Aerial view of Gatun Locks looking south.
Courtesy of the Panama Canal Company
Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Ely, Centerbrook, Conn., Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright, St. Petersburg, Fla.,
Mr. and Mrs. Alton White, Houston, Texas and Mrs. and Mrs. Elmer Stevens, Monroe, La.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Joyce, Sarasota, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert McKeown, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr and Mrs Roger Orvis Sarasota Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Orvis, Sarasota, Fla.
Peggy Ellis, Houston, Tex., Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hicks, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Eckhoff, Naples, Fla.
Mr. Sam Hess, Highland, Ind., Capt. and Mrs. A.B. Forrstrom, Cranston, R.I.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Williams, Bentonville, Ark.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Ernest M. Kleswetter J. F. Warner
W. J. Dorgan Executive Committee
Vice-President TsE Ernest M. Kieswetter
Lucille S. Judd W. J. Doran
Secretary-Treas. Lucille S. Judd
Betty Lockridge Betty Lockridge
Record Editor Mary Belle Hicks
Mary Belle Hicks Dewey Goodwin
Recording Sec'y. Albert McKeown
Martin Nickel David S. Smith
During the current session of Congress the most important bill passed
was the income tax bill. The pending Social Security Bill, H.R. 11865 will
increase all payments by 5% plus other benefits for children until age 22
if they are attending school. It is suggested that you contact your Social
Security Office and check with them on any new benefits you may be[
eligible to receive if the Bill becomes law. There is still some hope that we
may get a law through the Congress granting an across the board 5%
raise. There are several bills pending on the subject of the pay raise.
The cost of living index will have to raise to the required 3% for the
period Jan. 1, 1962 thru Dec. 31, 1964 before we will get an annuity
increase effective April 1, 1965. For full details on all legislative
matters pending before the Congress please read "Retirement Life",
monthly publication of National Association of Retired Civil Employees,
1625 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C, 20009, Cost of Annual
G. C. Lockridge, Legislative Representative
ABOUT THE COVER
Aerial view of Gatun Locks looking South showing the three levels a ship must
be lifted to enter Gatun Lake from the Atlantic Ocean while making a transit.
Mrs. Elvira L. Byrne-Gorgas Hospital-31 years, 4 months, 22 days.
Capt. Roy L. Hearn-Navigation Division-30 years, 2 months, 16 days.
James T. Langford-Chief Engineer SS Cristobal-
18 years, 1 month, 6 days.
Miss Mary M. Marham-Supply Division-23 years, 5 months, 11 days.
Miss Florence M. Peterson-Accounting Assistant-
32 years, 2 months, 12 days.
John P. Smith, Jr.-Health Director's Office-21 years, 1 month, 28 days.
Raoul O. Theriault-Supply and Community Services-
23 years, 8 months, 2 days.
Harold I. Tinnin-Supply Division-27 years, 29 days.
Adrain W. Webb-Locks Division-35 years, 6 months, 1 day.
Milton H. Wright-Motor Transportation Div.-
24 years, 5 months, 11 days.
Roy F. Armistead-Industrial Division-38 years, 8 months, 26 days.
Gladys M. Duncan-Supply Division-22 years, 3 months, 7 days.
Rodney B. Ely-Chief Surveys Branch-36 years, 10 months, 24 days.
Herbert O. Engelke-Industrial Division-35 years, 7 months, 25 days.
Winfield F. Fearn-Maintenance Division-23 years, 2 months, 20 days.
Joseph L. Gwinn-Electrical Division-21 years, 8 months, 17 days.
Frank A. Hall-Maintenance Division-23 years, 5 months, 5 days.
P. Byrne Hutchings-Community Services Division, Pacific-
36 years, 3 months, 6 days.
Frank N. Light-Locks Division, Atlantic-25 years, 9 months, 17 days.
James M. Little-Dredging Div., Pacific-23 years, 7 months, 11 days.
Marie E. Sellers-Coco Solo Hospital-18 years, 11 months, 8 days.
Bland Smith-Electrical Division-28 years, 11 months, 27 days.
Capt. Benjamin L. Thomas-Pilot, Navigation Division-
24 years, 7 months, 9 days.
Jordan E. Walbridge-Locks Division-23 years, 11 months, 23 days.
Jefferson E. Watson-Terminals Division-29 years, 8 months, 12 days.
Preston J. Barker-Maintenance Division-23 years, 5 months, 22 days.
Albert B. Cooper-Police Division-23 years, 6 months, 1 day.
Charles E. Emlaw-Locks Division-21 years, 10 months, 2 days.
W. Houston Esslinger-Chief Hydrographer-44 years, 9 months, 9 days.
Julian B. Hall-Industrial Division-33 years, 1 month, 1 day.
Winters A. Hope-Engineering Division-27 years, 9 months, 26 days.
Ralph H. Kirkpatrick-Industrial Division-29 years, 8 months, 7 days.
Fred E. Mounts-Police Division-21 years, 5 months, 23 days.
Archibald H. Murphy-Railroad Division-8 years, 8 months, 4 days.
Joseph J. Riley-Locks Division-33 years, 1 month, 9 days.
Cornelia M. Wright-Accounting Division-24 years, 2 months, 2 days.
WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENTS
Flt./Lt. and Mrs. L. Cowburn announce the marriage of their daugh-
ter, Gwenda Ann, to Mr. John Allen Redman on Saturday, March 7, 1964
at St. Anne's-on-Sea, Lanes, England.
Mr. and Mrs. John Allen Redman will be at home after March 24 at
7 Lakeview Gardens, Apartment 315, Natick, Massachusetts.
John is the son of Mrs. Wm. (Jean) Storey, Wellesly Hills, Mass.,
and the late Captain Carlton Redman, a Pilot on the C.Z. He is 2nd
officer with the United Fruit Line, the same company that his father was
with before he became a Pilot. -Ed.
Daniel G. Winklosky and Catherine D. English of Coral Gables,
Florida, were united in marriage December 28, 1963. Mary Ann, sister
of the bridegroom, flew to Coral Gables to attend the wedding.
Daniel has an architectural degree and Masters degree in City Plan-
ning from Oxford University, Oxford, Ohio. Catherine is a graduate of
Daniel is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Winklosky of Balboa, C.Z.
They are presently residing at 838 Lowerline St., Apt. 7, New Orleans, La.
Miss Patricia Elaine Schwartz became the bride of John Barton
Wilkerson at St. John's Catholic Church, St. Petersburg, Florida, July
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Schwartz,
Treasure Island. Wilkerson is the son of Dr. and Mrs. John Wilkerson.
Miss Deanna Bailey was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Jen-
nifer Schwartz, sister of the bride, Mrs. Donald Pulford and Miss Miriam
Dr. John M. Wilkerson was his son's best man. Ushers were Stephen
Schwartz, brother of the bride, and Crichton McCutcheon of Orlando.
Reception was at the Old Denmark Restaurant.
A 1961 graduate of Boca Ciega High School, the bride is employed
by St. Petersburg Federal Savings and Loan Association. She was a mem-
ber of the Catholic Singles Club of Pinellas County.
The bridegroom was graduated from the University of Colorado. He
holds a master's degree from Indiana University. He is a psychiatric
social worker with the Marion County Child Guidance Clinic, Indianap-
Mr. and Mrs. Wilkerson will live at 3800 W. Michigan St., Apt.1611,
Miss Barbara Jean Adams of Twin Falls, Idaho, and William G. Full-
man of Balboa, Canal Zone were united in marriage on June 16, 1964.
After the ceremony they drove to Anacortes, Washington where William
is employed in the Texaco Refining Plant.
Mr. Fullman was graduated on June 14, 1964 from the University of
Idaho with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.
Miss Jeanne Carol Nickerson, El Paso, Tex., granddaughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Arthur M. Strauss Alburquerque, N.M. and George Young Trail,
Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Preston Trail of Lexington, Mo.,
were married June 8, 1964 at Timothy's Evangelical Lutheran Church,
Albuquerque, N.M. The Rev. Titus School performed the ceremony.
The bride was given in marriage by her grandfather. The maid of
honor was Miss Patricia Ann Palga, Louisville, Ky. The best man was
John Charles Nickerson. David Arthur Nickerson and Henry Robert
Nickerson were ushers.
A reception was held at the Hospitality Room of the Ambassador
East Apartments in Alburquerque immediately following the ceremony.
The couple took a trip to Columbia where they will make their home.
Mr. Trail is an English instructor at the University of Missouri.
Mrs. Trail has a B.S. in Education at the University of Missouri and
was a member of the Pi Lambda Theta education honorary sorority.
Mr. Trail has a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri and
obtained a M.A. in English in August. He is a member of the Delta Tau
Kappa honorary English fraternity.
The bride is the daughter of the late Col. and Mrs. John Charles
Nickerson who met their deaths in a tragic automobile accident near
Mrs. Rae Brock of Kinston, North Carolina, formerly of Mt. Olive,
North Carolina, announces the engagement and approaching marriage of
her daughter, Mary Emma to Melvyn Michael Field, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Cyrus W. Field of Margarita, Canal Zone. Miss Brock is the daughter
of the late Mr. Atler Brock.
Miss Brock is a senior at the James Walker Memorial School of
Nursing at Wilmington, North Carolina, and graduated in August.
Mr. Field attended the Merchant Marine Academy, and Tulane Uni-
versity, and presently is serving with the U.S. Air Force, Fort Fisher
Radar Air Defense Station, Kure Beach, North Carolina. He is the grand-
son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George R. Field, and Lieutenant and Mrs.
Thomas P. Foley, formerly of Ancon and Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus W. Field and family left the Isthmus to attend
the nuptials which were solemnized August 16th, at St. Mary's Roman
Catholic Church, Wilmington, North Carolina. The Reverend Father
Charles O'Connor, C.M., officiated at the wedding ceremony.
Miss Doris Mary Young, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Forrest
Young of Los Rios, C.Z. and Mr. Loyd Tom Gundersen were united in
marriage May 15, 1964 in the Balboa Union Church.
The bride was given in marriage by her father..
Gundersen is the son of Captain and Mrs. Christian J. Gundersen
of Balboa. He is a graduate of Balboa High School, attended, Canal Zone
College and Potsdam College in Potsdam, New York.
The groom was attended by his father, Captain Gundersen, as best
man. Ushers were Captain Jack Stuart, Captain Gilbert Fritts, and Mssrs.
Donald Nolan, Richard Abell Arnie Hauge and Timothy Woodruff.
A reception was held immediately after the rites in the church parlor.
Miss Carolyn Corn served the cake.
Mrs. Blodwin Trubyfill was in charge of the guest book. The Misses
Roland Daulhoff and Rose Monzan and Mrs. Arthur Payne and Mrs. Rich-
ard Abel presided at the coffee and punch services.
After a honeymoon in Miami, the bridal couple is now at home at
190 North Main Street, Building Four, Apartment 36A, New York City,
Miss Frances Green, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Green of
Converse, Indiana and Mr. Kenneth R. Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred H.
Lee of La Boca, Canal Zone, were married on May 29 in Trinity Meth-
odist Chapel, Lafayette, Indiana.
The bride is a graduate of the Purdue University School of Phar-
macy and was employed as a pharmacist at Marion General Hospital.
Mr. Lee graduated from the Purdue University School of Industrial
Management in August and is employed by Vaught Aeronautics, Dallas,
Texas. He is a Lieutenant in the Naval Air Reserve and is affiliated with
Anti-Submarine Squadron 722, NAS Glenview, Illinois.
Following a wedding trip to Panama and the Canal Zone, the couple
will return to the States to make their home at 125 Marshall Drive, West
Mr. and Mrs. Norton Bernard Stephenson of Balboa announce the
marriage of their daughter Diane Elizabeth to James Peter Bradley on
May 4 in Balboa.
The marriage of Miss Diane Hickey, daughter of Mr: and Mrs. Joseph
L. Hickey of Margarita, and Mr. Charles F. Irvine, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles F. Irvine, Sr. of Somerville, Mass. was solemnized May 17th, at
St. Peter's Church in Dorchester, Mass.
The bride attended Canal Zone schools and is a graduate of Cristobal
High School and The Boston School of Business Education. The groom
is a graduate of St. Mary's High in Cambridge, Mass. and Anslem's Col-
lege in New Hampshire. Both are presently employed at Merchant's
National Bank in Boston, Mass.
Among the guests were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Magee, Mr. and Mrs.
Harry Seaman, and daughter, Mrs. Carol Gerrald of Ft. Bragg and daugh-
ter Jean and Jean and Rene Owen, all former Canal Zone residents.
After a honeymoon in Canada they are at home to family and friends
at 37 Endicott Ave., Somerville, Mass.
Miss Joella Sue Jenkins, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Joe C. Jen-
kins of Las Cumbres, and Randall Lloyd Deakins, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Roger Deakins of Diablo Heights, were married at the Curundu Protes-
tant Church recently.
Attending the bride was Miss Jeknne Albriton as maid of honor and
the Misses Polly LaGrave and Vicky Dunning, bridesmaids. The little
flower girls were Luisa Dunning and Trishy La Grave.
Serving as his brother's best man was Mr. Terrell Deakins. Ushers
were Messrs Daniel and David Jenkins, brothers of the bride, Fred LeVee
and Tommy Jenkins, the bride's cousin.
Miss Sheila Mitten was in charge of the bride's book and Miss Vaudie
Robinson was receptionist.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Deakins are graduates of the Canal Zone College.
Following a wedding trip to Miami and St. Petersburg, Florida, the couple
will be at home at 0262-D Gamboa.
Miss Irene Marie Michaelis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Andrew
Michaelis of Balboa, and Eugene Lincoln Matsch, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Leander William Matsch of Tucson, Arizona, were wed in a civil cere-
mony performed by Judge Charles A. Garcia at the Fort Amador Officer's
Club June 7, 1964.
Matron of honor was Mrs. Daniel George and the maid of honor was
Miss Luchita Burrillo.
Bridesmaids were the Misses Maribel Kodat Duque, Kumi Ishida,
Teresita Aleman and Irene Ocana.
The little Misses Mary Jane Weade and Maria de Lourdes Marquez
were flower girls.
Serving as best man was Gregory Michaelis, brother of the bride.
Daniel George acted as groomsman and the ushers were Zachary
Michaelis, another brother of the bride, Bruce Quinn, Captain Arthur
Holnick and Nobuo Koede.
Miss Barbara Lewter was in charge of the bride's book and remem-
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School, Class of 1960, and
Canal Zone Junior College, Class of 1962. She is employed as secretary
of the dean of Canal Zone College.
Matsch is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leander William Matsch of Tuc-
Son, Arizona. He graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona
in 1960 and from that year until 1963 served as an officer in the United
States Navy. He is a graduate student in mathmathics at the University
where his father is Dean of the College of Engineering.
The young couple spent their honeymoon on Taboga Island, R. de P.
In a ceremony at the Trinity Methodist Church in Denver, Colorado,
Miss Sandra Elizabeth Davis and Mr. John Deane Campbell were married
an April 23.
A reception was held immediately after the ceremony, in the Bon-
anza Room of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Denver.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and attended Barry
College in Miami where she majored in English. She is the daughter of
Mrs. Gertrude Ullrich Coppenhaver of Panama City and Mr. Luther Davis
The groom is a graduate of Cristobal High School and attended
Embry Riddle in Miami. He is at present an Engineer with Burkhardt
Steel in Denver. The groom is the son of Captain and Mrs. John F. Camp-
bell, of France Field.
The young couple are making their new home at 621 South Lincoln,
Apartment 110, in Denver.
The marriage of Miss Priscilla Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Jennings L. Thomas of Magnolia Springs, Alabama and Charles B. Doug-
las, Jr., First Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles B. Douglas of Diablo Heights, was solemnized March 21 in
the First Baptist Church of Foley, Alabama.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Mrs. George E. Friz-
zell, sister of the bride served as matron of honor.
The bridegroom was attended by his father, Charles B. Douglas, as
best man. Ushers were George E. Frizzell and Roland G. Thomas.
Following the reception at the home of the bride, the couple left
for a wedding trip to California. They will reside in El Toro, California
where First Lieutenant Douglas is assigned to the Third Marine Air Wing.
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan L. Jenkins of La Boca, announce the engagement
of their daughter, Mary Earle, to David Karl McDonold, the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Karl A. McDonold of Minomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Miss Jen-
kins graduated from Balboa High School in 1961 and is completing her
nursing studies at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, in Septem-
ber. Her fiance was formerly with the Air Force, stationed in the Canal
Zone. He is now employed in Kansas City, Kansas.
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Mallory of La Boca have announced the
engagement of their daughter, Miss Elizabeth Willins Mallory, to Lt.
George R. Duncan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil N. Duncan of Sutton, W. Va.,
Miss Mallory is a graduate of Balboa High School and has attended
Canal Zone College. Lieutenant Duncan is a 1962 graduate of the United
States Military Academy at West Point, New York and is presently sta-
tioned in the Canal Zone.
(Miss Mallory is the granddaughter of Mrs. Marion Lucas, La Boca
and neice of Mrs. Leslie Wilkinson (Sully Sampson), Donna Tex.-Ed.
Mary R. McLeod (Becky), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. McLeod
was joined in marriage to Mr. Thomas C. Lampree of Houston, Texas
on March 27, 1964. The young couple are residing at 880 Glendale Ter-
race, Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. and Mrs. Boyce Moore, Blytheville, Ark., announce the betrothal
of their daughter, Susan, to Howard Thomas Tettenburn, Lieutenant j.g.,
United States Navy, of Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. Lieutenant Tetten-
burn is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Tettenburn of Balboa. Following
his graduation from Balboa High School, he attended Georgia Tech. The
Lieutenant has been selected for study at the Naval Postgraduate School
in Monterey, California, where the couple plans to make their home next
year. His bride-elect who is a graduate of Memphis State University, is an
Alpha Gamma Delta, and taught physical education in San Diego, Calif.
Mrs. Gustaf R. Holmelin, 3300 15th St. No., St. Petersburg, Florida
has announced the engagement of her daughter, Frances Ann, to David
Earle Haile. The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Mr. Holmelin.
Haile is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L C. Haile, Jr., 3931 14th Way NE.
Miss Holmelin is a native of Ancon, Canal Zone, was graduated from
Northeast High School and St. Petersburg Junior College. She is em-
ployed at Mound Park Hospital.
The prospective bridegroom who was born in St. Petersburg, was
graduated from St. Petersburg High School and the University of Florida.
He will enter the Marine Corps Aviation Officer's School in September.
Mr. and Mrs. Roland E. McConnell, Redhook, N.Y. announce the
engagement of their daughter, Margaret, to David A. Whipple, son of
Mrs. Neva Whipple and the late Mr. Whipple of Richmond, Calif. Miss
McConnell is a graduate of Utica Free Academy, Utica and Pottsdam
State Teachers College, and is presently with the Air Force, Scott AFB,
Ill. Her fiance received his education in California and is stationed at
Travis AFB, California.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Neal Williamson, Tallahassee, Florida,
(third son, sixth child) Frank Daniel, June 6, 1964.
Mr. Williamson is an instructor in Foreign Language Education at
the Florida State University, Tallahassee.
Mrs. Williamson is the former Roberta Adele Hollander, Canal Zone
born, graduate of Balboa High School and Florida State University.
Maternal grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Hollander of Jack.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Shafer (Helen Fogle) announce the birth of
a son, their first child, Eugene David, in Montebello, California on April
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Fogle, Montebello,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ludwick, Massilon, Ohio, announce the birth
of their third child, first daughter, Linda Lee, May 13th, 1964.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dwight VanEvera of St.
Born to Capt. and Mrs. "Spike" Capwell, a son, on April 18, 1964
in Los Angeles, California, where Capt. Capwell is stationed with the
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Capwell, Ecuador, C.A.
Born to Lt. and Mrs. James J. Richardson April 30, 1964, a daughter,
Ann Lorenne, in Frankfort, Germany.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Richardson, formerly
Mr and Mrs. William J. Dorgan, Jr. of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela,
have announced the birth of their first child, Maria, on May 21, 1964.
Bill is employed by Mobil Oil Company as planning engineer at El
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Crotti of New York City announce the birth of
a son, Anthony Henriquez Crotti, on April 4. Mrs. Crotti is the former
Anne Marie Henriquez of Panama City.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. Henriquez
of El Cangrejo. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Peter Crotti
of Bristol, Conn.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Colston of Hagerstown, Md., announce the
birth of their second daughter, Richie Deneen, on May 7th at the Wash-
ington County Hospital, Hagerstown.
Paternal grandparent is Mrs. Dean Colston, Hagerstown, Md., for-
merly of Curundu, Canal Zone.
Lt. (j.g.) and Mrs. Gerald A. Durfee announce the birth of their
second child and first son, Lon Gerald, on July 27, 1964, at Gorgas
Mrs. Durfee, nee Joan Degenaar, and her young daughter Lesli have
been visiting her mother, Mrs. Jessie Degenaar, of Diablo, while Lt.
Durfee was on a tour of duty in the Mediterranean. They are making their
home at the 15th Naval District, Ft. Amador, where Lt. Durfee is with
the Naval Communication Station.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fogle (Sally Banton) N. Madison, Ohio, announce
the arrival of a second son, James Reaugh on April 7, 1964. Maternal
grandparent Mrs. Marvin Banton, New Orleans, La. was on hand to greet
the new baby.
F. G. Swanson, resident of Tyler, Texas, past 33 years, (Ex-CZ 1905-
1918), claims a record for travel mileage to Annual Dinner reunions of
the Panama Canal Societies: 13 flights to St. Petersburg, 5 to Chicago,
2 to Washington and 1 to New York.
Having this year made St. Petersburg in January, New York in May
and Washington in June he claims the year's record. Anyone top it?
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rowley, Balboa, C.Z. returned from a two months
trip to the U.S. They came to New Orleans on the SS Cristobal, April 5,
with daughter June Stevenson and her children, Davis and Lori Lee;
stayed in New Orleans until they sailed on the SS Cristobal on April 14,
then went to Florida to look at property. They visited friends in Pautexent
River, Maryland, a niece in Hatboro, Pa., and finally to Sam's mother
who lives in Quogue, Long Island, who is a remarkable woman of 89
years young who takes care of her own home; to the World's Fair. On
return by plane to New Orleans, ran into former governor, William Pot-
ter, and they had a few minutes chat.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Huls (Beth Lockridge) and four children, North
Palm Beach, Fla. spent several days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. C.
