
Young Watts, who graduated from Balboa High School in 1960, is a
member of the crew of the USS Noa, the destroyer that picked up the
Friendship 7 capsule in the Atlantic after orbiting the earth three times
with Col. Glenn at the controls.
The Noa returned to Mayport, Fla., 17 hours before the scheduled
wedding of Watts and Miss Priscilla Gates.
Under a two-column picture of young Watts kissing his bride, the
Jacksonville "Journal" reported as follows:
"Astronauts and orbital flights can't replace romance.
"But this week Priscilla Gates feared they would.
"She proved wrong as the USS Noa, with her fiance aboard, returned
to Mayport just 17 hours before her scheduled wedding.
"Miss Gates and Seaman 2-C Stanley M. Watts, 19, were married
(Feb. 23) at 11:15 a.m. at St. Matthews Catholic Church.
"Another member of the Noa crew, Gerald Anderson, was best man.
"Miss Gates' only attendant was her sister, Miss Darrell Gates.
"Another sister, Lisa, 6, a cousin, Frankie Key, 10, and Anna Den-
nard, 11, were flower girls.
"After the wedding, a reception was held at the bride's home, 1600
Lake Shore Blvd.
"The bride, the daughter of Mrs. James H. Gates, attended Bishop
Kenny High School and was graduated from Lee High School.
"Watts, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Watts, of Balboa, Canal
Zone, was graduated from Balboa High School.
"They will live at 3023 Post St., Mayport, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Baltozer of Diablo announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Dianne Lois, to A/2c Edwin J. Wardlow, the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Wardlow of Sardinia, Ohio.
The wedding will take place at the Albrook Base Chapel on May 14
at seven o'clock in the evening.
Mrs. Eleanor Parker of Miami, announced the engagement of her
daughter, Lorraine, to Mr. Dennis Stevens of Omaha, Nebraska. The wed-
ding is being planned for late July.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert I. Wheeler of Homewood, Ala., announce the
marriage of their daughter Carolyn Joyce, to Mr. William Munroe Camp-
bell, son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Campbell of Gamboa, C.Z., in the South
Highland Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Ala., with the Reverend
Donald R. Espy officiating.
The bride was educated in Shades Valley High School and Howard
College in Birmingham.
The bridegroom was graduated from Balboa High School in 1954.
He attended the C.Z. Junior College and received his B. S. degree at Au-
burn, Ala. He is now a junior in the Alabama school of Dentistry in Bir-
mingham and is a member of Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity.
Captain Mundberg, of Santa Barbara, California has been confined
to his bed the past two months.
Mr. Ed Bugby is in Shady Rest convalescent home in De Land, Fla.,
following a serious heart surgery.
Mrs. Frances Horter is now a patient in the crippled adult Hospital
in Memphis, Tennessee.
Mr. Thomas Rath is still a patient in the Rosedale nursing home in
St. Petersburg. Mr. Rath is now 85 years old.
Mrs. Elsie M. Greenwood has been confined to the hospital but is now
at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. L. O. Burgess,
Wellston, Ohio. She is recovering slowly and would be pleased to hear
from any of her old time friends.
Mrs. Bertha Sandberg fell and injured her hip, causing her to be hos-
pitalized and to have surgery twice. She is in Mound Park Hospital at
Mr. Wm. C. Culkin is a patient in Mound Park Hospital.
Mrs. Edna P. Reed is recovering nicely from a heart attack suffered
this winter in Waltham, Mass.
Mr. Henderson Smith has been in St. Anthony's Hospital.
Mr. W. W. Warren of Tampa suffered a heart attack but is now able
Mrs. Ella Conkerton of St. Petersburg fell recently and tore liga-
ments and nerves around her right hip. She is now using a walker and
doing better. Mr. Conkerton wrenched his back badly in trying to assist
her and has to wear a special brace for several weeks.
THANK YOU NOTES
Lillian Halliday Boyd Mrs. Ralph Cutler
Mr. Elmer Hogle Gertrude Gibson and family
The family of Marie McConaghy Alice V. Kearns
(Received too late for the March Record Ed.)
Mrs. Glenn Kerr asked that this note be included. "I would like to
thank each friend personally for their messages of love and condolence
at the time of my great loss of a wonderful husband and companion -
Glenn. He was a devoted father to his children and to my children my
friends were his friends, he loved and enjoyed all our C.Z. friends, in fact
he was one of us. We shall all miss him in our home and everyday life-
Glenn was one of the best. Please again accept my love and appreciation.
Naomi T. Kerr and family"
Mrs. Carl Newhard of Margarita, C.Z. wrote that Carl would retire
at the end of June and they will move to Bentonville, Ark. Their oldest
son Bruce, his wife and son are living in Ogden, Utah, where Bruce is an
engineer trainee in the Forestry Service, Department of Agriculture.
Sam, the middle son, after 4 years in the Air Force, is attending Hills-
dale College in Hillsdale, Mich. The youngest son Carl, Jr., is now in
Cadet Grover R. Barnes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Barnes, of Bal-
boa, Canal Zone, has been awarded a varsity college swimming letter at
Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, Mo., by the school's athletic
council, Major John C. Readecker, Athletic Director, has announced.
The award was made following the evening meal in the Academy's
dining hall at which time winter sports lettermen were announced. Grover's
letter was presented to him by the team coach, Capt. Bill Coulter.
Mr. Arthur J. Matthews, Jr., of Huntsville, Ala., who used to work
for the Mechanical Division for Special Engineers and lived in Diablo
Heights, wrote that after he left St. Petersburg he went to work for the
Army Ordinance Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal Alabama, where
his daughter Lee lives. She is married to Brigadier General Zierdt and
they were married in the Zone. Mrs. Matthews is on an extensive trip
through Europe stopping in Italy, where the Matthews lived for two years.
She is going on to Spain to visit their son Jim, who works for the Navy
at the Naval Air Station, Roto, Spain, which is about 80 miles from
Seville, where Jim will meet her.
Miss Sally Cornwell and Miss Betsy Mallory were the overwhelmed
receivers of the appointment to Girls Nation, which is held in Washing-
ton, D.C., during the summer. This announcement was made at the end of
the Inaugural Ceremony by Miss Grace Williams, the Department Presi-
dent of the American Legion Auxiliary which sponsored the local Girls
Miss Cornwell, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren H. Cornwell of
Panama City, succeeded in gaining the highest honor to be had at the
1962 session of Caribbean Girls State, that of the Governorship.
The other officers elected were Miss Helen George, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Curtis H. George of Gatun, for lieutenant governor; Miss Kaye
Sergeant, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Richard C. Sergeant of Balboa, for
secretary of state, and Miss Barbara Slotkin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Meyer Slotkin of La Boca, attorney general.
Miss Mallory also was presented an award for best speaker.
Mrs. William P. Hunt of St. Petersburg, Florida had the pleasure of
having her three sisters as guests. Miss Louise Stilson and Mrs. Arnold
Pincus (Alice) came from Colon, R. de P. Mrs. William Frederick
(Edith) from Baltimore, Md. It was the first time in 15 years that the
4 sisters had been together. They attended the Annual Reunion and were
happy to meet so many of their old friends. Miss Stilson and Mrs. Pincus
also visited Mrs. Pincus' son Richard, daughter-in-law Ceal and their five
children in Miami.
Mr. Del Swafford of Balboa, spent his vacation in St. Petersburg
and Dunellon, Florida.
Mrs. Juanita Blandshaft, of Bogalusa, La. was a guest in the homes
of Mr. and Mrs. Al Veit and Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Sylvestre of St. Peters-
Mrs. Robert Fretland (Ada Lee Sullivan), wrote from Land O'Lakes,
Wisc. that they had sold the Edgewater Motel and Resort in Eagle River,
Wisconsin in November and have purchased the Bel Air Motel of the
above mentioned address, which is across the street from the lovely golf
course Gateway Hotel and Inn, where Robert is P.G.A. Professional.
Mr. R. L. Sullivan is her dad and they live in Evergreen, Colo. Her
brother, Dick Sullivan, who is a Captain in the Air Force, has just moved
his family from Holland, where their two little girls were born, to Big
Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Fuller, Flint, Michigan, were recent visitors in
the home of Mr. Fuller's sister, Mrs. Rebecca Wallace in Largo, Florida.
Mrs. Harriet Keenan, of St. Petersburg spent the "dry season" in the
Canal Zone as a guest of her son Marvin and family, and daughter Harriet
and family. While there her son William from Indianapolis flew down
for a visit. He had not been to the Zone in 27 years, at which time he
left to go to college. Born in Colon Hospital, his was the first class to
graduate from Cristobal High School. The Keenans all enjoyed picnicing
high on Contractor's Hill, Summit gardens and at Santa Clara.
Mrs. Ione Newland and the Dr. and Mrs. (Mary Newland) Wm. L.
Clarys of Springfield, Mo. visited Mr. and Mrs. Guy Newland in Panama
Miss Marilyn Ward who is a junior at DePauw University, Green-
castle, Indiana and Mr. Jamie Ward, a freshman at MIT, Boston, Massa-
chusetts, spent the spring vacation at the home of their mother and father,
Mr .and Mrs. Allan B. Ward in Springfield, Missouri.
Jamie had the honor of being named on the Dean's list for the first
semester, a great distinction as the entrance grades have to be very high.
The following was taken from the DePauw University paper, Green-
castle, Ind., dated April 18, 1962.
"Judy Hotz, an Alpha Gam junior from Panama, has been selected
as one of 10 people in the United States to work for the Voice of America
"The voice of America offers college juniors an opportunity to work
in Washington, D.C., writing radio scripts and pamphlets and doing broad-
casts. The job is intended for people going into the fields of language
or foreign relations. Judy, a Spanish major, will be working on radio
scripts for Cuba.
"Judy became interested in the program through her work on WGRE."
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hotz of Diablo. Mr. Hotz
is an official in the Division of Schools on the Zone.
The following is an excerpt from MARY-Go-ROUND, by Mary Stocks-
lager from the Northwest Arkansas Times, Fayetteville, Ark., March
3, 1962, from an interview with Blanche and Newell Shaw at their home
at Tranquil Acres, Ark. Ed.
"While Blanche was telling me their story, she mentioned that there
are about forty retired Canal Zone families living in the Northwest Ar-
kansas area, and it was the tragic experience of one of these couples that
moved here to begin the work for which both she and Newell deserve so
They watched, unable to do anything to help, a neighbor, an old
friend from Canal Zone days, slowly die from sheer loneliness after the
death of his wife. Blanche said she realized then how hideous loneliness
can be for the retired older person for whom there is no place in the com-
munity. "At first I thought 'What can I do?' And then I told myself that
I could do as much as anyone else. It was just a matter of deciding what
needed to be done and getting busy doing it. I made up my mind right
then to do something to help this group of people."
And she did! This fragile appearing little lady learned as much as
she could about adult centers in other cities, decided what was needed in
Fayetteville and, in August, 1960, presented her ideas to the Fayetteville
Council on Aging. The complete story of how the Fayetteville Community
Adult Center came into being is too long and too interesting to be told
here briefly. But the wonderful work that they are doing is a heart-warm-
ing example of what can be accomplished by anyone who cares deeply
enough to make an effort. I spoke admiringly to Blanche about what she
personally has done, but she shrugged it off by mentioning the remark
that Colonel John Glenn made as the NASA medal was pinned on him.
"He said that he was the one wearing the medal, but that nothing he did
would have been possible if it had not been for the many who' supported
the work. I certainly couldn't have accomplished anything alone," con-
Pamela A. Theriot, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Semon Theriot of
Gatun joined the U.S. Navy's WAVES for three years in March. Pamela
was sworn into the Naval Service by Cdr. Billis L. Whitworth, Executive
Officer, U.S. Naval Station, Rodman. She will depart the Canal Zone for
Recruit Training at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Md.
Slippery leaves on a jungle trail served to bring to an abrupt end to
what had been planned as a week-end fishing trip in the Volcan region
of Panama by Captain E. L. Cotton, Commander of the Balboa District,
Canal Zone Fire Division. The slippery leaves also served to ruin what had
been planned as a pleasant restful visit to the Volcan by Mrs. Alton E.
Jones of Margarita for she slipped on the leaves while going down a trail
with Mrs. B. D. Maynard and broke her right leg.
Mrs. Jones had travelled to the Volcan with Mr. and Mrs. Maynard,
with B. D. Maynard, president of the Canal Zone Civil Air Club, at the
controls of his private pleasure plane.
Captain Cotton, vice-president of the Canal Zone Civil Air Club, also
piloted his own plane to the Volcan.
Summoned when Mrs. Jones was injured in her fall on a jungle trail,
Captain Cotton placed the injured leg in a splint and superintended her
removal over the trail, over a rickety bridge, to his plane where one seat
was removed to permit her being seated with the injured leg extended.
The trip to Panama City from the Volcan was made in little over
three hours and Mrs. Jones was removed to Gorgas Hospital for treatment
of her injury. Later she was able to return to her home on the Atlantic
Side of the Isthmus.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Orr of New York City sailed aboard the S.S.
France in late April to attend the wedding of one of Mr. Orr's business
associates in London, England.
Mr. Roy B. Walker of San Francisco writes that his wife and two
youngest children are in Mesa, Arizona. He was about to go after them
when they got word that their 18 year old son Gary, in the Air Force in
Madison, Wisc., had been stabbed to death by a 16 year old boy psycho
at a dance.
Mr. Walker left the Zone in 1943 and is now employed at the San
Francisco Naval Yard as Personnel Supervisor of the electrical and elec-
tronics shops and field group.
Miss Peggy Morgan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Morgan of
Balboa, was named to the Dean's list for the first semester of the 1961-62
session at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.
Miss Morgan is a junior in the College of Education and was a 1961
graduate of the Canal Zone Junior College.
John H. Stevens of Balboa was elected commander of the Canal Zone
Pacific squadron of the United States Power Squadrons at a meeting held
aboard the tourist launch "Las Cruces" as it cruised in Gaillard Cut.
Commander Stevens succeeds Commander Jerry W. Detamore, who
advanced to the Board of Governors.
Other officers elected for the coming year included Dr. Casper Rea
of Gorgas Hospital, as lieutenant commander; Richard H. Evans of Los
Rios, as secretary; William R. Byrd of Margarita, as treasurer; and Past
Commanders Charles W. Harrison of Balboa and John M. Waters of Gam-
boa, as members of the Governing Board.
International students attending colleges, universities and medical
centers in Atlanta, Georgia, number more than 500. They are brought to-
gether each year at a party sponsored by the Atlanta Woman's Club for
which students don their native costumes and entertain with song and
dances of their respective countries.
One group performed for their hostesses the most popular dance of
their homeland. They were Dorothy Strumpf and Betsy Dykes, North
Americans, who attend Agnes Scott College and Raul Estrepeaut and Guil-
lermo St. Malo, Panamanian students at Georgia Tech.
Dorothy, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Irving Strumpf of Ancon, and
Betsy, whose parents are Mr. and Mrs. James Dykes of Curundu Heights,
wore their polleras to dance the graceful steps of the tamborito. Their
partners, Raul and Guillermo, are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Raul Estre-
peault and Mr. and Mrs. Guillermo St. Malo of Panama City.
As much fun as this was, it was even more exciting at the Spanish
Club party where they also danced for this, according to Dorothy, who is
majoring in Spanish and French, was next best to being home for Carnival.
A citation for outstanding work in electronic recording of 12-tone
music has been awarded by Dartmout College to David L. Browne, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Browne of Balboa and a graduate of Balboa High
As an electrical engineering student at Dartmouth, young Browne
used his knowledge of mathematics and particularly group theory in devis-
ing a graphical means for solving certain analytical problems in the area
of 12-tone music, which is 20th Century music development.
According to the citation, the graphic device was completely original
with Mr. Browne and represented in the opinion of the instructor a high
degree of intellectual acuity and creative ability. "The device has solved
and will continue to solve a number of problems the instructor has en-
countered in his research; it will also be used as a teaching aid in Music
36, which deals extensively with 12-tone music. His invention was an
enormously valuable long needed contribution."
More than 200 parents, teachers and friends of the Special Education
Association joined in paying tribute to Forest G. Dunsmoor, administrative
assistant to the Governor of the Canal Zone at a special award dinner
given at the Tivoli Guest House recently.
A bronze plaque was presented to the guest of honor by young
Gregorio Toribio of Gamboa who has been assisted by the Aid to Handi-
capped Persons Committee and the testimonial read by Mrs. Dorothy
Bitter. The letter said in part:
"You are responsible for making the heavy hearts of parents lighter
and for helping to create a new world of hope and happiness for the hand-
capped. You have paved the road leading them to their justifiable right
to pursue happiness through education and training. These various ac-
complishments point in one direction-"Distinguished Service" to handi-
capped persons and to the community."
Acting as master of ceremonies was Mr. Harold E. Zierten, former
assistant principal of Balboa High School, who now resides in Florida
and who is spending several weeks on the Isthmus.
Speakers of the evening were Mr. Doman and Dr. Delagato from
Philadelphia, Pa., who arrived on Friday as guests of the Special Educa-
tion Association and who will conduct Clinics for Brain Injured Children,
Clinics on Reading Problems in the Canal Zone Schools and a Clinic at
the Children's Hospital in Panama.
Richard E. Vogel, son of former Canal Zone Lt. Gov. and Mrs.
Herbert D. Vogel, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa,
national honorary scholastic society, at the University of the South,
Richard, a political science major, is the academically fourth high-
ranking senior to achieve this honor this year.
His father, Brig. Gen. Vogel, served in the Canal Zone first as an
engineer of maintenance and later as Lieutenant governor from July 1949
until May 1952. He was appointed by President Eisenhower as chairman
of the Board of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
In a personal note to S. E. Esser, superintendent of the Canal Zone
Division of Schools, Vogel stated: "Much of the credit for this achieve-
ment goes to the Canal Zone schools where Dick received elementary
training at a formative age, from 1949 through 1961. Many thanks to you."
