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LUNCH TIME ON THE THATCHER FERRY BRIDGE
( Courtesy of Panama Canal Company )
Former Canal Zonites at the 7th Convention of NARCE in Tulsa, Okla., June, 1962
Left to Right: Ruth Sill Grover Bohan Blanche Shaw Billie Bohan
Lilian Gerchow Newell Shaw Frank Gerchow Fred De V. Sill
Mrs. Mary Manush,
Mrs. Amy Loring (her
Capt. Howard Wentworth
Mrs. Ida Hallett
Mrs. Mabel Jordan
Mrs. Helen Wentworth
Yarmouth, Maine, May 21st
Lillia Monsanto Dean, (Mrs. H. L.)
30 Rocky Shore Drive, Iowa City, Ia.
Author of "Once is a Habit" which has
been released for publication.
Capt. and Mrs. Schloming, Gene Sexton Clary,
Isabel Schloming Cummings and her two children
in Albequerque, New Mexico
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. L. Grimm, Wisconsin
Mrs. Pilkerton, St. Petersburg
Mrs. Matheney, St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Boggs, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Seller, Calif.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
(A Non-profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
W. D. Goodwin J. F. Warner
H. V. Howard Executive Committee
Vice-President W. Dewey Goodwin
Lee R. Beil Harlan V. Howard
Secretary-Treas. Lee R. Bell
Lyla M. Esler
Lyla M. Esler Betty Lockridge
Recording Seo'y. Keith Kelley
C. G. Calvet
Betty Lockridge Macon A. Turner
Record Editor Z.. Esler
J. W. Dorgan
Martin Nickel Albert McKeown
NEW BRIDGE TO OPEN OCTOBER 12, 1962
Columbus Day, a hemisphere-wide holiday, is the date tentatively
chosen for the inauguration of the $20,000,000 bridge spanning the Pan-
ama Canal at the Pacific entrance.
Governor Robert J. Fleming made the revelation to members of the
board of directors of Cemento Panama, S. A., who toured the high-level
structure now nearing completion.
Members of the party inspecting the bridge also quoted the Governor
as saying it was likely that the bridge would be open to traffic on a
limited basis for trial purposes, as early as mid-September.
Started in December, 1958, the 542-foot long structure is now in the
final phase of construction. The last steel beam closing the main arch
was bolted in place May 16.
October 12 the anniversary of the discovery of the New World
by Christopher Columbus is a significant holiday throughout the
There had been widespread guessing that the inauguartion of the
ABOUT THE COVER ..
Building the new bridge is a "high" job, but the workmen don't seem to mind
as they eat their lunches high on the framework of the new bridge.
Courtesy of the Panama Canal Company
bridge, officially named the Thatcher Ferry Bridge, would be scheduled
during the early November holidays in celebration of Panama's Inde-
pendence Day. In addition, there has been considerable speculation that
President John F. Kennedy may visit Panama for the dedication of the
bridge. As far as is known now, there is no basis for the latter speculation.
The Thatcher Ferry Bridge is one of the highest in the world. It has
a 201-foot clearance at high tide and at its highest point rises to 384 feet.
Since the June issue of the Canal Record
Edward J. Cullen-Navigation Division-22 years, 1 month, 22 days.
Capt. George K. Hudkins-Navigation Division-27 yrs., 5 mo., 29 days.
Alexander McKeown-Industrial Division--43 years, 5 months, 13 days.
Capt. Hugh Maloney-Navigation Division-22 years, 2 months.
Charles M. Nelson-Supply Division-15 years, 9 months, 9 days.
William J. Rose-Railroad Division-27 years, 11 months, 8 days.
John J. Snodgrass-Maintenance Division-19 years, 2 months, 5 days.
Charles T. Swearingen-Locks Division-22 years, 5 months, 20 days.
Frank A. Tompkins-Navigation Division-18 years, 3 months, 4 days.
Ruth Crozier-Schools Division-33 years, 5 months, 19 days.
Robert A. Engelke-Dredging Division-38 years, 7 months, 22 days.
Bernadine U. Hanna-Schools Division-30 years, 5 months, 8 days.
Walter H. Herbert-Navigation Division-33 years, 8 months, 6 days.
Richard J. Koperski-Supply Division-24 years, 9 months, 24 days.
Florence A. Lamson- Schools Division-30 years, 8 months, 7 days.
Gertrude M. Milloy-Accounting Division-42 years, 3 months, 21 days.
Carl R. Newhard-Electrical Division-38 years, 8 months, 23 days.
Clifton W. Ryter-Dredging Division-35 years, 11 months, 28 days.
Alfred Brameld-Dredging Division-6 years, 3 months, 4 days.
John W. B. Hall-Terminals Division-27 years, 10 months, 27 days.
Capt. Bernice Herring-Dredging Division-22 years, 3 months, 8 days.
James A. Lyons-Schools Division-24 years, 8 months, 14 days.
Archie Manikas-Police Division-12 years, 9 months, 16 days.
George R. Murray-Navigation Division-20 years, 8 months, 28 days.
Philip S. Thornton-Supply Division-36 years, 10 months.
E. H. Turner-Electrical Division-21 years, 5 months, 24 days.
Herbert Newhouse-Police Division-21 years, 4 months, 22 days.
Joel L. Cook-Police Division-20 years, 18 days.
Arthur F. Crusey-Locks Division-25 years, 6 months, 29 days.
George D. Gregory-Dredging Division-36 years, 10 months, 25 days.
Julian P. Hackett-Electrical Division-31 years, 2 months.
Robert H. Hicks-Audit Division-38 years, 9 months, 1 day.
Caroline Hunt-Gorgas Hospital-28 years, 11 months, 5 days.
John H. Leach-Terminals Division-42 years, 1 month, 13 days.
Walter T. McClure-Postal Division-26 years, 5 months, 18 days.
Mrs. Marie McNeff-Corozal Hospital-25 years, 9 months, 25 days.
Henry E. May-Supply Division-40 years, 10 months, 21 days.
Mrs. Beatrice O'Toole-Electrical Division-19 years, 3 months, 16 days.
Charles E. Pretz-Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
22 years, 2 months, 15 days.
Jacob Rand-Postal Division-19 years, 6 months, 29 days.
James J. Reccia-Supply Division-18 years, 5 months, 23 days.
Lawrence J. Ryan-Electrical Division-14 years, 2 months, 22 days.
Mr. and Mrs. (Beth Lockridge) Ralph M. Huls, of North Palm Beach,
announce the arrival of their fourth child, third daughter, Helena Lock-
ridge on June 27, 1962. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. R. M.
Huls, Sr. of Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. G. C. Lockridge of St. Petersburg who were on hand to greet their
Mr. and Mrs. (Helen Haseman) Joseph Ress of National City, Calif.
announce the arrival of their fourth daughter, on July 8, 1962. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Louis Haseman of Jacksonville, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Egbert F. Ridge of Gatun, C.Z. announce the birth of
a son, the third child, in March 1962. Maternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Louie Kleefkens of Margarita, C.Z. Paternal grandparent Mr.
J. E. Ridge Sr. of N. J. Great grandparents Mrs. Bruce Sanders of Gam-
boa, C.Z. and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Kleefkens of Tampa, Florida.
Lt. and Mrs. Lawrence Cox, USAF, of Englewood, Calif., announce
the birth of their first child, Lawrence Christopher.
The baby's grandparents are, Mrs. Dorothy Degnan of Astoria, N.Y.
and Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Cox of Balboa.
Lt. Cox is a graduate of Cristobal High School, and received his
commission upon graduation from the US Naval Academy. He is cur-
rently assigned to the University of Southern California, and will be re-
assigned in September to duty in Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond H. Nickisher of LaFayette, Calif., announce
the birth of a daughter, Greta Marie, born recently at the Kaiser Hospital.
Mrs. Nickirsher's parents are Lt. Col. and Mrs. W. B. Voortmeyer
of Oakland, California.
Mr. Nickisher's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Nickisher, reside in
Greta Marie is the second daughter of the Raymond Nickishers.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl R. Meissner of Diablo Heights announce the birth
of their second child and first daughter, on May 27 at Gorgas Hospital.
The baby has been named Denise Lee.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Peter Proback of
Balboa and Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Meissner of Los Rios.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Hummer Jr., of Rodman, proudly announce
the birth of their first child, a son, Charles W. Hummer, III, at San Fer-
nando Clinic on May 4, 1962. Mrs. Hummer is the former Greta Navarro.
'Maternal grandparents are Col. and Mrs. Richardson Selee of Panama
and Mrs. Carolina Navarro de Chiari of New York. Paternal grand par-
ents are Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Hummer of La Boca.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Thorsen of Pensacola, Florida, announce the
birth of their first child, a daughter, on May 29. The baby will be named
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Griffin of Ancon,
and the baby's mother is the former Dorothy Griffin.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Pore of Temple, Texas, announce the birth of their
first child, a son, on May 23, in Temple. The baby will be named Turner
Isaac Pore. The baby's mother is the former Louise Allgaier, and maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Allgaier of Margarita.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lohr of Diablo Heights are the parents of a son,
their first child, born on May 27 at Gorgas Hospital. The baby has been
named Neil Bryan.
The paternal grandmother, Mrs. Edyth Lohr of Manhattan Beach,
California, is visiting her son and daughter-in-law.
Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Meigs of Princeton, N.J. announce the birth of
Barbara Lester Meigs, on June 7th. The paternal grandmother is Mrs.
Al Meigs of Tampa, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Sawyer of Bethesda, Md., announce the birth
of their second child and first son, on May 21 in Washington, D.C. The
baby has been named John Raymond Edward.
Mrs. Sawyer is the former Virginia Ann Welch of the Canal Zone.
The maternal grandmother, Mrs. Edward F. Welch of St. Petersburg,
Florida, is currently visiting her daughter and son-in-law.
Mr. and Mrs. James L. Fulton Jr. of Ancon announce the birth of
their first child, a daughter named Sandra Maria, at Gorgas Hospital on
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Canas of Bella
Vista, and the paternal, Mr. and Mrs. James L. Fulton Jr. of Los Rios.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Gerrald announce the birth of their first
child, a son, on June 4 at Fayetteville, North Carolina. Mrs. Gerrald is
the former Carol Ann Seaman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Seaman
of Margarita. The infant will be baptized Brian Dwayne.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William B. Gerrald of Slates-
boro, Georgia. Sgt. Gerrald is a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Divi-
sion and is stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. William F. McIlhenny, of Lake Jackson, Texas, an-
nounce the birth of a son, David William, January 25. His maternal grand-
father is Mr. G. G. Alexander, now of Lake Jackson; his paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. I. F. McIlhenny, formerly of Diablo Heights.
At the time of the baby's birth they were living in San Antonio, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sims (Edith Eckhoff) of Cumberland, Iowa,
announce the birth of a daughter, their first child, May 10, named Cynthia
Ann. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Eckhoff of Margar-
ita, Canal Zone. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Simms
of Anita, Iowa.
A daughter, their first child, was born April 3, in Falls Church, Vir-
ginia, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. McIlhenny. The little girl, who has been
named Kathleen Lauren, arrived about three weeks after her father re-
ceived his PhD from the University of Tennessee.
The Robert McIlhennys had lived for ten years in Oak Ridge, but
moved recently to Falls Church where the baby's father is now with
Melpar, a research organization, as a senior chemist.
Kathleen's maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Johnston,
of Houston, Texas.
Her paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. I. F. McIlhenny of
Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. John Allgaier of Houston, Texas announce the birth
of their third child, a daughter, Diane, born April 5th.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Allgaier of Margar-
ita, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dean Colston announce the birth of their first
child, a daughter, Deanna Fay, on June 20, 1962. Dick is the son of Mrs.
Virginia P. Colston and the late R. Dean Colston who lived in the Canal
Zone for many years.
Dr. and Mrs. Edward G. Schnake of Dickenson, Texas announce the
birth of a son, Keith Edward, on June 7, 1962. The Schnakes have two
other children, a boy, John Reade and a girl, Lee Moreland. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ed Schnake of Michigan.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Nadeau, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, announce
the marriage of their daughter, Sandra Marie, to David Walter McIlhenny.
The marriage took place in the basilica of the old Spanish Mission at
Carmel, California, and was followed by a reception at the Navy Post-
graduate School in Monterey where the bridegroom is a computer special-
ist. The young couple spent their honeymoon in Mexico City and Aca-
pulco. They will live in Pacific Grove, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Storch of Lafayette, Calif. announce the mar-
riage of their daughter Dianne, to Mr. John (Jack) Wilkinson, of Los
Osos, Calif. on May 13, in the Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Don Sampson was best
man. Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Forbes, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Boetto (Betty Wil-
kinson) sister of the bridegroom, Mr. and Mrs. David Muralt, Mrs. Don
Sampson and Mrs. Jim Selby mother of the bridegroom from the Canal
Zone were all out of town guests. Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson are at home
at 630 Sage, Los Osos, where they operate The Bear Valley Greenhouses.
White gladioli and carnations formed the floral setting in St. Mary's
Church of Balboa for the nuptial mass uniting in marriage Miss Charlene
Marie Morency and Donald Steven Rogers.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. ond Mrs. Charles Morency of Gam-
boa and the bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Thelma C. Rogers of Salisbury,
N.C., and Mr. William A. Rogers of Balboa.
The Rev. John F. Tumelty, C.M. performed the impressive double
ring ceremony at the mass. The servers were Andrew Marczak and Daniel
Mullins of Gamboa. Mrs. Anona H. Kirkland of Balboa played the tra-
ditional wedding march and the Ave Maria during the mass.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Miss Sandra Morency, the sister of the bride, was her maid of honor.
Bridesmaid was Miss Nancy Morency, the bride's younger sister.
Mark Francis Marczak carried the wedding rings on a heart-shaped
Earl Millins Jr., of Gamboa was best man for the groom. The ushers
were David Boostrom and William Cofer, classmates of the couple.
A reception was held immediately following the ceremony in the Fern
Room of the Hotel Tivoli.
Miss Teresa Dunn had charge of the bride's book.
Mrs. Rogers is an honor graduate of Balboa High School, class of
1962, and will attend King's Business School in Raliegh, N.C.
Mr. Rogers is a graduate of the class of 1960, Balboa High School.
He attended the Balboa Junior College for one year. He is now in his
third year of electrical engineering at North Carolina State College.
Upon return from the wedding the couple will depart for Raliegh.
Mrs. F. N. Miles of Mt. Pleasant, N.C. and Mr. Robert Blaney of
Balboa, C.Z. have announced their marriage.
Marriage vows were exchanged July 14 by Miss Jo Anne Bishop and
Maurice Ephraim Fey, in the Tinker Air Force Base Chapel, Oklahoma.
Chaplain Milton H. Allen officiated at the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Col. and Mrs. (Susan Ewing) Edwin
Bishop Jr., 5327 Vandenberg and Tinker AFB, and the granddaughter of
Mrs. Eula J. Ewing. The bridegroom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim
Fey, Glendale, California.
Miss Kathy Tier was maid of honor.
Keith Fey, Glendale, Calif., served as best man for his brother. Ushers
were Martin Smith and Jay Tier. Martha Lambert served as flower girl.
Candlelighters were Eddie Bishop, brother of the bride, and Darryl Fey,
brother of the bridegroom.
A reception was held at the Officers Club, Tinker AFB, following the
The couple will reside in Glendale, Calif., after a wedding trip.
Miss Dianne Lois Baltozer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Balt-
ozer of Diablo, became the bride of Mr. Edwin James Wardlow, the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wardlow of Sardinia, Ohio, in a double ring cere-
mony performed at the Albrook Air Force Base Chapel at 7 o'clock on
May 14. The Rev. David Welker officiated.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Attending the bride as maid of honor was Miss Lynn Botzenmayer
of Curundu. Mr. Joseph Pavero, Jr., served as best man. Ushers were the
bride's cousin, Mr. George Lord of La Boca, and her brother, Mr. Richard
Baltozer. Following the wedding, a reception was held in the Fern Room
of the Tivoli Hotel.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and attended the Canal
Zone Junior College. The groom, a graduate of Sardinia High School also
attended the Canal Zone Junior College. He is at present stationed at
Howard Air Force Base.
Following a short honeymoon in El Valle, the couple are making their
home at 970-A, La Boca.
Out-of-town guests attending the wedding were the bride's grand-
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baltozer of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall S. Raymond of Curundu announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Sharon Kay Raymond, and Mr. Jerry Warren
Patton, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall C. Patton of Texas City, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Casey of Balboa announce the engagement and
approaching marriage of their daughter, Joan-Kathleen, to Mr. Donald
Nicholas Plennert of Quarry Heights, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas
Plennert of New Port Richey, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Holly Hebert of Diablo Heights announce the
engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Mary Holly.
to Grant Ellis Hilden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard O. Hilden of Forest
Miss Hebert is a graduate of Balboa High School and will graduate
in June from the University of Oregon with a B.A. degree in history. She
is a member of Sigma Delta Pi, national Spanish honorary society.
Mr. Hilden is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a B.S. de-
gree in history and will continue his studies in the fall at the American
Institute of Foregin Trade at Phoenix, Arizona.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Morales of Margarita announce the engage-
ment and approaching marriage of their daughter Edna Gene, to Mr.
Robert Lee Snyder of Fort Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Flemens of
Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Mrs. George Seibold announces the marriage of her daughter Mary
Ann to Mr. Robert Wallace Eldridge, on Saturday, the 12th of May, 1962,
in St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Monrovia, California.
The couple will be at home at 300 Fairview Avenue, So. Pasadena,
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Christopher Hannigan of Balboa announce the
engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Agnes Dianne,
to Mr. Robert Gerald Moran, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clement Moran of
Miss Hannigan was born in Colon R. de P., and attended Canal Zone
schools, graduating from Balboa High School. She graduated from Col-
orado State College in 1960, and has been teaching in the Roynham-Bridge-
water Regional High School. Mr. Moran is a graduate of Curry College
with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Education. He is a member of
the Brockton Police Force.
Mr. and Mrs. Hannigan and their youngest daughter, Patricia, are
vacationing in the United States and will remain there until after the
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert O. Engelke of Margarita announce the engage-
ment and approaching marriage of their daughter, Mary Alice, to Mr.
Bobbie Joe Williford, son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Williford of
Miss Engelke is a graduate of Cristobal High School, and has
attended Canal Zone Junior College.
Mr. Williford, also a graduate of Cristobal High School, attended
Northwest Junior College in Mississippi, and the Canal Zone Junior Col-
lege. He has been employed with the Postal Division for the past four
years. Mr. Williford began a two year course at the Spartan School of
Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in July.
The engagement of Miss Margaret Poulson to William O. Limke-
mann, is announced by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Poulson of Ashtabula, Ohio.
Miss Poulson will be a senior at the College of Wooster where she is
an organ major. She is employed by Trinity Lutheran Church in Canton,
as the director of music.
Mr. Limkemann, son of Rev. and Mrs. J. W. Limkemann of Cristobal,
was graduated from Cristobal High School with the class of 1959. He has
completed his junior year at the College of Wooster and plans to attend
seminary upon graduation.
Mrs. Lucille Flenniken of Gamboa, Canal Zone, announces the en-
gagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Carol Lynne to Mr.
James Laverne Wolf.
Miss Flenniken graduated in June from the University of Tennessee
Mr. Wolf is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, State Col-
lege, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the teaching staff at the Junior
High School in Diablo, Canal Zone.
The First Baptist Church of Balboa Heights was the scene, earlier
this month of the marriage of Miss Judith Ann Beeby, daughter of Rev.
and Mrs. William H. Beeby of Balboa, and Mr. Gary Inman, the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Clark Inman of Pontiac, Michigan.
The double ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. Nat Phillips
and Rev. Beeby. As father of the bride and officiating pastor, Rev. Beeby
escorted his daughter to the altar and stayed beside her until she was
given in marriage to Mr. Inman. Rev. Beeby then performed the major
portion of the ceremony.
The bride's attendants were: Miss Mary Jane Beeby, Miss Betty Boat-
wright, and Miss Nancy Cotton; the flower girl, Ruthie Beeby.
The groom's attendants were Mr. Paul Beeby, the best man; and the
ushers: Mr. William Snyder and Mr. Richard Keigley.
The reception was held in the adjoining Reeder Hall.
The couple spent several days on the Isthmus before returning to
Peekskill, N.Y., where they will make their home, when Mr. Inman com-
pletes his college work in preparation for the ministry. At present he is
pastor of Calvary Church in Peekskill, and attending King's College at
Briarcliff Manor, New York. Mrs. Inman is employed as a private secre-
tary in King's College.
Mrs. Antoinette Polnik of Chicago, Ill., has announced the engage-
ment and approaching marriage of her daughter, Amelia, to Dr. Donald
Crewe Chisholm, a Balboa High School graduate, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Benjamin Chisholm of La Boca. Dr. Polnik, a graduate of St. Xavier
College in Chicago, received her Doctor of Philosophy degree at the Uni-
versity of Chicago. For the past three years she has been an instructor
in Zoology at Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
Dr. Chisholm, who also received his Doctor of Philosophy from the
University of Chicago, is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad-
uate. He is presently employed with E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Com-
pany at Parlin, N.J.
The bride-to-be is a member of the Ecological Society of America
and the American Association of University Professors. Dr. Chisholm is a
member of the American Chemical Society and both belong to the Amer-
ican Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society of
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hutchinson of Diablo Heights have announced
the engagement of their daughter Dianne Lynn to Yeoman Second Class
Darrel E. Doane, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Doane of Indianapolis, Ind.
Yeoman Doane is presently stationed at the Pentagon in Washing-
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Willam Donohue of Margarita announce the
marriage of their daughter, Alicia Amanda, to Mr. Valdemar Christian
Keckin on Saturday, May 26, in Beverly Hills, California.
Both the bride and her husband are graduates of Mississippi Southern
College where Mrs. Keckin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Busi-
ness Administration and Mr. Keckin in Public Address. He is now doing
graduate work at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Miss Frances Brandl, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Brandl of
Balboa, and Dr. William Pope, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pope of
San Francisco, Calif., were married in the Fort Amador Post Chapel.
Chaplain (Col.) James T. Wilson officiated at the double ring ceremony.
The bride's matron of honor was Mrs. Ernest Feigenbaum and Ben-
jamin Pope, younger brother of the groom, served as best man.
Mrs. Pope was graduated from Balboa High School in 1956, and
from the University of North Carolina School of Nursing in 1960. Until
recently she has been working at Gorgas Hospital.
Dr. Pope is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Medi-
cine, and finished his internship at Gorgas in June.
The young couple are making their home in Texas, where Dr. Pope
is connected with the U.S. Public Health Service.
Mr. and Mrs. George M. Lowe of Ancon announce the engagement of
their daughter, Marguerite Ann, to Norman Brooks of Wilmington, Del.
Miss Lowe, who resides in Allentown, Pa., is a graduate of Balboa
High School and attended Burdett Business College in Boston, Mass. She
is employed by the Allentown school district as a secretary to the assistant
superintendent in charge of elementary education.
Mr. Brooks is employed by the Chrysler Corporation in Newark, Del.
Mr. and Mrs. George E. Girard of Alexandria, Va., announce the
recent wedding of their daughter Marie Louise, to Jon Stephen Vincent,
at the Memorial Chapel, University of New Mexico.
Mrs. Vincent is a graduate of Balboa High School.
Marie Louise Vincent was elected to the University Honor Society;
Who's Who Among American Universities and College Students; Cap
and Gown, and she was an officer in Phi Mu Sorority. She was awarded
a graduate fellowship at the University of New Mexico for study in An-
thropology and Sociology.
Mr. Jon Stephen Vincent graduated with highest honors from the
University of Colorado. He received his master's degree at the University
of New Mexico.
The couple will leave for Lisbon, Portugal, on October 1, where Mr.
Vincent will further his studies in Iberian and Latin American culture
under a Fulbright Scholarship to complete his doctorate. Mr. and Mrs.
Vincent are presently residing at 5656 West Floyd Avenue, Denver, Colo.
Mrs. Vincent's father, Mr. George E. Girard, was the first chief of the
Internal Audit Staff of the Panama Canal Company.
Mrs. Girard taught in the Canal Zone School system. During their
seven years on the Isthmus, Mr. and Mrs. Girard pursued archeological
hobbies in both Panama and the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. John B. Coffey of Margarita announce the engagement
of their daughter Mary Michael to Edmund Arthur Blennerhassett, the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Du S. Blennerhassett of Colon.
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Wesley Jones of Mullins, South Carolina, an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Joyce Levan, to Lieuten-
ant Lee Anderson Rigby, United States Air Force, son of Mr. Edwin Fel-
lows Rigby of Diablo Heights and Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson Rigby of
Kayelee Farm, Wellsville, Pennsylvania.
Miss Jones attended Columbia College and is a graduate of the Uni-
versity of South Carolina. She is presently teaching at Stone Park School
in Charleston. Lieutenant Rigby is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and is currently stationed in Charleston.
Mr. Charles W. Hammond and Mrs. Mary Acker of Balboa, C.Z.
announced their engagement.
Miss Joaline Clare, daughter of Mrs. Joan C. Fitzgerald of Balboa,
and Mr. Emilio F. Clare of Panama, was married recently in Columbia,
South Carolina, to Mr. Clinton B. Butler, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Butler
of Lake Summit, North Carolina.
Mrs. Butler was a graduate of Balboa High School in 1959, she
attended Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina.
Mr. Butler is a graduate of Western Carolina College and is em-
ployed by the National Cash Register Company.
