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THATCHER FERRY BRIDGE (Courtesy Panama Canal Co.)
Jerry Prager, Meade Bolton and Harvey McConaughy (Calif.)
Linda Lee, Judy ann and Richard Moreland, children of Patsy and Lee
Moreland, formerly of Pedro Miguel, C.Z.
June picnic of the Northern Calif. group
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
W. Dewey Goodwin J. F. Warner
Harlan V. Howard, Sr. Executive Committee
Vice-President OE W. Dewey Goodwin
Lucille S. Judd Harlan V. Howard, Sr.
Secretary-Treas. Lucille S. Judd
Lyla M. Esler
Lyla ,M. Esler Betty Lockridge
Recording Seo'y. Keith Kelley
C. G. Calvit
Betty Lockridge Macon A. Turner
Record Editor Z. K Esler
W. J. Dorgan
Martin Nickel Albert MKeown
The following are the features of the authorized new retirement lib-
(Effective by law Jan. 1, 1963 but must await a supplemental appropriation)
1. Retired Federal workers and their survivors will receive a 5% annuity
increase starting next January 1.
2. Annuities of retired Government workers as well as that of present
Federal employees when they retire will be automatically increased
in the future whenever living costs rise by three percent or more. The
rise in annuities would match the increase in living costs.
Other features of this law apply only to present Federal employees
when they retire after January 1, 1963 and some sections apply beginning
the first pay period of the new bill.
Congress approved and sent to the White House the bill to raise the
retirement credit income of retired Federal employees from $1,200 to
$1,524 a year. This should be a tax savings to each retiree of about $65.00
a year. Mr. Kennedy has signed this bill into law.
Bills and parts of 'bills) that were not enacted into public laws by the
1. Bill to increase Government employee life insurance policies.
2. Bill to provide retirement on full annuities age 55 and 30 years service.
3. Struck from the new pay raise law was the provision to give widows
of retirees a minimum $10 a month raise in annuities.
G. C. Lockridge, Legislative Reporter
Since the September Issue of The Canal Record
James F. Burgoon-Supply Division-24 years, 4 months, 15 days.
James H. Burns-Navigation Division-21 years, 4 months, 21 days.
Mrs. Frances F. Fears-Division of Schools--11 years, 10 months, 21 days.
Miss Dorothy M. Hall-Dredging Division-28 years, 4 months.
William D. Hardie-Administrative Branch-32 years, 9 months, 12 days.
Joseph P. Hawthorne-Locks Division-28 years, 6 months, 28 days.
Walter Wagner-Electrical Division-25 years, 6 months, 22 days.
James E. Walker-Electrical Division-21 years, 10 months, 12 days.
Frederick C. Rose--Navigation Division-32 years, 3 months, 13 days.
Harry J. Linker-Electrical Division-22 years, 1 month, 26 days.
Mrs. Nye C. Norris-Placement Branch-18 years, 10 months.
Kenneth M. Edwards- Locks Division-28 years, 4 months, 6 days.
Henri E. Moehrke--Dredging Division-29 years, 15 days.
Stewart P. Trail-Police Division-26 years, 4 months.
Robert E. Welborn-Fire Division-18 years, 1 month, 7 days.
PLAN TO ATTEND THE REUNION JANUARY 15th AND 16th -
Capt. Norman Terry of St. Petersburg after having been in the hos-
pital is at home and doing very nicely.
Mrs. Eunice Rose is at home and feeling much better.
Mr. Sam Craig who was hospitalized, has been discharged.
Mr. Wm. L. Howard had surgery and is at home doing beautifully.
Mrs. Sam Deavours has been in Mound Park Hospital.
Mr. R. G. (Shorty) Deavours is recovering from an operation.
PLAN TO ATTEND THE REUNION JANUARY 15th AND 16th -
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Miss Emma Waubon and Mr. Harold J. Zierten announce their mar-
riage on October 20th at Saint Paul's United Church of Christ, Barrington,
Ill. A small reception was held at the home of Mrs. Zierten's sister, Mrs.
H. R. Brintlinger in Barrington following the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs.
Zierten are at home in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Rose of Eustis, Florida, formerly of Balboa,
Canal Zone, take pleasure in announcing the recent marriage of their
daughter, Patricia Gilberta Rose, to Mr. Charles Ernest Bagg, son of Mrs.
Mildred Kelly of North Brookfield, Mass.
The couple exchanged wedding vows and rings September 29, at St.
Mary of the Lakes Church in Eustis, Florida. The Rev. Father Michael
Miss Dorothy C. Rose, sister of the bride, was maid of honor.
Joseph I. Kincaid of Daytona Beach was bset man.
The reception was held at Lake Shore Acres Restaurant.
The couple will reside at Jacksonville, N. C.
The bride is a native of the Canal Zone and graduated from the Canal
Zone Junior College. The bridegroom is a native of Milford, Mass., and
attended school there. He is stationed with the Marines at Camp LeJeune,
Out of town guests attending the wedding were Mrs. Mildred Kelly,
North Brookfield, Mass., mother of the bridegroom; Mrs. Ruby Richard-
son, Milford, Mass., aunt of the bridegroom; Miss Dorothy C. Rose, Ft.
Jackson, S. C., sister of the bride; Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Merchant, West
Palm Beach; Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Kincaid, and daughter, Mary Lee, Day-
tona Beach; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsay, St. Petersburg; Mrs. Margaret
Halliday and Mrs. Peggy Ortt, Sebring, aunt and cousin of the bride.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Louis Putaturo of Panama City announce the
marriage of their daughter Eleanor Gelana, to Mr. Gary M. Anderson, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Anderson (Agnes Atkinson), of Balboa, on Octo-
ber 12, 1962 in the Sacred Heart Chapel in Ancon, C.Z. A reception was
held at the home of the bride, after which the young couple honeymooned
at Santa Clara. They will live in Balboa and continue their studies in
Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Washabaugh of Margarita announce the marriage
of their daughter, Mary Louise to Mr. James Wilbert Wagner, son of Mr.
and Mrs. John Wagner of Harborcreek, Pennsylvania. The wedding took
place on September 3 in Our Lady of Mercy Church with the Rev. Fr.
Attending the bridal couple were Miss Theresa Washabaugh, sister
of the bride and Mr. Jack Wagner, brother of the bridegroom.
Mrs. Wagner graduated from St. Vincent's School of Nursing in Erie,
Pennsylvania, the day before her marriage. Her husband is a senior in
Pharmacology at Pittsburgh University.
The couple are making their home in Pittsburgh.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Altman of Panama announce the marriage of
their daughter, Miss Elki Altman, to Mr. Richard Briand Powers. Mr.
Powers is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Powers of Los Angeles, Calif.
Miss Altman is a graduate of Balboa High School. She received her
B.A. degree in psychology from Los Angeles State College in California.
She has been an educational therapist for five years at the Marianne
Frosting School for Emotionally Disturbed and Brain Damaged Children.
Mr. Powers recevied his M.A. degree in psychology from Los Angeles
State College. He is presently in the Ph. D. program at Arizona State
University, Temple, Arizona.
Mr. and Mrs. Powers will reside in Arizona.
Mrs. Catherine Melanson of Balboa, C.Z., and Mr. Warren Richard
Shipiro were married September 5, in the Magistrates Court in Balboa,
C.Z. Mr. Shipiro is Assitant Purser on the SS Cristobal.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Greazes of Cheltenham, England announce the
approaching marriage of their daughter Jaquiline Daud, to Mr. Charles
James Cole, Dow Air Force Base, Bangor, Maine. Mr. Cole is the son of
Mr.s Eva Cole, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bryan Ward announce the marriage of their
daughter, Marilyn, to Mr. William James Stackman, the 16th of Septem-
ber, 1962, at the First Congregational Church, Madison, Connecticut.
Mrs. Stackman graduated from Balboa High School in 1959 and
attend Depauw University.
Mr. Stackman graduated from DePauw in June and is now attending
Yale University on a fellowship for his doctorate. He was a member of
the DePauw team on the College Bowl T.V. program.
The young couple are at home at 166 Park Street, New Haven, Conn.
The marriage of Miss Firatices Longino Sigerfoos to Mr. William
Sandberg Hinkle was solemnized August 24th at seven-thirty in the eveni-
ing, at St. Luke's Cathedral, Ancon, Canal Zone with Reverend Father
Terence Ford officiating.
The bride's attendants were Miss Julie Floyd, Maid of Honor, Miss
Mary Watson, Miss Katherine Watson and Miss Sharon Booth, brides-:
maids. Miss Joanna Arias was flower girl. Master Donovan Sigerfoos,
brother of the bride, was ring page.
SThe bridegroom was attended by his father, Mr. J. B. Hinkle, as best
man and the groomsmen were Mr. Doug Schmidt, Mr. Joe Wood, Mr. Jim
McKeown, Mr. Mike Carpenter and Mr. Charles Hummer, Jr.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Quarry Heights
Out of town guests attending the wedding included Mrs. C. A. Thomp-
son of Washington, D.C., aunt of the bride, and Mrs. Olin H. Longino of
Atlanta, Georgia, maternal grandmother of the bride, Mrs. Olga Sand-
berg of Boquete, Republic of Panama, the bride groom's maternal grand-
mother, and Mr. Oscar Sandberg, also of Boquete, the bride groom's uncle.
Miss Beverly Anne Smith, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell T.
Smith of Los Rios, recently became the bride of Mr. Harry Lippert, the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lippert of Clinton, Del.
The wedding was held in the First Baptist Church of that city, and
Dr. Bill Rice, Jr. of Murfreeshoro, Tenn., performed the double ring
Mrs. Thomas Smith, sister-in-law of the bride was matron of honor.
The bridesmaids were the Misses Lulu Lippert, sister of the groom
and Myra Lund, a cousin of the bride. The flower girl was Donna Cooper.
Mr. Henry Lippert was best man. Mr. Bill Rice III and Mr. James
Lindsay were ushers for the groom.
Philip Lighthall played the traditional wedding music, accompany-
ing the soloists Mr. Henry Lippert, Sr. and the bride's mother.
A reception for two hundred guests and relatives of the two families
was held in the church parlor.
Mrs. Harry Lippert. is a graduate of Balboa High School. She at-
tended the Bob Jones University in South Carolina.
Mr. Lippert graduated from Clinton High School; attended the Bob
Jones University,; and will graduate from Tennessee Temple Schools in
1963. He plans to go into the ministry.
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Nickisher Sr. of Balboa announce the mar-
riage of their daughter, Rosemarie J. Kenealy to Mr. Ralph J. Carr of
The wedding took place recently in San Francisco, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph I. Kincaid announce the engagement of their
daughter, Mary Lee, to Daniel J. Sullivan Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel
J.- Sullivan of Ancon.
Miss Kincaid was formerly a student at Balboa High School.
Mr. Sullivan, also formerly a student at Balboa High School, was
born in ithe Canal Zone. In 1959 he graduated from Pine Push High
School in New York and later attended two years of trade school at the
Tennessee Automotive and Deisel School. He is now a corporal, serving
his second year in the U.S. Army, and is presently stationed at Ft. Carson,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert U. Schultz of Balboa, announce the engagement
of their daughter, Charlotte A. Schultz to Daniel H. George.
Charlottte is a graduate of Balboa High School, and is a student at
the Canal Zone Junior College.
Daniel George is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis H. George of Gatun.
He is a graduate of Cristobal High School and is in his third year of an
electrical apprenticeship with the Panama Canal Co.
Joyce Maryanne Pieper of Bellbrook, Ohio, and Ensign John Brad-
ford Stevens, USN, of Balboa, were married in the chapel of Miami Uni-
versity at Oxford, Ohio, on June 11. The ceremony was performed by Dr.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Pieper of Bell-
brook, formerly of Dayton, Ohio. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Elmer B. Stevens of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Judy Durst, cousin of the bride, was maid of honor. Marianne Mouser,
of Washington Court House, Ohio, was brides maid. Christy Sue Pieper,
a sister of the bride, and Susan Dumford of Bellbrook was junior brides-
Ensign Dale Kistler of Cincinnatti, classmate of the groom, was best
man. Ushers were Fred and James Pieper, brothers of the bride, and Dan
Winklosky of the Canal Zone, also a classmate of the groom.
The couple are stationed at Pensacola, Florida.
Mrs. Mary V. Acker and Mr. Charles W. Hammond both of Balboa
were married at St. Andrew's Church, Cocoli, August 12th.
A reception was held at the Police Lodge, Chiva after the wedding.
After a short wedding trip, the couple will be at home in Balboa.
Miss Catherine Inez Barr, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard B.
Barr of Altadena, California, and Mr. John Michael Brians, son of Mr.
and Mrs. R. L. Brians of Gatun, Canal Zone, were married recently in a
garden wedding at the bride's home in Altadena.
The maid of honor was Miss Patricia Barr. Miss Eileen Barr was
Serving as best man was Roger M. Barr. Ushers were Michael B.
Barr, and Alfred Hansen.
The Rev. Charles Griffin officiated at the ceremony, which was fol-
lowed by a reception.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Brians are students at the University of Idaho,
Moscow, Idaho, and returned to the University for the fall term in
Mr. Brians is a graduate of the Cristobal High School. He completed
an apprenticeship with the Panama Canal Company before entering the
university last year.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Hannigan of Balboa, Canal Zone, announce
the marriage of their daughter Agnes Diane to Robert Gerald Moran, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Clement Moran of Brockton, Massachusetts.
The wedding took place on August 11, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church
in Bridgewater, Mass.
Mrs. Robert A. Madoono of Lexington, Mass., sister of the bride,
was matron of honor. Mr. Arthur Cloutier of East Bridgewater, was best
man. The bride's other attendants were Miss Marcia Kennedy. Miss Elaine
Moran and Miss Patricia Hannigan. Ushers were Mr. Joseph Hannigan,
Mr. Paul Moran and Mr. Guido D'Alessio.
Following the wedding, a reception was held at the Club National
in Brockton, Mass.
Out of town guests present were Mrs. Mary Hughes and son Stephan,
an aunt of the bride and formerly of the Canal Zone; Mr. and Mrs. Ken-
neth Hughes of Camden, New Jersey. Miss Linda Cunningham, Miss Judy
Malcolm and Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Thomas, all former residents of
Gatun, Canal Zone, were also present.
Miss Estella Alvarez V., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Faustino Alvarez
R., was married August 22 to Mr. Lawrence Michael Drennan III, son of
Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence M. Drennan Jr., in a double ring ceremony at
Cristo Rey Church. After the marriage ceremony the Papal Blessing was
At the conclusion of the church ceremony, the parents of the bride
gave a reception at the Panama Golf Club for family, friends and relatives.
Miss Carol Lynne Flenniken, daughter of Mrs. Lucille M. Flenniken
of Gamboa, became the bride of Mr. James LaVerne Wolf, son of the late
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wolf of Lancaster, Pa., in a double ring ceremony
at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon recently. The Very Reverend
Mainert J. Peterson, Dean of the cathedral officiated.
The bride was escorted to the altar and given in marriage by Mr.
Virgil C. Reed.
Mrs. Andrew Stohrer of Coco Solo, sister of the bride served as
matron of honor.
Attending the groom as best man was Mr. James M. Wolf. The ushers
were Mr. Gerard K. Schear, Mr. William R. Dunning, Jr., and Mr. Donald
A reception, following the wedding, was held at the Tivoli Fern Room.
Out of town guests for the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. William R.
Dunning, Jr., and their daughters Cherly and Lynn of Tampa, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Wolf left on a wedding trip to Bogota, Columbia.
The couple are at home to their friends at 5616 C Hodges Place,
In a beautiful ceremony at the Balboa Union Church on September 1,
Miss Vivian Yancy Simmons, daughter of Mrs. Dudley Jones Simmons
of Austin, Texas, and the late Dudley Jones Simmons, became the bride
of Mr. William Lovell De La Mater of Balboa, Canal Zone, son of Mrs.
Ann Worsley De La Mater of Greenville, N.C., and the late William Walter
De La Mater. The Reverend David J. Welker, Assistant Pastor, performed
The bride, escorted and given in marriage by Mr. Robert C. Worsley
of Panama City.
The matron of honor was Mrs. Robert J. Helmrichs of Cristobal.
The bridesmaids were Miss Diana Serur and Miss Freddie Jeane
Serur, nieces of the bride from San Antonio, Texas.
Attending the groom as best man was James Fraser of Balboa, and
the ushers were Thomas H. Scott, Victor A. Herr, Noel C. Farnsworth, and
William J. Nickisher Jr., all of Balboa, and Walter E. Trout of Gamboa.
Mrs. Lois D. Bates, sister of the bridegroom, of San Rafael, Calif.,
attended the ceremony.
SFollowing the ceremony, a reception for the approximately 400
guests was held at the Albrook Air Force Base Officers Club.
In charge of the guest books were Mrs. Robert Lessiack of Balboa
and Mrs. John E. Vogel of Gamboa.
Mr. and Mrs. De La Mater left on a short wedding trip to Boquete, R.P.
Mrs. De La Mater graduated with a bachelor degree in business
administration from Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas. She
received her degree of master in education from the University of Texas,
where she has been employed as an instructor of Office Administration for
the'past four years. She is now employed as a teacher by the Canal Zone
Government Division of Schools.
Mr, De La Mater received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engin-
eering from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, and is presently
employed by the Panama Canal Company, Executive Planning Staff, as
an Industrial Engineer.
Mrs. Eleanor P. Parker has announced the marriage of her daughter,
Lorraine, to Mr. Dennis J. Stevens of Omaha, Nebraska. The wedding
was held at the Miami Church of Religious Science on July 31st in Miami,
Florida, and followed by a reception in the church patio.
Out of town guests included the groom's aunt and cousin from Ja-
meson, Kansas and Mrs. Marie Coulthard of Crosby, Texas.
The bride attended elementary schools in Balboa, Canal Zone and
was graduated from Jackson High School in Miami. Mr. Stevens graduated
from Jamestown High School in Kansas and attended the University of
Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. He is now in the United States Navy
S.O.G.S.M., attached to the U.S.S. Johnston at Boston.
The young couple are at home to their friends at 29 Carmel Street,
Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Griffon of Margarita, Canal Zone, announce the
marriage of their daughter, Judith Ellen Griffon to Mr. Ronald Armistead,
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy F. Armistead of Margarita, Canal Zone.
The marriage took place in Tallahassee, Florida, on September 14.
Judith Armistead is a senior in Florida State University, and Ronald
Armistead is attending college in Indiana.
Miss Joan Kathleen Casey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph William
Casey of Balboa, became the bride of Mr. Donald Nicholas Plennert,
U.S.N., son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Plennert of New Port Richey, Flor-
ida, in a recent double ring, candlelight ceremony at the Balboa Union
Church. The Reverend David J. Welked officiated. The young couple are
at home to their friends at Rodman Naval Air Depot. Mrs. Plennert at-
tended the Canal Zone Junior College. Mr. Plennert is stationed with the
U.S. Navy at Quarry Heights.
Miss Mary Michael Coffey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Coffey
of Margarita, recently became the bride of Mr. Edmund Arthur Blenner-
hassett at the Fort Gulick Chapel. Mr. Blennerhassett is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. John Du S. Blennerhassett of Colon. The Reverend Father
Charles Shanley officiated at the double ring ceremony. Mr. and Mrs.
Blennerhassett will make their home in the Canal Zone after a honeymoon
in Costa Rica.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Chase of Balboa, C.Z., announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Mary Elizabeth to William Thrift, the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Wallace E. Thrift of Los Rios, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Idol, of Balboa, Canal Zone, announce the
marriage of their daughter, Dana Darlene, Tto Mr. Junlee Richey, the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Richey, of Marysville, California, and presently
residing in Queensland, Australia.
The ceremony took place in Gulfport, Mississippi.
The groom is the Radar Technical Advisor at Keesler Air Force Base,
near Biloxi, Mississippi.
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar W. Fritsch announce the engagement of their
daughter, Miss Doris Ann Fritsch, to Lt. (j.g.) Herbert Hawthorne Lewis
Jr. (CEC), USN.
Mr. Lewis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert H. Lewis of Brazos
Heights, Canal Zone.
Miss Fritsch is a graduate of Seton School of Nursing, Austin, Texas.
She is a lieutenant junior grade in the Nurse Corps serving with the US
Navy at the US Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Va.
Mr. Lewis attended Cristobal schools, and received his B.S. degree
in mechanical engineering from the University of Miami, Coral Gables,
Fla. He is serving in the US Navy with the Director of Atlantic Docks,
Division of Yards and Docks, Norfolk, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carey Jr. announce the marriage of their daugh-
ter, Jean Ann to Donald E. Emery, Jr., both of Pacrima, California.
Miss Mary Carolyn Smouse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Bryan
Smouse of Campo Alegre, and Mr. Virgil F. Mueller, son of Raymond W.
Mueller and the late Mrs. Mueller of Belleville, Ill., were recently married
at Christ United Church of Christ of Belleville, Ill.
The Rev. Alfred F. Schroeder performed the double ring ceremony
which was followed by a reception at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emerson
Hough, a brother-in-law and sister of the bridegroom.
The couple will live in San Francisco, Calif., where the bride is a
legal secretary for Crown Zellerback Corp., and her husband is an engin-
eer with that company's Gaylord Container Division.
Mrs. Mueller is a graduate of Balboa High School and Wittenberg
College in Springfield, Ohio, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi
Mr. Mueller is an Alumnus of Belleville Township High School and
Southern Illinois University of Carbondale where he was a member of
Sigma Phi Fraternity.
The engagement of Annamae Wirgau to Ensign Owen Charles Suther-
land, U.S. Naval Reserve was announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Everett A. Wirgau of Grosse Ile, Michigan.
Miss Wirgau is a June graduate of the University of Michigan where
she majored in speech correction. She was affiliated with Alpha Gamma
Ensign Sutherland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack C. Sutherland of Balboa,
Canal Zone, is also a University of Michigan graduate. He received his
bachelor degree in industrial engineering and his masters degree in busi-
ness administration from the University where he was affiliated with
Miss Shirley Tillman of Gamboa recently married Mr. James Crafton
of Camden, South Carolina. The wedding took place at the First Baptist
Church in New Brunswick, N.J. on September 22. The Rev. James B.