A teenage girl and her older brother may never travel far from their
native village of Serres, Greece, or meet any of the three Canal Zone em-
ployees who have befriended them for several years, but it's a certainty
that they'll never forget those Zone employees.
The girl, 14-year-old Eugenia D. Koutrousi, now serving an appren-
ticeship as a dressmaker, while her brother, Leonidas, is completing an
apprenticeship as a printer. Without the assistance provided by their three
friends in the Zone, the brother and sister would be working at menial,
low-paying jobs instead of learning trades.
In early 1953, the family's plight was outlined to Fred E. Wells of
the Company/Government's Transportation Section, in response to a query
he sent to the Save the Children Federation about the possibility of assist-
ing in the work of the Federation.
The information Mr. Wells received was shown to his co-workers,
L. W. Peterson and Mrs. Barbara Hutchings. Impressed with the Koutrousi
family's obvious need for help, the three decided to join in sponsoring
Eugenia, who was then only 5 years of age. To become her "sponsors"
they pledged a yearly contribution of $100, which since has been increased
to $150. Five years later, in the summer of 1958, they increased their aid
to the family by also sponsoring Leonidas, who then was 17 years of age.
They have continued to sponsor both since that time.
In addition to their regular sponsorship payments, the Zone em-
ployees also have sent occasional gift packages and cash presents to supple-
ment the family's meager standard of living. Brushing aside compliments
about their contributions, the three sponsors say they are quite happy with
their 9 years as sponsors, feeling they have been repaid many times by the
knowledge that their assistance has provided a deserving family with a
better present and a more promising future.
Capt. and Mrs. E. G. Abbott of Diablo, C.Z. had as their guest, Mrs.
Helen Davis of San Leandro, Calif. Mrs. Abbott and Mrs. Davis who are
sisters, enjoyed a plane trip to Lima, Peru, Bogota, Columbia and other
places of interest.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Sheldon of Grand Forks, N.D., were on
their way to Charleston, Va., when their car was struck involving them in
an accident. Mr. Sheldon, who worked with the Section of Surveys on the
Canal, had his leg in a cast for a time. Mrs. Sheldon still has one leg in
a cast. They spent eight weeks in a hospital in Gallipolice, Ohio. Mr.
Sheldon has been made Area Engineer for the Interstate highway and will
live in Charleston, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Roland Jones of St. Petersburg had as their guests
for a month, Mrs. W. R. Jones and Miss Lucille Jones of W. Newton, Mass.
They are Mr. Jones' mother and sister. Miss Jones is a Supervisor of
Physical Education in the Wellesley school.
Mr. and Mrs. James Selby of Diablo spent their vacation in the U.S.
They visited Mr. Selby's daughter Virginia, Rev. and Mrs. Rod Lentriken
and three children, Gayle, David and Meade in Wesson, Miss.; and
Jimmy Selby, who is attending Miss. Southern U. in Hattiesburg, Miss.
They visited Mr. and Mrs. Menzies Turner and daughter Linda, and
Mrs. Mary Turner, brother,, and mother of Mrs. Selby in Dallas, Texas,
where Mrs. John Heidland a sister joined them.
Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Matheney, St. Petersburg had as their guests dur-
ing the spring vacation, their granddaughter, Miss Ellen Matheney, daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Angus Matheney of Panama City, Re. de P. and Miss
Louise Golden of Redding, Pa. Both young women will graduate in June
from Kent Place School in Summit, N. J.
Mr. George G. Felps of St. Petersburg is now working for the Gaha-
gan Dredging Company at Idlewild Airport, N.Y.., after having spent 10
days with his family. Mr. Felps has worked for the past 6 years in Ven-
ezuela, Curacoa, Aruba and Jamacia. The Feb. 10th issue of the New
Yorker carried a colored photograph of him, while in Curacao. The Felps
have twin boys, Bryan and Barry, who are in their junior year at Admiral
Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg.
Miss Mary McNeff, chief nurse at Corozal hospital visited in the
home of the Z. K. Eslers in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Young of Los Rios spent their vacation in
Houston, Texas and in Georgia visiting Mrs. Young's father.
Lt. and Mrs. James Reece (Janet Stockam) have been transferred
from Norfolk, Va. to Port Everglades, Fla. where Lt. Reece is an execu-
tive officer on a tug.
Two long time employees of the Canal, Russell B. Potter and Thomas
G. Coleman, paid a return visit to the Isthmus last month and toured the
Canal widening work along Empire Reach.
For Mr. Potter, who retired in 1946, the trip to the Empire Reach
project was a homecoming of sorts. His earliest residence in the Canal
Zone was in the construction-era townsite of Empire in 1905. Despite the
intervening years, Mr. Potter has many memories of the area and was able
to identify various old foundations and other objects for personnel of
Project Engineer C. W. McG. Brandl's office.
Thomas G. Coleman, former superintendent for the Municipal Engin-
eering Division, also was able to add to the lore about the area. Both men
voiced their interest in the difference between present earthworking tech-
niques and those used during the construction era.
Mr. Potter and Mr. Coleman, accompanied by their wives, return to
the Isthmus periodically to visit children, grandchildren, and friends. The
Coleman's children are Mrs. John Dombrowsky of Diablo Heights and
Mrs. James Pattison of Curundu. The Potters' children are Richard Potter
and Mrs. Ross Cunningham of Balboa.
Mr. Potter and Mr. Coleman were pictured in the March issue of the Pan-
ama Canal Review. Ed.
The bronze bust of her husband's famous grandfather Theodore
Roosevelt was of special interest to Mrs. Kermit Roosevelt as she and her
husband stopped in the rotunda of the Administration Building at Balboa
Heights during a brief visit to the Isthmus. Mr. Roosevelt had been to the
Isthmus when only a few months old, but had not been back since. That
first visit was made while the family was returning from Argentina at the
time of World War I.
The largest cash award ever made for a single suggestion under the
Company/Government's Incentive Awards Program was presented by Gov-
ernor Fleming to three employees of the Industrial Division who devised
a new procedure for fabricating 28-inch pontoon pipes.
The three men, Owen J. Corrigan, Ray M. Smith, and Cyrus W. Field,
each received checks for $260, representing one-third of the total award
of $780 for the suggestion. It is estimated that the new procedure, utiliz-
ing submerged arc welding, resulted in average annual savings of $23,633.
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Gatz have moved from Jackson, Miss. to 818
Paradise Way, Sarasota, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Orr of St. Petersburg had as their guests, Mr.
and Mrs. Chas. Harrison of Jupiter Colony, Florida.
Capt. and Mrs. R. L. Simpson, (Peggy Sylvestre) and family have
been transferred from Grand View, Mo. to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold G. Dickman of Detroit, Michigan were guests
in the G. C. Orr and Mrs. Gertrude Wilson homes in St. Petersburg.
Capt. and Mrs. Charles Lillie of Danby, Vermont left there right
after Thanksgiving and spent the winter in the Yucatan. They drove over
12,000 miles on the trip and found it most enjoyable.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright of St. Petersburg helped Capt. and Mrs.
W. A. Van Siclen of Maitland, Florida celebrate their 57th wedding anni-
versary on March 29. They later visited in Key West and Fort Lauderdale.
Mrs. Martha Sullivan of Cleveland, Ohio was a guest of her sister
Miss Helen King in St. Petersburg.
Miss Jane Gadde of St. Petersburg, who has spent five months in Bay
Pines Hospital suffering with a broken hip is very happy to be at home
Mr. Vance Howard of Rodman, C.Z. and an Oriental Guide of the
Shriners, attended a Shriners' Directors convention in Orlando, Florida.
He later visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harland V. Howard in St.
Mrs. David Murray of San Francisco, Calif. is visiting in the home
of her daughter, and son-in-law Capt. and Mrs. Henry Falk in St. Peters-
Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Huls, Sr. were guests of the G. C. Lockridges in
St. Petersburg. Mr. Huls has just been assigned to Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morris of Lutz, had as their guests the James
Selbys of Diablo.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Bell of Plymouth, N.H. spent the months
of February and March at the Tivoli Guest House on the Zone. They later
cruised along the Pacific coast of South America on a United States Fruit
Liner. Mr. Bell, a mechanical engineer during the construction days, was
one of Mr. Schildhauer's principal designers of lock machinery.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hensler stayed with their daughter Mrs. R. Mallett
in Jacksonville, Fla., while their new house was being built.
Mr. and Mrs. George R. Whaler of Oakland, California had as their
guest, his mother Mrs. Bertha Whaler.
Mrs. Mable (Frank N.) Brown of Albany, N.Y. visited her sister Mrs.
Mizer and the Walter Hershes in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. James Selby of Diablo were guests of Captain and Mrs.
Norman Terry in St. Petersburg. They also called on the C. R. Jones,
Walter Lindsays and the G. C. Lockridges.
Mr. and Mrs. Murray Falk and two children, Sandra and David, of
the Canal Zone visited in the parental Henry Falk home in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Robinson, Balboa Commissary Manager, of La
Boca spent three weeks in Lima, Peru as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Herman
Gutman. Mrs. Gutman (Therza) is Mr. Robinson's sister.
The following was taken from the 1962-63 edition of Whose Who
In The East:
Lundy, James Leroy, office equipment company executive; born
Ancon, Canal Zone, Dec. 29, 1930; son of William Earle and Opal
(Fowler) Lundy; A.A., Canal Zone Junior College, 1950; B.S. North-
western University, 1953; M. S. University of Minnesota, 1955; Ph. D.,
1957; married Joan Horter, Dec. 27, 1951; 1 daughter, Jan Frances.
Teaching Asst. U. of Minnesota, 1953-54, instructor, 1954-56, lecturer,
1956-57, Asst. professor, 1957-58; consultant, 1953-58; asst. controller,
Josten Manufacturing Co., Owatana, Minn., 1958-59; manager sales ad-
ministration and control, Photostat Corp., Rochester, N.Y., 1959-60; man-
ager sales personnel development Haloid Xerox, Inc., Rochester, N.Y.,
1960--- ; director, Schwallen-Opheim Corp., Duluth, Minn. Ford
Foundation Doctoral fellow, 1957. Member National Sales Executives,
Society of Advanced Management: Author: Effective Industrial Manage-
ment, 1957. Home: 44 Panorama Trail, Rochester, 25. Office: Haloid-
Xerox, Inc., Rochester 3, N. Y.
(The name of the company for whom he is working has since been
changed to Xerox Corporation. Ed.
Mr. J. W. Tannehill, of Brea, Calif. wrote that he had run across a
freak ad in the Feb. 12, issue of U.S. News and World Report Magazine.
The following appeared under a picture of the administrative building of
Southmost College. "Southmost College, Brownsville, Texas. This
beautiful administration building was formerly the hospital for Old Fort
Brown, designed and built in 1850 by General Gorgas, who built the Pan-
Mr. Tannehill stated that he was well acquainted with Dr. Gorgas as
he had been one of his patients on two occasions and the Dr. and his
family were guests at his wedding in 1911. He was postmaster at Ancon,
Ancon Sta. A and Matachin from Jan. 6, 1906 to June 1914, and is 79
(The 1912 year book of the Society of Chagres states the same as the
above mentioned. The 1914 year book under, members their addresses
and what they are doing contains the following letter from Mr. Tanne-
"Came out to old home at Norfolk, Neb., March 1, and bought lots
and built three houses for rental purposes, realized 10% on investment
net. While working on these places I was asked to take charge of the Com-
mercial Club of this city at $125.00 per month, signed up for 6 months.
At the expiration of that time, I was offered a position with the agent of
the Ford and Overland cars as salesman with a chance to share in the
business later on. I have had 15 days of the new work and find it much to
my liking -. These cold mornings are fine for the system but they are
splendid reminders of the lovely warm days you all are having down
south. I am glad to be settled in the north again but at that there are many
things I miss down on the old Canal and I am really homesick at times.
I wish I had some of the old timers up here for neighbors. We will sail
through some day and see you all. Address Norfolk, Neb. October 15,
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece left the Isthmus in early April by car to
drive to the U.S. They were accompanied to Guatemala by Mrs. C. L.
Donovan, a former resident of the Isthmus, now of Lima, Peru. Mr. Reece
retired at the end of March as assistant Electrical Engineer of the Power
Branch of the Panama Canal Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan were visitors in the home of the Wells
Wrights, in St. Petersburg. They were on their way back to the Isthmus,
where Mr. Donovan has accepted an executive position with the Panama
Refining Company in Las Minas Bay. They live in Panama, R. de P.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hower of St. Petersburg are enjoying a four
months vacation in Holland, Germany and Belgium. They sailed May 4th
from N.Y. on the SS. Hanseatic.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Veit of St. Petersburg had as their guests, Mr. and
Mrs. Harold Bennett from White Plains, N.Y.
Lieutenant (junior grade) Frederick P. S. Sill, U.S. Navy, visited
his parents Mr. and Mrs. Frederick DeV. Sill of Balboa, Canal Zone, dur-
ing the Christmas-New Year Holiday period. Lt. Sill, who joined the
Navy in November 1958, is presently assigned to the Staff of Rear Ad-
miral John B. Colwell, Commander Amphibious Group Four.
Upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in March 1959, Lt.
Sill was commissioned in the grade of Ensign. His appointment to Lieu-
tenant (junior grade) came in September 1960 during his tour of duty
as Operations Officer in the auxiliary oiler USS Marias (AO57), home-
ported in Barcelona, Spain.
Lt. Sill was transferred to Amphibious Group Four in April 1961.
On April 18, Commander Amphibious Group, Four, who was then Rear
Admiral Engene D. Fluckey, and selected staff personnel sailed on Solant
Amity II, a goodwill cruise to the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean areas.
During this five month cruise in furtherance of the President's People to
People' program, Lt. Sill acted as Interpreter and Special Aide to Rear
On this cruise, Lt. Sill visited countries including Madagascar, Kenya,
Aden, South Africa, Gabon, Togo, the Seychelle Islands and Reunion
After the holiday period, Lt. Sill returned to his present duties as
Assistant Plans Officer on the Amphibious Group Four Staff.
Cadet Thomas J. Ebdon, III, AFROTC, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
J. Ebdon, Jr., of Balboa, is among 162 freshmen graduated from the Cadet
Non-Commissioned Officers' Academy of the Cadet Wing, AFROTC Det
30, University of Arkansas. Cadet Ebdon, who volunteered to enter the
program, has already assumed his responsibilities in leadership laboratory.
Mr. Clayton J. Embree of Lancaster, Pa. visited several of his old
time friends in St. Petersburg. Mr. Embree is a retired Pan Canal Office
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Renz of Fairhope, Ala. were overnight guests of
Mrs. J. D. Stephens in Tallahassee, Fla. They were enroute to New Jersey
for a visit with their daughter, Carla and family. When they stopped for
lunch in Jessup, Ga. they met Joe and Charlotte Eckert who were bound
for their home in Wilcox, Pa., after spending the winter in Florida.
Miss Dorothy Ann Stephens who has been teaching in Puerto Rico
this past year spent the Easter vacation in Caracas, Venez. with friends.
She plans to return to Tallahassee this summer and will attend summer
school at F.S.U.
Mrs. Alice B. Gilbert from Salamanca, N.Y. wrote that she was 83
years old and in fair health. She worked as a nurse in Ancon hospital
when Molly Mason was Supt., until 1910, when she was married to Mr.
Garfield O'Gilbert, who died in 1953. She would enjoy hearing from
members of the Canal Society.
Captain Gaddis Wall, District Commmander of the Balboa Police
Division was honored by the Canal Zone Police Assoc. at the 24th Annual
Police Ball, by having it dedicated to him, as well as the 1962 Yearbook.
Capt. Wall entered the Police Department as a locks guard in 1940.
He is married and has two sons, Wayne, who is a senior at La. State, and
Randy, a freshman in Junior College.
Capt. and Mrs. E. O. Swinson, of East Glouster, Mass. were visitors
in the home of Capt. and Mrs. B. C. Judd in St. Petersburg. Later Mrs.
Swinson flew to Jamaica to visit her aunt, while Capt. Swinson flew to
the Zone for a ten day visit.
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Bohan, and Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Hollander
were callers in the Louis Haseman home in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. John Wilson of Tampa wrote from Stockholm, Sweden that he
was on his way to visit the Canal Zone via around the World route.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard H. Stark of Denver wrote that Mr. Wayne
Bennett, a Denver Elks member and an architect with nine years of Canal
service had been elected Lecturing Knight of Lodge No. 17, and was one
of the designers of the Elks home in Balboa.
Nancy Grimes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Grimes of Diablo,
is doing part of her nurse's training in Charity Hospital, New Orleans.
Sgt. and Mrs. C. Astrid, (Joan Forbes) and family are presently sta-
tioned in Spain.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Stephens of Tallahassee, were guests in the homes
of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Kieswetter and Mr. and Mrs. John Hower in St.
Petersburg. On their way home they visited Mr. Van Steenberg in Homo-
Mr. Robert Hull, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hull of St. Petersburg
visited his parents in March. In April he sailed on the SS Rotterdam for
a five week tour of the Scandinavian countries and returned on the new
French liner SS France.
Rev. Raymond A. Gray, former pastor of the Gamboa Union Church
was a recent visitor in St. Petersburg. While here he was the guest of Mr.
and Mrs. J. A. Fraser. Since leaving the Canal Zone Rev. Gray has circled
the World twice, visiting many unusual places. He is Executive Director,
Dept. for Churchmen overseas and associated with the National Council
of Churches of Christ in the U. S. A.
Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Van Gelder of Bellevue, Washington after
having rented a house for the past year have bought a home and are
supremely happy over their choice of location, at 1826- 114th N.E.