The couple will make their home at 1564 Dantzler Drive, N. E.,
Mr. Frank Violette of Panama City and Mrs. Emma Firestine of De-
land, Florida, were married at a private ceremony held in Sacred Heart
Parish Hall, Ancon.
Mrs. Violette was for 27 years a resident of the Atlantic Side. Mr.
Violette is a well-known Panama City business man.
A reception for relatives and close friends was held at the Tivoli
Guest House following the ceremony.
The couple will make their home on 44th Street, Bella Vista.
Miss Stephanie Amanda Beck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Beck
of Coco Solo, became the bride of T. Stephen May, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas May, of Louisville, Ky., in a double ring ceremony at Rhodas
Chapel, First Baptist Church in Granville, Ohio July 21. The Rev. David
O. Woodyard, Dean of Chapel of Denison University, Granville, officiated.
Mrs. Burton Dunfield of Granville, Ohio was the organist.
The bride was escorted and given in marriage by her father.
The maid of honor was Miss Karen Johnson of Dayton, Ohio. The
bridesmaids were Miss Gretchen Lighthizer of Steubenville, Ohio, Miss
Alice Mayes of Miami, Fla., and Miss Mary Taliak of Olmstead Falls, O.
Attending the groom as best man was his brother, Stanley May, of
Louisville, Ky. The ushers were David Augenbaugh of Oberlin, O. and
Berry McCoy of Euclid, O., and Lt. Lawrence Aiken of Marquette, Mich.
A reception followed at Kappa Alpha Theta House, the bride's soror-
ity home in Granville.
Mr. and Mrs. May left on a wedding trip to Northern Michigan and
On their return from a wedding trip the couple will reside at 793
15th Avenue, Apartment 1, Adelphi, Maryland.
Mrs. May was graduated from Denison University, Granville, in June
with a B. A. degree in the field of speech. She was vice president and
Pledge Trainer of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She received the Laura
F. JO Platts award as the graduating senior who will give the most to
Mr. May was graduated from Denison University in June, 1961 with
a degree in the field of speech where he was a member of Sigma Alpha
Epsilon Fraternity and co-chairman of his senior class. He is a member
of the Speech Association of America. He is now working on his master's
degree at the University of Maryland in the field of educational television
where he has a teaching assistantship.
Col. Dan Wright, St. Petersburg resident has been admitted to New-
ton D. Baker Hospital, Martinsburg, Va. for a check up.
Mrs. Wayne Bennett of Denver, Colo. is quite ill in the Presbyterian
Mr. G. H. Evers of Neosho, Missouri has been in the hospital several
times in the past year.
Mr. Ralph Otten of Overlook Park, Kansas has been ill for about
four months, one month of which was spent in the hospital.
Mrs. Mary L. Kelly, widow of John L. Kelly has been sick about a
year and one half. She lives in Philadelphia, Pa. and at present is much
Mrs. Bertha Sanberg, St. Petersburg has been discharged from the
hospital and is recuperating at home.
Mrs. H. H. Alexander of San Antonio, Texas, suffered a slight stroke
and was hospitalized. Her right side is partially paralyzed but she is
Mr. A. O. Ludwig of Newfane, N.Y., was in the hospital in Jackson,
Mrs. J. M. North is a patient in St. Josephs Hospital, Hot Springs
Mrs. M. Considine had a bad fall in her home and broke her hip.
This is the second fall in the last four months. Her address 322 Mercer
St., Gloucester City, N.J.
Mrs. Archie Stewart, 9809 10th Street, Tampa, is not well and she
would appreciate having friends come to see her.
Mrs. R. G. (Mae) Lewis, Cerro Punta, Chiriqui, Republic of Panama,
has had extensive surgery and has been hospitalized in Panama. She
would appreciate hearing from friends.
Capt. J. C. Treakle has been in and out of the hospital but is at home
at Lot 20, Fair Oaks, 1850 5th Avenue No., St. Petersburg and would
like to see some of his old friends.
Mr. Fred Everett suffered a slight stroke while vacationing in Pa.
He was in St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg for awhile but is now
at home and doing very well.
Mr. and Mrs. George Hartwell have moved from St. Petersburg, Fla.
to Chicago where Mr. Hartwell is in a nursing home.
Miss Margaret Wiggin and Mrs. Shirley Klymer spent three weeks
at the Morgan Cottages on Treasure Island, Florida this summer. While
here they and the Z. K. Eslers took several sight seeing trips.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Hudson, St. Petersburg, celebrated their six-
tieth wedding anniversary April the seventeenth.
(Received too late for the June Record. Ed.)
Mr. and Mrs. Enio Lindstrom of Walnut Creek, Calif. had a most
interesting trip to the Zone. They sailed aboard the Yacht, The Golden
Fleece from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., tied up at the Cristobal Yacht Club for
two months, went through the Canal and on up the West Coast.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser of St. Petersburg, Fla. has Miss Verna
Peeler of Riverside, California as a guest.
Miss Eloise Monroe, of Balboa, C.Z. was a guest in the home of Mr.
and Mrs. G. C. Orr in St. Petersburg, Fla. She flew to Calif., where she
visited in the homes of her brother and sister.
Mrs. Iretta Austin is happy in her work in Real Estate in Fairhope,
Lt. Doral E. Smith of the Denver Traffic Police Department, arrived
back home in Denver, Colo. after graduating with high honors from the
Illinois Police College.
Mr. Cody E. Staples, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Staples of Louisville,
Kentucky, received his diploma for Doctor of Philosophy from the U. of
Louisville, Kentucky in June. His Major was Bio-Chemistry and he has
just been awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship for eleven months at the
U. of Ill., Urbana, Ill.
Mr. and Mrs. John McCoy of Orlando, Fla. were guests in the home
of their daughter (Mary Ann) Mr. and Mrs. Daniel F. Poznick, Jr. and
three children Greg, Jeff, and Julie of Pitman, N.J. Mr. Poznick is a
Research Chemical Engineer with DuPont at Gibbstown, N.J. They also
visited their daughter (Judy) and her husband Mr. John Brantley of Tal-
lahassee, who is a graduate of F.S.U. and is working on his Doctorate in
Clinical Psychology: Judy was awarded her Master's degree in Psychol-
ogy at F.S.U. in June.
Miss Gretchen Staples, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Staples of
Louisville, Kentucky visited her parents before returning to Washington,
D.C. to begin classes at the Foreign Institute, after which she left for Ban-
kok, Thailand, where she is connected with the American Embassy.
Mr. Bob Dwelle, who has left Venezuela, visited in Guatemala; his
family in Dallas, Texas, and is now employed at Cornell University,
Ithaca, N.Y. He has enjoyed seeing Mr. and Mrs. (Sara Ferguson) Jim
Eckholm in Ithaca.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Rose of Balboa, are happily located in their home
at 1615 Lakeview Dr., in Eustis, Fla. Their oldest daughter, Mary, a
music graduate of F.S.U. is a Recreation and Tour Leader with Special
Services, U.S. Army and has been in Germany for two years. Dorothy,
their second daughter, graduated from Florida State in June, 1962, with
a degree in Social Welfare. She has begun training as a Social worker,
Military Hospitals at Maxwell AF Base, Montgomery, Alabama.
Mr. and Mrs. Rose left by plane in late August to visit Mary in
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece who traveled by car to the U.S. report they
found it most interesting. In Costa Rica, they forded 20 rivers; in Tegu-
cigalpa, Honduras the high-light was seeing the Gene Lombards; El Tapen
pass was not too bad as it was dry season; the roads after San Jose were
quite good; they did not appreciate the violent earthquake while they
were in Mexico City. The Reeces drove on to Indiana for son David's
graduation from Rose Polytechnic, Terra Haute.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bromeld of Ridgewood, New Jersey spent a
vacation in the C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. William Violette and family of Balboa, C.Z. were guests
of the H. C. Moodys in Tampa, Florida.
Capt. Jerry Graham, USAF, his wife (Doris Van Evera) and three
boys, who were stationed near Athens, Greece, have been transferred to
Miss Hazel Welby from Hollywood, Florida was a visitor in the R.
A. Sylvestre home in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Shreves of St. Petersburg, had several callers this
summer. Among them were: Mr. and Mrs. E. Rigby and Mrs. Mamie
Willison of Balboa, C.Z.; Mr. Duncan Laird of Curundu, C.Z.; Captain
and Mrs. Howarth Rowe Sr. of Madison, Conn. and Mr. and Mrs. D. Wick-
ham of Delaware.
Mr. Randy Deakins visited his parents Mr. and Mrs. Roger Deakins
in Diablo Heights, C.Z. On his way back to Norfolk, Va. he was the guest
of his grandmother, Mrs. F. B. Deakins of St. Petersburg. Later he visited
his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Robert Randall, in Tampa, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Girkout were the guests of Mrs. Ramon Otto
of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. K. C. Smith (Mary Jane Sylvestre) and children of
Hartville, S.C. were summer guests of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Sylvestre of
Mrs. Floyd A. Robinson and daughter Vaudie of Margarita, C.Z.
after visiting in No. Carolina and Georgia, spent several weeks with rela-
tives and friends in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hallowell and Mr. and Mrs. Albert McKeown of
St. Petersburg spent five weeks on a motor trip to the west coast of the
U.S. The high-lights of their trip were; the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake
City; Yellowstone National Park; four days spent at the Fair in Seattle;
seeing the Van Gelders in Bellevue; Mr. & Mrs. Gene Hartshorne, Seattle;
the Butchard Gardens, Wax Museum in Victoria, seeing John and Lucille
Meyers in Sacramento; the Jim Thomases, Jim Sullivan, Louis Kaufers,
Sidney Nevilles, Tony Rameriz' and the Howard Smiths in Palo Alto;
Ally McKeown, nephew of Albert, the Rappaports, son Ira and family,
in Los Angeles, John and Hazel Wohlforth and Anna Weston in Ingle-
wood, Mrs. Strauss and family in Burbank; Grand Canyon National Park;
a bull fight in Juarez, Mexico; Leni and Ruth Scranton in Pascageula,
Miss Dorothy Judd is on a European trip sponsored by the mem-
bers of the Teacher's Association of Quincy, Mass. and the U. of Hartford,
Mrs. Mary C. Webber of Luthern Towers, St. Petersburg, has been
a guest of her sister for two months at Bluffton, S.C.
Mr. and Mrs. John Leach and daughter Dorothy of Cristobal have a
temporary address at Tallahassee, Fla. There were four generations of the
family aboard the Cristobal. Mrs. Alvina Leach, Mr. and Mrs. Michael
Meisinger, who are vacationing in Arkansas, Mr. asd Mrs. John W. New-
port (Pat), who will attend F.S.U. to complete work on her degree. Mr.
Leach has retired.
Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Corrigan were guests in the home of her mother
Mrs. Catherine Pearl of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wood and Nellie, of La Boca, were guests of the
R. A. Sylvestres in St. Petersburg. They had visited Jim's parents in Mo-
Mr. and Mrs. (Jean Magnuson) Buster Burgoon of La Boca, spent
their vacation visiting in Detroit, Mich.; in Bloomington, Ind., Mrs. Marie
Smith; Buster's birthplace in Clearfield, Pa.; in Woodside, N.Y., their
daughter (Karon) Mrs. Raymond Timm and her husband; at Tom's River
Mrs. Patrick Quinn, Geneva, and Clare, who was there from the American
Embassy in Paris, Mrs. Tristan (Regina) Enjusto and children from
Madrid, Spain, Mrs. Walter Eder (Ann) from Cali, Columbia; and Mrs.
Rita Crume in Medford Lakes, N.Y. In the Bay area of Fla. they visited
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Lenow of St. Petersburg. The Dave Gatz and Mrs.
Wm. Hitchcock in Sarasota, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Howard visited their daughter (Lee) Mr. and
Mrs. Chas. Kraut and grandchildren in Harrisburg, Pa. From there they
went on to the New England states for the rest of their vacation.
Mrs. Mary Fuille wrote from Prescott, Ariz. that she had found the
ideal place to live. She likes the climate, the people, the interesting things
there are to do and most of all her location.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert E. Rothwell of Houston, Texas were guests of
Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Howard in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Claudio Iglesias and their three children of Mulatuppu,
San Blas were in St. Petersburg staying at the D and D Missionary Homes.
While here Mr. Iglesias had several speaking engagements, and they called
on the Ralph Schnells.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Engelke, of Gamboa, who retired recently, are
guests in the home of the Geo. Engelkes in Bentonville, Ark. while house
Mr. and Mrs. I. A. MacKenzie of Honolulu, Hawaii, wrote that now
they feel they have found the ideal place to live, after trying several other
Miss Irene Haseman of Jacksonville, Fla is in Panama where she is
participating in the exchange program with high school students. She is
living with her exchange pupil in Chiriqui and is enjoying it very much.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Veit of St. Petersburg are on an extended vacation
trip. They have visited in White Plains, N.Y. with relatives; with her
mother in Manchester, Vt.; with his sister in Hampton Beach, N.H. In
Calif. they were guests of Jess' sister, Mrs. J. C. Kneeshaw of Del Mar
and La Jolla, stopping en route home to visit several C.Z. friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Harrison of San Francisco, Calif. are enjoying
an eight months trip by car. Driving first to San Diego, Calif., on to
New Orleans where they sailed for the C.Z. Upon returning to the states
they spent some time in St. Petersburg, then departed for Philadelphia,
Pa.; to the New England states; to Seattle to the World's Fair. They are
enjoying seeing many C.Z. friends along the way.
Mr. Frank Violette of Panama, R. de P. was a guest in the home of
his sister and brother-in-law Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Moody in Tampa. While
there he enjoyed helping his mother Elizabeth Violette, celebrate her 87th
birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Warner and Mrs. Helen Hammond also
joined in the fun. Later Mr. Violette went to visit his son and daughter-
in-law and family who were vacationing in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Capt. and Mrs. C. W. Ryter attended their son Don's graduation
from Rensselaer this spring in Troy, N.Y. They later visited in the home
of their daughter (Virginia) Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Dow and family at 4
Spring Lane, West Hartford, Conn. Capt. Ryter has just recently retired
and they have not decided definitely where to settle.
Mr. and Mrs. G. Orr of St. Petersburg spent their vacation as guests
of their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Orr and grandson
Stephen in New York City.
Mr. and Mrs. John Cobb Fawcett, daughter Linda, and friend Cather-
ine Fallen of Diablo spent a month in Florida. They enjoyed Cypress
Gardens and many other attractions. While in St. Petersburg, they were
entertained by the G. C. Lockridges and the J. A. Frasers.
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Goodwin of St. Petersburg, Fla. spent their vaca-
tion visiting her mother, Mrs. Bessie White in Williamsport, Pa.; her sis-
ter Mr. and Mrs. Longberger in Boston, Mass. and Mr. and Mrs. Wm.
Droege in Philadelphia, Pa., another sister.
Lt. and Mrs. (Barbara Shaw) Richard Abbott and two sons have left
Japan and are living in Freemont, Calif. Lt. Abbott is attending Stanford
University, working on his Master's Degree in Mathmatics.
Hank Jones, nephew of Capt and Mrs. E. G. Abbott, with his partner
Dean Thompson have signed a contract with Ernie Ford and are singing
ballad rock and roll songs on his morning program from San Francisco.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bleakely, after having spent a winter in New
York are now located in Bentonville, Ark. Their son Andrew Jr. has just
completed three years with the Navy and has been a Lt. on a mine sweeper
based at Long Head, Calif. Before going to Ark. the Bleakeleys were
guests in the home of their daughter Marie and husband Calvin McDaniel,
granddaughter Wendy in Colorado and grandson Calvin, who was born
on January 2, 1962.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Lee of Lake Como, Fla. are spending the summer
in their cottage at Spirit Lake, Ia. Dr. and Mrs. Wm. Presnell formerly of
Pedro Miguel Dispensary, spent a few days with them.
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Hughes and four children of Kingston, New
York spent their vacation with Marshall's mother, Mrs. Mary Jo Hughes
in St. Petersburg. Mr. Hughes is with the IBM Company in N.Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Huff and two children are now living in
Panama City, R. de P. Mr. Huff is First Secretary to the American Em-
bassy there, having been transferred from the State Department in Wash-
Mrs. Mary Jo Hughes had her sister Mrs. Albert Fauser from Yonkers
N. Y. as a guest this spring. Later they visited Capt. and Mrs. Rodney H.
Fauser of Indianopolis, Ind.
Dr. and Mrs. Harry Eno of Colon, R. de P. attended medical conven-
tions in Miami, Florida and Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser of St. Petersburg, Florida had as their
guest Mrs. Joseph C. Irwin, of Ft. Smith, Ark. Mrs. Irwin formerly lived
Mrs. Ellen Earhart sent her appreciation of the fine tribute that Mr.
Fred Everett paid her husband in the June Canal Record. So many of her
friends had written that they felt Mr. Everett had expressed their senti-
ments exactly. She has decided to get rid of her place, which has been in
the Earhart family for over 90 years. Dr. Earhart's father and Uncle
bought 80 acres of land, which had been Government property previously.
Capt. and Mrs. Stewart Trail, who retired in August will go to Lex-
ington, Mo., Capt. Trail's home town and build a home. Their son George
is a senior at the U. of Mo., Columbia. He is majoring in English and
has been on the Dean's list of honor students consistently.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wagner, who retired in July are spending four
months vacation in the U. S. They visited friends and relatives in Stock-
ton, Calif. as well as the World's Fair. They will spend the Holidays with
their daughter (Louise) Mrs. W. R. Miller and family in West Natick,
Mass. Daughter Sarah Ann will enter Hope College, Holland, Michigan
(The following is an excerpt taken from Wm. H. Keenan's impressions of
the C.Z. upon his return after 27 years absence. He left to go to college
and has lived in Indiana since. ED.)
"The biggest change I saw was in the housing. I hardly recognized
my home town of Gatun. The old familiar houses have been torn down
and replaced with new ones, streets had been relocated so that it appeared
to be a new town rather than the one in which I grew up. New Cristobal
had been given to the City of Colon and the town of Margarita erected to
take its place. The town of Curundu where I spent my two weeks had
come into being since I left the Zone.
I was much impressed by the road across the Isthmus and the beau-
tiful hilly country on each side of the road. The Locks and Spillway
looked the same as I had remembered them except for the new Japanese
locomotives at Gatun Locks. They did a sensible design job by relocating
the cab in the center and arranging it so that the driver can see in either
direction, thus eliminating the duplicate set of controls.
Perhaps the most distressing sight during the short visit was the old
Colon Hospital and my Alma Mater the Cristobal high school, both look-
ing like haunted buildings, with every window broken and gradually fall-
ing into a complete state of disrepair. It would be more fitting to demolish
these grand old buildings than to allow them to die with the cancer of
disuse gnawing away at them."
Miss Charlotte Herr, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Herr,
Balboa, received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical education,
from Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts in June.
While in college, she was a member of the Womens' Drill Team, the
Physical Education Majors' Club, traditions board, class executive com-
mittee, Women's Athletic Association, the Chapel Singers (a mixed sing-
ing group), dormitory senate; one of the committees for junior prom and
winter homecoming dances, and was a Freshman Week leader in the fall
Miss Herr is a 1958 graduate of Balboa High School, and will teach
physical education in Simsbury, Conn.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert White have purchased a new home in Norfolk,
Va. They have spent some time visiting in the home of their daughter,
Anne and family in Washington, D.C. Mary, their other daughter and
family live in Norfolk. Their granddaughter Patti Sheldon is in Nurse's
training in Atlanta, Ga. at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. (Mary Alice Hicks) Ken Kelly have been transferred
to Houston, Texas, where Mr. Kelly is Educational Director at North Main
Mrs. Jessie Harris of St. Petersburg, Florida sailed on the Holland-
American line from New York on the S/S Statedam on August 24th. She
will stop first in London, then tour Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Italy,
Monoco, France and the Italian and French Rivieras. In Heidleburg she
will visit her niece Patricia Brosius.
(A picture of "Slim" Hallet surrounded by his Panamanian moments,
including a flag which was presented to him by his good friend T. Gabriel
Duque, president of the Star and Herald Publishing Co., and an article
by Ted Ashby appeared recently in the Boston Globe. The following are
excerpts from the, interview. ED.)
"Leon F. Hallett, 69 Henry St. served the U.S. Government as requi-
sition clerk from 1914 to 1953. He belongs to a tiny exclusive group of
800 known as the Panama Canal Society of Fla. 'We have an annual re-
union at St. Petersburg just to look at each other again'.
It must have been rough in Balboa for Leon, his wife, Ida, and their
two children, Marjorie and L. F. Hallett Jr. They had to virtually rough
it in a town and country home, both with servants.
Slim's hobbies are cooking and ceramics. He works desperately hard
at the latter in order to have more to give away. He and his wife Ida left
a great many friends both in the Zone and in Panama when they retired to
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Falk Jr. and family were guests in the parental
Capt. Henry Falk home in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. (Barbara Schnake) Dick Jeffers and family of Clawson,
Mich. vacationed at a beach place in St. Petersburg this summer.
Miss Judy Lindsay, who has been attending summer school at the
University of Portland flew to St. Petersburg for a visit with her parents
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Lindsay, before starting to teach in the fall.
Paul G. Bennett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arden L. Bennett of Pasadena,
California, formerly of Panama and the Canal Zone, graduated June 16
from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, with a major in pol-
itical science. Studying on a Naval scholarship, he will receive a Naval
commission immediately upon graduation.
According to word received by his parents from the Navy, he has
been selected as "the graduating Regular Midshipman with the highest
potential for the Naval Service."
Because of this achievement, he received the Naval Institute Award
during the Annual Presentation of Awards Ceremony at Evanston.
Midshipman Bennett was born at Gorgas Hospital, lived in Panama
and the Canal Zone most of his life and graduated from Balboa High
School where he was the ROTC Regimental Commander in his senior year
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Adler of Panama City, R. de P., were guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Barney Barlow of Messena, N.Y. While there the 2 couples
enjoyed trips to Ottowa where the annual tulip festival was is progress.
They also visited Iroquis Lock.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Jones and three children of Curundu, C.Z.
spent their vacation in the States. They visited Mrs. Jones' relatives in
Ohio, the Jeffers (Barbara Schnake) in Michigan. Larry attended a U.S.
Finance school in Indianapolis, Ind. They later visited in the parental
C. R. Jones home in St. Petersburg. Both families traveled to Maine for
a short stay before the Larry Jones sailed home from New York.
Mr. Roy Stockham of Balboa Heights recently attended an Engineers
Convention at French Lick, Indiana.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Barnard of Cumberland, R.I., spent their vaca-
tion in Argenta, British Columbia with the George H. Webers.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. B. Hall from Cristobal, C.Z. who recently retired,
have bought a home in Kensington Park, Sarasota, Florida.
The Florida Living Magazine of the Miami News carried a story and
picture of Mr. Sam Patchett, retired from the Maintenance Division, Pan-
ama Canal, showing him with his 92 rose bushes in bloom. Many of the
plants were started from air layers instead of the traditional "foreign"
root, and they produce blooms practically the entire year. Mr. Patchett
continually experiments with air layering and now is growing a rose bush
Loraine Gilmore of Miami, was a guest in the home of her parents,
Capt. and Mrs. Norman Terry in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lee, (Leona Hart) and four children, Donny,
Ricky, Linda and Laura, of Atlanta, Ga. have been guests of Mr. and Mrs.
(Edna Hart) Joe Musso and two children, Billy and Janie in Ft. Lauder-
dale, Fla. Mr. Lee is with the R.C.A. computers in Atlanta, and Mr. Musso
teaches school in Ft. Lauderdale.
Mrs. Dorothy M. Hall, who retired at the end of August, is traveling
in the Orient and in Europe.
Mr. and Mrs. Keith L. Swartzell have been transferred to Aruba. They
hope that friends who happen to be in Aruba will look them up. Their
address: 23 L.G. Smith Blvd., Oranjestad, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles.
(The following information was sent in by Vernon Sauvan of Portsmouth,
Richard F. Wood, selected for the Portsmouth Virginia First Citizen
Award for 1961 is General Manager of the Ledger-Star. He was born in
Colon, the son of Emory B. and Lillian H. Wood. His father was employed
in the Quartermaster Department at Mt. Hope. Richard married Donna
Eaton, also born in Colon, the daughter of Thomas W. and Hattie Eaton.
Mrs. Wood's father was employed originally as a machinist at the old
Gorgona shops and later as Lock Master at Gatun. Both Mrs. Eaton and
the elder Mrs. Wood are widowed.
PORTSMOUTH-Richard F. Wood, First Citizen of 1961, is a shining
example of the purpose of the award, Attorney Clyde W. Cooper said in
eulogy of the recipient.
Speaking at the dinner in Moose Hall Monday night when Wood and
his family were honored by Portsmouth citizens, Cooper said the award
focuses attention on what can be accomplished for the city by a young
man who put his roots down in Portsmouth 23 years ago.
"The committee (of former first citizens) couldn't have made a better
choice," he added and praised Lodge 898, Loyal Order of the Moose, as
sponsor of the annual award.
Surprise was his natural reaction to being chosen while surrounded
on all sides by men and women with whom he had served in civic endeav-
or "from whom I have learned everything I know about community
service .. ."
In concluding his expressions of appreciation Wood said, "The ex-
citement of the honor is a personal thing something all my own .
(but) my wife and sons, my two mothers (Mrs. Lillian H. Wood and
mother-in-law, Mrs. Hattie Eaton) and friends, share this with me."
(From the Portsmouth Star. ED.)