Lockridge, St Petersburg in June.
Col. and Mrs. Geo. Hollingsworth (Gail Haldeman) and three daugh-
ters, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala. were guests of her sister, Mr. and
Mrs. Roger Collinge (Joyce Haldeman) St. Petersburg, Fla. Their daugh-
ter, Diana Hollingsworth, entered the U. of Fla. at Gainesville this fall.
Col. and Mrs. Cal Underwood (Betty Haldeman) and three children
were guests of the Hollingsworths at their resort in Fort Meyers before
coming to the Collinge's in St. Petersburg for a visit.
Miss Elouise Monroe and Dr. Dorothy Moody are on an 11 month
Around the World Tour.
Mr. and Mrs. Chubby Hackett (Betty Lewis),Balboa, C.Z., were guests
of her father, Sgt. Harry Lewis in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ward, Springfield, Mo. are living in the Roy
Reece home while making plans to build a new home in St. Petersburg,
Mr. G. C. Lockridge and Mr. Wells Wright enjoyed a few days fish-
ing at Lake Pierce, Florida.
Mrs. Ellen Baverstock of the Bahama Islands was a guest at the home
of her daughter (Sissy) Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Battersby, Bradenton, Florida.
She later visited Mr. and Mrs. Arvid Bloomquist, and the G. C. Orrs, St.
Capt and Mrs. Richard Abbott (Barbara Shaw) and two sons are
guests in the home of her parents, Col. and Mrs. Shaw in Salemburg, N.C.
Capt. Abbott has been assigned to the Management Science Branch of the
Computation Div. USAF in the Pentagton. Mrs. Abbott and sons will
join him after he has secured living quarters.
Mrs. John Pettingill, Ancon, C.Z. visited John's mother in Watkins
Glen, N.Y. and her mother, Mrs. Jack Scholefield in Peckville, Pa.
Bill Adams, Panama R. de P., is now warehouse manager at the Rod-
man Naval Station, C.Z. Mrs. Adams (Leslie) has a Nursery school in
San Francisco, R. de P. Her mother, Mrs. Mellish celebrated her eighty-
first birthday July 11. Son John graduated from Fla. Central Academy
in June and is now attending Canal Zone College in La Boca. Mrs. Frank
Taylor (Patricia Adams) and her son, Dallas, Texas, visited her parents
during the summer.
Mrs. Roy F. Keene, St. Petersburg, Fla., after having broken her leg,
is now at home and would appreciate hearing from old friends.
Dwight Ladd, Okinawa,, writes glowing reports about the beauty and
cleanliness of the Island. He is Asst. Supt. of Transmission and Sub-sta-
tion for the Island Power System. Gertrude is busy with bridge and social
clubs. Paula and Bob, 15 and 14, spend most of their time swimming.
Their daughter Joan, Mrs. Jerry Meyers, lives in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
where she is working at the hospital for problem children.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Lyons, New York City, spent most of the summer
Mr. and Mrs Zip Zierten,, St. Petersburg, Fla., accompanied by
Emma's sister, Rose Brintlinger, drove to New York City where Zip at-
tended the Elk's Convention and they all attended the Fair. They visited
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece at Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire,
traveled to Quebec, Toronto, and other points of interest in Canada be-
fore going to Barrington, Ill. to visit.
Mr. and Mrs. Vance Howard and children of Balboa, C.Z. were guests
in the home of Mrs. H. V. Howard, St. Petersburg. Later they all were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Kraut (Lena Mae Howard) and children in
Camphill, Pa., and attended the Fair in New York.
Dr. and Mrs. Bob Matheney, Ancon, C.Z. were guests of his mother,
Mrs. Jessie Matheney in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Esler, St. Petersburg, Fla. spent several days as
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Orvis in Sarasota, Florida.
Mr. Harry Gardner,. Gamboa, C.Z. was injured in an accident near
Miraflores where pile was being driven, June 19th. A load from the Der-
rick Barge drifted and he was pinned between the load and the spud well.
He was taken by tug to the Diablo Dock then by ambulance to Gorgas.
His right foot was amputated slightly above the ankle, and the left leg
was broken below the knee.
Capt. and Mrs. H. M. Schloming, Alburquerque, N. Mexico, upon
their return from the Orient, visited their son Ralph, who is General Sec'y.
for the Teachers Association, State of Calif., his wife and three sons in
San Francisco, Calif. Mrs. Isabel (Schloming) Cummings, who teaches
school resides with her children in Alburquerque. Beatrice Schloming
is a nurse at the U.S. Military Hospital Sandia base there.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Murphy, Port Charlotte, Fla. enjoyed a vaca-
tion in Hummelstown, Pa. with their daughter, Virginia, Mr. and Mrs.
Arnold Lebo and three children. On their return they visited Chief and
Mrs. Henri Moehrke and son in Wilmington, N.C.; Mr. and Mrs. Ed
Cullen and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Misenheimer in Dunnellon, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Shuey (Joan Boxwell) and 2 children of Gamboa,
C.Z. were guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Buren Boxwell, Gainesville,
Fla. Mr. Boxwell was a former employee in the Electrical Division. The
Shueys later visited Mr. and Mrs. (Edith Shuey) Lovell in Daytona Beach,
Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Shuey, Daytona Beach, Fla are touring the West
Coast of the U.S. in their Air Stream trailer.
Mr. and Mrs. Forest Cheeseman are at home to their many friends
at 526 Linden Way, Brea, Calif., which they have just purchased.
Mr. Russell Weade, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell A. Weade of
Balboa, after finishing his Junior year at the Maritime Academy at King's
Point, N.Y., spent three weeks with his parents.
Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Davis who bought Siesta Motel in Mt. Home,
Idaho, enjoyed having Mrs. Bob (Ruby) Kent from Seattle visit them
Kay E. Stone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Stone, Jamestown,
N.Y., graduated from Houghton College and is teaching 2nd grade in
Ruth Loyd and Cheryl Petersen, Kay and Mildred (Mrs. H. A.)
Stone went to Florida to visit Mr. Walter Petersen in Hollywood. Later
they visited the Walter Zimmermans in Ozone, Ark.
Lt. Col. and Mrs. T. L. Boyd (Lil Halliday) and her mother, Mrs.
Halliday, are living in San Antonio, Texas, where Lil works as a secretary
at Fort Sam Houston. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Halliday were their guests dur-
ing the summer. Tom's oldest boy Tommy has just finished boot training
at Lackland in San, Antonio. Jeff, their second son, is a Marine and one
of the ceremonial guards in Washington, D.C. The family has seen him
many times on T.V.
Lil has had major surgery in Brooke Hospital where General Powell
is the head, and Col. Voegel assisted in her operation. Both were at
Gorgas Hospital at one time. While she was in the hospital Dr. Tarleton,
who treated her father at Gorgas in 1933 after his tragic eye accident, was
operated upon and never came out of the coma. Mrs. Tarleton and her
nephew Louis Moffett, who was graduated from Balboa High were there
and all spent much time reminiscing about the C.Z.
Alberta (Mead) Smith has transferred to the Air Force Base at
Myrtle Beach, S.C. Her son Robert is in the Marines in San Diego, Calif.
and is attending ground radio school.
Col. Walter W. Metz, former Chief of Orthopedic Service at Gorgas
Hospital, was one of the doctors who treated Senator Edward M. Kennedy
for injuries suffered in a plane crash recently
Dr. Metz, who left Gorgas in April after approximately 2 years in
the Zone, now is Chief of Orthopedic Service at Walter Reed General
Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Harry E. Pearl was elected Exalted Ruler of Lodge No. 1414, B.P.O.
Elks, at its annual meeting.
Pearl, a civil engineer for the Panama Canal Company for 30 years,
has been connected with Fastlich, V.F.W. and American Legion Teen-
age Baseball for a number of years. At present he is president of Pacific
Youth Association and a member of the Civic Council.
Others elected were: Leading Knight, Ed. W. Hatchett, Jr.; Loyal
Knight, Wm. A. Aiello; Lecturing Knight, Martin J. Hayes; Secretary,
Maurice S. Kelleher; Treasurer, David C. Rose; Tiler, Hector Downs;
Trustee, 3 years, Donald M. Luke; Trustee-4 years, Larry Chance;
Trustee, 5 years, Melvin V. Smith.
A Panama Canal veteran with nearly 30 years' service is taking steps
toward a new career. Arthur A. Albright, Electrical Supervisor, Gatun
Locks, who has been working on his college degree for 24 years received
a B.A. degree from Florida State University recently. He will retire next
year and plans to get a master's degree and begin a career in teaching.
In 1958 he was promoted to electrical-supervisor. All his service has
been on Gatun Locks.
Albright has two sons in the United States. One is teaching at Okla-
homa State University and working in the Wooleroc Indian Museum in
Bartlesville, Okla. The other is in the Department of Military History of
the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Eugene C. Lombard, who retired in 1956 after 7 years as the Panama
Canal's third executive secretary and 37 years Canal service, in a recent
letter to Mrs. Eleanor Burnham, Canal Zone librarian-curator, said he is
still in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as director of the Catholic Relief Services
Mission. His work there and in Venezuela and Costa Rica pertain in part
to the distribution of surplus farm products under contract with the U.S.
The main interest, though, he said, is in socio-economic help, such as
cooperatives, credit unions, low-cost housing projects, dispensaries and
radio education schools. All of this, he added, is called community devel-
opment and is a good way to keep feeling useful.
The National Catholic Welfare Conference is in 70 countries and
Lombard, who has been in Honduras since 1961, anticipates that before
long he and his wife will be on their way someplace else.
The Lombards were in the Canal Zone in 1962. This was his first
visit since his retirement in 1956.
With the exception of Governor Goethals, he served under every
Governor of the Canal Zone. He was popular in the Republic of Panama
and was one of the relatively few Canal Zone civilians at that time to
receive the order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa from the Panamanian Govern-
Mothers were honored by their daughters at a recent affair sponsored
by the Women's Auxiliary of the Balboa Union Church.
More than 170 attended the Mother-Daughter Banquet held in the
American Legion Club, Fort Amador. They were welcomed by the first
vice-president of the Auxiliary, Mrs. Charles L. Latimer, general chair-
man of the event this season.
Oldest mothers present were Mrs. Alice Clement, mother of Mrs.
Wesley Townsend, and Mrs. Mary Brenneman, mother of Miss Margaret
Brenneman more than 80 years of age.
Mother of the newest baby was Mrs. Landen Gunn. Mrs. Joseph
Tilley, Mrs. A. H. Holgerson:, and Mrs. A. B. Carroll, Jr,, were honored
for having the most children, six each. As all her children are daughters,
Mrs. Holgerson was also honored for having the most daughters.
The Rev. and Mrs. Joe C. Jenkins of Las Cumbres departed for Cali-
fornia on a year's leave of absence. Mrs. Jenkins plans to complete work
for her degree at Chico State College in California.
Mrs. Adelaide Lambert from Florida spent the summer in her cottage
at Tolchester Estates, Chestertown, Maryland. She was accompanied
by Mrs. Frances Hilliard, of Hollywood, Fla. and Mr. and Mrs. W. L.
Howard, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Kathryn Nero arrived for a visit. Later they were joined by
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Ballard, of Adelphi, Md. and Mr. and Mrs. C. K.
Lambert Jr. for a reunion at Tolchester Estates.
John R. Thompson, Hospital Administrative Assistant at Palo Seco
Hospital, was congratulated by Col. Robert J. Kamish, Health Director,
who presented him an Outstanding Food Sanitation Award. The award
was in recognition of his interest and initiative in maintaining high stand-
ards of food handling and cleanliness at Palo Seco. Present at the informal
ceremony were J. P. McLaren, Chief of the Division of Sanitation; Miss
Marie Weber, Assistant Administrative Nurse; Miss Elmira Walton, Staff
Nurse; Colonel Kamish, Mrs. Caroline Atkinon, Staff Nurse; and Dick
Williams, Sanitary Inspector, Southern Sanitation Area.
Capt. E. B. Rainier, Port Captain, Cristobal, B. I. Everson, Director
of the Civil Affairs Bureau, and R. K. Erbe, Assistant Director of the
Supply and Community Service Bureau, went to New York to attend a
2-week seminar on "Skills and Goals of Management." The course was
given at the Executive Seminar Center at Kings Point, N.Y., by the Civil
During Captain Rainier's absence Capt. Andrew Stohrer was Acting
Port Captain, Cristobal.
J. B. Clemmons, Jr., Acting Civil Affairs Bureau Director, and H.
C. Egolf, Chief of the Community Services Division was Acting Assistant
Director of the Supply and Community Service Bureau. B. I. Bauman,
Grounds Maintenance Chief, was Acting Chief, Community Services
Cadet Petty Officer Charles C. Abernathy, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles S. Abernathy of Panama City, and Cadet Petty Officer Richard
H. Crowell, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Crowell of La Boca,
Canal Zone, were graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy, St. Peters-
burg, Florida on May 30th.
Petty Officer Crowell plans to study engineering at the Massachusetts
Maritime Academy next year, while Petty Officer Abernathy plans to
study business administration at Southwestern University in Texas.
Rufus Z. Smith, who served with the American Embassy in Panama
for three years early in his career, has recently returned to become chief
deputy to U.S. Ambassador Jack Vaughn. His official title is Counselor
of Embassy and Deputy Chief of Mission of the American Embassy.
Miss Sharon Phalen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Phalen of Bal-
boa, spent a month's vacation with her parents. Miss Phalen is a junior
at the Orange Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Orlando, Florida.
Rabbi and Mrs. Nathan Witkin vacationed in the United States.
A highlight of their holiday was the commencement exercises at the
Pennsylvania Medical School in Philadelphia, Pa. when their son, Michael,
received his degree as a doctor of medicine.
A Balboa high school graduate, Class of 1956, Doctor Witkin did
his undergraduate work at Washington and Jefferson College in Washing-
ton, Pennsylvania, where he received his internship July 1st in the Uni-
versity of North Carolina Medical Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The graduate is an Alpha Omega Alpha, national medical honor
Miss Dorothy Strumpf, who attended Florida State University at
Tallahassee this year spent the summer in the home of her parents,, Dr.
and Mrs. I. J. Strumpf of Ancon.
Dr. Charles L. Latimer, dean of Canal Zone College, presented the
Thatcher Medal to Miss Clarita Thayer at the commencement exercises of
the college's 30th graduating class. The Thatcher Medal, given in honor
of Maurice H. Thatcher, the only surviving member of the Isthmian Canal
Commission, is presented to the student judged by the faculty to be "most
outstanding in scholarship and deportment."
Barry L. Davison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman B. Davison, of Bal-
boa, was a recent graduate from Florida State University with a Master
of Science Degree in Bacteriology.
He is a graduate of Cristobal High School, Class of 1957. At Florida
State University he has been a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Bacterio-
logy. He is a member of Sigma Xi, a scientific fraternity, a member of the
American Society of Microbiology. For his Master's degree his thesis was
based on original research into the production of antibodies in chickens.
Barry joined his parents at Lake Forest College to attend the gradua-
tion of his sister, Marvel, who received her Bachelor of Science Degree
in Mathematics. After graduation she will enter Duke University for her
Master's and Barry will return to Florida State University to resume his
studies for his Doctor of Philosphy and to continue teaching.
Ethel Madeleine Shaw, R. N. has assumed a dual role, or as she de-
scribes it, "wears two caps" in her duties with the Health Bureau of the
Panama Canal Company. Not only is she filling the recently vacated
position of Director of Nurses at Gorgas Hospital but is also serving in
the capacity of Consultant to the Health Director on matters concerning
the Canal Zone nursing staff. Her title as such is Director of Nursing
Services for the Health Bureau and she is the first person to hold the
She will travel between her main office in the Administration Build-
ing to a second one in Gorgas Hospital, Corozal, Palo Seco and Coco
Winners of Federal Government Accounting Association scholarships
are Miss Marian A. Cheseldine, of Curundu, and Robert C. Panzer, of
Balboa, the two outstanding accounting students in the Canal Zone Col-
lege. The award of $100 each, to be applied to tuition in the Canal Zone
College for study in accounting, was made May 27 during the annual
FGAA banquet at the Tivoli Guest House.
The Key to the Locks and a certificate making him an honorary Aide
to the Governor of the Canal Zone, were presented to John Palmer Smith,
Jr., retiring Assistant to the Health Director, by Col. Robert J. Kamish,
Health Director. Mrs. Smith also received a key and a certificate as hon-
orary aide. Lt. Col. Milton Cohen, Assistant to the Health Director, had
just presented Smith the Health Bureau's Degree of Master of Band Flea
Sociology. Smith also received a Distinguished Service Award.
In Bethesda, Maryland, Miss Edyth Bishop has been awarded the
highest honor bestowed by her school.
Miss Bishop, daughter of Dale Bishop of Ancon, Canal Zone, and
Mrs. Constance Bishop of Bethesda, is an eighth grade student at Leland
junior high school.
During a ceremony held in the school auditorium, the 14-year-old
Miss Bishop was elected to membership in the Leland Chapter of the Na-
tional Junior Honor Society. Based upon a high scholastic standing, pop-
ularity and leadership qualities, it is the highest possible honor conferred
by Leland Junior high school, according to a letter received by Mrs.
Bishop from D. H. Reddick, principal of the school.
Extremely popular on campus, excelling in athletics, Miss Bishop
was reared in the Canal Zone and has many friends on the Isthmus. Her
father is in the Internal Audit Branch of the Controller's Office of Pan-
ama Canal Company.
Thomas D. Huff, First Secretary of the American Embassy in Pan-
ama, R. de P., has been transferred to Washington, D.C. where he will
be Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Cultural Presenta-
tions, who has responsibility for scheduling overseas tours by renowned
American artists, including both orchestral and theatrical groups.
Mr. and Mrs. Huff and family sailed aboard SS Magdelina in June..
Canal Zone Gov. Robert J. Fleming, Jr., presented a distinguished
service award to W. Houston Esslinger, P.C. chief hydrographer, who
was retiring. The official commendation cited his "extensive professional
knowledge, outstanding ability, and unselfish devotion to duty," and added
that through his efforts shipping had been permitted to continue to transit
with a minimum of draft restrictions. Official awards also included a
Master Key to the Panama Canal as Honorary Lake Master (instead of
the customary Lock Master), check for $300, and an Environmental Sani-
tation Award. Essingler joined the U.S. Weather Bureau in 1918, went
to the Isthmus in 1927, and had been unit chief since 1952.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Neuhas and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Pea-
body, Albuquerque, N.M. were hosts for a family houseparty.
The gathering included families of sons and daughters of Mrs. J. A.
Muller. Six of her children as well as 17 grandchildren and two great-
grandchildren assembled for the reunion.
Mrs. Muller's sons traveled from distant areas. Mr. and Mrs. Jack
A. Muller and children came from Northfield, N.J.; Mr. and Mrs. George
E. Muller and children from Buena Park, California.
The Panama Canal Zone was the starting point for two other sons
and their families, of Balboa. Mr. and Mrs. William A. Muller and child-
ren, who traveled to the United States by ship and drove from New Or-
leans. Mr. and Mrs. John W. Muller and daughter arrived in Albuquerque
Mrs. Neuhas and Mrs. Peabody are daughters of Mrs. Muller. The
Peabodys have four children as does Mrs. Neuhaus. The two great-grand-
children are daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Don Neuhas of Bluewater.
The only one of Mrs. Muller's children not present was Cmdr. and
Mrs. Walter E. Muller (USN) and children of Virginia Beach, whom
Mrs. Muller visited on her way back to N.M.
Mrs. Muller has been a resident of Albuquerque since 1950, as has
been her daughters.
B.P.O. Elks sabre award is presented to the most outstanding cadet
officer for leadership, service, and academic standing for the school year.
This award was presented by Exalted Ruler Walter W. Johnson at the
ROTC Military Awards Ball to Cadet Capt. Robert Martin, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Louis Martin, of Coco Solo.
Capt. John F. Campbell, a Panama Canal pilot on the Atlantic side
and a well known collector of nautical books, provided the Canal Zone
Library-Museum with a unique display for National Maritime Day.
The display, only a small part of his entire collection, includes rare
steel engravings of ships and nautical scenes; charts, tables, and maps;
17th, 18th, and 19th century records and ship logs; rare nautical instru-
ments, including sextants, a Davis "backstaff" (used to figure the altitude
of various celestial bodies), antique quadrants, and a nocturnal (used
to find the time of night by the pole star, manuals, and early editions of
the works of Nathaniel Bowditch and Edmund March Blunt, famous sea-
farers and nautical authors.
Featured in the display is a special edition of Captain Campbell's
own book, History and Bibliography of The New American Practical
Navigator and The American Coast Pilot, which describes the lives and
famous works of Bowditch and Blunt.
The only copy of his book now available to the public is at the Cris-
tobal branch of the Canal Zone Library-Museum. The book, which is
being distributed by the Peabody Museum, will cost $10 a copy. Only
1,000 copies were printed.
Possibly the most valuable piece in Captain Campbell's collection is
a first edition of Bowditch. Bowditch's great-grandson, Augustus P. Lor-
ing, was so impressed with Captain Campbell's book that he is sending
him an original manuscript of a part of The New American Practical
Navigator, written by Bowditch in 1811.
Captain Campbell's book, which he spent about three years produc-
ing, is being reviewed throughout the world by leading nautical journals.
In addition to his book, he has written numerous articles for nautical and
maritime journals. There is yet another outstanding work; he has written
the only accurate biography of Capt. John A. Constantine, the first Pan-
ama Canal pilot. This article appeared in the July issue of the nautical
magazine American Neptune.
The late Capt. Constantine was the father of Mrs. Al Hutchings
(Barbara) of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Ed.
Mrs. Corrine Spalding is selling her home in Atlanta, Ga. and has
moved to 1118 Bolling Ave., Apt. 31-A, Norfolk, Va. to be near her son
Mr. and Mrs. Wm Wall (Sue Reynolds), Baltimore, Md., called on
the Bill Hulls and the Daniels while in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Walls
keep busy raising and showing Pug dogs.
Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Wegman spent their vacation in Paris and Swit-
zerland and at the World's Fair.
Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Hamilton, Dallas, Tex., had as a guest Mrs. Marcy
Slocum, who later visited Judge and Mrs. Tatelman in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The following letter was received by Mrs. Judd, Sec'y.-Treas. Ed.
We have moved to the Texas Panhandle for a year or more where I
will be engaged in building several pumping stations whereby Uncle Sam
will bring water to this dried-up cattle country. Dried up when it does not
rain which is most of the time according to the natives and I believe it.
It can be beautiful, ugly; soppy or dry; hot or cold; all within an hour
or so. The wind blows the dust from Kansas and the Sooner country then
turns from the west and brings in New Mexico sand. In the mornings the
excess cold air from Canada comes in, heats up in south Texas or Mexico
and gets back here about noon! Even with all that there is something
about rolling land which is fascinating. One can look farther and see
nothing and go farther and not get anywhere than any place I have ever
been. Anyway we like it even when the humidity drops to 3% and once
1%. The boasters claim it has gotten in the minus column!
Cappy and Maclin Benagh,
4222 West 2nd Ave., Apt. E Amarillo, Texas. 79106
George Y. Trail received an award recently from the Fidelity Edu-
cational Scholarship fund. This award is given for the best research paper
submitted by a graduate student in the Department of English at the
University of Missouri.
Mr .Trail, who received his Masters degree in August, is an instruc-
tor of English at the University. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart
P. Trail of Lexington.
Capt. and Mrs. Gerald F. Graham and family have left Italy and will
be stationed at Tyndall A.F.B. near Panama City, Fla. Mrs. Graham,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight VanEvera and Capt. Graham, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Perc Graham, visited their parents in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Thomas Heppenheimer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Heppenheimer
of Coco Solo, has made the Dean's List at Michigan State University for
the spring quarter.
He carried 25 credits at MSU, more than any other freshman, and
achieved a grade-point average of 3.80 on a 4-point scale. A minimum
of 3.5 is necessary for the Dean's List.
Tom, who is working toward a degree in mechanical engineering,
graduated from Cristobal High School in January 1964. He was fourth
in his class.
In March Tom entered MSU as a National Merit Scholarship finalist.
He will be a sophomore in September, after having been in college only
Equipped with plenty of fried chicken for the first day's meals, a
tankful of gas, plenty of canned food, and water, three youths left Lub-
bock, Tex., early one June morning in a 1958 pick-up truck and headed
for high adventure on the road to the Canal Zone.
John Arthur Finlason, 20, his brother, Frank Alien Finlason, 19,
and their cousin, Ernest Terry, 16, aimed the pickup at Curundu Heights,
where Mr. and Mrs. John Finlason, parents of John and Frank, live. The
Finlason boys are studying petroleum engineering at the Colorado School
of Mines in Golden, Colo. Ernest goes to high school in Lubbock.
Four months of preparation went into the trip before the boys set out.
The 4,000-mile junket actually started in Colorado, where the boys equip-
ped the pickup with camping gear. They did not have any car trouble
on their 6-day drive from Lubbock to the Canal Zone. They drove through
five Central American countries, from border to border, in 24 hours.
The youths camped out at night and cooked their own food. They
stopped to see the volcano in Costa Rica.
They felt the entire trip was interesting, and were impressed by the
hospitality and friendliness of the people in all the countries. They said
the people enjoyed hearing them speak Spanish.
John Finlason, Sr., is a civilian employee of the Army. Mrs. Finla-
son is employed in the Panama Canal Contract Inspection Office in Coro-
zal. The Terrys are former Canal Zone residents. Ernest Terry, Sr. was
graduated from Cristobal High School and worked for the Panama Canal
Building Division after World War II. The Terrys left the Canal Zone
in 1951 for Lubbock, where they have made their home. Mrs. Terry and
Mrs. Finlason are sisters.
Mrs. L. C. Hostetler (Clarice I. Dettor) and her two sons visited
her parents the John D. Dettors of Takoma Park, Maryland. Mr. Dettor
was the former shop teacher of Balboa High School.
Mrs. Hostetler is a graduate of Balboa High School and Kent State
University, Kent, Ohio, and has recently completed foreign language in-
stitutes at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, P.R. She is chair-
man of the Foreign Language Department at Seacrest High School in
Delray Beach, Fla., where she and her husband, principal of Lantana
Junior High School, Lantana, Fla., reside.
Mrs. Ruth Morris, Soroptimist deputy of Panama R. de P. and Costa
Rica, attended the club meeting held in Miami, Fla. during the summer.
She is the wife of Dr. Vestal Morris, dentist in the Canal Zone. Mrs.
Morris holds a special education degree from Columbia and works with
retarded children on the Isthmus.
The most outstanding athlete in the history of Balboa High School,
Lewis French, recently was named most valuable player of his Castleton
State College (Vermont) baseball team.
Receiving his "biggest thrill" of the year, Lewis' earned the award,
voted to him by his teammates, for his batting average of .382 and his
fine defensive play and hustle as an outfielder.
While at Balboa French set a record of 14 athletic letters in 4 years.
But Lewis was the second best hitter on the team. Topping him in
the batting average department was Robert "Buzzy" Rathgeber, also from
the Canal Zone. "Buzzy" hit .383 in his second year at Castleton and
also played in the outfield.
Castleton State, a member of the New England State College Athletic
Conference, won their conference with a 12-3 record and represented all
of New England in the NAIA district playoffs in Indiana, Pa.
Lewis and "Buzzy" also went with the team on an eastern trip to
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and other States.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl F. Unrich, Balboa, Canal Zone, retired in August
and are at home to their many friends at 1138 Seventh Place, Wasco,
Herbert and Sarah (Wright) Rothwell of Houston, Texas enjoyed
a five weeks trip in April and May through the North visiting three daugh-
ters and eleven grandchildren and other relatives.
Jean and husband John A. Redmond, Carol, and Douglas in Lemont,
Illinois; Edna and husband Lawrence Cassie and six children. (Their
seventh and oldest son in the Navy.) in Hull, Massachusetts; Connie and
two daughters living in Brewer, Maine; Elena and husband Capt. N. Pie-
trantonio and daughter Jeanette are still in Germany.
They visited Herb's sister, Mae Stadig in Milford, New Hampshire,
and in Annandale, Virginia saw niece Betty (Haldeman), Col. and Mrs.
Clarence Underwood and children.
Mr. and Mrs. John Palmer were guests of Margaret Considine
and her mother, Gloucester City, N.J.
Mr. and Mrs. Lu Hasemann, Jacksonville, Fla. spent a month with
their daughter Helen and family in California. They had not seen each
other in 7 years. Later the Hasemanns visited Mrs. James O. King (Gladys
Brown) in Lincoln, Neb. and Mrs. Victor Chandler (Margaret Brown)
in Concordia, Kansas.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos, Orlando, Fla. are touring Paris,
Switzerland and Spain.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Savold have landed in Tuscon Green Valley, Ari-
zona with five pieces of hand luggage.
An article about them appeared in the Tuscon Green Valley News.
Excerpts follow. Ed.
An eye-witness account of the recent anti-U.S. riots in Panama were
given by Mr. and Mrs. Otto Savold who have been living in the Panama
Canal Zone and the Republic of Panama since 1926. On the evening of
January 9th they were sitting quietly in a Panama City movie theatre
unaware that outside mobs were swirling about, shooting, throwing rocks,
overturning and burning any car with a C.Z. license tag, yelling "Yanqui
Go Home," and incidently inflicting $300 damage to Savold's car which
was parked back in the Canal Zone just across the boundary.
When he retired in 1958 Otto was at the Cristobal post office.
Long before retiring the Savolds had created a home at Santa Clara,
a beach resort area on the Pacific Ocean, which was used for weekends
and vacation periods until they made it a permanent residence upon leav-
ing the C.Z. There they lived easily and tranquilly until that evening in
January when they had made the 72-mile trip from Santa Clara to spend
a few days at the Tivoli Hotel.
Their usual taxi driver took them into Panama City to the theatre
at 4:30 p.m., promising to return for them at 8, which he did.
It was only through the heroic efforts of their Panamanian driver
that they were able to get back to the Tivoli.
They were under sniper fire all night. The next day they were evacu-
ated to the home of friends, where they had to remain for several days, for-
bidden to leave the Canal Zone to return to their home in the Republic.
The Savolds immediately offered their property for sale and because
it was a desirable one there was no trouble in the selling of it promptly.
Within one month they were gone, their furniture and most all their pos-
sessions sold with the home.
Jim Riley, Jr., Balboa High School mound star for the past 2 years,
has picked up in the States where he left off in the Zone.
Jim ended his high school career with a fantastic earned run average
of 0.57 for 3 years. In April he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and
is now playing for the Cardinal farm team in Sarasota, Fla., in the Florida
The season began July 1 and Jim pitched in the team's second game,
a 1-0 loss to a Milwaukee farm team. The 6'1", 166-pound (he has lost
14 pounds in 1 month) southpaw hurled three innings, gave up one hit,
no runs, one walk, and struck out 5 of the 9 men to face him.
The son of James Riley, Sr., an employee of the Panama Canal Com-
munications Branch, Jim received an $8,500 bonus to sign. He will be
paid $500 a month, effective when he signed in April. In addition, a
$7,500 incentive bonus was attached to the contract.
Jim was signed by Chase Riddle, a St. Louis scout, who saw Jim
strike out 22 batters in one game against the P.A.F. All-Stars during a
recent benefit series.
Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Hicks, St. Petersburg, Fla., visited her mother
and sisters in Cullman and Birmingham, Alabama.
Mr. and Mrs. Truman Hoenke and their son Roger of Los Rios went
to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where they attended the graduation of their
daughter, Diane Gail, from the University of Michigan where she was
awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. Speaker at the com-
mencement was the President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson.
May 24, Diane became the bride of Thomas Edward Bauer, Jr., at
a 2 o'clock ceremony which took place in St. Paul's Lutheran Church,
The Hoenkes spent the balance of the summer at their home on Lake
Champlain in Vermont.
Mr. and Mrs. Alton White, Houston, Texas, spent two months as
guests of his parents, Mr. and Mr. D. P. White, La Mesa, Calif. Later
they attended the World's Fair in New York City.
For the first time since 1928 Lola Cheeseman and her five sisters
were reunited in Fullerton, California recently. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Tay-
lor (Mary), Okla.; Verna Swafford, New Mexico; Phyllis Partman, Idaho;
Mr. and Mrs. Kerner Frauenheim (Foy), Balboa, C.Z.; Mr. and Mrs.
Carl Wilson (Betty) Fullerton, California, and their mother, Mrs. Adda
Ruble, of Long Beach, Calif. They were also joined by a cousin, Thelma
Hilliard McPherson of Trona, California.
Mrs. Ruth Burmester, Columbus, Ga., is interested in knowing the
whereabouts of the 1918 graduation class.
Dorothea Atchison, Calvin Breden, Roberts Carson, Charles Clarity,
Charles Davis, Louise Dexter, Stephens Engelke, Beatrice Glawson, Lois
Greene, Cecil Hussy, Stewart McFarlane, Francis Nelson, Gift Shady,
Branson Stevenson, Winnie Mae Steveson, Myron Weaver, Charles Weiss,
Dorothea Westburg, Jack Wilcox, George Winquist, Virginia Winquist.
The Florida Society furnishes from the Records the following list:
Mrs. Beatrice Glawson Fernandez, 8511 B. Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas, Tex.
Mrs. Lois Greene Magner, 1915 Riverview Blvd., Bradenton, Florida.
Dorothea Westburg McNall, 350 78th Ave., St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.
Mrs. Virginia Winquist Seiler, 991 Wellesly Ave., Los Angeles, California.
George Winquist, Fueza Luz, Panama City, R. de P.
Margaret V. Campbell, a professor of modern languages who was
Florida State University's (FSU) first television teacher, is retiring be-
cause of illness and bringing to a close her 29 years of teaching here.
Many thousands of persons around Tallahasee and in the Jackson-
ville area followed her three-month-long series of weekly programs, "Let's
Learn Spanish," in 1956-57 and used the supplementary study book she
prepared for the course.
A native of Fort Pierce, Miss Campbell grew up in the Canal Zone
and completed high school there. As a major in Spanish and minor in
French she received the bachelor's degree in 1922 and master's degree
in 1935, both from Florida State College for Women, and the Ph.D. degree
in 1946 from University of North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Heany (Cora Middleton) visited Mrs. Fred-
erick Grunewald (Alberta Dodds) in St. Paul, Minnesota on their return
to their home in England after a tour of the States. The three were dinner
guests of Mrs. Myrtle Lindstrom in Hudson, Wisconsin. Her sister,
Miss Ida Erickson was also present. Miss Teddy Agather of St. Louis Park
visited the Heanys and Mrs. Grunewald. All were at one time residents
Frank H. Lerchen, Designing Engineer in the Engineering Division
has been assigned to the office of the Engineering and Construction Direc-
tor as Acting Assistant Engineering and Construction Director, it has
been announced by Col. Ellis E. Pickering, E & C Director.
The S. A. Wilhite family was named "Church Family of the Year"
at a family night supper at Cedar Bayou Methodist Church.
S. A. Wilhite, known as Allen to his friends, is an employee of the
United States Post Office in Baytown and is active in scout work. He is
an explorer adviser of Explorer Post No. 93.
Mrs. Wilhite, known as Marian, is a member of the Sanctuary Choir
and is active in all phases of Women's Society of Christian Service work.
She also works in Vacation Church School and Sunday School.
The Wilhites have five children. Stephen, who is in the Air Force,
is soon to receive his Captain's Commission and will be sent to Antartica's
"Operation Deepfreeze." Barry graduated from Lee College; Jimmy, a
high school senior, was recently notified that he is to report to the U.S.
Air Force Academy.
Mary Ann is in the third grade and Laura Jean in the first grade.
Allen Wilhite is the son of L. L. Wilhite, who was Secretary of the
Pedro Miguel Clubhouse; the nephew of R. L. Wilhite, Orlando, Fla.,
who was Secretary of the Balboa Clubhouse while on the Zone. Ed.
Jimmy Wilhite, Robert E. Lee High School senior, has been notified by
Major General Robert S. Warren, superintendent of the United States
Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, that he has been appointed to
Wilhite, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. (Allen) Wilhite, was nominated to
the Academy by Sen. Ralph Yarborough and US Rep. Albert Thomas,
and reported to the Air Force Academy June 29.
He is a member of the Key Club, the National Honor society, the
swimming team and the choir.
A member of Cedar Bayou Methodist Church, he is vice-president of
the Adult Choir and an Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm. He was winner of
the American Legion award.
He plans to major in international relations.
WHO REMEMBERS STATION "A" CRISTOBAL CANAL, ZONE?
When I reported for duty at the Naval Radio Station at Porto Bello
in 1911, the American settlement had already passed middle age so there
were many of the pioneers whom I never knew. 20 miles from Cristobal
and accessible only by water, our social activities were somewhat limited.
At evening, nearly all the community gathered at the Clubhouse for pool,
music, 500, movies, chess, reading, an occasional dance, and infrequent
theatricals. On Sunday afternoons, wicker chairs and settees from the
Clubhouse were placed on flat cars and some engineer would volunteer
to pull us out to Magazine Beach for picnicing and bathing. The high
degree of harmony that existed there is a distinct tribute to all who lived
Names never to be forgotten:
Wm. G. (Bill) Russel, Wirt D. Conklin, Drew Smith, Johnie Good-
fellow, Grover Jarbo, Ruby Tomlinson, Roger Bucklin, Harvey Sollen-
berger, Walter Thompson, Dr. McGillicudy, Dr. Hill, Mr. Toler (male
nurse at the dispensary), John H. Pool, Charlie Nylan*, Henry Hite
(power plant engineer), Mr. Cornelison (Superintendent), Mr. Morgan
(Quartermaster), Melville Booze, Merle J. Tuttle, Pete Corrigan, Fred
Wirtz, Earl Schreiber, Carl Bradley, Smith and Werner (blacksmiths),
George Cleveland, Raymond F. Keene, Frank Easter, Mr. Van Voy, and
Jake Rosen the barber. At the Wireless Station (later called Radio Sta-
tion) were W. R. MacDonald, John Irwin, Jack Villere, Wallace Dunham
and myself. Unmarried women were very few. The ones I remember
were; Margaret Werner, Minnie Moon and two school teachers. Verna
Sawtelle and Mary C. Stanner. Those known to be living today are;
C. E. Van Fleet, J. F. Everett, Joseph Macintosh, Mrs. Rose Keene, Wal-
lace Dunham and Frank Hill, all of whom belong to the P.C. Society,
including myself, except Frank Hill. I hope that many more are still
alive for they were wonderful people.
* Not sure of the spelling. Vernon E. Sauvan, Portsmouth, Va.
Mrs. A. R. McDaniel (Lucy Shepard) of Southern Pines, North Caro-
lina, visited friends and relatives in Minnesota this June. From there she
went on to California to be a guest of her daughter and son-in-law. The
McDaniels were former residents of Cristobal.
Mr. and Mrs. Al York, Lyndon, Kansas, have accepted teaching posi-
tions in the Public Schools of Topeka, Kansas.
Commendation for her work in community projects and as a volun-
teer teacher in the English training courses conducted by the American
Cultural Center in Japan has been received by Mrs. Robert D. Donaldson,
wife of the Panama Canal project engineer in Japan for construction of
the new towing locomotives.
The Donaldsons have been in Japan since June 1960 and expect to
return to the Canal Zone in September.
In a letter to the commanding officer of the U.S. Army Procurement
Agency, Japan, Francis T. Donovan, Director of the Cultural Center, said
Mrs. Donaldson, in her position as a volunteer teacher in the English
Cultural Center, has promoted better United States Japan relations through
the highly effective people-to-people program.
The Canal Zone Society of Professional Engineers held its annual
business meeting recently at the Quarry Heights Officers Open Mess.
Annual reports were submitted by all outgoing officers and com-
mittee chairmen and the new officers for the 1964-65 year were duly in-
stalled, as follows:
President-Carl J. Browne, P.E.; Vice-President-C. W. Chase, Jr.,
P.E.; Sec'y-Treas--Melvin Bierman, P.E.; National Director-E. W.
Zelnick, P.E.; President-Elect, 1965-66-William L. De La Mater, P.E.
Dr. J. Stuart McNair, Professor of Mathmatics at State University
College, Plattsburgh, New York, has been granted a sabbatical year's
leave of absence to accept appointment as Visiting Principal Lecturer in
mathematics at Kingston upon Hull Training College, Cottingham Rd.,
Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England.
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Holmelin (Gloria Coulthard) of Crosby, Texas
had as guests her sister Mrs. Judy Curtis and two children, Calvin and
Susan, from Seoul, Korea where Mr. Curtis is employed by the Army.
Gloria's mother, and her son Victor, flew to California to meet them.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Coulthard were guests of the Holmelins later.
James Meketa, son of Charles E. and Jacqueline (nee Dorgan)
Meketa of Albuquerque, N.M. received a grant to attend Coe College,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a special summer science program sponsored by
the National Science Foundation.
Mr. and Mrs. George Capwell, Guayquil, Ecuador, S.A., had an ex-
tensive trip to Phoenix, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Tokio, Hong Kong, Bang-
kok, Manila and back to Honolulu where they spent several days before
sailing on the SS. Lurline for San Francisco.
Robert Capwell, son of Mr. George Capwell graduated June 7, from
Marquette U. in Milwaukee, Wisc. He entered the U.S. Navy as an officer
to serve three and one-half years in the Naval Air program.
Mrs. Ruth Burmester is now making her home in Columbus, Georgia,
where her son-in-law Taylor Owen is manager of the JAMTO office at
Fort Benning. Before going there they all attended the World's Fair.
Mr. and Mrs. Lynne E. Stratford of Balboa spent their vacation in
Iowa where they were joined by their daughter, Mimi, who has completed
her freshman year at the University of Iowa. They will visit in New York
before returning to the Isthmus.
Edward M. Browder, Jr., Assistant Director of the Panama Canal
Engineering and Construction Bureau for the past 14 years, retired from
Canal service in July, and is making his home in San Francisco, Calif.
He is expected to join the San Francisco office of an engineering
Both Mr. and Mrs. Browder have many friends in Panama and the
Canal Zone. Their two sons, Edward and William, were born in Panama
and were educated in the Canal Zone schools.
Edward was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis
in 1955 and now is with the nuclear submarine program. William is study-
ing engineering at Princeton under the Naval ROTC program.
Three promotions in the Canal Zone Division of School's executive
personnel have been announced by the Civil affairs Bureau as the result
of the recent retirement of Sigurd E. Esser as superintendent and promo-
tion of Francis A. Castles to that position.
Theo. F. Hotz, Supervisor of Instruction for the U.S. Secondary
schools, has been appointed assistant superintendent of the U.S. Schools,
David A. Speir, Jr., principal of Balboa High School, has been pro-
moted to the position of supervisor of instruction, succeeding Hotz. Clyde
Willman, counselor of the Diablo Heights Junior High School, has been
promoted to principal of Balboa High School succeeding Speir.
Col. JohnD. McElheney, former Lieutenant Governor of the Canal
Zone, has retired from military service after nearly 28 years' service.
The retirement ceremony was at Fort Balvoir, Virginia. Colonel Mc-
Elheney had been serving as Chief of Materiel, Maintenance Division,
Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics in the Pentagon.
He was Lieutenant Governor on the Zone from July 1958 until May
Alvis B. Carr, Jr., Administrative Services Officer in the Office of
the Health Director, has been appointed Assistant to the Health Director
to succeed John Palmer Smith, Jr., who retired in April.
Carr has been with the Canal Zone Health Bureau since 1958, when
he arrived from the United States to be a hospital administrative trainee
at Gorgas. He was made a hospital administrative assistant in 1960 and
has been in the Health Director's Office since 1961.