Brown performed the ceremony.
Mr. Tilman gave his daughter in marriage. The maid of honor was
Miss Sandra Morency of Gamboa and the Bride's Book was attended by
Mrs. Ronelle Peacher. The best man was the groom's brother, Mr. Charles
G. Crafton, Jr. The ushers were Mr. Frank Pennington and Mr. William
A number of the bride's relatives were present and several of the
groom's friends and his parents. The reception was held at the Fireside.
The couple spent their honeymoon in Virginia. They will reside at 78B
Taylor Avenue, East Brunswick, N.J.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald P. Hutchison, of Diablo, Canal Zone announce
the recent marriage of their daughter, Dianne Lynn, to Mr. Darrell E.
Doane of Arlington, Va., son of Mrs. James Doan of Doans, Indiana.
The wedding took place at the Ft. Amador Protestant Chapel, with
Chaplain Hume performing the double ring ceremony.
Miss Vicki Hutchison, sister of the bride was maid of honor. Miss
Doris Young of Los Rios, C.Z., and Miss Pat Justice of Richmond, Va.
Best man for the groom was Mr. D. A. Wallace of Rodman. Mr.
Gene Jensen of Quarry Heights and Mr. Douglas Phillips, of Margarita,
a cousin of the bride, assisted. Chief C. R. Wilkins and Mr. W. G. Fowler
served as ushers.
The reception was held in the Fern Room at the Tivoli Guest House.
Mr. and Mrs. Doane have returned to their home in Arlington, Vir-
ginia where Mr. Doane is on duty with the U.S. Navy and stationed at
Frances Elizabeth Glover, the daughtei'of Mr. and Mrs. Alton Parker
Glover, Augusta, S.C., was married recently to John Holder Flowers, the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Clyde Flowers of Balboa, C.Z.
The wedding took place at the Grace Methodist Church, N. Augusta,
Mr. Ernest Clyde Flowers, the father of the groom, was best man.
Ushers were Mr. Harris F. Rogers, a brother-in-law of the bride; Mr.
Robert Taylor Northridge Jr. of DeLand, Fla.; Mr. Robert Inglett of
Augusta, Ga., a cousin of the groom, and'Mr. Clarence C. Jeter Jr. of N.
A sister of the bride, Mrs. Harris F. Rogers, of Florence, S.C., was
the maid of honor.
The' reception took place in the church parlor.
Out of town guests at the wedding included Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Clyde
Flowers and Miss Susan Flowers of Balboa, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. John Holder Flowers will make their home in Pensa
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Mr. and Mrs. William S. Kessler of Diablo Heights announce the birth
of their second son, third child, born on Oct. 2 at Gorgas Hospital. The
baby's name is Michael Patrick. -- -
The maternal gra lparentsa are Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Flynn of Los
Rios, and, sharing honors, are the paternal grandparents Mr.and Mrs.
W. Kessler of Mt. Carmel, Penna.
Mr. and Mrs. BenjaminE. Favorite announce the birth of their child,
a second daughter, born on Oct. 1 at Coco Solo Hospital. The baby's
name wis Ada Louise.,
The maternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Wynne of Mar-
garitk; the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin S. Favorite
of Coco Solo.
Sharing honors with the proud family is Ada Louise's paternal great-
grandmother, Mrs. Mary Engelke of -Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Bartley Paul Smith announced the birth of their baby,
a girl, born on July 26 in Glendale, Arizona.
The baby's name is Carmen Maritza.
Her paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. Bartley Smith of
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Van Horde of
Carmen Maritza's great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Van Der Hans,
now residing in Panama City.
Lt. and Mrs. Don T. Kersting of Fort Kobbe announce the birth of a
daughter, their first child, Kathy Marie Kersting on Aug. 3 at Gorgas
Hospital, Canal Zone.
Sharing honors with the Kirstings, are the maternal grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Snyder of Curundu; and the paternal grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Don Kirsting of Birmingham, Alabama.
Kathy Marie's great- great- grandparents are: Mrs. Rose Smith of
Curundu, and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Snyder of Big Spring, Md.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Carey of Margarita announce the birth of
their son, John Christopher, on August 18 at Coco Solo Hospital. Mater-
nal grandparents are Mrs. J. T. Sonderman and the late Joseph T. Sonder-
man of Fredericktown, Mo. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Ellis D. Carey of Zephyrhills, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry N. McGahhey announce the birth of twin sons,
Keith and Kent, born on September 15 at Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. L. N. McGahhey is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam A.
Romero of New Iberia, La.
Mr. Larry McGahhey is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McGahhey of
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur O'Donnell of Los Rios announce the birth of
their fourth child and second daughter, born on August 22 at Gorgas
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. A. Leonardi of Middle-
town, New Jersey.
The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. E. Mildebrath of Day-
tona Beach, Florida.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rathgeber, their second child, a daughter,
Cathy Lynn, August 11th, 1962.
Mrs. Nora Rathgeber is the, paternal grandmother.
Mr. and Mrs. John Kammerer (Mary Jean Carey) announce the
arrival of a daughter, Joan Marie.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Millett of Grandview, Mo. announce the birth
of a daughter July 4, 1962, their 7th child, named Charliss. The maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Zerbest. The paternal grandmother
is Mrs. Rosetta Millett of Arlington, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. John Millett of Takoma Park, Md., announce the birth
of twin boys July 18, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington,
D.C. Their names are John J. and Louis Philip. The maternal grand-
father is Mr. Philip Moral. Mrs. Rosetta Millett of Arlington, Va. is the
Mr. and Mrs. George H. Weber of Argenta, B.C. announce the birth
of their third son on July 4th, 1962, named Eben Burke. The maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Barnard of Cumberland, R.I.
Mr. and Mrs. David I. Kelleher Sr. of La Boca, announce the birth of
their fifth child and fourth daughter born Oct. 2 at Gorgas Hospital. The
baby's name is Susan Carol.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Watts of
Susan Carol Kelleher's patrenal grandparents are Mrs. M. Kelleher
of Los Rios, and the late Mr. Maurice I. Kelleher.
Mr. and Mrs. Murray Falk of Balboa announce the birth of their
daughter, Karen Patricia, born Oct. 4 in Gorgas Hospital.
Karen's maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Sharp of
Her paternal grandparents are Capt. and Mrs. H. E. Falk, and pater-
nal great-grandmother is Mrs. Lillian Murray of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jo Leisy announce the birth of a girl, their sec-
ond, named Anna Marie, July 31 in Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Orr of New York City announce the birth
of their second son, Bruce Neal on October 28th, 1962. Maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Neal of New York City. Paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. G. Carter Orr of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Lt. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Wheeler of Glasgow A.F.B., Montana, have
made Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Moody great-grandparents again. A boy was
born October 6, 1962.
Lt. Wheeler's mother is the former Ruth Moody, Now Mrs. Peter
Bollen and is living in Tampa, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Keenan of Winter Park, Florida, announce the
arrival of a baby girl, Allison Elise, on October 10th, their 4th daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Coffin of Gatun announce the birth of their
fifth child, a daughter, born September 21 at Coco Solo Hospital.
The baby, who has been named Nannette Jayne, has four brothers.
The maternal grandmother is Mrs. Loretta Geddes of Gatun.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Glassburn announce the birth of their first child,
a daughter, on Oct. 7 at Mound Park Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack B. DeVore, of
Balboa, Canal Zone and the paternal grandparent is Mrs. Zelda Glassburn
of Redington Shores, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. John Paul Corrigan III of Coco Solo, announce the
birth of their first child, a son, born on Sept. 28, at Coco Solo Hospital.
The baby has been named John Paul IV.
Mrs. Corrigan is the former Gloria Jeanne Ely.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rodney B. Ely of Balboa
Heights. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Paul Corrigan Jr.,
of Coco Solo.
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Phillips announce the birth of a daughter,
Tracy, on October 19.
Maternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. William M. Jackson of Coco
Solo Hospital .
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Noble A. Phillips of Mar-
Tracy Lynn's great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Henry Malo of
Danielson, Conn., and Mr. and Mrs. John F. Phillips of Panama.
Lt. and Mrs. John C. Schmidt, Jr. announce the birth of a baby girl,
Deanne, October 28th in Fayetteville, N.C. Lt. Schmidt is with the Chemi-
cal Corps at Fort Bragg.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. (Ruth Barlow) John C.
Schmidt of the Canal Zone.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Armstrong, Vernal,
Great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Barlow of Tampa, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. John B. Coffey of Gatun, C.Z. announce the birth of
their third son, Daniel A.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John B., Sr. of Margarita,
C.Z.. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gil Moreland. The great-
grandmother is Mrs. Marie G. Coffey.
PLAN TO ATTEND THE REUNION JANUARY 15th AND 16th -
Mr. G. Carter Oorr of St. Petersburg recently flew to Detroit, Michi-
gan to attend a wedding of one of his friends. While there he visited in
the home of his sister, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Dickman. Mr. Thomas C.
Orr of New York City also attended the wedding. Mr. Carter Orr then
flew to New York City with his son Thomas and spent a few days visiting
with the family.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser and Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Montgomery of
St. Petersburg spent two weeks on the Zone during the Bridge opening
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph uls (Beth Lockridge) and four children of North
Palm Beach were guests of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Gene Askew and daughter Nancy of the Canal Zone visited in
St. Petersburg in the parental Otto Kozak home. Later they went to Wake-
forest, N.C. where Nancy enrolled as a freshman in Wakeforest College.
Mrs. Floyd A. Robinson (Leta) and daughter returned to the C.Z.
after a visit with her mother, Mrs. Lita Deakins and sister Mrs. Allene
Walker. In New Orleans, she met her husband who had just arrived from
the C.Z. to spend some time in his home in N.C.
Mr. and Mrs. James Lyons are living in New York City. Mr. Lyons
is an instructor at Hunter College.
Mrs. Rosemary Keene Thelamark of Cerro Punta, R. de P. visited
her mother, Mrs. Ray F. Keene in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Allen M. Stuhl (Ruth Chevalier), President of the Isthmian
Historical Society, sent in a request for old timers to assist in compiling
material- for an historical journal. The following is the request in detail:
We are particularly interested in receiving accounts of life during
construction days and the years that immediately followed completion
of the Canal Short anecdotes or long reminiscences are equally welcome.
Our knowledge of life in those days is far from complete. We may not
be able to use everything in our journal, but all material sent to us will
be permanently preserved in a reference collection of Isthmian life. We
would like information about everything. What was life like in this or
that town? How did you shop? What were the schools like? What about
churches? What forms of recreation were there? Did you receive States
newspapers? What was your kitchen like? What kind of working hours
did Canal workers have? What did you think about the Canal in those
days? Do you ever regret having been here in those years?
Would someone please send us the poem, supposedly by Dr. Gorgas,
about the children of the Canal diggers.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright of St. Petersburg had as guests Mrs.
Wright's mother and father, Capt. and Mrs. W. A. VanSiclen of Maitland,
Florida, and Mrs. Wright's sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Vogle
of Valhalla, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. G. O. Lee of Lake Como, Florida attended the Fair and
enjoyed trips to Banff, Lake Louise, Victoria and Vancouver.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge will be at home to their many friends
after the first of the year in their new home which is being built. Their
address: 2724 -66th Terrace, St. Petersburg, Florida.
(The following excerpts were taken from an article recently appearing
in "The Detroit News") ED.
Barney Barlow used to turn away in fright, he says, every time a 730-
foot Great Lakes ore freighter approached one of "his" precious lockson
the American portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
He has learned supreme confidence in the ability of American and
Canadian skippers and the pilots who handle ships for foreign captains,
and he has retired-for the second time-after 45 years in the govern-
ment canal business.
Barney (the big former baseball player's real name is Edward, but
few know it) spent 40 years in the Panam Canal before his five on the
But, half again as long as most of the freighters Barlow had seen in
Panama, the big "lakers" nose through Seaway locks under their own
This is the routine they always followed on the Welland Canal around
Niagara Falls and at Sault Ste. Marie before the Seaway opened in 1959.
Barlow picked up his retirement papers from Joseph H. McCann, the
Detroiter who is administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development
As he did, he expressed his admiration for the Lakes skippers-who
do not hire pilots to assist them through narrow waterways-and partic-
ularly for the hired pilots (mostly Canadians) who assist foreign ships
on the Seaway.
"The Canadian pilots have improved 1,000 percent since the Seaway
opened," he said, referring to a number of accidents which marked the
first inland penetration by many foreign vessels.
Twenty-two Canadians and 12 Americans pilot foreign ships between
the mouth of Lake Ontario and the Snell Lock, one of two American
locks near Massena, in upstate New York.
A chief of operations at Massena, Barlow supervised the work of
nine lockmasters. He observed the work of pilots constantly, though he
did not supervise them.
He had been operational supervisor in Panama until his first retire-
ment at 62, when he came north to the Seaway.
Two Panama Canal pilots followed him.
"On the Seaway, the pilots receive $200 for taking a ship from the
Snell Lock to Cape Vincent, at the head of the river.
"From this they pay the dispatchers who send them out and pay for
the launch which carries them to the ship.
"They net about $165 or $170 a trip, and often they get off one only
to take another back.
"They get about four trips a week for eight months of the year."
In Montreal Harbor, a few pilots make as much as $30,000 a year,
Part of Barlow's job at both of the world-famous canals was to con-
duct tours for Presidents of the United States-15 of them were shown
around by him in Panama-and other American and foreign dignitaries.
He has been a guide for two of the world's three remaining ruling
queens-Elizabeth II of England and the hefty, swarthy Salote of the
When Elizabeth was passing through Panama, he let her operate the
controls which passed a ship through the locks.
When she and President Eisenhower opened the Seaway, the queen
signed the register with Barlow's pen.
SRecently publicized in States papers were Panamanian twin brother
interns who are graduates of Balboa High School. Drs. Edward and Oscar
Kourany were shown taking the heartbeats of pretty twin secretaries at
Indianapolis General Hospital where the Isthmian twins are taking their
A 3-year summer vacation project which has been keeping the L. W.
Chambers family of Balboa busy might be called "Operation Nephew."
As a high-school graduation present to their three nephews who lived
in Burbank, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Chambers offer a trip to the Isthmus.
Last summer they were hosts to William Lawson III, and this year their
guest is Fred Lawson. Both are sons of Mr. and Mrs. William Lawson, Jr.,
former residents of the Canal Zone. Next year, Larry, the youngest Law-
son brother, is scheduled to come down after he is graduated.
The boys have been having such a good time here that the Chambers
may extend graduation-trip privileges later to their 8-year-old sister, Cath-
Two Canal Zone veterinarians told a medical conference in Atlanta,
Ga., of the 1959-60 survey to determine what proportion of the bats on
the Zone and adjacent areas of Panama were infected with rabies. More
than 4,500 bats were collected from 61 points, and 43 of the lot were
Dr. Robert G. Matheney, Chief of the Division of Veterinary Medi
cine of the health Bureau, and his associate Dr. Nathan B. Gayle, presented
this data in a paper on "Rabies": It's History In Panama," before the
Biennial Veterinary Conference for Teachers of Preventive Medicine.
In Manteo, N.C., The Coastland Times took note of how Dewey Mann,
Jr., and his family (wife Lois, daughter Sharon, son Ray) bumped, slid
and forded rivers on a 5,000-mile trip in a motor camper from the Canal
Zone up the Inter-American Highway and across to historic Roanoke
Island. They found the trip tough but fun; took the Cristobal home.
Dewey is now back on deck as skipper of the tug John F. Wallace.
And across the country, the Sioux City Journal in Iowa told of the
arrival of Balboa machinist Wayne Morse, his wife and six children who
drove north in convoy with the Mann family through Middle America.
Cadet Fred S. Roe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Roe, Jr., Balboa,
Canal Zone, was elected last spring to serve in this year's Training Cadre
at The Citadel. The Cadre is composed of specially qualified cadets,
mostly seniors who hold important positions within the Corps of Cadets,
who are requested to return to the military college early in the fall to
train incoming freshmen.
Roe is a corporal which is the highest rank he can hold as a junior
at The Citadel.
Kay Flowers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Flowers of Ancon, a
1960 graduate of Balboa High School, has completed her pre-medical
school studies at Wake Forest College and is now a first-year medical
student at Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest College.
Mr. and Mrs. George Chevalier and their family visited on the C.Z.
Mr. Chevalier is the brother of Mrs. Ruth Stuhl, wife of the Rev.
Allen M. Stuhl of Cocoli. Both Mrs. Stuhl and Mr. Chevalier grew up on
the Canal Zone.
Frank Violette, one of the best known sports fishermen on the Isth-
mus, has qualified for a world's record with a 290-pound Marlin caught
on 20-pound test line.
The catch was made from the fishing launch "Seri" at Pinas Bay and
was approved by the International Game Fish Association recently.
This added another plaque to the nearly one dozen that Violette's
launch, the Seri has earned throughout the years.
Capt. Roger A. Orvis and his wife, Charlotte, visited in the home of
his parents, J. A. Orvis of Balboa.
Captain Orvis started his career at the Albrook AFB and served 19
months in this command.
He left C.Z. in Feb. 1953 to commence cadet training, and then served
in Japan transporting troops and supplies to Korea.
Capt. Orvis is presently attached to the 4138th Strategic Wing at
Turner AFB as Co-pilot on the B-52 Bomber.
Administrative Assistant and Deputy Executive Secretary F. G. Duns-
moor, with Mrs. Dunsmoor, spent three months on a South American va-
cation. They traveled by ship down the west coast of South America,
through the Straits, and up the east coast, to return to Cristobal later.
They spent about a week in Lima and a week in Buenos Aires, and
will make shorter stops in other ports.
Captain and Mrs Orlando F. Smith and their son, Orlando, Jr.,
visited Captain Smith's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Palmer Smith of Balboa
Captain Smith, known to his friends as "Dito", grew up on the Canal
Zone ,'and graduated from Balboa High School.
At present Captain Smith is stationed in Spokane, Washington and
is an aircraft commander for the Strategic Air Command.
SDr. Dorothy Moody of Diablo Heights, has. as her guests for two
weeks, her niece, Mrs. Hugh Tate and her nephews, Rex and Hugh of Mem-
phis, Tenn. The visitors arrived by United Fruit:Line.
Miss Judith Carol Hotz returned to the U.S. recently, after a short
visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theo Hotz of Diablo. She will begin
her senior year at DePauw University at Greencastle, Indiana, where she
is majoring in Spanish, with a minor in radio and education.
Judith is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and will be pro-
gram director of the University Radio Station, WGRE.
In June, Miss Hotz was one of the ten students selected, from over
several hundred applicants from colleges in the United States, to work
as a Summer Trainee with the Voice of America in Washington, D.C.
One of the highlights of her stay in Washington was attending a series
of White House seminar orientation sessions where trainees heard informal
talks by the President of the United States, leaders of the House and Sen-
ate and chiefs of many of the various government organizations.
Casting her line in the Gulf of Panama along with 350 other anglers,
a pretty brunette from Los Rios bested all comers and took the major
prize for the largest fish caught in the 10th International Marlin and Sail-
fish Tournament. The 510-pound black Marlin she boated after a 22-
minute fight in Pinas Bay weighed almost four times as much as the 132
pounds at which Mrs. Ruth B. Krziza, secretary to the Canal's Maintenance
Engineer, tips the scales.
She was fishing aboard the private craft Seri with husband Leo
Krziza, Administrative Assistant at the Motor Transportation Division. At
the awards party she accepted not only the top award but also a prize for
the largest fish caught by a woman.
Miss Marion Elaine Howe, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles S.
Howe of Gamboa, graduated from the School of Nursing at Cambridge
City Hospital, Mass., recently.
Miss Jean Ellen Seaman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Charles
Seaman of Margarita, C.Z., recently received her nursing diploma from
the Massachusetts General hospital School of Nursing in Boston.
She has accepted a position on the neurosurgical service of the Mass.
General Hospital for a year.
Following this work, Miss Seaman will attend Boston College to
matriculate for a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
Mrs. Thelma Bull, a statistical assistant on the Executive Planning
staff at Balboa Heights presented Dr. Alejandro Mendez, Director of the
National Museum of Panama, a piece of polychrome Indian pottery which
she discovered near Chame, R. de P.
Other artifacts she has added to the Museum collection include clay
utensils, carved figurines, shell beads and a gold breastplate from the
burial of a pre-Columbian shaman, or medicine man, at Venado Beach,
on the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Bull is one of many Canal employees who has long taken an
intensive scientific interest in the pre-Columbian and colonial history of
the saga-rich Isthmus.
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Turbyfill of Newark, N.J. were guests in the
parental home of Mr. and Mrs. Subert Turbyfill in Diablo, C.Z.
Mrs. Mary Journeay of Ancon, C.Z. visited Dr. and Mrs. Lament
Whittier, Dr. Russel Wright and daughter in Denver, Colo.
Miss Joyce Collinge, who is doing research for NASA in Berkeley,
Calif., spent her vacation at the summer cottage of her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Roger Collinge in Waupaca, Wise.
Mrs. Gordon Wallace (Helen Gherke) of Panama City was called
to New London, Wise. due to the death of her father, Mr. William Gherke,
who had spent many winters in Panama.
Mrs. Lola Cheeseman, Panama City, R. de P. visited members of
her family in Denver, Colo., Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece have bought a cabin in New Hampshire.
During the summer Mr. and Mrs. Philip Thomas (Rowena Reece) and
children were their guests. Mr. and Mrs. David Reece who were mar-
ried June 16, in Terra Haute, Ind., also visited them. David was in a
General Electric Training Program in Schenectady.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Barnard Sr. of Cumberland, R.I. were visitors
in the Worden Cowen home in Illinois. They later visited Mr. and Mrs.