Rt. Wor. Subert Turbyfill, K.T. 320 Canal Zone District Grand
Master of Masons, gave an address recently which has appeared in several
U.S. Educational and professional magazines.
The Library Bulletin of the Canal Zone Public Library featured a
new book, The Playwright Mark Twain, by Subert Turbyfill recently. The
District Grand Master has since had the experience of seeing his latest book
published in a national magazine in an edited, arranged version. Both
copies are on file at the public library.
He has been a professor in the University of Panama, and for many
years has been listed in Who's Who in American Education.
Mrs. M. G. Coffey of St. Petersburg, Reggie and Bill Coffey of Bal-
boa, Gene Coffey of Guatemala City, visited Alma and Dan Coffey of
Riviera Beach, Florida. Reggie and Bill returned to the Zone, Gene went
on to Philadelphia and Mrs. Coffey went to St. Anthony's Hospital
where it is reported she is doing well.
(The following was taken from an Indiana paper. ED.)
Judson friends and neighbors greeted Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stetler in
celebration of their golden wedding anniversary at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Guy Wilson, on April 29, 1962.
For several generations, members of both the Stetler and Wilson
families have had close ties.
Mrs. James Nolan of Torrington, Wyo., a daughter, was present for
the celebration, but the other daughter, Miss Betty Stetler of San Mateo,
Calif., was unable to attend. Their greetings were in the form of a three-
tiered wedding cake and gifts.
Elmer Stetler, a Purdue graduate engineer, helped build the Panama
Canal and served in its operation for more than 30 years.
Mrs. Ethel Johnson Stetler, a successful young school teacher, trav-
eled alone to Cristobal, Canal Zone, to marry him May 2, 1912., in the
Cristobal Chapel, by Rev. Carl H. Elliot.
This love of the full life has been further demonstrated in the 14
years since their retirement back home at "Dun-rolling," the lovely home
they have "built with their own hands" and the multitude of friends they
have "built with their own hearts" in the Judson community.
More than 75 guests were present to congratulate them on their 50th
Guests included J. Everett Heady of Elmhurst, Long Island, N.Y., a
cousin of Mr. Stetler and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Kelly of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Others were from the Kokomo, Greentown, Burlington, Russiaville and
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Shedlock have just returned from a trip up north
where they visited their son and family, in Yardville, New Jersey. While
they were up visiting their son, he came down to Florida and visited with
a number of ex-Canal employees. The Senior Shedlocks also visited rela-
tives in Newburgh, New York.
While shopping one day in Trenton, New Jersey, Mr. Shedlock ran
into Jack Ridge, who' lives in Trenton and had quite a chat with him.
On their return trip to St. Petersburg, the Shedlocks visited his aunt
Mrs. Thomas Eaton (Formerly of Gatun, C.Z.) who now makes her home
in Portsmouth, Virginia.
(The following is a portion taken from Ted Scott's column "Interesting
if True" from the Panama American. ED.)
About 8:15 o'clock on the morning of May 25, 1938, I received a
call from Dr. Frank Raymond, later founder of the celebrated Raymond
Clinic but then a senior member of the staff of the Panama Hospital.
"You'd better come out and take a look at this howling brat," said Dr.
Raymond, with the freedom of speech enjoyed by all old friends.
Prior to the birth of my first son, I had prayed for his well-being. My
prayer asked not for a genius but for an ordinary normal child. I wanted
one that ate like a horse, cried and yelled his head off like other babies.
I wanted one who would grow up to be an ordinary human being with
the defects and virtues which are common in the species homo sapiens.
What I recall particularly is that I did not want a child prodigy.
I just wanted an ordinary male, and above all, I wanted one that was
mentally and physically normal. With me was the sad recollection of
having seen others.
I was looked upon with considerable grace from on high, because
that was vouchsafed unto me.
So the fellah went to school, and was neither at the top nor at the
bottom of the class. He took part in most sports and was neither the best
nor the worst.
Somehow or other, he selected Michigan State University after he
graduated from, Balboa High School. I was in Cuba at the time and
raised no objection, although there were people over there who wanted
to know what I was doing sending my son to a "cow college".
In 1959 I went to East Lansing and was astonished that anyone could
refer to Michigan State as a "cow college;" in fact, I determined there
and then also to send my second son, Richard, to Michigan State where
he is presently a sophomore. The campus simply defies description and in
every respect it impresses me as being an outstanding center of learning.
It would be to distort and understate the truth if I were to say
that my heart was not full of pride and affection when I heard the
name of Edward William Scott III called at the graduation exercises
and he received the degree of B.A. or maybe it is A.B. in the U.S.A.
but most certainly it was Magnaa cum laude."
This normal elder son of mine stayed on one year longer at Michigan
State and then left for England where he matriculated at a reform school
kown as Oxford University, whence-in the normal course of events-he
should graduate this year.
I hope I shall be pardoned for going on and on in this fashion, but
the bloke does not cease to be a person reasonably well known on the
Isthmus simply because he is my son. He worked during vacations from
Michigan State on The Panama American under Reece Smith and HOG
radio station under Len Worcester, and in both departments full-filled my
fondest hopes. He was simply normal.
Shortly after he left for England, a problem presented itself. He
was born in Panama of an American mother and a British father. At
21 years of age he could decide as to his nationality, but his back-
ground was American and he wanted to be an American. That re-
quired living five years in the U.S.A. prior to becoming 21 years of
Well, a distinguished gentleman from Nevada, U.S. Senator Alan
Bible, produced the solution by having passed through the U.S. Congress
a "Bill for the Relief of Edward William Scott III," the effect of which
was to make Tinker (as he is more commonly known) a U.S. citizen by
Act of Congress.
Recently the cycle was completed. The "Ceramic" arrived in Cristo-
bal from England bringing my daughter-in-law, Jeannine Scott nee Lar-
kins, also a graduate of Michigan State, and Edward William Scott IV,
alias "Ba-Ba", who is just a couple of days over one year of age.
They were met at the docks by "Ba-Ba's" grandmother, Janice G.
Scott of Balboa, and his great-grandmother, Jessie Grimison, who in 1908
followed her late husband, Thomas I. Grimison, to the Isthmus and helped
to build the Panama Canal.
That's the way life goes. I stopped off here in 1927 for a couple
of days to fight a sailor from the USS "Holland" at the Bull Ring in
Panama City, and now my perfectly normal grandson has come back
to deepen the roots and also gladden the heart of his grandfather,
Edward the Unready.
Herbert D. Vogel resigned as a member and chairman of the Tenne-
see Valley Authority, effective June 30.
Vogel was a retired Army major general in the Corps of Engineers
when he was named to the TVA in 1954.
His present term of office was due to expire in May, 1963.
Vogel is remembered on the Isthmus as the first lieutenant governor
appointed for the Canal Zone. He has visited there several times in the
last few years.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanford C. Stone of Plant City, Florida, had as house
guests, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kissling of Gamboa, C.Z., daughter Charlotte
and son Kris. The Kisslings later vacationed in New Jersey and Pennsyl-
vania. On Sunday, June 10, Edith and Stanford Stone entertained for the
Kisslings and had as their guests several former Canal Zonians including
Mr. and Mrs. William Gates, son Billy and daughter Allison, now residing
at Indian Rocks Beach; Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kelly of St. Petersburg; and
also Mrs. Stone's sister,Mrs. Mary Eva Flynt of Tampa.
George F. Fenton of the project examination division of the Bureau
of Public Roads, Silver Spring, Md., has been reassigned to the post of
division engineer in Charleston, W. Va.
The Public Roads Bureau transfers project examination division staff
members to fill key operating positions when they become available.
His new address is 1588 Nottingham Rd., Charleston, W. Virginia.
Frank C. Townsend of Balboa graduated from the Michigan College
of Mining and Technology in commencement exercises June 9.
Towsend has earned the Bachelor of Science degree in civil engin-
eering. He will enter the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for two years as
a second lieutenant, qualifying for commission in the Regular Army
through his superior performance in the Army ROTC program at Michi-
He is a Distinguished Military Graduate and was awarded the Depart-
ment of the Army Superior Cadet Ribbon, the Society of American Mili-
tary Engineers Gold Medal and the Chicago Tribune Gold Medal in the
1962 Honors Convocation at Michigan Tech.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Townsend, Balboa, and a graduate
of Balboa High School, he has been a letter winner on the varsity rifle
team and captained the Army Rifle Team one year.
He was a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, initiated
into Chi Epsilon, national honorary civil engineering society, and named
to the 1961-62 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Uni-
versities and Colleges."
Miss Gayle Haseman has received an appointment to the State Depart-
ment as Secretary. She will be attached to the Canadian section in Wash-
ington, D.C. during her training period prior to being permanently
assigned to an overseas Embassy.
Larry Harrington, 17, an honor graduate of Balboa High School,
left from Panama City June 10 by bus. His destination was Estes Park,
The entire trip was made by land except a short distance by private
plane in Costa Rica due to heavy rains. Larry is the son of Dr. and Mrs.
Milton Harrington of Ancon. The Rev. Harrigton is pastor of the Ancon
Church of the Nazarene.
While in Managua he visited the Presidencia and had the honor of
being guided through some of the rooms by a member of the Somoza
family. While touring in Mexico City he visited Mexico City College and
the University of Mexico.
In three weeks Larry made his adventuous trek through Central Amer-
ica by land. Recent word from him was; "I have just crossed the Rio
Grande River and am now in Texas, I only wish I were returning to Pan-
ama for another adventure."
Larry was awarded a honor scholarship to Nampa Nazarene College
in Nampa, Idaho.
Pamela A. Theriot, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Semon Theriot of
Gatun, completed ten weeks of basic training at Recruit Training-Women,
United States Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Md., and was graduated
during a recent military review.
She spent a ten-day leave with her mother in New York City before
reporting to the Staff, Recruit Training-Women, at Bainbridge for duty
while awaiting further assignment.
Mr. Louis Haseman, Sr. of Jacksonville, Fla. is now connected with
the newly formed foot ball club (Bears). He is special assistant to the
General Manager, Mr. Bill Hood.
Midshipman third class James M. Will, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond
R. Will of Cristobal, Canal Zone, along with other members of his Naval
Reserve Officers Training Corps at Georgia Institute of Technology, At-
lanta, Ga., was a guest of the Naval Air Basic Training Command at the
Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida.
The field trip, designed to give midshipmen an insight to naval avia-
tion, included visits to the School of Aviation Medicine, the survival ex-
hibit and each middle was given the opportunity to take demonstration
flights in primary training aircraft.
Will is a sophomore at the institute, majoring in industrial manage-
ment. He is a graduate of Cristobal High School.
Miss Joan Dimpfl received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke
University, Durham, N.C., standing 12th in her class. A mathematics
major, she was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics hon-
orary fraternity and was offered a position as an instructor in the elec-
tronics computer program and will begin working next month for the
Missile and Space System Division, Douglas Aircraft, Santa Monica, Calif.
Miss Dimpfl returned to the Zone to visit her parents.
Mr. and Mrs. James (Tim) Hotz visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Anthony Nita of Balboa, and Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Hotz of Diablo.
Tim has just finished two years as a Lieutenant in the Navy. He was
aboard the carrier Intrepid when that ship recovered astronaut Carpenter.
Mr. and Mrs. Hotz will make their home in Richmond, Va., where Mr.
Hotz will work for the Dupont Company.
Mrs. Pat Morgan was awarded the Vasco Nunez de Balboa medal of
the Republic of Panama at Morgan's Gardens, Miraflores, recently.
The Garden Club of Panama and its president, Mrs. Ana Lucrecia
Andreve, recommended to the Panamanian government that Mrs. Morgan
receive the medal for her contribution to international understanding
through the world of flowers and plants.
Miss Nola Bliss, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss Jr. of
Campbell, Calif. visited in the C.Z. in July.
Miss Bliss is a former resident of Balboa. She stayed with relatives,
Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Cocoli; Mrs. Ann Lawson, Balboa; and Mr.
and Mrs. B. Donald Humphrey of Coco Solo.
Col. John D. McElheny, former Lieutenant Governor of the Canal
Zone, returned to the Isthmus for a week's visit accompanied by Mrs.
McElheny was on official business and attended the Conference of
American Armies held at Fort Amador. During the week, he delivered
a 25-minute speech in Spanish.
The former Lieutenant Governor and his family left the Isthmus in
May, 1961 for Washington, D.C., where he is on duty in the Office of the
Deputy Staff for Logistics, Department of the Army.
The McElheny's have a large circle of friends on the Isthmus having
been stationed there for more than three years. During their tour of duty
in the Canal Zone they took an active interest in community affairs in both
the Canal Zone and Panama. They also took extensive tours into the in-
terior of the Republic of Panama.
During their stay on the Isthmus, they resided at Balboa Heights, in
the Quarters occupied by Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Lerchen, who were on leave.
Elmer B. Stevens, Resident Engineer of the Thatcher Ferry Bridge
Project, was awarded the Engineer of the Year Award of the Canal Zone
Society of Professional Engineers at the organization's meeting May 11
in the Tivoli Guest House.
The award is made annually, if an eligible candidate can be selected.
Recipients must be practicing professional engineers of recognized stand-
ing in the Canal Zone. Eligibility is restricted to engineers who are citi-
zens of the United States or the Republic of Panama. Selection is made
on the basis of service to the public, efforts in the advancement of the
engineering profession, and professional achievements.
Mr. Stevens, a native of DeLand, Fla., was graduated from the Uni-
versity of Vermont in 1924, then spent 12 years on various bridge jobs
before coming to the Canal Zone in 1936. He remained in the Zone
through World War II then left for a brief period, returning in 1946. He
has been associated with the Thatcher Ferry Bridge Project since 1955,
when he made the budget estimate and preliminary studies.
In accepting the Engineer of the Year Award, Mr. Stevens commented
that he should be considered as a symbol of the efforts of many people and
not as an individual. He noted the part played by the designers, builders,
and the workmen themselves, saying much of the credit for the bridge
construction must go to them.
Col. James A. Wier, formerly chief of medicine at Fitzsimons Gen-
eral Hospital, has been named executive officer and chief of professional
services at the hospital.
Col. Wier was chief of the Fitzsimons pulmonary disease service from
1953 to July 1960, and then served as a surgeon with the Eighth U.S.
Army in Korea before returning to the Army hospital here in September
1961, as chief of medicine.
He is a member of Phi Chi medical fraternity, the American Trudeau
Society and the American College of Chest Physicians. In 1959-1960 he
served as president of the Denver Tuberculosis Society.
(From a Denver, Colorado paper Col. Wier is the husband of Alice
Rae Shaw. ED.)
Walter Lindsay, Mr. G. C. Lockridge and Mr. E. M. Kieswetter of
St. Petersburg visited Mr. Elmer Ohlson, in Largo recently. Mr. Ohlson
has one of the largest private collections of orchids in the State of Florida.
He and Mr. Kieswetter and Mr. Lindsay were all members of the Canal
Zone Orchid Society.
C. W. Chase, Chief of the Electrical Work Branch of the Panama
Canal Electrical Division, has been promoted to the position of Assistant
Electrical Engineer, to succeed Roy D. Reece, who retired from service
Mr. Chase will take over the duties of Assistant Electrical Engineer
in addition to those of Chief of the Electrical Work Branch.
At the same time, it was announced that J. R. Smith, Supervisor of
Generation and Transmission in the Power Branch, has been promoted
to Chief of the Power Branch.
Twin brothers Oscar and Edgar Kourany received their diplomas as
Doctors of Medicine at the University of Indiana. Graduates of Balboa
High, they are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Kourany of Panama
City. The twins' brothers are the Doctors Miguel and Gabriel Kourany.
Miss Marilyn Flynn, speech correctionist and teacher of the deaf and
hard of hearing in the Canal Zone Schools, has been awarded a coveted
fellowship at the San Fernando Valley State College at Northridge, Cali-
fornia. Only ten experienced workers are selected to participate in this
program. This is a two semester graduate program designed to prepare
teachers for leadership roles in local, state, and national programs for
Miss Flynn will be on a year's leave of absence during the school year
1962-63. In September, Miss Flynn will attend Bradley University in
Peoria, Illinois, where she has been granted a graduate assistant-ship.
At Bradley University, Miss Flynn has been assigned to work with a
special project in cooperation with the orthodontists in the Peoria area.
She will work with acoustically handicapped children and provide ther-
apy for tongue thrust and reverse swallowing requested by orthodontists
in the Peoria area.
In February, she will then leave Bradley and go to San Fernando
State College to participate in the leadership training program. This two
semester graduate program starts in February, 1963, and ends September,
Miss Flynn is completing her fifth year with the Division of Schools.
She went to the Isthmus in September, 1957, and was the first special edu-
cation teacher employed in the newly formed Special Education Program.
Miss Lois Morgan, Diablo Heights Junior High School teacher, had
her collection of Isthmian birds in near life-size water color paintings on
display at the Civil Affairs building in the C.Z. recently.
The feathered creatures caught by the delicate strokes of Miss
Morgan's brush are the common varieties she came to know by observing
them at friends' birdfeeding stations and in the trees near her Williamson
Place apartment. One possible exception to the "common variety" label
is the cacique which Miss Morgan says she was fortunate enough to ob-
serve at a feeding station on Ancon Hill.
The Diablo Heights teacher, began making bird sketches some years
ago. She first sketches the birds from life, in characteristic poses, usually
with a pencil, and makes observation notes as she watches the birds for
hours at a time so she can more ably capture their character in her paint-
Unwilling to rely solely on her own observations, Miss Morgan checks
her notes against books at the Canal Zone Library before proceeding to
color the penciled sketches. The paintings which result are vividly real
and even the eyes seem to be looking about.
A native of Toledo, Miss Morgan has sketched and painted all her
life. The products of her sketch pencil and brush have been exhibited in
one-man shows at the Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo Artists' Club,
as well as at the USO-JWB and the Canal Zone Library on the Pacific
side of the Isthmus.
One of her previous Canal Zone shows featured Louisiana scenes
painted while visiting Baton Rouge and others made during a course of
botanical studies in Florida while on a Ford Fellowship. She has travelled
in South America and has painted scenes in Panama from El Valle to the
Darien and from the San Bias Archipeligo to Taboga Island.
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Gramlich, Jr. and two children, Beverly and Larry
of the Canal Zone were guests in the parental Gregory Gramlich home in
St. Petersburg. Beverly will enter Winthrop College, Rock Hill, South
Carolina in the fall.
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bowen of Coral Gables, Florida and Mr. and Mrs.
Howard Anderson of Richmond, Virginia visited with Mrs. Virginia Col-
ston at Hagerstown, Maryland in June.
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Johns of West Virginia were callers in the Gregory
Gramlich home in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jones of Curundu, Canal Zone, visited Mr. and
Mrs. Richard D. Colston in Hagerstown, Maryland on their way to Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Gramlich has been transferred to Seattle, Wash.,
where he is employed by Boeing in Aero Space. His address is 8716 Sand
Point Way, N.E.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Webster and daughter Nancy, left the Canal
Zone in September to enroll Nancy as a Junior in North Texas State Uni-
versity, Denton, Texas. Nancy is a graduate of Balboa High School and
the Canal Zone Junior College. The Websters will visit with their oldest
daughter, Mrs. Lyall M. Baze and her family in their new home at 4122
Windsor Drive, Garland Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Webster will return to the
Canal Zone in November.
Mrs. R. L. Simpson (Peggy Sylvestre) and children of Mary Esther,
Fla. are spending some time with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Syl-
vestre of St. Petersburg. Capt. R. L. Simpson, USAF, has been sent to
South Viet Nam.
Mr. and Mrs. Julian Hearne of Gamboa, C.Z. and their two daughters
spent their vacation visiting in Alabama and Florida. While in St. Peters-
burg they were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser.
Mrs. Lena B. Graham of St. Petersburg flew to the C.Z. where she
was the guest of her son Wm. R. and his family in Margarita.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Disharoon Jr. and family of Balboa, C.Z. spent
their vacation in the parental Paul Disharoon Sr. home in St. Petersburg,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Forsythe of Gatun spent an extended vacation
in the U.S. While in St. Petersburg, Fla., they were the guests of Capt.
and Mrs. Perc Graham.
Mr. Harry Preston Sr. of the Canal Zone was a guest in the R. A.
Mrs. Robert Eldredge (Mary Ann Siebold), South Pasadena, Calif.
wrote that she was still working at Stuart pill factory and that Bob is a
chemist with Stanford Research Institute.
Thomas William Bottonari has recently been honored by winning a
scholarship at Andover Academy in Andover, Mass. Thomas is the son
of Daniel C. Bottonari and Mary (Kelly) Bottonari who were Mechanical
Division employees previous to 1949.
Mrs. Bottonari was a Balboa High School graduate, class of '43, and
Thomas was born in New Cristobal. He is studying medicine at Andover.
Dr. and Mrs. Edward Schnake have moved to Dickinson, Texas, where
he is practicing Internal Medicine. Hurricane Carla blew the roof off their
house while they were in it in League City. They are most happy in their
Sgt. and Mrs. Andy Kapinos of the C.Z. called on the Lee Beils of
St. Petersburg, the Frank Cunninghams and Paul Thompsons of Pompano
Mrs. Fred Morningway, and Mr. and Mrs. Burkle of Delray Beach,
were guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones after having spent some time in Maine,
visited their daughter Barbara, and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Hey of
St. Louis, Mo. on their way home to St. Petersburg.
Miss Peggy Donovan of South Bend, Ind., accompanied by friends,
vacationed at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Donovan in
Panama City, R. de P.
(One of the Sunday features appearing in the Star and Herald, Pan-
ama City, was written by C. W. Kilby. Excerpts of which follow. ED.)
On a Saturday, I headed a corps of neophyte gold miners to a spot
on the Rio Chilibrillo where I knew a little flake gold could be found.
My assistant miners on this trip, however, were Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mallory,
of Balboa, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Corn of Margarita. Mrs. Marion
Lucas, of Balboa, also came along to oversee our efforts.
To reach this small but beautiful river, one drives out Madden Road
almost to the dam, then turn right onto a dirt road that has been made
an all-weather highway by means of tons of rock spread over it. I believe
the tiny settlements where the turn is made is called Buenos Aires.
A drive of about three or four miles from the main highway saw us
at the little river. We passed over a sturdy concrete and steel bridge that
spans it, turned around, and all joined in carrying our gold pans, shovels,
lunches, and other impediments to a shady spot underneath the bridge itself.
Our first attempt to find gold was concentrated in digging out clay
from a spot in the river's bank about 20 feet from the bridge. This we
brought to the water and carefully washed in the age-old drudgery of
hand-panning for gold. When we reached the black manganese sand at
the pan's bottom, excitement ran high, for the newcomers to gold panning
had their first sight of tiny flakes of that bright yellow metal so sought
after by humans since time immemorial.
Harry Corn went out on his own in search of some of the beautiful
rocks found in Panama which are suitable for tumbling or grinding into
stones for use in jewelry making. He eventually turned up, after we were
about to send out a search party, with three chunks of rock worth taking
We packed our gear in the cars and began our return journey. But,
at my request, we stopped at the prosperous farm of Mr. T. Dimo, a for-
mer resident of Greece, who now farms in this lovely valley. He brought
with him from Greece a knowledge of beekeeping, and a score or more
of beehives are in close proximity to the house. I had bought his honey
before and had enjoyed its distinctive flavor, so we each bought a pint jar
of it for 75c., which is high but so is the quality. Mr. Dimo also has
a small flock of sheep headed by a surly-appearing ram sporting some
It is true that we had more golden honey in the jars than we had
found flakes of shining gold in our mining efforts, but it had been a re-
warding day in many ways, including the fact that our pockets held -
at a broad estimate all of fifty cents worth of flake and flower gold that
we had recovered from earth's grasp the hard way.
During their month's stay in the Tampa area, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin
Rigby (Hua Willison), their two children, John and Marian Bundy, and
Hua's mother, Mayme Willison, visited a number of times with Grace and
Jack Morris, and son Richard, at their home in Lutz. Many happy hours
were passed swimming, boating and learning to ski on the beautiful lake
in front of the Morris property.
Mr. G. C. Lockridge has been appointed as Legislative Representative
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, to replace Mr. Harold J. Zierten,
who has resigned.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Feeney and three sons, of the C.Z., are spending
their vacation in their new home in Harbour Heights, Florida.
(Mr. Matt C. O'Hearn, Sec.-Treas. of the Panama Canal Society of
Washington, D.C. wrote a most comprehensive bit of History which ap-
peared in the programs of the Old-Timers Get-Together Dinner in May,
1961. Starting with the French organization in 1870 to construct a sea-
level canal in Panama. For the May, 1962 Get-Together he wrote an
equally interesting article for the programs, on "What kind of people
we were who built the Canal". The following is an excerpt.- ED.)
Today, we Canal builders would probably be considered a motly
crowd of adventurers, "tough guys," not capable of passing academic ex-
aminations and "security tests." There weren't any such in those days.
To illustrate: This writer applied for a job at 1:30 PM ond day, was inter-
viewed, filled out the papers, took the medical examination, and came out
of the ICC office about 3:00 PM with a ticket to sail on the "Advance" the
following Saturday. You all remember the "Advance"; it wasn't a jet
liner. It was a little old 3,500-ton freight tub that tossed up and down
more than it advanced.
The French had worked for 25 years, spent $300,000,000, suffered a
gruesome loss of life, and failed. The Tropics had never before been con-
quered, and little was then known about tropical diseases. Some 39,000
Americans worked at Panama; a total of 6,630 lost their lives, and many
more were incapacitated with tropical malaria, black-water fever, yellow
fever, and sicknesses for which we then had no English names.