Joe Kincaid, 61-year-old retired Canal Zone U.S. Marshal, upended
the defending champion but was defeated in the finals of the Ponce de Leon
Senior's Golf Championship in St. Augustine, Fla. recently. Kincaid de-
feated four men en route to the finals in the championship flight, but lost
the finals match 2 up.
Kincaid was a U.S. Marshal in the Zone from 1953 to May 1961. He
now is in the real estate business in Florida.
Newly elected officers of Canal Zone Police Lodge No. 1798,, AFGE,
checked in with Dr. Daniel J. Paolucci, Deputy Personnel Director (Staff)
to inform him of their election and for a briefing on requirements and
procedures of the employee-management relations policy as spelled out
in Executive Regulation 69, "Employee-Management Cooperation." Dr.
Paolucci took advantage of the opportunity to get the new officers together
with B. I. Everson, Civil Affairs Director, for discussion of normal pro-
cedures for presenting issues in the area of formal recognition, which the
police lodge holds. Gayle G. Fortner, president; Joseph T. Grills, Jr.,
first vice president; Cyril D. De Lapp, second vice president, and Bruce
G. Sanders III, secretary-treasurer, attended.
Mu Phi Epsilon, international music sorority, with chapters in 92
colleges, universities and conservatories, presented Anne Fisher, pianist
on a color TV program at the World's Fair RCA Exhibit. A large audience
viewed the performance and the tapes will be used on closed-circuit TV
on many RCA outlets at the Fair.
Miss Fisher is a candidate for a Masters Degree at the Julliard School
of Music where she also received her Bachelors degree and became a
member of Mu Phi Epsilon. She has appeared recently in several success-
ful recitals in the East.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor D. Fisher of the C.Z.
A new annual award just established at the Canal Zone College is
the Dorothy Moody Prize for Excellence in English Studies, established
by Dr. Dorothy Moody, who has retired from the college faculty.
Patricia Calhoun, a High Honors graduate of the college, is the first
recipient of this prize. It consists of $100 to be used for the purchase of
books for a permanent personal library. Hereafter the prize will be given
at each graduation exercise of the college.
Miss Calhoun did superior work in both writing and literature courses
and worked on the staff of the college literary magazine, the Tropical
Collegian. She is the daughter of John C. Calhoun, a civilian employee
of the Navy at Rodman, who was a member of the Class of 1935, the first
class graduated from the C.Z.C. Her mother is a sister of a former Presi-
dent of Panama, Ernesto de la Guardia. Patricia's grandfather, Crede C.
Calhoun, was Chief of Civil Affairs in the Canal Zone. At one time he
headed the New York Times News Bureau in the C.Z. He formerly wrote
a column, Sancocho, for the Star & Herald.
Patricia will continue her studies at the University of Panama, and
later may go to college in the United States.
John C. Wainio, of Balboa, has been installed as Archon of the Kappa
Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi social fraterity for the ensuing year. John is
a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is
majoring in Business and Economics. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Wainio of La Boca.
Joe Trower, a 1958 Balboa High School graduate, started work this
summer as an associate producer with a motion picture, theatrical produc-
tion company in Atlanta, Georgia.
Trower, who has been on the Isthmus for a visit recently, has been
a producer, director, and performer in folk shows and hootenannies. He
performed at the second Canal Zone College hootenanny in May and also
has appeared on SCN-TV and in service clubs throughout the Zone.
A member of "The Legends," a recording group he formed at Georgia
Tech (their Jungle Lullaby was a popular recording in the United States
in 1961), Trower has appeared on the Ted Mack Show and other tele-
vision shows, has made albums (including an album of commercials for
a leading washer-dryer manufacturer), and has performed in clubs and
hotels, such as the Wit's End in Atlanta, Ga., the Bitter End in New York
City, and the Jolly Roger Hotel in Miami.
He has appeared with Dave Brubeck, Brenda Lee, Les Paul and Mary
Ford, Jerry Van Dyke, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Dean, and many others.
Trower holds a B.S. degree in industrial management from Georgia
Tech. He is the son of Mrs. E. Lee Trower of Balboa, employed in the
Balboa Retail Store.
Mrs. Roger Collinge and Mrs. Wells Wright, St. Petersburg, spent
spent several days with Mrs. George Hollingsworth (Gayle Haldeman)
at their resort in Ft. Meyers, Fla.
Miss Joyce Collinge after resigning her position with NASA in San
Francisco, Calif., flew to Hawaii for a visit with sister Sara, Lt. and Mrs.
Don Ulrich and two children. She went to Seattle, Wash. for three months
training with the Peace Corps, and later visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Roger Collinge in St. Petersburg, Fla. Joyce will be teaching in the Med-
ical Section of the University of Bolivia, Sucre, Bolivia.
Mr. Harry Pearl, Ancon, C.Z. sailed to New Orleans during the sum-
mer. He visited his sons, Kenneth, who graduated with a degree in Indus-
trial Management, and Ronnie, who is a Junior at U of Southern Miss.,
Hattiesburg, Miss. Later he attended the Elks convention in New York
City; visited Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Calvit in Philadelphia; Dr. and Mrs.
Berger, C.Z., who were at their summer home in Radford, Va., and Mrs.
Catherine Pearl in St. Petersburg.
Mr. Barton Mallory, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mallory, La Boca,
C.Z., entered the U. of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. this fall as a junior.
Mr. Jaime Ward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ward, St. Petersburg,
Fla., did lab work at the Arthur Little Laboratory in Boston, Mass. during
the summer. He is a senior at M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass. this fall.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Stackman (Marilyn Ward) spent the summer in
Clinton, Conn., where Bill worked with the Summer Theatre. He is now
doing Post Graduate work and teaching at Wesleyan College, Middle-
Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Dunlop (Marie Stapf), St. Petersburg, Fla. spent
the summer in the mountains in Asheville, No. Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Baltozer and family were guests in the home of
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baltozer, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Miss Becky Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Thompson
(Bonnie Kleasner), Balboa, C.Z., accompanied the E. T. Baltozers by ship
and then by car to St. Petersburg, Fla., where she spent the summer with
her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Kleasner. Later Bonnie flew up to
visit her parents and took Becky back to the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Zimmerman (Jeanine Kleasner), and three child-
ren have left the Zone. Mrs. Zimmerman and children were guests of her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Kleasner. Mr. Zimmerman came later and
they expect to make their home in Oregon.
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Hilliard, who retired from the Zone, will make
their home in Wadsworth, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Reece (Janet Stockham), were called to Denver
due to the death of her father, Mr. Roy Stockham. Mrs. Geneva Stockham
accompanied them to Bloomington, Ind. and is staying at Campus View
House, Apt. 901, Bloomington, Ind., with the Reeces.
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Goodwin will be at home after September 15th
to their many friends in their home they had built at 1418 63rd Terrace
South, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Rand are at home to their many friends in their
new home they just had built at 1401 62nd Place, South, St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Buckley, who have spent a year in Ireland, have
gone to Germany for a long stay.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lombroia, C.Z., visited Mrs. Adelade Lambert in
Mrs. Frank Clark, Wabash, Ind., thinks it would be interesting to
know the number of old timers who started to draw pensions in 1944 and
how the widows are covered.
Mrs. G. Fedde, Owensboro, Ky., enjoyed a trip to Europe and the
She went to Paris, Nice, Monaco, took drives along the Italian Riv-
iera; Florence, Rome, Athens, Cairo (every tourist rides a camel) ; Beirut,
Damascus, Amman in Jordan; Mt. Nebo, the Dead Sea, the Arabian des-
ert; by horseback to Petra, (Mt. Seir of the Bible, land of the Edomites) ;
Jerusalem in Jordan and Israel; took a boat ride from Tiberia to Caper-
naum on the Sea of Galilee; to Switzerland, a ride on a Rhine river boat
passing the Lorelei, Holland, Stratford on Avon, London and returned by
ship to New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Murry Falk (Joan Sharp) and three children, Diablo,
C.Z. were guests of his parents, Capt. and Mrs. Henry Falk, St. Peters-
burg, Fla. They later visited Mr. and Mrs. Henry Falk, Toledo, Ohio, and
friends in California.
Mrs. Blodwin Turbyfill, Balboa, C.Z., was a guest of Mr. and Mrs.
Roger Collinge in St. Petersburg, Fla. She later visited her son Dick and
his wife in Newark, N.J., where Dick is manager of an office, American
Association of Railroads, in New York City. They attended the Fair
and several Broadway plays. Blodwin also visited relatives in St. Louis
and the Neal Branstetter family in Washington, D.C.
Capt. and Mrs. Howard Johnson, Diablo, C.Z. spent their vacation at
their summer home in Maine. Jim, who is attending the Maine Maritime
school spent most of his weekends with them. They attended the Fair
and visited Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Orr in New York. One day at the Fair
they ran into Irene and Henry Donovan of Panama City, R. de P. Later
the Johnsons visited John Zelnick at Swathmore. Jim later visited his
parents in Diablo, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall, St. Petersburg were guests of their
daughter Melinda, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Irwin, Baton Rouge, La.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wood and daughter Nellie, La Boca, C.Z., were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. R A. Sylvestre and Commander and Mrs. L. B.
Fox, St. Petersburg. Virginia worked for Commander Fox while he was
stationed in the C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan, Panama R. de P., visited their daugh-
ter Peggy Ann, in South Bend, Ind.; attended the Fair and spent a few
days in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Buster Burgoon, Sarasota, Fla., visited her daughter
Karen, then spent several days at the Fair in New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Roland Jones, St. Petersburg, Fla., spent their vacation
at their summer home in Maine. Mr. and Mrs. John Hey (Barbara Jones)
and three children of St Louis, Mo., joined them for a while. Also Mr.
and Mrs. Larry Jones and three children, Curundu, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Kieswetter, Gulfport, Fla., made many trips to
Fort Rucker, Ala. through the summer to visit their daughter Jean, Sgt.
and Mrs. E. J. Mann and three children. They brought back first one
grandchild and then another for visits. The Manns also visited them later.
Mr. and Mrs. Houston Esslinger are living in the C. R. Jones' home
while house hunting in St. Petersburg, Fla. They visited their son Andrew,
who is a graduate of Fairfield U., Fairfield, Conn. and his new bride
who is a graduate of Wellesly in Bacteriology. Andrew is an adjuster with
General Accident Insurance Co. lives in Bristol and works in Hartford,
Conn. They spent some time with relatives in Tulsa and with son Joel
who had just received a degree in Business Administration, from North
East State of Okla. in Tallequah. Their daughter Mary, spent the summer
in St. Petersburg. Later the Esslingers drove Mary to Trinity College in
Washington, D.C., where she is a junior.
Claude Aycock, Marie Wir and Miss Hazeldine drove to the States
from the Zone to spend their vacations.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hammond, Titusville, Fla. spent a week in St,
Petersburg helping John's mother, Mrs. Helen Hammond, move from
Gulfport to the new 5th Avenue Plaza Apartments.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs.
P. A. White, after visiting the Stevens in Monroe, La., drove to the White's
home in Houston, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Fernie, Duncan, British Columbia, had as guests
during the summer, their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Maduro, Panama City, R. de P., and Mrs. Fernie's sister, Mrs. Elsie
Standish, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Reece (Janet Stockham) attended summer
school at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. Janet is teaching in
a Bloomington Junior High School and Jim is continuing his studies
at I.U. law school.
Marion Kneeshaw (Mrs. Joseph) was a guest in the home of her
sister, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Veit, St. Petersburg, Fla. Mrs. Kneeshaw,
who has owned and operated a knit shop in La Jolla, lives in Del Mar,
California. She enjoyed seeing so many old friends and neighbors from
Gamboa, where she and Joe resided for several years.
Bob Van Siclen, Setauket, N.Y. writes, "I read the Record very care-
fully, and enjoy every word of it. The first thing I look for is Mr. Hallet's
interesting and humorous letter, maybe I am prejudiced because as a
youngster on the Canal Bud Hallet and I were pals, and I spent many
hours at the house on top of the hill on Tavernilla Street.
We now have six lovely daughters, the oldest is twelve, the youngest
are twins, just three years old."
Frank J. McLeod, Jr., formerly of Margarita, graduated from the
University of Virginia June 7, 1964 with a B.A. in Astronomy. He was
commissioned 2nd Lt. in the Air Force in July.
Frank is the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. McLeod, Balboa, C.Z.
Dr Charles L. Latimer, Dean of the Canal Zone College since the de-
parture of Dean Roger C. Hackett in 1962, has been appointed Deputy
Superintendent of the Canal Zone schools. He took over his new position
Dr. Latimer went to the Canal Zone to head the Canal Zone College
after spending five years in Europe and Ethiopia as Chief of the Instruc-
tional Services Branch of the U.S. Army Dependents' Education Group.
Miss Andra Lee Nash who graduated recently with a bachelor of
science degree in Education and a major in hearing and speech from the
University of Tennessee, spent the summer with her mother, Mrs. Milton
Lee Nash in Diablo, C.Z. She is working toward her masters degree in
her majors at the University of Virginia under a scholarship grant from
the Vocational Rehabilitation Administration of the United States of
America. The graduate was on the Dean's List throughout her college
Carol Kourany was one of 12 young women to receive certifications
noting completion of a one year internship in hospital dietetics at the
Indiana University Medical Center.
She is the wife of Edward Kourany, M.D., formerly of Panama City
and now practising in Mooresville, Indiana, and the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph Dimpfl of Curundu, Canal Zone.
Three couples whose total residence in the Canal Zone adds up to 287
years, are Mr. and Mrs. P. A. White, of Houston, Texas; Mr. and Mrs.
W. D. Wright of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Ely of
Centerbrook, Conn., who were the house guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. B.
Stevens who spent 26 years in the Canal Zone. They also were dinner
guests at the homes of the W. D. Kleppingers and the H. H. Davies.
Mr. and Mrs. White, Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Ely all went to the Canal
Zone as young children when their fathers were employed during the
original construction period of the Panama Canal. Part of their child-
hood was spent in construction-day towns, sometimes little more than
camps, and some of which now lie under the waters of the 165-square-
mile Gatun Lake.
Mr. White retired last year as chief of the Panama Canal Company's
Dredging Division; Mr. Wright was assistant head of the Engineering
Division for many years, while Mr. Ely was chief of the Section of Sur-
veys. Mr. and Mrs. Stevens went to Monroe, La., last year from the
Canal Zone and he is currently employed by the local firm of Ford, Bacon
and Davis. Mr. Steven's final position in the Canal Zone was that of
Resident Engineer of the Thatcher Ferry Bridge.
Lt. and Mrs. (Sue Mable) Wm. T. Halvosa III are being transferred
from Laredo, Texas, to George Air Force Base, Calif., following a stop-
over at Stead AFB, Nevada, and Tucson, Arizona, where Bill will under-
go special training. He is a jet fighter pilot with the 32nd Tactical Fighter
Wing. The Halvosas have two children, Kelly and Will IV. Jeanne Hal-
vosa, Bill's sister, will enter California State College at San Jose this fall.
Bob and Doris (Conner) Fredette are being transferred from Walnut
Creek, California, to Virginia. Bob is with Sperry Rand and their per-
manent home is West Babylon, Long Island, when they are not traveling
around the country. They have eight children.
Agnes (Conner) Dalton, who is now employed with the Internal
Revenu Bureau in New York City, spent a short vacation with Rosalie
Demers at Tarpon Springs, Fla. Rosalie recently moved to Florida from
Santa Clara, R. de P.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Krogh (Judy) and their children, Kathleen,
Deborah and Stephen, of Alburquerque, New Mexico visited in June with
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. David S. Smith of St. Petersburg. It had been
three years since they all had seen each other, and they had a wonderful
time. Judy and Ken enjoyed seeing many of their friends and acquaint-
ances formerly of the Canal Zone while in St. Pete. They also attended
a meeting of the C.Z. Society of Florida while here.
Phyllis H. Zipperer, Winter Haven, Florida, was a guest in the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Misenheimer, Dunnellon, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lombard have left Honduras and are living
at Apartado 1123, San Salvador., Rep. of El Salvador, C.A.
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Shedlock, St. Petersburg, Fla., have just returned
from making a 5,000 mile trip up North. They visited their son in Yard-
ville, New Jersey, and relatives in Newburgh, New York. They took their
two grand-daughters, Nancy and Linda, to Iowa City, Iowa to visit their
other Grandmother, Mrs. G. W. Adams.
While in Iowa City, they visited Mr. and Mrs. C. A. M. Monsanto.
Mr. and Mrs. David S. Smith, St. Petersburg, had their youngest
daughter, Georgia, Mrs. Karl P. Trillhaase, and her sons, David and
Walter, of Alexandria, Virginia, as guests for ten days during May
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Hicks had as house guests Mary Belle's sister
and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil B. Fowler and her mother, Mrs.
Pearl L. Knapp of Cullman, Alabama for two weeks in July.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Banan have returned from Lawrence, Mass., after
attending the 50th Reunion Dinner and Dance held at the Yankee Doodle
There were 56 members of Lawrence High School, class of 1914,
attending. The class originally numbered 147, of which 91 are still living.
Among the guests were two former high school teachers. The third
could not attend because of illness in the family.
Mr. and Mrs. (Bud) Harris Gardner and sons Marshall, John and
Michael, spent June and July visiting Jean's family in Norwood, N.Y. Bud,
a member of the Balboa Police Dept., was happy to miss the latest incip-
ient riot in July. Jean, a nurse at Corozal Hospital, has been a source of
Canal Zone news, so there has been a scarcity of this during the summer.
Bud's younger brother, Richard, who completed the Marine Engineering
Training School in New Orleans; is now on his first cruise as an officer
aboard the SS Rice Queen which transited the Canal on the way to the
West Coast. Bud and Richard are sons of Mrs. Jessie G. Harris, Bay
Pines Trailer Park, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. Leonard Landers, La Jolla, California, retired from the Ameri-
can President Lines of San Francisco is now representing them on the
construction of new ships in San Diego.
David Alfred Ellis received his Captain's wings at Craig Air Force
Base, Ala. recently. Captain Ellis, who is a Pilot Instructor at Craig Air
Force Base, was born in the Canal Zone, is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
David W. Ellis, former Canal Zone residents.
Mr. Ellis was the last of construction-day employees to retire from
Panama Canal service.
Mr. and Mrs. Noel E. Gibson, Margarita, C.Z., both retired school
teachers, are leaving the Isthmus in September. They will visit in Iowa
and Illinois before coming to Florida to look for a place to live.
Their son Bob and his family live in Gamboa; Mr. and Mrs. Noel Jr.
(Marie Wright) and family live in Margarita, C.Z. They spent the sum-
mer in the States and attended the World's Fair. Bill Gibson ended a
very successful year as football, baseball and track coach in Franklin,
Tenn. where he is continuing coaching.
Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Hicks, St. Petersburg, Fla., were guests of their
daughter (Judy) Mr. and Mrs. Ken Kelly and family in Houston, Texas.
They also visited Peggy Ellis while there.
Mr. J. F. Bashner, St. Petersburg, Fla., spent part of the summer in
New York, where he attended the Fair
Mr. and Mrs. Gil Rowe and daughter Pamela, Ancon, C.Z., after
visiting his mother in Wilmington, Delaware and attending the Fair,
were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Buster Burgoon,Sarasota, Fla. They drove
to St. Petersburg and called on Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge.
Mr. and Mrs. Julian Hearne, Gamboa, C.Z. were guests of his parents
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Hearne, Birmingham, Ala., where they also visited
Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Shobe. They were guests of their daughter Diane,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baldwin, Jacksonville, Fla.; their daughter Judy in
Orlando, Fla.; the A. H. Cooke's, Hampton, Va. and Mr. and Mrs. J. A,
Fraser, St. Petersburg. Their third daughter Jane is a student at Alabama
Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, Ala.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hodges, Middletown, Va., have sold their home
and are traveling by trailer to Yellowstone Park and the West Coast of
the U.S. They expect to return in December to look for a place to live.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Brennan, Bush, La., and Mrs. Ruth Banton,
New Orleans, La., drove to Leesburg, Fla. and were guests of Capt. and
Mrs. Clifton Ryter. Mrs. Banton later was a guest in the home of Mr.
and Mrs. J. A Fraser in St. Petersburg, Fla.
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETINGS
Held in the Friendship Room, First Federal Bank Building
St. Petersburg, Fla. May 18, 1964
The May Meeting of The Panama Canal Society of Florida was called
to order by Pres. Kieswetter at 2:00 p.m. The members and visitors joined
Pres. Kieswetter in giving the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, after
which Chaplain Martin Nickel gave the Invocation.
President Kieswetter asked the Recording Secretary to introduce the
visiting members, guests and members who have not attended in a long
time and the following arose to acknowledge their introductions:
Elizabeth Hunt back in St. Petersburg after 7 months in Texas
Mrs. Irene Brophy a new resident in St. Petersburg from Dallas
Mr. Ernie Erickson from Philadelphia visiting his father,
Ernest Erickson in Clearwater
Mrs. Helen Sonneman from Sun City, Florida
Mrs. Olive Orr visiting from the Canal Zone
Mr. Duncan Laird visiting from the Canal Zone
Mr. Harold Stone St. Petersburg
Mr. John Barbour St. Petersburg
The Minutes of the Meeting of April 20th were read. There being no
omissions or corrections noted, the Minutes were accepted as read.
The President announced that after the meeting to be held June 15th
in the Friendship Room, the time of the next few meetings would be in-
definite. He asked the members if they would prefer to go to Lake Mag-
gorie for the summer, and asked for a show of hands. Only 15 voted yes,
the majority voting to continue meeting at the present location. Pres.
Kieswetter told the members that they would have to remember the an-
nounced dates, for the following months' meeting as the Bank could not
give him a advance date for more than one month at a time- for July
The Secretary-Treasurer then read many letters received from mem-
bers which everyone enjoyed as usual. She also read the cards of "Thank
You" and "Best Wishes" received during the past month and told of var-
ious births, weddings, engagements, illnesses and deaths which will appear
in the June Record under their appropriate headings. She mentioned that
Peggy and Henry Falk would be celebrating their 34th Wedding Anniver-
sary May 19th.
There was no unfinished business and no new business brought up.