Jack Evans in Greeley, Colo. The Barnards enjoyed a liesurely trip of
sight seeing on the way to visit their daughter (Constance), Mr. and
Mrs. George H. Weber in Argenta, B.C., and their three sons. Coming
back they followed the Trans-Canadian Highway, except for tours to
the Columbia Icefield and Athabasea Glacier in Jasper Park.
Mr. and Mrs. George Thurgood of St. Petersburg visited their
daughter who is in Diplomatic service in Washington, D.C.
Miss Rolando Searcy, daughter of Rev. Paul J. Searcy, Supt. of the
Churches of God in Panama, is attending Lee College in Cleveland,
A very good photograph of the Santa Monica, Calif. chapter of
NARCE appeared in the August issue of Retirement Life in which Mrs.
Ethel M. Boyd (Canal Zoner from Balboa), who is their Chaplain from
the beginning to the present, was shown. Mr. Frank Gershow's name also
appeared on the NARCE field Vice Presidents of Region 3, Pa., N.J. and
A picture of Mrs. Marie Van Clief appeared recently in the Panama
American and the following is an excerpt from the article. Ed.
The United Fund is getting a strong helping hand again this year
from a veteran of 43 years in social service work in the Canal Zone. Mrs.
Marie Van Clief of Balboa.
As a Red Cross volunteer worker since 1919, Mrs. Van Clief has helped
put on shows for the Red Cross to raise funds, sold more than a quarter
of a million dollars worth of War Bonds, won medals for life saving and,
at the same time managed a home, raised children and worked for the
Panama Canal Company from which she is now retired.
Last year, Mrs. Van Clief turned her energies to helping the United
Fund and put in almost 360 hours work assisting in stuffing envelopes,
checking lists and helping with records.
Mrs. Van Clief of Staten Island, New York, went to the Canal Zone
in 1917 with her husband, a tow boat captain. She began Red Cross vol-
unteer work at the start of World War I and has been active ever since.
Two people owe their lives to her quick action and training; she twice
dived fully clothed into Balboa Pool to save drowning swimmers.
The following quotations are excerpts from a Montana newspaper
regarding Mrs. James M. Brennan's art exhibit. Ed.
More than 300 Western Montana friends gathered in Hamilton Elks
Temple for an afternoon and evening showing of oil paintings, mainly
scenes in Panama, by Mrs. James M. (Chatta) Brennan. The warm, rich
coloring in the scenes, portraits and still life subjects, drew appreciation
of her talent and her feeling for the countries "south of the border," where
she spent two years with her scientist husband, who was with the Middle
American Research Unit at Gorgas Hospital, US Public Health Service.
There were 26 pictures in the one-woman show. Mrs. Brennan said
all were done while she made her home in the Canal Zone, where she
studied the way of life and the customs of the Panama people in their
"My teacher there was Muriel DeYoung of Diablo Heights, and she
was wonderful. You couldn't help gaining an appreciation for the color
and the life of Panama when she pointed the way," Mrs. Brennan said as
she spoke of her efforts to capture historic scenes as well as those of
There is a certain magic in Chatta Brennan's painting, a quality that
is associated with her own personality. A native of Mexico, she has re-
tained a love for the tropical countries and their customs, and this as a
definite thread in her work.
Mr. and Mrs. Art Wynne of New Orleans, spent a vacation in St.
Petersburg, Fla. They were entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Z. K. Esler; Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Hunsicker, and Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kelley.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Zeek are happy raising cotton in Lamesa, Texas
and being able to enjoy their seven grandchildren.
Mrs. Margaret Enright has moved to Bordentown, N.J. Her husband,
Major John, is on a remote site for a year in Labrador. Bordentown is
near McGuire, where the Major is commander, and will be coming back
from time to time for conferences.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wells
Wright in St. Petersburg, while house hunting. On the way to St. Peters-
burg, they visited daughter Sara and husband, Mr. Donald C. Ulrich, in
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kelley and Miss Margery Kelley visited Mr. and
Mrs. Samuel Garriel in their new home-near Ft. Myers.
Mrs. Nena McMillan of Panama City, R. de P., was the house guest
of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser in St. Petersburg, while Mr. Tom McMillan,
her husband was on his usual sojourn to Scotland.
Barbara and Tom Carey of the C.Z. spent two months in the home of
Jack and Ann Carey in California.
Mrs. Helen Smith of Fairhope, Ala. went to New Orleans recently to
meet Della Hancock, who had arrived from the C.Z. They were guests of
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Kuhn in St. Petersburg and called on Capt. and Mrs.
B. C. Judd.
Mr. and Mrs. Merril Whitman of Washington, D.C., who were on
their way to the Bridge opening on th C.Z., were guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Wells Wright of St. Petersburg.
Rev. and Mrs. Malcolm L. Foster (Marilyn Ford) and two sons,
Edwin and Lyle of Peekskill, N.Y. were guests in the parental Randal
Ford home in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Ml rs. Al Veit of St. Petersburg had as guests, Mr. and Mrs.
Cecil Banan of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Subert Turbyfill of Diablo, C.Z. visited Mrs. Nell John-
son in Tucson, Ariz. Mrs. Johnson is the widow of the late Dr. Lawrence
Johnson, who was Supt. of schools for several years on the Zone. One of
the streets near the C.Z.J.C. was named Lawerence Johnson Place to honor
the popular Superintendent.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hanners of Margarite, C.Z. were guests of Mrs.
Helen Meyers and Mr. Clifford Meyers in St. Petersburg. While there they
bought a lot beside the Meyers and are having a new home built.
Mary Elizabeth Howard Ames, Seattle, Wash., wrote about the most
interesting trip she and her husband Sandy had in Europe this summer.
A portion of the letter follows. Ed.
"We started our trip by flying to Anchorage, Alaska from Seattle and
flying over the North Pole to Copenhagen, Denmark, Rome to Zurich,
Switzerland, to Paris where my husband was a guest of the French Na-
tional Railways on a tour of inspection (of their rail facilities and Recti-
fier cars in particular) as you know he was a Design Engineer for Westing-
house in Pittsburgh for 12 years before coming to Boeing. While there he
worked exclusively on Rectified Locomotives. In 1951 Westinghouse sold
Engineering information to the French Government and some of Sandy's
patents were among the information. He was delighted to be a guest of the
French Government. The Chief Engineer had us to a most enjoyable lun-
cheon the following day. We then flew to Stockholm and then back home
to Seattle. I am Secretary to the Superintendent of Communications of
the West Coast Airline in Seattle."
Mr. Bob Hull, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Hull of St. Petersburg, left
October 4 for his new assignment in Europe. Bob will be stationed in
Paris but from there he will be working in England, Italy and parts of
Major and Mrs. William Wisenbaker (Margarita Dean) and their two
children recently stopped for a visit with the Kieswetters in St. Petersburg.
They were also accompanied by Mrs. Dean whom many will remember as
a former resident of Balboa.
They were enroute to Texas where the Major will be at the Senior
Army Advisors Office in Midland, Texas.
Mrs. Nora E. Rathgeber, a long time former resident of the Canal
Zone, returned to the Isthmus for a visit with members of her family and
to attend the Thatcher Ferry Bridge Dedication. While on the Zone, Mrs.
Rathgeber visited the families of her sons, Donald Rathgeber of Diablo
Heights, Robert Rathgeber of Balboa, and her daughters, Mrs. Jack Ruoff
of France Field and Mrs. Joseph Hunt of Balboa. Mrs. Rathgeber returned
to her home in Brick Town, New Jersey around November 1.st.
Admiral Farragut Academy, St. Petersburg, Florida, began it 1962-63
session on September 13 with a capacity enrollment of 310 cadets from 37
states and possessions and 20 foreign countries,, with 298 North Americans
and 12 cadets of foreign percentage.
Enrollment from the Republic of Panama is Cadet Charles C. Aber-
nathy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Abernathy of Panama City. This
is Cadet Abernathy's first year at the Academy.
Representation from the Canal Zone of Cadet Petty Officer Gerold R.
Cooper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerold E. Cooper of Gamboa; Cadet Richard
H. Crowell, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Crowell of Balboa and Cadet
Thomas E. Stoakley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer S. Stoakley also of Balboa.
Lillian Halliday Boyd from Ft. Sill, Okla. wrote that her husband,
Lt. Col. Thurman had retired and they had not yet decided where they
Miss Leslie Ann Hodges, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hodges, Jr.,
(Gay Edwards), spent five weeks with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Hodges in Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kelly, Zephyrhills, Florida, visited their daughter
and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Bettonari in Pittsburgh, Pa, and Mr. Kelly's
family in Detroit, Michigan. They were callers in the Fred Hodge home
in Hodgwood Acres, Virginia.
Mrs. Fred Whaler, visited Betty Whaler in St. Petersburg during the
summer. She was met in New Orleans by Mr. and Mrs. (Bobbie) Burnell
Dowler, and they all returned to Margarita, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cunningham of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Mr.
and Mrs. Donald Spencer of the Canal Zone were visitors in the Martin
Nickel home in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Campbell of La Boca, C.Z., vacationed in Del
Ray Beach, Fla. with Ruth's mother, Mrs. Fred Mornhinweg, and with
her aunt, Mrs. Herman H. Burkle. They later were guests of Mr. and Mrs.
James Marshall in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hearon of Staten Island, New York were callers
in the Fred Hodge home in Virginia.
A large picture of 5 "ex-diggers" of the Panama Canal recently
appeared in the Elizabeth, N.J. Journal. A portion of the article'follows.
Thanks to Mr. John J. Fitzpatrick of Brooklyn, N.Y. ED
The construction of the Panama Canal, the first of the 20th Century
engineering miracles, is bright in the memory of a waning number of "ex-
Five of the group held a reunion at the home of C. Jeff King, 83,
of 12 Deering Way. Besides Mr. King, they are Edwin G. Booth, 84, of
Brunswick, Ga.; John C. Kiernan, 81, of 465 Central Ave., Rahway; John
J. Fitzpatrick, 72, of Brooklyn, and John J. Hanson, 77, of 374 E. Lincoln
All five men worked on the canal. Mr. Kiernan arrived in Panama in
1904 when the United States first began operations.
Some of the men had not seen each other in 40 years.
Mrs. Kenneth L. Foster of the Doering Way address, Mr. King's
daughter, was hostess. She was born in Panama.
At the turn of the century, yellow fever, bubonic plague, cholera,
malaria and other diseases were rampant on the Isthmus but when Mr.
Kiernan arrived Col William C. Gorgas and his aides already were affect-
ing sanitary control. Yellow fever, which stymied the French in their oper-
ations, eventually was eradicated but not before Mr. Kiernan fell victim
to it. He was the only member of the reunion group to be stricken with
Mr. Kiernan served in the Canal Zone until 1920 with the exception
of a two-year interval when he was in the Navy. He served first as yard
clerk for the railroad at Panama City. He then transferred to the Canal
Commission and served as a mason foreman, storekeeper at Ancon, time-
keeper at Gatun, handler of contract Spanish laborers at Celebra and
finally as chief of the Bureau of Records at Balboa Heights.
Mr. King was in Panama from 1908 to 1918. He was terminal station
agent for the railroad at Panama City, then a cable engineer for the Canal
Commission. When the locks were completed, he returned to the railroad
as terminal agent at Colon. He was steamship agent when he concluded
Mr. Booth, who later was in the tanker traffic department of the Stand-
ard Oil Company of New Jersey in New York and with the Ethyl Corp.,
was on the Isthmus from 1910 to 1916. He served as steamship ticket
agent for the railroad.
It was as a civilian clerk for the Quartermaster Corps that Mr. Fitz-
patrick served in Panama from 1910 to 1914. The Canal Zone was divided
into districts and the corps' work involved the maintenance upkeep and
policing of the districts.
Mr. Fitzpatrick was transferred by the War Department from Panama
to New York and became executive officer in the traffic division of the
New York Port of Embarkation. He was in government service 43 years.
The need to gather $1,000 to continue his education prompted Mr.
Hanson to go to Panama. He planned on staying for a year but the "atmos-
phere there engulfed him," he said, and he remained for three years as
a mechanical designer.
He later finished courses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
served a year in Army Ordinance and then spent more than 30 years as
a consulting engineer in oil refinery and chemical plant construction.
Miss Ann Williams of Balboa, C.Z., and Mrs. Colin Lawson of Brazos
Heights, C.Z., visited (Patricia Lawson) Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pinto and son
in Philadelphia, Pa. They also visited Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Soper in
Tavares, Fla. and Mr. and Mrs. Hartin Nickles in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mrs. Fred Mornhinweg, and her sister, Mrs. Herman Burkle have
moved to St. Petersburg, Florida to make their home.
Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Edge, formerly of Margarita, C.Z., visited Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Hodges of Virginia. The Hodges returned to St. Petersburg
in November to spend the winter in their mobile home.
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Van Siclan of Gatun spent Thanksgiving in
the parental Capt. and Mrs. Van Siclan home in Maitland, Fla. They ex-
pect -to spend Christmas with their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C. Lloyd and
three children in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
A very excellent picture of members of Elks Lodge 1414 and 1542,
who were dressed in native Panamanian polleras, and montunas, at the
1962 Elks National Convention in Chicago, Ill., appeared in the magazine
"Cross Roads", edited,by Mr. James F. Hickman of Cristobal, C.Z., PGER
Judge James T. Hallinan, and PDDGER Harold J. (Zip) Zierten, Geo.
Folger, Owen Smith, Exalted Ruler Joe Flynn, Geo. Derrer, Caroline
Smith, DDGER Milton M. LaCroix for the C.Z., Edward Muloy, Exalted
Ruler Robert L. Johnson, Agnes Mulroy, Florence Derrer, Helen Flynn,
and Rusty Folger were shown in the hotel-room just before the parade.
Former Panama Canal Review Editor, Eleanor McIlhenny, wrote a
feature story for the September issue of the Review, entitled "Lively Re-
tirees". It was a most comprehensive report on what former Zonians are
doing since retirement. Many of whom have completely different occu-
pations from the ones on the Zone. Some of the names of people included
in the story were: F. H. Irwin, Capt. Harry Bach, gardening; L. W. Lewis,
Zip Zierten, golf; Buck Lockridge, small boating; Allan Ward, teaching;
Dr. Jesse Byrd, health post; Lewis B. Moore, engineering; R. T. Toone,
assessing, collecting; Andrew Whitlock, real estate; Edward Randolf,
engineering, management; Mrs. John Odom, farming; Roger Greene,
Priest; Carter Orr, Travel service; J. Wendell Greene, accountant; Clyde
La Clair, office work.
Mrs. Gertrude Gibson of St. Petersburg, Florida was a guest in the
home of her son and family, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Gibson Jr. and children,
in Syracuse, N.Y. She also visited Mr. and Mrs. James T. Johnson in
Dr. Bob Matheney of Balboa spent his vacation with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Angus Matheney in St. Petersburg. Mrs. Matheney, who was
called to Milwaukee due to her mother's illness, joined him later in St.
Esther and Fred Hodges, after looking over the situation in St. Pete,
bought a 20-foot wide Mobile Home located in the Isle of Palms Trailer
Park, 7400- 46th Avenue North.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge, of St. Petersburg spent Thanksgiving
with their daughter Beth and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Huls in North
Palm Beach, Florida.
Mr. Lee Beil resigned as Sec'y.-Treas. of the Society and Mrs. Lucille
Judd was appointed to fill the position.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Lindsay and Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge of
St. Petersburg called on the W. J. Roses at Eustis. Mr. Lindsay and Mr.
Lockridge called on Shirley Stevens in Tavares, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Shreves of St. Petersburg vacationed in Virginia
Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Hargy of St. Petersburg, sailed on the SS Queen
Mary in October from New York, bound for Europe.
Mr. George McDade celebrated his 84th birthday September 10th.
Mrs. Harriet Kennan of St. Petersburg, sailed aboard the SS Flaudre
from New York to visit her daughter, Capt. Virginia Keenan, USAF, in
Capt. and Mrs. E. G. Abbott, of Diablo, C.Z. sailed to New Orleans,
where they took a train to Freemont, Calif. They visited their son, Capt.
and Mrs. Richard Abbott and two sons, and other relatives and friends
in the Bay area.
Miss Jane Gadde of St. Petersburg spent some time with her sister
in Hazelwood, N.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller have moved to Golita, California, where
Robert is helping his son Malcolm with his new gas station.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Cunningham of Balboa, C.Z. spent their fall va-
cation visiting their son Mr. and Mrs. Dick Cunningham and three child-
ren, in Hampton, Va. Dick is a graduate of Indiana Tech, an electronic
engineer with Sperry-gyroscope. They took their daughter Linda Sue and
son Tom to the U. of Mo. at Columbia, Mo., where Linda is a sophomore
and Tom, a Jr. in Civil Engineering. Son Eddie is in the Marines and sta-
tioned in Japan. Later the Cunninghams were guests in the parental R. B.
Potter home in St. Petersburg. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cunningham of Pom-
pano Beach were also guests.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Dorgan of St. Petersburg, Fla., spent their vaca-
tion with daughter Jaqueline (Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Maketa) and seven
children, in Albequerque, New Mexico. Four of the Maketa boys com-
peted in the Soap Box Derby in Alberquerque against each other. Jim
won over Mike, who won over Richard (twins). Tony 12, defeated his
oldest brother Jim 15, in the finals, for the local win, for which he re-
ceived a $500 bond, many trophies and was sent to Akron, Ohio for the
big soap box race. The Dorgans and Maketas went there and were engaged
in many elaborate festivities. 192 boys raced. Tony won his first race
easily and at the end of his first heat there were about 60 boys left, Tony
among them. In the second heat, in which Tony won, 40 more were
eliminated, leaving about 20 boys. In the 3rd heat Tony was ahead all
the way until right at the bottom when the boy from Hawaii caught up
and won the race by about a foot.
Mr. Maketa represented the state of New Mexico on the Rifle Team
of the National Rifle Matches in Camp Perry, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Dorgan,
Mrs. Maketa and children visited Mr. and Mrs. Wm. March (Thelma
Vahey) in N.J. and many places of interest in Philadelphia. Pa.
Mr. W. R. McCann of Hopewell, Va., sent in the following article from
the Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, N.J.
Mr. Critchlow's father, Mr. Howard T. Critchlow, is a member of the
Florida Panama Canal Society. Excerpts follow. Ed.
George Critchlow, 41, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard T. Critchlow of
577 Rutherford Avenue, Trenton, N.J., is at work in the Bell Labs in Hill-
side, busy planning and testing Telstar Number Two, due for a future
Critchlow, who is both an electrical and mechanical engineer, doesn't
do the whole job, but is responsible for directing the "solid state circuits"
facet of the Telstar program.
Curoiusly, the 32-inch spere looks rather simple, something that
could be put together from a small model "ham" radio set and maybe
half a dozen children's erector sets, with a lot of pink glass foam poured
into the mixture to make it almost as solid as a medicine ball.
Bell found it a bit more complicated to build than that, and spent $50
million developing the first one alone, dropping another $4 million to the
U. S. government to pay for the Thor-Delta rocket which pitched the little
tele-thing out into the great unknown.
Critchlow's responsibility with the Telstar has been to design and
construct what could be called its system of blood veins and the actual
lines of nerves which make the electronic connections between its various
parts, but it also includes many of the parts, and that's as far as the an-
alogies can go.
Critchlow's own energetic interest in things as complex and dramatic
as the Telstar can probably be explained with his family tree.
His grandfather, a one-time physics professor at Cornell University,
Critchlow's own alma mater, developed, built and installed the first work-
ing dynamo in the Western Hemisphere. He and another professor set it
up with water power, and used it to light parts of the Cornell campus with
arc lamps. That was some time ago.
His father, a retired civil engineer, also a Cornell graduate, won his
laurels with work on the construction of the Panama Canal.
The following is an excerpt from an article appearing in the East San
lose Sun, San Jose, California. Ed.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kaufer have been residents of East Valley for
18 months but have spent most of their lives along-side the "big ditch",
the Panama Canal. When Mrs. Kaufer as a little girl she watched the con-
struction of the Canal and was personally acquainted with Gen. Geo. W.
Goethals. The Kaufers met in the C.Z. in 1922 and were married. Mr.
Kaufer retired in 1959 and is now office manager for San Jose Refinish-
ing Co. in Santa Clara. The Kaufers have three children, Mr. and Mrs.
Jim Cockrane and 6 children; Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Leach and 2 children,
of California. Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Kaufer live in Margarita, C.Z.
Mr. Kaufer belongs to the Santa Clara Camera Club and travels exten-
sively with them. Mrs. Kaufer is active in election boards, juries and
Mr. Paul Warner of Bradenton, Florida, spent three weeks visiting
relatives in Ohio.
Mrs. Eva Cole of St. Petersburg, was a guest in the home of her son,
Mr. and Mrs. John Cole,in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Cole is attending Ohio
State and will teach Biology and Zoology. She visited her sister, Mrs. Kan-
ners in Huntingwoods, Mich., and her son Paul, Mr. and Mrs., Paul Cole
and daughter Christine, in Sairborn, Ohio, where Mr. Cole is employed
as a civilian for Wright Patterson Airfield. Later, Mrs. Cole and Mr.
and Mrs. John Cole drove to Maine to see Charles Cole, whom she had
not seen for 5 years as he has been stationed in England in the Air Force.
Charles' fiancee, Miss Jacqueline Daud, from Cheltenham, England, ar-
rived for a visit and was staying with Mrs. John Cole's people in Mass.
Mrs. Wallace Dunham of Bradenton, Florida, is recuperating after
having had cataracts removed.
Mr. Walter Mikulich, newly appointed Special Service Officer of the
Canal organization, attended a Regional Recreation Conference in Phila-
delphia, Pa. in the Fall.
Eugene C. Lombard, who retired in 1956 as Executive Secretary of the
Canal Zone, arrived in Panama from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, for a 24-hour
stQp-over on his way to Caracas, Venezuela.