We built a Canal, but we also built roads, port works, and fortifica-
tions. We erected housing, built water works, power plants, schools, hos-
pitals, and we introduced sanitation, paving, and modern facilities into
the native cities where only wretched primitives had existed before. It
is not fitting for us to boast, but history does recount that we built the
material foundations for a new nation where we had found only medieval
We did not make fortunes in the Canal Zone. A young engineer
usually started at $125 a month, plus free "quarters" in a barracks that
housed 48 men, two in a room. But the record shows that most of the
"Canal diggers" of 1904-1914 went on to important jobs and took a con-
siderable part in the activities of an era that saw more changes and devel-
opments than any other era in history.
David L. Browne, Dartmouth College senior from Balboa, Canal
Zone, has been awarded a faculty citation for distinguished work in an
engineering science course during the past term.
Browne was cited by Albert P. Heckbert, professor of electrical en-
gineering at the college's Theyer School of Engineering, "for outstanding
performance in written examinations, oral presentations and laboratory
According to Thaddeus Seymour, dean of the college, faculty cita-
tions are extremely rare and are made a part of the student's permanent
Browne, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Browne of Balboa, has been
active at Dartmouth with the interdormitory council, film society and
WDCR, the student radio station. He was graduated from Balboa High
School in 1959.
Miss Ann Strickles, Gorgas Hospital nurse, was a visitor in the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Goodwin this summer, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. Jim Forbes of San Mateo, Calif., recently visited in the Henry
Leiseys' home in Albequerque, New Mexico, Dr. and Mrs. Edward Schnake
in Houston, Texas, and with Mr. and Mrs. Jack Evans in Greely, Colorado
while on a business trip.
A survey of Canal Zone recreational facilities now underway by Wal-
ter Mikulich, newly appointed Special Services Officer of the Canal Organ-
ization, is expected to lead to expansion and improvement of those facili-
ties in the months and years ahead.
In addition to planning expansion and improvement of facilities, Mr.
Mikulich will provide active assistance to community groups engaged in
recreation activities. He also will develop a program designed to provide
all Zonians with an opportunity for recreation.
He was employed by the Canal Zone Division of Schools in 1951 as
recreation supervisor, after having taught in schools in Minnesota and
Wisconsin. Since coming to the Zone he has served as physical education
instructor, director of the Balboa Gymnasium, and history teacher in Bal-
boa High School.
The challenge of his new position does not dismay Mr. Mikulich, who
says, "It is more of an opportunity than it is a problem. The resources
for a broad recreation program for everyone are available in the Zone;
my job is to improve them, expand them, and arrange things so all Zone
residents can participate."
Lawrence (Larry) Horine, supervisor of Physical Education and
Athletics for the United States Canal Zone Schools, was awarded a
graduate fellowship for this summer by the education department of the
University of Colorado.
Horine received his bachelor of science degree in Physical Education
in 1953 and his master's degree in administration in 1956 at the Univer-
sity of Colorado. He will continue his graduate study in the fields of
health and physical education administration.
Paul Robbins, formerly General Agent for the New Orleans Opera-
tion of the Panama Canal Company, has been appointed Assistant to the
Comptroller it has been announced at Balboa Heights. He succeeds J.
Patrick Conley, who recent was made Assistant Executive Secretary.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Robbins is a graduate of New York Uni-
versity with a degree in law and was connected with the New York Opera-
tion of the Panama Canal Company for a number of years before being
transferred to New Orleans.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Chase and their family of Ancon, spent their vaca-
tion in the United States.
They visited first in Miami Beach and Winterhaven, Florida. Mrs.
Chase attended the Dancemasters of America Convention at the Statler-
Hilton in New York City.
Ellen Matheney, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Augus O. Matheney
of Panama City, was one of 46 seniors who received their diplomas at the
Kent Place School, on the campus in Summit, N.J. More than 1800 par-
ents, friends and alumnae from all parts of the country attended. Miss
Matheney will continue her studies next fall at Southern Methodist Uni-
versity, Dallas, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley M. Hamilton of 8235 6th Street, Margarita,
held an Open House in honor of their son and daughter-in-law, Lt. and
Mrs. Robert Hamilton, who arrived from Fort Sill, Okla.
Lt. Hamilton will report for duty in Germany next month.
Dr. and Mrs. Julian Hunt, former Canal Zone residents, arrived from
Honolulu, Hawaii, to be the house guests of Mrs. Marie Edelen of Ancon,
Rabbi Nathan Witkin of Balboa, C.Z. was unexpectedly given Pan-
ama's Vasco Nunez de Balboa Award at a testimonial dinner in his honor
at the Tivoli Guest House recently. Public Works Minister Max Delvalle
made the presentation.
Col. and Mrs. R. W. Molloy, (Margaret Meigs) and daughters Vir-
ginia and Barbara, arrived in New York on August 7, on the USS Brazil,
from Montevideo, Uruguay. Col. Molloy has received an appointment to
the National War College, in Washington, D.C.
Luke C. Palumbo, of the Cristobal High School faculty, was awarded
a National Science Foundation Scholarship to study physics, genetics,
and astronomy at Central Missouri College in Warrensburg, Missouri,
for a ten week's course this summer.
Palumbo teaches general science; he also sponsors the Junior High
Student Association. He received his B. S. degree from Northwest Mis-
souri State College and has been teaching at C.H.S. since 1943.
Dr. Gordon H. Bartley recent arrival to the Isthmus, from the US,
has been employed as the orthodontist in the Gorgas Hospital Dental
Clinic. Since his graduation from the University of St. Louis in 1951,
Bartley has been in private practice in Houston, Texas. Bartley's wife
and young daughter are expected to join him in the Canal Zone soon.
(The Dothan Eagle, Dothan, Ala. recently carried an article and large
picture of Mrs. John D. Odom's (Sue Core) giving an 84 acre tract of her
land to the Haven trustees for construction of an alcoholic rehabilitation
center. The following is an excerpt of the article. ED.)
Mrs. Odom said her gift was prompted by reading a story in The
Dothan Eagle about two weeks ago. The news story told of the Haven's
trustees' search for a site and their appeal for the donation of a tract near
Mrs. Odom, a Washington State native who came to Dothan with her
late husband in 1952, said she read the story, looked at an accompanying
picture of Ray Hayes and Joe Martin Stallings, land committee for The
Haven and thought to herself, "Now this is it."
She immediately picked up the telephone and called Harry Hall with
the offer. He summoned trustees to survey the land, and they accepted it
on the spot the following day.
Mrs. Odom, a former newspaper columnist and the author of 15
children's books and historical and biographical volumes, met her hus-
band when she went to the Panama Canal Zone as a teacher.
Dr. Odom, who was born in Gordon, was a second lieutenant in the
U.S. Army Medical Corps when the couple met and married.
On his retirement and return to the Wiregrass in 1952, he had served
as chief of the quarantine and immigration division of the Panama Canal
Zone Authority. Dr. Odom died in 1960.
Mrs. Odom's gift, she said, is meant as a memorial to her husband.
The only contingency of her gift is that The Haven trustees begin
construction and operation of a facility for the rescue of alcoholics within
Virgil G. (Skeeter) Camby, son of Mrs. Thelma Camby and grandson
of Mrs. Marie Kuhn, is a member of the Air Force now and is located at
Myrtle Beach, So. Carolina. David R. DiRoma another grandson of
Marie's is now in the Army Electronics and is stationed in Missouri.
(The following excerpt was taken from an Albequerque paper with the
title "Atmosphere of Sierra Drive N.E. home suggests togetherness." One
column concerns Mr. and Mrs. (Jacquiline Dorgan) Charles Meketa. ED.)
"Mrs. Meketa's neighbors call her the most interesting in the block.
She was born and raised in the Canal Zone, where her father was a govern-
ment employee, and where she met her husband, then an Air Force pilot.
The Meketas have six sons, Jim 14; Mike and Dick 13; Tony 12; Bob 9
and one daughter, Becky, 21/2 months old.
Mr. and Mrs. Meketa's activities center almost entirely around their
children. They take part in PTA and Boy Scout activities and take their
children on outings and camping trips.
All the boys are excellent students, but make good showings in other
The four oldest boys participated last year in the Soap Box Derby
and won a total of 20 trophies and medallions. Mike, one of the twins,
was Class B runner-up and won a week's vacation at Hummingbird Lodge.
Tom, the four year old, won a fishing contest last year and Jim, the oldest,
won a scholarship to attend The Academy for Boys, here."
(The following was taken from the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Lillia Mon-
santo Dean is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. M. Monsanto, 311 Doug-
las Court, Iowa City, Iowa. Mr. Monsanto is a retired C.Z. employee -
and a member of the Panama Ctanal Society of Florida.
Lillia graduated from Balboa High School in 1933. She was valedic-
torian in the first class to be graduated from the Junior College, 1935.
Lillia says many of her characters and places will be recognized by
anyone who, has lived on the Zone. ED.)
The singular pleasure of discovering an author in their midst is cur-
rently activating friends of Mrs. H. L. Dean, 30 Rocky Shore Drive, whose
first book, "Once Is A Habit," was released by Pageant Press April 30.
A collection of sketches dealing with "the hazards of everyday living
and their hilarious consequences," "Once Is A Habit" will have a special
appeal for Iowa Citians in that many of its characters human, canine
and feline! will be recognizable to them. For the author has drawn
largely upon her experiences of the past 20 years (during which she has
been a resident of this community for the substance of her witty essays
on such intriguing subjects as "I Hate Surprise Visits," "Crazy Dogs,"
"Women and Clunkers," "Man, I'm Square," and "How Long Will You
Born in New York City, Lillia Monsanto moved in early childhood
to the Panama Canal Zone. A graduate of the Canal Zone Junior College,
she spent four years as a reporter for the "Panama American" in Panama
City, Panama; later was graduated from the University of Iowa school of
journalism and spent four years as an advertising copywriter-after all
of which she found her career in portrait photography! (She operates the
Stromsten studio here.)
Her husband, H. L. Dean, is associate professor of botany at S.U.I.
Included in the Dean family are a daughter, Ann, a senior at Iowa City
high school this year, and (according to the blurb on the book jacket),
"whatever dogs and cats are around".
All have their place in "Once Is A Habit", which lives up to its pre-
views as "continuously engaging sparkling with genuine beautifully
projected humor; a fun-filled delight that provides a full measure
of lively and diverting reading entertainment."
Whimsical illustrations by Marcella Heathman complement the text.
William Adams Lang, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dee of Diablo
recently received the bachelor of law degree from the George Washington
University. Lang was an honor graduate of Balboa High School in 1950.
He attended George Washington University under a Scottish Rite Scholar-
ship and received a B.A. in International Affairs in 1954.
He served two years as a lieutenant in the Naval Air Corps in New-
foundland. He is active in the Naval Reserve "Week-end Warrior" pro-
Bill currently resides in Falls Church, Va., with his wife, the former
Mary Jo Cole of Gamboa, and their four children. He is the assistant to
the General Counsel of AFSCME (AFL.-CIO.) parent Union of Panama
Canal Co. Employees Union, Local 900.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Sampsell, of La Boca, C.Z. were callers in the W.
R. Lindsay and G. C. Lockridge homes in St. Petersburg. Later they drove
to Denver, Colo. where Mrs. Sampsell attended the Convention of the
National Education Association.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stockham, Balboa Heights, spent a vacation in Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla. visiting their daughter (Janet) and son-in-law, Lt. James
Miss Caroline Zirkman, a 1958 graduate of Balboa High School, re-
ceived her Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated Cum Laude from St.
Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., this spring. She majored in economics
and was active in Political Emphasis Week activities.
Miss Zirkman spent several months last summer in the Soviet Repub-
lic under the SPAN program (Student Project for Amity among Nations).
Miss Zirkman is now an employee of the Internal Revenue Service in
St. Paul, Minn. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Waldemar Zirkman
Mr. Arthur A. Albright returned to Gatun following a trip to Ger-
many and the United States. In Germany he spent 10 days with his son,
1st Lt. John N. Albright and Mrs. Albright and saw his new grandson,
Richard Morton, who was born on December 31, 1961. Lt. Albright is a
former Cristobal High School student and did his college work at Okla-
homa State University from which he holds a Bachelor's degree in History.
En route back to the Isthmus Mr. Albright visited his other son, Alan
Brian Albright, in Washington, D.C., where he is employed in the History
Department of the Smithsonian Institute. He is also a former Cristobal
High student and a graduate with a B.A. in History from Oklahoma State.
While in Germany Mr. Albright and his son and family spent a short
vacation in Berchtesgaden and Salzburg.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Chapman and their children, Pricilla and
Jonathan, former Canal Zone residents, are now stationed in Ethiopia with
the Sudan Interior Mission, an interdenominational, evangelical mission.
Dr. Chapman was assigned to Gorgas for five years, serving as intern,
surgical resident, and as a staff member on the Ear, Nose and Throat ser-
vice. He also worked with the Urology service.
Mrs. Chapman, the former Dorothy Hicks, is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert H. Hicks of Balboa.
Dr. Chapman is the doctor at the Shashamane Leprosarium, located
about 150 miles south of the capitol city, Addis Adaba, at an elevation of
6700 ft. The leprosarium is made up of two separate colonies, one with
500 patients, the other with 400 patients. Several hundred more lepers
live near the leprosarium and are treated as out-patients. Medical facili-
ties at the leprosarium include a 50 bed hospital for leper patients, and
an out patient clinic and 16 bed hospital for non-leprous patients.
Beside Dr. Chapman the medical staff consists of four missionary
nurses and two Ethiopian dressers. In addition to the medical work the
mission station has an agricultural project which supplies a large share
of the food for the leper colony, two elementary schools, one for lepers
and one for non-lepers and a Bible school. The staff consists of mission-
aries from the United States, Canada, England, Australia and New Zea-
The Chapmans arrived in Ethiopia in August, 1961 and spent eight
months in the Amheric language school before taking up their present
Bartley P. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bartley Smith, Panama Can-
al Zone, was graduated May 20, 1962, from the world-famed American
Institute for Foreign Trade, Phoenix, Arizona. A postgraduate degree
of Bachelor of Foreign Trade was conferred upon the graduating class
of 197 students.
Specializing in practical foreign-trade techniques, Portugese, and
Latin American Area Studies, Smith has spent two postgraduate semesters
in an intensified course designed to prepare him for a career in U. S.
Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958 in Inter-American
Affairs from the University of New Mexico.
Through the successes of its graduates, the Institute has become an
exemplar in America's search for the right way and the right man to sell
America, its ideals, and its products overseas.
Robert Wayne Dilfer, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Dilfer of Las
Cumbres graduated in June from The Choate School, Wallingford, Conn.
After attending Balboa High School for two years, Dilfer was awarded a
scholarship to the Choate Pre-School.
During the two years he has been there he has compiled an excellent
academic and leadership record. After his first year at Choate, Dilfer fin-
ished third in his class of 132 boys; was elected president of the St. An-
drews Cabinet an honor and religious organization; president of the
National Spanish Honor Society; captain of the Choate varsity golf team
and elected as one of the six seniors to the student council.
This year Dilfer was awarded the Choate Memorial Schlorship
given in memory of all the Choate men who lost their lives in World War
II. He was also elected to the Choate Chapter of the National Cum Laude
Society in March and was one of five seniors chosen by the faculty to com-
pete for the Yale Aurelian Honor Society award as the most outstanding
Dilfer was accepted into the NROTC program to study at any school
of his choice, and was offered a Yale University scholarship, but turned
both down to accept a scholastic scholarship to Stanford University. He
has been active in crew, football, Glee Club, basketball, squash, golf, cam-
era club, Spanish club, and was elected house chairman.
He spent the summer months vacationing in the States with his fam-
ily, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Dilfer (Beverly Comely) and his brother.
(Mr. Dilfer is the grandson of Mrs. Harry Comely, Arlington, Va.-ED.)
Mr. and Mrs. (Jayne Peterson) John Owens have been transferred to
Fort Worth, Texas, where Mr. Owens is Educational Director of the Bisbee
Miss Rita Orr, a nurse at Corozal Hospital is presently touring
Mr. Frank Reilley of the C.Z. was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
Wynne in New Orleans. He was about to return to the C.Z. when he was
ordered to supervise the inventory on board the SS Ancon, in New Orleans.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Scott of the C.Z. vacationed in Daytona Beach,
Miami, N.Y. and New Orleans.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Coyle and children took an extensive tour of the
U.S. in their Volkswagen Camper. They visited in Massachusetts and New
Jersey and then went on to the World's Fair.
Capt. George Bull, 1949 graduate of Balboa High School, landed his
U-2 aircraft at Howard Field, C.Z. recently. He was born in Colon and
reared on the Isthmus of Panama. He and his teammates participated in
high altitude flights to collect samples from the stratosphere to determine
concentration of radioactive debris. In addition to this the U-2 pilots
gather data for research concerning weather phenomena at high altitudes.
Mrs. John Pettingill of Ancon was a guest of her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Jack Scholfield in Peckville, Pa. this summer. She also visited Mr.
Pettingill's mother in Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Mr. and Mrs. I. F. Mcllhenney now of Cleveland Heights, Ohio were
guests of Mrs. John Odom in Dothan, Ala. They later visited in the St.
Petersburg area, calling on the G. C. Orrs, Mr. Zip Zierten, the G. C.
Lockridges and E. M. McGinnis'.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mussleman and daughter Caroline of Diablo,
C.Z. made a round trip to New Orleans, where they took many sight see-
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Anderson of Los Rios, C.Z. flew to the States
for a visit with relatives in New Jersey. They were guests of her sister and
husband, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wynne in New Orleans later.
Jerry Cooper, a student at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Peters-
burg is spending the summer months in Gamboa with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Pete Cooper.
Mrs. Josephine Colston is at present visiting in France.
Frances Dorn, of Hot Springs,, Ark., reporter, is enjoying a vacation
in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and at the Fair in Seattle.
Capt. and Mrs. B. C. Judd, of St. Petersburg are visiting Mr. and
Mrs. Jack Rathgaber and two daughters in Glassboro, N.J. Tenny, one of
their daughters who was the first person to ever graduate from that high
school with the title, Commercial Accountancy Secretary Curriculum, has
accepted a position with Curtis in Philadelphia. Linda, was one of eight
senior girl scouts to be chosen to attend the Tri-State Campalong at camp
Woodhaven, Pine Grove, Pa.
Mrs. Gertrude Wilson of St. Petersburg is a guest of her sister and
brother, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Dickman in Detroit, Michigan.
Miss Joan Terry Giblin, daughter of former Canal residents, Mr. and
Mrs. Hugh Giblin of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., received her AB degree from
Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, W. Va., in June. She is a member of
Phi Mu and Beta Phi Epsilon fraternities. She attended elementary school
in Balboa. Miss Frances Giblin, who also attended Balboa elementary
school is now attending the Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va.
Marion B. and Elsie (Lawyer) Woodruff and their two daughters,
Linda and Darleen, of the C.Z., spent ten days of their vacation with Jack,
Grace and Richard Morris in Lutz. Mrs. Woodruff is Mrs. Morris' sister.
The Woodruffs toured this summer through Texas to California and
back east to North and South Carolina before arriving in Florida.
Mrs. Helen Sestito, 53, wife of Joseph Sestito, a Canal Zone Postal
employee, died at Gorgas Hospital June 10. Mrs. Sestito who had retired
from the Payroll Branch in March had been a patient at the hospital since
Helen Reynolds Sestito was born in Washington State and went to the
Canal Zone with her parents in 1910 and was educated in the Canal Zone
schools. She was an outstanding swimmer and had participated in meets
both in the Canal Zone and the United States.
In addition to her husband she is survived by one daughter, Mrs.
Helen Satriano of Denver, Colorado, a sister Mrs. Lavinia Dahlhof of
Balboa and a brother, Francis Reynolds of New Orleans.
Mrs. Mary M. Shea Toone of Bradford, Pa., a Roosevelt medal holder
for Canal Zone construction days service and a retired Panama Canal
employee died April 25 in Bradford, Pa. She was 77 years of age.
She was born in Mt. Alton, Pa., a daughter of the late James J. and
Hanora Healy Shea. She was graduated from the Lock Haven Normal
School and was principal at the Mt. Alton grade school for four years
before she moved to the Canal Zone in 1909.
Mrs. Toone taught in schools on both sides of the Isthmus, and was
principal in construction town schools for many years. She returned to
the United States in 1918, and then returned to the Canal Zone in the
early 1930's with her husband, Beverly B. Toone. After his death in 1936,
she worked in the Accounting Division until her retirement in 1946.
In her immediate family she is survived by two brothers and three
sisters and several nieces and nephews. One nephew is Donald M. Luke
of Balboa Heights, who is with the Panama Canal Accounting Division.
William F. Mornhinweg, former chief foreman of Locks Operations
at Pedro Miguel, died in Delray Beach, Florida, May 30th. He was 64
A native of Port Chester, New York, Mr. Mornhinweg was employed
with the Canal organization in 1929 as a towing locomotive operator at
Pedro Miguel. He held a number of locks positions at Pedro Miguel in-
cluding Junior Control House Operator, Assistant Supervisor, Lockmaster
and Electrical Supervisor.
He retired from Canal service in September 1958 after more than 29
years of employment, all of it at Pedro Miguel. He and Mrs. Mornhinweg
have been living since then in Delray Beach.
Surviving him, in addition to his widow, are two step-daughters. Mrs.
Jack K. Campbell of Balboa and Mrs. James Marshall of St. Petersburg,
Florida; a brother Edgar Stewart Mornhinweg, of Denver, Colorado; and
a sister, Ruth, living in Port Chester, New York.
Everette J. Spencer, 52, a retired FAA employee died June 8th at
Mr. Spencer was born on Nov. 13, 1909 at Arajon, Ga. He went to
the Canal Zone in April 1936 and had been a resident there ever since.
He was retired from the Federal Aviation Agency on Dec. 19, 1957 and
had resided at 5125, Arraijan, R.P.
In his immediate family, he is survived by his widow, Mrs. Leonor
He was a member of Chagres Lodge A. F. and A. M., of the Scottish
Rite Bodies, and of Abou Saad Temple.
Mrs. Marguerite J. Roche, 92, passed away June 20th, at Jackson
Heights, N. Y. Mrs. Roche was a resident of the Canal Zone from 1909
to 1918. She was the widow of Paul E. Roche who was with the original
Quartermaster Division. He died in Ancon, C.Z., in 1914.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Gertrude R. Santasiere of Jackson
Heights, N.Y., and Mrs. Pauline R. Kersey, Trenton, N.J., two grandsons,
Capt. Howard Buehler, Balboa, C.Z., and Harry A. Kersey, Jr., Los An-
geles, California, and 5 greatgrandchildren.
George B. Halloran, 86, of 8310 NE First PI., died May 8th. He came
to Miami 12 years ago from the Panama Canal Zone, where he was with
the U.S. Public Health Service. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Alice E.
Brooks, and a son, George A., both of Miami; three grandchildren and
James H. Smith, 72, 723 N. Atlantic Ave., died at Holly Hill Osteo-
pathic Hospital, Daytona Beach, Florida, May 26, 1962.
He was born in Denver and came here 10 years ago from Miami.
He was a retired Panama Canal Zone paymaster.
Survivors include two brothers-Willard, Ore.; and Erwin, Califor-
nia; and one sister Mrs. O. F. Murray, Boulder, Colo.
Mrs. Grace E. Gregory, 82 years of age, widow of Capt. William H.
Gregory, (USA-Ret.), died May 8th at Gorgas Hospital after a long illness.
Mrs. Gregory, who was born in England, was a naturalized United
She first went to Panama in 1924 with her husband, who was sta-
tioned at Fort Amador. Mrs. Gregory visited the Isthmus a number of
times afterwards and in July 1961 returned to make her home with her
son, George Gregory of Gamboa, chief of the Navigational Aids and Re-
pair Branch of the Canal organization.
In her immediate family she is survived by her son and by two grand-
Word has been received of the death of William A. Sawyers, princi-
pal of Cristobal High School in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Mr. Sawyers, who was principal at Cristobal for four years, died
May 26 in Kissimmee, Fla., where he had lived for the past 18 months,
Survivors include the widow, Grace; sons, William, Baldwin, N.Y.,
Robert, Merrick, N.Y., and James, Lakeland, Florida.
Claude E. Anderson, 74 years of age, died on May 7 at Tococoa, Ga.,
where he had made his home since retirement from Panama Canal service.
Mr. Anderson was born Oct. 25, 1887, at Commerce, Ga. He was
employed by the Panama Canal organization at two different periods.
His first employment was from April 5, 1916 to Aug. 27, 1922 in the
Locks Division. He was reemployed in the same division in June, 1934
and was a lockmaster when he retired on Oct. 31, 1949.
In his immediate family he is survived by his wife and by two sons
and two daughters.
Harry A. Franck, the well-known Travel Writer, died near New Hope,
Pennsylvania on April 17th. He is well known on the Isthmus for his book
"Zone Policeman 88".
Harry A. Franck was born in Michigan in 1881. After teaching
modern languages in various schools he began walking all over the world
and probably covered more of this world afoot than any other man in our
generation. In World War I he served with the U.S. Army in Italy and
France. In World War II he was a major in the U.S. Army Air Corps,
decorated E.T.O. Ribbon, Purple Heart.