President Kieswetter wished everyone having a birthday since the
last meeting, a Happy Birthday. He then entertained a motion to adjourn,
and the Meeting was closed at 2:45. Mr. Kieswetter thanked Mrs. Pearl
and her committee for the refreshments and invited all present to join in
a time of fellowship.
MEETING OF JUNE 15, 1964
Held in the Friendship Room, First Federal Bank Building
President Kieswetter called the Meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. He
announced that this would not be a formal meeting, as we were on our
summer schedule. He asked the Recording-Secretary to introduce the
visitors and any members who had not attended for some time. Those
standing as their names were called were as follows:
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Krogh from Albuquerque, New Mexico,
and their three children, Kathleen, Deborah and Stephen. Mrs.
Krogh is the former Judith Anne Smith, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. David S. Smith of St. Petersburg. Mr. Krogh formerly
taught at Balboa High School.
Mrs. Rosie Demers formerly of Santa Clara, Panama. She is a new
resident of the Sun Coast. She has purchased a mobile home
and resides at 536 DeSota Drive, Buena Vista, just north of
Miss Beatrice Simonis former Chief Nurse at Gorgas. She is a
new resident of St. Pete and is living at the Plaza 5th Avenue
Mrs. Anna Bartlett first time out in a long time.
Mrs. John (Bunny) Wilson first time out in a long time.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hargy first time out in a long time.
Miss Jane Holcomb first time out in a long time.
Mrs. Elizabeth Grady first time out in a long time.
The Recording-Secretary then read the minutes of the scheduled
meeting of May 18th and they were approved as read.
President Kieswetter asked the members again if they preferred to
go to Lake Maggoire for the summer meetings, but no one voted "aye"
He then stated that the dates for the July meeting would be Monday, July
27th and the date for the August meeting would be Monday, August 24th.
He asked the members to keep these dates in mind, and to try and call
other members and acquaint them with these changed dates for our next
two meetings. He also asked if anyone had news of any "Old Timers" to
call the Secretary or Editor as they wanted this for the Record, as the
Society was very much interested in them.
The Secretary-Treasurer read the correspondence received since the
last meeting, giving the members a resume of the news, births, deaths,
engagements, marriages and thank-you notes. She read a copy of a tele-
gram received from the Panama Canal Society of Washington, D.C. which
had been sent to them by President Johnson, congratulating their Society
on behalf of all the workers who through the years have made the "50th
Anniversary" of the Panama Canal possible.
Mr. Keith Kelley read an excerpt from a magazine published in
England concerning the Politics of the Republic of Panama. The gist
of the article was the extreme instability of Panamanian politics during
the last fifty years.
It was reported that Miss Helen King had a heart attack; and that
Mrs. Henriette Skeels had had an accident in Miami, and would require
eight more months treatment, and that Miss Mary Ledden was bed-ridden.
Mr. Kieswetter announced that he had received a letter from Maurice
Thatcher, asking if any of the members of the Society were interested in
going to Panama for the 50th Anniversary Celebration to be held in
August. Due to the unstable conditions on the Zone, there was no response.
Those celebrating birthdays in June stood and a "Happy Birthday"
was sung to them. Those standing were: Lyla and Bud Esler, Dave Smith,
Mr. Francis Hargy and Mrs. Elizabeth Grady.
It was announced that Wally and Ruth Bain would be in St. Peters-
burg around the end of June. Their tentative address would be 5110
22nd Avenue South in Gulfport.
The Meeting closed at 2:45 p.m. and everyone enjoyed the coffee,
buns and doughnuts served by Mrs. Pearl and her committee.
MEETING OF JULY 27, 1964
Held in the Friendship Room, First Federal Bank Building
The informal summer meeting was called to order by President Kies-
wetter at 2:00 p.m. with 82 in attendance. He asked the Recording- Secre-
tary to introduce the visitors and members who had not attended for some
time. Those standing as their names were called were as follows:
Capt. Allan Bissell from Wheeler A.F.B., Hawaii. Capt, Bissell
is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nolan A. Bissell and his
wife Frances and young son, Randy, who have been house
guests of the Bissells for the past month.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Esslinger new retirees from the Canal Zone.
They are staying in the Roland Jones's house while looking
for a home.
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Reif visiting from Margarita.
Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Pate and young daughter visiting from Gatun
with Dorothy's mother, Mrs. Marie Wolf.
Mrs. Mildred Tattleman first meeting in a long time.
Mrs. Jesse Matheney first meeting in a long time.
Mrs. Ethel McCartney first meeting in a long time.
Mrs. Mae McCloskey first meeting in a long time.
Mr. Albert Rhear Tampa first meeting in a long time.
Mrs. Anna Wright first meeting in a long time.
Mr. Jimmy Morris Clearwater first meeting in a long time.
Mrs. Charles Persons first meeting in a long time.
Mrs. Marie Coffee back from Saugerties, N.Y. where she under-
went treatment on her eyes.
Mrs. Louise A. Leonard a resident of St. Pete for the last three
years who joined the Society at this meeting.
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Burgoon from Sarasota, and Buster's sister, Mrs.
Smith, who is visiting them from Indiana.
The Minutes of the meeting of June 15th were then read by the
Recording-Secretary, and approved as read.
Mrs. Judd then read the communications received since the last meet-
ing, starting with "Births", Engagements, Weddings, Illnesses, Deaths,
general news and thank you letters. These are always enjoyed by those
attending and then again under their various headings in the next quar-
terly Canal Record.
Mrs. Judd said she would like to explain about the copies of the Con-
gressional Record regarding the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the
Panama Canal which had recently been mailed to all members of the
P. C. Society.
She said that Congressman Spessard Holland had the copies inserted
in his franked envelopes and sent to the Washington, D.C. Society for dis-
tribution. They asked St. Petersburg members to help out on addressing
the envelopes to the Southern states. A group of ten members volunteered
to address the 1200 envelopes for Mr. Kieswetter. A hearty thanks was
extended to all who helped.
Mr. Abe Howard reported that Miss Mary Ledden, our 96 year old
only living charter member, who had been reported bed-ridden at the
June meeting, was up and around now.
Mrs. Lyla Esler said she had talked to Grover Crisswell who has the
"Criswell Money Mueum" on St. Petersburg Beach. He is working on a
Panamanian Bill Display for the Museum and would like to secure some
real Panamanian Bills to put in the case, showing the front and back of
the same bills. If any of the members have such bills and are willing to
part with them (for re-imbursement) she asked that they contact her and
she would arrange the details.
Mr. Pate stated that Mrs. Cassie Pate of Fitzgerald, Georgia had
been admitted to the hospital for observation.
It was announced that Arthur Albright had passed away July 9th,
while at work in the Canal Zone.
A happy Birthday was extended to: Shep Shreves, Bessie Hunt, Dewey
Goodman, Lucille Judd, Eva Cole, Jack Rand, Ethel Banan and Catherine
The meeting closed at 2:50 p.m. Doughnuts and coffee served by
Mrs. Pearl and Mrs. Forbes were enjoyed by everyone, as well as a time
of talking. Mr. Keith Kelley brought his tape recorder, and played a
specially cut record for the 50th Anniversary by Lucho Azcarraga which
was much appreciated.
Mary Belle Hicks, Recording-Secretary
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Through July 1964
We are still meeting at the First Federal Savings Bank, 800 49th
Street North, and as far as we know will meet there August 24th. The
September meeting will be announced later on as we are awaiting con-
firmation of which Monday, and where. If you are going to attend the
September meeting, and have not heard of a definite place or time, please
call me at my home 526-4050 and I will have the information.
We are enjoying meeting at the Bank and I know all those who attend
are hoping that we will find it possible to remain there.
We still have many who have not paid their 1964 dues and it is hoped
that the number will diminish rapidly. Notices have been sent out twice,
and also in the June Record this is another notice -PLEASE PAY
The following have not paid their 1964 dues Foregin 4, Canal
Zone 37, Alabama 2, Arkansas 5, California 15, Colorado 1, Connecti-
cut 1, Florida 39, Georgia 1, Illinois 2, Kentucky 1, Louisiana 1, Mary-
land 2, Massachusetts 1, Michigan 1, Missouri 1, New Jersey 7, New Mex-
ico 1, New York 9, North Carolina 1, Ohio 2, Oregon 1, Pennsylvania 5,
South Dakota 2, Tennessee 2, Texas 8, Virginia 6, and Washington 1.
If you are among this list please send in your dues so your State can
be cleared, and you will receive the September Record.
1907 have paid their 1964 dues, 113 for 1965, 19 for 1966, 7 for
1967, 3 for 1968 and 1 for 1969.
The Year Book goes to the printer October 1st and if any mem-
bers wish to give memberships for Christmas and other times, it is hoped
that they will send them in so that they can be listed. If it is a Christmas
gift we will hold the card until the proper time then they will be sent
with the name of the donor. NO CHANGES CAN BE MADE AFTER
NOVEMBER FIRST. TAKE TIME TO SEND CHANGE OF ADDRESS
NOW! LEAVE A FORWARDING ADDRESS.
Please send in your ZIP numbers if you have not done so. This is
required by the Post Office department it seems to expedite the hand-
ling of the mail.
The 1965 REUNION will take place January 12 and 13 Tuesday
and Wednesday, the rates will be the same $12.00 double room with bath,
and $8.00 single room with bath. Please try and come so we can all have
a grand Reunion.
Happy Birthday to those who will celebrate theirs within the next
MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT paid their 1964 dues will NOT have
their names appear in the 1965 Year Book.
Lucille S. Judd, Secretary-Treasurer
In the June Record it was stated in George Wicken's obituary that
Hilda Wickens, his wife, was employed by the Army at Ft. Gulick, C.Z.
It should have read, son Therlon E. Wickens, Army Engineers, there.
Hilda was with her husband at 1013 Holly Street So., Norfolk, Va.
Mrs. Phyllis Connolly, 58, St. Petersburg, Fla. died June 28, 1964.
Born in England. Here nine years from New York City. Statistical clerk
with the Pinellas County Health Department. Member of the Westminster
Presbyterian Church; Women's Club; and the Panama Canal Society.
Survived by her husband, Edwin.
The former chief of Lock Operations for the St. Lawrence Seaway
Development Corp., Edward Barlow, 69, died in Mound Park Hospital,
St. Petersburg, Fla. July 2, 1964.
Mr. Barlow was a native of Cumberland, R.I., and came here one year
ago from Massena, N.Y. He had been in charge of the locks at St. Law-
rence for five years prior to his coming to St. Petersburg.
He formerly was in the Panama Canal Zone for more than 40 years
where he had been lockmaster and Supervisor of Operational Control of
the Pacific Locks.
He also served as an electrical consultant for the Republic of Panama.
Mr. Barlow was a member of Isthmian Lodge U.D., AF&AM, Abou
Saad Temple Shrine both of the Panama Canal Zone and the Canal Zone
Society, St. Petersburg.
Mr. Barlow was a baseball player in his early years.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ida M.; two sons, Robert M., Great
Falls, Va.; and Edward W., Rumford, R.I.; two brothers, William, Tampa;
and Callustus, Lincoln, R.I.
Funeral services and interment were in Central Falls, R.I.
Lita A. Deakins, 79, died in St. Petersburg, Fla. June 8, 1964. Born
in Kent, Iowa, here 17 years from Panama Canal Zone. Member of the
First Unity Church, Canal Zone Society, Coral Chapter OES, Rebekah
Lodge, Past Matron, OES, Canal Zone. Survived by two daughters, Mrs.
Robert B. Walker, St. Petersburg; and Mrs. Floyd A. Robinson, Canal
Zone; a son, Roger C. Deakins; seven grandchildren and three great-
Mr. and Mrs. Robinson attended the funeral.
Sgt. Herman Hessel of the Balboa Fire District died at Gorgas Hos-
pital. He had been a patient in the hospital since June 1 when he was
injured in an automobile accident on Diablo Road. He was 49 years old.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Sergeant Hessel went to the Isthmus
as a member of the U.S. Army. He joined the Fire Division in 1945 and
was promoted to sergeant in 1947. All of his service was on the Pacific side
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Wilhelmina Hessel; a brother,
Walter, and a sister, Mrs. C. V. McElcannon, of Jacksonville.
The remains were returned to the United States for interment.
Louis Schmidt, Sr., 75, retired veteran employee of the Panama Can-
al Electrical Division, died June 2, 1964 at Coco Solo Hospital. He re-
tired from Panama Canal in 1942.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Mr. Schmidt went to the Canal Zone in
1921 and went to work for the Electrical Division. After the war he re-
turned to the Canal Zone and was employed as a Marine Electrician with
the U.S. Army, retiring as a civilian employee in 1951.
Surviving are three sons: Carl H. Schmidt of Panama, R.P., John C.
Schmidt of the 15th Naval District, Ft. Amador, and Louis H. Schmidt,
Jr., of Balboa, and three daughters, Mrs. Marie E. Park, St. Petersburg,
Florida, Mrs. Ruth N. Tortorcici, Margarita, and Mrs. Iris B. Waggoner
of Margarita. Also 16 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mr. Schmidt was a member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1414, Balboa, and
was an active member of the I.B.E.W. union.
He was one of the pioneers in sports fishing in the Panama area.
Col. Merrill H. Judd, U.S.A., (ret.) former Canal Zone Health Bur-
eau physician and one time superintendent of Margarita Hospital, died
May 3, 1964 in San Francisco where he had been attending a medical
convention. He was 61 years old.
A native of Minnesota, Dr. Judd served his internship at Gorgas
Hospital in 1928. He returned to the Canal Zone in 1940 as a physician
at Gorgas and was transferred to Colon Hospital a short time later.
He later was made head of the new Margarita Hospital.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Helen Judd, a daughter and a
Ralph D. Robinson, former Supply Division restaurant manager,
died May 9, 1964 in Springfield, Virginia, where he had been living since
his retirement in 1960.
From 1940 to 1945 he was a steward in the Panama Canal Service
Centers and was promoted to restaurant manager in charge of the Diablo
Mess Hall until 1951. At the time of his retirement, he was a restaurant
manager in the Supply Division.
He is survived by his widow.
Donald R. Jones, 60, veteran employee of the Canal Zone Postal Divi-
sion, who retired from service in December, died in Gorgas Hospital.
A native of Dorchester, Mass., Mr. Jones joined the Canal Zone Postal
service in 1937.
Mr. Jones also served as a postal clerk in Ancon and in the postal
unit in the Civil Affairs Building. At the time of his retirement, he was
the money order clerk in the Balboa Post Office.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Frances Jones, who is employed
in the Police Division Headquarters; a son, Albert, and a daughter, Miss
Donna M. Jones, both of whom are living in New Orleans.
Peter H. Brennan, 65, newspaperman who for 15 years served as a
deputy U.S. marshal in the Panama Canal Zone, died in a St. Petersburg,
Mr. Brennan, a native of Boston, moved to St. Petersburg upon re-
tiring four years ago.
He went to the Canal Zone in 1924 and worked with the record bur-
eau. Later he joined the staff of the Panama American and was for a time
editor. He also was with the Star and Herald newspapers there, and was
a correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, United Press Inter-
national and Time magazine.
Mr. Brennan was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church,
Surviving are four brothers, the Very Reverend Vincent P. Brennan,
president of Marist College, Atlanta; Edmund J. and Bernard, both of
Boston; John L., Philadelphia; two sisters, Mrs. J. F. Murphy, Quinch,
Mass.; and Mrs. F. M. Knowles, Braintree, Mass.
Byron T. Carr, former Balboa Housing Director, died July 11, 1964
at Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. Carr, 79, was born in Fremont, Ohio in 1885 and went to the
Isthmus in 1910. He went to work for the Panama Railroad as.a store-
keeper and with the opening of the Canal in 1914 he transferred to the
He was transferred to take charge of the Ancon-Balboa district, where
he remained until his retirement in 1947.
Since his retirement Mr. Carr lived in Gamboa with his wife Edna,
who survives him.
Mr. Oscar Lindstrom, 76, died May 24, 19.64 in a hospital in Bis-
mark, North Dakota, a week after surgery. He was born in Washburn,
N.D. At one time he served in the Philippines and Mexico border conflicts.
Capt. Lindstrom was for many years the Deputy Warden of the
Canal Zone Penitentiary.
He is survived by his wife, Clara; and two brothers, Enio and Wil-
liam, who were present for the funeral.
Chas. Ralph Murry died April 11, 1964 in Sepulveda Hospital,
California. At one time he was chief engineer with the Dredging Divi-
sion, Gamboa, C.Z. Later he was with the Marine Division in Balboa
until his retirement in 1951.
He is survived by his wife Jenny, Oakland, Calif.; a son, Dr. W. E.
Murry; a daughter, Maggie Hayden, and by seven grandchildren.
Mr. Ralph Raymond Wiggins, 85, St. Petersburg, Fla. died Aug. 12,
1964. He was born in Medina, Pa. and was with the C.Z. Engineers in the
early days. Survived by one brother and sister.
Mrs. W. F. Barton, 84, a pioneer resident of Searcy, Ark., died July
3, 1964 following an illness of several weeks.
Survivors include three daughters, Laura Tom Clinchard of the Canal
Zone, Martha Jane Pritchertt of Lepanto and Eva Wallis Marvin of
Arkansas State College, Jonesboro; three sons, William E. Barton III of
San Diego, Calif., Thomas Riley Barton of Searcy and Daniel Wilkin
Barton of Cincinnati, O.; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
William R. Thomas, Sr., retired Engineer of the Dredging Division
at Gamboa, passed away suddenly on July 7, 1964, at his home in Balti-
more (Essex), Maryland. He had just celebrated his 85th birthday on
Mr. Thomas went to the Isthmus during the construction period in
1913 and stayed until after the Canal was opened. After leaving the
Canal he returned again in the early '30's and worked for the Dredging
Division until his retirement in June, 1941. He had served on the tug
boats and dredges and was Engineer on the Crane Ajax at the time of his
He was a member of the Scottish Rite Body on the Isthmus.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Barbara Thomas; 4 children, 8
grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Rebecca Saphir, widow of Volanti Saphir, passed away the 4th
of July, 1964 in Maryland.
The Saphirs were Old Timers who had been on the Zone since early
construction days, and had retired in 1940.
Mrs. Saphir is survived by her daughter, Anna Towery of Olney
Acres, Maryland, and her son Eugene of Bethesda, Maryland, and by
three grandchildren, Claude Towery, Jr., and Rachel and McGann Saphir.
Matthew A. Follman, 80, the former president of the United States
Playing Card Company, died May 27, 964 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mr. Follman had been chairman of the company's executive com-
mittee since his retirement from the presidency in 1953.
He was born in Muskegan, Mich., and was associated with the Pan-
ama Canal Commission from 1903 until 1913.
Mr. Follman was a charter member of P.C. Society of N. Y.-Ed.,
Percy E. Snow, former employee of the Electrical Division and well
known Atlantic side resident, died at Gorgas Hospital.
A native of Phoebus, Virginia, Mr. Snow went to the Canal Zone
during the construction days as an electrical wireman.. He became a gen-
erator maintenanceman in the Gatun Hydroelectric Station in 1936 and
remained in that position until 1949 when he was retired from service.
Since his retirement, he has been living in Gamboa.
Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Charles E. Krantz, of Virginia.
James Alfred Richardson, 90 years old, passed away May 28, 1964,
in Houston, Texas at the home of his niece, Bessie Garnett Gates.
He worked in the Gorgona and Empire Shops from 1910 to 1915.
He was a maternal uncle of Sarah (Wright) Rothwell and George Lee
Wright of Houston, Texas; also Great-uncle of Joyce Collinge, St. Peters-
On May 12, 1964, Thomas C. Dempster, Sr., one of the three brothers
of the original five brothers of the Dempster family, died of meningitis
at Ft. Sanders Presbyterian Hospital in Knorville, Tennessee after only
a few days illness. He was General Superintendent of the Dempster
Brothers, Inc. manufacturing plant in Knoxville. He is survived by his
wife, twin sons Robert J. and Thomas C. Dempster, Jr. of Knoxville, and
one daughter, Mrs. Clyde Ruby of Madisonville, Kentucky.
At age 17 Tom Dempster accompanied his brother Geo. R. to Pan-
ama where he served for more than four years as a steam shovel crane-
man and engineer. After returning to the States upon the completion of
the heavy excavation on the Panama Canal, he had a wide experience in
construction work and along with his brothers, George, Robert, John and
Will, organized and operated the Dempster Construction Company en-
gaged in building railroads, highways and dams in the Southern states
and coal stripping in Western Kentucky.
The same five brothers retired from the construction field and or-
ganized Dempster Brothers, Inc., where Mr. Dempster's twin sons hold
high executive positions.
Thomas Boyd Soden, 82, a construction superintendent who helped
build the Panama Canal, died in Boca Raton, Florida.
He lived in Miami until last year when he moved to Boca Raton. Mr.
Soden was born in Scotland and became a Miami resident in 1946.
Mr. Soden was a Mason. He is survived by his wife, Helen, and a
stepdaughter, Mrs. George Deedmeyer.
Harry F. Preston, Jr., formerly with the Panama Canal Engineering
Division, died of a heart attack in Cartagena, Columbia, May 18. Mr.
Preston, born in Washington, D.C. in 1910, went to the Isthmus as a young
boy with his parents in 1917. He attended Canal Zone schools and then
the University of Texas. In 1948 he left the Canal Zone and went to
Medellin, then to Barranquilla, and later settled in Cartagena, where he
had his own construction business.
Mr. Preston was married to Alice Boyd, a former Canal Zone resi-
dent, Surviving are his widow, two sons, Boyd Alien Preston, Cartagena,
and Ensign Harry F. Preston, III, stationed at Ramey Air Force Base in
Puerto Rico; a daughter, Beverly Irene Preston, attending the University
of Miami; his father, Harry F. Preston, and two sisters, Mrs. Virginia
Wood, Balboa, and Mrs. Ruth Ellen Rogan, Phoenix, Arizona. His father
is residing with Mrs. Wood. Mr. Preston's mother died two years ago.
Mrs. Mary Scahill Drake Pettit, 89, who was among the first North
American women to go to Panama for the building of the Panama Canal,
died in Mercy Hospital in New Orleans, La.