Lombard is at present director of the Honduras mission of the Cath-
olic Relief Services of the National Catholic Welfare Conference. He is
on a special mission for the Catholic Relief Services in the Venezuela capi-
tal which will take about four weeks.
One of the most popular officials in the history of the Canal enter-
prise, Lombard had a distinguished career with the Canal organization
culminating with his appointment as Executive Secretary. He was decor-
ated by the Government of Panama upon his retirement from the Canal.
He stayed at the Hotel El Panama.
Dr. Paul Renz recently obtained his Ph. D. in Education from the
University of Illinois with a major in the special child, and a minor in
psychology. He is now on the faculty of the University of Maryland,
residing in Hyattville, Md., with his wife and three children. He is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Renz of Fairhope, Alabama, formerly of
Mrs. Sander (Maude) Anderson spent ten days with her sister and
brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Sylvestre of St. Petersburg, during
the month of August. Mrs. Anderson resides in Lakewood, New Jersey
and was a visitor to the Canal Zone during the years 1941 and 1942.
Dr. Russell Wright and daughter Margery of Denver, and Longmont,
Colorado, were visitors on the Zone.
The 1962-63 debate season was officially initiated at Colgate Univer-
sity, during the recent two-day meeting of the New York State Debate
Association. More than 170 debaters and advisors from 27 New York
colleges and universities participated in the various activities of this an-
Ellen Anne Rennie of Balboa, C.Z., now residing in Flushing, N.Y.,
represented Cortland State Teachers College.
The students heard three experts discuss the national inter-collegiate
debate topic for this year resolved: that non-communist nations of the
world should establish an economic community.
Ellen Rennie is studying English Education at Cortland Uuiversity.
She graduated from the CZ Junior College last June.
Dr. Samuel S. Irwin, former Panama Canal Quarantine Officer, is
visiting his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, of Balboa, and his son, Sam-
uel Irwin, Jr. of Coco Solo.
Dr. Irwin remained on the Isthmus for about two weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lee Nash held open house at their Gatun resi-
dence to honor their houseguests, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Harris of Knox-
ville, Tennessee. The Harris' spent a month on the Isthmus.
An article recently appeared in a California paper about "Mac" McGinnis,
who, after retiring, built all the mahogany benches and fine cabinet work
in the old Albrook Air Port. Excerpts follow. Ed.
Hugh McGinnis isn't used to special treatment.
Now retired and 82 years of age, he put in 37 rough years first help-
ing to build and then operate the Panama Canal.
But now he is on the receiving end of VIP treatment at Northridge
Hospital where he checked in for surgery to become the 50,000th patient
in the hospital's seven years of existence.
McGinnis, of 4391 Leeds St., Simi, is more interested in recovering
from surgery than taking bows. And he still gets a kick out of discussing
the old days in Panama.
"I went down to Panama in 1906 when the big cut was being built,"
he recalled. "I didn't do the digging, instead I constructed houses for the
"Sure it was rough. There was blackwater fever, yellow fever and
malaria," he recalled. "But they got all that cleaned up. It's a health
When there was no more need for housing, McGinnis got a job oper-
ating a 'mule', a mechanical apparatus used to tow ships through the locks.
"The biggest excitement came when the winds would catch a big ship
and slam her up the sides of the locks," he said. "Aircraft carriers were
the problem. They would swing over and knock down 36-foot lamp poles.
In 1933, McGinnis took over a position in charge of maintenance of
the canal's Pacific Lock. He kept the job until his retirement 10 years later.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kleasner, who have been visiting in Missouri
and with Mrs. Edna Whitver in Orlando, are guests in the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Walter Lindsay in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Kleaner retired
in September from the Canal Zone.
"Mrs. M. B. Huff of St. Petersburg, Fla. brought in a portion of the Pan-
ama Times for Dec. 26, 1926. 'How the old timers spent Xmas day, 1904',
written by Ellen Louise Landers.
"The Panama Times presents below a symposium of reminiscences,
both serious and frivolous, telling how those who were here in 1904 spent
Christmas Day when the Canal was "young" and 10 years from com-
pletion." Excerpts follow. Ed.
Mr. C. A. McIlvaine, Ex. Sec. Panama Canal "On Christmas day
1904, I was bidding farewell to my home folks in Creston, Ohio. I was
sailing the following day for Panama. That was the last snow I saw for
20 years until 1924."
Mr. R. W. Glaw, Pres. of the Incas Chief paymaster of the Panama
Canal -"On Christmas eve, 1904 we employees of the Canal held a dinner
at Washington Hotel which was then run by Angelini and located on the
corner across from the Panama Railroad Station in Panama City. Of
those who attended that jolly party, only Mr. Ruggles and myself are liv-
ing today. G. V. Barril was the only one in the party that wore a dress
suit: in fact the only man who owned one. I passed a paper napkin
around and got the men's signatures: Geo. Ruggles, G. V. Barrill, Norby
Moser, Cablrio and R. W. Glaw."
Dr. A. B. Herrick, Panama City "Spent Christmas 1904 in the
States. I can't recall much about it it seems so long ago."
Mr. Frank E. Moore, Acct. Dept., Balboa "Spent Christmas 1904
with my wife and children, then living in Panama. Visited various churches
about the city. We had a bounteous dinner with relatives here. It was my
first introduction to Spanish Tamales and we drank cold chica. I had
arrived but two months previous."
Mr. Jack Meehan, Refrigerating Plant, Balboa "I was at Culebra
on Christmas 1904, doing steam-shovel work and living on tin can and
bottle stuff except potatoes. We had no ice and got our supplies once a
month. All the employees who came down on the boat with me have been
deported save one. He went back of his own accord and wond up at
Mr. Charles D. Hummer, Wreck Master and Rigger Foreman, Mech-
anics Div., Balboa "My 1904 Christmas was spent at Culebra. I was
foreman there in the Excavation Dept. and was in charge of the French
excavators. Had Christmas turkey dinner at the Culebra Isthmian Canal
Commission Hotel. There were few American women there at that time.
We had a dance in the evening in the hotel dining room which was decor-
ated with flags from a ship in the harbor."
Mr. C. L. Bleakley, Elec. Div., Balboa Hts. "I spent Christmas
day, 1904 with Mrs. Bleakley and my son, Andrew and daughter Alice,
in Matachin, halfway between Gorgona and Bas Obispo, the most import-
ant station of the P.R.R. at that time. We arrived at Matachin, December
6th and stayed with my sister whose husband, LaMonte Northrop, brother
of Charlie Northrop, who was station agent and telegraph operator there.
On Christmas eve we watched a native tamborita dance on the opposite
side of the track. We tried to imitate the dancers but something was lack-
ing. We gathered a whole stem of coconut palms and tied the leaves to-
gether to form a Christmas tree; visited the Chinese shops and gathered
all the glittering stuff we could find fancy bottles, vases, colored paper,
rags, etc., decorated the tree and lighted it with candles. We held our cele-
bration in the Freight house, where there was plenty of room. We had a
real New England turkey baked in a Chinese Bread shop. At that time
the Northrops and we were the only Americans at Matachin.
Miss Anna Turner, Nurse, Ancon Hospital "My Christmas 1904
was spent in the "Old Foley" in Balboa with a quarantined case of con-
fluent smallpox. The patient and her husband were Italian opera singers
and had been taken off a ship from the West Coast of South America.
There was a big party at the Nurse's home and everyone was invited ex-
cept me as I was not considered a desirable guest."
Mrs. Eleanor Smith Albin, Gatun, C.Z. "Spent Christmas day 1904
on duty as a nurse at Ancon Hospital with all the American natives
of Ancon Hospital grounds or in from the bush. That Christmas eve is
one of my most happy remembrances. Yellow fever had not yet removed
any of the Americans that came down when we nurses did. We made it a
"home" Christmas, with everyone giving and doing what he could. There
was a cocoanut Xmas tree and presents for everyone. Major LeGarde was
Mrs. Mae Davies of St. Petersburg was a guest in the homes of her
sisters, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bridge in High Crest Lake, N.J., and Mr. and
Mrs. Cameron Dooley of Compton Lake. Mrs. Dooley accompanied Mae
home and spent two weeks with her. Another sister, Mrs. Jane Turner
of Kenmore, N.Y. has arrived to make her home with Mae.
Mrs. Charles Persons is spending several months in Panama City,
R. de P.
Isabel O'Donovan-Rosa of New York City, and Mary Nagle visited
in the home of Dot Bell Cooper in Red Bank, N.J.
Mr. Carl Starke of Margarita, C.Z. was called to Ft. Lee, Va. to be
with his sister Sgt. Emma Jean Pierson, who had serious surgery. He
stopped for a visit in St. Petersburg, with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. P. Conker-
ton and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Regan.
PLAN TO ATTEND THE REUNION JANUARY 15th AND 16th -
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
We have had a most pleasant summer, it was hot, but that did not
keep folks from traveling. We had many from various States and from
the Canal Zone, and we are always so happy to visit with them all. We
are delighted to report that many who have visited with us have bought
homes here and others are coming here upon their retirement.
I am sorry to relate that many have not paid their 1962 dues, and
among these delinquents are some who have been members for many years.
Notices have been sent and still no reply. It makes us feel very sad to lose
members in this manner. Man. have joined for a period of one year and
not renewed most of these were given memberships for the year, and
of course the door is really not expected to continue to pay for that mem-
bership. We have lost 74 through death and it puts a lump in ones throat
when we think of our friends leaving us.
As is the custom, many members are giving memberships to friends
as Christmas gifts. These will be mailed out early in December. If you
have someone whom you would like to make a member, or renew a former
membership gift, please let us know. We will get it to them promptly,
although a new membership will not be listed in the 1963 Year Book, it
will be noted in the back of the March Record.
As of today dues have been paid as follows: 1962 1,963; 1963 -
170; 1964 19; 1965 3.
The following list shows the number who have yet to pay their 1962
Argentina 1, Canal Zone 10, Arkansas 2, California 8, Colorado 1,
Florida 16, Georgia 1, Indiana 1, Iowa 2, Louisiana 1, Maryland 1, Michi-
gan 1, New Jersey 2, New York 3, North Carolina 1, Ohio 2, Pennsyl-
vania 4, South Carolina 1, Texas 7, Virginia 5, Washington (State) 1.
We hope that you will have had a nice Thanksgiving by the time you
receive this Record, and the Year Book will follow closely, and that you
will receive them before you start for the Reunion which takes place Jan-
uary 15 and 16, 1963 at the Soreno Hotel as usual. These dates fall on
TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY. Rates are the same at the Hotel $8.00
for a single room and $12.00 for a double, both with private bath. Don't
forget the 3% tax. If you mail in your reservations please be sure to in-
clude the 3% tax rooms only. Your cost of the $2.75 for the luncheon
includes tax and gratuity. THE SOCIETY RECEIVES NO PART OF
THE ABOVE CHARGES.
Our regular Christmas party takes place at the Tourist Center on
December 10th. Please try and be present. At this meeting donations are
accepted for the American Legion Crippled Childrens Hospital. If you
cannot be present and wish to do your share, please send me a check and
I will be delighted to pass it on to the Hospital. Thank you very much for
For the benefit of new members who have joined recently, I would
like to show you just how your $3.00 in dues is distributed.
4 Records at 50 cents each .--__-----... $2.00
1 Year Book ------------......-----------.. .50
Stamps used during the year ----- .08
Mailing Records and Year Book----- .25
What you receive ..--__----.. $2.83
Our working share per member _---_. .17
TOTAL ._--__-..-----__ $3.00
Everything is going up and while we do have some money in the
savings account at the bank, much of it is for obligations, such as advanced
dues, etc. Too, this sum has been accumulated over many years, in fact
The Blood Bank (for Florida members only) is doing well. At the
present time we have 94 pints of blood to our credit and money in the fund
to take care of any eventuality. Dues are $2.00 annually for members and
at the February 1962 meeting which stated that $1.00 would be charged
for members unemployed children under eight years of age and depend-
ents of their parents.
At the October meeting which was held at Lake Maggiore, the nomin-
ating committee submitted their report as follows:
President .- ---.W. Dewey Goodwin
Vice-President _------ Harlan V. Howard, Sr.
Secretary-Treasurer --_-- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary -__- Mrs. Lyla M. Esler
Record Editor ---_---- Mrs. Betty Lockridge
Please advise the Secretary-Treasurer when you are ill at home or go
to the hospital, also in case of change of address.
See you at the Reunion, January 15 and 16. Please remember that
the $8.00 and $12.00 rates are SPECIAL for members of the Panama
Canal Society who make room reservations, so if you make your own reser-
vations PLEASE inform the desk clerk at the time so no discussion is
necessary. It has been embarrassing for others who pay $12.00 and $16.00
for the same type rooms, and for the clerk who must explain. Reserva-
tions can always be made thru the Secretary.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL
FROM ALL OF US.
Lucille S. Judd, Secretary-Treasurer
PLAN TO ATTEND THE REUNION JANUARY 15th AND 16th -
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
Lake Maggiore, St. Petersburg, Fla., August 13, 1962
The largest crowd of the summer attended this picnic meeting held
at Lake Maggiore on August 13th; over 100 members and guests were
present. The social time was concluded at 2:05 when the meeting was
called to order by Past President Charles Calvit, acting for President
Goodwin who was on vacation. Vice-President Howard was also on vaca-
tion and absent from the meeting. Regular officers present were:
Secretary-Treasurer. ------._ Mr. Leo Beil
Secretary-Treasurer __..- ---------_ Mr. Leo Beil
Corresponding Secretary ---.----- Mrs. Lyla Esler
Record Editor ---- --_-Mrs. Betty Lockridge
Mrs. Esler introduced the following visiting members and guests:
Mrs. Leta Robinson and daughter Vaudie from Margarita,
visiting Mrs. F. B. Deakins.
Walter Benny, Jr., visiting the Senior Bennys.
Mrs. Marilyn Ford Foster, visiting Wilma and Randall Ford.
Mrs. Laura Snedeker, West Palm Beach.
Spikey AMcNail from the C.Z. visiting Dorthea and Glen McNail.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry May, Sr., who are temporarily in Tampa.
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Terry, 1st timers.
The last report of the Corresponding Secretary for the meeting of
April 9th, was read. There being no omissions or corrections noted, the
minutes were accepted as read.
Mr. Beil stated that 1,798 old members had paid their dues for 1962,
that 127 new members had joined the Society, making a total of 1,925
membership cards presently in force.
A letter written by President Goodwin to Mr. Paul M. Runnestrand,
executive Secretary of the Canal Zone, regarding Panama Line rates for
retired employees wishing to attend the opening ceremony for the new
bridge was read by Mr. Beil. He then stated that no reply had been re-
ceived to date from Mr. Runnestrand though he had also written a follow-
up letter himself.
Numerous letters from out of State members were read by Mr. Beil
that were very much enjoyed by the listening members. In the absence
of Mr. Howard, Mr. Beil read his report of the cards mailed and the
Thank You notes received. Mr. Esler suggested that the Society subscribe
to the Congressional Record to aid the Legislative Representative in his
work. It was agreed to place an order for the subscription.
Mr. Beil read a list of illnesses and deaths reported to him which
will be shown in the Record under "Sick List" and "Deaths". He went on
to say that we had lost 43 members through death during the entire year
of 1961 and that 57 had been recorded for the first seven months of 1962.
Mr. Walter Hersh told of a book written by the Courtneys entitled
"America's Unelected Rulers" which he considered should be read by all
present. He had several copies with him for sale.
SOCIETY PICNIC AT LAKE MAGGIORE SEPT. 10, 1962
Approximately 70 members and guests attended the September picnic
of the Society at Lake Maggiore.
President Goodwin announced that due to the resignation of Mr. Lee
R. Beil as Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Lucille Judd would fill the office
until the election of officers at the Reunion meeting in January 1963.
Lucille sitting at a picnic table collecting dues and issuing new member-
ships was a familiar sight.
The following visitors were introduced:
Mrs. Bertha Whaler-now living on the Canal Zone, back for a visit.
Mrs. Rilla Slemp of Dayton, Ohio, visiting Bessie Foster.
Capt. and Mrs. L. Kat-visiting here from Balboa, C.Z.
Mrs. Margaret Martin and son Giles from Margarita, visiting her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Bradley.
Mrs. Dave Murray came with her daughter Peggy Falk.
Mrs. Jas. B. Grady, Sr., visiting her son Bill and wife Elizabeth in Lake-
Mr. Frank Hohman attended after a long absence due to illness.
MEETING AT LAKE MAGGIORE, OCTOBER 8, 1962
A good crowd attended the last picnic of the season, held at Lake
Maggoire. A social time was enjoyed until the meeting was called to order
at 2:05 by President Goodwin. All the officers were present.
President ------ Wm. Dewey Goodwin
Vice-President ....---------..- Harland Howard
Secretary-Treasurer ------ Mr. Leo Beil
Record Editor -- Mrs. Betty Lockridge
The visitors stood to acknowledge their introductions made by Mrs.
Lyla Esler as follows:
Mrs. Anna Hobson-who left for a visit on the C.Z. after the meeting.
Mr. Adrian Webb-visiting here from the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Margaret Bradley Martin-here from the C.Z. visiting her parents.
Mr. Louis Bradley ,from New York-also visiting his parents.
Mr. Earl Melrose-over from Tampa.
President Goodwin asked for the report of the Nominating Committee.
Mr. A. E. Beck, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, stated that the
Committee had met on September 17th and then read the following slate
of officers, which he stated had been unanimously selected by the Com-
mittee to be offered for election at our next Reunion:
FOR: President --------Mr. Wm. Dewey Goodwin
Vice-President ---.- Mr. Harland V. Howard, Sr.
Secretary-Treasurer --------. Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary ---- Mrs. Lyla M. Esler
Record Editor --- Mrs. Betty Lockridge
In the absence of Mr. G. C. Lockridge, Legislative Representative,
President Goodwin read his report, which stated that the Congress had
approved the pay raise bill but that the President had yet to sign it before
it becomes a public law however, President Kennedy's approval of the
bill is considered certain. He also stated that if the Congressional action is
favorable covering the appropriation to pay for the cost of the liberali-
zation features, the retirement annuities will be automatically adjusted in
the future whenever living costs go up by 3% or more. With the pay raise
bill, retired government workers would get a 5% raise in annuities start-
ing next January 1, 1963.
Lucille Judd then read many letters received from members all over
the United States and the Canal Zone, in her own inimitable fashion which
was very much enjoyed by those present. Birthdays for the month were
announced including that of Betty Lockridge. Birth-illnesses-Deaths
announced by Mrs. Judd will appear in the next issue of the Record. Many
Thank-You notes were received and read. Note was made of the Sympathy
cards and Get-Well cards sent to members. A formal invitation to the
Panama Canal Society members to attend the "Bridge Opening Ceremony"
was also read.
There was nothing forthcoming from the members under "New
Business" or "For the Good of the Society" when brought up by President
Mr. Albert McKeown made th motion at 2:40 p.m. to adjourn which
was seconded by Mr. Harland Howard and so carried.
Respectfully submitted by
Lyla M. Esler, Corresponding-Sec'y.
PLAN TO ATTEND THE REUNION JANUARY 15th AND 16th -
Captain Robert L. Simpson, USAF, was killed in South Viet Nam on
August 28 while on a flying mission. He flew twenty-eight missions during
the thirty-two days he was on duty there. He was born in Paris, France,
June 27, 1927. Capt. Simpson was a Marine at the end of World' War II;
flew in Korea in 1951; attended the U. of Pennsylvania; graduated from
U. of Omaha, Nebraska. He is survived by his wife, Peggy (Sylvestre)
Simpson and their four children, Chris, Debbie, Sandy and David; by his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Lewis Simpson of Panama City, R. de P.; and
by his brother, William Simpson, of Coral Gables, Florida. Mrs. Simpson
resides at 5 Magnolia Drive, Mary Esther, Florida.
Elmer Harrison, an employee of the Locks Division, died at Coco
A resident of the Isthmus for the past 16 years, Harrison was em-
ployed at Gatun Locks and lived in Margarita. He was a member of Lodge
1542, B. P. O. E., Cristobal. His death followed a long illness.
Surviving him are his widow, Margarita, and two stepchildren, Homer
and Margaret of Margarita; a son, William of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his mother,
Mrs. A. H. Cameron of Miami, Florida.
John W. Hearn, former Panama Canal construction day employee and
well known resident of Balboa, died October 3 in Meridian, Mississippi.
He was 81 years old.
A native of Mississippi, Mr. Hearn went to the Canal Zone in 1910 and
was employed by the Isthmian Canal Commission on the Atlantic side.
He was later employed in the former Quartermaster Division of the Pan-
ama Canal and for many years was Custodian of the Balboa Heights
He left the Canal service in 1931 and returned to the United States
in 1935 where he and Mrs. Hearn have been living ever since. They made
their home in Meridian together with their daughters Mrs. Netta Beu-
champ and Miss Lucille Hearn.
Also surviving him are two other daughters, Mrs. Mary Moore of
Arlington, Virginia, Mrs. Elizabeth Folger, of San Diego, California; two
sons, Captain Ray L. Hearn, Cristobal pilot and Capt. Jack Hearn, a for-
mer Panama Canal pilot who is retired and living in Carlsbad, California,
and six great-grandchildren.
News has been received of the recent death of Mrs. Marian Bell Fair-
child of Miami, widow of David Fairchild, noted botanist, and mother of
Dr. Graham Bell Fairchild, entomologist on the staff of Gorgas Memorial
Laboratory in Panama.
Mrs. Fairchild, who had visited the Isthmus on a number of occasions
and who had a number of friends in Panama and the Canal Zone, died
September 24 at her summer home in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. She was 82
The daughter of Alexander Graham Bell, Mrs. Fairchild was born
four years after her father received his basic patent on the telephone. She
attended school in the United States and in Europe and married David
Fairchild in 1905.
After her husband's death she continued to live at Coconut Grove
near Miami where her husband had established and tended his famous
gardens for growing and experimenting with exotic plants.