Among his many travel books besides "Zone Policeman 88" Harry
Franck wrote: A Vagabond Journey Around the World; East of Siam; A
Vagabond in Soviet Land; Trailing Cortez Through Mexico, and many
In June 1919 Harry A. Franck married the former Rachel W. Latta
of Philadelphia, who survives him with their five children. Mrs. Franck
is author of the book "I Married A Vagabond".
George Chevalier, father of Mrs. Ruth Stuhl, who recently revisited
the Isthmus, was "Zone Policeman 118", when Harry Franck was "Zone
Harold James McCarrick, a retired Panama Canal Co. employee, died
June 24th. Mr. McCarrick had made his home in Jacksonville, Florida.
since 1953. Death occurred in that city. He was 61 years old.
Mr. McCarrick retired with 15 years service with the Maintenance
Division in Ancon. At the time of his retirement he held the position of
Survivors include his widow, a son, James Robert of Balboa, a towing
locomotive operator with the Locks Division, a second son, Harold James
Jr., of Jacksonville and one grandson of Balboa.
Mrs. Leona M. Saarinen of 1542 B, Mango Street, Balboa, died
June 3rd at Gorgas Hospital.
She was born in New York 53 years ago and went to the Canal Zone
Mrs. Saarinen was a past president of the Balboa Woman's Club and
was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
In her immediate family she is survived by her husband, Albert Saar-
inen of the Contract and Inspection Division of the Panama Canal
Engineering and Construction Bureau; two daughters, Mrs. F. J. Haydel
of New Orleans and Miss Carol Saarinen of Balboa; one son, Robert
Saarinen of Balboa; and by six grandchildren.
Willam O. Adams, former employee of the Panama Canal Account-
ing Division, died suddenly in New York City of a heart attack. He was
48 years old.
At the time of his death, Adams was employed in the Accounting
Department of the States Marine Steamship Company in New York.
A native of Bourne, Mass., Adams went to the Isthmus with the Army
in 1940 and joined the Panama Canal Company in 1941 as a clerk in the
Accounting Division. He remained with the same unit until 1952, when
he left the Canal Zone for New York.
He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Robert S. Herr of Balboa, and a
sister and brother who live in Massachusetts.
Mrs. Olga Rivet, 50 years of age, died recently at Gorgas Hospital
after a long illness. Her husband, Rutherford P. Rivet, is a retired em-
ployee of the Panama Canal Dredging Division.
Mrs. Rivet was born in Panama City.
Survivors include her widower; a son, Rutherford Rivet, Jr., who
lives in the United States; her mother, Mrs. G. Adams of Los Angeles,
Calif.; and by three sisters, Mrs. Lilly Zidbeck of Corona, Calif., Mrs.
F. A. Johnston of Covina, Calif., and Mrs. Georgia Allen of Curundu.
John William Maxwell died May 10th at Santa Clara. He was 74
years old, and for many years had been affectionately known as "Uncle
A retired Navy chief and former employee of the Panama Canal Com-
pany, Mr. Maxwell moved from Florida to make his home at Santa Clara
six years ago.
He was co-owner with George L. ("Uncle Eddie") Edwards of his
home there, the house which formerly belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hall.
He had been in declining health for many years.
Mr. Maxwell is survived by one niece, Mrs. Edna Maxwell of Apoka,
Mrs. Avria E. Snyder, wife of H. Doyle Snyder, former employee of
the Locks Division and well known resident of Gatun, died May 13th in
St. Petersburg, Fla. following a brief illness. She was 62 years old.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Mrs. Snyder went to the Isthmus with
her husband in 1935. From 1945 to 1952 she was employed by the for-
mer Commissary Division as a telephone operator.
Mr. and Mrs. Snyder lived in Gatun until 1959 when Mr. Snyder
retired. Recently they have been making their home in St. Petersburg.
She was active in community affairs on the Atlantic Side, was a
member of the Order of the Eastern Star and of the Cristobal's Women's
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Vernon, who
lives in Louisville, and four grandchildren.
Robert E. L. Brown, former supervisory construction management
engineer in the Contract and Inspection Division, died in Fayetteville,
Ark., after a long illess. He was 58 years old.
Mr. Brown retired from service in February and with Mrs. Brown
had left the Isthmus a few weeks ago accompanied by their young daugh-
ter. They had planned to make their home in Fayetteville.
A native of Marion, Tennessee, he was a graduate of Alabama Poly-
technic Institute, in Auburn, Alabama. He went to the Isthmus in 1940
from the U.S. Engineer Office at Rock Island, Ill. and was employed with
the Canal as an engineer in the Electrical Division.
During World War II, he served with the United States Army with
the rank of Captain and received the American Campaign Medal. He
returned to the Canal organization as an electrical engineer in 1946.
He retired because of poor health after more than 19 years of service.
The body of Carl Maedl, Jr., a 17-year-old Cristobal High School
student missing since 4:30 pm Saturday, was found floating in the water
off Randolph Beach, Coco Solo, at about 9 am Monday.
Maedl's parents, both teachers at the Coco Solo High School, reported
their son missing late Saturday afternoon. Maedl was a National Society
member, a member of the Cristobal High School 21 Club and attended
the Margarita Union Church.
Maedl is survived by his mother and father and two sisters, Patricia
Ann, a school teacher in Minnesota, and Pamela, an eighth grade pupil
at the Coco Solo High School.
Carl had last been seen swimming off Coco Solo.
Fred Frank, who was Assistant to Superintendent, Pier 18, Termin-
als Division, at the time he retired from Panama Canal service in August
1952, died on May 15 in Los Angeles, Calif. He had worked at Pier 18
for about 30 years, and had many friends in Panama and the Canal Zone,
and in shipping circles.
Mr. Frank was born in New York City on August 8, 1890. He re-
ceived a number of promotions, and was promoted from head stevedore
foreman to assistant to superintendent, the position he held when he retired
on August 31, 1952.
In his immediate family he is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ruth
Frank; and by two sons, Norman and Irwin Frank.
News of the death of Grattan Patrick McGroarty, formerly of the
editorial staff of The Panama American and later one of the earliest cor-
respondents in World War II, has been received recently.
McGroarty died in a veterans hospital in Washington, D.C. on
Born in San Francisco on Jan. 1, 1914, he went to the Isthmus at an
early age with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John McGroarty. McGroarty Sr.
was a poet of more than ordinary talent, and his verses frequently ap-
peared in The Panama American. At the time of his death, he was widely
known as the Isthmian "Poet Laurette".
Grattan McGroarty worked on the staff of The Panama American as
a boy, before his graduation from Balboa High School. After graduation,
in 1932, he joined the staff as a full time reporter, much of his work being
in the Canal Zone.
In 1938, he left The Panama American for the United States, months
later joined the staff of United Press, and was in Europe to cover the in-
vasion of Holland, Belgium and France in 1940. During the war in the
Mediterranean, he was severely injured when he was blown off the bridge
of a British Warship.
After the war, McGroarty returned to The Panama American for a
brief period, but he had not fully recovered his health and had to return
to the hospital.
Max E. Schmidt, a resident of Panama for the past 45 years died
July 6th in San Fernando Clinic following a short illness.
He was the father of Mrs. Thomas A. Frensley, of Diablo Heights,
who is the secretary of the Public Information Officer of the Panama
Mr. Schmidt, who was 69 years old, was a retired employee of the
Transportation Section of the U.S. Army. Born in Peru, he was a well-
known turfman in Panama City.
Surviving Mr. Schmidt are his wife, Mrs. Isabel Mata de Schmidt, of
Curundu; Max, Jr., of Panama; two daughters, Mrs. Oscar Ghitis, of Pan-
ama, and Mrs. Frensley; and a brother, J. Herbert Schmidt, of Panama.
Mrs. Anna E. Johnson, widow of former Canal Zone police officer,
Lt. Peter Johnson, and mother of F. R. Johnson, plans officer in the
executive Planning Staff, died in Gorgas Hospital after a long illness.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Kristiansand, Norway, January 16, 1883,
and went to the Isthmus as a bride in 1907.
Shortly after the death of her husband in 1917, Mrs. Johnson re-
turned to Washburn, North Dakota, with her three children. She received
an appointment to the quartermaster division of the supply department
of the Canal Organization in 1921 and returned to the Canal Zone in
March of that year.
She later worked with the Commissary Division when it was a part
of the Panama Railroad Company, and retired from the Accounting Divi-
sion in 1940. Since that time she had lived with Mr. and Mrs. Johnson
of Balboa Heights. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Balboa Union
Surviving her, in addition to her son and daughter-in-law of Balboa,
are a son, Peter Johnson of Menlo Park, California, a niece, Mrs. Lucille
Wilson of the Gorgas Hospital staff, a sister, Mrs. Lea Dugan, a Roosevelt
Medal holder who lived many years on the Canal Zone, a brother, Carl
Knudtson, of Bismark, North Dakota, and six grandchildren.
Mrs. Lillian H. Bashner, 2315 Florida Ave., St. Petersburg, died
June 11, 1962. Born in Stottville, N.Y. Here 17 years from Balboa, Pan-
ama Canal Zone. Nurse for U.S. Government. Member Panama Canal
Zone Society, St. Petersburg; O.E.S. Episcopal. Survived by her husband,
Julius F.; sister, Mrs. Mertice H. Templeton, La Jolla, Calif.; two bro-
thers, Harry L. Gansevoort, N.Y.; and Charles Z., Hudson, N.Y.
Mrs. Dorothy M. Melendez, dean of newspaper women on the Isthmus,
died June 23rd as the result of a heart attack as she was being taken to
Coco Solo Hospital. She was 73 years old.
Mrs. Melendez was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but was raised in Boston,
Mass., and later lived in Rio de Janerio, where she completed her educa-
tion in a French Convent school. She went to the Isthmus as the bride
of the late Dario Melendez and they lived in Chiriqui, for a time in Rio
de Janerio and then returned to Colon where her husband became man-
ager of the Fuerza y Luz Co. for Colon.
Her career as a journalist covers more than a score of years and she
had been actively employed until about two years ago when she retired
but continued, nevertheless, to serve as editorial writer for the Star and
Herald. Mrs. Melendez had worked first for the Panama American and
then began her long career with the morning paper as Atlantic Side cor-
respondent. She had also served as social and woman's page editor on
several occasions and for a time edited the magazine "The Month in
A charter member of the Inter-American Women's Club, Mrs. Melen-
dez was made an honorary member of that organization several years ago.
Mrs. Melendez is survived by her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and
Mrs. John B. Coffey with whom she made her home, three grandchildren
and two great grandchildren.
Carroll S. Sanders, a retired Canal employee better known by Canal
Zone residents as "Pop", died July 4 at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville,
Kentucky after a long illness.
Mr. Sanders was born November 3, 1892 in Henery County, Ken-
tucky. Before going to the Canal Zone in 1939, he had worked with var-
ious companies in Texas, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan.
He was employed by the Canal organization on both sides of the
Isthmus with the Municipal Engineering Division and retired as a Pump-
ing Plant Operator in 1954.
He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Helen Luzier, of Fontana, Cali-
fornia, and his son Roger of University City, California.
He was a member of the Monterrey, Kentucky Masonic Lodge.
John J. Gustin, an American resident of the Isthmus died suddenly
Mr. Gustin, 50, a well-known Panama City businessman, owned the
Sky-Chef Restaurant at the time of his death. He suffered a heart attack
at the Sky-Chef and was being taken to the San Fernando Clinic by em-
ployes when he died.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sylvia Gustin; a nine-year-old son,
John; his parents Mr. and Mrs. John Gustin of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a
sister, Mrs. Price Coldin, also of Phoenix who flew to the Zone for the
Word has been received of the death of Mildred Seymour Craig,
daughter of Sally Seymour. She died suddenly on April 19 of a heart
attack in Victoria, British Columbia.
Mrs. John J. Spitznogle (Connie Clinchard), Melbourne, Florida,
wrote of the sudden death of her husband on June 14th of a heart attack,
while he was visiting his sister in Clarksburg, W. Va. Her brother Gene
Clinchard from Gatun was visiting her at the time which was a great com-
fort to her.
George T. Cotton, 82, former Foreman of the Wholesale Meat Depart-
ment of the Cold Storage Plant at Mt. Hope Commissary Division, passed
away at Coco Solo Hospital on June 30, 1962. Services were held at the
First Baptist Church in Balboa and burial was at Corozal cemetery.
Mr. Cotton was born in Luton, England, on March 12, 1880, but was
taken to the United States in 1886 by his parents. He went to the Canal
Zone in 1923 where he was employed with the Commissary Division until
his retirement in March 1942, following which he left to live in Monrovia,
California, until 1958 when he returned to the Canal Zone to live with
his son, Arthur T. Cotton, Postmaster at Balboa, because of ill health.
He was past Noble Grand of Cristobal Lodge No. 2, Independent Order
of Odd Fellows.
Surviving him besides his son, are a daughter, Mrs. David S. Smith of
St. Petersburg, Florida, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone, seven grand-
children and ten great-grandchildren.
On March 26, 1962, Claude B. Ellington died at his home in Thom-
son, Ga. from a heart attack. He was 71 years old. He began work on
the Isthmus in 1909, and left in 1915. He is survived by his wife.
Herbert Heard Evans was born in Aberdeen, Mississippi April 4,
1880. He died in Boyes Springs, California May 14, 1962.
"My father graduated from the United States Naval Academy in
1899, in time to see action in the Spanish American War. After five
years in the Navy, spent mostly in South America, he resigned and be-
came a civilian engineer. He installed the electric light plant in Hermo-
sillo, Mexico, and then worked for Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee. In
1909, he married my mother, Mary Louise McQuiston, who was also
from Aberdeen, Mississippi. He worked for the city of Chicago on the
subway commission until the United States entered World War I, when
he reentered the Navy, serving in the Norfolk Navy Yard.
In 1919, he became Assistant Superintendent of the Mechanical
Division of the Panama Canal. During his twenty-three years in the
Canal Zone, he pursued his life-long interest in Latin American history,
travelled widely in Latin America, and collected books on its history,
which are now in the Smith College library. His collection of textiles
was given to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
He was a charter member of the Panama Canal Employees Mutual
Benefit Association and its president for twelve years. He served on St.
Luke's Cathedral Chapter for twenty years, and was active in many other
community projects. From 1930 on, he and my mother were much inter-
ested in tropical flora, my father photographing the flowering trees and
shrubs of Panama, and my mother painting them. They lectured at mu-
seums throughout this country on the subject. My mother's paintings
have been given to the Smithsonian Institute.
When my father retired in 1942, he and my mother moved to Char-
lottesville, Virginia, where he taught engineering at the University of
Virginia during the remainder of World War II. After my mother's
death, he continued to live in Charlottesville, with frequent trips to Mex-
ico to see pre-Columbian ruins and Baroque architecture, and especially
to visit my brother, Herbert Evans (Box 23814, Mexico 10, D.F. Mexico).
He also visited me in Canada and in California, coming here to live
in 1960. During his last years, he became deeply fond of music and
amassed a large collection of classical records.
My father's high sense of duty and honor, his sense of family loy-
alty and his intellectual capacity, have made my brother and me proud,
and his unfailing support in all our endeavors leaves us with a profound
sense of loss.
Written by Mrs. Robert L. Smith (Jane Evans)
1635 Green Street,
San Francisco 23, California
Mrs. Mary Louise Smouse who lived in Zephyrhills with her son-in-
law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. T. V. Kelly, died on June 27th.
Mrs. Smouse had made her home with the Kellys in Margarita pre-
vious to Mr. Kelly's retirement from Panama Railrod service in 1958.
Mr. Jack R. Stapler of Rockport, Texas( died July 29, 1962 in a
Corpus Christi hospital. No other details were available.
News has been received of the death of former Panama Canal Com-
pany lockmaster, Thomas Lutro, July 23, at his home in Miami, Florida.
He was 61 years old.
A native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, he was employed in 1927 as a
General Machinist at the Gatun Locks. From 1949 until his retirement in
May, 1957, he was a lockmaster on the Atlantic Side Locks. He was a
resident of Gatun for many years.
In addition to his wife, Florence, Mr. Lutro is survived by his son,
Thomas Lutro, Jr., of Miami; his daughter, Mrs. Pauline Marczak of
Gamboa, and four grandchildren.
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETINGS
MAY 14, 1962
The first Society Picnic was held on May 14, 1962, at Lake Maggiore.
Around seventy members attended and enjoyed chatting with other mem-
bers and the following guests:
Glenn and Dorothy McNall presently living in St. Petersburg.
Jim and Hattie Marshall first timers at the picnic.
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Harrison, from San Francisco, California.
Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Henry now living in Gulfport.
Capt. and Mrs. Marcel Martin (Mabel King) from Wilmington, N. C.
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Benny visiting the St. Pete Bennys.
Mr. and Mrs. I. F. McIlhenny looking for a permanent home.
Betty Lockridge brought a large box of old snapshots taken at past
Reunions which were offered to those who cared to take them. All who
were interested sat around the long table and looked through stack after
stack taking those they wanted for themselves and also taking other snap-
shots to either mail or pass on to others who they thought would like to
have them. It was interesting to hear the many remarks made as the snap-
shots were viewed and called to the attention of others.
Mr. H. J. Zierten, our Legislative Representative, gave a report on
Bills pending and explained about Social Security numbers that were
to be given Civil Service retirees by the Internal Revenue.
JUNE 11, 1962
Over fifty members and guests attended the second picnic of the sea-
son. The visitors were:
Mr. Duncan Laird from the Canal Zone.
J. F. (Buster) and Jeanne Burgoon Canal Zone.
Mrs. P. W. Gerhardt Milwaukee, Wisc., mother of Elizabeth Grady.
Cheryl Beil and daughter Marcia Ruth.
Heinie and Dolly Smith first attendance since his illness.
The members all joined in singing "Happy Birthday" to Elizabeth
Grady in honor of her 16th birthday. Macon Turner was then asked to
stand to accept the congratulatory applause of the group for his and
Linnie Carol's 29th Wedding Anniversary of June 12th.
JULY 9, 1962
The July picnic of the Society at Lake Maggiore was attended by
about seventy members and guests. Although there had been hard down-
pours of rain during the morning, the sun came out before noon making
the afternoon ideal at the picnic grounds where a cool breeze prevailed.
The following guests stood to acknowledge their introductions and
received the applause of the members as follows:
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hasemann,
son Louie and daughter Gayle, Jacksonville.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Distefano, daughter Theodora,
from Monterey, Louisiana.
Mr. and Mrs. Cheryl Beil and daughter Marcia Ruth
(Lee and Helen's son).
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Beil from Pennsylvania (brother of Lee Beil).
Walter and Helen White from DeLand.
Gilbert and Ethel Owens from Jacksonville.
Wilma A. Siler DeLand.
Fred and Edna Anderson from California and may locate in Florida.
Jean Housley Coco Solo, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Benney.
Jane Holcomb, North Carolina.
Gene and Marge Shipley Canal Zone.
President Goodwin announced that Vice-President Howard was on
vacation and would be away at the time of the August meeting. He said
that his wife Martha's vacation also covered the date of the Society's
meeting and that in order for him to go to Pennsylvania with her he
would like to ask the permission of the membership to be absent at this
time. He stated that Past President Charles Calvit had consented to pre-
side over the August meeting if agreeable to the members. Permission
was, of course, granted.
Respectfully submitted by
Lyla M. Esler, Corresponding Secretary
TRANSIT CHAPTER, NORTH QUINCY, TAXACHUSETTSI
May 14. Tom and Mabel Jordan returned to Alfred, Maine, after
spending the winter in St. Retirementberg, Florida. Tom advised he heard
this wise crack down there:-"Keep our state green by growing Yankees
May 21. All the Maine group that could gathered for a birthday
party honoring Mrs. Amy Loring at her residence in Yarmouth. They
were Mrs. Mary Manush, Tom and Mabel Jordan, Dave Dickson, Cap-
tain and Helen Wenteworth, Ben McConaghy and ourselves. Harry Loring
efficiently dispensed the fruit juices. (sic) Dick Taylor was recuperating
at home after undergoing two major surgical operations, He has now
fully recovered, so he is working hard in his wonderful vegetable garden.
In June he and Ruth attended the Shrine Imperial Council meeting in
Toronto, Canada. Mrs. Dave Dickson had a long siege in the Buxton Hollis
hospital. She is now back home in Hollis Center, and certainly will ap-
preciate hearing from her many friends that are from the Canal Zone.
June 17. FATHER'S DAY. Yuh!! Dear Old Dad; -The Kin you
love to touch.
June 18. Alice (Boyd) Preston and family are visiting with Dick
and Ruth Taylor in Alfred, Maine. They live in Cartegena, Columbia,
where Harry is in business. Their son recently graduated from Washing-
ton and Lee University. He looks like one of his grandfathers; the late
Allen S. Boyd.
June 24. Ben McConaghy brightened our doors this day with his son,
Benjamin, and his daughter, Eunice. Ben is fortuate in having such nice
young people in his family. Young Ben is in the Marines and Eunice
July 8. Away to Maine to pick strawberries with Tom and Mabel
Jordan. We picked twenty (20) quarts. Oh our aching backs, and why
was I ordered to whistle while picking? Our deep freeze is now loaded
with those delicious, succulent, out of this world, and never on the Zone,
red, sweet berries. They will be consumed by those who lived at latitude
nearly 9, and had drunk of the river Chagres.
July 12. Mr. Thomas Charnley called on us today. He had been on
the Zone from 1906 to 1918; employed as a moulder in the foundry, and
umpired the Panama Canal ball games. Now 85 years old and as active
and full of life as a person 50; believe it or not. He found us from an
article that appeared in one of our local papers, and he certainly is en-
thused about meeting Canal Zone people.
July, Friday 13th!! Hail, hail, the stones are all here!! Sizes, 1/4"
to 1" in diameter. What an awful fear of possible broken windows. How
many remember our having hail storms on the Isthmus?
July 16. Gertrude "Patsy" Milloy is home in West Harwich, Mass.,
after 43 years of temporary employment on the Zone. She will reside
with her folks, and sister Helen, who proceeded her after many years of
employment in Gorgas Hospital.
History. During one of our Panama revolutions we were concerned
about the welfare of our friend Dr. Belsario Porras and his family. So-o-o
in spite of Zonites being warned to keep out we loaded up with food (yes
Commissary) and drove into the Forbidden City. They lived diagonally
across from the Presidencia, and right in front of their gate a very decre-
pit looking guard?, with rifle and fixed bayonet STOPT US!! WELL
NOW!! He just would not let us through. Scared of course we were,
for we both are allergic to blood transfusions. I started to admire his
armament and asked if he were a good shot. He sheepishly advised that he
DIDN'T know how to shoot the gun. What a relief!! I told him he was
lucky that we came along because he was looking at an expert with that
type of rifle. (Never saw one before or since, must have been from the
Civil War). He warmed up and we made a deal. If he would let us
through the gate I would show him how to shoot his rifle when we came
out. He agreed, and in we went and all supplies delivered. I had also
told him to put all of his bullets in his pockets so that they could become
real warm and would shoot better. When ready to leave we started from
away back in the yard and WHAM, ZOOM, that guard disappeared in a
cloud of dust that couldn't have settled before we reached the Zone line.
So-o-o our deal was never completed. So sorry.
A thought. The very best cocktail. Two parts each of love, compan-
ionship, kindness, understanding and honesty. Mix well for compatability.
Also:-A rare gift is anything a lady receives after five years of marriage.
Ida and Slim Hallett
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
Despite it being a cold, gray Sunday (if one can imagine such a thing
in California) or perhaps because of it, a good and lively crowd turned
out for the picnic at Brookside Park, Pasadena, on June 10, 1962. There
were 137 who registered; and all had a delightful time. We were happy
to see so many of the local folks in attendance, as well as a number of out-
of-town guests, some of whom were:
Betty (Clay) Hoverter, Belleview, Wash.
Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Shay, Monroe, Michigan
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kaufer, San Jose, California
Howard and Frances Smithies, Capistrano Beach
Wm. and Carrie Edwards, Sepulveda, California
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Miller, Ramona
Mr. and Mrs. Enio Lindstrom, Walnut Creek
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Jenkins, Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew VanSiclen, Vancouver, Wash.
Chris and Ruth Simonsen, Anaheim
Mr. and Mrs. Bart Bartolomew, Downey
Julia McKenzie, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Godfrey, Santa Paula
Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Neville, Los Altos
Jerry and Inez Evans, San Diego
Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Irving, Margarita, C. Z.
Grace and Bill Naylor did all the hard work, making gallons and
gallons of coffee; and it wasn't long before everyone was warmed up,
all chatting gaily and forgetting about gray skies. The officers want to
thank each one who attended for helping to make it one of the best pic-
nics in years.
Next picnic date October 7, 1962 Brookside Park, Pasadena.
Do plan to attend.
We are sorry to report the death of one of our members, Mrs. W. E.
(Gladys) Adams who was a former employee of Commsy. Division, died
at Jacksonville, Florida.
SICK LIST -
We are sorry to hear of the serious illness of Mrs. V. Cornwell, who
is at present in a nursing home in Fullerton, California.
Mr. Arthur Wynne of Hot Springs, Arkansas, suffered a heart attack
in March of this year-he writes that he is improving slowly but surely,
and is getting around a little now.
Mr. Robert Strauss wrote that Mr. Ed. J. Frederick suffered a heart
attack recently and was still on the seriously ill list at Coco Solo Hospi-
tal. Mr. Frederick is employed at the Cristobal Shops.
Letter from Mrs. Alfred (Jenny) Mundberg of Santa Barbara, in
which she reports that the Captain is improving slowly after his long ill-
ness; he can be up and around a bit, and take short rides.