Mr. and Mrs. Art Wynne of New Orleans are happy in their new
surroundings. He stated that the SS Ancon is being used as a training ship
for the reserves of the Transportation Corps now on active duty in New
Orleans. It is tied up at the Delta Shipyard and Mr. Wynne pays the
skeleton crew weekly.
Mrs. Mary Engelke of Balboa, celebrated her 90th birthday on March
10, 1962. She was a guest of honor at a surprise party given by members
of her family at the Tivoli Guest House. Attending were: Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Engelke of Gamboa; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Engelke and son of
Balboa; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Engelke of Balboa; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert
Engelke and daughter Mary Alice of Margarita; Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin
Favorite and son of Coco Solo; Mr. and Mrs. Eddy May of France Field
and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Favorite, Jr. of Gatun.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Huls, Jr. (Beth Lockridge) and three children,
Graham, Lisa and Megan of North Palm Beach were visitors in the par-
ental G. C. Lockridge home, in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. James Bradley, Mrs. E. A. Cox, Mrs. D. M. Van Evera, Mrs. M.
Rysan and Mrs. Charlotte Shedlock were commended by Pinellas County
Tuberculosis and Health Association for their notable contributions in
volunteer time to the program.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Robinson of Ft. Meyers visited their children
and grandchildren on the Zone.
Miss Gayle Haseman has resigned her position in the Canal Zone to
go to Jacksonville, Fla., where her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Haseman
reside. Mr. Louis Haseman, Jr. is now working as a Floral Designer in
Mr. Cliff Meyers' picture appeared recently in the St. Petersburg
Times, where he is employed as photographer. (He has upon occasion
taken pictures at the Reunion. Ed.)
The times had this to say about Cliff. "Here's a rover boy. Commer-
cial photographer in Pittsburgh. Junior College in Panama Canal Zone.
Photo school in New Haven. Air Force 4 years. Two years in Japan.
Photographer on the Valley Daily News of Tarentum, Pa. The result is
that he now spends more time in The Times building than any other pho-
together and handles more assignments per day than any other. In this
role he is the mainstay of the studio. He may have to take anything from
a large group of citizens to a prize-winning painting and he can."
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Lundy of Fairhope, Ala. were guests of their son
and family, Mr. and Mrs. Le Roy Lundy (Joan Horter) and two daugh-
ters in Rochester, N. Y.
Mrs. Eva Cole is enjoying being at home and attending meetings
since she was in and out of the hospital during the months of November,
December and January having cataract operations.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hupp of Port Orchard, Washington, were in
a bad auto accident and both were injured. Mr. Hupp suffered a concus-
sion and was pinned under the car. Mrs. Hupp also had a concussion, a
broken wrist and was thrown through the windshield. They were on their
way to their granddaughter's wedding.
(Received too late for March Record. Ed.)
Mr. Cliff Beady of Gamboa, C.Z. Director of the Shrine, attended the
Director's convention in Orlando and visited in St. Petersburg later.
Lulu Beers of Elm Grove, Wisc., attended a meeting of Canal Zone
Past Matrons in St. Petersburg, while she was there on a visit.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Harris of Knoxville, Tenn. were guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Gregory Gramlich of St. Petersburg. The Harris' are former
residents of Gatun.
John Watson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John (Jack) Watson has signed
up with the Gators to play football at the University of Florida this com-
ing fall. Young Watson had a great season with Forest Hills High School,
having scored 12 touchdowns and converting 12 points. He attended ele-
mentary school in the Canal Zone, where his father was employed by the
Marine Division. Mr. Jack Watson now lives in West Palm Beach, and
owns and operates a filling station on Singer Island, Riviera Beach, Fla.
Young John is the grand-son of the late Roy Watson, former Chief
Quartermaster of the Panama Canal, and Mrs. Roy R. Watson of Burling-
Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall and son Jim, of St. Petersburg, visited
in the home of the Marshall's daughter (Melinda) Mr. and Mrs. Jerry
Irwin of Baton Rouge, La.
Mrs. Herbert Joubert, formerly Joyce Dugas is employed as Senior
Clerk in the Baton Rouge City Police Traffic Records Division. She is the
daughter of the late John R. Dugas and Eliska Dugas of Donaldsonville,
La., and a graduate of Balboa High School and the C.Z. Junior College.
Dr. Evangie I. Shirokov, Chief of Surgical Service at Gorgas Hos-
pital, is to spend the next year in Russia where he will work directly with
Dr. Nicholai Blokhin, Director of the Academy of Medical Sciences in
Arrangements for his year in Russia on an exchange basis with a
Russian surgeon, who will be going to the United States, were made
through the National Institute of Health at Bethesda, Md.
Dr. Shirokov went first to the United States, where he will spend a
few weeks in Houston and then Washington. He will sail for Russia from
New York, and expects to spend most of his time in the Moscow area. He
also will attend the meetings of the International Congress of Cancer,
which will meet in Moscow this year.
He expects to return to the Canal Zone in June 1963.
Mrs. Shirokov and their small daughter, Tamara, may join him in
Moscow later in the year, contingent on housing availability.
Dr. Shirokov has been on the Gorgas Hospital staff since 1948 and
was the first civilian to head the Surgical Service at Gorgas Hospital, his
appointment coming in May 1956.
He was born in Harbin, China, and is a graduate of the University of
California Medical School. He was at Gorgas Hospital for resident train-
ing and spent a year in New York on a fellowship in cancer at the Mem-
orial Hospital Cancer Center.
In 1958 Dr. Shirokov studied six months under Dr. Viking O. Bjork,
famous Swedish chest and heart surgeon. Most of the six-month period
was spent at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
On his return he will resume his post at Gorgas.
Ruth Dwelle wrote a very interesting account of her vacation in dif-
ferent parts of the country. She left the Canal Zone on the 19th of Decem-
ber to spend Christmas with daughter, Shirley Sims in Lima, Peru. On
the 29th they took off for Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil taking
side trips to Punta del Este where the OAS meetings were held. While
there they took a trip to an island where the water and the rocks at the
edge of the Island were covered with seals. While in Uruguay they went
to the cattle market, where they stood on a high platform between a corral
and the large scale and saw the gauchos driving the cattle under them onto
the scale and saw them being branded. They stayed nearly a week at
Copacobana Beach. The cable car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain was quite
Chris Simonson wrote from Anaheim, Calif. that he was still working
at the Martin Luther Hospital and had just been promoted to Supt. of
Maintenance, which he was enjoying to the utmost. He likes all the people
with whom he is associated and his work is very pleasant.
Mrs. W. A. Van Siclen, of Maitland, Fla. was a visitor in the home
of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright of St. Peters-
Mr. and Mrs. (Jan Sampson) David Muralt and two children, Beth
and Jon, of San Fernando, Calif., spent the month of January in the par-
ental home of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Wilkinson, in Donna, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Smith of Koblenz, Germany, recently spent
a vacation in the Canal Zone.
Miss Karen Sosted, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sosted of Cald-
well, N.J., will graduate from the University of New Hampshire in the
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sosted of Caldwell, N.J. were in St. Petersburg
recently, where they called on Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge and Mr. and
Mrs. E. M. McGinnis.
Mrs. Rosetta Millett of Arlington, Va., spent several weeks in the
Tampa and St. Petersburg area visiting in the homes of Mr. and Mrs. E.
B. Drinnen; Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Brennen; Mrs. Mary Leech and Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Donnely.
Mr. Louis E. Bradley of NBC N.Y., spent two weeks with his parents
Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Veit of St. Petersburg recently visited the Cecil
Banans and Emile and Jim Hunter in Fort Lauderdale.
Mrs. Juanita Blandshaft of Bogalusa, La. is staying in the Rohrbach
home in Orlando, Fla., while they are on a trip to Calif. The Al Veits of
St. Petersburg spent the week end with Juanita recently.
Mrs. Ralph Huls, (Beth Lockridge) of North Palm Beach, Fla. has
been appointed to the Board of the American Assoc. of University Women,
North Palm Beach branch, serving in the position entitled "Status Of
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Goodwin, Mr. and Mrs. Albert McKeown, Mr.
and Mrs. Ross Hallowell and Mrs. Fred Sprecken, of St. Petersburg flew
by chartered plane to Puerto Rico May 18, to attend a Shrine Ceremonial
of Abou Saad Temple. They spent a most enjoyable three days there.
The following excerpt was taken from the Star and Herald in Pan-
ama recently. It had appeared in the Coalinga, Calif. Record under
"Women of the Week".
"Irma Forbes came to Coalinga from Arizona with her husband Ray
this Sept. She had recently retired after 19 years as a Nurse in the U.S.
Govt. service and six years as a school nurse in the Panama Canal Zone.
Altogether the Forbes spent 36 years in the Canal Zone, where Mr. Forbes
was a sanitary inspector. Mrs. Forbes is interested in archaeology and for
many years the Forbes spent their vacations in the interior of Panama
searching for ancient Indian grounds, collecting haucas and pottery. She
is a member of the First Baptist Church and while in Panama she gave
many years service through the Church groups. The couple became trail-
erites upon their retirement and are now living at Williams Trailer Court."
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsay and the G. C. Lockridges of St. Peters-
burg, visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Huls in North Palm
Beach, and spent a couple days in Miami.
Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Baltozer of St. Petersburg, flew to the Zone to
attend the wedding of their granddaughter Dianne Lois, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Richard T. Baltozer of Diablo, on May 14, 1962.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright of St. Petersburg left in early May for a
motor trip to New York where they met their son Dick, who had been in
Europe for the past nine months. He studied for three months at the Uni-
versity of Madrid; in Switzerland enjoyed skiing; in Holland went on a
bicycle tour; and spent the rest of the time in various other countries. Dick
will enter Dartmouth College in September.
Ann and Wells drove on to Nova Scotia across Canada and on to
Wisconsin to visit the Roger Collinges, who have taken a cottage in Wau-
paca for the summer. The Wrights have recently purchased a new home
in St. Petersburg and will be at home to their friends after the middle
of July at 2122 Premier Drive, South, St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Johnson of Rock Stream, N.Y. visited Lt. Com.
Ian Johnson and family in Jacksonville, Fla. They later went to St. Peters-
burg and visited Mrs. Vi Miner.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Nalan, Canalers from Balboa, now of Mon-
rovia, Calif., with their daughter Betty, made a brief call in St. Peters-
burg, on their way to Delaware to visit their other daughter Doris. They
wish to be remembered to all their old time friends, whom they did not
get to visit.
Dr. Troy W. Earhart, 80, died at his home in Mulberry, Indiana,
March 20, He had been seriously ill since last December. He was a re-
tired chief of surgical services at Gorgas Hospital (formerly Ancon Hos-
pital), Panama Canal Zone, a position he held from 1915 until Aug. 1,
1943, when he retired and went to Mulberry to live.
Dr. Earhart was born in Mulberry, a son of Dr. I. S. and Josephine
(Osterday) Earhart. He graduated from Mulberry High School in 1901
and from the Central College of Physicians and Surgeons, Indianapolis,
in 1905. He interned at the Gorgas Hospital and then joined the staff of
surgeons in 1907. He served with distinction in the Panama Canal Zone
and was there during the building of the canal by the U.S. government.
He was a member of the Society of Chagres on the Canal Zone.
In 1937 he married Ellen G. Finley, who was operating room super-
visor at Gorgas Hospital.
He was a charter member of the American College of Surgeons and
a member of the American Medical Association. He was also a member
of the First Presbyterian church in Frankfort.
The widow is the only immediate survivor. Another survivor is a
nephew, Dr. Henry Troy Earhart of Denver, Colo.
(Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stetler of Kokomo, Ind. were the only Canal
Zone friends who were able to attend Dr. Earhart's services. Ed.)
(Mr. Fred Everett wrote the following, which surely does express the
thoughts and feelings of everyone who, had the privilege of having Dr.
Troy Earhart as Doctor or Surgeon. Editor)
An almost supreme affection was general among the employees of the
Canal toward Dr. Troy Earhart. He was a protege of Dr. Herrick, the
chief surgeon during the construction era and when Dr. Herrick, who was
said to have rated fourth in the nation, had to have surgery for the cancer
that eventually caused his death, he reportedly insisted that Dr. Earhart
perform the operation.
I sincerely believe that the employees had equally high regard, esteem
and affection for Dr. Earhart. They had complete confidence in his ability,
or perhaps skill would be a better word. They were thankful to him for
the protection that they thought he provided them and their loved ones.
Other doctors and surgeons at the hospital have said that skill such
as his, had to be born; that it could not be taught.
Dr. Earhart spent five or six hours a day in the operating room and
after an early clinic in the afternoon, he visited the wards. He also handled
much of the emergency surgery as well.
Personally, and I believe many others feel thankful to the Doctor for
the confidence we were able to enjoy in his skill so far away from home.
Some other government hospitals fail to inspire such affection.
I write this to try to express the greatest of praise, respect and tribute
of the Society in final recognition of a truly great man, Dr. Troy Earhart.
Arthur Malloy Bassett, 78, died at his home in Tyler, Texas April 19,
1962. A native of North Dakota, Mr. Bassett worked as a building fore-
man on the Panama Canal from 1907 to 1910. He was presented with the
bronze civil service medal by President Theodore Roosevelt for his work
on the Panama Canal. After completing work on the Canal, he drilled
water wells in many Central American Countries. During the early oil
days, he drilled wells in all of the major fields from coast to coast and
from Canada to the Gulf.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Allie B. Bassett; a son, Charles P.
Bassett of North Pleasant; a brother, Donald M. Bassett of Pitman, N.J.;
a sister, Mrs. Josephine Bennett of Philadelphia, Pa; nine grandchildren
and four great grandchildren.
SEBRING, FLORIDA. Abraham (Abe) Halliday, 68, blind vendor at the
post office and Courthouse for 12 years, died Monday night, April 2, at
St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where he underwent surgery for a lung
ailment Thursday, March 29, 1962.
Mr. Halliday, who was a favorite with the city's children, was born
in New York State and came here in 1946 from Oakridge, N.J. He was a
retired federal construction foreman and worked from 1926 to 1933 in
the Panama Canal Zone where he lost the sight of both eyes when a com-
pressor he was working on exploded and drenched him with acid.
He was a member of the Lions Club, which co-sponsored the post
office and courthouse stands with the Florida Council for the Blind, and
until illness caused his resignation earlier in the year, was Highlands
County information officer. He also was chairman of the Lion's sight con-
servation committee and a life member of Lebanon Lodge of Masons in
New York City.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Margaret Halliday; two daugh-
ters, Mrs. Robert Ortt, Sebring and Mrs. T. L. Boyd, Fort Sill, Oklahoma;
three sons, Thomas Halliday, Robert Halliday and William Halliday, all
in New Jersey; a brother, Benjamin Halliday, also in N.J.; a sister, Mrs.
A. Wydeen, Minneapolis, and 12 grandchildren.
Masonic services were conducted at the graveside in Sebring, Pine-
crest Cemetery on April 5th.
Mrs. Rose Bitter, who went to the Isthmus in 1918, died April 16, in
She was the wife of Frederick F. Bitter, who died in January of this
A native of Italy, Mrs. Bitter was a naturalized United States citizen.
She had been residing with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs.
J. B. Clemmons, of Balboa.
Surviving her, in addition to her daughter, are a son, Fred C. Bitter,
of Gamboa, and a brother, James Didato, of Melbourne, Florida.
Mrs. Blanca Conlan, 78, widow of Charles Conlan, a retired Canal
Zone employee, died April 14 at Gorgas Hospital after several months ill-
Mrs. Conlan was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1887 and came
to the Isthmus in 1907. Her husband, the late Charles P. Conlan, was
with the former Record Bureau of the Panama Canal Company until his
retirement in 1945. His death occurred in 1947.
As a construction day family, the Conlans lived in Empire after
their arrival here. Later they made their home in Ancon and Balboa. Mrs.
Conlan left the Isthmus in 1958 and for several years lived in California
with her son.
She is survived by two sons, Rene of Ontario, California, and Charles
of Baltimore, Maryland; one daughter, Mrs. Martin Wempe, of Las Vegas,
Nevada, and several grandchildren.
William Frost Stephan, the 18-year-old Junior College student who
collapsed in Balboa Pool while swimming, died from drowning, Balboa
Police reported after receiving an autopsy report from Gorgas Hospital.
Doctors reported to police that the autopsy disclosed no evidence of
any cause of death other than drowning.
Stephan, who was a lifeguard at the Curundu pool, had passed a rig-
orous water safety test the previous week.
He was participating in a 100-yard race and sank while turning at
the end of the third lap. Fellow swimmers pulled him out of the water and
artificial respiration was applied immediately. He was pronounced dead
twenty minutes later.
Stephan was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Stephan, of Curundu.
His father is a civilian employee of the US Army. He also is survived
by a brother and a sister.
Norman R. Kearns, 72, 1780 Tyrone Blvd. N., St. Petersburg, died
Monday (April 16, 1962). He was born in Hatboro, Pa. In St. Petersburg
a year from West Creek, N.J. Retired mechanic. Survived by his sister,
Alice Kearns, St. Petersburg.
Mr. Kearns was employed by the Commissary Division and Summit
Gardens on the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Effie McGlade, widow of a former employee of the Maintenance
Division and a well-known resident of the Canal Zone died March 20 in
Champaign, Ill. She was 77 years old.
A native of Caddo, Texas, Mrs. McGlade went to the Zone with her
husband during the early days of the Canal and lived most of the time
on the Pacific Side.
Mrs. McGlade was employed from 1941 to 1946 in the Coupon Sec-
tion of the Accounting Department. For the past several years she has
been making her home in Champaign.
Surviving her are her daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Lierman, and two
grandchildren of Greenwich City, Ill.