She went to the Isthmus as the wife of the late Captain Alfred Sey-
mour Drake, a British-born US citizen, who was among the original mem-
bers of the United Fruit Co., which handled a great deal of the equipment
that went into the construction of the waterway.
Mrs. Drake Pettit is remembered for many charitable and philan-
tropic endeavors. She was a patroness of the Cathedral in Colon; donated
her home in Colon to Father Peter Burns, C. M., of the Miraculous Medal,
to be used as a convent, and had 86 Chinese godchildren and numerous
She was one of the Isthmus' outstanding hostesses, having entertained
such celebrities a Mrs. Warren G. Harding; Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt;
the Duke of Wales and others.
She was aboard the first ship to make the trip through the Panama
Canal. Her daughter, Julia, was held by Colonel George Goethals during
the ceremonies marking the opening of the waterway.
After the death of Captain Drake, she married John Richard Pettit,
a Canal employee, and they remained on the Isthmus until his retirement.
They settled in New Orleans, where Mr. Pettit died in 1947.
Surviving her are daughter Mary Rogers Drake, of New Orleans, a
step-daughter, Mrs. John Foley, of Sarasota, Fla., a step-son, J. R. Pettit,
Jr., of Peeksskill, N.Y., two sisters and a host of nieces and nephews.
Gustav W. Keller, 79, died in New Haven, Conn., June 27, 1964.
Mr. Keller, a son of the late Carl and Louisa Dietz Keller, was born
Feb. 8, 1885 in Elizabeth, N.J. He was a secretary to Gov. Thatcher and
spent six years in the office from 1907 to 1914.
He is survived by two sons, Tad Keller of New Haven and Mitchell
Keller of Rowayton; a brother, Oscar Keller of Honolulu, seven grand-
children and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Hugh S. Hunter, who worked on the Zone 1907 to 1915, died in
March. No other details available.
Mrs. Wm. (Helen) Johns, Lanark, Ill., passed away July 9 at Free-
port, Illinois after a year's illness. She was the daughter-in-law of Mr.
and Mrs. Wm. Bares, Lanark, Ill.
Mrs. Margaret G. Connor, 84, died July 21, 1964, at St. Petersburg
Beach, Fla. Came here from Hartford, Conn. 20 years ago. Mrs. Connor
is survived by three daughters, Mrs. L. G. Walker, Aiken, S.C.; Mrs. Ruth
Comstock, Glens Falls, N.Y.; Miss Grace Connor, St. Petersburg Beach;
five grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
Mrs. Connor was the wife of Dr. Connor, who went to the C.Z. in
Frederick W. Beland, Sr., born in Two Harbors, Minnesota October
31, 1889, died in an Oakland hospital May 9, 1964 of a fractured hip.
Fred, who was employed on the Pedro Miguel locks at the time of
his retirement in 1950, is survived by his wife, Mary Monica Beland; two
sons, Robert H. Beland of Newark, Calif. and Frederick W. Beland, Jr.,
of San Mateo, Calif., and three grandchildren.
Ralph Edgar Robinson of 1981 South Knox Court, Denver, Colo.,
died July 18, 19.64 from a heart attack while playing golf with his brother
and one of his sons.
He was born in Guiderock, Nebraska December 16, 1896.
In 1926 they moved to Denver, Colorado where he was employed for
14 years as a blacksmith. In 1941 they went to the Canal Zone where
he worked for the Mechanical or Industrial Division. He retired with a
foreman's rating in 1959.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby Mae, and 6 children, 20 grand-
children and 3 great-grandchildren. Also by a brother, Forrest Robinson
of Denver, and a sister, Vera Turner of Colorado Springs, Colo. His
children are: Violet Westerberg, Dorthea Epperson, Maxine Galvin, Allen
Robinson, Keith Robinson, all of Denver, Colo., and Vivian Bennett, of
Charles Francis Will, 55, a retired passenger agent for the United
Fruit Co., died while vacationing at Kings Beach resort on Lake Tahoe.
Death apparently was caused by a heart attack.
Mr. Will went to Redwood City, Calif. 11 years ago from Panama
where he had worked for 25 years in Cristobal and Panama City for the
United Fruit Co.
He leaves his widow, Noreen, an employee at Ampex Corp. in Red-
wood City, and two brothers, Raymond and Howard Will, both of the
Grover Malone died in Horton Memorial Hospital, Middletown, New
York, on June 26, 1964. He had made his home with his sisters Nance and
Mary in Wurtsboro, New York, since his retirement from the Canal Zone,
where he had been employed with the Locks Division on Miraflores and
Pedro Miguel Locks. He is survived by his brother Peter Malone of Brook-
lyn; his sisters, Mrs. Margaret Enright, San Jose; and Nance, of Wurts-
boro; his sister Mary having died just four days earlier, June 22nd.
Mr. John (Jack) E. Pershing, 79, died July 18, 1964 in Portland,
Oregon. He was born in Cumberland, Pa., January 8, 1885. He is sur-
vived by a sister, Mrs. Elsie Graves of Portland. No other details available.
Mr. Ray Stockham, 61, died suddenly July 28, 1964 in Denver, Colo.
He was graduated from the U. of Colorado with a degree in Mechanical
Engineering, went to the C.Z. in 1935 and for 15 years before retiring
was Superintendent of the Locks. Survivors are his wife Geneva, daughter
Janet and son-in-law Jim Reece, Bloomington, Indiana; three brothers
and two sisters of Colorado and one sister in Seattle, Wash. Rose Croix
services were held by Mackey Chapter as a courtesy to the Balboa Con-
sistory. Inurnment took place at the Tower of Memories in Denver.
TRANSIT CHAPTER, NORTH QUINCY, TAXACHUSETTSI
Didjano? According to the Panama Canal Information Officer duty
is paid on everything not purchased in Panama, or the United States, that
is for resale.
May 25. Ida's birthday!! That song about the Old Grey Mare is all
wet for she is in good condition, but will not slow down. I tell her not
to race her motor for it is later than she thinks, but it does no good.
June 4. Carleton and Mae Hallett, from Miami, with us. They re-
ported that their son, Carleton Jr., was recently married in Brazil. He is
stationed on Asencion Island at a Tracking Station. Also with us, for a
day, was Miss Gertrude "Patsy" Milloy, from West Harwich. She reported
that all at her house were well.
June 6. Attended the 53rd Reunion of my High School Class. There
were 17 present with a combined age of 1252 years.
June 18. We attended the funeral services for everybody's friend,
the late Pete Brennan. He was from Quincy. Charlie MaGee was also pres-
ent, and we had a nice visit with him.
June 21. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Seaman called. They now live in
Brockton, Mass. Harry was a Meat Cutter in the Robbisary Division.
July 20. Howard and Dot Dworak arrived from Gulfport, and we
certainly enjoyed their stay. We visited most of the local historical places,
several of which we had never seen.
July 30. Ben and Amy Armstrong arrived from San Francisco per
schedule. They had attended the Shrine Imperial Council Meeting in New
York, as had the Dworaks.
August 6. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ME, for on this date 73 years
ago a beautiful (?), darling (sic) baby was born!!! However, accord-
ing to the Birth Certificate, six months later Taxachusetts was advised of
this historical (?) event. Believe there was a question as to what it was.
It is miraculous that the darling (?) etcetra has existed so long for in
growing up he was lost in a snow storm when 4 years old. Later shot,
stabbed, lost in the Maine woods, almost drowned, almost hung, dragged
200 feet by a train, and other instances when the password could have
been "Bye". Oh, lots of fun. Anyhoo, every minute has been enjoyed -
almost, and perhaps some pleasure has been brought to others.
The greatest of pleasure was consumed this date for with us was our
son, "Bud" from Shreveport, La., and "Marmie", with her entire family
from Alliance, Ohio. Also Bob Dwelle was with us. He grew up with our
kids and is almost our family.
Last April the committee of medics who were wondering as to why
the writer was still clicking ordered the body to another hospital to meet
just about the toughest character in existence. Mean and determined. She
was Miss Ray and so cantankerous she wouldn't tell me her first name, and
so I called her Miss X. She had a great big round torso and one pene-
trating eye. She could, and did, look right thru me. I believe that she
lived in an empty flat on a vacant lot. After twenty sit down meetings
with this character I took home a burnt chest and back and found it was
impossible to swallow. That was a devilish way to reduce, for the gross
weight became a net of 182 pounds. The nickname now fits. The results
were very gratifying not only to the men in the white coats and masks
but to little (?) old me. I never want to see that Miss X-ray again, and
believe it will not be necessary, although I thanked her profusely when
I said "Bye". The body was declared good as new in all departments.
Thanks to the many friends who sent their best wishes during our period
of uncertainty. We appreciate knowing people.
Some thoughts. A friend is one who forgets what he gives, but re-
members what he receives. And It is easy to disagree, BUT don't be
Ida and Slim Hallett
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON, D. C.
Please convey to the members of The Panama Canal Society my warm
greetings on this special occasion, The Annual Meeting of The Panama
Canal Society which this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the opening
of the Panama Canal.
President Theodore Roosevelt referred to your members as "good
soldiers" and we do not forget that your hard work, sacrifice, and devo-
tion 50 years ago were essential to this great engineering triumph.
I salute each of you and send to each of you best wishes for health
LYNDON B. JOHNSON
The foregoing is a copy of a telegram received from President John-
son sending his personal greetings to each of those who worked on the
Panama Canal during the construction period. Unfortunately, I had de-
parted early before the arrival of the telegram and was thus unable to
read it at the Dinner Meeting.
The "Get-together" Dinner at the National Lawyers Club, Washing-
ton, on June 6, to celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the opening of
the Panama Canal was a great success. Alene Gorgas said it was one of
the "best ever." For those who could not attend, here is the news: A total
of 74 attended, more than 40 of whom were "old-timers" of the original
1904-1914 construction force. Members came from as far away as Florida
and Texas. General Edgerton was present Col. George R. Goethals was
unable to come from Cambridge but, like his father, "The Boss," who was
always ready to set us a good example, he sent in advance "dues". Walter
Ross, whose job as Quartermaster at Empire was to settle arguments among
the wives as to who was entitled to the best quarters, apparently had
qualms about his Canal Zone decisions and volunteered to pay for the
dinners of all the widows.
Hon. Maurice Thatcher acted as Toastmaster. Mr. C. Owen Smith,
Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary for International Affairs,
gave a talk on the Celebration which is to be held in Panama in August
to commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary. Because of present conditions,
the celebration will be very restricted in size. There will probably be no
"Veterans Day" as originally contemplated. It is not known yet what
special fare rates will be offered to "old-timers." A series of four airmail
stamps to commemorate the Opening will be issued in August. We are
in touch with the Celebration officials and will send you information as
soon as it is available.
Ben Williams, former Superintendent of Schools in the Canal Zone,
was elected President of the Scciety for the coming year. Andrew Dew-
ling consented to remain as Vice President. No one wants to take the
unhappy job of Secretary. With Colonel Wolverton's good aid, I am
continuing as Secretary until the new President is able to find someone
in the area willing to take on the work.
Joseph A. Cheeseman officiated as President at the dinner.
George S. Brady, Secretary-Treasurer
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Twenty-nine members and ten visiting guests gathered for a delight-
ful picnic on June 12. Welcomed as new members were the Jack Randalls,
who have bought a home in this beautiful mountain area and are now
settled at 25 Von Ruck Terrace in Asheville.
On her way back to California after a visit in the East, Eloise Monroe
spent a few days with Elsie Patterson. She was enthusiastically anticipa-
ting her trip around the world with Dr. Dorothy Moody.
In May Fred and Esther Hodges drove down in their trailer from
their home in Virginia, spending a couple of weeks in Hendersonville.
Their many friends in this area greatly enjoy their visits.
Betty O'Rourke had the misfortune of breaking her hip on May 9.
Fred has taken such good care of her that she is making good progress
and is getting around in her walker remarkably well.
Bob and Lillian Van Wagner have enjoyed as houseguests Ed and
Mary Doolan of Balboa Heights, Worden and Bea French and their son
Lewis of La Boca, and Leroy and Cybele Kuntz of Diablo Heights. They
also had a pleasant visit with Robert and Charlotte Herr and their daugh-
ter Charlotte Ann, who was driving with her parents as far as New
Orleans. She is teaching near West Hartford, Conn., and was flying back
North to attend Summer School. July 17 was a Red Letter Day in the
Van Wagner home as Lillian's mother, Mrs. Charles Cotton, celebrated
her ninety-sixth birthday on that day.
Roy Knoop and Tom Coleman had short sessions in the surgical sec-
tion of the hospital but are in top form again.
The Dodsons report that they are enjoying the many scenic drives
that abound in this mountain area. "Connie", after minor surgery in May,
is now at home, feeling pert enough to work in his garden of lovely roses.
Ethel is taking time out to attend a musical class, learning to play the
Spanish guitar in her young age. She is thinking of getting a group to-
gether and invading England in retaliation for the Beatles. They would
be called the "Flying Cockroaches".
Mr. Edward Doolan, Personnel Director at Balboa Heights of the
Panama Canal Company, and his wife Mary were guests of Paul and
Betty Bentz in May. They were driving from Miami to New York on a
combined business-pleasure trip. Visitors at the Bentz home during June
were Buster and Jeanne Burgoon of Sarasota. Joan Bentz Davidson flew
down from New York on June -4 to spend several weeks vacationing with
her parents. She returned home with them when they drove up to Con-
necticut to visit their son Alan and his family at their beach house on
the Sound. Ruth Sill accompanied them on the trip north as far as Prince-
ton, New Jersey. There she spent a couple of weeks with Mr. and Mrs.
Theodore A. Peck, Jr., (Mary Sill) and their four sons. The youngest,
Christopher Mount, was born in June.
Wendell Greene flew to Lexington, Ky., to attend the wedding of his
nephew Kenneth, the youngest son of his brother Ed.
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Wright (Louise Harrell) and their seven
handsome children drove from Arizona for a visit of two weeks with
Bruce and Mildred Harrell. They continued on to Annandale, Va., where
they visited Bill's parents, Col. and Mrs. F. W. Wright, who were formerly
stationed at Ft Amador.
The Jim Pattisons, after a visit with Bricky's parents, the Tom Cole-
mans, left for Ganesville, Pa. where Jim is soon opening his own radio
Mrs. Mildred Morrill of Balboa was a guest of the "Johnny" John-
stons before they left for the Republican Convention in San Francisco.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shacklett, all
of Balboa, were guests at the home of the Starford Churchills, Jr. Mr.
Shacklett is the brother of Mrs. Churchill.
Captain Frank and Emma Reppa celebrated the 4th of July in Alex-
andria, Va., with the family of their son, Col. Robert Reppa, who is sta-
tioned at the Pentagon.
The Tom Kelleys greatly enjoyed the two-week visit of the Ross Hallo-
wells in June. Their son Tom timed his ten-day vacation to arrive home
in time to see them before they left.
The Roy Knoops are awaiting the arrival of their son Roy and his
family who, along with friends in two other cars, drove up to the States
from the Canal Zone this summer. Young Roy is a member of the Balboa
High School faculty. Before sailing from New York they will drive to
Massachusetts, the former home of Mrs. Knoop.
After a month in Orlando, Fla., and before flying back to Panama
City, Ernest and Helen Baker spent a week visiting Ruth Sill in May. Since
that time they have retired to the States and have taken an apartment in
Winter Park, Florida.
Dr. Sam Irvin treated himself to a 5000-mile drive in May, spending
the month in Arizona, where he had practiced medicine before first going
to the Canal Zone. June was scarcely less eventful for him. His grand-
daughter Barbara Lee Brown of Balboa flew up from the Zone and her
sister Carol Jean, who is a student at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, joined her for a visit of several days with him. Later in
the month Captain and Mrs. Donald D. Phillips (Martha Irvin) and their
three children spent almost a week with him. Captain Phillips is in the
Air Force and is being transferred from his station in Tampa to one in
Tucson. Late summer plans call for Sam and his daughter, Elizabeth Irvin
Brown of Balboa, to drive to Jacksonville, Fla., stopping by to see the
Palmer Smiths at their new home in South Carolina.
This area is swarming with summer vacationists and it is no wonder,
for the climate and the beauty of the scenery are magnificent.
Ruth M. Sill, Secretary
Editor's note: In reporting the group of C.Z. friends gathered at the
Wendell Greene's the name of Mrs. Wilkes Webb, of Buchanen, Va., was
inadvertently omitted in the June Record.
CANAL ZONE SOCIETY OF COLORADO
The old saying "No news is good news" certainly does not apply to
the Record. But sometimes news is hard to dig up.
The annual picnic, a potluck affair, of the Colorado Society was held
on August 1, 1964, at Cheeseman Park in Denver, Colorado, starting at
11:30 a.m. Guests from the Canal Zone were the Frederick S. Browns from
Balboa and their' three children, Beverly, Conrad and Fred, Jr. Mrs.
Brown (Doris) won the door prize, a genuine piece of Indian pottery
from Panama, which was donated by Mrs. Gladys Graham.
We were pleased that Mr. Ed Gormely, Sr. was able to attend the
picnic and visit with the other members. He informed us that Mrs.
Gormely had passed away a year ago March, and that he was living still
at his old home. His son, Pat, who is an employee of the U.S. Civil Service
Commission, lives at home with him.
Games were played, food was plentiful, and everyone had a good
time catching up on all the news. Especially interesting were the first-
hand reports of Zone activities from the Browns and from our President,
Mr. Leonard Stark, who with Mrs. Stark just returned from a visit of
several months with their daughter and family in Balboa. They were
there for all the rioting, etc.
Colonel and Mrs. James A. Wier and family have moved from Fitz-
simons Army Hospital, Denver, to San Francisco, California, where Col.
Wier is stationed at Lederman General Hospital. We certainly will miss
all their help with the P.C. Society here.
News from the Roy Grahams is that Roy Jr. has been chosen to attend
Annapolis and is already on his way there. Gladys has finished a course
in physical and electro-therapy, and as soon as she passes the State Board
exam, she will be working in that field.
Bill and Bit Kendrick are leaving for the World's Fair on July 11,
combining their trip with the Elks convention in New York. They'll be
spending a week in New York and plan to take in some plays, and ball
games, as well as the Fair.
The Roy Kennedys spent a week in Colorado Springs at the Rocky
Mountain CPA convention. While there they met a friend of Bob Daniels,
who lives near him in Ft. Worth, and who took a message to Bob from
the Kennedys. Now we know it's a small world!
We certainly have enjoyed the Cafe Duran Mr. Stark brought back
That's all for now. Have a wonderful summer, everyone.
Dorothy Kennedy, Secretary
NEWS FROM THE GOLD COAST of SOUTHEASTERN FLORIDA
Heading our news for this issue is the lovely trip planned by the Ike
Metzgers and their families Tom and Marilyn Marsh flew up from the
C.Z. in June to California to visit Tom's Mother Mrs. L. C Marsh and
sisters Susie and Helene. Helene is Mrs. Calvin Burton, formerly of the
C.Z. The Marsh's to sightsee and then visit with Bill Metzger and wife
in Minneapolis, Minn. Ruth and Ike will meet them in Minneapolis for
a visit and a trip thru the Great Smokies back in Miami sometime in
August and the Marshs' returned to Coco Solo the end of August. Bob
and Marjean Koperski with three children are enjoying a camping trip -
they have an Apache Camper visiting Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce
Canyons, Great Salt Lake, the Tetons, Yellowstone Park and Mt. Rushmore
in Black Hills. They too visited with Bill and Doris in Minneapolis.
Gordon A. Rankin and son Ritchie were recent visitors to sister Anita
and Paul Thompson in Pompano Beach. This was a special trip to clear
their citizenship. All persons born in the Canal Zone whether their births
were registered with the American Consul or not, must go thru natural-
ization process. Thought I'd mention this as some may not yet have heard
of it or if they had, didn't believe it its true. Incidently, the Paul
Thompsons are now living in Gretna, Florida, General Delivery.
John Wanio and family visited with the R. D. Melansons of Miami
Shores and spent some of their time in the Blue Grass Motel on Miami
Beach with swimpool, etc. before getting back to the old grindstone.
The William Russons of Coconut Grove had as their guests Mr. Geo.
Russon George will be remembered as the policeman who taught many
many ladies to drive their cars on the Canal Zone. Wally Russon, wife
and four children also were in the Miami area, missing Wally's father by
one day. Earl Stone and his new wife also dropped in for a visit.
Gene and Will Clary are visiting in North Carolina.
R. N. MacDonnell (Locks Div.) and wife left Miami July 18th to
visit the Canal Zone after being away 14 years. Their son Rodney and
wife Jennie are expecting.
Barbara Ane Schmidt and daughter Sandy visited with Louie and
Ruth Gomez in Mandon, Mass.
The Gray Sisters, Dolly and Lillie visited in Ft. Lauderdale at the
Galt Ocean Mile Hotel.
Only 24 people turned out for our last picnic at Matheson Hammock
on July 5th I'd like to think it was due to too much activity over the
4th of course the rainy weather could have had something to do with
it too. Mr. Jones, our President started something by giving as prizes
prints of oldtime pictures of the Canal the first ones were won by Mrs.
Clara Smith, Mrs. Ruth Metzger and Margaret Hardy.
Our next picnic will be held at Matheson Hammock on October 18th
and I would like to remind everyone that we will vote on WHERE our
future picnics are to be held. Seems we get a much better turnout when
the picnics are at Greynolds Park and a good turnout on October 18th
could assure of this in the future. Besides our newly elected officers, also
scheduled for this meeting, will be in time to get their names in the new
Mrs. Beverly Des Londes visited in St. Petersburg, Fla., for a month
prior to moving to the Karen Club Apts., Ft. Lauderdale, in June Her
son, Danny, accompanied her to Ft. Lauderdale before leaving to attend
the summer session at Middle Tennessee State college, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
LeRoy and Cybele Koontz, vacationing from the Canal Zone, were
guests of Mrs. Eleanor Parker in Hallandale, Florida, for several days
Mrs. Parker's daughter-in-law, Lorraine and Dennis Stevens, became
the proud parents of a son, Kenneth James, March 3rd in Hollywood, Fla.