Mrs. Joseph (Bessie) Welch of Long Beach writes that Joe was quite
ill but that he is improving, still under the doctor's care.
We all wish these friends a complete and quick recovery.
Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Neville (Clara) of Los Altos were guests of
Dorothy Hamlin in Sierra Madre. It was good seeing them at the picnic.
Dorothy and Esther Currier drove to Seattle to attend the Fair with Mr.
and Mrs. A. W. Sandburg of Pasadena whom they had met on a trip to
Europe a few years ago and who have become good friends. Upon her
return to California, Dorothy is flying with her two grandsons, Charles
and Craig (sons of Jane Hamlin Leffingwell) to the Canal Zone for a
visit with Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hamlin.
It was good seeing Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey at the picnic they came
down from Santa Paula, and visited friends in Southern California. They
were luncheon guests at Dorothy Hamlin's home, along with other Zone
Mrs. Helen Rhodes plans on a trip to the Canal Zone later this year
to be with her son Howard and his family. Howard was to go to Taiwan,
but his plans were changed, and he is now Post Engineer at Ft. Clayton,
Edith Wimmer, daughter of Mrs. Joseph Wimmer and the late Mr.
Wimmer, of Burbank, is following in her father's footsteps: she is now
an Auditor in the office of the Auditor General (Air Force), Marquardt
Corporation in Van Nuys.
Capt. Wm. W. Jones, son of Mrs. Wm. Jones and the late Mr. Jones, of
Monrovia, in command of the USS Valcour recently returned from the
Persian Gulf to Norfolk, Virginia.
Mrs. James Woods (Martha Bradley) has been visiting her father,
Fred Bradley in Burbank. Peggy Bradley recently returned from Arabia
where she is employed, to visit with her father and sister.
Mr. Carl Wanke will be leaving Port Hueneme soon to take a posi-
tion with NASA at Moffit Field, and he and his family will make their
home in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Mrs. Cornelia Reimer of Sierra Madre spent a delightful spring va-
cation in Washington, D.C., and in Massachusetts where she visited her
daughter, son-in-law and their family.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Stahler of Burbank had their daughter Margaret
with them at the picnic she recently drove to California alone from
Coco Beach, Florida, and will make her home here. Their son, Ernest Jr.,
is in the Navy, stationed at Treasure Island, near San Francisco.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Evans reported that Ev Heady was a recent visi-
tor at their home in Pacific Beach; also that Mr. and Mrs. E. Brissett of
Balboa were to visit them. The Evans also told us that Nancy Cotton,
daughter of Arthur Cotton, was on vacation from the Zone, visiting Doro-
thy Cotton Manthorn at Pacific Beach, and that Arthur Cotton was to
join them in August.
Mr. and Mrs. "Andy" Anderson of Grand Junction, Colorado, who
retired from the Panal Canal in March, were recent visitors with Jerry
and Inez Evans.
Rene and Ruth Conlon attended along with their doll of a daughter,
Kathleen. We were sorry to learn of the death of his mother, Mrs. Charles
Conlan (Blanca), at Gorgas Hospital in April. Mrs. Conlan had made
her home with Rene and family in Ontario, California, and had gone to
the Zone to visit her son-in-law and daughter, Dick and Juanita McCon-
aughey. Rene and family went to the Zone for the services which were
held at Corozal Cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Clay of Long Beach, drove to Marshalltown, Iowa,
to attend the 50th reunion of their high school graduation class. They
intend going on east and were to see Mr. Ernest Cripps in Maine. Jack
Clay brought his sister Betty (Clay) Hoverter and her family of Bellview,
Washington, to the picnic and he will go to Seattle, Washington, later
to attend the fair.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Van Siclen (Mamie Williams) of Vancouver,
Washington, their daughter Rene and son Lonnie, were surprise guests at
the picnic. They were visiting Dr. and Mrs. F. M. Farwell (Fay Williams)
at Corona del Mar it was so good seeing them. I don't think Andy or
Mamie got to eat more than two bites of food with everyone wanting
to visit with them.
Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Irving (Grace) of Margarita, Canal Zone, were
visiting relatives in Costa Mesa, and attended the picnic with Joseph and
Helen Kenway of Long Beach. The Irvings will return to the Zone on
September 4, 1962. Ah, those grand long vacations.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Shay, of Monroe, Michigan, were visitors
in California. They drove out the southern route, stopped at various
places, including Las Vegas. While in California they visited with Jerry
and Inez Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Bart Bartolomew, Art Miller of Escondido,
Mr. and Mrs. Kariger in Long Beach. They planned on driving back to
Michigan by way of Canada.
Mrs. Agnes (Reinke) Vennard of North Hollywood, wrote that she
was to attend the Supreme Session of Daughters of the Nile at Des Moines,
Iowa, in June; also that she would be traveling to the east coast to visit
relatives and friends.
Letter from Edith and Tom McGinn, who recently returned from a
trip to Montgomery, Alabama, where they welcomed a new granddaughter,
Kerry, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Charles McGinn (Jean Ann White,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. A. White of Gamboa). They also have an-
other new granddaughter, Mary Margaret, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noel
McGinn of Ann Arbor, Michigan Noel is finishing up and should be
getting his Ph.D. soon. They were happy to get back home to Santa Bar-
bara their son Tom was to come up from Costa Rica, where he is asso-
ciated with United Fruit, for a visit.
Helena Fitch of Berkeley wrote telling about her 7-week trip to
Europe with her sister, Emilie McAfee, and her niece, Teresa Turner.
They will visit Paris, and then later to Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, Germany,
to stay at the latter city with her nephew (Teresa's brother) and his family.
From there they planned on visiting Austria, Italy and Switzerland; also
were to visit the village in Germany where Mrs. Fitch's parents were born,
and where the house in which her mother was born still stands and is
occupied by distant cousins. Mrs. Fitch just enjoyed her 8.6th birthday
and reports that she is feeling fine.
Mrs. Caleb Clement of Gatun entertained with a "grandmother's
shower" for Mrs. Fred Newhard recently to celebrate Mrs. Newhard's
first grandchild Ellen Louise who was born on Valentine's Day to Mr.
and Mrs. Omar Franklin (Ann Newhard) of Colorado.
Mrs. Nina Brown of San Carlos was a recent visitor in Southern
California among the friends she visited were Lu Lumby of San Diego,
and the Seilers in Los Angeles. The Sellers took her home to San Carlos,
and while in that vicinity saw the Jerry Pragers and Ruth Brown Robert-
son and family.
Received word of the marriage of Bobbie Styles of Los Angeles to
Mr. C. Edward Field they spent their honeymoon in Hawaii, and are
now making their home at 1800 N. Winona Blvd., Los Angeles.
Capt. and Mrs. Keith Tracy are now residents of Rossmoor Leisure
World Their address, Apt 1-A, 13741 Annandale Drive, Seal Beach,
Calif. Their neighbor will be Grace B. Brown, a friend from Canal Zone
days. Leisure World is a beautiful development for retired folks, com-
plete with clubhouse, medical facilities, hobby and work shops, churches
- everything one could want. The apartments are lovely; I hope to get
out to call on the Tracys and Grace Brown before too long a time.
Mrs. Docia Hodges of Monrovia was a visitor in the Pacific North-
west attended the Seattle Fair in June; enjoyed it all, especially the
beautiful country and the glorious rhododendrons.
Mr. Robert Straus of Burbank left on the ship Temperia for the Canal
Zone to visit his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Freeland Hollo-
well (Mary Straus).
Received a clipping from Mrs. Lulu Dewey of Glendale, telling about
the marriage of her granddaughter, Linda Jean Dorrance to Mr. Lynn E.
Vine of Monrovia. Linda is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dorrance
(Roselina Dewey Dorrance). The couple honeymooned in Carmel and
will make their home in Los Angeles.
Card from Louise Warwick and Nova Warwick Cain they were
driving through the Pacific Northwest, enjoying the Fair and seeing the
sights. They were to return to their home is Bakersfield via Reno, Lake
Tahoe and of course, Las Vegas!
Helen and Eileen Peterson of Los Angeles sent a card from Seattle
- they too were enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest country, and
the Fair: seems like everyone except me has gone, is at, or will be going
to the Fair. David Smith said he was driving up to Seattle with friends
to visit the Fair.
Mrs. Estelle McLain of Norfolk reports that her daughter and son-
in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. Corrigan of Cristobal, will be up to visit her,
and her son George and his family.
Mrs. Kathryn (Lambert) Nero wrote that her sister Adelaide was
a recent guest at her home in North Hollywood. Kathryn and her family
traveled to Chesterton, Maryland, recently to visit her mother, and they
also were to see her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Howard of St.
Recently we had a letter from Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Mann, 1631
Woodland Street, Oxnard, California when I was in Oxnard visiting
friends I called on them at their lovely home. Mr. Mann was on the Zone
from 1913-27, 1930-39, 1948-49, part of that time he worked in the
Marine Division. Mrs. Mann was on the Zone 1948-49. Mr. Mann is a
Lt. Com. retired, USNR, and now works with the MSTS Service at Port
Hueneme. He spends his spare time on a very worthwhile and rewarding
project, that of teaching mentally retarded to swim. This activity is prov-
ing to be wonderful therapy for the children. He also teaches the parents
to swim, and they in turn will be able to help their children and others.
The program is under the direction of the School for Child Development.
His sister, Alma (Mann) Terry and her family live at Santa Clara, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Yielding (M. Ruth Bauman) are living at 114 E.
Avenida de San Juan, San Clemente, California, with their 4 children.
Mr. Yielding is working at Aeronutronic, Newport Beach. Ruth was with
the Accounting Department on the Zone during the time that the IBM
system was inaugurated there. Ruth writes that her mother will visit her
during August; also her sister Kelly (married to Col. Bill Adams) and
daughter; and Hope (married to G, McGregor), son, daughter and hus-
band will join them. They were sorry that their brothers Phil and Fred
could not be with them for a family reunion.
A note from Stanley Stearns of San Mateo, sending regrets that he
could not attend our picnic. He mentioned that he recently had attended
the Northern California picnic he met Mr. Irwin for the first time. In
the course of the conversation they learned that they were both from Min-
nesota, both left their home state in 1917 for service in the Army 313th
Engrs. They were both discharged from Camp Dodge, Iowa, in 1919;
Mr. Irwin later left for the Panama Canal where he was in the Engineer-
ing Division. Mr. Stearns had already worked on the Canal 1909-1914.
Mr. Stearns said, "I generally meet some friends or fellow-workers that
I have not seen or heard from for many years .. This is what makes
these get-togethers so interesting."
Letter from Harry Bortin, of Burlingame, enclosing a letter he had
written to Congressman James Roosevelt regarding the introduction of
HR 7426 under a new number, and calling his attention to what has gone
on before this time relative to the bill. Mr. Bortin sent a certificate from
the National Organization Committee of Roosevelt Medal Association and
Senior Citizens in recognition of our Society's support of legislation pro-
posed to benefit Roosevelt Medal holders.
Note from F. G. Swanson of Tyler, Texas along with an excellent
ball-point pen, for which I thank him urging all of us to be alert and
keep mentally fit he certainly practices what he preaches.
Virginia and Martin Seiler, Anna Tonneson and son Jack, and Hed-
vig (Sunberg Seedborg started out early in July for the Pacific Northwest.
They visited Jack and Olena (Hutchings) Neff at Sacramento: then on to
Portland, Oregon, where they visited Mr. and Mrs. Karl Winquist. While
there they saw Dove Prather and Ora Fisher, both of whom are well and
happy. Then on to Victoria, BC, Lake Louise, Banff, Jasper Park, and
back through Glacier Park. After visiting the Fair at Seattle, they headed
south again via Portland, Crater Lake, San Francisco and reached
home safely on July 22. They report a wonderful time. Martin's niece,
Sue, of New Jersey, joined them somewhere along the line, and returned
to visit the Seilers in Los Angeles for the balance of the summer.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Berude (Florence) took a trip to the east coast
on the Santa Fe Railway accompanied as far as Kokomo, Indiana, by
Mrs. Clara Gilbert. They were guests for a few days at "Dun Rolling"
the beautiful country home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stetler. Everett Heady
was a guest there at the same time. Then the Berudes spent a month in
Philadelphia with her sister and family, and her mother (who is 90 years
young); to Washington, D.C. to attend the graduation of a niece from
George Washington University. They were in Red Bank, New Jersey for
a gay luncheon visit with the George Hoopers (Dorothy Bell) formerly of
Cristobal they are happy in their beautiful country estate, George busy
with landscaping projects and Dot taking organ lessons. In Bricktown,
New Jersey, they were dinner guests of Mrs. Taylor Compton and Ethel's
sister and husband: Ethel is teaching kindergarten and is as vivacious and
enthusiastic as ever. Then on to Providence, Rhode Island, for a four-day
visit with Capt. and Mrs. Al Forsstrom. Both Al and Jessie are feeling
better: their home is beautiful, with azaleas, dogwood and many flowering
shrubs in bloom. The Forsstrom's took the Berudes on an interesting trip
to Cape Cod they saw the Warner Hoyles of Balboa, who were spend-
ing their vacation nearby, and caught up on the latest news from the Canal
Zone. On their way back to the west coast they visited with relatives in
Oak Park, Illinois, and in Aurora, Illinois then back to their home in
Monrovia but not for long.
Since their return they have been working like beavers to get home
and garden in order, and are now preparing for a trip to Oregon and
Washington with the Yucca Hiking Club. Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Lockwood
and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Langdon will be with the group. The Berudes
will visit relatives in Oakland and join the Yucca group at Bend, Oregon
-and go on to Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and Seattle. In Seattle, they will
be the guests of their son and his family, Commander and Mrs. John B.
Berude (USN) and attend the Fair are to be back in Monrovia the
end of August.
Florence also wrote that Mrs. Edith Needham had ear surgery, very
successfully, in San Francisco: Mr. and Mrs. A. Hoecker have sold their
home and are living in Monrovia at the Seven Oaks Hotel: Mrs. Naomi
Kerr has been on a trip visiting relatives in Utah: Mr. Phil Lupfer is at
home, somewhat improved, after a lengthy illness.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Bryan of Santa Monica enjoyed a wonderful trip
to the Pacific Northwest in June, driving up with their son Jack, his wife
and son Dean. They visited the World's Fair:also saw Mr. and Mrs. Elmer
Haws who took them on a tour of Seattle and entertained them one even-
ing in their home. They also called on Margaret (Haw) and Clark Tea-
garden at their lovely home in Seattle. Clark is a prominent architect
and designed the new library in Seattle.
After leaving Seattle, the Bryans took a ferry to Bremerton, and
drove through the Rain Forest where it rains ten months of the year, pre-
cipitation 162 inches per annum: they report that the scenery in Oregon
and Washington was spectacular. On their way back they spent two days
in the California redwoods.
Ruth Bryan also wrote that Tommy Neal passed on July 15, 1962,
and was buried at Rosedale in Los Angeles beside his wife Juanita, who
passed away last November.
Capt. George V. Tawes of Brentwood, recently returned from a trip
to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Freddy Dear, son of Capt. and Mrs. Fred Dear of Santa Monica, is
spending the summer in Spain with Mrs. Dear's sister.
Kindest regards to all,
Thelma Reppe, Secretary
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
JULY 28, 1962
Picnic weather is here again, and our Society has been having them,
the latest one in July was held in Rhododendron Park and had a good
turnout for it. Among the visitors present were John L. Ferguson, Jr. and
his son, John L. Ferguson III.
As usual the folks here are either busy traveling or entertaining
Canal and ex-Canal friends. Following are the reports from the member-
ship on their goings and comings.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Wendell Greene were visited by Mr. and Mrs. Ted
McIlhenny in May, who spent a few days with them. In June Mr. and
Mrs. Fred deV. Sill and their son Lt. Fred deV. Sill, Jr. stopped by to
see them. Lt. Fred deV. Sill, Jr. had just gotten out of the service. He has
accepted a position with Cook & Son and is going on a Mediterranean
Cruise. Mr. Frank Davidson spent a day with them too.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wanlass report that Frank and Mary Lerchern,
and Dorothy and Howard Deworak stopped by to see them.
Mary Stuart Myrick of Raleigh was in Hendersonville for about 10
days and visited friends in the area.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Johnston had as their guest in May, Mildred
Morril. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Keegan and daughter visited them for a week-
end in June. Over Father's Day the week-end of June 15th, the John-
stons went to Indiana to visit their son Robert Johnston. During the sum-
mer they went to Pennsylvania to visit with Johnny's mother. They too
were visited by the Lerchens who lunched with them. They said they will
be coming back to N.C. to live when they retire in about 2 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright were in Hendersonville over the 4th of
July and they are moving into their home in St. Petersburg, Fla. in the
Clarence and Della Howell had as their house guests for 2 weeks
in June, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Anderson, Richmond, Va. and Mr. and
Mrs. W. T. Bowen, Coral Gables, Fla. During the month of July they
were again visited by the W. T. Bowens and also Mr. and Mrs. A. R.
Lombroia of Balboa, C.Z. Clarence and Della enjoyed having their grand-
daughter "Debbie" Pope spend 3 weeks with them. (Lucky folks whose
grandchildren live near).
News Report of Pablo and Betty Bentz MAY
Vernal Brown, retired employee of the Washington Office of the Pan-
ama Canal, and his wife Clara, stopped for a short visit while traveling
through Asheville. Lea Dugan, formerly of the Canal Zone, spent a
couple of days with them. Ed and Marie Browder, of Balboa, overnited
in Asheville and spent an afternoon and evening with them. Eleanor and
Ted McIlhenny stopped by.
JUNE Frank and Martha Lerchen and daughter Mary spent a few
hours visiting while passing through Asheville enroute to Wash,. D.C.
Mary and Ed Doolan of Balboa Heights were their house guests for
several days. Ruth and Fred deV. Sill of Balboa and their son Fred,
spent an afternoon and evening with them during their week's sojourn in
Hendersonville. Also Mary Stuart Myrick of Raleigh.
JULY Frank and Elsie Naughton of Diablo Heights spent several
days with them. Fi and Emo Everson and three sons of Balboa Heights
spent a morning with them while enroute to Blowing Rock, N.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Levy, Sr. and son Edward, Jr. spent July
4th in Wash., D.C. as guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Broggini
(nee Margaret Alley) and Mr. Francis Feeney. July 8th they attended
the wedding of their granddaughter Anita Leonard to Edward Henriquez,
Jr. of Colon and Panama, at the Hampshire House in N. Y. City. Rabbi
Nathan Witkin performed the double ring ceremony in the presence of
over one hundred guests and relatives from Panama, Venezuela and the
U.S. After a wedding trip to Europe, the young couple will reside in
Panama. Miss Leonard's parents Mr. and Mrs. David Leonard are
presently residing in N.Y. Mr. and Mrs. Levy visited Mr. and Mrs. Geo.
Krehl (nee Dorothy Yost) at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. Major and
Mrs. Joseph Moore at Fort Eustis, Va. They also enjoyed a tour of
Williamsburgh, Va. and returned to Hendersonville after a visit with
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Alley (nee Edith Rowe) in Wilmington, N.C.
On Sept. 4th Edward Jr. will return to Bravard College, N.C. and
after Sept. 7th Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Levy will reside at 49 Gay Drive, Win-
ter Park, Fla. (We hope to have them come back during the summer
Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Churchill had a pleasant surprise visit in June
when George and Marie Coe came and spent a few days with them. Later
in the month Grace and Joe Irving of Margarita, C.Z. stopped by on their
way to Chicago, Ill. Edna and Paul Furr and Francine (Paul's sister)
and her husband Paul Koenig, all of Falls Church, Va. came on a planned
visit but stayed only a couple of days on their way to various places,
their ultimate destination Seattle, Wash.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy N. Knoop had as their house guest in May, Mrs.
Clara Gilbert of Monrovia, Calif. On the 29th of this month (July) they
will leave by train to visit their sons, Bobby and family in Kirkland, Wash.
for 2 weeks, then to Evergreen, Colo. to visit Ray and his wife.
The middle of August the J. M. Muldoons will be making their
annual trip to Bayside, Maine.
Am sorry to have to report some sad news that has just reached me,
word that Mr. R. A. Patterson passed away suddenly this evening, July 28.
Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to Mrs. Patterson.
Dorothea T. Churchill, Secretary
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF CHICAGO
The Panama Canal Society of Chicago held their 39th annual reunion
at the Lawson Y.M.C.A., 30 West Chicago Ave., Chicago, on May 5, 1962.
Guests were present from Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.
Mrs. A. J. Troup showed some beautiful colored slides and spoke on
"Panama Land of Contrast." V. A. Eberly also showed some very
interesting Panama slides.
Several deaths had occurred since our meeting in 1961: Past Presi-
dents Harley L. Stuntz and Frank S. Wichman, also Mr. Frank T. Clark
and Mrs. G. E. Duckworth.
Florence Dildine sent regrets. She had broken her hip last winter,
due to a fall on the ice.
The following officers were re-elected: Maurice W. Fox, of Oak Park,
Michigan, President, and Edward J. Vogel, Secretary-Treasurer, of Chi-
cago. Other officers elected were William Greene, of Detroit, Vice Presi-
dent, and C. G. Anderson, of Lincolnwood, Illinois, Trustee.
The following attended the dinner:
Mr. Carl Anderson Mrs. Mattie G. Morris
Mr. Nils G. Berglund Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Troup
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil A. Eberly Mr. Charles F. VanSteenberg
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice W. Fox and Mr. Edward J. Vogel and guest,
guest grandson John Wilcox Fox Miss Gladys Fleming
Mr. William Greene Mrs. Elsie J. Wichman and guest,
Mrs. Alice J. Rogers and guest, Dr. W. E. Humble
Mrs. Florence Schlosser
Maurice W. Fox, President
IN AND AROUND MIAMI
The Panama Canal, Society of Southeastern Florida met for a picnic
in the Rock Shelter at Matheson Hammock on June 24th. About sixty
former Zonites enjoyed a buffet picnic lunch at one o'clock followed by
a brief business meeting and plenty of visiting. In the absence of the
president, Mr. Dan Jones, junior past president, presided. Each adult
introduced himself and gave his dates of service with the Panama Canal.
It was voted to hold two of our 1963 picnics at Greynolds Park in North
Miami which will be closer for Zonites in Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood,
Pompano Beach and, other towns north of Miami. Dates and places will
be published early in 1963.
We were happy to welcome quite a number of first-timers. Among
them were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Moore, of Miami, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Hal-
let of South Miami, Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Spencer of Miami Springs, Mr.
and Mrs. Dan Coffey of Riviera Beach, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Devine of 1717
Rodman St. in Hollywood. Mr. Devine was with the Electrical Division
in Balboa until his retirement last January. Among the visitors were Mr.
David N. Percy of Louisville, Kentucky and Mr. and Mrs. Ted Lambert
who are guests of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Bleakley at their home in Hialeah.
Mrs. Lambert is the former Margaret Hirsh.
Mrs. Webb Hearn and son, Jimmy, arrived from Balboa early in
June and were guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence True, in
Miami for a brief visit. They were enroute to Lebanon, Tenn. where
Jimmy enrolled in the Castle Heights Military Academy. On her return
trip Mrs. Hearn stopped a week with the Trues and the group drove to
Orlando for a visit with Mrs. Hearn's brother, Bill True, and his family.
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Hatch entertained a group of their Canal Zone
friends for a delicious steak dinner at Jason's Restaurant on May 31st in
honor of Mr. Hatch's birthday. Invited to enjoy this delightful affair were
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Wiggin, Mr. and Mrs.
Clarence True and Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Metzger. After dinner the group
returned to the home of the host and hostess for a pleasant evening of
fellowship and a delicious birthday cake. Mr. and Mrs. Hatch flew to
New York on June 9th for a visit with their son,Harry, and family before
going to their home in Pittsford, Vermont for the summer season.
We are sorry to report the deaths of several former Canal residents
who have been residing in this area.
Mr. George B. Halloran Sr., 86, who was formerly with the Public
Health Service on the Zone passed away on May 9th, 1962. He is sur-
vived by a daughter Mrs. Alice E. Brooks, and a son, George A., both of
Mrs. Della Adams Bowser passed away in June. She is survived by
two sons, Alien Adams of Panama City, Panama and Cleon Adams of
Mr. William Elwell died on March 12th in Miami. He is survived by
a son, Russell of Miami and two grandchildren. Mr. Elwell was a cus-
toms inspector in Cristobal from 1915 until his retirement.
Word has just reached us that Mr. W. F. Mornhinweg of Delray
Beach passed to his eternal rest late in May. Their many friends in this
area extend their sincere sympathy to his wife and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Jones are leaving Miami in August to visit friends
and relatives in Georgia and Alabama. Enroute home they will attend the
Southeast Regional Shrine Convention in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Jones
is a member of one of the uniformed bodies of the Mahi Shrine.
Joanne Snyder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Snyder of Livingston,
New Jersey, arrived by plane just in time to attend the Canal Picnic on
June 24th. Joanne will spend the summer with her grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Snyder of Boca Raton. Also arriving in June to visit the
Snyders were two other grandchildren, Joe and Kathy LaDuke of Chicago.
Mrs. LaDuke is the former Jane Snyder.