Frank S. Wichman, 79, of 1351 St. John's Avenue, Highland Park,
Ill., retired chief engineer and purchasing agent of Highland Park High
School, died March 19, 1962 in his home. He was a former president of
the Panama Canal Society, a group of retired federal employees who
worked on construction of the Panama Canal from 1904 to 1914. He
leaves his widow, Elsie; a son, Dr. F. S. Wichman; and two daughters,
Mrs. Joan Garrison and Mrs. Miriam Humble.
Captain Frank J. Russell, former Cristobal pilot and well-known At-
lantic Side resident, died Wednesday morning, February 24, 1962 in New
Orleans following a long illness, according to news received by friends
on the Isthmus.
A native of New York City, Captain Russell was Second Officer on
the Panama liner Ancon when he was employed by the Canal as an oper-
ator machinist in the Panama Canal Dredging Division.
He was transferred to the Marine Division as a pilot-in-training in
1944, and served as a pilot attached to the Cristobal Office from 1945
until his retirement after 22 years of Canal service.
Since his retirement, Captain and Mrs. Russell have been making
their home in New Orleans.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Virginia
Lynch of Colon.
Lt. Colonel Charles L. Pierce of Gamboa, a retired Panama Canal
employee whose service went back to Isthmian Canal Commission days,
died at Gorgas Hospital March 13, 1962.
He was born November 8, 1885 in Ohio and went to the Isthmus in
He worked as a nurse with the Isthmian Canal Commission and the
His service was broken, but was all with the Health Bureau where he
was a sanitary engineer at retirement.
Mrs. Virginia B. Patton, wife of Winfield Patton of Gatun, died at
her home in Gatun recently after a long illness. She was 55 years old.
A native of Ohio, Mrs. Patton went to the Isthmus with her husband
in 1951 and has lived most of the time since in Gatun. Her husband is
employed in the Electrical Division as an electrician in the Gatun Field
Mrs. Hilda S. Sanders, 66, a former resident of the Canal Zone, died
March 1 in Livingston, Tenn.
She was the wife of Irl R. Sanders, a retired employee of the Locks
Division. Mr. and Mrs. Sanders, who left the Isthmus in 1953, resided
in Balboa and Gatun.
Surviving Mrs. Sanders, in addition to her husband, are two sons,
Irl, Jr., of Margarita, and John M., of Gatun; a daughter, Mrs. Betty
Letourneau, of Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota; three sisters, all
of Livingstone, and twelve grandchildren.
Joseph Orr, Sr., retired Panama Canal employee with construction
day service, died at Gorgas Hospital at the age of 74 years.
He was born in Booneville, Missouri, on October 5, 1887 and went
to work for the Panama Railroad as a foreman in 1909. He retired from
Panama Canal service in October 1949. His entire service was with the
After retirement, he made his home in Houston, Texas, until two
years ago, when he returned to the Isthmus to reside.
In his immediate family he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ninetta Orr;
two daughters, Miss Mary N. Orr and Mrs. Marion Orr Wells of the Canal
Zone, and by two sons, Franklin Mattes Orr and Robert Hugh Orr of
Houston, Texas; by two sisters, Mrs. Hugh Richardson and Miss Willie
Orr of Nelson, Missouri; and by nine grandchildren.
Everett E. Taylor, 64, died at Gorgas Hospital February 11, 1962.
Mr. Taylor, a retired Pacific Army Engineer Road supervisor, is sur-
vived by his wife, Mrs. Essie J. Taylor, an employee of Army Signal Sec-
tion; a son, William Edward Taylor of DeSoto, Kansas, and two grand-
He was a veteran of World War I, a member of the Sibert Lodge AF
and AM, and of the Scottish Rite Bodies. He went to the Zone in 1938.
Archie M. Gibson, Sr., former Canal refrigeration engineer and a
well-known resident of Balboa, died Feb. 11 in St. Petersburg, Florida,
where he had been living for the past six years. He was 68 years old.
A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Mr. Gibson went to the Isthmus
with his parents during construction days and was employed in 1909 as a
pipefitter apprentice in the Mechanical Division in Cristobal.
He was employed as a pipefitter with the Canal organization in 1911,
worked with the Mechanical Division for a short time, and was transferred
to the former Commissary Division in 1923.
He remained with that unit until his retirement in 1950. For several
years before his retirement he was employed as a refrigeration engineer.
Mr. and Mrs. Gibson left the Isthmus in 1950 and lived for a time
in Cortland, New York. Recently they have been making their home in
St. Petersburg, Florida.
In addition to his wife Gertrude L., he is survived by two daughters,
Anne and Isabelle, who are living in St. Petersburg and a son, Archie, Jr.,
of Syracuse, New York, and seven grandchildren.
Word has been received of the death on January 26 of E. J. Eglinton
in Crescent City, Florida. Mr. Eglinton, who was 58 years old, was em-
ployed by the Army Engineers at Corozal for a number of years. At the
time of his death he was manager of the Chamber of Commerce of Crescent
City. He was a Mason and a member of Abou Saad Shrine of the Canal
He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Helen Ornat and
Miss Janet Eglinton of Crescent City and two sons, T. W. and P. J. Eglin-
ton of Albequerque, New Mexico.
Mrs. Haidee Hogle, 71, 2701 34th Street North, St. Petersburg, died
Sunday, February 11, 1962. Born in England. Here six and a half years
from Panama Canal Zone. Baptist. Survived by her husband, Elmer.
William Markham, 86, of 510 S. Keystone Ave., Sayre, N.Y., who
played a key role in the building of the Panama Canal and who, since his
retirement, had served for 18 years on the Bradford County Selective Ser-
vice Board, died at the Tioga County General Hospital after a short illness.
Mr. Markham, a native of Athens township and an early Lehigh
Valley Railroad car inspector and foreman, went to Panama in 1909 with
the idea of taking a job for about a year and saving up a kitty. He stayed
He returned to the United States in 1938 when he retired from ser-
vice in Panama, and had lived in Sayre ever since.
He was a life member of Sojourners Lodge, F & AM in Cristobal,
Canal Zone. He was an honorary life member of Government Employes
Lodge 88, American Federation of Labor.
Surviving are his wife Minnie, whom he married in 1903; a daughter,
Mrs. Fred Elsbree of Sayre RD 2; a brother, James Markham of Waverly;
a sister-in-law, Mrs. Louise Barnes of Rochester; four grandsons, two
great-grandsons and a cousin.
Mrs. Neva Bloss, 82, died February 7 in Tampa, Florida. She was
born September 1, 1879 in Barnesville, Ga. Her husband, Mr. Harry I.
Bloss, an early construction day employee, survives.
News has been received of the death of Eugene T. Howard, retired
Panama Canal employee at Asheville, N.C., on April 2. The major por-
tion of his service in the Canal organization was as chief clerk at Gatun
He was born in Alton, Illinois, on July 13, 1882.
His Canal service began in the construction days with his employment
as a clerk in March 1910 with the Isthmian Canal Commission. In April
1914 he transferred to Panama Canal service. He was retired on Decem-
ber 31, 1941.
For the past 20 years, he was an invalid.
In his immediate family he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jean (Kuller)
Howard. The couple was married in the Canal Zone. Mrs. Howard's
father also having seen long service with the Canal, where he had been
a foreman in the Building Division.
Washington, D. C. Tribune photographer Lonnie Wilson was on a
routine assignment-a simple, warm picture story of an old man and a
But before the assignment ended, it was one of horror.
This was the anatomy of the death of an 82-year-old rugged individ-
ualist and the silent shock of a cameraman:
A neighbor had called The Tribune's city desk. "Got an old man on
our block. Must be 80 years old. And he's on top of a big tree, cutting
it down," the caller said.
The cameraman saw Charles Kollman atop a 75-foot-high acacia and
immediately decided it would make a good picture.
He began shooting away. Once, the old man glanced down at Wilson.
But Lonnie didn't want to unnerve him. "That's all right. Don't let me
bother you," he told the old man.
Kollman was the janitor at the Arlington Apartments, 1819 Seventh
Ave. He has been janitor there since 1936, starting the job after retiring
as a construction engineer. He'd worked on construction of the Panama
Canal, and had always been a tireless worker.
Shortly, the little old man in the dwarf hat was finished, surveying
his pruning with gleaming, wizened eyes. He started shinnying down. And
Wilson continued clicking his shutter.
For a moment he glanced away. Old Mr. Kollman was only 20
feet off the ground now. He'd be down in a second, Lonnie figured.
It was a terrifyingly split second. Wilson heard a rustling noise,
looked up to see Kollman tumbling down, shot quickly just before the
old man struck the ground.
It now was deadly still on the corner of Seventh Ave. and East 18th
St. Wilson's face was masked in disbelief. Neighbors rushed over to the
dying old man.
They tried desperately to revive him. But it was all over.
Dr. Thomas R. Goethals, 71, emeritus professor of obstetrics at Har-
vard Medical School, died March 23, 1962.
Born in New Bedford, Goethals was the son of Maj. Gen. George W.
Goethals, chief engineer during construction of the Panama Canal.
Dr. Goethals was a member of the Harvard Medical School staff for
37 years. He retired in 1957.
The Rev. James F. Jenness, an early pastor of the First Methodist
Church of Palo Alto and one of the oldest living graduates of Stanford
University, died in Hillhaven Convalescent Hospital, Menlo Park, Calif.,
after a long illness. He was 94.
He went east to Boston University where he received the Ph.D. degree
For the next 11 years he held pastorates in the Chicago area, and in
1922 he went to Latin America again to serve in the English-speaking
Methodist churches in Chile and the Canal Zone.
The Rev. Mr. Jenness was a native of West Epping, N.H.
He and his wife, Beulah, celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary
on January 22.
Besides his wife he is survived by a son, Arthur F. Jenness of Wil-
liamstown, Mass., four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Miss Elsie Cage, 80, died December 31, 1961 in New Orleans, La.
During Canal construction days, she was a well-known school teacher and
Principal at Culebra and elsewhere. Mr. Paul Warner was one of her
pupils. She was hired February 27, 1909.
Arthur W. Lindsay, a long-time employee of the Panama Canal Locks
Division at Gatun, died Feb. 6, 1962 at Coco Solo Hospital where he had
been a patient since last September. Until his hospitalization, he had
made his home with a daughter in Margarita.
Mr. Lindsay was born in Antigua, British West Indies, on April 18,
1883. He came to the Isthmus in 1908 and all his Panama Canal employ-
ment was with the Locks Division.
In his immediate family he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Alice Lind-
say; by five sons and daughters, Mrs. Florence Madison, George R. Lind-
say and Vera Smith of Margarita, Mrs. Mildred Taraboche and Arthur
W. Lindsay, Jr., of New York City; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Leone Turney
of Colon; and by 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Marie McConaghey, 74, died February 25 at Gorgas Hospital.
She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., had been in the Canal Zone since
Surviving her are two daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Roberts of Curundu,
and Mrs. Margaret Benny, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three sons, John, of
Diablo Heights; James, of St. Petersburg, and Benjamin, Melrose, Mass.;
twelve grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Ralph Cutler, 81, 801- 12th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Fla., died Feb.
21, 1962. Born in Kingston, Mich. In St. Petersburg from Batavia, N.Y.,
four years. Retired Government employee, Panama Canal Zone. Attended
Euclid Methodist Church. Mason. National Association of Retired Civil
employees, Washington, D. C., and Order of Isthmian Conductors, Canal
Zone. Survived by his wife, Mabel; two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Bigler,
Cranston, R.I., Mrs. James Berry Jr., Tuxedo Park, N.Y.; a stepdaughter,
Mrs. George Teall, Dundee, Mich.; a son, Alvin B., Miami; four grand-
children and three great-grandchildren.
Earl Russell Parsons, 81, 4255 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg, died
Thursday, March 22, 1962. Born in Chicago. In St. Petersburg 14 years
from Washington, D.C. Methodist. No survivors.
He worked on the Canal during the early days.
Morris B. Hostetter, an employee of the Isthmian Canal Commission
in 1907 and with a subsequent long service record with the Panama Canal
organization in the Accounting Department, died at Gorgas Hospital at
the age of 81 years, March 10, 1962.
Mr. Hostetter, who made his home in Colon after retirement from
Panama Canal service, was born in Mace, Ind., on July 26, 1880.
In his immediate family he is survived by two brothers, James E.
Hostetter of Sacramento, Calif., and Harlan O. Hostetter of Tulsa, Okla.
Mrs. Gladys (Trixie) Hack, wife of Louis H. Hack of the Canal Zone
Engineering Division, died at Gorgas Hospital March 16, 1962. Mrs. Hack
had been ill of arthritis for many years.
She was born in Millersburg, Pa., on April 1, 1906 and went to the
Canal Zone in 1930 as a nurse in the Health Bureau. Her Panama Canal
service dated from March 18, 1930 to July 26, 1932, when she resigned.
In her immediate family she is survived by her husband, Louis H.
Hack, of Balboa; her father, Howard Freeser and two sisters, Miss Mar-
zella Freeser and Mrs. Mildred Wilson, all of Millersburg, Pa.
Mrs. Irma Haner Deer, age 85, passed away on April 1, 1962, at
Springfield, Illinois. She was the widow of Edgar H. Deer, who was em-
ployed on the Panama Canal from 1905 to the fall of 1913 when he was
declared totally disabled due to an injury, and returned to the United
States. Mrs. Deer had joined her husband on the Isthmus in 1907 and re-
mained there until February 1914 when she returned to the States with
her son Durward L. Deer.
Frank T. Clark, 77, died suddenly at Wabash, Indiana on April 20,
1962. At the time of his death he was Vice-President of The Panama
Canal Society of Chicago. He had served on the Panama Canal from 1906
to 1914 as a conductor on work trains. During that time he was located
mostly at Pedro Miguel and Ancon.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sarah Clark, who came to the Isthmus
as a bride; and a son and daughter, who were born in the Canal Zone,
Robert Clark and Mrs. Dottie Miller.
Russell T. Harris, 62, 10005 Bay Pines Blvd. May 2, 1962. Born in
Galien, Mich. In St. Petersburg three years from the Panama Canal Zone.
Electrical machinist. Past deputy commander VFW; member American
Legion Post 40; PC Lodge of Perfection. Army Lodge AF&AM; Panama
Canal Retirement Society, St. Petersburg. Survived by his wife, Jessie;
two sons, Gardner, Panama; Richard, in Merchant Marine; a brother,
Marshall; a sister, Mrs. Helen Augustin, both of Tacoma, Wash.; and
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
Tourist Center, St. Petersburg, Fla. February 12, 1962
The meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m. by President Dewey
Goodwin. The membership followed Vice-President Howard in pledging
allegiance to our Flag which was followed by the invocation given by
Past-President Keith Kelley due to the sudden illness of our newly ap-
pointed Chaplain Martin Nickel. Over one hundred members and guests
were present at the meeting. The following officers were present:
President --------Dewey Goodwin
Vice-President -----Harland Howard
Secretary-Treasurer --- Lee Beil
Corresponding Secretary Lyla Esler
Record Editor --- Betty Lockridge
Mrs. Esler was called upon to introduce the following visitors:
Mrs. Rosemary Millett Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Coleman
Mr. C. Van Steenberg Mr. Archie Burn
Capt. and Mrs. Al Forstrom Mr. and Mrs. John Haas
Mr. Richard Seer Mr. and Mrs. "Pop" Reese
Mrs. Charlotte Lowry Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sulc
Miss Jane Holcomb
President Goodwin expressed his anticipated pleasure of presiding
as President for the forthcoming year and then related a story about an
M.C. who was curious as to the meaning of the initials B.A.I.C. appearing
on the sweater of an entertainer. Upon asking her what the letters stood
for she replied: "Boy Am I Confused", which, President Goodwin stated,
expressed his feelings exactly.
The report of the Corresponding Secretary for the meeting of January
9, 1962, was read. There being no omissions or corrections the minutes
were accepted as read.
Mr. Harold Zierten, Legislative Representative, gave his report. He
urged all members to read the Report on Legislation in the February issue
of Retirement Life, and to write letters to their Congressmen with regard
to Bills now pending.
President Goodwin stated that the Auditing Committee had now com-
pleted their audit of the Secretary-Treasurer's books for 1961 and had
submitted their report to him which he asked Mrs. Esler to read.
Mrs. Anna Bartlett thanked all of the committee for their help in
making the reunion such a success.
Mr. Beil stated that Lucille Judd had called to tell him they would
be unable to attend the meeting due to unexpected company at the last
minute. He also read a newsclipping which told how Herbert Engelke
in the Canal Zone had made the "Hole In One Club". Letters from Mrs.
Whaler, Margie Paine and many, many others were read by Mr. Beil.
Quite a few members were reported ill and several death notices were read
-all of which will appear in the Record under the Sick List and Death
President Goodwin asked how many members had seen the notice of
the meeting which appeared in the St. Petersburg Times for the first time.
Only a few hands were raised. The President then went on to tell about
the entertainment he has arranged for the next meeting three dimen-
sional pictures taken and to be shown by Col. Bud Anderson which he
calls "Beautiful America".
Under Subjects of Special Interest President Goodwin told how
he had received a letter from the Pinellas Tuberculosis and Health
Association inviting him to a tea on Sunday, February 11th that he
attended, at which time they presented him with a Certificate of Merit for
the 100 or more hours of voluntary work contributed by members of the
P. C. Society. He stated that he had been unable to find out who the
members were so had accepted the Certificate in their behalf. Mrs. Bradley
then advised the President that she had worked many hours but knew
nothing of the tea. Mr. Hargy suggested that every effort should be made
to determine just who the Society member volunteers were and then list
their names in the Record.