Lorraine visited with her mother for six months prior to March, and is
now residing in Omaha, Nebraska.
Mrs. Parker spent a week in July with the Walter Gormans at their
home in North Palm Beach.
Mrs. Anna Maurer arrived in Ft. Lauderdale from the Canal Zone
on June 29th aboard the SS Rangitane. After visiting Dorothy and Roger
Williams, Mrs. Maurer left July 3 to reside in Nalcrest, E. Lake Wales, Fla.
Visitors to Maitland during the Fourth of July weekend, as guests of
the William Rohnbachs and Mrs. Juanita Blanshaft, included Gretchen
and "Babe" Melcnscn, Eddie and Anna Japs, Mrs. Beverly Des Londes,
Dorothy and Roger Williams, Mrs. Anna Maurer, and Mrs. Catherine
Williams. Other familiar faces from the Maitland area who joined in
the fun were Captain and Mamie Van Siclen, Hazel and Bob Wilhite,
Bobby and Eddie Levy, and Jack Miller.
Berta and Bud Hazzard of Altadena, California, were guests of the
James Hunters in June. During this visit the Hazzards and Hunters en-
joyed a trip to Nassau.
Gloria and Joe Burgoon, accompanied by two of their children,
visited several days in Ft. Lauderdale during June on their way to New
Orleans. The Burgoons enjoyed a trip to the World's Fair during their
Anne and Frank Cunningham, of Pompano Beach, drove to New York
to attend the Shrine Convention during July.
Margaret and Walter Schapow have moved to their new home in
Captain and Mrs. John Connard, formerly of Balboa, recently moved
to their new home at 2800 NE 26th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale. A trip in
July was enjoyed by the Connards when they visited their son and daugh-
ter-in-law, the John Dillons in New Jersey.
Cecelia Maduro of Panama is a visitor at the home of Barbara and
Al Hutchings in Ft. Lauderdale.
Bud Hutchings, his wife, Vally, and their three children, Bud, Billy
and Michele spent the month of August in Fort Lauderdale.
Am adding our telephone numbers so YOU can call US, we don't
know when you have visitors, so please call and give us your news.
Margaret X. Hardy, Dade County
Dorothy Williams, Broward County
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Enjoying the deep green of summer's mature foliage on the many
trees of the Ozarks, we are, at the same time, enduring the heat which
makes the above possible.
Our Society held the 14th Annual Picnic at Agri Park of the Univer-
sity of Arkansas, Sunday, July 14th, 1964. There were 30 members and
visitors present to enjoy the food and fellowship. President Carl R. New-
hard welcomed the new residents of Bentonville to their first P.C. picnic
as members; the Glynn Terrels (Etta Fay), the Herbert Engelkes (Alice),
son Herbert Jr., daughter Mrs. Marguerite Engelke Grammer and two
young daughters, Tracee and Leslie of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Edward A.
Yeater and wife Bernice of nearby Winslaw came in response to announce-
ment in local paper. Ed served as Depot Supply Officer at France Field,
Albrook, and Rio Hat, P.A.D. during WW II. He returned to his home
State of Montana until his retirement to the Ozarks. Another surprise vis-
itor was Dean Anderson, former C.Z. Police Officer (assigned as Guard
to the Pedro Miguel Locks). Since leaving the Zone he has been in Siloam
Sprinks, Ark. but will now be in Neosho, Mo. as Chevrolet salesman -
Missouri members please note. We missed many of our ardent supporters.
Don't let the accumulation of years dictate too strongly, for the Joy of
being with kindred minds gives us all a lift and makes the effort worth-
In May, Cora Makibbin journeyed to see her sister Peggy (Mrs. Sam
McKenzie) in Tenn. Your reporter and Husband Newell Ramblered
to Denver, Colorado presumably to help hostess, Mrs. James A. Wier
(Alice Ray), pack personal possessions in preparation of transferring to
Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco where Col. Jim is now sta-
tioned as Executive Officer, but we did a lot of partying too, as 11 years
at Fitzsimons General Hospital called for many Farewell affairs for this
popular couple. Sorry we did not see many C.Z. folk but happy to see Roy
and Geneva Stockham whose retirement is still a little new for them. Roy
will be remembered as Supt. of Locks Division. By 'phone, we visited
with Bit (Elizabeth) and Bill Kendrick who report a busy working life
but anticipating a busy retirement life soon. Bit asked to be remembered
to their C.Z. friends through this report. These days, the Sr. Walter
Reifs (Martha) are commuting to Oklahoma City where they are helping
Walter Jr. build a new home. The Sr. Reifs are expert builders since they
recently enlarged their own home. They report that Major Frank and
Evelyn Yarborough, formerly R.O.T.C. Officer in the C.Z. and now in Fort
Chaffee near Fort Smith, Ark., stopped by to attend our picnic, but they
chose the wrong day.
Walter and Iola Wagner of Mountain Home also went a'visiting:
First stop with Charles Garcia in St. Louis (son of Judge Charles Garcia
of the Magistrate Court in C.Z.), a premed student in the University of
St. Louis. He told of his sister's marriage to Bill Hele in New Orleans.
They met Mrs. Jessie Reichert, formerly of C.Z.; went on to Holland, Mich.
where they picked up their daughter Sarah Ann at Hope College. In
Cleveland, Ohio they saw Miss Helen Bradburn, former Exec. Director
of Girl Scouts on the Zone. Next stop in Saugarties, N.Y. for a short
visit with Rev. Orville Hine and family. The Rev. Hine was minister of
the Balboa Union Church for 3 years; they went to West Natick, Mass. to
visit with their daughter Louise and family. Returning they stopped to see
the Bill Agans (Lynn Kielhofer) in Bloomfield, Ill. and learned they had
gone to visit the Kielhofers in Los Rios, C.Z. Thanks for the news, Iola.
From Eureka Springs comes the glad tidings that "Collected Poems,
1914-1918" by Glenn Ward Dresbach is now a Collector's item; the
large Commercial Edition having been sold out as of April 1964. Congrat-
ulations! Mrs. Dresbach under the pen name of Beverley Githens contin-
ues to write excellent book reviews, the most recent ones being "New York"
by Andreas Feinberger and Kate Simon, "Shakespeare of London" by
Marchette Chute. Beverley's use of words, no matter the subject, is fas-
Paraphrasing "The Show Must Go On" we find "The News Must Go
Out", so in spite of HOT weather we went a'newsgathering to Bentonville
where we found most of our Canal Zone folk gathered at the home of
Pres. and Helen Newhard to tell me the joy of golfing at 7:30 a.m. by
George and Bob Engelke, fishing by Carl Newhard,Herbert Engelke and
Glynn Terrell thrilled with a catch of 75 fish and picture to prove it -
in the camera. The Andrew Bleakley's are still in Medicine Bow, Wyoming
where they welcomed their 3rd grandchild. Carol Newhard Bleakley has
joined her husband Lt. Andrew Bleakley, Jr. in Japan.
Canal Zone visitors to Bentonville are shared by all the retired C.Z.
folk there. The Newhards report Ernest Angermuller with Roy and Sue
Rinehart visited N.W. Arkansas for a week before going to see his sister
in Pa. Ernest now makes his home with his son Ronnie in Margarita, C.Z.
Bruce and Karen Newhard of Elko, Nevada with 3 year old Martin and
20 mos. old Kristine visited Mom and Dad Newhard. Joe (just retired)
and Georgia Gwinn of Margarita stopped at the Newhards also the Ross
Cunninghams (Janet) with whom they took several side trips into Missouri.
Glynn and Etta Fay Terrell are enjoying their retirement and welcomed
Buck and Allena McHan of Margarita, also Capt. Roy and Ollie Hearn
now living in California. "Forever Young" Earnest and Haleen Williams
are boosters for N.W. Arkansas where they lead busy, happy lives.
Early in August Bob and Connie (Graf) Engelke are expecting their
son Bob and wife Mary Lou (Haines) and five youngsters for whom the
entire Engelke Clan, the women, are making cucumber pickles. Herb and
Alice Engelke with son Herbert, Jr. made a quick trip to see Herb's two
brothers, Harry and Steve in Glendale and No. Hollywood, Calif. Alice's
father, Albert Wood, shares their spacious and well shaded home and is
doing quite well at the age of 87. Edith Engelke is busy as Chairman of
new Bates Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Chairman of new Episcopal
Church Committee in Rogers and as hostess for guests, Dottie, Al and
Debbie Pate accompanied by Dottie's mother, Marie Wolf of St. Peters-
burg, Fla. and whose visit was shared by all the Bentonville folk. We
found Mattie MacAulay happily settled at 211 N.W. "A" Street, Apt. 1
into which she had moved the day before and greatly relieved of yard
chores. Right next door Betty McCoshan, recently of Florida, now lives,
happy to be "back home" in N.W. Ark. where she lived for many years.
Returning home via Rogers we stopped to see Lynn and Maude Cook
who gladly shared their garden produce of corn and turnips and reporting
son Bud of Jackson, Mississippi had been home for the Fourth. Stopped
for the inevitable cup o' coffee and dessert at Bill and Carrie Mathues.
Carrie has been and still is busy painting, (walls not canvasses) pickling,
canning and crocheting and being hostess to her charming sister,
Mannie, Mrs. Ralph Erlin of Haddonfield, N.J., whom we all enjoy. Mar-
ione Campbell is keeping cool in her air-conditioned trailer and Eloise
Brown is busy playing bridge.
Everyone enjoyed the visit of Lyman and Alice Benthall who rolled
their Trailer into Resful Zephyr Trailer Court in Fayetteville and from
there visited all the C.Z. retired folk in this area, including Walter and
Irene Zimmerman in Ozone. Not having seen the Zimmermans for a
couple of years your reporter went along and happy to report Walter has
made a marvelous recovery from his illness of last year. Irene was glad
to see us and, as usually happens, it was a feast, for Mrs. Anna M. Riley,
widow of George E. Riley, of nearby Clarksville, appeared as we were
talking about her grandson, young Riley of Cardinal Baseball Team. Mrs.
Riley said they were with the Navy and lived in Cocoli. She makes her
home with her daughter Mrs. Anna Riley Swain and has three sons in
Balboa, Peter, George and James. Lyman and Alice are enjoying their
Trailer life and after they have been in all 50 States will settle down and
re-live these care-free days, in memory. Lyman was Paint Foreman on
the Atlantic side and Alice worked in the Telephone Division. The Zim-
merman Retreat, deep in the hills, is a veritable Bird Sanctuary, away
from confusion, yet not far from the "Top O' The Ozarks" highway.
Here in Fayetteville the community was stunned with the sudden pass-
ing of Walter A. Wieman at 4:30 a.m., Thursday, May 21, 1964. Walter
was in the hospital less than an hour and had worked at the University
on Wednesday where he held a responsible position. A most worthy tribute
was paid when a University official said "Walter Wieman's records and
files were in perfect order right up to the last day," which speaks well
for the man many knew as friend and neighbor. Walter A. Wieman, Jr.
(Duke) arrived with his wife and family from Washington, D.C. Air
Force Base at 6 p.m. not knowing his dad had left us. Our deepest sym-
pathy goes out to his widow, Bates, his brother, Fred G. Wieman of Palm
Beach, Fla., his son Walter A. Wieman, Jr., and his step-sons, Fred Huld-
quist and E. Guy Huldquist of the Zone. Bates has left Fayetteville to
live in Houston, next door Apt. to her sister, Mrs. Nannie I. Brown and be
near other relatives. Her son Fred and sister Nannie came to help her
make the move Since then Bates met her son E. Guy (Bud) Huldquist
and family who are in the States on vacation, in Ohio. They visited old
C.Z. friends, the A. G. Wallerstedts of Pittsburg, Pa. After a trip to Nia-
gara Falls they went on to Boston where they met Ralph and Carlin
Skinner of Ancon, C.Z. Visiting her nephew, Jack Brown and family on
the tip end of Long Island, Bates secured some much needed rest while
the others "did the Fair." In Arlington, Va. they saw the Emmett Dyes.
Old Timers will be interested to know that Nancy, daughter of the late
Homer V. Crooks and Minnie Crooks Burton and Nannie's granddaughter
was recently married to Sgt. Adolph M. Koepplinger and now living at
1229 Mitchell St., Larson Air Force Base, Moses Lake, Washington.
They were all pleased that Elizabeth, lovely 16 yr. old daughter of
Heinie and Theo Hallin was able to make a memorable trip to Ohio,
Canada, World's Fair and Washington D.C. as a member of the Choral-
ettes and Fayetteville High School Band. They did themselves and Arkan-
sas proud as they performed along the way for Lions Clubs and other
Civic organizations. Our Congressman, Jim Trimble, was proud as they
sang on the Capitol steps and later took them all (over 100) to dine in
the Senate Cafteria. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin P. Higgins (Mildred Makibbin)
announce the marriage of their daughter Patricia Lynn to Charles Samuel
Caerdy of Russellville, Arkansas. Charles is a student Architect in the
University of Arkansas. David Higgin and his fiancee, Susan Blair of
Colchester, Conn. are visiting his folks up on Round Mountain. David
is in the navy now stationed in New London, Conn.
President Newhard invites y'all to the Annual Luncheon to be held
Sunday, October 18, 1964 at Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Luncheon will be served at 1 p.m., so come early and enjoy good fellow-
ship with former C.Z. friends and associates.
Blanche E. Shaw
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
A good crowd turned out for the June picnic at Brookside Park, Pasa-
dena 125 were registered. It was good seeing some, of our faithful
regulars and we missed some familiar faces; There were a number
of out-of-towners attending: Lu Lumby from.San Diego:.Leslie and Sullie
Wilkinson, from Dona, Texas, who were with Dave and Jan (Sampson)
Muralt of San Fernando: Russell and Bernice Hileman, Lee and Carol
,(Hileman) Widsor from Palmdale: Jack and Lillian Evans, and Jerry
and Inez Evans from Sun. City: Art and Eleanor Miller frpm Escondido:
Leora Walling from St. Petersburg, Florida; Arthur Troup from Tucson,
Arizona: Tom and Edith McGinn, and Esther Calcutt from Santa Barbara:
John Wood from Montrose, California: Conrad and Norma Horine from
Anaheim: Rene and Kathy (Taylor) Conlan from Ontario, Calif.: Mr. and
Mrs. Bill Quinn from Palos Verdes: John, and Jeanne (Moist) Olip from
Van Nuys: Jennie Harrington from Akron, Ohio: Stanley Stearns from
San Mateo: Capt. and Mrs. Stewart Trail, Lexington, Missouri: Joe and
Gertrude White and Kathryn Bruechner from Long Beach.
Ted and Emma Englebright (Ted is our new Vice President), and
I did our best, but something was missing Virginia and Martin Seller
were not there to do their usual good job of greeting everyone present.
The Police and Fire Division was very well represented, with officers
Maurenus Peterson, Carl Wanke, Ted Englebright, Stewart Trail and
As Hedvig (Sundberg) Seedborg and I were leaving the picnic
grounds, taking down Panama Canal Society signs, a car drove up and
the folks inside were peering at signs, so we went up and talked to them.
It was Mr. and Mrs. Van Underwood, who had gotten lost looking for
Brookside Park. We had a long visit with them: they are living at 6326-A
Templeton Street, Huntington Park, California. They came out from
Tennessee earlier this year and are enjoying their new life in Califor-
nia. Found we had mutual friends from the Zone and they are looking
forward to seeing other friends from Canal Zone days in this area.
Note from Russell and Berta Hazzard of Altadena, who couldn't make
the picnic as Bud's company was sending them to Cape Kennedy, Florida
for a month. They planned on seeing friends in Florida, among them
the Jimmy Hunters in Ft. Lauderdale.
Note from Eva Hammer of Gassville, Arkansas her great grand-
daughter, Sheri Lynch, graduated from Junior High School. Eva is still
enjoying her life in what she says is fast becoming a popular retirement
Russell and Bernice Hileman wrote that they recently had need for
the services of a veterinarian and through an answering service, got in
touch with Alson W. Sears, Jr. who is practicing in Lancaster, California
-formerly lived in Panama.
Mr. Delaplane Wilson writes that he is now living in the Fredericka
Manor at Chula Vista, a retirement home operating under the auspices
of the Methodist Church. Rev. John C. Abel, once pastor of the Union
Church in Cristobal, and his wife Lucy who was a Canal Zone school
teacher in construction days, are living at the same place, so they can do
some reminiscing about Canal Zone days.
Capt. and Mrs. Stewart Trail of Lexington, Missouri, were touring
the country: stopped in California to see Capt. and Mrs. Carl Wanke,
and were going on up to Seattle, Washington and the northwest country.
Mrs. Grace Cuthbertson of Los Angeles had to go to San Diego, so
was unable to attend the picnic; she usually comes with Mead and Helen
Bolton who were with us. Grace's son Rodric, who was born in Ancon,
Canal Zone, lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where he works for Federal Avia-
tion. He had written that during the earthquake all he could do was hold
on as he stood in the doorway of his apartment-he thought the whole
building was coming down. All that he and his pal lost was a clock and
a picture off the wall, and an ash tray. He has been all over Alaska the
past 10 years formerly worked with Morrison Knudsen Construction
Co. says he loves living in Alaska.
Mrs. Helen Peterson of Hollywood, was a recent visitor on the Canal
Zone. She wrote that conditions had certainly changed life on the Zone,
but that Balboa and the surrounding country was still beautiful to see.
Dick Dickerson is in Europe at this time he wrote from, Mallorca
- said he was sunning and swimming, having a grand time. He was to
tour Europe, go to Denmark for a while, and plans on returning to Cali-
fornia via the Panama Canal.
Recently while looking through our Long Beach newspaper, I saw
a face which looked familiar it was Lolita Provost Packard, daughter
of Lt. and Mrs. Eugene Provost. Lolita works for a Ford agency in the
South Bay area near here, and is described as an astute business woman
with a career in car sales soon to be featured in Esquire. The article told
about a talk she gave before a group of secretaries recently on "How To
Travel Across the Country without a Man"-she gave many helpful hints
for safety of women driving alone she speaks from experience. Mrs.
Packard has been a widow for 10 years, has a 22 year old daughter who
is a nun, and a 16 year old daughter in school: and while she earns more
than most teachers, Lolita says she won't be happy until she has her de-
gree in education. The Provost's are planning a trip around the United
States I hope to report on that later.
David Smith appeared in the singing role of the Cardinal in "Tosca"
which starred Dorothy Kirsten, at the Greek Theatre in Hollywood in June.
We had hoped to get up to see the performance, but couldn't make it.
Mrs. Leora Walling was a recent visitor from St. Petersburg with
Irma King and Clara Gilbert of Monrovia. She planned on going to Oak-
land, then on to Seattle where she would be with her son Howard until
Mrs. Mary M. Hall, mother of Norine (Hall) Kaufer and Jane (Hall)
Journey, is residing in a Convalescent Nursing Home at 9166 Tujunga
Canyon Blvd., Tujunga, California. Ewing and Jane Journey of Sunland
had Ewing's son Bud and his wife Harriett down for a visit during the
summer. Bud has a beautiful home in Poulsbo, Washington.
We were glad to see Blanche and Phil Lupfer at the picnic, they
missed our last one because of Phil's long and serious illness. Many of
us enjoyed Blanche's exhibit of Panama pictures at the Museum in Santa
Ana, which ended May 31. The Museum's secretary says they are going
to exhibit her other pictures and have a permanent exhibition of a col-
lection of native Guatemalan costumes, her gift to the museum, along with
some of her oil paintings.
The Lupfer's have joined the retirement community of Plymouth
Village, their address is 8 East Palm Avenue, Redlands, California 92373.
Since Phil has recovered his health they are hoping all their friends will
visit them there. Quite a lot of activity for a retired couple, and we con-
Dr. Nelson Brayton made the news recently an article in the
Phoenix Gazette entitled "Politics and People Brayton Orates in Classic
Way" states in part "a champion in his class, definitely in a class by him-
self, the Miami (Arizona) physician has not a real rival. Others may
make the welkin ring more often. Some may be louder **** none can
come within shouting distance of Brayton in scope and depth and rare
ability to present a single subject from so many unexpected angles." Dr.
Brayton is serving his seventh term in the Arizona House of Representa-
tives all this at 86 years! He, F. G. Swanson, and some of our other
active old-timers put the younger folks to shame.
Mr. Swanson wrote that he enjoyed his trip to New York to attend
the reunion: had a day or so at the Fair-met lots of nice people on the
Mrs. Elizabeth Taber of Altadena, said her granddaughter Elizabeth,
daughter of Jack Taber, was married on May 16: no details as to where
and to whom.
Jack Tonneson, his mother Anna Tonneson: Martin and Virginia
Seiler are back home safe and sound after a wonderful trip across the
U.S. They were gone more than a month, saw lots of interesting places
and people, had a trip to the Fair in New York. Virginia was to send me
a report on the Zone people they saw, but since their return they have had
house guests so we hope to have that news for your next report.
Ruth (White) Tanner of Richland, Washington (daughter of Joseph
and Gertrude White of Long Beach) has a new son, born in July, 1964.
Gertrude went up to be with her daughter and welcome her grandson. Joe
and Gertrude are managers of Cooper Arms apartments in Long Beach.
Major and Mrs. Charlie McGinn (Jean Ann White) and their five
children will be making their home in Southern California for the next
few years: their address 23222 Evalyn, Torrance (and the correct spell-
ing is E-v-A-l-y-n). Charles will be at Aero Space in El Segundo. They
drove out from Boulder, Colorado, along with Jean's parents, Alton and
Mattielee White: their "safari" of three cars visited Grand Canyon, Mesa
Verde and many other interesting places. They also stopped a few days
at Phoenix to see Dennis White and his wife. Then on to La Mesa, Cali-
fornia, where they saw grandparents Mr. and Mrs. D. P. White. The
McGinn's then went to Sata Barbara where they were with grandparents
Tom and Edith McGinn-until they moved into their new home in
Alton and Matt White have taken an apartment at least for the month
of August at Cooper Arms, 455 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach just a few
blocks from where I live. It's wonderful having them here and I hope
they like it so well they will abandon their home in Houston and come
here to stay.