Surviving her are a son and daughter-in-law who live in Las Cumbres
in Panama; two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Lathrop Muller and Mrs. Nancy
Bates, a sister, Mrs. Elsie May Grosvenor, wife of Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor,
chairman of the National Geographic Society, and nine grandchildren.
Fred DeV. Sill, dean of Panama Canal old timers on the Isthmus,
died suddenly September 22 while attending a party with Mrs. Sill at the
Quarry Heights Officers Club.
Mr. Sill, who was 77 years old, was pronounced dead at 8 o'clock at
the scene by Col. R. J. Karnish, Chief surgeon at Gorgas Hospital. Death
was attributed to a heart attack.
Frederick DeVeber Sill-that was his full name-was himself a part
of the lore of the Panama Canal which he knew so well and which he
enjoyed to pass on to friends and visitors. A rotund man, whose bushy
eyebrows never failed to attract attention, Fred Sill seemed always to be
in good humor.
He had accumulated his vast knowledge of the lore and history of the
Big Ditch during 55 years of residence on the Isthmus which began in
By the time he retired in 1947, he held the position of Director of
Born May 30, 1885, Mr. Sill held a degree in civil engineering from
Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute in New York State.
He served with the Canal 39 years and 11 months later and after his
retirement was called back to duty for 7 months.
Mr. Sill served his country with distinction during World War I. Few
persons knew that his tie ornament was the Distinguished Service Cross
for valiant service beyond the call of duty.
Since his retirement, Mr. Sill had put his tremendous store of know-
ledge about the Canal and its works to good use as commentator and lec-
turer aboard passenger ships transiting the waterway. He was also em-
ployed as a process agent for several US and Panamanian firms.
In addition to his widow, Mrs. Ruth Sill, a well known school teacher,
Mr. Sill is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Mary Peck of Princeton, New
Jersey and a son Frederick P. Sill of Mexico City and two grand child-
ren. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Sherman E. Murphy and
Miss Mary Sill of Albany, New York.
Canal Zone Gov. Robert J. Fleming, Jr., ordered the U.S. flags in the
Zone to fly at half-mast from noon September 23, through the remainder
of the day in tribute to Fred De V. Sill, whose long and distinguished
service record in the Canal Zone and to his country ended with his death.
(Mr. Sill was a member of the Society of the Chagres-and his name
is listed in the 1913 year book. Ed.)
Mrs. Arthur J. Barker, 72, a resident of Silver Spring, Md., died sud-
denly in her home on July 5th, 1962. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Mrs.
Barker had lived in the Washington area for 23 years. The former Lula
Hakes, she was the wife of a retired official of the Panama Canal, where
they lived for 27 years.
Besides her husband she leaves a daughter, Mrs. Joan Comstock of
12406 Downer Drive, Silver Spring, and two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Edwards
of Syracuse, Mrs. Ethel Campbell of Ithaca, N.Y., and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Elizabeth Bleakley, wife of Edmond Bleakley, former employee
of the, Dredging Division, died suddenly in Hialeah, Florida, August 20.
She was 49 years old.
A long-time resident of the Canal Zone, Mrs. Bleakley was the former
Elizabeth Hersch of Balboa.
Mr. Bleakley retired from the Dredging Division three years ago
and he and his family have been living in Hialeah at 6120 Gratigny Drive.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bleakley is survived by two daugh-
ters. Mrs. Eileen Swisher of Colorado and Esther and a son Edmond Jr.,
who live in Hialeah.
Wilfred Morris, former employee of the Contract and Inspection
Division, died at Gorgas Hospital August 30 following a long illness. He
was 66 years old.
A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Mr. Morris went to the Canal Zone
in 1939 as a foreman carpenter.
He was promoted to construction inspector with the Contract and
Inspection Division in 1952, which position he held at the time of his re-
tirement in 1956.
He is survived by his wife Margaret Morris who is employed by the
Canal Zone Division of Schools; two sons Robert and Charles and a daugh-
ter Margaret who live in Balboa, and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Maria Serra Days,American, 82, a resident on the Isthmus since
1908, was found dead in a chair on the porch outside her room at the
Tivoli Guest House.
It is thought that the elderly woman died of a heart attack at about
9:30 p.m. August 6th.
Mrs. Days was born in Baraca, Cuba and was the wife of the late
Joseph M. Days, a former employee of the Navigation Division of the
Panama Canal. Mr. Days died in December 1961.
Mrs. Days is survived by one son Albert J. Days, an employee of the
15th Naval District, a daughter, Mrs. Frances Jones of Balboa and 6
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Asa C. Bullock, Sr., who died
on Aug. 3 in San Francisco, Calif., were held Aug. 23 at Mount Hope
Mrs. Bullock was the widow of Asa C. Bullock, who had been em-
ployed by the Panama Canal Electrical Division from 1920 until his death
in 1951. Mr. Bullock also is interred in Mount Hope Cemetery.
In her immediate family, Mrs. Bullock is survived by one son, Asa C.,
of San Francisco, Calif., who grew up and went to school in the Canal
Zone. His wife was the former Elsie Darley. They have one child, Cynthia
Bullock, also of San Francisco, California.
Benjamin Bullen King, 91, of 169 Edson Street, Buffalo, New York,
a Roosevelt medal holder for Canal Zone construction days service and
a retired Panama Canal employee, died September 22nd in Fort Erie,
Although Mr. King retired from the Cristobal Coaling Plant in 1933,
hf, was actively employed at various Buffalo business places until the age
of 84 when he began devoting his time to his hobbies stamp collecting
Husband of the late Elizabeth Blair King,, Mr. King is survived by
a son, Benjamin B. of North Tonawanda, New York, a daughter, Mrs.
Earl J. Pellette (Belle) of New Haven, Connecticut, and a daughter,
Miss Thelma King of Buffalo. Also 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grand-
Wayne J. Bennett, who was elected Esteemed Lecturing Knight of
Denver Elks Lodge No. 17 last spring, passed away on August 25th.
He was born in Shelby, Michigan, July 24, 1904, attended schools
there, and was graduated from Michigan State University.
In 1939, as a structural engineer, he went to the Panama Canal Zone
and worked for the government for nine years.
He and the former Miss Katherine McDonald were married in Gray-
ling, Mich. They moved to Denver in 1948 where Mr. Bennett was asso-
ciated with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Mr. Bennett was a member of Methodist Church, Denver Elks Lodge
17, Darien Masonic Lodge at Balboa, Canal Zone and the Panama Canal
Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Marylyn Foster of St. Louis, Mo.
Mrs Katherine B. Bennett, 57, died at Presbyterian Hospital after a
long illness, on October 2.
She was an employee of the U.S. Air Force Accounting and Finance
Center prior to her retirement last November. She also was a member of
Orchid Chapter No. 1, Order of Eastern Star, Balboa, C.Z.
She was born April 30, 1905, at Pinconning, Mich., and educated in
Marine City, Mich., schools. She was married to Wayne J. Bennett in
Grayling, Mich., and the couple went to Denver in 1948.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Frances Marilyn Foster, Rock
Island, Ill.; her mother, Mrs. Florence MacDonald, Toledo, Ohio; two
brothers, Donald MacDonald, Marine City, Mich., and Kenneth Mac-
Donald, Toledo, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Clare Dudd, St. Petersburg, Fla.,
and Mrs. Florence Winfield, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Mrs. Stephanie Louise O'Connor, wife of Robert P. O'Connor, who
retired in 1955 from Panama Canal service, died on Sept. 27 in Braden-
ton, Fla., after a long illness.
Mrs. O'Connor was born in New York City 67 years ago and since
her husband's retirement resided in Bradenton.
O'Connor, who has returned to the Canal Zone, was a dock foreman
and assistant harbor-master in the Panama Canal Navigation Division.
His father was the first Superintendent of Canal Zone Schools.
In her immediate family, besides her husband, Mrs. O'Connor is sur-
vived by her mother, Mrs. Louise Goodhue of Bradenton, Fla.; one daugh-
ter, Mrs. Duayne McNeil of Balboa;one granddaughter, Mrs. William J.
LeBlanc, Sunnymead, Calif.; and a sister, Mrs. N. A. Congdon of Braden-
Another sister, Mrs. Tillie Malloy Baldwyn, who managed the Aspin-
wall Hotel at Taboga Island, died in January 1950.
Mr. John Holbert Vandervort, 75, died Sept. 24th of a heart attack in
Jacksonville, Fla. He was born in Amity, N.Y. and moved to Jacksonville
in 1901. On August 4th, 1914 Mr. Vandervort was employed by the U.S.
Govt. Panama Canal to work as an electrical engineer, which post he held
until Dec. 31, 1936. He was responsible for the layout of the anti-aircraft
guns' electrical system during World War I. In 1937 he returned to Jack-
sonville, worked as an electrician until World War II when he became an
instructor for electricians at local shipyards and other military installa-
tions. Later he opened the Van Electrical Co. Surviving are a daughter
Virginia V. Sheppard; a granddaughter, Miss Martha Sheppard; two
sisters, Mrs. O. E. Hartley and Mrs. L. E. Stone; and several neices and
nephews, all of Jacksonville.
Mr. Ralph Herbert Pearson died May 8, 1962 at Olympia, Washing-
ton. He was born July 20th, 1900 and was a retired Municipal Engineer-
ing employee. No other details were available.
Leo P. Hebert, Sr., an employee of the old Mechanical Division of
the Panama Canal, was a Canal Employee from Nov. 28, 1940 to May
17, 1946, died September 27, 1962. He was born in 1898.
After retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Hebert resided in Miami, Florida.
In his immediate family he is survived by Mrs. Hebert and a son.
Herman H. Burkle, who had been employed in the Industrial Division
of the Panama Marine Bureau, retired from Canal service on March 31,
1954, died September 27, 1962. Since retirement he and his wife resided
at Delray Beach, Fla. His wife and son survive him.
He was born in 1892 and had been an employee of the Panama Canal
from September 9, 1930 to 1954.
Mrs. Harriet L. Stevens of Gatun died September 27 at Coco Solo
Hospital following a prolonged illness. Mrs. Stevens was the wife of
Lloyd E. Stevens, an employee of the Panama Canal Electrical Division.
She was born in North Dakota on Jan. 6, 1908. Her marriage to
Lloyd Stevens took place in 1932 in Peru, where he was in consular ser-
vice. Mr. and Mrs. Stevens went to the Isthmus in 1945.
In her immediate family, Mrs. Stevens is survived by a son, William
Charles Stevens of Colorado, and by two brothers and two sisters who
also reside in the United States.
A 47-year-old University of Houston professor, his wife and their
17-year-old daughter were killed August 10 when their car collided with
a pickup truck on a rain slick highway.
State Highway Patrolman Ray Ward of Madisonville identified the
Dr. Howard M. Daniels, 47, of 2042 West Main St., Houston; profes-
sor of accounting and former chairman of the department of accounting
at the University of Houston; his wife, Eleanor Daniels, 48, driver of
the car, and his daughter Diane, 17.
The Daniel's 10-year-old son, Richard, was in fair condition in the
Madison County Hospital.
Ward said Mrs. Daniels was driving the family's 1961 model car
when it apparently went out of control and collided with the pickup truck.
The pickup was thrown backward into a Continental Trailways bus, but
no one aboard the bus was seriously injured, Ward said.
The family was on their way to Dallas to visit Dr. Daniel's mother
Diane would have been a senior at Lamar High School this fall.
Richard will be a third grader at Poe Elementary.
Dr. Daniels was on leave from the University of Houston this sum-
mer and was working on a special project for Arthur Anderson & Co. of
Houston. He was to have resumed his teaching duties in September.
A native of Canton, Ohio, he moved to the Canal Zone with his family
when he was four and graduated from high school there in 1935. He also
was a graduate of the Canal Zone Junior College and the University of
He received a master's degree in business administration from the
University of Chicago in 1942, his CPA in 1945, and his doctorate in 1957
from the University of Texas.
He had been employed in private industry and with the federal gov-
ernment since 1930 and had been a University of Houston faculty member
since 1945. He was chairman of the department of accounting from 1952
He and Miss Eelanor Nilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence
Nilson of El Campo, were married in 1938.
There are two other surviving sons: Lawrence, 22, a June graduate
of the University of Houston, was deplaning at Houston International
Airport, returning from a job interview in Ohio, when he was told of
He rushed immediately to Madisonville to the bedside of his little
The other son, James, 20, a sophomore this fall at the University of
Houston, was on his way to Mexico for a vacation when he heard the
news of the wreck over a Kingsville radio station.
He also rushed to Madisonville, where arrangements were being
made to transfer Richard to Houston.
Graveside services for Mrs. Dorothy O'Donnell were held August 30
at 10 a.m. in Corozal cemetery, with the Rev. William Baldwin of St.
Andrew's Episcopal Church, Cocoli, officiating. Mrs. O'Donnell died
August 23 in St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn. She was 27 years of
age, and had resided on the Isthmus since 1957.
In her immediate family she is survived by her husband, Paul V.
O'Donnell, a Canal Zone Police Officer; two children, Carol and Paul, Jr.,
of Balboa; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon E. Grey of Sioux Falls, S.D.;
two sisters, Mrs. J. J. Gilpin of Olney, Md., and Mrs. R. J. Barnett of
Sioux Falls, S.D.; and one brother, Robert Grey of Sioux Falls, S.D.
Francis T. Reynolds, former employee of the one time Mechanical
Division, died in New Orleans August 13. He was 59 years old.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Reynolds was first employed by the
Canal organization in 1920.
Since he left the Isthmus, Mr. Reynolds had been employed aboard
ships with the United States Merchant Marine and has made his home
in New Orleans.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lillian Reynolds, of New Orleans,
a daughter, Mrs. Esther Niskanen, of Curundu, six step-children and 32
grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Lavinia Reynolds
Dahlhoff of Balboa.
Albert R. (Ray) Mitchell, former employee of the Panama Canal
Dredging Division, died August 28 in Hendersonville, N.C. He was 75
Mr. Mitchell was born in Michigan and went to the Canal during
construction days to work with the Isthmian Canal Commission. He trans-
ferred to the Dredging Division after the Canal was opened and remained
with that unit until his retirement in 1949.
Since leaving the Isthmus he has been living in Hendersonville.
He is survived by his widow Mrs. Nell Mitchell, also of Hender-
Mrs. Lizzie Armitage, 88, 105 21st Ave. S.E., died Monday, Sept. 3,
1962. Born in Woburn, Mass.. Here five and a half years from Boston.
Protestant. Survived by a daughter, Mrs. Henry B. Majilton, St. Peters-
Kenneth Leigh Forrest, 51, of 8144 Tidal Road, marine master and
pilot employed 11 years by McAllister Bros., tug boat operators, died Oct.
3rd in a Norfolk hospital.
A native of Norfolk,:he was the husband of Mrs. Elizabeth Roundtree
He was a member of Azalea Baptist Church, Sojourners Masonic
Lodge, Canal Zone, Panama Canal Consistory, Abou Saad Temple of the
Shrine, Panama; Norview Chapter 131, Order of Eastern Star; and Sea-
farers International Union.
Besides his widow, surviving are his father and stepmother, Capt.
and Mrs. Hezekiah P. Forrest; four daughters, the Misses Carol, Sharon,
Cheryl and Karen Forrest, of Norfolk; a brother, Paul R. of the Panama
Word has been received of the death of Miss Jannette White in Mari-
etta, Ohio. Miss White was retired from Gorgas Hospital where she was
a very popular nurse in the E.N.T. clinic. No other details were available.
William H. Stone, former Mechanical Division head who has been
living in San Francisco, California since his retirement in 1942, died
September 9 at the age of 82 in San Francisco.
A native of California, Mr. Stone went to the Isthmus during con-
struction days as a mechanic and later was transferred to the Dredging
Division. He returned to the former Mechanical Division in 1916.
Most of his service with the Canal was with the Mechanical Division
on both sides of the Isthmus. At the time of his retirement, he was Super-
intendent of Production.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Annie G. Stone who lives at 400
Avila Street in San Francisco.
Guy C. Adams, 5.6 years of age, an electrician employed in the Pan-
ama Canal Electrical Division, died at Gorgas Hospital after a brief
He was born in Summerfield, Va., and first went to the Isthmus in
1913 while in the United States Army service. After his discharge he
worked as a civilian with the U.S. Army and then at 15th Naval District.
In 1952 he was employed by the Panama Canal.
In his family he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rosalia Adams of
Panama; by three children, Louis R., Sara M., and Charles C.; and one
sister, Mrs. H. L. Davis of Knoxville, Tenn.
Anna Theresa Daniels, 73, died in a local nursing home in St. Peters-
burg, Florida, October 9, 1962. Born in New York City. Here 17 years
from Balboa Heights, Canal Zone. Member St. Jude's Catholic Church;
Bethwood Garden Club. Survived by her husband, Charles T.; two sons,
William F., St. Petersburg;Charles T. Jr., Wilmington, Del.; a daughter,
Mrs. Marion D. Warwick, New York;two brothers, Joe Bogue, Gardner
Lake, N.Y.; Harold Bogue, Coral Gables; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Collier,
Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Mrs. Theodore Sundquist, nee Mamie Calvit, died September 13 in
Lake Jackson, Texas.
Survivors, in addition to her husband Theodore Sundquist of Lake
Jackson ,are two daughters, Mrs. Joe Medlinger of Panama City and Miss
Constance Sundquist of Lake Jackson. Also surviving are two brothers,
James Calvit of Panama City and C. G. Calvit of St. Petersburg, Florida,
and three sisters, Mrs. Clara Hall of Houston, Texas; Mrs. Mary Harrison
of Conoga Park, California and Mrs. Jane Knapp of Panama City.
Sgt. Richard A. Edmonson, popular and well-known member of the
Cristobal Police division, died at Coco Solo Hospital following a long
illness. He was 50 years old.
A second generation Canal employee, Sergeant Edmonson was born
in Ancon, now Gorgas Hospital, attended the Canal Zone schools and
was employed by the Panama Canal during school vacations.
He joined the Police Force in 1935.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Grace Edmonson of Margarita
and a daughter, Miss Louise Edmonson who is living in New York and
his stepfather and mother Mr. and Mrs. James McKeevers of Gamboa.
Birdie E. Sterling, age 82, widow of William E. Sterling, passed away
in a local hospital August 5. Coming here 30 years ago from Balboa,
Panama Canal Zone. Mrs. Sterling is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Paul
A. Pearson, St. Petersburg.
Mr. William Sterling was the founder of P.C.M.B.A. Ed.
News has been received of the death of former Panama Canal Chief
Accountant, Robert Patterson. Mr. Patterson died suddenly July 28th
in Hendersonville, N.C. He was 72 years old.
A native of New York, he was first employed Dec. 7, 1911, by the
Isthmian Canal Commission. He was employed for six years in the Exec-
utive and Finance Departments, resigning from service in May 1917.
He reentered the Canal service with the Finance Department in Octo-
ber 1924 and served successively as clerk, accountant, traveling inspector,
budget accountant, and assistant chief accountant. He was promoted to
chief accountant in April 1944 and served in that capacity until his re-
tirement in May 1950. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elsie Patterson.
Anna Ahlfont, widow of August Ahlfont passed away 26 June in
Brooklyn, New York, due to a heart attack.
She was a member of the Orchid Chapter No. 1, Order of the East-
ern Star of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Hagar Dodge of 215 Willoughby
Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Mrs. Vera Loud of 920 3rd St., Coronado,
California. Also seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
News has been received of the death of Raymond F. Keene, former
Panama Railroad employee, who was retired and has been living in St.
Petersburg, Florida, since 1941.
Mr. Keene died Aug. 26 in St. Petersburg at the age of 76.
A native of Uniondale, Pa., Mr. Keene went to the Isthmus in 1908
and was employed by the Isthmian Canal Commission and the Panama
Railroad. He was transferred to the Panama Railroad when the Canal
opened in 1914 and held a number of positions on the Atlantic side. At
the time of his retirement, he was Station Clerk in Colon.
Surviving him are his wife Rosemary, two daughters, Mrs. Helen
McNeil, of Atlanta, Georgia; Mrs. Rosemary Thelemark, of El Volcan,
Panama; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Robert B. McIlvaine, Sr. died at Gorgas Hospital August 17. He was
born in Ohio in January 1881.
A retired US Navy civilian employee, Mr. McIlvaine had been mak-
ing his home on the Isthmus since 1939 and was the head of a well known
Isthmian family. Since his retirement in 1949, he had been living with
his son Robert G. McIlvaine, an employee of the Customs Division in
In addition to his son in Coco Solo, he is survived by two other sons,
C. B. McIlvaine of Diablo Heights and Lew W. McIlvaine, a retired em-
ployee of the Supply and Community Service Bureau who lives in Clear-
water, Florida. Also surviving him are five grandchildren and 16 great
Word has been received of the death on August 19 of Francis W.
Feeney, who retired in 1954 after over 34 years service with the Canal
Zone Health Bureau. At the time of his retirement he was a medical tech-
nician in the Board of Health Laboratory.
Mr. Feeney was born in Boston, Mass. on February 24, 1899. After
his discharge from military service, he was employed on May 1, 1919 as
dispensary assistant in the Canal Zone Health Bureau. In July of the same
year he was promoted to technician and in 1942 was promoted to medical
Most of his 34 years' service was with the Board of Health Laboratory
After his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Feeney made their home in Rich-
mond, Va. Mrs. Feeney died recently.
Mr. Feneey was active in Masonic circles. He was a member of
Darien Lodge, A.F. and A.M., and of the Scottish Rite.
News has been received of the death of Mrs. William H. Bruce, Sr.,
of Brant Beach, N. J., 77 years of age, at Mercer Hospital in Pennington,
N.J., following a brief illness. She died August 3rd.
Mrs. Bruce, a former Canal Zone resident, left the Isthmus with her
husband following his retirement from the Panama Canal Dredging Divi-
sion in 1946. They made their home in Zephyrhills, Fla., until four years
ago when they moved to Brant Beach.