President Goodwin reported that during an Executive Committee
meeting it had been decided, subject to the approval of the members, to
authorize the Secretary-Treasurer to collect 50c from each individual for
a remailing charge if their Record or Year Book was returned due to the
member's negligence in not notifying him of an address change and that
he wished to entertain a motion to this effect. Mr. Dorgan then made a
motion stating: "Because of the very high cost of remailing returned Canal
Records due to change of address notices not arriving on time, I move
that for every Canal Record which has to be forwarded, the recipient be
charged 50c." Motion seconded by Mr. McKeown. Mr. Harvey stated he
wished to make an amendment to this motion as follows: "Any member
who fails to get a Canal Record or Year Book by reason of failure to
notify an address change to the Secretary-Treasurer in ample time may
receive one by forwarding 50c." This amendment was discussed by the
members and then seconded by Mr. Keith Kelley, followed by a showing
of all hands.
President Goodwin asked the Record Editor if she had anything to
say or report. She said she hoped members would keep the news coming
in and that she wished everyone would state last names along with the
first names for sometimes she was unable to distinguish just who was
meant when only the first name was mentioned.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
Lyla M. Esler, Corresponding Secretary
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
Tourist Center, St. Petersburg, Fla. March 13, 1962
President Dewey Goodwin called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.
Vice-President Howard led the membership in pledging allegiance to our
Flag after which Chaplain Martin Nickel gave the invocation. About sixty
members and guests attended. Mrs. Betty Lockridge was unable to attend
the meeting due to illness. The following officers were present:
President _. --------Dewey Goodwin
Vice-President .....---------------- ----Harland Howard
Secretary-Treasurer _...------------------------ Lee Beil
Corresponding Secretary .----- Lyla Esler
Mrs. Esler introduced the following members and guests:
Mrs. David Murray, San Francisco, mother of Mrs. Peggy Falk.
Mrs. Martha Sullivan, Cleveland, sister of Helen King.
Miss Bessie Dugan, now a resident of St. Petersburg.
Mr. C. M. Monsanto, a new St. Petersburg resident.
Mr. Anthony Ruffo, now residing in Pinellas Park.
Mr. and Mrs. Levi Neal, Crewer, Maine.
President Goodwin advised that the March Issue of the Record has
been mailed and complimented Betty Lockridge on a good job well done.
He then stated he had been fortunate in obtaining Col. Bud Anderson to
show some of his three dimensional slides and that the meeting would be
suspended at this time but would resume after the showing of Col. Ander-
son's slides. Colored glasses were passed out to each member for viewing
the slides, while the projector and screen were being placed in position.
The slide tour started in New York from where they traveled west by way
of Kentucky to Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Washington on down to San
Francisco and Los Angeles, back home to Florida. The tour was so very
interesting, the views well chosen from a vast collection he must have on
hand, and Colonel Anderson was superb in his narration, which of course
helped to make the viewing more comprehensive to all.
The meeting resumed again at 3:15 with the report of the Correspond-
ing Secretary. There being no omissions or corrections the minutes were
accepted as read.
Mr. Howard, in giving his report of illnesses among the members,
stated he had mailed seven "Get Well" cards to those who had been re-
ported to him as being on the sick list (please note June Record for names)
and asked the cooperation of the members in notifying him of the illness
of any member so he would not miss anyone. He said he also had "Birth-
day" cards for mailing and that anyone wishing to receive a card must
advise him of their birthday date (not their age) and he will be sure to
mail one to them. He has a list of the birthdates of a few of the older
The Secretary-Treasurer then read several "Thank-You" notes and
many letters received from members. Mrs. Ruth Dwelle told of her most
interesting trip to South America. A list of death notices were read and
these names will appear in "Deaths" of the June Record.
Lyla M. Esler, Corresponding Secretary
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
Tourist Center, St. Petersburg, Fla. April 9, 1962
The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by President Goodwin.
Vice-President Howard led in pledging allegiance to our Flag after which
Chaplain Martin Nickel gave the invocation. Over 60 members attended.
All officers were present:
President ..-........ --Dewey Goodwin
Vice-President -- ---- Harland Howard
Secretary-Treasurer ..---__. -----------Lee Beil
Corresponding Secretary -- -- Lyla Esler
Record Editor --_.---------------Betty Lockridge
Mrs. Esler introduced the visiting members and told a few items of
interest she had picked up while mingling with the group prior to the
meeting. Mrs. Ida Love was present, having returned to St. Petersburg
from Tennessee. Mrs. Eva Cole attended for the first time after an absence
due to her long illness in the hospital. Tom and Barbara Coleman stopped
by to visit with the Ross Hollowells on their way home to No. Carolina
from the Canal Zone.
Mr. Harland Howard was called upon to give his report of the
Sick Committee. He stated he had mailed only two get well cards to mem-
bers who were reported to him as being in the hospital (see June Record
under "Sick List"). He also mailed five Birthday Cards.
Our Legislative Representative was not present and no report was
given concerning bills before the House.
The report of the Corresponding Secretary for the meeting of March
13, 1962 was read. There being no omissions or corrections the minutes
were accepted as read.
Mr. Beil read numerous letters he had received during the past month
which were most interesting to everyone. He also read a list of illnesses
and deaths that had been reported to him which will appear in the June
Record under "Sick List" and "Deaths".
President Goodwin stated that this would be the last business meeting
to be held at the Tourist Center until November 12, 1962, and urged every-
one to attend the summer picnics at Lake Maggiore on the 2nd Monday
of each month. He then asked for any Unfinished Business and finding
there was none, asked for New Business.
Mr. Bud Esler asked the President's permission to speak and then
read the following: Resolved that the recommendation of the Executive
Committee be accepted and approved, and that the President of the Pan-
ama Canal Society of Florida be authorized to purchase the proposed
Addressograph, Graphotype, and accessories required, not to exceed a cost
President Goodwin then went on to explain that the Executive Com-
mittee had met to witness a demonstration of the Elliott Addressing mach-
ine and also the Addressograph machine; that upon further investigation
he had learned that several Elliott machines had been considered very
unsatisfactory so the Executive Committee had favored the purchase of
the Addressograph as one that would handle the needs of the Society in
the preparation of labels as well as to help with the work load of the Sec-
retary-Treasurer. He asked if there was a second to the motion and Mr.
Albert McKeown seconded the motion.
After considerable discussion by several of the members over the ad-
visability of purchasing the machine, Mr. Sprecken made a motion to table
the motion to purchase the Addressograph until a later date. This motion
was seconded by Mr. Kieswetter.
The President asked for a vote of hands which showed that the major-
ity favored tabling the motion and so carried.
Motion to adjourn was made by President Goodwin, seconded by Mr.
Kieswetter and carried, the adjournment taking place at 3:55 p.m.
Lyla M. Esler, Corresponding Secretary
IN AND 'ROUND ABOUT HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
I spent the winter in Calif.-(my first winter in the West), mostly
around, and in, San Fran. and the Bay Area. I thoroughly enjoyed vis-
iting with old friends mostly exCZers and attended the Northern Calif.
C.Z. Group's get together in Oakland where I was privileged to meet and
enjoy so many old CZ friends and neighbors assembled. Everyone had
such a good time. I 'wended' homeward with a brief stop in L.A. where
I contacted Teresa Ball, who said that she and son John and family were
all well, and later wrote me that Miss Inez Reichel-a mutual friend,
who was a former teacher in the Cristobal schools, and from there went to
the San Diego schools, passed away in Sept., very suddenly from a stroke.
In conversation with Mrs. Lulu Dewey of Glendale, she said that she and
her family were fine, but mentioned that Mr. Fred Bradley's mother in
Tuscon was quite ill-she's in her nineties and was a visitor to the CZ
while the Bradley's resided there.
I was invited to attend the Southern Calif. CZ Group's dinner held
in L.A. on Mar. 4,-but was sorry I was unable to attend. Thanks for
your invitation. I'll take a 'rain check' and try another time. Stopping
overnight in Okla. City, I had a brief, but delightful visit with Eula Jo
Ewing who is visiting daughter Susan and husband, Col. Ed. Bishop at
Tinker AFB nearby. Jo has been in Pan. and C.Z. for a couple of years,
and will 'stay up' for the approaching wedding of her niece Joan Bishop
in July. Joan is attending College in San Diego. Jo also says she might
join us at our local Pan Canal Club dinner on May 19 and we're all
happily looking forward to see her!
Here in Hot Springs. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Taylor (Ruth), of
Alford, Me. were guests of her sister and husband, Bill and Ann Bartho-
lomew the week of March 26. The Taylors were in Fla. for the CZ Re-
union in St. Pete, then went to Texas visiting kinfolk-and at Rockport
they called on 'Slim' and Mae Stapler-and in Phoenix, Ariz., they vis-
ited George and Lela Richie. After leaving here they drove home to Me.-
and soon afterwards Mr. Taylor had to go to the hospital for an operation.
We are all glad it was successful and that the improvement is rapid.
Mrs. Frances Horter is now taking treatments in the Hospital for
Crippled Adults, 1248 La Paloma St., Memphis-and we are happy to
hear of improvement. Mrs. John Ratcliff and Mrs. Russell formerly CZers
and now living in Memphis have been to call on Mrs. Horter.
Arthur W. Wynne who has been quite ill in his home at the Park
Hotel is also improving-as are Mrs. Fred Atkinson and Mr. 'Mac' Mc-
Camey who suffered severe attacks of Flu.
Jack and Ann Reinig are back from a cold Ill. winter, and are happy
to find springtime and the Races greeting them here in Hot Springs. They
were winter guests of daughter Peggy and family the Ed. Fuciks of High-
land Park, Ill.,-and Peggy has written recently that she and her children
flew to Calif. for the Easter school vacation and took in the sights of San
Fran. and Disneyland!
Bill Burns was vacationing in N. Orleans during pre Easter week and
visited friends and exCZers. Mr. Gus Thomas an old friend had been ill,
and is recuperating.
The Pipers, Mrs. Anna, and son Ed. and family are all well. Their
daughter, Capt. Marian of USAF is now on her way to her new station in
Goose Bay, Labrador.
Col. and Mrs. Horace Villars had as their guests,-along about Mar.
30, Mr. and Mrs. John Claybourne of Ann Arbor, Mich. They all called
on the Fred Atkinsons and other Hot Springs friends and departed for
Fla., stopping enroute at points in Ala., and Miss. From Fla. they were
bound for 'up East'.
The Bohans of Jonesboro returned after a winter in Tampa and
spent some time since being back with Dr. and Mrs. B. Saltzmann and
family in Mt. Home. Grover is local Pres. and Billie is Secry. of the
NARCE so they are getting ready to attend the State NARCE Convention
in Fayetteville on April 24 25 and later to the Nat'l Convention in
Tulsa, in June. We hope they'll come to our Pan Canal Club dinner on
May 19 too.
Amongst the effects of her father, the late W. J. 'Pop' Wright, Mrs.
Frank Corey found and sent to me, a C.Z. scenic postal written by us to
him, in San Antonio, presumably in '48-as the postmark is hardly dis-
cernable. A lot of C.Z. and Pan history is 'packed' on this 1/2 side of
postal-I thought you'd all be interested so I quote in part: "Dear Pop:
You ought to come down and run for Pres. It's quite the style-3 Pres.
in 1 week! There were 4 ex. Pres. in Tivoli at one time! Hope this finds
you OK. We just had a guest from U.S. for 10 days. We rushed him a-
round so fast he didn't have time to run for Pres.! Canal traffic is very
heavy and a lot of new ships. Lots of lay-offs by C.Z., Army and Navy.
Lots of rain, too, this year and still raining on Dec. 11."
John 'Slim' Wilson of Tampa has written friends of his 'first leg' on
his 'round the World trip-on a Dutch ship bound from Miami to Europe
Bon Voyage the rest of the way!
Mrs. Estelle DeCora says that she and her family are well, but that
she had sad news about old time CZ friends,-who told about Mr. A. V.
Fotheringham's passing in Shaker Heights near Cleveland, O. last Nov.
The family used to live in Culebra. The widow and two sons survive. Also
that Mr. William Crook passed away in Garwood, N. Jersey. This family
were old timers in Pedro Miguel. Mrs. Crook came from England to the
Zone as a bride. She and a son and daughter survive.
Jerry Parker, wife and family, of Coldwater, Mich., were here visit-
ing his parents the G. O. Parkers, and his sister Mrs. Colleen Doucett and
family during the week of April 9.
While these notes are 'winging' toward Florida, I will be going to
my old home in the Hoosier state to visit my kinfolk on the 'Banks of the
Wabash', to see another springtime, leaving the gorgeous dogwoods a
bloom here-and leaving there as their dogwoods burst into blossom.
While making plans for this journey in early March, I contemplated stop-
ping at Mulberry, Ind. to call upon Dr. and Mrs. Troy Earhart-but the
Grim Reaper thwarted me-as the sad news came that a fellow Hoosier,
our great beloved friend, Dr. and Surgeon, of our Canal Zone days had
passed to the Great Beyond on Mar. 20. Our most sincere and heartfelt
sympathy is extended to Mrs. Earhart-we all grieve with her.
The Seattle Times had the death notice of Miss Sophia H. Burnham
who passed away on Mar. 14. She was a nurse and came to the CZ and
Ancon Hospital in 1912. After leaving Ancon she was Supt. of Nurses in
Panama Hosp. A sister in Seattle, and a brother in Venezuela survive.
I am the delightful recipient of a lengthy and well prepared list of
names of most of the teachers who have taught in the Canal Zone. Grace
McCray Rigney sent me this from Mex.-and she, Alice Alexander, Sue
Core Odom, Gladys Hubbard Cain and others helped to compile it-My
many thanks to you all-for a 'Job well done'!-and to you Grace for
sending it. It helps me recall so many old friends and brings forth
The Hartshornes of Seattle write that the Big Fair will be so near-
that they can just walk over and see it-so they'll have ample and many
opportunities to learn how to live in the year 2000-as I understand vir-
tually everything at the Fair is 'keyed' to the World of Tomorrow! I trust
you all had a Joyous and Happy Easter!
Frances S. Dorn
TRANSIT CHAPTER, NORTH QUINCY, TAXACHUSETTSI
March 9. Forty-seventh wedding anniversary. It has been a long
time since I stood up straight in a rented ($2.00) full-dress suit; extra
charge if I ripped any seams. Anyway the union has held together, in
spite of many Rainy and Dry Seasons. Ida received my annual donation
of a dress that does not zip up the back. She has not yet taken the hint
that I don't care to assist her in getting dressed. The neighbors could not
complain of the party noise because they all were here. Shades of the
March 12. We will never do that again. We visited overnight with
my rich "Drinking Cousin" who lives 45 miles north of Boston. Well, in
starting home light snow started to flicker down, and the closer we got to
home base the worse the storm became. We couldn't see the road 20 feet
in front of us in spite of the windshield wipers straining all possible in
trying to cooperate. No use to park on the side of the road and have a-
nother auto knock us into Kingdom Kome (that's a small town near by-
I think). Didn't want to visit on such short notice. So-o-o, with my co-pilot
also driving, but without the wheel, we advanced cautiously, and certainly
not at Bird Speed. When we arrived at Boston it was raining -a most
welcome change. There surely is no place like home. If any more snow
comes our way we are going to hide under the bed; twin beds that is.
Samples. We have a large box of snow, and 12 icicles, different
sizes, in our deepfreeze. They are being held as gifts for the ex-Zoners
who visit with us this summer. First come, first served; but no mail re-
quests will be accepted because the Post Office will not cooperate, and we
still don't know why. Correspondence re the subject is NOT invited.
An Answer. Rumors had been flying around that the Doulton Com-
pany were again manufacturing the Hunting and Coaching chinaware.
Well, on April 12th the company advised "our factory has not resumed
production on either and, further, we doubt very much that such an under-
taking will ever again be realized because the demand for this particular
merchandise has been practically nill in recent years." So-o-o sorry, we
wanted to complete our set also.
April 17. We called on Anna Dillon at Fall River. Although crit-
ically ill she lies there in the room of the Catholic Memorial Home; very
cheerful and talkative. Every other week she has her hair waved. Upon
leaving Anna, we drove over to visit with Mr. and Mrs. James Milloy, and
Helen, at West Harwich on Cape Cod. They are all well, and are enthus-
iastically awaiting the return of Gertrude, who is resigning from Canal
service after many years of faithful work.
Canal Record, March, 1962-Isthmian Newsreel. "15 new all-steel
boxcars now in service." Goodie, goodie, but we have read nothing about
replacement of the ancient kerosine lamps in the equally ancient passenger
coaches. How many remember the Labor Cars? Wonder if one of those
were saved for the present generation to shudder at. At least they took
us there and brought us back.
George Ritchie, now of Phoenix, Arizona, reports that in inspecting
a frozen juice canning plant he tried to grab a souvenir from the tremend-
ously fast moving empty can line. In doing so he had an accident. So-o o,
if anyone finds a pinkie in a can please return to owner. A reward has
June 2. Miss Gertrude "Patsy" Milloy was tendered a luncheon by
the employees of the Storehouse Division. Gertrude is leaving the Zone
(not Twilight Zone) to make her home with her folks on Cape Cod.
Messages were received from many of her ex-fellow employees, and from
friends of her father and mother.
Congratulations and thanks to Betty Lockridge for so efficiently tak-
ing over the tremendous task of compiling, editing and presenting the
Canal Record. And there can be no doubt but that "Buck" has his sleeves
rolled up in assisting..
A THOUGHT. Dear Lord, we do not ask that we be young again,
only that we may be allowed to grow older.
Ida and Slim Hallett
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Today, April 12th, we dare to belive that Spring has, at last, got
around the corner. We have missed the riot of rainbow colors that usually
heralds the arrival of Spring. The cool, cloudy weather and sudden sharp
freezes has delayed and, in some instances, nipped the more daring blooms
of fruit trees and shrubs-yet in spite of appearances, we know that over
all is the creative principle, so beautifully expressed in:
Why search for God in far-off distant heights
When near at hand the budding blossoms swell,
And sleeping earth awakes at dawn of Spring,
By pulsing life within the pregnant soil?