Mr. and Mrs. John and Eula Smith and son, Robert, of Orlando were
pleasant visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Jones of Miami. The
Smiths were formerly residents of Pedro Miguel. Mr. and Mrs. Jones re-
turned in June from a visit with friends and relatives in Birmingham and
Mrs. M. F. Kissam and her granddaughter, Susie Ericson, of South
Miami, were visiting relatives in New Jersey for several weeks in June.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Japs returned recently from a vacation in
Minnesota and report excellent fishing in that land of ten thousand lakes.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Wainio and family of Curundu, C.Z. were
visitors for several weeks in June and July with Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Mel-
anson at their home in Miami Shores.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Hardy Jr. are rejoicing in the arrival of a
new addition to their family. Holly Anne,their third child and first daugh-
ter, was born on May 21st, 1962. Mr. Hardy is with the United States
Navy and is presently stationed in Jacksonville, Florida.
A letter from Mrs. Laura Snedecker reports that she has undergone
surgery three times in the past year and must take life just a bit easier.
But she is still able to attend church affairs, her Book Club, and other
meetings when kind friends call for her.
Mr. and Mrs. William A. VanSiclen of Gatun were guests in the
home of their daughter, Mrs. Lee Lloyd of Ft. Lauderdale, while on vaca-
tion in the U.S.A.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Arnold and two children spent their summer
vacation on Miami Beach and called on old friends in this area. Charles
is the son of Mr. Robert R. Arnold of Gatun, and is a chemist for the
Power Company of Zanesville, Ohio.
Bill Metzger of Minneapolis, Minn. made a flying trip to Miami on
business but found time for a Swim Party and family dinner with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Metzger and his sister and family, the R. F.
Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Marsh of Coco Solo took a six weeks camping
trip in U.S.A. They had a rendezvous with the traveling Benthalls (Alice
and Lyman) in Colorado Springs and then spent two cold weeks in Yel-
lowstone National Park. From there they headed for Seattle and the
World's Fair and a leisurely trip along the West Coast to Riverside, Cali-
fornia. They sailed for home via New Orleans in August.
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bowen of Coral Gables returned in July from six
weeks of travel in the Eastern States and many delightful contacts with
former Canal Zone friends. After visiting their daughter in Davidson,
No. Carolina they were guests of the Howard Andersons in Richmond,
Virginia, and of Jackie Bowen Hall and family on Long Island, New
York. In Washington they were the guests of Commander and Mrs. H. C.
Head formerly of Ft. Amador, and had the pleasure of calling on General
and Mrs. Leonhard, (nee Willis Rocker). It was here they met another
Canal Zone friend, the former Mary Nell Brugge. They also talked briefly
with Mary Hearn Moore and had news of the John Hearn and Jim Hearn
families. From Richmond, Virginia they drove with the Howard Ander-
sons to Hagerstown, Maryland to visit Mrs. Dean Colston and to Asheville,
No. Carolina to visit the Clarence Howells and Mrs. Myrtle Meroney,
thence to Hendersonville where they saw many more C.Z. friends. The
last stop was Charlotte, No. Carolina at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. M.
Hicks (nee Dolly Bowen) where Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Lombroia of Canal
Zone were also guests.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilton Clary (nee Gene Saxton) left Miami May 31st
for a tour with a summer stock company. In Albuquerque they had the
pleasure of seeing Capt. and Mrs. H. M. Schloming and their two daugh-
ters, Miss Beatrice and Mrs. Isabel Schloming Cummings. After his ap-
pearance in Portland, Oregon the Clarys returned to Charlotte, No. Caro-
lina, and Miami. Mr. Clary is presently appearing with the Ice Show at
the Americana Hotel on Miami Beach.
Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Koperski and family and Mr. and Mrs. Ike
Metzger spent a couple of weeks in the Great Smoky Mountains at Bryson
City, No. Carolina. A bit of mountain air is refreshing to Floridians who
dwell continuously near the sea. Enroute they had the pleasure of visiting
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Garlington at Newberry, South Carolina.
Mrs. Leslie Sandiford of Hollywood was recently in the hospital for
surgery but is now recuperating at home.
Be sure to attend our last picnic of 1962 on October 14 at the Rock
Shelter in Matheson Hammock Park. Bring a "covered dish". Buffet
lunch is served at one o'clock.
Mr. Thomas Lutro, 11881 S.W. 190th St., South Miami passed away
very suddenly on July 23rd. Mr. Lutro was a valued member of our
Canal Zone Society and we all enjoyed his friendly company at our last
C.Z. picnic. Our hearts go out in loving sympathy to his wife and family
in their bereavement. He is survived by his wife, Florence, a son, Thomas
J. of South Miami, a Caughter, Mrs. Katherine Marczak of Canal Zone,
and four grandchildren. Mr. Lutro was lock-master at Gatun before his
retirement. Funeral services were held at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Mr. "Scotty" Chisholm of Hialeah passed away on July 13, 1962.
He was with the Navy at Coco Solo for a number of years and was later
transferred to the Pacific Side. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude, a
son, Jimmy, and two grandchildren all of Hialeah.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Swisher (nee' Eileen Bleakley) and three children
made a surprise visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Bleakley of
Hialeah. Mr. Swisher is an engineer and has recently finished a job in
Denver, Colorado. He and his family were enroute to his next assignment.
They stopped for two delightful weeks in Hialeah before proceeding to
their new home in Houston, Texas.
Hasta la Vista,
Ruth T. Metzger
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
The New York Society of the Panama Canal held its 38th Annual
Reunion on Saturday, May 5th, with a Luncheon at the Brass Rail Rest-
aurant, 521 5th Avenue, New York City. Colonel Ralph H. Sartor,
After a standing toast to "The President of the United States", Bill
Russell proposed a toast to the good health of Colonel Goethals and Matt
Follman, for their many years of faithful and generous support of the
At the conclusion of the luncheon Colonel Sartor, expressed to Col-
onel Goethals our pleasure in having him with us, and now that he is
residing in Massachusetts instead of New Mexico, we looked forward to
having him with us more often in the future. Col. Goethals responded
stating how happy he was to see many of his old friends again and remin-
isced on days gone by.
Col. Sartor also welcomed the Ladies Auxiliary who were present;
Miss Marguerite Herrick; Mrs. Fred Einermann, Jr.; Miss Mackey; Mrs.
Harry Speicher; Mrs. Mary Victoreen and Mrs. Adolph Wuelper.
We were also happy to have with us-Walter Ross from Washington,
D.C.; Harry Bloss from Tampa, Florida; Bert Shell from Gloversville,
N.Y.; Eugene Owens and E. C. Mackey from Pennsylvania; Fred Einer-
mann and family, John Hason, Albert Van Zandt and Adolph Wuelper
and family from New Jersey
Greetings were read from members who were unable to attend -
from Matt Follman, Cincinnati, Ohio, Hon. Maurice Thatcher, Washing-
ton, D.C., Harry Case, Trenton, N.J., Bill May, Wilmington, Delaware,
Jeff King, Cranford, New Jersey and Howard Critchlow, Trenton, N.J. -
also from Henry Hartwig, who phoned the morning of the Reunion that
he had been played low with a virus and could not attend. This was the
first reunion that Harry missed in many years. Greeting were also received
from Hartley Rowe, Ivor Jones, Fred Martin and Harmon Swart.
It was with profound sorrow that the death of the following members
during the past year, was announced.
Harry A. Pearce, Milford Delaware ----.--.. January 30, 1962
Ralph Cutler, St. Petersburg, Fla..---- -----. February 21, 1962
Peter Bonalli, Hot Springs, Arkansas ---.--.-. Date Unknown
Wilbur H. Winters, Jupiter, Florida ----------.-April 27, 1962
For the year 1962, the following were elected -
President ----- -- ---Ralph H. Sartor
Vice-President -- --- Dr. Edw. I. Salisbury
Secretary-Treasurer .---- John J. Fitzpatrick
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
William E. Russell Maurice B. DePutron James T. Eason
At the close of the Meeting, Colonel Sartor expressed his appreciation
to those who had travelled considerable distance to be with us, and ex-
pressed the hope that we would all be present at our next Reunion.
John J. Fitzpatrick, Secretary-Treasurer
OLD TIMERS' "GET-TOGETHER" DINNER MAY 5, 1962
Panama Canal Society of Washington, D. C.
There were about 60 present at the dinner. For the first time in many
years Gov. Thatcher was unable to attend due to a very important pre-
vious engagement. The new colored movies of the Canal were shown and
enjoyed. Mr. Carl G. Goldberg was elected President and Mr. Frank A.
Wagg as Vice President for the year 1963. A resolution was passed by
the Society honoring Col. William Daugherty Brightson. The death of
John C. Ford was reported. He was 97 years old and an Indian fighter
of the Old West. Mr. Ford worked 2 years on the Zone as a carpenter
from 1909 to 1911.
Matt C. O'Hearn
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Oh! the perversity of Man.
When it is cold he wants it hot
When it is hot he wants it cold
Always wanting what is not.
It seems such a short while ago we wrote "we shivered with the rest
of the nation". Tonight we are sweltering and "wanting" the torrential
downpour of rain that made our Patio Picnic a happy Parlor Picnic. Just
like the T.T.T.'s (Typical Tropical Tramps) we are, we enjoyed the rain
and when the last stragglers arrived, Frank and Lil Gerchow of Pennsyl-
vania, there was a spontaneous outburst of song "Hail!, Hail!, the
Gangs All Here." There were 41 present. We were happy to have the
Guy Huldtquists and daughter Nancy of Margarita, Canal Zone with us.
They were visiting their folk, Bates and Walter Wieman. Also the Fred
Baumbachs and daughter Ethel of Balboa, Canal Zone were guests of our
President and his wife, Walter and Martha Reif.
As a National officer of the Retired Civil Employees, Frank Gerchow
was called to Tulsa, Oklahoma for pre-convention planning. We are de-
lighted they thought enough of us to make the 120 mile trip to Fayette-
ville to be with our Panama Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas for a
very short visit before returning to Tulsa, via caravan, with the Grover
Bohans of Jonesboro and the Newell Shaws of Fayetteville. We met Ruth
and Fred DeV. Sill of Balboa, as shown in the usual Convention pose
around a luncheon table, all properly tagged. (see enclosed photo.)
We are always happy to welcome newcomers to our Society. Two
new families have retired from the Zone and are living in Bentonville.
They are Andrew and Jean Bleakley and Carl and Helen Newhard. We
hope they will like us and our lovely Ozarks well enough to call it Home
for many years of happy and useful retirement life. On May 16th Robert
E. L. Brown, his wife Eloise and nine year old daughter Shannon arrived
in our midst and settled in Springdale. Bob had been retired on disability
in February, age 58. We are sorry to report that Bob entered the hospital
May 25th and passed away June 8th. There is a comradeship among Canal
Zone people that is like no other friendship. Those who knew Eloise in
the Zone and many others rallied around her in her hour of need, for
which she is deeply appreciative.
Arriving at the Bill Mathues home we learned, by telephone, that
Norma and Ernest Angermueller are resting during the summer and that
her sister, Marione Campbell has moved into a roomy compact trailer and
really enjoying it. Steps do seem to get higher and steeper as the years
go by. Husband Newell saw a lemon pie in Carrie Mathue's kitchen and
managed, maneuvered and accepted Carrie's hospitable invitation to par-
take of a picnic supper and we found ourselves enjoying a junior Canal
Zone picnic for all eight of us were Canal Zone folk. Visiting Mina Mock
later in the evening we found her carrying on and "wanting" cooler days
to match our cool nights, and keeping Tom happy.
We are pleased to report that G. H. Evers of Neosho, Mo. is gaining,
so is Mrs. Evers, but let's not write about that. There is another great
grandchild for the Evers Clan, a grandchild for their son Henry out in
California. Mrs. Evers will never forget how many G.G. children they
have, but I did something like 18.
The big front door of the Engelke Casa in Bentonville is ever open
to their large family and many friends. Edith is a good cook and gets
plenty of practice. She reports they come by bus, car, train and plane.
The Benjamin Favorites (Virginia Engelke) with daughter Virginia Lynn,
their sons Howard and George were recent visitors. They made a side trip
to see Doris and Dick Engelke in Council Bluff, and are now enjoying a
month on the lake in Moutain Home. Herbert O. Engelke and young
son Herbert are here at present after visiting the new grandchild, Tracee
Ann, daughter of Marguerite and Harold Grammer, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Of course, son Paul, Jan and little Mike Engelke of nearby Siloam Springs
are frequent visitors. It is nothing unusual for ten Engelkes to sleep and
feed under the roof of their Casa at one and the same time. More Engelkes
are planning to retire in Bentonville, a friendly little town, 30 miles North
and close to the Missouri line. Bob and Connie Graff Engelke have retired
and Edith says "We hope they find a home in this area." Shall we call it
The usual quiet of the home of Jimmie Coman and sister-in-law,
Mattie MacAulay was shattered with the arrival of Major and Mrs. James
B. Coman, Jr. and five children from Hawaii. Maj. Coman is being trans-
ferred to Montgomery, Alabama. If one grandchild produces the effect
of a Cyclone, what does five of them create you name it. The Ernest
Williams are having a restful summer, so Haleen writes.
From Rogers comes the news that Lynn and Maude Cook are joy-
ously getting ready to welcome home their world traveling family, Col.
and Mrs. David Nanney (Lucille Cook) and two younger children after
four years of foreign srrvi-e in Turkey and environs. Col. Nanney is to
be Prof. of Tactics and Science in Stanford University, California next
September. This summer Maude captured three blue ribbons and a med-
allion of merit for her flowers shown at the Annual Flower Show. Bill
and Alice Keller keep busy making their cozy home more lovely each year.
We congratulate Mary McNew, daughter of Robert D. McNew of
Mountain Home for being placed on honor roll of Evangel College,
Springfield, Mo. The Glenn Ward Dresbachs (Beverley) could not attend
our picnic but are looking forward to our Annual Luncheon which will
be held in their home town, Eureka Springs, Oct. 21st. Our Annual
Luncheon in Eureka Springs (little Switzerland of the Ozarks) is for con-
venience of those living in Missouri, and Gassville, Mountain Home and
Jonesboro. Welcome to Mrs. E. S. Hammer, Rt. 2, Gassville, Arkansas.
Mrs. Walter Wagner (lola E.) of Balboa would like, through this
medium, to inform her many friends that Walter is retiring August 1.
After placing their daughter, Sarah Ann in Hope College, Holland, Michi-
gan, they plan to do some extensive traveling on the West and East Coasts.
They are sending their household goods to Rogers, Arkansas and plan to
"wind up in Northwest Arkansas" sometime after the Holidays. The Wal-
ter Zimmerman (Irene) of Ozone reports that Joan and John Townshend
and children Lois and Jeff of Pasadena, Texas visited them. John is son
of Capt. Townshend, retired and Joan is a granddaughter of Walter G.
Peterson now retired in Hollywood, Fla. They are expecting lots of other
company from the Zone we will report that when they come you
know the old saying, "There's many a slip twixtt the cup and lip" hence
my hesitation in writing of events that may not materialize.
Wm. T. (Red) and Alice Nail with daughter Lisa visited Alice's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Lee Pearce of Rogers in June. It is interesting
to know that they came all the way by car remember years ago when
folk would ask if we drove up from Panama. We laughed at the question,
never dreaming 50 years later that it would be possible.
Back home to Fayetteville. Last night's paper featured a picture of
"Four Educators to Attend Workshop in Special Economic Class at West
Virginia University" among them, Mrs. Theodora Hallin. We are
proud of Theo. Happy to have the interesting family of Ed and Mildred
(Makkiban) Higgins back on Round Mountain for the summer and, we
hope, permanently. Walter and Martha Reif report Dick and Judy Wil-
liams with sons Scott and Ricky of Balboa were recent visitors. It's a new
granddaughter for the Reif's born to Dr. and Mrs. Wesley (Betty Reif)
Clark in Sunnyvale, California, so naturally they are off to meet the young-
est member of their family of five grandchildren, and Sandra Marie by
Our traveling Nannie I. Brown recently returned from a trip to visit
son Jack and family in Long Island. From there, she went on to Boston
where she met her sister Bates Wieman for a week's visit in that historic
old town. By phone, she talked with the artist, Marjorie Swenson of East
Gloucester, Mass. She returned home via Chicago where she visited with
granddaughter Jacqueline Whitlock Stringer and family. Since then, Dr.
Stringer has moved his family to Mishawaka, Ind., where he has entered
private practice. A few days ago, Nannie was called to comfort grand-
daughter Andrea Lee Collins and husband in tragic death of their six
year old daughter, who apparently fell through a window severing the
jugular vein. Andrea Lee's mother, Mrs. Andrew (Frances) Whitlock
hastened to help the stricken family. Mrs. Whitlock lives in Houston, Tex.
.The Walter Wiemans (Bates) report a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Joe
Ebdon with son Tommy who is a student at our University. As for your
reporter and husband Newell we manage to keep busy at our Community
Adult Center where older citizens find much to keep them from being
lonely, through various activities and the companionship of others. Both
men and women are often very lonely when a beloved partner of many
years passes on. The Center is one of the finest projects this town has to
meet their needs. Newell is Chairman of the Center's Administrative Com-
Like the beloved humorist philosopher, the late Will Rogers, I only
know what I read in the papers, hear on the radio and see on TV about
family and world relations (family of nations). And I am inclined to
feel the speaker of the following rumor has a justifiable complaint:
A MONKEY'S RUMOR
Three monkeys sitting in a cocoanut tree
Discussing the things that are said to be
Said one to the others, "Now listen you two
There's a certain rumor that cannot be true -
That man descended from our noble race.
The very idea is a great disgrace.
"No monkey ever beat his wife,
Starved her children, or ruined her life
And you never hear of a mother monk
Leaving her babies with others to bunk
Or passing them on from one to another
Until they scarcely know who is their mother.
"And another thing you will never see
Is a monk build a fence around a cocoanut tree
Why if I put a fence around a cocoanut tree
Starvation would force you to steal from me.
"Here is another thing a monk won't do
Go out at night and get on a stew
Or use a club, a gun, or a knife
To take some other monkey's life.
"Yes, man descended, the 'onery cuss,
But, brother, he didn't descend from us!"
Hope to see y'all at our annual luncheon, Sunday, October 21st., when
the Ozarks put on their colorful Flaming Fall Revue.
Blanche E. Shan
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
"Come summer, come, the sweet season and sun!", James I of Scot-
land must have been thinking of summer weddings, and so are we with
the following to report:
At Fort Wayne, Indiana on June 16th Carole Sue Wyatt and Paul
Norfleet Stewart. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Howard
Stewart of Indianapolis. Paul and Sue are living in Indianapolis where
both are students attending Indiana University School of Medicine.
At Carmel, California, Sunday June 3rd David McIlhenny took
unto himself a bride. Details given elsewhere. His mother, Eleanor Mc-
Ilhenny came from Ohio for the wedding. The Irwins, Bachs and Yoders
were also guests.
At Orangevale, California Gloria Anita Hutchings and Raymond
Charles Linzy of Sacramento. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Hutchings, Jr. of Orangevale. Out of town guests were Mr. and
Mrs. J. K. Neff of Sacramento, Mrs. G. D. Hancock and Mrs. Jack Christ-
ofer and daughters of Hayward, Mrs. J. J. Murray, grandmother of the
groom, from Pasadena, Texas and Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Hutchings of
San Leandro, grandparents of the the bride. Mr. Linzy is employed by
the California Almond Growers Exchange and after a Carmel honeymoon
the young couple will be at home in Sacramento.
At Atlanta, Georgia, June 9th Wayne Brown and Lynette Taylor.
The groom is the son of Ruth and Bill Brown of Saratoga. Wayne grad-
uated from Georgia Tech, also on June 9th, with a Masters in Public
Health and is now working with the Public Health Service in Atlanta.
The bride worked for the Baptist Home Mission Board in Atlanta.
At Gilrov. California. Mlarcia Gubser, daughter of Congressman
and Mrs. Charles S. Gubser. and Raymond Camino. The bride is the
granddaughter of Col. and lMrs. John Brimberry of San Jose. The bride-
groom, %who will continue studies at San Jose City College, is associated
with his father at Camino Plumbing Company of Gilroy. Marcia is a
senior, majoring in nursing, at San Jose State College.
Now for other items _of interest.
The Northern California C.Z. group held their annual picnic on June
16th at Junipero Serra Park in San Bruno. There were more than 100
The Southern California picnic was on June 10th. Among those from
Northern California attending were the Enio Lindstroms of Walnut Creek,
the Louis Kaufers of San Jose. and the Sydney Nevilles of Los Altos. The
Nevilles were house guests first of Dorothy Hamlin, then spent a few days
with the Raymond Kell's before returning via Apple Valley to visit with
the Claude Howell- in their new home.
Mrs. Carl Y. Ahlleen I Esther Miller) accompanied by her two child-
ren, Lucille and Eric, left Oakland by jet plane June 19th to join her hus-
band, Dr. Ahlteen in Karlsham, Sweden, where he is establishing his prac-
tice. He and Carl, Jr., left Oakland in April. Esther expected to spend
a month with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Miller of Charlestown, Ill.
before leaving for New York to sail on the S.S. Kingsholm on Aug. 7.
Enroute to New York she was to stop briefly in Garfield Heights, Ohio to
visit the Adrian De Wits. Mrs. De Wit is the former Dorothy Knowles.
She will also visit Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cochran (Lucille Pierce) in Easton,
Maryland and Mrs. Cochran will drive them to New York to get their ship.
Mr. and Mrs. Willis R. Pressell of Reno, Nevada, left on June 15th
for a year of travel following his retirement from the Nevada Bell Tele-
phone Co. They expect to attend the Fair in Seattle then make the trip
East through Canada, spending several months in New England. Late in
the year they plan to sail from Fort Lauderdale for a short visit to the
Canal Zone. Mr. Pressnell graduated from Balboa High School in 1920.
On their return from the Canal Zone they will drive across country to
Nogales, Arizona where they will enter Old Mexico for an extended visit.
They expect to be home next May.
The Leslie Wilkinsons of Donna, Texas visited family and friends
in California. First in Southern California with the David Muralts (Jan
Sampson) and the Don Sampsons, then on up to Los Osos where Joihn
Wilkinson and his new bride now live. Don and Marilyn Sampson and
their small daughter also visited in Los Osos at the same time, on their way
to the Bay Area for a short visit before leaving for the East where Don
reports on a new job and also plans to continue his studies. The Wilkin-
sons visited Nina Brown in San Carlos for a few days before continuing
their trip to the Northwest to see the Fair then on to Minnesota before
returning to Texas. They had an opportunity to visit with most of the
C.Z. group in the Bay Area on July 7th when Nina Brown and Ruth
Robertson had about 45 people in for an afternoon and evening of cards,
dinner and visiting.
Sara and Verne Mitchell are off on a most interesting vacation to a
beautiful country. Primarily to visit cousins, Violet and Tom Rahilly,
at their summer camp on Lake Superior, but this will be home base for
many trips of interest, including Verne's home town and friends and rela-
tives all around Michigan. They fly to Toronto where they plan to stay
overnight to see the town and relatives then on by plane to Saulte Ste
Marie, Ontario where Mrs. Rahilly will meet them and drive to camp. On
the return trip they will stop over in Story City, Iowa to visit Sara's rela-
tives and childhood friends, and as Verne said, "How will we get out of
Iowa? There's only one answer, BROKE". But what fun getting that way!
Byrne and Armella Hutchings of Margarita visited the J. K. Neffs of
Sacramento and the Wesley Hutchings of San Leandro in early June. They
spent two weeks in Mexico City prior to visiting their son, Pat, in Ingle-
wood, Cal. They returned to the Canal Zone in late July.
Neva and Sumner Baker vacationed in the Northwest and of course
went to the Fair. Sometime after their return home they had a most unfor-
tunate experience. On July 6th on their way home from a neighborhood
show they were attacked by two husky youths, beaten and robbed. They
were both hospitalized, Sumner with a broken jaw and Neva was treated
for severe head cuts. Neva writes they are both fine now.
Barbara O'Shaughnessy reports that the Malloys left for the U.S. on
the S.S. Brazil from Buenos Aires and she and Philip went aboard for a
short visit with them, long enough for Margaret to play a few tunes on
the Paraguayan harp she was taking home with her. Her mother, Della
Meigs, was to meet them in New York and take Virginia and Barbara to
Jim's in Princeton while Bob and Margaret looked for a house in Wash-
Robert and Edith Morgan of Menlo Park, California visited their
daughter, Roberta, and family in Virginia in June.
Major and Mrs. Wm. K. Hutchings and son, Richard, from Quantico,
Virginia visited his parents in San Leandro and his brother in Orangevale
briefly before reporting to his new duty station at Camp Pendleton.
Olga Frost and her sister called on the Jerry Pragers while visiting
in this area.
Elvira Byrne visited the Ernie Paynes and they all went to the Fair.
Two other families visiting the Fair were the Harold Irwins of San
Rafael and Dr. and Mrs. Merrill Judd of Los Altos.
Martin and Virginia Siler, accompanied by Jack Tonneson, his mother
and a friend spent the night of July 3rd with the Jack Neffs in Sacramento
on their way to the Fair.
Mrs. Sue Core Odom was the guest of Evelyn and Ernie Payne during
Ray and Erma Forbes spent two weeks at June Lake, California. They
report the scenery beautiful and the fishing good.
The Ed Neills (Muriel Evans) of Whittier spent part of their vaca-
tion in this area, a couple of days with the Harold Duncans in Saratoga
before they all went to Yosemite for a wonderful three days.
Nina Brown and Ethlyn Wood were visitors in San Diego. Nina with
Lu Lumby and Ethlyn with Gladys Hodge. Nina visited the Fred Sund-
stroms and Martin Silers on her way home. Ethyln had her son, Jim, and
family with her in San Carlos for a visit.