In her immediate family she is survived by her husband; two sons,
William H. Bruce, Jr., of Pennington, N.J., and Donald E. Bruce of Mar-
garita; three daughters, Mrs. J. K. Schofield of Carmel, N.Y., Mrs. E.
Ballard of Lake Zurick, Ill., and Mrs. E. Boyce of Carmel, N.Y.; and by
10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
George A. Sanders, retired Panama Canal employee living in Panama,
died at Gorgas Hospital August 3 after a long illness. He was 75 years old.
A native of Owensboro, Ky., Mr. Sanders, was employed by the Canal
organization as a policeman in 1916. In 1918 he was promoted to
pump operator and remained in that position until his retirement in 1949.
He is surveyed by his wife, Mrs. Eugenie Sanders, and two daugh-
ters, Mrs. Dora Gluk of Beverly Hills, California, and Mrs. Virginia
Hanzel of Orange, California.
Mr. Wi. M. Hartsell died on July 31, 1962 in the Veterans Hospital
in Bath, N. Y. after a long illness. He was born August 12, 1892. His
wife, Maude W. survives. No other details were available.
Archibald L. Wright, former well known resident of the Canal Zone
and one-time Assistant to the Chief of the Employment and Utilization
division of the Canal Personnel Bureau, died July 22 in San Francisco,
California where he had been living since shortly after he was retired from
the Canal in 1956. He was 67 years old.
A native of Georgia, he worked for the United Fruit Company in
Guatemala and Costa Rica before he went to the Isthmus in 1929 as Office
Manager for the Pan American Airways in Cristobal.
He joined the Personnel Bureau in 1931. Shortly before World War
II and during the war years that followed he was assigned to what was
known as the Silver Control Section, which handled the thousands of con-
tract laborers brought from Central and South America and West Indies
to work in the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Pauline Frederick Sutherland Lawson, 42, died suddenly at her
home in Stamford, Conn. on September 18. Mrs. Lawson who was born
in Benham, Kentucky, had lived in Des Moines, Iowa, where she attended
school. She was married to William H. Lawson Jr., in 1941 and the couple
moved to California. They had recently transferred to Connecticut where
Mr. Lawson is manager of the Eastern U. S. Division of Sierracin Corp.
Mrs. Lawson was active in the Order of the Eastern Star in the Canal
Surviving in addition to her husband are her mother, Mrs. Manila
Williams, of Tampa, Florida; three sons, William III, Frederick J. and
Lawrence A. Lawson; a daughter, Catherine; a brother, Palmer H. Suther-
land of Baltimore, Md., and a sister, Mrs. Paul Bell of Gamboa.
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TRANSIT CHAPTER, NORTH QUINCY, TAXACHUSETTSI
Well now, what a warm house we have; our Lucille is back and,
therefore, no need to turn the furnace on around here. Her return is the
best news we have had since Uncle Sam threw us out of our house on the
Prado. Ann Anonymous just gave us this information and it is so heartily
agreed with we pass it along; "The Lord took the perfume from the
flowers, the laughter from the bubbling brook, the heat and energy from
the sun's rays, the song from the birds; but put them all together and
called her Lucille."
Aug. 11. Cookout for Grover and Billie Bohan, from Jonesboro,
Arkansas. Grover is hearty and appears to be fully recovered from his
setback. Also with us was Ben McConaghy. A small size typical C.Z.
reunion. Ida states that when I cook in the back yard I certainly can mess
up the kitchen.
Sept. 1. Sorry to report that Bill Nelson has had a sick spell, but
is now recovering. Bill and his sister, Florence, live at 175 Billings Road,
Norfolk Downs, Quincy, Mass., and we are sure that they will be very
happy to hear from Zone friends.
Sept. 15. Another cookout and for Tom Charnley. Ben McConaghy
and his nice daughter, Eunice, were also present. The Panama Canal was
re-dug three times at this meeting.
Sept. 28. Now visiting with Tom and Mabel Jordan at their summer
home in Alfred, Maine. Visiting with Ruth and Dick Taylor (next door)
were Mrs. Mae Stapler of Rockport, Texas, and Mrs. McCabe of Marfa,
Texas. They were college classmates of Ruth in Denton, Texas.
Oct. 13. Camilo Belisario Porras now staying with us. He is the
great-grandson of the late Dr. Belisario Porras. His grandfather, also a
Camilo, and grandmother, Rosita, were our close friends in Panama. He
is attending the Massachusetts University as an exchange student from
Panama. His father was the Panama Minister to Germany for several
Oct. 22. We are now enjoying a visit with Mrs. Carleton (Mae)
Hallett. The Carleton Halletts, including Carleton, Jr., and Judy, trans-
ferred from Gatun to Southwest Miami, where the climate is more to their
Jan. 8. We leave for the Reunion, at the Fountain of Youth, with the
greatest of joyful anticipation of seeing once again the friends and ac-
quaintances of yesteryear. We do not believe there is another organization
of this kind in the world in that it can draw members, at their own expense,
from all over the United States, just for the pleasure of seeing each other.
And that mutual interest is maintained and continued by the Canal Record.
It is our own society Telstar, and now most ably "engineered" by Betty
Lockridge. We also compare this lady's work to that of a telephone oper-
ator; she keeps us in touch with each other.
In passing I would like to advise that although the last name of the
Fountain of Youth boy, Ponce de Leon, is the same as the first of the
writer, we were not relatives; only acquaintances. And we did not live
in Florida during his time; only visiting.
Ancient History. March 6, 1915. I had returned to Boston to get
married, after only 10 months on the Zone. Our Minister asked that I
give a talk on the Panama Canal!!! Now, what did I know about the
operation of the locks, or how the boats were handled, etc? ? ? I was more
familiar with Panama City; the Jardine, the American and Metrople
hotels. However, being a young 21-year old squirt I agreed. Then I read
a couple of books on the subject. After the lecture? (sic) it was announced
that I would answer questions. (I was sunk) First question:-"what was
done with all the dirt that was taken from Culebra Cut?" I did not know,
but had to have an answer. I figured I'd give one that would stop any more
questions, and I did. The answer:-"a great big hole was dug away back
in the jungle, and all the Culebra dirt put in it." No more questions. Years
later we lived on that dirt at Amador Road, Balboa, but it was too late
to clear up my answer.
A thought. Treat your fellow mankind as you would want to be
treated, and therefore justify your own existence.
Ida and Slim Hallett
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THE PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
Approximately 25 members got-to-gether October 27 for a Fried
Chicken,Fried Shrimp and Steak dinner at Youngbloods Chicken House
on Richey Road, Pasadena, Texas.
Election of officers for 1963 were held at this time:
Jimmie Roe --- President
Hugh C. Turner -------- Vice President
Bertha Turner ... ------Secretary-Treasurer
Marilyn Wood _---- -_---Assistant Secretary
We were happy to have as our guests Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Hicks, Mr.
and Mrs. Ken Kelley, Mrs. Edna Abood, Mr. Floyd Kelley and Dr. Jack
Mr. and Mrs. Hicks have been visiting their daughter and son-in-law
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Kelley and Mrs. Peggy Ellis. The Hicks will visit
friends in Washington, D.C., and New York before traveling on to Florida
where they intend to make their home. Dr. Blasser is a native of Panama
and attended the Baylor University and is now serving his internship at
the Jefferson Davis Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Beard of Oakland, California were guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Levy, and Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Hauss of Dallas, Texas
also were visitors in the Levy Home.
Everyone enjoyed this get-together and at the closing all sang "God
Bertha Turner, Sec'y-Treas.
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MORE NEWS FROM TEXAS
Greetings from "Space City, U. S. A.". This is the recently acquired
title for the city of Houston, with the preliminary ground work for the
moon missile project, about 25 miles from our back door and the new
home of the astronauts. The skyline of Houston has changed rapidly in
the twelve years we have been residents. Humble Oil Company will
move into their 44-story office building during November. Tennessee Gas
and Transmission Company are completing their new office skyscraper.
Sara Collinge Uhlrich and husband, Don, were visitors in the home
of her grandparents the Ezra Haldemans while enroute from Pensa-
cola, Florida to new official assignment by the U.S. Navy in Corpus
Christine and Herbert Newhouse were house guests of Sarah and
Herbert Rothwell during month of September. This couple recently joined
the ranks of the "Panama Canal Retirees." After visiting with relatives in
Fredericksburg and San Antonio, Texas, Chris and Herb will journey to
their house in Burbank, California, to embark on a life of retirement in
During the Labor Day holidays, Ray and Elizabeth Ward had a
family reunion. Their daughters came from far away places to be together
once more. From Denver, Colorado, came Alice Ray Weir, wife of Col-
onel James Weir who is associated with Fitzsimmons General Hospital.
From New Orleans, Louisiana, came Mrs. Larry (Panni) Polizzi II. From
Caracas, Venezuela, came Judy Carrington, with her young son, Chris.
Many will remember Ray Ward's mother-Mrs. J. C. Harrell-who lives
in Houston and helped to make this reunion complete.
A surprise phone call recently, notified the Lee Wrights that Charles
and Anita Ehrman Crawford of Panama City, Panama were in Houston.
Their ship on which they had traveled from Panama, was tied up at dock
in this city, so there were sightseeing trips, shopping, etc., and most of
all, catching up with the events of past 12 years.
Irene Wright (Mrs. Lee) was Secretary to Mr. Crawford in Personnel
Mrs. Harriet Elich of Canal Zone was a patient in Methodist Hospital,
recovering from heart surgery, performed by Dr. D. A. Cooley, world-
renowned heart specialist in Medical Center of Houston. She was visited
by Irene Wright and Sarah Rothwell. Letters received recently from
Canal Zone report that Mrs. Ulrich is slowly recovering and soon will be
in better health than ever before.
Douglas and Carol Redmond, children of Jean- and John Redmond,
came from their home in Chicago, Illinois, to spend part of their summer
school vacation with relatives. Upon their return north, they moved into
a beautiful, new home on the outskirts of Chicago.
After 25 years, the paths of friendship crossed again!! DeVera and
Irvin Rasmussen of Denver, Colo., were house guests of the Lee Wrights.
Home movies taken when the good friends were last together were shown
of the Rasmussens, including their son and daughter at the ages of three
and five years. Jackie is now a Veterinarian in Alaska, and has two
adorable daughters. Lettie Lee was an Airline Stewardess until her mar-
riage to a Commercial Air Pilot. She is now the mother of three children.
Time marches on!
Charlie Calvit of St. Petersburg, Florida, was a visitor in his boy-
hood home of Houston, Texas, during the month of September. He en-
joyed a reunion with five of his first cousins. These were Miss Kate Ebdon,
Mrs. Lydia Ebdon Jerrell, George Lee Wright, Mrs. Sarah Wright Roth-
well and Bessie Wright Haldeman.
And as we have so often said on Canal Zone, "hasta la' vista".
Irene E. Wright
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
We feel rather lucky in this area to be so strategically located halfway
between Disneyland and the World's Fair and thus get to see lots of folks
on their way "to and from".
The Emmett Zemers of Panama were here in August and, in addition
to their family spent time with the Pragers in Berkeley and the Yoders
in Los Altos. Their trip to the Fair was one of the highlights of their
vacation. They returned home by way of Mexico.
The Pete Fosques of La Boca stopped by the Nevilles just long enough
for a cup of coffee. They had enjoyed the Parks and the Fair and the
"little fry." could hardly wait to get to Disneyland.
The David Yerkes of Diablo met the Harry Bachs at the Fair and
came home with them for a short visit. The Harold Irwins drove to the
Fair and were home just long enough to rest up a bit before starting
on an extended trip back East.
The Austin Yoders had the best report of the Fair, having waited
until after the summer rush, stood in line only 45 minutes for lunch in
the Space Needle and thought it a wonderful experience. They visited
the Elmer Haws and Clark Teegardens in Seattle, and Dove Prather, Ora
Fisher and Mamie Highlay in Portland.
The Sydney Nevilles didn't go to the Fair, but instead spent their
August vacation with daughter Barbara and family on an Apache Indian
Reservation in the White Mountains of Arizona. They report the modern
log cabin in a setting of Ponderosa pines was delightful and the trout
fishing even more so.
The Merrill Whitmans of Washington, D.C. brought daughter Lynn
for enrollment at The University of Colorado, then spent several days
with the Ernie Paynes and Sydney Nevilles. Merrill had to rush back for
take-off to Balboa for the dedication of the New Bridge on October 12th.
The Walter Reifs of Arkansas were here in September visiting their
daughter and family in Sunnyvale.
Dave Moffett from Los Angeles visited the Norman Rockers in Sep-
The C.Z. Past Matrons of the Eastern Star, with their husbands, met
in Southern California in October. The meeting coincided with the semi-
annual P.C. picnic in the area and the group attended in a body. The
Harvey McConaugheys and the Sumner Bakers spent a couple of days
with the Claude Howells in Apple Valley on their way home.
Frank and Alice Bryan had as visitors: the Chuck Stewarts from Bal-
boa, looking for the right spot to retire. After visiting his brother in Oak-
land they headed for Arizona; Margaret and Cliff Ryters for overnight,
he is now retired and looking for the retirement spot. They visited with
Earl and Minnie Kent (now visiting their daughter, Pat Wanke) then on
to Los Angeles to see the David Basque family; and Asa and Dessie Dee
Knox who were making a tour of the West by Greyhound Bus.
Arthur and Hanna Beard had a long trip, 8,000 miles cross country.
They left Oakland August 26th and arrived home October 10th. They
visited in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, seeing the Stettlers and Webster's
wife while in this area, then on to Florida where they spent three days
with Leora Walling, attending Past Matrons with her. They visited rela-
tives in Clearwater and on their way home saw Nathan and Tilly Levy
in Houston and had Sunday dinner with Wiley and Grace Hodges in San
The Netherys (Phydelis Wallbridge) have left Saratoga for South-
ern California. They are now located at Palos Verdes Estates.
The Louis Kaufer's had a busy summer and Fall. They celebrated
their 40th wedding anniversary on July 13th with a dinner at La Hacienda
as guests of their daughters and sons-in-law, and the birth of a new grand-
son, Barry John Leach (mother Nancy Kaufer) on September 10th. Judge
and Mrs. E. I. P. Tatelman of Bradenton, Florida were their guests in
September and Norine and her daughter entertained Mrs. Miriam McDaid
of Coco Solo at a luncheon. On October 6th they left for a two weeks
trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.
The Carl Wankes are now living at 7184 Galli Court, San Jose. Carl
is with NASA at Moffett Field. Earl and Minnie Kent are visiting them
in their new home. They are practically neighbors of ours and it was nice
seeing them after so many years. We are glad to have new members for
Jack and Lillian Evans are in California for the winter. They expect
to spend time in both Southern and Northern California how could they
do otherwise with friends and family all over the State.
Dr. Merrill H. Judd is presently attending a medical meeting in At-
And we, the Duncans, finally made it to the Fair, and points North,
in September. We liked it!
Ruth A. Duncan, Secretary
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NEWS FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
A happy crowd of about 120 folks gathered at Brookside Park, Pasa-
dena, for the P.C. Society of Los Angeles picnic on Sunday, October 7th.
Among those attending were the group who had met in Monrovia the pre-
vious week for a Past Matrons affair. That group included, from Northern
California: Sydney and Clara Neville, Jerry and Florine Prager, Harvey
and Grace McConaughey, Sumner and Neva (Brown) Baker: from Apple
Valley: Claude and Vera Howell: from Greeley Colorado, Jack and
Lillian Evans (they were visiting their daughter and son-in-law Ed and
Muriel Neill in Whittier) : from Southern California, H. Mortimer and
Irma Lockwood, Bud and Berta Hazzard, Grace and Bill Naylor, Ed and
Grace Hinton, Docia Hodges, Lulu Lumby, Chloe Ford, Clara Gilbert,
Elizabeth Jones, Bill and Dillie Pidgeon, and Dorothy Hamlin. It was
wonderful seeing so many friends.
Also attending the picnic were Joe and Alice (Reese) Christopher,
of Quito, Ecuador. They flew up to Miami, then drove on to New Orleans
where they were met by their on-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jack
Van Hoose (Camille) of Cristobal. They all drove out to California, and
after a visit here, they will return to Miami, and return to their home in
Quito after a visit on the Canal Zone. The Christophers are both associated
with the Rimmer Memorial Hospital in Quito.
Esther Currier reports that her mother, Henrietta Welch, a spry 90
years of age, and her sister who is 92 years young, recently took a jet
flight to Wisconsin and Minnesota: they had such a good time they are
already planning on their next trip.
Mrs. Catherine Walters of South Gate is on a flying trip through
Central and South America: and will visit the Isthmus as a guest of Mar-
gery Engel of Curundu, and see friends on the Zone and in Panama.
Dorothy Hamlin reports a wonderful time on the Isthmus recently,
when she took her two grandsons on their first trip to Panama. The boys
had such a grand time they didn't want to come home enjoyed their
plane trip down and the boat trip back. Dorothy's son, Gene, is now Dir-
ector of Admeasurement.
Lewis Arthur Taber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Taber, is in the States
attending Cal-Poly College at San Luis Obispo, California.
David Smith, after a trip to Yellowstone Park in July,has been com-
missioned to do a musical scoring for a motion picture for the Mission 66
on Yellowstone Park.
Mrs. Esther Horine writes that she recently had a wonderful 30-day
bus tour of Europe. On her return trip to Japan where she makes her
home with her daughter and son-in-law, Capt. and Mrs. Paul Dabill
(Fern), she stopped over in 5 Asian countries. She sends greetings to
all her friends from Canal Zone days.
Lt. and Mrs. Eugene Provost Jr. of Long Beach were in the Pacific
Northest, attended the Fair at Seattle, along with their daughter Lolita
Packard and their granddaughter Roberta: they stopped at Las Vegas,
Salt Lake City, Portland: and in Bremerton, Washington they visited
friends from the Zone, Mr. and Mrs. George Rehberg. In August the Pro-
vists had as their guests their son Robert and his family from Mobile,
Alabama where Robert is Chief Industrial Engineer for the Air Force.
They held "open house" so the visitors could see many friends and rela-
tives in this area: their granddaughter, Sister Janine Mary of Sisters of
the Holy Name, Oakland, was able to be home for the happy reunion.
Among the guests attending the affair were Mrs. Arthur Van Brocklin,
Anna Ruth (Van Brocklin) Werkheiser, and Beatrice Drew, all former
Mae and Glen Lewis, who had the Photo Shop in Panama, are stay,
ing at the Moytel, 948 Yale Street, Apt. 9, Los Angeles 12, while having
medical attention at nearby French Hospital. Martin and Virginia Seiler
have called on them-the Lewises would be happy to see or hear from any
Zone or Panama friends.
Saw Jerry and Inez Evans of Pacific Beach, at the picnic. They re-
cently saw Arthur and Dorothy Cotton and daughter Nancy, who were in
San Diego on vacation from the Zone, visiting their daughter and son-in-
law, Ken and Dorothy Manthorne. Jerry and Inez also saw Bob and Mary-
belle Hicks, recently retired, when they were in San Diego: also Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Akers, who were recent visitors in San Diego: and Hazel
Alsing, of Larkspur.
Mr. and.Mrs. William Godfrey of Santa Paula were at the picnic-
they report that Mrs. Alexander Greig (Gretchen) died recently in San
Francisco. Mr. Greig will be remembered as Dockmaster at Balboa for
many years. Mr. Godfrey took snapshots of various groups at the picnic,
but had camera trouble, and only one came out good enough to reproduce.
We are happy to report that Mr. C. M. Lupferis improving: David
de la Pena is recovering after surgery: as is Harry Bissell of Burbank.
Mr. Alfred Paulsen improving after an accident.
Mr. and Mrs. Neil Wilson (Dora Watts) are now living at 295 Buck-
ingham Way, San Francisco. Their son Tom, is a 3rd classman at Calif.
Maritime Academy at Vallejo, taking engineering. The Wilsons drove
east this past summer visited with their eldest son Roy and his family
at Palatine, Illinois.
We are sorry to report the sudden death of Mrs. Ed. Palmrose (Gene-
vieve Barry) in Altedena, California. She was the daughter of Arthur
Barry of the Mechanical Division who retired in 1948. She is survived
by her husband, one son and two daughters.
Grace Cuthebertson recently spent some time in San Jose and San
Francisco to visit with some of her South American friends.
In September, I spent a delightful 10 days in Colorado Springs and
Denver, Colorado. If all goes well, I may be in St. Petersburg for the
reunion in January.
Thelma Reppe, Secretary
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Mrs. Ernest Cann, of 23 Walnut Terrace, Bloomfield, N.J., has a
large collection of Doulton ware for sale. They are the coaching and
hunting scenes, and 44 pieces in all.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Once again we are enjoying the season of the year when the Earth
rests from her labors of producing food for man and beast and Nature
puts on her Flaming Fall Revue for all, who will, to enjoy.
And once again the members of the Panama Canal Society of North-
west Arkansas journeyed through the hills to Eureka Springs for their
annual luncheon and election of officers on Sunday, October 21, 19.62
with 37 present.
After the luncheon, President Walter Reif welcomed all, especially
those who have recently moved into our area to make their retirement
home. They are Andrew and Irene Bleakley, Robert and Connie Engelke,
Carl and Helen Newhard and her father Malcolm Little, all residing in
Bentonville, Eva Hammer of Gassville accompanied by her granddaughter,
Helen Fuller Lynch, whose husband teaches in the school of nearby Mount-
ain Home. Special guests were Frances Dorn of Hot Springs and Loretta
Gordon of Reading, Pa., house guest of Nannie I. Brown. Mrs. Gordon
was an employee in Balboa Clubhouse and is now on a 99 day bus trip
throughout the United States.