Our next picnic, October 11 Brookside Park, Pasadena every-
Thelma Reppe, Secretary
IN, AND 'ROUND ABOUT' HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
'Home Base' still Hot Springs but, the 'field' is where the 'ball'
(pen) points, etc.
The Fall or semi-annual Dinner of the Pan Canal Club of Cent. Ark,
will be held at the Czechoslovakian Villa on Sat. afternoon, Oct. 24. All
ex-Canalers, present CZers, visitors, are cordially invited contact Ann
Reinig or Ann Bartholomew re reservations.
Bill Burns and sister, the Fred Atkinsons, the Kyles, the Rufus Gar-
retts, Estelle DeCora, the Ed Pipers, the Gerald Parkers, and daughter
Colleen Doucett and family, the Jack Reinegs are here "staying put" for
the summer as are also Billie and Grover Bohan in Jonesboro.
Fred and Agnes Atkinson who spent the Holidays and winter in the
C.Z. with their children and grandchildren, returned 'unscathed' soon after
the Jan. "incident"-were able to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anni-
versary here in Hot Springs on April 10th a lovely party was given
them, and friends came in with gifts and Best Wishes for the Memorable
Wisconsin, their former home seems to be the vacation spot for the
Lynn Cottrells who departed in May.
The Rufus Garretts were hosts to two groups of Balboa visitors;
S) bil, LeRoy Koontz, and her mother Mrs. Austin, in May via N. Orleans
and Fairhope, Ala.; and Bill and Dolores Jarvis and son Jack, in June-
they were going to 'pick up' son Jon in Mo. both couples were motor-
ing to N.Y. Fair via different routes and stops and afterwards to Fla.
Mrs. Wm. Bartholomew (Ann), had as her guests during part of
July, her daughter Barbara and family, the Ernest Kruegers of Balboa-
they were joined by Wm. Bartholomew Jr. and family of St. Louis for a
few days. The Kruegers came by boat to N. Orleans and visited kinfolks
in Ala. and Tex., motoring to N. Orleans and sailing for C.Z.
The Norman Andersons of Balboa are sailing on Aug. 3 to N. Orleans,
and will visit her parents, the Fred Atkinsons, then to Monroe, La. where
Norman will attend the Westinghouse School of Gas Turbine Engines;
from there to N. Orleans to meet their children Marilyn and Kenneth,
and enter them in Florida State University at Tallahassee. Fred Atkinson
Jr. of Balboa is leaving on Aug 16 for a brief visit here with his parents,
then on to Denver to transact business.
Another expected visitor in Hot Springs is Harry Lewis of St. Peters-
burg who is now in the East with kinfolks, and may come here soon to
visit old friends enroute homeward.
The Gerald Parkers expect the Ernest Farris's to visit them in August.
They live in Margarita, C.Z. The Parkers made several trips during win-
ter and spring to visit sick kinfolks in Ind. and Mich.
Dolly Kyle, daughter of Mrs. Slater Kyle (Rita), will enter Ark.
Tech. College at Russellville this Sept. Her brother Walter recently won
an award of merit certificate of proficiency in the auxiliary of Civil Air
The New York Fair was thoroly enjoyed by Mrs. Edith Wicks, on a
trip there soon after it opened. While in N.Y. City she went to visit Mrs.
Bea. Morgan and found her in fair health Mrs. Morgan's daughter
Fern had been a recent visitor.
Richard Pennington Jr. of Gatun joined the Navy soon after High
School graduation, and is in 'boot' training in Great Lakes, Ill.
Eula Jo Ewing spent a part of her summer as guest of her friend
Mae Robertson in Atlanta, and from there she went to her Clarksburg,
W. Va. home to visit her sisters and friends. She hopes to be back in
Okla. soon with her daughter, Susan Bishop and son who live in Midwest
City near Tinker A.F.B. while Col. Bishop is stationed in an area near
the Artic Circle.
Mrs. Anna Piper is still in St. Joseph's Hospital her condition is
John Bissett of N. Little Rock had a second hip operation recently.
Their daughter and family came from Seattle to visit their parents.
Ed. Fucik, husband of Peggy Reinig is now able to travel again-
as far as Pakistan and more distant places. He had been 'laid up' with
a 'game leg' for quite awhile in his Highland Park, Ill. home.
Jack and Flo Lamb are again at 800 Oak St., Hammond, La., but
Flo's condition remains about the same. Mrs. Geo. Wickens and daughter,
Mrs. Wilma Kennard of Balboa, visited them, also the Richard Patins,
former Gamboa folks who operate a large Buena Vista Cts. and Motel on
the Chez Monteur H'wy. near New Orleans, also Mrs. Polly Perez an old
friend from Panama who is a nurse in a nearby Miss. Sanitorium.
Unable to even hold a pen, because of a fall fracturing her right
arm, and having it in a cast for fourteen weeks, Mrs. Abe Matlowsky,
(Anna), of Brooklyn, now has written that during that time she flew to
Mexico City to be with her daughter Bernice (Mrs. Wm. Randall), who
was very seriously ill in the hospital for over five weeks. Anna is home
again, and Bernice is convalescing and hopes to spend Aug. with her
mother in Brooklyn. After that the Randalls will go to Cleveland, Ohio
where he will teach in Western Reserve U. Sam Matlowsky, Bernice's
older brother, lives with his family in N.Y. City and is very busy with
his music composing and conducting. He was Mrs. Needham's star piano
pupil in old Ped. Miguel days. Norman, the younger brother lives in
Brooklyn and works in the Navy Yard.
Walter 'Doc' Dougherty of St. Louis, a retiree from the Pedro Mig-
uel Fire Dept. passed on June 17. His wife survives.
We offer our sincere sympathy to the families of Mrs. Lita Deakins,
a most dear friend since Gatun days and Barney Barlow, a fellow
Pedro Miguel Lock employee.
The sudden demise of Harry Preston of Cartagena, California grieved
us all, and our deepest sympathy is extended to his wife, Alice Boyd, and
family Alice Preston and Ann Bartholomew, his sisters.
Sgt. E. J. Kohler, Jr. of Arizona, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Kohler
of Little Rock was killed in an air crash in the Philippines, on May 11,
they were Canal Zone folks too, and for him and Harry, we bowed our
heads in silent reverence at our semi-annual Spring dinner of our
Central Arkansas Panama Canal Club on May 23.
Mrs. Gus Kolle (Adele), was unable to attend as she was called to
Iowa because of the grave illness of her niece.
Lt. Col. and Mrs. Christiansen were also unable to attend as he was
called to his home school in Iowa to deliver the Commencement address.
Raymond Carver, formerly of Columbia City, Indiana and post-
master at Corozal about end and after of World War I, died recently in
Calif. His wife survives.
Frances S. Dorn
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Hello from Northern California. We've been enjoying beautiful
weather out here, a few hot days now and then but evenings make up for
it, they always turn cool. We had a perfect day on June 21st for our
summer picnic at Juniperro Serra Park in the hills of San Bruno. About
135 attended and we were delighted that many members brought their
children and grandchildren. Guests from the Canal Zone were Bud and
Tommy Lou (Jordan) Horter with their three children. Also newly ar-
rived from the Zone were Mrs. Elvira Byrnes and Miss Elizabeth Gunhy
who attended with the Ernie Paynes. Miss Gunby has joined our chapter
and we welcomed back to membership after a long absence, Asa Bullock
and Bud and Gen Dyer. Other visitors were Leora Walling, Florida; Col.
and Mrs. W. F. Hodsen with Mrs. Carrie Hackett, Hillsborough, Calif.;
Carl and Ethel Wanke, Whittier, Calif.; Ed Corrigan and son with Susan
Corrigan (daughter of the Joe Corrigans, a student at Santa Clara U.),
San Jose; Cmdr. Bill Russon, USCG, San Francisco; Harry and Jane
(Enright) Cuzner and three children with Mrs. Margaret Enright and
daughter Margaret's three girls, San Jose; Bernice Hopkins, Palo Alto;
Mr. and Mrs. Charles McDonald and son; Lonnie Smith, Tyler, Texas
(grandson of A. Vern Mitchells) ; Ursula Harrison.
Eva and Jack Dyer drove up from Santa Barbara to visit with son
Bud and family and all attended the picnic. The Dyers report that daugh-
ter Shirley and family have moved back to Santa Barbara having sold
their home in the Ojai Valley. Carl and Ethel Wanke flew up for a long
week-end with us. Wesley and Mabel Hutchings attended with their son
Bob and his two children. Carl and I were delighted to meet Chubby
Hackett's mother Mrs. Carrie Hackett and his sister and brother-in-law,
Col. and Mrs. Hodsen. Chubby and Betty were our duplex neighbors the
last five years we lived on the Zone. The Frank Bryans brought their
daughter Peggy and son Frank and Clair (Haines) Bryan and two child-
ren. Bill Russon was a welcome guest and for many of us its been many
a year since last seen. His wife was unable to attend because of illness
and was to undergo surgery soon. We do hope she is making a speedy
Ruth and Harold Duncan took a trip to Southern California in April
to visit with Lil and Jack Evans. They also saw Erma and Ray Forbes
who now reside down south. Lil and Jack Evans with Muriel's daughter,
Marjorie Neal, later left by train for Colorado to spend three weeks with
Al and Norma Harrington and family.
Lonnie Smith of Tyler, Texas, son of the Rex Smith's (Vera Mitchell)
spent the summer in Oakland with his grandparents, the A. Vern Mitchells.
Other members of his family joined in showing him a good time. His
aunt, Jean Smith, took him and his older sister Donna Smith (who attends
San Jose U.), to Candlestick Park to see the Giants play ball. One week
was spent at Clear Lake with the Bruce Crooks (Jean Stilwell) in their
summer cottage. The Donald Mitchell family from Sacramento were also
members of the group.
Mrs. Fred Fitch and her niece, Mrs. Theresa Turner, spent a couple
of weeks touring in Old Mexico, spending their time largely in Mexico
City and Acapulco.
Mrs. Leora Walling visited the Arthur Beards in June for a couple
of weeks and while here attended the monthly Panama Canal Bridge club
at the home of Mary Birnbaumer in Palo Alto. She was enroute to Seattle
for a visit with son Howard and family. The Beards have their home for
sale and will move to Rossmoor Leisure World. Their address after Oct.
1st will be: 1316 Oakmont, Bldg. 30, Apt. 5, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Johnston, of Hendersonville, N.C,, (Rose and
Johnny) were in San Francisco for the Republican Convention, he being
an alternate delegate from his state. They were busy most of the time at
the Cow Palace but did see the Jerry Pragers several times. From S.F.
they traveled to Portland to visit son Lester and family. The Norman
Rockers are still very busy with the Lafayette Senior Citizens. As Presi-
dent he arranges a bus trip to some point of interest each month. Two
trips recently were two-day affairs, one to Carson City, Reno and Lake
Tahoe; the other to the Gold Rush Country over Route 49, which is the
route the '49ers took.
John and Margaret (Enright) Buniowski have moved to the San Jose
area. Address is 3194 Moorpark Ave., Apt. 2, San Jose, Calif. John has
retired from the Air Force and at present is finishing up his last six months
on campus at the University of Omaha for his teaching degree. He will
rejoin his family after graduation and we're noping they'll settle perman-
ently in this area. Mrs. Margaret Enright resides with the Buniowski's
and all are very near Jane and her family.
Les and Sully Wilkinson were recent visitors on the west coast. With
them was Sully's granddaughter Beth Murault (Jan's daughter). While
Les visited with son Jack and family in San Luis Obispo, Sully and Beth
were in the San Jose area. Ruth and Harold Duncan entertained them
with a dinner one evening along with guests Helen Judd, Nina Brown
and Ruth Robertson.
John and Beverly (Neville) Fawcett and daughter Linda are visiting
Beverly's parents the Craig Neville's part of the summer. John and Bev
are attending summer classes at the College of the Pacific in Stockton
where Linda will continue her education in the fall.
A phone call last night from Lou Ellen (Zent) Gaines told us we
would be losing them as chapter members. Bill has been transferred to
Andrews Air Force Base in the Washington, D.C. area and they are leav-
ing the 31st of this month (July) for the east coast via Seattle where
they will visit Bill's sister Betty and family. Liz (Zent) Beal and her
family are in the U.S. this summer visiting with her parents, the Zents,
in New Mexico. They will try for a rendezvous with the Gaines family
somewhere in the western area.
Our daughter Karen, with a friend Susan Sonsini, is at present in
Hawaii on a two-week vacation. From all reports they are having a grand
time and will hate to leave paradise to return to work. Both girls are
employed by the Aeronautics and Space Admin. at Ames Research Center.
They flew to the Island of Hawaii and spent four days at the Kona Inn
attending their first luau with some Hawaiian friends. They write that
their stay there was the most enjoyable in all their trip because the setting
was so beautiful and completely relaxing compared to the commercialism
Until the next issue, our best to all.
Pat Wanke, Secretary-Treasurer
THE PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
Mrs. Sam Souder had a very bad accident about six weeks ago while
she was cleaning around her breeze-way, a wooden doll refrigerator acci-
dently fell on her foot breaking her toe in two places. She is much
better now as she will be able to throw away her crutches and be good
as new again soon.
Mr. Nathan Levy underwent serious surgery for his leg in May. He
is doing just fine and Mrs. Levy being such a wonderful nurse, he just
had to get well. We are looking forward to having our dinner party at
their house the last of this month.
Hugh and Bertha Turner have returned from a two weeks vacation
trip in Louisiana and Mississippi visiting relatives. They visited Mrs.
Turner's niece, Mrs. B. F. Frilot in Metairie, Louisiana before returning
Victor and June May and children from the Canal Zone were in
Houston on their vacation visiting their many friends here. They enjoyed
an out-door bar-be-cue at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. P. McDougall
on Lido Lane, also enjoying this bar-be-cue dinner were Mr. and Mrs.
Sam Souder. The Mays visited in New Orleans before returning to the
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. (Bill) Wood and children spent two weeks vaca-
tion in Jackson and Brandon, Mississippi visiting relatives.
Mr. Jimmie Roe, our Presdent, is spending a few days with the Ray
Harveys and daughter in Meridan, Mississippi. Their daughter is on vaca-
tion from the Canal Zone. Jimmie received word from his brother Sam
in Canal Zone that his mother Mrs. Olga Roe is fine after a long illness.
We were very sorry to hear of the death of Mr. C. L. Leeser's mother
who passed away the first of July at her home in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Leesers are expecting their son C. L. Jr. from the Canal Zone for
a two weeks vacation.
The Finchers have been traveling all summer Mrs. Fincher and
children attended the Supreme Assembly of the Rainbow Girls in Phila-
delphia, Pennsylvania. There they saw Mrs. Mack Bailey who is head of
the Rainbow Girls in the Canal Zone. From there they went to the World's
Fair before returning home. In June Mrs. Fincher went to Portland, Ore-
gon to attend a meeting of the Daughters of the Nile. Their daughter
Doris June will enter the University of the Americas in Mexico City. Her
family will accompany her there, and will tour Mexico.
A. C. Ellis and son Richard went by boat to San Juan, Puerto Rico
for a two weeks vacation. They came back by Miami, Florida and drove
from there to their home in Galveston, Texas.
Peggy's daughter, Joan and family from Omaha, Nebraska spent a
few days with her, and visited her brother Clyde Ellis, in Galveston, they
were accompanied by Peggy.
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Hopkins and daughter Barbara from Balboa
Heights, Canal Zone attended the World's Fair, and then came to Houston
to visit Mr. and Mrs. Ted Birkeland. They also visited Mrs. Hopkins'
family in East Texas.
Bertha Turner, Secretary-Treasurer
The C.Z. Police celebrated their 50th anniversary in May. The fol-
lowing excerpts were taken from a pamphlet on National Police Week.
The first police chief of the C.Z. police force was Capt. Geo. Reynolds
Shanton, U.S. Army. A former Rough Rider with Teddy Roosevelt in
Cuba, he was appointed by President Roosevelt on May 6, 1904, arrived
May 17, organized the force on May 23 with headquarters in Ancon.
The unit was formerly called the Division of Police and Prisons.
Capt. Shanton was made Warden of the C.Z. Penitentiary, Coroner of the
C.Z. and Marshall of the Supreme and Circuit Courts.
In 1907 a complement of 407 men was authorized to staff 23 towns
and labor camps,
Grosvener A. Porter, also a Rough Rider, was the next police chief,
followed by Col. James P. Fyffe then by Capt. Chas. W. Barber, U.S.
In 1914 the Police and Fire Divisions were combined and the chief's
title was changed to Chief, Police and Fire Division. Capt. Harry D.
Mitchell, U.S. Army, was appointed chief in 1917. The next chief was
Capt. Guy Johannes, who had been assistant chief. He served until June
1943, when he retired. A. O. Meyer, up from the ranks, was then appointed
chief and served until his retirement in July 1950.
He was succeeded by George Herman, who served until July 1955,
when he retired. It was at the beginning of Herman's administration that
the Civil Affairs Bureau was organized and the police and fire forces
were put under separate chiefs. R. W. Griffith succeeded Herman and
served until September 1957. He was succeeded by Chief B. A. Darden,
who served until May 1961. The present chief, E. S. Shipley, took com-
mand of the Canal Zone Police on June 1, 1961.
What do professional people think of the Canal Zone Police Force?
The late Julian H. Alco, California penologist, wrote, after a visit to in-
spect the administrative and operational organizations in both districts
and the Canal Zone Penitentiary ". The Canal Zone Police organiza-
tion is unique in many respects. In many ways, it is comparable to the
FBI and the Canadian Mounted Police in respect to training and caliber
of personnel .. The Canal Zone police force is undoubtedly the smallest
force doing the biggest job in the world."
This history was compiled in 1960 by Capt. Gaddis Wall, Commander
of the Balboa Police District.
Two lady manatees from Panama have joined the lonely young Peru-
vian male who has been living a bachelor existence in the Chagres River
manatee lagoon these past few weeks.
The Canal Zone Health Bureau, as part of the experiment to promote
naturalistic control of the aquatic vegetation in the Chagres River, brought
the two ladies by plane from the Bocas del Toro area.
The fact that the new additions are female gave manatee experts hope
for a future population explosion in the manatee lagoon.
The trip to and from Changuinola to collect the two grass eating sea
cows was made aboard a U.S. Airforce C-47 cargo plane from Howard
Air Force Base.
The plane carried two 6-foot custom-made manatee carrying cases
plus a group of interested manatee nursemaids from the Health Bureau.
There was considerable consternation when the manatees from Bocas
del Toro were found to be on the husky side-with one weighing in at
800 pounds and the second at 300. A third, weighing 1,000 pounds, was
too large for the cargo plane to handle on this trip and was left behind.
Those making the safari with Canal Zone veterinarian Dr. Nathan
Gale and James MacLaren, Chief of the Division of Sanitation, reported
that the mammals acted in their usual docile manner during the plane
trip back to the Canal Zone. They were given the manatee sponge bath
treatment and were hustled to the Chagres River by truck.
Despite their lethargy during the 4-hour trip, the two lady sea cows
plopped into the lagoon waters with apparent gratitude and swam off
briskly possibly in pusuit of the young man from Peru.
The manatee is supposed to take care of the aquatic grass in the
Chagres River as they chomp up to 100 pounds of water grass in a day.
The idea of bringing the sea cows here on an experimental basis was
proposed some time ago by J. Palmer Smith, former assistant to the
In his honor, the manatees living in the Chagres have been named,
informally: Pam, Jr.; Pamelita I, and Pamelita II. The field is open, the
manatee guardians say, to those who want to suggest names for the progeny
-if any. There is no rush. It takes a year for a female manatee to pro-
duce one calf.
The Panama Canal Electrical Division main office, which has beeih
located in the Administration Building since 1914, will move to Building
66-A on Roosevelt Avenue, opposite the baseball park. This poured con-
crete building now is occupied by the Electrical Division Field Office
activities and by the telephone repair shop.
Prior to the move of the Electrical Division main office, tile floors
are to be laid, air conditioning installed, and minor changes made.
J. Bartley Smith, electrical engineer, one of the oldest inhabitants of
the Administration Building, who has been in the Electrical Division office
since 1928, will be moving with his office after 36 years at the Balboa
The move of the Electrical Division office sets up a chain reaction
of two other moves. The telephone repair shop, until now in Building
66-A, will be relocated in adjoining Building 66-B. The electrical range
repair shop will be moved to the rear of Building 66-A.
The new home of the Panama Canal Electrical Division was con-
structed 34 years ago for Electrical Division activities. Heretofore, how-
ever, all work done there was in connection with field activities.
MOSTLY THIS'N THAT
Did you know that 4 women have been employed as dispatchers on C.Z.
Police radio 14,600 Panamanians work for the Panama Canal
and Military .... an eye catcher on a wall of the main office of Motor
Transportation, Ancon, C.Z. is a mounted black marlin which weighed
540 lbs. when caught by Leo Krziza the Chilean training ship
Esmeralda, one of the few sailing ships used for training, makes frequent
trips through the Canal ... in 1905, 4,100 men were engaged in sani-
tation work which led to the elimination of yellow fever from the Isthmus
. despite record breaking traffic 2 hours have been cut off transit
time of the Canal P.C, has purchased 2 "rail-cars" with small
steel wheels which are used on the tracks for patrol and inspection ....
electrical division employees wear sound muffs at the Miraflores Sub.
station .... the new mules on the locks towing speed is 3 miles an hour
and return at 9 miles a new 1,200 horsepower locomotive, the
first to be purchased in 10 years by the Railroad, has arrived on the
Isthmus the old ferry boat, the President Porras, is plying between
Chacao and Bahia Pargua in Southern Chile .. .
Thanks to all who sent in contributions; words of encouragement;
to the reporters for being so prompt and all others who telephoned in-
formation. Keep the news coming. Please let the Editor know what you
are doing. Send pictures, preferably in black and white.
DEADLINE FOR THE DECEMBER RECORD IS NOVEMBER 1st.
BETTY LOCKRIDGE, Record Editor
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Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gaudette, Westfield, Mass., Mrs. Alice Vachon, Providence, R.I.
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