The earth swings ever on its ceaseless span
In diamond fire of night or sunshine blaze.
The Hand that scatters stars across the sky
And sets the sunbeams glimmering by day
Is nearer than the air we breathe a sign
To kneel before this timeless mystery
For He has left His name on all the earth,
So near at hand is this Eternal God.
Newsgathering is fun. We have now worked out a system whereby
we fortify ourselves at the sumptous Smorgasboard served in the old his-
toric Inn in Bentonville. The cheery red and white dining room put us,
husband Newell and your reporter, in just the right mood to go a'visitin
and learn how our friends of long ago in the lush Tropics are enjoying
retirement life in a more temperate climate.
Our first call was at the home of Jimmie Coman and his sister-in-law,
Mrs. Mattie MacAulay. We reminisced about the time we had a Canal Zone
re-union in Tampa, Florida 'way back in 1922 when we had all left the
Zone to get along without us we thought. Jimmie keeps busy with his
interest in the Civic Work of the Welfare Board. Mattie was being hostess
to her many Clubs and Circles all in one week. She reported having vis-
ited some "Kissin Kin-folk", the 0. M. Plummers down in Cabot, Ark-
ansas for ten days. We found George and Edith Engelke really relaxed
and gathering strength for the morrow when grandson Mark Engelke will
be spending ten days with them. Their Super-Duper home is "booked up"
as a Motel for the coming summer to a host of visiting relatives and
friends. More about their guests when they arrive. Then over to see
"Mayor" and Mrs. Ernest Williams and felt "let down" when we learned
it was not so as the C.Z.P.M.A. O.E.S. had reported in their news-
letter. Anyway, we all had a good laugh, even though we had to forego
those "Mayorality" favors we are supposed to expect from our political
friends, or so it seems according to "what I read in the papers." Haleen's
Giant Jonquils are bravely blooming behind the little white picket fence.
We learned of the new hobby that kept Haleen busy this winter the
making of wall plaques, in the shape of "Roosters", of many seeds.
In Rogers, we visited with the Lynn Cooks who are also eagerly wait-
ing more congenial weather before painting and gardening. They have
been kindly busy in looking after the needs of others of our group whose
health is not quite what it used to be Mrs. Jackson and her sister, Mrs.
Parkyn. By 'phone I learned the Bill Kellers (Alice) are well, in fact
Bill said he was in better health than he has had for years. Those are the
words we like to hear and write about.
In Springdale, we found Mrs. Mina Mock looking pretty as a picture
and she reports that Tom is looking forward to warmer weather. Having
traveled seventy miles and seven hours later we decided to call it a happy
day to have been a'visitin.
Because of many activities, this report is being written piecemeal.
Since the above news report, Cub-reporter Newell went back to Springdale
for further news. Found the Mathues, Bill and Carrie looking particu-
larly well after a restful winter and making plans for visitors shortly.
Carrie corrects your reporter for writing that she uses "yarn" for crochet-
ing handsome tablecloths and bedspreads. She informs me she uses
"thread" thereby disclosing my lack of crochet nomenclature. By 'phone,
Marione Campbell and sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Ernest Anger-
muller, told of their plans for plenty of visitors this summer.
From Eureka Springs, we learn of the continued recognition of Glenn
Ward Dresbach's "The Collected Poems, 1914-1948" by his publishers of
textbooks in schools of United States and Canada, the placing of same in
overseas libraries of U.S.I.S. in Germany, Greece, England, Yugoslavia
and what is even more satisfying the continued recognition and praise
by the schools of his own home county and state Carroll County, Illi-
nois. Beverley has been busy writing Book Reviews for the Eureka Springs
Times-Echo. Having been privileged to read her book review of "The
Patriot Chiefs" by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. I must admit it was interesting
and thorough enough to whet one's desires to either read the book in its
entirety or, at least, to feel well informed.
Our Fayetteville folk have been busy. The Walter Reifs went to Okla-
homa City to sing "Happy Birthday" to son Walter, Jr. on April 2nd. -
just missed -you know what. A visiting Zonian, Mr. Eldridge N. Burton,
Asst. to Postmaster of Balboa, is here for a brief visit with Mrs. Nannie I.
Brown and visiting his property out on the edge of town. The Newell
Shaws have just survived a very successful Arkansas Federation of Chap-
ters of N.A.R.C.E. held here in our town and in our brand new Mountain
Inn Motor Lodge. Grover and Billie Bohan of Jonesboro, Arkansas and
faithful adherents of N.A.R.C.E. were here for the Convention.
David Higgins, son of Edwin and Mildred Makibban Higgins is
spending his Navy furlough between his parents in Sparta, Missouri and
his grandparents of Round Mt., Washington County, Arkansas. David has
completed Submarine training in Groton, Conn. and will head for Hono-
A card from Chandler, Arizona tells us that Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Foiles,
in search of better health, are now living at 298 North Hartford Street,
having sold their former home in Booneville, Arkansas. We are sorry to
lose them from Northwest Arkansas Society and extend best wishes for
health and happiness in their new location. Arizona folk take note and
go and welcome them to your State.
'Tis one hour before midnight, 1st of May 1962. This evening at eight
o'clock we, with other friends and relatives witnessed a simple, yet deeply
impressive service that united in marriage two long time residents of the
Canal Zone, Mrs. Minnie C. Crooks and Eldridge N. Burton of Balboa by
the Rev. Earl Hughes of Wiggans Memorial Methodist church of Fayette-
ville. The ceremony took place before an improvised altar composed of
an exquisitely hand carved wood screen from India and two baskets of
pastel shaded Gladioli in the spacious living room of the home of the
bride's uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Wieman on Mt. Sequoyah.
Minnie was attended by her daughter, Mrs. Charles C. Daily (Judy
Crooks), and "Mike" by his brother, Jasper W. Burton of Atlanta, Ga.
The bride was attired in a street length dress of imported white Irish
linen embroidered in soft grey cut work lace design made with a scoop
neckline, short sleeves and long wasted semi-princess lines. Her shoes
were in the same shade of grey and her only jewelry was a string of cul-
tured pearls. The corsage she wore, a gift of the groom, was two beautiful
white orchids with a deep ruby center. The bride's mother, Mrs. Nannie
I. Brown, who went to the Canal Zone in 1906, and now a resident of
Fayetteville, wore orchid crepe with jacket of orchid lace.
The bride's table was covered with a beautiful embroidered and lace
Army and Navy cloth. The centerpiece was a three tiered cake surmounted
with a pair of white satin, pearl-trimmed wedding bells. Two silver, triple
candleabrum held rosebud pink candles, casting a soft glow over the silver
coffee service, silver trimmed punch bowl and refreshments. Coffee was
poured by Mrs. Lois Dean and the punch was served by Mrs. C. E.
Rumsey. Delicate pink Snapdragons and crystal holders with pink candles
graced the buffet. It was a happy gathering as former Canal Zone and
Fayetteville friends extended best wishes to the bride and groom and
wished for them a joyous melody of happiness so aptly symbolized on the
tiny napkins by swinging bells held by love birds to "Minnie and Mike",
May 1, 1962. They are sailing from New Orleans, May 12th to make their
home in Balboa until they retire within the next two years and we shall
welcome them back to Fayetteville.
Many from the Canal Zone will remember Jasper W. Burton as he
was for many years employed by the Panama Canal Clubhouse Division
as Asst. Manager of Washington and Tivoli Hotels. Jasper returned to
Atlanta later in the evening.
A happy and relaxed summer to y'all take it easy on those trips
as you go a'visitin.
Blanche E. Shaw
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The winter rains really worked wonders for Southern California -
our hills are green, and the hillsides and the desert are all in bloom: lupin,
poppies, and other wild flowers are a sight to behold.
We had 74 attending the Spring Dinner Meeting in March at the Hotel
Alexandria in Los Angeles: not as many as we'd like to have had, but
those attending had a good time. We did so enjoy hearing David Smith
sing two numbers, accompanied on the piano by Dorothy Hamlin that
was a real treat. Virginia Seiler told of a trip she and Martin had, includ-
ing the stay in St. Petersburg where they attended the reunion said it
was quite an experience.
We in Southern California are so sorry to be losing Eva Hammer -
she is moving to Gassville, Arkansas, to make her home. At this writing
we do not have her new address she says Gassville is near Mountain
Home, about 150 miles from Bentonville. We wish her much happiness in
her new surroundings.
Received a newspaper clipping showing Mr. and Mrs. Frank Briggs,
174 Iris Street, Redwood City, when they recently celebrated their golden
wedding anniversary. Mr. Briggs was with the Panama Canal for more
than 20 years prior to moving to Redwood City, where the couple have
now lived for 23 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Smith (Betty Clement) of San Gabriel are proud
grandparents of Kathleen Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Powers
(Sally Smith). Betty says Caleb Clement and his family, and his mother,
will be in California soon, we hope in time for the June 10th picnic.
Letter from Leon Edwards, of 1218 Holly Street, Oceanside, Cali-
fornia formerly with Panama Canal Fire Department, retired in 1950.
He is quite active in civic affairs; President of No. 706 NARCE in Ocean-
side; Noble Grand of IOOF Lodge No. 346; member of Oceanside Indus-
trial Committee; on the Mayor's Youth Committee; and is now a candi-
date for the Oceanside City Council. Doesn't sound to me like he's "retired".
The city of Lakewood (near Long Beach) honored the Republic of
Panama during their annual Pan-American Festival in April, and had as
one of their queens Miss Nitzie Elizabeth Anguizola, daughter of Mrs.
Olivia Anguizola, Los Angeles consular representative of Panama. Nitzia
is a native of David, Panama, and is studying to be an airline hostess at
the present time.
Martin Seiler recently celebrated his birthday Mrs. Anna Tonne-
son, Jack Tonneson, Mrs. Peter J. Sundberg, Hedvig (Sundberg) Seed-
borg, Martin and Virginia, and I attended the show at Padua Hills and
enjoyed lunch there. On the day following, we were joined by Henry and
Dakota Wunsch at the Seiler's for a patio party. The Seller's and the
Wunsch'e recently had a trip to Acton and Palmdale to see the beautiful
lilacs in that country, and to celebrate Henry's birthday.
Sorry not to have more news I know the folks hereabouts have lots
to write about but they suffer from mananaa fever" and don't get the
news to me-and I've been so busy that I haven't had time to prod them
for news items.
Our next picnic will be on June 10, 1962 Brookside Park, Pasa-
dena everyone welcome. Kindest regards,
Thelma Reppe, Secretary
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
The New Year didn't start out too auspiciously for the Philgrens of
Sacramento. Mrs. Philgren lost her mother on January 15th and on Feb-
ruary 13th Ed Philgren was in a serious automobile accident. The car was
completely wrecked, so he feels lucky to have come out of it alive. He is
all right now although he had to spend several weeks in a cast for a frac-
The Yoders entertained some Idaho friends for a few days in Feb-
ruary Mrs. J. H. Murphy from Gooding, and Mrs. Edna Allen of Boise.
Bob and Margaret Malloy with daughters, Virginia and Barbara,
spent a few days the latter part of February and first of March in Buenos
Aires on a short vacation from Montevideo. Philip and Barbara O'Shaugh-
nessy, who are at present living at the Continental Hotel in Buenos Aires,
enjoyed having the Malloys in town. Later when the O'Shaughnessys took
a quick trip to Montevideo Barbara and Margaret were able to have a visit
by telephone only. Never too far from home it seems to find someone who
has lived in the Canal Zone.
In February Sara and Verne Mitchell went to the desert to get some
nice sunny weather. Just what Sara needed they thought, to bring her back
up to par after weeks of not feeling too good. But who hasn't heard about
the Southern California storms this year!! (OK, we had WEATHER up
here too, Southern California). After three weeks of rain and storms they
headed home. Regardless of the weather something did the trick for Sara
looked much better and we were all happy to have her back for our March
Bridge Club, held at Mary Birnbaumer's in Palo Alto. In April the Mit-
chells had visitors from Ecuador for a couple of days.
Arthur and Hanna Beard took a trip to Monrovia in February to see
Visitors at our February Canal Zone Bridge Club held at the Yoders
in Los Altos, were Roger and Joyce Collinge. They had just returned from
a five month tour of Europe and were visiting in Berkeley with their
daughter, Joyce, who is employed in a research project at the University
of California. They still had more visiting and traveling to do as they
planned to see their parents in Houston and their daughter, Sara, and new
son-in-law in Pensacola, Florida.
The Nevilles had an unexpected trip to Phoenix recently when their
neighbors invited them to go along on the shake-down cruise of their new
Oldsmobile station wagon. It included a leisurely drive down the coast
with a stopover at Santa Barbara, a night in Palm Springs, and a weekend
with their family in Phoenix. The trip home by way of Las Vegas was
pleasant but unprofitable. The desert wild flowers were blooming in pro-
fusion and a real sight to behold.
Ray and Erma Forbes (who are now located in Coalinga, California
where Erma is working with Dr. R. N. Icke) took a trip down to San Luis
Obispo on the weekend of March 10th to meet Betha and Jim Selby. They
were visiting Betha's son, John Wilkinson, who has been in school there
and now has the Bear Valley Greenhouses at 630 Sage, Los Osos, Califor-
nia. John is to be married on May 13, 3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church
in San Luis Obispo, to Dianne Storch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Storch of Lafayette, California. Don Sampson is to be best man. John's
sister, Betty, and her husband will fly up from Phoenix for the wedding
and Jan and David Muralt will be among the guests.
Carlin Lee Sankey and Edward V. Ellison of San Diego were married
on April 2, 1962 at Sunset Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, Dr.
Brown, Pastor, officiating. They are living in the Marina district of San
Francisco. Carlin Lee is the daughter of Jack and Dorothy Sankey of San
Francisco and the granddaughter of Mrs. John Hulen, the former Carlin
The Sidney Nevilles, Harold Duncans, Jack Sankeys, Greg Sankey,
Carlin Lee and her new husband and two other friends spent Easter Sun-
day with the John Hulens. For the Nevilles and Duncans this is becoming
a tradition as they have spent many happy Easter Sundays with Carlin
and her family.
The Harold Irwins of San Rafael were surprised and delighted in
March when their son, Bob, from New Jersey made them an unexpected
visit while on a business trip west.
Mrs. Anna MacRae Bickford, who is now living in the old family
home in Sacramento, writes the following news of the Dr. Bickford family;
"Mary Katherine's eldest son, born in the Canal Zone, received his P.H.D.
from Oxford in Physics, was married to a Belgian Physicist on January
20, 1962 and has a two year Fellowship at the University of Leige,
Belgium. He was a Rhodes Scholar, graduate of McGill in Montreal, Can-
ada. Mary Katherine has two other sons, 15 and 10 years old. Ruth now
lives in Florida, her husband is a Captain, U.S.N. Ret. She has three
grandchildren. Nathan is in California and has two sons and a daughter."
Our very sad news this time is the death of Lewis G. Prager, son of
Jerome and Florine Prager of Berkeley, on April 23 at Veteran's Hos-
pital in Oakland. He had been seriously ill with lung cancer for the past
several months. Interment was in Golden Gate National Cemetery. He
leaves a widow, Charlotte, and daughter, Anne, who live in Calistoga, Cali-
fornia; his mother, father and a younger brother, Jerry.
Verna Peeler, of Riverside, spent her spring vacation with her sister
and brother-in-law, Mabel and Dick Heindel, at their lovely home in Oak-
land hills. The Yoders and Nevilles of Los Altos were their guests on
Quoted from the San Jose News, "Gerald Bliss, San Jose City College
student was recently awarded a $100 scholarship by the West Side Kiwanis
Club. The award given each semester to a San Jose City College student
in third semester electronics, is based on need, scholastic achievement and
achievement in electronics. Bliss, of 76 Llewllyn, Campbell, took depart-
ment honor last semester, and was named to the Dean's Honor List of out-
standing students with a 3.37 (B+) grade point average. A sophomore
electronics major, Bliss also won the electronics department project com-
petition last semester, building a mobile low power transmitter."
Come Spring and Summer and there are many reports of comings
and goings. Maybe we can hit some of the high spots. During April and
May some of the visitors to our area were Mrs. Anthony (Bea) Fernan-
dez of Dallas visiting Florine and Jerry Prager in Berkeley; Elvira Byrne
visiting Evelyn and Ernie Payne in Napa; Jimmie Woods and family visit-
ing his mother, Ethlyn Woods in San Carlos; Mrs. Leslie Wilkinson from
Texas visiting Nina Brown in San Carlos; Mrs. Gladys Hodge visiting
her son, Dick, in Santa Cruz. In June Lena Fitch is planning a trip to
Europe with her sister, Mrs. Macafee, and a niece, and just most everyone
out here is thinking about or planning a trip to Seattle for the World's
Fair sometime between May and October.
That's about it except for our April Bridge Club at the Nevilles.
And April is THE time to show off the Santa Clara Valley the blossoms
are riotious, and the hills a lush green. Harold Duncan was host for the
men on the same day.
I suspect a lot of you, along with myself, fervently wish Clara was
still your reporter. Almost 29 years away from the Canal Zone and my
Tracking Stations just aren't tuned in to the best advantage.
Ruth Duncan, Secretary
Happiness is like time and space We make and measure it our-
selves: It is a fancy as big, as little as you please; just a thing of
contrasts and comparisons.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Having had snow flurries on Palm Sunday, seems as though Spring
has finally arrived in "The Land of the Sky", flowers in bloom everywhere
-but along with the happy, lovely things there is a little sadness too.