Following a short business meeting Grover F. Bohan of Jonesboro
was elected the 13th President of the Society and Mrs. Bohan to serve as
Secretary to succeed Blanche Shaw who has been Secretary since the
Society was organized in 1951, and will continue as Reporter for the Canal
Record. The Last Corn Shock written by one of our members, Glenn Ward
Dresbach, known as "the Poet of the Mid-west and Southwest" was read
by your reporter who was entranced by the simple beauty of the poem
telling of the love placed in the heart of Man by the Creator for His lesser
creatures after seeing the last rays of the setting sun reflected in the irides-
cent plumage of a pheasant as he darted into a corn shock he claimed for
his own ere it was bequeathed to him by the owner. A 16 m.m. film with
sound, The Panama Canal, recently made for distribution by The Panama
Canal Company was shown and greatly enjoyed even though some of our
younger retirees declared it made them "Homesick". Through the com-
bined efforts of Newell Shaw and Theo Hallin this film was shown to
nearly 400 school children that they may learn the importance of the
Canal as a Funnel for World Commerce.
The Walter Zimmermans of Ozone report that Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd
Peterson (Ruth) and daughter Cheryl of Balboa were summer visitors,
also Bob and Betty Peterson of Margarita and Miss Lois Lynne Town-
shend of Pasadena, Texas. When asked for a list of guests during the
summer, Edith Engelke remarked "too numerous to mention". At that
time, Mrs. lone Martin Newland of Springfield, Mo., was a week-end guest
having attended the luncheon, also the Bob Engelkes who are eager to
move into the home recently purchased from George and Mabel Schalchlin,
408 N.W. "B" St., Bentonville. George Schalchlin was a Canal employee
years ago. They are moving to St. Louis. It was good to see our former
Pedro Miguel neighbor, Mrs. Jo Ewing who is with daughter, Susai Ewing
Bishop. Col. Bishop and grandson, were visiting the Col's. mother in
Lowell, Arkansas. Jo had been with her son Jack in California and left
the next day for her place of abode in West Virginia.
Looks like the years are catching up with some of our long-time re-
tirees for those who sent regrets "they must take things a little easier from
now on" and forego the annual luncheon-among them, the Fesslers of
Oklahoma, the Evers from Neosho, Missouri, Marionne Campbell and
Mina Mock of Springdale.
Some went visiting, the Walter Reifs motored to California to see
their new granddaughter in Sunnyvale, stopping to see many former Canal
Zone folk en route. The Earnest Williams went to Indiana. The Carl New-
hards and her father took a trip to Ogden, Utah to welcome their 2nd
grandchild born to Bruce and Karen Newhard, September 11, 1962 and
given the lovely name of Kristine Marie. Helen reports Sam, their second
son, who attends Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan visited his
parents in Bentonville this summer. Carl Jr. is still in the Navy. Your
reporter and husband Newel Rambler-ed to Denver, Colorado to see our
family, Col. and Mrs. James A. Weir, (Alice Ray) and granddaughter
Linda. While there they saw the Jack Evans two days before they left
for California to spend the winter Al and Norma Harrington of Gree-
ley, Dr. G. Russell Wright and daughter Margie of Longmont and Col.
and Mrs. Wm. Clifford now stationed in nearby Lowry Air Force Base as
Dental Chief. They were once stationed in Cocoli. "Cliff" was best man
at the wedding of James and Alice Ray Wier in Pedro Miguel 19 years
ago. Sorry we did not see more of the Denver folk but taking the annual
physical check-up-five years late-by going through the Denver Clinic
took many hours of several days.
Another Canal Zone born young lady is attending our University of
Arkansas Julia Ann Coman whose grandfather lives in Bentonville.
It's another grandson for the Newell Shaws, Alan Blake Shaw, born to
Raymond Newell and Barbara Shaw of Balboa and welcomed by his
brother Mark Nathan.
We welcome back to Fayetteville, Mrs. Cora Makibbin, who spent the
past year with her sister, Mrs. Sam Mackenzie of Tennessee, Mary Belle
Hicks writes that she and Bob will be in our town this week on an extended
motor trip that will eventually take them to Florida where they may decide
Once again it is the season of Christmas and A New Year. Our pur-
pose in this life is to build a better world and a task is given to each one.
May 1963 bring Peace to y'all.
Blanche E. Shaw
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IN, AND 'ROUND ABOUT' HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
John Walker is around and quite well again. Mr. Art Wynne, almost
fully recovered is back at the Park Hotel after several mid-summer weeks
spent in Washington, D.C. and with friends and kin in S. Carol. -Mrs.
Frances Horter after being in the Memphis hospital since middle of Mar.
was able to return to the Park about the end of Sept. and we're all glad
she's back and recuperating. The W. E. Lundys of Fairhope, Ala. visited
her in Memphis. Also, that Mrs. Louise Durham Allen with Mrs. Mattie
Pullig McCaulay drove thru Memphis to see her, on their way to Mrs.
Allen's home in Winston Salem, N.C. Mr. Allen was a Zone policeman,
and their two oldest children (daughters) are trained nurses, and one is
married. Dr. and Mrs. Ben Salzman (Betty Bohan) were also visitors at
the hospital. Since at home here in H. Sprs., Mrs. Horter's daughter, Mrs.
J. Rob't Connors (Marian), of Shorthills, N.J., spent a week with her.
The Connors are moving soon to San Francisco or in that vicinity, as he
has been promoted to V. Pres. of the Kaiser Co., in charge of Latin A.
affairs. Mrs. Anna Piper has been at the Park also, since son Ed and wife
motored to their 'old' home in Rochester, N.Y. on a visit. They were
accompanied by daughter, Capt. Marian of USAF, from Gooseneck Bay,
Lab. who joined them at Columbus, Ohio. Mr. John Bissett of N. Little
Rock who fell and broke his hip is recuperating at Vet's Hospital in
The Jack Reinigs spent the summer here--and say that son Bill and
family are now all well in New Rochelle, N.Y.--and that all are well ib
Highland Park in daughter Peggy's (The Ed Fuciks) home, and that she
is busy and expecting guests from Panama. The Gerald Parkers, and
daughter Coleen Doucett and family motored to their old home in N.
Manchester, Indiana and also drove to Coldwater, Mich. to visit their son
Gerald Jr. and family. Mrs. Estelle DeCora took an extensive motor trip
with daughter and husband and children, (The Dr. Lanfords) of W. Mem-
his, Ark., thru E. Canada, Quebec, Montreal, etc., returning via Niagara
Falls. Her son Lanbert Guy and family resides in L. Rock. The Rufus
Garretts of Okalona spent the their vacation mostly around Houston. Tex.
Grover and Billie Bohan of Jonesboro spent part of summer in N. Hamp.,
Grover's home state. Enroute they visited the Joe Ekerts at Cahoga, Pa.
-also the John Murrays. Mrs. Eckert fell on the steps and broke her
left wrist and went to the hospital. Her brother, Jack Randall and wife
visited them and her daughter from L. Island was expected soon. Since
they're home they attended the NW Ark. Society's dinner at Eureka Sprs.
and got elected Pres., Sec. and Treas. of that group. Bill and Ann Barth-
olomew motored to Santa Rosa, Calif. about Sept. 10 and returned Oct.
24 they visited his mother, a former CZer, and sisters. They visited
the Joe Copes in Corpus Christi and had a delightful family gathering
in Dallas, where a cousin and daughter, who recently visited the Harry
Prestons (Alice Boyd in Columbia) and also visited the Ernest Kruegers
(Barbara Bartholomew) in Balboa, showed colored movies of these fam-
ilies and scenes in their vicinities. These were especially interesting for
Bill and Ann. The Geo. Thurgoods of Fla. wre Aug. visitors to Hot
Springs taking the Health baths. While here they visited the Bartholo-
mews and several other friends. Mrs. Rita Kyle and children spent the
summer here in Ark., also the James Aliens of L. Rock. The Lynn Cot-
trells who live out on Music Mt. motored to Kempster, Wis.-and vaca-
tioned at Long Lake, and were joined by their daughter's family (Wm.
Reids) and son Jim of Chicago, and Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Snyder of Boca
Raton, Fla.-former Atlantic Siders-Bill Burns and sister Gerda Free-
land stayed here and are doing some house remodeling.
Now the 'Round About' section; pardon the '1st person'. My summer
was mostly spent in San Fran. I had a wonderful day with the Frank
Bryans in Santa Rosa and an interesting short chat with Mrs. 'Pete'
Wilson. I visited in Los Altos a cousin Walter Houk and wife (Nita
Jensen) and 2 children, who with her folks once lived in Balboa. Their
home was most artistic and attractive as Walter is an artist and is with
Sunset Magazine in Menlo Park. Ralph Jensen, Nita's brother, who with
his wife and son were my Ped. Mig. neighbors, is now retired from the
Navy. While in Los Altos, Nita took me to call briefly on the Yoders.
Then I spent an afternoon with Col. David and Lucille Cook Nanney and
family in Palo Alto. They were still busy unpacking in their new house.
Suellyn is working at Stanford U., David Jr. is a Soph there, Sylvia is a
senior in H. School and Donald is in Jr. High-so all will be studious,
including the Col. who will teach at Leland Stanford. Mrs. Jean Mitchell
Smith was also there as a guest. The James McDonalds from San Jose
visited me in S.F. and will soon be sailing to the Philippines where
she will be director of Art school near Manilla, At the urgent invitation
of Mr. Isaac Andrews, I attended the Sept. meeting of S.F. No. 65 chapt.
of NARCE which welcomed Mr. Gloss who is Nat'l. Vice Pres., to his
home. Other Canal Zoners present were Mr. Andrews, Mr. Harry Bortin
and Mrs. Jensen. Yes, I went to the Fair too. I enjoyed this biggest Fair
in our U.S. since the War II, it's Science Bl'd'g, the Space Needle, etc. -
and our neighbor Canada's 'Canadian Tattoo'. After seeing the Fair, the
Hartshornes, nearby, were my gracious hosts my former Pedro Miguel
neighbors and friends who live in their beautiful home on Queen Anne
Hill overlooking the Fair. Mr. L. S. Kiser visited there and on to the
Fair, coming down from Alaska. I chatted with Mrs. Elmer Haw and she
said they, and her daughter (The Teegartens) were fine, also that Mrs.
Welton Johnson, her sister, and husband were now both well enuf to plan
a motor trip East to visit their son Robert and family in N.Y. I went to
Portland and called on Mrs. Dove Prather and her sister Mrs. Ora Fisher.
I also called on the Elliots, Mrs. Martha and son Geo., -and Mrs. E's
sister. It was also so nice to hear Gladys Hubbard Cain's voice again -
they live in Portland and are retired. Back in San Fran I enjoyed a most
pleasant evening and dinner with the Ben Armstrongs in their lovely apt.
Graham Brotherson of San Leandro, said his folks, also the Robert Mills,
and sister Doris and family were all well and took local outings this
summer. Homeward bound my stop in L.A. was brief. Cornelia Reimer
said her spring visit East with her daughter's husband's family was most
enjoyarble. Teresa Ball was busy remodeling and painting her casa. I
rambled to NW Ark. for that Group's dinner at Eureka Springs. The
Canal Zone movies made recently by direction of CZ were excellent. I was
the guest of the Lynn Cooks and son 'Bud' at their home in Rogers, Ark.
"Villa Toboga" and went with them to the dinner. Driving homeward
I stopped in Springdale to say 'hello' to Bill and Carrie Mathues who
were unable to attend the Reunion. Marionne Campbell and Mrs. Brown
joined us so we had a happy get-to-gether. And now folks, Holiday
time is near and for the Record readers, and those friends to whom
I usually send special greetings, this will be my only 'medium' to wish
you all; A very Joyful and Merry Christmas and prosperous 1963 filled
with Happy days. See you 'mebbe' at Reunion in St. Pete.
Adios, Frances S. Dorn
PLAN TO ATTEND THE REUNION JANUARY 15th AND 16th -
IN AND AROUND MIAMI
Panama Canal Society of Southeast Florida had a picnic on August
19 at the Rock Shelter in Matheson Hammock. Following the buffet lunch
a brief meeting was called to order by the President, Mr. Hobart Y. And-
rews. Visitors attending were Mrs. R. L. Ames and two children from
Great Falls, Montana. Mrs. Ames is the former Mary Andrews and is
visiting her parents for several weeks in Hialeah. Another daughter, Jean,
and family (Mr. and Mrs. George Eggers of Canal Zone) also stopped for
a visit enroute from a vacation in New York State to their home in Coco
Fred and Bessie Baumback and daughter, Ethel, (Penney) were
pleasant visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cunningham at their
home in Pompano Beach.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Snyder headed North on August nineteenth to take
their two grandchildren back to Chicago in time for school. They are the
children of Mr. and Mrs. LaDuke (Jane Snyder) and spent the summer
vacation visiting the Snyders at their home in Boca Raton. The Snyders
plan to visit Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Cottrell in Wisconsin before returning
Mr. and Mrs. James H. Jones spent a few weeks in Westbrook, Mass.
during the summer.
Word has reached us that Mr. Sam Craig has been quite ill in the
South Broward Hospital at Fort Lauderdale. We sincerely hope he is
improving and will soon regain good health.
Mr. and Mrs. James Horace Jones are rejoicing in the birth of another
grandchild to Mr. and Mrs. James A. Jones of Coco Solo. The eight pound
baby boy, Michael William, was born August 7, 1962 at Coco Solo Hos-
pital. Mr. Jones was a former vice president of our Society but is now
employed as an Admeasurer on the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Marie Coulthard spent a month as the guest of Mrs. Eleanor
Parker during July and August. From Miami she went to Alabama to
await a visit of the stork to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Coulthard.
After the blessed event she planned to return to Crosby, Texas where she
makes her home with the Gus Holmelin family. Mrs. Holmelin is the for-
mer Gloria Coulthard.
Mr. Antonio Fernandez (67) of Miami passed away on August 13,
1962. He had been in ill health for some time. He was a machinist in
the Canal Zone and retired about six years ago. Until he became ill he
often attended our picnics. There are no immediate survivors.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence True left Miami late in August for an ex-
tended visit in Canada.
Ruth and Ike Metzger took off for Minnesota early in October in the
hope of seeing some of the beautiful Fall foliage in that area. They will
spend a few weeks with their son, Bill Metzger and his wife in Minneapolis.
Mrs. Eleanor P. Parker visited the Walter Gormans in their new home
in North Palm Beach. Mrs. Parker, too, is moving to a new home at 901
S.W. llth Ave. in Hallandale, Florida. She will be in Building 8 Apart.
ment 16 in this new co-operative.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard R. Harris of Knoxville, Tennessee were guests
in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Skinner of Miami. Mr. and Mrs.
Harris were enroute to Canal Zone for a visit with friends and to attend
the official opening of the new high bridge across the Canal.
Dr. and Mrs. Harry Eno spent several days at their home in Coral
Gables before returning to Canal Zone, to be present for the opening of
the new the new bridge on October twelfth.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Wilson (nee Grace Shack) announce the birth of
a son on October 4th. The little man has been named David Mrs. Grace
Shack is spending a few months in the Zone as guest of her son and
The October meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Southeast Flor-
ida was held at the Rock Shelter in Matheson Hammock on October 14th,
with lunch being served at 1 o'clock. Due to the illness of Mr. Hobart
Andrews, President, and absence of other officers, election of new officers
for the next year was postponed until the next meeting.
Mrs. Helen Smith who recently retired from Post Office Department
at Balboa and now living at Fairhope, Alabama, was guest of the W. T.
Bowens for several days. She also spent some time with the R. D. Mel-
Mrs. Della Hancock of Balboa spent two weeks in Miami as the guest
of her son Harold Hancock and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Russon left recently to spend a couple of months
with friends in Boston and Philadelphia.
Cheryl Lyn Hall, daughter of Lindley and Jackie Hall is spending
the winter with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bowen and is attend-
ing high school in Coral Gables. Also visiting the Bowens were two other
granddaughters, Gail Martin and Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Harvin of Winter
As this is the last writing before next year ,- Merry Chrismas and
Happy New Year to our many friends.
CANAL ZONE SOCIETY OF COLORADO
The Canal Zone Society of Colorado held its first picnic in three
years at the home of Col. and Mrs. James A. Wier (Alice Rae Ward) at
Fitzsimons Hospital in Denver, Colorado the afternoon of August 12. Pol-
leras and montunos were in abundance, with Panamanian music in the
background bringing us all memories of the Atlas, Balboa and El Rancho.
Lt. Col. Julien C. (and Mrs..) Kennedy furnished the records for
the music and we were all so-o-o glad he had collected these records
while he was stationed in the Canal Zone.
Marjorie Wright and father Dr. Russell Wright came from Longmont
to join the party. Marjorie now works in Denver for Portland Cement
and shares a lovely apartment with two airline stewardesses, complete with
swimming pool, etc. Dr. Wright told of his visit with the Brugges, Nell,
Peggy, and Fred, in Virginia recently. The hospitality of the Brugge
family still lives on.
Al and Norma (Evans) Harrington and their three children, and
Norma's parents, the D. J. Evans, came from Greeley (ye cow towne) to
visit with us all. Jack E. presided over the short business meeting with a
hammer for a gavel and bench for a podium. While he was conducting
the meeting, keeping everyone's attention with the hammer, quite a group
of outsiders had to come over to find out what it was all about!
Opal (Lundy) Houghton and husband and two children (Mr. Hough-
ton is a teacher at South High in Denver and Opal also teaches) also
attended the picnic. Opal and Mrs. Julien C. Kennedy, wife of Col. Ken-
nedy of Fitzsimons General Hospital, came to the picnic dressed as San
Bias Indian women. Their costumes were very authentic, even to the
stripe down their noses.
Mrs. Adelaide Lewis and daughter Sara were also at the picnic. Sara,
who retired four years ago as librarian at the Girls' School in Morrison,
Colorado, reviews books on the local Starr Yelland TV show every other
Tuesday afternoon. This started out as a six-month proposition, but has
now been going on for four years. Quite a reputation as a book reviewer,
she has. We're real proud of her.
One Panama hat, belonging to Col. Paul Guthrie, was passed around
for the dues. Since I was right next to Col. Guthrie, I could see he had
printed his name inside it with India ink. I don't think he trusted any
of us ex-C.Z.ers with that hat! Mrs. Guthrie was there too, adding to
Roy and Gladys Graham and family were at the picnic. Roy still
has his own employment agency, the Graham Employment Mart, so any-
one who is coming to Denver, look him up. Gladys as usual is keeping
busy at outside employment besides caring for her family.
Others attending the picnic were Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Marshall
of Boulder, Col., and Mrs. William B. Clifford, the Leonard Starks, and
the Roy Kennedy family. The Starks, by the way, are planning a trip to
the Canal Zone in December to visit with their daughter and family.
Last, but by far not the least, Lt. and Mrs. Doral E. Smith and four
children were there. The Smiths were in charge of the activities for both
young and old and did a wonderful job of it. Doral is on our Denver
police force and just back from a year at Northwestern where he did quite
a lot of studying, from what I gathered with good results, too.
After fun, games, food, etc., a brief business meeting was held and
new officers were "railroaded" (mostly with the ample aid of Jack Evans)
into jobs for the coming year. Unanimously elected (actually re-elected)
to the job of president was Leonard H. Stark. The Starks, by the way,
have purchased a home in Denver, and their new permanent address is
1337 S. Alcott St., Denver 19, Colorado. Doral Smith was also unani-
mously elected Vice-President, as was the undersigned elected Secretary-
I've been promised by all the members that they would give me news
for the Record, so I'm hoping that we'll have lots of news from now on to
give all you other readers.
Don't know about you, but as soon as we receive the Record, we read
it from cover to cover, with a few tears, lots of smiles, and reliving many
loving memories of our scattered friends. This is our way to keep in touch,
so let's keep the ball rolling.
Lots of success to our new president and may he have a very success-
Dorothy (Kaler) Kennedy
PLAN TO ATTEND THE REUNION JANUARY 15th AND 16th -
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Folks here in the mountains experienced a delightful Indian Summer
until about the 25th of October, then suddenly Old Man Winter arrived,
(as our friends in Falls Church, Va., the Paul Furrs say-Fall has fell!)
and some records were set for this time of the year here, has been down
to 23 degrees in our vicinity.
Seems as though our retirees have settled down for the winter, but
that means they are not traveling about so much, they are still busy with
one thing or another.
Capt. and Mrs. Frank Reppa went to Washington, D.C. by plane to
visit with their son and family. Later in the summer during August, their
son, Lt. Col. Robert P. Reppa and family were in Hendersonville, with
his -folks for about a week, they then went to Wash., .DC. for a new assign-
ment in the Pentagon.
Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Sawyer of Hendersonville, had the pleasure of
a visit of his sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ned Thompson, during
the month of August. The Sawyers have been to Mass. too, for a visit.
Betty and Paul Bentz report their daughter Joan (Mrs. Murray
Davidson) of Yonkers, N.Y. came for a visit, then flew to Iowa from
here. Paul and Betty left for a vacation of three weeks, going to Wash.,
D.C., Conn. visiting friends along the way. In Connecticut they will
visit with their son Alan Bentz and family.
Della and Clarence Howell had as their guests for a few days, Grady
Hardison of Margarita, C.Z. during September, about the same time "Ted"
Cook of Gamboa, C.Z. (recently retired) stopped by to see the Starford
Churchills'; both visitors then went to see Floyd Robinson, who is here
for the purpose of completing his home so that when he retires (soon)
it will be ready. Incidentally, Floyd has become a member of our soc-
iety, joined at, the October meeting.
Mr. and Mrs. George B. Ward, Sr., had both of their children home
during the summer, George B. Jr., with his wife Miriam, their two child-
ren Kevin and Janice, for about 10 days. Their daughter Ruth and hus-
band, (Dr. and Mrs. Sherman E. Lee) and their daughters and son, Kath-
erine, Margaret Ann, Elizabeth and Tom, who spent three weeks with
them in August and September.
Mrs. Clifton H. Holland visited in Norfolk, Va., with relatives of
her late husband during the summer.
Mr. and Mrs. -Dow Walker are leaving us, they plan to live in St.
Petersburg, we hope they will be happy in their new home, in Florida.