The Browders from the C.Z. visited in the Bay Area and called on
Kaye Clark of San Rafael recently had as her house guest Miss Becky
Eleanor McIlhenny, here for her son's wedding, attended one Bridge
Club session at Barbara Bach's and our annual picnic. She also visited
with the Yoders in Los Altos and the Bachs and Irwins in San Rafael.
Thanks so much to everyone who sent me news. Just writing it up puts
me in a traveling mood. Good-bye better go pack my suitcase!
Ruth Duncan, Secretary
IN, AND 'ROUND ABOUT' HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
The Pan Canal Club of Central Ark. held its annual spring dinner
and get-together, on Sat. afternoon, May 19, at the Czechoslovakian Villa,
with good attendance and all had a good time. Those attending from 'out
of town' were Col. and Mrs. Fred Sonneman from Ft. Smith, the Grover
Bohans from Jonesboro, the Rufus Garretts from Okalona and the James
Aliens from Little Rock. We extended our deepest sympathy to Lt. Col.
and Mrs. H. J. Christensen, (Agnes Granberry) of Little Rock who were
to attend, but were called to hasten to Fredericksburg, Va. to his mother's
bedside, but arrived a short time after her passing on May 18. The
next AM Mrs. Christensen phoned Mrs. Reinig from Va. telling of the
demise and the reason for their being unable to attend! Such kind thought-
fulness even in the hour of deep grief. Mrs. Anna Piper was able to
be with us, a young 'timer' of '07 and her deceased husband came to
CZ in '06 and was R.R. yardmaster-they resided mostly in Ped. Mig.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. North former 'CZers' now of Tampa, were visit-
ing here in May. Mrs. North took ill, and had to spend several weeks in
St. Jos. Hospital, and finally recovered enuf to return home to Fla. We
hope she has really recovered her health again.
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Anderson (Agnes Atkinson), and 3 children
of Balboa arrived via PRRR to N. Orleans to visit her parents, the Fred
Atkinsons in late June. They motored from here to N. H. where they
have a vacation cottage and then will return here for a few days in
Ark. before leaving for the Zone.
About a week later, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Atkinson Jr. and family from
Balboa arrived to spend a week with the Atkinsons, and left for Detroit
to get a new Valiant and motor to her folks in Milwaukee and from
thence to Denver their former home, and then to CZ.
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Freeman of Ancon, CZ, he, a technician in Gor-
gas Labratory, were guests for several days, week of June 17, of Mr. and
Mrs. G. O. Parker. Earlier in the spring, after his Zone retirement, Mr.
and Mrs. Wm. Merchant formerly of Balboa, and now of W. Palm Beach,
were also guests of the Parkers. Mrs. Coleen Doucett, daughter of the
Parkers, and her children are down in La. vacationing with their other
Mr. Bohan and son-in-law, Dr. Ben Saltzman of Mt. Home attended
the Nat'l Elks Convention in Chicago in early July.
Jack "Slim" Wilson on his southern winter 'Round the World Trip'
wrote friends from "down under" lands of Australia and N. Zealand that
it was rather too 'fresco' down there-no heat in rooms. A later letter
said he was in Tahaiti and bound for the 'next' stop CZ where he will
feel 'at home' again and visit his daughter and grandchildren and old
time scenes and friends.
A no. of us have been enjoying clippings sent to us by a very good
friend from CZ and these have 'been going the rounds' for Ted Scott
is back with the Pan. American writing his column, "Interesting if True"
by 'Edwardo the Unready'. Welcome back Edward,-and keep writing!
Seems like old times again.
We're welcoming the return of our old friend, John Walker who
is home again and seemingly in good health. Our V.I.P., Arthur Wynne,
is still at the Park and seems gradually, but surely, regaining his health.
Mrs. Frances Horter is still in the hospital in Memphis and we are
glad to hear of her improvement. Her son Milton Jr., wife and family
came up from Balboa and spent a week with her. They also visited Mrs.
Horter's parents in Mobile, and the W. E. Lundy's in Fairhope, Ala.
Mrs. Horter also tells of a delightful visit paid her by Mrs. Forrest
Dye. The Dyes were formerly of Gamboa.
Mr. Howard "Mac" McCamey left recently for the Veterans' Home
in Bonham, Texas.
A card from Winnipeg, Manitoba from Edith Wieks of Polk, Pa.
informed me that she was on a chartered bus tour to Calgary, bound for
Lake Louise, Banff, Columbia Ice Fields, Jasper, and the Seattle Fair
as final destination. From there homeward, they will also take in points
of special interest in U.S.A.
Quite a no. of us formerly of Pedro Miguel and those of the Natural
History Society will remember the Dr. Chas. Quaintace family, the Mrs.
and 2 children Chas. Jr. and Kathy who lived during his sabbatical year
from U. of Ore. at La Grande, Oregon, where he was and is still, a Prof.
-on famous 'Incubator Row' in Pedro Miguel in 1947. He was a stu-
dent of Natural History, his hobby was 'bird life', -and in all he studied
conditions in the Zone and Pan., spending some time in Barro Colorado
Island, and in Boquete, on the Cafe Finca of the Momriches'. He gave
an interesting lecture on 'Bird Life' at the Natural Hist. Soc., and the
family took a great interest in civic, church, and school affairs, in Ped.
Miguel-and he helped with Boy Scout training. About the middle of
that year, a daughter, Alice, was born in Gorgas, and we dubbed her
"Senorita Chiquita" and she is now a Soph. in H. School and able
to enjoy skiing on the Mt. side near her home at Xmas with her father!
Several years ago this family again took sabbatical leave in Teheran,
Iran a most interesting sojourn too! No other additions were made
to the family until last Christmas week, an announcement came that
Kathy, a student of Univ. of Ore. married a young man from the West -
and now in June another announcement that Charles Jr., a graduate of
Princeton and now studying law in Ore. University was married in June
to a young lady from Indianapolis!
The Joe Copes of Corpus Christi, Tex. were overnight guests of the
Bartholomews in June on their route to visit his brother in Harrison, Ark.
and on their return homeward, Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Walbridge of
Huntsville, Ala., formerly of Gamboa were week end guests also of the
Bill Bartholomews week of July 15 calling also on Bill Burns and
the Fred Atkinsons.
The Jack Reinigs returned on July 17 from a month's sojourn in
Highland Park, Ill. where they stayed with their grandchildren while
their daughter Peggy and husband, Ed Fucik flew to Russia to attend an
International Convention of Engineers those especially interested in
Dam Construction. From all accounts it was a huge affair, 8 big plane
loads of engineers and wives were met by 8 big busses to take them to
the Dam Sites the largest being in Siberia, and other points in Euro-
pean Russia. The Fuciks visited in Scotland, Spain, Lisbon, Copenhagen
and Paris, and report a most interesting trip and brought with them
rolls and rolls of film of beautiful and interesting pictures. While they
were away, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Dilfer (Beverly Comely) were visitors in
Highland Park while the Reinigs were there. They were leaving for
Calif. to have their son enter Leland Stanford U. at Palo Alto.
An anecdote from NARCE Convention in Tulsa: "Billie" Bohan was
sitting across the table at the luncheon from a delegate from Portland,
Ore. He commented on the fact that perhaps his local NARCE had the
oldest active member and "Billie" remarked, "I'll bet I know who it is-
our Mrs. Dove Prather formerly of CZ?" He replied in the affirmative
and said that she was accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Ora Fisher who is
also an active member.
Bill and Ann Bartholomew (Anna Boyd) were quite excited for a
long time over their plans to attend the Etter Reunion, (her deceased
mother's family, Mrs. Alan Boyd, Sr.)-and all plans came true. The
Reunion was held in White Rock Lake Park in Dallas on July 1. Accom-
paning them, as their guests, were her sister Alice, (Boyd), and husband
Harry Preston II and children, Harry III and Beverly, and Boyd, from
Cartagena, Columbia who, (The Harry PrestonsII and Boyd and Harry
Preston I, the father), had flown to Miami, took Beverly (who was attend-
ing Miami U) and all went to Va. to see Harry III graduate from Wash.
and Lee University, then they all went to Wash., D.C. for several days,
where Mr. Preston I, Sr. stayed awhile and later went to St. 'Pete', while
the rest went to Me. to visit Mr. and Mrs. Dick Taylor (Ruth Boyd), and
their daughter, husband and family. From Me., the Prestons came to
Ark. to join the Bartholomews and went to the Reunion in Tex. Also
joining them, there, were the Wm. Bartholomews Jr. from St.Joseph, Mo.
There was a very good attendance and all had a wonderful time, and
Ann B. was elected Sec'y. for the coming year. The Prestons drove on to
Amarillo to see an aunt 91 years young, then back to Hot Springs to
visit with Ann and Bill. From Hot Springs they went to St. 'Pete' and
had Mr. Preston I go with them to Miami where they all boarded the
plane for CZ, to visit a sister there and old friends and scenes. Mr.
Preston I will remain in CZ awhile after the rest fly home to Carta-
gena. Visitors to see the Prestons while they were here were Mr. and Mrs.
Rufus Garrett and F. Dorn.
Mrs. Estelle DeCora contemplates a vacation trip in Aug. with her
daughter and husband, Dr. and Mrs. Lanford of W. Memphis. Likely they
will journey Westward.
We noted with sadness the news in the Pan American clippings re the
passing of old friends and acquaintances. We send to the families of Fred
Mornhinweg, Mrs. Annie Johnson, and Mrs. Dorothy Melendez our most
sincere sympathy. Mr. Mornhiweg was a Pedro Meg. neighbor and a Pac
Locks supervisor,-and Mrs. Johnson, a dear sweet lady, came to the Zone
in the early days, I treasured her friendship, and Mrs. Melendez was
a fellow teacher in the Cristobal Schools when I first met her. The tribute
Mr. Ed. Scott paid her in the Pan. American was truly well delivered. She
was an ardent, cheerful, faithful worker in anything she undertook.
A very recent card from Mrs. Alice Barnes informs me that she and
Miss Janet have moved from 5038 34th Ave. N., St. 'Pete' to 6095 17th
Ave. N. May Happiness move in with them to stay.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos of Orlando, Fla., after an extended
tour in Canada, and attending the Shrine Convention, came to our Spa to
take the health baths, and are calling on their local friends.
Stopping off in Okla. City enroute westward, I had a most delightful
visit with Mrs. Eula Jo Ewing, her daughter Susan, (wife of Col. Edwin
Bishop) and her son Ed. Jr. of Tinker AFB. They told me about the re-
cent wedding of Mrs. Ewing's granddaughter, (Mrs. Bishop's daughter,
Joan), on July 14, to Mr. Maurice Ephraim Fey (see marriages). Mrs.
Ewing also said that her son, Jack, in San Francisco was recovering nicely,
from a recent operation in a S.F. hospital and that she was intending to
go to her old home in Clarksburg, W. Va. soon to visit friends and kin
Frances S. Dorn
NEWS FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS, CANAL ZONE CLUB
Late in May this Summer a group of members brought a Picnic Bas-
ket to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Turner, of 6550 Sively St. on a
Sundey p.m. and enjoyed a real feast together. Their back yard is a
beautiful garden and a perfect place for such a meeting. The Victor Mays
with their two lovely daughters were in Houston and came to visit with
us and give us the latest from the Zone. A lot of pictures were taken, and
the occasion was enjoyed by all who were able to come. The Turners are
in Mississippi at the present time on their annual vacation. They intend
to make it a family reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. William M. Wood (Bill is our President) enjoyed a fine
vacation trip with their 3 children through the Ozarks, visiting a group of
relatives and friends at Bentonville, Ark. Then they came to Louisiana
to see Marilyn's mother and into Miss. before returning to Houston, when
they went thru two Tonsilectomys with their two younger children. We
are happy that this fine family is not being sent to the West Coast with the
Southern Pacific R.R. for whom Bill works. It would be California's gain
but our loss.
Our Club has been helped with the arrival in Houston of some other
substantial citizens. Mr. and Mrs. Ken Kelly (Mrs. K. is nee' Mary Alice
Hicks of Balboa, C.Z.) have been settled in Houston for a month now. Ken
has been called as Youth and Music Director of North Main Baptist
Church. They with their two small children (Mark age 41/2 and Marcia
age 2 years) are quite an addition to our Panama group.
Mary Alice's parents Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Hicks came up this month
to make their home in the U.S.A. They are on quite a tour of the States
including the World's Fair in Seattle, Wash. and California. We will
expect them in Houston sometime in Sept. Their other daughter Dorothy
Ann and her husband Dr. R. A. Chapman with 2 small children have fin-
ished language school in Ethiopia and Bob has assumed his station as
head of the Leprosarium in "Sheshaname" with 1,000 patients. They went
out last yr. on a five year's Mission Assignment.
Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Brown (Al is one of our Past Presidents) report
that they are leaving in a couple of weeks for a week's vacation in the
Rio Grande Valley where his brother lives. They have had as their guest
for 2 weeks Mrs. Brown's mother, Mrs. A. W. Kennedy of N.C. whom
most of you will remember.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Potochney of Pasadena (Surb. of Houston) have
had a great deal of company this Summer. At present Mrs. Anita Lindell
and her daughter Rhoda are spending a month. Miss Mary Orr of Balboa,
was with them a week last month. And Mr. and Mrs. Andy Nicolaisen
from Margarite and their 5 sons after traveling 6,000 miles through the
States including a trip to Seattle to attend the World's Fair, have spent
quite some time with their friends the Potochenys and report they like
S. Texas very much, which is music to our ears.
Checking on the doings of the Ross Finchers I find they are still
involved with O.E.S. affairs. Doris (Mrs. Fincher) has just returned from
Chicago, Ill. where she took her daughter and two other Rainbow Girls
to attend the Supreme Assembly of the Order of Rainbow for Girls. Jr.
(age 15) went along for the ride while Papa stayed at home. They also
attended the Grand assembly for the State of Texas in Austin, in June.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Souder are taking care of their 3 Grand-daugh-
ters during vacation. They enjoyed the Victor Mays while they were here
on their vacation from the Zone and were sorry to miss Martha Zent Bull
who passed through Houston from Panama where she was visiting her
parents Mr. and Mrs. Lou Zent. Mr. Bull is living in Del Rio, Texas.
Major and Mrs. William R. Moser are down from Lincoln, Neb. on
their annual visit to Joan's mother Mrs. Jeggy J. Ellis in Houston and her
brother Arthur Clyde Ellis Jr. of Galveston. Their sons Bill Jr. 9 years
and David age 7 years, have enjoyed the Beach and other Seaside attrac-
tions in Galveston where most of the time was spent.
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan L. Levy are expecting some house-guests from
Dallas, Tex. for August, Mr. and Mrs. L. F. House formerly from Gatun,
C.Z. Their son David also is expected to visit them as soon as their child-
ren can get out of Camps and special Summer Schools. The younger
Levy's now live in California.
Submitted in absence of the Secretary
By Peggy J. Ellis
"There's plenty of room if we keep in the middle," Commodore Geof-
frey Alan Wild wryly commented from the bridge of SS. Canberra as the
luxury liner bumped and scraped her way through a Panama Canal transit.
Hundreds of spectators gathered along the waterway to watch the
ultra-modern 45,000 tonner during her 10-hour trans-continental trip and
the ship in turn was zealously watched by her dwarfed escort of two
Those on board the P and O Orient Lines' newest and biggest pass-
enger ship lined the rails and the observation deck vantage points through-
out the day, sharing the anxiety of Canberra's master and four Canal
pilots as 14 lock mules fought a losing battle to preserve the beautiful
paint work of the 818 foot long vessel.
But, by the time the Canberra reached Cristobal at 5:45 pm, her all-
white pain job had suffered considerably-result of at least a dozen en-
counters with lock walls. No structural damage was visible, however, and
it's unlikely the Canberra's $48,000,000 insurance coverage will be called
The largest passenger liner to be built in Britain since the Queen
Elizabeth, the Canberra received several obeyences of respect during her
transit as ships, waiting for the Canberra to complete her clearcut transit,
hooted horns and steered well clear of the massive liner.
On the run between Europe and Australia and New Zealand for just
on a year, the Canberra, named after Australia's capital city, is not ex-
pected to visit the Canal again. Constant troubles with a steam pressure
system in the engine room decided the ship's owners on cutting four weeks
of the trip around Cape Horn by transiting the Panama Canal on her way
It's coincidental that Canberra's 45,000 tons equals the number of
people living in Canberra 45,000. Built by Harland and Wolff Ltd.,
Belfast, the Canberra cost approximately $45,000,000 again coincidental.
With its trim lines and smokestacks and a 102-foot beam, the Can-
berra made an impressive sight passing through the Canal. No less im-
pressive is the ship's interior and its complex range of equipment.
The first class cabins are fitted out in a manner makes it hard to
leave the airconditioned comfort, the television set, radio, refrigerator and
rich upholstered furniture. Bars, restaurants, lounges, five swimming
pools, games deck and crows nest observation points keep the vessels 548
first class and 1690 second class passengers occupied at all times.
Tending to the needs of the ship and its passengers are a ship's com-
plement of 960 officers and men.
Smooth sailing for the Canberra is guaranteed. Two stabilizers, driven
by gyroscopes, also reduce creaking noises, increase speed-power ratio
in high seas and cut down stress on the ship's hull.
The massive floating hotel may not pass through the Panama Canal
again but Canberra will long be remembered by folk in Panama and the
It took only fifteen minutes for a fire to reduce Building S-2103, West
5th Street, Curundu, to a smoking ruin recently.
In that short space of time four families managed to escape the blaze
but left behind all their personal possessions which were destroyed.
Pipes still trickling water were all that remained rising above the
tangled mass of charred timbers from the four-family frame apartment
house in the Curundu civilian housing area. A giant shovel raised part
of the blackened remains, revealing the burnt and twisted shell of a motor
boat and trailer.
As personnel from the U.S. Army Engineers worked to clear the debis,
stoves, refrigerators and water heaters, twisted out of shape by the fire
which started at 7 p.m. emphasized the ferocity of the blaze. It is estimated
that over $4,000 worth of property was destroyed in that 15 minutes.
The occupants of the apartment house, directly behind the Curundu
Clubhouse, were Billy Cox, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cathell, Mr. and Mrs. Carl
Falkner and Sp5 and Mrs. Paul T. Cash and their two children.
The only personal property saved were the four cars parked in the
carports under the house. These were driven to a safe distance away from
the fire which blistered the paint on several of the houses in the immediate
An alarm, issued from the Curundu Clubhouse at 7 p.m. brought five
rigs from Corozal and Balboa rushing to the scene. Up until the time the
blaze was extinguished, at about 7:30 p.m., fears were held for the safety
of other houses nearby. Firemen at the blaze scene, however, held the
blaze from spreading.
Cash, his wife and two children, had rented the quarters temporarily
from James W. Reeves, the assigned occupant, who is outside of Panama
on temporary duty.
The building was one of several in the area built during World War
II and planned originally for temporary use only.
A group of sports enthusiasts at the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort
Amador were watching the basketball game televised over CFN-TV re-
cently. When the game was over, one of the soldiers decided to switch
Stopping the channel selector at number 6, an image appeared on the
screen. It was old Dizzy Dean and his side-kick Peewee Reese broadcast-
ing the CBS game of the week from Wrigley Field in Chicago between
the Cubs and the San Francisco Giants.
The station WOVO, Channel 6, in Orlando, Florida.
After the game was over, to make the afternoon complete (sports
wise), the boys reported that they picked up Channel 5 in Miami Beach,
and watched the last two hours of the Tournament of Champions Golf
Tournament live from Las Vegas, Nevada, which Arnold Palmer won
with a birdie putt on the last hole.
Those swearing to this story of intercontinental TV were Specialist
Fours Dick Reardon, Delmar Hunt, Jerry Jones and Private First Class
"Los Libros. Una clave esencial en su porvenir."
This message, attractively lettered on a sign at the entrance to the
Terminals Division Training Center in the Cristobal pier area, is an in-
ducement for employees to use books to improve themselves for the future.
A second sign, in both Spanish and English, explains the presence of
the slogan about the value of books. This second sign, on the opposite
side of the doorway, announces:
"Circulating Library. Reading is fun. All Panama Canal employees
can enjoy it. Borrow a book for yourself and your family."
Inside the doorway flanked by the two signs is the Canal's first mo-
bile library on a job site. Opened and operated under supervision of the
Canal Zone Library, the library unit is an initial realization of Governor
Fleming's aim of bringing books and employees together.
Although the unit has been open only a few weeks, employees of the
Terminals Division already have checked out hundreds of books and
magazines in both Spanish and English.
Mrs. Catherine Brown, branch coordinator for Canal Zone libraries,
supervised establishment of the unit. A library assistant at the University
of Pittsburgh before coming to the Canal Zone, Mrs. Brown was post
librarian at Fort Clayton and Fort Kobbe for about 3 years before join-
ing the Canal Zone Library staff several years ago.
The SS Ancon, 10,000-ton cruise ship, has been assigned to Maine
Maritime Academy as its new training vessel by the U.S. Maritime Admin-
istration, it was announced by Rear Admiral George N. King USN (Ret.),
Academy superintendent, and Ralph A. Leavitt, chairman of trustees.
The Ancon will replace the SS State of Maine, and transfer opera-
tions scheduled this summer will result in major changes in the Academy's
academic program, Admiral King said.
The Maine, a World War II hospital ship and a veteran of nine
Academy training cruises, is due to be assigned to the newly established
Texas Maritime Academy. The ship was delivered to Beaumont, Tex.,
about June 17.
Academy officers and midshipmen boarded the Ancon at New Or-
leans, La., early in July, to return to Castine.
Only sophomore students will be used in manning the ships, Admiral
King said, with freshmen remaining at Castine to continue regular classes.
Seniors, who graduated June 9, will not be affected.
The Ancon, built by Bethlehem Steel Corp., at Quincy, Mass., in 1939,
and due to be re-named SS State of Maine, is a former Panama Line owned
vessel, used in cruise service between New York and the Panama Canal
Zone. She will accommodate a Maritime Academy student body of 500
men in semi-private staterooms. The ship will also carry 60 officers and
The Anoon entered the U.S. Army Transport service in 1942, made
two voyages to Australia with American troops, and was converted into a
headquarters and communications ship for the U.S. Navy.
For two years she served as the only communications ship in the
European Theater, and participated in the invasions of North Africa,
Sicily, Salerno and Normandy, and then moved to the Pacific Theater and
was in action throughout the Okinawa campaign.
In Tokyo Bay, the Ancon served as a press ship to tell the world of
the Japanese surrender, September 2, 1945, and was returned to the Pan-
ama Line in 1946.
Admiral King has assigned Capt. A. F. Coffin, veteran of 30 years
at sea, as master of the Ancon-Maine, and Capt. Parker E. Worrey as
Upon her arrival, the Ancon-Maine was made ready to house an in-
coming class of 175 freshmen, due late in August.
Less than a week after its inauguration, Refineria Panama already
is producing for export.
The first shipment of petroleum products refined in Panama already
is being loaded aboard the Strinda, a tanker which tied up Saturday at the
refinery's dock in Las Minas Bay.
One hundred and ten thousand barrels of petroleum products, includ-
ing kerosene and gas-oil, will be transported aboard the Stringa to Ar-
Another tanker was due yesterday to load a cargo of Refineria Pan-
ama products. The Rossum will deliver 144,000 barrels of Panama-pro-
cessed gasoline to the west coast of the United States.
In addition to export activities, Refineria Panama already is in busi-
ness selling bunker fuel to ships. National Bulk Carriers, Inc., which,
with Continental Oil Co., owns the refinery, has stationed one of its tank-
ers off the Cristobal breakwater to refuel vessels transiting the Panama
This eliminates the need for tying up at dockside and saves docking
charges for purchasers of Refineria Panama bunker fuel.
The refinery was formally inaugurated by President Roberto F.
Chiari at an impressive ceremony.
The Canal's sightseeing launch Las Cruces has been and will continue
to be made available to the increasing flow of Isthmian visitors. The
launch and other facilities of the Canal organization are being more read-
ily available to non-profit groups who wish to see and learn more about
the Canal. Partial transits are occurring almost daily, as more and more
people direct new attention to the Isthmian waterway, its installations,
and its present role in world commerce.
While the Canal Zone is busily preparing for increasing attention to
visitors, the Panama Tourist Institute of the Republic of Panama, headed
by Miss Irma Arango, also is stepping up efforts to attract an increased
flow of tourists. The Canal Zone effort to welcome visitors properly and
make them feel at home is expected to be of direct benefit to Panama's
current program for encouraging tourist business.
There is evidence that tourist visits to Panama are on the increase.
During the first three months of 1962 there was a marked improvement
over the two previous tourist seasons and Panama officials recorded
900 vehicles arriving at the Costa Rica-Panama border on the Inter-
American Highway during the past dry season month of February. This
is believed to indicate a favorable traffic potential on this highway.
An increasing flow of visitors to the Canal Locks also indicate a
growth of local tourist traffic. During the past 11 months, more than
72,000 persons visited Gatun and Miraflores Locks, with more than
13,000 of them including a tour of the control houses in their visit.
Close cooperation between the Canal's Guide Service and the Pan-
ama Tourist Institute already has been initiated. One of the first steps
is to be the joint exchange in training of personnel who meet and attend
to the needs of visitors. Under this program, members of the Guide
Service are expected to attend training classes being held by the Tour-
ist Institute, and those dealing with visitors to the Republic are expected
to attend the classes being organized for the Canal Zone Guides.
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