We are sorry to report that Dr. E. T. Howard passed away April 2,
1962. He had lived and worked in Gatun, C.Z. for many years. He grad-
uated from college in 1922 as a Dr. of Chiropractic. Dr. Howard retired
in ill health December, 1941 with 30 years of service, going first to Den-
ver, Colorado in February, 1942 where he and Mrs. Howard lived for
about 3 years. They moved to Asheville, N.C. in 1945.
Mrs. Inez Ward reports that Gladys Adams, wife of W. E. Adams,
passed away at their Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida home April 14th, 1962
after a long illness. Her sister Ada was with her the past several months.
Gladys and Will were both well known in the Canal Zone where Will was
General Manager of the United Fruit Company for Central America until
his retirement in 1952. He had also been a Canal Zone employee prior to
holding this position with the United Fruit Company. They had lived in
Hendersonville and Asheville, N.C. before moving to Florida. Gladys
will be greatly missed by the members and friends of the Panama Canal
Society of Western North Carolina, in which she at one time had been
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Coleman returned from a most pleasant visit and
trip to the Canal Zone on March 13, 1962. Their grandson Dale Dom-
browsky, arrived from Clemson College April 18th, and his friend on
April 20th, to spend Easter with them.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Johnston left April 18th to visit with Johnny's
mother and family in Phillipsburg, Pa. during the Easter Holiday.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence D. Howell drove to Winston Salem to visit with
their daughter Margaret and family for Easter, they report the grand-
daughters, Debbie and April, had a grand day!
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bentz had a delightful Easter their son, Dr.
Alan P. Bentz of Stamford, Conn. (he is a Research Chemist with the
American Cyanamide Company), and his two oldest boys, Brooks and
Drew, flew here for a 4-day visit. Alan hadn't been home for 15 years so
it was a happy time for all concerned.
On April 24th Mr. and Mrs. Bentz were expecting Mrs. Earl I. Wol-
slagel of Erskine Lakes, N. J. (mother of Mrs. J. D. McElheny wife of
Col. John D. McElheny, USA, former Lt. Governor of the Canal Zone),
for a week's visit. She has many friends here. Mrs. Wolslagel has been
visiting in Florida and Georgia also.
Mr. and Mrs. Duke Lewis had their son Alan and his family of Lin-
coln, Nebraska with them for Easter. Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Byrd had visited
with them also.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Mitchell have had as their house guest, Mrs. Kate
Luke of Bradford, Pa., sister of Mrs. Mitchell.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. Knoop motored to Ohio to enjoy Easter with
Betty and Fred O'Rourke report that W. D. Williams stopped by to
see them on one of his recent trips. Iva Crawford of South Carolina comes
to see them quite often.
Mr. and Mrs. I. A. MacKenzie have been in Honolulu, Hawaii since
Mr. and Mrs. Starford Churchill returned from the Canal Zone Feb-
ruary 10, 1962 where they spent the holidays with their son and his fam-
ily, seeing for the first time their new little granddaughter Yvonne Louise,
report that the time went all too fast. Starr III is very happy with his
little sister also. On way back home they visited friends in different parts
Dorothea T. Churchill, Secretary
THE PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
We are just about to slip into spring and forget the cold weather and
rainy days and try to breathe up all the beautiful spring days and summer
coming up. The past year has been a pleasant and a happy one for most
of our club members and friends, however, some have had the touch of
sorrow and deaths.
March 20th one of our club members passed away after approximately
five years of illness, Mr. Edward L. Boone. Mr. Boone made his home
with Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Whitley of Houston. He was born August 7, 1876
in Brashear, Missouri. He joined the Panama Canal in 1906 and retired
in 1920. He came to Houston and was a cattle raiser and rancher until the
time of his illness. Mr. and Mrs. Whitley accompanied his body back to
Brashear, Missouri for burial.
We are sure glad to welcome back the Roy Searcy's and two child-
ren, Lynn and Brian. They are now located at 8228 Grafton Street, Hous-
ton. They have been living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the past two
years. We sure have missed them and hope they will stay home this time.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Souder will leave Monday the 23rd of April for
Tampa, Florida. They will visit the Sam Myers. Mr. Souder is really
looking forward to going fishing with Mr. Myers. The Souders will visit
friends in St. Petersburg and will visit all around Florida before return-
ing home. They expect to be gone approximately two or three weeks.
Mrs. Mike Theologian (Gloria) survived the Chicken Pox and has
returned to work. Mrs Theologian is employed by the National Aero-
nautics and Space Administration of this city.
Captain Frank Russell died in Claiborne Towers Hotel, New Orleans,
Louisiana, February 19th. Captain Russell was Pilot in Colon and Cris-
tobal, retiring a few months before his death. He is survived by his wife
and one daughter, Virginia Lynch of Cristobal, Canal Zone.
Major and Mrs. Moser of Lincoln, Nebraska will spend the Easter
Holidays with Mrs. Moser's mother, Mrs. Peggy Ellis of this city.
Bertha Turner, Sec'y.-Treas.
NEWS FROM MIAMI
The first picnic of 1962 was held at Matheson Hammock on April
fifteenth. Canal Zone women have the reputation of being good cooks
and everyone seemed to enjoy the buffet picnic lunch at one o'clock. The
meeting was called to order by the president, Mr. Hobart Y. Andrews, with
a special word of welcome to the "first-timers". Each one was asked to
introduce himself and give his years of Canal service. Among the first-
timers we were happy to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Snyder of Boca
Raton, Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Cunningham of Pompano Beach, and Mr.
and Mrs. James M. Hunter of Ft. Lauderdale. Guests were Mr. and Mrs.
Vincent Raymond who flew up in April from Canal Zone and are the
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham, and Mr. Albert Shocky of Wanes-
boro, Pa. who is a guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Melanson.
It was nice to see Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Japs and also Mrs. Grace S.
Schack who have been absent from our picnics for some time. The most
important item of business was the election of Mr. William L. Russon for
vice-president to replace Mr. James A. Jones who recently returned to
Canal Zone with his family. Mr. Jones has accepted a position as Ad-
measurer in Cristobal and has been assigned quarters in Coco Solo. We
shall miss the Jimmie Jones family who regularly attended our picnics.
Mr. and Mrs. James Hunter (nee' Amelia Hutchings) of Ft. Lauder-
dale have been hosts for several family gatherings during the past few
months. Mr. and Mrs. Byrne Hutchings were visitors during the Christmas
Season. Mr. Al Hutchings and his son-in-law, Bill Schmitt, were New
Year's visitors. Sandra Schmitt, who is attending college in Fox Hall at
Lennox, Mass. spent her Easter vacation with the Hunters. While Sandra
was there, her grandmother, Mrs. Al Hutchings (Barbara) flew up from
Canal Zone to enjoy the family party.
Mr. George Japs of Hopkins, Minnesota was a guest in February at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Japs of Miami.
Mr. Joe Snyder, his wife and two children spent two weeks during
the Christmas Season with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Snyder of
Boca Raton. Also a holiday visitor was their daughter Jane's oldest child,
Betty LaDuke, of Chicago. Mrs. LaDuke (Jane) with two more of her
five children spent the month of March with her parents and her husband
joined them for a ten day holiday. Other guests of the J. A. Snyders were
Gary and Ann Boyle of Niagara Falls (formerly of Cristobal) and Mr.
and Mrs. Ed Millspaugh formerly of Gatun and now of Ft. Pierce. The
Millspaughs also visited Mr. and Mrs. Floyd McDermitt of Pompano
Beach. Mrs. Peg Pollock and her sister dropped in on the Snyders enroute
from Nassau to Maitland, Florida. The Snyders have the "Welcome" sign
out and hope their friends will continue to come their way.
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Russon are now living at 3540 Crystal View
Court in Miami. They are near the home of their daughter, Gene (Mrs.
Wilton Clary). Commander W. L. Russon Jr. is being transferred from
Arlington, Va. to San Francisco, Calif. in June. Enroute he will enjoy a va-
cation and visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Russon Sr. in Miami.
May and Oliver Bowen of Connecticut were visitors in the home of
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Russon enroute from Canal Zone where they had been
visiting their son, Jimmie. They were also guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. T.
Bowen of Coral Gables.
Mr. Wilton Clary recently had a singing engagement at the Hotel
Versailles on Miami Beach. During the evening the Emcee announced the
presence of a newly-wed couple from Panama. They turned out to be
Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Barbara Klypper) McArthur of Balboa who were
married April seventh. Mr. McArthur was "the boy next door" when Mrs.
Wilton Clary (Gene Sexton) was growing up in Balboa. Isn't it a small
Mr. and Mrs. Aram Hatch are leaving for their home in Pittsford,
Vermont early in June.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Moore have recently purchased a home in the
southwest section at 337,6 Crystal Court, Miami 45. They hope to attend
our next picnic.
Mr. Frank Miller of Cooper City was a patient for several days in a
Ft. Lauderdale Hospital but is now convalescing at his home.
Mrs. Juanita Blanshaft, formerly of Balboa and now of Bogalura,
La., was the guest for several weeks of Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Melanson of
Mr. Roger Williams of Balboa accompanied his mother and father,
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Williams, on their return from Canal Zone to their
home in Ft. Lauderdale.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence True spent the Easter Holidays with their son,
William True, and his family in Orlando.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Coleman of Hendersonville, North Carolina
were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Jones enroute to and from the Canal
Zone. Mr. Jones drove his guests to Key West on a sight-seeing tour.
Mr. and Mrs. Starford Churchill of Asheville, No. Car. paused briefly
in Miami on their way to Canal Zone to visit their son and his family.
Ruth and Ike Metzger spent seven delightful weeks visiting Mr. and
Mrs. A. T. Marsh in Coco Solo, C.Z. Ike and Tom Marsh had the pleas-
ure of some deep-sea fishing with Mr. Curtis George and caught an eighty
pound red snapper. Ruth attended the Orchid Chapter Star Club Luncheon
in honor of "Grandma" Mary Engelke's ninetieth birthday. Grandma
Engelke founded the Balboa Star Club many years ago.
Mrs. W. G. Fisher spent several weeks visiting old friends in various
parts of Florida. She was the guest for several days of Mr. and Mrs.
Floyd McDermitt at their home in Pompano Beach before returning to
her home in Springfield, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Skinner returned to Miami in April from Birming-
ham, Alabama where they were visiting their son, Stanford, and his fine
Mrs. William Beers of Wisconsin visited friends and relatives in Ft.
Lauderdale during the past month.
Mr. Floyd McDermitt of Pompano Beach was called to Point Pleas-
ant, West Virginia because of the serious illness of his brother.
Mr. and Mrs. John Blennerhasset will be the guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Floyd McDermitt at their home in Pompano Beach from May third until
May fifteenth. Their daughter Veronica who is attending a school of
nursing in Boston will join her parents during their visit here. The Mc-
Dermitts are also looking forward to a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Truman
Swearengen about the middle of May. The Swearengens will sail to New
Orleans in April for permanent residence in U.S.A.
Mr. Francis Reilly, on vacation from Canal Zone, visited in the
home of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bowen enroute to New York State.
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bowen of Coral Gables are leaving on May first
for an extended visit in the eastern states with their children and other
relatives and friends. They will go first to Charlotte, North Carolina
which is the home of their daughter Dolly Bowen Hicks. Other visits are
planned in Richmond, Virginia, Washington, D.C., New York City, and
Asheville, No. Car. They expect to be away for several months.
The Panama Canal Society of Southeastern Florida will have three
more picnics this summer. Be sure to check the dates on your calendars.
They are: JUNE 24 AUGUST 19 OCTOBER 14.
Bring a "covered dish" and enjoy the picnic lunch, buffet style, at
one o'clock in the Rock Shelter at Matheson Hammock Park.
Ruth T. Metzger
Bildon, Inc., made an apparent low offer of $312,560 on the work of
air conditioning the Balboa Senior High School and the Canal Zone
Junior College buildings. These are the first two public buildings in the
Canal Zone to be connected to the new central chilled water air condition-
ing system now under construction in Balboa and Ancon.
The work of converting the two masonry buildings for air condition-
ing will include the installation of new lighting and electrical systems,
and certain plumbing and architectural changes.
The cool air will be provided by means of the circulation of chilled
water pumped through the building from a central plant located in Build-
ing 9 at Diablo Road and Roosevelt Avenue in Balboa.
The work on the two school buildings will be done after school hours
and during vacation periods. The system to be placed in operation by the
time the September 1963 school term begins.
Another step in the million and a quarter dollar plan to construct a
central chilled water system for air conditioning in the Pacific Terminal
area of the Canal Zone was taken with the opening of bids for alterations
to a building which will house the Instrument Repair Shop.
The Instrument Repair Shop was formerly located in Building 9 on
Diablo Road, which will be converted into a central chilled water plant.
The Repair Shop is to be moved to Building 31 in the Balboa Industrial
The preparation of the new headquarters for the Instrument Repair
Shop will include architectural, plumbing and electrical alterations and
the provision of an air conditioning system. The contractor will be given
four months to complete the work.
With the removal of the Instrument Repair Shop to the new location
in the Industrials areas, work will be started by the West Indies Piping
Corporation of Miami, Florida, on the conversion of this building into a
central plant which will act literally as the heart of the new chilled water
air conditioning system.
The contract for the construction of the central air conditioning sys-
tem was awarded last month to the Miami Company which is a subsidiary
of Markowitz Brothers of Miami.
The system will provide air conditioning to the Canal's public build-
ings by means of a single-pipe loop system through which chilled water
will be pumped from the central plant. Through this system, air condition-
ing will be provided to the Balboa High School and Canal Zone Junior
College buildings, the Balboa Retail Store, the new Gorgas Hospital and
eventually other public buildings.
The United States and the Organization of American States (OAS)
signed a two-million dollar agreement to begin work on the final link of
the Pan American Highway.
This portion of the highway, through southern Panama and adjacent
Columbia will link the road systems of North, Central and South America
and will permit overland traffic from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego.
The U.S. fund, provided under the Alliance for Progress, is part of
a three-million dollar fund administered by the OAS. Panama will provide
$333,000, Columbia another $333,000 of which it already has deposited
$166,000, and the other OAS member states will provide the remaining
$334,000. Eight countries already have contributed a total of more than
$108,000 for the project. The eight are Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, Hon-
duras, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Chile and Ecuador.
OAS Secretary-General Jose A. Mora, signing for the OAS, hailed
the project as one that would help "unite the American republics."
The highway portion to be constructed is 450 miles long. It begins
at Chepo, Panama, 60 miles east of Panama City, and goes through the
length of the Isthmus 100 miles into Columbia. The terrain is mostly
mountainous, isolated, densely covered with vegetation and swamp in
many sections. It is known as the "Darien Gap" and is inhabited mostly
The engineering surveys are expected to take about two years and
the highway project itself several years more.
Panamanian Ambassador Augusto Arango said the elimination of
the Darien gap "Will turn our continent into a bastion against the dan-
gerous forces threatening mankind."
A Canal Zone Chapter of the American Association of University
Professors was officially launched as Lt. Gov. W. P. Leber presented the
charter from the national organization to Subert Turbyfill, first President
of the Chapter.
Organization of the local unit of the AAUP gives recognition to the
professional stature, attainments, and accomplishments of faculty mem-
bers of the Canal Zone Junior College, which long has been fully ac-
credited by the Middle States Accrediting Association and approved by
leading cultural and educational bodies in the United States.
Charter members of the local unit, in addition to President Turby-
fill, are Charles R. Bowen, Vice President; Margaret Gately, Secretary-
Treasurer; Jacque E. Cook, James H. Johnson, James A. Lyons, De Witt
E. Myers, and Kenneth W. Vinton.
Four houses were destroyed, three completely gutted and others dam-
aged by a fire which raged out of control for an hour in Colon March 2&
A Colon bombero and six others were injured, some seriously by the
early morning blaze which is estimated to have left over 100 families
Eight Colon fire rigs answered the 3:20 a.m. alarm. Two Canal
Zone fire rigs were called to assist in quelling the blaze at 3:44 a.m.
Vice President Jose D. Bazon, who is also chief of the Colon Bom-
beros, in comparing the fire to the disaster of April 13, 1940, said he
would insist on urgent repairs to the Colon Water supply.
Hampered by low water pressure and a high wind, the firefighters
took an hour to bring the fire under control. It was finally extinguished
at 6 a.m.
Damage from the fire is estimated to exceed $200,000. All the occu-
pants of the houses lost their clothing, furnishings and personal posses-
The "green hornets", as the Canal Zone police cars have been known,
are about to become a thing of the past. Black and white are the new
The new look in police cars features white tops, white trunk lids and
two white doors, with a police badge in color reproduced on each door.
The white top, incidently, lowers the car's temperature from 6 to 8 degrees.
The black and white color scheme for the Canal Zone police cars has
the primary purpose of making their identification easier for the public.
The new colors will be more outstanding than the present green and should
any Canal Zone resident need help, he will be able to note at a glance
whether a police car is in the neighborhood.
Four thousand pounds of Bouquette tomatoes were shipped recently by
P.A.A. from Tocumen to Southern Star Produce Co., of Pompano Beach,
Fla., by the firm of Collins & Carreira, whose partners are Alfred M.
Collins and Francisco Carreira growers and shippers of Bouquettes. This is
the first shipment of a total of approximately one million pounds this
firm expects to export during the next three months. The tomatoes are
packed in specially designed 8-lb. cartons designed and manufactured in
Panama. Jimmy Smith, special agent in Panama City for Collins and
Carreira and George K. Jenner, marketing specialist of the Point Four
Organization who is presently working through SICAP are promoting
the marketing of Panamanian products.
A startling sight was an oil-drilling rig 180 ft. high mounted on a
self-propelled barge 267 ft. long as it moved through the canal, on its
way from Texas to Alaska for off shore oil exploration.