Mr. R. G. Condon and his parents Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Condon
of Clyde, Ohio stopped with Star and Dorothea Churchill on their way
to St. Petersburg, Florida. They have done quite a bit of traveling since
leaving Ohio, all along the East Coast from Mass. on. We were disap-
pointed they couldn't stay longer with us. Mary Condon wasn't with
"R. G." she is busy on the Zone, teaching school. We are expecting the
Glenn Campbells' (formerly of the C.Z.) of Hebron, Nebr. for a visit
soon, who are on their way to Florida to see more friends.
Dorothea Churchill, Secretary
SThe opening of the new bridge linking the Americas at the Panama
Canal was accomplished despite the raucous presence of extremist students.
Several extremist University of Panama students the faction that
imposed by force the recent campus strike carried out the strident
demonstration. They displayed Panamanian flags, posters with national-
istic slogans and the Cuban colors.
In marked contrast, another small group of University demonstra-
tors, composed mostly of Christian Democrats, displayed their flags and
posters in silence and made no attempt to disrupt the ceremony..
Even as the trouble-makers set up a din of yells and shouts that all
but drowned out his words, US Under Secretary of State George W. Ball
was announcing in his speech new agreements favoring Panamanian de-
mands over the Canal Zone.
By that time, the Very Rev. Mainert J. Peterson had delivered the
invocation, Panamanian Minister of Public Works Max Delvalle had
read his address, Rabbi Nathan Witkin had recited a prayer and a Latin
American Military Glee Club had surig "The Hymn of the Americas".
Secretary Ball was halfway through his speech when the caucus be-
gan. He kept on, as police held back repeated charges by the demonstra-
tors. A number of times the police line gave way and a few of the trouble-
makers ran through, but arms were quickly linked again to hold back
The program was cut short after Ball finished his speech. The cere-
mony of presentation of the bridge by the contractors to the Canal organ-
ization was omitted as was the brief speech that Mlauri e IH. Thatcher, for
whom the bridge was officially named by the U.S. Congress,; was to have
Mr. Thatcher, 90 years old, who as a member of the Isthmian Canal
Commission headed the Department of Civil Administration of the Canal
Zone from 1910 to 1913, was introduced to the guests by Governor Robert
Fleming, who acted as master of ceremony. He received a warm ovation.
Then the Panama and United States anthems were played, Mfirisignor
Jose Mario Carrizo, Domestic Prelate of Panama, blessed the bridge, and
while "The Thatcher Ferry Bridge lanr h" was played by a joint U.S.
Army and U.S. Air Force Band, Mr. Thatcher cut the ribbon beside the
platform with a pair of silver-plated scissors.
While the bulk of the crowd below the approach waited patiently
for the roadway to be cleared of chairs and the platform, the extremist
student demonstrators tangled again with the police cordon to break
through. Numbers of them plus spectators who had made their way for-
ward along the pedestrian's walk along the side of the approach succeeded
in crossing the police cordon.
Finally, the barriers were put down and the thousands of spectators
swarmed onto the approach for the 5124-foot walk across the bridge.
Several score made their perilous way to the top of the central arch to
drape a Panamanian flag over a beam.
The crowd had free run of the entire bridge until 3:02 p.m. when the
first private vehicles were allowed on the structure.
Blame for the mid-channel collision between a Belgian tanker and
a locally-owned vessel will probably be placed on the sunken vessel, it was
There was no official report on the finding of the board of inquiry
which met at Balboa Heights to determine the cause of the collision be-
tween the Belgulf Progress and the Paitilla III, but it was believed in
some circles that the testimony given by Hermenegildo Navarro, the
Paitilla's captain and sole survivor of the fatal accident would lead to
the placing of the blame squarely on the Panama vessel.
The Paitilla, a former military landing craft which was transporting
a cargo of sand from Chame, was cut in two by the collision with the
Extensive search and rescue operations by the Panama Canal, Canal
Zone Police and Industrial Division workers terminated with the recovery
of the body of Eliades Herrera, 11, Panamanian. Herrera was found by
the Panamanian motorboat Vilmita floating between Taboga and Uraba
General opinion that the Paitilla was heading straight across the
channel and paid no attention to repeated warnings from the Belgulf
Progress when the collision occurred. Despite efforts to warn Paitilla III,
the tanker struck the little craft amidships, damaging the port side bow
and sending the Panamanian boat to the bottom, 65 feet below at a point
opposite Flaminco Island.
Several brows were mopped when the final crash and the dust screen
subsided in the wake of a pick-up truck which plunged 150 feet down
Soso Hill and demolished itself in a pile of rocks close to Roosevelt Ave.
Maintenance Division employees had just finished unloading several
boxes of dynamite from the almost new Panama Canal Company truck
when the vehicle started to roll forward.
Juan Rodriguez, 52, Panamamanian, driver of the truck, reached
through the cab window and tried to steer the vehicle to one side when
its hand-brake slipped and rolled away from the powder magazine mid-
way up Sosa Hill near the Quarry.
The truck dashed Rodriguez against a large steel air compressor tank
and then continued on over the edge of the hill. The Panamanian received
slight shoulder injuries and was released from Gorgas Hospital shortly.
The 1962 Ford truck rolled 127 feet before it hit two air pipes 18
inches in diameter running along the edge of the hill. The truck bounced
over these and then bounced and slid down a second set of pipes all the
way to the bottom of Sosa Hill and only 40 feet from Roosevelt Avenue.
Traffic flow over the new Thatcher Ferry Bridge is expected to in-
crease to 10,700 vehicles a day within the next year.
Approximately 8,200 vehicles now utilize the swinging bridge at Mira-
flores Locks and the Thatcher Ferry facilities each day.
Currently, 2,300 vehicles travel daily between the City of Panama
and the Interior of the Republic. The remaining 5,900 vehicles crossing
the Canal are cars, trucks, and buses traveling between points bordering
Although the letters composing the words "Thatcher Ferry Bridge"
on the memorial on the East side of the bridge were of heavy bronze and
firmly bolted to marble, it took only a piece of 2 x 4 timber and willing
arms to knock the letters from their mounts. Students defaced this mem-
orial, and one at the Fourth of uly end of the new bridge, immediately
following the inauguration.
The Panama Canal's Dredging Division will get an assist during the
coming dry season from the sea-going hopper dredge Harding, which will
be sent to the Isthmus in January by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The dredge work will be in Gaillard Cut for approximately 3 months
to assist Dredging Division forces in the clearing of material which was
part of the cut-widening work in that area.
Built by the Corps of Engineers in 1939, the Harding is named for
former Canal Zone Governor Chester Harding, who followed Governor
George W. Goethals as Governor and served here from 1917 to 1921. It
is 308.2 feet in length, has a beam of 56 feet, and a capacity of 2,500
A new type of cargo ship,, carrying cargo loaded in 35-foot trailers,
passed through the Canal during September on its maiden voyage inaug-
rating a new intercoastal trailer service. The ship was the U.S. flag
SS Elizabethport which was enroute from New Jersey to Los Angeles and
San Francisco. The voyage was to take 14 days. The Elizabethport will
make regular trips through the Panama Canal on her intercoastal run
and soon will be joined by a sistership, the San Juan.
Her owners, Sea-Land Service, Inc., have announced that by the end
df this year there will be four jumbo trailer-ships on this service. The
trailers carrying the cargo are loaded and unloaded by huge gantry cranes
which are part of each vessel's superstructure. A trailer can be unloaded
and replaced by a new one in an average of 4 minutes. Andrews & Co.
act as agents for the line at the Canal.
In another Canal improvement, all hands working together have been
able to cut the average time a transiting ship spends in Canal Zone waters
by a full hour. It's 15.5 hours now versus 16.5 hours last year. One hour
saved will not make a voyage, but they all add up to better service for
It also represents a possible saving of $50 to $100 an hour in vessel
operating costs. With more than 1,000 transits being made by ocean-
going vessels annually, an estimated total savings of $1 million by Canal
users is possible, assuming an average vessel operating cost of $100 per
A ticklish nocturnal job done by Canal divers along the concrete
approach walls at Pedro Miguel Locks has been completed as part of the
long-range plan to improve the waterway's capacity of handling larger
ships. The broad-at-the-bottom slopes, or "Batters," of the locks walls
have been cut back along their entire 75 feet. The batters previously
interferred with deep-draft ships.
The National Assembly R. de P. has approved a resolution naming
the new bridge over the Panama Canal "Bridge of the Americas."
The United States Congress already has named the span "Thatcher
Ferry Bridge", in honor of Maurice H. Thatcher.
A disappointed crowd staged a near-riot at Dock 15, looted a Canal
Zone Guide Service information booth and damaged a gangplank when
they were not allowed to go aboard the USS Constellation after 4 p.m.
It took a special 15-man police detail and a squad of rifle-toting Mar-
ines over an hour to disperse the unruly mob consisting of some 1200
men, women and children who had surged through the Pier 18 gate in an
attempt to board the ship before the, visiting hour ended.
Order was finally restored at around 5 pm when the police detail
managed to lock the entrance gates and the Marines from aboard the giant
aircraft carrier, some with sidearms and others with rifles, broke up the
group which had merged with the thousands who were trying to get aboard
while some of the 26,500 who went aboard yesterday were trying to get off.
The engine and three of five freight cars in a Panama Railroad train
jumped the tracks and jacknifed across the rails opposite the Balboa Port
Although no injuries were suffered by the train's crew, the big diesel
engine and the freight cars, lying at varying angles over a main line and
track junction, presented work crews with a lengthy task of getting the
derailed train back on the track.
A new 4-cent Canal Zone ordinary postage stamp, commemorating the
opening of the new Thatcher Ferry Bridge uniting the continents and
spanning the Panama Canal, was placed on sale at Balboa Post Office,
October 12, 1962.
The stamp features a design of the new Thatcher Ferry Bridge super-
imposed on a spherical projection of the Western Hemisphere. Across
the top of the stamp is the legend "The Thatcher Ferry Bridge Uniting
the Continents 1962"; in the left center the slogan, "The Panama Canal
Uniting the Oceans 1914," and across the left bottom, Canal Zone Postage;
with the denomination 4c appearing in the upper right.
Swung ashore by the crane boat Hercules as easily as if she had been
a sedan, the Panama Railroad's new Engine 661 was put ashore at Cristo-
bal in July and was out on the main line for a test run two days later. The
first new locomotive to join the railroad's rolling stock in more than 10
years, she was stenciled "661" in memory of a well-known iron horse of
steam power days. She is the first of three 1200-horsepower-diesel-electric
locomotives being built by General Motors in La Grange, Ill., to fit the
wide gauge needs of the first railway to span the American continents.
Work has started on preparations for installations of flagpoles in the
Canal Zone from which the flags ofthe United States and Panama will
be flown side by side at several locations on both sides of the Isthmus.
Identical pairs of 20-foot aluminum shafts for the:flags of the United
States and Panama were installed some days ago, at each end of the
overhead superstructure which rises abovw the roadway of the new $20
million bridge across the Pacific entra.i,! of the Panama Canal.
John F. Stevens, regarded by many as the Father of the Panama Canal,
received tribute at a ceremony in Balboa attended by men who in their
youth worked under the distinguished engineer to make the dirt fly.
The ceremony was the dedication of Stevens Circle, a handsome park
built in Balboa.
Mr. Steven's contribution to the realization of the Canal project was
summed up by Stephen Ailes, Under Secretary of the Army, who as a boy
knew the former Chief Engineer of th Panama Canal, as follows:
"John F. Stevens conceived the design for the Canal, conceived the
the plan for digging it and for building the locks and the dams. He de-
vised the organization and created the force which did the job and
gave them a safe place to work. In all truth, the Canal IS his monument,"
stated Stephen Ailes, Under Secretary of the Army and Chairman of the
Board of Directors of the Panama Canal in the principal address given
at the Stevens Circle Dedication ceremony.
The dignity of the Balboa ceremony contrasted with the stormy dedi-
cation Friday of the new bridge across the Canal, at which a demonstra-
tion led by University of Panama extremists students disrupted the pro-
gram and created an atmosphere of tension.
Lt. Governor W. P. Leber introduced the guests who included John
Frank Stevens, III, of Washington, Indiana, and Mrs. John U. Hawks of
Goshen, Indiana, grandson and granddaughter, respectively, of John F.
Stevens, who unveiled the monument.
Ninety-nine-year-old Archdeacon Edward J. Cooper, who was chap-
lain of the Isthmian Canal Commission from 1907 to 1914, gave the Invo-
cation and Benediction.
Guests at the dedication ceremony, besides Mr. and Mrs. John F.
Stevens II and Mr. and Mrs. John U. Hawks, included U.S. Ambassador
Joseph F. Farland; Max Delvalle, Minister of Public Works of the Repub-
lic of Panama; Maurice Thatcher, the only surviving member of the Isth-
mian Canal Commission; Albert Spalding, secretary to the Venerable
Edward J. Cooper; Karl Curtis of Gamboa, representative of the U.S. con-
struction day workers; Josephus Liverpool of Panama City, President of
the Retired Canal Zone Workers' Association, representative of the non-
U.S. citizen construction day workers.
Two former Canal Zone Governors, General Julian F. Schley and
General Glen E. Edgerton, and Colonel R. D. Brown, former Director of
the Engineering and Construction Bureau, had come to the Isthmus espe-
cially to attend the dedication of the $20-million dollar bridge over the
Canal and the Stevens Circle dedication.
MOSTLY THIS'N THAT
Did you know that twelve new classrooms will be added to the
Balboa High School plant a severe earthquake shook up David, R.
de P. .. $75 million was spent in Panama by the C. Z. R.P.
workers in the Zone are planning a fund for acquiring C.Z. businesses
S. $11-million is being spent for non-U.S. housing on the Zone A
new town-site to be built at Summit ... an old Panama Canal crane was
used in building a new bridge in Maracaibo, Venezuela a jungle
east of the Panama Canal is to be studied for use of hydroelectric power
and agricultural development by AID Gorgas Hospital has a new
woman doctor in the ENT clinic it costs $8.17 to print each page
of the Record?
Please send pictures, preferably black and white, of yourselves and
your homes. Many thanks for the ones received for this issue.
Sincere thanks to all the Representatives who faithfully got the re-
ports in on time for year, and to all contributors who sent in items of
interest for the Canal Record. Without this fine cooperation there would
be no material to be published.
The deadline for the March issue will be February 1, 1963.
Start planning NOW TO ATTEND THE REUNION JANUARY 15th
and 16th. It will be a happy exciting experience. Keep the news items
SEASON'S GREETINGS TO ALL!
BETTY LOCKRIDGE, Record Editor
2600 Pinellas Point Drive, South---
Telephone 867-2315 St. Petersburg 12, Florida
THIRTY-FIRST ANNIVERSARY REUNION
TIME-January 15th and 16th, 1963.
PLACE-Soreno Hotel, overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First Avenue
and Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST--2.75 per person including :luncheon, gratuity and tax.
On the first day, Tuesday, anuary 15th, registration will be in the
forenoon and the: combined annual, and monthly business meeting in the
afternoon. On Wedesday there will be a social period of get-together in
the morning before the luncheon at 1 p.m. You are urged to forward
your reservations early as the hotel may be forced to.decline last minute
reservations for the luncheon.
The primary purpose of the Reunion is to enable former Isthmians
to get together, renew acquaintances and above all discuss those gone but
not forgotten palmy days. You'll never know how many true friends you
have until you attend the Reunion where they gather from every section
of the country. We will meet on the mezzanine floor of the hotel where
there is ample room with cJomfortable seats, or if you prefer seclusion
with former pals, there's the well-stocked bar on the main floor. The
luncheon is optional, but don't miss the Reunion. You'll be sorry if you do!
Room reservations can be arranged at convention rates of $12.00
double and $8.00 single, plus 3% tax at the Soreno Hotel, but if rooms
are not available there, they. will be secured in private homes at $9.00
double and $8.00 single. Those desiring reservations should remit $12.00
for double and $8.00 -for single rooms per day. There is also efficient
room-locating service maintained by the Chamber of Commerce in the
Greyhound Bus Terminal at the foot of Central Avenue which is open
daily until 9:00 p. m.
MAIL YOUR RESERVATION FORMS PROMPTLY. We must have
them not-later than January 10. Make remittances payable to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but- LUNCH-
EON TICKETS WILL NOT BE-MAILED. They should be claimed im-
mediately upon arrival at the Reunion.
(Reservation form on separate page.)
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Thirty-First Anniversary Reunion
January 15th and 16th, 1963
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
MRS. LUCILLE S. JUDD, Secretary-Treasurer
3535 19th Street No. St. Petersburg 13, Florida
Please arrange reservations as follows -
Reunion luncheon tickets for persons, each, $2.75.
My party of persons will find our own room accommodations.
My party of persons will need single and/or
double rooms in hotel or private home for days beginning
January 1963. Enclosed is $8.00 for each single room and/or
$12.00 for each double room per day for deposit on these reservations,
plus 3% tax.
There is enclosed remittance of $ representing total for
all the above reservations.
My party will arrive by Train; Automobile; Bus.
(Please indicate which)
Address .. .--
Names and addresses of those in my party:
While at the Reunion our address will be:
________ ------ ~j --- -- L .- ~-- ..-_. il j '-* i- -
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Schmidt of Balboa, Canal Zone, visited their
son and family, Lt. and Mrs. John Schmidt, Jr., in Fayetteville, North
Carolina. They later were guests in the home of her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. William Barlow in Tampa, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Page of Coco Solo, Canal Zone, are guests of
Mrs. Ruth Page, St. Petersburg, Florida. They also visited Mr. and Mrs.
Notes of Thanks were received from the following:
F. W. Hohman, Mrs. Wallace Dunham, Paul and Hazel Pearson, Ruth
M. Sill, Asa and Elsa Bullock, Nelle Mitchell, William L. Howard, Fred
Everett, Mrs. Elsie Patterson and Mrs. Evelyn M. Willumsen.
Col. Daniel E. Wright, 79, retired Army engineer who helped direct
the building of the Panama Canal, died in Newton Baker Hospital, Mar-
tinsburg, W. Va., Nov. 10, 1962, after a long illness. He was a St. Peters-
burg winter resident, staying at 827 14th Avenue North.
Col. Wright, an engineer specializing in sanitation and public health,
spent 44 years of his life in foreign countries. He was one of the original
group of engineers who cleaned up malaria and yellow fever at the Panama
Canal in 1904 under Col. William C. Gorgas. He later achieved wide
recognition for his success in eradicating malaria in Greece with the aid
of DDT, which he helped pioneer.
The story of Col. Wright's campaign in Greece was told in a story in
Readers Digest in 1946.
Born in Frederick County, Virginia, Col. Wright grew up in Win-
chester, and was graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In 1904
he answered a call for volunteers to join Gorgas in Panama, where he spent
He married Grace Yarborough of McKinney, Tex., in 1912 in Panama.
The Wrights came to St. Petersburg in 1948, and purchased their
present home to spend the winter seasons. In the summer they lived in
Surviving are his wife, Grace Radcliffe; a daughter, Grace Foley,
St. Petersburg; a son, Daniel E. Wright, formerly of St. Petersburg now
living in Winchester; and a brother, Fred, of Hagerstown, Md.
Col. Wright was a member and one-time President of the Society of
the Chagres. Ed.
Canal Zone Lieutenant Governor W. P. Leber, accompanied by John
D. Hollen, Chief of the Executive Planning Staff, and L. A. Ferguson, Dir-
ector of the Supply and Community Service Bureau, presented the Distin-
guished Service Award to Wendell G. Cotton, Superintendent of the Pan-
ama Canal Housing Branch, at his home. This is the highest award given
by the Panama Canal organization in recognition of outstanding service.
The award was accompanied by a letter from Canal Zone Govern-
ment Robert J. Fleming, Jr., which commended Cotton for his service to
the community and to the Canal organization.
BY-LAWS OF THE CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE IV DUES
1. The dues of the Society shall be three dollars ($3.00) a year by cal-
endar years, and shall entitle members in good standing to receive
the Canal Record and Year Book when issued.
2. Dues shall be considered payable in January of each calendar year,
and will be considered delinquent on February 1st in any calendar
year. New members will be accepted after July 1st in any year for
$1.50 in dues for the balance of that particular calendar year pro-
vided the following year's dues are paid in advance at the same time.
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
for Membership Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
Name (Wife)------------------------------------ --
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City ........------------------ Zone----- State------------
Division Employed -----------------------------------
Recommended By --------------------------------------
Approved By----------------- ----------------- Date------------
Amount enclosed $------- ------------ Check ---. M.O.---- Cash----
Dues $3.00 per year. Add 45c to checks on Canal Zone Banks.
IF YOU ARE A FLORIDIAN .
JOIN THE BLOOD BANK NOWI
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for Membership BLOOD BANK FUND
Residents of Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
Name-----------.... ------------ .........------- .. ..... ...
Address ------.-----------.----..---------------- ..Box ----......
Amount Enclosed $-------- ---- (Check)------ (M.O.)...--- (Cash)---...
Approved by------------------------------- Guard date---..--.... ----....
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Dependents $1.00 per year.
Outgoing and incoming officers P.C. Society Northwest Ark.
Grover Bohan-Pres., Mrs. Walter Rief, Walter Reif, retiring Pres., Blanche E. Shaw,
ret. Sec'y., Newell N. Shaw, Mrs. Grover Bohan Sec. other table Paul Bidstrup.
)x, 0 Jr
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Mr. Henry Grieser, MrW John F. Stevens, who else???? 1927 Balboa Swimming Pool
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R.B. Hayes Stroop, Jr., Violet (Stroop) Robinson, Sue and Sheila Mitten,
Mrs. Hayes Stroop, (Northern Calif.)
Chas. Calvit, Sara Rothwell, Kate ELdon, Bessie Haldeman,
Lydia Gerald, Lee Wright (Houston, Tex.) all first cousins.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
U. S. PtsSag
St. Petmnbu nFa.
Pnemt No. 608
POSTMASTER: IF ADDRESSEE HAS REMOVED NOTIFY SENDER OF NEW
ADDRESS ON FORM 3547, POSTAGE FOR WHICH IS GUARANTEED
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