Launch service to Taboga Island from Balboa was suspended pend-
ing repairs to docking facilities at the popular week-end resort island, it
was announced at Balboa Heights.
The announcement said the suspension was ordered "in the interest
of safety to passengers".
A fine dock was built at Taboga during the time that the US Navy
operated a torpedo boat base in World War II and it was made available
for public use after the site reverted to Panama. Little or no maintenance,
however, was done on the installation, which finally became unusable.
In recent months, visitors to the island have had to transfer from
the launches to "pangas" (flat-bottomed rowboats) to reach shore. Some
accidents have been reported.
The regularly scheduled Taboga launch service from Balboa is fur-
nished by the Panama Canal Company at the request of Panama's Tour-
Repairs to the docking facilities at Taboga will be made by the Pan-
The interior of Panama will be only a telephone call away from the
Canal Zone, through arrangements made with Comunicaciones, S.A., to
provide telephone service to Panama Canal Company telephone subscrib-
ers from the Canal Zone.
The service, via the microwave system of Comunicaciones, S.A., will
link the Canal Zone with the following towns: La Chorrera, Aguadulce,
Chitre, Las Tablas, Santiago, David, Bouquette, Concepcion, and Puerto
Calls also will be accepted for placement to towns near those listed,
arrangements to be made with the telephone operator of Comunicaciones,
Because of higher labor costs the Terminals Division rates for ser-
vices to shipping were increased April 16, Balboa Heights announced.
The increased rates follow a 20 percent increase in wages paid to
stevedores under a reclassification in grades made in March.
The increases in stevedoring charges range from 13 to 53 per cent,
with an overall average increase of 31.5 percent.
According to Balboa Heights, stevedores' wages were a major factor
in the increase but gradually rising operational costs also contributed to
The increases are the first in stevedoring charges since 1953.
A new law to fix the duty on second hand vehicles on the basis of
weight instead of by the selling price quoted in the US automobile Blue
Book went into effect in March throughout the Republic of Panama.
Another law raising the import duty on new cars considerably went
into effect recently.
The new duty on second hand cars (usually bought from Canal Zone
residents) will be based on a sliding scale starting at 30 cents per gross
kilo (2.2 lbs.) up to 1750 kilos with discounts of from 10 to 65 percent
for each year after manufacture.
The import duty on new cars which went into effect almost unnoticed
is 221/2 percent on vehicles valued at $1500 or less. From $1500 to $2200,
27% percent; up to $2,500, 30 percent; 50 percent on vehicles worth up
to $3000; 60 percent up to $3500 and 65 percent on vehicles worth $3500
In addition there is a sur-charge of one and one-half percent which
is imposed on all items imported into the republic.
The new scale on used passenger automobiles, including station
wagons, completely assembled, and excluding autobuses or motorcycles
(assembled or not) will carry introduction duty based on its gross weight
is as follows:
One year after manufacture, 10 percent discount.
Two years after manufacture, 20 percent discount.
Three years after manufacture, 35 percent.
Four years after manufacture, 45 percent.
Dr. Harmodio Arias Jr., general manager of The Panama American
Press, Inc., announced the appointment of Edward W. (Ted) Scott to the
position of executive editor in charge of the Panama American, April 6th.
Scott is a newsman of international experience, and is well known
in press and radio circles in the Western Hemisphere.
He replaces Reece Smith, who resigned last week following a leave
of several months.
A U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board examiner recommended that Aerovias
International Balboa be authorized to operate a scheduled air cargo ser-
vice between Panama City, Panama, and Miami, Florida.
The Panamanian company, organized in 1959, owns a C46 cargo
plane and a B26 converted military aircraft, and plans to schedule two
round trips a week initially.
Cameras have been whirring on the Isthmus the past few weeks as
a photographic crew of the Bay State Film Productions, Inc., of Spring-
field, Mass., started production work on a documentary film about the
Panama Canal and the Isthmus.
The 16 mm. sound movie, in color, will have both English and Span-
ish sound tracks and will take about 30 minutes showing time to tell the
mechanics of the Canal enterprise, as well as the basic procedure in tran-
siting ships from one ocean to another.
The film, a number of copies of which will be available for showing
on a loan basis, will be aimed at presenting a complete and accurate story
of the construction, operation, maintenance, and improvement of the
The first film of its kind ever produced under auspices of the Canal
organization, it will be used for more effective personnel recruitment and
orientation, as well as for informational uses outside the Canal organ-
The film will examine all aspects of the Panama Canal operation in
an educational account of the Canal construction, its purpose, use and im-
portance to the United States and the world. It will picture the economic,
military, and moral reason for the United States' management and oper-
ation of the Canal, while showing what the Panama Canal and the United
States are doing there. The film also will deal with the friendly relation-
ships between the Canal Zone and Panama.
The filmed story of the 50-mile long international waterway connect-
ing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans starts with the efforts and failures of
the two French companies, and moves through the historical and geo-
graphical background to a photographic actual transit.
While virtually all the scenes will be filmed on the Isthmus, the se-
quences of the documentary will be completed in the Springfield, Mass.
laboratory of the film company, and sound effects and dialogue will be
Actors George Gaynes and Luis Van Rooten, both of whom speak
fluent Spanish will share the dialogue. The narrator will be Carlos Mon-
talban, who has been active for many years in the American theater, radio,
and television as actor, director, and producer.
A low offer of $214,114 was submitted by the W. B. Uhlhorn Con-
struction Co. of Texas on the development of the site in Pedro Miguel in
preparation for the construction of 100 more two, three, and four-bedroom
apartments in that area.
The work to be included in the contract will consist of clearing the
land in the Pedro Miguel townsite where construction on the second group
of duplex quarters is scheduled to begin next year.
Do you know onetime Panama Canal pilot Capt. M. W. Baisieux, or
where he or his family now are living?
Joe Morgan, Adjutant of Elbert S. Waid Post, American Legion, Cris-
tobal, would like to locate Captain Baisieux or some member of his family
in order to return a past commander's medal issued by Elbert S. Waid
Post which carries the following inscription:
"To Capt. M. W. Baisieux for Distinguished Service. E. S. Waid
Post No. 2, 1933."
Anyone with information about Captain Baisieux is urged to contact
officials of the Post.
MOSTLY THIS'N' THAT
Did you know that 350 members have not paid their 1962 dues -
there were 60 changes of address made since March Mr. Keith Kelley
made a hole in one at Twin Brooks Par Three course, St. Petersburg -
C.Z. Police and Firemen donned short sleeve shirts for their uniforms Jan.
1962 Only one bid was received on the SS Ancon and was rejected -
C.Z. is trying to find a way to meet the drastic water shortage for lock-
age 52 million gallons are required for every ocean to ocean lockage!
Extracts from the correspondence of James Braithwaite and others -
from the 1915 year book of the Society of Chagres
"Sep the 28/1915
Sir your most Honourable Govner Sir
I have get my knee inger in the Cocorach Slide on the twenty six of
June and were in Hospital and were discharge on the first of September
and turn to work on the third and were laid off the 24 Sir my knee is
badly inger I cant lift no weight one it. I can work Sir. But I cant jump
aroung as good as if I had my good leg Sir I have my wife and four
children to Suport and I need work yours check No. 22463 were in-
ployee in the six division Sir I kindly ask you to vestecate that matter
for me Yours ... Ancon p o ."
Keep the news coming early. If an item does not appear in the
Record, it is because it arrived too late or did not arrive at all.
Special thanks to Captain Guy Johannes of Bradenton for his con-
stant contributions of news items and clippings.
Many thanks to all contributors and to the correspondents who are
so prompt and are doing such a wonderful job of reporting. It is the col-
lection of all these that make the Record.
The deadline for the September Record is August 1. ED.
BY-LAWS OF THE CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE IV DUES
1. The dues of the Society shall be three dollars ($3.00) a year by cal-
endar years, and shall entitle members in good standing to receive
the Canal Record and Year Book when issued.
2. Dues shall be considered payable in January of each calendar year,
and will be considered delinquent on February 1st in any calendar
year. New members will be accepted after July 1st in.any year for
$1.50 in dues for the balance of that particular calendar year pro-
vided the following years dues are paid in advance at the same time.
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
for Membership Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
Name (Wife)------------------------------- ---
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Approved By---------------------------------- Date--------
Amount enclosed $------------------- Check --- M.O.----- Cash----
Dues $3.00 per year. Add 45c to checks onCanal Zone Banks.
Dues THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Payment Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
Name------------------------------------ ---- -------------------
City ------ --------------------------Zone---- State -------
Dues for: 1962 --_-- ; 1963 ----- ; 1964------- ; 1965_------; 1966-----
Amount enclosed: $ ----------------- Check--- .. M.O.---- Cash----
City --------------------------------Zone--- State .------ ---
Recorded: Date------------------------- Card No.--- __--
Please add: 45c on checks drawn on Canal Zone Banks.
DUES $3.00 per year. January lto December 31 following.
IF YOU ARE A FLORIDIAN .
JOIN THE BLOOD BANK NOWI
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for Membership BLOOD BANK FUND
Residents of Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
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DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Dependents $1.00 per year.
P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Dues BLOOD BANK FUND
Payment Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
City ----------------------------------- Zone State--- -----
Dues for: 1962------; 1963-------; 1964 -----; 1965------. ; 1966-----
Amount Enclosed $------------- (Check) --- (M.O.)---_ (Cash)----.
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DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Dependents $1.00 per year.
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 the balance of the year.
Please fill in the application and send your dues to the:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
POST OFFICE Box 11566,
ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
NEW MEMBERS AND ADDRESS CHANGES
Mr. and Mrs. Harold S. Duncan-20680 Carniel Avenue ----. Saratoga, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nichols-
Boyer Trailer Park, Route 4, Box 205--------------_---- Ocala, Fla.
Mrs. Theresa Rosetti-4515 North Interstate--------------- Portland 17, Ore.
Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Coleman, Sr.-
1931- 10th Street So., c/o J. Haas -------_------ St. Petersburg 5, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Larson-37 Vickers Village------------- --Tallahassee, Fla.
Dr. and Mrs. T. W. Alley-18 North 25th Street----------Wilmington, N. C.
Mrs. J. W. Barrett-Box 216-------------------------------Gamboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Dube-Box 1767--------------------------Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Arrieta-304 Gilmore Ave.------- San Antonio 26, Texas
Mrs. Lillian Murray-4231 22nd Ave. North---------- St. Petersburg 13, Fla.
Mrs. Edna C. Coffey-170 Perkins; Apt. 101------------- Oakland 10, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Brameld-22 Hopper Street--------------Paterson 2, N. J.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hatchett-418 Warwick Street------ -Fort Valley, Ga.
Mrs. Parker C. Umpleby-3130 Daniels Ave., Apt. 9---------- Dallas, Texas
Miss Theodora (Teddy) Distenfano-227-C Pringle Circle,
Magnolia Springs Apts., Box 432 --------------Green Cove Springs, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Garrett J. Boyle-432 Memorial Parkway,
Mail: Box 25 ------------------------------- Niagara Falls. N. Y.
Mrs. Marian B. Wood-332 South 2nd Avenue---- --- __-- ---- Lebanon, Pa.
*Mr. and Mrs. I. A. MacKenzie-1621-K Anaquni Street ---Honolula 14, Hawaii
*Lt. and Mrs. R. F. Zumbado-USMC, 18721 NW 39th Court----Opa Locka, Fla.
Mrs. Lois W. Geddie-Box 146-----------------------------Rodman, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Herrington-Box 477-------_- Balboa Heights, C. Z.
*Mr. N. E. Herndon-707 North Jefferson Street---------.--Tuscumbia, Ala.
Miss Eileen T. and Mrs. Helen C. Peterson-
1537 North Serrano Avenue----------------------Hollywood 27, Calif.
*Mr. Brun Namur-3545 99th East ----------------------------Chico, Calif.
Mrs. Esther E. Campbell-1653 North Cypress St.----------..La Habra, Calif.
*Miss Anne K. MacDonald-
c/o June Dreghorn, Sunray Mid Continent Oil Co.-------- Denver 6. Colo.
ADDRESS CHANGE Continued
*Mr. Walter D. Williams-1305 Raymond Way, Lenevar---. Charleston, S. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A. Coffey-9422 Birmingham Dr.---... Riviera Beach, Fla,
Mr. George A. Lord-5997 13th Street North------- .. St. Petersburg 3, Fla.
Mr. P. G. McGregor
Hollander Hotel, 421 4th Avenue No.---------------St. Petersburg 1, Fla.
Mr. James B. O'Brien-435 9th Avenue No.--------- St. Petersburg 1, Fla.
Dr. Georgia Reynolds-220 NW 65th Avenue------------.Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. William Rohrbach-Box 841.-----------------Maitland, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Wempe-14 Taylor Road-----------Glen Ellyn, Ill.
*Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H. Otten-
c/o David Otten, 8233 Riley Street,-------------- Overland Park, Kansas
Mrs. Hans C. Jensen-200 Northfleld Place------------...-Baltimore 10, Md.
Mrs. Susan H. Boles-22609 Doremus -------------St. Clair Shores, Mich.
*Mr. and Mrs. Emerson R. Fuller-G-3304 West Parkway-------- Flint, Mich.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Dent-500 Gladstone----------Kansas City 24, Mo.
Mrs. J. G. Lutz-25 Costmont Terrace--------------------------- Colls, N. J.
*Mrs. Marjorie Gardiner-939 Iris Street, Apt. 16 ------- Las Alamos, N. M.
*Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Gibson, Jr.-401 Kimberly Dr., Geddes-....Syracuse, N. Y.
*Mr. and Mrs. I. F. McIlhenny-
2930 Meadowbrook Blvd. -__ _----------- Cleveland Heights 18, Ohio
*Mrs. Lillian E. Thompson-33 East Great Miami Blvd.----. Dayton 5, Ohio
Mrs. W. H. Meroney-Court Inn----------- ------- Camden, S. C.
*Mr. and Mrs. Roy D. Searcy-8228 Grafton Street------Houston 17, Texas
Mrs. R. D. Armstrong-995 Belmont Terrace ----------Florissant, Mo.
Mr. and Mrs. Pat S. Coakley, Jr.-3028 Nottingham ----- Houston 5, Texas
*Mrs. Mary E. Feuille-
Pine Lawn Trailer Park, 910 West Gurley Street------.----Prescott, Ariz.
Lt. and Mrs. Boyd E. Baldwin, Jr.-17117 NE 5th Street----- Bellevue, Wash.
Miss Lillian L. Pratt-Box 0-------------------------Balboa Heights, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. Walker-3828 Army Street.--- San Francisco 14, Calif.
Capt. and Mrs. Jack H. Hearn-3435 Ridgecrest Drive----- Carlsbad, Calif.
*Miss Bessie M. Dugan-555 Desota Avenue---------------Ypsilanti, Mich.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Stilson-2917 Hiss Avenue-------.---. Baltimore 34, Md.
Miss Sara E. Harrison-1015 Park Place----------------- Wilmington, Del.
*Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Lundy-Box 473-----------------------Fairhope, Ala.
*Mr and Mrs. William G. Wood-1423- 13th Street--- ---- Clarkston, Wash.
Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Fretland-Bel Air Motel---------- Land O'Lakes, Wise.
Mrs. B. E. Demmy-Route 6--------------------------------Carlisle, Pa.
*Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Stewart-
c/o William Stewart, 3876 Magee Avenue-------------- Oakland 19, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Albin-56 Mason Avenue, Babylon- .- Long Island, N. Y.
Mr. E. P. Hogle-540 9th Avenue No.------------------St. Petersburg 1, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Hills-
TRI-PAR Estate. Box 1525, Broadmoor Street---------------Sarasota, Fla.
Capt. and Mrs. Walter H. Kuhrt-
151 North Orlando Ave., Apt. 237------------------------Winter Park, Fla.
*Mr. and Mrs. Francis S. Key-107 Seminole Avenue----------__Dumont, N. J.
*Miss E. Jane Holcomb-P. O. Box 12633---------------St. Petersburg 33, Fla.
Mrs. Marie Maas-1287 Queen Ann Place .----------- Los Angeles 19, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Bougan-416 21st Ave. No ...-St. Petersburg 4, Fla.
Mrs. Ella A. Brown-Route 2, Box 1197 ----- -- __ Largo, Fla.
Dr. and Mrs. C. C. Clay-2444 Golden Avenue------------Long Beach, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Arie T. Van Gelder-1826- 114th NE -------__Bellevue, Wash.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Cope-Box 295,---------- Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Fred Hatchett-193 Ferne Avenue-- ------- Palo Alto, Calif.
*Mr.and Mrs. Carl R. Newhard-801 9th Street NW-------.. Bentonville, Ark.
*Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Donovan-Box 43-------------Balboa Heights, C. Z.
*Mr. and Mrs. William H. Anderson-P. O. Box 846--------- Olathe, Colo.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Lindsay, 6680 28th Street So.---.St. Petersburg 12, Fla.
Mrs rA P. HuInt, St. Petersburg.
I iss L.u.ie Stli.:,n, Mrs. Arr ol.l
FPnncas ,Alic- .:.i C.'l.-nr, R de P.
Mhr. vllia'r. Fredrick, iEditlh :1i
The Leland Slocums
S Mr. and Mrs B.,b Miller
S Pa..ona, Calif
Mrs. Julia Nielson McKenzie, St. Petersburg, Mrs. Nelson Magner,
Bradenton, Mrs. Virginia Siler, Calif.
(all were in Balboa High School together)
Mr. Max Hart, Tampa, Mrs. May Davies, St. Petersburg,
Terrell Toone, Texas, Dick Taylor, Maine,
Frank Hohman, St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Park and son,
Pinellas Park, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. George Cassell, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Furr, Falls Church, Va.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
U. S. Po tage
St. Petersburg, Fla.
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